TOBIN BELL HAS A LOT OF LOVE FOR THE SAW FRANCHISE

117Saw 3D, the seventh film in the Saw movie franchise, was #1 at the box office this weekend earning $22.5 million over the Halloween weekend.  Saw 3D is presumably the last installment of the Saw franchise. 

Saw star, Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw, told us that it was a great experience working with the cast and crew on all seven Saw movies, and that he loves this horror franchise. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR BELOW TO HEAR TOBIN BELL)
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RON HOWARD KEEPS GAY JOKE IN ‘THE DILEMMA’

Filmmaker Ron Howard courtesy Marco (CC-SA 2.0)

Filmmaker Ron Howard courtesy Marco (CC-SA 2.0)

The Zach Galifianakis character (Alan Garner) in The Hangover uses the F-word (the six-letter one) that used to describe torched sticks for witch/heretic-burning, later as an “old or unpleasant woman,” and then a derogatory term for gay.

Well, context is everything and it’s been argued that the word gay associated with an electric car is a greater insult than the F-word (version two) describing a hen-pecked dentist by The Hangover‘s socially awkward Garner.

Last year, The Hangover criticisms included “misogynistic undertones,” Asian stereotyping and the word retard.  Nothing about gay insensitivity got traction. .

After hearing all sides of the controversy, producer-director Ron Howard late Friday said that he has decided to keep the gay joke in his upcoming film.

“I believe in sensitivity but not censorship,” Howard said according to the Los Angeles Times.

Vince Vaughn (who’s no one’s Tea Partyist), came under much criticism when he released a statement defending the gay joke line (that he delivered) in The Delimma.

Howard said that the line was in the script, not improvised by Vaughn, and that the character “is far from perfect and he does and says some outrageous things along the way.”

The gay watchdog group, GLAAD criticized the gay reference in Howard‘s film and helped nudge Universal Pictures to re-edit Dilemma‘s TV trailer that excised the offensive line. “Hopefully in the future,” GLADD‘s president said, “Universal and Ron Howard will recognize the power of their words and use their films to bring people together rather than drive us apart.”

If and when director Quentin Tarrentino has a bigoted character using the N-word, it’s understood that the bigot is “far from perfect,” and “demonstrate(s) an aspect of (the) lead character’s personality.”

Howard long ago established his liberal credentials.  When he explains that the controversial line is “a slight moment in The Dilemma which was meant to demonstrate an aspect of our lead character’s personality, and we never expected it to represent our intentions or the point of view of the movie or those of us who made it,” he has the standing in the progressive community to have his voice heard without media or Hollywood ridicule.

Whether Howard‘s decision will stand in the public square should flesh out this coming week.

A MUSICIAN & COMEDIC LEGEND JOIN MEN IN BLACK III

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 Men In Black III started filming last month in New York for a 2012 summer release. The film will have an all-star ensemble.  Of course, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are returning to their original roles, and we have also learned that Alec Baldwin and Josh Brolin will be joining the cast.  According to Monster And Critics.com , Betty White and Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls and Dancing With The Stars) will also appear in the film.  
 
Scherzinger revealed very little to the web site telling them only, “My name is Lilly. She’s a small villain role.”
 
Nicole Scherzinger rose to fame as one of the featured singers and dancers for the musical group, The Pussycat DollsScherzinger’s fame reached greater heights when she was a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, and won the competition.  Aside from taking a role in Men In Black III, Scherzinger is rumored to be a judge on the much anticipated reality show competition, The X-Factor, which former American Idol judge Simon Cowell will bring to the USA next Fall on FOX.
 
Fan favorite Betty White is now 88 years old, is busier than ever and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  She co-stars in the TV Land series Hot In Cleveland, which will return in January 2011.  White was recently seen in the movie You Again, and in NBC’s comedy, Community.
 
Are you looking forward to seeking Men In Black III?  What do you think of the all-star cast? Let us know!

“SAW 3D” SLICES THROUGH THE COMPETITION

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Cary Elwes reprises his role as Dr. Gordon in "Saw 3D."

Saw 3D took the top spot and grabbed box office gold for its final installment with $22.5 million in revenue between Friday and Sunday. Though the producers have been claiming this is the last in the series, this weekend’s dough could reinvigorate the franchise.

Paranormal Activity 2 landed at number two in its second week out and brought in an estimated additional $16.5 mil. That brings its tally to $65.6 million in just two weeks and considering its $3 million budget, Paranomal Activity 2 is a genuine success story.

Red, in its third week out, took third place and brought in an extra $10.8 million. That means the action flick has amassed $58.9 million – recouping its $58 mil budget – with plenty more to come.

Jackass 3D with an estimated additional $8.4 puts it in fourth place and takes it well past its $20 million production costs. To date the pic has taken in $101.5 million, which should guarantee yet another sequel in the series.

Hereafter raised an additional $6.3 million and insured the film the fifth place slot over the weekend. In total, Hereafter has snagged $22.1 mil, which is considerably lower than its $50 mil budget. But, with only three weeks in theaters, there is still time for it to recoup its costs.

Rounding out the top 10:

6.    Secretariat $5 million

7.    The Social Network $4.7 million

8.    Life as We Know It $4 million

9.    The Town $1.9 million

10.  Conviction $1.8 million

DIRECTOR GEORGE HICKENLOOPER PASSES AWAY AT THE AGE OF 47

 

George HickenlooperDirector George Hickenlooper passed away today at the age of 47.  The cause of death is unknown at this time. Hickenlooper directed movies such as Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller, and The Man from Elysian Fields starring Andy Garcia and Mick Jagger. His latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey, which is about the controversial Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, will be in theatres in December.
 
Hickenlooper may be best known for his documentary work, such as the Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which was released in 1991. The film explored the problematic making of France Ford Coppola’s film, Apocalypse Now.  He also helmed the documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, which was about Rodney Bingenheimer, an iconic Los Angeles music figure.
 
Hickenlooper leaves his son, Charles.  We spoke to Hickenlooper on a few occasions and found  him to be a nice guy and a good filmmaker. His good work will live on for future generations to appreciate.

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