Saturday, June 26, 2010




get-him-to-the-greek-movie-poster- A famous rock and roll story involves the group Van Halen.  In its desire to ensure a venue’s adherence to their requests, they asked a bowl of M & M’s be available with the brown ones taken out.  According to their logic the venue which didn’t remove them left suspicions on what other more important details may have been overlooked.  This tale of musical folklore is one the leading rock-star character in Get Him To The Greek would likely make with his demands showing how spirited rock and roll life can be.

greek4 Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is an unappreciated underling working at Pinnacle Records.  After a session, boss Sergio (Sean Combs) asks for money-making ideas and he hatches a plan which would elevate his professional standing.  A comeback concert at the Greek Theatre by notorious British singer Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) would be a hit. Aaron is sent to drag the recalcitrant rocker to L.A.  This is easier said than done as he becomes caught in Aldous’ debauched existence proving once and for all his reputation as the ultimate rock and roll rat-bag.

greek3 Get Him to the Greek is a very strange beast.  At once a wickedly amusing satire on music industry excess, it morphs into a drama relating to the consequences of this over-indulgence.  It’s as if the writers felt the script wasn’t strong enough to warrant constant laughs and so decided to graft some familial crisis into the mix.  Unfortunately this has the effect of blunting the punch-lines after comedy sequences are built up.  This creates a flat atmosphere where there should be one of continual anarchy.  This is disappointing as its' genuinely funny moments aren’t fully embraced by the disjointed screenplay.


The characters are all disturbingly believable.  Aaron’s ‘yes man’ to Snow’s over-blown egotist provides the most laughs despite Brand appearing curiously subdued.  He may have been told to tone down his persona or over-emphasise the material’s dramatic aspects. One would have expected him to display more energy.  He works well with Hill forming a good double act.  Especially enjoyable is Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs who seems to have the most fun in portraying the oily record honcho desperate for a dollar. 

greek2 Get Him to the Greek wallows a little too much in its self-indulgence to fully work.  The potential’s there for a fantastic comedy but the addition of more dramatic elements in order to make it more ‘worthy’ drags it down.  Maybe a film about Van Halen’s exploits would be have been infinitely more interesting as their unusual requests seem more outlandish than this occasionally funny but uneven effort.


Movie Review Rating 5 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

Get Him to the Greek released in Australia on Thursday 17 June 2010.

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the-karate-kid-movie-poster- In Hollywood nothing is final as seemingly buried franchises arise to further haunt movie screens.  Although it’s always welcome seeing old favourites return there is such a thing as overkill as the current batch of 80’s influenced films attest.  The Karate Kid is the latest from this recycled production line as it gives the series a glossy make-over.  Unfortunately the ghost of the original looms large with this humdrum remake failing to hold a candle to its predecessor.


Moving to China with his mother, 12 year old Dre (Jaden Smith) has a difficult time settling in.  Harassed by bullies and disliking the foreign environment, he wishes he was back home in Detroit.  This becomes acute after many run-ins with local boy Cheng (Zhenwei Wang) - a kung-fu prodigy.  Noticing these confrontations is Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a maintenance man working in Dre’s apartment block.  Harbouring burdens of his own, Han attempts to instil discipline in Dre by teaching him kung-fu.  Eventually placed in a tournament against Cheng, Dre has to overcome his fears and earn the right to be called a kung-fu champion.


Directed with a heavy-handiness by Harald Zwart, The Karate Kid unfairly trades on the name of the 80’s classic. ‘The Kung-Fu Kid’ is a better description as Japanese Karate has little to do with Chinese Kung-Fu.  The marketing team seem more interested in using an established brand name to make more dollars.  The Chinese locations are stunningly photographed though proceedings turn into a long travelogue.  This rush to the next location shot pushes the story towards a predictable conclusion with its basic coming of age tale adhered to without much enthusiasm.


Much of the original’s gritty flavour is lost in the narrative transportation to China.  Gone is urban environment in which the previous characters lived where its disorder made a fine contrast to the analytical fighting style used.  The Chinese setting takes this away, as its ordered society lessens the feelings of continual danger. Chan’s casting is also a problem as he doesn’t have the acting abilities needed to be convincing.  Smith is adequate although tries a little too hard to convey the teenage angst driving his many thoughts. He more than equips himself in the fight scenes however, with these becoming the best sections of a rather dull movie.


Although its action sequences are great and has amazing cinematography, The Karate Kid lacks genuine soul.  Like most recent remakes it’s made a lot of cash meaning it may yet overtake the original’s three sequels in number.  Hopefully it’ll run out of juice by then, as too much nostalgia can often be too much to take.


