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'Savages': Oliver Stone takes on violent marijuana trafficking

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Daybreak Daily’s afternoon visit to the pop-culture bake finds a lot of dope, a potential co-host, other things, and a viral mystery music video.

THIS AIN’T NO CLAM BAKE: Neither is it “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” per the New York Times, “One of the jokes in “Savages,” Oliver Stone’s feverish, fully baked, half-great adaptation of Don Winslow’s ferocious and funny drug-war novel of the same name, is that the film’s title is flung back and forth between north and south — an epithet that is also eventually claimed as a badge of honor.

The Southern California marijuana dealers on one side of the conflict that energizes the film’s zigzagging narrative are appalled by the brutality of the Mexican narco-traffickers, for whom torture and mutilation are routine ways of doing business. Some of the Mexicans, in turn, are disgusted by the sloth and shallowness of the gringos, who seem to lack any sense of dignity, tradition, family or honor. Savagery is in the eye of the beholder.” http://nyti.ms/NGUskb

MEANWHILE: Like, we’re No. 1, dude, per the AP, “Oliver Stone has smoked great marijuana all over the world, from Vietnam and Thailand to Jamaica and South Sudan. But the filmmaker says the best weed is made in the USA and that pot could be a huge growth industry for taxpayers if it were legalized.” http://apne.ws/NEr65P

REGIS REPLACEMENT: Seth Meyers appears to be the frontrunner, per Showbiz 411, “I’m told that if Meyers gets the job, and it seems likely, he’ll still do the news on “Saturday Night Live.” He may have to resign as head writer of the show, however, given the “Live” schedule. Meyers has been a popular co-host for Kelly, having sat in the chair in April and then again in May for multiple appearances.” http://bit.ly/Oe6R09

NEW ALBUM: Mining the leftovers, per Pitchfork, “Following last year's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, it's been confirmed that a second posthumous Amy Winehouse collection will see release. In conversation with BBC 6 Music (via MTV), Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, said that at least one additional collection of unreleased music will surface.” http://bit.ly/NsOENc

TOMKAT: Drop and give me 20, per TMZ, “Tom Cruise controlled Katie Holmes like a puppetmaster ... making every major and even minor decision in her personal and professional life ... and in the end, she felt like she couldn't breathe without his permission ... this according to sources close to the actress.” http://bit.ly/LZyk4g

MEANWHILE: All rise, per Radar, “Katie Holmes will be in a family law courthouse on Tuesday, July 17 for her first divorce hearing against estranged husband, Tom Cruise, at which time the actress will formally request temporary child support from the Mission Impossible star, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.” http://bit.ly/RqQZuw

BRAD PITT’S MOM: Let’s just say she has some strong opinions about POTUS, per The Hollywood Reporter, “An anti-gay letter urging Christians to vote for Mitt Romney that was printed in The Springfield News-Leader has been confirmed by the newspaper as having been penned by Jane Pitt, mother of Brad Pitt. . . Pitt goes on to write that "any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage." http://bit.ly/NH9Dto

THE HAPPY COUPLE: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez defy rumors of split, per People, “The couple stepped out holding hands in Los Angeles Thursday as they enjoyed a date night at the Pink Pepper Restaurant.” http://bit.ly/NcOISG

WOODSTOCK SEASON: Or something like that, per Maxim, “Warm weather is upon us, and that means one thing: summer music festivals! All across the country, these muddy rock ’n’ roll sweat fests are popping up, and you should be fully prepared. So gentlemen, we present you with the five different girls you might meet while you’re tweaking out to all your favorite jam bands, techno DJs, and maybe a dead guy hologram or two.” http://bit.ly/L5DC2R

NOT SO FAST: Squelch the wedding talk, per the Daily Mail, “She may be moving in with boyfriend Justin Theroux, but Jennifer Aniston is brushing off reports the pair are headed down the aisle. The actress, who is said to have rejected Theroux's proposal during their recent European holiday, says marriage and kids may not be in the cards for her - because she considers the 'perfect life' cliché.” http://bit.ly/OAvhEH

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/Nt8QhT

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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