While some might find Adam Sandler to be Satan incarnate, is it fair to blame him for Time Warner’s slide in earnings growth? In a Dec. 18 press release, the media giant (and EW’s parent) projected an earnings dip – in part due to the ”disappointing performance” of his Little Nicky. The bedeviled New Line flick reportedly cost $80 million but hasn’t cracked $40 million after five weeks. Despite Warner Bros. duds like the $70 million Red Planet, which opened the same day and has earned $17 million so far, Nicky was the only movie cited. (New Line declined to comment.) Perhaps Sandler will become an all-purpose scapegoat for woes like these.
– Gillian Flynn
– The predicted U.S. recession – The Monkees reunion tour – Irritable bowel syndrome – Charlize Theron’s 1,427th film – The looming actors’ strike – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s alleged groping of a blond British TV presenter – All those annoying talking fish