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Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 8th, 2008

Screen Gems is giving Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma a new make over. Emme, will be very similar to the original story but will give it a “hip-hop musical reimagining.” This will include 15 songs and dance numbers, take place at an inner-city high school, and center on a step brother and step sister. Screen Gem’s Clint Culpepper told Variety that he came up with the idea after watching Lil Mama’s Lipgloss music video. Screen Gems hired Tyger Williams (Menace II Society) to write the script.

I’m certain I’ll never see this, but if they do what they did for Stomp The Yard, they’ll have another hit on their hands.

Source Variety

PS Picture vandalizing by Rob Angells.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 8th, 2008

Hollywood Reporter reports a report about. Ok, let me start over.

Hollywood Reporter reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst in Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things. The movie follows “a scion of a real estate (Gosling) who falls for a beautiful girl (Dunst) from the wrong side of the tracks, who disappears. Morgan will play a down-and-out detective who tries to uncover the truth.”

I’m really stoked to see the talented Mr. Gosling play another bad guy (Murder By Numbers). After seeing Half Nelson, he will always be a badass in my book. Always. Now Kirsten Dunst is another story…

Morgan, who could easily pass as Javier Bardem’s stunt double if his career doesn’t pan out, can be seen next in Zach Snyder’s Watchmen.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 7th, 2008

Here’s the first of 12 video journals that will premiering on the 6th of every month for Zach Snyders (300) EXTREMELY highly anticipated graphic novel adaptation epic, Watchmen. There isn’t any footy from the film, but it gets you inside looks on the set with interviews and other cool stuff.

Head over to ComingSoon and peep it!

Also, thanks to GATW reader Ryan Ellis for linking me to this.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 7th, 2008

The marketing they are doing for The Dark Knight is beyond brilliant. Clowns around L.A. protesting Harvey Denton, who is running for District Attorney turned Two-Face, posters vandalized by The Joker. So much stuff that I cannot keep up with it, but I did catch this.

Today, Warner Bros. posted an online video of Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) speaking in defense of Mr. Dent and the jokers trying to smear his name. Watch and let me know what you think!

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Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 7th, 2008

There will be Blood


Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Paul Dano, Kevin J. O’Conner, Dillon Freasier
Directed by: Paul Thomas (but he will always be P.T. to me) Anderson
Synopsis: Loosely based on the novel by Upton Sinclair. There will be Blood centers of the driven oilman, Daniel Plainview, whose greed allows him to build a great fortune, while sacrificing his humanity and destroying lives in the process. Along with a compelling story, the film also contains great visuals and a stirring score. Received Oscars nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director; Daniel Day Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar for this film. READ THE REVIEW HERE

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


Starring: John C. Reily, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows,
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Synopsis: This Parody of music bio films was produced and co-written by Judd Apatow. The movie tells the story of fictional music legend, Dewey Cox, as he climbs from his poor roots to be one of music’s biggest stars. READ THE REVIEW HERE.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep


Starring: Alex Etel, Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Brian Cox
Directed by: Jay Russell
Synopsis: A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

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Starring: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley
Directed by: Franck Khalfoun
Yes, this movie was actually released to theaters, but barely. This thriller about a woman being pursued by a killer on Christmas Eve in parking garage had a very short and relatively unknown run at the theaters in November.

Lion for Lambs


Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford
Directed by: Robert Redford
Synopsis: Injuries sustained by two Army ranger behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman (Cruise), a journalist (Streep) and a professor (Redford). READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.

Reservation Road


Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Joaqin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly,
Directed by: Terry George
Synopsis: An accident that involves the death of a young boy greatly alters the lives of the boy’s Father (Phoenix) and the vehicle’s driver (Ruffalo)

Resurrecting The Champ


Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris
Directed by: Rod Lurie
Synopsis: Up-and-coming sports reporter (Hartnett) rescues a homeless man (“Champ”, Jackson) only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ’s story and escape the shadow of his father’s success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.
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Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 7th, 2008

When I write about someone, I sometimes start off the post with “you know so-and-so, he/she has done this, this, and that, etc.” to give you an idea of the good work that has been done. With director Uwe Boll, I’m going to slightly tweak that.

Uwe Boll is the man behind the destruction of many popular video game film adaptations. House of the Dead, Bloodrayne 1, 2, and now 3, all of which you probably never heard of and hopefully haven’t seen. Trust me, the man sucks behind the camera, is trying to gain fame by declaring war on Steven Spielberg (read about it HERE), and will now soon be biting his tongue.

Fearnet sat down with him and spoke to him about the online petition that has been made to get him out of hollywood. It’s already be signed by 47,911 people, and Boll has been quoted stating that he will leave the directors chair if the petition reaches 1,000,000 people. Friends, let’s contribute to this million mark. Sign petition HERE.

Start chomping on that tongue dude.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 7th, 2008

Looks like Jim Sturgess was dealt the right hand when he signed on to star in 21. It stayed at number one again this weekend (second week in a row) pulling in a domestic gross of $46MIL. Oh, and the fact that it competed against three opening films this weekend makes this moment so much sweeter.

Newbies Leatherheads and g>Nim’s Island pretty much tied for 2nd, with Leatherheads beating it’s rival by only a few hundred dollars. Both films have big star power, but the marketing on both of these blew. I never saw a Nim’s Island trailer on tv once.

The biggest disappointment this weekend was Shine A Light, which debuted at number 15, barely pulling in $1MIL. Given that tickets are about 8 bucks, roughly 125THOU went to see this. I’m sure there are more fans than that. I’m sure DVD sales will be pretty gnarly once it hits shelves, though. This is a MUST have for fans of the Stones.

Results (Apr. 4-Apr. 6):

Movie Studio Weekend Gross Total Budget
21 Sony $15,100,000 $46,533,000 $35M
Leatherheads Uni. $13,485,000 $13,485,000 $58MIL
Nim’s Island Fox $13,300,000 $13,300,000 $37MIL
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Fox $9,100,000 $131,060,000 $85MIL
The Ruins P/DW $7,840,000 $7,840,000 N/A

Source Box Office Mojo

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 7th, 2008

Love is one of the trickiest feelings anyone could ever experience. Being in love has the undeniable ability to make a person feel satisfied and complete. Though, when it spoils it can make you feel worse than you ever thought imaginable. This perplexing nature of love is very much under the microscope in the new snow-covered drama Snow Angels, which focus on various relationships in a small Pennsylvania town.

The film begins with band practice at the local high school. Where we meet the nerdy, yet cool, teenager Arthur (Michael Angarano), as he’s admired from the bleachers by the nerdy, yet attractive, Lila (Olivia Thirlby). After, an unusually emotional speech for a high school band rehearsal given by the band’s leader (Tom Noonan), we hear multiple loud pops, which sound a lot like gunshots. Before the cause of the sounds are revealed, we are transported back in time to weeks earlier, obviously to learn the events that caused these ominous noises.

Next time we see Michael he is at his work at a Chinese restaurant, which also employs the outgoing Barb, surprisingly played by former Strangers with Candy star, Amy Sedaris. Michael’s former babysitter, Annie (Kate Beckinsale), is also on the restaurant’s pay roll. Both Michael and Annie are both experiencing collateral damage from broken relationships. Michael’s parents are beginning to go through a separation, and Annie is already separated from her husband, the mentally unstable Glenn (Sam Rockwell). Annie is also sleeping with Barb’s husband, Nate (Nicky Katt). As you can see, everybody is connected

Michael and Lilia quickly begin to form a relationship, while Annie and Glen’s marriage goes from intensive care to the mortuary. By the end of the film Michael’s parents’ impending divorce appears to be put on hold, and Barb and Nate’s appears to be in jeopardy. There are many poignant and often tragic moments that occur in Snow Angels to explain how these relationships got to their most current state. The most resonating of these examples comes from Glen and Annie; Glen continuously tries to get Annie back, but Annie knows it’s too late, the love that was there has simply gone away. Annie’s refusal to go along with Glen’s attempts to repair their marriage causes Glen to turn to alcohol, which leads to multiple drunken confrontations between Glen and Nate. These scenes are some of the film’s best and hardest to watch, as Nate despite his best intentions makes everything worse.

The effectiveness of Snow Angels hinges on the quality of the film’s performances. The entire cast proves to be up for the challenge. Even the most seemingly questionable casting choices of Nicky Katt and Amy Sedaris prove to be vindicated, as these actors are always believable and usually add a bit of humor. A very memorable moment occurs when Barb confronts Nate about cheating on her. This particular scene wasn’t even in the script, but director David Gordon Green knew if he put these two spectacular improvisational actors together the end result would be great.

The director’s affection for the source material is apparent in the thoughtful construction of many of the film’s most emotional scenes. Green is never in a rush. He always lets the scenes develop properly and the audience observes as these characters try to work things out, some more successful then others.

Snow Angels is a challenging experience, likely to bring back painful memories of love gone bad for many of the audience members. The film does not offer hackneyed and simplistic opinions. Instead, we get a careful examination of the overwhelming power love has over us, capable of being both great and terrible.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 6th, 2008

Last night we lost one of Hollywood’s coolest people. Academy Award winner Charlton Heston, 84, past away with his wife Lydia at his side. The cause of death was not released but Heston did complain about having symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He was most famous for his roles in Ben-Hur (won Academy Award), Planet of the Apes, and as Moses in The Ten Commandments.

Source CNN

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 5th, 2008


I got the luck of having Richard Jenkins and Tom McCarthy (for their film The Visitor) for my first one on one at the W Hotel. As you can see, these two lads give me a warm welcome. The Visitor comes out May 2 in Dallas. I’m not allowed to post my review until that day, but I will tell you that I will be seeing this again in theaters, and then buying it on DVD/Blu Ray/VHS/Laser Disc/8 Track/etc.

PS I almost wrote “one one one” for “one on one.” Type that five times fast.

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 4th, 2008

Still mad at mom and dad for creating you in the 80s? Here’s how to get back at them:

United Artist just turned 90 and they are having a UA 90th Anniversary Film Festival in Dallas and your friends a Gordon and the Whale Dot Com will be your hosts. What’s going to be showing at the film festival? See below. All films will be screened at Landmark’s THE INWOOD and they will be showing at MIDNIGHT. Standard prices too!

MIDNIGHT COWBOY: April 4
DR. NO: April 5
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: April 11
THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR: April 12
RAGING BULL: April 18
WEST SIDE STORY: April 19
SOME LIKE IT HOT: April 25
ANNIE HALL: April 26

OH, I ALMOST FORGOT. To make things even sweeter, UA has given us 40 Collector’s and Special Edition DVD’s to give away to you.

WEEKLY PRIZE:
Each week we will have multiple drawings for a chance to win 2 DVDs of your choice. All you have to do is fill out the form below in order to be entered. You only need to enter ONCE and all entries will carry over to the next drawing. All winners will be drawn at random.

GRAND PRIZE:
The Grand Prize drawing will be on Monday, April 28. In order to win ALL 4 DVDs, you must attend one of the midnight screenings listed above and email us a photo of yourself with your ticket stub to [email protected]. A winner will be drawn at random.

CLICK TO VIEW THE PRIZES

Weekly Contest Entry:
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Good luck and see you at The Inwood!

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
April 4th, 2008

This past Tuesday, all three dudes of GATW got to hang out with Sam Rockwell and director David Gordon Green to talk about their new film Snow Angels, Sam’s second career (glass blowing), and what it was like for him to fight a truck and tree. Oh, and he teaches us how to perfect the sober drunk look. This video is 23 minutes long with minimal edits. You gotta see how real and cool these two gentlemen are. Enjoy.

PS That glow behind Sam was his Guardian Angel.

UPDATE: I Don’t know why there are horizontal lines afloat, but I’m working on it. THANKSS

Kiko Martinez

by: Kiko Martinez
April 4th, 2008

When Academy Award-nominated writers start popping out horror scripts, things can get interesting.

That’s what screenwriter Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan) has done with the film The Ruins, based on his novel of the same name. Like in “Plan,” Smith keeps viewers’ nerves on edge, and this time adds gallons of blood to the mix to make for a surprisingly shocking film.

While vacationing in Mexico, a group of four friends, Jeff (Jonathan Tucker), Amy (Jena Malone), Eric (Shawn Ashmore), and Stacy (Laura Ramsey), are invited to go on a last-minute journey with a German tourist named Mathias (Joe Anderson) and his friend Dimitri (Dimitri Baveas). Their destination: an archaeology dig at an ancient Mayan temple that just so happens not to be on any of the local maps (same with the caves in 2005’s “The Descent”).

Still, the foursome wants an adventure before their trip is over and would rather take a little risk instead of sun-burning by the hotel pool or going back to the beach for the millionth time. Soon it’s Mayan temple or bust for the group of six as they hop on a yellow pick-up taxi into the jungles of Mexico to search for a historic artifact that may or may not even exist.

When they find the temple, they are immediately ambushed by an aggressive group of Mayan natives who are armed with guns and a bow-and-arrow. Before anyone can react, Dimitri is brutally killed and the rest of the teens are forced up the steps to the top of the temple.

Soon, the youngsters realize that the natives are not going to let them off the top. Why? Because they all have come in contact with the plant life growing out of the shrine and it seems the Mayans are deathly afraid of what could happen if anyone gets too close to the shrubbery. The kids find out soon enough when the vines, leaves, and voice-mimicking pink flowers begin to be drawn to the flesh wounds of the boys and girls. Like Audrey II of Little Shop of Horrors, these plants want to feast on blood and they want it now.

If he decides to stick with the genre, add director Carter Smith to the designated “Splat Pack” made up of filmmakers like Eli Roth, Neil Marshall, and Alexandre Aja. The Ruins is horrifically gory, which ties in well with the hopelessness, terror, and mind-numbing confusion all the teens must be experiencing trapped atop where no one can find them.

When the squirming and flinching is over there not much left to the “Ruins” story, but some lost messages and unanswered questions. Still, the traumatic scenes of fear are effective for the genre and with most of the characters spending their time in utter shock, there’s not much horror-movie dialogue to ruin the amputations, self-mutilation, and deaths-by-weeds.

Kiko Martinez

by: Kiko Martinez
April 4th, 2008

For a pair of debuting feature film screenwriters, Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly really capture the style and ambiance of professional football in the 1920’s in Leatherheads. Although novices in Hollywood, both men were Sports Illustrated reporters for much of their lives, which explains the panache and slight absurdity of their era-based film. When you study something long enough, it starts sinking in.

It’s been 17 years since Brantley and Reilly wrote the screenplay for Leatherheads before it was bought by Universal Pictures to go into production. The guys lucked out when it landed in the lap of Academy Award-winning actor and Academy Award-nominated director George Clooney (Syriana), whose suave personality and dry humor seems to fit the classic nature of the screwball comedy genre (for gosh sakes, the man started his career in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and was the only person outside the Conner family that could match wits in the late ‘80s with Rosanne).

It’s nice to see someone as talented and sought-after in the industry not take themselves so seriously (i.e. Tom Cruise in >Austin Powers in Goldmember or Jack Nicholson in g>Anger Management). In Leatherheads, Clooney lets it all hang out like he did in O Brother, Where Out Thou? and it works.

In the film, Clooney plays Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly, the captain of the Deluth Bulldogs, a professional football team in the ’20s. During this era, the sport was not what we know it as today. No one comes to the games and his entire team is made up of “miners, farmers, and shell-shocked veterans.” Although the players have passion for the sport, everyone else sees it as a spectacle more than anything else.

The football games everyone is watching instead are in the college ranks. With young, strapping players like Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski) from Princeton, who just happens to be a war hero, there’s more to watch during these games that trick plays and 300-pound linemen trying to kick field goals. Carter is the poster boy for collegiate athletes and everyone wants a piece of him.

This includes Dodge and sparky newspaper reporter Lexie Littleton (Renée Zellweger). Dodge wants Carter to join his ragtag team and invigorate the league when he finds out they are going bankrupt. On the other hand, Lexie has learned of some shocking allegations about Carter’s time in the war and wants to find out if his battalion heroics are the truth or the result of tall tales.

Leatherheads is gawky at times, but never fumbles. It’s an entertaining take in the world of sports most of us have probably only seen on black and white photos. Boys will like the football (there’s not much of it) and the silly laughs, while girls will like the way it sort of feels like A League of their Own, but on the gridiron. Think of Clooney as the reincarnation of Spencer Tracy and Zellweger as Katharine Hepburn and you’ll do just fine.

Rusty Gordon

by: Rusty Gordon
April 4th, 2008

The Rolling Stones are living legends in the truest sense of the term. Originally, formed in 1962, this British band contains some of the earliest examples of rock stars. Brash, but brilliant musicians, with great creative flare, famous for their exhilarating live performances and seemingly endless catalogue of hits, and whose vices and outbursts kept them in the news over the years. Although, it seems that the Stone’s attitude has greatly calmed over the years, as all the central band members are now in their sixties. Yet, despite having garnered almost, if not every, accolade possible for a band to achieve, and after many infamous and outrageous episodes, this quintessential rock group continues to tour.

The Rolling Stones’ live performances continue to remain heavily regarded music extravaganzas. However, given the extremely high-ticket prices for these concerts, a small percentage of the population actually has the means to go the shows and experience a piece of rock history. The new concert film, Shine a Light, offers the next best thing to actually being in the audience of a Rolling Stones concert, containing footage shot at two of the band’s concerts at the Beacon Theater in 2006.

Shine a Light
is directed by fellow living legend, Martin Scorsese. The film opens with several of the major people involved trying to work out of the shows’ final details, allowing for the audience to gain a little knowledge of the event before the actual performance. After this brief introduction, the concert begins with a large explosion of blaring guitar riffs and striking visuals, and the audience rarely leaves the stage again. Yes, in between a few songs there are cuts to past interviews of the band members, offering a few nice nuggets of insight and humor. However, the majority of the time the audience is watching the elderly, but very alive rock stars work the stage with a great amount of joy.

Not surprisingly, Scorsese expertly captures this spectacle, often using shots that include several of the other cameras, constantly reminding the audience of just how large of an event they are witnessing. There are many memorable live shots of this savvy rock band playing their music. Especially of of the flamboyant and captivating front man, Mick Jagger, continuously demonstrating his moves and energy that transcends his age of sixty-four. Song after song, the Stones’ performance never lets down, keeping the film’s energy and the audience’s attention high.

As you watch The Rolling Stones’ performance in Shine a Light, you realize exactly why the band that seemingly has everything anyone could every want continues to tour, because they still have fun. This joy transfers into an fun time for the patrons of Rolling Stones concerts, and for Shine a Light‘s audience members.

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