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Director Tony Scott Commits Suicide By Jumping Off Bridge

Director Tony Scott

Good God.  This is sickening. I hate writing about this stuff. British film director, Tony Scott, (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Beverly Hills Cop II–and one of my all-time favorite films, True Romance) has committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Los Angeles.

via ContraCostaTimes:

Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge’s apex and leapt off “without hesitation” around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner’s Department and port police.

A suicide note was found inside Scott’s black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennifer Osburn.

Officers with port police, the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol joined city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for his body.

Cargo vessels moved at slow speeds through the east side of the Main Channel during the search, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

“It’s a dolorous task and we’re working to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect,” Humphrey said.

Authorities used sonar equipment to track the man in the port’s murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m., Alva said. Scott’s body was taken to a dock in Wilmington and turned over to the county coroner.

Terrible.  Just terrible.  I can’t imagine what his wife and children are going through…I’m just so sad for them.

Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan Express Feelings of ‘Horror’ After Colorado Theatre Massacre; More Premieres Canceled

Christian Bale

Photos: Warner Bros.

Both actor Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Night Rises) have issued separate statements regarding the appalling and tragic shooting massacre , which claimed 12 lives and left dozens more injured in Aurora, Colorado during the midnight screening July 20th.

Bale stated:

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

Christopher Nolan spoke for the entire cast and crew of the film:

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Onset of TDKR

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew ofThe Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community,” says Nolan.

He continues, “I would not presume to  know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.”

Nolan concludes, “Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

It’s being reported too, that Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to cancel premieres for The Dark Knight Rises in both Mexico and Japan in light of the shooting in Colorado. They already canceled the Paris premiere, and announced yesterday that they would not report box office earnings out of respect for the victims.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend. Box office numbers will be released on Monday,” a studio statement read.


“The Candy Shop” Trailer – Directed by Brandon McCormick, Whitestone Motion Pictures


The Candy Shop Trailer from Brandon McCormick on Vimeo.

I simply stumbled across the trailer to this film in what I refer to as “research” (hey, it IS!) for this blog.  What a full-body slam…in sheep’s clothing–or Willy Wonka’s The Candy Man’s clothing.   You really need to watch this trailer for Brandon McCormick’s film, The Candy Shop more than once.   First,  just to see what this little masterpiece is all about; secondly, to really FEEL it; and if you’re into these things like I am, the beauty of the film-making and cinematography.

via Streetgrace.org

“…this depression era fairy tale will bring attention to the injustice of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Compelling stories have the ability to capture the minds and emotions of people of all types and ages and encourage them to become activists. The Candy Shop will be part of a citywide campaign that will raise awareness of the issue and mobilize resources to make a difference in protecting our children.”

Now, go back and watch it again.  To quote the lovely folks at Street Grace, based in Atlanta, Georgia, “It’s not always who you THINK.”

• Almost half these men are the age 30-39, with the next largest group being men under age 30. The
mean age is 33 and the median 31. The youngest survey participant was 18, and the oldest was 67.

• The data clearly debunk the myth that CSEC is a problem relegated to the urban core. Men who
respond to advertisements for sex with young females come from all over metro Atlanta, the
geographic market where the advertisements in this study were targeted.

• Not only are 65% of men who buy sex with young females doing so in and around suburban
metro Atlanta, but 9% of men who buy sex with young females in metro Atlanta gave their
location as near the airport. This finding is consistent with advocates’ claims that travel and
tourism play a major role in sustaining CSEC.

• The numbers are staggering — 12,400 men each month in Georgia pay for sex with a young
female, 7,200 of whom end up exploiting an adolescent female.

Sorry to be a bummer on a Saturday night.  This just makes me wonder what it’s like for these little girls…on a Saturday night in Atlanta.

Now, seriously–go back and watch the trailer once more.  Please.