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WWE Network Primer Part 2 - Your guide to every match you should watch on the WWE Network during lockdown/quarantine.
2020.08.06 16:56 MatthewMir WWE Network Primer Part 2 - Your guide to every match you should watch on the WWE Network during lockdown/quarantine.
You may know me from my Essential Lists post I have posted throughout the last few years - which you can find here
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Unfortunately where I live in Australia is currently in a Stage 4 COVID-19 Lockdown which has given me some spare time to actually work on a new list - that looks at another top 100 WWE Matches.
These collection of matches are my own personal opinion of the another Top 100 WWE Matches; for this specific list I tried to include more forgotten gems and/or matches that I deserve more love from fans. I have not included Dave Meltzer’s ratings like I usually would on these lists but have decided to use CageMatch Ratings. I understand there is going to plenty of omissions of matches but before you comment saying matches are missing – please look at the original listed which I posted a few months ago
. Also since a few people have commented on these posts saying 'stop throwing lists at us with no information' so on a few matches I’ve added a little bit of a backstory for new fans/fans of who haven’t seen the matches, some match details do contain spoilers
, so you have been warned. I have also tried to add a link to each match as well; all videos come from the WWE Network.
Alright, now lets start the list: 1990: 1992:
- Bret Hart Vs Roddy Piper – Wrestlemania 8 – CageMatch Rating: 8.30 - A very underrated Wrestlemania match, this is probably my favourite Roddy Piper match. Great Intercontinental title match that really helped Hart establish himself as a standalone star instead of a tag team wrestler. In the recent ‘True Story of Royal Rumble’ documentary, Piper admits he would’ve preferred keeping the championship for a long time because it’d help bring food to the table for his family, but he was happy losing the championship to upcoming rising star – Bret Hart.
- Macho Man Vs Ultimate Warrior – Summerslam 1992 – CageMatch Rating: 7.36
1996: 1997: 1999: 2000:
- Razor Ramon Vs Shawn Michaels – Summerslam 1995 – CageMatch Rating: 8.90 - This was a rematch of their Wrestlemania 10 match and it lives up to expectations. They change up a lot of the spots and sequences so they don’t copy the match they had at Wrestlemania 10; I believe this match helped more innovative spots for future Ladder Matches compared to their Mania match.
- Edge & Christian Vs Dudley Boys Vs Hardy Boyz – Summerslam 2000 – CageMatch Rating: 9.24 - These guys set the standard for a Tables, Ladders and Chairs matces. Brutal, fast paced with well timed-spots very fun match. This was just a tease of what we could see with these 6 competitors. It’s a statement to all six wrestlers that 20 years later that all the spots that they innovated are replicated still to this day.
- Triple H Vs Chris Benoit – No Mercy 2000 – CageMatch Rating: 7.75 - 2000 was Triple H’s year without a shadow of doubt; on nearly every PPV that year he was having great matches with established superstars Rock, Foley, Taker, or new superstars such as Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, and now even the rapid wolverine and arguably the greatest wrestler of all time – Chris Benoit.
- Kurt Angle Vs Chris Benoit – Wrestlemania 17 – CageMatch Rating: 7.90 - I personally think that Benoit is Angles best counterpart, this match is so much better than their match from the previous Wrestlemania. These two are so evenly matched when it comes to in-ring ability and that’s why every time they compete against each other it’s magic. I feel whenever people reminisce about this Wrestlemania they forget about this match and how great it was between both competitors.
- Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit Vs Edge & Christian Vs Dudley Boys Vs Hardy Boyz – Smackdown 24/05/2001 – CageMatch Rating: 9.08 - Many people have claimed that this TLC Match is the best one of all time and also the most underrated TLC match of all time. It’s understandably a fair point it was the original three teams of the TLC and the team of Benoit/Jericho added in as well. It was an all-out car crash from start to finish and easily one of the best Smackdown matches of all time – due to the Benoit MurdeSuicide it’s all but forgotten when discussed as one of the best TLC Matches of all time.
- Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs Chris Benoit – Smackdown 31/05/2001 – CageMatch Rating: 8.81
- Jeff Hardy Vs Rob Van Dam – Invasion 2001 – CageMatch Rating: 8.16 - This was somewhat a dream match for fans to see happen. Jeff Hardy risk-tasking psycho vs Rob Van Dam another risk-taking psycho. I wont say much, this is fun and this is great. If you get the chance watch them follow it up at Summerslam.
- Kurt Angle Vs Stone Cold Steve Austin – Unforgiven 2001 – CageMatch Rating: 7.42 - This match isn't rated higher than their Summerslam match, but for personally I’d have it the other way around. This is one of my favorite matches from 2001. This was a rematch to their Summerslam match, and it was absolutely great. It was a feel good moment for wrestling fans, and a feel good moment for Americans as Kurt Angle in his hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania would go onto win another WWF Championship, as it was just a few weeks after the whole 9/11 Terrorist Bombings. Taking away from that, these two men work very well with each other and it’s a very back and forth match.
- Chris Jericho Vs The Rock – No Mercy 2001 – CageMatch Rating: 8.44 - Much like Kurt Angle a new-comer to WWF, Jericho whilst also relatively new had great chemistry with each other. This is one of my favourite matches of Rock, Jericho’s and really of 2001. I highly recommend everyone who sees this list watches this match.
- Triple H Vs Ric Flair – Raw 19/05/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 6.63 - This was a special night for Flair, as he was turning face for one night only to face his friend Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship just around the corner from his home. It brings out the best in both opponents and if you get the chance watch the Ric Flair appreciation after the match.
- Eddie Guerrero Vs Chris Benoit - Vengeance 2003 – CageMatch Rating: 8.48 - These two are best friends, who just love professional wrestling, staggering throughout tiny promotions, all the way to the big wrestling world of Japan, back to America in companies such as ECW & WCW finally to make it to WWE. This match was the final for the tournament for the inaugural WWE United States Championship. This is close to five stars for me, if this match didn’t include a screwy finish I would award it that. But don’t disregard that as anything bad at all. This is may be my favourite match between the two.
- Chris Jericho Vs Shawn Michaels – Raw 21/07/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 7.16 - This was a rematch of their Wrestlemania XIX match and doesn’t get enough attention and recognition I believe; very good match.
- Christian Vs Chris Jericho – Raw 01/09/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 6.99 - Christian & Chris Jericho were some of the best things going on, on Raw in 2003, but it seemed like Jericho was transition into a face role so Stone Cold put him against his partner at the time Christian for the Intercontinental Championship. It wouldn’t be a long ‘face’ turn for Jericho cause as weeks passed he would revert back to being a heel along with Christian. But this is a super underrated match in both mens careers.
- Chris Jericho, Christian, Mark Henry, Randy Orton & Scott Steiner Vs Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Rob Van Dam & Shawn Michaels - Survivor Series 2003 - I really do love this match, and it’s a shame that it’s never talked about. Essentially the stipulation for this match was that if Austin’s team lost he would be fired as Raw General Manager. You really wanted the team of Jericho & Christian to finally get their comeuppance, after all they’ve done to Stone Cold throughout the year. Shawn Michaels’ ability to get you on the edge of your seat and to root for him and overcome the odds plays a huge factor in this match. The final 10 minutes of this match are honestly some of my favourite moments as a kid that made me into a wrestling fan.
- Shawn Michaels Vs Triple H – Raw 29/12/2003 – CageMatch Rating: 8.73 - 2003 Raw was quite a rough year with many superstars from different eras (and companies) coming and going; so thankfully when the last Raw of the year was left with Shawn Michaels and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship we are left with absolute magic.
- Chris Benoit Vs Shawn Michaels Vs Triple H – Backlash 2004 – CageMatch Rating: 8.92 - This was a rematch to their Wrestlemania 20 match, and by all means it holds up as just as great as this. They say most rematches can’t live up to what we first saw, but this is definitely exceptional to the rule.
- Chris Benoit Vs Shawn Michaels – Raw 03/05/2004 – CageMatch Rating: 8.82
- Edge Vs Randy Orton – Vengeance 2004 – CageMatch Rating:
- Randy Orton Vs Chris Benoit – Summerslam 2004 – CageMatch Rating: 7.99 - This is Chris Benoit’s swan song as World Heavyweight Champion. He had a decent run as champion with some great matches with some of Raw’s top talents including: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Kane. But this was the first of Randy Orton’s World Championship win; he really has the crowd behind him during this match. This was the start of WWE’s first time trying to build Orton as the face of the WWE, and he certainly earned the respect of Benoit after the match.
- 30 Man Royal Rumble Match – Royal Rumble 2005 – CageMatch Rating: 8.49 - WWE knew that they had gold with Batista and Cena in 2005, and especially when he won this Rumble match and entered the main event of Wrestlemania picture he was skyrocketed to the mainstream. From the get go of this Rumble it’s fantastic – you have to former world champions and best friends Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit start as numbers #1 and #2. This is still one of the funnest Rumbles I love going back to watch. You also have a fun little bit with Shawn Michaels & Kurt Angle which helps lead to their match at Mania. The end of this match ends in calamity when both Batista & Cena accidently both get eliminated at the same time, causing Vince McMahon (who was visually pissed off) to come out and restart the match. However, upon running and trying to slide into the ring he tears both his quads resulting in him shouting demands to referees and the wrestlers.. Whilst sitting on the floor like a kindergarten student.
- Undertaker Vs Randy Orton – Wrestlemania 21 – CageMatch Rating: - Randy Orton who portrayed the gimmick of being the ‘Legend Killer’ was set out on one thing, that was killing The Undertakers Undefeated Streak at Wrestlemania. This was the first time really it played into the storyline, thankfully it stayed in undefeated form.
- John Cena Vs John Bradshaw Layfield - Judgment Day 2005 – Cagematch Rating: 9.06 – In a match that truly helped to project Cena into the main-eventer position; JBL and him would him would have a barbaric I Quit match which looks like it was directed by Eli Roth with the amount of blood shed.
- Shawn Michaels Vs Kurt Angle – Vengeance 2005 – CageMatch Rating: 8.79 - This is a rematch of their Wrestlemania 21 and it’s just as good as their first encounter with each other but somehow always gets overlooked and forgotten.
- Eddie Guerrero Vs Rey Mysterio - Smackdown 09/09/05 – CageMatch Rating: 7.84 - One of the best feuds of 2005 was Eddie Vs Rey - they were a tag team that loved each other like family. They had a barnburner of a match at Wrestlemania, but slowly the months after it Eddie would turn heel on Rey. From April until September they would face off against each other on Smackdown, Live shows and PPV’s and Rey would ALWAYS win. But not this time, this was their final encounter in a steel cage match, and I absolutely love it.
- Ric Flair Vs Triple H – Taboo Tuesday 2005 – CageMatch Rating: 8.51 - Much like the previous Taboo Tuesday, Flair would face another former Evolution member and former best friend – Triple H. This match is major throwback to the old 1980’s NWA Steel Cage match, much like that much. After Triple H seems like he’s going to win, Flair gets an opportunity on the offense delivering all the same pain that Triple H dished out back on him. It’s a very bloody and brutal match.
- John Cena Vs Umaga – Royal Rumble 2007 – CageMatch Rating: 8.86 - This match was in the middle of Cena's 365+ day run and it showed he could still work with bigger men like Umaga. This is one of the best last man standing matches of all time that makes both men look equally strong and helped grow Umaga as a threat for the champion.
- John Cena Vs Edge Vs Randy Orton Vs Shawn Michaels – Backlash 2007 – CageMatch: 9.01 - Following Wrestlemania 23 it left multiple people wanting a shot at John Cena for his WWE Championship, and thus three men were awarded the opportunity for it; Cena’s Wrestlemania opponent Shawn Michaels, and former tag team Rated RKO, Edge and Randy Orton. Four outstanding talents that mash well together, perform in one of the best four ways of all time.
- CM Punk Vs Edge – Smackdown 27/04/2008 – CageMatch Rating: 8.25
- The Undertaker Vs Edge – Summerslam 2008 – CageMatch Rating: - This was the culmination of The Undertaker & Edge feud. This feud started back in May of 2007 and ended in August 2008. Undertaker was allowed to return to WWE and in doing so it was announced that he would face Edge one last time. This time it would be in Undertakers favourite match, the devils play ground Hell in a Cell.
- Triple H Vs Jeff Hardy – No Mercy 2008 – CageMatch Rating: 8.43 - This was the match that everyone thought that Jeff Hardy was destined to win the WWE Championship off Triple H, that wasn't the case but it is one of his best matches against another top WWE star at the time and helped get him more fans and look forward to him finally winning the WWE Championship.
- Jeff Hardy Vs Edge Vs Triple H – Armageddon 2008 - CageMatch Rating: 8.76 - Jeff Hardy’s rise to being WWE Champion was an enthralling story in 2008. In January that year he was placed in a WWE Championship match with Randy Orton, but had lost. Then throughout the rest of the year he was in multiple WWE Championship matches.. which he lost. Until Armageddon, in which is one of the best triple threat matches of all time and totally made it worth being a Jeff Hardy fan. I would say that 2008 and until he left WWE in 2009, were his years and he was putting out some of his best work ever. It’s a bit of a shame Jeff never had a long run as a world champion.
- Undertaker Vs Rey Mysterio – Royal Rumble 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 6.31 - This would be the first time that Rey would face Undertaker in his dead-man persona and it is worth the wait in all honesty. These two had good chemistry with each other and it's a very forgotten match before Undertaker would semi retire and go onto having a very limited schedule.
- Rey Mysterio Vs CM Punk- Over the Limit 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 6.89 - This was the last match in their trilogy, and it left us fans with not only a great match but also with an interesting ending where CM Punk would get his hair shaved.
- Evan Bourne Vs Chris Jericho – Fatal 4-Way 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 7.58
- Daniel Bryan Vs The Miz – Night of Champions 2010 – CageMatch Rating: 7.73 - The Miz was Bryan’s ‘pro’ in NXT earlier that year and the would argue with each other back and forth so it fit perfect that Bryan’s first feud in WWE would be against him, for the US Championship nonetheless.
- The Miz Vs John Morrison – Raw 03/01/2011 – CageMatch Rating: 8.59 - This was in the early stages of The Miz’s WWE Title reign, he would feud with his former long-time tag team partner in the first Raw of 2011 in a fantastic Falls Count Anywhere match – this would be one of Morrison’s last memorable matches in WWE.
- Christian Vs Alberto Del Rio – Extreme Rules 2011 – CageMatch Rating: 8.53 - With Edge, Christians real life bestfriend retiring from WWE due to injury, WWE officials decided to give Christian his ‘career-rewarding’ moment, by having him in a main event match against Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship.
- Randy Orton Vs Christian – Over the Limit 2011 – Cagematch Rating: 9:01 - Christians career-rewarding World Championship reigned a total of 2 days (5 because it was taped). I was somewhat fine with this, IF they were going to keep Christian a face, and probably make Orton the heel. Nevertheless, that’s my opinion but you guys might not agree. I will say Christian and Orton had a great feud in 2011, I know people will say that Punk feud/storyline was the best of 2011, but I’d even argue that Christians 2011 was a close runner up.
- CM Punk Vs Alberto Del Rio – Survivor Series 2011 – CageMatch Rating: 7.33 – This is beginning of Punk notorious 434 WWE Championship reign.
- CM Punk Vs Daniel Bryan – Over The Limit 2012 – Cagematch Rating: 9.14 - These two ‘indy-darlings’ would finally meet in a main-event of a WWE PPV only to be overshadowed by the other underwhelming main-event produced by John Lauranitis and John Cena. Although they’d give a us a tease of something that we’d all like to see at a Wrestlemania.
- CM Punk Vs John Cena – Night of Champions 2012 - Probably their best PPV match with each other following their match at Money in the Bank 2011, lots of people expected Cena to win this match or Punk to cheat to win this match. With the new alignment of Paul Heyman with CM Punk this match is underappreciated when people discuss their rivalry.
- CM Punk Vs Chris Jericho – Payback 2013 – CageMatch Rating: 8.56 – After Punk lost to The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, he would return after taking months off in his home town of Chicago to face an old foe – Chris Jericho.
- Daniel Bryan Vs Randy Orton – Raw 24/06/2013 – CageMatch Rating: 7.99 - This match had months of build up between it, where Bryan thought Kane & Orton were weak links in their tag matches, and the reason why they lost to the Shield. But through screwy finish matches and fighting with each other these men put on a great performance on this night. Rumors had started flying around that Bryan was set to get a big push in WWE around this time, after beating the Shield, people expected Bryan to win the Money in the Bank match and challenge Cena at Summerslam (which happened, but with no Money in the Bank involved). I feel like people have really forgotten how great this match really is, I urge people to go back and watch this match.
- Randy Orton Vs Christian Vs CM Punk Vs Daniel Bryan Vs Rob Van Dam Vs Sheamus – Money in the Bank 2013 – CageMatch Rating: 7.85
- Alberto Del Rio Vs Christian – Summerslam 2013 – CageMatch Rating: - Christian won a triple threat match against Orton & Rob Van Dam a few week prior to this. This match was actually really good, it’s one of those matches that are really good but because the card is considered great (it also features two 4 ½ start matches – LesnaPunk and Cena/Bryan) that it’s somewhat forgotten. I would say that this is Christians last great singles match before he would retire from WWE.
- Cody Rhodes & Goldust Vs Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins – Battleground 2013 - CageMatch Rating: 7.99
- Antonio Cesaro Vs William Regal – NXT 25/12/2013 - CageMatch Rating: 8.52 - This was one of Regals final wrestling matches and it was against a superstar with high calibre – Antonio Cesaro. The two put on a great performance with each other – I highly recommend everyone gets to see how good Regal and Cesaro worked with each other.
- Bray Wyatt Vs Daniel Bryan – Royal Rumble 2014 – CageMatch Rating: 8.55 - Probably one of the best non-Royal Rumble matches of all time. Following Daniel Bryans face turn after two weeks of Bryan being a cult member to Bray, they squared off and what starts 2014 off as a great year for wrestling in WWE. Also the week prior to this match it gave us this moment I’m honestly surprised this match doesn’t get brought up more for how great both these two work together. Something that really does confuse me about the fans backlash for the Rumble match later that night is that they wanted Bryan to be in the match – which is fair enough. But why did no one complain about Wyatt not being put in the match? I mean he wins this match – he earned a place in that match, but hey I’m just complaining and bitching now. Great match in both mens career, probably Wyatts best single match – highly recommend.
- Cesaro Vs Randy Orton – Smackdown 14/02/2014 – CageMatch Rating: - Leading up to Orton's WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match he would face the five other opponents in the match, Cesaro still freshly new would actually defeat Orton clean. Great back and forth match and really proved as to why Cesaro is already a talented wrestler in the WWE ring.
- The Uso’s Vs Erick Rowan & Luke Harper – Battleground 2014 - CageMatch Rating: 8.09
- Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose – Raw 18/08/2014 – CageMatch Rating: 8.49 - This was their rematch to their match the night before at Summerslam, and arguably is one of their best matches with each other, it was contested in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
- Roman Reigns Vs Daniel Bryan – Fastlane 2015 – CageMatch Rating: 8.07 - To say that Roman is a bad wrestler would be a big lie and would just be fans being negative about everything about him. This match goes to prove it, Roman and Bryan worked great with each other – however I do see where the big complaint is in Roman Reigns matches. He plays the Superman role just like Cena used too, but it’s very easy to see. However the fans really believed that somehow, someway that Bryan could win this match and find himself involved in the main event of Wrestlemania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
- John Cena Vs Kevin Owens – Money in the Bank 2015 – CageMatch Rating: 8.99 – I know I might cop a bit of flack for this, but I reckon this their best match with each other. I know their Elimination Chamber match gets lots of praise for Owens’ debut match in WWE and beating Cena clean but I think this is match is a big step up.
- Randy Orton Vs Sheamus – Battleground 2015 – CageMatch Rating: 6.09
- Seth Rollins Vs Neville – Raw 03/08/2015 – CageMatch Rating: 7.81 - One of the best Raw matches in 2015, an up and coming NXT Star recently debuted Neville would get the opportunity to face the WWE Champions Seth Rollins in the opening match of Raw; both men mesh well with each other and I hope these two feud in the future.
- Bayley Vs Sasha Banks – NXT Takeover: Respect
- Roman Reigns Vs Cesaro – Raw 16/11/2015 – CageMatch Rating: 8.16 - This may be one of my favourite Roman Reigns & Cesaro matches, these two absolutely have great chemistry with each other, and if you don’t trust me watch this match between the two.
- American Alpha Vs The Revival – NXT Takeover: The End – CageMatch Rating: 8.12
- Seth Rollins Vs Roman Reigns – Money in the Bank 2016 CageMatch Rating: 7.82
- AJ Styles Vs John Cena – Money in the Bank 2016 – CageMatch Rating: 7.68 - 15 Years in the making. The Face of TNA and the independents vs The Face of WWE. Worth the watch, a great prelude to critically acclaimed Summerslam match.
- Shinsuke Nakamura Vs Finn Balor – NXT 13/07/2016 – CageMatch Rating: 8.42 - This was Finn Balors swan song in NXT, it was time for him to move on, and his final opponent would be his friend for Japan – Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura, had to prove himself that he could beat the best, that he could beat icon that he could beat… you (Finn).
- Dean Ambrose Vs Roman Reigns Vs Seth Rollins – Battleground 2016 - CageMatch Rating: 8.01 - The long-awaited Shield Triple Threat match and it was worth the wait because the match is fantastic; and really helped show how good all three men really are.
- Sasha Banks Vs Charlotte – Raw 25/07/2016 – CageMatch Rating: 8.03 - This would be the start of their one-on-one rivalry which would go for the whole year – in shockingly fashion this match started the trend of Sasha winning the Raw Women’s Championship on Raw.
- Johnny Gargano Vs Tommaso Ciampa – Cruiserweight Classic Tournament – CageMatch Rating: 8.25 - In Mid-2016 WWE spoilt us fans by renewing the Cruiserweight Division and letting us watch some of the best matches not under a Raw, Smackdown or NXT banner.
- Kota Ibushi Vs Cedric Alexander – Cruiserweight Classic Tournament – CageMatch Rating: 9.14 - In the second round of the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament we were given this masterpiece of a match. This match saw Alexander unfortunately getting a defeat, but after the match the crowd chanted ‘Please sign Cedrick’ which prompted to Triple H to make a surprise appearance to give the thumbs up saying ‘sure thing’.
- Cesaro Vs Sheamus – Clash of Champions 2016 – CageMatch Rating: 7.98 - This was the final of their best of 7 series, and I’ve got to say I absolutely love this match. I really enjoyed their whole series, but this was a fantastic ending. Both men took each other to their absolute limits, and yeah people were annoyed with it ending in a draw but I love that idea it allowed them to form a tag team and put on great matches with each other because of the skills, ability and chemistry.
- AJ Styles Vs Baron Corbin Vs Dolph Ziggler – Smackdown 27/12/2016 - CageMatch Rating: 7.94
2018: CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS
- Pete Dunne Vs Mark Andrews – NXT UK Championship Tournament Night 2 – CageMatch Rating: 8.24
- Bayley Vs Charlotte – Raw 13/02/2017 - CageMatch Rating: 7.92 - I still don’t understand why they didn’t wait for Bayley to win the Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania instead of a random Raw match. Either way, this was actually a really good match, and possibly better than all the Sasha/Charlotte matches from the previous year- I really hope people don’t forget about this match when talking about the best women matches of the year.
- Andrade Almas Vs Johnny Gargano – NXT Takeover: Brooklyn 3 – CageMatch Rating: 8.20
- New Day Vs The Uso’s – Summerslam 2017 Kick Off – CageMatch Rating: - The New Day and The Uso’s feud grew over the summer period of 2017, and these teams had good matches with each other on previous PPV’s and episodes of smackdowns, and even had the segment of the year on an episode of Smackdown which involved a Rap Battle. But this match is easily one of the best matches in all the competitors careers, they were pushed on the Pre-Show for the second biggest PPV of the year, and they arguably put on one of the best matches of the night and tried to prove to people that they should’ve been put on the main show.
- Aleister Black Vs Velveteen Dream – NXT Takeover: WarGames – CageMatch Rating: 8.51 - Two months of build up for a great match, that had two polar-opposites work with each other in a way that I haven’t ever seen before. The respect Aleister shows Velveteen Dream after the match, really adds to this.
- Pete Dunne Vs Tyler Bate – NXT 20/12/2017 – CageMatch Rating: 8.61
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2020.04.27 16:17 FENIX400 HollywoodReporter: 'Brothers in Arms' TV Adaptation in the Works. Based on the video game franchise, the new show centers on real, previously classified events from WW II.
Video game developer Gearbox Entertainment has teamed with showrunner Scott Rosenbaum (Queen of the South, V, Gang Related) to adapt its shooter franchise Brothers in Arms for the small screen.
Rosenbaum will serve as showrunner of the new series, as well as executive producer alongside Gearbox co-founder and CEO Randy Pitchford. Rosenbaum was represented in the deal by Jeff Okin, Anonymous Content and GendleKelly. Jean-Julien Baronnet (who served as producer on Ubisoft's 2016 Assassin’s Creed film), Richard Whelan (Band of Brothers: The Pacific, Captain America, Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw) and Sean Haran (chief business officer, Gearbox Entertainment) will also serve as producers on the series.
Debuting in 2005, Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 centered on a group of paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day. The original game, which launched on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC, was based on true events of the historic Mission Albany of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. The success of the original title launched a series of games across various consoles and mobile devices.
"I love the stories we told in the games, and we do have more stories to tell, but a TV show lets us explore this subject matter and the effect on the relationships and people in broader ways," Pitchford tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Like the games, the first season of Brothers in Arms is inspired by true events in World War II. The initial episodes will focus on a once-confidential operation called Exercise Tiger, a "rehearsal" for D-Day that went disastrously wrong.
"The story we ended up using has never been dramatized on TV," says Rosenbaum. "Almost 800 U.S. servicemen were killed and it had to be covered up because the Allies were preparing for the real Normandy invasion."
The story will center on a group of eight men who must rescue their colonel from Axis powers before the enemy can learn of D-Day plans, but Rosenbaum says it will also feature characters from both sides of the historical conflict, including real-life figures from World War II.
"What I liked and hadn’t seen before, is we explore German soldiers and civilians and those in high command on both sides," says Rosenbaum. "We meet all these real people and see the effect and the big puzzle."
Baronnet notes that the classified true story, and the scope of Brothers in Arms' narrative, makes the series unique from other projects focusing on World War II. "We found an angle that was really original and we think very different from other war shows," he says, emphasizing the show's focus on "brotherhood."
Those qualities are what ultimately drew Rosenbaum to the project. "Almost all the World War II shows that crossed my desk very much felt like I’d seen them before," he says. "When Gearbox came to me and I learned about Exercise Tiger and a series about all the classified elements of the war, it became very exciting to me."
Full production on the series has not begun, but the team says they are "actively looking for directors" and want an "ambitious" broadcast partner that shares their big ideas for the show. "We want to change the game," says Baronnet.
Casting is also a ways into the future, but Pitchford says outside of big names, he's hoping to land some fresh faces that "people may not be looking at" for the series.
In February, Gearbox revealed it was also working on a film adaptation of another of its franchises, Borderlands, for the big screen with director Eli Roth. Video game adaptations are a hot trend in Hollywood currently, with Netflix's The Witcher recently bowing to record viewership, Showtime currently developing a Halo TV series and companies like Sony and Ubisoft mining their catalogues through their own studios for film and television.
"The proliferation of all these streaming services has created tremendous demand for content so people are mining IP," says Haran. "Gaming just happens to be the largest form of entertainment globally so there's a lot of material to mine."
Baronnet stresses the importance of working with the creatives on the gaming side when adapting projects for Hollywood. "You have to make sure to respect the brand," he says. "Gearbox has full creative control because they know exactly what gamers can and will expect but we also want to bring things to the show that you can’t find in the game and to attract non-gamers." https://i11b.3djuegos.com/juegos/7660/brothers_in_arms_furious_4/fotos/maestras/brothers_in_arms_furious_4-3147715.jpg
Oh sh*t! I didnt expected this!
What do you guys think?
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2019.08.29 04:25 byronius_j My uncle gave me a high-power telescope. What I saw came after me.
After I told you all about my uncle's telescope
and what I saw through it that haunts me to this day, many of you expressed interest in keeping you informed as to what happened next. At the time, I had bigger things to worry about than writing about my own demise, such as preventing that demise from happening in the first place.
But after the events of the past 24 hours, and now that I am in a position to post them, I feel it's my duty to share them with you.
Let me start by going back to the point right after I heard the news of the "space debris" on the TV. I spent most of the minutes immediately afterward pacing around my living room, wracking my brains as to what the hell anyone was supposed to do in this situation. I couldn't call my parents, as they'd probably think it was some sort of prank call and hang up. If I reported an alien rapidly approaching my location to 911, I'd be more likely to get thrown into a mental ward, and of course my uncle was off the table. To call my condition a panic attack would've been an understatement.
I was about to take shelter in my unfinished basement and hope for the best, when a knock came from the door. Turns out, I didn't need to call anyone after all.
I hadn't seen Chris for almost six years, and yet I instantly recognized the man who stood outside my house. He was balder, his stubble more unkempt, his posture slouchier, and his eyes obscured by opaque shades, but he was still the same tall, broad-shouldered man of mystery I'd always known.
?" the words tripped over each other as they spilled from my mouth in both relief and confusion. "How did you find where I live?"
"You probably already know why I'm here," Chris replied, his voice hoarse and worn-out. "So I think it's in both of our best interests to skip the formalities and just get you the hell out of here." The man paused to look down at his expensive-as-always watch. "Shit. It's passing through the asteroid belt now. We only have a few hours left."
"Should I... should I pack?" I looked back into my house with uncertainty, the TV on, paperwork strewn out on the coffee table. I was still in a state of disbelief that any of this was happening.
"You want to die because you took too long to choose your undies? Car, now."
Chris seemed a lot rougher around the edges now than I'd ever seen him before in the past. It made me wonder what he'd been up to since we lost contact, and how it'd changed him. Right then, though, doing what he said and not questioning why he said it was my best option. My only option, really.
"Okay, let me just turn off the-"
"No time." Chris grabbed me by the arm. Despite his clear signs of aging, he was still just as strong as ever, and practically dragged me to the front seat of his car before I could even shut the door. Several of my neighbors were out mowing or watering like an alien wasn't
inbound towards Earth at mach five, and gave odd looks at the stranger pulling me into his vehicle. I flashed a pleasant smile at them, just to dissolve any worries or urges to call the police they may have had. I sure as hell didn't need anything else
coming after me.
Chris drove like a madman through the winding streets, and it was only when he entered the interstate and our surroundings became nothing but flat, empty, farmland that I felt safe enough to stop gripping the edge of my seat, and actually say something to the guy who'd just borderline kidnapped me.
"So, uh... I was assuming you would be telling me, but... you wanna give me any info on the... thing?"
After a moment of silence, I though perhaps Chris hadn't heard me or didn't know what I was referring to with the word 'thing'. I was about to clarify, but the emergence of a long, harrowed sigh from the man's mouth signaled he know exactly what I meant, and clearly didn't enjoy talking about it.
"A small, unknown terrestrial planet orbiting a star about 500 light years from Earth. That's its point of origin. As you probably figured out, it's been coming after you for the past six years, which means at its peak velocity it was somehow able to greatly
exceed light-speed. Like any moving object, though, it needs to slow down when approaching its destination. Which means it reduced its speed exponentially the moment it entered our system. Of course, that buys us a little time to get you somewhere safe, but not much. And it's less and less time for every second I spend explaining this to you."
For the sake of my own life, I respected Chris's "request", not asking him anything else throughout the drive and not even attempting to turn on the radio. Instead, I watched the cloudless sky out the window, wondering if the creature was somewhere above Earth's orbit right now. After what seemed like hours of deserted farmland, Chris turned onto a small country road, and then onto an even smaller gravel path, at last approaching what looked more like a prison than something related to NASA. A stark, unmarked, concrete building with no windows, surrounded by a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. I wanted desperately to ask what the place was, but I remained silent up until the point he stopped the car in front of the facility, turning towards me to speak.
"Eli, I was... careless. I will admit that now. I shouldn't have given you something that even I was barely trusted to have. It's my fault you're in this mess to begin with. I'm... sorry."
I was stunned for a brief moment, both because he was capable of apologizing for being such a weird uncle, and also because he would choose now of all times to do so, before quickly formulating my own reply.
"...It's okay, Uncle Chris. It's partly my fault anyway. I was a stupid kid and I shouldn't have stolen your key. Either way, I forgive you."
"Good. Now lets get the hell out of this car."
We ran across the gravel and into the entrance of the compound, guarded by what appeared to be two armed soldiers. Since when does NASA need guards?
