FUNNYFIXX NOTE: Working in Hollywood as a screenwriter for years, one of the paradoxes I learned about creating film stories was: make it unique but just the same. Studios execs like to play it safe so pitching a new twist on a successful blockbuster concept can get a writer a deal. When I saw this video comparing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (screenplay by Eric Roth; screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald) to Forrest Gump (screenplay by Eric Roth based on the novel by Winston Groom) I laughed. I was a huge fan of Forrest Gump and know it took 10 years for Wendy Finerman and company to get that movie made which premiered in 1994 to rave reviews and huge box office. Buzz has it that Benjamin Button began early development in 1994. Coincidence? I think not.
ALSO…If you see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button you’ll notice Jason Flemyng featured as Benjamin Button’s freaked-out father. Jason starred in the British comedy I wrote, Lighthouse Hill (See the trailer in my 1/29/09 post below.) I had the pleasure of working with the actors and director in rehearsal in England shortly before Lighthouse Hill was shot. One night riding back in the car with Jason from the pub location north of London, Jason got a call from “The Pittman” as he called him. I believe they’d met when they were both in Guy Ritchie’s film, Snatch and had been friends ever since. It could be that Brad Pitt was of help to Jason when producers were casting Benjamin Button. Jason is a excellent actor and underrated in my opinion. If you watch the Lighthouse Hill trailer, you’ll hear Jason’s natural speaking voice. His role in Benjamin Button required a Southern accent which he did spot on.
Both Benjamin Button and Lighthouse Hill are magical realism stories and if you are a fan of that genre, you may consider getting Lighthouse Hill on DVD when it’s released on Amazon.com in March.
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Thirty-something Charlie seems to have it all: a brilliant job, a beautiful girlfriend and everything money can buy. But something is missing. When his best friend dies, he sets off on a quest to discover his real purpose in life. On the way he meets Grace, a beautiful eccentric who will change the way he looks at the world forever.
JASON FLEMYNG, KIRSTY MITCHELL, JOHN SESSIONS and MAUREEN LIPMAN star in this thought-provoking story of the conflict between love and the realisation of a dream. Distributed by: www.highpointfilms.co.uk/lighthousehill
FUNNYFIXX NOTE: I wrote the script for this film after I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screenwriting career. The original title was Sage of Waldo but when British director David Fairman optioned the script and Carnaby Films in London signed on to produce, the title was changed a couple times, settling on Lighthouse Hill. My husband and I travelled from the U.S. to London to work with the director and actors in rehearsal shortly before the film began principal photography. It was an amazing experience and after the film was completed we went back to London for the royal premiere.
The DVD can be purchased on Amazon.com currently in the U.K. Americans can begin purchasing the DVD on March 17. Please consider buying it through our website. It’s a magical story and we definitely could use more magic in the world, right?
More laugh-out-loud silliness brought to us by the Monty Python gang.
FUNNYFIXX NOTE: I’ve been a fan of physical comedy since I was a little boy growing up in a quirky dysfunctional family in the south. And my Yankee grandmother sent me to England after graduating high school to rid me of my dreadful Southern drawl. So I became enamored with British comedy while on exchange student duty in Leicester, England.
ScienceDaily (2008-01-26) — Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve heard the expression time and again. For decades, researchers have explored how humor helps patients relieve stress and heal. Now, researchers have taken it one step further, with new research on how humor helps medical professionals cope with their difficult jobs. She also looked at how humor affects the elderly and how it can increase communication in the workplace and in the classroom.
This animation was ranked no. 1 in Aniboom’s community category for their 2008 animation contest. Bang Bang, You Are Bread is about a psychotic loaf of bread that seeks revenge on Dr Atkins, the creator of the low-carb revolution.
Animation by Mitch Wade http://www.aniboom.com/boomzones/notnicole.
Mitch is an Aussie animator and has been working in-house as a new media producer for two years. He has a Masters in Animation from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelors of Art from the Univeristy of New South Wales.
Mitch likes cats…a lot. He has three, Bouffant, Parfum and Lacroix.
FUNNYFIXX NOTE: I thought of my Kiwi sister-in-law Barbara when I saw this funny video. She doesn’t eat bread. I try not to eat bread, but my favorite meal growing up as a poor white child was Merita bread and butter, so I have to have bread…at least once in a while.