A History of Violence: 'Clockwork Orange' Turns 50

Malcolm McDowell in 'A Clockwork Orange'/Image © 1971 Warner Bros. Entertainment
Malcolm McDowell in 'A Clockwork Orange'/Image © 1971 Warner Bros. Entertainment

The Anthony Burgess novel "A Clockwork Orange" celebrated its fiftieth birthday recently, and the New York Times celebrated with a fresh-eyed look at the contents of this paragon of ultra-violence. Speaking of fresh eyes, have we mentioned that Malcolm McDowell scratched his cornea and nearly lost his sight during the filming of the eyedrop scene?

Guess it's not over till it's over: The "Dumb and Dumber" sequel is happening after all! Whatever qualms were keeping Jim Carrey from appearing seem to have been resolved (probably by giving him several million dollars).

Out of a professional obligation to report on new trailers of adapted works, I cheerfully present part two of the "Atlas Shrugged" experience, coming soon to practically no theaters near you, just in time to have practically no effect on the November elections. On the bright side, I'm always glad to see Ray Wise getting a paycheck.

"Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum has parlayed his gift for special effects-driven spookiness into a new career: haunted houses. With plans announced for something called "The Blumhouse of Horror" in downtown Los Angeles, Blum may have figured out how to bypass the middle man (aka Hollywood) and make a fortune directly off of casual thrill-seekers -- ironically, the expense of getting it all set up will exceed the budget of  "Paranormal Activity" by several hundred thousand dollars.