When you think of great musicals, doesn't the image of George Burns and The Bee Gees come immediately to mind?
Entertainment Weekly has posted an amusing article consisting of letters from readers that detail specific movies they have walked out on. It's a testament to older films that virtually all of these dogs are of recent vintage, but lovers of "classic" bad movies can take heart that Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band still maintains a place of dishonor in the hearts of cinema-goers. For the article click here
Best-selling author Ira Levin has died at age 78 of natural causes. Levin's creative output was modest compared to many of his contemporaries, but most of his work was widely embraced by the public. His best-selling novels such as Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives and The Boys From Brazil were made into highly successful films. Levin also wrote the hit play Deathtrap that was also brought to the screen by director Sidney Lumet. Most surprisingly, Levin's credits also include adapting the comedy No Time for Sergeants for its smash hit Broadway run in the 1950s. The play launched Andy Griffith to star status overnight. Levin often claimied to disdain for the fact that several of his books helped foster a belief in the supernatural and Satanism in particular. Levin maintained that he was a skeptic who believed in neither and simply wanted to write good thrillers. He joked that he was happy to accept royalty checks from these works, however. For more on Levin's life and career click here
Rare Thai release poster for The Boys From Brazil
Forget the recent remake (everyone else has!), the original Stepford Wives is still a superior chiller.
Not that we thought he was bluffing after passing up a fortune to star in the latest Indiana Jones film, but 'lest there was any doubt, Sir Sean Connery has confirmed he is officially retired from movie-making. "It's over", he tells the newspaper The Scotsman. He also confesses to having a horrendous memory when it comes to dates, often being off by as much as a decade. He relies on his wife to be his memory. On the upside, Connery still has what it takes to impress the public with his physical prowess. The 78-year old original James Bond has something in common with the latest 007, Daniel Craig: they both landed on the list of top ten male bodies in a recent poll. For the full story click here