Trailer: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

sherlock holmes
Sherlock Holmes
starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law
opens: 12/25/09 (christmas day)

This new movie from Warner Bros. and Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Revolver, RocknRolla), starring Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, and Jude Law is looking very action-packed, comical, dramatic and most of all visually stunning. Ritchie has a knack for modern editing and the creation of fast-paced, densely involved tales without losing the audience’s attention. Couple that with being a period piece, spectacular wardrobes, mind-blowing special effects and the presence of some great modern actors and you have a great movie. Oh, and the dialogue doesn’t seem too shabby either!

After watching the trailer above, check out the behind-the-scenes clip below.

Nicholas Cage Being Counter-sued by Former Accountant

Oooo, guess what? Oscar-winning actor Nicholas Cage, most well-known for dramatic and powerful roles in movies such as Adaptation (one of my favorites) The Rock and Con Air is now officially being counter-sued by his former business manager Sam Levin with the claim that Cage spent copious amounts of money on luxuries and not his advice which has led to the actor’s real financial detriment. Cage had filed a $20 million lawsuit against Levin for fraud, claiming that Levin led him into financial ruin. Uh-oh, Nick, time to sell the yacht! Or maybe those castles in England?

Levin is claiming he helped Cage selling his comic book collection for $1.6 million and a few cars even after he was fired in 2008, but Cage won’t pay him for his services. Really, Nick? You found the money more valuable than the comics? *Shakes head*

Sam Levin says he worked to forewarn Cage of his spending when he had been initially hired in 2001. According to Levin, Cage had been spending more than he was making (even more than he made for National Treasure? Yikes!) and is now seeking a confirmation from the court that he enacted properly and in the best interest of his client.

Meanwhile, Cage’s lawyer Marty Singer says these claims are ridiculous. Singer also states that it’s a breach of personal privacy for Samuel Levin to release any details regarding Cage’s finances, especially his income from movies. According to Singer, Levin has also been paid $1.3 million over the recent 18 months.

Between tax liens and this possible overspending, Cage is facing some serious debt to the IRS and is literally losing his house over it. I guess the little guy isn’t the only one losing his shirt in these tough times!

Krupa Gets Eliminated from Dancing With The Stars

Joanna Krupa, also a model, along with her dance partner Derek Hough, has been eliminated from the Dancing With The Stars ballroom this Tuesday. Mya has so far subjugated the competition, however the T.V. show’s judges have been hinting Krupa might move on to finals right through the show. Bruno Tonioli, one of the judges, talks of one of the waltzes Krupa performed over the current season as “like watching a butterfly gently gliding over a pine meadow. Gleaming, beautiful, weightless.”

Krupa is an alum of Glenbard East High School, suburban Lombard, and her dance partner Derek Hough scored a mighty 81/90 on their performances this Monday’s episode of the popular ABC reality gameshow, but unfortunately viewer’s votes tell a different story. At least Krupa has her modeling career to fall back on, eh? But what of Derek Hough?

Former ‘Remote Control’ Host Ken Ober dies at 52

Former host of MTV’s Remote Control passed away earlier this week at the age of 52. He led a television program that gave way to the careers of Adam Sandler, Denis Leary and Colin Quinn. The gameshow featured trivia questions about T.V. re-runs and landed Ober as the host while he was touring as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s.

When speaking of Ken Ober, Adam Sandler said, “Ken Ober was one of the sharpest, quickest, sweetest guys I ever met. He was always a great friend and I will miss him very much.” MTV reports. In a statement to MTV News, Denis Leary said of Ober, “Kenny Ober was and always will be the quickest wit in the room. He was fall-down funny from the moment he was born — a smart, fast and hilarious human being who made many of us, including myself, laugh until we cried. As the star and host of ‘Remote Control,’ he was a welcoming ringmaster who helped to kickstart the careers of numerous talents, including Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn and myself. He will be remembered always by each of his friends not only for his massive talent but for his true, deep and enduring friendship.”

Ober had been found dead this past Sunday in his Santa Monica home. His agent, Lee Kernis of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, had represented Ober through the years and confirmed his death but told reporters the cause had been unknown. Kernis said that friends told him Ober felt ill with a headache among flu-like symptoms on Saturday and hadn’t met them later in the evening as planned. An autopsy is underway to determine his cause of death.

Ken’s first appearance on television was as a contestant on Star Search. Other gameshows Ober hosted were Make Me Laugh, Smush and Perfect Match. In the 90s, he also hosted a talk radio show in Los Angeles with former Brady bunch star Susan Olsen called Ober and Olsen. More recently, Ober helped write and produce television shows such as Mind of Mencia and Colin Quinn’s Tough Crowd.

Denis Leary Paints a Dark Picture of an Alcoholic

Denis Leary has spent the greater part of his career being an asshole, and the recent season of Rescue Me, season 6, is no exception to the rule. After years of alcohol abuse and a R’epertoire of selfish, manipulative behavioral tendencies (mostly due to the selfish, manipulative behavioral tendencies between his wife and his lover), his character on the racy FX television show reaches an all-time low when he convinces everyone who once held an intervention for him to drink again. When the new wife of someone dear to him dies in a car accident on the way home from the bar they all work and hang out at, he’s faced in the last episode with bold abandonment and betrayal from one of the closest of his friends.

When I was in high school I thought “I’m An Asshole” was the funniest thing since the invention of the squirting flower. No Cure for Cancer was an amazing feat of comedy to me, though as I got older I thought it to be rather low-brow and unintelligent. It didn’t help that I had learned comic legend Bill Hicks had been running very similar material across his crowds years prior. But I later found out the two comics were good friends and in situations like this it’s extremely hard to tell who came up with the joke first.

Leary’s subsequent releases haven’t been all that amusing, but after seeing his roast on Comedy Central and the first season of Rescue Me, I found myself liking his style more and more. For his role on the show, Leary’s humor is absolutely perfect. No one does the “I really could not give a shit” attitude better than him, not to mention the portrayal of someone who’s addiction to alcohol and drama is acute and too close to home for anyone who knows such a blue-collar worker’s lifestyle closely.

One would think that the 9/11 thematic material would grow old but, along with the drama of the show, it’s easy to allow it in. Tommy (Leary’s character) has hallucinations of his cousin who died in the 9/11 disaster, a frequent meeting from a ghost who brings 9/11 back into the meme-sphere quite cleverly. It makes for a story that holds true to not only New Yorkers but the whole country on a weekly basis. One might think that it was also a capitalizing on the disaster and I guess it is, but it’s good. The only show on television that could get away with it, maybe even the only film of any sort that can.

The writing is extremely dense but fluid and makes for a powerful and entertaining watch. Denis has received Emmy nominations for Best Lead Actor and it’s content has been praised for taking risks on drug abuse, homophobia, depression and alcoholism. If you’re willing to accept that these are people that could be next door to you, the language, sexual content and drug content is forgivable, or at least something some conservative or religious folks could look the other way from. It’s too good of a show to cast a stone at, let’s just put it that way..

Joe Jackson Fights for Stake in Michael’s Estate

Joe Jackson may be having serious problems accepting that he was really left out of his son’s will. He’s fighting against the Superior Court from being locked out of executor to Michael Jackson’s estate when they decided to name the executives of music John McClain and John Branca as executors to the estate. Joe Jackson filed a request of appeal to California Court of Appeals hoping to overturn the decision. He actually even wants believes Michael’s name was forged. Meanwhile, the echoes of the past lay clear the reasons why Michael would have left his abusive father out.

While last week’s court ruling gives Branca and McClain quite a large amount of control over his estate (including how Michael’s fortune can be distributed and how his image and work can be used), Joe Jackson really seems to just want what he is claiming he was already getting from Michael — paid expenses — and what Michael’s siblings are getting. Currently, there isn’t any take on whether Jackson will thus be given what he’s asking.

It’s clear Jackson will keep trying until he’s run out of every option, at which point he will most likely turn the guns at McClain and Branca. But will anybody listen?

Movie Review: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

In this fast-paced courtroom drama noir remake of the 1956 film, Peter Hyams (End of Days) recruits Michael Douglas, Jesse Metcalf and Amber Tamblyn to star in a crime triangle where young, pulitzer-thirsty investigative reporter C.J. Nicholas (Metcalf) falsely implicates himself in a murder of a young street hooker to bring down a corrupt district attorney (Douglas). Peter Hyams has a knack for telling the story with ease, leaving no questions to the audience accept for the important plot-driven ones. At times the movie causes quite a stir and there’s no doubt that you’ll be rooting someone on during a chase.

Michael Douglas is confident and intimidating as usual. He’s one of these actors who manages to own the screen whenever he’s on it, and so does his character for that matter. A dauntless and presumptuous lawyer, Mark Hunter leads the District Attorney’s office in an undefeated-championship strategy for the office of governor and is being accused of planting evidence in order to win his cases. If this weren’t a remake, it might have sounded cliche, but we can look the other way instead. Meanwhile, C.J. Nichols decides he’s found a way to prove the corruption in the D.A.’s office and sets out to do it in a most unorthodox method of setting himself up for murder. Unfortunately for him, the corruption is quite heavier than he anticipated and he finds himself imprisoned for longer than he anticipated.

Jesse Metcalf is as strong an actor as Douglas as he portrays a conflicted but calculating and eager young journalist. The film allows both him and Douglas to show how the desire for fame and success can overshadow morals and ethical behaviors, sometimes just for the chance at finding the answer to a simple question. Proof is what everyone is after in this striking film and, for me, the proof I got out of it was that everyone in the movie can act and act well.

If Amber Tamblyn keeps going on this path, she is going to find herself with an even stronger career as well. Not only is she sexy and bold, but she pulls off almost every side of a young, dress-for-success female attorney and when it comes to her romantic involvement, her actions are quite believable because of her emoting and delivery. If she doesn’t get more work because of this film, I’d be very surprised.

While the editing is seamless, it sometimes lacks the time it takes for a break-taking moment to sink in, such as the romance between Metcalf and Tamblyn, most likely an intentional tool to keep the audience engaged with the real plot. However, it runs the risk of losing the audience’s connection with the developed characters, such as Metcalf’s supporting co-star Joel Moore who’s character is increasingly crucial to the plot, yet tossed to the background with no recoil from his best friend. This found me disappointed and mistrusting of how the rest of the movie would pan out. This is a common mistake that many filmmakers persue, especially in action flicks, a genre which Hyams is no stranger to. When is Hollywood going to understand that human life is valuable to the audience and when taken into consideration makes for a deeply felt connection with the audience and thus a better film?

Alas, the important part of this movie is the end, and it’s hidden well. Many times a director may attempt to throw the audience off with shots of various characters making suspicious faces, and instead this movie is, start to finish, completely in the moment with no looking back or over-indulging in mystery. This is the greatest part of Hyams’ direction and thus the greatest part of the movie.