Jun 29, 2007

8 Scenes From Transformers Movie 2007

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Here are collection of clips from the new transformers movie. You can visit the Transformer official site for more information www.transformersmovie.com

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The Best Bruce Willis Moments

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Earlier this week I gave Bruce and his latest Die Hard movie some grief over his hair and the film's PG-13 rating. This time I come to make amends.

I used to be a Bruce worshiper in college. I had a Bruce Pulp Fiction poster hung up in my dorm room (if that disturbs you, just imagine what my parents were thinking). The guy could do no wrong. I wanted to be John McClane when I was a kid. I wanted to be Butch Coolidge when I was a teenager. And I will impale anyone who dares utter a bad word about the great Joe Hallenbeck. I even went so far as to defend Breakfast of Champions in a fit of delirium once. It stayed true to the essence of the book, damn you! It wasn't a proud moment.

I'm not going to do another top ten movie list. We already know what his best films are; am I right (hint: not North)? Instead, I'm going to focus on some signature Bruce moments, not his best movies. Not necessarily his very best performances, just some moments that really stuck with me. Here's just a five-count list:

Butch Coolidge stares down Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction.
You guys remember this scene, right? Bruce walks up to Marsellus Wallace's bar and he gets into a tiff with Travolta who calls Butch "Punchy." Ving Rhames calls Travolta over to his table, ending the quarrel but Bruce stares him down as he walks away. It's one of those "Who the hell does this clown think he is?" looks. Poor Vincent Vega will live to regret that little run-in with Butch. Until he doesn't, that is.

John McClane gets shot at by terrorists, walks barefoot on glass, barfs up a twenty-year-old Twinkie and gets crap from Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in Die Hard.
Gotta go with the whole performance on this one. Just tremendous stuff. Bruce's work is just iconic. We don't get too many of those. And it's the little things that stay with you too. Like "Fists with your toes... " There's a reason this franchise has been around for twenty years.

Walter Davis, as played by Bruce, shoots at John Larroquette's feet in Blind Date.
I'm not saying this is one of this best movies and I'm not saying it's one of his best performances. But there is no denying this was one of the first true-blue signature Bruce roles. In fact, looking back at this movie, it kind of prepared us for John McClane. What is Blind Date if not "Die Hard on a date" (check out this clip if you don't believe me). That was early Bruce. And this is even earlier.

Butch chooses the samurai sword in Pulp Fiction.
Had to slip another Pulp Fiction moment in here. Butch escapes from the "gimp" and his pals but doubles-back to help the man who tried to kill him. He peruses through the weaponry in that hellhole of a shop. I remember when he grabbed the chainsaw, people in the theater starting "Woo!"ing like crazy. But when his eyes locked in and that samurai sword was revealed ... it was mass hysteria. Bruce sold Tarantino's genius and when he walked down those steps, deeper into the darkest of pits, he became a legend. But that's just a really flowery way of saying I love that scene.

"Head or gut?"/"Touch me again and I'll kill you" from The Last Boy Scout.
This is really two different scenes but I meshed them together because the spirit remains the same. Bruce's character from The Last Boy Scout, Joe Hallenbeck, was dissed by many as a retread of John McClane. No freaking way. Joe is a lowlife; he says as much. He smokes bummed cigarettes from off the street. He's depressed and maybe even a little nuts. In a way, he reminds me of Harvey Pekar, the guy Paul Giamatti played in American Splendor ... only he'll kill you.

Joe has such a poor outlook on life that after he finds out his "best" friend slept with his wife, he doesn't have the urge to have a long drawn-out discussion or fight over it. He just wants to give the guy one good, hard punch in the head or gut (his friend's choice).

Later when he's being held captive by some goons, he wants to smoke and asks for a light. Instead, he gets a punch in the face. Hallenbeck has such disregard for life that he threatens nonchalantly, "Touch me again and I'll kill you." Now, you may or may not know this, but "henchmen" is derived from the Latin estupidei ad moroni, so naturally the guy hits him again. Let's just say good ol' Joe Hallenbeck follows through on his promises.

If I forgot a great Bruce moment, leave a comment, why don't ya?

