Friday, May 14, 2004
By Takeru Kobayashi, hot-dog-eating champ
First and foremost , stay in shape. I know that sounds strange, but the fact is no one over 160 pounds has ever eaten more than thirty and a half hot dogs at the Fourth of July Nathan's Famous contest on Coney Island. Fat prevents your stomach from expanding. You also have to be able to eat so fast that your brain doesn't have time to tell you to stop. A lot of people think they should start slow and sprint toward the finish, but if you do that, you'll be twenty hot dogs behind me at the six-minute mark. I always break the hot dogs in half, which saves me a lot of needless chewing. And my trademark, the "Kobe Shake," is really just a little hop and a quick gyration to release any air pockets in my stomach. I could force myself to burp, but I've come to see that you can't always rely on a burp in the middle of a hard-fought battle. — As told (via translator) to Gersh Kuntzman, from "The Skills of Summer (Part 2)", Esquire, June 2004. posted by Linus | 7:20 AM
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Mike D'Angelo in Cannes.
Note his 88 grade (making it his #2 for '04) for Shane Carruth's Primer.
posted by Linus | 6:24 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Gilliam to direct Tideland. posted by Linus | 9:06 AM
Genre gem week continues with a status check of the delicious cast being assembled for Bobby Zombie's The Devil's Rejects. The QV contacted the QT to get his take on it and he said: "Two words, alright: POWER. HOUSE."
Reprising their roles from House of 1000 Corpses:
- Bill Moseley
- Sid Haig (Attn: directors other than QT and Zombie. Feel free to cast this guy. He's, um, awesome. I'd also like to note that Haig's Captain Spaulding headgear is the best use of a "mini-hat" since a drunken Bill Haverchuk put one of those Dairy Queen baseball helmets atop his head in "Beers and Weirs".)
- Sheri Moon
- Tyler Mane
- Steve Railsback
- P.J. Soles (!!!!)
- Ken Foree (Foree's site)
- Michael Berryman (!!!!)
- Kane Hodder
- Diamond Dallas Page
- Danny Trejo (just added)
UPDATE: William Forsythe
UPDATE 2: Natasha Lyonne
UPDATE 3: Leslie Easterbrook is the new Mother Firefly (I decided to skip going to bloody-disgusting.com on a work PC so I'll check out the news of the first scene later). Plus: Rosario Dawson and M.C. Gainey.
UPDATE 4: Lion's Gate: "Mr. Zombie is far exceeding our expectations." posted by Linus | 7:33 AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
The website for Richard Kelly's upcoming musical comedy, Southland Tales. posted by Linus | 8:03 AM
RZA and GZA were not on Wu Time. They were there on time. Whoa. That was fun. posted by Linus | 7:34 AM
Fincher to direct film based on FSF's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". posted by Linus | 7:27 AM
Monday, May 10, 2004
After nearly three years of anticipation, Warner Home Video has finally announced an August 17th street date for The Scorsese Collection, a six-disc collection of five of the American auteur's greatest works. In addition to a reissue of the previously-released Mean Streets special edition, the set will include newly remastered versions of After Hours, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Who's That Knocking At My Door? and perhaps the standout of the bunch, a two-disc GoodFellas. Each will also include a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround remix and supplements produced by the team at Automat Pictures. Goodies include audio commentary by Scorsese on each film and their respective theatrical trailers, plus additional extras: GoodFellas includes a second "Cop and Crook" commentary with the real-life Henry Hill and attorney Edward McDonald, and the "Getting Made," "The Workaday Gangster," "The Goodfellas Legacy" and "Paper is Cheaper Than Film" featurettes; Who's Knocking at My Door? and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore boast a new making-of featurette apiece; and After Hours features deleted scenes and the "Filming For Your Life" featurette. Retail will be $59.95 for the box set, $26.95 for GoodFellas on its own, and $19.95 a pop for the rest if you buy 'em separately. posted by Linus | 8:24 AM
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Microcosm. posted by Linus | 5:04 PM
Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000) and Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (Brett Sullivan, 2004)
"Rocky runs, Rocky plays, Rocky remembers the good old days." - Ghost
Superb Canadian lycanthropy cinema, view ASAP, etc. The mesmerizing Unleashed (metaphor update: the original's adolescence shifts to drug addiction here) is definitely one of the most impressive sequels in cinema history. Emily Perkins rules again, better effects (via the mighty KNB this go-round), and a great new character, Ghost, brilliantly played by Tatiana Maslany -- it's the year's best performance. Plus: Margot Kidder's niece is in it.
It's sad that import genre gems like these (not to mention domestic fare like Lucky McKee's May - rare lucidity from Ebert!) cannot get even get a decent limited theatrical run yet stuff like the mostly repellant The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake opens on 3,000+ screens.
Finally: A prequel is due out later this year. Right clickety-click up the teaser trailer. posted by Linus | 11:44 AM