July 30, 2003

YAY!!!

TheOneRing.net brings you this exclusive first look at THE RETURN OF THE
KING
! This file was sent to us by person or persons unknown, it shows 1:35
minutes in GLORIOUS quicktime a TON of shots from ROTK. Sam and Frodo in
Moria, Pippin and Merry, Gandalf at Minas Tirith, fell beats, Plennor
Fields, Orcs and Men fighting, Aragorn and MORE! !!!MAJOR SPOILERS!!!

Update: It's gone :( New Line asked them to pull it, and I never even got to see it!

UPDATE!! A little bird emailed me and said you can find it here.

Posted by Ith at 7:33 AM

July 29, 2003

Halle Berry: Franchise Girl!

Three seperate bits on Halle Berry and all her genre movies...

(all from Scifi Wire)

Berry: Storm Change Due

Halle Berry, who has played Storm in two X-Men movies, told SCI FI Wire that she is lobbying for improvements in the way the character is portrayed in a proposed third film—whether she plays her again or not. "After every movie, ... the real die-hard fans come up to me, and they often say, 'Yeah, you know, Storm was OK. But she should do more. She should fly. She should fight. She should be more of what she is in the comic-book series,'" Berry said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Berry added, "I'm not really complaining. I'm happy to be a part of it. It's been a great franchise to be a part of. But I think the fans feel that in the comic books, she's represented as a little bit more of a leader, and she uses her powers a little bit more than just changing her eyes and doing the weather. I think they want to see her do a little more things. So, as they continue to tell me this, I continue to try to pass this along, to no avail. So that maybe the next time, Storm will be ... whether I play Storm or not ... maybe the character will get to do more of what she traditionally does in the comic books."

Berry said that she hasn't made up her mind yet about whether to reprise the role again. "No, I haven't," she said. "Simply because I haven't seen a script. I haven't been offered the third movie, you know? So I have no idea if it'll come my way or not."

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Catwoman Stands Alone

Halle Berry, who is set to play the title character in a new Catwoman movie, told SCI FI Wire that the film will feature an original storyline independent of DC Comics' Batman series, from which it is drawn. "Because it really is her story of how she became Catwoman, you know, she's not just the side character in a Batman movie now," she said in an interview during Comic-Con International in San Diego. "It's really her journey. I think you'll ... maybe learn some interesting things about the character for people who don't know that much about how she came about."

Berry added, "Catwoman is Catwoman, so I think we're going to try new things with the costume. I think it'll be something that you haven't seen before."

Berry said the role carries special meaning for her. "I wasn't an avid comic-book reader," she said. "Probably Batman was the biggest one. It's something that I related to. So it's really great that now I get to be Catwoman, because ... when Eartha Kitt was Catwoman [on the 1960s Batman TV series], being a woman of color, that meant a lot to me as a kid, to see someone like me playing a character that was so universal. So ... that theme has sort of come full circle for me, now that I get to be a Catwoman for the new century. That feels really good." Catwoman begins filming on Sept. 10 in Vancouver, B.C.

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Berry: Jinx Goes Forward

Halle Berry—the Oscar winner who co-starred in the last James Bond movie, Die Another Day—told SCI FI Wire that a proposed movie based on her character, Jinx, is moving forward, with a new script just completed. "We just got the script last night, the first script," Berry said in an interview July 19 at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, where she was previewing her upcoming horror film Gothika. "And I hear it's really, really good."

Berry said that Die Another Day writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade penned the Jinx script. "I've been talking to the writers about it, and they had a great idea for who she is and where she comes from, and I think it won't be like Bond," Berry said. "It's not supposed to be a female Bond. But it is very edgy, and I think we'll have elements of that humor that Bond has, because Jinx had that in the Bond movie. But it won't be as tongue-in-cheek as Bond."

Posted by Ith at 6:23 PM | Comments (2)

King Reshoots Described

From SciFi Wire:

Sean Astin (Sam) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry) told SCI FI Wire that they just returned from New Zealand, where they were reshooting some scenes for the upcoming third Lord of the Rings film, The Return of the King. "We just got back about two weeks ago from about a month of reshoots, which is cool," Monaghan said in an interview at Comic-Con International in San Diego. "Kind of bizarre to keep going back there and revisiting these characters. Merry's off on his own now, you know, so the majority of stuff that I do is on my own. Kind of freaky."

Astin said in an interview that he shot some key new scenes over a period of eight or nine days, but declined to reveal their content. "We shot a couple of things," he said. "We did additional scenes. New scenes."

Monaghan said his reshoots involved "finessing" things. "Some scenes with Gandalf [Ian McKellen] and Pippin [Billy Boyd], where Pippin and Gandalf head off to Minas Tirith, we kind of fleshed out those scenes a little bit," he said. "A little bit of Merry on the battlefield, we kind of finessed a bit of that. And Merry and Éowyn [Miranda Otto] and Merry and Théoden [Bernard Hill] stuff. But nothing too huge. Just drawing out a scene and giving it a little weight."

Monaghan said that almost the entire cast has been back to New Zealand to pick up shots. "We were just enjoying being together again, hanging out and working," he said. "When I turned up, there was a bunch. It was me, Elijah [Wood, who plays Frodo]; Billy; Viggo [Mortensen, who plays Aragorn]; Ian McKellen; Sean Astin; [and] Andy Serkis [Gollum]. I felt more sorry for like, Orlando [Bloom, who plays Legolas; he] had to go on his own. Christopher Lee [Saruman] ... turned up when we were just about to leave. ... So we still had that kind of camaraderie going on. Yeah, it was sad, but we had fun, man. We had so much fun down there." Return of the King opens Dec. 17.

Posted by Ith at 6:20 PM

Trek's Jefferies Dies

From SciFi Wire:

Walter "Matt" Jefferies, the art director who designed the original Star Trek starship Enterprise for series creator Gene Roddenberry, died in the early hours of July 21, the official StarTrek.com Web site reported. He was 82. No cause of death was reported, but Jefferies had been battling cancer and had recently been given the all-clear by doctors, the site reported.

As an art director for the original series, Jefferies sketched and conceived of the configuration for the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 and its bridge. Jefferies' career and contributions to the Trek franchise are the subject of a new documentary, recently screened at Paramount for family and friends and to be included on the forthcoming Star Trek: Generations collector's edition DVD expected next year, the TrekWeb site reported.

Jefferies was also the inspiration for the franchise's ubiquitous "Jefferies Tubes" on Trek starships. The current Trek series, UPN's Enterprise, recently paid homage to the designer with reference to a Capt. Jefferies in the second-season episode "First Flight," TrekWeb reported.

Jefferies is survived by his wife, Mary Ann.

Posted by Ith at 6:19 PM

July 28, 2003

Me Through The Decades

I put up some old pics of me on A&C this weekend.

Little

Medium

Big

Posted by Ith at 5:49 PM

July 27, 2003

A test

Just seeing if something on A&C works...

Link

Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM

July 22, 2003

Alias News

Also from E!

I Scream, You Scream... Just when you thought the wait for new eps of Alias couldn't get any worse...whammo! Greg Grunberg (now a series regular--hurrah!) had to go and tell me this at ABC's party Tuesday night: "I got the first script yesterday, and I absolutely freaked out. At the end of the first episode, there is something revealed to Sydney and to us that is so shocking my wife, Elizabeth, screamed when I told her. This reveal is so huge I don't know how Sydney will deal with it."

That makes two of us, honey-child.

grunbergGreg (who dropped 25 pounds over the hiatus) also revealed that at the advent of the third season almost every major character--including Daddy Bristow--has gone through a life change (many of which were a result of thinking Sydney was dead) and that we see plenty of his character, Weiss. "I'm in almost every scene in the first episode," he said excitedly. "I'm not kidding. JJ Abrams said this episode could be called 'Weiss.' "

Also much loved and in attendance at the press fete were David Anders (Sark) and Kevin Weisman (Marshall), who revealed some surprising A-list casting. After Anders said they are looking for a "David Bowie-like villain," Weisman chimed in that David Bowie himself (!!) could land the role. "I know David has expressed interest in doing the show," Weisman said. "But they're trying to work it out. He's a very busy man--he's a rock star!" And oh, how he would rock.

Now more good news, followed by (prepare yourself) the rip-your-heart-out bad. "I heard Merrin Dungey will be coming back for a few episodes," Grunberg said. "Hopefully a bunch of episodes, but Bradley Cooper has some great opportunities coming at him, so I don't know. We're all saying 'Damn him!' because we love him so much."

Hear that? It's the sound of my heart breaking.

David Bowie??? That would be kewl! I loved Labyrinth, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Jordon.

I've always thought Sydney would turn out to be Sloane's daughter. Just a feeling, nothing I can put my finger on. Just remember, you heard it here first!

Posted by Ith at 6:22 PM | Comments (3)

Angel News

From E! Online:

A big shake-up is also in store for the WB's Angel, with the addition of Buffy's James Marsters and the departure of original castmember Charisma Carpenter. But take solace, we fans aren't the only ones who are antsy.

