Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy birthday to Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott turns 73 today. The famous director has been nominated for three Academy Awards; Thelma and Louise ( 1992 ) Gladiator ( 2001 ) and Black Hawk Down ( 2002 ) and has made countless good films including the very first Alien, which he is currently in production on two Alien prequels.

Green Lantern trailer

June 17,2011

Directed by Martin Campbell ( Edge Of Darkness, The Mask Of Zorro ) starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Blake Lively, Angela Bassett, Peter Sarsgard, Tim Robbins, Jon Tenny.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Frankie and Alice trailer

Opening in select cities in December and then going wide on February 4th.

Directed by Geoffrey Sax ( White Noise, Stormbreaker ) starring Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Matt Frewer.

A young multiracial American woman ( Berry ) with dissociative identity disorder struggles to retain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Director Curtis Hanson tackles new project for HBO

Curtis Hanson ( LA Confidential, Wonder Boys ) is underway in filming his new financial thriller for HBO, Too Big To Fail. Breaking Bad scribe Peter Gould is adapting the popular Andrew Ross Sorkin novel. The film is an all-star cast with the likes of Paul Giamatti, William Hurt, James Woods, Billy Crudup, Kathy Baker, Matthew Modine, Tony Shaloub, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, Dan Hedaya and Michael O' Keefe. Kramer Morgenthou ( Fracture, The Express ) is handling the cinematography. Film is set for a 2011 release.
This project looks like prime worthiness for Globe/Emmy attention, if anything for how controversial the subject matter is. Here is a little synopsis about the book...

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the FinancialSystem--and Themselves (Paperback)

In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin-a New York Times columnist and one of the country's most respected financial reporters-delivers the first definitive blow- by-blow account of the epochal economic crisis that brought the world to the brink. Through unprecedented access to the players involved, he re-creates all the drama and turmoil of these turbulent days, revealing never-before-disclosed details and recounting how, motivated as often by ego and greed as by fear and self-preservation, the most powerful men and women in finance and politics decided the fate of the world's economy.

Here is one book review...

" A lot of the negative reviews of this book are right; the details are exhaustive, the time lines are protracted, there is a lot of minutia and it isn't an exciting action packed story. That's because it is the detailed account of a real life event that confused almost all of America, if not the world, because of the extremely hidden and somewhat self-delusional world of finance. If you want to understand what happened to the American economy in 2008 and understand how the stock market managed to plummet from 14,000 to 8,000 in just a few months, wiping out 15 years of economic growth, you need to read this book.
One of the biggest things I took away from this book is that none of the CEOs of huge multinational financial investment and deposit banks saw this crash coming. These highly paid captains of industry somehow missed the massive correction headed their way and failed to notice that they had poisoned their own well. They were smart enough to exploit any and all opportunities that came their way, including business cannibalism that fed on the weak and incest when necessary to save their own hides. Every major player in this mess was quoted or overheard by someone to say "How did this happen?" or "How did we get here?"
Too Big to Fail picks up where House of Cards left off after the implosion of Bear Stearns and follows the supernova of Lehman Brothers, then moves on the all of the remaining major players running around to save themselves. It's an interesting look into the inner workings of the deals that lead up to the TARP agreement, because this telling of the story makes it look like the Fed, Treasury and the SEC regulators put a gun to the heads of CEOs and made them do a lot of what we have blamed them for. Instead of Henry Paulson being a momma bird bringing home the goods to bankers, he comes off more like a Mafia Don who is upset with his troops for messing up and starts banging heads together before making everyone get back to business. Geithner comes across as a cold arm straightener who relies on the "You won't like me if I get angry" method of dealing with people.

1.) Very detailed information. Some reviews make me think that American adults just can't read something that is this in-depth anymore, which BTW is what made the economic collapse possible. People didn't want to pay attention, but the devil is in the details.
2.) The author makes it clear that he is trying to make this work as authentic and unbiased as possible, and I think for the most part he succeeded. He lets the events speak for themselves and lets the reader make up their mind, which is what good journalism is all about.
3.) This book is critical for understanding the financial melt down we just went through, and gives the thinking person some idea of what can be done to avoid something similar from happening again.
4.) There aren't any monsters of demons in this book, just people that made mistakes or rushed into something without thinking first. The people involved shouldn't be cast as a cabal of villians, but we do need to knock them out of their ivory towers where they think they are financial gods above questioning. If they were really that good they wouldn't have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs for a quick buck.

Conclusion: This is an awesome book with an equally awesome amount of detail. In combination with House of Cards, Return of Depression Economics, the Origin of Financial Crisis and The Post-American World (to understand where all the jobs went and why they aren't coming back) this book will help you completely understand what happened over the last 2 years, why you are unemployed, why your 401K is worth pennies, and if you are lucky enough to have a job why you will never to able to retire. Enjoy! "

Black Swan Preview/Synopsis

December 3

Directed by Oscar nomiee Darren Aronofsky ( The Wrestler, Requiem For A Dream ) starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbra Hershey and Winona Ryder. Written by John J. McLaughlin, Andres Heinz and Mark Heyman, cinematography by Matthew Libatique ( The Fountain, Inside Man ) editing by Andrew Weisblum ( The Darjeeling Limited, The Wrestler ) Original music by Golden Globe Nominee Clint Mansell ( Sahara, The Fountain )

A New York City ballet company is producing Swan Lake, and director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) with ballerina Nina (Portman). Nina lives with Erica (Hershey), her overbearing mother and a former ballerina. Nina finds competition in new dancer Lily (Kunis). Swan Lake requires a ballerina who can play the innocent White Swan, which fits Nina, and the sensual Black Swan, which fits Lily. The dancers' rivalry changes into a bizarre friendship, and Nina begins exploring a dark side of herself.

Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use. 103 minutes

Oscar chances ? Lock for Portman, in fact she has a good chance at taking the trophy. Many think it's between her and Annette Bening. Also possibles are supporting actress, screenplay, art direction, cinematography and score. The film has garnered an 94% overall approval rating thus far.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nic Cage filming Ghost Rider sequel

Really ? Like Hollywood and film fans alike were clamouring for another Ghost Rider ? I mean, the first one wasn't that good and that's being kind.

Filming is now underway in Romania with Cage reprising his Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider character. Replacing original director are the duo, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor of Gamer and Crash respectively. This time the supporting cast will be new as well with the likes of Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba, Violanta Placido, Christopher Lambert ( he still around ? ) and Johnny Whitworth.

As it has been with Cage the last several years, he has no less than 7 projects coming within the next year and a half or so. The guy puts out more movies than anybody. I'm not not entirely sure if that is such a good thing with a lot of Cage's movies though, because sometimes quality is better than substance.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

First image shot of actress Michelle Willimas as iconic actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Film is being directed by Simon Curtis ( David Copperfield ) and also starring Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Doughray Scott as Arthur Miller, Julia Ormand as Vivian Leigh, Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dominic Cooper as Milton Greene.
The film is based on the Colin Clark novel My Week With Marilyn, and tells of forty years ago, Colin Clark, the son of art historian Kenneth Clark, accepted a job as a "gofer" on the set of Laurence Olivier's film The Prince and the Showgirl, which was to star Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. By day, Clark satisfied the every whim of director Olivier and other crew members; by night, he chronicled the day's events in his diary, compiling a vivid and witty introduction to the craft and business of filmmaking. Now he is publishing the diary virtually intact. It's a wickedly entertaining little book, a delicious backstage comedy of the clash of two worlds, as well as a candid time capsule of a heedless young Englishman's sexual progress, circa 1956. At center stage are the classically trained Olivier, leading a crew of expert British film professionals, and a sad and volatile Monroe, surrounded by manipulative and sycophantic hangers-on. Clark's thumbnail judgments of the principals are shrewd, sometimes harsh; playwright Arthur Miller, who married the actress just before the film began production, comes across as particularly unpleasant. Full of the sort of stories and observations film insiders tell only each other (Monroe upon Clark's first scrutiny: "She looked absolutely frightful.... Nasty complexion, a lot of facial hair, shapeless figure and, when the glasses came off, a very vague look in her eye")

The Eagle trailer

February 11, 2011

Directed by Kevin Macdonald ( The Last King Of Scotland, State Of Play ) starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim. Cinematography was done by Oscar winner Anthony Dod Mantle ( Slumdog Milionaire )

In 140 AD, a young Roman centurion attempts to uncover the truth about the disappearance of his father's legion—the Ninth—in the north of Britain twenty years previously. The centurion, Marcus Aquila (Tatum), travels with a British slave, Esca (Bell), beyond Hadrian's Wall into Caledonia, where he must confront the tribes to recover the legion's eagle standard and restore his father's reputation.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Denzel's next project

Denzel Washington is getting ready to start shooting in early 2011 for the film Safe House that will co-star Ryan Reynolds, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa ( Easy Money ) written by David Guggenheim, and with script touch up by Terry George ( In The Name Of The Father )

The film is about a group of villains that destroy a CIA-operated safe house, the facility's young house-sitter must work to move the criminal who's being hidden there to another secure location.

Rumor is the film will be seeking a early 2012 release.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Anne Hathaway's next is One Day

Speaking of Anne Hathaway who has Love and Other Drugs opening this week, and who recently turned 28, she has also wrapped a new film called One Day, directed by Lone Scherfig ( An Education ) that co-stars Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson, Romola Garai, Jodie Whitaker, Rafe Spall.

The story revisits the lives of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), who first meet as they graduate from the University of Edinburgh, on 15 July, St. Swithin's Day across twenty years. Noi release date has been set.

John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe

Filming got underway this month in Budapest on a new version of The Raven, with John Cusack starring as writer Edgar Allen Poe. The film is a fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.

The movie is being directed by James McTeigue ( The Invasion, 1408 ) and also stars Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Oliver Jackson- Cohen. Screenplay was written by actor Ben Livingston and cinematography is provided by Benoit Delhomme ( The Proposition, 1408 )

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Kings Speech Preview/Synopsis

November 26

Directed by Tom Hooper ( John Adams, The Damn United ) starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle, Clair Bloom, Timothy Spall. Wriiten by David Seidler ( Tucker: A Man and His Dream ) cinematography by Danny Cohen ( Pirate Radio ) Editing by Oscar nominee Tariq Anwar ( American Beauty ) Original music by Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat ( Benjamin Button )

Because of his stammer, Albert (the future George VI) dreaded public speaking. After his closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley on 31 October 1925, which was an ordeal for both him and the listeners, he began to see Lionel Logue, an Australian-born speech therapist. The Duke and Logue practised breathing exercises such as diaphragmatic breathing and the Duchess rehearsed these with him patiently. As a result of the training, the Duke's opening address at Australia's Federal Parliament at Canberra in 1927 went successfully, and he was able to speak subsequently with only a slight hesitation.

Rated R for brief language.

Oscar chances ? This film could possibly be the nomination leader, with locks in the Picture, Actor, Director, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Costumes, Editing and Art Direction. If you are a betting person you going in for The King's Speech.

Lincoln Lawyer trailer

Directed by Brad Furman ( The Take ) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Philleppe, Marisa Tomei, John Leguizamo, William H. Macy, Michael Pena, Francis Fisher, Michael Pare.

Moderately successful criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller ( McConaughey ) operates around Los Angeles County out of a Lincoln Town Car driven by a former client working off his legal fees (hence the title). While most clients are drug dealers and gangsters, the story focuses on an unusually important case of wealthy Los Angeles Realtor Louis Roulet ( Phillippe ) accused of assault and attempted murder. At first, he appears to be innocent and set up by the female "victim."

But Roulet's lies and many surprising revelations tear Mickey's case theory to shreds, making him reconsider the situation of Jesus Menendez, a former client now languishing in San Quentin State Prison after pleading guilty to a similar and mysteriously related crime.

In the end, Haller outmaneuvers Roulet (revealed as a villain obviously) without violating ethical obligations, frees the innocent Menendez, and continues in legal practice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Harry Potter destroys the competition

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I became the 6 largest opening weekend of all time taking in a whopping 125 million at the box office. I guess I'm one the very few who did not partake in the Potter love. Here's the top 6 of all time openings...

1) The Dark Knight- $ 158, 411
2) Spider-Man 3- 151,116
3) The Twilight Saga- New Moon- $ 142, 839
4) Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Man's Chest- $ 135, 634
5) Iron Man 2- 128, 122

Legacy Of Secrecy on DiCaprio's plate ?

Leonardo DiCaprio is quickly filling up his filmography with all sorts of subjects. It's been reported that DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, in Legecy Of Secrecy, based for the book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartman, who obtained the confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello to having ordered JFK's assassination.

As part of a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become the confidant of Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades.

The FBI's clandestine operation with Van Laningham and the full story behind Marcello's JFK confession remained secret for decades, until Waldron and Hartmann published the declassified FBI files from the National Archives in 2009's "Legacy of Secrecy."

Legacy of Secrecy tells the full story. . .

. . .of JFK’s murder and the tragic results of the cover-ups that followed, as revealed by two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy, backed by thousands of files at the National Archives.

The result of twenty years of research, it finally tells the full story long withheld from Congress and the American people, by exposing for the first time:

• Uncensored FBI files revealing the clear confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello to arranging JFK’s assassination, and meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby.

• New disclosures about the JFK assassination confessions of Marcello’s partners — Tampa godfather Santo Trafficante and Mafia don Johnny Rosselli — plus admissions from two of their associates who helped them kill JFK.

• How the three Mafia chiefs had a dozen mob associates infiltrate John and Robert Kennedy’s top-secret “Plan for a Coup in Cuba,” set for December 1, 1963—and used parts of the coup plan to kill JFK in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

• Why Robert Kennedy and top U.S. officials withheld crucial information to prevent a confrontation with the Soviets and protect JFK’s ally high in the Cuban government: Commander Juan Almeida, who is still listed as Cuba’s #3 official today.

• How officials like J. Edgar Hoover and the CIA’s Richard Helms also used the opportunity to cover-up their own misjudgments, misdeeds, and intelligence failures, setting the stage for further tragedies.

• The names of the two Georgia men who paid James Earl Ray to assassinate Martin Luther King, why they wanted Dr. King killed, and how Ray contacted them in Atlanta the day after King’s murder.

•Why the FBI withheld files from Congress showing that Marcello brokered the contract on Dr. King, and the connection Rosselli had to James Earl Ray.

• How Robert Kennedy’s efforts to bring JFK’s killers to justice was thwarted by his own murder, raising new questions about RFK’s slaying by focusing on Sirhan Sirhan’s criminal ties and the confession of a Rosselli associate.

• The roles played by a dozen veterans of the JFK-Almeida coup plan — such as E. Howard Hunt — in Watergate. Legacy of Secrecy explains what the burglars were really looking for, why Nixon risked his Presidency to get it, and how Watergate triggered the downfall of Marcello and Rosselli.

• How Congressional investigations of Marcello, Trafficante, and Rosselli for JFK’s murder were stymied by the murders of five witnesses, including Rosselli and Jimmy Hoffa.

I find all this information about cover ups and whatnot in some of the biggest story's in United States history fascinating.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Spielberg has more projects in the works

Director Steven Spileberg has had his name bandied about quite a bit this past week with the news of his Lincoln movie project finally seeing the light of day and coming to fruition, but... he also has another project he will be diving into just as soon as he finishes Lincoln, and that's a sci-fi thriller called Robopocalypse, based off the novel of the same name by writer/robotics expert Daniel H. Wilson. The film will see an 2013 release.

" These damned machines knew us and loved us, even while they were tearing our civilization to shreds.”

Here's a synopsis about the premise...

