Payola – what a fun word to say!

There’s a big scandal going on in the music industry over payola, or as They Might Be Giants said, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch your record.”

It’s a standard thing in retail for suppliers to pay retailers for shelf space, and prices are set according to proximity to the customer – adult eye level is the most expensive space. Well, except for kids eye level.

So why is it wrong for a radio station to get paid for what they play?

X-Men 3

In a brilliant casting decision, Kelsey Grammer has been announced as playing Dr. Hank McCoy a.k.a. the Beast in X-Men 3. Some guy named Vinnie Jones is playing the Juggernaut. Talks are underway to sign Maggie Grace (from Lost) to play Kitty Pride, and Angel will be a big part of the movie, but no names have been announced.

Look! Up in the sky!

It may be a piece of crap!

I like Bryan Singer. I loved both X-Men movies. I love “House”. I love THE USUAL SUSPECTS. I believe in Bryan Singer. When he says that he wants to make a Superman movie that picks up after SUPERMAN II, I breathe a sigh of relief. When I see pictures of Brandon Routh as Clark Kent, I’m thrilled.

Then comes this first publicity still of Routh as Superman. I just don’t know. Yes, it’s just a picture, but compare it to the first picture of Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man (Holy cow! I can’t find that picture to link to it. But it kicked @$$).

And, for heaven’s sake, Routh has brown eyes! They’re supposed to be blue. Unforgivable! ;-)

On a more serious note about the movie, Singer says SUPERMAN RETURNS is the story of Superman returning after taking about six years off, following the events of SUPERMAN II. I have two big problems with this.

One, it’s a never-ending battle. Six years is a REALLY long time.

Secondly, the last thing Superman says to the President in that movie, to the best of my memory, is, “I’m sorry I let you down. It won’t happen again.” So, of course, he takes six $#^$@@ years off???!!!!

I understand people’s concerns about HHG, but this seems to have the potential to be much, much farther off target.

Star Wars Episode III

I can’t believe I got this posted before anyone else! Episode III has an official title. Not “Rise of the Empire”. Not “The Creeping Fear”. Not even “The Phantom Creeps.”

What is it? Click here to see the official announcement.