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  1. Last year, I got Peter Jason, Anne Marie Howard and Sandy King Carpenter to come out and do a Q&A for PRINCE OF DARKNESS at the New Beverly Cinema. As much as I love Carpenter, it was never a favorite. In fact, I didn't like the film. But I did enjoy it on the big screen. For some reason, it played much differently for me than when I saw it on video. Peter was a riot at the Q & A. He's a great guy. Last month, the American Cinemateque did a John Carpenter weekend of films at the Egyptian. Carpenter appeared for a Q & A after ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and a few rows ahead of
  2. I audio recorded the panel for Creative Screenwriting magazine. I recorded a bunch of panels for them and they're going to release them in their iTunes podcast series. Just search for Creative Screenwriting. Jeff Goldsmith said he's going to release them periodically in the coming months, so I don't know when this one will show up.
  3. The footage they showed at Comic-Con was very cool. So excited to see Lennie James in this. It was a great panel too. Darabont had a fantastic quote that killed everyone in the room. Gale Anne Hurd was cracking up. A makeup artist from L.A. questioned why they were shooting in Georgia and turned things very serious about productions leaving L.A. and how many people are out of work. Darabont said he would love to shoot in L.A. and loves sleeping in his own bed, but L.A. doesn't have tax incentives. Georgia is giving them back 50 cents on the dollar. Then he said that on this pro
  4. I read the screenplay. Judge Dredd is an uncompromising character and I love it. It's dark and brutally violent. It's a very self contained, solid story and a great way to launch a franchise. I don't want to get into spoilers, but I will say this... Rob Schneider won't be in this one!
  5. I've seen the film and Tom definitely has a cameo alongside another really cool actor. It was a total shock to me and a very fun cameo. That being said, I absolutely hated the film. Scott & Ramona are not compelling characters. I never cared about them. So despite all of the fancy gimmicks, the film never hooked me and I was totally bored. After Scott fights 2 of the Evil Exes, my friend Marc turned to me and said, "You know, there's still 5 more." We both groaned. Edgar Wright is very talented and there's some very cool visual stuff going on. But at the end of the day, yo
  6. I revisited ROBIN AND MARIAN while I was visiting my folks recently. Hadn't seen it in years. Really enjoyed it. Amazing cast. In addition to who Tim mentioned, you have Robert Shaw, Denholm Elliott and Ian Holm. Wow. I've really been enjoying some ROBIN HOOD for the past month or so. The Disney animated version is up next.
  7. I'm still on such a high from Ridley Scott's ROBIN HOOD that I watched THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES last night. Errol Flynn's classic still holds up. I was never a huge PRINCE OF THIEVES fan, but it really did not age well. Don't know that I'll revisit that film ever again, despite how much I love Alan Rickman in it.
  8. Just got back from the screening. Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein were awesome. Got to hang out with them in the projection booth for a bit before the movie and heard some stories that Bill would never tell publicly. Got my "Severen" one sheet signed. It's one of my favorite movie posters of all time. I've had it like 20 years. And now it's inscribed "Finger lickin' good" by the man himself. Bill said that was the best line he's ever had in a film. And luckily the shot was captured by the B Camera Operator. Bill said when he heard that B Camera got the line he kissed the operato
  9. I like DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE. And it's a masterpiece compared to LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. Reading Kevin Smith's experiences on it in his book is a great microcosm of why that movie probably went so wrong. Starting with a bad director like Len Wiseman probably didn't help either. It's really sad that Bruce Willis did so much promotion for LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD and kept saying it's as good if not better than DIE HARD. He should be ashamed of himself for pimping that garbage so hard. I realize stars have to promote their films, but they don't have to say absurd things like that.
