Last night was a lot of fun at the New Beverly, and I strongly encourage all of you who didn't make it to join us tonight at 7:30 for "Ishtar" and "Joe Versus The Volcano." What was most fun was listening to the people who hadn't seen the films before. There was a group sitting behind us for "Ishtar" who were flabbergasted that they enjoyed it as much as they did, and at the end, they just sat there for a few minutes, talking about all their new favorite bits from the movie. The crowds for both films were great and really seemed to appreciate seeing them again, and Henry the projectionist even helped us put together a couple of appropriate trailer rings for both films.
Sorry for the late start today, but by the time I got home, watched and recapped "Lost," and then took care of this morning's family obligations, I was barely able to sneak in five hours of sleep, broken in half. So I'm dragging a bit of ass today as I gear up for a ton of work and round two at the New Bev. Should be interesting to see what I'm physically capable of accomplishing.
And by the way... I think some of you got the impression yesterday that I hate all April Fool's Day jokes. I don't. I just think that most of them are deadly unfunny. There were a few exceptions. I have to give Adult Swim credit for showing "The Room" as the April Fool's programming. I know that the cult for this film has been building for nigh on five years now, and that I'm a little late to the game, but it's still one of those things that people are just discovering. I love how people get totally crazy about Tommy Wiseau after seeing the film, and for all of Tommy's fans, here's a present... a link to an interview with the legend himself. Read it out loud in your best impression of his voice, and I guarantee you won't have more fun today.
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I also think that Trent Reznor's April Fool's Day slam on Chris Cornell was staggeringly great. "Intro skit"? NIN FTW.
And this one was great, if cruel to all of BluRay freaks.
I'd say the biggest news this morning, by far, is the release of the new red-band trailer for Universal's "Bruno." This hints at the tone of the footage we saw in Austin a few weeks ago, and it's got some great crazy moments in it. "How do you protect yourself from a man with TWO dildos?" If I had a nickel for every time I've asked myself that question...
I love the "Sex and the City" bit. I seriously do not understand how Sacha Baron Cohen has avoided a bullet so far, and I respect him for putting himself so blatantly in harm's way just to make me laugh.
A James Bond museum? I know I say it a lot, but... I want to go to there.
Another video today, and one that's not remotely funny... Joe Wright and Kiera Knightley have worked together now on two feature films, "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement," and now they've teamed up again for a PSA that may or may not air in England soon, depending on whether or not the violent content is approved for broadcast. You can see it right here, however:
And if you'd like to read a bit more about how and why it was produced, you can at the place I originally spotted the video.
Do you love Radiohead? If so, then cruise on over to IFC.com, where they're Radiohead-crazy right now. Feel free to enter the contest there, but realize that if you win and I don't, I will hunt you down and eat you.
Yes, I've gone video-embed crazy today, but I don't care. The new trailer for "The Hangover" is also worth your time.
God, I hope this movie somehow makes Zach G. bankable and suddenly studios are asking him what he wants to do next and he makes some big-budget indulgence that is as completely barking mad as he is. Just one. That's all I ask, America. Get to work making him a movie star for my entertainment, please.
On the other hand, I'm nervous about Dan Fogler in general. I wanted to give this guy the benefit of the doubt. His breakthrough role on Broadway got him in a lot of rooms and got him cast in a lot of films in a very short period of time, and for a while, it seemed like he was poised to break out as a film comic. But based on his work in films like "Good Luck Chuck," "Balls of Fury," and "Fanboys," I don't think America wants or needs a Dan Fogler filmography. And as a fan of Sam Kinison, I am doubly nervous about the idea of Fogler playing him. Yes, there's a slight physical resemblance, but Kinison was an original, a guy whose stage anger was an only-slightly heightened version of the real Sam. I had the opportunity to watch him work a whoooooole bunch of times, and so when the screen test that Fogler did for the proposed Kinison biopic showed up online (last May, evidently, although it only started popping up on sites like Film School Rejects and /Film in the last few days), I was compelled to watch, even though I was horrified at the thought of it.
I'll give Fogler this much... I didn't hate that. I still don't think Kinison's life is biopic material. But having seen that screen test, I'm a lot less nervous about Fogler in general.
As my e-mail box swells with people determined to explain to me that copyright in the 21st century doesn't actually apply to them, I'm fascinated at the strange ways in which the debate rages on.
Hopefully I'll see you at the New Bev tonight, or back here tomorrow for more news and reviews, or this weekend, when we'll be running back-to-back-to-back interviews with a great range of people. Should be fun.
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