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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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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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Lifetime Developing ‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie

Lifetime Developing ‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie

Apr 28, 2015

Just in time for the forthcoming Full House reboot, Lifetime is planning to explore the on-and-off-screen struggles of the classic Nineties sitcom in The Unauthorized Full House Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The network’s latest tell-all follows The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story, the soapy exploration of another successful Nineties comedy and its off-screen drama which premiered on the network last fall. Ron McGee, the writer of Unauthorized Saved by the Bell, will also pen the Full House film. Lifetime has not set an air date and will begin casting for the feature immediately.

McGee will have plenty of material to cull from thanks to the release of multiple cast memoirs. Jodie Sweetin chronicled her struggle with methamphetamine addiction in 2010’s UnSweetined. Last year, Candace Cameron Bure released Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose, while the show’s patriarch Bob Saget penned the less self-help-themed Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.

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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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 produce a film of these penguins but well, they were wrong. Penguins of Madagascar is no usual animation featuring cute cuddly animals. From the beginning to the end of the film, you can’t stop laughing at these adorable penguins. They are just too hilarious even at serious sad scenes. Once the film started, we are instantly served with heart stopping action and witty dialogues exchanged among the penguins. For example, when young Skipper, Kowalski and Rico decided to go against nature and save the rolling penguin egg. At the same time, they were actually filmed by a group of documentary crews. Then, thegags began rolling in. Werner Herzog made his cameo appearance as the narrator of the documentary. We are introduced to the dark nature of documentaries when Werner Herzog ordered one of the crew to push the penguins down for a more exciting scene. Werner’s description of the penguins’ conflict was so dramatic and silly for the older audience. There were so many clever word plays in this film especially when the villain started to order his minions using celebrity names like...

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

Apr 21, 2015

  You know those dreams. We all have them. Nothing scary has happened. If anything it’s mundane, you’re walking through the streets, your house, but still the nightmare feeling is ever present. The air is heavy, your body uneasy, almost sick. You so badly want to wake up, if only to feel something normal again.   This is the world of Gone Girl. David Fincher’s thriller tracks the waking nightmare of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) as he attempts to unravel the ever-growing mystery of his missing wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). The world watches via news broadcasts and talk shows and scrutinize his every move, his identity instantaneously shifting from grieving husband to murder suspect. But this disappearance is anything but cut and dry and Nick’s journey will be anything but easy.   Fincher teamed up with long time collaborator Director of Photography Jeff Cronenweth once again to great visual success. The two have created the eerie worlds of Fight Club, the American take on Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series, and Social Network. This time they’ve outdone themselves, creating a sinister air that bites at Dunne. He appears alone, miniscule in a hazy world of gray.  It is Amy who has disappeared but Nick that is shrinking away within the pressure of it all.   This film used each filmic device so brilliantly to promote the uneasiness of this horrible dreamlike reality. There is an incredible disembodied quality about the sound of voices, especially that of Amy. Voices echo out of the mouths of the characters, never quite feeling entirely grounded.   This punctuates an already ethereal performance of Rosamund Pike. She has a sinister charm, a coldness that intrigues, as though everything could shift in a moment. Without these nuanced qualities Affleck’s hazy performance would seem out of place. He is repressed. Like a man who is perpetually still halfway in a dream, not fully recovered from the shock of waking. Within the first minutes of the film a confused Nick is being interviewed by detectives. “Should I be worried?” he asks. He never seems to get very far past this stage, he is confused. This is all happening so fast. He never...

MTV Movie Awards: a night of titillation, tears and tons of trailers

MTV Movie Awards: a night of titillation, tears and tons of trailers

Apr 19, 2015

Host Amy Schumer fell back on raunchy, self-deprecating humour, Shailene Woodley made a grown man cry and Vin Diesel paid respect to Paul Walker This year’s MTV Movie Awards were a real mixed bag of popcorn. Amy Schumer’s jokes were great, but her sketches lacked laughs. It was a night of “premiere clips” and “sneak peeks”, but the guest list seemed more elusive than exclusive – unlike MTV’s Video Music Awards, nominees who didn’t win weren’t in attendance. Sure, Zac Efron got his abs out, but what was going on with Channing Tatum’s hat? These are the highlights (and lowlights) of this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Amy Schumer had an uneven night From an archery malfunction during the intro to a more successful bit involving “flying for no reason”, Schumer was a peppy but imperfect host. While her opening monologue – which featured bits of her standup as well as new jokes tailored to the occasion – was funny and fearless, the sketches in between presenters failed to keep up the energy of the show.   more...