It's a blur in my memory what happened next, but I do know we ran past many armed guards and people in white coats and unfamiliar machinery before entering an elevator and going down for what felt like an eternity. Though we were alone again in said elevator, I still refrained from speaking. What was I supposed to say at that point?
Luckily, when the doors finally opened, there was someone waiting there to break the silence.
A stout, bespectacled man in one of those white coats stood in the long, dim, concrete tunnel into which we emerged. When he caught sight of us, his face lit up. "Christopher! Long time no see!" he approached my uncle, giving him an enthusiastic handshake that was only halfheartedly returned, before grabbing my own hand.
"You must be Elijah. You can call me Dr. Roth. I've heard a lot about you, you know."
"Oh, that's good, I guess?" I forced a smile out of common courtesy, my hand aching from his death grip.
"We've been tracking your location for the past six years, Eli," Chris explained. "Not in a creepy way, we still gave you your privacy. We just needed to know where you were so we could get you to safety when the time came. The bunker you're standing in was designed by Dr. Roth himself, and it should be able to resist the presence of any and all extraterrestrial beings."
Dr. Roth nodded in admiration of himself. "That's right. No way no how Bunnicula's standing up to human ingenuity."
I saw Chris roll his eyes. "It's his nickname for the thing. Pay no mind to it, he's always coming up with shit like that."
"Well, it is accurate," I pointed out, doing a figurative face-plant of an attempt to inject some humor into the conversation.
"You're safe now," Dr. Roth said, "But we've still got a bit of time before Bunnicula pays us a visit. In the meantime, there's something I'd like to show you. Shall we?" He beckoned further into the tunnel. I looked at Chris, who nodded begrudgingly, and we both began to follow the doctor into the bunker.
For a bunker, it seemed to go on for a lot longer than it needed to, especially if it was only meant to protect one person. It seemed like an entire new floor to the compound, with various doors in the curved, metal walls leading off to God knows what. At last, Dr. Roth stopped in front of one particular door at the far end of the tunnel, turning to face us.
"I should mention, everything you've seen here is highly confidential. Not even high-level personnel at NASA know about it. So I'm gonna need to take your phone and have you promise not to leak any of this to anyone."
"Oh, of course," I replied, handing him my phone. It was a small sacrifice in return for being somewhere 'Bunnicula' couldn't get me.
The doctor gave me a gracious smile as he pocketed the device. "Your parents have been notified of your absence as well, of course. They've been told that you're on a faraway business trip to limit any chances of them attempting contact. Now, without further ado..."
Dr. Roth punched some code into the metal door, and it opened with a loud screech resonating through the tunnel. He flourished his arm in a welcoming motion, ushering us in, before following suit and shutting the door behind him.
The room beyond had a strangely high ceiling, seeming to stretch far beyond the bunker, exceeding the boundaries of what would be able to protect me. But that didn't faze me, because my focus was on what occupied all that space. Stacked high to the ceiling were dozens and dozens of cardboard boxes.
"What's in them?" I wondered out loud, my voice echoing throughout the chamber.
Dr. Roth strolled past me until he reached the base of the cardboard mountain, reaching for one of the boxes that stood by itself on the floor. With surprising strength, he tore back the cardboard flaps until the contents of the destroyed box stood fully exposed.
My eyes widened in recognition. It was disassembled, but I still recognized the parts of the telescope. Well, not the
telescope, but the same model. An exact replica of the one Chris had given me all those years ago. Could all of the boxes in this room really contain one?
Chris stepped further into the room behind me, his hands stuffed in his pockets. "Dr. Roth was a partner of mine for a good number of years. He and I worked together to design a scope that would be able to closely observe worlds many light years away from our own. I mostly handled manufacturing of components, but Roth's the real mastermind behind the project. In fact, he's the only person who actually knows how it works."
"Mhm," Dr. Roth concurred. "No other telescopes like these exist outside of this room."
I continued to stare up at the dizzying heights of the stacked boxes. "But... I don't get it? Why did you keep making so many more? Wasn't the first one too dangerous to be kept around?"
"Been asking myself the same question for years..." I heard Chris mutter under his breath.
Dr Roth walked back to me until he was standing directly at my side, turning his head up towards the ceiling to mirror my own. "Oh, well, the answer to that is very simple, Elijah. You see, your uncle thought that your experience with the telescope was a sign we should abandon the project completely. I, on the other hand, saw it for what it really was. An incredible opportunity. We'd been observing that planet's surface long before your uncle gave you that telescope, but you
were the first one to actually catch sight of its native life! How great of a coincidence was that?"
"I guess it was pretty lucky," I admitted, withholding that fact that I wished I'd never even seen that 'native life'.
"No such thing as luck," Dr. Roth chuckled. "This is the future
. Humanity's future. I'm sure you've heard the saying offense is the best defense? Well, that applies both on our world and off it. Now that we can finally observe threats from a distance, humanity has the upper hand to anticipate attacks before they even happen. We can finally take the universe as our rightful domain and destroy any opposing forces that get in our way."
"Attacks?" My brow furrowed, realizing that what Dr. Roth was saying was beginning not to make sense. "But the creature I saw is attacking me,
not the planet. Isn't the only reason it's here in the first place because I looked at it through that telescope?"
Before Dr. Roth could respond, an echoing boom sounded from above, seeming to shake the entire foundations of the compound. Yellow fluorescent lights flickered, small chunks of plaster and concrete showered down from the ceiling and I swore I could hear distant screaming.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Chris fumble to look at his watch, checking something I couldn't see from this angle. When he looked back up, the unfamiliar presence of raw terror was in his eyes.
"Shit, it's fucking here! Roth, we need to get back into the bunker, now!"
Dr. Roth didn't move.
Chris screamed in exasperation before dashing back to the door and attempting to wrench it open. No luck. It was locked, and we were on the wrong side. My heart began to race as I realized we were in an atrium, a perfect environment for something to crash down from several levels above. Had Dr. Roth planned this? Why would he possibly want
the thing to find us, to be in the same room as us? As me?
I began to hear it. A sound that still turns my blood to ice when I think about it. The sound of multiple layers of steel and concrete being crushed to powder as an unimaginable force forged its path directly down to where we were standing. It was headed right for me.
"Eli, help me get the door open!" I heard Chris cry in a final act of desperation. I ran to help him, preparing to give it my all, and catching sight of Dr. Roth's face as I did.
He was wearing a sickening smile.
I never reached the door.
The upper layer of the ceiling was penetrated instantly, sending shock waves through the chamber and knocking me off my feet. I caught sight of something, a blur that was enormous and yet fast enough to appear almost graceful, shoot down to the floor. The tower of telescopes collapsed, glass flying everywhere. I raised my arm to protect myself, and when the barrage had stopped, I cautiously lowered it to the sight I hoped I'd never see.
It was here. It was about ten feet tall, and its stone-like skin was heaving, a steam-like substance radiating from its body. It hovered just above the collapsed heap of glass and metal, it's bunny-ear appendages twitching, observing us just as I had observed it.
Then, abruptly, it hurled itself the rest of the way down onto the floor, breaking the already shattered telescopes into smaller pieces. It rose back up again, only to repeat the process, to continue to smash the telescopes, to relentlessly fling its body against the floor over and over again until it made sure not a single one was left in tact, until each and every shard of glass was pummeled to dust. I have no idea how long we sat there watching it, but I do remember the dread hanging in the air when it finally stopped and continued to just stare at us.
"Fascinating..." I heard Dr. Roth muttering from behind me. "It was targeting the object that had observed it, but all along that object was the telescope itself. No matter... I can always make more."
I looked at Chris, the disbelief on his face disheartening. Not even he knew what was going on. What was happening right now hadn't been part of the plan. We briefly made eye contact, and I think seeing me, seeing that I was still alive and kicking, was enough to knock him out of his stupor.
"ROTH, YOU CRAZY BASTARD!" my uncle screamed. "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?"
Roth turned around, his face and voice disturbingly calm despite the presence of an otherworldly being right in front of him. "I'm testing, Christopher. That's what our job has always been, here, isn't it? This is simply one more test. If we are to bear witness to the behavior of this creature in an unrestricted environment, we are to better understand it. If we are to better understand it, we are to better destroy it. Destruction is the only path to true progress, and it always requires a bit of... sacrifice."
Sacrifice. He was talking about me.
My uncle still looked furious, but I could tell he was tired. He had been working nonstop to prepare this place for me, and now that it had gone to waste, it was as if his purpose had been lost. When he pulled himself back on his feet and spoke again, it was in a low, panting growl, like an exhausted predator.
"This... plan... of yours, Roth. Does it include locking yourself in with the sacrifice? Because unless that thing simply lets you walk out of here, that's exactly what you've done."
Dr. Roth laughed, a chilling, maniacal sound. "Of course I can leave! I just have to wait for the right moment. Now that it has destroyed all things with the power to see it, it's going to destroy the thing that saw it in the first place. You can leave with me, too, Christopher, while it is distracted with what it is truly here for."
Dr. Roth turned back around the face the creature, and I'm still not sure why, but what he did next deeply disturbed me. He began talking
to it, his arms spread outward, flailing like mad.
"Well? Why don't you give into your inferior primal urges? Finish your hunt. Destroy the one you came here for. Destroy him so that we may destroy you!"
The creature continued to stare, its unblinking, white hot eyes burning into each of us, passing judgement with wordless fury. It looked at me, at Uncle Chris, and back to the doctor, its body only slightly turning each time, hovering just above the ground with almost imperceptible stillness.
Then, in one swift motion, it descended upon the doctor and absorbed him into its being.
Both Chris and I cried out in alarm as the doctor's life was ended with a muffled scream that dissolved into silence. My legs turned to jelly, unable to support my trembling body as I fell to my knees. I felt like cornered prey, petrified, unable to escape, as the creature began to slowly approach. I was sure I was next, that me, and maybe Chris too, were about to meet the same fate as the doctor. It stopped, just a few feet away from me, and angled its levitating body downward so its white, radiant eyes were level with my own.
We stared into each other.
And somehow I could tell that it knew, knew that I had never been the true threat. All it had wanted was to exist on its world without interference, and through some unknown clairvoyance, it had realized Dr. Roth challenged that existence. With the doctor and all his creations gone, any chance of being observed, of targeted, of needlessly wiped out by an overaggressive force were gone.
The creature felt safe now, and that was all it had ever wanted.
It backed away, leaving me breathless on the floor, my skin still pierced with the shards of glass it had scattered across the room. It floated back to the center of the chamber until it was directly below the hole through which it emerged, and then, with unimaginable yet silent speed, it rocketed upward into nothingness.
It was gone.
It has been about six hours since this all happened. Chris and I got our cuts treated, and he drove me back to my house. I know I promised that I wouldn't post any information about the compound online, and I know that if it's seen by anyone from Chris's "department", whatever the hell that is, it might get taken down. But I know that no harm will come to me. I don't know when I'll see Chris again, but I do know that if he's willing to protect me from aliens and crazy scientists, a few government hitmen should be no problem.
The last thing Chris told me before he left was that besides a gaping hole in the NASA facility, there was no evidence left behind of the creature ever being on Earth. It had been so fast, there wasn't even any evidence of it entering the atmosphere in the first place. If I'm being honest, that's probably for the best. And not just because I don't want to be on the news.
If there's one thing I've learned, it's that there are some things in this universe that simply want to be left to their own devices, and as long as you let them be, no harm will come to you or your world.
But if you decide to interfere... you've been warned.
This is Elijah, signing off.
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2019.02.14 09:03 autotldr Director Reclaims Rights to Documentary ’21 Years: Quentin Tarantino’
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Director Tara Wood has reclaimed rights to the authorized Quentin Tarantino documentary movie, "21 Years: Quentin Tarantino," following a long legal battle. Summary Source FAQ Feedback Top keywords: Tarantino#1 Wood#2 year#3 TWC#4 rights#5
Wood's battle began three years ago when she sold worldwide rights to the Weinstein Company in a deal announced at the Cannes Film Festival with Harvey Weinstein's enthusiastic endorsement.
Harvey and Bob Weinstein began working with Tarantino three decades ago on "Reservoir Dogs" and had partnered with the director on all of his projects - until the company shut down last year in the wake of an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
When the sexual harassment scandal broke, Wood asked TWC to give her back the distribution rights "To allow the project to be handled with the care and consideration it, Mr. Tarantino, and all the participants deserve."
The movie examines the first 21 years of Tarantino's career and includes interviews with frequent collaborators, including Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jamie Foxx, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, and Kerry Washington.
Wood also directed the documentary "21 Years: Richard Linklater." Both films draw upon the idea that the first 21 years of work define an artist's career.
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2019.01.18 00:38 Obversa "Enemies in Love": The Real-Life Basis for Reylo
A note, this is a very long write-up...but, I feel, worth the read. You've been warned. Hey guys! Recently, I've been doing quite a bit of research on "the real-life basis" of Reylo, which I believe is an important, but largely overlooked, basis for the romantic pairing.
For my sources, I'll be using the following:
The first source involves POC author Alexis Clark's book on the real-life story of an African-American woman and a German POWs romance in WWII; the second, two British women's tales of their own romances with German POWs in WWII; and the third, a gathering of all marriage-related articles from TIME Magazine archives, including lots of studies and statistics on romance and marriage, and how it's changed over time.
I will begin by saying that the "hate" that Reylo and its fans received, especially prior to the release of The Last Jedi, is hardly a new phenomenon. According to the first two sources, "falling in love with the 'enemy'" has long been a source of contention.
While the trope of the "star-crossed romance" dates back thousands of years, with figures like Ares and Aphrodite / Eros and Psyche (Ancient Greek Mythology); Marc Mantony and Cleopatra (Ptomelmaic Egypt); Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II (Angevin Empire); and even Romeo and Juliet (Renaissance Italy), for the purposes of this post, I'll focus on the WWII era to present day.
From the first article:
A love story between a black Army nurse and a white German POW during World War II? You couldn't make that story up — and Alexis Clark didn't. The former editor at Town & Country is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism. I spoke with her about her new book, Enemies in Love, and what she learned about hidden Army history and the human heart. Additionally, Clark goes on to recount the background, context, and tale of Elinor Elizabeth Powell, an African-American nurse in the U.S. Army assigned to Fort Huachuca, and her future husband, Frederick Albert, a German POW and mess hall worker on base.
"They met at a prisoner of war camp in Florence, Arizona. The closest city was Phoenix, which is about an hour and a half away. Frederick was a great cook and a baker, and so his assignment was to work in the mess hall. So when the nurses entered for their meal, he spotted Elinor, and he said it was like he was under a spell. He walked right up to her, and said, 'You should know my name. I'm the man who's going to marry you.' However, Elinor's mother highly disapproved of the two's romance and engagement, accusing Frederick of "using" Elinor. However, after the two conceived a son, and Frederick was returned to Germany, Frederick eventually returned to the U.S. to be with Elinor after WWII.
And he wasn't the only one — she felt it, too. The attraction became stronger and stronger. Eventually they had a relationship." - Alexis Clark
The two faced discrimination, not only because Frederick was a "Nazi" (i.e. German / "the enemy") who married an American woman, and anti-German sentiment during and after WWII was high in Allied nations, but because they were an interracial couple. The couple also experienced overt discrimination in both the U.S. and Germany due to this.
"When Frederick moved to the United States to marry Elinor, and then start a family together, they struggled. They moved to Boston. They tried to find apartments, find work. As a mixed couple, no one wanted to live next to them; it was hard to get a lease. It was hard for him to find employment because he was German. (Remember, this was right after the war.) And Elinor knew that he was from a wealthy family, and she feared that he would regret his decision. However, Elinor was hardly the only Allied woman to have a "star-crossed romance" with a German POW. Across the pond, two British women, June Tull and Margaret Stratton, recounted their own tales of marrying "the enemy", and how society and their families judged them harshly for it.
Frederick's father had done well after the war, and Frederick was positioned to take over his father's engineering firm. And that's what they did. [For a time, they moved to Germany.] But it was not easy on Elinor. People were pointing, taunting her when she was walking down the street...she said she felt like an animal in a zoo.
The family moved a lot, trying to find a place that would accept them. Finally they find a community called Village Creek, in South Norwalk, Conn. Frederick got a job at Pepperidge Farms, the baking company. And it literally was a neighborhood that said it's a prejudice-free zone. So mixed couples, Jewish couples, artists, gays, you name it — they were welcome there.
And that's where they settled. The only thing that was difficult is that Elinor and Frederick really didn't bring up race with their children. So the boys had identity problems. Their older child had to undergo a lot of hardship because of their decision to be together, despite the fact that society was against them.
[...] and then you have this 'Love Conquers All' story between Elinor and Frederick — twenty years before Loving v. Virginia was decided by the Supreme Court." - Alexis Clark
They were spat at, punched and shunned by their families. Their crime? Falling in love with German prisoners of war. As they celebrate their diamond weddings, two British war brides tell their haunting stories. Why is the above important, and relevant, to the Reylo romance and relationship?
With each step they took, hand in hand along the bomb-ravaged streets of Southampton, the sight of June Tull and her boyfriend incited insults and fury.
"Aren't our boys good enough for you?" yelled one woman. Another ran up to June and punched her. Others spat in her face.
How could she, they asked, fraternise with the enemy when their own fathers, husbands and sons had been killed by the Germans?
[...] Some British women who married German POWs fared better than others, who were disowned by their families.
[...] It was in late 1939 that the first prisoners of war arrived in Britain, and were held in two camps. Their numbers remained small, as the Government was reluctant to accept PoWs while the threat of Nazi invasion was imminent - but by the end of the war, there were more than 600 camps.
Each camp was given a number, and was either a disused building, such as a factory, or was made up of specially constructed corrugated iron buildings, known as Nissen huts. More than 400,000 German PoWs were still being held in Britain in 1946, the year after World War II ended, with Attlee's government refusing to repatriate the Germans until well after the war was over.
During 1946, up to one-fifth of all farm work in Britain was being done by unpaid German PoWs, and they were also employed on road works and building sites. [The ban on fraternisation was in place until just before Christmas 1946.]
18-year-old June Tull's boyfriend was German prisoner of war Heinz Fellbrich, 25, a fact which was advertised wherever they went by the PoW's brown uniform with orange felt patches he had to wear at all times.
"There was a lot of hostility towards us," recalls June, now 79. "I could understand it, because people had lost loved ones in the war, but all that mattered to me was that I loved [him]. However, it wasn't easy. We tried to go to quiet places when we were together, so people wouldn't see us. My father Frank was all right about it, but my mother was against the relationship. She worried about what people would think."
Especially when, four months into the courtship - which began at the end of January 1947 - June, who was by this time sleeping with the enemy having written a "Dear John" letter dumping her Royal Marine boyfriend, became pregnant.
"I was scared stiff," says June. "Falling pregnant outside marriage was bad enough - but with a German PoW!"
[...] [Three months pregnant at her wedding], June was the first British woman to marry a German PoW following Clement Attlee's postwar government's decision to lift the ban on fraternisation and marriage - an event so controversial it made newspaper headlines.
[...] When [June and Heinz] emerged [from their wedding reception], they were greeted by the pop of flashbulbs from newspaper photographers.
At 10pm sharp, Heinz was back behind the barbed wire at the PoW camp - having been given permission to marry by the camp commandant - and June begged him not to slip out to meet her later, which would be punished by solitary confinement.
Their "wedding night" took place the following day at June's home, when Heinz was allowed to visit his new wife. [Six months later, Heinz] was released from the PoW camp, one week before their eldest son, Peter, was born.
[Today], [June and Heinz] have six children - four boys, and two girls - 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. They say they are as in love today as the first moment they caught sight of each other back in 1947.
Theirs is a remarkable love story, especially when set against the intense hostility and bitterness towards the British women who fell in love with German PoWs ("the enemy").
"After our wedding, we received two sackloads of hate mail. I didn't read it all, because I knew what people would say. But there was one lovely letter, which said, 'You can't choose who you fall in love with. Just be happy'." says June.
"I refused to let it bother me, and I'm glad of that. We have been incredibly happy. I don't regret falling in love with [him], although for a long time, we felt very isolated."
Heinz adds: "The British people were much harder on June than they were on me, but once they got to know me, the fact I was German became irrelevant. Of course, I was sorry for the suffering of the people who'd lost loved ones or their homes, but the German people had suffered, too. It is the nature of war."
"Since falling in love with June, I have never once felt homesick for Germany," Heinz adds. "This is my home. I like the people, the country and being here. We have been very lucky."
Margaret Stratton, now aged 93, shocked her community when she married German PoW Peter Roth, five years her junior, on May 22, 1948 in Peterborough.
Hundreds of people lined the streets - more out of curiosity and disbelief than anything else.
"They couldn't believe she had married a German," recalls Peter, now aged 88. "But I struck lucky when I fell in love with Margaret. People accepted me, not because I was German, but because I was Margaret Stratton's husband."
Margaret adds: "No one ever said anything to me, but I'm sure people talked about me behind my back. After the wedding, I went to the local paper, and paid them to print our marriage picture, as I wanted everyone to know I didn't care what they thought."
[...] Margaret recalls: "When I first saw Peter, I said to my girlfriend: 'I know he's German, but he has the most lovely face.' There was just something about him."
Peter was equally struck, and that evening, he stripped his camp hut's garden of every flower - six snowdrops - and presented them to Margaret the next day.
In return, she gave him a cigarette and a piece of cake, and so began a highly dangerous romance.
"The war was not yet over, and fraternising between local women and German PoWs was forbidden. Heaven knows what would have happened to us if we'd been found out," says Peter.
"In many ways, Margaret saved my life. I remember her saying: 'I don't want to know anything about your past or what you've done. All I know is that I love you, and that you are mine now. That's all that matters.'"
[...] Margaret says: "The police used to ask Peter to translate letters for them, and years after we married, the police sergeant told us he knew all about Peter visiting our house. He should have arrested us. The sergeant told Peter: 'I could not harm Margaret. Her only sin was falling in love.' We were lucky."
Foremostly, because it provides a real-life precedent, and basis, to what the path ahead will be like for Rey and Kylo / Ben, especially if they end up together romantically, and decide to get married, have children, and build a life together. Both parties doing what they can to compromise and make the relationship work, and finding acceptance, i.e. a community that accepts Rey and Ben / Kylo's relationship, is key for making the Reylo romance last.
Secondly, we do know that, as per a reprinted 2016-2017 interview with Adam Driver and JJ Abrams, much of Kylo Ren / Ben Solo's character does take a lot of real-life inspiration from Driver, his own personality, and his own life. There's also the fact that Star Wars, as a whole, draws from many real-life elements, combining them together into one, cohesive narrative and whole. There's that pre-existing element of basis in reality there, and I do feel that it's not just Kylo / Ben's character with this basis, but the Reylo relationship, and romance, as a whole.
As such, I feel it's important to consider the real-life historical basis, and precedent, regarding these kinds of relationships, and how they've worked in the past...especially given that, from WWII to today, views on marriage, spurred by changes allowing "fraternization" between citizens and POWs, interracial couples, and LGBTQA+ couples, have grown more to match the historical "love is love" precedent discussed above.
It is also, quite literally, the beginnings of the foundation for the new era of "modern marriage" that we see today, which focuses on love and equality between partners. It is also my firm belief that the Reylo relationship reflects, and embodies - or will, in IX and future Star Wars media - this view of "modern marriage".
After all, if Star Wars, as a franchise, is closely tied to, based on, and a reflection of American culture, society, views, and values at the time of certain movies' production(s), then it stands to reason that Reylo, as a part of Star Wars, will also do so.
According to TIME Magazine's "The Science of Marriage":
There's a reason fairy tales always end in marriage. It's because nobody wants to see what comes after. It's too grim. Meeting the right person, working through cosmic misunderstandings and overcoming family disapproval to get to the altar - those are stories worth telling. Other features that TIME notes as features of "the modern marriage":
[...] But staying married, and doing so happily, is more difficult. In 2014, having spent a year looking at all the sociological, psychological, economic and historical data he could get his hands on, Northwestern University psychology professor Eli Finkel announced [his findings].
"Americans today have elevated their expectations of marriage, and can, in fact, achieve an unprecedently high level of marital quality," he writes, but only if they invest a lot of effort [into the marriage]. And, if they can't, their marriage will be more disappointing to them than a humdrum marriage was to prior generations, because they've been promised so much more [of marriage in the modern era].
Matrimony used to be an institution people entered out of custom, duty, or a need to procreate. (This is also shown by the discussed POW-civilian couples getting pregnant, sometimes purposefully, to ensure that they would be able to remain together.) [Now], more of us think this one relationship should - and could - provide the full buffet of satisfaction: intimacy, support, stability, happiness, and sexual exhilaration.
[...] Marriage is the most basic and intimate of our social institutions, but also one of the most subject to shifts in cultural, technological, and economic forces...
[...]"Couples who have made it all the way later into life have found it to be peak experience, a sublime experience, to be together," says Karl Pilemmer, a Cornell University gerontologist who did an intensive survey of 700 elderly people for his book, 30 Lessons for Loving. "Everybody [in the survey] - 100% - said, at one point, that the long marriage was the best thing in their lives. But all of them also either said that marriage is hard, or that it's really, really hard."
Marriage has become what game theorists call "a commitment device", an undertaking that locks individuals into a course of action...and in [today's era], when it's both harder and less necessary to stay together, the trick is figuring out how to go the distance.
What does the "modern marriage" promise that historical unions didn't? The ultimate dream: a partner who sees what you really are, and not only accepts it, but improves it.
"The promise you make is not just to be faithful and true, and to stay married, but to try and bring out the best in each other," says Lisa Grunwald, who, with her husband, Stephen Adler, put together a historical compendium of marriage, The Marriage Book, in 2015. "To try and understand, really deeply understand, what the other one wants, and hold her feet or his feet to the fire, and say, 'OK, this is great, but remember, this is what you wanted, and don't let go of that dream.'"
And just as the benefits have changed, so have the challenges..."Today, choosing to stay, when you can leave, is the new shame," says relationship therapist Esther Perel.
As for successful marriages and romances, these were the top traits
- Parents are spending more time with their children than their historical forebears.
- More security and benefits in working together, and pooling resources / finances, than apart.
- Couples' "sexual satisfaction" only improves over time, and eventually, experiences a "return to courtship". (c. 2011 Kinsey study)
- The longer people are together, the more they develop kindness and empathy. (c. John Gottman, one of the nation's leading marriage researchers)
- Individuals who form romantic partnerships with individuals who are similar to them in values and background find it easier to stay married.
- Those who pride themselves on their "faith" (religious or otherwise) tend to stay together more than those who don't.
- Partners are better at trying to figure out what makes their S.O. "feel loved", as well as apologizing and forgiving, as well as "fighting fair" during arguments. (c. Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages)
- More modern couples focus on shared interests, which offset relationship changes. "The most successful couples began to embrace one another's interests." (c. Pillemer)
We've seen Rey and Kylo / Ben do much the above for each other (excepting the bit about dating a long time and wedding), especially seen with the development, and progression, of their relationship over the course of TLJ. Perhaps the best example of this is Rey recounting the entire "mirror-cave" experience, and scene, to Kylo / Ben, while he sits and listens quietly. We also see Kylo / Ben offer reassurance and comfort to Rey, as also commented on by Daisy Ridley, with Kylo / Ben being a "mentor" figure for Rey.
- You dated for a while - 3 years or more (but didn't cohabitate) (c. Emory University marriage study)
- You showed engagement and interest in what your partner had to say (i.e. listening)
- You amplified your partner's "positive" moments with genuine interest and praise
- You made time for "deep" conversations (asking questions, sharing aspirations, etc.)
- You had "warm feet" on your wedding day; had a cheaper wedding, and an intimate honeymoon
- You "fought fair" with your partner, without contempt, defensiveness, criticism, or stonewalling
- You've got demogaphics on your side (i.e. college education level or equivalent)
- You carved out "me time" for your own hobbies and activities (i.e. "less boring")
- You cultivated a culture of mutual appreciation and gratitude / thankfulness, are focused on positivity, not negativity (i.e. small acts of love, appreciation, and kindness, and for men especially)
“[Rey] really sees the, like, glimmer in Kylo. That there’s some good there, and she goes with it. And I thinks that’s pretty wonderful…I think he is redeemable.” - Daisy Ridley (Source) There is also the element of marriage not only being a "commitment tool", but a "learning tool".
And how do you make a soulmate? Practice, practice, practice. Given the above, and the portrayals of Rey and Kylo / Ben's respective characters in both TFA and TLJ, as well as expanded media, such as comic books and Jason Fry's TLJ novel, a lot of it already reflects the relationship between the two. For one, we have Rey already acting as if she and Kylo / Ben separating "is not an option" ("She would wait [for Ben / Kylo." - TLJ novel), including treating their relationship as both a "commitment and learning experience" (Rey committing to 'saving' Ben / Kylo in TLJ, and learning how to do so, as per the TLJ novel).
Pillemer observed that long-married couples he had interviewed acted as if divorce were not an option. "People really had the mindset they wanted to stay married," he says. They regarded their relationship as less like buying a new car, and more like learning how to drive. "Marriage is like a discipline," he says. "A discipline is not [simply] reaching one, happy end point."
[...] One of the more controversial ideas therapists are now suggesting is that men need to do more of the "emotional labor" in a relationship - the work that goes into sustaining love - which usually [traditionally] falls to women. "What men do in a relationship is, by a large margin, the crucial factor that separates a great relationship from a failed one," writes Gottman in his book, The Man's Guide to Women. "This doesn't mean that a woman doesn't need to do her part, but the data proves that a man's actions are the key variable that determines whether a relationship succeeds or fails."
The one piece of advice every expert and nonexpert gives for staying married is, perhaps, the least useful one for those who are already several years in: choose well. [...] Therapists suggest you ask [your] friends about your prospective life mate. Aim to find someone you know you'll love, even during the periods when you don't like him or her so much.
And then, cross your fingers. As Grunwald puts it, "Just pick out a good one, and get lucky."
Two, as many others have already pointed out, in TLJ, and going into IX, we see that Kylo / Ben's actions are "key" and "crucial" into forming "emotional labor" in his relationship with Rey, and his actions and choices will be the ultimate factor in determining whether he and Rey will end up together ("great relationship")...or not ("failed relationship"). As such, he must "choose wisely and well". However, luck - as also seen with the testimony of the POW/civilian couples - is also a factor.
For as much as the Force seems to have brought Rey and Kylo / Ben together, literally binding them with a Force-bond, it is ultimately the two's own free will, actions, and choices that will result in how their relationship plays out on-screen in IX.
However, I believe that we've already seen the two decide that they do want to commit to one another. The origin? Their first meetings, and interactions, in TFA, directed by JJ Abrams, long before the Force-bond came into play in TLJ with Rian Johnson. This was also the "deciding factor" that not only points to the two having a mututal attraction to one another, even before TLJ, but that it plays a large role in how, and why, we got Reylo in the sequel trilogy.
It also demonstrates how what started off as attraction, and infatuation, was present, and deepened into love, from TFA to TLJ.
Based on the article "All About Attraction" in the TIME issue, by Ginny Graves:
Like superheroes, every happily married duo has an origin story, and most of these how-we-met tales contain important nuggets of truth about the mysterious forces that draw two strangers, magnet-like, toward each other. [...] And about that origin story. How you tell it may be a powerful tool to the health of your relationship. And, last but not least, from the TIME issue's article "The (Real) Key to a Joyful Union" by Camille Noe Pagan:
In a landmark 1992 study, University of Washington researchers found that they could predict with a 94% accuracy which couples would divorce or stay together by hearing them relate the story about how they met. It didn't matter if the story was mundane or movie-worthy. What mattered was this: that the twosome shared a sense of fondness and solidarity.
[...] Let's say you glimpse someone across a crowded room. It takes your bain about 100 milliseconds, according to a Princeton University study, to form judgements about a host of traits [in a potential mate]: attractiveness, likeability, trust-worthiness, competence, and aggressiveness.
"That first moment [you meet] is a key decision point: Will you engage with that person, or look for someone else?" says Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and author of The Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray.
[...] We tend to gravitate to people who look robust, with clear skin and bright eyes (clues to potential fertility). Most of us are interested in people who come from backgrounds similar to our own, and who have the same ballpark level of attractiveness and education. [...] At a psychology convention, eHarmony presented findings that - contrary to academic beliefs - similar levels of traits like extroversion / introversion and intellect, not just general agreeableness, are the key to a successful relationship and marriage.
[...] But those instantaneous, unconscious assessments of potential partners aren't wholly governed by Mother Nature. They're also influenced by your unique history - what Fisher calls your "love map"; an image of your ideal sweetheart you've been subconciously sketching and revising, based on relationships with your parents, friends, crushes, and exes, since you were a child...by the time we're in our 20s and 30s, our ideas of what makes someone [attractive] has become more complex and personal.
[...] If she or he is a reasonable likeness of the fantasy sweetheart in your mind's eye, a primitive area buried deep in your brain - the ventral tegmental area (TVA) - has probably already begun churning out dopamine, a neurochemical that boosts focus, energy, and motivation. [...] "All mammals get a hit of dopamine when they have sex. That big hit of pleasure is what makes sex rewarding, so you want to do it again, and again, and again," says Larry Young, a professor in the department of psychiatry at Emory University, and the author of The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction.
Three brain systems play a role in the arc of a love story: Your sex drive spurs you to look for a range of partners; dopamine-fuelled romantic love focuses your mating energy on one person; and the oxytocin-driven attachment system encourages you stay with one partner. [...] Oxytocin, a neurochemical that creates a heightened bond with another individual in particular, and makes you pay attention to every detail of your partner, also flows when [two people] stay in touch - literally - i.e. walking arm in arm, kissing, holding / touching hands, etc.
[...] Women vary, for instance, in their level of attraction to certain personality traits theys see reflected in faces. Those who value honesty, warmth, cooperation, and parenting skill seem to favor men with more "feminized" faces (fuller cheeks, narrower jaws). [...] Men are more likely to go for women with traditionally feminine featues...an Australian 2015 study reported both men and women preferred non-confomists...those who broke the [societal] norm.
"Being different can be extremely attractive," says Jim Pfaus, a professor of neuroscience and biology at Concordia University in Montreal. "and it makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, because it helps preserve diversity in the species."
Your spouse forgot his credit card at the restaurant again. Sure, you could roll your eyes or snap, "When are you going to get more organized?" But if you instead say, "I'm sorry, can I help?" you will improve his day and your own in the process. As many are aware, in the TFA novel, Snoke claims that Kylo / Ben has "compassion" for Rey:
[...] Think of compassion - the feeling of concern and/or sympathy for another's misfortune, along with desire to lend a hand..."It's the key to happiness and well-being," says Thupten Jinpa, a former Buddhist monk who helped develop a landmark course in compassion training at Stanford School of Medicine. Indeed, a growing body of research shows that compassion reduces anxiety, depression and stress, and may boost immunity, along with longevity.
But that's not all: a study of 1,500 married Americans in the journal Family Relations found that when spouses were humble and compassionate toward one another, they were less stressed and more satisfied in their relationship. "Humility and compassion does make marriages happier," says study author Jonathan Olson, an associate professor of public health and health psychology at Bastyr University. "Being able to see the other person's perspective, and want to help, makes it easier to move past conflict."
[...] Simply witnessing an act of compassion triggers feelings of admiration, warmth, and love, per a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology. [...] "When you show your partner compassion, [and the focus is off of yourself], they're more likely to do the same for you. In a way, you're really helping yourself, as well as your spouse, which improves your overall relationship," points out KC Haydon, an assistant professor of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke College.
[...] "Compassion requires you to give people the benefit of the doubt," notes Jinpa. After all, you deserve to get as much tenderness as you give.
"This scavenger - this girl - resisted you?" In Attack of the Clones, Kylo / Ben's grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, also says the following to Padmé Amidala, his future wife:
"That's all she is, yes. A scavenger from that inconsequential Jakku. Completely untrained, but strong with the Force. Stronger than she knows."
"You have compassion for her."
"No-never. Compassion? For an enemy of the Order?"
"Kylo Ren. It appears that a reminder is in order. So I will show you the dark side. Bring the girl to me..."
"Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as...unconditional love...is essential to a Jedi's life. So, you might say that we [Jedi] are encouraged to love." Ultimately, it is compassion that is the key to "humanity", or humanizing, as described by Adam Driver in reference to Kylo / Ben in TLJ...and it is this sense of "humanity" that also defined the aforementioned POW / Civilian romances, and marriages.
"I think, maybe, this is such a general answer, but, you know...humanity. [...] There were a lot of plot points that we know were operating in [TFA], and we get to explain more in the second one, that makes both [of the movies] make sense. But they do kind of feel socially active to me..." (Source) You can read my additional commentary about the "body language" of Rey and Kylo / Ben in TLJ here, which includes sources.
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2018.07.21 16:25 Alo_14 [Beacher Report] ABF Guide to the Offseason - 2045 Edition
It’s been an action packed offseason as ever in the ABF, with household names bowing out of the game and star players switching teams in search of glory. If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the wheeling and dealing you’re in luck, because we have compiled every offseason move by each of the 30 teams for your convenience. Happy reading! Atlanta Hawks, 52-30, Lost to BKN in 1st Round Players In:
None Players Out:
Alex Seymore (Retired), Wannah Neil (Free Agent), Terrance Mozzarella (Free Agent), Matt Rackley (Signed with CLE), Markus Harvey (Free Agent)
The Hawks were a strong 52-30 last season and put up a strong fight before ultimately suffering defeat at the hands of the Nets. However, the losses of Seymore and Rackley cost them a combined 20 PPG and so far they have yet to replace either of them. They may be able to entice Neil and Mozzarella back to challenge once again as they remain unsigned free agents. Projected Starting 5:
Tommy Schwartz, Dale Haley, Alessandro Antelli, Mufaro Ross, Vincent Rogers Boston Celtics, 33-49, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Llewchean Dourdas (Draft Pick), Omar Green (Draft Pick), Gary Green (Draft Pick), Will Stewart (Traded from IND) Players Out:
Michael Johnston (Free Agent), Anthony Daniels (Free Agent), Luke Dickher (Free Agent), Brendon Hartman (Free Agent), Podfrog Washed (Signed with Minnesota)
A positive development season for Boston in 2045 was followed by a very strong offseason, headlined by their draft acquisition of sharpshooter Llewchean Dourdas. They also pulled off the impressive feat of not only trading for Will Stewart but also gaining significant draft assets in the process. With expected progressions from Terry Jones, LeTaylor Ball and co. don’t be surprised to see the Celtics compete for a playoff berth this season. Projected Starting 5:
Will Stewart, Ivan Mance, LeTaylor Ball, Llewchean Dourdas, Terry Jones Brooklyn Nets, 55-27, Lost to DET in Eastern Conference Finals Players In:
TaBarri Waller (Draft Pick), Lee Jourdan (Draft Pick), Lewis Walker (Draft Pick), Joey Welcher (Signed from DEN), Christine Estwick (Traded from WAS) Players Out:
Damyean Nelson (Retired), Ja Ja Bowling (Free Agent), Xavier Chemerinski (Free Agent), Javon Goss (Traded to TOR), Bad Hombre (Traded to WAS), Rafa De Souza (Traded to WAS)
Brooklyn followed up a trip to the ECF with a surprise slice of luck in securing the number 1 pick in the draft, which allowed them to select consensus top prospect TaBarri Waller. They were also active in the trade market, sending Bad Hombre to Washington in return for Christine Estwick, a move which confirms their interest in signing Joe McGadney in free agency. The signing of Joey Welcher on the MLE cannot be overlooked either as the Nets look to go a step or two further than last season. Projected Starting 5:
Tre Atkinson, Christine Estwick, TaBarri Waller, Babacar Mbao, Joey Welcher Charlotte Hornets, 26-56, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Jordan Epps (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Dan Horsechief (Retired), Kyndahl Williams (Free Agent), Anton Benzon (Signed with MIL), Dominique Swarbrick (Free Agent), La’Shard Hunter (Free Agent), Jim Mims (Free Agent)
Not much to say here: the Hornets added an average prospect while letting all their free agents go. Expect auto signings and another ~20 win season Projected Starting 5:
Nigenomome Oinko, Antwon Battle, J.M. Pino, Barry Hicks, Kion Montgomery Chicago Bulls, 33-49, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Tony Weather (Draft Pick), Eric Warner (Draft Pick), Walker Farmer (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Eddie Schulze (Free Agent), Jimmy Butler Jr. (Free Agent), Aaron Eatherton (Free Agent), Keaton VanderMeer (Free Agent), Darian Kinnard (Signed with VAN), Gideon Gogerty (Free Agent), Evan Kaspar (Free Agent), Jamaal Branham (Free Agent)
Still struggling in the wake of their years going all in in search of a title, Chicago didn’t impress much last season. Owing the number 1 pick to Brooklyn must hurt, even more so as the players they drafted don’t project to be anything special. They’ll be thankful to Phoenix for preventing them from being the worst team in the league. Projected Starting 5:
Rashad Ojeleye, Dax Nudo, Leonard Cohen, John Travis, Daniel Short Cleveland Cavaliers, 38-44, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Mike Lowery (Draft Pick), Dominique Brown (Signed from HOU), Jovan Williams (Signed from UTA), Matt Rackley (Signed from ATL) Players Out:
Darrick Miller (Free Agent), Leonid Kobets (Free Agent), James Anderson (Free Agent), Donnie Lassiter (Free Agent)
Cleveland were an impressive young team last year and were unlucky to miss out on playoff basketball. While also retaining their young talent, the Cavaliers have made some good free agent additions in Dominique Brown and Matt Rackley. Both players are capable of contributing significant offence and could lift Cleveland into playoff contention. Projected Starting 5:
Ishmael Blackstock, Stipe Stemberger, Dominique Brown, Josh Parker, Charles Ryan Dallas Mavericks, 41-41, Lost to POR in 1st Round Players In:
Tom Cook (Draft Pick), Pape Dieng (Draft Pick), Andres Bertone (Signed from DET), Jim Garrett (Signed from OKC) Players Out:
Travis McCloud (Signed with OKC), Horton Heard The Who (Free Agent)
A lot of big decisions were made this offseason in Dallas in relation to their restricted free agents. Cardinal Jr., Nzeulie and Radulovic stayed, while McCloud was deemed surplus to requirements. The progressions of Nzeulie and Radulovic will be promising news for Mavericks fans, but the loss of McCloud may prove to be the difference between being a playoff team and being a lottery team Projected Starting 5:
Martane Baker, Andres Bertone, Pape Nzeulie, Brian Cardinal Jr., Brandon Bursis Denver Nuggets, 35-47, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Ed Cohen (Draft Pick), Carlos Mendiburu (Draft Pick), Brandon Larris (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Joey Welcher (Signed with BKN), Nerlens Law (FA)
Despite losing Joey Welcher to the Nets, this offseason has proved to be a positive for Denver through the wonders of internal development. First round pick Ed Cohen looks to be their starting 5 of the future and the Bridgemahon/Stauskas core looks set to lead to the playoffs as early as this season. With 20M in cap space still to spend the Nuggets can look to fill in holes with an eye on the future as well. Projected Starting 5:
Gil Bridgemahon, Kyle Redhage, Jamaal Stauskas, James Closs, Kyisean Makings Detroit Pistons, 56-26, Lost to LAL in The Finals Players In:
Ege Eslik (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Andres Bertone (Signed with DAL), Ross Higgs (Signed with MIL), Will Thornton (Free Agent), Buddy Curry (Free Agent), P.J. Sonn (Free Agent), Steve James (Free Agent), Mareceo Bramlage (Free Agent), Mike Abellard (Free Agent)
Back in June Detroit fell to the Lakers in a 5 game ABF Finals series. It must frustrate the fans, therefore, that they have let go many of the players that contributed to the Finals run with virtually nothing coming in replacement. On the positive side Anthony Lucas now looks to be the clear best player in the league, and Tony Gill’s contract isn’t nearly as ugly as it once looked. With 124M in committed salary any additions will have to be minimum contracts, but I’m sure players will be eager to join such a deadly combination of star power. Projected Starting 5:
Chris Dabich, Jesse Russell, Wedricker Williams, Lee Caird, Anthony Lucas Golden State Warriors, 45-37, Lost to SAC in 1st Round Players In:
Motts Applesauce (Draft Pick), Rashard Oubre (Draft Pick), Benjamin Siggins (Draft Pick), Nick Henry (Draft Pick), Fatts Russell (Signed from TOR), Amadou Rules (Traded from MIL) Players Out:
Rodolfo Almodovar (Retired), A.J. Milton (Free Agent), Dino Moric (Free Agent), Clyde Warren (Free Agent), Andrew Ikhinmwin (Traded to MIL)
After several moves made with the intention to compete, the Warriors have decided to retool with a view to the future and potentially acquiring Joe McGadney in free agency. They obtained a potentially very valuable pick from Milwaukee in return for the services of Andrew Ikhinmwin and for taking on Aivaras Tatarunas’ restrictive contract. Some solid draft picks, especially Benjamin Siggins and Motts Applesauce (other brands are available) put them in a good place for the future while maintaining elite two way player Eric Jefferson Projected Starting 5:
Amadou Rules, Fatts Russell, Wayne Kuebler, Eric Jefferson, Tom Young Houston Rockets, 38-44, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Nathan Moultrie (Draft Pick) Players Out:
George Boners (Retired), Dominique Brown (Signed with CLE), Leon Seiferth (Free Agent), Jake Washington (Free Agent)
The defence first, post oriented, grit and grind Rockets are slowly falling apart. This was all but confirmed this summer with the departure of Dominique Brown for pastures new. While Leon Seiferth remains unsigned, it seems unlikely he will return to Houston. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Swaggy Pee Jr. remains once of the league’s elite big men, and Dennis Williams could be an attractive trade piece ahead of his impending free agency. With eyes on the future, second round pick Nathan Moultrie shows the potential to be an eventual starter in the league. Projected Starting 5:
Shawn Davis, Chauncey Stephenson, Dennis Williams, Tyler Hayes, Swaggy Pee Jr. Indiana Pacers, 70-12, Lost to BKN in 2nd Round Players In:
Blake Cum (Signed from MIA), Rob McAlpine (Signed from SAC) Players Out:
Romas Barnes-Thompkins (Retired), Jimmy Ervin (Free Agent), Rudy Laso (Free Agent), Will Stewart (Traded to Boston)
It’s tough to criticise a 70 win team just one season removed from winning the championship. That said, the Pacers’ offseason moves have surely left a lot to be desired from star man Rashanti Horvath, as his partner in crime departed for Boston with virtually nothing coming in return. Granted, bad luck does have some part to play in the progressions of new signings Cum and McAlpine, but at age 30 and 37 respectively they were always a likely outcome. In the plus column, Indiana enter the season yet again as the early title favourites following a good preseason from perennial DPOY candidate Luke Got Dicked and young stars Salim Langura and Travis Timothy. Projected Starting 5:
Rashanti Horvath, Brant Roberson, Travis Timothy, Salim Langura, Luke Got Dicked Los Angeles Clippers, 37-45, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Menno Gadzuric (Draft Pick), Chris Floyd (Draft Pick), Tim Williams (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Steve Eboua (Retired), Hank Longpants (Free Agent), Dave McNeal (Free Agent), Greg Hollis (Free Agent), Jerekius Dee (Free Agent), Josh MH97 (Free Agent), Brandon Turner (Free Agent), Austin Hill (Free Agent)
Many over the hill free agents departed Los Angeles this summer, being replaced by 3 promising draft picks. Tim Williams in particular has the hallmarks of a future star. Combo guard Jeremiah McBee remains involved in trade talks although his value is quite high according to the Clippers’ front office. With another addition or two they could sneak into the playoffs in a weak western conference but don’t count on it. Projected Starting 5:
Dundrecous Nubine, Jeremiah McBee, Michael Hoskin, Truman Ryan, Tim Williams Los Angeles Lakers, 65-17, League Champions Players In:
Larry Edgerson (Signed from NOP), Marques Greene (Signed from NOP) Players Out:
Donte Taylor (Retired), Paul Pierce Jr. (Retired), Josh Wiltz (Free Agent)
After the elation of winning their first ABF championship the post game news hit hard. Donte Taylor and Paul Pierce Jr. both opted to go out on top leaving the Lakers without two key players from their title run. Not that that leaves them out of the running in any way, shape or form. On the contrary, free agent addition Larry Edgerson looks set to become a rotation player way ahead of schedule, and Billy Miller and Rich Johnson are poised to lead this team deep into the playoffs once more. Projected Starting 5:
Brian Scalabrine Jr., Rich Johnson, Billy Miller, Drew King, D.J. Lane Miami Heat, 46-36, Lost to NYK in 1st Round Players In:
None Players Out:
Ghassan Cain (Free Agent), Blake Cum (Signed with IND), Shawn Patton (Free Agent), Ahmad Webster (Free Agent)
One of only two teams not to add any players yet in the offseason, Miami lost out on Blake Cum to Indiana, not like they would have wanted him around anyway. Their other free agents remain unsigned although a return to the team seems unlikely for all concerned Projected Starting 5:
Justin Best, Chris Gibbon, T.J. Kamieniecki, Billy Haskin, Gary Prentice Milwaukee Bucks, 49-33, Lost to DET in 1st Round Players In:
Mike Godzinski (Draft Pick), Anton Benzon (Signed from CHA), Ross Higgs (Signed from DET), Andrew Ikhinmwin (Traded from GSW), Stefano Ghiacci (Traded from MIN) Players Out:
Danny Young (Free Agent), Amadou Rules (Traded to GSW), Aivaras Tatarunas (Traded to GSW), Nike Turner (Traded to MIN), Howard Cowherd (Traded to MIN)
After running eventual finalists Detroit close in a 7 game round 1 series, the Bucks set to work immediately on this season. They added Andrew Ikhinmwin from Golden State, also shipping off Aivaras Tatarunas in a move that sees them free up room for a potential Joe McGadney pitch in 2047, or even a double signing with players like Eric Jefferson or J.M. Pino also available that summer. And another move sees them add Stefano Ghiacci from Minnesota, assuming he accepts their contract offer. These moves see them edge closer to title contenders while still falling short of the head of the pack. Projected Starting 5:
Mickey Ferguson, Charles Bernardi, Andrew Ikhinmwin, Kevin Adedede, Stefano Ghiacci Minnesota Timberwolves, 39-43, Lost to SAS in 1st Round Players In:
Chris McKenzie (Draft Pick), De’Angelo Brooks (Draft Pick), King Strong (Signed from POR), Podfrog Washed (Signed from BOS), Nick Dorsey (Signed from SAS) Players Out:
Nathan Williams (Retired), Mike Stommes (Free Agent), James Ellis (Signed with VAN), Joseph Lol (Free Agent), Melvyn McMillen (Free Agent), Eli White (Free Agent)
Minnesota have committed to the rebuild with their star players heading for the exit door in the past year. Their first round pick De’Angelo Brooks is a great way to start out on that path, his defensive potential is huge and their GM was vindicated in picking him so early on with a great preseason progression. They also managed to get some assets out of free agent Stefano Ghiacci by sign and trading him to the Bucks. Not much else of note other than some project free agent signings Projected Starting 5:
Jordan Council, Kendal Bunce, Aleksa Jestratijevic, Tony Robinson, King Strong New Orleans Pelicans, 3-79, Lost to BKN (via CHI) in Draft Lottery Players In:
Chris Marshall (Draft Pick), Carlos Berdiel (Draft Pick), Alvin Perez-Laham (Draft Pick), Nate Farin (Draft Pick), Wesley Young (Draft Pick), Tomas Seibutis (Draft Pick), Earl Massinburg (Draft Pick), Matt Brown (Signed from VAN), Jerry Holster (Traded from WAS), Aivaras Tatarunas (Traded from GSW) Players Out:
Jared Ingram (Free Agent), Larry Edgerson (Signed with LAL), Marques Greene (Signed with LAL), Griffin Williams (Traded to WAS)
Once again New Orleans acquired almost a complete roster on draft night, hoping to use the law of large numbers to their advantage. They coupled this with impressive additions in Matt Brown and Jerry Holster which mean the Pelicans will not be battling for a top 3 pick this year and instead could challenge for the playoffs. Projected Starting 5:
Jerry Holster, G.J. Peterson, Matt Brown, Kevin McDowell, Earl Massinburg New York Knicks, 60-22, Lost to DET in 2nd Round Players In:
Karim Fauche (Draft Pick), Jordon Formbor (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Larry Graham (Retired)
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Those are the words that governed this offseason for the Knicks, and for good reason. Last year, New York were one of four teams to reach the 60 win mark and they did so on the back of a hugely impressive Shepard/Fuller duo. Unfortunately the chasing pack has been improving and the Knicks won’t have an easy stroll to the 2nd seed like they did last season. Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Detroit are all likely to be in the hunt for that honour and as of right now it’s anyone’s guess who comes out on top Projected Starting 5:
Reggie Shepard, Kyle Fuller, Tyrone Whiting, Sean Gillespie, Teyvon Joiner Oklahoma City Thunder, 32-50, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Edgaras Ruikis (Draft Pick), Travis McCloud (Signed from DAL), Bobby Ruise (Signed from VAN), Terrell McKee (Signed from PHI) Players Out:
Al’lonzo Clifford (Free Agent), Jim Garrett (Signed with DAL), Anthony Ramsey (Free Agent), Grant Cynwyd (Free Agent)
A huge offseason in the RFA market means OKC are ready to compete again. The McCloud, Ruise and McKee signings project to make the Thunder an elite defensive team, although scoring could still be an issue for them. They have been actively searching for such a star scorer and in all likelihood they will find someone. Combined with solid progressions from almost all their young talent, this OKC team means business and could push for 50 wins and a playoff series win. Projected Starting 5:
Travis McCloud, Bobby Ruise, Liberto Kamara, Nate Smith, Talbott Atamah Orlando Magic, 24-58, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Ryan Smith (Draft Pick), Ahmad Baxter (Draft Pick), Jeff Grice (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Orlando didn’t really make any moves this offseason apart from securing their existing young core. And that turned out to be a good decision as they were rewarded with good development from Brookins, Molinari, Ellis and Holloway which catapulted them into serious playoff contention. Projected Starting 5:
Brian Molinari, Robby Badbreath, Shawn Brookins, Walker Ellis, Davide Holloway Philadelphia 76ers, 40-42, Lost to IND in 1st Round Players In:
Jerome Forrest (Signed from PHX) Players Out:
Dan Roberts (Retired), Tafari Henry (Retired), Brent Strawder (Free Agent), Terrell McKee (Signed with OKC), Marko Cirkovic (Free Agent)
Philadelphia set their sights on 2047 and a max level free agent signing by declining to match OKC’s offer to Terrell McKee and instead bringing in Jerome Forrest on a 1 year deal which will keep them competitive short term while maintaining long term flexibility. With 1.75M on the books through 2048 they are one of the few teams who can reasonably pull off a double max FA signing to try and attract Joe McGadney. This season will be another tough battle to make the playoffs, but with some depth signings they might just make it Projected Starting 5:
Cory McClain, Jerome Forrest, Daniel Silva, Jabari Antetokounmpo, Brandon Garrett Phoenix Suns, 21-61, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Lucious Taylor (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Dominique Fenton (Signed with VAN), That Boy Is Absolute (Free Agent), Bryon Anderson (Free Agent), Tony Hendricks (Free Agent), Marco Polo (Free Agent), Jerome Forrest (Signed with PHI), Drew Washington (Free Agent), Kyle Hendra (Free Agent), Dillon Hairston (Free Agent), Alphonso Sykes (Free Agent), Otis Sikora (Free Agent)
Ehhhhhh. They did try to get better by offering some big free agents but were unsuccessful. Coffeey looks decent I guess. Projected Starting 5: https://youtu.be/oJbOLMvKk1E?t=1m10s
except MJ is nowhere to be seen Portland Trail Blazers, 58-24, Lost to LAL in Western Conference Finals Players In:
Adrian Higgs (Draft Pick), Ben Onobakhare (Draft Pick), Trey Estes (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Howard Eudy (Free Agent), King Strong (Signed with MIN), Pat Connaughton Jr. (Free Agent), Mladen Beric (Free Agent)
A mixed offseason for the Trail Blazers: Trey Estes is a great prospect and bringing back Ray Bryant on a team friendly deal is a good move, but allowing Pat Connaughton’s RFA rights to expire could prove to be a mistake. Good development from Brown and particularly Haigler will help them compete in the west again, but time is running short to convince McGadney that Portland is where he should continue to play. Projected Starting 5:
Joe McGadney, Jame Eclair, Ray Bryant, Keith Haigler, Aramie Dominguez Sacramento Kings, 46-36, Swept GSW in 1st Round Players In:
Steve Horowitz (Signed from UTA) Players Out:
Matt McBreastmilk (Free Agent), Rob McAlpine (Signed with IND), Gerrot Lambot (Free Agent), Chris Dean (Free Agent)
Sacramento didn’t do much this offseason, but they didn’t need to because of the position the team was already in. Good progressions from Acquaah and Blankenship mean they are now one of the league’s premier teams, and with age on their side for the most part the Kings do not plan on disappearing any time soon. If you’re searching for a dark horse championship pick, look no further Projected Starting 5:
Chris Acquaah, Gordon Blankenship, Loren McConnell, Matt Bender, Elton Ahanmisi San Antonio Spurs, 60-22, Lost to POR in 2nd Round Players In:
Stan Clark (Draft Pick), Marcus Taalib (Draft Pick), Shaziah Shapira (Draft Pick), Estan Carr (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Tevin Smith (Retired), Johnny Gaines (Retired), Gorkem Yildirim (Signed with VAN)
Spurs fans gathered in their thousands to bid a final farewell to franchise legend Tevin Smith following San Antonio’s early playoff exit. Between the Spurs and the Lakers retirements have rocked the landscape of the league but in terms of impact on the club and the fans, Pierce and Taylor simply cannot be compared to Smith, who brought 5 championships to San Antonio in a 12 year career with the team. That’s not to say they won’t still be very good: Jason Stewart is finally looking like a number 2 pick, and H.D. Corngaudy is a capable replacement to lead the team to glory again Projected Starting 5:
Gary Harding, Josh Snow, Jason Stewart, Greg Rutledge, H.D. Corngaudy Toronto Raptors, 15-67, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Mustafa Kanter (Draft Pick), Dejuan Alexander (Draft Pick), Brad Hanson (Draft Pick), Brent Strawder (Signed from PHI), Javon Goss (Traded from BKN) Players Out:
Fatts Russell (Signed with GSW), Anthony Goff (Free Agent)
The usually very active and reliable Raptors GM had the misfortune of missing their number 4 draft pick by less than a minute, and as a result fell victim to the auto draft gods. This left them with Dejuan Alexander instead of the widely admired Llewchean Dourdas and that, apart from Burak Bayrak finally showing some promise, is the most eventful thing to happen in Toronto this summer. They’ll likely be in the hunt for a top 3 pick again this year, and they have a potentially very useful pick leftover from the Daniel Silva trade. Projected Starting 5:
Brent Strawder, James Brown, James Harris, Burak Bayrak, Milo Banks Utah Jazz, 39-43, Lost to LAL in 1st Round Players In:
Thon Maker Jr. (Draft Pick) Players Out:
Steve Horowitz (Signed with SAC), Shawne Barbour (Free Agent), Jovan Williams (Signed with CLE), Vanja Radosavljevic (Free Agent), Jordan Tarver (Free Agent), Vermin Markovic (Free Agent), Larry Clark (Free Agent), Douglas Altintig (Free Agent) https://youtu.be/FcHyWlBPbgo Projected Starting 5:
Von Walton, Denys Shundel, Deandre McLean, Thon Maker Jr., Some Autosigned Guy Vancouver Grizzlies, 38-44, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Chris Johnson (Draft Pick), James Montonati (Draft Pick), Cozell Fellah (Draft Pick), Dominique Fenton (Signed from PHX), Gorkem Yildirim (Signed from SAS), James Ellis (Signed from MIN), Darian Kinnard (Signed from CHI) Players Out:
Bobby Ruise (Signed with OKC), Matt Brown (Signed with NOP), Kirk Walls (Free Agent), Logan Bartelstein (Free Agent), Milovan Dubljevic (Free Agent)
Oh man, talk about bad luck. Faced with the decision of which RFAs to match and which to let go, Vancouver went 0-3 in terms of progressions. Both Ruise and Brown left and improved, while Sesar stayed and declined. Apart from 2045 draft pick Cozell Fellah, the rest of the team makes for gruesome reading as well. Felton and Yildirim were decent signings but they too fell victim to the Grizzlies curse. Projected Starting 5:
Dominique Fenton, Gorkem Yildirim, Chris Ochereobia, Franjo Sesar, Eric Wangmene Washington Wizards, 36-46, Missed the Playoffs Players In:
Eddie Wire (Draft Pick), Barney Carter (Draft Pick), Ryan Brown (Draft Pick), Jonathan Bullock (Draft Pick), Bad Hombre (Traded from BKN), Rafa De Souza (Traded from BKN), Griffin Williams (Traded from NOP) Players Out:
Matt Fay (Free Agent), Christine Estwick (Traded to BKN), Jerry Holster (Traded to NOP)
Washington have been very active this offseason, acquiring Bad Hombre in return for Christine Estwick, as well as dumping Jerry Holster’s salary and receiving Griffin Williams’ expiring deal in return. This second deal puts them in a position to build around Hombre by adding some quality free agent signings in the coming years, although the competition for those signatures will be fierce. It might still be a year or two too early for them to reach the post season this time around, but the Wizards look well set up for the future Projected Starting 5:
Justin Daugherty, Tim Reuter, Eric Roth, Bad Hombre, Griffin Williams Beacher Report Preseason Power Rankings
1. Indiana Pacers 2. Los Angeles Lakers 3. San Antonio Spurs 4. Detroit Pistons 5. Milwaukee Bucks 6. Sacramento Kings 7. Atlanta Hawks 8. New York Knicks 9. Portland Trail Blazers 10. Brooklyn Nets 11. Orlando Magic 12. Boston Celtics 13. Miami Heat 14. Philadelphia 76ers 15. Denver Nuggets 16. Golden State Warriors 17. Oklahoma City Thunder 18. Cleveland Cavaliers 19. New Orleans Pelicans 20. Dallas Mavericks 21. Los Angeles Clippers 22. Houston Rockets 23. Utah Jazz 24. Washington Wizards 25. Charlotte Hornets 26. Vancouver Grizzlies 27. Minnesota Timberwolves 28. Toronto Raptors 29. Chicago Bulls 30. Phoenix Suns
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2017.12.11 14:48 meaws_com Gay facts: Does size matter?
The famous question. So famous that it is still causing rumors despite having being tackled so many times. We are all familiarized with listening what girls have to say in the matter, but let’s change our perspective and look into the…gay aspect of the issue. Now we will avoid the extremes, because the answer is obvious in those cases. If you are the proud owner of a clit with balls, your life sucks, plain and simple. cyprus-forum.com The other end of the line is represented by the majestic horse hose and while you may be tempted to envy those possessing it, you will have to think big in terms of love-holes. Like BIG big. liveinternet.ru Not nice, not many options. So we will only look at the, more or less, regular big, enough to look appealing and just right to not devastate your rectum. Which you may cherish. So we have asked several gay couples about their love life and based on their answers, we have compiled 5 different points of view that we considered to be relevant enough: Big means inventive tv.bt.com That doesn’t sound nasty enough, trust me. The things I’ve heard… So, the deal is that owing a large and fat blue-vein sausage can open the door to all sorts of dirty plays, some of which would make Eli Roth jealous. There were quite a few couples stressing that out so we just have to trust their words. Big means pain In your brown-hole. As hospitable as you may be, sometimes you just can’t handle your guest. That is even worse when the guest just insists of coming in and refuses to leave. Some of the guys we have interviewed complained about having real nightmares about large and abominable beasts hunting their rectums. The sad part? I am not even kidding… Big means pleasure Oh yea, apparently there are those guys who like to feel the pleasure in their chest. And it seems like a huge heat-seeking moisture missile is exactly what turns them one. Eventually inside out, but that’s for another talk. 4. Big means no sex Well, I could see that coming from a mile away. Some of the guys were complaining they have problems in finding the willing partner. No wonder, who wants to die impaled by the flesh-stick while trying to find pleasure? They said that the mere sight of the beast immediately discourages many of their mates. Big means…addiction? This is kind of a weird fact. It seems like some of the couples involving at least one partner having a third leg, are actually more welded than others. This is because, one of the partners considers that he can’t find anything better than that. And that the seize that usually brutalizes his behind is quite nice. Can’t argue with that, I wouldn’t know. Now, as a fun fact, we have also asked those involved in the study what would they change when talking about the size of their penises. The answers were quite frightening. It seems like around 74% of them would prefer them BIGGER. Unleash the monster, please!
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2017.11.09 19:40 Crypt-TV We are the management team of CryptTV — a media startup creating a monster universe for mobile. We love scares, new characters and all things digital. AMA!
Hey Reddit! We are Jack Davis, Darren Brandl and Kate Krantz, respectively CEO, COO and CCO of Crypt TV. We believe the scary monster stories can change culture and make the world feel more connected. We’re building a universe of monsters with new vids developed in-house each week for release on Facebook and YouTube. All of our films are designed to be consumed "social first” on the phone. While almost all are developed in-house, we do occasionally acquire and license short horror films from promising filmmakers.
