Ask 411 Movies for 03.18.13: Slip Sliding Away!
Posted by Leonard Hayhurst on 03.18.2013
Could Bruce Lee have transitioned to non-martial arts films? Is Jodie Foster the best child actress turned adult star? Can Paul Simon claim membership in the SNL Five-Timers Club? All this and more covered this week in Ask 411 Movies!
Obscure Television Series of the Week
Title: Shadow Chasers
Air Dates: Nov. 14, 1985 to Jan. 16, 1986
Cast: Trevor Eve as Jonathan MacKenzie, Dennis Dugan as Benny Benedek and Nina Fochs as Juliana Moorhouse
Premise: A ripoff of Ghostbusters, Jonathan MacKenzie was an anthropologist at the Georgetown Institute of Science and Benny Benedek was a reporter for a tabloid. They became partners in investigating the paranormal and received assignments from stern Dr. Moorhouse.
Q: I remember some raunchy teen comedy movie years ago similar to Meatballs or Porky's, maybe you can help me with the name. I only remember a few scenes and some of the plot. There is this really hot but morally upright high school girl that a group of guys make some bet to see who can nail her. That's the plot in a nutshell. In one scene a guy sneaks into her house late at night and accidentally ends up in bed with the girl's mother who thinks the boy is her husband as the lights are off. In another scene a different boy tries to hypnotize the girl over the high school gym's PA system which I think backfires and the other girls in the school push him into the pool. what the heck was this movie? pretty sure its late 70s-early 80s.
A: My friends Jamie and Shane have identified your movie as Screwballs from 1983. Set in the 1960s, four high school boys are ratted out for their sexual misdeeds by the virginal Purity Bush. They make a bet between themselves on who can see her bare breasts first. It spawned two pretty much in name only sequels. Loose Screws from 1985 had four boys in a summer school earning points for the girls they have sex with. All try to earn the 100 point bonus by bedding the new French teacher. In Screwball Hotel from 1988, three guys get kicked out of a military school and get jobs at a hotel where they try to screw the hot female guests.
Q: Hey Mr H.,
My daughter loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Jr. and I noticed that the man credited as the voice of Mickey has been deceased since 2009. Why are episodes from 2010 thru the newest airing this past Friday still crediting him as Mickey's voice? Have they done an Issac Hayes and just spliced his past dialogue into new shows?
5 or so years ago ESPN had a scripted series called Tilt I believe that centered around Texas Hold Em tourneyments at a Vegas casino. I thought it was a rather well written show and had promise, ended on a cliffhanger and then never heard another thing. What happened to it? Thanks in adavance.
A: I don't know if you are watching new episodes or reruns. According to what I found, Wayne Allwine voiced Mickey Mouse in all incarnations for 32 years until his death May 18, 2009, of a heart attack. He was married to Russi Taylor, who has voiced Minnie Mouse since 1986. Allwine's last appearance on Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse was in the episode "Choo Choo Express." Since then, Mickey's voice has been done by Bret Iwan. Allwine's name might still be in the credits if they are using segments he had previously recorded, like the opening.
Tilt was a nine episode mini-series that aired on ESPN in 2005. It was the channel's second fictional series after Playmakers. It followed players in the fictional World Championship of Poker in Las Vegas. The finals came down between Eddie Towne (Eddie Cibrian) and Don "the Matador" Everest (Michael Madsen). Towne wins, but finds out Everest threw the last hand and had bet enough money on Towne to make up the cash prize difference. However, Everest is busted by the FBI for various crimes. The episode ends with a key witness against Everest found hung in an apparent suicide. From what I could find, key creative forces Brian Koppleman and David Levien never pitched a second season of the series to ESPN and they never asked for it. From some sites I found, if there had been a second season it probably would have followed one of the main characters from the first season in a new location as the storyline of the first season was considered pretty much wrapped up.
Q: I noticed on SNL this weekend, whenever there was a celebrity cameo, they would be greeted with applause. But wouldn't the audience have seen them well before the camera cut to them? Is it just the crowd playing along and waiting for the reveal, or is the stage set up some way so that the audience doesn't see them until we (the home audience) do?
A: Programs that film before a live studio audience want a natural reaction, but a controlled one. Before taping, a production assistant will brief the audience on what will happen, what to do and what not to do. Most such shows have an applause sign above the audience. It lights up when they should clap. Knowing to clap and when to can be a little more difficult than the natural reaction of laughing if something is funny. Someone in the "Saturday Night Live" audience can confirm, but they were probably told how the opening monologue would go, if not who exactly would be in it, and to wait for the cue before clapping. If you watch the Five-Timers sketch from when Justin Timberlake hosted, it's obvious the crowd can see the guest stars before they emerge into camera.
While we're here, I would like to point out that Paul Simon is not a true member of the Five-Timers Club for those who have hosted SNL five times or more. He's only hosted four, including serving as host and musical guest once. He's been a musical guest eight other times. By that standard, Timberlake would have joined the previous time he hosted as he has one musical guest only appearance while with N'Sync.
Given the Paul Simon rule, where musical guest appearances can supplement hosting gigs, Sting, Adam Levine and Jon Bon Jovi can all be in the Five-Timers Club. Bon Jovi and Levine have hosted once and been a musical guest four times. Sting has hosted once, been a musical guest and host once and has been a musical guest only four other times.
Official members of the Five-Timers Club are Alec Baldwin with 16 hosting stints, Steve Martin with 15, John Goodman with 12, Buck Henry with 10, Tom Hanks and Chevy Chase with eight, Christopher Walken with seven, Elliot Gould, Danny DeVito and Drew Barrymore with six and just making it with five each are Candice Bergen and Bill Murray. Murray is also the only person to host an episode for all three executive producers; Lorne Michaels, Dick Ebersol and Jean Doumanian.
Q: Continuing on the best ______ turned actor: I do learn a lot like about John Wayne and Andy Griffith careers.
Best child-star turned adult actor? (leonardo dicaprio; joseph gordon levitt; sarah jessica parker; jessica biel; anna paquin). I think we can safely say that Ron Howard is best child star turned director.
Best martial artist turned actor? (please don't say Steven Seagal or Jean Claude Van Dam)
Best non-English speaking actor turned English speaking actor? (Christoph Waltz?)
A: For best child star turn actor I would look at someone like Jodie Foster who has had great success over a long period of time as a child and adult in many high profile roles. Foster, 50, began acting in commercials at three. She broke out in 1976 with her appearances in Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone and Freaky Friday at 13. She was nominated for best supporting actress for Taxi Driver. She is one of the few well known female child stars to make a successful and easy transitions to adult roles. At the age of 25 in 1988, she won her first Oscar for The Accused and also received good notices for Stealing Home. She won her second Oscar in 1991, still under 30, for Silence of the Lambs. If I ever met Foster, I would ask her about working with Helen Hayes and David Niven on Candleshoe in 1977.
I would never dream of naming Steven Seagal or Jean Claude Van Damme the best martial artists turned actors. I'd put Don "The Dragon" Wilson or Jeff Speakman above them. The Perfect Weapon is a bad ass movie.
Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan might have their supporters, but the answer for me is Bruce Lee. It's a shame he died so young, just 32, because I could see him having done serious, non-fighting roles as he got older. He not only understood how to put together a fight scene, but how to connect with an audience and illicit emotion with a well choreographed fight. Lee was the instructor to the stars having taught martial arts to Steve McQueen and James Garner among others.
For foreign speaking actresses in American movies, perhaps none has the legacy of Sweden's Greta Garbo. Many foreign born actors were stars during the silent era, but few made the transition to sound film because of accents or not speaking English very well. That didn't stop her. Her first talking movie, Anna Christie was the highest grossing film of 1930 and earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress, the first of four. Her exotic looks and accent were part of her mystique and mystery, which only deepened and increased her fame when she retired before 1950.
A dark horse candidate for me in the category would be Netherland's Rutger Hauer (even though he spelled my name wrong on an autograph after it was spelled for him). He made several movies with director Paul Verhoeven in Europe before making his U.S. debut in 1981 with the underrated Nighthawks.
He was the go to psycho in the 1980s in such movies as Blade Runner, The Hitcher and Flesh & Blood. His career dipped in the 1990s, but he came back the past decade with character parts in Batman Begins and Sin City. Not to mention his amazing performance in Hobo with a Shotgun.