By Cindy Elavsky
Q: I am so excited that the summer movie season is here. I can’t wait to see the new “Star Trek” movie. What movies are you most looking forward to? — Hannah S., via e-mail
A: The movie I absolutely cannot wait to see is “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which is now scheduled for a July 15 release. “Land of the Lost,” a feature film based on the cheesy 1970s TV series, premieres on June 5. It stars Will Ferrell, and I have a feeling it will go one of two ways: It can hit all the right notes like “Step Brothers” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” or it can turn into a big-screen dud like “Semi-Pro.”
I also am interested in seeing Robert Pattinson, best known for playing the vampire Edward Cullen in “Twilight,” as he tackles the eclectic role of the young Salvador Dali in “Little Ashes,” which came out in limited release May 8, hopefully opening to wider audiences in a few weeks. There’s also: “Terminator Salvation” (May 21), “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (June 24), “Public Enemies” (July 1), “I Love You, Beth Cooper” (July 10), “500 Days of Summer” (July 17) and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (Aug. 14).
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Q: Have you ever heard of the program “All That Glitters,” and is it available to buy on DVD? — Kevin B., via e-mail
A: Norman Lear’s groundbreaking series “All That Glitters” (1977) was edgy and ahead of its time, which unfortunately probably led to its early demise. It brought together wonderful actors who later became household names — Eileen Brennan, Linda Gray, Jessica Walter, Greg Evigan, Gary Sandy and Chuck McCann, among others. Norman Lear used social commentary as humor (as he also did in “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons”), using gender and role reversal in a satire of commonly held attitudes. It is not available on DVD, but hopefully will be in the near future.
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Q: Why does Drew Carey appear on “The Price Is Right” looking so unkempt? — Marshall P., via e-mail
A: As Drew himself said upon replacing Bob Barker in 2007: “You can’t replace Bob Barker. I don’t compare myself to anybody.” At the end of the day, Drew is just being himself. While he has tidied up his appearance from the lovable schlub he played on “The Drew Cary Show,” he isn’t pretending to be someone he is not for his latest role as game-show host.
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Q: Is country singer Carl Smith still alive? — Jim S., via e-mail
A: Carl Smith, 82, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003, lives on his horse farm south of Nashville, Tenn. Carl was married to fellow country singer June Carter from 1951-57, and then wed Goldie Hill in late 1957 and was with her until her death in 2005.
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