THIS was a nice surprise, courtesy of someone delightful in Disney’s marketing department. It’s a trailer for “Green With Envy,” a romantic comedy starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams, but it’s really the teaser trailer for Segel’s highly-anticipated revamp of “The Muppets.”
(I so rarely get to be the person who can discover firsthand something is viral marketing, by the way. I always find out about it down the road, after somebody else figured out some secret code and now we have a new “Dark Knight” trailer or something. Not this time! What is this “Green With Envy,” I wondered? I follow these kinds of things, and surely there is no movie called that and with those stars that has slipped under the radar. Anyway, MUPPETS!)
Amy Adams, who is a Disney cartoon princess come to life (“Enchanted” was a documentary, obviously), will play Lois Lane in the forthcoming “Superman” reboot. (This news comes courtesy of Geoff Boucher, who runs the excellent L.A. Times blog Hero Complex.)
Amy Adams! The three-time Oscar nominee, perpetual charmer of audiences and scene partners alike, is much more famous than her co-star, Henry Cavill. This makes me happy for some reason. Maybe it’s because of the inherent gender inequality in superhero flicks? It’s probably that. (Will their fame disparity be true three or four years after this movie comes out? It very well may be, because she is delightful, and he has a thankless role as the most boring major superhero in comics. Superman’s an iconic character, but interesting? Please.) She also joins Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, who will play Superman’s adoptive parents, and whatever classy actor is handed a huge paycheck to play the bad guy.
Adams is racking up the iconic roles/franchises these days. She’s in “The Muppets,” Jason Segel’s update of that series, which is very fitting. She’s going to play Janis Joplin, maybe, if that movie ever gets made. And now she’s Lois Lane, Superman’s journalistic paramour. (If the movie is going for modernity and realism, she’ll probably just be a Daily Planet blogger with a hyperactive Tumblr.) I can’t wait for the angry fanboys to picket the movie because Lois Lane doesn’t have red hair.
[As we approach the the 83rd Academy Awards, this site will be breaking down the major categories and posting about the Oscars in general. Enjoy.]
The Oscars are days away. Days! The votes are tallied. Information about the ceremony is starting to leak. Jack Nicholson has already been lowered, by crane, into his front-row seat at the Kodak Theater; he’s still asleep, mind you, and they’ll just wake him up a few minutes before the show begins.
There’s been an odd buildup to the Oscars this year. Last year, pretty much every frontrunner took home the award; in each of the three preceding years, there were only one or two close races or surprises. In other words, since “Crash” won the Oscar and forever besmirched (BESMIRCHED) the ceremony, Academy members seem to have decided to just watch the lengthy awards season and agree with the majority whenever possible.