Nov 11, 2009

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Release Date: November 13, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez
Cast: Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Simon Baker, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Studio: Screen Media Films
Running Time: 92 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and for language.

A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.

Gutierrez is working on the sequel "Elektra Luxx" and planning a third installment tentatively titled "Women in Ecstasy."...

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Backstage Featurette

The Best And Worst Disaster Movies

Still woefully behind the times of the counter culture 60's & 70's, mainstream Hollywood was overjoyed to discover the kind of blockbuster that everyone wanted to see. Entertainment trends come and go but, for an entire decade, big-budget, star-studded, disaster films ruled the box-office. A genre so wonderfully over-the-top that it seemed destined for Cool Cinema Trash status.

With films like San Francisco (1936) and The Hurricane (1937) on-screen mayhem was certainly nothing new. Whether man-made or an uncontrollable force of nature, the disaster was usually a dramatic device that came at the end of the movie. In the 70's that all changed.

The disaster was now the focus of the story. Once the revamped genre became popular with audiences, successful producers like Jennings Lang (the Airport sequels) and Irwin Allen (The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno) couldn't come up with perilous plots fast enough.

The scripts for these orgies of calamity were filled with outrageous situations and two-dimensional characters. But, when Helen Hayes won an Oscar for her role in Airport (1970), it legitimized the genre. This might also explain why some of Hollywood's biggest stars were lining up to be put through the ringer in these multi-million dollar celebrations of human tragedy.

With hammy overacting and dubious special effects, the disaster films of the 1970's offer up a cornucopia of campy delights. After all, who wouldn't what to see their favorite stars fighting for survival only to be killed off by the whims of fate? Ah, the magic of the movies.



Doctor's Wife: "The only thing more terrifying than blindness is being the only one who can see."

When a contagion – the White Sickness – sweeps through a city it renders all who come into contact with it blind.

Julianne Moore plays the doctor’s wife who accompanies her sightless husband (Mark Ruffalo) into the makeshift secure hospital where a desperate government has hastily dumped the sufferers.

Less a thriller and more a disturbing study of social breakdown, director Fernando “City of God” Mereilles’ cautionary drama offers a nightmarish vision of just how close we are to a brutal state of anarchy.




Tom Goodwin: "Keep behind me. There's no sense in getting killed by a plant."

Where's a well-armed Alan Titchmarsh when you need him? Vicious carnivorous plants zero in on a helpless population who have been rendered blind in this effective B-movie adaptation of the John Wyndham novel.

Departing Britain for France and Spain for the film version, American seaman Masen (Howard Keel) escapes being blinded (he's in hospital) and must now lead the unsighted in their battle against the roaming killer plants, disappointingly rendered as great stalking broccoli.

However the fear factor is in the concept and there's one scene - where a blinded pilot is still at the controls of a doomed passenger plane - that is as chilling as anything you'll, erm, see.




Deacon: "Well, I'll be damned. It's the gentleman guppy."

In retrospect, Kevin Costner's much-maligned $200m water-borne disaster movie - basically Mad Max afloat - has a lot more going for it than was originally acknowledged.

With the Earth inundated following the melting of the polar ice caps, Costner is The Mariner, a salty old sea dog with webbed feet who rides the waves in his tri-maran, drinking his own urine and avoiding the attentions of the evil Smokers led by Dennis Hopper.

Even now, the production design - vast sailing machines and medieval-looking weapons - looks pretty good, even if you take into account it was the most expensive move - prior to Titanic - ever made. Hardly suprising, when you consider the 1,000-ton atoll set - which used all the available steel in Hawaii (more had to be flown in from California) - was one quarter of a mile round.



War Of The Worlds

Ray Ferrier: "It's just like the 4th of July."
Rachel Ferrier: "No, it's not."

Steven Spielberg adapts HG Wells' century-old sci-fi thriller for the big screen in a stunning blend of awesome special effects and accomplished storytelling.

Tom Cruise is the divorced dad fighting to save his two kids from an alien invasion force that aren't the cute "phone home" variety but a nasty bunch, striding the Earth in vast "tripods", turning all-comers to dust with one blast of a dessicating killer ray.

