Monday, March 17, 2014

ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY, HERE'S TO THE 10 LUCKIEST IN HOLLYWOOD

‘Tis St. Patrick’s Day today, so here’s to the wearing of the green, hoisting a pint, and celebrating those luckiest folk this day in Hollywood. The following ten should thank St. Christopher, the patron saint of luck, for the good fortune he has bestowed upon them:


 DREAMWORKS
Your animated film MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN takes in 21.4 million in its second week? No dog that movie, despite its canine lead. Bravo! You have a new film franchise.


MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY
You’ve got an Oscar and will assuredly get an Emmy for your incredible turn in HBO’s series TRUE DETECTIVE. And you’re lucky you don’t have to compete against the final season of BREAKING BAD, as your show will be listed in the limited series categories. (Not that you couldn’t beat Bryan Cranston if you were in competition with him in the drama series category, but your victory is now a virtual lock.)


LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK
You get every movie the first weekend it opens. No other city gets that preferential treatment. The ‘flyover states’ often have to wait a week or two for new releases because Hollywood studios apparently still believe that anything not on the two coasts is just rube central.


JARED LETO
He’s got an Oscar, a renewed film career, and is rumored to be dating Lupita Nyong’o. Some guys have all the luck…


JEN SELTER’S GLUTEUS MAXIMUS
The fitness instructor’s highly aerobicized butt is an Instagram sensation with almost 3 million followers and is starring in a two-page spread in this month’s Vanity Fair. Can a TV series be far…behind?


zach galifianakis
Many in the media and in the GOP are losing their collective sh*t that the President hawked his Affordable Care Act enrollment on your cable access talk show parody BETWEEN TWO FERNS. But nobody doubts whether it’s funny as hell or whether it has been incredibly effective. (The healthcare.gov site saw a 40% increase over the weekend!) 


THE VERONICA MARS MOVIE
The Kickstarter-backed movie made 2 million this weekend, and managed to squeeze into the top 10 at the box office weekend. And it did that despite the fact that Flixster had a number of download problems that prevented some paying customers from seeing it. Good thing the positive reviews and reception offset the mechanical botch. It’s proof that there’s real affection for Kristen Bell’s amateur sleuth from the cult TV show. And it highlights the fact that even though streaming is the future, right now, there are still a lot of bugs in the system.


BATES MOTEL
Speaking of TV, the A & E cable series based upon the Hitchcock classic PSYCHO, is doing exceedingly well in its ratings. So much so that it shamed the new Chloe Sevigny series THOSE WHO KILL which unfortunately dropped almost half its lead-in audience from Norman Bates. That didn’t bode well for the freshman series and the new show was pulled after just two episodes. The Bates Motel, on the other hand, is no fluke and continues to prove it's going to be open for some time to come.


ELLEN DEGENERES
Your show is a huge hit, you got huge ratings hosting the Oscars, and everyone adores you. And you’re still ordering pizza? Caviar and champagne all around, no?

THE PRODUCERS OF 12 YEARS A SLAVE

You made a smart and provocative movie that not only won the Oscar for Best Picture, but achieved Hollywood’s highest honor with some votes from Academy members who didn’t even bother watching your film (http://bit.ly/1gyUCga). In space no one can hear you scream, eh GRAVITY fans?

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