Upon my rise from the depths of slumber this morning, I was greeted with a few options: (a) take a shower and eat breakfast like a normal person or (b) check Twitter and see what has been going on for the past 9 hours. I chose the latter, as I always do. And to my surprise, quite a lot happened on the ole Twittersphere last night, including a big hulabaloo over the live-Tweeting of the film Crank: High Voltage. And that is where we begin today’s Early Edition…
To Tweet or Not to Tweet
Our friends over at Slashfilm have all the juicy details for you, but allow my to summarize: Some of the web’s comedy stars, including members of the Human Giant and Ask a Ninja crews as well as Alex Billington from FirstShowing.net went out to a theater in Los Angeles last night to live-Tweet the midnight screening of Crank: High Voltage. For the laymen, this means that they were going to provide commentary on the film 140-characters at a time via the Twitter micro-blogging service. But as it turns out, this required them to have their cellphones out during the entire film — which as any faithful moviegoer can tell you, is a big no-no. So it caused a ruckus on Twitter, with our friends from Ain’t It Cool News chiming in with their disgust, saying that it sends the wrong message to the average Joe. And they are right — Twittering through a movie is not a good idea. In fact, my stance on this issue is simple: I’m going to a 12:35p screening of Crank: High Voltage at a theater here in Austin later today. If you are there and you attempt to Twitter through the film, expect a beat down. Plain and simple.
From Pooh to Wanted 2
Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of Pooh’s Heffalump Movie and a direct-to-DVD Halloween spinoff has been hired by Universal to put pen to paper on the sequel to the 2008 hit Wanted. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be based on a story by Chris Morgan, who co-wrote the script for the first film as well as the recently released actioner Fast & Furious. No details are available yet, but everyone does find it funny that this guy used to write about Pooh. We think its okay, as we all have skeletons (and lame jobs) in our closet.
Photoshop and the Art of Movie Titles
The folks over at Worth1000 have been holding a photoshop contest in which artists create images that represent movie titles without actually using words. The entries, as you will see if you click over to their page, are incredibly creative and in some instances, just plain brilliant. My personal favorite is above — can you guess what movie title that represents? Hint: It is a Nicolas Cage film.
Sofia Coppola checks into the Chateau Marmont with Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning
Variety is reporting this morning that Sophia Coppola has picked the hotel location and two stars for her next film, a dramedy called Somewhere. The film — which will star Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning — will be set at Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont, is said to be the story of a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau. But when he is visited by his estranged 11-year old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life. People are already drawing parallels with 2008’s The Wrestler and calling for Stephen Dorff to be the next Mickey Rourke. And by people, I mean Erik at Cinematical.
Zac Efron: Back to the Future Fanboy
Speaking of our friends at Cinematical, they have an interesting story up about 17 Again star Zac Efron, who is apparently a giant Back to the Future geek. This now makes two things that I have in common with the actor, the other being that young girls scream loudly when either of us walk into a room.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Be Kevin Smith. The infinitely talented director and public speaking tour legend will be rocking out at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 17, 2009 at 8p. If you are able to get there, I would highly recommend it. Ticket info can be found over at View Askew.
Wolverine’s Got Milk
Apparently Milk will not only give you strong bones, but it may also help you grow an Adamantium skeleton like Wolverine. Bold claims I know, but we have science backing us up on this one. Oh wait, we don’t? Oh well, check out Wolvie’s milk ‘stache over at Body by Milk.
Another Pixar Featurette Goes Up
MySpace has debuted a brand new featurette for the upcoming Pixar animated adventure Up, which can be seen below. If you live in Austin, you can see the entire film this weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse. For more details, check out OriginalAlamo.com.
Ricky Gervais brings a lady-friend to Pru
Variety has the deets on Ricky Gervais’ next project, which recently added a new cast member. British actress Felicity Jones (Brideshead Revisited) has joined the cast of The Men at Pru, a dramedy set in the world of insurance sales in the 1970s. Jones will play Julie, who is led to believe by the men around her that a woman should focus on raising a family but who wants to break out and pursue a career in photography.
Brüno gets zee R-rating
Universal Pictures announced via Twitter that their upcoming shock comedy Brüno, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has received an R-rating from the MPAA. That didn’t take long.
Sony, Lionsgate go YouTubing
Sony and Lionsgate have joined MGM in partnership with YouTube to show full-length feature films and television shows via the web. The partnerships are all a part of YouTube’s response to the awesomeness of Hulu, which has been doing this for a while now. It is good to see that YouTube is still leading the way in online video…
Brett Ratner Breakdown
The folks over at Movieline caught up with Brett Ratner and forced him to answer the tough questions such as: which of the 27 in development projects to which you are attached will actually get made? According to the Rat, the most likely answers are Beverly Hills Cop 4, Conan and Trump Heist, an Ocean’s Eleven style heist film. We can now sleep at night knowing that Ratner has it all figured out.
Until tomorrow, this has been your Early Edition.