Whatever else Manti Te’o manages to accomplish in his interview with Katie Couric, the humiliated Notre Dame linebacker will at least be proving Karl Marx right: All historical events really do occur twice, first as tragedy, then as farce.
When Lynda Obst first moved to Hollywood in 1979, there was only one Superman movie and Meryl Streep had just gotten her first Oscar nomination. Sixteen Streep nominations and countless superhero sequels later, show business has been transformed -- by, among other things, a 30-fold increase in the number of films grossing $100 million or more.
Comedy in jackboots is, with all due respect to Mel Brooks , a tough sell. Ernst Lubitsch found this out with his brilliant 1942 film “To Be, or Not To Be,” about a ragtag theater troupe struggling to survive in Warsaw during Hitler’s rise to power. The reaction to the movie was brutal, despite a cast headed by Carole Lombard and Jack Benny.