Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber Win Kids’ Choice Awards Snoop Dogg and Jack Black got covered in green slime…
Justin Bieber won two awards at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in LA on 2 April. Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Selena Gomez also picked up gongs.
Miley took home one of the most coveted awards of the night, Favourite Movie Actress for The Last Song. In her acceptance speech the Can’t Be Tamed singer thanked her co-star and on-off boyfriend Liam Hemsworth for “helping me make movie magic”, fuelling rumours that the pair are back together.
Justin wasn’t at the Awards as he was in Berlin for his My World tour, but he sent thank you messages as Baby won Favourite Song and he was named Favourite Male Singer. Katy Perry got the female equivalent, while Justin’s girlfriend Selena Gomez won the TV Actress category.
Justin Timberlake accepted the Big Help Award for his work with charities, while Johnny Depp won Favourite Movie Actor for Alice In Wonderland. Jaden Smith was on hand as The Karate Kid won Favourite Movie and his sister Willow Smith performed 21st Century Girl and Whip My Hair.
Jack Black hosted the event and opening the show with a performance with the Black Eyed Peas.
As is tradition at the awards ceremony, some unlucky stars got covered in green slime. This year it was Jack Black, Snoop Dogg, Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey and Fergie’s other half Josh Duhamel.
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HOP (Live action-animatedG, 94 minutes) Russell Brand’s Easter romp has one of the cutest bunnies you’ll ever see and plenty of other eye candy among its computer-generated visuals, yet there’s not much bounce to the story behind this inter-species buddy comedy. Letting bad-boy Brand supply the voice of the Easter bunny sounds like a promising way to add spice to a warm and fuzzy family flick. Too bad the movie winds up about as bland as carrot-flavoured jelly beans. Its gooey sentiment and hare-brained gags are likely to appeal only to very young kids. Director Tim Hill trips up on his scattered attempts to inject some hipness for older children and parents. Blending live action and digital animation, the movie features James Marsden as the unwilling human escort for Brand’s screwy rabbit, who has run away from home because he doesn’t want to follow his dad into the family business as the new Easter bunny. The animation is the movie’s strong point, presenting a rainbow-colored world that should satisfy young children’s cinematic sweet tooth, even if the action is sour.
DAVID GERMAIN, Associated Press Movie Writer
INSIDIOUS (Horror, 14A, 101 minutes). James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the director and writer who launched the Saw franchise, return with a traditional haunted house movie. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne move with their kids into a cavernous old mansion that is occupied by a sinister presence that moves things around, slams doors, generates loud sounds and sends their young son into a coma. Lin Shaye plays a psychic called in — bringing two ghostbusters for comic relief. Not a great movie, but delivers what you expect.
SOURCE CODE (Sc-fi thriller, PG, 93 minutes). Jake Gyllenhaal plays a character who finds himself inside the mind of a man aboard a commuter train that will be blown up by a terrorist in eight minutes. By reliving those minutes, can he uncover the secret of a plot even larger and more cruel? Michelle Monaghan is a woman on the train who shares the eight minutes with him, more than once. The “science” behind the story is preposterous, but never mind; director Duncan Jones (Moon) has devised an ingenious and appealing thriller.
If thrillers are your favorite kind of movie, there’s a new one in Carson City that more than beats most of the recent examples; it’s “Source Code” and is at the Casino Fandango Galaxy multiplex.
The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal at Capt. Colter Stevens, who wakes up on a Chicago commuter trail sitting opposite Michelle Monaghan as Christina, a friendly woman with a pleasant smile. Stevens fumbles around until suddenly there is an explosion (the only one, although it is repeated again and again as part of the plot) and the train explodes.
Stevens finds himself in a chamber with a TV screen, where he is interrogated by Air Force Capt. Goodwin (Vera Farmiga) and discovers he is part of a source code. (Don’t worry about what a source code is, though it is a command that computer programmers use in creating software.)
Seems that by the code the subject (Stevens in this case) can go back to a different body during the last eight minutes of that body’s life. So Stevens does so, trying to find the bomb that has been planted on the train. Reason the Air Force is doing this is to find out about a nuke someone is planning to set off in Chicago after the train explosion.
Stevens finally finds the train bomb but only removes one cell phone bomb trigger; he has to do it a second time and gets punched about for his troubles. He finally identifies the bomber and tips off the Army, which stops the nuke and arrests the bad guy.
But it seems that Stevens is really not quite dead in Afghanistan but is kept alive for future events. So how does this leave him with Christina, with whom he has fallen in love? Don’t worry, quantum mechanics comes to the rescue, just don’t ask questions.
This is a well-done thriller without car chases and, as mentioned, only one explosion, perfectly logical given the plot line. Direction by Duncan Jones is crisp and the cast is just right for the story. Technical execution is dazzling, as we’ve come to expect from thrillers.
There’s a neatness about this one (OK, so the science is kind of wacky and it’s best not to think about it all too deeply) that rivals that fine Clooney film “The American.” Jake and Michelle touch off sparks and Vera is a fine Air Force captain (spoken by me once upon a time).
And the photography is spectacular, showing Chicago off beautifully, including that city park next to the Art Institute. And and commuter trains were never as nifty back in the days when I was riding them. If you lived or worked in Chicago, these shots make the movie well worthwhile without the actors.
As thrillers go, this one goes well. See and enjoy.
— Sam Bauman
— Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens
— Michelle Monaghan as Christina
— Vera Farmiga as Colleen Goodwin
— Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Rutledge
— Cas Anvar as Hazmi
— Russell Peters as Max Denoff
— Michael Arden as Derek Frost
— Scott Bakula as Stevens’ father (voice cameo)
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Produced by: Mark Gordon, Jordan Wynn and Philippe Rousselet
Written by: Ben Ripley
Music by: Chris P. Bacon
Cinematography: Don Burgess
Editing by: Paul Hirsch
Rated: PG-13, runs about 97 minutes
In a rambling two-story loft on the South Side, Paul Fireman is changing the way major publishers sell their books to readers.
Borrowing a marketing tool from the film industry, he began to produce video trailers to promote books a few years ago. He created one for “PostSecret,” which grew out of a project by a writer who had invited people to send him anonymous postcards with a secret they were willing to share. The video is a slideshow of the postcards with their brief messages — “My mom chose my stepdad over me” “Jail isn’t anything like the movies” –with poignant music in the background and narration by the author, Frank Warren, describing the project.
It worked. It has gotten more than 2 million views on YouTube, and the hits are still streaming in.
“What is truly remarkable is that the videos live on, so they continue to market the books,” said Mr. Fireman, head of Fireman Creative, a creative communications and technology firm. “I just read comments left this year for a video posted four years ago.”
Fireman Creative, like other marketing firms, is now producing and promoting trailers for many of its publishing clients. Much like their movie counterparts, these videos function as short teasers designed to hook readers by giving them a dramatic short preview of the story.
The trailers are typically between two and five minutes long and usually are found on YouTube and publishers’ websites. Some trailers feature re-created scenes from the book to tease viewers; others showcase the author reading from his or her work, or depict images associated with the book.
The trailers are one new tool used in conjunction with the traditional methods of print advertising, author tours and bookstore displays.
Publishers of all sizes, including Fireman Creative’s clients, are embracing social media by calling on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to promote their authors and their books. In addition to trailers, many publishing houses now promote books via social media and live-streaming web events.
“Social media is reshaping the way we communicate and publishers are quickly embracing new tools to engage readers,” said Mr. Fireman, a 46-year-old resident of Squirrel Hill.
Mr. Fireman founded his company in 2001 after working in advertising and marketing in New York City. He and his staff of 14 work with technology companies, real estate developers, museums, community based nonprofits and publishing houses to craft marketing strategies to reach bigger audiences.
Trailers and web events began in an effort to reach more readers and to stave off high marketing expenses. Traditional book promotions can be costly, so trailers often perform the same function at a fraction of the cost.
The trailers, coupled with a strong online media presence, are effective, said Shawn Nicholls, director of online marketing at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins and a client of Fireman Creative.
“While we are selective in terms of producing and distributing videos, there are opportunities to create original video content for authors with a strong social media platform,” he said.
“These can be interviews or dramatic book trailers. When working with an author with an established fan base, the content not only energizes existing followers, but gets passed around rapidly and views increase exponentially.”
Mr. Fireman agrees.
“We live in a world of images, so it’s hard to grab people’s attention. The impact of using visuals to entice people to read and buy a book makes [trailers] an effective medium,” he said.
For many publishers, promotional videos are a piece of the social media puzzle, but not the focus. Graywolf Press, an independent publisher based in Minneapolis, doesn’t produce book trailers for its authors, but actively promotes ones that authors produce themselves.
Graywolf promotes these book trailers through social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
“Right now we’re focusing on creating a new website and blog [for Graywolf] and once we have that in place, we’re hoping to branch out into other forms of social media, including book trailers,” said Erin Kottke, publicity director for Graywolf.
Algonquin Books’ Online and Paperback marketing director Michael Taeckens believes that social media matters because of the high volume of users.
“It’s where all of the people are; they’re on Facebook, they’re on Twitter and YouTube. These are excellent marketing tools because of this,” he said.
The boom of social media traffic has prompted Algonquin to shift some of its marking focus toward online media, but it’s not moving away from traditional media.
Mr. Taeckens said he views social media as an addition to, not a replacement for, traditional promotions.
Using Fireman’s firm, Algonquin recently began promoting its book club via streaming video events where viewers can watch author interviews, email questions to the authors and buy their books online.
The club features 25 paperback editions from the publisher’s stock, including “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “In the Time of Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez.
According to Pamela Spengler-Jaffee, senior director of publicity at Avon Books, these events work.
“We are able to bring hundreds, even thousands, of additional ‘virtual’ attendees to a book signing. If the store has set up the capability for online attendees to order signed copies of the book, we can accrue hundreds of additional book sales from the event. It’s a win-win-win. The author is happy. The fans are happy. The bookstore is ecstatic,” she said.
Fireman Creative designed and implemented Vivo, a web-streaming service for these and other marketing events.
Mr. Fireman stresses that it’s the interactive element of social media that readers — and publishers — love. Fans are able to engage their favorite writers on a more personal level through Twitter, Facebook, and now via interactive live events.
“Social media [results] aren’t always tangible, but you can feel momentum growing around a book on Twitter and other online outlets,” said Graywolf’s Ms. Kottke. “We’ve gotten booksellers and publishers to notice a book and really start a conversation through social media outlets.”
Review Of Source Code Movie, Jake Gyllenhaal reliving the past, it looks for the answer on the thriller Source Code, James Marsden gets to the Passover (Candy) Hop spirit, and the horror film is coming home from the Insidious. Directed by Duncan Jones, who previously worked at his magic in the film Moon, source code is a dramatic thriller that stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, a decorated soldier who has been assigned to work in a top-level government experiment. What bothers Colter, that he did not remember how he got into the experiment in the first place.
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Colter’s latest mission is to work in the “Source Code”, which allows him to relive the last eight minutes in the life of another person to help solve the question of who set off the explosion of a commuter train. If Colter can solve that question, there is hope for a response can be avoided even greater purpose than a threat to Chicago for a second much more awesome explosion.
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Relive the last eight minutes of a man’s life over and over again, Colter hunting for the answers, but he discovers a woman named Christina, played by Michelle Monaghan, who may end up causing the soldier divert from his mission.
So, after auditioning on a whim last summer for Steve Tatone’s new film “Beautiful Noise,” I was delighted to learn I had landed the role of record producer Mick Jonas in the movie.
“Beautiful Noise,” shot completely in Sarasota and South Florida, tells the story of a free-spirited young singer in search of a reclusive, aging pop-rock icon from the 1960s. It stars Danielle White as Dez, the young singer, Kimber Cleveland as Candy, her rocker friend, and Jay White as Noah, the reclusive pop star. My character, loosely based on legendary record producer Rick Rubin, serves as a link between the three, helping to launch Candy’s career and resurrect Noah’s.
After principal filming was completed last fall, Tatone submitted the movie to the Sarasota Film Festival, which granted it an unprecedented six screenings at this year’s event at Hollywood 20 theater.
I’ve been an actor for 35 years, under the professional name of Steve Carroll. After working Off-Broadway, I later played the role of Dr. Matt Rawlins on the soap opera “One Life To Live” for about four years. Lately, I’ve done work in commercials, voiceovers, industrial films and a lot of regional theater.
When I first read the script to “Beautiful Noise,” I was alarmed that much of the movie consisted of songs. At the first cast read-through, the director said the songs originally were all Neil Diamond songs, which was the reason he titled the movie after a Diamond song. That changed when Diamond would not sign off, so original songs were written.
But my fears were calmed when I met my director and co-stars on my first day of filming. Everyone seemed so laid-back and happy.
Then it was time to film my big scene. The setting was Top Secret Studios, a recording studio in Sarasota. Mick Jonas, who has heard Candy sing in a rock club, is trying to inspire her to harness the same energy and talent he heard in the club and turn it loose in the recording studio. She is reluctant.
“The gods have conspired to bring us all to this time and place,” I thundered at her. “It’s not our job to question the universe! It’s our job to respect the muse when she so inspires and then embrace the moment.”
What happened next was pure magic. Kimber let go with her song “Sorry,” and from that moment on, I was hooked. This movie was going to work, if for no other reason than by the sheer force of the songwriting and performing talents of Kimber, Danielle and Jay.
Any lingering doubts I had about the movie were completely washed away when Tatone invited the cast to a screening of the rough cut in late January. I was truly amazed at how the new, original songs help tell the story and move the plot forward.
As I eagerly anticipate our premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 9, I’m filled with gratitude that I had an opportunity to be part of this daring and rewarding project that is truly filled with an ocean of “beautiful noise,” and how thankful I am to be an actor.
An user at IMDb is revealing maybe the final cut to the Thor movie. As i say in the headline its just a rumor. While i was trolling on the X-MEN FIRST CLASS forums [:)]at IMDb i found a particular topic on the Thor forums at the same page. This IMDb user called TheSteroidsBenoitHorribleness gives no source, anyway looks a little legit but remember its just a rumor, so… SPOILERS AHEAD SO DON’T GET SPOILED IF YOU DON’T WANT TO !!!!!!!!
Here we go:
“Beware of them BIG SPOILERS:
The 191 page script, dated March 26th 2010, seems to confirm that the Asgardians will have a unique dialect. While, it has been stated Old English will not be used, this version of the script confirms maybe some sort of mixture of languages. Perhaps, some classic lines from the comics are used such as “I say thee nay,” “Have at thee villain,” and “Thou shalt pay for thy cowardly blow.”
Ant-Man is mentioned. I believe it was stated as being “Dr. Pym.” That would be (Giant-Man) Dr. Hank Pym. This makes sense as Pym was the first Ant-Man. However, we could always see Scott Lang take over the role with Pym becoming Giant-Man (as Pym and Iron Man reform Lang). Or Scott O’Grady who was a lowly SHIELD agent before becoming the human insect. There is a lot of interest in this character in that Ant-Man has been mentioned to make a cameo in The Avengers – and a movie of his own has been rumored for the past few years. Now, it may be coming to fruition.
A pioneer in gamma radiation is mentioned. This is most likely Bruce Banner aka The Hulk. Will Mark Ruffalo be making an appearance? Gotta assume so, as Ruffalo is playing the gamma-irradiated scientist in the Avengers. We know from statements made by Chris Hemsworth that the Avengers battle among themselves. This could directly lead in to the Avengers movie – as some thing the Hulk to be an adversary to the Avengers!
Hawkeye is mentioned. The script confirms a cameo. Jeremy Renner is to play Hawkeye in The Avengers movie. If this script stands, it looks like Clint Barton will be showing up!
Hydra. I’m not sure on this one, but comments have been made about Hydra, the criminal organization dedicated to the achievement of world domination. This certainly fits as Hydra is reported to play a part in the upcoming Captain America movie.
Updated: A poster at the SuperHeroHype message boards revealed the following:
The movie starts on Earth with Jane Foster watching some anomalies in the sky. Things get crazy, so she and her colleagues Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Selvig (old Norwegian guy) get in their cat to leave and run over Thor. She says “Where did he come from” and it goes to a voice over from Heimdall, which introduces Asgard.
Asgard starts with Thor about to be crowned king by Odin, who is close to going into the Odinsleep. The ceremony is interrupted by Frost Giants trying to steal an artifact, but they are killed by the Destroyer (who seems to do whatever the king wishes, but is not controlled by a host like the comics).
Thor is pissed at the attempted theft and wants to attack the Frost Giants. Odin says no, but Loki eggs him on. So Thor, Sif, Loki and the Warriors Three head to Jutenheim to kick ass. Things go to hell and Odin comes saves them. He is pissed at Thor and they get into an argument, then he takes Thor’s powers and hammer and sends him to Earth.
Cut to Thor getting hit by the car. He wakes up and is all confused and acts like a dick and seems crazy, so he gets Tasered by Darcy. Then they take him to a hospital. He wakes up there and eventually they come back for him (I won’t get into it all). He is very arrogant and no one likes him. Meanwhile Mjolnir has landed on Earth (Odin threw it after Thor after reciting the “whoever lifts this hammer…. if he be worthy” line) and when Thor hears about it, he wants to get it. The locals have been having contests to lift it (no one can), but the site is now taken over by SHIELD. Thor breaks in and beats up all the SHIELD guys, then goes to the hammer, but can’t lift it. Clint Barton is in this scene as a sharpshooter about to take out Thor (who is mortal), but doesn’t do it because Thor gives himself up to the agents, all dejected.
Meanwhile on Asgard, Odin tells Loki that he was actually a frost giant that Odin found after a big battle and adopted. Loki gets all upset, but then Odin collapses into the Odinsleep. Loki is next in line, so he takes over. The Warriors Three figure out that it was Loki who let the Frost Giants in to Asgard, but he has Odin’s staff and power now, so they can’t do anything and decide to head to Earth to find Thor. Loki cuts a deal with the king of the Frost Giants (his real father) to divide up the 9 realms. He then visits Thor in the SHIELD holding facility and tells him that Odin died and he can’t reverse the banishment. Thor buys it and is all dejected.
On Earth, Jane and crew get SHIELD to release Thor, claiming that he is their colleague Dr. Donald Blake (the name of Jane’s ex-boyfriend, not shown in the movie). This works, but only because SHIELD wants to follow them. They just hang out for a while and Thor is all humble and nice now. He and Jane start to fall in love.
Loki sends the Destroyer to Earth to kill Thor, but first kills some SHIELD guys like in the comic con footage. The Warriors Three and Sif (who found him) try to fight, but get their butts kicked. Thor tries to fight it, but is human so he gets near killed with one punch. The destroyer is about to finish him off when the hammer comes flying to Thor and he is a god again (also cut to a scene with Odin’s eye shedding a single tear while sleeping). Thor has his armor and cape again and destroys the destroyer. The script has him flying in this scene. Then Thor, Sif and the Three head to Asgard.
Meanwhile, Loki lets the Frost King in to kill the sleeping Odin, but then double crosses him and kills him (Frost king) instead. He’s all proud of himself now, but Thor shows up and they fight. Loki tries to blow up Jotenheim with energy of the rainbow bridge, but Thor stops him by breaking the Rainbow Bridge. Odin (now awake) shows up to save the two brothers from falling off the bridge, but Loki lets go and falls into oblivion (until the sequel).
