November 19, 1991 |
After 20 years in Hollywood, filmmaker David Zucker decided at last to publish his insights into the cinematic art. Alas, the writer-producer-director discovered, "no one cared! It was in the New York Times, it was reprinted across the country, but no one cared!" Rather than allow his manifesto, "15 Recipes for a Laugh (Lobster Not Included)," to languish, Zucker, whose credits include "Airplane!
November 17, 1991 |
After 40 years in the acting biz, Leslie Nielsen finally has achieved superstar status as the inept goofball Lt. Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" box-office hits. But the 65-year-old Canadian has discovered being a star doesn't mean everybody knows your name. "I came back from Canada and went into the duty-free shop," Nielsen was explaining one recent morning. "The lady behind the counter says, 'I know who you are. You're Lloyd Bridges.
July 2, 1991 |
"Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" coasted to a first-place finish during the weekend at the nation's box offices, but "The Smell of Fear" is liable to be more apt a subtitle than anyone realized: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, opens Wednesday, and industry watchers expect it will pulverize competition during the long Fourth of July weekend. "Naked Gun 2 1/2" rides on the tails of the hit 1988 original and drew crowds of moviegoers despite mixed reviews.
June 30, 1991 |
Seldom has a movie been as eagerly anticipated by audiences. But, within the movie industry, seldom has a movie loomed as forbiddingly as "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," the sequel to the 1984 hit starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. For any movie that opened before Memorial Day, and is currently selling few tickets, "Terminator 2" is potentially lethal: It will erase them from the theaters.
June 28, 1991 |
Consider "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear." The title is funny enough, so are the credits ("Un Film de David Zucker"), and the key art, showing fearless Lt. Frank Drebin spread-eagled on a pair of speeding bullets, is good for a chuckle as well. But that's where the laughter ends, pal. Because the only thing about "The Naked Gun" that won't make you laugh is the film itself.
June 27, 1991 |
It isn't often that an environmental column has something good to say about a movie. But now there is a constructive movie out about the environment and--surprise--it's a comedy. Readers of this column will get a bang out of director David Zucker's latest comedy, "Naked Gun 2 1/2," opening this weekend countywide. It's about electric cars. And John Sununu. Sound funny? I got an early peek and I thought it was. Then I called Zucker's Ojai home and was told he was on another call.
June 23, 1991 |
For Jerry Zucker, the most-savored accolade for his directorial efforts in "Ghost" did not come from the huge box-office returns, peer approval or the avalanche of offers. It came in a late-night phone call from his brother, David. "It was the night of "Ghost's" opening," recalls Jerry, 41, catching a few moments between meetings and helping his daughter, Katie, set up her train at the Zucker brothers' Brentwood offices. "David calls up to tell me how much he liked the film.
January 20, 1991 |
When the trailer begins--a shot of the familiar jukebox, strains of "Unchained Melody," the potter's throwing wheel--audiences figure it's yet another "Ghost" campaign. When the camera pans to bare-chested Leslie Nielsen nuzzling Priscilla Presley as she shapes wet clay--instead of Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore--they laugh. And when the wet clay spins wildly off the wheel, splattering the smooching lovers, audiences know they've been had. "Naked Gun" has struck again.
July 22, 1990 |
Almost on a level with "Airport!" and created by most of the same happily demented crew. Leslie Nielsen8s deadpan Lt. Frank Drebin (pictured with Priscilla Presley) is a wonder to behold.