Posts Tagged ‘ film ’

Brendan Fraser to Play William Tell in 3D

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May 5, 2011
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The upcoming family action film William Tell: 3D, will see Brendan Fraser play the title character. Til Schweiger is set to play a feared local dignitary, Hermann Gessler. Anna Paquin is in discussions to play the role of Tell’s wife. William Tell was a 14th century marksman and folk hero in Switzerland. After refusing...
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Bill Murray to Play FDR

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May 5, 2011
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It’s just been confirmed that Bill Murray will play the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the upcoming historical drama called, Hyde Park On Hudson. The film, based on a British radio play, is set in the summer of 1939. The original play was written by Richard Nelson and centers on a weekend visit by...
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Thing With Two Heads

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April 28, 2011
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In some rooms men meet together to change the world. In others, they meet to produce some of the most gloriously awful B-Movie ideas of all time. With a concept to rival that of Surf Nazis Must Die! (1987) comes The Thing With Two Heads (1972). The film is a relatively simple idea that is easily...
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Dogtooth: A Review

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April 22, 2011
Dogtooth: A Review

By Larry McCloskey Dogtooth is a modern nightmare basked in glorious Greek sunshine. It stealthily slid its way out of the independent cinemas last year and onto DVD. It also found itself nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. The story is relatively uncomplicated. A pair of controlling parents isolates their children...
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Source Code: A Review

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April 20, 2011
Source Code: A Review

By Larry McCloskey It has become all too popular in the last year to describe any action film with an ounce of intelligence as “Inception meets “. The quote is then plastered all over the poster of said film and the studio reaps the financial benefits of a misled audience. Luckily, the Source...
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French Animators, Kanye West and Knee-jerk Reactions: Why “All Of The Lights” Is Not A Case Of Plagiarism

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April 7, 2011
French Animators, Kanye West and Knee-jerk Reactions: Why “All Of The Lights” Is Not A Case Of Plagiarism

When the video for Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” hit the Internet it was almost guaranteed to cause controversy. The man never fails to achieve at least some outcry in everything he does. Within moments of it’s release, bloggers were at their keyboards claiming foul play on the part of the video’s director...
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Cedar Rapids: Feel-Good Vulgarity

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March 25, 2011
Cedar Rapids: Feel-Good Vulgarity

The latest film from indie director Miguel Arteta (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl) is reminiscent of a Frank Capra film, but with a lot more sex jokes. If it were written by one of the screenwriters in Robert Altman’s brilliant film The Player, the pitch might have been: “Think Mr. Smith Goes To...
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The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins’ Sci-Fi Trilogy Coming To The Big Screen

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March 19, 2011
The Hunger Games: Suzanne Collins’ Sci-Fi Trilogy Coming To The Big Screen

Written by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a Science Fiction novel targeted at young adults. It is the first book in a trilogy; the second novel is called Catching Fire, followed by the third book Mockingjay. The three books have already been adapted for the big screen by screenwriter Billy Ray. The director...
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Parlez-Vous Foreign?

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March 17, 2011
Parlez-Vous Foreign?

It struck me immediately after seeing a trailer for The Next Three Days (2010) that it was remarkably similar to a movie released in cinemas almost 18 months earlier. A bit of quick research after arriving home confirmed suspicions that this film is one of an increasing number of “English language remakes”. But why remake...
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Hollywood Production Deals Back On The Rise

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March 14, 2011
Hollywood Production Deals Back On The Rise

Hollywood producers can all breathe a sigh of relief because harmful cost cutting by the major studios appears to have abated, albeit for the time being. In the past six months, production deals at the major studios have increased by 5% to a total of 152. Big names like Roy Lee, Darren Aronofsky, John...
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The Disappearance of Alice Creed: A Limerick Review

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March 13, 2011
The Disappearance of Alice Creed: A Limerick Review

There once was a girl named Alice, Tied up all day she could not piss, Twists and turns occur, And sadly for her, The film is a bit hit and miss. Larry McCloskey is a writer for The Big Screen as well as a contributing author to A&E Playground. Contact the Author: LarryMcCloskey@ArtsandEntertainmentPlayground.com
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Revival Of The Western Genre

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March 12, 2011
Revival Of The Western Genre

In both its classic and hybrid forms, the western was pronounced dead. But now a new generation of filmgoers are welcoming it back, prompting a rebirth of the western genre, albeit in hybrid form. Hero Complex examined the search for the new old west in Hollywood. It looked at Rango (2011), which is filled...
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Why Spain is so Appealing to International Filmmakers

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March 6, 2011
Why Spain is so Appealing to International Filmmakers

Imagine a country with attractive private finance, excellent facilities and locations, some of the hottest filmmaking talent in the world, along with generous national and regional subsidies. Well there’s no need to imagine, all this currently exists in Spain. Denis Pedregosa, vice president of productions at Kanzaman films said, “International producers that come and...
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