Interesting Note: I believe I heard somewhere Andy Garcia’s character will be working with Danny Ocean in this one.
The movie will be coming out on June 8.
Dark Helmet: So the combination is... one, two, three, four, five? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!
Interesting Note: I believe I heard somewhere Andy Garcia’s character will be working with Danny Ocean in this one.
The movie will be coming out on June 8.
This is Why Duke Sucks
Comment: I’m no sports fan, but I have to agree with this music video, Duke sucks badly. I’ve never encountered a school more loathed than Duke. Yeah, the rapping isn’t great, but I found it funny.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Back in 1993, a movie based on the Batman cartoon show helmed by Bruce Timm was released in theaters. It was called Mask of the Phantasm. The movie wasn’t supposed to be released into the theaters, but to the home market. However, WB forced the makers of the animated film to release the movie on a bigger scale. Well, the movie sort of bombed at the box office, but don’t let that keep you away from watching this movie. Besides Batman Begins, These guys were able to finally get Batman right on the Big Screen
This movie has some similarities to the recent Batman Begins movie. The movie was both a sequel and a prequel to the Batman animated series. The movie is set during the present and the past. The story reveals a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne trying out his crime fight skills during the night, while falling in love during the day with a young lady. The movie really has a lot of energy during these ‘flashback’ scenes, while helping forward the current story. There’s just something special about watching a young Wayne dealing with becoming a crime fighter and falling in love. In the movie, he has to make a choice between the two, and this provides some good drama.
The Animation is a slight step up from the TV show, but not nearly as good as Superman or Justice League shows. At this time, computer enhancement was still in its development stages. Gotham City never looked as dark and interesting as it does in this movie. The music was helmed by the late Shirley Walker and is one of the biggest highlights of the movie. Walker was finally able to create her own themes without having to use elements of Danny Elfman’s Batman themes (89).
Alfred: “What’s that, sir?”
Batman: “The movie Batman & Robin.”
Alfred: “Bloody turd that is, sir.”
So, the Sopranos is coming to an end this year, some decided to put together their favorite moments on that show. The one I like on the list is this one...
((1 While on trip to Maine with daughter Meadow to visit prospective colleges, Tony discovers and strangles a turncoat mobster hiding out in the witness protection program. This savage act is in complete contrast to the campus' pastoral atmosphere and the warm feelings between Tony and his daughter. In a world in which Tony's wife may be carrying on with a priest, his mother wants him murdered and his therapist drives him crazy, Meadow is the one thing Tony can be proud of. ("College," Season 1, Feb. 7, 1999) ))
While he travels around taking tours of schools for his daughter, he encounters a mob guy that is the witness protection program and he kills him while his daughter is on campus. Tony acts like nothing happened afterwards.
The other one worth noting about is this one...
((8 After Tony develops an empathetic bond with a Bada Bing dancer, the violent and erratic Ralph Cifaretto beats her to death. Some felt that this scene was violent beyond endurance. But it provided another reminder of the ugly reality of a "funny" character's true nature. ("University," Season 3, April 1, 2001)))
Lost (Expose review)
Man, what a strange, but cool episode. The often-hated characters of Nikki and Paolo were the main focus of the latest episode of Lost. The writers were fully aware that the fans hated these two new characters. Hell, I even had a slight dislike of them. The writers decided to add Nikki and Paolo to the show this season by quietly having them appear in the background. Many people felt that they were getting rid of more complex characters like Mr. Eko for two good-looking, yet dumb people. To some degree, they were correct. I’m sure ABC wanted more young good-looking people on the show to get a younger crowd to stick with the show. It didn’t work, and the writers had to do something about it. And as we all know, Nikki and Paolo had to go…Lost style.
I found it sort of funny that the last episode these two characters will ever be on would be their best episode as well. We discover that Nikki and Paolo were some of the worst people in the survivor group. They committed murder for money and ended up double-crossing each other on the island. Not even Sawyer was as bad as these two were. I also enjoyed seeing things transpire from the earlier episodes through their point of view. We also get a hint a lot of the background players have their own groups, and they hang out together, while our main heroes embark on adventures.
I also liked that these two discovered things about the island before even the main characters did on the episodes. Yet, they didn’t tell anyone about it. They kept it all secret. Paolo even had an Others’ Walkie-Talkie hidden in his tent. Seeing the mystery unfold on how these two ended up ‘dead’ was a neat twist, so was the fact that Sun is let in on who really tried to kidnap her in season 2. Throw in a really cool Billy Dee Williams cameo and a creepy Ethan appearance and you have a good stand-alone episode that also forwards the Lost storyline just a little bit. If we’d know how evil these characters were beforehand, I think many people would have welcomed them onto the show more openly. However, I just loved the mean little twist at the end.
Another Lord of the Rings book is about to be released.
Comment: Looks like Tolkien’s son has put the finishing touches on the last book, The Children of Hurin. I like the title. Will it live up to the other books?
So, what’s the book about?
((The book, whose contents are being jealously guarded by publisher HarperCollins - is described as "an epic story of adventure, tragedy, fellowship and heroism."))
Uh, yeah, that clears it up for me, thank you.
((The author's son Christopher, using his late father's voluminous notes, has painstakingly completed the book, left unfinished by the author when he died in 1971. The work has taken the best part of three decades, and will signify the first "new" Tolkien book since The Silmarillion was published posthumously in 1977.))
This might actually be a good book. Of course there is already discussions about a movie. However, if New Line gets the movie rights, you better believe the Peter Jackson will not have anything to do with it…sadly.
A single bird hit one of the rear wings and put the entire plane out of commission, causing a lot of damage.
~I work for UPS and I've seen my first Plane damaged by a bird. Keep in mind the plane I work on is a Airbus. Somehow, a bird flew into the tail as the plane was landing and caused a lot of damage.
~I played God of War II on the PS3, for some reason, it looks better on the PS3 than the PS2. I wonder if the developers made some enhancements to the game when it is run on PS3 hardware. This game is amazing, developers take note.
~My writing teacher is recovering from heart surgery and I went to see him. It was disheartening to see him in such a state. I was really upset by how frail he looked, and that he could barely talk. I was pretty much upset the entire day. It reminds us that life is fleeting. BTW, he's appears to be doing better.
~My first Semester at U of L is an interesting one. While I generally only talk to my professors, I've found my experience to be completely different from my time at a smaller junior college. There seems to be more of a community here at U of L, a lifestyle. I won't have anything to do with it, but I find the whole community aspect an interesting one.
~Things are going well, so far. I can't complain...really.
~Two scoops of raisins!
~Mayren has a neat collection of weird street signs. I love the Slow Down or Die sign.
Head over to Becca's blog for a collection of Shatner's musical moments, or lack there of. I remember hearing Shatner on NPR a while back claiming that all those old 70s songs he sung were done as a joke. I'm almost certain he took himself very seriously back in the 70s and thought he had a second career as a 'singer'.
Shatner has played up his craziness over the years. Shatner is now known for playing himself.
It seems everyone has a Shatner story. On the Generations DVD commentary, Ron Moore has a couple funny stories about his meetings with Shatner during the early stages of the film. I highly recommend listening to that commentary.
Here are some of Shatner's recent highlights
Over the Hedge : He played an over the top possum with a very Shatner way of playing dead. Shatner has a possum like look about himself in real life.
Showtime : The credits list him as TJ Hooker, but he's basically playing himself playing an actor playing a TV cop. You got all that, because I'm confused myself.
Miss Congeniality : Again playing himself.
Note: Look for the Shat man in Fanboys
You have to wonder if Shatner ever tried to put the moves on Heather Locklear.
It looks like Shatner is either going to eat that microphone or he's going to yell out, “Khannnnn!”
Martin Lawrence got banned as well on SNL for well...making fun of a certain part of the female body.
I found this on digg, and it caught my eye. Here’s a list of many of the people banned from Saturday Night Live. Some of the people are a surprise to see on the banned list.
Steven Seagal: It would appear the Energy Drink and Music-making actor was very difficult to work with. I know he had an ego, but you would think he would be a little bit more light-hearted with SNL crew.
Cypress Hill: Uh, if you book CH, the weed smoking sort of comes with the band. What did they think would happen?
Chevy Chase: After that stupid talk show he had, he should be banned from everything in the world. This guy has one of the worst egos since Shatner, strike that, it is bigger than Shatner’s ego. He was funny back in the day in those 80s movies, but the man just sucks now.
Steven Seagal is seen here playing his newest song Half Past Exit Wounds, On Deadly Under Siege Ground. Sadly, it's going to Direct-to-Video...
Here's Chase realizing that the highlight of his later career will be getting Canceled from a talk show and making Chip ads.
Remember the guy that did the funny parody Prime's Rude Awaking? Well, he's done another funny video this time he takes on Shockwave. Shockwave has sort lost him mind hanging around the base for billions of years, and his aim is a bit off too.
It's kind of funny that everyone has used the Space Bridge, stealing stuff, but he can't stop them.
Well, I got the Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary DVD. I am loving every minute of it. The Fan Commentary is much better than director/writer/actor commentary. The Fan one just has more fascinating things to say than the professional one. The fans in the commentary did their homework. Sony Music did a great job with this DVD, much better than the one released earlier.
The DVD does have some deleted footage and storyboards, which are fun to watch. But, there is more deleted footage from the storyboards, which may have been animated or not around the web. You can look at it here http://www.wombatking.com/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=4&page=1
(Look for more Autobots that were supposed to bite it during the battle at the beginning at the movie. And the fact Wheeljack was supposed to live through the movie!)Wheeljack wasn't supposed to die here. This shot always freaked me out when I was a kid, because Wheeljack was one of my favorite characters from the 1st season
The storyline for this movie deals with a Gulf War veteran (1st conflict) surviving a gunshot head wound. After getting blamed for a crime he didn’t commit, he goes to a mental institution where he receives illegal treatments for his mental state. When he receives this strange treatment and wearing a straight jacket, he is thrown into the future (2007 because his home time period is 1992). He meets the same young woman that he saw as a little girl back in 92.
The concept of time travel through drugs is a cool plot device, but the movie would have been more compelling in a better skillful director’s hands. There are too many dull scenes between the more sci-fi elements in the movie to keep everyone’s interest. I think they should have played up the changes he cloud make during his flashes forward through his pasts events. They edits should’ve of been quicker too.
Keira Knightley does a great job playing a strange emo-ish American chick in the movie. This movie was released in 05, so she still looked hot and not the skinny, bigheaded woman she is now. When will woman learn that being skinny isn’t hot? Anyway, I enjoyed her performance in the movie, and her character is the central point to the story’s ending. (Note: The Director didn’t want her to play this character, and he told her that upfront during her interview. The studio forced him to consider her for the role.)
Speaking of endings, I did like how the director chose to have a more uplifting ending than what was originally planned and filmed. (The movie has three endings.) The ending is up to a lot debate as well. One of my friends and I had a disagreement on the actual fate of the main character. Looking at the message boards on IMDB, others have had similar disagreements as well. And, that was part of the charm of this movie. Nothing is clean cut. What is real, and what is just made up in his mind? I also liked the notion that the future isn’t set in stone and we can make changes. Too bad we have get through so much dull stuff to get to the story.
___________________________________________________See, she’s sexy as hell here, but she’s so unattractive now. Eat some White Castles or something.
Adrien Brody: “I see Pirates in your future and a eating disorder.”
Flash Mob Ninja Style at UC Berkeley
Newspaper flash mob
Knock Don’t Run
Comment: As kids and Teenagers, we’ve all done the knock and run trick. However, has anyone tried the knock and don’t run trick? Walk up to someone’s door and knock, but just stand there when they open the door.
Note: Be careful, this might not work out too well for you in high crime areas. It'll end up being knock and get shot!
I’ve been banned in China! Or my blog has…
What have I done to piss off the Chinese government? (I get hits from Hong Kong though). It’s kind of funny because I do very little political posts. Put your site in there and see if it comes up blocked. http://greatfirewallofchina.org/test/
Speaking of Chinese, I am heading to a restaurant right now. Mmm…
First, Marvel kills off Captain America, now Batman goes to jail. I thought the cops and the cape crusader were on the same side.
((Then, in a move that would move any fanboy to ecstasy, Chewbacca joined forces with the Caped Crusader and started talking to the group of picketers as well!
Unfortunately, Batman didn't retreat to the Bat Cave fast enough, and was arrested by LAPD for disorderly conduct! Gadzooks! ))
I'm sure the people in jail were scared crapless, when they saw The Dark Knight enter their cell.
Thug: “Oh, shit, he's real!”
When Mel Attacks...
Okay, so Apocalypto didn't light up the box office, but the director is making all kinds of sparks of his own. After a wonderful encounter with some Cops earlier, he's topped himself again by cussing out a Professor at a school he was speaking at, Cal State University.
((We're told Gibson also became extremely angry when members of the Mayan community protested on how they were portrayed in the film. The emotional Mayan members were escorted out of the room, and we're told Gibson screamed a parting shot -- "Make your own movie!" ))
Okay, Mel, I'll make my own movie. It's about an action star that made many hits, and then was pulled over by the cops and made some racial slurs. He went into rehab and then cussed out a Professor.
Spin is a great thing, watch as Lilly Tomlin spins on about how much she loved working with David O. Russell. Someone decided to edit the blow up between Tomlin and Russell with this footage. (The studio is making the rounds and removing all the clips).
Since Blayde did a fine review on The Departed. I've forced myself to finally review The movie.
Martin Scorsese has made a successful career for himself by filming movies about organized crime and gangs. Most of those movies were great. To a certain degree, The Departed is no different. The Departed is a remake of a Hong Kong movie named Infernal Affairs. Scorsese bring his usual dark charm to the movie from the get go, and it reminds me of Goodfellas. He shows us the dark underbelly of crime through the Irish Mob Boss Costello, played wonderfully by Jack Nicholson. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the role. He steals every scene he’s in, and you truly believe he’s a mob boss.
The main plot centers on Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. While I’m no fan of DiCRAPo, his performance here is pretty good. Mr. Damon though is freaking great as the snitch within the department. Martin Sheen brings home a great father figure character in the film. It is truly a skill that Scorsese has in bringing all these big stars together and share screen time together.
As Blayde mentioned in his review, there are a few logical problems with the story, namely with the ending. After a few twists, the ending seems a little rushed for my taste. For a movie this good, I’m sure people would have sat through another five minutes to clean up a few things. Don’t let the tipsy ending get to you; this is Scorsese back in excellent form.
Matt is illegally downloading some Marky-Mark mp3s. Watch out for RIAA, Matt. They're worst than the government and the mob put together.
Matt: “I just wanted to say, I loved your rap albums, Marky-Mark.”
Mark: “Don't call me Marky-Mark.”
Okay, Mark, please explain the ending to Planet of the Apes.
Leonardo: “I keep having the same dream every night. I'm on a big ass ship with a lot of people and we hit a big ice cube, and the ship sinks into the water.”
Jack: “Funny, I keep having a dream that I'm hanging off an ladder connected to a helicopter and there's this guy dress in a black bat-suit. Hmm, I'm covered in clown makeup too. How strange is that?”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
This site has an intriguing look back at the Mutant Turtles. I pretty much agree with everything they said.
When I was very young, I used own a pet turtle. All it did was swim, eat and sit on the rock, sleeping away its time. I found turtles rather boring, until I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
I fondly remember watching the first episode way back in the day. I laughed at the crazy concept and the funny moments. Hey, the Turtles were actually cool for once. Hell, I even remember going to theater with my brother and loving the first movie.
Let’s look back at some of the Ninja Turtles Milestones
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles": The cartoon series that put the turtles on the map. It mixed action with comedy. If I’m not mistaken, the show was in syndication and on the Network for many years. Yeah, the show jumped the shark during its later years, but it still is better than most stuff on TV today.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The first movie. Yeah it was corny, but it was amazing what they did with robotic puppets and stuff. “I love being a turtle!” This movie is completely unconnected to the cartoon continuity.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze: “Go Ninja, go ninja go!” How do you make the follow up movie even cornier than the 1st movie? Add a useless dance number with Vanilla Ice! This movie is much lighter in nature. I’m not sure calling your movie The Secret of the Ooze makes your movie more appealing.
We all know that they're in the preproduction stages of Indiana Jones 4. This site has compiled a list of tips for George and Steven to follow. I'm not going to lie and say that I'm not looking forward to seeing part 4, I can't wait, but George Lucas and Steven Spielberg haven’t creatively had the best track record of late. Many things that made them daring storytellers in the past, just isn't there any longer. They’ve sort of played it safe over the years and forgotten what they had.
I have a few of my own tips
Watch as Lilly Tomlin makes the director of Huckabees completely loose it. He begins to raise his voice and throw all the stuff off his desk. “I worked on this thing for three years!” Now, I heard that David O. Russell is a complete asshole and yells at everyone. While it appears that Tomlin is in the wrong, but other people have said Russell has a temper. The other clip shows a very pissed Tomlin and Hoffman, Marky-Mark is just chilling in the background. Expect both clips to be removed within the hour.
There was also a Fistfight between Russell and George Clooney as well on the set of Three Kings. Russell also had a encounter with director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins). Here's the story behind this incident.
((And then Jude Law quits (the explanation Mr. Russell hears is that he needs to make a big-budget movie because of an impending divorce settlement; Mr. Law's representatives deny that money was a factor). Mr. Russell is devastated: instead of doing his movie, Mr. Law has decided to take a role offered by Christopher Nolan ("Memento").
At a Hollywood party, Mr. Russell, a lean, muscular 46-year-old with dark, lanky hair, runs into Mr. Nolan and — in full view of the party guests — puts him in a headlock. Wrapping his arm around Mr. Nolan's neck, Mr. Russell demands that his fellow director show artistic solidarity and give up his star in order to save "Huckabees." (In the meantime, Mr. Russell has met with Jim Carrey as a possible replacement.) The next day Mr. Law calls Mr. Russell from a boat while crossing the Atlantic and discusses his "Huckabees" role at length, never mentioning Mr. Nolan or his project. The headlock story makes the rounds in Hollywood.))
The entire story is worth reading. Just expect the movies to be removed.
John Williams Conducts a concert with the late Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture theme. http://youtube.com/watch?v=sK0m9b9v5s4
Here’s the famous European Star Trek IV prologue.
Here’s a portion of Jerry Goldsmith’s rejected score from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Alternate Star Trek: TNG Theme
This is real. There was a completely different Main Theme for TNG, and this is it. This different theme was set to go with the first episode, but Gene, at the last minute, wanted to switch back to the Motion Picture theme written by Goldsmith instead. (Note: The Picard theme is also in this alt-version) I’m not sure it would have worked.
Here’s a fan made intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGMvqw9olJs&NR
Comment: A portion of this scene was seen in some trailers, the part where Data teaches B4 how to eat. I liked the stuff with Worf, and Riker, but the Data/B4 is too much like the episode “The Offspring”. Remember when Lal is sitting with Data and he teaches her how to eat.
This promotion was shown right before TNG premiere movie started. I can’t believe I still remember this. Star Trek The Next Generation Series Premiere
Stranger than Fiction
This film has a very low-key Will Ferrell playing a boring IRS man that discovers that his has his own narration in the form of a female writer. During these narrations, he finds out he will end up dying at some point during his life story. Now, he has to live his life before his demise.
With a strange and fascinating concept, I found myself drawn to the movie’s story. While the individual scenes aren’t electrifying, the story at least takes time to tell itself. What would happen if Luke Sykwalker became aware that someone was telling his story? The movie never address why this writer has the power to change the course of people’s lives, but that would add another half hour to already slow movie. And, the slow pace of this movie will turn many people off. People going in to see a goofy Ferrell movie will be disappointed. This is a plus and minus in my mind.
Ferrell acting was restrained and something I enjoyed deeply. His interaction with his love interest was nice to see. Emma Thompson was pretty good as the writer, if a little on the annoying side. Dustin Hoffman as a professor was right on the money. He reminded me of some of my writing teachers I’ve had over the years. Yet with the good acting, the movie still felt half empty. There was something missing in this movie that kept it from being a great movie, and I am not certain what. Plus, I’m not convinced the upbeat ending was really necessary.
Lex Luthor: “Listen, Rain Man, I want to know how to defeat Superman!”
Rain Man: “Definitely wet my pants...”
Bush thinks: I can't believe I'm standing next to Peter O'Toole.
Special Note: Isn't that Matlock sitting between Bush and Carol? Sweet!
Carol Burnett sues FOX over Family Guy Spoof.
((Veteran comedienne Carol Burnett is suing Twentieth-Century Fox because they used her animated "charwoman" character (the cleaning lady with the mop and bucket from The Carol Burnett Show) in an April, 2006 episode without her permission. She's asking for $2 million. ))
It seems everyone is getting a little sue happy lately, but this one is little extreme. Carol Burnett of all people should know about Parody. She's one of the reasons Family Guy is even on air. However, I just feel she doesn't understand this cartoon the young-ins are watching, and she has become old and bitter. Relax, everyone takes a hit on this show.
And she now looks more like Peter O'Toole than Peter O'Toole.
The white guy on her left is a little too happy about being there. Did he sit on something pleasing?
Because I am in a Michael Jackson mood this week, I found this little ad Jackson did for Pepsi. Yes, that's Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro) from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It looks like Jackson's Posse is made up of his former Jackson 5 brothers. Watching these little kids dance in front of Jackson and crew is a little disturbing now. Who knew nerdy Carlton knew how to dance?
If you think that was creepy, watch this one. As Jackson preforms on stage, a young boy (I'm noticing a theme here, hmm) sneaks into Jackson's backstage room. Where are the child's parents? Do they let him sneak into every backstage to steal some shit, so they can sell it on Ebay? Well, the little brat puts on Jackson's outfit and dances. Right when he gets ready to steal Jackson's gear, Michael shows up and says, “Looking for me?”, in a very sinister way. We can only imagine what happens next after the ads ends...