Tuesday, September 16, 2008

HE'S A COOL EXEC WITH A PURSE OF STEEL

ITEM! Speaking of the Golden Avenger, you might remember this story about the Hollywood hubbub regarding precocious paparazzi photog Ronnie Adams — he who managed to sneak on-set during the filming of Iron Man and get away with a shot of ol’ Shellhead in his full red-and-gold regalia. After making the poor schmuck pull the pic off his website and threatening to shut him down forever, someone on the Iron Man production team thought it would be just hilarious to include Adam’s pic in a fake newspaper spread easily seen in the theatrical release of the movie (see pic below). That’s when Ransom-seeking Ronnie sued Paramount and Marvel for, well, let’s face it... stealing his photograph. Jumpin’ Jehosaphat and shades of J. Jonah Jameson!

Now this development: Yours Truly was checking out my preview Iron Man DVD the other day, and what to my wondering eyes should appear... but a completely different photo digitally inserted into the DVD version of the movie! No word on how the lawsuit is going between Marvel, Paramount and Ronnie... but it’s a safe bet that given the choice between giving Ronnie a few hundred grand and giving their entertainment attorneys the same amount, the studio suits have elected to do the latter rather than the former. To quote a certain weapons manufacturing billionaire, "That’s how Dad did it, that’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far..."

Excelsior!
Smiley

2 comments:

Lively said...

I guess my eyes are not what they should be, but it looks like the same photo only changed to grayscale then cropped and scaled. What does it cost to do that digital swap as opposed to paying the photographer off? Seeing that you have been in so many movies I thought you might know.

Stan the Man said...

Believe me when I tell yah that I know just how you feel, oh Lively One. Without my patent-pending prescription sunglasses your Uncle Stanley is as blind as the cliched chiroptera. As to the monumental cost of digitally replacing the questionable photo — it's about the same amount as a top Hollywood entertainment lawyer makes in 2-3 hours! I kid you not...

Excelsior!
Smiley