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in a heartbeat.

from the studio briefing on imdb.com:

Australian media company Village Roadshow has disclosed that tickets for its deluxe Gold Star Cinemas will go for $35 apiece when the theaters open in the U.S. The Hollywood Reporter said today (Wednesday) that the company is planning to open 50 such theaters in this country over the next 5 years, with the first to open in suburban Chicago this year, featuring reserved seating (only 40 seats per theater), special parking, and “upscale” food service by waiters in the auditoriums. “It’s an absolutely different environment than anything else that exists,” Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke told the trade paper. Village Roadshow has already opened some 100 Gold Class theaters in Australia, Singapore and Greece.

imagine, not rushing to the theater, not waiting in lines, not siting in a tight room like flying coach to singapore.  decent food – no lines – small crowds, i am so there!

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 honor of james and i seeing “the other bolyn girl” featuring the hunky eric bana yesterday – i thought i would give ya’ll a slice of his hotness (i hate that word, but it works).  oh, and if your wondering – the movie is good… easily a renter tho’.  and natalie portman is such a conniving bitch in the flick; it’s fun!!

 

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cb and i saw fool’s gold (the new matthew mcconaughey & kate hudson treasure hunt flick) last night. 

that’s 2 hours of my life i’ll never get back.

so james wasn’t having any of my “no opinion” – selections – he made me give a guess prior to the award (hence the changes reflected below).

all in all, i did pretty good.  the green means i got it right, the red means wrong.  13/24 – better than half, not bad eh?  really really proud of my hometown boys (the coen brothers) and girl (diablo cody); way to represent minnesota!

  • best picture; no country for old men
  • best actor; daniel day-lewis / there will be blood
  • best actress; ellen page / juno (yup, that’s right – i went there…julie christie’s got nothing on her… lol).  marion cotillard won for la vie en rose
  • best supporting actor; javier bardem / no country for old men
  • best supporting actress; cate blanchett / i’m not there tilda swinton for micheal clayton
  • director; ethan coen & joel coen / no country for old men
  • documentary; sicko take me to the dark side
  • documentary short; the crown freeheld
  • animated feature; persepolis (haven’t seen it, but it looks amazing… & ratatouille is not even remotely pixars best work) ratatouille
  • foreign language film; 12 the counterfitters
  • cinematography; tough call, but i’m going to go with there will be blood
  • original screenplay; diablo cody / juno
  • adapted screenplay; ethan coen & joel coen / no country for old men
  • visual effects; transformers the golden compass
  • animated short; even pigeons go to heaven peter wolf
  • live action short; the mozart of the pickpockets
  • art direction; atonement sweeney todd; the demon barber of fleet street
  • costume design; atonement elizabeth; the golden age
  • film editing; no country for old men the bourne ultimatum
  • sound mixing; the bourne ultimatum
  • sound editing; the bourne ultimatum
  • original score; atonement
  • original song; falling slow / once
  • makeup; la vie en rose

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ignoring my post from here, these are my real predictions. we’ll see how i do tomorrow right?

  • best picture; no country for old men

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  • best actor; daniel day-lewis / there will be blood
  • best actress; ellen page / juno (yup, that’s right – i went there…julie christie’s got nothing on her… lol).
  • best supporting actor; javier bardem / no country for old men
  • best supporting actress; cate blanchett / i’m not there
  • director; ethan coen & joel coen / no country for old men
  • documentary; didn’t see any of the nominated films – can’t comment
  • documentary short; ditto
  • animated feature; persepolis (haven’t seen it, but it looks amazing… & ratatouille is not even remotely pixars best work)
  • foreign language film; can’t comment as i haven’t seen any of them
  • cinematography; tough call, but i’m going to go with there will be blood
  • original screenplay; diablo cody / juno
  • adapted screenplay; ethan coen & joel coen / no country for old men
  • visual effects; transformers
  • animated short; didn’t see any of them
  • live action short; ditto
  • art direction; atonement
  • costume design; atonement
  • film editing; no country for old men
  • sound mixing; the bourne ultimatum
  • sound editing; the bourne ultimatum
  • original score; atonement
  • original song; falling slow / once
  • makeup; eh. no opinion.

the “star” -ronnie kerr – sexy/sweet/hunky.  perfect (tho’ he could be covered in ink, that would make it better).

it’s actually a sweet little film. 

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so last night, james and i went to see the new punk-rock musical/play “god save gertrude” (a modern take on hamlet). 

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i had zero expectation for this (hell, until i walked in i had no idea what play we were seeing – we were there to support some of his co-workers who were doing makeup and playing in the band).  very much in a “hedwig and the angry inch” mode of modern musical theater – the story (let’s use that word loosely) is that of an aging punk rock poet-ess (think pattie smith) who is, as it turns out the queen of some country (assuming central europe/post soviet union, tho’ it’s never spelled out) on the verge of civil war.  she rehashes her punk past while juggling a second husband dictator and a son (wannabe rock star in the vein of his long gone father).  

the story and performances were quite good – as was the music.  it needs some fixing in the book department… like how did she become queen?  what happened to daddy #1?  how did dictator/daddy #2 come into the picture?  but all in all an fun night of experimental theater.

