BEHIND THE SCENES TV: A Tribute to George Carlin (1937-2008)

What happened to Charlize Theron in ‘Hancock’?

From a casual viewing of the marketing material for "Hancock," Sony's upcoming Will Smith comic thriller, I hardly knew that Charlize Theron was even in the movie. Our crack reporter Chris Lee turned up at an early screening and offers this assessment:

"At an early screening of 'Hancock' at the Grove last week, Will Smith’s performance as an alcoholic superhero with a bad attitude and a mounting public relations crisis had the packed theater alternately chuckling and wide-eyed. 'Hancock’s' third-billed costar, Charlize Theron, on the other hand, had everyone--high school students, foreign tourists, Sony executives--literally gasping with surprise."

(LA Times)

‘The 39 Clues’ Lead To A Movie Adaptation

Although only one book has been written (and not yet published), The 39 Clues is already mapped out to include a ten book series, as well as a set of collectable cards and an online adventure game set up to give participants a shot at a $10,000 prize. It only makes sense, then, to adapt the up and coming franchise into a movie as well, with the possibility of one of Hollywood’s biggest names involved.

DreamWorks/Paramount has picked up the film rights to The 39 Clues, reports Variety, which is scheduled to become a phenomenon this fall by Scholastic Books.

(Cinema Blend)


‘Toy Story’ studio keeps raising the bar

Pixar's new film, "Wall-E," concerns a robot collecting garbage on an abandoned earth. One of its characters is a cockroach. And -- oh, yeah -- it has no dialogue for its first 30 minutes.

Sound like a summer blockbuster?

The studio certainly hopes so -- and, given Pixar's track record, you wouldn't want to bet against it. The studio has produced hit after hit, including "Toy Story," "Cars" and last summer's "Ratatouille."

Moreover, "Wall-E" is also a charming love story with state-of-the-art computer animation.


‘The Warriors’: 1979 gang movie still popular

Something that can only (and perhaps inexplicably) be described as "movie magic" began on Feb. 9, 1979. That's when a silly, cartoonish but strangely compelling film - about a street gang trying to go from one end of New York City to another while being chased by rival gangs - hit theater screens. Somehow, it opened to box-office success and became an instant cult classic.

Twenty-nine years later, Walter Hill's "The Warriors" is still being chased by art-house aficionados around the world.

(San Francisco Chronicle)

Wait on your Blu-Ray purchase

You may be itching to buy a Blu-ray DVD player now that the format has won the high-definition disc standard war, but you may want to hold off a bit before scratching that itch. By waiting a few months, you could save yourself some irritation - and a few bucks to boot.

(Sydney Morning Herald)

George Carlin: a comic with a zeal for freedom

George Carlin, who died on Sunday from heart failure at the age of 71, was one of the funniest and most influential American comics of the 20th century, with a wealth of wise and witty things to say about the world we live in and the way we live today, yet he'll probably be best remembered for seven words: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.

These were the "seven words you can never say on television", a thoughtful, illuminating routine about swearing, censorship and semantics, which got him arrested and sparked a legal case that went all the way to America's supreme court. These words were conspicuous by their absence from most of Carlin's obituaries, an irony he surely would have relished.

(The Guardian UK)

‘Wall-E’: Best Pixar Movie Ever?

Maybe so! We've already learned to expect overall awesomeness from Pixar, even when a movie's concept seems a little off-putting. (As in: "A sewer rat cooking food in a French restaurant.") So we were prepared to believe that even a dystopian science-fiction movie about the last robot on earth — a robot who looks suspiciously like Johnny Five — would be turned into populist magic by the Pixar wizards. But is it possible that Wall-E's over-the-top advance reviews are correct, and this truly is a masterpiece?

(New York Magazine)

Timur Bekmambetov Directs ‘Wanted’

The visuals in Wanted are so unique that not even a Hollywood screenwriter or graphic novelist can come up with them. Though based on a comic book, director Timur Bekmambetov actually scripted the movie from his own pre-visualization animatics.

(Can Mag)

India media giant eyes $2B DreamWorks deal

India's Reliance Entertainment and other investors are in talks with Hollywood's DreamWorks SKG to raise up to $2 billion to create a movie venture, two people familiar with negotiations said Tuesday.

Dreamworks, the movie studio founded in 1994 by Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, is looking to raise a total of $2 billion from investors — $1 billion in equity and another $1 billion for new movie projects, the two people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. They said they could not be named because negotiations were ongoing.

(USA Today)

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