Sunday, May 30, 2010

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND A BLOODBATH AT THE MOVIE BOX OFFICE

So I decided to check in to Box Office Mojo to find out how much Sex and the City 2 won by on the weekend, and read the domestic box office gross numbers and went  ---"what the heck, they lost?!?!?"

Yeah, those babes LOST. They got beat by Shrek Forever After, which kind of underperformed when it debuted last weekend. No one expected it to win this weekend, but Sex and the City 2 fell way short of expectations after winning on Thursday and Friday. And The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was an out-and-out flop, in third place. The weekend totals were SFA $43 mil, SATC2 $32 mil and POP $30 mil.

I think the awful buzz for SATC2 did that movie in, with the torrent of bad reviews. There had been all this talk about it being critic-proof and about how it might hit $80 million in box office this weekend. That all proved to be baloney. Frankly, I think a lot of people looked at the trailers and got the impression the movie sucked and that these four babes were past their prime. And of course, guys refused to go to the movie.

To give you an idea about how disappointing a weekend it was for SATC2, it opened to $14 million on Thursday night, while the original opened to $26 million on its first day!

Overall, Box Office Mojo is reporting that this weekend's overall box office is down 20 percent from a year ago. That's in keeping with the trend all year, which is seeing moviegoers say "no" to high ticket prices and bad sequel movies.   

This is yet another weekend this summer where the movies at the theaters all either missed expectations (in the case of Iron Man 2, which actually opened to more money than the original yet failed to set any opening records), or totally underperformed compared to the original or previous movies. And we have seen some really massive flops this year, like MacGruber which opened to a terrible $4 million! It wasn't that original either - instead, it was based on a skit from Saturday Night Live! Disappointing returns have been the story of the summer, and all I have to say about it is that people are fed up with the same old summertime movie fare and the same old sequels and retreads -- especially lame-o sequels that are designed to cash in on a franchise. The folks in Hollywood need to quit "selling a product" to a ready-made audience, and start making some half-decent movies that people might actually be motivated to see! Not this usual crap we're getting!

That's it!!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

YOU'LL HAVE TO DRAG GUYS KICKING AND SCREAMING TO SEX AND THE CITY 2

Well, it looks like the latest Sex and the City sequel is getting absolutely mauled by the movie critics. The last I checked it was running at a miserable 15 percent at Rotten Tomatoes -- far worse than how the original movie fared with critics. And just so you know -- it isn't just guys panning the movie. The female critics, folks like Christy Lemire, Lisa Schwarzbaum and Claudia Puig, are really carving this movie up.

There was a time when I had grudging admiration for Sex and the City. My attitude was: let the girls have their entertainment. These babes were cool in their day, with their love of style, and Carrie's love of Cosmo drinks, and so on.

But I've seen the trailers for this latest movie and I had kind of a confused "huh?" type of reaction to them. Usually they put in movie trailers all the best and most exciting bits of the film to lure people into the theater. Well, there was none of that in the trailers I've seen. In fact, this movie looks just witless and embarrassing, and these four babes look really past their prime. I sort of had a "that's it?!" reaction.

Looking at the trailers, these four seem blissfully unaware that we've spent the last two years in a Great Recession. Someone ought to tell Carrie and her friends that the Nineties ended a long time ago. Now it's 2010, Barack Obama is in the White House, capitalism is in the toilet, the whole world has gone to hell in a handbasket -- yet here are these four still spending money and partying like it's 1999. I think these characters are totally out of touch with the modern era. Give us a break!

Anyway, I kind of hope the female movie fans stay away from this movie. I know all the guys will. I think there might have been a time and place when guys could have been convinced to join their girlfriends to see a Sex and the City movie, but this sequel looks so bad that I don't think any guys will want to be caught dead in any theater watching this flick.

In fact, the male audience might be so low for this flick that it might cost Sex and the City 2 the weekend box office title. The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time might win it instead. I'm serious.

I found a hilarious YouTube video that shows what guys think when they watch a trailer for Sex and the City 2. It absolutely says it all. Good luck convincing any male moviegoers to see this flick, folks!



