Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Superman - Batman Movie Will Film in Detroit Michigan!

As you know, I LOVED Man of Steel, I gave it a 9/10 score! So you know I'm geeked out beyond imagination in reading a tweet from the Detroit Free Press this morning, confirming that the Superman - Batman movie will be made in Detroit and the surrounding area in early 2014. I will devote a 3-day weekend to scouting out filming locations so that I can be a part of the magic of making this movie! This is so exciting! With Ben Affleck being named as the new Batman last week, this news has made me find more value in his selection. Henry Cavill is the best Superman by far, so this is going to be an excellent adventure. Read the article in full by Julie Hinds.

Michigan is getting the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader.
The upcoming Superman-Batman movie has been approved for the state’s film incentives, the Michigan Film Office announced today.
The Warner Bros. film featuring the two biggest superheroes of DC Comics expects to begin shooting in metro Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan sometime in the first three months of 2014.
The movie, informally known as the untitled “Man of Steel” sequel, has been approved for $35 million in incentives on an anticipated $131 million of in-state spending.
That would represent a higher percentage of spending for the incentives awarded than Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which was filmed in Pontiac’s Michigan Motion Picture Studios in 2011. The origin story of Oz’s wizard had a projected spending of roughly $105 million and was awarded nearly $40 million in incentives.The movie, which will star Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, expects to hire 406 Michigan workers. The MFO also said it would use about 500 Michigan vendors and spend $5.1 million on local hotels.Thousands of extras are expected to be needed.
The Superman-Batman movie will be directed by Zack Snyder, who also helmed the blockbuster “Man of Steel.” Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, the Ann Arbor native who is writing the screenplay.
“Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” said Snyder in a MFO statement.
The Superman-Batman movie has been the subject of worldwide buzz ever since the on-screen combination of the two DC superheroes was announced at this year’s Comic Con.Recently, the official Warner Bros. announcement of Affleck’s casting as Batman ignited heated debate in the social media world. So did a story from that Bryan Cranston would be Lex Luthor, a report that lit up the Twittersphere.
Last week, the Free Press reported that the Superman-Batman movie would be coming to Detroit.
The incentives for the project will be allocated from the fiscal 2014 budget, which, like fiscal 2013, is $50 million, according to the film office. Any leftover money from the fiscal 2013 incentives will be directed to offsetting the full amount approved for this project.
So far in fiscal 2013, $36 million in incentives has been awarded to 26 projects.
Superhero films on this scale typically use several locations to complete their production. But the MFO announcement indicates that Michigan will be a substantial location for the sequel.The movie could raise Michigan’s profile as a potential filming location. The state’s filming schedule had slumped after the 2011 revamping and reduction of the film incentives, but was revived this year by productions like AMC’s “Low Winter Sun” and “Transformers 4.”
The award also leaves enough for the state to draw a few smaller studio or TV projects or many small independent films, a mix that the local film community considers important to sustaining opportunities here.
For instance, the Superman-Batman incentive would still leave enough for the return of “Low Winter Sun” if the series is renewed. It was approved for nearly $9 million in incentives for its 10 episodes.

Monday, August 26, 2013

This Sums up the VMAs

I haven't watched MTV's VMAs since 1997, and this manip/photoshopped picture perfectly sums up the sad circus of bullshit that the video music awards is all about. Miley Cyrus, you are a stupid girl for slutting up for attention. Pathetic, I'm sure that in your family, they are proud of you.

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Now if we yell Miley's name three times, can she just go away?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Music Video: City and Colour - Thirst

I absolutely dig this song. I have been listening to it on the radio when I'm driving around, and I always turn up the volume. There's something about the lyrical voice of Dallas Green, the lead singer, with the drums and synthesizers in the background. I get a 90's vibe from the song. And when you see the video, Dallas looks like a store clerk, in a sweet and gentle, nerdy way. The video for Thirst has a James Bond opening quality to it. Check out this Canadian, I'm totally going to download the song and listen to it on my iPod in route to Toronto. They are coming to Detroit on Nov 7th.


