December 31, 2003

DVDs Show How Crime Did Pay for Future Stars
By Diane Werts STAFF WRITER
December 31, 2003

DVD REVIEWS WISEGUY: MEL PROFITT. Kevin Spacey’s star-making arc as the insanely incestuous crime kingpin. Twelve episodes on four discs, StudioWorks, $60. It’s so great when you can spot the moment a star is born. That’s the thrill of watching this week’s second DVD release from CBS’ great “Wiseguy” series, featuring FBI mole Ken Wahl and an ever-changing cast of explosive evil-doers, bystanders and outrageous looney tunes.

Kevin Spacey does the honors in these 1988 episodes, bolting out of career nowhere playing perhaps the biggest nut job cooked up by series creator Stephen J. Cannell. His Mel Profitt is a profoundly disturbed criminal genius the likes of which viewers had never seen, not in an era when bad guys tended to be just-plain-bad or, in “enlightened” dramas, sociologically explained. Spacey’s character – who commits crimes and other acts alongside bombshell sibling Joan Severance – was so tightly wound, he bounced all over the screen like a Super Ball, just because. Because he was manic-depressive. Because he was “devoted” to his sister. Because he knew he was going down in flames and wanted to be a really, really big fireball.

The actor goes for broke here, all frenzied fun one minute, morosely suicidal the next, with no warning or provocation. “He ripped the cover off the ball every time he was onscreen,” Cannell says in a sharp new 15-minute bonus interview, followed by 17 great minutes of Spacey delightedly dissecting the “scale of bizarre” in the role he knows made him.

The episodes themselves are a cockeyed mix of moneyed skin-and-coke parties, Tennessee hills moonshining, munitions and drug running, internal spy agency politics and Third World-nation overthrow. Not to mention Profitt’s obsession with Malthusian economics. Spacey credits the early days of TV as his let-loose inspiration, after golden-age star Jack Lemmon advised him to “approach your work with total abandon.” That sense of exhilarating freedom helps forgive these episodes’ dated melodrama and powers them toward classic status.

Newsday.com

December 30, 2003

Drat! My local Hollywood Video does not have the new Wiseguy DVD set today. They still have the Season 1, Part 1 discs, but no Season 1, Part 2. I’m very disappointed in you, local Hollywood Video. It was bad enough that someone had the brilliant idea to remodel the store and got rid of almost everything *I* like to rent, but this .. don’t you feel ashamed?

They *do* have the Ordinary Decent Criminal VHS tape on the wall though. But I already have that in my own Spacey library.

DVD Review Forget all those film critics who are naming The Life of David Gale as one of the worst films of 2003. I want the news page to end the year on a positive note and since it doesn’t look like Kevin is going to do anything to help us out himself in the next day and a half, I guess we’ll end on a positive review of the new Wiseguy DVD set that officially hits the stores today.

Monday, December 29th, 2003 

New York Daily News Make Room For Spacey by David Bianculli

More ‘Wiseguy’ is out on DVD The first time I saw Kevin Spacey, he was playing the brilliant, bipolar international arms dealer and crime lord Mel Profitt in the CBS series “Wiseguy.” That was in 1988, years before Spacey launched to full-blown stardom on stage and screen in “The Usual Suspects,” “American Beauty” and “The Iceman Cometh.” Yet anyone who saw Spacey in that groundbreaking TV show, starring in an 11-episode arc as a madman who quoted the sociological theories of Thomas Malthus and injected mood-altering drugs between his toes, most likely remembers him, and it. And his creepy and enigmatic catch phrase, “Only the toes knows.”

