Saturday, August 28, 2010

Paris Hilton Arrested....AGAIN

LAS VEGAS – Smoke wafting from a Cadillac Escalade on the Las Vegas Strip ignited Paris Hilton's latest legal troubles late Friday, when a motorcycle officer who suspected the smell was marijuana stopped the vehicle and police say a bag of cocaine fell out of the 29-year-old socialite's purse.
It's the second time this year Hilton has been arrested on drug possession allegations, although authorities in South Africa dropped marijuana charges earlier this summer. In 2007, Hilton pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
This time, the hotel heiress was with her boyfriend, Las Vegas nightclub mogul Cy Waits, who manages a club inside the Wynn Las Vegas and was driving the black SUV that the officer stopped nearby at 11:22 p.m. Friday.
The officer "followed the vapor trail and the odor of marijuana to the Escalade," police Sgt. John Sheahan said.
As other police arrived and a crowd gathered on the busy neon-lit Strip, Hilton asked to go into the Wynn resort for privacy, Sheahan said.
"Miss Hilton pulled out a tube of lip balm," Sheahan said. "At the same time ... a bindle of cocaine in a plastic bag came out of her purse" in plain view of police in the room.
Police Officer Marcus Martin characterized the cocaine as a "small amount," or a package of the size usually associated with personal use. Police would not specify the weight of the cocaine or whether any marijuana was confiscated.
Hilton was arrested on suspicion of felony cocaine possession. If convicted of the low-grade felony, she would get probation, but any violation of that probation would be punishable by up to one to four years in Nevada state prison.
Waits, 34, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in county jail. Police said he owned the 2009 Cadillac.
Hilton and Waits were booked into the Clark County jail, where Sheahan said Hilton was kept handcuffed on a booking room bench, fingerprinted, photographed and released without bail about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
Waits' lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, said Waits posted $2,000 bail Saturday. Waits was released Saturday afternoon.
Sheahan said Hilton was not taken to a cell and received no special treatment on a busy Friday night and Saturday morning at the jail. He said release without bail was common in such cases.
Hilton, a prolific tweeter, didn't mention the arrest on her Twitter site, although less than an hour after she was released her account was updated with a posting that said the actress was in bed watching the television show "Family Guy."
It was unclear if the tweets came from her, were posted by time-release or were sent by someone else.
Hilton's attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on Saturday morning that he was still gathering facts about the arrest.
"This matter will be dealt with in the courts not in the media and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law," Chesnoff said later in a statement. "There will be no interviews and no more comments at this time."
Schonfeld said he was "troubled by the circumstances" leading to the arrest, but declined to specify his concerns.
"As the case proceeds, a lot of facts are going to come to light that will ultimately lead to exoneration," Schonfeld said.
Court dates for Hilton and Waits were not immediately available. Clark County District Attorney David Roger declined to comment Saturday about the case.
A spokeswoman for Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Waits and his twin brother, Jesse, are managing partners of the Tryst Nightclub inside Wynn Las Vegas, Drai's after hours club at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon, and XS The Nightclub at Wynn's Encore resort. A spokeswoman for Harrah's resorts declined immediate comment.
Earlier this week, Hilton was in the news when a 31-year-old man allegedly tried to break into her Los Angeles home.
Authorities have said that someone carrying two big knives banged on Hilton's window Tuesday. She posted a photo of the arrest on Twitter and described it as "scary." Nathan Lee Parada faces a felony burglary charge.
Hilton was arrested this summer after the Brazil-Netherlands World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight court hearing.
Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. After spending about 23 days in jail, Hilton told CNN host Larry King that the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in her life. She said she wanted "to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis."
While most famous for her tabloid exploits and reality TV series "The Simple Life," Hilton has appeared in the films "Bottoms Up," "The Hottie & the Nottie" and "House of Wax."

