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If I had 8 minutes to go back in time I would…….

Not change a thing!

Every single thing I’ve ever done has brought me here, with the person I love and respect, living fully the life we now share together. This is why I personally feel its important to make good decisions (from the smallest to the most important) based on your own principles (hopefully they’re generally good) whilst still respecting the laws of the land. Basically, constantly strive to do good things, surround yourself with good people/environments, and well, life will too, be good…therefore, no need for regrets.

Since the “traveling tours” for Source Code have come to a close, thinking the blog may as well. We still have possible release dates for dvds/blu rays for the film, but still don’t have them yet. Meantime, I’ll see if there are any little bits I can add, maybe even a video, if I can get my Youtube to work again…

Hope you guys are still enjoying the fun film, still spreading the word, and are still having fun sharing the little traveling family circus we have created…its only the beginning.

:) xo-Rodene

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Rodene here, in disbelief that it’s already November, the year has swept past quite quickly versus the last. Looking back at past entries, Duncan and I have been in over 15 different cities, in such a small span of time….can’t believe we survived. The Source Code Press journey has been a fun, but tiring one. We pretty much ended it in Tokyo, Japan. Sadly, the trip was less than a week, and was filled with back to back press, then again, THAT part is normal. 

Tokyo, Japan was such a long and anticipated trip…literally a long trip - we flew about 12 hours!? And we were completely jet lagged but SO completely happy about being there, we weren’t sure if and when they would release Source Code, and to our excited surprise, they did, on Oct. 28, as “Mission Eight Minutes.”  Before the trip, we were teaching ourselves the basics of Japanese, you know, basic phrases, “Hajimemashite, Yoroshiku onegai shimasu, Ākēdo wa dokodesu ka?” Useful phrases, “hello, thank you and where is the arcade?” All jokes aside, we really did get a couple useful phrases in and were told we were spot on with our pronunciation. :)

I had pages of places we were going to visit that included the Fish Auction, Akihabara, the Shinto Shrine and even the Ramen Museum, but unfortunately, they remain as must sees in the future. We did visit the MAGICAL Ghibli Museum http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/ together…talk about incredibly inspiring…for artists AND children at heart, that place was incredible. Without Duncan, I got a chance to visit the Meiji Shrine and the Ameyoko Arcade in Ueno (no, not one that had games.) There was a lot to see, we’ll definitely be back.

Duncan did press for a variety of outlets such as: the Star Channel, Cinema Bar, TBS, FLIX, Yahoo! Japan, CUT with Matsu, NBC, and of course not to forget, his double interview with director: Mamoru Oshii (they were interviewed at the same time with one interviewer and each had their own translator, it was a long but interesting interview!) By this time, we had the whole press routine down - they were all laughing because I had all the necessities already available for D. Up early, makeup, review schedule, press interviews (sometimes taped, sometimes written), mini bathroom break, photo shoots, round table interviews, and sometimes a business dinner. And in between we’re trying out our newly learned Japanese phrases. Everyone was sweet, polite, and very welcoming, we definitely departed too soon.

The last day we had there, actually, the last morning, we spent it visiting Disneyland Tokyo and Disney Sea. Tried to upload a video via Youtube, but it kept NOT uploading. I’ll have another go at it soon. Their Disneyland is more spacious, and their rides are slightly different. For example, the Winnie The Pooh ride is Ace for adults and children, but for some reason, there was silence in Space Mountain - no music or sound effects. Disney Sea was pretty special, the architecture alone is worth the 12 hour plus plane ride through turbulence I might add. The only downer was the humidity. It was SO humid that everyone at the park were wearing towels as a part of their cute Disney get ups. They even sold Disney towels designed especially for your head. 

All in all, Japan was super SUGOI! Super, super cool. It opened on the 28th I believe, so I hope everyone out there continues to show love and support for Duncan and Source Code.

Soon as I find out when the DVD release is, I’ll be sure to post it. Til then, MISSION 8 MINUTES IS SHOWING NOW in THEATERS!!! We love you Japan, thank you for such a lovely visit.

xo-Rodene & Duncan

Photos attached above are courtesy of Rodene Ronquillo: http://www.Rodene.net

Top photo of city view: lens: Lensbaby Fish Eye.

