I’m way too old and way too male to be in Hilary Duff’s prime demo. So I have yet to buy a ticket for her and sister Haylie’s new movie, "Material Girls." But I at least did a little research leading up to my interview with the pop megastar, which took place about an hour ago. And, to put it mildly, reviews have been a tad harsh.
Here are just a few choice blurbs posted at RottenTomatoes.com:
“You may find yourself longing for the intricate plotting and ensemble acting skills of the Olsen twins movies.” (from LA Weekly)
“At the very least, Material answers the question everyone wants to know: yes, Haylie is the better actress.” (from efilmcritic.com)
Ouch! Can’t please everybody, especially those cranky critics. Damn you, critics! Damn you! But in all seriousness, I’m always curious about how often stars read their reviews. Buzz from The Melvins recently told me publicists send him clips. Based on publicists’ reactions to my stuff, I suspect I’ve pissed off a couple of rockers who’ve read it. So I asked Ms. Duff if any of the recent slams had filtered her way.
Listen to what she had to say here.
Hmmm. Methinks Hilary must be tempted to Google herself sometimes – say during moments of weakness at 3 a.m. You think? Maybe not. Anyway, the singer also said she has finished writing several songs for her new album and is going into the studio soon. (Lead single “Play with Fire” recently debuted on MTV’s “TRL.”) Boyfriend Joel Madden is busy working on the new Good Charlotte disc, which Duff said is due in February, so he hasn’t gotten involved, as he and bro, Benji, did on “Most Wanted.”
Duff will also return to the the Puyallup Fair on Sept. 24. Look for more coverage in the days leading up to the show.
[Photo: The sisters Duff, Hilary (L) and Haylie, playing the roles of Tanzie and Ave Marchetta in their new girlie flick "Material Girls"; MGM Pictures.]