There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop, trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum.
This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet.
How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules? In keeping with the entertainment industry's cherished tradition of mounting multiple productions focusing on the same subject simultaneously – see: global asteroid destruction (“Armaggedon,” “Deep Impact”), presidential terrorist over-run (“White House Down,” “Olympus Has Fallen”), mobsters seeking therapy (“The Sopranos,” “Analyze This”), fairy tale damsels (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Mirror, Mirror”) -- we can now expect “Hercules: The Thracian Wars,” directed by freewheeling fauxteur Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne “The Rock”
While those twin swords-and-sandals epics began arm wrestling for long-lead Q recognition this week, a pair of dueling wheelchair incidents lighted up the culture in a different way. Collecting a BAFTA Saturday in Los Angeles for his contributions to comedy,
Further contributing to the impression she "gets it" -- or could alternately be considered the "living embodiment of beneficence and magnanimity" --
The past week was punctuated by a pair of holiday movie announcements: one a seismic sexytime shake-up, the other a mega-budget, shoot-'em-up Christmas gift. The release of director Sam Taylor-Johnson's "Fifty Shades of Grey" adaptation was pushed back from summer 2014 to Valentine's Day the following year, provoking howls of anguish from mommy porn lovers worldwide. And the date for the latest installment of the blockbuster
Most commonly occuring by way of conversation, Mirroring as an observable behavior involves one person copying another. Either that or kismet seemed to dominate the art auction action this week, which had two epic sales in two days.
On Tuesday, a three-panel painting by Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon garnered $142.4 million -- the most money ever commanded by any artwork in an auction. The next day, at the same
There's Mirroring, then, of course, there's cause and effect. A new report released Monday revealed that violence in PG-13 movies has skyrocketed over the last three decades with PG-13 films nowadays consistently and statistically more violent than their R-rated counterparts. Almost as if on cue Thursday, the