NEW YORK – Take "Hidalgo" for a ride, remember "Starsky & Hutch" and another chance at "Passion" in today's Foxlight.
Viggo Mortensen falls for the horses he works with. He took home two from "Lord of the Rings" and he wrangled the Mustang he rode in his new movie "Hidalgo." (search) That story is true. But this "based on a true story" movie? Yeah, right. This all happened. The giant high-speed walls of sand happens all the time. Viggo says his name may sound cool here, but in Denmark it's a nerdy name. And the movie? A little long, according to most critics. Wall Street Journal says it hits quicksand. Oh the nerdy name of the film? That's his new horse's name in the movie.
Next, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller say they used to play "Starsky & Hutch" (search) around their childhood neighborhoods. They're having a lot of fun doing the grown-up version of the camp '70s hit. Critic Joe Morgenstern says the film gives "low-brow a good name." Stiller laughed when I told him that, and said, "That's what we're always shooting for. That's our goal." Laid-back Wilson claims the two don't get along off camera. But he's kidding. These guys are the Laurel and Hardy for the new age.
Speaking of new ages, how many biblical movies are in development after the Gospel according to Mel? Probably a lot. Boxofficeguru.com says look for "The Passion of the Christ" (search) to rake in another $54 million this weekend, which would bring the total to $215 million and would place it in the top 50 grossing movies of all time.