a simple statement, and yet how very appropriate. As difficult as it is
to believe, it was one year ago today, 19-September-2004, that "Secondhand
Lions" was released for all to enjoy. What a time that was. One year
anniversaries for a film are kind of special, they still have that aura
of excitement about them, and yet the warmness of familiarity with the film
wraps around you like a favourite blanket in front of a roaring fire. It
is not just the flickering images from the film like the dancing flames
of the fire that keeps you warm, it is when you realize the true source
for that feeling is from the glow in your heart because of the film... and
that is what (Secondhand Lions) this film, a Haley film, is all about.
and tribute for this special occasion, I thought it might be kind of nice
if we took a look back at some of the more interesting stops along the
way from when the film was first announced here on the Haley General message
board. I hope this will be an interesting journey, as we can again experience
some of the excitement as anticipation for the film grew over time. Please
enjoy this first anniversary retrospective of the film, and thanks to
just about everyone for their hard work in digging up whatever information
they could find. As you will see, it was the team effort from this community
that made the experience all the more enjoyable, and I am sure you will
agree... what a time that was.
It was just
after 8:00am California time on 27-June-2002, when the amazing administrator
was finally allowed to officially announce to the world, Haley
set to star in "Lions". Reaction to the "big news" was almost
immediate, as the praise and congratulatory messages for Haley came
pouring in. It had been a year since the release of his last "live-action"
film (A.I. Artificial Intelligence), and although he had a couple
of projects waiting for release in which he had leant his voice,
all were quite pleased there would again be a "real" Haley film
on the horizon.
big announcement things were pretty quiet as information about the
film was slow to be revealed. It would take one month for us to
find out that Second
Hand Lions finally up on IMDB, and another week for the Latest
Secondhand Lion update of some of the production crew.
It would be another week later for Haley
finally got imdb mention for SHL in which we learned his character's
name would be "Walter". It would then be almost another month later
SHLions Info to be revealed. Finally at the end of September
second-hand lions would begin production. Snippets
of SHL news would announce some casting calls were occurring,
and the opportunity to appear in a Haley film. The full cast was
finally starting to be known in SHL
newz! - Haley's Mom in the film would be Kyra Sedgwick.
already one week old, we would learn from Fresh
SHLions info from today, 04-October-2002, some more of the background
about the film and the struggle to keep the production in Texas.
A nice article would be found with More
on SHL - new cast member about Walter's cousin in the film,
Martha. In time the rest
one month into the production, something happened that was most
unexpected, and yet was very much appreciated. On 16-November-2002,
the first secret SHL
pictures from the set were posted to Haley's official message
board at kidactors.com . They were gathered from some of the raw
footage of the filming, as we were provided with just the briefest
look at the production. More pictures
from the set would allow us to catch some SHL-Frustration
in a glimpse of Haley hard at work. More
SHL pictures would give us our last "insider" look at the production,
as some interesting thoughts about the scene were related from the
on as the production started to wind down some SHL
news and a Tiny
morsel of Lions info would help fill out some more of
the story and give us a glimpse at the original ending. Even
a picture of one of the SHL
Props found a home here on this site. A
Firsthand Look at SHL would have to carry us through until
the end of production around mid-December, and then into 2003.
"Secondhand Lions" now in post-production, some SHL
Stills - 2 New Haley Pics turned up for all to enjoy.
They were the first "clear" production pictures that were
most likely released by New Line Cinema.
about LIONS would bring us an interesting script review,
and an SHL
snippet would let us know more about some of the locations
used in the film. That would prove to be pretty much it for
another few months as once again information about the film
was difficult to find.
at the end of March the original Secondhand
Lion release day was discovered, (26-September-2003), and that seemed
to get things rolling again. A Countdown
to Secondhand Lions was started at 162 days until the release of
the film, and some Old
SHL pics were found, but with a new twist as they were of the "super-sized"
variety. We were so thirsty for information about the film that even
the type of pop bottle Haley was holding in one of the pictures had
to be found For
OZ, It's BARQ's!
for the release of the film first started to ramp up when
makes an appearance... at the official New Line Cinema
website. That was soon followed by the first SECONDHAND
LIONS POSTER! to be found as a leaflet in the newly
released "About Schmidt" DVD case of all places. That made
a nice backdrop for a New
Chicago Sun-Times Haley Interview, which pretty much
set the tone for the many other Haley interviews and articles
that would soon follow.
was around that time another significant event occured on
these message boards on 11-June-2003, a new SHL
fansite up....with clips! was first brought to our attention.
