Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Background extras needed for 'Pawn Shop Chronicles' this Friday

The feature film PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES will be filming a fair scene at WIlliam and Lee Park, 1699 Louisiana Ave, Port Allen. This Friday Night June 29th. 8PM until…
SCENE DESCRIPTION: It’s the Erwin County Fair, where Ricky Baldoski (played by Brendan Fraser) performs his tribute to the King!
WHAT TO WEAR: Very pale faded colors (Tan, creme, pale blue, lavender, green, grey, faded red, NO BLACK), old fashioned 1950/60′s vintage looking clothes, think Andy Griffith Show (Google it!). No Jeans. Prefer khakis in tan, olive, brown. Button front shirts, solid, stripe, check all good. No athletic shoes.
Women to wear sundresses or shift dresses, nothing tight or form fitting. Simple flat shoes.
Simple, sweet and faded.
For information go to:
TWITTER: twitter.com/PSCtheMovie
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/PawnShopChronicles
The movie stars:
Come watch a special performance by Brendan Fraser, and enjoy the rides, animals and cotton candy!
Movie Logline:
Pawn Shop Chronicles is a dark comedy in the vein of Pulp Fiction and The Big Lebowski.
A man searching for his abducted wife, a couple of white supremacist meth heads and a sad sack Elvis impersonator are all linked through items sold or found in a small Southern town’s local pawn shop. Humor, chills and mayhem ensues.

'Chained' to screen at Stiges


Catalan thriller armada lands at fantasy fest

BARCELONA -- Catalan suspense-thriller "The Body," from first-timer Oriol Paulo, will world preem Oct. 4, opening the 45th Sitges -- Intl. Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Europe's biggest genre pic event.

The main Competition line-up, the bulk of which fest director Angel Sala unveiled Tuesday, boasts significant U.S. presence, multiple French titles and samples Catalonia's vibrant genre industry.

Starring Belen Rueda, Jose Coronado and Hugo Silva, the awaited "Body," a morgue-set suspenser, is produced by Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar and Antena 3 Films. Sony Pictures Releasing de Espana handles Spanish distribution; DeAPlaneta reps international rights.

Also world preeming is "El Bosc," helmed by Oscar Aibar ("Flying Saucers"), with Tom Sizemore, from a story by best-selling author Albert Sanchez Pinol.

A third Catalan entry, "Painless," from debutant Juan Carlos Medina, is a psychological thriller produced by Roxbury Films, Elle Driver handles foreign sales. Medina co-wrote with Luiso Berdejo ("The New Daughter").

A quartet of Sitges competition contenders played Cannes: Leos Carax's "Holy Motors"; Franck Khalfoun's slasher classic remake "Maniac," with Elijah Wood; Ben Wheatley's Directors' Fortnight hit "Sightseers"; and David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

Further potential Sitges standouts include "Chained," with Julia Ormond, Vincent D'Onofrio, from Jennifer Lynch, who topped Sitges in 2008 with "Surveillance"; Pascal Laugier's Jessica Biel starrer "The Tall Man," produced by France's SND-M6 Group; Scott Derrickson's "Sinister"; and "Lovely Molly," a haunted-house thriller from "Blair Witch's" Eduardo Sanchez.

Sitges has added a BBC fantasy production showcase, backed by the U.K. pubcaster and 3XL, the youth channel of Catalan pubcaster TVC. Section features "Doctor Who," "Sherlock" and "Misfits."

Fest runs Oct. 4-14.

'Full Metal Jacket' 25 years old today...

In the film that jump-started his career, Vincent D'Onofrio portrays the character of 'Leonard Lawrence' best known as 'Private Pyle'. It would take a tip from his good friend, Matthew Modine, for Vincent to send a demo reel all the way to Stanley Kubrick in England to be considered for the part. There wasn't the technology in communication as there is today yet he landed the role. After settling in England, he put on 70 pounds, a record that still stands today, because it was thought that a heavier character would make a bigger impact rather than a thinly built 'weak' man.

At the beginning of the film when 'Private Pyle' is introduced we see the 'dumbly sweet' face of a young soldier who is lost in a place he clearly can't cope. Later, we see the face of a taunted/ridiculed man, complete with the infamous 'Kubrick stare', who spirals downward into a depression that causes the death of his drill sergeant and his subsequent suicide. It is raw and graphic; war is not pretty before, during and after.

Many people will comment that the first half of 'FMJ' is the most memorable because of the portrayal Vincent gives his character and the film sometimes feels like it is 'two halves' due to the strong contrast. However, there are moments in the 'second half' of 'FMJ' that are just as startling. For example, when 'Joker', Matthew Modine's character, must decide to put a suffering Vietnamese woman, who has been shot, out of her misery. It is a show of compassion for the enemy over a missed opportunity for his fellow comrade 'Pyle' who he describes as a 'Section 8' yet doesn't do anything to alert his superiors.

I'll admit I didn't even know that Vincent was in this film when I first saw it and it's true of most all of them. He has that way of morphing into a character that is unique to the point of remembering character over actor and isn't that the goal?

'Full Metal Jacket' was made with an estimated budget of 17 million dollars and has grossed over 46 million dollars to date.  On June 26, 1987, 'FMJ' was first released and in its first weekend box office earned over 2 million dollars.

Tonight, 'FMJ' will be shown on TV on various networks and after 25 years still holds up as an important film.  After all, it brought us to the attention of a young actor named Vincent D'Onofrio!

One year ago today...

the last "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" episode aired. We sure do miss you!