Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

J.T., You Oughta Be in Pictures

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

J.T., You Oughta Be in Pictures

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What's a fellow to write about James Taylor--he of the 30-year-mega-hit-star-studded-Simonized-singer-songwriter career--that hasn't already been written and rewritten?

The discovery by Paul McCartney; the hard times in New York City; the highs and lows of life with Carly; the male-patterned coif change from hirsute hippie to follicly-impaired fortysomething: a routine check into Taylor's bio folder reveals little of newfound interest.

Except this nugget: James Taylor, thespian.

How many people remember the young Sweet Baby James in Monte Hellman's 1970 cult film, "Two Lane Blacktop?" Not many--except fellow disturbed filmniks such as myself. Needless to say, Taylor was overmatched by fellow cast members Warren Oates (a true professional) and pretty Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. Central casting never bothered with another ring.

But James and the giant screen shouldn't be permanently separated. Perhaps Hollywood needs to delve into the Taylor songbook for movie titles, what with the recent rash of films that have shamelessly been produced just to capitalize on a catchy theme song-- "Can't Buy Me Love," "Dream a Little Dream," "Stand By Me." With a vaultful of gold records, this guy is ripe for the picking. Herewith, an imaginary trip to a Taylor-made film fest.

"Carolina In My Mind" -- Oliver Stone directs indictment of Jesse Helms and his unabashedly partisan efforts to keep North Carolina constituents wealthy through the promotion of tobacco interests. Script links JFK to RJR via the FDA and the CDC.

"Fire and Rain" -- Arnold Schwar zenegger and Danny Devito reprise roles as fraternal `Twins." This time out, Devito is a crazed arsonist and Arnold is his firefighter sibling.

"Mockingbird" -- A remake of the Jimmy Stewart classic "Harvey," this version replaces the large, invisible rabbit with a very visible Jim Carrey as oversized, annoying parrot who mocks actions of tortured soul Mathew Broderick. …

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