For the most part, I like Oliver Stone’s work

even if he did get really mad at me one time at a press junket for his movie, The Doors. I asked him about that month’s cover of Esquire Magazine, which featured Jim Morrison on its cover and an article inside about Stone’s new movie, written by the most excellent Eve Babitz, a pop culture expert and a former flame of the Lizard King. Babitz had pointed out in the article that, during the ‘60s, “real men” didn’t enlist to go to Vietnam, as Stone did. “Real men” in the ‘60s, countered Babitz, were more like Mick Jagger in Performance – sporting makeup and in a bathtub with two naked women. The story obviously didn’t please Stone and after I brought it up, you could see he wasn’t pleased. Both he and his publicist, the notorious Pat Kingsley, asked me several times after that what my name was and who I wrote for (I guess the hidden threat there was that, like Julia Phillips, I may never eat lunch in that town again for asking “the wrong question” (though I was raised to believe there are no wrong questions; only wrong answers). Had a marvelous time, nevertheless

and the most important things I brought away from that conference were that Kevin Dillon isn’t at all that far removed in real life from his Johnny Drama character (on Entourage) and that Meg Ryan was still dang cute at that point in time (albeit the wrong person to portray Pamela Morrison

I think she got a little irked at me as well when I sort of suggested that)

Anyway, enough with the Hollywood stories. Mr. Stone’s work has always been a hit (Platoon, Wall Street, Salvador) and miss (Alexander, Nixon, etc.) proposition

but I got really excited the other day when someone sent me a link to this:

Looks f-in’ awesome! I’ve been excited ever since the project was announced but the trailer makes it appear that it may be even better than I imagined. Only disappointment is that they didn’t cast Will Ferrell in the title role. He could’ve been perfect!

No truth to rumors that Stone plans to follow this up with his next project, simply titled Kwame, and starring Suge Knight in the title role, Angela Bassett as Christine Beatty, Martha Reeves as herself and Mike Myers as Shrek portraying Ken Cockrel (we kid, we kid).

In other movie news – this one more Detroit related – in case you haven’t heard, Jack White has signed on to do the new James Bond theme as a duet with Alicia Keys. Kind of a weird pairing, eh? The next Bond film (with Daniel Craig back in the title role; he’s good but we still believe there was only one Bond and his name was Connery) is titled Quantum of Solace, and the theme song – “Another Way To Die” – was both written and produced by White, who also played drums on the track. The soundtrack will be available on October 28th

and it’s still anybody’s guess as to whether it’ll be another “Live & Let Die,” “Goldfinger” (awesome – check out Magazine’s cover version sometime) or “Die Another Day” (the lame Madonna Bond theme). Amy Winehouse had been rumored to be the vocalist on the new song but she reportedly hasn’t cleaned up her act enough to get back into a studio. Kinda sad, really

though we’re sure Bob Dylan (he of the Alicia Keys fan base) won’t be at all disappointed.

And, finally, on the Hollywood tip, anybody have any idea as to why Jerry Lewis (not Jerry Lee Lewis; we’re talking the original Nutty Professor) thought he needed to bring a gun to Detroit?

From Yahoo News:

LAS VEGAS - Police say they have confiscated a gun belonging to Jerry Lewis that was found in the 82-year-old entertainer's carryon bag as he prepared to fly to Detroit from Las Vegas.

Las Vegas policeman Bill Cassell said Tuesday that the actor was cited Friday for carrying an unloaded concealed weapon at the Las Vegas airport.

Lewis' manager, Claudia Marghilano, says the handgun is a hollowed-out prop gun that Lewis sometimes twirls during his show. She tells The Associated Press that the gun couldn't fire.

Marghilano says Lewis didn't know the gun was in the bag along with other props.

Cassell says if the gun were merely a prop "it wouldn't be a weapon and we couldn't cite him for carrying a weapon."


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