Thursday, March 10, 2011

“Charlie Sheen Starting To 'Lose His Mind': To Direct Porn Movie? - Post Chronicle” plus 1 more

“Charlie Sheen Starting To 'Lose His Mind': To Direct Porn Movie? - Post Chronicle” plus 1 more


Charlie Sheen Starting To 'Lose His Mind': To Direct Porn Movie? - Post Chronicle

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Charlie Sheen, the former 'Two and a Half Men' actor - who was fired from the show after he launched a number of bizarre rants against the producers, in particular creator Chuck Lorre - is trying to "contain" himself in the hope of being granted access to his 23-month-old twin sons Bob and Max after estranged wife Brooke Mueller was given custody of the youngsters last week.

He told Life & Style magazine: "I'm really starting to lose my mind. Brooke can't keep them from me. I won't let her - I'll do anything to get them back.

"I'm really trying to contain myself right now. My lawyer wants to come over to my house and take the bullets out of my gun."

Despite the increasingly erratic behaviour of the 45-year-old star in recent weeks, Bob and Max - as well as Charlie's daughters with ex-wife Denise Richards Sam, seven, and Lola, five - are said to be "doing well".

A source told People magazine: "Bob and Max have no idea what's going on. Sam and Lola are doing well. They're continuing with their normal routine."

Meanwhile, Charlie - who also has a 26-year-old daughter Cassandra from a previous relationship - could be set to direct his own porn movie, starring ex-lovers Cassandra Cruz, Elizabeth Ann and Melanie Rios.

According to gossip website TMZ, Steven Hirsch, the boss of adult film company Vivid Entertainment, has offered Charlie full creative control of the proposed movie, including "scenarios, positions, etc".

In his letter to the actor, he said: "The fact that you are the ultimate connoisseur of adult films would definitely work to your advantage." (c) BANG

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Movie review: ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ is a stellar sci-fi romance - Dispatch

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Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.

As we turn the corner from winter into spring, the days become longer, the temperature grows warmer, and the movies get better.

Want to See?

• 'The Adjustment Bureau' is directed by George Nolfi and stars Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Terence Stamp and John Slattery. It is rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.
• It is rated three stars out of four.
• Now showing at Carmike Cinema Eight in Lexington; Cinemark Tinseltown USA in Salsibury; The Grand 18, Carmike Wynnsong 12 and Carmike 10, all in Winston-Salem; Regal Oak Hollow Mall 7 and Regal Palladium Stadium 14, both in High Point; and Carmike 18, The Grande Theatre Four Seasons 18, Carousel Cinemas and Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10, all in Greensboro.
• Check out the movie news link under Entertainment at www.the-dispatch.com for show times and more information.

January and February are generally pretty poor, movie-wise, and although there have been some great films playing in limited release (the Korean film "Poetry" opened in February and is only the second film in two years I have awarded four stars), the mainstream offerings have been, for the most part, mediocre at best, awful at worst.

But if "The Adjustment Bureau" is any indication, we have finally turned the corner. Matt Damon stars as David Norris, a young up and coming congressman who is running for Senate, when in a chance encounter he meets Elise (Emily Blunt), an enigmatic ballet dancer who he can't put out of his head. What he doesn't know is that he was never meant to see her again, but when a twist of fate puts them together, a shadowy agency known as the Adjustment Bureau sets out to keep them apart at all costs because it does not fit with "the plan."

Wearing trench coats and porkpie hats, the Adjustment Bureau works for the unseen "Chairman," making sure everything and everyone on earth follow the Chairman's plan, and have done so since the beginning of time. But when David accidentally discovers their existence, he upsets a delicate cosmic balance that will change his life forever. He soon comes to realize, however, that if he doesn't follow the plan, he will never achieve his ambitions for the presidency, and Elise will never achieve her dreams of becoming a world renowned dancer and choreographer. He is given a choice, continue to pursue her and sacrifice everything, or sacrifice their love for the greater good.

Based on the story "Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick, "The Adjustment Bureau" takes an age-old question of free will vs. predestination and turns it into a thoroughly compelling human drama. While it isn't necessarily clear from the trailers, the argument could be made that it is essentially a religious movie, as it deals with metaphysical and spiritual themes in surprising and engaging ways.

The questions it raises are universal ones, but thankfully the filmmakers never preach or proselytize. It's not an overly deep or philosophical film, but it tackles the questions in ways that lend themselves well to an entertaining and well-oiled thriller, buoyed by the magnetism of its likeable stars and accomplished supporting cast (Terence Stamp as a ruthless Bureau agent is especially fun) and stellar storytelling.

It's a fun ride, a top-notch sci-fi romance, and despite a few blatant plot devices (water hinders the Bureau's powers) that are a bit too convenient, the story's inherently human elements keep it going.

This is first rate mainstream filmmaking and the best wide release of the year so far.

Matthew Lucas, a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, is a correspondent for The Dispatch. He also has a blog site where he posts movie news, buzz and commentary at fromthefrontrow.blogspot.com.

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