Movie Review Rating 5 /10 

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

The Karate Kid released in Australia on Thursday 01 July 2010. (The Karate Kid was viewed at a preview)

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toy-story-3-movie-poster- Babies often receive teddy bears as first toys, although being a more temperamental toddler I was given a plush lion.  That became one of my early best friends and I took it everywhere.  Like many children with toys, I formed an emotional attachment to it as it was one of the first things spurning my imagination.  That’s one of the central themes of Toy Story 3 showing how a toy only becomes exciting as a child’s creativity allows.

With their now teenaged owner Andy moving to college, his toys - including Buzz Lightyear and Woody - are hopeful they’ll find someplace in his new life.  To their dismay they are accidentally put out for rubbish collection and think Andy has abandoned them.  Although Woody knows this isn’t the case, the others decide to create new horizons by going to the Sunnyside Daycare Centre.  Hearing of its delights, they receive a shock when boisterous children and other toys make their lives intolerable.  Plotting their escape and return to Andy, Woody and the gang make a desperate last stand for the good of their fellow manufactured marvels.

3o5kqptdugtiqkt3 Toy Story 3 is a worthy addition to the charming series successfully complimenting its predecessors with its focus on change and growing up.  A natural progression in its overall scheme rather than a re-boot as the human characters are just as important as the toys with which they play.  The animation is no longer the important selling point. The stories are full of the rare innocence elevating other animated classics.  There’s no deep seated cynicism - just a good natured adventure filled with characters who come to joyful life.

TOY STORY It isn’t difficult to like Buzz Lightyear and co. given how beautifully rendered they are.  Every scene is vibrant with colour and movement adding the elements needed to make them feel like real people.  The fast paced screenplay helps enormously as each sequence logically flows into the next.  There’s never a frame wasted with the production team appearing in their element as they continually craft more wild scenarios.  It’s a fun film filled with plenty of heart and befits the ‘all ages’ tag comfortably without sinking into sugary sweetness. 


I still have my toy lion, now looking a bit frayed but always there to remind of early creativity which gave me lots of child-hood pleasure.  Toy Story 3 should do the same as its fine escapist fare should effectively capture the thoughts of young and old alike.


Movie Review Rating 8 /10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

Toy Story 3 released in Australia on Thursday 24 June 2010.

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"I genuinely thought it was a woman singing."

– Daniel Radcliffe, on hearing Justin Bieber for the first time, to MTV.





Leonardo DiCaprio, who is in talks to play notorious FBI director (and rumored secret gay man and cross-dresser) J. Edgar Hoover in a film biography, hasn’t yet had his dress fitting, according to website Asked if the film, to be directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, will portray the secret life of Hoover, DiCaprio says, "Will I wear a dress? Not as of yet. We haven't done the fittings for that." The film is all "about the secret life of J. Edgar Hoover," DiCaprio says, adding that it would "cover his personal life, definitely."





M.Night Shyamalan has re-recruited his "Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" star Bruce Willis for a top secret new project.

According to Heat Vision, nobody knows a thing about the project, which also has Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper "loosely attached", just that the one-time Disney golden-boy has been shopping it around town.

If the trade had said that the project had Willis and Samuel L.Jackson attached, one might've guessed it's the oft-rumoured "Unbreakable" sequel that Shyamalan has said to be interesting in doing. Alas, sounds like a different project altogether.

Shyamalan's next movie "The Last Airbender" - the first project he hasn't written himself - is tracking quite well, so expect this new star-driven mystery flick to be snapped up fairly soonish.





Without the atmosphere, it would be impossible to live on earth.

The atmosphere's layers form a "blanket" around the earth, protecting us from dangerous rays of the sun and from the cold of outer space.


The atmosphere contains the air that we breathe, water vapour, and dust.

Air contains carbon dioxide and nitrogen, vital for life, and water vapour forms the clouds that bring rain.

The atmosphere is held in place by the pull of the earth's gravity and extends to about 1,250 miles above the earth.






Anne Hathaway's jewellery from her convicted swindler ex-boyfriend is set to be auctioned off. Federal authorities are planning to put the baubles under the hammer.

Following Raffaello Follieri's arrest in June 2008, the FBI seized the jewelry he had given the actress during their relationship. The expensive trinkets – which include silver earrings with diamonds, silver chain with a cross pendant, two gold rings, a Louis Vuitton box, and a five-strand pearl necklace – were bought using the money Follieri generated from his illegal activities.

Follieri was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering.
The authorities gave Hathaway chance to bid exclusively on the items, but she apparently chose to totally forget her ex, according to the New York Post. The auction will be held to repay the swindler's victims.

No date has been set for the auction yet.




Toilets have a basic necessity in today’s society.

Yet designers seem to have fun trying to vary the look of toilets worldwide.

These photographs capture the variety and the humour that some designers put into their products.








Amy Poehler who plays Mrs. George is only seven years older than her on screen daughter Rachel McAdams (Regina George).

