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PCR #525 (Vol. 11, No. 16). This edition is for the week of April 12--18, 2010.
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Hello gang! Lot's going on in Tinsletown this week. Shall we begin?

"Death At A Funeral"  by Mike Smith
Forgotten Horrors: Equinox  by ED Tucker
The World of Wrestling  by Chris Woods
G2: Attack of Legion  by Jason Fetters
Interview With The Projectionist, Part 1  by John Miller
Movie Notes .... Remake City .... .... .... .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf  by Mike Smith


Pencil September 3 on your calendar to see possibly the first movie inspired by a fake trailer. If you saw "Grindhouse" you may remember the "trailer" for a film called "Machete," starring Danny Trejo. Well, the spot drew so much response that writer/director Robert Rodriguez went out and made the damn thing! The film will also star the unique acting duo of Lindsay Lohan and Robert DeNiro, among others.

Joining the popular trend of television show to film, look for an updated version of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." in the near future. Warner Brothers has commissioned Max Borenstein to write the script and has attached "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin to helm the project.

No sooner had Sony Pictures nixed the rumors (reported on this website as well as others) that Logan Lerman would play "Spider-man" then a new name was thrown into the hat, that of Josh Hutcherson, who has some fanboy cred after appearing in "Zathura” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth." Stay tuned I guess.

In other "Spidey" news, John Malkovich revealed in an interview that he had been slated to play The Vulture had Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire stayed on for "Spider-man 4." According to /film Malkovich was keen on working with both Raimi and Maguire, having been friendly with them since he was offered (and turned down) the role of The Green Goblin in the first film.


With all of the remakes hitting the big screen recently, with many more to come in the future, Moviephone has released their choices for the 25 best remakes of all time. In reverse order (films with dates after them have been remade more than once):

25. The Thomas Crown Affair
24. Ransom
23. Nosferatu the Vampyre
22. Insomnia
21. 3:10 to Yuma
20. True Lies (I did not know this was a remake)
19. Dawn of the Dead
18. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
17. The Italian Job
16. The Champ (I'm crying just writing the title)
15. Little Shop of Horrors
14. The Ring
13. Father of the Bride
12. Heaven Can Wait
11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1979)
10. A Star is Born (1954)
9. Ocean's 11
8. A Fistful of Dollars
7. The Fly
6. The Departed
5. The Magnificent Seven
4. Cape Fear
3. The Man Who Knew Too Much (the only film on the list to be remade by it's original director, the great Alfred Hitchcock)
2. Scarface


1. The Thing (currently being remade!)

"Frampton Comes Alive" by Peter Frampton

"HAIR" - Original Soundtrack Recording

I have a friend in Baltimore who still hasn't seen "E.T." His reasoning is that EVERYONE has seen it so he feels like he's a part of a small, special group. That's how I felt in 1976 about "Frampton Comes Alive." I refused to buy the album when it came out and, in fact, didn't purchase the copy pictured above until I found it at a flea market in the late 1980s. Not that I didn't like the music. It's just that, like my friend, I wanted to be special! Recorded during his 1975 US Tour, the album features the former Herd and Humble Pie guitarist, who incidentally turns 60 this week, in top form, assisted by the funny gadget known as the talkbox, which he picked up after working with George Harrison on the album "All Things Must Pass." Songs like "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way" charted as singles while the talkbox-featuring "Do You Feel Like We Do?" may as well have as much as it's played today by "Classic" rock stations. Here's a look at Frampton at the peak of his career on "The Midnight Special"


Unfortunately Frampton never reached the heights of rock and roll he had touched with his live double album, which stayed on the Billboard charts for 97 weeks. He started an acting career (I remember him on "Baa Baa Black Sheep"), which was given a death sentence after the "Sgt Pepper" film. His follow up album, "I'm in You," sold ok but, like Michael Jackson after "Thriller," it couldn't hold up to "Comes Alive." But Frampton kept touring (I actually saw him as part of David Bowie's band on his Glass Spider tour) and is actually in the middle of a US Tour now. He also did a nice cameo in Cameron Crowe's rock and roll movie "Almost Famous." Which is a nice twist of fate. At the incredibly young age of 18 Crowe wrote the liner notes for "Frampton Comes Alive."

The story of the show "Hair" begins at the University of Maryland, where Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt McDermot came up with the show as their senior project. Hope they got an "A"!
The show became a hit off-Broadway, then moved to the Great White Way itself. Diane Keaton was part of the original cast and was known more as the only cast member who wouldn't get naked during the "Central Park" sequences then for her singing. The show became an international hit and, eventually, a film, directed by Milos Forman, who made it his first feature after winning the Best Director Academy Award for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

The film featured a virtual who's who of up and coming acting and musical talent, among them John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo and Donnie Dacus, who briefly replaced the late Terry Kath as the lead singer of the group Chicago." Also making small appearances are future Broadway stars Nell Carter and Michael Jeter. The album is full of songs that were huge hits in the late 1960s, including "Aquarius," "Good Morning Starshine" and, of course, the title track, which was such a hit for the Cowsills that the group inspired "The Partridge Family." I know, who knew? Here is one of my favorite scenes from the film. Incidentally, the film began a lifelong following of the career of Treat Williams.


Hope you enjoyed it!

Well, that's all for now. Baseball starts tonight and the old man has to drag his fat ass back to first base for another season. But it's another day in the sunshine with my son so please know my complaints are humorous! Have a great week. See ya!

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