Although NFTF is not much of a film event attendee or movie critic for that matter, we lept at the chance to attend this event w/ a very good friend that goes way back. The fact that Shirley MacLaine was to be honored with a Life Time Achievement Award was even better as MacLaine was one of my role models growing up. It’s hard to say which film NFTF adores the most, but Can Can, My Geisha, What A Way To go, The Apartment still remain our favorites of note. Rumor Has It is a newer stand out film as well as CoCo Channel, but let’s face it there really are too many to mention in this blog. NFTF has also read a few of her books which led to discoveries about oneself and human potential. But, must ask the following…really AFI, a framed pic of Shirley instead of the usual gift of a boxed set of the honorees selected movies? What are we going to do with that? It’s not like NFTF knows her or met up with her and she autographed it for NFTF personally.
Frames and pics aside, NFTF thinks that comedian Don Rickles stole the show. That old man still has balls! No one was spared his silver plated tongue including Julia Roberts when he said to her “Relax Julia you don’t need to read lines or speak…just nod.” OMG, all of NFTF’s suspicions were addressed on that one. Rickles hung with the Rat Pack back in the day in Las Vegas and knows MacLaine well and all of her bed mates too we suspect. Jack Black did an awesome tribute to her that hinged on her theory of past lives which had NFTF in stitches.
Jack Nicholson, Sally Fields and brother Warren Beatty are just a few of the wonderful stars that paid tribute to MacLaine. John Travolta made his first public appearance since news of a massage scandal broke and NFTF has to agree w/ TMZ on this one: Travolta looked like a dear in the headlights and appeared to be under a lot of stress. In essence not at all well. Not much of what he said made sense to NFTF, but then again we weren’t really listening…sorry John.
There was a lot of film clips and interviews thrown in for good luck which will play well on the TVLand Station when it is aired. Check your local listings for the channel number as it varies from one region to another as well when it will air. Thank you Shirley for all of the entertainment you’ve provided NFTF with and for being such an inspiration to us. From dancing to past lives, you’ve taken us there.