August 4th, 2010

light fantastic

"Brent Lang of The Wrap just doesn't get it"

After that LA Times article and then Brent Lang's even more ridic article for The Wrap (quoted by Anne Thompson's blog... I thought she was smarter), I'm glad that someone, namely Scott Mendelson ("Film Critic and Pundit for Salon, Huffington Post, and Mendelson's Memos"), is finally standing up against the illogical ideas that are running rampant on movie blogs about the Charlie St. Cloud box office. His blog I twittered yesterday went up at Huffington Post today:

Brent Lang of The Wrap just doesn't get it. Plain and simple. In his provocatively-titled piece 'Zac Efron and the Incredible Shrinking Teen Idol Stars', Land [sic] submits that the newest generation of young stars (Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus, etc) have disappointed at the box office even as the numbers he uses fail to bear that out. Once again, a pundit has fallen into the classic trap: Because a movie star's latest movie has failed to match up with his or her all-time best performances, said actor's star must be fading. But it fails to take into account two obvious factors: not every film an actor makes is identical in appeal and marketability, and a star cannot be expected to top their previous best every time out of the gate.

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Now if only someone would toilet paper Owen Gleiberman's house (jk jk).

eta: I wonder if Owen would've told Ginger Rogers not to do Kitty Foyle.