Movies affected by the writer's strike, dubbed performances, what's that movie and more movie questions answered!
I'm a big fan of Brian De Palma's The Phantom of the Paradise. Recently, I've been hearing rumblings that there was talk of a remake. Any truth to these rumors? I can't really imagine a remake of this movie being successful, because part of the fun was how absolutely '70s it was. Thanks! Kim
At this time, talk of a
Phantom of the Paradise
remake seems to be little more than that. The title is listed on the website of
, at the bottom of a list of in-development projects.
That said, Pressman Films is a legitimate company, Edward R. Pressman has a strong track record as a producer and he's already backed a remake of
(1973). Though the film hasn't opened in the US, it's got a great cast -- Stephen Rea, Chloe Sevigny and Lou Doillon, daughter of '60s icon Jane Birkin and an interesting writer-director in Douglas Buck (2004's
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America
announced today that Fox 2000 is remaking DePalma's 1978
. Hollywood's wholesale strip mining of the past continues!
Is it true that movie directors film the love scenes first in case the actors don't like each other as shooting goes on, or is every film different? -- Curious in Texas
No. In fact. most filmmakers try to schedule sex scenes for later in production, on the theory that it's easier for actors to simulate passion if they've had some time to work together and establish some kind of rapport.
And frankly, in the end it doesn't matter whether or not actors like each other:
, but they're hot together in
Nine 1/2 Weeks
(1986). And there are plenty of examples of couples with zero onscreen chemistry I'm sure my readers can think of many examples. I'll kick off with
Eyes Wide Shut
(1999) can you say "cold fish?"
When I was a kid I remember a movie where this woman in white was glowing and no matter what she touched it was glowing too do you know the name of the movie. Thanks -- Dave
I'm going with the ultra-low budget
Terror from the Year 5000
(1958), which features
in a glittery white jumpsuit as a time traveler from the radiation-blasted future.
The original Smokey and the Bandit was a childhood favorite of mine, but the sequel disappointed me so I never bothered to watch part three. I recently caught Smokey and the Bandit 3 in the middle of the night and had nightmares later what a train wreck. Somebody at work said the third film was originally titled "Smokey Is the Bandit," but it had to be completely reworked when test audiences didn't understand that the Sheriff was also the Bandit. Do you know anything about this urban legend?
It's not an urban legend. "Smokey is the Bandit" was greenlighted on the strength of the first two films' box office, but neither director
was interested in participating (though Reynolds eventually relented to the tune of a cameo appearance).
So the second sequel was built around
's Sheriff Buford T. Justice. Someone clearly thought it would be really clever if the Bandit's nemesis accepted a bet involving some insane feat of high-speed driving with filthy rich Texans Big and Little Enos Burdette (Pat McCormick, Paul Williams), thereby making himself both a smokey (highway patrolman) and a bandit.
Apparently test audiences just didn't get the concept and after some disastrous screenings more than half the film was reshot, with
the bandit's sidekick, Cledus Snow assuming the bandit mantle. It was still a flop.
There's a small group of
Smokey and the Bandit
completists holding out hope that the original version of
will one day turn up, perhaps as a DVD extra on some special edition of
Smokey and the Bandit--Part 3
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