Celebrity Meltdown

Tom Cruise is spinning manically out of control babbling on about Scientology while bouncing on couches for Oprah and Jay Leno; Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appear in a sauced up retro-Rockwellian photo shoot to promote “Mr. and Mrs. Smith;” Russell Crow is smashing a concierge with a phone because he is frustrated by his inability to “fulfill his basic obligations to his wife; Saying, “I don’t enjoy going out anymore. It’s such a pain. It’s everyone saying, `Let’s do a deal! Can I have a picture?’ I’m just, like, These people are such losers. I can’t believe I used to love doing this,” Paris Hilton is threatening to leave public life (Oh please may her threat be heard as a prayer and granted Oh Lord); and Mike Tyson concludes his whole life has been a waste. And then there’s Michael Jackson.

Hollywood is abuzz with the publicity stunts and gyrations it now takes to get noticed in the circus-like atmosphere of American entertainment culture.

Tyson and Paris Hilton are giving the voice to the emptiness of Hollywood fame, and Crow, Jolie, Pitt and Cruise are evidence that it takes the name and fame to sell product in this environment, while agreeing that the fame is hollow. Oddly this combination of hating it but needing it to stay on top can be the fuel for self-loathing.

And “HELLO,” anybody notice a massive box office slump in Hollywood? Most movies that open big falter within weeks and most movies don’t open big. The cumulative effect is devastating for the business.

It turns out that the energy expended in creating a frenzied buzz for stars appearing in new releases can’t actually keep the public interested in a film they don’t like, and the public likes fewer films–AND the really scary thing is that the more the public knows about the stars, the less they like them too.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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