Monday, March 14, 2011

Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter' Pulled After Japan Disaster

Studio says it will no longer screen the Matt-Damon starring drama, which depicts a tsunami, in the quake-ravaged country.
By Aly Semigran


In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that have ravaged parts of Japan, Clint Eastwood's afterlife drama "Hereafter" has been pulled from theaters in the country. The film, which stars Matt Damon as a former psychic, features a terrifying scene that depicts the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia.

The Associated Press reported on Monday (March 14) that Warner Entertainment Japan Inc. official Satoru Otani said theaters will no longer screen the film, which was initially slated to play until late March. "Hereafter" opened in about 180 theaters in Japan last month. Otani concluded that the tsunami scene in the film was "not appropriate" for moviegoers during this sensitive time.

During its run in the U.S., the movie earned roughly $32.7 million at the box office and went on to earn a 2011 Oscar nod for Best Visual Effects. It's set for a DVD/Blu-ray Stateside release on Tuesday.

But "Hereafter" is not the only film being shelved in the days and weeks following the tragedy. Variety reports that director Xiaogang Feng and Japanese-based film company Shochiku have opted to delay the release of "Aftershock."

The film, originally slated to hit theaters nationwide on March 25, is about the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. Shochiku said in a statement, "In view of the devastation caused by the earthquake and out of consideration for the victims and their families ... we are delaying the release of 'Aftershock.'

Additionally, the Anthony Hopkins exorcism-chiller "The Rite" will also be put on hold in Japan. Warner explained in a statement, "We have decided that the content of film is not appropriate given Japan's current situation." Moreover, the horror film, which was to arrive in Japanese theaters on March 19, may not have made its release date given the gasoline shortages caused by the natural disasters.

For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, head to MTV Act, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Do you think it's wise to pull these films in response to the tragedy in Japan? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Vintage Zefron!

Soooo cute! (Even though we haven't a clue what the hell he is talking about!)
Check out Zac Efron at the tender age of 14 in his guest-spot on Firefly, which has been re-airing on the Science Channel. (above)
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Girl Is Overjoyed With Japan Tragedy, Calls It A Sign From God

This makes us feel truly sick!
Earlier today, we heard a UCLA girl say horrendous things about Asian students at her school. And yes, she commented on Japan in a disgusting, insensitive manner.
Now, another girl has posted a horrifically insensitive video (above), in which she calls the tragedy in Japan a sign from God.
She's [...]

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50 Cent?s Japan Twitter Snafu

He?s not usually known for putting his foot in his mouth, but 50 Cent definitely got people riled up with some insensitive tweets regarding the tsunami disaster in Japan.

The ?In Da Club? rapper took to his Twitter page to try and be funny, but all that ended up happening were some inflammatory remarks.

Upon hearing news that Japan, Hawaii, and the US west coast were going to be hit by huge waves, Fiddy tweeted, "Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing.?

He followed it up with, "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoess from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol."

In an effort to backpedal, 50 wrote, "Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone."

And later he confessed, "Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way 50cent."

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Rob Lowe Not Replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen may have endorsed Rob Lowe as his Two and a Half Men replacement yesterday, but Parks and Recreation executive producer Michael Schur put an end to rumors by confirming that Rob is locked into a multi-year contract with NBC.

?That?s what we in the television business call ?nonsense,?? Michael told Zap2it. ?Rob is a full-time cast member; he?s on the show for a number of more years, and that?s the end of the story. Sorry I can?t be juicier than that.?

Michael added that the rumor was ?totally unfounded? that Rob will replace Charlie. ?The Internet lit a match and set itself on fire,? he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Among the other names floating around the Internet as possible replacements for Charlie are actors John Stamos and Jerry O?Connell. ?What I would advise them to do, though, is just make it their own,? Charlie said to his unnamed successor. ?Don?t, don?t, don?t think about anything that I?ve done brilliantly on the show for 177,000 episodes? but I would just tell them, make it your own.?

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Zach Galifianakis Scores With Second Appearance On 'Saturday Night Live'

The idiosyncratic comic sings 'Annie,' shaves head, and lampoons 'The Hangover' on long running sketch comedy show.
By Shawn Adler

Zach Galifianakis on "Saturday Night Live"
Photo: NBC

After a well-received performance from host Miley Cyrus last week that contained funny, if fairly straightforward and typical sketches, Saturday Night Live wasted no time in racing back to its anti-comedy roots, thanks to an appearance last night (March 12) from the improvisational and idiosyncratic Zach Galifianakis, who was hosting the program for the second time.

Galifianakis set the episode's tone early, delivering a monologue chock full of non-sequiturs ("In April, I'll be babysitting my sister's kids," he said. "Via Skype."), before plunging with gusto into a lip-synched performance of the song "Tomorrow" from "Annie."

