Are cinemas going dark: Movie theaters battle with cable, HDTVs for customers

 

Robert Boucher and his son, Robert Boucher Jr., made up half the patrons who filed into Dover's Strand Theatre Thursday evening to see "10,000 BC."

The father and son spent $30 for two tickets, some popcorn, a large soda with two straws and box of Milk Duds. They usually go to the movies once monthly.

"It's a nice, quiet night out," Robert Boucher said. "It's more of a bonding thing."

Several technological changes, including the ability to watch movies on the Internet or hand-held devices or access pay-per-view films at home on television have created tough times for the movie theater industry.

(Foster's Daily Herald)

Filmmakers drop clues about “X-Files” movie sequel

Ten years after the last "X-Files" movie hit theaters, the team behind the hit sci-franchise is tossing out some tidbits about the sequel, currently scheduled for release on July 25.

The film, which has not yet been named, will mark the return of David Duchovny as Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Scully, two FBI agents who investigate the paranormal.

It is being directed by Chris Carter, creator of the series that ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002.

(Reuters)

INTERVIEW: Director Kimberly Peirce on her Iraq movie “Stop-Loss’

 

Stop-Loss hit theaters this past weekend and IESB had the chance to talk with Kimberly Peirce about the film and the real-life stories behind it.

Before beginning work on Stop Loss directly, Peirce toured the country and interviewed American soldiers and their families. Some of their stories are featured on www.stoplossmovie.com/soundoff, an interactive website that allows military families to join in on the discussion and share their end of the story.

In the film, Peirce balances factual accounts with fictionalized characters, attempting a truth that goes beyond specific accounts.

(IESB)

Heath Ledger’s Joker could be biggest posthumous movie role

 

Heath Ledger's frenzied reinvention of the Joker had fans and colleagues buzzing. His dreadful clown face was seen online by millions, and stood as the goosebump-raising image upon which nearly all early marketing of "The Dark Knight" hinged.

All this, while Ledger was still alive.

Now the Batman archfiend stands as Ledger's next-to-last performance. And while it's not the first, "The Dark Knight" has already emerged as arguably the biggest movie featuring a posthumous role in Hollywood history.

(CNN)

Green River Killer case comes to TV

 

With his career in politics and policing, one might think Dave Reichert would be eager for the extra limelight from an upcoming movie based on his book, "Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer."

But days before the film's TV debut Sunday night, the congressman appeared ambivalent.

A Republican congressman representing Washington's 8th District, Reichert is probably best known as the King County sheriff who oversaw the arrest of serial killer Gary Ridgway in 2001.

Such a feat was ready-made for Hollywood, especially when paired with Reichert's Boy Scout persona, humble beginnings and oft-told cop heroics. (His famed movie-star-like attributes -- big biceps, nice hair -- didn't hurt either.)

(Seattle Post Intelligencer)

MOVIE OPENINGS – March 28

21

 

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
Studio: Columbia Pictures

The Plot: Based on actual events, six MIT students are trained by one of their professors (Spacey) in the art of card counting, and subsequently take a handful of Vegas casinos for millions.

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RUN, FATBOY, RUN

 

Director: David Schwimmer
Stars: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria (Full Cast)
Studio: Picturehouse Entertainment

The Plot: Some ten years after he left his fiancée (Newton) at the altar, the rather corpulent Dennis (Pegg) preps for a real-life marathon with real-life romantic consequences hanging in the balance.

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STOP LOSS

 

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Full Cast)
Studio: Paramount Pictures

The Plot: Back home in Texas after fighting in Iraq, a soldier (Phillippe) refuses to return to battle despite the government mandate requiring him to do so

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SUPERHERO MOVIE

Dimension Films' Superhero Movie
Dimension Films' Superhero Movie - 2008

Director: Craig Mazin
Stars: Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Sara Paxton (Full Cast)
Studio: Dimension Films

The Plot: A freak accident turns a bumbling young guy (Bell) into the still-clumsy superhero known as Dragonfly.

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FLAWLESS

 

Director: Michael Radford
Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Caine (Full Cast)
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

The Plot: A crime-drama set in swinging 1960s London, where a constrained executive (Moore) at the London Diamond Corporation is recruited by a veteran janitor (Caine) to help him steal from their employer.

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Cinematographer Roger Deakins calls the shots

 

Cinematographer Roger Deakins picks some of his favourite camera work and offers a behind-the-scenes insight into how they were shot.

(The Guardian UK)

Jodie Foster talks about finding her comic side in ‘Nim’s Island’

 

Fear has long been a common theme in the films of Jodie Foster: the misguided agitation underlying Taxi Driver; the barbaric inhumanity of The Silence of the Lambs; the claustrophobia of Panic Room.

In her latest release, Nim's Island, Foster's character is again defined by fear, only this time it's a comic, neuroses-laden anxiety. She plays an agoraphobic author who rarely leaves her house and is terrified of germs.

In Australia last week for the film's premiere, two-time Oscar winner Foster says the parallel didn't occur to her immediately.

(The Age)

INTERVIEW: Director Mark Palansky’s philosophy of film

 

Blockbuster moviemaking would be the expected career path of one of Michael Bay’s former employees, but Mark Palansky has never been one for doing the “expected” thing. In facting, spending the early part of his career on the sets of such big-budget projects as Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and The Island helped this Toronto native make the most of a $12 million budget on the quirky Penelope.

A modern day fairytale about a cursed young heiress who sets out to find love and acceptance, the film—which stars Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage and Reese Witherspoon (who also produced)—is finally hitting theaters today after a series of delays. MM caught up with Palansky to discuss his philosophy of film.

(Moviemaker)

Netflix May Use Xbox 360 to Stream Movies to TV

Online movie rental company Netflix Inc has surveyed its subscribers to gauge their interest in streaming movies to their televisions using Microsoft Corp's Xbox 360, a Netflix spokesman said on Monday.

Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey declined to say whether the survey indicated a soon-to-be announced partnership between the two companies, but said Netflix was interested in getting its movies to consumers' TVs "in as many ways as possible."

In January, Netflix announced a partnership with LG Electronics to produce a set-top box to stream movies to high definition televisions.


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