Archive for October, 2006
Sandra Bullock is to be honored with Glamour magazine’s Woman of The Year Award at Carnegie Hall in New York on Monday. The actress has been chosen for the honor after handing out millions of dollars to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the South-east Asia tsunami.
Sandra married the TV presenter in July last year and while accepting an award at the Hollywood Film Festival this week, she told the audience: "I’d like to thank my boyfriend Jesse James, whom I happen to be married to."
"You inspire me with the good loving you give me every day – and especially last night! Really… you have no idea."
Video clip on Youtube.com —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LDd-9t1BEQ
THE WINNERS The talented stars of Bobby, which features Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Heather Graham, Joy Bryant, Ashton Kutcher, Christian Slater, Emilio Estevez and Lindsay Lohan, were on hand to accept the Hollywood Ensemble Acting of the Year Award. Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock took home Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress of the Year awards, respectively, while Forest Whitaker and Penélope Cruz walked away with the Actor and Actress of the Year honors.
- From Dusk Till Dawn
- Queen of the Damned
- The Lost Boys
- Blade: Trinity
- Fright Night
- Horror of Dracula
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula — This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer named Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula (Gary Oldman), who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray (Winona Ryder).
This year, the Hollywood Film Festival will honor: Actor of the Year: Forest Whitaker; Actress of the Year: Penelope Cruz; Supporting Actor: Ben Affleck; Supporting Actress: Sandra Bullock; Lifetime Achievement: Robin Williams; Directing: Oliver Stone; Hollywood Breakthrough Acting Awards: Derek Luke and Lindsay Lohan; Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year: Ryan Murphy; Ensemble; "Bobby" Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Laurence Fishburne, Emilio Estevez, Helen Hunt, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, and Ashton Kutcher; Leadership: Michael Barker and Tom Bernard; Producing: Michael Medavoy; Screenwriting: Eric Roth; Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest"; Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond; Editing: Joel Cox; Production Design: John Myhre; Composer: Gustavo Santaolalla, Costume Design: Penny Rose; Make-Up Artist of the Year: Kris Evans; Casting: Francine Maisler; Animation Award: "Cars."
Previous attendants and presenters have included: Jodie Foster, Halle Berry, Rob Marshall, Peter Sarsgaard, Jennifer Aniston, Terrence Howard, Colin Hanks, Quentin Tarantino, Cameron Crowe, Dermot Mulroney, Keanu Reeves, Mena Suvari, Kathleen Kennedy, Paula Wagner, Geena Davis, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta, Naomi Watts, Harrison Ford, Colin Farrell, Scarlett Johansson, and Martin Scorsese. …
PS: the photo I added here is one of my 800 pics and was not related to the above article
HeadScratcher No. 62: Anything You Can Do…
What gives, PopWatchers? Only two — two! — of you got this one exactly right, thought several of you came close. The question was: What do performers Paula Abdul, Shannon Hoon, Juliette Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, and Keanu Reeves have in common? The answer I was looking for: they’d all appeared in other artists’ music videos before launching their own musical careers. Abdul and J. Lo appeared in Janet Jackson’s "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and "That’s the Way Love Goes," respectively, before becoming solo hitmakers. Reeves, in turn, played the James Dean-ish lead in Abdul’s "Rush, Rush" (pictured) before moonlighting as a bassist with the band Dogstar. Like Reeves, Lewis was an established film star — but not yet frontwoman of Juliette and the Licks — when she showed up in Melissa Etheridge’s "Come to My Window" video. And before his band Blind Melon took off, frontman Hoon appeared in Guns N’Roses "Don’t Cry."
Awards will be presented at the Hollywood Movie Awards Gala Ceremony on October 23rd, 2006
Keanu and Sandy are the Stars of the Year
Source Inc Magazine - Full article by Paul Taylor: http://www.inc.com/resources/life/articles/20061001/taylor.html
What does the average entrepreneur have in common with the main character from "The Matrix"? Both of them embrace the unknown — and know when to take chances.
Gaeta’s question in creating the Matrix was finding ways to “acquire” an actor in a way that allows filmmakers to build a full visual model in three dimensions. This requires a combination of “photography and measurement”, which means that the filming of a scene is the building of extremely complex visual models which can then be digitally manipulated and rendered. He credits Douglas Trumbull for building a “studio of zero inhibition to make the solutions” – a group that didn’t look for solutions off the shelf, but encouraged their team to build what they needed, including new film formats that make “hyper-reality” like “bullet time” possible.
The same methods of photography and measurement made “What Dreams May Come”, which Gaeta worked on at the same time as the Matrix films, possible, presenting a vision of heaven made out of paint. In this case, the data capture was of the glacial mountains of Montana, assigning paint drops where there were leaves and pieces of rock – through substitution, Gaeta is able to create a universe that’s completely new and unique.
But the advances in digital filmmaking worry the visual effects man. “There’s lots of glitter in film these days. People understand that anything can be created.” Which means, there’s a “lack of astonishment – effects are no longer enough to propel a film to public adoration.” There’s an upside of this – it puts the focus of filmmaking back on storytelling.
Gaeta is deeply interested in the game industry, which he describes as being in a stage like TV in the 1950s, or film in its first twenty years. “There’s been no ‘Citizen Kane’ in the game industry yet,” which means there’s a long way to go yet.
