September 8, 2008 |
I cover Hollywood, America's great liberal oasis, where there is an organic boneless breast of chicken in every pot and a Prius on every block. So when I recently canvassed my friends, the verdict on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's fiery speech Wednesday night at the GOP convention was clear: She's a menace to society, a hockey mom whose tough talk fell on deaf ears. She may be a hit with the Republican base, but in Hollywood, Palin's strident attacks on Barack Obama and her skepticism toward evolution and global warming make her something of a pariah.
August 29, 2008 |
Hollywood's 18-week summer season ends this weekend with two new flicks in the fight for No. 1 at the box office: "Disaster Movie" and a movie that critics -- and even the director -- call a disaster of a movie, the sci-fi thriller "Babylon A.D." Both are tracking to open at $10 million to $13 million through Labor Day. They will tussle for the top spot with DreamWorks/Paramount's action comedy "Tropic Thunder," which could win a third straight weekend thanks to the soft competition.
March 24, 1994 |
Priscilla Presley's life has been such a public drama revolving around her teen-age involvement and marriage to the out-of-control King of rock 'n' roll, that six years ago she was the last person you expected to see in a comedy. The TV projects she had produced, an adaptation of her memoirs, "Elvis and Me," and "Elvis," a series about his life, seemed much more appropriate for rock 'n' roll's most famous widow, a role she's played despite their divorce.
March 22, 1994 |
"Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" thumbed its nose at the Academy Awards with a wacky Oscar parody on its way to winning the top box-office prize over the weekend in a landslide. The third installment of the Paramount comedy franchise, from producer David Zucker, grossed more than double its nearest competitor with a $13.2-million opening weekend.
March 18, 1994 |
Reviewing "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" is a bit like reviewing a joke book--you don't want to give away the jokes. Some of the gags are side-splitters, some just sit on the screen. But the film would have to be a great deal worse to prevent "Naked Gun" die-hards from lining up. It is, after all, the movie that finally confirms what we suspected all along--Leslie Nielsen's Lt. Frank Drebin looks exactly like Phil Donahue from the back.
April 19, 1992 |
Was the title lame or was it the movie? From the way Paramount is handling the release of "Brain Donors," originally titled "Lame Ducks," one might think both. Paramount won't admit to "dumping" this comedy, but it certainly isn't giving it the kind of launch it has for two other Zucker Bros. comedies--"The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad" and "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear." Paramount also has a deal with the Zuckers for "The Naked Gun 3: The Final Insult."