, would grow and evolve to become what cannot be denied
as the premiere site for "Secondhand Lions" information
found anywhere on the Internet. It is with much thanks
and appreciation to "danchia" for taking the time to archive
and preserve just about all of the information that has
been discovered about SHL to the point of perfection.
you have any sort of love for this film, and have never
visited his site, you owe it to yourself to spend the
many hours it will take exploring just about everything
you can think of related to this film.
to get too far off track, but it simply has to be mentioned
he also maintains two other "companion" sites... the original
and parent site, www.comeawayohumanchild.net
, which is an amazing tribute site to "A.I. Artificial
Intelligence".... and the newest site, www.haleyjoelosment.info
, which has quickly evolved into a very unique presence
on the Internet for all things related to the unique and
amazing Haley Joel Osment.
of SHL production info. would allow us to explore
the Austin Studios where much of "Secondhand Lions" was
new set stills from SHL would provide us with more
terrific images from the film, and the official screensaver
of the film would offer some SHL
screensaver Haley pics as well. Yet another update
to the official SHL website provided some SHL
news that the site had been changed again and now
provided even more pictures from the film. Some new
Haley pics appearing at wireimage.com from a major
and screening of the film, would prove to be the source
for many of the interviews and articles that would eventually
be found on this message board. It would be silly of me
to try and link all of those subject lines from every
article into some sort of readable form, so this is where
I will direct you back to www.secondhandlions.net
so you can read all of the articles at your leisure. However,
I will add that I did try to keep track of All
the recent Haley articles... and other items that
I had posted on this site in one convenient message, which
I updated every now and again.
on 06-September-2003, the very first review of "Secondhand
Lions" from a fan who had the great fortune to see the film
early was posted to Haley's official message board at kidactors.com
saw SHL at Boston Film Festival and Loved it. We would
soon find out that "Secondhand Lions" was not going to be
just another film, it would be much more than that. How
about an SHL smile :) would give us our first glimpse
at the influence of the true heart of the film. Many special
screenings of the film would be setup to help benefit "reading
programs" across the United States including free screenings
for inner-city students in various cities. How wonderful
and appropriate that so many charitable programs continue
to be touched by the projects that Haley has been involved.
sneak screening of the film was made available for most locations
across North America, and so on 14-September-2003 the glowing
reviews from the fans started to pour in. I'll lead this off with
my very own impressions and experience of seeing the film in,
a celebration of life.
saw SHL!!! and I
saw SHL! and SHL
Sneak Preview would conclude the early reviews for the film.
Despite some negative rumblings from the cynical critics, I always
found it interesting that for the most part, for those fans who
went and actually saw the film, they all seemed to have an enjoyable
time. Some More
Haley SHL production pic's, and some Hot
News - SHL Premiere images including even More
Premiere pictures direct from Los Angeles, and another Excellent
film review by another fan was all that was left to be said
for the release of the film on 19-September-2003.
until late the very next day, 20-September-2003, when Haley's
amazing agent, Meredith Fine, was kind enough to take the time
and post her very first message on these message boards with the
Day Box Office Figures for "Secondhand Lions".
soon followed up a couple of days later by her second message
and the BOX
OFFICE numbers for "Secondhand Lions" after the
first weekend of release. Much thanks and appreciation to her
for providing us with the accurate information, (initial estimates
listed SHL finishing third), that SHL had indeed finished in second
place for the weekend.
point forward there would be a few more articles, a few more images,
and a few more reviews as the film slowly made the journey around
the globe and was released in many different countries.
horizon was a new
year, and new life for the film on DVD
that was released 03-February-2004.
There would be One
review to rule them all... for the DVD, which simply must
be read again, as the DVD would prove to be a very worthy companion
to the film that will allow it to live on in the hearts of many
for every generation... a perfect ending for a wonderful film.
what a time that was. Thanks Haley, and everyone involved.
our companion websites
2003 by comeawayohumanchild.net