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Hey folks, count your blessings, it seems the old man is 'winded'. I tell ya it's a delayed reaction to all that fun he's been having with his cloned minions of Rebecca Gayheart and Betty White. Hey... he's old... he's eccentric... and... well, that's all the excuses I'm making for Moriarty...

Hey, Head Geek...

"Moriarty" here.

I'm desperately afraid to look at my power bill right now. I think The Moriarty Labs is running on full capacity right now, with several major experiments in the works at once. Starting Wednesday and running through Friday, I'm going to be running a batch of interviews with the principals from Dreamworks' brilliant AMERICAN BEAUTY. You can expect Thora Birch, Mena Suvari, and Wes Bentley tomorrow, Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening on Thursday, and the gifted and gracious Sam Mendes on Friday. The film opens on Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles and everyone else gets it for the weekend. I'm excited about the conversations we had about the film, and I hope you'll all enjoy them.

Right now, I've got Santana's SUPERNATURAL cranked, and I find myself playing track five over and over again. I can't help myself. Maybe it's the number of times I've seen the "Smooth" video now, maybe it's that insanely catchy chorus... at any rate, this song should be classified a Schedule I controlled substance. It's helping me relax enough to shoot off what may stand as one of the shortest RUMBLINGS ever, just a few pointed thoughts and observations.

I spent the weekend with Bob Zmuda's book that I mentioned last week, both hurrying through it and trying to savor every word. It's a wonderful read, and it's my favorite portrait of Andy Kaufman offered so far. Zmuda seems very happy with Jim Carrey in the book, with the actor contributing a backword that has to be held up to a mirror to be read. The book manages to be funny, sad, and angry without ever once being anything less than fascinating. Along with the recent MR. MIKE by Dennis Perrin, a scathingly funny look at the regrettably short life of Michael O' Donoghue, this book is invaluable not just as a look at someone's life, but also as a collection of their work. There's Kaufman material in this book that I've never heard before, that I suspect has been private to Zmuda all the way up till now. There's genius at every turn, with some inspired private material like fake arguments between Zmuda and Kaufman on airplanes, or the first appearance of Tony Clifton, or the real truth about that notorious FRIDAYS appearance. The descriptions of the bits are surprisingly free of self-congratulations. Zmuda is confident the stuff was funny, and doesn't have to over-explain it. Since I also finally saw the MAN ON THE MOON trailer this weekend, I'm really dying to see the film now. Jim has caught some of the most amazing nuances of Andy in just the initial footage we're seeing. Only Forman can drop this particular ball, and I don't see that one happening. I'm also anxious to hear REM's first full length film score. I've been a fan of these guys since I knew them as a local band in Georgia (where we were hiding the Labs during the '80s), and I think it should be rewarding to hear them take this next step as musicians. Hope, anyway.

I've also finally seen the trailer for Universal's THE BONE COLLECTOR, a film I saw and didn't really think enough of to review. I can't believe how much venom that trailer drew out of me, though. I thought I was indifferent to the picture. I mean, both Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington do credible work, bringing as much movie star charisma as they can to bear on this rather slight adaptation of Jeffrey Deaver's already-wafer-thin novel. Jolie, in particular, brings a strange balance of strength and vulnerability to her role. She's an action hero just waiting for a strong vehicle (*cough* TOMB RAIDER *cough*) to showcase her. Denzel could be electric reading the phone book. Even with the addition of the can't-miss, always-brilliant Luis Guzman (seriously... one of my favorite guys working right now... makes me smile every single time I see him), the earthy presence of Queen Latifah, and the ever-intense Michael Rooker, all the fireworks the cast generates can't cover that this is a limp, lifeless piece of work from one end to the other. There's not a single bit of genuine suspense generated by the script, and there's not a real note of human interaction in the cookie-cutter script. Phillip Noyce continues fearlessly on his quest to prove that he barely knows one end of the camera from the other, and he isn't afraid to bore the audience senseless here, a bold choice that may not fully pay off. If you can't guess the identity of the film's killer within the first fifteen minutes of the movie, you probably haven't ever, EVER seen a Hollywood thriller. This makes dreck like KISS THE GIRLS seem fresh and innovative.

Now, this is going to take a moment to work its way back around to serial killer thrillers, but follow me on this. As I write about BONE COLLECTOR and everything that's wrong with it, I am reminded that this past weekend, Sylvester Stallone made some rather revealing comments about how he feels in the context of the marketplace right now. He's bitter about what happened after COP LAND, angry about Harvey Weinstein trying to force him to do a RAMBO 4 even after promising to work Sly into different types of films, and hurt over being treated like "driftwood" in town. I wonder how much of this is due to his first look at THE OUTPOST. I had several henchmen who saw the film this week, and I have yet to hear anything that would even indicate the film is salvageable. Still, all of them said it didn't seem to be Stallone's fault, that he seemed to be giving it everything he had. So what is Stallone supposed to do? Run back to ROCKY 6? Make more formula pictures and hope something clicks?

Here's where we get back to thrillers. You see, Stallone's attached to one that could break the mold and be something genuinely special. It's character driven, it's smart, it's scary in places, and the ending is one of uncompromised darkness. It's the kind of film that NIGHTHAWKS almost is, a grim police thriller that depends on the people more than the pyrotechnics. It's more like SE7EN than anything Sly's ever done, more LA CONFIDENTIAL than COBRA. It's called SUSPECT ZERO, and the draft I read by Zak Penn is a killer... pun intended.

There's two characters here of equal power, and if Stallone has the balls to play O'Ryan, he could open another chapter in his career. The film's arguable lead is actually an Agent Mackelway, a new guy trying to make his bones at the FBI who stumbles across something at the scene of a murder that proves that the victim was actually a serial killer. Only Mackelway seems concerned with finding out how the monster ended up dead, and his efforts seem to uncover someone who is killing the killers, hunting the hunters, and shutting down some of the worst predators working. The shadowy vigilante, O'Ryan, is a fascinating character, the kind of supporting turn that would allow an actor to look amazing.

I don't actually know which role Stallone's attached to. I also can't vouch for the current shape of the script, which may be under rewrites by none other than Ben Affleck (?!), but I'm going to dig further into this one. If it's handled properly by Universal, this is the perfect sister piece to their in-development adaptation of Thomas Harris' HANNIBAL. Speaking of which, I hope that whatever Harris' new ending to the film is that was trumpeted so loudly last week manages to shock and inflame audiences as successfully as the book did, but in a whole new way.

Keeping in the spirit of edgy performance humor, I'd like to take a moment to make special note of one of the best performances I've seen recently. It was by director Spike Jonze, who is also fantastic in the upcoming THREE KINGS. It wasn't in a film that he gave this performance, though... it was during last week's otherwise-painful MTV Music Video Awards. During the entire night, Spike stayed in character as "Richard," the choreographer of the Torrence Dance Group and co-director of Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" video. This guy continues to amaze me with his incredible wit and inventiveness, and I'm dying to see BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, which is riding some outstanding buzz post-Venice.

I hope you've all read the FIGHT CLUB report that went up today here by our spy, the Bosnian Witch Doctor. It's a cogent, well-written advance look at the film I've been babbling about to any and everyone within earshot for weeks now, and it is in such stark contrast to Alexander Walker's shockingly conservative attack on the film that Harry linked to that it has to excite the curiousity of any reader. How can two people be so far apart on such a volatile film? How in the hell is it going to hit general audiences? And is the film going to set off an even more intense storm of controversy than this year's earlier poster boy for Hollywood reform, THE MATRIX?

I say hell, yes. I also say that it's all going to be for the wrong reasons. When you read Walker's review, it's about him more than it's about the movie. He's read so much into the imagery of the film, projected so many intentions onto Fincher, that the review actually just reveals much of what makes the critic tick. I think that's going to happen a lot. FIGHT CLUB the novel and FIGHT CLUB the script are blank slates on which one must draw their own complex moral reactions. If the film manages to pull the same trick off, then you're going to learn a lot about the inner lives of critics as the reviews roll in.

If you're interested in what the author of the book thinks about the movie and about the notion that there are real fight clubs starting to pop up around the country, then go to www.latimes.com and run a search for FIGHT CLUB. Click on the article called "I Made Most Of It Up, Honest" by Chuck Palahniuk, and enjoy a taste of one of the most distinct and honest voices in modern fiction. I reread the book last week, and I recently devoured his second novel SURVIVOR. Now I'm dying to get my hands on INVISIBLE MONSTERS, because this guy speaks to me on a very primal level. He's rapidly racing up to join John Irving, Paul Theroux, David Gerrold, and Neal Stephenson as a favorite working author. I say we should all sit back and enjoy the firestorm of controversy that is about to erupt. It's going to be highly, highly entertaining, both inside the theater and out.

