It’s been 23 years since Spinal Tap was "discovered" by Marty DiBergi. The Guardian‘s Dan Glaister talks to Rob Reiner about the band reforming to fight global warming at Live Earth this past Saturday.
"Certainly the members of Spinal Tap are not going to be spokespeople for the environment," says Reiner, his round, cheerful face showing momentary concern at the thought. "Spinal Tap really don’t know anything about global warming. They really are clueless. But like they say, if they can play some loud music and help the world, they’re happy to do it." He tells me that Nigel’s solution to global warming is to wear less clothing, perhaps to take off his jacket.
The 45-minute Making of Thriller established the genre, anticipating the "extras" that now accompany almost every DVD release. However, at the time, says Landis, "we used to call it ‘The Making of Filler’. It turned out very well, but the truth is that it’s filled with scenes from American Werewolf because I owned them, and anything else we could find to fill up the time.
"When we found we were still six minutes short, we decided to put in pieces of the video itself. In fact, it’s very effective, but at the time I thought, ‘This is shameless.’ "
And it’s been 30 years since Elvis died or absconded to a trailer park outside Fort Lauderdale to live in blissful anonymity. Woody Baird at the AP checks in on some of his film costars, who’ll be gathered for a gala event at this year’s Elvis Week, among them his "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" love interest Suzanna Leigh:
"The usual question they’ll ask me is what was it like to kiss Elvis," said Leigh, setting up an obviously well-used line. "They’ll ask was he good, and I often say, `I think he had some practice.’"