DNDF: From Paris With…Love?

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

DNDF: From Paris With…Love?

Witty banter, Divine Search Engine™ reference, computer pun and more witty banter ending with…

S P I N   T H E   W H E E L ! ! !

Well Crap!

Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American socialite, television personality, model, actress and singer.  She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels.  Born in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with Donald Trump's agency, T Management.  Her lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar De La Hoya made her a feature of entertainment news, and Hilton was called "New York's leading It Girl" in 2001.

In 2003, a sex tape with Hilton and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon “1 Night in Paris” was made public.  Later that year she starred with Nicole Richie in the reality television series The Simple Life, which gave both women international recognition.  Hilton later released her autobiography Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose (2004), played a supporting role in the horror film House of Wax (2005) and released her debut album, Paris (2006).  She returned to reality television in Paris Hilton's My New BFF (2008) and its two spin-offs: Paris Hilton's British Best Friend (2009) and Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF (2009).  Hilton was a voice actress in the TV movie The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) and appeared in the reality show The World According to Paris (2011).  She had a part in Sofia Coppola's independent film, The Bling Ring (2013).

Critics and admirers have said that Hilton is famous for being famous, exemplifying the celebutante: a celebrity not through talent or work, but through inherited wealth and lifestyle.  She has parlayed her media fame into perfumes and a fashion line with her endorsement; her fragrances have reportedly earned $1.5 billion.  There are 44 Paris Hilton stores worldwide, with products including perfumes, handbags, watches and footwear.  Hilton earns over $10 million a year from product sales and, as of 2005, was paid about $300,000 for appearances in clubs and events.

Nine Lives (2002)

  • Genre: Horror – Thriller
  • Directed: Andrew Green
  • Produced:
    • Alexander Green 
    • Andrew Green 
    • Giles Hattersley 
    • Nikolas Korda
  • Written:
    • Andrew Green 
    • Tom MacRae
  • Starring: Rosie Fellner, Vivienne Harvey, Paris Hilton, Patrick Kennedy, David Leitch, David Nicolle, Ben Peyton, James Schlesinger, Lex Shrapnel, Paul Smith, Maureen Turner, Amelia Warner
  • Music:
    • Josh Grafton 
    • Edward White
  • Cinematography: Robin Vidgeon
  • Editing: Paul Knight
  • Studio: A&A Films Ltd.
  • Distributed:
    • Blackhorse Entertainment  
    • Dream Entertainment  
    • Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment  
    • Maple Pictures
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 11 May 2004 (USA)
  • Running Time: 85 minutes
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English

The movies settles around a group of nine young friends spending the weekend in a Scottish Country house.  Members of the group start dying mysteriously as an old curse hungry for English blood is awoken.  The curse kills everyone but one.

Tim invites eight friends of his to his Scottish mansion for a weekend celebration for his 21st birthday.  Among the guests is his former college roommate Pete, Pete's former girlfriend Laura, her best friend Emma, Emma's former roommate Lucy, Lucy's New York socialite friend Jo, Jo's Manchester boyfriend Tom, and fellow college friends Damien and Andy.

During the night of a sudden snowstorm which strands everyone in for the night, Tom finds an old book behind a bookcase about a local Scottish lord, named Murray, who was put to death in 1746 during the last Scottish uprising.  Upon reading the book, the spirit of Murray emerges from the book and possesses Tom, causing his eyes to turn black, and goes on a killing rampage starting with Jo whom he kills in a bathroom.  [Ladies and gentlemen, Paris has left the film!]  Next, Tom kills Emma in her bedroom as she is preparing for bed, until he is stopped by Tim who stabs him to death.  But then, Tim is possessed by Murray, continuing the killing spree.

When Lucy is stabbed and severely wounded by the possessed Tim, the five survivors hold themselves up in the parlor where they try to make sense to what is going on.  While Pete tries to rationalize an explanation, Laura discovers the book that contained the evil spirit of Murray and begins to put two and two together about the possession: whenever the possessed person is killed, the spirit of Murray will pass onto whoever killed his host.  Pete and Damian leave the parlor and confront the possessed Tim in the mansion cellar.  In the struggle, Damian accidentally kills Tim, and in turn, gets possessed as well.

