Amitabh Bachchan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Great Gatsby’/Photo © Warner Bros.
It looks like "Les Miserables" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" are no longer in a dead heat over the Christmas box office returns; the latter has been pushed off until summer 2013 because the studio thinks it "will be the perfect summer movie around the world." Also, there are dragons in it now. Just kidding! But really, what are they thinking? Expecting people to shell out for "Gatsby" -- at 3-D prices -- right at the height of "Man of Steel" and "World War Z" fever seems just a tad far-fetched.
More sad news: Remember our report on author and comedian Julie Klausner's crusade to pet the Bush's Baked Beans dog? Klausner provides the (anti) climax and denouement to her own story in this Daily Beast essay -- the folks at Bush's have declined, claiming it wouldn't be fair to all the other people who want to pet their dog, or some such. Apparently there are still companies out there who have no idea how internet publicity works, or how to react when a megaton of it magically falls into your lap.
Think back to the halcyon days of 2006 and recall, if you will, the sleeper hit that was Mike Judge's "Idiocracy," which was shafted by Fox with a miniscule release but found a cult following on DVD. Now at least one character is getting a spin-off of some kind: Terry Crews, who played "President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho," is in talks with Judge to reprise his role in a web-based feature of some kind. Hopefully this will work out better than the real-life version of the film's "Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator" energy drink.
Occasionally an entire movie-within-a-movie seems like an eerily plausible release in its own right. Here are ten that ought to leap off the screen ... and right onto another screen! (Of this bunch, the "Cars" spin-off seems the most likely to succeed.)