He observes that Peter Jackson has recently announced that he’ll be producing the Halo movie… an indicator of the idea that films from games may be about to get much more serious. He announced that he plans to “turn his attention to a new medium” – a medium somewhere between game and film that hasn’t emerged yet. Gaeta believes that he’s digging in the right place, that new media will draw in creatives from both film and games.
Asked to speculate more on the future of games and flim, he speculates that the tension between narrative and interactivity will lead towards new art forms emerging. Films are passive narrative – a sculture of sorts – with no rhythym or repetition. Interactive media are all about immersiveness, which often involves reliving the same situations over and over again. Both film and games lay out universes, but games give you a narrative experience without detracting from play. This may lead to a future medium which still has dramatic parts, created by directors and actors, but also spaces – worlds – that can be explored at your leisure… or which can change and reform behind the dramatic scene.
Gaeta doesn’e believe that his work will put actors out of work any time soon. “It’s misguided to think you can create an evocative performance from a digital character unless you’re paying attention to how difficult it is to provoke emotion in film.” He believes that 100% of the emotion evoked is the job of the actor, and that there’s a very limited number of people “who can do this in some sort of life-changing way.” This in turn leads him to think that the rise of virtuality and 3D modeling may lead us back to an appreciation for the really real – storytelling and evocation of emotion through acting.
I missed the whizbang at the start of the talk, but was blown away by a quick demo at the end – an extremely lifelike actor making truly impossible faces. The faces were, in fact, impossible – the actor had been filmed and measured with five hidef cameras, which allowed creation of an incredible model of the actor. The resulting faces are less an animation and more the performance of a digital model. Truly amazing stuff, though unclear whether impossible faces evoke possible emotions…
Source: Gawker -> http://www.gawker.com/news/stalker/erica-christensen-and-jay-hernandez-dance-like-theres-no-tomorrow-which-there-may-not-be-for-six-degrees-207540.php
BROADWAY AT W 115TH ST – Oct 13th, 2006 @ 11am
Keanu Reeves at The Pinnacle Deli, alone and incognito. A gorgeous girl celebrating her 20th approached him & he went to her table, sang Happy Birthday, gave her a kiss & sat with them. He looks very young and stunning, if somewhat rugged, in person
We had our eye on the Wyld Stallyn today when his bike ran out of gas, and when he asked for a ride, what was our photog to do but oblige! Keanu’s not the airheaded Ted he plays on the big screen, when he saw the nice big camera in the car, he knew something was up! Nonetheless, Keanu was desperate enough that he accepted help from X17 (as much as he’s known to hate paps), and agreed, reluctantly, to give our shooter some pix in return.
Now, the rest of the story goes like this … when they got back to Keanu’s motorcycle, a Good Sam had moved it so that Keanu wouldn’t get ticketed for parking in a No Parking zone.
Then Mr. Matrix was ready to fill up the tank with gas, but Keanu didn’t know how to work the Jerry Can and asked our lovely photographer if she could figure it out!
Keanu may not know how to put gas in his bike, but he’s still hot!
Posted by X17online on October 13, 2006 1:48 PM
How do you challenge yourself?
It’s about finding interesting work and hopefully making worthwhile films, but first of all having a career. My ambition is to make different kinds of films with different kinds of characters rather than just doing the same thing.
Do you watch yourself on screen?
On the first viewing there’s a part of me that will always go to watch the story. I want to see how the film will feel, how will I enjoy it. Obviously, I’m watching my performance and I notice the cuts the director made, stuff that’s cut out. I just try to take it all in.
Do you ever get used to people prying into your private life?
Yeah, to a certain extent, but I don’t like it any better. I like my privacy, but I want to move in the outside world. I don’t want to be like a man in a castle or afraid of the world. I also enjoy talking to people about stuff I’ve done.
Some years ago I was writing a script with John Cleese in Los Angeles and we went for dinner at a buzzy brasserie called Chaya. When the waiter brought our steaks he also brought a $200 bottle of St Francis Cabernet Sauvignon. We hadn’t ordered it; the waiter said it was a gift from some anonymous diners. John suggested to the waiter that they come by our table as they were leaving the restaurant.
It turned out to be Keanu Reeves and a couple of chums. They joined us for a drink and then the most remarkable thing happened: they started to re-enact scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, from the knights who say ‘Ni’ changing their name to ‘the knights who say Ekki-Ekki-Ekki-Ekk-PTANG. Zoom-Boing. Z’nourrwringmm’, to Keanu doing a perfect rendering of John’s French soldier: ‘I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.’
In another part of the city that same night, Eric Idle was putting together a one-off performance for the Getty Museum using Python material. It was so successful that he took it on tour — twice: ‘Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python’ and ‘The Greedy Bastard Tour’. There is an exponential American appetite for Python in general and The Holy Grail in particular. Hence Eric’s musical adaptation of the film, Spamalot, which has played to sell-out audiences on Broadway for the past 18 months and looks set to do the same in London when it opens on 16 October….
- Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- English DD5.1 Surround
- English, French & Spanish subtitles (Feature Film Only)
- Commentary by Keanu Reeves, writer/director Richard Linklater, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick’s daughter Isa Dick Hackett
- One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming A Scanner Darkly
- The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales