Just a few things, as we’re late to a dinner (and it’s quiet today â€” ahhhhh).
Lots of things are reverberating into the past around Jack Nicholson these days. For instance, the dildo-in-a-porno-theater scene he thought up for his new movie The Departed. The roots of it, you could argue, reach back twenty-five years, to 1981, when he was making The Postman Always Rings Twice, with Jessica Lange — a highly sexed-up piece that nonetheless features no nudity whatsoever. Jack, however, was dead set on making it "one of the naughtiest movies" and decided that the solution lay in showing an erection — "this kind of bulging railer" — through his 1940s pleated pants. To that end, he asked director Bob Rafelson to craft him a conventional prosthetic, but no one took him seriously, so when the day to shoot the scene arrived, he found himself empty-handed and irritated. Said Rafelson, "Well, jeez, if you’re so red-hot about this, go upstairs and see what you can do there." And so Jack did, "whipping away," he says, until he realized that some things were beyond even him.
Via Army Archerd, the Pang brothers’ Nicholas Cage-starring remake of their own 1999 film "Bangkok Dangerous" has temporarily stopped filming after the minor hassle of, oh, a military coup. "The film’s scenes
required the principal, Cage, to be ‘armed’ in a scene for his role as
an American hired assassin. The filmmakers thought it wise to have him
and his ‘weapon’ off the street at this time."
The project, which has yet to be written, is a
"character-driven drama set in the emerging world of life extension."
Details of the plot are still under wraps, but Miller describes it as
"not a science fiction film … (but) a drama set in the very real
world of those pursuing biological immortality." He adds: "It’s a
pursuit that attracts some extremely brilliant, wealthy and influential
people. It also attracts tragic figures. This story follows one such
person on his disturbing foray into it."
+ Trailer: Bobby (Yahoo)
+ Jack Nicholson: A Singular Guy (Rolling Stone)
+ Movie on hold in Bangkok (ArmyArcherd.com)
+ ‘Immortalist’ finds home at Vantage (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Take another little piece of her art (London Times)
+ A Portrait of an Artist Both Loved and Hated (NY Times)