Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits

Have you seen any of the new Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince posters? I think they’re going for a new tough guy image. But I guess with aging actors (and viewers), and thus more mature storylines, you gotta market the thing with a bit of grown-upness. You can see all the new posters here at MSN.

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Son K asked me the other day: “What is it about Twilight, why does everyone like it so much? Especially girls? Is it 'cause the guy is a --" (here he indicates air quotes) "-- 'hunk'? What’s the big deal about it?”

I said, "Well, it was a popular book--"

"These kids haven't read the book, I guarantee you," he snorted.

Since the Twilight phenom is something I’m really not up on, I couldn’t answer him with any authority. K’s just turned 12, isn’t particularly interested in it himself, but wonders what the fuss is.

What should I have said? What do YOU know about it? I know vampires are sexy and all, but how do you give that answer to a kid in a way that ... uh... that makes sense? (Actually, I did say that: “Um, some people think vampires are kinda sexy, I guess...” After that, I was at a loss.)

What's your take on the Twilight phenom?

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Lastly (promise I’ll get to a review soon!), here’s a sneak peek at a poster for a film coming out Christmas Day.

Do you know who the actor is? I’ll let you ponder for a moment. Answer in image following.

Here's the answer. Oh, i can't wait!
Jude Law will co-star as Watson, and it's directed by Guy Ritchie, so I rather doubt it will be kid-friendly.


  1. Hahaha. OK, having seen the movie and read the first book, I can actually weigh in on Keeg's "Twilight" question. The reason girls are swooning is because the story is set up perfectly as both an never-to-be-consummated romance and as a ridiculously over-the-top love story. The two main characters have known each other a month before they’re swearing undying, eternal love for each other. Teenage girls usually get romantic stories in which the love interests decide to date for a while, maybe hit the prom. Something this intense is very appealing, I’m sure.

    Also the female protagonist is a klutzy, self-deprecating, shy girl. And she gets the hunky guy. How many throngs of girls dream of THAT scenario?

    Maybe this is too much detail for Mr. K ...

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  3. Oops, my bad above... "Well..." is not a person!

    Um, Sal, thanks for this. So, dumb follow-up: does this mean Twilight is big with the girls, but not so much with the guys?


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