VOTD: Dan Brown’s “Your Lucky Day”

OneCoolThingADay has found a pretty cool short film titled Your Lucky Day directed by newcomerDan Brown (not the author) and featuring Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Cabin Fever). The fifteen minute short tells the story of an elderly man who discovers he’s won $156 million in the lottery.

A megaball drawing sends a convenience store spiraling out of control. While shopping at a convenience store, a young man decides to make his own odds. The store manager and a married couple are also mixed up in the game. Who will make it out of the store alive?

Brown is a Seatle-based filmmaker who created the opening title sequence of the television series House MD at DK, did a series of bumpers for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and has directed commercials for Nike and Microsoft. Watch the short film now embedded after the jump. Beware of some quick flashes of NSFW imagery.
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Darth Vader is Carved Into The National Cathedral

Darth Vader at the National Cathedral

For me, that’s the best part about reading a Dan Brown novel, is learning trivial bits of information on places and history. No one really reads Brown’s books for his “master storytelling”, do they? His latest book, The Lost Symbol came out while I was at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I haven’t really had a chance to read it, but friend and Rejects editor Cole Abaius is working his way through it and mentioned last night on Twitter an amazing geek fact about the National Cathedral. And while this is in no way considered news, or new information, I thought it was interesting enough to share (heck, I didn’t know about it…)

Did you know: Darth Vader is carved into the northwest tower of the National Cathedral in Washington DC? It’s apparently true.

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lost symbol cover

Today Random House finally revealed the cover art for author Dan Brown‘s latest book The Lost Symbol. The cover of the new book confirms that the third adventure will take place on home soil, with a 12-hour race to the finish quest set in Washington, DC. The book is the third in a series that follows mystery-solving Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon unravel conspiracy theories using hidden codes.  As we’ve previously reported, Columbia Pictures has already moving forward with a third film in the franchise, which already accounts for over $1.23 billion in worldwide box office.  Check out the full book cover after the jump.

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Angels & Demons

Ron Howard‘s big screen adaptation of the Da Vinci Code prequel Angel’s & Demons won’t hit theaters until May 15th, but Columbia Pictures is already moving forward with a third film in the series.

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angels-and-demons.jpgNot sure what is going on in the photo above, but your brain should tell you that it’s a photo of Ayelet Zurer, and according to EW she’s landed the lead female role opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard‘s summer ’09 prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons. Yes, the prequel people are craving as much as one to Nothing But Trouble is quietly moving forward. Will Tom Hanks’s hair go even longer this time and catch a nice Fabio-esque breeze on screen? Maybe.

Zurer, an Israeli actress who starred as Eric Bana’s comely wife in Steven Spielberg’s underrated Munich, apparently beat out Naomi Watts for the role of Vittoria Vetra (Dan Brown‘s alliteration, blech), who teams with Hanks’s “Harvard symbologist” Robert Langdon to solve the mystery behind her father’s death. Enter terrorists, churches, chubby moms flipping through supermarket paperbacks et al. After hitting a snag due to the writers strike the picture is scheduled to begin filming this June in Europe. Give a low five in the comments.