Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Johnny Depp and all those magazine covers!







Magazine covers . . . they always catch my eye
 when standing in line at the grocery store.
 
My video features some of the magazine
covers that have featured Johnny Depp.









Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands




Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished creation, who has scissors for hands. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim. Supporting roles are portrayed by Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Alan Arkin and Vincent Price.






At the time of his casting, Depp was wanting to break out of the teen idol status which his performance in 21 Jump Street had afforded him. When he was sent the script he immediately found personal and emotional connections with the story.


In the casting of Edward, Fox was persistent in wanting Tom Cruise to play the part (who was displeased at the unhappy ending), although Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, William Hurt and Robert Downey, Jr. expressed an interest and were considered.  However, Tim Burton's first choice was Michael Jackson.


The role of "The Inventor" was specifically written for Vincent Price.  The Inventor, Edward's "father" created him and taught him how to speak, read and be socially polite. He died due to his great age before he could give Edward a complete set of hands.


Edward is an unfinished creation of his inventor/father who dies before he can complete the job. He is removed from his lonely existence in a hilltop mansion by Avon lady Peg Boggs and eventually lives with her family in a pastel-colored version of suburbia.



The film was shot in the Tampa Bay area of Florida . . . various locations, the mansion scenes were shot outside of Dade City . . . the locations partly chosen because of Florida's frequent blue skies.  Local filming lasted three months before moving to Fox Studios in California for the interior mansion scenes.

He becomes the source of fantasy, gossip, resentment, adoration and lust for the neighbors, whom he wins over with his outlandish haircuts and elaborate sculptures. Burton explained that his depiction of suburbia is "not a bad place. It's a weird place. I tried to walk the fine line of making it funny and strange without it being judgmental. It's a place where there's a lot of integrity."


Kim leaves her jock boyfriend to be with Edward, an event that many have postulated as Burton's revenge against jocks he encountered as a teenager. Jim is subsequently killed, a scene that shocked a number of observers who felt the whole tone of the film had been radically altered. Burton referred to this scene as a "high school fantasy".


There was obvious chemistry between Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder . . . they were "the engaged hot couple" back in those days, helping to draw a younger audience.  The movie was considered a box office success.


About Johnny's transformation into Edward . . . it took 1 hour and 45 minutes to go from gorgeous to creepy.






Information Source:  Wikipedia









Friday, September 17, 2010

The Money Pit . . . Humorous Absurdities



When it comes to the humorous absurdities of life, the movie The Money Pit brings to life the saying “If it sounds too good to be true . . . it probably is.”

Walter and Anna (Tom Hanks and Shelly Long) make the leap into real estate, but encounter mayhem when their dream home starts falling apart before their eyes . . . one humorous absurdity after another. One of my favorite movies of all time . . .

From the moment Walter and Anna move in the house, they quickly realize the "if it sounds too good to be true" mentality as one thing after another happens. The entire front door frame rips out of the wall, the staircase collapses, the plumbing is full of gunk, the electrical system catches fire, the bathtub crashes through the floor, the chimney collapses, and a raccoon has invaded the dumbwaiter.

The resulting saga of the four-month renovation and the antics of the contractors, along with the storyline of Anna's relationship with her former husband are all a hilarious look at life not going well . . .

The Money Pit is a 1986 comedy film and remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. Directed by Richard Benjamin and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the film stars Tom Hanks as Walter Fielding Jr., an entertainment industry lawyer and Shelley Long as Anna Crowley, a violist.

Despite receiving mostly negative reviews, The Money Pit has become a comedy classic. Goes to show you . . . don't rely on the opinion of reviewers who may not share your likes and dislikes. The Money Pit is one of the most awesome movies of all time . . . in my opinion.

A digression . . . the mention of Richard Benjamin (who always seemed to play a geeky character) takes me back to the movie "Goodbye Columbus" with Richard and Ali McGraw sitting at the dinner table with his family being very serious and proper while Ali is grabbing him under the table. Loved that movie too . . .






Thursday, September 16, 2010

Early Madonna Years . . . She Caused a Commotion!


The other night I made a Madonna tribute video for my music blog showcasing a medley of her early hits, along with photos from back in those days. I ended the video thanking Madonna for causing a commotion . . . music and fashion that you can't help think about when reminiscing about 80's pop culture.

Love her or hate her, it takes a special person to cause a worldwide commotion with the magnitude that Madonna did. She was born to rock the world . . .

The video took me back to 1985 and Live Aid . . . in my opinion, the greatest concert ever. The highlights of that concert were the live performances of the The Cars and of course, Madonna.

A quote from Wikipedia . . .
"When Madonna got on stage, despite the 95°F ambient temperature, she proclaimed 'I'm not taking shit off today!' referring to the recent release of early nude photos of her in Playboy and Penthouse magazines."

You Tube currently has a video of her Live Aid performance of the song "Holiday" which I will not even include here because it will more than likely disappear soon.

In my opinion, Madonna was her best in the early years although her music still rocks and remains among my favorites. As a dedicated fan, I was extremely disappointed when she opted to become overtly vulgar and even too sexual for an open minded person as myself. When she walked the streets nude with a photographer at her side and coming out with the book of nude photos, I felt she went too far . . . her all time low.

Having said that, I still love her as an artist and admire her determination to be true to herself. That is the attitude which made her a star.

The following photo tribute and medley of hits showcases her contribution to pop culture and is a reminder of the commotion magnitude.

You still rock Madonna!


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