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PCR #378. (Vol. 8, No. 25) This edition is for the week of June 18--24, 2007.
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MOVIE REVIEW
"Evan Almighty"  by Mike Smith
ODDSERVATIONS
RaxiP 4000 Commands You to See Ratatouille  by Andy Lalino
CREATURE'S CORNER
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer....Comics News  by John Lewis
MIKE'S RANT
Amity Road....You're Fired....Blucher!....Directors' Notes....Whatever Happened To--? Chapter 22: Warren Beatty (Cont'd from last week)  by Mike Smith
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AMITY ROAD
I had the idea for this photo a couple of years ago when I first visited Martha's Vineyard. This is what happens when JAWS fans and Beatles fans mix!
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YOU'RE FIRED!
So happy to see that the powers that be in North Carolina stripped former Durham County prosecutor Mike Nifong of his license to practice law and that the governor demanded he resign from his office immediately. This man ruined the lives of three young men and took from them something they can never get back. Also happy to see that the three men got a shitload of money from Duke University which basically branded the boys as guilty the day they were first listed as suspects. I wouldn't be surprised if the boys and their lawyers now turn their sights on the coffers of Durham County where Nifong abused his authority. Money may not buy happiness but it can sure buy a lot of "I'm sorry's."

BLUCHER!
As reported last week, Andrea Martin will play Frau Blucher in the upcoming musical production of Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein."

DIRECTOR NOTES
Marc Forster, who directed Halle Berry to an Oscar in "Monster's Ball," has been chosen to direct the next James Bond film. Forster, who also directed "Finding Neverland," will team with Daniel Craig in bringing Bond's 23rd adventure to the big screen.

Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist") will direct the third film in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, to be titled "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." The film is scheduled to premiere in May 2009.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...?   CHAPTER 22:    WARREN BEATTY

WHERE YOU MIGHT KNOW HIM FROM: "Bonnie and Clyde," "Heaven Can Wait," "Bugsy"

It seems strange to list a man as well known in Hollywood under the heading "Whatever Happened To," but in the case of Warren Beatty it's a viable question. In an age of instant movie stars Beatty is one of the last great ones, a Hollywood mogul if ever there was one. Beatty turned 70 this year and also celebrated his 50th year in show business with the presentation of the Cecil B. DeMille award at this year's Golden Globes ceremony. Presenter Tom Hanks pointed out that Beatty got his start appearing on the television show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," which was unusual because for years Beatty disavowed any recognition of having appeared on the show. He found the work ridiculous and concentrated on building his career on stage, which culminated in his Tony-award nominated turn in "A Loss of Roses." He made his feature film debut in 1961s "Splendor in the Grass," following it the same year opposite Vivien Leigh in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone." His performances quickly earned him a reputation of handsome, young leading man and the rumors about his prowess with his female co-stars began. But it wasn't until 1967s "Bonnie and Clyde" that he finally earned the recognition he worked so hard for. Wanting to make the film his way, Beatty produced "Bonnie and Clyde" with his own money. The gamble paid off in big box office as well as acclaim, with the film earning Beatty two Academy Award nominations (Best Actor and Best Picture). After appearing in Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" Beatty championed another project, the assassination drama "The Parallax View." As a reporter who realizes too late that he has been framed for the murder of a political big wig, Beatty received the best reviews of his acting career. In 1975 he played a gigolo hair dresser who only wants to open his own salon in "Shampoo," earning Oscar nod number three for the screenplay he wrote with Robert Towne. In 1978, he joined Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles as the only person to be nominated for an Academy Award as producer, director, writer and actor in the same year for his romantic comedy "Heaven Can Wait." Amazingly, he repeated this feat three years later with his epic drama, "Reds." For his efforts Beatty won the Academy Award as Best Director that year.

After appearing with Dustin Hoffman in the badly received (but actually very funny) film, "Ishtar," Beatty returned to the director's chair when he helmed and starred in the comic book film "Dick Tracy." He followed this up with another Oscar nominated acting performance in Barry Levinson's film, "Bugsy." Beatty also received another nomination for having co-produced the film. In typical Beatty fashion he fell in love with Annette Benning, his co-star in "Bugsy." Untypically, Beatty and Benning were married shortly after the film wrapped. His next project, also starring Benning, was "Love Affair," a loose remake of "An Affair to Remember." In 1998 he earned his 14th Oscar nomination for co-writing the script of the political black comedy, "Bulworth." Three years later he appeared opposite former lover/co-star Diane Keaton and good friend Garry Shandling in "Town and Country." And that's it. 50 years. 21 films. Despite constant requests to return to the big screen (most recently by Ron Howard to play Richard Nixon in his adaptation of the Broadway play "Frost/Nixon"), Beatty seems content to be a stay-at-home father with Annette Benning and their four children (three daughters/one boy). Hopefully we've not seen the end of his career yet, but if so, it surely is one to admire.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!



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