Word of the Week: Sequelitis

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Bonus Friday post, people, but I just couldn’t resist this one. This word so perfectly sums up the condition Hollywood’s been suffering for quite a while now.

Per UrbanDictionary, sequelitis is:

A disease capable only of infecting Hollywood movie producers. Symptoms include uncontrollable greed and a complete lack of creativity. Once the illness has taken hold, the producer will eventually unload a steaming pile of crap which he will then box up and label with the name of a successful movie plus the number “2” after it. The load of crap will be then be sold to the idiot audience, who gladly forks over money to take a peek at what’s in the box, based solely on the name on the label. In extreme cases, gratuitous sequelitis has been known to create many such boxes of turds, with sequential sequel numbers reaching into the double digits.

Ha! Talk about hitting the nail straight on the head. For some reason that definition brings to mind this image of this hilarious-albeit-repulsive foul-mouthed character in Tropic Thunder for obvious reasons. And perhaps also because the superstar with the megawatt smile himself is also afflicted with this dreadful disease. Case in point: the never-ending Mission Impossible franchise.

Anway, this disorder is particularly rampant in the horror/slasher genre (Saw, Final Destination, Scream etc.), which doesn’t stop at two or three, as well as superhero flicks. Last year I posted how the well of creativity has completely ran dry in Tinseltown, so obviously this dreadful illness isn’t slowing down anytime soon, if not actually getting worse.

Well, at least it inspires for some delightfully funny posts. I love i09.com’s suggestions on the cure for rampant sequelitis. I guess you could say the state of mind of Hollywood isn’t too different from those of teens with uncontrollable puberty urges.

What do you think folks? Do you think Hollywood will ever be free of this disease?

Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: Mao’s Last Dancer

Happy Friday folks! Time for a new trailer since I skipped last week.

From Oscar nominated Aussie director Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy), it’s a drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

While I was browsing the Apple trailer site, the poster caught my attention because the color scheme reminded me of Gone with the Wind with its fiery red and yellow combination. I love how graceful and melancholic it looks. For a second I thought the male dancer was played by this hunky Korean actor Daniel Henney, but it’s actually Chinese ballet dancer Chi Cao in his debut film. It’s always tricky when you have a story about dancing, as the believability factor hinges on how the dance sequences are executed. Do you get an actor and train him to dance, or get a dancer and train him to act? Since they go with the latter, I hope he pulls off the emotional scenes.

Joan Chen as Li’s mother, Bruce Greenwood as the British dance instructor, and Kyle MacLachlan as Li’s attorney round up the cast. Stories of forbidden love always appeal to me, and Li’s story is certainly worth telling. Alas, most likely it’ll be a dvd viewing for me, as it’s only going to be out in limited release in the US starting August 20.