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Gary Busey Has Lived to be 70


I would say that Gary Busey living to the age of 70 (and let's hope for another 30 or more for this fine gentleman) is an accomplishment worth celebrating.

To me, the quintessential Busey role was his small piece of acting in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. In the film, he plays a character named Curly who works putting lawn sprinklers into various rich people's yards. The way that Busey played that part suggested to me that he was very much into it, and that you could watch that film and see his performance and then not be surprised to see the character still installing lawn sprinklers to this day.

Busey is much derided and mocked, but no one sells a character like he does. He lives inside of the parts he plays and believes in what he's doing. He will chew up the scenery and roll in and out of dialogue like he was born to do what it is he does.

Amen for great actors. Gary Busey, contrary to what the shitheels and prudes and hipsters think, is what a great actor does, no matter how lousy the part. And, by lousy, I speak of course of Quigley, one of the strangest films you will ever see--one that involves Busey convincing everyone that he is, in fact, a dog who has been reincarnated as a human--or is it the other way around?--in order to atone for being an asshole.

Do not watch this film with children, even though it is one of the few family movies Busey made. Watch it alone, and then burn your memories.

Who Cares What Lana Del Rey Was Paid?


No one would ask a male singer what he was paid to sing for a wedding, so why does it matter if Lana Del Rey was paid to sing for a private event?

There is a double standard out there for performers and for the arts--it only matters if a woman is paid for something (and thus, she must be some sort of a prostitute). A male can whore himself out--and Elton John, cough cough, the entire world is looking in your direction--and no one says anything at all.

The Dadventure and the Eighties Comedy


Mostly, I would agree with this list.

Well, let's look at the "dadventures" that I found in 2013 alone (besides Despicable Me 2)

1. Delivery Man
2. The Croods
3. We're the Millers
4. Escape from Planet Earth

I think the so-called "Eighties comedies" are all but dead and buried. There is no market for that kind of film anymore--these are not gentle times for anyone who has sentimentality. If John Candy was alive today, he'd be making gross-out films, not necessarily family comedies. Candy was the king of the dadventure; when he passed away before the mid-point of the 1990s, and entire genre went with him.

You can see the transformation of the movie business--the emphasis now is on less and less "family friendly" fare. You would not take your kids to see We're the Millers (too much sex, not enough actual family comedy) unless they were expecting a rather hip version of what Robin Williams did with RV. When I first saw We're the Millers, I figured, ah, someone figured out how to re-do RV. Just add hard drugs and a strip-tease.

Delivery Man is very much an 80's comedy, however. You could imagine Tom Selleck or Michael Keaton in that role.

Adventure and superhero films have pretty much replaced the dadventure. Instead of an actual family film, we get the likes of Iron Man 3 and the second Thor film.

Ridiculous


Nigella Lawson's admission of using cocaine has resulted in her being barred from entry into this country. I think that this is absurd and opens up the policy behind it for ridicule.

The list of people who have admitted doing cocaine and/or worse is too long to even begin to contemplate. There is no reason whatsoever for this country to admit the likes of Eric Clapton or Keith Richards and yet, it would be unthinkable for U.S. authorities in this day and age to deny them entry to the United States.

Policies like this hit people in the arts and entertainment field pretty hard. But they are rarely applied in a fair and uniform manner. Lawson may exist in that realm between reality television and non-fiction television where a specific set of professional skills are displayed, but she does not deserve to be barred from entry just because of an admitted use of drugs.

Now, if she shows up at the border looking like she smashed a powdered doughnut into her nose and carrying an Archer amount of cocaine, yeah, you could bar her.

Let Ryan O'Neal Keep the Painting

'If you go back through the history between Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, it's fairly clear that there were disputes over property and personal effects. Divorce does that to people.

O'Neal believed it was within his rights to take a painting of Fawcett and keep it for his son. The painting could be worth millions. But a painting you can't or won't sell isn't worth a nickel. I think that there should be an understanding between the O'Neal family and the university that is claiming ownership of the painting that the piece cannot be sold commercially without giving the school a chance to buy it first for a reasonable price.

Fawcett's intentions should not be ignored, however. Providing for her surviving children should be the primary consideration when it comes to the handling of the issues surrounding the Andy Warhol portrait.

My question is, what if the Warhol declines in value? What if it skyrockets? Who is willing to bet that, in twenty years, it will be worth $12 million when it could be worth five times that much?

No One Cared About Dexter


The cable series Dexter just ended and you would think people would have noticed. My impression is that no one gives a crap.

Breaking Bad is sucking up all of the TV oxygen right now. The next couple of days are going to be unbearable. The motif, the themes, the tie-ins, and all of that are overwhelming. There is nothing else happening in entertainment right now, literally.

Before Breaking Bad even started, Dexter was a hot show. It was dangerous, it made you think, and it took a startling look at ethics and ethical situations. It was groundbreaking.

Unfortunately, it also ran out of gas. If it had ended sooner, would that have mattered? And whose idea was it to end it right when Breaking Bad was happening the way that it is?

Someone did this show wrong, and Dexter will go down as a great also-ran in the history of television.

Where Are the Film Actresses?


The New York Times ran this story, and it falls completely and utterly on its face before it even starts.

The headline says that the allure of the film actress is fading when it comes to magazine covers and sales; and the image that accompanies it shows a reality star, a TV actress with limited film parts (bit parts, really), and a reality star.

Where are the film actresses? Nina Dobrev has been in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but she wasn't the lead. She has more credit, by far, on television. Lauren Conrad has exactly one acting credit to her name and that was voice work on Family Guy. And they went with a Kardashian?

What a joke.