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  1. http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/2..._whirlwind.html By Howard Gensler SINCE TATTLE'S regulars have been keeping their noses clean this week, we've had time to talk to some of Hollywood's most popular young stars. In the case of Abigail Breslin, real young. She's 11. But the Oscar nominee for "Little Miss Sunshine," who'll be back in theaters next Friday in "No Reservations," is already a seasoned pro. Before we could even get out a "Hello," Abigail was answering unasked questions. "I was in Philadelphia once," she said, with the type of enthusiasm that disappears soon after one turns 12. "I stayed on the Rittenhouse Square and went to see Betsy Ross's House." She was here to star in M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs," her first role, shot when she was five. "I don't know how I memorized my lines," she said. "I was so young. I can barely remember them now." You know, now that she's so old. In "No Reservations," Abigail is forced to live with her Type-A aunt (Catherine Zeta-Jones), one of New York's finest, and least socialized, chefs. During filming, one of the sets was a giant kitchen and food was everywhere. "It was a lot of fun," Abigail said. "But we'd eat so much that I'd go to lunch and not even be hungry." One of her tasks in the movie's kitchen was to peel asparagus and Abigail said it was a challenge. "I didn't even know they needed peeling," she said. Since Tattle doesn't eat asparagus, neither did we. Her best dish? Peanut butter and jelly. "The trick," she said, "is to put jelly on one side of the bread because it sogs the bread." Abigail said two dream roles would be Helen Keller and Lady Jane Grey, but who has the time? If you think your 11-year-old has a busy schedule, last week Abigail wrapped shooting on "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery" on Monday, traveled to New York for a few days of press for "No Reservations," spoke to Tattle by phone on Friday (the preparation for that alone would be daunting to most children) and then flew to Australia on Saturday for a three-month shoot on "Nim's Island," where she'll star with Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler. "There are a lot of animals in the movie," she said, implying that was a good thing. She added with a laugh, "I was telling everyone I was going to Bris-bayne, but it's really Bris-bin. . . . I'm so excited," she said. And with that, she was off.
  2. http://www.mediahollywood.com/warner-bros-...psis_15653.html I'm pretty certain that ComingSoon.net only displays studio-released synopses of movies. If so, the comprehensive preview site (probably my favorite) has the official plot information for Watchmen. The synopsis doesn't go into too much detail, but it gives enough background to say all it needs to. For instance, it mentions that it takes place in an alternate 1985 and that the American-Soviet relationship is very tense. It also gives Rorschach by name as seemingly the protagonist of the story, while the Comedian is referred to as "one of his former colleagues" and the rest of the 'masks' are described as "a ragtag group of retired superheroes." Ragtag? Sounds like they're going to start a football league and have some sad-state actor coach them all. The last sentence of the synopsis, as could be expected, includes the following: "who is watching the watchmen?" In a couple weeks we should (hopefully) have an official cast list to go with this official synopsis. So far, we're expecting the cast to include Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jude Law, Jackie Earle Haley, Thomas Jane and Gerard Butler (I don't believe the Kate Winslet rumor at all). With director Zack Snyder expected to appear at Comic-Con, he may give more details about the plot, too. I figure that most everything from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's graphic novel will end up on the screen, maybe in an abridged way, except for the stuff with the newsstand and the shipwreck comic book story that parallels the real plot. Screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse may also have eliminated some of the back story and/or the slow parts involving Dan/Nite Owl and Laurie/Silk Spectre. I think Jon/Doctor Manhattan will also have his costume throughout, or at least some pants. Filming on Watchmen is set to begin in a few months, and the movie will hit theaters next summer.
  3. http://beinart.org/modules/Word-Press/2007...nd-nims-island/ It's interesting how things change. One morning you're doing a trade job, and by the afternoon, you've joined the art department painting murals, and then a few weeks later you've been promoted to the animation department of an international film production, "Nim's Island". This is how it happened for Brisbane artist, Stevenbowerman. The movie centers on a young girl who inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading. It stars Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin, Gerard Butler and is based on the book by Wendy Orr. Steven has been living and working in the environs of South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales for most of his life. He originally trained as a tradesman, but has always had a comsuming passion to draw and paint since his childhood. With encouragement from friends and family and money from his day time job, he started printing and selling reproductions of his artwork. He has since attracted a dedicated following of his artwork. Through a friend of friend, Steven found work painting sets on the Warner Roadshow movie studios where the film "Nim's Island" is currently in production on the Gold Coast. Steve had started his first day painting sets, and in the course of things handed the production supervisor his art business card. A few short hours later he returned and asked Steven to join him in his office. To his complete suprise, Steven was immediately promoted to the art department, painting murals and illustrating books for the movie. As his work with this department neared the end, he was again recommended further and now finds himself working with the animation department. His years of artistic dedication are now opening interesting doors. "Nim's Island" is expected to be realeased in 2008.
  4. http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/forums/ind...showtopic=13584
  5. i'm working on acquiring some larger ones ladies here's one that's not HQ but at least not a thumbnail LOL
  6. i just found these I wish i could find them larger, i'll keep looking though. http://www.gbgalsgallery.com/v/shoots/decadenet07/ http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=76325335
  7. http://www.eonline.com/movies/lyonsden/det...d2-3f2aa105b73d We here at the Lyons Den are keeping close tabs on quite a few upcoming projects, and we wanted to give you the update. First off, I'm hearing good things about the script for Revolutionary Road, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starring and Sam Mendes (American Beauty) directing. The Titanic lovebirds are at the top of their games these days, and hopefully Mendes directing his wifey won't turn out to be another Fountain flop like Darren Aronofsky collaborating with his Oscar-winning missus, Rachel Weisz. What else? Dig: LaBeouf Keeps It Big—but Should He? Also announced is that the boy Shia is working with Disturbia director D.J. Caruso again on a project called Eagle Eye. As much as the homie is doing his thing, I'd like to see him balance some of these big blockbusters with some character-driven ensemble choices, like when he knocked it out of the park in Bobby or A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. This time around, when Shia's character's brother dies, he returns home to be with his mother, and somehow they are framed to be at the center of a terrorist plot. Eh...we'll see. Kid hasn't missed lately, so who knows. Lock, Stock and Hey, Where You Been? Mr. Madonna, aka Guy Ritchie, is finally getting back to work! After taking some time off with the fam and watching Snatch over and over and over and over, Ritchie has teamed with 300's Gerard Butler. (After P.S., I Love You drops this holiday season, he's really gonna need to toughen up his image.) So dig this: The project's called RocknRolla, and it explores the world of a Mob turf war. Butler's character is named One-Two. The film will be produced by Joel Silver (best sneaker collection for any producer in Hollywood) and has an awesome cast, including Idris Elba (Big 'Dris!), Ludacris (Big Chris!), Thandie Newton and Tom Wilkinson. Sounds dope. If you hear of any projects in the works or filming in your town—or if your buddy's an extra and got on set—or if you work at a studio and want to get the ball rolling on the buzz on your film, then holla at me!
  8. by June Sarpong http://liveearthuk.spaces.live.com/blog/cn...B!167.entry With less than two weeks to go until Live Earth, I – along with everyone else who doesn't live under a rock – am counting down to one of the biggest television events the world has ever seen. With an estimated global audience of 2 billion, Live Earth is the launch pad for a global campaign (SOS) to help save our precious planet – and ourselves! So I'm delighted to be writing this blog, to find out what some of the biggest names in showbiz, along with the rest of the human population, are planning to do in order to make the necessary shift. Whether celebrity or civilian, over the next few weeks you'll see many opinions and action plans expressed. So, here goes! I recently bumped into the gorgeous actor Gerard Butler, of Attila and Phantom of the Opera fame, and supermodel Veronica Webb, the former face of Revlon. Both are doing their bit to raise awareness about climate change: Gerard has offered to shoot a public message for Live Earth and Veronica has been an active environmentalist for a number of years, driving hybrid cars and even designing her own eco-house. Keep an eye out for her at the Live Earth gig in New York. I then went along to Stephen Fry's annual Terrence Higgins Trust gala dinner, where the stars were out in full force. I set about asking everyone from Nancy Dell'Olio, the partner of former England football coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, to supermodel Erin O'Connor their view on climate change. Here's what they had to say: Nancy plans to drink less champagne... only kidding! On a serious note, she already recycles, switches off the lights when she’s not using them and never leaves her appliances on standby. She's also really looking forward to seeing Madonna at the London Live Earth gig. I was sat next to Dermot O'Leary, the face of Big Brother, who's not only looking forward to starting his new job as host of X Factor but has also kickstarted a whole new eco-friendly lifestyle. He started by getting rid of his car, building a wormery (yes, you read it right: a wormery!) and a compost heap, and he's going to fly as little as possible. The beautiful ladies were out in full force, too: vocal doyennes Danni Minogue, Beverley Knight and Geri Halliwell have all pledged to do their bit. Watch this space for more gossip from the green frontline!
