'Dukes' out for a spin
HOLLYWOOD — Just the good ol’ boys and girls of Hollywood gathered Thursday at Grauman’s Chinese for the premiere of Warner’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” and a Hazzard County Fair in the adjoining straw-covered parking lot.
It was a flashback to the 1970s, when Confederate flags on car rooftops were less controversial and Daisy Dukes (those short short-shorts) flowered across the South.
Director Jay Chandrasekhar said he watched every episode of the series and had a Daisy Duke poster in his room growing up. “The most important aspects of remaking the show were that the General Lee flew and the shorts were short,” he said. Mission was accomplished on both fronts. “Hawaii 5-O” is the next vintage TV show he’d like to see hit the bigscreen.
Warner Bros. senior VP Greg Silverman, who oversaw the project, said, “My folks let me watch one hour of TV a week, and I chose ‘Dukes’ on Friday night.”
Silverman’s next endeavor is bringing “Get Smart” to the silver screen.
Willie Nelson performed a live concert during the party as guests took a shot at the ring toss and swigged beer from a keg; Johnny Knoxville took a spin (and subsequent fall) on the mechanical bull. Yee-haw.