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Bolt: Some Sizzle, Yet No Spark

Posted by goldwriting on December 1, 2008

bolt Do you know how close that place is to the ocean? Do you realize how much water that is?!

Rating: 6 out of 10

We sometimes cast a wistful gaze back into history and remember all the purely magical moments of our childhoods: learning to ride a bike, dumping out the first bag of Halloween candy after a monster haul, or playing with the first new family pet. All of these things hold a special place in our hearts and right alongside those for most of us is the memory of watching our first Disney film. Whether it was Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Steamboat Wille or Aladdin (had to mention it since it is still my reigning favorite from ‘The House of Mouse’), those magical cartoons had a profound effect on several generations and for that, Disney deserves a certain amount of credit. Yet, today things are slightly different. In the world of animated cinema Disney is scratching for third place on the totem pole, underneath the powerhouse studios of Pixar and Dreamworks Animation. It’s true, it can be argued Disney is on top of the pole since they own Pixar, but Pixar operates very much as a separate company and they gained their early success and prestige before Disney made the purchase. Disney is merely the distribution chain for the wonderment emanating from the minds and dreams of the Pixar creative staff. So the question becomes, does Disney still have the chops to compete in the animation circuit?

Yes, they do, as long as they are satisfied with coming in third.

Disney’s latest contribution is Bolt, the story of a dog who doesn’t know he’s an actor on a television show and ends up lost in the real world trying to find his owner, who was fake-kidnapped on the show. Along the way Bolt captures an alley cat in an effort to force her to lead him to the Green-eyed Man (his TV arch-nemesis) and also picks up a hamster that happens to be a fanatical fan named Rhino. Their cross country journey is full of adventures and mishaps, all in an effort to lead Bolt home and back to his owner. The journey is also an internal one for Bolt as he struggles with the realization that he is a normal, non-superhero type dog.

Bolt is a charming movie and should be enjoyable to most young kids out there, but the modern day marker for true success in this genre is how many adults can you attract without their children in tow? For that crowd, Bolt doesn’t offer a whole lot. The trailer was incredibly well-designed and caught a good deal of the highlights in the film, mainly showcasing the role of Rhino the hamster, who stole most of his scenes and felt light in the overall scope of the film. Boosting up his role might not have fit in the structure of the story, but it certainly would have brought up the laughs. Another point in which I think the movie fared really well was the depiction of the pigeons, both in New York and in Los Angeles. The movements and seemingly spastic thought processes in those birds were amusing no matter what they were talking about. Those animators really captured a brilliant idea of what it could be like to listen to their thoughts. The Los Angeles based pigeons…well, those were hilarious for a whole different reason, which I won’t go into for the sake of not ruining the scene. (The only pitfall here is it might only be funny to people who live out here and work in the entertainment industry. Even so, I’m lucky because I do live here and I did think they were the high point of the flick.) As for the main characters, Bolt made sense throughout the film and always stayed on a strong motivated course, but I just wasn’t endeared to him. I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was, but something lacked in making Bolt stand out amongst the cadre of side characters and he ended up being only a lynch pin instead of driving force for the story. The alley cat, Mittens, played well off Bolt and acted more like the Chorus in Greek and Roman theatre, providing the reactions of the common audience member, since Bolt’s own worldview was so skewed. Mittens continually reminded us that what was happening was more-or-less insane, but in the end also showed us what was most important. Surprising to me, Mittens felt more like the heart or emotional center of the film over Bolt.

With animated features another big hurdle is to find a cast of voices that not only fits the characters, but also doesn’t overshadow the movie itself. John Travolta provided the voice of Bolt and admittedly when the movie began I felt his voice was too old for the character and too aware of himself, but as it went on I felt Travolta settled into it more and became more attuned with the character. On the other hand, Miley Cyrus was not a terribly good choice as the voice of Penny, Bolt’s real life and on-screen owner. She was certainly picked for star power and to further connect the movie to the teen-and-under audience, but Miley’s voice is raspy, bordering on smoky at times and while that might work for her pop star image, it didn’t play coming from the mouth of a young, innocent looking girl.

One last interesting tidbit is Bolt was actually executive produced by John Lasseter, one of Pixar’s creators who now works for both companies. He was brought onto Disney Animation to help bring them back into the forefront of the animation world, but I can’t say I really felt that Pixar spark inside this movie. I have no doubt Disney will continue to move forward and fight their way onwards and upwards, but so far it has been a slow crawl for them.

Recommendation: If you have young children, jump on in, but if you’re heading out on your own, you better be a die-hard fan of children’s movies. Also, this is being offered in 3-D at some theaters, but feel free to skip that option. I saw the 3-D version and there wasn’t anything really worth the hassle of wearing those glasses and possibly fighting off the resulting headache.
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Step Brothers: Kids laughing, Kids crying, Kids getting beat up by adults.

Posted by goldwriting on July 29, 2008

I don’t know why or how, but Ryan Seacrest has totally hypnotized me.

Another weekend came along and you know what that means? Of course you do, it’s another comedy somehow associated with Judd Apatow. Within the last two to three years it is an inescapable fact; 65% of all laughter is attributed to this one man, along with 47% of newly coined sex jokes. He is the reigning golden boy of the comedy world and his latest stab at the laugh track to hit the screens is Step Brothers. Judd Apatow did reel himself back to only a producing credit, but we can all rest assured that even his name being attached got the greenlight to glow just a tad bit brighter.

Step Brothers is the story of Dale and Brennan, two grown men still living with their respective parents and forced to live together when their parents get remarried. Picture the Brady Bunch, but only one boy on each side who just happens to be 40-ish years old. Not the most original idea in the world, but this movie doesn’t rely on the plot to get people into those theater seats. It relies solely on the comedic talents of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who play Brennan and Dale respectively. Will also co-wrote the story with John and director Adam McKay, while Will and Adam finished out the actual screenplay. Usually I’m not a huge fan of the actors having such a big part of the writing process, unless it was something they wrote years before, but in this case what you get is an extra sense of camaraderie from our two bumbling heroes. John and Will play off each other to such an amazing extent you might begin to feel the whole film is done in improv. Everything comes off as an instant reaction, exactly the way a twelve-year-old boy would react, which just happens to be where their emotional maturity is in this film. Both actors hit home runs on a number of the comedic beats and it was especially nice to see Will Ferrell hitting on all cylinders once again, after some heavy missteps in Kicking and Screaming, Bewitched and Semi-Pro. As for Jon, he proved once again why so many love working with him, because he commits to every little second he is on screen.

Now, sad to say, the strength of their characters is also the one problem in the movie. The first half-hour is fun, watching these grown men talk and act like pre-teens, but that trick gets a little dry mid-way through the film and it starts to stretch the disbelief a touch too far. The characters of the parents have a tough situation since they have to ride the line between showing love and compassion for their children and yet treating them like grown men. That dicotimy proved not only tough for the actors, but also for the audience. Eventually it just felt too unbelievable that these two characters could exist, not only in the world of this film, but anywhere.

The writing is strong and a good portion of the film is clever, humorous and in a few places surprisingly hilarious, but it never reached the level of the comedies we have been graced with over the past few years, like Anchorman, 40-Year-Old Virgin or Superbad. Apatow has mined diamonds from the creative caves in his head, but it is possible by becoming the golden boy of comedy, he might be the one man glut for laughers in the coming years. Does the bar still get set too high if you’re the one that set it? I guess we shall see soon enough. He’s got seven movies under his production skills for next year alone, even one more this year as well. Although that does sound like a lot, just remember, he’s bound to hit you with a really good dick joke somewhere. That should be enough to get at least one viewing.

Recommendation: Great performances, not necessarily a “rush to see in the theater” flick. Netflix + your buddies + drinks, that should be a good formula for this.

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Tossing Drinks to Tossing Jokes: A day in the life of…(6/6)

Posted by goldwriting on June 6, 2008

1 – The only bad thing about this spectacular display of bartending skill is you can imagine how annoying it would be to try to get your keys back from her at the end of the night. [via Pandachute via SkillVideos]

2 – Hunter S. Thompson was a visionary, genius and possible lunatic, which in turn means that anything you create to talk about and feature his life, I’m gonna watch it. [via FilmDrunk]

3 – If you watch this video of an amazingly happy child and don’t crack a smile yourself, you need to look under your bed when you get home, I think you’ll find you left your soul there. We all deserve days where we laugh like that just once. [via Pandachute]

4 – I’m a fan of Seth Rogan, along with millions of other movie watchers happy about the upswing in popularity and profit for R-rated comedies, but I’m not sure I’m a big enough fan to endorse the idea of him playing The Green Hornet in an upcoming adaptation. I knew he was writing it and I’m fine with that, but he doesn’t seem like the superhero type to me. Even Will Smith got on my nerves with unnecessary quips and jokes throughout I, Robot, you think Rogan is going to go through any scene without a pot/dick/sex/fart joke? I’m willing to wait and give him a shot, but this is a risky venture for him, no two ways about it. [via Perez]

5 – You know what’s not a rsiky venture? Making Transporter 3! Jason Statham is coming back once again as the driver who just can’t say no to a job, then can’t say no to kicking the crap out of those who gave him the job. I’m predicting ridiculous car chases, chaser bullets everywhere and needlessly hot women (wait, is “needlessly hot” actually possible? I’m gonna meditate on that…) [via FilmSchoolRejects]

6 – Universal Studios is taking their recent fire as positive as they can and using the destruction as an excuse to rebuild and recreate something new in lieu of the 20-year-old King Kong attraction. Smart move, people. As iconic as it was, it was time to move on from that. They let go of the Back to the Future ride recently and that was at least 5 years its junior. My hope, drive-thru Wanted experience! Angelina Jolie dives down and shoots curved bullets around the tram all day long. Sweet… (although in reality, they should make it a Hulk experience. It could basically be the same set, just updated.) [via ComingSoon]

7 – Sometimes I wonder if people read this and then go out specifically to do exactly the opposite of what I wished for. Brett Ratner came out talking about how he wants to make the next Beverly Hills Cop for the 10 and 12-year-olds who don’t know the first film. Guess what? No one would have known the first film or any of them if they were originally made for the kids. It was an R-rated comedy and one of the nest ever made. They need to jump on this bandwagon and run with it instead of trying to continually trying to shove Eddie Murphy into the family genre. It worked for him for a while, but it’s time he got his mouth dirty once again. Hell, let him wear the Michael Jackson jacket again too, if that helps. [via FilmSchoolRejects]

8 – The creepy next step after buying these Joker themed playing cards is for everyone to show up at the game in Joker makeup. Now tell me who’s bluffing… [via FilmSchoolRejects]

9 – Someone needs to go back and digitally insert this necktie into American Psycho. It’s just too perfect. [via Uncrate]

10 – Here’s a little folk song to end the day entitled New Math. It starts out cute and kinda funny, then segways smoothly into totally irreverent and borderline hysterical. Kudos guitar playing sir. [via GorillaMask via ejb]

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Axel Foely to At-At Families: A day in the life of…(6/3)

Posted by goldwriting on June 3, 2008

1 – In the massive upswing of sequels, it was only a matter of time until they hit something I really hold dear. Beverly Hills Cop is one of my favorite comedies and it holds so many great peaks for R-rated laughers along with being the beginning of a possibly legendary career for Eddie Murphy. It’s not really a big surprise that Eddie would want to jump back into the role of Axel Foley, but take my word, the only way this will work is if they get the old Eddie back. No PG-13 rating here. We need swearing, cocky, abrasive Axel Foley once again. If they follow through on that, I might just start playing the theme song once again as my alarm clock. [via Perez]

2 – Turning from sequels, we go to the only logical place, prequels. J.K. Rowling said she would not continue any more books in the Harry Potter series, but she never said anything about going backwards. She wrote a prequel novel for the Potter-verse, but this is only going to sold for charity in an auction, no mass publication will be done. As gracious as this is, and I am sure it will pull in a healthy amount of Euros, I feel bad for the house that will inevitably get broken into by a mob of crazed quidditch players in search of the mythical tome. [via Starpulse]

3 – I’ve heard rumblings through my group of friends that I should start paying attention to the Fox TV starlet show, The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I usually would have been glued to this already by the casting choice of Summer Glau, but something kept me from feeling totally committed to it. Now they sweetened the pot by dropping in Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage, for next season. Hello TiVo, goodbye productivity. [via ComingSoon]

4 – Is it possible the Coen Brothers will ever make a normal movie? I doubt it sincerely. Here’s a link to the Red-Band trailer for their next ecclectic collection of actors in Burn After Reading. [via WWTDD]

5 – This might actually crack a smile on the faces of all those dark, black nailed little girls in the world. Their heroine, Emily the Strange, is on her sad and angry way to the screen. Something tells me a PG rating for this is not forthcoming. [via ComingSoon]

6 – So a couple of teenage girls blatantly stole $150 from a 9-year-old girl scout who was selling those painfully addicting cookies. Two things are wrong with the video here; first, these girls have no concept of morality and a frightening absence of realization of their own effect on the world around them, secondly, these girls are obviously not right in the head because they stole the money and not the cookies. Seriously, they are like crack cookies! [via Today’s Big Thing]

7 – Hopefully you haven’t tossed your computer out the window after watching that last scarred piece of humanity, but if you are lucky enough to keep your revulsion in check, here is your reward. You see, there are still some decent people in this place. [via YouTube via Diablo Cody’s Blog]

8 – Sometimes, just sometimes, they get something so painfully right. I have no idea if the movie is going to be any good at all, but I hope they keep making these videos, because they are certainly worth the entire movie’s budget. [via The Superficial]

9 – Oh yeah, nothing says lovin’ like a good monkey suit. [via Garfield Minus Garfield]











10 – This is pure genius. Prints available here. [via TCritic]

P.S. There soon will be some changes to this blog. You will see more pointed posts about particular topics alongside those about random happenings on the web or in the entertainment world. Also, I just added two more links on the Charities page, so please take a look in there. I will be adding to that list more often now. Thanks for any support you can lend to these deserving causes. 🙂

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Imaginary Hotness to Realistic Greatness: A day in the life of…(5/30)

Posted by goldwriting on May 30, 2008

1 – Let’s be honest, it really doesn’t matter what this movie is about, people…err…dudes are going to see this. (Coincidentally, I did already know what Witchblade is about since it is another comic book adaptation. Could be an awesome flick, but I’m reserving judgment until I see some actual footage, not just actual skin) [via FilmDrunk]

2 – What happens when the ex-White House Press Secretary writes a book about working in the Bush administration? Political sh*t storm. There’s already been plenty of people still in the administration to come out and condemn/tear down Scott McClellan, but you can be sure there will be more before this goes away. You can read an excerpt through the link and see that he doesn’t necessarily say that Bush is an idiot at all, just that he was horribly misled and deceived by the people in his own cabinet. I’m not sure which scenario makes my stomach turn more, but it’s time for a political antacid. [via Wall Street Journal]

3 – For those lucky ducks with nice new IBooks or MacBook Pros (you can add in the Mac Air, but I am still holding out on calling people lucky for having those), you can all enjoy some neat style and comfort along with protection for your expensive baby gadget. Since it looks kinda like an airmail pouch, you can convince people you are just always on the move. You jet-setter, you. [via JoshSpear]

4 – Is this just a glimpse into Jon’s mind or have we all started to hear burp from invisible fat cats? I think it’s time to refill my Xanax prescription. [via Garfield Minus Garfield]

5 – As excited as I am to buy and read Snuff, the new book from Chuck Palanhuik, that thrill only gets bumped up more by the first trailer being released for the newest movie in his adaptation train of films, Choke. I’m already interested since it is Chuck’s book, but you add uber-talented Sam Rockwell in as the sex-crazed, morally depraved lead role, a part he might have been born to play, well then, you had me at “Choke”. [via FilmDrunk]

6 – This is why we don’t want artificial intelligence. Eventually even the machines will be perverted. [via GorillaMask]

7 – I always wondered why Robin’s costume was so feminine. The truth is just shocking sometimes. [via GorillaMask via Crave Online]

8 – A little kid skates under forty cars and these people celebrate like he won independence for the country. Someone get these people cable TV stat! [via Pandachute]

9 – Not the greatest production value for this imagined conversation between Iron Man and Batman, but I chuckled quite a few times on my way through, so take that video! Advantage = Audio. [via Yikers]

10 – Everyone has dreams and everyone has projects they want to accomplish, but we hold ourselves back way more than we realize (or want to realize), but comedian Kyle Cease is not going to let us flounder in mediocrity. He’s writing a daily blog post for the next month where he is detailing one or more things each and every day he is doing to better his life and his career. The more pumped up he gets about it, the more he wants to inspire others, so take a moment or two to catch up on this blog and see if he can’t help give you that little kick in the ass we all need to start the ball rolling. Trust me, it’s not as hard as it seems to make that move from where you are to where you want to be. [via MySpace]

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Serpentor in Oil to Satan in Cell Phones: A day in the life of…(5/27)

Posted by goldwriting on May 27, 2008

1 – Think you have an obsession with 80’s toys? Go to this page and click on the letter “T” to see some amazing oil paintings of everything from Battlecat from Thundercats to Serpentor from G.I.Joe. [via Uncrate via robert burden]

2 – I know I’ve gotten older when I watch this video and the first thing I wonder about it, “Did they get clearance to roll down this road? What about cross traffic?” I miss being a Toys ‘R Us kid. [via pandachute]

3 – In a continuing desire to find new and innovative ways to donate and help others I came across this post about Give a Drop. Please check it out and help if you can. There are way too many things in this world that we take for granted without realizing millions and millions don’t have that same access to what we consider basic human needs. Give a little, trust me, it’s like giving back to yourself. [via JoshSpear]

4 – Just for those dudes out there who might have found there indie/quirky crush on Jena Malone wavering, watch this trailer for her new film and feel the flame once again. [via FilmDrunk]

5 – When you get these put into your house, you have one choice. Does this become a reference to King Ralph or There Will Be Blood. One of them ends up in a much larger cleaning bill. [via uncrate]

6 – With all the premiers being announced for next season, the one I was keeping an eye on was Heroes. NBC is going to relaunch the second season struggler with a one hour recap of the show to get everyone back up to speed, then a two hour season opener. Three full hours of Heroes. Will this win the fans back? Maybe. It has definitely won a spot on my TiVo, that’s as far as I will go just yet. [via starpulse]

7 – I love hearing stories about the loving and helpful people inside local churches, like this story about how they issued a restraining order against a family and their 13-year-old Autistic son literally banning them from attending because of his outbreaks. No offer to have him come in for more a private mass, no offer to assist in any way except to wipe their hands clean of a child they don’t understand how to deal with. Is he suddenly not one of God’s children? Hmmm…hypocrisy tastes familiar here. [via PerezHilton]

8 – A real tragedy for the film world, Sydney Pollack died over the weekend after losing a battle with Cancer. He was a brilliant writer and a consummate actor. The silver screen just got a little less talented. [via WWTDD]

9 – I want to openly say thanks to JoshSpear and his blog for not only providing such interesting things everday, some of which you see posted here, but for posting his appreciation for the band /Passenger, which after 30 seconds of listening I felt moved in a way that was more necessary than anyone, including myself, could have realized. Topping it off is finding out that they are going to be playing at the Hotel Cafe in LA on June 9, so you now all know where I am going to be that night. [via JoshSpear via MySpace]

11 – Somehow, deep inside, I always knew something was wrong with my cell phone, but I was nowhere near imagining this. I bet the IPhone is way a happier creature. [via Pandachute]

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Giving yourself to Giving everything else: A day in the life of…(5/22)

Posted by goldwriting on May 22, 2008

1 – I admire Hayden Panettiere’s determination and her passion for the safety of the whales, but auctioning herself off for a night with someone and five of their friends is pretty much replacing the danger for the whales with danger for an 18-year-old TV starlet. People bidding for the evening with her over eBay don’t come with pedigrees or guarantees of non-creepiness, which I think should be a prerequisite for something like this. [via The Superficial]

2 – This is another technological revolution that we have all been waiting for. Philips is showing off a prototype for their 3-D TV that will work without the use of any glasses at all. For most forms of media this will make things even more awesome, but for porn this is going to make things increasingly awkward. [via CNN]

3 – I am an admitted junkie for journals and sketchbooks, so finding this online treasure of artistically designed moleskins pretty much made my week. [via JoshSpear]

4 – While everyone else is comparing how much they loved, or more likely didn’t love, the new Indy movie, I thought it would be nice to link you over to the new Lego Indy Game which will certainly bring you many more hours of enjoyment than the new film. [via Empire]

5 – How big is Iron Man you ask? Well, for the first time without any sarcasm or joking around, we can honestly say it’s so big that they are hearing about it in space. [via Starpulse]

6 – Even if this is only programmed as a kids toy, I really, really want one. Anyone who cares to challenge me in touch screen Pong is going down. [via gizmodo]

7 – Turn the volume down slightly on this because the dude’s voice can get annoying, but the visuals of 35 people getting balled in the head in 32 seconds is worth the effort.

8 – More shots being shown here of people on the set of Dragonball Z. I’m trying to block out visions from Double Dragon and the original Street Fighter, but they are so darn stubborn. [via Comingsoon via DBthemovie]

9 – Here’s another video where you might want to turn the sound a bit lower, not because of annoyance, but more because your head might explode like in Scanners.

10 – Looking for yet another way to give, or motivate you to give, well here you go. It’s the 29 Day Giving challenge. Take a look, you just might find you will get more than you give. [via givingchallenge]

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Karate Against Vampires to Christian Against Robots: A day in the life of…(5/21)

Posted by goldwriting on May 21, 2008

1 – Do two acquired tastes taste great together? Let’s try out this idea with Steven Seagal and Vampires. A little dash of ridiculous bone-snapping sound effects and I think we have ourselves a nice little dish. [via FilmDrunk]

2 – You don’t often get a Double KO ending in MMA fights, but even rarer is getting it pretty much off the bat. Guess that’s one way to start off your fighting career. [via With Leather]

3 – This is the morning of your first day back at work after a vacation, something I have just recently had to deal with. Blarg! [via Garfield Minus Garfield]

4 – You thought our money was starting to lok funny now? Get ready for it to feel funny as well. There has been a long standing battle in the courts about the US monetary system being unfair to the blind since there is no way for them to differentiate between the bills, constantly depending on the honesty of tellers and cashiers for their correct change and payment. In that regard I am totally in favor of shifting the bills into a fashion that allows them to tell the difference, but I’m starting to think I should just save a couple of each denomination in a book somewhere since in twenty years they will be almost unrecognizable. [via CNN]

5 – The jurors in the R. Kelly sex tape trial have just been told that they are going to have to watch the tape in question, which might mean beyond convicting R. Kelly you might just find a couple over-excited jurors going to jail as well for enjoying it too much. His defense is saying that since the tape is most likely a copy of a copy at best, there is no way to tell who’s on the tape, but seriously, this is R. Kelly we’re talking about here. I’m going to be terribly surprised if he doesn’t start singing in the middle and chanting, “It’s good to be me. It’s good to R. Kelly!”. [via CNN]

6 – This is the most brilliant thing to come to the world of movie rentals in a long time. Mail order giant, Netflix, is unleashing a box that will set on top of your set and allow you streaming access to their entire catalog. For the same price as your normal Netflix membership, you will now be able to rent any movie at any time in their library (the section that is loaded up, that is, which will increase as time goes on). The only hindrance will be your connection speed to the network, but other than that, this is pure entertainment genius. [via Uncrate]

7 – Mr. Donnie Darko, Jake Gyllenhaal, has just signed on to play the lead in the live action adaptation of the video game, Prince of Persia. I’m not sure I ever really thought of Jake as video game hero status and I feel this is a risky move for him, but it’s in the capable hands of Disney Studios and recently they have proven they know how to pull through the big, big bucks. Look for this to possibly restart the marketing and production engine that ended with the last Pirates movie. [via The Hollywood Reporter]

8 – The phrase “There can be only one!” obviously applies only to the characters in the movie and not to the movie itself. Highlander is back once again, this time in the form of a remake of the first film, which admittedly brought a great story to life, but was very poorly done. My only issue with another remake is Highlander 3 was basically a remake of the first already, on top of the fact the last chapter of this story went straight to SciFi, skipping DVD. This might not be a franchise worth going back to, but I will be the first one to cheer for being proven wrong, as long as they incorporate the original Queen music. If not, heads are going to roll (get it? another Highlander reference! god I am witty.). [via The Hollywood Reporter]

9 – Chuck Palanhuik is back with a new book, Snuff, which deals with the story of three guys waiting in line at the world’s biggest gangbang. What could possibly get disturbing about that? [via The Cult]

10 – Christian Bale has reportedly signed on for three more Terminator films in the role of John Connor. I’m not sure there needs to be three more films, but this is interesting for a couple reasons. One, Bale is already playing Batman in the restart of that franchise and it seems to be going quite well, so how will that be impacted? Also, having him as John for three movies must mean the idea for the continuing story is not going to be jumping by years and years as we have seen previously. This feels a lot like the Batman move, restarting in a way the franchise from a new perspective, but can this be handled correctly in the poppy/glitzy hands of McG? I’m holding my judgment until I see some trailers. [via ComingSoon]

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Beat Dropping Macs to Baz’s Outback Epic: A day in the life of…(5/20)

Posted by goldwriting on May 19, 2008

1 – You think you have time on your hands, check out this music video made completely using the Mac desktop and programs. [via swissmiss]

2 – Fraggle Rock: The Live Action Musical, man that just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Off the bat you might think this is a crazy idea, but when Iron Man, Narnia, Inidana Jones and Wall-E prove complete and utter dominance over the box office, we can see why family films are the “green” way to go. All I really want to see in this is the Fraggles eat some Doozer buildings, which causes the Doozers to begin a Che-like revolution against their furry, multi-colored oppressors. Now that’s comedy. [via Variety]

3 – Watch the video attached to this page, then go outside and light up. I dare you. [via JoshSpear]

4 – This is generally how I feel about Monday mornings. [via Garfield Minus Garfield]

5 – Jonah Hill has been on a wild ride these past few years. Stealing scenes and winning over comedy critics in many of Judd Apatow’s recent hits, like Knocked Up, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but now he’s making a step I could never have seen coming. He is reportedly heading up the project, and writing the script, for a silver screen version of 21 Jump Street. I’m not one to knock the show, it brought us Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen and Peter Deluise, not to mention a killer theme song by actress/star Holly Robinson Peete, but I don’t know if this is something that translates well. Narc’ing in high schools and busting pot rings might not hold the weight. Yet, if there is a Booker cameo by Richard Grieco, or if he actually turns out to be the villain, now we’re talking gold. [via FilmDrunk]

6 – This six minutes of stop motion animation must have taken months, but it’s worth years. [via GorillaMask via Liquid Generation]

7 – Foamy is back and this time I only have one word to say: cow-mouflage. [via ill will press]

8 – Have you ever wondered what “the good times” looked like? Check out this news video and learn. Pay close attention to the crawler on the bottom of the screen. [via swissmiss]

9 – Just in case you were wondering where Wile E. Coyote got all those neat gadgets, most of which he almost killed himself trying to use, here you go: The Online ACME Catalog. [via GorillaMask]

10 – It’s been years since we heard the beginning of this project, but we have finally got our first taste of Baz Luhrmann’s next epic film, Australia. Mmmmm, tastes like quality movie making to me. [via ComingSoon]

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Selling Sets to Securing Stoltz: A day in the life of…(5/14)

Posted by goldwriting on May 14, 2008

1 – Taking a cue from the old days of television, the CW network has actually sold off the 3-hour primetime block of Sunday night to a media company, which will then pair up with an advertising company to develop and produce content. The commercials will actually own that block of time. I’m thinking we’re in for a mega-block-variety show featuring all the amazing things we can do the cup holders in the new Kia Sophia. Or something equally inane. [via Variety]

2 – This is one way to get rid of that pesky carpel tunnel syndrome, but on the down side, typing in UP+UP+DOWN+DOWN+LEFT+RIGHT+LEFT+RIGHT+B+A+START really fast is so much harder than it used to be. [via GorillaMask via Gizmodo]

3 – Those are the mornings when I crawl back under the covers all day. [via Garfield Minus Garfield]

4 – If the board game Life actually told the truth about your future, it might sound a little more like this. [via CollegeHumor]

5 – As if you needed another reason to want to see Wall-E, this years undoubted award winner for most adorable movie ever made, you can trek on over to the Wall-E website and build your own little cutesy creature. I swear, if this movie is as good as I think it will be, I might just marry it. I’m sure there’s a state I can do that legally in… [via ComingSoon]

6 – Even with the already predicted crushing win for Clinton in West Virginia last night, high ranking Democrats are getting louder about Clinton bowing out gracefully before June. I think they should point her to this website where wishes and dreams of the masses are shown for what will happen when Obama wins in November. Admittedly these are all said in jest, but the tone is legit. [via Tcritic via kottke]

7 – Nintendo is opening the doors to independent developers to add to their little wonder platform in the unveiling of WiiWare. This could definitely give Nintendo and edge since they will have constantly fresh and new content that will very likely be way outside the box. With that said, who gonna buy me one now? [via Starpulse]

8 – David Byrne, the wacky genius behind the band Talking Heads, is getting ready to take musical instrumentation to another level as he retrofits an entire building to play music. Knowing my luck, his premier musical interlude will happen when I am on a long winded customer service call with some dude on the seventh floor. [via Starpulse]

9 – Van Damme + Canne Film Festival = Hell Freezing Over. [via Film School Rejects]

10 – For the Battlestar Galactica fans out there, of which I am certainly one, get yourselves excited for the upcoming Caprica TV show because the indie-film icon himself, Eric Stoltz, has signed on. This is raising the bar, my friends. I smell Emmy nominations…[via ComingSoon]

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