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CHARGED: GREEN-CASH-HAULS, ELECTRIC CARS & SIPHONING THE TAXPAYERS TO FUND DEMOCRATIC PARTY PARTYING — OH, AND SOME MOVIE-TALK ADDED ON

The TESLA ROADSTER from TESLA MOTORS, delivery available 2007 (from their website, available for purchase this year).

Interesting Q&A at TESLA MOTORS’ blog.

UPDATE, March 30, 2011: Leftwing meddling to satiate the want-for-more-and-more-cash by Democratic players is responsible – and though the Tesla Roadster may be cool and trendy and all that, look at the actual price one pays to “look good” while not looking so good in reality, “Green Industry” Bundlers for Obama and fancy cash-grabbers from the taxpayers. That means, YOU’ll never own a Tesla, but they will…

Green bundler with the golden touch
Obama fundraiser got clean energy aid, then perch to advise Energy Secretary
– by Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

Now returning to the 2006 post in it’s original, as follows:

WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR?

Very watchable film (and interesting, informative, mostly a made-for-cable-movie in method, tone and delivery), written and directed by Chris Paine. Mel Gibson appears in the film as himself and shares his experiences with his use of the electric car of issue in this film, the EV-1, while it lasted, from General Motors. There are also appearances in this film by Tom Hanks, Peter Horton, Phyllis Diller and James Woolsey, who share their individual experiences with their use of the now-demised EV-1.

The film poses a lot of questions, most of which many of us consumers have been wondering about for a while now. When it was recalled by GM (the vehicles were leased only, not available for purchase), the EV-1 wasn’t so much as allowed to be kept and maintained by people who’d leased the vehicle, at any price, but instead the cars were required to be returned to the manufacturer, who then chopped the cars into bits.

My presumptive conclusions as to cause of the demise of the EV-1 range from impending product liability, “handled” preemptively, and/or that the manufacturer settled privately on patent “complications,” and/or there were/are conflicts of interest by shareholders (and the petroleum interest won out). Unfortunately, given that nearly all things in our capitalist society are political-are-corporate-are-economic-are-political, there are inevitable nefarious aspersions.

The TESLA ROADSTER appears to be pretty sweet. I’d love to drive one. I hope they meet with much success and that this neat Roadster does not end up as chopped metal anytime soon.

Speaking of electric, there’s this promising film and literary news:

Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions options Libba Bray Book Trilogy

(“…The first two books in the trilogy [are] ‘A Great and Terrible Beauty’ and ‘Rebel Angels’…”):

Excellent! Mel Gibson sure does recognize and discern good great material for film.

Gibson’s slated – or, perhaps, merely rumored – to star in three truly compelling, upcoming films:

UNDER AND ALONE
True story of an ATF undercover agent Billy Queen, who infiltrated the notorious and violent Mongols Motorcycle Club. Because of Queen’s undercover work, the ATF moved on the Mongols in May 2000, resulting in the arrest of more than three dozen people in Southern California and seizing dozens of illegal guns as well as cocaine and stolen motorcycles.”

Screenplay by Daniel Barnz, Gregor Jordan and Ned Zeman, and, to be directed by Antony Fuqua and Gregor Jordan.

Mel Gibson to star as the lead character, Billy Queen.

TREE OF LIFE
(From the IMDB comments section): “‘Imagine this surrealistic reptillian world,’ says Richard Taylor, a special effects consultant hired (by) (Terence Malick, Writer and Director of this project). ‘There is this creature, a Minotaur, sleeping in the water, and he dreams about the evolution of the universe, seeing the earth change from a sea of magma to the earliest vegetation, to the dinosaurs, and then to man. It would be this metaphorical story that moves you through time.'”

A few articles for reference as to characters:

— “Minotaur” from Encyclopedia Mythica
— “The Labyrinth of Crete: The Myth of Minotaur
— “Slayer of The Minotaur

— I am guessing that Mel Gibson will play the man who slays the Minotaur, and co-star Colin Farrell will play the Minotaur that is slain. Epic.

SAM AND GEORGE
“Two old friends reunite after one of them (Gibson) is released from prison after serving twenty years for a crime he didn’t commit,” to be directed by Richard Donner.

