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  • ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Debuts to Muted Crowd at Sundance

    01/29/2015 5:55:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Variety ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ramin Setoodeh
    The Sundance Film Festival isn’t a typical launchpad for studio blockbusters, but Warner Bros. surprised theater-goers on Tuesday night by unveiling the Wachowski siblings’ “Jupiter Ascending” at a “secret screening.” The invitation-only event, which was not billed as a premiere, was the first time “Jupiter Ascending” was shown to the public. Variety broke news of the screening on Tuesday afternoon, but there were other clues the audience wasn’t about to see a typical Sundance indie. When attendees with tickets arrived at the Egyptian Theater in Park City, they were handed 3D glasses. Despite the hype of a secret screening, clusters...
  • Paramount announces reboot of The Ring will hit screens this November on Friday the 13th

    01/28/2015 6:30:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 28, 2015 | Kayla Caldwell
    Paramount Pictures announced three big changes to its horror schedule for the year, one of them being the news of a reboot for The Ring. Rings, the third film in the successful series, will now take the place originally intended for a Friday the 13th sequel. That film, along with the sixth in the Paranormal Activity series, have both been pushed back to later dates.
  • All-female 'Ghostbusters' cast chosen

    01/28/2015 5:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 27, 2015 | Borys Kit
    The all-new, all-female Ghostsbusters are here. Melissa McCarthy, who was already in talks for one of the leads, has signed on for the Paul Feig-directed reboot, and the studio is now negotiating with Kristen Wiig, as well as "Saturday Night Live" players Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Negotiations are ongoing but the quartet are expected to sign on as the specter-seeking, poltergeist-punishing and phantom-phollowing foursome in the reboot, which is eyeing a summer shoot in New York. McCarthy and Wiig have worked with Feig before, both breaking out with the director's "Bridesmaids" comedy.
  • Why Is Disney Trying So Hard to Dilute Its Brand?

    01/27/2015 6:55:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 26, 2015 | David Sims
    On Monday, actress and feminist icon du jour Emma Watson announced via her Facebook page that she's committed to starring as Belle in the upcoming live-action Disney adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Yes, that Belle, in that Beauty and the Beast, the film Disney made in 1991. The news comes just before the March release of Disney's live-action Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Branagh) and The Jungle Book (directed by Jon Favreau, due in 2016). All are timeless tales based on stories much older than the Disney canon, but these films are also explicitly remakes, using the same character names...
  • State Dept. to Disney: Use “Frozen” to teach kids about climate change

    01/23/2015 3:04:00 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Marcus Gilmer
    2014 was, according to NOAA and NASA, the warmest year on record for the entire world. Locally, it was also the hottest year in California’s history. The world’s climate is changing, at least according to science and data. 2014 was also the year of Frozen, Disney’s animated musical blockbuster about two sisters and a snowman (more or less), amassing over $1.2 billion in worldwide box office receipts and billions more from countless sing-a-long showings, DVD sales, and merchandise since its November 2013 release. And now, in 2015, we’re learning where these two seemingly disparate facts intersect: the State Department’s Admiral...
  • Math: ‘American Sniper’ To Out-Gross All 18 Anti-War On Terror Films Combined

    01/26/2015 11:22:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/26/15 | John Nolte
    Over the course of about 5 years between 2004 – 2009, Hollywood produced no fewer than 18 anti-War On Terror box office bombs that defamed our country, our troops, and the righteous cause of the war against Islamic extremism. Every single one of those films bombed. The flop rate was 100%. Even Leftists stayed away in droves. Let me pass along some settled science… The domestic box office gross for all 18 of those films was around $300 million — or a pathetic $16 million each. My guess is that Hollywood lost somewhere around a billion — with “B” —...
  • And Now, Israel’s Leftist Filmmakers Take Aim at 6 Day War

    01/26/2015 1:58:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 1/26/2015, 9:07 AM | Ari Yashar
    Leftist Israeli filmmakers are known for negatively portraying IDF soldiers, as recently exemplified by “5 Broken Cameras,” but a new documentary is seeking to push the envelope and go back in time to the 1967 Six Day War. The film, “Censored Voices,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, reports the New York Times. It takes snippets from interviews conducted after the war with soldiers from Israel’s socialist kibbutz movement, using them in an apparent attempt to portray the IDF as immoral, even though the war has always been in the Israeli consensus as a justified and miraculous victory....
  • What 'American Sniper' Got Right and Wrong, According to SEAL Who Helped Train Chris Kyle

    01/23/2015 9:10:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    ABC News - Good Morning America ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lee Ferran
    When Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL sniper instructor who helped train Chris Kyle, first watched "American Sniper," he was disappointed in the movie about his former student and friend. "I had high expectations and I have to say, when I first watched the movie, I felt really let down, for a number of reasons," Webb told ABC News Thursday. "It's hard to capture someone's life in two hours, and I get that, but I felt the film could have been, should have been, a military epic on the scale of a 'Saving Private Ryan.'" But Webb said when he...
  • Say no to porn. Boycott 50 Shades of Grey, the movie: sign the petition

    01/22/2015 11:49:34 AM PST · by Morgana · 86 replies
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | 1/22/2015 | lifenews.com
    Background: Hollywood executives have chosen to release the film version of the "erotic" novel 50 Shades of Grey in theaters this Valentine's Day - Feb. 14, 2015. While the marketing campaign is selling the movie as a "romance," there is nothing authentically romantic about the tale of a sado-masochistic sexual relationship between a young, vulnerable student, Anastasia, and an older billionaire, Christian Grey. Critics have described the book as misogynistic, pornographic, exploitative, sexually violent, and anti-romance – and there is little reason to expect the film will be anything different. Opposition to the book and movie crosses the ideological spectrum,...
  • Why “American Sniper” Was Politicized -- And Why it Shouldn’t Be

    01/22/2015 9:35:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | John Hanlon
    Do you support the war on Terror and, more specifically, the war in Iraq? How do you feel about snipers and the plight of the American soldier? On a more personal note, what are your thoughts on Chris Kyle, reportedly the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history? Those three questions are valid and open for debate. Unfortunately, though, all three have become remarkably intertwined in the debate over the quality of the new film American Sniper. Last Friday, the Clint Eastwood-helmed film American Sniper arrived in theaters banking over a hundred million dollars. Many conservatives embraced the film while...
  • Hollywood’s War Against American Sniper

    01/22/2015 5:20:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 85 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hollywood’s War Against American SniperPosted By Daniel Greenfield On January 22, 2015 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 8 Comments American Sniper is the movie that should not have existed. Even though the book was a bestseller, nobody in Hollywood wanted the rights. And why would they? The Iraq War already had an official narrative in Hollywood. It was bad and wrong. Its veterans were crippled, dysfunctional and dangerous. Before American Sniper, Warner Brothers had gone with anti-war flicks like Body of Lies and In the Valley of Elah. It had lost a fortune on Body of Lies; but losing money had never stopped Hollywood from making anti-war movies that no...
  • 'Django Unchained' Producer on 'Selma' Oscar Snubs: Did Voters Have "Racial Fatigue"? (Guest Column)

    01/21/2015 12:49:21 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 55 replies
    Hollywoodreporter.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Reginald Hudlin
    I hate whining. Ironically, when I was asked to write about the Oscar "whiteout," I was in a planning meeting for the NAACP Image Awards. For those who don't know, the NAACP created the Image Awards almost 50 years ago in response to the lack of recognition of black talent in front of and behind the camera in mainstream (white) awards shows. You'd think this show wouldn't be needed by now, but that's clearly not the case.
  • Tourists get knockout photo of Sylvester Stallone atop 'Rocky' steps

    01/21/2015 6:23:47 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
    wptv West Palm Beach ^ | 1-21-15 | n/a
    <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A group of tourists who ran up the "Rocky" steps got a knockout photo at the top - a selfie with Rocky himself.</p> <p>Peter Rowe said he and two friends had just finished racing up the staircase at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday when they saw Sylvester Stallone.</p>
  • Selma, 50 Years On

    01/20/2015 10:48:09 AM PST · by Pelham · 41 replies
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    On Martin Luther King Day, 2015, how stand race relations in America? Selma, a film focused on the police clubbing of civil rights marchers led by Dr. King at Selma bridge in March of 1965, is being denounced by Democrats as a cinematic slander against the president who passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the movie, King is portrayed as decisive and heroic, LBJ as devious and dilatory. And no member of the Selma cast has been nominated for an Academy Award. All 20 of the actors and actresses nominated are white. Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains,...
  • Glenn Beck Knows Why Selma Was Snubbed

    Glenn Beck watched Selma and believes he knows why the critically-acclaimed civil rights film was snubbed by the Academy in multiple Oscar categories next week: progressivism. And if you haven’t seen the film, here’s the spoiler-free explanation of how LBJ is portrayed: like a politician.
  • Billy Crystal Has Had Enough of Gay Storylines: "Ah that’s too much for me.”

