Saturday, June 30, 2007
Six new death scenes were filmed in the span of one week. Let’s hope they picked Sunday to rest, since they are already gonna be in dutch with the Lord for all the murder stuff. Zombie’s Halloween is nearing completion. It has to be, since it is supposed to be out on August 31st and we’re about to begin July. Since fans describe most of this franchise’s sequels as sucky or worse, there is a lot of interest in this reboot of the classic horror character.
Read our preview of this movie.
I don’t mean that as an indictment as a man, it was simply his trademark and he was damned good at it. More recently he became semi-infamous to the geek crowd after an incident in which he walked out of Kevin Smith’s Clerks sequel. The back and forth bickering between them seems somehow much less important now when looked at as a mere moment in Joel Siegel’s long and successful career. Whatever you think of Joel and whatever he was as a film critic, the guy was a fixture in American film criticism and it’s hard to imagine people sitting around talking movies without Joel Siegel there to interject some sort of wacky witticism. Our thoughts go out to his family and his friends, Joel will be missed.
Shia LaBeouf worked his perfect pompadour and leather jacket while riding on a motorcycle with co-star Harrison Ford on Friday. Both stars were attached to dangling steel cables.
The Disturbia star filmed a scene on the New Haven, Connecticut set of his new movie — the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones adventures.
No wonder why he’s been looking a little bit greasy with his hair slicked back!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Pictured above is a demo of the work activity I excelled at the most.
On a conservative estimate, the ad is 16,000 kinds of awesome. The Ninja Turtles were absolutely serious about making these pies a success, evidenced by their willingness to throw away all pride and poise as they don baker hats and rap in unison about vanilla pudding.
"They're lime, they're delicious, you know that's true…because they're filled with MUTAGEN GOO!" Oh God, I am going to sing this jingle to every person and animal I come into contact with forever and ever. They totally should've released it as a single.
Wait, the pies weren't lime, were they? I know the pudding was vanilla. Maybe the crust was lime? I so don't need new questions at this stage…Matt craves closure on the Turtle Pie issue.
Most of the commercial features the Turtles baking the pies and serving them to random kids, but midway through, we finally get some live action money shots of the real deal.
Gushing aside, I think I've stumbled onto something else pretty amazing here. During the spot, the Turtles take special care to serve their desserts to this kid. Take a good, long look at him. He seemed familiar, and sure enough, I'm like 84.7% certain that that's the very same kid who accidentally dropped the pre-mutated Ninja Turtles down the sewer drain in the very first episode of the cartoon series. Click here for a shot of that kid.
In the commercial, he looks a few years older…I'd say about three years older, which is the exact amount of years between the first episode and the stupid pie commercial. The Ninja Turtles were clearly rewarding their indirect creator in the only way they knew how: By providing free pies. Am I reaching? NO. I am RIGHT and I deserve prizes.
And by prizes I mean pieses.
UPDATE: They're not saying "they're lime, they're delicious" in the commercial. They're saying "they're mondo delicious." I spent six weeks trying to find Mondo Gecko in the sixth grade; you'd think "mondo" would've at least entered my permanent lexicon for it.
Unfortunately, a percentage of Americans (the emotionally crippled) do love him, and he, somehow, continues to get work. According to Cinematical, the low-brow loser will join hottie Elisha Cuthbert in the upcoming family comedy The Six Wives Of Henry LeFay.
So far, no details have been made public about the plot; however, based on the target demographic, I’m going to assume that it’s roughly an hour of polygamist orgies and fifteen to twenty minutes of Tim Allen grunt noises. That’s just good comedy. Sadly, this gem probably won’t be making its way into your multiplex for another year or so. The rest of the cast is still yet to sign on, and its unclear whether a script has even been written. Just back in the next few months, and we will keep you abreast on all of the fascinating details.
Mae Whitman apparently is out as Jamie Sommers' deaf sister Becca to be replaced with a character yet to be named, reported TV Guide's Michael Ausiello. While it's not clear who will be the new actress portraying Becca, one thing is clear: She will not be deaf.
"The decision was purely creatively driven," an NBC spokesperson told Ausiello. "It is very common to change storylines, characters, actors after the initial pilot is shot."
"Bionic Woman" would have been just the second genre series after "Jericho" on CBS to feature a deaf character, a group that some say is sorely under-represented in television today.
Someone in NBC's hierarchy apparently asked that the character's hearing be restored, continuing a network streak started more than 40 years ago when NBC asked Gene Roddenberry to get rid of that "satanic Martian" he had with the pointed ears.
"Bionic Woman," which stars Michelle Ryan, premieres this fall on NBC.
'If anything, it would be the lights and cables and camera teams that could disrupt work at the Defense Ministry, [German official]Kuehnau said, adding that if an arrangement is found where filming does not interfere with government business, a filming permit should be no problem.'
Kuehnau added, "And anozza sing, zat whole 'holocaust' story vas vay, vay owerblown."
Valkyrie, the story of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, a national hero who was executed in 1944 for attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler, was written by Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander and will be directed by Bryan Singer. Bryan Singer, Chris McQuarrie, and Nazis? Shit, I'll see that even if mormons are in it.
In recent weeks a DVD workprint of Eli Roth's "Hostel: Part II" and a DVD screener of Michael Moore's "Sicko" leaked online. A few days ago a 'CAM' release - films that have been captured by someone taking a camcorder into a movie theatre and filming the movie - popped up for Disney & Pixar's next flick "Ratatouille" which opens tomorrow. Yesterday however saw a 'CAM' release of "Captivity" hit the networking sites. Dark and blurry to be on the verge of near unwatchable for all but the most desperate - judging from example screen captures that have popped up online - it makes one wonder how the studios will react to this. When "Hostel: Part II" opened soft to $8.2 million, director Eli Roth screamed bloody murder about the leak (considering what got leaked he has every right), but then blamed the failed opening entirely on the piracy rather than more likely factors of bad scheduling, studio co-production politics and poor word-of-mouth and critical reviews. Michael Moore on the other hand was indifferent about the leak of his film, and its stellar box-office performance in limited release last weekend shows that it's unlikely to have much of an impact. Indeed with both it and "Ratatouille" hitting wide this week, it'll be interesting to see how they perform and what potential failure might be ascribed to piracy.The leak of "Captivity" isn't a huge surprise though considering that the film has opened in international territories already, most notably the UK. Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller "Sunshine", which also opened in a similar international-first pattern, has already seen a DVD quality available on torrenting sites for months now despite the film not opening States-side til mid-July.
The Times Online has posted up the first online review of the upcoming fifth "Harry Potter" film, and the verdict is mixed - with a 3/5 score.It calls 'Phoenix' a "solid, occasionally spectacular set-piece that struggles unsuccessfully to give us thrills and fun we have not already had in previous instalments" and "overall there is a shortage of those joyful little glimpses of the wizarding world’s furniture that punctuated and perked up the previous films".
The main problem though seems to be the same as for those who had difficulty with the last film - namely, the lack of a true climax that will only come with the last book. Critic Leo Lewis says "the true denouement of the cycle is now two movies distant...
As the waiting for the final book grows unbearable, there are moments when this otherwise enjoyable film, though nicely made and through no fault of its own, feels like a chore to be got through before the main course".
Now for my soapbox.
I'm a pretty critical reviewer generally, not one to praise lightly. I saw the film last week in London and whilst I can't publish my review until the week of release, I can say that they took what I consider arguably the worst book in the series and turned it into arguably the best (well second best, 'Azkaban' will always hold a special place) film in the franchise so far - and easily the best of the Summer blockbusters this season so far. I can't go into anymore detail I'm sorry, but expect a more in-depth critical analysis in a little over a week from now.
Kelly originally wrote it for Eli Roth to direct, but then Roth got caught up with HOSTEL 2 and CELL and left it for Kelly to direct once SOUTHLAND TALES was finally finished.
I don't think the horror audience wants tame horror, I think they want a better variety. I don't think I've ever met a horror fan that said, "Man... I'm tired of R-rated horror movies. Why can't we get more PG-13 stuff?"
