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Archive for September 2010

SyFy Channel Experiment #2: SHARKTOPUS

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Welcome, gentle friend, to the second SciFi SyFy Channel Experiment.

Tonight: Sharktopus

9:03: “Brie! There’s a shark!” And drinking commences.

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September 26, 2010 at 1:03 am

It Came From My Archives…Small Film Production to Osoyoos: Droop Dead, Eh.

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I’m re-collecting most of my old blog posts here. It’s an attempt to gather most of what I like in one space. This merely amused me.From the Current_Movies Blog.

There are times in every newspaper’s existence that failure simply happens. No matter how valiantly you struggle, hard you push the subject or attempt to get the scoop; you will inevitably fail.

Or if you’re a small-town paper where an uninteresting/Canadian film is shooting and you’re denied access on set, you let your readers know that you’ve failed them. In an editorial titled: DEAR READERS: WE’RE VERY, VERY SORRY

Because we’re only a small, community newspaper without as much clout as large daily newspapers run by big corporations or nightly entertainment shows, we weren’t able to bring you the full story on the movie shoot taking place west of town.
For that, we’re sorry.

It gets better.

…or that, when cameras began to roll last week, we were given a watered down media release and a photograph of Paul Gross while a provincial daily newspaper received access to the set, interviews with the director and producer and a chat with the film’s star.
Now, it’s wonderful this film is being produced on our doorstep.
Cast and crew members are giving a boost to our hospitality industry, local trades people are being employed for the production and Osoyoos is getting some well-deserved attention.
This was a good news story that the Osoyoos Times was ravenous about sharing with curious readers who now know about as much about the production as we do.
Some might say that this argument is coming across as whining in that we didn’t get the same treatment and attention from the production as other media sources.
But this is something happening in our backyard and we played by the rules to keep good relations with the people making this film.

So, this leads me to a very important question: how in the fuck do you pronounce Osoyoos?

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September 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

It Came From My Archives…Stupid Questions Asked By A Real Person: The Wolverine Edition

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. Again, I really hate stupid questions and junket fodder. From Current_Movies Blog.

Sometimes there are moments in the world that beg the question, “How could someone do that?”

These occur with frightening regularity in the world of film junkets and press days with directors, actors and other talent. These are routinely asked at press/online film junkets where talent is delivered into a room filled with all types of people, recorders at the ready, waiting to ask the most mundane, ass-kissing-ist questions known to man.

Unless you’re doing a one-on-one. Those tend to be fine.

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September 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It Came From My Archives…How To Correspond With Robert Rodriguez’ Publicist

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I’m also a huge fan of attacking poorly designed interviews. From the Current_Movies Blog.

Hot on the word that Robert Rodriguez managed to turn an important press event into his important press event, the close-knit cats at Aint It Cool managed to get some neatly scripted PR responses from the Hard R director that funds his CGI-galas off goofy kids’ movies.

So let’s get into the tough questions! Maybe he’ll elaborate more on Rodgriguez’ next film, Nervewracker? Or maybe Rodriguez will explain why he’s doing The Jetsons? Or…

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September 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

It Came From My Archives…Director That Made A Vampire Film Attached to Successful Vampire Franchise

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. I still like this best for my “round-up.”  From the Current_Movies Blog.

You may have heard the news on Current.com/Movies, but a director has been attached to the third film in the Twilight franchise: David Slade. Best known for Hard Candy and adapting 30 Days of Night, Slade will tackle fangs once again with the third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

[Side Note: wtf is up with that title?]

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September 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

It Came From My Archives…4 Favorite Earth Day Films

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. My first list attempt for the blog; it brings a tear to my eye. Also most of the videos I used have been pulled, so oh well. From Current_Movies Blog.

You may be aware that today is the opening of the 7th annual Tribeca Film Festival Earth Day. For all your environmental needs, keep track with Current_Green on Twitter and at Current.com/Green throughout the day. But more importantly, it made us think about our favorite “green” films. So without further ado, we present to you a list of films you should consider while celebrating the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival Earth Day.
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It Came From My Archives…Not Not How A Song About Shade Tippin’ Is Born

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I’ve recently decided to get all my old clips together as I suffered the loss of all my old posts on the original Spout Blog. These are reposts of the original posts on my personal blog so there’ll be a properly formatted version. This would be the first attempt at documenting the behind-the-scenes on The Rotten Tomatoes Show. It was a learning experience solely because I thought the best way to do it was without telling anyone–whoops. From Current_Movies Blog.

http://current.com/e/89987761/en_US

We won’t tell you how we got our hands on this footage or where it’s exactly from. But if you were to expect a song about the fine art of shade tipping at some point on The Rotten Tomatoes Show, then this would be how the magic starts: when Jonah Ray and Brett Erlich get together with an acoustic guitar and a Flickr album.

http://current.com/e/90012148/en_US

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September 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm