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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Wednesday, 10 May 2006
On the Scene: Another Day in Hollywood
Topic: The Movies

On the Scene: Another Day in Hollywood

Just another day in Hollywood...

The press release is here - Warner Bros. Pictures Presents in Association with Virtual Studios the Los Angeles Premiere of POSEIDON Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM -
WHAT: Red carpet arrivals at the Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater

WHO: From the film: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Mia Maestro, Jimmy Bennett, Andre Braugher, Kevin Dillon, Freddy Rodriguez, Stacy Ferguson and director Wolfgang Petersen - Other special guests include: Dean Cain, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Josh Duhamel, Harry Hamlin, Jay Hernandez, Oliver Hudson, John Legend, Carol Lynley, Gabriel Macht, Lisa Rinna, Taboo, Jon Voight, Kate Walsh

WHEN: Wednesday May 10th - Check-in: 5:00 pm - Red carpet arrivals begin: 6:00 pm - Screening begins 7:00 pm

WHERE: Grauman's Chinese Theater, 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
A bit on the film here and you can watch the trailer here - directed by Wolfgang Petersen, the screenplay by Mark Protosevich from the novel by Paul Gallico - "In this remake of the 1972 disaster classic 'The Poseidon Adventure' (1972) , a luxury ocean liner capsizes from a colossal tidal wave, leaving its survivors to fend for themselves as they find a way out."

From Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune
Wolfgang Petersen deals in earth, air and fire, but at heart he is a water-based director. He made "Das Boot." He marshaled "The Perfect Storm," released in his native Germany as "Der Sturm." And now he has made a film about das Boot und der Sturm, otherwise known as "Poseidon."
From the London Free Press (London, Ontario, Canada), this, one of those insider accounts of how hard it was on the set what with the actors getting injured, or sort of injured in that Hollywood star way (a sprain, getting wet), and from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, an early review - not like the original as the effects are amazing these days, and the tension impressive, but it is kind of stupid fluff.

The Hollywood premier was, as usual, two days before the thing opened nationwide, or worldwide, or whatever. It may be the big hit of the summer, or a turkey. Who knows?

The traffic was awful, but the camera was handy. No stars at 6:15 - on the way home from the supermarket - but there were these fans, hoping. It's Hollywood.

Fans at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Boulevard, Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the premier of Wolfgang Petersen's remake of the 1972 disaster classic 'The Poseidon Adventure' (1972)



Look up.

Hollywood Reporter sign, on the wall of the Hollywood and Highland complex, Hollywood Boulevard



Elsewhere in Hollywood it was calm. Just before the evening fog rolled in the light of the sun going down caught this bunch of orange lines and brick on the hill just above the Actors Studio on the Sunset Strip.

House wall above the Sunset Strip


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Wednesday, 5 April 2006
Getting Along
Topic: The Movies

Getting Along

Gull on statue of Saber-Toothed Tiger, La Brea Tar Pits, Wilshire Boulevard, Los AngelesLos Angeles is a diverse place, where it's live and let live, and you disregard differences. The recent Oscar-winning movie Crash had it all wrong. Best Picture? We're not at each other's throats, full of not very suppressed racial and ethnic distrust. Most everyone is just doing what they do - off to work, home to the family, shopping for groceries and all the rest. We even talk to each other. But "message movies" need settings, and for this one Los Angeles was good enough (see the county's demographic profile in the tables here).

We do get along, taking seriously what has to be taken seriously, and ignoring the rest. The Oscar-winning movie was made by a Canadian. What does he know?

Note this gull, down on Wilshire at the La Brea Tar Pits. He knows real threats from fake Hollywood crap, set up to scare the rubes. (Photo from July 10, 2005.)





And what about this scene in "Thai Town" - Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue, captured on July 23, 2003 - where the fellow walking is unconcerned about the mixed message regarding cuisine. Whatever.

Thai restaurant with giant hot dog, Hollywood Boulevard at Western Avenue, Los Angeles


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Monday, 3 April 2006
Movie References: Life in Southern California
Topic: The Movies

Movie References: Life in Southern California

Superman replica on display, Beverly Hills, California (photo December 2005)
In a window just off Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills this full-size replica seems to be for sale. See this - "Superman leaps tall buildings in a single bound, flies faster than a speeding bullet and, this summer, will land in audience laps in a 3-D version of 'Superman Returns,' set for Imax movie theaters. Imax and Warner Bros. film studio said they plan to feature 20 minutes of the big-budget Hollywood movie in three dimensions when it hits theaters in late June, marking the first live-action, 3-D movie on giant Imax screens."

Superman Returns is scheduled for 30 June, with Brandon Routh as the dude - "After the battle with General Zod and his gang of Kryptonian super-villains, Superman (Brandan Routh) mysteriously disappears for six years. After searching for more possible survivors from Krypton and finding none, Superman returns to Metropolis to re-assume the identity of Clark Kent. Once he returns, he discovers that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) is in a relationship and also has a son. Superman also discovers that Metropolis has learned to live without him, causing him to lose his motivation to fight and protect. To make matters worse, Superman's old nemesis Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) has devised a plan to defeat the Man of Steel, for good. Superman must put his troubles behind him in order to protect his lost love, and the city who lost faith in him."

Whatever.

He's for sale, under glass, in Beverly Hills. Why wait for the movie?

Superman replica on display, Beverly Hills, California (photo December 2005)




































This weekend at a birthday party down in Orange County, for a young lad turning seven, the movie Village of the Damned came to mind.

Kids at Southern California birthday party


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Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Oscar Time
Topic: The Movies

Oscar Time
The seventy-eighth Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006 - at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center. That's just a mile or two east, so for those of you who follow such things, here's the scene there Thursday, February 16th, sixteen days before the event, as preparations begin, and the tourists mill about. From the top level of the Kodak Theater where the event is held, look down - Miss Piggy as Marilyn Monroe at the Virgin Store, just to the left of where the stars walk in on the red carpet (you have to love the irony) -









































Some people take this movie stuff seriously -




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