When I think of
Fates worse than death
All I can think of
Is something you said
You said we were golden
Bright like the sun
And now I am stranded
Knowing I'm not the one

An ocean of anger
Flowing through me
Blood-stained and broken
From what I failed to see
And just like a snake charmer
You led me astray
Living in distress
Hoping help was on the way

In the midst of a storm searching for shelter
I came upon one single feather
A half-hearted wish for something better
Gracefully cursed
I thirst

Attached to the soil
I'm dyed in the wool
There's iron in my blood
Yet so vulnerable
But after I'm gone
Once I finally leave
You will be left alone
To the wolves and the thieves.

In the midst of a storm searching for shelter
I came upon one single feather
A half-hearted wish for something better
Gracefully cursed
I thirst

Gracefully cursed
I thirst

Gracefully cursed
I thirst

I thirst

Friday, August 23, 2013

Around town: AnnYpsi

In the span of 5 days, I have done two new things near home. Last Sunday I went to the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival for the first time, and this evening, a new shopping strip mall opened up across the street called Arbor Hills. It's a very posh place with Lulumon, MadeWell, NorthFace, my beloved Anthropologie, Paper Source, and Glass Box Cafe. Several other stores plan to open and two restaurants over the next few weeks. It's going to be insane at this place for the next month or so when the college kids come back into town. And shopping here is going to be a mad house and cause traffic congestion. Glad I can just walk there.

They served h'orderves and sparking water and wine at the Anthropologie Grand opening. Proceeds from all sales went to the school of design at U of M.

And scenes from the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival a few days ago -

Fresh apples from a small farm a few miles North. I bought a few.
 This woman is modeling Rosie the Rivetor to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant to create a new home for the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Mi.
 The Eyrie is a gift shop in Depot Town in downtown Ypsi, and they also serve tea in their garden. When I buy a house from the lottery I'm going to win one day, I'm going to model my back yard like this!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My 10th TIFF Film Schedule

Here is my tentative 38th TIFF film schedule of 16 films to watch:

Thursday 9/5

Blue is the Warmest Color   Winter Garden  7pm

Friday 9/6 

12 Years a Slave    Princess of Wales    6pm

Saturday 9/7

The Fifth Estate           Winter Garden   12:30pm

Cannibal              Scotia             4:30pm

Mission Congo     Scotia 6           9:30pm

Sunday 9/8

Dallas Buyers Club         Elgin      11am

The Station                   Scotia 14   2:15pm

Gravity                       Princess of Wales   6:30pm

Monday 9/9

Night Moves        Bell Lightbox  11:45am

Mystery Road       Scotia 2         3:45pm

August: Osage Co.     RTH           6:30pm

Tuesday 9/10

Blood Ties           Ryerson   11:45am

Under the Skin     Elgin  2:30pm

Don Jon             Princess of Wales   6:30pm

Bastards          Bell Lightbox 2          9pm

Wednesday 9/11

Omar    Bloor  12pm

Sunday, August 18, 2013

My 10th TIFF - No Press Accreditation

No media accreditation at TIFF 2013
On Friday afternoon, nearly 8 weeks after my media accreditation application was submitted, I got the dreadful email (from a no-reply back email no less) that denied me access to the 38th Toronto Int'l Film Festival. The letter further reiterated just how precious and few the access is this year with so many media asking for accreditation. In the back of my mind, I knew I would be denied because film festivals take themselves so damn serious, and Toronto is at the top of the heap in this attitude. Oh trust me, I still love TIFF, but when it comes to a blogger like me trying to gain access, legit, journalistic access, TIFF doesn't find value in what someone like me can contribute. I wonder how many bloggers were accredited this year. How many of them pay their own way? How many of them have attended TIFF 10+ consecutive years?

