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THE VAUGHTS GET MEDIEVAL ON ICS
Beth and Steve Vaught, who are not only fans of medieval history, but
also re-enactors, taught us a thing or two about that period in time and
how films often take shortcuts in terms of historical accuracy. We
can all laugh now at films with Henry the Eighth eating the big turkey
drumstick…turkeys were not available in England at that time. And
a Knightly Code of Honor? Doesn’t exist… In fact, most armored
men, received rather undignified injuries as their un-armored bums got
the worst of their enemy’s sword. And what about the lowly squire?
Usually he was wealthier than his knight – armor, weapons, horses, etc.
were not cheap.
Beth and Steve, despite your reservations about the presentation,
we think you did an excellent job! Thanks... and next time bring
ANOTHER CLUB FIRST
The top vote-getting film was the all-time cult classic, MONTY PYTHON
AND THE HOLY GRAIL. This was the first time that ICS enjoyed the
humor of Monty Python. And surprisingly, no-one wanted to vote “The
Knights of the Round Table” as our club song. “Do the Jellyfish”
from THE STING OF DEATH still reigns supreme.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD PREMIERE
Again, courtesy of Steve Vaught, ICS had a late night sneak of SHAUN
OF THE DEAD. The film spoofed Romero’s classic as well more
recent zombie flicks. Everyone who stuck around to watch it
enjoyed it immensely. Catch it in theaters in the upcoming weeks!
WELCOME ROBERT OSTROSKY, RICK ARNOLD AND SAM DIBLASI!
It all began when Joe Plempel started a conversation with these three
friends outside of the Charles Theater. They attended the July meeting
and joined in August. Rick is a fan of DARK SHADOWS, Sam enjoys
LOST IN SPACE and Rob is an all-around genre fan. We welcome you
to the club and hope you will enjoy sharing your love of imaginative cinema
LIGHT THE NIGHT
It was really great to see Sue Feder attending a meeting. Once
again, she passed the hat for donations to the Light The Night Walk and
we collected over $50. The walk is important to her because she is
a cancer survivor. We’re all glad to see you again Sue! Hope
you can make pizza night!
NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday September 25th at 5:30
P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located
at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on Belair Road.
Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn
left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities.
If you get stuck call 443-570-6455. That's Dave Willard’s cell phone. He'll
talk you in.
PIZZA NIGHT COMING SOON!
One of our most popular club events, Annual Pizza Night, is a go for
the September 25th meeting. We should have plenty of plain, pepperoni,
sausage, and mushroom to go around. So, be prepared to nosh
and be entertained by….
…GHOSTS IN THE MOVIES
Long-time genre fan Courtney Spies is going to highlight Ghosts
in Cinema at the September meeting. We should have some tough choices
as Courtney is bringing in THE (good) HAUNTING, THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE
and other classic ghostly flicks.
The October meeting pot luck tradition continues. It’s
always a night of surprising dishes and good food. The sign up list
is below. If cooking is not your forte, consider helping set-up or
clean-up. Regina is keeping the list, so if you have an update or
want to add yourself to a category, email her at RVALLER107@HOTMAIL.COM
or see her at the next meeting.
Sue Feder (if she can come)
Hendo – Chicken
Betsy & Jim – Meatballs
Steve Vaught – Suishi
Dave Willard – Casserole
Norman – brownies
Suzanne – cookies
Tom and Justin
NEWS THAT WOULDN’T FIT ANYWHERE ELSE, BUT HAD TO BE SHARED...
Two Muppets named top scientists
Muppets Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker defeated
some top faves like, Dr. Strangelove, Dana Scully of "X Files" fame and
Star Trek's Mr. Spock and they are to be voted Britain's favorite screen
They beat their closest rival by a margin of 2 to 1 and
won 33 percent of the 43,000 votes cast in an Internet poll published in
Spock came in a distance second with 15 percent followed
by The Doctor, from Dr Who, who garnered 13 percent. Scully, the only woman
in the poll, came in sixth.
"They are accessible, humorous and occasionally blow each
other up," said Roland Jackson, of the British Association for the Advancement
of Science (BA).
The balding, white-coated Honeydew and flame-haired, bulging-eyed
Beaker created an array of crazy gadgets on the popular television show.
"They're the kind of scientists you would like to be but never quite dared
to," said Alan Slater, a scientist at the University of Exeter in southwestern
The poll, gave the public five weeks to choose their favorite
scientist from a shortlist of 10 that included Dr. Evil from the film "Austin
Powers," Dr. Frankenstein, Frank N. Furter, of the "Rocky Horror Show Picture
Show," Dr. Emmett Brown, of the film "Back to the Future" and Q of James
AND SOME TEAM AMERICA INFO GOODIES.
A movie coming out in October, this one has some fun factoids
attached to it.
The original premise was revealed by Matt Stone for it to be a scene-by-scene
remake of The Day After Tomorrow (the script of which they were given before
filming started) using marionettes, and then theatrically release it on
the same day (May 28th, 2004). "We thought would have been hilarious but
our lawyer convinced us we wouldn't get it released."
They want you to remember that this movie is being produced
using wooden marionettes, in a style similar to the "super marioination"
popularized in the 1960s by kid-friendly TV shows like the one that inspired
this year's Thunderbirds.
Talking to "Variety," Matt Stone said of that movie, "I
hate these new new Hollywood films that are CGI-driven. Trey and I loved
that 'Thunderbirds' series because of the artistry of the marionettes.
It's amazing that a studio would make a movie out of and take out the only
thing that was about the series."
