It’s time to once more highlight the discraceful silence of Hollywood stars over the long-term care closings at the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Particularly appalling is the extent to which A-list board and foundation members now are distancing themselves from the MPTF and its scandal. I’ve obtained the following email exchange between Kevin Spacey’s publicist and Guy Adams, the Independent UK newspaper journalist whose article about the closings generated the following correspondence.
SATURDAY PM/SUNDAY AM: Warner Bros didn’t know what to expect on such a unique project as Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are. Certainly not a $32.4M weekend performing strongly across the country. Or a Cinemascore of B+ where 55% of the audience was under age 25 and rated the film A-. Here was a famous director with an infamous imagination making a PG movie for adults out of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book. As a result, the studio decided not to position Wild Things as a kids film.
This is either awfully amusing, or amusingly awful. Granted, Paramount Vantage’s Black Snake Moan deserved to die at the box office because of its offensive advertising. But perhaps this political parody would have fared better because the poster is just damn funny, with its tag line “He’s got her on a short leash” — especially given the latest news reports about the intense Obama vs Hillary battle for campaign funds, endorsements and now black politicians’ support.
U.S. cities hosting Women’s March 2.0 rallies today to “Hear Our Vote!” In lead-up to the midterm elections. Downtown Los Angeles 10am-3pm from Pershing Square to City Hall, Grand Park, Spring Street. https://t.co/ZPAyUREY2g
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