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Posted by Annie on
October 11th, 2003

.Taranaki honors The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai has been recognised with two special Taranaki business awards.

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and his production company partner, Paula Wagner, are to be given the New Plymouth District Council Mayoral Award, while the movie’s location scout, Charlie Harrington, and production designer, Lily Kilvert, are to be presented the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Discovery Award.

The awards were announced at the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on Friday night.

While no one from The Last Samurai was at the awards, a video-taped thank you speech by Mr Harrington and Ms Kilvert – who were in New York at the time – was played at the ceremony.

The tape nearly did not make it to the ceremony, arriving just a few minutes before it began, because New Plymouth Airport had been shut because of fog.

In the interview, Mr Harrington and Ms Kilvert thanked Taranaki for its help and hospitality during the filming earlier this year and said how much they enjoyed their time in the region.

There was even a hint of further movies for Taranaki, when the pair promised that one day they would return.

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce chairman John Rae said it was decided to give business awards to The Last Samurai production staff, because they were instrumental in bringing millions of dollars into the region.

“We wanted to acknowledge them for their input. They will be awarded a commemorative, one-off, specially designed, ornamental plaque,” Mr Rae said.

The awards would be given to the recipients at either the premiere of The Last Samurai in New Zealand or Los Angeles, he said.

Roadshow, the distributors of the film, said yesterday no decisions had yet been made on the location of the New Zealand premiere, but it is likely to either be in Auckland or New Plymouth.

New Plymouth Mayor Peter Tennent said Cruise-Wagner Productions was a very deserving candidate for the Mayoral Award.

“If you want to look at a company that made a huge impact in Taranaki, it would be Cruise-Wagner Productions. It was the summer of the Samurai,” Mr Tennent said


You can look back through the archieves to find all the articles, interviews and other stuff of Tom in Taranaki.

TLS article

Posted by Annie on
October 9th, 2003

Way of the samurai

‘A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.” In the months to come, cinema will be offering plenty of cryptic oriental wisdom like this. And it will come amid scenes of elegant dismemberment and improbable sprays of blood. Because, in the realm of action movies, samurai is all the rage.

Think of Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu in Quentin Tarantino’s samurai tribute Kill Bill, the first volume of which opens this week. In a few months, we’ll also be able to see Tom Cruise learn the way of the eastern warrior in his epic The Last Samurai, and Japanese tough guy Takeshi Kitano swapping guns for swords in his award-winning Zatoichi.

But there’s more than weaponry behind the samurai vogue. There is the samurai code of honour, bushido – “the way of the warrior”. The west, and its movies, have always had a bizarre fascination with bushido. Based on Zen and Confucian wisdom, its seven principles – courage, honesty, courtesy, honour, compassion, loyalty and complete sincerity – are almost the opposite of everything Hollywood stands for. Perhaps that’s why it appeals to elite players like Cruise, who seems to be on a personal quest to transcend his movie-star status. “Bushido is really the reason I wanted to make this film,” Cruise says of The Last Samurai. “I strongly identify with those values of honour, loyalty and passion. It’s a very powerful code; those are wonderful things to aspire to in life.”

The Last Samurai is being talked of as Cruise’s Gladiator. It is set in 1870s Japan, when the samurai’s sword-based supremacy was being undermined by firearms, and its story is tailor-made for the star. Cruise’s character is a disaffected American soldier brought over by the emperor to train the Japanese army in western warfare; instead he regains his purpose through his adoption by the samurai. Cruise trained for the part with samurai-like rigour: eight months learning swordfighting, hand-to-hand combat, horse riding and the Japanese language, and no doubt thumbing through samurai text Hagakure in his trailer.

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Collateral news

Posted by Annie on
October 4th, 2003

Interview with the screenwriter of Collateral

A case in point is DreamWorks and Paramount’s thriller “Collateral,” directed by Michael Mann and starring Tom Cruise which goes into production in early October after many years of twists and turns. Produced by Julie Richardson, its screenplay is by Stuart Beattie and Frank Darabont.

‘Collateral’ was actually the first idea I ever had for a film,” Beattie explained. “I was riding in the back of a cab from the airport in Sydney. I must have been 17 or 18. And I just started chatting with this cabbie. And by the time he dropped me home, we were just talking like best mates. I had one of those weird sicko thoughts like, ‘I could be some homicidal maniac and you don’t know. You’ve got your back to me. You’re talking to me like we’re friends (but) I could be anyone.’ It just occurred to me that cabs are a very unique place in our world where two total strangers get into very close confines with each other and trust each other implicitly. And the driver’s got his back to you. It just seemed ripe for tension and (felt like there was) a great movie in there. That’s really where it came from.”

Even when what evolved into “Collateral” found a home at DreamWorks, there still wasn’t what you could call clear sailing.

“I ended up doing six or seven months of work on it for them,” Beattie noted. “Then, basically that’s it. It’s around on a shelf. Frank did a draft. He did a polish on it that he always wanted to do. I came back on and did another polish, you know, of his polish. It just kind of sat there. It basically became a great writing sample for me. It went all around town and people really responded to it. So I started getting a lot of work off that script. For those three years it was just basically getting me work everywhere. It was one of those scripts where people would just pass it on to each other and say, ‘Hey, you should read this.’ It wasn’t just my agent saying, ‘Read this’ for a job or something.’ It really took on a life of its own.”

Russell Crowe also gave the project a boost when he attached himself to it for about six months, briefly attracting Mann in the process.

“And then Russell bowed out, I think, because it just was taking too long. Michael came back on again. It was pretty much after Russell bowed out that Tom (came aboard). I think it was probably a call from Michael to Tom saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got this thing. Look, we’ve always wanted to work together’ and all that kind of stuff. It’s really when you get such a classy director on like that that things really start to move.”

Cruise has expressed interested at times in playing a villain and he clearly got his wish granted with “Collateral.”

“Yeah, he’s certainly a villain,” Beattie said. “You know, he’s the kind of guy you’d like to have around for dinner if it wasn’t for the fact that he killed people for a living. He’s a nice guy in (that) he’s outgoing and personable. He’s humorous and everything, but unfortunately he kills you. That’s the problem. If you meet him, you’re probably dead. But he’s got a very businesslike approach to life — (with) six billion people on the planet, what’s the difference if you lose one or two people?”


Posted by Annie on
October 3rd, 2003

So, I got inspired after watching Jerry Maguire for the 100th time and even made an wallpaper!
Check it out!

TLS wallpapers

Posted by Annie on
October 2nd, 2003


Posted by Annie on
October 1st, 2003

I’m taking that the lack of comments in my last update was because the site wasn’t working for everyone.
It should be working now.
And, go check my new pics!!


Posted by Annie on
September 30th, 2003

Okay, with the Skins not working, and me forgeting to delete it from the menu, I updload a whole lot of pictures! Check out the Newest Additions page.


Posted by Annie on
September 30th, 2003

The server has been running very slow lately. I’ve disabled the skins, maybe it will work now.


Posted by Annie on
September 29th, 2003

The skins doesnt seem to be working for everyone, I need for those who don’t work to e-mail me and tell me what browser are you using and what’s the version.


Posted by Annie on
September 29th, 2003

In case you didn’t notice, there’s a new section called Media…, suggestions for what more should be there?

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