Saturday, October 8, 2011
- Susan and I are not here right now. We're in the bathroom having some fun. She likes it up and down and I like it back and forth. Leave a message at the beep and we'll get back to you as soon as we're finished brushing our teeth. Thank you.
- Thank you for calling 555-2322. If you wish to speak to Tim, push 1 on your touch tone phone now. If you wish to speak to Lynn, push 2 on your touch tone phone now. If you have a wrong number, push 3 on your touch tone phone now. All of this button pushing doesn't do anything, but it is a good way to work off anger, and it makes us feel like we have a big time phone system.
- Thank you for calling Santa's workshop. Santa can't come to the phone right now, and the elves are out back barbecuing Blitzen. After the tone, please leave your Christmas list, and maybe we'll get back to you!
- Thank you for calling Soviet Embassy. No KG... Er, no diplomats are able to answer phone, so at sound of capitalist tone, leave name, telephone number, and short description of secrets you wish to sell.
- Thank you for calling the Confessional Hotline. Father Durway's not here right now, but if you'll leave your name, number, and confession at the tone, he'll get back to you with absolution as soon as possible. And remember, confession doesn't count unless you confess all of your sins in vivid, graphic detail!
- Thank you for calling the Satanic Hotline. All of our operators are busy at the moment. If you would like, leave a brief message after the tone, and someone will get back to you... When hell freezes over.
- Thank you for calling Uncle Tom's Mortuary and Delicatessen. You stab 'em and we slab 'em. We have specials on Mondays and Thursdays. We are currently unable to come to the phone, but if you leave your number and address at the tone, we'll be by to pick up the corpse as soon as possible.
- Thank you for phoning the Save the Sasquatch Hotline. Our operators do not exist at the moment, but if you wish to make a contribution, please leave your name, number, and the amount of your bequest at the sound of the beep, and something will get back to you shortly. Your help will enable us to bring these delightful creatures back from the brink of fantasy and find them suitable positions in the forest product industry. Your gift is, of course, reality deductible. Thank you again, and have a nice day
Fox has bought the rights to produce a TV adaptation of author Lev Grossman's fantasy novel "The Magicians", with "X-Men: First Class" and "Thor" scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz attached to pen the script. The adaptation has been given a script commitment and will take the form of a one-hour drama.
Miller and Stentz had been collaborating on the project with producers Michael London ("Milk"), Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") and Michael Adelstein prior to the sale, according to Deadline, which broke the story. The scribes have previously written for shows including "Fringe" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles".
"The Magicians" was published in 2009 and subsequently became a New York Times bestseller. The novel follows a group of young adults studying magic in New York City who discover that a fantastical land known as Fillory is actually a real place. The book has been described by some sources as "'Harry Potter' for adults".
Grossman wrote a follow-up entitled "The Magician King", which was published just last month.
- there is no butter in buttermilk
- there is no proof as to who built the Taj Mahal
- there is no rice in rice paper
- there is no sound in space
- there is no such thing as a naturally blue food
- thin skinned lemons are the juiciest
- Tiger Woods' real first name is Eldrick
- tigers have striped skin as well as fur
- to crack a whip the tip must be travelling faster than the speed of sound
- toads only eat moving prey
- toilets use 35% of indoor water use
Friday, October 7, 2011
First trailer for "My Week with Marilyn" has been made available via Yahoo! Movies. In the video, Michelle Williams is seen going all out to portray the legendary Hollywood beauty Marilyn Monroe. The trailer also emphasizes the dichotomy of Monroe's private and public life while she was on her first trip to London.
Directed by Simon Curtis, "My Week with Marilyn" is based on Colin Clark's diaries, in which he documented the interaction between Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier during the making of 1956's movie "The Prince and the Showgirl". The film chronicles a week Monroe spent in Britain accompanied by Clark, who then became her secret lover, after her husband left her during their honeymoon.
Joining Williams in the cast ensemble are Eddie Redmayne as Clark and Kenneth Branagh as Olivier. The film also stars Emma Watson, Judi Dench, as well as Dominic Cooper.
Variety reported that Downey Jr. and his wife Susan have joined forces with Warner Bros. Pictures to develop a feature film, which is adapted from Earle Stanley Gardner's famous detective fiction novel, "Perry Mason".
Downey Jr. and his wife will serve as the producers along with Robert Cort. Aside from producing it, Downey Jr is also eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle for him. Meanwhile, the producers are still looking for a suitable scribe to pen the script, which is based on an original story conceived by the actor himself and David Gambino.
