Monday, October 29, 2012
among people too young to vote.
Nickelodeon's Linda Ellerbee said on Monday that the
president captured 65 per cent of the vote to beat
Republican Mitt Romney in the network's Kids Pick the
More than 520,000 people cast online ballots through the
children's network's website over one week earlier this
Since it began in 1988, the kids have presaged the adults'
vote all but once, when more youngsters voted for John
Kerry over George W Bush in 2004.
Obama answered questions submitted by Nickelodeon
viewers for a special earlier this month. Romney didn't
makes the show.
The Unauthorised Harry Experience features Gary Trainor
and Jesse Briton. Trainor plays Harry and Briton is
everyone else in the seven Harry Potter books in 70
Then there is the audience, young and old, heckling,
shouting comments and helping with a live Quidditch
Four hours after the show, Trainor and Briton are still
laughing about the man who stood up to yell ''blasphemy''
when Trainor dared to suggest Harry was boring as a
''We do like to encourage anarchy,'' Briton says, admitting
he thinks the show is best when it's falling apart.
''Yeah, the audience can steal the show,'' Trainor agrees.
The little boy in the 10th row who calls out ''He's behind
you'', when Harry is supposedly looking for the One whose
name shall not be mentioned, sends the audience and
both actors into gales of laughter for several minutes.
The show is supposed to be a parody, but it's very close to
English pantomime in the best sense.
There is a risk in a show like this. Fanatical fans can be
cruel about shows that take off their beloved fandom, but
Briton points out that it's not really about sending it up.
''The fans have been wonderful. They seem to be up for
it,'' he says.
Originally performed by its creators, Daniel Clarkson and
Jefferson Turner, as a five-minute sketch to summarise the
plot of the first five books as entertainment for fans
awaiting the release of the sixth book, it grew into a hit at
the Edinburgh Fringe and then became an award-winning
West End show. Trainor and Briton are the touring cast.
It condenses all seven books into 70 irreverent minutes.
It's an epic task, Trainor admits, and he thinks it succeeds
on different levels, enough for children and adults to enjoy
it in different ways.
Fifteen minutes before the start, Briton is in the audience,
talking to children, making them grin, while Trainor sits on
stage reading one of the books.
There's a slow start, a voiceover and a setup that seems to
take a while, before they get into the first book, but once
there, the show races through the books.
The props are intentionally minimal, Dobby the House Elf is
adorable and Briton is a goofy version of all the characters
he has to pull together.
You get to play Quidditch, with members of the audience
called on to be seekers, and children leap at the chance.
Somehow they manage to get their own version of Gloria
Gaynor's I will Survive in there and have it work.
Take the children. Enjoy it on their level. An audience of
adults would over-think the show.
''Wear costumes and bring wands,'' Trainor says.
He is a massive Harry Potter fan and grew up reading the
''There's a dark element to the books, even though they
are for kids, that Rowling does really well,'' he says.
He has favourite characters, Luna Lovegood and Hagrid,
while Briton is fond of Remus Lupin (he's a huge fan of
David Thewlis, who played the character on screen) and
''He's just like a typical English schoolboy, whose mother
knits him sweaters and his best mate happens to be like
Brad Pitt.'' Briton says.
They have both been touring the show in Asia. They were a
bit apprehensive about how it might be received. but all
''The fans are everywhere,'' Trainor says.
They are looking forward to New Zealand for the first time.
Trainor would have come already if his agent had got him
an audition as a hobbit.
''I really, really wanted to be a hobbit,'' he admits.
Deborah Morris was flown to Sydney by the show's
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he'd finished his two planned sequels to Avatar, he'd
retire from moviemaking, presumably to do more crazy
rich guy exploration stuff. But today, THR reports that
he's changed his mind. He's acquired the rights to Taylor
Stevens's 2011 novel The Informationist, a Girl with the
Dragon Tattoo-esque thriller.
Producer Jon Landau, Cameron's partner as head of
Lightstorm Entertainment, says, "We were drawn to this
book because of the terrific, compelling narrative and
the character, who typifies the strong female
protagonists that have inhabited Jim's work. In this case,
Vanessa Munroe [the main character] is essentially a
mix of Lisbeth Salander and Jason Bourne." Cameron
adds that, "Vanessa Michael Munroe is an intriguing and
compelling heroine with an agile mind and a thirst for
adventure. Equally fascinating for me is her emotional
life and her unexpected love story."
The title makes my eye twitch, but it certainly seems like
it'll be a return to the Terminator and True Lies action
maestro Cameron, rather than the "epic" Cameron
we've had more recently. I welcome that, at least.
Pacino will play an aged rock star attempting to rekindle
his spirituality in an upcoming film titled Imagine.
Imagine follows Pacino's character as he is inspired by a
letter John Lennon had written to his 19-year-old self. He
decides to give up the stereotypical rocking life of
debauchery, including his younger girlfriend and arena-
packing performances. Pacino's character instead
chooses to focus on rekindling the relationship with his
son and rediscover the music he originally intended to
Al Pacino will join the already cast Julianne Moore and
Jeremy Renner, who will play Pacino's 40-year-old
detached son. It's unclear what role Moore will take, but
guardian.com suggests she'll primarily serve as a
potential platonic relationship. Al Pacino seems to be
quite into the music genre at the moment, as he's also
slated to star as Phil Spector in an untitled biopic.
your directorial debut; but not every first-time director is
an Academy Award winning cinematographer, either.
Deadline reports Johnny Depp is negotiating to star in
Transcendence, the feature debut from celebrated DP
Wally Pfister. Pfister is most well-known for his
collaborations with Christopher Nolan, including all three
Batman films and Inception, for which he won the Best
Cinematography Oscar. Nolan and producing partner
Emma Thomas will serve as executive producers.
The plot of Transcendence is anyone's guess at this
point. The script is being written by newcomer Jack
Paglen. The film is so new, it's still listed on IMDb as
as the new potential lead in Cameron Crowe's upcoming
film Deep Tiki.
Writer and director Cameron Crowe has never been one
to shy away from taking time between projects. There
was, after all, an entire six year hiatus between the 2005
feature film Elizabethtown and last year's adaptation We
The Huffington Post reported that Barack Obama, and
10,000 other viewers, listened to pop princess Katy
Perry proudly sing her praises for the incumbent POTUS
last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Katy began her performance wearing a
power suit straight out of the 1980′s. Her
dancers removed thequestionably shoulder
padded piece to reveal a skin tight latex
dress (that was much more her style) and
modeled after a voting ballot. "President of
the United States" was emblazoned across
her chest and her torso boasted a box filled
in to signify her vote for Barack Obama and
Joe Biden as President and Vice President –
as if the world didn't already know who she
was supporting. Mitt Romney's name was
also listed on the bottom half of the ballot
dress next to an unmarked box, however
the designer opted to show more of Katy's
legs than include Republican VP candidate,
Paul Ryan, on the garment.
Perry riled up the young voters by
reminding the 18 year olds it was their first
time to vote.
Faulkner estate is set to sue Sony Picture Classics over a
line used in the time traveling comedy Midnight in Paris.
The lawsuit centers on a line spoken by Owen Wilson
about 3/4ths of the way through the film. He boldly (and
comically) exclaims "The past is not dead! Actually it's
not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And
he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a
Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC argues within the suit: "The
use of the infringing quote and of William Faulkner's
name in the infringing film is likely to cause confusion, to
cause mistake, and/or to deceive the infringing film's
viewers as to a perceived affiliation, connection or
association between William Faulkner and his works, on
the one hand, and Sony, on the other hand." Faulkner's
estate requests "damages, disgorgement of profits,
costs and attorney fees".
Schwarzenegger sporting a
rather popular haircut for his
upcoming action flick Ten.
Ten will follow Arnold
Schwarzenegger along with Sam
Worthington, Terrence Howard,
and Josh Hollway as DEA agents
being taken down one by one
after they rob a drug cartel safe
house. One is fair to guess that
Schwarzenegger's character is a
bit more on the straight and
narrow, but seeing the former governor flashing
forearm and neck tattoos sort of suggests otherwise.
Ten is currently filming with director David Ayer at the
helm. Ayer is mostly known for his screenwriting abilities
in the likes of such action flicks as The Fast and the
Furious, Training Day, and Dark Blue. His directing skills
are a bit more limited and less known.
"Yippie ki-yay mother Russia"?
Someone was paid to come up with that.
I suppose this means that John McClane will be going to
Russia in his next film. Hey, remember he was just a
cop? Someone who probably would not be going to
Russia on a mission? When he was a normal human
being, and thus his action scenes had some kind of
Timberlake are the most recent celebrity couple to tie
the knot. The duo recently exchanged vows at their
private nuptials in Puglia, Italy.
While many relationships in Hollywood don't tend to last
longer than a few months, Jessica Biel has faith that hers
is sticking. So much faith that she's legally changing her
last name. Jessica Biel told People.com she will now go
forward as Jessica Timberlake. Jessica even proclaimed
that she won the "jackpot of names" and is proud to
embrace her new title. She is keeping Biel professionally,
so this name change doesn't really change anything for
us commoners, unless of course you know Mrs. Biel
An added element of gushy romantic coincidence- now
the couples initials will both be JT. Perhaps they'll give
their children "J" names for a whole JT clan. Take that
Brangelina and your brood…
Bond film Skyfall. In record setting style, the film
opened in 25 markets overseas and earns a hefty $77
million to be the #1 movie everywhere.
In Great Britain alone, Skyfall ended opening night with
$32.4 million in the bank. That's second only to Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the
largest weekend ever. Skyfall's kick-off was 76%
bigger than Daniel Craig's first run at Bond in Casino
Royale and 30% bigger than Quantum Of Solace.
Sam Mendes directed Skyfall, which stars Javier
Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice
Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw,
and will be released in 60 countries before it hits home
in America on November 8th.
In the domestic box office the Warner Bros. film Argo
reigned supreme. The Ben Affleck directed thriller
already made back their production costs, which were
$44.5 million and is now making all profit with a total of
$60.8 million mad so far.
Hotel Transylvania placed #2 in the box office for its
fifth week out this weekend. The film added another
$9.5 million in ticket sales for a total of $130.4 million.
Cloud Atlas is definitely struggling to catch traction with
an audience. The film, which cost $100 million to make
and is lead by two of Hollywood's biggest stars – Tom
Hanks and Hally Berry – only made $9.4 million this
weekend. The Warner Bros.' film was directed by the
Wachowski siblings and scored a C+ CinemaScore from