Take that, Mark Cuban ... "Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock "

FilmJerk.com -- The Early Report for October 9

Driver obeys navigation system, no matter what

Four scenes deleted from Borat's movie, plus his speech at the Amsterdam Film Festival.

Breaking and Entering

* A story about theft, both criminal and emotional, "Breaking and Entering" follows a disparate group of long-term Londoners and new arrivals whose lives intersect in the inner-city area of King's Cross. When a landscape architect's (Jude Law) state of the art offices in a seedy part of town are repeatedly burgled, his investigations launch him out of the safety of his familiar world. "Breaking and Entering" is Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella's first original screenplay since his 1991 feature debut, "Truly Madly Deeply." Minghella, Sydney Pollack and Timothy Bricknell are producing for Minghella and Pollack's Mirage Enterprises.

Three trailers for Saw III

Kim Jong-Il Tests New Sunglasses ... Security Council Alarmed By 'Crazy-looking' Shades

"The Top 40 music moments in film history."

The worst "last roles" of otherwise great performers ... because death has a shitty sense of timing.

23 MORE CAPOTE MOVIES TO BE RELEASED... Among the actors playing Capote are Danny Bonaduce and Johnny Knoxville


The trailer for Unknown (2006)

* Five men wake up in a chemical warehouse with no memory of who they are or how they got there. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive. The film is told in reverse ala Memento.

Poll: Majority of Americans Fear Being Instant-Messaged By a Republican ... Tops Terrorism, North Korean Nukes in New Survey

* "As parents, it's our responsibility to monitor who our children are talking to online," Ms. Foyler said. "If you hear your child start to use phrases like 'tax cut,' 'stay the course,' or 'family values,' those are danger signs that he has been chatting with a horny Republican."

Mars Rover at Victoria Crater Imaged from Orbit

Stewart dispels rumor of White House run

The Science of Sleep, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic (He loved it - it's the only movie I can remember to which he awarded five fingers.)

Weekend Box Office Results for October 6–8, 2006

* A good opening for Scorsese, and immaculate reviews to match. Could this finally be his year for the gold?

* The other two new films also exceeded expectations, lifting the weekend to a solid increase over last year, with the Top Twelve clearing $100m for the first time in about two months.

* Faced with head-on competition from Emplotee of the Month for the same audience, School for Scounmdrels plummeted 60% in its second week.

Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.


"The Fifth Element"

The Fifth Element (1997) was under development by Luc Besson since he was a child. The fact that he spent so many years developing the idea helps to account for the incredible detail in this highly imaginative film. Bruce Willis was at the top of his game, and Milla Jovovich, as the title character, did an amazing job in her first important role. This like many Spielberg films, can be watched over and over, and new details are seen every time.

For those who may have forgotten, in a futuristic world, an incredible evil is to destroy the world unless a perfect being (Milla) and four stones can be used to create a super-weapon and destroy them. Milla had to learn an invented language, and enough martial arts to get through a big fight scene.

The film sets a recent record for nudity in a PG-13 film, as we see Milla's breasts in two scenes.

IMDb gives this a 7.2, and it earned $264M against a $90M budget. Ebert awarded three stars, Berardinelli two. Metacritic shows 5.2 from reviewers and 8.7 from reviewers. I come down on the side of the reviewers. I found this very entertaining. I will admit that the plot was something of a throwaway, but the production was amazing, and I enjoyed Willis and Jovovich very much. C+.

Milla Jovovich

"Russian Dolls"

Russian Dolls (2005), or Les Poupées Russes is a sequel to the runaway French hit L'Auberge espagnole. It is five years later. Xavier has still not made it as a writer, nor has he figured out love. He gets work ghostwriting, and is working on a soap script, but, as his grandfather keeps painfully reminding him, he is not doing serious writing, and doesn't have a fiancee yet. In fact, he is a complete disaster with relationships, as he always hopes there is a better catch. His old group of friends is to reunite in St. Petersberg, where one of them is marrying a Russian ballerina. He is assigned to ghost write an autobiography of a fashion model, and has to work on his soap in England with Kelly Reily, as his network was acquired by the Brits. Thus this ensemble comedy is shot in Paris, London and St. Petersberg.

