Generally speaking, we sit down at our computer every weekend and have something specific to say in this weekly missive/monologue/diatribe, especially when something of interest happens during the week prior. But this week, while still contemplating the absurd Casey Anthony verdict (a litigator friend of ours said, “And that, folks, is why we have trials and juries”) and the incredible U.S. Women’s World Cup Soccer team, it occurred to us that we’re in the deep doldrums of summer again, and that means nothing really happens.
You know it’s a slow news week, in fact, when the biggest entertainment news is the casting of event films coming out a year later. For instance, all these pictures of the dwarves in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movies, or more news about who’s joining the cast of Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” flick, or things like that. These are the things getting headlines, when they would normally tend to be smaller stories that most people wouldn’t look at quite as closely.
True, we would, but that’s as much because we have to, as because it’s actually interesting. For instance, we like Harry Lennix as much as the next person, but the news that he’s going to be playing some army officer in that Superman movie was something we thought might fit into a news recap, rather than one of the larger headlines in this weekend’s edition of the Hollywood Reporter.
It’s tough churning out a daily newsletter when there’s not a lot of news, so we think we’re going to ask people to get off their butts and make some. We don’t really care where it comes from, just give us something interesting to write about, and we’ll be happy. Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have to get into more trouble or anything, nor does Charlie Sheen — though we certainly did love reading in last week’s issue of Sports Illustrated that he did steroids (!) before filming “Major League” 22 years ago — but come on, people. Try to work with us here.
That’s right, we’re blaming you for this. So get up and do something, make some news, cause something to happen, give us something we can use. Announce more projects, fire or hire some executives, cause some kind of labor action, update things … whatever. Go out and do something. Do something, for the love of Pete! Make some news! End our pain!
Seriously, we expect you to give us something this week, something about which we can really grind our axe seven days hence. Now go to it. Clock’s ticking.