“Stop-Loss”: Auds Still Shun the War


That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Kimberly Peirce’s “Stop-Loss” became the latest Iraq-war themed movie to sputter at the box office, despite a marketing campaign that evoked Abercrombie & Fitch more than a call to arms. The pic posted $4.5 million at the box office.

The marketing campaign may have had its intended effect — just not in the numbers that the studio wanted. Variety’s Pamela McClintock reports that 61% of the audience were females and 45% was under the age of 25.

The movie, however, did earn positive reviews. Reihan Salam writes in the Atlantic that the movie still matters. “While military families bear the burden of near-constant deployments and physical and emotional injuries, the rest of the country barely senses the cost of our efforts to pacify Iraq and Afghanistan. This could be a brief for a larger, better-equipped, and better-funded military coupled with more generous benefits for veterans — an agenda embraced by many on the right and left. But that’s not Peirce’s message. Aimed at a broader and younger audience than earlier Iraq War polemics like Redacted and In the Valley of Elah, the movie aspires to a more affecting, powerful indictment of the war, one that paints the young Americans who choose to join the military as victims, cruelly hoodwinked by politicians with a callous disregard for their lives.”

Gore’s Campaign: Al Gore unveiled his new $300 million global warming campaign on “60 Minutes” last night. The new series of ads — which will appear on shows such as “American Idol” — feature strange bedfellow pairings of politicos and celebrities to get the point across of the need for action. One of the first, narrated by William H. Macy, pairs the Rev. Al Sharpton with the Rev. Pat Robertson.

Here’s the first ad:

The spots are intended to show the bipartisan support that global warming efforts already have, and  by extension suggest that the  skeptical views now reflect a tiny minority, or at least the fringe.

That does not mean they are not out there. A Washington DC think tank funded by oil and gas companies has spent $35,000 on an ad that takes on Gore and his connections to the entertainment industry. The Washington Post reports, “The ad argues that Gore and his allies in Hollywood use plenty of energy but that “Al Gore wants to cut our energy use, putting our jobs and our future in jeopardy.””

50 Cent Switch: 50 Cent tells MTV News that he’s switching from Hillary to Obama to I don’t know. In other words, don’t make this man a surrogate.

Quotable: “…Now that we’re down to two contenders, it’s turned into an unending last episode of Survivor. They’re eating rats and they’re frying bugs, and they’re frying rats and they’re eating bugs; no one is ever going to get off the island and I can’t take it any more.” Nora Ephron, on the presidential campaign, in a blog post on Huffington Post.

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