  9. I love the blog at JustJared.com - he always features Gerry when he's in the public eye http://justjared.buzznet.com/2007/07/07/ge...ler-live-earth/
  10. HQ versions of those pics are now available in the Gallery: http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/gallery/th...s.php?album=753
  11. katie doll,here's a link that lists what time all the concerts start for EDT. http://www.liveearth.msn.com/about/factsheet?GT1=10227 London starts at 8:30 AM for us east coasters. I'll try to get up early to go around and find pics LOL i'll try i'll try if anyone captures good video, send it to me at stef@gerardbutlergals.com and i'll put it in multimedia for ya. Thanks!
  12. Just found this one Gerard Butler and Isabelle Champeau on the set of "300". and this one Danny Hernandez, Gerard Butler & Jon Valera in Montreal filming "300" both are in the gallery here: http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/gallery/th...ls.php?album=10
  13. http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/artic...n%20set_1036422 Actress THANDIE NEWTON is relishing shooting GUY RITCHIE's latest gangster movie - because all her co-stars are male. The 34-year-old is starring on RocknRolla alongside Gerard Butler and Tom Wilkinson and loves the testosterone surge on set. She says, "It's great, I'm working with all these big men. "It is fun and very interesting to have the chance to observe boys doing boy things. I am very much enjoying being the only girl."
  14. http://dvd.themanroom.com/dvd-newsview.php?id=613 TheManRoom is offering the opporunity to take home a copy of Warner Home Video's '300' on DVD. Entry in the giveaway can be performed once per day for the entire 3 weeks it is active. To complete your FREE registration as a TMR member so you can enter, please visit the registration page?. If you are already a member, head on over to the giveaway entry page. Studio Synopsis: The epic graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City) assaults the screen with the blood, thunder and awe of its ferocious visual style faithfully recreated in an intense blend of live-action and CGI animation. Retelling the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, it depicts the titanic clash in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive Persian army. Experience history at swordpoint. And moviemaking with a cutting edge. '300' on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc will be available July 31 in stores everywhere.
  15. LONDON - JULY 05: Gerard Butler during the filming of RocknRolla on July 5, 2007 in London, England. Photos of Guy Ritchie and others on RocknRolla set: http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.as...c1=1&VwMd=i
  16. http://www.nme.com/news/live-earth/29428 The running order, plus what acts will play at climate gig The line-up for the London leg of this weekend's Live Earth (July 7) climate concert has emerged ahead of the Wembley Stadium show. Setlists, guest hosts and even a surprise appearance by Justin Timberlake have been published this morning (July 5). Timberlake is set to make a guest appearance in Duran Duran's set, while 'Dr Who' actor David Tennant, comedians including Ricky Gervais, Eddie Izzard and former Shockwaves NME Awards host Russell Brand plus Hollywood actors Ben Affleck and Leonard DiCaprio will be present, reports The Sun. The Live Earth running order is expected to be: Chris Moyles introduces Genesis Set: 'Turn It On Again'/'No Sun Of Mine'/'Land Of Confusion' Anna Friel introduces a film Catherine Tate introduces Razorlight Set: 'Before I Fall To Pieces'/'America' Chris Moyles introduces a film Danny Dyer introduces Snow Patrol Set: 'Open Your Eyes'/'Shut Your Eyes'/'Chasing Cars' Boris Becker introduces Damien Rice & David Gray Set: 'Babylon' (Gray)/ 'The Blower's Daughter'(Rice)/ 'Que Sera Sera' (duet) Gerard Butler introduces Kasabian Set: 'Empire'/'Club Foot'/'ID' Pierce Brosnan introduces a film Thandie Newton introduces Al Gore from Washington, followed by Paolo Nutini Set: 'Wonderful World'/'Last Request'/'New Shoes'/'Jenny Don't Be Hasty' June Sarpong introduces Black Eyed Peas Set: 'Let's Get It Started'/'Pump It'/'Don't Phunk With My Heart'/'Big Girls Don't Cry'/'Where Is The Love?' Chris Moyles introduces John Legend Set: 'Ordinary People' Rupert Everett introduces Duran Duran Set: 'Planet Earth'/'Ordinary World'/'Night Runner'/'Falling Down' Chris Rock introduces Red Hot Chili Peppers Set: 'Can't Stop'/'Dani California'/'So Much I'/'By The Way' Ben Affleck introduces a film Eddie Izzard introduces Bloc Party Set: 'Hunting For Witches'/'Banquet'/'So Here We Are'/'The Prayer' Kyle MacLachlan introduces Corinne Bailey Rae Set: 'I'd Like To'/'Mercy Mercy Me'/'Put Your Records On' Ioan Gruffudd introduces Keane Set: 'Everybody's Changing'/'Somewhere Only We Know'/'Is It Any Wonder' Russell Brand introduces a film Chris Rock introduces Metallica Set: 'Enter Sandman'/'Nothing Else Matters'/'Sad But True'/'For Whom The Bell Tolls' Ricky Gervais introduces a film Rob Reiner introduces Spinal Tap Set: 'Stonehenge'/'Warmer Than Hell'/'Big Bottom' Penelope Cruz introduces James Blunt Set: 'Same Mistakes'/'Wiseman' Leonardo DiCaprio introduces Al Gore from New York, followed by Keith Urban and Alicia Keys Set: 'Gimme Shelter' Russell Brand introduces the Beastie Boys Set: 'Sabotage'/'So What'cha Want'/'Sure Shot'/'Intergalatic'/'Off The Grid' David Tennant introduces the Pussycat Dolls Set: 'Buttons'/'I Don't Need A Man'/'Feelin' Good'/'Don't Cha' Russell Brand introduces Foo Fighters Set: 'Best Of You'/'All My Life'/'My Hero'/'Everlong' "Moment of Darkness" followed by Madonna Set: 'Hey You'/'Ray Of Light'/La Isla Bonita'/'Hung Up' Be sure to check back to NME.COM over the weekend for full coverage from the global climate concerts, including special reports live from the London leg at Wembley Stadium.
  17. didn't mean to hurt your brains ladies LOL i'm not absolutely sure but i think what is being done is that there will be online features on the HD DVD - meaning you can do a lot more with that version of the DVD - play a 300 game and re-edit the movie, perhaps there will be extra scenes there to make a happier ending or something LOL i'm just guessing but that's how i read it.
  18. http://news.spong.com/article/13032?cb=466 Microsoft has shown off some all-new, mildly pointless features for HD-DVD in its latest gambit in the HD format wars. With the release of Freedom, a Japanese straight-to-DVD animé movie, the format will get its first online-compatible release, with more to come with the HD-DVD release of Frank Miller's 300, and the Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle, Blood Diamond. Freedom's online functionality will include an HD trailer for another movie as well as additional menu styles and additional subtitles. Slightly more interesting will be the option to re-edit 300 when it gets its North American release on July 31st. In a demonstration on Friday Microsoft's Kevin Collins, a director in the Microsoft Consumer Media Technology Group (A.K.A. "director of HD DVD evangelism"), showed off how owners of 300 on HD-DVD can re-jig the order of the scenes and upload their new edit to a Warner Bros server. The edit will then be accessible to others who can download it to their player and watch it. 300 will be available on Blu-ray, but without the online features. Similarly, when Blood Diamond (which is already available on Blu-ray) gets released, owners will be able to participate in online polls after watching the film. Collins managed to get a crafty dig in at the PS3 while discussing the rival formats. Discussing Blockbuster's recent choice to focus on the Sony-backed Blu-ray format, he suggested that figures for Blu-ray movie sales are currently artificially inflated by PS3 owners buying films due to the lack of games available to the platform. "We've sold more players, which is what studios are really looking at," he said. SPOnG is somewhat underwhelmed by this new raft of features. Is there any particular reason that the online features of Freedom can't be included on the DVD? Are people so bloody lazy that they can't be bothered turning on their computer to post in online polls about Blood Diamond? The editing features of 300 are a bit more interesting, but unlikely to appeal to those who aren't hardcore film buffs. For all the talk of functionality in terms of Blu-ray and HD-DVD, studio support is still the most compelling reason to pick one format over the other, and SPOnG is dubious as to whether format is influencing anyone's platform choices in the world of gaming. SPOnG has to ask: is Microsoft getting desperate in its pimping of HD-DVD? Answers in the Forum, please.
