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  • Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy

    06/22/2015 1:45:52 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2015 | Dr. Michael Thom
    Six years ago, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm promised in a radio address that listeners should “get ready: the movies are coming to Michigan.” Each dollar spent on the state’s newly minted film tax credit program, the governor claimed, would “generate up to $3 in economic activity.” Since then, Michigan taxpayers have spent $500 million trying to lure Hollywood to the Great Lakes State. Unfortunately, they have little to show for it. A Senate Fiscal Agency report concluded that Michigan spent $37.5 and $100 million on tax credits in 2009 and 2010 to generate just $21.1 and $59.5 million, respectively,...
  • Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible

    03/12/2015 10:08:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2015 | Jack Spencer
    It now appears that, for the sort of reasons that often count most – political reasons – there is a realistic chance that Michigan’s film subsidy program will end soon. When a bill to put a stop to the subsidies was introduced on Jan. 29, skepticism about its prospects seemed justified. Little more than a month earlier, the Legislature had overwhelmingly passed a measure to keep the program rolling, and Gov. Rick Snyder signed it into law. The idea that the Legislature and governor would reverse course just weeks later seemed far-fetched. But much has changed in the brief period...
  • “American Sniper" Trial Blasts Holes in Insanity Defense

    02/20/2015 10:01:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Mark Davis
    Those of us who were Chris Kyle’s neighbors are looking for a lot from the trial of his killer. We want justice for Chris. We want peace for his widow. We want closure for our community. But there is something else some of us are looking for. I can’t speak for all, but I have about had it up to my eyeballs with the very concept of the “insanity defense.” What exactly are Eddie Ray Routh’s attorneys trying to pull with this jury, and thus with a nation that has come to know of the tragedy of February 2013, when...
  • Fifty Shades of Sickness

    02/20/2015 4:21:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Here's one obvious sign that we live in a profane world. "Fifty Shades of Grey," the "mommy-porn" book turned into a movie, complete with its whips and chains and erotic punishment, debuted to far less controversy than "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004. The media toasted "Fifty Shades" as the biggest February movie opening weekend ever at $83.8 million, just a shade more than "The Passion." But Mel Gibson's Jesus film debuted on Ash Wednesday, not on Friday. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, in its first five days, "The Passion" grossed $125.5 million; "Fifty Shades" stood at $98.5 million. It received...
  • ‘50 Shades of Grey:’ As Terrible As You Expected

    02/14/2015 6:50:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | John Hanlon
    The film 50 Shades of Grey is likely to be financially successful no matter what. The film—which is likely the first part of a new franchise—is an adaptation of the unbelievably popular E.L. James novel. Few would’ve guessed a few short years ago that there was a huge untapped market for this type of story, which originated as Twilight fan fiction. But there undeniably was a big market for this. Millions and millions and millions of copies were sold. The book became a massive bestseller and the new cinematic adaptation of it will likely dominate—pardon the pun—the box office this...
  • Operation Digital Delta Force

    02/03/2015 4:39:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Chuck Norris
    I was humbled and honored to see on various global news networks how my action movies that were pirated into Romania when it was a communist country inspired generations and set the stage for revolution against former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. However, the total truth is that without the common people rising up, rebelling and supporting freedom, change and democracy, the motivation from my movies would have been short-lived or even missing in action. Here's a sample of headline news from around the globe this past week: BBC News: "Talking Movies: How Chuck Norris changed Romania." Fox News: "'Chuck Norris vs....
  • American Sniper Is Surprisingly Popular in Iraq

    01/31/2015 2:17:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    American Sniper, the film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who became the deadliest sniper in U.S. history while serving four tours of duty in Iraq, has broken box office records and is nominated for six Oscars, including best picture. To say that the film is a hit among American audiences (Michael Moore, and other haters aside) would be an understatement. What is receiving far less attention—though very interesting—is how the moving is faring in the Middle East. In Iraq, the theater at Baghdad’s Mansour Mall was “full and rowdy” during the film’s opening week—and the crowd was into it. When...
  • Famous Hollywood Screen Tests

    01/30/2015 7:36:40 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 14 replies
    Time ^ | 08/20/2013 | Time Staff
    In the following gallery, we present screen tests for roles that have become familiar and much loved, from a young Audrey Hepburn reading for the part of Princess Ann in Roman Holiday to a supremely confident Robert Downey Jr. demonstrating how he was born to play supremely confident billionaire-industrialist Tony Stark in the Iron Man films. We start with a lovely British actress who got a chance to prove she belonged to join an all-star cast of a movie destined to become a Hollywood classic.
  • Classic Hollywood Film Outtakes

    01/16/2015 8:42:14 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 06/05/2010 | Youtube
    Bogie, Bette Davis, Carole Lombard, Claudette Colbert, Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Kay Francis, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, George Brent, Merle Oberon, Patricia Neal, Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Stewart
  • Why American Sniper Is the Year’s First Must-See Film

    01/16/2015 3:04:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | John Hanlon
    War movies often focus on battles over personalities. In great films like Lone Survivor (2013) and Saving Private Ryan (1998), some of the battle sequences are so real and devastating that it’s easy to get lost in them and lose focus on the individual soldiers trying to survive. Those films often attempt to show viewers what it must be like to be in the midst of an intense and devastating battle. American Sniper, which only yesterday was nominated for six Academy Awards,is different. It’s more of a character study than a war film with the main character being a Texan...
  • The Golden Globes of Propaganda

    01/16/2015 6:52:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    When the Golden Globe awards telecast was over, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation proclaimed, "It was a great night for LGBT-inclusive television." They could have added: "We run the joint." Gay actor Matt Bomer thanked his "husband" and his surrogate sons when he won an award for HBO's Reagan-bashing AIDS drama "The Normal Heart." But the bigger celebration came with a best actor award to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Mort, a 70-year-old father of three who decides he's a woman named Maura in a show called "Transparent," or literally, "Trans Parent," since his three adult children have to...
  • Which Movies Make Grown Men Cry?

    01/14/2015 7:31:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 298 replies
    FIVETHIRTYEIGHT ^ | 01/14/2015 | Walt Hickey
    Argument — much like karaoke and online shopping — is at its best when done with friends and a drink. And so, here’s “Bar Fights With Walt,” a column devoted to solving the only questions that truly matter: the dumb arguments about life and pop culture developed and hashed out in barroom rants. We’ll use data and research to take these arguments to their logical statistical conclusion. If you’d like to submit a question or conundrum, corner the author at one of his typical haunts and pick a fight.After an evening at Grassroots Tavern, some friends and I got...
  • Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Comes First

    12/31/2014 7:10:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Taxpayers in Michigan and across the nation are generous. They don’t mind welfare dollars being spent on the needs of the less fortunate; however, if the money were to end up being used to buy beer, cigarettes or lottery tickets, they would be justifiably outraged. With this year’s lame duck session drawing to a close, one striking feature stands out. While lawmakers wrestled over how best to get funding to fix up and keep up Michigan’s roads, legislation to perpetuate the state’s flop-filled film subsidy program shot through the Senate and House like a hot knife through butter. Make no...
  • Star Struck: Why States Chase the Film Industry with Subsidies

    12/31/2014 5:51:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2014 | Jack Spencer
    During the Legislature’s recent lame duck session, lawmakers bypassed an opportunity to put Michigan’s film subsidy program to rest. Instead, both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to extend the program through 2021. In spite of one independent study after another demonstrating that state film subsidy programs are bad investments, the practice survives in many states. In Michigan, the program did more than squeak by when the Legislature took up Senate Bill 1103. Of the 148 legislators who voted, 107 – or nearly three out of every four – voted to keep it going. Only 41 voted to let it...
  • Without North Korea, Hollywood Is Running Out of Politically Correct Villains

    12/19/2014 6:25:37 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | `8 Dec 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    Without North Korea, Hollywood Is Running Out of Politically Correct Villains by Ben Shapiro 18 Dec 2014 With Sony’s decision to pull the Seth Rogen/James Franco starrer The Interview from circulation following a brutal hack attack by the North Korean regime, Hollywood finds its list of acceptable villains growing shorter and shorter. Not only did Sony pull The Interview thanks to intimidation at the hands of Kim Jung Un – the film was about reporters trying to kill the evil dictator – they also pulled a slated Steve Carrell movie, Pyongyang, about the regime.
  • '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 BoxOffice.com 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, RadarOnline.com 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...
  • SHARKNADO!

    07/27/2013 1:10:10 PM PDT · by null and void · 62 replies
    Vanity | 7/27/13 | nully
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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Time.com ^ | 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...