"I have no idea what we're doing!" the always adorable Amy Acker (Fred) squealed at the WB party. "There are new people, the hotel's gone...It feels like a new show. I called [executive producer] Joss Whedon and asked if there was anything I should be working on. He said he didn't know--they hadn't decided yet."

David Boreanaz (who's looking even more delish with longer, wavy hair) also admits he's "a little nervous" about the big changes (Marsters is in, Carpenter is out) but he's "extremely excited" about working with James again. "He brings a level of intensity I enjoy. He's passionate about his work...It will be an interesting dynamic. Hopefully, [Spike] will be my ally, but if not, I'll just have to kick the s--t out of him. I'll break out Angel's big badass boots."

David also says Mercedes McNab (Harmony) could be returning. "I don't think she'll rejoin the cast, I think she'll be a recurring character."

carpenterOf course, the show could use a little infusion of femininity after the loss of Carpenter. Though it's possible she could return for a few episodes, C.C. is no longer be a series regular, something insiders say was not her choice.

When asked about Carpenter's departure, Boreanaz would only say: "It's going to be sad not seeing her there. It's an unfortunate circumstance, and I don't know how it all unfolded. I don't think certain people were happy about it, but I'm just as clueless as anyone. I know she's happy--she's got a beautiful baby boy named Donovan. I'm really proud of her for becoming a mother."

Click "more" for the rest.

"I hope [Charisma] comes back for a couple of episodes," Acker added, "but I totally understand having a new baby and wanting to be a mom. I need her around because there's so much male energy on the set as it is! Someone told me there might be another girl coming on. I asked Joss today, and he didn't mention anything, so I don't know!"

Meanwhile, Whedon--who said the new set allows for an "exciting whirlwind feel," jumping from place to place à la West Wing--has already spoken with Sarah Michelle Gellar about a guest spot. "I have [talked to her], and so has David," he says. "She's always been very open to the idea...but it's really about schedules. It would be great if she could do it around, hmmm, I don't know...sweeps? But she's doing Scooby-Doo, and I don't know when she'll be available."

Posted by Ith at 6:19 PM

July 16, 2003

Birthday

Mine, that is :)

Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM | Comments (2)

July 13, 2003

Yeah, I Know

Long time between posts.

Here's the deal: I'm seriously considering giving up this blog in favour of rolling it into my current events blog. See, the CE blog was a group blog, but theres no more group, just me. So it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain content on two blogs (actually three, as I participate here as well). I'm anticipating changing the name of the CE blog from A Gaggle of Gals (and one guy) to Absinthe and Cookies, to better reflect the whole no group thing [g], so I thought it might also be the time to revert back to having one blog. I haven't made a final decision, but I just wanted to give a heads up to my small group of loyal readers :)

Posted by Ith at 1:52 PM | Comments (7)

July 4, 2003

Virtual Vacation

Today's virtual vacation is Vanuatu.


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Have I mentioned how much i want to visit the South Pacific? Oh, yeah, I have [g]

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Posted by Ith at 6:45 PM | Comments (2)

July 3, 2003

A "Guy Thing"??

Nuh uh!!

Breakthrough to cut cost of flat-screen TVs

I want one of these babies right next to my future DVD recorder. Gimme!

Men, the giant flat-screen TV of your dreams will get closer to affordable reality.

Motorola Inc. announced Tuesday that scientists at its labs in Tempe have developed a new process that could enable electronics manufacturers to produce large flat-panel displays for less than $1,000 in as little as two years.

The new process uses carbon nanotechnology, a hot, young field of research focused on tubes of carbon atoms less than one-billionth of a meter in diameter. What has researchers around the world excited is that carbon nanotubes are good at conducting electricity, good at withstanding high temperatures and can be made into fibers strong and light enough for spaceships.

..... Once prices come down, sales of large flat-screen TVs will soar, because those who see such TVs in stores today definitely salivate over them, O'Donnell said.

"Everyone knows about them and wants one and would buy one if it was less expensive," he said. "It's a guy thing."

Move over, guys! This girl is going to be first in line!

Posted by Ith at 5:16 PM | Comments (1)

July 2, 2003

Then & Now

Cold Fury has a photo essay up on sex symbols then and now. A real eye opener. Yes indeedy!

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July 1, 2003

French Toast

We're going to Jen's for the weekend, and I'm going to make Sunday breakfast. I've found some very yummy recipes, so now all I need to do is pick one.

We've got Creme Brule Toast, Grand Marnier Toast, Orange Pecan, and a Caramel French Toast. I'm leaning towards the Creme Brule because it's like a combo of the Caramel and Grand Marnier recipes. Decisions, decisions!!

Update: I added links to the recipes

Posted by Ith at 6:19 PM | Comments (4)