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Friday, November 21, 2008

Michigan Native Gone Hollywood!

Bruce Campbell opens 'My Name is Bruce' at the Main Art Theatre.

Just mention the "Evil Dead" movie series and listen to Bruce Campbell's dedicated fans praise his trilogy: "Army of Darkness," "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2."

Campbell, a Royal Oak native who went Hollywood, has scores of movie, B-movie and television credits to his name. He's also written two NY Times bestsellers with humorous book titles that say it all about this actor who is unafraid to go for the joke. His memoir is "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor" and his novel is titled "Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way."

And now, Campbell directs and stars in his newest over-the-top venture, "My Name is Bruce," a feature movie which opens at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak tonight.

"My Name is Bruce" revisits a few of the themes and conflicts from his roles as B-movie heroes in epic thrillers beset with demons and dark alleys. The narrative style is similar to another favorite where he stars as an aging but still-alive Elvis Presley in an old folks' home, "Bubba Ho-Tep."

While on tour in 22 U.S. cities promoting his newest film, the actor is getting tons of applause and appreciation from his fans.

"My Name is Bruce" is made for his fans, he said, rich with all the double takes and deep voice-overs that ring with a little truth. The film enjoys making parody of the characters' names and scenes, the stuff that makes a great B movie.

This time Campbell has creative control as well as responsibility for the entire project, and has been hearing good reports from his fans and critics.

"As director, I sat with all the film editors and technicians deciding which scenes would stay or go," he said. "I didn't get into the bus to not be creative. As an actor, sometimes you watch your best-acted scenes end up on the cutting room floor. Here, I got to pick my own takes."

"My Name is Bruce" is produced by Mike Richardson and written by Mark Verheiden, with the score by Joseph LoDuca. Dark Horse Indie CEO/producer Richardson is of "Hellboy," "Time Cop," and "The Mask" fame. Verheiden also wrote "The Mask," and for "Battlestar Gallactica."

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Reading Online!

Has anyone noticed the ever-growing amount of publishers who are printing e-books now? My dad read an article the other day that predicted most major cities will get rid of their print newspapers within the next 12 - 18 months and move over to online editions. What is your take on this? Would you prefer to read a book or a newspaper online, or do you like the traditional print editions?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Are You Considerate?

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

What's Your Inner Animal?

My Result:
Water Dragon
Animal: Water Dragon. Name: Ayame. Personality: You’re a majestic person who prefers being alone then with people. You don’t really care about those around you, but if you see someone hurt you won’t just leave them there. The reasons you like being alone is because people don’t understand you and your way of living. Your different and some people have made fun of you for it. Wish: Your wish is to find that one person who you know is out there, that will understand you and who will accept the fact that your different. Friends: You don’t have friends, if you do there usually people who have just come and gone. You have made a few enemies here and there, but nothing to bad. You go from people to people, yet your still looking for that perfect someone. Color: You like glassy colors. Like water blue and leaf green. Stone: Aquamarine. Hobbies: You should take walks or go swimming. Things that make you get out of the house and meet people. I know it’s hard finding the right people to talk to, but one day you’ll find the right person. Quote: “I’d much rather be hated for who I am, then loved for who I’m not.” –Quote I read somewhere. “"True beauty shines from the soul and warms the world with its kindness, compassion, and integrity." –Another found quote. I can’t think of any for this one…

America, The Humble!

Well, it’s finally happened. I never thought I would live to see this day come, but sadly, I watched America make the biggest mistake of the century the other day. They voted for a black person who doesn’t even sound like he’s from the United States to run our country; as if our country doesn’t have enough problems already. And worst of all, they seem to be praising him as if he were some prophet come to save them. Beware of false prophets – remember that warning? This is just the beginning, the beginning of the end to America as we know it. By electing this man, the value of our country spiraled downward. Did you know that gun sales rose tremendously when it looked like he was going to win? But it’s not why you think. No, people rushed out to get those guns because they fear the Dems would pass more stricter gun laws. The Catholic church expressed sadness once the election had passed. After all, we did just elect a man who’s for murdering unborn children, and apparently, we passed a proposal that gives scientists the legal right to kill human embryos. What has this country come to? And in case you haven’t heard, life just got harder for people wanting to start up their own business. Thank you, America, for pushing the knife in deeper. What would we do without democracy and the right to vote? Think about what you have done and we’ll see what sorry state the U.S. will be in four years from now.

Everyone wanted the Democrats to run the government because God forbid, another war-mongering Bush get into the White House. Maybe Bush lied, maybe he was just misinformed. Maybe he wanted a war, maybe he was just doing his best to avenge those thousands of Americans that died on our soil by terrorists that we let in. Maybe he wasn’t the best choice for president, maybe he was only trying his hardest considering one year after he took office, the bloodiest rampage happened in our country. What would you have done if someone had come into your home and murdered all those innocent people? How can anyone have thought any differently back then? Yes, he could have stopped it, though, could have brought our boys home sooner, but have any of you run a country? Is it really that simple to just pull all troops out of there and let chaos reign again? If you haven’t run a country, then don’t bothering trying to answer that question either because I’ve probably heard it all.

So, it’s up to the Democrats. It’s funny how people forget Clinton’s scandal, or the criminal doings of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, or of how Michigan’s economy is worse since Granholm took office. Funny how people rushed out to put the Democrats into power and overlooked all these “bad” things.

Four more years of Bush, as Obama ads put it. Bush, who might have lied and didn’t bring our boys home when we asked. Or four years of Democrats in power. Democrats who’s previous records include criminal doings. Hmm. Should have been a no-brainer there. It’s too bad America was blind-sided by the Democrat cult.

To this day, I can’t believe it happened, and I just keep thinking, “what have we done?” Remember Martin Luther King’s great “I have a dream” speech? That’s all equality will ever be – a dream. Men and women will never be treated as equals; blacks and whites will never be treated as equals; straight and gay people will never be treated as equals; etc. Equality, just like everything, begins at home. It won’t change just because a black person became president here. It only makes life scarier.

So, America, what have we done?