Friday, October 30, 2009

'THIS IS IT'....NOT For Michael Jackson Fans Only

Hey Movie Lovers,

I was lucky enough to see a midnight screening of the new Michael Jackson "concert documentary" THIS IS IT on Tuesday evening.

Guess what?

I loved it.

This isn't a real shocker, because his #1 best-selling album "Thriller" came out the year I graduated from high school.

I have many, MANY fond memories of listening to and dancing to Michael Jackson tunes. Not to mention loving his music videos as well.

Those songs helped define a specific period in my life and they definitely have a special place in my heart.

I know there are many other MJ fans out there like me, all over the world....but there are just as many people who think he was just a very weird celebrity, who lived a very strange and unnatural existence.

I understand that, believe me I do.

I'm hoping that those people, along with the die-hard MJ fans, will go see this film. It truly gives a glimpse into his world as an artist and entertainer. It is enjoyable and engaging. Fun and joyful and ultimately, more than a little sad.

Please note, this film is NOT anything about his private, personal life.

This is Michael Jackson....the singer, dancer and entertainer extraordinaire.

And it is revealing, worthwhile and awesome --

and only in theaters for 2 weeks.

What made me wanna get up in the aisles and sing and dance?


I discussed the film this morning during my Mix Flick Chick segment with morning DJ Mark Dantzer. Mark is a music lover (obviously), and has great memories of listening to MJ as well.

Check out the video of our discussion below, as well as the official trailer for THIS IS IT.

Let me know if you see it & what you think....

and stay tuned!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Are You Ready For Another 'VACATION'?

Yes, I think I am.

I just read this morning that we may soon see a sequel of sorts to the 1983 comedy classic,

The original is one of my
all-time favorite funny flicks, and I like what I've read so far about their new take on this popular franchise.

According to Borys Kit's HEAT VISION blog on The Hollywood Reporter website:

Writing has not yet begun, but the story will reportedly focus on Rusty Griswold, the son of Clark Griswold, the protagonist of the initial movies and portrayed by Chevy Chase. The younger Griswold is now a father in his own right and takes his family on a road trip vacation.

The characters would acknowledge that first trip, making the movie more of a sequel than a reboot.
Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, who played the mom in the original movies, will have room to make appearances as grandparents, providing a sense of continuity, though no deals are in place.

New Line is taking meetings with writers this week, hoping to make a movie that skews more towards “Planes Trains and Automobiles” or “Little Miss Sunshine” than “RV” or “Are We There Yet?”

David Dobkin (director/producer of
The Wedding Crashers) is attached to produce and possibly direct.

OK, that sounds like a good starting point to me, and a family vacation that I might actually enjoy.


Did you know that the screenplay for the original
Vacation was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon Magazine titled "Vacation '58" (the screenplay changes the year to 1983)?

The original story is a (reportedly) fictionalized account of Hughes' own family's ill-fated trip to
Disneyland (changed to Walley World for the film) when Hughes was a boy. The success of the film helped advance his screenwriting career.

And we all know how well
that went, don't we?

So check out the original trailer for
Vacation below, along with just ONE of the many funny scenes from this classic flick.

Enjoy your trip!