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Thursday, January 31, 2008

FREE Screenwriting Teleseminar!




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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Guess The Movie...

INT. BOB'S ROOM - NIGHT

Bob opens the door, Charlotte's standing there trying to
look casual, she's happy to see him (she's put some pants on
and flip flops instead of her dumb looking Ugg boots).

She knocks into a low table, bumping her knee as she comes
in.

Bob pours some cold sake, smoothly.

Bob and Charlotte watch La Dolce Vita with Japanese subtitles
on the TV.

BOB
Hans was very attentive to you.

CHARLOTTE
I think he kind of liked me...Is
that so hard to imagine?

BOB
No, its easy.

CHARLOTTE
How'd a Japanese guy get a name like
Hans?

BOB
I don't know.

CUT TO:

Anita Ekberg holds the kitten on T.V.

CUT TO:

Charlotte gets up to pour more sake.

She picks up and looks at a prescription bottle on his night
stand and reads the label : Lipitor.

CHARLOTTE
Do you remember when we met at the
bar? ...You were wearing a tuxedo.

BOB
But the first time I saw you was in
the elevator.

CHARLOTTE
Really?

BOB
Yeah, you don't remember?

She shrugs.

CHARLOTTE
Did I scowl at you?

BOB
No, you smiled.

CHARLOTTE
I don't remember.

BOB
I know, I kind of blend in here.




HINT: In 2003 it won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay

Still not sure??? Here's the answer

WTF??? Another Saw Film???



Aiight guys so get geared up and ready for the "FIF" installment of the Saw franchise. Obviously they are trying to be the next Freddy or Jason franchise....well I guess we now have a movie to look forward to watching every freakin Halloween nite!


And YES...Tobin Bell will in fact be coming back for Round 5 ladies and gentz. In Saw V, he'll be joined by Costas Mandylor and Scott Patterson as Detective Hoffman and FBI Agent Strahm, respectively. David Hackl is stepping up his obligations to the "Saw" series as production designer and is sitting in the director's chair, too. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script. Shooting begins in Toronto on March 17th and is aiming for an October 24th release date.


I know most of you all think it's pathetic that another Saw film is set to go into production...but I ain't gonna lie...I'll probably spend my 11 bucks to go see it. Part 4 was a piece of shit...but I actually liked the first 3 sequels. So I'll give this movie another chance....


C'mon yall...like yall haven't seen all of the Friday the 13th flicks!


Burger King Whopper Freakout!

So have any of you SEEN those Burger King commercials where they place a hidden camera in the drive-thru and lie to unsuspecting customers that the Whopper is no longer available??

Well this commercial is an UNCUT version! Well actually its a phony knock off...but the actors were really good...they had me fooled! They should totally air this commercial during Superbowl Sunday. Of course....there will be some heavy editing involved.

Check it out:


Maggie Gyllenhall Gets Involved in a 3-way Lesbian Orgy



Apparently there is this short film out on the net made to support the ongoing Writer's Guild Association's strike and the film stars none other than Maggie GAAGyenhall.

In the clip, the Secretary star turns up to a hotel room to meet a man only to find two other beauties waiting to see the SAME fella. The man called AMPiTePa - short for Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers - has stood them all up. After a spell period of frustration, Maggie takes a swig from her glass of wine and says: "We don't need him. We've got everything we need right here. "Girls - you want to make an interim agreement?" The other ladies join her on the bed, but, as things start to get interesting, the lights fade and the film ends with a sexy pizza delivery girl entering the bedroom.

I guess you can watch the video and judge for yourself. In my opinion, there's nothing hot about Maggie gettin it on with ANYONE. Seein her face alone just makes me wanna gag. The only cool thing about this video is that its 3 and 1/2 minutes long....thank Gawd. We can only hope her screen time in Dark Knight will be as long. Seriously though....with a face like that she shoulda played The Joker.



SOURCE: I Don't Like You That Way



Shia LeBeouf hits us with the "hot beef injection!": TowelRoad



Freddy Kruger's baaaaccck!: Variety



Writer's Guild and NBC play "let's make a deal": Variety



Weeks before shooting Mark Romanek walks away from Wolf Man project: Reuters



Depp is not doing the Heath Ledger film: DarkHorizons

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SEEN O' The Day: Kissing Jessica Stein


This is a hilarious 2001 film set in NYC about a conservative uptight journalist who curiously answers a female looking for female personals ad.

The film's stars Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt wrote the screenplay.

In this scene she reveals to her best friend that she is dating another woman. I LOVE the last line in this scene...great film!