But like I said above about Richard Kelly's script, I think he's making the movie he wants, a movie that can fit in a PG-13 rating, not paring it down because he's afraid of a harsher rating. On the whole, THE BOX is Kelly's most mainstream script. It still has his quirks, of course. His voice is clearly there, but I think it has a wider appeal than his previous work. Now if he can just get the final cut of SOUTHLAND TALES to come out...
Thursday, June 28, 2007
This is interesting because we're already going to see a Star Wars spoof from Robot Chicken next month, which not only has Lucas' blessing but also his cooperation. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane often voices characters on Robot Chicken and Seth Green produces Robot Chicken but also voices 'Chris' on Family Guy. Not sure if this all came together by coincidence or what.MacFarlane will premiere some of the Family Guy/Star Wars spoof at this weekend's Star Wars convention in LA.
The Hollywood Reporter says, “Hollywood studios are suing a pair of dot-coms that provide links to scores of file-sharing Web sites, extending a campaign targeting the unauthorized dissemination of copyright material.”
I wanted to quote that, so you wouldn’t miss the subtle nuance of godforsaken evil in it. If you fell out of your chair halfway through it, feel free to go back and read it again. I’ll be down in the next paragraph. What we have here is a pair sites, specifically YouTVPC and PeekVid.com, which don’t actually have any illegal content on them. What they do, is tell people about other sites that do contain copyrighted, illegal content. So if I ran a story here which said Freemovies.com has Brokeback Mountain available for download, I’d pretty much be doing the same thing. I’m not distributing copyrighted material, I don’t have any copyrighted material, I’m just telling you about this other guy who does have some. Essentially, they want it to be illegal for you to talk about illegal downloaders. Not just to download yourself, but to even talk about other people doing it.
The MPAA is couching this as them pursuing people who are “profiting from the theft of other people's creative works,” and those are some nice buzz words except these people haven’t stolen anything. At worst they’re profiting off the people who have profited off the theft of other people’s creative work. They’re like the pirate’s step-cousin twice-removed. While we’re at it, let’s go after newspapers who profit off the crimes committed by thieves, since they make their money by reporting on break-ins. Or the next time John Stossil does an expose on the piracy problem, let’s toss him in prison. After all, he’s earning his paycheck by telling you about pirates.
How long until the MPAA goes after Google for including file sharing sites in their search engines? Oh wait, never, because they’re rich. Of course the standard, do nothinger response to this will be that these are bad people who are encouraging people to do bad things, and if the courts set a legal precedent like this the government wouldn’t ever really apply it to anything we care about. They’ll only apply it to people with bad intentions. And they’re right, in that these are bad people. I don’t care about PeekVid, they’re a bunch of assholes who encourage people to watch movies on their computers instead of watching them on a 40ft screen the way they ought to see them. They’re scum, but free speech protects lowlife bastards with bad intentions as much as it protects you and me. It has to work that way, or it ceases to be free speech. Free speech doesn’t differentiate between the man who means well and the guy who works for the anti-Christ. It’s simply free speech. You can say what you want. Talking about crimes is not the same thing as committing them, no matter what your reason for talking about them. I’ve just about had it with copyright laws. At some point they were a good idea (and probably still are). But they’ve been taken much too far. They don’t protect artists and copyright holders anymore. Most of those people can’t afford the teams of lawyers necessary to enforce their copyrights anyway. They exist only to line the fat cat pockets of greedy, money-grubbing corporations who will push and pull and stretch copyright laws until they’ve choked the life out of the internet and everyone on it If the MPAA has to go after anyone, try going after the people who are actually stealing your content, instead of taking the lazy, slimy, socially irresponsible route of going after just about everyone else.
Hundreds of young Japanese fans, many wearing witch costumes and holding magic wands, screamed when Daniel Radcliffe appeared as white smoke spewed on the stage.
"Japanese fans are the best!" Radcliffe, dressed in a white suit, said in simple Japanese.
"Order of the Phoenix" was directed by David Yates, a Briton best known for the multilayered TV thrillers "State of Play" and "Sex Traffic."
The film opens as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is undergoing a gradual takeover by the bureaucratic Ministry of Magic and its emissary, Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton).
