December 11, 1988 |
The forces behind the notorious, sadomasochism-tinged "9 1/2 Weeks" are at it again. They'll start filming an erotic thriller, "Wild Orchid," during Carnival next March in Rio. Mickey Rourke will again star, in what producer Mark Damon promises will be "even sexier and (with) a more meaningful love story" than "9 1/2 Weeks." Zalman King, who produced "Weeks," will direct "Orchid," which he co-wrote with wife Patricia Louisiana Knop (the duo also co-wrote "Weeks).
May 8, 1992 |
Who would ever have guessed that Zalman King would end up giving John Hughes, the erstwhile tycoon of teen, a run for his money? Yes, this is the same steamy Zalman King who wrote and produced "9 1/2 Weeks" and who made so much money directing Carre Otis' carryings-on in "Wild Orchid" that this--his latest attempt at writing and directing--was inevitably called "Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue" even though the two items have exactly zilch in common.
March 13, 2005 |
To Kim Adelman, author of "The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks," the most satisfying movie moments happen "when girls with great hair triumph over adversity and hunky bad boys get domesticated." (And if those aren't every viewer's idea of great cinema, well, that's why there's "Rocky.") Adelman begins by setting out the 10 elements of chick flick, from sympathetic heroine and love-worthy hero through dancing, obstacles and the ultimate happy ending.
April 24, 1998 |
"In God's Hands" takes us into the heart of the surfer mystique, suggesting powerfully that, for those for whom surfing becomes a way of life, riding an enormous wave becomes a form of communion with nature. It's the moment when "everything makes sense"--in the words of the reflective, reserved Shane (Patrick Shane Dorian), one of three world-class surfers we follow from Madagascar to Bali to Hawaii in their pursuit of stupendous waves.
April 30, 1990 |
Is is possible to create a big, glossy sex fantasy that is so silly, it gives sex a bad name? "Wild Orchid" (citywide), asks us to believe that star and debuting actress Carre Otis--the model from the Guess jeans ads--is a specialist in international law, hired on sight and whisked off to Rio de Janiero for a complex business deal that seems to involve sex with most of the principals.
December 16, 2013 |
The film academy has released its list of the 75 songs that will be competing for the 2014 original song Oscar. Taylor Swift, U2 and Coldplay are on it. So is "Let It Go," the pop power ballad from Disney's animated "Frozen" that every 12-year-old girl already knows by heart. "The Great Gatsby" has five songs on the list. So does "Kamasutra 3D. " "Austenland" has four, and there's ... Wait. What? There are five songs nominated from "Kamasutra 3D," a movie that, judging from its trailer , looks like a glossy mashup of "Spartacus," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and a Zalman King compilation reel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... and, wow, the music must be great!
April 30, 1989 |
Bad Jim (Wouk/Ware). Shooting in Arizona and Montana. James Brolin, Richard Roundtree and John Clark Gable (you-know-who's son) star in this Western yarn spun around three honest cowboys who suddenly find themselves wanted with a price on their heads. They even bump into Billy the Kid's horse. Producer Joseph Wouk. Director/screenwriter Clyde Ware. Also stars Harry Carey Jr. Coupe De Ville (Morgan Creek). Shooting in S. Carolina and Florida. It's a '60s period comedy with Patrick Dempsey, Arye Gross and Daniel Stern as three estranged brothers who are sent by their father from Michigan to Florida in a 1954 Cadillac.
December 21, 1991 |
Surely the life of a gorgeous French actress is oh so chic, oh so exotic. "It was 100 degrees every day by 9 in the morning. One time it got up to 127," Lydie Denier, who plays the willful biologist Jane in the updated weekly TV series "Tarzan," said of her five months filming in the remote Yucatan jungles near Palenque, Mexico. "And there were these flying red ants that would come out of nowhere, bite you all over and then go away. There was no TV, no newspapers.