Brody and Wright in the same Movie??? SAY IT AINT SO!

So 2 of our IndieSeen Favorites Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright will be starring in a film 2gether called Cadillac Records. So of course we plan on going to the screening openin-freakin nite! Originally Matt Damon was set to star in the anticipated flick but bowed at the last minute and Brody took over. Thank Gawd....kinda tired of seein Matt Damon's punchbag face (don't his face look a lil squished in??). He needs the break anyway...





So Jeffrey Wright---the most underrated extremely talented God-given gifted human being in all of cinema is also starring which is always a movie worth looking forward to. Adrien has taken on the role of Leonard Chess, and Wright will be Muddy Waters in the feature, which starts filming in March. They will be joined by Columbus Short (Stomp the Yard), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Cedric the Entertainer (Code Name: The Cleaner), and Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows).





Oh yea...but there's one more thing...Beyonce Knowles is playing Etta James. Fuuuuuucccckkk!!!! Okay sorry, but damn we were on a roll here! We have some talented A-list Academy Award and Tony Award winning actors in the lead roles and then casting had to fuck up and bring Beyonce into the picture. We're not hatin or anything...but really...who says this girl can act? She should stick to singing Bootylicious anthems and being Jay-Z's damaged goods. OUCH. Well yall know what we mean....



Anyways, we just don't understand why why why Beyonce should be cast when there are some MAJORLY talented sistas out there who should have played Etta James. Does NYIndieSeen need to bust out with casting suggestions as to who should have played the role? I mean we can if yall want us too...but we're gonna have to start charging.


Well we'll see how this pans out. If Beyonce fails miserably as an actress (and I'm quite sure she will) then perhaps Hollywood will finally see that seeing her on celluloid is a complete waste of time....and money.


SOURCE: Cinematical





Cheap, Yet Resourceful Gifts For Indie Filmmakers




Courtesy of AC


1. Postal Stamps

2. DVD-R's

3. Padded Envelopes

4. Digital Video Tapes/ Film Stock

5. Digital Camera

6. DVD Cases

7. Amazon.com Gift Certificate

8. Magazine Subscription

9. Netflix Gift Subscription

10. MONEY. Always a great gift.

*11. An email link to NYIndieSeen - an excellent resource for info on the indie scene!

Tuesday Newsday



The Writer's call a truce for The Grammys: New York Times


The movie Crash (no not the sex-thrill ride version) is coming to TV: Reuters


Guillermo Del Toro replaces Jackson as next to direct "Rings" series: IGN


Casting has already been set for new G.I. Joe film: DarkHorizons


Check out Will Smith's HanCOCK: Slashfilm

Monday, January 28, 2008

Lets Make Some LOVE Filmmakers!



Love Actually: Short Films about Love, Sex & Romance hosted by Lazy Limabean Film Magazine & SCENEPR

Thursday, February 14thLazy Limabean Film Magazine invites you to come sample some of NYC's up & coming filmmakers as they showcase short films about love, sex & romance at Millennium Theater. From its beginnings the Millennium offered various programs and services such as filmmaking workshops, equipment access-which includes facilities for editing, screening and shooting.

Then, following the screening, come meet the filmmakers and other guests at a special screening after party at White Rabbit, located within a short walking distance from the theater.White Rabbit provides the best of both worlds- a relaxed and stylish lounge, without any of the attitude. The drinks at White Rabbit are moderately (between 8-10 bucks) priced and include the usual top shelf selections as well as a beautiful selection of exotic cocktails like White Rabbit's Sake-tini, a Gin Martini made with sake, garnished with cucumber and their Ginger spice Martini which is a Stoli Orange, orange Curacao, splash of lemon & a slice fresh ginger root.


There'll be a small selection of White Rabbit's appetizer menu samplings made available.What time does the fun begin?


Films: 7-9pm (first film starts at 7:15pm)


A short Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the last film.


After party: 9-11pm


Where do I meet everyone? Films: Millennium, 66 East 4th Street, NY, NYAfter party: White Rabbit, 145 E. Houston, NY, NY


How much should I donate? Films: $8 online $10 at doorAfter party: No CoverBuy your tickets at HERE!


Space is limited so get your tickets early!


About Lazy Limabean Film Magazine: Founded in 2004, Lazy Limabean Film Magazine is a no-nonsense look at film, filmmakers and those people who make the film industry go. Visit us at Lazy Limabean or on Facebook . SCENE PR plans & promotes a series of events geared toward helping media, arts & entertainment professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations initiate dialogues, spark collaborative projects and strengthen business connections. Visit us at SCENEPR or visit our Facebook group

Two Shitty NY TV Shows


So let's compare and contrast here...


