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Rlf Victor Productions has hired John Scheinfeld to direct the Elvis biopic Fame & Fortune. The King has been the subject of a couple of notable telepics: Kurt Russell played Elvis for director John Carpenter in 1979, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers assumed the role in 2005. To my knowledge, this is the first big feature project to chronicle the musician's rise to prominence in the 1950s to his death by overdose in 1977. I can't vouch for Scheinfeld's candidacy as a narrative director, but he has the ear for the job---his documentary subjects include John Lennon, Brian Wilson, and most recently Harry Nilsson. The casting search begins this fall for a 2012 release. God bless the actor brave enough to try on Elvis' mighty big blue suede shoes. According to THR, Fame & Fortune is based on on the 2007 biography Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business, written by Presley's longtime bodyguard Sonny West and author Marshall Terrill. »
- Brendan Bettinger
“We’re going where the sun shines brightly
We’re going where the sea is blue
We’ve seen it in the movies
Now let’s see if it’s true”
Septuagenarian pop star Cliff Richard was (typically) seeing life through rose-tinted shades when he starred in Summer Holiday, back in 1963. Most Brits heading off to Europe this month won’t be travelling in an old London double-decker, like clean-cut Cliff and his pals in Peter Yates’s musical. They’ll be joining long queues at the airport; muttering about the extortionate price of petrol; or praying that Eurostar doesn’t grind to a shuddering halt on this side of the Channel.
Above all, they’ll be hoping that their vacation doesn’t turn out to be anything like in the movies. Cliff may have been weaned on a wholesome diet of Elvis and Gidget, but »
Hollywood actor known for her roles in the so-bad-they're-good films of Ed Wood
There are artists in various fields whose fame rests solely on how bad their work is alleged to be. Among them are the poet William McGonagall, the novelist Amanda McKittrick Ros, the soprano Florence Foster Jenkins and the film director Ed Wood. The latter's reputation as the world's worst film-maker rubbed off on Dolores Fuller, his muse, lover and leading lady, who has died aged 88.
It would be unfair to pick on Fuller for her stiff posture and stilted delivery in Wood's movies when the others in the casts were equally awkward, mainly because of the minimum amount of takes and the lack of strong direction. The "peak" of Wood and Fuller's collaboration was the camp classic Glen or Glenda (aka I Led Two Lives, 1953), an unintentionally hilarious, well-meaning film on transvestism. The theme was particularly close »
- Ronald Bergan
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