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Chase Whale

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January 22nd, 2008

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If you are interested in reading the details on why Johnny Greenwood's score was disqualified for an Oscar, click HERE. Paramount Vantage was also given word that Into The Wild was also ineligible due to the same reasons, even though Eddie Vedder wrote three original songs for the film. (Not even a nom. for best original song? Thanks!) If you're feeling a bit bitter about this like myself, feel free to express your opinions here.

Chase Whale

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January 22nd, 2008

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Today The Academy announced 2008's Oscar nominations. There is a lot of bitterness floating around about Johnny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood being disqualified due to "roughly 46 minutes of pre-existing work" not being his own. Whatever. Here are the nominations. In bold is where my vote is going to:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)
Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Tommy Lee Jones in "In the Valley of Elah" (Warner Independent)
Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises" (Focus Features)
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GATW Guest Writer

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January 22nd, 2008

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Saw IV
Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Paterson, Arthena Karkanis
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.

Since Saw III ended with the death of Jigsaw and his protégé Amanda you’re probably wondering why we have to deal with another violent and dumb Saw Film. Well Saw III made a large profit proving that Saw is still a very bankable franchise and like the saying goes, “where there’s a will there’s a way”.
Saw IV begins with FBI profilers Strahm and Perez arrive on the scene of the grisly remains of the last film and soon learn that Jigsaw still has one more game to play Involving Swat Commander Rigg. We also learn Jigsaw’s back-story and what really causes him to do what he does the way he does.
The film is just more of the same boring bloody tricks from the people that have a made career on this stale franchise. Like the previous film Saw IV is Low on tension or real frights. However, if you enjoy squirming in your seat and having to constantly look at the ground as you hear the sound of bone’s crunching and flesh tearing then you will have fun with Saw IV. Otherwise, I suggest you avoid this film.
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Chase Whale

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January 21st, 2008

This was a tough year for Eddie Murphy, Jessica Simpson, and Lindsey Lohan. But they all suck, so who cares. Here are the nominees for this years Rasberry "Razzie" Awards!
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Worst Picture
Bratz - Lionsgate
Daddy Day Camp - Sony/Tri-Star/Revolution
I Know Who Killed Me - Tri-Star
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry - Universal
Norbit - Dreamworks

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage - Ghost Rider, Next and National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Jim Carrey - The Number 23
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Daddy Day Camp and Norbit
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) - Norbit
Adam Sandler - I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Worst Actress
Jessica Alba- Awake, Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck
Four No-name Actresses - Bratz
Elisha Cuthbert - Captivity
Diane Keaton - Because I Said So
Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey) - I Know Who Killed Me
Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota) - I Know Who Killed Me, Too

Worst Director
Dennis Dugan - I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Roland Joffe - Captivity
Brian Robbins - Norbit
Fred Savage- Daddy Day Camp
Chris Silverston - I Know Who Killed Me

Source- razzies.com

Chase Whale

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January 21st, 2008

In the next few days, we're going to be giving you lots of coverage of 2008's Sundance Film Festival. I'm going to start with Colin Farell's In Bruges for three reasons. One, We're screening it this week. Two, we're interviewing the director Martin Macdonah next week. He is a first timer, so this will make or break his career (not our interview, his film). And three, Ralph Fiennes is in this, and it's rare for him to make a bad movie. We are all going to pretend he was never in Maid in Manhattan. Here is some press stuff for their new film. Stay tuned for our review of In Bruges and video interview with Martin McDonagh next week.

Chase Whale

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January 20th, 2008

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So, you know 1/3 of our thoughts on Cloverfield, and now we would like yours. Did it meet your expectations? Was the monster better/worse than you thought it would be? Is J.J. Abrams trying to take over the world? And most importantly, how do you feel about the hand held camera effect? Did it bother you at all?

Chase Whale

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January 20th, 2008

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Cloverfield of course came in first with $41 Million That's a bit surprising considering all the hype around it, but after watching this, I can see why it didn't get close to our projected 80. You can read my review HERE.

Chick flick 27 Dresses happily came in second with $22 Million. I have not seen this yet, but I am going to say that I am very proud that this stayed to compete with Cloverfield ever since hearing about all the films that got pushed back because the studios did not want to compete.

The Bucket List made the top 5 cut this weekend, and even though it hasn't surpassed it's budget, it's a big deal with it being a limited release.

Juno is still kicking ass and taking names. It's soooooooo close to the $100 million mark, which will make it the highest grossing independent film of all time. I'm sure you hate us with all the Juno stuff we are shoving down your throat without a spoon, but we don't care.

And last, National Treasure is well on it's way to the one trillion dollar mark. Cool. Read Cameron's review HERE.

Results (Jan. 18-20):

Movie Studio Weekend Gross Total Budget
Cloverfield Par. $41,000,000 $41,000,000 $25 Mil
27 Dresses Fox $22,427,000 $22,427,000 N/A
The Bucket List WB $15,150,000 $42,709,000 $45 Mil
Juno FoxS $10,250,000 $85,377,000 N/A
National Treasure: Book of Secrets BV $8,148,000 $198,030,000 N/A

Source- boxofficemojo.com

Chase Whale

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January 19th, 2008


Here is the interview we shared with Eva for her new film, Over Her Dead Body. She's so cute and little! I just wanted to put her in my pocket and carry her everywhere!

Chase Whale

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January 18th, 2008

BLAIR WITCH PROJECT +JURASSIC PARK + GODZILLA + guy loses girl x serious J.J. Abrams special effects= CLOVERFIELD

Rating: 8/10
Motion Sickness rating: 47/10

Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Drew Goddard
Cast: Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Yustman
Studio:Paramount Pictures

The Good:
I tried going into this movie knowing as little as possible, but considering it is the most hyped up movie of the year, I always seemed to stumble on spoilers and such. I'll tell you this, the less you know about CLOVERFIELD, the better. All you really need to know is that CLOVERFIELD is a new kind of monster film. Shot on a handheld camera, it follows four friends throughout downtown New York while the city is attacked by some kind of Godzilla-like creature. When we see the head of the Statue of Liberty tossed through the city like a rag doll, we know whatever it is isn't here for tea time.

The story starts off with a going away party for our hero, Rob (Michael Stahl-David), who is moving to Japan. We know early that he had a brief romance with the girl of his dreams, Beth (Odette Yustman), whom he has an argument with and she leaves the party. In what would be a story we've all seen before, suddenly a monster comes and destroys everything in its path. But what's different about this film is that it's more focused on the love story than the monster. Rather than take an easy evacuation, Rob sets out to find Beth in the mess of a city, rescue her, and take her to safety. Sound familiar?
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Chase Whale

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January 17th, 2008

I come from a background of skateboarding, and I would like you to know that the only Hollywood movie I liked that focused around the skateboarding industry was Larry Clark's Kids. Maybe because it didn't pay much attention to actual skateboarding itself. Let the pros handle that.
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Here is the trailer for Gus Van Sant's probably future sad attempt at becoming the next Larry Clark. Isn't this the same guy that directed Good Will Hunting?

Click HERE to view the trailer.

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