Which show is smellier? Which show sucks bigger monster's balls? Which show will be canned first?


I know I know...I'm a lil harsh here, but I can't helpz it. Cashmere Mafia is a snorefest and Lipstick Jungle looks like a wannabee Charlie's Angels...the movie version. They shoulda just cast Lucy Liu in Lipstick instead...then all the fans of that movie would probably like the show. Uugggh. Booooring. I rather watch Sex And The City for the 18th time. Really...I have watched every episode of the entire series at least 18 times. I know...that's extreme.


The NY Post did an article about these craptacular shows and compared their similarities:


Cashmere has Darren Star---creator of Sex And The City is the executive producer


Lipstick is based on a novel by Candance Bushnell---creator of... take a wild guess?


The locations shot for both shows are in the obvious parts of Manhattan (since those are the only areas worth shooting apparently) Madison Square park, SoHo streets, Hudson Street, Upper East Side


Both shows share:


Whiny crybaby chick music


Unshaven scruffy hubbies


Travel is only conducted by a corporate jet or private car

The only difference? The chick Caitlin is an "experimental lesbian" OMG can the show get any worse?? The obligatory character struggling with their sexuality....YAWN.


I really wish more networks would allow first time writers to pitch MORE pilots during pilot season. Then recycled trash like these 2 shows would never see the light of day.

SHORT RoMANtic Movies



SCENE PR is looking to round out a slate of films for an upcoming Valentines Day Short Film event. If you are holding onto some masterpiece that needs exposure...get it in to us
asap!! We're looking for short films about romance, sex, or love. Event takes place Thurs. Feb 14th at 7pm (after party is 9pm) Deadline is Feb. 1st (though we reserve the right to extend the deadline) Screening takes place in Manhattan.


Here are the rules:

Must be on DVD

Max length of 25mins.

Please be sure your DVD plays on multiple players.

We'd love it if you (or anyone who is associated with the making of..) could
also be available the brief Q&A following screening (recommended, but not
necessary).

Please include your bio, contact info, photo and website URL (optional)

You may submit multiple submissions. Only one will be picked.

Motion Graphics, Animation are also suitable formats...

There's also an after party so be sure to invite your friends to come out!!

Send to:
SCENEPR
attn: VDAY Salon
8553 Eliot Avenue, #53a
Rego Park, NY 11374
No Drop offs, no express packages.

SAVE THE DATE:
March 13th - Foreign Intrigue: Foreign Short Films
(if you want to submit for this event, please do so. Same rules apply. Any
subject, films not in english MUST be subtitled)

Happy Hangover Day




SAG Award Winners Announced: NY Times



Heath Ledger was speedballing? According to close friends....: Daily Mail



FCC smacks ABC with a 1.43 million fine for a 2003 NYPD Blue episode....prolly for Franz's hairy ass: Wall Street Journal



Vote for the 2008 Weblog Awards...NYIndieSeen needs to be up in there!: 2008 Webloggies

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Indie Pick O' The Day: Bully


After the recent death of Brad Renfro, a movie I remembered seeing which was an intriguing yet disturbing performance by Renfro in the Larry Clark film Bully. I say it was disturbing becuz honestly it seems like Renfro was high the whole time. I don't know if that's how the character was to be portrayed, or if the drugs revealed itself though his performance.
Bully is actually based on a factual account of a group of high school aged slackers who decide to kill one of their own. Marty has become fed up with his friend Bobby's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel insults and sexual assaults, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. Larry Clark (in typical Clark-inspired fashion) uses close-ups on body parts and gratuitous shots of Bijou Phillips' crotch.

I think Bijou is a talented actress, but she should really extend her range a lil more and not play the same ol' skanky chickenheadish type roles. Her character in Bully is the same character she played in Havoc and Black & White. I'm sure there's more I just haven't seen her entire filmography.
The movie although based on a true story, is within the same genre of other Larry Clark films about bored privileged white suburban teens who have nothing else better to do with their time than to dabble in drug use, promiscuous sex, and illegal activities. The film almost pay some homage to Kids by the casting of Leo Fitzpatrick who helps the kids coordinate the murder of Bobby. Fitzpatrick played Telly, the unsuspecting HIV positive teen in Kids. The film also stars Nick Stahl and Rachel Miner.

2008 Sundance Award Winners

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners:

The Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to TROUBLE THE WATER, directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. An aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, armed with a video camera, show what survival means when they are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, and seize a chance for a new beginning.

The Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to FROZEN RIVER, directed by Courtney Hunt, about a desperate trailer mom and a Mohawk Indian girl who team up to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States from Canada.

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to MAN ON WIRE/United Kingdom, directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles French artist Philippe Petit's daring dance on a wire suspended between New York's Twin Towers and his subsequent arrest for what would become known as “the artistic crime of the century.”

The World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to KING OF PING PONG (PING PONGKINGEN)/ Sweden, directed by Jens Jonsson. An ostracized and bullied teenager who excels only in ping pong descends into an acrimonious struggle with his younger, more popular brother when the truth about their family history and their father surfaces over the course of their spring break.

The Audience Awards are presented to both a dramatic and documentary film in four Competition categories as voted by Sundance Film Festival audiences. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival Audience Awards are presented by Volkswagen of America, Inc.

The Audience Award: Documentary was presented to FIELDS OF FUEL, directed by Josh Tickell. A look at America's addiction to oil, Tickell is a man with a plan and a Veggie Van, who is taking on big oil, big government, and big soy to find solutions in places few people have looked.

The Audience Award: Dramatic was presented to THE WACKNESS, directed by Jonathan Levine. During a sweltering New York summer, a troubled teenage drug dealer trades pot for therapy sessions with a drug-addled psychiatrist, and in the process falls for the doctor's daughter.

The World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary was presented to MAN ON WIRE/United Kingdom, directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles French artist Philippe Petit's daring dance on a wire suspended between New York's Twin Towers and subsequent arrest for what would become known as “the artistic crime of the century.”

The World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic was presented to CAPTAIN ABU RAED/Jordan, by director Amin Matalqa. The first feature film to come out of Jordan in 50 years, CAPTAIN ABU RAED tells the story of an aging airport janitor who is mistaken for an airline pilot by a group of poor neighborhood children and whose fantastical stories offer hope for a sad, sometimes unchangeable, reality.

The Directing Awards recognize excellence in directing for dramatic and documentary features.

The Directing Award: Documentary was presented to Nanette Burstein for her film AMERICAN TEEN, an irreverent cinema vérité which chronicles four seniors at an Indiana high school and yields a surprising snapshot of Midwestern life.

The Directing Award: Dramatic was presented to Lance Hammer for BALLAST, a riveting, lyrical portrait of an emotionally frayed family whose lives are torn asunder by a tragic act in a small Mississippi Delta town.

The World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary was presented to Nino Kirtadze, director of DURAKOVO: VILLAGE OF FOOLS (DURAKOVO: LE VILLAGE DES FOUS)/ France. The film portrays life in a castle outside Moscow, where Mikhail Morozov rules autonomously over young initiates, laying the groundwork for a rapidly growing right-wing movement.

The World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic was presented to Anna Melikyan for MERMAID (RUSALKA)/ Russia. The fanciful tale of an introverted little girl who grows up believing she has the power to make wishes come true. She must reconcile this belief with reality when, as a young woman, she journeys to Moscow and grapples with love, modernity and materialism.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for outstanding achievement in writing was presented to Alex Rivera and David Riker for their screenplay for SLEEP DEALER. Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology.

The World Cinema Screenwriting Award was presented to Samuel Benchetrit for his screenplay of I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GANGSTER (J'AI TOUJOURS RÊVÉ D'ÊTRE UN GANGSTER)/ France. Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime.

The Documentary Editing Award was presented to Joe Bini for his work on the film ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED. The documentary examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

The World Cinema Documentary Editing Award was presented to Irena Dol for her work on THE ART STAR AND THE SUDANESE TWINS/New Zealand. The film profiles artist Vanessa Beecroft and how her obsession to adopt Sudanese twin orphans drives her marriage to a breaking point and fuels her controversial art.

The Excellence in Cinematography Awards honor exceptional cinematography in both dramatic and documentary categories. This year's recipients are:

The Excellence in Cinematography Award: Documentary was presented to Phillip Hunt and Steven Sebring for their work on the film PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE, an intimate portrait of the poet, painter, musician and singer that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

The Excellence in Cinematography Award: Dramatic was presented to Lol Crawley for BALLAST. a riveting, lyrical portrait of an emotionally frayed family whose lives are torn asunder by a tragic act in a small Mississippi Delta town.

The World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary was presented to al Massad for his work on RECYCLE /Jordan. A Jordanian family man living in the hometown of Muslim leader Abu Musa Al Zarqawi struggles to support his family and define his identity in a tense political climate.

