Hot Movies to Catch!

Posted by publisher | Entertainment | Friday 17 June 2011 11:41 pm

Article by James Gevork of Starstruck Extreme

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon has just been released this past week and flocks of people have already watched it and it has already hit the box office status.  The much awaited third movie from the Transformers franchise did not disappoint fans. Megan Fox did not return as Mikaela Banes but Victoria’s Secret model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley comes in to play Sam Witwicky’s love interest. She plays Carly Spencer, the original character from the cartoon which Mikaela Banes was based on.  The third movie sees Sam Witwicky, played by actor Shia Labeouf, freshly out of college, with a new job and a new girlfriend, as well as another Decepticon plot to rule the universe to tear down. Catch Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon in theatres near you!

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Monte Carlo is another movie which opened this past weekend. It stars Disney Channel’s star Selena Gomez, Gossip Girls’ Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. It is set in Monte Carlo and tells of a story about a girl who assumes an heiress’ identity when she is mistaken for the heiress. This is a definitely fun movie to watch with your tweens.

Zookeeper is another movie to watch out for. It is set to come out in July 8th. It stars funny man Kevin James with Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb. It’s a story about animals breaking their code of silence and decides to talk to help their Zookeeper find love. Definitely a fun family movie, catch it when it comes out in theatres on July 8, 2011.

Steven Spielberg Set to Make “Wikileaks” Movie

Posted by publisher | Movie Reviews | Wednesday 6 April 2011 12:28 am

Steven Spielberg, in securing the screen rights to the book known as Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy written by two prominent Guardian journalists is all set to have his studio oversee the productions of the movie.

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The book has been written as an investigative thriller along the lines of “All the President’s Men” carefully documenting the life of Julian Assange right from his childhood all the way to the creation of the infamous Wikileaks website in 2006.

It also meticulously documents the close and secretive relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks, and their collaboration which is considered by many to be one of the greatest journalistic scoops for a long time to come. Along with this, there is detailed coverage of the leak of almost 250000 secret cables that were released in December 2010.

While this project in no doubt undertaken by DreamWorks, Spielberg’s company, there are other projects that are also underway to cover this story in the form of a documentary by Alex Gibney and a biopic that is based on a New York article by Raffi Khatchadourian and that will be co-produced by HBO and the BBC.

In comparison to these projects, DreamWorks version seems to be in the initial stages since it requires a screenwriter, a cast and a director. And while Julian Assange fighting with an extradition order to Sweden where he has to deal with sexual abuse allegations, there is little doubt that this movie will raise a lot of eyebrows and get attention from moviegoers everywhere.

The Life of Movies

Posted by publisher | Movie Reviews | Saturday 15 January 2011 2:49 am

What better way to escape reality than to dive into the realm of movies? When you first step foot into the theatre and the lights are down, the ability to forget about the world outside the doors becomes effortless. Time is lost and the mind is freed from the pressures of reality. The characters plights become more important than your own, and the movie takes hold of you. For a few hours, buttery popcorn and bubbly soda help you slide away from any worries you may left at the ticket counter.

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People have enjoyed going to the movies for over a century. The first movies were a series of photographs shown in rapid progression to create movement. Once motion picture cameras were invented, more life like movement shaped an entrancing experience for the first audiences. Eventually sound and color were added to bring the entire event to life. With today’s advancements in computer generated imaging, movies take on a whole life of their own.

The general public has long been entertained by the motion pictures they delight in, as well as the actors and actresses who play their favorite roles. Magazines, tabloids, and television shows are always out to capture the artists in any given situation. From marriage to child birth, and especially throughout the process of bad decision making, the public loves to read and hear about the lives of Hollywood Stars.

The entertainment value of motion pictures and those who create them will always be on the rise.

Furious 7 Becomes Highest Grossing Sequel in Just 10 Days, Box Office Earnings Indicate

Posted by admin | Movie Reviews | Wednesday 1 April 2015 5:03 am

While Fast & Furious 6 took 15 weeks to accumulate $238.6 million at the box office, the latest installment of this franchise only took about 10 days to achieve the same feat.

Universal already sees Furious 7 bringing in another $60.6 million over the second weekend, which yet again, are numbers that more than suggest an improvement over Furious 6.

This figure, over the second weekend, is the third-best when it comes to a sophomore session for a movie that is playing prior to summer. Better still, its earnings are close to the top 2 movies at the box office now, and which include American Sniper and Alice in Wonderland.

One reason why these figures have shown an improvement is because of the movie’s availability at IMAX and large-format venues that have amounted to 14% of revenues posted for the second weekend. Previously, when Furious 6 was released in May 2013, Star Trek Into Darkness held a vice-like grip on most of the large format brand’s screens.

