Clockwork Orange nears its 40th anniversary; Sheen repents

Daybreak Daily’s Friday afternoon glance at the pop-culture world includes a look at an iconic pop-culture movie, a self-chastising Charlie Sheen, and much more.

ONE CHILLING FLICK: Per the L.A. Times, “With his bloodied cane and black bowler, Malcolm McDowell became a signature symbol of brutal youth in 1971?s “A Clockwork Orange” but the actor says he couldn’t truly appreciate that angry young man until he himself was old enough to comb white hair. “For years, I didn’t see the same film everybody saw,” the 67-year-old actor said recently. “It was 10 years ago in Los Angeles when I went to a screening of it and I couldn’t believe what I saw, the accomplishment of the movie, the pure talent of [director] Stanley Kubrick. In truth, that’s when I began to look back in a different way.”

The movie’s 40th anniversary won’t arrive until a week before Christmas but the commemoration began months ago. The movie was also shown with great fanfare at the Cannes Film Festival in May, as was a well-reviewed documentary, “Once Upon a Time … Clockwork,” examining the legacy of the film and the novel by Anthony Burgess that inspired it. A lavish Blu-ray anniversary edition has inspired another wave of cultural essays and, on Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host a McDowell tribute followed by a sold-out screening.

KEEPING WITH THE THEME: Per Rolling Stone, “Peter Travers loves Drive, the potentially polarizing drama by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The bloody, existential picture captures Los Angeles like no other film and features a truly terrifying performance by comedian Albert Brooks which is likely to earn major Oscar buzz.”

AND THEN THERE’S SPIKE LEE: Per indieWIRE, “Utilizing social networking site Twitter quite often and effectively, Spike Lee has been keeping his followers up-to-date on his current project, the secretive Red Hook Summer. About a month ago, he announced that principal photography was complete, and attached a photo of his elated self. Today, just minutes ago, he had this to say: Summer 2012… The new @SpikeLee Joint - RED HOOK SUMMER. And with it, he, once again, attached a photo (full pic below). So… obviously, from his words and the photo, he’s telling us that the film will be out in the summer of 2012.

PITT PASSES ON RELIGION: Per Radar, “Brad Pitt may have been brought up as a good Christian boy in Springfield, Missouri but he has since turned his back on the religion, which is sure to have his devout parents disappointed. The Hollywood actor has slammed his Godly upbringing saying he didn’t agree with it. "I grew up Baptist, and then the family switched over to more of an evangelical movement, probably right around the time I was in late high school,” he told Parade magazine.{ }

{ }“There’s a point where you’re un-tethered from the beliefs of your childhood. That point came for me when it was finally clear my religion didn’t work for me.
“I had questions about Christianity that I could not get answered to my satisfaction, questions that I’d been asking since I was in kindergarten. I realized it didn’t feel right to me, that one question just led to another. It was like going down a rabbit hole, each answer provoking another question. There were things I didn’t agree with.”

YOU GO, PAUL: Per People, “Paul McCartney will wed fiancée Nancy Shevell at the same venue he married late wife Linda, it was revealed Friday. The musician, 69, and Shevell, 51, who announced their engagement in May, have posted their notice that they intend to get married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, in London.”

KITTEN BLOOD: Per the AP, “Charlie Sheen seems to have buried the hatchet. Appearing on Thursday's "Tonight Show," the former star of "Two and a Half Men" radiated a forgiving mood toward his old workplace. Asked by host Jay Leno if he's still angry at the sitcom's producers and network, he said no: He would have fired himself had he been in their shoes. Then he added with a laugh, "Well, maybe not like they did."
Sheen was dumped last March after the actor railed against his bosses, and they blasted him for his unpredictable behavior as a drug-abusing, reckless playboy. "It was bad," Sheen said, summing up the clash, "and I own my part in that, and I just want to make everything right."

THERE’S ALWAYS RICK PERRY: Per the Hollywood Reporter, “At this point in the previous presidential election cycle, Barack Obama was a Hollywood heartthrob. The entertainment industry's ardent Democratic activists couldn't dig deep enough into their wallets to finance his ambitious run for the Oval Office. Today, the industry remains with the president, but the disenchantment is increasingly palpable, and even devoted Democrats are approaching his re-election campaign with all the enthusiasm of a studio contractually obligated to finance a dubious sequel.”

WHATEVER: Per Us, “Lost alum Matthew Fox might lose a big chunk of change. The 45-year-old is being sued for $25,000 by Ohio bus driver Heather Bormann, who claims Fox punched her in the (private area) during a bus incident in Cleveland August 28. According to TMZ, Bormann is seeking damages for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

UNSOLICITED PLUG: Per, The Wrap, “When Bill Maher returns with "Real Time" tonight (HBO at 10 p.m.) with guests including Keith Olbermann and Louis C.K., they'll have no shortage of political fodder. Look for a lively roundtable, given President Obama's low approval ratings, Dick Cheney's book tour, a Republican winning Anthony Weiner's seat, and a new Sarah Palin biography. Conversation should flow freely among the guests, who also include political strategist Rich Galen and political analyst Jennifer Donahue.”{ }

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood