Monday, January 08, 2001

Best Buds Update

After posting yesterday's story on the reshooting of Best Buds, we found this article from Canada's Online Explorer (Canoe) magazine which provides more detail, as well as an interview with Tommy Chong.
The article dated September 12th, 2000 states that the lawsuit against Coyote Films was settled out of court and that Tommy Chong is now in possession of the original reels. He planned on reshooting the film by the year's end (2000). The status of the proposed re-shoot is unknown.
In the article, Tommy refuses to reveal who the new Cheech is. He only says that he's a longtime friend and that his name is Francisco. As mentioned in our earlier article, we discovered that Cheech will be played by newcomer, Francisco Vasquez. He previously played a salsa dancer in a movie named Dance With Me.
http://www.canoe.ca/JamMoviesArtistsC/chong_tommy.html

Cheech Marin Miller Commercial

Click this link to see the Miller commercial Cheech did few mos ago. http://www.adcritic.com/content/miller-lite-cheech-marin.html

Sunday, January 07, 2001

Rumor: Tommy Re-Shooting Best Buds

This is an unconfirmed rumor...An anonymous source tells us that Tommy Chong has found a new Cheech and is re-shooting the never-released Best Buds film. Cheech will be played by relative newcomer, Francisco Vasquez. He previously played a salsa dancer in a movie named Dance With Me.
History...We last heard that Tommy had creative differences with Best Buds funder/director, Ken Kuramoto. Kuramoto runs a low budget film company named, Coyote Films. Tommy was unhappy with the final product and was suing Coyote Films to retreive the original reels so he could re-edit the film. If this rumor is correct, then it sounds like Tommy has taken matters into his own hands and starting from scratch.
In our opinion, Tommy Chong is a genius and we are very psyched that this film may actually see the light of day.