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Francis Ford Coppola Takes A Look Back At ‘The Godfather’

June 30th, 2009 No comments

It’s interesting to hear how the director stumbled onto making one of the greatest films of all time.

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Miley Cyrus and Hugh Jackman Set To Star In ‘The Bodyguard’

June 30th, 2009 No comments

bodyguard2According to WENN, Hugh Jackman and Miley Cyrus are in talks to star in a remake of The Bodyguard. Now that every movie from the 80s has been remade, the studios must have decided it’s time to move on to the 90s. Wolverine will be playing the studly bodyguard and Miss Hannah Montana will be playing the endangered pop star, so I guess that means no passionate love making in this one (unless they’re going for a Lolita kind of vibe). Also, maybe it’s a good idea to reverse the roles. Based on his performance at this year’s Oscars, Jackman could easily play the pop star. The new version is being tentatively titled Personal Security. What an exciting title! They might as well Read more…

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Jane Fonda Reflects On Her Relationship With Michael Jackson

June 30th, 2009 No comments

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Jane Fonda says she noticed Michael Jackson‘s complicated issues firsthand and has taken to her blog to reflect on her relationship with the iconic popstar, which lasted from the late 70s through the early 80s. She says that she was never sure about the nature of their friendship:

I couldn’t pretend to understand him. There were so many complicated signals. Did he want me to be his ‘older women’ friend. He gravitated to older women.

She goes on to recount the story of Jackson’s visit to her Santa Barbara ranch:

I pointed to a spot where I told him I wanted to be buried. Michael had a melt down right then and there when he heard this. He shrieked and bent over and said ‘no, no, no!’ ‘What’s the matter?,’ I asked. ‘Don’t ever talk about your dying,’ he answered. ‘Don’t ever think about it.’ I thought to myself, Michael will have a hard time of it as he ages. He will spend all his energy trying to flee what is inevitable. It’s hard to imagine him being happy as he aged. One more demon to try and evade. I like to think he’s happy now, free of his demons. Free and floating and knowing how his art continues to be revered and celebrated by all of us all over the world.

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Flop Pop Fizzle, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Transformers’ Crush the Competition

June 29th, 2009 No comments

untitled-1In a recent interview, which ran in Parade magazine with the headline “The Mixed Up Life of Shia Lebeouf”, the Transformers star talked about his anxiety about his life and career, saying:

I’m still doing the same hustle now. The only change is that, instead of my dad selling hot dogs from the cart, it’s Steven Spielberg selling the hot dogs.

This weekend Michael Bay was the one selling the hot dogs, so to speak, and they were selling like hotcakes. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is Read more…

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Gay Pride Chicago 2009: Three Days of Pink Speedos, Club Beats and Debbie Gibson

June 29th, 2009 1 comment

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What a weekend! And no I’m not talking about the inexplicable box office gross of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Gay Pride was being celebrated all over the world and Chicago was no exception. The two days of festivals and concerts culminated in Sunday’s parade. Thelma Houston, the Grammy-winning “Don’t Leave Me This Way” soul singer did an amazing concert on Saturday afternoon. The other headliner was 80s pop sensation Debbie Gibson, Read more…

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Vulture Droppings of the Week: One Episode Wonders

June 26th, 2009 No comments

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Its Friday! Which means it’s time once again for a weekly video round-up of my favorite pop culture atrocities, misfires and entertaining trainwrecks. This week’s theme: One Episode Wonders!

Remember that scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta and Sam Jackson are discussing random crap? Wait, that’s kinda the whole movie. Well, it’s the scene from the beginning, after the Read more…

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The Weekend Marquee: Indie David vs. Megatron Goliath

June 26th, 2009 No comments

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opened two days ago. It has already grossed over $80M and the weekend hasn’t even started yet. Needless to say, the new slate of movies that are opening today can be considered counter programming, as they don’t stand a chance of competing in the box office race with the big toy sequel. They are smaller indie flicks that have more drama than special effects; more dialogue than shots of Megan Fox‘s chest. At the top of this indie heap is Nick CassavetesAlpha Dog follow-up, My Sister’s Keeper.

The leukemia drama stars Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin (who’s no little child anymore) and Alec Baldwin. It has received mixed reviews, with more of a lean on the negative side. Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger wrote: “Don’t avoid My Sister’s Keeper because it’s a film about a serious issue. Avoid it because it approaches that issue like a very special episode of Grey’s Anatomy – complete with Read more…

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Michael Jackson: 1958 – 2009

June 25th, 2009 1 comment

mjThis has been a surreal entertainment news day. Reports have surfaced that Michael Jackson, long dubbed “The King of Pop”, has died from cardiac arrest. He was 50. The legendary artist first came to fame when he was 11, as part of the Jackson 5, a group he formed with his family. Among other hits, the Jackson 5 scored big with “ABC” and “I Want You Back”, two solid and very catchy pop songs. By the end of the 1970s, MJ ventured solo and released his breakthrough album Off the Wall. His single “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” epitomizes the glitz and infectious groove of the disco era. It shot to number one. This carved the path for Read more…

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Farrah Fawcett: 1947 – 2009

June 25th, 2009 No comments

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The iconic image of Farrah Fawcett smiling while playing with her hair (above left) is one of the best selling posters of all time. It’s no wonder why. It perfectly captures her appeal: the beautiful, angelic sex symbol with those luscious golden locks. Sadly, Fawcett lost her battle with cancer earlier this morning. While she’s done numerous film and television work in her career, she’ll forever be immortalized as that lovable star of Charlie’s Angels, the goddess from the poster.

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Oscars To Add Five More Slots In Best Picture Category

June 25th, 2009 No comments

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have announced that the Best Picture category will now include ten films, rather than the usual five. In layman’s terms, that means more movies will have a shot at Oscar gold. Who knows what surprises there will be on 2010′s list? Maybe New in Town or My Life in Ruins or Madea Goes to Jail? Full L.A. Times story here.

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