Hey there friendos. Brian Gallagher here with this week's look at all the news that wasn't fit for print, after a week off during the Thanksgiving holiday. There's a lot to get to this week, so lets start with mature Matt Lauer having a giggle fit on Today:
Today host Matt Lauer recently hosted a segment with the show's financial editor Jean Chatzky that dealt with retailers altering the size of food packages. Apparently both of them had a case of the giggles as they couldn't contain themselves when discussing the size of packages as you can see in this video below:
I know hardly anybody watches Today anymore, with the possible exception of the guys from The Soup, but come on, Matt Lauer. Hopefully you don't talk about boobies or anything next week, as I could only imagine the giggle fit that would ensue from that topic...
Graphic designer Matt Ranzetta recently created some wonderful new mashup posters which blend the Star Wars universe with other movies that share some Star Wars terminology in the titles. Take a look at these awesome new posters for Rebel Without a Cause, The Princess Bride, Empire Records, Empire of the Sun and Cool Hand Luke below:
The Princess Bride Mashup Poster
Cool Hand Luke Mashup Poster
Empire of the Sun Mashup Poster
Empire Records Mashup Poster
Rebel Without a Cause Mashup Poster
If you want these posters for your own collection, you can CLICK HERE to buy the posters or t-shirts with these designs. Excellent work, Mr. Ranzetta!
Hilarious Fake Criterion Collection DVD Covers - via Buzzfeed
Any serious DVD collector should be well aware of the Criterion Collection, a series of fantastic special edition DVDs for films they feel are important to filmdom. They usually include a lot of wonderful special features and essays on the movie from critics. I can tell you that the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Brazil Criterion's are amongst the crown jewels in my collection. As much as I love this collection, Buzzfeed has discovered this new Tumblr account called Fake Criterions which has popped up giving us a look at what the Criterion's for crappy movies such as Gigli, Crossroads, Air Bud and more. Take a look at these hilarious DVD covers below:
Gigli Fake Criterion Cover
Crossroads Fake Criterion Cover
Bio-Dome Fake Criterion Cover
Air Bud Fake Criterion Cover
Ernest Goes to Jail Fake Criterion Cover
The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift Fake Criterion Cover
Sadly, it seems that the Fake Criterions Tumblr page is down for maintenance of some sort, but there are many more to look at once the site gets up and running again. If you still need a fix of more alternate Criterion goodness, the Mubi.com forums members have created some more fantastic DVD covers, but these are for good movies that aren't featured in the Criterion Collection as of yet. CLICK HERE to take a look at this growing collection of proposed Criterion's. And, if you want to learn more about the real Criterion Collection you can visit Criterion.com.
Actor Josh Duhamel recently exhibited some diva-like behavior when he was kicked off a US Airways flight for texting while the plane was taxiing down the runway. A passenger on the New York to Lexington, Kentucky flight told TMZ that a flight attendant asked the actor to turn off his Blackberry and he refused, as he was reportedly "very rude" and "taunting the attendant."
It seems he was asked three separate times to turn off his Blackberry and after he laughed at the third and final request, the plane was turned back to the gate where two US Airways officials escorted Josh Duhamel off the plane. Ironically, he was texting about his flight being delayed and the other passengers were angered by the incident since he delayed their flight even further.
The actor's rep told the site that, "He's sorry," although it doesn't seem that he has spoken further about the incident. I wish someone would've caught this on video, although that person would likely be kicked off the plane too. Still, it would've been worth it to see an airplane tirade...
Johnny Depp Reveals Disney "Couldn't Stand" His Captain Jack Sparrow Character At First - via Vanity Fair
Johnny Depp recently gave an interview to rocker Patti Smith for Vanity Fair, where he revealed that Disney executives were none too thrilled with his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
"They couldn't stand him. They just couldn't stand him," Depp says of Disney's reaction to his controversial interpretation of Sparrow. "I think it was Michael Eisner, the head of Disney at the time, who was quoted as saying, 'He's ruining the movie.' Depp reveals to Smith, however, that he remained unfazed by the studio's hysteria. "Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, What's wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?... And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite... 'But didn't you know that all my characters are gay?' Which really made her nervous."
Obviously, it all worked out, with Johnny Depp receiving an Oscar nomination for playing Captain Jack and the movie spawning the immensely-popular and lucrative franchise, but I find it hilarious that the studio suits were nervous about Captain Jack Sparrow. It just goes to show you how out of touch the studio executives really are, but thank God they didn't do anything hasty like reshoot the movie to make him more of a traditional pirate. Still, it's kind of shocking that the movie was even made at all, only eight years after the gigantic failure that was Cutthroat Island which turned Hollywood off of pirates until Captain Jack Sparrow came along.
Well, that's about all I have for this week's edition of the Sunday Funnies. If you have any suggestions of articles/crazy stuff you'd like to see made fun of on future installments of Sunday Funnies, you can post on my wall here at MovieWeb: movieweb.com/u/gallagher OR follow me on Twitter @GallagherMW to send me funny links or chat about movies or whatever strikes your fancy. Peace in. Gallagher out!