Chan Joins Derek To Save The Sharks

Actress BO DEREK has recruited action man JACKIE CHAN to her campaign to stop wildlife traffickers around the world. The 10 star has become a keen conservation activist after learning the sharks of the Galapagos Islands have become a target of poachers for their fins. Speaking on CNN show Larry King Live, Derek says, "When I first visited the Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve, I expected to see an untouched paradise. While it is still beautiful to the naked eye, behind the scenes, all is not well. "While there, I learned that the famous sharks of the Galapagos were under siege for their fins. "According to the Galapagos National Park Service, up to 10,000 fins have been seized, and they are mercilessly hacked off the shark and shipped to Asia to make shark fin soup. "I was charmed by the playfulness of the fearless and friendly sea lions I swam with. I learned that they, too, are sometimes slaughtered so they can be used as bait for the shark finners. "It made me realise that even the most remote wilderness is now touched by the global economy - in this case, the demand for products derived from protected wildlife." Derek has since teamed up with San Francisco-based conservation organisation, WildAid, to help in their effort to stop wildlife traffickers, and she has asked Rush Hour star Chan for his help in China. She adds, "Reaching China's 1.2 billion people is no easy task, but by recruiting the likes of Jackie Chan... and, with the support of Chinese state media, we are reaching nearly half the Chinese population with TV messaging."


Tags: Bo Derek - Jackie Chan - CNN

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) 2151716 Film Reviews Rightfully roasted as one of the worst films of all time, the 1981 reimagination of Tarzan the Ape Man proves that you can take Bo Derek to water, but you can't make her not get naked and play around in it.

I scarcely know where to start dissecting this debacle. The entire purpose of the movie is to show off Bo Derek's body. What happens en route to that is almost incidental. It certainly has nothing to do with the Tarzan story as we know it. Jane (Derek) heads to Africa to visit dad (poor, poor Richard Harris), who's on safari. Soon she encounters a beefcake guy with a waxed chest, and by the time they meet a second time she's encouraging him to grope her under her invariably wet shirt.

In slow motion.

Not long after that, Jane finds herself captured and being bathed by natives, then slathered in mud. It's Tarzan to the rescue, riding elephants!

In slow motion.

Director John Derek (Bo's husband) proved that he had no understanding whatsoever of filmmaking. Whoever gave him a camera (ahem: "Produced by Bo Derek") should have been lobotomized. (Errr...) There's not a well-crafted moment in the entire movie. Scenes are thrown together seemingly at random. The sound cuts in and out as if the microphone was in someone's pocket. He can't focus the camera or hold it still. Horizontal wipes annoy the hell out of us, and of course, the entire freakin' movie is in slow motion. Not that it matters, because Tarzan is so pathetically stupid it's impossible to care about any of its technical flaws. Jane or dad end up in danger, and Tarzan saves the day. Often, the white men don't understand it and they try to shoot poor Tarzan, who ambles away into the woods when bullets start flying.

In slow motion.

It's amazing that Tarzan didn't immediately kill the career of everyone involved with it. In fact it was only those responsible for the screenplay that saw work dry up: Writer Tom Rowe never worked in Hollywood again; co-writing partner Gary Goddard went on to "write and produce" theme park rides in Las Vegas.

Sounds about right.

This movie is so bad it's not even funny as modern irony, a la Showgirls. It's just creepy voyeurism made to the lowest quality standards.

In slow motion. 1st November 2005


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