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IN OTHER NEWS FROM ENTERTAINMENT -- We have an American Idol winner! And to show you my interest in this year's competition -- this must be the first year ever that I missed the entire final show!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

NOT EVEN SHREK IS FOREVER

Well the early word on the Shrek Forever After box office is that it hit $20.8 million Friday and should finish the weekend in territory well below previous instalments of the franchise.

I'm surprised, I guess, that it isn't going to do better, given that it's Shrek AND that it's in 3-D. It's getting a massive 3-D rollout (2,373 locations) and 3-D usually gives theater owners a license to rip off the customers. You would have thought the box office numbers for Friday would have been more inflated as a result. A theater in New York was reportedly going to charge $20 a ticket to gullible customers (a price that was later retracted -- it turns out the price was $19). It's obvious that customers aren't so gullible and that 3-D isn't the box office panacea everyone at the studios thinks it is. Quite frankly, people are downright bored with what they are getting at the theaters at the moment -- it's the same stale franchises over and over again. Based on this weekend, it is sooooo obvious that even the kids are bored these days with the movies.

Either that, or the prices are driving people away. Likely a bit of both.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

THERE'S HOPE FOR TRANSFORMERS 3 YET

They got rid of Megan Fox!!!!!!

Methinks Michael Bay was the one responsible for pushing her off the cliff -- I'm sure he got fed up with Megan trashing him in public and comparing him to a certain deceased totalitarian dictator from Germany.

Good riddance, Megan Fox -- you and your big mouth.

UPFRONT NEWS: CONAN MAKES AN APPEARANCE, HAWAII FIVE-O COMES BACK, AND SO DOES WILLIAM SHATNER

Is it just me but is network TV kind of turning into a revolving door? It sure seems to me like there are a lot of stale ideas getting brought back from the crypt, including a lot of actors and actresses.

First, more big cancellation news. You know about what went on down at ABC and NBC. Well, CBS has been doing the cancellation thing, too. Among the list of deceased: Ghost Whisperer (now rumored to possibly go to ABC), Cold Case, Numbers, Miami Medical, Accidentally On Purpose, Gary Unmarried, plus The New Adventures of Old Christine. All on the scrapheap.

But what is CBS bringing in to replace these old shows? Why, of course, shows with Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods)! And William Shatner! He's in something Twitter-inspired called $#*! My Dad Says. I guess that write-in bid to put Shatner in as Canada's next Governor-General is kaput. Also -- coming back, a new version of Hawaii Five-O!! Well, why bother cancelling the old shows, then, if you are just going to bring back other old ones. What's next --the return of Gilligan's Island?!

 Read about their big plans at CBS here. I guess the other big news is The Big Bang Theory is moving to Thursday.

Also, here's what NBC is doing. Same with the CW.

Not to be outdone, the folks at TNT and TBS had their big upfront this week and predictably the big star was Conan O'Brien, still in the middle of the big tour of his. I guess the big question for his show, officially rolling out in November, is whether he will get around to shaving that beard of his off.

It rolls out November 8. I guess the other big question is whether it will even be shown in Canada. Honestly, I'm a little ticked off over all this. Here we are in frozen Canada, right next door, and we cannot watch either TNT or TBS up here whether we like it or not.

For more of upfront week here's a New York Times piece here. That's it for right now.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ON THE 2010 TV UPFRONTS

I am afraid I am going to have to wait until tomorrow to talk about the network TV upfronts. (Still exhausted because of getting up early to follow this earlier in the week.)  Until then, those of you in need of the latest breaking news can follow all the live coverage at the James Hibberd and Michael Ausiello websites. That is it for me for today.

AT LEAST CAMPBELL BROWN IS BEING HONEST

The slogan for Campbell Brown's show on CNN had been No Bias, No Bull, so I think it is sort of refreshing to see Campbell dispense with the "bull" in summing up why she is leaving CNN.

She says she is leaving because her show is getting crummy ratings for CNN, and she wants to get out of the way. You don't usually hear such candor from an anchor -- usually they announce something along the lines of spending more time with the family, and all that baloney.

Maybe the whole rest of the folks in prime time at CNN should follow Campbell Brown's lead and quit, too, because their ratings are getting about as bad as hers were. Really, things are just bad all over at CNN in prime time, getting squeezed by Fox News on the right and MSNBC on the left.

THE LAST WORD ON MISS USA

For more on my thoughts about Miss USA 2010 -- including the brouhaha over Miss Oklahoma's stance on Arizona's immigration law and those stripper-pole pictures of the winner from Michigan (pictured) --  check out my article here.

And that about wraps up my "News About Girls" for this week, and hopefully, month.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CANNES 2010 IS STILL ON

I am a little late with my Cannes coverage this year, but that is what happens when you are busy covering the news like I have been.

I suppose the big news of the festival so far has been the world premiere of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, where we catch up with Gordon Gekko and see if he is any wiser now that he is older. Anyway, here are some of the photos from the red carpet end of it.

In other Cannes news, I notice actress Gemma Arterton has been in a couple of movies that rolled out in the past month. One of the movies is The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, based on the video game, and the other is called Tamara Drewe -- and Arterton skipped the Cannes debut of Tamara Drewe to be at the LA premiere of the other one. 

Tamara Drewe is based on a graphic novel and is apparently taking Cannes by storm. In this movie Arterton plays --- ahem -- somewhat of a tramp:



Anything to put up a picture of a girl -- that sums this blog right up. (Hey, this is still Beautiful Women Week at the blog, and I happen to like Bond girls.)

I guess Roman Polanski is also the big news at Cannes, too, not because he has much to do with the festival this year but because everyone in the movie world is talking about all the latest sordid news about him.

I am going to link you to the Variety and Hollywood Reporter coverage of the festival. I may put up more later, but for now, that is my Cannes coverage. Tomorrow, my Miss USA thoughts and a look at TV upfront week.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

ROBIN HOOD FALLS FLAT

I think I am going to have to leave most of my thoughts about the Cannes Film Festival until later. As I said before, I've had a long day.

All I have to say about the disappointing box office of Robin Hood -- only a second-place $37 million domestic finish for a movie that cost a king's ransom to make -- is simply this: Hollywood, quit giving us your usual big-budget crap. It's always either a sequel or a prequel to some story we've known about forever. Either that, or its exploiting the latest trend such as sci-fi or comic books, or Hasbro toys or CGI animation or that newest fad, 3-D. And adults are being driven away from the movie houses in droves by the increasingly juvenile content we are getting from these motion pictures. The storylines for a lot of the widest releases lately seem either (a) aimed at kids or (b) aimed at people uninterested in growing up! (Honestly, folks, I outgrew comic books a long time ago. You can, too.)

Now we have yet another adventure movie named Robin Hood. I'm sure the over-30 population will rush to see this one in droves, too. On top of that, this is a "prequel" movie.

Think of it: how many Robin Hood movies have we gotten from Hollywood?! Quite a number of them, actually. I really don't care whether this latest effort is good or bad -- I just have no interest in seeing a Robin Hood movie, period. Based on the domestic box office, it's obvious I'm not alone. So that is my statement on Robin Hood and this weekend's box office.

MISS USA IS ON RIGHT NOW

You can follow what's going on over at the dedicated pageant website Global Beauties

I plan to just chill out at home -- I've had kind of a long day. Actually, I may be flipping channels with a replay of the NASCAR race on the other station.

(Pictured: reigning Miss USA, Kristen Dalton.)

Coming up next: my box office and Cannes Film Festival coverage.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE

I was interested in finding out the big grand prize that Hope Dworaczyk got for winning the 2010 Playmate of the Year title. Traditionally, the winner gets a fancy new set of wheels to go along with all that prize money, and over the years the vehicles awarded have been as cool and interesting as the women who've won the title.


This year, though, Hope isn't getting a car. Instead, she is getting... a motorcycle. (!) (?)

Not just any motorcycle. A BMW S1000RR superbike with 193 horsepower and top speed of 192 mph. Holy moley! Hope looks like she's channelling Marianne Faithfull.   

Fans interested in the vehicles that have been awarded to the Playmate of the Year winners can check out this piece at Jalopnik.com, which runs down the list of cars the Playmates have gotten over the years. It's a fun list of fast cars for even faster women. Enjoy, guys.

TV'S YEAR OF THE CANCELLATIONS TAKES DOWN LAW AND ORDER

Well, I am sorry to say this is definitely the year of the cancellations in TV land. We're already saying goodbye to Lost, which is leaving voluntarily, and also goodbye to Ugly Betty and 24, which are leaving under less than voluntary circumstances. And let's not get into that Jay Leno-Conan O'Brien monkey business again.

This week it has been a bloodbath. Getting the boot this week alone have been The Wanda Sykes Show, Flash Forward, Scrubs (!!!), Better Off Ted, Heroes, Trauma, Mercy,.and after 20 years, Law and Order.

Law and Order? I'm surprised because earlier this year I had heard the show was going to definitely be back. After all, they were planning a new show called Law and Order: Los Angeles, so I thought maybe the New York portion of the franchise would continue. I guess New York was too expensive for NBC -- the costs of the show are apparently what did it in.

And there's not even going to be a decent finale to this season, either, given the suddenness of the cancellation! Instead, they might do some special thing which wraps up the series as part of these other L&O shows that are still going (SVU is remaining on the air).

Law and Order was already listing badly in the ratings and S. Epatha Merkerson was leaving the show anyway, but couldn't they have kept it going for one more season? I know this show has been on for 20 years and has to end sometime, but couldn't they have given this series one last season and beat Gunsmoke's record for a drama series run?! Perhaps the guy in charge at NBC was a Gunsmoke fan who didn't want that show to lose its record.

Anyway, I am NOT happy with NBC. First they got rid of Conan O'Brien. Then they got rid of Law and Order. Which means one thing -- they've now gotten rid of me. See you at the sports channels, folks. Click!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

MISS USA PAGEANT SEXES THINGS UP

CONTESTANTS PHOTOGRAPHED LIKE VICTORIA'S SECRET MODELS

I hereby declare this to be Beautiful Women Week here at The Cairns Blog. Earlier this week we were celebrating the news of the brand-new Three-Dimensional Playmate of the Year (Hope Dworaczyk, Miss April 2009). Later this weekend we have the 2010 Miss USA Pageant.

Of course, Miss USA has been highly amusing over the past few years thanks to contestants that trip and fall on stage, go wild behind the scenes, or say and do nutty things. Of course, the pageant made big news last year -- not because of the woman who won, but because of the girl who lost -- Carrie Prejean (right), the woman who displayed her complete lack of enthusiasm for same-sex marriage during last year's contest.

Well, we were wondering if there was any way the Miss USA pageant would continue its annual tradition of embarrassing itself and stirring up trouble, and I am very happy to report that the folks at the pageant did not let me down. They've done it again!

Any publicity is good publicity. This year, the Miss USA pageant is trying something new:  lingerie photos of contestants! 
Pictured: beautiful Julie Citro, Miss Delaware, in her undies.

No, this picture is not ripped from the pages of Maxim Magazine. These lingerie photos were actually on the Miss USA website. They are described as "glam pictures" of Miss USA contestants, and the whole point is to depict these babes at their most glamourous as they wake up in the most exciting city in the world, Las Vegas. Yes, Planet Hollywood, the sexiest casino in Las Vegas, is where the pageant is being held this year. (Vegas is also the annual home to the Miss America Pageant, which took its time even allowing its women to wear two-piece swimsuits onstage.)

Now, of course the boring uptights who live in middle America are all up at arms over this. They are screaming outrage and saying this doesn't represent the girl-next-door, having these women depicted in lingerie. Some are screaming double-standard because Carrie Prejean got in trouble for those racy pics of her own, and people are saying that's what cost her her title!

Actually, no, it wasn't those racy pictures that cost Carrie the title -- it was all the other stuff going on, particularly with her big mouth. Seriously, though, Americans need to grow up. I think it is perfectly fine for a woman to be both wholesome and sexy at the same time. Besides, these women are wearing more in the lingerie photos than in the swimsuit photos that they also took.

Personally, I'd rather see these babes in their undies than go on a show like the long-gone Fear Factor, where Miss USA contestants used to eat bugs, worms and other disgusting things. Revolting. If they were eating bugs in their lingerie, then I would have had a problem.

