A Haunted House: True story: I knew this movie existed, and I knew Scary Movie 5 existed, and I had seen the trailer for A Haunted House... and I still somehow watched the Scary Movie 5 trailer thinking it was for A Haunted House. The purveyors of terrible-looking spoof movies have apparently divided their territory: the Wayans-led African-American audience in one corner, and C-listers whose employment in spoof movies should probably count as somehow criminal (Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan) in another. Point of potential confusion: Malcolm D. Lee, director of Undercover Brother, has taken over the Scary Movie franchise from conservative weirdo and former comedy genius David Zucker, but some white dude named Michael Tiddes (former assistant on White Chicks) made A Haunted House. Anyway, you know the rules: none of you went to see only good spoof movie of the past 15+ years Walk Hard, so no one's allowed to see this. Right?
Quartet: Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut got the ol' Weinstein bum rush, scheduled for an end-of-year release until a last-minute kick into January. I guess that's kind of a bummer if anyone involved thought they were being positioned for Oscars, but it also seems like the kind of low-key, character-driven, elderly-friendly movie that probably studios should be more amenable to releasing in the off-Oscar seasons, though, please note, I will probably never see this movie because it looks like The Best Non-Exotic Marigold Old Singing People Whatever.