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Box Office Preview: Nothing to See Here

Snow White and the Huntsman

Who throws a cupcake, honestly? On a similar note, who would think combining Snow White with high fantasy and action/adventure is a good idea, honestly? Why, Universal Pictures, that’s who. We’ve got them to thank for the atrocious “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Coming soon to a theater near you!

I just can’t wrap my head around it, it seems like they’re actually trying to make a terrible movie. What separates good fantasy, stuff like “Game of Thrones” or “Lord of the Rings,” from the alarmingly awful majority of the genre is the subversion of cliches like the ultimate battle of good versus evil. When it comes to “Game of Thrones,” believe me, I should know. Especially given how much of my life I spend writing about it. Yet the tagline for “Snow White” is “Evil meets Destiny,” it’s right there in the trailer. I feel I should add this isn’t just me being grumpy either, the film’s at a 46 percent on the Tomatometer.

The movie’s about… Come on, what do you think it’s about? It’s Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the queen. Old queenie gets her panties in a bunch when her talking mirror tells her Snow White may one day be the fairest of them all.

The only difference between this and the Disney version is the queen sends a Huntsman (played by Chris Hemsworth) to capture Snow White. Seriously Hemsworth, if I wasn’t still feeling my “Avengers” contact high I might not be able to forgive you for this. Oh, and there’s battles and actiony stuff too, which always makes for a better film. Just ask “Battleship.”

Piranha 3DD

I didn’t think it was possible for me to be less excited about a movie than “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Then I watched the trailer for “Piranha 3DD.” I think I may have strained whatever muscles are responsible for dry heaving. Did you know the extra “D” in the title is meant to indicate this a sequel? Because I didn’t. I suppose it’s also a boob joke. Don’t blame the messenger, this is high-brow stuff folks. Summing this one up on my own might induce actual vomitus. To spare myself the trouble I’ll let the three of you interested peruse the official synopsis:

After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in Piranha 3D, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer’s best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

Just copy and pasting that hurt. Anyway, “Piranha 3DD” stars a bunch of young no names, along with people like Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff, and Gary Busey. To this I say fine, get your money while there’s money to be got. But then I read that Christopher Lloyd is in the picture and my face looked something like this. That’s right, the man who played Doc Brown in “Back to the Future” and Taber in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is dragging his name through the mud with this garbage. Alright, in his defense the original’s been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. But “Pirahna 3DD’s” rating on the Tomatometer stands at a measly 12 percent.

Avoid this film like the plague, or, you know, a pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas.

Battlefield America

Did I say I was unexcited about “Pirahna 3DD” because “Battlefield America” has brought me to depths of disinterest I never thought possible. The synopsis calls it “A steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, California.” The underbelly of youth dance culture? Seriously? Even if that didn’t sound ridiculous how many dance off movies can there possibly be? And now we’ve got to involve children?

Apparently “Battlefield America” is director Chris Stokes’ follow-up to 2004’s “You Got Served.” Since when do movies as universally disliked as “You Got Served” (16 on the Tomatometer) get follow-ups? Well, for a while now. I suppose a better question is why these movies get follow-ups, sequels, or anything of the sort. Well, money. Always money.

Please don’t make me talk about this movie anymore, it’s killing me. If you’re going to the theater this weekend see “The Avengers” or “Men in Black III.” Better yet, see Wes Anderson’sMoonrise Kingdom” if you have the opportunity. Please don’t waste your time or money on these new releases.

A Chat with “Harper’s Island” Victim #7

Yes, this week’s interview with the “Harper’s Island” Victim of the Week is late, and I apologize wholeheartedly for that. I’d had the best of intentions to do the interview on Tuesday while in Columbus for a Bullz-Eye editorial meeting, but due to a combination of equipment malfunction, poor reception, and general bad timing, it was pushed back to Thursday, so I could be in the comfort of my own office to hold the conversation. Fear not, however: I’ll be talking to Victim #8 bright and early on Monday, so expect to see that conversation in a timely fashion.

For now, however, you’ve clearly waited long enough to read this week’s chat, so let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Around the Web: L-Word train wreck and Nick Nolte news

Fans of the “L-Word” at AfterEllen.com are not happy with the stupid ending in the series finale. The writers left everything unresolved. I guess they’re hoping for a “Sex in the City”-style movie.

Mickey Rourke might be back with “Iron Man 2.” he still seems crazy, so it’s a risk casting him in a huge film like that, but I hope he gets more chances. [Filmdrunk]

FilmBender revisits the “Ice Storm” key party.

Nick Nolte has been cast as the lead in a new MMA centered film, “Warrior.” Nolte will play “an ex-Vietnam vet boxer-turned-steel mill worker whose family was torn apart by his alcoholism.” Maybe we can get Nick Nolte and Mickey Rourke on screen together. Throw in Gary Busey and you’ll have one scary crew. [ScreenCrave]

Movin’ right along

I’m rarely ever successful when trying to predict the future of my favorite television shows, but I sure am glad I was right about this week’s episode of “Entourage.” Dumping the Eric-Walsh feud for something a little more interesting earned both my respect and my attention, and it looks like the series is building to something before the end of the season. Plus, everyone likes celebrity cameos, and tonight’s show had three pretty big names, including Mary J. Blige, Peter Jackson and the return of Gary Busey.

With the decision to act solely as Vince’s manager, Eric has decided to expand his horizons by renting an office, putting out an advertisement in Variety magazine, and going after some deals of his own. The new digs aren’t meant exclusively for landing more jobs for Vince, but his first order of business is finding his best pal a way to make some quick cash. For those who don’t keep track of the video game industry, Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson (along with a few other bigwigs like Steven Spielberg) is making the best of his talents by working on a new video game based on the popular “Halo” franchise.

In the world of “Entourage,” however, he’s simply working on a new video game, but Eric wants to get Vinnie involved. Unfortunately, no one has a clue who the fuck Eric Murphy is, but he gets some much needed help from Shauna (yeah, you remember her?) when she directs him to a friend at Variety who will do a profile of him for free. The article doesn’t end up quite how Eric had expected – she basically calls him out for using Vince as a launching pad for his own career – but it lands him an interview with Jackson nonetheless. Could this be an exciting new time for Eric, or is this just another Saigon detour that will be eventually left in the dust?

Meanwhile, Ari is prepping for one of the biggest days of the year – Mary J. Blige’s annual visit to the agency – when he’s forced to deal with feuding co-workers at the office. Actually, they’re twin brothers, which makes the situation that much stranger when Ari hears all the details. Jeff has just discovered that his brother Jim slept with his wife, and wants Ari to fire him. Unfortunately, Jim just so happens to bring in six times as much money as brother, and so Jeff is the one that’s let go. Not exactly how Ari would have handled things had the tables been turned (despite constantly making comments about cheating on his wife, Ari is one faithful dude), but when it comes to business, numbers are numbers. It’s unlucky for him, then, that Mary J. Blige just so happens to like the guy he fired, and as a result of her leaving the agency, Ari promptly fires Jim as well. Not exactly gripping material, but still one of the better subplots that have been shoved his way since the beginning of the fourth season.

Hopefully that’s all about to change, because if I have to watch Johnny Drama make an ass of himself one more week, I may just go crazy. First, it was getting high in his trailer. Then, it was having sex in a pink bunny suit. And now? How about letting Gary Busey paint on his body in trade for an office desk? Sure, it was meant as a gift for Eric, and yeah, it’s cool that it once belonged to Robert DeNiro, but who in there right mind spends $42,000 on a freaking office desk, antique or not?

Busey has cameoed before, but this was certainly his weakest appearance. I do love the fact that he intimidates Turtle so much (“It’s the reflection in the mirror that scares you”), but the subplot seemed much too forced for his personality. Plus, we’ve already seen the whole crazy artist persona before. It’s not that I don’t like the guy, but when you’ve got Gary Busey at your disposal, and the dude is so batshit crazy that you could practically ask him to do anything, well, you ask him to do anything. Maybe he can guest star on an episode of “Five Towns,” or maybe get stranded somewhere with Turtle. I’m having thoughts of a “Brokeback Mountain” parody as we speak, but that’s for the writers to figure out and for us to enjoy.

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