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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Police Arrest Two For Intercepting Films In Piracy Scheme

Police said a 22-year-old Los Angeles receptionist stole copies of films sent to the accounting firm where she worked, which received advance copies of DVDs on behalf of a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. By K.C. Jones InformationWeek Dec 6, 2006 03:28 PM Police said 22-year-old Los Angeles receptionist Sheryl Demesa stole copies of films sent to the accounting firm where she worked and lent them to her cousin John Acas, also 22. The firm received the advance copies of DVDs on behalf of a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Demesa has been charged with second-degree burglary and embezzlement. Acas is accused of uploading the films to the Internet and selling them.

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Top 5 films of 2006

Though it suffered from some poor audience reception due to its "Tom Cruise is a nutjob" factor, the JJ Abrams directed spy-thriller is still easily the best of the series. Trumping even Casino Royale in sheer fun factor, MI:III suffered from none of the pacing problems plaguing its thematic cousin. With plenty of over-the-top stunts, a pseudo-intelligent plot-line and, hey, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, MI:III is a modern espionage classic. 4- Little Miss Sunshine Proving that there is some small glory in making a solid indie flick, Little Miss Sunshine swept the festival circuit so clean it was only a matter of months before its official theatrical release. With an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Greg Kinear and Alan Arkin, Sunshine proves that a heart warming ending is possible without a deus ex machina or cranking up the sap.

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Reviews of Bobby, Deck the Halls, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

There are much better family films that everyone can go to - including Flushed Away - that will prove to be be worth the price you have to pay for admission. Deck The Halls isn't a horrible movie, just a forgettable one. Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (Three and a half out of four stars) This is the hilarious tale of the birth of the world's greatest rock band known as Tenacious D. The story begins as a young Jack Black is not supported by his father (Meat Loaf) and is encouraged to leave home to pursue his dream of rock stardom by Ronnie James Dio, who comes to life through a poster to show the wannabe rocker the way. Soon Black meets up with Kyle Gass in California and is memorized by his guitar talents. Gass begins to train Black and the rest is musical history as Tenacious D is born.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Two Australian films head for Sundance

Two Australian feature films have been selected to screen at Robert Redford's 2007 Sundance Film Festival in the United States. Noise, featuring Love My Way star Brendan Cowell, and Clubland, starring Golden Globe winning actor Brenda Blethyn, beat more than 3,200 entries worldwide to secure a spot at the festival. The pair join 122 films selected to screen during Sundance, beginning on January 18 in Park City, Utah. Clubland's producer, Rosemary Blight, hopes their participation will propel Australian films further into the international spotlight. .

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A marriage of sports and films

The Sports Movies and TV Festival, which has been organised and promoted by Federation International Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS) since last 23 years, is now being held in Mumbai for the second year. Connectivity with any sports in the film, documentary or TV show is the basic requirement for any filmmaker or TV producer / director to participate in the festival. Festival director Ritesh Sinha says, The reason behind bringing this festival to India is to give a platform to young and talented filmmakers. A good idea that gets translated into a film is a dream come true for any young maker. This is the first film festival aimed at realising those dreams. We hope this festival, which is very popular in Italy, is well- received by the filmmaking and the sports community in India.

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Festival films to be screened at schools

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In an attempt to take cinema to the masses, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy will organise screening of festival films at schools, colleges and public places as part of the 11th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). As a prelude to the festival, the academy will screen films in different parts of the city. `Touring Talkies' will organise mini-festivals across the State after the IFFK, especially in the rural areas, which do not have access to international films. Children's films will be screened at select schools in the city from December 1 to 8. Films of popular Iranian directors Abbas Kiarostami's `Where is my friend' and Majid Majidi's `Children of Heaven,' Vittorio De Sica's `Bicycle Thieves,' Charles Chaplin's `The Kid' and such other films will be screened at schools.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

SFCC awards go to UN chief, blockbuster movie and LG

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- The Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul said Monday it has decided to award new U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, special effects blockbuster "The Host" and LG Electronics for their contribution to improving the image of South Korea abroad. PGA golfer Choi Kyung-ju and Lee Jung-hyun, whose music has transcended Korea and scored big in China, will also be awarded at the SFCC's year-end party at a hotel in downtown Seoul on Thursday. Ban was awarded in the category of society, and best picture went to Bong Joon-ho's "The Host," the story of a family's galling fight to save their daughter from the clutches of a monster residing in Seoul's Han River. "Dance if you feel like loving," a romantic-comedy musical, picked up an award in the performance category.