Crypt TV was co-founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth and is backed by Blumhouse Productions. Since our founding, we've developed 100s of monster properties, partnered with the Hollywood studios like Universal, Fox and next gen platforms Go90 and Fullscreen to reach millions of fans both on and off of of @CryptTV. Some of our most famed are Webby award-winning THE BIRCH, our Facebook Live character GIGGLES THE CLOWN (whose merch you can buy at Spencer’s stores nationwide) and THE SUNNY FAMILY CULT which we recently turned into a 4 episode miniseries watched by millions this Halloween.
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2017.09.16 22:53 soccernamlak Group Therapy 250 with Above & Beyond (ABGT) at The Gorge Amphitheatre - Live Discussion Thread 
Edit5: Official Aftermovie
Edit4: Lots of Official YouTube uploads in 4K now out. It seems Anjuna will be releasing them slowly over the next few weeks.
In other notes, good news is Above & Beyond did record the Yoga Set. Bad news is that they're holding onto it for the foreseeable future, so no release anytime soon.
Edit3: Still working on getting a few sets, especially Luttrell Day 1 and Yoga Set Day 2.
A Spotify Playlist
of the released songs played during the two days.
Edit2: And there goes the end of Day 2! Hope you all enjoyed the sets. Post links to downloads or streams if you find them, and I'll link them here. And if you see something wrong with my TL or known an ID, just let me know!
Edit1: That's Day 1 wrapped up! Join us tomorrow here and on Discord for Day 2, which will be mostly from the Anjunadeep Family of artists.
Downloads / Streams will be up when they're released. For now, though, those outside the USA should be able to go and re-watch on YouTube. Hello everyone! This is the discussion thread for thoughts and sets for Group Therapy 250, played live from The Gorge in Washington State on September 16th and September 17th, 2017.
I'll try to keep this updated as I can with track lists. Post thoughts, tracks, etc. here.
Where To Listen United States
Above & Beyond have partnered Live Nation's Concert Series, T-Mobile, and Twitter for US listeners for the stream.
Rest of the World
You should be able to watch through Above & Beyond's website setup for this show
- Group Therapy 250 with Above & Beyond
- The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, United States (about 2.5 hours drive east of Seattle, Washington, United States)
Website for Further Information:
- Above & Beyond
- Tweet using hash tag #ABGT and #ABGT250.
- Track requests, shouts, messages should use #ABGT.
- Temperature: 66° F / 19° C
- Conditions: Partly Cloudy Skys
- Feels like 68° F
- Wind ESE 2 mph with gusts up to 3 mph
- Pressure: 30.1 in
- Visibility: 10 miles
- Humidity: 30%
- Sunset: 7:10 PM
Timetable/Lineup Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7:00)
Saturday 17:00 - 1800 Above & Beyond (Deep Set) - Live from the ABG250 Radio Studio
18:00 - 19:00 Luttrell
19:00 - 20:00 Yotto
20:00 - 21:00 Oliver Smith
21:00 - 22:00 Genix & Sunny Lax B2B
22:00 - 00:00 Above & Beyond
00:00 - 1:00 Seven Lions & Jason Ross B2B
Sunday 11:00 - 11:40 Above & Beyond (Yoga Set)
12:00 - 13:30 Moon Boots
13:30 - 15:15 Eli & Fur
15:15 - 17:00 Jody Wisternoff & James Grant B2B
17:00 - 18:45 16 Bit Lolitas
18:45 - 20:30 Yotto & Luttrell B2B
Saturday Live Stream starts in other common areas/time zones:
San Francisco - 5:00 PM
Chicago - 7:00 PM
New York - 8:00 PM
Rio de Janeiro - 9:00 PM
London - 1:00 AM next day
Rome - 2:00 AM next day
Helsinki - 3:00 AM next day
New Delhi - 5:30 AM next day
Beijing - 8:00 AM next day
Tokyo - 9:00 AM next day
Sydney - 10:00 AM next day
More Time Zone Conversions
Saturday Above & Beyond (Deep Set)
- Antic - Touch Of My Soul
- Kidnap Kid - Where The Sea Swings In Like An Iron Gate
- Ben Böhmer - Flug & Fall
- Way Out West - Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Remix)
- Tinlicker - Nothing Without You
- Gabriel & Dresden ft. Sub Teal - White Walls
- Dee Montero ft. Meliha - In The Wild
- Ilan Bluestone - Not Alone
- Spencer Brown - I'll Never
- Jeremy Olander - Crossed
- Grum - Inflight
- Above & Beyond ft. Gemma Hayes - Counting Down The Days (Yotto Remix)
- Bent - Private Road (Luttrell Intro Edit)
- Luttrell - Float
- Luttrell - Contact
- Lane 8 & Kidnap Kid - Aba (Luttrell Remix)
- Luttrell - Daylight
- Luttrell - What You Are
- Luttrell - Need You
- Luttrell - Stormwatcher
- Luttrell - Generate
- Luttrell - Windowscene
- Luttrell - Don't Forget To Breathe
- Bent - Private Road (Luttrell Edit)
- Luttrell - Waking Dream
Hulkshare - Stream rip
- Yotto - Intro
- Yotto - Off The Grid w / Underground Resistance - Transition (Acapella)
- Kirsty Hawkshaw - Fine Day (James Holden Remix) (Yotto Edit)
- Yotto - ID
- Yotto - Isolation
- dubSPEEKA - Mod1
- Yotto - Endless
- Nuel - Blue Ray
- Yotto - North
- The Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea (Yotto Edit)
- Sasha vs. M83 - GameOvr vs. Outro
- Nathan Fake - You Are Here (Four Tet Remix)
- Jon Hopkins - Luna Moth
- Oliver Smith - Gemini (Intro Mix)
- Oliver Smith - Inside
- Oliver Smith - Follow Me
- Luminary - Amsterdam (Smith & Pledger Update)
- Oliver Smith - Solina
- Oliver Smith - On The Moon
- Oliver Smith - Triangles
- Oliver Smith feat. Amy J Price - Lovingly
- Oliver Smith - Java
- Oliver Smith - Endorphin
- Smith & Pledger - Northern Lights (Oliver Smith Update)
Zippyshare Audio Rip from Stream
Genix B2B Sunny Lax
- Sunny Lax - Bad Bye (Intro Edit)
- Genix & Sunny Lax - Arrival
- Genix - I Don't Wanna
- Spencer Brown - Embarcadero (Genix Remix)
- Sunny Lax & Aneym - Counter Clockwise
- Fatum & Genix - Nevada
- Sunny Lax - So Long
- Genix - Ripsaw
- Genix - Run
- Sunny Lax - Enceladus
- Genix & Sunny Lax - 250
- Genix & Sue McLaren - Free Love
- Ilan Bluestone & Sunny Lax - 129
- Sunny Lax - Orange Is The New Grey
- Genix & Sunny Lax - Black Water (Outro Edit)
Zippyshare Audio Rip from Stream
Mixcloud - Audio Rip
Above & Beyond
- Above & Beyond - Hideaway
- Grum - Price of Love
- Gabriel & Dresden feat. Britnay - This Love Kills Me (Gabriel & Dresden Club Mix)
- Above & Beyond featuring Zoë Johnston - My Own Hymn
- Fatum - Chocolate w/ Solarstone - Solarcoaster (Acapella) [Removed from Official Video Stream? D: ]
- Above & Beyond featuring Justine Suissa presents Oceanlab vs. Thomas Gold - Sirens of the Chant (Above & Beyond Mashup)
- Spencer Brown feat. Rachel K. Collier - Always Do You (Oliver Smith Remix)
- Andrew Bayer feat. Alison May - Signs of the Fall
- Above & Beyond - 1001 (Vocal Edit)
- 2 Divine vs. Maor Levi & Kevin Wild - Black is the Young Year (Above & Beyond Mashup)
- ilan Bluestone - Another Lover
- Above & Beyond ft. Marty Longstaff - Tightrope (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
- Above & Beyond - Balearic Balls
- Tim Mason - Aalto
- Arty & Mat Zo vs. Bart Claessen - Elf Rebound (Above & Beyond Mashup)
- Above & Beyond & Justine Suissa - Alright Now (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
- Above & Beyond - Rocket Science
- Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford - Northern Soul
- Above & Beyond - Red Rocks
- Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - Peace of Mind (Arty Remix)
- Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - Alone Tonight (ABGT250 Edit)
- Above & Beyond feat. Alex Vargas - Sink The Lighthouse (Maor Levi Remix)
- Above & Beyond - Black Room Boy (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
- Above & Beyond feat. Alex Vargas - Blue Sky Action [Push The Button]
- Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - We're All We Need (Ilan Bluestone Remix) (Acoustic Version Outro Edit)
- Above & Beyond - The Power Of Vulnerability
Original Stream - Includes Solarcoaster Acappella
Apple Music - Missing Tracks
Seven Lions B2B Jason Ross
- Jason Ross ft. Lauren Ray - I Will Be There w/ Seven Lions & Xilent - The Fall
- Jason Ross - Cairo w/ Seven Lions ft. KARRA - Silent Skies
- Seven Lions - Steps Of Deep Slumber w/ Jason Ross ft. Lauren Ray - Me Tonight
- Wrechiski & Jason Ross - Atlas
- Seven Lions - Cusp
- Seven Lions feat. Skyler Stonestreet - Freesol
- Jason Ross - Valor (Seven Lions Edit)
- Jason Ross - Mirror Image
- Seven Lions & Jason Ross ft. Jonathan Mendelsohn - Ocean
- Excision - The Paradox (Seven Lions & Dimibo Remix)
- Seven Lions & Jason Ross - ID
- Seven Lions feat. Ellie Goulding - Don't Leave
- Jason Ross - Coaster w/ Ilan Bluestone & Jason Ross - Amun w/ Seven Lions feat. Lynn Gunn - Lose Myself
- Seven Lions ft. Vök - Creation
- Seven Lions ft. Lights - Falling Away (Festival Mix)
- Seven Lions & Jason Ross ft. Paul Meany - Higher Love
- Dirty South ft. ANIMA! - I Swear (Jason Ross Remix) w/ Seven Lions & Echos - Cold Skin
- Seven Lions ft. Kerli - Worlds Apart (ABGT250 Outro Edit) w/ Jason Ross feat. Lauren Ray - Me Tonight
Official 4K Video
Above & Beyond Encore
Was not streamed
- Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford - Sun and Moon [Push The Button: Richard Bedford]
Video - Pretty much entire thing. Thanks chickells!
Sunday Above & Beyond (Yoga Set)
XX. ID - ID (from 39 sec video) XX. Surge
Was not streamed
Video - 39 second clip from unknown portion of set
- Carl Sagan - Cosmos Intro
- M83 - Run Into Flowers (Jackson & His Computer Band Remix)
- Red Axes - Sun My Sweet Sun (Konstantin Sibold Afro-Tech Remix)
- Pandreas - Slam Jam
- Jimpster - Step By Step
- Mulder (NL) - Aeolus
- Borrowed Identity - Cambio
- Mr. G - Space Bassed
- Moon Boots ft. Fiora - I Want Your Attention
- Kusuma - Beatless (The Beatles Edit)
- Moon Boots ft. Lulu James - Tear My Heart
- KWAYE - Sweetest Life (Moon Boots Remix)
- Folamour - Devoted To U
- Cristoph - Eyespy
- Moon Boots - Red Sky
- Moon Boots - First Landing
- Pale Blue - Comes Home (Pional Remix)
- Mihai Popoviciu - Fiction
- NY's Finest - Do You Feel Me (Dosem Remix)
- SLG - I Love You But I've Chosen Disco
- Pryda - Muranyi
- Mic Newman - Sizzled Sally
- Moon Boots - Love Strong
Official Video -- First 3 tracks not included.
Eli & Fur
- Re.You - Very Very (Butch Remix)
- Eli & Fur - Over Again
- PBR Streetgang - Shade
- David Her - Back into my Veins
- Santos - Same Aspect
- Pastaboys ft. Osunlade - Deep Musique (Rampa Remix)
- Eli & Fur - Chlo
- Artslaves - Loud (Oxia & Nicolas Masseyeff Remix)
- Steve Lawler - Par Amour
- ID - ID
- Bodhi - Outlook
- Hector Couto - Groover
- ID - ID
- Eli & Fur - Hold Me Down
- Junior Jack - Wonder (Pirupa Remix)
- Maya Jane Coles - Weak (Tiger Stripes Remix)
- Eli & Fur - Wendy Legs
- Yousef - Life is too Short
- Cera Alba ft. Zahra - Taking Over Me (Tiger Stripes Remix)
- Clancy ft. Eli & Fur - I Wanna Know
- Rafa Barrios - Melifluo
- Eli & Flur - Feel The Fire
Jody Wisternoff B2B James Grant
- Movement Machina - The Flame (ID Remix) (Intro Edit)
- Lycoriscoris - Blue
- Kora - Nous
- Gallago - Lost Signal
- Christian Löffler - Lid (Yotto Remix)
- Giovanna - Dream World
- Monkey Saari - Dodge (Victor Ruiz Remix)
- Lane 8 ft. Solomon Grey - Dodge Diamonds
- Way Out West - Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Remix)
- Dosem - Not A Coincidence
- Yotto - Fire Walk
- Klangstof - Hostage (Sasha Remix)
- Cinnamon Chasers - Luv Deluxe (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
- Boom Jinx & Andrew Bayer - To The Six (Martin Roth Remix)
- Radio Slave - Screaming Hands (Tuff City Kids Dreamscape UK Mix)
- Pola & Bryson - Cinematic Fireball (Tom Middleton & Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix Remix)
- Lane 8 & Kidnap Kid - Aba (Luttrell Remix)
- Xinobi - Far Away Place (Jody Wisternoff & James Grant Remix)
YouTube Official 4K Stream
YouTube Audio Rip
16 Bit Lolitas
- Cubicolor - I Got This Feeling
- &Me - The Rapture
- Butch & C.Vogt - Bliss
- Manoo & Raoul K ft. Ahmed Sosso - Toukan (Dixon Rework)
- ID - ID
- Pastaboys ft. Osunlade - Deep Musique (Rampa Remix)
- Cubicolor ft. Tim Digby Bell - Falling
- CHVRCHES - Leave A Trace (Four Ten Remix)
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2017.06.25 17:40 feedreddit TRUMP declines to blame Obama on FOX -- BILL COHAN on how GARY COHN ‘fell for’ Trump -- KOCH network plans to spend 300-400M in ‘18 -- SPOTTED at MNUCHIN’s wedding -- FIELDS/WEINSTEIN nuptials pool report
TRUMP declines to blame Obama on FOX -- BILL COHAN on how GARY COHN ‘fell for’ Trump -- KOCH network plans to spend 300-400M in ‘18 -- SPOTTED at MNUCHIN’s wedding -- FIELDS/WEINSTEIN nuptials pool report
by [email protected]
(Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
Good Sunday morning. THE PRESIDENT left the White House at 9:16 a.m. “in golf clothes (white shirt, white cap, dark slacks),” per pooler Alexis Simendinger. “Agents are dressed in their khakis and plaid, baggy, short-sleeved shirts--attire accessorized with ball caps. One was just practicing a pantomimed golf swing in the driveway.” … Trump pulled into Trump National Golf Club in Virginia at 9:51 a.m.
STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (@realDonaldTrump) at 8 a.m.: “Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!”
-- NOTE: Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s nominee 334 days ago. Trump beat her 229 days ago.
MICHAEL KRUSE in POLITICO Magazine, “I Found Trump’s Diary -- Hiding in Plain Sight: Legally risky, undiplomatic and sometimes wrong, Trump’s Twitter feed is a document for the ages. And historians don’t want to lose it”: “In the presumed absence, then, of a more traditional version of the form, Trump’s collected tweets comprise the closest thing to a diary this presidency will produce.
“And that is what makes the messages from @realDonaldTrump, almost 800 and counting since January 20, 2017, such a prize to those who care the most about lasting insight into the president and this administration. If @realDonaldTrump was to go dark, and Trump stopped tweeting to his more than 32 million followers, humans and bots alike, the loss from a historical standpoint would be acute.” http://politi.co/2t9dyzX
TRUMP ON “FOX AND FRIENDS” SUNDAY MORNING -- PETE HEGSETH: “Who’s been your biggest opponent? Has it been Democrats resisting? Has it been fake news media? Has it been deep state leaks? What’s -- when you think about it, what holds it up the most? --” … TRUMP: … “One of the things that should be solved, but it probably won’t be, is that the Republicans and Democrats don’t get together. And I’m open arms; but, I don’t see that happening. They fight each other. The level of hostility. In other words, this isn’t just Trump, this has been like this for years. You’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s been like that for a long time. But the level of hostility – as an example, the healthcare bill that you are reporting on and that everybody’s reporting on.”
-- TRUMP WAS TEED UP, BUT DECLINES TO BLAME OBAMA: HEGSETH: “How frustrating is it to have former President Obama there, out there leading the resistance?” TRUMP: “Well I think -- I don’t think he’s leading it. He actually just put out a small statement. I don’t see that leading it. But other people are leading.”
-- TRUMP HITS WARREN … AGAIN: HEGSETH: “How do you overcome that when someone like Senator Warren – Elizabeth Warren literally says ‘People are going to die because of President Trump’s health-care bill’?” TRUMP: “Well I actually think she’s a hopeless case. I call her Pocahontas, and that’s an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think that she is just somebody that’s got a lot of hatred, a lot of anger.”
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK -- “Will Anthony Kennedy step down from the Supreme Court?” by AP’s Mark Sherman: “The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration’s travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground. The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court’s last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.
“To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy’s departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court. But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Several of his former law clerks have said they think he is contemplating stepping down in the next year or so. Kennedy and his clerks were gathering over the weekend for a reunion that was pushed up a year and helped spark talk he might be leaving the court.” http://bit.ly/2t5rBWQ
-- KELLYANNE CONWAY on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: CONWAY: “I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House, but we’re paying very close attention to these last bit of decisions. And I can tell you one thing, just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies, whenever that happens, he will look for somebody who has fidelity to the constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along, and somebody who has the judicial temperament and a record that's beyond reproach, as did Justice Gorsuch.
“We just hope the next time we can get more than a handful of Democratic senators to vote for our nominee to the Supreme Court and to the federal courts. We’d like a lot more cooperation from our Democratic friends. We know obstruction and resistance is their motto. It's not working. And it’s not working for the American people, Supreme Court nominations and otherwise.”
THE BIG PICTURE -- “The weakest defense in Washington? Saying ‘I don’t recall’,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Some of President Donald Trump’s closest confidants seem to be suffering from an affliction common in high-stakes White House investigations: memory loss. In his recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning his role in the unfolding Russia saga, Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions with some variation of ‘I do not recall’ more than 20 times. Amnesia is often a favorite response from witnesses in criminal and congressional investigations, and it’s often the most truthful reply—but people caught up in scandals can wind up facing perjury or other charges if prosecutors can later show they were intentionally trying to dodge tough questions.” http://politi.co/2t5ihSQ
HOW TIMES CHANGE -- “Freedom Caucus holds fire on Senate Obamacare repeal bill,” by Kyle Cheney and Rachael Bade: “The most hardline conservatives in the House are taking an unusually cautious approach to the Senate's Obamacare replacement, promising to keep an open mind about whatever their colleagues across the Capitol send back. It’s a change in strategy for the House Freedom Caucus. When House leaders first released a health care bill in February, for instance, group members took to television talk shows to pan the plan as ‘Obamacare lite,’ furious that it didn't, in their eyes, do enough to unravel the 2010 health care law.
“They also threatened to withhold their support until changes were made, and later won concessions. For now, those hardball tactics have disappeared. As the Senate looks to pass its own health care legislation this week, those same House conservatives are taking a more measured approach -- even as several conservatives in the Senate are currently balking at the bill.” http://politi.co/2u2UDDF
BUT, BUT, BUT … “Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates,” by WaPo’s Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein: “A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives’ long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favor of a free-market system.
“That dramatic shift and the bill’s bold redistribution of wealth — the billions of dollars taken from coverage for the poor would help fund tax cuts for the wealthy — is creating substantial anxiety for several Republican moderates whose states have especially benefited from the expansion of Medicaid that the Affordable Care Act has allowed since 2014.” http://wapo.st/2sPOf36
-- WHO TO WATCH: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
-- THE PROBLEM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have to cajole and lean on moderate and conservative senators to find enough votes. While he may be able to tweak the bill on the margins to bring some of the lawmakers on board -- and lawmakers will be able to add amendments to the underlying bill text -- it’s unclear if he’ll be able to thread the needle for passage next week. As we wrote earlier this week, McConnell is going to put this bill up for a vote no matter what -- he wants lawmakers on the record.
KOCH WATCH -- “Koch network ramps up political spending while trying to push Trump team,” by Kevin Robillard in Colorado Springs, Colorado: “The leadership of the Koch brothers' network is brushing off its occasionally chilly attitude toward President Donald Trump, trying to nudge the administration in its direction as the group’s annual summit began Saturday just after Charles Koch met with Vice President Mike Pence. The network of conservative donors announced Saturday it plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy during the 2018 cycle. …
“The millions from the Koch network and its wealthy allies will boost the Trump administration on some key priorities, especially tax reform and rolling back regulations. It also will help push back against others — especially Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ desire to implement tough-on-crime policies — and working to make Obamacare repeal efforts more conservative. And they could prove critical to Republican efforts to retain the House and expand a majority in the Senate.” http://politi.co/2t9Ii4k
-- “Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative,” by AP’s Steve Peoples: “Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch network’s political arm, called the Senate’s plans for Medicaid ‘a slight nip and tuck’ of President Barack Obama’s health care law, a modest change he described as ‘immoral.’ ‘This Senate bill needs to get better,’ Phillips said. ‘It has to get better.’” http://apne.ws/2sFaGts
FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran,” by Michael Crowley: “As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key Trump allies are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government. Supporters of dislodging Iran’s iron-fisted clerical leadership say it’s the only way to halt Tehran’s dangerous behavior, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its sponsorship of terrorism.
“Critics say that political meddling in Iran, where memories of a 1953 CIA-backed coup remain vivid, risks a popular backlash that would only empower hardliners. That’s why President Barack Obama assured Iranians, in a 2013 speech at the United Nations, that ‘we are not seeking regime change.’ But influential Iran hawks want to change that under Trump. ‘The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,’ said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who speaks regularly with White House officials about foreign policy. ‘I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism,’ he added.” http://politi.co/2tINGIF
-- “Trump’s Team Faces Reality in the Middle East,” by the Times of Israel’s Herb Keinon: “Washington is adopting a much different approach to peacemaking than the previous administration, a sign that it has learned from US President Barack Obama’s mistakes. And the mother of all Obama’s mistakes on the Israeli-Palestinian issue came when -- just a few months after being sworn into office -- he made a very clear demand for Israel to stop all settlement activity, everywhere ... The Trump administration is taking a different approach. It is making no public demands ... And, all the while, it is probing the sides to see what they are – and are not – willing to give, and then trying to see if there are ways to bridge the gaps. And it is doing this all very much behind closed doors, without megaphone diplomacy, without public threats of laying down an American blueprint, or dangling promises of high-profile summits.” http://bit.ly/2u398Y5
COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “U.S. top court set to rule on religious rights; travel ban looms,” by Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley: “The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Monday in a closely watched religious rights case involving limits on public funding for churches and other religious entities as the justices issue the final rulings of their current term. The nine justices are due to rule in six cases, not including their decision expected in the coming days on whether to take up President Donald Trump’s bid to revive his ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries in which an emergency appeal is pending. Of the remaining cases argued during the court’s current term, which began in October, the most eagerly awaited one concerns a Missouri church backed by a conservative Christian legal group. The ruling potentially could narrow the separation of church and state.” http://reut.rs/2s9V9yl
THE JUICE ....
-- SPOTTED AT STEVEN MNUCHIN and LOUISE LINTON’s WEDDING last night at the Mellon Auditorium: President Donald Trump (in black tie) and First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence (who officiated) and Karen Pence, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Reince Priebus and Sally Priebus, DHS Secretary John Kelly, CIA director Mike Pompeo, Interior Secretary Mike Zinke, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Candy Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, White House Counsel Don McGahn and Shannon McGahn, deputy national security advisor Dina Powell and David McCormick ...
... Sean and Rebecca Spicer, Kellyanne Conway, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau, John Paulson, Jim Donovan, Steve Roth, Eddie Lampert, Woody Johnson, Lee Eisenberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Tom Barrack, Eli and Jenna Miller, Stephen Miller, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, C. Boyden Gray, Brad and Candice Parscale, Tommy Hicks, Reed Cordish, Rudy Giuliani, Richard and Karen LeFrak and Harrison LeFrak, Bill Paxon and Susan Molinari, Mike Shields and Katie Walsh, Ken Duberstein, Anthony Scaramucci. Seafood was served during cocktail hour, along with filet for dinner and a big white wedding cake. There was lots of beautiful flowers at the wedding, ballerinas performed, bagpipes and then a big band and many people hit the dance floor, according to attendees. Full report from Darren Samuelsohn, Rebecca Morin and Cristiano Limahttp://politi.co/2t8w9MZ
… 25 photos on one pagehttp://dailym.ai/2sEIl6A
-- MNUCHIN was spotted with three agents at DCA early this morning -- he was dropping off one of his kids at the airport.
-- WE REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT (D-N.Y.) filed a financial disclosure form that listed a checking account with between $5 million and $25 million. His office said he filed the report in error, and the account has between $1,000 and $15,000. The new report has not yet showed up on the clerk’s website.
SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks to SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “Are they going to pass this bill?” SCHUMER: “I think it’s 50-50. First, Democrats, we are doing everything we can to fight this bill because it’s so devastating for the middle class. I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill. To get three senators to vote no, probably -- you can say yes, you can say no, probably 50-50.”
-- BRIT HUME talks with HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- PRICE: “What we’re trying to do here, admittedly, is to thread a needle to make it so that, as the president says, every single American needs to be able to have access to the kind of coverage that they want,” Price said, adding that conversations with Republican holdouts are ongoing. “That’s the nature of the legislative process and that’s what we’ll be working through this week.” More from Patrick Temple-West, whose birthday is todayhttp://politi.co/2t5LvB6
-- DANA BASH speaks with OHIO GOV. JOHN KASICH on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” -- BASH -- HE’S OPPOSED TO THE SENATE GOP HEALTH CARE BILL: “OK. So, given the problems that you just laid out, do you think that Senator Portman of Ohio should vote no?” KASICH: “Well, I -- I don’t think the bill's adequate now. And unless it gets fixed, I would -- look, I’m against it. And I’m not against it just because I want to be against it. There’s some things in these bill -- in these bills, in these -- in these provisions that are an improvement. My job, as I see my job as a governor of the state, not as a Republican governor, but the governor of this state, my job is to look not just today, but in the out years, at the impact it's going to have on people who have -- who need help.
“Dana, I was at a restaurant on Friday. And I was at a Wendy’s, actually. And I was -- there was a partition. And I looked over at the people that had gathered there. And there were about, I don’t know, 25 kids. All of them were here in Columbus for Special Olympics. And I looked at them and I thought, are these people being served? Are they going to be served by this bill in the future? My conclusion right now is no.”
-- CHUCK TODD speaks to SEN. RON JOHNSON (R-WISC.) on NBC'S "MEET THE PRESS": JOHNSON -- ON HEALTH CARE: "[W]hat I'd like to do is slow the process down, get the information, go through the problem-solving process, actually reduce these premiums that have been artificially driven up because of Obamacare mandates. So let's actually fix the problem. But in the end, I come from manufacturing base. I will look at whatever I'm forced to vote on, and I'll ask myself, 'Is this better tomorrow than where we are today? Is it continuous improvement?' And that's what will guide my decision."
DEEP DIVE -- WILLIAM D. COHAN in August’s Vanity Fair, “The Untold Story of How Gary Cohn Fell for Donald Trump”: “While [Lloyd] Blankfein was recuperating, Cohn seemed to delight in the attention and adulation he received when he filled in for his boss on earnings calls, industry presentations, and media events, such as The New York Times’s DealBook Conference. That’s when, some say, he became overconfident and decided to inquire of several of his fellow board members about becoming C.E.O., even as Blankfein was responding well to his chemotherapy treatments. ‘Gary made a play to replace Lloyd,’ according to a former Goldman partner. It didn’t work. The board was ‘noncommittal’ to Cohn, he continues. ‘There’s a lot of loyalty to Lloyd on the board.’ ...
“The timing was perfect for Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, to pounce. He approached Cohn, supposedly at the suggestion of mutual friends. ‘Jared Kushner has always been a little starstruck with Goldman Sachs people,’ says a former Goldman partner who knows him well. ‘He’s always liked that sort of promotional edginess that Goldman Sachs has had, and he’s always liked the reputation that Goldman Sachs has the best people, quote unquote, the smartest, savviest people. The idea, by the way, that Jared was suddenly in a position where he actually had the power to call on and hire and lure a number of people like that to the bench side, if you will, was a very, very intoxicating, enticing, and really kind of exciting thing to him,’ the former partner continues. ‘This was an incredibly sort of convenient and opportune kind of thing that came along for Gary because—whether he was going to Washington or not—Gary was out.’” http://bit.ly/2u3jTd1
MATT VISER in the Boston Globe, “Jared Kushner got his start as Somerville landlord”: “At 19, he was in the training-wheels stage of his career as a developer, learning as he went, making his share of mistakes, acquiring a landlord’s tough edge and cool calculus -- traits he still manifests in the White House. Learning to fix up and flip clusters of low-end apartment buildings, he used Somerville as his own private laboratory. And he passed the first key test -- he made a profit. Of course, he had a headstart. Much as Trump began his career of deals with a multimillion-dollar boost from his father, Kushner started out with his wealthy father acting as senior partner and offering crucial assistance -- including helping secure $9 million in mortgage loans….
“And his efforts paid off -- the properties he bought for $8.3 million sold four years later for $13 million. But Kushner, who did not respond to requests for an interview to discuss his business record in Somerville, also made a number of rookie errors and left numerous angry tenants in his wake. His properties amassed 25 housing complaints over four years, including complaints about overflowing dumpsters, pests, and sewage odors, according to the Globe review. Tenants complained of what they called nonsensical financial dealings. Some renters say they went an entire winter without heat.” http://bit.ly/2t5dGju
WHAT ERIC HOLDER IS READING -- “Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP,” by AP’s David Lieb: “The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it — in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage.
“The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage. It’s designed to detect cases in which one party may have won, widened or retained its grip on power through political gerrymandering. The analysis found four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic ones. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were nearly three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.” http://apne.ws/2s5voE7
BUSINESS BURST -- “Facebook Is Going Hollywood, Seeking Scripted TV Programming,” by WSJ’s Joe Flint and Deepa Seetharaman: “Facebook to Hollywood: Let’s do lunch. Social networking giant Facebook Inc. is moving its ambitions in TV-quality video to the front burner, taking meetings and making deals with an eye toward launching a slate of original programming by the end of summer, people familiar with the matter said. In meetings with major talent agencies including Creative Artists Agency, United Talent Agency, William Morris Endeavor and International Creative Management Partners, Facebook has indicated it is willing to commit to production budgets as high as $3 million per episode, people familiar with the situation say.” http://on.wsj.com/2rQ6Omz
BEYOND THE BELTWAY -- POLITICO Magazine’s “America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors”: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles … Hillary Schieve, Reno, Nev. … Kevin Faulconer, San Diego … Greg Fischer, Louisville, Ky. … Marty Walsh, Boston … Michael Hancock, Denver … Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte, N.C. …Tomás Regalado, Miami, Florida … Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City, Utah ... Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh … Dan Gilbert, the shadow mayor of Detroit. http://politi.co/2sEZm0w
BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Palm Beach, Florida:
-- “My Father’s Fashion Tips,” by Tom Junod in GQ: “In 1996, in a piece that was nominated for a National Magazine Award, Tom Junod wrote not only of his dad’s impeccable style but also of the secrets -- and underwear rules -- of a lost generation.” http://bit.ly/2szLZP8
-- “Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World,” by Laurent Ballesta in July’s NatGeo: “Our special report offers a rare look at life beneath the frozen continent -- where penguins, seals, and exotic creatures thrive.”With 15 pix on one pagehttp://on.natgeo.com/2s2rV9e
(h/t Blake Hounshell)
-- “Crimson Tidings: The primordial color gets its due,” by Elizabeth Powers in the Weekly Standard: http://tws.io/2rLD4qR
-- “The Wages of War Without Strategy,” by Robert Cassidy and Jacqueline Tame on the Strategy Bridge: “In its wars since 11 September 2001, the United States has arguably cultivated the best-equipped, most capable, and fully seasoned combat forces in remembered history. They attack, kill, capture, and win battles with great nimbleness and strength. But absent strategy, these victories are fleeting. Divorced from political objectives, successful tactics are without meaning.” http://bit.ly/2szMg4p
-- “This Is How Big Oil Will Die,” by Seth Miller in NewCo: “It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction. The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline … [which at] its peak ... carried over 500,000 barrels a day for processing at refineries in Texas and Louisiana. But in 2025, no one wants the oil.” http://bit.ly/2szZhLp
-- “Supertasters Among the Dreaming Spires,” by Dan Rosenheck in 1843 Magazine: “Every Oxford taster is a scientist in one form or another, ranging from endearingly geeky to absurdly so ... Cambridge [tasters] were methodical, precise and pragmatic – much like Cambridge. Whereas Oxford had people who grew up with wine. They’d just taste and say: Oh, that’s obviously Bordeaux.” http://bit.ly/2rLo5NI
-- “Camille Paglia: On Trump, Democrats, Transgenderism, and Islamist Terror,” by The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last: “Today’s liberalism has become grotesquely mechanistic and authoritarian: It’s all about reducing individuals to a group identity, defining that group in permanent victim terms, and denying others their democratic right to challenge that group and its ideology. Political correctness represents the fossilised institutionalisation of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas.” http://tws.io/2szPMfe
-- “Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man,” by Martin Corona in Men’s Journal: http://mjm.ag/2tDcVvH
-- “Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?” by Cara Giaimo in Atlas Obscura: “Lemon trees need well-fertilised soil, steady water, and protection from wind and extreme temperature, which come at great cost. Trees need to be coddled for seven or eight years before they produce enough lemons to sell. When they do bear fruit, it’s easy enough for people to steal it.” http://bit.ly/2t0xjJl
-- “The 2017 Jefferson Lecture -- Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame” --Martha C. Nussbaum at the Kennedy Center on May 1: “The Greeks and Romans saw a lot of anger around them. But they did not embrace or valorise anger. They did not define manliness in terms of anger, and tended to impute it to women, whom they saw as lacking rationality. However much they felt and expressed anger, they waged a cultural struggle against it, seeing it as destructive of human well-being and democratic institutions.” http://bit.ly/2tDB5X4
-- “About Tomorrow,” by Bruce Wexler in E-Flux: “Human beings differ from other animals with regard to ... post-natal neuroplasticity in two important ways. First, our brains are more immature at birth and susceptible to environmental shaping to a greater degree and for a longer time. Second, humans are the only animals that shape and reshape the environments that shapes their brain. This powerful combination is the basis of cultural evolution, and of most features of human minds, behavior and communities.” http://bit.ly/2sL8uPw
SPOTTED: Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday, with a small Secret Service detail, on the Acela out of New York. He got off in Wilmington, rocking a pair of sunglasses, one earbud in and carrying a briefcase -- “looking as relaxed and cool as ever,” per our tipster.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Susan Glasser and Peter Baker hosted a farewell party last night at their house for Indira Lakshmanan and Dermot Tatlow, who are moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, next week as Indira takes up her post as Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at The Poynter Institute for Media.
SPOTTED: German Amb. Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss-Wittig, Afghan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib and Lael Mohib, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Marty Baron, Andrea Mitchell, Nihal Krishan, Nancy Cook and Christopher Rowland, former Pakistani Amb. Husain Haqqani and Farahnaz Ispahani, Mike Oreskes and Geraldine Baum, former U.S. Ambs. Melanne and Phil Verveer, former U.S. Amb. Steve Sestanovich, Katharine Weymouth, Mark Landler, Julie Davis, David Sanger, Margaret Carlson, Juliet Eilperin, Laura Meckler, Ben Chang, Christina Sevilla and Steve Rochlin, Justin Kenny, Heidi Crebo-Rediker and Doug Rediker, Dana Thomas, Amanda Downes, David Rennie, Jonas Parello-Plesner, Bay Fang, Steve Heuser, Mary Louise Kelly, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Ceci Connolly, Nicole Raben, Denise Couture.
-- SPOTTED at a surprise birthday party last night for Ziad Ojakli at Kellari Taverna on K Street: Sumya Ojakli, Angela Flood, Alison Jones, Mercy and Matt Schlapp, David and Gretchen Hobbs, Bruce Andrews, Pam Thiessen, Nick Calio and Eric Ueland.
-- SPOTTED on the rooftop of The Brixton for a mini-reunion of alumni of the Obama administration NSC: Terry Szuplat, Eric Pelofsky, Dan Schneiderman, Jon Wolfsthal, Yael Lempert, Michael Sessums, Ben Chang, Salman Ahmed, Evan Medeiros, Bernadette Meehan, Meg Doherty, Stacey May, Andrew Scott, Matt Kaczmarek, Brian Nilsson.
SPOTTED at Ron and Sara Bonjean’s annual “Good Pants Ranch Summer Party” yesterday in Purcellville, Va. (a camel made an appearance): Paul Kane, Jo Maney, John Scofield, Dana Bash, Anne Brady, Matt Dornic and Kyle Volpe, Doug Heye, Emily Miller, Fran Decker, Jared Allen and Jackie Kucinich, Kenny Day, Rebecca Haller, Sheldon and Shannon Bream, Matt Wolking, Tom Williams, David and Jenny Drucker, Chris Bond, Dan Ronayne, Tracey and Nick Lintott, Jim Richards and Brian Walsh.
--The RNC held their summer meeting this weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. SPOTTED: Vice President Mike and Mrs. Karen Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Bob Paduchik, RNC chief of staff Sara Armstrong, Arkansas state chairman Doyle Webb, Ohio state chairwoman Jane Timken, Hunter Wallace and Suhail Khan.
WEEKEND WEDDINGS --MICHELLE FIELDS married JAMIE WEINSTEIN in a ceremony yesterday at the Breakers in Palm Beach. Dinner and dancing was held in the Mediterranean Ballroom overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Fields is a Breitbart and HuffPo alum who now runs JMW Strategies with Weinstein, a commentator and host of “The Jamie Weinstein Show” podcast. They met as reporters at the Daily Caller. They served crab cakes, lobster tail medallions, sliced beef tenderloin, and citrus panko crusted sea bass along with huge ice-cream sundaes (there were also two tomato bars in a pre-dinner reception because Jamie is a big fan of tomatoes). Partiers hoisted Fields and Weinstein in the air during the hora. Colorful performers dancing on stilts also were a hit. The couple is flying out to Europe today on their honeymoon: they’ll visit Italy and Morocco and take a river cruise from Budapest to Munich.
SPOTTED: Juleanna Glover hitting the dance floor early with Christopher Reiter, Benny Johnson shaking hands with Oliver Darcy (who had written critical pieces on IJR), bridesmaids Lauren Hagen, Betsy Woodruff, and Kathryn Lyons, Will Rahn, Taylor Lorenz, Ben Jacobs, Olivia Nuzzi, Asawin Suebsaeng and Liz Brown, Jonathan Swan, Vince and Alison Coglianese, Tim Lim, Josiah Ryan, Matt Lewis andErin DeLullo, Katelyn Rieley Johnson, Alex and Nancy Pappas, Jonathan and Anna Beth Strong, Mike Dunkle, Mitchell Sutherland, Guy Benson, Amber Smith.
… First kisshttp://bit.ly/2u3cWJ2
… First dancehttp://bit.ly/2u3enHq
… The decadent cakehttp://bit.ly/2sPMqU3
-- Politico reporter (and author of Morning Energy) Anthony Adragna married longtime girlfriend Meghan Cassidy in a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Hall in Northeast D.C. on Saturday evening. Cassidy is a teacher at Gonzaga High School who just graduated from a master’s program at Georgetown. The couple met in summer 2013, hit it off after being set up on a blind date by mutual friends and have been together ever since. Pool report: “The couple exchanged vows outdoors, surrounded by the lush greenery of the historic Renaissance-style hall, built in 1931. The lively reception featured everything from the Isley Brother’s Shout to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off and had guests young and old on the dance floor all night long.” Picshttp://bit.ly/2t8YfHp
SPOTTED: Heather Caygle and Aaron Lorenzo, Brian Fung and Ryan Kellett, Mikaela Lefrak, Dean Scott and Rachel Leven
--“Kristin Donnelly, Rick Bosh” -- N.Y. Times: “The bride, 36, is a White House producer in Washington for NBC News. She graduated from Syracuse. ... The groom, 36 and known as Rick, is a producer for ‘Andrea Mitchell Reports’ on MSNBC. He graduated from Southern Methodist University. ... The couple met in March 2010 when they worked as producers for day programming at MSNBC.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2u2PMlS
--“Pia Carusone, Leanne Pittsford”: “Ms. Carusone, 37, is a political consultant and a senior adviser to Americans for Responsible Solutions, a Washington-based gun violence prevention organization, founded by Gabrielle Gifford and Mark Kelly. Ms. Carusone was until June 2012 the chief of staff to Ms. Giffords, then an Arizona congresswoman. Ms. Carusone is also a founder of Republic Restoratives Distillery, which is also in Washington and makes vodka, bourbon and rye whiskey. She graduated from Bard College and is now a governor of the school’s alumni association. ... Ms. Pittsford, 36, is the chief executive of Start Somewhere, a company in Washington that operates Lesbians Who Tech and two other programs aiming to increase diversity in the technology sector. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and received a master’s degree in education with a concentration on equity and social justice from San Francisco State University.” With pichttp://nyti.ms/2t8yfvQ
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Kirsten Hughes, chair of the MassGOP (hat tip: Natalie Boyse)
BIRTHDAYS: WSJ and POLITICO alum Patrick O’Connor, now with CGCN Group, is 41 ... CNN’s Betsy Klein ... Josh Lahey, principal of the Podesta Group, who once hiked all 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and ending in Maine … Justice Sonia Sotomayor is 63 ... civil rights activist James Meredith is 84 ... Anthony Bourdain is 61 ... Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tax policy maven, moving to NYC this fall to teach tax law at NYU (h/t Alex Levy) ... tech guru Laurent Crenshaw, YELP’s director of public policy, is 37 --he celebrated Friday evening at a pop-up party inside of the National Union Building on 9th and F st NW with some of Capitol Hill’s finest (h/t Stewart Verdery) ... Politico’s Patrick Temple-West ... N.Y. Post’s Reuven Fenton ... Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) is 65 ... Dan Meyers, VP at DCI Group ... John Randall, VP of digital at CRAFT ... Robert Harvey ... Jackie Bradford, pres and GM of NBC4 in DC ... Danielle Doheny is 3-0 ... CBS and Reuters alum Corbett Daly, bro of Uncles Matthew and Brendan ... AP alum John Heilprin, now senior journalist and editor for the int’l service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corp. ... Ambassador Melanne Verveer ... Tita Freeman ... Alan McQuinn ... former Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) is 72 ...
... Scott Zumwalt, senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive, is 33 … Alan McQuinn, ITIF's research analyst (h/t Samantha Greene) ... John Randolph Thornton, author of the novel “Beautiful Country,” is 26 ... John Meyer ... Dan Spinelli ... Eric Litmer ... Taylor Haulsee ... Alberto “Beto” Cardenas of Vinson & Elkins ... Abbie Sorrendino of Senate Rules …Gretchen Yelmini … Bryan Bernys ... IAVA alum John Alexander Nicholson ... Mike Gehrke … Jon Carson … Summer Oesch … Jason Stephany … Martha Vukelich-Austin … Marc Caplan … Mora Segal … Heidi Johnson (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … James Michael Thornberry ... Hank Greenwald, famed for his long run as the SF Giants baseball play-by-play man ... Ted Pease is 62 ... Carly Simon is 72 ... Phyllis George is 68 ... Ricky Gervais is 56 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.13 07:40 tombstoneshadows28 All of the MPAA/CARA-rated films of 2005 (out of the 4,733 films released worldwide that year.)
- Bailey’s Billion$ (Director: David Devine)
- Chicken Little (Director: Mark Dindal)
- Heidi (Director: Alan Simpson)
- Herbie: Fully Loaded (Director: Angela Robinson)
- Ice Princess (Director: Tim Fywell)
- Pooh’s Heffalump Movie (Director: Frank Nissen)
- Romeo + Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss (Director: Phil Nibbelink)
- Stuart Little III: Call Of The Wild (Director: Audu Paden)
- The 12 Dogs Of Christmas (Director: Kieth Merrill)
- The Cave Of The Yellow Dog (Director: Byambasuren Davaa)
- The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Wallace + Gromit in) (Directors: Steve Box + Nick Park)
- Valiant (Director: Gary Chapman)
- Winky’s Horse (Director: Mischa Kamp)
- Angels With Angles (Director: Scott Edmund Lane)
- Because Of Winn-Dixie (Director: Wayne Wang)
- Bob The Butler (Director: Gary Sinyor)
- Booha (Director: Rami Imam)
- Charlie + The Chocolate Factory (Director: Tim Burton)
- Cheaper By The Dozen II (Director: Adam Shankman)
- Come Away Home (Director: Doug McKeon)
- The Corpse Bride (Directors: Tim Burton + Mike Johnson)
- Down + Derby (Director: Eric Hendershot)
- Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story (Director: John Gatins)
- Duma (Director: Carroll Ballard)
- Elsa + Fred (Director: Marcos Carnevale)
- Fated (Directors: Uche Ozoh + Emma Ogugua)
- good night, and good luck. (Director: George Clooney)
- Harb Atalia (Director: Ahmed Saleh)
- Hoodwinked! (Directors: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards + Tony Leech)
- Kicking + Screaming (Director: Jesse Dylan)
- Kinky Boots (Director: Julian Jarrold)
- Lassie (Director: Charles Sturridge)
- Little Manhattan (Director: Mark Levin)
- Madagascar (Directors: Eric Darnell + Tom McGrath)
- Maxx (Director: Saman Moghadam)
- Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (Director: John Henderson)
- Meet Me In Miami (Directors: Eric Hannah + Iren Koster)
- Miracle At Sage Creek (Director: James Intveld)
- Mirrormask (Director: Dave McKean)
- Mobsters + Mormons (Director: John E. Moyer)
- Mr. Dungbeetle (Director: Thomas Russell)
- Nanny McPhee (Director: Kirk Jones)
- Once Upon A Wedding (Director: Matia Karrell)
- Paradise, Texas (Director: Lorraine Senna)
- Popstar (Director: Richard Gabai)
- Pride + Prejudice (Director: Joe Wright)
- Private Alexandria (Director: Sandra Nashaat)
- Racing Stripes (Director: Frederik Du Chau)
- Rebound (Director: Steve Carr)
- Renart The Fox (Director: Thierry Schiel)
- Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles (Director: Yimou Zhang)
- Robots (Director: Chris Wedge + Carlos Saldanha)
- Sky High (Director: Mike Mitchell)
- Snow White (Director: Samir)
- Son Of The Mask (Director: Lawrence Guterman)
- Suits On The Loose (Director: Rodney Henson)
- Sweet Land (Director: Ali Selim)
- Tara Road (Director: Gillies MacKinnon)
- The Adventures Of Greyfriars Bobby (Director: John Henderson)
- The Adventures Of Sharkboy + Lavagirl in 3-D (Director: Robert Rodriguez)
- The Bike Squad (Director: Richard Gabai)
- The Californians (Director: Jonathan Parker)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Director: Andrew Adamson)
- The Derby Stallion (Director: Craig Clyde)
- The Game Of Their Lives (Director: David Anspaugh)
- The Gospel (Director: Rob Hardy)
- The Greatest Game Ever Played (Director: Bill Paxton)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (Director: Garth Jennings)
- The Indie Pendant (Director: Kelly Schwarze)
- The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam (Director: Kayvan Mashayekh)
- The Legend Of Zorro (Director: Martin Campbell)
- The Pacifier (Director: Adam Shankman)
- The Perfect Man (Director: Mark Rosman)
- The Rocket (Director: Charles Binamé)
- The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (Director: Ken Kwapis)
- The Third Wish (Director: Shelly Jensen)
- Ya ana ya khalty (Director: Said Hamed)
- Yours, Mine + Ours (Director: Raja Gosnell)
- Zathura: A Space Adventure (Director: Jon Favreau)
- ...en fin, el mar (Director: Jorge Dyszel)
- 7 días (Director: Fernando Kalife)
- Æon Flux (Director: Karyn Kusama)
- A Lot Like Love (Director: Nigel Cole)
- A Sound Of Thunder (Director: Peter Hyams)
- Alchemy (Director: Evan Oppenheimer)
- Alien Abduction (Director: Eric Forsberg)
- All Babes Want To Kill Me (Director: Colin Miller)
- American Fusion (Director: Frank Lin)
- An American Haunting (Director: Jiri Strach)
- An Unfinished Life (Director: Lasse Hallström)
- At Last (Director: Tom Anton)
- Bad News Bears (Director: Richard Linklater)
- Batman Begins (Director: Christopher Nolan)
- Be Cool (Director: F. Gary Gray)
- Beauty Shop (Director: Bille Woodruff)
- Bee Season (Directors: Scott McGehee + David Siegel)
- Before It Had A Name (Director: Giada Colagrande)
- Bewitched (Director: Nora Ephron)
- Bigger Than The Sky (Director: Al Corley)
- Blood Of Beasts (Director: David Lister)
- Boogeyman (Director Stephen Kay)
- Buckaroo: The Movie (Director: James A. Brooks)
- Carpool Guy (Director: Corbin Bernsen)
- Checking Out (Director: Jeff Hare)
- Cinderella Man (Director: Ron Howard)
- Club eutanasia (Director: Agustin Tapia)
- Coach Carter (Director: Thomas Carter)
- Complete Guide To Guys (Director: Jeff Arch)
- Constellation (Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman)
- Cry_Wolf (Director: Jeff Wadlow)
- Cursed (Director: Wes Craven)
- Daltry Calhoun (Director: Katrina Holden Bronston)
- Dancing In Twilight (Director: Bob Roe)
- Dark Water (Director: Walter Salles)
- Diary Of A Mad Black Woman (Director: Darren Grant)
- Dirty Deeds (Director: David Kendall)
- Dishdogz (Director: Mikey Hilb)
- Duck (Director: Nicole Bettauer)
- Echoes Of Innocence (Director: Nathan Todd Sims)
- Elektra (Director Rob Bowman)
- Elizabethtown (Director: Cameron Crowe)
- End Of The Spear (Director: Jim Hanon)
- Everything Is Illuminated (Director: Liev Schreiber)
- Fantastic Four (Director: Tim Story)
- Fat Cats (Director: Adam Salazar)
- Fever Pitch (Directors: Bobby Farrelly + Peter Farrelly)
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Directors: Tetsuya Nomura + Takeshi Nozue)
- Flightplan (Director: Robert Schwentke)
- Forbidden Warrior (Director: Jimmy Nickerson)
- Fragile (Director: Jaume Balagueró)
- Freedom Flight (Director: Frank Quetglas)
- Fugitives Run (Director: Philip Spink)
- Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (Director: Seiji Mizushima)
- Fun With Dick + Jane (Director: Dean Parisot)
- Glass Trap (Director: Fred Olen Ray)
- Goal! The Dream Begins (Director: Danny Cannon)
- Going Shopping (Director: Henry Jaglom)
- Grodmin (Director: Jim Horwitz)
- Guess Who (Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan)
- Harry Potter + The Goblet Of Fire (Director: Mike Newell)
- Her Minor Thing (Director: Charles Matthau)
- Hitch (Director: Andy Tennant)
- In The Mix (Director: Ron Underwood)
- Into The Blue (Director: John Stockwell)
- It’s About Time (Director: Kevin Shinick)
- Jesus, Mary + Joey (Director: James Quattrochi)
- Joyeux Noel (Director: Christian Carion)
- Just Friends (Director: Roger Kumble)
- Just Like Heaven (Director: Mark Waters)
- Keson (Directors: Lou Angeli + Bill Lewis)
- Kids In America (Director: Josh Stolberg)
- King Kong (Director: Peter Jackson)
- King’s Ransom (Director: Jeffrey W. Byrd)
- La rebelle (Director: Sacha Parisot)
- Left Behind III: World At War (Director: Craig R. Baxley)
- Loggerheads (Director: Tim Kirkman)
- Look Both Ways (Director: Sarah Watt)
- Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World (Director: Albert Brooks)
- Lords Of Dogtown (Director: Catherine Hardwicke)
- Lost In Love (Director: Udayan Prasad)
- Lovewrecked (Director: Randal Kleiser)
- Makin’ A Mess With Jackamoe (Director: Robert David Cochrane)
- Man Of The House (Director: Stephen Herek)
- Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (Director: Randall Miller)
- Memoirs Of A Geisha (Director: Rob Marshall)
- Miss Congeniality II: Armed + Fabulous (Director: John Pasquin)
- Missing In America (Director: Gabrielle Savage Dockterman)
- Monster-In Law (Director: Robert Luketic)
- Mort (Director: Kyle B. Thompson)
- Mozart + The Whale (Director: Petter Næss)
- Mr. + Mrs. Smith (Director: Doug Liman)
- Must Love Dogs (Director: Gary David Goldberg)
- Neverwas (Director: Joshua Michael Stern)
- Oliver Twist (Director: Roman Polanski)
- On A Clear Day (Director: Gaby Dellal)
- Paradise Now (Director: Hany Abu-Assad)
- Preaching To The Choir (Director: Charles Randolph-Wright)
- Prime (Director: Ben Younger)
- Proof (Director: John Madden)
- Red Eye (Director: Wes Craven)
- Rent (Director: Chris Columbus)
- Roll Bounce (Director: Malcolm D. Lee)
- Rumor Has It... (Director: Rob Reiner)
- Sahara (Director: Breck Eisner)
- Serenity (Director: Joss Whedon)
- Smile (Director: Jeffrey Kramer)
- Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (Director: George Lucas)
- States Of Grace (Director: Richard Dutcher)
- Stealth (Director: Rob Cohen)
- Sueño (Director: Renée Chabria)
- Supercross (Director: Steve Boyum)
- Taking Your Life (Director: Eric Beetner)
- The Accident (Director: Marc Dube)
- The Baxter (Director: Michael Showalter)
- The Brothers Grimm (Director: Terry Gilliam)
- The Cave (Director: Bruce Hunt)
- The Dukes Of Hazzard (Director: Jay Chandrasekhar)
- The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (Director: Scott Derrickson)
- The Eye III (Director: Danny Pang + Oxide Chun Pang)
- The Family Stone (Director: Thomas Bezucha)
- The Film (Director: Junaid Memon)
- The Fog (Director: Rupert Wainwright)
- The Gazelle’s Blood (Director: Mohamed Yassin)
- The Great Yokai War (Director: Takashi Miike)
- The Honeymooners (Director: John Schultz)
- The Interpreter (Director: Sydney Pollack)
- The Iris Effect (Director: Nikolay Lebedev)
- The Island (Director: Michael Bay)
- The Italian (Director: Andrey Kravchuk)
- The Kid + I (Director: Penelope Spheeris)
- The Last Sign (Director: Douglas Law)
- The Longest Yard (Director: Peter Segal)
- The Man (Director: Les Mayfield)
- The Mistress Of Spices (Director: Paul Mayeda Berges)
- The Myth (Director: Stanley Tong)
- The New World (Director: Terrence Malick)
- The Pearl (Director: Will Wallace)
- The Pirate’s Curse (Director: Mark Roper)
- The Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio (Director: Jane Anderson)
- The Producers (Director: Susan Stroman)
- The Promise (Director: Kaige Chen)
- The Ring Two (Director: Hideo Nakata)
- The Ringer (Director: Barry W. Blaustein)
- The Salon (Director: Mark Brown)
- The Skeleton Key (Director: Iain Softley)
- The Thing About My Folks (Director: Raymond De Felitta)
- The Vault (Director: Ric Moxley)
- The Wedding Date (Director: Clare Kilner)
- The Wendell Baker Story (Directors: Andrew Wilson + Luke Wilson)
- The White Countess (Director: James Ivory)
- The Work + The Glory II: American Zion (Director: Sterling Van Wagenen)
- The World’s Fastest Indian (Director: Roger Donaldson)
- Three Bad Man (Director: Jeff Hathcock)
- Transporter II (Director: Louis Leterrier)
- Underclassman (Director: Marcos Siega)
- Undiscovered (Director: Meiert Avis)
- Walk The Line (Director: James Mangold)
- War Of The Worlds (Director: Steven Spielberg)
- Water (Director: Deepa Mehta)
- White Noise (Director: Geoffrey Sax)
- xXx: State Of The Union (Director: Lee Tamahori)
- 12 + Holding (Director: Michael Cuesta)
- 2001 Maniacs (Director: Tim Sullivan)
- 9th Company (Director: Fedor Bondarchuk)
- A Catastrophe Of Men (Director: Benjamin Mennell)
- A History Of Violence (Director: David Cronenberg)
- A Little Trip To Heaven (Director: Baltasar Kormákur)
- A Perfect Fit (Director: Ron Brown)
- A Year Without Love (Director: Anahi Berneri)
- Aconite (Director: Ben Dixon)
- Adam + Steve (Director: Craig Chester)
- Adam + Eve (Director: Jeff Kanew)
- Adam’s Apples (Director: Anders Thomas Jensen)
- All That I Need (Director: James Hergott)
- Alone In The Dark (Director: Uwe Boll)
- American Gun (Director: Aric Avelino)
- American Soldiers (Director: Sidney J. Furie)
- American Visa (Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia)
- Americano (Director: Kevin Nolan)
- An Uzi At The Alamo (Director: Raymond Lepre + Chris Sparling)
- Angel-A (Director: Luc Besson)
- Another Public Enemy (Director: Woo-Suk Kang)
- Are We There Yet? (Director Brian Levant)
- Assault On Precinct 13 (Director: Jean-François Richet)
- Asylum (Director: David Mackenzie)
- Aunt Rose (Director: James Tucker)
- Aurora Borealis (Director: James C.E. Burke)
- Back In The Day (Director: James Hunter)
- Bad Girls From Valley High (Director: John T. Kretchmer)
- Bad Reputation (Director: Jim Hemphill)
- Beneath Still Waters (Director: Brian Yuzna)
- Beowulf + Grendel (Director: Sturla Gunnarsson)
- Berkeley (Director: Bobby Roth)
- Beyond The Gates (Director: Michael Caton-Jones)
- Black Wine (Director: Ryan Rossell)
- BloodRayne (Director: Uwe Bolle)
- Bloodline (Director: Antwan Smith)
- Boardwalk Poets (Director: John Bevilacqua)
- Boo (Director: Anthony C. Ferrante)
- Born Killers (Director: Morgan J. Freeman)
- Boy Eats Girl (Director: Stephen Bradley)
- Boynton Beach Club (Director: Susan Seidelman)
- Break A Leg (Director: Monika Mitchell)
- Breakfast On Pluto (Director: Neil Jordan)
- Brick (Director: Rian Johnson)
- Brokeback Mountain (Director: Ang Lee)
- Broken Flowers (Director: Jim Jarmusch)
- Brooklyn Lobster (Director: Kevin Jordan)
- Brothers In Arms (Director: Jean-Claude La Marre)
- Brothers Of The Head (Director: Keith Fulton + Louis Pepe)
- Bubble (Director: Steven Soderbergh)
- Caché (Hidden) (Director: Michael Haneke)
- Cake (Director Nisha Ganatra)
- Capote (Director: Bennett Miller)
- Casanova (Director: Lasse Hallström)
- Chaos (Director: Tony Giglio)
- Chasing Erections (Directors: Hedley Turk)
- Che Guevara (Director: Josh Evans)
- Chicago Poems (Director: Gerard Jamroz + Thomas Jamroz)
- Choker (Director: Nick Vallelonga)
- Cold + Dark (Director: Andrew Goth)
- Comatose (Director: Michael Merrill)
- Confess (Director: Stefan C. Schaefer)
- Confession (Director: Jonathan Meyers)
- Confessions Of A Pit Fighter (Director: Art Camacho)
- Constantine (Director: Francis Lawrence)
- Conversations With Other Women (Director: Hans Canosa)
- Cruel World (Director: Kelsey T. Howard)
- Cup Of My Blood (Director: Lance Catania)
- Curandero (Director: Eduardo Rodriguez)
- Dark Assassin (Director: Jason Yee)
- Dark Remains (Director: Brian Avenet-Bradley)
- Dating Games People Play (Director: Stefan Marc)
- David + Layla (Director: J.J. Alani)
- Dead Fish (Director: Charley Stadler)
- Dead Men Walking (Director: Peter Mervis)
- Dead In Texas (Director: Michael Anton)
- Death Trance (Directors: Yûji Shimomura + Alexander Von David)
- Death Tunnel (Director: Philip Adrian Booth)
- Deepwater (Director: David S. Marfield)
- Demon Hunter (Director: Scott Ziehl)
- Derailed (Director: Mikael Håfström)
- Desolation Sound (Director: Scott Weber)
- Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (Director: Mike Bigelow)
- Diamond Zero (Director: David Gaz + Annelie Wilder)
- Dot.kill (Director: John Irvin)
- Dinner With An Assassin (Director: Bobby Guions)
- Dirty (Director: Chris Fisher)
- Dirty Love (Director: John Asher)
- Disaster! (Director: Roy T. Wood)
- Divergence (Director: Benny Chan)
- Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist (Director: Paul Schrader)
- Domino (Director: Tony Scott)
- Don’t Come Knocking (Director: Wim Wenders)
- Don’t Tell (Director: Cristina Comencini)
- Doom (Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak)
- Down In The Valley (Director: David Jacobson)
- Drop Dead Sexy (Director: Michael Philip)
- Duane Hopwood (Director: Matt Mulhern)
- Edison (Director: David J. Burke)
- Edmond (Director: Stuart Gordon)
- El vacilón: The Movie (Director: Agustin)
- Eleven Men Out (Director: Róbert I. Douglas)
- Ellie Parker (Director: Scott Coffey)
- Empire Of The Wolves (Director: Chris Nahon)
- English As A Second Language (Director: Youssef Delara)
- Evil (Director: Giorgos Nousias)
- Evil Aliens (Director: Jake West)
- Experiment (Director: Dan Turner)
- Extreme Dating (Director: Lorena David)
- Factotum (Director: Bent Hamer)
- Fastback (Director: Francis Kilduff)
- Fateless (Director: Lajos Koltai)
- Façade (Director: Brian Bedard)
- Feast (Director: John Gulager)
- Fierce People (Director: Griffin Dunne)
- Forest Of The Damned (Director: Johannes Roberts)
- Fortunes (Director: Parker Cross)
- Forty Shades Of Blue (Director: Ira Sachs)
- Four Brothers (Director: John Singleton)
- Frankenstein Reborn (Director: Leigh Scott)
- Freezerburn (Director: Melissa Balin)
- Fugitive Hunter (Director: John Alexander Jimenez)
- Funny Valentine (Director: Jeff Oppenheim)
- Game 6 (Director: Michael Hoffman)
- Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (Director: Jim Sheridan)
- Ghetto Dawg II (Directors: Jeff Crook + Josh Crook)
- Ghosts Never Sleep (Director: Steve Freedman)
- Green Street Hooligans (Director: Lexi Alexander)
- Guy X (Director: Saul Metzstein)
- Hallowed (Director: Rocky Costanzo)
- Happy Endings (Director: Don Roos)
- Hard Candy (Director: David Slade)
- Harder They Fall (Director: Lee Cipolla)
- Harsh Times (Director: David Ayer)
- Hate Crime (Director: Tommy Stovall)
- Haunted Boat (Director: Olga Levens)
- Havoc (Director: Barbara Kopple)
- Heads Or Tales (Directors: Clark Kline + Joey McAdams)
- Headspace (Director: Andrew van den Houten)
- Heart Of The Beholder (Director: Ken Tipton)
- Heights (Director: Chris Terrio)
- Her Name Is Carla (Director: Jay Anania)
- Hide + Seek (Director: John Polson)
- Hit Me (Director: Michael Kinney)
- Hollywood Files (Director: Fabio Segatori)
- Hostage (Director: Florent-Emilio Siri)
- Hostel (Director: Eli Roth)
- House Of 9 (Director: Steven R. Monroe)
- House Of Sand (Director: Andrucha Waddington)
- House Of Wax (Director: Jaume Collet-Serra)
- How You Look To Me (Director: J. Miller Tobin)
- How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (Director: Georgina Garcia Riedel)
- Hustle + Flow (Director: Craig Brewer)
- Imagine Me + You (Director: Ol Parker)
- In Her Shoes (Director: Curtis Hanson)
- Infection (Director: Albert Pyun)
- Insecticidal (Director: Jeffery Scott Lando)
- Intermedio (Director: Andrew Lauer)
- Into The Sun (Director: mink)
- Isolation (Director: Billy O’Brien)
- Jarhead (Director: Sam Mendes)
- Jolly Roger: Massacre At Cutter’s Cove (Director: Gary Jones)
- Junebug (Director: Phil Morrison)
- Keep Your Distance (Director: Stu Pollard)
- Keeping Mum (Director: Niall Johnson)
- King Of The Lost World (Director: Leigh Scott)
- Kingdom Of Heaven (Director: Ridley Scott)
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Director: Shane Black)
- Kissed By Winter (Director: Sara Johnsen)
- L’enfant (Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne + Luc Dardenne)
- La caja (Director: Craig McMahon)
- La mujer de mi Hermano (Director: Ricardo de Montreuil)
- Lady Vengeance (Director: Chan-wook Park)
- Land Of The Dead (Director: George A. Romero)
- Last Days (Director: Gus Van Sant)
- Laura Smiles (Director: Jason Ruscio)
- Lethal (Director: Dustin Rikert)
- Lethal Eviction (Director: Michael Feifer)
- Lie Still (Director: Sean Hogan)
- Life Of The Party (Director: Barra Grant)
- Little Athens (Director: Tom Zuber)
- Little Fish (Director: Rowan Woods)
- London (Director: Hunter Richards)
- Lonesome Jim (Director: Steve Buscemi)
- Long Distance (Director: Marcus Stern)
- Looking For Cheyenne (Director: Valérie Minetto)
- Lord Of War (Director: Andrew Niccol)
- Lost In Plainview (Director: Eric Chambers)
- Love + Suicide (Director: Lisa France)
- Love Thy Neighbor (Director: Nick Gregory)
- Love For Rent (Director: Shane Edelman)
- Love, Ludlow (Director: Adrienne Weiss)
- Loverboy (Director: Kevin Bacon)
- Lower City (Director: Sérgio Machado)
- Lucky 13 (Director: Chris Hall)
- Man-Thing (Director: Brett Leonard)
- Mark 8:36 (Directors: Justin Charles + Michael Brian hart)
- Match Point (Director: Woody Allen)
- Me and You and Everyone We Know (Director: Miranda July)
- Meet The Family (Director: Stan Lerner)
- Meet The Family: Dinner With The Rumps (Director: Stan Lerner)
- Mortuary (Director: Tobe Hooper)
- Mrs. Henderson Presents (Director: Stephen Frears)
- Munich (Director: Steven Spielberg)
- Mutual Appreciation (Director: Andrew Bujalski)
- My Big Fat Independent (Director: Philip Zlotorynski)
- Nearing Grace (Director: Rick Rosenthal)
- Neighbour No. 13 (Director: Yasuo Inoue)
- Never Been Thawed (Director: Sean Anders)
- Niagara Motel (Director: Gary Yates)
- Night Fangs (Director: Ricardo Islas)
- Night Watch (Director: Edgardo Cozarinsky)
- Nightmare (Director: Dylan Bank)
- Nine Lives (Director: Rodrigo Garcia)
- No Rules (Director: Gerry Anderson)
- Nomad: The Warrior (Directors: Sergei Bodrov + Ivan Passer)
- North Country (Director: Niki Caro)
- Occupation: Hollywood (Director: Marques T. Owens)
- One Last Thing... (Director: Alex Steyermark)
- One Missed Call II (Director: Renpei Tsukamoto)
- Partners (Director: David Diamond)
- Pieces Of A Dream (Director: Skee Skinner)
- Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (Director: Adrian Shergold)
- Pit Fighter (Director: Jesse V. Johnston)
- Pontianak harum sundal malam 2 (Directors: Shuhaimi Baba, Aida Fitri Buyung + Ibrahim Elias)
- Pray (Director: Yûichi Satô)
- Pretty Persuasion (Director: Marcos Siega)
- Private Moments (Director: Jag Mundhra)
- Pros + Ex-Cons (Director: Timothy Boyle)
- Pure (Director: Susan Karrie Braun)
- Queens (Director: Manuel Gómez Pereira)
- Race You To The Bottom (Director: Russell Brown)
- Red Doors (Director: Georgia Lee)
- Red Mercury (Director: Roy Battersby)
- Reincarnation (Director: Takashi Shimizu)
- Remedy (Director: Christian Maelen)
- Return of the Living Dead, Part IV: Necropolis (Director: Ellory Elkayem)
- Return of the Living Dead, Part V: Rave to the Grave (Director: Ellory Elkayem)
- Reversal Of Misfortune (Director: Tim Riel)
- Revolver (Director: Guy Ritchie)
- River Queen (Director: Vincent Ward)
- Rock The Paint (Director: Phil Bertelsen)
- Romance + Cigarettes (Director: John Turturro)
- Rosario Tijeras (Director: Emilio Maillé)
- Rx (Director: Ariel Vromen)
- Santa’s Slay (Director: David Steiman)
- Saw II (Director: Darren Lynn Bousman)
- Say Uncle (Director: Peter Paige)
- Scar (Director: Rahil Bhorania)
- Searching For Bobby D (Director: Paul Borghese)
- Secuestro express (Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz)
- Self-Medicated (Director: Monty Lapica)
- Separate Lies (Director: Julian Fellowes)
- Severed (Director: Carl Bessai)
- Sex Sells: The Making of 'Touché' (Director: Jonathan Liebert)
- Shadow Of The Sword (The Headsman) (Director: Simon Aeby)
- Shadowboxer (Director: Lee Daniels)
- Shadowless Sword (Director: Young-jun Kim)
- Shapeshifter (Director: Gregory Lemkin)
- Sharkskin 6 (Director: Trevor King)
- Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (Director: Ten Shimoyama)
- Shopgirl (Director: Anand Tucker)
- Side Effects (Director: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau)
- Silence Becomes You (Director: Stephanie Sinclaire)
- Silent Scream (Director: Matt Cantu + Lance Kawas)
- Sin City (Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez + Quentin Tarantino)
- Slaughterhouse Of The Rising Sun (Director: Vin Crease)
- Slingshot (Director: Jay Alaimo)
- Slipstream (Director: David van Eyssen)
- Slow Burn (Director: Wayne Beach)
- Snuff-Movie (Director: Bernard Rose)
- Southern Belles (Directors: Paul S. Myers + Brennan Shroff)
- Spirit Trap (Director: David Smith)
- Standing Still (Director: Matthew Cole Weiss)
- State Property: Blood On The Streets (Director: Damon Dash)
- Stay (Director: Marc Forster)
- Stoned (Director: Stephen Woolley)
- Strange As Angels (Director: Steven Foley)
- Strangers With Candy (Director: Paul Dinello)
- Syriana (Director: Stephen Gaghan)
- Tamara (Director: Jeremy Haft)
- Target Of Opportunity (Director: Danny Lerner)
- Thank You For Smoking (Director: Jason Reitman)
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Director: Judd Apatow)
- The Amateurs (Director: Michael Traeger)
- The Amityville Horror (Director: Andrew Douglas)
- The Ballad Of Jack + Rose (Director: Rebecca Miller)
- The Beast Of Bray Road (Director: Leigh Scott)
- The Best Man (Director: Stefan Schwartz)
- The Big White (Director: Mark Mylod)
- The Business (Director: Nick Love)
- The Cavern (Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi)
- The Chumscrubber (Director: Arie Posin)
- The Civilization Of Maxwell Bright (Director: David Beaird)
- The Coat Room (Director: Jason F. Gilbert)
- The Constant Gardener (Director: Fernando Meirelles)
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (Director: Lance Mungia)
- The Cutter (Director: William Tannen)
- The Dark (Director: John Fawcett)
- The Dark Hours (Director: Paul Fox)
- The Deal (Director: Harvey Kahn)
- The Death Of Mr. Lazarescu (Director: Cristi Puiu)
- The Descent (Director: Neil Marshall)
- The Devil’s Rejects (Director: Rob Zombie)
- The Dying Gaul (Director: Craig Lucas)
- The Girl From Monday (Director: Hal Hartley)
- The Godfather Of Green Bay (Director: Pete Schwaba)
- The Good Humor Man (Director: Tenney Fairchild)
- The Great New Wonderful (Director: Danny Leiner)
- The Great Raid (Director: John Dahl)
- The Heirloom (Director: Leste Chen)
- The Helix...Loaded (Director: A. Raven Cruz)
- The Ice Harvest (Director: Harold Ramis)
- The Jacket (Director: John Maybury)
- The King (Director: James Marsh)
- The King Maker (Director: Lek Kitaparaporn)
- The L.A. Riot Spectacular (Director: Marc Klasfeld)
- The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller + Blaine Miller)
- The Legend Of Lucy Keyes (Director: John Stimpson)
- The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (Michael Mabbott)
- The Long Weekend (Director: Pat Holden)
- The Lost Angel (Director: Dimitri Logothetis)
- The Lost City (Director: Andy Garcia)
- The Luau (Director: Barry Bowles)
- The Matador (Director: Richard Shepard)
- The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (Director: George Bamber)
- The Notorious Bettie Page (Director: Mary Harron)
- The Nun (Director: Luis de la Madrid)
- The Path Of Evil (Director: Brad Goodman)
- The Proposition (Director: John Hillcoat)
- The Protector (Director: Prachya Pinkaew)
- The Prototype (Director: Christopher Cantwell)
- The Puffy Chair (Directors: Jay Duplass + Mark Duplass)
- The Quiet (Director: Jamie Babbit)
- The Rain Makers (Director: Ray Ellingsen)
- The River King (Director: Nick Willing)
- The Russian Specialist (Director: Dolph Lundgren)
- The Second Front (Director: Dmitriy Fiks)
- The Sisters (Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman)
- The Squid + The Whale (Director: Noah Baumbach)
- The Tenants (Director: Danny Green)
- The Three Burials Of Of Melquiades Estrada (Director: Tommy Lee Jones)
- The Trouble With Dee Dee (Director: Mike Meiners)
- The Truth About Love (Director: John Hay)
- The Unknown (Director: Karl Kozak)
- The Upside Of Anger (Director: Mike Binder)
- The War Within (Director: Joseph Castelo)
- The Weather Man (Director: Gore Verbinski)
- The Witch’s Sabbath (Director: Jeff Leroy)
- The Zodiac (Director: Alexander Bulkley)
- These Girls (Director: John Hazlett)
- This Revolution (Director: Stephen Marshall)
- Thralls (Director: Ron Oliver)
- Three Dollars (Director: Robert Connolly)
- Throttle (Director: James Seale)
- Thumbsucker (Director: Mike Mills)
- Tideland (Director: Terry Gilliam)
- Touched (Director: Timothy Scott Bogart)
- Touching Down (Director: Chris King)
- Tracks (Director: Peter Wade)
- Transamerica (Director: Duncan Tucker)
- Trip Out (Director: James M. Hausler)
- Tristram Shandy: A Cock + Bull Story (Director: Michael Winterbottom)
- Trust The Man (Director: Bart Freundlich)
- Tryst (Director: John Ashmore)
- Tsotsi (Director: Gavin Hood)
- Turning Green (Directors: Michael Aimette + John G. Hofmann)
- Two For The Money (Director: D.J. Caruso)
- Typhoon (Director: Kyung-taek Kwak)
- Unleashed (Director: Louis Leterrier)
- V For Vendetta (Director: James McTeigue)
- Venice Underground (Director: Eric DelaBarre)
- Venom (Director: Jim Gillespie)
- View In Black + White (Director: Irwin Miller)
- Vinsanity (Director: Kaan Tulgar)
- Wah-Wah (Director: Richard E. Grant)
- Waiting... (Director: Rob McKittrick)
- Wassup Rockers (Director: Larry Clark)
- Waterborne (Director: Ben Rekhi)
- Way Of The Vampire (Directors: Sarah Nean Bruce + Eduardo Durão)
- Wedding Crashers (Director: David Dobkin)
- Wheelmen (Director: Dirk Hagen)
- When Do We Eat? (Director: Salvador Litvak)
- Where The Truth Lies (Director: Atom Egoyan)
- Wild Country (Director: Craig Strachan)
- Window Theory (Director: Andrew Putschoegl)
- Winter Passing (Director: Adam Rapp)
- Within (Directors: John A. Curtis + Merlin Ward)
- Wolf Creek (Director: Greg McLean)
- You Are Alone (Director: Gorman Bechard)
- You + Your Stupid Mate (Director: Marc Gracie)
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2017.06.10 08:46 tombstoneshadows28 All of the MPAA/CARA-rated films of 2002 (out of the 4,027 films released worldwide that year.)
- Grand Champion (Director: Barry Tubb)
- Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (Directors: Mike Nawrocki + Phil Vischer)
- Joshua (Director: Jon Purdy)
- Jumping For Joy (Director: Timothy J. Nelson)
- Little Dreams (Director: Jeff Rigler)
- Octave (Director: Shaji N. Karun)
- Noro (Director: Radu Gabrea)
- Pinocchio (Director: Roberto Benigni)
- Pokémon Heroes (Directors: Jim Malone + Kunihiko Yuyama)
- Return To Neverland (Directors: Robin Budd + Donovan Cook)
- Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (Directors: Kelly Asbury + Lorna Cook)
- Tarzan + Jane (Directors: Steve Loter, Lisa Schaffer, Victor Cook + Don MacKinnon)
- The Cat Returns (Director: Hiroyuki Morita)
- The Country Bears (Director: Peter Hastings)
- The Princess + The Pea (Director: Mark Swan)
- The Rookie (Director: John Lee Hancock)
- The Santa Clause II (Director: Michael Lembeck)
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (Directors: Gary Katona, Ed Wexler + Jamie Mitchell)
- A Walk To Remember (Director: Adam Shankman)
- Ali Baba + The Forty Thieves (Director: Usha Ganesarajah)
- Asterix + Obelix Meet Cleopatra (Director: Alain Chabat)
- Big Fat Liar (Director: Shawn Levy)
- Charly (Director: Adam Thomas Anderegg)
- Children On Their Birthdays (Director: Mark Medoff)
- Clockstoppers (Director: Jonathan Frakes)
- Duct Tape Forever (Director: Eric Till)
- Evelyn (Director: Bruce Beresford)
- Foolish The Wise (Director: Jim Menza)
- Handcart (Director: Kels Goodman)
- Hansel + Gretel (Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe)
- Harry Potter + The Chamber Of Secrets (Director: Chris Columbus)
- Hey Arnold! The Movie (Director: Tuck Tucker)
- Hometown Legend (Director: James Anderson)
- I Not Stupid (Director: Jack Neo)
- Ice Age (Directors: Chris Wedge + Carlos Saldanha)
- Inferno (Director: Dusty Nelson)
- Lamb To The Slaughter (Director: Nicole Barnette)
- Like Mike (Director: John Schultz)
- Lilo + Stitch (Directors: Dean DeBlois + Chris Sanders)
- Made-Up (Director: Tony Shalhoub)
- Manna From Heaven (Directors: Gabrielle Burton + Maria Burton)
- Mary + Joe (Director: John R. Hamilton)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Director: Joel Zwick)
- Mystery At Sam’s (Director: John Comrie)
- Nicholas Nickleby (Director: Douglas McGrath)
- No Longer My Twin (Director: Robert G. Christie)
- O’key (Director: Oleg Fomin)
- Only In Hollywood (Director: Michael J. Holland)
- Out Of Step (Director: Ryan Little)
- Rabbit-Proof Fence (Director: Phillip Noyce)
- Saint Monica (Director: Terrance Odette)
- Scooby-Doo (Director: Raja Gosnell)
- Snow Dogs (Director: Brian Levant)
- Spooky House (Director: William Sachs)
- Springtime In A Small Town (Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian)
- Spy Kids II: Island Of Lost Dreams (Director: Robert Rodriguez)
- Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (Director: George Lucas)
- Stolen Summer (Director: Pete Jones)
- Stuart Little II (Director: Rob Minkoff)
- The Angel Doll (Director: Alexander Johnston)
- The Calling (Director: Damian Chapa)
- The Calling (Director: Michael C. Brown)
- The Climb (Director: John Schmidt)
- The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (Director: John Stainton)
- The Guys (Director: Jim Simpson)
- The Importance Of Being Earnest (Director: Oliver Parker)
- The Master Of Disguise (Director: Perry Andelin Blake)
- The Powerpuff Girls Movie (Director: Craig McCracken)
- The Singles Ward (Director: Kurt Hale)
- The Way Home (Director: Jeong-hyang Lee)
- The Wild Thornberrys Movie (Directors: Cathy Malkasian + Jeff McGrath)
- Thunderpants (Director: Peter Hewitt)
- Time Changer (Director: Rich Christiano)
- Together With You (Director: Kaige Chen)
- Tom + Thomas (Director: Esmé Lammers)
- Touching Wild Horses (Director: Eleanor Lindo)
- Treasure Planet (Directors: Ron Clements + John Musker)
- Tuck Everlasting (Director: Jay Russell)
- Two Men Went To War (Director: John Henderson)
- Virginia’s Run (Director: Peter Markle)
- Warriors Of Virtue II: Return To Tao (Director: Michael Vickerman)
- A Time For Dancing (Director: Peter Gilbert)
- Abandon (Director: Stephen Gaghan)
- About A Boy (Directors: Chris Weitz + Paul Weitz)
- Trilogy: Two (Director: Lucas Belvaux)
- And Now...Ladies + Gentlemen... (Director: Claude Lelouch)
- Antwone Fisher (Director: Denzel Washington)
- Anything But Love (Director: Robert Cary)
- Austin Powers in “Goldmember” (Director: Jay Roach)
- Awara Paagal Deewana (Director: Vikram Bhatt)
- Bad Company (Director: Joel Schumacher)
- Barbershop (Director: Tim Story)
- Bend It Like Beckham (Director: Gurinder Chadha)
- Big Trouble (Director: Barry Sonnenfeld)
- Blue Crush (Director: John Stockwell)
- Bollywood/Hollywood (Director: Deepa Mehta)
- Boo! The Movie (Director: Michael Lansu)
- Brown Sugar (Director: Rick Famuyiwa)
- Callas Forever (Director: Franco Zeffirelli)
- Catch Me If You Can (Director: Steven Spielberg)
- Cheats (Director: Andrew Gurland)
- Chicago (Director: Rob Marshall)
- Contagion (Director: John Murlowski)
- Crossroads (Director: Tamra Davis)
- Dark Water (Director: Hideo Nakata)
- Darkness (Director: Jaume Balagueró)
- Dead Weight (Directors: Alain Berbérian + Frédéric Forestier)
- Die Another Day (Director: Lee Tamahori)
- Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Director: Callie Khouri)
- Dragonfly (Director: Tom Shadyac)
- Drumline (Director: Charles Stone III)
- Eight Crazy Nights (Director: Seth Kearsley)
- Eight Legged Freaks (Director: Ellory Elkayem)
- Enough (Director: Michael Apted)
- Extreme Ops (Director: Christian Duguay)
- Fangs (Director: Kelly Sandefur)
- Far From Heaven (Director: Todd Haynes)
- Far From Home (Director: Zhong Yu)
- Fizzy Bizness (Director: Carl Goldstein)
- Frank McKlusky, C.I. (Director: Arlene Sanford)
- Full Ride (Director: Mark Hoeger)
- Half Past Dead (Director: Don Michael Paul)
- He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not (Director: Laetitia Colombani)
- Heartlands (Director: Damien O’Donnell)
- Hero (Director: Yimou Zhang)
- High Crimes (Director: Carl Franklin)
- Hollywood Ending (Director: Woody Allen)
- I Spy (Director: Betty Thomas)
- In America (Director: Jim Sheridan)
- In Your Face (Director: Tim Tommasino)
- In The Wrong Hands (Directors: Chris Johnston + James A. Seale)
- John Q (Director: Nick Cassavetes)
- Juwanna Mann (Director: Jesse Vaughan)
- K-19: The Widowmaker (Director: Kathryn Bigelow)
- Kung Pow: Enter The Fist (Director: Steve Oedekerk)
- L’amore imperfetto (Director: Giovanni Davide Maderna)
- Landspeed (Director: Christian McIntire)
- Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (Director: Bill Corcoran)
- Life Or Something Like It (Director: Stephen Herek)
- Local Boys (Director: Ron Moler)
- Lone Star State Of Mind (Director: David Semel)
- Maid In Manhattan (Director: Wayne Wang)
- Men In Black II (Director: Barry Sonnenfeld)
- Mi Amigo (Director: Milton Brown)
- Minority Report (Director: Steven Spielberg)
- Moonlight Mile (Director: Brad Silberling)
- Mr. Deeds (Director: Steven Brill)
- My Name Is Tanino (Director: Paolo Virzi)
- Nobody’s Life (Director: Eduard Cortés)
- Orange County (Director: Jake Kasdan)
- Passionada (Director Dan Ireland)
- Possession (Director: Neil LaBute)
- Real Women Have Curves (Director: Patricia Cardoso)
- Reign Of Fire (Director: Rob Bowman)
- Respiro (Director: Emanuele Crialese)
- Returning Mickey Stern (Director: Michael Prywes)
- S1m0ne (Director: Andrew Niccol)
- Sam + Janet (Director: Rick Walker)
- Serving Sara (Director: Reginald Hudlin)
- Shoot Or Be Shot (Director: J. Randall Argue)
- Showtime (Director: Tom Dey)
- Signs (Director: M. Night Shyamalan)
- Silence (The Only Witness) (Director: Tom Whitus)
- Slap Her, She’s French! (Director: Melanie Mayron)
- Solaris (Director: Steven Soderbergh)
- Speakeasy (Director: Brendan Murphy)
- Spider-Man (Director: Sam Raimi)
- Star Trek: Nemesis (Director: Stuart Baird)
- Stealing Harvard (Director: Bruce McCulloch)
- Sunshine State (Director: John Sayles)
- Sweet Home Alabama (Director: Andy Tennant)
- Swimfan (Director: John Polson)
- Swimming Upstream (Director: Robert J. Emery)
- Terminal Error (Director: John Murlowski)
- The 4th Tenor (Director: Harry Basil)
- The Adventures Of Pluto Nash (Director: Ron Underwood)
- The Bourne Identity (Director: Doug Liman)
- The Code Conspiracy (Director: Hank Whetstone)
- The Count Of Monte Cristo (Director: Kevin Reynolds)
- The Emperor’s Club (Director: Michael Hoffman)
- The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest (Director: Mick Jackson)
- The Four Feathers (Director: Shekhar Kapur)
- The Hot Chick (Director: Tom Brady)
- The Hours (Director: Stephen Daldry)
- The Last Place On Earth (Director: James Slocum)
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Director: Peter Jackson)
- The Man Without A Past (Director: Aki Kaurismäki)
- The Missing Gun (Director: Chuan Lu)
- The Mothman Prophecies (Director: Mark Pellington)
- The New Guy (Director: Ed Decter)
- The Ring (Director: Gore Verbinski)
- The Scorpion King (Director: Chuck Russell)
- The Sum Of All Fears (Director: Phil Alden Robinson)
- The Third Wheel (Director: Jordan Brady)
- The Time Machine (Director: Simon Wells)
- The Touch (Director: Peter Pau)
- The Transporter (Directors: Louis Leterrier + Corey Yuen)
- The Truth About Charlie (Director: Jonathan Demme)
- The Tuxedo (Director: Kevin Donovan)
- They (Director: Robert Harmon)
- Two Weeks Notice (Director: Marc Lawrence)
- Unconditional Love (Director: P.J. Hogan)
- Undercover Brother (Director: Malcolm D. Lee)
- Undertaking Betty (Director: Nick Hurran)
- Valentin (Director: Alejandro Agresti)
- Villa des roses (Director: Frank Van Passel)
- Whale Rider (Director: Niki Caro)
- Wheelies (Director: Drew Umland)
- White Oleander (Director: Peter Kosminsky)
- Wicked Game (Director: Koichi Sakamoto + Makoto Yokoyama)
- Wicked Spring (Director: Kevin R. Hershberger)
- Wounded Hearts (Director: J.D. Hawkins)
- Zhou Yu de huo che (Director: Zhou Sun)
- xXx (Director: Rob Cohen)
- 100 Mile Ride (Director: Bren Huff)
- 13 Moons (Director: Alexandre Rockwell)
- 13th Child (Directors: Thomas Ashley + Steven Stockage)
- 10 Months (Director: Randall Cole)
- 2009: Lost Memories (Director: Si-myung Lee)
- 24 Hour Party People (Director: Michael Winterbottom)
- 25th Hour (Director: Spike Lee)
- 28 Days Later... (Director: Danny Boyle)
- 29 Palms (Director: Leonardo Ricagni)
- 3 Extremes II (Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim + Nonzee Nimibutr)
- 40 Days + 40 Nights (Director: Michael Lehmann)
- 8 Mile (Director: Curtis Hanson)
- 8 Women (Director: François Ozon)
- 800 Bullets (Director: Álex de la Iglesia)
- 9 Dead Gay Guys (Director: Lab Ky Mo)
- A Gentleman’s Game (Director: J. Mills Goodloe)
- A Housekeeper (Director: Claude Berri)
- A Light In The Darkness (Director: Marshall E. Uzzle)
- A Midsummer Night’s Rave (Director: Gil Cates, Jr.)
- A Snake Of June (Director: Shin’ya Tsukamoto)
- AKA (Director: Duncan Roy)
- About Schmidt (Director: Alexander Payne)
- Adam + Eve (Director: Izidore K. Musallam)
- Adaptation (Director: Spike Jonze)
- Three (Director: Lucas Belvaux)
- Ali G Indahouse (Director: Mark Mylod)
- All About The Benjamins (Director: Kevin Bray)
- All Or Nothing (Director: Mike Leigh)
- Alone (Director: Phil Claydon)
- Amar te duele (Director: Fernando Sariñana)
- American Girl (Director: Jordan Brady)
- American Gun (Director: Alan Jacobs)
- Analyze That (Director: Harold Ramis)
- Angel Blade (Director: David Heavener)
- Angel Of Death (Director: Pepe Danquart)
- Angela (Director: Roberta Torre)
- Angels Crest (Director: J. Michael Couto)
- Ararat (Director: Atom Egoyan)
- Archangel (Director: Sandy Collora)
- Ash Wednesday (Director: Edward Burns)
- Assassination Tango (Director: Robert Duvall)
- Auto Focus (Director: Paul Schrader)
- Avenging Angelo (Director: Martyn Burke)
- Bad Boy (Director: Victoria Hochberg)
- Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever (Director: Wych Kaosayananda)
- Bang Bang You’re Dead (Director: Guy Ferland)
- Bark! (Director: Kasia Adamik)
- Barrio Wars (Director: Paul Wynne)
- Beauty Betrayed (Director: John Quinn)
- Beeper (Director: Jack Sholder)
- Below (Director: David Twohy)
- Bending All The Rules (Directors: Morgan Klein + Peter Knight)
- Better Luck Tomorrow (Director: Justin Lin)
- Between Strangers (Director: Edoardo Ponti)
- Big Ain’t Bad (Director: Ray Culpepper)
- Big Girls Don’t Cry (Director: Maria von Heland)
- Black Mask II: City Of Masks (Director: Hark Tsui)
- Black Point (Director: David Mackay)
- Blade II (Director: Guillermo del Toro)
- Blood Feast II: All U Can Eat (Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis)
- Blood Work (Director: Clint Eastwood)
- Bloody Crisis (Director: Gerald Barclay)
- Bloody Mallory (Director: Julien Magnat)
- Bloody Sunday (Director: Paul Greengrass)
- Blue Car (Director: Karen Moncrieff)
- Boat Trip (Director: Mort Nathan)
- Bolivar Is Me (Director: Jorge Ali Triana)
- Bomb The System (Director: Adam Bhala Lough)
- Broken Wings (Director: Nir Bergman)
- Brother’s Keeper (Director: John Badham)
- Bubba Ho-Tep (Director: Dan Coscarelli)
- Burning Desires (Director: J. Edie Martin)
- Buying The Cow (Director: Walt Becker)
- Cabin Fever (Director: Eli Roth)
- Capone’s Boys (Director: Richard Standeven)
- Castle Eros (Director: Madison Monroe)
- Changing Lanes (Director: Roger Michell)
- Chaos (Director: Geraldine Creed)
- Charlotte Sometimes (Director: Eric Byler)
- Cheerleader Ninjas (Director: Kevin Campbell)
- Cherish (Director: Finn Taylor)
- Chopin. Pragnienie milosci (Director: Jerzy Antczak)
- Ciao America (Director: Frank Ciota)
- City By The Sea (Director: Michael Caton-Jones)
- City Of Ghosts (Director: Matt Dillon)
- City Of God (Directors: Fernando Meirelles + Kátia Lund)
- Civil Brand (Director: Neema Barnette)
- Close Enough To Touch (Director: Jamie Scabbert)
- Close Your Eyes (Director: Nick Willing)
- Coastlines (Director: Victor Nunez)
- Collateral Damage (Director: Andrew Davis)
- Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (Director: George Clooney)
- Correct Change (Director: Mike Lilly)
- Cottonmouth (Director: James Dalthorp)
- Cover Story (Director: Eric Weston)
- Crazy As Hell (Director: Eriq La Salle)
- Crocodile II: Death Swamp (Director: Gary Jones)
- Cruel Game (Director: Masashi Nagadoi)
- Cube²: Hypercube (Director: Andrzej Sekula)
- Curse Of The Forty-Niner (Director: John Carl Beuchler)
- Cutting Horse (Director: Larry Clark)
- Cypher (Director: Vincenzo Natali)
- Dahmer (Director: David Jacobson)
- Dark Blue (Director; Ron Shelton)
- Dark Heaven (Director: Douglas Schulze)
- De la mano de un ángel (Director: David Aponte)
- Dead Above Ground (Director: Chuck Bowman)
- Dead Heat (Director: Mark Malone)
- Dead In The Water (Director: Gustavo Lipsztein)
- Deadly Little Secrets (Director: Fiona Mackenzie)
- Death To Smoochy (Director: Danny DeVito)
- Deathwatch (Director: Michael J. Bassett)
- Deep Freeze (Director: John Carl Buechler)
- Defiance (Director: Doveed Linder)
- Dreamlover (Director: Olivier Assayas)
- Derailed (Director: Bob Misiorowski)
- Descent Into Darkness (Director: Daniel Knauf)
- Desert Saints (Director: Richard Greenberg)
- Deuces Wild (Director: Scott Kalvert)
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2016.07.07 22:49 MichaelMyer My current Master Theory
I believe that one of this season’s killers is somebody who I do not see mentioned a lot on this sub: Haley. She first caught my attention when I saw her in the seven-minute preview and thought she had to be related to Piper. I know there are casting coincidences, but they look so similar I feel like this was intentional. Here
is a picture of Haley next to a picture of Piper’s actress without glasses on. At first, I was not sure how she was related to Piper, but when the season started and they started focusing on Troy James again, I realized it could make sense for Haley to be Troy’s daughter. This would make her Piper’s cousin and would explain the physical similarities. Both have similar brown hair and brown eyes. Since Maggie has blond hair and blue eyes, Piper likely gets these traits from the James side of the family so it would make sense that Haley could get the same traits from Troy. Also, Haley is one of the only characters whose home has never been shown, so she could be the person who was living in Troy’s farmhouse. I am assuming that was real and not a hallucination because the killer put the clippings in Emma’s dad’s hotel room.
Haley has an irrational hatred for the Lakewood 6. She gets mad at them for absurd reasons, like the fact that Audrey was not arrested for self-defense or by suggesting that Emma was completely unharmed by Piper despite the fact that Emma has a scar from Piper’s knife and has a lot of emotional trauma from the experience. Haley’s reasons for hating them do not make sense, but would make sense if she already hates them for a different reason such as if she blames them for Piper’s death. Haley also has a tendency to randomly insert Piper into conversations. For example, when she first met Audrey she did not know Audrey of a survivor of a serial killer, but as the person who shot Piper. Then when talking to Audrey in the theater, she asked about how much people suspected Piper instead of asking about Audrey’s experience. In addition, she went on a rant in the library about how Emma’s family hurt the James family and completely ignored what the James’s did to the Duvalls. Her tendency to mention Piper could hint toward a larger connection to Piper and possibly the James family, which could give her motive to be the killer.
If Haley is the killer, there could also be some parallels with the second Scream movie. (This paragraph contains Scream 2 spoilers, so please skip it if you do not want to read them)
. One of the main drawbacks against Haley being the killer is that she does not seem to be a very relevant character; however, Mrs. Loomis’s character seemed unimportant in Scream 2 until it was revealed that she was Billy’s mother. Similarly, Haley does not seem important now but would still be very important if she really is related to Piper. If this season’s killer is a relative of the first killer, it would parallel to Scream 2’s killer. This season has already paralleled Scream 2 by opening with a movie theater scene, so maybe it will parallel again with the killer’s connection.
Is Haley working alone? I do not think so. Noah already noticed that there was a third person involved in Haley’s movie theater prank, whose language in the comments matched up with the killer’s language in the texts. It makes sense for them to be partners since they were already partners before for the prank. Another clue that Haley has an accomplice is the fact that she was on the phone with an unknown person during the school lockdown to warn them that the police were searching lockers. I think the most likely candidate for this accomplice is Eli. This
reddit post shows a big clue that Eli has been commenting on Noah’s podcast, which could hint that he is the third prankster. On the episode where Haley told somebody on the phone that the police were searching lockers, Eli was the one who told everyone about it, which could mean that he is the one Haley was talking to and that they are accomplices.
I have two ideas about Eli’s connection but either way I think the key is his dad, who left when he was little. My original thought is that Eli’s dad is also Troy James and that he and Haley are siblings working together to avenge their cousin’s death. I’m not sure if they are twins since Kieran did not know Haley was related to him but maybe Troy kept one of the children and Tina kept the other child when they split up. Or they could both be Troy’s children but from different mothers. My other theory is that Eli is actually another one of Brandon’s children. Maybe Brandon had an affair with Tina and they had a child. Tina wanted to protect Eli from the truth about what happened to Brandon when he was young, so she simply told him that his dad left. When Piper investigated her past and realized that she was Brandon’s daughter maybe she also discovered that Brandon had another child and contacted Eli to tell him the truth. If Audrey was telling the truth that she did not help Piper in the killings, maybe Eli left his mom in Atlanta and came to Lakewood last season to team up with Piper because he hated Emma and her family since they caused his father’s death which condemned him to a live moving around with his mom and her different boyfriends. Maybe last season Brandon James’s mother was actually telling the truth when she said that Brandon’s son visited her and it was really Eli. If he ran away to Lakewood he could have also been living in Troy James’s house at that time and it could have been him instead of Haley who was in there. Either way, I think Eli is connected to the James family and is working this season to get justice on Audrey for betraying Piper and shooting her.
I will conclude my theory with some specific instances that I think implicate either Haley or Eli. I will start with Haley. There was a potentially big clue that she was the one who killed Jake. While Jake was being held in the barn, the killer was filming him with a camera hidden up in the corner of the room. However, the killer has not used this footage for anything yet so it seems like a random and insignificant detail to include. But the camera was the exact same type as the camera used by Haley and the other prankster to stream their prank of Audrey in the movie theater. This could be the significance of showing the camera: to make us realize that it was Haley’s camera and that she was the one killing Jake. Also, there was a scene on episode 2 where Audrey got a text and then immediately saw Haley in the hall texting and glaring at her. Haley claimed that she was texting her boyfriend but could have easily changed conversations in the time until Audrey took her phone and her excuse does not explain why she was staring right at Audrey when Audrey got the text.
The biggest Eli clue for me revolves around Eddie’s death. The morning afterward, Kieran asks why Eli was gone all night and Eli does not answer him. Not only is it suspicious that Eli is the only character who was confirmed to be out all night (and also in the morning so he could have been the one who put the corkscrew in Audrey’s room and called her), but it’s also suspicious because of Eli’s circumstances. Eli and his mom had only been in town for a few days and he did not have any friends other than Emma and Kieran who were not with him since Emma was at the hotel and Kieran asked him about his whereabouts the next morning. Since Eli did not have anybody to be with and did not know many places in Lakewood, there is no other good explanation for what he was doing that night besides killing Eddie. Conveniently, Eli was also in the coffee shop at the same time Emma received the message from “her dad” telling her to come to the hotel, which would allow him to gauge her reaction and make sure that she was going to buy it and go to the hotel that night. The killer’s plan to drug everybody at the party with ayahuasca does not make much sense unless they had a way of ensuring that everyone would drink from that bottle. Eli is the only character who could have completely ensured it since not only did he make sure it would be a big party by directly lying to Emma (another action he gave no explanation for) but he was also the one who told Gustavo to give everybody a shot from the bottle, which means Eli is actually the one who was responsible for everybody drinking from the drugged bottle. Also, going back to Haley, she is the only student we know who was not at the party. This means she was not under the influence of the drug and could have been doing anything during the party. She could have been the killer who attacked Emma in the woods (if that was real) and she could have snuck into the party and put Jake’s phone into Emma’s backpack while everybody was distracted by the drug. One more small clue about Eli is from when Noah and Audrey were tied up at the fair and Noah compared it to an Eli Roth movie and the killer appeared shortly afterward. It could be a hint that Eli was the one who appeared in the killer costume, especially since Eli was suspiciously unaccounted for during that entire episode. Anyway, thank you so much for reading my theory, sorry it was so long. :)
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|Questions ||Answers |
|Adam, how are you today? Are you dizzy? Scared? Sore? - Agee. ||Awful vertigo after a night developing photos and making a fucking vine to promote this that nobody bothered to look at anyway. Reminded of why I left. Woke with vertigo. Eating a bagel now. How are you doing? |
|Just want to say that the Hebrew Hammer is one of my favorite films. What was making that one like? ||I remember being hungover a lot. It was actually a bit of strange time. Not long before I had moved back to Los Angeles from New York, in the throes of a breakup and not long after 9/11. So this was the first time I was back. I was staying in The Chelsea Hotel -- pre-gentrification--living out dreams/nightmares of being a fucked up artist, writing songs, many of which would later be recorded on my first album. And by day, doing a Zucker Bros-esque comedy. But it was a lot of fun, though quite a lot of work. I felt a heavy burden, which is ironic given the nature of the material. But it was my first proper "lead" role really. |
|Hi Adam, Thanks for doing this ama! I’m a big fan. Saving Private Ryan is actually my favorite film of all time. My question is I heard you and your fellow cast members of Saving Private Ryan had to endure boot camp before shooting. I also heard everyone wanted to quit almost immediately but Tom Hanks motivated everyone to stay – is this story true? Also your character in Private Ryan had one of the most horrible death scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie – how did you mentally prepare yourself for that scene? It seemed like you two were actually trading blows – did you and the other actor hurt one another while filming that scene? ||Thanks. Yeah, the stories are true. We were all pussies and Hanks was a champ. But honestly, he was the glue that kept us together during that fairly grueling period. So, in many ways, was the guy who was riding our asses, for whom I will always have tons of respect --Captain Dale Dye. He put a little tough guy in me. That scene was cathartic in some ways. It was, in a strange way, a wonderful day. But yes, I was slathered in Arnica the day after, bruised and sore as hell. |
|Hey Adam, love your work! 2 Questions: 1) What was it like filming 2 Days in Paris with Julie Delpy? 2) How hard was it to learn the sign language language for your role in Fargo? ||Hi there...Well...she and I were/are ex-boyfriend/girlfriends. So, some of the same issues that arose during our relationship (and are somewhat chronicled in the film) certainly came up during the shooting. I love the film too but it was a meta-bizarro experience. We had been workshoping it for a year by ourselves, then suddenly we were in France making what in some ways felt like this little home movie, but with everybody watching. It was a very collaborative affair and in spite of our differences, I'll always be grateful to her for that. |
| ||Hard, but not as hard as I had feared. I was really concerned I may not be able to do the role, because I was directing a film, right up until the weekend before my first, ASL heavy, scene in Fargo a couple days later. I just feared I wouldn't be able to do it justice. But Catherine, my tutor, and Russell were super supportive and incredibly helpful. So thanks to them... |
|Your death scene in saving private ryan is one of my all time favorite scenes. It's so damn powerful and you can feel the characters despair of what is about to happend. ||Yes, that scene was one of my favorites to do. I'm glad it affected you. It was actually a last minute change to the script. Initially I was just supposed to get shot while running, but I think Dale Dye (as he tells it anyway)had been talking to Steven about my skills in boot camp with bayonet and how I should have a hand to hand death scene. Steven was wonderful, directing that scene. It was like a three way conversation between the three of us -- Steven, myself, the other actor -- in a way. Both Steven and I wanted it to be as realistic as possible so we talked a lot about that. |
|Are you and your partner from Fargo supposed to be a reference to Ratzo Rizzo and Joe Buck from Midnight Cowboy? The fact that your characters from the show dress, respectively, like the ones from the movie leaves me inquisitive. ||It honestly only crossed my mind when a journalist brought it up. Our only note or insight really into our characters was that we were an old married couple, which I guess is not dissimilar also to Midnight Cowboy. |
|How do you feel about your performance in Dazed and Confused 21 years later? ||Honestly, I don't love it.I was too excited and too cerebral an actor then. I was in my head...except maybe for the fight scene, that felt very honest...though physical acting often does. But I the movie is definitely one of the most defining experiences in my life. |
|What was it like working with Steven Spielberg on Saving Private Ryan? ||Super collaborative guy. Didn't imagine he'd be so...A great, grueling experience. |
|Do you still wanna dance? ||No, I'm dead in inside. |
|Hey Adam, first off, on behalf of the other mods over at /FargoTV we would love to invite you over to our little subreddit to join in on discussions for the latest episodes of the show. Second, as a fellow Jew, I feel that there are not enough Hebrew heroes out there today. And there are certainly not enough films about them. How do you, the Hebrew Hammer, plan to rectify this situation? ||That's cool, let me look into that. I'm getting horrible carpal tunnel by doing this, but let's see what a few analgesics to do rectify that. Well, to be fair to my mother, I'm a half-Jew. But in terms of rectifying, I plan on existing as long as humanly possible. |
|You're a genius actor and I loved you in 2 days in Paris. How much was improvised and how was that process? Also any great stories on set with the beautiful Julie Delpy? ||Well, we don't have enough bandwith to get into Julie stories...She and I went out for a year and a half, years before making that film. So much of the dynamic you see on screen, reflected ours off screen. It also seeped back into the actual making of the film, so that too is another story. But in sum, yes there was a lot of improvisation. That was the big impetus for me to do it, because I love to improvise. And she's a great improviser as well. We workshopped it together for a yea, prior to shooting and some scenes for sure were "written" out while still others would say, "Jack tries to buy a burger, but the lady doesn't understand him." Etc. Thanks for your comment. |
|With who do u wanna collaborate someday ? Ur best memories on set : tv shows and movies ? Any phobia? ||The question, isn't "any phobia?" But, "Are there any phobias you don't have." ;) Probably directing my own films, which is both the most stressful but also among the most fulfilling experiences. There's a lot of great memories. But Dazed and Confused was like the condensed college experience I never had (after dropping out after my Freshman year). I mean, who doesn't like to go the shooting range with a bunch of insane 20 yr old actors after binging all night on booze and getting chased around by the hotel security guard. Actually, I don't. Not a big shooting range fan. But I did enjoy pissing off the security guard. |
|What's your favorite food? Movie? Book? ||Probably sushi, but big fan of all food Asian. Too many movies...Lost Highway, Double Indemnity, Modern Romance, Taxi Driver, Stardust Memories, Breathless, The Odd Couple, The Long Goodbye, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice...I could go all day. I have a hard time reading. ADD, bad vision, or tv baby? But the last great book I read was Nabakov's "Despair." |
|Are you related to the other Adam Golberg who created The Goldbergs? ||No, because I would have said to him, hey you sure you wanna name the main character Adam Goldberg, do you think maybe there might be some confusion. Actually I would have bee less passive aggressive than that if we were related. |
|Hey, Adam! I love your ability to do 'neurotic' well. Often, with the best character actors, I think it stems from some center of reality. Do you deal with anxiousness or idiosyncrasies that you carry on screen? Also, where's the wood chipper? =) ||I'm super centered and always calm. I have no idea what you're talking about. Actually, take a look at my response to Steve Agee's question up there; he and I have a blog actually on Tumblr where we chronicle our misery. |
|Eddie! You have any luck on the tables lately? Seriously. How can you act crazy so well? PS Private Ryan was mine and my husbands first date movie. Is that weird? Some people think it's weird. ||The first date I took my longtime girlfriend on was a gruesome and depressing Iraq war documentary called "No End in Sight." |
|Hi Adam, thanks for talking with us! I love your work, especially so in Saving Private Ryan. I was particularly impressed by your ability to convey your character's personal struggle with the situation he was in. I was wondering what kinds of research you did for the role? Thank you! ||Thanks so much. Watched LOTS of documentaries and read a lot of Stephen Ambrose books. Plus our boot camp really took the world out of the realm of history books and helped put it into our bones. |
|Hey Adam, thanks for doing an AMA! What is your favorite thing to do on your off time? ||I'm a fairly avid, nay, obsessive photographer and music maker. |
|Apple juice or orange juice? ||I have orange juice in front of me as I type this. But I'm sitting on a jar of apple juice. |
|Do you feel "famous"? And what is something about fame that the average Joe can't necessarily comprehend? Love your movies, by the way. ||I feel fame-ish. I made a movie, called I Love Your Work, the working premise being, what if a guy who was a fan of movies and perhaps paranoid, verging on schizophrenic really, became a famous actor. I sort of addressed the issue of the average joe becoming famous a little there, albeit in a sort of abstract way. But I was always a performer, a ham, etc, so it seemed inevitable that I'd be some sort of jester. |
|What was your favorite movie you have ever acted in or directed? ||Well, I'm partial to the movies I've directed, those are very special to me. The current one, that I'm editing now, is a bit, or actually a lot, more accessible than the other two I made, so maybe a few more people will see this one. Anyway, as an actor, Dazed and Confused was such a seminal experience, so in some ways it will always be my favorite. Other than a small part in Mr. Saturday Night, it was really my first film, my first location shoot Others I'm proud of are Saving Private Ryan, Beautiful Mind, 2 Days in Paris, a little film I did called Untitled. I like that one a lot. |
|Your Tumblr features a lot of analogue photography. What do you think of digital photography? Also, do you prefer shooting movies on film as well? ||I do prefer film. But I have Leica digital camera that I also like quite a lot, but it's nothing like my m6. I'm not sure it will ever be anything more than just immediately gratifying. That said, I just started processing my own film so I can have a bit more of that immediacy. My current film I shot on the Red and yes I prefer film. Not just the look, but the technical aspects of digital -- though I must admit allowed me to shoot A LOT -- I found depressing. Calibrating this and that. With film, you picked a stock and a lighting scheme and that was sort of that. Now, we have to color time all these raw files and though I know some people like that, I like going in sort of creating the look before hand. Thanks for your question. |
|As a musician and photographer, using your status are there any other musicians or photographers that you would recommend checking out or that you think deserve more attention than they currently get? ||Well, there's a lot probably. If you look at some of the people I follow on Tumblr and Instagram you'll get a sense of some of the photographers I really dig. A pal of mine, Ben Parks, does wonderful stuff. Well, we're pals because he does wonderful stuff, we "met" online,then became real world photo pals and collaborators. There's great musicians I work with, Andrew Lynch, Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart, who are tremendously talented songwriters and musicians. |
|What's next after No Way Jose? Also, an acquaintance of mine claims to have met you at a charity event in the Bay Area. He further claims that he mistook you for Eli Roth, and that you had to show him your driver's license. I think he's lying. Can you confirm or deny this occurrence? ||I have little recollection of such an encounter, but I also forget the names of my relatives. I don't recall being mistake for Roth, in person anyway. But like I said, my brain's a sieve. I just wanna get through Jose, but I definitely have some ideas cooking. We'll see, gotta make some bread now after a year self-producing a record and a film, but did this pilot for Jim Gaffigan, we'll see what happens there. |
|Hello Adam! I'm a fan of your photography through instagram and tumblr. Any chance of an exhibit in northern California soon? Galleries in SF/Oakland, CJM, etc? ||Hey, thanks so much. I've been wanting to curate the stuff for a while, but just haven't made it happen. It took me about a year to just put together a book (not for sale, but a nice hardcover I use as a portfolio). But I do intend to at some point. I'd like actually to do an exhibition of my blog on Tumblr: photos, music, videos, but real world. Thanks so much again. |
|How did you manage to let Peter Burke disarm you? ||Is that from white collar? They paid me so I let him. |
|If could could be an actor in any book to movie creation (or remake) what would it be? ||There's a book called Stern that actually Winona Ryder told me about when I met her once. She had seen a film I had directed, I Love Your Work, and said it reminded her of the sort of fever-dreamish book, Stern. So then I read that, and thought she was right on. I also spent a good part of the '90s madly in love with her, so I could have been partial to her suggestion. |
|Hello AG! I can't believe nobody has asked you your desert island music selections. Since I know you have excellent taste in music... I will. Name 5 albums you can't live without. ||Hey you!... bowie - ziggy stardust miles davis - kind of blue elvis costello - this year's model 4.dionne warwick - bert bacharach collection john lennon - plastic ono hmmm...mamiya universal pola 669 |
|Also--- you can only shoot with one camera and one type of film for a month. What do you choose? :o) || |
|Was the amount of partying behind the scenes of Dazed and Confused as crazy as everyone says it was? ||Yes. and yes. |
|Did anyone else think this was the guy from Harmontown? ||Yeah, I did. I was pretty bummed when I realized it was me. |
|Hey adam! i'm an aspiring actor and would love to know what your first real gig was? and when was that moment you realised you actually made it in the acting business! Cheers from Ireland!.. ||My first gig, other than plays in local theaters, I did growing up, was a small part of a Southern "John" in two scenes with a prostitute, on a pilot for a James Earl Jones show called "Gabriel's Fire." I was 19. I was ecstatic.I sat down with my girlfriend at the time, with my mom, maybe some friends, and watched the episode with a copy of the script in my hand, so I'd know when my scenes were coming up. They never did. Cut out. But within about a year and a half was doing Dazed and Confused, and while still broke, it certainly raised the bar and was a super exciting period. I'll let you know if I ever think I've made it though. |
|What took you away from Vine? I used to live for yours. ||Well, it was probably verging on unhealthy, my obsession with the app in its early days. So, mainly just burnt out, but also spend a better part of the last 6 months making a feature, which is like 5400 Vines or something. Thanks for being there though! |
|Favorite moment filming Dazed and Confused? Best Regards, ||Fight scene. |
|I loved 2 Days in Paris. What are some of your favorite spots in Paris? ||I'm always so confused in Paris (not unlike me in the film). I never know where the hell I am, just that wherever it is I'm struck and inspired by its beauty. |
|You are literally answering everyone's question, and I'm just sitting here with my dick in my hand...no question, sorry. ||I also am answering every question with my dick in my hand, so you really have no excuse. |
|Just wanted to say, I was the guy who watched "Head Cases". I actually didn't think it was bad. I did drink a lot back then, though... ||Not as much as i did. |
|Have you ever snuck up behind William Shattner and said, "He's a Grup! Bump! Bump!" ||No, but his description of his home theater to me was a highlight of my life both personally and professionally. |
|You and the deaf guy are not very good on Fargo. Can you apologize to me for this? ||Yeah, I'm sorry. |
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|Questions ||Answers |
|As a white kid from the suburbs of Utah, I never in my life would have imagined the RZA calling me brother. Let me just go ahead and check that one off the list. ||As it was written, all men are brothers. |
|What's your favorite movie, and why is it How High? ||Hahahahaheeehohohahaha. Lay off the drugs, cat. LOL. |
|Can you describe what the reaction was from everyone was after Inspectah deck first laid down his verse in Triumph? ||He slayed it. And everybody knew it. And everybody else tried to slay. But he slayed it. |
|What's your usual setup? All digital? Any analog instruments? Vinyl sampling? What DAW do you prefer? ||Well, that's a lot, but: not being egotistic about this, but I have a dozen set ups. And my home studio I use different rooms for setups. So one room is just turntables and a sampler, another would be just keyboards, another will be a digital room, there's one room where everything is analog (live drums, guitars, etc). As a composer, you always need different sounds, so after working with Hans Zimmer, I've learned to use different rooms to write different things or different scenes. |
|Do you make beats, then send the finished product to rappers to write lyrics to it or do you usually write the song together? ||I prefer writing songs together. In fact one of the problems with making a Wu-Tang album is my refusal to send beats, because I believe that great music is created when people are in a room together. |
|Do you have a specific process for finding samples, or is it all gut feeling? ||I dig and I dig, and if something strikes my ear, I sample it. Then I twist it. |
|Rae came out and said that you haven't been as involved in the hip hop game recently like ghost and rae have, which isnt that out there of a statement. Flipside, you've been handeling film scores and the films themselves. but Similar shit was being said during the 8 diagrams sessions, with ghost and rae not being down with the beats and thinkin they were outside the hip hop climate so to speak. with the same sorta issues rising up now, and with 8 diagrams not being the wu comeback album to shake the ages we all know yall cats can make, what are you doing or planning to do different with A Better Tomorrow to make sure it hits that pinacle? ||Actually, I'm not trying to hit no pinnacles. The thing is, when an artist makes a painting, or a song, he makes it. The way the world responds to it is secondary. If they respond to it, and say it's great, then he's going to say great. If they don't respond to it, does that take away its greatness? No, because he's already satisfied in his creation. When Wu-Tang first made our first album, I knew it was great. But many people in the industry slept on it. But after it had success, it changed the direction of the industry. So be it. This may be possible now. Or maybe not. |
|Did Ol' Dirty really live up to the craziness that he portrayed in his music? ||Times ten. |
|How was working with Earl Sweatshirt? I've heard that during the making of Molasses, you spit a freestyle for three hours. ||Yeah, we got zoned out that night. He's a cool cat. And I think he will be a great talent in hiphop. |
|Will the world ever hear that freestyle? Also, I'd like to know more about your diet (besides prefering green tea to coffee). I'm trying to eat a bit healthier, like most, and it seems you've got a good grasp on nutrition. ||Earl and those guys got the masters from those sessions. I would suggest maybe start with slowing down on red meat and if that can lead you to slowing down on poultry and fish, that will avoid adding decayment to your body. I actually on most days only eat one meal. And my sifu taught me that if I don't exercise, I shouldn't eat. So I started to exercise, whether it's just 50 pushups or 50 situps, before I put anything in my mouth, because he says we don't deserve it. And what this relates true to me is what it says in the Bible, "a man shall work to the sweat of his brow. And thus, after work, he will nourish himself with the fruits of his labor." Peace. |
|Have you considered being on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast? I can't remember if it was a tweet or during his own AMA, but Rogan said he would love to have you on as a guest. ||Yes, I would love to be on as a guest someday. I'll wait for the time for him to invite me. |
|Did anything inspire you with regards to the choice of beats on Enter the 36 Chambers? Also, are you still an avid chess player? :D. ||On 36 Chambers, I kind of went on my own inspiration. I was out to prove my abilities. Yes, I still play chess. |
|Will we ever get 36 chambers remastered? ||Perhaps some of the tracks will be remastered. A lot of them are probably not in multitrack form anymore. So the remaster would still have to come from a stereo mix. |
|What happened first, you naming yourself RZA or your cousin naming himself GZA? ||I named myself the RZA first, and I named him the GZA shortly thereafter. |
|Ever give any thought to writing/directing a Wu Tang Clan movie to tie in with an album? ||Yes, actually. Although making movies is very difficult and it's hard to get green lights, I'm going to keep pushing though. And maybe one day, it will see the light. |
|Kickstart that shit! ill give you every penny i own for a wu tang movie! ||Never thought of using Kickstarter. Hmm. |
|What's good RZA. First shoutout to /hiphopheads. How do you stay creative as you do lyrically and production wise? ||I use life as inspiration. And being that I travel a lot, and see a lot of different things, and meet a lot of great people, I stay inspired. Shoutout to /hiphopheads. |
|Do I still have to protect ma neck? It's been like 20 years now, I'm getting tired of doing it. Love you man. As a producer, as a rapper, as an actor, as a videogame character, ANY dj. ||You have to protect ya neck til the day you drop brother. Because if you lose ya neck, that will be the day you drop! You must always protect ya neck at all times. |
|What is your relationship with Bill Murray like? You guys were in Coffee and Cigarettes in 2003, and then in 2010, this happened. Do you still talk? ||I don't talk to him often, because we both have crazy-busy schedules, but we have a similar circle of friends. What I can say is what a cool dude. |
|What is your favorite ODB verse/line/metaphosong? ||For ODB "I be the answer to your why, the tear to your cry." It's off a song he did with Killer Priest. |
|Do you need to be self aware in order to have sex for enjoyment? ||Uh oh. It's getting deep on AMA. We said AMAA. But now that you asked, you better be aware of yourself and your partner(s). |
|Can you share any memories of your tour with Rage Against the Machine? ||That was one of the highlights of my career. At the time, Wu-Tang had the #1 album in the country, and we began playing some of the biggest venues that we had to that date. One of my best memories is when Zack broke his leg on tour, and needed a little energy during the New Jersey show, and I came out and rocked the stage with him. The rest of the Wu went home. :( |
|Could you elaborate on your infamous flood story? The legend says that you once had a flood into your basement that caused you to lose a few hundred beats you had made that were meant to be put onto the first round of Wu-Tang solo albums. Did you recreate any of the beats that you lost? If so, which ones? ||Yeah, I lost a lot of beats. In those days, I would keep my beats in a floppy disk holder, which held 80 disks per case. And I had the cases sectioned out with names of each Wu member, and beats that fit their styles. Those disks have not been recovered yet. I have some of them, but they won't play. |
|How was the flood caused? ||Heavy rains and sewage backup, and I was out of town, and so I came home to it. |
|Have you tried getting them to an expert? ||I've taken them to an expert, and they declared them unrepairable. One expert did say that maybe one day after drying out and all this crap that it would work. But I think that being that it was not only water, but mud, dirt and sewage, that the disk became permanently damaged. |
|PEACE. Do you still wear those pointy ass rings and have you ever actually punched a hole in a crab's hand with them? ||No. I gave them to my little brother and I think he lost em. |
|Long time fan of the Wu. I was amazed by the Kill Bill soundtracks. Don't know if you can answer this: Will the Ghostface/MF DOOM album ever be released? ||I don't know. But Ghost is one of the dopest MCs, and MF is a dope producer and MC. So I'm sure if they do it, it's going to be great. |
|I was recently in a yoga class and the instructor said "protect your neck" and I immediately thought of Wu-Tang and giggled to myself. What do you think about a rap-inspired yoga class? Would bring a whole new meaning to "flow." ||LOL. |
|What was it about Gravediggaz, and the horrorcore genre in general, that appealed to you when it was first starting? ||At the time, being young and thinking of my childhood nightmares, I wanted to write songs from the darker side of my mentality. I feel like the Gravediggaz are the pioneers of this mentality of lyricism. Hiphop could use a few more doses of it now. |
|How hard is it to stop working on any particular song or beat? It must be tempting to keep tweaking and improving so when is it that you know that a song gets to that magical level and you know you should stop? ||Hmm. Usually if you're in the studio, it's right about when the time is up. |
|Hey RZA! You seem to be a very calculated, meditative and, for lack of a better word, spiritual person. Was there a certain event in your life that led you to be this way or is this the way you've always been? ||Yes, certain events led me to this, which is hard for me to describe to this, which are hard to describe. But I can say that it was a growth process. Would you believe I was once obnoxious. |
|Hey RZA, how did you become a vegetarian? ||I just snapped out of eating dead animals. |
|How awesome is it being a Robert? (Mine name is Robert) ||Super duper awesome. |
|You get a swimming pool but you can't fill it with water, what do you fill it with? Money is not a choice either. ||Those little plastic balls that you see in ball pits. |
|If you could suggest, let's say one to three books, that you think everybody NEEDS to read, what would they be? ||I think we should all read the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita. |
|How did you like your time on Californication? Samurai Apocalypse was a great foil to Hank Moody. ||It was very fun. Funny. And something was very sexy about that show. Maybe it was Meagan. LOL. |
|“A young buck, selling drugs and such, who never had much, trying to get a clutch of what I could not…” With the word “touch” being implied but not spoken. But on the single and video versions, and whenever I've seen Wu-Tang live, Deck always actually says the word “touch.” I always thought implying but not saying “touch” was deep and artistic, emphasizing how those things were out of reach for you guys. But then with the word “touch” being included in every other version/performance of the song I’m wondering if that was actually the intent, and if so why has the lyric since been changed? ||It was the intent during the production. |
|Hey RZA, Huge Fan here, I've been listening to you since I was 10. One question. Are you not going to publically publish songs off the new WuTang albulm, or will it only be avaliable to the one lucky buyer? ||The album, that's entitled A Better Tomorrow, if completed, will be available to the public. The album entitled Once Upon A Time in Shaolin is a piece of art that only one will be made. |
|When was the last time you saw Paul Walker? ||The last time I saw Paul in the flesh was on the movie set. We had planned on seeing each other again at the premiere. But destiny bends. |
|Hey RZA, What was it like working with the Black Keys? Did you guys synch up pretty quickly? I saw some videos and it looked like steak meeting potatoes for the first time. Everything flowed so smoothly! ||Yeah, Dan and Pat are two cool guys. We actually hung out a few times, first before we made music together, and when making the song The Baddest Man Alive, we spent 2 weeks in the studio together, and recorded a lot of demos. |
|Liquid Swords II when? Btw Liquid Swords is the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time. ||I think GZA may be in the process of writing that now. |
|What is your best memory from the set of Brick Mansions? ||Besides having my family come to set, and seeing the remarkable work that everybody was doing, I have to say eating vegetarian food with Paul Walker. |
|What was it like working with John Frusciante and will you be working with him again in the future? ||John is a genius, one of my favorite musicians. And I look forward to working with him in the future. |
|Many critics believe double albums usually contain filler and do not hold them as in high of regard as they could and should be. What would you say were the main reasons "Wu-Tang Forever" was made into a Double album instead of 2 different albums with a later release date for songs not used on first album? Was some of the inspiration for making it a double album taken from the success of "All Eyez on Me" or more that you wanted to get more music out? ||Actually, a double-album was part creative, and part business. If i can recall, we hadn't done an album as Wu-Tang Clan for four years. And so we wanted to give Steve Rifkin an abundant amount of material. But also we demanded a budget so high that to appease it, they said "how about a double album?" |
|actor in Brick Mansions. AMAA. Hey hey now, let's not forget the awesome performance in "The Man with the Iron Fists!" Good job man. How much fun is it being so versatile? ||It's very challenging. Because some of my friends are thinking I'm becoming a little schizo. Wow, the life of an artist. |
|Best advice you can give someone? ||Study yourself. Then after that, study yourself again. |
|Who's the best chess player in the Wu Tang Clan right now? ||Hahahahahahaha. All I can say is that I had the hiphop chess belt. |
|Which rappers are you listening to the most outside of your Wu-Tang crew? ||Nowadays, I've just become a fan of the culture of hiphop. Somedays I find myself sitting on my downtime watching Yo! MTV raps, or scrolling through YouTube finding up and coming MCs. I love watching URL and all the rap battles. Sometimes when you're making the music, you become so engulfed in yourself that you forget that you started yourself as a fan of the music. Now that I get time to do other things such as act, score and direct, I can actually become a fan of hiphop again. |
|What was it like working on Afro Samurai, and what sort of sound and feel were you going for with the music you used? It all fit together very nicely. ||Working on Afro Samurai was one of my favorite jobs, because the writers, producers, and directors gave me full autonomy. So every sound, every note, was all my choice. They didn't interfere with anything I wanted to do. I'm glad that people liked it, and I hope they make a live-action film. |
|Wu-Tang Forever! How much have comic books influenced you? I still smile every time I hear you name drop Rom, The Space Knight on Impossible. ||From the age of 9-16, I probably collected thousands of comics. But they all got stolen one day, along with my vinyl collection. And I'm telling you, I used to spend my paper route money on this stuff. I'm still a comic fan. Every once in a while, if I'm in a certain city and they have a comic book store, I will go and pick up a few copies. I love how the new artists are doing the new covers, Grant Morrison's take on classic heroes has always been cool to me, and I actually bought every copy of Reginald Hudlin's new take on the Black Panther. |
|How did your collaboration with James Blake come about? He's one of my favorite artists and I really like "Take a Fall For Me". ||Well, thanks for enjoying the song. Our managers are friends. And they suggested that we get together and make a song. I heard some of his music, and enjoyed it, and what really pushed me that GZA's son Kareem was a fan of James', and I kind of did it to impress him. |
|What was it like working on the score for Ghost Dog? Did you know it would become a cult classic while composing it? ||No, I wasn't aware of how it would be received. But at the time, I was really spending a lot of time making new forms of beats. And I knew they belonged somewhere, and I'm glad they ended up on Ghost Dog. |
|I went to the opening night of Man With the Iron Fists, that movie fucking rocks. I'm excited for your future movie/tv show projects, Parks and Rec is a show i watch all the time and seeing that you auditioned for a role next season got me pretty excited, any chance of giving away any details of the role you auditioned for? ||Parks & Recreation is a funny show, and Amy Poehler and Aziz and Rashida are all funny and great. It was just a joke we was playing on each other, me auditioning for the show. I will not be appearing. |
|Wu Tang Clan aint nuthin to fuck with! ||But I am in Brick Mansions coming out this Friday. |
|What's your favourite videogame? ||Nowadays? Well it's hard to say your favorite video game, but one game I've been buying for years and continue to buy every version they make is Tekken. Actually, when Wu-Tang first started making money, me and Method Man came to Manhattan and went to the place where they sell real pinball machines and video games, and we tried to buy a Tekken to bring home to our house. And they wouldn't sell it to us at that time. Method Man would up getting one though. I wound up getting a pinball machine. Anyway, Tekken. |
|How do you feel your circumstance has influenced the kind of music you're making? In 20 years what have been the things that have affected you the most, for better or worse? Also, how has knowing Quentin influenced your understanding of art? ||Circumstances do influence music. Especially if you are naive to music theory. But once you know music theory, you actually can influence circumstances. I could write volumes on what was gained and traded between me and Quentin when it comes to art and culture. Many times when we left each other presences, we both thanked each other for the enlightenment that we shared when it came to art. As a student of his, I'm forever grateful for his teaching and sparking me on a path to become a director. |
|Hey RZA! really glad you're doing this AMA. I read somewhere that you and John Frusciante have recorded a ton of material. I really liked FM. Any chance you two might release a full album in the future? That would be awesome. ||There's a chance for that. If life permits. |
|Love your music, love your style, and great work in Man with the Iron Fists. Will you be doing any more movies in that style soon? ||Actually, Brick Mansions is a high-octane movie filled with martial arts, the martial arts style is called Parkour. Although my character doesn't use it, because he has a big gun and a big missile. I'm sure you will enjoy seeing this type of action on the screen. |
|The RZA! What can you tell us about the production on the secret Once Upon a Time in Shaolin? Will there be any notable features? ||I actually can only say that this project is in the hands of experts, and a big press conference will be released in the next few weeks. |
|Hey Rizza, big fan. Thanks for everything you do for hip hop and being one of the best on the boards. I've always wondered is Tarantino an honorory member of Wu tang or what? Also who are some of your biggest hip hop producers that influenced you? Do you crate dig a lot of stuff to sample? ||Tarantino can be considered an honorary Wu member. LOL. Marley Marl was a big influence, and in the 90s while I was making hiphop, I was always impressed with the production of Dr. Dre. Yes, I still dig. |
|Rza, what's your favorite place in New York City? ||It changes all the time. Recently, one of my most relaxing and coolest moments was simply riding the Staten Island Ferry. |
|Hey RZA, Huge fan of you and the Wu. Are you still using the Roland MV-8000? ||Yes, I still play around with that one. I still have the yellow & black one that was designed by Forat. And I got it hooked up to my Newmark serrato set. Looking to make some crazy breakbeat loops yo. |
|What's your relationship with David Duchovny like? Your arc on Californication was one of my favorites, as it pitted against and joined together two of my idols on screen. ||I've only met him working on the set and we emailed each other a few times afterwards. But I can say that I think we enjoyed working together. |
|How was your experience making Brick Mansions? ||It was a great experience, man. I'm so interested to see how the fans react to the movie. I hope they enjoy it. Lot of work went into it. |
|Your favorite song on 36 Chambers? Favorite beat from any song ever? ||My favorite song on 36 Chambers always changes. For today, I'm going to say Seventh Chamber. |
|How was it like working with Tony Jaa? Can you just feel the badassness emanating from him? ||Yeah, Tony is an incredible martial artist. But also an incredible spirit. He shared with me some movements of muay thai that date back hundreds of years. We became good friends, and we stay in touch nowadays. It was fun going to Thailand, and getting my ass whipped by him. |
|You're asked to select one hip hop album to represent the genre to an alien race... What's that album? ||I would send Wu-Tang Forever. If I could send 3, I would send King of Rock and The Chronic. |
|Who were your biggest musical inspirations when you were just starting out as an artist? I'd really like to know. ||Hiphop itself. And funnily, the GZA was a guy I looked up to. And I can also say the pioneers of hiphop beats such as Marley Marl, and Scott La Rock. |
|Hey RZA, considering I’ve got a massive crush on Meagan Good and am a fan of the show in general, I really enjoyed Season 5 of Californication with you on it. How was it working on the show? What was your most memorable moment from working with the cast? ||I had a great time working on that show. David Duchovny is a cool guy in real life. The cast was great because they already knew each other for 5 previous seasons, so they were like family to each other, but I will admit when I came to set, they allowed me to be part of that family. My favorite thing, though, was getting to kiss Meagan Good. |
|We have the same birthday! Do you do anything special for it? What's your favorite birthday cake? ||Red velvet birthday cake. What a cool birthday, it's right after the 4th of July. You get fireworks on the fourth, pop champagne on the fifth. |
|I read your book Tao of the Wu, And alot of your ideas and views were interesting and ones ive never heard of. My question would be what books on the heavenly jewles, mathmatics, chess ect.. do you recommend? Also with your love of martial arts what do you think of the UFC? ||There are really no books on the Jewels or mathematics. There are many books on chess. I would suggest Bobby Fisher. I love the UFC. Pissed off when Anderson lost and broke his own leg! But the fight goes on. |
|Did you get to spend a lot of time with Paul Walker while filming Brick Mansions? What was that like? ||Yeah, we did get a chance to spend time together, as well as break bread. He wasn't a constant vegetarian, but he ate vegetarian with me. Overall, Paul was a great guy. And spending time with him was actually a joyous part of making the film. |
|What's your favorite cereal? ||I have to admit, ice cold milk and a bowl of fruity pebbles. |
|RZA, I'm a film major and a huge Wu-Tang fan. What are some of your favourite films? ||Since you're a film major, I don't need to speak on martial arts films, but I would suggest you spend time studying films from Asia, not just martial arts but also Wong Kar-Wai. On a normal basis, some of my favorite films are the Godfather, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, West Side Story, and On The Waterfront. And Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. |
|So what was your favorite part about working on "The Man With the Iron Fists?" ||Getting a chance to bring a childhood dream to reality. To work with martial arts stars, who I grew up loving, such as Gordon Liu and Chen Kuan-tai was almost unbelievable to me. And getting a chance to direct one of the greatest actors in the world, Russell Crowe, and the pretty Lucy Liu, yeah, yeah, yeah. I had fun. |
|RZA - you now have one of the most recognized sounds in the industry is there anyone that you want to collaborate with? Either music or acting... ||On the acting level there are so many people I would like to work with. Because I have such an acting bug in me right now. Musically, I never got a chance to work with Stevie Wonder. Or Lauren Hill. |
|I had the pleasure of meeting you last year when you spoke at the Cleveland Public Library. I was wondering, how did you come into contact with great directors like Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, and Eli Roth? ||Well, Jim sought me out. Quentin and his company hired me to promote a film once, and we became friends after that. And after becoming Quentin's student, I would see Eli at Quentin's house, where we both as students watched a lot of movies. |
|What did you think of David Belle when you first saw him? What is your opinion on parkour in general? ||David is cool. His physicality is incredible. I watched him do his own stunts on that movie set. Parkour is a fascinating art. It's like Tony Jaa, Jackie Chan, and breakdancing rolled into one. I hope the American public enjoys the film and gives Parkour the respect it deserves. I wouldn't be surprised if Parkour ends up in the Xtreme games. |
|RZA I've loved all of your work for years. You're a huge inspiration to me in terms of work ethic, spirituality, focus, and dedication. As somebody who wants to learn and improve his acting, I have to ask: how do you combine and apply your knowledge of music, martial arts, meditation, etc. when making movies and acting? ||Sometimes your other hobbies come into play, sometimes they don't. I will give you a bit of advice: the best thing to do when trying to find somewhere is to get a map. A good book in acting is like a map. |
|Thank you SO much for being so inspirational to musicians and students of philosophy like myself. As we know your spiritual beliefs and musical interests draw from many different sources, how do you find yourself furthering your thirst for knowledge these days? Have you been learning any new instruments recently? ||I have been thinking about taking up the flute. During my trip to Thailand, I had a chance to visit many temples, and hear a lot of the Thai music. The way the flute sounds lifts my spirit. Hopefully one day I can become a player. |
|What's your favorite game boy color game? ||Chessmaster. The one with Josh Waitzkin. |
|If you could choose any culture and era in time to go back to and live out the remainder of your life. Which would it be and why? ||Wow, that's a hard one. How about send me back to the Garden of Eden, before they picked the apple. |
| things first, that you are the man!! I loved the iron firsts movie! What are your projects coming up? ||Brick Mansions will be in theaters this weekend. And after that, you will be able to catch me on a tv show called Gang Related, which starts airing May 22nd on FOX network… Wu-Tang forever. |
|Hey man, HUGE fan! Just have one question, in Vancouver BC I've never had a chance to see you perform live, so my question is. Any chance that you'd be making your way up here to do a show?? ||I would love to come to Vancouver. I think I've been to the city once some years ago, and had some fun there. It's like the West Coast of Canada. Have the promoters invite me! And if it fits my schedule, I'll be there to break some bread. |
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|Questions ||Answers |
|Ben Affleck, Danny Boyle and Tom Hooper were already VERY established directors. What filmmakers have you truly discovered? ||Michael Moore premiered ROGER AND ME in Toronto. Christopher Nolan premiered his first feature FOLLOWING in Toronto. Hal Hartley often premiered his films in Toronto, and John Woo, Hou Hsaio Hsien and Lino Brocka were first championed in North America by our late programmer David Overbey. And there are more. - Cameron. |
| ||Our programmer Jane Schoettle also adds Jason Reitman and Paul Haggis. |
| ||On my beat: Eli Roth; Alex Aja; Takeshi Miike; Adam Wingard; Tony Jaa; Hitoshi Matsumoto; Julien Maury + Alexandre Bustillo; Ryuhei Kitamura; Christopher Smith. |
|How can you still pride on yourself for being the 'people's festival' when clearly you care more about "discovering" Oscar winners (which you didn't, BTW) and not boast about how many international first time filmmakers with amazing films that you are championing? ||TIFF is still very much a public film festival for film lovers. If you limit yourself to the red carpet, then you aren't getting the full scope of the experience. Check out films in Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Wavelengths or the other programmes to experience and discover great new films! I totally have pride with what TIFF does! - Colin Geddes. |
|Colin - There hasn't been a Martial Arts film in MM (other than The Raid) for several years. Where are all the good Martial Arts films??? ||I KNOW! Sadly THE RAID 2 was only just completed. Fingers crossed I can get it for next year. I was waiting on the new Donnie Yen film, but it was not ready in time :( There is martial arts in WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL! And see you at the Ryerson b/c I think I know who you are! Continuing your annual TIFF film vacay from south of the border like usual! - CG. |
| ||Be sure to check out Keanu Reeves film MAN OF TAI CHI this year, featuring a ton of martial arts action! Kerri Craddock. |
|How many films do you watch in a year when looking for TIFF films? How do you narrow it down to make your selections? Say, in an average month, how much traveling are you doing to other countries looking for TIFF films? How would someone get started in this type of thing, programming for a film festival? Any tips on where to start? How do you negotiate with other film festivals as to who gets the World Premiere or International Premiere, North American premiere, etc? ||If you want to become a festival programmer, the most important things to develop are a broad knowledge of global cinema, a specialty in one or two areas of cinema (Latin American films, or documentary, or genre cinema, for example), and, maybe most importantly, a way of communicating effectively about films. How persuasively you talk and write about films will establish your credibility more than anything else. - Cameron I lose track over how many films I watch that are considerations for TIFF, but this year I tried to keep a log and when it hit around 180 I stopped counting! Hard to narrow it down to what are fits for the Fest. For Midnight Madness I have only ten slots, but could easily pick 15 films! There are many films that get away. Orphans is what I call them, but there are tough decisions that need to be made. I programme the Canadian features films with Steve Gravestock, and I watch roughly 250 Canadian submissions a year. Steve and I talk about the films we see constantly. Some decisions are easier than others – there are those films I know immediately are perfect for TIFF and I want to show, and others I know just won’t work for us. - Agata. |
| ||And how to get started? I think each programmer has a different voyage to the position. There is no "film programmer academy". I'd suggest just to be passionate about films and organize screenings. Share your tastes with others! - Colin Geddes. |
|What was behind the decision to make the Jason Reitman Live Reading only available during the single ticket window and not during the package selection/lottery process? The live reading last year was probably my favourite part of the fest (despite it starting an hour late!). ||Thanks, ilikecams! The Live Reading was one of our most popular events last year and we didn't want to risk it going off-sale before single-ticket buyers had a chance. Starting this Sunday morning, everyone can log on, call in or line-up to get tickets. Weirdly, I've never received a single bottle of Drambuie, after all those years on the Showcase Revue. (I'm not asking for anyone to start, please.) - Cameron. |
|80% of the shorts that are programmed barely tell a story. Why do the short programmers dislike three-act structure so much? ||We enjoy conventional narrative structures as much as we are turned on by filmmakers who explode the form. It points to a healthy body of work from filmmakers who aren't afraid to push boundaries. Film language is malleable, and power to that. - Magali. |
|Which film are you most proud of for becoming the Peoples Choice? Also which film do you think will get the honors this year? PS: Can't wait, gonna be a great time again this year, thanks for all the hard work! ||The great thing about our audience award is that we can't predict what will win. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was a real come-from-behind victory for what was seen as an orphaned film, so it was a thrill to see the momentum build first here. |
| ||My answer to this would be TSOTSI or CARAMEL--because those films were made by non-North American directors and really made us feel that the audience was embracing our desire to present a truly global festival. JS. |
| ||Don't forget the Cadillac Midnight Madness People's Choice Award! - Colin Geddes. |
|Last question for Geddes. You also get calls / emails well after the submission date; have there ever been any gems that Midnight Madness has missed out on because the producer(s) couldn't get their act together? ||Every year. But I don't dwell on it. Gotta look to the future! No regrets! - CG. |
|Why did you cut the Canada First Program? ||Over the years we've found more and more Canadian filmmakers want to present their work at the Festival on the same stage as filmmakers from all over the world. Gia Milani has made a strong debut in ALL THE WRONG REASONS, for instance, and it'll premiere alongside Discovery programme films from many different countries. We still do a lot to offer additional profile and professional development to Canadian filmmakers, but when it comes to launching their films, I like this evolution towards making films from the whole world. - Cameron. |
| ||Good question. We felt that the programme wasn’t serving the films in the best way anymore. There were first features we felt naturally would sit better in other programmes, like edgier ones in Vanguard or ones with significant star power in Special Presentations. We’re still just as dedicated to showing first features, they are just spread out in the different programmes. -Agata. |
|Colin, I know a lot of friends who want to try Midnight Madness, and I'd love for them to have the experience, but they have a general aversion to horror films. Is there a MM film that you could recommend in this year's slate that might not be classified as a 'horror' film, but is perfect for the Midnight newcomer? ||Good question! I always have to work against the misconception that Midnight Madness is just about horror and gore, but we screened BORAT and THE RAID! This year, maybe try to have them come to R100 (sexy kinky strange comedy from Japan by the country's biggest comedian) or WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL (slapstick with some ridiculous Kill Bill level action) or the madcap WITCHING & BITCHING. Check the TIFF website for trailers to see if your pals would like them! - Colin Geddes. |
|Hi there, Torontonian here! How are the films for the festival selected? What makes a festival worthy film? Who selects the film? How did they end up being the person who selects the films? ||I can speak to part of this-re: how films are selected. We have a programming team of individuals who are responsible for either a genre (Midnight Madness, TIFFDocs) or a geographical territory. If you are responsible for a territory (mine are Australia, New Zealand, Israel and US independents--far flung!--then I go to those places every year, screen new films, meet filmmakers, and then come back to Toronto and look at everything they continue to send us for consideration (hundreds...) What makes a film festival worthy? A strong voice, a vision, innovation in form or content, or it's new work from a director that we've shown in the past--and any all of those reasons. At the end of the day, itt comes down to...you know it when you see it! JS. |
|If you could re-program one film that you selected over the past 10 years - perhaps one you felt didn't find it's audience or get distribution - what film and why? ||I picked a film in 1998 for the Midnight Madness selection called HEAVEN from New Zealand by Scott Reynolds starring Karl Urban, Martin Donovan and Richard Schiff that didn't get the attention or release that it deserved. Seek it out! - CG. |
| ||GAIA was a beautiful indie film I showed about 5 years ago that, for whatever reason, never found it's audience. A haunting powerful film that deserved better. Would absolutely still invite, but am regretful for how it went the last time--look for it! Jane Schoettle. |
|One of my favourite films, by the director of The Ugly. Reminded me in some ways of films by Nicolas Roeg. The DVD cover, unfortunately, is terrible. ||Sadly a DVD cover can doom a films release. :( - Colin Geddes. |
|I'm a big fan of Ti West's previous films and would love to take a (albeit, sensitive) date to see his newest THE SACRAMENT. Just how brutal is it? What was Eli Roth's influence as producer? I want to know if I need to find someone else to attend it with! ||It is not brutal. More of a thriller. The Eli Roth stamp does not mean there is gore or brutality. Remember he did THE LAST EXORCISM which was not so gory. - CG. |
|I'm a regular TIFF attendee and love that our city has this. If I could kiss up any more I would. (1) Over the years, any film gems that TIFF staff thought would blow away audiences but didn't get the recognition you thought it deserved? (2) Which country has surprised you the most in the films they've put out? ||I'll answer 2). Over the past ten years, I've been amazed at the growth of films coming from South Korea from arthouse to blockbusters. It is a really vibrant scene. Each programmer looks after various territories and have their own takes on what is happening around the world. I always recommend audience try and sample more international choices each year at TIFF. - Colin Geddes. |
|Colin used to program just Midnight Madness, but now he also does Vanguard, how did that happen? And can he program the rest of the festival too? I would go to an Everything Colin Likes Festival, and I'm sure he has nothing better to do with his time. ||Where is the LIKE button on this thing!?!? ;) - CG. |
|Former resident of Toronto... I actually lived directly across from the Bell Light Box (325! - buddy still has the place there). I would be curious to know the teams opinion on Amal vs. Slumdog Millionaire. I really thought Slumdog Millionaire overshadowed the film, but Amal was definitely one that stood out during that year. Unfortunately no tickets this year - but would love to. I have one friend that literally reschedules her life to "stalk" celebrities (more or less, standing in the crowds and getting pictures with them). Any tips for those individuals? ||Yes, AMAL did very well at TIFF and went on to travel a lot internationally. The filmmaker, Richie Mehta, has a new feature this year, SIDDHARTH. |
|I will be attending the premiere of Only Lovers Left Alive next Thursday. As this is my first TIFF experience, how soon do/should I be at the theater? ||An hour is best, and you get to feel the vibe, see the guests, talk to fellow audience members. |
| ||To get a great seat, I would recommend lining up in the Ticket Holder's line as much as 45 minutes to an hour in advance, but as long as you show up within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time, you'll definitely get a seat. Have fun with those vampires! |
|What is the selection process like for films that are submitted? where do you begin and how does the process work? ||This is a never ending process. Even now we're tracking films that we'd like to see for the 2014 Festival, but our most intense screening period begins with the Cannes Film Festival in May, followed by weeks of long days in our screening room at TIFF Bell Lightbox until we lock the programme in mid July. In terms of the process, we rely on our Withoutabox submissions, as well as screening films at other film festivals and through our valued industry partners, including producers, sales agents, distributors and national promotional agencies from around the world. Each year, our programming teams sees over 4,500 films to come up with our selection. Kerri Craddock. |
|I heard that the program was cut so you wouldn't have to play so many first time Canadians and could just focus on the ol' trusty's like Bruce McDonald, Denis Villeneuve, Ingrid Veninger, Peter Stebbings etc. Is it true that this year is the lowest number it's ever been or is that just hearsay? Do you still care about helping establish Canadian filmmakers or is all the heart of the festival really just focused on becoming a platform for The Oscars? ||Not true. The number of first features fluctuates from year to year. We have 5 this year and this is in line with what we've shown in the past. Not sure offhand what the lowest number ever was. Supporting first time filmmakers is very important to us and helping establish Canadian filmmakers is key to what we do. We'll be showing 30 Canadian feature films this year and 39 Canadian shorts. We also provide year round and TIFF industry programming for emerging Cdn filmmakers. It's a pretty big deal to us -Agata. |
|Have you ever introduced a movie with the cast and crew where there was hardly anyone in the audience? Or do you just shut down those screenings where no sales happen? ||In my memory (15 years at TIFF) we've never had NO sales on a screening. Certainly, we've had low tickets sales a few times over the years on a screening, perhaps due to date/time or a low awareness of the title--but we would never cancel for that reason. As far as I'm concerned, those people paid for that ticket and experience and we will wholeheartedly provide that experience. In one case, I do recall it leading to a really cool, intimate Q/A after the film and both the director and audience members really loved it the proximity that allowed for a really intense, personal conversation. JS. |
|Do you think that the dominating grip that Hollywood has on movie theaters around the world can be loosened? As in, do you see a trend where we will see more blockbuster movies, or more auteur type movies? ||This year Hollywood films have been beaten by local films in countries like Mexico, Spain, Japan and Korea. The grip is not as tight as many believe! - CG. |
| ||It already has been--IMHO. Traditional theatrical releasing is now only a part of a wide array of platforms through which films can be seen and shared. And any number of large and/or successful films from the last 5 years in particular have been financed and produced in other countries. Film is a global, no borders business and art--and some recent moves on the part of the traditional studios show that they recognize this also. JS. |
|What are some of the biggest challenges you face in programming the festival? Also, what are some of the considerations taken when selecting the Opening and closing night Gala presentaions? ||Challenges: serving the audience and the industry, all at once. We like everyone to be challenged and the films to get elevated. When achieved, it's rewarding for everyone. |
| ||There are more and more films being made every year, so one of the biggest challenges is just making sure we're seeing everything we need to. We have a big programming team that travels as much as possible to make sure we don't miss anything. For Opening and Closing, we're looking for films that will work well with a large, broad audience, and that fit the spirit of those nights. For Opening, it's also good to have a film that gives our audience something to think about, like FIFTH ESTATE. - Cameron. |
| ||I can't speak to Opening and Closing --but for my own part the most challenging thing is the sheer volume of submissions form all of my territories--everything needs to be considered and seen equally and that can mean weeks and weeks of no sleep! JS. |
| ||I think the biggest challenge is a question of balance. We're constantly striving to bring our audiences a diverse programme, including some of the hottest titles for the upcoming awards' season, some of the hottest sales titles of the year, as well as ensuring that a vast number of countries and filmmaking styles are represented. This year we have 70 countries represented in the programme, a statistic that we're proud of, but are always trying to top! |
| ||For the Opening Night film, it's important that we choose something that will appeal to our diverse audience of long time Festival supporters, film critics and the industry as a whole, both in terms of the film's content, as well as the stars that come with it! We're also always on the lookout from something topical that will kick off the Festival with great energy and buzz. This year's THE FIFTH ESTATE is a great example of how all of these factors can come together. |
| ||For our Closing Night film, while the same holds true, we place a greater emphasis on something celebratory and fun with big impact. This year's LIFE OF CRIME set in 1970s Detroit is sure to be a blast and we're thrilled that some of Hollywood's brightest stars will be in attendance. |
|Some of my favourite screenings over the years have been controversial ones. I'm thinking of one's that angered the audience, like Ken Park. I remember Larry Clark and Edward Lachman stood their ground and challenged the audience to get past yelling insults and have a discussion during the Q & A. Any moments like that to highlight? ||I LOVE screenings like that, but it can be daunting as a programmer who has to be a referee! Screenings that spark discussion are the best. In Midnight Madness we had a doc that had a fictional thread in it called S&MAN that disturbed the audience, but then was revealed in the Q&A. A memorable night! - Colin. |
| ||There's numerous films every year that provoke strong emotional responses--but it is key that people participate in a respectful Q/A--yelling never really gets your point across. Maybe I'm lucky--I've never had ill-mannered behaviour, but I've certainly experienced audience members that are impassioned, opinionated and ready to speak their mind--which is a part of the experience. JS. |
| ||The film THE IMMORAL should have an interesting Q&A... - Magali. |
|Back in the 90's, I can remember some early morning second screenings where the director or star showed up. John Waters on a Sunday morning for Pecker, Jeremy Irons and Wayne Wang for Chinese Box. Seems that rarely happens any more. Do you have any favourite heroic stars/directors who showed up to all screenings? ||Lynne Shelton for MY SISTER'S SISTER. JS. |
| ||Always juggling schedules which makes the talent attendance at 2nd screenings hard, but this year I have some directors who are staying in Toronto for 11 days! They want to be part of each and every screening of their films. Troopers! And I have some Midnight Madness alumni who are showing up even though they don't have a film in the Festival this year! - CG. |
| ||And Jon Hamm showed up for an early screening of FRIENDS WITH KIDS, happy to be there. JS. |
|I'm looking for good comedy or drama or romance. What movie should I watch for this year? ||DON JON is a great combo of comedy, drama and romance! See R100 or WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL in Midnight Madness for wacky comedy! - CG. |
|I will watch Don Jon by Joseph Gordon-Levitt for sure. :) ||Comedy: BAD WORDS by Jason Bateman for sure! JS. |
|Other than the French films, what are some movies with female nudity? ||Didn't you hear? France outlawed nudity this year in cinema. - Colin Geddes. |
|On the schedule for the opening and closing night movies, there are two different start times at two different theatres, but both are marked as "premium", aka red carpet premieres. Is this actually the case? And does this mean the cast and director will be at both? ||Yes, they will be at both. |
| ||We screen our Opening and Closing films at both the Elgin and Roy Thomson Hall theatres. There will be a stage introduction from the filmmakers at both screenings. - Cameron. |
|In years past all films were priced around $20.00 In the last few years the "premium" screenings have jumped to $40.00! Why such a drastic price jump? ||Including the Galas, which have always been priced higher, there are 42 premium screenings at the Festival. We have over 250 films at regular price. It's also worth remembering that the second and third screenings of those Premium films are at regular price, and we often have filmmakers present for the second screenings of Premium films. I hope you'll be able to find films to see at a price you can afford. - Cameron. |
|Didn't you hear? France outlawed nudity this year in cinema. - Colin Geddes. ||A fair amount of nudity in the short films this year. Way to go filmmakers! - Magali. |
|Two of the weakest Canadian films I've seen (SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL and THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG) were programmed before anyone had seen the films. As programmers do you think you'll start watching the films before promising them a gala or will you continue to offer coveted spots to your friends? ||Not true. We always see the films before we make programming decisions. - Cameron. |
|Online film selection is so much better than filling out the booklets. Any plans to allow TIFF patrons the option of printing their own tickets? ||In 2020 we hope that you can print your own cinema on 3D printers. - CG. |
|I plan on lining up this weekend for tickets. How early should I come to ensure I'll get most of the ones I want? Also, what percentage of tickets have already been sold through ticket packages? ||Many hours prior opening. Our online system is now much easier to use as well. If you dont get your #1 choices, you can also RUSH them day-of. |
|My friend wants to get there 24 hours before- should we go even earlier? Do tickets go on sale online at 9AM as well? ||Yes, 9am on September 1st. |
|Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be the biggest hype surrounding this year's festival. I for one am THRILLED that he is coming. Was the Fifth Estate always going to open the festival? ||You must be a SHERLOCK fan! We see all films before making a decision to invite them or not. We invited THE FIFTH ESTATE to open the Festival immediately upon seeing it in July. Kerri Craddock. |
| ||It's not just a Cumber-palooza this year! Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds and Mia Wasikowska each have three films playing with us--! JS. |
|Any openings in your team ? ||On the programming team, nothing at the moment, but we always have our eye out for enthusiastic, talented individuals. Be sure to check out TIFF's career opportunities. Kerri Craddock. |
|Do you have any news about Blood Ties wide release in North America? You guys have a great line-up. ||Thanks! We're excited to start presenting the line-up to audiences in one week's time! Roadside Attractions will release BLOOD TIES in the US and the film currently doesn't have distribution in Canada, so keep checking the website of the former (or IMDB) and stay tuned for new on Canada. Kerri Craddock. |
|How does somebody buy tickets for the shortcuts program? The ticketing system boggles me! ||Log onto our website at 9am on September 1st, and you can purchase tickets to any of our six Short Cuts Canada programmes (in the "S" section if you are scrolling alphabetically). - Magali |
|On average, how many films do each of you screen in a given year for consideration in the festival, and how many do each of you end up selecting? ||I see about 700 films a year and most programmers are also watching hundreds. - Cameron. |
| ||For Festival Shorts, over 700 in couple months. Year round, hundreds of features for the TIFF Bell Ligthbox. - @Magali_TIFF. |
| ||I see around 450-500, and I select around 21. JS. |
|Why are shorts programmed in a block by themselves? Many festivals program shorts at the start of features, which provides a greater visibility for the shorts and helps support the (usually) emerging filmmakers. ||To engage the audience with the filmmakers, shorts programmes have proven very successful. Our crowds are getting big, with many curious and adventurous audience members. We are now showing short films in front of many of our new releases at the TIFF Bell Ligthbox, year round, providing a large-scale, commercial exposure to many of these shorts. - Magali. |
|Is Daniel Radcliffe going to be at all three of his film's premieres? ||That's the plan. - Cameron. |
|What's been some of the more remarkable awkward moments that the public never hears about? Geddes, we remember the hilarity at Borat. ||That's like bragging about bad dates! Lots of stuff goes on behind the scenes, but that's show biz! - CG. |
|Can Steve McQueen moderate every Q&A? Because that would be awesome. ||Wouldn't that be fantastic??? But yeah, can't happen...JS. |
| ||Awesome, indeed. Maybe we should hire him. |
|How many screenings of the double will richard ayoade be at? ||The easy answer would be 2 (DOUBLE, geddit?), and that's the likely answer as well. - Cameron. |
|What has been the best film of this year, so far? ||Ask that once the Festival starts! - CG. |
|Do you get analytics on how films are tracking before the fest so you can promote ones you feel need more love / attention? ||We do indeed. We're constantly looking at ticket sales to ensure that we promote films with availability, whether those are off sale premium screenings with last minute tickets available or hidden gems that might escape our audience's attention without some help. |
|Another question for Geddes. What's the best "you're an ass for not selecting my film" phone calls you received? ||The "best"? Ugh. Never. Those calls are the worst, but luckily they are few and far between. Producers and directors must think long term and not short term. Often times if I can't pick a film, I still try and help the film and pass/suggest it to other festivals or people who can help. |
| ||This year I've picked a film and in the past I had to pass on the director and producers previous films, but this year they delivered at last! Love their spirit! - CG. |
|Will you be making the ticket purchasing process any easier? It's still incredibly confusing to see so many different packages. Also, unless you're a TIFF member, it's incredibly frustrating to pick movies in general. ||For answers to your ticketing questions, try here: - Cameron. |
|Have you ever been in a submarine? ||No. - @Magali_TIFF. |
|I thought Telluride played Argo, Slumdog Millionaire and The King's Speech before you did. ||Telluride often does preview screenings of films that premiere in Toronto, but it never describes its screenings as premieres. All three of those films made their official world premieres in Toronto. - Cameron. |
|Thanks for doing this AMA. Let's start with the obvious... please name a film or two that you're excited about. If you'd name one you selected, and one you haven't, that'd be great. ||Excited about Monia Chokri's QUELQU'UN D'EXTRAORDINAIRE, in the Shorts section. Actress turned director - and it pays off. - Magali Simard. |
| ||I am super excited for ALMOST HUMAN, a first time film that I've selected in Midnight Madness. Great thriller by a promising young talent, Joe Begos! And my colleague Jane has programmed a film with Joel Eggerton called FELONY that I am stoked to check out. - CG. |
| ||A film I didn't select but absolutely love: GLORIA - Magali Simard. |
| ||I’m excited about showing a film called SIDDHARTH by Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta. It’s set in India and tells the story of a father who’s sent his 12-yr old son to work in a factory in another province. The son never returns. Really moving story about a dad’s desperate and tangled search for his son. Beautifully done in a neo-realist style. I really want to see IDA by Pawel Pawlikowski – I am of big fan of his film MY SUMMER OF LOVE. - Agata. |
| ||GOING AWAY CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE UNDER THE SKIN A WOLF AT THE DOOR BREAK LOOSE ANTBOY LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON FAT HOTELL ENEMY GIRAFFADA THE LUNCHBOX GRAVITY STOP THE POUNDING HEART SUBCONSCIOUS PASSWORD ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE MANILA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT MANAKAMANA. |
| ||Kerri Craddock. |
|Yes, they will be at both. We screen our Opening and Closing films at both the Elgin and Roy Thomson Hall theatres. There will be a stage introduction from the filmmakers at both screenings. - Cameron. ||Audiences will also have a chance to catch up with the film at a third screening on Saturday morning at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Kerri Craddock. |
|Is Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo related to Kevin Sorbo. ||No - not that I know of! - Agata. |
|That's like bragging about bad dates! Lots of stuff goes on behind the scenes, but that's show biz! - CG. ||Ditto to what Colin said--I try to do a brain flush of the icky stuff at the end of every festival. I need the room. JS. |
|Can you name one film with a great storyline/plot that you've seen that ended as a flop but could have been amazing with a different director or actors (but still the same funding) ||I've mulled this over--and I think the answer is No! Great question though! (Would make a very interesting dinner party game/discussion!)JS. |
|Thanks-having met them, they are totally cool and quite remarkable yung people. JS. ||Sorry--YOUNG people! |
|Gosling, Cranston and Brooks along with the director showed up for the second 9 AM screening of Drive a couple of years ago. They were a bit bedraggled, but they were there. Link to inatiff.com. ||I did that DRIVE Q&A and I was so excited that they came at 9AM! Gosling was doing a yoga move in the Green Room! - CG. |
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