Category Archives: Hollywood

Bono On Frank


It was sure a treat when Bono recorded ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ with Frank Sinatra on his ‘Duets’ album in 1993. It was the highlight of the record. There was even a music video that went along with it.  Bono then presented an aging Sinatra with the Grammy’s Lifetime achievement award in 1994. (It really took until 1994 for them to give this award to Ol’ Blue Eyes?) Bono gave an awesome speech for Frank. The sad part was when the director had the music play Frank of of the stage. Even though Frank wasn’t exactly at the top of his game, but I’d say that the Chairman of the Board deserves a little more respect than that.

Sinatra has been gone since 1998 and Bono now writes another beautiful piece for him. It’s the U2 frontman’s first OP-ED for The New York Times. If his future writings are are anything like this, I’d love to see more. 

Do yourself a favor and read it here. It’s a must.


Seacrest vs. Jolie/Pitt

I’m sure that this’ll be the most trivial thing I’ll ever write about but I can’t resist.

The way that these two treated Ryan Seacrest here is so disrespectful. It’d be disrespectful to treat him that way if he was asking for spare change. These two take five minutes out of their ‘Save The World’ campaign to show up on a red carpet and they don’t want to be interviewed? Now, they had to have known that there was going to be cameras, right? I mean, they’re used to seeing cameras everywhere they go. And they’ve been to these award shows before, so they had to have known that there’d be dweebs on the red carpet asking dumb questions, right?

So why treat Seacrest this way? He’s harmless.

Brad has been in New Orleans helping design and build homes for those who were hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. He can open his heart for strangers like that but he treats Seacrest like a piece of garbage.

One more thing, check out the bodyguard that comes in at the :25 mark. He’s actually protecting these two while they’re on the red carpet. Who needs security once they’re inside the secure area?

These two are lame….They need to learn how to treat people.

Check it out below.


The Ram

Yeah, that’s right…Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s wrestling tights on display at The ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button



The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a good movie. Everyone should go see it. I saw it on Christmas night and the theatre was packed and there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience. That being said, there are a number of problems that I have with it. 

First of all it was way too long. Most of the time I agree with directors having ‘final cut’. The amendment that should be made to giving directors final cut should be that the film has to clock in under 2 1/2 hours. If you can’t get your film down to 150 minutes then you should be doing something else. I love David Fincher, I’ve really enjoyed his films, but at some point there has to be a ‘suit’ there who puts his foot down and says two and a half hours is enough.

The whole movie felt very familiar. Almost like I’d been there before but I couldn’t put mu finger on it. Then walking out of the theatre someone said that it kind of reminded them of Forrest Gump. Then I remembered that it was written by the same screenwriter. While watching it the fact that it was very Forrest Gump-ish didn’t really bother me. But after reflecting on Button, it is kind of annoying. It’ll be even more annoying if Eric Roth gets an Oscar nomination for writing the same movie twice.

I didn’t really have an issue with Brad Pitt’s acting in Button. Benjamin Button never really shows much emotion throughout the film. There aren’t any ‘Oscar Moments’ as a friend likes to put it. Pitt makes great decisions when it comes down to which films he’s going to do. But I can’t get behind the glamorization of Brad Pitt in movies. If he wants to that he should do more romantic comedies (see Ben Affleck or Owen Wilson). Pitt is great to look at, handsome guy to say the least, but why was a third of the movie all about showing us just how good looking he is. I can see a little bit of it in the aging theme of Button, but there were a number of shots that it seemed were simply there to make him look good. It may make more women see the movie, but to me it was a little distracting.

One last thing on Pitt. If The Academy chooses to give him a nomination for best actor it’ll be a disgrace. Again, there was no acting on his part. So do there want to nominate him because computers made him look like an old man and then an hour later he looked like Brad Pitt again? 

I think that Pitt will get his trophy someday. But not for Benjamin Button.

This was a good movie with plenty of flaws. It’s a film that really makes you wrap your head around some pretty tough ideas. And a lot of the ‘Forrest Gump moments’ are pretty good. Cate Blanchett is great, as she always is. It’s not a light film so maybe that’s the reason that it felt so long. I do recommend but I really don’t think I’d see it again.


The Wrestler


Mickey Rourke for Best Actor. Mickey is back. Mickey is back in a big way.

The Best Actor Oscar should go to the guy who plays a role that nobody else could play. That’s exactly why Rourke should get the trophy. With all due respect to Sean Penn and his performance as Harvey Milk, this year it belongs to Mickey. Could Robert Downey Jr. have pulled off Harvey Milk? Maybe. Christian Bale? Sure. Brokeback Jake would’ve given it a shot for sure.

Who else could’ve played Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson? The answer is nobody. It wouldn’t have been the same movie with any other actor. It couldn’t have been the same movie.

I’ve intentionally stayed away from other reviews of The Wrestler. I wanted to have a clean slate as I watched it. I don’t know if Rourke has talked about the ways that The Wrestler mirrors his own life.

This is Mickey Rourke’s Raging Bull. This is his The Godfather. Mickey is The Wrestler.