Extended Movie Trailer – The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) is a remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi flick and stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. The general plot involves an alien, Klaatu (Reeves), who lands on Earth with his powerful outer-space robot. Klaatu believes the human race will indirectly and/or unintentionally destroy their own planet in time. Thus, he visits Earth to evaluate the planet, its inhabitants, and the fate of the human race. Connelly plays Dr. Helen Benson in the film.
This movie may gain some new fans or possibly lose the sci-fi fanatics who fell in love with the 1951 original. One thing’s for sure though. Before you say, “I’m excited for The Day the Earth Stood Still to come out!” in front of a die-hard, sci-fi movie goer, remember that it’s a “remake.” It might not be a good idea to say, “What 1951 movie?” in front of a sci-fi fanatic who despises Hollywood for even attempting to remake it. 🙂
The Day the Earth Stood Still is out in U.S. theaters December 12, 2008. Don’t miss it!

Who Will Be Paris Hilton’s New BFF?

Not the reality TV bug! I can never completely part myself from any reality TV show. Sometimes I could care less about someone else’s life, and until recently, I used to be so indifferent to celeb magazines (e.g. US weekly, Life & Style, or People). What happened? Let’s face it, competitive drama is entertaining—so long as you’re not included. Maybe it’s just a part of human nature to be interested or curious in a life completely different from your own, and reality TV is your lucky ticket to that special place. Who knows!

To recap last week’s Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, Onch was given the boot by Paris and even the most-hated Corrie was safe from elimination. This leaves nine contestants still in the race to become Paris Hilton’s new BFF. My top picks on who I think will make it to the end: Vanessa, Zui, maybe Lauren, or possibly Brittany.

Of course, the show still has plenty of potential to give us a run for our money. Watch tonight’s episode on MTV, 10pm ET/PT, as the girls are put to the test in their next “challenge” to play the notorious high school game, 7 minutes in heaven, with a famous rapper. The episode also takes a twist during elimination round as Corrie makes the decision on who goes home this week.

Federal Agents Foil an Assassination Attempt on Sen. Obama

It appears that on October 22, 2008, two neo-nazis—Daniel Cowart, 20, of Bells, Tenn., and Paul Schlesselman, 18, of Helena-West Helena, Ark.—were arrested and charged with possessing an unregistered firearm, planning to rob a gun store, and conspiring to assassinate Senator Obama. It has been reported by the Associated Press that the two men also planned on going on a killing spree at a predominately African-American high school in Tennessee. The two sought to kill 88 African-Americans and behead 14. The numbers, 14/88, are widely known among white supremacist groups to have a symbolic meaning to their cause. According to court records, Cowart and Schlesselman believed that they would be killed in the assassination attempt but were still willing to do it.

To think, these are only two men that plotted this attempt; imagine how many other extremist groups are plotting the same thing. If Obama makes it to the top seat in the U.S. government, a successful assassination would lead to adverse consequences among many Americans, particularly African-Americans. Not only would it totally undermine historic events and struggles in the fight for racial equality, but it would also expose the cold, hard truth that some people are still willing to violently adhere to centuries-old racial ideologies.

An assassination would possibly create an uproar in communities all around the nation, as well as stir up a lot of racial tension. If elected, Sen. Obama will certainly make the history books as the first African-American president—let’s just hope that his chapter doesn’t have the same ending as JFK.

Tragic Ending For Jennifer Hudson and Family

It’s been about three days since Jennifer Hudson—Academy Award-winning singer and actress—offered a $10,000 dollar reward for the safe return of her missing 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. King went missing last Friday (October 24, 2008) after local officials found Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and Hudson’s brother, Jason Hudson, shot to death in their Chicago home.

According to a statement released earlier today by the Chicago Police Department: “At approximately 7:06 A.M. a 1994 White Chevrolet Suburban bearing Illinois license plate X584859 and identified in the Amber Alert was located at 1313 S. Kolin. A body was discovered inside the Suburban, in the rear seat of the vehicle.”

The dead body was confirmed to be that of Julianne King, who bared a gunshot wound to the back of his head. A candlelight vigil was held outside of Hudson’s Chicago home earlier this evening to remember the lives that were lost in this tragedy. Police have not yet charged anyone for the crimes, but are confident that they will find the killer once forensic technicians complete their analysis of the crime scenes.

