Secrets of "The Proposal!" What Scene Ended Up on the Cutting Room Floor, Where's Niecy Nash, and Why Sandra Bullock is one of the Most Down-to-Earth Folks in Hollywood?  


So my friend Tim Estiloz, TV Talent, Artist, Model, Actor, and an all-around great pal, shared with me a fantastic "The Proposal" story that is entertaining, intriguing, and heartwarming. (Check Tim's website right here)

You see, we always hear the phrase, "the scene ended up on the cutting room floor," but it's interesting to hear the voyage from shooting a scene to the proverbial "cutting room floor."

Tim has the inner-actor in him, and once in a while, he moonlights as an extra in films shot in and around Massachusetts. If you saw "Gone Baby Gone," (which you should have anyway, it's a great film!), then you might have seen Tim hamming it up as a TV reporter.

Tim was also invited to be an extra in Sandra Bullock's "The Proposal." When he heard that I participated in the film's press junket, he immediately asked about a "plane scene with Niecy Nash in it."

I was like what? There was no plane scene with Niecy Nash in it! To which Tim said, oh, cutting room floor.

Now, without spoiling the film, apparently, the scene that Tim was a part of, was supposed to be the ending of "The Proposal." But honestly? The finale the filmmakers chose is much better, and has more heart, in my humble opinion.

So it's safe to say that we may see this scene as an "alternate ending" when it arrives in DVD and Blu-Ray.

For now, let's have Tim tell his story:

I was chosen to be an extra in a scene filmed for "The Proposal" that took place aboard a small commuter plane that would have been one of the film's key plot points. It involved a group of passengers seated near Sandra Bullock, handcuffed to an INS agent who's been hounding she and Reynolds throughout the film. At one point, comedic actress Niecy Nash who was cast as a brassy flight attendant was to deliver a message to Bullock's character. However, the INS agent is increasingly rude, controlling and obnoxious to both Nash's character and Bullock, his helpless handcuffed prisoner.

As the scene was to play out... I was seated just one row behind Bullock. At one point, the exchanges between Nash and the INS agent become heated... and in a comedic flourish, Nash uses a taser to subdue the agent... and he falls into the small commuter plane aisle dragging the handcuffed Sandra bullock to the floor with him. After that, the passengers react in surprise... and I, along with a woman extra seated across the aisle gently help Bullock... along with others - to her feet to complete the scene.

The plane set was hot, cramped and often uncomfortable. However, what made the day-long shoot worthwhile and so enjoyable for all was first - the joyous directing style of Anne Fletcher, which kept the cast, crew and extras in stitches laughing. She knows what she wants, but she gets her movie set to be a smooth, light-hearted machine that's well-oiled with laughter and camaraderie.

Fletcher, a former dancer and choreographer would often break into dance moves... to keep the mood on this comedy set light and carefree. It's a directing relationship that strongly appealed to all the major cast members, but most especially Bullock.


Oh, and here's the reason why I said, Sandra Bullock is one of the most down-to-earth people in Hollywood. The tick, the tick!

She's also a genuinely nice, down to earth person. She must have taken well over two dozen or more falls... hard falls to the narrow, cramped airplane set aisle while handcuffed to the faux INS agent. Yet, each time... she gave it her all with no complaints... and much good humor.

But, the most memorable moment of the day's shoot truly showed the natural, down to earth sincerity of Sandra Bullock. The building that housed the airplane set was surrounded by an area that was prone to insects, bugs and ticks. So, as we all patiently awaited the next take of that particular scene... Sandra Bullock asked with some small degree of urgency for a Kleenex from a nearby production assistant.

Only the Kleenex wasn't for Sandra... instead, she gently removed a crawling tick from the head of a long-haired extra seated in front of her. She then made the guy feel better about the whole thing and laughed the incident off with the rest of the cast and extras.

I know of few actors or actresses who would have shown the same grace, kindness and courtesy that Sandra Bullock showed in that circumstance.

She's is a very classy, "down to Earth" woman... who just happens to be a Hollywood superstar.


See? Miss Sandra is truly sweet! Hurray for Sandra Bullock, and hurray for Tim for sharing his story! For more, yes there's more, visit Tim's site at http://timestiloz.com/

And if you want to escape the heat and have a good time at the movies, then watch "The Proposal."

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"The Proposal" Extravaganza! Watch My Review and See Me Propose!  


So here you go, it's your one-stop shop for everything "The Proposal."

First, check out my fun one-on-one interviews with the cast including Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White and director Anne Fletcher. You'll also see my funny bloopers with all of them. Watch them all right here.

Then, read my full, uncut review of "The Proposal" right here.

And now, see me propose. Take a look at this picture :happy



Yes, that ring is real :happy

Here's my review!



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Do You Have Any Joaquin Phoenix Video? Casey Affleck Wants You! 


So I reviewed and actually liked Joaquin Phoenix's supposed last film, "Two Lovers" starring Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by James Gray ("We Own the Night," "The Yards"). (Take a look at my review right here)

So my video has been languishing for a while, until I received an email from joaqdoc.com, yes, the folks behind the documentary about the actor (or is it rapper?) directed by Casey Affleck (check out their IMDB page right here). Apparently, the Joaq Doc team is interested in possibly using my vid for their documentary. HA! Here's part of the email:

Hey Manny,

We saw your Joaquin Phoenix video reviewing Two Lovers and were wondering if you'd be interested in us possibly using it in the upcoming documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's transition from actor to rapper.


So it's kind of interesting, more like a social experiment. So I said yes, go for it, and now, lovely viewers, if you have any Joaquin live performance or parody, spoof, go to joaqdoc.com and upload your .mov files! Click on the image below and it'll take you to their site. I can't wait for this documentary to see what the heck is going on with one of the most gifted actors in contemporary cinema.



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DreamWorks Animation Reveals Super-secret Ghost Project! 


Last May, DreamWorks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, said a "supersecret ghost project" was in the works for a possible 2012 opening.

Well, it can now be revealed, that super-secret ghost project is known, at least internally, as "Boo U." "The Simpsons Movie" writer, Jon Vitti, is going to pen the screenplay which The Hollywood Reporter is saying "centers on a ghost who is bad at his job and must return to ghost school."

Hence, "Boo U."

DreamWorks Animation is loving ghost-themed animated flicks right now. First, they announced that "Freakers" was in the works. But now, that project is dead. However, there's another ghost-related flick, besides "Boo U," that is currently in the pitch stage. So stay tuned...

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Trailer-rama! See 2 New Movie Trailers for "Zombieland" and "2012" Both Starring Woody Harrelson 


First stop, "Zombieland" starring Woody Harrelson as a zombie slayer named Tallahassee (it used to be Albuquerque when Columbia Pictures first announced the production last year.)

Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, "Zombieland" looks like fun judging from the trailer. It reminds me of "Shaun of the Dead" -- mixing comedy and the undead!

Take a look at the trailer below. "Zombieland" opens nationwide Oct. 9, 2009.



Next stop, "2012."



This time, Mister Woody co-stars alongside John Cusack and Thandie Newton. You may have heard of the premise. Death and destruction await us in 2012, and the movie is an epic adventure about that global cataclysm and the survivors.

Hhhhm, intriguing premise, but Roland Emmerich ("Godzilla," "10,000 B.C") doesn't have a good track record, so let's wait and see.

At least the trailer looks fun :happy

Oh yeah, "2012" arrives in theaters Nov. 13, 2009, just in case we're all doomed in 2012, at least we've seen the movie beforehand.



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