The SUNDAY FUNNIES: James Cameron Hates 'Piranha 3D' and Taylor Lautner Lawsuit Updates

We also take a look at the obscure celebs who turned down 'Dancing With the Stars' and a collection of business cards from movies and TV.
Hey kids. Brian Gallagher here with a look at all the news that wasn't fit to print over the past seven days. We've got a lot to get through this week so lets get started with a brand new Hollywood feud that's heating up between James Cameron and Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton.

James Cameron vs. Mark Canton - via Vanity Fair and The Weinstein Company



Besides his knack for making movies that shatter box office records, I love James Cameron because he never pulls any punches. He's one of the few guys in Hollywood that will really tell you how he feels about any given subject and he doesn't care what anybody thinks about his statements. Being the 3D maven that he is, James Cameron said in a recent interview in Vanity Fair that Piranha 3D was, "exactly an example of what we should not be doing in 3-D," and that the movie, " just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3-D horror films from the 70s and 80s." Apparantly, Piranha 3D producer Mark Canton didn't take kindly to those remarks and shot back with some vitriol of his own in a letter that was sent to MovieWeb and numerous other press outlets. Here's an excerpt from that letter:

"As a producer in the entertainment industry, Jim Cameron's comments on VanityFair.com are very disappointing to me and the team that made Piranha 3D. Mr. Cameron, who singles himself out to be a visionary of movie-making, seems to have a small vision regarding any motion pictures that are not his own.  It is amazing that in the movie-making process - which is certainly a team sport - that Cameron consistently celebrates himself out as though he is a team of one.  His comments are ridiculous, self-serving and insulting to those of us who are not caught up in serving his ego and his rhetoric."


Oh snap! Canton goes on to say that he believes Cameron hasn't even seen Piranha 3D and chided him for ripping on the film without even seeing it first. He also even throws some jabs at Avatar's 3D:

" Let's just keep this in mind Jim....you did not invent 3D. You were fortunate that others inspired you to take it further. The simple truth is that I had nothing but good things to say about Avatar and my own experience since I actually saw it and didn't damn someone else's talent publicly in order to disassociate myself from my origins in the business from which we are all very fortunate. To be honest, I found the 3D in Avatar to be inconsistent and while ground breaking in many respects, sometimes I thought it overwhelmed the storytelling.  Technology aside, I wish Avatar had been more original in its storytelling."


Double-oh-snap! The letter was sent out on Tuesday and, as far as I know, Cameron hasn't responded as of yet... but I sure hope he does, if for nothing else, to continue the tradition of including at least one Piranha 3D story in The Sunday Funnies.

Hilarious Geek Movie Chart - via Cracked



I've been rather intrigued, these past few years, by movies that get incredibly hyped at Comic-Con and yet still falter at the box office, with the most recent example being Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which, as of today, has only made $28 million and some change at the box office after four weeks in release. The folks at Cracked have noticed this trend as well and have produced a hilarious little chart which hammers this point home. Take a look below:

Geek Movie Chart

While this is pretty damn funny, I don't think this illustrates how or why Hollywood can't give geeks the movies they really want, but really that the "geek" movement might not be as powerful as once thought. With the exception of District 9, all of the movies that have been highly touted at Comic-Con in the last three years have gone on to either fail or drastically underperform at the box office. Food for thought, people...

Taylor Lautner Lawsuit Defendant Challenges Him to Pushup Contest; Loses the Lawsuit Days Later - via Associated Press and Us Magazine



In last week's Sunday Funnies column, I told you about teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner filing a lawsuit against a California RV company for not delivering his pimped-out trailer in time for him to chillax in it on the set of Abduction. It seems Brent McMahon, the owner of McMahon's RV, the defendant of the lawsuit, tried to squash this crazy lawsuit in an unconventional way: he challenged Taylor Lautner to a push-up contest. You just can't make this stuff up, people. Apparently McMahon was confident in his case, as he said he would "vigorously defend" the case in court if Taylor Lautner didn't accept the challenge. It was said that the push-up contest was a "facetious suggestion," but it seemed to only piss of Taylor Lautner and his lawyers even further. Here's an excerpt from a statement by the actor's lawyer:

"McMahon RV's response to our client's legitimate claim further demonstrates the lack of professionalism that Mr. McMahon, his company and his employees have exhibited from the outset, and that compelled the filing of this lawsuit in the first place."


Apparently, though, Taylor Lautner didn't turn out to be a diva after all. Us Magazine reported on Friday that the case had been settled, with Taylor Lautner receiving a $40,000 settlement, which the actor was donating to The Lollipop Theater Network, a non-profit organization that brings current theatrical movies to terminally ill children who can't get out of the hospital to see the movies in theaters. It was also said that there was really no "emotional distress" over the RV and it wasn't about money, but to hold this apparently-shoddy business accountable for their wrong-doings. Here's a statement that was released to the site:

"This was never a suit about money. It was to hold someone accountable," the insider says. "Taylor never ordered a customized RV -- it was a used RV which needed simple safety-related repairs. There was never any diva behavior. 'Emotional distress' is an automatic checked box on a fraudulent claim."


Dammit. I so wanted Taylor Lautner to be a bitchy diva here. He's only 18 though, so there is plenty of time for that to happen... Seriously though, kudos to Taylor Lautner for his win and donating the cash to a worthy charity.

The Celebs Who Turned Down a Chance To Be Dancing with the Stars - via The Live Feed



On Monday, we reported the new cast members for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars, an incredibly random selection of celebs and pseudo-celebs such as Bristol Palin, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, David Hasselhoff, Michael Bolton, Brandy, Jennifer Grey, former NBA player Rick Fox, Margaret Cho, Florence Henderson, former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, Audrina Patridge and Kyle Massey.

Wow. Anyway, as exciting as that news is, The Live Feed has some news that is even better: the stars who turned down Dancing with the Stars. The smart ones who passed on the show are an equally-random group of folks such as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Sylvester Stallone, political maven Ann Coulter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the real Erin Brockovich, Richard Branson, Tim Allen and Suzanne Somers.

I find it hilarious that people like Erin Brockovich and Suzanne Somers have better things to do than be on Dancing with the Stars but David Hasselhoff and Margaret Cho don't. This show is filled with such a bizarre mix of D-list celebs that it feels like a 21st Century version of The Hollywood Squares. I'll take Bristol Palin to block...

A Collection of Business Cards From Movie and TV Companies - via Vulture



This is pretty damn awesome. Vulture discovered a new poster from Fro Design Company which features 21 business cards from fictional companies seen in movies and TV shows. There's Dharma from Lost, Sterling Cooper from Mad Men, Veidt Industries from Watchmen and the best one, Initech from Office Space. "Barry Manilow People Person." Awesome. Take a look at all of these fantastic business cards below:

Movie and TV Business Card Poster

What's surprising is that American Psycho wasn't included here, with all the attention they pay to business cards in the movie. If you're interested in buying this poster from Fro Design Company for $25, you can Click Here!.

Well, that's about all I have for this week's edition of the Sunday Funnies. If you have any suggestions of articles/crazy stuff you'd like to see made fun of on future installments of Sunday Funnies, you can post on my wall here at MovieWeb: movieweb.com/u/gallagher OR follow me on Twitter @GallagherMW to send me funny links or chat about movies or whatever strikes your fancy. Peace in. Gallagher out!

Piranha 3D was released August 20th, 2010 and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Eli Roth, Jerry O'Connell, Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr. The film is directed by Alexandre Aja.


