Nobody is talking about what really matters. The shooter was clearly mentally ill and, due to America's notoriously poor safety net for the mentally ill, he was allowed to sink further and further into psychosis until he snapped. And because of our nation's lax gun laws, he had no problem arming his psychosis with some powerful weapons.
THAT is the story of Aurora, Colorado. It's the same story of the Gabby Giffords shooting and the same story of the Virginia Tech shooting. We all expressed outrage and shock after those, too, but did nothing but posture.
What troubles me even more about this current murder is the very real potential for corporate interests to use this as an opportunity to install "Security Theater" at cineplexes and malls across the country. Already, we've seen that New York City put police at screenings of Batman - a fact that really infuriated me. While real, unglamourous crime goes on in poor parts of the city and real, complicated crime happens on Wall Street, New York's tax payer dollars are... providing security theater so Warner Brothers doesn't lose money?
It's outrageous and disgusting.
You guys know me and you know that I take my pop culture a little too seriously but there comes a time when the real and unreal need to decouple and this incident is one of them. This incident had NOTHING to do with Batman and everything to do with America's rotting core.
Bollywood news below the cut!
* The essays on Rajesh Khanna keep trickling out.
It’s strange how films speak to you when you are young. I didn’t watch Anand, I grew up with it. When my mother didn’t understand me, when my heart broke for the first time, when someone died, when I felt unloved, when I was low for no real reason, he was there. Always. If I have to die young, I would often think, it should be to lymphosarcoma of the intestine. I knew how to play that part. He had taught me.
* A lovely takedown of Oprah's visit to India.
So Oprah trooped into one of our vintage slums to meet a family – parents and three children – who live in a 10 square foot room. Now I’m not surprised that Oprah was surprised to see an entire family living in such tiny quarters. Although I’m sure she could find cramped ghettos in the States. What surprised me was the amazing lack of sensitivity to the children’s feelings or the feelings of the parents who’d opened up their home to her. All the children go to school, and were extremely well-mannered and seemed happy and quite carefree like children their age are meant to be. They didn’t seem to realise that their home was smaller than the homes of others. Or that their father didn’t earn as much as he could.
But not for long. Once Oprah got through with them, they must have committed seppuku.
* Here's a interesting little niggle - Yash Raj is demanding that distributers book as many screens for Untitled Yash Uncle and Shahrukh Revisiting Their Glory Days Project With a Couple of Young Girls as there were for Ek Tha Tiger... which leaves the film that most of your single screen viewers probably WANT to see - Son of Sardaar - hurting.
* Shashi Kapoor has cataract surgery.
* Ganesh Acharya choreographed Bebo's Halkat Jawani.
* I suspect Tusshar Kapoor is overthinking Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum.
"You can call it an alternate film. It is a comedy but with a different kind of humour. So this shock value is probably working to the advantage of the film. Some people tried to copy this formula, but they flopped," he said.
Wait... people tried to copy the formula of the film that hasn't been released yet?
Tusshy and Ritesh will be on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa .
* Cocktail's Diana Penty was in the running for Rockstar...
“As I am not from a film background, I had no prior experience of acting. So I started from the scratch and took training in acting, had script reading sessions, learnt different forms of dance, took diction and voice training. So basically, I got the best training in all the fields that was required to prepare for this role,” she says.
* Dara Singh's brother in law will replace him as the protagonist's father in Dream.
* Will Sujoy Ghosh be able to please Naseer and Amitabh with his script for Badla?