Leaving Andy behind to look after the wounded Lucy in the parlor, Laura and Pete attempt to capture the possessed Damian, only to have him slip past them when they attempt to trap him in one of the mansion's many bathrooms.  The possessed Damian breaks into the parlor and attacks Andy, only to be accidentally killed by the fireplace poker Andy had earlier given to Lucy to defend herself.  Realizing that she is now possessed, Andy stabs Lucy with a shard of glass, taking the spirit into himself.

When Laura is attacked and stabs the possessed Andy in self-defense, she realizes that the spirit will pass onto her, so she first pleads with Pete (who has locked himself in the parlor) to kill her before Andy dies.  But when Pete is unable to, Laura makes the ultimate sacrifice of stabbing herself so the spirit will not pass onto her.  Pete opens the door to prevent her from doing so, but is too late.  Laura dies just before Andy expires, and thus saving Pete from being possessed as well.

By the next morning, Pete finds himself the sole survivor of the massacre and after finding the cursed book, he burns it to ensure that nobody else will ever read it and restart the cycle ever again.  Pete also realizes as the lone Scot of the group, he was the only one Murray ever intended to spare, albeit alone and emotionally scarred.

House of Wax (2005)

  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Directed: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Produced:
    • Bruce Berman 
    • Susan Downey 
    • Herb Gains 
    • Richard Mirisch 
    • Erik Olsen 
    • Steve Richards 
    • Joel Silver 
    • Robert Zemeckis
  • Written:
    • Charles Belden (Original Story) 
    • Chad Hayes (Screenplay) 
    • Carey Hayes (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, Robert Ri'chard, Dragicia Debert, Thomas Adamson, Murray Smith, Sam Harkess, Damon Herriman, Andy Anderson
  • Music: John Ottman
  • Cinematography: Stephen F. Windon
  • Editing: Joel Negron
  • Studio:
    • Warner Bros. 
    • Village Roadshow Pictures  
    • Dark Castle Entertainment
  • Distributed:
    • Warner Bros.  
    • Warner Home Video
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 6 May 2005 (USA)
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
  • Country:
    • Australia 
    • USA
  • Language: English

House of Wax (also titled Wax House, Baby) is a 2005 American-Australian horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.  It is sometimes called a remake of the 1953 film of the same name, which was itself a remake of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum, but the 2005 film's plot is completely different from the story told by the two earlier films.

In 1974, a woman is making a wax sculpture in the kitchen while her son eats breakfast in his highchair.  Her husband enters with another son who is kicking and screaming.  The boy is strapped into a high chair, and kicks the table, causing his mother's sculpture to fall onto the floor.  After he scratches his mother's hand, she ends the commotion by slapping the misbehaved child across the face.

In 2005, Carly; her twin brother, Nick; her boyfriend, Wade; her best friend, Paige; Paige's boyfriend, Blake; and Nick's friend, Dalton are on their way to a highly anticipated football game in Louisiana.  Night falls and the group decides to set up camp for the night.  A hideous smell wafts through the air, but they ignore it.  The campsite is later visited by a stranger in a pickup truck who shines his lights at the campsite, but refuses to leave or address them until Nick smashes one of the pickup truck's headlights with a bottle.  The next morning, Wade find his car's fan belt to be damaged.  Shortly after, while in the woods, Paige and Carly smell that same smell from the night before.  While looking for its source, Carly falls into a carcass-filled area in the woods.  While rescuing her, the group meets a disheveled, rural man named Lester, who offers to drive Wade and Carly to the nearby town of Ambrose to get a new fan belt, while the rest of them go to the football game.

The two arrive at Ambrose, which is virtually a ghost town.  Unable to find an attendant at the auto mechanics shop, they wander into the church, disrupting a funeral.  There, they meet a mechanic named Bo, who offers to sell them a fan belt after the funeral.  While waiting for the service to end, the two visit the wax museum, which itself is made of wax and is the central feature of the town.  Afterward, they follow Bo to his house to find a proper fan belt.  Wade follows Bo into his house, where he is attacked by a mysterious figure in the dark.  Outside, Carly discovers that Bo's car is the same one that visited them the night before, after noticing the broken headlight.  She is attacked by Bo and runs to the church, only to find that the ongoing funeral is populated only by wax sculptures.  She is captured by Bo and imprisoned in a cellar, taped to a wheel chair with her lips glued shut.  Meanwhile, Wade is brought to a room, where the mysterious figure strips him of his clothes and shaves him.  The figure then straps Wade to a chair and sprays wax all over his naked body.

