Monday, December 28, 2009

Watch Avatar Online Movie for Free

Watch Avatar Online Movie Update : It’s been weeks now and still Avatar reigns weekend box office from it’s release date. Many of the movie goers and even critics caught there attention because of this movie Avatar directed by James Cameron. We’ve watched this movie last week but not online because it’s better to watch Avatar in the big screen.
We are also looking for valid and working links to Watch Avatar Online but most of those videos were deleted and you have to watch it when it’s available. Avatar made us to want more and because of this great movie from James Cameron and we expect to have a sequel of this movie.
If ever you still didn’t see Avatar we hope we can help you.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

G.I Joe Review

Review in a Hurry: This barely live-action adaptation of the mid-'80s toy/comic/cartoon iteration of Hasbro's long-running soldier toys is fast-paced, decently cast and, shall we say, "easy on the brain." Unfortunately, it's also frequently laugh-out-loud cheesy, and the digital effects are highly dubious.

Ashton Shoots Blanks in Gigolo Flick Spread

Review in a Hurry: Ashton Kutcher is a hipster himbo who beds a wealthy older woman in the Hollywood Hills. Nope, this isn't a biopic, but a seriocomic Midnight Cowboy/American Gigolo/Shampoo knockoff that's not weighty enough for a drama or sharp enough for satire.

Vanessa Hudgens Plays It Cool in Bandslam

Review in a Hurry: High School Musical this ain't, thanks to real live bands with serious cred, a normal-looking dude in the lead role and a less-than-picture-perfect story. But it's Vanessa Hudgens who steals the mic with a surprisingly subtle performance.

Box Office Update 8/14 - 8/16: District 9 Evicts the Joes

District 9 stepped up to the plate and proceeded to splatter G.I. Joe goo all over the place. Well, not exactly, but it came out strong off the bench while G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra plummeted nearly 60%. I did have the pleasure of seeing District 9, and I am ecstatic over its opening weekend success. I just hope that word of mouth is strong enough to carry it to a solid theatrical run. It is an original film that has great effects, an engrossing story, and an intelligence not often seen in what is ostensibly a summer action flick. It is easily one of my favorites of the year, and one I plan to see again on the big screen.

Taking a steep percentage hit, last week's winner, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, still lands comfortably in second place. While one would have to think that the big dip does not bode well for the film's legs, this could just be a sophomore slump and the next week or two could see it level off. Not for nothing, I found the movie to be quite entertaining — it's pure, dumb fun that embraces the cheese.

Coming in third is The Time Traveler's Wife. It is a movie that did not work for me, but is not without some interesting ideas. It's shot well, but the leads, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, do not seem to have much chemistry. In any case, it is a good date-type movie.

Fourth and fifth place are a couple of holdovers in Julie & Julia and G-Force, two very different movies for two very different audiences. I have only seen the former, and found it quite enjoyable. Both films had solid holds from last week and will likely have the legs to last a couple more weeks as new competition arrives.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard arrives in sixth place, in what I am sure is considered a disappointment. Considering how dull the movie turned out to be, it will likely have to wait for DVD to make most of its money. The movie is well cast and has a decent idea at its core, it is just the writing cannot support it and the execution collapses early on.

In the latter half of the top ten, the big story is Ponyo, the latest from Hayao Miyazaki. I do not think it tops his best work, but there is no denying this is a special film. The story is simple on the surface yet contains a lot of details that allow for closer inspection. The animation is beautiful and filled with great detail. It is also the biggest and widest opening for a Miyazaki film. I encourage you all to go see this before it disappears.

Next week will see the arrival of Quentin Tarantino's new film Inglorious Basterds. That is a film I am really looking forward to! We also get to see Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel, Robert Rodriguez's latest family film Shorts, and a special 3D film on ESPN's X-Games.

Four movies dropped off the top ten this week: (500) Days of Summer (11), A Perfect Getaway (12), Orphan (15), and Aliens in the Attic (17).

Brad Pitt to Play Superhero for His Kids' Sake

In his current movie opening Friday, Quentin Tarantino's R-rated WWII movie Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt plays a southern lieutenant whose squadron, among other bloody deeds, scalps Nazis.

"Yeah," Pitt, 45, confirmed to interviewer Ann Curry on Tuesday's Today show, "people lose some hair."

When Curry counters that Pitt – the father of six – ought to make a kids movie, the leading man steps forward with the announcement that he is doing just that, by providing the voice for an animated feature in which he'll play a "superhero who wants out."

Pitt says that movie will costar the voices of Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr., and trade reports identify the project as Oobermind, from DreamWorks Animation and Madagascar co-director Tim McGrath. An update since the Pitt-Curry sit-down also indicates that Will Ferrell has replaced Robert Downey Jr.

The movie, now in post-production for a November 2010 release, reportedly opens with Pitt, as the super heroic Metro Man, being accidentally killed by the super villain Oobermind (Ferrell), who has a change of heart about being bad and so creates a new hero, Titan (Jonah Hill) – much to the confusion of a local newscaster (Fey).

It's not autobiographical, Pitt told Curry, who inquired if he might be doing the movie in order to appear heroic to his and Angelina Jolie's children: Maddox, 8; Pax, 5; Zahara, 4; Shiloh, 3; and twins Knox and Vivienne, 1.

"It's just something they'll enjoy," he responded, "and that's cool."

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ... new cast reveal

Maria Full Of Grace star, Catalina Sandino Moreno, is the latest fresh face to join the cast of the Twilight sequel, Eclipse. The Colombian actress, 28, will play a vampire – coincidentally called Maria – who builds an undead army in the third film of the Twilight series – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Moreno will join established Twilight stars Robert Pattinson, Peter Facinelli and Kristen Stewart in the movie, which is currently being filmed and is due for a 2010 release.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Factory Girl star Jack Huston will play the part of Royce King II, while Bryce Dallas Howard will replace Rachelle Lefevre in a controversial casting.

Moreno was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Maria in Maria Full Of Grace in 2005.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

'Eternal Sunshine' director to do 'Green Hornet'

HONG KONG - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director Michel Gondry has replaced Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow as director of the Columbia Pictures adaptation of the TV series "The Green Hornet," a studio spokesman said Thursday.

Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz are also in talks to star in the movie, Columbia Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer said.

Chow had originally signed on to direct the film and play Kato — the sidekick character portrayed by Bruce Lee in the 1960s series — but quit both duties over the past year, saying he wanted to focus on developing a superhero movie with Jack Black.

French filmmaker Gondry has signed on to replace Chow as director, Elzer confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Cage is in talks to play a gangster villain and Diaz a reporter, the Hollywood trade publication Variety reported on Monday.
The original "Green Horne
t" series, which debuted on radio in 1936, is about a newspaper publisher who moonlights as a masked crime-fighter along with his martial arts-expert sidekick. In 1966, it was turned into an ABC television series starring Van Williams as the title character. It ran for one season.

Canadian actor Seth Rogen will play the Green Hornet in the Columbia Pictures version.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Harry Potter" poised to fetch princely sum

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Talk about performance anxiety.

If ever there was a film release almost certain to turn a tidy profit, it would be any Harry Potter movie, and Warner Bros. executives can rest assured that Wednesday's debut of the franchise's sixth installment will pile the grosses high through Sunday. But to understand just how fervently studio insiders will be hoping for a muscular box-office bow by "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," consider that this time last year Warners launched a little film called "The Dark Knight" to rather good effect.

