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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Black Swan Walks Into a Bar...

One thing you can really praise Tinseltown for these days is their ability to create unique and original material on a regular basis*.  But what happens when two movies are released that are almost completely identical?  Does the producer stop one of them before it's released in order to save the studio or production company the embarrassment of being called a copy cat?  Or rather, does the studio rush to release the lesser of the two before the other comes out so the public sees theirs as the original work?  The answer is simple: make the movies so close to identical we can't even tell them apart.  That way both are remembered fondly as our memories mash them into one over time.  Take "No Strings Attached" and "Friends With Benefits" for example, two groundbreaking films of 2011:

Now watch the same movie again, but different!  Way to be, Hollywood!

Regardless of the fact that we can't see either of the entire videos above (believe me, you aren't missing much, but you can click on each video to be redirected for full view#), the real debate here is whose career this will hurt more.  Though Natalie Portman is a favorite in the Oscar race this weekend, many wonder if releasing a film like 'No Strings With Benefits' on the heels of 'Black Swan' could have really hurt her chances at a statue.  

Kunis, on the other hand, is but a whisper of a character in Black Swan, so I suppose it's more excusable.  Plus her "movie" doesn't come out for another 5 months, which only adds to Kunis's credibility in the end.  Though she's not up for an Oscar this year, her chances seem decent for the future (assuming she avoids movies like these from now on). 

But when considering the fact that the movies are almost identical, the real question is what will these two besties do next?  From 'Black Swan' to rom-com, the two starlets can't match each others' pace for much longer.  Eventually someone is going to have to voice a crappy animated character to cement their downfall^. 

*yeah, right.
#is it so much to ask for a 4:3 aspect ratio trailer?  Come on, internet!  
^Unfortunately, Rango has already been made, so we'll have to wait at least a few more months.

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