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Straight from the cutting room floor

Hey guys! I hope you all are having a fantastic Tuesday so far!

So. Let’s talk movies, shall we? I am a huge movie buff. I love spending Friday nights curled up on the couch with a good RomCom or action flick and can never say no to that $5 bin at Wally-World, often walking out with a movie (or five.)

Of course the actual movie is what draws you in, keeps you on the edge of your seat and has you either roaring with laughter or crying all of the ugly tears, but have you ever wondered about the parts of your favorite flicks that don’t make it into theaters or onto your DVD’s? The stuff that maybe wasn’t quite up to snuff?

No way! Me too!!

Well hold on to your shorts, guys because it just so happens that I’ve been privy to some very top-secret, cutting room floor stuff.

Grab some popcorn and some Milk Duds–which by the way are GREAT when eaten together. The combo of sweet and salty will have your mouth in party mode–and get ready to be entertained!

Titanictitanic10n-6-web

Original line: “I’ll never let go Jack. I’ll never let go.”

Line that was cut: “I’ll never let go of my Eggo, Jack. I’ll never let go.”

Jerry McGuirejerry_maguire

Original Line: “You had me at hello.”

Line that was cut: Hellllloooooo. La, la, la!”

TerminatorTerminator

Original Line: “I’ll be bahhack.”

Line that was cut: “I’ll be bahhack…right after I finish this game of Words With Friends.”

Napolenon DynamiteNapoleon-Dynamite-napoleon-dynamite-117738_714_474

Original Line: “Give me some of your chapstick, Kip; my lips hurt real bad!”

Line that was cut: “Gah Kip, stop stealing all of my chapstick! Don’t even deny it, I know Lipsmacker when I smell it!”

Old Schooloriginal

Original Line: “We’re going streaking!!!”

Line that was cut: “We’re going knitting!!!”

Forrest Gumpforrest-gump

Original Line: “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.”

Line that was cut: “Life is like a box of Wheaties; it’s full of flakes and makes you poop.”

Star Wars1150910534

Original Line: “May the force be with you.”

Line that was cut: “Yeah…good luck with that.”

Harry Potterharry-potter-stone-wand_510

Original Line: “Why my boy, you’re a wizard Harry!”

Line that was cut: “Why my boy, you really should look into getting a new pair of glasses. There’s a sale at Pearl Vision. We’ll make a pit stop on our way to Hogsmeade and hook a boy up. ”

The Sixth Sensethe_sixth_sense

Original Line: “I see dead people.”

Line that was cut: “No YOU see dead people!”

Gone With the WindGWTW_8lg

Original Line: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Line that was cut: “Frankly my dear, I could really use some Chipotle right now.”

When Harry Met Sallywhen-harry-met-sally-original1

Original Line: “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Line that was cut: “I’ll just have the salad with dressing on the side.”

Love Storylove_story_1970_1

Original Line: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Line that was cut: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry for leaving the toilet seat up.”

Apollo 13Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Bacon as they appear in APOLLO 13, 1995.

Original Line: “Houston, we have a problem.”

Line that was cut: “Yes mom, I remembered to bring my lunch.”

Fight ClubTyler-fight-club-736832_1024_768

Original Line: “First rule of fight club? You don’t talk about fight club.”

Line that was cut: “First rule of kite club? You don’t talk about kite club. Because would you really want anyone to know you’re in a kite club?!”

Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveAce_Ventura_Pet_Detective_28607_Medium

Original Line: “Alllll rigghhhttyyy then.”

Line that was cut: “Mk.”

Field of Dreamslarge field of dreams blu-ray5

Original Line: “If you build it, they will come.”

Line that was cut: “If you spend thousands of dollars turning your corn field into a baseball field, kidnap a famous writer, travel across America looking for Dr. Graham and have conversations with Shoeless Joe Jackson, you might start seeing ghosts of baseball’s past. Maybe.”

Alllllrriiggghhhttyyy then.