This is not the first time I have seen the current crop of 20 somethings portrayed as shiftless and immature, unable to commit. To Xavier's credit, at least he is bothered by this. He finally concludes that finding the ideal woman is like opening Russian Dolls. Each time you discard one, there is another inside until you finally get to the last one.

The highlight from a nudity standpoint is Irene Montalà, who has a naked fight with Xavier, and then runs out into the Paris night naked, with Xavier, wearing the same outfit, in hot pursuit. She does full frontal and rear nudity during this chase scene. Other women, who shows one or two breasts include Kelly Reilly, Aïssa Maïga, Anne Steffens and Isabelle Joly.

IMDb readers have this at 7.3. It won two Césars for acting. It appeals most to people who have seen the original film, and also to people in the 20 something age group. The mix of languages and locations was interesting, the photography was very nice, and the film is full of interesting characters. I found it a little over-long at 125 minutes and confusing in parts, especially due to a great number of flashbacks. The genre is romantic comedy, and this is a high C+.

Aissa Maiga

Anne Steffens

Irene Montalà

Isabelle Joly

Kelly Reilly


Today from the Ghost...here is Glori-Anne Gilbert doing the ol' "strip n' wiggle" in scenes from the 2004 Jim Wynorski offering..."The Thing Below".

Glori-Anne Gilbert

'Caps and comments by Dann:

I bet you've known women like the mother portrayed by Kyra Sedgwick in this 2005 drama: a mother so convinced that her child was exceptional to the point of absolute superiority over every other child, and so devoted and possessive of that child that everything else was ignored. In the case of the film's character, it became an unhealthy obsession that ruined her life, and possibly her son's.

Emily was a neglected child, so after growing up she yearns for a child but without a father to screw things up. She is convinced she can raise the perfect child, so after numerous tries with artificial insemination, she gets herself pregnant by a stranger.

As her son grows, she dotes on him to the absolute exclusion of everything else, discouraging him from attending school until forced, and trying to keep him from interacting with other children, who she considers to be inferior. Obviously, this leads to many complications as he grows older.

The performance was well acted, and an interesting character study, but Emily was such an unsympathetic character, and some of the situations so improbable, that despite an interesting (and sad) ending, I was left feeling that I had just watched an OK movie that just missed being a good one.

Kyra Segwick Marisa Tomei

Pat's comments in yellow...

Think Maybe Implants Are Getting Bigger? Nah! - A study by the Berlei bra company found that Australian women's breasts are getting bigger. Experts believe it's caused by changes in diet and more women taking the pill. A company spokeswoman said bra makers need to offer larger sizes, and for the first time, sports bras now come in E and F cup sizes.

* The most popular sport in Australia: "Watching women jog."
* These women need good sports bras so they can run without repeatedly slapping themselves in the face.

I Got Shatner's Personal Copy Of "Acting For Dummies" - A weekend auction of 1,000 pieces of memorabilia from "Star Trek" brought in over $7 million. Christie's in New York, normally filled with art collectors, was overflowing with people dressed as Spock or Klingons. Most items brought more than expected, and a 6-1/2-foot model of the Starship Enterprise used in the "Next Generation" series brought $576,000, a record for a "Star Trek" item and one of the highest prices ever paid for any Hollywood collectible.

* I bet it was NOT bought by anyone dressed as a Klingon.
* The buyer will be disappointed when he discovers it doesn't really fly.
* The way those people were spending money, they'll NEVER be able to move out of their parents' basements.

It Was Meant As A Compliment! - British actress Sienna Miller apologized for a Rolling Stone interview in which she slammed Pittsburgh, where she's shooting a movie. She said, "Can you believe this is my life? Will you pity me when you're back in your funky New York apartment and I'm still in Pittsburgh? I need to get more glamorous films." She also called Pittsburgh a name which involved replacing "Pitt" with a rhyming word that means "excrement." When locals reacted with fury, Miller issued a press release saying that Pittsburgh is beautiful, the people are gracious, and her remarks were taken out of context.

* I guess you just had to be there.
* The context was that you can't admit liking Pittsburgh when you're being interviewed by some poser from Rolling Stone.
* On the bright side, they'll also be shooting in Scranton!
* She loves everything about Pittsburgh, except the food, which has had sort of a funny taste ever since that interview came out.