Where The Wild Things Are – character posters + featurette

Posted in Film by flicksandbits on September 11, 2009

I have never really followed films that are based of books I’ve read or shows I’ve watched as a kid due to the fact most of the time they have turned out being sh*t – Transformers 1+2 (They were both SH*T), Speed Racer, Dragonball ect . But seeing as this is being directed by Spike Jonz (Being John Malkovich and Adaptation) and the trailer looks SERIOUS this is one of my most highly anticipated film of the year.

Innovative director Spike Jonze collaborates with celebrated author Maurice Sendak to bring one of the most beloved books of all time to the big screen in Where the Wild Things Are, a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in.

The film tells the story of Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions.

The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy.

Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, a Playtone/Wild Things Production of a Spike Jonze film: Where the Wild Things Are, starring Catherine Keener, Max Records and Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Forest Whitaker.

Where the Wild Things Are is directed by Spike Jonze from a screenplay by Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak. It is produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John Carls and Vincent Landay, with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

The creative team includes director of photography Lance Acord, production designer K.K. Barrett and editor Eric Zumbrunnen. Music is by Karen O and Carter Burwell.

Where the Wild Things Are will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. Soundtrack Album is available on DGC/Interscope Records.

United States:
October 16, 2009
Australia, New Zealand:
December 3, 2009
United Kingdom:
December 11, 2009 (Why SO FAR BEHIND THE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


The Firm In Cinemas Sept 18th – Nick Love’s on TOP form

Posted in Film by flicksandbits on September 10, 2009

I recently attended the press screening of The Firm and am safe to say Nick Love (The Business, Football Factory….) is on top form. The Firm is very funny, the music is great, the acting is great, the visuals are great and the story is one of the best coming of age story’s I’ve seen this year.The Firm is Loosely adapted from Alan Clarkes 1989 classic TV film, Nick Loves film is set earlier in the 80s and retells a similar story to the original but from a different characters point of view. The film centres on Dom, a young wannabe football casual, who get drawn into the charismatic but dangerous world of the firms top boy, Bex.

Accepted for the fast mouth and sense of humour, Dom soon becomes one of the boys. But as Bex and his gang clash with rival firms across the country and the violence spirals out of control, Dom realises he wants out until he learns its not that easy to simply walk away.

Humorous, heart-warming and set to a killer jazz funk 80s soundtrack, The Firm is a classic coming-of-age story set amongst one of Englands most revered tribes.

Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria Interview

Posted in Film, interview by flicksandbits on September 9, 2009

While promoting Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian I was fortunate to interview Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais and Hank Azaria.

Night At The Museam: Battle Of The Smithsonian is the sequel to the american adventure comedy fim Night At The Museum (which has grossed over $571,069,550). The film starred Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Rami Malek, Hank Azaria, Bill Hader, Ricky Gervais, Christopher Guest and Steve Coogan.

There’s a line in the film that goes ‘Happiness is doing what you love with people you love’, would you endorse that?

Ben Stiller: Yeah definitely that’s the idea behind the movie, we had to figure out a way of making a 2nd movie because at the end of the 1st movie everything was so happy, so we had to figure out a problem to begin the next one with. The idea that Larry becomes successful and all the problems of success draw him away from happiness, success doesn’t always lead to happiness.

Ricky Gervais: I just did the film for money.

Hank Azaria: If you’re asking me if I’m in love with Ben and Rick the answer is yes, I did fall in love with them.

Hank how many different voices did you go through before settling on the final voices?

Hank Azaria: With Kah Mun Rah I wanted him to sound stupid, with Abraham Lincoln I would mess around with temporary voices on set and they ended up using the one I made up on set, we tried a bunch of different things, Abraham Lincoln was hard because he had to sound Presidential but also funny. We tried a bunch of different version of Kah Mun Rah, I had 5 or 6 at the testing’s then as a joke at the end I said what about Boris Karloff (in the accent) he’d be a good Mummy if he were still alive. I still can’t believe we actually used that but it made them laugh.

Ben Stiller: It’s such a silly voice

Ricky Gervais: I used my own accent, I’ve nailed it.

How do feel about Night At The Museum 3 if all goes well with this? Do you see this as something that can go further or do you think it stops here because it can’t get much bigger than this with the Smithsonian?

Ben Stiller: I don’t know you know, with this one we had to figure out an interesting story, the idea of doing a 3rd one would be great and a lot of fun, but the main thing would be how to figure out how to sustain itself. If the audience want to see it there’s ideas already floating around but working with these guys again would be great. It’s just trying to figure out something different.

Ricky Gervais: We could just do it in a normal museum where nothing comes to life that would be great.

