Gareth Edwards makes ‘Monsters’ movie with minimal crew

Director Gareth Edwards made his movie 'Monsters' on the cheap with desktop tools from simple software. 'Monsters' is about the aftermath of an alien invasion where the area south of the American border is infected with alien creatures. Edwards was partly inspired to make Monsters by his experience directing a far more crew-ed up film about Attila the Hun for the BBC, albeit one whose effects he also created on his home computer

Edwards said that during the shoot in Mexico and Central America, mayhem seemed to turn up everywhere. “In Guatemala, there was a gunfight outside our hotel,” he recalls. “And there was a prison riot and prisoners decapitated some inmates and put their heads by the prison fence. We tried to hide that from the actors. One time we went through Mexico and the week before, there had been a machine-gunning at a local café. We tried not to tell the actors about that either.”

A very minimal crew was used to make the movie. Actor Scott McNair joked, "We were filming behind-the-scenes material,” says Edwards, “and after a while he got paranoid that it was going to turn out to be a film about a film going wrong. Like we were somehow tricking them. He kept bringing this up a lot, so we’d play along with it and talk about when we were going to get the ‘real’ footage and then we’d all shut up as he walked in.”

Knight and Day DVD Release Date is Nov 30

Knight and Day DVD Release Date

The upcoming Knight and Day DVD and Blu Ray release date is set for November 30, 2011. The action movie stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz as a mismatched couple on the run from a shadowy organization. Shot around the world in some exotic locations, the movie is filled with action and hot romance.

Trivia: Did you know Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starred together in Vanilla Sky?

Some of the specie features include "Wilder Knights and Crazier Days" and is a brief look behind the scenes at the making of a wild ride and how Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz insist upon doing as many of their own stunts as possible.

Another featurette involves a camera crew following Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes as they hook up with The Black Eyed Peas in London. They discuss the song the group made for the movie and has Cruise joining them up on stage for a performance.

The Knight and Day DVD and Blu Ray arrives in a combo pack for the holidays.

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide for 2011

Leonard Maltin 2011 Movie Guide

Every year, movie critic Leonard Maltin releases his Movie Guide, updated with new listings. In the paperback version alone, the book is a whopping fat thousand pages. It's a great reference book for cinephiles.


In the age of Netflix, even just browsing the seemingly infinite selection of movies on DVD can be overwhelming. With hundreds of new films on the market every year, how does one choose? Fortunately, America's most respected film critic can help. For more than four decades, Leonard Maltin's movie guides have helped millions of viewers make the best selection for any occasion.

In addition to more than 17,000 capsule reviews and information including date of release, running time, and MPAA rating, the 2011 edition also includes more than 350 new entries, an index of actors and directors, and Leonard's personal recommendations. Savvy consumers know-when it comes to the movies-there's only one real guide.

Actor Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for the 'Naked Gun' movies, has dies at the age of 84.

Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" comedies, has died. He was 84.

His agent John S. Kelly says Nielsen died Sunday at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia.

The Canadian-born Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live television dramas in New York. With a craggily handsome face, blond hair and 6-foot-2 height, he seemed ideal for a movie leading man.

He quickly became known as a serious actor, although behind the camera he was a prankster. That was an aspect of his personality never exploited, however, until "Airplane!" was released in 1980 and became a huge hit.

Aging action figures hold their own at the box-office

Aging action figures

In a movie market that is crowded with superheroes and supervillains, real human action figures who are aging are posing some stiff competition to these types of movies.

"The Expendables" and "RED" - ultra-violent action movies featuring retirement-age heroes - have banked big box-office in recent months, expanding, if not redefining, the definition of films for adults.

Hello Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone. So these dudes are going to keep on making movies for a while and not retire just yet.

"I hope it endures as a subgenre, because that just opens up more variety of films for our audience," said Bill Newcott, entertainment editor of AARP The Magazine and host of the retiree organization's "Movies for Grownups" radio show and awards ceremony.

