Welcome to The Morning Read.
Time to wrap the week up, and it's been a strange one.Â They all are these days, though, aren't they?
No matter what, they're making a "Smurfs" movie, and it's from the director of "Scooby-Doo" and "Home Alone 3," so you can count on it being of the highest possible quality.Â Especially when it features Hank Azaria looking like this.Â No, really.Â That's a good idea.Â I'm sure of it.
It's frustrating for studio publicists these days, because it seems like the game for movie sites is to run every piece of information they get the second they get it, no matter what.Â I've never been of that mind, personally, and in the overall balance of things, I've kept waaaaaay more secrets over the years than I've revealed.Â I don't think the role of a film reporter is to ruin everything they can simply to prove they can do it.Â Then again, I also don't think scoops are the main reason to do this.Â I've certainly run my share over the years, and there are times I've made certain filmmakers crazy, but IÂ try to strike a balance.Â There are certainly sites out there who have the attitude that everything is fair game and they don't owe anything to any filmmaker, and that's their choice.Â IÂ think in the end, I'm engaged in an ongoing dialogue with both the readership of this blog and the people I'm writing about, and it would be slightly suicidal for me to intentionally and repeatedly burn either end of that equation.Â
The most mercenary scoop site online right now is Latino Review, and I'm not using that word in any way other than descriptive.Â They genuinely don't care.Â Earlier this week, they ran a spy photo of a major villain from "Thor."Â Not the major villain, but certainly a key part of a major sequence of the film, and what they shot was a piece of a costume.Â It's a character that's going to be pulled off with a combination of techniques, and what they ran was a good indicator of just how close some of this movie's designs are going to be to things from the full history of the Marvel incarnation of the character.Â Whether it's The Warriors Three or certain weapons or sets, the filmmakers seem to be using key art from the entire history of Thor as reference.Â Although it's obvious from their response that Paramount is upset about the spy photo, they should count the general reaction to the image as a win.Â