I don’t know about you but I am beginning to see why some of those lines were cut 😉

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Life’s Little Awesomes: Going to a movie by yourself

It happened by accident the first time.

Years ago back while I was in high school, I was staying after class to finish up an art project but had late-night plans later on to meet up with some friends at the downtown movie theater. I grew up in a very small town in Wisconsin so when I say “downtown” I mean, “down the street, up a block and a left at the Perkins.” I figured I’d catch a lift with my parents (only the super cool kids did that) to the theater, watch the latest Freddie Prince Jr. romcom with my pals, and then squeeze into my best friend Jenna’s car (she had just gotten her license and was the envy, and designated chauffeur, of the gang.)

Well, I got there late due to my mom’s snail-like tendencies on the road, and the theater was already dark with hypnotic Fruitopia commercials playing as I walked in. I had no choice but to walk around whisper-yelling for a few minutes before eventually giving up and settling into a cozy seat at the back, figuring I’d find my friends after the show.

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After the cheesy (but oh so charming) relationship clichés and dating hijinks faded into happily ever afters (She’s All That is still one of my all-time favorite chick-flicks!), and the scrolling credits illuminated the screen, my friends were still no where to be seen. I almost was tempted to invent a wireless telephone of some sort to send them electronic letters on the spot, but the network infrastructure just wasn’t ready. So I bundled up and walked home before sorting out the mixed up plans the next day.

Sure, it felt a bit strange sitting alone at the  back of the movies for the first time, but you know what? It was actually pretty darn enjoyable too.

1. Dress down for Chinatown. When you’re chilling at home under your Strawberry Shortcake blanket, you can relax in old sweats and classy bedhead, but when you’re on the town it’s time to squeeze into tight denim and well-coiffed hairdos. When you hit the multiplex solo, you can fight the fashion police in your maroon nylon jumpsuit and tank top, sans the worries but with all the comfort in the world.

2. Bag the bucket. enjoy the whole bucket of popcorn and box of Milkduds to yourself without worrying about getting stuck with the oily kernels and burnt bits at the bottom of the bag.

3. Kick open the escape hatch. When you’re lugging your baby brother or sister to a Saturday afternoon cartoon or doing date night in a high-octane, shoot ’em up action flick, that escape hatch is bolted on tight. But if you’re watching a movie alone and aren’t digging the flick, you can just bail and see something else without the guilt. Freedom is always nearby.

4. Squeeze into center seats. You know when you’re looking for seats in a crowded theater and there never seems to be any twos or threes in the best spots? Well, god news friends! There’s usually a single seat wedged in there somewhere! If you’re late, Hakuna Matata! Forget the front row neck killer seats and get into the game!

5. Invest in yourself. Because there’s something sweet about getting quality You Time. Sure, we’re social creatures by nature who love dinner parties, basement hangouts and constant texting…but it’s also good unplugging your braina nd escaping into distant fantasy worlds on your own. No talking, no whispering and plenty of armrests mean you can enjoy the solo trip.

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Going out to the movies by yourself is about growing up, growing older and growing more comfortable in your own skin. It fills you with the freedom of just being yourself and letting everything else just slip away for 2 hours…

AWESOME!

Friday Funnies: Cutting Room Floor

Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you all are having a fantastic start to your weekend so far!

Have you ever wondered about the parts of your favorite movies that don’t make it into theaters or your DVD’s? The stuff that maybe wasn’t quite up to snuff (hey–that rhymed!)?

Yeah. Me too.

Well be still your beating heart folks because I’ve got it.

Straight from the cutting room floor.

A friend of a friend who’s stepdad’s mom’s daughter’s pre-school teacher’s uncle’s sister-in-law named Shmendi Roe Hansen (no relation) once was an extra in Steven Spielburg’s (SO underrated if you ask me) movie Mesozoic Park was gracious enough to hook me up with some never-before seen (or heard) script changes from some of your most favorite and popular flicks!

