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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Gillette Career Advantage Helps Job-Seekers

Gillette Career Advantage Helps Job-Seekers

You probably heard about it too many times..."first impressions last"...and it's been proven true so many times already that we always make sure we make a good first impression in every thing we do; every where we go...

This is more true when it comes to all those job seekers out there...in fact, survey results from a recent survey of more than 500 Human Resource professionals - (commissioned by Gillette(R) [PG] and conducted by Harris Interactive(R))- indicate that 84% of HR professionals agree that well-groomed employees climb the corporate ladder faster than those who are not well-groomed...more over they also found out that when it comes to first impressions, ninety percent of HR professionals place more importance on being well-groomed than even a firm handshake...Therefore, one should not only be armed with a great resume but also be ready to seek for a job in a well-groomed and sophisticated appearance...

Good thing Gillette launched the Gillette Career Advantage on their official website; Gillette.com...There, job seekers and professionals alike can read expert advice like clothing tips, grooming and style, etiquette and attitude and so much more from Mark Jeffries and GQ style correspondent, Brett Fahlgren...they can also take the Gillette Career Quiz and view the Hire Guide to see what HR professionals really think...

Indeed, Gillette Career Advantage a very helpful innovation to all job seekers out there because it provides them with the tools, information and advice they need to rise above the competition in today's competitive job market...

To learn more about Gillette products and access more expert advice from grooming and career experts, visit Gillette Resource Center today...


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Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Fantastic Mr. Fox Character Banners

New Fantastic Mr. Fox Character Banners
More animal magic from Fox and friends


New Fantastic Mr. Fox Character Banners

While it took a while to adjust to Wes Anderson's homemade style animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox has dug its way into our hearts and sits near the top of our October wish list.

Here's a fresh batch of character posters to splash some (slightly psychedelic) colour into your Friday, showing Mr and Mrs Fox and their managerie of animal activists. We particularly like the one of the Jason Schwartzman-voiced Ash, bringing the Nacho Libre.

All the buzz suggests that Anderson has brought the story to life in his inimitable enchanting-yet-idiosyncratic style and should provide a fitting end to a good year for stop-motion. After all, even Morph never got to open the London Film Festival.


Fantastic Mr. Fox is out on October 23.

Source: EmpireOnline

Friday, September 18, 2009

iLASIK Video Contest

iLASIK Video Contest

Contest

I wear glasses and have worn them since I was 6 years old, this year I will be turning 35. I have tried contacts but I really didn’t like them at all. I have thought about Lasik surgery but it has only been a thought. How many of you out there are in the same boat I am?

Well Abbott Medical Optics Inc. is the leader in laser vision correction and they want to know how they could better improve or has improved peoples lives. They are running a very exciting iLASIK Video Contest and you could become a part of it today.

First you submit a video in one of the following categories: “My contacts are getting in the way of my good time” — “My favorite sport or activity would be so much cooler with better vision” — “You should see life after the iLASIK® Procedure”

Next you tell all your friends to head over, check out your video and vote. You can submit videos, view and vote on all entries at www.GottaSeeThisNow.com.

What can you win? Well there are several different prizes up for grabs. There will be One Grand Prize winner who will win $5,000. I know that I could definitely used $5000.

Next there will be three First Prize winners that will win an HDTV package(a $2,500 value). There will be one winner per video category

Finally there will be three Second Prize winners that will win the Flip UltraHD™ camcorder (a $199.99 value). There will be one winner per video category.

What have you got to lose? Send in your video today!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nicole Kidman Is the Danish Girl

Nicole Kidman Is the Danish Girl
For Tomas Alfredson
Source: Variety


Nicole Kidman Is the Danish Girl

This is a turn up. A couple of months ago it was announced that Tomas Alfredson, the director of Let the Right One In, would next be filming an adaptation of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. But Variety now tells us that before that he'll be making The Danish Girl, with Nicole Kidman.

Based on a 2000 novel by David Ebershoff, it's the true story of Einar Wegener / Lili Elbe, the first ever person to undergo sex-change surgery in the early 1930s. She died in 1931 from complications during her fifth operation, which was intended to give her a working uterus to make motherhood a possibility. Her saga was a sensation in contemporary newspapers in Germany and Denmark.

Lucinda Coxon (writer of the upcoming Wild Target) is on the script, but Charlize Theron, who was to play Einar's wife, has left the project. Alfredson says he's been negotiating the film for the best part of a year, and that filming will start "soon".

Wegener was apparently a very feminine looking man to begin with, but the idea that Kidman might be playing him / her on both sides of the surgery is an intriguing one...

Source: EmpireOnline

Friday, September 11, 2009

Smith & Theron Confirmed For Hancock 2

Smith & Theron Confirmed For Hancock 2
It's really happening
Source: MTV


Smith & Theron Confirmed For Hancock 2

Peter Berg has been talking to MTV about the gathering storm that is Hancock 2, and while it's not a watertight casting announcement, he seems pretty confident that "everybody's going to come back for the sequel".

He was specifically responding to a question about Charlize Theron and Will Smith, but "everyone" also implies PR man Jason Bateman: good news if it's true, since he quietly walked away with the original film.

Work is already underway with The Shield's Adam Fierro and Glen Mazzara currently working on a script. The scant details revealed previously were that Hancock 2 would "build on the world hinted at in the first movie", but Berg has now added that we can expect to meet at least one more of the al-powerful god-race to which Hancock and Mary belong. Berg has "someone in mind" for the part, but won't reveal who. Tease!

Theron told MTV a few weeks ago that "the Will Smith train is really nice to ride". Us mortals can only imagine.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Russian Solomon Kane Trailer Online

Russian Solomon Kane Trailer Online
Wait, is that Van Helsing's hat?
Source: Coming Soon


Russian Solomon Kane Trailer Online

Solomon Kane proved something of a hit at Comic-Con, and now you can see why with a rather ace trailer that's, er, in Russian. Based on the stories by Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard, it's the tale of a mercenary soldier (James Purefoy) for Queen Elizabeth I who changes his ways after meeting a demon and fearing for his soul.

This being the movies, however, things are never quite that simple, and as a demon threatens Puritan England years later, Kane has to come out of retirement to fight him off. Now our Russian's a little rusty, so we didn't get much more than that, but the phrase "opening a can of whoop ass" would seem to cover much of the rest of the action.



Our only caveat, then, is that hat. While we realise it's authentic in style and essential to the character, it's also giving us Van Helsing flashbacks. Let's hope that director MIchael J. Bassett and the rest of the cast (Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Hurd-Wood. Mackenzie Crook, Alice Krige) can wash those bad memories away.

Source: EmpireOnline

Rapunzel Grows On Moore And Levi

Rapunzel Grows On Moore And Levi
Duo lend voices to Disney's 3D musical
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Rapunzel Grows On Moore And Levi

Mandy Moore is Rapunzel – though she’ll be relieved that she won’t have to grow her hair.

The 25 year-old singer/actress will lend her voice to Disney’s just-announced 3D retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, about a princess who is imprisoned in a tall tower, and escapes after she grows her golden hair to extraordinary lengths.

Disney’s animated tale will pick up Rapunzel’s story after she escapes from the tower, as she goes on the run from her evil captor, accompanied by a roguish bandit (voiced by Chuck star, Zachary Levi). We’re just guessing here, but we imagine that the two will fall in love somewhere along the way.

Rapunzel is something of a pet project for Disney chief, John Lasseter. Disney had been working on a new film called Rapunzel Unleashed for a while, but had yielded no results. So, when Lasseter came on board in 2006, he started from scratch, and Rapunzel is the result.

Bryan Howard and Nathan Greno will direct the movie, which is being primed for a release sometime in 2010. Alan Menken, the genius behind the Beauty & The Beast score, will write the music for what could be, should be, a good old-fashioned Disney musical, with some new-fangled 3D bells and whistles.

If there’s one note of caution we must sound, it’s the potential similarity to Shrek, which also featured a squabbling duo on the run in a fairy-tale world. (Indeed, Rapunzel cameoed in Shrek The Third, although we’ve tried our best to forget both that and the whole film…) However, the Shrek films have a fairly arch attitude towards fairy tales – we’d be surprised if Disney’s Rapunzel went down that road.

Source: EmpireOnline

It's Barry Manilow: The Movie!

It's Barry Manilow: The Movie!
Produced by Tom Hanks & MIchael Stipe?!?
Source: Variety


It's Barry Manilow: The Movie!

Are you ready for Barry Manilow: The Movie?

Let’s rephrase: is anybody ready for Barry Manilow: The Movie? Well, states of readiness are irrelevant at this point, for it’s happening. It’s actually happening.

Single Cell, the production company co-owned by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and Playtone, Tom Hanks’ company, have announced a deal to make a movie which will not only showcase the back catalogue of the MORiest man in music, but will feature the man himself in a cameo.

It seems demented, but the 66 year-old Manilow is still a huge artist, who’s produced plenty of silent-S hits – songs like Can’t Smile Without You (used so brilliantly by Guillermo del Toro in Hellboy II), Could It Be Magic, I Write The Songs and Fuck Tha Police. His nose for a tune has led to millions of units sold, and he’s been selling out at the Las Vegas Hilton since 2005.

So it’s clear that Universal is hoping that they have another Mamma Mia! on their hands. Not that the movie – which is currently untitled, but should be called Manilow! – will follow the format of the Abba money-maker. Instead, it will be a romantic comedy closer in spirit and tone to, gulp, Love Actually, in that it will follow a diverse group of Manilow fans who arrive in Las Vegas to hear their idol headline at the Mandalay Bay hotel. Along the way, they meet, fall in and out of love etc. while the songs of Manilow, who will also cameo, propel the soundtrack.

We’re still astonished by the producing presence of Hanks, who will oversee with Gary Goetzman, and, even more incredibly, Stipe. After all, Manilow doesn’t seem to have had a great influence on R.E.M.’s music (although Airportman, from Up, shares the same giddy joie de vivre of Copacabana (At The Copa)).

However, it’s Stipe’s producing partner, Sandy Stern, who actually came up with the idea and lured Manilow on board, thus absolving Stipey of direct responsibility. And hey, we wish them all well – for this goofy rom-com, featuring everything including the kitsch-en sink, sounds like it could be hugely entertaining… especially if we turn our irony chips up to 11.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Nicolas Cage Plans Hungry Rabbit Jumps?

Nicolas Cage Plans Hungry Rabbit Jumps?
That's the title of his latest project
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Nicolas Cage Plans Hungry Rabbit Jumps?

Nicolas Cage is keeping busy at the moment: with Kick-Ass and The Sorceror's Apprentice in the bag, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans doing the festival rounds and 3D action film Drive Angry already lined up. But for the 5 minutes he's got spare in the meantime, he's signed on to star in The Hungry Rabbit Jumps, a vigilante thriller to be directed by Roger Donaldson.

Based on a script by Robert Tannen (gambling drama Even Money), Cage will play a man whose wife is the victim of a violent crime, who becomes involved in an underground vigilante organisation as he tries to deal with the aftermath. Producer Jim Stern described the plot to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, "In the best of the Hitchcockian tradition, we've got a character who's offered the chance for vengeance and he finds himself in over his head."

The rest remains under wraps, but we'll be interested to see if the title survives the journey to the screen. On one hand, this comes from the director of the excellent but badly monikered The World's Fastest Indian, so he has form in going for weird names; on the other Donaldson may now be wary of complicated and obscure titles after that film did less well than it deserved to do.

Tobey Maguire's Maguire Entertainment is producing, although the Spider-Man star is not expected to take a role, and shooting's due to start and finish before Cage begins work on Drive Angry in April.

Source: EmpireOnline

Obama Mama Drama Planned

Obama Mama Drama Planned
Documentary on President's mother
Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Obama Mama Drama Planned

While President Barack Obama is busy fending off America's lunatic fringe at the moment over questions of health-care reform and the location of his birth certificate, documentary fans will be hoping he finds a few minutes to get involved in a planned film called Stanley Ann Dunham: A Most Generous Spirit. Why should the world's most powerful man sign up to it? Well, because it's about his mum.

Yes, the late Stanley Ann Dunham was the Hawaiian woman who raised the President and, according to executive producer Mary Aloe, "gave a lot of the backbone to our current president and his compassion to the people". She raised Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia, and found time to do pioneering work in Third World microfinancing of small business entrepreneurs, usually women, who want to help their communities become self-sufficient.

Charles Burnett, who recently directed Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation but is perhaps best known for 1977 cult classic Killer of Sheep, will direct the documentary, which will shoot early next year in Hawaii and Indonesia. Negotiations for President Obama's involvement continue, but we hear he's got a few other things on his plate.

Source: EmpireOnline

Friday, September 4, 2009

Green Hornet Vs. Tron

Green Hornet Vs. Tron
Christmas is the new summer
Source: Variety


Green Hornet Vs. Tron

Earlier this week we reported that Sony had moved the release date of their Seth Rogen Green Hornet extravaganza back to December 17th 2010, and mused that, with Yogi Bear their only competiton that weekend, they might well be rubbing their hands.

According to Variety however, they may have cause to get nervous after all, since Disney have chosen to launch Tron Legacy on the same weekend. Shooting on the sequel / reboot has finished, and lengthy FX post-production now begins.

Release dates are fluid, obviously, and someone may back down. Sony may want to shift Hornet's date again, as we imagine they'll also want to move The Smurfs to avoid Warners' Yogi.

But assuming Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund and Seth Rogen and Jay Chou are going head to head next Christmas, which will you be queueing for first?

Source: EmpireOnline

30 More Days Of Night

30 More Days Of Night
Dark Days ahead
Source: Bloody Disgusting


30 More Days Of Night

Bloody Disgusting have revealed that work is steaming ahead on a sequel to 2007's vampire graphic novel adaptation 30 Days of Night, which starred Josh Hartnett, Melissa George and Danny Huston in an adventure about a vampire attack in the Arctic circle winter.

Entertaining but flawed (Alaskan readers can correct us here, but when the sun came back up wouldn't it only have stayed up for a matter of minutes?) the original topped the US box office on the weekend it was released, so the most surprising thing about the follow-up, subtitled Dark Days, and again adapted straight from the comics series, is that it's taken this long.

It doesn't sound like any of the original cast will be returning however, and the director will be Ben Ketai, who shot a couple of webisode stories to accompany part one - original director David Slade is, of course, wrestling with a different sort of vampire on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. BD say that the story will involve a recast Stella (George's character) joining some vigilante vamp hunters to get revenge on "Lilith, the vampire responsible for the attack on the Alaska town." Yes, you may've thought Danny Huston was responsible, but it turns out it was all his girlfriend's fault really.

No word yet on whether original producers Sam Raimi and Bob Tapert are involved. The script will be by Ketai and Steve Niles, who writes the comics. Shooting starts next month in Vancouver; a change from the original, which shot in New Zealand.

What do we think? Another palpable hit, or straight to DVD?

Source: EmpireOnline

Colin Hanks Gets Lucky

Colin Hanks Gets Lucky
Joins cast of indie comedy
Source: Variety



Colin Hanks Gets Lucky

Colin Hanks, Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor, Grumpy Old Men's Ann-Margaret and Fringe's Ari Graynor have signed up to star in Lucky, a new indie comedy that starts shooting in Iowa next week. Yes, Iowa. See it's not all glamour being a movie star.
The film focuses on a "fledgling serial killer" (Hanks, we're guessing) who "wins the lottery and attempts to pursue his lifelong crush". We're guessing that's pursuing her with a bunch of roses rather than a steak knife, but only time will tell.
Gil Cates Jr. is directing, but the script was written by Saturday Night Live's Ken Sublette, so we're guessing it's black comedy rather than thriller-horror. Since we've always rather liked Hanks, we're looking forward to seeing him get the lead for once, so we'll be keeping an eye out for this.
Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Downey and Favreau Play Cowboys & Aliens

Downey and Favreau Play Cowboys & Aliens
Iron Man team blaze some sci-fi saddles
Source: Variety


Downey and Favreau Play Cowboys & Aliens

Cinema history is replete with great director / actor partnerships. John Wayne and John Ford. Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel. Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. Paul WS Anderson and Jason Isaacs. Now it looks like we can add Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau to that pantheon, with Variety's report that the pair are likely to immediately follow Iron Man 2 with the long-gestating Cowboys and Aliens.

You might infer from the title that the film is a sci-fi western, which sees cowboys and indians fighting in Arizona until an alien spaceship crash-lands and gives them a new focus, and you'd be right. It's based on an indie comic by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, published in 2006.

Downey has been attached to the project since it was first announced last summer, but until now it's lacked a director. The last we heard, the script was being written by Iron Man contributors Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, but they were one of at least seven writing teams that the film has had since Universal and Dreamworks picked up the rights in 1997, before the comic was even written, based on a single drawing.

The latest draft is being knocked out by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are currently also writing and producing around 73% of all Hollywood output. They're joined behind the Platinum Studios scenes by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Damon Lindelof and Steven Spielberg, meaning there are currently more 'names' producing than there are confirmed for the cast. Guarantee of quality, or too many cooks?

Source: EmpireOnline