The Naked Gun films were hits: the TV series they were based on, Police Squad, was a flop, lasting only six episodes.
CBS This Morning devotes a segment to analyzing beloved TV series that have been made into feature films. Among those discussed: The Three Stooges (the link acknowledges these were actually theatrical shorts but soared in popularity due to TV airings), Sex and the City, The Naked Gun and The Brady Bunch. The critics also mention Batman, thus showing their ignorance of the fact that the Batman feature films of recent years have not been based on the 1960s TV series, but on a much longer legacy that extends back to serials in the 1940s. Curiously, there isn't even a mention of the hugely successful Mission: Impossible movies. Click here to view
Would you want to wreck this man's new Mercedes???
Long time Clint Eastwood-watchers thought it was rather strange that the normally private actor and filmmaker consented to a reality TV show that will highlight his wife Dana's attempts to popularize a boy band she discovered. The intrusive look into the Eastwood's personal life has many show biz types scratching their heads about why Eastwood would agree to make some fleeting appearances on the program. The show was being filmed when Clint loaned his new Mercedes to the boy band- and they directly drove it into the front of a grocery store. Eastwood was said to be incensed, but we'll have to see how much of this makes the final cut. According to the Daily Star, Eastwood doesn't appear to be having the time of his life on the project and the crew is becoming intimidated by him. As for the band members, they should tread cautiously. Clint doesn't take kindly to messing with his vehicles, as anyone who saw Gran Torino can attest. For more click here
NBC is going back to the future and reviving The Munsters as a new TV series, though it will be titled Mockingbird Lane. We have bad vibes about this project, but at least the initial concept drawings are impressive. Click here to view
I guess when you're the King of the World, you can pretty much indulge in any past time you want. In the case of director James Cameron, he must have a thing for fighting robots because he's teaming with producer Mark Burnett to bringing a series titled Robogeddon to the Discovery Channel. Little is known about the project, which Discovery hasn't officially confirmed, but news reports say that the premise will involve robots that battle to the death. Well, I guess it beats sitting around the back yard shooting squirrels with a B-B gun. - Lee Pfeiffer