Jewish World Review April 25, 2011 / 21 Nissan, 5771
The 10 most pressing show biz questions
By Barry Koltnow
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Apparently, somebody painted a sign on my back that says "Ask me show business questions" because people ask me show business questions everywhere I go.
The two most frequently asked questions lately have been "What's up with Charlie Sheen?" and "Why did they remake 'Arthur'?"
Smart people will tell you that it's important to allow sufficient time to pass before commenting on any issue so that one can gain a proper perspective. But smart people don't have weekly columns, or they would never say anything as stupid as that.
I will not only comment on the Charlie Sheen and "Arthur" questions, but I will offer opinions on the eight other most frequently asked questions I get when I go to the dry cleaners. And when I say "dry cleaners," you understand that it is a euphemism for dry cleaners.
Here are the 10 most pressing show business questions on people's minds this week.
1. "What's up with Charlie Sheen?"
Regular readers have been surprised that I have not weighed in on this topic, even though it has dominated entertainment news and late-night monologues for weeks. I've interviewed Charlie twice, but neither interview was recent (they were back when he had a movie career), and I didn't feel I could add anything meaningful to the national discussion. I also believed that it was futile to speculate when I knew that nothing would change. In fact, there are reports being circulated by the actor that he is in talks with
2. "Why did they remake 'Arthur'?"
Of all the dumb decisions that
3. "How could they vote Pia off 'American Idol'?"
One might have thought it was the end of the world when Pia got the boot, and it annoyed me to watch the endless replays of the judges' embarrassing outrage. Some people have speculated that her fans didn't bother to vote for her because they assumed that she was safe. But look no further than the judges' table for the real reason. They forced her away from her comfort zone (people liked her ballads), and the judges can't complain when they lose someone like Pia after they constantly prop up other singers who should be voted off. How long did they keep Thia going with their ridiculous compliments?
4. "Why is
5. "Why is the entertainment media so obsessed with
One, there is the age difference. Two, he says stupid things in public. And three, she looks great in a bikini at 46.
It's a casting choice I can't refute.
7. "How come there are so many comic-book movies about to come out?"
Have you looked at a calendar lately? It's April, which is followed by May, and that is the start of comic-book movie season. Don't worry; there are some very good movies coming out for adults in October.
8. "Does anybody outside the media still care about
9. "What does
Perhaps she has connected to his inner Jeff Spicoli? Other than that, I've got nothing.
10. "Does it seem as if there are more dance programs on TV than there used to be?"
One day, every program on television will have a dance element to it, including the nightly news and "Law and Order." As you probably have noticed, there is not a great deal of originality in TV or movies, and once an idea clicks with the public, the people who run the networks and the movie studios think that we want more of that same idea. It would be as if you were cooking for someone, and that person told you how much they loved your meatloaf. Would your reaction be to make meatloaf for dinner every night of the week? Nobody wants meatloaf every night, and nobody wants dancing every night.
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