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James Franco’s social posts reveal Cincy movie details

Posted by on May 1, 2015

A behind the scenes look at the new Cincinnati-filmed James Franco movie is just a few clicks away. The actor, producer and director has revealed some details about “The Long Home” production, which will film in Hamilton, Butler County and Cincinnati this May. Franco recently posted a selfie in rustic cabin on Twitter and Instagram. The location? He just writes “back in the Holler.” He also posted an image of himself partially in period costume, and revealed some of the cast. “Me, josh hutcherson, Timothy Hutton, Keegan Allen, Ashley Green, Tim Blake Nelson, jim parrick, scott haze, and the whole gang getting dirty in the south (sic),” it reads. It’s a bit of a homecoming for Hutcherson, best known for his role in “The Hunger Games” series. He is a Union native. read more...

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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015

Who says penguins can’t fly? Well, the quartet penguins from the movie Madagascar has just ‘flew’ into cinemas, becoming a hit among cinemas goers after their debut in the spin-off of Madagascar film. Die-hard fans of DreamWorks Animation will be able to instantly recognized these penguins, the bold and self-proclaimed leader, Skipper, the brains of the team, Kowalski, the one who has the ability to swallow anything, Rico and of course, the young sweet little brother Private. These flightless birds were once primary characters in the Madagascar film that their parts were merely as show stealers. Besides, they were very shallow characters with the least development in Madagascar. There was not much information about these penguins other than that they are a group of penguins with outrageous break out attempts and ambitious plans. Although appearing just as minor characters, these penguins have amazed viewers for many years with their cool personalities. With a growing liking among viewers on the penguins, DreamWorks have finally decided to have a spin-off of Madagascar featuring only the penguins. Some might have criticized DreamWorks decision to...

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TV Series

The Strain: A Closer Look

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

No pilot season is perfect.   [Warning! This article contains spoilers for the first season of The Strain.] So the first season of the The Strain ended with 13 episodes on October 5 last year. My personal opinion about the TV series are somewhat mixed but ultimately not so positive. But seeing as it’s my own personal opinion, you’re free to contradict me on the points that I’m about to make. The novel, also entitled The Strain (co-written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan) was a delight to read. But that was on paper, and the TV show had a lot of things that made it disappointing and painfully average, especially when it neared the end. When The Strain started airing, it was OK, nothing so special, although on the first few episodes, it was pretty clear that there’s something to look forward to and that it will make the show special. Sadly, the first season struggled to show everyone else that deserved more exposure and there’s a particularly long stint early on in the show where viewers are dragged...

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The Guest’s Adam Wingard to Direct the Death Note Movie

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015

With the big screen rights acquired by Warner Bros. six years ago, a Death Note movie appears to finally be on the way with The Guest and You’re Next director Adam Wingard at the helm! The Hollywood Reporter has the news, bringing word that Wingard will take on the Manga adaptation after he finishes the upcoming Lionsgate horror project The Woods. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer and director Shane Black was, at one point, attached to the project, which aims to bring to the big screen the 13-volume series previously adapted as both an anime and as a live-action film franchise in Japan. more...

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Why So Many Movies in Japan Are Based on Manga and Anime

Why So Many Movies in Japan Are Based on Manga and Anime

May 14, 2015

Surely, you’ve noticed? Recently, in Japan, there’s a glut of movies based on manga and anime. There must be a reason for this. There most certainly is.

It is a rather simple and somewhat obvious reason. But here, let Beat Takeshi tell it. Beat Takeshi, of course, is a famed comedian, actor, and filmmaker—among many other things. He’s a man of multiple talents! His movies, such as Sonatine, Hana-bi, and Beyond Outrage, are fantastic.

As noted recently on Yahoo! News Japan, during the Tokyo Film Festival, Takeshi was asked why there are now so many movies based on manga and anime.

“It’s because if you make a manga into a movie, people will go see it,” Takeshi explained bluntly.“That’s it. Movie companies don’t have the courage to spend money on unknown scripts.”

read more at kotaku.

What movies should you see this Weekend? 6 new arrivals in Cleveland

What movies should you see this Weekend? 6 new arrivals in Cleveland

May 11, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio – What movies should you see this weekend? There are six new offerings to choose from: The it’s-not-really-a-comedy “The D Train”; the it’s-more-of-a-comedy-but-still-has-darker elements “Welcome to Me”; the big budget buddy-action-comedy “Hot Pursuit”; the indie drama “5 Flights Up”; the horror-thriller “Maggie”; and the documentary “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman.” Of the ones I’ve seen, I can’t say you need to race out and see any of them. But here is a look at what’s opening, with some reviews and trailers to help you make up your mind. “Hot Pursuit” stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. One is a buttoned-down cop. The other is an on-the-run witness fleeing drug cartel heavies and other bad guys. They are polar opposites but team up to flee across Texas. It is a flimsy and forgettable film. check more of the...

James Franco’s social posts reveal Cincy movie details

James Franco’s social posts reveal Cincy movie details

May 1, 2015

A behind the scenes look at the new Cincinnati-filmed James Franco movie is just a few clicks away. The actor, producer and director has revealed some details about “The Long Home” production, which will film in Hamilton, Butler County and Cincinnati this May. Franco recently posted a selfie in rustic cabin on Twitter and Instagram. The location? He just writes “back in the Holler.” He also posted an image of himself partially in period costume, and revealed some of the cast. “Me, josh hutcherson, Timothy Hutton, Keegan Allen, Ashley Green, Tim Blake Nelson, jim parrick, scott haze, and the whole gang getting dirty in the south (sic),” it reads. It’s a bit of a homecoming for Hutcherson, best known for his role in “The Hunger Games” series. He is a Union native. read more...

The Guest’s Adam Wingard to Direct the Death Note Movie

The Guest’s Adam Wingard to Direct the Death Note Movie

Apr 30, 2015

With the big screen rights acquired by Warner Bros. six years ago, a Death Note movie appears to finally be on the way with The Guest and You’re Next director Adam Wingard at the helm! The Hollywood Reporter has the news, bringing word that Wingard will take on the Manga adaptation after he finishes the upcoming Lionsgate horror project The Woods. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer and director Shane Black was, at one point, attached to the project, which aims to bring to the big screen the 13-volume series previously adapted as both an anime and as a live-action film franchise in Japan. more...