Roughly twenty years from now, our technological marvels unite and turn against us. A childlike but massively power­ful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online . . . and kills the man who created it. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of machines and technology that regulates everything from transportation to utilities, defense, and communications. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans—from a senator and single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s “smart” toys, to a lonely Japanese bachelor, to an isolated U.S. soldier—but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is far too late. Then, in the span of minutes, at a moment known later in history as Zero Hour, every mechanical device in our world rebels, setting off the Robot War that both decimates and—for the first time in history—unites humankind.

Another Year trailer

December 31

Written and directed by Mike Leigh ( Happy Go Lucky ) starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wright, David Bradley, Michelle Austin, Oliver Maltman.

A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

The film has a rating average of 8.1 out of 10 on approval ratings and has been nominated in a few different pre Academy Award ceremonies.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Muppets movie is currently filming

Flight of The Conchords director James Bobin, is well underway with his new Muppets movie simply titled The Muppets. Some may be surprised by this, but actor Jason Segel helped co-write the screenplay along with Forgetting Sarah Marshall scribe and director Nicholas Stoller.

The premise has Kermit the Frog and the Muppets trying to come up with a plan to stop their theater from being closed down. Starring along side Muppets such as Miss Piggy, Fozzie the Bear, Beaker, Animal, Rizzo Rat, Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Sam the Eagle, Dr. Bunson Honeydrew, Rowlf the Dog and Statler and Waldorf are actors Segel, Amy Adams, Rashinda Jones, Chris Cooper, Charles Grodin and Rachel Ray. Other cameos rumored are Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Crystal, Alan Arkin, Jean Claude Van Damme, Danny Glover, Danny Trejo, Barbara Eden, French Stewart, Sean Penn, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Source Code trailer

April 15, 2011

Director Duncan Jones ( David Bowie's son ) follow up to his debut film Moon, is titled Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright, Russell Peters, Michael Arden. Don Burgess ( Cast Away, The Book Of Eli ) provided the cinematography.

The premise is about a soldier (Gyllenhaal) becomes part of an experimental government program that is investigating a train bombing. He is forced to relive the incident over and over again until he can find out who is responsible and how to prevent the next terrorist attack from occurring.

Spielberg chooses Day-Lewis for Lincoln

It's been a few years now that iconic director Steven Spileberg has been wanting to make the autobiography of Abraham Lincoln. But every time he tried to push the project forward, something delayed it and put it on the back burner. Many were wondering if he'd ever really get the film off the ground.

Well, the waiting is only going to be a little bit longer as he has his actor to play the 16th President and date for the scheduled filming for his film, Lincoln.

Two time Academy winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has been chosen to star in a script written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner ( Angels In America, Munich ) based from best selling novel by Debra Kearns Goodwin's Team Of Rivals. Filming will begin in the fall of 2011.

The film is to concentrate on the road to abolition of slavery and the end of the Civil War. Spielberg is looking to release the film at the end of 2012.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Out this week...

The Next Three Days ( dir. Paul Haggis starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks ) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows-Part I, Made In Dagenham ( dir. Nigel Cole starring Sally Hawkins )
127 Hours-wide ( dir. Danny Boyle starring James Franco ) Love and Other Drugs- Nov. 23 ( dir. Ed Zwick starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway )

Andrew Niccol's new film

Director Andrew Niccol ( Lord Of War ) and Oscar nominated screenwriter of The Truman Show is about a month into his new film sci-fi thriller Now, that's shooting in Los Angeles, and starring Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Justin Timberlake, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Galecki and Toby Hemingway

The film is about in the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.

No release date has been set yet but 2011 is the year it will hit theaters.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green Lantern trailer

Release date: June 17, 2011

Directed by Martin Campbell ( Edge Of Darkness ) starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins, Jay O' Sanders and Jon Tenney. Cinematography provided by Dion Beebe ( Chicago )

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all

Cowboys and Aliens trailer

Release date: July 29, 20011

Directed by Jon Favreau ( Iron Man 1 & 2 ) starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine and Clancy Brown.
Matthew Libatique handled the cinematography.

The premise is set in 1873 Arizona, a loner named Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution where he learns he is wanted by many people, including Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a harsh leader who rules the town with an iron fist. But Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when mysterious forces attack the town from the sky, sparing no one in their path. While Jake's shackle holds the key to defeating them, he must align himself with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to make a stand against this mysterious and more powerful new foe.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pitt and Dominik to reunite for new film

The rumors are rampant about director Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt working together again on a adaptation of George V. Higgins novel Cogan's Trade. The actor and director previously did The Assassination Of Jesse James: By The Coward Robert Ford back in 2002.

Cogan's Trade is a story about Boston area Irish-American lowlife mobsters and their escapades. It concerns the gunpoint robbery of a mob-protected high stakes card game and the mayhem that ensues. The characters are all quite colorful and their language captures the time and the milieu.

Red Riding Hood teaser

Here's the teaser of the film I did a small entry about back in August. Don't quite know what to think of this one yet.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Unknown trailer

Unknown February 18, 2011

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra ( Orphan ) starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella, Aiden Quinn and Bruno Ganz

A man ( Neeson ) awakens in Berlin from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, not even his wife, believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

The Next Three Days Preview/Synopsis

November 19

Directed by Paul Haggis ( Crash, In The Valley Of Elah ) Starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Stern and a cameo by Liam Neeson. Written by Haggis, cinematography by Stephane Fontaine ( What Just Happened ) editing by Jo Francis ( In The Valley Of Elah ) original music by Oscar nominees Danny Elfman ( Milk, Good Will Hunting ) and Alberto Iglesias ( The Kite Runner, The Constant Gardener )

Life seems perfect for John Brennan ( Crowe ) until his wife, Lara ( Banks ), is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, John is struggling to hold his family together, raising their son and teaching at college while he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. With the rejection of their final appeal, Lara becomes suicidal and John decides there is only one possible, bearable solution: to break his wife out of prison. Refusing to be deterred by impossible odds or his own inexperience, John devises an elaborate escape plot and plunges into a dangerous and unfamiliar world, ultimately risking everything for the woman he loves.

Rated PG-13 for violence, drug material, language and some sexuality.

Oscar chances ? I'm not really seeing any here. It's not getting very good overall approval rating either.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Megamind takes the # 1 spot again.

Two weeks in a row now, the animated film Megamind, has led the box office in earnings. I'm a little surprised that Unstoppable didn't even break the 25 million mark ( 23.5 ) and make over 30 million and surpass Megamind. Or that Morning Glory only pulled in 12.2 million. Megamind pulled in 30.1 million which puts it at earning 89.9 million in two weeks.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Made In Dagenham Preview/Synopsis

November 19

Directed by Nigel Cole ( A lot Like Love ) starring Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike, Richard Schiff, Daniel Mays, Rupert Graves, Jaimie Winstone. Written by William Ivory, cinematography by John de Borman ( An Education, The Full Monty ) editing by Michael Parker ( Run Fat Boy Run )Original music by David Arnold ( Independence Day, Stargate )

The film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay. The walkout was instrumental in the Equal Pay Act 1970. The women did not actually work at the Dagenham assembly plant but a mile or so away on the other side of the rail tracks at the River Plant (a collection of sheds) on Sammy Williams land near Dagenham Dock Station. The Halewood-based women also joined the strike.

Rated R for language and brief sexuality 113 min.

Oscar chances ? Looking pretty good for either Miranda Richardson or Rosamund Pike in support, as the rumor is they steal the show. Also good possibility for Hawkins to earn a Golden Globe nod in lead actress in the Musical/Comedy category.

Zookeeper teaser

July 8 2011

Directed by Frank Coraci ( The Wedding Singer, Click ) starring Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg, Jim Breur, Joe Roagan. Voice cast: Adam Sandler as Capuchin Monkey, Sylvester Stallone as the Lion, Jud Apatow as the Elephant, Jon Favreau as the Bear, Cher as the Giraffe, Jim Breur as the Crow and Maya Rufdolph as the Lioness.

The animals at the zoo adore their overweight caretaker Griffin Kayes (Kevin James), an amiable but lonely guy who's never quite fit in. Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides he should leave the zoo and get a life.

When the zoo animals discover his plan, they decide to break their code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! Now they won't shut up and they're teaching Griffin nature's best mating rituals. To help him win the girl of his dreams (Rosario Dawson) and save their happy family, they're willing to do — or say —anything.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy birthday to Hathaway and Gosling

Anne Hathaway turns 28 today. You will be able to see her next opposite Jake Gyllenhaal this month in Love and Other Drugs. And Ryan Gosling, which you can see in All Good Things and Blue Valentine next month turns 30.

Last Night trailer

Directed by screenwriter Matty Tadjedin ( The Jacket ) and starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillame Canet. Cinematrography is provided by Peter Deming ( Mullholland Dr., I Heart Huckabees )

The story follows a married couple Joanna Reed (Knightley) and Michael Reed (Worthington), apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague (Mendes) to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting his temptation, his wife encounters her past love (Canet )

No release date for the film has been set.

Speaking of De Niro...

After completely some extensive work on his own, Robert De Niro was joined on location by his curvy co-star Monica Belluci in Rome, Italy on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010. They are working on their latest project entitled, Manual of Love 3, the third and final film in the Giovanni Veronesi series.

De Niro to get honored at Golden Globes

Double Oscar winner Robert De Niro will soon add another accolade to his legendary, 40-year movie career.

The " Good Fellas" and "Taxi Driver" actor will be given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in January, joining the ranks of previous honorees including Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, Barbra Streisand and Anthony Hopkins.

The actor will have Little Fockers out this year soon and four more movies in 2011 that include The Killer Elite, The Dark Fields, Manu Ale d' Amone 3 and will appear in the all star casted Gary Marshall film, New Years Eve, which is in pre-production now.

The 67 year old actor has won and been nominated by many awards groups. Here are some of them...

Oscar nominations for Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings and Cape Fear. Oscar WINS for The Godfather Part II and Raging Bull.

BAFTA nominations for The King Of Comedy and Good Fellas.

Golden Globe nomination's in the Musical/Comedy category for New York, New York, Midnight Run, Analyze This and Meet The Parents.

Screen Actors Guild nomination for outstanding cast for Marvin's Room.

The 68th annual Golden Globes will air Sunday night, January 16, 2011.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

All Good Things Trailer

Dec 3

Directed by Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing The Friendman's ) starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Kristen Wiig, Philip Baker Hall, Diane Venora, Lily Rabe and Nick Offerman. Cinematography was shot by Michael Seresin ( Angel Heart, Angela's Ashes )

The premise is based in 1980s New York City, David Marks (Gosling), the son of a powerful real estate tycoon, marries a beautiful working class student, Katie (Dunst). Together they flee the city for country life in Vermont - only to be lured back by David’s father. Upon their return, Katie goes back to medical school and begins to make a life for herself. But as Katie becomes increasingly independent, David mysteriously turns more violent and controlling. Family secrets are slowly revealed, just as Katie disappears without a trace. Years later, when David's best friend turns up dead, the 20-year-old case is re-opened, with David as the main suspect, and the Marks family’s dark secrets pave the way to a disturbing truth.

Depp and Burton to collaborate again

Looks like good friends and long time collaborators Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, are going through with their version of Dark Shadows, the television show that starred Jonathan Frid as the vampire Barnabas Collins from 1976-1971, who Depp will play. Shooting is to begin April of 2011.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Morning Glory Preview/Synopsis

November 12

Directed by Roger Michell ( Changing Lanes ) Starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson, Ty Burrell. Written by Aline Brosh McKenna ( The Devil Wears Prada, The Laws Of Attraction ) Cinematography by Alwin H. Kutchler ( Solitary Man, Proof ) Edited by Daniel Farrell, Nick Moore ( The Full Monty ) and Steve Weisberg ( Men In Black II )

When hard–working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at "Daybreak" (the last–place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts – let alone work with his new co–host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning "news." As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky's blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel – and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself

Rated PG for some sexual content including dialogue, language and brief drug references. 150 min.

Oscar chances ? Probably not, but... it's a very good chance that Rachel McAdams can earn herself a Golden Globe in the Lead Actress-Musical/Comedy category. Harrison Ford could land a Globe nod in the same category as well.

Tron: Legacy trailer

December 17

Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, John Hurt. Claudio Miranda previous Oscar nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, provided the cinematography.

The basic plot to this sequel is Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn's Arcade—that could have only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning digital universe—created by Kevin himself—which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, and landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

In Memory- Happy Birthday Clifton Webb

Born in 1889 as Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in Laura.

He went on to earn 2 Golden Globe nominations, and 3 Oscar nominations in movies considered classics, Laura and The Razor's Edge.

Webb spent the last five years in seclusion in ill health and passed away from a heart attack at age 76 on October 16, 1966.

Other notable film roles he made were in Sitting Pretty ( 1948 ) Stars and Stripes Forever ( 1952 ), Titanic ( 1953 ), Cheaper By The Dozen ( 1950 ), Three Coins in A Fountain ( 1954 ) and The Man The Never Was ( 1956 ).

Monday, November 8, 2010

Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson are on for new film

Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson will play the leads in the upcoming Cameron Crowe project We Bought A Zoo, from the memoir by Benjamin Mee. Filming is to go underway early in 2011. Damon is still filming Contagion for Steve Soderbergh at this time.

We Bought A Zoo by Benjamin Mee, is told from Benjamin's perspective, which draws you in and makes you feel as though you're the one on this crazy zoo-buying adventure. Since it's a true story, it makes it seem all the more exciting. You follow the Mee family from their home in France to the Dartmoor Zoological Park in Devon, experiencing all the difficulties and labor of rebuilding a zoo.
­ Benjamin Mee tells about how he felt and what he thought every time he met a new "character". Through the story you get to meet Benjamin's family, including his wife, children, mother, and brother. You also get to meet the zoo's "old" staff (those who stay on and those who choose to leave), newest members of the crew, and some visitors that pop in every once in a while to offer advise.

Just Go With It Trailer

February 11

Directed by Dennis Dugan ( Happy Gilmore ) and Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Dave Matthews, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Kevin Nealon, Heidi Montag and Dan Patrick. From a script written Sandler, Swardson and Alan Loeb.

Just Go With it, that was previously titled Pretend Wife, is about a plastic surgeon ( Sandler ), who pretends to be married as a pick up line, finally meets the woman of his dreams ( Decker ). He doesn't use the pick up line on her but when she finds the wedding band he uses and she believes him to be married, he has to tell her he's getting a divorce. He asks his office manager ( Aniston ) and her children to pose as his family in order to prove his story.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Bridge On The River Kwai gets Blue-ray treatment

One of the movies that you can put into the " classics " category, the 1957 film has been released on Blue-ray with a new format and look to it. The 1957 which is a adaptation of the Pierre Bouelle novel and the film directed by the late, great David Lean, was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning seven including best picture, actor ( Alec Guinness ) director, adapted screenplay, score, cinematography and editing.

So what's new, any cool new featurettes ? What Goodies Are There?

The picture-in-picture interactive track here - Crossing the Bridge - is an intriguing appendix to the film, though it's not quite as immersive and consistently interesting as it should be. Then come the featurettes: An episode of The Steve Allen Show featuring Guinness and Holden (6:00), some audio excerpts from Holden (2:00), The Rise and Fall of the Jungle Giant (6:00) (about the big explosion at film's end), a USC short film featuring more interview footage from Holden (15:00), and a quick appreciation of the film from writer John Milius (8:00).