Beginning today, “Wiseguy” fans need no longer rely on memory. The “Profitt” arc of “Wiseguy” – 11 episodes, plus a bonus stand-alone episode reprising one of its characters – is released today as a four-DVD set ($59.99) from StudioWorks Entertainment and Stephen J. Cannell Productions. Between the episodes and its extras, it’s a wonderful, eye-opening compilation. “Wiseguy,” which starred Ken Wahl as undercover agent Vinnie Terranova, was launched in 1987 as Vinnie began the slow-but-sure infiltration of the Sonny Steelgrave crime family. Ray Sharkey’s electrifying performance as Sonny, over a half-season guest shot that gathered momentum with the subtlety of a symphony, set a high bar for the next guest star.

What we learn from the supplementary material on this second “Wiseguy” DVD set (the “Steelgrave” arc was released earlier), according to interviews with both Spacey and series co-creator Cannell, is that there was another actor set to play Mel Profitt. We don’t learn his name, but we do know that he went into rehab instead, leaving the “Wiseguy” producers scrambling for a last-minute, fresh-faced replacement. Spacey fit the bill, and reluctantly (as he tells in a lengthy, very funny story) took the part – then ran with it. This second “Wiseguy” arc gives us not only Spacey’s loose, volatile, star-making turn as Mel, but the dazzlingly beautiful Joan Severance (in her first role) as Mel’s unhealthily devoted sister, Susan; William Russ as Roger Lococco, Mel’s mysterious right-hand man, and, as Vinnie’s boss, the gifted actor Jonathan Banks.

Smaller but important roles, in this arc, were played by Melanie Chartoff, David Spielberg and, in her first big mainstream role, Traci Lords. The plot of the Profitt arc, which Cannell and executive producer David Burke guided with gifted abandon, went everywhere from backwoods Southern farms to Canadian domed baseball stadiums, and predated yet predicted everything from the Oliver North hearings to the involved episodic story lines of “Murder One,” “Alias” and “24.” One episode in this DVD set features an audio commentary by Wahl, but it’s as wooden as much of his acting.

Viewers will have much more fun watching Spacey act – and, in the supplementary interview, watching him tell some of the stories behind “Wiseguy.”  Russ, Severance, Cannell, Burke and others are on hand, too, making the interview disk almost as entertaining as the vintage “Wiseguy” episodes. Both elements are a very welcome treat.

December 26, 2003

It’s that time of year again. When film critics release their picks for best and worst movies of the past year. Bad news .. he’s on the same list as ‘Gigli’.

USA TODAY

The worst: Drat that ‘Cat’ and other bottom-feeders by Mike Clark and Claudia Puig

Claudia’s picks: #8. The Life of David Gale. Kevin Spacey stars as a death row inmate and former college professor being interviewed by Kate Winslet, who plays an intrepid reporter named Bitsy. There’s not an itsy bitsy reason for this movie to have been made. Nor can we understand why actors such as Spacey, Winslet and Laura Linney signed on.

New York Post

10 WORST: ‘GIGLI’ SETS A NEW J. LOW  by Lou Lumenick

December 26, 2003 — THERE were so many clunkers this year that it would be easy to fill this list 10 times over, but these bombs failed in new and interesting ways:

#4 (a tie) GOTHIKA and THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE“: Oscar winners Halle Berry and Kevin Spacey, respectively, embarrass themselves in a pair of ludicrous thrillers.

But on the good news side, the Philadelphia Inquirer says that A Bug’s Life is a triumph on all counts.

December 23, 2003

Variety.com DVD REVIEW: Star’s mob arc has kitschy cachet MICHAEL SPEIER Sunday, Dec. 21, 7:00pm EST

Kevin Spacey’s appearance on CBS’ tough-guy drama “Wiseguy” is hardly the pop culture event it’s always touted to be by obsessive tube-aholics who bathe in this kind of guest trivia.

Simply a dramatic arc by a talented actor who — at the time — was still just a New York stage thesp, the show’s 11 episodes have nonetheless cultivated a certain gold-card status as one of the most memorable “future star” appearances ever on network television. So much so that the storyline, known as “The Profitt Arc” has been released on a four-disc set from small distribution squad StudioWorks Entertainment.

The show was something different in Stephen Cannell’s roster of hits. It’s predecessors, from “Hunter” to “The A-Team” were always cited as part of the dumbing down of America — bullets and babes, the main reasons — while his more respected efforts (“The Rockford Files,” “The Commish”) were still by-the-books executions.

So here came “Wiseguy” in 1987, and it developed into something of an institution among its faithful. More character driven and, yes, more in tune with the power of stunt casting — Ray Sharkey, Jerry Lewis, Ron Silver  — than the average skein, show hit what many consider to be its apex when Spacey and Joan Severance appeared as creepy criminal brother-sister act Mel and Susan Profitt.

But more noteworthy than Spacey’s time on the show is the plot itself, with Mel engaging in an incestuous relationship with sis (certainly a first for primetime) as lead Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) infiltrated the family business while falling for Susan.

As for Spacey’s approach to his character, it was a manic execution; he would throw plates and tote around a “Scarface”-like obsession for Susan — indeed, that and “The Godfather” were Spacey’s inspirations — while she would shoot heroin cocktails between her bro’s toes to calm him down. Cannell says, in one of several interviews on the presentation’s bonus feature disc, that that kind of disturbing treatment of a brother-sister had never been on television.

Whether that makes “Wiseguy” special or just icky is still debatable, but viewing the show at a distance is more kitschy than it is important in the timeline of great television and the characters who shaped it. Production elements for the show, which ran until 1990, are gritty but on the low-end of today’s “ER”-like standards, and the execution of the episodes still bring to mind Quinn Martin productions from the 1970s more than great art.

Discs contain the 11 Profitt episodes, audio commentary from Ken Wahl — but no interview — and sit-downs with Cannell and exec producer David Burke along with stars Spacey, Severance, William Russ and Elsa Raven.

Stars: Ken Wahl, Jonathan Banks, Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, William Russ, Elsa Raven.

Copyright © 2003 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. Variety is a registered trademark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. and used under license. All Rights Reserved.

December 21, 2003 I just spent the morning baking sugar cookies and hopefully won’t spend the rest of the day eating them. I found the recipe in the Food section of Wednesday’s Washington Post. Delicious!

Thanks to Marilyn and Vivian for the answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame question a few days ago.

December 19, 2003  An extra special Happy Birthday! to my sister Suzanne, who wishes to remain anonymous.

December 18, 2003

Spacey stars Does anyone remember the exact location of Kevin’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

December 8, 2003

Grrr or is that brrr? It’s so COLD! I was going to spend the weekend working on some site updates between trips outside to shovel the driveway but had web host problems again. If you tried to use anything with a form, such as the feedback forms or polls, they’re working now.

Old news? I don’t remember if I posted this a while back, so I’ll post it today anyway. On the Old Vic site, you can find a page introducing Kevin as the new Artistic Director. There is also a page containing a statement by Kevin on his acceptance of the job. After going to their site, click on ‘New Artistic Director’ which is in the left-hand column. Once on Kevin’s page, click on ‘Statement Of The Future’ to read Kevin’s words. I’d post them here, but I think they’d like everyone to go look at their site. I wonder who chose the Spacey picture used?

http://www.oldvictheatre.com/

Poll news I dragged out one of the old polls and updated it a tiny bit. In honor of the wintry weather we’ve been experiencing in the United States this week. It’s called Frozen Spacey. You can find it here.

December 3, 2003

Comingsoon.net is now listing the release date of The United States of Leland as April 2, 2004. Still a limited release, I’m afraid.

Comingsoon.net also announces the new Edison film.

Thanks to Kotomi for the above items. Kotomi also told me about a short interview Kevin did for The Life of David Gale earlier in the year at Chud.com.

Kevin is actually going to be in another movie!

I swiped this from the Legacy group. Posted by Beck and Josie. Kevin’s name highlighted by me:

Variety December 3, 2003

MILLENNIUM FILMS POWERS UP ‘EDISON’ Thesps sign up for Burke’s writing, directing bow By Dana Harris “Edison” will be the next picture for Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and LL Cool J. Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films will produce the $25 million – budgeted pic, which is scheduled to begin shooting in Vancouver Feb. 27. David Burke (“Law & Order: Special Victims’ Unit”) will make his feature writing and directing bow. In “Edison,” a young journalist uncovers an elite unit of corrupt cops. Realizing that he’s over his head, he makes an uneasy alliance with a burnt-out reporter (Freeman) and the DA’s ace investigator (Spacey). Randall Emmett and George Furla produce “Edison” with Avi Lerner. Millennium will finance “Edison” and handle worldwide distribution. Pic falls under Emmett/Furla’s ongoing relationship with Millennium. Spacey is currently directing and starring in “Beyond the Sea,” in which he portrays Bobby Darin opposite Kate Bosworth.

Freeman, who most recently starred in “Bruce Almighty,” will next appear opposite Owen Wilson in “The Big Bounce” for Warner Bros. Pictures. James Todd Smith (aka LL Cool J) most recently starred in “S.W.A.T.” for Columbia Pictures. He will next be seen in Dimension Films’ “Mindhunters.” Burke began his career as a writer on Michael Mann’s NBC crime drama “Crime Story.” He was also an executive producer, writer and director for CBS’ “Wiseguy.” Emmett/Furla is now in post with Millennium on “Control” starring Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Rodriguez and on “Loverboy,” starring Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei and Matt Dillon. Emmett/Furla is also in post on “A Love Song For Bobby Long,” which Screen Gems will release next year.

Entrance page picture I changed the site entrance page picture again. It’s a cropped version of the photo that appeared in the October 1991 edition of GQ.

December 1, 2003

For Trine who had a question .. Trine, I tried to email you but it came back as undeliverable, so the answer to your question is Kate Bosworth. She’s co-starring in Kevin’s film about Bobby Darin and the cast had their pictures taken at a press conference in Germany a few weeks ago.

November 28, 2003

In my quest to find something, anything, to post. I found this item today. It was in a column about movies that are, well, turkeys. This paragraph followed one about Gwyneth Paltrow. Dated yesterday from the Page Six gossip column in the New York Post:

Page Six by Lou Lumenick

GOBBLEDYGOOK

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Gwynie may as well have been joined by the insufferable Kevin Spacey in “The Life of David Gale,” a ludicrous anti-death penalty melodrama that succeeded only in making a pretty good case for euthanizing its writer-director, Alan Parker.

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November 25, 2003

I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping the site up to date on the latest news of Kevin and the Darin film, but I haven’t been feeling well lately and when I’ve had the time to update the news, I haven’t felt like doing it. I’ve added a few things to the Beyond the Sea section today though.

November 19, 2003

I switched the site entrance page photo with the Photographs entrance page picture.

November 16, 2003

Pony skin on the walls and TV in the lavatory: BBC’s suites for superstars By Ian Burrell, Media and Culture Correspondent

15 November 2003

The walls are decorated with tiles covered in pony skin, the power shower gushes on to decking and grey pebbles, the lavatory has a 12-inch television screen built into a mirror above the sink.

Welcome to BBC Television Centre, the once notoriously shabby headquarters of public service broadcasting and now home to some of the most luxurious rooms in Britain.

For five months, a team of elite designers has been makingsix “Superstar Suites” so swanky that stars such as Madonna and Beyoncé Knowles will feel more at home while they powder their noses.

The cost of the project is believed to have run into six figures but BBC Resources – which yesterday unveiled the new facilities – refused to give details of its expenditure, claiming the matter was a commercial secret.

Stars who have already sampled the luxury suites include Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Spacey and Clint Eastwood.

The opulence is stunning, given that the poor state of the BBC building in Shepherd’s Bush, London, has been the butt of jokes by the BBC’s presenters.

Richard Philipps, head of BBC studios, justified the expense by saying that the former facilities would not “produce the creative performances” expected from the stars.