Due to standstill traffic, Blake, Paige, Nick and Dalton realize they're not going to make it to the game in time, and return to the campsite.  Nick and Dalton offer to head to Ambrose to fetch Carly and Wade while Paige and Blake remain at the campsite.

Nick and Dalton arrive in Ambrose, also finding the town completely vacant, and decide to split up.  Dalton heads to the wax museum, where he encounters a wax-covered Wade sitting at a piano.  After noticing that he is still alive, Dalton tries to remove the wax, but ends up peeling off a piece of his cheek.  The mysterious figure appears, and cuts off half of Wade's mouth, and chases Dalton.  After falling down stairs leading to the basement, Dalton is beheaded, and his body is dragged off.  Meanwhile, Nick finds Bo and asks him about Carly's whereabouts.  While attempting to draw her brother's attention, Carly gets her finger chopped off by Bo.  She manages to tear her lips apart and screams for help.  Nick finds and saves her, while Bo disappears.  Soon after, they realize that the only inhabitants of the town are the sons of the wax museum's proprietors, who have been luring in victims to create wax sculptures.

Back at the campsite, Paige and Blake are about to have sex when Blake hears a noise outside and leaves to investigate.  The killer, who Paige at first mistakes for Blake, enters the tent.  When Paige flees the tent she trips over Blake who has been stabbed in the neck.  She gets up and flees to an abandoned sugar mill while the killer shoves the knife deeper into Blake's neck, killing him.  Paige arrives at the sugar mill, but the killer stabs her in the foot from underneath.  Paige hides in a car using a pole as a weapon.  The killer finds her, but she escapes again, dropping the pole and hiding behind another car.  Thinking that the killer has left, Paige stares through the car window only for the killer to throw the pole she dropped earlier through the car window, penetrating her forehead and killing her instantly.

Bo soon finds Carly and Nick, and chases them to a movie theatre, where he is shot twice with an arrow by Nick.  Nick and Carly return to the wax house to search for Wade and Dalton.  While searching the house they discover that Bo, and the mysterious figure Vincent Sinclair were conjoined twins who were separated at birth by their father, Dr. Sinclair, leaving Vincent horribly disfigured.  His mother Trudy, a renowned sculptor, tried to hide his deformities by building him a mask made of wax.  When Bo and Vincent return, Carly sees Paige and Blake's body's in the back of their truck.  While hiding Carly overhears that Bo has brainwashed his submissive brother into continuing his mother's legacy using real people.  The duo flees to the basement, where they find Dalton covered in wax.  They are discovered by Vincent, and Nick sets fire to the basement to cut off their attackers.  While running from Bo and Vincent, Nick and Carly, reach the wax museum.  In one room they see Wade.  The fire spreads through the museum, slowly melting it down.  Carly bludgeons Bo with a baseball bat after he stabs Nick in the leg with a screwdriver.  She runs upstairs, pursued by Vincent, and Nick attempts to follow them, but his leg gets stuck in melting stairs.  He manages to free himself and heads upstairs, while the first floor melts down.  Nick arrives to save Carly, and fights Vincent.  Carly kills Vincent and the duo rush to escape from the wax museum as it melts to the ground.

The next morning, the smoke from the fire has drawn help from outside and police and rescue workers sift through evidence throughout the town.  The sheriff informs the group that the town has been abandoned for a decade, since its sugar mill closed down, and it does not even appear on maps anymore.  Over the radio, police reveal that the Sinclairs had a third son.  The film ends with Lester, who had driven them to the town earlier waving goodbye, implying that he is the third son.

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

  • Genre: Horror – Musical – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Produced:
    • Troy Begnaud 
    • Peter Block 
    • Darren Lynn Bousman 
    • Mark Burg 
    • Jason Constantine 
    • Sarah Greenberg 
    • Yoshiki Hayashi 
    • Daniel J. Heffner 
    • Oren Koules 
    • Carl Mazzocone 
    • Jonathan McHugh 
    • Tim Palen 
    • Darren Smith 
    • Terrance Zdunich
  • Written:
    • Darren Smith 
    • Terrance Zdunich
  • Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Nivek Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Power, Jessica Horn
  • Music:
    • Darren Smith 
    • Terrance Zdunich
  • Cinematography: Joseph White
  • Editing: Harvey Rosenstock
  • Studio:
    • Twisted Pictures  
    • Burg/Koules Productions
  • Distributed: Lionsgate
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 19 September 2008 (USA)
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Repo! The Genetic Opera is a 2008 American rock opera musical horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman.  Based on the 2002 musical of the same name, which was written and composed by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich.

