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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Ten is a ten in our book

We were lucky enough to score a ticket to a screening of The Ten at Sundance and it was fantastic. Here's a poolside chat with Paul Rudd, David Wain, and Ken Marino. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sundance Interview W/ Martin Hynes and Jena Malone

Don't miss this interview with Martin Hynes, Director of The Go-Getter and Jena Malone who acts in the movie.

Looking forward to Saling!

So if you know me at all, you know that I live for garage/yard sales. I am already getting excited for the Spring when the garage sales season begins once again. I didn't really go out much last year as I found sleeping-in a much better option. In order to find the good stuff one must wake up really early and go around. I usually map out my route, organizing the sales first by start times and then by description. In the past I have found some really amazing things--some of which have been worth a lot of money. I've gotten very good at buying art and have picked up some paintings by very well known artists. You never know what you are going to find when you go to a sale and that's what makes it exciting. Not to mention the fights which sometimes break out and the dealers who are all competing to make a living. There is an interesting sub-culture that exists which I have always wanted to document on film. Anyone want to help me with this? If you ever want to tag along just let me know!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Screech Vs. Boaz

Sundance 2007 - Some photos

The following three photos take place in the Hollywood Life House which is where some press junkets took place. We were shoved in a corner and on the stairs and were promised many interviews and ended up with three; Chris Klein, Sam Rockwell, and Patrick Fugit. We saw everyone from Teri Hatcher to John Cusack here, but never spoke to them. I have also included a photo of the woman I named "The Snow Queen". She was with Hollywood Life Magazine and was such a character. If you're reading this Snow Queen, please call me.

Some shots of the Utah Mountains and around Park City

Friday, January 26, 2007

Don't forget to floss

This is very enjoyable, oh what I would give to have Sue Simmons' job. Viewers are saying that Sue falls out of her chair in this clip but if you watch closely, someone pushes her. Coming up after the break, researchers are saying that a small amount of Crisco everyday may be good for you.

Two Sundance clips

Here are two interviews from Sundance. There are many more to come and I promise I'll start blogging about some of the experiences we had while out there.

The Screenings

As promised, here are a list of the screenings that I went to at Sundance. I only saw a portion of The Go-Getter as I had to leave early to catch The Nines. Enjoy!


Destiny Manifesto
Martha Colburn
U.S.A. , 2006 , 9 Minutes, color

An exploration of the visual and psychological parallels between the American western frontier and the conflict in the Middle East.
(more info) Dreams and Desires--Family Ties
Joanna Quinn
United Kingdom , 2006 , 10 Minutes, color

After acquiring a new digital video camera, Beryl becomes obsessed with the filmmaking process, using it to articulate her dreams and desires with disastrous results.
(more info) Duct Tape and Cover
Yong-Jin (Gene) Park
U.S.A. , 2005 , 4 Minutes, color

A satirical response to the Department of Homeland Security's recent advice for Americans to ready themselves for possible chemical and biological warfare.
(more info) Everything Will Be OK
Don Hertzfeldt
U.S.A. , 2006 , 17 Minutes, color & b/w

A series of dark and troubling events force Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life--or lack thereof.
(more info) Golden Age
Aaron Augenblick
U.S.A. , 2006 , 22 Minutes, color

The shocking true stories of the world's strangest cartoons.
(more info) One Rat Short
Alex Weil
U.S.A. , 2006 , 10 Minutes, color

Led by the mesmerizing ballet of a discarded food wrapper, a subway rat crawls into an adventure of love and loss on a dark Manhattan night.
(more info) Paulina Hollers
Brent Green
U.S.A. , 2006 , 15 Minutes, color

A religious-zealot mother commits suicide so she can find her dead son in hell and escape with him.
(more info) Phantom Canyon
Stacey Steers
U.S.A. , 2006 , 10 Minutes, b/w

A curious woman encounters enormous insects and an alluring man with bat wings in a surreal recollection of a pivotal journey.

U.S.A., 2006, 113 Minutes, color & b/w

Rod Lurie
Allison Burnett and Michael Bortman and Rod Lurie, based on the LA Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer

For all his ambition, Erik (Josh Hartnett) is a Denver sports reporter fast on his way to being yesterday's news. His writing lacks personality, and his editor, Metz (Alan Alda), is unwilling to pull him off the boxing beat. To make matters worse, his personal life is down for the count. Recently separated from his wife, Erik tries to maintain his good standing with their young son. When he rescues a homeless man, "the champ" (Samuel L. Jackson), from some local hoods, he learns that the destitute man is actually a former boxing champion thought to be long dead, and it appears that Erik has stumbled onto a knockout story.

Rod Lurie proves that he is an intricate storyteller here, discovering in the material a range of complex emotions and poignancy. Bolstered by subtle performances from Hartnett and Jackson, the film asks what it means to be a man, not a champ. It grapples with relationships between fathers and sons and taps into a core component of masculine self-deception--an urge to misrepresent. Hamstrung by his own sense of failure, Erik tries so hard to appear special in his son's eyes that he lies about being friends with star athletes. But in befriending the champ, who has his own burdens, Erik takes steps to come to terms with his family, the ghost of his father, and his own capacity for forgiveness.— John Nein

Screenwriters : Allison Burnett and Michael Bortman and Rod Lurie, based on the LA Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer
Executive Producers : Arnold W. Messer, Bradley J. Fischer, Louis Phillips, Frederick Zollo
Producers : Bob Yari, Marc Frydman, Rod Lurie, Mike Medavoy
Cast : Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Teri Hatcher, Kathryn Morris, Rachel Nichols, Alan Alda

U.S.A., 2006, 111 Minutes, color

Justin Theroux
David Bromberg

Henry Roth is messed up. A New York children's book author who tells kids that Santa doesn't exist, his motto is "Life is nothing but the occasional burst of laughter rising above the interminable wail of grief." After watching an old porn film, he and his illustrator (and best friend) Rudy find inspiration for their next book, Marty the Beaver. It's a smash success, but Rudy becomes ill, and, to save his career, Henry must choose to collaborate with a beautiful, but scattered, young woman or risk collapsing under the weight of his anxieties.

A decidedly modern love story, Dedication boasts an all-star cast that delivers wonderfully nuanced performances. Justin Theroux brings to the director's chair his many years of experience in front of the camera and allows his actors to fully inhabit their characters and world. The first-time filmmaker's impressive visual sense infuses the romantic comedy with an assured aesthetic, filling the story with a lush lyricism seldom seen in a genre film. Using humor and insight, Theroux explores where love resides in our anxious times. Dedication is a comedic love story with a plaintive emotional delicacy that gets under your skin and into your heart.— Trevor Groth

Screenwriter : David Bromberg
Producers : Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Galt Niederhoffer
Cinematographer : Stephen Kazmierski
Editor : Andy Keir
Production Designer : Teresa Mastropierro
Composer : Ed Shearmur
Costume Designer : Heidi Bivens
Cast : Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson, Dianne Wiest, Bob Balaban, Martin Freeman

New Zealand, 2006, 87 Minutes, color

Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi

Which is the more dangerous predator: an eagle or a shark? That's a trick question. Don't try to answer it. You'll have your own opinion by the end of Taika Waititi's deliciously tangy, deadpan feature debut about two colorful misfits thrown into each other's orbit.

Lily is one of those weird, sweet-natured girls with stringy hair who is quite lovely and charismatic under a surface of shy awkwardness. But most people don't have enough vision to notice, and the truth is that Lily isn't looking to change. She cashiers at a fast-food joint and pines for Jarrod, the self-aggrandizing, clueless geek from the computer store across the way. Fiercely optimistic, Lily crashes Jarrod's animal/video-game extravaganza, impressing him enough with her shark suit and gaming prowess to score a hookup with Eagle Lord (Jarrod) himself. Soon Lily and her brother are driving Jarrod back to his hometown to confront his childhood nemesis. But here Jarrod's self-absorption blossoms so mightily that it may drive even the most adoring of girlfriends away. As Jarrod prepares to exact his revenge on the past, Lily's quiet power gathers force as well.

With so much subtlety and precision in Loren Horsley and Jemaine Clement's straight-faced, oddball performances, Lily and Jarrod's attempts to reach each other are hilarious and excruciatingly real. Meanwhile, Phoenix Foundation's charming, moody score perfectly reflects lopsided hearts as they stumble through uncomfortably transformative terrain.— Caroline Libresco

Screenwriter : Taika Waititi
Executive Producer : Emanuel Michael
Cinematographer : Adam Clark
Editor : Jono Woodford-Robinson
Sound Designer : Dave Whitehead
Costume Designer : Amanda Neale
Cast : Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Brian Sergent, Joel Tobeck

Canada, 2006, 98 Minutes, color

Andrew Currie
Dennis Heaton, Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie

Fido whisks us away to a beautifully Technicolor alternate reality where zombies roam the earth. Not to fear--their never-ending appetite for human flesh has been stifled by a patented domestication collar, manufactured en masse by megacorporation Zomcon. Citizens can sleep at night knowing their zombies are not there to eat brains but to mow lawns, deliver milk, and serve food--as model zombie citizens should.
In this faux-'50s suburban utopia, young Timmy Robinson's family is behind the times. Due to an unfortunate zombie experience in his past, Timmy's father is unwilling to allow even one into their home, while everyone else on the block has multiple undead servants. Tired of helplessly trying to keep up with the Joneses, Timmy's mother goes against her husband's wishes and brings home the family's first zombie. Timmy immediately takes to the loveable brute, forming an unlikely friendship, though this family pet is not your average Lassie.

In Fido, director Andrew Currie has provided a version of the 1950s idyllic world like never before, and a welcome addition to the burgeoning genre of undead comedy.— Adam Montgomery
Screenwriters : Dennis Heaton, Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie
Producers : Mary Anne Waterhouse, Blake Corbet
Cinematographer : Jan Kiesser
Editor : Roger Mattiussi
Production Designer : Rob Gray
Composer : Don MacDonald
Cast : Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Czerny

U.S.A., 2006, 93 Minutes, color

Martin Hynes
Martin Hynes

Left with an aching instinctual itch to explore America after a traumatic loss, a curious teenager named Mercer suddenly steals a car in Oregon and develops a life-altering telephonic connection with the forgiving and mysterious girl he took it from. As he sets out with her phone calls as guidance, Mercer's motives find focus as he travels across the postmodern highways of the former Wild West to seek self-knowledge and a sense of belonging.

Played with truth and nuance by Lou Taylor Pucci, young Mercer follows the clues and confronts struggles, both good and bad, on his spiritual journey toward manhood and an end to his grief. Supporting him in a range of unlikely relationships and chance encounters is an eloquent set of performances that include Zooey Deschanel as the car's owner, Jena Malone as a precocious distraction in Reno, and Maura Tierney as his brother's old flame.

Byron Shah's dreamlike cinematography and M. Ward's original soundtrack add to this "mix tape" of emotional discoveries. Perhaps most impressive is the way writer/director Martin Hynes vividly and creatively steers the viewer on this cinematic ride, where there are some roads still worth driving down.— Joseph Beyer
Screenwriter : Martin Hynes
Producers : Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Lori Christopher, Larry Furlong
Cinematographer : Byron Shah
Editor : David Birdsell
Production Designer : Damon Fortier
Music : M. Ward
Costume Designer : Marie Schley
Cast : Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone, Judy Greer, Maura Tierney

U.S.A., 2006, 90 Minutes, color

Jake Paltrow
Jake Paltrow

The Good Night tells the story of Gary, once a moderately successful musician who has fallen on hard times. Although he has a beautiful girlfriend and a steady, if unexciting, career, something is missing…until he meets Anna, a breathtaking, exotic, intelligent woman who happens to love Gary. She is quite literally his dream girl. And that's the problem. Gary can only see Anna in his dream life, so he has to find a way to carry on his most satisfying relationship in his dreams. His quest for lucid dreaming techniques introduces Gary to some crazy characters, who ultimately give him a new perspective on life. But will he be able to maintain his dual life, and if he does, will it bring him the happiness he desires?
Writer/director Jake Paltrow (his short film An Eviction Notice played at the 1996 Festival) returns to Sundance with a first feature that follows through on his early promise. He assembles a world-class cast to enliven his charming and perceptive script about a man's search for perfection in a world that seldom measures up to the romanticized images that constantly bombard it. The Good Night explores how lost you can get pursuing perfection, so lost you may even miss seeing the beauty that's right in front of you.— Trevor Groth
Screenwriter : Jake Paltrow
Executive Producers : Oliver Hengst, Ernst-August Schnieder, Jim Seibel, Robert Whitehouse
Producers : Donna Gigliotti, Bill Johnson
Coproducer : Nicky Kentish Barnes
Associate Producer : Wolfgang Schamburg
Cinematographer : Giles Nuttgens
Cast : Penélope Cruz, Danny DeVito, Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Pegg, Keith Allen, Amber Sealey

