Looking Back — 2012: The End is Not Near

Now that Dec. 21, 2012, has come for us all (already passed for our friends Down Under) with no apocalypse — Mayan or otherwise — I’d like to congratulate everyone who didn’t fall for the manufactured Doomsday crap. Here I represent my very first post of the year, dated Jan. 1, 2012, in which I explained it all. Enjoy this blast from the past (okay, rerun)…

On this first day of 2012, what could be more appropriate than to address the impending end of the year – and the world – on Dec. 21, 2012? I’m referring, of course, to the end of the imminent end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, which some believe heralds the end of the world. Don’t worry, dear readers, I haven’t gone soft in the head and succumbed to superstition; I want to address the so-called “prophecy” in a bid to debunk it.

First, and foremost, there is no “Mayan prophecy” about the world ending when the calendar does. That’s a myth conjured by fools and con men out to exploit the foolish. The calendar indicates nothing of the sort. You will be seeing a glut of books, DVDs and probably even TV specials designed to appeal to the base instinct of fear of the end of the world.
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Introducing Burt Wonderstone

Well, the apocalypse of stupidity swirling about 12/21/12 has come to naught, so that means there will be movies to watch in 2013.

In a switch (for me), this trailer for the new comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone looks kinda fun, and this clip actually contains a couple of funny lines — which is rare, as far as I’m concerned. I am rarely impressed by comedy trailers, so this one is worth a look.

I’m starting to get tired of Steve Carrel’s gallery of “funny because they’re totally oblivious” characters, but it looks like Burt could be a funny satire of those glossy Las Vegas magicians. And I like seeing Steve Buscemi back in a comedy role. Jim Carrey hasn’t done anything for me in years, so I’m hoping this will be a comeback of sorts for him. And Olivia Wilde ensures that any movie she’s in is never a total waste.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens March 15.