Adorned in the character's iconic short red dress, Galifianakis pranced and skipped across the stage while pretending to sing at the top of his lungs, simultaneously pulling back cue cards to goad the audience in a bizarre cross between Andy Kaufman's "Mighty Mouse" and Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

"Clap if you endorse legalized medical marijuana," one cue card read. "I smoke so much pot sometimes I forget to smoke it," read another. "Dukakis 2012," read the last.

From there, Galifianakis appeared as an audience member vocally disappointed that he was at a taping of "The Talk" rather than his preferred "The View," and an airhorn blowing comic in a pre-taped bit titled "The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Tour."

But while he also took turns alternately playing the Captain of the Titanic and a Canadian talk show host with a penchant for long vowels, the show's highlight might have been when Galifianakis appeared on the long running skit "Scared Straight" alongside Kenan Thompson.

Wheeled in on a gurney and dressed to look like Hannibal Lector, Galifianakis and Thompson played words like musical notes, turning names and titles like Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth and "Home Alone" into borderline filthy and scatological puns.

"And there won't be a baby and a papoose, it'll be a baby's arm in your caboose," Galifianakis punned, referencing his star turn in "The Hangover."

Galifianakis also appeared on the digital short, which revolved around the comic interviewing children to be his new personal assistant.

The musical guest was Jessie J, who brought along B.o.B to perform "Price Tag" during the show's musical interlude.

What did you think of Galifianakis's performance on "Saturday Night Live?" Which skit was the funniest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Oksana To Sue Mel In Civil Lawsuit

Just when we thought it was almost over.
Oksana Grigorieva and her lawyer Daniel Horowitz are sticking with their plan to sue Mel Gibson in a civil lawsuit.
When asked if Mel's no contest plea might have changed their minds, Horowitz said, "Our position hasn't changed." They will claim battery, emotional distress and defamation.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Summit to Give 'A Better Life' a June Release

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Summit Entertainment has given director Chris Weitz's new drama "A Better Life" a June 24 limited theatrical release date.

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Charlie Sheen Reveals He?s Jewish; Plans To Travel To Haiti With Sean Penn

Wait, what??
We can barely keep up with the crazy anymore!
Continuing to stir the pot of insanity, Charlie Sheen called into Access Hollywood Live on Friday and revealed his Jewish heritage to hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover. He said:
"My mom is Jewish. Here?s where it gets confusing ? we don?t know who her father [...]

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'The Adjustment Bureau': The Reviews Are In!

Critics largely praise the Matt Damon-led Philip K. Dick adaptation, with one calling it 'a brisk and affecting slice of sci-fi.'
By Eric Ditzian

Matt Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau"
Photo: Universal Pictures

Emily Blunt the garden gnome squares off against Emily Blunt the ballerina at the box office this weekend. Her toe-tapping dancer in "The Adjustment Bureau," which opened on Friday (March 4), will handily beat her animated statue from "Gnomeo & Juliet," a cinematic holdover from last month.

"Adjustment Bureau" stars Matt Damon as a one-time Senate front-runner who falls in love with Blunt's ballerina on the night he loses the election. One twist of fate later, Damon finds out that there are supernatural forces — slickly dressed "adjusters," played by the likes of John Slattery and Anthony Mackie — controlling everyone's lives and conspiring to keep him away from Blunt. That doesn't sit so well with Damon, who sets about fighting against these forces in an effort to keep his romance alive.

The movie blends sci-fi and romantic drama into a hybrid piece of entertainment that has won over the majority of critics. Check out what everyone has to say about "The Adjustment Bureau."

The Influences
" 'The Adjustment Bureau,' an enormously entertaining speculative thriller starring Matt Damon, would earn its kudos for ambition alone. An adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story, this is a movie of myriad genres and tonal gradations, including classic science fiction in the tradition of 'Blade Runner' and 'The Matrix' and the doomed romance of 'An Affair to Remember.' Throw in the conspiratorial intrigue of 'The Manchurian Candidate' — and a first-time director to keep it all straight — and the singular achievement of 'The Adjustment Bureau' becomes all the more impressive.' — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

The Thrills
" 'The Adjustment Bureau' is the thriller as glorified philosophical videogame, with David dashing through doors that are like looking-glass passageways, trying to wrench his destiny away from the forces that claim he has no free will. In many ways, this is a dated and rather gimmicky movie. Yet it's directed (by 'The Bourne Ultimatum''s co-screenwriter George Nolfi) with a wide-eyed spirit. It taps into your longing for the days when a sci-fi matrix could explain the world without making it a darker place." — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The Performances
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, together onscreen, make all sorts of sense; his compact concentration and fire-plug solidity contrast well with her gangly physicality and spirit of mischief, sexual and otherwise. ... 'The Adjustment Bureau' has the guts to play its central romance for genuine romantic feeling — and in the tasty byplay between Damon and Blunt, who seem to enjoy each other." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

