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Monday, October 20, 2008

Oscar Update: Best Picture Predix

I was just taking a peak at my very early predictions for this year's upcoming Oscars. Here they are if you forget:

Changeling
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Revolutionary Road
The Soloist


Best Picture: Revolutionary Road

Of course this list doesn't really work anymore.  The Soloist is actually getting pushed to 2009, so that throws that out.  I'm also abandoning Changeling.

I'm actually hearing a lot of good things about TFF (Toronto Film Festival) film, Slumdog Millionaire.  Though, that right now is on the outside looking in along with Australia and Doubt.

Though, I've jumped on The Dark Knight bandwagon.  The other new addition is Milk, which I'm surprised I didn't pick back in February.

Here's my revised list:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Revolutionary Road


Best Picture: Revolutionary Road

The majority of these predictions are on pure speculation of course, but I still think Road is the film to beat.  Anytime I see a film directed by Sam Mendes, produced by Scott Rudin, and starring Leo and Kate, then that looks like a Best Picture frontrunner.  Anyone agree?

The Dark Knight is a tough pick.  The serious contenders are still not released (which gives it an early advantage) and the box office this film racked up was unbelievable.  I actually still can't believe it did as well as it did.  Another reason is that I simply don't foresee this year being like the last, which in my opinion had one of the best, Best Picture nominees in recent memory.  Basically, it's a year when a film like this could possibly sneak in.

I also am exciting and intrigued by Button and Milk equally.  Both trailers make me excited in more ways than one.  One plot is very unique and the other very relevant.  Both directed by heavyweights, David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, respectively.  Both starring heavyweights, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, respectively.  If you can't tell, I like both these films' chances a lot.

Frost/Nixon, while it seems like a strong film, I wouldn't be surprised if it fails expectations.  I'm not that convinced by its power at all.  I don't think the box office will be strong and the cast is not necessarily A-list.  Though it does have Ron Howard and screenwriter, Peter Morgan, behind it.

Keep checking back for more thoughts.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It Really Doesn't Come Easy



As a huge Beatles fan and maybe one of the biggest ones you'll ever meet, I couldn't believe when I heard Ringo Starr filmed a video with him saying that he didn't want anyone to send him fan mail. I work in the film industry and know how fan mail generally works. I know what it does for fans. And, for someone to say don't send me stuff is just plain stupid.

The average person probably doesn't realize that the majority of actors/actresses/musicians/celebrities don't even read their fan mail. Most of them don't sign stuff that is sent in (mostly pictures). Yet, they don't say a damn thing. Why? Because fan mail is a way for some people to feel better about themselves. Some people write about someone being an inspiration. Does Ringo realize that fan mail comes from all ages and all over the world? Hell, it even comes from prison.

I'm disappointed in Ringo and honestly the video was a total mistake. Ringo should realize that even if people send stuff that doesn't mean he has to sign it. He doesn't have to do anything. Anyone who sends fan mail should realize that is a risk when writing to your idol.

The real question should be what the hell is Ringo too busy doing? I hate to say this, but Ringo is a shell of his former self. His concerts are mediocre at best. Yes, he was a Beatle and I'll always respect him for that, but wake up Ringo. You made yourself look like an idiot.

Peace and love, Ringo, peace and love...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Past, The Present, and The Future


Welcome to the past, present, and future of this blog. I posted!?! I know can you believe it? I can't either. I probably won't post for another three months, so enjoy this post while you can. Emotionally become immersed in this post while you read every single word.

The Past: I was a blogging legend. I posted sometimes numerous times a day and people actually read and commented on what I wrote.

The Present: I work way too much. I don't make enough money. I have done things that would make some bloggers envious. Although, let's cut the shit and realize my life isn't sex and candy.

The Future: I have no fucking clue, which makes it somewhat fun and exciting. I'm 23 years old and I have no clue. I have a college degree. I have produced films that are in film festivals. I talk to agents, managers, and big time producers five days a week. I've got drunk with the child star of Free Willy. I greeted Anne Heche and Will Forte in the lobby. I've talked to Zach Braff, Justin Chambers, and Paul Dano. I've even met Jeff Goldblum in a bathroom. And finally, Corey fucking Haim welcomed me to Hollywood (long story).  Yet, the future remains completely wide open.

So, is this blog dead? I don't believe in death. The Oscars are coming up. I'm excited. Are you? I'm going to try to post and talk about them. Maybe not as good as last year, but considering the circumstances, take what you can get.

I don't know if you remember, but I'm the only blogger that lives in walking distance to the Kodak Theatre. I'm right in the center of the action. I'm the fucking man. And, I'm fucking back (I think)!