WHITNEY HOUSTON: DROWNED BY COCAINE
It’s difficult to write about the death of someone–to make sense of something so senseles, to attempt to explain or comprehend the loss of a complete and total human being. I’m old enough to remember when Whitney hit the scene in the mid-eighties. I wasn’t a fan of her music, but it was everywhere; her talent was undeniable, and her incomparable beauty made me a fan of her presence and poise.
You just want to jump into a time machine, go back 30 years to when she was just starting to think about a career in show biz, and tell her, “This is where the ride end:; in a hotel bathtub the night before the Grammys — with headlines screaming “Cocaine!” that break your family’s heart.”
Mr. Hanlon, one of our iron men reviewers, has opened a site of his own, and it looks pretty snazzy. Please wish him luck and bookmark.
We’re proud that John got his start at Big Hollywood, and we wish him nothing but the best.
The first “Hangover” is the best raunchy comedy to come out of Hollywood since the original “American Pie.” Because I’ve heard so many bad things about the second one, I haven’t bothered to see it.
Please don’t screw this up. Please don’t screw this up. Please don’t screw this up.
Didn’t King say he was retiring?
Anyone up for a class action suit based on dashing our hopes?
Including Ed Gein?:
The film is scripted by John McLaughlin (“Black Swan”), based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebell, and already features a star-studded cast that includes Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, the filmmaker’s wife, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins and Scarlett Johannson as Janet Leigh.
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Jessica Biel has signed on to play Vera Miles, an actress who was under contract with Hitchcock and as such worked with him on a number of occasions. Given the subject matter of the film in question, Biel’s part here will see her focus on the role Lila Crane in “Psycho”.
In addition to Biel, yesterday it was confirmed that Toni Collette will play Peggy Robertson, Hitchcock’s production assistant. Danny Huston will be Whitfield Cook, a close friend of Hitchcock and his wife, while Michael Stuhlbarg plays the part of powerhouse agent Len Wasserman. Finally, Michael Wincott will play Ed Gein, the serial killer who was the inspiration point for the Norman Bates character.
For some reason, Scarlett Johannson as Janet Leigh depresses me. At first I thought this was going to be a made-for-TV film, which is kind of where it belongs. But with this kind of cast, it has to be theatrical.
That said, the story behind the film is usually more compelling than the film. The drama, relationships, artistic tension…
Naturally, if this is some kind of hit, it will create a whole new genre of movies about the making of movies. Seriously, in ten years we could see a movie about the making of a movie about the making of “Psycho.”
Somewhere David Zucker is salivating.
That’s because you’re “Entertainment Weekly, and if you ever pulled your head out of Hollywood’s ass you wouldn’t know what to do with yourself.
Just wish he would pick better scripts instead of paydays.
That was fast.
SyFy will air the pilot, but the series, if it survives, will do so on the Web. The creators, however, are shopping the series to other networks.
Might I suggest Netflix?
Why not just recap “Dirty Jobs?” It has more viewers.
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
The Sitter (2011): Review coming.
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR
CLASSIC PICK FOR TODAY
8:00 PM: Goodbye Girl, The (1977) — A dancer discovers her runaway boyfriend has sublet her apartment to an aspiring actor. Dir: Herbert Ross Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings. C-111 mins, TV-MA, CC, Letterbox Format.
Grown-ups in a very funny, sweet and charming rom-com. And one you can show the kids without worrying about robbing them of their innocence.
Hollywood didn’t always suck.
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