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May 28, 1989 | S tacy Jenel Smith \f7
A sequel to the very silly 1988 Paramount hit, "The Naked Gun: From the Files of 'Police Squad'!" is in the works, according to co-exec producer David Zucker--with Leslie Nielsen already confirmed to reprise his wacky role as a police lieutenant on the trail of a sinister murder conspiracy. The working title is "The Smell Of Fear: From the Files of 'The Naked Gun.' " "I would love to have it ready for release in the summer of 1990, but . . . the scripts always take longer than we think they will," said Zucker.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
Over the years, Priscilla Presley has been known for: (a) her marriage to Elvis. (b) her beehive hairdos. (c) her daughter with Elvis. (d) her divorce from Elvis. (e) her role on "Dallas." (f) her book on Elvis. What she has not been known for is spitting. That's right. Spitting.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Some movies make you laugh. Some movies don't. "The Naked Gun: From the Files of 'Police Squad!' " (citywide) definitely falls in the first category. Here is a vulgar collection of cheesy jokes, bald-faced stick-it-in-your eye slapstick, appalling parodies of old TV cop shows and puns for which someone should be half-shot at sunrise. There are inane Abbott-and-Costello word-games that resemble the demented prattle of crazed infants. There are lewd innuendoes of every type.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Producer/directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker--"ZAZ" to their closest friends--wrote the hit film "Airplane!" They created the TV series and cult video favorite "Police Squad!" They made the summer box-office disappointment of 1984: "Top Secret!" Now comes "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" What--beyond a passion for bad puns and exclamation marks--is the formula behind this threesome's success??!! (Except for "Top Secret!," which didn't do so well.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1988 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
"The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" could become the only successful movie based on a failed television series. The 1982 ABC cop show parody lasted only four weeks. But that didn't daunt its creators. They viewed its quick demise as a badge of honor. "I refer to it as a failed TV show, but in a way, it's a backhanded compliment," said Robert Weiss, the producer of both the television series "Police Squad!" and "Naked Gun."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1988 | Craig Modderno
Press and preview audiences looking for laughs in Paramount's Christmas comedies "Scrooged" and "The Naked Gun" have been getting a jolt--the sudden presence in both pictures of John Houseman, who died Oct. 31. In "Scrooged," Houseman is cast as a host of a live-television presentation of the Dickens' Christmas classic. "Naked Gun" features a cameo by Houseman as a driving school instructor whose car gets involved in a chase scene.
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