Elizabeth Banks Loves Penn Six

In an interview about her upcoming movie Pitch Perfect, Elizabeth Banks had this to say about Penn’s greatest a cappella group (full disclosure: dld):

“The big group on our campus then was the Penn Six-5000 [Banks attended the University of Pennsylvania]. I went to one of their shows and I remember watching this guy sing “Rocket Man” better than Elton John, and thinking, This is the most amazing version of “Rocket Man” I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Some other celebrations of this terrific news.

And of course, the song she so lovingly refers to:

Dark Knight Sequel

Johnny Depp as The Riddler. Sweet.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin. Nice.
Angelina Jolie as Catwoman. Meh…

are convinced that the role of The Riddler is perfect for Depp.
Johnny’s a pro. He’ll be able to take direction and still make the
character his own. And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour
a source said.

Starting to really dig the source of this entry, FLYLYF.


This may be old news to a lot of you out there, but Wall-E is an exceptional movie. Just watched it today, and even as a proud Pixar fan, I was still awed by the creators’ ability to capture so much emotion and so much creativity in a short animated film. Pixar achieved an almost mystical experience with no memorable quotes and only a collection of memorable moments.

If you have not yet seen this film, there is no excuse not to.

Another plus: the Pixar short at the beginning, “Presto”, was amazing. Much better than the forgettable “Boundin” and the mediocre “Lifted”.

For those of you who have experienced Wall-E, here are some links to hopefully further your appreciation.
Sound design with Ben Burtt of Star Wars fame
Famous Pixar easter eggs
A more technical interview with supervising animator, Angus MacLane

Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”

Not a Harry Potter fan? Here’s another recently released teaser trailer that should get you in a tizzy.
Disney is bringing back the hand drawn animated musical feature with “The Princess and The Frog“, a movie set in New Orleans and featuring a black princess. Not sure what Disney is trying to do with this one, but it is directed by the guys who brought us “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” so it can’t possibly fail.

Not a Harry Potter fan or a Disney animation fan? Hopefully the yet to be overhyped James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” can get your cold heart ticking.

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