And so BBC Resources hired GA Designs, a company that specialises in decorating the interiors of five-star hotels and fashionable restaurants.

The suites have oiled teak timber floors and leather sofas from Minotti, a top Italian designer. There are cow hide Ottoman-style footstools; one table is made from walnut and another – designed by Torelli – is glass. A huge plasma television screen on a wooden platform dominates the room.

The pony skin tiles (made from imported Italian hides and sold for £600 a square metre at the exclusive London leather specialist Alma House) are in an adjoining sleeping area above a leather day bed and next to another television sunk into the wall.

In the corridor, a projector has been installed to beam the name of the star on the door of his or her suite.

Mr Philipps said: “Once upon a time you would have found the stars queuing up at the BBC canteen at 5pm with the rest of us for food. Those days are gone.”

Older BBC dressing rooms had previously been patched up with yellow paint, white ceiling tiles and blue linoleum floors. Mr Philipps said the rooms had been given “little more than a cursory decoration for many years” and that it was “quite clear we needed to start from scratch”.

He described the theme of the redecorated rooms as “entertainment, fun, wow”, but acknowledged that materials of “longevity and robustness” had been used where possible because of the tendency of celebrities to trash rooms. The carpet in one suite was already stained yesterday.

BBC Resources, which was set up with licence-fee money but is run commercially to generate profits for BBC programmes, said it charged BBC departments and outside production companies £200 a day for the Superstar Suites and £50 for a less lavish room.

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Kevin will be participating in a celebrity-laden effort to get young people to vote. The program is being spear-headed by television producer, Norman Lear.

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November 9, 2003

London News… UK Roundup  by Jake Brunger

Despite the somewhat poor success of The Full Monty in London, actor turned producer Kevin Spacey is beginning casting for a new stage adaptation of the other British hit – Billy Elliot. Due to begin in out-of-town tryouts in Newcastle, an appropriate venue for the Northern setting, Billy Elliot: The Musical is the first musical to be produced by Old Vic Productions and is a collaboration between them and Working Title films. Stephen Daldry, the film’s director will also direct the stage production and Lee Hall, the film’s writer, writes the book and lyrics to Elton John’s score. Billy Elliot is about a boy who turns to ballet dancing against his father’s wishes, but also homes in on Britain’s mining situations.

Thanks to Josie at Legacy.

October 30, 2003

You know how all the cable stations show horror movies on Halloween? TNT is showing Pay It Forward. I’m not making that up.

The site is now 3 years old now. Three years and 3 days to be precise. I’ll use one of Kevin’s favorite words and say it’s been quite a “journey”, especially the last month. I feel like I’ve been on an “elevator” that keeps getting stuck between floors. A big thanks to everyone who has helped along the way.

October 29, 2003

UK Spacey #1 On BBC4’s Midweek program this morning, one of the guests was Alan Parker (director, Life of David Gale) who mentioned that some film actors were difficult to work with. He was pressed for names, but declined. The presenter then asked what Kevin was like to work with. Parker immediately said that he was at the other end of the range, and was a delight to work with, and he thought that might be partly because he came from the theatre, and that actors who’d started out in the theatre were generally easier.

UK Spacey #2 A Peoplenews.com gossip item about Jude Law’s (remember him from MGGE?) girlfriend repeated the story of how she met Kevin in a bar and told him ‘I can’t believe I’m sitting next to Kevin Bacon.’ And Kevin said ‘Spacey,’ and she said ‘Yeah, it is, isn’t it?’

Thanks to Vivienne and Becky for the peoplenews.com piece. October 28, 2003

Ok, I’ve been having all sorts of site problems again, but they seem to be fixed now. I’ll update any news and answer any emails I’ve received the past few days later this evening. *The polls are updated and I’ve added a new Halloween poll. Now I just need to update a few news items that, um, what’s his name again? Oh, that’s right! A few items about Kevin Spacey that popped up in the past week and answer the mail.

