Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Warner Bros. Uses Military Families to Hype Green Lantern
Warner Bros. decided to send Ryan Reynolds to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to use active-duty service members and their families as a promotional test audience for Green Lantern.
Haven't they suffered enough?
Billed as "an early Father's Day gift," People Magazine's "sexiest man alive" took to the stage of the Bob Hope Theatre yesterday afternoon and hit the jam-packed crowd with enough militaristic, bully-boy cliches to make even Old Ski Nose's gag-writers proud.
"This film is about intergalactic military men and women and aliens who use real courage to overcome fear" he told the crowd, "and that's big, summer superhero stuff, but it's what you guys do every day for real..."
"I was just out meeting some Marines and the Navy out there," he continued, "and everyone kept thanking me for being here, and I just kept thanking them." It's doubtful that anyone ran up to give thanks after the movie was over.
Just days ago it was announced that Warners and several other studios would be pulling out of Comic-Con. It seems that even the die-hard geeks refuse to throw their entertainment dollars in the direction of the latest comic book adaptations Hollywood has tried jamming down our throats.
Is Warners so desperate to turn a profit that they will cash in on the Iraq war in hopes of promoting a feeble celluloid comic book?
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