— As to who will be cast as the “friend,” current fan speculation is centered on Bruce Willis; I think that Sylvester Stallone would be great, too.

20 C O M M E N T S

  1. justaguy says:

    For some reason “Tree of Life” reminds me of…

    http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/thefountain/trailer1/

    different…yet in some ways.

  2. justaguy says:

    Oh..and hi :)…been out of town…in a small town doing the Thoreau thing. :)

  3. -S- says:

    Hi, justaguy, great to read from you again. Welcome back!

    That review (THE FOUNTAIN, by Moriarty, AICN, July 2002) was wonderful to read and truly intrigued me as to THE FOUNTAIN but after viewing the trailer, it appears to be a fantasy, a highly theatrical work (as in, reliant upon staging and set design a bit too intensely without compensation or being surpassed from/by other aspects) — meaning, I’d view it with entertainment value in mind (and be rewarded by the story in that context based upon production value alone) but I’d never “suspend disbelief” while doing so. Same with the MATRIX and similar, unfortunately. To the contrary, as example here, other films, such as (most of) STAR WARS takes viewers past that disbelief with hardly a notice.

    I really enjoyed Moriarty’s review and would undoubtedly truly appreciate reading that script (and the script itself, for THE FOUNTAIN). While, the film, just not sure after viewing the trailer. I think there’s room for a new trailer, is my point here; however, I’m merely speculating based upon first impressions here, after viewing the trailer for THE FOUNTAIN and only the trailer, to state the obvious — the script sounds immensely intriguing.

    About TREE OF LIFE — and the very large concept shared with THE FOUNTAIN as to “a new life after death” past/present Mayan mythology (as also, I am guessing here, similar overall thematic inspiration to the upcoming APOCALYPTO) — as to TREE OF LIFE, I just cannot see Terence Malick ever making a fantasy film based upon surface appearances and presumptions, based upon and relying upon use of trends and other technology without a greater substance of and by drama and filmic reality.

    I also can’t see Gibson nor, for the most part, Farrell enacting any role without that delivery of reality in the characters…while with THE FOUNTAIN, despite Jackman’s talents (I enjoy his work), he remains more a theatre presence (as in, “it’s ACTing!”) than do Gibson and Farrell and other actors. So, I am thinking that the overall mythic concept of “new life after death” and reference to Mayan mythology of olde is a footnote in similarity between these film projects, more than shared message.

    Just my guess…because I sure do love Malick’s work, as also Gibson’s and even Farrell’s, particularly after seeing THE NEW WORLD as to Malick and Farrell (astounding work, truly astounding work).

    Thanks so much for those links. I’d like to get a copy of the script for THE FOUNTAIN now, after reading Moriarty’s remarkable review of it.

    UPDATE: Darren Aronofsky‘s THE FOUNTAIN world-premiers at the Venice Film Festival.

  4. BIRD says:

    BRANDED

    “Mel Gibson Arrested on DUI” blares the headline. And with that headline, from the comments section that follows over at TMZ, comes utter nonsense and crude devastation jabbing forth from some. The arrest record (read it here) doesn’t say he WAS beyon…

  5. BIRD says:

    TMZ: THE NEWEST LOW POINT

    Has anyone ever read the site, TMZ.com before Friday? Friday was the day TMZ editor Harvey Levin (he blogs) burst forth with the “Exclusive!” Los Angeles Sheriff’s arrest report as to the DUI (“driving under the influence”) arrest of popular film prod…

  6. BIRD says:

    WELL, THIS IS NUTS-SCARY-STRANGE

    From the BBC, “MEL GIBSON ARRESTED ON TERRORIST CHARGES.” It also would explain the odd “f*****g Jews” rant during Gibson’s Friday arrest. Ayyyyyy. PREVIOUS, Related: TMZ: THE NEWEST LOW POINT July 31, 2006 EXCLUSIVELY! July 30, 2006 BRANDED July 28, 2…

  7. BIRD says:

    WOW, IT’S A FULL-COURT RAKING

    DEFAMER offers an interesting Monday Mel Round-up (“SHORT ENDS: WRAPPING UP MAD MEL MONDAY”). Let’s see — all from DEFAMER — Mel has been dissed by the likes of: (01.) “…some people who were drinking with Mel…” who also released photos with Mel a…

