Jul 31, 2010

Transformers 3: Behind the Scenes


Title: Transformers 3: Behind the Scenes in Chicago
Duration: 0:50 seconds
Description:Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes her acting debut in Transformers 3.EXPLOSIONS, DESTRUCTION AND A TRANSFORMERS WAR ARE ALL PART AND PARCEL OF MICHAEL BAY'S TR...

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes her acting debut in Transformers 3.





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Miranda Kerr's Sexy Lingerie Video


Title :Miranda Kerr's Sexy Lingerie Video For Victoria's Secret
Duration :0:58 seconds
Description :Miranda Kerr strips down to her lingerie for a new Victoria's Secret ad. Plus honeymoon details with her new hubby Orlando Bloom!

Date :27/07/2010

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Jul 29, 2010

Box Office Movie: Despicable Me (2010)


Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
Theatrical Release: Jul 9, 2010 Wide
US Box Office: $161.3M

Synopsis: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the... In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal's new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.

Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Danny R. McBride, Jemaine Clement, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Ken Jeong, Danny McBride

Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Distributor: Universal Pictures

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Treasures From American Film Archives (4 Volumes, 2000-2009)


For silent and experimental film fans, four box sets dedicated to the most historically important American moving images.

Treasures From American Film Archives
Extensive info at Silent Era
This info from The National Film Preservation Foundation:

Academy Film Archive, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences™
Luis Martinetti, Contortionist (1894, 1 minute), peepshow kinetoscope of the Italian acrobat made by the Edison Co.
Caicedo, King of the Slack Wire (1894, 1 minute), the first film shot outdoors at the Edison Studios.
The Original Movie (1922, 8 minutes), silhouette animation satire on commercial filmmaking, by puppeteer Tony Sarg.
Negro Leagues Baseball (1946, 8 minutes), footage featuring Reece "Goose" Tatum, the Indianapolis Clowns, and the Kansas City Monarchs.

Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks
The Chechahcos (1924, 86 minutes), first feature shot entirely on location in Alaska.

Anthology Film Archives
Rose Hobart (1936, 19 minutes), artist Joseph Cornell's celebrated found-footage film.
Composition 1 (Themis) (1940, 4 minutes), Dwinell Grant's stop-motion abstraction.
George Dumpson's Place (1965, 8 minutes), Ed Emshwiller's portrait of the scavenger artist.

George Eastman House
The Thieving Hand (1908, 5 minutes), special-effects comedy.
The Confederate Ironclad (1912, 16 minutes), Civil War adventure, here accompanied by the original music score, in which the tough heroine saves the day.
The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912, 14 minutes), social problem drama about a tattered newspaper boy who yearns for a better life.
Snow White (1916, 63 minutes), live-action feature of the Brothers Grimm tale starring Marguerite Clark.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928, 13 minutes), avant-garde landmark created by James Sibley Watson, Jr., and Melville Webber from Poe's short story.

Japanese American National Museum
From Japanese American Communities (1927-32, 7 minutes), home movies shot by Rev. Sensho Sasaki in Stockton, California, and Tacoma, Washington.

Library of Congress
Demolishing and Building Up Star Theatre (1901, 1 minute), the time-lapse demolition of a New York building, preserved from a paper print.
Move On (1903, 1 minute), Lower East Side street scene, preserved from a paper print.
Dog Factory (1904, 4 minutes), trick film about fickle pet owners, preserved from a paper print.
Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909, 5 minutes), special-effects fantasy of a tormented smoker, by the Vitagraph Company.
White Fawn's Devotion (1910, 11 minutes), probably directed by James Young Deer and the earliest surviving film by a Native American.

Minnesota Historical Society
Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (1939, 14 minutes), small town portrait by amateur filmmakers, Dr. and Mrs. Dowidat.

Museum of Modern Art
Blacksmithing Scene (1893, 1 minute), first U.S. film shown publicly.
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903, 1 minute), comic sketch with celebrated early editing.
Interior New York Subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. (1905, 5 minutes), filmed by Biograph's Billy Bitzer shortly after the subway's opening.
Hell's Hinges (1916, 64 minutes), William S. Hart Western about a town so depraved that earns its own destruction.
The Lonedale Operator (1911, 17 minutes), D.W. Griffith's race-to-the-rescue drama, starring Blanche Sweet.
Three American Beauties (1906, 1 minute), with rare stencil color.

National Archives and Records Administration
We Work Again (1937, 15 minutes), WPA documentary on African American re-employment, including excerpt from Orson Welles' stage play of "Voodoo Macbeth".
The Autobiography of a Jeep (1943, 10 minutes), the story of the soldier's all-purpose vehicle, as told by the jeep itself.
Private Snafu: Spies (1943, 4 minutes), wartime cartoon for U.S. servicemen, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Dr. Seuss.
The Battle of San Pietro (1945, 33 minutes), celebrated combat documentary directed by John Huston.
The Wall (1962, 10 minutes), USIA film on the Berlin Wall made for international audiences.

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
From The Keystone "Patrician" (1928, 6 minutes), promotional film for new passenger plane.
From The Zeppelin Hindenburg (1936, 7 minutes), movies by a vacationing American family made on board this famous lighter-than-air-craft, one year before its destruction.

National Center for Jewish Film
From Tevye (1939, 17 minutes), American Yiddish-language film, directed by Maurice Schwartz, adapted from Sholem Aleichem's stories.

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
From Accuracy First (ca. 1928, 5 minutes), Western Union training film for women telegraph operators.
From Groucho Marx's Home Movies (ca. 1933, 2 minutes).

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
From Beautiful Japan (1918, 15 minutes), early travel-lecture feature by Benjamin Brodky.

New York Public Library
From La Valse (1951, 6 minutes), pas de deax from George Balanchine's 1951 ballet, featuring Tanaquil Le Clercq and Nicholas Magallanes and filmed at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Battery Film (1985, 9 minutes), experimental documentary of Manhattan, by animator Richard Protovin and photographer Franklin Backus.

Northeast Historic Film
From Rural Life in Maine (ca. 1930, 12 minutes), footage filmed by Elizabeth Wright near her farm of Windy Ledge, in southwestern Maine.
From Early Amateur Sound Film (1936-37, 4 minutes), scenes of family life captured by sound-film hobbyist Archie Stewart.

Pacific Film Archive
Running Around San Francisco for an Education (ca. 1938, 2 minutes), early political ad, shown in San Francisco theaters, that helped win approval of local school bonds.
OffOn (1968, 9 minutes), Scott Bartlett's avant-garde film, the first to fully merge film and video.

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Her Crowning Glory (1911, 14 minutes), household comedy, with comic team John Bunny and Flora Finch, about an eight-year old who gets her way.
I'm Insured (1916, 3 minutes), cartoon by Harry Palmer.
The Toll of the Sea (1922, 54 minutes), Anna May Wong in an early two-strip Technicolor melodrama, written by Frances Marion, and here accompanied a performance of the original music score.
The News Parade of 1934 (10 minutes), Hearst Metrotone newsreel summary of the year.
From Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939, 8 minutes), excerpt from a concert film, reconstructed from newsreels, outtakes, and radio broadcast materials.

West Virginia State Archives
From West Virginia, the State Beautiful (1929, 8 minutes), amateur travelogue along Route 60.
From One-Room Schoolhouses (ca. 1935, 1 min), amateur footage from rural Barbour County.

4 DVDs
DVD RELEASE: May 10th, 2005 (First Edition 2000)
SCREEN: Various from (Picture boxed) 1.15:1 to Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
COLOR: Black & White/Colour
AUDIO: Dolby Digital 2.0 (Mono)
LANGUAGE: Silent/English
RUNTIME: 642 minutes
FILE SIZES: 6.64/7.34/6.54/7.09GB

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Jul 28, 2010

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)


Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Citti
Release Year: 1976
Italian title: Salò O Le 120 Giornate Di Sodoma

A manifesto for perversion and evil

As Allied forces began their final push to control Italy, a group of Fascist leaders in Salo, Northern Italy, (the last bastion of Nazism left in Italy) who knowing their time is limited, decide to bow out with a bang. Their plan is to kidnap local boys and girls, the sons and daughters of so called Communists in the community in order to subject them to the utmost degradation while at the same time satiating their own evil vices.

The four main leaders gather at a palatial country house and draw up their perverted plan down to the utmost detail. The kidnapped youths are told that they can forget being rescued as their families believe they are dead, they are here to be degraded by those in authority and that they will be punished if they look at a member of the opposite sex and that anyone resorting to any religious activity will be executed.

Each day the captives and their captors gather in the great hall where one of three mature ladies of ill epute, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom salo1 300x184 dramaall Madames from local brothels, each take their turn to regale them with a detailed erotic tale from her past, this is designed to get everybody sexually aroused for the coming orgies. These youths initially show some rebellious traits, but these are quickly curtailed, as they are continually subjected to degradation, humiliation, debauchery and rape, but these are some of the lesser evils inflicted on them and by the end its difficult to tell the youths from their captors, as the rapists are themselves raped while in the midst of their dastardly deed, their hedonistic transformation complete.

Each stark and sterile scene seems to have been framed with a geometric fervour and the continual bombardment of harsh and disturbing visuals is juxtaposed brilliantly against the beautifully simple piano arrangements and sumptuous strings of Ennio Morricone’s orchestra. Pasolini takes up the story at De Sade’s request where he had left off, De Sade in his unfinished book asking the reader to finish the story themselves and this Pasolini does with gusto and glee. Pasolini had long courted controversy in his career, touching on controversial subjects, being a homosexual and also a strong anti fascist, which is ironic because his father was a hero to the fascists, as he had once saved Benito Mussolini’s life. He had long been scorned by the Catholic Church because of his lifestyle and beliefs but received somewhat of a reprieve from them after his film THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST MATTHEW was released, which the church surprisingly praised as a fine tribute to the man, but it wasn’t long before he was back on controversial topics such as Salo. Sadly Pasolini for his troubles never actually lived to see Salo’s official release as he was brutally murdered before hand, by a male prostitute amidst rumours of a Mafia hit. Pasolini’s homosexuality is perhaps one of the reasons the film is labelled in some circles as nothing more than arty gay porn and yet there is also plenty of heterosexual content, so it’s a moot point, but there are many gay scenes within and the film as a whole and it does have a preponderance towards, nay, a continuous homage towards the buttocks and anus, which are given an exalted position at the expense of both sexes genitalia, so if one is in anyway leaning towards homophobia this film should be given a miss.

Pasolini’s most controversial film is loosely based on some equally controversial writings, Dante’s INFERNO and De Sade’s incomplete 120 DAYS OF SODOM. The film echoes these writings and is split into three parts, The Circle of Manias, The Circle of Shit and The Circle of Blood, with each subsequent section becoming more vile, although it’s the second section, a sickening banquet, that will stand out and live long in the memories of all who lasted the pace. The final segment gathers a pSalo, or the 120 Days of Sodom salo2 300x186 dramaace as the allied bombers become louder and the captors seek the ultimate satisfaction when all the hell of the “Inferno” is unleashed in a brutal final scene of sadism that is virtually a portmanteau of all the most gruesome scenes in Horror movie history, it’s a scene that can leave no doubt in the viewers mind, that the captives are in the Hades/Hell of De Sade‘s imagination.

Pasolini’s film has a justified reputation as a disturbing film and despite its exploitation excesses it is a remarkably well crafted film, exquisitely filmed by long time collaborator Tonino Delli Colli (perhaps best known as Leone’s DP on IL BUONO, IL BRUTTO, IL CATTIVO).

The film is also noted by many critics as dull or boring, for my own part I found it riveting, as the film wastes no time in getting down to the dirty shocking deeds and continues to surprise and shock with every reel, a “Filet de Cinema”. The film is a manifesto for perversion and evil and how under the right/wrong circumstances it could be brought out in us all.

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Jul 24, 2010

Movie Review: Sex Is Comedy (2005)


Synopsis: How true! Film director Jeanne (Anne Parillaud) is obsessed with directing a young actress (Roxane Mesquida) and actor (Gregoire Colin) in a dicey and... How true! Film director Jeanne (Anne Parillaud) is obsessed with directing a young actress (Roxane Mesquida) and actor (Gregoire Colin) in a dicey and difficult sex scene. Aided and abetted by her loyal assistant director, Leo (Ashley Wanninger), Jeanne is hell-bent on getting the scene right, without compromising her "art." Written and directed by Catherine Breillat.

Starring: Anne Parillaud, Gregoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger

Starring: Anne Parillaud, Gregoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger, Dominique Collandant, Dominique Colladant, Bart Binnema, Elisabete Piecho, Yves Osmu, Francis Seleck, Diane Scapa, Ana Lorena, Claire Monnatte, Arnaldo Junior, Elisabete Silva, Bruno Ramos, Alfredo Ramalho, Julia Fragata, Jose Cascais, Claire Monatte

Director: Catherine Breillat

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Lesbian Short Film Festival (VVAA, 2006)


Wolfe proudly presents "The Ultimate Lesbian Short Film Festival" featuring 10 short films full of intrigue, fantasy, suspense, and of course, sex! Short films include: Dani & Alice, A Woman Reported, Frozen Smile, everything Good, Saint Henry, Blow, Transit, Half Laughing, Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street and The Black Plum.

BLOW (2001) directed by Marie Craven (7 mins., Australia)
In this clever comedy, a teenage girl finds that coming out just might be the only way to overcome her sneezing fits

The shorts

A WOMAN REPORTED ... (2004) directed by Chris J. Russo (5 mins., USA)
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival. Moira Kelly (The West Wing, One Tree Hill) stars in this thriller about the moments that occur just before a hate crime, inspired by the Ambrose Bierce short story An Incident At Owl Creek Bridge.

DANI AND ALICE (2005) directed by Roberta Marie Munroe (12 mins., USA/Canada)
Lesbian icon Guinevere Turner (Go Fish) co-stars with Yolanda Ross (Stranger Inside) in this taut drama that depicts the final hours of an abusive lesbian relationship.

FROZEN SMILE (2005) directed by Silas Howard (7 mins., USA)
From the co-director and star of By Hook Or By Crook, comes this delightfully absurd comedy about three generations of women who convene to pay tribute to the family's late patriarch.

EVERYTHING GOOD (2004) directed by Elizabeth McCarthy (17 mins., USA)
An American woman suffering from doubts about her attractiveness orders up some sex with a broad while abroad in Amsterdam, and discovers the true meaning of beauty.

SAINT HENRY (2004) directed by Abigail Severance (19 mins., USA)
Ashleigh Ann Wood (Bloodknot) stars as a girl named Henry who enlists her gay best pal (Max Van Ville, The Standard) to help search for her father in this moody and gorgeously produced drama.

BLOW (2001) directed by Marie Craven (7 mins., Australia)
In this clever comedy, a teenage girl finds that coming out just might be the only way to overcome her sneezing fits

TRANSIT (2003) directed by Kerry Weldon (4 mins., USA)
In the middle of the night, a woman is riding a subway train heading downtown when she exchanges glances with an alluring stranger. Will it change her life?

HALF-LAUGHING (2003) directed by Michelle Ehlen (12 mins., USA)
A lesbian with a buzz cut returns home for a family funeral and must deal with her homophobic mother.

TINA PAULINA: LIVING ON HOPE STREET (2005) directed by Barbara Green and Michelle Boyaner (10 mins., USA)
A riveting and inspirational documentary portrait of a Latina lesbian living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

THE BLACK PLUM (2006) directed by Meredyth Wilson (15 mins., USA)
A poignant, evocative fantasy about a young tomboy's journey away from her restrictive home. Stars Kip Pardue (Loggerheads, Thirteen, But I'm a Cheerleader).

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When You're Strange (2009)


When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors (2009)
English | BRRip XvidHD 720p-NPW | AVI | XviD 1280x720 3499Kbps 23.976fps | AC3 640Kbps 6CH 48KHz | 1hr 25mn | 2.48GB
Genre: Documentary | Music
IMDb rating: 7.5/10 (476 votes)
Director: Tom DiCillo

PLot: A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

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When You're Strange


Directed by: Tom DiCillo
Starring: The Doors , Johnny Depp

Unhappy with what Oliver Stone did to Jim Morrison and the Doors in his 1991 biopic? Here?s the doc for you. Director Tom DiCillo avails himself of archival footage as Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore leave their musical mark on the 1960s. Clips from a film Morrison made of himself in the desert are alone worth the price of ?admission. Since the movie was first shown at Sundance in 2009, DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) has tightened the pace and brought on Johnny Depp to replace him as narrator. Good choices. New fans and old will find the experience hypnotic.

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Jul 23, 2010

Top Movie This Week:Last Year at Marienbad


"Didn't we meet at Marienbad last year?" an unnamed man asks an unnamed woman. So begins one of the most confusing (and frustrating) movies ever made. Two people are at a French château. One says they know each other. The other denies it. Back and forth they go, over and over, while director Alain Resnais' camera endlessly stalks the château's spooky corridors. All the while, organ music blasts out at unpredictable moments. Some well-dressed people stand in a sunlit garden. They cast shadows. The triangle-shaped trees surrounding them do not. There appears to be no plot. It's all very dreamlike. What is this movie about?

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Jul 22, 2010

How to Structure a Film Script


Good scriptwriting starts with structure. Learning when and where to insert plot turns and act breaks can take years...unless someone has already done the work for you

Writing film scripts isn’t just about talent, creativity and hard work. Underpinning the drama, the emotion, and the conflict inherent in all good scripts is a standardised yet flexible structure of critical plot points called beats.

The nine critical beats every script should contain include:

1. The opening image (Act 1 begins)
2. The introduction
3. The catalyst
4. The big event (Act 2 begins)
5. The midpoint or pinch
6. The crisis (Act 3 begins)
7. The showdown or finale
8. The resolution
9. The final image.

Act 1: Setting the Scene Using the Opening Image

The opening image must locate the film in a reality and ensure that the audience are aware of the film’s genre, style and mood. For example, a film set in Los Angeles may begin with shots of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard and The Hollywood Sign. If the picture is a comedy, the audience might also see a man, dressed like a female, chasing a Chihuahua down the street. If it’s a thriller, the audience would be more likely to see a detective (the hero) meandering toward a coffee shop in search of a doughnut.

Writing a Great Introduction

After the opening image, the screen writer must set-up the world. All major characters should be introduced (including the antagonist) and the hum-drum of their daily lives exposed. The theme and main character’s flaw should also be revealed (although one or both may not be obvious) and all of this should occur within the first 10 pages.
The Importance of the Catalyst

The catalyst is the first tremor of the earthquake to come: the set-up for the payoff. The main character will often be unaware that a critical event has occurred, but once in motion the ramifications of the catalyst cannot be avoided. The result is the big event.
Act 2: the Big Event Must be Catastrophic

The big event must turn the hero’s world upside down and ensure that life can never be the same. In the film Titanic, it’s the iceberg. In Law Abiding Citizen, it’s Ames horrific death by lethal injection. In Star Wars, it’s the death of Luke’s aunt and uncle.

The Midpoint and its Effect on Pace

The midpoint should be positioned in the middle of the film and signify to the audience that the ante is about to be upped. After the midpoint, the character must commit to the course of action required to restore balance to their world and/or overcome whatever obstacle stands in the path of success. Unfortunately for the hero, this committal must be rebuked by a series of complications to ensure that the character suffers in order to grow. To exacerbate the intensity of the complications, the screen writer should also increase the pace of the script from the midpoint until the conclusion.
The Crisis: the Ultimate Test of Character

The crisis signifies the potential end of the road for the hero character. By overcoming the crisis, which is the moment when the character appears defeated and vulnerable, the character is able to demonstrate his or her strength and an ability to emotionally grow. This emotional growth is called an arc, and all of the characters in the film should arc, except for the villain.
The Resolution: the Will to Change Saves the Day

The resolution is the physical manifestation of the crisis. The hero must finally recognize and address the inner fault preventing him or her from success. The inner fault is often revealed as the theme and, once overcome, will allow the hero to conquer the broken aspect of their character to face-off against the antagonist.
The Showdown or Finale

The hero, emboldened by the acceptance to change, is finally in possession of the strength and knowledge required to defeat the villain. In its simplest form, it is the hero’s ability to change that finally grants him victory over his enemy: the antagonist is doomed to repeat the same mistakes because he or she lacks the ability to embrace change.
Setting the New Scene Using the Final Image

The final image must contrast the new world against the world of the opening image. It’s a vivid visual indicator to the audience that the world has changed for the better thanks to the hero.

Applying the nine beats listed above will ensure that a screen play contains all of the required plot turns to become a successful film. However, to gain a better understanding of how beats can be applied, and many other intricacies of writing for film and television, readers are encouraged to seek out the works of Syd Field, David Trottier and Blake Snyder.

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Jul 21, 2010

Writing A Movie Script


To be successful, one needs to have the talent and abilities for both writing and marketing. As you write and polish your script, it is very important to remember that a screenplay does not have the ability to stand on its own as a novel can. Rather, it is to be used as a tool to attract a star, a successful director, and an accomplished producer and then made into a movie.

There are numerous books and material available for those who are interested in knowing how to write a movie script. These provide the reader with valuable and useful tips on creating interesting characters, scripting powerful dialogues and scenes, crafting winning ideas, transforming an appealing story idea into an exciting movie script, sharpening the script, ironing out any flaws and, most importantly, delivering a professional looking script. The script should leave an indelible mark upon the minds of the spectators.

Online tutorials are available on various websites that offer quick and relatively low-priced lessons on scriptwriting. These also provide information on how to get started in the movie business, how to market your work, how to get in touch with the right people and so on. If one has the necessary talent and abilities, these tutorials and lessons can give further aid on learning the technical aspects of scriptwriting.

Another important aspect of learning to write interesting scripts is to read a lot of magazines, journals, newspapers, and novels. This enables them to broaden their horizons and be better informed about the world and the people in general. It will also help them to understand the society better. Understanding the society is another very important aspect of scriptwriting, since eventually they make movies for an audience that is from the same society.

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Movie Review: Zaniness rules in `Ramona and Beezus'


Little kids and tweens — girls, specifically — will probably eat up "Ramona and Beezus," or at least be suitably amused by it.

They won't be troubled with things like a lack of plot or narrative momentum. It won't bother them that a character's hair gets awkwardly hacked up after a battle with peanut butter, then appears magically restored to its original length soon afterward. They won't think twice about the fact that a backyard is covered with gaping, muddy holes after a massive water fight and pipe explosion, then is miraculously landscaped to perfection in a day.

Speaking of a day, that's apparently how long it takes to organize a wedding for dozens of guests, including altering a gown to fit a bride who's several inches shorter than the woman who walked down the aisle in it the first time.

This all sounds like uptight, grown-up nitpicking, probably. But it's also a reflection of a weakness in storytelling, which is sad given the strength of the source material.

"Ramona and Beezus" is based on Beverly Cleary's beloved children's books, which have been around for more than 50 years and vividly capture the playfulness and awkwardness of youth. Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay's script features tales from several of Cleary's books, and as a result it feels like a series of individual episodes — both madcap and heartrending — rather than a cohesive story with any real drive. Elizabeth Allen, who also directed "Aquamarine," plays up the antics for maximum wackiness, and they're amplified by the uncharacteristically jaunty, intrusive score by Mark Mothersbaugh.

Newcomer Joey King has a likable way about her, though, as the high-spirited, accident-prone Ramona Quimby. She's a natural young actress, and she even gets a chance to show some range in a couple of tearjerker moments. But the repeated fantasy sequences, which depict her imaginative interior world, have an intentionally rough-hewn aesthetic and end up looking more cheesy than charming.

