Friday, November 30, 2007

Kurt Cobain About a Son on sale today!

I already said this on last night's show, but I cannot stress it enough: anyone who enjoys listening to "The Movie Show" needs to pre-order their tickets ASAP.

You can do that on-line by going to this webpage, and clicking the 9:30 a.m. showtime under "About a Son."

This show WILL sell out, so don't say I didn't warn you.

JLA's Wonder Woman will be played by...

... Australian model Megan Gale, according to AICN.

Here's what she looks like:
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Does she look the part? Well, my wife just said she's got great legs like Wonder Woman, which means it's fair game for me to say I agree, but she's a model. Looking like a goddess is part of her job description. The real question we need to ask ourselves here is can Gale act it?

Warner Brothers has a lot riding on them at this point, as they should if they are going to make a film about some of the greatest super heroes on Earth, without introducing two-thirds of the characters to the part of the American public who have no idea what 'New Comic Wednesdays' are.

But Wonder Woman isn't one of those characters. Thanks to the Linda Carter TV show, most people know who she is, and as a female super hero, she's iconic. As much so as Superman or Batman, I'd wager. WB has a real opportunity here to introduce this strong female super hero to a new generation of young viewers - female viewers in particular. Young girls need a heroine. They've all seen the Superman, Batman and Spider-Man movies. They've tired of seeing their gender kidnapped and held for ransom so as to reduce all women into a mere plot-device, or an object to be rescued or saved.

I'm going to hold my opinions on Gale until I see her in action - if she's got the part, that is - but I hope she can act. I hope Warner Brothers didn't cast the most attractive dark-haired woman who would work for the least amount of money. Then again, at least it's not Jessica Alba.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Excerpts from the Sundance '08 lineup.

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Just as regular audiences are now getting aquainted with the hits from last year's Sundance Film Festival, the boys and girls from Park City Utah announced their lineup of films that will be in next year's competition.

Below are some highlights in categorical order.


CHOKE (Director and Screenwriter: Clark Gregg)—An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s (Fight Club) novel [!], CHOKE is the sardonic story about mother and son relationship, fear of aging, sexual addiction, and the dark side of historical theme parks. Cast: Sam Rockwell [!], Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald, Brad Henke. World Premiere

PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE (Director and Screenwriter: Steven Sebring)— An intimate portrait of music icon Patti Smith [!] that mirrors the essence of the artist herself. World Premiere

GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON (Director: Alex Gibney)—Fueled by a raging libido, Wild Turkey, and superhuman doses of drugs, Thompson was a true "free lance," goring sacred cows with impunity, hilarity, and a steel-eyed conviction for writing wrongs. Focusing on the good doctor's heyday, 1965 to 1975, the film includes clips of never-before-seen (nor heard) home movies, audiotapes, and passages from unpublished manuscripts. World Premiere

ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED (Director: Marina Zenovich; Screenwriters: Marina Zenovich, Joe Bini, P.G. Morgan)— Marina Zenovich's new documentary examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States. World Premiere

(Looks like we FINALLY get a second film adaptation of a Palahniuk novel. I am sure that Yes!Weekly's Mark Burger is frothing at the mouth for the Polanski doc. Dude has Polish pride like no other.)


IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE/ United Kingdom (Director: Marc Evans; Screenwriters: Marc Evans, William Francome)— A curious young filmmaker attempts to understand the true story behind award-winning journalist Mumia Abu Jamal’s death row sentence, and comes to startling realizations about American history and its justice system. With William Francome, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Mos Def, Smoof , Snoop Dogg, Angela Davis . North American Premiere

THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO (Director and Screenwriter: Lisa F. Jackson)— Jackson travels to remote villages in the war zones of the Congo to meet rape survivors, providing a piercing, intimate look into the struggle of their lives. World Premiere

(Have of me wants to see these movies, while the other half knows they are going to make me very upset - if the filmmakers did their jobs, that is.)

-And lastly-


FIELDS OF FUEL (Director and Screenwriter: Josh Tickell)— America is addicted to oil and it is time for an intervention. Enter Josh Tickell, a man with a plan and a Veggie Van, who is taking on big oil, big government, and big soy to find solutions in places few people have looked. World Premiere

FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER (Director: Irena Salina)— Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. FLOW confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause. World Premiere

(I'm not being obtuse here, I'm just curious as to how many resources have been wasted on films about, well, wasting resources. Maybe that's a documentary I could make. The title could be The Inconvenience of Inconvenient Truths. How absurd that would be.

But seriously, how many movies will it take for humanity to realize we are destroying our planet? Not enough, apparently.)

You can read the rest of the Sundance '08 line up here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Empire: Look, it's the Joker!

I am sure most of you have probably seen this already, but in case you haven't, here's this month's cover of Empire featuring Heath Ledger as The Joker:
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He kinda reminds me of the aliens from The Chiodo Brothers' Killer Klowns from Outer Space:
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See what I mean? Then again, Ledger IS playing a killer clown, so....

