The furry face mask was one of the big sellers at the Profiles in History auction on Tuesday (31Jul12).
Others lots which attracted huge bids included Christopher Reeve’s 1978 Superman costume, which raised $80,000 (£50,000), and the Edward Scissorhands outfit worn by Johnny Depp, which went for $88,000 (£55,000).
A 1938 copy of Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With The Wind, signed by the cast of the classic film adaptation, was sold at the auction for $135,000 (£84,000), Gene Wilder’s 1971 Willy Wonka suit sold for $75,000 (£47,000).
The costume Michael Keaton wore in 1992's Batman Returns reached $32,000 (£20,000).
February 07, 2011 12:46pm EST
When a dramedy gets too sentimental it quickly becomes sappy but with the right balance – and the right actors – it can work well enough to entertain on multiple levels. Alexander Payne’s Sideways is a perfect example of tonal equality; bittersweet in every sense of the word but outright hilarious when the comedy gets going. I thought the best qualities of his direction would carry over into his latest production the recent Sundance entry Cedar Rapids. While his influence as producer is identifiable (particularly in its score) director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) made a more conventional film than I expected to see.
Our story begins in Brown Valley Wisconsin where the dignified Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) works lives and loves his former 7th Grade teacher (a dull Sigourney Weaver). When the top dog at the insurance company he works for dies it’s up to him to represent at a do-or-die insurance convention in Cedar Rapids Iowa a bustling metropolis compared to the small town he’s never left. Once there he befriends a pair of agents (Isaiah Whitlock Jr. and John C. Reilly) cavorts with another (Anne Heche) and parties with a local prostitute (Alia Shawkat). When it comes down to business however he learns quickly that the insurance racket isn’t the noble industry he once thought it was.
Though it has some heart the film doesn’t hit the funny bone like its trailer teased. The biggest laughs don’t come organically; instead Reilly’s crass Dean Ziegler (the best part of the movie) spews them from every orifice he exposes. Most of the other jokes are flat including the bulk of Helms’. Lippe’s naivety is all too reminiscent of Andy Bernard his beloved character on The Office and though you’d think that would be a good thing it just feels stale. Heche gives the best performance of all portraying a melancholy working mother who’s both vulnerable and independent but her character doesn’t have much effect on the narrative. The most fun comes via a series of supporting roles and cameo’s from the likes of Thomas Lennon Stephen Root Rob Corddry Kurtwood Smith and Mike O’Malley but none of them have enough screen time to leave a lasting impression.
Lack of humor aside the film suffers most from trying to tackle too many topics at once. Screenwriter Phil Johnston stuffs many themes into the 87-minute feature including the growth of the man-child (an indie cliché at this point) corporate corruption and separation of church and office but no single subject is developed enough to care about. Had the filmmakers stuck to their guns and delivered an all-out comedy be it conventional or quirky Cedar Rapids would be easier to endure.
Two cops arrive at an abandoned house where they've heard screaming. They find a woman hunched over and her eyes are plucked out. A seven-foot monster Jacob Goodnight (Kane) then hacks one of the officers in half and cuts the other officer's arm off--but not before he shoots the maniac in the head. That officer Frank Williams (Steve Vidler) recuperates and four years later is assigned to a youth detention program. His first job is to escort some delinquents to an abandoned Blackwell Hotel where a little old historian Margaret (Cecilly Polson) needs volunteers to help her tidy up. Instead one by one the young people become part of the eyeball collection of the psycho who was traumatized by an over-religious mother. Aren’t we all? Yes there is acting in this including from the World Wrestling Entertainment bad-boy Kane who could develop a Freddy Krueger-like franchise as this homicidal religious freak. He grunts and huffs but also sobs and shows a conscience at crucial times. And he's scary not laughable which is always a danger in these kind of films. With what little they have to play off of the supporting team is good especially Craig Horner as an ambitious thief who has maps of all the secret corridors in the hotel. Among the delinquents are streetwise Christine (Christina Vidal) an a--hole bully Michael (Luke Pegler) a tattooed beauty Kira (Samantha Noble) and a seductive shoplifter Zoe (Rachael Taylor). Taylor’s Paris Hilton-like persona makes her one of the victims you can't wait to see get it. Some of the others hardly last long enough worth mentioning even though many of them have characters that are surprisingly fleshed-out before they become popped-out eye candy. See No Evil offers plenty of jump moments squirming gross-out scenes and hide-your-eyes shocks with a plot reminiscent of any of the Friday the 13th or Saw movies. Some of the gore is particularly gruesome and if you don't know what an eyeball looks like when it pops out of your head then you'll certainly have an anatomy lesson here. First-time feature director Gregory Dark known for making music videos utilizes those fast-cut edits muted colors and washed-out tones to create the horror. The camera closes in on bugs flies and even dives into the eye socket of a hollowed-out face. It follows a line of booby-traps in the hotel a jiggling arm that's cut off and even into a hole in the psycho-monster's head which is filled with maggots. Dark is never shy about any of it and gore fans won't be disappointed.
The story of the late great Johnny Cash depicted in Walk the Line is not quite all encompassing. The film dramatizes just one moment in Cash's life: his tumultuous 20s and rise to fame. The young Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) married and straight out of the army struggles with his music finally finding his patented blend of country blues and rock music. Haunted by a troubled childhood Cash sings songs about death love treachery and sin--and shoots straight to the top of the charts. On tour he also meets and falls for his future wife June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) whose refusal to meddle with a married man only further fuels the fire and contributes to his eventual drug addiction. Their cat-and-mouse love story provides the film’s core but unfortunately can’t quite overcome Walk the Line’s formulaic nature. Biopics are generally good to actors. Phoenix and Witherspoon could easily each walk away with Oscar statuettes for turning in two of the most jaw-dropping spellbinding performances since well Jamie Foxx in Ray. Neither actor had any musical background whatsoever but they both underwent painstaking transformations for the sake of authenticity doing all of their own singing as well as guitar-playing for Phoenix. The actor's performance is purely raw and visceral; his vulnerability is aptly palpable at first but then he becomes the Cash with the unflinching swagger. Witherspoon's Carter is Cash's temptress and she'll be yours too by movie's end. She eerily reincarnates Carter as if she was born to play the part. If Walk the Line is the ultimate actor's canvas then Phoenix and Witherspoon make priceless art-and music-together. While good for the actors biopics can prove to be difficult for the director. It’s hard to highlight a person’s life without it coming off like a TV movie of the week. Unfortunately director James Mangold (Copland) plays it safe with Walk the Line. The duets between Johnny and June on stage are about the only electrifying moments of the film. The rest is pretty stereotypical. And it isn’t because the film only focuses on certain years of Cash's life. It's simply not possible to fit a lifetime into the short duration of a film. The problem instead is that Mangold's presentation of Cash's life would lead one to believe that Cash actually exorcised his demons. But in reality his lifelong demons are what endeared him to the layperson. There was nothing cut and dry about the Cash story--and adding a little grit would have given Walk the Line the edge it needed.
After winning November's primetime sweeps, CBS is still showing some impressive momentum. The Eye Network won the ratings race last week with crime drama CSI taking the top spot for the first time this season, attracting an estimated 24 million viewers.
Today host Katie Couric has signed a deal with NBC that will pay her at least $13 million a year, according to PageSix.com. As part of the deal, Couric will be given her own show to produce.
George Harrison's song "My Sweet Lord" is being re-released on January 14, 31 years after it topped the British charts. Proceeds from sales of the late Beatle's single will go to an undisclosed charity.
Universal Pictures and David Silverman, co-director of the megahit Monsters, Inc., are in talks to produce a new computer-animated film based on the Curious George books. Ron Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) is rumored to be co-producing the project, according to Variety.
Margaret "Peggy" Salinger, daughter of reclusive author J.D. Salinger, is auctioning off 32 letters her father wrote to her over a 35-year period on Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York. According to CNN, the letters reveal the elder Salinger's "lonely world surrounded only by the characters in his novels."
Artisan Entertainment announced Tuesday that the studio is teaming up with comedy legends National Lampoon to produce a new film titled National Lampoon's Van Wilder, a college romp starring Tara Reid (American Pie) and Ryan Reynolds (Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place).
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released details on Tuesday about the Dec. 2 arrest of actor Gary Busey. Tiani Busey, his ex-wife, called authorities earlier that day, accusing the Oscar nominee of spousal abuse. Officers found bruises on her, arrested Busey and booked him for investigation. They were divorced in June 2000.
Martha Stewart's media company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, is being sued by Emmy-winning composer Edward Dzubak, claiming Stewart uses his work as her TV show's theme music. Stewart's company denies they lifted his composition.
As part of the 44th annual Grammy Awards in February, singer/songwriter Billy Joel will be honored at a special dinner for his continued support of AIDS and cancer research charities, reports USA Today.
The American Way, an organization that supports free speech, bestowed their Spirit of Liberty award upon Canadian rocker Neil Young on Tuesday for his advocacy of American civil rights.
On Wednesday, master flautist James Galway will be knighted by the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.
The U.K.'s The Guardian newspaper reports that actress Rachel Gurney, who gained fame as the star of the '70s British series Upstairs, Downstairs, died on Nov. 24.