Back in the reality, the movie follows the adventures of the 9-year-old, her teenage sister, Beezus (Disney star Selena Gomez), baby Roberta, dad Robert (John Corbett) and mom Dorothy (Bridget Moynahan). Ramona's Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) seemingly has no job because she's around constantly to lend the sweet-but-clumsy middle child support. This is also a good thing, though, because Bea's subplot with next-door neighbor Hobart (Josh Duhamel) is probably the most intriguing aspect of the movie — at least for anyone over the age of 12. Bea and Hobart were high-school sweethearts; 15 years later, he wants her to accompany him to Alaska. Goodwin and Duhamel (who co-starred in "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!") are extremely cute together and have tons of chemistry — but most of their moments are upended by Ramona's silliness.

She ruins Hobart's car by spilling paint all over it in a rainbow of colors. She nearly burns down the kitchen trying to make dinner. She can't even do show-and-tell right in class (Sandra Oh has some deadpan zingers as her strict teacher). Then she falls though the upstairs floor and into the living room while a real estate agent is showing the Quimbys' house.

Yes, the family may have to move from their idyllic Portland neighborhood when dad's job gets downsized, and mom's part-time job isn't enough to keep the family afloat. Ramona tries to help raise money, which always ends up in disaster. In theory, this could have been useful for families to watch together if they're going through similar troubles in these trying economic times. Instead, "Ramona and Beezus" opts for cliches — right down to playing "Walking on Sunshine" during an obligatory zany montage.

Kids and grown-ups both deserve smarter entertainment.

"Ramona and Beezus," a Fox 2000 Pictures release, is rated G. Running time: 104 minutes. One and a half stars out of four.


Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G — General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG — Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG-13 — Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R — Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 — No one under 17 admitted. [AP]

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Coming Soon: Enemies of the People (2010)


In 1974, Thet Sambath's father became one of the nearly two million people who were murdered by the Khmer Rouge when he refused to give them his buffalo. Sambath's mother was forced to marry a Khmer Rouge militiaman and died in childbirth in 1976, while his eldest brother disappeared in 1977. Sambath himself escaped Cambodia at age 10 when the Khmer Rouge fell in 1979. Fast forward to 1998, and Sambath, now a journalist, got to know the children of some senior Khmer Rouge cadre and gradually earned their trust. Then, for a decade, he spent weekends visiting the home of the most senior surviving leader, Nuon Chea, aka Brother Number Two under Pol Pot.

"But he never used to say anything different from what he told Western journalists," says Sambath, "I was low-ranking, 'I knew nothing, I am not a killer.' Then one day he said to me 'Sambath, I trust you, you are the person I would like to tell my story to. Ask me what you want to know.' For the next five years he told me the truth, as he saw it, including all the details of killing." Sambath also won the confidence of lower-level Khmer Rouge soldiers, now ordinary fathers and grandfathers, who demonstrated for him how they slit people's throats. It was the first time these murderers admitted what they had done. He taped their interactions, and together with British documentarian Rob Lemkin created this landmark film.

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: A young journalist, whose family was killed by the Khmer Rouge, befriends the perpetrators of the Killing Fields of Cambodia genocide, evoking shocking revelations.
Genres: Art/Foreign and Documentary
Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Release Date: July 30th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
International Film Circuit
Production Co.:
Old Street Films
Produced in: Cambodia

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Jul 17, 2010

Movie Review: Inception (2010)


Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the best in the dangerous art of extraction: stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible--inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse; their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime.

But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Duration: 2 hrs. 28 min.
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producer: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 16, 2010
Writer: Christopher Nolan

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Jul 8, 2010

Memory and Popular Film


Taking Hollywood as its focus, this timely book provides a sustained, interdisciplinary perspective on memory and film from early cinema to the present. Considering the relationship between official and popular memory, the politics of memory, and the technological and representational shifts that have come to effect memory's contemporary mediation, the book contributes to the growing debate on the status and function of the past in cultural life and discourse.

By gathering key critics from film studies, American studies and cultural studies, Memory and Popular Film establishes a framework for discussing issues of memory in film and of film as memory. Together with essays on the remembered past in early film marketing, within popular reminiscence, and at film festivals, the book considers memory films such as Forrest Gump, Lone Star, Pleasantville, Rosewood and Jackie Brown.

Paul Grainges, "Memory and Popular Film"
Manchester University Press | ISBN 0719063752 | September 6, 2003 | PDF | 224 Pages | 1.2MB

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100 Greatest Film Themes


This is an absolute must-own for all film fans! Unlike many film soundtrack collections this contains some of the best and most indispensible tracks, including probably the best recording of "Duel of the Fates" ever.


