Lip service: when posters look bloody familiar


There are no new ideas. OK, fine — maybe there are one or two left floating around un-thought. But for the most part, your great idea has probably been thought up by someone else and theirs was probably greater. True in everyday life, incredibly true in Hollywood. So imagine my deja vu when looking thought new posters recently. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure I detect a theme.

First, there was the poster for the new Alan Ball-helmed vampire series True Blood. It’s about vampires. The vampires are sexy. They drink human blood. You get the picture.

Then, I came across the poster for the new Diablo Cody-penned horror flick Jennifer’s Body. It’s about a demonic cheerleader. The cheerleader is sexy. She feeds off her classmates. You get the picture.

The posters are nearly identical, but seeing them side-by-side just kept setting off my where-have-I-seen-that-before alarm. And then it came to me: Oh, of course, Angelina Jolie. Now you get the big picture.

I’ve heard of blood-red lips but this is ridiculous. Plus, geez, those ladies are all such messy eaters. What, no one uses napkins anymore?

But, if we really want to give credit where credit is due, I think we have to go even further back. Way back in time. In fact, you might say you’d need to do the time warp. You know how it’s done, don’t you? It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to your right…

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