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In Movie Theaters the Week of

Based on the Christopher Paolini-penned bestselling fantasy novel about a youth whose discovery of a dragon egg leads him to become a knight and battle an evil king. The medieval-set tale revolves around a farm boy who learns he is the last of a breed of benevolent Dragon Riders, whose magical powers derived from their bond with the beasts. .

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Movie Review: Casino Royale And The Reinvention Of Bond

When critics say that Daniel Craig is the best bond since Sean Connery and closest to Ian Fleming's literary creation, are they reacting to minor changes in the Bond formula? After all, any Bond film made now has to take into account the MI series and the Bourne films, particularly the latter, which seem to have changed action movies forever? And isn't it time anyone making a Bond movie was influenced by Quentin Tarantino? Or took into account the newfound love for dark movies among both critics and audiences? Now, unlike in the sixties, everyone loves grey; black and white is pass. .

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

India's progress helped films to be noticed globally: Amitabh ...

The burgeoning economic progress of the country has given a huge fillip to Indian films globally, Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan has said. "I always believed that when a country does well economically, everything about it gets noticed - its dress, culture, language and the films", the 64-year-old actor said on Friday evening in London while launching the album of his latest film Babul , which will have a world premiere on December 8. .

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Wichita Film Festivals Inc. is hosting a mini film festival of four rarely seen classics to celebrate the 100th birthday of Louise Brooks, who left Wichita as an ambitious teen dancer and became an international cinema icon of the Jazz Age. All films will be shown in the Murdock Theatre in the 20th Century Center, 536 N. Broadway. The Thursday and Friday films begin at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday double feature begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 general admission, $5 students and seniors and $4 members. Brooks' nephew and niece, Dan Brooks and Roseanna Brooks of Wichita, will be special guests at Friday's screening and will speak with audience members beforehand. THURSDAY "Diary of a Lost Girl" (1929) German director G.W.

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TV and art films

Made in Japan. For aficionados of the Japanese cinema, there's plenty to marvel at again this week, mostly on IFC, where Akira Kurosawa's milestone Rashomon (1950; 6:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. Saturday) and the second chapter of Kinji Fukasaku's epic The Yakuza Papers: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973; noon Friday and 3:15 a.m. Saturday) which adds martial arts legend Sonny Chiba to its cast air. The cable network also adds Kon Ichikawa's Fires on the Plain (1959; 3:20 p.m. today), a grueling but also humanist examination of war's degrading effect on its pawns, the foot soldiers. Rarer still is Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another (1966; 2 a.m. Monday), which has its TV premiere on Turner Classic Movies. Starring Tatsuya Nakadai (Ran) as a disfigured man who receives a lifelike mask, the film is one of many Japanese movies that place post-Hiroshima existential isolation within a science-fictional context.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

MOVIE REVIEW: "The Nativity Story"

If you've ever gazed at Christmas cards featuring artworks of the great masters and wished those images would magically come to life, "The Nativity Story" is your kind of movie. Delivering a dignified account of the very first Christmas, "The Nativity Story" is earnest, reverent and indisputably well-meaning. .

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NEW! Josh Duhamel Hints at Transformers Movie Scene

Another Interview with Josh Duhamel has popped up on the net. While still promoting his new film Turistas, TV Guide caught up with the actor. In the interview Duhamel also reveals a little bit about his character and his part in the Transformers Movie, when they meet a character he refers to as 'Vortex'. "He's the captain of the special-ops team when we first encounter Vortex, who incinerates their base. The six of us get out alive and try to get communication back to the U.S. to tell them what's going on. We then try to figure out how to beat these things". "Everything was shot, like, out in the desert or in downtown L.A. I don't know how they did it, but I was expecting a lot more green screen than we did". .

