Monday, April 28, 2008

“Street Kings” review

The foul-mouthed, generically named Street Kings, starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, is a campy slice of stale anti-heroism. Sometimes, lines are so awful it's impossible not to laugh.
None of this is really the cast's fault. The script and direction are terrible, though it manages to crawl up out of the gutter into a credible plot. Street Kings actually has its moments. They're as rare as the number of honest cops in this corrupt police lineup.
Reeves, solid as ever and fine for this type of role, is a cop sleeping with his gun like he's on chronic night watch. He's grimy, he's on guard, and his days are a chore filled with spent beer bottles on the kitchen counter.
In case the malevolence is missed, the extremely loud Street Kings depicts a dreary Los Angeles, where the sun, like the residents, particularly policemen, is always going down, down, down. Street Kings makes its cousin, The Departed, look like a family matinee.
When Reeves' detective encounters a Korean brute during an undercover deal, the thug and the badge hurl insults at one another like a couple of backstage understudies. A reeve throws a racial tantrum and the Korean calls Reeves "a faggoty nigger." Do gangbangers really talk like this? The ultimate target of this exchange is equally sensationalistic: twin children as sex slaves.
The Reeves chap, part of a corrupt ring led by top cop Whitaker, looking like he showed up for a part in The Godfather, is caught in a bad way when his ex-partner (Terry Crews) is gunned down in the movie's most conspicuous plot turn. The only one who doesn't instantly get the extremely obvious plot point is the Reeves character.
From there, the severely deprived Street Kings carries on, piling on racial epithets, characters and subplots, including a pointless sub drama about a dead wife that screams to be cut from the script. As Reeves tries to toe the corruption line, hold Internal Affairs at bay and get a fix on a new addition to the force (Chris Evans), the action moves toward two criminals known as Fremont and Coates.
As anti-hero Reeves maintains a passive, lifeless posture somewhere between Whitaker's heavy and Internal Affairs, the screen is littered with bad writing and bad acting. Reeves, Whitaker and the cast—among them Jay Mohr and a slew of familiar faces—do their best but only steady Evans, Reeves and Naomie Harris escape the slapfest.
Lines about vaginal swabs, blowback from the Korean community and an over-the-top climax for Whitaker (also overacting in the gimmicky Vantage Point), in which he declares himself something like king of the world, make Street Kings look like an episode of Starsky and Hutch if it were swiped by a jacked up Huggy Bear. Since every character is either bad or well on his way and up to here in excess, Street Kings achieves its goal of being the anti-Untouchables; police are uniformly portrayed as pigs and, as usual, any exceptions end up six feet under.
Parts of it are bearable, there's the unintended humor, it follows its own logic and Street Kings probably looks better after a few martinis। A chase involving the Evans character and a thug is exciting—Reeves' cop puts a stop to it in the movie's best scene—and a refrigerator-driven blood spat smacks a criminal down with style when it counts. Street Kings slithers and sloshes in blood, guts—with not one but two lengthy throat-gurgling deaths—and badness. "Serious overkill," one character deadpans and he might as well be describing this bunch of malarkey.
U.S. Release Date: April 11, 2008
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Chris Evans, Hugh Laurie, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris
Running Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes
MPAA Rating: R (strong violence and pervasive language)
(Courtesy: Box Office Mojo)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

World’s most glamorous actress Megan Fox

Megan Denise Fox, (Born May 16, 1986) is an American Actress and model.
Fox's career in modeling and acting began with her winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She began her acting with the film Holiday in the Sun (2001), later appearing in the films Confessions of Teenage Drama Queen, Crimes of Fashion, and the TV series The Help (2004). She is well known for her roles on the television series Hope & Faith (2004) and in the 2007 FILM Transformers.
Fox was dubbed "the sexiest woman in the world" for 2008 in a non-scientific online poll conducted by the men's magazine FHM.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hollywood Box Office Records (April 17, 2008)

Average weekend predictions of 362 players:
1. 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' - $21.6 million
2. 'The Forbidden Kingdom' - $17.4 million
3. 'Prom Night' - $9.0 million
4. '88 Minutes' - $8.6 million
5. 'Street Kings' - $7.0 million
6. '21' - $6.8 million
7. 'Nim's Island' - $5.7 million
8. 'Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!' - $3.9 million
9. 'Leatherheads' - $3.5 million
10. 'Smart People' - $2.5 million

