Movies affected by the writer's strike, dubbed performances, what's that movie and more movie questions answered!
Question: I was wondering what major films slated for this year were cancelled or delayed because of the writers strike? -- John Wao
Although TV shows were hit most badly because their schedules are so tight, movies didn't escape unscathed..
The biggest films delayed by the strike include:
Angels & Demons
Da Vinci Code
follow up, with Tom Hanks reprising the role of symbologist Robert Langdon, was the first film to fold. It's now due to star shooting this summer and has a May 2009 release date.
Justice League of America
George Miller's superhero picture looks as though it's dead in the water cast members D.J. Cotrona (Superman), Armie Hammer (Batman), Anton Yelchin (Wally West/The Flash), Santiago Cabrera (Aquaman), Zoe Kazan (Iris), Megan Gale (Wonder Woman), Teresa Palmer (Talia al Ghul) and Common (Green Lantern) were all released from their contracts and it doesn't have a shooting date -- but it's officially on hold and does have a tentative 2009 release date.
's My Lai film, whose cast was supposed to include Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson and Channing Tatum, is officially "on hold," but Stone is currently casting the Bush film
, which he co-wrote with Wall Street's Stanley Weiser and is scheduled to start shooting at the end of April 2008 in Louisiana.
' prequel about the early days of James Kirk and Mr. Spock, from their meeting at Starfleet Academy to their first space mission began shooting during the strike because it had a completed screenplay. But word is that it was moved from its original December 2008 release date to May 2009 because Abrams was unable to make script changes during production -- a common practice -- and wanted additional post-production time to polish what will undoubtedly be one of the most closely scrutinized films of the decade.
I saw an old horror movie I think it was B&W, but I could be wrong about some doctor who finds a fossil finger bone. When it gets water on it, it starts to grow skin. That's really all I can remember, but it really bugs me that I have no idea what the name was. Can you help? -- Sulie
The Creeping Flesh
(1972), which featured one of the last pairings of UK horror legends
. It's a pretty peculiar, Victorian-era tale that casts them as rival scientists and features a fossil skeleton that Cushing's character believes contains the essence of pure evil. It's in color, though; I saw it as a very young teenager on a double bill with [
i]The Horror of Snape Island
/Beyond the Fog (1972).
Question: In general, are all sequels always named and/or tied to the original? More specifically, are there movies that are unofficial sequels to other movies? A friend of mine said that Made with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn was the unofficial sequel to Swingers. -- Mike
You're asking two different questions:
(2001) isn't a sequel to Swingers (1996). It
a follow up that reunites
, and they play similar characters. But
' Mike Peters (Favreau) and Trent Walker (Vince Vaughn) just aren't
's Bobby Ricigliano and Ricky Slade; I'd call Made a variation on a theme.
The second question, about titles, is less ambiguous. No, sequels aren't always named in a way that connects them directly to the original film, either via number (
Friday the 13th
Part IX...) or a character -- the Boston Blackie, Charlie Chan or Thin Man films, for example.
The first sequel to
The Pink Panther
A Shot in the Dark
(1964), the reasoning being that the "Pink Panther" wasn't a recurring character -- it was a fabulous jewel in danger of being stolen. But the producers learned their lesson, and all subsequent Inspector Clouseau films had the words "Pink Panther" in the title.
The sequel to
Saturday Night Fever
(1985) -- Fever was heavy on the BeeGees' music and Staying Alive is a BeeGees song, but that's but a less than blindingly obvious connection.
Although the sequel to 1942 hospital drama Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant, starring Van Johnson as Dr. Randall "Red" Ames was
Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
(1943), the next two sequels were
Three Men in White
Between Two Women
Cheaper by the Dozen
(1950) was followed by
Belles on Their Toes
(1952), in stark contrast to the remake
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen 2
Frank Sinatra's too-cool-for-school detective picture
(1967) -- he played the lead character -- was followed by
Lady in Cement
Fellow rat-packer Dean Martin's rival detective series, built around the character Matt Helm, were called
The Wrecking Crew
The follow up to
Mr. Belvedere Goes to College
(1949), though for the third film the public's affection for know-it-all bachelor Lynne Belvedere (Clifton Webb) dictated the title
Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell
Even the relatively recent
(1977) was followed by
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
(1999) really codified the numbers.
The Indiana Jones films are a similiar case:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1981), didn't get its "Indiana Jones and the"
Raiders of the Lost Ark
title until after
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(1989) firmly established the Indy brand.
I just saw Barbarella and have a real trivia question: Is it true that Anita Pallenberg's voice was dubbed and, if so, why? -- Sue
It is true that Anita Pallenberg -- whose career as an actress is greatly overshadowed by her career as a Rolling Stones girlfriend (she dated Brian Jones, lived with Keith Richard and may have had an affair with Mick Jagger during the filming of Performance -- was dubbed in
. The reason: Director Roger Vadim apparently felt that her Black Queen didn't sound as super-sexy as she looked. The undercover voice was RADA-trained Joan Greenwood, whose husky, sultry tones belie the fact that she was nearly 50 at the time.
Some of the most famous -- famous being a highly relative term in this context -- cases in which the voices and the faces were supplied by two different individuals:
Glenn Close dubbed all of then-model Andie McDowell's dialogue in
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Nikki Van Der Zyl voicing bikinied bombshell Ursula Andress in
(Van Der Zyl did the same for several other foreign-born voiced many Bond Girls -- see her
Charles Grey (
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
's wheelchair-bound Dr. Scott) voicing veteran UK character actor Jack Hawkins in more than a dozen film and TV projects made between roughly 1965 and 1973, the year he died; Hawkins lost his voice to throat cancer somewhere between 1959 and 1962. When Grey didn't supply Hawkins' voice, actor Robert Rietty stepped in.
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