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  • Lord of the Rings voted 'best movie soundtrack'

    09/13/2014 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    BBC ^ | 08.26.14
    The soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been deemed the best of all time, beating John Williams' 1977 Star Wars score into second place.Composer Howard Shore's accompaniment won the Classic FM listeners' accolade for the fifth consecutive year.Hans Zimmer's music to Gladiator, Schindler's List by John Williams and John Barry's soaring Out of Africa score made the top five.
  • James Bond Villain Richard Kiel Dies at 74

    09/11/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 52 replies
    hollywoodreporter ^ | 09/10/2014 | Mike Barnes
    He played Jaws, the towering bad guy with the steel teeth, in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker' Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played Jaws, the James Bond villain with the teeth of steel, died Wednesday. He was 74. Kiel broke his leg last week and died in St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., according to several media reports. Kiel's signature character appeared in the Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
  • The new Batmobile from 'Batman v. Superman' has been fully revealed

    09/10/2014 11:19:05 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    Zack Snyder gave us a gritty, black-and-white glimpse of the new Batmobile back in May, and now, thanks to some people on Instagram who happen to be near the shoot, we're now starting to get a good look at the entire vehicle. The new photos show Batman v. Superman's Batmobile parked against the side of the road — where it's clearly a lot bigger than the average car.
  • RIP: The Hollywood Summer Blockbuster, 1970-2012

    09/09/2014 3:29:06 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Hollywood has forgotten how to tell a story. Hollywood has had a dismal summer. The bad news started coming out in late July, but there were a few still-to-come movies with promise of softening the stats. Alas, they did not. Jim and I took the kids to see one of those flicks on opening Friday night. (Does it matter which one? I hardly remember it.) Jim got tickets online early, in case our preferred 7 o’clock-hour show sold out, and we arrived early to get good seats. We needn’t have bothered. If our foursome made three dozen in the theater,...
  • Explain a Film Plot Badly

    09/08/2014 12:22:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | September 7, 2014
    If brevity is the soul of wit, can it also breathe life into bad movie descriptions? Twitter users had fun over the weekend coming up with obscure, sometimes humorously misleading summaries for the plots of famous films on the hashtag #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly. Here's a look -- we've provided stills, but can you recognize every film?
  • FILM PLOTS EXPLAINED BADLY [Summarizing a movie in one sentence...]

    09/08/2014 8:00:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/08/2014
    If brevity is the soul of wit, can it also breathe life into bad movie descriptions? Twitter users had fun over the weekend coming up with obscure, sometimes humorously misleading summaries for the plots of famous films on the hashtag #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly. Here’s a look — we’ve provided stills, but can you recognize every film? What makes a great “bad” plot description? Turner Classic Movies writer Rick Polito set the standard back in 1998 when he summed up The Wizard of Oz like this: “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams...
  • 5 Ways Movies Get Gunfights Wrong (Based on Experience)

    09/07/2014 12:25:41 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 117 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | September 07, 2014 | Robert Evans, Greg Spyridis
    Everybody knows action movies are fake, but that doesn't change the fact that they're responsible for approximately 100 percent of our education on the subject of guns and combat. That's why the average person's knowledge of those things is hilariously, sometimes fatally, wrong.To sort out fact from fiction, we interviewed two decorated combat veterans who also have experience working in Hollywood. Matt Wagner is a former Army Ranger who saw combat all over the world, including Africa, South America, and Afghanistan, then was a technical consultant for a number of Hollywood productions, including Stargate SG-1 and The Colt. Jerry McFakename...
  • Toronto: Dan Rather Scandal Movie 'Truth' Gets Greenlight (Exclusive)

    09/04/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 97 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth, which was...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Plunder Road (1957)

    08/22/2014 4:28:02 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 10 replies
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    This week's film is an underrated little gem of a heist flick from the late 1950s. A gang of robbers pull off a daring train robbery, and now must figure out how to smuggle several million dollars worth of gold out of the country before the law catches up with them. Starring Jeanne Cooper, Gene Raymond, and Elisha Cook, Jr.
  • 47 Movies We Can't Wait to See

    08/22/2014 3:17:54 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | August 22, 2014 | EW Staff
    "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies," "Interstellar," "Mockingjay," more luring us to the big screen through the end of the year
  • 'The Expendables 3' tanks at the box office: 5 things that went wrong

