7 items from 2011
“My momma always said, .Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get..” That line was immortalized by Tom Hanks in the award-winning movie “Forest Gump” in 1994. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today selected that film and 24 others to be preserved as cultural, artistic and historical treasures in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Spanning the period 1912-1994, the films named to the registry include Hollywood classics, documentaries, animation, home movies, avant-garde shorts and experimental motion pictures. Representing the rich creative and cultural diversity of the American cinematic experience, the selections range from Walt Disney.s timeless classic “Bambi” and Billy Wilder.s “The Lost Weekend,” a landmark film about the devastating effects of alcoholism, to a real-life drama between a U.S. president and a governor over the desegregation of the University of Alabama. The selections also »
- Michelle McCue
I’m never one to put significant stock in the film-based choices made by any kind of committee — be it an awards group, critics circle, soup kitchen line, etc. — but the National Film Registry is a little different. Not that they’re any different than those aforementioned organization types, but because the government assemblage preserves works deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” No small potatoes.
Their latest list — created for both public awareness and the opportunity to grumble, as I’ll do in a second — has been unveiled, and the selections are none too out-of-left-field. The biggest of these 25 would have to be Forrest Gump, a choice I fully understand but completely disagree with on an opinion and moral scale. The only other true objection I can raise is toward El Mariachi, film school-level junk from a director whose finest works are the direct result of working with those more talented. »
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Now it can be revealed: Michael Jackson once led a team of Super Soaker assassins. For one night, anyway. "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones, whose father, Quincy Jones, produced Jackson's "Off the Wall" and "Thriller," describes in the new Playboy how she, her sister, and "Webster" star Emmanuel Lewis once helped Jackson douse unsuspecting moviegoers. "Michael basically grew up with us, so I have a million memories of him," Jones told the magazine. "We were at each other’s house all the time. He was definitely a little bit of an alien, »
- Tim Molloy
Think back to your childhood. Think back to the 80s. Were you ever in line for a movie, minding your own business when suddenly, you were assaulted with a torrent from a Super Soaker? All these years, you've been bitter and jaded about it. But what if you knew who was behind that spray?
In an interview in November's issue of Playboy, "Parks and Recreation" actress Rashida Jones reveals a startling truth about her childhood. Rashida is the daughter of "Thriller" producer and musical impresario Quincy Jones, one of Michael Jackson's closest collaborators, so it's no surprise that they spent a lot of time together:
"Michael basically grew up with us...it felt as if he was my age, not 18 years old...Once, my sister, Michael, Emmanuel Lewis and I got in a car with Super Soakers and went by a movie theater and supersoaked the hell out of people waiting in line. »
Shine Pictures has optioned feature movie rights to Steve Knight's Hummingbird, which will mark Knight's directorial debut. Hummingbird is being financed by New Regency Productions which 20th Century Fox will distribute worldwide. Shine, New Regency and Paul Webster (The Queen and Dirty Pretty Things) are co-producing the film which is a thriller whose central character is an ex-special services soldier who has become a criminal. Hummingbird reunites Knight, Webster and Seaward who worked together on the Knight-written Eastern Promises which was helmed by David Cronenberg and starred Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. According to Variety, casting is underway for Hummingbird which is likely to start filming this fall. »
Tell us if you’ve heard this one before. Rob Riggle (The Daily Show, SNL, The Hangover) will star in a CBS sitcom about a former NFL player who comes home to his family after retiring from the game of football. Some of our older readers may remember former Detroit Lion Alex Karras starred in Webster with Emmanuel Lewis and if you blinked, you might have missed former New York Giant Michael Strahan in the 2009 Fox sitcom Brothers.
Home Game is based off of the life of Espn NFL analyst and three-time Super Bowl winning guard, Mark Schlereth whose post-game life includes being a sports talk radio host and playing a recurring role as Detective Roc Hoover on The Guiding Light. The difference in Home Game is that Schelereth is leaving his pursuit of acting to daytime soap operas and will just produce the series with his wife and daughter »
- Ernie Estrella
In 1978, NBC scored a surprise hit with Diff’rent Strokes, a family sitcom about a wealthy white man who adopts his black maid’s sons after she dies. The show mixed corny punchlines with issue-driven stories, and featured a breakout star in Gary Coleman, a cute little kid with a medical condition that stunted his growth. Five years later, ABC debuted Webster, a sitcom with two white parents and the even cuter, littler Emmanuel Lewis. The show was originally developed as Another Ballgame, with ex-nfl star Alex Karras and his real-life wife Susan Clark playing odd-couple newlyweds: he a »
7 items from 2011
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