Sunday, 31 July 2011
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Never saw this picture before. Lyoto Machida knocking the Ex-Light Heavyweight UFC Champ, Rashad Evans, the Effff Out! Aray!
Along with that release date the trailer for the film has just hit. Get a look at the war film that was many years in the making, after the break.
There is not a damn subtle thing about the script, or so it seems from the dialogue we hear in this trailer. But the action looks fantastic and even with the clunky dialogue I have a feeling this one might play like gangbusters. Seems to me like you'd have to work pretty hard to make a film about these pilots that couldn't move an audience at least a little bit.
Red Tails was in development for over twenty years, and the shooting script was penned by John Ridley in 2007. The film shot under the direction of Anthony Hemingway starting in March 2009.
The cast is largely great; it features Terrence Howard, NeYo, Andre Royo, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., Jazmine Sullivan, Edwina Finley, Daniela Ruah and Stacie Davis.
Some minor controversy came out over the film as rumors flew about reshoots directed by George Lucas -- the official line  was that they were planned reshoots and Mr. Hemingway was not available to helm the reshoots.
Here's the lengthy synopsis:
1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once -- one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base -- leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills -- while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings. Until now.
As the war in Europe continues to take its dire toll on Allied forces, Pentagon brass has no recourse but to reconsider these under-utilized pilots for combat duty. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) awards them the ultimate chance to prove their mettle high above. Undaunted by the prospect of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight -- a mission so dangerous that the RAF has refused it and the white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses -- Easy's pilots at last join the fiery aerial fray. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in a heroic endeavor to combat the enemy -- and the discrimination that has kept them down for so long.
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Check out this website I found at board.okayplayer.com
here's some of my faves:
- He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.
- During the recording of "Smile" on HIStory, Bruce thought it would be great if Michael would sing live with the orchestra. But of course, we didn't tell the players that. We set him up in a vocal booth off to the side. They rehearsed a bit without vocals in, then during the first take Michael sang, just about knocked them out of their chairs.
- I was assisting Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis while they recorded the background vocals for "Scream" with MJ and Janet. The two of them singing together was amazing. Super tight, no bad notes. One part after another. When they took a break they sang the showtunes they used to sing as kids. Again, perfect harmony. Mj refused to sing the "stop f*ckin' with me part" because he would NOT curse.
- We recorded a Christmas song during the summer of '94 that needed a children's choir. Michael insisted that the entire studio be decorated with xmas lights, tree, fake snow and a sled for their recording. And he bought presents for everyone.
There are plenty more but you'll have to link to it to read!
The list of names comes from David Varod, the CEO of the Bulgarian based film company Nu Boyana  who was doing an interview with Novinite  (with a heads up to Collider ) about films that are going to shoot in the country. Here's the exchange:
Novinite: Some very big names have been mentioned recently as very likely to shoot in Bulgaria soon, the likes of Bruce Willis and Silvester Stallone. Is there any development on that?
Varod: Yes, we are definitely going to do that project. It is going to be a sequel the "The Expendables". The shooting is going to take place the second week of September. The movie is on, definitely. It will be a very good thing for Bulgaria, since there are some very big stars coming.
Novinite: Would you disclose some of the names coming for sure?
Varod: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke...who else? Of course, Bruce Willis. The director is Simon West, who is also a name. He is already here and has started working on the film. I believe the sequel will be better than the first movie.
While this certainly sounds legitimate and Nu Boyana is a legitimate studio (the new Conan reportedly shot there too), you can't believe anything 100% until we hear it from the mouth of the beast, in this case Lionsgate. So best to take this with a grain of salt and be cautiously optimistic.
Assuming it's true though, what do you think? Are you excited to see these guys join the team? And are you thinking what I'm thinking, "Where's Steven Seagal?"'
Every Halloween, Universal Studios Hollywood transforms into Halloween Horror Nights and this year not only will Eli Roth himself help design a maze based on his Hostel series, there will be a maze themed around the upcoming prequel to The Thing. They'll both be open from September 23-October 31. Read some additional details after the jump.
Here's the press release on The Thing maze, officially called The Thing: Assimilation:
An abandoned scientific research facility in the midst of a vast and frozen Antarctica will set the stage for ?The Thing,? an all-new horror maze inspired by Universal Pictures? upcoming film, at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood?s Halloween Horror Nights events, which begins on September 23 and continues on select nights through October 31. In the thriller ?The Thing,? paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they?re infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet.
The new haunted house will offer guests an unprecedented first-hand preview of the much-anticipated thriller in advance of its October 14 release. Guests will find themselves in a series of face-to-face encounters with ?The Thing,? an alien creature that can transform itself into an exact replica of any living being. ?The Thing? maze will recreate the spine-chilling suspense from the film, confronting guests with the paranoia and fear that comes from being trapped inside the film?s Antarctic Thule station. The shape-shifting alien could be anywhere or anything. Will they survive?
Eerily authentic, ?The Thing? maze will feature elaborately designed and disturbingly real alien creatures and sets. They will match the film?s terrifying intensity and provoke both a memorable and disturbing experience. Universal?s theme parks have partnered with the film?s producers, Strike Entertainment?s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead) to create an experience that is authentic to the film. The sets, audio, musical score, creature and character references are all based on the thriller.
?We want people to live the film and experience the same terror that affects the film?s characters,? said Newman. ?Our collaboration with Universal?s creative teams brought the vision of the film to life. We?re excited for Halloween Horror Nights guests to experience ?The Thing? in this frighteningly real way.?
And here's the press release on the Hostel maze, officially called Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season:
Eli Roth, the multi-talented director, writer, producer and actor, will adapt his enormously successful "Hostel" film franchise to create "Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season," a twisted new "Halloween Horror Nights maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event begins on September 23 and continues on select nights through October 31.
"Hostel: �Hunting Season," for which Universal will build elaborate sets re-creating locations in Slovakia, will mark the horror auteur and star's first effort at transforming his screen work into a live theme park experience. �The maze will re-imagine the film's dehumanizing torture chambers and send guests on a spiraling journey through the corrupt halls of Elite Hunting's torture factory. �Elite Hunting, a secret society that tortures and kills American youth for sport in exchange for large sums of money, will prowl the factory and prey on its many maze visitors.
Eli Roth, said: "Creating a maze for 'Halloween Horror Nights' is a horror fan's dream come true. I've been visiting 'Halloween Horror Nights' for years, and still remember the heart-pounding terror of going through the mazes for the first time. �For me it was like going inside the world of a movie and experiencing it in a visceral environment that simply cannot be replicated, and in subsequent years I've found I'm just as scared as I was the first time.
"I am so happy to join forces with the creative team at Universal. �Our collaborative vision to bring 'Hostel' to life will give both fans of my movie and horror fans a scare they could never have imagined. �People will have a chance to experience some exact moments from their favorite 'Hostel' scenes, along with some new surprises.
While walking around an abandoned Antarctic research facility with The Thing running around sounds terrifying, the fact that Eli Roth himself is helping with the Hostel maze seems scarier. Especially since, to me, the power of the first film in that series was how much time it spent familiarizing the audience with a seemingly mundane environment before it got nuts.
Have you been to Halloween Horror Nights before? Do these mazes sound cool to you?
For more information, visit the official site .