BACK TO MIDDLE-EARTH
Fox News is reporting that Peter Jackson has recalled the cast and crew of LORD OF THE RINGS to New Zealand to shoot additional footage, including battle scenes, for the second installment, THE TWO TOWERS, due this fall.
BACK TO MIDDLE-EARTH
LOVE ME DO
Paul McCartney and his fiancÈe Heather Mills tied the knot Tuesday afternoon at the historic 17th century Caste Leslie in Ireland. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, guitarist Eric Clapton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were reportedly among the 300 guests attending the lavish ceremony.
‘Casablanca’ Tops List of Movie Romances
When it comes to movies and romance, they don’t make them like they used to.
At least, that is what directors, writers, actors and other filmmakers polled by the American Film Institute think. They chose 1942’s “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as the best U.S. love story ever told on film.
In the No. 2 spot was 1939 classic “Gone with the Wind” with Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh as the rakish Rhett Butler and determined southern belle Scarlett O’Hara, and behind those two on-again, off-again lovers were the impossibly compatible Tony and Maria of 1961 musical “West Side Story” in No. 3.
In fact, no movie made in the last 40 years could crack the top five, and only two films from the 1970s, “The Way We Were” at No. 6 and “Love Story” at No. 9 were among the top 10.
Los Angeles-based American Film Institute is a national group dedicated to film and television, and it trains filmmakers, writers and others interested in making movies and TV shows.
Five years ago, it began a series of programs naming the top American films in the industry’s first 100 years, starting with the favorite 100 films of all-time and including the top stars, best comedies and last year’s biggest thrills.
“This year, AFI … celebrates matters of the heart in a whole different way — more heartbreaks, heartaches and hearts bursting with love, rather than heart attacks and hearts in the throat,” said AFI chief Jean Picker Firstenberg.
Rounding out the top five on the list of favorite American romances were No. 4 “Roman Holiday,” a 1952 comedy that paired Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, followed by 1957’s “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
Completing the top 10 were No. 7, “Doctor Zhivago” (1965), No. 8 “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946) and No. 10, “City Lights” (1931).
Curiously, seven of the top 10 films have couples that, in the end, do not stay together, and AFI counts 187 fights in the movies compared to 260 kissing scenes.
Cary Grant stars in more of the top 100 films than any actor, and Katharine Hepburn is the most prevalent actress on the romance list, appearing in films like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “On Golden Pond.”
Of the modern love stories, 1990’s “Pretty Woman” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere landed in position No. 21. “Titanic,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, was No. 37. “Titanic” is the highest grossing movie of all time with $1.8 billion in global box office receipts.
I’d Like To Question Winona Ryder About This
Worldwide sales of pirated music CDs nearly doubled last year to a record 950 million units, an industry trade group said Tuesday.
The Hip Be Back!
Sure, oh sure, yes, yup! This list on today’s new music releases does contain new titles from David Bowie, Boyz II Men, Stompin’ Tom and W.A.S.P., but who cares! The fact that itcontains the latest opus from THE TRAGICALLY HIP is what has me in a tizzy!
Oh yeah, baby!
Here are the New CD Releases for Tuesday, June 11, 2002:
* BALLIGOMINGO Beneath The Surface (Windham Hill)
* BILLY PAUL 360 Degrees Of Billy (Epic)
* BOYZ II MEN full circle (Arista)
* CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Alegria (Le Groupe/BMG)
* DAVID BOWIE Heathen (ISO Records/Columbia)
* DUKE ELLINGTON Live And Rare
* HERBIE HANCOCK, MICHAEL BRECKER, ROY HARGROVE Directions In Music: Live At Massey Hall (Verve)
* HOLLY MCNARLAND Home is Where the Feet Are (Universal)
* HUGH MASEKELA Hope (Razor & Tie)
* JAMES Getting Away With It … Live (Sanctuary Records)
* KORN Untouchables (Sony)
* LIL ROMEO Game Time
* LITTLE AXE Hard Grind (Fat Possum)
* LOS LOBOS Good Morning Aztlan (Hollywood)
* LOUDERMILK The Red Record (DreamWorks)
* MFSB MFSB (Epic)
* MOLLY JOHNSON Another Day
* NEW FOUND GLORY Sticks And Stones
* NILS PETTER MOLVAER NP3 (Verve)
* ORBITAL Work
* PHILADELPHIA CLASSICS Philadelphia Classics (Legacy)
* PHILIP BAILEY Soul On Jazz (Universal)
* PHILLY’S SUPER SOUL Philly’s Super Soul (Epic)
* PROCLAIMERS The Best Of
* RALPH STANLEY Ralph Stanley (Columbia)
* RAPHAEL SAADIQ Instant Vintage
* RAYVON My Bad (MCA)
* STOMPIN’ TOM CONNORS Ode For The Road (EMI)
* THE TRAGICALLY HIP In Violet Light (Universal)
* TRAMMPS The Trammps (Legacy)
* VARIOUS ARTISTS Loud – The Early Daze (RCA)
* W.A.S.P. Dying For The World
* WIDESPREAD PANIC Live In The Classic City (Sanctuary Records)
* YELLOWJACKETS Mint Jam (Universal)
The New Movies You Can Rent And Own
There is nothing on this list that I would bother with, but then again, we are two different people, aren’t we?
Here are the new Video and DVD releases, for Tuesday, June 11th, 2002:
Black Hawk Down (R)- The true story of American conflict in Somalia in 1993. (Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The 2nd Season- The complete second season of the TV series Buffy. (Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz)
Kate & Leopold (PG-13)- A modern day woman falls for a Duke from the past. (Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber)
Monster’s Ball (R)- A rascist warden has affair with wife of man on death row. (Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger)
Ani Difranco: Render
Arthur: Best School Days
Arthur: Goes To The Doctor
Arthur: Good Sport
Arthur: Great Summer
Beautiful Killing Machine
Behind The Sun (PG-13)
Bert & Ernie’s Word Play
Black Spring Break 2 – The Sequel
The Dirt Merchant
Highlights Of The 2002 Masters
How To Make A Monster (R)
Olsen Twins: Getting There
Range Of Motion
Sailor Moon: Man In The Tuxedo Mask
Sailor Moon: Secret Of The Sailor Scouts
A Salute To Reagan
Steamroller & The Violin
X-MEN Teaser Already?
This is just a rumour so far, but it sounds like there might be a teaser for X2 tagged to MINORITY REPORT. So far, it sounds like it’ll just be a morphing logo. This is, by the way, in addition to the DAREDEVIL trailer already attached to the movie.
REALITY BITING AGAIN?
The Los Angeles District Attorney has evidence showing Winona Ryder may have been involved in other shoplifting incidents, Newsweek reports. The actress is due in court Friday for arraignment on shoplifting and drug-possession charges.
Bugs is coming back, doc.
Warner Bros. announced plans Monday to produce a new feature film starring Bugs Bunny and fellow Looney Tunes cohorts Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and the scenery-chewing Tasmanian Devil.
“Looney Tunes: Back in Action” will combine those animated characters and others with live-action backgrounds and performers, much like the 1988 Disney comedy “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
It’s the first feature film for Bugs and the gang since 1996’s “Space Jam” with basketball star Michael Jordan.
Brendan Fraser, best known for “The Mummy” and its sequel, will star in the new film as a man who encounters the cartoon creatures in Hollywood, Las Vegas and Africa while searching for his missing father and an ancient treasure.
“Gremlins” filmmaker Joe Dante has signed to direct the comedy.
In addition, several new Looney Tunes cartoon shorts will be created to run before other feature movies, said Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president of worldwide production for Warner Bros.
The studio started in the animated-short business in 1930, when it released the first Looney Tunes short, a parody of Disney’s Silly Symphonies titles, but in recent years the cartoons have been limited mainly to television.
“Looney Tunes: Back in Action” begins filming in late July with a planned theatrical debut in November 2003.