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Off-Topic Discussion / 2009 Movie Journals - Here We Go Again!
« on: January 01, 2009, 08:06:28 AM »
Time for another year of movie journals! I don't feel like explaining how it's done so I'll just link you to previous years movie journals. It's pretty easy to figure it out:

2005 Movie Journals

2006 Movie Journals

2007 Movie Journals

2008 Movie Journals

So with that.... let's begin!

Off-Topic Discussion / Can you escape from the White Chamber?
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:46:53 PM »
Remember the Crimson Room? And Veridian Room? Well... can you escape from the White Chamber?

I remember we had all lots of fun with these years ago. All asking each other help. Racking our brains.  ;D 8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Soul legend Isaac Hayes dies
« on: August 10, 2008, 12:34:55 PM »

Soul legend Isaac Hayes dies

(CNN) -- Soul singer and arranger Isaac Hayes, who won Grammy awards and an Oscar for the theme from the 1971 action film "Shaft," has died, sheriff's officials in Memphis, Tennessee, reported Sunday.
Singer Issac Hayes seen performing in the U.K. last year. Hayes was found dead Sunday at age 65.

Relatives found Hayes, 65, unconscious in his home next to a still-running treadmill, said Steve Schular, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics attempted to revive him and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m., the sheriff's department said.

No foul play is suspected, the agency said in a written statement.

Hayes was a longtime songwriter and arranger for Stax Records in Memphis, playing in the studio's backup band and crafting tunes for artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave in the 1960s.

He released his first solo album in 1967.

In 1971, the theme from "Shaft" became a pop hit and won an Academy Award for best original theme song. The song and the movie score also won Grammy awards for best original score and movie theme.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

2008 has not been kind to celebrities.

Off-Topic Discussion / Comedian Bernie Mac has died
« on: August 09, 2008, 05:33:34 AM »,xmac080908.article
Comedian, South Sider Bernie Mac dies at 50

August 9, 2008

Comedian Bernie Mac died at Northwestern Memorial hospital early Saturday morning, according to Sun-Times Columnist, Stella Foster. He was 50.

Though the cause of death has not been confirmed, Mac had been hospitalized recently for pneumonia. Foster said that she received calls early Saturday morning from a close friend of the Mac family, confirming the reports of Mac's death.

The columnist also said she was deeply saddened to receive such a phone call just an hour after Mac was pronounced dead.

"It brought tears to my eyes because Bernie Mac has always been my all-time favorite entertainer and comedian. It pains me to have to report that," Foster said during a phone interview on Saturday morning.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the actor, whose real name is, Bernard McCullough, said that he had been responding well to treatment for the illness.

Publicist Danica Smith said Thursday in a statement that Mac's condition is ''stable.'' Smith first announced on August 1st that Mac was hospitalized in Chicago.

Smith has said the pneumonia isn't related to an inflammatory lung disease Mac also has. That condition has been in remission since 2005.

Foster noted that last weekend, several web sites reported wrongly that the comedian died.

Mac made waves last month with off-color jokes during a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The comedian starred in the critically acclaimed Fox television series ''The Bernie Mac Show.'' His film credits include roles in the ''Ocean's Eleven'' franchise.

Foster says she was remembers Bernie's comedic beginnings through his show, "Midnight Mac," which aired for four shows on HBO and was taped in Chicago in 1995.

"It was a variety entertainment show," she said, "He even had dancers called Macaroni's. That was my first exposure to how talented Bernie Mac was.  And after that show, that's when Hollywood started beating down his door."

The actor's upcoming movies include "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" starring Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer; and "Soul Men" with Samuel L. Jackson and Isaac Hayes.

There is no word on whether public services will be held.

I knew he had been in the hospital for pneumonia sometime last week. 50 too. Still young.

Off-Topic Discussion / Effects legend Stan Winston has died
« on: June 16, 2008, 01:01:08 PM »
Effects guru Stan Winston dies of cancer at 62

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood special-effects maestro Stan Winston has died at age 62.

The Oscar-winning visual effects artist died at his home Sunday evening surrounded by family after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a representative from Stan Winston Studio.

Winston won visual effects Oscars for 1986's "Aliens, "1992's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and 1993's "Jurassic Park."

Winston is survived by his wife, Karen; a son, daughter, brother and four grandchildren.

Off-Topic Discussion / MSNBC News Anchor Tim Russert has died...
« on: June 13, 2008, 01:16:53 PM »
One of the best...

