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CBS Greenlights Young Hitler Miniseries
It’s primetime for Hitler, as CBS has greenlit a four-hour miniseries based on the early years of the man who would one day rise to Fuhrer.
“Hitler,” based on historian Ian Kershaw’s biography “Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris,” will air during one of next year’s sweeps periods.
“I’d be lying if I said we aren’t a bit nervous about attempting to examine one of history’s most heinous characters, but in this age of megalomaniacal terrorism, we feel it is all the more important and relevant,” said Ed Gernon, who will executive produce with Peter Sussman.
Indeed, past Hitler projects have dealt less with the man and more with the world around him. But CBS is said to be high on the new miniseries, which is being produced by Alliance Atlantis.
The Canadian studio previously optioned the rights to “Hubris” and Kershaw’s sequel, “Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis.” “Hubris” became the first Hitler biography to use information gleaned from Nazi propaganda chief Josef Goebbels’ diaries, found a few years ago in Moscow. Kershaw’s book also took a different approach than most, examining the society around Hitler in addition to the man himself.
If Someone Elses Opinion Matters
It hits stores tomorrow and if you are curious about it, here’s a preview of IN VIOLET LIGHT from The Tragically Hip.
Hidden Stuff On UHF
With the release of the Al Yankovic movie ‘UHF,’ MGM Home Entertainment has gone back to their old tradition of including Easter Eggs in their DVD releases.
From the discís Main Menu, highlight the ‘Audio Setup’ menu entry. Then press the ‘Down’ arrow key on your remote control to highlight one of the knobs on the TV set. Press ‘enter’ now and you will be treated to an introduction of the movie by Al himself, recorded during the movieís actual production.
Now go back to the main menu, and select the ‘Audio Setup’ entry, which takes you to a separate menu. Here, highlight the ‘Francais’ menu entry and then press the ‘Left’ arrow key on your remote control. This will highlight a fish from Kuniís Wheel of Fish, which gives you access to a deleted scene featuring Michael Richards.
A third hidden feature can be found when you select the ‘Special Features’ from the discís Main Menu. In the menu that appears, highlight ‘Commentary by Al Yankovic and director Jay Levey’ and then press the ‘Left’ arrow key on your remote control to highlight the warning sign saying ‘Watch for falling rocks!’ Now press the ‘Enter’ key and you will see a scene from the movieís ‘UHF’ promo in which Michael Richards says ‘Be there!’
And yet another hidden feature is located in the Scene Selections. Go there and then select the page that gives you access to scenes 13-16. There, highlight the entry that says ’13-16′ underneath the screenshots and then press the ‘Down’ arrow key on your remote control to highlight the logo at the bottom of the TV set. This will allow you to watch a deleted scene starring Fran Drescher during the ‘Save our station!’ telethon.
But thereís more. Go to the ‘Special Features’ menu once again and highlight ‘Deleted Scene.’ Some text will appear telling you that the scenes are found on the other side of the DVD. If you press ‘Enter’ now, Al himself will walk onto the screen and inform you that you will have to flip over the disc to see these scenes. Be sure to do it three times. Each time Al comes out he gets increasingly irritated with your inability to realize that the feature youíre selecting is on the other side!
Tomorrow’s Marquee New Releases
Here’s a preview of the “standout” titles debuting tomorrow on DVD and Video:
Monster’s Ball- Everyone knows Halle Berry won the Oscar for this movie, and now you will actually be able to rent it and make up your own mind as to whether she deserved it or not. Billy Bob Thornton and Heath Ledger also star.
Frank Herbert’s Dune- David Lynch’s feature film version of Dune was a hallucinogenic mess that even fans of the book had trouble following. This far more staid but effective TV version gets the details of the book right – even if it doesn’t have the visionary oomph you’d hope for. Starring William Hurt and a decent Alec Newman as Paul Atreides, the miniseries was a huge hit for the SCI FI Channel, which is naturally making a sequel. The only problem? Author Frank Herbert’s follow-ups quickly became pretentious, eco-philosophical tracts with nary a hint of the original’s cogent power.
Black Hawk Down- Director Ridley Scott juggles dozens of participants, who we barely know anything about and all look exactly the same. Unfortunately, that’s all he does, since the men involved mostly remain ciphers. Starring Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor among others, not that you’d notice.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Boxed Set- Errol Flynn will always be Robin Hood. Christopher Reeve will always be Superman. Johnny Weissmuller will always be Tarzan. Right? Don’t count on it. You may think an actor owns a role forever, but if Jeremy Brett can supplant Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, then anything is possible. This boxed set gathers the first 13 episodes of Brett’s triumph, which also feature David Burke as the ideal Watson. The picture image isn’t ideal here, but everything else is and Baker Street Irregulars should pounce.
Former Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby died in his Hollywood home Thursday morning of an apparent heart attack. Crosby, who had battled AIDS and drug addiction, was 41.
Macca And His Lady Are Gettin’ Hitched
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills have set Tuesday as their date too!
Send Me An Angel
Who wants a kid from a Boy Band when you can have a Supermodel?!
Rapper Eminem Trades In Purple Car
Some Eminem fans may soon be able to take a ride in the Detroit-area rapper’s old car.
A purple Ford Mustang that once belonged to Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, was traded in last week at Russ Milne Ford.
Eminem’s uncle brought the car for a trade-in last week, while the rapper was outside, “kind of acting incognito,” Russ Milne general manager Keith Batko said. “One of our workers recognized him.”
The car, custom-painted purple and featuring a tan leather interior and convertible cover, can be viewed at the suburban Detroit dealership while its future is decided. It has 13,000 miles, although a $7,000 stereo system and Cobra tires were removed from it before the trade, the dealership said.
Russ Milne said it is considering selling the car and donating the proceeds to charity.
Jagger to Be Knighted By Queen
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to music, newspapers reported Sunday.
The aging rock star will receive the title Sir Mick in the queen’s birthday honors next weekend, The Sunday Times said.
The Independent on Sunday said Jagger, who once outraged the British establishment with his hedonistic lifestyle, had been nominated by Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is a fan of the band.
Blair’s Downing Street office and Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the reports Sunday.
Jagger would be the latest in a line of pop stars to receive the royal honor. Sir Elton John was knighted in 1997, and Sir Paul McCartney was knighted in 1996 for his contribution to British music and society, including the charitable and educational causes he supports.