  8. BIRD says:

    WAR OF THE WORDS

    If all the “experts” in “Hollywood” would all stand up at once, we’d have an upstanding population in “Hollywood.” Alas, that’s not the case. And most of America — actually, sadly, most of the world — knows that’s the harsh reality of the double-spea…

  9. BIRD says:

    FROM DRUDGE: “MEL SAYS ‘SORRY’ TO THE JEWS”

    THANKS to the DRUDGE REPORT for carrying this wonderful apology and imploration from Mel Gibson. This statement to follow does not suggest it’s written by a person of unsound mind, nor someone with things to hide. In fact, this statement from and by Me…

  10. BIRD says:

    AHH, HILLARY CLINTON *IS* AN ACTOR, OR, UH…

    More strange with each passing hour, the MEL GIBSON SAGA. I tried returning time to this past Friday morning but it’s not going to work, not with the news ever-pressing onward. From HOLLYWOOD.com, there is this news and I’ll admit this, I think this is…

  11. BIRD says:

    ADL TO GIBSON: “APOLOGY IS ACCEPTED – FOR NOW”

    UPDATE to previous… By way of OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY (“APOLOGY ACCEPTED – FOR NOW”), this news from a few hours ago in THE NEW YORK POST: “‘APOLOGY IS ACCEPTED – FOR NOW’ By Abraham H. Foxman” I enjoyed this take on the issue by OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY: Ant…

  12. BIRD says:

    ANOTHER GIBSON ARTICLE WITH A NONSENSICAL HEADLINE

    Just when I was beginning to offer appreciation to the DRUDGE REPORT for (finally) concluding the “Mel Gibson Saga” headlines, I reapproach the site at 4:00 A.M., PST and find more Gibson headlines and links. This morning’s include: This from Reader’s…

  13. BIRD says:

    OMGOSH! LOOK WHAT MEL GIBSON DID TO THE SHERIFF’S CAR!

    Just kidding. Photo from Cute Overload where you can read the real story behind this maximumly mad car. But the bad taste is bubbling at a hovering level, finally. I like it that the good taste has triumphed because when I read increasing numbers of c…

  14. BIRD says:

    FINALLY, SOMEONE MAKES SENSE: JACKIE MASON and GAVIN DE BECKER

    Jackie Mason on FOX today — where’s he been for the past few days, is my only complaint here — comes forward with good sense about Mel Gibson’s situation. I hope to get a transcript for reprint (or quote) tomorrow (Mason’s on YOUR WORLD with NEIL CAV…

  15. BIRD says:

    MEL GIBSON CAPTION CONTEST

    Friday, Aug. 4, 2006 1:22 p.m. EDT Brent Bozell on Mel: Who Are the Bigots? It’s open season on Mel Gibson. Critics far and wide are vigorously pillorying the producer of “The Passion of the Christ” for his recent drunken, anti-Semitic rantings. The c…

  16. BIRD says:

    THE MEL GIBSON INTERVIEW: BILL O’REILLY and JAY LENO

    Those are my preferences — Bill O’Reilly and/or Jay Leno (both would be great) — as to who’d provide the best possible, sober interview with Mel Gibson. No use even trying to canoodle with Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Oprah and Diane Sawyer — in f…

  17. BIRD says:

    KIRK DOUGLAS WAS NEVER SPARTACUS, HE WAS JUST CAST THAT WAY

    The Mel-Gibson-as-Focus-Hollywood/Atheist-Angst just won’t stop. Last weekend, I’d hoped that the boombah had had it’s day (and night, all seven of both of them) since Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest in Malibu, CA in the wee hours of Friday, July 28, 2006, but…

  18. BIRD says:

    WHAT ARE ROB REINER’S VIEWS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST?

    Tolerance is universal in it’s appeal and requirements. What does Rob Reiner think about the crucifixion of and human life lived by Jesus Christ? s not about Mel Gibson at this point nor about the film made by Gibson — THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST — but…

  19. BIRD says:

    PUT-PUT-PUT-STONER

    Consider the rising damp… Mr. Fields, too, confirmed that Paramount executives came to him with an offer to renew Mr. Cruise’s deal about three weeks ago. He said Mr. Cruise decided not to accept it, but before he could deliver this decision to Param…