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Freak Accident on Hannah Montana Set June 4, 2008

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There was a scare on the Tennessee set of Hannah Montana: The Movie Tuesday when high winds blew a piece of production equipment onto a ferris wheel full of extras, injuring several of them.

The film’s young star, Miley Cyrus, 15, had just finished shooting a scene next to the ferris wheel when the accident occurred, according to TMZ.com, which first reported the incident.

“During a break in the filming of Hannah Montana: The Movie, a minor accident occurred involving a piece of production equipment,” Disney said in a statement confirming the accident. “Fortunately, there were only a few minor injuries. Medical personnel have treated the extras and crew involved. None of the cast was on the set. Filming has resumed.”

Neither Cyrus nor her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, were on the set when the “giant” piece of lighting equipment fell onto the ferris wheel, according to reports.

An extra, Brenda Blackford, described the scene to Nashville station WKRN-TV: “When the wind caught it, all the cables were loose. It started [flying]. I was watching to see which corner of it was gonna hit the Ferris wheel, because it was unavoidable.”

 

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‘Indiana Jones’ Meets with Mixed Reviews May 19, 2008

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CANNES, France (AP) Indiana Jones received louder applause going in than he did coming out.

His latest adventure, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” earned a respectful though far from glowing reception Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, avoiding the sort of thrashing the event’s harsh critics gave to “The Da Vinci Code” two years ago.

Yet Indy’s fourth big-screen romp is not likely to go down as one of the most memorable. Some viewers at its first press screening loved it, some called it slick and enjoyable though formulaic, some said it was not worth the 19-year wait since Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford made the last film.

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“They should have left well enough alone,” said J. Sperling Reich, who writes for FilmStew.com. “It really looked like they were going through the motions. It really looked like no one had their heart in it.”

Alain Spira of French magazine Paris Match found “Crystal Skull” a perfectly acceptable “Indiana Jones” tale, a sentiment echoed by the solid applause the movie received as the final credits rolled.

“It’s good. It’s a product that is polished, industrial, we’re not getting ripped off in terms of quality,” Spira said. “You know what you’re going to see, you see what you get, and when you leave you’re happy.”

The applause was louder at the outset, though. Fans at the early afternoon showing, which preceded the film’s glitzy formal premiere with cast and crew Sunday night, cheered and clapped wildly at an announcement that the screening was about to start. Some even hummed the Indiana Jones fanfare as the lights went down.

The applause at the end was more subdued.

Cast and crew were unconcerned about how critics might dissect the film.

“I’m not afraid at all. I expect to have the whip turned on me,” Ford told reporters after the screening. “It’s not unusual for something that is popular to be disdained by some people, and I fully expect it.

But, he said: “I work for the people who pay to get in. They are my customers, and my focus is on providing the best experience I can for those people.”

The filmmakers kept the movie shrouded in secrecy, skipping the rounds of press screenings often held for big studio movies and going for a big blowout at Cannes.

Spielberg said he and his collaborators decided “that the fair thing to do and the fun thing to do would be to view it where the entire world is come together every year at this wonderful festival, and we thought that was the best place to introduce Indiana Jones to you again after 19 years.”

The film received none of the derisive laughter or catcalls that mounted near the end of the first press screening for “Da Vinci Code.”

There were a few titters from the “Crystal Skull” crowd early on over co-star Cate Blanchett’s thick, Boris-and-Natasha accent as a Soviet operative racing against Indy to find an artifact of immeasurable power. The rather corny romantic ending also drew a chuckle or two.

In between, the film packed a fair amount of action, though some viewers found the middle portion dull. Conchita Casanovas, of Spain’s RNE radio, said she was “bored to death.”

The new movie hurls archaeologist Jones into the Cold War in 1957. He survives a nuclear blast in the desert in typically creative fashion and is reunited with “Raiders” flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen).

As speculated, the film has an alien connection, though far more subdued than the “Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men From Mars” story Lucas once envisioned.

There are melancholy nods to Sean Connery, who played Indy’s dad in 1989’s “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” but declined to return for the new movie, and the late Denholm Elliott, Indy’s college dean in two of the previous movies.

And the film reveals the relationship between Indy and his new sidekick, an angry young motorcycle rebel played by Shia LaBeouf.

As with “Da Vinci Code,” which went on to gross $758 million worldwide, “Crystal Skull” is so hotly anticipated that it will be virtually immune from critics’ opinions. The film is expected to put up blockbuster box-office numbers when it opens globally Thursday.

