UP: Eddie Murphy, NASA
Even though it might cost him the Oscar, congrats to Eddie Murphy for dominating the box office in his return to one-joke, seriously unfunny comedies. Will Norbit's gain equal a loss come Oscar night? Well, we all can hope.
In truth, I don't have a problem with Eddie getting an Oscar, I just don't think he was all that great in the movie. If the Academy wanted to impress me they should have nominated him for Coming To America or The Nutty Professor -- movies where he legitimately deserved it.
A special shout-out this week to NASA. You have given us so much already. All The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Pluto Nash ... and now you have given us the story of the year (so far, anyway). A love triangle where an astronaut goes cuckoo, drives hundreds of miles and attacks a romantic rival is pretty darn good. But she wore diapers to avoid rest stops? NASA, you are going to make my head explode.
DOWN: Astronauts, Parents
Poor astronauts. Because of Lisa Nowak, these people are going to be subjected to about five times the normal amount of psych tests. Those things can't be as fun as Michael Bay made them look in Armageddon, right? My recommendation to all the space cadets out there is bring to the evaluations an MP3 player equipped with some Aerosmith. Seems to do the trick.
Parents took yet another dive this week when a group of wackos said they are boycotting the next Harry Potter movie because Daniel Radcliffe appears au naturel in the revival of the play Equus. Who are these people? They breed? Fine. Stay home and give the rest of us earthlings a break.
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