  10. I had to search for it, but I figured there was a NEAR DARK thread on this board. I would have to disown Tim if there wasn't. For those of you in L.A., the New Beverly Cinema is doing a Kathryn Bigelow double feature of THE HURT LOCKER and NEAR DARK this Wednesday & Thursday, May 5th & 6th. And on Thursday the 6th, stars Bill Paxton and Jenette Goldstein will be there to talk about the film! It's Lance Henriksen's birthday tomorrow, so he is unavailable this week, but I sure did try. It's hard to put into words what it was like when I answered my phone today. It was a
  11. Just got back from an Arclight Members screening of ROBIN HOOD at the opening of the new Arclight Pasadena. It was introduced by the Mayor of Pasadena. He introduced the film, stating that it starred Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and was directed by... Then he consulted his notes as members of the audience yelled out Ridley Scott! Not the Mayor's finest hour. They must not rely too heavily on speechmaking in Pasadena politics, because he was no good at it. As for the film, I absolutely loved it! Ridley Scott at the peak of his powers. Fantastic cast. It's not the Robin Hood sto
  12. Please don't insult Tom Jane by comparing this movie to STANDER. Tom played a wonderful role in a compelling movie. He didn't do performance art screaming, "Look at me! Look at me! Okay, who can I punch now?"
  13. Just watched the trailer. It looks awful. It's gonna take a lot to persuade me to pay to see it now.
  14. Has anyone seen this? I watched it last night and could barely get through it. I did not like it at all. It was a surreal one man show more than a film. And why would I ever give a shit about this lunatic? I've heard really good things about this film and I don't get it at all. Definitely not excited about Tom Hardy as Mad Max.
  15. Have to say I was disappointed. I think the film is all over the place and the pacing is terrible. That said, there are some wonderful scenes and some truly shocking moments of violence. Emily Mortimer is terribly miscast as a Detective Inspector. I didn't buy her for a second. And she stammered and um'd and uh'd through the Q & A. What a waste. Caine is great, but he almost always is. This movie could have been so much better. Can't recommend going to this one in theaters. Catch up with it on DVD or cable.
  16. Wizard World Anaheim provided the opportunity to see a bunch of friends - actors that are attached to my projects, Vernon Wells and Treva Etienne - artist pals, Tim Bradstreet and Jordan Raskin - the usual suspects, Mike Hess and Chris Frobose, and Tim Daley - he and I go way back with Bradstreet but somehow only just met at a photo shoot last year. We exchanged some stories from the Bloomington days and from Tim & Missy's wedding. Treva introduced me to a bunch of actors. It was his first show and he was having a blast. Some actors I was hoping to see didn't show up. There we
  17. That was a big letdown for me. And there's more I want to say about that, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone. They really sold that character out.
  18. That is indeed Vernon Wells from THE ROAD WARRIOR. And he's at the Wizard World Anaheim show this weekend.
  19. I too love Lennie and today he agreed to sign a letter of intent to play the lead role in my feature VACANT. Vernon Wells, Gia Mantegna, Rena Owen, and Peter Jason have also signed LOI's for the project. Now we just need our investors to come through with the money. Sorry to go off topic!
  20. I'm so happy they flipped this title around to CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER. Although I think it should just be CAPTAIN AMERICA.
  21. Talked to Lennie James a week or so ago about his episode and I'm super excited to see him back on the show. He said the role was written for him. It fit like a glove because he was fantastic. Had no idea Lee Majors would be in this too. Worked with him a couple of years ago on a terrible indie. I'm a huge fan, but he was not happy to be working on such a miserable shoot. I'm really digging the show. There have been some really fun episodes. Can't wait to watch this season finale!
  22. I'm going to see this next week at Film Independent's screening. Followed by a Q & A with Emily Mortimer. If only it could be a Q & A with the man himself. Looking forward to it though.
  23. I enjoyed the movie. It's fun. Way over-hyped based on what I heard from people who were at BUTT NUMB-A-THON. It's not great. That being said, I'd love to see a HIT GIRL movie. She's the best thing about it. I'm much less interested in a KICK-ASS 2 though. I also loved BIG DADDY! Saw a few famous faces in the lobby afterwards: Elizabeth Banks, John Romita Jr., Hayden Panetierre, and Ed O'Ross. Ran into Jimmy Palmiotti afterwards. Met him many times, but he never remembers me. He said hi to Jordan. Jimmy didn't get into the Dome where the premiere was. In his words,
  24. I got passes to the Hollywood premiere of this on Tuesday night! Jordan Raskin and I are going. Can't wait to see it.
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