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Johnny Ramone’s Autobiography To Be Released
The Ramones are one of those bands that you cannot help but love. A big reason for that was their cartoon-like presence, fun tunes and the unforgettable sight of the Ramone "family": Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee, sporting those memorable bowl cuts a la Brian Jones 1966. Johnny Ramone's is perhaps the face we remember most, and indeed was the Ramone who maintained the look for the longest time. The Ramones disbanded in 1996 and... [Read more]
Broadway fans, especially those who aren't lucky enough to live near the theatre mecca, have had a lot to celebrate over the past decade with the releases of film versions of some of the biggest hit musicals ever to hit the Great White Way. The 2002 release of the Oscar-sweeping hit Chicago, starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, and Queen Latifah paved the way for a new generation of movie musicals. Soon thereafter came Phantom of the Opera (2004), starring Gerard Butler ... [Read more]
My interpretation of Tintin and his signature cowlick
Blistering barnacles, good ol’ Stevie Spielberg has done it again! The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Spielberg’s first animated feature, hit North American theaters on December 21, 2011. With Spielberg's War Horse hot on its heels…it's a wonder the guy gets any sleep at all.
If you’re thinking “Tintin? Who dat?”, here’s a bit of background information for you: The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a classi... [Read more]
Following recent events in which criminal mastermind and Boston native Whitey Bulger was discovered after 16 years on the run outside his apartment in sunny Santa Monica, California, fellow Bostonians Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that they are getting the team back together for a biopic about Bulger’s life. Bulger was disturbingly portrayed by Jack Nicolson in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar-winner The Departed, a performance that makes more sense in light of his real life... [Read more]
It’s hard to say whether we’ll be seeing more films like this with China’s economy headed down the same sinkhole as our own, but Flowers of War is the most expensive Chinese film ever produced and it stars American actor Christian Bale. At a staggering $90 million, famed director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) is tackling the dreadful Rape of Nanking. Bale plays an American priest who risks his life to shelter prostitutes and children during the Japanese invasion... [Read more]
First Harold and Kumar went to White Castle, then they had to escape from Guantanamo after an airline passenger mistook their bong for a bomb. In the latest installment, Harold and Kumar shoot Santa Claus in the face and get a baby stoned (twice). NPH reprises his horny goat role and the film features one of his insane musical numbers. Jesus also makes an appearance in this very R-rated, NSFW trailer.
Hailed as one of the four major American novelists of our time, Don DeLillo has yet to see one of his books hit the big screen. Rather than tackle the densest of his sprawling masterpieces, writer/director David Cronenberg recently wrapped production on one of DeLillo’s slighter novels, the NYC-based fever dream Cosmopolis. At the heart of the story is a surreal journey across 11 blocks of midtown Manhattan by billionaire asset manager Eric Packer to get a haircut. A good portion of the... [Read more]
The trailers for two highly anticipated films surfaced this week. Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover and David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo feature the work of two directors in their prime tackling big subject matter. Hoover is Eastwood’s first collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio who was cast in the titular role. Eastwood is working once again in historical mode covering the life of Hoover from childhood through his 50 years as the big fish in federal law enforce... [Read more]
Golden egg director J.J. Abrams announced the creation a new media/consulting company called FactoryMade Ventures this week. Backed by Telefonica and Intel among others, Factorymade will allow Abrams along with Michael Bay (Transformers), Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Spy Kids) and Thom Beers (Ice Road Truckers) to develop projects and retain ownership and profits associated with them. Abrams is on a pretty much unbroken winning streak stretching all the way back to Felicity. Massive victories i... [Read more]
Three very important authors are getting the film treatment, two are getting films made while one is denying the rights to his, posthumously. All three of them are dead, incidentally, which saves them the obvious horror of seeing what Hollywood made of their masterpieces. One of the most sought after film adaptations of all time, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road will finally see the light of day in November. Kerouac himself was offered $110,000 and the lead role in the film by Warner Brothers... [Read more]