October 26, 2003

Shameless self-promotion: 

Driving Mr. Spacey! has been named Website of the Week on a Avril Lavigne web site.

http://avrilonline.de.vu/

Click on “site der woche” on the left side of the screen.

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:: www :: website der woche Als “Website der Woche” könnt Ihr jede Website empfehlen, die Euch gefällt – wie gesagt auch Eure eigene. Das können sogenannte “Personality” – Sites sein oder Webseiten über Avril, andere SängerInnen / Bands, SchauspielerInnen etc. Wenn Ihr einen Vorschlag machen möchtet, schreibt uns einfach eine Mail mit der URL eurer Site und einem 100×35-Banner.

:: diese woche…

…Driving Mr. Spacey. Durch eine Fahrt in einem imaginären Auto werden dem Besucher jede Menge Infos über Kevin Spacey und seine Filme präsentiert; zusätzlich gibt es viele Nebeninfos und natürlich jede Menge Fotos. Interessant ist vorallem der Aufbau und die Gestaltung der Site – nach dem “Einsteigen” gelangt über die Site Map zu den verschiedenen Themen. Besonders gut fanden wir die Themenbereiche. Hinter “Mr. Spacey’s Drive-In” verbirgt sich so zum Beispiel seine Filmographie. Fazit: Spitzen Webseite, bei der sich eine Mitfahrt auf alle Fälle lohnt! // www.drivingmrspacey.com <snip>

The picture from the Spacey Drive-in page that is used was made by Jaye from the Triple Threat forum. Jaye kindly allows me to use it for the Drive-in page photo.

Thanks, Phillip!

October 24, 2003 Spacey hobbies Shirley MacLaine says that her dog co-authored her latest book…Jamie Lee Curtis and Prince Charles have written childrens’ stories…Dame Edna Everage gave Sharon Osbourne a purse made from a kangeroo’s scrotum…Kevin Spacey collects antique ashtrays…So Solid Crew member Harvey has signed for AFC Wimbledon.

So says Peoplenews.com. Thanks, Vivienne.

October 21, 2003

Jeff Bridges’ book “Pictures” is out now and there are supposed to be a few photos with Kevin.

There’s also a new book about Saturday Night Live (I *think* it’s called ‘Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests’) and somewhere around page 502, Tiny Fey talks about how prepared Kevin was and how great he was – he knew exactly what he wanted to do and everything was very well planned. *Make that Molly Shannon instead of Tina Fey. No picture of Kevin. Just that one mention in the book.  

Thanks, anonymous.

Spacey Pics Picture above is last year’s Halloween picture, remember?

October 17, 2003

FYI When the Wiseguy DVD set with Kevin’s Profitt arc comes out in December, you should be able to rent the individual 2 episode DVDs at Hollywood Video if you don’t want to buy all of the episodes as a set. I only say this because they are renting the first set of Wiseguy DVDs by the 2 episode DVD right now. That is Season 1, Part 1. Kevin’s episodes will be found in the Season 1, Part 2 set.

Spacey Math Remember how Kevin said he’s bad at math? And remember the confusion several years ago when he said in an interview that he has 3 dogs but has only named Legacy and little Mini? While the site was off the air, I was trying to label some of my old video tapes and while watching Kevin on The View from I think the Shipping News appearance, I heard him tell the ladies that he had “several” dogs, Legacy and Mini. He used the terms “all” and “both” interchangeably too.

I hope he has someone else do his taxes. He seems to have a problem with numbers.

October 16, 2003

Here’s a little something new to read. Thought I’d put it here instead of the Darin news today. 

