"For your consideration" have become three of Hollywood's favorite words in the past few weeks, and never more so than last Friday and this Monday, the business days just before and after Academy Award nominating ballots were mailed out. On both days, Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter were swollen to several times their normal size with page after page of ads reminding Academy members of all the wonderful films that were released in 1984 and that richly deserve nominations. Friday's Variety, for example, was a hefty 108 pages, of which 52 were full-page "for your consideration" ads. Although most were for legitimate Oscar contenders, a few appeared to fall into the category of Wishful Thinking (the generally panned "Mass Appeal" as Best Picture, or Herbert Ross as Best Director for the similarly received "Protocol"), and others could only have been designed to keep the moviemakers happy. Or maybe the studios are wiser than one might think -- maybe the ads will work, and the Academy will nominate Helen Slater as Best Actress for "Supergirl" and Gene Simmons as Best Supporting Actor for "Runaway" . . .
MGM/UA's big Christmas movie for 1985 is "Pirates," the tale of a pair of shipwrecked pirates -- one played by Walter Matthau -- who are out to plunder a Spanish galleon. At MGM's recent annual stockholders' meeting, studio chairman Frank Rothman found himself having to defend the film -- not its more than $30 million budget, but the fact that its director is Roman Polanski, a fugitive from the U.S. justice system. One stockholder told Rothman that the studio "shouldn't be associated with such an individual," other stockholders cheered, and Rothman went on to explain that MGM didn't have anything to do with the choice of director. Producer Dino De Laurentiis -- who did have something to do with the decision to hire Polanski -- wasn't around for the shareholders to criticize . . .
On Friday, the motion picture ratings board gave MGM's new "That's Dancing" a G rating, which seems logical for a "That's Entertainment"-style compilation of dance sequences hosted by Gene Kelly. The studio, however, was certain the film would get a PG rating -- after all, went the reasoning, it includes a shot of a naked rear end from a silent clip of a fan dancer. But a bare behind is apparently no longer grounds for a PG, at least when it's surrounded by wholesome dance sequences. MGM, which reportedly would have much preferred the PG rating, considered appealing, then decided to live with the G tag -- though it meant recalling ads and theater posters printed up when the studio assumed it had a PG film on its hands . . .
Many of those returning from the arms control conference in Geneva did so by walking through Gate 32 at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport -- and smack into a gunfight. But it was simply make-believe violence. Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon were fighting off a couple of gunmen for an airport scene in the upcoming CBS Theatrical Films/Warner Bros. thriller "Target." The $12 million film is being directed by Arthur Penn, who will move to Dallas after more shooting in France and Germany . . .
Give them another 2 1/2 weeks, and the writing/production team of Walter F. Parkes and Larry Lasker ("WarGames") will have finished their screenplay for the Steven Spielberg version of "Peter Pan" -- you remember, the movie that's not going to star Michael Jackson. If everything goes well, it'll be filmed sometime in 1986. Meanwhile, Parkes and Lasker are once more working with "WarGames" director John Badham, on the intriguingly titled "Project X," while Parkes and Dick Shepherd are coproducing "Volunteers," a comedy about the Peace Corps in Thailand. In the latter, workers build a 600-foot suspension bridge that is subsequently blown up -- and, yes, they do whistle the theme from "Bridge on the River Kwai" as they work . . .