    08/18/2014 1:22:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Oliver Gettell
    "The Expendables 3" lived down to its title over the weekend as moviegoers shunned the third installment of the shoot-'em-up franchise featuring the action heroes of yesteryear. The movie grossed an estimated $16.2 million, falling short of Lionsgate's projected take of $20 million to $25 million and putting it in the No. 4 spot for the weekend. "The Expendables 3" also trailed the series' previous two movies, which debuted with $34.8 million and $28.8 million, both good for the No. 1 spot. What happened this time around?
  • Animal House: Where Are They Now?

    08/11/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 137 replies
    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since this smash-hit frathouse comedy was first released. Amazingly enough, Animal House only received mixed reviews when it came out—though both Time magazine and Roger Ebert named it one of the best movies of 1978. Critics didn’t really matter, though, since the film grossed well over $100 million, making it the third-biggest of the year, behind only Grease and Superman.
  • Dead solid certainty this movie would not have the same name TODAY! "The Gay Bride" 1934 [Vanity]

    08/10/2014 8:14:35 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 13 replies
    TCM Carole Lombard Day - 14 movies 1934 - "The Gay Bride" - A gorgeous chorus girl determined to marry into money finds one wealthy beau after another while a handsome bodyguard remains devoted, hoping to win her heart. Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, ZaSu Pitts, Nat Pendleton, Sam Hardy
  • The 10 Most Underrated Classic Science Fiction Films

    08/09/2014 12:34:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 161 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 4, 2014 | Pierre Comtois
    In these days of seemingly weekly science fiction blockbusters (which are usually SF in name only… they're actually just big gun actioners that take place in the future) and the hype that surrounds them, it's easy to forget that once such films were the low man on the totem pole. Stuff fit for kids and juveniles but not serious adult audiences. Thus, in past decades, except for a few A list films like Them and The Day the Earth Stood Still in the 1950s and Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, and Logan's Run in the '60s and '70s, many...
  • BATMAN REANIMATED – BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM

    08/08/2014 11:58:15 PM PDT · by Bratch · 4 replies
    Nerdist ^ | August 8, 2014 | Kyle Anderson
    Season One of Batman: The Animated Series had come off better than anyone at Warner Bros. Animation could have hoped. After 60 episodes had aired between September of 1992 and May of 1993, there was a brief respite before the series would return in September of 1993. Season Two, in sharp contrast, would only be ten episodes in length and would be split five in September and five in May of 1994. That left a huge gap between new animated Dark Knight adventures. On the small screen, that is; in December of 1993, a feature film adaptation of TAS was released theatrically and would...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - Decision Before Dawn (1951)

    08/08/2014 7:53:32 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 5 replies
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    This week's offering is a gripping combination of war film and spy thriller based on a real life Allied program to recruit German POW's to spy for them behind German lines. Richard Basehart, Gary Merill, and Oskar Werner star. In English with Spanish subtitles.
  • Menachem Golan, Who Headed Cannon Films, Dies at 85

    08/08/2014 7:40:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Variety ^ | August 8, 2014 | Richard Natale
    Menachem Golan, the colorful, free-spending Israeli-born producer and director whose Cannon Films yielded hundreds of productions starring the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris before going bust, died Friday in Israel, according to Haaretz. He was 85. Golan, whose first name is sometimes spelled Menahem, was famous for his overblown pronouncements and business plans, and partnered for many years with his cousin, Yoram Globus. The duo started their U.S. career making fast-paced action exploitation titles starring the likes of Norris and Charles Bronson. Then, in the '80s, Golan and Globus headed the ill-fated public company Cannon Entertainment, which began...
  • A movie miracle: how Hollywood found religion

    08/04/2014 12:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/04/2014 | Tom Shone
    Big news from the box office: some people released some Christian-themed movies that weren’t completely terrible. The terribleness of Christian movies is, of course, an article of faith among film critics, who reserve for them their most damning barbs (“doesn’t even meet the standards of decent propaganda”; “doesn’t belong in a theatre”). On Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, they garner basement-level scores rivalled only by torture porn and holocaust-exploitation flicks. But not this year, which has seen box-office success for studio-backed movies such as Son of God ($67m since its debut in late February), Darren Aronofsky’s Noah ($359m), God’s Not Dead...
  • Weekend Report: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Obliterates August Record [$94 million!]

    08/04/2014 10:47:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.boxofficemojo.com ^ | August 3, 2014 | by Ray Subers
    "We Are Groot." Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy ruled the box office this weekend with a fantastic $94 million. That's easily the biggest debut ever for an August release; the previous record holder, The Bourne Ultimatum, opened to $69.3 million in 2007. Meanwhile, James Brown biopic Get On Up took third place with a modest $14 million debut. This weekend reversed the box office slump in a big way: the top 12 earned $172.6 million, which is up a whopping 40 percent from the same frame last year. With a packed line-up of major releases coming up, this August is...
  • Scarlett Johansson's New Movie Is Based on One of the Biggest Scientific Myths of All Time (Lucy)

    08/03/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | July 22, 2014 | Ross Pomeroy
    The reviews aren't yet in for Scarlett Johansson's new movie Lucy, but a single viewing of the trailer is enough to give the film a resounding "two thumbs down" on science... The idea that humans only use 10% of their brains is a complete, utter, and total myth. Lucy is entirely premised on neuroscientific BS...
  • Dick Smith Dies at 92; Makeup Artist of Vast Reach

    08/01/2014 8:43:32 AM PDT · by Borges · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/1/2014 | WILLIAM YARDLEY
    *** Those growling jowls of Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” movies? Mr. Smith applied them. The brooding F. Murray Abraham in “Amadeus”? Mr. Smith helped turn Mr. Abraham’s Antonio Salieri, the composer and rival of the upstart young Mozart, into a hoary relic as an embittered, and somewhat mad, old man. David Bowie aging before your eyes in “The Hunger”? Mr. Smith’s were the hands of time. And little Linda Blair, who played the 12-year-old possessed by evil in “The Exorcist”? Mr. Smith made her head spin and spew green vomit and filled her mouth with decaying teeth.
  • Why is science fiction so hard to define?

    08/02/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | July 30, 2014 | Quentin Cooper
    A recent list of top science fiction films had some unusual choices and left out some well-regarded classics. But, says Quentin Cooper, that's part of the problem – sci-fi is such a broad church it's often very hard to define. Time Out, the weekly listings magazine, recently ranked the 100 best sci-fi movies of all time. They did it by polling 150 "leading sci-fi experts, filmmakers, science fiction writers, film critics and scientists" and getting them to each provide their 10 favourites. As lists go it's a decent one. It's hard for me to take issue with a top three...
  • “Wilson” (Movie Review-8/2/44)

    08/02/2014 4:20:28 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 8/2/44 | Bosley Crowther
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  • Christians and Gun Owners Portrayed Well in New Movie

    08/01/2014 8:42:30 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 17 replies
    Pharmboy ^ | 8-1-14 | Pharmboy
    Mrs. Pharmboy and I saw Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" a few hours ago. It was brilliant.It took him 12 years to do this movie, following the principles through time with the focus on Mason Jr., who starts out as a 7 year old and finishes with his first day of college. The only actors you would know are Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, and both are great. But the reason I am writing this is to let you Freepers know that this movie has a huge surprise: at Mason's small birthday party celebrated at stepmother's parent's house, his step grandma gives...
  • To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey

    07/31/2014 12:31:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | July 25, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    To the women of America: Please do not underestimate the significance of this. Here, now, you have been given the opportunity to grab ahold of our society and drag it back from the precipice. You cannot cure all of our ills, but, if you answer the call, you can at least help us take one small step toward peace and prosperity. This is truly a seminal moment in our history. The weight of our future, our children’s future, our children’s children’s future, partially rests on the decision you are facing. Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is...
  • Over 100 more movies that really ought to be on DVD

    07/30/2014 2:39:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 30, 2014
    I’ve learned a lot from the outpouring of reader response to my two recent columns — 64 clips of movies you can’t find on DVD and Even more clips (70, in fact) of flicks you can’t find on DVD — about movies you can’t find on DVD.
  • Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Will Have Some Conservatives Yearning For Michael Moore's

    07/21/2014 5:24:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/21/2014 | John Tamny
    Back in 2010, and amid some of the worst economic times of Barack Obama’s failed presidency, I lunched with an entrepreneur whose signage business was booming both domestically and globally. I asked this person how he thrived despite all the political barriers to growth, and he said “I’m way too smart for Obama, and I’ll always work around him.” The entrepreneur’s confident response came to mind as I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s latest documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her. D’Souza properly loves the U.S., as does this writer, but his documentaries (the other was 2016: Obama’s America, released to much...
  • Box Office Down; Anti-Obama 'Purge' Rules, 'Sex Tape' Bombs

    07/19/2014 8:06:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 7/19/2014 | John Nolte
    According to Nikki Finke the weekend box office is not only refusing to recover, it has slipped even further behind with a stunning 29% drop over last year. Despite all the industry happy talk around "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the sequel opened well below where other under-performers have this summer and has no dropped 53% from last weekend. "Dawn" will do fine, no question, but within the context of what this summer needs, it is nothing close to a savior, nor were this weekend's three wide releases. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Sex Tape," and "Purge: Anarchy" offered...
  • 25 best Texas movies of all time

    07/18/2014 10:23:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 107 replies
    DFW.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | Cary Darling, Robert Philpot and Preston Jones
    We round up our 25 favorite films set in Texas. If you’ve seen them, maybe it's time to see them again. If you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?
  • 10 Things I Learned From Eavesdropping on Conservatives Talking About ‘America’ At the Movie Theater

    07/14/2014 11:02:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    America: Imagine the World Without Her is the newest propaganda hit piece from confessed criminal and Right-wing operative Dinesh D’Souza. During my weekly visit to the movies, I saw Deliver Us From Evil. It was a movie with great potential (the connection to PTSD and the “demons” that our veterans carry home with them from war could have been more thoroughly developed) that needed a thorough rewrite and editing. I am a sucker for movies about the supernatural and occult. Therefore, I felt obligated to see Deliver Us From Evil. Dinesh D’Souza’s new “documentary” “America” was also playing at the...
  • What Killed The Romantic Comedy?

    07/12/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 79 replies
    THE FEDERALIST ^ | 11 JULY 2014 | RACHEL LU
    “You know of course that we could never really be friends… Men and women can’t be friends, because the sex part always gets in the way.” That’s from the 1989 romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally.” But you already knew that. It’s a famous movie and a famous line, and in the 25 years since Nora Ephron’s classic swept the box office, people still love this hilarious and heartwarming tale of true friendship melting into true love.
  • Hollywood, Where Liberal Values Reign -- Except at the Box Office

    07/09/2014 9:24:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    In the film "Obvious Child," Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: "You are going to kill it out there!" Donna replies: "I actually have an appointment to do that tomorrow." Donna's talking about her abortion appointment. Get it? It's funny because it's true. Or if you're like me, you think it's not funny because it's true. Many critics think it's funny. One dubbed it "far and away the most...
  • Exclusive: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Get Biblical in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Posters

    07/08/2014 11:41:12 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 07/08/2014 | Gwynne Watkins
    Goodbye caped crusader, hello prophet! We’ve got an exclusive poster reveal of Christian Bale playing Moses in director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Bale’s armored warrior get-up is a far cry from the iconic beard-and-robe look sported by cinema’s most famous Moses, Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments. But that’s by design: One of Bale’s conditions for taking the role, he told Entertainment Weekly, was “no fake beards.” “The biblical account of Moses is extraordinary, and there was lots of room for us to go to places that The Ten Commandments never dreamed of going,” the Oscar-winning actor...
  • America, Imagine the World Without Her. moving up the records

    07/06/2014 11:55:58 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 22 replies
    boxofficemojo.com ^ | 7/6/2014 | freeAtlanta- vanity
    Dinesh D'Souza's wonderful movie is moving up the Documentary ranks. As of posting this, it is #11 on the Political Documentary list. Political DocumentariesAll of us should have the goal to get this movie to #1 to pass the liar Michael Moore and his anti-American hit piece. I hope we can help this movie get there. Currently, it has grossed 4 million in 1,105 theaters. The liar's movie had 119 million and was in 2,011 theaters.
  • The History of America In 12 Movies

    07/06/2014 8:56:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Nolte
    Here in Boone, NC, the most perfect and beautiful spot in all of America (and therefore the universe), the sky is blue and the air is cool and dry. For that reason, a movie festival is probably not on my agenda this holiday weekend. But for those of you stuck inside, what better way is there to celebrate the 4th of July than with a movie binge that takes you through the history of this great country of ours. My list is not perfect. Lists never are. It's a starting point. Feel free to make your own recommendations.
  • 10 Movies That Make You Proud to Be an American

    07/05/2014 6:59:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/04/2014 | JAMES JAY CARAFANO
    These films across genres and decades show American exceptionalism on screen. When it comes to the “land I love,” the movies that move us most happen to be based on the stories of real Americans. They get to the core of what America really means and show why this nation is truly exceptional. America’s dedication to liberty makes it a nation like no other. That’s why, whether the setting is war, politics, courtrooms, sports, or science, when Hollywood makes movies about exceptional Americans they celebrate the true value and meaning of liberty. And that inspires us.
  • Russia Bans Swear Words in Art, Films

    07/04/2014 5:55:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theatre, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing. The legislation, wich was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses. Movies featuring obscenities will not be issued a distribution licence, while traders will now be obliged to warn consumers about swear words.
  • Rex Reed: Melissa McCarthy Gives ‘Tammy’ Her All, but It’s Nowhere Near Enough

    07/04/2014 11:10:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    New York Observer ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rex Reed
    The good news is that Tammy is not a crappy remake of the 1957 Tammy movie with Debbie Reynolds that spawned three sequels and a TV comedy series. The bad news is that this one is much worse. It’s a desperate and brainless vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, which she wrote herself, with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed, with all the efficiency and verve of an abandoned Volkswagen on the Jersey Turnpike. There isn’t a single shred of evidence that either of them has one iota of talent in the world of filmmaking. Tammy is not just a celebration...
  • Paul Mazursky dies at 84; director chronicled trends of '60s and '70s

    07/01/2014 1:56:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2014 | Elaine Woo
    Paul Mazursky, the Oscar-nominated writer-director who excelled at mining the urban middle class for laughs as well as tears in such movies as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Blume in Love," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," has died. He was 84. Mazursky died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to family spokeswoman Nancy Willen. A gentle satirist of contemporary society, Mazursky at his best chronicled the social trends of the late 1960s and the '70s, including its touchy-feely self-improvement fads, shifting rules for love and sex,...
  • Guildford Four Member Gerry Conlon, Who Was Wrongly Convicted of 1974 Pub Bombing, Dies Aged 60

    06/21/2014 4:30:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Daily Record ^ | Jun 21, 2014
    MR CONLON served 14 years of a life sentence for the blast in the Surrey town before being released from prison in 1989.GERRY CONLON, who was wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guildford pub bombing, has died aged 60, his family have announced. Mr Conlon and the rest of the Guildford Four served 14 years of a life sentence for the attack which killed five people and injured 65, before their convictions were overturned in 1989. He was later played by Daniel Day-Lewis in the film In The Name Of The Father. Mr Conlon's family issued a statement through his...
  • Dinesh D'Souza's America: Review

    06/19/2014 11:38:17 PM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 14 replies
    citizen5408.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Greg C.
    ...America is partly a imagining of a world without America, but more powerfully it is a virtual courtroom drama as the filmmakers lay out, then carefully refute the Lefts' moral indictments of America: to wit: that America stole the land from Native Americans and Mexico and stole the labor of slaves and the resources from the third world to build its remarkable wealth. Part of the strength of the film is that it uses interviews with leading intellectuals on the Left, including Noam Chomsky, Ward Churchill, Michael Eric Dyson and Alan Dershowitz. It also featured a good deal of archival...
  • Faith in film: Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes

    06/16/2014 9:29:23 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Deseret News National ^ | April 6, 2014 | Kandra Polatis
    In "Man of Steel," the most recent Superman film, when Superman's parents send their son away from their dying planet to save his life, his mom worries he will not be accepted on Earth because he is an alien to the planet. "He will be an outcast. They'll kill him," his mother says. "How? He'll be a god to them," says his father, Jor-El, who believes Superman will be an ideal Earth's inhabitants will strive to reach.
  • 8 stars whose box office draw is nose diving

    06/16/2014 5:27:52 AM PDT · by Macoozie · 58 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 14, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    With an opening weekend take of $28 million, Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow” — which debuted June 6 — did even worse than his last sci-fi movie, 2013’s “Oblivion.” In the last eight years, Cruise has had only one hit (2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”). It looks like he’s nearing the end of his run as a major movie star, though we’ll see how “Mission: Impossible 5” does when it comes out next year. The 51-year-old is not alone in his midlife crisis: Here are seven more movie stars whose careers are in trouble.
  • 8 stars whose box-office draw is nosediving

    06/15/2014 10:24:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 163 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06.14.2014
    With an opening weekend take of $28 million, Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow” — which debuted June 6 — did even worse than his last sci-fi movie, 2013’s “Oblivion.” In the last eight years, Cruise has had only one hit (2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”). It looks like he’s nearing the end of his run as a major movie star, though we’ll see how “Mission: Impossible 5” does when it comes out next year.
  • Actress Carla Laemmle, a link to Hollywood's past, dies at 104

    06/13/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by Borges · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/13/2014 | Claire Noland
    *** She became a ballet dancer and actress and appeared in “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) and “Dracula.” For that 1931 classic she spoke the film’s first lines: “Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age ... . “
  • 'Fault in Our Stars' Eyes Stunning $52M-Plus Debut, Crushes (Tom Cruise) 'Edge of Tomorrow'

    06/08/2014 6:03:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 7, 2014 | Pamela McClintock
    Younger females are storming the North American box office to see The Fault in Our Stars, which took in a whopping $26.1 million on Friday for a projected $52 million-plus debut. That's a major victory for Fox 2000, which made the romantic drama for a mere $12 million. ........................................................ Fault in Our Stars is trouncing Tom Cruise's big-budget Edge of Tomorrow, a sci-fi epic that cost Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow at least $178 million to produce. The critically acclaimed Edge of Tomorrow did slightly better than expected at the Friday box office, earning $10.6 million for a possible $30...
  • Spike Lee Is Trying to Get Do the Right Thing Its Own Street Name in Brooklyn

    06/06/2014 5:32:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Although he no longer lives in the borough, anti-gentrification spokesperson Spike Lee insists, "Brooklyn is still going to be inside of me." And he inside of it: Lee's Do the Right Thing may be immortalized in true NYC-style — with a street sign. Brooklyn Community Board 3 has voted to approve renaming the Bed-Stuy block of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, where the movie was filmed, “Do the Right Thing” Way, in time for its 25th anniversary. The City Council has the final say, and it could be tough. "It's a bit complicated, because the City Council's...
  • "About 30% of the films in Hollywood are funded through the Middle East" -Josh Tickell

    05/31/2014 5:37:25 PM PDT · by wtd · 6 replies
    SunNews' Brian Lilley follows up with Josh Tickell, filmmaker. The ultimate highlight is at 03:49 as it is revealed directly from the horses mouth: "The truth is that about 30% of the films in Hollywood are funded through the Middle East"video link via VladTepesBlog
  • 'The Shack' mania heads to big screen (Oprah to play the part of God!)

    05/31/2014 5:27:24 PM PDT · by equalator · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-31-2014 | Bob Unruh
    “It’s going to be interesting to see how people react to the movie – especially considering the fact that Winfrey is most likely playing the role of God. “‘The Shack’ goes to the heart of universal reconciliation, Christian universalism.” It created shock waves among many Christians not only for its theology but also for its portrayal of the Trinity as an elderly black woman, an Asian woman and a carpenter. Universalism is the belief that a God of love and goodness never would allow people to be separated from him forever, which means everyone ends up in heaven.
  • Angelina Jolie stars in ‘Maleficent,’ a feminist-revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty

    05/29/2014 3:34:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | Thursday, May 29, 3:23 PM | Ann Hornaday,
    Watching Jolie pose and smolder and glower is the chief attraction of “Maleficent,” which posits that the reason for Maleficent’s rage wasn’t being left out of a christening party for Aurora, but instead started years earlier, when she fell in love with the princess’s father, Philip. Propelled by passion, power and betrayal, this iteration of the fable — written by Linda Woolverton and based on stories by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm — isn’t a lot of fun. (“I wish she had smiled more,” one tween viewer was overheard saying after a recent screening.) It’s dark and brooding and...