Hollywood Playbook: Friday's Top 5 News Items
Hysterical Stephen Colbert Takes Matt Drudge's Troll Bait
Stephen Colbert is either an idiot or a willful idiot. I guess the walking/talking/glib-faced cancer on truth can be both. But his mind-numbingly moronic, hysterical and knee-jerk defense of
The State Hillary Clinton against Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report reveals him as the left-wing toadie and fool he really is.
When Matt Drudge highlights the number of times President Obama plays golf or the cost of the First Family's extravagant vacations, there's no question in my mind that that is just Drudge doing to Obama what the mainstream media did to George W. Bush for eight years. We all know that our objective, unbiased, not-at-all liberal media would never attempt to peck Obama to death counting his golf games and vacations, so Drudge trolls the media by holding Obama to their George W. Bush standard.
Drudge is likely doing the same with Hillary and her age. Due to their ages at the time, John McCain, Bob Dole, and Ronald Reagan -- Republicans all -- were bedeviled by the media during their respective presidential campaigns. Now that a Democrat, Hillary, is probably going to run at the same age those three were during their runs, Drudge is trolling the media by bedeviling her in the same way.
It's genius on Drudge's part, especially when the media exposes their biases by pushing back against him. And Stephen Colbert is such a good dog and faithful Palace Guard he can’t even tell when he's been punk'd.
Denzel Washington Eyes 'Magnificent Seven' Remake
Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," the upcoming "Equalizer") would direct and Denzel Washington star in a remake of the 1960 John Sturges classic Western, "The Magnificent Seven," which of course is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece, "Seven Samurai."
This is a win-win.
Watching Denzel Washington work on the bigscreen is my favorite movie-going pleasure these days, and anything that might revive the Western genre … go with God.
I'm assuming that at age 60, Washington will play Chris, the Yul Brynner role. I'm also assuming that the role of Vin, which set Steve McQueen on the path to superstardom, will not go to anyone who can steal the movie from Washington -- not that such a creature exists.
"The Magnificent Seven" was supposed to be a Yul Brynner movie. McQueen stole it right out from under the older actor (who was a bit of a ham himself). McQueen played dirty, too. Watch the scene where the two first meet. It takes place on a stagecoach/hearse. It's supposed to be Brynner's scene but McQueen's quiet authority mixed with bits of business (like taking off his hat to gauge the sun), changed the focus of the entire movie, McQueen's career, and movie history.
Cagney did the same crap. It's awesome to watch.
My favorite scene in "Seven," and one of my favorites of all-time, is James Coburn's slow burn after Eli Wallach's Mexican bandits chase them out of town and add insult to injury by giving the Seven their guns back.
A deeply insulted and furious Britt (Coburn) says, "Nobody throws me my own guns and says run. Nobody."
Great movie. Great themes. Amazing Elmer Bernstein score that Fuqua will have to keep or face angry Frankenstein villagers.
My movie love and respect for Denzel aside (who I once attended a Lakers game with -- okay, he was on the other side of the court), there is plenty to work with here for a remake.
'The Fault In Our Stars' Crushes Cruise with 'Astounding' $8.2 Million Thursday
Other than the tea leaves throughout the week, this trouncing was obvious last night. Maybe 25 people attended my 8 p.m. screening of Tom Cruise's "Edge of Tomorrow." The 9:50 screening of the $12 million "Fault In Our Stars" was not only packed (mostly with young girls) but other than loud sniffles (that frequently cracked all of us up), an audience you would normally expect to be a little obnoxious was dead quiet.
There was applause after the credits and when our doomed lovers share their first kiss.
Fox Searchlight has a big hit on their hands.
"The Fault In Our Stars" made, according to THR, an "astounding" $8.2 million last night.
Even while benefitting from premium-priced Imax and 3D, "Edge of Tomorrow" earned a dead-in-the-water $1.8 million.
"Edge" is at least doing well in … Korea.
My mostly positive reviews of both films are here and here.
Warner Bros. Releases Ultimate Collector's Edition of 'Gone with The Wind'
I freakin' love these Ultimate Collector's Editions. Thanks to a few amazing Amazon discounts, I own a few and on top of a first class Bluray transfer and a ton of extras, you also receive a hardcover book about the film and a souvenir of some sort. For instance, the "Ben-Hur" collection comes with a recreation of the diary Charlton Heston kept while making the film.
"Gone with the Wind" was one of the first films I purchased on Bluray and is still one of the most striking and beautiful Blurays I have ever seen. That and a couple of other titles were my downfall -- my gateway drugs into the world of high definition.
The new "Gone with the Wind" Ultimate Collector's Editions arrives September 30 and will retail at $49.99.
Seventy years on, producer David O. Selznick's civil war epic hasn't aged a day. Adjusted for inflation, it is still the biggest domestic box office hit of all time.
From the Warner press release:
Gone with the Wind -- the quintessential Hollywood epic and still history’s all-time domestic box-office champion ($1.6 billion), with more tickets sold than any other movie ever made – is a “must have” for classic film collectors. It will be fittingly presented in limited and numbered sets, with new collectible packaging, new enhanced content and new collectible memorabilia. The memorabilia includes a replica of Rhett Butler’s handkerchief and a music box paperweight playing Tara’s theme with an image on top of the Rhett-Scarlett kiss. Also included is a 36-page companion booklet featuring a look at the immortal style of Gone with the Wind, written by New York fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Austin Scarlett, whose signature look reflects the romantic elegance of the Gone with the Wind era.
The new special features include footage of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh attending the original movie premiere in Atlanta and Old South/New South, a journey through today's South, revisiting the real-life locations depicted to see how the world of the Old South continues to inform life in the New South’s cosmopolitan world. Gone with the Wind 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available for $49.99 SRP.
If you really, really love a movie, these sets are like owning it and then some.
Tonight's Double Feature
Hopefully none. I just closed a deal to buy three lots right across the street from my house (they total 3/4 of an acre). This isn't a financial investment. I want to keep the land from being developed. New homes would affect our cherished view of the mountains and alter the character of our neighborhood.
I thought about saving myself from an unwanted second mortgage by trying to preserve the land without buying it. From what I've read, a snail or puddle followed by an astro-turfed protest would change the zoning into a nature preserve. But I'm not a godless, heartless, environmentalist willing to screw a woman I've known for 20 years (who just lost her husband) out of her property.
So we paid a fair price.
The lots, though, haven't been mowed in a year, and that's my agenda tonight (and this weekend) if the weather holds. I want to turn the area into what it was: a greenspace for the neighborhood to enjoy; gardens, baseball, dog-running, fireworks…
I'm also naming the land "The Ponderosa" and have to install the sign.
If it does rain, though, I am still working my way through the magnificent Rodgers and Hammerstein Bluray collection. Next on the list is the roadshow edition of "South Pacific." I have only seen the 157-minute cut and at that length the World War II romance remains one of the few musicals from this era I dislike. The roadshow edition is about 20 minutes longer and I'm hoping that makes a difference.
A review of the entire collection is coming eventually. I swear.
Have a good weekend, y'all…
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