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  • 'Batman vs. Superman' Swings Super Subsidy Deals from Multiple States

    11/10/2014 8:49:09 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The mainstream media’s infatuation with the state-subsidized “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie production reached new heights this week following reports from an anonymous blogger who posted photos of filming in East Lansing and Detroit. What hasn’t been in the media’s viewfinder is that the production may be collecting subsidies not just from Michigan but also from other states. Batman vs. Superman will be filmed in several states, and at least one of them says the film is eligible for its own film subsidies. In addition to the $35 million the film’s producers have been approved to collect from...
  • Michigan Senate Votes to Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidy Program

    11/03/2014 1:57:00 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/30/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Michigan Senate passed a bill yesterday that gets rid of the sunset provision for the state’s film incentive program, meaning the subsidies are set to continue beyond 2017. Senate Bill 1103 also removes a clause that previously capped the amount taxpayers would spend on highly paid out-of-state workers (such as actors, directors and producers), which is currently set at $540,000. Mackinac Center experts have railed against the subsidy program because it has cost nearly half a billion dollars, but resulted in no new jobs, takes money away from other projects that better serve the public and is widely recognized...
  • Michigan Has Fewer Film Jobs Than it Did Prior to Incentive Program

    10/28/2014 5:59:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Five years and $500 million later, Michigan has fewer film jobs than it did when the state started its subsidy program. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan had 1,561 film jobs in 2013 (the latest year information is available). In 2008, the state had 1,663 film jobs. See chart nearby. Michigan currently spends $50 million per year subsidizing film productions. Previously, the program was uncapped – in 2010-11, the state spent $115 million. Overall, as of this year, taxpayers have devoted $494.7 million to the program. Because film productions are so mobile, among other reasons, the economic...
  • 11 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

    10/09/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | Colin Patrick
    The Half Man of Two and a Half Men ripped his own show in a YouTube video making the rounds today. "If you watch Two and a Half Men," Angus T. Jones said, "please stop watching Two and a Half Men. I'm on Two and a Half Men. I don't want to be on it. Please stop filling your head with filth." Of course, plenty of actors haven't been thrilled with things they've worked on. Even big movie stars. Here's a list of actors who hated their own films, that we originally published back in January. 1. Sylvester Stallone,...
  • 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...
  • Here Are Robin Williams’ 10 Most Underrated Performances

    08/14/2014 9:04:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/14/2014 | Kyle Smith
    Everyone loved the Oscar-winning actor in Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, Awakenings, Mrs. Doubtfire and Dead Poets Society, but some other great roles have received far too little attention in the wake of his shocking death. 10. Deconstructing Harry (1997) Williams’ only Woody Allen film is essentially a series of sketches in which Allen works out his demons. Williams is in the film for only a few minutes but he makes them count in a brilliant bit part as Mel, a film actor whose life is such a blur that he has literally gone out of focus. 9....
  • Why Christian Movies Continue To Crush It At The Box Office

    04/27/2014 6:18:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/26/2014 | KIRSTEN ACUNA
    Over the weekend, the religious film "Heaven is for Real" performed extremely well at the box office, earning $22.5 million. It's the largest Easter opening for a faith-based film, blowing past Johnny Depp's "Transcendence." It's also the fourth recent Christian film that has taken off at theaters, following "Son of God," "God's Not Dead," and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." The success of the genre has spurred discussions about a Bible boom at the box office and whether 2014 is the year of the Christian film. But chief analyst Phil Contrino tells us we shouldn't be surprised by how well these...
  • Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust

    04/01/2014 2:00:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/30/2014 | James Hohman
    In 2011, Michigan changed its open-ended film incentive program to a capped $25 million annual subsidy. Since then, it’s been increased to $50 million. While the executive budget this year calls for another $25 million for this program, it should be eliminated entirely. All told, the state has devoted $444.7 million to film productions from both the tax credits and appropriations, according to the state treasury and budget offices. Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars, the program is not designed to establish a permanent film industry. Approved film productions spend money in the state and leave. The state sends...
  • Duck Dynasty's Willie and Korie Robertson Star in New Movie, 'God's Not Dead' (Video)