CD1: 1939 - 1961
01. 20th Century Fox Fanfare And Cinemascope Extension (?) (0:21)
02. Gone With The Wind (Tara's Theme) (1939) (4:20)
03. Casablanca (As Time Goes By) (1942) (3:05)
04. Gertrud Huber - The Third Man (The Harry Lime Theme) (1949) (2:22)
05. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin') (1952) (2:32)
06. The Dambusters (March) (1954) (3:53)
07. N.Y. Jazz Orchestra - The Man With The Golden Arm (Main Theme) (1955) (1:50)
08. Around The World In 80 Days (Around The World In 80 Days) (1956) (3:25)
09. The Bridge On The River Kwai (March) (1957) (4:09)
10. The Big Country (Main Theme) (1958) (2:53)
11. North By Northwest (Overture) (1959) (3:21)
12. Ben-Hur (Parade Of The Chariotees) (1959) (3:39)
13. A Summer Place (Young Love) (1959) (2:18)
14. The Magnificent Seven (Main Theme) (1960) (4:52)
15. Psycho (Main Theme / Murder) (1960) (3:00)
16. Exodus (Overture) (1960) (4:24)
17. Breakfast At Tiffany's (Moon River) (1961) (3:11)

CD2: 1962 - 1968
01. Lawrence Of Arabia (Overture) (1962) (4:24)
02. Hatari (Baby Elephant Walk) (1962) (2:26)
03. Dr. No (The James Bond Theme) (1962) (1:57)
04. Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra - The Pink Panther (The Pink Panther Theme) (1963) (2:48)
05. The Great Escape (Main Title) (1963) (2:17)
06. 633 Aquadron (Main Title) (1964) (2:58)
07. Zorba The Greek (Zorba's Dance) (1964) (4:21)
08. Doctor Zhivago (Lara's Theme) (1965) (3:18)
09. Born Free (Born Free) (1966) (2:35)
10. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Main Title) (1966) (2:53)
11. Casino Royale (Theme) (1967) (2:33)
12. The Thomas Crown Affair (The Windmills Of Your Mind) (1968) (3:01)
13. N.Y. Jazz Orchestra - Bullitt (Main Theme) (1968) (2:39)
14. Romeo And Juliet (Love Theme) (1968) (2:43)
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Also Sprach Zarathustra) (1968) (1:51)
16. Twisted Nerve (Main Theme) (1968) (1:30)

CD3: 1968 - 1978
01. City of Prague Philharmonic - Once Upon a Time in the West (Jill's Theme) (1968) (6:08)
02. City of Prague Philharmonic - Midnight Cowboy (Midnight Cowboy) (1969) (4:00)
03. City of Prague Philharmonic - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Raindrops keep fallin' on my Head) (1969) (3:12)
04. City of Prague Philharmonic - Love Story (Love Story) (1970) (4:49)
05. N.Y. Jazz Orchestra - Dirty Harry (Main Title) (1971) (3:13)
06. City of Prague Philharmonic - Summer of '42 (Summer of '42) (1971) (3:38)
07. City of Prague Philharmonic - The Godfather (Speak Softly Love) (1972) (2:45)
08. Keith Billik/Derek Smith - Deliverance (Duelling Banjos) (1972) (3:06)
09. Mark Ayres - The Exorcist (Tubular Bells) (1973) (3:30)
10. City of Prague Philharmonic - Jaws (Main Title) (1975) (2:17)
11. City of Prague Philharmonic - Barry Lyndon (Sarabande) (1975) (4:09)
12. City of Prague Philharmonic - Taxi Driver (Main Theme) (1976) (3:21)
13. London Soul Singers/London Screen Orchestra - Rocky (Gonna fly now) (1976) (2:54)
14. City of Prague Philharmonic - Star Wars: A New Hope (Main Theme) (1977) (4:38)
15. City of Prague Philharmonic - Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Main Title / Resolution and Finale) (1977) (6:43)
16. City of Prague Philharmonic - The Deer Hunter (Cavatina) (1977) (3:19)
17. City of Prague Philharmonic - Superman (Main Theme) (1978) (4:16)

CD4: 1979 - 1990
01. Greatest Film City Of Prague Philharmonic - Star Trek: The Motion Picture (End Titles) (1979) (2:10)
02. Somewhere In Time (Somewhere In Time) (1980) (6:14)
03. Mark Ayres - Chariots Of Fire (Titles) (1981) (3:32)
04. Raiders Of The Lost Ark (The Raiders March) (1981) (2:07)
05. E.T. The Extraterrestrial (Bicycle Chase & End Credits) (1982) (4:41)
06. Mark Ayres - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence) (1983) (4:45)
07. The Natural (The Natural) (1984) (5:38)
08. Once Upon A Time In America (Deborah's Theme) (1984) (4:45)
09. Back To The Future (Main Theme) (1985) (3:27)
10. Out Of Africa (Main Theme) (1985) (4:28)
11. Jean De Florette (Jean De Florette) (1986) (3:25)
12. The Mission (Gabriel's Oboe) (1986) (2:22)
13. Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme) (1988) (3:34)
14. Batman (The Batman Theme) (1989) (3:07)
15. Dance With The Wolves (The John Dunbar Theme) (1990) (2:31)
16. Edward Scissorhands (Main Title) (1990) (2:35)