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hollywood comedy flick “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”

Production stills from the latest Judd Apatow comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Kristen Bell, Jason Segal, Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill and more.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hollywood film “88 Minutes” Synopsis and gallery

Synopsis: On the eve of a brutal serial killer’s scheduled execution, a new murder bearing his signature takes place, raising doubts about his guilt and casting suspicion on Dr. Jack Gramm, the celebrated forensic psychiatrist whose testimony led to his conviction. When Gramm receives a cryptic phone call saying he has just 88 minutes to live, it ignites a race against the clock to identify the copycat killer from among a throng of possible suspects--including some of those closest to him.
(Courtesy: Sony Pictures)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Top 10 Disappointing films on Hollywood -for 2008

1. Meet the Spartans (1/25/08) If you’re wondering how low movies can possibly go, then by all means proceed to watch Meet the Spartans, the low point of the year, if not the decade. Otherwise, even the most ardent masochists have no excuse to subject themselves to this movie. There exists no hyperbole harsh enough to describe the disgust this spoof arouses--when it’s supposed to arouse laughter! The running jokes about 300 aren't even grin-worthy, not to mention completely passé since it's been almost a year, but the attempts at humor in between--targeting gays, dead celebs, bodily functions...the usual--are disturbingly unfunny. If a group of middle-school YouTubers came up with this garbage, it'd still seem immature. But these dudes, the idiots behind Scary / Epic / Date / Superhero Movie, are grown men. Frightening.
Penalty: Meet the Spartans shall be submitted to film schools everywhere and featured prominently in a course called "How to Survive in the Film Industry with Zero Talent." Separately, spoofs altogether shall be laid to rest, thanks completely to Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who have robbed the sub-genre of its humor and continue to do so far too frequently.
2. The Hottie and the Nottie (2/8/08)
2. Paris Hilton is probably good at something (she just has to be!), but acting simply ain’t it, despite her irritating attempts to prove otherwise. However, The Hottie and the Nottie, which would also be a shoo-in for a list of worst movie titles, isn’t only a victim of its performances. The movie is an equal-opportunity failure, a mean-spirited, unfathomably crass concept with even worse execution and nary a redeeming quality from start to finish. In fact, you’re likely to walk away (before it ends) with somehow less respect for ParisPenalty: If Paris Hilton insists on continuing with her “acting” career, it must either be in a cameo or reality-show capacity--a la The Simple Life, which Paris! Hilton herself has admitted is fake. Of course, there’s always porn…
3. Witless Protection (2/22/08)
Obviously, any time there is a Larry the Cable Guy vehicle in the works, you can comfortably pencil it in for these “worst” lists--even before it goes into production. The Cable Guy clearly makes movies for his fans, not to extinguish some artistic fire that burns deep within his soul--which is fine. But, um, just who are these phantom fans? Next to no one showed up for Witless Protection, his lowest grosser to date (2006’s Health Inspector is his highest…at $15 million). It’s no wonder: Witless was kinda light on fart/bowel jokes and heavy on male semi-nudity! Penalty: Larry the Cable Guy shall henceforth self-finance his wretched movies and give away DVD copies of them to audience members on his Blue Collar Comedy Tour upon request. (He allegedly has fans on that circuit.)
4. One Missed Call (1/4/08)
How ‘bout that: Three months, three horrific remakes of (presumably) terrific Asian originals. But One Missed Call has both The Eye and Shutter beat in terms of chronology and sheer badness. Congrats! French director Eric Valette’s anemic American debut should be the last of a dead breed of J-horror remakes, but we all know that won’t happen, so let’s take solace in the fact that they have nowhere to go but up. As for Missed Call, it’s the same old story: The scares are nonexistent, and the casting is a joke. Ed Burns’ guest-starring role on Entourage had to be more fulfilling than this. Penalty: See Nos. 8 and 10.
5. Jumper (2/14/08)
5. Jumper, like Fool’s Gold and 10,000 B.C., was certainly not as reviled by moviegoers as it was by critics--all three movies performed fairly well at the box office--but history has taught us that there is no correlation between quality of movie and quantity of money made. Doug Liman (director of Swingers, for chrissakes!) made history repeat itself with his fruitless attempt at neo-sci-fi. Jumper’s convoluted story was perpetuated by the director’s tendency to, well, jump on to the next scene before we could grasp what the hell was going on--which was probably for the best. But Hayden Christensen… as a hero? Let’s just say it’s never a good sign when you’re rooting against the movie’s hero. And do not get me started on Samuel L.Jackson.s platinum hair!
Penalty: The next casting director to confuse Hayden Christensen for James Franco shall be relegated to assistant to the production secretary. Hire Christensen for the indies and Franco for the blockbusters. How hard is it to remember?!
6. Fool’s Gold (2/8/08)
Audiences are so head-over-heels in love with the idea of Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson as a couple that they’d see just about anything featuring McConauhudson--and Fool’s Gold is Exhibit A. Clearly the two have chemistry with each other and a rapport with (mostly female) moviegoers, but why, oh why, must the story that holds them together in this collaboration be so effin' far-fetched? We like our romantic-comedy escapism simple and stupid, not complex and stupid! After all, it’s not like McConaughey needs to go on an elaborate treasure hunt to take his shirt off. Penalty: Matthew McConaughey MUST make a movie in which his shirt remains on the whole time. Then, the percentage decrease in the amount of female moviegoers must somehow be calculated in order to ascertain the exact worth of those freakishly tanned pectorals. It’s a socio-cinematic experiment!
7. 10,000 B.C. (3/7/08)
For Ronald Emmerich, director of such cerebral, pensive masterworks as Godzilla (the remake) and The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 B.C. marked something of an artistic high point, which for any other director would be considered a career low point. In other words, the movie still stunk, just maybe a drop less than his previous efforts (although Independence Day is admittedly great popcorn fun). The story is predictably ludicrous and the acting over-the-top, but when you pay to see a Ronald Emmerich movie, you at least expect dazzling special effects. 10,000 B.C’s, however, look as primitive as the Mesolithic period it depicts. Penalty: Ronald Emmerich may continue making movies with multizillion-dollar budgets, but under one condition: A miniscule portion of that money must go towards a script revisionist!
8. Shutter (3/21/08)
Another month, another Asian-horror remake, same--nay, worse result! Whereas The Eye peppers its running time with an occasional twist, the abysmal Shutter is a by the book Americanized adaptation, which is to say laughable when it’s supposed to be frightening. Although former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson is a little bit scary--scary bad! See the movie’s poster, skip the movie.
Penalty: See No 10
9. Over Her Dead Body (2/1/08)
Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs…This was a dream cast even on paper, was it not? Yeah, maybe not. Thus Dead Body had one strike against it pre-release thanks to a group of mismatched actors (although to Biggs’s credit and our relief, his role in the movie is short-lived). But our way-low expectations turned out to be much too high after sitting through a romantic comedy that offers no believable romance or comedy--or chemistry! Penalty: The next time someone writes a movie as god-awful as John Tucker Must Die (that would be Jeff Lowell), he shall be blacklisted, not promoted to director on his next movie!
10. The Eye (2/1/08)

