Harry Potter > Twilight; Kenny Ortega Determined to Destroy a Classic

I’m introducing a new category today: WTF moments. I’m not really sure how often I’ll have to use this category (though I am sort of using it twice today) but I didn’t know where to put these tidbits of information that I have and they are dying to be discussed.

So let’s begin with the weirdness in Hollywood that made me double take today:

Rupert Grint and Tom Felton at the Teen Choice Awards.

Harry Potter Trounces Twilight in Teen Choice Awards

Let me first say that if you read this blog with any regularity you’ll know that I’m a Harry Potter freak and regard Twilight with something between amusement and disdain. So the fact that this is a WTF moment is more because it so goes against everything that has preceded it rather than my personal wishes.

Twilight generally sweeps the awards of the young and uneducated–mainly the Kid Choice Awards, the Teen Choice Award, and the MTV Awards. They’re sort of dumb award shows, but they have their place and entertainment value in the world, and I respect them at the level they’re on. So Twilight usually takes home the awards, most famously the best kiss ones because Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are super angsty and dreamy.

But wait!

Last night, out of no where, Harry Potter steals mostly everything!

It beat Twilight in four of the five categories it was nominated for, losing only Male Actor in A Sci Fi/Fantasy Movie (and to be honest, who is going to choose Daniel Radcliffe over Taylor Lautner?). Emma Watson beats K-Stew, Tom Felton beats the redheaded vampire who is always trying to kill K-Stew, and Harry Potter beats the whole movie of Twilight. Most shocking is that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson’s half-naked, silvery kiss took down the powerhouse of Pattinson/Stewart.

Wow. That wasn’t even a real kiss.

Where have these droves of kids who voted for this round been for the last three years? Maybe the finality of the ending brought out the sense of injustice in them. “Who is this half-baked, women-hating, CW-TV-show-equivalent that is routinely beating the great epic of our generation?” they asked. And then they finally took action.

Thank God for you people.

Next on our agenda:

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing."

They’re Remaking Dirty Dancing

Oh, no. No, no, no.

What The Notebook did for this decade and Titanic did for the 90s, Dirty Dancing did for the 80s. Every teenage girl and her mom saw that movie and fell in love with it. It is a romantic classic that is referenced in so many TV shows it’s hard to count them. It just recently inspired the single greatest scene of Crazy, Stupid, Love. And you’re telling me they want to remake it?

What a horrible idea. To men, this would be like remaking the original Star Wars.

To add a little more offense to the worst movie remake idea of all time, Kenny Ortega is set to direct it. For those of you who don’t know, Ortega was responsible for a little something called High School Musical (and its two horrible sequels) a few years back. Yeah. That guy.

He was also originally attached to the remake of Footloose (out this October), but left because of “differences,” whatever that means. But he is apparently so set on ruining an 80s dance movie classic that he moved on to the one that’s a classic with a way better love story.


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