U.S.A., 2006, 90 Minutes, color

James C. Strouse
James C. Strouse

Stanley Phillips, a patriot and father of two, is overwhelmed when he gets news that his wife, Grace, has been killed in the Iraq war. Though distraught himself, he tries to rally the strength to tell his young daughters. Instead, he bundles them in the car and heads out on a road trip to their favorite amusement park. Inside, he knows what he needs to do. But he must first learn who his daughters are before he can begin helping them overcome this tragedy.
John Cusack's achingly poignant performance is the backbone of Grace Is Gone. He is always superb in finding pathos in characters, but as Stanley, he exhibits a newfound maturity as an actor. His two young costars turn in amazingly realistic performances as they attempt to decipher their dad's sporadic behavior, and Alessandro Nivola, as the liberal brother, is the perfect foil for Stanley's belief systems.
With an elegant film that's as topical as it is devastating, writer/director James Strouse rightfully secures a place on the indie scene. His dialogue is sparse; instead, carefully chosen images convey this family's difficulty in reconnecting. That Grace Is Gone can be construed as promilitary guarantees its greatest impact. It is sure to be exalted as the freshest and best antiwar movie of this troubled time.— John Cooper

Screenwriter : James C. Strouse
Executive Producers : Reagan Silber, Paul Bernstein
Producers : Galt Niederhoffer, John Cusack, Grace Loh, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Cinematographer : Jean-Louis Bompoint
Editor : Joe Klotz
Production Designer : Susan Block
Composer : Max Richter
Cast : John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola, Shélan O'Keefe, Gracie Bdenarczyk

U.S.A., 2006, 93 Minutes, color

Mike Cahill
Mike Cahill

King of California is a cinematic voyage through the landscape of a contemporary southern California community shaped by one unconventional man's quest. Writer/director Mike Cahill's debut feature, squired by producers Alexander Payne and Michael London, among others, recounts the story of a teenage girl, Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood), and her mentally dysfunctional father, Charlie (Michael Douglas), a man who has spent his life pursuing his passions and has just returned home after a two-year hiatus in a mental institution. Miranda, struggling to stay afloat in her rapidly enlarging community, is swept up, albeit reluctantly, in her dad's latest madness, a search for gold left behind by Spanish missionaries.

With an energy that both disarms and delights, Cahill transforms the stereotypical image of the California eccentric and the even-more-familiar tale of pursuing your dreams into a dramatically powerful and imaginative fable that explores both the difficulties of a father/daughter relationship and the excesses of people and societies run amok.

Directed with a restraint and sensibility that belie Cahill's inexperience and displaying a classical sense of craftsmanship throughout its many twists and turns, King of California is a flight into a realm of inspiration and delusion that offers viewers an engaging and uplifting respite from the burdens of life.— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screenwriter : Mike Cahill
Executive Producers : Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson, George Furla, Elisa Salinas, Vance Owen
Producers : Alexander Payne, Michael London, Avi Lerner, Randall Emmett
Composer : David Robbins
Cast : Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus

U.S.A., 2006, 102 Minutes, color

John August
John August

Three actors--Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, and Melissa McCarthy--are a delight playing different roles in the three different scenarios that comprise John August's film The Nines. In "The Prisoner," a troubled television star finds himself under house arrest with his chipper publicist and disillusioned neighbor providing his only link to the outside world. "Reality Television" is a Project Greenlight-style show tracing the behind-the-scenes tribulations of a half-hour sitcom. And in "Knowing," an acclaimed video-game designer and his family have car trouble on an outing and find themselves stranded deep in the woods.

Writer/director August is firmly at the helm of this unique film. The three stories are linked to each other on a metaphysical plane, forming a stylish puzzle of coincidences that questions the underlying notions of both life and art. Does the creator have a responsibility to his or her creations? If we shape the lives we lead on any level, why not on all levels? Are we or are we not responsible for our own happy endings?

If you need tidy conclusions to these and other questions films sometimes pose, The Nines may not be for you. But if you love great writing, direction, and performances and are willing to ask questions, The Nines offers an upbeat, as well as enlightening, adventure.— John Cooper

Screenwriter : John August
Producers : Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen, Dan Etheridge
Associate Producer : Todd King
Cinematographer : Nancy Schreiber
Editor : Douglas Crise
Composer : Alex Wurman
Cast : Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Elle Fanning, David Denman, Octavia Spencer, Dahlia Salem

U.S.A., 2006, 100 Minutes, color

JJ Lask
JJ Lask

If we tell ourselves stories to live, as a famous author puts it, then the task of modern cinema is not just to allow us to experience but also to revisit and become conscious. And if all this seems so ethereal, so academic, meet JJ Lask, the author and creator of some of the most original storytelling I've seen this year.

On the Road with Judas is a film based on a real novel, written by a writer, played by an actor, about the real characters and the actors playing those characters in this story. It is also a delightful and fun romp about crime, love, and David Lee Roth.

Lask, the novelist, lives in two worlds, and both exist inside his mind. His characters are both "real" and "actors." His main character, Judas, is also a man living a double life as an entrepreneur and a petty criminal. But when he falls in love, he must deal with things which he simply cannot handle.

This deliciously playful tapestry of narrative point of view--at times recondite but always stimulating--of the author, the filmmaker, and the subjects is seamlessly integrated and invigoratingly sophisticated. Poignant as well as cerebral, the postmodern and charming On the Road with Judas resonates with a multiplicity of voices that underscore the complexity of truth and fiction.— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screenwriter : JJ Lask
Producers : Amy Slotnick, Ronan P. Nagle
Cinematographer : Ben Starkman
Editors : JJ Lask, Jason Kileen
Production Designer : Jennifer Dehghan
Music : Human
Costume Designer : Annie U. Yun
Cast : Aaron Ruell, Kevin Corrigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eleanor Hutchins, Amanda Loncar, Alex Burns, Leo Fitzpatrick

Denmark, 2006, 84 Minutes, color

Pernille Rose Grønkjær

Wills are tested, and lives are changed forever in this heartwarming and often-hilarious documentary that tells the story of two very different, yet equally obstinate, people thrown together by chance--or destiny. Lovable, eccentric, and decidedly set in his ways, Mr. Vig is an 82-year-old virgin living alone in a dilapidated castle in the Danish countryside. Sister Ambrosija is a young, ambitious, headstrong Russian Orthodox nun (think "control freak").

All his life, Mr. Vig has dreamed of turning his castle into a Russian orthodox monastery. His dream may finally come true when the patriarchate agrees to send nuns and priests to appraise and help develop the site. The delegation is led by Sister Ambrosija, who has her own ideas about the way a monastery should look and be run.

Director Pernille Rose Grønkjær unwittingly becomes an unseen character in her own delightfully unique documentary. Mr. Vig asks the filmmaker for advice and, at times, even help with the chores as Sister Ambrosija's demands for repairs pile up. Painterly cinematography captures the fallen majesty of the castle in subdued hues, while casual interviews explore Mr. Vig's childhood and his views on life, love, religion, and even Sister Ambrosija, his nemesis, who becomes, arguably, his closest friend.— David Courier

Executive Producer : Michael Fleisher
Producer : Sigrid Dyekjaer
Line Producer : Ane Mandrup Pedersen
Editor : Pernille Bech Christensen
Sound Designer : Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Composer : Johan Söderqvist

U.S.A., 2006, 93 Minutes, color

David Wain

Ken Marino, David Wain

The Ten is comprised of 10 blasphemous and hysterical stories that put the insanity back in Christianity. Inspired by each of the Ten Commandments, every story is told in a different style, but the characters and themes overlap. It's all held together by a narrator who has his own moral problems. Finally, everyone is united at the end for a rousing finale that answers the question, "What's it all about?"

These hilarious stories feature a careless skydiver who becomes an accidental superstar, a doctor who kills patients as a "goof," two neighbors who compete over who can amass the most CAT-scan machines, and a woman who falls for all the wrong men, including a ventriloquist's dummy.

David Wain returns to Sundance with a subversive, multilayered ensemble comedy from the creators and cast of Wet Hot American Summer, The State, and Stella. Jam packed with huge stars who aren't afraid to let it all hang out, The Ten is a comedy of biblical proportions that pulls no punches in skewering the most sacred topics. God damn, this movie is funny.— Trevor Groth

Screenwriters : Ken Marino, David Wain
Producer : Jonathan Stern, Morris Levy, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd, David Wain
Cinematographer : Yaron Orbach
Editor : Eric Kissack
Production Designer : Mark White
Composer : Craig Wedren
Casting Directors : Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia
Cast : Paul Rudd, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Liev Schreiber, Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt, Famke Janssen, Ken Marino

U.S.A., 2006, 105 Minutes, color

Andrea Nix Fine, Sean Fine

In War/Dance, a profoundly moving cinematic work of art, an indomitable beacon of light shines within a world of darkness. For the last 20 years, northern Uganda has been at war with a rebel force, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In this war zone, children are not only the victims of the rebels--they are the rebels. The LRA employs a horrifically effective process to fill its ranks--abducting children.

