Bucking Broncos


· First Whip It crashed and burned, and now a newly cautious Fox Searchlight has abruptly halted the planned national rollout of the Jared Hess-directed comedy Gentlemen Broncos, starring Jemaine Clement. The film underperformed in New York and Los Angeles this past weekend, and after factoring in the generally withering reviews, the studio decided that a wider release would be throwing good money after bad. Don't worry, Jared. They probably would have done the same thing to Pasolini.

· Contrarian film critic Armond White (of the New York Press) never disappoints with his galvanizing, insane opinions, but I think this passage in his review of Precious tips over into self-parody "Excellent recent films with black themes -- Next Day Air, Cadillac Records, Meet Dave, Norbit, Little Man, Akeelah and the Bee, First Sunday, The Ladykillers, Marci X, Palindromes, Mr. 3000, even back to the great Beloved (also produced by Oprah) -- have been ignored by the mainstream media and serious film culture while this carnival of black degradation gets celebrated." Marci X. Norbit. Oh, he went there.

· Sony has acquired the rights to the board game Risk. I would muster up some outrage, except I totally figured a studio had done that by now.

· When asked by EW about whether she's dating Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart blew up. "There's no answer that's not going to tip you one way or the other. Think about every hypothetical situation: 'Okay, we are. We aren't. I'm a lesbian.' I'm just trying to keep something. If people started asking me if I was dating Taylor, I'd be like 'F-- off!' I would answer the exact same way."

· How best to market the next film of Paranormal Activity lead Katie Featherston? Change its name to Experimental Activity, of course.

· What's with the intriguing title of Woody Allen's next film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger? "Well, that was a very aggressive title, so you can hope that it's a good movie," he told Vulture. "If I didn't think it was a good film, I would give it a quiet one-word title to deflect attention from it -- so now you know the secret." Finally, an explanation for Scoop!


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