"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.
OK, WE CAN ALL RELAX NOW: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Giselle Bundchen apparently have gotten married. No word on whether Tom had secret video cameras go in and film the rehearsal in advance, you know, kind of like his team does to other teams. (Insert, sour grapes from a Browns fan.) (RL)
SUPERDUPER HEROES: With the famed graphic novel Watchmen coming to the big screen March 6, we've got superheroes on the brain. The gritty Dark Knight may be considered the new standard-bearer of comic books-as-films, but for years that title belonged to the first major film in that genre, 1978's Superman. Superman was fun, occasionally moving, but always light entertainment -- in many ways the antithesis of the Dark Knight, not unlike the heroes themselves. (KB)
NOT SO SUPERHEROES: But, if you're looking for perhaps the worst superhero movie of all time, check out this trailer to the unreleased Roger Corman stinker Fantastic Four. (And you thought the high-budget movies are bad.) Yes, the king of B movies who gave us Smokey Bites the Dust and Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls, attempted a low-budget film based on the popular Marvel comic franchise. The movie is so bad it's never been released on any format, but is available via bootlegs. (I remember seeing a copy years ago at a comic-book store priced at $35.) After watching this trailer, though, you'll most likely decide tracking down this version of Fantastic Four isn't worth the effort. It can also be watched in its entirety through 10-minute segments posted on YouTube. (KB)
LEONARD'S BACK: Kiddies, you may not have heard of Leonard Cohen, but let us tell you, no matter what age you are, the guy is cool. He's back on tour and no one looks better in a fedora. And if this piques your interest, find a copy of his "I'm Your Man" disc. You will not be disappointed. (RL)
YOUR REALITY TV UPDATE: Forgive us at Thin Slices if we don't get too excited about reality TV developments. Not to be snooty or anything, but there just seems to be so much "real" stuff out there that we get lost in it. That said, some dude named Hosea won Top Chef and some more people have advanced on American Idol. (RL)
WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHMEN: Buzz is already building for the release of the anti-superhero superhero movie The Watchmen based on the graphic novel. The question that's starting to filter through the world of comic geeks -- hey, it's their word, not ours -- is just who will watch and appreciate what promises to be a divisive flick in some circles. (RL)
APOCALYPSE LATER: The CW has finally announced that it is renewing Supernatural for a fifth season, putting to rest worries that show creator and Sylvania Township native Eric Kripke would have to end things in a hurry. (RS)
YOU LOOK GOOD, DAHLINK: What would an Oscars post-mortem be without talking about fashion, as in who looked good in what. And for a little snark -- like describing Heidi Klum's dress as a "sculpturally-folded napkin" -- here's a look at the dresses from our friends in Britain. (RL)
SUCCESS!: The Oscars broadcast Sunday night, while not exactly memorable, was a big ratings hit with the Nielsen folks, even managing to kick American Idol around a bit. Still no Super Bowl, though. (RL)
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OK, WE CAN ALL RELAX NOW: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Giselle Bundchen apparently have gotten married.No word on whether Tom had secret video cameras go in and film the rehearsal in advance, you know, kind of like his team does to other teams. (Insert, sour grapes from a Browns fan.)