And with that, I am afraid I must let you go. I feel remiss... we've barely begun to chat... but this week demands it. Watch for the interviews, and we'll talk again Tuesday. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Sept. 14, 1999, 4:01 a.m. CST

    fight club

    by kev

    can anyone tell me if the fight club script is available online anywhere? by the sounds of it, stallone should definitely do this suspect zero movie ahead of the formula one flick he was planning which sounds basically like rocky in fast cars.....and i bet thats how they pitch it....

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I am bored!!!

    by Scotty the Fag

    I wasn't gonna say it, you all know what I mean. Anyway, I'm doubly excited for Fight Club and American Beauty. Until they are released in the decidedly devoid of culture Midwest, I will be bored. Scotty the Fag, out! P.S. Ingenious Moriarty, who would think of looking for evil geniuses in Georgia, you continue to amaze and surprise...

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Stallone vs. Hollywood; new movie

    by ABking

    Moriarty, first off, the things Sly said about Hollywood was from a 2 year old article back in 1997 when he was being offered nothing after COP LAND, so him watching THE OUTPOST has nothing to do with nothing. I was surprised to hear his views about Harvey Weinstein (wonder if he'll ever do a RAMBO 4 now). One question, where did you hear Sly is making a movie called SUSPECT ZERO (I think that's the name you mentioned)? It kinda sounds like Sly's HUNTER project he was attched to. Is it a part of Sly's Universal 60 million dollar deal?

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 5:39 a.m. CST

    AB King's Inevitable Question

    by Moriarty

    You're right that the horrible recent reviews of OUTPOST couldn't have influenced the quotes, but the experience of making it sure could have. I knew I couldn't mention Stallone's name without you piping up. Anyway, the quotes that were run in such places as Mr. Showbiz and the Reuters wire were taken from the new Susan Faludi book about the male ideal. It's a new interview, AB, and he talks about feeling abandoned after COP LAND. He also talks about the potential for a ROCKY 6. More than anything, it strikes me as the voice of a guy who's not very happy with things. As far as SUSPECT ZERO is concerned, it has nothing to do with HUNTER. It's a project that I will be covering more in later columns. Until then, hold your questions. I want to make sure that I get the whole story, and I'm doing my legwork.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, my mistake...

    by ABking

    Moriarty, what do you expect from me. My favorite actor hasn't been on screen in over 2 years. I re-read what you put about the story to SUSPECT ZERO and you are right, it is nothing like HUNTER (what was I thinking). I kinda feel sorry for Sly. He tries to do different things like COP LAND but Hollywood only wants to see him only star in action films. I have a feeling he is being forced to return back to ROCKY and RAMBO. Still, I have faith that THE OUTPOST can (I said can not will) turn out good (it could happen) and that GET CARTER will be a good noir action thriller. Moriarty, have you heard anything at all about GET CARTER? I'm surprised you havn't said anything about this movie since the original is said to be a classic.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 7:19 a.m. CST

    A Radical Notion

    by Anton_Sirius

    Just a quick thought: If's Sly's so upset about what's available to him in Hollywood, and he still has some Box Office cache in the foreign markets... why doesn't he just go and make a film in France or something? He could probably find an amazing comedy in about twenty minutes- and anyone who watched Oscar without their blinders on knows he ain't bad at comedy. He'd have to take a big pay but, sure, but if he's more worried about career than money...

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Stallone

    by alpha

    This guy has talent but sadly usually phones in his performance. I watched First Blood a couple of weeks ago and remembered that it was actually quite a thoughtful and good film which has been tainted by its sequels much as Rocky has been. Lets hope he does do Suspect Zero with Ben Affleck and lets hope he does it right...and lets hope it has a clean ending without the possibility of Suspect Two,Three,Four etc.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Dr. M, is my killer prediction accurate for Bone Collector?

    by Obscure Homage

    After watching the trailer several times, I came to the conclusion that...(potential spoiler) 5 4 3 2 1 Michael Rooker is the killer. Here's why: A) In every cliched serial killer movie like Kiss The Girls, the killer is usually a recognizable or well known supporting actor, who is usually a cop, who has nothing to do in the film but sit around and brood. B) In the trailer, they show a glimpse of the killers eyes in the taxis rear view mirror, and they look exactly like Rookers. Am I right or what?

