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Posted: Jun 6, 2007 12:58 am
 
I'm watching this on the TV, and it is really, really bad. Just saw the Central High School scene. I can remember when this was being filmed and what a big deal it was then and it's kind of cool seeing Central. But, whew...what a stinker!
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 1:12 am
 
Absolutely not. Walk The Line is sub-sub-sub VH-1 biopic. I'll tell you why:

1. Mistakes. Waylon Jennings did not have long hair in 1966, etc.

2. Cash was reduced to a bumbling, bull in a china shop with no mystery, darkness, demons, or any of the elements that were supposed to make him a "tortured" soul. He was portrayed as a complete oaf. "JUUUUUUUUUUNE!!!!! PICK UUUUUUUUUP THE PHOOOOONE, JUUUUUUUUNE!!!!!"

3. More CASH bumper sticker sightings.

4. If you're going to portray drug addiction, be specific. We get nod-offs, freak-outs, seizures, and all sorts of inconsistent behavior.

5. The hilarious scenery-chewing that is the initial meeting between Phillips and Cash.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 1:13 am
 
I'm watching this on the TV, and it is really, really bad
You're being too kind. Needle is pegged in the brown on the Shitometer.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 1:26 am
 
5. The hilarious scenery-chewing that is the initial meeting between Phillips and Cash.

Well, certainly not as bad as that Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee. That's not scenery chewing, that's scenery gulping. That's the weirdest portrayal I can imagine. Who directed that, uh, shit?
Earles, I agree with you about Walk the Line...it was a leave-everything-out mess.
But THIS little piece of work on the TV is inexplicable.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 1:32 am
 
With Walk the Line, I was more pissed off about the compressor in the Sun Studio background. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A KJ-29, OR WHATEVER!!! IT'S LIKE SOMEBODY MADE A PROP OR SOMETHING!!!
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 3:21 am
 
I wanna suck Jerry Lee's dick every night until I die.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 4:30 am | Edited by: jerryd
 
I wanna suck Jerry Lee's dick every night until I die.

hhhhmmmmm???

I hope Scott left his computer on and forgot to log off and some middle aged woman came by and read this and decided to write the above comment.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 4:54 am
 
I dont know, Scott REALLY likes Jerry Lee Lewis...you should hear him talk about him.....and John Cougar Menstural Cramp....
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 5:06 am
 
great balls of fire is an ok movie, i think its cool that they let jerry lee do the singing and playing, its funny to see young dennis quaid miming to 50+ year old jerry lee... it came out when i was 10 and a total lewis fanatic so im inclined to say its alright. the parts where hes hitting her or saying "you aint no virgin" are great acting... or when shes picking out all the stuff for the new house, thats a cool scene. i can think of a whole bunch of good scenes in that movie. also, when they show closeups of the hands playing the piano, thats also jerry lee.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 7:21 am
 
both walk the line and great balls of fire are pretty bad movies....
you hate them more if you've seen the subject of the movie perform, too.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 8:13 am
 
all hail gary busey!

[and you know the man scott kneels to is EDDIE MONEY!]
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:38 am
 
compressor in the Sun Studio

Best part of that film.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 3:08 pm
 
I schleped in the art department on Walk The Line and believe me, most of those people had no grasp of Johnny Cash. It was disgusting. I do not exaggerate when I say there were times when I would bow my head and say to the heavens above, "i'm sorry, johnny." There were, however, a couple of people I would commiserate with about how bad the sets looked and indeed the repeated refrain between us was "it looks like a t.v. movie".
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 3:30 pm
 
GBOF Is one of the worst movies ever made....it's like a cartoon.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 3:41 pm
 
certainly not as bad as that Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee.

Would have been much better with Randy Quaid. As a matter of fact, every movie Dennis Quaid has ever been in would have been improved by replacing him with Randy, except for maybe Breaking Away.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 4:31 pm
 
Would have been much better with Randy Quaid.

Agreed! Actually, when that ridiculous-looking Sean Penn version of All the King's Men came out, I kept screaming that instead of Penn, it should have starred Randy Quaid as Huey Long/Willie Stark. Seriously. Long was half-dictator, half-clown; I think Quaid would be perfect to play him. He has the right physical qualities, too.

