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GATW Guest Writer

February 8th, 2008

After the glowing success he achieved with Wedding Crasher’s Vince Vaughn decided to do something many entertainers do after a smash hit, make a passion project. Vince likely realized this would be perhaps the only time he may get the chance to make something so personal and meaningful. Vince took his chance and decided to put together a comedy tour with four of his funny comedian friends and hit the road, playing thirty cities in thirty days. The whole event was captured on film, and thus we have the funny enough and surprisingly thoughtful documentary Vince Vaugh’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights-Hollywood to the Heartland.

The tour and the film’s success heavily relied on Vince’s choosing of what comedians would be on the tour. Mr. Vaughn’s proves to that he is a good judge of talent, as well as insightful with his comedic selections. Not only are all of the comedians at least above satisfactory as comedians but they are interesting people, complete with tons of emotional baggage and insecurities. While the film does show a large amount of the comedian’s act, it also spends a fair share of the film’s running time on the comedians themselves. The audience gets to meet everyone one of the comedians’ families, which offers great insight into these men that have devoted their life to such a demanding craft. Learning about these men allows their acts to become even more enjoyable, since now you realize just how therapeutic comedy is for the comedians.

The first part of the film displays many Vince’s entertaining antics on stage, and various guest starts. On the tour’s opening night, Vince brings Justin Long and long time friend and director Jon Faverau on stage. All three of the men take some very sly and very funny shots at each other. Vince even does a duet with Dwight Yoakum on stage, always willing to go above and beyond to entertain the crowd. The entertainers ability to have fun with themselves and their line of work proves to be very refreshing and enjoyable.

The editing and the soundtrack is what holds this film together, helping ensure that the end result is an enjoyable journey for the audience. As the actors travel from city to city the audience is often treated to great old-time songs. Also, Largely due to the editing, the film expertly balances the line between performance piece and documentary. The film truly shines when these two elements merge. Often, a comedian will be shown performing on stage, which will be cut with the comedian himself or a colleague discussing his act, giving perspective on the comedian or act’s style and background.

Vince Vaughn’s West Comedy Show: 30 Cities 30 Nights does have enough jokes that connect to make the film work as a comedy, but the documentary aspect is what makes this movie truly engaging. At one point the comedians are forced to hand out free tickets to Katrina victims. The film captures the men on their way to the campgrounds, they’re unhappy about having to go the grounds and are complaining about having to share one room. However, the trip proves very sobering for the comedians as they are truly moved by their experience. The filmmakers very thoughtfully and simply capture this key moment for the comedians.

If the film has a star it is not the A-list celebrity whose name is in the tour’s title, but rather the strange-voiced and lumpy comedian, John Caparulo. The gnomish comedian not only produces the most laughs, but is also made very likable because of his ability to point out and have fun with his own shortcomings. The comedian talks about fights with his girlfriend, getting yelled at his Dad while working on a car, and trying to get a dog with hilarious punch lines, while also relating with the audience. Also, through footage of his parents and himself talking about his own life and experiences, John becomes extremely endearing in a his own awkward way.

Vince Vaughn’s West Comedy Show: 30 Cites 30 Nights contains enough laughs to satisfy those expecting to see a comedy. However, the film’s likeable comedians and its insightful documentary side, is what makes the film truly memorable.

Chase Whale

February 8th, 2008

In Bruges
(Limited)Written and directed by:
Martin McDonagh
Colin Farrell
Brendan Gleeson
Ralph Fiennes

Rusty Gordon's review of In Bruges HERE!

Two hitmen hide out in the little town of Bruges after a hit goes bad. Wait, where the fuck is Bruges?

Colin Farrell is to In Bruge as John Travolta was to Pulp Fiction. This is his comeback. Don't Battlefield Earth it up like John did.

Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
(Limited)Directed by:
Ari Sandel
Vince Vaughn
Justin Long
Jon Favreau
Peter Billingsley (Christmas Story kid)
John Caparulo
Bret Ernst
Sebastian Maniscalco
Keir O'Donnell

In this documentary, four unknowns handpicked by Vince Vaughn travel with him for a 30 consecutive days comedy tour.

Rusty Gordon's review of Vince Vaughn's... HERE!

Chase Whale

February 6th, 2008


Everyone knows who Spike Lee is. Do The Right Thing. Malcom X. He Got Game. 25th Hour. Yes, you know who Spike Lee is. He'll be in town this Saturday to do a Q&A at UT Arlington, appropriately titled Reel To Real. Click HERE for all the info.

GATW Guest Writer

February 5th, 2008

Come out this Thursday (and the following 3 Thursdays) to the Movie Tavern in Denton to see a few movies you may have missed in theaters (possibly because you weren't even alive at the time).

The movie starts at 10pm and a college ID is required (no creepy old men allowed... unless they have a valid college ID). But, hey, it's ONLY $3!! So load up your Jeep with all your Frat buddies and come on down. Or be Eco-Friendly and ride your bike. Just get there.

Oh, and $1.50 Coors drafts!

PS We will be there giving out free stuff (so come refreshed on all your Back To The Future trivia)!

Chase Whale

February 5th, 2008


Hey Filmmakers! Want to have the chance to go to L.A and meet a major Hollywood player? Now's your chance. Screen Gems' Prom Night and UGO have partnered up and created a film contest for upcoming filmmakers. The winning hot shot will get $1,000 and a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet with the head shark (film executive) at Sony Screen Gems. For further details, visit UGO.COM

Prom Night stars Brittany Snow, Scott Porter, Jessica Stroup, Dona Davis, Collins Pennie and Idris Elba. The film is rated PG-13 and scheduled to open on Friday, April 11th. Find a synopsis of the film below.

Donna’s senior prom is supposed to be the best night of her life. After surviving a horrible tragedy, she has finally moved on and is enjoying her last year of high school. Surrounded by her best friends, she should be safe from the horrors of her past. But when the night turns deadly, there is only one person who could be responsible…a man she thought was gone forever. Now, Donna and her friends must find a way to escape the sadistic rampage of an obsessed killer, and survive a night “to die for.”

Chase Whale

February 5th, 2008


Today the line up for 2008's SXSW Film Festival were announced. The short films will be announced Tuesday, February 12.

Here's the lineup:

Director: Robert Luketic. Writers: Peter Steinfeld, Allan Loeb. Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne.
Based on the true story of a group of MIT students who, under the guidance of a cryptic professor, take Vegas casinos for millions through the mathematical art of counting cards. (Opening Night Film)

Chase Whale

February 5th, 2008


Comingsoon.net reports:

Empire Film Group, Inc. has acquired the motion picture production and distribution rights to Henson, an original screenplay by Robert D. Slane that chronicles the life and achievements of Muppets creator, Jim Henson. Empire has pegged the film for production in late summer with a $30 million budget to be funded through a consortium of international presales and co-production partners.

"This is a major project about an entertainer of legendary stature and worldwide acclaim," said Dean Hamilton-Bornstein, CEO of Empire Film Group. "The script is superb and should provide a terrific roadmap for a completed film that will satisfy both mainstream audiences and critics. We're very excited about this acquisition and the commercial caliber of this project."

Henson covers the life of puppeteer, filmmaker and entertainment mogul Jim Henson, from his early fascination with television as a teenager, through his spectacular career and life achievements. Empire anticipates hiring a major director, such as Penny Marshall, and hopes to attract notable star cast in key roles. Bornstein will act as Executive Producer, with Empire Home Entertainment President Eric Parkinson producing the film along with Xavier Mitchell.

"Jim Henson is one of the best known and most beloved entertainers of all time," said Parkinson. "His story is inspiring, tragic, heartwarming and epic, and will make for an important and entertaining motion picture. This is the sort of movie that Empire will be pursuing as we build the company into a leading independent studio."

This is definitely the season for biopic films, and I am very glad to see this one lit. People around my age demographic grew up with Sesame Street. Thanks to Big Bird, I learned how to count and say no to drugs.

I wonder who will play Mr. Henson? Jason Lee? Giovanni Ribisi? Phillip Seymour Hoffman (you know he could pull it off)? Who would you cast if you were in charge?

Chase Whale

February 5th, 2008


So it goes like this. I woke up early to do my normal movie blog browsing to see which things I should add to our site, and I stumbled upon this:

Jason Bateman has just confirmed to me that the creative minds behind Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard) have put the wheels in motion toward a major motion picture of the Fox TV comedy so many of us adore. I'm told by insiders that Jason and other Bluth family members have received calls from producers (Hurwitz and Howard) asking if they would be willing to shoot a movie.

"I can confirm that a round of sniffing has started," Bateman says. "Any talk is targeting a poststrike situation, of course. I think, as always, that it's a question of whether the people with the money are willing to give our leader, Mitch Hurwitz, what he deserves for his participation. And I can speak for the cast when I say our fingers are crossed."

Jeffrey Tambor also revealed on XM Radio's the Ron and Fez Show that he has been approached by Ron Howard to see if he's willing to do an Arrested film. (You can hear that interview below.)

For the record, both Jason and Jeffrey's answers were: Hells yeah. And I hear from other sources that other castmembers were called and that everyone seems to be very much on board and excited by the prospect.

Insiders also tell me that while creator Mitch Hurwitz does not yet have a script, he has a good, solid understanding of what he'd like to do for the movie, and Universal is very much interested.

"Up top, havin' a good year."

I'm so glad they are finally giving this a green light. Arrested Development was far beyond funny and intelligent, but was shot down in flames due to poor ratings, even though DVD sales kept it going through season two and three. AD fans, how do you feel about this? And, what line do you constantly use from this series?

Source E!Online

Chase Whale

February 5th, 2008


Wow. Liam Neeson's "I told you I was a badass" skills are finally coming to surface. This obviously was filmed a long time ago though, as Maggie Grace does not pass for a high school student now.

This is set to be released overseas this month, but still no U.S. date. No clue as to why, but cant wait to see Liam kick some foreign ass!

Chase Whale

February 5th, 2008

There are certain guidelines nerds across the world must follow in order to have a successful website. They are as follows (no particular order):
1. You can make a living entertaining people with your cute URL.
2. Someone besides yourself makes a factual wikipedia page about you.
3. The guy that shot/edited most of the music videos for that one band, Midlake, contacts you and wants to shoot one of your video reviews.

With that said, we are happy to share with you that we have finally achieved one of those three things. Jon Collins, of Midlake music video fame, will be shooting/editing our next video review, Be Kind Rewind. Check out his short, but sweet, demo reel below. Look for our review on February 22, the same day the movie drops. Holla!

Jon Collins Demo Reel

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