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  • In These Two Documentaries, Wild Horses Are The Stars

    In These Two Documentaries, Wild Horses Are The Stars

    March 1, 2016 — Today is National Horse Protection Day.The idea of protecting horses is more than theory for some people. Every year people take part in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, sponsored by the Mustang Heritage Foundation. 100 people take 100 days to try to tame 100 wild Mustang horses who previously had been living at Bureau of Land Management facilities. If the horses are not tamed, they end up in U.S. government corrals forever. If they are tamed, they end up adopted and living […]

  • And The Winners Are…

    And The Winners Are…

    February 29, 2016 — By the numbers, Mad Max: Fury Road was certainly the big winner at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony. The well-received Australian action movie took home 6 Oscars, far more than any other film. However, the big prizes — Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and the Acting categories — all went elsewhere.To no one’s surprise, Leonardo DiCaprio won the Best Actor Award for The Revenant and Alejandro G. Iñárritu won Best Director for the same film. But the Best Picture Award […]

  • Spend Some Time With Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer in “Band Of Robbers”

    Spend Some Time With Huck Finn And Tom Sawyer in “Band Of Robbers”

    February 29, 2016 — Some books leave you wanting more. When the last page is finished, the reader is left wishing that the story could continue and that there was more to know about the characters’ lives.Band of Robbers takes two of the most iconic characters in American literature and continues their stories. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, now grown up, are the leads in this modern-day sequel to Mark Twain’s two most famous books — The Adventures of Tom […]

  • Watch “America’s Dumbest Criminals” On National “No-Brainer Day”

    Watch “America’s Dumbest Criminals” On National “No-Brainer Day”

    February 27 — In honor of National No-Brainer Day, we are taking a look at some of America’s Dumbest Criminals.The idea behind this holiday is that it is a day for putting your brain on auto-pilot.In the television series America’s Dumbest Criminals we get to appreciate the funny, ridiculous and preposterous actions of criminally-inclined people who seem to have put their brains on auto-pilot, not for a single day but as a way of life. In films and on television, we […]

  • Kids Know That Every Day Should Be National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    Kids Know That Every Day Should Be National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    February 26, 2016 — For many people, the fairy tales they heard and saw when they were very young are among the best memories of childhood.Fairy tales spark a child’s imagination. They are among the first stories most children ever hear or see, and they allow parents to interact and connect on a personal level — after all, the fairy tales most parents read to their children are the stories they heard during their own childhoods. Here is a selection of beloved […]

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  • Watch Burt Reynolds In “Hollow Creek,” Available March 1

    Watch Burt Reynolds In “Hollow Creek,” Available March 1

    February 26, 2016 — He was one of the screen’s biggest stars during the 1970s – 1980s.Burt Reynolds, who turned 80 last week, had been a leading man on television since the early 60s, but it was with the movie Deliverance (1972) that he became one of the most bankable stars in film. He went on to star in numerous big screen successes, including The Longest Yard, Cannonball Run and the Smokey and the Bandit franchise; he was frequently voted Favorite Male […]

  • “Why I’m Not On Facebook” Examines The Social Media Phenomenon From A Parent’s Point Of View

    “Why I’m Not On Facebook” Examines The Social Media Phenomenon From A Parent’s Point Of View

    February 25, 2016 — A child’s question was the impetus for this movie.Brant Pindivic’s 13-year old son asked Brant why he wasn’t on Facebook — and why he was preventing his son from joining. This set off Pindivic’s journey, originally an attempt to justify his refusal to allow his son to join the largest social media site in the world.It did not entirely work out that way. Pindivic found much that he disliked, and much that wanted to keep away […]

  • “Amnesia” Is A British Mystery You Won’t Forget

    “Amnesia” Is A British Mystery You Won’t Forget

    February 25, 2016 — The twist in this gripping, gritty mystery, is that the hero does not know whether or not he is guilty of the crime he is so diligently investigating.Mack Stone is a police investigator who doesn’t even know what happened to his first wife who disappeared 5 years ago. She may simply have walked out, or something more sinister could have happened to her. Stone was drunk to the point of blackout on the night she disappeared […]

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    Travel Through Historic Britain In Search Of Paranormal Activity With “Great British Ghosts”

    February 24, 2016 —  “From ghoulies and ghosties  … And long-leggedy beasties  … And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” is a traditional Scottish prayer.But some people seek out ghosts and ghouls and enjoy the “…things that go bump…”For them, the series Great British Ghosts is just their cup of tea. For two seasons (20 episodes plus a Hallowe’en special), British television personality Michaela Strachan travelled around Britain, visiting the places with a reputation for being the “most […]

  • In “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Newest Film, Vincent Lacoste Plays A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

    In “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Newest Film, Vincent Lacoste Plays A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

    February 24, 2016 — The way Vincent Lacoste plays Lolo, the spoiled son in Julie Delpy’s new film, could put anyone off having children.In Lolo, Julie Delpy’s eagerly-awaited new rom-com, the unfortunate relationship of Violette, the doting mother (played by Delpy) and Lolo, her manipulative son (played by Lacoste), is one of the central conflicts of the movie. Some actors would have worried about making their character so unlikeable. Lacoste felt exactly the opposite. He explained: “I found it funny to make Lolo not […]

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  • “The Champions,” About The Dogs Rescued From Michael Vick’s Dog-Fighting Ring, Is A Story Of Redemption

    “The Champions,” About The Dogs Rescued From Michael Vick’s Dog-Fighting Ring, Is A Story Of Redemption

    February 23, 2016 — It is National Dog Biscuit Day. It is a good day to hug your own dog and to realize that not all dogs get treated with love and respect. The pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting network were among those who were never treated like loving or cherished creatures. Dogs who lost in the ring were killed by hanging, drowning or electrocution; winning dogs learned that ferocity and viciousness was the only way to stay alive. After […]

  • Anna Friel Stars In “The War Bride”

    Anna Friel Stars In “The War Bride”

    February 23, 2016 –The pain of those left behind when soldiers go off to war is undeniable.The War Bride is a beautifully acted drama about a young woman who finds herself alone with a newborn child when her husband goes off to fight in World War II. To her relief, her husband’s family invites her and her daughter to come live with them in Canada. But she will soon discover that the lovely home her husband described is not as […]

  • Happy Birthday To America’s First President — Watch The Critically Acclaimed “George Washington: The Mini-Series”

    Happy Birthday To America’s First President — Watch The Critically Acclaimed “George Washington: The Mini-Series”

    February 22, 2016 — It is the perfect time to binge-watch the acclaimed mini-series George Washington.It is an eight hour spectacle. It covers the life of the first American President from age 11 through age 51 when he returned to his home at Mount Vernon, having led his new country through the Revolution, having seen the new nation gain its hard-fought independence from England. Based on Washington: the Indispensable Man (1974) by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James Thomas Flexner, the mini-series, originally shown […]

  • Award-Winning Documentary “Peace Officer” Outlines One Man’s Fight Against The Militarization Of America’s Police Forces

    Award-Winning Documentary “Peace Officer” Outlines One Man’s Fight Against The Militarization Of America’s Police Forces

    February 22, 2016 — William J. “Dub” Lawrence’s background is impressive. He was a Marine and a sheriff in Davis County, Utah (the youngest ever elected).In 1975 he also founded his state’s first SWAT program. 30 years later, that same SWAT team would shoot his son-in-law to death after an 8-hour stand-off. This controversial killing set Lawrence on a new path. He began investigating the incident — and several other SWAT actions as well.Peace Officer, the award-winning documentary, follows Lawrence as he looks into […]

  • “Kurt and Courtney” Is A Highly Unauthorized View Of The Nirvana Frontman’s Death

    “Kurt and Courtney” Is A Highly Unauthorized View Of The Nirvana Frontman’s Death

    February 19, 2016 — Kurt Cobain would have been 49 years old tomorrow.Of course, Cobain is a member of the 27 club — the rock stars who die at the age of 27. There have been a surprisingly large number —  Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse are just a few of the stars who died at the same young age. But of that particular group, only Cobain is believed to have killed himself.But not everyone […]

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  • Watch “America’s Legendary Daredevil” In The Johnny Knoxville Documentary, “Being Evel”

    Watch “America’s Legendary Daredevil” In The Johnny Knoxville Documentary, “Being Evel”

    February 19, 2016 — He was the ultimate daredevil, attempting — and sometimes making — motorcycle jumps no one else would think to attempt.Evel Knievel became so famous for risking his life that in 1994, the Smithsonian Institution assembled an exhibition about him called “America’s Legendary Daredevil;” Knievel donated his customized Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycle. The Museum billed it as one of the few motorcycles  that survived his stunts.He may have been more famous for his failures than for his successes. People knew […]

  • Happy Birthday, John Travolta

    Happy Birthday, John Travolta

    February 18, 2016 — John Travolta turns 62 today.He was one of the most successful actors of the 1970s; two of his movies,  Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978), were blockbusters. The dance John Travolta performed in Saturday Night Fever remains an iconic and frequently imitated musical number to this day. Grease remains the highest grossing American musical of all time, having taken in $394,955,690 worldwide.Before he made either of these films, he starred for four years in the television […]

  • Palio, Siena’s Ancient Horse Race, Is A Breath-Taking Spectacle

    Palio, Siena’s Ancient Horse Race, Is A Breath-Taking Spectacle

    February 18, 2016 — It is one of the most extraordinary 90 seconds in sports.The Palio di Siena, the heart-stopping horse race that runs twice a year, has its origins in medieval times. It has been running in close to its modern-day form since 1656; prior to that, the races took place on the backs of either buffalos or donkeys. The race inspires intense competition, treachery, hero-worship and  greed. The races are run each year on July 2 and August 16. A third […]

  • The Songs “Strawberry Fields Forever” And “Penny Lane” Are 49 Years Old Today

    The Songs “Strawberry Fields Forever” And “Penny Lane” Are 49 Years Old Today

    February 17, 2016 — 49 years ago today The Beatles released double A-side single of two of their most remarkable songs — Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane — in the U.K.The two songs were inspired by childhood memories, looked at from very different perspectives. Penny Lane would go on to reach the #1 spot on the charts in America; Strawberry Fields would peak at #8. Nonetheless, Strawberry Fields has  been acclaimed as one of the most important songs of the Beatle […]

  • Dany Boon Is The Highest Paid Actor In European Film History — See Why In “Lolo,” Opening March 11

    Dany Boon Is The Highest Paid Actor In European Film History — See Why In “Lolo,” Opening March 11

    February 17, 2016 — Europeans would find it hard to believe that in America Dany Boon is not a household name. But that’s about to change.In 2008, he was the highest paid actor in European film history, earning nearly $33 million that year (€ 26 million). In that year he co-wrote, directed and starred in Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), which broke every box office record in France. More than five million people had seen the movie in its first […]

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  • Fidel Castro Became Prime Minister Of Cuba 57 Years Ago Today

    Fidel Castro Became Prime Minister Of Cuba 57 Years Ago Today

    February 16, 2016 — On this date, in 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba. He would remain in office (under many different titles, including President) until his resignation in 2008.Since 1900, Fidel Castro ruled longer than any other non-royal leader. He gave up power only when his health began to fail (he will turn 90 this year); he then passed the presidency to his brother Raul.He is one of the most divisive figures of his […]

  • Get Some Cocoa And Watch “The Great Alone,” The Prize-Winning Documentary About Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey

    Get Some Cocoa And Watch “The Great Alone,” The Prize-Winning Documentary About Iditarod Champion Lance Mackey

    February 16, 2016 — For most people the Iditarod, the annual Alaskan sled dog race, seems an impossible challenge.The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race covers approximately 1,000 miles of tundra, spruce forests, rivers and mountainous, inhospitable terrain; the race is usually run through blizzards, whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and against gale-force winds (the windchill can reach -100º Fahrenheit). Some people have claimed that finishing the race is actually more difficult than climbing Mount Everest. The race, which was started in 1973, has become […]

  • Everyone Is “Crazy About Tiffany’s” — Watch The Trailer Here

    Everyone Is “Crazy About Tiffany’s” — Watch The Trailer Here

    February 15, 2016 — His name is synonymous with fine jewelry and other luxury items. Charles Tiffany, who founded the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store, was born on this date in 1812.Tiffany and a friend had a small store opened with a $1,000 dollar loan from Tiffany’s father. The company was renamed Tiffany’s in 1841. By 1850 it had a branch in Paris, and by 1868 it opened its London store. It currently has 290 stores around the world and employs 12,000 […]

  • A Valentine’s Treat — One Of The Greatest Love Stories Ever Written

    A Valentine’s Treat — One Of The Greatest Love Stories Ever Written

    February 12, 2016 — It is one of the world’s greatest love stories.Cyrano de Bergerac has been thrilling audiences since the play was written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. It tells the story of de Bergerac, a soldier, statesman, remarkable duelist, wit, musician and man of letters. He is also ugly, having been born (pre-plastic surgery), with an extremely large nose. His heart belongs to Roxanne, a rich and deeply intellectual heiress, but he assumes that his ugliness would prevent […]

  • “Hank And Asha” Is The Perfect Movie To Share On Valentine’s Day

    “Hank And Asha” Is The Perfect Movie To Share On Valentine’s Day

    February 12, 2016 — As we close in on Valentine’s Day, it is time to watch some really, really romantic movies. One of the best-received independent features of the past few years is the charming love story Hank and Asha.It concerns two young people who develop a relationship through video chatting. Hank is an outgoing, romantic filmmaker who lives in New York; Asha is a lovely young Indian girl studying in Prague. As their “correspondence” lengthens — and deepens — they seriously consider […]

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  • For Valentine’s Day Fall In Love With Julie Delpy’s Riveting Performance In “Villa Des Roses”

    For Valentine’s Day Fall In Love With Julie Delpy’s Riveting Performance In “Villa Des Roses”

