This week we received a tube of “mermaid bait” (gummy worms) as promo for the late March release Aquamarine starring Emma Roberts — AKA niece of Julia — as a teen mermaid. It’s a waste of studio money, but we’re not going to spit in the face of free candy (except for the time we got the Harry Potter jelly beans, in which case we really did spit, extensively).
A more puzzling item showed up this week also, in a slick black envelope bearing a 20th Century Fox address. Inside was a mock ultrasound photo, featuring a baby with what looks like some sort of object tied around its wrist. In the top right corner it says “Due Date 6/6/06” so we looked it up and discovered that it’s meant to represent a remake of The Omen starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and — kind of awesomely — Mia Farrow as the baby’s nanny. Note to studios: let’s leave creepy baby imagery out of our horror movie campaigns from now on, shall we?
Staff eroding Daily
The competence train continues its Fugitive-style slide off the tracks down at The Daily News, where eight people were axed three weeks ago. Marilyn Smulders, the longtime DN entertainment reporter who is currently being wasted as the paper’s city council reporter, is paddling her lifeboat away from the sinking ship. (There’s something about these Daily shakeups that brings out the giddy, lame metaphors in us. Sorry.) While we are sad to see yet another fine arts writer vacate the scene, we are happy to see that she escapes with her dignity. Good luck to you, lady.
A three-party system
Thanks to the intrepid Anablog devotees who called and wrote to quell our pointless rage at the Chronicle-Herald and its apparent right-leaning political stance after we saw that John Hamm had written his final column as Premier last week. Turns out each of the party leaders gets a turn in the paper, which we might know if we pulled our head out the “Spotlight” section for once in our lives. Apologies go, head down, to the Herald.
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