Well, it's going to happen - on June 29.
The Deseret News and Cineplex Odeon Theaters will bring you "Free Movies, Part II: The Classics Continue." Or something like that.Our successful free movie series a couple of weeks ago at the new Cineplex Odeon Holladay Center Cinemas was a bit too successful, as three of the films filled up so fast that almost as many people were turned away as got in.
So, when Cineplex Odeon opens its new Trolley Square four-plex (on the north side of Trolley Square) on June 29, the Deseret News will sponsor another week of free movies (with an original ad from the newspaper necessary for admission).
Of the three sellouts, "Ben Hur" and "Singin' In the Rain" will be shown again, but since "An Affair to Remember" is at the Avalon Theater (3605 S. State) right now for a regular commercial run, we feel that film will have probably played out by the time our second series starts.
So we'll come up with some other Golden Oldie films as well, titles yet to be determined - but we hope they'll be movies you want to see on the big screen.
Keep reading. More information will appear on these pages as we nail down the particulars.
* Since "Red Heat" is bound to top the box office charts next week, you may be interested in knowing what Arnold Schwarzenegger has up his movie sleeve next.
Would you believe a comedy by Ivan Reitman, the director of "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes"? Would you believe Schwarzenegger co-stars with Danny DeVito? Would you believe the film is titled "Twins"?
Then he's due to play "Sgt. Rock," a World War II American GI from the old comic books.
To me that sounds even less believable than "Twins."
After all, wasn't Sgt. Rock a hard-line American soldier who fought the Germans during the war? How can Schwarzenegger play that character, given his pronounced Austrian accent?
Funny you should ask. In this version, Sgt. Rock will be explained as being of German descent. Right.
And I wonder if he'll say at some point, "I'll be back!"
* Speaking of image alterations, Rolling Stone magazine reports that Pee-wee Herman plans to get a bit racy in his new movie "Big Top Pee-wee," which opens in July.
Apparently Pee-wee (as played all too well by Paul Reubens - I worry about that guy) romances "not one, but two, count 'em, two beautiful women," as he says in the theatrical preview for the film. And one of them "takes his innocence," according to Rolling Stone.
I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I want my young children getting a negative lesson about casual sex from Pee-wee Herman. That's tantamount to having the next "Sesame Street" movie reveal that that Bert and Ernie are gay!
* Quote of the week: Chevy Chase, in the June 27 issue of Us magazine, on being directed by George Roy Hill ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Sting"):
"George will not put up with any mugging on my part. He wanted me to really act, and I find acting to be tough. But I'm very hard on myself. I almost invariably think I stink, that I could have done a scene better. But anytime I wanted to add a little color (that) might have been unreal for the character, (George) would say, `Sit, Chevy! Down, boy!"'
* The "Croc" and "Big" held on to the top spots in last week's box office showdown - no surprises there.
"`Crocodile' Dundee II" earned $8 1/2 million, more than enough to keep it in the No. 1 spot. And "Big," on half as many screens, earned $8 million.
The premiere films of the week - "Big Business," "The Presidio" and "Poltergeist III" came in at 3, 4 and 5, respectively. And "Funny Farm" was No. 7.
It should be noted, however, that every one of these films did well, with very respectable earnings across the board. But when you look at the per-screen grosses, it sure puts things into perspective.
"`Crocodile' Dundee II" earned $3,535 per screen in its 2,410 theaters, but "Big" earned $6,967 per screen in 1,134 auditoriums.
"Big Business" and "The Presidio," on more than 1,100 screens each, also earned more than "Croc" per screen - $5,238 and $4,443, respectively.
"Poltergeist III," on 1,471 screens, came up with $2,953 per. And "Funny Farm," in 1,557 screens, earned $2,612 per.
But here are the surprises - "Rambo III" on 2,383 screens could raise only $1,795 per house.
And "Willow" recorded earnings higher than several films that preceded it - $3,103 per screen. "Willow," however, is only on 1,048 screens across the country. So a note to the national press - let's stop calling "Willow" a flop, OK?
Here's the latest national "top 10" countdown, according to Variety, the show business trade paper:
1. "Crocodile" Dundee II, $8 1/2 million ($61 1/2 million, 3 weeks)
2. Big, $8 million ($20 1/2 million, 2 weeks)
3. Big Business, $6 million (first week)
4. The Presidio, $5 million (first week)
5. Poltergeist III, $4 1/2 million (first week)
6. Rambo III, $4 million ($39 1/2 million, 3 weeks)
7. Funny Farm, $4 million ($12 million, 2 weeks)
8. Willow, $3 million ($30 1/2 million, 4 weeks)
9. Beetlejuice, $1 million ($65 1/2 million, 11 weeks)
10. Colors, $991,150 ($41 1/2 million, 9 weeks)