I always heard that the shots of Jerry Lee's hands in GBOF were actually Jason D. Williams.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 4:41 pm
 
the only thing i remember about GBOF was Mo-Doe playing around memphis - which was pretty fun
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 4:59 pm
 
I also think somebody should make a really dark art-house type movie about Jerry Lee, but only focusing on 70's era Killer, when he wore aviator sunglasses all the time and looked like a praying mantis in ruffled tuxedo shirts. Like from the time he tried to kill Elvis to about the period where he nearly died. You could do it without any musical parts at all.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 5:11 pm
 
As a matter of fact, every movie Dennis Quaid has ever been in would have been improved by replacing him with Randy, except for maybe Breaking Away.

Also, Enemy Mine would not be enhanced by said Quaid-swapping.

I always heard that the shots of Jerry Lee's hands in GBOF were actually Jason D. Williams.

Wouldn't surprise me.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 5:14 pm
 
Actually, I wouldn't have wanted Randy in Dreamscape.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 5:20 pm
 
Also, Enemy Mine would not be enhanced by said Quaid-swapping.

Actually, I wouldn't have wanted Randy in Dreamscape.

I stand by my original assertion. Both of those roles would have been perfect for Randy.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 6:08 pm
 
Would have been much better with Randy Quaid. As a matter of fact, every movie Dennis Quaid has ever been in would have been improved by replacing him with Randy


I have been saying that for years! So true
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 6:39 pm
 
I kept screaming that instead of Penn, it should have starred Randy Quaid as Huey Long/Willie Stark.

Sean Penn played that role?? HAHAHAHA!

Maybe Sean Penn should have played Jerry Lee...he's kind of built right for it. But, I swear, Dennis Quaid looked like a damned chicken jerking his head around during the whole of that movie. It's a wonder he didn't get whiplash.
That's gotta be some cocaine influenced acting fer sure.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 7:20 pm
 
Sean Penn played that role?? HAHAHAHA!

Tragically, yes.

Also notice how a movie about Louisiana politics has not one, not two, but three British actors playing major roles. They couldn't find any Americans to play these parts? I mean, besides Tony Suprano?

I guess we should just all be thankful Harry Connick Jr wasn't in it.

Bad reviews all around.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 7:45 pm
 
What a shame, as the original was just an awesome movie. Hrumph. They don't make em like they used to.
I liked your idea about a movie about Jerry Lee in the 70s. Remember when his stomach blew up? Long as Jerry Lee's alive you're not going to see that movie, though.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 7:49 pm
 
I never realized Jerry Lee was mentally retarded until I saw this movie.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 8:55 pm
 
I never realized Jerry Lee was mentally retarded until I saw this movie.

at least he's not as retarded as Jason Dd.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:30 pm | Edited by: JPK
 
I never realized Jerry Lee was mentally retarded until I saw this movie.

Which means Sean Penn is perfect for the role!

It only stands to reason that only such an expert on Louisiana could portray either Huey Long or Jerry Lee. Here he is almost single-handedly saving the 9th Ward.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:35 pm
 
I don't know how I turned this into a Sean Penn thread. My bad. So...back to the original topic...yes, GBOF sucks. Carry on.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:50 pm
 
[iat least he's not as retarded as Jason Dd.

Does Jason D. still run around claiming to be Jerry Lee's bastard son?

Which means Sean Penn is perfect for the role!

Sean Penn is a tool. Too bad he couldn't have spent his acting career being typecast as another Jeff Spicoli type character.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:51 pm
 
I would commiserate with about how bad the sets looked and indeed the repeated refrain between us was "it looks like a t.v. movie".

I seem to recall some reviews gushing how "right" they got it (the look of the time).
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 9:52 pm
 
the only thing i remember about GBOF was Mo-Doe playing around memphis - which was pretty fun

I may still have a tape of this lying about.
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 10:31 pm
 
I've heard that schtick from Jason D.
I'd LOVE to put them side by side...JLL could STILL kick his ass up around his ears.
JLL HITS the notes....
Posted: Jun 6, 2007 11:57 pm
 
oh there have been worse...much worse......richard thomas [john boy walton] playing hank jr.......a 50 yr old william bendix playing a 20 yr old babe ruth ..later as babe lies on his deathbed in a hospital a crowd below breaks into a rendition of "take me out to the ball game' sounding like the mormon tabernacle choir with perfect pitch enhancement.
gary cooper throwing a b aseball like my little sister as lou gehrig...lets not even talk about anthony perkins playing jimmy piersall
ah...hollywood
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 12:16 am
 
I rented that "Stoned" biopic about Brian Jones and wanted to shoot my TV. The "actor" they cast as Brian looked just like Jim Varney aka "Ernest" with a cheap blonde dynel wig. Suck ,suck ,SUCKED!
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 12:20 am
 
Okay, I have to agree with you both. ghsong and rumple (though I've never seen that John Boy movie).
I forgot about 'Stoned'. Yep, I saw that, and it was awful. That wig was so disturbing.
But....at least he didn't look like he had palsy.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 1:23 am | Edited by: Scott
 
hope Scott left his computer on and forgot to log off and some middle aged woman came by and read this and decided to write the above comment.

No. That was Joel, the sound man at the Hi-Tone. He wants to suck Jerry Lee's dick. I just wanna hear him play the piano.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 1:32 am | Edited by: saispas
 
Factory Girl.

Also, The Doors.

I hate seeing celebrities traipse about as if they are real celebrities.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 2:33 am
 
oh there have been worse...much worse......richard thomas [john boy walton] playing hank jr.......

What about Memphis' own George Hamilton playing Hank Sr!

The "actor" they cast as Brian looked just like Jim Varney aka "Ernest" with a cheap blonde dynel wig.

You mean like this?
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:06 am
 
oh geez...forgot about the hank sr one.....saw that as a little boy with my dad at the crosstown theater.....that thing makes gbof look like citizen kane.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 1:03 pm
 
Is GBOF the one where when they wrapped John Doe and them played at the Antenna? Around 1988 or 9?
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 3:22 pm
 
Is GBOF the one where when they wrapped John Doe and them played at the Antenna? Around 1988 or 9?

yeah, John Doe and Mojo Nixon (Mo Doe) played the Antenna
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 3:29 pm
 
I forgot about Mojo. I remember the old days at the Antenna, going across the street to Murphy's for a beer during set breaks...when Mojo played the Antenna, he did the same.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 3:54 pm
 
all hail gary busey!


AND SISSY SPACEK!
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 3:54 pm
 
So, has there EVER really been a good biopic?
I mean, so they say Jamie Foxx did a convincing role as Ray. It's still basically VH-1 Presents "The Jacksons: An American Dream"

Sissy as Loretta?
I dunno know. Seems like they're all doomed.

I always heard that the shots of Jerry Lee's hands in GBOF were actually Jason D. Williams.

Not sure about all of it, but I know some of it was Ross Rice.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 3:59 pm
 
Sissy as Loretta?

i love this one
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:09 pm
 
Sissy as Loretta?

I thought she was great. That's probably the only musical biopic I can think of that is actually a good movie. She didn't look a thing like Loretta, but it didn't matter because she nailed L's mannerisms and sang just like her. That movie actually has some vibe to it, too.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:16 pm
 
So, has there EVER really been a good biopic?

the Glenn Miller Story with Jimmy Stewart is pretty good
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:21 pm
 
There are a lot of good, or at least...entertaining ones. The Ike and Tina, Temptations, Def Leppard, The Monkees, The Jacksons - all hilarious at some level. I thought that 24 Party People was a decent, if deregulated, biopic.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:27 pm
 
OK, so some of them get a "so bad it's good" pass.

Yeah, the Sissy as Loretta comment didn't have as much to do with the statement below it as it looks. I was thinking of that as one of the better ones, but that the biopic is easily a flawed genre.

Man that Leon dude sure did benefit from the biopics.

Little Richard, Temps.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:28 pm
 
So, has there EVER really been a good biopic?

the Glenn Miller Story with Jimmy Stewart is pretty good


So is the Benny Goodman one with Steve Allen.

I thought Sissy did a good job on Loretta.

