The Phoenix Film Critics' Society selected no movies for Pick of the Week, so I got on the phone with PFCS president David Ramsey to ask what gives. "It's a nothing weekend at the box office. Brad Pitt's new movie opened. But my statement still stands." I guess that sums it up. Pitt's new movie is Killing Them Softly. I'm still gonna see it and give it my review because besides being handsome, that guy really is a great actor.
Muppet Magic: If you were like me, you probably bristled with the idea that Disney bought The Muppets brand. But, alas, I was wrong. I think they've done good things with it. Take last year's The Muppets for example and their occasional viral videos. Now, to celebrate the holiday season The Muppets are providing back up on CeeLo Green's "All I Need is Love" video:
Cute Animal Video: Dogs at bathtime in super slow motion. Who doesn't love dogs in slow motion? I especially love when they shake the water off. Thanks, Pet Collective, for making this video.
Win A Chance to Present at the Oscars: You want to be a presenter at the Oscars? Team Oscar is doing a college search looking for students to appear during the live Oscar telecast. All you have to do is make a short video and say how you're going to contribute to the future of movies. More info on the Oscars Facebook page. Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane made the annoucement today at UCLA, but some other news slipped out during his announcement. The story is in place for a Family Guy movie according to Entertainment Weekly.
Summer Series: CBS and Stephen King have come to a deal on turning his book Under the Dome into 13 episode series to premier next summer, says THR. I'm still mad at Stephen King for killing a certain character off in the book Cell. I mean, I know an author has to be absolutely pitiless with some his characters for a good story arc. But still...
Rich Musicians: Who tops the Forbes list of highest paid musicians of 2012? Rapper Dr. Dre. He brought in $110 million, some from his new album and old albums. But he collected $100 million from his Beats headphones company. Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters raked in $88 million, followed by Elton John, U2, and British boy band Take That.