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Can Black And White Movies Still Have The Same Effect They Used To?

Black and white movies will probably never again have the same cultural impact they once did. That’s because, as studies have indicated, many people thirty years old and younger refuse to see movies not in color. So accustomed are their eyes to Technicolor spectacles that a lack of color has become too great an aesthetic challenge. They view black and white films as belonging to their grandparents’ generation, as unfashionable and backwards.This helps explain it more. And Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr-20-13

Is Anne Hathaway The Next Julia Roberts?

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Is Anne Hathaway The Next Julia Roberts?

While there are no sure things in life or in Hollywood, the popular actress Anne Hathaway stands an excellent chance of becoming the next Julia Roberts. Indeed, the similarities between these two actresses are striking.

Anne, like Julia, was a movie star by her early twenties. Both actresses scored initial hits starring in modern-day fairy tales: Julia in “Pretty Woman” (1990), Anne in “The Princess Diaries” (2001). (And both “Pretty Woman” and “Princess Diaries” were Read the rest of this entry »

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Gigli was filmed in 2003 starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. The movie is about a lesbian criminal, a mentally retarded fellow and a hit man with a big heart. The three characters become close friends through a hostage situation. As you can tell, the story line is probably the worst concept ever. The movie was filmed during the time that Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were dating.

The movie was a flop and did not do well at all at the box office. It was rumored that the movie was filmed solely to bring more Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan-13-12

Putting the Movie Back in Movie Channels

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Certainly HBO/Cinemax, Showtime/TMC and Starz/Encore are familiar names in households across the country, offered by nearly every service provider. However, while name recognition is alive and well, the differentiation between these channels in the mind of common consumers leaves plenty to be desired. All are what you would call “premium movie channels,” but as fans of film above all else, which of the Big 3 stays truest to this moniker? Let’s take a look.

1. Starz/Encore With arguably the best selection of movie channels on the market, Starz grades out as the best choice for movie lovers simply because it chooses to focus more on movies. What it lacks in terms of portfolio diversity (you won’t find any Starz Sports Specials), it makes up for by doing one thing and doing it well. Though in recent years Starz has branched out somewhat recent years, in an attempt to match the success of HBO and Showtime original series, Starz currently broadcast only 4 such shows. The Starz Super Pack gives subscribers access to Encore as well, specializing in blockbuster Hollywoodmovies.

2. Showtime/TMC Showtime’s original series are entertaining and well-done, if you are into that sort of thing, and Showtime’s movie selection is top notch. The Movie Channel provides some additional balance with a blend of major releases and less heralded titles deserving more recognition. Perhaps the biggest gripe is the issue of timeliness, as newly released movies are subject to a longer time frame before making their way from the big screen to your TV screen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr-29-11

Who Is The Best Actor Today?

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The best actor can vary as there is such a wide range of talented people to choose from, but with being nominated and receiving several awards including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2004 with his role in The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio has earned his title as the greatest actor of our time. His international fame started with his role in Titanic, still making it one of the highest grossing movies in the world, but his growing success only skyrocketed from there. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s only natural for a parent to think highly of their own children. Physical flaws, social anomalies and lack of talent are overlooked when it comes to a parent’s expectation of their little pumpkin. It must be especially bizarre for celebrities whose children are in a precarious position of following in their Superstar Mom or Dad’s footsteps. Case in point: Coppola’s grave mistake of having cast his daughter in Godfather: Part III.

Granted, she has Read the rest of this entry »

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Citizen Kane is one of the best films ever made. The Welles/Mankiewicz script, which won an Academy Award, weaves the story around flashbacks, present day, and, as a result, gives a glimpse of the future. The actual script is as detailed as any literary work, not simply a collection of shots and dialogue.

The other thing that strikes me every time I watch Kane is the photography, which also won an Oscar. There is no wasted space in any frame Read the rest of this entry »

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