9 items from 2011
This past year's remake of Straw Dogs accomplishes what few remakes can: It visits new territory while remaining respectful of its predecessor. Everything from the low-key score to the sparse, simple shot selections could easily have been at home in the 1971 Sam Peckinpah-directed original, and yet both the story and the tone of the film have been updated enough to give this movie a life of its own, independent of the picture from which it was spawned.
Perhaps it's the fact that the movie is a remake of a more obscure classic (if that term isn't an absolute oxymoron) that gives this film such freedom to branch out in new and more elaborate directions without detracting from the pillars that keep the story standing aloft. It may also be the fact that now, more than ever, the country is full of people who feel powerless; we've become a society »
Yes, women think too much about X Factor. But let's not pretend that men are immune to pop fluff
According to a newspaper headline last week: "Cheryl v Cowell: It's War."
This is not a war to be entered into lightly. We must learn the lessons of the past. Do we have an exit strategy? Have the dossiers been sexed up? Are the French on board?
The first salvo was fired only a few days ago, yet Operation X Factor already seems to have been dragging on longer than the ground war in Afghanistan. There is no end in sight. I picture Our Boys, decades from now, still struggling in a world of whirling, contradictory propaganda; lost, dusty, scared, as the conspiracy theorists whisper that Cowell died years ago and Cole's in league with Mossad. »
- Victoria Coren
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: A priest (Bettany) disobeys church law in order to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.
The Buzz: I’ve got to be honest, I think this film looks horrible. It’s ‘Movie of the Week’ strictly as a path of least resistance. If I happen to have any regular readers out there, they’re certain to know that I’m not going anywhere near Bridesmaids, not even with a blindfold, and so Priest suddenly shines with promise — relatively speaking of course.
Priest continues director Scott Charles Stewart’s working affair with Paul Bettany (whom last teamed together on the unimpressive Legion). Bettany bugs me a bunch, anyone else? I’ve just never taken him well, »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Synopsis: Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic stars Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, a tough-as-nails warrant officer who stares down one of the most terrifying movie monsters of all time: a bloodthirsty alien that stalks and eviscerates its prey. As the deadly creature winds its way through the air shafts of the spacecraft Nostramo, the crew members consider deploying the ship’s escape shuttle… but there’s only room for four people.
Synopsis: In this acclaimed sequel, the only survivor from the first film, Lt. Ripley, finds her horrific account of her crew’s fate is met with skepticism — until the disappearance of colonists on Lv-426 prompts a team of high-tech Marines to investigate. Ripley travels with the team as an advisor, only to find that her biggest fear has come true. Weaver was Oscar nominated for Best Actress. »
- Travis Keune
Last week, I announced that this was definitely a go, with a summer shoot date scheduled. Read that post Here if you missed it. In it, producer Will Packer said that the details of the production, including its cast, will be announced tomorrow, during Steve Harvey’s radio show, so we’ll be listening for that.
In the meantime, I just received the below press release, announcing a competition search for 3 walk-on parts in the film that you, yes, You, can might qualify for.
The gist of it: They’re searching for 1 man and 1 woman, between 18 and 50 years old; to apply, you’re asked to videotape yourself essentially auditioning, using a script side that they provide. You’ll also have to upload a headshot, and a description of past credits, if you have any.
The site where you go to apply is www.FaceOfTheFan.com.
The deadline is May 13th. »
HBO has announced that Harris, a four time Oscar nominee, will play Senator John McCain in its film adaptation of "Game Change," an insider account of the historic 2008 election, written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
The book follows the campaigns of Arizona Republican McCain and Illinois Democrat Barack Obama in the race for the White House, dispensing inside information and gossip from both camps. The film will be directed by Jay Roach, who won an Emmy for his 2008 HBO film "Recount," about the controversial 2000 Presidential election.
Harris, 60, is 12 years younger than McCain was when he ran for President in 2008.
HBO is also producing a miniseries about former Vice President Dick Cheney's career in politics, adopted »
- Jordan Zakarin
Steve Harvey gave one of his fans a $100 bill in exchange for a copy of his new book -- after the comic noticed something about the cover that could expose a thief ... TMZ has learned. It all went down at a book signing in Virgina last month -- when a woman handed Steve a paperback edition of his new book, " Straight Talk, No Chaser ." We're told Steve quickly realized the paperback edition has Not been »
- TMZ Staff
Steve Harvey ex wife Mary says star celeb Steve Harvey was serial adulterer throughout duration of marriage? – [Jan. 24] In three videos released on YouTube, Steve Harvey ex wife Mary Harvey calls out star celeb and self-described relationship expert Steve Harvey a serial adulterer who routinely cheated on his ex wife Mary Harvey. Star celeb Steve Harvey, who just released his book Straight Talk, No Chaser, the follow-up to his successful first book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, was called out for being a serial adulterer by Steve Harvey ex wife Mary Harvey, whom Steve Harvey was married to for eight years and in a relationship for 16 years. The videos released on YouTube, which can be seen at Popcrunch.com, by Steve Harvey ex wife Mary Harvey, released in three separate videos spanning over 25 minutes, show Mary Harvey talking in great detail about her sixteen year relationship with Steve Harvey, »
- Doug Mead
Mary Harvey, ex-wife of comic and author Steve Harvey, posted a series of YouTube videos this weekend in which she claims Steve "turned my son against me, had me evicted from our house" and claims he cheated on her and has yet to apologize.
In the three videos, totaling over 25 minutes, Mary alleges Steve cheated on her with his now third wife, Marjorie Bridges, and claims Marjorie would call her house, text and send email. »
9 items from 2011
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