What’s a Hollywood Game Changer? It’s someone who completely changes the way something is done, thought about, or made. The animated film Brave took in close to 80 million at the box office its opening weekend. The Pixar film is an original story featuring the first female protagonist by Pixar. It’s hard to ignore all the re-imagined stories of Snow White being churned out by Hollywood. Has Brenda Chapman changed the game for fairytales in Hollywood? In this article we will look at one visionary who dared to go against convention to redefine ideals in Hollywood and breathed new life into fairytales.
IMO, I have picked out some of Rob’s funniest moments in interviews. Some of the clips are montages of funny things he says or does. Please take a look at the five I selected.
Welcome to New Movie Hot Seat where each Saturday we will review new films that’s opened in theaters this week. We will have a live debate discussing the pros and cons of one of the newly released films, then vote if it’s worth the money. Also, each week we will put up a poll for consumers to vote on, which film we will put in the hot seat and debate next.
However, given this is our first week of unveiling this new social event we’ve selected Water for Elephants to start us off. So if you plan on seeing Water for Elephants, which opens today in the US. Join us tomorrow! However, for those of our International friends and visitors (where this film has yet to be released) there will be spoilers! Continue reading
The final article in our series highlighting Water for Elephants
In the novel Water for Elephants, we learn about the story of the Benzini Brothers Circus during the 1930’s depression in the U.S. In the story we learn that the circus’s ultimate demise is due to the financial collapse in 1931. During the story, we learn that the purchase of Rosie the elephant severely drained their cash reserves when they paid $2,000 for her with her own boxcar. Ultimately Benzini collapsed from cash flow problems due to lack of ticket sales and high expenses. Which had us wondering how much money did it take to have a traveling circus back then? How does that compare to today’s circuses like Cirque de Soliel and Ringling Bros? Considering all these companies are private, exact revenue numbers are not available. So we’ll do some extrapolation and hope to paint a picture of the business of circuses. Continue reading
Another article from our series highlighting Water for Elephants
By Open Book
This is our last week highlighting the Sara Gruen novel Water for Elephants. It’s been fun discovering various facts about the novel. The film open’s in theaters this Friday April 22nd, 2011. However, costumes (which helps to tell this story) is the last area we have yet to uncover.
Costume designer’s can be described as visual storytellers who use texture, silhouettes and color as their means of communication. As some of you know Jacqueline West (the costume designer for Water for Elephants) not only shaped the characters personality in the film but also illustrated (for audiences) Hollywood’s influence over this period. To help us understand what may have inspired the look for Marlena played by Reese Witherspoon, we are going to look back at the social customs, magazine articles and costume designers of the 1930’s.