Dre Rivas [source: www.film.com]

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Jun 27, 2007

Jubilant Paris Hilton out of jail

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Hotel heiress Paris Hilton walked out of a Los Angeles-area jail early Tuesday with a big smile on her face after serving 23 days for violating her probation on a reckless driving conviction.

With the paparazzi swarming around her, Hilton walked past several sheriff's deputies into a waiting SUV with her parents inside. She left the jail about 12:15 a.m.

The media dogged Hilton as she made her getaway, jockeying for position and snapping photographs of the socialite for miles along the Los Angeles freeway system. (Watch as Paris Hilton walks free Video)

CNN affiliate KTLA reported that Hilton went to her grandparents' home in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills.

The 26-year-old multimillionaire was sentenced to 45 days for the 2006 probation violation, but only served about half the term, gaining credit for good behavior.

"She has fulfilled her debt to society and it's now concluded." said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Hilton is scheduled to give her first post-jail television interview on Wednesday on CNN's "Larry King Live" show, after ABC and NBC last week dropped rival offers.
Drunken driving

The imprisonment -- and temporary release -- of Hilton, who mocked her own privileged life on the reality TV show "The Simple Life," ignited a global media storm and debate about celebrity justice.

Her jail time was sparked by her arrest last September on a charge of drunken driving.

She admitted alcohol-related reckless driving in January and was sentenced to three years' probation but was caught driving the following month on a suspended license. Judge Michael Sauer ruled in May this violated her probation.

He rejected Hilton's defense that her publicist had misinformed her about the status of her license.

Hilton's lawyers said they would appeal, and supporters petitioned California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger seeking clemency.

But she surrendered to authorities on June 3 to begin her sentence and spent all 23 days bar one at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California.

Three days after Hilton began her jail stay, she was released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff to home detention with electronic monitoring because of an unspecified medical condition.

She was at home for just over a day before she was ordered back to jail by Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer to complete her sentence. Hilton was led out of the courtroom weeping.

"This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done," she said in a statement. "I have had a lot of time to reflect, and have already learned a bitter, but important lesson from this experience."

Hilton has said in interviews that her time behind bars has renewed her appreciation for life's simple pleasures.

"I'm so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow at night or food," she told TV host Ryan Seacrest in a telephone interview Thursday for E! Entertainment Television.

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Jun 26, 2007

Evan Almighty 2007

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Starring: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham, John GoodmanDirected by: Tom Shadyac

It's too lame to be mighty, except in budget that is. At a reported $175 million, the shamelessly juvenile, pseudo-religious, mock-sincere Evan Almighty -- an update on Noah's Ark for Christian-conservative families everywhere -- is the most expensive Hollywood comedy ever made. Problem? It's not that funny. I compute that every laugh cost about $20 million. And most of those of are poop jokes.

Let me back up a bit. In 2003, Jim Carrey hit paydirt with Bruce Almighty, playing a TV reporter who cursed God. The deity appeared to him in the imposing form of Morgan Freeman and told him to try playing God for a while. Lesson learned. A sequel didn't interest Carrey (wise man), so Steve Carell, who costarred in Bruce as another TV airhead, was coaxed into duty. What luck since The 40-Year-Old Virgin and TV's The Office subsequently put a rocket under Carell's career. Freeman also signed on, as did director Tom Shadyac and screenwriter Steve Oedekerk. Any other resemblance to Bruce is purely coincidental. Carell's Evan Baxter is now a frosh Congresssman with a wife (Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham) and three sons. God is now green, with an environmentalist agenda that includes getting Evan to dump his Hummer, learn to pray, sandal up like Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments, grow a flowing white beard, and build an ark with two of every animal -- making sure that not one is constipated.

What surprises do God and Evan have in store for evil Congressman Long (John Goodman in full bluster) and his fellow D.C. polluters? I wouldn't dream of spoiling what feeble fun there is, but when the ark gets its sea legs you may be amazed that the pricey special effects produce so little amazement. The use of real animals instead of computer versions obviously strained the budget. But even five-year-olds will find (let's hope) diminishing returns in lion farts and bird splatter. It's Carell who projects the movie's only sense of mischief. But it's too little and too late.

