Maybe the lovebirds were just having a bad day. Or it could be the thrill's gone, evident in an excruciating Kodak moment. Whatever the reason, there's gold in those Awkward Family Photos, collected on the popular Web site of that name, which has landed a book deal and has movie and TV projects in the works. Advertisers are responding, too, to the site that draws 1.3 million visitors a month. Now, Universal Pictures is teaming with the site to promote the upcoming rom-com Couples Retreat, opening Friday. The flick follows four Midwestern couples (its stars Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis and Malin Akerman, among others) who go to Bora Bora to work on their marriages. Shark attacks, partial nudity and hilarity ensue! The two-week contest with AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com asked people to send in the most uncomfortable snaps of themselves and their significant others. Mullet alert! The contenders have now been posted, and voting started last night. The prize? Front-and-center placement on the home page—basically, a day of infamy in a place where infamy rules. What, no red carpet re-do of the cheesiest prom pic of all time? The sweeps should at least send the winners to the premiere so they can sport their bad attitudes and '80s outfits for the paparazzi.
—Posted by T.L. Stanley