Also in the news: A $60 million ruling against The Wolf of Wall Street, and the faintest chance of a new Lovecraft film. It’s your Daily Blunt!
Ignorance may be bliss for its owner, but it makes everyone else miserable. According to research shared in the “Data is Beautiful” subreddit, every year during International Women’s Day, Google sees a tremendous spike in searches for “International Men’s Day.” And yes, there actually is one, in November! But that’s not the point: the data suggests that a bewildering amount of men respond to announcements about Women’s Day with indignation about their own accomplishments not being properly celebrated. (See also: the people who rally for a White History Month.)
Thankfully, Michael B. Jordan continues to be God’s gift to women and men, year-round. The “Black Panther” star has stepped up and offered to buy a new retainer for the teenager who bit through hers during his shirtless scene. This story initially unfolded because an orthodontist posted to Tumblr about the incident, where it went viral – until eventually the patient herself saw it, and outed herself as the wire-snapper in question. From there it caught Jordan’s attention, and now the young woman has the best form of dental insurance imaginable: she’s on the Killmonger plan.
When Jordan Belfort wrote The Wolf of Wall Street, he probably couldn’t imagine that it would one day become an Oscar-nominated film – or that producers of the film would be forced to give up $60 million as the result of a judgment that they participated in a Malaysian economic scandal. That’s now the case, however, and they have only 30 days to pay up the first $30 million payment. Scorsese, we hope you’re taking notes: this entire series of bizarre incidents, which even involves Leonardo DiCaprio being forced to surrender one of Marlon Brando’s Oscars, has the makings of a perfect sequel to “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Now that Guillermo Del Toro has won his own statuette for directing, perhaps he’ll be allowed to circle back to that H.P. Lovecraft adaptation he spent years pre-producing, before schedule (and budgetary) constraints forced him to scrap the project last year? Fans are not letting it go, and Del Toro remains open to the idea of an “At the Mountains of Madness” resurrection. The one thing he seems to have learned from all this: when a studio asks you what your movie’s rating will be, always lie and say “PG-13.”