Nearly earned an R rating for explicit, risqué gags and jokes which were subsequently cut.

Kevin Gnapoor's phone number on his business card uses the North Shore's real area code, 847.

Amanda Seyfried, who plays Karen in the film, was initially supposed to play Cady, but producer Lorne Michaels thought she would be better as the "dumb girl".

Initially, Lindsay Lohan was cast as Regina, but decided to play the "nice girl" so the public wouldn't base her real personality on Regina's. Rachel McAdams was chosen to play the "mean girl" because "only nice girls can play mean girls" according to the producer.

Lacey Chabert was the first and only choice for the role of Gretchen.

In the scene where Cady was asked if her "muffin was buttered", the line was originally going to be, "Is your cherry popped?" The same goes for the girl who "made out with a hot dog" this was going to be "masturbated with a hot dog". These were omitted in order for the film to gain a PG 13+ rating instead of a R

In the scene where Christmas candy canes are being distributed in the classroom Damien, dressed in a Santa suit, reads out the name Glenn Cocco, a good friend of Tina Fey.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler coached Rajiv Surendra on how to rap for his on-screen performance in the school's Winter Talent Show.

The skirts for the Christmas talent show are made of plastic; the costume designer says they were made of that fabric to "represent the Plastics".

The scene in which Cady walks in on Jason and Gretchen kissing at her party is much different in the first draft of the script. Originally, she walks in on Gretchen performing oral sex on Jason (no nudity, nothing graphic), but this was subsequently cut from the final print in order to achieve a PG-13 rating

Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams play characters who attend the same school and are in the same grade, in spite of the 8 year age difference between the two actresses.





Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.

— David Letterman

Friday, June 25, 2010




It's hard to predict which movies will hit the big time, as the actors who declined roles in The Godfather, The Matrix and Star Wars will tell you. These movies could have made them bigger stars, and bigger bucks: but they turned 'em down.

So: who was the first choice for James Bond? Who turned down Pretty Woman because it was demeaning to women?

Sean Connery: Gandalf


Sir Sean could have made a fortune had he accepted a lucrative profit-sharing deal to play Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings series. But the normally canny Scot turned down the offer, saying he'd read the script and "never understood it". Ian McKellen would eventually play the wizard role.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Rose (Titanic)


Paltrow was James Cameron's first choice to play Rose in Titanic but turned it down. Claire Danes was also offered the role, but passed because she had just worked with Leonardo DiCaprio on William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Kate Winslet begged to be cast in the film and was.

Anne Hathaway: Alison (Knocked Up)


Anne was originally given the lead in Knocked Up but pulled out when she discovered Judd Apatow intended to use footage of an actual child birth in the scene where her character has a baby. Katherine Heigl had no qualms about it and ended up securing her career-making role.

Brad Pitt: Jason Bourne

PITTDAMON  Pitt was lined up to play Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity but pulled out to play another secret agent in Spy Game, opening the door for his Ocean's Eleven co-star Matt Damon. Bourne Identity director Doug Liman would eventually work with the Pitt on Mr and Mrs Smith.

Daryl Hannah: Vivian Ward (Pretty Woman)


Hannah turned down the role of Vivian because she thought it was "degrading for the whole of womankind. They sold it as a romantic fairytale when in fact it's a story about a prostitute who becomes a lady by being kept by a rich and powerful man". It also made Julia Roberts a huge star, of course, but good on Daryl for sticking to her guns.

Russell Crowe: Wolverine


Big Russ was offered the Wolverine role in the first X-Men but demanded too much money. Scottish actor Dougray Scott was then cast, but had to pull out when filming went over schedule on Mission: Impossible II. So Hugh Jackman stepped in, sticking around for two sequels and a prequel.

Matt Damon: Jake Sully (Avatar)


Matt had discussions with James Cameron about Avatar but could not accept the role of Jake Sully (eventually played by Sam Worthington) due to a scheduling conflict with The Bourne Ultimatum. "He was a gentleman about it," Matt shrugged later. "Clearly my not participating cost the film a lot."

Jake Gyllenhaal: Jake Sully (Avatar)

GYLLENHAAL WORTHINGTON Former indie star Jake also had the chance to muscle up and star in action epic Avatar. Instead, he chose... er, Prince of Persia. Big mistake. Avatar went on to be the biggest movie of all time, and put Sam Worthington at the top of Hollywood wish-lists.

Julia Roberts: Viola De Lesseps (Shakespeare In Love)


Roberts was lined up to be the female lead in Shakespeare in Love in the early 1990s but abruptly pulled out when Daniel Day-Lewis, her boyfriend at the time, refused to play the Bard. Some years later, Gwyneth Paltrow played the role and scooped an Oscar for her trouble.

