…Let the Heath Ledger speculator boom begin:
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Anyway earlier in the year I went to a reading by the author Stephanie Myer in Toronto.
It was the craziest reading I have ever been to (writing this I even myself can not believe this actually happened). There were approximately 2 thousand people. I kid you not. She signed every single book. I have read the first of the series and thought it was reasonable. The thing is this does not happen for every teen author reading. The only case I think it has happened is...J.K. Rowling
Wizard: not much interesting
Mighty Avengers: I felt a large amount having seen this before. Just okay
Madman: Great and shocking
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So sad..but interesting
Charisma as Natural as Gravity
By Christopher Nolan | NEWSWEEK
Feb 4, 2008 Issue | Updated: 3:21 p.m. ET Jan 26, 2008
Heath Ledger, 28, Actor
Best known for his haunting, Oscar-nominated performance as Ennis Del Mar, one of the gay cowboys in 2005 ' s "Brokeback Mountain," Ledger was a massive young talent on the cusp of greatness when he died last week in New York. The native Australian, who is survived by his 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, had recently finished work on this summer's "Batman" sequel, "The Dark Knight," in which he plays a villain, the Joker. Christopher Nolan, the film's director, shared these memories:
One night, as I'm standing on LaSalle Street in Chicago, trying to line up a shot for "The Dark Knight," a production assistant skateboards into my line of sight. Silently, I curse the moment that Heath first skated onto our set in full character makeup. I'd fretted about the reaction of Batman fans to a skateboarding Joker, but the actual result was a proliferation of skateboards among the younger crew members. If you'd asked those kids why they had chosen to bring their boards to work, they would have answered honestly that they didn't know. That's real charisma—as invisible and natural as gravity. That's what Heath had.
Heath was bursting with creativity. It was in his every gesture. He once told me that he liked to wait between jobs until he was creatively hungry. Until he needed it again. He brought that attitude to our set every day. There aren't many actors who can make you feel ashamed of how often you complain about doing the best job in the world. Heath was one of them.
One time he and another actor were shooting a complex scene. We had two days to shoot it, and at the end of the first day, they'd really found something and Heath was worried that he might not have it if we stopped. He wanted to carry on and finish. It's tough to ask the crew to work late when we all know there's plenty of time to finish the next day. But everyone seemed to understand that Heath had something special and that we had to capture it before it disappeared. Months later, I learned that as Heath left the set that night, he quietly thanked each crew member for working late. Quietly. Not trying to make a point, just grateful for the chance to create that they'd given him.
Those nights on the streets of Chicago were filled with stunts. These can be boring times for an actor, but Heath was fascinated, eagerly accepting our invitation to ride in the camera car as we chased vehicles through movie traffic—not just for the thrill ride, but to be a part of it. Of everything. He'd brought his laptop along in the car, and we had a high-speed screening of two of his works-in-progress: short films he'd made that were exciting and haunting. Their exuberance made me feel jaded and leaden. I've never felt as old as I did watching Heath explore his talents. That night I made him an offer—knowing he wouldn't take me up on it—that he should feel free to come by the set when he had a night off so he could see what we were up to.
When you get into the edit suite after shooting a movie, you feel a responsibility to an actor who has trusted you, and Heath gave us everything. As we started my cut, I would wonder about each take we chose, each trim we made. I would visualize the screening where we'd have to show him the finished film—sitting three or four rows behind him, watching the movements of his head for clues to what he was thinking about what we'd done with all that he'd given us. Now that screening will never be real. I see him every day in my edit suite. I study his face, his voice. And I miss him terribly.
Back on LaSalle Street, I turn to my assistant director and I tell him to clear the skateboarding kid out of my line of sight when I realize—it's Heath, woolly hat pulled low over his eyes, here on his night off to take me up on my offer. I can't help but smile.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Buzz & Woody in 3-D
With more and more theaters becoming 3-D-friendly, 2009 seems to be the year the format will take off — after only 50 years. Disney has just announced plans to re-release the original Toy Story in 3-D in October 2009, followed by Toy Story 2 in Feb. 2010 and leading up to the 3-D debut of a Toy Story 3 in June 2010. Other upcoming Disney releases getting the 3-D treatment: Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert; the animated animal comedy Bolt; Robert Zemeckis's performance capture version of A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and Michael J. Fox; Tim Burton's Frankenweenie; and Burton's live action/performance capture hybrid Alice in Wonderland. Meanwhile, other studios are getting in on the action in 2009/2010, too, including James Cameron's Avatar, DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens and How to Train Your Dragon next year, followed by Shrek Goes Fourth in 2010. DreamWorks honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg says all future animated projects from his studio will be in 3-D.
