So we bid a fond farewell to 2009, a year of Transformers, Avatar and more 3-D computer-animated cartoons than you could shake a Twizzler at. But what will the futuristic world of 2010 hold, cinema-wise? Let’s gaze into the crystal ball and see which treasures await us at the cineplex in the next 12 months. ... I hope you like remakes and sequels!
The Yes Men Fix the World
Merry pranksters 2.0
Two guys in an undisclosed location create counterfeit websites of real corporations. If this sounds like part of an identity theft scheme, well, it is. But instead of phishing for your personal information, the pranksters, known as The Yes Men, quietly wait until they’re invited to industry conferences and television studios. Once there, The Yes Men steal (or at least borrow) the identities of multinational corporations like Halliburton, Exxon and Dow Chemical.
New Year’s Eve around the dial
Who needs friends when you can get drunk New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest? Or ring in 2010 with Carson Daly? Or watch the ball drop alongside Carmen Electra?
The Week in Sloth
Also see “Idiot Box.”
“The Capital One Bowl” (KOAT-7 11 a.m.) Watch football, use your credit card.
“The Rose Bowl Presented by Citi” (KOAT-7 3 p.m.) Watch football, get a home loan.
“The Allstate Sugar Bowl” (KASA-2 6:30 p.m.) Watch football, buy insurance.
“Better Off Ted” (KOAT-7 7:30 p.m.) This is the time of year that the networks say, Screw the schedule!, and start throwing shows on whatever night has a hole in it. Here, for example, is a new episode of Tuesday night’s “Better Off Ted,” which you would be sorry if you missed.