The rain was coming down steady all day, so Rory and I opted for the Firefly marathon on ScyFy Channel.
Nathan Fillion does brighten a day.
After watching episode after episode, I came to apreciate the animation — or lack there of — in Joss Whedon’s Mutant Enemy production company logo.
It looks like it was sketched on a napkin…the ghoul clumsily lurching across the screen while a drunken voice moans off-screen.
I have watched a lot of action flicks with CGI and super slick graphics, but this primitive artwork is my fav. Nathan Fillion, too.
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If Star Trek Into Darkness opens in your city today, I encourage you to see it.
I saw it yesterday in IMAX 3D, and it was amazing…especially the new enemy of the Federation portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch.
You know Sherlock on BBC? He’s the one.
But if you can’t get to the movie theatre today or even this weekend — I understand there are people who can actually wait weeks and even months; go figure — take a look at the “Star Trek Challenge” Audi spot featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto.
It’s too much fun.
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One of the many advantages of a) working from home and b) having HBO is being able to watch Oscar-nominated documentaries during lunch.
Today’s featured selection: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossoms.
I’ll admit that I had not heard of this film before I saw it listed on HBO OnDemand. If perchance you haven’t either, I strongly encourage you to invest the short 40 minutes required.
Director Lucy Walker chronicles the tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Survivors share their stories of loss, and work together to rebuild their communities — already making progress a mere month after the storm hit.
And what are the ‘cherry blossoms’ in the title, you ask? I’ll let you watch the film and find out.
It is a vital part of their history and culture, and one reason a tsunami could never break the Japanese people.
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I like movies.
I like actress Kristen Bell.
She loves sloths.
This is for you, Kristen.
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Tagged Bell, Humor, James bond, Kristen Bell, movie poster, Movies, parody, skyfall, sloths
The best thing I saw at the movie theatre yesterday was an ad during the pre-show.
No offense to the movie.
I really enjoyed Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It had great action, an interesting conceit and an ending that I did not see coming.
But this commercial for Windows Phone made me laugh aloud.
Truth is funny.
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You know how some TV show plot lines are ‘ripped from the headlines?’ I’ve decided People magazine rips theirs from any handy movie premiere calendar.
Easier than workin.’
Take their latest World’s Most Beautiful Woman issue featuring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth is lovely — I’ll give you that. But the most beautiful woman in the world? Of all the choices in Hollywood and around the globe?
In the words of Jerry Seinfeld — speaking to his young son outside my brownstone one Saturday afternoon –
But it is far simpler — isn’t it People editorial staff — to crown Ms. Paltrow? She has Iron Man 3 coming out in a theatre near you…plus, your rival Star magazine just named her Most Hated Celebrity (which is probably more accurate).
Your advertisers are happy! Moms her age are happy! And Star has been put in its place.
Who cares if it isn’t true?
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It has been 22 years since The Silence of the Lambs won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Then come to New York City and see Silence: The Musical, the way funny parody of that award-winning horror story now playing on Broadway.
Clarisse is there…Dr. Lector, too. And the wannabe transgender, his little dog and the senator’s daughter, ‘putting the lotion in the basket.’
But the lambs?
Well, they aren’t so silent in this version. They sing. They dance. They move set pieces.
They even ‘clomp’ out a musical number using their little lamb hooves. I had a major flashback to doing something similar during a show at Martin City Melodrama & Vaudeville Company in Kansas City…
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They began in movie theatres months ago, and now they’ve hit TV –
Trailers for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
I’ll admit — I didn’t think this movie needed to be remade. It’s a classic in my mind, as is the book.
And Leonardo DiCaprio playing Gatsby in place of Robert Redford?
But now that I’ve seen the trailers — many, many times — the casting isn’t even the issue.
This Gatsby is unrecognizable. Luhrmann has — well — Luhrmann-ized it; the glitz and glitter is a visual assault. The soundtrack, too, is so brash and overwhelming, I have actually checked for blood in my ears in the theatre. Imagine the damage after two hours.
I’m sure Luhrmann has included that, too — in gold…with a dance number.
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Tagged Baz Luhrmann, celebrities, commentary, entertainment, glitter, glitz, Humor, Leonardo Di Caprio, life, movie casting, movie classic, movie remakes, movie soundtrack, movie theatre, movie trailers, Movies, review, Robert Redford, The Great Gatsby
It has been two years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II was released in theatres, bringing the decade-long movie franchise to its satisfying conclusion. The ending evoked a lot of emotions from us all, one of the more surprising being –
Neville Longbottom is a hunk!
At the time, I celebrated the transformation of actor Matthew Lewis on many levels.
First and foremost, I like pretty things, and Matthew had become one. But as a geek whose own awkward period extends even into today, I was gratified to see how far he had come during the 10-year span…and gave his movie connections no small amount of the credit.
But it turns out the studio’s efforts were actually in the opposite direction.
Matthew Lewis was never the chubby, ear-sticking-out, buck-toothed character that we saw on screen. The wardrobe and makeup departments created Neville’s persona and ‘plopped it down’ — fat suit and all — upon Matthew’s more leading man frame. They even used extra-large shoes because that’s how JK Rowling described him in the her novels.
That’s why Neville was such a ‘boy toy’ surprise in the final film!
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Today was the first really warm day of spring, so Rory and I headed to Central Park before dinner.
That’s when we saw the film crew.
I’m pretty sure they are students, based on their youth and minimal equipment. But they were very focused on their talent, who appeared to be writing in a notebook.
Clearly, it is a period piece.
Rory and I loitered for a bit, trying to overhear any dialogue, but no luck. Perhaps the camera was zoomed in tight on the words he was writing…something like:
Where the heck did I put my iPad??
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