Proving that the crab apple does not fall far from the tree is one Sean Stone. He is the offspring of Oliver Stone. And his ideas may even be further out there than ol’ Ollie’s.
If you are working in the media business, it is crucial that you identify your photos correctly. For example, in pictures of a new movie called the “Monuments Men,” you don’t want to call John Goodman George Clooney. Or call George Clooney Bill Murray.
I’ll say George Clooney got the short end of the stick. To call John Goodman by his name and to label him Bill Murray must’ve really hurt. . .
People read back-stories into movies all the time that are not there. I especially like the comparison between Israel and World War Z:
Israelis and Arabs aren’t likely to get along in the real world any time soon, but they briefly pull it off in the film adaptation of Max Brooks’ mega best-selling novel, World War Z. People who hate Israel for a living are giving the movie a big thumbs-down because of it.
Michael Totten is a heckuva blogger. I surely hope you read his stuff.
Helen Mirren, otherwise known as Helen Lydia Mironoff, has a movie coming out on Friday. She is reprising her role as Victoria in Red 2. Looking at her, her being an almost proper lady and all, you would not expect a beating heart that lusts after guns:
FOX411: What has this franchise allowed you to do that no other project has given you the chance to do before?
Mirren: Shoot a big ass gun (laughs). I’ve never done that before. Also… I just love this project. I’m not saying this is all I want to do for the rest of my life, but within the context with everything else I do it’s just the greatest. I love it. I was thrilled that it was going to become a franchise because obviously when we did the first one there was no understanding of that at all. It was a one off. So it’s fantastic we got the opportunity to do it the second time.
FOX411: What does it mean to you [to reunite with] a lot of your cast members?
Mirren: You know it’s like meeting up with your best friends from college that you haven’t seen for 30 or 40 years. Although it’s not that long since we were together but it’s… like we were working together the day before yesterday. And I think that’s an indication of how happy we were working together in the first place.
The movie, Red 2, has an interesting team behind it:
RED 2 is an upcoming 2013 American action comedy film and sequel to the 2010 film RED, which was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC Comics imprint Homage.
The film stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins, and Helen Mirren, with Dean Parisot directing a screenplay by Jon and Erich Hoeber. RED 2 is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2013.
I imagine I will be breaking my Hollywood fast and hitting the theaters sometime soon.
I have endured some serious sleepless nights these past few weeks or so, which I have put down to the heat of summer. Even with the assistance of my good friend ‘Captain Morgan’ I have only managed a couple of pitiful hours in the dead zone. The dogs love it as they now expect to be out and about as the first grey chink of morning light breaks over the Eastern horizon. Methinks some thing is amiss, it’s not as if I do not exercise my brain as well as my body. Last night I reverted to the old school way of reading, and chose a true story in paper back The Wonga Coup: Simon Mann’s Plot to Seize Oil Billions in Africa by Adam Roberts, (from which the cowardly Mark Thatcher does not walk away smelling of roses).
Now I understand why Simon Mann has every right to Cry Havoc, which is my next read. I just hope Ridley Scott includes the whole ball of corruption and dirty politics in his film portrayal of the book. Having settled into a nice leather easy chair, I read of the coup until the words disappeared slowly from the page. I awoke with two snoring dogs sleeping in front of a fan, and a ticking clock with the big hand on 12 and the little hand on 7… Unbelievably I had slept for several hours. Click pic to enlarge Replacing the book back onto the shelf I noticed a hard back that I received as a gift at Christmas, ‘Commando’ THE DIRTY DOZEN, a collection of the best 12 Commando comic books ever. “Thought to self, research the comics on line as they were classics from my childhood“.
I did so after breakfast, Britain’s sole surviving war comic Commando and was shocked to see that the iconic short story Commando comic magazines are no longer printed in the UK. They are now printed by a German media group ‘GGP Media’ who are based in Possneck, Thuringia – near where the revolutionary Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter jets were being built in an underground weapons factory in the Second World War! My paper childhood heroes crumbled in front of me, such is life I suppose. But hey! I am not cross because of the irony of it all, we have moved on to become allies against a more common foe.
Here we go, Ender’s Game, the movie is coming out in November. I’ll be deployed to Japan, but I’ll see the adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s book when it finally hits those shores. The plot for those of you unaware:
“Ender’s Game” follows the adventures of Ender Wiggin, a gifted young boy who’s trained at an advanced military school to lead the attack against the second wave of an alien invasion that left the Earth decimated 70 years earlier. The film, directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield,Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, and Hailee Steinfeld, will hit theaters on November 1.
What would a movie be without a little controversy, by a group called Geeks OUT:
It’s one of the most highly anticipated films of the upcoming holiday movie season, though “Ender’s Game” now has a considerable amount of controversy to go with the hype.
Geeks OUT has launched an online protest of the film due to author Orson Scott Card being an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Called ”Skip Ender’s Game,” the boycott urges potential audiences to steer clear of the film, which is based on Card’s popular 1985 novel.
“Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand,” Geeks OUT officials write. “Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”
Geeks OUT is organizing a series of “Skip Ender’s Game” events in New York, Orlando, Seattle, and other major U.S. cities to coincide with the movie’s debut this November.
Orson Scott Card has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights for several years. In 2009, he joined the board of directors at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which opposes same-sex marriage and was created to pass California’s Proposition 8. His own personal views on the LGBT community were expressed in a Mormon Times piece that same year: “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”
In that same op-ed piece, Card wrote that gay marriage ”marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mix-up” and that “allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as ‘mentally ill.’”
Tolerance for me, but not for thee. . .
I cannot think of a better antagonist than Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri. You might know him better as the Iron Sheik. And now he is ailing, but Page and Jian Magen are crowd-sourcing Iranian Legend: The Iron Sheik Story. You can help fund it!
You know the GQ’d Persian folks from the Shahs of Sunset are!
The movie 300 sparked a rekindled interest in things Spartan (but not things Michigan State.) The phrase, molon labe (come and get ‘em) resurfaced and now Hollyland is looking at another take on the brand:
Sparta’s warriors may have waged fierce land battles in the 2006 box-office hit 300, but they hadn’t even gotten their feet wet yet.
In the parallel film 300: Rise of an Empire (out Aug. 2), which takes place at about the same time as its predecessor, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his common-man troops fight the rest of the Persian army at sea.
The aquatic setting allows for a completely new dynamic — even if both films take their stylized look from the original graphic novel by Frank Miller.
Empire ”is tied visually to the original,” says director Noam Murro, but with so much happening within small boats, “there is a whole different choreography of fighting and war.”
The sea battle also allows the scale of the movie to change. The first 300 took place primarily on a narrow pass known as the “Hot Gates,” where the Spartans sought tactical advantage due to their significantly smaller numbers. But Empire ”happens over time in many different locations,” says Murro. “The opportunities for the six distinct battles are even greater with different locations and tactics.”
he David-vs.-Goliath theme remains intact, however.
“The few against the many is still here,” says Murro. “It’s hundreds vs. hundreds of thousands. It’s about taking on the mightiest power of all with wisdom and tactics.”
In this case, the mightiest power is primarily led by Artemesia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy, who is second in command to the mortal-turned-god leader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). She has the added incentive of seeking to settle a blood score against the Greeks who killed her family when she was a child.
Should it not be called 301?
Jamie Cheng from TomoNews sent me this funny video link to: Chewbacca teaches TSA to “always let the wookiee win!” Even Taiwanese folks are goofing on the TSA…
A few years back I was carrying out some research on a local WWII airfield (now redundant) that was home to a Spitfire Squadron, whose role was to protect York from Nazi bombers. Whilst trawling the net I came across a short film that was produced for the Sundance film festival, which I almost gave up on watching (I am so glad that I persevered). Up until this morning I had forgotten about the remarkable story, until it appeared on the Blog of Theo Spark, ‘Last of the Few’
SPITFIRE 944 – YouTube 22 year old Pilot Lieutenant John S. Blyth, is one of many WWII servicemen who took it in their stride and got the job done. They are all heroes in the true sense of the word. It required a few good men to bring the story of John S Blyth to the screen, which I am thankful for. If you have a few minutes on your hands, you too can share this young American’s amazing story
I am not entirely sure who Peter Dinklage or Erica Schmidt is, but I do know their baby Zelig. The little bundle of joy was named after the main character of Woody Allen’s movie Zelig. (A fictional documentary about the life of human chameleon Leonard Zelig, a man who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him. Clever editing places Zelig in real newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson, Babe Ruth, and others.) The problem is that the new baby Zelig is female and the original Leonard Zelig is male. Ach, so be it. Let’s not tell the Dinklages…
I’ll give you a completely honest answer. I wasn’t present. I was a guy who had a tremendous amount of ability, but my head was always in the world of wanting to be an actor. I majored in theater at San Diego State. My one eye was on football, and my other eye was on Hollywood. -Apollo Creed, Carl Weathers.
Okay, so I can accept a lot, but Bradley Cooper starring in the autobiography of SEAL Chris Kyle? Of course, Steven Spielberg has his sticky fingers in the mess that will be American Sniper:
DreamWorks and Warner Bros will team on Steven Spielberg‘s next film American Sniper, with Bradley Cooperaboard to star in the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Cooper optioned the book himself, along with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance, and it has turned out to be quite a coup for the actor. Jason Hall (Paranoia) wrote the script and will executive produce, with Spielberg, Cooper, Lazar, and Peter Morgan producing.
Kyle, an expert marksman who spread his love for weapons by teaching others how to shoot, was recently and tragically gunned down along with a pal by a fellow discharged vet they had taken to a Texas shooting range to deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Love Chris Kyle and all, but I don’t see myself watching this one.
Courtesy of the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA), you may soon be reading this: An intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage, brief strong violence more prominently in the near future.
The problem with H’wood is not the ratings, it is the garbage they put out. I can’t remember the last time I went to the movie theater. And I used to see 20-30 films a year!
James Secretan was the assumed name of a famous spy according to Kate Grimond, the famous writer’s niece. It does not have quite the same ring to it, does it?