Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Attempting to Plan ...


"Driving While Black" is word play on the name of a real U.S.driving while intoxicated. The phrase implies that a motorist may be pulled over by a police officer simply because he or she is black, and then questioned, searched, and/or charged with a trivial offense. This concept stems from a long history of racism in the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries. The term refers to racial profiling, which is said to be used by police and other law enforcement officials. crime, [1]

Source: Wikipedia

So I just got back home from a long day of Inner-City Filmmakers Winter Session Classes. That means a 9-5 day which consists of three hours of writing, an hour of fundamentals and three house of editing. Afterwords I had a meeting with some ICF Alumni who are putting a film together. Then I hung out with some ICF folk, fooling around and talking comics, films and TV.
When we headed back home, more specifically, when they were about to drop me off we got pulled over by the LAPD.

It's funny though, because while we were passing the freeway I saw another car pulled over and the police were shining lights through their window and I just had a bad feeling. Then, the driver of our car said "I'm about to get pulled over watch ..." A milisecond later you see the blue and red lights and the female officer speaking over a blow horn "Please pull over your vehicle." What makes it even more funny, though, is that the driver, who is the director of the film for which I was in the meeting in, is doing a film about crooked cops.

Let's rewind a bit. When we passed the first car that was pulled over I happened to notice that both driver and passenger were young black males, typical right? Of course a stray thought of "DWB" goes through my mind right? In our car, just as we were pulling to the side I looked around and see three young black males and a latino sitting next to me in the back seat, not a very good combination. Then I remembered it was the end of the month and we were on Adams & Crenshaw, where LAPD loves to build up their end-of-the-month ticket quota. Again, the thought of DWB goes through my mind but is still yet unjustified. I like to give LAPD a chance, there are some really great cops out there, even if they are sometimes hard to find.

Now, usually when pulled over a police officer will ask for license, registration and then tell you the reason you were pulled over. Only the first two happened. And that's when I really knew this was a being pulled over because of the demographic in the car. Instead of license, registration and reason, we were given license, registration and "were you smoking out?" Much like the driver I was very irritated. Smoking out? I'm as straight edge as most come! And why assume we are? "Oh it smells funny in here?" Smells funny? WTF lady cop. She looks over his license and then casually asks if we've ever been arrested before. I've seen this questioned posed many times before and it really bugs me. I find it very threatening.

So she walks off and does her thing in her cruiser. The driver asks her partner why he was pulled over and he says "broken tail light," a likely "
trivial offense" that was failed to be mentioned when we were first pulled over. To take our minds off the aggravation we continue our conversation as we did before and start joking around, laughing and everything. The cops don't like it much and the lady cop asks us if we think this is all funny. This again was a bit irritating. We weren't even dealing with them at this point, we were talking privately amongst ourselves and they try to make something of it. Her partner comes around at one point, shining his flashlight in the car and asks us if we've been smoking out. Again we tell him the same answer and he says they were about to pull us out one by one to search us for anything we might be hiding. The driver is chill with it, wanting it to get over with it but I was pretty agitated. A broken tail light and some laughter does not warrant a search. This was when I really knew in my mind it was DWB.

First of, it was really close to the end of the month. LAPD really does have a quota they have to meet with their tickets so being pulled over at this time is quite common and happens quite often (just wait until the 30th). Second, they didn't even give us the benefit of the doubt. Didn't even mention why it was they were pulling us over initially. Third, they kept posing the question if we were smoking out and accused the car of "smelling funny" when it really smelled like a regular car. Fourth, they threatened to take us out one by one to search us. Hate that. And fifth, they were general pricks.

In the end they didn't pull us out and they gave the driver a ticket for the tail light and warned him if we kept the laughter up they would ticket him for his tinted windows (which they failed to mention until just then).

Generally, it was a good experience. Keeps my eyes open to reality. Can't be in la la land in filmmaking world and company for too long. Got to stay grounded.

