LAT in 90 Seconds

Let’s Go To the Movies! In the sequel to its kids-are-bored-with-their-options series, LAT finds that teens and young adults are steering clear of multiplexes. This is a bad thing?

I understand that if you’re a studio exec, seeing poll numbers like “three in 10 teens ages 15 to 17 are seeing fewer” films than a year ago would maybe make you sweat. But we have a different take. Gone is the giggly greasy grope fest while we’re trying to watch World Trade Center? Fandango!

Heart of Stone: After getting all apoplectic that Oliver Stone was directing World Trade Center, conservatives who have seen the film have changed their tune.

Cal Thomas, a leading conservative columnist, called it ‘one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, God Bless America films you will ever see.'”

Hmm. That giggly greasy grope fest is sounding better.

More Stuff to Throw Away: The Santa Monica-based IMedia International Inc. is providing CDs full of movie previews, music samples, video games, comics, celebrity interviews and ads for newspapers to distribute within their Sunday editions. So far, The Dallas Morning News and the New York Daily News have signed on.

The papers admit this is a gamble but hope it pays off in ad revenue boosts. We’re not so sure. We won’t even use those shampoo samples they sometimes tuck into Sunday papers, let alone stick something foreign in our computers. But, then, we tend to wash our hands too much.