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Maaf, Saya Menghamili Istri Anda (2007)

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Monty Tiwa tidak harus meminta maaf pada siapa-siapa (seharusnya juga tidak kepada perserikatan keluarga Simamora yang menuntutnya untuk meminta maaf atas penggunaan marga mereka di film ini). Maaf, Saya Menghamili Istri Anda adalah sebuah komedi yang cerdas dan menyenangkan.

Setelah menyerahkan skrip-skripnya untuk disutradarai Rudi Soedjarwo (dan the much less-talented Indra Yudhistira), kali ini Monty menyutradarai sendiri ceritanya. Dan hasilnya ternyata jauh lebih baik dari film-filmnya yang disutradarai kedua sutradara itu.

Dibyo (Ringgo Agus Rahman, dalam penampilan yang hampir me-reset ke-overeksposannya) adalah seorang pecundang. Jadi figuran di beberapa film low budget, dia sudah lebih spak dari bintang film paling kondang. Dan ketika dia mendapat satu masalah besar yang berkaitan dengan seorang perempuan (Mulan Kwok, who’s not bad), usahanya untuk menyelesaikan masalah malah menyeretnya into deeper shit.

Setelah openingnya yang sangat pintar yang membuat kami terbahak-bahak, film lanjut dengan joke-joke yang hampir sama lucunya. Monty punya comedic timing yang sangat kuat. Ditambah lagi, para pemainnya mampu mengikuti irama komedi Monty, terutama new-comer Rizky Mocil yang main jadi sahabatnya Dibyo. Shanty juga layak diacungi jempol sebagai gadis batak, 180 derajat berbeda dari penampilannya yang kuat sebagai femme fatale di Kala.

Sayangnya, sebagai film komedi Maaf Saya Menghamili Istri Anda kurang solid karena ada beberapa bagian yang melodramatik (kecenderungan yang selalu kami dapati dari skenario-skenario tulisan Monty), lengkap dengan music score yang didayu-dayuin. Dan film ini bisa jadi lebih baik jika tidak dikerjakan dengan terburu-buru (film ini adalah satu dari proyek suting 7 hari Monty Tiwa/Rudi Soedjarwo). Karena dengan hasil teknis seperti itu, film ini bisa saja ditandingi oleh, misalnya, Bajaj Bajuri yang juga pernah sama lucunya. Seharusnya film bioskop memang lebih cinematic dari film TV. Kan kita beli tiket. Mesti beda dong, ah.

Tapi overall, ini adalah debut penyutradraan yang menjanjikan dari Monty Tiwa.

Penulis/Sutradara: Monty Tiwa
Pemain: Ringgo Agus Rahman, Mulan Kwok, Shanty, Rizky Mocil, Eddie Karsito.
Produser: Rudi Soedjarwo, Novi Christina
Produksi: Sinemart Pictures

Jadwal Tayang
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[source: www.sinema-indonesia.com]

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Jun 25, 2007

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

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It's way too long and massively convoluted and ultimately just plain silly. But still, "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" is a lot of fun a lot of the time.

The third movie in the freakishly successful "Pirates" franchise feels substantial and looks impressive and fulfills the hype surrounding it in a way the other thirds _ Spidey and Shrek _ haven't so far.

Having said that, it is, of course, a giant meandering mess that leaves you feeling as if you've been tossed about on the high seas for three hours, but theoretically that's also part of the allure of these movies. Director Gore Verbinski and writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio return with even bigger helpings of special effects, including an interminable climax in which the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman battle each other in the driving rain while circling along the edge of a swirling, sucking maelstrom.

And yet, within such sequences, there are enough individual "wow" moments that make you appreciate just how inventive and complicated an achievement this was. Stuff gets blown up (this is a Jerry Bruckheimer production, after all) and it looks like real stuff really getting blown up, not just digital blips that have been manipulated by hundreds of people sitting in the dark in front of computer screens. Though CGI technology clearly was used often, "At World's End" never appears fakey-cartoony, like so many of these epics often do.

