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Observations from a grumpy old man

  • MTV has ordered a new talk show to be hosted by “Jersey Shore” cast member Vinny Guadagnino. The series will feature Guadagnino talking to his guests in his family home in Staten Island, New York. Such are the limitations of having to wear an ankle monitor.
  • Some people are saying it isn’t right that the producers of the new — and very funny — cable series “Wedding Band” used the show’s star, Brian Austin Green, to get his wife, Megan Fox, to guest star on an episode. It’s hard to believe Green would be upset. If you were married to Fox wouldn’t you want to do anything to let the world know? It’s a shock that their wedding photos aren’t tattooed on his forehead.
  • Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, is going out of business. C’mon people! I did my best to keep the company going.
  • Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have broken up. No wait. They’re back together. Wait. It’s over. Wait. Who cares anymore? All the talk about their love life is worse than the gossip at a junior high dance.
  • TMZ is reporting Russell Brand accidentally crashed his SUV into a homeless man’s cart and then helped pick the mess. It’s not the first time Brand’s been involved with something that’s garbage.

Did They Just Say Fresno? ‘Psych’

Woah, they make Decepticons in Fresno? Oh, no? They don’t? Thanks, “Psych,” for crushing my dreams. At least we got a shout-out in the latest episode of USA’s wacky detective show. (Which I totally love, btw.)


For the record, Shawn and Gus, you’re welcome in Fresno anytime.

PREVIOUSLY: Did they just say Fresno? ‘Psych’ Christmas episode (2008)

[Thanks to Kristi for the tip.]

Transformers 2.5: Critics vs. Moviegoers

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Autobots vs. Decepticons isn’t the only battle surrounding “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” The movie, currently No. 1, in the country after making more than $200 million since its opening, has hatched a war between critics and moviegoers.

There’s a nice story in today’s paper that talks about it in detail, but basically: The movie has nearly been panned universally by critics, while ticket-buyers are loving it. It could be the worst reviewed movie to ever crack the $400-million mark.

The new “Transformers” only has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just 3% better than “Year One” and 7% worse than “Dance Flick.” Our own Rick Bentley gave “Revenge of the Fallen” a D+ in his review. But you only need to look to the comments of his review to see the divide: The fanboys are telling him to quit his job and calling him “pretty much the dumbest person on the planet.”

Wonder what they’d say to this review from MovieWeb.com? “This celluloid abortion should be buried in a vault and shown to film students as an example of big Hollywood at its worst.”

The question seems to be: Are movie critics out of touch with what moviegoers like? Or do people just like bad movies?

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