Somewhere Ed Wood is smiling as the Scientology propaganda/sci fi epic Battlefield Earth carries on the kind of legacy he established.
The Huffington Post has assembled their own list of the worst movies of the decade. Don't worry, Eddie Murphy is well represented and Battlefield Earth has its inevitable place of dishonor. However, there is one low blow- including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Okay, it may have been like the Beatles reunion that never happened - it could never have lived up to expectations - but one of the worst movies of the decade??? Click here to see if you agree with the Hall of Shame inductees.
Stang provided the voice for many popular cartoon characters.
Arnold Stang, who created the on-screen persona of a mild-mannered nerd in classic comedy routines, has died at age 91. Stang rose to fame playing a wise-cracking stage hand on Milton Berle's show in the 1950s and quickly became a popular character actor in the Golden Age of Comedy. He provided voice-over work for numerous shows and commercials, and did the voice of Top Cat in the popular 1960s animated series. Stang also appeared in feature films such as The Man with the Golden Arm opposite Frank Sinatra. However, for retro movie lovers, he will be forever linked with Stanley Kramer's 1963 epic comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in which he and Marvin Kaplan play ill-fated garage owners who have the misfortune of encountering both Jonathan Winters and Phil Silvers on the opening day of their business. The resulting scenario leads to Winters' wholesale destruction of their business in what many consider to be the film's most hilarious sequence. For more on Stang, click here
Connie Hines, who co-starred as Alan Young's wife in the classic Mister Ed TV series, has passed away at age 78. Hines played the perky young woman who indulged her husband's obsession with his pet horse Ed - without ever knowing that the animal could not only talk, but act as adviser to her spouse. (For Nick Thomas' interview with Alan Young about the making of the TV series, click here)For more on Connie Hines' life and career click here
Special effects expert Matthew Gratzner will fulfill his dream of directing a big screen version of the 1970s British TV series UFO, which centers on a top secret agency hidden beneath a Hollywood movie studio that battles space aliens who seek to abduct humans to use their body parts. Gerry Anderson produced the original series. Joshua Jackson will top-line as the film's central character Paul Foster. Gratzner promises that the script will be character-driven and not just an excuse to use special effects. For more click here
A.M.P.A.S. is back to toying with the rules governing the nominations in the Best Song category. The fact of the matter is that the Academy has been tone deaf when it comes to honoring appropriate songs in recent years - but then there have been slim pickins in terms of what members had to choose from. Last year, there actually were some good songs - Bruce Springsteen's title theme from The Wrestler and Jamie Cullum and Clint Eastwood's song from Gran Torino - but astonishingly, neither even got nominated. The dearth of good songs from major films renders the Best Song category basically meaningless. Trying to choose the "Best Song" is like trying to decide which member of the Iran Supreme Council is the funniest. Variety's Jon Burlingame reports that this year, the Academy is introducing yet another change in rules that require songs to achieve a certain number of points before being considered for nomination. The result may be a situation in which there may actually be no qualifying nominees. To read click here