War/Dance follows the historic journey of three of these children--Dominic, Rose, and Nancy--and their school in the Patongo refugee camp, the first school from the northern war zone to make it to the finals of Uganda's national music and dance competition.

Amidst unimaginable violence and grief, these children sing and dance: they sing with vitality; they sing without fear; they sing in protest and in celebration. They dance and stomp to the rhythms of their ancestors. Devastated by the horrors of war, they carry the hopes and dreams of their entire village with them. Husband and wife filmmaking team Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine have crafted a consummate work that elevates nonfiction filmmaking to its highest level. War/Dance will renew your faith in the power of the human spirit to soar despite unspeakable odds.— David Courier

Executive Producers : Susan MacLaury, Mark Urman, Daniel Katz
Producer : Albie Hecht
Coproducers : Josie Swantek, Kari Kim
Associate Producer : Andrew Herwitz
Cinematographer : Sean Fine
Editor : Jeff Consiglio

I'm back, running on no sleep and freezing

Hey everyone!

I'm back in NJ and have many things to write about. The stars, the films, the fights, the laughs..I'll fill you in on our Sundance adventure. Here's a photo of one of the highlights: hanging out with Ira Glass (host of This American Life) which in addition to being a radio show is now going to be a tv show on Showtime. Goodnight!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

And we're off

I'm about to leave for JFK...see you all at Sundance.


Friday, January 19, 2007

I'm doing the Sun-dance

So I'm getting really excited for our trip to Sundance. We are heading to Park City, Utah Saturday night for a week of films, interviews, SWAG, parties, all the Stella Artois you can drink, and free food. I'm hoping we can get some photos onto wireimage like we did last year. Be sure to check the Clips and Quips Blog everyday to see what we are up to.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Step aside Rocky, there's a new champion in town

There are many words that can be used to describe Boaz Frankel: funny, talented, charming, bearded...the list goes on and on. Well now you can add world record holder to that list. That's right, Boaz got his certificate from Guiness World Records and now holds the world record for most high fives in an hour. Way to go buddy!

In Search of The Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo

So Boaz is responsible for this entry as he has been writing about shows from our youth on the Clips and Quips Blog. Which brings me to In Search of The Wow Wow Wibble Woggle Wazzie Woodle Woo, the brainchild of Tim Noah. I used to rent this video from RKO Video over and over again, and would call local stores trying to find a copy for sale. People thought I was some crazy kid calling and asking for this ridiculous title. I've passed this video on to my cousins and they too couldn't stop watching and singing along to such tunes as "Big Booger" and "Musty Moldy Melvin". They just recently released it on DVD with extra features and I'm going to pick up a copy. I also wrote a note to Tim to tell him about my loving this as a child and he responded with a very kind email. I encourage you to check this movie out and bet that you'll be singing along after one viewing.

Sorry for the lack of posting

I've been neglecting the blog over the past couple of days and for this I am sorry. Let me share with you a photo of my new pet though.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Do you feel like dancin'?

So Jon and Justine showed this to me awhile back and I just wanted to share it with you in case you haven't seen it. It's a real pleaser. Back to work tomorrow! It looks like winter is finally on the way.

PS. And the Golden Globe goes to..wait, what's this? Arnold and his crutches? Everybody get dowwwwwn.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sam Smith and Ben Folds

Sam and I met while working at Columbia Pictures. He also went to NYU and was not only a huge movie fan but also a very talented drummer. You should check out his band, The Comfies! I just found out that Sam has been asked to play drums for Ben Folds on his two week European tour. Way to go Sam!! I encourage you to check out Sam's blog and read his movie reviews and 2006 year in film.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Security, SECURITY!

Happy Weekend! You may recognize the above photo as a clothing security tag, which when passed through the exit detectors alert the entire store that someone is walking out with a tag still attached to a piece of clothing. Well now clothing companies have reinvented the security tag, and Evan's annoyed.

I decided to take a trip to Toys "R" Us to see what games they have for the soon as I walk into the store the alarm goes off! People look over and I stare them down. I continue walking and go into the gaming section which has another detector that you pass through, gee no alarm this time. "What's going on" I think to myself. I check out their wimpy selection of Wii games and decide to leave. BRING BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP..the alarm starts going off and I just look around and continue on my way out. I walk through the door detector and that one goes off as well. I suddenly realized that the jacket I'm wearing, a new purchase from the Gap, has a tag on the inside of it that reads "CUT HERE---REMOVE BEFORE WASHING OR WEARING"--it's a security tag, and the sensors at Toys "R" Us detected it. I think that the Gap salesperson should have removed this tag for me when I purchased the jacket. They probably think it's funny that hundreds of people are walking into stores and setting off the alarms.

I'm currently checking all of my jackets for these tags. I noticed that some shirts I bought have one stuck on the inside that you have to peel off.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Jonny's Got a Blog

That's right everyone, my good pal Jon has now started a blog! I'm sure it will be a good read so add it to your favorites. He'll dazzle you with stories from his youth and if you're lucky, he'll share with you three little film gems that he made while at NYU.

Speaking of films, in just about a week Boaz and I will be heading out to Park City, Utah to cover the SUNDANCE Film Festival! Watch out Redford!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Skippy for the Soul

I have a very special treat for you. Are you ready for this? Amanda, an über-talented friend of mine animated this film while she was a student at CalArts. She just recently won the "So Cute it Hurts" award and there is an awards ceremony at Cinespace in Hollywood in a few weeks where she will give an acceptance speech... Amanda is going places and I suggest you invest in her because she is going to make it, it is my pleasure to share with you, the one, the only, SKIPPY!!! Watch it once, watch it twice, hell, watch it as many times as you can.

Pan's Labyrinth

Even though I have not seen the movie yet, I received a copy of the Pan's Labyrinth Original Soundtrack CD with music by Javier Navarrete. The music is haunting and beautiful, chock full of emotion. The first song, Long, Long Time Ago (Hace Mucho, Mucho Tiempo) is my favorite, and is the song used in the movie trailer and this melody returns in some form on most of the CD tracks.

"The music of PAN'S LABYRINTH is written by Spanish composer, Javier Navarrete. The music encompasses the fantastical mood of the film - a fairy tale fantasy for adults, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War. The music captures the tension and imagination of this rich, layered film."

Alright Already

The Wii is very cool indeed but I didn't get much time to play with it as I felt I needed to tune in to hear the Prez address the nation. I probably should have just kept playing.

I don't know about you, but I've had enough of this Donald Trump/Rosie/ Barbara feud. I mean, come on, it's like kindergarten all over again. He calls her this, she calls him this, he's suing her, she's taking away his wife from him. Who the hell cares? America. Men are using this topic as chit chat to pick up women in bars. The salons are a buzz with talk of Rosie and Donald. Ooo..did you hear that Barbara gave it to the Don yesterday. All they need now is Starr Jones rolling in to join in the brawl. I think the "ladies" should take a step back and look at the view themselves. Mr. Trump, why are you waisting all of your time calling these women names when you should be at home with your baby son. I think I've said enough on this topic.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Purity Wiiiiiii

It's always fun to see where people you went to high school with turn up. In today's NY Times there is a great review of a play written by Thomas Bradshaw with whom I went to high school. We were in many plays together and he was very talented then and I am thrilled to hear of his successes as a playwright now. If you are interested you can read the review here.

I'm probably going to go next week. Let me know if you want to join our group!

In other news, I purchased a Wii today. After trying for a few days I finally got lucky and snagged the last one at Nintendo World. They start selling them at a certain time everyday and people seem to figure out the strategy at some point.

Thank you iphone

Thanks to the reveal of Apple's iphone, my Apple stock went way up yesterday! I'm curious to try this phone out and see what it's like. I am loving my new imac and have now completed the 2 hour installation of Final Cut Studio HD. I'm amazed at some of the new features and things that you can do with this.

By the way, the Canadians have the right idea!

This entry is like Robin Williams on helium. Which brings me to my next photo entry. My ex-NYU roomate Anthony was shuffling through some photos from our college days and sent me a few. Here they are for you to enjoy:

(Backstage after my performance on Broadway as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, an adoring fan throws a rose)

(Freedom Fries, freedom from college that is)

(More adoring Beauty and the Beast fans)

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Advice from a Wii dealer/scalper

*ring* *ring*

Me: Hey? So what's the status?
Jon: There are a bunch of people here waiting around. But they are telling us that there aren't any coming in to the store today. The employees have such an attitude. It's not looking good
Me: Well should I come?
Jon: Wait, someone came into the store and said that he just bought a Wii at Toys "R" Us and they have a bunch in stock. I'm heading over there. I'll call you back.

(Entire Nintendo Store empties out as everyone sprints to Toys "R" Us as fast as they can. Mom's with strollers are knocked out of the way as the Wii hopefuls rush into the store. "The Wii's, where are the wii's one guy shouts", the pyramid of Wii's are stacked up behind the counter and a huge line forms. The pyramid quickly dwindles down to one or two units and then they are sold out.)