    01/20/2015 7:41:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/20/2015 | The Tatler
    Billy Crystal Has Had Enough of Gay Storylines Billy Crystal, comedian and one of the first actors to portray a gay character on TV, has had enough of the gay storylines on television.Speaking to an audience at the Television Critics Association press tour, Crystal said: “Sometimes I think, ‘Ah that’s too much for me.’”The comedian played Jodie on Soap from 1977-1981. “It was very difficult at the time,” said Crystal. “Jodie was really the first recurring [gay] character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977. So, yeah, it was awkward. It was tough.” He spoke...
  • Spike Lee On Islam: "The U.S. Is Always Going To Need A Boogie Man"

    01/20/2015 4:27:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Daniel Nussbaum
    In a lengthy interview with the Daily Beast‘s Marlow Stern, filmmaker Spike Lee spoke out on America’s relationship with the Islamic world, his new film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, and the on-court woes of the New York Knicks.
  • Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'

    01/19/2015 10:24:15 AM PST · by tje · 133 replies
    The Independent via Craving Entertainment ^ | Monday 19 January 2015 | Helen Nianias
    Hoooo boy. Billy Crystal has angered plenty with some poorly-worded statements he made about the portrayal of gay sex scenes on television. According to The Independent, during a panel on the Television Critics Association this weekend promoting his upcoming FX series The Comedians, Crystal said he can do without all the gratuitous P-in-the-B scenes that TV keeps shoving in his face: Speaking during a panel interview in Pasadena, the actor said: “Sometimes I think: ‘Ah that’s too much for me’. “Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you...
  • Black American Hopes 'Selma' Bombs at the Box Office

    01/19/2015 6:24:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/19/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    I must admit to experiencing schadenfreude (feeling pleasure from the misfortunes of others) upon learning that Oprah's movie Selma was snubbed by the Oscars, receiving only two nominations. As a black conservative Tea Party activist, I knew that the movie was simply another propaganda tool for the Democratic Party and America-hating leftists – a part of their ongoing hideous campaign promoting the lie that America sucks and blacks are still victims of an eternally racist country.  Sure enough, as I predicted, the usual suspects who produced Selma are being criticized for blatantly rewriting history. Using my 1970s heyday lingo,...
  • Not Just a Movie (Selma: Maureen Dowd labels depiction of LBJ as "Artful Falsehood)

    01/19/2015 6:58:09 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 87 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 Jan 15 | maureen dowd
    I WENT Friday morning to see “Selma” and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers.Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first Hollywood movie about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday weekend — an effort that was duplicated for students around the country. The kids did plenty of talking and texting, and plenty of fighting over whether there was too much talking and texting. Slowly but surely, though, the crowd was drawn in by the Scheherazade skills of the “Selma” director, Ava DuVernay. The horrific scene...
  • Michael Medved's Best and Worst Movies of 2014

    01/18/2015 11:26:27 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 28 replies
    Medved Website ^ | 12/31/14 | Michael Medved
    BEST: 1. American Sniper 2. Boyhood 3. Chef 4. Magic in the Moonlight 5. The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies 6. Guardians of the Galaxy 7. Locke 8. The Lego Movie 9. Mr. Turner 10. Big Eyes WORST: 1. Snowpiercer 2. Sex Tape 3. Tammy 4. Transformers: Age of Extinction 5. The Other Woman 6. Tusk 7. Dumb and Dumber Too 8. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? 9. Robocop 10. Inherent Vice
  • ‘American Sniper’ Complaints Grow in Hollywood: Should Clint Eastwood Be Celebrating a Killer?

    01/18/2015 4:30:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 135 replies
    thewrap.com ^ | on January 18, 2015 @ 3:56 pm | Steve Pond
    But Academy members seem to be paying attention to the criticism that Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper shouldn’t be celebrating a man who wrote that killing hundreds of Iraqis was “fun.” “He seems like he may be a sociopath,” one Academy member told TheWrap, adding he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around. Neither distributor Warner Bros. nor the filmmakers have responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, though the studio said they intended to make someone available. A piece in The Guardian by author Lindy West was an early critic of...
  • Liberals on Social Media: "You're a Racist" if you Like "American Sniper" over "Selma"

    01/18/2015 3:14:50 PM PST · by rightistight · 109 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/18/15 | Aurelius
    Angry liberals have taken to social media to declare that if you like the movie American Sniper over the movie Selma, you are a racist. The comments have come on the heels of an extremely successful opening weekend for American Sniper, which has received favorable reviews from critics, and has gained considerable buzz for its tense trailer. Selma, which also has received favorable reviews from critics, but also criticism for inaccurately portraying major characters, is not doing nearly as well at the box office. Liberals on social media have decided that the trailer, controversy, and merit are not why American...
  • American Sniper: best war movie of all time? I think so.....

    01/18/2015 10:37:10 AM PST · by beebuster2000 · 68 replies
    self | jan 18 2015 | beebuster2000
    and i don't say that lightly. Patton, Gettysburgh, Das Boot, Run Silent Run Deep, Fury, and on and on. But Sniper is absolutely riveting in its portrayal of combat and the people in combat, i can't say more, except that when the movie ended in a packed theatre, a few people, me included, were drying eyes, but the theatre was absolutely silent and stayed that way. no one moved for a while then the whole theatre silently filed out.
  • Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

    01/18/2015 4:41:53 AM PST · by Mozilla · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1-16-15 | AP/Yahoo
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sheila Kearns showed the film, "The ABCs of Death," during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School in Columbus in April 2013, prosecutors said. The movie consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death and representing a letter of the alphabet, such as "E is for Exterminate," ''O is for Orgasm" and "T is for Toilet." A jury convicted Kearns of four felony...
  • American Sniper' biggest Oscar surprise, but can it win?

    01/17/2015 10:17:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – In November, the Hollywood Reporter quoted an anonymous industry insider predicting that the “lefty crowd isn’t going to gather around a Navy SEAL best known for killing people” when it comes Oscar time. The insider was talking about "American Sniper," which walked away with six Academy Award nominations on Thursday, including Best Picture. Which means the insider was wrong. “Big surprise of #Oscarnoms was Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper,’” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “I was very surprised and pleasantly so,” said James Williamson, retired U.S. Special Forces colonel and co-founder of OPSEC, a non-profit organization that seeks...
  • ‘American Sniper’ zeroes in on Clint Eastwood record with $29.1M Friday haul

    01/17/2015 9:31:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Clint Eastwood’s latest film “American Sniper,” based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, is set to rake in more money in one day that any Eastwood-directed film. Late night industry estimates show the film bringing down $29.1 million in its first expanded release day on Friday, Deadline Hollywood reported Saturday.
  • Oprah Winfrey, ‘Selma’ filmmakers to march in Alabama town to mark Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

    01/17/2015 7:50:48 AM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | Jan. 16, 2015 | Kirthana Ramisetti
    The creative team behind the Oscar-nominated film will march in Selma on Monday, as an homage to the events depicted in the film.The filmmakers of “Selma" will celebrate civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday by marching in his honor. The creative team behind the drama, which received an Oscar nod for best picture but was snubbed in other major categories, will march in Selma, Ala., on Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • Oprah’s In Town For That White House Screening of ‘Selma’ [Insufferable Woman Just Go Away!]

    01/16/2015 9:37:42 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | January 16, 2015 | Emily Heil
    Oprah’s In Town For That White House Screening of ‘Selma’ By Emily Heil January 16 at 10:45 AM But you might need to breathe rarefied air to catch a glimpse: the TV mogul will be attending that screening of “Selma” (she’s the film’s producer) at the White House on Friday afternoon that we told you about. President Obama invited members of the cast and crew, along with some Washington dignitaries, to chow down on presidential popcorn and watch the civil-rights-era flick.
  • Selma and the Sanctimony of Liberals

    01/17/2015 10:50:39 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    pjm ^ | January 16, 2015 | Mary Grabar
    The film's portrayal of LBJ has the left up in arms. It’s always interesting to witness the sanctimony of liberals (usually Democrats) when their narratives of history are challenged by those they say they “helped.” Thus it has happened with the movie Selma, which has focused negative attention on President Lyndon Johnson ... in The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr., Garrow reported on the delight Johnson took in listening to the surveillance tapes of King (whom Garrow approvingly presented as a radical and socialist). Garrow wrote, “When one aide attempted to defend King’s sincerity on the issue of [opposition...
  • 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
  • A Veteran’s View of ‘American Sniper’ (Guest Column)

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

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

    01/15/2015 9:05:34 AM PST · by walford · 44 replies
    Vulture.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | David Edelstein
    Spouting off to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood looked as if he were slipping into doddering dementia, but he’s shrewder and more focused than ever in his Iraq War picture American Sniper. It’s a cracker­jack piece of filmmaking, a declaration that he’s not yet ready to be classified as an Old Master, that he can out-Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow. Morally, though, he has regressed from the heights of Letters From Iwo Jima (2006). In more ways than one, the Iraq occupation is seen through the sight of a high-powered rifle. The movie is scandalously blinkered....
  • ‘Escape From New York’ Remake Rights Deal Won By Fox

    01/15/2015 8:41:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 97 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 13, 2015 | Mike Fleming Jr
    EXCLUSIVE: Snake Plissken is back! Fox has emerged from competitive bidding and closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Carpenter-directed cult classic Escape From New York. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company will produce. The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer and will exert creative influence over the project. Fox’s Mike Ireland brought it in and will steer. The hope is to reinvent the property with an eye toward launching a new franchise.
  • Wasted youth and the best comedy movies - a minor break from the daily fare(Vanity)

    01/14/2015 9:34:54 AM PST · by reed13k · 192 replies
    Me | Me
    Okay so I recently hired a few recent college grads in technical roles and a conversation was struck up at the end of the day. The conversation was a result of a missed movie reference during another conversation earlier in the day. The type of thing where you assume some level of common culture so you don't have to explain in more detail. What follows in my comment was the result and follow-on question for my fellow Freepers.
  • 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...
  • As America Tires of Race Hoaxes, ‘Selma’ Disappoints at Box Office

    01/13/2015 3:55:38 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/13/2015
    Don’t buy the hype you might be reading at places like Grantland about “Selma’s” wide release debut at the box office this weekend. The news was not good. Far from it. Especially when compared to other apples, like “The Butler,” “J. Edgar,” and “W.” Box Office Mojo: In a distant second place, Selma expanded to nearly 2,200 locations and earned an estimated $11.2 million. Compare that to Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which dealt with similar issues during a similar time period in U.S. history and earned over twice as much in its first weekend ($24.6 million). Selma instead wound up...
  • The Truth, History, and the Movie Selma

    01/13/2015 7:20:11 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | Ron Radosh
    The nationwide release of the film Selma, which concentrates on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1965 Selma marches for the cause of African-American voting rights in the segregated South, has been received with much fanfare and enthusiastic accolades. It is likely to be short-listed for “Best Picture” from the voters in this year’s Academy Awards. Questions have been raised, however, about the film’s historical accuracy in its depiction of LBJ’s relationship to Dr. King, and his role in securing the Voting Rights Act, first by Joseph A. Califano Jr., chief advisor for domestic affairs to Johnson, and then by...
  • Mob squeezed him; city squeezes widow (Kass: Chicago outfit, Daley machine)

    07/05/2009 9:17:12 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 1,139+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-4-09 | John Kass
    Whether the name of Richie Urso ever makes it into the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich next June is anybody's guess. You've probably never heard of Richie Urso. But the FBI sure has heard of him. His is a classic Chicago story, about a beefy yet charming guy born on Grand Avenue, who got in trouble with the law as a kid, only to make political friends and become extremely wealthy. He was arrested once for jewelry theft in the '60s by the Outfit's top Chicago police detective, William Hanhardt. Urso's alleged partner in the theft was the...
  • Korea’s Next Flagship Project Revealed

    01/08/2015 8:31:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Korea Bizwire ^ | January 9, 2015 | J.W. Choi
    The Korean government will focus their efforts to promote 270 degree movies, thermoplastics, and fuel cells, according to an announcement from the third public-private meetings of the ‘Creative Economy.’ The meeting was held to draft a plan for a second flagship project. The flagship project concept was initiated by the government to accelerate private businesses that have large growth potential. The first flagship project, which dealt with carbon fiber and energy storage systems, was initiated in May 2014. According to plans for the second flagship project, the government will support the development of a new cinema system that shows movies...
  • Dying of Laughter in North Korea

    01/08/2015 5:29:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    NORTH KOREA isn't very funny, and the ghastly Kim Jong Un is no joke. All the more reason not to discount humor — the caustic humor of mockery, satire, and farce — as a weapon against the totalitarian regime in Pyongyang. For all the outrage generated by North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures' email network, more cold-blooded by far is the Kim government's response within its own borders to Seth Rogen's sophomoric new spoof. "North Korea has begun the expected crackdown to prevent the movie 'The Interview' from polluting the 'people's paradise,'" reports Nightwatch, a national-security intelligence newsletter. "A...
  • Hollywood Celebrates Another Stalinist

    01/06/2015 6:44:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2015 | Allan Ryskind
    Hollywood relishes making anti-American movies, but, maybe even more, loves to lavish fulsome tributes on full-blown Communists, you know, those fellows who swooned at Joe Stalin’s feet, teamed up with Hitler as he bombed the hell out of London in World War II and worked overtime to inflict deadly harm on America. Tinseltown is at it again, celebrating Dalton Trumbo, a major Hollywood Ten figure and longtime Communist enthusiast, in a brand new picture directed by Jay Roach and featuring Bryan Cranston, the star of the hit television series, Breaking Bad. The publicity for Trumbo says that Dalton bravely took...
  • ‘Life Itself,’ a Documentary: ‘Life Itself,’ a Film About Roger Ebert, Airs on CNN (tonight)

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

    01/02/2015 6:16:05 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Grant Wacker
    ‘Unbroken’ and Billy Graham The movie and the book about Louis Zamperini’s life skimp on the pivotal role of a certain preacher. By Grant Wacker Jan. 1, 2015 Newspaper headlines agreed. Billy Graham —“heaven’s super salesman,” “the Lord’s top salesman”—knew how to close the deal. If he just read from a telephone book, one associate quipped, people would stand up and commit their lives to Christ. Louis Zamperini, who died July 2 at age 97, was a case in point. The Olympic distance runner and World War II hero is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand ’s acclaimed 2010 biography, “Unbroken,”...
  • Box Office Drops 5% in 2014: What’s Behind the Fall

    01/02/2015 5:41:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Variety ^ | January 1, 2014 | Brent Lang
    Without Iron Man, Batman or James Bond to bolster ticket sales, the overall box office plunged 5.2% in 2014, topping out at $10.3 billion domestically. Audiences cooled to Hollywood offerings, voting with their feet as attendance dropped by an estimated 6% to 1.26 billion, the lowest figure in nearly two decades. “This was the most flabbergasting year ever,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak. “The good news is that the movie business had a great year in 2013. A record breaker. The bad news was that in 2014, it was measured against that success.” Although there were some...
  • Liam Neeson: Taken films have put Americans off travelling to Europe

    01/01/2015 1:11:04 PM PST · by the scotsman · 59 replies
    Yahoo Movies UK ^ | 31st December 2014 | Yahoo Movies UK
    'Liam Neeson says he’s received many letters from Americans too scared to travel to Europe after watching the ‘Taken’ films. The 62-year-old actor stars as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in the action franchise and admits fans have written to him saying they’re frightened of travelling abroad due to the storylines in which his wife and daughter are kidnapped. Speaking on the Graham Norton Show, while promoting 'Taken 3', he said: “Just the other day I got a letter from a school teacher in Texas who had tried to take 60 students to Europe and the families of 40 of...
  • DirectTV be gone, need help

    01/01/2015 12:04:49 PM PST · by OregonRancher · 63 replies
    Vanity | 12/01/15 | Rancher
    We want to get rid of DirectTV, go with cable for internet, yet at same time, be able to watch FOX, etc., movies. How do we do it?
  • The top 10 films at the box office in 2014

    01/01/2015 11:29:43 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 45 replies
    imdb ^ | 12-31-14 | unattributed
    1. "Guardians of the Galaxy," $332.9 million. 2. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," $308.9 million. 3. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," $259.8 million. 4. "The Lego Movie," $257.8 million. 5. "Transformers: Age of Extinction," $245.4 million. 6. "Maleficent," $241.4 million. 7. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," $233.9 million. 8. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," $208.6 million.