Twentieth Century Fox is keeping The Simpsons Movie (PG-13) under wraps as long as possible after an embarrassing incident earlier this summer. A theater projectionist in Tennessee viewed Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and posted a negative review on AintItCoolNews.com, upsetting the studio.
The projectionist was tracked down and Fox convinced his employers to fire him. The ensuing Web chatter mostly sided with the projectionist and razzed Fox's hypersensitivity.
The studio isn't risking a repeat scenario with The Simpsons Movie, based on the long-running television series. No critics screenings were planned until Wednesday, too late for Weekend's deadline. A review will be published Friday in Floridian.
Oddly, The Simpsons Movie is currently ranked among the top 250 movies of all time on the Internet Movie Database survey of users. They haven't seen it, but affection for the Simpsons and their Springfield neighbors has fans stuffing the ballot box.
All we know is that Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) accidentally creates a nuclear power plant disaster that turns Springfield against him. The rest is up to whatever imagination the creators still possess after 18 seasons on the air.
LOHAN ACTS TOO?
Sometime between holiday hedonism and Memorial Day rehab, Lindsay Lohan found time to make a movie. Bad timing in the opening, however, considering her arrest earlier this week on charges of DUI and drug possession.
I Know Who Killed Me (R) stars the sobriety-challenged starlet as Aubrey Fleming, a high school student kidnapped and tortured by a sociopath. Aubrey is discovered by authorities and hospitalized, claiming to be someone else - a character named Dakota Moss that Aubrey invented for an English class project.
"Dakota" insists that Aubrey is still in danger and must be rescued. According to the MPAA rating breakdown, it'll require "grisly violence including torture and disturbing gory images ... sexuality, nudity and (profane) language" to solve that mystery.
I Know Who Killed Me wasn't screened in time for Weekend review.
Big Boi takes on the country club
Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly stated during the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Laughs special that another comedy about golf isn't necessary since Caddyshack did it perfectly.
That expert advice didn't stop the creators of Who's Your Caddy? (PG-13) from trying.
Big Boi, from the funky duo Outkast, stars as a hip-hop music mogul trying to join a segregated country club. He and his posse (including Terry Crews and Faizon Love) will show those bigots how ridiculous they are.
Leading the country club contingent is Jeffrey Jones, best known as Ferris Bueller's beleaguered principal.
Who's Your Caddy wasn't screened in time for Weekend review.