Peace. Keep your heads up!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tropic Thunder Review

This film certainly had some laugh out loud moments but once the film hits its second act it gets rather ridiculous. I enjoyed the opening scene a lot the the concept of the entire film: a parody of war films! So of course you get the shell shock moment, the interrogation scene and the one-man army heroic instance. There was a great cast involved with the film and they give some pretty stellar performance (especially Downey Jr.) but I think the script just obliterates some of their hard, funny work. Some of the faults could probably go to the director as well who in this case was Ben Stiller himself. Jack Black was probably the most unfunny in the film, which was a shame. He's overshadowed by Stiller's and Downey Jr.'s characters who are much more interesting than the unfunny, coked-out, comedian that Black played. I also feel that most of the best moments were in the trailer and when I saw them in the context of the actual film I was rather disappointed because I was (A) expecting the joke and (B) didn't think it was funny in the context of the scene.

The Good of Tropic Thunder
It certainly was funny. The opening scene which actually are fake trailers was some of the best for me. Again, out of all of them, Downey Jr.'s trailer was the best. But I think it played into the film well because Downey Jr.'s character was supposed to be the top, academy-award winning actor while Stiller was supposed to be the action, B-movie actor and Black was supposed to be the C-rated comedian who once an A-lister (i.e. Eddie Murphy). I had some legitimate laughs through the film. I certainly loved the beginning of the guerrilla-style film when they think the director isn't really blown up and the people shooting at them isn't really South Asian soldiers.

As I stated before Downey Jr.'s performance was great. He played off the stereotypical black guy pretty well, which was great social commentary if you look into it further and plays rather nicely against the other, authentic black rapper turned actor (i.e. 50 cent/Ice Cube).

The Bad of Tropic Thunder
It was poorly written and poorly directed, I must say. This is one fault I had with its ridiculousness. The child chief/leader was not needed and even though the child was speaking a different language I can tell he was a terrible actor. Downey Jr.'s character's end was quite terrible as well. His turn from being actor to just being himself didn't annoy me because it was predictable but because it wasn't handled very well. It was so sudden and uncomedic. It would have been great if another character was getting through his mind throughout the film and at one point he breaks character. Everything about Tom Cruise's character as the producer was terrible. I couldn't wait to get out of that long and pointless scene. The end credits with his dancing was just as ridiculous and terrible.

Conclusion of Tropic Thunder
Wait for the DVD. It could have been great but it's really just ridiculous, over-the-top and poorly written.

TOTAL: (6.3/10)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Miracle at St. Anna's

So today as I was riding on the Metro 240 to the Orange Line, I get a phone call. It was from Steph (the co-founder of Inner-City Filmmakers) and she asked if I wanted to come see a pre-screening of Spike Lee's new joint: Miracle at St. Anna's. It was on the way so I was so down to go.

I hopped onto the Orange Line, then the Red Line, got off at Hollywood and Highland and met up with a few Inner-City Filmmakers alumni '08s and other years.

It was crazy stuff. Spike Lee was actually there as well as other celebrities like Damon Wayans, Rick Fox, Terry Cruz, Lenny Kravitz, Derek Luke, Omar Benson Miller, etc. etc. I was on a bit of a celebrity high but had to calm myself down if I wanted to be a peer of one of them someday.

What did I think about the film itself? I really couldn't tell you because I don't think I fully understood it. I mean, I understand what happen and who the characters where and what they were meant for in terms of plot but I don't think I'm sure what I should take away from the film. What does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? Everyone else said they enjoyed it but I felt like if I asked them "why" they wouldn't be able to give me a straight answer or a generic one. The film was certainly humorous and dramatic. It brought up emotions in me, that's for sure, but some scenes fell short for me, especially the flashback to the Louisiana Parlor. I'll make a full review once I watch it again or when I could collect my thoughts. At the moment the film at a 19% on Rotten Tomatoes which would make the film, currently, his worse reviewed film since 2004's She Hate Me. I do appreciate the work Spike Lee does, though. He does not tell his stories in the regular conventions of filmmaking. In a way, he is a bit experimental in his methods of storytelling and he doesn't have to do it with fancy edits, grand special effects or crazy cinematography. This film is definitely more of a fantasy than a real interpretation of WWII. But that's great because it would not have worked as well with certain aspects (i.e. the opening war scene with the Nazi lady playing with the African-American soldier's minds). All and all, at this point, I am extremely undecided.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Heroes Season 3 - Villians - "The Second Coming" and "The Butterfly Effect"

Let me start off by saying I must completely evaluate what I know and will know about Heroes in this upcoming season. After watching the first and second episodes tonight ("The Second Coming" and "The Butterfly Effect" respectively) I must regain my feet in the world of Heroes, for I was not expecting some of the stuff that happened and it's all rather complex now.

