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Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Hollywood, Media, Publishing | 0 comments

Filmmaker as author…

I don’t necessarily agree with his politics, but so what?  I respect and enjoy John Sayle’s films, especially since he makes them as a writer, first and foremost.

By this, I mean his films are tight, compelling, evenly paced and short on special effects and other visual shenanigans.

John recently signed a book deal, and I wish him well.  An epic novel based on colonial Philippines should be a fascinating read.  From the AP:

NEW YORK — More than a year after his agent first shopped the manuscript, filmmaker John Sayles has a deal for a long historical novel.

Sayles’ fictionalized account of the U.S. occupation of the Philippines around the turn of the 20th century is tentatively titled “Some Time in the Sun.” It’s more than 1,000 pages in manuscript form.

It will be released in 2011 by McSweeney’s, the San Francisco-based press founded by author Dave Eggers.

Sayles is best known for such films as “Eight Men Out” and “Matewan.” He’s also the author of several books. He has lamented that he couldn’t find a publisher for his new work.

McSweeney’s editor Jordan Bass said Tuesday that the novel “felt like equal parts (E.L.) Doctorow and `Deadwood'” and praised its “captivating pacing.”

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in Hollywood, Military | 0 comments

Here we go again…

Looks like another winner from Hollywood, scheduled for release in 2010:

Green Zone

Bourne director Paul Greengrass reconnects with Matt Damon to make this searching drama about the war in Iraq. As he did with United 93, which depicted the events of September 11 2001, Greengrass shows no fear of touching on contemporary events to inform his work. Based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, the movie is likely to express a somewhat jaundiced view of America’s involvement in Iraq.

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Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Hollywood, Media, Tomfoolery | 1 comment

Tribute to a Marine Aviator

A Marine died recently. He lived a good life and enjoyed success in both the military and civilian worlds. From Wikipedia:

Military Service:

During World War II, he was a fighter pilot in the United States Marine Corps serving as a flight instructor and test pilot. He was a decorated pilot (six Air Medals) and was discharged in 1946, remaining in the reserves.[5] After college, he returned to active duty. He met his first girlfriend, Jenifer P Smith, on his first tour. He claims that she was the one to motivate him to become a better person. He was sent to Korea in February 1952. He flew unarmed OE-1 Bird Dogs on 85 tactical air control and artillery spotting missions. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1966 and was then commissioned as a Brigadier General in the California Air National Guard.

With all of this media coverage of other recent ‘celebrity’ deaths, let’s remember a real hero.

Fair winds and following seas, Gen. Ed McMahon.

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Hollywood, Media | 0 comments

More Hollywood mediocrity…

Hollywood continues to spiral downward, due mainly to the huge number of bad films that have flooded the market since digital video became accessible to the hoi polloi. Video stores are chock full of crappy ‘films’ that never made it to theaters, and for good reason: They suck.

In fact, the recent Oscar winner, Slumdog Millionaire, was almost cast (caste, heh) off to DVD oblivion, but rescued at the last minute.
Slumdog is a decent film. But Oscar worthy? Hell-to-the-no.

Here’s an interesting analysis that echoes my opinions on the state of the average DVD release. They bypass theaters and go straight to DVD for a reason: they SUCK.

Come on, Hollywood. With all those geniuses out there, you should be cranking out some watchable movies. Guess we better wait for your bailout checks to arrive. That’ll fix everything.

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2009 in Hollywood, Media | 0 comments

Stuntman injured…

Harry Potter stuntman suffers horror injury in film set explosion.

The 25-year-old was rehearsing a flying sequence using a harness when he was sent plummeting by the blast, which was part of the stunt. He was conscious after smashing to the ground but told horrified colleagues: “I can’t feel my legs.”

An interesting article, but inaccurate. Brandon Lee was killed in a cement factory that was converted to a production facility near Burgaw, NC. I was a there, working as the photo double for principal stuntman Bob Brown.

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