Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Unyielding Commissioning Did It Better

Agreeing in Principle - In today's IMDb Daily poll, they ask their users to rate the most shameless of Entertainment Weekly's 25 "I Did It For the Money Roles." Well, we took on this subject in this space a couple months ago without the knowledge of the EW list's existence. They did this near the end of March. Who knew? The EW list follows:
1. Robert De Niro in 'The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle' (2000)
2. Richard Burton in 'Exorcist II: The Heretic' (1977)
3. Ben Kingsley in 'Bloodrayne' (2005)
4. Tony Curtis in 'The Bad News Bears Go To Japan' (1978)
5. Dennis Hopper in 'Super Mario Bros.' (1993)
6. Peter O'Toole in 'Club Paradise' (1986)
7. Orson Welles in 'Transformers: The Movie' (1986)
8. Judi Dench in 'The Chronicles of Riddick' (2004)
9. Michael Caine in 'Jaws: The Revenge' (1987)
10. Demi Moore in 'Striptease' (1996)
11. Laurence Olivier in 'Clash of the Titans' (1981)
12. William Hurt in 'Lost in Space' (1998)
13. Faye Dunaway in 'Supergirl' (1984)
14. Richard Pryor in 'Superman III' (1983)
15. Christopher Walken in 'Kangaroo Jack' (2003)
16. Jeremy Irons And John Malkovich in 'Eragon' (2006)
17. Buster Keaton in 'Beach Blanket Bingo' (1965)
18. Ben Affleck in 'Paycheck' (2003)
19. Elizabeth Taylor in 'The Flintstones' (1994)
20. Cuba Gooding Jr. in 'Chill Factor' (1999)
21. Matt Dillon in 'Herbie: Fully Loaded' (2004)
22. Marlon Brando in 'Superman' (1978)
23. Bill Murray in Garfield (2004)
24. Jason Alexander in 'Dunston Checks In' (1996)
25. Sean Connery in 'Never Say Never Again' (1983)

While there criteria was slightly different, we still have a few words here. We've already detailed the reasons, but no sellout tops Michael Caine's in Jaws: The Revenge. By his own admittance, he did it solely for the money. To include Peter O'Toole's Club Paradise role at #5 while there are four other more egregious sins right there for the taking is a major error. Connery should be pegged for other movies than a Bond reprise. I'm sure the cash was nice, but he did that one for his ego more than anything else. Chill Factor may be horrible, but Dady Daycamp surely must be above it. Finally, where is Jon Voight??? The Karate Dog? Baby Geniuses 2? They gave it a decent effort, but as per usual with EW, they didn't put much thought into this.

Doesn't Quite Go To Eleven - Challenge yourself with this Spinal Tap quiz. I got nine out of ten and will now punish myself by listening to heavy metal in Dubly.

You're The Man - Check out Eric's Top Ten Political Movies.

Another Legend Passes - Lost in all the hubub surrounding the deaths of Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac, famed producer Jerry Wexler died two weeks ago at the age of 91. One of the founders of Atlantic Records, he produced songs by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and many other R&B stars of the era. You may remember his character depcited in the movie Ray by Richard Schiff (on the left in this photo). I could go on, but I'll let the article linked above do the talking. Jerry was long retired, but he gave us a lifetime of music. He will be missed.

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