Yay or Nay?

I’m not sure how I feel about this report from Variety:

Hilary Duff and Kevin Zegers will star in indie feature The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, produced by Cypress Moon Studios.

Tonya S. Holly will direct the film from her own script, which is a new adaptation of the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow rather than a remake of the 1967 classic film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.

Although it is not a remake of Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde, this adaptation will inevitably be compared to the 1967 classic. I personally will have a hard time taking Hilary Duff seriously in the Faye Dunaway role which I would imagine would look something like this:

What do you think?


Hilary Duff has definitely left Lizzie Maguire behind. In her latest music video, the former Disney princess channels Madonna and Britney and is up to some risque business.

Check it out:

Um. Did you see the man’s thumb in her mouth!?!? That’s a little trashy. Yet somehow she will still be seen as the innocent one compared to other Hollywood queen bees.

Quote of the Day

“The Duff sisters co-star in this new movie about a couple of socialites who lose their fortune and have to live life in the real world … basically, your typical riches to rags story where a good moral lesson is learned in the end. I am not gonna lie … I’m gonna drag someone with me to see this movie as soon as I can. I wanna catch this movie before the Oscar buzz starts going around town.”
~Pink is the New Blog, on Material Girls, a movie starring Haylie and Hilary Duff, which premiered in NYC last night.

Movie Critics vs. Teen Queens

You might have heard this story.

Duff slams New York Critic

Hilary Duff has issued a stinging response to the York Times movie critic who described her acting as “talent-challenged”.

Stephen Holden has consistently slammed Duff’s teen comedy movies and singled out her performances particularly.But Duff insists she isn’t making movies for New York Times readers.

She tells Elle magazine: “He doesn’t really fit the demographic. So I could really care less. Look at me, and look at where he is – sorry! Would he prefer that I take some super-adult role that is inappropriate so I would have no place to grow?

Suppose the next thing I did was this super-edgy independent movie where I was pregnant or shooting up. What would that do to my fanbase?

Harsh words coming from the pop tart. But when Stephen Holden or any other critic attacks her movies, it may have something to with demographics, but not entirely.

Older reviewers can appreciate movies made for teen audiences just as someone my age can appreciate the classics. What critics are attacking, however, is the lack of quality in Hilary Duff’s films and how they are always the same mundane crap.

Maybe talentless is the wrong way to describe Hilary Duff, but if she doesn’t want to step away from her comfort zone of safe teen and family movies, she won’t be accepted by critics or moviegoers different tastes.

I was browsing Entertainment Weekly online and I found the Ask the Critic question. It goes along with what I was saying above. Here it is:

Why do critics treat bubblegum teen-oriented movies as if they’re real films? They have no artistic or intellectual merit whatsoever and only add to the dumbing down of American kids.

Because you haven’t provided any examples, I can’t gauge the scope of your disdain: Gidget? Beach Blanket Bingo? Rebel Without a Cause? Grease? Mean Girls? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? American Pie? Okay, let’s for a moment say you think none of the above has any artistic or intellectual merit: Still, each represents an idea what American teens are interested in, what the prevailing popular culture (marketed by adults) thinks American teens are interested in, or a potent combination of both. In such an influential genre, even a crummy, disposable title (and I’m not crazy, I won’t try to make a case for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s New York Minute is worthy of analysis as a ”real” film), if only to identify how bubblegum tastes change from generation to generation. — by Lisa Schwartzbaum

That’s another perspective. All I know is that there will always be the never ending cycle of the teen queen versus the movie critic.

What is your thought on this issue? Sound off below.

While I Was Gone

I’ve returned from my week long vacation in the Catskills and I am sad to report that it was not a Dirty Dancing-esque summer. One day it will happen I swear. In other news, after being completely isolated from any celebrity news or movie watching for one week, I had a few shocks when I returned to NJ.

1. Brad and Jen are finalizing their divorce. I, like any other stalkerazzi in training (SIT?), wonder when Brangelina will come out as an item. I mean they were spotted in Canada at some dinosaur museum.

2. Chelsea is really Georgia. (That’s Days of Our Lives reference.)

3. Hillary Duff’s greatest hits album, “Most Wanted” is number one on the Billboard charts. I’m by far not the biggest music buff in the world but even I know that is wrong on so many levels

4. Brock Peters, who played Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird and starred in other great movies such as Carmen and Porgy and Bess, passed away on August 23. He was also a huge part of the sci-fi genre, with roles in Star Trek and the voice of Darth Vader on NPR. Peters was an important actor who most people probably haven’t heard of or know of his work beyond TKAM. (It’s a shame how that happens). I think his death is far more important than the three items I listed before.