Posted 03 August 2008 by Justin Russo | |
HIP hop superstar Xzibit will perform at Geelong’s Grazzhopper festival in his only Victorian gig for three years.
Known as Mr X, he is the host of MTV show Pimp My Ride, features in the new movie The X-Files: I Want To Believe and has performed with Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
“This is huge, we’ve been working on a big hip hop act for about six weeks now,” festival organiser Barry Brauer said.
“We didn’t know who we would be able to draw out here.
“Xzibit is a celebrity in his own right.”
Another international act was also likely to be signed by the end of the week, Mr Brauer said.
Budget priced early-bird tickets had been snapped up by eager music fans, he said.
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Xzibit’s website boasts his collaboration with some of the biggest music stars of the decade, including Snoop Dog, Dr Dre, Linkin Park and Eminem.
Born Alvin Joiner in Detroit, Xzibit moved to Los Angeles via New Mexico in his teens, the website stated.
The US hip hop star then took his skills to the silverscreen, appearing in 8 Mile with Eminem, the newly-released X-File’s movie and 2005’s action hit XXX: State of the Union with Ice Cube and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Showcasing a special talent for the theatrical world, MTV approached X in 2003 with an opportunity that would soon open a new chapter in his career,” the website stated.
“The worldwide success of his popular MTV show, Pimp My Ride has elevated Xzibit’s celebrity by showcasing his charm and personality through the hosting stint.”
Pimp My Ride is a global reality show that turns the scrapheap-bound cars of teens into their dream vehicles.
In the weeks after the festival was announced more than 3000 festival hopefuls logged onto the Grazzhopper website and joined the mailing list.
Industry experts predicted the Grazzhopper Festival would become Geelong’s signature music event and become the forerunner of more outdoor concerts at Beckley Park.
The October 4 festival boasts an impressive line up of some of Australia’s hottest acts, including Faker, Grinspoon, Shihad, Horsell Common and Muph and Plutonic and hometown rockers The Galvatrons.
Posted 30 July 2008 by Justin Russo | |
If you dont go get exercise nowadays you start to fall apart! Thank God I been at it for a while because the extensive training I started today is HARD! I did 34 reps of pull ups, push ups, wall bounces (throwing a medicine ball against the wall as hard as you can, catch it, and throw it again!) Floor bounces, and 2 miles on a bike. that was yesterday. Today I did small weights and cardio, 5 sets of squats, 5 sets of dead lifts, but on the 5th dead lift, lift the bar over your head and walk to the other side of the gym. Ab work (600 crunches) forward lunges with a bar behind my head ( add 20 lbs) then to finish it off I had to flip a tractor tire from one side of the gym and back. I plan to work like this for the next 7 weeks, I play a boxer (if everything goes right) in the next role I play. So no flabby X you guys. I will tell you how Im soing in afew weeks. Thanks for everyone who went to support “X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE” It had a modest opening but a good one. It was 20million worldwide. Hey listen folks it wasnt “THE DARK KNIGHT”< but it wasnt "MEET DAVE" either.......can you dig it? I was in the studio with T.I. the other night, my boy caviee works with him alot and invited me down.....OF course I put something down! He had producers there that were VERY dope, LIL C AND MARS> they got some heat. Anyway keep it Coastin and Thanks for all of those that chose to “BELIEVE”……..Im gonna keep it coming folks. peace.
P.S Just had a earthquake @ 11:42 this morning, all is well. No problems.
Alvin “XZIBIT” Joiner
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Posted 26 July 2008 by Justin Russo | |
Xzibit at the Premier of X-Files: I Want To Believe
Posted 23 July 2008 by Justin Russo | |
The X-Files : I Want to Believe has received 4.5 out of 5 stars in a review by MovieHole.net
The curtains close. The screen goes black. Cue the Mark Snow track.
Six years after they merged with the pixels in the box, the feisty sceptic and the dry-humoured believer return to the forefront of our screens – and by golly if fervent “X-Files” fans aren’t drowning in a pool of their sweat by the time they sink into their cushy cinema seats, anticipating the reintroduction of agents Mulder and Scully . “If you build it, they will come”.
Series creator Chris Carter, along with actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, dive back into a pile of manila folders for the highly-anticipated and long-awaited (the first draft was written in 2003) sequel to television’s greatest spook-serial. And like the first “X-Files” film – “X-Files: Fight the Future” – “I want to Believe” is an epic and imposing big-screen adventure, one that extends the theme’s of the series, whilst offering something for those that don’t know their Jeffrey Spender’s from their well-manicured men.
It’s been a long time between drinks for Mulder and Scully, and so admittedly their big-screen reprisal doesn’t come without risk. Not that they don’t still have an audience out there – they certainly do, you only have to do a Google to see how many “X-Files” websites and forums exist – but like an overseas tourist in the front row of a pantomime, it has to stand-up. So many TV shows-cum-films simply disintegrate due to poor structure – even the “Sex and the City” movie loses points, because it didn’t think of anyone else but those that watched the show; in this day and age, you have to! – “I Want to Believe” has been more thought out than a triple-homicide. it’s a meticulously plotted and imaginatively crafted piece of filmmaking that’s considered everyone from the get-go.
First a disclaimer: I love The X-Files. Always have… probably always will. They call us ‘X-Phile’s, and we collect anything and everything bearing the ‘X’ symbol – be it a DVD collection, CD soundtrack, pencil case or T-Shirt. So yes, it’s inevitable that whatever Chris Carter and company put together I was going to enjoy … but the question is: How much would I enjoy it? And could the film work for the non-fan? For the sake of the review, I’ve locked my bias in the basement. For the film to succeed I realize it has to do more than simply have Mulder and Scully admitting to their unspoken relationship (but that would be a good start).