Repo! opened in a very limited release on November 7, 2008, on seven screens in Pasadena, Chicago, Mobile, Charlotte, Kansas City, Toronto and Ottawa.  The film received negative reviews and was a box office bomb, but gained a cult following.

By the year 2056, an epidemic of organ failures has devastated the planet.  The mega-corporation GeneCo provides organ transplants on a payment plan.  Clients who default on payments are hunted down by Repo Men: skilled assassins contracted by GeneCo to repossess organs, usually killing the clients in the process.  The CEO of GeneCo, Rotti Largo, discovers he is terminally ill. Rotti's three children, Luigi, Pavi, and Amber bicker over who will inherit GeneCo.  Rotti believes none of his children are worthy heirs and instead plans to pass on his fortune to Shilo, the daughter of his ex-fiance Marni.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Shilo Wallace longs to explore the outside world but has been told by her overprotective father Nathan that she inherited a rare blood disease from her deceased mother Marni which requires her to stay indoors.  She secretly visits her mother's tomb and runs into GraveRobber, who is digging up bodies to drain Zydrate, a euphoric pain-killer.  After losing consciousness, Shilo wakes up to find herself at home with Nathan.  Nathan prepares for work, not as the doctor he has led Shilo to believe he is, but as the head Repo Man for GeneCo.

Rotti lures Shilo to the GeneCo Renaissance Fair with the promise of a cure for her blood disease.  There she finds The Largo siblings' arguing about their father's will and harassing Blind Mag, GeneCo's opera singer and celebrity spokesperson.  Mag uses surgically enhanced eyes but works for Rotti indefinitely as a result.  After introducing her to Mag, Rotti stations his Genterns to guard Shilo.  He then announces that Mag will soon give the last performance of her career.  GraveRobber helps Shilo escape the fairgrounds.  As they hurry through the city, GraveRobber encounters several of his customers including the surgery addict Amber.  Under the stupor of the drug, she explains that she will be replacing Blind Mag after her eyes are repossessed following the opera.  After GeneCops arrive, GraveRobber and Shilo part ways and she quickly returns to her room before Nathan notices she was gone.

Rotti hires Nathan to repossess Mag's eyes but Nathan refuses, citing Mag's close relationship to Marni.  This angers Rotti and he vows to have Nathan taken out.  Mag arrives at Shilo's house and reveals she is Shilo's godmother, saying she was unaware Shilo was alive.  She cautions Shilo to not make the same mistakes she did.  Nathan arrives home and forces Mag out after she scolds him for lying to her about Shilo's death.  Meanwhile back at GeneCo, Rotti signs his will, leaving Shilo as his sole beneficiary.

Rotti phones Shilo and invites her to the Opera, delivering her mother's burial dress for her to wear.  Nathan finds the GeneCops searching his basement.  They try to arrest Nathan, but he quickly dispatches them and heads to the opera looking for Shilo.  At the opera, Amber takes the stage for her premiere, but her performance is ruined when her transplanted face falls off.  Mag takes to the stage and sings her final song.  She deviates from the song's grand finale, denouncing the Largo family and gouging out her eyes in a final act of defiance.  Rotti cuts the cords suspending Mag, dropping and impaling her on a fence.  Rotti assures everyone that Mag's death is part of the performance and convinces the audience to stay seated.

Shilo sees a Repo Man arrive and attacks him with a shovel before realizing the Repo Man is her father.  Onstage, Rotti reveals that Shilo does not have a blood disease but that Nathan has been making her ill by giving her intentionally poisoned medicine.  Unable to deal with the loss of Marni, Nathan explains he was trying to keep Shilo safe from the world.  Approaching death's door, Rotti tells Shilo that she will inherit GeneCo if she kills her father.  When she refuses, Rotti uses the last of his strength to shoot Nathan.  Rotti then dies from his terminal illness and Nathan dies with one last farewell to Shilo.  Shilo then leaves, deciding that her father's murderous tendencies do not dictate her future and that she is free at last to live her own life.

In the epilogue, GraveRobber claims that Shilo fled, leaving GeneCo with no legal heir.  A mid-credits scene reveals that Amber became GeneCo's new CEO and promised to change the repossession policy.



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