The World Cinema Cinematography Award: Dramatic was presented to Askild Vik Edvardsen for KING OF PING PONG (PING PONGKINGEN)/ Sweden. An ostracized and bullied teenager who excels only in ping pong descends into an acrimonious struggle with his younger, more popular brother when the truth about their family history and their father surfaces over the course of their spring break.

A World Cinema Special Jury Prize: Dramatic was presented to Ernesto Contreras, director of BLUE EYELIDS (PÁRPADOS AZULES)/ Mexico. When Marina wins a beach getaway trip for two, her desperate search for someone to take with her leads to a complicated relationship and the revelation that she might be better off on her own.

A Special Jury Prize: Documentary was presented to Lisa F. Jackson, director of GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO, for her piercing, intimate look into the struggle of the lives of rape survivors.

A Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, The Spirit of Independence was presented to director Chusy Haney-Jardine for ANYWHERE, USA, a wildly original look at American manners, prejudices, and family dynamics.

A Special Jury Prize: Dramatic, Work by an Ensemble Cast was presented to the cast of CHOKE. An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, CHOKE is the sardonic story about mother and son relationship, fear of aging, sexual addiction, and the dark side of historical theme parks. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald, Brad Henke.

The 2008 Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking was awarded to two films: MY OLYMPIC SUMMER, directed by Daniel Robin, and SIKUMI (On the Ice), directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean. The jury also presented the International Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking to SOFT, directed by Simon Ellis. Honorable Mentions in Short Filmmaking were presented to: AQUARIUM, directed by Rob Meyer; AUGUST 15th, directed by Xuan Jiang; LA CORONA (THE CROWN), directed by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega; OIRAN LYRICS, directed by Ryosuke Ogawa; SPIDER, directed by Nash Edgerton; SUSPENSION, directed by Nicolas Provost, and W. , directed by The Vikings. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Awards were presented by Adobe Systems Incorporated.

SLEEP DEALER, directed by Alex Rivera, is the recipient of this year’s Alfred P. Sloan Prize. The Prize, which carries a $20,000 cash award to the filmmaker provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is presented to an outstanding feature film focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.


SOURCE: ComingSoon.net

Tarantino Is Ready to Kick Some Paparazzi Ass

Well I know I'm a but partial to QT being that I am a fan and admirer of all cinematic babies he's conceived...but I think he was a bit harsh to the paps in this video. I dunno...maybe he was on his period. I mean it must of have that time of the month for him....

Here's some exclusive video of QT gettin a "tude" at Sundance with a photog. Get your popcorn out and enjoy!


Friday, January 25, 2008

SEEN In NYC

Back to celebrity sightings in the bestest place on earth!





Matthew Modine (memba him??) at 121 W 10th St chillin with some dude at a resturaunt. But he was checkin out a girl's ass so the gay rumors aint really necessary.












Wanda Sykes was all up in E 49th St & Lexington Ave right outside the W Hotel...speaking of gay rumors...I heard the lesbian ones about her are actually true.









Jeffrey Wright at E 48th St & Park Ave lookin a lil ruff but still good for his age. Is it true he lives in Fort Greene? Anyone know his address so we can stalk him?










Michael Rapaport was at 37 Spring St in Rice to Riches in SoHo gettin into it with his girl. Prolly they were fighting over who's gettin the Perfectly Legal Pecan Pie. It's completely understandble why a fight would ensue over that flavor.










Clive Owen's sexy ass was at E 47th St & Park Ave. HE could soooo get it!














Gwenyth Paltrow's bony ass was at Varick St & Franklin St strolling with an apple...uh we mean her kid Apple. What a fugged up name to have....Apple.












Cameron Diaz at 335 Bowery...stop tarnishing the nasty, dirty, grimy rat-ridden streets of NYC and go back to Los Angeles!








Heath Ledger Already Being Replaced???



Weirded out hottie Johnny Depp, who just so happens to be a friend of Heath Ledger, may take over a role of the mysterious new member of a magician's troupe formerly played by Ledger. Ledger and Gilliam had been filming "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" in London since December and were scheduled to continue with interior and green screen shooting in Vancouver for another six weeks.


Sadly, Ledger was found dead in New York on Tuesday and the project came to a screeching halt. The question became whether to recast, shoot around or scrap the project altogether. Now it seems a whole other option is being considered - dual actors, same role. A studio source tells The Sun that "There is a point in the film when Heath falls through a magic mirror. He could change into another character after that and that is where Johnny would come in.


It's a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie so Heath's character could easily change appearance. It would be a poignant moment. Johnny’s not working at the moment so everyone is praying he will do it. "The paper also says that Director Terry Gilliam has hand picked Depp for the role. The pair previously were going to work together on "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote", a project which famously collapsed due to all sorts of financial and environmental problems. Depp is currently involved with Michael Mann's crime drama "Public Enemies" alongside Christian Bale, while his two other projects "Shantaram" and "The Rum Diary" are put on hold because of the writers' strike.


SOURCE: DarkHorizons

Heath Ledger's Memorialized Apartment Building


Last nite an IndieSeen staffer went to Heath Ledger's apartment building where he was found deceased. This is a picture I took with my camera phone. It was kinda sad but amazing to see the ourpouring of sympathy from fans here in NYC. There were letters, candles, and flowers.


Ummm...but I noticed that there was something that shouldn't have been there. There was a parking ticket amongst the shrine of flowers. Not sure what the heck that was all about...highly doubt its gettin paid but it was there nonetheless.


A moment of silence once again for the fallen Heath Ledger....a talent gone way too soon.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Free Screening: Dancer In The Dark

Awww remember the good ol days when Bjork was just a cute sweet naiive little Icelandic princess? She got a lil crazee on us with that paparazzi beatdown! Well take a look at a movie that received critical acclaim and well received within the indie film community....oh yea, did we mention it's free??

Feel free to check us out and add us as a friend on Going.com

Pretty Creepy Woman

Here is a trailer recut of what we once thought was a romantic comedy...but now is a really creepy thriller.


Best Theme Song Ever!



There are alotta TV theme songs that I adore. But what the hell is going on with ABC? Do you ever notice that they no longer play the TV theme song in its entirety for their shows anymore?


I mean damn even at one point Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives had theme songs but now all you see it a 5 second chime with the TV title.


Remember back in the days with shows like Facts Of Life, Gimme A Break, and my all time favorite girly-girl cartoon Jem had fantastic theme songs??? I miss the era of great theme songs you can hum to on your way to work.


Below is currently my favorite TV show theme song...it's not your average chimey theme but its definitely addictive! Does anyone out there know if there is an extended song on a CD for The L Word theme song performed by Betty? I want it!!








Happy Thursday




That weird-creepy-mind-controlling-Scientology guy is presenting at the SAG Awards...mute your remote control!: The Celebrity Cafe



Why is this movie being released?? Are you for or against seeing an old fart killing mercenaries?: Movieweb



A film about a guy with a bag over his head...yep and it was screened at Sundance!: Slashfilm



4 out of 5 Best Picture nominees were made independently from studios. Awesomeness!: Time

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Art Eerily Imitates Life




The IndieSEEN O' The Day is from the film Candy released back in 2006. The film stars the late Heath Ledger.

In one of the few films where Heath keeps his beautiful Aussie accent, Candy is about a man who falls in love with two kinds of Candy: a woman of the same name and heroin.


The film also stars Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush.



The Sexiest Lounge In NYC




Do you want to meet other indie filmmakers and possibly get your groove on with em too?


Well check out Madame X in the NoHo section of Manhattan located at 94 West Houston Street between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street. It's absolutely free to get in during the weekdays, but they do charge a $5 cover on Friday and Saturday nites. The place has a sexy vintage Molin Rouge type feel to it.


It's is filled with hot DJ's they play everything from Hip Hop to Electronica.


The drinks are dirt cheap and very strong....just the way we like it.


They also host private parties and events of ALL types if you get what I'm saying.


So if you wanna host an Indie Sex Scene party....this is the place to do it!!! Bring your favorite sex scenes from the best in independent cinema and Madame X will hook u up!

Indie Pick O' The Day: The Cooler



Just a quick disclaimer before we give our review...it is us or does it seem like every William H. Macy film that's out there he's always playing some sad pathetic loser? He's a really talented actor and needs to broaden his range a bit becuz he seems to always play the same roles.


With that said...we really did like The Cooler!


The quintessential loser--that is the William H Macy role---he plays a man whose luck is so bad, he brings bad luck to others. Maria Bello plays a skanky cocktail waitress. Alec Baldwin is a menacing ol school casino director, who uses bully-mafioso tactics, to manage his employees at the Shangri-La. So Baldwin is doin alotta verbal bashing and ass kickin...another stereotypical role for Baldwin.


Wow this review doesn't sound all too positive does it?


I mean I guess what I really like about the film was the love story between Macy and Bello. Bello is paid by Baldwin to court Macy and in turn...falls in love with him. The cute--yet skanky blonde and the loser hook up and find love. Ain't love grand?


