Persistence pays off, people! Paul's been in there for the past week or so swinging away at the various contests, and today he pulls down a win–and a swag bag! Likewise yougotiger also gets her first September win, and a bag o' movie goodies. Congrats, both of you! Wait patiently next to your e-mail boxes–an official redbox Prize Commissioner (also known as Erika)
will be contacting you soon to get your mailing addresses.
If you still haven't won a movie goodies swag bag, you have one more chance to win one of two prizes in this afternoon's Close-up Poster contest. It's the last giveaway of our September celebration of one year of redblog and the
500 millionth DVD rental at redbox. (But don't worry, we may be able to round up a few more prize bags in the future–just not for every single game.)
As for the Threes, if you're having trouble figuring out what film featured Ricky Gervais (starring this weekend in The Invention of Lying), Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer, just sprinkle a little magic celestial powder over the Inviso-Text below! (Or highlight it, that works too.)
Yes, it was the delightful and woefully overlooked Stardust, director Matthew Vaughn's 2007 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and illustrator Charles Vess's book. If you haven't seen Stardust, treat yourself to it asap, especially if you like The Princess Bride–it's a similar mix of romance, wry humor, and imagination. Vaughn is the Guy Ritchie associate who produced Lock Stock and Snatch, directed Layer Cake (the very Richie-esque crime film that gave us all Daniel Craig) and the up-coming Kick-Ass. He'd been set to direct X-Men 3, but dropped out for various personal and creative reasons. Instead he did Stardust, but possibly because of the X-Men fiasco, the film was unfairly treated on its release as damaged goods or an afterthought. (Don't weep too much for Vaughn–he's married to Claudia Schiffer.)
Stardust stars Claire Danes as a literal fallen star and Charlie Cox as the villager who sets off into a fantasy world with her to… well, it's complicated. Just check it out for yourself. Meanwhile, Gervais, hot off his Office triumph, had a small part as the comically shady merchant Ferdie the Fence. De Niro was Captain Shakespeare, leader of a band of air pirates (they steal lightning) and keeper of some amusing secrets of his own. Michelle Pfeiffer is the delicious villain of the story, a grand and wickedly glamorous witch in the classic tradition of Snow White and Cinderella.
Not yet sold on Stardust? How about Peter O'Toole? And Mark Strong (the standout performer from last year's Body of Lies and this winter's Sherlock Holmes)? And Ian McKellan narrating? That do it for ya?