For better and for worse, the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" actually resembles the Disney amusement park ride that inspired the series more than its predecessors (with traces of the "It's a Small World" ride thrown in for good measure), especially when characters are cruising through some waterway, singing some rousing yo-ho song. You're constantly aware that what you're watching is a manufactured vision of what heroes and ruffians are supposed to do and say, and yet the kid in you wants to give in, then go for a $5 cotton candy afterward.

As for the plot _ not that it ever matters _ this one's more confusing than ever. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) must rescue Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from the purgatory of Davy Jones' Locker, where he wound up last year at the end of "Dead Man's Chest." They also must round up the Nine Lords of the Brethren Court, sort of a U.N. of unsavory behavior, in the hopes that their combined power can stop the Machiavellian Lord Cutler Beckett (Tom Hollander), head of the East India Co., from ridding the world of pirates.

All of these people end up double-crossing one another at some point _ switching alliances and screwing each other over in ways that make "Survivor" look subtle _ and if you stopped to think about whether it all makes sense, it would make your head spin.

And, there's more!

Will also wants to free his father, Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgard, still covered in barnacles), from the ghost ship the Flying Dutchman, which Beckett controls. At the same time, Davy Jones (Bill Nighy, still covered in tentacles) wants to get his heart back, which is trapped inside a chest, which Beckett's goons control. And Will and Elizabeth must win each other's hearts back after various romantic stops and starts.

Along for the ride once again are the sorceress Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris); wacky, bickering sidekicks Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Raghetti (Mackenzie Crook); and a new partner, Chinese pirate Captain Sao Feng (Chow Yun-Fat), who reluctantly provides the charts, ship and crew that will help the good guys find Jack.

And it is good to see Jack again. Depp's wildly unpredictable, effete shtick made part one, 2003's "The Curse of the Black Pearl," a thrill to watch. By the time part two came around, it had gotten old; he'd earned an Oscar nomination for doing it, we knew it was coming. Here, though, Depp gets to bring some nuance to the character, something you don't ordinarily expect from a big, summer popcorn movie.

The first time he appears, in a wonderfully surreal, strikingly sparse scene in which he's stuck in the desert with his ship, he's hallucinating dozens of versions of himself, like a moment out of "Being John Malkovich." All of Depp's range is right there on display: He's goofy, proud, brazen, sometimes fearful, but always riveting.

Later, tiny versions of Jack stand on his shoulders, whispering in his ears and goading him into action. It's straight out of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, one of the longtime inspirations behind the physical comedy in the series. But then again, there are also references to Shakespeare and spaghetti Westerns, just to show you how all-over-the-place "At World's End" can be.

Knightley also gets to come into her own _ not that Elizabeth was ever a traditional damsel in distress _ but here she evolves from feisty fighter to a woman of real confidence and power. The "Pirates" movies may seem like a man's world by definition, but this time there's a strong message for girls and young women, as well.

Whew! That's a lot to digest, huh? And we haven't even mentioned the cameo from Keith Richards yet.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," a Walt Disney Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action/adventure, violence and some frightening images. Running time: 167 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.

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Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G _ General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG _ Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG-13 _ Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R _ Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 _ No one under 17 admitted.
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press

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Paris Hilton Interviews from Jail

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Paris Hilton might still be four days away from freedom, but she's already talking. Hilton, who had settled into a quiet life at the Century Regional Detention Center, used part of her hour of free time today to chat exclusively with Ryan Seacrest at E! News.

Among the topics covered in the talk, which was not recorded, but the details of which will be aired tonight and tomorrow: Paris' plans to change her life, issues with the press, and her assertion that she is not getting any preferential treatment inside the jail.

Read on for excerpts:

On gaining new perspective:
"I'm so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow at night or food. You know, my gratitude has gone up so much."

On her place in the media:
"I just realize that the media used me to make fun of and be mean about it...[I am] frankly sick of it and I want to use my fame in a good way."

On the difficulty of visits in jail:
"I am behind glass and I want to give my dad a big hug and they won't even let me do that. That's how the rules are, you have to be behind glass. I'm not a criminal, I'm not dangerous, so it makes me feel like that. It's hard but I'm stronger everyday."

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Jun 17, 2007

Link Exchange

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