|4||(-)||Parental Guidance||20th Century Fox||Comedy||$14,554,053||3,367||$4,323||$29,342,745||6|
|5||(2)||Jack Reacher||Paramount Pictures||Drama||$13,604,191||-11%||3,352||$4,059||$44,157,349||10|
|6||(3)||This is 40||Universal||Comedy||$12,501,060||+8%||2,914||$4,290||$36,431,350||10|
|8||(6)||The Guilt Trip||Paramount Pictures||Comedy||$6,547,462||+24%||2,431||$2,693||$20,957,818||12|
Parental Guidance's big star is Bette Midler. For many, December was going to be the battle of Bette versus Barbra. The Guilt Trip stars Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan. Bette's film stars her, Billy Crystal and Marisa Tomei. Marisa's a strong actress but she needs a hit. (I know that because it's been discussed by two friends of C.I.'s -- an agent and a producer. Marisa makes small, important films and she draws attention to those films that gets them financed. But she needs a few hits every now and then to keep that up.) So she's got a hit now. If she didn't, I wouldn't be writing this.
The battle of Bette and Barbra at the box office seemed a no-brainer to me.
Seth's funny and charming and popular. He's a 'now' actor. The trailer for The Guilt Trip was funny and Barbra films are so rare that they've become events.
Bette's film seemed more iffy. The trailer had to cover different perspectives and juggle more (Streisand and Rogan on a road trips is basically a tunnel while Bette's film is a landscape, it's easier to get across a tunnel to audiences when advertising because it's simpler).
I also, frankly, didn't think the Bette trailer was funny. I wanted a big belly laugh that justified them casting her in a comedy. She's a great comedic actress. But I didn't get that.
So the obvious choice was that Bette would lose the battle.
Three weeks or so ago, I made a bet with a friend of C.I.'s that Barbra's film would tank. Why? I made the point here December 1st.
No one should hire her for a film again. If I were Seth Rogan, I would bad mouth that bitch -- yeah, I mean that word -- like crazy to ensure she never works again. It won't be that hard, trust me.
I am sick to hell of Barbra Streisand and Ellen Barkin and all the others on Twitter and every where else.
I'm not talking about all celebrities.
I'm talking about the ones who think their every opinion is needed on every political topic in the world. Learn to shut the F**K up.
I'm not saying, "Shut up and s**g!"
I'm not saying don't speak out against war.
I am saying, we don't need your thoughts on Cabinet positions and so forth. Learn to shut the f**k up.
Did Babs think she was an MSNBC host and we all needed a running commentary of her every political thought at any given minute?
If so, she was wrong.
Honestly, she's kind of cowardly as a politico.
That's why I didn't review her album with the 'big' Iraq War statement. Most people don't even know she recorded a song like that. But she did. And it was so grossly disappointing.
It said nothing. It had no point of view.
This is the woman who can't stop shoving her opinion down your throat. But when it was time to go anti-war, she choked. "Stranger in a Strange Land" isn't at all anti-war. It's generic, muzak in terms of sound and it's pointless in terms of lyrics. It's so embarrassing.
Now if there was ever a time to share your opinion, it was on the matter of war.
And there she goes so soft and gauzy, it's like she's filming her close up with several pairs of pantyhose over the lens.
But damn, the bitch can't shut up about every other damn thing. That's fine if she's going for a small cable audience.
But the reason her film career needs to be over is she f**ked up and she f**ked over the film (and that's almost a direct quote from someone at the studio that released it, he is furious and Babs better not plan on working on any project there soon).
There are people who have different politics than I do. I really don't care if they can deliver the art.
With Babs, we should be on the same page -- I'm much lefter than she is. But she just can't shut up.
And here, I'm calling her out. Whereas, she shares her opinion by trashing people.
You'd think the woman who sang "people who need people are the luckiest people in the world" would have grasped the concept.
While I aim up, she just trashes Republicans. Average Americans who are Republicans.
And then the bitch is back trying to get you to buy her album or buy a ticket to her film.
Now she's a dinosaur and she'll sell albums for probably 10 more years -- that'll probably be no more than three new albums. Then that's over. The film career is pretty much over right now.
She's being bad mouthed by two execs at Paramount. She was supposed to promote the film, she was supposed to make people want to see it. Instead, mere weeks before it's being released, she's insulting half the voting public in America.
When she did that, she ensured that half the people would not buy a ticket to the comedy. And they might have before. She also ensured that people like me on the left were sick to hell of her.
The friend of C.I.'s with Paramount who says Babs f**ked over the film is very clear that they should have gone for Goldie Hawn. Goldie's known for being a spirit and a flower child type. She's left and most of America knows it and doesn't have a problem with it rather they are right or left. Because if Goldie speaks out on something or for a candidate, she does so in a way that leaves people who disagree with their dignity. She's not attacking them, she's not trashing them.
These people who think they can take a ton of money and then turn off the audience they were hired to reach better think again.
Again, I will support anyone for taking a stand. Not just a stand I approve of. Check the archives, I have applaued right wing celebrities who've taken stands. I will say something like, "I don't agree with them, but good for them."
And I mean that. In America, we are allowed to express ourselves and should.
But there is expressing yourself and what you stand for and then there is attacking people. Babs thought she could attack average Americans and still promote a film.
She f**ked over the movie, she f**ked over the studio (Paramount) and people don't want to work with her anymore.
Guilt Trip should have coasted to a big box office. Instead, not only did Bette's film outperform it, but the grosses above? Bette's film made more money, yes, but it did so in one week. It one week, it made 9 million more than Barbra's film made in two weeks.
So bye-bye, Barbra, skip down the Stoney End again 'cause you have f**ked over everyone, most of all, your own film career.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"