Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
For their upcoming 40th season, "Sesame Street" welcomes a whole host of famous faces -- Cameron Diaz, Adam Sandler, Eva Longoria, Ricky Gervais, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Hugh Jackman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew Fox and Michelle Obama.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The thesp, who's starring on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the drama "A Steady Rain," quietly turned down the job within the past few weeks, sources said.Well, with Adam Shankman producing, there's still hope for a song and dance man. Maybe Neil Patrick Harris is ready? Or even bring back Billy Crystal who can do funny and killer opening numbers.
Jackman drew praise for his first Oscar hosting gig in February under producer Laurence Mark and exec producer Bill Condon. He may take on hosting duties again in the future, but it's understood that he didn't want to do the show two years in a row.
Blood Creek (used to be just Creek and before that Town Creek) came out in a few theaters for a very limited release a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it's basically being dumped straight to DVD. But, the good news is that we have a DVD release date of Jan. 19th, so not too long to wait to see this interesting looking horror film.
Dominic Purcell, Henry Cavill star with Michael Fassbender (above). Man, I like that shot of Fassie against the wall!
In 1936, the Wollners - a German family living in rural Town Creek, Maryland - are contacted by the Third Reich to host a visiting scholar, Professor Richard Wirth. In need of money, they accept Wirth into their home. Wirth's grand occult project seals the Wollners off from the rest of the world and makes them players in a horrifying game of survival. After 71 years, in 2007, Evan Marshall's life has stalled at twenty-five years old. Left without answers after his older brother Victor's disappearance from a camping trip near Town Creek, he has tried to move on. But when Victor returns one night, very much alive and having escaped his captors, Evan asks no questions - at his brother's request, he loads their rifles, packs up their boat and follows him back to Town Creek on a mission of revenge that will test them in every possible way...Watch a clip from the film after the jump.
Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon from about age 15, is coming out from Weinstein Company sometime next year here. It releases Christmas Day in the UK.
The pic stars Aaron Johnson (The Illusionist) as Lennon and tells the never before seen story of the famed musician's childhood beginning at the age of 15 on the streets of Liverpool. Kristin Scott Thomas plays Mimi Smith, Lennon's maternal aunt and parental guardian. Thomas Sangster, who most people know as Liam Neeson's son in Love Actually, plays Paul McCartney and Anne-Marie Duff plays Lennon's mother Julia.
Star Trek - DVD Bonus Footage
Hat tip: /Film
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Invictus' tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africas underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.Invictus is due out December 11, in time for Oscar consideration.
The poem 'INVICTUS', quoted in the trailer, is by William Ernest Henley, from which Nelson Mandela drew strength while in prison.
"Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul."
This is a clip of the Craig Ferguson show on 10-27-09. They had a power failure while he was talking with Alicia Silverstone, so they went to commercial. The power came back on, they came out of commercial, he interviewed Salman Rushdie, they went to commercial, and the power failed again. After the commercial, he used a flashlight to light himself!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
But are audiences ready yet to see a movie about the Iraq war?
Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon teamed up for all of the Bourne films, and this has a similar look. The action thriller stars Matt Damon as a CIA operative trying to on the trail of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear and Amy Ryan also star.
Imogen just released a new album, Ellipse.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Kristin Davis in a recent interview talks about how weird it is to see the newly very muscular Taylor Lautner ("the youngster"!, who she knew as a kid actor on Shark Boy and Lava Girl:
Just a reminder of how cute Taylor was as Shark Boy!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I finally saw Law Abiding Citizen this weekend and it was the popcorn movie I needed I'd had a horrible day. I woke up to a flat tire and of course the husband was away, etc. I needed a popcorn movie once I got my car back from the shop, and that's just what I got for my $9.50 ticket. Plus we see this shot of a naked Gerard Butler, which was a nice bonus.
It's never really explained why Gerard gets naked just before he is arrested in the film for the only murder he commits while outside of jail. I guess it was very obvious he was unarmed!!
We are sympathetic to Gerard's Clyde character from the very beginning of the film when we see two burglers rape and murder his daughter and wife. Jamie Foxx's prosecutor doesn't want to spoil his 96% successful conviction stats, so he makes a deal which allows one of the murderers to go free. Clyde just can't understand this, and plots 10 long years for his vengeance, on all of them, and the broken system to boot. Jamie Foxx and the DA are attending the death row execution of one of the murderers when it goes horribly wrong. How did Clyde get into that prison? Then Darby, the other murderer is found dead and chopped up, Saw style. Clyde has gone from mild mannered tinker, to psychotic killer. There's a very nice prison confrontation scene between Foxx and Butler here:
Once Clyde has been arrested, more murders keep happening -- everyone who had anything to do with that plea deal murder case. Your mind keeps wondering who might be his accomplice, and trying to figure out how he can carry out all his nefarious plans. More and more murders happen in very surprising ways. Maybe I'm just biased from following Gerry's career for so many years, but while there was suspense, I wasn't frightened of him anything like Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter behind those prison bars. But there were scenes that surprised me, like the steak scene. He turns from jovial and pleasant to murderous on a dime.
Yes, the plot becomes somewhat ridiculous, but then Liam Neeson's recent Taken was another popcorn vengeance movie that I enjoyed. I can tell you that the setup of the film is not so far off. Having been unfortunately involved in a family tragedy that's stalled in the courts, I find the deal making of Jamie Foxx's lawyer and his protection of his conviction rate all too real.
It's an enjoyable hour and a half at the movies, and has a nice little twist at the end. Butler has the more showy role as the villain, but Jamie Foxx plays arrogant assitant DA very well. It was nice seeing Colm Meany as a police detective and Violet Davis as the tough Philly mayor.
This was a passion project for Gerard Butler as it was his first film under his new production company with his manager, Evil Twins. Despite being savaged by several critics, it's done decently in box office over the last two weekends. F. Gary Gray had previously directed The Italian Job, another popcorn flick that I really enjoyed. I give Law Abiding Citizen three stars.
Helen Mirren won Rome’s Silver Marc’Aurelio award for best actress for her performance as Leo Tolstoy’s devoted wife in Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station. Gabriele Muccino presented the honour to Mirren, who brought the house down with an acceptance speech in Italian in which she cited the inspiration of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura and that of the iconic actresses Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Stefania Sandrelli, Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren.Then there's this gorgeous new still of James McAvoy's character in bed with Masha, played by Kerry Condon
5 more clips from The Last Station have surfaced and you can view them after the jump.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
A-Team doesn't come out till June 2011, but we have our first official cast photo today. Bradley Cooper looks awesome as Faceman (Dirk Benedict's role on the TV show). Liam Neeson is Col John ‘Hannibal’ Smith, Sharlto Copley is Capt. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson is Sgt Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus.
Do you have the same reaction I did seeing the below photo? Start with Bradley, looking good, scanning right, scanning right (Sharlto looks good), WTF??!!! That's Liam Neeson?! Click on the picture to enlarge it.
So Andrew Sullivan posted this today as an example of the "end of gay culture" because these guys are all straight in the video.
Whatever. They're shirtless, hot, and it's Friday! Hilarious! I was about on the floor with the one guy in bed with the thong!!
One man, 14 tracks -- plus a monkey puppet! (I find it disturbing that he's shirtless with the monkey.) Those zany New Zealanders!
Ghostbusters was on AMC yesterday afternoon, and I watched part of it with my youngest son. Bill Murray opening the door with Sigourney Weaver as Zuul - "That's a new look for you." LOL!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Conor, a 14 year-old boy and the son of a King's bodyguard on the island of Great Saltee, is framed for the King's murder and thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain. Conor must escape back to his family (and the princess he fancies) by building a flying machine to escape the prison.
Fiennes will direct from the script by John Logan (”Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” “The Last Samurai,” “Sweeney Todd“).Well, people have been saying Gerard needed to get better roles, or go on movie star probation. Will Shakespeare satisfy those harsh critics?
“People who have read it think it’s a page-turner,” said Fiennes. “I want it to be an edge-of-the-seat film.”
Fiennes, who was Oscar-nominated for his roles in “The English Patient” and “Schindler’s List,” said he wanted to make Shakespeare accessible, citing Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet as an influence.
“I don’t want it to be in that Shakespeare voice that puts you off,” he told trade paper Screen International at the Cannes
. “Audiences want to hear Shakespeare and they understand more than they think they are going to. The second film I ever saw was Olivier’s Henry V when I was nine years old and I loved it.”
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
As my husband said, this looks like an alien spaceship from Babylon 5. It is so creepy when it opens up. It looks like it has two glowing red eyes inside it.
The bloodybelly comb jellys sparkling display is from light diffracting from tiny transparent, hair-like cilia. These beat continuously as a form of propulsion. In the deep sea, the jelly is nearly invisible; animals that are red appear black and blend into the dark background.
This species has only recently come to the attention of scientists, thanks to images like this, supplied by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s remotely operated vehicles.
The producers of the last Oscars, Bill Condon and Laurence Mark were busy with other projects. They brought back some showbiz pizazz to the show with host Hugh Jackman. This year's host has not yet been announced, but you know that I'm praying they can get Hugh back. He was amazing!!
Adam Shankman, who directed Hairspray, I think will bring that same kind of energy to the show. In the official press release, Adam Shankman noted, "The last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor." Shankman was a dancer for the 1989 Little Mermaid Best Song number:
"I was one of Paula Abdul's 'Under the Sea' pirates," Shankman said. "The last time I was at the Oscars, I was in Lycra, with a pirate hat on."I first heard about Adam Shankman as his work as a choreographer, back in my days of obsession over Brendan Frasier. He was the choreographer of the movie Mrs. Winterbourne, with his kitchen tango scene that I love, love, love. He went on to direct The Wedding Planner, and finally his big success was Hairspray. He also directed the very funny Prop 8 Musical.
So, I have high hopes for this years Oscars. With choosing Adam Shankman, I'm betting we don't just get a stand up comedian doing a monologue, and if not Hugh, someone else will be doing a song and dance opener!
Shankman told Canoe:
"I personally want to kick up the funny a little bit. Movies are an invaluable source of entertainment during a very tough time in our country's history. Since entertainment is what we're selling, we want to celebrate that aspect and not just have it be that we're sitting around congratulating ourselves and patting ourselves on the back."
Google Wave is "a personal communication and collaboration tool" announced by Google earlier this year. The name was inspired by the Firefly television series in which a Wave is an electronic communication (often consisting of a video call or video message).There's also an example using a scene from Good Will Hunting.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice-President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal.
Esquire has published a provocative article stating the reason that the current Vampire craze is not like the scary vampires of yesteryear:
Vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men. Not all young straight women, of course, but many, if not most, of them.
Awards Daily clued me in to this music video for Fatboy Slim's Praise You back from 1999 that I had never seen. Spike Jonze both directed and danced in this as his alter ego Richard Koufey, head of the Torrance Community Dance Group. They took a boom box and performed dances in public spaces.
This video won breakthrough video, and best director in the MTV Video Music Awards. I saw Where the Wild Things Are this weekend and my review of it is coming soon.
Mortensen became acutely aware of the effect his tattoos had while on location, noting he "had scared the shit unwittingly" out of some Russian immigrants in London restaurants. "I had to remove the visible ones when I went out anywhere, they really did scare some people."Eastern Promises is probably my favorite, and no it's not just the nude fight scene. "I am just a driver," Viggo's character says. "I go left, I go right, I go straight ahead." Viggo just so nailed this Russian mobster in all his scariness and complexity. Here's a little taste in the Youtube clip below. If you've never seen Eastern Promises, you have to go rent it as it's some of his best work ever. Viggo's latest film, The Road, has been pushed to a Thanksgiving release date.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Timur Bekmembetov is the producer of the upcoming Russian film, Black Lightning about a magical flying Volga car. The film is directed by Alexandr Voitinsky, but you can see Timur's hand all over this. Wanted crossed with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
This is a story of Moscow University's student who becomes the owner of ordinary from the first sight, been-used, but... able to fly "Volga" car. With this car he will be able to not only avoid Moscow traffic jams, but unexpectedly for himself turn to city's defender, mysterious fighter against Evil.
Looks very cool!!
I finally rented Adventureland last week. We couldn't get tickets for its premiere at Sundance last January, and somehow missed it this summer. Greg Mottola, the writer/director, is the same one who made Superbad. The trailer made it seems like it is a similar madcap raunchy comedy. It's actually a much sweeter film than you would expect.
Jesse Eisenberg plays James, a recent college graduate with an English degree. He's not qualified for many jobs, and with his family's changed financial circumstances he has to find a summer job. The only thing left is working at the local amusement park Adventureland. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play the hilarious owners. Ryan Reynolds is the maintenance guy with the rep that he once jammed with Lou Reed. James is immediately attracted to his fellow co-worker played by Kristen Stewart. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how well she acted in this film. She had much more range to show in this role, as she has a secret affair with the married Ryan Reynolds character. It was interesting that Ryan Reynolds was playing kind of a sleazeball, too, as he has been so squeaky good guy in his recent Rom Coms.
Jesse Eisenberg's character is similar to every one that Michael Cera has ever played. He's nerdy and a little naive, but somehow I found Jesse Eisenberg much more annoying to me than Michael Cera ever is. He's supposed to still be a virgin after graduating college. I suppose that's realistic, but I just found it difficult to swallow.
The plot is not completely predictable, and even the "sexpot" supporting character was allowed a little depth. It's a lot of 80's nostalgia, too, especially with the music (a Foreigner cover band makes a funny appearance at one point). I give it three stars for a surprisingly sweet story, and not just being a formula picture. I won't, however, be going out of my way to see the next Jesse Eisenberg film. Worth a rental.
He had a personal message to his mom in Paisley, translated by Seth Meyer.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell via 300:
The DaveHeart sketch near the end of the show may be one of my favorites!
You can watch nearly the whole episode here on Hulu. It seems the song from the monologue may be under copyright dispute with Andrew Lloyd Webber, because I can't find it anywhere, even in the "full" episode view on Hulu.
See more of the break photos of Gerard and a few other clips at Just Jared. I thought it was interesting that he didn't even mention his new movie Law Abiding Citizen once. It came in second for the weekend in box office, but I haven't had a chance to see it yet. Sick kid, darn the luck!