Alex Winter is a very busy man since his stint as the popular Bill S. Preston Esq. in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He’s gone on to be a part of the behind the scenes of filming and has since become a well respected director, who knew? Deadline reported that the actor-turned director has been trying for some time to make a narrative film about Napster for 10 years, and it’s finally moving forward on the project with the help of VH1.
Winter originally inked the deal with Paramount’s MTV Films and even wrote a script to go along with it, but then The Social Network was released and the project was kicked to the curb in favour of Mark Zuckerburg and his Facebook. Instead of just throwing in his hat and calling it a lost cause, Winter is now going back to all the sources for his script, armed with a camera.
Here is what Winter had to say:
“The rise and fall of Napster and the birth of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology created by Shawn Fanning when he was a college student, changed music to movies, and made possible everything from Julian Assange, WikiLeaks to the iPod and Facebook…It became an expression of youth revolt, and contributed to a complete shift in how information, media and governments work. And it is a fascinating human story, where this 18-year-old kid invents a peer-to-peer file-sharing system, and brings it to the world six months later.”
Now that does sound exciting but Winter’s also spoke about the reborn interest in a new Bill & Ted feature that`s underway. Alex said that he and Keanu Reeves have a Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure sequel script by original scribes Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and stated “it’s early days on that project.” This just can’t come soon enough but if this is only in the èarly days and Alex is working on his Napster documentary then this could mean that another Bill & Ted movie could be years away. If only we had a phone booth.
Well folks, here ends the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
It wasn’t the most thrilling, surprising or even as heartwarming as previous shows have been – but it was still a fairly good show!
It started off with a standard cold open, with hosts James Franco (who looked high the whole night) and Anne Hathaway parodying all the major movies nominated, with special guests Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman.
There were some cute moments with the pair throughout, most notably Hathaway belting out an amazing rendition of “On My Own” making fun of Hugh Jackman, and Franco coming on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe. But, like all Oscar hosts, they really did not do much other than introduce people and occasionally make humorous observations. I am impressed that the Oscars decided to go with “hip” hosts, but it was a little on the nose, don’t you think?
Other than that, the greatest moments were when Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo inadvertently dropped the first and only F-bomb of the night during an extremely surprised speech, Kurt Douglas making everyone laugh with his amazing wit and talent (despite having a stroke a few years back), Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s funny skit in their category presentation (They should host the Oscars. Just sayin.) and Billy Crystal‘s tribute to the great Bob Hope. Oh, and Annette Bening looked like Madame Webb. This amused me.
The main question is always if there were any surprises. Ya! Corey Haim didn’t get mentioned in the dead actor memoriam. Fuckin’ bullshit! Anyway, in the big categories, not really.
The King’s Speechwalked away with Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Actor (Colin Firth). While Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for Black Swanlike everyone knew she would (she oddly mentioned Michelle Rodriguez in her acceptance speech, perhaps for advising her on how to pleasure a woman?), and Best Supporting Actor went to Jesus Christian Bale for The Fighter (who forgot his wife’s name in his acceptance speech).
However in the smaller categories, there were a few twists!
Pixar‘s animated short “Day & Night,” which aired before Toy Story 3lost to “The Lost Thing,” while Best Original Screenplay went to The King’s Speech instead of the incredibly surreal and thought-provoking Inception, and Best Foreign Film went to a film from Denmark entitled “In a Better World” instead of the favorite from my neck of the woods, Canada, called “Incendies.”
As for fashion, Anne Hathaway looked gorgeous in everything she wore, as did Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Michelle Williams. Frankly, all the guy’s looked the same to me.
I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a big fashion blow-by-blow of the big winners and losers of the night, but it is just not my forte. But hell, check your local newspapers and magazines tomorrow, as they’ll have all the coverage you could ever want and more! But, I do have one fashion related note to be given: Cate Blanchett, you are not a member of the Tellitubbies, so do not dress like one.
What did you think of tonight’s show? Did anything surprise or disappoint you? Anyone left out that you felt deserved to win?
For a full list of all the winners, click below the jump.
Welcome bastards to another installment of NerdBastards’ weekly DVD Tuesday feature. We list what came out today and recommend if it’s either a BUY, RENT, or PASS. This week we got 2 releases that may be of interest of you, with one being a serious movie and the other being a fun movie.
After that, we got solid set of Old is New that features an oldie, Blu-Ray 3D features something that may be educational, and TV Show DVD section filled with a certain Doctor. So what are you waiting for? Check what came out after the jump and see if there is something you want!
I have a question: Did you enjoy the movie The Social Network?
I actually find it rather difficult to answer that question, as it was an interesting movie, but there really was no resolution at the end. That, combined with the very disjointed nature of the story, was fairly confusing. But, the performances were very well done, and learning about what Mark Zuckerberg did to make Facebook (however biased the story may be) was very interesting.
The folks at HowItShouldHaveEnded.com decided to clean up the story, streamline the narrative and make an ending that really sticks with you.
Believe me, if you’ve seen The Social Network, you should absolutely see this – it’s very, very well done!