Thursday, May 30, 2024

“Ocean’s 8” with Bullock, Blanchett Et Al Courting “Zoolander 2” Box Office Fashion Curse of Anna Wintour


Now comes news that “Ocean’s 8,” the all-female style “Ocean’s Eleven” is courting the fashion curse of Anna Winour and “Zoolander 2.”

You may recall that Wintour was heavily featured in “Zoolander 2,” and the New York fashion world– including real designers– was too big a part of that comedy.

The result was disaster on a huge scale. “Zoolander 2” made just $28.8 million domestically, and finished with $55 million worldwide. Paramount took a huge hit. Ben Stiller did, too. Talk about being sold a pig in a poke. By the time Stiller and Owen Wilson’s “Vogue” cover hit, “Zoolander 2” was dead.

Now “Ocean’s 8” is begging the same question. I just hope it isn’t digging the same grave. Wintour is once again front and center, along with her obnoxious Met Ball– a once classy event now overrun with PR freakery like the Kardashians.

According to reports, the “Ocean’s 8” producers have spent a fortune re-creating the Met Ball, including the K’s, and promising Wintour has possibly yet another speaking role.

Did they need this? They already a slew of stars like Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and “surprise” appearances by Matt Damon and maybe George Clooney. I’m nervous this turning into “Ocean’s Twelve,” a smug celebrity back pat and not a plot and character driven adventure. The Met Ball thing is certainly a turn off to the male audience, who will not care about the publicity that Wintour and the Kardashians churn up on shows like “Extra!”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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