The Dissenters
"The plot of 'The Adjustment Bureau' unfolds without rhyme or reason, with characters who behave in inexplicable ways just because. (Why, exactly, does one of the adjusters, played by Anthony Mackie, suddenly take a sympathetic interest in David's plight?) Damon and Blunt lack the onscreen chemistry to make you care much about their fate. Damon only seems plugged into the movie when he's running around and making like Jason Bourne, while Blunt does too good a job of portraying her character's strong, confident personality in her early scenes, only to retreat into wilting-violet mode in the movie's second half, as the script requires." — Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

The Final Word
Possessing great visual style, clever writing and the undeniable star presence of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, 'The Adjustment Bureau' is a brisk and affecting slice of sci-fi that allows room for optimism and even God. ... [The] movie spins off from what might be a prompt in a philosophy college class, and while it might not get much deeper than that, it's consistently entertaining and thought-provoking. An attempt at a climactic third-act chase feels forced, especially in contrast to the gentle and almost hushed tone of what came before it, but the film's earnest emotions and sure sense of itself remain captivating even through the mildly out-there finale." — Katey Rich, Cinema Blend

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He?s everywhere you look these days, and Charlie Sheen is convinced he will be back on ?Two and Half Men? very soon.
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Where the good wine deals in Mumbai are hiding

Chez Vous wine club sessions

Meanwhile seats for French bistro Chez Vous's new wine club sessions are tough to score.

"Last month we had to refuse seats!" says Chez Vous founding partner Frederic Fernandez.

The idea is unique French wines shared informally on the Chez Vous mezzanine along with dinner.

January was Bordeaux month when they opened a Prieur� Lichine, Margaux 2005 and a 2007 Sauternes.

February was dedicated to wine of the C�te du Rh�ne and on March 7 four new vintages will be paired with food for the usual Rs 3,000 per person, all inclusive.

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Relatives of autistic people tend to display abnormal eye movements

Abnormal eye movements and other sensorimotor and neurobehavioral impairments appear common in unaffected family members of individuals with autism, finds a new study. Matthew W. Mosconi, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted eye movement testing and other assessments of neurobehavioral function in 57 first-degree relatives of individuals with autism. Their [...]

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Mike Huckabee on Natalie Portman Slam: Read My Book!

Yes, Mike Huckabee said he was "troubled" by Natalie Portman's pregnancy this week.

And, yes, he accused the Oscar winner of boasting about her unmarried, expecting state; and, yes, he said the actress is setting a "distorted image" for girls across the country.

But the likely 2012 Presidential nominee has an explanation for these seemingly random, misguided allegations: it's the fault of the damn mainstream media!

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How dare Natalie Portman glamorize pregnancy by... being pregnant!

"These people should read my book and they would know what I said instead of what some left-wing partisans are attempting to put forth," the politician said in a statement.  "I do appreciate the attention to the book as it is sparking interest in it dramatically."

Hey, any way we can help, you hypocritical, pandering, judgmental jackass.

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Hyatt and Four Seasons top picks for Asia-Pacific hotels

The Hyatt group runs the best business hotels in the Asia Pacific region, while Four Seasons ran the best hotels for leisure, according to a recent poll conducted among readers of travel magazine DestinAsian.

The sixth annual Reader?s Choice Awards was conducted among thousands of DestinAsian readers over a six-month period last year.

Apart from voting for their favorite hotel chain, readers were asked to rank their favorite hotels in 19 cities in the region. Hyatt scooped up six titles on the list, for its hotels in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

Mandarin Oriental was given the nod twice, for their hotels in Kuala Kumpur and Bangkok.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

mrbrown revives bygone Singapore slang

It all started with ?Tebaboom."

Someone in my twitter feed used this word and immediately, nostalgia kicked in and brought me back to my childhood where we used this word to describe an explosion.

As in: ?Pewpewpewpew! Tebaboom!?

It can also be used like this:

?I ate so many chicken nuggets, I was going to tebaboom.?

In some circles it is also pronounced ?Chibaboom.?

Singapore Colloquial English or Singlish is full of these words and phrases, and the slang comes and goes.

After the buzz of hearing ?Tebaboom? being used, I decided that we needed a revival. A revival to bring some well-loved Singlish phrases and words back into our daily conversations.

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Summit to Give 'A Better Life' a June Release

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Summit Entertainment has given director Chris Weitz's new drama "A Better Life" a June 24 limited theatrical release date.

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Kate Bosworth?s Retail Romp

Treating herself to a shopping excursion, Kate Bosworth was spotted out and about in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon (March 3).

The ?Blue Crush? babe hit up Opening Ceremony to look for some new duds and emerged with a big smile on her face.

Kate told press she?s really looking forward to her new movie gig ,and will be heading overseas to begin working on it soon.

She explained, ?I?m working with a French filmmaker so I?m gonna go over and see her. It?s early days but I am excited.?

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Cameron Crowe's 'The Union' Will Open Tribeca Film Festival in April

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The film documents the recording of Elton John's latest album with Leon Russell and producer T Bone Burnett.

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