Entertainment Weekly Reunion Issue…Not Exactly What It Sounds Like.

In My Humble Opinion: If a magazine is going to have a “reunion” issue, then make sure you can get the entire cast from the movie or television show that you’re advertising as a reunion.  I can understand that Randy Quaid couldn’t make it for the National Lampoon Vacation reunion, after all he is technically a wanted fugitive here in the United States….he’s hiding out in Canada.  But I went on to read about E.T. and the only three people participating in the reunion were Steven Spielberg, Drew Barrymore, and Henry Thomas.  What about Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton (Elliot’s older brother), Erika Elaniak?  Hell even C. Thomas Howell…after all he was the coolest kid on a bike with his ski mask, you know you thought the same thing when you were younger.  Did Entertainment Weekly reach out to these people at all?  I can’t imagine that the three people featured were the only ones that wanted to participate in a story about one of the most profitable and successful films in history.  Another movie that was touted as having a “reunion” was Some Kind of Wonderful.  This film is probably one of the least well-known films by John Hughes, but is still a pretty good movie.  For the reunion Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson were the only two people featured…really?  What about Lea Thompson, Craig Shaffer, Elias Koteas, and John Ashton…they had pretty substantial roles in the movie as well.  Lea Thompson was the main love interest of Eric Stoltz’s character for Pete’s sake.  I mean I love Entertainment Weekly, read it all the time, but seriously, if you’re going to have a reunion issue, get everyone involved…I was half expecting to read a story on The Goonies with only Sean Astin and Josh Brolin featured.

Shia LaBeouf “done” with Big Budget Films….good!

In My Humble Opinion:  It takes a real ass to come out and make negative comments about the very industry that has provided him with a living and his entire way of life.  Shia LaBeouf (Transformers Franchise, Indiana Jones) came out and said that he is “done” making big budget films.  His exact quote was:  “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.”  Of course this isn’t the first time he made headlines for his loose lips.  He publicly spoke out against Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which, to no one’s surprise, upset director Steven Spielberg and has since dampened their relationship. 

If the studio does hamper the visionary or creative input an actor or director has in a film, surely Mr. LaBeouf realized it after the first Transformers film?  I just find it hard to believe that a young man who has made his living nursing on the tit of Hollywood decides now to speak out against it.  Of course this could be because he is in the middle of promoting his new film Lawless (which does look good, but only because Tom Hardy can carry any movie he’s in).  It just seems like an awfully convenient time for Mr. LaBeouf to reject the very industry that helped him reach stardom in the first place.  Not to mention, there are plenty of other actors/directors that have retained their creative and visionary control while making big budget films:  Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone Christopher Nolan, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, and of course Quentin Tarantino.  If you feel I’ve forgotten someone, please comment!



Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

In my humble opinion:  Daniel Day-Lewis is going to kill this role, he’s an incredible actor and I can’t wait to check this movie out.  Check out the first official photo below.