Two of cinema’s most proficient, actor Ben Gazzara and filmmaker/writer Zalman King have left us for the multiplex in the sky.
Gazzara, 81, probably best known to readers as the villain in Swayze ‘gem’ “Roadhouse” (1989), succumbed to Pancreatic cancer. His many other film and television credits include “Anatomy of a Murder”, “The Strange One”, “Run for Your Life” and “The Big Lebowski”.
Bloody great actor. Big-ass loss.
Zalman King, 69, is a name most of our readers will recognize; he was the man who gave us our jollies throughout the ’80s and early ’90s with such soft-porn classics as “Nine and a Half Weeks” (he co-wrote the pic), “Two Moon Junction”, and TV’s “Red Shoe Diaries”. Some might also remember that King was an actor before he started concealing himself behind the lens, starring in films like “Galaxy of Terror”.
Though “Two Moon Junction” was obviously the high-point of King’s directing career, it’s “Wild Orchid” that probably received the most publicity. Aside from causing quite a ruckus and garnering lots of attention when it was screening at the Drive-In I worked at as a youngster (it’s rumoured barrage of 18+ sex scenes led to many asking if I could sneak them in), the movie got lots of attention because of how real Mickey Rourke and Carre Otis’s sex scenes were – it was said that they weren’t actually pretending to screw onscreen. That was the real thing. The movie was atrocious, but it certainly gained a reputation and quickly.
Both Gazzara and King, specifically for their work in “Roadhouse” and “Two Moon Junction”, respectively, played a big part in my cinematic diet back in the ’80s. Thanks for all your fun, hot, tight nights gentlemen.
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.