I don’t want to touch on the plot too much – it’s best to walk in fresh, without knowing every jump, jolt and bit of dialogue back-to-front before you see the film. What I will say is that it involves a disgraced priest (Billy Connolly), “Dr” Scully (Anderson) and her reclusive beau Mulder (Duchovny) and a series of kidnappings – which, as to be expected, isn’t the doing of your usual ‘snatch and grab’ villain.
Filmed in beautiful Vancouver (the sequences shot in the snow look terrific) – where the series was shot for many years before relocating to L.A – “I Want to Believe” is a much smaller film than its predecessor, but no less thrilling. In fact, the intimacy of the storyline, and the central emphasis shifting from the ‘monster-of-the-week’ to the lead characters, might be an even more affecting stratagem than the conspiracy-centric ‘Fight the Future’.
Carter knows Mulder and Scully back to front – he really does. This is where the two characters would probably be six years from the series – there’s no doubting that. He’s also aware that their relationship, not just careers, would’ve changed since we last saw them – and welcomingly announces the duo as a couple from the get-go.
And how could he not? The undeniable chemistry, not just between Mulder and Scully, but the actors that play them, is harder to hide than a slab of beer at an underage disco. Fans will be pleased with the number of sweeter scenes – scenes that wont leave you doubting the status of their relationship (and don’t leave before the end of the credits, as you will miss a fun little surprise that will make you smile).
Anderson shines as the long suffering Scully, still equipped with the huge heart we saw in the series, but also some newly-added gusto (she has balls!). Scully feels a little more grown and developed as a character while Duchovny’s Mulder has pretty much remained stagnant – but probably by design (once a believer, always a believer).
Though it’s clearly the ‘Mulder and Scully’ show – and rightfully so – Carter has assembled a terrific support cast. Amanda Peet (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”, “The Martian Child”) and rapper Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner are the most noticeable of the new additions – she as Agent Dakota Whitney, he as Agent Mosley Drummy. Billy Connolly, as the disgraced priest Father Crissman, once again proves his versatility as an actor by taking on a role that’s about as fun as Cancer (Man). It’s also quite an accomplishment for an actor to play such a dislikeable character and yet not be seen ostensibly evil in the audience’s eyes.
Fans of the show will love it – there’s lots of in-jokes, cameos, and, of course, some surprises in store story-wise! – And I don’t see those off the street having a problem with the flick either. They’ll be sure to be drawn into the thrilling plotline and won’t feel too much of an alien in this unfamiliar terrain – anything they need to know can be explained in an easy sentence (Previous knowledge is not required as much here as it was in the previous film “Fight the Future” – it really is a great stand-alone piece)
Yes, the overall ‘X-File’ of the plot is a little wacky – they probably could’ve toned it back a bit, and it still would’ve worked just as well – and Duchovny is constantly overshadowed by Anderson (and no again fault of his, it’s merely the fact that the writers have chosen to evolve the character of Scully – more so Mulder; and that’s probably been the intention since day one) and devoid of a lot new to do, but they’re merely tiny holes in a grand ship – steered in style by the masterful Chris Carter and long-time cohort Frank Spotnitz.
“The X-Files: I Want to Believe” isn’t just a love letter to X-Philes, it’s a tremendous film in it’s own right – in fact, it might be just be the best film of the year! Believe it!
Posted 21 July 2008 by Justin Russo | |
SO I took a day off to relax and get ready for the next week, this friday we see X-FILES:I WANT TO BELIEVE hit the screen. I truly am excited. But let me tell you about my trip. It was a 10 hour flight to frankfurt then a 1 hour flight to Berlin. Now the movie industry is diffrent from the music industry in a major way. Just by travel alone, hands down the movie industry has no problem booking first class travel for THE ENTIRE CAMP, usually I fly fist class and they make my team spread out thru coach. which is wack. So we got to the hotel and it was a restored bank from the 1800’s. some of the walls were still reinforced with vault doors, it was very cool. On top of that it was fashion week right across the street and the hotel ws full of models. I know what youre thinking, but NO. Im not talking about models we see in KING or the hottie pages in your favorite rap mag, Im talking about the “DAMN BITCH YOU NEED TO EAT SOMETHING BEFORE YOU FALL OVER DEAD” looking models. It was not that kind of party. If you like girls that are built like 10 year old boys then you would have been in heaven. After we got setteled I went to the gym and crashed. We worked all day the next day and tried to adjust to the time diffrence (we were 9 hours ahead of the US)
But then turn right back around the next day to go back home. I got back to LA around 6 just in time to get home and gather up the family to go see THE DARK KNIGHT! The movie was LONG, I guess it was the jet lag, but I was still into it. Of course Heath did his thing as the joker, Bale was a little stiff as Batman, kind of one note all the way thru. But over all I was impressed. One of the most graphic and realistic settings of all the films to date. Its LOUD as hell as well. explosions went OFF like they were right in front of you. Im sure its better in IMAX. But go check it out, its worth it. I wish I could tell you about my movie but the simple truth of the matter is………I HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE MY DAMN SELF! real talk. I see it on the 23rd @ the premire….So I guess come back on the 24th I will let you know what I think before you guys go see it. LOL
Well there it is, stay focused people.
ALVIN “XZIBIT” JOINER
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