Friday, May 27, 2011

Foreign Titles for American Movies


Movie titles are pretty important as they serve as a kind of introduction to a movie.

They can make a negative or positive first impression on an audience and often provide an indication of the genre and subject of a movie.

I don't think people would love "Pretty Woman" as much if it was called "LA Prostitute" or "Dirty Dancing" if it was named "Statutory Rape Dancing."

Obviously movie studios put a lot of thought into these titles, which is why it's always interesting to see how American film titles sometimes change in foreign countries.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Jesse Heiman Really Does Want to be Jonah Hill


Back in September, I wrote about Jesse Heiman the ubiquitous background actor in TV and film.

Since then,  he's gained notoriety through a youtube video showcasing his numerous appearances.

In my post, I mentioned that he was kind of like a poor man's Jonah Hill.

Apparently I was right about that as Heiman said something similar in an April interview with The Guardian
"I'm a character actor... I think I could become one of the great character actors like Jonah Hill."
I was also correct in thinking that Heiman doesn't like Hill.   He met Hill once on a set, and thought Hill was a jerk.  

If I were Hill,  I'd watch my back because Heiman wants his career and will cut him.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Offensive Hair Cubed Yarmulke Commercial



I don't think I'm going out on a limb by saying that marginalizing the Jewish faith in an offensive way is not the best way to sell your awful product.

Add that to the high school production value as well as the poor acting and you have one really bad commercial.

I also don't understand why you would tell someone that you're using a hair replacement product when the whole point is to make it look like it's your real hair.

But apparently that's what sketchy guys who hang out in the park all day do.

Although maybe the whole point was to make it so inappropriate and bad that you remember the commercial.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cheryl Cole Officially Coming to America as X Factor Judge



Cheryl Cole is finally coming to America as a judge for the US version of "X Factor."  What a week for America.  They got Bin Laden and Cole.

I was ahead of the curve on this because as far back as December 2009, I've been stating my case for her to come to America.

I've reiterated this belief multiple times since then, such as here and here.

For some reason my thoughts turn to Cole during the winter and especially the months of December and January because that's when all my previous posts were.

There's really not much I can say about Cole that I haven't already said.  If you need to find me, I'll be the guy doing this today:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NBC's The Voice: Surprisingly and Strangely Entertaining


I was as pessimistic about "The Voice" as a lot of other people.  The last thing anybody needs is another stupid singing competition.  I had no intention of ever watching it.

The four judges,  Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo, Adam Levine from Maroon 5, and some guy Blake Shelton sit with their backs turned to the performer, turning around only when they like what they hear.

But last week as I had it on as background noise while doing something else, it was surprisingly and strangely entertaining television.

It's mostly because of Christina Aguilera who's a crazy combination of Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.  She lacks the ability to hide her true feelings and it's great.