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Despite the Weird Hairpiece
Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:52 PM
I'm a huge Bruce Willis fan. Same goes
for director, Richard Donner. Let's not leave out actor,
David Morse, who I think is one of the most under-rated
actors in Hollywood.
So, yeah, I'm real excited about "16
Blocks" which will feature this trio working together
to bring us thrills and chills.
Don't believe me?
Then check out the
one sheet poster and the
Now, what do you say?
Yeah, you're right. Bruce Willis does
look kind of weird with that hairpiece and mustache. Still, I'll
bet the movie rocks.
Some Things Defy Explanation
Sunday, January 15, 2006 5:18 PM
Some things defy explanation. Some things need
Check out this video HERE
HERE and you tell me. Peace out!
RIP Shelley Winters
Saturday, January 14, 2006 10:45 PM
Academy Award-winning actress Shelley
Winters, who appeared in over 125 movies during her career,
died today at the age of 85.
I'm not the biggest Shelley Winters fan
in the world, but I did admire her ability to morph throughout
her career so that she could continue to act well into her 70s.
Before making it in movies, Winters
worked as a chorus girl and on the stage. When
Winters first came to Hollywood she roomed with
another future star by the name of Marilyn Monroe. Although
Winters started out as another blonde bombshell,
her best roles and recognition came when she worked as a supporting
Not content to just act, Winters also
wrote two popular biographies in which she talked about
her intimate affairs with many of Hollywood's leading
men, including Sean Connery, Errol Flynn, William
Holden and Burt Lancaster [among others]. Shelley
was a playa before the term was invented.
My two favorite Shelley Winters roles
occured in movies that were made 17 years apart.
In "Night of the Hunter" Shelley
played Willa Harper who falls victim to the wonderfully
evil preacher, Harry Powell [Robert Mitchum in perhaps
his greatest performance]. The scene of Winters dead and
strapped in a car at the bottom of a lake... with her hair floating
in the currents is one of the most haunting images ever.
In 1972, Winters was no longer the young wife, now
she was the aging overweight wife, Belle Rosen, whose ultimate
sacrifice [she dies of a heart attack after a long underwater
swim to save Gene Hackman] allows others to survive. Looking
back now, I find it somewhat strange that she dies in both of
my favorite roles and ends up underwater.
Shelley Winters died today. She leaves
behind many wonderful family members, friends, fans and movie
Chuck Norris is a Bad
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:40 PM
Chuck Norris is a real life tough
guy. Of course, he also plays one in movies and on
tv. Here are a few facts that show just how tough
* Chuck Norris ordered a Big Mac
at Burger King, and got one.
* Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC,
claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left
and right legs.
* Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.
If you want to see more Chuck Norris
facts, then click HERE.
Stephen King and Zombies
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 9:42 PM
Civilization doesn't end with a bang or
a whimper. It ends with a call on your cell phone.
So begins the book description for Stephen
King's latest novel, Cell,
which will be released later this month.
talked up Cell
last August. At that time I posted:
King describes Cell
as "a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies
set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human
brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying."
Stephen King and zombies! Count me in.
This is the first Stephen King book that
I've been excited about in years. I can't wait to read this bad
Stephen King and zombies. Why
that's a combo right up there with M&Ms and peanuts.
The Sleaze-Filled Saga
Monday, January 09, 2006 6:13 PM
I like M&Ms. I like peanuts.
I really like M&Ms with peanuts. I like
peanut butter and I like chocolate... but I really
like Reese's Cups. See a pattern?
Ok... now try this...
I like Quentin Tarantino movies and I
like Robert Rodriguez's movies... but I really loved From
Dusk Til Dawn.
I like movies and I like books about
movies... so I really loved Rebel without a Crew
by Robert Rodriguez.
So what does all this have to do with today's
Well... Quentin Tarantino and Robert
Rodriguez are joining forces to create a movie called "Grind
House." The cool thing is that "Grind House"
will actually be divided into two separate movies [like
a double feature that you could have seen at the drive-in,
back when they had drive-ins]. Tarantino's will
be called "Death Proof" and Rodriguez's "Planet
Terror." They're even going to make some fake coming
attractions trailers for the complete "drive-in"
So how could this get any better, you ask [and
I'm glad that you did]. Tarantino and Rodriguez
are going to team to create a 250 page hardcover titled
THE SLEAZE-FILLED SAGA OF AN EXPLOITATION DOUBLE FEATURE
that will be filled with cast and crew interviews, hundreds
of full-color photographs, never-before-seen conceptual
art and an in-depth history of the grindhouse genre
by the directors themselves.
So we've got the movie and the book... now if
someone will just remember the candy!
Conscience is a Killer
Sunday, January 08, 2006 10:53 AM
The Shield returns for its fifth [5th!] season,
this Tuesday at 10pm on FX. And I can't wait.
The tag line for The Shield this season is "Conscience
is a killer."
While The Shield isn't for everyone, it's definitely my
cup of tea. It has characters that you care about [and not always
in a good way], stories that have twists, and actors [and writers]
that are at the top of their game.
Emmy award-winning actor, Forrest Whitaker joins
the cast this season as a tough internal affiars agent out to
bring down Mackey [Michael Chiklis].
You just know that the screen will sizzle when Chiklis
and Whitaker collide. [Anyone remember the great acting
in True Romance when Dennis Hopper verbally jousted
with Christopher Walken? My guess is that Chiklis
and Whitaker will take it to that level.]
Shield web site has been updated. Check it out
and then tune in on Tuesday at 10. You won't be disappointed.
Rafael Kayanan and Lord
of the Rings
Sunday, January 01, 2006 11:58 PM
I first met Rafael
Kayanan somewhere around twenty-five years
ago. He was a young aspiring artist. But even then he had the
talent and you just knew that this kid was going to make it.
And boy, did he make it!
Raf's had quite an interesting career
so far. He's worked for most major comic publishers, served
as a fight trainer on George Clooney's "Confessions
of a Dangerous Mind;" did the storyboards, served
as a trainer, technical advisor and fight choreographer
on "The Hunted" starring Tommy Lee Jones
and Benicio del Toro; worked on developmental art for the
upcoming "Princess of Mars" movie... and so much
more. You can see what I mean by clicking HERE.
I recently touched base with Raf and
found out he'd just completed art on 250 Lord of the
Rings collector cards which will be out in February.
He sent me a scan and permission to share it -- so click HERE
to see the larger version.
I don't know about you, but I think that someday
this kid may go places.