10.5 days until i’m in new york city.

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star trek xi: 

as brought to life by jj abrams.  i’m beyond giddy-excited for this.  the cast looks spectacular & this trailer gave me chills.  time to get my sci-fi geek on.

paula abdul has a new song (written and produced by randy jackson).

come to your own conclusion.

i’m off to spend some time with mom – still no word on the job situation.. but she does have an interview on tuesday – so do me a favor, send some good karma my mom’s way on tuesday.

 

 

from imdb.com:

Hewlett-Packard has signed a deal with Sony Pictures to turn out DVDs from the studio’s library whenever customers request them, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday). The deal will allow consumers to order movies that ordinarily would not be stocked by dealers because they are too obscure or too old. HP indicated that it expects to sign similar deals with other studios. “We’re hoping this provides another option to make available products that wouldn’t necessarily garner widespread retail shelf space,”

i want nothing more than for this day to end.  it was an absolute bear of a day, one that makes me question the company i work for (which, trust me – does.not.happen.very.often.).  honest to god, all i want to do is crawl under my blanket and block out the world.

then to find out that heath ledger died.  fuck what a day.

so instead, i’m gonna concentrate on the only good thing that happened today.  the oscar nominations came out.

best picture – there is no question on this for me – i’m all about no country for old men. 

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juno  
michael clayton  
no country for old men x
there will be blood  

best actress – hard one for me ’cause i’ve only seen 2 of these films.  i loved ellen page in juno, but it’s not her year yet.  i’m going sentimental (for me) and giving it to cate in elizabeth 2.  yes, the movie sucked, and no she won’t win (see below for the reason), but i love my cate.  i hear amazing things about julie cristie & la vie en rose is on my netflix so i might change my mind.

cate blanchett – elizabeth

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julie christie – away from her  
marioncotillard –la vie en rose  
laura linney –the savages  
ellen page – juno  

best actor – no question at all.  daniel in there will be blood.  brilliant performance,

george clooney –

michael clayton

 
daniel day-lewis –there will be blood x
johnny depp –sweeney todd  
tommy lee jones –in the valley of elah  
viggo mortensen –eastern promises  

supporting actor – again, no question.  javier all the way.  (hal holbrook could be a dark horse/sentimental win, but i think it’s javier all the way.

casey affleck –

jesse james/robert ford

 
javier bardem – no country for old men x
hal holbrook – into the wild  
philip seymourhoffman – charlie wilson’s war  
tom wilkinson – michael clayton  

supporting actress – i’ve not seen gone baby gone or michael clayton, but all signs are pointing to cate(plus the reason she won’t win above is ’cause she’ll win here).  i have a glimmer of home for saoirse as well. 

cate blanchett – i’m not there x
ruby dee – american gangster  
saoirse ronan – atonement  
amy ryan – gone baby gone  
tilda swinton – michael clayton  

in the coming weeks i’ll cover off some of the other categories. 

but now i’m going to make my self a massivebowl of ice cream then hide under my blanky.

james and i intended to catch the last day of the frida kahlo exhibit at the walker art center today.  luckily, we had both already saw it earlier in its run, so the 2.5 hour lines were not a big deal. 

instead we caught an amazing documentary film a walk into the sea; danny williams and the warhol factory by filmmaker esther robinson. 

the film is about robinson’s uncle, danny williams – andy warhol’s boyfriend, collaborator and filmmaker during the heyday of the warhol factory era. 

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williams disappeared at at age 27.  the film exlpores his disappearance through interviews many of the people that inhabited the factory world (including a rare insightful, interview with brigid berlin) along with his family.

what i find fascinating and really powerful is the way robinson allows each of the interview subjects to relate their memories so truthfully and honest.  she doesn’t (as happens in so many documentaries) do a voiceover or lead the view to come to her conclusions.  rather she allows the film to represent, as she said during the q&a following the film today, the slippery nature of history. 

this was such a powerful concept to hear verbalized and acknowledged.  history is after all the memories of those that lived it.  and memory is often colored by experience and hearsay and rumour and shadow.  nobody ever really knows what happened.  only their understanding of what happened.

the tragedy of this film of course is that whatever happened to danny williams, (murdered?  suicide? just walked off the radar?) is that he was a very promising experimental film maker.  the film clips shown in the movie were really interesting.  it would have been cool to see what happened / how his life & talent progressed.

the below clip shows a bit of the film, along with a small snippet of an interview with the director.  check out this movie if you can – really interesting stuff.

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film 2008

charlie wilson's war - 1.2.08 / enchanted - 1.2.08 / there will be blood - 1.12.08 / atonement - 1.13.08 / cloverfield - 1.19.08 / a walk into the sea; danny williams and the warhol factory - 1.20.08 / fool's gold - 2.29.08 / the other bolyn girl - 3.2.08 / forgetting sarah marshall - 4.19.08

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