Police Academy star Bobcat Goldthwait has married his love of directing with his passion for Big Foot by making a new movie about a search for Sasquatch. The funnyman-turned-filmmaker shot Willow Creek in the remote Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, where Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin shot footage of what appeared to be Big Foot in 1967, and he admits he has become a big part of the community surrounding the myth.
But he confesses the chance he might stumble across the real thing while making Willow Creek turned him into an obsessive.
He says, "I shot the movie where the Patterson and Gimlin footage was originally shot, that footage where Big Foot's walking through and looks back. It's 17 miles down a dirt road; it takes two and a half hours to get there. There's no cell phones, there's no planes going over.
"You're in the middle of nowhere and when we were filming, we actually did see two mountain lions.... I'm out there and the idea of getting mauled to death wasn't lost on me - 'Bobcat killed by bobcat'... I was kind of insane when I made this movie... I was really obsessed."
Goldthwait admits he takes his love of Big Foot seriously, adding, "People bust my chops on this because I'm an atheist who believes in Big Foot, but I've met people who have heard and seen Big Foot... I'm accepted in the community; I've gone out looking for Big Foot with these guys on a number of occasions.
"I've been to Big Foot conventions and it's fascinating because most people in the Big Foot community believe Big Foot has a flat head, not a pointy head... This guy had a cardboard cut-out of a pointy headed Big Foot and the other guy comes over to him and he goes, 'You disgust me, look at his head!' And he goes, 'Really? I've seen Big Foot three times and you're never gonna see him 'cause you smoke!'"
Goldthwait's Willow Creek, in which actors Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson play Big Foot hunters interacting with town locals, is currently available as a video on demand. It will be released as a Blu-Ray/DVD later this year (14).
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Anastasia Steele may be a timeless literary hero. She may be a beacon of female agency in the realm of modern sexuality. She may be a vessel for the release of personal frustrations for readers the world over. She may be any and all of these things. But a good interviewer she is not. At least that's what we've gleaned from the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey:
We're not claiming to have all the answers behind a seamless interview, but we do know a few basic rules. Rules that Dakota Johnson, as the spiritually lukewarm Miss Steele, so callously breaks in this first look at the film. Steele pays a visit to the nauseatingly sleek office building of one Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in order to conduct "an interview for the newspaper," as she so facelessly introduces. What's to follow is an onslaught of cardinal sins and groan-worthy slip-ups on the part of the would-be reporter.
Always look your subject in the eye.Nerves are understandable, but keep your nose out of your notebook. Steele's face barely reaches sea level.
Keep the discussion going.Any conversation is bound to hit a few lulls, but Steele allows for a pause so diabolically long and piercing that it's sure to kill any momentum in what otherwise might be an engaging back-and-forth.
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Don't make yourself the focus.While it's not a crime to inject a personal reflection here or there in the interest of forging an empathy and connection with your subject, Steele allows the chat to switch gears entirely and begins lamenting her own meaningless life. If you do insist on talking about yourself, keep it upbeat!
You probably shouldn't go and have sex with the person you interviewed.Although this one has its detractors.
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"One of our 7 Bucks Entertainment prod (production) goals for 2015 is to start the development for a 'Rock One Man Show' live. Comedy, singing (w/ (with) my Willie guitar of course), stories and anecdotes, audience interaction..." Dwayne Johnson reveals he is planning a one-man show in 2015 during a Reddit.com web chat on Wednesday (23Jul14).
If you're asking if I would consider being in the EXPENDABLES franchise - then the answer is yes. BUT... I don't want to be on their team and be buddies with them. F**k that noise. I want to hunt every single one of them down and tell them to 'send your soul to heaven cause your a** is mine'." Dwayne Johnson admits he would love to play a villain in Sylvester Stallone's Expendables action movie franchise in a recent Reddit.com webchat.
"I have a love/hate relationship with my phone, which is why these days I have two phones and they're both in waterproof cases. I have the unique ability to go to the bathroom and drop the phone right in the toilet. I'm 6'5", so it's a long drop." Actor Dwayne Johnson is clumsy with his phone.
Michael Douglas, Cate Blanchett and Sir Michael Caine are among the celebrities who have signed a petition urging the Italian Prime Minister to ban cruise ships from passing near Venice. The actors are among 63 film stars, royals and artists joining the ongoing debate over whether large cruise liners should be allowed to travel in a shallow lagoon near the historical water-filled city.
The petition, also signed by Jane Fonda, Don Johnson and British actress Julie Christie, has been sent to Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and heritage minister Dario Franceschini urging them to do more to protect Venice.
It reads, "For more than 13 centuries Venice has survived flooding, disease and war... But now, in a period of peace, the Queen of the Adriatic (nickname for Venice)... risks being overwhelmed by these enormous cruise ships, which enter the lagoon on a daily basis, indifferent to the dangers that they bring."
The debate has raged for many years and in 2013, a proposed ban of giant vessels was overturned at a regional tribunal because the threats posed by the ships had not been sufficiently proved.
"When I first got to Hollywood 14 years ago, it was the first project I brought up to studio executives. (I) didn't have the clout to make it so that didn't happen, but years later, I'm sitting here... talking about it." Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson reveals filming new action movie Hercules is a real dream come true for him after he fell in love with the story of the Ancient Greek demigod as a child.
Comic book icon Alan Moore is urging fans to boycott Dwayne Johnson's new Hercules movie - because it's "wretched". Outspoken Moore believes it's shameless for director Brett Ratner to release the film so soon after fellow comic book creator Steve Moore's death.
Moore, no relation, created the Hercules: The Thracian War comic series, which inspired the new movie. He died earlier this year (Mar14).
Alan Moore tells BleedingCool.com, "I would ask that anybody out there who gives a damn about Steve Moore or his legacy not go to see this wretched film. It is the last thing that Steve would've wanted. And I cannot un-recommend it too highly or anybody involved in it. I think it is absolutely shameful... There are also more positive elements of Steve's legacy."
Moore claims his namesake found out about plans to turn his comic books into a movie a few months before his death.
He says, "(He told me), 'I've just written them (comic book bosses) an angry email asking why I wasn't consulted in this and when I can expect the something like $15,000... I haven't heard back from them. There's just a deafening silence."
According to CinemaBlend.com, Steve Moore's contract with Radical Comics bosses, who sold the film rights, made it clear he would have no involvement or money if a movie adaptation of his comics was made.
Alan Moore adds, "The only consolation was that his name wouldn't be going on it."
Dwayne Johnson hits the big screen as Hercules in America on Friday (25Jul14).
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Action man Dwayne Johnson spent more than three hours in the make-up chair every day, having the hair from a yak's testicles carefully stuck to his face for his new role as Greek demigod Hercules.
The Scorpion King star reveals he had to undergo a lengthy styling process before filming each day to make him look like the mythical hero director Brett Ratner had envisioned for the movie, but he made a surprising discovery one morning, when he enquired about where the hair had come from.
The typically clean-shaven actor says, "The beard hair... had to be put on, strips cut, inch high, quarter inch wide, piece by piece. I asked my Italian designer, I said, 'Matteo, what is this?' He goes, 'Oh, it's the hair from a yak'. It's very expensive, very fine hair... He was putting it on my face and I go, 'Well, what part (of the yak)?' and he goes, 'The testicles!'"
But Johnson confesses he was a big fan of the beard hair, adding, "It's the softest!"
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Action man Dwayne Johnson has teased fans by suggesting he is set to bring comic book superhero Shazam to life on the big screen.
The Fast Five actor has been in talks with studio executives at Warner Bros. for several months to find him the perfect role in a new DC Comics adaptation, and now he has dropped the biggest hint yet about the kind of character he is preparing to play.
In an interview with TotalFilm.com, the actor reveals he initially wanted to star as John Stewart, one of the many characters who take on the identity of Green Lantern, but it was too soon after the 2011 film flop that starred Ryan Reynolds as the title character.
Instead, Johnson hints that he will play Billy Batson and his alter ego Shazam, a man with incredible strength and the power of light.
The new Hercules star says, "He has the power of Superman. And it's not the Green Lantern by the way. Believe me - John Stewart - he is a character who I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we've gone in a slightly different direction. But this character has the power of Superman. He can throw down."
He adds, "Just say the word. That's all I'm going to say." In the comics, Batson famously just has to utter the name of his alter ego to transform into the red and gold costumed superhero.
Director Peter Segal had previously been linked to a Shazam movie in 2010, but the plans stalled and the proposed project was shelved indefinitely.