The 80-year-old actor - who has played character Spock in the original TV series 'Star Trek' and seven film instalments - gave an hour long speech at the official 45th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, on Saturday (01.10.11) joking he grew up as parents of aliens in the real world only to go on to become one for the rest of his life.
He told the applauding crowd: "So emotional. Thanks. You know, my parents came from Russia. They came to the Unites States as aliens. I was born in Boston a citizen. Then I became an alien - a very unsettling feeling. My life quickly got pretty crazy - I hadn't anticipated what it would be like to be on a regular television series every week."
Fans in the crowd held up posters and banners and gave the Vulcan hand signal he became famous for, and upon leaving he told the crowd to "live long and prosper".
Writing after the event on twitter, Leonard wrote "So much to be thankful for. The video from the Star Trek cast. JJ Abrams. FUNNY. The wave of kindness from the crowd. My family there. (sic)"
Leonard announced last year he planned to retire from the role he was most famous for, and wanted to hand over Spock to Zachary Quinto, who played him in J.J Abrams' 2009 movie 'Star Trek'.
He said: "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years. I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a great, great time.
"I want to get off the stage. Also, I don't think it would be fair to Zachary Quinto. He's a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space. And I'm very flattered the character will continue."
- People never cough, sneeze, blow their noses, or show any other symptoms of being in less than perfect health.
- Only exception to the above is when they're dying. A cough is a symptom of terminal illness.
- You can eat as much as you want in a film and you'll never EVER have to go to the bathroom.
- Vomit is portrayed by distant toilet flush. Nobody ever throws-up on the carpet.
81-year-old veteran actor-turned-director, Clint Eastwood, is currently in talks with Warner Bros. Pictures to play in front of the camera again in a drama called "Trouble with the Curve".
Eastwood is expected to star as an aging baseball scout who goes on a road trip with his adult daughter. Eastwood's long-time comrade Robert Lorenz is in negotiation to direct.
The last time Eastwood starred in a movie was in 2008's "Gran Torino". At that time, he said the movie would likely become his last acting stint. However, he hinted that he might consider to return someday. "You never know when I'll be back... ," he said to Entertainment Weekly.
A film biography that depicts the transformation of Stefani Germanotta into iconic Lady Gaga is reportedly in the works, according to Showbiz 411.
The website reports that Lifetime sent out a casting call for a female lead for a film titled Fame Monster, adapted from Maureen Callahan‘s book, Poker Face, that's to be filmed in Toronto.
As usual, Gaga is in good company, even with a hastily made TV biopic. In 1994 Fox Television broadcast Madonna: Innocence Lost, which chronicled the early years of the entertainer, whose career Gaga's most resembles.
Here’s the description of Fame Monster's leading lady:
“[STEFANI GERMANOTTA (LADY GAGA)] is a bright rebellious Catholic school girl who dreams of fame. The story covers her from age 16 to 22. When we first meet her she is a dark haired, offbeat, very talented and intensely ambitious teen. She comes from a Italian/American well off, close knit, Upper West Side NYC family. She never felt she ‘fit in’ with her fellow students in high school and was disappointed when her college experience at NYU didn’t meet her expectations. So, with her parent’s reluctant permission at 19, she drops out and moves downtown to the Lower East Side where the artists are. Independent and strong willed, Stefani learns she must be something more than a talented young girl and to really stand out, she must change. The story covers the ups and downs of her amazing rise and eventually to her transformation to Lady Gaga. We are seeking an actress who can physically resemble Lady Gaga and who can believably span ages 16 to 22. Singing is preferred but not required.”
- there are over 40,000 muscles tendons in an elephant's trunk
- there are over 600 windows on the Empire State Building
- there are over 690 known species of bats
- there are over 7,000 different types of apples
- there are over 80,000 different species of ants
- there are over 900 species of bats
- there are over 900,000 known species of insects
- there are over 97,000 km (60,000 miles) of blood vessels in the average person
- there is 200 times more gold in the world's oceans than has been mined
- there is enough petrol in a full tank of a Jumbo Jet to drive the average car 4 times around the world
The latest James Bond movie, which tentatively goes under the working title of "Bond 23", might have finally found a suitable title. After it was rumoured earlier that it might get the name of "Carthe Blanc" or "Red Sky at Night", it is now said that the project could be called "Skyfall".
What Culture! broke the news and claimed that they have found a number of newly registered domains, which are said to be related to Sony Pictures. Those URLs incorporate the word "Skyfall" and "James Bond" in their names, which include "jamesbond-skyfall.com", "skyfall-themovie.net" and "skyfallthemovie.com", quickly sparking speculations that "Skyfall" is likely to be the official title for the next 007 movie.