Words cannot express what Hudson and her family are going through after the loss of three loved ones to such a terrible crime. I was shocked after hearing the news on my local news station. During the news coverage, a person from the Chicago neighborhood explained to an on-site reporter that he heard the gunshots, but he said gunshots are common in that area so no one really thought anything of it. This story is just unfortunate in so many ways.

Danity Kane in Trouble

Is it goodbye for good to Aubrey and D. Woods? Millions watched the live finale of Making the Band 4, Season 3, and were shocked when they witnessed Diddy‘s dismissal of the two Danity Kane stars. I wasn’t much of a fan of the group to begin with, but I just can’t see the future of DK without all five original members.

Diddy claims that the group is facing internal problems amongst themselves, rather than with Diddy. I’m sure DK has problems with each other (like any band), but I think that there’s another aspect to their discontent—management. Clearly, the ending gave off a little sense that Diddy has some problems with his own group. He reacted so impulsively, which would indicate that maybe some of these things were boiling up over a long period of time (that we didn’t know about). In my opinion and from what I saw from all the seasons, Diddy really likes respect, and I guess Aubrey might have been too outspoken for him. I think Diddy assumed that the reason D. Woods felt any negativity towards him was due to Aubrey “influencing” her. So he basically said goodbye to Woods too.

Judging from the live appearance of the 3-member DK on MTV, the night the season finale aired, Dawn didn’t look too happy when Aubrey came onto the stage. She just turned really quiet and became very neutral in her expressions. Her energy beforehand was high, then Aubrey came out, and her energy seemed to just sink. This hints to me that the group’s internal problems will probably continue if Aubrey and D. Woods come back. Yet if they’re out for good, DK could be on shaky ground with fans and sales. What’s a businessman like Diddy to do?

The series will continue next year with Day 26, Donny Klang, and the official fate of Danity Kane.

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans

Movie sequels have a bittersweet spot in my heart because you never know if you’re going to get a sequel that raises the bar or one that totally plays out/outdates a once-untouchable story. Do any of these movies ring a bell in the category of luke-warm sequels? Jurassic Park, The Mummy, or Scream.

Now, I loved Underworld (2003), and I was so excited for Underworld Evolution (2006) when it was first released. I thought the movie was going to be great; to some people, it was. For me, the experience was a completely different one. Somehow, there seemed to be a certain disconnection from the first movie, and why was Markus so incredibly non-human?! Sure, he was one of the original vampires, but come on, so was Viktor. Markus was literally just this vampire monster that flew around killing. There was no real insight into his character, which took away that special element to any movie—that element that engages the audience into the real depth of a story through its main characters (heroes and villains alike).

But what’s that I hear? An Underworld 3! Not a sequel exactly, but a prequel. I was a little hesitant when I heard about Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (watch the trailer here), which is due to hit U.S. theaters January 23, 2009. However, leave it to the video editors to make an awesome trailer and I’m a fan again! With pretty much the same writers from Underworld and Underworld Evolution (including Len Wiseman, who by the way, isn’t directing this third installment), the story line shouldn’t stray too far from its roots.

Can Underworld 3 redeem itself and bring back thrilling, action-packed scenes on top of a gripping story? I hope so, because I’m game!

Ra Ra Riot – The Rhumb Line 2008

If you haven’t heard of Ra Ra Riot, you’ve been missing out! Last week, I stumbled upon an interesting band name and was pleasantly surprised when I first heard their music. Their 2008 album, The Rhumb Line, is definitely a must in my book. With a group of talented band members, Ra Ra Riot comprises of Milo Bonacci (guitar), Alexandra Lawn (cello/vocals), Wesley Miles (keyboards/vocals), John Pike (co-writer/lyricist/vocalist and drummer), Mathieu Santos (bass guitar), and Rebecca Zeller (violin).

Captivating thousands of hearts from Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot’s music pinpoints exactly what it feels like to be understood through music. Whether you are heartbroken over a love that will never bloom or feeling lost in nostalgic thought vs. change, this band will leave you feeling calm and at ease before the song even finishes. With lyrical ingenuity and beautiful music, Ra Ra Riot is living proof that music really is a gift to the world and to the individual soul. Maybe it’s just me, but you just gotta love music that keeps your feet tapping, your mind stimulated, and your ears happy!

Check them out at: iTunes, http://www.myspace.com/rarariot, or http://www.rarariot.com.


The Rhumb Line (2008)

Standout Tracks:

“Can You Tell”

“Dying is Fine”

“Run My Mouth”