Monday, February 10, 2020

Blind Item #5 - Oscars

The studio executive's anger was less so directed at this foreign born actress rather than the foreign born actor/talk show host. Several times throughout the night, the executive said, you don't take the check and then slam the movie. Ever.

24 comments:

Tricia13 said...

James Corden

Tricia13 said...

cats....

MontanaMarriott said...

Rebel Wilson

Vita said...

Corden and Rebel Wilson mocking Cats.
Studio executive needs to take it on the chin about this one, and realize camp classic hit is their best shot at making money back.

MarxistFreak said...

People can say whatever they want. If you were hired for a job, got paid then said the work sucked after. Hey. You can do that.

D Brown said...

@marxistfreak Acting differs from other professions inasmuch as the contracts, at least for stars, requires them to do "promotion" for the project as well as act. There is no "free speech" issue. They agreed upfront to support the project in return for cash.

Todd said...

@D Brown: Add to the fact that some contracts have clauses where the performer is not allowed to say disparaging things about the project without being penalized.

Humor Me said...

Well, did they really "say" anything? It was a hoot!

SeijnSei said...

Definitely James Corden. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/james-corden-cats-oscars_n_5e4121a5c5b6b7088703e18a

DJS NOLA said...

making this a camp shitshow is the best chance for this movie to recoup any money

longtimereader said...

Well Swift hooked up with Lloyd-Webber and became pals. I'd put money on them making a jukebox musical of her hit songs and making even more bank.

Amartel said...

Oh, lighten UP. Self-important POS.

Angela said...

The studio executive's anger would have been directed at himself, as his own ass is on the line for greenlighting this adaptation. It's already flopped, it would be ridiculous to pretend it isn't a mess, that will remain joke material for years, so it's better to embrace it. Actually, it may even be the same guy who green lit Dolittle.

Do Tell said...

NOLA hit it right on the nose. At least it's getting some attention again in time for the what-should-be-a-drastically-reduced home video release.

Brayson87 said...

Hahahaha, like someone talking sh!t is what sunk that movie. Dude it was the real Titanic, that sucker was going down whether the band kept playing or not.

Brayson87 said...

Like I knew cat ladies who were horrified at those trailers. How do you f*ck that up?

HoldenMcGroin said...

No doubt the studio exec feels embarrassed such a POS movie was made on his/her watch. So why rub salt in the exec's wounds? It's a stupid thing to do career-wise. So, go ahead, continue to make enemies in the industry. Corden especially seems like a self-important doofus.

Angela said...

Jay Leno joked for years about doing "Collision Course".
David Letterman joked for years about his cameo in "Cabin Boy".
Both films were notorious flops.

That didn't exactly hurt their career. There is a part of self-deprecation that you don't seem to understand. Not very surprising actually.

HoldenMcGroin said...

Funny, and I thought the blind was about a studio exec being angry - seems like he/she didn't see the humor at all. But it is true that both Letterman and Leno went on to have amazing film careers after joking about their flops. Oh, wait...

hunter said...

Say what you want about Taylor Swift but she has only made positive comments about the movie and has made almost all of her answers revolve around "what a great time she had making it" and what a fun piece of art it was.

It's a brilliant tactic and others would do well to take a page from her book.

BardiC said...

They didn't say anything bad about the movie itself. Everybody understood the subtext because they saw the movie and it sucked. There's nothing that the Executive can do about the whole world thinking that.

rednoir said...

Cabin Boy was made for $13.00 and even Chris jokes about it.

Cats was made for $300 million and heads are still rolling. Lol

Angela said...

Once again, this blind item was actually way off mark.
Corden and Wilson's act at the Oscars actually prompted opposition... from the VFX Society.
The joke was about "good visual effects", and the VFX Society didn't like that The Academy suggested that the film had flopped because of the poor CGI work.

It's indeed the narrative developed by Universal and its executives. They had to work on the VFX until the very last minute, there were glitches that required sending a corrected version of the film a few days after release, etc.
The VFX Society just reminded people that "the best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly." Well, the fact that the technicians only had a few months to work on a film where 99% of the shots required CGI didn't help, but it was definitely not their fault. The film sucked indeed because of bad artistic decisions and a rushed schedule, which is why they disputed the narrative that even the Oscars producers were putting on about the VFX.

https://deadline.com/2020/02/oscars-cats-james-corden-rebel-wilson-backlash-visual-effects-society-1202856788/

You can also notice that they don't accuse Corden or Wilson, their beef is with The Academy and the producers of the ceremony, because these people are not idiots. They know that Corden and Wilson were asked to do a scripted bit. They didn't write it, they didn't bring their own cat costume to the evening, etc.
If the studio exec described by Enty was angry, he would also know that the two comedians had zero creative input on the skit, because that's how it goes on those awards.

So, it's easy to realize that these blind items are just made up by some guy who watched the ceremony on TV, and browsed pictures of the post-show parties, then creates a narrative every time he finds something interesting. And the guy has the insight of a 12-year-old who doesn't know anybody working in the film industry.

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