Dear Gossips,

The new Footloose opens today. It’s rating better than expected, and better than, say, Julia Roberts’s Fireflies in the Garden, but still not enough to make me want to go. And, um, I’m the target market. In the sense that I never miss a movie about high school kids dancing. Please. I think I’ve seen every movie about high school kids dancing. Which is why I’ve already seen this particular movie about high school kids dancing. But my medium attitude towards Footloose 2011 has less to do with the fact that it’s an unnecessary remake and more to do with the male lead, Kenny Wormald. Yeah no. Doesn’t do it for me.

And this reminds of an article I read on Vulture yesterday about the dearth of exciting young actors in Hollywood. The writer posits that there are few, alarmingly few, actors 25 and under kicking around right now which explains, as Vulture notes, why Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson are being pushed for everything. Five years ago, when he was 25, Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for an Oscar. Leonardo DiCaprio’s first nomination came in 1994 when he was 19 for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His best friend Tobey Maguire was also receiving critical acclaim before the quarter century mark. Vulture throws down though that the current offering, those who are supposed to succeed that group, shows no such talent. Agree or disagree? Click here to read the Vulture post. Interesting their mention of Ezra Miller who stars as the f-cked up kid in We Need To Talk About Kevin. I found his performance riveting. But having encountered him at TIFF? That kid needs to Sit DOWN for a few years before anyone will want to bother. More on this another time.

Heading home to Vancouver today on an 8am flight out of Montreal that puts me on the West Coast at 10:30am, if there are no delays. I’ve prepared the first half of the blog, and some straight photo posts too, in advance and it’ll roll out through the morning and there should be no interruption when I resume after landing at YVR.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in gossip,