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Ridley Scott Confirmed to Direct Alien Prequel –

Ridley Scott Confirmed to Direct Alien Prequel

Source: Variety
July 30, 2009

After months of rumor and speculation, Variety confirms that 20th Century Fox plans to keep the “Alien” franchise alive with a prequel film that will be directed by original helmer Ridley Scott. The announcement that Fox has hired a writer comes just two months after the 30th Anniversary of Scott’s original sci-fi horror film which launched a series of movie sequels, a number of comic books, and two movies that pit the Aliens against Fox’s other creature franchise, the Predator. Screenwriter Jon Spaihts has been hired to write the prequel after the studio was impressed by his work on two space thrillers, both for Keanu Reeves, called Passengers and Shadow 19.

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CrunchPad coming in November – This could be really cool

Last we heard, TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington wasn’t ready to talk about a time-frame for the release of his self-proclaimed “science project,” the CrunchPad tablet. That’s not the case for The Straits Times, however, who’ve published an article claiming that developer Fusion Garage is aiming to get the device out to the masses by November of this year, just in time for Christmas shopping. The Singapore newspaper got a sneak preview of the device, as well as some new specs. The tablet reportedly about 2.64 pounds, has a 1.6GH Intel Atom and 1GB RAM (which we knew), an USB port for keyboard and / or mouse, built-in WiFi and 3G connectivity, and a port for mobile broadband. Price is estimated around $400, a little bit more than the $300 he pegged in April, but it’s still being filed in the “unconfirmed” category for now — hopefully it comes out a little leaner when this thing goes official.

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Review – The Stoning of Soraya M – by ScreenRant

July 12, 2009 1 comment

The Stoning of Soraya M. Review


5 out of 5

Short version: The Stoning of Soraya M. is an important film that needs to be watched – especially considering the current world political climate.

The Stoning of Soraya M review
Screen Rant reviews The Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M. is based on a true story and a book by Iranian-French journalist Freidoune Sahebjam. It is about the stoning death (murder, more accurately) of a 35 year old woman in a small village in Iran during the rule of Khomeini in 1986.


James Caviezel plays Freidoune, an Iranian expatriate visiting Iran on assignment when he runs into Zahra (played with usual intensity by Shohreh Aghdashloo), Soraya’s aunt, who convinces him to visit her to listen to her story. He is reluctant at first (seemingly sharing some native attitudes about womens’ lack of worthiness), but Zahra’s forthrightness and intensity convince him to give her a chance. He turns on his tape recorder and she begins to tell her tale.

Soraya (Shohreh Aghdashloo) has two boys and two younger girls and is financially trapped in a marriage to her prison guard husband Ali (Navid Negahban). Ali wants a divorce so he can marry a 14 year old girl, but does not want to commit to the financial support of Soraya and their daughters. Soraya would not be able to support and feed her daughters with just the house and land he wants to leave her (he wants to take the boys with him).

Ali beats Soraya, who has been rejecting him due to his treatment of her and his dalliances with prostitutes, but being a “man” is adamant that he will not let her have her way in an equitable divorce agreement. The film takes place just a few years after the Shah was overthrown, and there are people who were loyal to the Shah and others who are loyal to religious leader Khomeini. Ali knows that the town Mullah (religious leader) was a Shah loyalist and in prison after the overthrow – so he threatens him to find a way to get Soraya to agree to a divorce on his terms.

There is also the mayor, Ebrahim (David Diaan) – he was a Shah supporter but is doing the best he can to get by in the current regime. He seems essentially fair – but weak.

One thing leads to another and a conspiracy is formed to accuse and convict Soraya of adultery – a crime punishable by public stoning to death.

Soraya being led to her execution

Soraya being led to her execution

Just based on the title, you know the ending is inevitable – and the further I got into the film the more my heart was in my throat anticipating that ending. Soraya is portrayed as an honorable woman, just trying to do what she needs to in order to support her children. But two false witnesses are assembled (all that is required to accuse a woman of adultery and demand a hearing) and of course as a woman she has to prove her innocence instead of the men having to prove her guilt.

Zahra remembers life before head to toe burkas and stands up to the men in power in town (and Soraya’s husband). There are no marks against her since her husband died and I guess widows are at least treated with a bit of respect – but she is ineffective in convincing anyone of anything (she is still just a woman after all). In the end people are threatened, a kangaroo court is formed, and Ali gets his way. There is nothing to be done and Soraya resigns herself to her fate, entrusting her daughters to Zahra.

Eventually the title event of the film arrives – the closer we get to it, the slower the film seems to move… making it seem right around the corner but taking its time arriving. It is a brutal scene and not over quickly. Yes, it’s very hard to watch (and some people, my wife included, may not be able to watch the entire scene) – but it’s necessary if you really want to comprehend the heinous injustice of the situation, which is still taking place all over the Middle East today.

Of course it’s not indicative of all men in Middle Eastern countries, but it does show a prevalant attitude that exists in the minds of much of the leadership in the area – and still goes on today despite denials from those same governments.

It’s not an easy film to watch, but you really should see The Stoning of Soraya M.

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Costco rules…spent less than $ me some pizza and 13 socks for $9 bucks..good deal…OH wait 13 socks…DAMN YOU COSTCO.. 🙂

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Michael Jackson Scoop- How did they get his coffin out of Staples Center? I know…

So how did they get his body out of Staples Center without anyone knowing, this is what I know..

People are speculating if his body was in the coffin at the memorial or not..His body was in the casket for the memorial, it was checked for bombs as it entered Staples Center by LAPD SWAT and Bomb Squad along with the bomb sniffing dog for the safety of all, this is normal procedure…So yes he was in the coffin people..

After the memorial the question has been “where did the body go” since it was not in the hearse…What happened was as everyone was following the hearse and the rest of the funeral procession, MJ’s coffin was left
behind at Staples Center. Then his coffin was placed in a LAPD SWAT vehicle and driven out of Staples Center while everyone was looking elsewhere. Nobody thought to look at the police, so this was easy..Then he
was driven to “Piper Tech” (Piper Technical Center) which is an LAPD facility and it has a  helicopter pad. Then his coffin was placed inside a LAPD/LAFD (not sure which) helicopter and flown to Forest Lawn Mortuary, which as far as I know is where his body still is…By state law he had to be brought back to Forest Lawn, since they were on the paperwork. He can now be moved anywhere after his parents agree on where to bury him, which seems to be taking awhile for them to agree on…so I guess he is in the freezer.

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Backstory – Lethal Weapon 2 – toilet shot

 I am playing on the net and see that Lethal Weapon 2 is on TNT and I remembered a story that an old WB guard friend told me about. When Danny Glover is stuck on the pot due to it being rigged with dynomite he gets ripped off by Mel and the toilet is shot thru the window and drops from the sky onto the hood of his station wagon. The story is there was a bet going on between the FX guys, the director, Richard Donner and some other crew members. Most did not think that the gag could be pulled off and work as it was suppose to. The pool of cash got up to over $2000, and the bet was they could not hit the car on the 1st take. What the others didn’t know was that the FX guys had done all the projected arc math and had practiced the “shitter shot” a few times back at their shop and knew that they could pull it off. I think that Richard Donner even doubled the bet so this was a fairly big amount of cash back then. Well the FX guys did pull off the shot on the first take and got their cash. Kind of an amazing shot when you look at it in the movie…just wanted to share this backstory with all.


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R.I.P. – Karl Malden 1912-2009 Oscar Winner dead at 97

Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009[1][2]) was an American actor. In a career that spanned over seven decades, he featured in classic Marlon Brando films such as A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and One-Eyed Jacks. Among other notable film roles are Archie Lee Meighan in Baby Doll, Zebulon Prescott in How the West Was Won and General Omar Bradley in Patton. His best-known role was on television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco. During the 1980’s he was spokesperson for American Express, reminding cardholders “Don’t leave home without it”.


Acting career: circa World War II

Karl Malden as Father Barry in the trailer for On the Waterfront (1954)

He eventually traveled to New York City, and first appeared as an actor on Broadway in 1937. He did some radio work and in a small role made his film debut in They Knew What They Wanted. He also joined the Group Theatre, where he began acting in many plays and was introduced to a young Elia Kazan, who would later work with him on A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and On the Waterfront (1954).