Those VH1 bio pics always have the worst wigs I've ever seen.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:39 pm
 
There are a lot of good, or at least...entertaining ones. The Ike and Tina, Temptations, The Jacksons

All good, but of these, The Temptations one was THE WINNAH. The guy that did Ruffin was classic.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 4:44 pm
 
So, has there EVER really been a good biopic?

the Glenn Miller Story with Jimmy Stewart is pretty good


I saw this about a month ago and enjoyed it.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 5:05 pm
 
So, has there EVER really been a good biopic?

The Comedian Harmonists
One of the top five best movies I've ever seen. If the Hoka in Oxford were still open, that's were it would show.

Wikipedia:
The Comedian Harmonists was an internationally famous, all-male German close harmony ensemble (5 singers plus pianist) that operated between 1927 and 1934. They were one of the most successful 20th century musical groups in Europe before World War II and were noted for using their voices to imitate musical instruments. The Comedian Harmonists were founded in Berlin-Friedenau in the flat of Harry Frommermann (Stubenrauchstraße 47). Today a commemorative plaque marks the spot.
From the perspective of the early years of the twenty-first century, now that numerous tribute groups have established themselves to recreate something of the sound of the Comedian Harmonists, it is arguable that the extraordinary degree of sympathy which the members of the original group achieved is unlikely to be matched again. The hallmark was the unusual extent to which the members were able, whilst having different vocal qualities one from another, to blend very accurately and subtly so that the individual singers could appear and disappear back into the vocal texture with almost effortless skill. The obvious sincerity and affection with which they approached their music-making helped to make the results unusually attractive.
The choice of repertoire was wide, ranging from folksong and classical numbers (usually arranged by the energetic and sensitive Frommermann) to the attractive and witty popular songs of the day by such writers as Peter Igelhoff, Werner Heymann and Paul Abraham.
As to the members of the group themselves: once the form which brought a lasting reputation had been established, it is hard to see how the group could have done without any of them. Supported by Bootz, the boy from Stettin who had trained as a concert pianist, each member had something unique to contribute. Frommermann himself was a capable tenor, with a mellifluous speaking voice which he used very effectively and confidentially from time to time; he also supplied most of the bizarre vocal interjections (and stage antics) that decorated the more lively songs. Robert Biberti, Frommermann's first recruit, had an extremely flexible and, from time to time comically communicative, dark ("black") bass voice which the group frequently used in solo work beneath a flowing accompaniment by the others. The baritone Roman Cycowski's operatically powerful and melodically pleasing timbre provided essentially the heart of the Comedian Harmonists' unique sound. Erich Collin, who joined the group in 1929 as a replacement for the original second tenor Walter Nüssbaum, besides acting as the secretary of the group (he spoke seven languages) had a musicianship which allowed him to secure the most awkward and crucial harmonic moments with complete accuracy, whilst the silver-voiced Ari Leschnikoff quickly became a household name for his ability to sing a top part out of the reach of most comparable tenors: he was said to be able to sing a top F on the treble stave without using any falsetto.
After the group broke up under Nazi pressure, its three Jewish members, Frommermann, Cycowski and Collin, left Germany to form an emigrant group, the Comedy Harmonists, finding a new pianist, bass and high tenor. From his spacious flat in Berlin, Robert Biberti took charge of a successor group in Germany, the Meistersextett, with Bootz, Leschnikoff and three new members. By 1941, both groups had disbanded, essentially because Biberti was conscripted and Cycowski lost all desire to continue after learning that most of his family had been murdered. Each successor group lacked something vital from the original formation. The Meistersextett perhaps sounds thin and cold without Cycowski; conversely, the Comedy Harmonists clearly lack Biberti and the stratospheric Leschnikoff.
After years of obscurity and struggle to make new lives for themselves, the Comedian Harmonists who survived long enough were rewarded with a new stardom late in their lives, largely as a result of an extensive and revelatory television documentary (with book) made as a labour of love in 1975 by the journalist Eberhard Fechner. Since then, their reputation has continued to grow unabated; of the original six, only Roman Cycowski lived to see just how great that reputation had become by the century's end.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 5:35 pm
 
I gotta go with Gary Busey's Buddy, but then I haven't seen it lately

What about Fellini's Casanova, with Donald Sutherland? That was kinda a bio
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 7:38 pm
 
I guess Dustin Hoffman did a good Lenny Bruce.

Those VH1 bio pics always have the worst wigs I've ever seen.
Let's not forget the facial hair!!
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 7:38 pm
 
It's too late now, but I still say about 10 years ago, Denzel Washington would have made a great Sam Cooke.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 7:47 pm
 
i kind of liked the busey's buddy holly as i recall but sheesh...a couple years later he played bear bryant....the make up job on him was so bad i thought his latex ear was going to fall off any minute...old friend of mine was in the movie...she said busey was so cranked up all the time he could not sit still long enough for the make up people to do their job.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 8:28 pm
 
I like Rock-n-Roll High School.
That dude that plays Joey looks and acts exactly like him.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:20 pm
 
Why not focus on just one or two aspects of a career per film? That way you can get multiple motion pictures out of one life. Shit - do what Lord of the Rings or Pirates of the Caribbean did and film 3 of 'em at the same time.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:36 pm
 
I always thought Jeff Conway the dude what played Kenickie in Grease and Bobby on Taxi woulda made a great Keith Richards back in the day. Looks wise at least.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:45 pm
 
I always thought Jeff Conway...Keith Richards

Fuck that. You wanna entertain me, get Tim Conway to play Keith Richards.
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:46 pm
 
dorf on rolling stones
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:51 pm
 
You wanna entertain me, get Tim Conway to play Keith Richards.

And Carol Burnett as Jagger!
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 9:56 pm
 
OK--two entertaining ones:

Coal Miners Daughter


The Rose
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 10:50 pm | Edited by: Rachelandthecity
 
please relay to Jack Stands that in the mail today I received from netflix;

Iron Maiden: The Earley Days

not a bio pic - but he will be happy none-the-less
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 6:32 pm
 
Coalminers Daughter, Ray, and The Buddy Holly Story all standout as great musician biopics.

Great Balls of Fire was as hokey as it was in inaccurate.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 6:50 pm | Edited by: Rumpleforeskin
 
I made out briefly with the principal in "Rock'n'Roll High School"-Mary Woronov- late one intoxicated night at the Zero Zero Club. I kept telling her how cute she was and although she always played a rough old gal in movies( Remember her as the evil wardeness on "Charlie's Angels"?), she was giggling like a 10th grader. Damn ,she was hot. Alas, once my pint bottle of vodka ran out , she ran off with some slimey Limey bastard who smelled like a goat but had cool shoes.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:04 pm
 
The Woody Guthrie movie Bound For Glory was on TCM last night....damn that was a slooooow ass movie....nothing great about it.

I talked to Woody's daughter Nora a few years ago...we talked about getting Springsteen to bankroll a really good biopic...and I know I'm gonna take some stick for this but the only guy I can see that is possibly wierd enough to play Woodrow Wilson Guthrie is....Depp. He's a musician so he could handle that bit and Woody was so complex, that it would take a experienced actor to pull it off.
I'm sure there is someone else who could do it but Depp comes to mind first.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:06 pm
 
Damn....Sean Penn would be a good Woody too...just reread one of Alisa's posts above...
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:08 pm
 
how about woody harrelson?
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:10 pm
 
or Woody Woodpecker?
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:15 pm
 
how about woody harrelson?

If he wood that would be good
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:18 pm
 
I enjoyed reading bound for glory, but never saw the movie. Anybody seen this:
Joe Hill Movie

Someone told me it wasn't bad but that was long ago and I can't remember if it was somebody whose opinion i trusted.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:24 pm
 
Fuckin' RUDY man!
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:25 pm | Edited by: JPK
 
Speaking of cartoon animals portraying Woody Guthrie...have you seen Ry Cooder's new concept album about a left-wing kitty in the Depression?