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Stephen Chow's CJ7 trailer.

If I were asked to make a list of the top ten filmmakers working today, one of them would be Stephen Chow for sure. Some people have him pegged as just a kung-fu filmmaker, but he's so much more than that. First off, the man loves to mix his genres with usually hilarious results. Also, Kung-Fu Hustle was one of the most beautiful films ever made. CJ7 seems to have dropped the kung-fu element, which could be a bold step for Chow at this time. I can't wait to see it.

Black Friday Holiday Podcast Special

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This podcast was supposed to be an hour long, but because Joe started editing it before he backed it up, you’re only going to be able to hear the first 13 minutes.

How did this happen, you ask? Perhaps Joe and Mike incurred the wrath of the ‘Black Friday’ demons they so inappropriately mocked by having an episode entitled ‘Black Friday Holiday Podcast Special.’ Black Friday isn’t a holiday - it’s a vicious time when mothers fight each other to the death with axes and morning stars over $50 flat-screen TV’s and $100 laptops. Joe and Mike mocked such a tragic occasion and paid for it by deleting 3/4 of their podcast in a way that no Mac product support technician could ever recover.

In this podcast, the boys dish on Kevin Smith’s increasingly good fortunes and make a special announcement. Had things gone as planed, you would have also heard Mike give Beowulf a bad review, and argue with Joe over its merits; Joe give Enchanted a slightly-positive review, even though it features a scene of chipmunk defecation; and four other news stories that will most likely rear their neglected little heads on next week’s regular show. At any rate, enjoy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Preparing for the feast - of film.

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time of remembering how we befriended the Native Americans before ultimately short-changing them, by stuffing our faces with loads of tasty - and usually unhealthy - foods. And while the big day certainly has that meaning for me, it also means I get to stuff my mind with a cinematic feast of great films.

Thanksgiving marks the kick-off of Oscar Season for the most part, and here in Greensboro, we got no less than new films coming out today.

Here they are:
No Country for Old Men

Disney's Enchanted

I'm Not There

This Christmas

August Rush

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Stephen King's The Mist



So yeah, they pretty much got something for everybody this week. What are you guys going to see? As for myself, today I am planning on watching No Country for Old Men, a movie I have been dying to see since I heard it was being made almost two years ago, and the Bob Dylan ensemble bio-pic I'm Not There. I'm Not There is more of my wife's choice; but I look forward to seeing it as well, if for no other reason than to wash the horrible taste Hayden Christensen's Dylan performance left in my mouth during Factory Girl. Might also do The Mist or Enchanted tomorrow, but we'll see.

Chances are I will be too busy cooking and spending time with loved ones to post anything tomorrow. I definitely won't be hosting a live radio program. However, Mike and I will be recording our "Black Friday Podcast Special" on location at the Carousel Luxury Cinemas on the 23rd. If you're catching a matinee this Friday, make sure to stop by the Carousel's Bistro Lounge to say hello.

At any rate, have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Try not to eat or drink too, too much. And if you're going shopping on Friday, please choose your battles wisely. I would hate to find out one of our listeners was decapitated while fighting over an off-brand $50 mini TV/DVD player.

How Kevin Smith netted one of America's biggest stars for his next film (and revitalized his career in the process).

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After letting the cat out of the bag last Friday, Kevin Smith was able to recount the epic story of how he got Seth Rogen, one of today's biggest comedy actors to appear in Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Apparently, the ordeal - which had just begun before Smith filmed Clerks 2 - had driven Smith into bouts of depression and stress-eating. According to Smith, he had written the role of Zack specifically for Rogen, and told him so just after the actor had completed filming on Knocked-Up. Rogen responded that he would be glad to do the picture, saying he was a huge fan of Smith's work. But after Knocked-Up was released, Rogen became a HUGE star, who could not only appear in any movie he wanted, but write it as well after Superbad did so well. Of course, everyone knows huge stars don't appear in Kevin Smith's films, lest their names start with 'A' and end with 'ffleck'.

And while Smith sweated on the deal for several months, gaining 30 pounds in the process, Rogen actually came through. Funny thing is, among the projects Rogen was considering next was a big-screen adaptation of The Green Hornet, a film Smith himself was supposed to adapt before ultimately walking away from the film to do something else.

Here's my favorite part of the post:

I owe a great deal of thanks to many people, before we roll a frame of film.

Thanks, Jen – for putting up with five months of me laying on the bed, in a near-fetal position, moaning “If Seth Rogen doesn’t do this flick, I’m gonna make a real porno.”

[Rogen's agents] Marsha and Blair – for not insisting that your client aim higher.

Thanks, Mos, Carla, and Phil – for never losing faith and staying on top of this from day one.

Thanks, Harvey and Bob – for stepping up and giving us 25mil to make this flick.

Thanks, Elizabeth
[Banks] – for being Miri.

Thanks, Seth – for reminding me that sometimes in this business, people say what they mean and mean what they say. You could’ve done anything you wanted, and you wanted to do this flick; I’ll be forever grateful for that.

Smith plans to start shooting Zack and Miri Make a Porno on January 16th.

To read of Smith's epic struggle, entitled, "The Man Who Would Be Zack," click here!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Kurt Cobain About a Son screening!

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Just watched this film only moments ago, and it floored me. Kurt Cobain is such an iconic figure, and yet director AJ Schnack was able to strip all of that away and restore restore a sense of the musician's humanity I had never seen before.

I was a teenager in the 90's, so I grew up hearing Cobain's voice through his music and interviews; but because I wasn't distracted by talking head celebrity and media critic interviews, or even video footage of the star talking during the film, this was the first time I actually listened. What an amazing film. I look forward to sharing it with you all in 16 days.

Here's a trailer:

When Chuck Norris speaks, the voters of America had better listen.

Check out this political ad Chuck Norris did for Arkansas Governer Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign:

Come election day 2008, if we elect someone else to be president, there's no point in running for Canada - we're already dead. Then again, maybe that has been Norris' plan from the get go.

But all joking aside, this is insane and totally unfair. Especially for the Democrat candidates. I mean ask yourself, how many American action heroes do we know of who would vote blue? I'm drawing a blank here, but even if there was one, he wouldn't stand against Chuck Norris. On top of that, who wants a republican from Arkansas to be our president? Not me! Arkansas conservatives might as well believe in dragons and magic after convicting the members of The West Memphis Three for murder, based on the evidence of Stephen King books and Metallica T-shirts.

R-Rated Walk Hard trailer.

Chances are, this trailer is 'internet-only.' Enjoy:

No pun intended, but this movie has always been a bit of a hard sell for me. The trailers don't seem as funny as other Aptow productions, and while this newest preview has some pretty good jokes, I still don't know.

Also, it looks like they are playing Johnny Cash's life story for too many laughs here. Cash's brother was chopped in half when he was a child, the tragedy of it did drive him to depression and hard drugs, and in his book, Cash, the musician admitted to having seen his brother's ghost from time to time. Sure, Cash's brother was chopped in half with a table saw instead of a machete, but I don't know if the guys making a goofy comedy really should have gone there.

I think John C. Reilly is hilarious, and I'm going to see this movie when it comes out. Let's just hope the film plays better than the trailers.

Monday, November 19, 2007

WGA strike = Bad news for some major movies.

The Hollywood Reporter ran a detailed report on which films are currently being affected by the writer's strike.

So was your most anticipated film affected? Check out the list below to find out:

- Angels and Demons (the sequel to The Da Vinci Code) - apparently, while the cast has signed on, and locations all over Europe have been secured, Akiva Goldsman never finished his script before the strike began.

- Edwin A. Salt - the spy thriller which was to star Tom Cruise was previously halted when director Terry George left the project. George was replaced by Michael Mann, which is great news - if the Collateral director hadn't demanded a re-write.

- Justice League of America - a script was finished, but not a shooting script. Apparently, the options the studio has on all the young actors who tried out for the roles of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the like could run out before the issue is resolved.

- Bruno - Sacha Baron Cohen's next comedy had a complete script, but like Borat, Cohen had continued to work with a core of writers who would continue to pump out jokes and material throughout production.

They go on to list several films which will go into production despite a strike. They include G.I. Joe, the Witch Mountain remake, and some Adam Sandler flick called Bedtime Stores. Upon viewing this list, it's obvious that having a camera-ready screenplay is the least of their concerns - especially for the Sandler film, I'm sure.

But there's one quote in the article from an unnamed producer that troubles me to no end:

One producer said he would step in and fix his movie's script himself if the situation doesn't get resolved soon.
"If the writers are still on strike, and worse come to worse, I will write and fix it. Hopefully it won't come to that, but my livelihood depends on it," the producer said.

See, this is what I've been worrying about the most since the Writer's Strike became a reality. If producers move on with films that don't have completed screenplays, or worse, try to complete the scripts themselves, we are going to be sitting through a lot of terrible movies. What's ironic is that 80% of this strike is driven by concerns on the TV end of the WGA equation.

The word is that talks have resumed between writers and producers. Let's just hop they listen to each other and get this thing worked out by Christmas. Otherwise, we could get to the point where I might stop having news to talk about on the air.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Redacted review.

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The Iraq War drama Redacted is the worst kind of 'controversial' film. What I mean to say is that it's a movie so poorly made and acted, that no one would have had any reason to see it or talk about it if all the right-wing pundits - many of whom never even saw the film - simply kept their mouths shut for a change.

Whether or not you agree with the politics of Redacted, it's a work of bad filmmaking, plain and simple. However, because these Fox News and radio personalities bashed the film on the air and in print, it has suddenly become a far more 'important' film than it had any right to be. Mark Cuban, the film's producer, wrote on his blog that Bill O' Reilly was his "new best friend." Now that I have seen the film, I think Cuban should buy O'Reilly some flowers and a gold watch, too.

Redacted is an entirely fictional faux-documentary based on the 2006 Mahmudiyah killings, wherein a group of U.S. soldiers raped a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, and killed her along with her younger sister and parents. In the fictional recreation, there are two soldiers who are directly involved in the assault. The two soldiers are played by actors Patrick Carroll and Daniel Stewart Sherman.

As characters, Carroll and Sherman's soldiers lack so much dimension, it's almost like the actors decided to play their characters at one speed: "villain." Their performances might have been passable as the bad guys in a cheap revenge movie from the 80's, but for a drama that demands to be taken seriously, it's very distracting. By the time we get to the rape scene, which should have been harrowing to watch, I was reduced to a state of apathy because of the duo's over-the-top performance and the exploitative manner in which it was shot.

Sherman's role as a soldier might very well be one of the greatest intentional casting blunders in film history, and I found him to be most distracting of all. The actor is too overweight to play a combat-ready soldier. This was obviously a cheap attempt by writer-director Brian DePalma to further demonize a character who was already bad enough because of his crimes, vulgarity and frequent racial slurs. On top of that, every time I saw Sherman onscreen, I couldn't help thinking that the U.S. military would not deploy a soldier who could not run, and would be the least-challenging target for enemy snipers.

But what really hurts Redacted from the very beginning is its premise of pretending to be a multi-media collage culled from several video sources. These sources include Middle-Eastern news footage, scenes from a French documentary, internet videos and a video diary from a U.S. soldier among others. Strangely, despite the fact that these videos supposedly came from different sources, most of them look like they were shot by the same photographer using the same cameras. While DePalma might have been kind enough to include a caption at the bottom of the screen to let us know where each source came from, it's apparent the filmmaker did not master their visual textures, styles or even potential.

Comprising most of the film is the video diary, which is also the most vexing of the movie's sources. The Hispanic soldier recording it (Izzy Diaz) claims to be doing so because he wants to get into film school. However, his footage is too dumbed-down by amateur editing transitions to believe anyone who studied film today - and had any hope of continuing to do so in college - would have used them. More importantly, since the film was culled from various sources, why wouldn't the 'real-life documentarian,' who purportedly combined the various footage together, not edit out all the foolish mistakes himself? Just because Redacted is a 'fake' documentary does not excuse it from the same criteria we give actual documentaries as well as all films in general. There's also the highly-contrived manner in which the soldier records the assault. Knowing the offending soldiers would not let him carry a video camera to record such damning evidence, the soldier gets his hands on a hidden camera which he installs on his helmet and then somehow manages to capture high-quality video. Where did the camera come from? The mail? Better yet, how was the soldier able to pay for it?

Having made well-polished films like "Scarface," "Blow-Out" and "Carrie," DePalma has proven to be skilled at what he does. That said, he's obviously out of his element with Redacted. A young visionary director could have handled the movie's faux multi-media aspirations, but DePalma was simply too old to learn the new tricks a movie like this would have required. Redacted should have been raw, and yet it felt overwrought; it should have been a natural portrait of life on the warfront, and yet it was a shallow melodrama; more importantly, it should have hit my brain like a well-aimed needle of subversion, and yet it knocked me down like a claw-hammer to the skull.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Text-message I just sent to Mike:

"Beowulf = Awesome."


No Joke. And if any of you decide to see this movie, make sure you do it in 3-D.

[PODCAST!] The corollary to Stop or My Mom Will Shoot!

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On this week’s episode of “The Movie Show,” Yes!Weekly columnist Glen Baity asks Joe and Mike to find Edgar Allen Poe’s corollary to Stop or My Mom Will Shoot. The boys also discuss the Dragonball Z movie, Spock’s hot mom, and Vince Vaughn’s thing for Christmas movies.

Joe reviews Fred Claus and P2, and Glen takes on Lions for Lambs in what will go down as one of the roughest release weeks of the year.

Soundtrack Selections include:

“Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses from Fred Claus;
“Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches from Juno;
Alan Silvestri’s thumping score for Beowulf.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Seth Rogen, Elizabth Banks make Kevin Smith's Porno!

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From Anthony Breznican of USAToday:

It's a comedy threesome.

Seth Rogen of Knocked Up, Elizabeth Banks of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith have joined forces for a comedy about two friends who decide to cure their financial ills by making an X-rated video.

Zack & Miri Make a Porno begins shooting in January in Pittsburgh. "It sounds deceptively straightforward with the title, but it's a little more complicated than that," says Smith, who acknowledges the topic is an eyebrow-raiser.

The writer/director is famous for pushing the limits of taste in comedies that also are tempered with touching moments, such as Chasing Amy, Dogma and Clerks II. In Zack & Miri, however, the touching moments may also be moments of touching.

"Everything I've done, on the surface, seems off-putting to some audience or other, but if you sit down and watch the flicks, you'll see they're sweet-natured and not angry or hateful or provocative for the sake of being provocative," Smith says.

The story is about two platonic friends who discover feelings for each other while trying to earn some cash. The awkwardness of the circumstance and the characters' unsexiness fuel the jokes.

"It's very much a love story," Smith says. "Zack and Miri just want to make a good old-fashioned dirty movie."


Kevin Smith has been hinting on his blog for weeks about how awesome his 'Zack' was, and in terms of comedies, it looks like he has netted one of the hottest stars working today. Kudos for keeping a secret, Kev. I am also glad he didn't dip into the cast of his various 'Askew-niverse' films. The man's gotten too comfortable career-wise, and it looks like he's working hard to fix that.

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In case you are wondering who Elizabeth Banks is, she had a small part in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and an even smaller skirt in Fred Clause, which was set in the North Pole of all places. If she ever had a shot to reveal her talents to the world, Zack and Miri Make a Porno would be it.

But back to Smith, this could be his lucky break. Everybody knows this man has been hounding after that $100 million box-office gross since the star-studded Dogma made just over $30 million. If he can't make at least $100 million with Seth Rogen, whose last film topped $200 million, then the Catholice League must be up to something.

BONUS: Since we just mentioned the Catholic League, here's a YouTube video of a man who looks an awful lot like Kevin Smith joining the most militant members of that group in a protest against Dogma:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Tonight's Show

On tonight's episode of "The Movie Show," hosts Mike Compton and I are doubly blessed. First off, we will have Greensboro film critic Glen Baity stop by and spend the entire show with us. Then, as if that wasn't cool enough, I'll also be interviewing two time Emmy-winner Andre Braugher about his newest film, The Mist, which hits theaters next week.

You can see Andre in action in the trailer below:

I'll also be reviewing Fred Clause and P2, Mike will be dishing on Lions for Lambs, and hopefully the both of us, along with Glen, will be delivering the laughs.

Comment on tonight's show here!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Trailer for City of God sequel.

City of Men:

I remember the first time I watched City of God. One of my really good friends grew up in Brazil, where his dad still lived. He got the movie as a gift, long before it was released theatrically here in the states and a whole group of my friends watched it in his dorm room. The movie blew me away, instantly becoming one of my top ten favorite films of all time. That said, I am really not feeling this trailer very much, or even the idea of a sequel in general.

City of God was so raw. Probably just as raw as the city it supposedly told the story of. And while director Fernando Meirelles is on board as producer of this film, it just doesn't seem to have that vibe. It actually looks a lot like those American 'ghetto shoot-em-up's' Spike Lee is always complaining about.

Funny thing is, because the last one became so popular on video, there's a chance City of Men could make more money theatrically than its predecessor.

Fox to throw Dragonball in '08. (+BONUS!)

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Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has given the greenlight to a live-action film adaptation for the popular anime series DragonBall Z. The series was basically a non-stop fight sequence between humanoid werewolf aliens, green guys, and other random characters. Judging by that description, you might be able to guess I wasn't a fan of the show; however, what intrigues me about this project is that Stephen Chow, star and director of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, will produce the film. That's certainly a tip in the right direction.

The movie will be directed by James "Final Destination" Wong, with Justin "How did his character in War of the Worlds survive?" Chatwin set to play the heroic warrior Goku. Whedon-ites should also be glad to know that the movie's villain, Piccolo, will be portrayed by Buffy's James Marsters.


Here's a picture of Goku
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And here's a picture of Justin Chatwin:
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Chatwin certainly has the hair needed for the role. He also has those anime eyes. Kinda. I always thought the show was a perpetual stream of east-imported garbage, so I can't comment on what the role would require on an internal level (if one exists), but he does look the part.

For the sake of the series' rabid fans, Chatwin might want to work on them biceps, though.

Here's an image of Piccolo:
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Here's an image of James Marsters:
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We all know Marsters can play the hell out of a villain. I just hope he likes green face paint.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pics of Spock show up on the net!

A trio of images featuring Heroes' Zachary Quinto with his pointy Spock ears have shown up on the net. I must say that his resemblence to a young Nimoy is uncanny. Check them out:

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(Editor's note: Normally, it's our policy to state where advance pics come from and supply you with a link so that you may view the rest. However, since the party that posted them decided to mar the images with a stupid logo, we at "The Movie Show" felt that was unnecessary.)

First the Joker went to Raleigh, now the Batman is in Hong Kong?!?

Writer Mike Sampson over at Joblo posted some cool pictures of Batman from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight in Hong Kong.

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(Is the dude carrying a samurai sword?)

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(What is he doing?! There are 6,980,412 people in Hong Kong, and most of them with cell phone cameras. Does he think no one will see him?)

So what's Batman doing in Hong Kong? PR, it would seem, since China now makes up a significant part of the world's box-office. Only things haven't been going too well. First came reports that Batman was unable to do a swimming scene in a Chinese harbor because the water is so polluted, it would have posed a health risk to Christian Bale. Then, Chinese officials complained, oddly enough, of the negative enviromental message posed when Christopher Nolan asked fifty Hong Kong building owners to keep the lights on in order to light up the city's skyline.

Folks might remember that Tom Cruise had similar problems with the Chinese government for Mission: Impossible 3, which had some amazingly shot scenes along the buildings of Hong Kong. However, the officials requested the film be edited, because it showed Chinese cops looking foolish for being unable to capture Ethan Hunt (to which I respond, tell them to join the club with the rest of the world's law enforcement agencies), and underwear hanging from a clothesline near the finale. One would think it would not be worth the trouble, but with all the big money movies can make if they can convince the Chinese government to release them in their country, I guess that's not the case.

To see the rest of the pics, including one of Bale and Morgan Freeman, click here!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Nostalgia Theatre Presents: "The Peanut Butter Solution"

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Growing up in the 80's meant having a lot of 'kid's films' that were completely off the rails from the Walt Disney formula. They featured cursing, intense violence, frightening images, and in the case of Jim Henson's Labrynth, David Bowie's crotch. Many of these films were just bizarre, which is the perfect way to categorize The Peanut Butter Solution. The movie told the story of Michael (Mathew Mackay), who visits a torched house and witnesses something so ghastly, that all of the hair falls off of his head. Because the boy is so gangrel without his hair, the other kids make fun of him. Then one night a pair of ghosts teach him the titular solution which will supposedly make his hair grow back. The solution calls for a specific amount of of peanut butter, and the ghosts warn Michael to not use too much or something bad will happen.

But if we learned nothing from the movie Gremlins, it's that you can't have a story if you don't break any rules.

Too much peanut butter causes Michael's hair to grow uncontrollably, turning him into 'Cousin It' by the end of a school day. Somehow a sadistic art teacher discovers Michael's problem, kidnaps the troubled boy, and creates a sweatshop where children are forced to use his hair to create magical paint brushes.

The Peanut Butter Solution is one of those films that people only vaguely remember. I remember always being so scared by the movie, because the artist was so mean to children. Now, having re-watched the film only moments, ago, I must say that I remembered correctly. The artist in this film is so awful to children, that I would not even consider showing it to the kids I teach in my afterschool program. That's not to say the film is awful; it's almost like a Spike Jonze film with some decent special effects all things considered. The French-Canadian company that produced The Peanut Butter Solution went belly-up, making a DVD release very unlikely. Even worse the few remaining videos for sale on eBay and for more than 40 bucks a pop. Fortunately, I was able to find a decent transfer of the film on Google Video. Enjoy:

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Because we all make mistakes (Thursday's blooper).

Anyone who listens to both the live feed of our show AND the weekly podcasts knows that the podcast versions are full of edits and trims. This is a luxury afforded to me for having user-friendlyl editing software (i.e., GarageBand), and I take advantage of this fact often so that in it's downloadable form, my show will sound as perfect as possible.

One of the blessings of doing our show via live radio is that when something insightful or hilarious happens, it comes from the magic from that moment. However, that also leaves room for error, too. This week, we had a major error wherein I played the Anthony Hamilton song Do You Feel Me and forgot to turn the mic off. Fortunately (and strangely enough), neither Mike or I dropped any f-bombs, dirty jokes, or imtimate details from our personal lives during the downtime time. I did, however, take a phone-call from "Nathan," a frequent listener who had some useful information on Mr. Rogers. And who knows, if Nathan had never called, Mike and I could have said something to get ourselves Don Imus-ed from the station - or worse - our loved ones and friends. So thanks, Nathan.

I chose to edit this mistake by replacing the blooper with the actual song, because I wanted to preserve the hip-swaying groove of Hamilton's number. But rather than ditch the blooper, and hope that everyone forgets about it, I've decided to include the it as an mp3 file, so everyone can remember the time I screwed-up.

Consider this our first deleted scene.

Spock to Winona Ryder: "You're old enough to be my mom!"

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It pays to be a Vulcan. Take Star Trek's Spock for example: Dude not only got to travel on some of the greatest adventures in the cosmos, all while doing that neat middle-and-ring-finger-split with his hands, but now he also has a hot mom. Talk about good breeding.

Teh internets lit up all weekend with news Winona Ryder will be playing Spock's mom in JJ Abram's Star Trek movie (A.K.A. Trek XI). In the movie, Spock will be played by two actors, Leonard Nimoy (as Old Spock), whose a little too old to have a young actress like Ryder play his mom, and Heroes' Zachary Quinto (as Young Spock), who's only six years Ryder's junior.

So how does Ryder end up playing Spock's mom? I'm sure the writers will try to bust out some sort of 'Vulcans don't age like normal people' angle in the film, but anyone who has watched the original series knows this is not the case.

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The late Jane Wyatt (above), who played Spock's mom on the first TV show was 20 years older than Nimoy, making her believable in the role - more so than Winona Ryder. I guess the point I am trying to get at here is that Winona isn't quite ready to be cast out into 'mother role' purgatory just yet. Especially if her child is supposed to be in his late twenties.

So, American Gangster is NOT from Greensboro?

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During a scene in Ridley Scott's American Gangster, we find out that drug lord Frank Lucas and his brothers (Denzel Washington, et al. pictured above) were from Greensboro, NC. Well, according to Friday's edition of The News and Record, this is not the case:

The movie apparently got Frank Lucas's hometown wrong. He's from LaGrange, N.C., near GOLDSboro. Same state, different color. Thanks to JR and Susan Ladd for pointing that out.


When I saw the words, "Greensboro, N.C." at the bottom of the screen during our town's cameo appearance in the movie, I couldn't help but shout, "WOOO!" Now I have found out that all of that excitement has been for nothing. However, when the cameo appearance did take place, one thing I noticed was that the location they used in the film looked rather swamp-like. Kinda like the boggy parts of our state near Goldsboro.

Guess I just thought Ridley Scott & co. believed all of the American south looked like that. Hmmmm, go figure.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Potent like a mason jar full of tears (Thursday's Show).

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On this week’s episode of “The Movie Show,” Joe gets an idea for a supposedly great bio-pic, while Mike ticks off fans of both Jazz and Mr. Rogers. The boys also manage to compete for a mason jar filled with the tears courtesy of the scene-kids from Tate Street.

On the news side, the boys discuss WGA strike, the dangers of working with David O. Russell, and the lunacy of Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming "Death Wish" remake. Plus Joe reviews “American Gangster,” and Mike chimes in on “Lars and the Real Girl” and “Wristcutters: A Love Story.”

Soundtrack Selections include:

“Let It Be” (Beatles cover) by Nick Cave from “I Am Sam”;
“A Song for You” by Gram Parsons from “Wristcutters: A Love Story”;
“The Crying Game” by The Culture Club from “The Crying Game.”

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Beowulf ads a knock-off of 300's?

"Todd" from FXRant dropped an excellent blog post on how the marketing for Robert Zemeckis' all-CGI Beowulf is very similar to that of Zack Snyder's all-CGI-but-the-actors 300. Having read the post, I must admit Todd makes an excellent case.

Here are some of the highlights:
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Notice how the font on the credit cards at the end of both trailers is exactly the same? I mean sure, there are only so many fonts in the world, but what about the sepia-toned clouds in both backgrounds?

If that's not enough to make you shout, "HACK-JOB!" then check out this 'Tonight....' video comparison:

Note the same editing beats, the use of slow motion, as well as the industrial rock and roll in the background.

And lastly, here is a pair of 'SHOUT...YOUR...IDENTITY!' clips (the one from Beowulf looks totally ridiculous):

Since the knock-off scenes look extremely lame on the Beowulf side of things, this can only be bad news for Mike, who hated 300. I mean, how's the brother going to react to an even worse version of a movie he didn't like in the first place? In 3-D, no less? I can already imagine his articulate and witty response: 'With Zack Snyder's 300, I learned that two dimensions of suck was more than enough to make me feel I had wasted part of my life - too bad the Robert Zemeckis and company did not learn the same.'

Let's just hope these similarities were made during post, specifically for marketing purposes and will be omitted from the actual film; because if not, the movie had better be damn good in order to make me forget them.

Check out the rest of Todd's article by clicking here!

BONUS!: I found this hilarious photo on a website, and thought I would share it with you guys:
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dolemite Explosion trailer.

"Back from motherland Africa, where he learned his special powers!"

I just hope that with this newest film, they've learned how to keep the boom mic out of the frame.

Monday, November 05, 2007

New Be Kind Rewind trailer.

There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men are supposedly the best films of the year, but the one I'm looking forward to seeing the most is this:


This weekend, I asked actor, WGA member, and all-around funny guy Danny R. McBride if the Writers' Strike was in fact happening. Here is what he said:

We're striking like mother fuckers. Reruns here we come.

You have to appreciate his humor at a time like this. However, the fact remains that writers are now on strike. In the short-term, this is bad news for TV - a writer's medium if there ever was one - because they typically write, film, and edit their shows a month ahead of the air date. Also, most scripted programs are controlled by 'show-runners' (i.e., writers) rather than producers. Daily comedy shows like Leno, Letterman, and Conan, which are typically produced the day of, will be effected immediately.

As for film, we got about a year before we as viewers feel the effects of the strike. To compensate for the lack of writing taking place during the strike, studios began to greenlight a whole lot of would-be blockbusters in recent weeks as part of an effort to keep their volume up. Many of these films would not have been greenlit, if studios were not placed in a state of desperation by the strike. But on top of that, I am sure there will be a lot of writer-driven (read: good) films that won't get made in time for next fall - this could take quite a toll come next year's Oscar season.

Some of you might be wondering, 'What caused the strike?' The answer is money**. As new revenue streams from DVD's and digital downloading have opened up, writers want a piece of the green; and in my opinion, they deserve it.

