Friday, September 27, 2013

Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt Really Leading-Man Material?

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Baggage Claim movie Paula Patton
Baggage Claim: In a premise that sounds suspiciously similar to—by which I mean exactly like—the little-liked romantic comedy What's My Number? (released on this very weekend in 2011), Paula Patton plays a flight attendant who visits with previous exes due to life-panic surrounding her younger sister's engagement while failing to realize the guy across the hall is really her soulmate. Seriously, it's Number minus the sex angle and Anna Faris—and that movie wasn't even a hit with those elements. There's little danger of lawsuit, I guess, because Fox made both movies; maybe this is the pilot for a new African-American Remake of Non-Prestige Catalog Titles program. If so, poor Kevin Hart and Mike Epps are going to have to star in something about an internship at Bing; Ice Cube will have to inherit the Billy Crystal role in a redo of Parental Guidance; and Morgan Freeman will have to suit up for Black Taken 2. Then again, maybe I shouldn't make fun: Baggage Claim is the first Fox Searchlight title with a mostly African-American cast since Beasts of the Southern Wild, and kicks off a fall slate that also includes 12 Years a Slave and Black Nativity (the title of which is why I don't feel too bad about calling my Morgan Freeman project Black Taken 2). Why, it's almost as if Fox (or at least its art-house division) is starting to understand that black folks go to the movies, too!

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