Personally, I've never met a socialist cat. I suspect most are libertarians at best, or even anarchists.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:26 pm
 
Last Train to Memphis
Not Rated | Biopic, Music, Drama | In-Development
http://www.hollywood.com/movie/Last_Train_to_Memphis/371723
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 7:48 pm
 
ok, i didn't read everyone's comments on this thread cause it got long and boring, but i LOVE great balls of fire! i think its an awesome movie. one of my favorites! so is the buddy holly story starring busey, and la bamba with that guy who was in bats.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 9:11 pm
 
No one coulda played Ritchie Valens' brother like Esai Morales!
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 9:37 pm
 
I think Jesus Christ should play Woody Guthrie. They were a lot alike.
Posted: Jun 8, 2007 10:24 pm
 
Nobody's mentioned Badlands...which I think could classify as a biopic?
Must be one of Spacek's metiers, as Coal Miner's Daughter is one of my favorite movies ever. Levon Helm was great as her father, and Beverly D'Angelo kicked some serious ass as Patsy Cline. And, those women actually did the vocals!

I watched a tiny bit of Bound for Glory last night...it looked awful.

Can't remember La Bamba, never seen Ray, loved both the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller Stories (but Steve Allen was kind of stiff).
Speaking of Woody Harrelson...does 'The People vs. Larry Flint' count as a biopic. I mean, sure it does. That one was really good.
Hell, I even (kind of) liked The Doors. It was so indulgent. That desert Indian? HIlarious.

And, I'll admit to even liking The Jacksons, An American Dream. But Great Balls of Fire has to go down as the worst of the worst!
Posted: Jun 9, 2007 12:14 am
 
I made out briefly with the principal in "Rock'n'Roll High School"-Mary Woronov- late one intoxicated night at the Zero Zero Club.

dude, you HAVE TO tell this to dexter romweber! at the drive invasion in 2003, mary woronov was a special guest (they screened r n r high school i think... anyway some movie or movies she was in) and dex was playing there... he was losing his cool over her... fawning like a little school boy. it was so cute... except he had that guy with shit filled shorts jumping on stage... i think it scared even mary
Posted: Jun 9, 2007 3:11 am
 
La Bamba was OK, Ray was bleh, People vs Larry Flyny was yet anther movie with Memphians in it.

I wouyld love to see someone make a movie in Memphis and cast nary a Memphian, shoot nary an obvious Memphis site and just fucking make a movie without falling to pieces over some bullshit mystique. DO IT!

(yes I am fucking wasted)
Posted: Jun 11, 2007 4:04 pm
 
Speaking of biopics...

Jack White to play Elvis in a spoof of musical biopics like "Walk the Line" and "Ray".
Posted: Jun 11, 2007 5:56 pm
 
(yes I am fucking wasted)

Obviously!
It's damned exciting to see the stuff that makes Memphis Memphis in Memphis-shot movies. Also, it's a great boon for Memphis actors to be cast in them. Working actors are few and far between here. Hell, I once had a husband who had to move to LITTLE ROCK to further his acting career. Now, that's pathetic!
Posted: Jun 11, 2007 10:57 pm
 
Shit, I just want to see a movie made in Memphis that doesnt completely suck...Mystery Train was good, but that was practically 20 years ago....
Posted: Jun 12, 2007 8:31 pm
 
Memphis Porn!
at Black Lodge Vidieo!
Staring the Royal Furniture spokes lady,
and and that Joey Sullipek channel 13 weatherman guy(keep the bowtie on).
Now that's a MEMPHIS MOVIE!
Posted: Jun 12, 2007 8:39 pm
 
I just want to see a movie made in Memphis that doesnt completely suck...Mystery Train was good, but that was practically 20 years ago....
These weren't shot in Memphis ,but nearby in Ark. and Miss.
A Face in the Crowd
Baby Doll
Both Elia Kazan films from around 1956.
Intruder in the Dust filmed in Oxford and starring Claude Jarman JR. ,the kid from The Yearling. All three classics but the last one is my favorite.
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 6:11 am
 
I heard Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic.
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 6:18 am
 
I heard Sacha Baron Cohen is in talks to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic.

so its a comedy?
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 9:23 am
 
he could play it yahoo serious, i think. a genius.

but.... WHO'S BRIAN MAY?

and oh yeah, A FACE IN THE CROWD is complete and utter genius. anyone who hasn't seen it, go check it out.

(additional goner board cred: oblivians did "mama guitar" for a while from this movie. but that's really the least of the reasons to see it. Andy Griffith is brilliant, script is brilliant, whole thing is excellent.)
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 2:06 pm
 

It's damned exciting to see the stuff that makes Memphis Memphis in Memphis-shot movies


I get all annoyed; the most obvious Memphis places get picked (Earnestine and Hazel's etc etc etc) and then they start driving one direction and end up in a totally different area--I could not get past that in 21 Grams. Well, 21 Grams simply sucked. But still. I did appreciate how at least Hustle and Flow shot stuff in areas not everyone knows of Memphis; not like they'd neccessarily have any reason to want to know!

My point is that the people scouting locations are lazy lazy lazy lazy. Get off your ass and explore the city.
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 2:24 pm
 
Shit, I just want to see a movie made in Memphis that doesnt completely suck...
Zemeckis' Cast Away...
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 3:07 pm | Edited by: sixelsix
 
Memphis Porn!
at Black Lodge Vidieo!
Staring the Royal Furniture spokes lady,


That noise you hear in the distance is Scott Rogers' tires squealing.
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 10:27 pm | Edited by: miss linda
 
I want to see a movie about the Ford family,
And I want to play the part of Ophilia!
Fallin' down & drinkin' all the time!
Posted: Jun 21, 2007 9:46 pm
 
but.... WHO'S BRIAN MAY?
How 'bout Danny Masterson?
Posted: Jul 3, 2007 10:21 pm
 
How can u people talk about shitty bio movies and not mention "Your Cheatin Heart" The Hank Williams story with George Hamiliton as Hank..

or Living Proof The Hank Jr. story with John Boy..
Posted: Jul 3, 2007 10:23 pm
 

I just want to see a movie made in Memphis that doesnt completely suck...Mystery Train was good, but that was practically 20 years ago....
These weren't shot in Memphis ,but nearby in Ark. and Miss.

The Greatest movie made in Memphis has to be "The Importance of Being Russell" .. not only is it a great movie but has a cameo by the greatest band to ever come out of Memphis and rock the world...MUNG .I just wish they would have performed their classic songs "Teabag or Fuck The Mayor"
Posted: Jul 4, 2007 5:18 am
 
how bout that new show on espn about the yankees. It's like having 15 biopics in one or something. looks like it might be fifteen times the bad!
Posted: Jul 6, 2007 1:13 am
 
Personally, I liked GBOF, but I did see it when I was about 13.
"You don't move like no virgin," tantilized my young mind, no doubt.
Seeing Dennis Quaid and the Sharks a few weeks back was, in my mind, kind of like seeing Jerry Lee Lewis because that movie was my first exposure to the man. I screamed, as they took a break between songs, "Dennis, play great balls of fire." Unfortunately, by the time it had happened I was aboard the Creole Queen getting loaded.
Posted: Jul 6, 2007 3:37 am
 
yahoo serious

Young Einstein!
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 10:25 pm
 
There is a new parody of walk the line coming out called "Walk Hard" with John C Riley as the Cash character and Jack white as Elvis. Though most likely not filmed in Memphis, it could go either way:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4yzjtnj8Y3U
Posted: Aug 20, 2007 10:41 pm
 
whoops. JPK already posted this when I was in my mother's womb. Whatever. I am always so slow on the Youtube developments....
Posted: Aug 23, 2007 1:27 pm
 
Folks, it looks like we have a new contender, and it's not even out yet:
Cate Blanchet and about a half dozen other actors starring as Bob Dylan during various stages of his life. Trailer here.
Posted: Aug 23, 2007 1:54 pm | Edited by: saispas
 
I am way biased, but I am not ready to put this film to pasture.

The John C. Reilly film, however, looks fucking horrific. I was snarling at the trailer the other night...until the sausage commercial part, which was worth a low brow chortle.
Posted: May 24, 2018 10:55 pm
 
yes. DQ is Gomer Pyle. But it was fun on set.
Posted: Jul 27, 2018 3:37 pm
 
Did anyone get into CHRISTMAS AT GRACELAND or whatever was filming in town recently?
Posted: Jul 27, 2018 3:56 pm
 
Also, props to JEFF POPE for his recent acting successes- Prez Taft!
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