Whenever a movie succeeds at the box-office, that can be attributed to a number of random factors: actors, celebrity gossip, directors, marketing, Happy Meal toys, a good release date, etc. On the other hand, whenever a movie does well on video, especially in the case of re-issues and 'special editions,' most of that success has to do with having a good screenplay. Sure, a new DVD from a crap film might do well because it is new, and coasting off of the vapors of whatever made it a box-office success in the first place. But the DVD's that last, and manage to sell consistently do so because a writer did his or her job, and made a film worth re-watching again and again.

That said, here's my own personal solution to the residual issues: Effective immedeately, studios should gradually increase the percentage a writer makes off of DVD's and digital downloads every year after their release. Maybe put a cap of 10-15% of profits, but after the first year of release, let them make 3%, then 4% the year after that and so on. For the most part, this would punish writers who sell-out and write crap scripts, while rewarding those who endure whatever industry-related blows it takes to get something worth watching onto the screen. By doing something like this, studios would essentially create the greatest incentive for writers to create quality work.

(**Another reason for the strike has to do with the TV side of the equation. Basically, a lot of producers who make unscripted - or reality - TV series do not allow their, um, scriptwriters to have the same protection as union writers. This means many of them crank out scripts like sweatshop workers for minimal pay.)

Saturday, November 03, 2007

'Me no lichens' (i.e., Last Thursday's Show).

Tangents abound on today’s episode of “The Movie Show.” Mike reveals what Joe’s love for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm could mean for his personality, and Joe pulls a ‘Whole-Nelson’ on Ryan Gosling.

There’s also reviews for Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell, and Michael Clayton with George Clooney.

Soundtrack Selections include:
“Jet Generation” by Guitar Wolf from Wild Zero,
“My Hands are Shaking” by Sondre Lerche from Dan in Real Life,
“Anyone Else But You” by The Moldy Peaches from Juno.

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One more Joker update!

Local cinema crime-fighter (i.e., film critic) Glen Baity sent me the following message, regarding The Joker's dealings in the Tar-Heel state:

Hiya Joe,

Saw your Joker update and forwarded it to my friend Tim (well-versed in all things Batman). He sends along the following, which I don't know if you noticed.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Owens, Tim
Date: Nov 2, 2007 9:44 AM
Subject: RE: the joke's on YOU
To: Glen Baity

Actually, clicking that picture brings up step two,, which is inviting the wannabe-Joker legions to put on the facepaint and take pictures near your town's most famous landmark. Sending it in through mid-November will get you some sort of prize, short of not getting arrested (or Smilexed). I'm tempted to round up some people and head out to the big dresser thing in High Point. Several showdowns in the 40's-50's Batman comics would take place amongst giant-sized props. That would be mad props.

Damn, I suck.


Hmmmm. With Halloween having just ended this week, face-paint should be marked down 50-70%. Maybe I'll pick some up, and follow the Joker's directions. The question is, what would be our town's most famous landmark? I would pick the 26-year-old donut located in the basement of the UNCG library, but that's just me. What do you guys think?

You're looking at WUAG's 'DJ('s) of the Week'!

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Got this announcement in the recent weekly e-mail bulliten from WUAG General Manager, Jack Bonney:

DJ of the Week:
This guy has received DJ of the Week in the past, but he's been an important part of WUAG along with his co-host for several years. I'm talking about Joe Scott and Mike Compton hosts of "The Movie Show," Thursday nights 7 - 9 pm. These guys really went all out this week in hosting a free screening of the awesome Japanese Guitar Wolf rocking film "Wild Zero" this past Tuesday. And then on their show Thursday they did a trivia contest to win a free copy of the "Darjeeng (sp?) Limited" soundtrack. This past week is just an example of the work and effort that these guys put into their show to make it a show that is indeed what it says it is. It's THE show about the Movies. We are lucky to have them here at WUAG.


Wow. The last time I won 'DJ of the Week' was back when The Movie Show had just started. Gu (my original co-host) and I were giving away candy on the air as part of a Halloween 'Trick-or-Treat' promotion. I must say it feels great, and strangely poetic that we won 'DJ of the Week' exactly three years later. Maybe it's just the magic of Halloween?

I'm especially glad that Mike finally got an opportunity to be recognized. Dude works really hard each week, and contributes so much to our program. He is a true co-host, rather than a side-kick. We pull equal weight to get each show, but on top of that, Mike works third-shift and is still manages to be much funnier than I am. The award is as much his as it is mine, if not more.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Juno trailer.

Joker update!

Guess I'm glad I did not drive to Raleigh yesterday. Those who followed the Joker's clues didn't get murdered, thank God, but they didn't find anything cool like posters or DVD's either. What they did find were the letters "E" and "S," which combine with the letters from other cities to form this message:

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("The Only Sensible Way to Live is Without Rules")

After fans accross the country insetered pictures from all over the country to create this very Joker-like message on the site, the following brand-new picture was revealed:

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While the idea behind the game itself was a lot of fun, I have to say that it fizzled out just a bit. I've already seen Heath Ledger as The Joker. Several times. Could we not get an image of Two-Face? Or confirmation that Scarecrow will actually appear in the film? The Dark Knight comes out this summer.