In the four days since Olbermann’s termination/resignation from MSNBC, we’ve been treated to a barrage of stories about what actually went down between Olbermann and the cable network. Since everyone is basically in the dark as to the actual specifics of the deal (even his friend Rachel Maddow claims she doesn’t know anything) the media has been left to their own, hysterical devices to speculate. As a result, many outlandish theories about Olbermann’s future career plans have already been thrown out there. After the jump, our five favorite post-MSNBC jobs for Keith Olbermann, courtesy of the media pool (and a few we made up). … Read More
Seattle’s alt-weekly, The Stranger, has previewed their upcoming sure-to-be-controversial cover created by Dan Savage (of Savage Love) and Aaron Huffman. Their take on history’s most well-known assassination attempts — both fatal and near-fatal — is a stark and startling image mirroring that of Sarah Palin’s now infamous “crosshair map.” As Michael Moore tweeted yesterday: “If a Detroit Muslim put a map on the web w/crosshairs on 20 pols, then 1 of them got shot, where would he b sitting right now?” Click through for a closer look at the cover, and let us know what you think of Savage’s work in the comments. … Read More
Everyone’s favorite overly ambitious Aussie filmmaker has made a startling claim about his most recent project. At a consumer electronics conference last week, Baz Luhrmann suggested that his new screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby might be best suited for 3D. Indeed: That would mean that Daisy Buchanan, Nick Carraway, Gatsby, and the rest of the gang would explode out from the screen in more than just brilliant literary prowess and symbolic resonance.
While Luhrmann hasn’t decided whether to go forth and conquer this chestnut of an idea, we dove deeply into the pages of Fitzgerald’s masterwork, and discovered passages that suggest that the author — no stranger to Hollywood’s whims — may have had his eyes on a 3D film adaptation when he first wrote Gatsby. You know, even though such a thing didn’t exist yet. Click through to examine the evidence, along with a few of our production notes to ensure a healthy box office. … Read More
On Sunday The New York Times Magazine ran a detailed story about this country’s most polarizing political nut job/hero-to-the-right, Glenn Beck. Whatever you feel about the guy personally (and we assume, somehow, perhaps naively, that most Flavorwire readers are HUGE fans), you have to acknowledge that he’s got a huge portion of the country tucked into his pocket, hanging on to his every word. It seemed a good opportunity to point out some things we learned about Mr. Beck from the profile. The top ten factoids after the jump. … Read More
Earlier this week The New York Times ran a story about how the lack of a major star often kills a Broadway show. Referencing the imminent death of Promises, Promises in January (after the exits of Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth), and the departure of Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (did you remember she won an Academy Award?) from A Little Night Music, the article brings to the forefront some sad truths about the current state of Broadway. Generally, a show loses millions of dollars when a big ol’ famous person isn’t at the helm.
A lot of rumors get tossed around about replacement casts and stunt casting to lift sagging shows’ box office receipts, so we thought we’d throw in our two cents and bring you five moves we DARE Broadway to try. Because they’d be so damn sweet… … Read More
The Bridge over the River Kwai earned University of Delaware graduate student Roger Craig a total of $77,000 on yesterday’s episode of Jeopardy! making him the biggest single-day-earner in the history of the program. Craig was already on a warpath after raking in $47,000 before Final Jeopardy even started, so wagering 30-grand on the category, “Literary and Movie Title Objects,” probably seemed like chump change. Also, everyone knows Literary and Movie Title Objects is, like, the easiest category ever.
But despite his killer payday, Craig still has a lot of answers to question before he ekes out the previous Jeopardy! record holder and dozens of other game show contestants for the most money earned on a television game show. In honor of Roger Craig, let’s take a look at five other guys (and, yes, unfortunately, they’re all guys) who made some memorable bank on TV. … Read More