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The Hobbit starts production in Feb!

WB and MGM gave Peter Jackson the green-light to begin as soon as next February! The Hobbit tells the story before Lord of the Rings, of how Bilbo Baggins comes into possession of the one ring.

Read the full story off IMDB.com: http://www.imdb.com/news/ni4941178/

You can’t insult Roger Ebert

This is copy/pasted from Ebert’s blog. I just love to read stuff like this.  Gamer, get owned.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/07/video_games_13823_huck_finn_80.html

The way you talk about reading books reminds me of David Lynch extolling the virtues of Transcendental Meditation.

“I wanted to form this foundation for enlightenment for the individual and student,” Lynch said. “That’s what education should be: to develop the full potential of the individual and peace on earth. Peace on earth isn’t pie in the sky anymore. Real peace is not the absence of war, it’s the absence of negativity.”

Whether you are transcending and meditating on the void or sitting down and reading Huck Finn, either way you are suckered into sitting and relaxing and wasting your time for hours on end because elitists have told you it’s a better way to improve yourself than playing video games. How are you improved in any way after reading Huck Finn, as opposed to reading a plot summary of the book? I could read that beautiful description of a storm over and over and pontificate about how musical it sounds but it does NOTHING to improve me except in ways that you imagine in your head to justify the huge amount of your life that you’ve wasted reading books.

Ebert: Plot summary? A book is not about what it is about. It’s about how it’s about it.

I suppose this sounds “elitist,” but here goes: Based on your comment, you have never learned to read.

Dances with Oil? Kevin Costner and BP

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No, I’m not making this up. Actually very interesting article. Apparently, our beloved cinema hero helped his brother fund an ocean water and oil separation machine thingy. It purifies the water at a faster rate than any other invention out there. And the kicker is, BP and Congress want his help!

Read the full article here:

http://fieldnotes.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/06/15/4511802-ocean-of-dreams-kevin-costner-helps-out-with-oil-cleanup?Gt1=43001

Fresh Faces

I’ve always been a fan of IMDB’s Fresh Faces galleries. They are just fun to look at. This week’s is a good one.

Check it out: http://www.imdb.com/features/fresh_faces/2010/

James Cameron can fix the oil spill!

At least, he thinks so. The world-famous director of Titanic and Avatar organized a conference of 23 engineers to brainstorm about fixing the Gulf oil spill.

Personally I think it’s a great idea.

He should start with a 3D video model of his plan. Of course he’ll have to manufacture a new deep-sea, hi-def camera lens that will completely revolutionize the film industry, and the diving industry! It will be so positively amazcredibletabulous we’ll have to make a new category at the Oscars next year just for this lens. The 3D video blueprint will win best picture and best documentary and best live action short (a first time achievement!) and it will make enough money at the box-office that he can buy out BP and this problem will never happen again!

Am I right!?!? And can you believe that the crazy people running that British Petrol business turned him away! The audacity! 

…read the full article here: http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=503767

Del Toro backs out of The Hobbit

To my personal disappointment, Guillermo Del Toro, the wonderful director of the Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth has stepped down from directing the two movies that would make up a new adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Read the full article at Empire. http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=28016

Dennis Hopper dies at 74

Dennis Hopper, actor/director/producer, died today.

I’m saddened by this. This has been a rough memorial day weekend for hollywood. First Gary Coleman and now Hopper.

I have always liked Hopper. Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now were highlight performances of his for me.

I’ll be praying for both of their families.

Rest in peace.