Most impressive is the documentary The Making of The Bridge on the River Kwai (53:00), which fuses much of the info included elsewhere on this set into an entertaining, informative single bonus. Also here are a stills gallery, a pair of trailers and a DVD Edition of the movie.

If you are into the classic and want to see thie film in a cleaner version with some cool extras, you can't go wrong with this Blue-ray.

Happy Birthday to Joni Mitchell

I know this is a movie site, but Joni Mitchell turned 67 today and I thought I'd give the iconic folk musician/singer a shout out.
Might just be me, but I find it hard to say her name and think she is 67 years old. She always seems young to me for some reason. Ageless. I just can't picture Joni Mitchell as an old person.

European Fim Award Nominations

Nominations for the European Film Awards. The Ghost Writer dominating the nominations. Oddly, the critically well spoken of performance by Javier Bardem in Biutiful didn't make the cut.

Best European Film

Bal (Honey), Turkey/Germany, directed by Semih Kaplanolu
Des Hommes et Des Dieux (Of Gods and Men), France, directed by Xavier Beauvois
The Ghost Writer, France/Germany/UK, directed by Roman Polanski
Lebanon, Israel/Germany/France, written and directed by Samuel Maoz
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in their Eyes) Spain/Argentina, directed by Juan Jose Campanella
Soul Kitchen, Germany, directed by Fatih Akin

European Director

Olivier Assayas (Carlos)
Semih Kaplanolu (Bal)
Samuel Maoz (Lebanon)
Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer)
Paolo Virzi (La Prima Cosa Bella)

European Actress

Zrinka Cvite (Na Putu)
Sibel Kekilli (Die Fremde)
Lesley Manville (Another Year)
Sylvie Testud (Lourdes)
Lotte Verbeek (Nothing Personal)
European Actor

Jakob Cedergren (Submarino)
Elio Germano (La Nostra Vita)
Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer)
George Pistereanu (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle)
Luis Tosar (Cell 211)
European Screenwriter

Jorge Guerricaechevarria & Daniel Monzon (Cell 211)
Robert Harris & Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer)
Samuel Maoz (Lebanon)
Radu Mihaileanu (The Concert)
Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award

Giora Bejach (Lebanon)
Caroline Champetier for (Des Hommes et Des Dieux)
Pavel Kostomarov (How I Ended this Summer)
Bari Oezbicer (Bal)
European Editor

Luc Barnier & Marion Monnier (Carlos)
Arik Lahav-Leibovich (Lebanon)
Herve de Luze (The Ghost Writer)
European Production Designer

Paola Bizzarri & Luis Ramirez (I, Don Giovanni)
Albrecht Konrad (The Ghost Writer)
Markku Paetilae & Jaagup Roomer (The Temptation of St. Tony)
European Composer

Ales Brezina (Kawasaki’s Rose)
Pasquale Catalano (Loose Cannons)
Alexandre Desplat (The Ghost Writer)
Gary Yershon (Another Year)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Happy Birthday to Sally Field !

Sally Field turns 64 today and she' still going strong today, as she is rumored to play Aunt May in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

R.I.P. Jill Clayburgh- April 30, 1944- November 5, 2010

Unfortunate news that stage and film actress Jill Clayburgh, lost her 20 plus years battle with leukemia, passing away yesterday at her Lakeville, Connecticut home with her family by her side.

Over the last 20 years or so, she may have not been the leading actress she once was in the late 70's and early 80's, but she stayed very busy nonetheless. Some will lament that she is the best thing about Running With Scissors ( 2006 ). She earned an Emmy nomination in 2005 for her guest starring role in Nip/Tuck. She also never abandoned her roots and worked on Broadway throughout her career.

She was a 4 time Golden Globe nominee and was twice Oscar nominated for Starting Over ( 1980 ) and An Unmarried Woman ( 1979 ) Some of her best work other than the Oscar nominated roles, was also in Semi-Tough opposite Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson, Silver Streak along side Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, portraying Carole Lombard in Gable and Lombard and great work in Luna and The First Monday In October.

She can be seen this month in Ed Zwick's Love and Other Drugs as Anne Hathaway's mother, and she recently wrapped the romantic comedy Bridesmaids that will open on May 23, 2011. Obviously she worked through her sickness. She will be missed.

Top rated films of 2010 ( thus far )

As compiled by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The King’s Speech – 100
Toy Story 3 – 97
The Social Network – 95
Inception – 94
127 Hours – 90
The Town – 87
The Kids Are All Right – 85
Winter’s Bone – 85

How to Train Your Dragon – 84
Made in Dagenham – 84
Secretariat – 83
Animal Kingdom – 82
Fair Game – 82
Get Low – 82
The Ghost Writer – 81
Shutter Island – 81
Love and Other Drugs – 80
Mother and Child – 80
Never Let Me Go – 80
Conviction – 79
Morning Glory – 77
Hereafter – 73
I Am Love – 70
For Colored Girls – 62

Glad to see Made In Dagenham, Secretariat and Animal Kingdom still in the top 15.

Friday, November 5, 2010

No Strings Attached trailer

January 21

Strings Attached is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman ( Stripes, Ghostbusters ). The plot was conceived from a screen play written by Elizabeth Meriwether. This film is about two people a woman named Emma Franklin portrayed by Natalie Portman and Adam Kurtzman played by Ashton Kutcher, who try to have a emotionally free sexual relationship, but they have a revelation of wanting more in a relationship.

