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  • Change the Channel - Iran Short Film Series #6

    06/28/2015 8:20:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/25/15 | Clarion Project
    Change the Channel. What happens if the Iran Nuclear agreement goes bad? Ever wondered what a bad nuclear deal looks like? Change the Channel is a fast-moving look through the eyes of our news channels at the growing turmoil and eventual destruction wrought by a nuclear Iran on the Middle East and beyond. Even America isn't safe.
  • Damian Lewis Tipped to Become Next James Bond

    06/16/2015 7:52:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 16, 2015 | Alex Ritman
    It may well be a shameless attempt to generate column inches, but one U.K. bookmaker has, out of the blue, slashed its odds of Homeland star Damian Lewis being named the next James Bond.
  • TCM Remembers Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

    06/13/2015 8:44:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    The new schedule for Monday, June 22 will be: 6:15 AM The Mummy (1959) 8:00 AM The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 AM Horror of Dracula (1958) 11:00 AM Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 PM Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969) 2:30 PM Horror Express (1972) 4:00 PM The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 PM The Four Musketeers (1975)
  • 'God's Not Dead' Producer Russell Wolfe Dies at 50

    06/08/2015 8:06:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 6/1/15 | Christine Johnson
    Independent faith and family film studio Pure Flix suffered a loss this week. Pure Flix founding partner and producer Russell Wolfe died May 27, surrounded by his family. Wolfe, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), was 50. Since his diagnosis in December 2013, Wolfe and his family shared his ALS journey through social media and public appearances, including the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Last year, Russell, along with his family and colleagues, participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Phoenix. Wolfe produced and co-starred in the Pure Flix feature film God's Not Dead.
  • Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 highlights

    06/07/2015 1:01:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2015 | Oliver Gettell
    Like many young twentysomethings, the Los Angeles Film Festival has experimented with its identity as it's grown up, often screening scrappy indies, serious-minded documentaries and splashy studio pictures side by side. For its 21st installment, which takes place Wednesday through June 18 and is sponsored by The Times ...
  • 15 Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About ‘The Goonies’ For Its 30th Anniversary

    06/06/2015 6:54:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 76 replies
    Sunday will mark a tremendous occasion in the world of pop culture and cult classic movies. June 7 is the 30th anniversary of the Richard Donner-directed, never-say-die movie with an all-star cast, The Goonies. Hitting theaters on June 7, 1985, the film is still a favorite of so many people today and starred a number of names that went on to huge things. Let’s take a look at some fun facts and trivia that you may never have known about The Goonies.
  • Clint Eastwood To Make Film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger

    06/05/2015 12:11:41 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | Jun 04, 2015 | Stephen Pope
    Clint Eastwood To Make Film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger By Stephen Pope / Published: Jun 04, 2015 Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Tuesday that the life story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is coming to the big screen in a yet-to-be named motion picture that will be directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. The film will be adapted from Sully's book, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," co-written with Jeffery Zaslow.
  • 'Jaws' turns 40: Five reasons it wouldn't work today

    05/31/2015 7:05:35 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 89 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 31, 2015 | Steve Tilley
    It might be safe to go in the water now. Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Jaws, director Steven Spielberg’s tale of a great white shark terrorizing a picturesque seaside town. It’s a bona fide classic, deserving of all the praise it gets. But it’s also something of a relic, a throwback to a simpler time in moviemaking when we were less cynical and more easily frightened. For all the monster movie remakes being trotted out this decade, it’s actually not surprising we haven’t seen Jaws sequel since 1987’s Jaws: The Revenge (and not just because that...
  • Superman's Dark Past

    05/24/2015 12:15:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 24, 2015 | Charles Moss
    Since the official teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted online in April, fans and critics alike have been discussing the kind of Superman Zack Snyder is going to depict in his Man of Steel sequel. The controversy stems from Snyder's decision to cast Superman as a brooding, Dark Knight-like character, who cares more about beating up bad guys than saving people. The casting split has proved divisive among Superman fans: Some love the new incarnation, citing him as an edgier, more realistic version of the character. But Snyder's is a different Superman than the one fans...
  • Natalie Portman to star as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in new movie

    05/12/2015 6:01:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    ...Portman will star as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new film. “On the Basis of Sex” will follow Ginsburg’s obstacles-filled career on the road to becoming the second female justice and the first Jewish female justice on the high court, Deadline Hollywood reported. President Bill Clinton appointed Ginsburg to the Supreme Court in 1993.
  • Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

    04/30/2015 8:14:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/28/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Ken Droz, former director of communications for the Michigan Film Office, responded to an op-ed I co-authored about Michigan's film incentive program. Unfortunately, he levels criticisms and makes claims without citing any facts. The block quotes below are the assertions he makes in a MLive article, and are followed by my response: I have seen and studied all the data published, including that much-cited Tax Foundation treatise and can tell you it consists mainly of ideology driven rhetoric and cherry picked facts to support pre-existing opinions. There are many independent studies on film incentive programs; nearly all find negative economic...
  • 'The Bronx Bull' is another shot at the story of boxer Jake LaMotta

    04/24/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Theresa Walker
    ... [Jake] LaMotta has been the subject of several books, a film considered one of the greatest in American cinema, and a failed stage show called "Lady and the Champ." Now there's a second feature film about his life, this one titled "LaMotta: The Bronx Bull." LaMotta will be in Orange County on Saturday when the new movie, produced by Irvine-based Main Street Films, premieres as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival ...
  • BREAKING: Star Trek XIII to be titled ‘Star Trek Beyond’

    04/22/2015 2:40:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 117 replies
    TrekMovie.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kayla Iacovino
    It appears that ‘Star Trek Beyond‘ may be the title of the upcoming Star Trek film, lucky number 13 in the franchise. As far as the storyline is concerned, the title suggests that the new film will venture farther out into the galaxy than we have seen in the previous two Abrams films, as co-writer Simon Pegg has been hinting at for some time now.
  • Watching a Biased Social Documentary in College for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month

    04/16/2015 8:41:31 PM PDT · by Ulmius · 16 replies
    Ulmius
    Today, the faculty of my university told my class we had to view a movie in order to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month, shown by our school's counselor. The film was a social documentary by a guy that was showing his opinions about changing mens' perception of their masculinity. As the film progressed, he started to blame the white male status quo for imposing media messages on vulnerable minds. He even compared John Wayne and Ronald Reagan in the film, portraying their respective appeals as white mens' desire to return to a past accepting of gender and racial discrimination (one...
  • NBFF's Horror 2015 Showcase Gives Love to Indie Films

    04/16/2015 10:50:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 16, 2015 | Aimee Murillo
    It has been years since audiences have been given a horror movie that wasn't a carbon copy of another film—big-budget film producers aren't exactly flowing with ideas. Thankfully, the Horror Showcase at the Newport Beach Film Festival, running April 23-30, aims to counter that fatigue with a new crop of filmmakers outside of the Hollywood milieu, presenting seven short films and one feature film that not only break the mold of clichés, but also eat their brains . . . or something. Because if there's one thing we can be mindful of, it's that some of the best, most memorable...
  • Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Orson Welles' Centennial

    04/16/2015 10:18:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matt Coker
    1. Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. 2. As a filmmaker, his three greatest pictures, in order, are Touch of Evil (1958), Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). 3. Ah, yes, but Citizen Kane tops many lists as the greatest film of all time (with Welles filling the top slot on many directing lists). The fictional story of a megalomaniac newspaper magnate (loosely based on William Randolph Hearst) and innocence lost is indeed a masterpiece . . . albeit a dated one. Newspaper magnates? Not in this century, bub. 4. John Houseman wrote in his 1972...
  • 'Little Boy': A Classic Modern Film

    04/16/2015 5:35:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    There are classic films, like the ones on TCM and AMC, and there are modern films. There are few modern classics. "Little Boy," in theaters April 24, could be a modern classic. The film is set in a Southern California town during World War II. A couple's oldest son, London Busbee (David Henrie), is drafted, but is barred from service because of his flat feet. The father, James Busbee (Michael Rapaport), goes instead and his youngest son, Pepper Flynt Busbee, 8, beautifully played by Jakob Salvati, is devastated. Pepper and his father have a very close relationship (they call...
  • Rahm Emanuel unhappy Spike Lee titled new film 'Chiraq'

    04/15/2015 7:32:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC7Chicago.com ^ | 2015-04-15
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq." The word suggests the city is as dangerous as the war zone in Iraq. "We had an honest, frank conversation," Emanuel said. Emanuel said he suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place. The mayor says he thinks that the subject Lee told him his film would deal with - black-on-black violence - is an important topic that...
  • Richard Dysart, the Patriarchal Senior Partner of 'L.A. Law,' Dies at 86

    04/09/2015 2:49:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 9, 2015 | Mike Barnes , Duane Byrge
    Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86.Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after a long illness, his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, told The Hollywood Reporter ...He ... was the bad guy who battled Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider ...
  • Geoffrey Lewis, Western Star and Juliette Lewis' Dad, Dies at 79

    04/08/2015 9:06:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    People ^ | April 8, 2015
    Geoffrey Lewis, the father of actress Juliette Lewis, has died. He was 79 ... Lewis was well known for his appearances in western films and his roles in multiple Clint Eastwood movies ... He also had various television credits on popular series ...
  • Czech Oscar-nominated cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek dies

    03/30/2015 6:22:35 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    CTK ^ | March 29, 2015 | CTK
    Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek, who was nominated for Oscar twice and cooperated with Czech-born director Milos Forman, died on Saturday evening at the age of 80, Martha Issova, partner of his son David, told CTK today. Ondricek is famous in the Czech Republic and abroad primarily for his cooperation with Forman in Czechoslovakia and in the United States. Both film-makers are leading personalities of the Czech New Film Wave of the 1960s.
  • Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?

    03/30/2015 1:10:46 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/29/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    In 2011, left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore sat on the advisory council for the Michigan Film Office. The office is in charge of determining what productions will receive the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been sent from state taxpayers to mostly out-of-state moviemakers since 2008. So perhaps it should not be surprising to learn that Moore himself – with a reported personal net worth of $50 million – was able to grab taxpayer money to cover some of the costs for his 2009 film “Capitalism: A Love Story” (which criticized the well-connected for taking taxpayer money). As previously reported...
  • Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Director of Neil Simon Hits, Dies at 93

    03/29/2015 8:18:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | Bruce Weber
    Gene Saks, an actor who switched to stage and film directing in midcareer, winning three Tony Awards and becoming the leading interpreter of the plays of Neil Simon, died on Saturday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. He was 93.
  • The J Street Challenge - Full Film in HD

    03/26/2015 9:21:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/23/15 | apeacet
    Full film available for now. The argument against J Street.
  • It Follows is the scariest American horror movie in years

    03/13/2015 10:54:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Vox ^ | March 13, 2015 | Todd VanDerWerff
    ... The central conceit of It Follows, the excellent new horror film from director David Robert Mitchell, sounds eerie the first time you hear it, but it only gets more frightening every time you think about it. And the movie goes out of its way to give you reasons to think about just how horrifying it would be for this to play out in real life ... It Follows is a movie about a curse. While you're cursed, you will be stalked, mercilessly, by an entity that can take any form — including that of someone you love — and...
  • CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama

    03/11/2015 6:09:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 38 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Hollywood's storyline of an underfunded Battle Creek police department is fiction. The reality? One Battle Creek police officer made $100,000-plus in 2014 and the city is paying $2.5 million more to the police and fire pension plan than it did nine years ago. In the fictional CBS TV show “Battle Creek” that debuts March 1, police detectives complain about being underfunded. It’s so bad, they say, that their Tasers don’t work because the department can't afford to recharge the batteries. That’s Hollywood. In real life, if Tasers go uncharged it probably has more to do with a police and fire...
  • Tim Burton to direct Disney's new Dumbo movie starring a mix of computer generated and live [tr]

    03/10/2015 1:46:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    Tim Burton is to direct Disney's live action remake of the 1941 classic Dumbo. The iconic cartoon will be remade as a live-action movie with computer generated characters playing the big-eared elephant and his family. To bring the movie into the 21st century, a family story will be added to reflect dumbo's journey.
  • Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor

    03/06/2015 7:40:29 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2015 | Tom Gantert
    House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, is calling for $12 million to be restored to the $50 million originally appropriated for film production subsidies in the current year. The money was cut by an executive order signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The news site MIRS reported that Greimel’s spokeswoman Katie Carey said the film credit program “has been a good job creator for the state.” “I think if you did an investigation of all the tax credits, you'd find that with the film credits, that's one of the areas that has been a big boon for the state of...
  • Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

    03/03/2015 5:44:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 11, 2015 | WatchMojo.com
    2014 brought us a number of great films…don’t expect to see any of them mentioned here. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 worst movies of 2014.
  • Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic 'The Stars My Destination'

    03/02/2015 3:26:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Deadline|Hollywood ^ | February 27, 2015 | Anita Busch
    EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire feature-film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the book (better known as Tiger! Tiger! in the U.K. for its opening-page reprint of a William Blake poem) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued.
  • 2015 Oscars: Nominees - 87th Academy Awards Nominations

    02/22/2015 10:40:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    The Oscars ^ | February 22, 2015
    ABC - Tune In Live Sunday Feb 24 7e|4p Nominees -- The 87th Academy Award Nominations for the 2015 Oscars
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E - Official Trailer (2015) Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill Movie [HD]

    02/16/2015 2:44:44 PM PST · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E - Official Trailer (2015) Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill Movie
  • Netflix launches in Cuba

    02/10/2015 6:48:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/9/15 | Cecilia Kang
    Netflix on Monday launched its streaming service in Cuba, the latest sign that economic relations between the United States and the island nation are thawing. The service will be available for $8 a month to residents with credit cards and access to high-speed Internet.
  • Happy birthday, John Williams, film composer, born February 8, 1932

    02/08/2015 12:49:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 76 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | February 8, 2015
    Today marks the 83rd birthday of the great film composer John Williams, whose scores have garnered numerous wins and nominations for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Grammy Awards. Wikipedia IMDb John Williiams Fan NetworkThe John Williams Collection
  • ‘Jupiter Ascending‘ is so bad it’s almost good (photos)

    An instant candidate for the so-bad-it’s-sort-of-great hall of fame, “Jupiter Ascending’’ is totally bonkers, a sort of black-velvet-Elvis mash-up of “Star Wars’’ and every other sci-fi/fantasy movie of the past half-century right up to “The Hunger Games.” Look, there’s Mila Kunis as another chosen one, spending 10 percent of the movie cleaning toilets! A shirtless Channing Tatum in Mr. Spock ears, trying to pretend he doesn’t love Kunis! And poor Eddie Redmayne — up for Best Actor for “The Theory of Everything” — flamboyantly camping it up (oops, Oscar voting begins Friday) as an intergalactic real-estate mogul-cum-mass-murderer bent on marrying...
  • Oscars: 'The Imitation Game' Finally Plays the Gay Card

    01/31/2015 10:37:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/29/15 | Gregg Kilday
    The Weinstein Co. originally promoted The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as a period thriller that paid tribute to Alan Turing, the father of modern computing. But on Jan. 19, appearing on CBS This Morning, Harvey Weinstein introduced a new tactic, arguing that though Turing received a royal pardon in 2013 for his 1952 conviction for gross indecency because of his homosexuality, he deserves to be honored by the British government. He added the government also should pardon the thousands of British citizens convicted under laws forbidding homosexuality, which wasn't decriminalized in the U.K. until 1967. Weinstein, who was named...
  • What 'American Sniper' Got Right and Wrong, According to SEAL Who Helped Train Chris Kyle

    01/23/2015 9:10:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    ABC News - Good Morning America ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lee Ferran
    When Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL sniper instructor who helped train Chris Kyle, first watched "American Sniper," he was disappointed in the movie about his former student and friend. "I had high expectations and I have to say, when I first watched the movie, I felt really let down, for a number of reasons," Webb told ABC News Thursday. "It's hard to capture someone's life in two hours, and I get that, but I felt the film could have been, should have been, a military epic on the scale of a 'Saving Private Ryan.'" But Webb said when he...
  • 31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII

    01/18/2015 7:34:25 AM PST · by virgil283 · 68 replies
    petapixel ^ | January 16, 2015 | Michael Zhang
    "Photographer Levi Bettweiser is the man behind the Rescued Film Project, an effort to find and rescue old and undeveloped rolls of film from the far corners of the world. He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II. Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor). “I know nothing about who shot the film or who it...
  • A Veteran’s View of ‘American Sniper’ (Guest Column)

    01/16/2015 7:49:10 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Rieckhoff
    I’ve seen just about every film about the Iraq War ever made. I’ve produced and associate produced a few. I even appeared in one (for about a millisecond). And without a doubt, “American Sniper” is the single best work of film about the Iraq War ever made. Now, it’s not the most complex film. Not the deepest film. Not even the most provocative. But in terms of storytelling, action, emotion, production and performance, attention to detail and especially the frighteningly accurate soundscape, there’s been nothing else close that’s been made since my platoon entered the war in Iraq in 2003....
  • 'Lego Movie' director had the perfect response to Oscars snub

    01/16/2015 6:51:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Annie Colbert
    Everything is not awesome in Oscars-land. The Academy Awards snubbed The Lego Movie Thursday morning, denying the brick flick a nomination for Best Animated Picture. Lego Movie co-director Phil Lord responded to the snub on Twitter with perfect, plastic grace.
  • Which Movies Make Grown Men Cry?

    01/15/2015 12:39:40 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    FiveThirtyEight.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Walt Hickey
    Which Movies Make Grown Men Cry? After an evening at Grassroots Tavern, some friends and I got into a heated argument about “Love Actually,” which I contend is a good movie. This eventually became a slightly less heated argument about which movies make people cry. The consensus was that everyone has at least one movie that gets them. The lone dissenter was my friend Alex Kaufman, who claimed he had never cried during a movie. After we listed approximately half the films on IMDb, he eventually recanted, saying that “Saving Private Ryan” had, at points, briefly broken his steely resolve....
  • Why Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Oscar Snub Matters

    01/15/2015 6:13:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 50 replies
    forbes ^ | 1/15/15 | Scott Mendelson, Contributor
    The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. There will be plenty of analysis regarding good surprises and bad surprises....he most egregious omission is the sadly not-entirely-surprising absence of Selma’s Ava DuVernay from the five contenders nominated for Best Director.... I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.
  • How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    01/14/2015 10:37:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2015 | James Hohman
    In a recent interview with Michigan Capitol Confidential, Brandeis University economist Bob Tannenwald remarked that film incentives were a bad deal for taxpayers. "Another way to look at that would be that a state might be getting only 50 cents or 75 cents value for each dollar per dollar of personal income created by the program for the state’s residents. A state might be better off just sending the checks out directly to its residents rather than creating the program." With roughly $500 million offered in incentives from the start of the program to present, the state could have sent...
  • Mother threatened with potential child abuse for showing pro-life film to her kids

    01/05/2015 5:40:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | January 5, 2015 | Amanda Read
    A few days before Christmas, a U.K. mother of two reached out to Christian radio show program Stand Up For Truth with a plea for prayers and support. She had been notified that Child Protection Services would be contacting her because she had permitted her children to watch the pro-life documentary 180. The controversy began when the mother (who wishes to remain anonymous) included Gospel tracts and a card advertising the 180 movie in party favor jars for a Christmas fair. She distributed these favors at the Church of England Primary School her children attend, and where she was employed...
  • ‘Life Itself,’ a Documentary: ‘Life Itself,’ a Film About Roger Ebert, Airs on CNN (tonight)

    01/04/2015 12:09:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 3, 2015 | Neil Genzlinger
    A simple biography of the film critic Roger Ebert would have made for a full documentary, but the director Steve James set the bar much higher with “Life Itself.” The film, receiving its television premiere Sunday night on CNN, covers the life and career of Mr. Ebert, who died in 2013 ...
  • ‘Unbroken’ and Billy Graham

    01/02/2015 6:16:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Grant Wacker
    ‘Unbroken’ and Billy Graham The movie and the book about Louis Zamperini’s life skimp on the pivotal role of a certain preacher. By Grant Wacker Jan. 1, 2015 Newspaper headlines agreed. Billy Graham —“heaven’s super salesman,” “the Lord’s top salesman”—knew how to close the deal. If he just read from a telephone book, one associate quipped, people would stand up and commit their lives to Christ. Louis Zamperini, who died July 2 at age 97, was a case in point. The Olympic distance runner and World War II hero is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand ’s acclaimed 2010 biography, “Unbroken,”...
  • Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film (rarely seen 1980 documentary)

    12/26/2014 7:21:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
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    Hollywood (also known as, Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film) is a 1980 documentary series produced by Thames Television which explored the establishment and development of the Hollywood studios and its impact on 1920s culture. The series consists of thirteen fifty-minute episodes, with each episode dealing with a specific aspect of Hollywood history. The actor James Mason, an enthusiast of the period, supplied the narration; a lilting score was contributed by Carl Davis. Technical quality was an important aspect of the production. Silent films had often been screened on television from poor-quality copies running at an inaccurate speed,...
  • 'Interstellar,' 'The Interview,' And The Most Disappointing Films Of 2014

    12/26/2014 9:25:57 AM PST · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 26, 2014 | Scott Mendelson
    These ten films are not remotely the worst films of 2014, but their respective artistic failures were the most disappointing. This is arguably the most subjective list of my year-end wrap up, with the caveat that of course all of my "best/worst" lists are as subjective as any critical analysis. None of the films on this list belong anywhere near a "worst-of" rundown, but in some ways they were more explicitly dissatisfying than the actual films I chose as the "worst" or "least favorite" films of 2014. Some were genuinely bad, some were mostly good save for a few key...
  • 'American Sniper' review: Clint Eastwood shows off his best directing chops

    12/24/2014 10:50:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Craig
    Clint Eastwood returns to form with “American Sniper,” his best directorial effort since his one-two shot hits “Mystic River” (2003) and “Million Dollar Baby.” (2004) Based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography, “American Sniper” is an introspective – yet incredibly intense – look at Kyle (Bradley Cooper), the SEAL’s most lethal sniper, throughout his four tours of duty in Iraq. Kyle quickly became famous as America’s most deadly sniper, becoming a legend among fellow American soldiers as well as an infamous target by the Iraqi insurgents. Eastwood’s film shifts between the mutual manhunt between Kyle and a savage insurgent leader...
  • James Franco Tweet [Praises Obama, Guarantees I won't see The Interview]

    12/24/2014 3:25:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    twitter | 12/23/14 | James Franco
    VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters…