Monday, July 30, 2012
Peter Jackson, the visionary director of 682 minutes-worth of The Lord of the Rings, has recently come under fire amid allegations he is using the cast of his upcoming epic, The Hobbit, as slave labor. Originally slated to be released as two films, The Hobbit is now confirmed to have been extended into a third. Authorities are keeping a close eye on production as it skirts dangerously close with violating the New Zealand Employment Relations Act 2000. Under the act, "The salary/wages for this position cover all time worked in meeting the performance requirements and the employee is not entitled to additional payment for time worked outside the normal hours specified. However, where a significant number of additional hours are worked, the employer will, if possible allow the employee to take time off in compensation for the additional hours worked."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Last week, Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders, the director of Snow White and the Huntsman, were caught cheating on their significant others at a public park. Amid criticism of their decisions, the Twilight star has broken her silence and addressed the controversy. "Obviously, location is everything," a distraught Stewart said. "I can understand how everyone was let down by our choice of Pacific View Trail - right under the Hollywood sign - for our last outing, so I apologize to everyone involved. I'm getting a new DP, so don't worry. We'll be more discrete this time."
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
There's nothing quite like the communal experience of sitting in a darkened theater with your popcorn and enjoying a summer blockbuster with several hundred strangers. When the film is great, that makes it even better. It lets us escape from our own day to day problems and live vicariously through the characters on screen. We can safely watch other people in fictitious peril and know that we'll be able to walk out of that theater free from harms way. But in Colorado last night, we learned it's not always true.
Friday, July 13, 2012
If anyone's interested (and you should be, durhh), I have a review up for Wild Strawberries over at Head in a Vice. Tyson, the kind and scholarly gentleman who runs the blog, was in need of some guest reviewers for his IMDB top 250 project, and I thought it sounded like fun. He has a good head on his shoulders, and his film choices are pretty admirable: lots of horror flicks, including foreign and more independent productions. Go. Now. There won't be any Photoshopped pictures of John Travolta raping ballet dancers, but it's the next best thing. Sort of.
Here's the link to my review. If you like Ingmar Bergman, you will nod your head in approval over my unrestrained fawning. If you don't like Bergman, you will after you read my review. It's that amazing.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
It only took three decades, but Ponyboy has finally come full circle when it comes to A-list movies. Though he started strong as one of the flying bike dudes in "E.T.", and drew rave reviews playing himself in "The Outsiders," he was quickly relegated to the B-list and beyond after some woeful career choices involving the donning of black face makeup and a romantic comedy with bowel cleansing yogurt spokeswoman Jamie Lee Curtis. Either one of those could have seriously killed the employment opportunities of an aspiring young actor right there, but like the pesky Wolverine he played in "Red Dawn," Ponyboy has fought through the war torn trenches of movie turd obscurity to make it back in this summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man." GPS was so completely stunned when witnessing Ponyboy's return to films that people actually watch, we had to double check to make sure it was really him.
Monday, July 2, 2012
"Predictive policing" is all the rage at the moment, and it's only going to get bigger. According to the LAPD, using computers to triangulate higher at-risk areas for crime is working great, and they're now looking to expand their futuristic endeavors. What's more, GPS has confirmed with an LAPD spokesman that Tom Cruise has been hired as their new PreCrime division captain. More on this breaking story after the jump.