The embargo is off Cloud Atlas, the Wachowski siblings’ sprawling opus in which the actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, etc.) play multiple characters from different times, races and even genders. More later, but I will say this: Hollywood makeup has not advanced far enough for white people to play Asians without looking like either Vulcans or Romulans.
Believe it or not, 35 years later, The Village People still claim there’s nothing gay about their act.
In his film The Secret Disco Revolution, documentarian Jamie Kastner manages to anger ALL the Village People by refusing to get off the subject of gayness (insisting he didn’t care about their personal orientations, just about their image). Through the interview they ask repeatedly if they’re almost done. At the end of the movie, one of them puts Kastner in a headlock, and only looks half-joking.
Their demurrals aside, Henri Belolo – who created the band with business partner Jacques Morali and helped shape songs like YMCA, Macho Man and In The Navy – admits on camera that, yes, the songs were all double entendres based on Jacques’ experiences in the ‘70s gay scene in New York’s Greenwich Village.
But don’t tell the Construction Worker, the Cowboy and the Leatherman that.
The Monty Python gang’s predilection for mordant humour apparently doesn’t stop at dead parrots.
There was John Cleese’s actually quite sweet, “Good riddance to him, the freeloading bastard. I hope he fries,” eulogy for Graham Chapman in 1989.
There was Eric Idle’s tribute at George Harrison’s funeral, in which he began by acknowledging Marlborough, “without whom we wouldn’t be here today.”
And this weekend at TIFF, Bill Jones (Terry Jones’ son), Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlet – co-directors of the tribute film A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman – posed for TV interviews with tobacco pipes. Pipe-smoking was a personal trademark of Chapman, who died of throat cancer in 1989.
Everybody do the No-Promotion
Robert Redford’s not doing a press conference at TIFF (and darned little else) for his director/starring turn in The Company You Keep, and star Shia LaBeouf is a no-show.
There’s no presser for Bill Murray’s much-talked-about turn as FDR in Hype Park On The Hudson (loveable flake Murray will supposedly be here for the red carpet, but he’s more likely to crash your golf tournament or birthday party than do an interview).
And what about Oscar winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)? So far, no appearance and no promotion at TIFF for his latest film Arthur Newman.
Co-star Olivia Blunt – who IS talking a lot about her part in the Bruce Willis/Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie Looper – admits she’s disappointed not to be doing press for Arthur Newman.
“I guess it’s because it’s not very big – it only cost about $7 million – and we found out rather late that the film would be in Toronto,” she says about its non-promotion.
“But people will see it and it’s very strange and beautiful. My sweet friend Colin and I play kind of social outcasts who try and escape their miserable pasts and identities. And they find solace in each other in the most unconventional love story.”