The Show-mance Phenomenon

Ok…This story has just come to my attention this morning. It appears that on the heels of the new Julia Roberts movie “Eat, Pray, Love” it appears that Ms Roberts has announced that she is converting to Hinduism after spending so much time in India. In a recent interview she said she was profoundly moved by the country, its people and, of course, the Taj Mahal. So much so, that she has converted to Hinduism.

All of this is just a little too convenient. It seems like more of a publicity strategy for the movie than an actual legitimate movement of faith. And to me, this whole thing is just the tip of the iceberg.

All of these movies and TV shows that are breeding (pun intended) real-life couplings are highly suspect to me. I mean the whole Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart romance is a’s like you can hear the teenage screams of “like oh my god, they’re together for like realsies, they must be the most awesomest couple ever” (You have no idea how many times I had to bash myself in the head in order to write that last sentence…ouchie). That’s not all, they’re just one of several pairings and rumored pairings to come out of the relevant co-star’s movie releases. Gerard Butler & Jennifer Aniston (The Bounty Hunter), Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), and from the cast of “Glee” 2 Pairings, Mark Salling, aka Puck, and Naya Rivera, aka Cheerio Santana as well as Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) and Kevin McHale (Artie) have been knocking Gleek-boots. The list goes on and on, actors and actresses that have hooked up, some married and, most of them Divorced.

Am I the only one who sees these “Show-mances” for complete shams and as yet another way to promote movies and TV shows in the age of Facebook and Twitter where one positive (or Negative) message can make or break a show? You didn’t see Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher hooking up just before “The Empire Strikes Back” was released. Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler never hooked up during the whole “Lord of the Rings” Phenomenon. Why cant movies just stand on their own two feet and let the movies speak for themselves and not have to resort to this shameless form of promotion. What’s next? Are Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth going to have a Torrid love affair shortly before the release “Thor” Next year? Maybe Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Optimus Prime will get robo-jiggy with it before the next Transformers movie?

I may be “Mr Conspiracy Theory” or something, but I doubt I’m the only one who’s noticed this. 


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