Archive for February, 2007

Father and Son Scene From Rocky Balboa

You know, I have absolutely no reason to post this up other than the fact that I LOVE this scene! The speech Rocky gives his son (In Rocky Balboa) about making excuses in life shakes me… it really does. Al posted this link in the “Top 10 Speeches” post, and I watched it again… and it stirs something inside me. So yeah… for no other reason than that… I post it here.

Damn… every school child should be required to watch this every year.

Borat on DVD This Tuesday!

Well he DVD that I’ve been waiting for more than any other this year comes out on Tuesday. BORAT! But honestly though, I have ZERO idea how well the sales for the disk will be sine a lot of people I know who loved the movie… don’t seem that interested in picking it up. I have no idea why though. So I thought I’d ask you guys…. are you planning on picking up the Borat DVD?

Top 10 Greatest Film Speeches and Monologues

Found ironically on a Turkish website is this listing for the Top 10 Greatest Film Speeches and Monologues.

I love to see lists, and I especially like seeing these lists presented with YouTube clips so you can relive or be reminded of these great moments in film.

10. Mel Gibson, Braveheart (1995)
9. Richard E Grant, Withnail and I (1987)
8. Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry (1971)
7. Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting (1996)
6. Peter Finch, Network (1976)
5. Michael Douglas, Wall Street (1987)
4. Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction (1994)
3. Marlon Brando, On The Waterfront (1954)
2. Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men (1992)

And last but not least…
1. Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now (1979)

Any you would add? Take away?

Click here to see the video bits for the Top 10 Greatest Film Speeches and Monologues.

LIVE Movie Blog Uncut Tonight

Hey there guys. This is just a quick reminder that the new LIVE version of The Movie Blog: Uncut is on tonight. The times for this earth shattering event are:

3pm PST

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It looks like we’ve solved the phone issue. For those of you who may not know, the first show Doug and I couldn’t hear the callers… but everyone else in the universe could. THIS time, it’ll be different. So make sure to head on over and tune in to the show tonight and get your questions and comments ready so you can call in live and chat with us… or just chat live with all the other international friends on the chat board. it’s all good.

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Alan Arkin Joins Get Smart

Word has hit the street that a pretty damn good cast for the upcoming film “Get Smart” (as all of you know is being adapted from the old TV show) has just been rounded out. Steve Carell (Playing Maxwell Smart) is now reunited with his Little Miss Sunshine castmate Alan Arkin (Who just won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor a few nights ago).

Arkin will play Carell’s boss in the film. The good folks over at JoBlo give us this:

Arkin will play the head of CONTROL, the top secret agency that Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) work for fighting evil (in this film, Terrance Stamp will play the head of KAOS). “Chief,” as he was so affectionately referred to on the old show, was orignally played by Edward Platt (who actually bears quite a resemblance to Arkin). Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also in the cast as a new character, Agent 23. Filming on GET SMART is already underway in Los Angeles for director Peter Segal (ANGER MANAGEMENT).

I grew up as a little kid watching the old Get Smart reruns, so that in and of itself makes me excited to see a film version. But this cast is just perfect. Carell will be fantastic as Smart, doing the legend of Don Adams proud, and the rest of the supporting troupe is bang on. This movie has the potential to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!

Saw Director to Remake Scanners

I’ve got to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Scanners. Yes yes… i know David Cronenberg directed it, but that doesn’t necessarily make it good. I realize the movie has it’s fans… but for some reason I just never got into it.

Well, if you’re one of those fans, the following news may excite you… or really piss you off. Looks like a remake of Scanners is in the works, and apparently they’ve signed up Saw 2 and 3 director Darren Lynn Bousman to take the helm. The good folks over at Movieweb give us this:

The film is the remake of David Cronenberg’s Scanners; David Goyer is writing the screenplay for the remake, which revolves around a scientist who infiltrates an underground movement of ’scanners,’ whose telepathic abilities make them lethal weapons, says Variety. The Weinstein’s are hoping for an early 2008 production start for Scanners and a late 2008 release.

Man, the Weinstein’s are becoming the master of the quick turn around movies. I’m guessing they’re aiming for a low budget, quick turn around porject with a built in audience that won’t need to make big Box Office dollars in order to turn a profit… and you know what… they’ll probably get it.

So what do you think? Are you a fan of the original Scanners? What do you think of the remake idea? What do you think of Darren Lynn Bousman directing it?

Talk To Me Trailer

The new Talk To Me trailer has hit the web. This summer, a bunch of the streets in my neighborhood were shut down for filming Talk To Me. This film had my interest right away for 2 important reasons. Don Cheadle, who is just always pure money in the bank when it comes to the type of performance he’ll give (If you haven’t seen him in Hotel Rwanda, you’ve got to run out to Blockbuster and grab it TODAY) and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Chiwetel Ejiofor first caught my attention by being one of the most interesting movie “villains” I have ever seen in a film. His bad guy in Serenity made that movie for me. There was something so elegant and deadly at the same time about him. He was also fantastic in Children of Men.

Anyway, check out the Talk To Me trailer and let me know what you think of it.

Babel Creators End Friendship Over Success

Very few things are as stressful as failure. I hate failure. Not in others… but in myself. Fear of failure sometimes gets the better of me and prevents me from taking chances at times. And yet… whenever I heard about partnerships or teams being driven apart, it usually doesn’t revolve around failure (which often brings teams closer together ironically enough) but rather around success. No one has an ego when you fail (except maybe a bruised one), but in success… personal glory becomes priority #1.

Take for example the sad situation between Babel creators director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. The two have been a creative team for 9 years, making some very good films. But along comes Babel, suddenly people start whispering “Oscar” about it, and each fall to the need for the spotlight. The folks at Yahoo News give us this:

(The two) have accused each other of trying to steal the spotlight amid the success of their latest film, “Babel.” Now Inarritu and other “Babel” collaborators, including actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Adriana Barraza and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, have signed a letter criticizing Arriaga for “claiming media attention.”

“It’s a shame that in your unjustified obsession to claim sole responsibility for the film, you seem not to recognize that movies are an art of deep collaboration,” said the letter, published in the latest edition of Mexico’s Chilanga magazine, released Monday. In a radio interview, Arriaga shot back that Inarritu was stealing credit for “Babel” by listing himself in the credits as the movie’s creator.

I’ll never understand this. Personally, if I can’t do what I love with the people I love (my friends), then I just don’t see the point in doing it. This should be a time that these two creators are celebrating together. Instead they each want the spotlight so bad it’s become a public feud firing at each other through the media and taking public shots. Sad.

Next Weekend at Bernie’s Remake

I have to admit I wasn’t a big fan of the Weekend at Bernie’s movies. I found the gag of making a dead guy look alive for that long was just not funny after the first 10 minutes of his afterlife. When they brought out a sequel they had to use Voodoo to get Bernie’s body back, for whatever reason. I don’t think I even watched that one. So imagine my excitement when they said they were going to remake Weekend at Bernie’s?

Movie Hole reports:

Yep, it was bound to happen – though, I personally thought it wouldn’t happen until after they remade “The Godfather”, “Grease” and “Ghostbusters” – a remake of that late 80s classic (!) “Weekend at Bernie’s”.

Who can forget that little beautie? Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman as two schmucks who head up to their boss’s beach pad for the weekend only to find him dead – and then decide to convince everyone that he in fact is just a little inebriated. (As both actors were when they signed up for the film). It was like cheap crack… so bad, yet ya kept drawing it in.

Anyway, “Next Weekend at Bernies” is being produced by Ashok Amritraj – currently working on the new “Street Fighter” movie - and Jon Jashni (“Where the Wild Things Are”) for Hyde Park and MGM. From the sounds of it, its essentially the same storyline – except this time Bernie invites the two guys up to his ‘Ski Lodge’ – so expect plenty of ‘dead body’ goes skiing, jokes – instead of the Beach House.

I dont know what is more upsetting. The fact that they are making this movie, or that they have to wait for the producer to finish making another STREETFIGHTER MOVIE first?

I can just see Amritraj’s resume now. Filled with a list of sequels and remakes of movies no one cared about doing. Digging deep in the studio dumpsters there huh?

So this remake is being called NEXT Weekend at Bernie’s but its basically the first movie all over again. I don’t get the “next” part. Actually I don’t get any of it. I don’t know why they are making this.

Cage wants to lead Fly Remake

I am glad this news was reported online from a website dedicated to Horror. Nicolas Cage wants to be the lead in a remake of the FLY. That’s not the scary part.Horror Movies says:

David Cronenberg is currently working on an opera version of Fly and he is not taking part with the remake. But he is being told what is going on with it and Cronenberg has just spilled the beans about him hearing of a certain bee hating, bear suit wearing, woman punching thespian who wants to be in it.

Yes folks, Nicholas Cage wants to be in the remake and no doubt he wants the lead.

So they are remaking the Fly. Big deal. Remakes are all the rage right now. And so Cage wants the role? Not a shocker. He is a good actor. Despite what people think of him, I do expect him to do a good job.

But its an OPERA. What? So who comes up with these ideas? Opera?

Will Cage sing? CAN Cage sing??

5 Least Anticipated Movies of 2007

We all love our lists… they provide a great jumping point for discussion and debate. I’ve put up a couple of list revolving around my most anticipated films of 2007… well this morning I came across another list with a bit of a different slant. MSNBC put up their list of their five LEAST anticipated films of 2007. Here is what they gave us:

“Wild Hogs”

Oprah, John Travolta shill that she’s become, devoted an entire episode recently to plugging this movie about four dispirited middle-aged men who hit the road on their motorcycles in search of their lost masculinity rather than simply see their doctor for testosterone replacement therapy.

“I Think I Love My Wife”

Hey, everybody! Remember when Chris Rock directed a movie in 2001 called “Head of State”? Remember how incredibly funny it was? Remember how we all loved it so much? No, you don’t? Oh wait, I remember now. It sucked, is why. But remember all those other movies he directed after that? All the none? Well now he’s at bat for the second time.

“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

My partner is a comic book nerd. And while he’s got a certain itchy excitement over this one (“OMG! Silver Surfer! And the guy from “Hellboy” who played the faun in “Pan’s Labyrinth” is the Silver Surfer!” Yes, it’s like that in my house.) because it looks like they were fanboy-faithful in character design and whatever, the fact remains that the first “Fantastic Four” movie was a steaming pile of crap.

“Alien vs. Predator 2: AVP2″

I love it when a movie feels the need to name itself twice in the same title. Like the audience is so lazy they won’t be able to bother themselves to actually speak the entire thing, even when buying a ticket at the box office, so they give you an out. If you want to call it simply “AVP2″ then you can and it’s okay.

“Rush Hour 3”

I think at this point in his career you could approach Jackie Chan with a script about Duracell batteries and exploding pens and he’d go, “Okay, sure, I’ll do that. Pay me.” This is a guy who made some of the most flabbergastingly insane action movies of the past 25 years and now he’s taking it easy, hanging with good-times-fun-machine Brett Ratner, making sure the stunt doubles look sort of like him enough to pass and then cashing the checks. I suppose you can’t blame the man.

Now as for myself, I am personally looking forward to Fantastic Four 2 (not because I think it’ll be good… just because I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi/Comic book movies)… and yes… I’m looking forward to Rush hour 3.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “But Giovanni… you despise Chris Tucker”. Yes, I do despise Chris Tucker, but that doesn’t change the fact that I really enjoyed Rush Hour 2 and I’m looking forward to the third. Talentless Hack Tucker and all.

Downey Joins Stiller Comedy

Ben Stiller is directing a movie for Dreamworks that hits on some of the things we only see in the entertainment news. On set disasters. And Hollywood’s repeated recovering walking disaster has signed on as the lead!

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Eddie Murphy Leaves Oscars After Losing

I never cease to be amazed by how shallow, self centered and myopic some people can be. If I ever come close to forgetting… Eddie Murphy is there to remind us all. As you all know, Eddie Murphy was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars this year. A HUGE achievement by itself. Unfortunetly for Murphy, Alan Arkin (who was even better than Murphy this year) won the award.

It’s understandable for someone in Murphy’s place to feel disappointed, maybe even a bit upset… but according to reports, after losing the award, Murphy got up and left the awards, refusing to stay and support his cast mate, Hudson, and missed their musical performance and Hudson’s Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress. IMDB gives us this:

The 45-year-old tried to downplay his disappointment telling American publication Us Weekly, “It’s fine. It happens. It’s OK.” But shortly thereafter, Murphy and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds left the show and didn’t return. Murphy missed out on his Dreamgirls cast mates Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose performing songs from the film, as well as Hudson’s win for Best Supporting Actress.

What a total frigging jackass! You know what Murphy… I’m GLAD you lost now. How DARE you. You are honored by being given an Oscar nomination, there at the event where some of your other castmates are also nominated and performing, and yet you can’t bothered to be gracious enough to stay for the rest of the event and support those who helped you get nominated in the first place???? YOU ARE A JOKE Mr. Murphy.

No Hostel 3 For Eli Roth

It came as no surprise to anyone that Hostel 2 got announced. I mean, when a guy is able to make a little film for UNDER $5 million dollars, and in turn it makes OVER $80 million worldwide… then you’ve have to be brain dead to not know a sequel would be on it’s way. And presumably a couple of more after that right?

Well, Hostel creator and director Eli Roth has announced that Hostel 2 will be the end of the line for him with the franchise. So we won’t be seeing a Hostel 3 with him involved. However, there’s probably nothing stopping the studio from going ahead without Eli to make 2, 3 15 more Hostel films as long as they can get some cash out of it.

It will all depend on how Hostel 2 does at the Boxoffice. But you can bet your ass… if Hostel 2 makes money… there will indeed be a Hostel 3 with our without Eli Roth. If it’ll be good or not is another discussion entirely.

Rogue gets a release date

Two of the most exciting action stars today in film have to be Jason Statham and Jet Li. Each of them is amazing to watch in their own way. Statham is just as badass and fearless as they come, and Jet Li has the grace and speed of martial arts that make him look untouchable.

Either one of them in a movie is just solid gold. So when it was announced that Rogue would star BOTH of them, I nearly wet myself. Now we have an update about Rogue’s release

MovieNews says:

Lionsgate Films just set a release date for the new action movie “Rogue”, starring Jet Li and Jason Statham. Some sites say that the movie has been renamed to “War”, but as long as the studio still lists it as “Rogue” we will too. But now for the release date. Lionsgate plans to bring the movie to cinemas September 14th, 2007. After his partner Tom Wynne (Terry Chen) and family are killed apparently by the infamous and elusive assassin Rogue (Li), FBI agent Jack Crawford (Statham) becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal.

Oh I cant wait that long!! I want this movie NOW!

Ok, finish the movie. I dont need it right now… there are bigger movies on my want list, but this just inched its way up near the top for me.

If you haven’t seen Crank yet, you have to. But go pee first, you wont want to miss a minute, or pee yourself.

Harrison Ford Work Out Regiment For Indiana Jones

Even though I still refuse to allow myself to actually believe they’ll finally give us the long awaited Indiana Jones 4 movie that I’ve been dying to see for 17 years now… it appears Harrison Ford has no doubt about it. The man is apparently already engaged in a high intensity work out regiment in order to get himself in the right shape to play Indy once again.

The good folks over at M&C give us this:

The 64-year-old is making every effort to get in shape to reprise his role as the adventuring archaeologist, 18 years after his last outing. A source close to the actor is quoted as saying: “He’s been furiously working out on the treadmills at a Los Angeles gym for about three hours a day to get in shape. “He’s on a strict high protein diet. He’s eating lots of fish and vegetables. It’s hard but he’s already looking great for it. He wants to make sure Indiana is as tough as he always was.”

On a treadmill 3 hours a day??? yikes. I have a very hard time believing that… but if it’s true, then good for him for showing that kind of commitment. Me, I’m still waiting for the day that someone will deliver me my Ice Cream so I don’t have to walk to my car to go get it.

New Fantastic Four 2 Trailer

Yes yes yes… we all know that Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer will suck. I know that… BUT… that doesn’t negate the fact that I actually really like this new little TV spot trailer for it that just came out.

So what do you guys think of it?

The Ten Trailer

“The Ten” is a movie I’ve been dying to see for a long time (I first wrote about it way back in August”). The basic idea is that the movie is a collection of 10 separate mini stories each revolving around one of the Ten Commandments. fantastic idea, backed up by a great cast which includes: Jessica Alba, Famke Janssen, Winona Tyder, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry, Ron Silver, Paul Rudd, Adam Brody and Oliver Platt. Not bad.

Well, this morning Jake gave me the heads up on a trailer for the project. It’s REALLY odd… but it’s just a trailer. I can’t wait to see this film.

Special Edition Ghost

Since we all know how manly and badass us guys are, I thought it would be a good time to announce a movie for the REST of you! Ghost.

Yes, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore put the whee in the potters wheel. This movie was ground breaking as it was sappy and romantic with enough comedy, action, and excitement to keep guys watching it. Now you can watch it again.

MoviesOnline says:

A special edition GHOST is coming to DVD on March 13th. Think of the most touching love story you ever saw. Think too, of the brightest comedy, the most astonishing supernatural tale and a sleek Mystery-thriller. Did you come up with four separate films? Or are you among the millions of fans and critics who’ve discovered GHOST, the number one film of 1990? GHOST will surprise you, delight you, make you believe. Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams up with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder – and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate.

I have to say I thought Whoopi was awesome in this movie. And despite his inability to kick some physical ass, Swayze was pretty damn good in it too.

I am still disturbed to this day of the scene where Sam possesses the body of Odamay Brown so he can feel his wife’s kiss one more time. Sure they SHOWED him kissing her, but we all know that she was getting it on with Whoopi! I still can’t wrap my head around that scene.

Best moment From The Oscars - Will Ferrell And Jack Black

This was just gold

The Movie Blog Uncut - February 26th 2007

On this installment of The Movie Blog: Uncut podcast (Formerly known as The Audio Edition… don’t forget we changed the name), Bruxy Darren Doug and I go through the gauntlet and come out victorious. That doesn’t really mean anything at all. So here is the stuff we talked about:

1) The new LIVE show

2) Various Oscar Talk

3) Reno 911!:Miami

4) The Number 23

5) People who talk in movie theaters

All this, and a few things more.


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John Campea’s Site
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Reno 911!: Miami Review

John gives his quick review of Reno 911!: Miami

The Number 23 Review

Giovanni gives his quick review of The Number 23

The Hulk Comes to Toronto

Some call it Hollywood North, we just call it home. Toronto has been the set of many big blockbuster Hollywood films. Jumper -staring Hayden Christensen, and Samuel L Jackson- was filmed there just last year. Here in Hamilton Ontario, 40 minute drive from Toronto we have seen such movies as XMen and Detroit Rock City filmed in notable locations. Now it looks like people will get to see Toronto in the upcoming HULK redux.

Canoe Jam writes:

The city has been chosen as a principal filming location for the upcoming Marvel Studios production of “The Incredible Hulk.” “The Hulk” is to be directed by Louis Leterrier (“Transporter” 1 & 2, “Unleashed”).

The film’s executive producer Jim Van Wyck (“Lemony Snicket,” “Armageddon”), shot in the city two years ago on the action flick “16 Blocks” and said he found the Toronto film community to be “exceptional,” lauding the co-operation from the city and the province.

“The Incredible Hulk” is expected to begin shooting this summer for about four months. The cast has yet to be announced.

Its unlikely that the Hulk will be seen trashing locations of Toronto, but they will film it here and call it a major US city.

Years ago when I worked as a courier in Toronto, during the milder months the downtown core was almost always filled with film crews and crew trailers.

Maybe this summer we can catch a glimpse of The Hulk.

How To Improve The Oscars

For all the bitching and complaining we all do (myself included) about the Oscars telecast, it’s amazing that any of us are still watching… and yet we are. I still love the Oscars, weaknesses and all… it’s just an extension of my love for movies I guess. But having said that, there are still some big changes I would personally make if I were to produce the show next year. Here are some of my suggestions:

1) Eliminate the Songs

The “Best Song” category is the most pointless of all the awards handed out at the Oscars (most of the time they’re just songs that are thrown in on the end credits of a movie), and yet… for some reason… they get more screen time than the Best Director nominees. That just defies logic and any sense of reason. Fine, keep the Best Song category, but do NOT dedicate screen and stage time to them each singing the stupid songs. We don’t have an orchestra up on stage performing the score for each of the Best Score nominees.

2) Eliminate all Montages except the In Memorium and Honorary Recipients

There is a LOT of time wasted each year on pointless video montages. “Now, here is a look at american history through film”. WHO CARES??? Move on with the show!!! The two i would keep are the In Memoriums and the montages to honor the lifetime achievement winners. These montages have a POINT. None of the others do.

3) Give a LITTLE more time to acceptance speeches

Bear with me here. This night represents the highlight of many of these people’s creative and professional lives. THE SHOW IS ABOUT THE AWARDS… so give these people a TOUCH more time to relish the moment and the thank people. No, don’t give them 2 minutes each (that’s actually a lot of time), but don’t rush them off the stage so damn fast just so you can get to the next pointless montage.

4) Streamline - Make the show about the Oscars Again

There is just far too much fluff in the show that takes away from what is supposed to be the primary purpose… the OSCARS. Throw away all the fluff. Have a host who does an opening monologue and then does NOTHING else for the rest of the show except bring on the presenters. Give out 3 awards in between each commercial break and throw in the In Memoriums and Honorary awards. Do that, and you can give 20 more seconds to acceptance speeches AND have the show come in under 2 hours. It’s not rocket science.

Someone else said in the comments area that The Oscars would benefit a great deal from “Addition by Subtraction”. You’d actually make the show better, not by thinking up new things to throw in… but rather just by taking a lot of unnecessary stuff out. Just my two cents worth. What changes would you make?

Abrams to direct Star Trek - Official

This is grand news indeed! After teasing us with the best idea to happen in the Star Trek franchise in the last decade, J.J. Abrams has finally made it official.

Yahoo News says:

After months of speculation, “Mission: Impossible III” director J.J. Abrams has signed on to shoot the next installment of the “Star Trek” feature franchise, sources said late Friday.

“Star Trek XI” revolves around a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, chronicling their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission. The previous film in the series, the 2002 box office bomb, “Star Trek: Nemesis,” was directed by Stuart Baird, and starred Patrick Stewart.

Now I am ALL FOR this idea of a franchise flashback. Now if the rest of the rumours are true, then this will be a reboot of the series, abandoning all that we know and love about Star Trek, keeping the magic and wonder that made the series fun, and starting over for a new generation.

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner we already in talks to be involved and it sounded like it wouldn’t just be a cameo, and I would love to see an aged Spock and Kirk make a desperate jump back in time to change a moment in history and have it all changed from that moment forward. They already came back to save the whales, but didnt alter history. Its time for something in Star Trek to not work out as planned. They can make a mistake, and that would clear the slate to start over, with no history, no future to adhere to, and no Tribbles.

Its already worked wonders for Battlestar Galactica. Could this mean a revitalization of the Trek franchise?

I hope so!

BitTorrent lauches Download Service

Following in the footsteps of Napster, BitTorrent has now crossed over to the light side. In its day, Napster was hailed as the source for illegal music downloads, and is now a legitimate pay service where you can acquire clean, high quality mp3s for personal use without breaking the law. BitTorrent rose from Napster’s darker past as the replacement offering much more than music. Now the ingenious filesharing technology will be used for good as BitTorrent launches a legitimate path to get your music and movies. And more.

Yahoo News says: offers:

BitTorrent Entertainment Network at will offer films and TV shows from 20th Century Fox News Corp, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Lionsgate Entertainment Corp, closely held Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Paramount Pictures and Paramount’s sister company, MTV Networks.

San Francisco-based BitTorrent joins, Apple Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc as either having launched or testing download sites. Others in the arena include services from CinemaNow and Movielink.

But BitTorrent’s president and co-founder, Ashwin Navin, told Reuters the site will differentiate itself by going beyond offering only movies or TV shows to providing downloads of music, videos and games.

It’s a rags to riches story, as the free BitTorrent client is now changed into a potential money making empire striking while the downloadable content iron is hot. Unlike the other services, BitTorrent plans to offer games and other media. If the price is right, I would GLADLY pay online for a download of the newest game instead of fighting the lines and stock issues at a retail center. However, right now it looks like the movies are time sensitive “rentals” that can only be viewed on the computer.

The peer sharing ingenuity of BitTorrent makes file transfers faster and more efficient. This technology is already being used to patch online games at record speeds.

You can check out the BitTorrent site HERE

Who Should Host The Oscars Next Year?

The title says it all. Who do you think should host the Oscars next year? After voting, suggest anyone else you think might be good in the comments section below.

First Look at Michael Myers.. again.

This seems a little strange to see. After nearly 30 years since the first Halloween movie, they are planning a remake. I guess this is no worse than making another sequel. Despite the movie being temporarily titled Halloween 9, teeny bopper cutey Scout Taylor-Compton is playing a 17 year old Laurie Strode. The same character that made Jamie Lee Curtis famous 29 years ago.

MoviesOnline offers:

The filmmakers just revealed the first image of the new Michael Myers from Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”. The character will be portrayed by Tyler Mane. Rob Zombie’s vision of this film is an entirely new take on the legend and will satisfy fans of the classic “Halloween” legacy while beginning a new chapter in the Michael Myers saga. This new movie will not only appeal to horror fans, but to a wider movie-going audience as well. It will not be a copycat of any prior films in the “Halloween” franchise.

I like these slasher flicks that have some supernaturally powered badguy wreaking havoc on unsuspecting teens, disembodying them for the hell of it, and having one person survive overcoming the odds. Its just a feel-good movie that you can share with your children.

And this is one of those times where giving a professional wrestler a leading role isn’t such a bad idea. Mane has the physical presence to make Myers a REAL threat just by standing still. And its not like Myers has any speaking roles where we get to explore his inner turmoil. He doesn’t speak at all. He just has to look menacing, and rip unsuspecting teenagers in half.

Ellen Sucked. But Which Part Sucked The Most?

As predicted, Ellen almost single handedly ruined the Oscars. Oh there are still lots of things wrong with the show… but Ellen basically squatted and pissed all over any momentum or energy the show started to build at any time. She was HORRIBLE, weak, safe, corny and cheap. GET RID OF HER.

But my question for you, my international friends is this… which part of her painful performance of the Oscar hosting duties was the WORST. I know it’s almost impossible to pick just 1, but try your best.

2007 Oscar Results

Here are the 2007 Oscar Results from the good folks over at CNN:

Best motion picture of the year
The Departed
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
Peter O�Toole, Venus
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg, The Departed

Original screenplay
Guillermo Arriaga, Babel
Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis, Letters from Iwo Jima
Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth
Peter Morgan, The Queen

Achievement in cinematography
The Black Dahlia
Children of Men
The Illusionist
Pan�s Labyrinth
The Prestige

Visual Effects
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man�s Chest
Superman Returns

Achievement in costume design
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Devil Wears Prada
Marie Antoinette
The Queen

Achievement in sound mixing
Blood Diamond
Flags of our Fathers
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man�s Chest

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“I Need to Wake Up,” An Inconvenient Truth
“Listen,” Dreamgirls
“Love You I Do,” Dreamgirls
“Our Town,” Cars
“Patience,” Dreamgirls

Best animated feature film of the year
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best documentary feature
Deliver Us from Evil
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq in Fragments
Jesus Camp
My Country, My Country

Best animated short film
The Danish Poet
The Little Matchgirl
No Time for Nuts

Achievement in directing
Babel, Alejandro Gonzolez
The Departed, Martin Scorsese
Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood
The Queen, Stephen Frears
United 93, Paul Greengrass

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penelope Cruz, Volver
Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet, Little Children

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza, Babel
Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Adapted screenplay
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Children of Men
The Departed
Little Children
Notes on a Scandal

Achievement in film editing
Blood Diamond
Children of Men
The Departed
United 93

Achievement in art direction
The Good Shepherd
Pan’s Labyrinth
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The Prestige

Achievement in makeup
Pan’s Labyrinth

Achievement in sound editing
Blood Diamond
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man�s Chest

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
The Good German
Notes on a Scandal
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

Best foreign language film of the year
After the Wedding
Days of Glory
The Lives of Others
Pan’s Labyrinth

Best documentary short subject
The Blood of Yingzhou District
Recycled Life
Rehearsing a Dream
Two Hands

Best live action short film
Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)
One Too Many
Helmer & Son
The Saviour
West Bank Story

Oscar Coverage #14


And our closing thoughts. Ellen sucks, The Kodak is beautiful, Songs suck, montages suck… the show is too long… but overall a better pace to the show this year than in years past.

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Oscar Coverage #13

Best Actress… the award for the most attractive looking woman at the Oscars this year… Reese Witherspoon. This woman has never looked better. Best Actor, Best Director FINALLY!!!! MARTIN!!!

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Oscar Coverage #12

Yet another pointless montage, Best Editing, the In Memoriam

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Oscar Coverage #11

More with the bloody musical numbers… even though Beyonce is wonderful to look at. Best useless song usually played in the end credits

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Oscar Coverage #10

Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay… and how high Dunst looks… in her bad dress… with WAY too dark lipstick. We’re too focused on this crap.

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Oscar Coverage #9

Best Short Documentary, Best Documentary and Jerry Seinfeld

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Rodney Reflects on the Oscars

While John and Doug are doing their playful commentary on the Oscars, my wife and I had a different thought.


One of the biggest draws of big events like the Superbowl is these extra special commercials that they pay unreasonable amounts of money to have targeted advertising fed to the teeming masses gathering around their televisions. Its part of the experience of watching the Superbowl. Even the commercials are not to be missed.

Why are the commercials during the Oscars any less important? Let’s face it, the people who go out of their way to watch this award ceremony have to be the die hard movie fans. So we had a thought that could change the Oscar Experience forever. Most of our thoughts included returning Billy Crystal or Steve Martin to the Hosting roster. (My wife has an unhealthy attraction to Steve Martin)


Make a point of it. Show the big names. Let the studios fight for air time on this exclusive opportunity to reach directly to the movie fans. Show exclusive first looks into the movies you want to be huge this summer! Announce weeks in advance that the first trailer will be shown during the Oscars.

And fire Ellen.

That’s just my two cents worth. I am watching this out of duty from this point on, as this seems to be the worst Oscars in my memory. At least if they were showing exclusive movie trailers in the breaks, I might have something to look forward to.

Oscar Coverage #8

Best Visual Effects, Best Foreign Film… how the HELL does Pan’s Labyrinth win 3 Oscars… and lose to another film that isn’t even nominated for anything? Oh well… Oscars are about surprises… and about Ellen ruining the show… oh god this woman sucks. Best Supporting Actress.

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Oscar Coverage #7

Best Costume Design - The evenings most awkward moment as Tom Cruise walked on stage - Sherry Lansing’s award - Cinematography

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