This movie had three studios, which are directly involved in the film's production, and those are Cold Spring Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment.

The film also stars Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Greta Gerwig, Talia Blasam and Phil LaMarr.

Hall Pass trailer

February 25

Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly ( Kingpin, There's Something About Mary ) Starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Richard Jenkins, Alyssa Milano, Stephen Merchant and Joy Behar.

Hall Pass is about a married man is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife. Joined in the fun by his best pal, things get a little out of control when both wives start engaging in extramarital activities as well.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Official: The Way Back trailer

Finally...the official trailer to a film I have been looking forward to since I heard the book ( The Long Walk ) was finally being adapted into a movie.
Directed by the great Peter Weir ( The Truman Show, Witness, Master and Commander ) and starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Gustav Skarsgard and Dragos Bucur.

The Way Back is about a group of prisoners who escaped from a Siberian gulag during World War II. The film's screenplay also by Weir is based on the memoir by SÅ‚awomir Rawicz, the character that Sturgess will be portraying. I read the book, and found it to be a pretty compelling experience.

It will be released in limited fashion on December 29, and then spread wide on January 21, 2011.

The Illusionist trailer

December 25

The Illusionist (French: L'Illusionniste) is a 2010 animated film directed by Sylvain Chomet. The film is based on an unproduced script that the French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati had written in 1956. Controversy surrounds Tati's motivation for the script, which was written in collaboration with his long term writing partner Henri Marquet, between writing for the films Mon Oncle and Playtime.

The main character is an animated version of Tati animated by Laurent Kircher. The plot revolves around a struggling illusionist who visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician. Originally intended by Tati to be set in Czechoslovakia Chomet relocated the movie to Scotland in the late 1950s. According to the director, "It's not a romance, it's more the relationship between a dad and a daughter."

Sucker Punch

March 25, 2011

Directed by Zack Snyder ( 300, Watchmen ) starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chang, Jon Hamm, Oscar Isaac, Carla Gugino, Scott Glenn. Cinematography provided by Larry Fong ( 300, Watchmen )

The premise is bout a young girl who is trying to hide from the pain caused by her evil stepfather and lobotomy. She ends up in a mental institution and while there she starts to imagine an alternative reality. She plans to escape from that imaginary world but to do that she needs to steal five objects before she is caught by a vile man. The story is set in the 1950's.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tree Of Life finally gets release date

Finally... the film that has been talked about for years, is now finally getting a release date. The Tree Of Life will be hitting theaters on May 27, 2011.

The film has seen two, two year push backs, most likely because director Terrence Malick is a notoriously slow filmmaker. He used an astonishing five different editors to cut his film. That may be a record for editors used making a movie. The film stars Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, Kari Natchett and Jackson Hurd in the principle roles.

Technically the film is surrounded by Oscar nominated talent. Jack Fisk ( There Will Be Blood ) is the Production Designer, Emmanuel Lubezki ( The New World ) doing the cinematography and Alexandre Desplat ( Benjamin Button ) handling the score.

Here's a brief synopsis straight from Malick...

From the Desk of Terrence Malick….

We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.

From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.

The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kerouac's On The Road gets a movie

Directed by Walter Salles ( Dark Water, The Motorcycle Diaries ) Starring Sam Riley, Garrett Hedland ( pictured ) Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensesn, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Elizabeth Moss and Alice Braga. Cinematography handled by Eric Gauiter ( Into The Wild ) No release date has been set but the film is planning to open in 2011.

On the Road is a novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, written in April 1951, and published by Viking Press in 1957. It is a largely autobiographical work that was based on the spontaneous road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-century America. It is often considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences. While many of the names and details of Kerouac's experiences are changed for the novel, hundreds of references in On the Road have real-world counterparts.

When the book was originally released, The New York Times hailed it as "the most beautifully executed, the clearest and most important utterance" of Kerouac's generation.[1] The novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Gulliver's Travels trailer

December 22

Directed by Rob Letterman ( Shark Tale, Shrek ) Starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peete, Billy Connolly, Romany Maldo.

The plot centers on Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black), a free-spirited travel writer who, on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle, suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput, home to a population of industrious, yet tiny, people.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Torture porn leads box office ( ho-hum )

It's hard for me to get my head around, but shouldn't really surprise me, that Saw 6 was the leader at the box office this last weekend pulling in 24.2 million dollars. Crushing Clint Eastwood's Hereafter that made 6.42 million and Secretariat which brought in 5.01 million. Films that have pretty good critical approval rating's as well.

It's always perplexing to me that people would pass up highly well made films by prolific filmmakers instead to see a slasher flick that's the 6th in the franchises series. Mind boggling. Even if I was 18, I wouldn't have went to Saw. I'm not a film elistist either. Just what does that kind of film offer you ? I still remember what films I was drawn to at that age. But there's quite a lot of people that supposedly are into that kind of thing. Kind of disturbing if you really think about it. Those films banal and vacant, but just mindless violence scene after scene. What is attractive about that ? I don't get it. Probably never will.

Sanctum trailer

Sanctum February 4

Directed by Alister Grierson ( Kokoda ) and produced by James Cameron, starring Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffadd, Alice Parkinson, Rhys Wakefield, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Beck, Allison Catchley.

Sanctum follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.

Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank’s team–including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)–are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !