Hundreds of mourners flocked to the funeral of David Carradine over the weekend -- including former co-stars Lucy Liu, Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour.
The actor was buried in the grounds of Los Angeles' Forest Law Cemetery, and the poignant event attracted a wide range of mourners who gathered to pay their respects -- including several Hells Angels who escorted the coffin to the graveyard.
Carradine's funeral comes almost two weeks after the actor's naked body was found hanging in a wardrobe of a Bangkok hotel on June 4.
And the late star was obviously popular in Hollywood -- more than 400 people came to say their final farewell to the Kill Bill actor.
Mourners including Michael Madsen sat around the star's resting place to share their memories of his life.
Carradine's brother Bruce explained to People.com that the day was a happy one: "There weren't a lot of tears, but there was a lot of laughter."
An investigation into the star's death is still ongoing. An initial autopsy report carried out by Thai coroners reveals Carradine died from a sudden lack of oxygen, while an independent autopsy has ruled out suicide.
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Cameron Diaz Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu update the butt-kicking babes that turned Farrah Fawcett Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson into disco-era icons. In the tradition of the Brady Bunch and Addams Family flicks the approach is to spoof the original with a series of self-referential gags about how impossibly tough brilliant and sexy the three superheroines are. There's also a nominal plotline about some high-powered business types trying to take over world communications or something - don't bother to follow it.
There's little to speak of though Bill Murray contributes some welcome comic bits as the Angels' bumbling supervisor Bosley. Of the heavenly threesome Liu (TV's Ally McBeal) is the funniest and most convincing in action though Diaz also scores most of the time with a winking parody of her own sunshiny image. Producer Barrymore who can be painfully uneven in character comedy (see: Never Been Kissed) is more effective than usual essentially playing herself. The sharp pros filling out supporting roles include the terrific Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile) and in the film's most inspired bit of casting the ever-eccentric Crispin Glover (Back To the Future) as an intense swordcane-wielding heavy.
Music video director McG packs virtually every frame of his feature debut with cranked-up stylistic flourishes -- swooping camerawork sudden shifts from slow motion to regular speed Matrix-style wire-fighting stunts. At times the showiness gets in the movie's way but for the most part it works to distract the audience from the witless script (reportedly hashed together by a committee of 17 scribes). The filmmakers display no special touch for Austin Powers-ish campy humor but the lighthearted battle scenes are executed with flair.
As the world undoubtedly knows, the long-awaited, hotly contested (behind the scenes, anyway) "Charlie's Angels" flick will finally open Friday.
In case you haven't already heard, in the Y2K version, there'll be Natalie (Cameron Diaz), the nerdy one who can dance; Dylan (Drew Barrymore), the street-smart one; and Alex (Lucy Liu), the sexy one.
And, of course, the new angels are all across-the-board beautiful and equally trained in the discipline of martial arts.
But as seasoned tube watchers know, before Drew, Cameron and Lucy, there were Farrah, Kate, Jaclyn, Cheryl, Shelley and Tanya.
Feeling Nostalgic? Well, it's a good thing that we have below the handy biographical profiles of these titular old-school Angels.
WHO: Jill Munroe AKA: Farrah Fawcett TENURE: One season: 1976-1977, with regular guest appearances throughout. M.O.: As the athletically gifted one, Jill is versed in all sports and sports-related trivia. When she is not fighting crimes, she dedicates her free time to coaching a girl's b-ball team. Jill's other hobbies include driving really fast in her sports car. WHY DID SHE LEAVE: Always living on life's edge, Jill left the detective agency to become a professional racecar driver.
WHO: Sabrina Duncan AKA: Kate Jackson TENURE: Three seasons: 1976-1979 M.O.: Maybe it's because of her signature turtleneck and slacks combo, but Sabrina has always been known as the smart one. Before joining the Townsend Agency, Sabrina was an LAPD officer and once married. Among the brunette's other attributes is her ability to speak fluent Spanish. WHY DID SHE LEAVE: Comparatively more straitlaced than her colleagues, Sabrina eventually left the agency after three years of dedicated service to remarry and raise a white picket-fence family.
WHO: Kelly Garrett AKA: Jaclyn Smith TENURE: All five seasons: 1976-1981 M.O.: Though her experience as a Vegas cocktail waitress and an airline stewardess had endowed the wavy brunette with a certain spunky street-smartness, the fact remains that Kelly is, hands down, the sophisticated one. Orphaned since birth, Kelly -- also a former LAPD officer herself -- enjoys living a single and romantically uncommitted life with her oversized pet poodle. WHY DID SHE LEAVE: Kelly was shot in the head while confronting an embezzler during the series' swan song episode, wherein the Angels saw the end of the Townsend Agency and Charlie in bodily form.
WHO: Kris Munroe AKA: Cheryl Ladd TENURE: Four seasons: 1977-1981 M.O.: Little sister of Jill Munroe, Kris joined the rank of the Angels after the elder sibling's departure. Like Kelly and Sabrina before her, Kris also served once as the officer of the law (though in San Francisco, not Los Angeles). But unlike her older sis, Kris does not exhibit the same natural talents in the area of sports. WHY DID SHE LEAVE: The Townsend Agency folded (see entry on Kelly Garrett).
