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UNBROKEN: A MOVING TALE OF FORGIVENESS, STRENGTH AND COURAGE

26 Dec

We all have greatness within us and our greatness shines through when our spirits are tested.  Louis Zamperini, is one man who under extraordinary circumstances showed remarkable greatness. Unbroken is based off the book written by Laura Hillenbrand and directed by Angelina Jolie.  It chronicles his childhood, his marathon in the Olympics and his war time service.  He passed away in 2014.

I viewed this film on Christmas Day and found it to be extremely moving but very long.

 

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The Royal Family: Goodwill and Charity

12 Dec

The Royal famiy is known for many things.  One of which is their involvement with goodwill and charitiable organizations.  Their influence is felt around the world.  Most of the world associates goodwill with the late Princess Diana and her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, but it has extended to our very own pop culture.

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Should Women Support Snow White?

11 Apr

By Open Book

You may have recognized the number of fairy tale movies being produced in Hollywood this year. Two films centered on Snow White and another on Sleeping Beauty. Yet, there is a tradition in literature where the female antagonist is the powerful, sexual, wicked older woman.[1] Really? What a way to marginalize women. All these films cast “older” Oscar winning actresses as the evil stepmother. So far we have Mirror, Mirror evil stepmother played by Julia Roberts, Snow White and the Huntsman with wicked, Charlize Theron and finishing up the evil older women crew is Angelina Jolie in Maleficent due out March 2014.  Looking at the media today young girls and women might get the impression women over the age of 30 are evil and jealous of young girls?  Why should society support films that put women at odds with one another and play on their insecurities?

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Hollywood Take 2: Berlin Film Festival

11 Feb

Because they missed an earlier evaluation or are just new to your knowledge; many things in Hollywood are being reborn. Events that appeared to slip into the abyss of history have been dusted off to reveal new opportunity in contemporary and future entertainment. Old comedy duos are resurfacing to keep us laughing.  Old film festivals are receiving face-lifts. Technology innovators are receiving over due praise and recognition.

Essential stories;

1. Rosanne Reunion;

2. Berlin Film Festival

3.  African American Entertainment Technology Inventors

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The Business of Leading Ladies in Hollywood

3 Dec

By: Lurker

The box office hasn’t always been so nice to leading ladies in movies. In fact, female consumers aren’t always lining up to buy tickets to chick flicks either.  Looking over the numbers there are a few themes that emerge for leading ladies to cash in at the box office.

At risk of starting off with too many clichés, leading ladies are being typecast. Whether that is because it’s a successful formula or playing to what fans will buy I think that could be argued in both directions. While pouring over the numbers women appear to have box office success three ways: being placed in a particular part – typecasting, or landing in a specific story line or becoming part of an ensemble cast. However, there is no argument that Hollywood is a business and businesses must make money.  Continue reading