Literally JUST received a press release from Miramax informing us all that Kevin Smith's next project will be The Green Hornet. After passing on Daredevil, Smith has decided to merge his two loves - film and comics. I was very surprised by the trailer for his soon to be released, Jersey Girl. It looks to be a very straight ahead romantic comedy and NO mention of Kevin Smith is made, i.e. "from the director of Clerks. Hope it does well. Ben Affleck is one more bomb away from being the biggest flop from Boston since Joey McIntyre.
THE BRITS AWARD SHOW
Caught the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award show on BBC America this past weekend. Unlike our Oscars, the program is very low key. The host, the always funny Stephen Fry, was top notch. And the comments by his mother about each of the nominated films for Best Picture were hilarious. "I've never seen a more handsomely collected pool of sea men" is how she described "Master and Commander." The winners:
BEST PICTURE: LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING
BEST ACTOR: BILL MURRAY: LOST IN TRANSLATION
BEST ACTRESS: SCARLET JOHANNSON: LOST IN TRANSLATION
SUP. ACTOR: BILL NIGHY: LOVE ACTUALLY (one of my Oscar hopefuls)
SUP ACTRESS: RENEE ZELWEGGER: COLD MOUNTAIN
DIRECTOR: PETER WEIR: MASTER AND COMMANDER
I'm sure I've mentioned in the past that I am fortunate to call a player from my favorite baseball team a friend. His name is David Segui and he is and always has been very giving of his time, especially to my son, Phillip. Another friend has put together an excellent web site for David and I promised her I'd throw her a plug: http://davidsegui.topcities.com. If you are interested in reading about how I met David, click on the "Your Experience" link.
This coming Monday I will be screening "The Passion of the Christ." Look for my review next week.
Also next week I will be revealing my choices for this years' Academy Awards. Matt and Nolan usually add there choices. I welcome everyone reading this to do the same.
MEET THE BEATLES - Part 5
February 18, 1970 - At 7:00 pm, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Klaus Voormann (bass) and Plant High alum Stephen Stills (piano) begin the first recording of "You Gotta Pay Your Dues," the working title of Ringo's first solo hit, "It Don't Come Easy." Voorman later played with John Lennon and his plastic Ono band.
Well, that's it for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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