No pressure there.

"The reviews are great," Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said with a what-me-worry nonchalance. "I think it's the best Harry Potter picture so far. Certainly, as the cast matures, they keep getting better."

"Potter" movies have carried PG or PG-13 ratings, with "Prince" toting the less-restrictive former designation. As the cast and their book-based characters age, Warners hopes to attract new, younger patrons while continuing to draw older fans of the series.

"Half-Blood Prince" is set for 4,275 U.S. and Canadian locations Wednesday and 50 more beginning Friday, and its screen count runs north of 8,000. A consensus estimate for its first five days in domestic release has it pulling in $140 million or more, with about $100 million of that sum likely to be rung up during the Friday-Sunday span.

Previous Potter pics have posted cumulative domestic grosses ranging upward from the $249.5 million fetched by 2004's "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," with 2001 franchise launcher "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" enjoying the series' best domestic take to date: $317.6 million.

The most recent release, 2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," registered $292 million domestically and another $646.2 million internationally. "Phoenix" fetched $44 million on its first day and $139.7 million during its first five days. There is broad consensus that "Prince" can best those numbers.

It already has surpassed the franchise-best tally of $12 million in midnight box office posted by "Phoenix." By late afternoon Tuesday, exhibition sources made it clear that advance sales of "Prince" tickets for 12:01 a.m. Wednesday performances were outpacing the witching-hour numbers for its immediate predecessor.

In a sign of just how hot tickets sales have been for "Prince," industryites are whispering that the "Potter" pic has an outside shot at besting the record $18 million midnight box office registered by "The Dark Knight" last July 18. All signs are certainly auspicious, with Fandango and MovieTickets reporting that thousands of performances have already sold out.

"I think they're beatable," Fellman said of the "Phoenix" grosses. "Ticket prices have gone up, and the last time we had the first 'Transformers' opening just five days before us."

That picture's sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," enters its fourth frame this weekend. No other film opens wide domestically this session, and the most prominent second-weekend holdover -- Universal's R-rated comedy "Bruno" -- couldn't have a more distinct target audience from that of "Prince."

Still, there will be no getting away from those batty comparisons: "Dark Knight" fetched $158 million during its first weekend and $533 million overall domestically. The chances of "Prince" matching that are slim to none

Friday, July 10, 2009

"Harry Potter" stars felt pressure to "ace" kiss (Reuters)

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint felt the pressure of millions of fans of the boy wizard series when they recently filmed a highly anticipated kiss between their characters Hermione and Ron. The kiss happens in the seventh and final book in author J.K. Rowling's series and Watson told a news conference on Thursday -- promoting the sixth film "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" -- that the scene was filmed two weeks ago.

"Rupert and I were quite nervous that it might look ingenuous as we were so desperate to get it over with," Watson, 19, said. "Rupert and I felt the pressure of this kiss, there's so much interest."

"This is 10 years worth of tension and hormones and chemistry and everything in one moment. We had to ace it," said Watson. "Kissing is awkward, kissing is always awkward."

The final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," is being split into two films and it remains unknown which of the final two movies contains the kiss.

"It's not something we were really looking forward to," said 20-year-old Grint. "It was quite a strange thing to have to think about doing."

But it doesn't seem strange for fans because a lot appear to be excited about it. In a poll conducted by online ticket seller , 59 percent of fans said the on-screen kiss they most want to see is between Hermione and Ron.

Only 40 percent said they can't wait to see the peck in "Half-Blood Prince" between Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, and Ginny Weasley, Ron's sister in the film who is played by Bonnie Wright.

"I saw the film again a couple of nights ago at the premiere and ... my God, my lips are like the lips of a horse, kind of distending independently away from my face and trying to encompass the lower half of hers," Radcliffe, 19, said.

"So I apologize for that," he said.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" hits theaters on July 15, while part one of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is due out in late 2010 and part two is planned for release in summer 2011.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


R,1hr 46min
Genres: Action,Drama

Released: June 8, 2009

Director:Tony Scott

Distributor:Sony/Columbia Pictures

Starring:Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini


A New York City subway dispatcher draws on his extensive knowledge of the subway system in order to outsmart a dangerous criminal mastermind who's hijacked a subway train in this remake of the 1974 thriller inspired by John Godey's best-selling book. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) was drifting through his daily routine when he received word that a heavily armed gang of four has hijacked a subway train and are holding all of the passengers hostage. Led by cunning master thief Ryder (John Travolta), the gunmen will begin executing everyone aboard should the authorities fail in delivering $10 million in the space of just one hour. With the tension in the tunnels rising, Walter races to save the hostages before the shootings start. But through it all, there's one part of Ryder's plan that Walter can't quite comprehend: even if the thieves do succeed in getting their money, how could they possibly get out of the tunnels undetected? ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Transformers return better, meaner and packing more punch

Two years and they are back! Was it worth the wait? Yes, if you are a die-hard Transformers fan. Two-thumbs up if you are into digital effects. Those who caught the first Transformers movie by Michael Bay and expect a continuation of the adventures of the robots in disguise with Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) won't be let down with 'Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen', but they might end up a little muddled. There are familiar faces like Sam's lovely girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox) and his parents Ron and Judy (Kevin Dunn and Julie White).

You will also be reunited with Major Lennox (Josh Duhamel) who remains a gun-toting US military commander and Agent Simmons (John Turturro) who reappears late in the movie as old adversary-turned-ally. The difference now is that the Autobots operate quite openly alongside humans, which is made clear minutes into the movie with a big whiz-bang battle in Shanghai.

A new secret US military operative called NEST, led by Major Lennox and his team last seen battling alien robots in downtown USA in the first Transformers movie, descend literally on Shanghai after a toxic chemical leak which oddly enough, reveals a hidden Decepticon.

This is the cue for the Autobots to appear in all their glory - from Optimus Prime making a spectacular arrival out of the sky from the belly of plane, as a new team including girl-fighters Arcee who transform from bikes and silver Chevy concept sportscar Sideswipe, take shape on the ground. They take on the bad guys Demolisher and Sideways with pyrotechnics and crushing metal galore. Given that the Transformers have a cult following from kids to adults who grew up with the Autobots and Decepticons as cartoons and action figure toys in the 70s, those who can be categorised as non-followers might get a little lost among the different robots and their disguises.

If you're a 'novice' it's best to bring along an 'expert' which in my case is an 11-year-old who must now receive his due credit as personal advisor on who's who among the Transformers. It was also fortunate that my young advisor had used some time during the school holidays to catch up on some 'essential' reading which provided useful background into The Fallen , a robot in need of power and energy.

The Fallen whom this movie revolves around, is the chief bad guy, not Megatron whom we all met in the last round and saw finally being dropped into the depths of an ocean. Through some eavesdropping the Decepticons manage to raise Megatron from his watery tomb as must be expected for a sequel and a majestic robot who rivals Optimus Prime.

It is at a meeting between Megatron and his master, The Fallen that we learn how the movie gets its name, and how everything falls into place. Unfortunately, all this comes mid-way into the movie after running through quite a mundane catch-up on the lives of the Witwickys.

The arrival of Sam at college is complete with nerds including room-mate Leo (Ramon Rodriguez ) who gets roped in as a new side-kick mainly for comic relief, and hot girls like Alice (Isabel Lucas) who is really tough and not-too-nice on the inside! It is here too that the audience will be bombarded with sexual references which were really unnecessary as they weren't even funny to most adults and awkward for the kids.

This earned 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' a PG rating which covers intense violence and sexual references which can appear when you least expect it - such as from a tiny robot . Hopefully, the kids and kid-in-you will come away only remembering the awesome special effects which see the vehicles transforming into Autobots and Decepticons while on the move.

The super-charged battles between the Transformers that take place from the forests of America to the open seas and the plains of the Sahara are also spectacular. It was also rewarding to catch glimpses of military hardware including an American destroyer roped in for the closing sequence of the movie, sailing off into the sunset as Optimus Prime towers on the deck next to Sam. Although much of the movie revolved around Sam, Mikaela and the main Transformers such as Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Megatron and Starscream, it was the second billing stars who shined.

The sudden appearance of Agent Simmons gave a good boost to the movie. John Turturro was flawless in delivering his character of a failed secret agent who remains sorely in need of redemption and being taken seriously, who gets to help save the day. New face Ramon Rodriguez also shows he can pull off some good laughs in his role as Leo who unwittingly gets dragged into the battle to save mankind.

Credit also goes to Kevin Dunn and Julie White who reprise their roles as Ron and Judy Witwicky with just the right amount of comedy coupled with a very realistic portrayal of that odd blend of parental overbearing-ness and love. While there were a total of 14 robots last time, in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' there are 46 robots of varying shapes and sizes according to the creative team ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

The most memorable of the new bots in my books is Jetfire, the SR-71 Blackbird jet which was reactivated with a shard of the Allspark. The ancient Autobot that switched from being a Decepticon as it couldn't stand all the negative vibes, is equally endearing and heroic, while serving to pull the loose ends together. The younger crowds might enjoy the antics of Wheelie, a trouble-maker that proves worthwhile and Autobot Twins, Skids and Mudflap who are a pair of Chevrolet concept mini-cars.

Those who love Bumblebee will love the yellow Chevy Camaro even more in 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' with its loyalty and tender side which the ILM team pulled off wonderfully.

Along with the special effects team, director Michael Bay did great justice to screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman with an action-packed, robot-jammed movie that won't disappoint.

Facebook: The Movie?

Heard that a Facebook status message was going to be turned into a movie.

Now, a fictional documentary about Facebook itself is in the works. While it sounds like a snooze fest to us, apparently Columbia Pictures digs the idea and is working to bring the biopic about Mark Zuckerberg and his social networking site to the big screen. The script was written by “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin and is based on the soon-to-be-released book by Ben Mezrich, The Accidental Billionares. Most importantly, Columbia Pictures is in advanced talks with David Fincher, of “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” fame, to direct.
And initial casting searches have Michael Cera and Shia LeBeouf neck-in-neck to play the Harvard dropout. Since anything David Fincher, Michel Cera, and Shia Lebeouf touches generally turns to gold, if Columbia Pictures can get these folks on-board, maybe this flick will turn out to be more than “Revenge of the Nerds: Part 56.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shia LaBeouf: New Indiana Jones movie on the way

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" star Shia LaBeouf has another blockbuster sequel in his future.

In an interview with the BBC, LaBeouf confirms a fifth Indiana Jones movie is being planned.

"Steven (Spielberg) just said he cracked the story on it before I left, and I think they're gearing that up," LaBeouf says in the interview.

The actor starred as Mutt, Indy's son with Marion Ravenwood, in 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." While "Skull" was called a disappointment by Indy fans, it grossed $783 million worldwide.

500 Days of Summer

There is something irresistible that lies deep within the piercing blue eyes of Zooey Deschanel and the playfully coy smile of Joesph Gordon-Levitt. Falling in love with either of these characteristics seems like a natural occurrence, an inevitable progression. But remember folks, this isn't a love story.
Or so the trailer for their new movie 500 Days of Summer woefully points out.First comes Tom. Fueled by his undying affection for melodic brit rock and the need to find a love comparable to such iconic and love-struck tunes, he meets Summer. A recent Michigan transplant, Summer harbors an affinity for high-waisted pants, Belle & Sebastian lyrics and for playing the "friend" card.
She appears to be the answer, his perfect lyrical comparison. As they adventure around downtown LA in ways you rarely see captured on film, it's absolutely endearing, beautiful and wait for it, heartbreaking.
Whether you're a Tom or a Summer, there is something universally relatable about their journey.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Twilight Hotties No Robsten Rendezvous in NYC...Yet

—Tight-lipped (and always reliable) K.Stew source when asked if Kristen Stewart made an impromptu visit to New York City over the weekend. Sorry, eager Robsten-lovers, but you didn't really think Ms. S could make it across the country without being detected at all, did you?
Unless she pulled some stealth moves on her own, in which case, you go girl. Unfortunately, both Rob and Kris have been all work and no (real) play lately. Either way, we hear the lovebirds are managing all right...for now

"OceanWorld" to hit U.S. shores via Disneynature (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES/LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - "OceanWorld 3D," an underwater film that promises to be the first feature-length nature documentary filmed and released in 3-D, has signed a distribution deal with Disneynature, a unit of Walt Disney Studios devoted to nature films.

Disneynature has acquired North American and Mexican distribution rights to "OceanWorld," in a deal that marks its first collaboration with 3D Entertainment, a company founded in 2001 to produce story-driven 3-D experiences for audiences of all ages.

The film, in which viewers are guided by a sea turtle from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to Mexico's Roca Partida Island, is the result of seven years of production, 25 international expeditions and 200 hours of 3-D footage shot in the wild.

"OceanWorld," a presentation by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, was directed and produced, respectively, by veteran filmmakers Jean-Jacques and Francois Mantello. They have made such water-themed movies as "Sharks 3D," "Ocean Wonderland 3D" and "Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean."

The 85-minute film premiered at the Cannes festival last month. It will be released theatrically in France and Russia in August; its North American unveiling will come later.

Disneynature's first film, "Earth," opened in April in the U.S. and has grossed more than $106 million worldwide.

In Theaters This Weekend

Opening in Wide Release

Imagine That Eddie Murphy is a troubled financial exec who finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter's imaginary world.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Denzel Washington is a civil servant who must outwit John Travolta, a criminal mastermind who hijacks a subway train.

Also In Theaters
The Hangover Four friends go to Vegas for a blowout bachelor party, only to wake up the next morning with a baby, a tiger, no groom, and no clue.

Up In Pixar's latest, a twist of fate (and a persistent Junior Wilderness Explorer) sends a 78-year-old man on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams.

Land of the Lost Will Ferrell stars as a crackpot scientist who is transported through time and space in this comedic remake of the cheesy 1970s TV show.

Night at the Museum:Battle of the Smithsonian Ben Stiller returns as the bewildered night watchman who witnesses exhibits coming alive.

Star Trek Kirk, Spock, Bones and the rest of the Enterprise crew boldly go where no one has gone before in J.J. Abrams re-imagining of the final frontier.

Terminator Salvation Christian Bale stars as John Connor, leader of the human resistance against the machines, in the return of the hit sci-fi action franchise.

Drag Me to Hell An ambitious loan officer shames a mysterious old woman and becomes the unwitting recipient of a powerful supernatural curse.