The movie ends with Thor stuck in Asgard, but longing for Jane Foster.
I’ve left out a lot, but here are the cool parts:
- the rainbow bridge
- Thor flies
- Powerless Thor in custody and being visited by Loki in “modern clothes”, kind of like Ultimate Thor
- Dr. Pym gets a mention
- Hawkeye is a SHIELD sniper (with a rifle)
- Sif and the Warriors Three are straight out of the comic
- Odin rides an 8 legged horse, like the comic
- Heimdall is awesome
- Frost Giants seem to be done well
- Human Thor is done well
- the Don Blake reference is good
- script mentions Stan Lee cameo
- Banner (the Hulk) is not referred by name
More details I’ve found out:
The Tesseract is mentioned – cosmic cube referred to in the Captain America movie!
Hydra is mentioned.
A SHIELD Agent Garret is referred to. Former SHIELD, now human cyborg, John Garret from Daredevil, Elektra and Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors?
Tony Stark/Iron Man gets a reference with the Destroyer Armor.”
What do you think? RUMOR or NOT TO BE RUMOR? I guess we’ll have to wait until the thunderous arrive of Thor on theaters.
WonderCon attendees got a heaping helping of Green Lantern movie footage yesterday during the film’s official panel. If you weren’t able to get into the event, you likely squirmed as attending friends reacted to the preview across your favorite social networks with comments like, “This is way better than the first trailer.” An abridged (but still beefy at four minutes long) reel of the fabled footage up to view, and by golly, our nerdy brethren were right. It’s space leaps and cosmic bounds beyond what we’ve seen up until this point. Check it out after the cut.
Taking on a far more serious tone than its preceding trailer, the new WonderCon footage acts as a more Green Lantern Corps-centric origin story for the hero. Instead of portraying Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) mostly as a goofball, he’s cast a potentially noble human caught in a clear intergalactic struggle. Abin Sur, Sinestro, Tomar-Re and other GLs get a lot of camera time and seem comfortable in their CGI skin, which is key given the footage is available at 1080. Even Hector Hammond’s massive dome looks less goofy! All around, the new footage a nice change of pace that definitely caters to the higher standards of the comics crowd.
Check out the new footage below to see what you make of it:
Yesterday, during the day celebrated with people playing all kinds of foolishness, The Realm Toys reported something that today, may have been overlooked as prank! The overall report suggested that Clerks director Kevin Smith was in talks to helm DC & Warner Bros’ big-screen adaption of The Flash.
During the course of our night our friend mentioned to us that Director Kevin Smith has been tapped by WB to direct and possibly write The Flash movie. Right away I called bull shit on our friend because as we all know Kevin Smith recently announced at Sundance that he was retiring from directing. According to our friend, Kevin is seriously considering the potential job because of the amount of money WB is offering, especially if he can deliver a script they’re happy with.
Well today, Gregory Littley, a Branding Consultant, Creative director and familiar source, tweeted what may suggest the above report being legitimate after all.
The “Rock of Ages” movie has hit another high note: The upcoming big-screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical has finally found its leading man.
According to Vulture, Diego Gonzalez Boneta will play the role of aspiring rocker Drew Bowie in the ’80s-era flick. Boneta, who began his career as a singer in Mexico, previously appeared as pop star Javier Luna on “90210″ and country-club employee Alex Santiago on “Pretty Little Liars.”
As Marquee already reported, “Rock of Ages” tells the story of small-town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough), who moves to Hollywood with dreams of being an actress. She takes a job at the Bourbon Room, which is owned by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin), and catches the eye of Drew (Boneta).
After she has an affair with bad-boy rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), an upset Drew gets her fired and Sherrie takes a job as a stripper at a gentleman’s club owned by Justice (Mary J. Blige). Sherrie eventually gives up exotic dancing to find true love.
Are you looking forward to the “Rock of Ages” movie?