Saturday, 12 May 2007

What it feels like for a girl.

Ever since I heard that Madonna song I have been so curious about the quote, but have never seeked out looking for the movie "The Cement Garden". I will now as this clip (featuring the speech) has got me curious. I am also a fan of Charlotte Gainsbourg so I must really check it out!!

America - You can't handle the Truth!!!

...or so the U.S. Goverment thinks.
Say what you will about Michael Moore , he gets people participating in an open dialogue and that is always a good thing. Of course his new documentary is gaining lots of heat, and it seems like once again it is the U.S. conservative government lighting the matches.

From ‘ The Hollywood Reporter
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko" which promises to take the health-care industry to task the way Moore confronted America's passion for guns in " Bowling for Columbine " and skewered Bush over his handling of Sept. 11 in " Fahrenheit 9/11."
The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control notified Moore in a letter dated May 2 that it was conducting a civil investigation for possible violations of the U.S. trade embargo restricting travel to Cuba. A copy of the letter was obtained Wednesday by the AP.
"This office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba," Dale Thompson, OFAC chief of general investigations and field operations, wrote in the letter to Moore.
In March, Moore took about 10 ailing workers from the Ground Zero rescue effort in Manhattan for treatment in Cuba, said a person working with the filmmaker on the release of "Sicko." The person requested anonymity because Moore's attorneys had not yet determined how to respond.”

This sounds all too much like someone is trying to lay the groundwork to prevent America, and the rest of the world, from seeing this movie. Most other countries know that the U.S. heath-care system is broken and at times even deadly, but what the documentary will do is shock and re-educate many people. You know the U.S. government does not like re-education of it’s people unless authorized by them.

“Sicko" is Moore's followup to 2004's "Fahrenheit 9/11," a $100 million hit criticizing the Bush administration over Sept. 11. Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" won the 2002 Oscar for best documentary.

A dissection of the U.S. health-care system, "Sicko" was inspired by a segment on Moore's TV show "The Awful Truth," in which he staged a mock funeral outside a health-maintenance organization that had declined a pancreas transplant for a diabetic man. The HMO later relented.

Republican Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson , who assailed the filmmaker in a blog at National, has openly criticized Moore for distorting facts…unsurprisingly Thompson is EXTREMELY conservative. He is also the subject of speculation about a possible presidential run. Oh lord help us all.
In a letter in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Friday, Moore says that the White House may have opened the investigation for political reasons.

“Secretary Paulson,
I am contacting you in light of the document sent to me dated May 2, 2007, which was received May 7, 2007 indicating that an investigation has been opened up with regards to a trip I took to Cuba with a group of Americans that included some 9/11 heroes in March 2007 related to the filming of my next documentary, on the American Healthcare system. SiCKO, which will be seen in theaters this summer, will expose the health care industry’s greed and control over America’s political processes. ”
Read the rest here

What is exciting is when I looked on the IMDB earlier and saw THIS coming out in 2008.
Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2 which looks how in the wake of the 2004 United States Presidential election, Michael Moore continues to examine what happened to the United States after September 11, and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Heee!!!! Clappy hands, clappy hands!!! I love this man.

Silk Trailer

We have yet another Oscar baity film from the lovely Keira Knightley.
This look gorgeous, and the score is beautiful but we do not get to see any of the acting like we did with the “Atonement” trailer. I wonder just what impact this will have on the Academy and movie goers. Still this should at least find a few nominations come Oscar time.

Friday, 11 May 2007

Cardellini and Walker sitting in a tree

Linda Cardellini is set to star opposite Paul Walker in " Heaven Project ," an indie drama being directed by John Glenn.

The story follows an ex-con who is sentenced to death and wakes up from his lethal injection in a small Oregon town. Working as a groundskeeper for a mental hospital, he is told he was given a second chance by God but questions whether he ever really died.

Cardellini will play the hospital's administrator and Walker's love interest. I have always like Linda’s work. Granted “ Scooby Doo ” was not a high point of her career, but she has turned in strong work in Freaks and Geeks, and “ Brokeback Mountain ” and could have a very interesting career if things go right.

Paul Walker is an interesting choice for this, and he did get a chance to spread his acting chops in “Flags of our Father”.
But more importantly is the question whether or not he will be having any type of nude/semi nude scenes. Something that pretty should really be shared. I mean look at him people……lordy is he a sight to behold.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Because I want to

Say what you will about him, funny voice or not, this is one mean piece of sex. David, if you ever get sick and tired of the stick insect come and find me!

And this one...oh my word!!!!! The mind just races!

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Trailer - Clubland

Seriously, no woman broke my heart with their voice like Brenda Blethyn did in "Secrets and Lies". Looks like she is going to do it again. I really do love this woman! Here is hoping she is magnificant and gets Oscar nomination number three.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Box - Love my box

Today will be the day of the singer/songwriter, and especially focusing on the females who may not be as well known as they should be. So give a listen on my little box to the right hand side of me blog.

Tegan and Sara are identical twins from Alberta, Canada and I discovered them when this song was played during one of the only times I watched ‘ Grey’s Anatomy’. The twins tell comic stories on stage, a throwback to when they didn't have a lot of material but still wanted to give people a full show so sisterly bickering ensued. While both twins are similarly involved in vocals and playing instruments, the singing of the lead melody often goes to whichever twin wrote the particular song. Tegan writes songs prolifically, eventually discarding most of them. Sara's songs, on the other hand, evolve slowly and methodically and almost always make it onto the record. 'Where Does The Good Go' I think is one of Tegans.

Amanda Ghost would be most known to people as the woman who wrote James Blunt's 'Beautiful' but she had her own album, and I loved it. Her obvious, raw talent landed her a major record deal with Warners in Los Angeles, but this proved to be a depressingly familiar tale of a typical much-hyped signing; a move to LA; changes of personnel within the label; mystifying lack of A+R support and promotion and the eventual need for Amanda to resort to attorneys to extricate herself. Here I have probably her biggest solo song 'Idol'. There is a great video for it as well.

You may remember her as Winifred "Freddie" Brooks in the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. Or you may remember her as one of the 70 animated characters between 1983 and 2006 that she has voiced. Among her most famous roles was in Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) as Elmyra Duff and Mary Melody (which she reprised for Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain), Aka Pella in Histeria!, Susie Carmichael in Rugrats and its spin-off All Grown Up!, Dulcy the dragon in Sonic the Hedgehog, Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash for Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom (2004).
You may not know that she released an album with friend Lenny Kravitz (yum) and it was rather good. This is ‘Smooth my Heart’ one of my favs.

Monday, 7 May 2007

If we took a HOLIDAY

To celebrate this bank holiday Monday I wanted to celebrate with our fearless leader.

Peter Jackson gets in bed with Dreamworks

Peter Jackson's adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel "The Lovely Bones" has found a home at DreamWorks. DreamWorks acquired the package late Friday, beating out Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures. Unsurprisingly it was not shopped at New Line. Going with DreamWorks does feel a little like a match made in movie heaven. It seems like the type of studio that really understands movie making and movie magic.

"Bones," which went out to the town on Monday, generated a lot of heat because of Jackson's name but came under intense scrutiny for the way it was being sent to market. Jackson and his team shopped the script with a budget in the $80 million range, complete with a start of production date and, uniquely, a focus on marketing. Integral to the deal were conversations about release dates and what other films the winning company will have in the same quarter, because Jackson wanted to know how time and attention will be divided between his movie and others. Smart move. Obviously New Line did a number on him, and he is really trying to protect himself and his team.

The picture is scheduled to begin filming in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand, and will be distributed worldwide by Paramount.
The book, published in 2002, tells the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death. She witnesses the impact of her loss on her loved ones, while her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again. One must assume that to have four major studios fighting it out to make the movie, it must have been one hell of a script, although it being a beloved best seller some would assume the film would sell its self. Not true I say. I figure people would rather read that type of material then see it on the screen.
Considering Jackson's skill with violence, and his horror back ground, I can see the killing of the young girl being very shocking and graphic. It needs to be in order for the audience to really hate the killer (in the book what he does is horrific) and be pulled in emotionally to Susie's post death expereinces. Plus anyone who has seen "Heavenly Creatures" will know that he has the skill to pull this of beautifully, even iron out the flaws in the final chapters.

DreamWorks' acquisition had been predicted by some quarters since Jackson developed a strong relationship with Stacey Snider, DreamWorks' CEO and co-chairman, when he made "Kong" for Universal under Snider's stewardship as chairman. The move also puts Jackson in business with Steven Spielberg. In fact, one reason DreamWorks edged out its competitors was the connection felt for the material by Spielberg, who at one point was eyeing the project.

"Alice Sebold's story affects readers in deeply personal ways and the most important consideration for me was finding a studio partner who felt an equally strong connection with the book. Not just in sharing our emotional reaction to the story, but our desire to see it told in an original, adventurous way on screen," Jackson said in a statement.

Now the hardest part. Casting the lead.

Sunday, 6 May 2007

A Long Walk

Jill Scott represents everything that is right with R-n-B and soul music today. Unfortunately she is one of the few. Lyrically and musically she is superb abd this song is no exception. This is how I am feeling today, and just will go out on a long walk

"Your background it ain't squeaky clean shit
Sometimes we all got to swim upstream
You ain't no saint, we all are sinners
But you put your good foot down and make your soul a winner
I respect that, man you're so phat
And you're all that, plus supreme
Then you're humble man I'm numb
Yo with feeling, I can feel everything that you bring

Let's take a long walk around the park after dark
Find a spot for us to spark
Conversation, verbal elation, stimulation
Share our situations, temptations, education, relaxations
Elevations, maybe we can talk about Revelation 3:17