Back in April, I got a preview of Sony’s Summer movie slate from the PR company that handles all the press screenings in the Bay area.
It began with the sentence, “Please note: We are no longer working on ALOHA.” And that was the last I heard of This despite it being a Cameron Crowe movie starring four Academy Award nominees (Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper, with Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin in smaller roles). Word on the street was that there were advance screenings in some cities, but usually the night before the release, and embargoed until the day of.
Studios will give all kinds of reasons for pulling this kind of thing, but there’s really only ever one reason: they’re ashamed of it, and they think horrible word of mouth is a foregone conclusion.
June 6, 2016 This former celebrity turned reality host turned talk show host turned failed actress turned celebrity who is married to a celebrity/actor is sweating bullets because an ex-con boyfriend of hers is about to write a tell all book about what she is really like. Robertson is an orthopaedic trained hand surgeon from New Orleans, Louisiana.She specializes in the treatment of carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, nerve and tendon disease from injury or repetitive use, as well as arthritis and fracture care."I am excited to be in El Paso and I am ready to assist you and your family!Rachel Mc Adams plays the Bergman role, Cooper’s estranged ex who’s been living in Hawaii with two kids and a nearly mute, intelligence officer husband (John Krasinski, in a role that actually really works for him).
Cooper’s arrival turns her world upside down (her precocious son calls Cooper “Lono,” some kind of Hawaiian mischief spirit), and she’s immediately, bizarrely forthcoming with her ex about how unhappy her marriage is.Another problem is that she seems five, maybe 10 years too young for the role.It’s more like a mad scientist had 10 beakers bubbling, and instead of unlocking cold fusion, he blew up his lab and melted an ear. Bradley Cooper’s Brian Gilcrest, flying back to Hawaii for the first time in years, finishes a friend’s sentence: “Beneath that aloha spirit?” “…Casablanca, baby.” If Cameron Crowe had actually pulled that off, a romance set in a land of transients, double agents, sexual tension, corruption, shadowy motives, and international intrigue hidden beneath the facade of a sun-drenched, laidback paradise, .Brad Cooper even makes a reasonably plausible Bogey – a vaguely connected former government agent wounded in Afghanistan, now working as a private contractor for a billionaire (Bill Murray) trying to establish a private space company.Too bad nothing else, from Cooper’s job to the people around him, ever makes much sense.