    01/19/2014 12:05:40 PM PST · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-19-2014 | TRNlive
    Two stars of 'Duck Dynasty' star in a new film that explores a student's struggle to prove the existence of God.Willie and Korie Robertson, who are well known for their family reality TV show and their staunch Christian faith, along with The actors  Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Dean Cain, appear in God's Not Dead, to be released on March 21st. In the movie, college freshman and devout Christian Josh Wheaton (Harper) finds his faith challenged by his dogmatic philosophy professor (Sorbo), who requires his students to disavow the existence of God on the first day of class, signing a declaration...
  • TCM "Football Wednesday": Ronald Reagan in "Knute Rockne, All American"

    12/09/2013 5:12:26 PM PST · by opineapple · 2 replies
    December 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, Pat O'Brien, Gale Page Biography of the famed Notre Dame coach and his fight to "win one for the Gipper." TCM, Knute Rockne, All American Part of a football theme line-up: 6:45 (AM) "Huddle" starring Ramon Novarro, Madge Evans, Una Merkel 8:30 (AM) "College Coach" starring Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Ann Dvorak 10:00 (AM) "Gridiron Flash" starring Eddie Quillan, Betty Furness, Grant Mitchell 11:15 (AM) "The Big Game" starring Philip Huston, James Gleason, June Travis 12:30 (PM) "Over The Goal" starring June Travis, William Hopper, Johnnie Davis 1:45 (PM) "The...
  • Hollywood Legend Jack Nicholson Retires From Acting

    09/04/2013 6:20:46 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 50 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Sep 4, 2013 | Dylan Howard
    He’ll still sit court side at Los Angeles Lakers’ games, but Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson has quietly retired from the movie business, has exclusively learned. The 76-year-old icon has no plans to appear in films again after a career spanning five decades. “Jack has — without fanfare — retired,” a well-placed Hollywood film insider confirmed to Radar.
  • 'Low Winter Sun' Buzz Ignores Taxpayer Subsidies

    08/23/2013 12:14:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2013 | Tom Gantert
    In his review of the AMC TV show, Low Winter Sun, Time Magazine TV Critic James Poniewozik interjected thoughts about his own childhood growing up in Detroit, where the drama series was filmed. "I was intrigued to see it, though, because I grew up near Detroit, which was not a popular TV location in my childhood the way Chicago or LA were," Poniewozik wrote. The reason Poniewozik doesn't remember Detroit as a popular TV location likely is because the state didn't offer one of the biggest tax incentives in the nation back then to land such shows as Low Winter...

    07/27/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT · by null and void · 62 replies
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  • New Book Reveals "Long Lost" Holocaust Films

    07/18/2013 3:10:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/7/13
    Nearly a dozen “long-lost, rarely seen” Soviet films and scores of screenplays that were never produced about the persecution of Jews during World War II have been revived and are featured in “The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe,” a new book released by Rutgers University Press this week. “Those films have been pretty much just erased from history, really,” said the book’s author, Olga Gershenson, an associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in an interview with RIA Novosti. Gershenson said that “basically half of all the Holocaust victims, nearly three...
  • Christian based movies to overtake Hollywood film industry?

    07/02/2013 9:11:59 AM PDT · by usalady · 86 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/1/13 | Martha
    There is increasing evidence that faith and family based movies and TV is making an impact on the film industry.
  • Go See Copperhead

    06/24/2013 5:11:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies ^ | June 24, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    Don’t give up on Hollywood. I just had the exciting opportunity to pre-screen Gettysburg director Ron Maxwell’s third Civil War movie premiering Friday, June 28. If you see just one movie this summer, make it Copperhead. Copperhead is worth seeing because it re-tells American history with an intimate, engaging and non-textbook approach. Away from the mighty battlefields and memorable generals we finally get to experience behind-the-scenes struggles of the Civil War through a few friends, lovers, neighbors and family members trying to speak their minds while practicing what they preach. Copperhead is based on a novel by Harold Frederic, who...
  • Clark's Two Dads

    06/15/2013 6:09:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | June 15, 2013 | Kevin Mccullough
    The "mixed" reviews surrounding the debut of the new motion picture franchise "Man Of Steel" are both amusing and disgusting. The film is without question the greatest Super Hero film of the modern era, maybe of all time. The story line is all heart, the special effects are more seamless than anything in recent memory. In this epic you constantly find yourself caught up in this heart wrenching story about a kid, who while struggling to figure out who he is in narrative flashbacks, simultaneously sees the evidence of good and evil all around him, and knows he must somehow...
  • Taxpayer Funded Films Flop With Viewers

    05/14/2013 11:51:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2013 | Tom Gantert
    When "Love and Honor" was filmed in Ann Arbor in 2011, it received statewide media attention. But when the movie was released, the film was more like its original working title, "AWOL." The movie was released March 22 to two theaters and grossed $2,815 in its opening weekend. As of April 11, it has grossed $16,769, according to Box Office Mojo. Michigan taxpayers gave the "Love and Honor" production company $1.6 million in film incentives for $4.1 million in spending in the state. "Love and Honor" was far from the only movie shot in Michigan to fizzle at the box...
  • Michigan House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

    05/03/2013 11:11:21 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    House Republicans have passed a budget, part of which would end the Michigan film subsidy program and strip down some corporate welfare programs to devote that money toward road funding. This is good news for the state. In the Legislature, typically the governor releases a proposal, the House and Senate pass their budgets, and members of the groups meet to hash out the differences. That’s where the process stands now. But the fight is not over. The Republican-dominated Senate and other members in the House have been big backers of the film program, even pushing to have it expanded. The...
  • The Top 10 worst films of 2012

    12/29/2012 5:48:56 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 49 replies
    philly ^ | December 28, 2012
    They could have fed a Third World nation, or poured money into cancer research, or tried saving those polar bears stuck on itty-bitty ice floes. But no-o-o-o-o, Hollywood had better things to do with its hundreds of millions of dollars, like letting Adam Sandler make That's My Boy, and thinking we needed a remake of Red Dawn. Sure, the film biz isn't in it for the philanthropy, and it's totally unfair to hold the expenditure of $250 million ( John Carter) or even a paltry $102 million ( Cloud Atlas) against actors, directors, and second grips engaged in earnest endeavors...
  • Bonding Fifty Years Later

    12/08/2012 5:08:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 8, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    If you really want to understand the vast changes that have occurred in America over the past 50 years, all you have to do is watch James Bond. Back in 1962, the first Bond movie, "Dr. No," was released, catapulting Sean Connery to international stardom. Even President Kennedy expressed admiration for Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent. Connery's Bond was ultra-suave but amazingly politically incorrect. The guy smoked constantly, drank, gambled and womanized without remorse. He was a rogue and couldn't care less what anyone thought. He was also brutal, liberally exercising his license to kill in the cause...
  • Why Didn’t These Anti-Islam Films Spark Rage?

    09/20/2012 3:18:32 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/9/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Anti-Islam videos posted earlier this year sparked only a shadow of the lethal rage over the “Innocence” film, indicating that Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups have been behind inciting violent Muslim demonstrations and terrorist attacks. All of the videos, seen below, were produced professionally, but the extremely amateurish “Innocence of Muslims” video that has been cited by media as the cause of the past week’s Muslim rage already has recorded more than 10 million clicks. Veteran journalist and former Newsweek senior editor Arnaud de Borchgrave wrote this week that the blame for the violence is not the “Innocence” video...
  • A THIRD of bandwidth taken up by Netflix movie downloads

    10/28/2011 1:38:24 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28th October 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Internet-streaming company Netflix experienced its biggest exodus in its history after a price hike earlier this year - the loss of 800,000 customers. But the web-streaming giant isn't washed up yet. TV shows and films streamed via Netflix account for a third of total downstream bandwidth use in the U.S - an astonishing amount for any one company to control. Neftlix use accounts for 32.7 per cent of total bandwidth use in the U.S., UP from 29.7per cent a year ago, says Canadian company Sandvine.
  • My Favorite And Least Favorite Movie Priests

    10/10/2011 12:23:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    NCR ^ | October 10, 2011 | Patrick Archbold
    There have been many movies that have priests as important characters.  There are movies about saints and some of them are awesome.  But my post today is about priests as characters, as men involved in a story.  I was watching the excellent Tom Wilkinson as Father Moore in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” the other day on cable.  It got me to thinking about some of my favorite priests as characters and also some of my least favorite. So for discussion purposes, I thought I would get into the who’s and whys.  After all, what is a Catholic blog for...
  • Michigan’s ‘Hollywood Welfare’ Plan: Stylish Stars Trumping Taxpayers

    10/03/2011 6:54:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/3/2011 | Ken Braun
    If you are like Mitch Albom and still find yourself star-struck and sold on saving Michigan’s 42 percent film welfare program, then consider a hypothetical: The natural gas industry proposes to spend $325 million in Detroit, but on the condition that other businesses and taxpayers be forced to subsidize $136.5 million of that cost. Does this still sound like a good deal? There is a difference, of course. When superstar actor George Clooney waltzed through Niles, Mich., last November to scope out a location for a new film, he was well-recognized, and the local media covered it. The potential of...
  • Faith-Based Filmmaking: The Sherwood Pictures Crusade

    09/04/2011 1:14:16 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 47 replies ^ | Aug. 25, 2011 | Tim Newcomb
    Albany, Ga., population 76,000, is a three-hour drive south of Atlanta and not the first place in the world you'd expect to find a movie star. But visit the well-kept grounds of Sherwood Baptist Church here on a Sunday, as the congregation's 3,000 members gather to sing and pray, and you're likely to spot a few. There's Tracy Goode, who played coach Brady Owens in the 2006 high-school football epic Facing the Giants; there's Harris Malcom, who played the father of Kirk Cameron's firefighter character in the 2008 drama Fireproof. And if he's not in New York editing a movie,...
  • Porn filmmaking shut down after performer tests HIV positive - (Los Angeles)

    08/29/2011 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 29, 2011 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    An adult film performer has tested HIV positive, prompting a temporary shutdown Monday of adult film productions across Los Angeles until further testing can confirm the results, an industry trade group said. “Until we know for sure, we’ve asked the industry to have a moratorium on production,” said Diane Duke, executive director of the Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based porn industry trade group. Duke’s group became aware of the possible HIV case Saturday, according to a statement released to porn industry media. Duke would not say how her group learned about the possible HIV case. She said she notified...
  • ‘Rise of the Apes’ Director: Film’s Hero Inspired by Che Guevara

    08/22/2011 11:59:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 8/22/11 | Humberto Fontova
    Here’s Rupert Wyatt, director of the blockbuster movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes in a recent interview: “(The script) had become very different and much more exciting to me. It became less a story of domesticization of a pet and more about an uprising and a Che Guevara story.” Here’s the Associated Press review of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”: “Raised much like a human child by a researcher, with help from a veterinarian, Caesar becomes a Che Guevara-style revolutionary, leading a rebellion of apes against their human oppressors.” Ground control to Director Wyatt:
  • Box Office Bombs: Made in Michigan

    08/15/2011 12:50:42 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2011 | Tom Gantert
    "The Genesis Code," a film shot in Michigan, received about a dozen local newspaper stories during the two years of filming and its theatrical release. The film received a lot of media attention because it was filmed in west Michigan. The audience reaction was much more restrained: The movie made just $20,300 at the box office after its Feb. 18, 2011, release. However, Michigan taxpayers are on the hook for $1.74 million in the form of a tax subsidy reimbursement to help offset the $4.5 million that filmmakers spent in the state while shooting. A review of the movies awarded...
  • 'Psycho' Maestro at 100

    06/29/2011 5:46:54 PM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/29/11 | JIM FUSILLI
    Bernard Herrmann may be best known for his memorable contributions to classic films, including his rousing overture to "North by Northwest," the shower scene in "Psycho," the romantic themes of "Vertigo," the eerie electronic music in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and the desolate blues of "Taxi Driver." He might have preferred to be celebrated for his opera "Wuthering Heights," symphonies and cantatas such as "Moby Dick," and other concert works. According to the film composer John Williams, Herrmann's greatest ambition was to be recognized as a conductor. Nonetheless, Herrmann's lasting legacy remains his work in the entertainment industry:...
  • The Mighty Thor!

    05/15/2011 4:35:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 20 replies
    American Catholic ^ | Donald R. McClarey | Sunday, May 15, 2011 A.D.
    I went to see the Thor movie yesterday with my family and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Thor was one of the more original superheroes devised by Marvel in the Sixties. Doctor Donald Blake, on a vacation in Norway, stumbles into a cave where he finds Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, disguised as a walking stick. Striking it he is transformed into Thor, god of Thunder. As Thor, Blake finds that he has super strength, can fly by flinging Mjolnir and hanging on, that Mjolnir is close to indestructible and will return to Thor after he throws it,...
  • Twenty Most Overrated Films of All Time: Part 2

    03/21/2011 8:46:19 PM PDT · by winstonwolf33 · 189 replies · 1+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | Mar 20th 2011 | Ben Shapiro
    10. Titanic: If you’re a teenage girl, I understand – Leo is soooo dreamy (retch). But if not, you have no excuse. Utterly ludicrous interpretation of a tragic event. Exploitative in the extreme. Yes, during the sinking of the Titanic, I’m sure that people went hunting each other with pistols. The dialogue is some of the worst ever penned. And she throws the diamond into the sea at the end? My God, old woman, there are millions starving and you throw a priceless jewel into the ocean? Selfish hag.9. Some Like It Hot: Not a terrible movie, just not a...
  • Twenty Most Overrated Films of All Time: Part 1

    03/13/2011 6:54:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 489 replies · 1+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 03.13.11
    This year was actually a good year for movies, as I’ve written repeatedly. The King’s Speech was great; so was Toy Story 3; Inception may go down as one of the most creative films of all time. The Fighter was excellent as well. Then there were the overrated films. Black Swan was atrociously awful, another Aronofsky masterpiece of self-aggrandizing bullcrap. The Kids Are All Right was a TV movie masquerading as a prestige film because it was about lesbians. True Grit was a remake.
  • The 20 Greatest Black-and-White Films Ever Made

    02/12/2011 9:19:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 229 replies
    blogcritics ^ | Chris Kent
    "There's been a recent debate as to the validity of black-and-white films. Many of the youngsters say, "I just don't get it." Well, don't feel like the Lone Ranger young children. Ted Turner has similar thoughts on the supposed curse of black and white. Whether one would like to admit it or not, the greatest films in history, to include horror, science fiction, suspense and drama, have been made in the breathtaking anti-color of black and white. According to film director John Carpenter in his inventive opus They Live, the reason films are now in color is because of an...
  • Recommended Films by Charles Colson (FILMS WITH A CHRISTIAN THEME)

    01/27/2011 7:48:09 AM PST · by truthandlife · 19 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | Charles Colson
    Amazing Grace (2007, PG) William Wilberforce's longsuffering pursuit to end the British slave trade, inspired by his Christian faith and the encouragement of his mentor, John Newton. Chariots of Fire (1981, PG) Inspiring story of a young Scottish runner who is willing to put obedience to God before an Olympic gold medal. A Man for All Seasons (1966, G) The inspiring story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th century Chancellor of England who was beheaded by Henry VIII because he would not compromise his beliefs. More is played by Paul Scofield, whose last lines in the film are: "I die...
  • Vanity: Calling all Martial Arts film fans

    01/22/2011 4:10:46 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 109 replies
    I have the most awesome collection of martial arts films of anyone I know. I love this stuff. I own everything from old Kurosawa, Shaw Brothers and a lot of more contemporary stuff. I couldn't even list them all here. My favorites are Japanese Jidaigeki, all that old weird Samurai stuff. I own every Zatoichi film ever made and all the TV episodes I have been able to locate. Shintaro Katsu was a genius and his sense of humor always cracks me up. I also have some really good modern stuff, "Twilight Samurai" and "The Hidden Blade" and "The Samurai...
  • Need help...

    01/12/2011 5:06:43 PM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 13 replies
    Myself | Jan, 12 2011 | Mayr Fortuna
    Hello Freepers... Can you teach me how to post Pics, Films Maps and other stuf? Thank you all in advance...
  • IDF Films, You Decide: Is This a Peaceful Protest?

    01/09/2011 9:41:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    For years, world media outlets have parroted Arab propaganda that stated that weekly riots at Bil'in and Naalin are peaceful protests. The latest libel against Israel regarding Bil'in is that a demonstrator, Jawaher Abu Rahma, died of tear gas inhalation. The IDF shows video that makes it clear just how peaceful the Bil'in protests are. -(video) Every Friday, demonstrators riot near the village of Bil'in, supposedy to protest the route of the security fence there. The Israeli High Court ruled that the fence should be repositioned, and work is currently underway for the new fence. When the new security fence...
  • 'Airplane!', 'Empire Strikes Back' To Join Library of Congress

    12/28/2010 8:20:15 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 66 replies · 8+ views
    ABC ^ | December 28, 2010 | LEE FERRAN
    It's official. When, in hundreds of years, the future of humanity scours the U.S. Library of Congress for clues as to how primitively we lived back in the early 21st century, the jive-talking granny in "Airplane!" could very well be integral to the study.
  • Film Subsidy Secrecy May Be Ending

    12/08/2010 12:28:49 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2010 | Tom Gantert
    The details of how film production companies have been spending taxpayer dollars has been kept private from the public ever since the state of Michigan opened its arms to Hollywood by offering the most lucrative film incentives in the country. But that veil of secrecy may be lifted, following the recent passage of two bills sponsored by Michigan Sen. Nancy Cassis, R-Novi. The bills are now before the governor for her consideration. If she signs them, the question is whether the Michigan Film Office will be as transparent in the future as it says it wants to be. One of...
  • RiffTrax Brings "Reefer Madness" Back to Theaters on August 19 ( MST3K treatment of a cult classic )

    08/17/2010 9:44:15 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Associated ^ | August 17, 2010 | Steven Bryan
    For years, the stars of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" found the funny in films that were never intended to be comedies. A poorly-written B-grade science fiction film like "This Island Earth" was, for instance, perfect fodder for the MST3K guys. On August 19, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy will be back in theaters for live RiffTrax presentation of "Reefer Madness." A notorious propaganda film from the 1930's, this over-the-top movie shows the horrors that come with smoking marijuana.
  • Corporate Welfare Doesn't Work

    06/21/2010 9:09:31 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/20/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Sorry — Your Film Office Success Story Was Not Found Apparently, fame can be fleeting in the movie industry, even if you are just a Michigan business trying to cash-in on it. The Oink Joint, a diner in Birch Run Township, made a public relations splash after it was featured in the 2009 Drew Barrymore movie "Whip It." The building — formerly Ken’s Diner — was part of the filming for the movie in 2008, and then the fictional diner was made into a real-life diner with the same name, using menus from the movie. Governing magazine mentioned the Oink...
  • Being There...

    06/20/2010 2:30:46 PM PDT · by pickrell · 13 replies · 1+ views
    20 June 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    In 1979, a Peter Sellers film was released, with mixed success at the box office. In the film "Being There", Sellers played a savant gardener named Chance, who was totally isolated from the world, except for what he saw, and tried to make sense of, on T.V., until his reclusive employer eventually died. With nowhere to go, and no way to support himself, he came under the care of an elderly and powerful couple, Eve and Ben, who decided to repackage him as a profound philosopher, changing his name to "Chauncey Gardner", and eventually maneuvering to install him as an...
  • Video: Even Director of Film Office is Against Some Tax Credits

    06/18/2010 7:46:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies · 92+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/18/2010 | WOOD TV8
    Even the director of the Michigan Film Office thinks giving a $10 million special tax favor to a Grand Rapids film studio would be a bad idea. This video is an update on the fishy film deal in Grand Rapids.
  • Bills Would Demand More Info From Filmmakers Getting Special Tax Breaks

    06/09/2010 12:33:24 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies · 24+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/9/2010 | Tom Gantert
    A Mackinac Center for Public Policy story that looked into a questionable land deal has prompted two politicians to create legislation to bring more transparency in the state agency overseeing it. State Reps. Dave Agema, R-Grandville, and Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, said they are planning bills to address the Hangar42 Studios controversy. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Kathy Hoekstra and Michael LaFaive uncovered an oddity in the tax incentive deal involving Hangar42 Studios. The studio was in line for a refundable infrastructure tax credit worth 25 percent of the investment in the project in Grand Rapids. But as late...
  • Top 100 Films of Obama Era

    03/07/2010 5:02:04 PM PST · by fuzzybutt · 29 replies · 257+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 07, 2010 | Big Fur Hat
    In October of 2009, Big Fur Hat charged his Academy of Cards and Scribes (regular commentators) at to form the 25-member (names at bottom) ALFI, tasked to list the top 200 Films of the Obamite Era. Over the course of two grueling nominating sessions, the 850 nominees were reduced to 100 films: 1) To Be Revealed at the End (and no, that's not a movie title, we mean that literally) 2) The Manchurian Candidate 3) Trillion Dollar Baby 4) Terms of Impeachment 5) Ferris Buehler's Layoff 6) Guess Who's Taxing Your Dinner
  • Sympathy for Monsters: Vampires, Werewolves, Criminals, Terrorists

    02/17/2010 9:33:25 PM PST · by stolinsky · 6 replies · 226+ views ^ | 02-18-10 | stolinsky
    But before we can hope to overcome real monsters, we have to resolve to fight them. And before we can do that, we have to learn to recognize them. We have to stop calling violent criminals “victims of society.” And we have to stop calling terrorists “militants” or “activists,” while trying to make excuses for them. It is not a hopeful sign that young people now see vampires and werewolves not as horrible monsters, but as unfortunate, misunderstood outcasts. Sympathy for monsters inevitably leads to lack of sympathy for their victims. And that leads to more victims.
  • Slandering America for Fun and Profit: "Edge of Darkness"

    01/31/2010 9:10:32 PM PST · by stolinsky · 4 replies · 437+ views ^ | 02-01-10 | stolinsky
    Long, sad experience taught me to expect Hollywood to slander America. But I did not expect a blood libel. I intend to be more selective in my film viewing in the future. I intend to avoid films made by purveyors of paranoia and merchants of hate. I intend to avoid films that excuse our enemies and blame our friends. I have no time or money to waste on people who slander the economic system that enriches them, who libel the nation that gives them freedom, and who defame the troops who risk everything to defend that freedom.
  • REVIEW: ‘To Save a Life’ — Authentic, Touching Look at Teen Life...

    01/22/2010 1:20:07 PM PST · by I'm ALL Right! · 6 replies · 526+ views
    Andrew Breitbart - Big Hollywood ^ | 1-22-10 | Jeremy D. Boreing
    As anyone in the entertainment industry will tell you, it is a miracle that any film actually gets made. From the moment a writer sits down with an idea to the first time the movie actually graces the screen, a film has passed through the care of so many people, so many unique personalities and competing visions and interests, that even the simplest film is a defiance of the odds.To Save a Life is not a simple film.
  • Top 10 Films of 2009 (Michael Medved)

    01/17/2010 12:12:37 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 36 replies · 1,896+ views
    Medved Website ^ | 01/15/2010 | Michael Medved
    Medved's Top 10 movies of 2009 1. The Last Station 2- (500) Days of Summer 3- Up in the Air 4- The Hurt Locker 5- Up 6- The Blind Side 7- Julie & Julia 8- An Education 9- The Stoning of Soraya M. 10- Bright Star