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday Films

LOS ANGELES - Of all the old acquaintances coming to movie screens for the holidays — Rooster Cogburn, Gulliver, Yogi Bear, the Focker family, the Narnia crew — one kid with glasses stands above them all.


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" is the beginning of the end for one of Hollywood's most remarkable undertakings, a decade-long dash to adapt J.K. Rowling's seven novels about the young wizard before Daniel Radcliffe and his co-stars outgrew the roles.
Told in two parts, with November's first installment followed by next July's finale, the adaptation of Rowling's final book sends Radcliffe's Harry and pals Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) outside the safety of Hogwarts wizardry school on a quest to bring down their nemesis, evil Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), once and for all.
Radcliffe campaigned from the start to break the story into two movies. Unlike the earlier books, which had secondary plot lines that could be omitted, "Deathly Hallows" had few details to drop, Radcliffe said.
"It's just the three of them on the road, and that's what you're focusing on, that's where everything happens. So there's very little you can actually cut without changing the story," Radcliffe said. "There was no way you could do justice to the book and really capture the story in one film, unless you made that film six hours," Radcliffe said.
"And while I know there are some `Potter' fans that would be quite happy to have a six-hour `Harry Potter' film, we do want to make films not just for the huge fans of the books, but also for the other people, regular cinema-goers, who perhaps haven't read them. So it was essential to make it palatable for sort of everyone, while also remaining true to the book, and to do that, you have to make it into two films."

Here's a look at highlights among other films debuting for the holidays this November and December:

FAMILY STUFF:
Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey combine voice talents for the animated comedy "Megamind," about a supervillain with a void in his life after defeating the superhero who thwarted him for years.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" resumes C.S. Lewis' fantasy adventure, with the Pevensie youths reteaming with King Caspian on a perilous sea journey.
Live action and animation mix for "Yogi Bear," with Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake providing the voices of the cartoon bear and his pal Boo Boo, who face eviction from Jellystone Park.

FUNNY STUFF:
Father-in-law Robert De Niro and son-in-law Ben Stiller are at odds again in "Little Fockers," the third chapter in the "Meet the Parents" franchise, with fresh mayhem erupting at a family gathering.
Also on the comedy front: Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams star in "Morning Glory," about bickering hosts of a morning TV news show; Jack Black takes the title role in "Gulliver's Travels," a modern update of Jonathan Swift's tale of a man who travels to a land of tiny people; Robert Downey Jr. plays a high-strung man racing home for the birth of his child and reluctantly forced to travel with an aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) in "Due Date".
Downey said laughs were the main aim of the comedy from director Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), yet the filmmakers also sought to dig deep into issues troubling the mismatched protagonists.
"We were talking about a Russian family drama, the way we talked about the beats and what was important and what was missing," Downey said. "Without it being too self-serving, some of that really is what the movie is about. These subtleties. How desperate these guys are and how kind of fortunate it is that they come together. There's even a sense of actual recognition of fate. It's not two-dimensional. It's a pretty complex story."

ROMANTIC STUFF:
Jake Gyllenhaal's a fast-talking, womanizing Viagra salesman pursuing an elusive new romantic target (Anne Hathaway) in "Love & Other Drugs."
"How Do You Know" stars Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson in a comedy from director James L. Brooks ("Terms of Endearment"), about a woman torn between her ballplayer boyfriend and a new man.
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie star in "The Tourist," a romantic thriller about a heartbroken man swept up in intrigue in Italy after a mystery woman thrusts her way into his life.
"Blue Valentine" casts Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in a drama that cuts back and forth between a couple's hopeful beginnings and the agonizing disintegration of their marriage.