Honestly, what's classier -- Fear Factor bug-eating, or lingerie pictures? I say the latter. Overall, I can't agree with the naysayers who somehow take issue with the lingerie pictures. I really like the photos -- these women look glamourous and sexy. I actually think it adds an extra dimension to these wholesome Miss USA candidates -- they can have fun showing off their sultry side. (There's that word "dimension" again.)

I have no problem at all with lingerie photos of beautiful Miss USA contestants. Then again, this is coming from a guy who has no problems with female nudity, either --- particularly the 3-D kind.

Speaking of which -- the Playmate of the Year banquet is also this weekend in Las Vegas, at the Palms. Maybe the Playmates and Miss USA contestants will also get a chance to see Holly Madison star in Peepshow while they are there -- Holly is still rummaging around that town, too. Yes, this weekend Sin City truly is the land of the free and the home of the babes!

MY TAKE ON THE "COALITION"

As promised here are my further thoughts on the British election, albeit a day late. Have a good one. Coming up next: my rant on this year's Miss USA pageant.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

CALM DOWN, HABS FANS

I know you Montreal Canadiens fans are excited over winning the hockey game and all that, but really, calm down. Don't do something crazy like jumping off a building or something. It's only the second round. Save your strength for the finals.

KING JAMES IS ABDICATING HIS THRONE

I have the TV on as I write this, with Montreal crushing Pittsburgh right now in Game Seven of their Stanley Cup series by a 4-0 count, but I don't want to talk about that. Right now I want to talk about LeBron James.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' shocking home blowout loss at the hands of the Boston Celtics have all the sportswriters on LeBron's case and lambasting the guy for not showing up when he needed to. Here's a SBNation piece just roasting the poor guy. And it's not just them -- the folks on ESPN Radio last night were taking him to the cleaners as well.

Personally, I'm shocked and sad. These poor fans in Cleveland have had to deal with so much misery and heartbreak, and now it looks like their great season may go right down the tubes.

Of course, the next question is whether James will stand up the citizens of Cleveland should they go on and lose the series. He's a free agent, and there are still people insisting LeBron could end up in a major market with a team like, say, the New York Knicks. Well, all I will say about that is that based on his last performance, going 3 for 14 against Boston, LeBron would fit in quite nicely with that bunch of bums and losers.

You get the feeling that Cleveland is going through exactly what Toronto fans went through with Vince Carter and his primadonna attitude when he was with the Raptors?! It's exactly this type of thing -- these big players letting the fans down at the worst possible time and giving a "B" or "C" effort -- that drives NBA fans absolutely nuts.

And an update to you hockey fans -- it's now 4-1 in that shocking hockey game. (I guess the Habs really are Canada's team after all, eh?! The only one left that's winning.) .

UPDATE: It's 4-2.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DAVID CAMERON IS NEW BRITISH PM

Finally, common sense prevails and the Liberal Democrats agree to the coalition with the Tories. The BBC's coverage is here. And I'll have more to say about it tomorrow.


WAY TO GO, HOPE DWORACZYK!

The sexy host of Canada's Inside Fashion is 2010 Playmate of the Year!!!

This is awesome news. Ever since seeing this woman on the cover of the April 2009 Playboy alongside funnyman Seth Rogen, I've been totally, freaking smitten with Hope Dworaczyk. She has got to be one of the hottest Playmates I have ever seen.

(Hotter than Brande Roderick?! Jenny McCarthy, too? Well, yes, I gotta say, she's definitely in that league. Hope Dworaczyk is a babe!)

The great thing about Hope is she's really unique for a Playmate: she's a fashionista who has a great sense of style. That's exactly what Playboy needs right now -- someone to class things up over there at that downmarket publication.

It's also nice to see Hef get with the big 3-D fad sweeping across America with the release of Avatar and these other 3-D movies. Among the items in this June's issue of Playboy are those red-and-blue glasses so that you can see Hope D. hold out a wine glass to you in 3-D.

Finally, it's great to see the online votes actually count in the Playmate of the Year poll, for a change - my vote sure counted this year. Way to go, Hope, you sexy thing!! Woo hoo!

Monday, May 10, 2010

BROWN IS OUT, SORT OF, BUT BRITISH POLITICS IS STILL A GONG SHOW

So Monday has come and gone, and nothing has been settled at all with respect to this farce of a British general election.

Nothing, except this: everyone has lost the 2010 election.

The voters have lost because their votes don't count in this outrageous horse-trading going on; the parties have lost because none of them won a majority; and Gordon Brown has lost the worst of all because today he announced he is leaving as Labour party leader and prime minister in the wake of Labour's disasterous showing in the election.

You would think the entire rest of this government would be leaving along with him after having been so totally rejected by the people, but apparently Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems, those big believers in democracy, seem to have other ideas. They are backing off on negotiations with the Conservatives and are now talking to the Labourites who are apparently willing to sell the country out by dangling a big change in the electoral system in order to save their hides.

Under this possible arrangement, two parties that lost ground in the election will end up governing anyway, even though they have no mandate from the people. And this freaking Lib-Lab arrangement would apparently have Gordon Brown be prime minister until a new Labour leader is chosen, and then that guy would be Prime Minister even though voters had no say in electing that person as prime minister.

This really makes Britain look like it can't get its act together. At least after the 2000 US presidential election with all the hanging chads, court cases and the rest of it, they ended up with a decision on who won. But here, it seems like we won't know who leads Britain for another five months.  So apparently all this election did was get rid of the prime minister and replace him with somebody five months from now. Who, we don't know.

What kind of result is that?! Not one the people voted for, that's for sure. So much for the people who marched to the polls to try and put David Cameron in. I guess the only votes that really count in Britain are the ones that went for Labour -- just like in these one-party states.

I have to agree with this Telegraph column on this one. This situation truly is pathetic, and if this crazy Lib-Lab arrangement goes through I wouldn't be surprised if we see people in Britain deciding never to waste their time voting in elections again. You cast your vote, only for these parties to turn around and say "thank you very much! Now you can all jump off a cliff while we decide behind closed doors who'll be the government!!"  

As the Telegraph editorial more or less stated: what does it say about a democracy when the third-place party calls all the shots and holds the country up for ransom?! Disgusting.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

NO RECORDS FOR IRON MAN 2

So maybe I shouldn't have retired from box office predicting, after all -- my Iron Man 2 prediction proved right in the ballpark. Its estimated domestic haul was $133 million, so I was off by just $6 million.

There were a lot of people who were predicting much bigger things, though. I notice a few were thinking this movie was going to threaten The Dark Knight's opening weekend records, or at least beat Spider-Man 3. As a result, people are playing up the fact that there were no records set. The big headline everywhere is "No Records for Iron Man 2", overlooking the fact that a $133 million haul is a mighty good performance that most movies would kill for. 

Like I said before, though, I think people are starting to tire of the superhero/fanboy genre at the movies, and I think that's one reason why this movie didn't set records. There have been just too many of these types of movies. The other reason Iron Man 2 didn't set any records? Well, it's Iron Man, and as cool as Iron Man is, he just ain't Batman or Spider-Man.        

In other entertainment news, 88-year-old Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live.

Friday, May 07, 2010

TO HECK WITH THE VOTERS

2010 BRITISH ELECTION IS A BAD MONTY PYTHON EPISODE

Well, all I will say is that the 2010 British election has been pathetic in more ways than one. First of all, you had these American-style televised debates which I think added little to the discussion -- I'm one of the people who thinks TV debates are overrated to begin with and that people who make voting decisions based on TV debates are really cheating themselves, and that if people at home wanted to listen to real debates they should have just tuned in to coverage of the House of Commons on TV.

Second, you had this business of people closing the polls at 10pm sharp while people were waiting in line. That is just outrageous and there is no excuse for this in a democracy. People waiting in line shouldn't be penalized because the election officials are too incompetent to move the lines fast enough. In other elections, what they do is they get as many people into the voting hall as they can at 10pm, and then they lock the doors and let everyone vote. Or if the line is still outrageously long, they get a judge to order the poll to remain open so that everyone in line can vote. But these fools in England wanted to throw common sense right out the window and deny people their fundamental democratic rights. No wonder the voter turnouts are getting to be lower and lower and lower all around the world, if this is the way voters are treated.

Finally, there is this election result, with the public clearing indicating it wants this gentleman, Gordon Brown, out as prime minister and replaced with David Cameron. The Conservatives won the most seats, and if Britain were a civilized country like Canada, Brown would resign immediately and let Cameron have his shot at running the government.

But Brown won't go. Instead, he's trying to use the Constitution and his "constitutional right" to try and form a government as justification to stick around, even though the voters clearly want a change in government.

Right now we have a lot of horse-trading going on with the Conservatives trying to do a deal with the Lib Dems. The latest possibility is that the Lib Dems might put Labour back in but boot Brown out. So if this scenario pans out, Britain may yet get a completely new and unelected prime minister, put into office by the two parties that lost the election.

I mean, really, this British election is a gong show. "To hell with the people," it seems like over there.

People are now saying that the system is broken and that there should be proportional representation, and yada yada yada. Like that will make any difference. If they want to really change things, why not simply get rid of the British Parliament entirely and just let the Queen make all the important decisions from now on? You can't do any worse with Elizabeth II calling all the shots than with this shameful bunch of jokers in office right now, trying to ignore the will of the people.

ON IRON MAN 2

So you probably are wondering how I think Iron Man 2 will do at the box office as it opens across North America this weekend.

My guess? $127 million.

Honestly, I think people aren't going to resist the relentless last two weeks of hype and TV commercials about the movie. We've seen so many promotional tie-ins that it is insane. And Scarlett Johansson has been everywhere -- it really is ridiculous.

Actually, I wonder if I am going to be right about this prediction. I get the sense there are a lot of people fed up with superhero movies -- there have been just too many of them the past few years. Maybe Iron Man 2 will still be a hit, but I really think this genre needs a breather with the public because it is wearing out its welcome, fast.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

2010 BRITISH ELECTION RESULTS

I am posting this blog from home as it's a lot easier to watch election results on my own computer rather than sit in the office and essentially get no work done. Better to just throw in the towel for the day and blog about the UK election, because that's what I am watching right now.Those of you interested in watching live election results from the UK can see the BBC coverage live here. Also, the Sky News feed can be found on Fox News's website here.

Already the first result has been declared from the constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South, which has held up its reputation as the fastest vote-count in the country. The exit poll came out just over an hour ago predicting a Hung Parliament with the Conservatives with the largest number of seats, currently estimated at 305 -- but I notice the British TV networks aren't taking the exit poll too seriously and are waiting for actual results.

Also there are plenty of reports of voters being turned away because the polls were closed right at 10pm, so a lot of people are mad about that.

It's actually been a wild day in international news. There was a huge drop on Wall Street today, all apparently caused by one fool who punched in the wrong numbers in some trade he did. And there are still riots going on in Greece over the economic mess there. Things are wild all over.

Monday, May 03, 2010

CONAN TALKS TONIGHT MESS WITH STEVE KROFT

I wonder if you tuned in to 60 Minutes on Sunday. If you did, you were definitely not alone -- 13.4 million tuned in, no doubt including a number of fans of deposed talk show host Conan O'Brien.

Despite telling Steve Kroft that things are just fine, the body language to me doesn't display it. To me, Conan still seems to be taking it kind of hard. Also, I notice he's got that lousy "Rebel Conan" look about him, still. He needs to shave that beard off.

I have to say, though -- late nights just haven't been the same since Conan departed. The time slot really does seem to be missing something with Conan not around. Such as, ahem, good comedy and stuff like that.

Here's the 60 Minutes interview courtesy of CBS.


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ANOTHER HAIR-RAISING WEEKEND IN THE NEWS BUSINESS

Needless to say, I had the weekend off.

Well, look on the bright side. It could have been worse, the world could have ended.

KEVIN NEWMAN DEPARTING GLOBAL NATIONAL

So the big surprise story in the world of TV News in this country is that Kevin Newman is leaving as anchor of Global National in August. He says he is seeking "rest and creative renewal." One wonders what exactly is up at Global, however. Many are speculating this is due to the money troubles over at Canwest. The new owners may want to shed a lot of expenses once they take over. The theories are flying that Newman knows what is coming for Global and is getting out while the getting is good. Also, now seems to be a good time to seek out a well-paying job at some company that might be willing to give you a good pension when you retire -- a big question mark at the current place given the state of things.
Question -- who'll be replacing Newman as anchor? I don't think that network really has anyone in the wings.