I can't wait.
in other news
Ugly Betty" Star Dale is New King Arthur in London Spamalot
By John Nathan
25 Jan 2008
|photo by ABC/Andrew Eccles|
The London production of Monty Python's Spamalot will have a new King Arthur. Beginning March 3 Alan Dale, who is best known as the publishing mogul Bradford Meade in the hit TV show "Ugly Betty," will succeed Peter Davison.
The hit musical, which transferred to the West End's Palace Theatre in October 2006, opened with Tim Curry, who created the role of King Arthur in the original Broadway production.
As with the New York version, Curry handed the role over to Simon Russell Beale. Dale's big and small screen credits include "The West Wing," "The X-Files" and "ER." Later this year he will be seen in Spielberg's newest Indiana Jones movie "The Kingdom of the Skull."
When Dale begins his run, he will be joining the winner of Swedish reality TV show "West End Star," who on Feb. 9 takes over from Marin Mazzie as The Lady of the Lake. The TV show's finale will be broadcast in February.
Directed by Mike Nichols (Tony-winning productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Real Thing), Spamalot won the Tony Award for Best Musical of 2005 plus the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in the same category.
Eric Idle based the musical's book on the 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the screenplay for which Idle wrote with fellow Pythons Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.
The show continues to play the Shubert Theatre, where it opened on March 17, 2005. There is also a production at the Las Vegas Wynn, and an Australian version opened last November in Meblourne.
The London production is booking until Sept. 27, 2008. For more information, call (0)870 890 0142.
Bradford Mead The Song and Dance man. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
Welcome to our new series DO NOT WATCH:
First up Adam Sander's Click. This movie was the worst movie I have ever watched. DO NOT rent it, buy it even borrow it. It is that bad. I and the five other people I viewed it with all booed at the end
From Imdb: Gay Activists Blast Radio Host Who Mocked Ledger's Death
and The Betty
Last night I watched a tv show called Ugly Betty. Here I will break down my thoughts in 3 simple categories
The Good: The Gene Simmons Plot line (huge laughter during the singing part and when Mark goes sappy)), Willamina plot line (Vanessa Williams has to be my favorite actor on the show, sorry)
The Bad: The Sappiness and the book plot line
The Betty: Lots of Betty but only in one unpleasant plotline
Thursday, January 24, 2008
In the film one of the interviewees says they like the art because it doesn't say f*** you. maybe that is why it matters whether or not she does the art. Because if she doesn't it is a bigger middle finger than any of the ones in the film
below is a video from her website that supposedly shows the compete painting process
From Empire Online (I thought this was funny)
Also disappointing is Morgan Spurlock's Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?, an attempt to track down the super-terrorist that, er, doesn't actually try very hard to track down the super-terrorist at all. It's amiable enough, with a brilliant opening salvo of dancing Osamas, but far better is a Spurlock-style investigation of steroids in sport, titled Bigger, Stronger, Faster. Ostensibly about the use of anabolics, director Chris Bell's busy, energetic film finally reveals itself as a study of the American dream and the desperation to win at all costs.
Investigation Into Ledger's Death Continues
What is the truth
And Terry Gilliam's film was canceled. Will he ever have any luck
|THE LATEST WORD from the WGA website |
On Wednesday, January 23, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will begin informal discussions to determine if there is a basis for both parties to return to formal negotiations. Both the AMPTP and the WGA have agreed to make no public comments about the informal discussions until those discussions have concluded.
Will we get our t.v. and movies back. To be continued
I recently watched a film called My Kid Could Paint That. The viewer who I watched it with thought that 60 minutes was horrible for what it did in the movie. I personally think it is the family's fault for starting this I mean I know they needed money but have a little respect for yourselves. I don't think the movie was the fault of the press I think it was everyone's fault
This is my first comic book review post:
The Amazing Spider-Man: Good. Last part in the first good arc in years.
Sabrina: Sabrina the Teenage *itch
She Hulk: or let's have the most obvious twist in the history of comic books, PEOPLE HE DIDN'T EVAN SAY THEY WERE LYING
Damage Control: Best of the bunch I'm sorry to say.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I would like to recommend a book called Boy Toy. Yes I know it sounds funny but get over it, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Boy Toy tells the story of a boy who is sexually abused by his teacher. Don’t think this is one of these annoying issue books that can be frustratingly weepy. This is a great book about human nature. You Simply MUST read this book. After you are done reading it write if you agree
From IMDB: Ringo Walks Out of 'Regis and Kelly'
Suggesting that being a 67-year-old former Beatle no longer carries the cachet that it once did, the producers of Live With Regis and Kelly on Tuesday refused to allow Ringo Starr to perform a song from his new album, Liverpool 8, unless he cut it to less than three minutes. Starr's publicist, Elizabeth Freund, told the Associated Press Tuesday that the drummer/singer walked out of the studio after the show's producers refused to compromise by cutting back the chat time on the program. A spokeswoman for Regis and Kelly said that Starr had been informed of the time requirement for the song when he was booked last November.
Who tells the truth. Regis or Ringo. I don't see why Ringo didn't just do the talking and had to sing. But who am I to say.
I came across a little bit more about what happened with Heath Ledger's death
Heath Ledger Autopsy Inconclusive
An autopsy on Heath Ledger was inconclusive, and more tests are needed, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday, a day after the 28-year-old actor was found dead with sleeping pills nearby.
It will take about 10 days to complete the investigation, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner.
Earlier, police said the death was caused by a possible drug overdose and appeared to be accidental.
and most interesting from IMDB
Ledger Death Poses Problems for Warner Bros.
I think that if anyone thinks AI is real than thy need to do 2 things
Read Chart Throb by Ben Elton
but with that said I think that the biggest problem with the show is that none of the singers can sing half HALF as well as the singers you will find on Broadway
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
from IMDB (with my notes):
Actor Heath Ledger Found Dead
Actor Heath Ledger was found dead at a Manhattan apartment Tuesday afternoon in what appeared to be a possible drug-related death I think it is sad that now so much of Hollywood is taking drugs; he was 28 that is very young. The actor was discovered in one of the SoHo apartment's bedrooms at 3:31 p.m., when a masseuse arrived for a scheduled appointment and the residence's housekeeper went to inform the actor of the masseuse's arrival. He was found unconscious and unresponsive; the New York Times at first stated that the apartment in question belonged to actress Mary-Kate Olsen, but a publicist for the actress later said that Olsen did not own a unit in the building in which Ledger was found. An initial police report also cited by the New York Times said that foul play was not suspected and that pills had been found near Ledger's body. A native of Australia, Ledger shot to fame as a teen heartthrob in 10 Things I Hate About You before graduating to more adult roles, most notably his Oscar-nominated turn in Brokeback Mountain. Engaged at one time to Brokeback co-star Michelle Williams, the two had a daughter but had split in recent months. Earlier this year, Ledger wrapped filming on the Batman film The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker; the film is currently set for release this summer. Further details of the actor's death were not available at press time. --IMDb staf
Thoughts: So why I think this is a shocker is that he is not an Anna Nicole Smith who has had a gradual downfall in the media. He was a family man with a happy life as far as I know. I have not seen any of his films (except 10 things I hate about you and I don't remember the plot of the film much less his acting talents in it). I think that it is still sad in it's symbolism. This shows us that sadly enough in this version of Hollywood....no one is safe
Oh my goodness.
A good movie may actually win the big awards (best picture, acting directing etc). Which film you ask? JUNO. It is absolutely fantstic, funny and deserving. And I actually saw it.
Good luck Juno.
Oh and I hope Johnny Depp wins for Sweeny Todd.
and of course neither did.