You Need a Good Obama Cartoon? You Lie!
THE MORNING LINE:
FIVE THINGS 'RIFFS MOST CARES ABOUT THIS MINUTE...
1. "YOU LIE" -- WE FORAGE: The School Speech to the Health-Care Speech, Obama's events are serving up great fodder for political cartoonists on both sides of the ideological drawing board. But for an instantly fertile event for cartoonists of all stripes, it's likely nothing this week will rival the blurting of "You lie!" by South Carolina congressman Joe Wilson. So we're now officially on the lookout: If you see a great cartoon that comes out of the health-care speech, feel free to send 'Riffs a link. I'm eager to see: Who satirizes it best?
2. ISO: SINGLE BAD MALE: Just as principal photography was about to begin, Nicolas Cage has reportedly bailed on playing the villain in the Columbia film "The Green Hornet," starring Seth Rogen and directed by Michel Gondry. (It's worth noting, too, that Cage has signed on for two other projects in recent days.) The studio will now have to hunt for a new Mr. X. Who should inherit the role? If you've got a prime candidate for the job -- Willem Dafoe? Bruce Willis? -- 'Riffs wants to hear it.
3. THE MOUSE THAT ROARS: The D23 Expo -- Disney's version of its own demi-Con -- kicks off in Anaheim today for four days of sneak peeks, brand rollouts -- and appearances by such luminaries as Pixar founder John Lasseter, who's fresh off being feted at the Venice Film Festival. Look for there to be questions aplenty about how Disney's recent $4-billion buy of Marvel will materialize on screen, on the page and at the parks.
4.. AS MARVEL RISES, DC SCRAMBLES: It seems as sure and predictable as a law of the Universe: Marvel's recent deal seems to be having an opposing reaction at DC Comics -- er, DC Entertainment. The Associated Press reports that the Warner Bros. executive who helped steer "Harry Potter's" box office bonanza will take control of Superman as well, the studio said Wednesday in a shake-up of its DC Comics brand. Also: "In its reorganization of DC Comics, Warner Bros. changed the division's name to DC Entertainment Inc. and named movie executive Diane Nelson as president of the unit, with the goal of using DC's characters across film, television, video games and consumer products."
5. MO' MONEY, MO' PROBLEMS -- THEY HOPE: When you're a mass success like "South Park" or "Family Guy," BUT you don't want the mainstream moneymaker that is your show to appear as if it's lost its edgy cred, nothing rocks quite like a controversy with a wee bit of traction. And if you can somehow be lucky enough to have the letters F-C-C in the mix -- well, you've got good fortune in more ways than one. This week, now, brings this little "Stewhaha." In other words: "Family Guy's" cred is SO money. Here 'tis:
Did "Family GUy" cause 179,997 FCC indecency complaints?
| September 10, 2009; 11:05 AM ET
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