What type of jobs did you have before you became an actor?

Ben Stiller: I was a bus boy, a really bad waiter, I waited on Dudley Moore once and I was very interested in what he was talking about so I hovered around him, I think I annoyed him, I also worked in a camera store when I was a teenager, I was a scuba a diving instructor in Massachusetts for a couple summers. It all helped me in my career (laughs). I was a bad student but I liked archaeology, I wanted to become an archaeologist but because I had such bad grades I wasn’t gonna get in to any good College so I fell back on acting.

Hank Azaria: I was a bus boy as well but I was a really good one, I could clear a table really well. In fact I was so bored I would try out accents, people would look through you if you sounded regular but if I said ‘Are you finished with this’(in a really good French accent) they would be like where are you from? My first job was as a bar tender though, I was fired from every job I had except acting.

Ricky Gervais: I worked in an Office (laughs). That worked out alright.

Ricky do you ever get back to Reading that much? Do you ever meet up with the other Reading Hollywood contingent at all Kate Winslot?

Ricky Gervais: No I think she was born on the other side of the tracks (laughs). I go back about twice a year to see folks dotted around and see family. When I lived there I didn’t go out after dark obviously, it’s like I Am Legend (laughs). I’m actually in pre production for a film set in Reading but we’re not filming it there we’re filming it in Hampstead though.  I had good times in Reading I thought it was great and I got out when I was 18. I’ve got fond memories from Reading.

What was it like working with each other and were you distracted by Amy Adams flight  trousers?

Ben Stiller: I enjoyed the trousers, I thought she looked great in them, I was happy to shoot scenes with here every day, we did laugh a lot, it was great to hang out with people who you admire.

Ricky Gervais: I was only filming for two day’s

Ben Stiller: The first one was exciting because we had week and weeks of acting with nothing, running away from Dinosaurs when their not actually there, not having people to interact with, then Ricky shows up and we were like oh my god!

Ricky Gervais: So I was better than nothing (laughs)

Ben Stiller: Yes but it was almost too much, when Ricky Gervais shows up when you’ve been acting with no one it’s too much. We laughed a lot though.

Ricky Gervais: My part was just me trying to put Ben off, I got crazier in this one, I went into the 1st movie a bit blind, I didn’t know how it was gonna be, but then when I saw the finished product I got it, just go crazy, so when I went over for the 2nd I went madder and madder, it got to the point where Ben had to stop laughing and tell me it was ridiculous. Which is the nicest thing anyone’s said to me.

Ben Stiller: He went off on a crazy tangent what my character was like then he went into a weird cowboy character, it was so far from reality, there was no motivation for it (laughs) I had to say something. It was always exciting working with these guys. Hank and I have been friends for a long time. Sitting around on set with these people like Steve Coogan and Christopher Guest, we all look up to him and he’s such a sweet guy, I still can’t believe he’s in the movie.

Ricky Gervais: No off switch, it’s a machine and I met the monkey.

Hank Azaria: The monkey packs a wallop. I know Ben’s tired of it.

Ben Stiller: I’m beyond tired I resent her now. The slapping scene is not the most exciting day of the shoot for me, it’s one monkey playing to parts.

Ricky Gervais: With the trousers I only worked with Ben and the monkey so I never got to see them. I haven’t even seen the film, its brilliant though(laughs) I only read my bit in the script.

Hank Azaria: I told her about my distraction with the trousers, I said something really clever like nice pants, they really hug you from behind.

If the 3 of you had to steal something from any museum in the world what would it be?

Ben Stiller: Something valuable

Hank Azaria: Yeah I’d find out what was the most expensive thing.

Ricky Gervais: I’m into evolution so I’d probably take Lucy the first hominid.

Ben Stiller: I just went to Egypt and saw King Tut that was great I’d take that.

Hank Azaria: I’d take the Hope Diamond because it expensive

What did you guys think of the waxworks and would you ever want to get one of yourselves?

Ricky Gervais: I’ve been asked to do a couple things like that, one was for chocolate but I didn’t want to sit there for three hours, if they can do it from a photo their welcome (laughs). There a bit creepy though

Ben Stiller: Yeah they are quite creepy

Ricky Gervais: The best ones I’ve ever seen are in this film, the eyes looked real, they were amazing.

Ben Stiller: The one of Hank I had to email the picture to him because it looked exactly like him it was full sized as well. It was weird.

Hank Azaria: I was creeped out by them.

If you could make any inanimate object come to life what would it be?

Hank Azaria: I’d like for my car to come alive, we could scheme up some adventures together.

Ricky Gervais: Is it the car or do you want to be like David Hasslehoff?