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Waldo Salt is MISTER X ?!?!?!

    by theabrahamclan

    Who is Mister X? Anyone who has read the Zmuda book knows that the "X" character is as fascinating, if not more so, then Kaufman himself. Andy thought so too and would cite him as a primary influence. As to his identity, I've been working on it all weekend: Waldo Salt Criteria: Academy nominated, massively respected, high-profile friends with recognizable voices (the Catch-22 incident),wealthy script doctor. As to the eccentricities, who knows? If anyone has a better guess then post it please.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 9:20 a.m. CST

    could someone PLEASE get me a BLT!

    by Iwrite

    all right, who do I have to kill to get a copy of the Fight Club book? I can't find it anywhere!!!

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Bone Collector (Killer spolier)

    by Cineman

    I believe the killer is Leland Orser, the guy from Seven and Very Bad Things. Though I have not yet seen the movie or read the book, I remember hearing thats who it is. I was thinking it was Rooker too though. Al Bundy would've been the best choice though.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Mr X...

    by RaoulDuke

    Abrahamclan, I as well am dying to know who mr. X is. Zmuda gave out many clues, but I still couldn't figure it out. I dont know who Walkdo Salt is, but it seems like a good candidate from what you said. This requires further investigation. Oh, and about the killer in Bone Collector, i also think its the guy from Very Bad Things and Seven, his voice is very distinct.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Suspect Zero

    by brian toohey

    I read this script when it was over at Phoenix Pictures and Ben Affleck was attached to star as O'Ryan. I assume if he's doing a rewrite, he's doing it because he's still attached to star and wants to make the script better. It was a really neat script when I read it but still needed some work. I never would have though of Stallone as O'Ryan, but can see how it would work for him-- if he did it in the vein of character actor instead of action star, it could do more for him than just a regular action role. It could get the buzz that a great performance as a lack luster character (in Copland) failed to generate because of the audience's indifference to an understated role and film. Let's all just hope that Jeff Daniels does indeed get that "other" part.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Off the subject! The news is in that Sony's Playstation 2 will

    by spike lee

    Sega needs to do something fast, because Sony is going to release the machine Christmas 2000.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Dumb Raider

    by Powerslave

    Angelina Jolie in 'Tomb Raider'? Uhhh, no. Why is this movie being made? As talented as she is, Angelina Jolie is lacking a couple of key assets if she's going to play Lara Croft, and one of them isn't an English accent. What's she going to do? Pull a Mariel Hemmingway? Or maybe she could borrow Pam 'I Married a Wife Beater' Anderson's implants. She doesn't need them anymore...

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 10:58 a.m. CST

    The killer in Bone Collector

    by SegueZagnut

    Spoiler..... I have to disagree with Moriarty about the killer in Bone Collector. Don't get me wrong.. it is very bad and predictable.. but it isn't obvious who it is. Because they try to pull a 'Sea of Love' type ending.. only they never set up the surprise character. One completely unrelated shot near the beginning of the film does not set up the character... nor does the really long explaination the killer gives to explain his motives... nor does.. you know what.. this movie sucks now in memory even more then it did when I reviewed here (http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=3425) But my review does tell you who did it. Oh and it is true that they spend a lot of time in the movie trying to make you think it is Micheal Rooker... it isn't.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Moriarty

    by spenworks

    I too have read the Andy Kaufman book and the Michael O'Donoghue book in the past few weeks. (Coincedence? I say nay) And I too found them to be inspired looks at comic genius. When I've had the patience or time to finish one of your columns, I've always come away liking your writing style. And now I know why. You obviously have an appreciation for the finer minds in entertainment. I've been loking over the net, trying to find a comic web page that even came close to "National Lampoon". You know what I've found? Nothing! So we're starting one. I know it's a bold statement to say that we'll be close to "Lampoon" in terms of quality. But I think we will. It should be on line in about 3 weeks. I'll let you know how it comes along. To start we have a wonderful piece of offensiveness called "The Private Life of Ken Starr" that should not be missed. I don't want to say to much about it, suffice to say that it might be as offensive, and funnier, than Paul Krassner's piece about LBJ fucking the corpse of Kennedy in the neck wound. Certainly in the same vein (the jugular) Hoped I've piqued your interest, more info later Spen