Newsman Tim Russert dies at 58

(CNN) -- Tim Russert, who became one of America's leading political journalists as the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," died Friday, according to the network. He was 58.

The network said he collapsed at work Friday. He was taken to Washington's Sibley Memorial Hospital where he died, the hospital confirmed.

Colleague and former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw broke the news on the network Friday shortly after 3:40 p.m., saying Russert had just returned from a family vacation in Italy to celebrate the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College.

President Bush on Friday expressed sorrow over Russert's death and admiration for his professionalism.

"He was an institution in both news and politics for more than two decades. Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it," Bush said in a statement Friday.

"Most important, Tim was a proud son and father, and Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to his wife, Maureen, his son, Luke, and the entire Russert family," he said.

Sen. Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic nominee for president, said he had known Russert since Obama spoke at the party convention in 2004.

"There wasn't a better interviewer in television," he said.

Sen. John McCain, set to be Obama's Republican opponent in the fall, issued a statement saying he was very saddened by the news.

"He was truly a great American who loved his family, his friends, his Buffalo Bills and everything about politics and America. He was just a terrific guy," McCain said of Russert.

Russert joined the network in 1984 and quickly established himself as the face of the network's political coverage, eventually becoming senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC news.

In 1985, Russert supervised live broadcasts of the "Today" show from Rome, negotiating an appearance by Pope John Paul II -- a first for American television.

Russert, who also served as a political analyst for cable network MSNBC, took the helm of "Meet the Press" in 1991, turning the long-running Sunday-morning interview program into the most-watched show of its kind in the United States.

"I think I can invoke personal privilege and say this news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice," Brokaw said Friday. "He will be missed as he was loved -- greatly."

Washingtonian Magazine once dubbed Russert the best and most influential journalist in Washington, describing "Meet the Press" as "the most interesting and important hour on television."

He was also the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including an Emmy in 2005 for his coverage of the funeral of President Ronald Reagan.

In 2008, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

His two books -- 2004's "Big Russ and Me" and 2006's "Wisdom of Our Fathers" were New York Times best sellers.

Russert was born in 1950 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Timothy John Russert Sr. -- a newspaper truck driver and sanitation worker who was the "Big Russ" from his autobiography -- and Elizabeth Russert, a homemaker. Video Watch Russert talk about lessons he learned from his father on CNN's Larry King Live ยป

He married journalist Maureen Orth in 1983 and had a son, Luke.

Russert was the longest-running host of "Meet the Press" in its 60-year history. Brokaw described him as a political junkie who had thrown himself into his work during this year's presidential contest.

"This was one of the most important years of Tim's life for many reasons," Brokaw said. "He loved this political campaign. He worked himself to the point of exhaustion many weeks."

He noted Russert's love of sports -- the Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals -- and strong ties to his childhood home.

"Tim was a true child of Buffalo and the blue-collar roots from which he was raised," he said. "For all his success, he was always in touch with the ethos of that community."

Eastwood News / Eastwood is a Joker in the new issue of Empire
« on: May 28, 2008, 08:00:48 AM »

It's the from the latest "double issue" of Empire. One cover has Batman on the front and the other cover has The Joker and has been "Jokerized" with all images and text being edited like above.

Here's the grab from the Batman issue:

Off-Topic Discussion / Charlton Heston has died.
« on: April 05, 2008, 09:39:46 PM »;_ylt=AlDZzVh0AdlmIQab1DYLlFis0NUE

Charlton Heston dead at 84

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago

LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84.

The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide further details.

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease, saying, "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure."

With his large, muscular build, well-boned face and sonorous voice, Heston proved the ideal star during the period when Hollywood was filling movie screens with panoramas depicting the religious and historical past. "I have a face that belongs in another century," he often remarked.

The actor assumed the role of leader offscreen as well. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and chairman of the American Film Institute and marched in the civil rights movement of the 1950s. With age, he grew more conservative and campaigned for conservative candidates.

In June 1998, Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association, for which he had posed for ads holding a rifle. He delivered a jab at then-President Clinton, saying, "America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns."

Heston stepped down as NRA president in April 2003, telling members his five years in office were "quite a ride. ... I loved every minute of it."

Later that year, Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "The largeness of character that comes across the screen has also been seen throughout his life," President Bush said at the time.

He engaged in a lengthy feud with liberal Ed Asner during the latter's tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild. His latter-day activism almost overshadowed his achievements as an actor, which were considerable.

