News Archive - June 2002

June 30

Men in Black 2
The French site CineMovies has published lots of aliens pictures from Men in Black 2, which opens this week in the US. Supposedly, one of them is an uncredited (and disguised) Michael Jackson.

Most of the original cast and crew are back: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Rip Torn, director Barry Sonnenfeld, makeup legend Rick Baker and musical maestro Danny Elfman (buy the soundtrack).

After more than 80 movies (and TV scores), this is only Elfman's 3rd score for a sequel (after Big Top Pee-Wee (1988) and Batman Returns (1992)), but it marks the beginning of a "wave" of upcoming sequels that are rumored to be scored by him: Red Dragon (sequel/prequel - you choose), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Batman: Year One (well, not exactly a sequel) and Spiderman 2.

P.S.: Happy birthday to the excellent (and underrated) Vincent D'Onofrio, which you may remember as the bug from the first Men in Black.

June 29

Weisz's Secret Love Unmasked
According to IMDB, british actress Rachel Weisz's secret 'Sophisticated American' boyfriend has been exposed as no other than... director Darren Aronofsky. Last month Rachel said she had fallen in love with an American, and was moving to New York to be with him - having kept the relationship a secret for a whole 12 months.  

The Who's Bassist Dead at 57
John Entwistle, founder and bassist of the 60's rock band The Who has died of a heart attack on the eve of the group's comeback American tour. He was 57.  

June 24

DK's Favorite Directors
The Others section has been updated and now contains pages for 8 of my favorite directors of all times... other than Cronenberg, that is

They are listed in order of "completeness" and not in order of importance. The "complete" ones contain eDonkey links of verified rips in good/excellent quality.



June 17

2 Burton Shorts Released
A huge thanks to sQuare for releasing the 2 early Tim Burton shorts, Vincent (1982, 0:06) and Frankenweenie (1984, 0:29).

What are you waiting for? Go grab them now and recall why Burton is one of the most imaginative and "gothic" directors out there.

I think it's high time this director - which has been one of my favorites for many years - got a place of honor in The Plasma Pool, so I added him to the Others section.

Currently, only the two movies mentioned above are linked, but most of the others exist on the Donkey too (if you have the links to some of them, please send, but only rips that you verified yourself and that are in perfect quality, please. 1CD rips preferred).


June 16

Jason X Rip Released
The new Jason X rip has been released. I can't say much about the quality of the rip (suppose to be DVD) or the movie itself, since I haven't seen it yet.

You already know that this movie, which opened in the US less than 2 months ago, contains Cronenberg's latest cameo and another cameo by Robert "Bob" A. Silverman. This movie was directed by James (Jim) "Smash" Isaac. Still don't recognize these names? Look at the Regular Crew/Cast section.

More info about this movie on April 7 of the news archive and on IMDB.


June 15

Spider Poster
Added a sharper image of the Spider poster.  

June 14

Thank you (a personal message for all the stupid people out there)
I always kept everything on the site in a professional and adult manner. Today I'll make an exception (for the sake of the people this message is intended to).

I want to thank the dickless kid, who decided to start ruining the polls by voting 18 times on each of them.

Yes, the idiots are always lurking out there, and now they invaded The Plasma Pool too. Well, here's a news flash for you: This is a FAN site, not a commercial site - you don't have to be a real genius to fuck it around. Actually you have to be a real stupid one to do it: I DON'T keep any security on the files or board (duh, they are all kept on free webhosts), and yes, I knew a long time ago that the poll can be voted more than once. But I was hoping for visitors with an average-and-above IQ in this site.

So here are a few more suggestions with extra credits, for all the 7-year-olds out there: Try deleting files, putting your name on the main page with a big "I'm No. 1", ruin the board, the guestbook and the polls, and vote more than once. Dazzle us all with your childish acts! Maybe you'll convice me to actually call this site off altogether.

Don't hate the idiots - they need love too.

And now back to our regular programming...

June 8

New Headers
Added some nifty JavaScript enhancements to the main page:
If the site has been updated since your last visit, you'll see an updated indication (please enable cookies). Otherwise, you'll see one of the many new and cool headers for the site - you can try it now by reloading this page.

Please notice: Even if there are no new "news" on the main page, you should still check for updates on the right side of the page: The Poll and the Happy Birthday might have been updated!

Darren Aronofsky's Next Project
The next project for writer/director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) is The Last Man, and NOT Batman: Year One. Shooting is expected to start in September in Queensland, Australia. The "post-Matrix, metaphysical Sci-Fi movie" stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. It may also have supporting roles by Sean Gullette and Ellen Burstyn.

Aronofsky also produced and co-wrote Below, which comes out this month in a very limited release (Argentina, Russia, Australia). This low-budget movie, about a haunted submarine, began its way back in 1998. It was originally titled Proteus and was suppose to be directed by Aronofsky, after Pi.


June 7

New Pics from Shivers
Added 4 new pics from Shivers: 3 are from Cronenberg's cameo in the movie, and one is from the same scene that you can see Cronenberg directing in the Behind the Scenes.

Did you notice that, in his movies, Cronenberg is making a cameo once every 10 years?
1975 - Shivers
1986 - The Fly
1996 - Crash
Next cameo in 2006?


June 4

The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat, starring Mike Myers is expected to start shooting this fall and is budgeted at $90 millions.

This is the first feature film of Bo Welch, who is better known as a production designer and art director. You may recognize his fantastic work from the Tim Burton movies Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Batman Returns, and other movies such as The Lost Boys, Wolf, The Birdcage, Little Princess and both Men in Black movies.

A Burton connection seems natural, since it's definitely a "Burtonisque" movie and Tim has clearly been influenced by The Cat in the Hat (see The Nightmare before Christmas for example).

The movie is currently planned to be released on December 2003.

Bo Welch

June 2

Cronenberg and Egoyan
Check out this nice picture of Atom Egoyan with Cronenberg during the 20th annual Genie Awards in 2000 (before the Cannes festival that year).  

June 1

Indiana Jones 4
After more than 9 years of talking, Indiana Jones 4 is finally on its way and is scheduled to be released on 4 July 2005.

Frank Darabont is now signed to write the script. He wrote the screenplays to The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Majestic, several spisodes of the TV series Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and helped Spielberg (without credit) on Minority Report.

Steven Spielberg will probably direct. And yes, Harrison Ford will be 63 (minus 9 days) when the movie comes out...

The 3 Indiana Jones movies have produced more than $1.2 billion in worldwide theatrical grosses.

No prize for Spider at Cannes
It's kind of old news now: Spider got no prize at Cannes.

Maybe the next one, maybe the next one...


Virus Alert
Since many of you use eDonkey2000, I thought you should know that there's a new email virus, claiming to contain an update for the eDonkey client. It contains the file Esel_Update.EXE (8.5K) as an attachment. More info on Symantec Site.  

Site Statistics
Some statistics about the site and its visitors:

• The site contains 652 files, weighing 9.83MB.
• It had 65 polls so far.
• It had visitors from at least 36 countries.
• It currently has about 36 unique visitors daily.
• Most of the known (that also means excluding US) visitors are from (in order, from left to right):

   Sweden Japan Canada UK France Denmark Netherlands Finland Germany Austria Belgium Czech Republic Israel Spain Italy Australia

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