May 15, 1995 in Features

Able Filmmakers Still Like The ‘Kane’ Of Movie Past

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

And once again the winner is… “Citizen Kane.”

The 1941 film, directed by Orson Welles and cowritten by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, was named the best movie ever made by a poll of more than 60 filmmakers conducted by the British magazine Time Out.

Other nods went to Alfred Hitchcock (Best Director), Marlon Brando and Katharine Hepburn (Best Actor, Actress).

The list was heavily weighted toward classics. While Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” was ranked No. 2., his “Apocalypse Now” and Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” were the only two films made in the last two decades to rank among the top 20.

Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” finished at No. 49 (out of 50).

Loose talk

Shirley MacLaine on publicity: “If celebrities don’t want to be written about in a salacious way, they should be more forthcoming about what’s really going on. Then it’s neutralized and they have the privacy they desire. To withhold a lot only creates more prurient interest. There’s never been one story in the scandal mags about me and my metaphysics.”

Hey, there’s that new novel by… zzzzzzzzzzz

Jeffrey Archer turns 55 today

So, SHE was ‘Inspected by No. 39’

When asked to describe the worst job she ever had, actress Rene Russo remembers with enthusiasm. “It was horrible,” she said. “I would take the (eye glass) lens out of its tray, look at it, wash it off, then I’d pass it on. Pretty soon - I have to be honest - I would take the tray and just pass it through. It was just so boring, and I knew other inspectors would catch it.”

So she died her hair green and the rest is history

Alison Elliott, star of Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Underneath,” was inspired by “The Muppet Movie.” “I thought, if a frog could follow his dream to Hollywood, I might have a chance,” she said.

It IS, however, important that we go to films that he directs

The question: “Is it important for you to be taken seriously as a director?” The answer: “No, it’s not important.” The questioner: Interview magazine. The questioned: Mel Gibson, who was talking about his new film “Braveheart.”

Big deal, no way a shotgun will bring down a chopper

Tabloid types should get combat pay for following the Tommy Lee-Pamela Anderson story. The two just-marrieds live in Malibu, and “American Journal” producer Jeremy Spiegel reported that Lee pointed a shotgun at him and his camera crew as they tried to film the outside of Lee’s house.

That’s what you get for not respecting your Elders

Not that you asked, but ex-Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders told Playboy magazine her opinion of a few Washington types. Among then, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (“an Uncle Tom”) and House Speaker Newt Gingrich (“a very smooth politician” whose only “interest is with himself”).

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by staff writer Dan Webster

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