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1. Sadly, we had to reschedule our trip down to Arches and Canyonlands due to Nick's frisbee injury (cracked rib or torn muscle - just not getting better). Hiking would be fine, but sleeping on the hard ground might exacerbate it.

2. So instead, we are going to get some more work done (new chapter for me, second article for him) and take a break to see Jodorowsky's Dune at the local film society. Maybe a hike on Sunday out to one of the Great Salt Lake islands (Saturday is supposed to be rainy and gross).

3. I scored a great point in frisbee last night - diving catch of an upside down disc by the fingertips - best score of the game if I do say so myself :)

4. I think I might do some gardening today :)

5. I made a YouTube playlist of my half-marathon setlist:

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We cornholed, climbed trees, threw around the glow in the dark frisbee, grilled, got rained on, and drank and smoked too much, but we didn't forget what we were celebrating... and that's that a bunch of aristocratic slave-owning white males didn't want to pay their taxes:

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Kodi Smit-McPhee on the set of “The Road,” an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, in which he plays the son to Viggo Mortensen’s father.

At World’s End, Honing a Father-Son Dynamic
By CHARLES MCGRATH, The New York Times, May 27, 2008

ERIE, Pa. — Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Road,” takes place in a world that, because of some unexplained catastrophe, has just about ended. The sky is gray, the rivers are black, and color is just a memory. The landscape is covered in ash, with soot falling perpetually from the air. The cities are blasted and abandoned. The roads are littered with corpses either charred or melted, their dreams, Mr. McCarthy writes, “ensepulchred within their crozzled hearts.”

For the crew that has just finished filming the movie version of “The Road” — a joint production of 2929 and Bob Weinstein’s Dimension Films, set to open in November — that meant an upending of the usual rules of making a movie on location. Bad weather was good and good weather bad. “A little fog, a little drizzle — those are the good days,” Mark Forker, the movie’s director of special effects, remarked one morning in late April while the crew was shooting some of the final scenes in the book on a stretch of scraggly duneland by the shore of Lake Erie here. “Today is a bad day,” he added, shaking his head and squinting.
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Ebert love

May. 22nd, 2008 10:05 am
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Quote of the day:

Roger Ebert's review of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

"I can say that if you liked the other Indiana Jones movies, you will like this one, and that if you did not, there is no talking to you."

10,000 BC

Mar. 17th, 2008 07:56 am
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I am going to channel [livejournal.com profile] alexeye and review 10,000 BC.

OK, first off - this has to be the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. See, we start off in the tundra (c. 10,000 BC), where a little tribe of mammoth hunters are experiencing the megafauna extinction. But, alas, in addition to this "four legged demons" come and enslave them! (why and how a bunch of Arabs riding modern horses with stirrups (not invented until c. 500 BC in Asia) and saddles (c. 800 BC in the Middle East) got all the way to Canada just to kidnap 10 dreadlocked mammoth hunters might be the first question you ask, but I was wondering where they got the metal manacles a good 9,000 years before the Iron Age.
Oh, it gets better... )
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King and Abrams in Talks for Dark Tower
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, February 14, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed an earlier IGN story that said Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are in talks to bring King's "Dark Tower" book series to the screen.

They are not sure, however, if the project will be a feature film or a TV series. Abrams' Bad Robot production company has a first-look deal at Paramount for film projects and a deal with Warner Bros. Television for TV projects. The project is not yet set up at either company.

The trade adds that King's tale -- which sprawls across seven books as it blends the fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Western genres -- might seem better suited for a multiple-episode television treatment. On the other hand, its potential cost might call for a large-scale cinematic treatment.

It is also unclear whether Abrams would take on the project solely as a producer or whether he would direct as well.

Couriers

Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:16 am
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Rogue and Intrepid to Deliver Couriers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter (January 22, 2007)

Rogue Pictures and Intrepid Pictures have picked up the movie rights to Couriers, a series of action graphic novels, and have set writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach to adapt, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Written by [livejournal.com profile] brianwood and illustrated by Rob G, the series follows the adventures of two gun-toting mercenary couriers named Moustafa and Special who take on jobs other couriers do not, such as intelligence, large cash transfers, protection, assassinations and blockade-running.

Three graphic novels have been published so far by AiT/PlanetLar. Marc Evans and Trevor Macy of Intrepid are producing.
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There are a lot of scary things about this (Halo and Troy!) and lot of promising things (cable television series format)...

HBO Acquires A Song of Fire and Ice
Source: Variety (January 17, 2007)

HBO has acquired the rights to turn George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy series "A Song of Fire and Ice" into a dramatic series to be written and executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, reports Variety.

"Fire" is the first TV project for Benioff (Troy) and Weiss (Halo) and will shoot in Europe or New Zealand. Benioff and Weiss will write every episode of each season together save one, which the author (a former TV writer) will script.

The series will begin with the 1996 first book, "A Game of Thrones," and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes. Martin has nearly finished the fifth installment, but won't complete the seven-book cycle until 2011.

The author will co-executive produce the series along with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Created By's Vince Gerardis.
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    January:
  1. Thank You For Smoking ***
  2. The Proposition ***
  3. Children of Men ****
  4. Silent Hill **
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ****
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ****
  7. Mission Impossible III **
  8. The Notorious Bettie Page **
  9. Pan's Labyrinth ****

    February:
  10. Red Eye **
  11. Superman Returns **1/2
  12. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan ****
  13. Snakes on a Plane ***
  14. Poseidon **

    March:
  15. House of a 1000 Corpses ***
  16. 300 **1/2
  17. Fight Club ****

    April:
  18. Beer Fest ***

    May:
  19. Babel *
  20. Spiderman 3 ***
  21. The Devil's Rejects ***
  22. The Illusionist ***
  23. The Descent ***

    June:
  24. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End ****
  25. Hellboy: Blood and Iron **
  26. Saw 3 **
  27. Harold and Maude ***
  28. Night Watch ****
  29. Brick ***
  30. Stranger than Fiction ***
  31. Seraphim Falls ***
  32. The Great Escape ***

    July:
  33. Serenity ****
  34. Horatio Hornblower: The Duel **
  35. Bridget to Terabithia **
  36. Ghost Rider (no stars)
  37. Slither * 1/2
  38. Curse of the Golden Flower **
  39. Transformers ***
  40. The Fountain ***
  41. Half Nelson ***1/2

    August:
  42. The French Connection ***
  43. The Science of Sleep ***
  44. Sicko ***
  45. The Prestige ***
  46. The Bourne Ultimatum ****
  47. Mean Girls ***
  48. White Light/Black Rain **

    September:
  49. The Magnificent Seven ***
  50. Smoking Aces **
  51. 3:10 to Yuma (2007) ***1/2
  52. Rashomon ***

    October:
  53. Hot Fuzz **

    November:
  54. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation **
  55. Pathfinder **

    December:
  56. Dirty Harry ***
  57. No Country for Old Men ****
  58. The Untouchables ***
  59. The Fearless Freaks **
  60. Blade Runner: The Final Cut ****
  61. Ratatouille **
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Eva Green in The Golden Compass, Too
Source: Variety, August 2, 2006

Just a couple of days after Nicole Kidman was announced as the villain Mrs. Coulter in New Line's The Golden Compass, Eva Green has also come on board as the queen of witches. The project is the first installment of a potential trilogy based on Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials."

Green, who plays Vesper Lynd in the 21st James Bond movie Casino Royale, has signed a deal for one film, with an option for two more if the studio completes the trilogy.

Green will play Serafina Pekula, the witch who guides Lyra Belacqua (to be played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards) on her journey to a parallel universe.

Chris Weitz is directing his adaptation of the novel; filming begins Sept. 4 at Shepperton Studios in London. New Line has set a November 16, 2007 release date for the film, which is produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro.
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Kidman the Villain in The Golden Compass
Source: Variety, July 31, 2006


Nicole Kidman will star in New Line Cinema's The Golden Compass, playing the villainous and glamorous Mrs. Coulter, reports Variety.

Shooting on the $150 million production, based on the first part of Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, is set for September at London's Shepperton Studios.

Chris Weitz is directing from his own script. British newcomer Dakota Blue Richards has already been cast for the lead role of Lyra Belacqua, who travels to a parallel universe to battle the forces of evil and rescue her best friend.

Scholastic Media's Deborah Forte is producing with Bill Carraro. New Line is eyeing a November 16, 2007 release date.
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Exclusive: Joel Silver on Wonder Woman
Source: Edward Douglas, July 22, 2006, Comingsoon.net

We've already heard repeatedly from producer Joel Silver that Joss Whedon had turned in an approved script for Wonder Woman, but we never have learned why Silver decided to pursue the rights to the DC Comics character created by William Marston, or why he picked Joss Whedon to direct it, for that matter.

In this exclusive interview with ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com from the San Diego Comic-Con, where Silver was promoting his latest horror thriller The Reaping starring Hilary Swank, we asked him some of those unasked questions.
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The film "Hero" is the nominee from China for best foreign film, and it looks really good. I was hoping it would be released last week, but I guess that was the widespread release date for Asia. In the meantime, this is the trailer. It looks kinda "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and it has Jet Li in it.
Version #1 is a little more polished for the English market, but Version #2 gives you more information on the story and is subtitled.
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From Roger Ebert's Review of "Gods and Generals"

"Here is a Civil War movie that Trent Lott might enjoy. Less enlightened than "Gone With the Wind," obsessed with military strategy, impartial between South and North, religiously devout, it waits 70 minutes before introducing the first of its two speaking roles for African Americans; "Stonewall" Jackson assures his black cook that the South will free him, and the cook looks cautiously optimistic."

You know, I have a degree in American history, AND I like military history a lot, but I could never get into Michael Shaara's brand of sentimental Civil War heroic drivel. And "Gods and Generals" was written by his son, so does that make it watered down drivel?

But Ebert reserves his true scorn for "The Life of David Gale", a movie he gave zero stars. Now remember that's pretty harsh - he even gave "Rollerball"and "Battlefield Earth" 1/2 a star!
When I saw the trailer for this movie I immediately figured out what would be the plot twist - Kevin Spacey (Mr. Full of himself) has framed himself for the murder to prove how corrupt the system is.

Here are some choice comments from Roger:

"This is a plot, if ever there was one, to illustrate King Lear's complaint, "As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport." I am aware this is the second time in two weeks I have been compelled to quote Lear, but there are times when Eminem simply will not do."

"The secrets of the plot must remain unrevealed by me, so that you can be offended by them yourself, but let it be said this movie is about as corrupt, intellectually bankrupt and morally dishonest as it could possibly be without David Gale actually hiring himself out as a joker at the court of Saddam Hussein."

"The last shot made me want to throw something at the screen--maybe Spacey and Parker."

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