  19. http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20070702/to...irmware-update/ The high definition format war seems to be swinging in favor towards the Blu-ray camp, and you won't see Toshiba taking this too kindly. After all, they want to uphold their own HD DVD format and have fired a salvo in return by offering a slew of new movie titles that boast Internet connectivity support which can be accessed via second generation HD DVD players. The first of such titles would be the animated Japanese film, Freedom, which was released last week. Don't get too excited though, as Freedom just allows you to download an additional movie trailer, a change of menu styles, and different subtitles, where the networked HD DVD player will obtain all these information from an online content server. As for Frank Miller's dark and gory 300, the HD DVD version will be released at the end of this month and see way more bonuses than Freedom. Viewers will get a strategy game to begin with, as well as the ability to re-edit the movie in a different sequence which can subsequently be uploaded to a server hosted by Warner Bros. themselves. Blood Diamond starring pretty boy Leonardo DiCaprio will come out tomorrow, boasting an online poll as part of the special features. Sounds pretty much like a gimmick to me, and you'll be able to access all these via new movie titles and a second generation HD DVD player only. Apparently, Toshiba will be offering this firmware upgrade to existing HD DVD players as well, but I'm not too sure just how much space is required to store all these added features. Make sure your home Internet connection is fast enough to keep track with all the extra high definition content. What do you think of these interactive downloadable content? Will it actually swing more players toward the HD DVD camp, or will people continue to adopt a wait-and-see attitude since Blu-ray also supports such interactivity? I say play safe and stick to DVDs for the moment until the dust settles, or pick up a decent dual-format high definition DVD player.
  20. http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/07/02/131209.php Written by Chris Beaumont The month of June has just ended, marking the completion of the first half of the year. With six months down, it seems like a good time to take a look back at the year so far. Like every year, it has had its ups and downs. Looking back at the films that have already come and gone, it looks like the year has had more ups than downs, and with Oscar season still to come, not to mention a few big summer movies yet to come, things have nowhere to go but up — I hope! Read on for my best, and worst, of the year so far. Top 5 Movies 1. Knocked Up. Judd Apatow really knocked this one out of the park, delivering a raunchy comedy with genuine heart. It is much like he did with 40 Year Old Virgin, but this one takes a big step forward, delivering a very real environment. There is something that really hits home — the situation, the dialogue, everything hits just the right notes. 2. Ratatouille. Brad Bird and Pixar's latest outing is a triumph in animation and in storytelling. It works on many levels, delivering laughs and characters with plenty for children and adults to enjoy. 3. 300. Zack Snyder hits it big with this surprise hit. The movie is the basis of legend, showing how legend begins. It is also very stylish, hyper-violent, and just all around one of the best action films to truly deliver in a while. 4. Hot Fuzz. Pure brilliance. Edgar Wright, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, delivers a film that parodies action at the same time it pays tribute to the genre. It is smart, clever, and doesn't skimp on the bullets. 5. Black Snake Moan. Here is a film that offers a lot of depth beneath its exploitative surface. It features strong direction, and fearless performances from its two leads that carries its tale of redemption further than one would expect. Bottom 5 Movies 1. Epic Movie. This is an easy pick, but it points to all the problems with spoofs these days. It is rare that we get one that works, more likely they are like this with a string of unfunny replicas from other films. (See Hot Fuzz for one done right.) 2. Norbit. Another easy pick; this was flat out not funny. The performances are flat, the jokes are borderline offensive. It was not a happy day at the theater. 3. Happily N'Ever After. Another fractured fairy tale, but one that doesn't work. The idea was there, but the execution faltered at every turn. The animation was poor, the voice acting dull. This is a good cure for insomnia. 4. Blood & Chocolate. Didn't we already see this story as An American Werewolf in Paris? That wasn't a great movie, but it is worlds better than this thing. 5. Perfect Stranger. Ugh. Poor acting, poor story, and an ending that treats the audience like they're idiots. Not a good outing for Halle. Top 5 Disappointments. 1. Spider-Man 3. Yes, I enjoyed the spectacle, the effects were good, and I walked out with something resembling a smile, but it had a poor story, and characterizations that betray what came in the first two films. So much promise, such a disappointment. 2. Shrek the Third. Yes, it had a couple of laugh out loud moments, but it was slow, the story was dumb, and it lost track of its fractured fairy tale roots. 3. Next. A great concept, a basis from a Philip K. Dick story, yet so poor in execution. The story did not amount to anything, not to mention the poor performances and the jagged story telling. 4. The Number 23. I wanted to like this. I think Carrey can do drama, I think the thriller had potential, but it just did not entertain. 5. Pathfinder. The wait for a good Viking movie continues. Sure, some of the action was good, but it could have been so much better. Top 5 Actors 1. Samuel L. Jackson (Black Snake Moan). As the bluesman looking to redeem himself, Jackson put himself out there, selling the role and showing just how good an actor he can be. 2. Michael Shannon (Bug). I did not care for Shannon's role in last year's World Trade Center, but here he takes his portrayal to the edge as the uber-creepy Peter, the man with the conspiracy tales. He is very good in this role. 3. Adam Sandler (Reign Over Me). Sandler put me through an emotional wringer as a man who lost his family in 9/11 and is attempting to regain his life with the help of Don Cheadle. 4. Joseph Gordon Levitt (The Lookout). Levitt is fast becoming one of the best up and coming actors of his generation. Following Mysterious Skin and Brick, this is another great performance. He is definitely an actor to keep an eye on. 5. Gerard Butler (300). Butler steps up his game and anchors the big, in your face style that this movie delivers. Top 5 Actresses 1. Ashley Judd (Bug). Judd disappears into her character, slowly going insane and going right to the edge of the precipice and then diving in. Brave performance, she dives in without fear. 2. Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart). There has been much controversy surrounding her playing Mariane Pearl, but there is no denying that her performance was first rate, she convinced me, losing the star image and playing the role. 3. Tabu (The Namesake). As the matriarch of the Ganguli family, Tabu really owned the role, and anchored the movie with her sensitive portrayal. 4. Keri Russell (Waitress). This movie was as sweet as the pies that it features, and Russell added to the sweetness while also grounded the picture with her matter-of-factness. 5. Christina Ricci (Black Snake Moan). Much like Ashley Judd, Ricci took her performance to the brink, and then dove in with no sign of fear. As the troubled youth, Ricci was captivating. Top 5 Directors 1. Judd Apatow (Knocked Up). Apatow is establishing himself as the premiere comedy director. He recognizes that you need to have more than big laughs to make a movie, and his direction here of his cast is perfectly timed. Strong work. 2. Zack Snyder (300). Snyder flexed his stylish and creative muscle, making the most of the opportunity, thereby establishing himself as a director on the rise. 3. Brad Bird (Ratatouille). Can he do no wrong? His first film since The Incredibles is a brilliant blend of story, comedy, and character. 4. Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz). The follow up to Shawn of the Dead is a masterful tribute/parody of the action genre. It offers great laughs and big action 5. David Fincher (Zodiac). Fincher is a masterful director, completely immersing us in the sixties and seventies as the search for a killer progresses. Top 5 Writers 1. Judd Apatow (Knocked Up). A wonderful script that has that perfect blend of raunchy comedy and heartfelt moments that work together. It hits on a lot of real issues and deals with them in a nice manner. 2. Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan). A risky project that Brewer deals with wonderfully. Blending great music, an exploitation veneer, and a story of hope, the screenplay doesn't pull its punches, and delivers the goods. 3. Brad Bird (Ratatouille). A delightful script that tells a nice story, offers laughs and nicely defined characters. It is much better than I had expected. 4. Tracy Letts (Bug). Letts adapts his own stage play to the big screen, which is a strong piece of paranoia-building that works. It is creepy and edgy, and different from what usually arrives on the big screen. 5. Jeff Stockwell and David Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia). So much more than the Narnia 2 it was marketed as, this was a beautifully written coming of age story that tugs at the heartstrings. Of course, these lists can change at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all. Writing a list is always a tricky proposition, and lists are apt to be fluid based on any number of factors. Hopefully, this gives an idea of where I was while watching these movies of the first half of the year. This year has been good, more often than not. It has offered up many good films, some of which are not represented above, but could be in contention come the end of the year. In particular, this year has been particularly good on the horror front, in my opinion, delivering films such as The Abandoned, 28 Weeks Later, Vacancy, Bug, 1408, Dead Silence, Hostel Part II, Grindhouse, and even The Hills Have Eyes II. It feels like years since there has been as good a selection of horror on the big screen. We have also gotten a couple of the best family films of recent memory in Bridge to Terabithia and Ratatouille. While the year has had a lot of good and surprisingly good films, it has not been all roses. Spider-Man and Shrek sequels failed to deliver he goods, Evan Almighty failed to give up the laughs, and we have also gotten lackluster films featuring Demi Moore, Jim Carrey, Lindsay Lohan, Nicolas Cage, Halle Berry, Hillary Swank, and Eddie Murphy. Looking forward, the summer still has a lot left to offer. Looking into the near future we have Transformers, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Simpsons Movie, and The Bourne Ultimatum to look forward to. To a lesser degree, I am looking forward to Sunshine, Talk to Me, Captivity, Rush Hour 3, The Invasion, Superbad, and Halloween. That is just for the summer. Moving into the fall, the potential quality doesn't disappear with a whole slew of films to look forward to. Among them are The Brave One, Shoot 'Em Up, Eastern Promises, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 3:10 to Yuma, Across the Universe, Hitman, 30 Days of Night, Bee Movie, Saw IV, Fred Klaus, and the list goes on. I am very happy so far with what we have gotten. Hopefully that will continue as we continue our march towards Oscar season.
  21. http://www.bigpictureradio.com/2007/07/new...te-winslet.html Rumors continue to abound about who might land key roles in the upcoming Watchmen adaptation directed by Zack Snyder. IGN astutely points out that the cast of Little Children is being lifted lock, stock and barrell, if the latest rumblings are to be believed. Patrick Wilson is in the running to play Nite Owl, according to unconfirmed reports, Jackie Earle Haley is a possible Rorschach (even though Gerard Butler was linked to this character first), and FilmIck reports that multpile Oscar nominee Kate Winslet is up for the role of Silk Spectre. In fact, there's a more or less complete cast list at FilmIck, but there's no concrete evidence that this is accurate: Kate Winslet as Silk Spectre Patrick Wilson as Night Owl Jason Patric as Dr. Manhattan Jude Law as Ozymandias Thomas Jane as The Comedian Jeremy Irons as Moloch Virginia Madsen as Sally Jupiter Jonah Hill as Seymour Henry Gibson as Mr. Figure William Fichtner as Detective Fine Noah Emmerich as Captain Metropolis Gretchen Mol as Janey Slater When there's some validation for this list, or more likely, some corrections, we'll let you know.
  22. Bless you Pat, thank you for stating this so perfectly. I am an admin of GALS, but i can honestly say that I did not spend my time trying to get to know everyone at the convention. Does that make me a bad admin or representative of the organization? Perhaps it does in some people's minds. But I work on this site every day of the year, and i work my butt off... so when I'm in Vegas, I first and foremost want to see those I converse and work with daily and never get to see face to face. I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to see and be with those you know best and we shouldn't be made to feel badly if we do. And I don't think anyone was being exclusive or unwilling to interact with others. I am not an extrovert by nature, so if I was sat at a table with people I didn't know in order to encourage more interaction, I would be failure. We plan events so that everyone has a chance to be together physically, what more can we do? We can't force people to interact with everyone. More planning needs to be done beforehand by non-mods/admins if you want mingling time or chances to interact outside of the official itinerary. I'm kinda rambling, so I apologize... it just frustrates me. We work so hard all year long and strive to give such a fun convention... I guess there's always expectations that cannot be fulfilled and I'm sure we'll hear this sort of thing or something similar every year. Stef
  23. http://www.nwemail.co.uk/unknown/viewarticle.aspx?id=514590 RUMOURS are flying that Brad Pitt might be rejoining Guy Ritchie in the writer/director’s new London-based movie RocknRolla. Pitt previously starred in Ritchie’s flick, Snatch. The cast is also set to include Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton and possibly 300 star Gerard Butler. The plot meanwhile is a closely-guarded secret although British actor Idris Elba has revealed: “It’s back to basics, back to that spoof of bad guys running around London getting into loads of mishaps.”
  24. you just beat me Laila, i had a post all ready to go LOL here are a few more pics from the Pre-Wimbledon Party hosted by Sir Richard Branson http://www.gerardbutlergals.com/gallery/th...s.php?album=738
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