This year marks the 70th anniversary for two classic films, "Gone With The Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz." Actually, there are no less then eight films celebrating the big 7 - 0 this year, but I'm going to concentrate on those two. Both will be receiving a huge DVD rollout including, in the "Oz" set, a remastered print (twice the resolution of 2005's print)and extras
including almost four hours of bonus material, including (2) live action films produced in 1914 by author L. Frank Baum himself. If I recall, Oliver Hardy played the tin woodsman in
one of the included film versions.
ZAC EFRON FOR SPIDEY?
As announced earlier in the PCR, Broadway will soon see a musical version of "Spiderman," courtesy of Bono. Actress Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) has signed on to play the role of Mary Jane, Peter Parker's honey. No word yet on who will play the title role.
A recent website released the top 11 films you shouldn't let children watch because of the on screen death of a character. The ironic thing is that most of the films on the list are classified as "children's films:
11. Bambi (Bambi's mother is shot)
10. Dances With Wolves (Dunbar's wolf, Two Socks, is shot)
9. King Kong (the ape plumets to his death)
8. Land Before Time (Littlefoot's mother dies)
7. The Lion King (Mustafa is killed)
6. Orca (the title whale dies after killing Richard Harris - I would have thought the image of the female whale losing her baby would have made this film one to avoid.)
5. White Squall (Jeremey Sisto spears a friendly dolphin)
4. Turner and Hooch (Hooch dies)
3. I Am Legend (Sam the dog is killed)
2. Project X (Virgil the Chimp meets his maker)
1. The Neverending Story (Artax the horse dies in the appropriately named Swamp of Sadness)
Academy Award winning writer Peter Morgan will team up with long time Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade to write the next James Bond adventure. Morgan has written such films as "The Queen" and "Frost/Nixon," while Purvis and Wade wrote "Casino Royale" and the most recent Bond film, "Quantum of Solace."
MY FAVORITE FILMS, PART II. THE YEAR WAS 1985...
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert DeNiro and Bob Hoskins
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
You'll find this film, and "This Is Spinal Tap," highlighted next issue.
Well, that's all for now. Again, my sincere apologies for my tardiness. I think my first order of business after I become master of the universe is to add a few more hours to each day! Have a great week. See ya!
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