"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" the Movie! But Wait, Creator Joss Whedon is NOT Involved! 


I'm a BIG "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fan. I even wrote a dissertation paper on the subject during Grad school. And if you happen to tour my house, you'll see Limited Edition "Buffy" collectibles from trading cards to statues to props!

Yes, I'm a HUGE fan.

So, the news about "Buffy the Vampire Slaer" remake or "relaunch" made me happy, and then...I heard that creator Joss Whedon is NOT a part of it!

Right now, there's no studio behind the project, no Whedon in sight, but the original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, are working with Vertigo Entertainment on what they call a relaunch NOT a sequel or a prequel.

I've always wondered why Kuzui's name is always on the credits for the TV show, because her Kuzui Enterprises have held onto the rights since the very beginning and will never, ever let go.

Kuzui is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because without her, we would have never seen the influential TV show (she brought the idea to 20th Century FOX and brought Whedon along). A curse, because, honestly, the original film wasn't that good (heck, the pilot for the TV show was 100% better), and now, they're going to mess up the universe or Buffy-verse that Whedon created.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

The new "Buffy" film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching "Star Trek."


In every generation there could only be one slayer, hence, Kuzui and company will take liberty from that show's conceit. But, um, have they heard of Whedon's comic book character "Fray?" She is a slayer from the future that Kuzui can play with.

Yeah, I'm happy to see a "Buffy" movie, but I'm sad that the connections the heroine made will not be seen. Look, can you imagine "Star Trek" with just Captain Kirk on it? Of course not!

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"Flight of the Navigator" Flies Again! 


Walt Disney Pictures is getting ready to remake the sci-fi adventure flick "Flight of the Navigator."

I enjoyed the original 1986 film, at least watching it on VHS. The movie was considered a flop when it came out (it grossed only $17 million) but it found a cult following immediately upon its videocassette (remember those?) release.

The plot revolves around a boy who's abducted by an alien spacecraft 8 years prior. He reappears 8 years later, still the same age and with no memory of what happened to him.

Brad Copeland ("Wild Hogs") is attached to write the remake, and the original's executive producer, John Hyde, returns into the same role.

For now, while we wait for the remake, let's take a look at the trailer of the original "Flight of the Navigator."



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"The White Ribbon" Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 


Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," a black-and-white drama set in a rural German village on the eve of WWI, received Cannes' highest honor, the Palme d'Or at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" won best actor for Christoph Waltz (the only honor given to an American production). Now, being Asian myself, I was proud to see fellow Asian folks winning some much-touted categories.

Although there's drama!

According to Variety:

All three of the Asian kudos drew heavy booing from the assembled press corps. Biggest scorn was reserved for the director prize for Filipino Brillante Mendoza’s rape-and-dismemberment drama “Kinatay” (of which even admiring jury member Hanif Kureishi admitted, “I don’t ever want to see it again, myself”), followed by jeers for “Thirst” and mainland Chinese director Lou Ye’s “Spring Fever,” which copped the nod for screenplay (generally seen as its weakest element).


Oooh! Drama indeed!

Here's the complete list of the winners at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

INTL. COMPETITION JURY PRIZES

Palme d'Or

"The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke, Germany-France-Austria-Italy)

Grand Prix
"A Prophet" (Jacques Audiard, France)

Lifetime achievement award
Alain Resnais, "Wild Grass" (France)

Director
Brillante Mendoza ("Kinatay," France-Philippines)

Jury prize
"Fish Tank" (Andrea Arnold, U.K.), "Thirst" (Park Chan-wook, South Korea-U.S.)

Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" (U.S.-Germany)

Actress
Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Antichrist" (Denmark-Germany-France-Sweden-Italy-Poland)

Screenplay
Mei Feng, "Spring Fever" (Hong Kong-France)

UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY AWARDS

Main Prize

"Dogtooth" (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)

Jury Prize
"Police, Adjective" (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

Special Prize
"No One Knows About Persian Cats" (Bahman Ghobadi, Iran), "Father of My Children" (Mia Hansen-Love, France)

OTHER MAIN JURY AWARDS

Camera d'Or

"Samson and Delilah" (Warwick Thornton)

Special Mention
"Ajami" (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani, Israel-Germany)

Critics' Week Grand Prix
"Farewell Gary" (Nassim Amamouche, France)

FIPRESCI AWARDS

Competition

"The White Ribbon" (Michael Haneke, Germany-Austria-France-Italy)

Un Certain Regard
"Police, Adjective" (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)

Directors' Fortnight
"Amreeka" (Cherien Dabis, Canada-Kuwait-U.S.)

SHORT FILMS JURY PRIZES

Palme d'Or

"Arena" (Joao Salaviza, Portugal)

Special Mention
"The Six Dollar Fifty Man" (Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland, New Zealand)

CINEFONDATION

First Prize

"Baba" (Zuzana Kirchnerova-Spidlova)

Second Prize
"Goodbye" (Song Fang)

Third Prize
"Diploma" (Yaelle Kayam)
"Don't Step Out of the House" (Jo Sung-hee)

ECUMENICAL PRIZE
"Looking for Eric" (Ken Loach, U.K.-France-Italy-Belgium-Spain)

PRIX VULCAIN TECHNICAL AWARD
Aitor Berenguer, sound mixer ("Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," Spain)

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Relics vs. Terminators! "Night at the Museum 2" Tops "Terminator Salvation" at Box-Office! 


Ben Stiller beat Christian Bale at the box-office.

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" starring Stiller took in $70 million over the Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, Bale's "Terminator Salvation" pulled in $53.8 million to a total of $67.2 million since debuting Thursday.

(Read my written review of "Terminator Salvation" right here, and watch my fun one-on-one interviews with the cast right here.)

Bale's film was seen as the would-be leader at the box-office, so what happened?

"I think people expected it to be No. 1 because of that 'Terminator' name alone," said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com. "If you look at it objectively though, it's a sci-fi action film that played to an older audience. It didn't have the broad based appeal of 'Night at the Museum.'"

Could it be that moviegoers were just tired of the back-to-back sci-fi adventure flicks? Since "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opened May 1st, there was an onslaught of sci-fi films such as "Star Trek" and "Terminator Salvation."

Speaking of "Star Trek," the film is living long and prospering at the box-office. With $29.4 in ticket sales last weekend ($191 total since it opened), it's now approaching the title "the year's top-grossing movie."

Previous No. 1 film, "Angels & Demons" fell to fourth place with $27.7 million lifting its domestic total to $87.8 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 22nd:

1. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $70 million.
2. "Terminator Salvation," $53.8 million.
3. "Star Trek," $29.4 million.
4. "Angels & Demons," $27.7 million.
5. "Dance Flick," $13.1 million.
6. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $10.1 million.
7. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $4.8 million.
8. "Obsessed," $2.5 million.
9. "Monsters vs. Aliens," $1.9 million.
10. "17 Again," $1.3 million.

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Why You Have to See "Outrage" Right Now! 

I love this film! After watching so many Hollywood summer popcorn flicks, I opted for a quiet experience of "Outrage." But the film gave me so much adrenaline much like watching an action flick!

Directed by Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated"), "Outrage" explores the hypocrisy of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation.

Yes, there are many talks on Sen. Larry Craig's toe-tapping production number inside a Minneapolis airport restroom. And there are equal talks about Craig's bizarre yet comical insistence that he's not gay, and his anti-gay voting history.

It's the double standard and hypocrisy that really makes my blood boil, like Governor Crist from Florida, a conservative "bachelor" who also vetoed many pro-gay rights bills.

And just like many incendiary but thought-provoking documentaries, "Outrage" made me want to take action. So my first action is to share the experience of watching this wonderful documentary to you, loyal web watchers!

Don't miss this film, I give it :35k

Check "Outrage's" website right here.

See if "Outrage" is coming to a theater near you, by clicking here.
And finally, watch the trailer:




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