Continuing, Stone also said "What we wanted to do was
a send-up of these super important huge action movies that Jerry Bruckheimer
makes." Stone concluded by saying, "the subtle joke here is that all actors
are puppets. This will probably piss off everyone in town, and might well
be our swan song."
Although Stone referred to his stars in that quote as
puppets, most of the cast will indeed be marionettes (manipulated by strings),
rather than actual puppets (which are usually manipulated by someone sticking
their hand up... their rear).
They want to make sure you know it is Not Based Upon:
and has nothing to do with the comic book series, "Team America", published
by Marvel Comics in the 1980s, which relayed the adventures of a patriotic
team of race car drivers who used their various vehicles to fight crime,
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FLASH TO VISIT SMALLVILLE
A classic DC Comics hero will make an appearance in the
fifth episode of the upcoming fourth season of The WB's Smallville. The
Flash, a fast-talking character named Bart Allen (known to comic fans as
the grandson of the original Flash) shows up in Smallville with the ability
to move with superspeed.
The episode will also feature the names of other characters
who have appeared in the comics as the Flash over the years, including
Wally West, Barry Allen and Jay Garrick. Former BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
writer Steve DeKnight wrote the episode, which will air in October
FELDMAN MONKEYS AROUND
Corey Feldman said that he is providing the voice of a
regular character on ABC Family's upcoming animated TV series SUPER ROBOT
MONKEY TEAM HYPERFORCE GO!
"It's basically Transformers meets Ninja Turtles meets
The Powerpuff Girls," Feldman said. "It's this combination of all the great
warrior team animated shows of the last 20 years. It's got the core elements
of all of them, and yet it's got its own original sparks."
Feldman added, "And speaking of sparks, that happens to
be my character's name, which is Sprx-77. Basically, it's a team of super
robot monkeys that are half-robot and half-monkey. They were created, I
guess, as some kind of an experiment and ended up being stronger and greater.
They each have their own super power, if you will. There's the scientific
genius. There's the dumb one who's really good at doing things luckily.
Then there's a human kid, Chiro, voiced by Greg Cipes, who is the leader
of all the monkeys. And there's a female monkey, and I see that there's
probably a love interest brewing between her character and mine”.
“My character is sort of the Harrison Ford monkey. He's
kind of the Han Solo in the group. He's got the smart-ass remark. He's
the tough one and the one taking the kid under his wing." SRMTHG!, will
also feature the voices of Tom Kenny, Mark Hamill, Wil Wheaton and Clancy
Brown, debuts next month on Toon Disney and also as part of ABC Family’s
Rob Lieberman, director of the upcoming SCI FI Channel
original miniseries Earthsea, said that the production tries to be faithful
to the Ursula K. Le Guin novels upon which it was based. "We've been very,
very honest to the books and tried to capture all the levels of spiritualism,
emotional content and metaphorical messages in this," Lieberman said in
an interview. "I've tried to ground it in a great deal of reality, and
we have things that we find real and familiar, as well as the unfamiliar
and the fantastic."
Based on the first two books in Le Guin's best-selling
fantasy trilogy, EARTHSEA stars Shawn Ashmore, Kristin Kreuk, Danny Glover
and Isabella Rossellini in a story about a reckless youth, Ged (Ashmore),
who discovers that he has magical powers, but who accidentally unleashes
a dark power that threatens the world.
Lieberman said that film deals with one specific conflict.
"Throughout the whole piece, I saw it as having a duality of spirituality
versus paganism and wizardry, male and female duality," he said. "Kristin's
character and Shawn's character, who don't really meet until well into
the film, represent two different belief systems in this world, and the
only thing that really saves this universe, the Earthsea universe, is the
union of those two beliefs."
Lieberman added that he strove to distinguish EARTHSEA
from other successful fantasy franchises, such as LORD OF THE RINGS and
"It's so uniquely different in terms of its space," he
said. The Earthsea novels are not specific in their description of the
various islands that make up the world of Earthsea, he said. "I took the
names of all the islands that appeared in the piece, and I spent a day
just picking out a font to put on a piece of paper that would define that
island, because I was trying to find cultural differences between these
islands, so there wouldn't be just a hodgepodge of stuff. And then I wrote
an outline of what life was like on that island. Not from the book. Just
from what I got from the book and what my impressions were."
Danny Glover, one of the stars, said that he sought to
ground his character, the master wizard Ogion, in the real world. "So much
of what we consider to be the fantasy world resides in our own spirit,
in our own hearts and in our own mind," Glover said. "I tried to bring
certain values. What's inherent in this story are enormous values and ideals:
values around one's use of one's gift and the use of one's gift for the
betterment of the world or the values that deal with responsibility. And
all those things are important values that go beyond the fantasy world."
BLACK TALKS ABOUT NEW FARSCAPE
Claudia Black, who plays alien warrior Aeryn Sun in the
upcoming SCI FI Channel four-hour miniseries FARSCAPE: THE PEACEKEEPER
WARS that she came back to the role she'd played during the four seasons
of the series with a new perspective.
"Different things were expected of Aeryn this time," Black
said. "She was endowed with a different bag of dilemmas. And it wasn't
an Aeryn that I recognized. And from the beginning, ... different producers
and directors would say, 'This is what we want Aeryn to be. This is who
she is.' And so, once I finally sort of worked out taking all that on board
and trying to work out what to do with her, she just opened up."
PEACEKEEPER WARS picks up the story from FARSCAPE’S series
finale, in which Black's character agreed to marry astronaut John Crichton
(Ben Browder) just before the two were seemingly killed by an alien ship.
Black said that the show's producers, expecting a fifth season, had always
intended to bring the couple back.
"There was at least another year or two left of that arc
of us and the world of FARSCAPE’S," Black said. "For it to have stopped
when it did, it brought additional attention to the show when it was canceled.
So the miniseries has upped its value in doing another four hours of television
based on that momentum. ... There were so many elements of the story that
they needed to service for the fans to finish off this particular part
of the story arc."
Now that the show's creators have a chance to tie up loose
ends, Black said that they are looking ahead to a possible theatrical film.
"They'd always talked about movies," she said. "Doing a miniseries was
always just a compromise to finish it off. ... There was a theatrical release
Ben Browder, who plays astronaut John Crichton said that
it was a little strange at first to step back into the role he played for
four seasons, but he got used to it quickly. "There are things which were
different about doing the miniseries in terms of the way we did it and
what we were doing," he said ‘It was weird up until the point where I put
on the leathers and walked on the set and went, 'OK. What are we going
to do today?'"
Browder credited the fans with bringing back the show,
which ended with a cliffhanger at the end of season four. "It's all due
to the continued fan participation in the process of getting it back on
air," he said. "It wasn't as though it was one initial reaction, and it
went away. They've actually sustained a campaign and sustained a community,
which is based on the show. It's really interesting, the Internet community."
FARSCAPE: THE PEACEKEEPER WARS will air on the SCI FI Channel for two
nights beginning Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
ENTERPRISE SEEING GREEN
"I felt really honored to be on the set that day," said
Bobbi Sue Luther, who plays a green Orion slave girl in an upcoming episode
of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE . She added that she had fun bringing back
an iconic alien species not seen since the original series. Luther said
"And everybody really gave me props because it was the first time in 30
years that they've seen a girl like me. So everyone was really excited
The race was first introduced in the pilot episode of
the original STAR TREK series, "The Cage," and memorably reprised by Yvonne
Craig in the later episode "Whom Gods Destroy." Luther said that her character
is reminiscent of the Orion slave girls of the past. "The producers wanted
the original feel to my character," Luther said. "That kind of animalistic,
predatory nature. I feed off of men."
The landmark episode, titled "Borderland," will also show
male Orions for the first time. "Orion males are slave traders," Luther
said. "They're green and they're huge and they've got piercings. They're
really magnificent-looking creatures. There was The Big Show aka Paul Wight,
a wrestler. These guys are six, seven feet tall. They're just enormous.
And then you have little me next to them."
For the role, Luther was airbrushed with multiple coats
of green makeup, an arduous process that took nearly five hours. But it
was nothing new for the model-turned-actress. "My fiance is a creature
effects guy, so he's made me up before," she said. So that was cool. I'm
familiar with the process of airbrushing and prosthetics and things like
that. I was wigged, I had beauty makeup on and a lot of green makeup on
my body. ... But it really was so much fun and I really would do it every
single day. It's a little different than just putting on a little foundation,
but it's definitely well worth it."
A relative newcomer to acting, Luther said the cast and
crew were very accommodating and made her feel welcome on the set. "I just
want to thank all the cast members and crew members who were on the set
that day for all their support and the things they taught me and how wonderful
it was," she said. "It's not easy being green, but it's really easy being
on STAR TREK."
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My Work Is Not Yet Done
by Thomas Ligotti
Hardback – Mythos Books.
Review By Andrew Kent
For the past 15 years, Thomas Ligotti has been an undisputed
master of the horror short story, despite a lack of commercial success.
He recently departed from his normal style of output, and penned his first
In 2002 My Work Is Not Yet Done was unleashed upon the
world. Recently, I happened upon this hardback from Mythos Books, and am
still reeling from the experience.
Reading this book was like one mighty exhalation that
began on the first page and once concluded had drained all life, joy, and
sanity from every last recess of my mind. This is not "scary" horror in
the sense that you fear for the safety of some generic protagonist in proximity
to some nameless killer. This is Lovecraftian horror in that the world
has been laid bare to your eyes for the first time, and all that is revealed
is pain, strife, and an indifferent universe blind to the supreme suffering
that is existence. My Work Is Not Yet Done is a triptych being composed
of the eponymous short novel, and two short stories: "I Have a Special
Plan for This World" and "The Nightmare Network." The latter being more
a dread-inducing work of sci-fi prose poetry than a horror story.
The short novel is obviously the centerpiece of this volume,
and it delivers enough doom to last you several lifetimes. It is told in
the first person by Frank Dominio, an upper-management drone of some nameless
corporation in some nameless city.
He is almost content to stay exactly where he is on the
corporate ladder and not worry about fighting for advancement, but life,
his colleagues and the general corporate structure fight against him at
every turn. He is also a man possessed of great sensitivity and self-doubt,
and these traits are manipulated ruthlessly by his Machiavellian boss.
Before he knows it, he finds himself being squeezed out
of the company and murderous thoughts of revenge begin to consume his every
waking thought. Where the story goes from there is constantly unexpected.
Ligotti never employs cheap gimmickry to fool you, and yet every time you
think you've settled into a rhythm or style of the narrative, it suddenly
changes directions on you but without ever losing its original atmosphere
or thematic aim.
As the story neared its conclusion, I found myself growing
increasingly despondent from the growing feeling of dread that started
on the first page and never faltered for one instant, yet I was simultaneously
so propelled by the inertia of the narrative I could not put it down for
a second. It is a story that feels slow and plodding, yet never falters
in its relentless drive forward. Nothing short of masterful, and easily
the best horror story I have read in many years.
The two short stories do not approach quite the level
of the novel, but are fantastic nevertheless.
"I Have a Special Plan for This World" resembles the novel
in many respects and is a good choice to follow it up in this volume. Once
again, it is told in the first person by a man working for a large corporation,
and once again it makes chilling work of the orporate structure as a horror
device. Ligotti's evocation of decayed urban landscapes paralleled with
decayed moral work places is chilling and the stuff of great modern gothic
I have never read anything else that can compare to these
stories in terms of narrative content, though thematically he is reminiscent
of Lovecraft to a strong degree. The last story is an interesting extrapolation
of the future of mega-monopolies told through a cut-up of newspaper classifieds,
internal memos, and screenplay segments. It is a very interesting piece
even if it falls short of the emotional impact of the previous two.
Thomas Ligotti is undoubtedly an author you have
never heard of, and that is a tragedy as he deserves runaway success with
the quality of writing that he shows here. This collection is put out by
a small press called Mythos Books and is hard to find, but it is well worth
If you are looking for erudite horror fiction that is
leaps and bounds above mass market pulp, do yourself a favor and track
this book down. I guarantee you haven't read anything this good in a long
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CLERKS SEQUEL PLANNED
Kevin Smith is making another convenience store run.
The writer-director of DOGMA, CHASING AMY and JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE
BACK has begun work on a sequel to CLERKS, his homemade indie classic from
1994. The sequel picks up 10 years later.
"It's about what happens when that lazy, 20-something
malaise lasts into your 30s. Those dudes are kind of still mired, not in
that same exact situation, but in a place where it's time to actually grow
up and do something more than just sit around and dissect pop culture and
talk about sex," Smith said. "It's: What happened to these dudes?"
The sequel — titled THE PASSION OF THE CLERKS — is set
to begin shooting in January. Miramax Films, which turned the original
into a cult-hit after buying it at the Sundance Film Festival, plans to
distribute the follow-up.
CUSACK GOES MARTIAN
John Cusack is signed on to the upcoming project, THE
MARTIAN CHILD. He will play a science fiction writer who adopts a
7 year old boy who may just be an alien.
The movie will be written and directed by Menno Meyjes,
who previously directed Cusack in MAX (a movie that sparked some controversy
as it portrayed a more "human" side of Hitler). Meyjes is taking over from
Nick Cassavetes, who was originally set to direct. Cassavetes left because
of "creative differences".
The movie is based on a short story by David Gerrold
and will be distributed by New Line.
UNTOUCHABLES PREQUEL IN THE WORKS
Director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) has been tapped
to direct the prequel to the 1987 hit THE UNTOUCHABLES, and the screenplay
will be written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman (ROUNDERS.)
The film is tentatively titled THE UNTOUCHABLES: CAPONE
RISING and will follow the early lives of Capone and Irish cop Jimmy Malone
(played in the 80s version by Sean Connery.) Levien said:
"The film starts on the eve of Capone's arrival, and while
Malone wasn't the most corrupt cop, he operated at a time when every cop
was on the take. Once he crosses paths with Capone, he sees a level of
violence and criminality that causes him to have a moral awakening."
No casting has yet to be announced.
NARNIA TO THE BIG-SCREEN
Production has begun in New Zealand on the film adaptation
of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. This
is the first of a series of childrens books written by C.S. Lewis. There
are seven books in all.
Budgeted at over $100 million, it will be distributed
by The Walt Disney Studios, and co-fincanced by Walden Media. Andrew Adamson,
who just came off of SHREK and SHREK 2 is directing and casting has been
Four British actors have been cast as the main children;
Georgie Henley, 9, from London, who plays the lead character Lucy; Skandar
Keynes, 12, also from London, who plays Edmund; Anna Popplewell, 15, from
West Yorkshire, who plays Susan; and William Moseley, 17, from Gloucestershire,
who plays the eldest brother Peter. Jim Broadbent of MOULIN ROUGE fame
will play the professor. WETA workshop is on board to handle effects. December
9th, 2005 is the expected release date.
XANTH ON DECK
Hot on the heels of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Warner Brothers
has bought the rights to fantasy author and punmeister Piers Anthony's
Xanth books, to start with A Spell For Chameleon.
The Xanth series currently numbers a whopping 30 books,
putting Tolkien, Lewis and even Robert Jordan to shame. Wolfgang Petersen
and David Benioff, the writer and director behind TROY, are set to produce,
but they will recruit someone else to write and to direct.
Petersen has always had a bit of a weakness for fantasy
– fans of THE NEVER-ENDING STORY will remember that he was at the helm.
Benioff has been trying to secure the rights to the series for "as long
as I can remember," he said. "When THE LORD OF THE RINGS finally got made
and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE got set up, I felt that the Xanth
series was the last great one."
WAR IS COMING
Paramount/Dreamworks has announced a WAR OF THE WORLDS
remake which will be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Tom Cruise.
Dakota Fanning (MAN ON FIRE) will portray the daughter
of Cruise's character in the production, which is being fast-tracked to
start shooting in November.
WAR OF THE WORLDS, a contemporary adaptation of the 1898
H.G. Wells novel about aliens invading the Earth, is being prepped for
a 2005 release. David Koepp wrote the script; Kathleen Kennedy and Cruise's
long-time producing partner Paula Wagner will produce.
SERKIS GOES APE
Actor Andy Serkis stunned his KING KONG co-stars by flying
out to Rwanda to spend time with gorillas - to prepare him for his role
in the remake.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS star is so determined to adopt the
right mindset ahead of the big budget Peter Jackson film, he's willing
to try anything to method enhance his understanding of the movie.
And actress Naomi Watts - who will play Fay Wray, the
object of giant gorilla King Kong's desire - is astounded by Serkis' dedication
to his work. She says, "He's extraordinary, the amount of research he's
done. He brought back incredible tapes of gorilla behavior that we need
to get very familiar with."
Several years ago Clive Barker (HELLRAISER, LORD OF ILLUSIONS)
had claimed he was working on a special edition director’s cut of NIGHTBREED
containing 25 minutes of additional footage which would be seeing release
on laser disc.
Since that obvsiouly never happened, he was recently asked
if there were any plans to make this happen on DVD. He said he wished he
could but apparently 20th Century Fox has lost all the extra footage. Lost
it, people... Clive said if the footage is ever uncovered he would
still like to make that happen, and he also mentioned he'd like to make
a NIGHTBREED sequel some day.
Charles Stone III has been named as the director of the
upcoming video-game film adaptation TEKKEN. The best-selling TEKKEN, from
Japan's Gaga, takes place during a martial-arts tournament, with the grand
prize going to the fighter who can defeat Heihachi Mishima.
Stone said that he intends to take the film's martial-arts
action sequences in a different direction from such popular movies as THE
MATRIX. "One concern of mine is that the fighting be good, because I personally
think the fighting in something like THE MATRIX, where a lot of people
are like 'Wow,' just doesn't do it for me," Stone said. "I grew up on the
Hong Kong films, where fighting is filmed for the choreography of the actual
art form, whereas in America we photograph fighting films with long lenses
[and] way up close, and then the editing becomes the choreography." TEKKEN
is tentatively scheduled for release in 2006.
A BITE INTO SHARK
The Columbus Citizens Foundation attacked DreamWorks's
upcoming animated SHARK TALE movie as painting an unflattering portrait
of Italian-Americans. SHARK TALE centers on a small fish named Oscar (Will
Smith), who tangles with the shark Mafia, which includes mob boss Don Lino
(Robert De Niro) and Frankie (The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli), the site
After a recent viewing of SHARK TALE at the Toronto Film
Festival, CCF President Lawrence Auriana released a statement saying, "In
SHARK TALE bad guys are identified by ethnicity. They have Italian
and Italian-American names, such as Don Lino, Luca, Giuseppe and Gino,
and [use] Italian-American phrases of speech and slang, such as 'capeesh,'
'consigliere,' 'maronne' and 'agita.' ... They are creatures of rage and
revenge. The movie introduces young minds to the idea that people with
Italian names—like millions of Americans across the country—are gangsters
... [and] to associate Italian-Americans with violence and vengefulness."
Auriana demanded several changes to make the film acceptable
before it opens in the U.S.:
•Removing Italian names from characters
•Eliminating Italian and Italian-American phrases and slang
•Removing physical gestures and customs found in Italian and Italian-American
In response, DreamWorks spokesman Andy Spahn told the
Reuters news service, "It's a family comedy that pokes fun at a number
of film genres. It doesn't demean anyone; there are no negative stereotypes.
There is nothing mean-spirited in the film." Just be careful when you are
swimming with the sharks…
BALE LIFTS THE BATMAN’S COWL
Christian Bale, who stars as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming
BATMAN BEGINS movie, said that he's taking a fresh approach to the iconic
character, playing him with a feral duality that adds reality to the comic-book
Bale even uses one voice for Wayne and a different, coarser
baritone for the caped crusader, who comes into being after Wayne vows
to avenge the murders of his parents.
"I just saw it as a way of him being able to channel the
clarity of mind that he must have had as a young boy when he first declared
that he would get revenge," Bale said. "It's very difficult to maintain
that throughout your life. It becomes a memory, and you know it takes a
great deal of energy to maintain that sharpness of emotion. So I just felt
that everything about him should become different when he becomes Batman.”
“You know, everything, the look. The voice. And also see
that he's able to have his own life, somewhat when he's Wayne. Because
it seemed to me that if he was just going to be Bruce Wayne in a batsuit,
first of all, that seemed a little bit ridiculous to me. It would have
been as ridiculous as any of us getting into a batsuit and genuinely thinking
we could go out on the town and intimidate people.” He continued
“I think most people would probably laugh, you know? So
you have to kind of really go for it in every way. And for me that kind
of, you know, involved taking on a slightly beastlike voice, as I hear
As for the newly designed suit, Bale said that it helped
him get a feel for the caped crusader, whom he characterizes as "a creature"
that is not quite human. "I felt like a panther the first day, you know?"
Bale said, referring to the first shooting day he strode onstage in full
"I did feel like some kind of wild animal. I don't know
if anybody else was looking at me like that way. I don't know if I appeared
quite as ferocious as I felt that I did. But I really felt like everybody
was kind of looking at me. And ... it makes you feel, you know, like that,
you want to kind of run and jump at people and beat the crap out of them.
And ... you know, it just gives you this great neck and this physique that
just looks intimidating. It's all kind of aggressive. It's all pointing
forward. It's very much like a predator. And that was a thrill, doing that."
Bale demurred when asked about the suit's comfort. "No,
I’m not going to bitch about the suit," he said. Last month Bale was quoted
in the British Daily Telegraph saying that the suit was uncomfortable,
prompting some of the U.K.-based wardrobe crew to create T-shirts with
a joking reference to his quote. "There's a quote from me that some of
the people have on the back of their T-shirts that says, 'It's hot, dark,
... sweaty, and it gives me a headache.' Which is absolutely true, but
there's nothing more annoying than hearing actors bitch about their work
and stuff like that, you know?”
“I'm playing Batman, for God's sake. That's pretty fantastic.
I'm not going to complain about getting a little bit sweaty. And also,
they've changed it so much, ... so I hear, from the first movie that they
made. And so even though it may not feel like the most comfortable outfit
to me, I know that others have had it worse." BATMAN BEGINS, which was
on day 126 of a 128-day shoot, also stars Gary Oldman as Lt. James Gordon,
Katie Holmes as Rachel, Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane and Ken Watanabe
as Ra's Al Ghul. BATMAN BEGINS, from director Christopher Nolan, is slated
to open next summer.
Not Another Fall Movie!
A DVD review by Dava Sentz
It is the end of summer and the usual string of cinema
blockbusters has run its course through the local theaters. Harry Potter
has returned to Privet Drive. Shrek is in a land far, far away. And, Spiderman
seems to have spun his last web for the season. Now, we come to autumn.
And, while the cooler weather is a welcome relief, it is also not without
its share of disappointments. Not the least of which is a severe case of
'Back to School' blues and the inevitable drought that is the fall movie
schedule. I felt it important to offer an enjoyable DVD alternative, for
all us lonely moviegoers, who long for something to do while patiently
waiting out this dismal time of year.
It so happens that, while at my local video store, I came
across a find that is just as unique as it is entertaining and funny. To
everyone in search of an anecdote to the thriving boredom of autumn cinema,
I give you 2002's ALL I WANT.
An independent film shot in Vancouver Canada, ALL I WANT
depicts the story of 17 year old Jones Dillion, (Elijah Wood) a self described
orphan who drops out of college and moves into a small, but charming boarding
house. Once Jones settles into his surroundings, his flirty neighbor, Lisa,
(played by Mandy Moore) soon takes him under her wing of theatrical allure.
As the weeks pass by, Jones and Lisa form a kind of unspoken connection
over bottles of wine and meaningful, late night dialogue. Jones is hardly
immune to this actress from apartment 2A.
There is definitely an attraction to behold. Still, he
cannot help but notice a mysterious, raven-haired photographer, (Franka
Potente) who also shares the second floor. When the heat between him and
Lisa suddenly runs cold, Jones makes a feeble attempt to enter the stranger's
world. And, in spite of their violent first meeting, the pair forges an
unlikely bond, which eventually turns to something deeper than either of
them could have foreseen.
To those skeptics who will be quick to label this a 'chick'
flick, do not despair. For, there is much more to this movie than the sappy
dribble of the typical romantic comedy. Jones brings to his new life a
wild imagination, (quite common among us aspiring writers.) Through the
recesses of his mind, we are able to bear witness to a horrific explosion,
a fast motion shoot out, and a heroic rescue attempt by way of the old
Jones uses this thirst for tall tales and vivid description
not only to compose letters to the father he never knew, but also to agitate
and annoy the debutante lush he can so happily call his mother. Boasting
a colorful blend of fantasy and reality, ALL I WANT puts an eccentric spin
on a story of desired love, companionship, and family.
It may not be a new movie, but it's a sure-fire way to
rid yourself of the poison that is currently infecting our nation's theater
circuit. Directed by Jeffery Porter, this film makes a wonderful addition
to any DVD collection.
IMAGINATIVE CINEMA COMING SOON
MUST SEE MOVIES FOR YOU!
September 17th SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD
Cast: Jude Law (Captain Joseph Sullivan, AKA Sky Captain), Gwyneth
Paltrow (Polly Perkins), Angelina Jolie (Captain Franky Cook), Michael
Gambon (Editor Morris Paley)
Premise: This adventure set in the 1930s starts as New York City reporter
Polly Perkins (Paltrow) investigate why so many famous scientists are starting
to be reported missing. Soon, strange flying machines and giant robots
threaten the city. But, Captain Joseph Sullivan (Law), AKA Sky Captain,
is there to battle the bad guys. Soon, Polly is flying away with Sky Captain
to Nepal to find a crazy scientist, Dr. Totenkopf, who apparently wants
to destroy the world. When the danger lurks under the waters of the seas,
Sky Captain seeks the help of naval adventurer Captain Franky Cook (Jolie),
much to the chagrin of Polly...
September 24th SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Cast: Simon Pegg (Shaun), Kate Ashfield (Liz), Nick Frost (Ed), Lucy
Davis(Dianne), Dylan Moran (David), Nicola Cunningham (Mary), Peter Serafinowicz
(Pete), Penelope Wilton (Barbara)
Premise: Shaun's life is stuck in a rut. He's a twenty nine year old
who lives with his two best friends Ed and Pete. Shaun's girlfriend Liz
is sick of the same old, boring nights and decides to break it off with
him. Te following day, Shaun devises a plan to win Liz back, but today,
all is not as it seems... unfortunately for Shaun 'The Dead' have risen
in London and soon a full Zombie apocalypse has exploded onto the streets.
Determined to save his girlfriend and salvage their relationship, Shaun
and his pals let nothing stand in their way as they go forth on a zombie
killing spree to save the day!
October 1st SHARK TALE
Cast: (voices) Will Smith (Oscar), Robert De Niro (Don Lino), Renee
Zellweger (Angie), Angelina Jolie (Lola), Jack Black (Lenny the Shark),
Martin Scorsese (Sykes the Pufferfish), Peter Falk (Don Brizzi)
Premise: This mafia movie, set in the world of saltwater fish, is the
story of what happens when the son of the shark boss (De Niro) of a fish
crime family is killed (by a dropped anchor), and a bottom-feeder named
Oscar (Smith) is found at the scene of the crime. Hoping to win favor with
the enemies of the ganglord, the fast-talking hustler poses as the killer
known as the "sharkslayer", but soon learns it's a dangerous game in a
world where the big fish generally eat the little fish...
October 15th TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE
Premise: This politcally-minded comedy action adventure tells the story
of Team America, superhero-style adventurers who travel the world fighting
terrorism and other evils. The story focuses on a typical "action hero"
who is recruited to join Team America for a special mission, as a satire
of the typical Hollywood action movie, using a combination of wood marionette-driven
action sequences and stirring musical numbers.
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David Myers, a cinematographer best known for his camera
work on landmark concert documentaries such as Woodstock, Elvis on Tour,
The Last Waltz and The Grateful Dead Movie, has died. He also filmed the
Joe Cocker/Leon Russell rockumentary Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Let the
Good Times Roll, Wattstax, Johnny Cash: Live at San Quentin, Cracked Actor:
A Film About David Bowie, Bob Dylan's Hard Rain, Joni Mitchell's Shadows
and Light, Gospel and Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic.
In addition, he worked on George Lucas' 1971 futuristic THX
1138 and the 1977 drama Welcome to L.A.; Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit, Neil
Young's Human Highway and Journey Through the Past, Bob Dylan's Renaldo
and Clara, FM, Roadie and UFOria.
“There was nobody who captured the essence of rock 'n'
roll and music better than Dave Myers”, said Mark Fishkin, director of
the California Film Institute,
David Myers was 90.
Eugene Roche, a character actor on stage and in film and
television for over 40 years, has died at age 75. He played the offbeat
detective Luther Gillis in Magnum, P.I. and was Squeaky Clean of the Ajax
television commercials. Debuting in film in the 1961 Splendor in the Grass,
he also appeared in such movies as they might be giants, slaughterhouse
five, cotton comes to harlem, oh god! You devil and executive decision.
His career in television was much more extensive appearing
in series like naked city, hawaii five-0, kojak, streets of san francisco,
all in the family, soap, taxi, PERFECT STRANGERS, murder she wrote and
star trek:Voyager, as well as numerous made for T.V. movies.
Virginia Grey actress, daughter of director Robert Grey,
has died at age 87. She got her start at age 10 as Little Eva in the silent
film uncle tom’s cabin and sustained a career for almost fifty years. She
appeared in such varied films as the great zigfeld, test pilot, idiot’s
delight, the hardy’s hayride, another thin man, the big store, whistling
in the dark, mr.and mrs. North, tarzan’s new york adventure, jungle jim,
the bullfighter and the lady, jeanne eagles, flower drum song and airport
She also was in ICS favorites house of horrors and target earth.
ACQUANETTA, B-movie actress best known as Lea, The High Priestess in
RKO’s tarzan and the leopard woman, has died.
Born Burnu Acquanetta near Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1920 and raised in
Norristown, Pa., she gained success after high school as a model in New
York City. Universal signed her and created the role of Paula Dupree, the
Ape Woman for her, which she played in Captive Wild Woman and Jungle Woman.
She also appeared in rhythm of the islands, dead man’s eyes, the sword
of monte cristo, and lost continent. She was 83.
Frank Thomas, one of the celebrated "Nine Old Men" of Disney
animation whose work set the standards by which all character animation
is judged, has died just three days after his 92nd birthday.
Born in Santa Monica on Sept. 5. 1912, Thomas studied
art at Stanford, where he met lifelong friend Ollie Johnston, who would
become another of the Nine Old Men. The group got its name from Walt Disney
as a play on the term President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to describe
the Supreme Court. At the time, the veteran group of animators had barely
reached middle age.
Thomas' animation included the Seven Dwarfs weeping at
the heroine's bier in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Captain Hook dueling
with Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp falling in love over a plate of spaghetti
He did his first animation for the short Mickey's Elephant in 1936,
and later for The Brave Little Tailor. He also worked on pinocchio, bambi,
saludos amigos, the three caballeros, cinderella, alice in wonderland,
sleeping beauty, 101 dalmatians, the jungle book, robin hood and the rescuers.
Animation historian John Canemaker said “that Thomas would
go down as one of the greatest animators of all time."
Voice-over artist Jackson Beck, perhaps best known for
the classic "It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" radio introduction,
has died. As the spokesman for such products as Sugar Frosted Flakes, GI
Joe, Pepsi, Brawny paper towels, Combat insect killer and Aqua Fresh toothpaste,
Beck's voice was ubiquitous to radio and television audiences.
The son of silent film actor, Max Beck, he not only introduced
and narrated the classic Superman radio show, but played various villains
and supporting characters, as well, including Beany, the Daily Planet copyboy.
He was also the announcer for the TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET television show
and was the voice of Bluto in more than 300 POPEYE cartoons. He later performed
voice-over for the Woody Allen features, Take the Money and Run and Radio
Days, and was heard on Saturday Night Live. He was 92.
THE LAST WARD . . .
By John Ward
I enjoy making lists.
It’s not entirely born out of pleasure, either. I write
things down on Post-Its all the time at work, to the point that I think
I should buy stock in 3M. If I didn’t write the lists down, I’d forget
to get a text from the bookroom, or I’d forget to ask a student why he
was absent the day before, or I’d forget to attend the after-school seminar
on school planning. Then my students would fail, I’d be out of a
job, the school building would be condemned, Western civilization would
collapse, and the Orioles would never appear in the World Series again.
So, thank heavens for lists.
But of course, there’s another reason I like lists. (Hey,
if hauling my ashes out of the workplace fire was the only reason, this
column would be over and you’d probably be clicking over to another website
by now.) Lists are quick snapshots of personal likes and dislikes.
They reveal much about their creator without really stating much.
And they’re great for starting arguments. (So I’m feeling a wee bit
testy this month. Sue me.)
Regular readers of this column have noticed my taste for list-making
before. The first one, well over a year ago, went something like
JOHN WARD’S 5 FAVORITE JIMMY STEWART MOVIES
1.MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
2.IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
4.THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
An easy list on a topic I felt pretty strongly about. I’ve been
thinking about lists again recently, and thought I’d try my hand at putting
some down on paper. At this point, I only have six or seven topics
on hand, and I’m actually hoping the inspiration bug will bite me on the
derriere while I’m typing. This is called “flying by the seat of
your pants,” otherwise known as desperation. There really are no
patterns here, other than a rather tentative promise that they’ll all be
related to movies, and as close to genre product as possible. Enjoy,
and feel free to talk back (or chime in on the ever-popular forum) with
your own ideas.
FIVE BEST MOVIES ABOUT AMERICAN POLITICS (‘Tis the season)
1.MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
3.ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
4.THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
5.THE BEST MAN
FIVE BEST MOVIE THEATER CANDIES
FIVE BIGGEST MOVIE THEATER COMPLAINTS
1.Commercials before the feature
2.Obnoxiously loud patrons
5.People who sit in the seat directly in front of you when there are
hundreds of other empties around
FIVE FAVORITE MOVIE MONSTERS
4.The Wolf Man
FIVE FAVORITE MOVIE LINES
1.“I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!”
2.“Miss Jean Louise…Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s
3.“It’s alive!!! It’s alive!!!! IT’S ALIVE!!!!!”
4.“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
5.“Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”
FIVE BEST ZOMBIE (or a close approximation) MOVIES
1.DAWN OF THE DEAD
2.28 DAYS LATER
3.NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD
4.SHAUN OF THE DEAD
FIVE CHICK FLICKS I WILL SIT STILL FOR
1.SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
2.THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT
3.YOU’VE GOT MAIL
4.TO SIR, WITH LOVE
FIVE BEST HITCHCOCK BLONDES
2.Eva Marie Saint
FIVE FAVORITE JOHN WAYNE MOVIE REGULARS
FIVE FAVORITE “BOO!” MOMENTS
1.The last two minutes of CARRIE
2.The dead fisherman’s sudden appearance to Richard Dreyfuss in JAWS
3.The shark’s sudden appearance to a chumming Roy Scheider in JAWS
(See Fave Movie Line no. 4 above)
4.The shower scene in PSYCHO
5.Wilfred Brimley’s sudden last appearance in JOHN CARPENTER’S THE
FIVE GREAT (OR GOOD) BLACK-AND-WHITE MOVIES MADE SINCE 1970
3.THE ELEPHANT MAN
5.THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
FIVE GREAT (OR GOOD) COLOR MOVIES MADE BEFORE 1950
1.THE WIZARD OF OZ
3.GONE WITH THE WIND
FIVE FAVORITE NON-FRANKENSTEIN BORIS KARLOFF MOVIES
1.THE BODY SNATCHER
2.THE BLACK CAT
3.THE LOST PATROL
5.TOWER OF LONDON
FIVE FAVORITE NON-DRACULA BELA LUGOSI MOVIES
1.THE BLACK CAT
2.THE PHANTOM SHIP
3.SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
4.THE WOLF MAN
5.THE BODY SNATCHER
FIVE BEST MARTIAL ARTS MOVIES
1.ENTER THE DRAGON
2.KILL BILL, VOL. 1 AND 2
4.CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
5.FIST OF LEGEND
TWO GREAT OPENING SCENES FOR SO-SO/MEDIOCRE MOVIES
1.Roger Moore freefalls without a parachute in MOONRAKER
2.The battle on the runaway coach in DRACULA A.D. 1972
FIVE FAVORITE EXAMPLES OF BAD GUYS PLAYING GOOD-GUY ROLES
1.Michael Rooker as Sylvester Stallone’s Mountain Rescue partner in
2.Bruce Dern in Hitchcock’s FAMILY PLOT
3.Willem Dafoe in PLATOON
4.James Woods in DIGGSTOWN
5.Jack Palance in CITY SLICKERS
FIVE FAVORITE EXAMPLES OF GOOD GUYS PLAYING VILLAINS
1.Henry Fonda in ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
2.Tom Hanks in ROAD TO PERDITION
3.Tom Cruise in COLLATERAL
4.Burt Lancaster in SEVEN DAYS IN MAY
5.Nicolas Cage and John Travolta in FACE OFF
And just to wrap things up…
FIVE GREAT CLOSERS
1.“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
2.“Shut up and deal.”
4.“It was Beauty killed the Beast.”
5.“There’s no place like home.”
ICS CALENDER –the Month in review!
September 17th SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD
September 22nd the ICS Editors Birthday
September 22nd First Day of Autumn
September 24th SHAUN OF THE DEAD
September 25th ICS MEETING!
One of our most popular club events, Annual Pizza Night – Pizzas of
every imaginable creation is thought up and delivered and eaten by our
group. Fun time is had by all!
October 1st SHARK TALE