The 'X-Files' movie, 'Titanic', and 'Jackie Brown' made headlines this week
When it comes to getting details of the X-Files feature film, it’s hard to find the truth out there. But we have at least uncovered the movie tie-in: Barbie and Ken. While bearing little resemblance — short of Barbie’s red hair — to X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, the duo will come clad in replicas of the conspiracy-busting suits Scully and Mulder wear in the film and will possess mini FBI credentials (sorry, no guns). Due to reach stores just as the movie hits screens in June, the dolls ($80 for the pair) are part of Mattel’s Pop Culture Collector Series, which also includes Star Trek Barbie and Ken as well as Barbie Loves Elvis. Mattel’s Lisa McKendall stresses that the figurines have a target audience. “Our Pop Culture Series tries to associate Barbie with char-acters that are a little bit on the edge,” she says. “They aren’t designed for little girls. They aren’t intended to be played with.” Ex-cept maybe by abductees. — KB
Victory at Sea?
How badly does Paramount want a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Titanic? Enough to break tradition and send out a video edition of the film to woo the votes of Academy members. Though videos are a standard Oscar campaign tool, tapes of sweeping cinematic epics like Titanic aren’t often issued, since studios prefer balloters to see such films in all their big-screen glory. (Universal, for example, didn’t send out copies of Schindler’s List.) But only weeks before Titanic‘s four-award success (including Best Picture, Drama) at the Golden Globes, Paramount decided to pull out all stops. While the videos caught veteran award strategists by surprise — “Do you really want to watch an epic in your living room?” asks one publicist — the studio says the cassettes are simply a matter of convenience. Notes a spokesman, “We understand that everyone can’t get to the theater.” — PHB
Sometimes you feel like homage, sometimes you don’t. Cases in point: Pam Grier isn’t the only throwback in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. The opening scene, in which Grier glides through an airport to the strains of a melodic pop tune (Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street”), directly echoes the opening of The Graduate, in which Dustin Hoffman floats through an airport while Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” plays. “People do come to expect things like that from him,” says a spokeswoman for Tarantino, who adds that the tribute has been cited by critics and audiences. Then there’s Fallen. Near the end of the supernatural thriller, Denzel Washington is chased through a Philadelphia subway station called Willoughby. The station stop is director Gregory Hoblit’s ode to a 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone, “A Stop at Willoughby.” But the tip of the hat may have been a bit too subtle. Laments Fallen producer Charles Roven, “The sad truth is, not a lot of people are getting it.” Well, there’s always the video release. — DK and TL