Jon: Hey it's me again. I got the Wii. Are you still going to try to get one?
Me: Yeah I think so.

It was then that I had my first encounter with a Wii scalper, that's right folks, one of the reasons I can't get my hands on a wii is because there are a bunch of guys and girls out there who have beat the system and know when and where the Wii will be put out. They have networks of people working for them and at the end of the day they sell them on ebay and on the street. The guy we spoke with today sold a bunch of them, from $500-$800.

What makes things worse is that the employees in the Nintendo World Store are really nasty and mean. They are trained not to give any information out about the Wii shipments and I can understand that, but they answer you with one word answers and have an awful attitude. I'm going to start going in and asking them for gamecube...see if maybe I can get someone to give me some attention. That's right, GAMECUUUUBE.

Don't get me sick

Commuters and workers of the tri-state area... please stay home if you are sick.

There was a woman coughing behind me and a man next to me on the bus this morning. I was surrounded by hacking and mucus. I need to stay healthy for the big trip to Park City.

And why can't NYC figure out where the odor was coming from? With all of their technology and hours of work, the source of the gas smell still remains a mystery(Even though Adam has taken full blame).

Monday, January 8, 2007

Wii were so close

I tried getting a Wii at the Nintendo store. They didn't have any in yet so we decided to get a bite to eat. We then decided to swing by the store again and the Wii's had come in and were being sold. We quickly hopped in line and things were looking good. I asked the woman in front of us if she was waiting to buy the system and she said that she didn't really want one, but if she could get one she would. It was then announced that there was one Wii left and this woman was going to get it. She's probably listing it on Ebay as I write this post and is going to make money on it. I guess I'll have to try to go on another day. The people over at Nintendo are laughing at us..I just know it. I can hear them.


There's an odor over the city and everyone's talking.

You're the one that I, I take that back.

Haven't we all seen enough of Billy Bush. As if his co-hosting Access Hollywood isn't enough, this cousin of President Bush is now hosting NBC's You're The One That I Want- a twist on American Idol where three judges search the globe for a Sandy Olsson and a Danny Zuko in a new broadway production of Grease. My first thought, "Why"? and my second thought, "is Rosie O'Donnell going to play Rizzo?" I must admit that I sat through the show last night as bad as it was, but I don't think I'll tune in again.

In other news, I just saw that a Sydney paper published an article stating that Warner Brothers has signed Peter Jackson to a $1 Billion remake of The Wizard of Oz! Isnt't that crazy? Sources say "the film will be entirely computer generated. Andy Serkis who performed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, has already signed to play all of Dorothy, The Scarcrow, The Tin Man, The Lion, and the Wicked Witch."

Okay, is this for real? A 100% CGI version of The Wizard of Oz with one guy doing all of the voices except for the Wizard (Tom Hanks?) Here's what's next:

Are you ready to follow the Yellow Brick Road?
NBC brings you a brand new show!
We're scouring the globe looking for the next Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wizard, Witch, Flying Monkeys to star in a new Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz

Stay Dry!

Saturday, January 6, 2007

The Apple Tree

Asha and I saw The Apple Tree the other night at Studio 54 starring the 4-foot-11 bundle of *ahem* joy, Kristen Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch, and Brian d'Arcy James. This is yeat another revival, the original cast being Barbara Harris, Alan Alda, and Larry Blyden with Mike Nichols directing. The Apple Tree is based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Feiffer. Kristen Chenoweth definitely shines in this very campy show. I enjoyed myself but wouldn't recommend The Apple Tree unless you are a Chenoweth junkie or a sucker for flashy costumes. Sitting there watching the show, I couldn't help but think if they ever re-record the Chipmunks Christmas Album, Kristen should sing all the chipmunk parts. Have a great weekend! It's about 73 degrees outside right now and Al Gore is knocking on the door. Gotta run!

Friday, January 5, 2007

WAMU-We All Must Urinate

On the way to work this morning I decided I would stop by the Washington Mutual I always pass to get some money for my evening out with Asha. The air was warm with a slight breeze and everything was peaceful at 7:45 am. As I walked up to the door I noticed a man coming out, a homeless man, who then began to urinate right in front of the entrance. His buddy was inside sleeping and I decided I would let them be and went on my way. I just got back from walking to the Wamu on Broadway and saw no homeless people in there. If Wamu were smart, they would give these homeless men security guard outfits, a shower, and haircuts. Instant security.