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  1. Mr_Jellyfish

    @c-a-r-t-m-a-n Aren't the mechs in the Matrix just stolen from the one in Aliens? It's just swings and roundabouts really. There are no real original ideas, the Matrix ripped of loads of stuff, not least Ghost in the Shell, and Spielberg, Nolan and Peter Jackson have all taken ideas from other places (and I love those directors too) it's just about whether or not you liked it, that's all that's important

    3 years agoby @mr-jellyfishFlag

  2. Diaigma

    The geek response poster. Classic! :D

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. Oliver_Steininger

    No need to get rude.it's personal taste. But Avater was still overrated as hell.

    4 years agoby @Oliver-SteiningerFlag

  4. GreatCritic

    @cartman f*ck you Avatar is awesome. you just suck ass

    4 years agoby @TheAbsolutelyPhenomenalCriticFlag

  5. The Real Lex Luthor

    IMHO the last good movie James Cameron released was T2... I haven't liked anything he's ever put out since.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  6. Cartman

    Avatar is the king of overrated movies,.. The vehicles that come in the movie are copied off Matrix movie and Halo game. Even the major mind travelling part was done in Matrix(so he was marketing from the start, i wrote Avatar 10 years ago - crazy sh*t)..

    Loads of cheap illogical things for eg: the Navi's have sex with der tentacle(also they use the same tentacle the same way with all the animals, so they are having sex while riding on them?)

    Delgo came before Avatar and it has the flying and glowing feather like things and floating mountains also loads of alien creatures resemble the Avatar creatures. They even filed a suit, every scene is a copy from this lowrated movie.

    All he did was a ultimate and supreme copy of all the movies with advanced technology..
    He talks as if he is the God of moviemaking. He is a gum stuck under the boots of Nolan, Spielberg, P.Jackson etc etc etc...

    4 years agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  7. The Real Lex Luthor

    Avatar sucked imo... Most overrated movie since Titanic... Both movies were all hype, and stupid people who paid to see those movies in theaters cus of his name alone.

    Piranha 3D just sounds bad but I havent seen it but I won't pass judgment on that.

    4 years agoby @thajackalFlag

  8. CelluloidDreams

    A Collection of Business Cards From Movie and TV Companies - via Vulture

    ...Now that is interesting!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  9. CelluloidDreams

    James Cameron is great ....gotta love him ...hate him or or hate him ...give the man credit for having balls in an industry that damns your every move!!!

    4 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  10. Oliver_Steininger

    and I hated avater.I fell asleep after an hour. And you know what? Piranha 3D was meant to be a hommage to 70's and 80's horror movies. anyway,people lake you are too old to watch movies like Piranha.

    4 years agoby @Oliver-SteiningerFlag

  11. MrP

    See this ego keeps getting in the way just because his initials are JC don't make it so. His own Paranha was pure cheese and this film reflected that. IT WAS MEANT TOO numbnuts. It was meant to reflect the fact that Paranha was a cheesy sh*t story line B movie all the way through. That's what some people like and it would appear that JC doesn't understand the irony of his own comments. You can't polish a turd just whip up another one. Titanic was made before and better.
    And like I I said God knows how many times with the exception of Terminator I've seen nothing original from JC. See previous comments on other threads I made about the comparisons to Aliens and THEM from the 50's. You have been had.

    4 years agoby @mrpFlag

  12. rarebloodtype

    Mark, you produced great films such as 300 and the upcomming sequel to it, but let's get real here, those are Frank Miller adaptation to it and Zack Sneider's great directing skills that made that happened, so to think you didn't think there was nothing wrong with the look of the Piranha movie must be that you are really that STUPID. If you are goingto make a 3D movie then make it look REAL, plain and SIMPLE. What is so hard about that.