"The Second Coming" Review

I knew most of what would happen in this episode because of the spoilers that were out there (I'm not entirely against spoilers). I was very pleased by the beginning of the episode and how dark the future always seems to be. By now a dark future seems inevitable. What I really enjoyed about the episodes the most, besides the plot, was the characters themselves.

I'm not entirely sure what to think of Future Peter. He has the most powerful ability of them all but he's not quite sure how to use them even after four years of experience. And by use them I don't know mean he doesn't know how to execute his abilities he just doesn't know how to handle them. For instance: time traveling. Hiro learned this lesson long ago with his failure with Charlie in Season 1 but Peter has yet to learn this lesson but his mistake is much more grand is mostly the huge theme of the second episode (I'll go into later).

I'll admit, I downright hated Claire's character for a while. She even mentions it herself in the show that her power is lame but I like what's happening to her now. After (spoiler) Sylar takes her ability she gains a new one, or, her current one heightens. Claire can heal from any mortal wound but she always felt the pain before she healed herself. Now she doesn't which prompts us to understand why future Claire would want to shoot Peter square between the eyes. I wonder how far the "non-feeling" goes though. Can she not feel others touch? Is she completely numb? It will be interesting to see where this all goes.

The whole sequence between Claire and Sylar was fantastic. Zachary Quinto as Sylar rocks to socks off the show once again. He does a fantastic job. Keep it up buddy!

Hiro's story was humorous but I've been sick with his character as well, especially after reading "Saving Charlie." After his time with Charlie, Hiro should have been a man and should have been maturing more to where future Hiro is. No, he's still a wimp. Season two, his father dies right in front of his eyes. Ceratainly this will man him up, right!? No, he's still a wimp. Now, I think he finally hit his breaking point after jumping into the future and seeing his best friend killing him. Now he's taken on a much more dire and serious approach to his present life. Maybe future, bad-ass Hiro will surface now.

I'm a little sad with Matt Parkman's story. Very early on he gets thrown into an African desert and doesn't have much to do but walk around and call for help. Hmmm ... bad choice I'd say.

Mohinder and Maya's stories I could care less for right now. I'm tired of these experiments. Now we can give people powers! (I guess that explains future Ando killing future Hiro with red lightening). And what happen to Maya's overdone accent? She sounds almost American now.

Things that were missing though was New Orleans and what happen to Niki Sanders. This is in high question because we see Tracy Strauss (a new character) who looks exactly like her and we wonder what's going on.

Too much, too fast and a bit redundant. I mean we've been through this storyline two times already. We see a horrible future and we have to stop it! Something new please!


"The Second Coming" Review

This episode was much better I think but it was not great. I like some of the themes that played through with the butterfly effect. Future Peter tried to come back to change things but he has made them much worse. Because he told Claire to stay home her ability was taken by Sylar. Now Sylar goes off to Level 5 of The Company where a series of events eventually lead to the escape of four true villains. These guys seriously make Sylar seem like a walk in the park. This is where the subtitle for this season comes in.

Again, I felt some thing were redundant and not realistic. Hiro knows his friend will kill him in the future so why shun him? We understand that Claire can't feel anything, please don't beat us over the head with the information we alerady know. Oh well, what can you do? Um ... Mohinder swooning Maya!? I would have found it much more interesting if he raped her instead to show that the shot he took was a sort of steroid of sorts that affected his good behavior. What's up with Nathan finding religion and then taking on a job as a Senator? Again, oh well! Got to move on and accept.

The whole episode, though, I think, went into too many places and did too many things. It could have been streched out to a few more episodes. The first episode sets everyone one up and then you get in deeper but this one is just a set up too. But still no Micah! Still no Niki ... or at least ... the Niki we know.

These episodes have been plot-driven more-so than character driven. Just because the characters are moving they plot they are acting more like vessels of the plot rather than the plot being a vessal of the characters. Things just seem to convenient to be happening.

What is up with Matt Parkman in Africa!? It's funny in an interview he mentioned one of the faults of the previous season was leaving a certain someone in feudal Japan. Now he's left all alone with an African in an African desert. Grumble ...

My favorite part of this episode that kept it alive for me were those damned villains! These people on level 5 are way worse than Sylar. These guys kill and torture for pure fun. Sylar can be reasoned with, he has a mission, a motive. These guys are terrorist, pure terrorists, out to see the world burn (quite literally for one of them). The pyro completely burns a helpless lady to a crisp. All the while she is screaming as she's being torched and they just laugh their heads off. Another guy just socks the hell out of this other guy, I'm guessing the woman's spouse and the black guy is egging Peter/Jessie along to come with. Oh, and I suppose Peter is trap in someone else's body/mind? Not sure what future Peter did to him.

I don't know ... there is a lot that happened in the episode. I just hope they find a focus and I hope that focus is less on the future and more on the present and these villains they all need to deal with.



Sunday, September 21, 2008

Versus II Trailer

Possibly the best Star Wars FanFilm in the making

Versus II Final Trailer from 1k0 on Vimeo.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Recommended to watch


Favor For My Brother

My little brother is starting a club and I made him some posters ... You better join!


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Robeks vs. Jamba Juice

Jamba Juice (est. 1990) and Robeks (est. 1996) are both chains of smoothie-making restaurants. Recently, (since I've been attending Cal State Northridge) I've visited Robeks three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Previously, I only visited Jamba Juice and Juice It Up! (never again). I've had Robeks probably twice before in the past threes years. Two years ago, after I went to a screening at Sony Studios and three years ago when my grandmother had a free coupon. Therefore, I don't remember much of what it was like. Jamba Juice, on the other hand I've been going to since I was ten years old. Actually, my first visit to Jamba Juice didn't even consist of my drinking a smoothie, but instead, orange juice. The concept of a smoothie freaked out my ten-year-old brain but now I'm hooked. I digress. Like I said, I finally have been able to really taste and feel the atmosphere of Robeks, as I've been going there every other day after class for three weeks. But as I would sip on my Strawana Berry I would ponder: which was better? Jamba Juice or Robeks? Today, I skipped going to Robeks and headed for a Jamba Juice (further from Northridge, but closer to my house) on my bus ride home. Now I feel I have a grasp of who has my pick.

Whenever you first walk into a restaurant you always get the first impression from the smell. If you go into a Coffee joint you are taken in by the coffee beans; a Chinese place, the orange chicken; an American diner, the pancakes. When I walk into Robeks I don't smell much of anything. I didn't really recognize this until I stepped into Jamba Juice today and smelt all the fruits of the smoothies and the wheat grass they had behind the counter. In this element, Jamba Juice wins. Just with opening the door you are taken into its swirls of flavors before you take a single sip. I just feel at home at Jamba Juice, with Robeks, I feel like a vistor. But both stores do greet their guest with a "hello" when they entered the stores. I believe Robeks started this and Jamba caught on because before today I never was greeted into Jamba with a "hello."