Angels & Demons Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdom, this time on the trail of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati.

‘Transformers’ sequel could earn director Bay more than $75 million

Michael Bay, the director of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, may wind up with a pay day exceeding $75 million for the film, according to the Los Angeles Times. His deal gives him a bigger piece of the film's profits from all revenue sources after Paramount recoups its costs. In exchange, Bay agreed to reduce his upfront fee and his percentage of ticket-sale revenue. This type of deal is becoming more common these days, and resembles the pact Bay signed for the first (and wildly successful) Transformers movie, which netted him $75 million.

The sequel, which comes out June 24, boasts big buzz, and, according to the LA Times, multiple execs are forecasting a record-setting five-day domestic opening that tops $160 million.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Megan Fox Shows Some Leg at Transformers Premiere

She's got legs - and she knows how to use them.

Megan Fox showed some skin at the world premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Tokyo Monday.

The actress, 22, recently said being sexy comes naturally.
"I'm just really confident sexually, and I think that sort of oozes out of my pores," she told June's Esquire. "It's just there. It's something I don't have to turn on."

Although she says she has "no idea how to handle" being a sex symbol, she told Esquire she doesn't "want to be like a Scarlett Johansson."

"I don't want to have to go on talk shows and pull out every single SAT word I've ever learned to prove, like, 'Take me seriously, I am intelligent, I can speak,'" she says, noting that she has "nothing against" Johansson. "I don't want to have to do that. I resent having to prove that I'm not a retard – but I do. And part of it is my own fault."

This year, Fox dropped to No. 2 on Maxim's "2009 Hot 100" list after being replaced by House star Olivia Wilde.'

Of Fox, Maxim editors said, "Seriously, do women get more painfully hot than this? Megan Fox has the face of an angel, a body so perfect that God may have carved it out of soap and sex appeal that could melt a unicorn's horn."

Box office report

Pixar continues to fly high with the studio’s latest animated feature.

“Up,” the 10th film from Disney/Pixar, stayed at No. 1 at the box office for the second week in a row. The tale of a senior citizen who uses thousands of balloons to convert his home into an airship floated up with another $44.2 million over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.

“Up” made $137.3 million in just 10 days, so the film is racing toward the $200 million mark achieved by such previous Pixar hits as “WALL-E,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 2.”
The AP noted that revenues for most big movies drop 50 percent or more in the second weekend, but the audience for “Up” was down only 35 percent from its opening. That puts it in line with “Finding Nemo,” the top-grossing Disney-Pixar animated tale, Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney, told the AP.

“Up” likely will finish in the top three among Pixar flicks, Viane said. Currently, the top three are

“Finding Nemo” with $339.7 million in domestic receipts, “The Incredibles” with $261.4 million and “Monsters, Inc.” with $255.8 million.

The high-flying Pixar adventure was the first movie of the frantic summer season to keep the No. 1 spot for two consecutive weekends.

The Vegas bachelor-bash comedy “The Hangover” staggered in at a close second with a $43.3 million in its opening weekend.

Distributor Warner Bros. expected “The Hangover” to come in at No. 3 behind “Up” and the film version of “Land of the Lost.” But “The Hangover” attracted a broad audience split almost evenly between men and women and those younger and older than 25, Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution, told the AP.

“The Hangover” was directed by Todd Phillips, whose 2003 comedy “Old School” featured a breakout role for Ferrell.
Ferrell’s action-comedy take on “Land of the Lost” got lost in third place with a $19.5 million debut.

Focus Features’ road-trip romp “Away We Go,” starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph and directed by Sam Mendes, really took off in limited release, drawing in $143,260 in four theaters for a healthy average of $35,815 a cinema.

Overall box-office revenues dropped for the second weekend in a row, according to the AP. The top 12 movies took in $164 million, down 6 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Kung Fu Panda” opened on top with $60.2 million, according to box-office figures compiled by

For the year, Hollywood has taken in $4.3 billion, up 12.5 percent from 2008 revenues. But studios have been unable to maintain the promising pace of the first four months of 2009.
“Definitely, things have slowed,” Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for, told the AP. “But there are some potential saviors on the horizon.”

Three huge sequels - “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” - open within three weeks of one another, with the “Transformers” leading the way on June 24.

Here are the top 10 movies, according to the AP:

1. “Up,” $44.2 million.
2. “The Hangover,” $43.3 million.
3. “Land of the Lost,” $19.5 million.
4. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $14.7 million.
5. “Star Trek,” $8.4 million.
6. “Terminator Salvation,” $8.2 million.
7. “Drag Me to Hell,” $7.3 million.
8. “Angels & Demons,” $6.5 million.
9. “My Life in Ruins,” $3.2 million.
10. “Dance Flick,” $2 million.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Exclusive: Gordon Ramsay signs nine-year-old to appear on his US show after he sees youngster in net spoof

Gordon Ramsay has signed up a nine-year-old “mini me” to appear on his TV shows… after he saw the youngster’s hilarious impressions of him on the internet.
Ramsay snapped up Felix Light after seeing him scream at waiters, restaurant managers and dinnerladies in F-word rants – carefully bleeped out – in a spoof of his TV show, Kitchen Nightmares.
Complete with floppy blond hair and trademark foul mouth, the angelic schoolboy’s brilliant impersonations have attracted more than two million viewers.
And Ramsay, who was left in hysterics, is now the child’s biggest fan. After watching the clips on YouTube, Ramsay flew Felix from Loughton, Essex, out to Los Angeles and gave the little chef a part on hit show Hell’s Kitchen USA, watched by 15 million people a week and shown in the UK. Felix is also being lined up to appear on Ramsay’s other show, The F-Word.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