    February 11, 2016 — Romance was in the air, but so was war.For Valentine’s Day weekend: Villa des Roses tells a story of consuming heartache. Louise Créteur (Julie Delpy, An American Werewolf in Paris), recently widowed, must leave her son behind and move to Paris in order to find work. She ends up as the chambermaid at a run-down hotel called Villa des Roses, just prior to the First World War, where a somewhat derelict group of inhabitants has taken up […]

  • Reviewers Agree — Film-Goers Should Not Miss “Gored”

    Reviewers Agree — Film-Goers Should Not Miss “Gored”

    February 11, 2016 — Ido Mizrahy‘s Gored is one of the best-received films of the year.The story of Antonio Barrera, the most-gored bullfighter in modern history, preparing for the last bullfight of his life is the subject of one of this year’s must-see documentaries. Despite having been impaled 23 times, suffering numerous broken bones and going through 17 operations, Barrera still has dreams of becoming an honored bullfighter. But now he can no longer place that stress on his family or his […]

  • Julie Delpy Talks About Her Latest Film, “Lolo”

    Julie Delpy Talks About Her Latest Film, “Lolo”

    February 10, 2016 — The idea for Lolo, Julie Delpy‘s latest film, came about after a conversation she had with Eugénie Grandval, her co-writer. The relationship between parents and children is at the heart of film.Her character, Violette, has a 21-year old son whom she is raising by herself.She described the story’s beginnings: “One day we were joking with my co-screenwriter Eugénie Grandval about the relationships that my six year-old son – my ‘little emperor’ – and I would have in […]

  • “The Cake Eaters,” A Star-Crossed Love Story, Stars Kristen Stewart Before She Was Famous

    “The Cake Eaters,” A Star-Crossed Love Story, Stars Kristen Stewart Before She Was Famous

    February 10, 2016 — Romance is in the air. That doesn’t mean it’s easy.The Cake Eaters was the directorial debut of Mary Stuart Masterson (Chances Are, Fried Green Tomatoes, Some Kind of Wonderful), who chose the family drama/love story as her first vehicle. Her cast is a director’s dream.The Kimborough family, living  in a small town, is dealing with the recent death of the family’s matriarch (Melissa Leo, The Fighter). Easy, the father (Bruce Dern, Coming Home), is dealing with grief and guilt […]

  • The Trailer For Julie Delpy’s “Lolo” Is Released

    The Trailer For Julie Delpy’s “Lolo” Is Released

    February 9, 2016 — The most recent trailer for Lolo, the latest Julie Delpy film, has been released in America.Delpy, who directed and starred in the film, will release it theatrically through FilmRise on March 11.Delpy is perhaps best known for her starring roles in the trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight (which she also co-wrote with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke).Lolo was an official selection at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals.Watch the trailer for Lolo above.

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  • A Dream Cast For A Director’s First Film — FilmRise Acquires “5 Nights In Maine,” Starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Weist, Rosie Perez

    A Dream Cast For A Director’s First Film — FilmRise Acquires “5 Nights In Maine,” Starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Weist, Rosie Perez

    February 9, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the theatrical rights to Maris Curran’s directorial debut, 5 Nights in Maine.The Kickstarter-funded film stars David Oyelowo (Selma) as Sherwin, a grieving widower, reeling from the death of his wife in a car accident. In his shock and disorientation, he accepts an invitation from his mother-in-law Lucinda (2-time Academy Award-winner Dianne Wiest, Hannah and Her Sisters) to stay for a short time at her home in Maine. Lucinda, who is suffering from cancer, has […]

  • It’s Chinese New Year, Spring Festival 4713 — Watch “Empresses In The Palace” For A Breathtaking Saga Of Life During The Last Chinese Dynasty

    It’s Chinese New Year, Spring Festival 4713 — Watch “Empresses In The Palace” For A Breathtaking Saga Of Life During The Last Chinese Dynasty

    February 8, 2016 — According to the Chinese calendar, this is the year of the red monkey. It is the most important event in the Chinese calendar for most people.The celebrations for the New Year last for days. Most Chinese workers will have the entire week (from the evening of the 7th to the 13th) off. The holiday is steeped in tradition, color and noise (to ward off evil spirits).Binge-watching Empresses in the Palace will provide a different taste of Chinese culture. […]

  • Happy Birthday, Jack Lemmon

    Happy Birthday, Jack Lemmon

    February 8, 2016 — Jack Lemmon was one of America’s favorite comic actors.His career lasted more than 5o years and, despite not being leading-man handsome, he was most-often cast in leading man parts. And his every man looks did not stop him from working opposite many of the screen’s loveliest women, including Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood Janet Leigh, Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel), Lee Remick, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Judy Holliday, Rita Hayworth (Dancing Pirate), Jane Fonda, Virna Lisi, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren (Man of […]

  • Happy Birthday, Patrick MacNee

    Happy Birthday, Patrick MacNee

    February 6, 2016 — Last year we lost actorPatrick MacNee, best-known for his performance as John Steed, the unflappable British secret agent of The Avengers, a role he would play from 1961 through 1969, and then again in the television spin-off, The New Avengers in 1977-1978.The character of John Steed was suave, elegant, thoroughly eccentric and always perfectly dressed in neo-Edwardian attire. MacNee was deeply involved in the creation of Steed’s look and clothing  although, oddly for a man so […]

  • It’s John Carradine’s Birthday — Watch “The Boogey Man” And Hear One Of The Most Distinctive Voices In Film History

    It’s John Carradine’s Birthday — Watch “The Boogey Man” And Hear One Of The Most Distinctive Voices In Film History

    February 5, 2016 — John Carradine would work with Henry Fonda and John Ford on Grapes of Wrath; he would appear in Stagecoach, The Ten Commandments, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Drums Along the Mohawk. In fact, he made appearance in at least 225 films (and uncredited ones in many others, plus hundreds of television appearances), worked in numerous Shakespearean productions and fathered an acting dynasty. And yet, most people know him as a star of horror films.Maybe because […]

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  • It’s National Homemade Soup Day — Learn To Make Italian Peasant Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup With “Faces Of Italy”

    It’s National Homemade Soup Day — Learn To Make Italian Peasant Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup With “Faces Of Italy”

    February 4, 2016 — Of all of the unconventional national holidays, today’s has to be one of the most comforting. February 4th is Homemade Soup Day.Soup is more than a food. Maurice Sendak, the award-winning children’s book author and illustrator (Where the Wild Things Are) wrote one of his most-beloved poems about soup. Called Chicken Soup with Rice, it describes the pleasures of eating chicken soup throughout all of the months of the year. His description for February: “In February it […]

  • Celebrate The Burial Of England’s King Henry VIII By Watching “Henry VIII And His Six Wives” And “Lives In The House Of Windsor”

    Celebrate The Burial Of England’s King Henry VIII By Watching “Henry VIII And His Six Wives” And “Lives In The House Of Windsor”

    February 4, 2016 — On this date in 1547, England’s King Henry VII was buried at Windsor Castle.He is probably England’s most famous ruler. His six marriages, his decision to break with the Catholic Church in order to remarry and also to proclaim his own authority over the Pope — ushering in the “Divine Right of Kings in England,” which granted him absolute power over his realm — his extravagance and his readiness to behead anyone who disagreed with him are at the […]

  • Reviews Continue To Praise “Monster Hunt” And Its Director, Raman Hui

    Reviews Continue To Praise “Monster Hunt” And Its Director, Raman Hui

    February 3, 2016 — Buzzfeed has chimed in with its appreciation for Monster Hunt.Calling it “… a fascinating glimpse at the sort of overseas blockbuster that rarely makes its way to U.S. theaters, which have a path for arthouse imports but are still figuring out what to do with mass entertainments like this,” the Buzzfeed review asks “What does the highest-grossing movie of all time in China … look like? Refreshingly and sometimes jarringly different from an American tentpole movie, though […]

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    February 3, 1959 — “The Day The Music Died”

    February 3, 2016 — According to Don McLean’s iconic song, American Pie, February 3 is “The Day the Music Died.”In 1959, a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,  J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson crashed near Clear lake, Iowa. The musicians were on tour and decided at the last minute to take a plane rather than drive by tour bus to their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. “The Big Bopper” was not supposed to be on the plane. […]

  • Baseball’s National League — The Oldest Surviving Sports League In America — Is Founded On February 2nd, 1876

    Baseball’s National League — The Oldest Surviving Sports League In America — Is Founded On February 2nd, 1876

    February 2, 2016 — It’s America’s pastime, and it is America’s oldest organized professional sport.Baseball has been around since the nineteenth century in a few forms. But on February 2, 1876, the National league was formed. It was made up of eight teams, the  Chicago White Stockings, the St. Louis Brown Stockings, the Hartford Dark Blues, the Boston Red Caps (also known as the Beaneaters), the Louisville Grays, the New York Mutuals, The Philadelphia Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds.  In the […]

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  • Celebrate The Birthday Of The “King Of Hollywood,” Clark Gable

    Celebrate The Birthday Of The “King Of Hollywood,” Clark Gable

    February 1, 2016 — He was, simply, The King of Hollywood. Clark Gable was consistently one of the greatest male stars throughout Hollywood’s Golden Age. His movies were consistent successes and he was named one of the ten top grossing stars sixteen times. His claim to fame rested at least in part on his extreme masculinity, a trait that many of his friends and co-stars noted.Doris Day (who starred with him in Teacher’s Pet)  said of him “He was as masculine as […]

  • Watch “February One: The Story Of The Greensboro Four,” In Honor Of Four Very Brave Men

    Watch “February One: The Story Of The Greensboro Four,” In Honor Of Four Very Brave Men

    February 1, 2016 — The first day of February has a special place in the history of the American Civil Rights movement.On February 1, 1960, four young African-American men, all of whom were students at North Carolina A&T University, began a sit-in at a whites-only Woolworth luncheon counter in the small city of Greensboro, North Carolina. It was an act of civil disobedience that is regarded as one of the bravest and most inspiring of the early Civil Rights Movement. Ezell Blair, Jr. […]

  • Watch “Hawaii” On  The Anniversary Of The Coronation Of Liliʻuokalani, Hawaii’s Last Ruler

    Watch “Hawaii” On The Anniversary Of The Coronation Of Liliʻuokalani, Hawaii’s Last Ruler

    January 29, 2016 — 125 years ago today,  Liliʻuokalani (born Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha) inherited the throne of Hawaii. She would be the last Hawaiian ruler. The kingdom of Hawaii would be overthrown by American, British and European interests two years later. The kingdom of Hawaii had been established in 1795. At that time is was comprised of the islands of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi. In 1810, Kauaʻi and Niʻihau joined the kingdom. Many Hawaiians believe that the American occupation of the islands is illegal, […]

  • Happy Birthday, Heather Graham

    Happy Birthday, Heather Graham

    January 29, 2016 — It is Heather Graham’s birthday — celebrate this talented and beautiful actress with a pair of her films.From her early appearance in Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy at the age of 19, Heather Graham’s performances have resonated with audiences. Her career included roles in Diggstown, Six Degrees of Separation, Swingers, Twin Peaks but it was in Boogie Nights, as porn starlet Rollergirl that she became a darling of critics as well. Since then she has gone on to star in Bowfinger, Austin Powers: The Spy […]

  • The Best-Selling Boy Band In History, The Backstreet Boys, Shows Everyone What They’re Made Of

    The Best-Selling Boy Band In History, The Backstreet Boys, Shows Everyone What They’re Made Of

    January 28, 2016 — Happy birthday, Nick Carter.Carter, of course, is one of the founding members of the Backstreet Boys, the best-selling boy band of all time. Carter, who turns 36 years old today, has been with the group since it began, back in 1993. The numbers the band has put together are little short of astounding. They have sold more than 130 million records. Their first nine albums made Billboard’s Top Ten list. Of their ten studio albums, 9 are […]

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  • More Raves For “Monster Hunt” — Reviewers Agree, Wuba Is “…The Cutest Little Monster Imaginable”

    More Raves For “Monster Hunt” — Reviewers Agree, Wuba Is “…The Cutest Little Monster Imaginable”

    January 27, 2016 —  As audiences around the country experience Monster Hunt for themselves, the glowing reviews keep pouring in.Debbie Lynn Elias, of The Culver City Examiner, adds her rave to the list:“It’s monster love for “Monster Hunt”! A live action-CGI animation meld courtesy of director Raman Hui, it’s easy to see why “Monster Hunt” is the biggest grossing film of all time in China. (Yes, it topped Fast & Furious 7.) It’s a pure delight! And now, this wonderful […]

  • “Curiouser and Curiouser” — Watch “Through The Looking Glass” In Honor Of Lewis Carroll’s Birthday

    “Curiouser and Curiouser” — Watch “Through The Looking Glass” In Honor Of Lewis Carroll’s Birthday

    January 27, 2016 —  It is the birthday of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, far better-known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, the man who wrote some of the most influential and best-known children’s books of all time.The two most famous, of course, are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. The two stories are nonsensical fantasies that have enthralled children (and adults) since their publication in 1865 and 1871, respectively. Their madcap plot lines and glorious imagery — […]

  • “Horror Talk” Reviews “Monster Hunt”: “Do Yourself A Favor And Watch This. It’ll Make Your Winter”

    “Horror Talk” Reviews “Monster Hunt”: “Do Yourself A Favor And Watch This. It’ll Make Your Winter”

    January 26, 2016 — The rave reviews keep coming in for Monster Hunt.Karin Crighton of Horror Talk gives the live-action/CGI monster film “…my first 5-star review of 2016.” The complete review reads:“As of July 2015, Monster Hunt was the highest grossest Chinese film in China EVER, and it should be. This fantastic movie covers family strain, finding love, compassion between species, kung fu, vampirism, civil unrest, and mah jongg.“In their quest for domination, the humans drove the monsters into the wild […]

  • Celebrate National Australia Day With The Classic Mini-Series “Kings In Grass Castles”

    Celebrate National Australia Day With The Classic Mini-Series “Kings In Grass Castles”

    January 26, 2016 — Today is the official National Day of Australia, which makes it the perfect time to watch the epic mini-series Kings in Grass Castles.The book on which the mini-series is based tells the story of author Mary Durack‘s family as they moved from Western Ireland to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century. It is a multi-generational epic, starting with the story of Patrick Durand, Mary’s grandfather, who first pioneered into what were, in European eyes, relatively unknown areas […]

  • It’s National Irish Coffee Day — Enjoy A Cup And A Laugh With “Puckoon,” A Truly Irish Comedy

    It’s National Irish Coffee Day — Enjoy A Cup And A Laugh With “Puckoon,” A Truly Irish Comedy

    January 25, 2016 — For those inclined to drink Irish coffee, a concoction of rich coffee, a little sugar, a hit of Irish Whiskey and a large helping of cream, this is the time of year for it. In mid-winter, storms and freezing temperatures make the warming drink most inviting.And what could go better with a friendly cup of Irish coffee than a movie celebrating Irish eccentricity and black humor? Puckoon, from a much-loved book by Spike Milligan, tells the story of […]

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  • Today Is National Opposite Day Learn How To Play The Opposite Game On “The Big Comfy Couch”

    Today Is National Opposite Day Learn How To Play The Opposite Game On “The Big Comfy Couch”

    January 25, 2016 — The twenty-fifth day of January is generally recognized as National Opposite Day. It is, of course, an unofficial holiday. Banks remain open, there will be mail.It is generally observed by children who use it to say the opposite of what they actually mean, making the day an issue for both parents and teachers.One less annoying way to have children enjoy the day, however, is to let them watch The Big Comfy Couch episode called Shh, Shh, Shh, […]

  • Actor John Hurt Turns 76 Today — Enjoy Some Of His Finest Performances

    Actor John Hurt Turns 76 Today — Enjoy Some Of His Finest Performances

    January 22, 2016 — English actor John Hurt has played many memorable roles, both on stage and screen. But perhaps the one most people remember him from is his part in Alien, the Ridley Scott science fiction film.Few people who have seen it can forget the moment in the original film when Hurt, who plays executive officer Kane, has the alien to which he has become host explode out of his body. The rest of the cast had been made aware […]

  • “Monster Hunt” Opens In America To Monstrously Good Reviews

    “Monster Hunt” Opens In America To Monstrously Good Reviews

    January 22, 2016 — The wait is over. Monster Hunt, the biggest box office hit in China’s history, opens today, and the reviews are pouring in.Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: “…it’s certainly ambitious, often entertaining and, compared to the feeble competition from new American films of the moment, a singing, dancing, stomping and chomping “Citizen Kane.” Soren Andersen, Seattle Times: “Near the beginning of “Monster Hunt,” what looks like a small pineapple topped with helicopter rotors goes flittering across the screen. It’s the […]

  • Worldwide Rights To “The Witness,” Acclaimed Documentary About The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Acquired By FilmRise

    Worldwide Rights To “The Witness,” Acclaimed Documentary About The Murder Of Kitty Genovese, Acquired By FilmRise

    January 21, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights to acclaimed documentary film The Witness, about one of the most infamous crimes in New York City history.In 1964, 28-year old Kitty Genovese was murdered outside of her apartment building in Kew Gardens, Queens. It was reported in The New York Times that 38 people in the surrounding area were aware of the attack and yet did nothing to stop it — not even bothering to phone the police.The murder came to […]

  • Happy Birthday Chan Marshall (AKA Cat Power), The Voice Of Janis Joplin In Amy Berg’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue”

    Happy Birthday Chan Marshall (AKA Cat Power), The Voice Of Janis Joplin In Amy Berg’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue”

    January 21, 2016 — One of the most powerful elements in Janis: Little Girl Blue, Amy Berg‘s brilliant documentary about the legendary pop/rock/blues singer Janis Joplin, is the use of some of Joplin’s previously unknown letters to her her family.The surprisingly homey, family-oriented letters are given voice by indie singer Chan Marshall (also know as Cat Power), who “…does an uncanny job of recreating Joplin’s voice in readings from her letters.” (Toronto International Film Festival review).Berg spoke with Rolling Stone magazine […]

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  • “Monster Hunt,” The Epic Adventure, Opens In Two Days — And Wuba, The Baby Monster King, Is Already Winning Hearts

    “Monster Hunt,” The Epic Adventure, Opens In Two Days — And Wuba, The Baby Monster King, Is Already Winning Hearts

    January 20, 2016 — Monster Hunt, the highest-grossing movie in Chinese box office history, will open in the U.S. in two days.An epic adventure with live-action and animation elements, the movie is hotly-anticipated. Directed by Raman Hui, one of the creators of Shrek, Monster Hunt combines choreographed acrobatic martial arts scenes reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performances by some of China’s most talented and popular actors and a large collection of creatures (both fierce and friendly) that only an […]

  • Order “All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records” Today

    Order “All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records” Today

    January 19, 2016 — All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records is available on DVD and Blu-ray today.The documentary about the iconic record chain — directed by actor Colin Hanks — gives the viewer the basic facts immediately. It describes the arc of Tower’s fall: worth $1 billion in 1999, it was bankrupt by 2007.People of a certain age remember Tower Records as a kind of an agora — it was a compelling marketplace to which people who enjoyed […]

  • Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin

    Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin

    January 19, 2016 — Janis Joplin would have been 73 years old today.It is always difficult to envision someone who died young as an old person. With Joplin, it is almost impossible. She embodied youth. Her singing style (and the songs she often chose), her clothing, her approach to life, her infectious grin are all hard to imagine on an older person.She died at 27, one of the original members of the so-called “27 Club,” that group of performers who seem […]

  • Celebrate Cary Grant’s Birthday With The FilmRise Collection Of His Films

    Celebrate Cary Grant’s Birthday With The FilmRise Collection Of His Films

    January 18, 2016 — It is difficult to say anything new about Cary Grant. Everyone knows him as one of the greatest movie stars of all time, one of the handsomest men ever seen on film. His ranking on the AFI list of Greatest Male Stars is #2 — only Humphrey Bogart is ahead of him. But there are those who would disagree with that assessment. Renowned director Howard Hawks considered him “so far the best that there isn’t anybody to be […]

  • See Why Carole Lombard Still Remains One Of Classic Hollywood’s Greatest Stars, 74 Years After Her Untimely Death

    See Why Carole Lombard Still Remains One Of Classic Hollywood’s Greatest Stars, 74 Years After Her Untimely Death

    January 15, 2016 — It was one of the great tragedies that came out of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Actress Carole Lombard died at age 33 in a plane crash while returning from a World War II fund-raising drive.Carole Lombard was many things — one of the screen’s beauties, she was a natural-born comedian with a real talent for screwball zaniness; the highest paid star in Hollywood for several years during the 1930s, she was adored by the public, the studio bosses and […]

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  • FilmRise Acquires Home Media Rights To Eight Feature Films From Gravitas Ventures

    FilmRise Acquires Home Media Rights To Eight Feature Films From Gravitas Ventures

    January 15, 2016 — FilmRise has announced the acquisition of the exclusive North American home media rights to eight feature films from Gravitas Ventures.The films include Crazy About Tiffany’s, Peace Officer, Requiem for the American Dream, The Kids Menu, Raven’s Touch, Last Man on the Moon, Why I’m Not on Facebook and Band of Robbers. They will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this winter.The documentary films are:Peace Officer, directed by Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson, won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Documentary […]

  • Trailer And New Posters For Monster Hunt Generate Buzz Before January 22 Opening

    Trailer And New Posters For Monster Hunt Generate Buzz Before January 22 Opening

    January 15, 2016 — The North American opening of Monster Hunt, the 3-D live-action/animated blockbuster that has become the highest grossing movie ever in Chinese cinematic history, is only a week away. FilmRise is presenting the film in its original form with English subtitles, and also in a family-friendly dubbed version both of which are sure to charm parents and children. It was directed by Raman Hui, one of the creators of Shrek.In anticipation of the opening, the official trailer and several character […]

  • “The Pyramid Code” Explores One Of The Ancient World’s Greatest Treasures Using 21st-Century Technology

    “The Pyramid Code” Explores One Of The Ancient World’s Greatest Treasures Using 21st-Century Technology

    January 14, 2016 — As winter plunges us into short days and colder temperatures, it becomes very tempting to cuddle up under a blanket, turn on the television and veg out.But why not watch something that is actually interesting (even if it us educational)? The Pyramid Code, an intensely researched exploration of Egypt’s great structures, examines the existence, construction and reason for these world treasures — the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world (The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, […]

  • The Nominations For The 2016 Academy Awards Have Been Announced

    The Nominations For The 2016 Academy Awards Have Been Announced

    January 14, 2016 — The nominees for the 2016 Oscars were announced this morning by actors Guillermo del Toro and John Krasinski, director Ang Lee and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy.The Academy Awards will be announced on February 28.BEST PICTUREThe Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSpotlightBEST ACTORBryan Cranston, TrumboMatt Damon, The MartianLeonardo DiCaprio, The RevenantMichael Fassbender, Steve JobsEddie Redmayne, The Danish GirlBEST ACTRESSCate Blanchett, CarolBrie Larson, RoomJennifer Lawrence, JoyCharlotte Rampling, 45 YearsSaoirse Ronan, BrooklynBEST SUPPORTING ACTORChristian Bale, […]

  • Today In History — The First Frisbee® Was Invented

    Today In History — The First Frisbee® Was Invented

    January 13, 2016 — It was 49 years ago today that the Wham-O Toy Company started making the toy that is known world-wide today as the Frisbee.There had been earlier versions, mostly made by inventor Walter Frederick Morrison. He based them on his idea of a spaceship. The earliest one (that actually worked) was named the Pluto Platter. But when Richard Knerr and A.K.”Spud” Melin, who were starting a fledgling toy company called Wham-O saw the early prototype, they convinced Morrison to […]

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  • It Is 40 Years Since The Death Of Dame Agatha Christie

    It Is 40 Years Since The Death Of Dame Agatha Christie

    January 12, 2016 — Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Dame Agatha Christie, one of the world’s foremost mystery writers.She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time, which is not surprising since her novels have sold approximately 2 billion copies. There is a claim by her estate — one which many people credit — that her books are the third most-widely published in the world, falling behind only […]

  • The Perfect Vacation For All Armchair Travelers — Watch “Ultimate Journeys” And See The Most Amazing Places In The World

    The Perfect Vacation For All Armchair Travelers — Watch “Ultimate Journeys” And See The Most Amazing Places In The World

    January 11, 2016 — It’s the time of year when all armchair travelers put on their slippers, pull up a blanket — and fantasize about traveling to the most beautiful, the most extreme, the most exotic places on earth.Here is the perfect accompaniment for those dreams of escape — Ultimate Journeys, the Discovery Channel documentary series which put some of the world’s most remarkable places on display.The show ran for four seasons and managed to visit an amazing collection of […]

  • Farewell David Bowie — Rock Superstar Dies At 69

    Farewell David Bowie — Rock Superstar Dies At 69

    January 11, 2016 — One of rock music’s greatest superstars has died. Ziggy Stardust, aka David Bowie, lost his battle with cancer just two days after his 69th birthday.He had also released his latest album, Blackstar. It was his 25th studio album.There had been rumors of the rock star’s ill-health, and word that he had become something of a recluse. But the extremely private family did not confirm the rumors and fans were shocked to hear of his passing — and […]

  • FilmRise Acquires Unauthorized “Star Wars” Documentary “Elstree 1976”

    FilmRise Acquires Unauthorized “Star Wars” Documentary “Elstree 1976”

    January 8, 2016 — With Star Wars: The Force Awakens getting ready to crush all previous movie box office records, FilmRise is pleased to announce that it has acquired the rights to Elstree 1976, the unauthorized Star Wars documentary.The film, which premiered at the 2015 London Film Festival, interviews cast and crew members from the franchise, going back to the 1976 original. They tell numerous behind-the-scenes stories and discuss the ways that being part of the franchise has affected their lives.Elstree […]

  • Happy Birthday Soupy Sales! Watch “The Soupy Sales Show” And See Classic Comic Television At Its Best

    Happy Birthday Soupy Sales! Watch “The Soupy Sales Show” And See Classic Comic Television At Its Best

    January 8, 2016 — Soupy Sales was one of the pioneers of early children’s television — although many of the younger viewers did not realize that The Soupy Sales Show was considered subversive by many adults.With his collection of classic puppets — the most famous were White Fang (the “Biggest and meanest dog in the USA”), Black Tooth (the “Biggest and sweetest dog in the USA”) and Pookie the Lion — Soupy Sales presented comedy sketches, ridiculous slapstick humor routines […]

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  • “Thorne,” The British Mystery Series, Is The Perfect Winter Binge-Watch

    “Thorne,” The British Mystery Series, Is The Perfect Winter Binge-Watch

    January 7, 2016 —  Sleepyhead, the first Tom Thorne novel written by Mark Billingham, was an instant success.The detective novel, which was first published in 2001, made the Sunday Times “Top Ten Bestseller” list; it was listed as one of the 100 novels that helped shape the decade. Sleepyhead told the story of a case of “Locked-In Syndrome,” where the victim is completely aware of everything going on around her but cannot speak or move or in any way identify the […]

  • Happy Birthday Loretta Young — Watch Three Of Her Films: “Along Came Jones,” “Eternally Yours” And “The Stranger”

    Happy Birthday Loretta Young — Watch Three Of Her Films: “Along Came Jones,” “Eternally Yours” And “The Stranger”

    January 6, 2016 — Loretta Young was one of the most successful actresses during the Golden Age of Hollywood. She began working at the age of 4 (she was born in 1913); her beauty and ambition were a formidable combination and she would rarely be out of the public’s eye until her retirement in the 1960s.She was considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses in the movies during her heyday in the 1930s (during which decade she was […]

  • The Rights To “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Latest Romantic Comedy, Acquired by FilmRise

    The Rights To “Lolo,” Julie Delpy’s Latest Romantic Comedy, Acquired by FilmRise

    January 5, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Lolo, the romantic comedy directed by and starring Julie Delpy.Delpy, the French actress, director and writer, starred in the acclaimed romantic trilogy Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Before Midnight. In addition, she is credited on the screenplays for Before Sunset and Before Midnight, both of which received Academy Award nominations for their screenplays.Delpy began her acting career at the age of 14 and has acted in more than 30 films, […]

  • FilmRise Acquires “The Champions” Documentary About Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick’s Dog Fighting Ring

    FilmRise Acquires “The Champions” Documentary About Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick’s Dog Fighting Ring

    January 4, 2016 — FilmRise has acquired the exclusive non-theatrical worldwide rights in all media to The Champions, a high-profile documentary about the rehabilitation of the pit bull dogs rescued from Michael Vicks’ brutal dogfighting ring.In 2007, the Atlanta Falcons’ star quarterback, Michael Vick, was tried and found guilty of running an illegal dog fighting ring. Although he originally denied having anything to do with the ring, he would eventually confess to authorities that he had bankrolled it and participated in it. […]

  • A Classic From Two Of America’s Greatest Actors: “The Christmas Wife” Starring Jason Robards And Julie Harris

    A Classic From Two Of America’s Greatest Actors: “The Christmas Wife” Starring Jason Robards And Julie Harris

    December 22, 2015 — Here is a Christmas movie that boasts a pair of acting greats: The Christmas Wife stars Jason Robards and Julie Harris.Robards was known for his stage performances of the plays of Eugene O’Neill, but he was also an accomplished film and television actor as well. In his career he won a Tony Award (for The Disenchanted, in which he appeared with his father, Jason Robards, Sr.), two Academy Awards (for Best Supporting Actor, in All the President’s Men […]

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  • “Gored,” The Award-Winning Documentary About The Most-Gored Bullfighter In History, Is Acquired By FilmRise

    “Gored,” The Award-Winning Documentary About The Most-Gored Bullfighter In History, Is Acquired By FilmRise

    December 21, 2015 — FilmRise has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights in all media to Gored, the award-winning documentary about Antonio Barrera, known in Spain as “the most gored matador in modern bullfighting.” Barerra has been gored by bulls in the ring 23 times. In 2011 Geoffrey Gray wrote an article about Barrera and how often he had been injured in an article entitled The Dangerous Obsession of Antonio Barerra for Sports illustrated magazine (in the article he referred […]

  • Watch “An All Dogs Christmas Carol” During Your Holiday Family Time

    Watch “An All Dogs Christmas Carol” During Your Holiday Family Time

    December 18, 2015 — With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time for some family-friendly holiday movies.An All Dogs Christmas Carol is an animated retelling of the Charles Dickens classic holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol — but of course, in this version the main characters are all dogs. Voicing the characters are many of the actors from the original, and extremely popular, All Dogs Go to Heaven television series: Ernest Borgnine (Marty, Another Harvest Moon); Steven Weber (Wings, Studio 60 on the Sunset […]

  • Before They Were Famous — Watch Nicole Kidman At 15 In “A Bush Christmas”

    Before They Were Famous — Watch Nicole Kidman At 15 In “A Bush Christmas”

    December 17, 2015 — Nicole Kidman first came to worldwide attention in 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm.Her next film, Days of Thunder, was a publicity bonanza. Not  only was the young redhead a striking beauty, but it was during the filming of the racing movie that she met and became involved with the star of the film, Tom Cruise. Their romance and marriage made her a publicity magnet and she has been an A-lister ever since. They would make two more […]

  • Get In The Holiday Spirit By Watching “Noel,” Starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Robin Williams, Alan Arkin And Penelope Cruz

    Get In The Holiday Spirit By Watching “Noel,” Starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Robin Williams, Alan Arkin And Penelope Cruz

    December 16, 2015 — With Christmas approaching, there will be a huge collection of holiday movies available. But very few will have all-star casts that can compete with Noel, a charming and sentimental, old-fashioned movie with a galaxy of stellar performances.The intertwined plot lines cover five stories which allow parts for the remarkable cast: Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking), Oscar-winner Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin), Oscar-winner Alan Arkin (Escape from Sobibor, The […]

  • Happy Birthday To Elaine Jin, One Of The Stars Of China’s All-Time Highest Grossing Film, “Monster Hunt”

    Happy Birthday To Elaine Jin, One Of The Stars Of China’s All-Time Highest Grossing Film, “Monster Hunt”

    December 15, 2015 — Elaine Jin, who plays the feisty, proud and extremely dotty (but lovable) grandmother in Monster Hunt — the highest grossing Chinese film of all time — turns 61 years old today.The actress has been appearing in films in China since 1974. Among her best-known is Yi Yi, which was nominated for 19 awards around the world — and won twelve, including one for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. She has also appeared in Gorgeous, […]

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  • Janis Joplin’s Famous Porsche Sells For $1.76 Million

    Janis Joplin’s Famous Porsche Sells For $1.76 Million

    December 11, 2015 — Talk about a big haul.As reported yesterday, Janis Joplin’s famous psychedelic Porsche hit the auction floor last night; estimates had the classic vehicle selling for anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000.Imagine the shock when Joplin’s former car sold for a record $1.76 million Thursday night at RM Sotheby’s auction.The previous record for a similar Porsche was $1.5 million – a 1956 Porsche 356A GS Carrera Speedster sold in August 2013. Joplin’s custom-painted car has now achieved an iconic status. The sale […]

  • Janis Joplin’s Car To Be Auctioned Off Today – $600,000 Is The Anticipated Selling Price

    Janis Joplin’s Car To Be Auctioned Off Today – $600,000 Is The Anticipated Selling Price

    December, 10 2015 — Tonight is your chance to own a piece of history.RM Sotheby’s is hosting its “Driven by Disruption” sale Thursday evening, featuring an array of famous cards from a Roy Rogers-owned 1963 Pontiac – estimated to be sold near $75,000 – and Janis Joplin’s famous psychedelic Porsche.The grand total for the Me and Bobby McGee singer’s former whip could exceed $600,000, bringing in a hefty sum for Joplin’s family, who intends to use the proceeds for charity.Janis has […]

  • It is Kirk Douglas’ 99th Birthday

    It is Kirk Douglas’ 99th Birthday

    December 9, 2015 — There are few more illustrious — or longer — film careers than that of Kirk Douglas.In his first movie, the 1946 melodrama The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers, Douglas played a role that he would rarely take on again — a weak man who relies on his wife — a supremely tough Barbara Stanwyck — and everyone else for his success. By the time of his second film he was already playing a more characteristic role — a tough […]

  • Watch “Years Of Living Dangerously” On Ian Somerhalder’s Birthday

    Watch “Years Of Living Dangerously” On Ian Somerhalder’s Birthday

    December 8, 2015 — Today is the 36th birthday of actor Ian Somerhalder.Somerhalder had already been acting in movies and television shows for seven years when he began playing the role of Boone Carlyle on the popular television show Lost (a role he played for 28 episodes over the course of three years). But  his role as Damon Salvatore, in The Vampire Diaries made him a star.He has won numerous Teen Choice awards, People’s Choice Awards, and Young Hollywood Awards. But the other side […]

  • Remember The Attack On Pearl Harbor: Watch “Why We Fight” By Frank Capra

    Remember The Attack On Pearl Harbor: Watch “Why We Fight” By Frank Capra

    December 7, 2015 — 64 years ago, the military strike against Pearl Harbor propelled America into World War II.The attack began at 7:48 (Hawaiian Time). It was actually a series of attacks on the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island, and on British-held territories in the Pacific, but the attack on Pearl Harbor is only one commonly remembered. 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded in the assault. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously called December 7th, 1941 “…a date which will live infamy.” […]

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  • Watch “Wild Bill” And Wish Jeff Bridges A Happy Birthday

    Watch “Wild Bill” And Wish Jeff Bridges A Happy Birthday

    December 4, 2015 — Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges turns 66 years old today.Bridges has been acting since he was a baby. He was born into a successful acting family — his father, Lloyd Bridges, appeared in more than 150 films, although he was probably better-known as a television actor, having starred in the popular series Sea Hunt, before appearing in the anthology series The Lloyd Bridges Show.Jeff Bridges’ brother Beau, (Norma Rae, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Witness for the Prosecution) with whom […]

  • Before They Were Famous — Watch Keanu Reeves And Kiefer Sutherland In “Brotherhood Of Justice”

    Before They Were Famous — Watch Keanu Reeves And Kiefer Sutherland In “Brotherhood Of Justice”

    December 3, 2015 —  When Keanu Reeves was just 25 when he became a superstar with the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But he had been making and starring in films since 1985, when he was just 21. And we are accustomed to watching Kiefer Sutherland save the world as Jack Bauer in the immensely successful television show 24 which began in 2001, when he was already 35 years old; but he had been acting in movies since 1983, when he was […]

  • Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear” Is Short-Listed For Nomination As Best Feature Documentary

    Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear” Is Short-Listed For Nomination As Best Feature Documentary

    December 2, 2015 — The shortlist for feature length documentaries under consideration for Oscar nominations has been released, and FilmRise is proud to announce that its recent acquisition, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, has made the list.The Alex Gibney documentary, based on the Lawrence Wright‘s book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (published in 2013), presents a historic and present day view of Scientology and includes interviews with a number of ex-members who quit after many years. It details […]

  • The Divine Miss M Turns 70 — Watch “Jinxed” On Bette Midler’s Birthday

    The Divine Miss M Turns 70 — Watch “Jinxed” On Bette Midler’s Birthday

    December 1, 2015 — She has won four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has also been nominated for two Academy awards. Her recordings have  four Gold, three Platinum and three Multi-platinum albums by RIAA. She has sold more than 30 million records and won three Grammy Awards.The eternally young Bette Midler has worked as a singer, actress, comedian, songwriter and film producer for almost 50 years, having played the role of Tzeitel in the Broadway production of  Fiddler […]

  • FilmRise-Distributed “Janis: Little Girl Blue” Opens In New York City To An Impressive Per Screen Average

    FilmRise-Distributed “Janis: Little Girl Blue” Opens In New York City To An Impressive Per Screen Average

    November 30, 2015 — With an impressive Rotten Tomatoes rating (89%), Janis: Little Girl Blue, the documentary on the life of Janis Joplin by Oscar-nominated director Amy J. Berg, opened in new York City over the Thanksgiving weekend to an impressive per screen average and terrific word-of-mouth.Over the opening weekend, Janis: Little Girl Blue raked in a per screen average of $12,012; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the top-grossing film for the weekend, had a per screen average […]

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  • Listen to Janis Joplin Sing “Mercedes Benz” On Karl Benz’s Birthday

    Listen to Janis Joplin Sing “Mercedes Benz” On Karl Benz’s Birthday

    November 25, 2105 — Karl Benz was born 171 years ago. He created the first petrol-powered vehicle — widely accepted as the first automobile — in 1886. He called it the Benz Patent Motorwagen. He began commercially marketing the vehicle in 1901.But it wasn’t until 1926, after the merger of the Benz company and the Daimler automobile manufacturing companies, that a car was actually called a Mercedes-Benz.Of course, the brand still exists. It is one of the oldest and most respected car manufacturers […]

  • Celebrate Monkeys: Watch The 2-Part Documentary “Designed By Nature”

    Celebrate Monkeys: Watch The 2-Part Documentary “Designed By Nature”

    November 24, 2015 — November 24th is a day to celebrate monkeys.41 years ago today, the skeleton of Lucy, a hominid of the Austrolopithecus farensis species was discovered. She lived approximately 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia. Three significant facts about Lucy: she was a new species that had never been seen before; her skeleton was far more intact than those of creatures of a similar age that have been found; and she was named after the Beatle’s song Lucy […]

  • Before They Were Famous — Two Early Jack Nicholson Movies Show Why He Became A Star

    Before They Were Famous — Two Early Jack Nicholson Movies Show Why He Became A Star

    November 23, 2015 — Jack Nicholson has been famous for so long that it is hard to imagine a time when his face and name were not instantly recognizable. His raised eyebrows and smirk have been part of our consciousness for many years.Although he had been working as an actor for more than a decade, he first came to almost universal attention with the movie Easy Rider  in 1969. The film, produced by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, was a […]

  • Celebrate Universal Children’s Day — Watch A Trio Of Family Movies With Your Kids

    Celebrate Universal Children’s Day — Watch A Trio Of Family Movies With Your Kids

    November 20, 2015 — It’s Universal Children’s Day, so watch a movie with your kids.Since 1954, November 20th has been recognized as Children’s Day (although there are a number of other days that celebrate children — and most parents would probably say that every day is Children’s Day). There is also World Children’s Day and International Children’s Day; plus numerous countries around the world recognize their own version of Children’s Day.Universal Children’s Day started as a charter of the United Nations. It […]

  • Watch “Smoking/Non-Smoking” On National Smokeout Day

    Watch “Smoking/Non-Smoking” On National Smokeout Day

    November 19, 2015 — Today is the American Cancer Society’s National Smokeout Day.In honor of that ideal, FilmRise presents Smoking/Non-Smoking, a compelling movie based on a number of true stories.Lucie Arnaz plays Eleanor Jordan, a wife and mother who suddenly finds herself on trial for murder after her 47-year old husband dies of lung cancer brought on by second-hand smoke from Eleanor’s long smoking habit. And while the case at first seems frivolous, a number of circumstances cause the case […]

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