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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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Captain Philips (2013)

Captain Philips (2013)

Apr 16, 2015

Captain Philips Movie Review

Captain Philips is an American thriller movie which was directed by Paul Greengrass and released in 2013. Tom Hanks and Birched Abdi are the main two characters of this movie. The film was framed based on the real story of Maersk Alabama hijacking by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean in 2009. When the pirates take of the Captain Richard Phillips from MV Maersk Alabama ship then the event was triggered.

Tom Hanks was the right choice of Paul Greengrass to excavate such an incredible true story. Hanks played role as a Philips with simplicity. On way to the port of Oman he discuss with his wife about their children and today jobs market. The container ship starts voyage to Mombasa, Kenya from Port of Salalah, Oman through the Gulf of Aden. When the first officer, Shane Murphy checks out the security condition of ship and finds two skiffs of Somali pirates. Philips calls knowing pirates are listening radio traffic and pretend to reply the call as well as ensure immediate air support. To listen the Philips answer one skiff go back and another skiff attack the ship with four armed pirates led by Abduwali Muse. The pirates ride on the ship with ladder while Philips advices the crew to hide in the engine room. Philips offers $30,000 to the Muse to be free from captive but Muse’s demand was millions of dollars ransom from shipping company. The pirates search the ship during searching the engine room the pirates, Bilal cut of his feet with the broken glass. When Muse continues to search alone the crews ambushes Muse and demand to release Phillips. However, the pirates did not consent to release the captain and they left the ship with a lifeboat along with captain.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge launches their voyages to rescue the captain Philips from the captive of pirates. Frank Castellano, the captain of Bainbridge orders to stop the pirates reaching mainland by any means. Muse did not want to surrender and the negotiators are unable to change his mental condition even after long discussion. However, at the last time Muse agree to broad the Bainbridge to negotiate about the Philips’s ransom. The marksmen get clear shots and kill the three pirates simultaneously. Then Philips is rescued and Muse is arrested for piracy as well as taken into the custody. Captain Philips gives thanks to the rescue team for saving him from dangerous situation. The film introduces a new formula in the Hollywood film industry where Greengrass allows time Philips and Muse to exchange beliefs and fears.

 

The Most Successful Movie Franchises In History [Infographic]

The Most Successful Movie Franchises In History [Infographic]

Apr 15, 2015

Furious 7, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious film series, made headlines over the past few days after scoring the ninth-largest opening weekend in U.S. box office history. So far, Furious 7 has proven the highest-grossing film of 2015 and propelled the franchise into billion dollar territory. According to Box Office Mojo, the Fast and Furious franchise has now grossed just under $1.2 billion domestically. How does that  compare with Hollywood’s other leading franchises?  Overall, the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of superhero films including Iron Man, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, is the most successful movie franchise, grossing a grand total of $2.95 billion at the North American box office. Harry Potter comes close behind with $2.4 billion, while Star Wars rounds off the top three with $1.92 billion.   more of this...

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE LOSES ITS DIRECTOR

WONDER WOMAN MOVIE LOSES ITS DIRECTOR

Apr 14, 2015

“Given creative differences, Warner Bros. and Michelle MacLaren have decided not to move forward with plans to develop and direct Wonder Woman together,” said the studio in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. It was announced last November that Warner Bros. had brought on MacLaren, a TV veteran whose credits include Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, to develop and direct their Wonder Woman solo movie starring Gal Gadot. more of this...

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)

Apr 13, 2015

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, Michael Keaton was one of the greatest, most sought after actor after his portrayal as Batman in both Tim Burton’s movies in 1989 and 1992. However, his decision to quit acting as Batman although being offered $!5 million for the third sequel shook the media industry. $15 million was a lot back then and it was absurd for someone, like us to just reject the contract. So when Keaton is set to cast in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, it was quite amusing news as technically, Keaton and Birdman’s protagonist, Riggan Thomson were almost like a reflection on a mirror. Really. Riggan Thomson is a once upon a time actor who is famously known for his portrayal as Birdman, a flying comic book superhero in costumes. (Having a bit of déjà vu feeling? Keaton was once famous for being Batman too) However, he seemed to lose his tune in the acting industry and his career plummeted. Desperate, he decided to rebuild himself by directing a Broadway play using his own hard earned money. The play adapted from Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love was not only directed by Riggan, but he too starred in with another Hollywood star sitting on the same boat as he was – to seek respectability. When his actor was no longer available after being knocked out by a flying mysterious object ( most probably sabotage), Riggan has no choice but to bring in Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), a Hollywood actor who has been fired during a shooting for another movie.  Then, we have Riggan’s daughter, Sam (Emma Stone) who has just being released from drug rehab, Riggan’s supposedly pregnant lover, Laura (Andrea Riseborough) and his ex-wife, Sylvia (Amy Ryan). Not to forget Zach Galifianakis’s portrayal as Riggan’s show producer. With the addition of all these characters, one would certainly expect the common conflict between all the characters. Do expect some cliché conflicts to happen throughout the movie. Birdman’s most iconic scene where Keaton has to run through Times Square half naked was the only scene which was hilarious.   Director by Mexican film producer, Alejandro González Iñárritu,...