This import of the 2002 Japanese horror film of the same name, although creepy in concept and occasionally jarring visually, failed to deliver a single scare. One theory is that Jessica Alba, whose decidedly unscary face and body we have seen on the cover of nearly every magazine, in a horror movie is oxymoronic. But frankly, this Eye wouldn’t have worked any matter which actress played its visually challenged damsel in distress.Penalty: Screenwriters shall be banned from adapting, and thereby sullying, foreign horror movies. It's time to give up the dream of adapting the next Ring or Grudge and--dare we say--write something original.

(Courtesy: Hollywood Dotcom)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek Jiménez

Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an Academy Award, Ariel Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated and ALMA Award-winning Mexican-American actress, Daytime Emmy-winning director, and an Emmy-nominated TV and film producer. Hayek has appeared in more than thirty films and performed as an actress outside of Hollywood in Mexico and Spain. Hayek's charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.
Salma Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and only the second Latin American, after Fernanda Montenegro for Central Station.
In July 2007, The Hollywood Reporter ranked Hayek fourth in their inaugural Latino Power 50, a list of the most powerful members of the Hollywood Latino community. That same month, a poll found Hayek to be the "sexiest celebrity" out of a field of 3,000 celebrities (male and female); according to the poll, "65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term 'sexy' to describe" her.
Early life
Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, the daughter of Diana Jiménez, an opera singer and talent scout, and Sami Hayek, an oil company executive. Hayek's father is of -Lebanese-Assyrian descent while her mother is of Spanish descent. Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of twelve. She was also an accomplished gymnast aspiring to compete in the Olympics but her father prevented her from being recruited by the Mexican national team. The religious sisters running the Academy ejected Hayek citing behavioral problems, so she returned to Mexico. She was later sent to live with her aunt in Houston, Texas, where she stayed until she was seventeen. She attended college in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana. To the surprise of her family, she dropped out to pursue a career as an actress.
At the age of 23, the former Hayek landed the title role in Teresa (1989), a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film El Callejon de los Milagros (Miracle Alley), which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award.
Hayek moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1991 to study acting under Stella Adler, hoping for a career in Hollywood, despite limited fluency in English brought on by dyslexia. Robert Rodriguez and his producer wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek the break she needed, a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperado. The movie caught Hollywood's attention, as moviegoers proved to be dazzled by Hayek as Rodriguez had been. Due to Hayek's loyalty to the director she would later decline playing the role Catherine Zeta-Jones eventually took in The Mask of Zorro after Rodriguez abandoned the project. She has also appeared in the Spy Kids trilogy.
Hayek followed her success in Desperado with a brief but memorable role as a vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn, where she provocatively danced on a table before killing Quentin Tarantino's character. In 1999, she co-starred in Will Smith's big-budget Wild Wild West, and played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's Dogma. In 2000, she had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. Around this time Hayek founded production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television projects. Her first feature as a producer was 1999's El Coronel No Tiene Quien Escriba, Mexico's official selection for submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
Frida, co-produced by Hayek, was released in 2002. Starring Hayek as Frida Kahlo, and Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera, the film was directed by Julie Taymor and also featured an entourage of stars in supporting roles, including Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton, and Valeria Golino. She earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance. This made Hayek, along with Katy Jurado and Adriana Barraza, one of only three Mexican actresses to have been nominated for an Academy Award. She became, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second ever Latin American nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
Following Frida, in 2003 she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico. In that same year she produced and directed the The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime movie which won her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In December 2005, she directed a music video for Prince, titled “Te Amo Corazon” ("I love you, sweetheart") that featured her good friend Mia Maestro. Hayek is an executive producer of Ugly Betty, television series airing around the world since September 2006. Hayek adapted the series for American television with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea in 2001. Originally intended as a half hour sitcom for NBC in 2004, the project would later be picked up by ABC for the 2006–2007 season with Silvio Horta also producing. Hayek guest-starred on Ugly Betty as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor. She also had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. The show quickly became a ratings hit and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007. Hayek's performance as Sofia has resulted in a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Hayek has also been credited as a song performer in three movies. The first was Desperado for the song "Quedate Aquí". In Frida she performed with band Los Vega the Mexican Folk song “La Bruja”. She also recorded "Siente mi amor", which played during the end credits of Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
In April 2007, Hayek finalized negotiations with MGM to become the CEO of her own Latin themed film production company, Ventanzul. The following month she signed a two year deal with ABC to develop projects for the network through her production company, Ventanarosa.
She is developing and producing La Banda, a Spanish-language romantic comedy set in Mexico, written by lassa Lopez.
Other work
Hayek has been a spokesperson for Avon cosmetics since February 2004. She formerly served in the same function for Revlon in 1998. In 2001, she modeled for Chopard and was featured in 2006 Campari adverts as photographed by Mario Testino On April 3, she helped introduce La Doña, a watch by Cartier inspired by fellow Mexican actress María Félix.
She was also featured in a series of Spanish language commercials for Lincoln cars. Consequently, sales of the Lincoln Navigator among Hispanics increased by twelve percentage points.
In art
In the spring of 2006, The Blue Star Contemporary Aart Center in San Antonio, Texas displayed sixteen portrait paintings by muralist George Yepes of Hayek as Aztec goddess Itzapapalotl.
Personal life Hayek is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She dated actor Edward Norton between 1999 and 2003, and then Josh Lucas in 2003. She has friends in Los Angeles and Mexico and is best friends with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. The two co-starred in the 2006 film Bandidas. Hayek studied at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment.
On March 9, 2007, Hayek confirmed she was expecting her first child with PPR CEO François-Henri Pinault. On September 21, 2007, Hayek gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
As an Avon spokesperson on July 19, 2005 Hayek testified before the U.S.Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In February 2006, Hayek donated $25,000 to a Coatzacoalcos, Mexico shelter for battered women and another $50,000 to Monterrey based anti-domestic violence groups.
Recipient of Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award in October 2001.
Recipient of Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award in 2003.
Recipient of Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award in February 2006.
(Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pyramid Saimira to make 52 Films this fiscal

Leading entertainment company Pyramid Saimira has announced that it will produce 52 films this fiscal.The company has already completed six films in different languages and seven movies are presently under production.Apart from films, Pyramid also produces content for TV as well as othermodes. Right now, it produces around three hours of TV content on a dailybasis.Pyramid Saimira would invest Rs 35-40 crore to complete 10 Tamil filmsthis fiscal.The company also has plans to launch more films in association withother producers.Mr K S Srinivasan, Director, Pyramid Saimira Production International Ltd,
stated, "Pyramid Saimira Group will produce 24 Tamil films by partneringwith highly creative and experienced producers. It will also seed newtalents and foster high amount of creative risk-taking ability so thatdifferent kinds of films are made available to every member of the familyunder one banner."A few of the producers that Pyramid Saimira Production International Ltdwill work with are Kovai Thambi, Amudha Durairaj, Sangili Murugan,Ramanathan, Karumari Kandasamy, Ramasubbiah, Azhagan Tamizhmani, K.Balachander, K Rajan, Radharavi and A K Vishnuram.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr P S Saminathan, Managing Director, Pyramid Saimira Group, said, "Pyramid Saimira believes in scale and speed of execution. Production business, however, requires much higher level of creativity compared to other segments like exhibition and distribution. The company has created a huge eco-system for production, creates process to flower creativity and has laid the foundation to become one of the largest production houses in the world both in numbers as well as in quality," Mr Saminathan added.The company works in the digital theatre chain, exhibition of films in theatresand content agglomeration, and other film content using theatricalinfrastructure and network theatrical application service providing acrossthe globe.Pyramid Saimira signed two overseas deals in China and Britain, duringthe last month.

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Pyramid Saimira Group Launches 10 Films simultaneously

Pyramid Saimira Theatre Ltd has announced that it will be producing a total of 52 films this year। The Company has already completed 6 films in various languages and more than 7 films are under production in various languages. Apart from the film production, the Company also is engaged in producing content for Television and other modes. It has currently more than three hours of TV content production per day. Towards this, the Company announced the production of the first ten Tamil films this fiscal year, thereby becoming the first production house in the world to commence the production of ten movies on one day. The Company will invest around Rs 35 - 40 crores towards the production of these ten films.Speaking on the occasion, Mr. P S Saminathan, Managing Director, Pyramid Saimira Group said "Pyramid Saimira believes in scale and speed of execution. Production business however requires much higher level of creativity compared to other segments like exhibition and distribution. The Company has created a huge eco system for production, creates process to flower creativity and has laid the foundation to become one of the largest production houses in the world both in numbers as well as in quality.We always believed Indian talent has the capacity to be the content providers to the world and with proper high technology inputs, structured production methodology and empowerment to create people, India could be a power house of content to the world. These ten films will be produced through ten experienced producers with highly structured methodology and inputs from Pyramid Saimira Group making it a perfect marriage between creativity, structure and process."Further speaking at the occasion, Mr. K S Srinivasan, Director, Pyramid Saimira Production International Ltd said, "Pyramid Saimira Group will produce 24 Tamil films under this method of partnership with highly creative and experienced producers, will also seed new talents and also foster high amount of creative risk taking ability so that different kinds of films and genre are made available to the whole some family under one banner".Some of the producers that Pyramid Saimira Production International Ltd will work with include Mr. Kovai Thambi, Mr. Amudha Durairaj, Mr. Sangili Murugan, Mr. Ramanathan, Mr. Karumari Kandasamy, Mr. Ramasubbiah, Mr. Azhagan Tamizhmani, Mr. K Balachander, Mr. K Rajan, Mr. Radharavi and Mr. A K Vishnuram.The function to announce the same was held at Lady Andal School, Chennai, today. The function was attended by some of the most popular names in the Tamil film industry, including Mr. Ramnarayanan, President, Tamil Film Producers Council; Mr. K R G, President, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, Mr. R Sarath Kumar, President South Indian Artist Associations; Mr. S A Chandrasekar, President, Film Directors Associations; Mr. Annamalai & Mr. Abirami Ramanathan, Presidents, Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners Association; Mr. Vijayan, President, Film Employees Federation of South India and Mr. Francis, President, Tamil Nadu Film Distributors Association.
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