Nothing against Aniston, who gets better looking every year, but… ever?
Here are the Top 100. No Angie Dickinson. Indefensible.
In no particular order, my top picks:
Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Barbara Stanwyck, Pam Grier, Ava Gardner, Cyd Charisse, Maria Conchita Alonso, Angie Dickinson, Janet Leigh, Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, Paulette Goddard, Sheree North, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Rachel Ticotin.
Clooney and Heslov are teaming with Sony to turn David Bianculli’s 2009 book “Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'” into a film.
Bianculli confirmed the project on his site, TV Worth Watching. He called Clooney his dream choice for the movie adaptation of his book about the Smothers and their 1967-69 variety hour series.
No doubt the story of the Smother Brothers being subversive and censored and anti-American and against the Vietnam War will all be a large part of the film’s narrative.
Hollywood just loves to play the victim even as it applauds itself for being so courageous. This is especially true for Clooney. Did you see “Good Night and Good Luck”? Yeah, neither did anyone else.
Not a high bar:
“[Quantum] was never meant to be as much of a sequel as it was; it just ended up being one, starting where the last one finished. For me personally, on a level of feeling satisfied, I would want to do better next time. That’s really important to me.”
But why will SKYFALL be better?
“I really think this one is better even than Casino Royale”, Craig enthuses. “[Director] Sam Mendes has lived with Bond all his life, and he grew up with Bond in the same way I did. We have exactly the same reference points, we both like the same Bond movies, and we both like the same bits in the same Bond movies we like. We sat down and we just rabbited for hours about Live And Let Die or From Russia With Love, and talked about little scenes that we knew from them. That’s how we started talking about it. That’s what we tried to instill in the script. He’s been working his arse off to tie all these things together so they make sense… in a Bond way!”
“Skyfall” will be a crucial entry in the series. In the past, Bond films have survived stinkers because no matter how disappointing (“A View to a Kill,” “Die Another Day”) they were still Bond films. The formula was beloved and so people always kept coming back.
The Craig films dropped the Bond formula and the risk there is that they are now pretty interchangeable with other high-profile action films. This, I think, removes the loyalty factor. The closest thing I’ve seen to a Bond film since the Pierce Brosnan days is Angelina Jolie’s “Salt.”
Aja is a director to start paying attention to. His remake of “The Hills Have Eyes” is brilliant and his “Piranha 3D” was one of the best of last year.
This must be cutting into Hollywood’s box office:
Activision Blizzard said Monday that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has crossed the $1 billion mark in sales after 16 days, eclipsing a record set in 2009 by the film release Avatar, which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days.
The latest edition of the Call of Duty franchise launched on Nov. 8 with a one-day sales record of $400 million in North America and the U.K. The gaming giant’s Activision Publishing arm cited sales data from Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information.
With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid, the firm said.
If movies are going to compete with video games this popular, movies are going to have to stop blaming video games and get better.
Larry Rickles died of pneumonia complications and respiratory failure on 3 December.
He passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 41, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Larry Rickles was born in 1970 and went on to become a writer for the popular U.S. sitcom Murphy Brown. He also received an Emmy Award in 2008 for his TV documentary on his comedian father, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.
“Mr. Warmth” is superb and available on Netflix Streaming.
How do you die of pneumonia at the age of 41 in this day and age?
Does a 34,000 boost even keep up with the growing population?
The television show would center around Ice Cube’s character, a paramedic, who – after witnessing his fill of violent crime scenes and the broken lives of victims and community bystanders – becomes a vigilante that seeks to punish the perpetrators and avenge the victims.
The twist in the series revolves around the fact that Cube’s character, far from being your regular selfless hero, begins to enjoy his violent actions and becomes addicted to metering out the harsh justice, which in turn begins to destroy his private life. He then struggles to reconcile the two disparate sides of his persona.
Hopefully this won’t be politically correct like most of the vigilante product coming out of Hollywood lately. More “Harry Brown” and “Death Wish,” less “The Brave One” and “Death Sentence” would be great.
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
“Home Alone” on Blu-ray: The print isn’t as much of an improvement as I had hoped, but after 21 years and just as many screenings, this classic hasn’t aged a day.
Did you know that when the budget ballooned from $15 million to $18 million, Paramount dropped the project (20th Century Fox picked it up)? My guess is that that decision cost the studio somewhere around a half-billion dollars, and that doesn’t even include the money made on “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.”
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CLASSIC PICK FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
1:30 AM Susan Slept Here (1954) — A Hollywood screenwriter takes in a runaway girl who’s more woman than he can handle. Dir: Frank Tashlin Cast: Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis. C-98 mins, TV-PG, CC.
My pretty wife’s favorite Christmas film, and it’s not hard to see why. Pure escapism with plenty of digs at Hollywood. Debbie Reynolds is adorable, Dick Powell is acerbic as always, and Alvy Moore keeps the laughs coming with non-stop asides and wisecracks.
There are plenty of Christmas gems still out there waiting to be rediscovered. This is one of them.