Ben Stiller: I’d like to make David Hasslehoff come alive (laughs)

Hank Azaria: That’s your answer David Hasslehoff!

Dizzee Rascal keeping it real with Kate Moss ‘move b*tch’

Posted in Music by flicksandbits on September 9, 2009

Song Of The Day: Jay Z feat Mr Hudson – Forever Young

Posted in Music by flicksandbits on September 9, 2009

Feeling this track along with Empire State Of Mind feat Alicia Keys (produced by the UKs Shux) and A Star Is Born feat J.Cole it’s my favorite track from Jay Z’s new album Blueprint 3, to be honest overall I think the album is average. A lot of the production wasn’t cutting it for me, especially Timbalands beats. Raekwon’s album>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.Blueprint 3.

Interviewing Mr Hudson this week, look out for the interview this time next week.

Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ Released October 28th

Posted in Film by flicksandbits on September 9, 2009

Don’t know what to think of this to be honest dunno if it’s quick exploitation or if it’s giving people what they want!

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment have previously announced that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide, with the debut of the film taking place on Wednesday, October 28th. Due to the anticipated demand for this film, tickets for the two-week presentation will go on sale in most cities beginning on Sunday, September 27th.

Separately, the producers of Michael Jackson THIS IS IT also announced that Kenny Ortega has been set to direct the motion picture.  The film is being produced with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson.

Commenting on the announcement, Ortega, director of and Jackson’s creative partner on the THIS IS IT concert, said, “This film is a gift to Michaels fans. As we began assembling the footage for the motion picture we realized we captured something extraordinary, unique and very special. It’s a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius’s world. For the first time ever, fans will see Michael as they have never seen him before – this great artist at work. It is raw, emotional, moving and powerful footage that captures his interactions with the THIS IS IT collaborators that he had personally assembled for this once in a lifetime project. This film shows a consummate performer working with and guiding singers, dancers, band members, choreographers, special effects creators and countless other creative members of the team as we all assemble this historic concert.  I can think of many words to describe Michael as he rehearses for and creates THIS IS IT– inspirational, dynamic, generous, dedicated, loving and the guiding force—you see him as the true architect and driving force of this project – a true master of his craft, the Entertainer of Entertainers.  I’m proud of the many years of friendship and creative association I shared with Michael and I’m happy that people will get a chance to see his spirit and drive in action. THIS IS IT may go down as the greatest concert that no one got a chance to see, but with this film, we get a rare portrait of Michael as he prepares for his final curtain call and what I believe was going to be his master work.”

Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show.

“I have never been partners with a more creative, innovative or groundbreaking entertainer than Michael Jackson,” said Randy Phillips, President & CEO, AEG LIVE and producer of Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT.  “While the concerts would have been the greatest shows in the history of music, our film will provide a historic event for Michael’s fans to see for themselves the genius that he was and the creativity, talent and imagination that the entire cast devoted to create the ‘greatest concert that never happened’.”

In the coming weeks, additional information about the film will be available at www.ThisIsIt-Movie.com

Dubbed the Billion Dollar Maestro by Daily Variety, Kenny Ortega has conquered Feature Films, Television, Stage, Concerts and massive Live Events such as The Olympics with equal excellence. As Michael Jackson’s director and creative partner on THIS IS IT as well as the previous Jackson concert tours DANGEROUS and HISTORY, Mr. Ortega has been a friend, trusted colleague and collaborator of Michael Jackson’s for over 20 years.

Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee Trailer

Posted in Film, Trailers/Video by flicksandbits on September 8, 2009

I’m really looking forward to this Shane Meadows is one of my favorite directors, Dead Mans Shoes is in my top 10 films of all time and I really enjoyed This Is England and Somers Town.

Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee is an improvised, low-budget mockumentary shot over five days which follows Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee. Fifteen years ago Le Donk seemed to have it all. Now his life is shit. Le Donk has lived, loved and learned. Along the way, he’s lost a classy girlfriend in Olivia (Olivia Colman), but gained a talented sidekick in Nottingham rap prodigy Scor-Zay-Zee (who’s been around for ages, his track Great Britain is a UK Hip Hop classic) AKA Dean Palinczuk (playing himself) whom he decides to take on a road trip that he hopes will change both their lives forever. With Meadows and his fly-on-the-wall crew in tow, Donk sets out to make his protege Scorz-Ayz-Ee a star with a little help from British indie-rock icons The Arctic Monkeys.

Gerard Butler Interview and Gamer Trailer (18th Sept)

Posted in Film, interview by flicksandbits on September 8, 2009

A few months ago I caught up with a very humble and barmy Gerard Butler for a quick and very random interview. Gerard Butler is best known as the Spartan King Leonidas in 300 which had the classic line THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAAA!!!

When I spoke to Idris Elba he said you were very naughty on the Rocknrolla set what was that about?

Gerard Butler: I’m a naughty guy, I’m a naughty boy and to be honest most of these guys are pretty naughty. I can’t remember what things I done naughty though! But with me, Idris(Mumbles) and Tom(Handsome Bob) we were the Wild Bunch, they weren’t gonna cast pansies it was a bunch of naughty boys. It’s funny it’s like with them little bad babies, it’s not like they’re even trying, they just are, they can’t help not to get into the shit or fall into the toilet. Particularly Idris he loves to shove his own fist up his ass, it’s a party piece of his(laughs).

The Wild Bunch were the most relatable characters in the film for me

Gerard Butler: Yeah definitely, their the characters you can most likely see yourself in, their not the outstanding gangsters, the billionaire Russians, the junkies, their kind of just the regular guys who have fallen on the other side of the criminal line and in some ways if you fell into that you could become the same person. I can see myself in all of them, I think that’s why it was fun. 1 it was written that way, 2 you kind of knew you could take that to other levels, it’s funnier because their more regular guys, it’s funny with the situation they’re in. I think they are charming in a mad way.

What was it like working with Guy Ritchie?

Gerard Butler: It was a really fun movie set. It was a great script and a great cast. I had always heard that Guy was a wanker but he wasn’t at all (laughs) I’m joking! He was lovely though he ran a tight ship. His 5 4 3 2 1 way of counting down to filming was great, it’s a very effective way cutting down filming time but we had a great time.

You seem to be stripping of in all your movies with 300 and P.S I Love what’s that about?

Gerard Butler: (Laughs) Trust me if I could leave my clothes on in a movie I’d rather do that any time, but if I’m gonna get undressed I’m gonna do it as well as I can(Laughs). Whenever I hear people say that’s sexy for the few people that say that I think are you insane!

What was the roll that cracked it for you?

Gerard Butler: It depends you know, in terms of in the business with people saying that that guy can act it was in Dear Frankie, it didn’t make a lot of money but it was the movie that if the directors watched it something positive would come out of it, The Phantom Of The Opera was another one it didn’t do that well financially. But if you mean REALLY cracking it would have to be 300. I think there’s something to be said for sticking to your guns and doing what you believe in, because that will become the most effecting, I remember when I was doing Dear Frankie I thought the movie was a beautiful movie, I didn’t care it didn’t do well, I think it’s sad it got lost in the haze of marketing. But then again I made Dracula 2000 (laughs) and with that Joel Schumacher saw me in that and said I wanna work with that guy one time, from that came the Phantom Of The Opera so it show’s if you do shit that might even work out (laughs).

You grew up in Glasgow and lived in London are cities the same all over, do they have this sort of culture?

Gerard Butler: I think there’s a lot of similarities between Glasgow and London, there’s a lot of the same sort of characters they just have different accents, I think with every city and society they have similar echelons of that society middle class, working class, criminals from what I’ve seen.

What do you miss most about Scotland living in the states?

Gerard Butler: Two things mainly, 1 the people and 2 the countryside. It’s such a beautiful country. It’s therapy when I go back. Everything relaxes, the people and the humour when you experience that. I was with a friend from Scotland in New York and my sides were splitting just the way he was saying things I thought I was gonna literally piss myself listening to him, I miss that about Scotland the sense of humour and sharpness that you share with your buddy’s .

Gamer is in cinemas in the UK 18th September and is out now in the US

Rampage Jackson rumored to play Mr T in upcoming A-Team Film

Posted in Film by flicksandbits on September 8, 2009

There’s a rumour going around that UFC fighter Rampage Jackson has been cast in the upcoming A Team film as Mr T (I thought The Game had been cast!!!???!!!). Not sure how good of actor Rampage Jackson is but for me watching UFC over the last couple of years he perfect to play the part he’s charasmatic, funny, is built (no homo) and is a also bit mad (see below)

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship world light heavyweight champion Quinton (Rampage) Jackson is in Vancouver to star as BA Baracus in an upcoming movie version of The A-Team.

Jackson has been removed from the UFC 107 card where he was set to face Sugar Rashad Evans in an Ultimate Fighter finale showdown, so he can appear in the film. He was spotted on Robson Street Friday afternoon, signing autographs for fans.


Song Of The Day – Raekwon – Ason Jones

Posted in Music by flicksandbits on September 8, 2009

Been bumping this non stop since I’ve had Raekwon new album Only Built For Cuban Linkx 2. The track is  produced by J Dilla  (RIP) and is a tribute to the late great Ol Dirty Bastard.