Monday, November 19, 2007
Los Angeles Daily News
"Beowulf" originally was going to arrive in theaters in two radically different versions. The PG-13 cut would play in regular theaters; an unrated version would play in IMAX 3-D theaters.
The MPAA shot down that idea, citing the rule that forbids studios to release different-rated versions of movies simultaneously. It would cause confusion, the thinking goes.
But, sporting a digitally nude Angelina Jolie and plenty of blood-spurting violence, "Beowulf" still seems to be causing its fair share of bewilderment outside the box-office.
"People can't believe it's not an R," said screenwriter Roger Avary, who wrote the movie with Neil Gaiman. "They walk out of the theater thinking, 'That's not the PG-13 version. That's the R-rated version.' I'm like, 'I'm sorry to disappoint you. But there's only one movie.' "
Adds Gaiman: "If we were using flesh-and-blood people, it might have been NC-17."
Not that the filmmakers didn't tone down a few things. In an early version, the monster Grendel bit off a warrior's head and slowly savored the taste sensation. The decapitation remains, minus about 75 percent of the crunchiness.
Gone, too, are Beowulf's privates. In the scene where he strips nude to fight Grendel, various objects and characters cover Beowulf's . . . um . . . spear, a la "Austin Powers."
"All the effort not to show Beowulf's penis frustrated me," Gaiman said. "Because it does move the scene into comic territory."
You do still get Angelina in her birthday suit, her body rendered in such a way that she felt compelled to call boyfriend Brad Pitt when she saw it.
"There are certain moments where I actually felt shy," Jolie said. "I didn't expect ourselves to come out as much. I didn't expect it to feel as real, so it was kind of funny at first."
Said Avary: "It's the IMAX 3-D. You see more detail in those nipples than you do in a normal projection. There's more dimension. Plus, we're this close to her . . . what would you call it . . . her hot spot."
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
One of Hollywood's most sought after bachelors, Lawford was romantically linked to almost every Hollywood sex goddess of the 1940s (including Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, and Rita Hayworth) before marrying Patricia Kennedy, daughter of Joseph Kennedy and sister of John F.
Almost impossibly handsome young lead in war dramas, comedies and musicals of the late 1940s and early 1950s, Lawford lived an equally glamorous off-screen life as one of Hollywood's most desirable playboys, and, in the 1960s, as the link between Frank Sinatra's Hollywood "Rat Pack" and the political glamour of brother-in-law of John F.
Lawford's father was a knighted World War I veteran who became an actor after he retired. Lawford's film debut was at age eight in the British film Poor Old Bill (1931) followed by a role in Lord Jeff (1938). Lawford grew to be a handsome and suave young man, who was being groomed for stardom by MGM in the 1940s. Lawford was the first actor to kiss Elizabeth Taylor on camera, and the last to speak to Marilyn Monroe before she died. Lawford also organized the famous 1962 birthday party for John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Garden where Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to the President.
After an unconventional, nomadic childhood spent in the company of his aristocratic British parents, Lawford arrived in Hollywood in 1940 and quickly filled the void that WWII had left in the ranks of romantic young male leads. With his clipped accent, aristocratic good manners and charm, and boyish athleticism, Lawford was quickly signed by MGM to play young British soldiers in a series of patriotic features, and by the War's end rose to the romantic lead or second lead in numerous first-rate studio productions including "Good News" (1947), "Easter Parade" (1948), "Little Women" (1949), and "Royal Wedding" (1951).
Lawford was part of the famous Hollywood "Rat Pack," and performed with the group in Las Vegas and in films, including Ocean's Eleven and Sergeants Three. Lawford and Sinatra had a falling out in 1961 over brother-in-law Robert Kennedy's objections to Sinatra's alleged Mafia connections, and the two men never spoke again.
With the deaths of John and Robert Kennedy, his divorce from Patricia Kennedy and his falling out with the "Rat Pack", Lawford was regarded by the end of the 1960s as a charming lightweight personality, famous for being famous .
Thursday, November 01, 2007
The Former first Lady Nancy Davis (Regan) when she was arrived Hollywood, according to Peter Lawford * "Nancy Davis (Regan) was known for giving the best head in Hollywood"
There a story once Peter Lawford driving to Phoenix with Nancy and Robert Walker . Nancy would visit her parents Dr. and Mrs Loyal Davis, while Peter and Walker pick her up at Arizona State University. He Claimed that she entertain them orally on those trip, apparently playing whichever man was not driving at the moment. *
The Peter Lawford Story (Patricia Seaton Lawford)