Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 香港電視革命 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Natalie Portman

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016

Just a collection of Natalie Portman videos I found online. Will try to add more later. NATALIE PORTMAN In Conversation With… | TIFF15

Natalie Portman Harvard Commencement Speech | Harvard Commencement 2015

Kate Winslet’s determination and “drive” got her the role in “Steve Jobs”

Friday, 30 October, 2015

How Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet‘s determination and “drive” got her the role in “Steve Jobs” (the almost complete fiction). Yes, Kate actually drove hours to try to win this role! Worth a watch. Especially for aspiring actresses (or actors).

Kate Winslet Interview – ‘Steve Jobs’ Telluride 2015

Note: Anne Thompson does amazing interview, check out her YouTube channel where I found the Kate Winslet Interview shared here.

Julie & Julia (2009) film commentary by Nora Ephron

Monday, 29 April, 2013

I went to the library to pick up the wonderful film Julie & Julia (2009) again so that I can watch and listen to the film commentary by Nora Ephron (who sadly passed away last year on June 26, 2012). I noticed some of the commentaries quite interesting and I found  someone (his name is Lawrence) has already transcribed some of Nora‘s wonderful commentary (from part one all the way to part eleven (with links to all eleven parts)) in roughly 10 minutes chucks. Incidentally, I found Lawrence’s commentary quite harsh (and rude) at many places for my taste.

Let me quote this particular insightful commentary by Nora from part eleven,

I first heard of Julie Powell, in fact when I read this article in the Times. I went and read her blog, which is completely charming and fraught with the energy and the hysteria of this project. She’s a very funny writer and… and it crossed my mind that it might make a movie and then I just couldn’t see how you did it—it wasn’t until I heard the idea… which belonged to Amy Robinson, one of the producers, of combining these two stories, then I saw… I saw that you could make a movie out of this.

But in fact, that article changed Julie Powell’s life and… she was flooded with offers.

Stephen Fry – 50 Not Out

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012

Stephen Fry – 50 Not Out. Highly recommended.

Ricky Gervais interviews with Brad Blanks

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

I am having a load of fun watching the many Ricky Gervais interviews Brad Blanks (YouTube) did. Here are some of my fav. (Brad’s website.)

The first one got me hooked!

These three interviews are off beat but insightful.

Bonus: Love this interview with Anna Kendrick.

In the following interview, Gerard is very personable even his PA is trying to take him away. And Jen just wanted the interview to end five minutes ago! Fun to watch still.

Campy Johnny Depp – Life’s Too Short

Thursday, 27 October, 2011

Very funny. Campy Johnny Depp – Life’s Too Short

1000fps

Monday, 2 August, 2010

This nice looking film’s one trick is its 1000fps.

Dancing Pigeons ‘Ritalin’

Dir: Tomas Mankovsky / UK / 2010

A foreboding yet strangely humorous depiction of a seemingly pointless modern day sword fight, shot at 1000fps.

TiVo CEO Tom Rogers interview @ Banff World TV Festival 2010

Friday, 9 July, 2010

Tom Rogers, CEO of TiVo

It was my pleasure to interview TiVo CEO Tom Rogers when he was at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival.

In the interview, Tom and I talked about TiVo’s relationship with the advertising industry and television networks. When people are fast-forwarding commercials using technologies like DVR, television “needs to find different forms of inventory that involve different technologies as a way to present that [advertising] so that the advertising is compelling”. Tom gave the example of TiVo’s ability to pause live TV, so viewers can search and find any products appearing in a TV show (a sweater worn by an actress, a golf club used by an athlete, or any products on screen at the moment) and then turn the thought into an actionable transaction where the viewer can buy the product. TiVo is putting a lot of meta data into the TV content and movie content and in doing so, create a lot of “transaction opportunities”.

I also asked Tom When will TiVo come to Canada? And will the data collected by TiVo be transferable to Canada and other countries.

TiVo CEO Tom Rogers interview @ Banff World TV Festival 2010

Tom Rogers, CEO of TiVo

Tom Rogers (r), CEO of TiVo

Here is Tom’s Banff bio.

Tom Rogers is President and Chief Executive Officer of TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs). With a career that operates at the nexus of where media, technology, advertising and public policy come together for more than two decades, Tom brings to TiVo a distinctive blend of operational leadership and corporate strategy experience across multiple facets of the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Ian Brennan, creator/writer Glee (19 Emmy nominations) @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival

Thursday, 8 July, 2010

Ian Brennan, creator/writer Glee (19 Emmy nominations) @ 2010 Banff World TV FestivalThe wildly popular TV show Glee (imdb), with 19 Emmy nominations, has become a favourite show of mine Emmy nominees for best actress (Lea Michele as Rachel Berry), best actor (Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester), and in particular Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch as the mean and nasty Sue Sylvester) were a ton of fun to watch.

It was my great pleasure to meet, listen, and learn from Ian Brennan, creator/writer of Glee at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival. The following are video clips of Ian‘s Master Class and press conference.

Press conference

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The following is Ian’s bio from Banff.

Ian Brennan
Writer, Glee
“Glee marked Ian Brennan’s first foray into television writing. Brennan began his acting career in Chicago working with the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres. He later moved to New York to pursue other opportunities in television and film, and has been involved with off-Broadway plays at the Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theatres. Brennan is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. He was inspired to write Glee – a television show about a high school show choir – after participating in his high school’s show choir that never won anything and whose director later spent time in prison.”

An intro about the session,

“Brennan was inspired to write Fox’s smash hit show “Glee” – a television show about a high school show choir – after participating in his high school’s show choir that never won anything and whose director later spent time in prison. Read the rest of this entry »

‘MILLIONAIRE’ AFTERMATH: WHY DO STUDIOS KEEP LOSING LAWSUITS?

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

For the record.

‘MILLIONAIRE’ AFTERMATH: WHY DO STUDIOS KEEP LOSING LAWSUITS?

Wed Jul 07, 2010 @ 06:58PM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Perhaps studio execs should start volunteering for jury service.

Wednesday’s $270 million verdict against the Walt Disney Co. over profits from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is part of a trend that should have Hollywood heavyweights worried: Juries lately are skeptical of so-called “Hollywood accounting” — and are not hesitant to award huge damages to creative types who cry foul.

Consider the evidence: A Riverside, Calif., jury of five women and four men, none of whom work in entertainment, awarded $269.4 million in damages to “Millionaire” producer Celador after only three days of deliberations — by far the largest jury award ever in a case alleging self-dealing among studio-owned entities. It unanimously endorsed Celador’s argument that Read the rest of this entry »

Ricky Gervais wins Sir Peter Ustinov Award for Comedy @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Ricky Gervais and his wife Jane Fallon with RCMP officiersRicky Gervais & me

To us Canadians, the world famous funny comedian Ricky Gervais is Ricky Dene Gervais (watch Ricky’s acceptance speech to find out why)! 🙂

The following is red carpet interviews with Ricky including my question to Ricky about the finale of Extras (highly recommended funny comedy).

The following is Ricky‘s speech and a brief clip after receiving his award.

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This is part of the amazing scene from Extras I love so much and a very insightful and enjoyable interview “Ricky Gervais in His Most ‘Postmodern’ Interview Ever“.

Oscar winner & director of The Cove wins Banff Green Grand Prize

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Louie Psihoyos, Oscar winner & director of The Cove wins Banff Green Grand Prize

The Cove” is a documentary I love and highly recommend. It was my pleasure to see Louie Psihoyos, Oscar Winner and director of The Cove won the Green Grand Prize at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival.

In Louie‘s acceptance speech, Louie talked about measuring a documentary’s success in terms of the people you changed. And a movie as a “Weapon of Mass Construction”, something that changes millions of people’s life. “We are not making movies, we are trying to start a movement.

Here is the award winning trailer (yes, the trailer won award too) of the Oscar winning documentary.

The following is from the press release.

GREEN GRAND PRIZE
Green Grand Prize: Louie Psihoyos, Oscar Winner and director of The Cove. The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in creating public awareness and understanding of environmental issues through the use of visual media. Psihoyos was selected as a result of nominations received from all around the world, honouring his tremendous impact on a global level. Dr. David Suzuki, president of the Banff Green Jury, presented the award to Mr. Psihoyos.”

The Good Wife (David Zucker, executive producer @ 2010 Banff World TV Festival master class)

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

The Good Wife, co-created by the husband and wife team Robert King and Michelle King, is a great TV series that I quite enjoy. It was my pleasure to attend an insightful master class by David Zucker, executive producer of The Good Wife, at the 2010 Banff World TV Festival.

David Zucker, executive producer of The Good Wife 2010 Banff World TV Festival master class

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The following is David’s bio at Banff

“David W. Zucker is President of Television for Scott Free and Executive Producer of both the hit CBS drama, THE GOOD WIFE, starring Julianna Margulies, as well as the Friday night stalwart, NUMB3RS, which will wrap its sixth season in March. He is also Executive Producer of the eight-hour limited series, THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, based on Ken Follett’s international best-seller. Read the rest of this entry »

Jason Priestley “Call Me Fitz” at Banff World TV Festival 2010

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010

Jason Priestley & me

I really enjoy the pilot of Jason Priestley‘s new TV series “Call Me Fitz“, it looks like great TV where Jason plays Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, “a morally bankrupt used-car salesman whose consequence-free life is complicated by the arrival of do-gooder Larry (Ernie Grunwald), another salesman who claims he is Fitz’s conscience.

In the following clip, you will see Jason and the show creator Sheri Elwood at Banff talking about “Call Me Fitz“.

Note: I want to add that the cool and character fitting underwear wore by Jason in “Call Me Fitz” were designed by a Canadian company (Ginch Gonch) and we first heard about the brand/business pitched on CBC TV on Dragons’ Den in 2006. It looks like the company was sold in July 2008. Anyway, good job by the PR team to get Ginch Gonch products featured.

Here is a trailer of “Call Me Fitz“.

Jason talking about “Call Me Fitz” at MIPTV.

At Banff, Sheri talked about finding “Fitz” in Jason after watching this QTV interview of Jason on the internet. I think this is a good lesson for actors/actresses as you never know how and where you will be discovered for a role.

More info:

Cast grows for ‘Call Me Fitz’ – Ernie Grunwald among actors joining Jason Priestley in sitcom (Hollywood Reporter)

Jason Priestley embraces role created by South Shore producer (southshorenow.ca)

Mickey Rourke – TIME Magazine 10 Questions

Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

Mickey Rourke – TIME Magazine 10 Questions

10 Questions for Viggo Mortensen – TimeMagazine

Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

10 Questions for Viggo Mortensen – TimeMagazine

Pigeon Impossible

Tuesday, 29 December, 2009

Lucas Martell writer/director/producer/animator spent 5 years to create Pigeon Impossible, a wonderfully told and funny story. Over 2 million views since it was posted on Nov 8, 2009. Highly recommended.