The votes, sorry figures, are in: Pudsey has failed to set multiplexes alight. Simon Cowell's movie mogul ambitions may well be over|
Mark Kermode's review of Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
I played a sausage in Pudsey the Dog: The Movie
Call off the hunt; send the huskies back to the kennel. We have finally seen it: the limit, the endpoint, the finger on the end of the tentacle, of Simon Cowell's grip on the entertainment industry. It may not be good for much, but Pudsey the Dog: The Movie marks the point at which Cowell's hegemony over all things mass-media abruptly halts; past this beetling shoreline, it's darkness, chaos and dragons.
Why the movie industry has confounded Cowell is a good question. After all, he's stormed the music business, taken TV to the cleaners, and has the media eating out of his hand. Moreover Cowell's corporate entity, Syco Entertainment, is a joint venture with Sony, one of the biggest behemoths at the entertainment-biz table. Presumably working on the assumption that, if Cowell touches it, any old shit will turn to gold, Sony have a right to be baffled as to why his film about a talking dog has failed to set the multiplexes alight. Continue reading...