Love reading everyone's Christmas film list. Lisa, I completely forgot "Lethal Weapon" was Christmas themed. Ironic because I love the part where Gary Busey overhears Mr. Scrooge on the television ask what day it is and Busey yells, "It's God damn Christmas!" FYI: "Gremlins" was rated PG when it was released. However, due to the exploding gremlin in the microwave and ripping the heart out of people in "Temple of Doom," PG 13 was soon on it's way.
Congrats to ED Tucker for winning the Mike Smith award. Hell, I haven't even won it yet!
Having made up with(and, I'm sure, gotten a boat load of money from)New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson has announced that he will produce two "Hobbit" features for the studio. Citing a busy schedule, Jackson says he will not direct either film, to be shot together. No word on whether Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) or Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins) will reprise their "Lord of the Rings" characters in these prequels.
Despite confirming the movie was still on as late as last week, John Travolta has now said he will NOT be appearing in the film version of "DALLAS." A musical chair cast and director problems have postponed the film for the past year, with Travolta the only actor on board the entire time.
THOSE WHO CAN'T DO TEACH
Thomas Nelson Inc, a Christian book publishing company, has once again delayed the release of Lynne Spears book on raising children after her 16 year old daughter, Jamie Lynn, turned up on the cover of "OK" magazine declaring that she was pregnant! The book, originally to be released the week of Mother's Day, was first postponed after oldest daughter, Britney, began her shaved head meltdown. Mother Spears was quite surprised to find out her youngest was with child, telling the magazine that "Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious. She's never late for her curfew." Jamie Lynn Spears, the star of Nickleodeon's "Zoey 101," stressed to her younger fans that she didn't encourage premarital sex. "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait. But I can't be judgemental because it's a position I put myself in." When questioned about the position, her 19 year old boyfriend replied, "Doggy style, of course!"
When I first started dating my former wife, Marla, in 1979, I learned that there was someone else she was crazy about. That person was Dan Fogelberg. Sadly I wasn't aware of Fogelberg but I soon grew to enjoy his music greatly. Sadly, Mr. Fogelberg passed away this past weekend after a three year battle with prostate cancer. He was 56. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 2004, Fogelberg released the following statement to his fans, "It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years...I thank you from the very depths of my heart." Thank you, Dan.
SORRY I MISSED YOU: PART ONE
Even though I do my best to comment on the deaths of people I think our readers may have found interesting I always end up missing some. That being said, here are some notable folks that left us in the first six months of 2007:
Nikki Bacharach, daughter of Angie Dickinson and Burt Bacharach, committed suicide. She was 40.
Master Bong Soo Han, Korean martial arts teacher and actor, best known, at least in my house, for his role in "Kentucky Fried Movie." He was 75. Long time fanboys will remember his uncanny resemblence to comic store entrepeneur Tom Bowles.
Brent Liles, bassist for the punk bands Social Distortion and Agent Orange, died as a result of a traffic accident. He was 43.
Peter Ellenshaw, Oscar winning matte designer and special effects creator who worked on some of the Disney studios greatest achievements including "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Mary Poppins," He was 93.
John Inman, star of one of my all time favorite British comedies, "Are You Being Served?," passed away from liver disease. He was 71.
Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson and possible assassin of JFK, from a heart attack at age 69.
Mark St. John, guitarist who briefly replaced Ace Frehley in KISS, of a brain hemorhage. He was 51. St. John appears on the album "Animalize." Shortly after joining the band he acquired a bad case of arthritis and only played live with the band twice before being replaced by Bruce Kulick.
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, creator of "The Monster Mash," from leukemia. Age 69.
Dabbs Greer, well known character actor ("The Adventures of Superman," "The Dick Van Dyke Show"). He was 90.
George McCorkle, guitarist for the Marshall Tucker Band, died of cancer at age 60
Well, that's all for now. Have a great week and a safe and happy holiday. See ya!
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