Plus the parties’ most hated celebs, celebs joining the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, and “The Simpsons” on their way out?!?! It’s the Schmig for Friday, October 7th, 2011!
The “Hollywood Reporter” just did a poll on Democrats and Republicans and their movie choices. Republicans tend to like more family movies, including:
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Soul Surfer
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Democrats like movies that are a little edgier:
- Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family
- Bad Teacher
- Easy A
- The Social Network
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Movies that crossed movie lines:
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- Midnight in Paris
- The Lincoln Lawyer
Other interesting info from the poll:
- 52% of Republicans say they’ve avoided a movie because of the star’s politics (36% of Democrats have done the same)
- 62 % of Democrats say Hollywood portrays America in a positive light (39% of Republicans agree)
- 44% of Republicans think Hollywood protrays the military in a negative light (21% of Democrats agree)
Stars Republicans avoid:
- Michael Moore – 60%
- Jane Fonda – 48%
- Whoopi Goldberg – 47%
- Oprah Winfrey – 46%
- Sean Penn – 40%
Stars Democrats avoid:
- Mel Gibson – 36%
- Arnold Schwarzenegger – 30%
- Tom Cruise – 27%
- Kelsey Grammer – 14%
- Jon Voight – 13%
NEXT in the Schmig: Actors help “Occupy Wall Street” movement
Actors Tim Robbins and Penn Badgley are the latest celebrities to join the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in NYC. Robbins said, “This is what an actual grassroots movement looks like. It’s a bit sloppy and disorganized but full of passion.”
Penn Badgley said, “It’s cheesy, but I want to do whatever I can. Let’s be honest: I’m on f****** ‘Gossip Girl’…It’s absurd that celebrity power is what it is, but, like, use any tool you have, you know?”
Tim Robbins’ ex, Susan Sarandon has joined the protest, along with Michael Moore, Russell Simmons and Mark Ruffalo.
NEXT in the Schmig: Twilight news, and competing “Snow White” films
“Breaking Dawn – Part 1” comes out Friday, November 18th, and to celebrate the release the first three “Twilight” movies are being re-released in November. They’re all playing on Tuesdays – “Twilight” will play on November 1st, “New Moon” on November 8th, and “Eclipse” opens November 15th. For a list of theaters you can go to FathomEvents.com
Kristen Stewart is currently filming “Snow White and the Huntsman” with Charlieze Theron and Chris Hemsworth. There are competing Snow White films, believe it or not, and the other stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White. That film doesn’t have an official title yet.
Movies out this weekend
- Real Steel
- The Ides of March
NEXT in the Schmig: A break in the case over Michael Jackson’s fingerprints
Each day of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial brings more evidence that points to a guilty verdict. Yesterday the bottles of propofol and other medical evidence from Michael Jackson’s bedroom were shown.
The big news was that Michael Jackson’s fingerprints were NOT found on the bottles. The defense claims that Michael gave himself the fatal dose of propofol, and not Dr. Murray.
But Dr. Murray’s prints were found on one of the vials.
NEXT in the Schmig: One “Idol” winner is celebrating a birthday, and another “Idol” winner is dropped from their label
- Bree Olson – 25
- Taylor Hicks – 35
- Simon Cowell – 52
- Thom Yorke – 43
- Toni Braxton – 45
- John Mellencamp – 60
- Joy Behar – 69
- Oliver North – 68
“American Idol” season nine winner Lee DeWyze has been dropped from his record label. His debut CD, “Live It Up” sold just 168,000 copies since last fall, and RCA Records decided to cut Lee from their lineup. His rep says he’s “in a good place right now.”
NEXT in the Schmig: Which celebrity couple is celebrating their 16th anniversary
On this day….
- 43 years ago, the Motion Picture Association of America started its rating system, from “G” to “X”.
- 29 years ago, “Cats” debuted on Broadway
- 16 years ago, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen married. Happy Anniversary.
NEXT in the Schmig: The end of “The Simpsons”?
“The Simpsons” may be cancelled after this season if the actors don’t agree toa massive pay cut today. Fox apparently wants to do just one more season after this one, and they’ll only do it if the actors agree to a big pay cut – like more than 45%.
The six main voice actors currently make $440,000 an episode, or around $9 million a year. The pay cut would bring them down to $250,000 an episode, or $5 million a season.
TV This Weekend
- Saturday – SNL with Ben Stiller and Foster the People
- Sunday – Breaking Bad (season finale) at 9 on AMC
Hear this morning’s Schmig podcasts below: