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The February meeting began with our home-grown movie trivia game,
ICS Academic, featuring THE BRAINIAC ™. Three teams battled for movie
trivia mastery, but only one was triumphant – the Brains That Wouldn’t
Die featuring Mike Laird, John Clayton and our two favorite Normans – Jones
and Prentiss. One could sense the tension in the air as the four
players had to face off against each other in the sudden death round.
Trivia champ extraordinaire, John Weber, was under the weather and had
to pass on the emcee position, which went to Dave Willard. Dave bombarded
the players with obscure trivia questions while they feverishly pressed
THE BRAINIAC’s buttons trying to get that important first answer - and
when all of the dust settled, John Clayton emerged triumphant.
And all of those years of being a movie fan paid off – John is
receiving a Best Buy gift certificate for answering the most questions
Thanks to all who participated in ICS Academic, all who cheered
the contestants on, all who planned this special event, and all who use
THE BRAINIAC for good, not evil!!
ICS ROCKS THE BOAT
Mike Laird gave us a choice between surf and turf disaster movies
for our February meeting. Surf won. We screened the 1972 high
seas flick – THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE.
For any of you unfamiliar with this iconic film (being remade
by Mr. Wolfgang dAS BOOT/PERFECT STORM Peterson), the plot is as follows.
The mighty Poseidon is on her last legs. But before going to the
scrap yard, her new owners decide to push her to her limits to save on
the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that
all the internal rooms are upside down. A mixed band of survivors must
journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive.
What makes the film special is its cast – a who’s who list of
1970’s B actors: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Carole Lynley, Roddy McDowall,
Stella Stevens, Shelly Winters and Red Buttons. The film won an Oscar
for Best Original Song – “The Morning After” sung by Maureen McGovern.
The film has a big cult following and annual conventions.
It even inspired a campy spoof called THE PURSEIDON ADVENTURE in which
the ship collided with a giant purse.
Thanks for bringing in the film, Mike!
MORE GIRL POWER THAN 500 SPICE GIRLS!!
Not only does Norman Jones do well with movie trivia games, he
also does well with introducing the club to exploitation titles.
Our February late night feature, courtesy of Mr. Jones was Russ Meyer’s
FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!
If one has not seen this film before, one can safely assume that
the main elements of the film are hour glass figures, bikinis, lesbians,
and karate-choppin’ chicks. But, there’s also a plot. Varla,
Rosie and Billie are thrill-seeking strippers who encounter a young couple
in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl
hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons
in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests
of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the
money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of
This flick is described by film maker John Waters as "beyond
a doubt, the best movie ever made." What more do you need to know?
MARCH – TSHIRTS, CALENDARS & THE OSCAR POOL WINNER!!!
Need a reason to come to the March meeting? Other than
socializing, seeing movies and participating in the business meeting?
OK, I’ve got three!
1. ICS T-Shirts will be here for all who have ordered them!
2. The OSCAR Pool winner will be announced!
3. 2006 Calendars will finally be here! Please know that,
if anyone wants their calendars earlier than March, Dave Willard will personally
deliver it to your home or place of business.
Notice something new, something red, in the clubroom?
An enticing aroma? A plethora of popcorn, perhaps?
That’s because we have a club popcorn maker! New board
member Jim Childs and ICS files editor Betsy Childs worked hard to get
this for the club. Betsy even had it delivered to her place of work and
had to fight off coworkers who wanted to ‘test’ it out for us. Butter-flavored
popcorn, hot and fresh – a great addition to the movies. Make that
reason #4 to come to the March Meeting!
ON THE WRITE TRACK
Once again, Norman Prentiss’s short stories are going to be
Available Now - DAMNED NATION is published by Hellbound Books.
It an anthology of Hell on earth tales – “Dangerous visions of incarnate
damnation visited upon our delicate world by some of today's most imaginative
authors.” Norman contributed the story “The Everywhere Man.”
Coming Soon - SHIVERS IV is published by Cemetary Dance Publications.
IV is the fourth entry in an award-nominated and best selling anthology
series. It contains over twenty short stories, including (ta-daaa!)
“In the Best Stories”.
IT WOULD’VE WORKED TOO, IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU MEDDLING KIDS!
Perry Hall Presbyterian does not allow us to store food items
or utensils on their church property. However, over the past few
years, we have stored up 6 boxes of soda, chips and utensils in the spare
room across from the restrooms. In February, some caretakers of the
church found our stash while going thru the items in that room. Now,
we will need to store monthly supplies at a club member’s home. So,
who arrives early to every meeting and usually stays late? Which
stand up members will take on this necessary but unglamorous task?
Tom and Justin Proveaux will! Thanks! We appreciate
this volunteer contribution to the club!
MEMORIAL WEEKEND PICNIC
Our May meeting will have something new – a pre-meeting cookout.
We need to clear it through the church first, but be prepared to bring
in picnic goodies and enjoy the outdoors with your ICS friends. More
info to come at the March meeting.
MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION 2006
Need a convention fix? The ICS will be participating in
The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Aberdeen on September 14-17.
Guests will include David Hedison from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
and Marta Kristen from Lost in Space. The convention is geared to
fans of Old-Time TV and Radio and Antique Cars.
ICS will have 2 tables in the dealers room (so we will need donated
movie goods – see below for details – and volunteers once the dates get
closer). This convention will be sponsored by one of our ICS files
subscribers, Martin Grams. More details on the con can be found online
MOVIE GOODS NEEDED
So, what’s lying around in your basement? Old VHS tapes
that have been replaced with DVDs? DVDs that were replaced by the
deluxe director’s cut version? As you do your spring cleaning, keep
in mind that the ICS is looking for movie donations for two special events
JUNE – Masked Auctioneer and Minimum Bid Kid are back for an auction
SEPTEMBER – Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Con Dealer’s Table (VHS/DVD only).
The board will be accepting donations for these events beginning
at our next meeting, so if you have anything to donate, please bring it
in. Joe Plempel (Thanks Joe!!) will be storing them. Movie
Related goods only please.
NEWS OF OUR NEXT MEETING (*ALWAYS* THE LAST SATURDAY)
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday March 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.
MARCH PRESENTATION - AGE BEFORE DANGER!
You can always count on Norman Prentiss to add something unique
to the club, be it poetry about amputated limbs, hopping Vampire night
or stories about glue traps. His March presentation is no different.
Be prepared – it’s Children in Peril movie month!!
MARCH LATE NIGHT FEATURE
The late night time slot in March is set aside for social time.
There will be NO late movie. However, if you have a film you’d like
to show in April, be prepared to present it to the club because we will
be voting for the April late night feature.
LOOK AHEAD - 2006 SCHEDULE
April 29 (*) Hammer Frankensteins presented by Skip Phillips
May 27 ICS Cookout
"It’s Big" presented by Jim Childs
June 24 (*) ICS Auction
July 29 The films of Val Lewton presented by John Clayton
August 26 (*) Is it ICS-Worthy? Part 2 presented by Barry Murphy
September 30 A Betsy Childs Howling adventure night
October 28 (*) Greg Mank Returns -- Lionel Atwill and Murder
at the Zoo
Halloween Potluck Dinner
November 25 Jackie Chan Part 2 presented by Andrew Kent
December 30 (*) Yankee Swap
Revenge Movies presented by Regina Vallerani
(*) denotes Late Night Feature
This is just a reminder that dues are still being
collected for 2006. Individuals are $25. Couples are $40. Extra family
members who reside at the same address are $15 each added the primary membership.
Dues can be paid at the meetings or sent via paypal to ICSFILM@HOTMAIL.COM.
Please remember to pay Andrew Kent by the March meeting in order to remain
a member in good standing.
If you cannot attend the meeting or do not have access to a PC,
you can make your check payable to ICS and send it to:
5025 Green Mountain Circle Apt. 6
Columbia, MD 21044
The following members have paid their 2006 dues – if you have paid and
are not listed here, please contact a board member.
Sue Ellen Sherblom
John Ward (son)
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GALACTICA FINALE GOES LONG
SCI FI Channel will air a special expanded episode of
its original series Battlestar Galactica as the March 10 season-two finale,
starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
In the expanded finale cliffhanger, the outcome of the
presidential campaign hinges upon a core debate: whether or not to abandon
the search for Earth when the Galactica crew discovers a habitable planet.
When the election begins to swing in favor of Baltar (James Callis), a
man whom Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) is convinced is a Cylon collaborator,
the incumbent president must decide whether or not to take drastic measures
for the greater good.
The Galactica finale will follow the season finales of
SCI FI's other hit original series, Stargate SG-1 at 8 p.m. and Stargate
Atlantis at 9 p.m.
ABC ORDERS MASTERS OF SF
ABC has given a green light to the SF anthology TV series
Masters of Science Fiction, which will present works of well-known authors
such as Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.
IDT Entertainment and Industry Entertainment, which produced
the 13-episode anthology Masters of Horror for Showtime, are behind the
science fiction version as well. ABC has ordered four episodes, but IDT
and Industry plan to go ahead and produce at least six episodes and as
many as 13.
Writer Michael Tolkin (The Rapture) is already on board
to adapt and direct an episode, while the producers are also in talks to
produce works such as Harlan Ellison's "The Discarded" and Asimov's "The
Last Question." IDT and Industry also hope to sign Bradbury to adapt his
"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed."
Morris Berger, Steve Brown and John Hyde will executive-produce
for IDT, as will Industry's Keith Addis, Brad Mendelsohn and Andrew Deane.
IDT and Industry hope to start production on Masters of
Science Fiction in Vancouver this May. The producers said they can start
delivering the series to ABC by the middle of June, making a summer launch
a possibility. The project is targeted to air in the 2006-07 TV season.
DINKLAGE JOINED IN ULTRA
Peter Dinklage (Threshold) has joined the cast of a new
CBS SF drama pilot, Ultra, based on the comic book of the same name. Dinklage
will play The Scientist in the CBS Paramount TV show, which stars Lena
Headey as a single, city-girl superhero. Dinklage was last seen in the
network's short-lived alien-invasion series Threshold, in which he also
played a scientist.
In other pilot casting news, Jonah Lotan and Rachel Stirling
have come on board Fox's space drama Beyond. The 20th Century Fox TV and
Imagine TV show is a thriller set in NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, chronicling
the dawning of a new race to space.
ALIAS BACK IN APRIL
ABC ended speculation about the fate of its spy drama
Alias on Feb. 28 by announcing that it would return to the prime-time schedule
on April 19 with a two-hour episode, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ABC also
released spoilers about the special episode, which will feature the birth
of Sydney's (Jennifer Garner) baby and the reappearance of Michael Vaughn
(Michael Vartan). Alias, which is in its final season, will move to Wednesdays
at 8 p.m.
In further spoilers, ABC said that upcoming episodes will
reveal the outcome of Sloane's unholy alliance in his search for the cure
for daughter Nadia (Mia Maestro) and the endgame of the Rambaldi prophecy.
As reported earlier, the network confirmed that familiar
faces from the past will crop up in Sydney's life, including Will Tippin
(Bradley Cooper), Irina Derevko (Lena Olin) and nemeses Julian Sark (David
Anders) and Anna Espinosa (Gina Torres).
TV Guide Online's "Ask Ausiello" column, meanwhile, confirmed
a report on E! Online that the show has cut back its order of episodes:
According to TV Guide's reckoning, the show will air six more episodes,
including two-hour segments on April 19 and May 24, the series finale.
COMMANDMENTS DUE IN APRIL
ABC announced that its four-hour miniseries The Ten Commandments
will air in two parts, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on April 10 and at the same time
the following night.
The Ten Commandments, from Hallmark Entertainment, is
based on the biblical story and stars Dougray Scott as Moses, Naveen Andrews
(Lost) as Menerith, Omar Sharif as Jethro, Linus Roache as Aaron, Mia Maestro
(Alias) as Zipporah and Padma Lakshmi as Princess Bithia.
Shot on location in Ouarzazate, Morocco, The Ten Commandments
was directed by Robert Dornhelm from a script by Ron Hutchinson (Traffic).
Robert Halmi Sr. is the executive producer.
GRUNBERG IS A HERO
Greg Grunberg (Alias) stars in and Dave Semel is onboard
to direct the NBC pilot Heroes, a drama about ordinary people who discover
they have super powers.
Semel is directing the pilot for NBC Universal TV Studio
through his overall deal there. Tim Kring is behind the project, which
also stars Ali Larter (Final Destination) and Milo Ventimiglia.
Semel directed the American Dreams pilot at NBC, as well
as the network's upcoming drama Windfall.
GHOST COMING BACK
It was announced on March 6 that CBS is renewing
Ghost Whisperer for a second season, one of 14 series the network is picking
up for the 2006-'07 season.
Ghost Whisperer—a supernatural series starring Jennifer
Love Hewitt, Aisha Tyler and David Conrad—helped vault CBS into a position
of prime-time leadership on Fridays among adults aged 18-49 and 25-54,
while widening the network's lead-in viewers from last season, CBS said.
Ghost Whisperer wins its Friday timeslot among viewers and in demographics.
Ghost Whisperer is produced by Sander/Moses Productions, in association
with Touchstone Television and CBS Paramount Network Television. Ian Sander,
Kim Moses and John Gray are executive producers.
SCI FI Channel will film an episode of its hit reality
series Ghost Hunters at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., inspiration
for Stephen King's The Shining. This episode will air in the spring.
According to local legend, King witnessed a ghostly little
boy wandering the halls of the hotel during his extended stay there in
the early 1970s. And the Shining came from that experience. Hotel employees
and visitors share similar tales of mysterious children in the hallways
and guest rooms, as well as of lights flickering on and off and doors opening
and closing seemingly by themselves. Like the Overlook Hotel in King's
novel, the Stanley has been a popular vacation spot since opening its doors
New episodes of Ghost Hunters will premiere on March 29
at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
CHARMED TO END IN MAY
As expected, Charmed will end its run with the current
eighth season now that its current network, The WB, is merging with rival
UPN to form The CW in the fall on March 3.
The supernatural series, which stars Alyssa Milano, Rose
McGowan and Holly Marie Combs, will end in May.
With 7th Heaven having already announced its exit, it
means that two WB long-running series won't move to The CW. The WB and
UPN will both shut down in September. The final episode of Charmed will
air on May 21st.
4400 CHANGES UNVEILED
Ira Steven Behr, co-creator of USA Network's SF series
The 4400, said for fans to expect a new direction in the show's upcoming
third season that will focus more on the show's mythology and main characters.
He added that a new actress will join the regular cast: Megalyn Echikunwoke.
"We are definitely using the last two episodes of last
season, 'The Fifth Page' and 'Mommy's Bosses,' as the engine to drive this
season," Behr said. "In other words, last year we kind of alternated kind
of big mythology type of episodes ... [with episodes in which] we'd introduce
the 4400, they would have a problem that either affected them or affected
society in general, and we would deal with that problem. ... What we're
going to be focusing on basically this season [is] bigger sweep. I call
it playing big ball rather than little ball. ... I think every story this
year will have an impact on our people."
In a spoiler for the upcoming season, Behr also said that
Echikunwoke would join the cast, playing an adult version of baby Isabelle.
"Isabelle is no longer that cuddly kid you can hold in
your arms, which is, I think, probably great for production," Behr said,
referring to the difficulty of working with an infant actor. Echikunwoke
will be "a very popular addition to the cast," he added. "The character
herself, I think, is going to surprise people. I think people have been
arguing about or trying to figure out Isabelle at the end of the miniseries,
and I think ... a portion of the audience is going to expect a fastball
down the middle with her character, and I think they're going to be surprised.
It's going to be more of a ride, more of a discovery, and not so clear-cut
where you can say, 'She's the angel' [or] 'She's the devil,' you know?
And I think that makes for really nice storytelling." The 4400 returns
with 13 new episodes, starting June 4.
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British horror studio Amicus Entertainment,
creators of '60s/'70s horror favorites like THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD
and TALES FROM THE CRYPT (the 1972 movie, not the HBO series,) has been
revived by producer Robert Katz, Amicus executive Julie Moldo and financier
The first two productions from the newly revived
studio include a new film by Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR, DAGON) called
STUCK, which the director wrote with John Strysik (DEATHBED). The story,
based on a true incident, concerns a young woman who commits a hit-and-run
and leaves the victim embedded in her windshield; production is scheduled
to begin in mid-2006. The other project is CLOWN, to be directed by Mark
Jones (LEPRECHAUN), in which an evil clown and his dwarf sidekick create
mayhem at a traveling carnival, set to film this spring. Both films are
budgeted at under $5 million.
Katz, previously a longtime partner in Katz/Esparza
Productions, plans to make up to six films a year under the Amicus banner,
with most done on low budgets but two costing up to $20 million each. He
said that remakes of some of the company's best-known titles are in the
offing: "I'll be looking to do homages to classic titles, the ones that
[Amicus co-founder] Max [J. Rosenberg] didn't sell off with long-term distribution
and remake rights, like TALES FROM THE CRYPT. We have a catalog that includes
THE BEAST MUST DIE, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN
and TORTURE GARDEN."
Henson Re-Ignites Dark Crystal
The Jim Henson Co. has set Genndy Tartakovsky
to direct Power of the Dark Crystal, sequel to the 1982 fantasy film The
Dark Crystal. Tartakovsky created the animated TV series hits Samurai Jack,
Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. His Orphanage Animation
Studios will take the lead on the computer animation elements for the puppet-driven
The film becomes a co-production of Henson
and the Orphanage. Lisa Henson, co-chief executive officer of the Jim Henson
Co., will produce with Orphanage chairman Scott Stewart. Brian Froud has
returned to design the new characters.
Set hundreds of years after the first movie,
the sequel follows a mysterious girl made of fire who steals a shard of
the crystal in hopes of re-igniting the dying sun.
WB Picks Up Emmerich's 10,000 B.C.
Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up Roland
Emmerich's big-budget 10,000 B.C. after Sony Pictures dropped the project.
The aggressive move gives Warners its first chance to work with Emmerich
(The Day After Tomorrow), with a summer 2007 release being eyed. Emmerich
is set to begin shooting the prehistoric adventure in late April in South
The film centers on a 21-year-old who lives
among a primitive tribe that survives by hunting a mammoth each year as
the herd migrates through the tribe's homeland. Emmerich wrote the original
screenplay with composer Harald Kloser. John Orloff and Matthew Sand worked
on revisions, while Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) is writing the current
script. Kloser, Emmerich's composer on The Day After Tomorrow, also will
compose the music for 10,000 B.C.
Killing Demons Develops
Platinum Studios and Atmosphere Entertainment
announced the development of a movie based on Killing Demons, its graphic
novel about a man who hunts supernatural creatures. A screenwriter will
be announced shortly.
The graphic novel Killing Demons, written
by Peter Siegel and illustrated by Brent White, centers on a man whose
family was slain by supernatural creatures when he was a child and who
subsequently devotes his life to hunting down the demonic creatures that
prey on humanity.
Atmosphere's current slate of films includes
several graphic novel/comic-book adaptations, including 300, based on the
best-selling graphic novel by Frank Miller, and Books of Magic, based on
the ongoing comic book created by Neil Gaiman, as well as The Spiderwick
Chronicles, based on the best-selling book series by Tony Deterlizzi and
Weinstein Co. Has Igor Hunch
The Weinstein Co. has picked up North American
rights to Exodus Film Group's upcoming computer-animated monster comedy
Igor. Written by Chris McKenna, Igor is a twist on the monster genre, following
a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant, who has big dreams of winning
the Evil Science Fair. The movie expands Exodus' upcoming animated short
Igor: Unholy Frijoles. The short features such voice talent as Christian
Slater, in the lead role, with Jay Leno, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese
supporting. No cast or director is set for the feature-length Igor movie,
which is in preproduction.
The Weinstein Co. has a number of other animated
projects in its pipeline, including Doogal, Opus, The Cricket in Times
Square and a new installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
The company also recently unveiled plans for a sequel to its current toon
hit Hoodwinked!, dubbed Hood vs. Evil, to be produced with Kanbar Entertainment.
Narnia: Caspian Moves Forward
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media are
moving ahead with a sequel to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch
& the Wardrobe. Andrew Adamson is set to return to the director's chair
once again, having just signed a deal to direct the sequel, The Chronicles
of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Adamson also will serve as a producer and co-writer,
collaborating with returning writers Christopher Markus and Steve McFeeley.
The principal cast is coming back, as is producer Mark Johnson.
A screenplay is not yet written, but production
is scheduled to begin this year with an eye toward a Christmas 2007 release.
Caspian finds the four Pevensie siblings pulled back into the land of Narnia,
where 1,000 years have passed since they left. The children are again enlisted
to join the colorful creatures of Narnia, who have been driven into the
wild, unfriendly parts of the land. The Pevensies must struggle to overthrow
a usurping king named Miraz and restore the rightful heir to the throne,
the young Prince Caspian.
Prince Caspian, published in 1951, is one
of the seven-book series written by C.S. Lewis.
David Arquette Directing The Tripper
David Arquette will make his directorial debut
with the horror film The Tripper for Coquette Productions, the company
he runs with wife Courteney Cox. Arquette wrote the screenplay with Joe
Harris (DARKNESS FALLS).
Cox and Arquette will make cameo appearances
in the horror ensemble, which will star Jamie King (Sin City), Thomas Jane
(THE PUNISHER), Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Lukas Haas,
Paul Reubens (PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE) and Balthazar Getty.
The film, which is set to begin shooting this
month in Santa Cruz, revolves around a group of friends who escape to a
modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked
by a fanatical killer determined to finish what he started years earlier.
Walden Mounts Water Horse
Walden Media, Beacon Pictures and Revolution
Studios are teaming to produce a Narnia-scale movie based on the children's
fantasy novel The Water Horse by British author Dick King-Smith. Robert
Nelson Jacobs will write the live-action/computer-animated film, and Jay
Russell will direct. Production is expected to begin in May in New Zealand.
The Water Horse tells the story of a lonely
boy in Scotland who finds a mysterious egg from which hatches a "water
horse": a mythical sea monster of Scottish legend. Russell, who has been
pursuing this project for five years, said that the tone and look of the
film will be more realistic than fantastical. Visual effects will be handled
by Weta Digital and Weta Workshop, which most recently created the visual
effects in King Kong and Walden's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the
Witch and the Wardrobe, which was produced in association with Disney.
Resident Evil: Extinction to Start in 2006
Resident Evil: Extinction, the third installment
in the popular game-to-film franchise, is set to begin production sometime
in 2006. Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) will direct with Milla Jovovich reprising
her starring role.
It was previously believed that the third
film, written by Paul W.S. Anderson, would be titled Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Reports said the movie would be set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun
with mutant zombies. The setting was the Nevada desert with the Aussie
outback standing in for the American wasteland. In the final reel, the
action would have shifted to Japan, setting up the fourth installment.
It's unclear now if Resident Evil: Extinction will follow that same storyline
or whether or not a fourth film is still planned.
FRIDAY THE 13TH Strikes Again
New Line Cinema is moving forward with their
FRIDAY THE 13TH remake (not a prequel or a sequel, but a remake), with
an eye to release their return to Camp Crystal Lake on Friday, October
13, 2006. Series creator and director of the original FRIDAY THE 13TH Sean
S. Cunningham said, “New Line is aggressively pursuing a new film.” As
for who is slated to take the directorial reins, Cunningham said, “I’m
flattered that [New Line] is interested, but I’m not really involved, at
least not at this point.”
Speaking on the popularity of the FRIDAY THE
13TH series, the director weighed in. “FRIDAY THE 13TH has been dependable
blue-collar horror,” he said. “Jason is comfortable in his own skin, and
the movies have been unapologetic. These elements taken together help explain
its longevity.” Of course, Jason only had a bit part in the 1980 FRIDAY
THE 13TH, leaving the carnage up to dear old Mom (Betsy Palmer). The remake
will substantially expand on his character and back story.
The Wizard of Gore Performs Again
Beverly Hills-based production company Open
Sky Entertainment has announced a remake of director Herschell Gordon Lewis'
1970 cult-schlock film The Wizard of Gore. The film is now shooting in
L.A in “Sick-O-Scope.” Jeremy Kasten (All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos)
is directing the horror film, about a master illusionist who is investigated
for a string of gruesome murders. Crispin Glover (WILLARD), Kip Pardue,
Bijou Phillips, Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) and
Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) star.
In the original, a TV talk-show hostess and
her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize
and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions
using his powers of mind bending.
Next Is Biel's Next
Jessica Biel (Stealth) is set to star with
Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore in Next, a sci-fi action thriller based
on the Philip K. Dick novel The Golden Man. Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day)
is directing, from a Gary Goldman script.
Cage, who is also co-producing, will play
a man who can see the future and alter its course. Biel will play his love
interest, whom he has to save from terrorists. He's on the run from the
FBI, which wants to use him to prevent a global terrorist threat.
STRANGER Director Checks Into VACANCY
WHEN A STRANGER CALLS remake director Simon
West will re-team with Screen Gems to direct another psychochiller, VACANCY.
In the Mark L. Smith-scripted movie a young married couple become stranded
at a remote motel and discover that the place is a front for snuff moviemakers,
who ensure that guests don’t check out. Hal Lieberman (TERMINATOR 3) is
producing the film, which is set to roll in June.
Superman, Batman Sequels Planned
Warner Brothers is already planning sequels
to Batman Begins and Superman Returns, with respective directors Christopher
Nolan and Bryan Singer in line to return, though the latter film doesn't
open until June 30.