A sense of impending doom is heightened by a series of nightmares that link Harry (Radcliffe) ever more closely to the devilish Voldemort, bringing Rowling's saga into even darker territory.
There's also a new love angle: Harry's first kiss with fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung).
The Harry Potter books have been translated into 65 languages and sold more than 325 million copies since the first volume, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," was published in 1997. (The book was published in the United States with the title "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.")
After this movie, the next Harry-related frenzy will be the publication of the seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," on July 21.
The first Harry Potter movie was released in 2001. Radcliffe and co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who play Harry's friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, have been at the center of the Potter storm for almost half their lives.
"It's just absolutely brilliant. He's an icon," said 17-year-old Radcliffe, explaining why he's been playing Harry for such a long time. "He is somebody whose character has gotten his generation of kids into reading. So it's an honor to play him."
All three stars have signed up for the final two Potter films.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," a Warner Bros. Pictures release, opens in the United States on July 11 and in Britain the next day.
By SHARON HONG
The group's first single, "Wannabe," was released in 1996 and was followed by a string of No. 1 hits.
You could now call them the Spice Mums. Beckham said the tour will be designed to accommodate the band members' seven children. Bunton is now pregnant with her first child.
"Our priority is going to be our families. We want to have fun," said Beckham, who has three sons with her husband, soccer star David Beckham. "That's one of the many reasons for this, for our children to see what we used to do."
Read rest of review here, http://www.chud.com/index.php?type=reviews&id=10819
The trailer starts out with Watts getting her hands on a girl's diary. In an attempt to return it, she comes across the Russian mafia. You have to love Mortensen's Russian accent; it's dead on."Eastern Promises" re-unites Mortensen with Cronenberg after the 2005 "A History of Violence." Joining the cast is also the amazing French actor Vincent Cassel, who you might know from "Derailed" and "Ocean's Twelve." "Eastern Promises" hits theaters on September 14th, in limited release.
Click here to check out the clip
Click here to read more about "Eastern Promises."
The rub here is that the babies will be real, not fake steaming piles of CGI, like in Children of Men. Says Davis:
'If we would have shot here in LA, the rule of shooting with an infant is that they can only be in front of the camera for a half hour a day. I didn't know that. But, when we went up to Canada, the babies could work for eight hours a day. They can work 15 minutes on in front of the camera and then they need a 20 minute break. But, we had twins so virtually we could have a baby whenever we wanted. It eased it up a lot.'
Have a baby whenever he wants, who is this guy, Kevin Federline? *rimshot* Anyway, I'm glad he was able to shoot with those commies up there in Canuck-land, whose child labor laws are notoriously lax. Might as well have shot the movie in China. Babies there are already working in sweat shops and doing kung fu. Then again, maybe that's why kids grow up to be such pussies in LA.
"The Simpsons” was nearly slapped with a R-rating due to the Bart in the buff content. According to AssociatedContent.com, this gives "The Simpsons” the unique distinction of being the first film, animated or live action, to escape the Restricted rating despite depiction of full frontal nudity. It’s a cartoon, and if anyone’s going to get away with going there and push that envelope as far as it will go just to try to prove that there’s no reason it can’t go there, it’s "The Simpsons.”
Rating this animated feature R would be a bit excessive in my opinion. Bart is America’s ultimate iconic bad boy, and I believe a "Simpsons” movie should take more risks and defy some of the limitations that broadcasting on television imposes on one of the boldest shows on TV, animated or not."The Simpsons,” and Bart’s full monty, hits theaters on July 27.
Bourne is just part of Ludlum's legacy:
•21 titles published before he died, including The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Icarus Agenda.
•6 titles published posthumously, including The Ambler Warning and The Sigma Protocol.
•Books to movies:
The Rhinemann Exchange, TV miniseries (1977)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
The Bourne Identity, TV miniseries (1988)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The studio is reportedly pleased with the effort which includes "a half-dozen of the best-known superheroes working together, including Batman and Superman."
The studio must now decide whether they will release a JLA movie before the next "Superman" movie. With director Bryan Singer about to shoot "Valkyrie", there remains at present no screenplay for the Super-sequel.