Note: interview with Donna Steele – understudy in “Modern Millie” > But she feels her latest break – as Amanda Holden’s understudy in the Oscar-winning Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, which opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London later this month – is her biggest yet. Donna said: “I still can’t really believe it is happening to me. Every day I’m working with Maureen Lipman and Sheila Ferguson and Amanda Holden. And they are all such talented people. The other day we were rehearsing and I found out Kevin Spacey was rehearsing his new film upstairs. “One minute I was chatting to Maureen Lipman and the next she was introducing me to Kevin Spacey. I nearly fell over. It just didn’t feel real. ” < ~

I added a review of the David Gale DVD to the David Gale reviews. I think I know why we haven’t seen much of Kevin lately. He’s hiding out until the critics forget the film. Thanks for the review, Vivienne.

October 15, 2003

Good grief! I’m sorry the site has been offline for the past two weeks. It appears that my web host company took a powder and didn’t bother to inform anyone before they disappeared.

I’ve had to find another web host, transfer the site and all that jazz. I haven’t had time to change the email addresses needed for various things on the site yet, so for now the webmaster addy, feedback forms, movie review forms and the polls do not work. *The only thing not working properly yet is the webmaster addy so I took it off the entrance page. Just ignore it anywhere else that you may see it.

If you need to contact me for anything, you can use this email link: email me and with any luck, I’ll have everything back in working order in a few days. I hope!

A big thank you to those who helped me with finding a new server, offered advice, commiserated with me while I was mostly griping, complaining and generally feeling very sorry for myself. Not that there was anything wrong with that.

I lost all the hit counters from the past three years. Since January 1, 2003 I had been keeping track of the hits on the main news page to see how many hits there were in a year but I don’t know what it was on when the site went poof 2 weeks ago. I guess I’ll have to start over. Oh, well.

Here’s what’s been happening Spacey-wise since the site went off the air 2 weeks ago .. The DVD for ‘Consenting Adults’ was supposed to be in the store as of yesterday. Kevin and Bob Hoskins recorded a song for the ‘Beyond The Sea’ soundtrack. I have another DVD review for ‘The Life of David Gale’ to post. This one from the UK. Steve Martin may do the Pink Panther movie that Kevin turned down years ago. Maybe you should take a hint from Kevin, Mr. Martin. There’s only one Inspector Clouseau. Seems like there was something else .. it’ll come to me later.

October 1, 2003

Salon.com I was reading an article about the differences between actresses from the past present, at Salon.com this morning. Kevin’s name popped up when they started comparing actors then and now and as often seems to happen these days, it wasn’t exactly uplifting.

Desperately seeking Susan by Laura Warrell

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Boys today are all good looks and manufactured edge. Even the old standbys have lost it. Once a dragon of lusciously ambiguous sexual and psychological trickery, Kevin Spacey has become a slightly more interesting Tom Hanks groveling for Oscar nominations.

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On the more positive side, I followed some Salon.com Spacey links to an old October 2000 review of Pay It Forward and the writer says that PIF is going to be an enormous hit!

Oh.

This was on Yahoo News this morning: 

IFC in ‘Search’ of Tribute to Helmer Demme By Andrew Wallenstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – The Independent Film Channel has begun production on a tribute to the late director Ted Demme.

Scheduled for release late next year, “In Search of Ted Demme” will feature a cavalcade of actors remembering the filmmaker, who died in January 2002 after amassing credits that include “Blow” and “The Ref.” The film will be executive produced by Richard LaGravenese, who directed “A Decade Under the Influence” with Demme, as well as Denis Leary and Jim Serpico of Apostle Pictures, together with Demme’s wife, Amanda Scheer-Demme.

Leary will be joined onscreen by fellow thespians and producers who worked with Demme, including Kevin Spacey, Johnny Depp, Ellen DeGeneres), Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver.

“Search” will get a brief run on the film festival circuit before moving to IFC. The tribute also will be released on DVD.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

September 25, 2003

Court TV Kevin got a quick mention on Court TV today. No, he’s hasn’t been arrested. The guy who wrote the book ‘Bringing Down The House’ about the card-counting, blackjack-playing MIT students was a guest on the Catherine Crier show.

At the end of the segment, Crier said that his book was being turned into a movie by one of her favorite, favorite actors, Kevin Spacey. The book’s author (whose name escapes me at the moment) said that yes it was and that Kevin would be producing and possibly would be starring in the film.

We already knew that much, but it was funny to hear Kevin’s name mentioned between stories about people on trial for murder.

Beyond The Sea Kevin signs his emails ‘BD’? I added a new item on the Darin news page. Thanks to Poppy.

September 19, 2003

Last week’s Spacey-ish news There was something about an exchange program or something between playwrights in New York City and the Old Vic Theatre in London. I don’t remember the exact details, but Kevin’s name was mentioned as the artistic director of the Old Vic. There was a phone number to call or an email link to use if you were interested, but I don’t remember what it was.

There was another story about some celebrity who was recording some rap song that made fun of other people and Kevin was either going to be rapping on it or was going to be mentioned. I’m not sure which. Either way ..

Then Kevin’s name was mentioned in an article about bad movies and big stars or big movies with bad stars or something like that and the writer said Kevin should have stopped making movies after he won his second Oscar. The one for American Beauty.

Personally, I always thought the problem was that he got an Oscar and a lot of accolades for a movie and performance that weren’t really that good and *that* is the problem, but no one asked me so as anyone who knows me will tell you, I keep all opinions to myself.

I’ll try to track down those articles mentioned above. My mail is a mess today. Or maybe it’s my brain. Something seems water-logged, that’s for sure.

A little bit of fan news on the Leland news page now and I hope to do the polls tonight.

September 18, 2003

Hurricane Isabel was not a friendly visitor to my part of the country so I was without power from the wee hours of Friday morning until late yesterday afternoon.

I’m going to try to do a few news and poll updates tonight if I have the time and energy. Or maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. I’m totally drained.

I’ll also have a report about The United States of Leland at the Deauville Film Festival. That will be thanks to Marie. Thanks, Marie.

September 17, 2003

Good news The Life of David Gale is now available on DVD in the UK. Thanks, Vivienne. Bad news A UK fan reports that the teletext review of David Gale on Channel 4 says this: “… another duff choice for the increasingly unreliable Kevin Spacey …” and only gives the movie one star. Ouch! Has Kevin Spacey or his fans ever seen those words in print before?

September 16, 2003

Rocket Gibraltar comes out on DVD today.

September 15, 2003

Whoever is in charge of hurricanes .. I don’t have time for one this week.

Polls have been updated.

September 12, 2003

Pictures of Kevin at the Triggerstreet.com party at the Toronto Film Festival are starting to show up. There are some thumbnails at wireimage.com. Search for Kevin under “K” in the celebrities section or from the film festival banner at the site.

I added a couple of items to the Darin movie news page. Link above.

I’ve got a bad cold and the keys on the keyboard seem to be moving as I try to touch them so I’m going to wait to do any poll updates or answer any mail from this week.

September 6, 2003

CNN’s People In The News The 5am show was first pre-empted by breaking news and when they went back to their regular programming, Kevin looked and sounded remarkably like Shania Twain and Tom Hanks seemed to have morphed into Celine Dion. The entire time I was watching Shania, my digital cable guide said it was Kevin Spacey, there to discuss his film The United States of Leland, but he doesn’t normally sing country so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t him.

I don’t know why they switched episodes and I don’t know if this means the 5 repeats of the show over the weekend will be of the Kevin/Tom or Shania/Celine variety. I’ll give them one more chance at the 11am repeat but after that, forget it. *No Kevin at 11am either. It’s Shania and Celine all over again. That was probably the only time we were going to see Kevin on anything new until one of his movies comes out next year. Well, darn.

September 4, 2003

There are a few new fan pictures in the Spacey Fine Arts Gallery. Thanks to Jaye at the Triple Threat fan forum.

September 1, 2003

Spacey sighting! Kevin was seen attending the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Ibsen’s BRAND on Saturday night. The play stars Ralph Fiennes. Other celebrity sightings: Ed Norton.