WHO: Tiffany Welles AKA: Shelley Hack TENURE: One season: 1979-1980 M.O.: Though she's the daughter of one of Charlie's good friends, Tiffany proves that it is her strength and not nepotism that got her foot in the Townsend Agency. Studied in the field of parapsychology, Tiffany is also an accomplished violin and volleyball player. WHY DID SHE LEAVE: The wanderlust had gotten the best of Shelley after only one short year of detective work. She left the agency in favor of new and unidentified adventures on the East Coast.
WHO: Julie Rogers AKA: Tanya Roberts TENURE: The final season: 1980-1981 M.O.: Undoubtedly due to her late entry into the angelhood, not much is known about the mysterious Julie. But here is what is known: Julie is a world traveler, has two good friends and would sometimes go scuba diving. WHY DID SHE LEAVE: See entry on Kris Munroe.
A "Charlie's Angels" movie? Probably sounded like a pretty damn good idea. But as incessant set reports have made clear, the flick has been anything but a pretty good damn thing. (See below.)
The latest "Angels" foible comes in the form of the reputed resignation by Bill Murray, who, wags have it, stomped off the project April 17 after an argument between him and co-star Lucy Liu -- an argument in which the feisty "Ally McBeal" chick supposedly threw air punches at the beloved comic.
While the folks at Sony Pictures, the studio behind the flick, remained mum when we called for comments, the fact is that the Murray-Liu feud is merely the most recent footnote to a project long plagued by mishaps, gossips, rumored implosions and bad publicity.
Here's a recap of all nail-breaking, ego-clashing fun:
Though Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz confirmed their participation early, there was the unexpected obstacle of casting the third angel. "Ally McBeal's" Liu eventually nabbed the role, but the process was so drawn out that the film's shooting was postponed from November to December and then again to January. Bill Murray
The part of Bosley -- the Angels' guy Friday -- was left temporarily vacant by Murray over a salary dispute. The comic reportedly was asking $1 million more than producers (of whom Barrymore is one) were willing to pay. CATFIGHTS AND MELTDOWNS
So, what was the (reputed) deal between Murray and Liu? Several versions of the incident exist: One says that Liu was peeved by the amount of improvisation Murray was doing; another says that Murray slammed Liu for having no comic talent, whereupon, she shot back with some expletives. Yet another has it that it was Liu who had problems with the script and that it was Murray who came to its defense.
According to E! Online gossip columnist Ted Casablanca, fellow angels and friends Barrymore and Diaz have engaged in a little fisticuffs of their own over top billing for the film.
Reel.com columnist Jeffrey Wells recently reported that Barrymore has taken to binge eating to relieve the stress of the set. Other reports have Barrymore bawling for the same cause. CASH DRAIN
Casablanca also reported that Diaz allegedly decreed to have Julia Roberts' makeup crew fly out to Los Angeles to tend to her cosmetic needs. The studio allegedly said no, and Diaz, who banked a hefty $12 mil for her role, allegedly paid for part of the expense.
Again from Casablanca: The project has gone so overbudget that one of the flick's producers allegedly paid for the cameos of original TV angels Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson out of her own deep pocket. (Of course, other sources -- namely, Monday's New York Daily News -- will tell you the three won't be in the movie due to "creative differences" over their collective cameo. SCRIPT, WHAT SCRIPT?
Merely one month before the film was to start rolling in November, someone close to the project was quoted in the Casablanca column as saying that "the biggest problem is there's still no script."
In November, "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner -- who was offered (and rejected) the job to helm the "Angels" flick -- explained to the Los Angeles Times the reason he passed was: "They threw a lot of money at me, but the script never worked."
According to New York Post reporter Chris Wilson, who's gotten ahold of the script, the much-doctored treatment had been revised 30 times by a total of 10 scribes by April.
And apparently one of these versions (drafted by "Go" writer John August) was so offensive that it drove both Barrymore and Diaz temporarily out of the picture, Casablanca said in his column back in December. DELAYS
Cinescape Online reported this week that due to various problems and production delays, the shoot might not end in early May as planned.
But what's certain is that the flick's released date has been moved back from Summer 2000 to Fall 2000. So, are all these negative behind-the-scenes reports going to tarnish the audience's image of the film?
"Well, there used to the saying that 'there's no such thing as bad publicity,'" says Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. "And it used to be that audiences don't really know what's going on with this kind of behind-the-scenes stuff. But now the Internet and other things have increased general interest for what goes on in front of and behind the cameras, and people are certainly taking notes of news like this out there."
But despite our heightened sensitivity toward rumor and gossip, Dergarabedian insisted that "Charlie's Angels" isn't necessarily cooked.
"If people are interested in the subject, and if the film has a good marketing scheme, and if people like the trailer, they're still going to go see it regardless of any reports of what went on behind. It's not necessary a given that those types of thing translate into poor box office. Sure though, those types of publicity are not what you want to have out there, but if it's a good movie, people are going to go see it regardless."
Of course, given the kind of "Charlie's Angels" hell reports that have been surfacing, it will certainly be a titan task to match on screen what went on behind the scenes.