Morning Call Sheet: New Bond Villain, an Apple-less Cloud, Hackman Un-Retires?, and Tony Bennett Begs for Eye-Bleach

JAVIER BARDEM IS BOND 23’S VILLAIN

This is good news. Bardem is a larger-than-life presence on the screen and Bond could use some larger-than-lifeness — especially if all that larger-than-lifeness is filmed on a tripod.

GENE HACKMAN TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT?

Somewhere around 1983, Gene Hackman became my favorite living actor and remained so until his 2004 retirement (Michael Caine now owns that spot). Last I heard, The Mighty Gene Hackman is loving life somewhere in Arizona, where at the age of 81 he paints and writes.

I’d like to– No, I want to always remember Hackman as the epitome of everyday masculinity that he portrayed so brilliantly in every film regardless of the role. I don’t want to see him old and frail. Today he might be as strong and vibrant as Robert Duvall is at the age of 80, but if he’s not I don’t want to know about it.

This is why I refuse to see “Ragtime.” I simply cannot bear the thought of The Mighty Jimmy Cagney as an old man and won’t put myself through it.

TARANTINO CASTS DON JOHNSON AS PLANTATION OWNER PIMP IN ‘DJANGO’

What a superb piece of casting. With better script choices I’m almost positive Johnson could’ve been the movie star he deserved to be. You want to see an underrated pulper that thanks to Johnson’s hangdog performance deserves a bigger audience…?

Dead Bang,” my friends. B-movie heaven, directed by the great John Frankenheimer. Rent it tonight. You’ll thank me in the morning.

IS IT TIME FOR NETFLIX CEO REED HASTINGS TO STEP DOWN?

Anyone want to guess my answer to this question? I have never seen the goose that lays the golden egg murdered by so much stupidity and arrogance. After he steps down Hastings should then assume the permanent position of being ashamed of himself.

Dumbass.

And, wow… (though it seems alarmist): Analyst: Netflix Will Go Bankrupt In A Year

ULTRAVIOLET TO THE RESCUE: CLOUD FORMAT DEBUTS WITH ‘HORRIBLE BOSSES’

So the whole idea here is that because movies can now be stored in some online “cloud” that makes them accessible on any mobile device, this will revive the decimated DVD sales business.

Does “the cloud” make the movies not suck as much?

Does “the cloud” make the movie stars more likable and less obnoxious?

Does “the cloud” have an option that allows you to watch “shaky-cam free”?

Cuz if not… No sale.

Also, Apple wanted no part of this and from what I’ve read that Steve Jobs fella was nobody’s fool.

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINK-TACULAR

Side note: Does ScottDS find the coolest links, or what?

LIFETIME REMAKING ‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’ WITH AN ALL-BLACK CAST

HBO PICKS UP STEVEN SODERBERGH’S LIBERACE BIOPIC STARRING MICHAEL DOUGLAS AND MATT DAMON

SANDRA BULLOCK TO PLAY CLINT EASTWOOD’S DAUGHTER?

‘PRIMER’ DIRECTOR SHANE CARRUTH PREPPING NEW FILM

COOL VIDEO: ORSON WELLES’S LAST INTERVIEW TAPED TWO HOURS BEFORE HIS DEATH

FIVE COOL MOVIE PRESIDENTS

WHY WE KEEP COMING BACK TO H.G. WELLS’S DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

‘AUSTIN POWERS’ HENCHMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING CELLMATE

‘HUGO’ ADVANCED SCREENING REVIEWS & FEATURETTE

‘LORD OF THE RINGS IN CONCERT’ COMING TO HONDA CENTER

CBS BOSS SAYS NO FRIGGIN’ WAY TO ‘JERSEY SHORE’

GANG TRIES TO KIDNAP SADDAM LOOK-ALIKE TO MAKE PORN *link fixed*

10 MOST DISGUSTING MEALS IN CINEMATIC HISTORY

25 ACTORS YOU DIDN’T KNOW APPEARED IN ‘STAR TREK’

TONY BENNETT SAW LADY GAGA NAKED

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LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING

Another debate where our genius GOP stupidly agreed to let hostile and not terribly bright MSM leftists ask them loaded questions based on the premise that your compassion can only by judged by how big you want the State to become.

You know what I miss most about being a liberal? Voting against Republicans. But the Left is evil and we’re only awful, so what are you going to do?

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CLASSIC PICK FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

TCM:

2:00 AM EST: Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court, A (1949) — A blow to the head sends an auto mechanic back to the days of Camelot. Dir: Tay Garnett Cast: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Sir Cedric Hardwicke. C-107 mins, TV-G, CC.

DerBingle at his most relaxed and charming. The winning plot just rolls along at its own leisurely pace and sweeps you up in the splendid silliness of it all that pastes a 107-minute smile across your face.

First time I saw this, I was 11 years-old and every viewing since still makes me feel that way.

Here’s a preview. Believe it or not, the old man is Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

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“If you insist?”

“I dust, I dust.””

As I mentioned before, I’m currently making my through James Cagney’s auto-biography and he tells a fascinating story about how hard Crosby worked to make it looks so easy and laid-back. Up close, Cagney says, after one of those “easy-going” performances, Crosby would walk backstage covered in sweat. Only then would the strain show.

Giants. These men were giants.

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