Posts Tagged ‘Stalking’

Has the Well Run Dry?

March 10, 2011

Doing a blog like this gives me the opportunity to share interesting personal discoveries. Case in point, not too long ago I took my nephew to see Yogi Bear (in 3D). I had railed against the film in an earlier blog entry (see December 2, 2010 entry, Can’t the Powers That Be Leave Well Enough Alone) because I thought it showed a lack of imagination among studio executives. After all, just because the technology exists to make a movie with a computer animated Yogi and Boo-Boo doesn’t mean that such a movie should be made.

Well, I watched the film with my nephew and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it. It was an entertaining story. Dan Ackroyd was great as Yogi. Justin Timberlake was a very good Boo-Boo and the human actors looked to me like they had fun with their roles. So, the powers that be aren’t so bad for greenlighting Yogi Bear.

Of course, not all is sweetness and light in the Land of Blog. I learned that two previously successful films, one from the 1980’s and one from the 1990’s have either been remade or greenlighted. The films are Arthur and The Bodyguard.

The remake of Arthur is scheduled to come out in April. For those of you not familiar with the movie, the original Arthur is a comedy released in 1981 and starred Dudley Moore as a spoiled and boozy man-child millionaire who must choose between marrying for money or love. Liza Minnelli starred as the woman he ultimately chooses and Sir John Gielgud was Arthur’s erstwhile butler. I saw it when it first came out in and while I didn’t get all the jokes and lines, I liked the movie. The remake follows the same story line except that the 2011 version Arthur isn’t boozy and Helen Mirren plays Arthur’s nanny.

As for The Bodyguard, Warner Brothers recently approved a remaking this film. The Bodyguard came out in 1992 and dealt with a former Secret Service Agent who is hired to protect a pop star from a stalker. The original starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. The story has been updated, so instead of having the bodyguard be a former Secret Service Agent, the bodyguard is a former Iraq War Veteran and he has to content with the stalking via Twitter, Gawker Stalker and other Internet sites. So far, no actors have been chosen to star in the movie.

Good gravy! What has gotten into the studios? First they mine the comic books, then the sitcoms, now recent movies? It is one thing to redo Clash of the Titan because special effects are more advanced in the 2010’s then they were in the 1980’s. Arthur and The Bodyguard didn’t have any major special effects to begin with, so what could be improved about them? These films were both successful and good movies in their own right. Why couldn’t the studios leave them alone and greenlight a project that is not a remake or reboot? After all, there is so much talent and money out there. It is hard to believe that studio executives could not find, let alone fund, an original project.

Then again, I could be wrong. The new versions of Arthur and The Bodyguard could end up being just as good, if not better, than the original versions. Maybe they just needed some infusion of 21st Century sensibilities and doing that would give these films a little something extra to make them better creations.

Yeah and if you believe that, then I could sell you some bridge in Brooklyn and afterwards flap my arms and fly to the Moon when you find out that I don’t hold the deed to such a structure.



Stalkers of the Rich & Famous

July 2, 2010

Recently, Charles Nagle of Philadelphia had charges filed against him regarding stalking Law and Order: Criminal Intent actress Kathryn Erbe. The indictment states that Nagel “intended to harass and cause substantial emotional distress” to Erbe by sending her lengthy emails and a seven page handwritten letter, just to name a few. In November 2009, Chidi Benjamin Uzomah, Jr. was arraigned on felony charges of stalking and attempted disobeying of a court order involving American Idol host Ryan Seecrest.  If those incidents aren’t bad enough, there are now iPhone apps that allow someone to find out when a favorite celebrity is in town and at a restaurant or nightclub. The apps are CelebAround and Papture. CelebAround delays its feed, but Papture provides news of celebrity visits in real time.

These things can makes a person want to forsake technology and become a hermit, so as not to learn about the latest celebrity stalking incident. Still, what sets a devoted fan apart from a celebrity stalker? Does writing at length about the stars of Twilight on a blog make a person a stalker?

Thankfully no. According to experts, stalkers have the following traits:

  • They are loners who consider the celebrity their “friend”.
  • They do many things to get the attention of the celebrity, such as mailing sex toys in the case of one stalker to swimming across Biscayne Bay and attempting to climb up to the deck of a celebrity’s house in another case.
  • They not only attempt to live out their fantasies, but expect the celebrity to play their role and fall in love with them after the stalker has “proven” his or her love.
  • In some instances it escalates into violence, as in the case of Mark David Chapman. He stalked ex-Beatle John Lennon and killed him in 1980.

As horrible, and in some cases comical, the actions of these stalkers are, it is also sad. For most people, they either ignore the celebrity chatter or get their fix and move on with their lives. These stalkers have no real life. They arrange their lives around the comings and goings of a celebrity and they somehow believe that the particular celebrity loves them, as much as they do. Of course, that is not the case and for whatever reason the stalker doesn’t understand that.

Yes, what the stalker is doing is wrong and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Still, I can’t help but feel badly for the stalker. They cannot function in the real world. So, they live in a world of fantasy where they and the celebrity are the stars. When they try to make it real, trouble follows and, unfortunately,  sometimes there’s tragedy, as well.

Note: Any iPhone apps are mentioned in this blog entry are for informational purposes. It is not to be taken as an endorsement. Nor am I endorsing the use of these apps or anything else for the purposes of stalking, harassment or other illegal behavior.