“Amateur Porn Star Killer 3” is here (along with a 3D “APSK”), and Shane Ryan (writer/director/producer) once again plays the killer who uses a video camera to capture his victim's last moments. Along for the ride this time is adult film star Regan Reese. Like the first two chapters in this franchise, the third film is plagued by controversy. If you have no clue about these movies, let’s just say they are very realistic artistic snuff films with actual intercourse. They are disturbing and do nothing to put viewers at ease.
Since I had interviewed Ryan for the first film, I thought it would be fitting to see how things have gone now that he has (sort of) finished the series. Did the DVD releases, a host of praise and negative criticism, and all kinds of personal hell change this once witty and optimistic director? Perhaps a bit, but the very first thing I wanted to know was why Ryan chose Reese. She seems so perfect for the role that I had to assume it was created for her.
“It wasn’t created for anybody,” Ryan corrected. “Just like how 'APSK' 1 and 2 weren’t created for Michiko or Kai [the female leads in the first two films, respectively], but when I came across them I realized they’d be right for it. It’s also about finding somebody who has an understanding of the movies. It’s obviously not going to be a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ with most people, given the subject matter. That’s the most important part. From there the characters kind of write themselves. It takes two hours to shoot these movies, but several months trying to find somebody who will do it.” Ryan noted that Reese was not the first person up for the role.
“I actually had met with many actresses beforehand,” Ryan says. “The first time I attempted to shoot it was March of 2008. I spent two months prepping the actress (unlike Michiko and Kai, who only took about an hour to prep). This girl was already pursuing modeling and such, so she was very iffy about everything, and then by the time we went to shoot she suddenly said no, well aware of what the film was going to entail from the start.”
Ryan wasted two months worth of time and money dealing with this wannabe actress. Soon, however, he found another one who seemed worth pursuing. All went well before they began to shoot, and then the same thing happened: the actress bailed.
“Then I [tried] finding somebody in my own area,” Ryan continues, “like the first two films, instead of trying to work with people actually trying to pursue acting in big cities. I happen to come across this girl I thought was perfect, fucking perfect. She did full nude modeling and everything and seemed really interested and everything, but then she completely blew me off. I had so much better luck when I worked with people who had no intentions of acting as a career.”
At this time, Ryan still had not found his leading female, and with summer approaching he knew he would have to find her soon if he were to make his deadline. And that’s just what happened. . . at a Troma party taking place at the Hustler store in Hollywood. “While I’m there,” Ryan says, “I meet a former porn star and [later I slammed] a door into Ron Jeremy while he’s plowing some chick in the bathroom. The girl I had just met was there with Ron, so we talk for a while more. She wants to be in the 3D film, so I try to work out things with her, and then Ron calls me the next week, saying he's also interested. Anyway, she puts me in contact with this guy Matt 'The Lord' Zane, who does porn and is from the band Society 1. The girl had thought Matt could hook me up with somebody for 'APSK' 3, and that somebody turned out to be Regan, so that was that. We talked on the phone; she seemed awesome. Then we met up and shot. The girl [who] had actually hooked me up with all that in the first place disappeared before we could ever shoot her scene. Completely cut me off. It was weird. We were going to shoot and then she suddenly stopped returning my messages. And I didn’t get back in touch again with Ron for the 3D movie, so that sucked.”
When I had first heard of Ryan doing one of the films in 3D I had to admit I was stunned. It seemed like such a strange thing to do, though I gave him the benefit of a doubt and thought maybe he was going for the exploitation angle (though the title and subject matter seemed to have that covered). I was also under the impression the 3D film would actually be nothing more than a 3D version of the third film. I was wrong.
“The 3D film is a completely different movie from 'APSK' 3,” Ryan states. “Basically we have ‘APSK 3: The Final Chapter,’ which ends the 'APSK' trilogy of faux snuff films, and then we have a fourth film -- a parody of the trilogy -- called ‘APSK 3D: Inside the Head,’ which will also have a 2D version.” Ryan has some regrets about that title, however.
“I must say how much I hate the fucking title. I wanted it to be called ‘APSK 3D: The Movie’ since it was a spoof, like ‘Scary Movie.’ But originally 'APSK 3D' was to come out the same day as 'APSK 3,' so it was confusing [to] the buyers. I was told [by the distributor] that I had to change the title, but the problem is that I work at night so I sleep during the early day. I got all these calls in the morning and was told I have to come up with a new title like that hour, so by late afternoon when I got the messages it was too late. I wasn’t expecting any problems so I didn’t know I was going to be on call the next day.” When it comes to the title, Ryan thinks it’s just “retarded.” He was given the opportunity to come up with other titles and decided on ‘Smut, Mayhem and Jesus,’ describing it as “fucking perfect” for the film. He came up with other choices in case that wasn’t well received, but things were not to go his way.
“When you’re making movies with no money, you at least want creative control over your own title. I just found out the title I liked was overlooked with the rest [of the titles I had thought of] because they said if they had seen that one they would have picked it.”
Ryan goes on to explain that the 3D was done simply because the distributor told him to do it. “I didn’t want to,” he says. “I don’t even like 3D or know anything about it, plus I thought it wouldn’t work for the movie.” The distributor insisted, however, and Ryan took it as a chance to “mock” his own series and have some fun with it.
If you know the history of the film series, this problem is slight when compared to all the other things that have occurred. Blockbuster, Hollywood Video and Netflix refused to carry the first two films. “Between all of them,” a bitter Ryan says, “they carry films like ‘Brown Bunny,’ ‘Baise Moi,’ ‘Irreversible,’ and ‘9 Songs,’ full of dick sucking, brain bashing, anal raping, throwing up on cocks, Oscar actresses swallowing cum, etc., but no 'APSK.' Whatever, goddamn cunt whore hypocritical fucks! Canada wouldn’t accept it unless it was carried in the red light district.”
The third film ran into an entirely new obstacle. Remember, though, that this is Ryan’s version of what transpired. I have left out the real name of the DVD manufacturer to avoid legal issues.
“I guess the DVDs [of all the movies in the series] have been getting made by X. Well, X was going to do the third, as usual, since they apparently do all of Cinema Epoch’s [the distributor] movies, but then [refused]. Then X said no [to all the future 'APSK' films and reprinting of the first two] and ruled them as porn, even thought they did the other ones. And then banned Cinema Epoch entirely. Cinema Epoch had to convince them they work on all kinds of films with big stars and not to ban them entirely because of 'APSK' 3. It took six weeks to find another company to make the DVDs, and I guess Cinema Epoch got back their right to do all other films. . . I think. It’s such bullshit. Again, X, the company who did ‘Brown Bunny.’” He laughs. “I heard [a company know for its family films] just signed some deal with them, but [that company’s] more perverted than any company out there.” After the refusal of the manufacturer to print the DVD, the search for a new manufacturer, and a re-edit of the film after several hard drive crashes, the original deadline on the movie was missed. One question remains, though: Why did X think 'APSK' 3 was porn, but the other two weren’t? Ryan thinks he knows.
“'APSK' 3 doesn’t have any more sex than 'APSK' 2. It’s just that it’s all at the beginning this time instead of the end. What I realized in this day of greedy Internet lazy whores is that everybody rips shit off ‘cause they’re [too] fucking pathetic with their lives to actually have to respect the artist. There’s no such thing as respect nowadays. When I saw how bad 'APSK' 2 got ripped off, it pissed me off. But what pissed me off worse was that people were watching the movie to see sex, then turning it off five minutes in and writing shitty reviews and telling people it didn’t even have nudity when it had full blown penetration.”
Ryan figured that if people were going to rip him off, he would at least make sure they knew there was sex in the movie and put a lot of it right at the beginning. “The problem was, X saw this upfront and it had the opposite reaction of the Internet fucks. They immediately deemed it porn and banned the films.”
All of this can be mentally taxing on a filmmaker, and Ryan is no exception. Throw in the fact that he is playing a murderer, and things get even more convoluted. “It’s weird,” Ryan says, “’cause it’s not like the method acting of Daniel Day Lewis and staying in character for several months straight. It’s just been a day here or a day there (less than ten days total over four years of being in that character, not counting the 3D movie which probably added 30 days). But to be in that mindset, especially since we’re improvising and incorporating our own characteristics, it’s. . . well, not good.” Ryan goes on to explain that the full effect didn’t really hit him “until just a few weeks ago.” He discovered he was getting “extremely angry” and found that he had “quick flashes of violence” that were how his character would have attacked someone. He even began saying “mean things” in the character’s manner.
It also doesn’t help that Ryan is shooting the film in such a realistic way. “There’s nobody else in the room. No crew. No camera guy. Just me being the character, and the girl being the victim, so it really doesn’t feel good at all. I’ve had a bunch of stupid fucks say shit about me playing these roles, how much fun it must be, how I just love to bang these girls, and how there’s no artistic merit whatsoever. What the fuck? I mean, come on, bitch. You think it’s fun to call a girl a 'bitch' and a 'dirty skank' while trying to keep a hard-on and beating her around with the intentions of pretending to kill her?”
Ryan’s mental state isn’t the only thing that changed due to these films. So did his film career. “I sort of finally have a ‘film career’ because of these films,” Ryan answers, “but people also only look at me as having made just these films. I never even liked horror films much, but [now I] am looked at as a horror director. I think that’s been both bad and good. The entire trilogy has no blood in it at all. That’s a first for horror films, but it’s also pissed off horror fanatics who wanted a slasher film. It’s made some people think I don’t know movies are supposed to have blood, or that I’m trying too hard to keep the costs down, even though I used to pound on that blood in some of my short films they never saw. Blame Carl Franklin. I got the idea from him about no blood and [doing the] killing off screen.”
Ryan also admits that the “rape thing” hurt his career, too. “Unless they’ve seen my short films, [they think] I only know rape when, in fact, more than half of the short films I made, as well as the music videos, had either no nudity or rape in them. Of course, people just make assumptions and label me the way they want. Or people are just way off in their nicer assumptions, even when they’ve seen both my violent and non-violent films. I remember somebody from Film Threat had made one of those nicer, but completely wrong assumptions. I’d say my two favorite short films I made were ‘Isolation,’ which you reviewed, and ‘The Cleansing.’ There’s one, sort of, sex scene in ‘Isolation,’ but no nudity or rape in either. People never saw those, though. And when they do, their assumptions are wrong because of 'APSK'. The reviewer [Film Threat's Matthew Sorrento] had said that perhaps my co-director had persuaded me to watch ‘About Schmidt’ one night instead of ‘Cabin Fever.’ That’s pretty funny for several reasons. One is that the co-director, Karen, basically just held the camera for half the time and spat out a few ideas. I gave her co-director credit because I was giving credit to people who helped me because I didn’t want my name taking over everything and also because I’m a straight white male,” he laughs.
