My look at the Saints impact on New Orleans will be up on Monday, as well as my predictions for the Super Bowl. Until then, some tidbits from the week that was:
–The news of actress Brittany Murphy’s death at the tender age of just 32, just before Christmas on December 20, was sad enough. Now that tragedy is being compounded by misdirected anger and blame – or at the worst — greed — from family members in the wake of Murphy’s death, as the latest report is that the late actress’ husband and mother blame Warner Brothers for her death — and they’re prepared to sue the studio over it.
The official cause of death has yet to be released, pending toxicology reports. However, Murphy ‘s husband Simon Monjack is claiming that her death from cardiac arrest is a result of stress from being released by Warner Brothers from the sequel to the animated film Happy Feet two weeks beforehand. It’s a belief that is apparently being supported by Murphy’s mother Sharon — and Monjack is apparently planning to file a wrongful-death suit against the studio.
While I empathize completely with Murphy’s husband and mother — the loss they’re feeling is no doubt unimaginable — a frivolous lawsuit isn’t the way to deal with their grief. Actors and actresses are replaced in roles by studios on a daily basis, and the world of Hollywood is ripe with stressful situations — that’s simply part of the business. Losing a job definitely causes untold amounts of stress — but it’s not something that can or should be used as a reason to go to court. Millions of Americans lost their jobs in the last several years — jobs that represented their entire livelihoods — and some of them certainly suffered physically from the stress involved. They’re not all looking to sue their former employers — nor should they be. This is a lawsuit that hopefully never gets filed — or if it does, hopefully it gets tossed quickly out of court where it belongs.
— Things I won’t be typing into my Google search anytime soon? How about the phrase “Greg Oden’s junk”?
The second-year and often-injured Portland center apologized yesterday for the nude photos of him and his … errr … manhood that are circulating around the internet as we speak. Apparently, the photos were self-taken by Oden with a cell phone and sent by him to an now ex-girlfriend a little under two years ago. Apparently, when you’re spending more time rehabbing injuries off the court than actually playing on it, there’s a wealth of time to kill.
My only question is this: when are people who are famous going to learn to stop taking pictures (or videotapes) of themselves in compromising or embarrassing situations? If the numerous sex tapes and nude photos of celebrities, even minor ones, that have circulated over the web over the years should tell you anything, it’s that if you take a picture of yourself naked it will end up on the Internet at some point. That’s just a simple fact. So to all aspiring actors and actresses, sports stars, and the like — it’s real easy to keep yourself out of these situations — and that’s to keep your private lives (and privates) really private and without a permanent record of some type that’s waiting to be leaked (unless you’re Scarlett Johansson, in which case I implore you to leak away).
Hopefully Oden can put this behind him and get back to more important matters at hand — which is being the second coming of Sam Bowie to Kevin Durant’s Michael Jordan.
— This week, James Cameron’s latest film Avatar reached some pretty elite company as it became the highest-grossing film at the worldwide box office ever and poised itself to take over the all-time domestic box office crown as well (which would put it in front of another Cameron epic, Titanic) (though those numbers are highly inflated by today’s higher ticket prices in comparison to, let’s say, Gone With The Wind). It’s spent seven consecutive weeks as the number one film in the country, and it shows no sign of slowing down at the ticket windows.
So what am I missing here?
I may be one of the few people left who hasn’t seen the movie so far — which is something unusual for me, since I’m both a fan of a good science-fiction tale as well as for Cameron’s past films. And yet, not only have I not seen Avatar — I haven’t really been possessed by a desire to see it. I’m much more excited about the prospects of seeing Iron Man 2 this summer, and even when I did find my way to the theater on New Year’s Eve, my movie of choice (with tickets to Avatar available) was Sherlock Holmes instead (a box office success in its own right, and a film I enjoyed immensely,as I seem to enjoy everything that Robert Downey, Jr. does lately).
When the previews for Avatar were flooding the airwaves … well, what can I say? I thought they looked interesting, but they just didn’t scream out “Must see this immediately” — to me, at least. Apparently, I’ve been alone in that thinking, and that’s left me wondering whether I dropped the ball on checking this out. The good news is for me, however, that if I want to see it in the theater, I’ll still have my chance for a while.