"Too often, when people think of a grownup movie, that means there's got to be a lot of moping, someone's got to die slowly of a debilitating illness and everyone has to be lonely and someone has to lose their memory along the way. So it's very refreshing to see films done like this."

Soon-to-be-61-year-old Jeff Bridges shows off some agile moves in the upcoming "Tron: Legacy" and "True Grit" remake (on the heels of an Oscar win for his redemption-bound country star in "Crazy Heart").

And next year, 68-year-old Harrison Ford will try to erase the floppy taste of recent grumpy old men roles with a new action franchise, "Cowboys & Aliens."

Actor James Franco creates uproar at ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ show

James Franco Inside Actors Studio

Actor James Franco caused a near riot among rabid fans for an acting talk show that hundreds were literally turned away.

Between a quite solid Oscar nomination in the works due to his acting ability (and good looks), James Franco is sending fans into a tizzy, including the usually subdued crowd at Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio."

According to TMZ, tickets to view host James Lipton's interview with the "127 Hours" star were in such high demand, the show's staff was forced to reject a record number of people.

The site claims that hundreds of industry professionals attempted to nab free tickets to the show, and the crew was forced to deny more than 250 requests.

Said a source' "No one has done that since Paul Newman... the very first guest that ever appeared on the show," the source reportedly added."

ABC’s ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ highlights real neighborhoods of Detroit

It's the story of homicide detectives in one of the nation's largest cities.

In its three months on the air, "Detroit 187" has proven to be a hit with millions of viewers tuning to ABC12 every Tuesday night for the crime drama.

Many people didn't know what to expect at first, especially from a show with the number 187 -- California's former police code for homicide.

The show has actually breathed new life into the city and even the state.

Tucked away in a former Metro Detroit automotive plant, Hollywood magic is being made. It's home to "Detroit 187," ABC's new police drama that has captured the attention of audiences across the country.

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Jake Gyllenhaal talks about shooting movie in Pittsburgh

Jake Gyllenhaal Pittsburgh movie shoot

Jake Gyllenhaal professes a love for the city of Pittsburgh during the making of his movie "Love & Other Drugs" last year. He even sports a tattoo of the Steelers on his lower back. "I really legitimately had a wonderful time when I was in Pittsburgh."

Pressed about some favorite haunts, he says, "Oh, gosh. Let's see, I went to so many places. I like to eat. I ate my way around. I ate everywhere. I wish I could remember the names of everything."

Without any prompting, he recalls, "I loved Dish -- the restaurant Dish. I did love the pancakes at Pamela's, I'd have to say, which is probably the go-to. 21st Street Coffee. There was a Greek place that was right where I lived [in Squirrel Hill], I don't remember the name."

Mr. Gyllenhaal, who shot the Ed Zwick film from mid-September to late November 2009, says, "I was surprised at how much I loved all the food and actually how much I loved Pittsburgh. ... I loved the change of seasons there, and I loved the people there and I had a great time. I would love to make another movie in Pittsburgh."

"Love & Other Drugs" is based on the nonfiction book "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman" by Jamie Reidy, who documented his experience as a Pfizer salesman.

No more fairy tales at Disney Animation

Disney fairy tale movies

Disney Animation has decided to discontinue making fairy tales as part of its filmmaking slate over the forseeable future.

"Films and genres do run a course," said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation. "They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it … but we don't have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up." Indeed, Catmull and Lasseter killed two other fairy tale movies that had been in development, "The Snow Queen" and "Jack and the Beanstalk."

Disney has built is reputation on fairy tales from its early days and its logo happens to be a classic fairy tale castle. Its most recent fairy tale is the movie 'Tangled'.

Why? Blame of the Nickolodoen culture of tweens from the likes of Selena Gomez to Miley Cyrus. Girls have outgrown fairy tales.

"You've got to go with the times," MGA Chief Executive Isaac Larian said. "You can't keep selling what the mothers and the fathers played with before. You've got to see life through their lens."

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