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pan featurette

Ahead of the release of PAN on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on Monday, 8th Feb, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is pleased to make available a new featurette from behind-the-scenes of the film.

Featuring director Joe Wright and star Hugh Jackman, the featurette looks at the filmmaker's vision for the film and the incredible, extensive sets built for the production.



Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.


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Reviewed by Paul and Patrick Gibbs

Hail, Caesar! - 3 out of 5
Hail, Caeser!
Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes,  Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johanson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum
Written and Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
Rated PG-13 (vulgarity, adult themes)

As brothers/filmmakers with a somewhat odd and subversive sense of humor, Joel and Ethan Coen are superheroes to us. But it's never easy to review a Coen brothers film. Like many auteurs, their creative vision is so unique that it has become almost a subgenre unto itself. But unlike, say, Quentin Tarantino, whose nihilistic violence and pop culture worship creates a familiar tone to all of his film, the Coens have a broad range that makes it difficult to nail down what exactly is the feel of a Coen film. They have their own voice, but they use it to sing far more than one note. Nevertheless, that note is so distinctively Coen that, while their sensibilities suit us very well, the most common appraisal we give of a Coen film to others is "If you're not a Coen fan you'll probably have a hard time getting into it."

While their latest film, Hail, Caesar!  fits more into the category of comedies like O Brother, Where Art Thou? than to grittier and more dramatic fare like Fargo or No Country For Old Men, it's not quite in the same category. Hail, Ceasar! is funny, but it doesn't get the kind of constant laughs that O, Brother or The Big Lebowski did, and it doesn't really seem to be trying to. Above all else, it seems intended to create a portrait of golden age Hollywood both on and off screen, one that at once captures the magic of the movies and the sordid drama behind the scenes, and is simultaneously cynical and loving about both.


Josh Brolin, a member of the Coen Repertory Company since No Country For Old Men, plays the lead role of Eddie Mannix, a "fixer" for fictional Capitol Pictures in post World War II Hollywood. Eddie is responsible for dealing with the vast array of daily crises which plague production, including:

- Director Laurence Lorentz' (Ralph Fiennes)  fury at being forced to turn cowboy star Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) into a suave and sophisticated leading man in the drawing room comedy Merrily We Dance.

- Beloved Hollywood sweetheart DeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) needing a husband to avoid the bad publicity of having an out of wedlock child.

- Being hounded by sister gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker (both played by Tilda Swinton) about a reported scandal involving superstar Baird Whitlock's first film.

-Whitlock himself (George Clooney) being kidnapped off the set of the studio's prestige biblical epic, Hail, Casear - A Tale of the Christ.

Meanwhile, at the same time that Eddie is dealing with all of this, he's being courted for a cushy, well-paying job at Lockheed. Will he leave Hollywood behind?

A film with this many diverging plot elements could easily feel disjointed and suffer for varying quality from Story A to Story B, but the Coens and their stellar cast keep things moving and ensure that each subplot is engaging (even if the only one of the characters besides Mannix who seems like a decent guy is Hobie). Every one of the major stars blends perfectly into both the time period and the surreal style of a Coen comedy, and the film within a film sequences are real highlights, giving the Coens and genius cinematographer Roger Deakins a chance to flawless recreate the look of everything from Ben-Hur to a Roy Rogers cowboy musical. Clooney and Tatum are outstanding, with Tatum hitting his song and dance number (A Gene Kelly-esque tap dance to a song called "No Dames") out of the park, and Clooney giving us both the self-centered buffoon we expect from him in a Coen film, and a pitch perfect recreation of the heightened "epic" acting style of a Charlton Heston or Richard Burton. One of the real strengths of the film is that the movie sequences tow the line between homage and parody so perfectly. There's just enough comic exaggeration there to make it funny, but they're getting all of these styles and genres right and showing them a surprising level of respect. Clooney's final monologue at the foot of the cross is both cheesy and strangely moving until it reaches its comic climax, and Tatum doesn't just fake the dancing well enough, he dazzles and shows that he could have been a major star of light musical comedies back in the day.