Even a cop-out ending couldn't mar a terrifyingly effective movie with Spielberg working his magic, particularly during a stomach-knotting scene where a ferry is upended by a spiteful tripod.

Tim Robbins also chilled as a creepy survivalist who has his own methods of dealing with the threat.



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VOLCANO (1997)

Kelly Roark: "Paper beats rock, but scissors beat paper."
Tommy: "I'm not paper; I'm lava... what beats lava?"
Kelly Roark: "My dad... I hope!"

"The coast is toast" went the tagline in this red hot disaster movie featuring Tommy Lee Jones as an emergency services chief trying to save the good citizens of Los Angeles from erupting tar pits.

Triggered by an earthquake, these unleash a torrent of molten lava which do for a gang of workers in a storm drain in McArthur Park. Soon the whole city is under threat from the river of fire coursing down Wilshire Boulevard. And there's the big fear a volcano may be forming underground.

Inventive special effects - the lava was primarily made of methylcellulose, the thickening agent used in fast-food milkshakes, and the ash was made mostly of ground newspaper - plus able playing from Jones and Anne Heche lift this above the norm.



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TWISTER (1996)

Dusty: "Jo, Bill, it's coming! It's headed right for us!"
Bill: "It's already here!"

Speed director Jan De Bont unleashes another maelstrom of action with Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as estranged married meteorologists who reunite to chase tornadoes across the American Midwest.

Writer Michael Crichton adds a human edge in the form of rival researcher Cary Elwes and there's sardonic support from a youthful Philip Seymour Hoffman, but this is all about the colossal special effects. Flying cows - awesome!

The ever-resourceful De Bont used a a jet engine from a Boeing 707 to generate lethal gusts of wind while - bizarrely - a recording of a camel's moan was slowed down and used as the sound of the tornado.




TITANIC (1997)

Jack: "I'm the king of the world!"

The tragic events that sent the celebrated White Star liner to the bottom of the Atlantic are dramatised by director James "King of the World!" Cameron with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as the doomed lovers.

Made on a mega-budget ($200million); taking a record $1.5billion world-wide; showered with 11 Oscars (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Score), Titanic is about as big as movies get.

The "full-size" ship exterior set was constructed in a tank on a Mexican beach south of Rosarito with costs kept down by reducing the size of some components. An enclosed 19,000,000 gallon tank was used for the sinking interiors, in which the entire set could be tilted into the water.

Apparently, Cameron made so many submarine trips to the real wreck of the Titanic he actually spent more time aboard than the doomed passengers managed to.



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Jasper: "Your baby is the miracle the whole world has been waiting for."

Welcome to London, 2027. The world of man is going horribly wrong.

Immigrants are being rounded up into cages and kicked out of the country, while it's been 18 years since the last human child was born anywhere on the planet. When Clive Owen's former activist, Theo, is asked to help a young immigrant woman leave the country, he has no idea exactly how important - and dangerous - his quest will become.



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Katherine Winter: "How do I know? How do I know what's real?"

Since her family was murdered in the name of God, former missionary Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) has dedicated her life to debunking religious ‘miracles’.

But she’s all out of explanations when plagues of biblical proportions are visited upon a Louisiana backwater, leaving a little girl to shoulder the blame. Lock up your first born and order plenty of insecticide for a feverish Gothic horror, full of big jolts and bad omens.

Ironically, filming in Louisiana was interuppted with the unexpected arrival of Hurricane Katrina - a real natural disaster.



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Jack Ryan: "General, the President is basing his decisions on some really bad information right now. And if you shut me out, your family, and my family, and twenty-five million other families will be dead in thirty minutes."

CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) must thwart the plans of a neo-Nazi terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the USA and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.

And they say American football isn't as exciting as ours?

Affleck - playing Ryan as a nerdy, singleton - was too young for the role after it had been taken by grizzled veterans Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. It didn't help that the film was set in the present.



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James Duncan: "Oh, come on. Now just how bad is it?"
Chief O'Hallorhan: "It's a fire, mister, and all fires are bad."

Everything goes to blazes when the world's tallest skyscraper catches fire... but it's no surprise that architect Steve McQueen and fire chief Paul Newman manage to keep their cool.

You have to feel for William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Fred Astaire as panic takes hold, but even the most forgiving of souls will feel a certain glee at the demise of arch-rotter Richard Chamberlain.

The movie's production was notable for the tit-for-tat rivalry of MvQueen and Newman. McQueen insisted they both had the same numbers of lines of dialogue, they were both paid exactly the same and their credits were staggered on posters so they both appeared to get top billing.



The Poseidon Adventure

Captain Michael Bradford: "We're not sure what happened, but our best guess is that we were struck by what is known as a rogue wave. They are rare, they are unpredictable, and they are lethal, Now the good news..."

This simple yet effective remake of the 1972 disaster classic makes up with gale-force special effects what it lacks in characterisation, dialogue and plot.

The good ship Poseidon turns turtle after being hit by a freak wave so Kurt Russell's ex-firefighter and Josh Lucas' career gambler brave raging torrents and flash-fires to lead a rag-tag group of survivors to safety.

Don't go looking for nuanced displays of emotional complexity by a rounded cast. The script needs a bilge pump and the characters a lifeboat to stay dramatically afloat. Indeed, they're so wooden they'd bob to the surface.

No. Be ready to be knocked overboard by a series of stunning submarine setpieces which show a brutal edge and unsentimentality missing from the damp-eyed 1972 version.



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Mike Rogo: "This is the first trip since we got married, you know."
Linda Rogo: "Yeah, and why we didn't fly I'll never know."

A group of passengers - led by Gene Hackman's priest in permanent conflict with Ernest Borgnine's cop - struggle to survive and escape, when their unseaworthy ocean liner is flipped over by a tidal wave.

The Naked Gun's Leslie Nielsen has a cameo as the ship's doomed captain while we see more of the waterlogged undies of Shelley Winters (who put on 35lbs for the role) than is strictly necessary.

One of the better of the wave of Seventies disaster movies, director Ronald Neame shot the film in chronological sequence so the cast looked more bedraggled as filming went on.



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Captain Billy Tyne: "I always find the fish. Always!"

George Clooney, John C Reilly, Mark Wahlberg and a host of other salty old sea dogs discover a life on the ocean wave can have its ups as well as its downs.

A lethal weather system off the New England coast results in " the perfect storm", a boiling ocean of biblical proportions consuming everything in its watery path. Unfortunately, the sword-fishing trawler Andrea Grail, skippered by Billy Tyne (Clooney) is caught right in the middle, having ignored storm warnings and the advice of seasoned fishermen.

Skyscraper sized slabs of CGI briny were complemented by footage of the remnants of Hurricane Grace to lend the movie a seasickness-inducing authenticity.



The Happening

Elliot Moore: "Can this really be happening?"

When New York is struck by a series of inexplicable mass suicides, science teacher Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife Alma (Zooey Deschanel) escape to the country to flee what is being touted as a terrorist attack.

However, it soon becomes clear that even the remotest hamlet is not safe from the happening. Sixth Sense director M. Night Shymalan's post-September 11 chiller veers between comedy-horror and grisly terror to deliver a sombre ecological warning.

Highlights include teams of construction workers tumbling to their deaths while the lowlights - and there are plenty of them - centre on Wahlberg's appalling comedy acting, a braindead script and plot that seems to be suffering some sort of psychological breakdown.



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Jack Hall: "I think we've hit a critical desalinisation point."
Janet Tokada: "It would explain what's driving this extreme weather."

It's parky out! The next Ice Age is upon us. The seas are rising while the temperature is plummeting.

Against the background of climatic catastrophe, meteorologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) has to snow-shoe his way across the Eastern seabord to find his son (Jake Gyllenhaal) in a frozen New York.

Splendid special effects from the director of Independence Day ensure this sub-zero thriller will leave you chilled to the bone.

In America, The Red Cross put up several stands at cinemas giving out pamphlets with information on what to do to keep safe during tornados, floods, and blizzards. Just in case they hadn't got the message.



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THE CORE (2002)

Taz 'Rat' Finch: "Destiny, meet world. World, meet Destiny."

Ludicrous yet scarily enjoyable yarn about a mission to the centre of the Earth to kickstart the core with a rather large nuclear explosion.

Whereas previous sci-fi blockbusters were happy to take us into space, this one burrows in between tectonic plates to the earth's core. Apparently, the molten outer shell swirling around a solid centre of trillions of tons of nickel and iron has stopped rotating with the result that the planet's electromagnetic field, which shields the earth from deadly solar radiation, is on the blink. Or something.

Hilary Swank steers the Thunderbirds-like contraption crewed by super-boffin Aaron Eckhart and vain scientist Stanley Tucci, who dishes out thick slices of ham when he's not spitting bile.

Rarely has hokum been so shameless and it's a tribute to director Jon Amiel that an enterprise built on such a doolally premise rolls along so entertainingly.



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Pinbacker: "Are you an angel? Has the time come? I've been waiting so long."

The sun is dying. Earth's future depends on the crew of the spaceship Icarus II - their mission: to reignite the star by firing a gigantic bomb into its failing heart.

It's Mission: Inflammable as human error, acts of God and an unseen spanner in the works put Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh and Fantastic Four's Chris Evans in the hotseats for director Danny Boyle's dazzling sci-fi adventure.

At £20m it didn't cost much to make (comparatively speaking) but looked sensational, largely thanks to the technical expertise on offer at London's 3 Mills Studios, which went on to win praise for stop-motion children's yarn Fantastic Mr Fox.



Krakatoa East Of Java

A disparate group of 19the century treasure seekers races against time to locate a sunken ship loaded with pearls off the Indonesian coast before the volcanic island of Krakatoa erupts into one of the biggest natural explosions of all time.

Yes, we all know that Krakatoa was actually west of Java but in disaster movie land the inconceivable is par for the course. You didn't really buy the Independence Day story did you?

After the success of Earthquake and its Sensurround process, this film was re-released in Europe in the mid 1970s under the new title Volcano with the new sound system which was often billed as "Feelarama"



KNOWING (2009)

John Koestler: "The numbers are the key to everything."

A fifty-year old time capsule unearthed at an American school contains a mysterious series of numbers which appear to have predicted every major global catastrophe in the last five decades – and three more yet to come.

Nutty sci-fi thrills abound in this semi-serious spin on the Final Destination movies with Nic Cage as hangdog mathematician John Koestler, who's got to somehow figure it all out.

After realising that the cataclysm will come in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME), Koestler states that the effects would be on the order of 100 microtesla. Geo-magnetic storms are measured by magnetic disruptions at the Earth's equator, expressed in nanotesla. A strong storm would be 100 to 200 nanotesla. Therefore, a 100 microtesla event would be 1,000 times stronger than this and certainly cause the disruptions to electronic devices as portrayed in the film.

Happy now?



Independence Day


Russel Casse: "I picked a helluva day to quit drinkin'."

Lantern-jawed American president Bill Pullman, irritating boffin Jeff Goldblum and gung-ho fighter pilot Will Smith battle to save the day when nasty extraterrestrials pitch up, leaving grim calling cards in Europe before moving onto America.

A vast mothership hovers over Uncle Sam's front yard, occasionally taking out anything that seems remotely threatening. Do you hear that, Afghanistan?

It's jingoistic, Yank wish-fulfilment hokum from a master of the art - director Roland Emmerich - but guiltily enjoyable nonetheless.

Yet some of the special effects weren't up to much - despite a £75m budget - with an over-reliance on modelwork (CGI was still in its infancy as far as big bangs were concerned) and some extremely iffy setpieces.



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I AM LEGEND (2007)

Neville: "This is Ground Zero. This is my site. I can fix. I can fix this."

In 2009, 99% of humankind is wiped out by a man-made virus. Three years later, military scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the last living person in New York. From dawn to dusk, he struggles against loneliness, boredom and the fading hope of finding a cure or other survivors. But at night he has a different ordeal, as the darkness belongs to the once-human ‘infecteds’.

It cost an estimated $5m for a six-night shoot in New York City involving the Brooklyn Bridge, a crew of 250, plus 1,000 extras, including 160 National Guard troops in full combat gear.

In the film, Neville holds up a CD, calling it "the best album ever made." The album is Bob Marley's Legend, a greatest hits compilation released after Marley's death.



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FLOOD (2007)

Rob Morrison: "Get the family in the car and get as far away from London as possible..."

A colossal tidal surge triggered by high seas and a raging storm heads down the Thames, overwhelming the flood barrier and turning London into one big fish tank feature.

But, never fear, Robert Carlyle's crack marine engineer Rob Morrison is about to pull his wellies on and save the lives of lots of Cockneys. Brow-mopping David Suchet is the deputy prime minister who has tough decisions to make and Tom Courtenay plays Rob's dad, a doom-laden meterological sage who thinks the worse is yet to come.

Not good news if you live within the M25 but anyone north of Watford Gap will probably treat this as a comedy.



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Sgt Lew Slade: "Earthquakes bring out the worst in some people."

The earth moved in more ways than one for Charlton Heston's engineer and his flightly mistress Genevieve Bujold in this classic Oscar-winning Seventies disaster movie.

Heston played Stewart Graff, a Los Angeles construction worker estranged from his boozy wife Ava Gardner and enjoying a fling with Bujold's widow of a co-worker. Elsewhere, a handy-with-his-fists LAPD cop is suspended from duty and a perverted grocer lusts after Victoria Principal.

What do they all have in common? Well, they're in the wrong place (LA) at the wrong time (by the look of the penny collars sometime in the early 70s) when a massive earthquake strikes the city.

The destruction sequences - ten minutes of uninterrupted mayhem - still impress and Walter Matthau's cameo soak deserves an award for the most tasteless shirt ever to grace a Hollywood movie.



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President Beck: "Cities fall but they are rebuilt. Heroes die but they are remembered."

When an Armageddon-style mission to intercept and nuke an approaching comet fails, it looks like curtains for Mother Earth.

However, the good news is that the fractured meteor is now only going to hit North America and Canada, so we're alright. (it would have been nice if a fragment has sheered off and headed for France, but you can't have everything).

Anyway, Morgan Freeman's US president has prepared a network of cave systems to act as shelter from the supersonic megatsunami...but who is going to allowed in and who is left to die?



Dante's Peak

Stan: "Isn't this beautiful, nestled all nice and cozy right up against the mountain?"
Nancy: "Yeah, just like Pompeii."

Widowed vulcanologist Dr Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) is despatched to the idyllic community of Dante's Peak - apparently the second most desirable place to live in America - when scientists start picking up unusual seismic activity. Unfortunately, the commuter shangri la is built on the foothills of a dormant volcano...that isn't going to remain dormant much longer.

Newspaper shavings double as volcanic ash and computer software takes care of the fire-belching scenery as Harry and comely Dante's Peak mayor Linda Hamilton skip lava flows to rescue her two children and ex mother-in-law. Smokin!



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Jack Godell: "What makes you think they're looking for a scapegoat?"
Ted Spindler: "Tradition."

Environmental reporter Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda) and cameraman (Michael Douglas) witness an accident at a nuclear power station in southern California. As shift supervisor Jack Lemmon is forced to cover up the crisis...a persistent Wells finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident a secret.

Thirteen days after the film was released disaster struck at the nuclear power plant at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island.

The title is based on the theoretical but implausible notion that if a meltdown were to occur in the US, the nuclear core would melt through the centre of the Earth and emerge on the other side in China.


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Rockhound: "Guess what guys, it's time to embrace the horror! Look, we've got front row tickets to the end of the earth!"

A giant asteriod the size of Texas is just eighteen days away from hitting the Earth, wiping out civilisation and, more importantly, America.

There's only one man for the job - Harry Stamper |(Bruce Willis) -a sort of intergalactic Red Adair who will take a team of rough'n'ready deep core drillers - Ben Affleck, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson - into space where they will nuke the killer rock. From the inside. Simple.

Due to the flag-waving nature of the script, director Michael Bay was allowed to film inside NASA's training facilities and the crew was also allowed to shoot in the historic launch pad that went out of service after the Apollo 1 disaster,

Apparently, Affleck asked director Michael Bay, "Wouldn't it be easier for NASA to train astronauts how to drill rather than training drillers to be astronauts?" Bay told Affleck to shut up.

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AIRPORT (1970)

Captain Anson Harris: "Remind me to send a thank you note to Mr Boeing."

The woes surrounding the glitch-laden opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5 pale into insignificance with the catastrophes facing the fictitious Trans Global Airlines.

Aiport manager Mel Bakersfield (Burt Lancaster) has to contend with blizzard conditions, a deranged bomber, a plane up to its landing gear in the mud and blocking the main runway, a geriatric stowaway, a pregnant stewardess. And a couple of nuns. Always trouble.

He's also got problems with an embittered wife and meddling airport administrators. On the plus side, George Kennedy is on side as a crack mechanic but who thought it was a good idea to allow Dean "Little 'ole wine drinker me" Martin to pilot a passenger jet to Rome. Hic!

Lancaster would later describe it as "the worst piece of junk ever made."

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Why 2012? What the Mayans Predicted

2012 - 29Raise the alarm - It's the end of the world as we know it.To understand the significance of the year 2012, you need to understand the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. To understand the Mesoamerican long count calendar, you're going to need to pay attention.

Ready? Here goes.

The Long Count Calendar was used by many Mesoamerican cultures in pre-Columbian America, including the Mayans. The Long Count set its "year zero" at a point in the past marking the end of the previous world and the beginning of the current one.

Many Mayan inscriptions have the count shifting to a higher order after 13 baktuns (there's 144,000 days in a baktun, in case you didn't know). Today, the most widely accepted correlations of the end of the thirteenth baktun, or Mayan date, with the Western calendar are either December 21 or December 23, 2012.

Even before the dating issue was settled, the early Mayanist and astronomer Maud Worcester Makemson had written in 1957 that "the completion of a Great Period of 13 baktuns would have been of the utmost significance to the Maya".

After the correct date was determined, the anthropologist Munro S. Edmonson added that "there appears to be a strong likelihood that the eral calendar, like the year calendar, was motivated by a long-range astronomical prediction, one that made a correct solsticial forecast 2,367 years into the future in 355 B.C.".

In layman's terms, this means the Maya used a calendar that had an end date of December 21st or 23rd 2012 based on a long-range astronomical prediction that something big is going to happen when that time's up.

2012 - 27Surf's Up Dude!In 1966, Maya expert Michael D. Coe claimed that "there is a suggestion that Armageddon would overtake the degenerate peoples of the world and all creation on the final day of the thirteenth baktun when the Great Cycle of the Long Count reaches completion."

Coe's apocalyptic connotations were accepted by other scholars through the early 1990s. But more recent academic scholars have specifically disputed the apocalyptic interpretation of the Long Count calendar end-date, saying instead that it would be a cause for celebration but that the cycle would continue uninterrupted by any cataclysmic event.

So depending on which camp you're in, upon completion of the thirteenth baktun, we'll either run round like headless chickens, screaming in panic as the world crumbles around us, or we'll have a jolly good knees up and party like it's

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Roland Emmerich, the man behind end-of-the-world popcorn flicks such as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow is back with an even bigger film - 2012 is literally about the end of the world, rather than the forces bringing it about. John Cusack and his family attempt to avoid the devastation and find a way into the civilisation that the US government plans on preserving.

With some truly astonishing special effects, 2012 looks set to be bigger in scale than anything that's gone before it.

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Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson
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It’s the end of the world as we know it when a solar flare sends the Earth’s core into meltdown. The ancient Mayans predicted it would all be over in 2012, but as far as divorced father John Cusack, scientist Chiwetel Ejiofor, and US President Danny Glover are concerned, humanity’s time is not up yet. After Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, director Roland Emmerich speeds us to doomsday for a third time with an eye-popping display of global pandemonium.

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According to the spookily accurate Mayan calendar, the world will end on December 21st 2012. Which is a bit worrying for most of us, but wonderful news for Roland Emmerich, a filmmaker who loves to put humanity in its insignificant place.

Pity he didn’t do likewise with his last catastrophe 10,000 BC. But he’s back to devastating form with another gleefully apocalyptic epic that hits the spot with all the subtlety of an aircraft carrier crashing into the White House.
First, the science bit. In 2009, top boffin Adrian Helmsley (Ejiofor) learns that Earth has been microwaved by the sun, causing its crust to slide around like the outside of a melting choc-ice.
Three years later, it’s clear that nothing can be done. But President Wilson (Glover) and the United Nations have made a contingency plan to ensure the survival of the human race.
Naturally it’s all very hush-hush. But on a camping trip to Yellowstone with his kids, struggling writer Jackson Curtis (Cusack) hears all about it from a crazy conspiracy theorist (Woody Harrelson, having fun).
Then, kerrr-ackkk, Earth comes apart at the seams. As Los Angeles crumbles around them, Jackson grabs the kids, his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) and her boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) and races back to find wild-eyed Woody.
Emmerich packs the movie with more acts of god than a deity on piecework, but the family’s flight from LA is a CG apocalypse to savour.
But there’s no time to catch your breath before Yellowstone turns into a supervolcano and Las Vegas falls like a house of cards.
From Russian billionaires and Tibetan monks to President’s daughter Thandie Newton and Her Majesty herself, anyone expecting salvation must get to China before the Earth drowns.
However, only Cusack’s sardonic screw-up and exasperated chief-of-staff Oliver Platt - the film’s cold, hard voice of reason – manage to rise above a script that has something preposterous for everyone to say.
And while the first half is a ramped-up megamix of Twister, Titanic, The Poseidon Adventure and Armageddon, the second is all a bit Moonraker. Fortunately, Emmerich pulls off the final countdown with nail-biting aplomb.
He also counters the biblical overtones by treating believers with secular disdain, first toppling Christ the Redeemer off his perch above Rio, then bringing down the Vatican around the faithful's ears.
They probably won’t like that in Wisconsin. But since that’s where 2012 is predicting the South Pole will end up, who cares?
If we’ve only got three years left, 158 minutes represents a heavy investment in time and popcorn. But the unrelenting pace, almighty effects and sheer tongue-in-cheekiness make it more than worth your while.
And just think what you’ll save on all those extended warranties.

NBC enlists '30 Rock,' 'The Office,' other programs to spread green message

NEW YORK -- TV network NBC will begin spreading a pro-environmental message across five of its prime-time entertainment programs.

"30 Rock," where former-Vice President Al Gore in a cameo role, leads the way. Environmental themes were also added to the scripts of "The Biggest Loser," ''The Office," ''Heroes" and "Community."

NBC Universal's three-year "green" campaign has largely focused on off-camera issues like making company facilities more eco-friendly. News and information programs have also been enlisted to do stories on environmental issues, but except for one "30 Rock" episode two years ago, the campaign hasn't touched the prime-time lineup.

This year on "30 Rock," corporate boss Jack Donaghy tells the late-night show's staff it has to cut its carbon footprint by 5 percent, and puts Kenneth the Page in charge of getting it done.

"It's something that is relatable and is something that a lot of people are doing," said Jack McBrayer, the actor who portrays Kenneth.

Backstage, the show has done its part by removing water bottles in favor of water filters and using chemical-free cleaning products. The show rents hybrid vehicles to transport its actors and crew members, said Beth Colleton, vice president of the "Green is Universal" campaign.

"Everybody is on board with greening up the place and being more environmentally-friendly in real life," McBrayer said. "Every now and then people need to be reminded of things that can be done."

In the comedy "Community," the college is renamed "Environdale." College students think they're hiring the band Green Day for a gig, and instead gets the Celtic combo Greene Daeye. Dwight in "The Office" takes the role of "Recyclops" in that comedy. "Heroes" features cast members filling a truck with recyclables and talking about the importance of giving back to the earth.

Trainers on "The Biggest Loser" will instruct their clients to buy organic produce and bring their own mugs to the coffee shop.

Colleton said there was no attempt to be heavy-handed and interfere with the creative process.

"We make sure we don't dictate to the show," she said. Producers decide the best way to absorb the message in a way that's appropriate for their audiences, she said.

