Trekkies Bid on the Holy Grail
One rich Trekkie this summer will be able to say with confidence, “I have the conn.”
Captain Kirk’s command chair — from which he maintained “conn” (control of the bridge) — was created at Desilu Culver Studios 38 years ago. It will be sold at auction in mid-June by Beverly Hills, California, dealer Profiles In History.
Trekkies Bid on the Holy Grail
Lend an ear: Reservoir Dogs is coming to DVD (again), more brutal than ever.
Featured on the 10th anniversary special edition, due Aug. 27, are two never-seen camera angles of the infamous ear-cutting scene. Director/writer/star Quentin Tarantino had shot the scene from three angles and opted for the least gruesome of the bunch.
“You don’t actually see any carnage, you just hear it, which is why I’ve always wondered why that scene has become so memorable,” says Michael Madsen, who wields the knife on a captive cop. “It’s become the focal point of any conversation about Reservoir Dogs. I’ve made 65 films, but nobody wants to talk about anything other than that scene. They’ll probably write that on my tombstone.”
The ear scenes (one a close-up) are just the most sensational “extras” about the film. Other extras include scenes of typical Tarantino banter; new interviews with all the principals, including one with real-life ex-con Eddie Bunker; and rare footage of key scenes rehearsed at a Sundance Directors’ Lab workshop in 1991.
And, for major fans, there will be a rainbow of DVD covers representing main characters’ nicknames for the heist: Mr. Brown (Tarantino), Mr. Blonde (Madsen), Mr. Blue (Bunker), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi).
It’s A Long Weekend In America
If you are wondering who did what at the box office this weekend, there won’t be any numbers released by the studios until later today as it is the Memorial Day Long Weekend in The U.S.
But although I don’t have any official numbers yet, I can tell you that “Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones” is on its on its way to beating the $200 million mark by the end of the holiday weekend.
The latest in the “Star Wars” franchise pulled $18.1 million Saturday, which combined with Friday’s $12.8 million, adds up to more than $172 million in box office receipts since it opened Thursday, May 16.
Meanwhile, “Spider-Man” crossed the $300 million mark in total box office Friday, as expected. The film drew $7.3 million Friday and $11.4 million Saturday.
“Insomnia” opened Friday, beating out fellow new films “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” and “Enough” for third place. “Insomnia” pulled $7.9 million Saturday, and $6 million Friday, while “Spirit” grossed $7.0 and $4.5 million, respectively. Jennifer Lopez’s “Enough” landed in fifth place, drawing $5 million Saturday and $4.5 million Friday.
Universal’s “About a Boy” held in the top 10, placing sixth Saturday with $2.8 million, followed by “Unfaithful’s” $2.3 million and “The New Guy’s” $1.6 million. “Changing Lanes” and”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” placed eight and ninth, respectively.
Tomorrow’s Best Bets
After setting box office records last year and setting DVD sales records in England already, Harry Potter comes home tomorrow. But he isn’t the only reason to buy some new discs this week!
Released in America 2 weeks ago, the MEMENTO: SPECIAL EDITION DVD that I have been waiting for will finally see the light of day in Canada tomorrow.
Or will it? IT BETTER!!! I have cleared my whole day for it.
Either way, whether I am happy or not, here are the new DVD’s scheduled for release on Tuesday, May 28th, 2002.
Memento: Limited Edition- I highly frown on movies coming out with deluxe DVD editions so soon after the original release. (They really should put everything out at the same time whenever possible, so fans can choose which one they want.) Having said that, this beautifully packaged set gets top marks for clever extras and a menu that makes you answer clues just to access all the special features. Needless to say, I support this release, even if it does come so close after the release of the original one.
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone- This DVD finally arrives to placate those who’ve already read the first four books, the jokey paperbacks about Quidditch and ferocious creatures, the unauthorized bios of J.K. Rowling, and simply can’t wait until Harry Potter 2 opens November 15. Marvelous casting – from the children to the all-star British supporting roles – saves this rather stiff rendition. It’s so faithful to the text, you’d think you were watching one of those tiresome Biblical epics instead of a quick-witted fantasy film. For me, Alan Rickman (currently triumphing on Broadway in “Private Lives”) steals every scene as Professor Snape. (And don’t even ask about Book Five – that’s been pushed back till next year.) Stop complaining and leave the poor woman alone. Maybe if she takes her time, she’ll actually let someone edit her text this go-round and we won’t suffer the niggling mistakes and overlong ramblings of Book Four.
Traffic- I was rooting for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Ang Lee over this movie and Gladiator, but I can’t help being happy for Steven Soderbergh’s win as Best Director. Visually, this is exciting, in-your-face moviemaking and well worth the imprimatur of a Criterion special edition. Warren Beatty in the Michael Douglas role? That’s one of the many possibilities covered in the extras from one of the best directors working today.
Rambo Trilogy Special Edition- With a new wave of post 9/11 patriotism, perhaps now is a fortuitous time for a reissue of Rambo’s oeuvre. Demoralized and betrayed in First Blood, vengeful in Rambo II, and cartoonish action hero in Rambo III, Sylvester Stallone’s second most memorable creation gives vent to every level of righteous indignation you could ask for. But what tone will he strike for the recently revived sequel Rambo IV?
EMINEM SHOW STOPPER
Nearly 30 people were injured during a mosh pit stampede as Eminem performed Saturday at a Washington, D.C., concert. Most of the injuries were minor. One man suffered a heart attack but was reportedly stabilized at a local hospital. The concert resumed after a 10-minute delay.
Meanwhile, the rapper’s long-awaited, much-bootlegged new album, The Eminem Show, went on sale Sunday. The album had originally been scheduled to be released June 4.
Dixie Chicks Release Sony Single
It looks like the Dixie Chicks may be closer to settling their differences with Sony Music than many had originally thought. According to Billboard, Sony digitally delivered the Chicks’ new single, “Long Time Gone,” to country radio just prior to the trio’s performance of the song on VH1 Divas Live on May 23.
The single is the first from the Chicks’ upcoming album Home, tentatively set for release August 27 on Sony’s Monument label.
In Case You Haven’t Noticed
The Summer Movie Season is in full swing.
Myers Borrows Themes for ‘Powers’
Mike Myers says he likes the style of 1970s blaxploitation films, and he’s borrowing from the genre for the third “Austin Powers” movie.
“It’s such a yummy flavor ó the language, the music, the cinematography ó and the clothes are so cool,” Myers said.
Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child co-stars as Foxxy Cleopatra with Myers in “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” which opens July 26.
Myers isn’t the only one looking back at blaxploitation films.
Opening Friday is “Undercover Brother,” an action-comedy that spoofs the genre. The era produced such films as “Shaft,” “Foxy Brown,” and “Super Fly.”