24/02/2009

tuesday thoughts (jackman, oscars, trailers, new scream movies and van damme film!)

Bags under my eyes, slowly starting to repair and overall good mood....That sums me up this morning..! Very stressful week, however its all self inflicted stress, so one cannot complain! Having bad hearing is very annoying when waiting for parcel delivery.

Trawling the press and the online news this morning allows me a glance into Oscar reactions, and confirmation that most of the results were unsurprising. I’ve left it a couple of days as I really wanted to talk about the presenter rather than the winners. Hugh Jackman did a good job, interacting with the surprisingly close crowd, and making a nice point about superhero movies in his opening number. Other highlights were Anne Hathaway’s voice, and Mickey Rourke’s hair impersonation (you have to see it).

So for you that haven’t seen it here is the opening number. Worth sitting through the chat, just over ten minutes in total.



The highlights of the show were I believe Jackman’s routines, and also whilst it is still on Youtube, you can catch the cool duet with Beyonce, featuring all the favoured songs. Very well directed indeed.

I liked the show and had a tinge of regret for Mickey Rourke, who did quite a heart felt interview the week previously on UK TV. We always seem to get the more honest side of actors, or at the very least that appears to be the case when they come on certain UK shows to do interviews. Perhaps the marketing men are briefing the actors to be more honest (is that cynical?) . The interview was heartfelt, and subjects as diverse as steroids and sadness were touched on with compassion.

Other wins I guess were unsurprising, however I am ecstatic that Slumdog did so well, a British film (if we forget the debate about funding etc) and a great director in Boyle were rewarded for doing some interesting work. Kate Winslet of course has to be commended, in an underrated film, and once more I am really sorry for Rourke.


On actors honesty?

The honesty that Rourke and showed in recent TV appearances gave me a flash back to Tom Cruise promoting War of the Worlds. A certain presenter looked him straight in the eye and asked “aren’t you too old to do action films?” wasn’t sure if Tommy boy appreciated the dry sense of humour, and answered with a serious reply about “How he kept in shape!”.
“But your nearly 50 !” the presented continued…Classic.......
"erm i'm only about 45........." poor old Tom

I strongly recommend you take the time to watch William Shatner below, in this fantastically comical interview again with Jonathon Ross on his Friday night show. All of it is on Youtube, but the highlight is the ape story below.
This is an example of great mischeviousness from too big kids who have too much time and love the camera! Classic Shatner talking about his gorilla work, got to love the expression on the hosts face.



Well, other than our UK cable TV stations running “Classic Oscar” season films (re-run re-run) we are having some quiet TV time that always fills the Spring Schedules. Even the inbox is a little quiet, and news that isn’t really news, seems to be being upgraded to fully fledged insider info!

So of interest for me in recent weeks



1. Tom Jones at last lets his hair go white


2. Scream 4, 5, 6 are to be penned. (hmm liked the first one, and perhaps its sequel….(could be called scream 4; are you bored Sidney?)

3. Van Damme has decided to ride his wave of cool by doing a sequel to Bloodsport
4. The mutant Chronicles finally gets relesed! Yay!



Love you kids and thanks for all the comments and thoughts !

Newman

7 comments:

  1. Scream 4, 5 and 6? I heard about 4 but really, they all kinda stunk after the first one.
    Saw Mutant Chronicles at a film fest last year, started out great but I was disappointed by the ending. They just kinda lost me after awhile.
    And for the love of all that is holy, Jean Claude is gonna take what I thought was a great performance in JCVD and turn that comeback into Bloodsport 2? What is he thinking!

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  2. I liked the whole Broadway feel to the Oscars. For once it felt less like a snoozer, and more like a SHOW. Yeah, for Hugh Jackman and his proclamation at the end of the opening number....."I aaaaaaaaaaam Woooooolverine!"

    Hilarious.

    *sigh* Jean Claude. Hope this isn't a nightmare. If he can still spin kick, there is hope.

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  3. I too was rooting for Mickey. And yes, Anne H has a great voice.

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  4. Blockbloggers12:50

    I'm not too big on the Oscars but Hugh Jackman was great. Scream is making a 4, 5, and a 6th are you kidding me? I only liked the first one too. If Van Damme is making a new Bloodsport, that should be interesting to see if he still has it.

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  5. Hi! Thank you! The opening number dance routines cracked me up. I reluctantly watched the shatner one, as I've had sort of a star trek phobia--hysterical! I see Mr. Shatner in a whole new light.

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  6. Blockbloggers11:52

    I'm not too big on the Oscars but Hugh Jackman was great. Scream is making a 4, 5, and a 6th are you kidding me? I only liked the first one too. If Van Damme is making a new Bloodsport, that should be interesting to see if he still has it.

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  7. Scream 4, 5 and 6? I heard about 4 but really, they all kinda stunk after the first one.
    Saw Mutant Chronicles at a film fest last year, started out great but I was disappointed by the ending. They just kinda lost me after awhile.
    And for the love of all that is holy, Jean Claude is gonna take what I thought was a great performance in JCVD and turn that comeback into Bloodsport 2? What is he thinking!

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