Two New Additions to our EMERGING TALENT Showcase! Brenton Covington's "Eleanor Rigby" and Alex Duong's "So Far, So Kush" 

This love is long overdue. So I apologize profusely to Brenton Covington and Alexander Duong, two impressive filmmakers who contacted me a few months back to see if I would be interested in watching their short films.

For my Thanksgiving break, I made it my mission to finally sit down and catch up on their films, and I'm glad I did!

First we have Brenton Covington, a filmmaker from Tempe, Arizona. He wrote, produced, edited, and directed the short film "Eleanor Rigby." It's a contemplative piece about an elderly man remembering the sins of his past.

"Eleanor Rigby" is gripping in its entirety, well acted, smartly paced, and will make you wish you'll be able to see a full-feature of the project.

Visit Covington's official site right here.

And then we have the comedy "So Far, So Kush." Alex Duong wrote, produced, directed, and acted in this comedy about a pair of bumbling friends who are on the hunt for the greatest weed of all -- the Kush.

Duong stars as Danny, a Midwestern laundry attendant, who decides to take his pal Brian (Munch) on a road trip to Los Angeles to find Kush.

"So Far, So Kush" is relentlessly funny, and just like "Eleanor Rigby," I want to see the full feature film of the project as well.

Here's Duong's mini-biography from IMDB:

Alex Duong, is the youngest of six children of Huong Thanh Le (tailor) and Noul Van Duong (factory worker). Alex is of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French heritage. He grew up in the lower class portion of East Dallas, Texas where he attended Skyline High School and North Dallas High and went on to pursue a degree in medicine.

While on a full-scholarship, Duong excelled in his undergrad studies and was left with an open semester where he enrolled in theatre courses which led to his first acting gigs in regional theatre productions.

Deciding to pursue his hobby as a career, He uprooted himself and made the trip to Los Angeles in the winter of 2006.

And visit the Facebook page of "So Far, So Kush" right here.

Good Luck and Congratulations to both Brenton Covington and Alex Duong! :happy

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Eddie Murphy's "Pluto Nash" Tops the List of Movie Flops of the Decade! See Complete Top 10 and Weep! 

Eddie Murphy's "The Adventure of Pluto Nash" is the No. 1 flop of the decade according to The Hollywood Reporter. Big budgets, big stars with big egos, all clash to give us the biggest flops of the past ten years.

"Pluto Nash" was made for $100 million and only grossed $4.4 million, even out-flopping John Travolta's Scientology-homage "Battlefield Earth."

But Murphy and Travolta are not the only ones on the list. Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, and Halle Berry also made the cut. Even Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were not safe!

What other films made it to the Top 10? Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Flops of the Decade, THE BIGGEST TURKEYS:


* Release date: August 6, 2002

* Estimated cost: $100 million

* Domestic gross: $4.4 million


* Release date: May 12, 2000

* Estimated cost: $75 million

* Domestic gross: $21 million


* Release date: June 5, 2009

* Estimated cost: $100 million

* Domestic gross: $65 million


* Release date: August 1, 2003

* Estimated cost: $54 million

* Domestic gross: $6.1 million


* Release date: April 27, 2001

* Estimated cost: $90 million

* Domestic gross: $6.7 million


* Release date: July 23, 2004

* Estimated cost: $100 million

* Domestic gross: $40 million


* Release date: August 17, 2007

* Estimated cost: $80 million

* Domestic gross: $15.1 million


* Release date: February 8, 2002

* Estimated cost: $70 million

* Domestic gross: $19 million


* Release date: April 6, 2007

* Estimated cost: $67 million

* Domestic gross: $25 million


* Release date: December 25, 2008

* Estimated cost: $60 million

* Domestic gross: $19.8 million


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Jean-Claude Van Damme Video Extravaganza! New Trailers for "Universal Soldier Regeneration" and "The Eagle Path" 

Last year, Jean-Claude Van Damme surprised everyone with the film "JCVD." It was a great movie and the action star served as the heart of the flick.

Now, Van Damme returns with not one but two new action films. One, has the actor embracing his Luc Deveraux character again in the "Universal Soldier" franchise, and the other, Van Damme returns to the director's chair in "The Eagle Path."

First, let's take a look at the fifth installment of the "Universal Soldier" franchise called "Universal Soldier Regeneration." This one's directed by John Hyams and stars Van Damme and Dolpg Lungren (!) yeah!

"Universal Soldier Regeneration" is a direct-to-video release (tsk,tsk) and will arrive February 2nd of 2010.

Now here's "The Eagle Path." The last time Van Damme directed a film was 1996's "The Quest." This time, not only did the actor helm the project, he also wrote it! Interesting trivia y'all, did you know that your favorite action stars from the 80s (Stallone notwithstanding), have been directing their own films?

Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal, and Van Damme have all taken up directing their films. Maybe because no one will direct them anymore? Just kidding :happy

So take a look at "Eagle Path" and see for yourself. It reminds me on an 80s action flick!

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Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! 

Hope you guys have a fantastic turkey day!

And to brighten up your holiday, take a look at my BEST THANKSGIVING FILMS EVER!

Eat lots of turkey, and drink lots of eggnog :happy

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Movie Reviews -- "Old Dogs," "The Road," and "Fantastic Mr. Fox!" See Which One's My Pick of the Week! 

Here you go, my movie reviews of:

"THE ROAD" (To read my written movie review of "The Road," click here)

Here's more info on the films I reviewed, courtesy of Yahoo Movies:

"Old Dogs"

Cast and Credits
Starring: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Ella Blue Travolta, Lori Loughlin
Directed by: Walt Becker
Produced by: Garrett Grant, Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams

Two best friends -- one unlucky-in-love divorcee and the other a fun-loving bachelor -- have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of 7-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins, leading to one debacle after another.

Genres: Comedy and Kids/Family
Release Date: November 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Walt Disney Studios Distribution

"The Road"

Cast and Credits
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Produced by: Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Marc Butan

An epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. It imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of -- a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: November 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Cast and Credits
Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Produced by: Steven M. Rales, Arnon Milchan, Scott Rudin

Mr and Mrs Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: November 13th, 2009 (limited); November 25th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for action, smoking and slang humor.
Fox Searchlight
U.S. Box Office: $562,048

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