OK, Thanksgiving is over, the fridge is stuffed with leftover turkey - and so are you.
The holiday season is officially here, and you know what the major movies are going to be over the next few weeks. But what about next year?C'mon! If we can put up Christmas decorations in June (only a slight exaggeration), surely we can ponder next year's movies in November.
So here, once again, in spite of popular demand, are some actual, for-real titles of movies in various stages of production, gleaned from the pages of Variety, the show-biz bible:
Nudist Colony of the Dead
Fire, Ice and My Wife
The Favor, the Watch and the Very Big Fish
Wolves, Sex and Rock
Kiss Your Brains Goodbye
The Phantom of Mongolia
Vampires Always Ring Twice
Life in the Food Chain
Dead Women in Lingerie
Bullet in the Head
Mom and Dad Save the World
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
The Linguini Incident
- THE 100 MOST POWERFUL people in Hollywood! Who are they?
Two recent magazines differ a bit on the subject, though, for the most part, they listed the same folks.
The Nov. 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly had as its cover story, "Power People: The 101 Most Influential People in Entertainment Today."
And the Nov. 26 Us magazine had as its cover story, "The Heavy 100: The Most Powerful People in Entertainment."
Us hedges its bets by listing the top five or 10 names in various categories - categories that often seem to overlap. Entertainment offers a straight list from one to 100.
Most of the names on the list are probably unfamiliar to the average moviegoer, so this sampling sticks pretty much to names you are more likely to know.
The first category in Us is "Movie Studio Chiefs," with the No. 1 power broker being 20th Century Fox CEO Barry Diller. Disney CEO Michael Eisner is No. 2. Eisner got the No. 1 spot for Entertainment's list, which makes no categorical distinctions. Diller was No. 3.
The third Us category is "Movie Actors," with Tom Cruise as No. 1, followed, in order, by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Murphy, Mel Gibson, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis.
The top movie actor on Entertainment's list is Schwarzenegger (No. 8). We don't see another until No. 54 - Bette Midler. Others are Bruce Willis , Meryl Streep , Tom Cruise , Goldie Hawn , Mel Gibson , Jack Nicholson , Robert Redford , Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda .
Then, in Us, come "Movie Producers," with Mario Kassar and Peter Hoffman of Carolco being No. 1 (they made "Total Recall"), followed by Steven Spielberg. In addition to Spielberg, two other directors highlighted as powerful producers are Ron Howard and Rob Reiner In the Us "Movie Directors" list, No. 1 is Tim Burton ("Batman"), followed by Mike Nichols ("Postcards From the Edge"), Sydney Pollack ("Havana"), Oliver Stone ("Born on the Fourth of July") and Woody Allen.
Entertainment lists Spielberg as the top director , with Burton listed in a separate area called "Rising Powers." ("Rising Powers" also includes Jodie Foster and Julia Roberts.) Other directors listed: Pollack , Stone , Barry Levinson ("Avalon," 51), Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing," 52), Allen and Reiner .
As mentioned, it's mostly the same people in varying positions as estimated by these magazines. But there was one real surprise.
Entertainment listed Chicago film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert at No. 10 - ahead of Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg. . . .
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Alan Arkin, co-starring in the upcoming Christmas films "Havana" and "Edward Scissorhands," as well as next summer's "Rocketeer," in an interview with UPI's Vernon Scott:
"I've turned down a lot of parts in recent years. I don't want to spend the rest of my life playing the dentist character I did in `The In-Laws.' "