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 11:24 a.m. CST

    PlayStation 2

    by Powerslave

    PlayStation 2 is most likely going to miss its Christmas release date in Japan. That'll hurt. It will come out there in January. Also, some people have complained about DreamCast being buggy. It's not the machine: some titles that were manufactured at one particular plant in the U.S. came out defective. That's why some versions of the games - Ready 2 Rumble is one of them - work, and some don't.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Tomb Raider

    by Bobby Bowfinger

    When I saw your comment about the Tomb Raider movie, I had to mention a new TV series that is being heavily advertised on a Toronto station (City-TV). The series is called "Relic Hunter" and stars Tia Carrere (sp?). If you can't place the name she had major roles in True Lies and the Wayne's World films. Based on the ads, it appears to be an obvious rip-off of Lara Croft. They also refer to Tia's character as a "modern-day Indiana Jones". The series hasn't started yet so I can't tell you anymore about it.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Lara's Unmentionables and Santana

    by All Thumbs

    I got EW yesterday and in an article about "tough gal movies" it mentions Elizabeth Hurley as a possibility. I'm actually excited for this movie to be made, but Elizabeth Hurley? I don't think so. Though, I must say I hope Lara Croft is cast for more than those two extra thingies that a lot of the mentioned women are supposedly missing or else we'll get another Barb Wire. I would really like to see someone who usually doesn't do action flicks in the role or even an unknown. I don't know why, but I can picture Catherine Zeta-Jones in this role, too.***On a Santana note, Moriarty, nothing beats classics like Evil Ways and Black Magic Woman. I've grown up on this kind of music, thanks to my dad and his record collection from college. Thank you for mentioning how soothing that music is and proving Santana never goes out of style.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 12:56 p.m. CST

    PS2

    by Meatball

    I don't how this subject ended up here, but the last word I read (yesterday) about the Playstation2 system was that it is being released with twelve titles in Japan March, 2000; and it will launch in Europe and America in the Fall season 2000, which WOULD make it's release one year away which WOULD indicate that Sega has got some serious sales pushing to do. Sega will probably clean things up great for this Christmas season; Christmas next year will be not be pretty for the Dreamcast. Playstation2's price tag is the only major deturrent, $369-375. But that's for a Playstation2, a Playstation (remember, it'll be backwards compatable), AND a DVD player all in one. Ciao for now. -meatball

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 1:01 p.m. CST

    WTF is up with that www.jmincorporated.com link??

    by spiff

    WTF is that for? It doesn't look like it's even supposed to be there, and I'll be DAMNED if I can figure that page out. Here's hoping I'm not just insane, and the only person that can see that.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Ahem, let's not fark up our Nerdling PSX dates.

    by Monkeyfish

    The PSX2 is not coming out Christmas 2000 in Japan. It was originally scheduled for Christmas 1999, but has been pushed back to March 2000, and may be pushed back another month or so. American release will likely be late summer/early fall 2000. Not sure about European releases. Further, in addition to DVD capability, it's much faster than the DC (With a dedicated Graphics processor, a la Voodoo), and has already wrangled a huge list of developers. On the other hand, it's going to cost a good bit more than Sega's machine. Just think of PSX2 to DC as the SNES to the Genesis. If you bought some kind of monster computer to play 3d games, buying both should be no problem for you <g>. Now, I'm ashamed to have all this knowledge, and I'm going to have to go shower to get all this nerd off me.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Identity Of Mr. X

    by mrbeaks

    Good call on Waldo Salt. I do know he was quite the eccentric, as well as a well-known script doctor, which is where Zmuda claims X's small fortune came from. Still, who's to say it's not Zmuda simply pulling another one over on us?

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 3:15 p.m. CST

    VMA's

    by ricky

    I know this is comploetely unnecessary but, it's the MTV Video Music Awards, not ideo Music Awards, Moriarty.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Spiff

    by Cineman

    The link is to the site for the new film Being John Malkovich.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 3:46 p.m. CST

    The Stallone issue

    by ABking

    First, to BOSSHOG: I will try not to mention GET CARTER on this board anymore until I see the original, even though I know that won't change my mind. I don't even think I can rent it because it's not on video anymore. To everyone else that has commented on the Stallone issue about his career: I said I felt sorry that Hollywood won't think of him in any other role than the action hero role, I never said I feel sorry for him period. Case in point... come next march, even if THE OUTPOST is not all there (though I think it will be by then), it can still be a BLOCKBUSTER. People love cheap thrills (THE HAUNTING anyone). That movie might have been riped apart to death by the critics but it still grossed close to 100 million. Even Travolta's THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER was considered a bad movie and got terrible reviews yet audiences flocked to it to the tune of 100 million. THE OUTPOST could come out at the right time when people are in the mood for a film like that and it could make a killing (pun intended) at the box-office (even if it's not a great movie). All THE OUTPOST has to be is a BLOCKBUSTER and all this shit about Stallone's career will be forgotten about. I can't feel sorry for that.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Kaufman book

    by W. Leach

    I purchased Bob Zmuda's ANDY KAUFMAN REVEALED! BEST FRIEND TELLS ALL! the day it came out. I read it cover to cover in one sitting. This is an extremely well-written, entertaining account of perhaps the only man closest to Kaufman's gonzo mind. I hope they make a movie out of it someday (oh, wait...)

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 4:12 p.m. CST

    it must come with the name...

    by The Garbage Man

    Just like the real Spike Lee, you are shooting off at the mouth, my friend. Sony announced the DVD thing about 6 months ago, get on the ball. And, as anyone other than a Sony whore will tell you, the graphics differences between Dreamcast and PS2 will be negligable. As i recall someone saying, "If Playstation 2 comes out in April, I'll grow another dick." Finally, (and most importantly) it's vaporware! (And expensive vaporware at that!)

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 4:57 p.m. CST

    bah

    by Fawst

    <sigh> Must I set the record straight? Yes, PS2 is set for March 2000 in Japan. Yes it will rule. Dreamcast is out. Yes it rules. The PS2 can push more polygons per second. HOWEVER poly's do NOT make the game. In fact, if you look at the movies posted of Tekken Tag Tournament compared to Soul Calibur, THEY'RE DEAD FUCKING EVEN in the looks department. The only thing I can think of that TTT has over SC is the background graphics. The levels are sweet. And who was the idiot that mentioned the "a la Voodoo" thing for PS2? What the fuck do you think the PVRG2 chip is in the Dreamcast? Same thing. And uhh.. it ain't vaporware if companies have dev kits and games already in the making. Go play Crash Bandicoot some more, ya Sony whores.<br>Oh, and Suspect Zero sounds good. Too bad our wishes never come true.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 6:23 p.m. CST

    If you were Sly??

    by lymond

    What would you have done after you'd made a couple of criticly acclaimed films (Rocky, First Blood)? Sit back and wait for that "acadamy award getter" role or grab at something fun, pays big dollars and sets you up for other roles. Sly did what any other person would have done and most actors don't have the luxury to pick and choose roles that challenge them artistically every time - especially early on in career. Where would he be now if he'd only ever done 'Copland's & 'Oscars' - not as well paid I imagine, so please get of your soap boxes those of you who are slamming his recent comments. He's every right to say how he feels as he's lasted longer in Holly-land than many others. On a different note, I read an interview with Peter Jackson in our papers on the weekend (here in New Zealand). I didn't check this site till today to see if anyone transfered his words to this site - don't mind doing that for any Hobbit addicts out there. WOAH - gotta go and place for order for Saving Private Ryan and Iron Giant on DVD (Nov release!).

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Off-Topic mania!

    by Monkeyfish

    I'm sure this thread is pissing off all the movie news junkies, but hey, the video game sites don't have talkbacks <g>. I never really looked at the specs for the DC, didn't know they had a dedicated graphics chip <silly me>. A friend of mine bought a DC, with the idea that I'd get a PSX2 and we'd trade em occasionally. I've seen some screenshots for TTT that look a good bit better than SC's characters... The in game char shots look about equivalent to the cutscenes they're showing in the arcade now. But I've only seen SC on a smallish screen TV, so I shouldn't compare. Has Sega gotten any established RPG developers? If they could gank Square from Sony like Sony ganked em from Nofriendo, I'd have to seal the deal and buy a DC.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 7:48 p.m. CST

    two great tastes that could have gone great together...

    by tommy five-tone

    why didn't fincher cast stallone as 'big bob' in 'fight club'? why didn't stallone lobby furiously for the role? why am i asking all these rhetorical questions when 'fight club' has already been made, and the point is moot anyway? moriarty, you have a gift of making projects in the pipeline sound soooo coooool - i actually want to see 'suspect zero' with stallone as o'ryan now! (with affleck as the young FBI guy - hmmm...) but only if he's willing to work with a director who won't bow down to sly's will. i get the feeling jim gillespie or stephen kay (down to direct the 'get carter' remake) will probably give in to stallone at every opportunity, and the films will bite as a result. 'get carter' gives sly a cool opportunity to show off some actual acting chops, but only if carter remains an ice-cold prick. as for 'suspect zero', get alex proyas to direct, i say.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Boohoo! Sly took the millions but now his ego is hurt? Who giv

    by Wesley Snipes

    So basically, you guys are saying Stallone took the many millions (and I do mean many) instead of the quality scripts and now his career is in ruins. HOWEVER, unlike regular folk who face financial and personal disaster if their career is in ruins, for Sly Stallone it just means that he must spend more time lounging in his Miami mansion and yachts and whatever the fuck else the ultra-rich do. So bottomline is that he 'needs' to resurrect his career so that he can get an ego boost of being a top star again? Is that it? Geez, what the hell are you all feeling so sorry for him for? Hey, I got nothing much against the movies he's done even the recent ones (Demo Man, Dredd, Cliffhanger weren't as bad as their reps here would imply) but why feel sorry for him? The only thing sufferring is his ego. And like the other guy, said, it only takes one big hit for a guy like Sly to make a comeback. If Outpost crosses $70 million Sly won't have to worry about a lack of scripts.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 8:43 p.m. CST

    question

    by Insectopia

    Well, I enjoyed this week's rumblings. But I'm only posting to ask you people a question. Do any of you know from what movie the quote "live fast, die young, leave a beautiful corpse" comes from? I need to know for extra credit for a class. Thanks.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The way I see it...

    by ABking

    2000 can go two ways for Stallone. 1) Worst case senario: THE OUTPOST flops and Sly will be on hard times until GET CARTER comes out and we see how that performs. 2) Best case senario: THE OUTPOST is a BLOCKBUSTER and he follows that with GET CARTER which also hits it big. If the second senario comes true, then in one year, Sly will be a GOD again.

  • Sept. 14, 1999, 10:41 p.m. CST

    the way i see it...

    by tommy five-tone

    ABking needs some help. so much stallone can't be good for one.

  • Monkeyfish: My apologies ;) Didn't mean to rant. Movie Junkies: My apologies. uhmm... how to make up for it? VIVA LA REVOLUCION! Ok so like anyways, Stallone has picked some suck ass movies, for that I have no sympathy. However, some of his movies that people hated turned into some of my favorites. How could anyone NOT like Daylight!? It has to be one of the best movies he's done. So for that, I do give the man an EgoBoost-Pat-On-The-Back (

  • Sept. 15, 1999, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Just a fan

    by ABking

    I'm just a big fan of Sly, nothing more. Why should he be afraid of me? You people like to bash him to pieces so much I have to say something.

  • Sept. 20, 1999, 2:21 a.m. CST

    THE FACTS OF LIFE MOVIE

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    I swear I am not making this up but a little birdy up north ( I live in SAN DIEGO...told me that someone somewhere out there is thinking about developing THE FACTS OF LIFE MOVIE but in a really campy and colorful way, my question is WHO IS GOING TO PLAY NATALIE/ the Mindy Cohen charecter? WHO WOULD YOU GUYS have play the rest of the charecters? P.s Angeline Jolie would be perfect for the Tomb Raider role, lets just hope she doesn't scarf down tons of in and out burgers anytime soon. p.s.s IF THEY MAKE THAT WONDER WOMAN movie, I think Catherine Zeta Jones would be perfect, all flair no substance!!!! I heard Sandra Bullock wanted the role! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Sandra needs to smoke lots of crack and head down that stony end....I HATE SANDRA!!! anyways yeah facts of life film...who would play Mindy Cohen???

  • Sept. 6, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Step AWAY from the chili!

    by Wolfpack

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