Williams joins Travolta in Old Dogs

26 04 2007

Robin Williams will star alongside John Travolta in the Walt Disney comedy Old Dogs, which is being directed by Walt Becker (Wild Hogs). Williams and Travolta will play two buddies and business partners whose lives are turned upside down when they are left to take care of seven-year-old twins. Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Travolta, will also appear in the movie. David Diamond and David Weissman, who wrote the screenplay, sold the project to Disney last summer in a seven-figure deal. Williams will next be seen alongside John Krasinski and Mandy Moore in Warner Bros. Pictures’ License to Wed. (Hollywood Reporter)





Behind the Lens: David Lynch

26 04 2007

David Lynch has been selected to be featured in our latest installment of “Behind the Lens.” This is a special acknowledgment to directors who have made us think and refuse to give into the current trend. What they have offered us are original, daring visions often ignored or misunderstood by the masses. We salute you.

David_Lynch.bmpDavid Lynch
Born: January 20, 1946
Best Known For: 1986’s Blue Velvet
David Lynch is one director who refuses to dumb-down his work. He firmly believes movies should be thought-provoking, controversial and that he shouldn’t have to sacrifice his vision for a few more dollars at the multiplex. Lynch’s project are infused with shifting plots, high art and stellar performances. He has been making films since the late ’70s and has maintained a loyal fanbase who pick up anything the director associates himself with. Lynch scored cult hits with Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and most recently Mulholland Dr. In Inland Empire, Lynch played with the conventions of film making by shooting the feature without a working script. Each morning he would wake and write for that specific day of shooting then his cast (which included Lynch-veteran actress Laura Dern) would act it out. The director has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Director (Mulholland Dr., Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man) and won various other accolades. For his constant bravery and innovations in film, we salute David Lynch and hope to see more in the future.
inlandempire1_large.gifRecommendations
Must See

Mulholland Dr.
Blue Velvet
Eraserhead
The Elephant Man
Inland Empire
Wild at Heart

Worth a rent
Lost Highway
Dune





Dern relives infamous kiss

26 04 2007

Movie star Laura Dern was boycotted by Hollywood for more than a year after she played Ellen DeGeneres’ girlfriend in the gay comedienne’s controversial “coming out” TV episode a decade ago. Dern appeared on DeGeneres’ TV talk show Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of the pop culture moment when Ellen came out of the closet in real life and in her TV sitcom. The couple kissed on the show – and Dern now reveals her part on the controversial TV episode cost her her career for a year. The Jurassic Park star says, “There was certainly a backlash… It was awfully terrifying.” But Dern will never regret appearing on the episode, which she calls “an extraordinary experience and opportunity.”





Wilson to star in Girlfriend Experience

25 04 2007

Rainn Wilson will star in the DreamWorks comedy Girlfriend Experience, which is being produced by Montecito partners Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock. The story, which Wilson came up with himself, is about a lonely geek who hires a prostitute to pretend to be his girlfriend. Cousins Mark and Brian Gunn will write the screenplay. Wilson approached the writers after reading Juvie, a Universal script they wrote for the actor’s Office co-star Steve Carell, about a grown man sentenced to a prison for juveniles. Wilson just finished acting in the Jason Reitman-directed Juno and is now writing another script for him to direct. (Variety)





Gwen Stefani releases “4 In The Morning” as single

25 04 2007

Gwen Stefani has officially released “4 In The Morning” as the third single from her platinum selling album, The Sweet Escape. This was my personal favorite before the album was released last December, but since it has been replaced by the stellar album cut, “Wonderful Life.” This is still an instant Stefani-classic and sure to be a bigger Top 40 smash than the previous singles (“Wind It Up [hit #6 on The Billboard Hot 100]” and “The Sweet Escape [hit #2 on The Billboard Hot 100 and remains in the top 5 after more than 15 weeks!]”), expect “4 In The Morning” to be The Sweet Escape‘s “Hollaback Girl.” Without any more waiting, here it is: the new steamy video featuring Gwen at her hottest ever.

4 In The Morning

Express Yourself and let us all know what you think of the song and video.





Golden Door scores Scorsese

25 04 2007

Martin Scorsese has attached his name to Miramax’s Italian movie Golden Door, Emanuele Crialese’s tale of Sicilian immigrants to the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. Scorsese has been added to the film’s marketing materials and will introduce the movie at a Tribeca Film Festival screening next week. It opens May 25 in New York and June 1 in Los Angeles. (Variety)





Crossing Over: LL Cool J

25 04 2007

This is a new feature about musicians who have made the leap to acting and the results. Some have gained acclaim while others have become Razzie hall-of-famers. Either way when a musician tackles the silver screen we all take notice and savor the outcome.

455592_ll.coolj2_200x200.jpgJames Todd Smith
Born: January 14, 1968
Musicial Credits: Solo Artist
1986: Radio (Peaked at #46, Platinum)
1987: Bigger And Deefer (Peaked at #3, Double Platinum)
1989: Walking With A Panther (Peaked at #6, Platinum)
1990: Mama, Said Knock You Out (Peaked at #16, Double Platinum)
1995: Mr. Smith (Peaked at #20, Double Platinum)
1996: All the World: Greatest Hits (Peaked at #29, Platinum)
1997: Phenomenon (Peaked at #7, Platinum)
2001: G.O.A.T. (Peaked at #1, Gold)
2002: 10 (Peaked at #2, Gold)
2004: The Definition (Peaked at #4, Gold)
2006: Todd Smith (Peaked at #6, Gold)

Highlights:
LL Coo J came to the forefront of Hip Hop when he was still a teenager. He scored multiple platinum records and hit singles before he was even old enough to legally drink. LL Cool J was one of the artist responsible for expanding raps’ appeal beyond its core audience.
With good looks and even tighter rhymes, LL Cool J tallied hit after hit and slowly began to make a name for himself outside of the Hip Hop realm. By 1990, the rapper had 4 platinum records under his belt and was developing a persona that would eventually bring the artist to the silver screen.
With the rap world under control, LL Cool J stormed the multiplexes with a string of not-so-memorable performances in a few not-so-good films, Halloween: H20, Deep Blue Sea and Any Given Sunday – just to name a few. The rap star tried to turn himself into a double-threat, but it just wasn’t so. And while he plugged away making numerous film appearances, the rap climate changed, leaving LL Cool J out in the cold.
G.O.A.T., 10, Todd Smith all underperformed on the charts barely achieving gold status (sales of 500,000) and failed to released any memorable hit singles.
His latest film, Slow Burn tanked bringing in a rather unimpressive $778,123 during its opening weekend. The subsequent weekend was even more horrifying as the film plummeted 84.7 percent to a marginal $119,150.
LL Cool J should just take a very long hiatus from acting and focus on re-mastering his craft, then maybe after a few hundred-thousand acting lesson return to the small screen. It is very clear, LL Cool J is not going to be the next movie star.

Top Tracks
“Around the Way Girl”
“Mama Said Knock You Out”
“Hey Lover”
“Loughin'”

Trivia
>Almost always wears a hat, and wears one of his pant legs rolled up.
>LL Cool J stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”
>Hosted the 2001 American Music Awards with Britney Spears. [2001]
>Has four children (one boy and three girls): Najee (b. 1989), Italia (b. 1990), Samaria (b. 1995), and Nina Simone (b. 2000).
>Wrote and performed the first ever rap love song “I Need Love” in 1985.

Here is the trailer from the Slow Burn: