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When Life Is Framed Correctly

Life is funny.

This is especially true when a comedian is involved.

However, there are the occasional wild moments in life that are completely unexpected that can forever change a particular experience of ours or the trajectory of a seemingly planned-out path. It can happen when we’re least expecting it. And that “it” can be practically anything.

Like an audition for the ages.

I’m guessing that camera assistant pulled off some pretty cool angles and zooms.

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Happy Monday

Fans of Paul Walker have the chance to see him again by way of a new documentary.

Late actor Paul Walker isn’t just remembered for his cinematic portfolio ranging from ‘She’s All That’ to ‘Joy Ride’ to the ‘Fast & the Furious’ franchise. His nice guy reputation was applauded by audience members and co-workers alike in an industry that doesn’t always produce humility and generosity.

Now there’s a documentary about Paul Walker’s life. This is in addition to the 2015 ‘Fast & the Furious’-themed tribute song by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth titled “See You Again” that’s garnered more than 3.5 billion views on YouTube.

Tune into ‘I am Paul Walker’ on the Paramount Network on Saturday, August 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Sam I Am Who Gives a Damn

Sam Elliott for the win (or ftw, as the kids say).

There are few actors in Hollywood who exemplify that old school “man” in film and televsion. Clint Eastwood is certainly at the top of this list, along with mustache aficionados Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott (video above). As a matter of fact, Mr. Elliott portrays such a manly character in the Netflix show The Ranch. His gritty, no nonsense, old school, tough western rancher persona is, ironically, a refreshing contrast to his sons played by That ’70s Show alums Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson.

Although, as the show demonstrates, both generations have valid points in a myriad of situations. It’s just that ever-present sign of the times.

Or, from a different perspective, Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson seem destined to be around Red Forman (in some form) for TV eternity. Regardless, this one-on-one interview between Sam Jones and Sam Elliott seemed like a perfect fit for “Wisdom Wednesday,” sponsored by Jimmy’s Daily Planet.

“Always do a little more than what’s expected of you”
–Sam Elliott 

2049 Will Be Here Before You Know It

Science fiction was redefined with Ridley Scott’s 1982 cinematic benchmark Blade Runner.

Later this year, in October of 2017 (or 2049 in movie years), the highly-anticipated sequel will arrive in movie theaters. Blade Runner 2049s trailers have revealed that Harrison Ford will return to be a prominent player in the new story. Mr. Ford’s portrayal as Rick Deckard is iconic. In the overarching movie universe, Rick Deckard doesn’t receive equal fandom to Han Solo or Indiana Jones. To be fair, Han Solo and Indiana Jones are simply on a higher level. That’s a fact. However, in science fiction circles, Rick Deckard is not only a household name, but a beloved character among fans.

That’s also a fact. With past generations and new generations expected to buy tickets to the sequel this October, Rick Deckard’s cultural influence will only grow with Blade Runner 2049.

The original Blade Runner is a strange, entertainingly wild and curious journey into a world that has inspired science fiction films throughout the past few decades. And yet its stunning visuals and dark city setting in a dystopian future remains distinctly original. Thankfully, the practical effects (when possible) appear to be the storytelling preference for director Denis Villeneuve and his team. Interestingly, Warner Bros. Pictures decided that, in an effort to promote Blade Runner 2049, they would create a nearly 4-minute video that takes fans inside the making of this film.

A recent “making of” video with cast and production team interviews, plus bonus footage, released months before the theatrical release?

What?

The old rules for marketing films has, for sometime now (as explored many times on Jimmy’s Daily Planet), been increasingly dissolved in favor of teasing disclosures and a long, long train of intrigue. Thus far, this extended promotional strategy appears to have worked for recent blockbusters (Interstellar, Jurassic World, Star Wars, etc.). This “Time to Live” featurette for Blade Runner 2049 is, even in the “nothing is private anymore” era, pushing the envelope for cinematic marketing.

Judge for yourself.

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel very strongly about the following:

I want that Frank Sinatra singing hologram machine!

Oh, and Blade Runner 2049 (yes, I’ll say it alongside cast member Dave Bautista) looks better than the original.

Only the future will tell in 2049 on October 6, 2017.