At the domestic box office, the South Central and West parts of the United States are indicating strong play and where repeat viewing is also boosting ticket sales. Analysts say that Furious 7 could make as much as $375 million just at the domestic box office.

Apart from this, DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Home’ as well as 20 Century Fox’s ‘The Longest Ride’ are in second and third place by taking in $19 and $13.5 million.

As for Furious 7’s figures, they rank 12th in a list of movies for all-time best second weekend earnings at the domestic box office.

Practical Tips for Distributing Your Film

Posted by admin | Entertainment | Sunday 29 March 2015 9:53 am

Summary: The movie industry is tough, but these tips will help you get your film in front of interested audiences.

As any actor living in Hollywood can tell you, it’s one of the most competitive places and industries in the world. Getting noticed here takes some outside the box thinking, and good attention-grabbing work. As you begin to consider distribution for a film you’ve made, you’ll want a strategy that gives you maximum exposure for the smallest amount of money. Here are some thoughts on how to do that.

Film Festivals

Film festivals are a great place to meet people who are influential in the industry. You’re likely to find critics and executives all networking and coming together for great movies. The unfortunate part is the cost, but it may be wise to factor it into your marketing budget. A festival release provides important feedback and credibility to a film.

Applying for Awards

Bigger awards require you to be considered, but there are several smaller and reputable awards that take applications from anyone who meets the requirements. If your film wins any awards, use it as part of your selling tactic. Build the idea that your film has some interest behind it.

YouTube

YouTube and its ilk can be your best friend. It’s surprisingly simple to upload trailers and videos to YouTube. Theaters charge money for this privilege, which still has value, but YouTube makes it easy to connect with users via social media. That improves your chances of your trailer turning into a viral hit.

You might consider distributing your film further, to communities that might be interested in it. Reddit is a great example. You can host an “IAMA” or just post your trailer in an appropriate subreddit.


 

Bio: The Matthau Company is owned and managed by Charlie Matthau, a director and producer based in Los Angeles. The Charlie Matthau Company is best known for “The Grass Harp,” but Charlie Matthau also directed “Her Minor Thing” and the recent Elmore Leonard adaptation “Freaky Deaky.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will work on the new Fraggle Rock, a kids’ show from the 80s

Posted by admin | Movie Reviews | Sunday 15 March 2015 12:22 am

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will take on a role in a reworking of the 80s show, Fraggle Rock, as revealed by the Hollywood Reporter.

Given his involvement, it looks like this project which has been trying to get off the ground since 2010, will finally a new cast and director and most definitely, a fresh start.

Being a kid’s show that ran from 1983 to 1987 in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada as well, this show, much like The Muppets, was created by Jim Henson.

The original series was set in a cave where three species of humanoids lived: the Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs and where the first species were the show’s protagonists.

The series itself was placed within a cave where the other two species, namely the Doozers were tiny creatures resembled tiny construction workers while the Gorgs were the largest of the lot and considered the Fraggles as pests.

This film has been given the go ahead given the success that the 2011 The Muppets movie has had and which was based on yet another show by Jim Henson. The Muppets movie introduced a whole new generation to Kermit the Frog, Little Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear while also winning the 2012 Oscar for Best Song. This led to another sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, also hit cinemas in 2014.

What remains to be seen is which role Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to take as that hasn’t been made clear as yet. This new version of Fraggle Rock is being produced by The Henson Co and the production company New Regency.

4 Things about the Way Academy Members Vote

Posted by admin | Education | Sunday 15 February 2015 12:23 am

For starters, it’s very clear that the manner in which the Academy members voted, Selma was only watched by 1 in 10 members.

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In a series of interviews with these members, carried out by Scott Feinberg, here are four things that revealed how Academy members actually vote:

#1: Hollywood Liberals are Conservative

While most members scoff at the idea of the industry being run by Jews and hippies, they also believe that they shouldn’t vote for a movie [like Selma] just because it has black people in it.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to movies such as American Sniper where they can separate politics from film making.

#2: Films shouldn’t be warm and cuddly

Not only are Academy members not for movies that get people riled up but they don’t enjoy the rough stuff either. Given how one member reacted to Nightcrawler, it’s clear that any movie involving rape, murder, domestic abuse and even psychological advice does not qualify.

#3: Craft, instead of quality, matters

A number of members make positive comments about Boyhood which deals with the subject of a boy becoming a man – a coming-of-age movie. While it does seem emotionally rich enough to deserve an Oscar, most members want it to get one based on ambition alone. And this is because the director, Richard Linklater, took twelve to bring his vision to fruition.

