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Matthew Lickona 5 p.m., Dec. 9
It's been almost 80 years since Moe, Larry, and Curly first set foot on a Columbia Pictures soundstage to film the first of the 190 two-reel shorts in which they starred for the studio. The fact that a low-brow trio of face-slapping morons still have the power to polarize audiences after all these years thrills and delights me to no end.
This is not a case of parents prohibiting their impressionable offspring from watching the shorts and potentially imitating the Stooges' aggressively antisocial behavior. Over at The Tablet, A New Read on Jewish Life, former Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman accused the goyishe kop Farrelly brothers and their Three Stooges of deracinating a Jewish classic, while Bill Donohue, the Catholic Legion of Decency's head gansa macher condemned the film for its profanatory depiction of a nun wearing a bikini.
Doesn't anybody give a nyuck about The Three Stooges?
Apparently their fans do. The film took in $17 million and second place last weekend, beating out The Cabin in the Woods and coming close to dethroning The Hunger Games.
But The Three Stooges wasn't the only poke-fest released last Friday that attempted to cash in on the boys' enduring brand of slapstick mayhem. Robert Benjamin, executive VP and general counsel of C3 Entertainment, which produced the PG movie, is asking for what Curly might call a "cyst and decease" against Will Ryder Productions' Not The Three Stooges XXX, a porn parody that Benjamin feels infringes on the Stooge brand.
WRP contends that the video is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution as a parody. In a letter obtained by TMZ, Benjamin argues that "Such a claim of parody has no merit."
TMZ reports that Michael Fattorosi, the lawyer representing WRP, claims "the only way Benjamin could stop him is with a proper trademark." According to Fattorosi, the only Three Stooges trademark Benjamin owns is for Three Stooges bottled beer.