Here are two bits of totally unrelated film news. I'm going to put them together into one blog post because I am lazy.
So first, the tagline "His dreams inspired the world" might not be that great—"His dreams first inspired the world, then creeped the world out" would be more accurate—but following its premiere at MTV's VMA Awards, the trailer for the shameless cash-in flick Michael Jackson's This Is It is now online.
Someday, someone will make a hell of a documentary about Jackson's crazy-ass life, but I suspect the Gilmore Girls/High School Musical dude isn't gonna be the guy who does it. This looks sappy and exploitative and cash-grabby. I will still see it. So will you. So will everyone.
In less-depressing news:
Christoph Waltz—who was fucking awesome in Inglourious Basterds as the eeevil Nazi Col. Hans Landa—has taken over for Nicolas Cage in Michel Gondry's Green Hornet, which stars Seth Rogen. This is fantastic. Gondry directing a movie about a superhero no one knows or cares about? Seth Rogen? Col. Hans Landa? Ten tickets, please.