So go grab some popcorn and some Milk Duds (which by the way are GREAT when eaten together. The combo of sweet and salty and caramely will have your mouth in party mode!) guys and and get ready to be entertained!

Titanictitanic10n-6-web

Original line: “I’ll never let go Jack. I’ll never let go.”

Line that was cut: I’ll never let go of my Eggo, Jack. I’ll never let go.”

Jerry McGuirejerry_maguire

Original Line: “You had me at hello.”

Line that was cut: “You had me at Jello.”

TerminatorTerminator

Original Line: “I’ll be bahhack.”

Line that was cut: “I’ll be bahhack right after I finish this game of Words With Friends.”

Napolenon DynamiteNapoleon-Dynamite-napoleon-dynamite-117738_714_474

Original Line: “Give me some of your chapstick, Kip; my lips hurt real bad!”

Line that was cut: Give me some of your lipstick, Kip; my lips need a bit of color real bad!”

Old Schooloriginal

Original Line: “We’re going streaking!!!”

Line that was cut:” We’re going knitting!!!”

Forrest Gumpforrest-gump

Original Line: “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.”

Line that was cut: “Life is like a box of Wheaties; it’s full of flakes and makes you poop.”

Star Wars1150910534

Original Line: “May the force be with you.”

Line that was cut: “Yeah…good luck with that.”

Harry Potterharry-potter-stone-wand_510

Original Line: “Why my boy, you’re a wizard Harry!”

Line that was cut: “”Why my boy, you really should look into getting a new pair of glasses. There’s a sale at Pearl Vision. We’ll make a pit stop on our way to Hogsmeade and hook a boy up. ”

The Sixth Sensethe_sixth_sense

Original Line: “I see dead people.”

Line that was cut: “I eat dead people.”

Gone With the WindGWTW_8lg

Original Line: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Line that was cut: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a monkey’s uncle.”

When Harry Met Sallywhen-harry-met-sally-original1

Original Line: “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Line that was cut: “I’ll just have the salad with dressing on the side.”

Love Storylove_story_1970_1

Original Line: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Line that was cut: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry for leaving the toilet seat up.”

Apollo 13Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Bacon as they appear in APOLLO 13, 1995.

Original Line: “Houston, we have a problem.”

Line that was cut: “Yes mom, I remembered to bring my lunch.”

Fight ClubTyler-fight-club-736832_1024_768

Original Line: “First rule of fight club? You don’t talk about fight club.”

Line that was cut: “First rule of kite club? You don’t talk about kite club. Because would you really want anyone to know you’re in a kite club?!”

Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveAce_Ventura_Pet_Detective_28607_Medium

Original Line: “Alllll rigghhhttyyy then.”

Line that was cut: “Alright.”

Field of Dreamslarge field of dreams blu-ray5

Original Line: “If you build it, they will come.”

Line that was cut: “If you spend thousands of dollars turning your corn field into a baseball field, kidnap a famous writer, travel across America looking for Doc. Graham and have conversations with Shoeless Joe Jackson, you might start seeing ghosts of baseball’s past. Maybe.”

Alllllrriiggghhhttyyy then.

I don’t know about you but I am beginning to see why some of those lines were cut 😉

Have a fantastic weekend, guys!

And watch some movies 🙂

Seeing Stars

Happy humpday guys (aka Friday eve eve)!

Big news in my little neck of the woods…

For the past two weeks, Hollywood has taken root in my small town of Cartersville, GA. You see, they are currently in the process of filming the (soon to be, I am sure) blockbuster movie Devil’s Knot. Based on the true story of the West Memphis Three, this flick starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth and Stephen Moyer (to name just a few) centrals around the true story of the 1993 murders of three eight year old children and the subsequent trials of three teenagers, the West Memphis Three, charged with and convicted of these crimes. The movie adaptation is set to revolve around the central idea that the three teenagers’ convictions were a result of “Satanic panic”, much like what happened during the Salem Witch trial craze oh so long ago, rather than actual evidence. Sounds good!

The film Devil’s Knot, a true story, is an adaptation of this book written by Mara Leverett. One to add to me “To Read” list for sure!

I was lucky enough to get in on some of the action (pun intended) yesterday afternoon when I chilled on set where they were filming at the old Cartersville Court-House. It was so neat to see the actual filming process, seeing the crew run back and forth with costumes, props and snacks, watching the stars and the extras do take after take, aiming for the perfect shot. Most of the filming took place inside of the court-house so the I didn’t get to check out a great deal of the actual filming, and the film crew was very stringent on people NOT taking pictures and/or videos–and believe me, you did not want to mess with the gal who was standing in front of the crowd of fans, keeping everyone in order; think Mike Tyson in a skirt. Since I somewhat valued my life, I didn’t go against Miss Tyson’s wishes and didn’t get a pic of one miss Witherspoon or Sir Colin Firth, but I did manage to sneak in a shot of them filming.

Aaannnndddd….ACTION!

Apparently both Colin and Reese had been out just a mere hour before I had gotten there and were signing autographs and mingling with the fans. Just my luck, right?! Even though I did not get to say hi, I was able to see them when during one of their breaks, they stepped out onto the court-house balcony and waved to the crowd.

And I’ve got to say, Reese was as cute as a button, even more so in person for sure.

Hey girl, hey!! Reese spotted in C-ville 🙂

And Colin, pretty darn cute for an old guy, not to mention that accent. Oh that accent.

Hello, kind sir 🙂

And get this, both Colin Firth and Stephen Moyer ate dinner at one of the local bars in town, just the two of them grabbing a beer and some wings. It’s cool to see big time celebs like these fellows being able to just be, not bagged down by the papparazzi or crazy fans. What impressed me most was how they seemed to be so normal, so down to earth and very warming to everyone. Two thumbs up for these guys!

According to my sources (impressive no?), Jack Sparrow himself, Mr. Johnny Depp will be in town in three months because he is producing and starring in another version of this film, only it will be from the defendants point of view. Nuh uh?! I actually applied to be an extra in this particular film and unfortunately they didn’t need me (although be sure to look for my pal Courtney…Way to go girl!) but I did get an email saying that they would love for me to work on this next Depp version if when they start, I was still interested. Um…let me think about that for a…HECK TO THE YES!!!! HOW CRAZY COOL WOULD THAT BE?!?!?! I mean???? I. Would. Die. Seriously, die.

Being such a film nut as I am, it was awesome to see the inner and outer workings on a film, what really goes on behind the scenes and how long and complicated making a silver-screen picture really is. I was in movie magic heaven. It definitely makes you appreciate and respect your two hours of popcorn eating, soda slurping and movie viewing experience a little bit more, for sure.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I better start working on my standing-still-and not-doing-anything-but-still-looking-extremely-important-in-the-process skills. Three months will be here for you know it and I am not ging to let my Johnny down. I’ll be darned to Pluto (the dog, not the former ‘not ever really a planet ‘planet) if I am not the best ‘girl in overalls sitting on the curb eating a Fudgcicle while listening to Styx on her Discman’ that anyone has every seen. And maybe I should place a call to my girl Tyra too and get her advice on how to perfect the perfect smize, just in case 😉

Questions of the day:

Have you ever seen or run into any stars/celebrities?

When I was in New York, I saw Jaimee Lyn-Discala from the Sopranos walking her pooch in Central Park. I also saw former Green Bay Packer coach Mike Holmgren (much taller in person) in the airport, singer Sisqo (of the best worst summer jam ‘Thong Song’ fame) at the Luxor hotel in Vegas and one of my uber fav’s Bob Uecker when dining out in Milwaukee one night (FYI: He likes dirty martinis).

If you had the chance to work on a movie, would you?

Not even a question for me 🙂

Lessons From a RomCom

Hey guys!

I hope you’re all having a great Monday and are staying cool (or at least trying too)! This past weekend, I spent a lot of time inside the comfort of my A/C’d abode–being stuck inside on a sunny summer day is almost too sacrilege for words but it was so gosh darn hot out! I read, I got caught up on some writing, a ate a stockpile of ice cream…and I watched a lot of movies.

In honor of my recent silver screen overload, I am putting on my film critic hat today and talking about one of my most favorite of all things…MOVIES.

Besides books, and baseball, and all things topped with frosting, movies are one of my guiltiest pleasures. Some people spend their paychecks on shoes or fancy car parts. Me? I can’t not walk out of a Best Buy or FYE without a handful of DVD’s. The $5 movie bin at Wal-Mart is my best friend. I can’t help it. There is something about sitting down after a long day, forgetting the troubles of the world for a mere hour and a half and mindlessly getting entertained, laughing until your stomach hurts, hiding under behind a blanket and getting the beans scared out of you, or drooling over the scene when the hunky lead character takes his shirt off (hello Channing Tatum!). I love a good comedy, getting pumped up about seeing an action flick and am on the edge of my seat whenever a good drama or suspense thriller comes on.

I also love romantic comedies. I really do. Any movie that pits Drew Barrymore against some lovable former-SNL actor is a guaranteed win for me.

But I do have my limits.

The other day, I went to the library to refill my stock of reading material for the next few days (oh who am I kidding…the next few hours) and decided to pick up some movies as well. Great tip: Your local library often rents out flicks as well so you can save major moolah on your Blockbuster or Pay-Per-View costs.  I’d seen most of what was available–like I said, I watch A LOT of movies–except for “Friends with Benefits” starring former N’syncer Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Although I had seen “No Strings Attached” (which coincidently is one of N’Sync’s major billboard hits), the major blah Ashton Kutcher-Natalie Portman movie about the same exact thing–friends hooking up free of romantic attachment, desperate times call for desperate measures; and “Friends with Benefits” it was. I got home, popped some corn, planted myself on the couch and settled in for the movie.

The problem with romantic comedies is that they’re so predictable. In the end, the audience knows, the unlikely couple–the two that hate each other, the two that are already engaged to other people, the two who, yes, want to just be friends with benefits–will get together and some form of “happily ever after” will result. So, to throw the audience off it’s predictability scent, many rom-coms try to add novelty in other ways, like gratuitous uses of shock-humor, time travel, or, in the case of “Friends with Benefits” a meta-narrative.

You read me right: meta-narrative (take that fancy word and suck on it). In laman’s terms, a meta-narrative is basically a story inside of a story.

A major theme of this flick is the characters’ awareness of the well-worn ‘map’ of romantic comedies–there’s even a movie-inside-the-movie starring Jason Segel (everybody’s favorite Muppet-loving dude) and Rashida Jones (that girl who tried to steal Jim away from Pam in the Office). The unexpected result of this effort to buffer the predictability of rom-coms is that they have become the perfect vehicle for telling moral stories in unexpected ways. What is a love story, after all, if not a moral story in which two opposite forces put aside differences, compromise, and choose to value the other above the self? This is the stuff of good romance, my friends.

By adding laugh-til-you-pee-a-little humor, movies are able to convey moral lessons without beating the audience over the head. In the case of “Friends with Benefits,” and, not surprisingly, also for “No Strings Attached,” the moral is that no man (or woman) is an island, no matter what William Shakespeare or Paul Simon have to say about it. The audience knows this (I hope), and thus the movie is a vehicle in which a value we hold to be intrinsically true is reinforced.

I think it is precisely this reinforcement of my thoughts and beliefs about love that I appreciate most about romantic comedies. Well, that and I am a huge fan of Sandra Bullock! Being reminded that all people are looking for true love with someone who is also a great friend is awesome!

Romantic comedies remind us of our hopes and dreams–our ideals. They show us that love can come from the most awkward people and places. And they also show us that love does not have to be as ideal as what most fairy tales meant them to be. Love just needs to be real. Awkward, funny, and real. The Wedding Singer, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and 27 Dresses are a great example of this (and also three of my fav’s).

On the other hand, I also think that rom-coms have a way of giving a bit of false hope, the ‘happily ever after’ ending is inevitable. The story lines of most romantic comedies or romances in general are usually fairly unrealistic, yet some people expect similar events to occur in their own love lives. People who choose to be an audience of such movies should understand that happiness cannot be shaped by what we see on screen, but that each and every individual will find their own “happily ever after” with time and in the right way.

All in all, I guess I give the genre a lot of grace to be predictable, cheesy, and sometimes downright awful. “Friends with Benefits” was a little lot bit of each of these, but I liked it, despite JT’s less-than ‘two-thumbs-up’ performance. It’s just my personal opinion, but I think he should stick to doing his boy band, wanna-be rocker thang.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date, make that 50 first ones, with Drew Barrymore and my boy Adam Sandler 🙂

Questions of the day: What lessons have you learned about love from romantic comedies?

Is “Happily Ever After” an ideal we should strive for?

I’m not wedded to the idea of “Happily Ever After.” It is nice to strive for but who can predict the future? I like rom-coms that teach that love can be awkward, uncomfortable and may not work out (“500 Days of Summer”) or take some time to develop (“When Harry Met Sally”) or that love settles in after you’ve settled down (“The Runaway Bride”)

 

Brat-WORST

Isn’t it all of the worst…

1. You wake up 18 minutes before your alarm is set to go off. Really?! Seriously?!

2. Your cookie is just slightly too big for the glass. So close, and yet so far.

3. Your Totino’s explode mid-bake. It was ugly. It was messy. It was Mt. Vesuvius all over again.

4. The chord to your laptop battery gets all up in your chair. Come on, you stupid chord. Why is it so easy for you to get tangled up in my chair and yet so hard to get you out?!

5. You are trimming the ruffles off of your paper so perfectly when…oops. Ahh man! It was so pretty…

6. The loop of your pants/strap of your purse/sleeve of your coat gets stuck on a door handle. How does this happen?!

7. It takes some serious McGuivering to get your toothpaste out. It took fifteen minutes and the jaws of life, but I finally got that milimeter drop of Crest out! Mission accomplished. Crest, I will see you tomorrow morning for round two. 

8. They should really consider making these cans wider. Just saying. It’s all gravy until the chip-level reaches mid-can.

9. Your yogurt will not stay upright. I blame it on the spoon.

10. Movies as book covers. They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but if I were judging a book based on the movie’s poster, I kinda sorta really don’t think I would want to read the book.  And that is ca-razy because everyone knows the books are ALWAYS 100% better!

11. Denied by Youtube. Oh shoots.

12. Creepy crawlies like this. WHAT IS THAT???!!!??

13. Your pencil only sharpens on one side. Come on, #2! why you do me like that?!

14. You get a stubborn milk carton. Got Milk? Well, I would if I could OPEN YOU!!

15. You get a stubborn binder. You could say this situation put me in a bit of a…bind 😉

17 You get a stubborn vending machine.  NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! shakeshakeshake COME ON!!!!!! kickkickkick Alright…I’m going in. Oy vey. Can someone help me get my arm out?

16. When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. I knew I shouldn’t have downed that giant Grape slurpie before Titanic 3-D started!

17. Fitted sheats. Folding is so over-rated.

18. Popcorn in the toofers. I feel you kernel. I know you’re there. We can do this the easy way or the hard way. Don’t make me get the floss.

19. Locking your keys in the car. I was planning on ridin my bike to work anyway. Does anyone know where I put the keys to my bike lock?

20. Getting this stuck in your head. HEY MACARENA!

And finally….

21. Justin Beiber. ‘Nuff said.

Question of the day: What are some of your brat-WORSTS?

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