June 29, 2008

If there's a Warning, there's a Reason...

Teen Decapitated by Six Flags Coaster
Posted: 2008-06-28 21:29:42

AUSTELL, Ga. (June 28) - A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said.Six Flags officials are uncertain why the unidentified 17-year-old from Columbia, S.C. scaled two six-foot fences and passed signs that said the restricted area was both off-limits and dangerous to visitors, spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a news release.
Authorities were investigating reports from witnesses who said the teenager jumped the fences to retrieve a hat he lost while riding the Batman roller coaster, said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce. Police have declined to release the teenager's name until an autopsy is completed.
Six Flags said it closed the roller coaster after the Saturday afternoon accident out of respect for the teen's family. The ride was expected to reopen on Sunday, according to a Six Flags news release.
Police said the ride was going full-speed when the teen was struck. The ride's top speed is 50 mph, according to the park's Web site.
No one riding on the roller coaster was injured, Sheth said. The teen was with another boy who also entered the restricted area but was not injured, Pierce said.
The teen and his parents were at the park with a group from the Oakey Spring Baptist Church near Springfield, S.C., police said.
In May 2002, 58-year-old groundskeeper Samuel Milton Guyton of Atlanta was killed after he wandered in a restricted area under the Batman roller coaster's path and was struck in the head by the dangling leg of one of the ride's passengers. The ride was closed for a day to allow the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect the ride. It was deemed safe for passengers.

June 18, 2008

More Depp news

JOHNNY DEPP has followed through on his promise to a 12-year-old Oshkosh, Wisconsin fan - by sending him the fedora he wore as bank robber JOHN DILLINGER in new film PUBLIC ENEMIES.
Jack Taylor asked for the actor's hat after meeting him on the set of the movie and an amused Depp agreed to pass it on "when I'm done with it".
And, after Taylor's parents reminded Depp of his promise in a letter to the movie star's production company, the young fan received a package in the post.
In the box was the hat and various other promotional items from Depp's past films.Taylor's parents, Kris and Matt Brand, were thrilled with Depp's gifts - because there were enough treats for Jack and his four siblings.
Kris Brand says, "It's not exactly the easiest thing to make all five kids happy, but they did a good job. It's finally nice to see a celebrity being nice and following through on his promises.
"Depp also wrote Jack a short, personal note telling him to enjoy the hat.
The thrilled youngster tells TheNorthwestern.com, "It was pretty awesome when it came. I didn't think it actually would come."

June 16, 2008

June 30th is the last day of filming...'Public Enemies'

Lights, camera, finished

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It's been a fun Hollywood ride for Chicago and our region.

But director Michael Mann's film "Public Enemies" starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger is near completion.

And true to the usual scenario, the $80-million film about the Feds trying to take down notorious American gangsters Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s, has gone both over-budget and is soon to go over the amount of designated script shooting days.

The film officially began shooting March 17 up in Madison, Wis., before the cast and crew made their way to Crown Point to shoot for the full week following Easter Sunday.

And so, even though the project was only scheduled for 69 shooting days, according to Depp's contract, the film will end up wrapping all of its Midwest on-location shooting at the end of this month, according to David Kelly, one of the assistant directors for the Universal Pictures movie, which is set to open in theaters in July 2009.

How pinched are they to complete this process before June 30?

They've already started to schedule scenes to be filmed on Saturdays.

Last week, Mann captured some great "late night" scenes at our own Indiana Dunes, featuring Depp and recent Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, who plays girlfriend Billie Frechette, with their scene unfolding with the two parked in a vintage car and discussing the gangster's future plans.

And even more spectacular were scenes shot with Depp and Cotillard at Chicago's famed Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., the historic structure built in 1926 and still used as a concert venue.

Requiring hundreds of extras, all required to be fitted in vintage formal attire, casting call times were at 6 p.m. each night and the shooting didn't begin until 10 p.m. and lasted all through the night until 7 a.m..

But, as a bonus, not on ly did the extras get to watch Depp do his thing in front of the cameras, but they also got to watch some free entertainment, well, at least in part.

Singer Elvis Costello's wife, torch singer Diane Krall, was featured on stage performing with a full orchestra.

Unfortunately, according to the extras I talked to, Krall was made to keep repeating the same short song verse over and over as the scene was re-lit, re-shot and re-created for multiple takes.

At least Krall is used to this drill when it comes to filming a movie.

She gave a similar stellar performance before the cameras in retro style in the same capacity for the 2004 big screen MGM feature film "De-Lovely," about the life of Indiana's own Cole Porter, starring Kevin Kline as Hoosier music man.

For that go-round, she sang "It Was Just One of Those Things" and "I Get a Kick Out of You."



After filming in Aurora in April, film crews for the Johnny Depp movie Public Enemies are moving back to the region this week to shoot prison scenes in Joliet and Crest Hill.

Public Enemies, scheduled for release in summer 2009, depicts the FBI hunt for 1930s gangsters John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson and "Pretty Boy" Floyd.

Depp, who plays Dillinger, is expected to be in Joliet.

The film crew was in Aurora in early spring to shoot at the Paramount Theatre, a stand-in for the Biograph Theater in Chicago where Dillinger was shot by lawmen in 1934.

Public Enemies is expected to use both the closed Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet and Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

Ashley Cross, a spokesman for the Illinois Film Office, said, "Public Enemies is scheduled to be in Joliet ... starting on Monday. But their schedule is a bit fluid."

The Illinois Department of Corrections has been working with the movie production staff for filming "at our facilities in Joliet," a state spokesman said.



Johnny was returning to Los Angeles from the set of Public Enemies, to spend Father's Day with his family.
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June 04, 2008



by Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean livin'' I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am w orth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain..
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!