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We'd like to give you a little peek behind the curtain to show you just what running a daily live TV show is like. To that end, we have decided that roughly once a week, we here at the new AOTB will be profiling a member of the Attack of the Show staff. There's already fireworks this week as we've made our controversial first pick. Won't you read on?
Title: Segment Producer
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Position: Casual Determinism
Favorite season: Toss up between Rabbit and Duck
AOTB: What's your problem?
LW: Lots of stuff. I am a man who used to have many vices. Women and wine used to be two of my favorite pastimes. As I have gotten older, I have chosen to make these things less prevalent in my world. Now, I make fun of people a lot to fill the gaps, entertain myself, and mask my insecurities.
AOTB: What do you do on AOTS?
LW: I am a segment producer. This means that I do anything from writing and supervising the edit of voice-over driven packages, to preparing in-studio stunts and interviews. I also am the self proclaimed "staff heartthrob". This title does me little good though, since there are only 3 girls on staff, not including Derek Johnson.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Derek Johnson, AOTS Associate Producer, had this response - "I might be a little upset if I knew who Luke Wahl was or what she does on our staff. I think I knew a barista named Luke Wahl once."]
It's that time of the year again, when the crappiest films of the previous year get their props for the craptacular crapness of crap that they crapped on us. That's right, it's the 2008 Razzie Awards nominees!
Leading the pack of the ignominious awards with seven nominations, is Mike Myers' flop, The Love Guru. It seems that a gratuitous dose of Jessica Alba, shameless hype on American Idol (It worked for Jumper, didn't it? ...Wait.), and an Austin Powers-like satire style was not enough to save this one from mockery. (Not to be confused with the talented Whose Line is it Anyway? repertory player.)
Still, what would a discussion about the Razzies (or bad movies in general) be without mentioning the name of Uwe Boll? Well, no need for him to feel left out. Besides being nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Supporting Actor (Burt Reynolds from In the Name of the King), and Worst Supporting Actor for his own role in Postal, Boll will be "honored" with a Worst Career Achievement Award. Really, at this point they might as well just rename these awards, "the Uwies."
Oh NeoGaf, what would we do without you?
Thanks to a member of the internet forum NeoGaf, we have one of our favorite gaming fail stories EVAR. It all began when "HUELEN10's" neighbors decided to get a Wii for their family. Knowing their neighbor was a gamer, they asked for some recommendations on games they should purchase that the whole family could enjoy. Along with a few retail games, "HUELEN10" also recommended purchasing some Virtual Console games, as they had bought a Classic Controller to go with their new Wii.
Here's where it gets awesome.
The UK Sun is reporting some hefty "Batman 3" rumors implying that director Christopher Nolan has signed none other than Eddie Murphy to play the role of The Riddler and that Shia LaBeouf would be on board for the role of Robin. It is critical to emphasize the part of the sentence that says "the UK Sun is reporting."
History was made last weekend at the box-office: Worst opening for a major film...EVER. (For "Very Wide" releases of 2,000+ theaters.)
Above is the trailer for an animated feature called Delgo. It is the end result of a $40 million dollar investment, nearly 7 years of hard work from an independent Atlanta-based animation studio called Fathom, and a somewhat impressive cast of voice actors that includes Malcolm McDowell, Val Kilmer, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Ripa, as well as being the final work of Anne Bancroft who died in 2005. Now, there was just a slight problem: No one even knew the film existed, much less that it was released.
Entrepreneur Marc Adler decided that he wanted to direct and produce a big-budget animated feature (which, unless you have been living under a rock, make HUGE money at the box-office.) The problem was, after all the money and hard work he could not get anyone to distribute the film. So, being young and assertive, he says "f-it!" and distributes it himself. Well, the results speak for themselves.
Domestic Weekend Gross: $511,920
I'm going to file this under "painful" or maybe "dear lord why are they doing this to an anime series I loved so much?!?" The latest trailer for the live-action movie Dragon Ball Evolution has been released and...it's a good thing I didn't eat breakfast because it would have ended up all over my keyboard.
There's just so much wrong with this trailer. Where do I begin?!? Why is Goku an adult? This is Dragonball, not Dragonball Z. Goku is supposed to be a little kid that still has a monkey tail! There's no evidence of Kuririn (Krillin) being in the movie. He's not in the trailer and he's not listed in IMDB. Kuririn is a huge part of Goku's life and it's a shame that he's apparently not in the movie. Chow Yun-Fat is awesome, but isn't he a tad young to be playing Master Roshi? The last part might be my hang up, but when did Goku become white?
This movie has "epic fail" written all over it. What do you guys and gals think?
Director Uwe Boll has been ordered by a court to pay $2.1 million to Fantastic Films International per the judgment of a breach of contract and libel claim filed by the company. It has been found that Boll broke worldwide exclusive rights owed to Fantastic Films by either taking away the agreed rights, or outright not paying them for their cut of the distribution returns from 45 countries.
Included in the part of the judgment for libel, was a $200,000 payout to Fantastic Films owner Roxane Barbat for e-mails that Boll sent to potential buyers which apparently made false claims about the company.
You know what? Sure, the man takes video games, puts them in film, then butchers them into mediocrity. But in a way, Uwe can be viewed as the world's most powerful conceptual artist. This is but a price one pays for one's art. Think about it. Much like the defiance of the conventional by the Dadaists of the early 20th century who stood on the brink of a newly-branded mechanized destruction at the hands of the First World War, Uwe is an anti-artist. He somehow takes "good" concepts of the world that are non-tangible, "abducts them" through media, and makes them "un-good." It's his artistic stamp, his mustache on the Mona Lisa, if you will. He is giving the cruel world a proverbial (and often literal) middle finger. One day, original film cells from House of the Dead will grace the Louvre.
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