I reckon that it's not what a writer can do, but what can they DO for TIFF? How far and wide is their media reach? How much more current and  future monies can they bring to TIFF and Toronto via their coverage? How can the media contribute to further promotion of the glamour of TIFF and the brilliant vibrancy of Toronto and it's influence in the Hollywood scheme of things? What more can the media do to build upon TIFF's barometer to start the true Oscar season in early September like no other festival?

TIFF Press room 2011: Detroit Metro Times
Maybe I'll try again next year, or maybe not, I'll just spare myself the waste of time. By my not getting accredited this year, it just reminds me of this bold separation between mainstream media journalism, and just mere bloggers. Have bloggers and blogging by proxy helped increased the prestige of being a traditional journalist or mainstream media forum? For a blogger to be "legitimate" and "reputable" does one have to sell out and align itself under a media group umbrella, such as a MSM media affiliate in order to become more credible? I have seen such mergers in the past five years of two notable former bloggers and now they are in the big leagues and are perceived to be more legitimate. But some bloggers do get press access at TIFF, like this dude at Black Sheep Reviews (note, it helps living in Toronto and being in a social circle of film review media friends who invite you to events where you can develop networking TIFF access).

Such an opportunity to have a MSM website will never happen for me because I don't really want to go that route. Once I become part of a social media conglomerate, there are rules, advertisement, and article quotas that goes against my independent operation. And as such, it is most likely that I will never be credible enough to be deemed worthy of media accreditation. The only way I can move on from this slap down is to carry on like usual and cover TIFF the best way I can, in my own unique way as a TIFF fan and film lover.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Special Purchase for TIFF

Specially made for my Fassinating Fassbender blog.
I will be wearing this t-shirt proudly at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival in a few weeks. My favorite actor, Michael Fassbender, will be there to promote his film, '12 Years a Slave'. My 10th anniversary at TIFF with my TIFF BFF Glenn is going to be unprecedented!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Russian Olympics Should be Boycotted!

I cannot sit back and watch the United States and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) continue to carry on with the Sochi 2014 Olympic games. Both entities are well aware of President Valdimir Putin's aggressive, discriminatory anti-gay policy against Russia's LGBT community. No one in that country can be out and proud for fear of losing their jobs, life, and go to prison. Anyone thought to be gay can be arrested and detained for up to 14 days. The Russian government is using gay people as a scapegoat to cover up continued Russian political drama, government corruption, and a poor economy... just like that how German bastard during WWII used Jewish people. Yes kids, history does repeat itself!

Russia NEEDS these games and they need them to be successful. So that's why it's all the more perplexing that in 2013, six months before the Olympics, Putin would take such a ridiculous gamble and indiscriminately single out a group of citizens and criminalize them. I stress the year 2013 because it's just so unbelievable that a supposed government of a civilized world power society, that has a seat on the United Nations, would be so ass backwards and treat homosexuals as deviant criminals. The world over would be appalled if instead of LGBT people, that the victims be Jewish, Asian, black, handicapped, fat, etc. No one would tolerate that, but when it comes to gay people, other people's personal sexual orientation... oh well,  it's not our problem, we should still just go to the Olympics and kick ass! Yeah! This is bullshit and I sure as hell won't be paying attention to the Sochi Olympics. Then again, I haven't cared much for the Olympics since the 90s, so... but still, I'm not going to write about it or tweet 'Hoo-rays' when my favorite nations win the gold. I'll just ignore it. But it's my hopes that as time passes, some brave countries will announce that they are boycotting the Olympics on humanitarian grounds, or that some high-profile athletes publicly announce that they are not going.

What about all the gay athletes, trainers, reporters, visitors and family/friends who plan on going to Russia? Do they have to leave their gayness at home? And if they do, will they happily spend money in a country that jails gay people just because they're gay? If these games go on and if they are a financial success per Russian assessments, then the world just told Russia that their political war against LGBT people is A-ok and that what they're doing is the right thing. And to that, I say fuck the countries and the people who support the Sochi Olympics and Russian politics.