SERIOUS STUFF:
Helen Mirren does Shakespearean sorcery and hard-boiled espionage with a pair of December releases.
Julie Taymor's gender-bending "The Tempest" casts Mirren in a traditionally male role as a woman who conjures a storm to shipwreck enemies on her island home, where she aims to settle old scores.
"The Debt," from "Shakespeare in Love" director John Madden, features Mirren and "Avatar" star Sam Worthington in a thriller about Mossad agents chasing a Nazi butcher.
Among other holiday dramas: Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") directs "127 Hours," starring James Franco as a mountain climber struggling to survive after he's trapped by a boulder; Colin Firth plays Britain's King George VI, father of the current queen, as a therapist (Geoffrey Rush) tries to help him overcome a speech impediment; Natalie Portman's a ballet dancer whose dark side emerges as she competes with a rival in "Black Swan"; Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale are sibling boxers who team for triumph in the ring in "The Fighter"; Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") directs "Somewhere," the story of a party-boy actor (Stephen Dorff) reassessing his life during a visit from his daughter (Elle Fanning); Naomi Watts and Sean Penn star in "Fair Game," a drama about CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose cover was blown by a Bush administration leak.
To prepare, Watts went to spy boot camp, where she was handcuffed, hooded, confined in a box, struck with canes and put through other ordeals to familiarize herself with Plame's world.
"The first day, I said, 'Ow,' when somebody kicked me on the shins, and the trainer said — he always would sound so fierce and angry, like these beady eyes and tight lips — great trainer, he just said, 'Don't be making any complaints unless you want to go to hospital. And we can go to hospital, but I don't want to humiliate you,'" Watts said. "So it was like, 'Oh, my God. I better really toughen up here.'"

MUSICAL STUFF:
Christina Aguilera's an aspiring singer hoping for a break at a musical revue in "Burlesque," which co-stars Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough.
Other music tales this season: The animated musical "Tangled" features Mandy Moore providing the voice of long-haired Rapunzel, the fairy-tale princess trapped in a tower; "The Nutcracker in 3D" features John Turturro and Elle Fanning in the holiday classic about a girl and a nutcracker that comes to life, with new songs set to music from Tchaikovsky's ballet; Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw star in "Country Strong," the story of a fallen country star hoping to revive her career on a tour with a rising songwriter (Garrett Hedlund).

ACTION STUFF:
Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott's latest collaboration is "Unstoppable." Washington's a railroad engineer who teams with a conductor ("Star Trek" star Chris Pine) to put the brakes on a runaway train carrying deadly toxins.
Washington said action ace Scott was like a kid with a giant train set.
"Literally, he's got the biggest one in the world. A mile and a half long worth of cars," Washington said. "It's Tony Scott playing with trains. Chris Pine and I are just pawns. It's him with a bunch of trains. He's blowing them up, knocking them off the tracks."
Also in the action lineup: Russell Crowe stars in "The Next Three Days" as a man plotting a prison break after his wife (Elizabeth Banks) is jailed for murder; An ex-con (Dwayne Johnson) on a vengeance mission is pursued by a cop (Billy Bob Thornton) and a hitman in "Faster"; Jeff Bridges resurrects two Hollywood heroes with "Tron: Legacy," a followup to his 1982 sci-fi adventure "Tron," and Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," a remake of the John Wayne Western.
"Tron: Legacy" casts Bridges' video-game genius back into a dazzling cyber realm, where his son (Garrett Hedlund) follows to find his missing father. In "True Grit," which co-stars Matt Damon, Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn, a boozy, take-no-prisoners lawman hired by a girl to track down her father's murderer.
The two films, which open barely a week apart in December, sent Bridges back and forth between a visual-effects extravaganza and 19th century sets.
"It was really crazy. The big swing was, after `True Grit,' we shot some work on `Tron: Legacy,' and it was maybe a one-day difference, just right to it," said Bridges, who had the same makeup man on both shoots. "One minute, he was putting all this dust on me, combing my beard, and the next he's putting dots on my face to do some special effects."

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Amityville Moving Sale



AMITYVILLE, N.Y. - The owner of the New York house made famous in the 1979 film "The Amityville Horror" just had a moving sale.

