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7/14/2006

"Shrek 3" Movie Assembling Gigantic Cast of Stars

"Shrek 3" Movie Assembling Gigantic Cast of Stars



from detnews.com:

Every actor ever has seemingly signed up for next summer's "Shrek the Third."

Mike Myers , Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz will all return for the ogre tale's third go-round, DreamWorks announced Thursday, along with Antonio Banderas , Julie Andrews , John Cleese and Rupert Everett .

Newbies joining the cast include Justin Timberlake , who'll play Fiona's teenage cousin Artie (gee, how did he get hooked up with that gig?); "SNL" stars Cheri Oteri , Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Rapunzel, respectively; Amy Sedaris as Cinderella; Eric Idle as Merlin; and creepy "Deadwood" star Ian McShane as Captain Hook. Meanwhile, Gary Busey is simply hoping to voice one of Shrek's belches; we'll let you know how that develops.


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Eminem assaults man inside strip club bathroom

Eminem assaults man inside strip club bathroom



from detnews.com:

A local man who identified himself only as Miad J. said he was using the urinal in the men's room at Cheetah, a gentleman's club on 8 Mile, when Eminem and his entourage came in at around 1 a.m. Thursday. Another man started hassling Eminem for conversation, J. told WXYZ-TV. J. said that after he told Em's bodyguards to leave the overzealous fan alone, he was then hit in the face about five times by the rapper.

"I was just minding my own business, taking a leak, next thing I know, the punches start coming in," J. told the TV station. Detroit Police are investigating his claims.

"There was a report made of assault and battery," said Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens Bell of the department's Public Information Office. Officials at Cheetah had no comment.

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Entertainment Weekly lists "Best Sidekicks of all Time"

Entertainment Weekly's "Best Sidekicks of All Time" includes Seinfeld's George Constanza, Star Wars' Chewbacca, Lord of the Rings' Samwise Gamgee



from msnbc.msn.com:

LOS ANGELES - Greatest sidekick of all time?

According to Entertainment Weekly, it’s Johnny Carson’s longtime couch-warmer, Ed McMahon. The magazine picked what it deemed an all-time top-50 of second bananas.

Rounding out the top five, in order: Robin (Batman’s boy wonder), Jerry Seinfeld’s pal George Costanza, Han Solo’s buddy Chewbacca and Lucy Ricardo’s partner-in-crime and sometimes slime, Ethel Mertz. No. 6? Elementary, dear reader: Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ faithful companion.

Frodo Baggins' sidekick Samwise Gamgee was No. 7, followed by Ed Norton from "The Honeymooners" (No. 8), the diminutive Tattoo of "Fantasy Island" fame (No. 9) and Dwight Schrute of "The Office" rounds out the top 10.

A few others who did make the list: Howard Stern’s second-in-command, Robin Quivers (13); Napoleon Dynamite’s best bud, Pedro Sanchez (22) and Art Garfunkel, of Simon & Garfunkel (25).

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NEW TRAILER: "The Prestige" starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale

NEW TRAILER: "The Prestige" starring Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson



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7/13/2006

NEW TRAILER: "American Hardcore" A History of American Punk Rock

NEW TRAILER: "American Hardcore" A History of American Punk Rock



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NEW TRAILER: "The Oh in Ohio" starring Parker Posey

NEW TRAILER: "The Oh in Ohio" starring Parker Posey



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NEW TRAILER: "RENO: 911"

New Movie Trailer from Hit TV Show "Reno: 911"



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NEW REVIEW: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

NEW REVIEW: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"



by Wayne Francis
Jacksonville, Florida

MY RATING

Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest isn't so much a movie as it is a collection of cheesy swashbuckling action scenes. The film is like the boat ride at Disneyland; the music and atmosphere is good fun, but there isn't enough connection between the segments to constitute a meaningful narrative. The ride works best this way, but for a full-length feature film, I expect drama.

On the upside, Pirates is chock full of great special effects, and in many cases, good CGI can rescue a weak screenplay (Constantine, King Kong), but this movie's flaws are so blatant that by the time a good effects shot occurs, it's difficult to care about the characters or their motives to follow the action with any emotional investment.

Additionally, the action scenes are painfully redundant; in one scene, characters try to escape from the inside of a ball by rolling it down hills while inside. Later, a different set of characters fight atop a wheel, and it rolls and rolls, and goes down hills too. There is a faceless sea creature that evil pirates loose on unsuspecting ships, and the shots of giant tentacles are magnificent, but by the third time we see a ship get sucked underneath by the same creature, the sequences have lost their mystique, and it's obvious that the effects shots are just fillers for empty storyline, and not supplements to enhance a gripping narrative.

The film would seem to derive its inspiration from Saturday morning cartoon shows that deliver great visiuals, but with cliched dialogue that usually restates what is already obvious. In some of the film's more excruciating scenes, a character loosely based on a Miss Cleo psychic makes attempts to sound like a sexy, mysterious Jamaican, and what results is easily the worst Caribbean word pronunciations attempted in movie history. I winced as she butchered what is ordinarily a pleasant-sounding Jamaican accent.

As for Johnny Depp's character, Jack Sparrow, he doesn't really exist as a character so much as a representation of one. The first half of the movie, random people make random statements about "Jack Sparrow" and it leads nowhere except to force us to recognize that, in this universe, everyone knows "Jack Sparrow" and that means he's important. Instead of actually showing us Jack Sparrow doing things that earn him the title of infamous pirate, we're slugged over the head with narration to accept that he's significant.

Depp is wonderful when given the chance to perform, but this movie doesn't create the suspense necessary to require Sparrow's quirky, comedic relief.

Another problem that needs little explication: the film contains too many villains. There is "Davy Jones" and then the "Kraken" sea creature, and then a British General who arrests Will Turner and his fiancé, and all of these villains want different things, and pursue their objectives independently, and none of them are particularly interesting, or worthy of any emotional reaction.

What a complete disaster of film. I wanted to enjoy it, and for a summer popcorn fantasy blockbuster, I'm can forgive a movie that makes up for in visuals what it lacks in story or drama or suspense. Not here. 'Pirates' is probably the emptiest, dullest film of the summer, and this is quite a feat considering the talented cast and enormous budget.

7/12/2006

Upcoming film "The US vs John Lennon" mocks Drudge Report

Documentary film "The US vs John Lennon" creates promotional website with same design as mega-famous political site "Drudge Report"



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Michael Moore nearly finished with next major film "Sicko" set for 2007 release

Michael Moore nearly finished with next major film "Sicko" set for 2007 release


from michaelmoore.com:

We've spent the better part of this year shooting our next movie, "Sicko." As we've done with our other films, we don't discuss them while we are making them. If people ask, we tell them "Sicko" is "a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on earth."

But like my other movies, what we start with (General Motors, guns, 9/11) is not always what we end with. Along the way, we discover new roads to go down, roads that often surprise us and lead us to new ideas -- and challenge us to reconsider the ones we began with. That, I can say with certainty, is happening now as we shoot "Sicko." I don't think the country needs a movie that tells you that HMOs and the pharmaceutical companies suck. Everybody knows that. I'd like to show you some things you don't know. So stay tuned for where this movie has led me. I think you might enjoy it.

At this point, we've shot about 75% of "Sicko" and will soon begin putting it together. It will be released in theaters sometime in 2007.

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