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Preston A. Whitmore II

Director of Sony Pictures' 'This Christmas'

Preston A. Whitmore II, director of Sony Pictures’ “This Christmas.”

Book I’m reading:
“Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides

Total number of books I own:
Hundreds

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“The Price Of The Ticket” by James Baldwin,
“Adventures In The Screen Trade” by William Goldman
The Bible

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen and what book do you hope never gets adapted?
“The Seekers: A Bounty Hunter’s Story,” by Joshua Armstrong and Anthony Bruno / “Cinderella.”

Last film I saw:
“This Christmas,” directed by Preston Whitmore

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“The Big Chill,” directed by Lawrence Kasdan
“The Godfather,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola
“Thief,” directed by Michael Mann

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female)
Matt Damon

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Paul Newman

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Colin Powell, because it would be interesting to see how the Jedi mind trick works in real life.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
God

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Success,” Jay-Z

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
“I’ll Be Holding On,” Gregg Allman
“One Of These Mornings,” Moby featuring Patti LaBelle
“Trouble Man,” Marvin Gaye.

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind? What are they?:
“Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love),” Jay-Z: “N**** pray and pray on my downfall, but every time I hit the ground I bounce up like round ball…”

Concert that changed your life:
Prince

Guilty pleasures
TV:
Ali G

Film: “
Rocky”

Reading material:
“Notes From Underground” by Eric Bogosian
Web sites: Myspace / CNN / TMZ
YouTube video: Chris Brown


Best hangover remedy?
Water

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
Information is easily obtained.
Information is easily obtained

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Never quit

Do you have a dream project?:
Luke Cage: Power Man

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?:
The fear of not being able to get out of the bed in the morning

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Lisa Bonet

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
Breathing

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
Bitter ex. Nothing is more dangerous than a woman scorn

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Knicks and Spike Lee. (Entertainment at it’s finest)

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
Tickets to the Lakers / Piston’s game. Piston’s lost

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
Therapy

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Aaron McGruder
Rasheed Wallace
Borat
Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Chris Rock

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