The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial on Long Island has been on the market since May for $1.15 million and is under contract. Owner Brian Wilson had a moving sale this past Saturday. Items include furniture and exercise equipment, not loot from the house's infamous past.
The Oscar-nominated film is based on the story of the Lutz family's brief stay in the house in 1975 after six members of the DeFeo family were shot and killed as they slept. Oldest son Ronald DeFeo Jr. was convicted.
The crime spawned a book and a series of movies that chronicled various supernatural horrors, including visions of walls oozing slime and moving furniture.


Would you buy something from this "yard sale"?  Maybe an alarm clock?  :P   Funny thing is that's about the time I get up on a work day.     I would probably go and look but I think I would pass on picking anything up....as I wouldn't want to pick anything up :)  I read the book and seen the movie when I was a kid and well that house still scares the crap out of me.

Is 3D on the Decline?




No matter how it's spun, the data on the expected 3D explosion just isn't going in the right direction.

After nearly 80 percent of those who saw "Avatar" saw it in 3D, it was assumed that the format would quickly overtake theatrical distribution.
But 3D's box-office trajectory has been pointing downward almost ever since, with moviegoers apparently growing disinterested in paying high ticket prices for uneven quality.
Only 45 percent of opening box-office revenue for Universal's hit animated family film "Despicable Me," for example, came from 3D distribution.
And the most recent 3D release, Warner's converted "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," grossed only about $6.9 million in 3D revenue for its opening weekend -- the worst performance in the format's modern era.
“I think the overall message isn't that 3D is a fad or that it’s going away, but I’m not sure we’re moving to a point where 50 percent of the box office is derived by 3D ticket sales as some of the bulls currently believe,” BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield told TheWrap.

With, as the New York Times noted Tuesday, nearly 60 3D releases queued up for the next two years, the “bulls” can still be found in herds back in Hollywood. In fact, the flurry will continue this weekend, when Disney releases “Step Up 3D.” (See accompanying story, "No 'Avatar' in the Next Batch of 3D.")
Studio executives stridently dispute the notion that the public is losing interest in 3D, despite data that shows, on a percentage basis, a declining amount of box-office dollars have been spent on 3D tickets of late.
(Sources: studio officials, BTIG Research.)

“It does not show that fewer people are choosing 3D,” wrote Patrick Corcoran, spokesman for the National Association of Theater Owners, in an email to TheWrap after a chart was published late last month (see chart on right) illustrating that trend.

Grosses for 3D, Corcoran contended, can be directly correlated to the amount of 3D-capable screens that are available for a film to play on. This has been a complicated issue in recent months, with movies competing for what is still a scarce number of 3D-equipped venues.
“The audience for 3D is growing, right along with the 3D screen count,” Corcoran said.
“You can’t look at just three or four movies in a row and say it’s over,” agreed Dan Fellman, president of distribution for Warner Bros.
For his part, Fellman believes family-targeted animated movies will, proportionally, always draw fewer3D admissions than more adult-targeted films like “Avatar” and “Alice.”
“It’s just hard for kids under 6 years old to keep the glasses on,” he said.
“In total, we’re making more money than ever from 3D, but nobody is noticing because we’re all fighting for screens,” added Disney theatrical distribution chief Chuck Viane.
True, Disney’s “Alice” and “Toy Story 3,” for example, combined to gross well over $400 million in 3D ticket sales in the U.S. alone. But there's no question that movie-by-movie, the trend has clearly been downward.
Since “Alice” sold over $80 million in domestic 3D ticket sales on its opening weekend in early March, only one film, “Toy Story 3” ($66.1 million), has opened to more than $45 million.

"Six months ago, everyone was hot and bothered, and they could get 3D fast enough," added one major-theatrical-chain executive. "Now they've probably gone too far the other way. The truth is probably that not everything should be in 3D."
Analyst Greenfield agrees, adding that that big, broadly targeted 3D event films likely will continue to draw a high percentage of 3D ticket sales.
“Consumers are going to want to see ‘Transformers 3’ next summer in 3D,” he said.
What he isn’t so sure about is whether lesser-event films like “Step Up 3D” – which will command the same $11-plus premium 3D ticket price as, say, “Avatar” – will draw well in the format going forward.
During second-quarter earnings call last week, studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of 3D's most vocal proponents, continued to hammer away at the notion that quality execution of 3D films is directly related to consumption.
The percentage of of 3D-to-2D will continue to grow, he said, so long as production tools get better and  filmakers improve the way they embed the format into their storytelling.
"We believe 3D is very much here to stay and that audiences have a tremendous appetite for high-quality 3D content that can differentiate itself from the other choices in the marketplace," Katzenberg told investors.
Of course, some moviegoers are now questioning that differentiation (and Hollywood has taken note -- a recent TV spot for "Step Up 3D" pointedly mentions that it was "filmed in 3D.")
“Pricing and crappy content isn’t going to permanently railroad 3D,” said an exhibition chain executive, “but it isn’t going to help it, either.” With the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP) committing hundreds of millions of dollars to 3D-equip America’s big-chain screens this year, this executive believes “the boat has sailed” on 3D’s permanence.
But while the format will be here to stay, he believes the movie industry will become more selective about what it chooses to shoot in – and convert to – 3D.
He also thinks exhibitors will have to move away from its age-old, one-size-fits-all pricing model.
“For the first time in a long time, I think you’re going to see some adjustment on that,” he added.

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I for one is just about tired of 3D.  I haven't seen a good 3D movie since How to Train Your Dragon.  3D glasses make everything darker and costs extra.  I think Hollywood is now seeing a little backlash from pushing all these 3D movies down our throats.  They are making everything 3D now...Step Up 3D....are you you beeping kidding me?   3D was nice at first but now I think it needs to go.  And don't even get me started on those stupid 3D tvs that everyone are making now! 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Actress Ashley Bell Bends Over Backwards for Movie


Sometimes all it takes to turn a movie into a "must-see" is one memorable image. Lately, those memorable moments from trailers and ads have been eye-popping digital effects. Like tidal waves cresting over the Himalayas in "2012" or giant robots tumbling down the highway in "Transformers."

This week's horror movie release "The Last Exorcism" has been garnering much attention with a shot just as impressive as anything from a big-budget blockbuster. The trailer ends with the image of a young woman in a nightgown and boots bent over backwards at an impossible angle. It's so memorable and unsettling that the studio used it for the movie's poster. What makes it impressive, though, is that it does not use any special effects. No CGI, no puppets. That shot is actress Ashley Bell bending like that for real. 
"The Last Exorcism" uses a documentary-style approach to telling the story of a minister who has spent decades duping people with fake exorcisms. Tired of the deception, he takes a film crew with him to expose the fraudulent practice. But he discovers that Nell, the afflicted farm girl he's sent to "cure," may actually be possessed by a demon.
The film is the 24-year-old Ashley Bell's first leading movie role. She was previously best known for a recurring role on Showtime's series "The United States of Tara." Bell comes from a family of actors; her father, Michael Bell, has been doing voices on cartoons like "G.I. Joe" and "The Smurfs" since the 1970s, and her mother, Victoria Carroll, was a founding member of Hollywood's renowned improvisational comedy troupe, The Groundlings. Bell used both her vocal and improv skills in her audition, acting out an exorcism on the spot and nailing the role.
Producer Eli Roth ("Hostel") says the goal of the film was to make everything happening on screen look as real as possible, and Bell made that happen: "What you see is one-hundred percent Ashley Bell -- we did not use any makeup, CGI, or special effects in her scenes." Roth went on to say, "it's all her doing everything you see, down to the bulging veins on her neck and the back bends."
For the scene where she bends backwards, Bell told the Toronto Sun it took 20 grueling takes to get the shot just right. She joked, "[Director Daniel Stamm] nailed my boots down, pushed me over and yelled, 'Action!'"
Patrick Fabian, who plays the exorcist, Reverend Cotton Marcus, confirmed that Bell's performance was just as chilling to watch on the set as it is in the movie. He said, "Ashley would be turning her neck or slithering on the floor and a voice would come out and it just creeped us out. There was no acting involved in there."
Bell stated that while the film's shoot was incredibly demanding, she was happy to do it, no matter the physical cost. She said, "I got a lot of bruises and I was so proud of them, like, 'Yes, war wounds!'"
"The Last Exorcism" opens this Friday.

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I have never been a fan of Exorcism movies as The Exorcist was the scarest movie that I seen as a kids.  In fact for a time I was even convinced I was possessed.  Guess that's what watching scary movies as a kid does to you....I am all better now......or so the voices in my tell me I am. 

Scott Pilgrim VS. the World

a review by Russell Pinkston

22 year old slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera...who plays his typical character) plays base guitar for a band called Sex Bob-Omb!  But Scott has a problem with girlfriends weither it be his ex....Envy Adams (Brie Larson) who is lead singer for the band The Clash at Demonhead or his current girlfriend....17 year old Knives Chau (played awesomely by newcomer Ellen Wong).   But to make matters more complicated Scott falls for the mysterious pink haired Romona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).  Scott must figure out how to win her over all while trying how to break up with Knives without breaking her heart.  But that's not it.  In order to date Romona...Scott must fight and defeat Romona's 7 evil exes!
Included in the exes are Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Chris Evans (Captain America).  Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick (Twilight) also costar.   But one character who stole almost every scene he was in was Kieran Culkin (who's aunt is Die Hard's Bonnie Bedelia!)...who played Scott Pilgrim's gay roomate.   He was really funny.  It also has uncredited cameos by Thomas Jane and Clifton Collins Jr.
The movie was directed by Edgar Wright....the genius who brought us Hot Fuzz and the cult hit Shaun of the Dead! 
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is based on the series of comic books...Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
It took a little while for me to get into the movie but once I did....I found it fun and original.   I am not a gamer or a comic book nerd but I still manage to enjoy this movie.  This is one of those movies that needs to be seen a couple of times to be truely appreciated for how smart and well made it is.   I look forward to picking it up on dvd or Blu Ray. 
Michael Cera does basically plays the same character in every movie...and this one is no different...but as long as he's getting paid for it....why mess with something that's working for him.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World absolutely took over Comic Con this year...and somehow I still manage to miss almost every single SPvstW event.....as my first Comic Con was an awesomely epic event in it's self.  
It's a shame not as many people went to the theater and seen this movie although those who have....have been singing it's praises....and it's awesome soundtrack as well! 
If you haven't seen it yet....go check it out...you just might find you like it! 
Other movies I like by the cast of Scott Pilgrim VS. the World: 
Michael Cera:  Superbad and Juno
Mary Elizabeth Winstead:  Final Destination 3 and Live Free or Die Hard
Kieran Culkin:  Home Alone 1 &2 and Father of the Bride 1 & 2
Brandon Roth:  Superman Returns and Zack &Miri Make a Porno
Chris Evans:  The Perfect Score, Fantastic Four 1 & 2 and Sunshine
Thomas Jane:  Deep Blue Sea and The Punisher
Clifton Collins Jr.:  The Stoned Age, The Last Castle, Crank 2 and Star Trek 

I give Scott Pilgrim VS. The World 4 out of 5 evil exes!

Piranha 3D

a review by Russell Pinkston

Based on the 1978 Roger Corman produced/Joe Dante (Gremlins 1 &2, Exployers, Innerspace, Small Soldiers) directed movie of the same name.   But this time....it's in 3D!
Thousands of Spring Break desend upon Lake Victoria every year to party, get drunk and get naked!  YEAH!  But if all the drunk naked people wasn't enough trouble for the local sherriff (Elisabeth Shue....looking all buff and sexy!) now she has to deal with a bunch of prehistoric flesh eating fish that are release when an undercover earthquake freed them from their underwater cave.  The story is believeable enough I suppose.  But most of the characters in this movie are shallow and uninteresting.   And you can pretty much guess who's gonna die by using the Scream method of horror movie etiquette.  You drink...you die.   You're a complete douche bag jerk who snorts coke....you die.  You get naked and swim around in slow motion in 3D glory for 10 minutes....you die....although you shouldn't! 
The makers of this movie really stack the deck when it came to actors for this movie.  You got Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss (who kind of reprises his Jaws role), Christopher Lloyd and even horror director Eli Roth (Hostel 1 & 2) making a cameo as a wet t-shirt host....which was a nice surprise!  Kelly Brook (who's on the September cover of Playboy) and porn star Riley Steele (try seaching for pics of her on the internet and see what pops up) are the typical big breasted eye candy for this movie.   Adam Scott (Party Down) plays a research scientist.  Steven R. McQueen (The Vampire Diaries) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl) are the teens caught in the middle of all this T&A&gore!  Funny man Paul Scheer plays a camera man. 
While it had an impressive cast I think it could have been alot better if it was better written with more depth to the characters (I know these are my usual complaints....but if someone would start listening to me....Hollywood would be making better movies) this movie could have been something really special.  I mean those freaking fish were some of the better scary/horror movie nemisis.  I just hate it in horror movies when stupid people do stupid stuff....and then die.  I just can't feel anything for the characters.  I can't root for someone who is just gonna end up falling down and dieing later.
I only hope that since they have decided to make a sequel that they spend more time on the story.   Don't get me wrong...I love all the T&A but....but in the end that only gets a movie so far.   Granted without the nudity I would have not enjoyed this movie nearly as much as I did.  This movie did have more gore than I have seen in a movie in quite awhie....probably not since Ghost Ship.  Still this was only the second time ever I have had a theater all to my self (the first time was for the craptastic MacGruber earlier this year).
Piranha 3D was directed pretty well by Alexandre Aja....who also directed Mirrors, High Tension and The Hills Have Eyes remake.
Other good movies by the cast of Piranha 3D:
Elisabeth Shue:  The Karate Kid, Adventures in Babysitting, Cocktail, Leaving Las Vegas and The Saint
Jerry O'Connell:  Stand By Me, Jerry Maquire, Scream 2 and Tomcats
Richard Dreyfuss:  Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Stakeout, What About Bob, Mr. Holland's Opus and Poseidon
Christopher Lloyd:  Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3!
Ving Rhames:  Pulp Fiction, Striptease, Con Air and Lilo and Stitch


I give Piranha 3D 3 out of 5 deadly flesh eating fish  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Expendables

a review by Russell Pinkston

Years in the making....this movie brings together many of the greatest action stars from the 80's and 90's as well as some of the ones from now.
Sylvester Stallone heads up....as well as directs (and he is very underated as as director) this impressive allstar cast as Barney Ross....the leader of a band of mercenaries who are hired by the mysterious Mr. Church (Bruce Willis in a very small role) to overthrow the dictatorship of a crooked government.   Joining Stallone are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Dolph Lundgren....who has probably the best written and deepest character of them all if you don't count Mickey Rourke who plays the groups tattoo artist....WTF?  He has one of those teary eyed moments.
Eric Roberts plays the main bad guy who is pulling all the strings and making General Gaza (Dexter's David Zayas...who I got to seen at Comic Con in person at the Skyline panel!) do what he wants.   Wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin plays Eric Roberts's main muscle and enforcer.  Giselle ItiĆ© plays Sandra a local who the group have to return to rescue.
This is a movie that doesn't waste time with a story or character development.....and it really doesn't matter.   One is just happy to see all that awesomeness up on the big screen together in one movie.  While it could have had one or two more people.....Steven Seagal and  Danny Trejo couldn't do the movie because they were already attached to Machete (made off the awesome Grindhouse trailer) but Jean Claude Van Damme turned Stallone down because of character development....WHAT?!   As if all his direct to dvd movies had that great of character development.   I think Van Damme missed out on an opportunity to do main stream movies again.  Maybe he'll change his mind for part 2.
This movie waste little time getting to the action although it does have some slow talking parts in the middle but in all there are blood spattering explosions, gunfights and excellent fights (one in which led to Steve Austin actually breaking Stallone's neck in really life....talk about dedication to your craft!). 
I would have like it more had there been a better story and character development but with so many acters there was so little time for that stuff.   Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger having the smallest and almost unimportant role.....as if they were just added as an after thought....let's just attach two more big names to the billing.  I hope in part two they will bigger roles.
So since this has some of my all time favorite action stars I will list some of my favorite movies by each star.
Sylvester Stallone:  First Blood I and II, Assassins, Cobra and Demolition Man
Jason Statham:  Snatch, Transporter 1, 2, 3 and The Italian Job
Jet Li:  Lethal Weapon 4 and Unleashed
Dolph Lundgren:  Rocky IV, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Army of One and Silent Trigger
Mickey Rourke:  The Rainmaker, Sin City and The Wrestler
Eric Roberts: Best of the Best 1 and 2
Randy Couture:  Redbelt
Steve Austin:  ah.....The Condemned?
Terry Crews:  The Expendables....he really is one of the standouts in this movie....him and his big ass gun!
Arnold Schwarzenegger:   Terminator 1, 2 and 3, Commando, Predator, and True Lies (one of my top 10 alltime favorite movies)
Bruce Willis:  Die Hard (my #1 favorite movie), Armagedden (my #2 favorite movie), The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction, Color of Night, Look Who's Talking 1 and 2, Nobody's Fool, The Jackal, Four Rooms, The Whole Nine Yards and Lucky Number Slevin
I give The Expendables 3 1/2 action stars (Jet Li...being the half :)
    

Confessions of a Shopaholic

a review by Russell Pinkston

This is one of those types of movies I try to avoid until I have nothing else to watch....and then I find out that it wasn't as bad as I feared.
The adorably cute Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) plays Rebecca Bloomwood....recently unemployed and deeply into dept (however I didn't think she was that deep into debt....but I've been there so I know it kind of sucks).   But to make matters worst she can't say no to a sale....she loves to buy stuff.....shoes, dresses or even one particular green scarf...which she wears to a job interview as a financial advisor...which oddly enough she is good at.  And she writes her own advice collumn as the mysterious Girl in the Green Scarf.   But her real dream is to work for a fashion magazine some day but she has to work her way up first.   Complications arise as she kind of falls for her boss played Hugh Dancy.  Also she is being hounded relentless by one of her bill collectors.  The movie barely scratches the surface of what it is like to be addicted to something and probably could have been one of those movies that had a strong message but it falls a little short.
This movie has a pretty good supporting cast as John Goodman and Joan Cusack play her parents, John Lithgow has a small part as her boss's boss and even the late Lynn Redgrave makes a cameo.
I kind of related to this movie a little but being in debt is not really a funny situation....it can be quite depressing if one thinks about it.  This movie kind of reminded me a little of The Devil Wears Prada....just not quite as good.  But the movie was a fun little rom com.
I recommend these movies:
John Lithgow:  Footloose, Ricochet, Cliffhanger, Hollow Point and Shrek
Joan Cusack:  Grosse Point Blank, School of Rock and Toy Story 2
John Goodman:  Everybody's All American, Coyote Ugly, Fallen, Monster's Inc. and Evan Almighty.
I give Confessions of a Shopaholic 3 1/2 credit cards.....which I recommend cutting up immediately :)