Neither director's deal is closed yet. The
studio has hired Jonah Nolan, Christopher's brother, to pen the screenplay
for the as-yet-untitled Batman sequel. Warner has options on Batman Begins
star Christian Bale and Superman Returns star Brandon Routh. The next installment
in the Caped Crusader franchise is further along in the process, since
Batman Begins was released last summer. The Batman sequel is eyed for 2008
and the Superman follow-up for 2009.
Legendary Pictures, which put up half the
financing for both Batman Begins and Superman Returns, is expected to board
the sequels and split the budgets 50-50 with Warner. In return, Legendary
would split all profits.
One idea is for Singer to direct a Superman
sequel soon after he finishes with Warner's remake of the sci-fi thriller
Logan's Run, which he's also expected to direct. Logan's Run is tentatively
slated to begin shooting this fall in Vancouver, Canada. If Singer did
sign to direct the Superman sequel, it could be shot in Vancouver as well.
DAVA’S DELVINGS - Tristan & Isolde - A Movie Review by: Dava Sentz
The holiday season always appears to be driven
by fantasy epics. Consider, if you will, the stream of movies to come
our way as 2005 drew to a close. Peter Jackson's KING KONG, HARRY
POTTER, and who could forget THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA?
All of these were particularly enjoyable, worthy
of our undivided attention and praise. Every so often, however, I like
to take a break from the world of witches, wizards, and assorted fictional
creatures in order to pursue a more traditional avenue, the romantic drama.
Everyone knows the story of Romeo & Juliet.
But, what of Tristan & Isolde? Rumored to have inspired the legend
of Lancelot & Guinevere, three accounts of this story have
appeared throughout Medieval history. Two of these versions were brought
about by a duo of French poets named Beroul & Thomas.
While both versions were similar in plot,
each author chose to place his emphasis on opposite elements. Beroul's
focus was on the romance and commitment shared between the two
lovers. Thomas, on the other hand, geared his attention toward the tragedy
resulting from their forbidden courtship. While each account
brought a morbidly different angle to the tale, neither version was
complete. But, by the end the 19th century, medieval scholar Joseph
Bedier reconstructed both versions into one definitive tale, and it is
his version that still survives today.
According to Bedier, Tristan & Isolde
is about an Irish Princess (Isolde) who unexpectedly nurses
a soldier of Cornwall (Tristan) back to health after he is
wounded in battle. Shortly after his return home, Tristan
is sent back to Ireland to win Isolde's hand in marriage on behalf
of his uncle King Marke. As a wedding gift, Isolde's mother creates
a love potion, meant to be consumed by her daughter and the king upon
their union. As she and Tristan sail back to Cornwall, however, they unknowingly
consume the potion, believing it to be wine. The result? Tristan and
Isolde fall madly in love, sparking a passionate affair that would
continue long after Isolde’s wedding to Marke, so beginning one
of the greatest romances ever told.
I studied this story in high school
and was very excited about the film release. Though my
memory of it was sketchy, I really loved the romance and intensity
of the characters. Upon doing some research, I've come to remember
that there several differences between the literature and the
movie, though nothing that should ruin the overall theater
experience. In general, this is a very enjoyable film.
What was lacking, however, was the heat. Unlike
their Shakespearean counterparts, seemed TRISTAN & ISOLDE to spend
more time talking about being together than they did actually
being together. The resulting flaw? Too much talk and not
Yet, to spite the absence of steamy love scenes,
TRISTAN & ISOLDE had many positive endearments, including an intriguing
script and a slew of talented actors to carry it out. James Franco
& Sophia Myles star as history's first pair of star crossed lovers,
delivering emotions far superior to those expected of their age. Refus
Sewell costars as the kind, unsuspecting King Marke. Though not the ideal
suitor for our beautiful heroine, the nature of his affections are eloquently
expressed, so much so that I pitied him.
Put all this together with an amazing Celtic
setting and exciting battle sequences, TRISTAN & ISOLDE should
succeed in delighting audiences from all walks of life.
IMAGINATIVE CINEMA COMING SOON
MUST SEE MOVIES FOR YOU!
March 10th The Hills Have Eyes
A suburban American Family is being stalked by a group of psychotic
people who lives in the desert, far away from the civilization. A remake
of Wes Cravens movie from 1977.
March 17th Killshot
Cast: Diane Lane (Carmen Colson), Thomas Jane (Wayne Colson), Mickey
Rourke (Armand "Blackbird" Degas), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Richie Nix)
Premise: When a husband and wife witness a shakedown, they discover
that the Witness Protection Program is no match for a pair of ruthless
killers who want them dead.
March 17th V for Vendetta
Cast: Natalie Portman (Evey Hammond), Hugo Weaving (V), Stephen Rea
(Lewis Pothrero), John Hurt (Bishop Lilliman), Tim Pigott-Smith (Edward
Premise: In an alternate timeline where Germany won World War II and
Great Britain is now a facist state, a masked vigilante known only as "V"
conducts guerrilla warfare against the government. When he rescues a normal
young woman (Portman), she joins his struggle against the forces of oppression
March 31st Basic Instinct 2
Cast: Sharon Stone (Catherine Tramell), David Morrissey (Dr.
Premise: A male psychiatrist finds himself being seduced by a
beautiful woman that he's been hired by the police to analyze, as she's
suspected of committing... murder.
APRIL 14th Hard Candy
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Holmes
Premise: A provocative drama about a 32 year-old man who takes
home a 14 year-old girl he meets on the Internet, with suprising consequences.
APRIL 21st Silent Hill
Cast: Sean Bean (Christopher), Radha Mitchell (Rose), Deborah
Kara Unger (Dahlia Gillespie), Laurie Holden (Cybil Bennet)
Premise: When Rose's (Mitchell) ill daughter becomes obsessed with
a small town called Silent Hill, she takes her there to see a faith healer
she hopes might be able to help, only to discover themselves trapped in
a strange alternate reality that comes and goes over the town in a dark,
forbidding mist. When they disappear, Rose's husband Christopher (Bean)
heads to the town to try to rescue them, only to also find himself also
drifting in-between the monster-filled nightmare world and reality. Rose
continues to try to find her daughter in the fog-drenched town, following
a shadowy, nearly imperceivable child-like figure in the mist...
farewellsfarewellsfarewells Good bye farewellsfarewellsfarewells
Don Knotts, the gifted comic actor best known for his roles as the high-strung
small-town deputy Barney Fife on the The Andy Griffith Show and the leisure-suit-clad
landlord Ralph Furley on Three's Company, has died.
Jesse Donald Knotts was born in Morgantown, W.Va., on July 21, 1924
and left his dysfunctional family to enlist in the Army in 1943. During
WWII he served in the Pacific and after the war, in 1948, he graduated
from West Virginia University with an education degree. He soon moved to
New York to pursue an acting career. One of his earliest TV roles was on
the CBS soap opera Search for Tomorrow, where he played a neurotic young
man so troubled he communicated only with his sister. It was the only non-comedic
role he ever played.
Knotts received his first widespread attention when he appeared on
Broadway in Ira Levin's 1955 comedy No Time for Sergeants, where he first
met the then unknown Andy Griffith who had been picked to star in the play.
From 1956-60, Knotts further cemented his reputation as an emerging
comic actor on NBC's The Steve Allen Show, where he would play a character
dubbed the "the nervous man" in Allen’s “Man On The Street” interview segments.
In October of 1960 he appeared as Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show
and the rest was history.
Don Knotts won five Emmy Awards for that role and became a comic giant
and an influence on a generation of young comedians including Jim Carrey
and Martin Short.
His film work includes the incredible mr. Limpet, the ghost and mr.
Chicken, the reluctant astronaut, the apple dumpling gang, cats don’t dance
and pleasantville. He was 81.
Dennis Weaver, the lanky actor with the gentle drawl who came to fame
playing Marshal Matt Dillon's limping deputy, Chester, on Gunsmoke and
later starred as a contemporary western deputy marshal who battled crime
in the Big Apple on McCloud, has died.
His 50-year acting career included stage, screen and television. Weaver
had supporting roles in films such as Orson Welles' 1958 film noir thriller
Touch of Evil, war arrow, dragnet, the gallant hours, duel at diablo, what’s
the matter with helen and centennial. His TV series included kentucky jones,
gentle ben, stone and buck jones as well as Gunsmoke and mccloud. He also
starred in dozens of TV movies, most notably Steven Spielberg's acclaimed
1971 psychological thriller Duel, in which Weaver memorably played a motorist
menaced by the unseen driver of a large diesel truck.
Denis Weaver received an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Chester, was
the president of the Screen Actors Guild and an active environmentalist.
He was 81
Octavia E. Butler who earned the distinction of being the first lady
of a small, tightknit circle of African American writers of speculative
fiction — science fiction, horror and fantasy, has died. Her 12 stunning,
thought-provoking novels of science fiction inspired new readers and writers
to explore the genre. "She was an utter inspiration," said Steven Barnes,
a longtime friend and science fiction author who was the first African
American to write one of the novels based on Star Wars. "I don't know what
would have happened to me had I not had her as an example."
Her novels included Kindred, parable of the sower, patternmaster, mind
of my mind, survivor, wildseed, clay’s ark, dawn, adulthood rites, imago,
parable of the talents and her last book, fledgling.
She was awarded the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a MacArthur Foundation
Grant. She was 58.
Darren McGavin, an Emmy-winning actor who worked almost constantly in
television for nearly 50 years has died at age 83. He made an enduring
mark on popular culture as the grizzled has-been crime reporter in the
1970s TV movie and series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and is also remembered
for portraying the curmudgeonly father in the 1983 film A Christmas Story.
He starred in other series such as mike hammer, riverboat, the outsider
and small & frye. There were also TV movies which included the night
strangler and the martian chronicles. He guested on many other TV series
and won the Emmy in 1990 as the opinionated father of Candice Bergen on
McGavin’s filmography includes the man with the golden arm, the delicate
delinquent, the natural and billy madison, with appearances in such genre
movies as mission mars, the demon & the mummy, hanger 18, captain america
and happy hell night.
Robert "Buzz" Knudson, one of Hollywood's most respected sound
re-recording mixers and a three-time Academy Award-winner for his work
on Cabaret, The Exorcist and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, has died. He was
Knudson spent most of his 50-year career at Todd-AO, an independent
post-production sound company, which he joined in 1960 as a recording engineer
doing optical transfers. He was president of the company from 1982 to 1990,
then served as vice chairman and as a consultant until he retired in 2003.
As a sound re-recording mixer (who is responsible for the creation
of the final soundtrack of a movie), Knudson amassed an impressive list
credits including cabaret, save the tiger, shampoo, airport ’77, fm, hooper,
1941, the blues brothers, an officer and a gentleman, trading places, scarface,
into the night, the color purple, who framed roger rabbit and major league.
He also did the texAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, close encounters of the third
kind and manhunter.
Phil Brown, the veteran actor best known for his brief role as Luke
Skywalker's Uncle Owen in the 1977 hit film Star Wars, had died
The son of a doctor, Brown was born in Cambridge, Mass., graduated
from Stanford University and was accepted in the Group Theatre in New York
in 1938. His first job on Broadway was as a dancer in the play Everywhere
I Roam. He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and moved to London
with his family in the early 1950s to continue his acting career. In the
mid-1970s, George Lucas was filming interior scenes for Star Wars at a
London sound stage and needed an actor with a strong American accent. Brown
got the job. “It was”, he later told the Baltimore Sun, "a very small part
by comparison to the roles I had previously played. To be quite frank,
I never gave it a thought.” He was 89.
Stu Linder, an Academy Award-winning film editor for grand prix in 1966
and who worked almost exclusively for Barry Levinson since cutting the
director's 1982 debut movie, Diner, has died. Together Linder and Levinson
crafted nearly 20 films that were rich in stylistic diversity and included
The Natural, tin men, good morning viet nam, rain man, avalon, sleepers
and wag the dog. There were also the genre movies young sherlock holmes
and sphere. He was 74.
Michael G. Fitzgerald, author of a book on Universal Studios and co-author
of two books on Western film actresses, has died at age 55.
A native of El Dorado, Ark who worked as an accountant in Shreveport,
La., until retiring a couple of years ago, Fitzgerald was the author of
Universal Pictures, a history of the studio published by Arlington House
in 1977. He also was co-author of Westerns Women (1999) and Ladies of the
Western (2002). The books, published by McFarland and co-written with Boyd
Magers, contain dozens of interviews with actresses who appeared in Westerns
from the silent era through the 1960s.
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, the irrepressible character actor and
comedic entertainer who appeared in dozens of movies, has died. Gonzalez
Gonzalez, a Texas native, first came to national public attention in 1953
when he appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx's TV quiz show You Bet
The diminutive young man proved to be irresistible comic fodder for
the quick-witted Marx.
"Pedro, we could do a great act together," Marx said after Gonzalez
Gonzalez sang a bit of El Rancho Grande, did a wildly funny dance demonstration
and out-mugged the great comedian.
"What would we call our act if we went out together, the Two Tamales?"
"No," a deadpan Gonzalez Gonzalez replied, "it would be Gonzalez Gonzalez
"That's nice billing," Marx said to the laughing audience. "Two people
in the act, and I get third place!"
John Wayne happened to see his show-stealing appearance and signed
him to a seven-year contract with his production company. From then on,
he appeared in Wayne films, including The High and the Mighty, Rio Bravo,
McLintock, Hellfighters and Chisum. He became one of the era's few recognizable
Mexican Americans on the big screen and television.
Over the years, he appeared in a string of movies, including Strange
Lady in Town, The Sheepman, Support Your Local Gunfighter and The Love
Bug. He was a guest star on such TV series as Wanted: Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke,
and Burke's Law. He was 80.
THE LAST WARD
By John Ward
Welcome to the mind of a typical Oscars junkie on Oscars Night.
It’s not a very pretty sight, but it can be amazingly illuminating.
Let me take you inside my thought processes, and all will be revealed.
7:58 P.M. I hate the pre-show. Nothing but obnoxious
talking heads, most of whom I don’t recognize and could care less about.
And I’m not even talking about Joan Rivers and her devilspawn Melissa;
they’re on the TV Guide Channel.
8 P.M. Here’s the opening. Oh God, CGI!! Nonono…
8:01 P.M. Actually, it ain’t bad. Interesting montage.
8:02 P.M. What an opening! Billy Crystal and Chris
Rock spoof BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, and then it’s a parade of former Oscar hosts
refusing the gig. Personal fave: Whoopi Goldberg slamming the
door in the guy’s face with a terse, “Oh, hell, no!” Which finally
brings us to newbie Jon Stewart, who does a nice dream sequence with Halle
Berry and George Clooney. Very funny.
8:07 P.M. Charlize Theron is gorgeous, but what’s that
growth on her shoulder? I know bupkis about fashion, and even I know
that’s one ugly piece of fabric.
8:10 P.M. Stewart gets in a pretty good jibe: “Bjork
couldn’t be here tonight. She was trying on her dress and Dick Cheney
shot her.” I guess you have to be a regular Oscar watcher to get
8:14 P.M. “There’s nothing remotely gay about classic westerns.”
Hilarious montage. I will never look at these movies in the same
way again. Especially Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston in THE BIG
COUNTRY. The clips made it look like Peck was carrying a bigger torch
for Chuck than Stephen Boyd did in BEN-HUR.
8:17 P.M. Nicole Kidman gives Supporting Actor. Paul
Giamatti’s my upset pick, but he loses to favorite George Clooney.
My wife Terri remembers when Clooney used to be on that show about the
girls’ boarding school, The Facts of Life.
8:22 P.M. Almost a half-hour in, and only one award so
far. It’s gonna be a looong night.
8:25 P.M. Tom Hanks gives tips on how to keep Oscar acceptance
speeches short. Tom must be a pretty good sport, because this guy
with a trumpet practically drills him.
8:27 P.M. Ben Stiller presents Visual Effects in a green
screen body stocking. Ehhh – it’s a long way to go for a joke.
KING KONG wins the one Oscar it really, really earned, if you know what
8:31 P.M. Reese Witherspoon gives out Animated Feature.
It’s WALLACE AND GROMIT all the way – no contest. But I take one
look at the creators onstage and realize I’ve died and gone to Bow Tie
8:35 P.M. Dolly Parton sings her nominated song, “Travelin’
Thru,” from TRANSAMERICA. How old is she, anyway? Terri asks:
How can she be so busty, and so damn skinny everywhere else?
8:39 P.M. They show a tiny clip from MUNICH – the incredibly
tense scene where the little girl answers the phone. I mention this
knowing it’ll probably be the only time I mention the movie tonight.
8:42 P.M. Damn – gotta hit the head, but I’m so busy taking
notes, I’m almost out of commercial time. Have to hold it for the
next commercial. Which will probably be in about three minutes.
8:43 P.M. Luke and Owen Wilson give out Live Action Short.
Six Shooter wins. Outside of the winners’ families, nobody cares.
8:45 P.M. Chicken Little and a goofy-looking mallard duck
(Didn’t catch the name) hand out Animated Short Film. THE MOON AND
THE SON wins. This idea of having animated creatures give out the
Animated award is a tad tiresome.
8:48 P.M. Jennifer Aniston gives out Costume Design.
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA wins. Aniston looks like she’d rather be someplace
8:52 P.M. Russell Crowe shows up. It takes me a moment
to realize he’s not giving out an award, but instead introducing a clip
montage. This one’s about “real life” movie subjects. I decide
that Denzel Washington really does look like Malcolm X.
8:55 P.M. “78 Annual Academy Awards.” This is the
English teacher talking now: is it too much to ask someone to put
a “th” after the 78?
8:58 P.M. I don’t quite make it back in time from the head.
I walk in to find Will Ferrell and Steve Carell standing there in horrendous
make-up. I take it they’re giving out the Make-up Oscar. CHRONICLES
OF NARNIA wins. I notice that the orchestra starts playing walk-off
music before the winner starts talking! How rude!
9:02 P.M. The review of Scientific and Technical Awards
is mercifully short. I love the way they always get some hot young
starlet to host these techie awards; this year it’s Rachel McAdams from
RED EYE. The winners always look so grateful to be standing next
to honest-to-God movie star flesh. I get the impression these guys
spend a lot of time with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
9:03 P.M. Morgan Freeman gives out Supporting Actress.
He flubs his lines. Rachel Weisz wins for THE CONSTANT GARDENER.
I still think she did a terrible job as the police detective in CONSTANTINE.
9:12 P.M. Lauren Bacall introduces a tribute to film noir,
another clipfest. She’s getting up there in age, and it becomes painfully
obvious that she can’t read the cue cards. Either that, or someone
increased her medication without telling her. The clips are OK, but
if this show really runs long, they’ll probably blame the clips.
9:20 P.M. Terrence Howard gives out Documentary Short.
A NOTE OF TRIUMPH wins. It’s the first category of the night to completely
skunk the club’s Oscar Pool voters.
9:22 P.M. Charlize Theron gives out Documentary Feature.
It’s definitely the worst dress of the evening. MARCH OF THE PENGUINS
wins, and a whole lot of stuffed penguins storm the stage, some of them
wearing tuxes and walking upright.
9:25 P.M. A stiff-looking Jennifer Lopez introduces the
second nominated song, “In the Deep,” from CRASH. The songwriter,
Kathleen York, sings while scenes from the film are acted out behind her,
including the uncomfortable moment when the black socialite wife gets groped
by the white cop. This is not a good year for songs.
9:30 P.M. An hour and a half in, only ten Oscars down.
Let’s pick it up, guys!
9:31 P.M. Say, am I the only one who hates the ad where
the giant robot and the dinosaur mate and give birth to a Hummer?
9:33 P.M. Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves give the award
for Art Direction. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA wins a well-deserved award.
9:37 P.M. Samuel L. Jackson introduces yet another round
of clips, this time for “issue” movies. Why all the clips?
Although I did like the famous Jimmy Stewart quote about fighting for lost
9:41 P.M. Sid Ganis, the president of the Academy, blathers
on about “state of the heart” storytelling. Spare me. Except
for the part where he knocks DVDs by saying, “There’s nothing like watching
the images in a darkened movie theater…” I figure Sid hasn’t had to deal
with cell phone idiots or movie commercials in quite a while.
9:44 P.M. Salma Hayek rocks the house (and gives Charlize
a run for her “Woof!” money) by presenting the award for Musical Score.
Itzhak Perlman plays a mini-concerto of the five nominated scores on his
trusty violin. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN wins. Actually, it does sound
like the best of them.
9:57 P.M. Jake Gyllenhaal introduces – yep, you guessed
it – more clips, this time for “epic” movies. I find out that these
clip montages have been produced by Chuck Workman, the guy who did that
10-min. “History of the Movies” that plays occasionally on Turner Classic
Movies. Actually, these clip montages aren’t bad. If the show
runs long, what do you say we blame something else? I vote we blame
10:01 P.M. Jessica Alba and Eric Bana give out the Sound
Mixing award. It’s no surprise when KING KONG wins, although after
RAY’S win in this category last year, I wouldn’t have been surprised if
WALK THE LINE had won.
10:05 P.M. Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin do a stand-up comedy
routine that functions as an intro for a Robert Altman tribute. More
clips. Altman gets the first and only standing ovation of the evening.
10:15 P.M. M. Night Shyamalan appears in what I think is
another cute fake ad, but it turns out to be one of those Amex “My life
is my card” ads. It’s actually not bad. In fact, it’s pretty
good. Which doesn’t mean I want to see it ad nauseum, though.
10:19 P.M. Ludacris introduces the third nominated song,
“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” from HUSTLE & FLOW. The rap
group Three 6 Mafia does the number. It gets a rise out of the crowd.
I can’t believe this might have a chance to win.
10:23 P.M. Queen Latifah presents the Best Song award.
The winner is…the “Pimp” song!! Holy $#%^&#!! I have to
admit, these guys from Three 6 Mafia really look happy. I give them
credit – at least they showed up, which is more than I can say for Eminem.
The camera shows Jon Stewart grinning from ear to ear. He knows his
material’s set for the rest of the evening. It’s the same look Billy
Crystal got after Jack Palance did all those one-armed push-ups.
10:28 P.M. Jennifer Garner trips and almost goes down on
her way out to present the Sound Editing award. KING KONG wins another
10:31 P.M. George Clooney introduces the traditional “In
Memoriam” montage. It seems shorter this year. Every year I
see a few faces that I didn’t know had died; this year I missed John Fiedler
– the killer from Star Trek’s classic Jack the Ripper episode. The
list wasn’t timely, because it didn’t include Don Knotts, Dennis Weaver,
or Darren McGavin. Maybe they were just “too TV” to include.
10:38 P.M. Will Smith presents the Foreign Language film
award. It goes to South Africa’s TSOTSI. No big deal; it had
received the most buzz, if that’s possible for a foreign film.
10:41 P.M. Jon Stewart notes candidly: “Scorsese:
O Oscars. Three 6 Mafia: 1 Oscar.” I still can’t believe it.
10:42 P.M. Ziyi Zhang, whom I consider the third prettiest
woman here tonight after Charlize and Salma, presents the award for film
editing. CRASH finally wins an award.
10:45 P.M. Hilary Swank presents the Best Actor award.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Philip Seymour Hoffman wins for CAPOTE.
I can’t wait to see his bad guy in M: I III.
10:53 P.M. I consider a second trip to the head.
The bladder and I decide to tough it out.
10:55 P.M. John Travolta, who I just read will play the
Divine-inspired mother Edna Turnblad in the movie version of the HAIRSPRAY
musical, gives the Oscar for Cinematography. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
wins in a slight upset; I really expected BROKEBACK to take this one.
Is it possible…could it be…?
10:57 P.M. Jamie Foxx presents the Best Actress award.
Reese Witherspoon wins for WALK THE LINE – again, no surprise. I
think this is the first time they’ve ever given out both of the major acting
awards before the screenplay awards.
11:08 P.M. Jon Stewart: “Man! We are cruising
tonight!” He’s right. This is turning out to be a fast show.
11:09 P.M. Dustin Hoffman presents Adapted Screenplay.
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN wins. Larry McMurtry, who wrote two great books
– The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove – makes a fashion statement:
a tuxedo jacket with jeans. Yikes!
11:13 P.M. Uma Thurman presents Original Screenplay.
I predict CRASH…and it wins. That was almost a lock.
11:19 P.M. Tom Hanks presents Best Director. Ang
Lee wins for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. I start to get nervous.
11:23 P.M. Jack Nicholson walks out to present Best Picture.
My ballot, completed before the show (with my wife as witness), picks CRASH.
I drum my fingers on the armrest. CRASH WINS!!! Holy Mother
of Pearl!! It’s the upset of the night! Hell, it’s one of the
biggest upsets in Academy Awards history!!
11:28 P.M. Stewart wraps up with, “Good night, and get
home safe.” Under 3 ½ hours – not bad. Stewart wasn’t
bad, either. But next year, Hendo, it’s back in the pool for me!
By the way, there is a clear winner for the annual Oscars Pool.
The winner will be announced at the March meeting. See you then
ICS CALENDER OF EVENTS
March 10th The Hills Have Eyes
March 17th Killshot
March 17th V for Vendetta
March 25th ICS MEETING - Saturday at 5:30 P.M.
For the March Presentation - Norman Prentiss is presenting - Children
in Peril movie night!
March 31st Basic Instinct 2