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Heavy breathing, hammering heart and outrageous enthusiasm in the form of tiny little squeals were just some of the things I experienced right after receiving a text from my editor last summer asking me If I was available and wanted to attend a set visit for Xmen. Umm, let’s not kid ourselves. Considering the film has an amazing all-star A-list cast and the prequel, First Class is pretty kick-ass, naturally it was a no-brainer. However, when I discovered Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy would be filming on set that day. I jumped on the chance like a cheetah on its prey.
Soon after that, this over-heated and grateful gal, flew out to Montreal on a very hot August day, to join a select group of equally curious and enthusiastic reporters. The morning after our arrival, we met our sweet Fox rep, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, to be driven »
- Jenny Karakaya
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
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We're always game for a new helping of horror metal from Oakland, CA “splatter thrash” unit Ghoul, who recently graced us with an awesome cover of Gwar's classic track “Americanized” on the compilation Intermediate Level Hard-Core. We're still hanging on for a full-length sequel to their awesome record Transmission Zero, but in the meantime they've thrown us another gore-drenched bone, joining forces with satirical stoner-metallers Cannabis Corpse for the tasty 12” split album Splatterhash. Thematically, it's exactly what the title implies: a short, controlled burst of gory horror thrash and weed-metal insanity. What better way to kick off the new year in music? Oddly enough, the Gwar connection continues in Splatterhash, being the first Cannabis Corpse recording to feature lead guitarist Brent Purgason – whom you may already know as Pustulus Maximus, who assumed Gwar's lead axe role from the late, great Cory Smoot (a.k.a. Flattus Maximus) last year, and »
- Gregory Burkart
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