    4 years agoby @rarebloodtypeFlag

  13. rarebloodtype

    Mark Canton don't talk sh*t what you don't know what you are talking about, the movie SUCKS, you were trying to get a cash count on the name. You hired porn stars, and I don't know how you got Richard Dreyfuss to appear on film. He probably need the money, I don't know. All I know is that you sir made the Piranha's look fake and hired bad actors and made the movie about t*ts and ass. If you want to make a film like that, then I suggest you film porn for a living. Keep FILM industries for the professionals for us people to get entertained instead of some FOOLS like yourself thinking they are entertaining us which we know you suck really BAD. James Cameron knows how to entertain us and anybody who has your back should go stick their head in a toilet and see if it fits, because their on some sh*t. You Mark are not on James Cameron's league. I hope the film industry realizes your work is very unprofessional and who the F*CK are you to jaw jack on James Cameron, wannabe. You James C. We fans got your back, F*ck Mark and all those who has his back. Excuse my language people.

    4 years agoby @rarebloodtypeFlag

  14. Err

    i actually went and saw piranha3D in a theatre, and it was uh.... what's a good word for it.... it was a hoot.
    maybe cameron should get some looser fitting shoes and lighten up a bit.

    4 years agoby @err2005Flag

  15. Tyranus

    3D has really been around since the 50s but every time they roll it out the studios get greedy and shovel a bunch of sh*t down our throats like Piranhas 3D to make a quick buck. True it's fun in a campy way, but it's like Transformers, it's not meant to be great cinema, it's just mindless fun...which can, when done correctly, be a nice break from the heavier dramatic fare. Cameron makes a valid point because he's pioneering the new 3D movement, the built the 3D cameras people are using. You also get this tacked on 3D which turns good movies into sh*t. Alice in Wonderland was good, but it looked awful in 3D. Cameron has many flaws, but he's a technical genius, he knows what he's talking about.

    4 years agoby @tyranusFlag

  16. JasonKat

    weither you liked or hated Pirahnas 3D , Acourse hes gonna hate another 3d movie that isnt his .but if it was his, he wouldnt b dissin it weither u or any1 else liked it or not. The dude is right, james thinks he invented 3D but 3d has been around since the 70s-80s , Hes trying to act like his 3d movies r great and other's r lame. wat a selfish ba$tard.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  17. Tyranus

    despite his ego James Cameron does do a lot of good film work and he does other interesting work, I mean the guy has talent and he has an appreciation for nature that is genuine. He really understands how dangerous the environmental situation is right now, and he's using his money to do something about it. I admire that if nothing else.

    4 years agoby @tyranusFlag

  18. TiJuRod

    I like Avatar actually I loved Avatar and I wasnt even thinking of watching Pirahna 3D and James Cameron is a master at what he does but I cant stand that guy hes so full of himself Ive seen him in some interviews and stuff he just has this ego but im happy that Mark Canton said what he said I wanna see what James Cameron has to say, Maybe he'll probably use the excuse of, I dont have time for this but maybe he just has nothing to say cause Mark Canton just shut his @$$ up yo yo yo..lol..

    4 years agoby @tito-loves-jujuFlag

  19. Brian Gallagher

    I guess Kyle Massey is a star on some Disney Channel show....

    4 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  20. IamBATMAN

    and two thumbs up to Mark Canton for dropping some truth on that prick

    4 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  21. IamBATMAN

    f*ck james cameron... i happen to like piranha 3d and all those cheesy 80's horror films that he calls "bad". what a f*cking dick

    4 years agoby @iambatmanFlag

  22. Tyranus

    I'm with Cameron on this one, the only reason I'm glad crud like Piranha 3D comes out though is that it will eventually lead to the end of this ridiculous 3D fad. I mean Harry Potter 7 in 3D, Narnia? completely unnecessary.

    4 years agoby @tyranusFlag

  23. Dan

    Ha, Cameron got pwned.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  24. ejk1

    I have to agree on Lautner. I got to respect the guy for donating to charity. As for the Dancing show, the contestants that passed would have been more entertaining. Who the hell is Kyle Massey? Brandy's voice can't be so far gone that an album wouldn't be a better way to get back into the spotlight, or is it? I'm glad I've never watched the show- it's more like Dancing with the Has-Been's or Never Was'. Who the hell is Kyle Massey?

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag