15 items from 2008
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has never been tempted to take drugs - after witnessing first hand the effects substance abuse had on her loved ones.
And the star believes witnessing the daily battles they faced has shaped her life - because she has never been tempted to dabble in illegal substances.
She says, "I saw my aunt and mother go through addiction, and how they went in and out of rehab. It affected me a lot." »
The Matrix Reloaded star admits the Hollywood couple is looking for the perfect project for them to tackle together - with Pinkett Smith behind the camera calling the shots.
But they decided against working together on the project to prevent marital arguments.
She says, "Will wanted to do The Human Contract. He loved the male character but it.s so outside anything he.s ever done and we decided it would be best if he didn.t so that we would stay married!
"(But) that would be one of my dreams - to direct Will, but I don.t know if it would be in a big blockbuster. That.s not my style." »
Flashback 8 years ago. I was surfing the internet on a crappy dial-up connection. YouTube had not been invented yet, so the now-defunct-and-redirected-to-Spike-tv's-official-site iFilm.com (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ifilm) was where its at to see online short films. With it taking so long just to load one video, when I came across a memorable one I downloaded it so I could watch it anytime without loading time. One of them that I could never forget was Killer Bean 2: The Party. The John Woo fan in me loved it, and wanted more. The short's animator, Jeff Lew, went on to work visual effects on films like X-Men and The Matrix Reloaded (as lead animator), but he promised to bring Killer Bean back as a feature length film. For the past 4 years, Lew has been working on Killer Bean Forever, and now he has a kickass trailer to show.
- Arya Ponto
The Matrix Reloaded star has become a champion for animal rights over the years, and insists animated films starring animals too often end grimly.
But Pinkett Smith leaped at the chance to play seductive hippo Gloria in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - when she found out she wouldn't be killed off before the credits rolled.
She says, "I don't watch animal movies because they end up being so sad. That's one of the things I love about Madagascar - it's an animal movie, (but) nobody dies. It's a good time. But Bambi, Dumbo, White Fang, ugh, they're depressing." »
The Matrix Reloaded star recently revealed she was giving her kids basic teachings from all major religions, and U.S. Hindu leader Rajan Zed wants to help the actress promote his religion.
Zed, an acclaimed Hindu statesman and the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, has invited the Smiths to join him at his temple and he's packaging up a series of books about the religion as a gift to the Hollywood couple.
Zed says, "I applaud Jada Pinkett Smith.s statement that she and her children study world religions as a family. I'd like to invite them all to a Hindu temple, so they can have first hand experience of Hinduism.
"I have arranged to supply a set of Hindu scriptures to help Jada Pinkett Smith and her family grasp the comprehensive understanding of Hinduism.
"Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world and if Ms. Smith or her family needs any assistance in their study of Hinduism, I would be glad to share my knowledge.
"Hollywood has such a worldwide reach and it's encouraging when its biggest stars become familiar with at least the basics of world religions. I wish this were commonplace in Hollywood, for then producers and studio executives would understand the feelings of their audiences better." »
Chicago – Jada Pinkett Smith was photographed close up on Oct. 28, 2008 by the HollywoodChicago.com lens while on the red carpet at the North American premiere of her directorial debut “The Human Contact” at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who is married to actor Will Smith, has appeared in the films “The Women,” “Reign Over Me,” “Collateral,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “Ali,” “Scream 2,” “The Nutty Professor” and “Jason’s Lyric”. Our exclusive portrait of Smith is below.
Jada Pinkett Smith on Oct. 28, 2008 while on the red carpet at the North American premiere
of her directorial debut “The Human Contact” at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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Forget Oliver Stone's W. (which is sorta boring if you ask me), we are going major and leaving no stone unturned as we set out to cast a feature film adaptation of the 2008 Presidential Election. From the media elite to the folks at the top of the ticket there is hardly a name we leave off this list and myself along with the help of my casting directors Laremy Legel and David Frank have put together a list of names that won't necessarily break the bank of our producers, but represent some of the finest talent in Hollywood and will be put to good use. Currently Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump and The Insider) is writing the script for Steven Soderbergh to direct. Roth has shown the ability to tap into a political thrill ride with The Insider but also shown a more comedic »
- Brad Brevet
Entertainment Weekly has put together a pretty fun list of 15 bad lines of dialogue from a variety of films including Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Ever After, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, X-Men, As Good as It Gets and two Julia Roberts flicks. My personal fav they listed is when Padme (Natalie Portman) says, "Hold me, like you did by the lake on Naboo," to Anakin in Star Wars 3, that is just classic. You can check out their list here, but I thought I would add a few personal favorites to the nominees. Any of you have any you would like to add? Morpheus in The Matrix Reloaded The Scene: After meeting with the Merovingian and being escorted out with no luck Trinity says, "Maybe we did something wrong." Morpheus then utters this "happened" filled line. The Line: "No, what happened, happened and couldn't have happened any other way. »
- Brad Brevet
Since starting RopeofSilicon I have done theatrical reviews of The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. I then reviewed the Matrix Revolutions DVD, the Ultimate Matrix DVD set and the Ultimate Matrix HD DVD set. As a result and upon receipt of the Blu-ray edition of the Ultimate Matrix set I felt it was finally time to put this much talked about trilogy behind me. I started by doing my first official review of the original Matrix (read here), and new reviews of Reloaded (read here) and Revolutions (read here). My decision to review and re-review all three films had to do with the fact that when I first reviewed the two sequels I was still green to the movie reviewer game and on top of that opinions change. While my opinion of the first film remains strong my opinion of the two sequels continues to dwindle. I continue to »
- Brad Brevet
It all started out so pretty
Photo: Warner Bros. Four years following the release of The Matrix the Wachowski brothers bring back Neo, Trinity, Morpheus and Agent Smith to fight another day. Anticipation couldn't be higher, so much to the point there was no way the film could live up to it. Simultaneously shot with the third film in the trilogy (Matrix Revolutions) to be released six months afterward, The Matrix Reloaded begins an undetermined time into the future since we last watched Neo fly off into the atmosphere after threatening to show the machines a world without them. Well, that didn't work out too well because as we are getting our first glimpse of the underground human stronghold Zion and learning the machines are digging their way through the Earth and should be there soon enough kill the humans in about 72 hours, give or take. When I first saw »
- Brad Brevet
Blue-Tongue Films recently released this brand new movie poster from the upcoming Thriller “The Square” by director Nash Edgerton (The Pitch) and starring David Roberts (Fool’s Gold, The Matrix Reloaded), Claire van der Boom (Rush), Joel Edgerton (Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith) and Anthony Hayes (Farscape). Synopsis: Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband’s… Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of [...] »
- Brian Corder
Speed Racer was a disaster in theaters and it is an even bigger one on DVD/Blu-ray. Watching Warner Bros.' Blu-ray release at home almost proved to be an impossibility. Why? At least in the movie theater the sensory overload was so all-encompassing it somewhat dulled the film's numerous structural failures. In the comfort of my living room, devoid of all the bells, whistles and an obnoxious preview audience directors Larry and Andy Wachowski's labor of love was stripped of all its distractions, the emptiness of the script and the colossal unfocused nature of it all suddenly front and center for everyone to see. While this is supposed to be a movie about flashy visuals and heartfelt family values, what it all adds up to is a disaster that's as perplexing and annoying as it is sometimes difficult to take your eyes off of (at least as long »
- Sara Michelle Fetters
Over the past seventy-odd years there have been countless Batman stories told. So many in fact that it’s a flat-out miracle we’re still not fed up with Bruce Wayne and his mental situation.
But strangely enough there are still several comic book series released each month, the television series was and is very successful, and, well…
...need I mention the movies?
With his two films “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”, Christopher Nolan proved that there is still value in flogging this particular horse. Apparently we can’t get enough of being told the same story over and over again, provided somebody manages to put an interesting spin on the details, the designs or the viewpoint.
With this in mind Warner Brothers greenlit the “Batman: Gotham Knight” project. An anthology in six parts, it tells a story loosely taking place in the space between the two Nolan movies, »
The actress' bike chase in the 2001 hit computer game adaptation topped of a poll issued by U.K. bike insurers Bennetts - beating legendary actor Steve McQueen's iconic on-bike flight in The Great Escape.
Tom Cruise's high-fuelled motorbike adventures in Top Gun was voted in third place, with special effect blockbusters The Matrix Reloaded and Terminator 2 taking the fourth and fifth places respectively.
Latest: Mel Gibson has been left devastated after hearing the news of a construction worker's suicide at his California home.
The body of 48-year-old Michael John Van Dyke, who reportedly hanged himself, was found at the Agoura Hills property on Wednesday.
The house is currently under heavy construction and the Lethal Weapon star and his family were not present at the time of the incident.
A representative for the actor/director admits Gibson feels "terrible" about the situation, even though he had never met Van Dyke himself.
Van Dyke is alleged to have been an old friend of the contractor hired to work on Gibson's mansion, but had no direct ties to the actor.
According to Tmz.com, Van Dyke worked as a construction foreman on movie sets including The Matrix Reloaded, Star Trek: Nemisis and Dr. Dolittle 2.
He was reportedly experiencing financial difficulty following a messy divorce at the time of his death. »
15 items from 2008
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