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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
Release Date:
November 21, 2014

 

If I Stay
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material
Release Date:
August 22, 2014

Foxcatcher
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for some drug use and a scene of violence
Release Date:
November 21, 2014

 

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating:
Not rated
Release Date:
August 22, 2014

Rosewater
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language including some crude references, and violent content
Release Date:
November 14, 2014

 

Into the Storm
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references
Release Date:
August 8, 2014

Docudrama about Handel’s Messiah on BYUtv November 27, 2014

posted by Nell Minow

BYUtv has produced a new docudrama, Handel’s Messiah, premiering November 27, 2014, about the world’s most popular and renowned choral work by one of the leading composers of the Baroque era, George Frideric Handel. The docudrama, narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning actress Jane Seymour, tells the little known dramatic and inspiring backstory of how the iconic oratorio came to be written.   It conveys a universally powerful tale of humanity laid bare in all its brilliance and imperfections, and offers a powerful perspective on the timeless classic that has thrilled generations, especially at Christmas.

Produced and directed by filmmaker Lee Groberg, edited by cinematographer Mark Goodman and written by screenwriter Mitch Davis, the 78-minute docudrama chronicles the lives of three primary characters – composer George Frideric Handel, singer/actress Susannah Cibber and patron of the arts/librettist Charles Jennens – while capturing the drama, intrigue and suspense that surrounded their interactions.

Handel’s Messiah examines in depth the life of George Frideric Handel – a complicated, strong-willed, temperamental and creative genius who had an extraordinary ability to convey drama and human emotions through music. The docudrama follows Handel’s journey from his home in Hamburg, Germany, to Rome, Italy, where he traveled to hone his composing skills, only to be thwarted by a papal decree banning opera. Fortuitous, the decree encouraged Handel to develop oratorio, a new musical genre that blended opera and sermon, which prepared the way for his crowning work, Messiah.

Moving onto London, Handel continued to focus on producing secular Italian-language operas and became one of the first composers to successfully stage an Italian opera in London. The docudrama explores the experiences behind Handel’s Messiah and tells the story of how Handel befriended Charles Jennens, the man responsible for compiling the poetry and prose from the Old and New Testaments to help complete this musical masterpiece. The film also depicts Susannah Cibber, the opera singer who was able to breathe life into this redemptive composition.

Leading Handel musicologists, historians and religious leaders featured in the docudrama include:

 

Fred Fehleisen, Professor, Juilliard School of Music

Ellen T. HarrisProfessor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and internationally recognized scholar specializing in the music of Handel

Ruth Smith: leading Handel Scholar at Cambridge

John Rutter: composer and leader of the King’s College Choir at Cambridge

John H. Roberts: leading Handel authority, University of California, Berkeley

Donald Burrows: Professor of Music and Director of the “Handel Documents Project” at the Open University, England

Paul McCreesh: British Conductor and expert in early music

Katherine Hogg: Librarian at the Foundling Museum in London in charge of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection

Michael L. Ballam: Music Historian and Professor of Opera at Utah State University

Richard Egarr: Music Director, Academy of Ancient Music, Amsterdam

Elder Russell M. Nelson: Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah

Rev. Mary June Nestler: Episcopal Diocese, Salt Lake City, Utah

Father John SchiavonePastor of the St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, California

 

“Handel’s Messiah was created amidst tragedies from financial ruin and suicide to adultery and apostasy, ” said Mr. Groberg. “Yet, through this darkness came the ultimate expression of Christian faith, hope and charity that continues to effect people today and is performed by choirs around the world like clockwork each year.”

 

Handel’s Messiah tells the tale of a creative genius whom Ludwig von Beethoven regarded as the greatest composer, “the master of us all,” who had the gift of being able to express and understand very complicated human emotions. Messiah reminds us that we are all fallible, yet worthy of forgiveness.

 

Handel’s Messiah will premiere Nov. 27th on BYUtv at 7pm MT/9pm ET and will be rebroadcast throughout the 2014 Holiday Season.

Another #Epicfail for Barbie — And a Non-Barbie Alternative

posted by Nell Minow
Copyright Mattel 2014

Copyright Mattel 2014

Remember when Teen Talk Barbie got in trouble for saying “Math is hard?” Well, Mattel did not get the memo because a new Barbie book intended to encourage girls’ interest in STEM subjects like computer programming completely misses the point. Daily Dot reports that a new book about how great it is that Barbie is a computer engineer is really about how Barbie can do some game design but when it comes time to actual programming or dealing with a virus she needs boys to come over and do it for her.

“I’m only creating the design ideas,” Barbie says, laughing. “I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game!”

Mattel has apologized and withdrawn the book. They said “The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the Brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for. We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits. We apologize that this book didn’t reflect that belief. All Barbie titles moving forward will be written to inspire girl’s imaginations and portray an empowered Barbie character.” But it is mind-boggling that it was actually written, produced, and marketed. There’s a nice remix of the book online — Mattel should think about issuing this version instead.

Meanwhile, Lammily has produced a Barbie alternative who has a realistic body and has options that include cellulite, stretch marks, freckles, acne, glasses, temporary tattoo, scratches, bruises, cast, mosquito bites and dirt stains.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Stars Talk About the Film

posted by Nell Minow

Fandango has a great interview with the stars of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” What was the toughest part for Jennifer Lawrence?  Singing!

Exclusive Clip: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

posted by Nell Minow

Writer, director and producer Tyler Perry presents the unpredictable tale of a successful woman’s life “gone downhill” when Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned – The Play is showcased on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand November 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Taped in front of a live audience, the popular play sold out performances in more than 50 cities across the U.S., and features fan favorite Patrice Lovely (TV’s “Love Thy Neighbor”) reprising her role as Miss Hattie. Also starring Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley (Madea’s Big Happy Family, Madea Gets a Job), Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned features newcomers Muhammad Ayers, Monica Blaire, Zebulon Ellis and Ray Lavender, who will have you laughing and crying with their performances.

A successful, single woman has it all – a great job, a loving family, and the ability to pay for her baby sister’s wedding. According to her best friend, however, there’s only one thing missing…the love of a good man. At her friend’s insistence, she meets the seemingly perfect man online and all seems well, until he convinces her to get married in Las Vegas and her life quickly spirals out of control. Can she regain the upper hand, or will the tides turn for the worse?

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Docudrama about Handel's Messiah on BYUtv November 27, 2014
BYUtv has produced a new docudrama, Handel’s Messiah, premiering November 27, 2014, about the world’s most popular and renowned choral work by one of the leading composers of the Baroque era, George Frideric Handel. The docudrama, narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning actress Jane Seymo

posted 8:00:38am Nov. 22, 2014 | read full post »

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Exclusive Clip: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned
Writer, director and producer Tyler Perry presents the unpredictable tale of a successful woman's life "gone downhill" when Tyler Perry's Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned - The Play is showcased on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand November 25 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

posted 8:00:26am Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 5:59:24pm Nov. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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