Normally on Fridays we tend to devote this sheet of plain white, em, ether to look at movies opening in theaters. Which we’ll certainly do today, but first, I think it might be worthwhile to acknowledge the passing of two cultural landmarks: All My Children and One Life To Live. Now, even if you’re not a daytime TV watcher you probably know someone who is – or was, and it’s kind of hard not to since OLTL took to the airwaves in 1968 and All My Children began in 1970. AMC star Susan Lucci (who’s been aboard longest of anyone, ever) says the whole thing’s been “a fantastic journey” and the show will conclude in September; On Life To Live says farewell next January. Only four daytime dramas are left (they’ll make up today’s poll). Meanwhile, filling the gaping maw left behind by these two shows? Oh, what they now call “lifestyle programming” – two new shows called The Chew and The Revolution which have to do with a) food and b) how to diminish the damage it does us. Bottom line, all the execs say the times they are a’ changing on the teevee, only it sure is sad to see two wildly iconic brands bid us adieu.
Now, to movies. One film franchise that hasn’t – for better or worse – bid us adieu yet is Scream. Or, to put it more accurately: Scream 4 is in theaters today. With Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. And that Ghostface guy who mixes all the mayhem up with humor – which is one of the reasons why this particular series of films is actually kinda important within the horror genre. It’ll do nicely at the box office, although maybe not as nicely as it would have if say, its target audience didn’t have two hundred times the number of technical and social media distractions than existed when Scream 3 opened.
For the less-afraid set (which includes me) and anyone else who’s just plain looking for something lighthearted and fun, you might want to catch the animated adventure Rio. It’s a fish out of water tale, only it’s a domesticated Blue Macaw out of Minnesota who winds up sampling the exotic wares of Rio De Janeiro tale. This one’s got the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and George Lopez among others, and looks to be lots of fun. For everyone. Plus, it’s hard to call these new movies simply “animated” because they’re so gorgeous and the computer effects are so stunning. This looks like it’ll be very popular, although it may not trump Scream 4.
Also opening in theaters we have a film called The Conspirator — directed by Robert Redford (who also made Ordinary People and A River Runs Through It so he certainly knows his way around & behind a camera too). This one stars Robin Wright as the woman who was charged as a co-planner in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Wright rounds out a top-notch cast that also includes James McAvoy and Tom Wilkinson. Looks interesting, if serious and thoughtful and the first in what is about to be an Abraham Lincoln movie onslaught (several are slated over the next two years).
Finally Keanu Reeves has a new movie out – Henry’s Crime – an indie flick with Vera Farmiga and James Caan – about a brand new ex-con who targets a bank he missed the first time around. Like The Conspirator, it’s in limited release so you may have to look around for it, although if the word of mouth is any good (and it is ) it’ll go wide.
As always, let us know what you see, and what you thought.
1) The Bold and the Beautiful
2) Days of Our Lives
3) General Hospital
4) The Young and The Restless