His acting career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a noncommissioned officer in the 8th Air Force. While in the service, he was given a small role in the U.S. Army Air Forces play and film Winged Victory. After the war ended in 1945, he resumed his acting career, playing yet another small supporting role in the Maxwell Anderson play Truckline Cafe, with a then-unknown Marlon Brando. He was given a co-starring role in the Arthur Miller play All My Sons with the help of director Elia Kazan. With that success, he then crossed over into steady film work.

Film career: 1950s to 1970s

Malden resumed his film acting career in the 1950s, starting with The Gunfighter (1950) and Halls of Montezuma (1950). The following year, he was in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), playing Mitch, Stanley Kowalski‘s best friend who starts a romance with Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh). For this role, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Other films during this period included On the Waterfront (1954), where he played a priest who influenced Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) to testify against mobster-union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb). In Baby Doll (1956), he played a power-hungry sexual man who had been frustrated by a teenage wife. He starred in dozens of films from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, such as Fear Strikes Out (1957), Pollyanna (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Gypsy (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), and Patton (1970), playing General Omar Bradley. After Summertime Killer (1972), he appeared in the made-for-television film The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro (1989) (as Leon Klinghoffer).

Television work

The Streets of San Francisco

In 1972, Malden was approached by producer Quinn Martin about starring as Lt. Mike Stone in The Streets of San Francisco. Although the concept originated as a made-for-television movie, ABC quickly signed on to carry it as a series. Martin hired Michael Douglas to play Lt. Stone’s young partner, Inspector Steve Keller.

Malden’s father was delighted about this series being in San Francisco, as he had intended to settle in that city, but had to change his plans as he’d arrived on the day of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[citation needed]

On Streets, Malden played a widowed veteran cop with more than 20 years of experience who is paired with a young officer recently graduated from college. During its first season, it was a ratings winner among many other 1970s crime dramas, and served as ABC’s answer to such shows as Hawaii Five-O, Adam-12, Ironside, Barnaby Jones, Kojak, McMillan and Wife, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, and Switch.

During the second season, production shifted from Los Angeles to San Francisco. For his work as Lt. Stone, Malden was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series four times between 1974 and 1977, but never won. After two episodes in the fifth season, Douglas left the show to act in movies; Douglas had also produced the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975. Lt. Stone’s new partner was Inspector Dan Robbins, played by Richard Hatch. The show took a ratings nosedive, and ABC canceled it after five seasons and 119 episodes.


Main article: Skag

In 1980, Malden starred in Skag, an hour-long drama that focused on the life of a foreman at a Pittsburgh steel mill. Malden described his character, Pete Skagska, as a simple man trying to keep his family together. The pilot episode for the series had Skag temporarily disabled by a stroke, and explored the effects it had on his family and co-workers. While Skag met with poor ratings, critics praised it, even taking out full page ads to keep it on the air. It was nevertheless canceled after several episodes.

The West Wing

Malden’s last role in film or television was in 2000 in the highly acclaimed first season episode of the The West Wing titled “Take This Sabbath Day“. Malden portrayed a Catholic priest and used the same Bible he had used in On the Waterfront.

Other work

American Express

Malden famously delivered the line “Don’t leave home without it!” in a series of U.S. television commercials for American Express Travelers Cheques in the 1970s and 1980s.


Malden died at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles on July 1, 2009 at the age of 97. He is said to have died of natural causes. Malden’s manager said “It could be many things. I mean, he was 97 years old!” A service will be held for Malden in the next 3–4 weeks.[8] He is said to have been in poor health for several years. [9]


Malden won the 1951 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Streetcar Named Desire and was nominated in 1954 for his supporting role in On the Waterfront. Malden was a past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In October 2003, he was named the 40th recipient of the Screen Actors’ Guild‘s Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

On November 11, 2004, his ex-Streets of San Francisco co-star Michael Douglas presented Malden with the Monte Cristo Award of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Among the recipients besides Malden were Jason Robards, Zoe Caldwell, Edward Albee, August Wilson and Brian Dennehy.

On November 12, 2005, the United States House of Representatives authorized the U.S. Postal Service to rename the Los Angeles Barrington Postal Station as the Karl Malden Postal Station in honor of Malden’s achievements. The bill, H.R. 3667, was sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman and Diane Watson.

In May 2001, Malden received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Valparaiso University.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Karl Malden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6231 Hollywood Blvd. In 2005, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[10]

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