#4: Don’t Watch All the Best Picture Films

In digging up a few stats, it was revealed that both Selma, Whiplash and The Theory of Everything was missed by 7-10% of Academy voters. Of course, the most-seen flick was Birdman with only 2% of voters missing this one. Come to think of it: if the voters themselves miss the biggest critical hits of the year, this doesn’t help movies in short film and foreign categories. By the way, the voters are personally sent all the Best Picture films by DVD.

How to Approach a Script for the First Time

Posted by admin | Entertainment | Tuesday 10 February 2015 9:45 am

Written by: Charlie Matthau

Summary: These tips will help you create a film within your designated budget.

Low-budget filmmaking is exploding, but it’s one of the most challenging fields to enter without financial sense. Films with anywhere from a few thousand to a few million dollars all struggle with the same basic concept: how to stay on budget. Here are some tips on helping you work within your designated budget.

Plot the Story Beats

The first step is to plot out your script, which helps inform other aspects of the shoot. Finding critical scenes helps establish where your story takes place and how difficult a particular scene may be. It also gives a sense of the special effects and challenges that may be involved with post-production. Fewer location changes means less money spent on travel expenses and permit costs.

Make an adjustment to the script that accommodates fewer location changes. Try to make your impact on the script bare minimum, maybe only one or two changes. Every change costs you, so consider whether paying for a change is worth it.

The great news is that low-budget films tend to be character studies. This means few over-the-top action sequences and more dialogue. These films tend to attract big names too, so don’t be afraid to shop your project around when you’re trying to cast the film. Talk with the screenwriter as well. They may have thoughts on who a certain character is played by, which always helps in securing talent. Paying for one or two bigger names may provide some recognition and notability to your film.

The most important tip is to be a people person. Be willing to work with people, but be firm on set. Create a plan for your production and stick to it.


 

Bio: The Charlie Matthau Company produces film and television shows for various genres. Charlie Matthau is best known for his adaptation of Truman Capote’s “The Grass Harp,” and the Matthau Company will produce the upcoming “Mexican High” TV show.

How to Embrace the Limitations of Indie Filmmaking

Posted by admin | Entertainment | Monday 26 January 2015 3:56 pm

The reality of movie making is that a film can go wrong for reasons entirely out of your control. It might be poor marketing, a bad script or a lack of funds. Whatever the reason, your early films are not going to have the pure polish that you have come to expect from film greats.

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That’s easy to say, the challenge is accepting that and still working hard to produce something amazing.

Funding is one area where the process can go wrong quickly. You may find it nearly impossible to find funding from big-time donors for an early film. Don’t kid yourself. There have been films financed by small contributions from families of the director for ages. Robert Rodriguez funded his early film Desperado by donating his blood and taking his production south of the border.

Casting is another area where things can go awry, especially as you aim for higher star power. People’s schedule’s change and they have their own opportunities to attend to. If you can’t get production going fast enough, for whatever reason, you may lose actors. That also starts chain reactions, where some actors may drop your project because they see others doing the same.

In the end, the reason you make films is to get paid for creativity. Filmmaking is an incredible amount of stress, especially when it comes to dealing with people. As you wrap production for the day, tired and unsure of what the finished product will look like, know that you have the capacity to make something you can be proud of.


 

Charles Matthau is the director of Freaky Deaky, and the Charles Matthau Company will produce the upcoming TV series “Mexican High.” To find out more about the projects of Charles Matthau, contact the Matthau Company.

5 Movies in 2015 That Will Entertain You and More

Posted by admin | Movie Reviews | Sunday 11 January 2015 12:16 am

Even if the movies released in 2014 were fabulous, the movies in 2015 are going to blow you out of the water.

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Simply put, here is a list of 5 movies in 2015 that is sure to provide you with that entertainment fix that you’ve probably looking for:

#1: American Sniper

Even if The Jersey Boys was a disappointment, Clint Eastwood has not hung up his hat yet, thanks to taking up directing duties in capturing the life of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) on camera, America’s most lethal sniper ever, in this flick.

#2: Kingsman: The Secret Service

This movie is another comic adapted for the screen with Michael Vaughan taking up directing duties. As for the plot, it involves the recruitment of Targon Egerton by Colin Firth, an upper-class spy, into a top secret spy agency. Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain – something that we’d all like to see.

#3: Focus

Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) and Will Smith feature in this romantic comedy that has the making of a slick thriller as well, as the directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love seem to be taking it very seriously.

#4: Avengers: Age of Ultron

To be released on April 23, this is the 11th movie in the Marvel franchise that will see the Hulk, Iron Man, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch as well as villains such as Klaw and Ultron. It seems as if this flick with be a hit with the fanboys.

#5: Pitch Perfect 2

Much like the first movie, this one will also feature involve comedy and a cappella music. While the first one made Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick’s careers, this one will feature the Barden Bellas fighting for glory on the world stage.

Leaked Sony Emails – Potential Releases and Future Movies Plans Through 2017

Posted by admin | Movie Reviews | Tuesday 23 December 2014 5:26 am

With a number of Sony Pictures executive emails being leaked online, information about rumored movie projects has been revealed to all and sundry.

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Quite interestingly, a 21 Jump Street and Men in Black crossover is in the works along with a collaboration between Django Unchained and Zorro.

In the cyber attack directed at Amy Pascal and Steve Mosko, a number of drafts of future movie plans as well as release schedules spanning from now to the year 2017.

Having said that, here’s a list of movies scheduled for release in both 2016: Uncharted, Sinister, Ghostbusters, Angry Birds, Mib/Jump Street, Greyman, Winter’s Knight, Fifth Wave, Inferno, Billy Lynn, Baby Driver and Little Woman.

As for 2017, the movies slated for release are Cleopatra, Spiderman, Django Unchained/ Zorro, Bond, Ghostbusters, Jump Street, Monkeys and Girl Team Up.

Other emails which detail out plans for the future list movies such as The Craft, a Barbie film, Lisa Joy, Sausage Party, Pride and Prejudice Zombies as well as Grown Ups 3.

More accurately, an email dated Nov. 16 provided information about Sony’s potential releases in the future with a sequel to Salt, Smurfs and Hotel Transylvania in the works apart from a Jumanji reboot.

Scripts for both a sequel to “The Equalizer” as well as the Sinister Six Spiderman movie were expected in December for which the former is scheduled for a fall 2016 release.

Finally, for the Jump Street movie, it looks like Sony is considered the 3D format for “23 Jump Street” along with a PG-13 rating.

Freaky Deaky Film Review

Posted by admin | Entertainment | Tuesday 9 December 2014 11:52 am

Freaky Deaky is that Saturday night movie flick you put on with a bag of popcorn, hoping for a good time. Billy Burke stars as Chris Mankowski, a bomb-squad detective who spends the first few minutes of the film calmly walking away from an explosion in typical 70s action hero style. Except, he’s not a hero the way we might identify one. He’s lazy, under motivated and not very likable. That is until Sabina Gadecki enters the picture, all legs and intrigue. She is the femme fatale, the victim of a sex crime that our man Mankowski is tasked with solving.

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This is one part love story, one part gangster movie, one part Pulp Fiction. It’s got a solid script penned by Charles Matthau with creative input from Elmore Leonard. Matthau also handles the direction, which seems haphazard until the final moments of the film when things finally tie together. The bright spots here are the actors, who are all names you’ll recognize but not names that headline. Michael Jai White has expert comedic timing alongside Crispin Glover, playing sidekick to Glover’s apathetic money man. One thing is for sure, someone is about to lose it all and Jai White is looking for the right opening.

3 Things That You Should Know About Selma

Posted by admin | Entertainment | Tuesday 11 November 2014 3:28 am

With the new MLK movie up for release titled ‘Selma’, a recent workprint that was shown to reviewers was found to be compelling enough, not because of the storyline but also because of the subject matter involved.

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And this is despite the fact that the viewers are already aware of the outcome…

That said, here are a few impressions that they should also keep track of until the movie releases:

#1: The Movie Ends Really Well

This is one of those movies that makes you feel as if it is worthy of an Oscar. Two of the things that stand out about this movie is the powerful oratory skills of MLK as well as the non-violent resistance movement that he initiated. Yet it also refers to times that we are in despite being a historical movie. That, for most people, is Oscar award winning material.

#2: Not a Traditional Biography

In the way in which Lincoln unravels the way he abolished slavery, Selma seeks to do the same for Martin Luther King. During his battle for voting rights, a number of figures such as Johnson and Malcolm X make their presence felt but the focus never shifts from this at all.

#3: Taken from Official Sources

The story has been taken from official sources. In fact, a number of President Johnson’s conversations with his visitors at the Oval Office have been taken from official transcripts. The King’s speeches are also what you would find online.

#4: David Oyelowo Really Stood Out

Oyelowo, in his study of the King, found him to be a very private person who not only was surprised by movie cameras but also fought quietly with his wife so as to not wake up the children. Quite different, and rather publicly, he comes across as a man who argues strongly against a corrupt and inhuman system.

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