Universal Pictures chairman Marc Schmuger has said the following to the Wall Street Journal about Evan Almighty, which looks like the most expensive comedy ever made: “You’ve got…a PG-13 movie that men, women, children and audiences of all ages are going to want to see and you’ve got the eye candy of great spectacle and visual effects. That adds up to a movie we’re supporting to an enormous degree.” It’s taken from a WSJ piece, excerpted here by Hollywood Wiretap‘s Nancy Vialatte, about how comedies are the new tentploes…right. Tentpole movies are necessary evils — producers and studio chiefs have no choice in the matter — but to guys on the street like me, they’re instant avoiders unless they have a certain attiudinal spark.