Watch My Review of "Up" -- An Uplifting Film, and Definitely One of the Year's Best! 


From the sea (“Finding Nemo”) to the race tracks (“Cars”) to faraway galaxies (“Wall-E”), Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios have been consistent in delighting us with great storytelling and filmmaking.

Now, the studios are taking us up, up, and away on one of their funniest adventures of all time. “Up” is the 10th Disney/Pixar movie and is definitely one of their best.

(For my full written movie review of "Up," click here. For my fun interviews with the cast, producer Jonas Rivera, and director Peter Docter, click here)

And here's my floating movie review of "Up", have fun!



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Remember the Captain Rescued from Somali Pirates? Well, Get Ready for His Big Screen Adventure! 


I can see the trailer now:

One man against all odds...
One man with only one hope...to come home to his waiting family...
Columbia Pictures presents, "Saving Captain Richard Phillips" coming this summer...

HA! Just kidding :happy

But just merely weeks after escaping from armed Somali Pirates, Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to the life and times of Captain Richard Phillips.

The studio has also optioned the film rights to the captain's upcoming memoir.

Actor Kevin Spacey is one of the producers of the upcoming film based on the Maersk Alabama captain's capture and rescue. So is Spacey also on board to star? Yeah, and who should really play Captain Richard Phillips?

No word yet on who's attached to write the script or direct but this smells like a Tony Scott (the thrilling action director of films such as the upcoming "The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3") production to me :happy

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It's Official! Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz Will Reunite for New Movie! 


As we told you in March, the "Vanilla Sky" couple, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, will reunite for a film director James Mangold is attached to direct.

(Read the article here)

Now, it's official, Cruise and Diaz will reignite the screen in a project that's now being called an action comedy.

Variety is reporting:

Tom Cruise is zeroing in on the 20th Century Fox action comedy, formerly titled "Wichita," as his next star vehicle.

He'll pair with Cameron Diaz in the James Mangold-directed film. That ends a serious courtship that the star had since January with some of the highest-profile projects in Hollywood.

According to sources, Cruise and Diaz have approved the script, and their deals are in advanced negotiations. While Fox has not officially dated the picture, sources said the studio is eyeing a summer 2010 release.

The script has been through many machinations, but the most recent drafts were done by Scott Frank, with Mangold currently fine-tuning the script with Laeta Kalogridis ("Shutter Island"). Two-hander has several action scenes.

Cruise will play a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman.

Todd Garner, Kathy Conrad, Steve Pink and Joe Roth are producing the pic.

Since the opening of "Valkyrie," Cruise has been courted for and has shown serious interest in the Len Wiseman-directed DreamWorks thriller "Motorcade"; the Bharat Nalluri-directed Spyglass remake "The Tourist"; the David Cronenberg-directed MGM drama "The Matarese Circle"; the Universal/Working Title romantic comedy "Lost for Words"; and "The 28th Amendment," the Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck-directed Warner Bros. thriller.

The competition for the slot came down to "Wichita" and "Motorcade." It is possible that Cruise might do one of the other projects down the line.


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My Fun One-on-One Interviews for Disney/Pixar "UP!" Have I Told You How Much I Love This Movie? 


So Disney/Pixar did it again! Their 10th film "UP" is perhaps, one of their best and funniest yet.

(Read my "UP" movie review, right here)

I was invited for the press junket for the film, and I was happy as a clam! (Take a look at me flying with balloons right here)

So here are my fun one-on-one interviews:

First stop, the legendary Ed Asner (Carl Fredricksen). We talked about:

*** Why he joined the cast of "Up"
*** The beautiful film called "Up"
*** The sad moments of the film
*** The funny parts of "Up"
*** The moral of the story




Next, we have Jordan Nagai (Russell) and producer Jonas Rivera. We talked about:

*** How they become interested in working on "Up"
*** Jordan's favorite scene
*** How Jordan was motivated by director Pete Docter



And we have the great director, Pete Docter. We talked about:


*** His inspiration for the film
*** Why he chose to do "Up"
*** Why they made "Up" a 3-D flick




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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" American Premiere! See How You Can Get Tickets! 


"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" will have its American Premiere on Monday, June 22 at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival!

Wow! Director Michael Bay's sequel gets a film festival premiere!

I enjoyed the first one, so I'm looking forward to seeing this film. You know this is one of the highly anticipated summer blockbusters, so tickets will be scarce! Read the press release below to find out how you can get tickets to the American Premiere of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen!"

LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2009) – Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced that DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will have its American Premiere on Monday, June 22 at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles Film Festival will run from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28.

Michael Bay’s highly anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival before it hits theaters on June 24, 2009. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots® against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons®. Revenge is coming.

“The Festival is delighted to welcome back Michael Bay and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after our successful launch two years ago. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Festival audiences to get a sneak peek at what will surely be one of this summer’s biggest action films,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures Present In Association with Hasbro A di Bonaventura Pictures Production A Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production A Michael Bay Film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. The film is directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. This film has not yet been rated.

Tickets to the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen can be obtained now by purchasing a Discovery, Industry, or Fast pass to this year’s Festival. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes at all levels provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the ZonePerfect live.create. lounge at 1028 Westwood Blvd. where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community.

General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning May 29. Contact the Festival Ticketing Center for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345-6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com. Festival Passes and tickets can also be purchased in person beginning on Friday, June 12 at the Festival Ticketing Center located at 1038 Westwood Blvd.


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