Heston lent his strong presence to some of the most acclaimed and successful films of the midcentury. "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, tying it for the record with the more recent "Titanic" (1997) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003). Heston's other hits include: "The Ten Commandments," "El Cid," "55 Days at Peking," "Planet of the Apes" and "Earthquake."

He liked the cite the number of historical figures he had portrayed:

Andrew Jackson ("The President's Lady," "The Buccaneer"), Moses ("The Ten Commandments"), title role of "El Cid," John the Baptist ("The Greatest Story Ever Told"), Michelangelo ("The Agony and the Ecstasy"), General Gordon ("Khartoum"), Marc Antony ("Julius Caesar," "Antony and Cleopatra"), Cardinal Richelieu ("The Three Musketeers"), Henry VIII ("The Prince and the Pauper").

Heston made his movie debut in the 1940s in two independent films by a college classmate, David Bradley, who later became a noted film archivist. He had the title role in "Peer Gynt" in 1942 and was Marc Antony in Bradley's 1949 version of "Julius Caesar," for which Heston was paid $50 a week.

Film producer Hal B. Wallis ("Casablanca") spotted Heston in a 1950 television production of "Wuthering Heights" and offered him a contract. When his wife reminded him that they had decided to pursue theater and television, he replied, "Well, maybe just for one film to see what it's like."

Heston earned star billing from his first Hollywood movie, "Dark City," a 1950 film noir. Cecil B. DeMille next cast him as the circus manager in the all-star "The Greatest Show On Earth," named by the Motion Picture Academy as the best picture of 1952.

For me:

Emma Watson (Harry Potter movies)
Emma Thompson
Thomas F. Wilson (Biff Tannen from Back to the Future)
Seth Rogen
Butch Cassidy
Henry James
Leonardo Da Vinci

I'm sure there's more but I just skimmed through.

Off-Topic Discussion / HEATH LEDGER has DIED!
« on: January 22, 2008, 03:33:25 PM »

Actor Heath Ledger dies at 28

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said.

Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.

The Academy Award nominated actor was 28.

"Pills were found in the vicinity of the bed," police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN.

"This is being looked at as a possible overdose, but that is not confirmed yet."

Police later said the pills "appear to be over the counter" sleeping medication.

Ledger was unresponsive when he was found by a housekeeper who had gone to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse in the Soho apartment, Browne said.

He was declared dead at about 3:30 p.m., Browne said.

In 2005, the actor played Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain," about two cowboys who had a secret relationship.

The role earned him the Oscar nomination.

Ledger was born in Perth, Australia. He has a young daughter with actress Michelle Williams, his co-star in "Brokeback Mountain."

"He was just so respected in the industry," said Kim Serafin, senior editor of In Touch Weekly. "It's just horribly tragic. He was just a fine actor and a good person, so this is horribly sad and very unexpected."

Off-Topic Discussion / 2008 Movie Discussion
« on: January 05, 2008, 04:55:31 AM »
Here it is.

Hopefully I can see a bit more this year now that I control my weekends work wise. Though I know of one film I will definitely be seeing:

Off-Topic Discussion / 2008 Movie Journals
« on: January 01, 2008, 10:27:37 AM »
This seems to have caught has become a yearly tradition. We have some new members who may not know what exactly this is so here's some examples and explanation:

Here's some past ones:

2005 Movie Journals

2006 Movie Journals

2007 Movie Journals

Basically we keep track of what movies we watched throughout the year. I like to add them up at the end of the month and then keep a running total for the year. Some people like to give star ratings as well. It's up to you. There's really no format and it's up to you if you want to colour code everything.

The second post is in case we watch so many movies that we run over the "character limit" that the board allows for a single post. Meaning you can only type so much before you run out of "space". In the first movie journal thread (2005) some of us needed a second "page" and had to end up separating our posts/journals. So last year and this year we would do a double post so our full journals could stay together. Though depending on how many movies you watch AND if you use a colour coding system, like some of us do, you might not need the second post. In 2005 I watched 246 movies and colour coded everything. So I needed a second post. In 2006 I watched 124 movies and scaled back on the colour coding, so I didn't need a second post. Same with 2007.

Some people like to link their journals in there "signature". Check out your profile options for more info. I like to see what I've watched over the year and what I was into at certain times. I also like to see what others are watching just in case if we've seen the same thing recently.

There's really no rules for the journals. I do have my own set of "standards" but I've never mentioned them. Basically if I start a movie, for example, on April 30th at 11:59pm I count it was being watched on that day rather then May 1st even though I pretty much watched the whole movie on May 1st. If I watch a movie halfway through (which happened with one movie once) I don't count it and don't put it down.

You can join up if you want. It doesn't matter if you don't watch a lot of movies. It's just for fun. In 2005 I planned on watching all of Eastwoods movies (that I own) in order of release. It's taken me two years to get to High Plains Drifter.  ;D So it's pretty neat to go back and see what I was watching two years ago. I've noticed that I've seen some movies I don't even remember watching until I look at my journal.

So enjoy and I look forward to seeing you participate!  8)

Off-Topic Discussion / Writers Guild goes on STRIKE!
« on: November 04, 2007, 04:50:50 PM »
I'm curious as to how this will all play out. I don't mind really if the writers go on strike but I just don't want this thing messing up the final season of Battlestar Galactica. The show is top quality stuff and I don't want something like this hurting it.

And another thing I'm more worried about is all the rushed scripts the studios were buying up just in case the WGA strikes. Like the Justice League movie featuring a different Batman and Superman.  ::)


Clint Eastwood eyes Mandela film
Morgan Freeman to star in 'Factor'

A movie about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa is fast becoming a major film event.

Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in "The Human Factor," an adaptation of the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World." Now, Warner Bros. is in talks to finance the picture, with Clint Eastwood eyeing it as a directing vehicle, and Matt Damon in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks.

Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary are producing with Mace Neufeld, and South African scribe Anthony Peckham ("Don't Say A Word") wrote the script.

Freeman, who stars with Jack Nicholson in the upcoming Rob Reiner-directed WB film "The Bucket List," went to South Africa with McCreary last spring to get Mandela's blessing on the project.

Story is set right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president. Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid.

Eastwood was brought onto the project by Freeman, who starred in the Eastwood-directed "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby."

Eastwood next directs Angelina Jolie in "The Changeling," a Universal co-production between his Malpaso and Imagine Entertainment.

Eastwood News / Eastwood helps fallen co-star
« on: August 29, 2007, 07:53:01 PM »

Eastwood helps troubled '70s co-star

Tuesday, August 28 2007, 11:59 BST

By Kimberley Dadds

Clint Eastwood has set himself a mission to help his troubled co-star from 1974 movie Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, June Fairchild, after friends found her homeless on the streets.

The actor found out that Fairchild had become addicted to drugs and alcohol, had been in prison and was living homeless in Hollywood.

Friends have since found the 60-year-old and have helped her set up home in a small apartment in LA and now Eastwood wants to make sure that she is okay.

He said: "My heart sank when I heard of what had become of June.

"There are organisations that can help her but I'm sure she could also use a friendly face right now. I'd really like to meet her".


Actor, Activist Clint Eastwood visits Central Coast, signs bill to keep kids active

Aug 24, 2007 09:49 PM

Friday, August 24, 2007

Reported by: Amber Lee

The push to keep California kids healthy and active now has the support from the governor and also from an Oscar winner.

Actor and activist Clint Eastwood took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Central Coast.

Eastwood who sits on the board for the State Parks Commission with chairman Bobby Shriver, Maria Shriver's brother, signed a bill Friday to make the State Parks the first state agency to endorse Governor Schwarzenegger's California Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.

"Everybody is quite concerned about our kids today living in front of computers and television sets. They're never getting outside and enjoying the outdoors," said actor and activist, Clint Eastwood.

The bill is designed to help encourage parents to keep kids active through outdoor activities.

Eastwood who toured three of the Central Coast's state parks on Thursday said it is crucial to maintain our natural resources.

"It's a wonderful era for kids but we want to balance the great computer age and great television entertainment age with getting out there too," said Eastwood.

Board members also voted unanimously to name a 720 acre park near Harmony as Harmony Headlands State Park and the Estero Coastline near Cayucos Estero Bluffs State Park.

The meeting is one of four annual meetings held across the state.

Video at the above link as well.

Eastwood News / Eastwood to score new film: "Grace Is Gone"
« on: August 08, 2007, 09:27:42 AM »

After viewing a screening of "Grace Is Gone," Clint offered to compose a new musical score, which he's still busy doing now. The new score won't be laid down until close to the movie's debut at the New York Film Festival in September and in theaters in early October. Meantime, screening audiences are still hearing the old score by relative rookie Max Richter.

Info on the movie:

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