It's A Wonderful Life is one of the top five classic-est movies ever made, so it's about time it got its Blu-Ray release. Griping about how they just don't make movies as charming as Frank Capra's Christmastime anecdote on loving life anymore would warrant me a curmudgeonly status deserving of a host body more than thrice my age. Nevertheless, I will sing the praises of the story of George Bailey and of the movie's new Blu-Ray package with pride.
Included in the Blue-Ray set along with the film in high-definition are two special features: the original theatrical trailer for the film (also in high definition), and a "Making Of It's a Wonderful Life" documentary featurette hosted by Tom Bosley. Available with the package is a bell Christmas ornament and a commemorative booklet.
The package will be available on November 1st.
Rapper Jay-Z and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are among some of the big names in the music business planning to demonstrate at New York City Hall against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed school cuts. "Hip-hop artists have the biggest mouths, bigger than any mayor in this country," Simmons told New York Daily News. "We've all been too silent about the cutbacks, but if hip-hop artists decide to help fight them, no one can beat them."
The rock band KISS is getting into the condom business. That's right, the legendary band members known for their outlandish makeup will have their own line of KISS Kondoms, available online and in record stores. "Sex is always embarrassing for people, so when a guy whips out a KISScondom and there's Gene Simmons' tongue hanging out, it lightens up the situation," Simmons told Reuters.
Comedian Bernie Mac, hot off his hit Fox TV series The Bernie Mac Show, will be joining the angels--Charlie's Angels, that is. He is set to replace Bill Murray as Bosley in the sequel, directed once again by McG and starring those three bombshells Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. According to Variety, Murray wasn't expected to reprise the role after his reported clashes on the set of the Columbia Pictures 2000 original feature film.
After the demise of her TV series Dark Angel, star Jessica Alba is bouncing back. She is in final negotiations to star in the film Honey, playing a sexy-yet-tough city gal who ends up becoming a successful video choreographer. Big stretch.
It's been about 22 years, but fans of John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces will finally get to see a big-screen adaptation. Miramax bought the rights from Paramount Pictures and plans to start production in the fall. No stars or directors are yet attached, Variety reports.
Cedric the Entertainer is going to be busy for the next year or so. He will be co-starring in Universal Pictures' Intolerable Cruelty, directed by Joel Coen and starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney. The story is about a gold digger (Zeta-Jones) who falls in love with a high-powered divorce attorney (Clooney). As well, Cedric is going to star in and produce the comedy Family First for Fox Searchlight.
Infamous college basketball coach Bob Knight is heading for the big lights. The coach, known for his volatile temper, will be making an appearance in the upcoming Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler movie Anger Management. The film focuses on a mild-mannered businessman (Sandler) who is accidentally sent to an anger-management course taught by the aggressive Nicholson. Can't wait for that one!
Screen Actors Guild members are upset after George Clooney criticized their decision to expel three strikebreakers who worked during last year's commercial strike, Variety reports.
Clooney took the issue to the SAG national board last week, after he learned that Mario Barbieri Cecchini, Gerry Donato and Robert Kalomeer had been expelled from the union.
"I suggest that in this time of healing that we accept all of the actors' apologies, attach fines appropriately and fairly and let people go about the business of chasing their dreams," Clooney told the SAG national board.
Clooney added that the punishments for the strikebreakers were not equivalent to those given to actress Elizabeth Hurley and golfer Tiger Woods, who received a $100,000 fine each for performing non-union work last year.
But SAG saw things differently.
According to Reuters, board member Tom Bosley said that the punishments for Hurley and Woods were "just" and the fines helped members who had been on strike, BBCNews.com reports.
In a letter to Clooney, Bosley told the actor that he did not have the full story, and that the board could not disclose further details on the strikebreaker's case.
"I was the one who voted to oust these three members for reasons far more severe than just breaking the strike line, working or auditioning 'struck work,'" Bosley said in the letter.
"There are so many ways you can help your fellow SAG members," Bosley added in the letter. "Offering to pay to have three people, who hurt their fellow actors, restored to the ranks of membership is wrong and will never happen."
SAG member Gary D. Mosher also sent the actor a letter, saying that "the lifetime ban for Gerry Donato was not only fair, it was deserved." Mosher claims Donato punched him on a picket line.