Then there is the price. For a regular sized "Berry Smoothie" at Robeks it cost me $4.50 while an original sized "Classic" at Jamba Juice cost me $4.10. Note that I am comparing just one smoothie that I get from almost all smoothie joints: Strawberry and Banana, at Robeks its called "Strawana Berry" and at Jamba Juice it's called "Strawberries Wild." Now this price difference may not seem much but if you are going as often as I do it does, plus, it seems like you get more for your buck at Jamba Juice for more than just one reason. First, I believe Jamba Juice's cups are bigger and you get more smoothies. I'm not sure how Jamba's and Robeks' cup regular and original cup sizes match up but I do know that their junior (Robeks) and sixteen (Jamba Juice) sizes are greatly different. Robeks's Jr. size is 12 oz. and Jamba's sixteen size is, well, 16 oz. I would only have to assume Jamba has more oz. in their original cup size than Robeks' regular cup. So you pay less and you get more at Jamba. Second, for just a dollar more (this deal is no longer in effect) you get bread or pretzel at Jamba. Robeks has no deal like this. Plus, Jamba's "treats" are all freshly made like their pretzels and bread. Robeks'"treats" are all pre-packaged. Third, the smoothies at Jamba juice just seem to contain more, they are thicker and feel me up more. After sipping down my "Strawberries Wild" I felt satisfied and a bit full while Robeks feels watered down and more like juice and less like smoothie. So, again, Jamba wins.

There are some other miscellaneous things that play into which is better for me. On Mondays, Robeks has a special offer for children. With any purchase of a regular drink they give away junior sized drink to a youngster. That's very kind. Jamba has no deal like this. Also, Jamba has no sale of their smoothie powder boost. Robeks sales the "free boost" they give with their smoothies. 

This next point is really small but Jamba's energy boost are easier to remember and say than Robeks. Jamba has things like "Energy Boost, Soy Protein Boost, Vitamen Boost" while Robeks has  "Vitabek, Powerbek or Intelli bek." Come on, keep it simple Robeks

Most importantly, what about the taste. Again, I'm only judging by Robek's "Strawana Berry" and Jamba Juice's "Strawberries Wild". Jamba Juice definitely makes the true smoothie. Thick, cold, sweet, you can taste the fruit. Robeks, though, is watered down. Thin, cold, sweet and you can slightly taste the fruit. Jamba Juice = Smoothie and Robeks = Smoothie Juice. I would definitely leave this part in the air though. It would depend on my mood whether I wanted a juicy smoothie or a thick, classic smoothie. In most cases I'd take the thick and the Jamba Juice, though.

So all in all, of course, I choose Jamba Juice for the win in the smoothie chain competition. You get more for your buck, more taste, more treats and more fill. Jamba Juice is the essence of a true smoothie and Robeks is just a watered down option.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Best Saturday In A While!

I woke up fairly early for a weekend day: 10 AM. My plan was to get some shopping done, get a movie from a friend and spend some time with my somewhat significant other.

I was supposed to be at OfficeMax at 12 PM, where my buddy works, to pick up Leon: The Professional which I was borrowing for him. It's a film about an assassin and since I am doing an assassin film I wanted to just get inspiration. Like I said, I was supposed to be there at 12 PM but that's actually when I left my house and I got there at 1 PM. Doesn't matter though, he didn't have it. I haven't seen that kid in a while though. Now that I know where he works I'll visit more often.

Then I went to Cold Stone by my old school to say hey to a few friends: Ailena and Mel. I went to eat the ice cream I got with Ailena but it was melting like crazy because I didn't immediately eat it. One of the crew for the Casey Veggies's Mixtape Trailer we are doing tomorrow called to confirm a few things. When I finally got of the phone I had a pool of cream rather than ice cream. It was quite embarrassing to have ice cream all over my hands in front of Ailena. After the short encounter I went back home to get my grandmother's food stamp card (food stamps rock)!

Then I went to Trader Joe's to do some shopping. I haven't be there in a long while. It was rather crowded but people were nice enough. For a long time, though, I was bebind this really slow, really old guy. OH well.

Shortly after Trader Joe's I walked over to Ailena's house to play Monopoly. It was really a lot of fun. I totally kicked her butt even though she seemed to know a lot about the game, but, she wasn't playing it the way my father taught me when I was really young. My father's number one rule was to buy every property you landed on at the beginning of the game aside for Boardwalk and Park Place. She was ahead of me but she skipped over a few properties that I took up, including the cheapest places :-D. The first time I was going to get her bankrupt I let her give me one of her properties so I could create my third monopoly of the game. The second time I nearly bankrupt her we just stopped playing. Her brother was really cool. Actually, at first, he was strange. He kept saying "ew, ew, ew" at the TV screen and various other phrases but he's really a cool kid. Her mom was super cool to. She was into Heroes and Harry Potter and she didn't look half-bad either.


After the Monopoly game was over it was an opportunity for me to leave (by that point I think it was six o'clock) but I stayed. We started watching Noggin with Ailena's little brother for half and hour. I really do miss Noggin and Blue's Clues (which was on at the time). After that the little munchkin had to take a bath so Ailena and I watch to Simpsons which I don't remember watching at all because I think we were talking a lot (her, me and her mom). Her mom was in the kitchen cooking spaghetti so we ate that and then I was going to leave but, again, I decided to stay.

We decided to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which cut off half way through because the PS2 was "unable to read disk" apparently most of their DVDs were defective because the little munchkin didn't know how to use them. Oh well, I wasn't complaining afterwards. Finally though, I had to leave at around 10:00 PM because I have a shoot tomorrow (which I mentioned before) but I really would have like to stay.

So I walked to the bus stop where I saw Tundae who was getting off of work from Cold Stone. He seemed really tired, he fell asleep a few times on the bus. Speaking of the bus, I had the pleasure of riding on the bus with the most kind bus driver I have ever met. Usually at the late hour of 10:15 PM, Metro buses just pass by when they are really full. But this bus driver made sure to get everyone home, telling people to move back as far as they could so he could everyone on the bus. Usually bus drivers are like ... oops ... looks like too many people, let me just drive off and pass those people up so they have to wait another hour. Oh and man the largest man I've seen on a wheelchair got on the bus. If you've seen WALL-E he looked like one of the humans on the space shuttle who were in their hover chairs and really fat. Eventually, I got back home. At night I never wait for the bus that goes down to where I live so I walked it. On my walk, I found something:

A DOG! A stray dog! That actually followed me! At first I was going to disregard it and just walk off but it seemed like it needed help so I looked around to see if the owner could have been by (the dog has a somewhat lease but no tag). I started walking and I patted my leg, gesturing for it to follow (I was only three blocks to my house). At one point, though, I thought it might have been tired so I tried to pick it up but it started to yelp so I went away from that idea and let it walk alongside me. When I was trying to pick it up I found out it was a girl dog because, well, she had nipples, not a penis.

We got in my house and my brother was like "leave it outside" and I was like ... but I can't. But I comprised and said I'd call the pound (but they weren't open) so I had no choice but to leave her outside but not without giving her some water.

That lasted about five minutes.

I was going to put the water outside when I opened the door. Right when I opened the door she ran towards the door, wagging her tail. I was like "no, you can't come in, you're filthly" (which she was). So, what I did was made her a deal, if she let me wash her, I would let her stay the night until I called the pound again tomorrow. I thought for sure she would refuse because when I picked her up before she squelled and dogs usually never like baths. So I take her in the bathroom and start the water and she runs out. My brother and I cornered her and I coax her into my arms, picking her up. When I put her in the water she didn't resist at all the cleaning went well (man is the bottom of my bathtub dirty though). I'm not exactly sure what will happen tomorrow but I'm starting to get attached to this little thing. My brother was saying give her name but I refused because I knew I wouldn't want to let her go. But now she's sleeping right next to me with her tongue out in this cute way and I don't think I'll be able to let he go so easily. We'll see.

All and all, a fantastic Saturday!


Friday, September 5, 2008

CSI: New York & Bangkok Dangerous

The people over at CSI: NY were filming by my house (many of things are filmed by my house). I tried to see if I could watch them film and one of the security ladies was like "no" and walked off. I asked the guy next to her and he said "as long as I was behind the camera." So I walked down the street a little bit further but didn't see much but trailers and a catering van. I saw a few lights here and there but no cameras, no actors, no director, no producers. I saw a lot of Production Assistants though.