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The congregation is pretty much divided equally over the artistic worth of The Nativity Story, although the critics appear to be less judgmental over it than they were over Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. Actually neither side gets worked up one way or the other about it. A.O. Scott in the New York Times writes with little apparent enthusiasm: "Rather than trying to reinterpret or modernize a well-known, cherished story, the filmmakers have rendered it with a quiet, unassuming professionalism.." Gene Seymour in Newsday seems to indicate that the producers of the film fashioned it to avoid the controversy that descended on Passion. "The intent seems to be to release a movie about the Nativity that can be shown in living rooms and church schools for at least the next decade. If that's really all that was wanted or needed from The Nativity Story, the result could have been a lot worse.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Two Aussie films corralled for Sundance

TWO Australian feature films have been selected to screen at Robert Redford's 2007 Sundance Film Festival in the United States. Noise, featuring Love My Way star Brendan Cowell, and Clubland, starring Golden Globe-winning actor Brenda Blethyn, were among 3200 entries worldwide for the festival. The pair joins 122 films selected to screen during Sundance, beginning on January 18 in Park City, Utah. Clubland producer Rosemary Blight hoped their participation would propel Australian films further into the international spotlight. "We really need to find a platform to give us a profile and put it on the world stage," she said. "We are up against huge marketing budgets and huge films. For us, this gives us a platform and it gives us attention.

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Hrithik Roshan is happy with the success of his films and life

Everything seems to be going great for this actor who is a perfectionist and extremely meticulous about all his characters. Hrithik Roshans personal life is extremely happy with the birth of his son this year and professionally too the actor couldnt have asked for better roles and films. Both his films Krrish and Dhoom 2 have met with great success. Now the actor is gung ho about his next project, Jodha Akbar with Ashutosh Gowariker. There are also claims that Hrithik has been offered a lucrative deal with Adlab Films which makes him one of highest paid actors in the industry . But Hrithik takes it all in his stride and remains grounded even with all the success and the money. Hrithik recently signed a lucrative Rs.30 crore deal with Adlab Films and he modestly says Its just another deal that I have been signed on for by Adlab Films.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

'Borat' Movie Sparks Controversy

The new film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," about a fictional Kazakh TV reporter, is stirring controversy in the U.S. and abroad. "Yackshimash! My name a Borat! I journalist for Kazakhstan. My government sent me to U.S. and A to make movie-film. Please you look." In his coast-to-coast journey, fictitious Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyiev meets Americans from all walks of life. But he's no stranger to America. For more than three years, the character has appeared on the American cable network HBO as Borat, the sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic simpleton who awkwardly tries to understand Americans and their ways. British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen created the character and plays Borat. The success of his TV series and the subsequent movie lies in the mock-documentary style of his comedy.

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Wal-Mart to Launch Movie Downloads, Remove Double-Face

Only a few months after they whined about the price Apple unveiled for digital movie downloads, Wal-Mart has announced a beta download service of their own, albeit a strange one. Kicking off yesterday, customers were offered an exclusive DVD bundle of "Superman Returns" wherein they could purchase the physical disk and then buy additional movie formats for digital download, namely $1.97 for portable devices, $2.97 for PCs/laptops, and $3.97 for both portable players and PC/laptops. “This unique 'Superman Returns' physical/digital DVD combination not only marks our first step into the video downloads market, but gives our customers the best of both worlds in movie entertainment," said Kevin Swint, the divisional merchandise manager for digital media at Wal-Mart.

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Movie Downloads Get a Boost from Wal-Mart, BitTorrent

If it's difficult to get your parents hip to watching movies off the Internet, industry forces are mobilizing to make the practice a more widespread reality. In separate announcements yesterday, mega-retailer Wal-Mart and dot-com outfit BitTorrent both moved one step closer to offering movie downloads to the masses. .

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