“At that point,” he explains, “I was desperately trying to get into film festivals and was running out of money. If you’re gay, or Hispanic, or Jewish, or a woman, you have festivals designed just for you, so I was recruiting every type of minority I could to help me out. So ‘The Cleansing’ was totally my thing, but because of 'APSK' the reviewer automatically assumed I would be the one to watch ‘Cabin Fever,’ not ‘About Schmidt,’ even though I’m a huge Alexander Payne fan and have not liked one of Eli Roth’s films. My point is, that is definitely a negative thing about the 'APSK' films -- the few people who know who I am probably have me figured completely wrong.”
Of course, there’s also the reaction of the women involved. Due to the film’s subject matter, I had to wonder if any of the women thought Ryan was actually going to kill them.
Ryan laughs when he gives his answer. “I think Sunny Lane, the porn star, thought something like that. She was weirded out by my synopsis and/or title of the movie, so I had to explain it better as a comedy (this was the 3D one). I can’t remember exactly how it’s gone down, but I did have people react like that a few times. Either they thought I really wanted to rape them, or beat them, or something. It was weird. They didn’t understand it was a movie. Nobody I ever ended up using thought that, though, once we were shooting, but I’ve had bizarre reactions. . . especially since I do not use actors or people from LA. It’s mostly people from my small town. Surprisingly, it’s been pretty easy getting girls. . . sort of. Thank goodness these movies have been easy to shoot on a whim, because otherwise it’d be hard. Usually when I come across somebody it’s very random, so I need to think quick. When I’ve tried to interview people or plan for later dates it almost always falls through.”
The women have had various reasons for acting in these pseudo-snuff films. “Several girls have told me they only did it because they were experimenting or acting out,” Ryan explains, “but didn’t regret doing it. They just wouldn’t do it again. Several girls who acted nude with me in their first film wouldn’t do it again in later films, but still stood behind the film they did it in. But then there’s a few girls who have come back months, even years later and said they didn’t want to be in the film anymore, which is kind of impossible at that point, and it’s usually people who did the least explicit stuff. Most of the time it’s because of having a new boyfriend, and once I think it was a career change. You gotta make sure you get those contracts signed upfront (which, unfortunately, I’ve been too trusting of people before), and also explain in every detail your intentions [with] the films. I try to make sure I’ve over-explained every angle so they’re one hundred percent clear, but even then women change their minds a fucking lot.”
Strangely, it was a guy who gave Ryan the most problems.
“I think the only time I really had somebody freak out over a role was a guy, but that was upfront, so I ended up playing the part when I was actually looking to just direct. So the fucks that say I just want to get laid -- I tried to get [another] guy instead before, but it didn’t happen.”
Ryan is also surprised the concept has become a franchise. He’s not even sure it was good to have done two sequels. He had a fine time doing the second film and trying to make it different from the first, and he enjoyed concluding the series and even making fun of it with the 3D film. He also played a “spin-off” of the character in two other films, but he admits that he is “goddamn sick of this nasty fuck.” “[I] am dying to explore other characters and ideas I’ve been wanting to do. People have talked about me making a fourth 'APSK' film, or I guess a fifth counting the 3D one, and I’m like, ‘Fuck. No. I’m done. Come on!’ Maybe if somebody else made the movie and I just acted ... maybe. Or if I made a million dollars, okay, I guess. But I haven’t made shit yet, and I feel like I’m working my ass off on a series of films that isn’t paying the rent, but is fucking me up in the head and making me look and feel like a perverted filmmaker and, even worse, a perverted human being. I want something else now. I need something else.”
Ryan also feels that the people who hate the “APSK” series won’t want to watch his future films, and that the people who like them will most likely be “disappointed” with anything he wants to do. Then there are the distributors.
Ryan’s distributor told the director that one of the films he is finishing up (which he originally started back in 2003) isn’t the type of movie the distributor could bill as “from the director of 'APSK.'” Ryan thought this was a good thing, as people who hated those films may never want to see another one of his movies, though it does have its obvious problems for the distributor. Ryan, it seems, has worked himself into a hole, and the critics don’t help.
As to be expected, critics have either loved or hated the films. Some of the ones who want to present an image of “cool” claim to be indifferent. Ryan has his own ideas on the subject.
“It’s harder for me to read a lukewarm review than a hateful one. It’s gotten to the point where I laugh out loud at really bad reviews, and sometimes I get angry at the really good ones because I feel like the critic liked it for completely wrong reasons. Or I’ll just cringe at how assuming some are. A few critics had said that Michiko [the female star of the first film] and I were a couple. One even said we were married. I’ve never been married! What the fuck? It’s hilarious. Some people say I got it distributed because I had connections, but I had no connections with the company [that] put it out. My connections actually fell through; I had to do it on my own. Somebody, actually several people, said that Kai in 'APSK' 2 was some dumb actress who thought she’d make it big. That’s fucking hilarious because Kai had no intentions of becoming an actress. She just did it to do it. Lots of people said it sucked because I was too cheap to use blood, but it’s because I didn’t want to use fucking blood!”
One thing I haven’t seen mentioned by critics, including myself, is how sad the films actually are. Ryan has created scenes that are played out in real life. . . and probably not that much differently. He makes us into voyeurs of females who have gotten themselves into situations from which they can’t escape. I asked the director if he ever really thought about that, what it really means, and what role it puts the audience in.
“We live in a generation of voyeurism,” Ryan answers. “An AFI short film that took six months to make, shot on real film with real actors and a budget of $30,000 might only get 100 hits on You Tube or MySpace, while so-called hidden footage of the girl next door undressing, shot in ten seconds with two cents by some twelve-year-old, will spit out 100,000 hits a day. I figured this out when my short films [which I put hard work into] were getting 20 hits a year. I tried making commercials for my website with shots of girls in bras at the beginning and ranked in over a million hits the first week, and it actually sent tens of thousands over to the site to watch my shorts. Then I got banned.”
Ryan went on to justify his pseudo-snuff films. “We make fun of this lifestyle, and don’t accurately portray it. I wanted to show this for real. What it’s really like when things go bad, and things can very likely go bad. It is sad, and lots of people are oblivious to it. They don’t even understand when watching the 'APSK' movies that it’s meant to be sick. They want the girls to die. It’s very sad, actually. It’s not like you’re watching a fantasy action movie like ‘Die Hard’ and can be like, ‘Yeah, Bruce, shoot those fuckers.’ This is meant to be and feel real like all the bullshit we’re getting bombarded with every day online. But our generation is so far gone already I don’t think they even get it. Others, especially young guys (and girls), I’ve seen who liked the films did so because they got off on it. But then there are the select few who admit they popped the movie in hoping to be aroused and came out feeling dirty and ashamed. That’s what I’d like to hear because those people really did take it as being a real situation and felt the way a human being should feel if they were actually watching that situation played out for real.”
Ryan continues to lament about the current culture. “I see a lot of people get off on real footage of people being hurt and/or humiliated, and it is sick and disgusting and very sad. We don’t understand the difference between a movie and real footage. Pretty soon we’ll be taking our video cameras to the parks to beat and humiliate and sexually degrade people while filming it and then put it on MySpace for more friend requests and a spark of popularity. Oh wait, we already have.”
Near the end of the third film Ryan has several shots of the killer’s face, and it appears he is approaching the point of no return mentally. I asked Ryan if he gave any thought to where the killer was heading. After all, if you are a character for so long and so completely, I would expect there to be some kind of consideration of the character’s future.
“I most definitely thought about it,” Ryan says, “[but] I’d rather people come to their own conclusions. I’m working on a script with my brother. He wants to do a regular feature film about Brandon if we can get a decent budget. It wouldn’t follow the character exactly as he acted in the 'APSK' films. It would just be a spin-off done as a regular film, but it would show more about how he gets away with things, how other people come across the tapes, and the people after him. Less about the victims and the killings, more about whom it affects basically, and also what happens to him.”
Ryan has plans beyond that, however. “I have many ideas that I hope to move forward with. Things that would actually need budgets, like my ‘Romance Road Killers’ film or ‘I Fell in Love with the Devil’s Daughter.’ You can see some info on them on my site []. They do both have sex and violence [and] actual blood this time. RRK deals with issues I went through in foster care [concerning] abused kids, social workers, falsely accused families, young love and more. And ‘... Devil’s Daughter’ features a lead Japanese character who only speaks in her native language while surrounded by a bunch of rednecks in a weird hick American town where people go missing, [with] cannibalism and more. Then we got that 2003 film, ‘Sex Kids Party a.k.a. The More The Better.’ Hopefully that will be out soon. It’s got absolutely no violence or depressing bits like almost all my other films have, and deals with interracial gay, lesbian and straight relationships. There’s some Japanese and French speaking movies I’m trying to get together, a few other projects I might be co-directing and/or acting in and producing, a vampire love story I’ve been trying to do [and so on]. I also shot another film called ‘Ill-Fated Lovers’ based on one of my relationships that was totally volatile.”
Ryan plans are big, but he understands the difficulty in trying to do these films on his own with little to no money. “And I mean no money,” Ryan repeats. “Like 30 dollar budgets. We’re hoping to shoot this film this month that would actually probably be a PG quirky romance movie. The title has varied slightly, but it’s called (most likely) ‘The Ugly Beautiful and Dyeing Girl’ (spelled ‘dye’). And that’s a good [amount] for now. Unless I get tired of doing all this and not making money. I mean, I need to create or I’ll die. It’s not the money that motivates me, but it might have to be a little side thing, or I won’t be eating soon. Maybe I’ll be delivering pizzas again. It paid a hell of a lot more than making movies. And I got free pizza.”
It seems almost insane that a director of film series that has broken world records (lowest budget film to ever get national distribution) and has caused such controversy would have to consider going back to pizza delivery. Nonsense like the third installment of “The Mummy” series gets serious coverage, and the most innovative are left in the gutters trying to survive. All one has to do is examine the whole of Ryan’s body of work to see that he is more than “APSK.” A director/writer/actor who is not afraid to take chances and push boundaries, he can do comedy, drama, horror and music videos. Not all the attempts succeed, but viewers can easily see the talent there. The rest of the world has not caught on yet, though. . . and maybe never will.
Or, think of it this way: Do you really want the guy who created “APSK” showing up at your door with a pizza for your loving family? I didn’t think so.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The 25th Sundance Film Festival Wrap-Up

Source: Edward Douglas
January 25, 2009

It's shocking how the best-laid plans of even the most prolific writer can immediately get sidelined, especially when it comes to film festival coverage. When's Edward Douglas flew out to Park City ten days ago, the plan was to see as many movies as humanly possible and write reviews for each and every one of them. Unfortunately, spending long days running or shuttling between Main Street and the Marriot Headquarters, from the Eccles to the Egyptian, can take a lot out of a guy, and we decided our time would best be served spending it seeing as many movies as humanly possible and talking to as many filmmakers and actors we could fit in, rather than locking ourselves in a hotel room writing. That's not to say that we don't have a lot of reviews and interviews on the way, but we decided to give CS readers a taste of the nearly 30 movies we saw at this year's festival with brief write-ups of the ones that stood out, as well as laments for those that faltered.The Best of the Fest:

1. 500 Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight) - Clearly the biggest crowd-pleaser at this year's festival was this romantic comedy from first-time director Marc Webb and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Webber, which covers a year and a half in the relationship between Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Bishl (Zooey Deschanel), the latter a flighty woman who breaks the former's heart. While some of the ground covered is stuff we've seen before, the film is told in an innovative and clever narrative style, jumping around in time from the height of their developing love affair to the months that follow their break-up. Gordon-Levitt creates an infinitely likeable character that both guys and women can relate to, much like John Cusack in his heyday. The film also includes some great comic turns from Geoffrey Arend and Clark Gregg. What could easily be seen as a "...Say Anything" for the younger generation, the film's Sundance premiere received a standing ovation from the audience, and one can expect that when it opens in July, it will be another Searchlight hit in the vein of Garden State and Once.

2. We Live in Public - Ondi Timoner's profile of internet pioneer Josh Harris was a more than worthy follow-up to her Sundance Jury Prize winner Dig!, and this one took even longer to make, over ten years, as Timoner culled through over 500 hours of footage from Harris' career. Harris' early "art projects" included the World Wide Web's first streaming video television station, followed by the experimental community of "Quiet" where thirty volunteers were holed in a secret underground bunker in New York's Village with every moment captured on a series of surveillance cameras. You'll find yourself amazed by the foresight of Harris' achievements, as well as his inevitable implosion, as the bubble bursts and Harris goes into hiding from his creditors. Timoner successfully contrasts what Harris was trying to achieve with the rise of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, and anyone who spends even a few minutes online--which one would assume is most readers--will want to see this movie whenever it becomes available. Look for our interview with Timoner and Harris soon.