Oh, and major ouch to Bangkok Dangerous, I'm sure it will go up over the next few days but the average rating for the film is 3/10:

And to think I was going to watch this film.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Language Barrier & Film Fest

There is an immense language barrier between my Urban Studies professor and the students in the class. I can barely get an education from the guy because most of the time I'm trying to filter through the meaning of his broken English.

Campus MovieFest

I'm definitely, definitely participating in this film fest. They provide Apple Laptops (I believe they are MacBook Pros, don't quote me though) and give us cameras for a week to make a film! No brainer.


Funny Interview With Dan Radcliffe

The actor who plays Harry Potter is once again appearing in Details Magazine, this time in their October issue to promote Equus. Details' website has online a video interview with Dan, who's sporting a very unique new hairstyle for the magazine's photoshoot.

Radcliffe is a little manic. He leans forward as he talks—arms tightly folded, eyes darting about, speaking quickly through a clenched jaw that's lightly dusted with stubble. It's likely that Radcliffe is a bit jumpy about being in public—since we left his Manhattan hotel against his handlers' wishes, a bodyguard trailing by a discreet half-block, our stroll has attained the frisson of a Compton roll with Snoop Dogg.

"Not particularly," Radcliffe says when asked if he's nervous. "No, no, no, not at all! The reason I'm looking around is 'cause I always like to clock where everybody is in terms of who's recognized me. 'Cause they try to be subtle and they never are."

What's the latest count?

"Well, there were those two Japanese girls, and that couple over there, and those other two girls, and that mother and daughter . . . "

Source: MuggleNet.com


Aaron Eckhart on Two-Face

Source: Heather Newgen
September 4, 2008

SPOILER ALERT!: The following article spoils certain aspects of The Dark Knight. If you have not seen the movie, turn back now!

Yes, it's true. Aaron Eckhart says goodbye to Batman. At the press day for his upcoming indie film Towelhead, ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! talked to the actor who portrayed Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight. He told us he's definitely not signed on for another film and confirmed his character is dead.

Eckhart laughed about how he tried to ask if there was a chance he was coming back and was good-humored about the deadly fate of Dent.

CS/SHH!: Is Harvey Dent alive?
Aaron Eckhart: No. He is dead as a door nail.

CS/SHH!: So he's not coming back?
Eckhart: He ain't coming back baby!

CS/SHH!: I was hoping he would.
Eckhart: No. I asked Chris [Nolan] that question and he goes, "You're dead" before I could even get the question out of my mouth. "Hey Chris, am I?" "You're dead!" Alright, cool.

CS/SHH!: That's not a problem in comic book movies. You could still come back.
Eckhart: I think in contract negotiations it's a problem.

CS/SHH!: So you were never signed on for another film?
Eckhart: No, I'm not coming back. I think unfortunately, Heath [Ledger] was supposed to go on and that didn't work out. I'm nobody. I'm a cog. I have no say over this sort of stuff. I'm sure that there's so many other characters that they could whip together. I heard Angelina Jolie was going to be Catwoman or something like that. I thought that was a great idea. I'd like to be in that one.

CS/SHH!: It must be gratifying that so many people responded to your character.
Eckhart: Yeah, I dig it. Write your Congressman. I like that for the first time in my career I'm getting fan mail from kids and 8-year-olds. "My name is Bill. I really liked the film." I've never had that before. I think that's fun. I think someone told me they're going to be Harvey Two-Face for Halloween which is cool. I said to two kids the other day, "Did you see Batman yet?" Then I come to find out like two seconds later they've seen it four times. People are really going back to see it. My parents saw it I think 12 [times] so far. They're sick that it's going out of the theaters.

CS/SHH!: Do they normally see your movies 12 times?
Eckhart: I don't know about 12, but they like to go see the movies. They like to go see the audience. They like to tell people that I'm in the movie like popcorn people.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I thought he was alive.

Peace ...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Treatment Is Done!

Ah, the old cast list and picture!

Today I completed the treatment! This is going to my first real short film. Uncover'd was a project, a short (difference from a short film), this one is something I will submit to film fest and try to win with, this is my baby.



... this video was made by a CSUN student