There is "alledgedly" a controversial sex scene in this film that involves Bello receving oral pleasure from Macy. I don't see what the big deal is...I guess it's just kinda rare to see women get their rocks off than the guyz.


Overall it's definitely worth checkin out. The performances are mediocre...but the story is well-written and very 3 dimensional.


It's Official: Machete Is Coming to DVD


Since Netflix cancelled my account (cuz I don't know how to pay a credit card bill on time) I will wait in line at Blockbuster to rent or buy a copy of Machete. The movie trailer kicked ass and I KNOW it's gonna be a surefire hit.


Rodriguez...besides Tarantino is a cinematic genuis and to make this amazing film go straight to DVD is also smart marketing tactic. With all the internet buzz and the hastiness of fans like me to see this film, sales and rental profits will skyrocket. It may even do better than Grindhouse itself.


Unfortunately Grindhouse flopped at the box office which is one of the mysterries of the unknown that I will never figure out. But anywayz...this poster looks awesome! And the film will be even BETTA.

Old News and New News




The Grammy's are exempt from strike picketers: Washington Post



A lackluster year for Oscar nominees: Boston Globe



Heath Ledger's autopsy may reveal a whole lot more than what we're prepared for: Fox News



Morgan Spurlock found Osama Bin Laden at Sundance: USA Today


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Modern Racist Paradigm

This is an emotionally disturbing yet stunning documentary about the modern racist paradigm.

Not matter what race you are....we are all victims.

"This is a well researched documentary that exposes the "White" Media's long-term agenda to standardize Caucasian people as the "social norm" for general society. Through the globalization and centralization of the "White" media and its constant propagation of repetitive images depicting Caucasians in positive roles and as protagonists while usually depicting Non-Caucasians as background characters and antagonists -- which are often connected to negative themes and stereotypes -- the media elite have been able to effectively condition general society into subconsciously adhering to a racist social hierarchy in which Caucasian people are at the very apex"

For more information go here



Heath Ledger Is Gone...




We just can't believe this. Heath Ledger is dead at 28. Just a week ago 25 year old actor Brad Renfro succumbed to drugs. This is dissapointing and tragic news.


Rest In Peace Heath.

How Yall Be?








Robert Redford's daughter takes away the spotlight from ol Daddie at Sundance: Bloomberg




Okay every...be careful we have a crazy man back out on the streets!!!: Reuters




Wino caught smoking crack...is this really news??: FOX News




Has the strike come to an end??: Variety




Monday, January 21, 2008

HAPPY BELATED BDAY NYINDIESEEN!!


Damn did we forget our own birthday??? I guess we did. But that's how we do here at NYIndieSeen. We're 1 year old this month and feel old as hell already.

Anywayz...for those of you visiting the blog STILL...thanks and keep reading. We know the updates have been scarce the past few months...but we appreciate you hangin in there!

~~NYIndieSeen Staff

Happy MLK Day!


And The Razzie Award "The Biggest Skank In Hollywood" Goes To: Reuters

WGA West Coast Branch Meets Tomorrow To Discuss Strike: Wall Street Journal

It's official. There will be a sequel to Cloverfield: M&C

New York never looked so good in Utah: New York Times

CBS decides to trash 20 projects in development becuz of strike..OUCH!: Reuters

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Watching Cloverfield Makes Me Scurred To Live Here




Brief Review: You will jump out of your seat, you will get scurred, and you will suffer from some motion sickness especially if you had a few drinks before getting to the theater like I did.

Be ready to look for little clues and hints in the film. J.J. Abrams produced this flick so if any of you are "Lost" fans, then you know what I'm talking about. Great story told from the perspective of a video camera. With the marketing hype and the way the film was shot it was very reminiscent of the Blair Witch phenomena of the late 90's.

The film did extremely well at the box office and there's already talks about a sequel. Of course, watching the film you already get the sense that a sequel is coming anyway. Interesting flick. Well directed. Any indie filmmaker could of made it too which is inspiring...

But shit...now I'm scared to leave my apartment. From watching I Am Legend to Cloverfield...this island is really a trap if a disaster were to occur. Can someone buy me a one way ticket to L.A.??

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tarantino Goes After New Pussy


Quentin Tarantino who is by far the best filmmaker EVER is going to remake 60's soft-porn cult classic "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!".

Since GrindHouse, Tarantino is very interested in making campy-sexy horror thrillers. The original film was about three thrill-seeking strippers who come upon a couple in the desert. Killing the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and hide out on a secluded ranch owned by a wheelchair-bound redneck farmer and his two dim-witted sons. Trying to locate the man's hidden fortune, they seduce the sons to learn of the secret - soon all hell breaks loose.

Tarantino wants his version to be even raunchier. That's why we love him---and only for that reason. His choices in casting is lackluster we must say. His first choices are Kim Kardashian, Eva Mendes and none other than Britney Spears for the roles. YUCK!!!

Here's what NYIndieSeen would pick as the Pussy leads:



Jennifer Beals---she certainly knows ALL about being a Pussycat these days!











Angelina Jolie---I know I know...so typical. But why the hell the not? I would love to see her in a Tarantino flick.








Aishwarya Rai--- What about the hot Bollywood chic? Time for her to do more A-list crossover American flicks.











Christina Milian---I don't like her acting per se...but I'm curious to see how she would do in a soft core porno.











Stacey Dash--Where did she go? Has anyone seen her? Let's bring her back to the big screen!













Check out the movie trailer to the original version here:


My New TV Addiction: Nip/Tuck


For some of you that actually read this blog and know a bit about it's history....occasionally I "blog-out" about my favorite TV show in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD: My Grey's :)

BUT NOW....I have a new crack addiction. I mean really this show is like crack for me. I have to have a hit. And I went so far as to BUY all 4 seasons of the show becuz its that damn good. Nip/Tuck was birthed by Ryan Murphy and has aired on the FX network for the past 5 years. I know I'm a little late to the game, but the show is really the shit. Plus they use the word shit! Like...alot. The verbal profanity is not the reason I like this show it's actually a man who I worship and adore: CHRISTIAN TROY. You gotta see Christian work his magic from episode to episode. He's the mack. He can get any woman, anytime, anywhere. He's an amazing surgeon, he's ripped, and I've seen his ass more times than Ron Jeremy's and trust me...that's a MAJOR improvement...let me just tell you. For those of you living under rocks that know absolutely nothing about this show, Nip/Tuck is about two plastic surgeons. Sean McNamara and Christian Troy are running a partnership in Miami, Florida with different issues to life.


Sean is a wishy-washy, weak-kneed, family man who distances himself with work to avoid his dysfunctional home life which includes his needy and spiteful wife Julia, his rebellious teenage son Matt and young daughter Annie. The more slicker Christian is an arrogant, narcissistic, unethical, ladies man who worships wine, women, and the all mighty dollar, and will do just about anything to get what he wants (lie, cheat, steal, blackmail and seduce)and has no qualms about practically anything.

In Season 5 of the series the two doctors moved their practice to Los Angeles and now work on a Grey's Anatomish type series drama as medical consultants. Currently though Sean McNamara has asked to be a series regular on the show. Of course the cocky-Christian is pretty pissed off about it.... I am deprived on my Grey's now becuz of the Writer's Strike and I have a few more episodes to go on Nip/Tuck...including watching the rest of Season 4. This is an indie-off course topic which is why it's been archived that way. Any show that has raunchy sex on EVERY episode, serial psychopaths, out of this world surgeries (like getting a woman's clit replaced), and seeing Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh's ass every five minutes...is definitely something worth blogging about. Nuff said.


Below is a video I found on YouTube of Dr. Christian Troy at his "best".

Fresh Blood On The Indie Circuit: Diablo Cody


Title: Diablo Cody


Stats: Born June 14th 1978. Graduated from the University of Iowa.

Why NYIndieSeen cares: Cuz she's a former stripper turned screenwriter!

With absolutely no other screenwriting credits prior to birthing the Golden Globe nominated film Juno, Diablo Cody born as Brook Busey-Hunt, worked formerly as a stripper in Minneapolis. She wrote a day to day account of her life of her experiences in the seedy world of exotic dancing in the 2006 memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in The Life of an Unlikely Stripper.

While still stripping, Cody began writing for City Pages, an alternative Twin Cities weekly newspaper. Cody drew literary fans and received accolades for puff-free accounts and columns, with special emphasis on critiques of society and popular culture. In one instance, she humorously referred to her time at the Village Voice-owned newspaper as "yellow journalism". She left City Pages just before it changed editorial hands. Cody has since written for the now-defunct Jane magazine.

After completion of the book, Cody was encouraged by Mason Novick, the manager who helped her secure a publisher for the book, to write a screenplay. Within months she wrote Juno, a surprisingly tender coming-of-age story about a Minnesota teenager's unplanned pregnancy. The Jason Reitman-directed comedy stars Ellen Page and Michael Cera.


Check her out here on a David Letterman interview....funny gal