DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Mark Yuknevitch, Cinema Retro Editor-in-Chief Lee Pfeiffer and Giacomo Selloni enjoy the good life at Hudson Bar and Books.
There's a top secret hideout for 007 fans in New York City - at least those who enjoy cigars. (Well, Roger Moore did smoke 'em in Live and Let Die) Hudson Bar and Books at 636 Hudson Street is a tiny but atmospheric slice of heaven that pays homage to James Bond, with some cool artwork from the films adorning the wall, including a rare Bollinger champagne poster created for A View to a Kill. In warmer weather, there are some cafe tables outside but in the winter, you want to get there early to grab the couch in the back lounge area. Here you can enjoy Bond-style cocktails along with your stogies. There is a TV that only plays Bond movies during the entire time the bar is open and in evenings there is an elegant, sexy hostess on the premises. There are also cigars that can be purchased on the premises, so the city's Draconian smoking laws are not entirely without loopholes. Click here for more
Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) finds a unique way of welcoming Queen Elizabeth to San Francisco in the first Naked Gun film.
Keith Olbermann is primarily known as one of American TV's most controversial political talk show hosts. However, the unabashed liberal commentator also has an encyclopedic knowledge of films, as well as an off-the-wall sense of humor. Olbermann devoted a segment of his show Countdown to paying tribute to the late Leslie Nielsen. He shows clips from early in the actor's career and astutely points out that his renaissance as a comedic actor was due largely to his ability to spoof his own image as a stalwart, cardboard heroic type. Olbermann rightly observes that Nielsen could never return to playing a dramatic part, but the trade-off was worth it. Click here to check out the insightful segment, along with some great clips highlighting Nielsen in Airplane, Police Squad and The Naked Gun.
You'd have to go back to 1992 when Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven generated Oscar buzz to find a western as anticipated as the Coen Brothers' forthcoming remake of True Grit. The first version won John Wayne an Oscar back in 1969- and Entertainment Weekly says Jeff Bridges, now playing the role of Rooster Cogburn, might follow in his footsteps. We're just happy to see someone bringing this great film genre back to the screen. Click here for more
In Mel Gibson's new film, he plays an emotionally disturbed man obsessed by a beaver. Please, no obvious jokes about all the guys you know who share his obsession because in this movie, we're talking literally about the kind of beavers that build dams...or at least, a furry hand puppet of the buck toothed creatures. The bizarre comedy-drama was shot on a modest budget before Gibson's latest public relations nightmare. The trailer has just been released and it's as bizarre as you might imagine, drifting from goofy comedy to gooey romance. On the up side, he does co-star with the wonderful Jodie Foster, who also directed. Whether Foster off-beat film proves to be a debacle or a quirky success remains to be seen. Judge for yourself by clicking here to watch the trailer.