If the film disappoints in any way, it's the aforementioned failure to provide the laugh a minute ratio we expect. But it's consistently engaging and entertaining, and some sequences are hilarious, such as Lorentz struggling to feed Hobie a line reading or Eddie meeting with an interfaith council to ensure the Hail, Caesar script is sufficiently respectful to all beliefs (Robert Picardo steals the film in his cameo as a cantankerous Rabbi). And the strange mix of weariness and reverence both Eddie and the film itself show for the craziness of Hollywood is surprisingly thoughtful, making the film something of an rumination on whether Hollywood or the movies really matter, and what they mean to us. Brolin is a very important part of making the film work, and he gives yet another strong performance which shows that the oldest Goonie has grown up to become an excellent actor with an impressive range. He carries the film effortlessly.

In then end, Hail, Caesar! doesn't rank with the Coen's best films, and it may turn out to be just too bizarre for some  (a line probably written in reviews of every Coen movie) . But it's a more than solid entry in their filmography, and for fans of both the Coen Brothers and old Hollywood, it's a must-see




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george lucas museum

  • - Chicago's city council approved the 300,000 sq ft museum site in October
  • - Chicago wanted the project - beating San Francisco, which is not far from Lucas' sprawling Skywalker Ranch.
  • - George Lucas said he chose Chicago because the California city was "doodling around".
  • - Friends of the Park protested the original plans which were reduced as a compromise.
  • - A lot of the area planned for the museum is used as a car park.
  • - A new lawsuit from the group has now been approved
  • - The group argues the construction project violates public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.

As Threepio said, "Here we go again."

A lawsuit that aims to block Star Wars creator George Lucas from building a $400m museum along Chicago's lakefront has been given approval to move forward.

Friends of the Parks, a non-profit organisation, wants to halt plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

The group argues the construction project violates public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.

The Associated Press broke the news and as they say this further set back could end up killing the museum dream for Chicago.  How long before Lucas decides on a different location?

Friends of the Park Facebook page published this response to the news yesterday:

Great News!!! Friends of the Parks is celebrating a victory. The judge denied the city's motion to dismiss our Lucas Museum case. Discovery will proceed. Thank you to our legal team and supporters.

“We think that the sale of the property to George Lucas’ foundation – a lease that could run for 297 years – is a boon not to the public but to Mr. Lucas himself. And this sale is in conflict with the purpose for which the land is held in trust – the express purpose being to preserve the land for the public and future generations as a pristine natural resource,” said Fred Bates, Friends of the Parks board vice-chair and co-chair of the Policy Committee.

Friends of the Parks is supportive of the Lucas Museum coming to Chicago, but the organization continues to oppose its siting on lakefront open space. Long known for its advocacy to keep Chicago’s lakefront “open, clear, and free” per the call of Chicago urban planners and park visionaries of a century ago, the park advocacy group believes that the siting of the Lucas Museum in this lakefront location contradicts the public trust doctrine and its central principle that the general public is the beneficiary of this public lakefront parkland.
“This is not a new issue given Friends of the Parks’ mission and extensive public opposition to the proposed siting of the Chicago Children’s Museum in Grant Park, a collaborative battle that we won a number of years ago,” says Lauren Moltz, Friends of the Parks’ board chair. “It’s a slippery slope, and we will continue to defend our lakefront from encroachment.”

It is worth noting that the Facebook and Twitter pages for The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have not been updated since last year and the news section of their website was last updated in October 2015.

Rob
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

New Video and Images Available for Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

While on a mission to obtain fuel for the rebel fleet, the crew works to protect space creatures called Purrgills from the mining operation that threatens the creatures’ lives.

Find out how Ezra deepens his connection to the Force when an all-new episode of "Star Wars Rebels" debutsWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.


Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”

Star Wars Rebels - “The Call”


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e.t. fun facts
Here are 13 facts or quotes you may not know regarding Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

1 - Spielberg never wanted to show grown-ups until the very end.  "I wanted to suggest them like in a Tom & Jerry cartoon where, when the Mom comes in you only see her from the waist down"

2 - Quote from Spielberg in 1981 - "ET is my response to the stalled space program.  If the government won't fund the space program, to allow people's imagination to soar, then all I can do is make movies that bring space down to Earth and make it more accessible to the imagination."

3 - George Lucas on Yoda - "I hadn't seen the movie and when it was completed, we had a screening for ILM which I attended.  Steven warned me there was something special in the movie for me.  So we are watching and suddenly Yoda showed up in the film.  Everybody in the audience cheered, of course, being it was an ILM screening.  I was amazed and flattered.  It was a very funny moment.



4 - The kids in the movie thought ET was real despite seeing the technicians.

5 - ET as a prop was insured for $1.2million

6 - ET goes into a fox den and sees several cubs and their mothers

7 - Elliott's father is in the movie,

8 - ET has a pouch like a kangaroo and carries stuff around with him

9 - Harvey the dog gets hit by a car and ET heals him

10 - ET heals the JR character on TV show Dallas

11 - In the original script the boys are playing Dungeons and Dragons but this had to be cut when the production company was not allowed to use the name

12 - Harrison Ford appeared as the Principle but eventually was cut from the movie.  Henry Thomas was so excited to see his Star Wars hero, he took the day's call sheet to show his friends.



13 - Spielberg explains ET is more plant than anything else.  "He's not a mammal, or bird, or fish.  I think he's a vegetable."  He also mentions how they decided to make his insides when they glow to look more like a plant.

E.T. Trailer





Rob Wainfur
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Spielberg. It’s a name synonymous with summer blockbusters. Where would we be without the talents of one Steven Spielberg? Think for a moment all of the fantastic movies he has gifted us with: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Indiana Jones movies (all 4 of them!), E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, The Color Purple, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Empire of the Sun, Hook, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln, just to name a few. Spielberg’s influence of the film-making world is beyond scope.

Just for a second I wanted to compare him with George Lucas, Spielberg’s long-time friend of who I am a huge fan of. Compare them I will try, but easy it will not be. Comparing these two behemoths of the film making world is like comparing two auto giants, one of which is an acquired taste and a bit eclectic, but stylish and reliable, while the other is a 1969 Camaro. Fun. Fast, and easily accessible. Spielberg’s movies open up their doors and let in the viewer. There’s a familiarity to them. Even though we’re watching an archaeologist run through tunnels while being chased by giant boulders, or talking to aliens through the dial tone on the phone. It’s the emotion that Spielberg is able to pull out of the actors that brings us closer to the characters.

Before I wrote this blog I prepared myself by re-watching Jurassic Park and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. While taking notes, I noticed one thing; these movies are the perfect family movies. It depends on whether you want something fun and adventurous, like Indiana Jones, touching, as in E.T., or realistic, like Saving Private Ryan. There’s something for everyone. It’s a rare thing now when watching a film can be an activity for the entire family. Any violence is carefully included, but not there to put butts in the seat.

I’ve always been a fan of Spielberg, yet I am partially ashamed by the fact that I own only two of his films; the two that I watched for this blog, and it’s been years since I’ve seen E.T. (there’s something about that hospital scene that I cannot bring myself to watch). It is things like that hospital scene to which I am referring to. It is sad. It makes you feel. It’s okay to feel guys! I remember seeing Empire of the Sun when I was 13, and thinking about how the boy in the movie was only 2 years older than me. For a 13 year old that movie was a lot to take in, but it is still one of my all-time favorites. That reminds me, I need to watch that again.  
     

It’s such a Spielberg thing to take a hot topic and make into a movie. When Jurassic Park was released in 1993, I already was deeply interested in paleontology, almost enough to make it my career. I remember hearing chatter about dinosaurs being descendant from birds, and that T-Rex was possibly a scavenger, and lastly, Velociraptor was a highly intelligent animal, not the dumb dinosaur we believed them to be. Naturally all those topics appear in the film based on Michael Crichton’s novel. The effects were so good in that film I wasn’t sure if I was looking at a real Brachiosaur (veggie-saur) or the magic of Stan Winston’s studios. Turns out they were real! I’m being facetious of course, but that’s the magic of it all. The magic of Steven Spielberg. His movies are so immersive you forget they’re movies, because there is the human element.
     

When going into this blog I initially wanted to talk more about the common thread between the main characters in each of his films and find the similarities. Or perhaps discuss which literary lens I could view each movie through, psychoanalytical, feminism, Marxism, structuralism, or deconstructive. But where’s the fun in that?

Eric Onkenhout

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016



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Here's 19 fun facts about Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic, Jurassic Park

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Facts from http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/21-things-you-might-not-know-about-jurassic-park#.rapjnXDYw




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