Monday, June 30, 2008

Remake of "The Women" Premieres this Year

Never one to think of an unusual idea, Hollywood has decided to remake the 1939 George Cukor classic "The Women." The original starred the complete roster of MGM queens: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell... Well this movie is trying to one-up the past with it's own star power. But will it be as good (or better) than the original? Doubt it.

Here are how the stars compare -- here's a list with the new star, then who previously played the same role, then the character's name:

Eva Mendes/Joan Crawford - Crystal Allen
Meg Ryan/Norma Shearer - Mary Haines
Jada Pinkett Smith/Paulette Goddard - Miriam Aarons
Carrie Fisher/Florence Nash - Nancy Blake
Debra Messing/Phyllis Povah - Edith Potter
Annette Bening/Rosalind Russell - Sylvia Fowler
Bette Midler/Mary Boland - Flora DeLave

Other actresses pitching in to the remake are Cloris Leachman and Candice Bergen.
Now, these actresses are good, but they're nothing like the original. Guess we'll have to see...

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mee-Yow Thursday

It's been awhile since our last catfight, but don't have a hissy fit about it -- here's a new one for you!
Howard Hughes was quoted as saying that Marilyn Monroe "moves her upper lip around like a snake." Ouch! What a cad!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

More Exciting Things to Do...

For women with more exciting things to do...Like being Mistress Zelda, Nocturnal Dominatrix? Or auditioning for the stage version of "A Clockwork Orange"?
Well, I guess both of those are more exciting than scrubbing floors.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Must-See Movie: Up Periscope

Up Periscope (1959)
James Garner stars as a U.S. Navy frogman in this tension-filled submarine flick set in 1942. Lt. Kenneth M. Braden (Garner) has just asked the woman he loves to marry him, and she runs off in tears.

That night, he is called to duty to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island by the submarine "Barracuda" to photograph radio codes. He must put his personal life aside and focus on the dangerous mission, risking the lives of all 80 men on the submarine.

This was one of Garner's first big-time movies while he was in his heyday as "Maverick," and the promo even billed him as James "Maverick" Garner. However, this was not like any character of Garner's people had seen. Yes, he was the all-American, stunningly handsome charmer, but he was mostly calculated, serious, out-spoken, and driven. There are little to no moments of quick wit and cleverness to his character; he is extremely straight-forward. He does get a pretty good scene with three beautiful wahines, but finds them "expendable;" his first and only love is the woman he left at home.

I also found the character of Commander Paul Stevenson intriguing, played by Edmund O'Brien. This man has his own demons to deal with, but he also has the great responsibility of being in charge of the submarine and all the men it contains. None of the men know why Garner's character is on the submarine except for the Commander and his first exec, so the seamen speculate as to the Commander's bravery in battle. Although the Commander knows that his men doubt him, he keeps moving forward with the plan, at the risk of his own reputation.

Just experiencing what the men of WWII had to give up for their country, what they had to endure, makes this film worthwhile. You feel the claustrophobia of the submarine, you see their loneliness and anguish, you share their longing to be home with their families. To be reminded of those men who risked their lives with courage and patriotism is reason enough to rent this movie.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Why I Didn't Like "The Aviator"

There are three primary reasons why:
Basically, the casting was horrible.
A tiny mustache or a funny accent/voice does not make you anything like the original.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Random Advice from McQueen's Widow

I don't know why Barbara McQueen, widow of the late Steve McQueen, feels she can dispense advice about cancer treatment, but she's handing it out freely to Patrick Swayze. reports: Steve McQueen's widow has urged ailing movie star Patrick Swayze to get the most out of life as he battles pancreatic cancer - because there's no guarantee medication will help. Barbara McQueen insists "miracle cures" won't save Swayze and could make what's left of his life miserable.

Now 54, Barbara can still remember her late husband's cancer battle, which ended with his death in 1980 - and she is offering advice to one of her favourite actors as he fights the disease.

Barbara tells The Globe, "It (McQueen's cancer battle) was the worst thing I've ever been through... Tell Patrick not to go there. It was weird stuff, very unconventional. They tried all kinds of strange things. Patrick Swayze should kick up his heels with his beloved wife and have fun while he's fighting his desperate battle with cancer."

But Swayze insists the treatment he is getting is taking effect and he is "responding well" to it. Swayze confirmed he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the beginning of 2008.

I'm sorry for what she went through, but maybe advising Patrick Swayze to 'kick up his heels' in the middle of his treatment is not the smartest advice.

Monday, June 09, 2008

James Garner News: Recovering

The latest news of James Garner's hospitalization, from ContactMusic:

Movie veteran James Garner is on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke last month. The 'Maverick' star was hospitalized in May after collapsing and undergoing surgery.

The National Enquirer reports the 80-year-old was kept in intensive care for three weeks, and only released on 30 May. Sources claim Garner is now regaining the power of speech, and making signs of recovery.

The insider tells the Enquirer, "He's pulling through, but he has a long recovery ahead of him. But he's improved steadily. Jim will definitely need intensive physical and speech therapy. Fortunately Jim's a fighter - and his wife Lois has been at his side."
His publicist confirmed to the tabloid, "His improvement is wonderful."

Friday, June 06, 2008

Ghost Sighting Caught on Tape

If you don't believe in ghosts, this will change your mind. Don't watch with the lights out!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

WTF is with Angelina Jolie & Disney?

Angelina Jolie is complaining because there are no Disney princesses that represent her children who are African-American.

Obviously Jolie hasn’t read a newspaper or been on the internet in the last two years...Disney’s been in development of a new African-American princess “The Frog Princess” since 2006.

But besides that, Disney has covered other races in the past: Mulan is an Asian princess, Pocahontas is a Native Indian American princess, Jasmine from "Aladdin" is an Arabian princess... Additionally, their other movies have had a large variety of races and cultures explored. For petesake, the entire movie "The Lion King" is set in Africa.

But the real question is: Who the hell says that Disney has to be the United Nations of animation? Why are they made responsible for covering every race and culture? There are many other animation companies out there (Dreamworks, Warner Brothers...). And African-American actors have been in many many animated features in the past (Chris Rock in "Bee Movie," Jada Pinkett in "Madagascar" to name two). Why does Jolie think a princess is the only representation for her children to emulate?

And if it really bothers Jolie, why doesn't she put some money together and make her own damn movie?