H’wood remakes go redux
Celebrities can come, celebrities can leave, but not if you make money remaking old movies that used to be called motion pictures that once played in the theaters that we once had too. All of Hollywood’s old great pastimes are back. Wait long enough and we’ll have Boris Karloff in a thong making X love to a naked Marilyn Monroe guy. Under the gaze of Gary Cooper.
Come now Chris Evans who was Captain America in anything Marvel and plans to produce and star Gene Kelly in a new movie. Singer-dancer-actor Gene Kelly danced, sang and more. in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain” with Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Cyd Charisse – all now gone. It is labeled “Best Musical Ever Made”.
So who else is in this one? Andrew Saffir – who does all the blockbuster film screenings – replied: “I don’t know. I only know that Boris Karloff is not.
Following. Gary Oldman, who brightened up a crate of Harry Potter movies: “I met the actors when I was a kid. Now some are married. Adult.” Yeah, but still has fans.
‘Return to Hogwarts’ – Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary – casts a spell over HBO Max.
Wait. Following. 1955 Alfred Hitchcock led Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in a cat burglary trick in the south of France. It comes back. Again. And so what does a little difference of 68 make except that the new one isn’t with Cary and Grace. It’s being made into a new movie to star “Wonder Woman” wonder woman Gal Gadot. I will not go. I’m still waiting in line for “Gone with the Wind.”
One more. Francis Ford Coppola’s new/old 35mm print arrives at the Film Forum. He oversaw the restoration. This is his conversation on the little 1974 “The Conversation” with Gene Hackman listening to the private conversations of Harrison Ford and Cindy Williams.
Coppola: “It was about invasion of privacy and its erosive impact on victims and perpetrators. I designed it 50 years ago. The idea still resonates today.
“Convo” earned three Oscar nominations but lost. The winner that year was “Godfather II”. Plus, in case you missed it, it was also Coppola.
His supper cost a song
Don’t go anywhere. I have more. Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners” TV cash register. Return to CBS in a female remake. lady writer. Lady manager.
I don’t remember if I’ve said it before – so I’m telling it in case I haven’t. My late husband, comedian Joey Adams, and I lived on Fifth Avenue, in the same building as our friend Jackie. We had the 10th floor. Him, the penthouse. Her room was red flocked wallpaper. One day our doorbell rang. Gleason. On hands and knees. “Tell Joey I’m broke. I need bread. Tell him I need three thousand.
Understand, Gleason was TV’s No. 1 comedy star then. Earn millions. “Honeymooners,” his weekly show, which aired for years, was the big number.
Back then, before credit cards, guys had access to cash. No questions asked, Joey took off $3,000. That evening, we all had dinner together in a restaurant. Gleason squandered the entire $3,000 hiring a band to serenade Joey.
In accordance with our new round-trip interstellar lunar rockets:
Melvin the Martian lands in New York. The front wheel of the spaceship breaks. Passing a deli, Melvin sees bagels in a deli and replies over the radio, “Take one for a wheel.” He is told: “Not a wheel. It’s a bagel. You eat them. Cutting one in half, a waiter offered it to him. Melvin smiled, “That’s great. Only needs cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Only in New York, children, only in New York.