Saturday, March 31, 2007

Ghost Dog

Last night. Best. Episode. Ever. The “Ghost Whisperer” meets “The Dog Whisperer”. Seriously. I’m not making this up. Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character had to help a departed dog "cross over". Luckily for her, Cesar Millan just happened to be in the neighborhood. Again, not making any of this up! This has got to be right up there with the Flinstones meeting the Jetsons or when Richie Cunningham from “Happy Days” met Mork from “Mork and Mindy” or better yet, the “Six Million Dollar Man” teaming up with Sasquatch.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Prestige

Even though I’ve been in the middle of the screenplay for the last month or so, when it became available on PPV, my curiosity about the final product got the best of me. With Chris Nolan directing and a cast that included Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine and Christian Bale, it had the potential of being something special. Most of “The Prestige” is highly entertaining, but there’s this twist at the end that’s so absurd, it ruins most of what you’ve seen. A good story that painted itself in a corner and resolves the dilemma by “cheating”. Now I haven’t read the Christopher Priest novel that the movie was based on -- at this point, why would I -- maybe something got lost in the translation. Whatever. I guess if you’re willing to accept the idea that “The Prestige” isn’t a movie about magic -- could’ve been about dueling hot dog vendors -- but obsession, maybe the ending works. Didn’t for me. Go watch “The Illusionist” instead.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Number 23

Read the script a few days before it came out. Cool premise. Quick read. Didn’t really grab me though. A couple of interesting twists and turns, but the big reveal comes off more like a big let down than anything else. Audiences haven’t embraced it either. Might be worth watching just to see Virginia Madsen vamp it up.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Blood Ties

Caught the premiere on “Lifetime” last night. Started off slow, but once they got past the “there’s no such thing as vampires!” Abbott and Costello routine, things settled into a decent groove. Granted, I’m not the desired target audience -- the minute I see a guy in puffy shirt, surrounded by candleabras, lamenting about how horrible it is to be immortal, I’m bailing -- but “Blood Ties” seems like a keeper to me anyway. Probably will get all those female viewers that “Blade: The Series” had but didn’t know what to do with. All of a sudden, vampires shows are the new hot thing on television. HBO and CBS both have projects in the works.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Skinwalkers Poster

Looks like “Skinwalkers” is finally getting a release date. March 30th is a bit odd though. Everybody knows that December and January are the new October when it comes to horror release dates... probably wanted a lot of distance between “Blood and Chocolate” -- werewolf movies aren’t off to a great start in ‘07. The trailer can be found here. You’d think the official site would be shiny with new content and whatnot, but it’s as bare as it was since last year.

On my own werewolf spec front, finally found an opening sequence that I’m satisfied with. Even though I haven’t accomplished squat with the contest route, I am willing to give it another go with this script. A looming deadline always gives me the necessary kick in the pants to stop all the procrastination.


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