NEW YORK, May 19: HBO is set to air Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Couturié’s documentary feature Boffo! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters, an official selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
The HBO Documentary Films presentation will air June 20 at 9 p.m. It chronicles the stories behind Hollywood’s biggest box office hits and blunders, featuring interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney, Danny DeVito, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Evans, Morgan Freeman, Brian Grazer, Peter Guber, Alan Horn, Sherry Lansing, Sydney Pollack and Charlize Theron, among others. The films prominently featured in the doc include Jaws, the first movie to make more than $100 million, as well as The Godfather and Titanic. It was inspired by Boffo: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, a book by Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart that will be published June 15 in conjunction with Variety’s 100th anniversary.
Sir Sean Connery has been selected by the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees to receive the 34th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film.
"Sir Sean Connery is an international film icon. Though best remembered for creating one of the great film heroes of all time, his talents transcend typecasting, and his body of work not only stands the test of time, but illuminates a career more extraordinary than James Bond himself. Sir Sean is an artist of the highest order, and AFI is honored to present him with its 34th Life Achievement Award."
The award will be presented to Connery at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 8, 2006. USA Network will broadcast the 34th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute later in June.
BOFFO! TINSELTOWN’S BOMBS AND BLOCKBUSTERS 9 p.m. Thursday the 28th, HBO.
The title says it all: The hits and misses of Hollywood’s movie hype machine are chronicled, in celebration of “Variety’s” 100th anniversary as the industry’s newspaper of record.
Stars and filmmakers talk about what makes a movie a success, or failure, from script to music to ad campaign. Among those commenting are George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Sydney Pollack, Charlize Theron, Sherry Lansing, Pierce Brosnan and Peter Bogdanovich.
On Thursday, there are a couple of cable shows worth noting. The first is HBO's 90-minute documentary "Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters" (at 9), a thoroughly entertaining look at some of Hollywood's biggest movie hits and misses.
It runs through stories of success and failure with a certain randomness, which also generally defines success and failure in the movie business. The industry figured "Jaws" and "Titanic" would be certain losers, and that "Howard the Duck" was "can't miss," though it's hard to see why.
The special is meant to commemorate Variety's 100th anniversary and is based on a book by Variety Editor in Chief Peter Bart called "Boffo: How I Learned To Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb." But it's mostly about the capriciousness of moviemaking, and of all the things that can go wrong, including bad writing, acting, directing, editing and scheduling, not to mention the thousand possible bad decisions by the studio.
Among the many people interviewed for the special are Richard Dreyfuss, Morgan Freeman, Peter Bogdanovich, Charlize Theron, Pierce Brosnan and George Clooney, who calls making a successful movie "controlled luck."
By Gail Pennington THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 06/29/2006
Tops of the night
'BOFFO! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters'
8 p.m. on HBO
HBO celebrates Variety magazine's 100 birthday with this look at Hollywood's biggest smashes - and most memorable misses.
Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart did hard time in the movie biz as an executive, and it is his recent book, "Boffo: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb," that serves as a starting point for this special.
Expect plenty of clips, both and good and bad, as well as insider interviews from a roster that includes George Clooney, Charlize Theron, Steven Spielberg, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Sydney Pollack and Peter Bogdanovich.
For those of you who still can't comprehend that "Howard the Duck" died in the water; for the faithful who refuse to believe that "Ishtar" wasn't a work of pure cinematic genius; for the diehards who own the special-edition editor's cut of "Clan of the Cave Bear," well, maybe this will help provide a bit of perspective.
Sunday, July 09 @ 8am/7C Running Time: 120 Minutes
Nic Harcourt, one of the Nation's most influential radio personalities talks to Si*Se, a New York band that melds hip-hop beats with soul, electronica and Latin rhythms.
Also today: Academy-Award wining composer Elliot Goldenthal and Tony-Award winning director Julie Taymor team up once again Grendel, a pioneering operatic premiere inspired by the Beowulf legend; singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield; now out on DVD, Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear star in Matador; and a panel of experts shed some light on the mysterious world of art theft. Karina Huber hosts.
I think this A&E spot with Pierce and Greg was done during the TIFF last year and is being rebroadcast for the DVD release.
Spike TV Highlights - August 2006 Tuesday July 11, 11:46 am ET
NEW YORK, July 11 /PRNewswire/ --
* BOND DAYS OF SUMMER Spike TV features James Bond movies all this month, telecasting every Tuesday evening in "Casino Cinema," and every Saturday and Sunday starting at 4:00 PM, ET/PT. The schedule includes:
Tuesday, August 1
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999, Action) Renard is a high-tech terrorist with a most unusual -- and deadly -- characteristic: a brain-lodged bullet that renders him totally impervious to pain. When he launches a devious scheme to seize control of the global oil supply, James Bond is the world's only hope.
Sunday, August 6
3:15 - 6:00 PM, ET/PT THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974, TV-PG) Bond is led to believe he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin and must hunt him down to stop him. Starring Roger Moore as Bond and Britt Ekland as Bond Girl Mary Goodnight
6:00 - 9:00 PM, ET/PT THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977, TV-PG) Agent 007 must work with his female Soviet counterpart to find the answer to the disappearance of nuclear missile-carrying submarines. Starring Roger Moore as Bond and Barbara Bach as Bond Girl Major Anya Amasova.
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002, Action) Agent 007 attempts to avert a war of catastrophic proportions by pursuing a traitor of Her Majesty's Secret Service from Korea to Hong Kong to Cuba to London -- and back to Korea again. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, and Toby Stephens.
Tuesday, August 8
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT GOLDFINGER (1964, TV-PG) Investigating a gold magnate's gold smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. Starring Sean Connery as Bond and Honor Blackman as Bond Girl Pussy Galore
Sunday, August 13
3:15 - 6:00 PM, ET/PT A VIEW TO A KILL (1985, TV-PG) Agent 007 faces off against a mad industrialist who plans on cornering the world microchip market by destroying Silicon Valley. Starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, and Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton.
6:00 - 9:00 PM, ET/PT OCTOPUSSY (1983, TV-PG) A Faberge Egg found with a murdered British agent puts Bond on the trail that leads to a plot to kill thousands to weaken NATO defenses in Europe. Starring Roger Moore as Bond and Maud Adams as Bond Girl Octopussy.
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971, TV-PG) Agent 007 goes to Las Vegas to investigate the disappearance of diamonds in transit and discovers the involvement of his archenemy, Blofeld. Starring Sean Connery as Bond and Jill St. John as Bond Girl Tiffany Case.
Tuesday, August 15
9:00 - Midnight, ET/PT TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997, Action/Adventure) When an egotistical media baron is tied to the disappearance of a British battleship, James Bond is sent to investigate. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Yeoh, and Teri Hatcher
Sunday, August 20
3:15 - 6:00 PM, ET/PT LIVE AND LET DIE (1973, TV-PG) Agent 007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroine magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. Starring Roger Moore as Bond and Jane Seymour as Bond Girl Solitaire.
6:00 - 9:00 PM, ET/PT
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983, TV-PG) SPECTRE agents under the command of Ernst Blofeld hold NATO ransom, forcing James Bond to recover the warheads and kill his arch-enemy. Starring Sean Connery as Bond and Kim Basinger as Bond Girl Domino Petachi.
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981, TV-PG) Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. Starring Roger Moore as Bond and Carole Bouquet as Bond Girl Melina Havelock.
Tuesday, August 22
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT
DR. NO (1962, TV-PG) In his first movie, British Agent 007, James Bond, is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murder of a fellow operative. Bond's inquiries soon establish a connection between the death, a spate of recent failures in the US space program, and the mysterious Dr. No. Starring Sean Connery as Bond and Ursula Andress as Bond Girl Honey Ryder.
Sunday, August 27
3:30 - 6:30 PM, ET/PT MOONRAKER (1979) A Boeing 747 carrying a US space shuttle on loan to the UK crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. When the British examine the wreckage they can find no trace of the spacecraft and send agent James Bond to the shuttle's manufacturers, Drax Industries, to investigate.
6:30 - 9:30 PM, ET/PT FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963) James Bond is sent on a mission to Istanbul to try and acquire a Russian cypher machine known as Lektor from a defecting Russian agent. However, the Russians have no knowledge of this as it is a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ploy to lure James Bond into a trap -- a fitting tribute to their now-dead agent Dr. No.
9:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002, Action)
Latter-day James Bond Pierce Brosnan, Steven Spielberg and fellow Scot Craig Ferguson pay homage to the man of the hour on AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery, on Star! at 8 p.m. (Toronto- check for local times) Ian McShane, Tippi Hedren and Mike Myers are in a party mood, along with Harrison Ford, who presents the award.