Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Aaron Sorkin, most famous for creating and writing The West Wing, has signed on to write a movie about Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerburg.
Surprisingly, I think this movie could actually be good, especially with Sorkin writing it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
As exciting as earlier casting reports for the third installment of the Batman franchise were, things have taken a decidedly disastrous turn for the worst. An executive at WB has said:
"Cher is Nolan's (director) first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years. The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry's purring creations."
Gross. Cher is like, 60.
Awful, awful, awful.
(I posted a pic of Scarlett Johansson because she's my choice for Catwoman and all of the pics that I found of Cher made me want to puke. Seriously.)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Robert Downey Jr., apparently the only person in the world who didn't enjoy the Dark Knight, lays the smack down.
"My whole thing is that I saw 'The Dark Knight'. I feel like I'm dumb because I feel like I don't get how many things that are so smart. It's like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I'm like, 'That's not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.' I loved 'The Prestige' but didn't understand 'The Dark Knight'. Didn't get it, still can't tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I'm like, 'I get it. This is so high brow and so fucking smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.' You know what? Fuck DC comics. That's all I have to say and that's where I'm really coming from."
I chalk this up to relapse.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
In an attempt at justification of my career choice, a quote from "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay."
“The pain of his loss, though he would never have spoken of it in these terms, was always with him in those days, a cold smooth ball lodged in his chest, just behind his sternum. For that half hour spent in the dappled shade of the Douglas firs, reading Betty and Veronica, the icy ball had melted away without him even noticing. That was magic – not the apparent magic of the silk hatted cardpalmer, or the bold, brute trickery of the escape artist, but the genuine magic of art. It was a mark of how fucked up and broken was the world – the reality – that had swallowed his home that such a feat of escape, by no means easy to pull off, should remain so universally despised.”
This kid (best known as "Sharkboy" from the instant classic Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D) has been getting a TON of hype because of the Twilight movie that is still four months away from being released (he's ranked 21st on the imdb star meter!)
Anyways, don't ask me why he's getting so much attention (he's only in a supporting role in Twilight), but I just wanted to give him a shout out because he's from Grand Rapids. Westside, represent.
Hope he blows up so we have another famous actor from G-Rap besides Gillian "Scully" Anderson.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I just want everybody to know, I spent a lot of time in my car today and I had 102.7 on. If I had a dollar for everytime I heard Chris Brown's "Forever" or that "I wanna be famous..." song by the Pussycat Dolls, then I would have made $1,282 today.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided." (Exodus 14:21)
In a very interesting discovery today, chariot wheels were found at the bottom of the Red Sea. A new inquest into the veracity of the Biblical story of the Exodus has been launched.
Maybe Exodus will be the next Iliad.
MSN writes, "For the first time, scientists have proven that "beer goggles" are real — other people really do look more attractive to us if we have been drinking."
Well, first of all, let me say no shit. Second, who is the idiot who decided to waste their time and money and do a scientific study on this?
It's pretty straightforward, then things take a surprising twist...
"Surprisingly, the beer goggles effect was not limited to just the opposite sex among the ostensibly straight volunteers recruited for the study — they also rated people from their own sex as more attractive." (bolding not done by me, but MSN).
Here's the link to the article - the rest of it's hilarious as it goes about describing the design of the study.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince just got pushed back from November until July 2009 citing a lack of material for the summer blockbuster season because of the writer's strike.
WTF? There's going to be a lot of pissed off muggles.
I love some of the rumours out here in Hollywoodland. I thought this one was particularly funny (especially if it's true).
During the Teen Choice Awards, staff reported that Zac Efron kept complaining about the humidity because it was making his hair flat.
He proceeded to ask for an iron, saying that it was for Vanessa Hudgens, but was then caught using it!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The new trailer for Body of Lies dropped today and I think it looks pretty badass. This movie certainly has the pedigree between director Ridley Scott, writer William Monahan, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.
I'm expecting big things.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This is how I know J.K. Rowling is a genius: the entire Harry Potter series has been constantly and persistently attacked by Christian groups because of it's alleged use of magic and "witchcraft" and she has gotten her revenge without them even knowing.
The first thing that I have to say to that is what successful children's story doesn't involve magic? The WIZARD of Oz? Cinderella? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Excuse me kettle? This is pot. You're black. The same people that are so quick to denounce Harry Potter champion these other stories that are, at their core, the very same thing that they are protesting against.
And the best part is that J.K. Rowling got back at these people and they didn't even realize it. The seventh book didn't follow the same format as the entire rest of the series. Perhaps most notably, Harry doesn't go back to Hogwarts for school. However, another minor addition and by far the most important are the two epigraphs preceding the text. The first reads:
"But there is a cure in the house and not outside it, no, not from others but from them, their bloody strife. We sing to you, dark gods beneath the earth.
Now hear you blissful powers underground - answer the call, send help. Bless the children, give them Triumph now."
This is from Aeschylus' "Libation Bearers," a pagan play.
The second epigraph is from William Penn's "Fruits of Solitude" and reads:
"Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal."
Let me first say that I love both of these and think it was worth writing the entire series around them. They touch on the main theme of the books which is, and I don't care what anyone says, the power of friendship.
The genius of J.K. Rowling here lies in picking the epigraphs from two vastly different source - "Libation Bearers" belonging to the pagan tradition and "More Fruits of Solitude" belonging to the Christian one.
By the end of the Deathly Hallows, Rowling has made Harry into Christ. He goes and willingly sacrifices himself for everyone else and then is resurrected from death! There have always been parallels throughout the series (though some are admittedly subtle), but this is beating us over the head! It's the Christ myth at its most basic! And the biggest shocker to me is that people still didn't pick up on it. Why wasn't there any protesting because of this very blatant allusion?
Regardless of the stupidity of Harry Potter haters, what Rowling is saying very loudly to the world is that 1) the Christ story belongs to no single religion and 2) that good story telling is universal.
I think the two epigraphs for Deathly Hallows and the conclusion of the novel/series is genius, one of the best examples of the power of the craft. They truly are the most perfect summation of the themes of her work. This series is truly a masterpiece, and though I loved every minute of reading it, I am so sad that it's actually over.
It was so epic while it lasted, but then again this story will last forever. Hasn't Christianity already shown us that?
One of my favorite songs right now.
I would also like to make the point that Skins used this song for its season finale which broadcast on April 14th, 2008. Gossip Girl then proceeded to use it in their season finale which broadcast May 2006, 2008.
No matter how much Gossip Girl wants to be Skins, it's just not gonna happen. Face it. You're on the CW.
Dreamy teen heartthrob and overall horrible actor Orlando Bloom is set to star in a small film based on the siege of Sarajevo between 1992 and 1995.
Bloom said, "I read the script and the very human story at the very core of this film spoke to me very clearly."
Translation: "I'm doing this nasty indie because I haven't worked in over a year as nobody will meet my quota and give me $20 million to make a film. I may have been in Pirates but I'm no Johnny Depp."
P.S. Orly uses "very" a ridiculous amount of times, don't you think?
Monday, August 11, 2008
I just learned how to upload youtube videos, so had to include this, one of my all-time favorites.
Enjoy "Tickle Me Emo," courtesy of MadTV.
Enjoy "Tickle Me Emo," courtesy of MadTV.
14 year old British diving prodigy Tom Daley placed dead last in the 10-meter synchronized today. He's still got some individual events left, so he can try to redeem himself. Regardless, pressure's on for London 2012.
That being said, the men's relay victory over France last night was so epic I can hardly stand it, especially after France talked so much shit. The repeated slow motion shots of Michael Phelps' celebration were hilarious.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Warner has bought the rights to "Drink, Play, F@&k," a parody of bestselling chick-lit book "Eat, Pray, Love."
The plot is, "a man goes on a bender in Ireland, takes a gambling jaunt to Las Vegas and embarks on a sex-tourism trip Thailand."
(photo taken while on a bender in Ireland)
For those of you who don't know, I love this show from the U.K. There has even been talk of remaking it for American television. It might be hyperbolic, sure, but so what. It's escapism, and it pushes the envelope. It also makes us painfully aware of our own prudence here in the good ole' U.S of A.
Just one in a long list, Skins has just done another thing right and decided to recast the show after two seasons. That's right, they accepted the fact that kids are only in high school for so long. It's not like the O.C. where you have 29 year olds playing 16 year olds.
Also, Skins is about a group of 6th form kids living in Bristol and it is entirely shot on location in Bristol and the soundtrack features many local artists. The O.C. was shot on a soundstage.
Anyways, Skins is currently recasting and I hope it sets a precedent this side of the pond. I am looking squarely at you, Friday Night Lights.
Check out the similarities between marketing campaigns for Skins and Gossip Girl. The only difference is that Skins actually has the content to back up these promotions, while Gossip Girl is on the WB and does not. There is no sex, nudity or anything fun in Gossip Girl, while Skins has tons of it every episode.
Did I convince you to start watching?
The Olympics are just around the corner, and Michael Phelps shows up with this nasty ass trash stash (yeah, I know that rhymed).
UPDATE: Apparently the 'stash was supposed to be an homage. Regardless, it's gone now so we can all sleep a bit easier.
Note the block "M" tattoo on his crotch. I like the sentiment, but I wish it was someone else who was an ambassador for our school. Let's face it, Michael Phelps probably can't even find his way around the campus (but I bet he can find his way around a lot of frat houses).
Below: By far the coolest tattoo in swimming belonging to Frenchie Amaury Leveaux.
May car is packed - it's just me and the road. Love the journey.
"I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was - I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen, and really I didn't who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn't scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost. I was halfway acroos America, at the diving line between the East of my youth hand the West of my future, and maybe that's why it happened right there and then, that strange red afternoon..."
The rolling hills and cornfields of Iowa.
Omaha, somewhere in middle America...
The biggest false advertisement of the half-century. Nebraska is definitely not the good life.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, anywhere. If the Devil exists, he definitely lives in Nebraska.
A stupid arch over the road - by FAR the most exciting thing in Nebraska.
Finally out of Nebraska - thank God. I can't even tell you how much skill it took to get this picture and drive simultaneously. I timed it just right. One of the major high points of my drive.
And the heavens part...
Proof that God does exist, once you cross the state line.
Sterling, CO. Smalltown America, and the cineplex (showing the Dark Knight) is of course the center of the whole town.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
"Instead of being the warm center of the Earth, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the Universe..."
I leave tomorrow, armed with ambition, on the great journey towards the rest of my life. To borrow from Jack Kerouac, I'm leaving behind the East of my youth and heading towards the West of my future.
This is my Renaissance. Maybe I'll see you on the road.
"Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud."
(Bonus points for anyone who knows the quote from the post title)
Friday, August 1, 2008
I love Euro-Pop, and though I know I should probably be embarrassed about it, I've been listening to alot of McFly recently. Especially "Transylvania."
Besides the shiteous intro, I really like the song and the hook has been in my head for about a week straight now.
Perfect music when feeling good at the beach.
"Who-oo is your lover?/ 'Cause I couldn't tell..."
So I was going to start of list of books that I have read recently, much like the list of movies that I have watched recently, but then decided not to as I am embarrassed at how little I read now, something which I really need to change.
Anyways, two books that I have read recently and enjoyed are I, Claudius by Robert Graves (especially if you are interested in antiquity) and City of Thieves by David Benioff.
I just realized that I don't even know David Benioff, but I kinda hate him. He's in his mid-thirties, is an extremely accomplished author turned screenwriter, and he he's married to a hot-ass actress. This, however, did not stop me from enjoying the book.
Sorry, David, no hard feelings. I'm just kidding.
When's the movie coming out?
He opened his eyes, those pale blue Cossack eyes, and smiled at me. We both knew he was going to die. He trembled, lying on the backseat beneath his greatcoat, his teeth very white against his blue lips. I have always believed that smile was a gift for me. Kolya had no faith in the divine or the afterlife; he didn't think he was going to a better place, or any place at all. No angels waited to collect him. He smiled because he knew how terrified I was of dying. This is what I believe. He knew I was terrified and he wanted to make it a little easier for me.
But even Kolya couldn't hold the smile for long. He closed his eyes again. When he spoke, his mouth was very dry, his lips sticking together as he tried to form the words.
"It's not the way I pictured it," he told me.
-Lev Beniov, "City of Thieves"
I love the ambiguity of the last line.
Colin Firth (my celebrity look-alike) has been cast in the Picture of Dorian Gray opposite Ben Barnes. A really great book (and again, very Greek), as they continue to line up a really great cast.
Tons of people have tried, but none have been able to pull off a good adaptation. Here's to hoping this is the one.
My favorite quote from the book:
"Harry, every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul."
I love it, and cannot agree more. Mr. Wilde, you are a genius.
(Photo is of Ben Barnes playing Dakin in the History Boys, my favorite play ever. Sorry, Oscar)
Columbia Pictures is adapting Xenophon's Anabasis. Thank you 300 for bringing the sword and sandal back into vogue. I love movies set in antiquity, and I love the Anabasis. Truly epic.
In case anyone out there is looking, I still haven't sold the rights to my screenplay about Ancient Greece. In fact, I haven't even shown it to anyone yet so if you are interested, hit me up. I'll let you option the rights for cheap!