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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Adam Sandler sweeps the Razzies (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today:
• Another take on the “Why did they have to ‘make’ Rue black” idiots. It really is astonishing how nearly illiterate many people are. Not to mention racist, of course. White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in Hunger Games

• Most horrifying bit: ““The people who decide what movies get made are now, like me, in their early 40s, and they’re turning back to what they grew up with,” said Jonathan M. Goldstein. Mr. Goldstein is co-writing and codirecting an updated version of “Vacation” (1983) and is hoping to land Chevy Chase, now 68, in a reprise of his classic role as the bumbling traveler Clark Griswold.

“There’s nothing new under the sun,” said Thomas Pollack, a film producer who was the chairman of Universal Pictures in 1987. Mr. Pollock said the main change in the film industry’s penchant for the past was its love affair with the “reboot,” a reimagining of an old film, like “Vacation,” that might open the door to a new string of sequels. ”

Most snarktastic bit: “None of the current throwbacks are likely to match the appeal of fresher, youth-driven movies like “The Hunger Games,” which took in $155 million for Lionsgate last weekend, or the “Twilight” series, whose worldwide ticket sales have exceeded $2.5 billion.”

(In other words, Hollywood execs are having midlife crises, and we’re all gonna be forced to share in their attempts to recapture their adolescence.) In Hollywood, an ’80s Moment

• I cannot conceive of a more deserving honoree… Adam Sandler’s ‘Jack and Jill’ sweeps the 2011 Razzie Awards

• Official site for a film about paranoia and surveillance asks for your phone number. Rekall [Total Recall official site]



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