A few days ago, Devin Faraci of CHUD.com ran a story that I planned to run here (paraphrasing and giving credit, of course). I’ve had this godawful head cold and haven’t gotten much of anything written up, and while I delayed, there were developments to the story.
Specifically, Variety ripped it off.
Devin’s article was about a movie no one has heard of. Seriously. Devin wrote:
“[T]hese people helped the Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl-starring movie Zyzzyx Road reach an astonishing 30 dollars at the domestic box office.
That’s not a typo.”
Dade Hayes wrote in today’s Variety:
“But even the year’s biggest bombs surpassed the curiously titled “Zyzzyxx Road,” whose domestic cume reached just $30. That’s no typo.”
CHUD.com was not mentioned anywhere in the article. Variety has been pretty open about their contempt for bloggers and internet journalists.
Shame on you, Variety.
But really, I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked. This is the magazine that ran a review of The Matrix written by someone who honestly believed it was a time travel movie. Devin is actually a good critic, so of course they’d want to crib off him.