Disney’s “Cinderella” Exhibit Celebrates an All-New Live Action Film

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It’s hard to describe the thrill of being in Cinderella’s world as a young girl.  The imagery of Disney’s classic 1950 animated romance fairy tale is deeply imprinted on many minds, via the film, comic books and the dinner hour Disney TV series every Sunday night. These memories not easily forgotten in adulthood, of female empowerment, beautiful clothes, a Fairy Godmother and a Handsome Prince. All grown up now, I was fortunate enough to tour Disney’s magnificent Cinderella exhibit in the flesh recently, and it was sheer magic. Stepping inside the realm of that fairy tale kingdom, as imagined by […]

Bad Hair Review

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A tight knit and brutally honest essay on familial conflicts and the complications of living a Western dream in an environment of limited possibilities.Nine year old Junior is on the war path with his mother. What else is new? The ageless story of kid versus parent is told again, this time in the tough streets of the projects in Caracas, Venezuela. His mother, Marta, has lost her job and is in the process of giving up every shred of self-respect she has to get it back. Since her husband died she has no money, no skills and two children to […]

The Yes Men Are Revolting Review

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Then, again, so are many corporations.When Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno launched their “Survivaballs” into New York’s East River to protest the lack of an effective United Nations climate change policy, they were not surprised when legal action ensued (“Yes, just stay to the left of the machine gun…”). In fact, they have been threatened with law suits dozens of times, although all have been dropped, so far.In this film of the irrepressible hijinks of the two reigning kings of the political prank, The Chamber of Commerce initiated yet another law suit in search of revenge for the […]

‘The Blues House’ Documentary Film with Dave Stewart in Post-Production

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Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart has signed on as executive producer for The Blues House, a feature length documentary about the searches that went on in the 1960’s for legendary blues singers who had recorded during the Depression before being driven into retirement.Multi-media entrepreneur Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics (“Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This],” “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “Would […]

Christopher Nolan On Real Science Behind Interstellar

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Did you ever think, ‘Crap. I have a plot that involves both a wormhole and a black hole?’- No, I had a moment with the draft where I went, ‘Holy crap, I’ve got six wormholes and five black holes.’ So I said, ‘No, we can do one black hole and we can do one wormhole, and that’s pushing it.’ – Christopher NolanIn a continuation of an exclusive Q&A from the November issue, WIRED’s special guest-editor Christopher Nolan, along with astrophysicist Kip Thorne, explains the real science behind his blockbuster film Interstellar. Below are excerpts from WIRED that highlight their discussion […]

Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey Airs Nov. 15 At Egyptian in LA, Details VIDEO

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Movie Picks: True Story of one Woman’s unfaltering dedication to introduce Buddhism to the West debuts at the 17th Annual ARPA International Film Festival At the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 15, 2014Connected Pictures brings the North American premiere of Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey, a never-before-seen look into the real-life awe-inspiring story of one courageous woman’s (Hannah Nydahl) dedication to introduce Buddhism to the western hemisphere.The screening takes place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 12:30PM as part of the 17th Annual ARPA International Film Festival. The film has been nominated for the festival’s […]

Camp X-Ray Review

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A lean and mean essay on human bondage, a minimalist examination of living life to the least.Peter Sattler’s directorial debut is as bare and exposed as a prisoner in a cell. A stripped down film about warehousing human beings and waiting for the next step. The next step for the inmate is release, and it may come sooner than the next step for the jailer. In the meantime the guards become the guarded and sometimes the prisoners have more freedom. At least so it seems.Kristen Stewart plays PFC Amy Cole, a desperate twenty-something who joined the Army to escape the […]

Writers Review

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Screenwriting bromedy that shows Bollywood is not that much different than its American counterpart.Dulal is the brains and Mainak is the street smarts in Amit Masurkar’s flighty bromedy screened at the 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Like most screenwriters, these two need that one big break to make it into the big time. Actually, these two need holy water from the hands of a hundred virgin angels to write their street address. But that is not important, where there is a will, there is a way. If they can do it with women, they can do it with producers.Well, […]

Interstellar Review

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A combination of spectacular special effects, marginal physics and grindingly slow treacle, McConaughey pulls this one out of the fire.Christopher Nolan’s $165 million IMAX space lollapalooza is all the better for starting in the most modest of environments. It is some time in the future, some place in the American Midwest. Things are not going well, according to the elderly respondents. Blights are decimating okra (a blessing to some) and closing in on corn which threatens the very core of mankind: the MacDonald’s shake. Crop diversity is decreasing and the remaining strains are at risk for even a weak-kneed virus.Then […]

Gum the Enemy? Andrew Nisker’s Dark Side of the Chew At Planet In Focus

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Enviro-Film Maker Andrew Nisker Takes On Chewing Gum WastePlanet In Focus Film Festival, Toronto Sunday November 9th 2014 at 6P.MEco filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s about to raise alarms regarding a pervasive daily habit many of us share. His latest documentary The Dark Side of the Chew closing the 15th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival this Sunday lifts of the veil off gum pollution. It’s a complex problem that like smoking is widespread and initially seemed innocuous but does great harm to our health and environment.  Nisker opens by asking people on the street if they’re currently chewing a piece of gum. […]

The Heart Machine Review

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A disturbing love story set in the unforgiving world of the Internet.Writer/director Zachary Wigon’s essay on the vicissitudes of internet love starts innocently enough. A quiet, intimate conversation in the privacy of Cody’s (John Gallagher Jr. – HBO’s “The Newsroom,” and “Short Term 12”) East Village apartment with a possible significant other. The woman is Virginia (Kate Lyn Sheil – Netflix “House of Cards,” “Your Next”), and her end of the intimate, semi-clothed chat is coming from Berlin. The two appear to be quite compatible and a meeting is in the offing.Then a confusing camera cut throws us off and […]

Robert Pattinson on Early Fame and the Hollywood-Obsessed Maps to the Stars

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Robert Pattinson appears in his second film with Canada’s king of  darkness, David Cronenberg. He’s an aspiring actor who is really a chauffeur in Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg’s searing satire on Tinseltown.  Pattinson’s performance shows that, as in Cosmopolis, Cronenberg pushes him to new heights as an actor and adds new and surprising elements to his repertoire. The onetime teen heartthrob from the Twilight era is gone, what we see now is a grown man with talent, breaking down barriers and exploring new depths. M&C spoke with Pattinson at the Toronto International Film Festival.                                                                                                         Robert Pattinson in Maps to […]

Before I Go To Sleep Review

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A lot of emotion but not enough screenplay to keep things moving even for the spare 92 minute run timeNicole Kidman gives it her best shot but there is simply not enough going on in Rowan Joffe’s psychological drama to make it work. The lack of plot is aggravated by the bizarre use of jarring loud noises and the guessing games the audience goes through trying to understand the story. Perhaps this effect is to knock the audience off balance so that they appreciate how off balance Kidman’s character is, but the effect is wasted. Instead of helping the tedious […]

Nightcrawler Review

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A flighty but spectacular walk on the mean streets of the new media.Having written the screenplay for “The Bourne Legacy” and other hits, Dan Gilroy apparently decided to take the plunge and try his hand at directing. His debut with “Nightcrawler” may be one of the most spectacularly successful first efforts seen for some time. This is helped, in large measure, by the riveting performance of Jake Gyllenhaal as nebbish video news reporter Louis Bloom. Casting is critical to the success of any picture. Whether it is just coincidence that Bloom’s character fits Gyllenhaal like a glove, or whether it […]

Jake Gyllenhaal on Nightcrawler – Newsgatherer as Predator

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Jake Gyllenhaal ‘s superb performance as a morally challenged TV news cameraman is pure minimalist intensity. His character Lou Bloom is fascinated by true crime and haunts scenes around LA.  Bloom takes his cues from the news videographers he sees vying for the most graphic footage at crime and accident sites.  He realises that taking up a camera for a local TV newsroom is  lucrative and puts him in the eye of the LA underworld.  He’ll stop at nothing to get his footage; he crosses over the professional threshold and becomes a news predator, taking what he wants, incapable of de-escalating.  […]

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure: Vacationing Family Finds Their Father is a Coward!

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The bitingly brilliant Force Majeure is a  dark comedy that shakes the bedrock of conventional  family values, and the social fabric.  Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund sets us up with an average family on vacation in the French Alps.  Father, mother and two children are about to enjoy “quality time” with one another, their first chance in a long while, because the father works so hard.  They’re relaxing together eating breakfast,  gazing majestic snowy peaks and looking forward to a good day of skiing and togetherness.  But everything changes in a flash and when an avalanche strikes.  We spoke with Östlund about this modern morality […]

A Short Chat with Keanu Reeves on Why John Wick Is So Good

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John Wick is such a visceral and active film and its about vengeance fulfilled. It’s a good kick in the head!A date movie! I think the movies fun and you go on a ride, certainly a journey. He’s a mythical assassin, he falls in love, gets out of the dark world, and then she dies. What you’re speaking about it is this idea of reclaiming, I don’t want to say revenge in an Old World sense, the Old Testament, Greek mythological idea, the underworld of criminals with their codes and honour, the idea of causality, and dealing with the past and […]

7 Days of 7: The Road to ‘Furious 7′ Starts Here DETAILS

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Because of the ‘Furious” franchise fans, their saga has grown bigger and better with every chapter.In just 7 days, they will reveal the first trailer for our their installment – FURIOUS 7 – at The Road to Furious 7: Trailer Launch Event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles!They want to share this moment with all of their fans around the world. For those of you not able to attend in person, you’ll be able to follow a live broadcast starting at noon Pacific on the Fast & Furious Facebook page and on E!. For those in the Los Angeles area, […]

John Cusack Stars in David Cronenberg’s Hollywood Satire Maps to the Stars

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                                                                                                     John Cusack broke out young in phenomenally successful John Hughes projects and has managed to sustain a successful career since, more than 30 years. He’s learned a lot of lessons about Hollywood.   And that’s why he lives in Chicago.  We spoke with Cusack during the Toronto International Film Festival about early fame and movie stars in light of his latest role in David Cronenberg’s black comedy Maps to the Stars.  Working with young actor Evan Bird who plays a spoiled young actor in the Justin Bieber mould took him back to his own bittersweet experiences.                                                                                                                                                                                               Evan Bird and […]

Diplomacy Review

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A friendly discussion of life and death passes the time as the Allies storm the last Nazi defenses of the City of Lights.After watching Volker Schlöndorff’s (Oscar-winning German director of “The Tin Drum”) touching, scary and occasionally funny rendition of an imaginary meeting that decided the fate of Paris you may never watch “My Dinner With Andre” in the same way again. Meeting in the last hours before the Allies’ WWII liberation of Paris, Swedish consul Raoul Nordling (André Dussollier) and Nazi Général von Choltitz (Niels Arestrup) debate the practicalities, sensibilities, mandates and options of turning the gem of Europe […]

The Canal Review

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Spirits in restrooms, blood from the walls and a hand cranked camera add up to something, but we are not sure what.Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) smells a rat. Maybe it is that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) seems distracted by her business associate Alex (Carl Shaaban) and seems to be pulling away from David. That could be because she is having an affair with Alex. Then, again, it could be because David is having these recurring dreams of rivers of blood coming out of the walls. Or, it could be that she saw “The Shining” and is afraid her […]

Citizenfour Review

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Enter the real life world of spy craft and believe the truth is stranger than fictionAlmost a year and a half after filmmaker Laura Poitras’ and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden his name has become a household word. Snowden contacted Poitras and asked her to be a part of that historic meeting from the first day that he began telling his incredible story to Greenwald. This is the film of that original first week of interviews and the firestorm of controversy that began soon afterwards.As a highly skilled computer systems contractor working for the NSA, Snowden […]

John Wick Review

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Down and dirty revenge flick with a cast of guns that rivals the actorsDirectors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski team up with screenwriter Derek Kolstad to produce a roller coaster of mayhem starring Keanu Reeves as semi-retired hit man John Wick. Trying to do the right thing, Wick is traumatized into bloody action when the mob rips away his last ties to anything resembling a normal life. There is little time for a back story in this movie and even less for a lot of touchy-feely character development. It is punching, kicking, stabbing and a lot of point blank gunplay […]

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Leaks – Updated Trailer Released Officially

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Update – The trailer has now been released by Marvel, check it out below.The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has leaked online ahead of its supposed release next Tuesday, during Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The trailer is over 2 minutes long and shows Ultron tearing up some of Stark’s bots and previews the Hulk and Hulkbuster battle.Leaked pics from the #Avengers #AgeofUltron trailer coming next Tuesday. Its a first look at Ultron and Hulkbuster. pic.twitter.com/7nQiS8CEVw — Noahtak (@Avatar_Fanatics) October 22, 2014Some pretty stunning visuals and well worth a watch while it is online, we suspect it might get pulled or […]

Avengers: Age Of Ultron Stills

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We have added some stills from Marvel’s forthcoming adventure Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Age of Ultron will see Tony Stark try to kick-start an old peacekeeping program only to find things do not go quite to plan and The Avengers have to fight Ultron and stop his plans reaching their conclusion. The movie is due out in the USA May 2015, further info can be found here. Check the pics below: