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The director of The Grifters, Stephen Frears, has a new film coming out
in May or June. Cheri stars Michelle Pfeiffer and is based on a novel by
Colette. It is set in Paris during the interbellum. Frears is no stranger to elegant period pieces. He has
also directed Dangerous Liaisons and Mrs Henderson Presents.
Colette's story has been made into at least four previous movies and/or TV
mini-series, starting in 1950. The only one in the English language is a
BBC mini-series. The others are in French or Italian. Michelle Pfeiffer
will be the first American and the first major star to play the role of
least one blog lists Pfeiffer as a possible Oscar nominee, albeit a
K2 is a film about mountain climbing. I'm not going to discuss it
because it is a work of no special distinction, but
it earns a place in our hearts by virtue of some bare flesh from a young
Julia Nickson, Tricky Dick's older daughter.
OK, I'm fuckin' witcha. Maybe she was never the First Daughter, but she
was married to either Starsky or Hutch, whichever was the blond, laid-back
one. Her name back then was Julia Nickson-Soul, and they had a little
mini-Starsky or mini-Hutch named China Soul. (Julia's
mother is Chinese, and she has a distinctly Asian look.)
Apart from being Mrs. Starsky or Hutch, she is kinda sorta
famous for a film that was never finished and released: Genghis Khan. In late 1992, Charlton Heston traveled
to Russia and Central Asia to play a Mongol warlord named "Togrul" in
this multi-million dollar, independently financed historical epic.
Ken Annakin ("The Longest Day") was the director of this ill-fated
production in which the money source simply dried up in mid-shoot. Heston claimed that he and
his make-up man were probably the only ones who got paid.
Just in the past few months, the director, now 93, has cobbled
all of the existing footage into a new film called: "Genghis Khan - The
Story of a Lifetime." Richard Horowitz ("Any Given Sunday" & "Three
Seasons") composed an original score which incorporates
Mongolian folk music elements. The new project is scheduled to be released
"sometime" in 2009, according to a variety of recent news sources. Madison
Motion Pictures says that it is "about ready" and will be released "at the
end of the year" in two different formats: a 6-hour mini-series or a
2-hour feature film.
How weird would that be if Charlton Heston got an Oscar nomination this
year? Unfortunately, one supposes that his work in Mongolian make-up might
possibly be just a hair less than Oscar-worthy, and the rest of the cast
sounds nothing short of hilarious.
Genghis is played by an American actor from Alabama, Richard Tyson. You
know him. Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, you would recognize him
instantly. You probably remember him as the out-of-control cop who thinks
Ben Stiller is a serial killer in There's Something About Mary, or as the
hunky shirtless carnival guy in Two-Moon Junction, or from fifty other
projects in which he either played a minor character or appeared in a
minor movie. An example of his recent work is the lead in Stripper
Academy, a 2007 film which is rated 2.3 at IMDb. (I watched that film. It
seems to have been filmed on a home camcorder, and ... er ... let's just
say they couldn't fit re-takes into the shooting schedule. Well,
technically, I guess nobody could have flubbed a line, since they didn't
seem to have a script to begin with.)
Yeah, that guy. He plays Genghis Khan, Khan the Terrible, Scourge of
Eurasia, Alabama, and parts of Mississippi.
Now that I think about it, he couldn't be any worse than John Wayne in
But wait. I'm not finished. Khan's mortal enemy the Emperor is played
by ... (wait for it) ... Mister Myagi!
Ya gots ta love it.
Julia Nickson was the principal female star. Unlike Heston and Tyson,
she actually has the appropriate ethnic appearance, more or less. She
played the love interest for The G-man. At the time of filming, she was about the
same age as seen below in the clip from K2.
The trailer for the Khan movie is below, if you are as intrigued as I