Gene Hackman: Hannibal Lecter

HACKMAN HOPKINS Hackman originally owned the rights to The Silence of the Lambs and at one stage intended to play Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. When he got cold feet, the film was offered to Sean Connery and Jeremy Irons. Both turned it down, allowing Anthony Hopkins to bag his Oscar-winning part.

John Travolta: Forrest Gump


Travolta was offered the role of Forrest Gump in Robert Zemeckis' picture but turned it down as did Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. Tom Hanks ended up playing the part and winning his second Oscar for it, beating Travolta, nominated the same year for Pulp Fiction, in the process.

Lindsay Lohan: Jade (The Hangover)

LOHAN HEATHER GRAHAM as Jade in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' comedy "The Hangover," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTIONAL, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION. Lindsay was offered the role of stripper Jade in The Hangover but is said to have turned it down because she felt the film had "no potential". Heather Graham took the part in Todd Phillips' no-potential comedy, a box office phenomenon that went on to make $467 million worldwide.

Will Smith: Neo (The Matrix)


Big Will was handed the Matrix script on a platter but promptly passed. "In the pitch, I just didn't see it," he says. "I would have absolutely messed up The Matrix... Keanu was smart enough to just let it be. Let the movie and the director tell the story and don't try and perform every moment."

Kelly Lynch: Catherine Tramell (Basic Instinct)


Basic Insinct could have made Kelly Lynch a household name instead of a, "Who?.. oh, the one from Drugstore Cowboy?" But recent interviews claim Lynch turned down the role as it wasn't a balanced portrayal of bisexual women. She went on to star in lesbian film Three Of Hearts and The L Word. Kelly is married with kids, just in case you're wondering.

Cary Grant: James Bond

GRANTCONNERY2  Ian Fleming had Grant in mind for the role of the superspy but Grant met the Dr No offer with a resounding... "no". At 58, he thought he was too old for the role, and also didn't fancy being tied to a film series. Grant starred in just three movies after that - wonder if Bond would have kept him going well past his pension?

Al Pacino: Han Solo


Al turned down the role of Han Solo, leaving the path clear for Harrison Ford. Perhaps Star Wars was just a little too otherworldly for The Godfather star, who stuck to his gangster guns in movies such as Scarface, The Godfather Part III and Carlito's Way. Things could have been very different, in a galaxy far, far away...

Dustin Hoffman: Michael Corleone

(The Godfather)

HOFFMANPANCINO2  Pacino has a few men to thank for the movie that made his name, including one Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman had made Hollywood inroads with The Graduate, but chose to decline the Godfather, which would go on to be named one of the best movies of all time. Other actors to decline included Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty.

Nicole Kidman: Hanna (The Reader)

KIDMAN WINSLETT2 Kidman won an Oscar for The Hours and was all set to reunite with director Stephen Daldry on The Reader. When the Australian star became pregnant, though, she swiftly withdrew, allowing Kate Winslet to get the role that won her the Oscar she had previously been denied five times.

Bruce Willis: Sam Wheat (Ghost)

WILLIASWAYZE  Oh the irony - the future star of The Sixth Sense thought "playing a ghost would be detrimental to his career" so he declined to star in Ghost, a huge box office smash and career highlight of Patrick Swayze and Willis' then-wife, Demi Moore. Must have made for interesting pillow talk.

Miranda Richardson: Alex Forrest

(Fatal Attraction)

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Blackadder actress Miranda refused the role of the bunny-boiling temptress in Fatal Attraction, a film so successful it spawned its own catchphrase. Glenn Close went on to strike fear into the hearts of a generation of men while Richardson continued in her role as one of Britain's finest (and least scary) performers.

Nicolas Cage: Randy “The Ram” Robinson (The Wrestler)

cage rourke The Cage was pumped to play Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler but pulled out over fears he would not have enough time to hone the necessary physique. His departure was good news for Mickey Rourke, who ended up with a Bafta, a Golden Globe and Iron Man 2.

Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone: Axel Foley (Beverley Hills Cop)

rourke stallone smith2 Rourke and Stallone were both in the frame to play Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop, originally conceived to be more of a hard-edged thriller than the action comedy it eventually became. When they left the project, the script was hastily rewritten to accommodate new star Eddie Murphy.

Ralph Macchio: Marty McFly

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Karate Kid Macchio had his own trilogy in the works when Back to the Future was offered, but little did he know how successful the time-travel series would be. The role famously went to Eric Stoltz before he was dropped, mid-filming, for Michael J Fox. A few alternate time lines to consider there.

Julia Roberts: Leigh Anne Tuohy

(The Blind Side)

Roberts3 bullock Julia again. This time she was first choice for the real-life do-gooder in The Blind Side. But it turned into Sandra Bullock's very own Erin Brockovich when the "serious" role won Sandy her first Oscar. Meanwhile Roberts appeared in the atrocious Valentine's Day.