You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Polished Edge: ‘Skyfall’ spawns 24th Bond film
By Tony Rizzo
HOLLYWOOD -- John Wayne was known as “The Duke” for his entire career. Now John Wayne Enterprises is suing Duke University because the school thinks it owns the title to all things named “Duke.” The Wayne family claims that, “Duke does not own the word ‘Duke’ in all contexts and for all purposes.” It contends that the North Carolina university believes products bearing John Wayne’s world-renowned image and signature will somehow be confused as being associated with Duke University.
Case in point: “Duke” brand Kentucky bourbon whiskey. The bottle is imprinted with “Monument Valley Distillers,” and John Wayne’s image and signature are prominently featured on the label, along with the image of a shotgun casing. The university doesn’t market or sell alcohol, but it objects to ANYTHING sold with the name “Duke.” We checked with a lawyer, who said, “If they don’t use the name ‘Duke University,’ the Wayne family is not infringing on their name.”
Gwyneth Paltrow is spearheading the “Stand Up to Cancer Telethon.” The show will air Friday, Sept. 5, on four big networks in Canada and 26 cable outlets in the U.S., including HBO, Showtime, E, Ion, Lifetime, Logo, Oxygen and TNT. But where are ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox?
Thanks to the success of “Maleficent” ($650 million and climbing), Disney is giving the 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” the live-action treatment. The adaption will add a unique family story to parallel Dumbo’s story. Also upcoming are live versions of “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
“Skyfall” has spawned a 24th James Bond film, which again will have Daniel Craig as 007 and Sam Mendes as director. We’ll all be in wheelchairs, and the British agent will still be wooing the Bond girls and foiling the villains. “Bond 24” won’t be released until Nov. 6, 2015.
Some 80,000 die-hard Monty Python fans packed the biggest arena in London for five performances of “Monty Python Live (Mostly)” in July, to thunderous approval and critical praise. The five living members dedicated the shows to the late Graham Chapman, with Terry Gilliam standing in to do his famous routines. They were last here at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982, and there’s talk of them returning with this show ... stay tuned.
One critic observed in Variety, “Terry Jones was clearly reading his lines (which many in the audience knew by heart); and John Cleese -- who could scarcely keep a straight face -- clearly wasn’t as spry as he once was. At their age the costume changes weren’t quite as brisk ... and these days, they don’t need make up to play the four Yorkshiremen one-upping each other.” Guess they’re going to keep teaching us “The Meaning of Life” until we get it right!
(c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
South Texas Living Archives
Hear John Muir music at San Antonio Missions (April 27, 2016)
Judy Bolton Mysteries (April 27, 2016)
Kendra Scott Trunk Show in Poth (April 27, 2016)
Merle Haggard tribute to highlight Opry (April 27, 2016)
Mother’s Day Bake Sale (April 27, 2016)
Musical Club hosts a Bealls style show (April 27, 2016)
See ‘Shenandoah’ at Night in Ol’ La Vernia (April 27, 2016)
Suspected bank bandits charged (April 27, 2016)
Sängerfest brings German choral feast to Floresville (April 27, 2016)
Theatre Arts students plan variety show (April 27, 2016)
Treat Mom to a play May 8 (April 27, 2016)
America needs old-fashioned values (April 20, 2016)
Boy Scouts will mark 105 years April 24 in Floresville (April 20, 2016)
Cowboy Breakfast will benefit families in need (April 20, 2016)
Dance to the ‘Countrymen’ April 24 in Geronimo (April 20, 2016)
Davy Crockett lunchbox (April 20, 2016)
Enjoy Parish Festival May 1 (April 20, 2016)
Gospel Music Association plans convention (April 20, 2016)
Historian’s archives secure the past for the future (April 20, 2016)
Jazz Festival to feature Grammy winner (April 20, 2016)
Lions seek vendors for upcoming Car Show (April 20, 2016)
Paper Clover Campaign continues (April 20, 2016)
Road Runners group run April 23 (April 20, 2016)
See Johnny Rodriguez at Texas Theatre (April 20, 2016)
Shop books and more at Falls City library (April 20, 2016)
Annual Cowboy Breakfast set for April 23 (April 13, 2016)
Cutting the cord on sugar (April 13, 2016)
Free Grafting Seminar (April 13, 2016)
Free movie night at El Mesias (April 13, 2016)
Hanging out at Hangar 9 (April 13, 2016)
Match Safe (April 13, 2016)
Play Texas Hold ’em to help children (April 13, 2016)
Powerful illustration takes top prize (April 13, 2016)
Register your ride for the Lions Club Car Show (April 13, 2016)
Saddle up for Poth’s Ride to Remember (April 13, 2016)
St. Hedwig church feast is April 24 (April 13, 2016)
Suspects taken to jail in Floresville (April 13, 2016)
Aggie Muster is April 21 (April 6, 2016)
Beauty hides work to save historic county courthouse (April 6, 2016)
Blue Bonnet Club supports SISD Hope Day (April 6, 2016)
Bluebonnet Festival of Texas is April 9-10 (April 6, 2016)
Celebrate the Burton Cotton Gin Festival (April 6, 2016)
Enjoy free jazz concert in Kerrville (April 6, 2016)
Find out the many uses of native plants (April 6, 2016)
First Baptist to host Bible Conference (April 6, 2016)
It’s not just complaining (It’s about justice) (April 6, 2016)
It’s Swing Dance time in Seguin (April 6, 2016)
Jump-start SA party at Fiesta Fiesta (April 6, 2016)
OLPH plans tour, wine tasting fund-raiser (April 6, 2016)
Pilgrim Opry set for April 9 (April 6, 2016)
Playhouse 2000 features ‘forgotten’ Mark Twain play (April 6, 2016)
Ruby Glass (April 6, 2016)
Service Through Music benefit (April 6, 2016)
Shoot skeet, play washers for ACTS (April 6, 2016)
Witness ‘The Gospel Side of Elvis’ (April 6, 2016)