April 30, 1990 |
In Wild Orchid, Mickey Rourke - with, understandably, little competition from his peers among Hollywood actors - confirms his pre-eminence in the uncrowded field of soft-bore pornography. Rourke began what amounts to a second career in borderline erotica in 9 1/2 Weeks (1986), an essay in obsessive sadomasochism that proved so tedious that the viewer could only conclude the film's title referred to its running time. 9 1/2 Weeks had to be trimmed to avoid an X rating - a scarlet letter that means commercial suicide for a mainstream movie - and the scissors came out again when Rourke made the superior and provocative Angel Heart for Alan Parker three years ago. If 9 1/2 Weeks turned out to be an exercise in sadism on the part of its makers and masochism for anyone who sat through it, Wild Orchid continues in the same tradition.
November 1, 1990 |
Among this week's new videos: one of the summer's biggest blockbusters and a dismal drama. TOTAL RECALL (1990) (LIVE) $24.99. 113 minutes. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin. On paper, the sci-fi collaboration of cerebral director Paul (RoboCop) Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger, whose movies hardly pause for breath, let alone thought, seemed a marriage made in outer space, not heaven. On the big screen, it yields a scintillating and challenging fantasy crammed with some brilliantly executed action sequences.
November 3, 1994 |
Carre Otis, resuscitating her modeling career at this week's Big Apple spring-fashion fete, is uneasy about the haunting presence of Mickey Rourke. Security guards have been given pix of the actor-slash-boxer with instructions to keep him out. Rourke, accused by Otis of beating her, has been a regular at the shows and has tried to get first-row tix from most major designers - including Donna Karan, Mark Eisen, Anna Sui, and Todd Oldham - but has been rejected. Otis says she feels threatened.
May 6, 2010 |
IRON MAN IS pushed to the brink of death in "Iron Man 2," but that's not the scariest thing in the movie. Much more terrifying is this: the U.S. senator from Pennsylvania is Garry Shandling. And by the looks of things, he chairs the subcommittee on Botox and chemical peels. Shandling is an adversary in "I2" to billionaire playboy inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) - the senator wants Stark's Iron Man suit classified as a weapon and placed in the hands of the Defense Department and a sleazy contractor (Sam Rockwell)
December 18, 1988 |
If you lasted all the way through that spurious salute to sadomasochism, 9 1/2 Weeks, and felt that even in the abridged version, the duration of the movie seemed to live up to its title, here's some news that counts as either sadism or masochism. It depends whether you are the producer or the audience. The people who made 9 1/2 Weeks have lined up Mickey Rourke for another go- round - or should it be whip-round? - to make Wild Orchid. It will be shot in Rio de Janeiro in March, with the city's celebrated Carnival as the colorful setting.
November 4, 2011
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Comic Bill Cosby; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Miss Piggy; actor Mickey Rourke. Jimmy Kimmel Live (12:05 a.m., 6ABC) - Zach Galifianakis; Mike Judge; Primus performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Neil Patrick Harris.
October 20, 2011
What you need to know about the Asylum Arena: * Formerly called the New Alhambra Arena, the venue was once home to the South Philly Vikings mummers club. * Parts of the film "Rocky Balboa" (a/k/a Rocky VI) were filmed there. * Scenes from "The Wrestler," with Mickey Rourke, were filmed there. In one scene, a fan tosses his prosthetic leg to Randy the Ram, Rourke's character, who uses the leg to beat a guy. * Has been named as "Guys Night Out" and "Sport Venue" in Best Of editions of "Philadelphia" magazine, and was named Boxing Venue of the Year by ESPN2 in 2006.
February 5, 2012
Zalman King, 70, who became known for his erotic work after writing and producing his breakthrough film 91/2 Weeks , died Friday morning at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., after a six-year battle with cancer, said his son-in-law Allison Burnett. Born Zalman King Lefkovitz in 1941, Mr. King began his career as an actor in the 1960s. He and his wife, Patricia Louisianna Knop, collaborated on the screenplay for 91/2 Weeks (1986), which became a cult hit starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.
October 6, 1990 |
If Mickey Rourke were a cartoon, jets of steam would shoot out of his head. From the top of his greasy Gumby-wedge of hair to the tips of his designer shoes, this is an actor who boils through his movie roles, his face tensile and twitching, his body a ballet of hambone exaggeration. In Desperate Hours, the latest in a boggling succession of Rourke star vehicles, the eternally grungy actor is teamed with director Michael Cimino - a filmmaker who appears to have taken leave of his senses, save for a canny knack for sumptuous visuals, rife with dusky colors and glorious Utah landscapes.
April 12, 1990 |
Bruce Willis - although he is never seen - is one of main reasons to see this week's most notable new video release. Also on tap are an intense thriller starring Mickey Rourke, a thought-provoking drama from Poland and an Oscar-nominated performance. LOOK WHO'S TALKING (1989) (RCA/Columbia) 96 minutes. 1/2 John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, Abe Vigoda, George Segal and the voice of Bruce Willis. This delightful little comedy has a lot to be thankful for: a bashful, then brash, comeback performance by Travolta; wonderful comic turns by Alley and Dukakis; imaginative direction and zesty writing by Amy Heckerling, and the raspy baby talk of Willis, who demonstrates that it's sometimes better to be heard and not seen.