Yay! Sylvester Stallone to be Honored at Venice Film Festival! Parts of "The Expendables" to be Shown! 


Sylvester Stallone is set to be awarded with the, repeat after me, JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD, at this year's Venice Film Festival.

It's an "auteur" award "dedicated to an artist who has left his mark on contemporary cinema." I agree with that about Stallone, don't you?

Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda, and Abbas Kiarostami were previous Jaeger-Lecoultre awardees.

Why are the event's organizers giving Stallone the award? They said:

"Through all of his movies -- even the ones he has not directed or are considered 'less important' -- Stallone has shaped his own character with much care, and reflected upon it, giving us an iconic exploration among the most coherent and lucid of contemporary America cinema.

"Stallone has shown an original eye and an auteur's determination. His is a cinema capable of tenderness even when dripping with blood."


Go Rocky!

The best part? There will be a sneak preview of some sequences of Stallone's new film he wrote and directed called "The Expendables." The film features Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Mickey Rourke.

The Venice Film Festival runs Sept. 2-12.

Congratulations Mister Sylvester!

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A New "Anne Frank" Movie, This Time From Disney and David Mamet! 


Walt Disney Pictures has acquired the rights to a new film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet is set to write the script and direct.

Mamet will use the diary and the original play by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich for inspiration. Hackett and Goodrich also wrote the script of the 1959 film version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" directed by George Stevens. That film was nominated for 8 Oscars and won three including Shelly Winters for Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, and
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" tells the gripping true-to-life story of a young Jewish girl who hides with her family in the attic in Amsterdam from the Nazis. That's the plot, but I think the stronger theme is Frank's coming-of-age story during World War II.

Mamet is a great storyteller, so I think he'll do justice to this new film version.

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"Bandslam" Movie Review! See Why I Really Love This Film! 


Movies about teenagers and music normally feature two motivations. The characters are either singing and dancing for love or fame. What sets the new movie “Bandslam” apart from other teen films is its pure, unmitigated love for music.

Indeed, music becomes a central character in this new film from Summit Entertainment, the house that “Twilight” built. But the genius behind “Bandslam” is director and co-writer Todd Graff (“Camp”). Having worked in Broadway and performed as a back-up singer for such artists as James Taylor and Carly Simon, Graff really knows what he’s talking about. Read More...

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Pee-Wee Herman Returns! This Time It's Raunchier, Nuttier, and Gasp, Funnier! 


You may have heard that Paul Reubens aka Pee-Wee Herman has been developing two new films based on his iconic character. One is supposed to be for adults, and the other, for kids!

While there are no films being developed yet, Reubens will take his popular character back where it all began -- live onstage!

"The Pee-Wee Herman Show" will debut November 8th at the Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood!

Hurray!

In a press release, Reubens said, "It’s time. My Pee-wee suit and red bow tie are at the ready - and this is proof that white shoes are cool past Labor Day.”

This new "Pee-Herman Show" is being called re-imagined, re-invented, and nuttier than ever and will include the characters near and dear to the fans such as Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis and Jambi the Genie, as well as Pee-wee’s talking chair, Chairry, Pterri the pterodactyl, robot Conky, Magic Screen, Randy, and many more.

You can purchase the tickets right now by clicking here. I already have my tickets! :tongue

Here's the rest of the press release:

The Pee-wee Herman Show” debuted at The Groundlings Theatre in 1981, then moved to the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip for five sold out months. Taped as part of HBO’s On Location series, the show catapulted Pee-wee into the national consciousness. It lead to Pee-wee’s many appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman,” followed by a 22-city tour that included Carnegie Hall. In 1985, Warner Brothers brought Pee-wee to the big screen with “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”, Tim Burton’s feature film debut. Co-written by Reubens, it featured Danny Elfman’s first original film score.

The CBS television series “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” premiered in 1986. During its five seasons, the show garnered 22 Emmy Awards. Pee-wee’s second film, “Big Top Pee-wee” was released in 1988. While “The Pee-wee Herman Show”, and “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” were an homage to an earlier generation’s television classics – “Howdy Doody,” “The Mickey Mouse Club,” “Captain Kangaroo,” “Kukla, Fran, and Ollie,” and “The Shari Lewis Show” – Pee-wee himself became one of the most original and beloved stars in all of television history and late-century American culture.

By the late 90s, even fashion was not immune to the style of Pee-wee as fashion designers like Christopher Bailey, Ennio Capasa, Miuccia Prada, Viktor & Rolf, and Thom Browne imitated the high armholes, short inseams, and tight cut suits that Pee-wee made as his trademark. In 2007, Nike created a version of the Nike SB sneaker loosely inspired by Pee-wee.

When Cartoon Network aired the series in 2006, 1.5 million viewers watched every night; the next year TV Guide named the “Playhouse” among the top 10 cult classics of all time. All of the episodes of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” have been issued on DVD (and iTunes) and are consistently best sellers. And as Pee-wee was influenced by the television classics that came before him, it is hard to imagine that “Blue’s Clues” or “SpongeBob Square Pants” would be quite the same without him.


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John Hughes Documentary Finds Distributor! 


The fitting title of a new documentary about the late, great John Hughes is "Don't You Forget About Me." That title is, of course, an homage to the new wave group Simple Minds and their similarly titled song for "The Breakfast Club," one of Hughes' 80s classics.

This documentary did not have a future until the director's untimely death last week.

Now, Alliance Films has purchased world rights to the documentary.

The film delves deeper into Hughes' pop culture hits such as "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club," and "Sixteen Candles."

But it is also an "in-search of" type of documentary with the filmmakers (headed by director Matt Austin-Sadowski) going to suburban Illinois to find the reclusive Hughes.

Why did Austin-Sadowski do the documentary? He tells Variety, "He inspired me as a person, going through an awkward adolescence, as many people do."

"He took affairs of the heart very seriously, and no other director gave teenagers that sort of treatment at that time."

And Austin-Sadowski interviewed the Brat Pack as well such as Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mia Sara, Kelly LeBrock and Andrew McCarthy.

But that Molly Ringwald! She refused to be part of the film!


And ultimately, Austin-Sadowski said he worked on the documentary not for monetary gain but for the public to have renewed interest in Hughes' films. He said, "That's what's important to us. It's not the deal. It's not more exposure for us."

Aw...I'll certainly support this documentary!

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