 Mission 8 Minutes

Thanks: http://blog.manmademovies.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Mission-8-Minute-Source-Code-Japan-Poster.jpg 

Did you guys get your copy of Source Code on DVD or BluRay yet? 

Did you guys get your copy of Source Code on DVD or BluRay yet? 

rodene:

Japanese version of the film! :-)) sugoi!


Konichiwa! Hajimemashite! 
We’re in Japan and despite the jetlag, its been a wonderful day. Though the rain just found its way to our side of the city -_-…. our new friends have left sunshine with us.
Just wanted to check in and say, “greetings from Japan.” Will blog tomorrow about all the fun happenings here thus far. We don’t have long, but have managed to schedule a lot of amazing interviews. “Mission 8 Mins” in a theater soon! 
Keep your fingers crossed that the typhoon decides NOT to show up anytime soon, or we’ll be temporary residents of Japan.
Happy jetlaggin’ from Rodene & D. 

rodene:

Japanese version of the film! :-)) sugoi!

Konichiwa! Hajimemashite! 

We’re in Japan and despite the jetlag, its been a wonderful day. Though the rain just found its way to our side of the city -_-…. our new friends have left sunshine with us.

Just wanted to check in and say, “greetings from Japan.” Will blog tomorrow about all the fun happenings here thus far. We don’t have long, but have managed to schedule a lot of amazing interviews. “Mission 8 Mins” in a theater soon! 

Keep your fingers crossed that the typhoon decides NOT to show up anytime soon, or we’ll be temporary residents of Japan.

Happy jetlaggin’ from Rodene & D. 

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Just for those who don’t know, and it if it isn’t obvious, this is a BLOG dedicated to the filmmaker Duncan Jones, my boyfriend, and the traveling we’ve done together specifically for his second film, “Source Code”…actually, its a blog that I started to share with those interested in the press & traveling we’ve been doing together. 
 So if you’re wondering why this isn’t about anything else, then there you have it.

Check out our Tweets at:

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Just for those who don’t know, and it if it isn’t obvious, this is a BLOG dedicated to the filmmaker Duncan Jones, my boyfriend, and the traveling we’ve done together specifically for his second film, “Source Code”…actually, its a blog that I started to share with those interested in the press & traveling we’ve been doing together.

 So if you’re wondering why this isn’t about anything else, then there you have it.

Hey look, its the weekend, why not spend it, well, why not spend about 90 minutes or so in a nice cool theater, watching SOURCE CODE! :) 

I KNOW its still playing in a good number of theaters, all around the world….no excuses people, support good fiiiiilmmmmaaaakers! 

Check them out on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/SourceCode

I know, you’ve seen it, but you know what?!?! Its still playing, so SEE IT AGAIN! ;) I’m sure you know at least ONE person living under a rock who hasn’t seen it, who would LOVE to support hardworking filmmmmmaaaakeers right?!?!

Whatever you choose to do, have a nice weekend.

Aw…remembering the Cinema Society and Coach Screening in New York. It was such a lovely evening with good company with such good vibes. 

Have you guys been spreading the word? I know its still playing in theaters, so you have no excuse! ;) 

SOURCE CODE! Go SEE it if you haven’t already!!

Been over forty days since SxSW, can’t believe we survived. Picked up a couple scars along the way, and a ton of incredible memories. Must’ve met thousands of people, seen a ton of different theaters, visited a variety of airports, wandered through dozens of incredible cities, ate delicious food with new friends, and Duncan has probably said “then that’s when things get a little weird” a million times. Man, he’s stick kickin’. Interviews haven’t stopped, though the “tour” has, the film continues to release at different times for different countries. Wonder if we’ll make it out to other places? More airplane rides!! LOL. What I do miss are the beautiful skies we got to fly through, and all the beautiful sunsets. What I don’t miss are the long lonely hallways. 

Maybe some of you are asking yourselves, “what did they do after the tour?” Well…we did what any other cool couple would do….we went to “DISNEYLAND!” 

Hope all of you had a great time with us, hope you tell all your friends and family to support good filmmakers. Go see Source Code, see it again if you haven’t already…and don’t forget to pick up a copy of “Moon.” Also, don’t forget to check out the Source Code Soundtrack. Until the next film!

:) Its been rad.

6th - Rome
So here we are in the magnificent city of Rome, staying at one of the most beautiful hotels in the city, gorgeous sunny weather, my beautiful girlfriend by my side and what am I doing?  Sitting in a dark, sticky room doing TV interviews with Jake.  Not that I dont love Jake; he’s a laugh a minute, but really… Rome!  Sun!  Girl friend!  

We’ve got a translator here;  a lovely woman.  A little bit crackers, but a very good laugh.  Jake and I cant help giggling over how much she really gets into the part whenever she translates what we say.  Photo-call next, and Im starting to pick up some of Jake’s posing techniques.  Haven’t quite got the “serious” look down though, yet;  tend to grin like a naughty schoolboy every time someone points a camera at me.  The photo-calls are amusing. Basically you stand with your back to a wall, while a horseshoe of photographers yell in unison, trying to get your attention.  Everyone wants that “eyes in the lens” shot.  The photo-call may not be very dignified, but it does keep me amused, which makes me grin even more… Damn!  Really, Jake.  How do you keep up that serious look through all this silliness?

Quick drive to another part of town to go to a cinema where we have a press conference.  Our translator is a riot; Jake is telling a story about being a kid & how he used to make his toys talk with silly voices.  He reenacts the endearing moment, “oh hello, Mr. Fox, how are you Mr. Bottle?” in a goofy voice.  The translator starts telling the story for the audience in italian, and she’s copying Jake’s goofy voice acting giving the audience the full experience in Italian;  I just cant help myself… next answer, Im throwing one daft voice after another into the mix, just to see if she’ll stick with it, and bless her cotton socks, she does!  Audience seemed to enjoy it too.  That’s the sign of a true professional!

Computer games are good for you.  I know that comes a bit out of the blue, but its true!  I’ll tell you why…  On the drive back from the press conference, I started to feel like I knew where I was!  How, you ask?  Assassin’s Creed 2!  Yes!  The computer game!  I already knew Roman streets!  Bloody brilliant.  

Lots of pasta for lunch at a beautiful little cafe in town, more TV interviews with Jake and me, and then, finally, a short rest.  As soon as head hits pillow, it’s time to get in the car and head off for dinner.  On our drive to the restaurant, we drive up a hill over looking all of Rome.  Our Driver mentions that thist “romantic spot” is a place where, “Women brought there cannot say no.”  I don’t think he meant it to sound like that… sounds a bit “rapey.”  

More pasta at dinner and then we head to the airport for a late night fight to Berlin.  Its about 11pm. 

7th - Berlin
We get to the hotel at about 2am.  Grab some sleep, and then we’re off again at 10.  Two hours of print one-on-ones and then a trip to do the German equivalent of NPR radio.  

The chap Im talking with has to be one of the fastest talkers I’ve ever heard!  If they ever start advertising “micr-machines” again, he’s their man!  (look up “micromachines fast talker,” if that reference makes no sense to you.)

Back to the hotel for lots of roundtables with groups of press.  I find I’ve started engaging in an experiment into cross-cutural humor.  Trying to find what amusing anecdotes cross borders.  Found a few, but its funny… you never can tell whats going to miss.  I tell a story about how thrilled I was to do Source Code, as it was a chance to work with more that one actor.  It slayed in Madrid, but gets polite smiles here.  You know, its moments like this that you really have to doff your cap to Mr. Bean. 

Big Berlin red carpet shindig to end the day, and then dinner.  Did we eat sausage?  You bet your sweet patootie we ate sausage!  I went for a schnitzel too!  

It’s the end of Thursday now.  Im starting to pay more attention to the box office numbers coming out from the US and UK; I get email updates daily from Summit and Optimum… I also get a bevy of producers comments about what the numbers mean.  The consensus is that we are doing well, especially with this bloody rabbit movie defying all logical predictions.  We’ll have to see how things hold up next week.  For now though, Source Code is making its money back… not Inception good yet, but a damn solid start.  Another late night, but never mind.  We only have to get up at 5am. 

8th - London
Wake up at 5:00 am to catch early flight to London.  Straight into press… a LOT of press.  I am seriously running on fumes by the end of it.  I cant even remember how many people I have talked to, but my angel comes and helps me up to the room at the end of it, and I grab a quick shut eye before we have to head out to the Odeon in Leicester Square for our evening Q&A.

Frankly, Im delighted that anyone turned up to the Odeon screening!  This London trip was put together so late minute, I thought there was a good chance no one would turn up!  Not to mention the weather is bloody GORGEOUS here!  Truly!  I mean its Al Gore, global weirding, beautiful!  I just assumed that everyone would be too drunk on Pimms, and passed out in the park after picnicking all day, but no.  You are very, very sweet for turning up.  Q&A was a good ‘un, and the lovely Ro and I decided we would wander back to our hotel by foot.

Tell you something… after 9 months in Montreal, and nearly a year in Los Angeles, I had forgotten just how absolutely INSANE Soho is on a Friday night.  My blue nan!!   Gomorrah ain’t got nothing on this town!  I saw… I saw… well, lets just say there isn’t much left to the imagination when you’re making your way through the crowds packing Old Compton Street late on a Friday night.  God bless you, London.  They say a man who is bored in London is bored of life.  If that’s true, then a man who doesn’t blush on Old Compton street, is probably quite a worldly gay man.

Spain came and went. It was TV and PRINT all day, ending with a cinema intro with Duncan and Jake. Everything went smoothly, by the book, all was normal, except for one thing…ALL WAS IN SPANISH! Such a shame I paid NO attention to my Spanish teachers in school, coulda been useful. 

Wasn’t able to try the churros and hot chocolate, so I think I’ll make it up to myself when I get home to some Costco Churros and Yogurt. So delicious. 

When we were driving to the airport, we saw crowds of senior citizens gathered around different theaters…told it was Senior Citizen Tuesday! Which meant: CHEAP DISCOUNTED theater tickets! How LUCKY are they??!! That’s at least ONE thing to look forward to as the years pass! Awesome.

Day ended at about 7pm in Madrid, and off to Rome we went. And having only been here for about 4 hours now, I already love it. Chowed down on a box of pizza each, we’re good for the night. Tomorrow we do it all over again, surprised? 

—————- From Duncan’s P.O.V. : 

Madrid!  What I would do to be able to actually spend some TIME in these remarkable cities we are visiting!  But no… its work, work, work and then off to the next place.  Fortunately I get a taste of these cities by being able to talk to the lovely film buffs who come in for the daily junkets that are the reason I am on this trip.  I have to say, I really do love Spanish people.  Kind-hearted, generous and funny people.  All of them!  Not a one to complain about… oh, ok.  Maybe Franco.  Fortunately he doesn’t review films.

The big difference with today’s junket was that the interviews were done in… wait for it… Spanish!  That may seem pretty unsurprising, and it may well be, but let me tell you, trying to answer a question at a slow enough pace for a translator to do their thing on the fly, is very unsettling.  You try it!  Trust me, you wont be so cocky next time I have a whinge.  Fortunately my producer was a lovely woman who was incredibly good at her job, but it isn’t half difficult to concentrate, when you are trying to talk about something, and someone else is jabbering away in a different language right next to you.

The rest of the day followed what has pretty much become the routine now; 4 minutes TV interviews for a couple of hours, then some one on ones, followed by a series of roundtables.  Don’t tell Rodene, but I actually quite like doing it!  Good questions, and then we were down to the local cineplex for a preview screening of the film where Jake and I gave a wee intro.  

Imagine this bit cut by Guy Ritchie’s editor…

Exit cinema/shut car door/pull up at airport/take off/ land in… 

Rome!

2000 years past its prime, and the city still oozes machismo.  If cities had knobs, Rome would be bruising its knee.  Haven’t had a chance to see it in daylight hours, but from the twinkling jewel seen through the window of our plane, to being driven entirely too fast down the winding walled streets, Rome is spectacular.  We turned up at a beautiful hotel in the centre of town, with a stack of pizzas waiting for us, gorged till tumulous, and poured myself a very manly bath.  In Rome, even pampering has a hairy chest.

Tomorrow we begin the Italian Job.  I shall be channeling my best Michael Caine.

Oh yeah.. finally bit.  Been downloading and playing new games for my lovely IPad2.  They are superb… but there is no denying it; my god, the Amiga was some games machine!  I miss that dreamy piece of silicon and plastic!  Love you Commodore.  You’re missed.

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HOLA. We’re in Spain, we actually made it here. After that CRAZY plane ride, thought we’d end up in the middle of the ocean somewhere. That plane ride was like being in the middle an earthquake, inside a fault.
Yes, it was shaky.
So, after a quick drive and wander through the city, I haven’t seen any Source Code billboards, or anything, and actually, I haven’t seen ANY film billboards. I also haven’t seen a Mcdonalds or Starbucks, SHOCKING, since everywhere else we’ve been, they’re on every block. Good thing I brought over a ton of snacks! Most of our time is in our hotel, so most of our dinners are from in room dining, but I tell ya, ain’t nothing like a New York pizza. And to come from NY to Madrid to have pizza, wrong choice. On my defense, I didn’t know what else to order, 1. I don’t speak Spanish, 2. I don’t eat meat. AND boy was I wrong to order pizza from here, it was like a steam roller had its way with a block of cheese. Someone from NY needs to come out here and show Madrid what PIZZA could be. :) 
Still hungry, and channel surfing, no ads on Source Code on the t.v. either. Its strange because everywhere we’ve been in the U.S. has been infected with the Source Code bug. Outside, inside, sideways, all things Source Code, but out here so far, nothing. Tomorrow is going to be the start of big press junket days, so we’ll see what happens then. Duncan and Jake will both be working the junkets, don’t think there are any q & a’s lined up, but let’s send over positive vibes that things go well.
What time is it? We’ve lost all sense of time. Its almost midnight here in Spain, but I’m still on Hawaii time. :) Doesn’t get dark in Spain til waaay later, so we’re completely confused. Don’t really have the energy and Spanish skills to explore, so indoors on the Ipad 2 it is! Need to catch up on sleep.
Hope everyone has been enjoying all the fun interviews, q & as, and showings, so much hard work was put into this film from beginning to end…this has been R-O-D-E-N-E, coming to you from Spain of all places, stay classy, spread the word, over n’ out.

HOLA. We’re in Spain, we actually made it here. After that CRAZY plane ride, thought we’d end up in the middle of the ocean somewhere. That plane ride was like being in the middle an earthquake, inside a fault.

Yes, it was shaky.

So, after a quick drive and wander through the city, I haven’t seen any Source Code billboards, or anything, and actually, I haven’t seen ANY film billboards. I also haven’t seen a Mcdonalds or Starbucks, SHOCKING, since everywhere else we’ve been, they’re on every block. Good thing I brought over a ton of snacks! Most of our time is in our hotel, so most of our dinners are from in room dining, but I tell ya, ain’t nothing like a New York pizza. And to come from NY to Madrid to have pizza, wrong choice. On my defense, I didn’t know what else to order, 1. I don’t speak Spanish, 2. I don’t eat meat. AND boy was I wrong to order pizza from here, it was like a steam roller had its way with a block of cheese. Someone from NY needs to come out here and show Madrid what PIZZA could be. :) 

Still hungry, and channel surfing, no ads on Source Code on the t.v. either. Its strange because everywhere we’ve been in the U.S. has been infected with the Source Code bug. Outside, inside, sideways, all things Source Code, but out here so far, nothing. Tomorrow is going to be the start of big press junket days, so we’ll see what happens then. Duncan and Jake will both be working the junkets, don’t think there are any q & a’s lined up, but let’s send over positive vibes that things go well.

What time is it? We’ve lost all sense of time. Its almost midnight here in Spain, but I’m still on Hawaii time. :) Doesn’t get dark in Spain til waaay later, so we’re completely confused. Don’t really have the energy and Spanish skills to explore, so indoors on the Ipad 2 it is! Need to catch up on sleep.

Hope everyone has been enjoying all the fun interviews, q & as, and showings, so much hard work was put into this film from beginning to end…this has been R-O-D-E-N-E, coming to you from Spain of all places, stay classy, spread the word, over n’ out.

So much fun experiencing opening night here in New York. Hope everyone went to see it! We got to run around the big city, from theater to theater doing surprise intros with Duncan, Jake and Michelle, lots of excited movie goers. Too bad we can’t go all around the world doing these intros. You know, places like, Hawaii, the Philippines, Fiji, the Caribbean…

Maybe if there was a big enough demand? :)

What is the “Source Code?” Who can answer this mysterious question….

(Source: twitter.com)

Looking forward to more screenings in the upcoming days, weeks…..have any of you guys caught any of these little luggage tags? We have a couple with us, so, hopefully we’ll get to share them. :)


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