Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Who Watches The Watchmen?

Finally unleashed from a much-publicized rights dispute between Fox and Warner Bros., “Watchmen” is less a fully realized comicbook epic than a sturdy feat of dramatic compression. Fans of Alan Moore’s landmark graphic novel, concerning a ring of Gotham superheroes brought out of retirement by an impending nuclear threat, will thrill to every pulpy line of dialogue and bloody act of retribution retained in director Zack Snyder’s slavishly faithful adaptation.

Variety's Review of "Watchmen" here

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

And The Oscar Goes To...

My Predictions

Feature Film
Slumdog Millionaire

Sean Penn (upset victory: Mickey Rourke)

Kate Winslet

Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz

Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger

Animated Feature

Foreign Language Film
Waltz with Bashir ( Israel)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Like, bonjour mon amore.

Le sigh. Love is tres cool, no? *kees*

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Shakespeare Sonnet No.18
Music: Bryan Ferry
Written by: William Shakespeare

SR-71 Blackbird

Rachel's Song
Blade Runner Soundtrack

Friday, February 06, 2009

It's Time To Stop Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd: Clown in wolf guardian's clothing

Michelle Malkin

On a deadly serious note, Judd’s selective concern for savagery is not lost on longtime observers of the activist entertainer’s political forays. A militant, pro-choice feminist, Judd lashed out at the Republican ticket during the campaign: “[A] woman voting for McCain and Palin is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.” Yet, not a peep has been heard from Judd about the serial predators of Planned Parenthood who have been caught on tape urging young girls to cover up statutory rape to facilitate abortion procedures. And she won’t be starring in any YouTube ads decrying grisly late-term abortion procedures.

Michelle Malkin schools Ashley Judd:

Federal law makes specific exceptions to aerial hunting for the protection of “land, water, wildlife, livestock, domesticated animals, human life, or crops.” Targets are not limited to wolves. And, as Alaska wildlife officials note, the process is tightly controlled and “designed to sustain wolf populations in the future.”

No matter. As Judd proclaimed, “It is time to stop Sarah Palin.” That is the true aim of left-wing lobbying groups and their allies in Hollywood. Palin is a threat not to Alaska’s wolves, but to the liberal establishment’s wolves. Defenders of Wildlife isn’t targeting the ads in states affected by these policies. They’re running the Judd-fronted ads across battleground states. It’s about electoral interests, not wildlife interests. The eco-Kabuki theater is just plain laughable.

The truth about Ashley Judd's lies.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Bale Gone Psycho

Not sure exactly when it dawned on me that Hollywood was really one of Dante's circles of Hell, but "Bale Gone Psycho" sure brought back memories.

Here's the entire rant courtesy of TMZ: ( Warning: major F-bombs)

I used to rep Cinematographers, so my heart goes out to Shane Hurlbut
Walking across the set to adjust lights while the scene was shooting was a stupid mistake but did not justify Bale going American Psycho on Shane.

Below is the best comment I've read. John is right when he says:

(Assoc. Producer & Assistant Director) Bruce Franklin's defense of Bale's indefensible behavior is enabling and sycophantic. Most actors are very gracious about this sort of mistake and would have taken the director aside to deal with it. Bale's loss of control on the set only served to unnerve the entire crew, not to mention his fellow actors who were just trying to maintain their own concentration. This is why Bale will never work for a director like Clint Eastwood, who would have fired him on the spot. You don't see Bale working much with Spielberg, either. There's a reason for that. He has a well-known history for being emotionally unstable on and off sets. The guy is in dire need of therapy, rather than the excuses of some idiotic associate producer trying to make points with him in the media.

Maybe Baldwin & Bale can get a two for one deal with Dr Phil.