NBC News is also involved next week. The "Today" show will have a series on cost-efficient ways for families to live greener lives. Anne Thompson will do environmental stories from Greenland, Denmark and Arizona on "Nightly News," and David Gregory will bring up the topic on "Meet the Press."

Activities on NBC Universal's cable properties include hosts on The Weather Channel advising viewers to turn down their thermostats.

Green screens, by the way, are blank screens on news sets upon which video or maps are projected.

Will Taylor Swift be tonight's big winner at the CMAs? Listen to Gonzo's predictions on B-93


It is going to be a Taylor Swift night, right? Join me and B-93's award-winning nighttime disc jockey Broadway as we make our CMA awards show predictions at 7 tonight. I'll be a guest on Broadway's "Electric Barnyard Show" on WBCT-FM (93.7). You can listen live online.

All eyes will be on 19-year-old Swift, who is up for four Country Music Association awards, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year. She will go up against Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, who is co-hosting the CMAs with Carrie Underwood.

I'm going to tell you right now: It's going to be a BIG night for Swift, who will win all four of her nominations, including entertainer of the year, female vocalist, album of the year for "Fearless" and music video of the year for "Love Story."

Like me, Broadway also believes Swift will win the coveted entertainer of the year. But he has issues with it.

"Taylor will win (entertainer of the year), but it's too early (in her career)," Broadway said. "That's a diss from the Academy on Brad Paisley, BIG TIME!"

I say, if Brad Paisley wins it will be a diss on Taylor Swift, BIGGER TIME!

"The 43rd Annual CMA Awards" airs at 8 tonight on ABC-TV live from the Sommet Center in Nashville.

"Trust" films at Dexter High School: a report from the scene

The crew working on the feature film "Trust" — directed by David Schwimmer and starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener — spent their first of four scheduled days shooting at Dexter High School on Tuesday.

The film tells the story of a young girl who becomes a victim of an online predator, and the emotional fallout that results. While the Dexter High film set is closed to press, DHS Principal William "Kit" Moran responded to e-mail questions from about the crew's first day on site.

Q: What time did the film crew arrive to start work this morning?
A: Bright and early at 6:30 a.m.

Q: Approximately how big is the film crew?
A: About 100.

Q: What parts of the school have they been working in today (Tuesday)?
A: The exterior by our flag pole, the courtyard, and an interior classroom.

Q: What kind of shots/scenes have they worked on thus far?
A: The kids being dropped off at school, a scene where the young girl is escorted out by the police (she's not the one in trouble) and a scene in a classroom where she is pulled from class.

Q: Is the production company paying for the use of the school? If yes, how much?
A: $1000/day.

Q: How many students were part of the filming?
A: Probably 50+ extras.

Q: How have students responded to the film crew being in their school today?
A: They are incredibly excited. It has been a ball.

Q: Have you been sitting in on most of the filming? What were your impressions of the process?
A: I've been running a high school and monitoring movies. A crazy day. The crew is fantastic and appreciative that we allowed them the access we did.

Q: How much longer will the film crew be working today (Tuesday)?
A: They work a solid 12 hours. Finish tonight at 7:20 p.m.

Q: Were either Clive Owen or Catherine Keener on set today?
A: No. I don't think they'll be here at all.

Q: Did things generally go smoothly and as planned, or did any problems arise?
A: Zero problems, knock on wood!

Q: Did the crew use the cafeteria to break for lunch, or position themselves elsewhere?
A: They ate lunch in our band room. It all worked.

Tripping the Rift: "Torchwood" Season Four In the Works

Good news for fans of Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood! (I count myself among their oh-so devoted number.)

TV Magazine is reporting that development of the series' fourth season may begin as early as January, according to a report by TV Guide's Ileane Rudolf, who speaks with Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies.

“The recession has hit British television, but fingers crossed, it will be a go," Davies told Rudolph. "We expect things to start to move in January. We’ve got great ideas for the show. I think there’s a further lease on life for many years to come, but certainly for a [fourth season]."

Fans should also rest assured that John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness will be back for a fourth go-around, even if no airdate or episode count have been reported.