Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Guardian - casting call

Meow! Muurr!

I thought it would interesting to write about a film which hasn't even been made yet. My human and I watch a lot of movies (thankfully in the comfort of home, with me on the lap!) and usually I let my kitty and human friends know if there was one we particularly enjoyed, or even not at all.

Anyway, there will be a new film out next year that is still being made. I don't know if it will be any good, but the pre-production process is nevertheless quite interesting.

The film is called The Guardian, and according to IMDB (what a wonderful database online) - In an effort to find his place in life, a troubled young man enlists in the Coast Guard, where he's taken in by a renown rescue swimmer who's hardened by the loss of his team from an accident years back.

IMDB - entry for The Guardian

Kevin Costner, Omari Hardwick and Ashton Kutcher have already been cast (uh oh, the fact that Mr Costner has a role means we probably won't be watching this).

Anyway, the interesting point I want to make is that the casting agent is still looking to cast other principal roles - male and female swimmers aged in their early to mid twenties to portray swimmers in the US Coast Guard:
Casting is seeking athletic and outgoing candidates of any ethnicity who would be comfortable in challenging ocean conditions. There are at least five principal roles available. We are conducting interviews in Los Angeles, California and are pursuing candidates from other regions nationwide via taped interviews. No prior acting experience is required.

Any ethnicity? I wonder what the equal opportunity statistics are for Hollywood? And they forgot to mention good looking, which is always the case.

Filming location may have to be moved as it was scheduled to begin in Louisiana in the fall of 2005.

If your human fits the bill, more details can be found from Finn*Hiller Casting (including script pages).

I meant to write about the casting notice for The Fast and the Furious 3 set in Tokyo and make some very sneaky observations, but didn't get around to it. Nevermind.

Another Fast and Furious sequel without Paul Walker is, simply not right...

My human nearly had his 15 minutes of fame. He told me a few years ago he auditioned for a cooking program for cable tv. He was very very close but they went for an older lady instead (all the tv cooks were old in those days, and this was just before Jamie Oliver came on the scene). Big sigh!

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Last night and part of today, my human and I watched Pretty Woman (with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts). No we didn't watch the movie with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts on the couch with us, they were inside the movie. No, I mean, they were in the movie. Oh, they played characters in the movie. Anyway, it is one of our favourites. And it was a bargain at A$9.98 for the director's cut DVD (usually A$34.98).

My human made pea and ham (and celery and carrot) soup today which was simmering all afternoon (some 6 hours) filling the house with a nice smell. We had a nice afternoon nap together on the couch before he got up to do chores. My human put on La Traviata (the Pavarotti/Sutherland recording) for me, and half way through the first act, he turned on the vacuum cleaner which drowned out the music. How inconsiderate!

Later, (no cat) Devi came over for dinner which was the pea and ham soup and she brought over a sour dough loaf of bread. I hope to try this bread out soon when it gets toasted and spread with Vegemite. I did have some bits of the ham though, off the bone. Ham off the bone - simply the best! Unlike those re-manufactured meats with chemical binders etc. Blech! Read the label and you will find that meat actually comprises only 87 to 92 percent of what they call ham and the rest are chemicals.


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