CD5: 1990 - 1998
01. Ghost (Unchained Melody) (1990) (3:43)
02. Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (Main Title) (1991) (3:03)
03. 1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1492: Conquest Of Paradise) (1992) (5:08)
04. The Last Of The Mohicans (Main Title) (1992) (2:39)
05. Jurassic Park (Suite) (1993) (6:01)
06. Dan Head - True Romance (You're So Cool) (1993) (3:46)
07. The Piano (The Heart Asks Pleasure First) (1993) (3:45)
08. Schindler's List (Schindler's List) (1993) (4:04)
09. Il Postino (Girl On A Bicycle) (1994) (4:38)
10. The Shawshank Redemption (End Titles) (1994) (3:42)
11. Braveheart (End Titles) (1995) (4:39)
12. William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (The Balcony Scene) (1996) (5:42)
13. The English Patient (As Far As Florence / Rupert Bear) (1996) (4:08)
14. Dragonheart (Main Themes) (1996) (4:33)
15. Airforce One (Main Title) (1997) (1:50)
16. Titanic (My Heart Will Go On) (1997) (5:04)
17. Saving Private Ryan (Hymn To The Fallen) (1998) (6:04)

CD6: 1999 - 2006
01. Eyes Wide Shut (Waltz No. 2 From Jazz Suite No. 2) (1999) (3:54)
02. Rick Clark - American Beauty (Any Other Name) (1999) (3:55)
03. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Duel Of The Fates) (1999) (4:09)
04. Gladiator (Now We Are Free) (2000) (4:26)
05. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (The Fellowship) (2001) (5:52)
06. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (Hedwig's Theme) (2001) (4:51)
07. Spiderman (Main Theme) (2002) (4:48)
08. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (Suite) (2003) (4:37)
09. The Girl With The Pearl Earring (Griet's Theme) (2003) (4:22)
10. Les Choristes (Les Choristes) (2004) (1:31)
11. Passion Of The Christ (Resurrection) (2004) (4:57)
12. Memoirs Of A Geisha (Sayuri's Theme & End Credits) (2005) (5:09)
13. Munich (Prayer For Peace) (2005) (4:20)
14. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (Suite) (2005) (4:50)
15. Wallace And Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Theme And Chase) (2005) (3:31)
16. Brokeback Mountain (Suite) (2005) (4:09)
17. The Da Vinci Code (Chevaliers De Sangreal) (2006) (4:10)

VA - 100 Greatest Film Themes 6CD (2007)
FLAC+LOG+CUE -> 1,96 Gb
Label: Silva Screen Records | Genre: Classical | 100 tracks

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Jul 6, 2010

Upcoming Movie: The Kids Are All Right


'The Kids Are All Right is the heartfelt new comedy from acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. Two teenaged children (Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska and Journey to the Center of the Earth's Josh Hutcherson) get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Bening and Moore) have built for them. Once the donor (Ruffalo) is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined, and re-re-defined. The New York Times raves that it's "a generous, nearly note-perfect portrait of a modern family," and Entertainment Weekly calls the movie "funny, smart and sexy!"

Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson

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Jul 3, 2010

Capt. America as Propaganda Tool


Left-minded staffers at Marvel can't resist the urge to use new issue of Captain America to promote anti-Middle America sentiment.

Ed Brubaker, writer for Marvel working on "Captain America" - Two Americas has denied his involvement in a political jab that was written into the comic book to be released soon. While that small aspect of the insult will be removed before the issue hits stores, the message itself is intact and waiting to be bought and internalized by readers everywhere.

I'm going to have to go on a bit of a rant here because, while I know that both political parties in this country are equally petty and capable of slander and libel, the left has media and entertainment in their back pocket. What does that mean for us? It means we get bombarded w/ anti-military, anti-middle America, anti-anything traditional propaganda on a daily basis even though it reflects the views of less than half of the U.S. population. It's called a bully pulpit and anyone w/ real conviction for their beliefs and a spine doesn't give their opinion from behind a camera or microphone or on the pages of a comic book... they do it face to face with their opponents and challenge them to a real debate.

While this is hardly new at Marvel (we had BHO featured in an edition of Spider-Man after he was elected), picking the Marvel Superhero who was SPECIFICALLY created to embody American Exceptionalism as a tool to criticize those members of our population who still believe in American Exceptionalism is in very poor taste. What's more, the fact that the perpetrators didn't even stop to think about that bit of hypocrisy, shows how out of touch they really are with the American public.

nd so it goes... "In issue No. 602 of Captain America, "Two Americas, Part One," the title hero and The Falcon, a black superhero from New York City, stumble upon a protest rally in Boise, Idaho. They see scores of protesters carrying signs that say "Stop the Socialists!" and "Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!"

Captain America says the protest appears to be an "anti-tax thing," and Falcon jokes that he likely would not be welcomed into the crowd of "angry white folks." (imagine if Capt. America had said something similar at say... an ACLU rally).

There's obviously more to the article beyond what I've already written that can be viewed at the source link but I'm going to go ahead and drop it now and see what you guys/gals think. [comicbookmovie.com]

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