Once a week I sit down with my friend Ben and we record our Real BS Podcast where we discuss everything from entertainment news to politics and real life. In our latest installment (Episode 9) we hit the entertainment news hard. There’s this little movie coming out soon called The Expendables 2. Ben – as he likes his violence and swearing at an R-rated level – was disappointed at first when Chuck Norris, who has a role wanted it PG-13. Nonetheless it has that R-rating that Ben so desires. But it does seem like there are many films out that go PG-13 for that sought-after 12-18 demographic.
Total Recall which entered the box office battle this past weekend made a paltry 26 million and coming in second behind the Dark Knight Rises’ 36 million on its third weekend of release. When the first Total Recall film debuted in 1990 it appeared stronger in spite of its R-rating and when The Expendables from two years ago was released with an R rating they both had great success. So is it really true that you get a larger audience? I don’t believe so and, I believe, if the filmmakers made an R-rated Total Recall it would have found greater success this weekend at the box office and possibly have taken out the Dark Knight Rises in the number one spot.
Everyone loves a reboot, right? Vince Vaughn is executive producing a new Brady Bunch television series. Is this something the world really needs? The show follows Bobby Brady on the heels of a divorce who finds another woman to share his life with. Apparently, Bobby Brady will have three boys and the woman, believe it or not, has three girls. The Brady Bunch may have been good for its time but with high-quality shows on cable networks like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Newsroom will the rebooted Brady Bunch find any success? I think it will fizzle like many cash-grabbing television reboots of the past.
One of my favorite stories that we covered on the podcast this week was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s creation of the Schwarzenegger Institute for Public Policy on the University of Southern California campus. While I would find it very interesting to attend a lecture with Professor Schwarzenegger (yes, he is lecturing starting this year), I wonder how many people would attend just so they could say that they did as opposed to getting something out of it. Will those who have an interest in politics actually be able to attend the program or will the screenwriters and directors in the film program take up the seats to watch the Terminator lecture about politics? The actor-turned-politician-turned-actor-again was a two-term governor of California who I voted for the first time around while living in Los Angeles.
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