“The movie was absolutely effective enough to score with audiences everywhere,” said Anne Thompson, deputy editor of Hollywood trade paper Variety. “This played way better than ‘Da Vinci Code.’ No one was gunning for it. They were excited going in, hooting for it in a positive way.”

Dozens of fans prowled outside the Palais, the Cannes headquarters, holding signs saying they needed tickets for “Crystal Skull.”

Amelia Sims, a 19-year-old University of Georgia student studying abroad, held a sign reading “I (heart) Indy.” She managed to get a pass to the press screening and loved the movie.

“I guess I’ve been waiting 19 years for this,” Sims said. “You could say I’ve been waiting my whole life.”

But Christian Monggaard, who is reviewing “Crystal Skull” for Danish newspaper Information, said he grew up with the “Indiana Jones” films and came away from this one disappointed, finding the climax an “overblown special-effects extravaganza.”

“Talk about a woman scorned,” Monggaard said. “A fan scorned is even worse.”

 

See The First Seven Minutes of ‘Speed Racer’ May 9, 2008

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I cant get the video to imbed, so click here

 

New Dark Knight Trailer Debuts May 5, 2008

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A new look at the highly anticipated Dark Knight was released this weekend, giving Batman fans another taste of the upcoming battle over Gotham.

The focus has consistently been on Heath Ledger‘s Joker – from costar Christian Bale calling him “a joy” to work with and director Chris Nolan saying he was “bursting with creativity.” This new trailer, however, reveals more about Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two-Face) and Batman’s internal struggle.

The Dark Knight hits theaters July 18.

 

Iron Man Is Gold with 2nd Best Movie Premier Ever

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I wasn’t sure people would buy in to Robert Downey Jr. as a superhero, but I can admit when I am obviously wrong!

The Marvel Comics adaptation of Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr.as the guy in the metal suit, hauled in $100.7 million during its opening weekend and $104.2 million since debuting Thursday night, the second-best premiere ever for a nonsequel, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The film also scored overseas with $96.7 million in 57 countries where it began opening Wednesday, putting its worldwide total at $201 million.

The movie, distributed by Paramount, is the first release by Marvel Studios, which has begun financing its own productions after such studio-backed hits as the “Spider-Man,” “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” flicks.

“We could not have hoped for a better way for Marvel Studios to blast off,” said David Maisel, chairman of the unit, a division of Marvel Entertainment, which stands to pull in a greater share of box office receipts and merchandising money by financing movies itself.

 

Why, Oh Why Is Cameron Diaz in This Movie? May 1, 2008

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I don’t know if any of you have read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. If you haven’t, you should. It is good… I mean really, really, really good (I would peg Nicholas Sparks lovers as the right audience for this story). It’s one of those books that actually makes you feel something. You feel the family’s pain, the older daughter’s agony, the son’s rebellion and the younger daughter’s independence. You want everything to find a way to work out so that all involved get what they want and everyone walks away happy. And when it doesn’t end like a Disney fairytale you are sorry about the way things turned out and unbelieving that it would really end the way it does.

I was sort of happy but a little cautious when I heared that Hollywood was making My Sister’s Keeper in to a major motion picture. I am always leery of books turned in to movies because, let’s be honest, most movies can’t compare the the novel’s they were adapted from.

Imagine my disgust when I heard that Cameron Diaz had been cast as the mother. Oh my God! If you’ve read the book, you must feel the same way I do. This has to be one of the WORST casting decisions in Tinseltown history. The casting agent should be fired. Seriously, CAMERON DIAZ as Sarah Fitzgerald? I can buy Alec Baldwin as Campbell Alexander. I am okay with (but not thrilled) Abigail Breslin’s casting as Anna Fitzgerald, but I am APPALLED at the choice they’ve made for Sarah.

I’d love to hear what others think about this. Am I crazy? Am I wrong? Or am I right on the money about this?

 

My Favorite “Office Space” Quotes April 30, 2008

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”No, not again. I…Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam? I swear to God, one of these days, I just kick this piece of shit out the window. —Samir

 

 ”I’m thinking I might take that new chick from Logistics. If things go well I might be showing her my O-face. ‘Oh…Oh…Oh!’ You know what I’m talkin’ about.” —Drew

 

”You know what, Stan. If you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, like your pretty boy over there, Brian, why don’t you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair?” —Joanna

 

 ”So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.” —Peter