Hit or miscasting
''Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,'' ''Ripley's Game,'' and other movies in the making might be attached to these stars
Now we know what ”casting couch” means. Actors flirt with roles, and we pass judgment without leaving our couch.
CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (Renaissance Films)
STAR Mike Myers as The Gong Show cocreator-host Chuck Barris
VERDICT Playing Steve Rubell in 54, Myers proved he can rein in the shtick. Plus, Gene Gene the Dancing Machine makes a perfect Maxi-Me. B+
RIPLEY’S GAME (Fine Line)
STAR John Malkovich takes over for Matt Damon in a 20-years-later follow-up to The Talented Mr. Ripley.
VERDICT Does anyone play quietly simmering menace better than Malkovich? All sociopaths should age this well. A
SCOOBY-DOO (Warner Bros.)
STAR Matthew Lillard (Scream) as a live-action version of perennial beatnik Shaggy
VERDICT Gangly enough to walk the walk, and goofy enough to zoink the zoinks. Ruh-roh, Casey Kasem, there’s a new dog’s-best-friend in town! A-
VAMPIRES: LOS MUERTOS (Screen Gems)
STAR Jon Bon Jovi as a fang hunter in the sequel to John Carpenter’s Vampires
VERDICT If nothing else, the role is ripe for song parody: ”Wanted Undead or Alive”? Perhaps ”Weird Al” Yankovic can do the soundtrack. C+