DE NIRO MICHAEL MANN MOB -- I'M SO THERE!!!! 
Director Michael Mann and Robert De Niro are reuniting for the movie "Frankie Machine" (they worked together on the searing 1995 flick "Heat").

It's based on a book by Don Winslow called "The Winter of Frankie Machine."

Now, I hate to typecast De Niro, but mention the words De Niro and Mob, and you get that old, tingly sensation!

Just read the book's description taken from Don Winslow's official site:

People are products of their past, and trying to reinvent yourself from the influences of any profession during the years of retirement is always problematic. When your first career was a hit man for the mob, the past can be more than simply an influence on your present, it could be a termination of your future.

Frank Machianno, aka Frankie Machine, retires from his life as a contract killer and begins a new life in San Diego. Far removed from any of the thrills of his mob life, he opens a bait shack on Ocean Beach Pier, runs three other legit businesses, and when nothing else demands his attention, puts his board in the water and rides the waves. Not a bad life for the 62-year-old Vietnam vet; at least most of the time it is quiet.

Frankie’s life however returns to the tension, suspense and terror of the ‘old-days’ when the head of the Los Angeles syndicate calls in a marker, and asks him for backup during a meeting with members of the Detroit mob. The meeting is suppose to be an effort to resolve the current disputes between the two groups, but turns out to be a setup to end Frankie’s life.

Now, rather than sitting on the shoreline thinking about his past, Frankie is thrown back into that world, and forced to follow a trail of bodies, to search out which of his past crimes has surfaced from the tide to end him.



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JAMIE FOXX KILLS IN "ZEBRA MURDERS" 
Jamie Foxx hasn't had an interesting role since his Oscar-winning turn in "Ray." Sure, Michael Mann tried to revive Foxx' mojo in "Miami Vice," but that was also a hit-and-miss film for me.

So, this is an intriguing news! Jamie Foxx signed on to do "The Zebra Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights." It's based on a book by Bennett Cohen and Prentice Earl Sanders.

Reading the description of this film, it sounds like a Denzel Washington movie...BUT...I would gladly see Foxx in this gripping, true-to-life story of murder, racism, and the law!

Here's a quick description:

The riveting story, told by San Francisco's first black police chief, of the racially-motivated serial killings—black on white—that terrorized the city in the winter of 1973–4, and how it was solved...by black detectives.



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PALM SPRINGS FOLKS, WATCH "AMERICAN GANGSTER" FOR FREE TUESDAY, OCT. 30TH!!!! 
Universal Pictures and my home, KMIR6, the NBC-affiliate in Palm Springs, are teaming up so you can watch "American Gangster" for free days before it opens nationwide!

So Palm Springs residents, what are you waiting for? And if you're not a resident, but will be in the valley on screening day, pick up your tickets!

The special valley screening is on Tuesday, Oct. 30th at 7:30pm at the Regal Stadium 9 in Palm Springs (Tahquitz Canyon).

Pick up your tickets at KMIR6 studios during business hours, Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm at:

KMIR6/NBC
72920 PARK VIEW DRIVE
PALM DESERT, CA 92260

Watch the movie for free! And watch it with me :)

SEE YOU THERE!!!!





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"HAIRSPRAY" RECEIVED PRAISES FROM THE DIVERSITY AWARDS 
The well-rounded message of "Hairspray" received big applause from the 2007 Diversity Awards. "High School Musical" folks are also honored!

Hard-working director, Kenny Ortega, who made "High School Musical" a tween-favorite, will be presented with the award for director, comedy or musical.

Best Documentary Feature goes to Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour."

The Awards gala will be on Nov. 18th at Universal Studios' Globe Theater.



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SPARTA!!! "300" NAMED MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!! 
You heard it right, director Zack Synder's adaptation of Frank Miller's "300" was named 2007 movie of the year at the 11th Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards and it beat out summer favorites "HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX," "TRANSFORMERS," and "SPIDER-MAN 3."

I enjoyed "300," it was quite visionary (watch my pic's review below), and I predict it will receive Oscar nominations for all its technical/visual glory.

Here's a list of the other winners at the Hollywood awards:

BEST FEATURE FILM: "GONE WITH THE WOMAN" by Petter Naess

BEST DOCUMENTARY: "KNEE DEEP" by Michael Chandler

BEST SHORT SUBJECT: "KNEE DEEP" by Michael Chandler

BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT: "KNEE DEEP" by Michael Chandler

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: TIMZ "IRAQ" by Timz, aka Tommy Hanna

HOLLYWOOD WORLD AWARD:
"4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS and 2 DAYS" directed by Cristian Mungiu

Richard Gere, Marion Cotillard, John Travolta, Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Page and Casey Affleck received acting honors; Neil Meron and Craig Zadan for producing; Ben Affleck and Marc Forster for directing; and the cast of "HAIRSPRAY" for ensemble acting.

"RATATOUILLE" received animation honors!

Take a look at my review of "300":



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