Okay, I’m feeling perverse and just putting two more or less completely random trailers together for entirely different reasons.
First, a new CGI animation from Disney is called “Gnomeo and Juliet,” which pretty much tells you the story, except the amazing cast which Pajiba was kind enough to list and the fact that there’s a lot of classic Elton John music in, for some reason.
Ugh. Not very promising. Well, since Dennis Cozzalio reminds us that today is the 15th birthday of Paul Verhoeven and Joe Eszterhas’s legendary “Showgirls,” as a cine-palette cleanser please enjoy this delightfully NSFW bare-breasted trailer. Enjoy.
I gather Dennis — whose never afraid to defend orphaned movies — thinks “Showgirls” is actually good. I don’t know because I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never actually seen it. I’m not a fan of anything post-“Robocop” by Verhoeven or pretty much anything by Eszterhas, but still, I guess I should correct that. Besides, underclothed (naked?) Gina Gershon is enough reason to see any movie.
Yes, it seems to be a day when we’re avoiding the worst that the film biz has to offer. Take that Sammy Glick! Maybe.
* Notorious screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who brought the world such morality plays as “Basic Instinct” and “Showgirls,” is handling the kind of character/person you’d never expect him to write about, or meet. A virgin. Apparently the once severely overpaid, self-aggrandizing writer not exactly known for any particular virtues of any particular sort became a born-again Catholic following a bout with cancer. Naturally, a recent memoir tells of his conversion.
* I’ve never watched the most recent iteration of “At the Movies,” but I’m happy to say that the next version will be hosted by the New York Times‘ A.O. “Tony” Scott and the Chicago Tribune‘s Michael Phillips. They had both been my favorite subs for the still-going-strong but voiceless Roger Ebert during the final days of the old show’s run, and having them both return gives me a small but solid happy. These guys know movies and should be worthy successors to Mr. Ebert and the late Gene Siskel. I’ll be tuning in.
UPDATE: Glenn Kenny weighs in on “when good things happen to good film critics.” He also has something to say about the predecessors…and one of their daddies. It’s critical go-time. A humorous must for fans of critic-on-critic pugilism and praise.