We generally try to minimize covering contemporary show biz gossip, but its been a few years since we visited the other planet that Heather Mills lives on. (She doesn't tread the same earth as we mere mortals). Yes, the ex-Mrs. Sir Paul McCartney is still trolling about, desperately using charities and cheesy reality show appearances as an excuse to get in the spotlight. If you're intrigued by quasi-celebrities who shamelessly use charities to promote their own image, Mills is the gift that keeps on giving. Mills Now London's Daily Mail offers a devastating report on her business dealings and personal habits, which include whining about a consistent lack of money even though she is worth millions of pounds. The Daily Mail piece accuses Mills of gaining praise and attention for promising to make significant donations to charities- then failing to delivery after the spotlight fades. The British tabloids are known for tearing down celebrities, but this isn't based on innuendo and supposition. It's a legitimate look at Mills' business affairs and her shocking behavior toward friends and colleagues. Sir Paul must be thanking his lucky stars he no longer has to spend "a day in the life" of Heather Mills. To read click here
Here's another fine movie that has been largely unseen in recent years: Ivan Tors' 1966 adventure Around the World Under the Sea. The flick combined the talents of Lloyd Bridges, Goldfinger sensation Shirley Eaton, Man From U.N.C.L.E. David McCallum, Flipper star Brian Kelly, Daktari! star Marshall Thompson, with Keenan Wynn thrown in for good measure. The plot centers on a team of scientists who undergo a hazardous mission to plant earthquake detection devices on deep sea beds around the world. They encounter every obstacle imaginable, including some pretty frightening sea creatures. Tors, who excelled in underwater films and TV series, wrings a good deal of suspense from some of the situations and the film is entertaining throughout. It spawned a soundtrack album and tie-in comic book, but aside from a release on VHS in the 1980s, has remained unseen since except for rare showings on TCM. It's a worthy candidate for DVD release.
Click here to watch the original 1969 theatrical trailer for Sam Peckinpah's classic Western, The Wild Bunch. (See issue #3 of Cinema Retro for 18 page Peckinpah tribute including writer Mike Siegel's visit to legendary locations from The Wild Bunch.)