3. Paper Heart - Fans of the Judd Apatow crew might not have known what to expect when they went to see Charlyne Yi's mockumentary about her cynical search for true love, interviewing people from around the country in various backgrounds, but it ends up being the ultimate in META, because you're never sure what is real and what is being staged for the cameras. (For instance, the documentary's director Nicholas Jasenovec is actually played by an actor himself.) Not since My Date with Drew has what is essentially a documentary warmed your heart so much, as you can't help but smile at Yi's adorable antics and expressive reactions, not to mention the way Yi's real-life boyfriend Michael Cera continues to prove why so many young women gush over his every move.

4. I Love You Phillip Morris - It's not often you'd have a movie starring Jim Carrey playing at the Sundance Film Festival, let alone being one of the best movies there, but there's something about the way Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa were able to turn the true crime story of conman Steven Russell into a comedy vehicle for Carrey that makes it work far better than his recent dog Yes Man. While most of Carrey's strongest films have been dramas like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Man on the Moon, Ficarra and Renqua have found a way to bring an edgier approach to Carrey's usual comic delivery to make this one of his stronger comedies. Despite being a very funny situational comedy, it's also a surprisingly touching romance involving Russell's gay relationship with his fellow inmate Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. This was easily one of the most commercially viable films of the festival, so it's somewhat surprising it hasn't yet picked up for U.S. distribution.

5. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - Jon Krasinski makes his directorial debut with the difficult subject material of David Foster Wallace's novel which explores how men perceive women, sex and relationships. It stars Julianne Nicholson as Sara Quinn, a post-grad doing a study on the way men think by doing interviews with a variety of subjects, from the classic "God's Gift to Women" to the wallflower to everything in between. The film is constructed of a series of vignettes and monologues by an impressive array of television and character actors including the likes of Will Arnett, Christopher Meloni, Will Forte, Bobby Canavale and more. Besides being an impressive directorial debut, Krasinski also delivers one of the film's most powerful moments as Sara's boyfriend, a charming fellow who doesn't mince words when confronted by an affair. It's a film that leaves you in a cold sweat.

6. When You're Strange - Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) was given carte blanche with hundreds of hours of Doors footage, some never seen before, to tell the story of how Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore became one of the more influential bands of the '60s despite Morrison's chronic problems with drugs and alcohol. It's a highly artistic first attempt at a doc from the indie filmmaker that's certain to bring a newfound appreciation for the band from anyone who might not have cared for them in the past. We had a chance to sit down with DiCillo and Densmore early in the festival, so look for that soon.

7. Mary and Max - The quirky Claymation dramedy about two mismatched pen pals who help each other get through their difficult lives, was a strange choice to open this year's festival, but it was also a heart-warming effort from the Oscar-winning Australian animator Adam Elliot that set the tone for the rest of the fest. Voiced by Toni Collette, Mary is an excitable Australian girl while Max (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a 44-year-old Jewish New Yorker with Asperger's Syndrome, yet the two of them find common ground to bond over. Told in a very unique style, using different monochromatic color schemes for each character's environment, the film really captures your attention and tugs at your heartstrings. Review

8. Black Dynamite (Sony) – Scott Sanders' spoof of '70s blacksploitation films found many a fan during the festival's Park City at Midnight program, which is no surprise, since it's probably one of the outright funniest movies at the festival being that it's not as much a straight spoof as a serious attempt at recreating the bad acting, writing and the wild funk soundtracks of the genre with Michael Jai White playing the ass-kicking title character with the likes of Arsenio Hill and Tommy Davison playing typical stereotypes. (Ironically, black filmmaking pioneer Robert Townsend was at the festival this year with his new doc Why We Laugh.)

9. The Girlfriend Experience (Magnolia) - Not really a film festival entry as much as a sneak preview of Steven Soderbergh's follow-up to Bubble, this was a far looser affair starring porn actress Sasha Grey as a $10,000 New York escort trying to broaden her business while trying to maintain a relationship with her physical trainer boyfriend. You can read more about what quickly became one of the highlights of this year's festival here.

10. Cold Souls - Sophie Barthes' sci-fi film has been compared ad nauseum to the work of Charlie Kaufman due to its quirky premise and clever humor. Most of the latter comes from its star Paul Giamatti, playing himself, who turns to a groundbreaking soul storage company during an emotional crisis, leading to all sorts of unexpected results. Giamatti is as funny as always, essentially creating a comic incarnation of his own personality and lifestyle, while David Strathairn plays the quack Dr. Finkelstein whose troubles begin due to his dealings with mules who transport Russian souls into the country. It's certainly one of the most innovative debuts from a director we also had a chance to talk to before leaving Park City.

11. Brooklyn's Finest (Senator/Sony) - Antoine Fuqua's return to police work jumped coasts for a three-pronged story about disgruntled police officers working in various aspects of law enforcement in the fight against crime and drugs in Brooklyn. Don Cheadle is great as always as Tango, an undercover officer embedded within the city's toughest drugdealing gang, while Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke give equally strong performances as two very different police officers trying to get their way around the system that has made their personal lies difficult. Even so, the most surprising performance comes in the form of a nearly unrecognizable Wesley Snipes as a criminal released from jail and trying to fly right despite the bad influence of Cheadle's character. This might not only be Fuqua's finest movie, but it could also be the movie that gets him taken far more seriously as a filmmaker. Interview with Antoine Fuqua

12. Grace (Anchor Bay) - Paul Solet's supernatural thriller stars Jordan Ladd as a first-time mother who chooses to bring her stillborn baby to term, leading to seriously disturbing consequences when she realizes that the seemingly alive baby has certain cravings that the loving mother feels the need to provide. As creepy as the catalog description might have been, the results have a seriously deep psychological impact in the way Solet mixes the visceral gore inherent with the birthing process with edgy suspense. Any woman who isn't sure whether they want to go through childbirth will probably want to stay away, but this was clearly this year's Joshua, a great thriller in the vein of '70s greats that hopefully will find its audience.Look for our interview with Solet over on sometime next week.

13. In the Loop (IFC Films) - Spinning off from the television show "The Thick of It," director Armando Iannucci took a hilarious look at British and American politics from the inside of the bumbling government agencies whose personal squabbles and egos build up to a controversial decision to go to war. With hilarious performances by Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini and Peter Capaldi and a surprising cameo by Iannuci's frequent collaborator Steve Coogan, the comparisons that have been made to "The Office" and Christopher Guest's improvised mockumentaries are sound. This may be one of the first post-9/11 political comedies that works unequivocally, and here's hoping IFC Films can get this to wide audience of British humor fans. You can read our interview with Iannucci sometime next week.

14. Tyson (Sony Pictures Classics) - James Toback's portrait of his friend, boxer Mike Tyson, was the second movie we saw at the festival, and whether or not you want to spend an entire film watching Tyson talk about himself, there's no question that it's one of the most fascinating and comprehensive looks at a controversial sports figure ever captured on film.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Hochkar Open, 07.02.2009, Senonerpark Hochkar

(lifepr) Graz, 19.01.2009 - All good things come in threes. And so Lower Austria's biggest snowboard contest goes into its third round on the 7th of February 2009! The Hochkar Open is more...

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