The first movie ended with historian/treasure-hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) triumphant, with riches, a dream house, and a dream girl, historian/knockout (and conveniently named) Abigail Chase (“Troy’s” Helen Diane Kruger). He has pretty much lost all of that as this movie begins. Meanwhile, sidekick Riley (Justin Bartha) can’t get anyone to buy his book and has learned that “the tax on $5 million in income is $6 million) as his fancy car is towed away by the IRS. It’s time to break out the treasure maps and cypher-decoders.
Sesame Street salutes the members of the United States Armed Forces with a series of DVDs and other educational materials and resources to help friends and families cope with absence, loss, and change. This bilingual (English and Spanish) multimedia outreach program is designed to support military families with children between the ages of two and five who are experiencing deployment, multiple deployments, or a parent’s return home changed due to a combat-related injury. These materials are available at no charge to military families through OneSource.
Adults who are caught up in their own concerns may not realize that children have fears and misunderstandings about what is going on or know how to help them most effectively. Materials for both adults and children encourage communication and important reminders that sad and happy feelings can be scary and complicated and that even absence, loss, and change do not affect the love we have for each another. As Memorial Day approaches, this tribute to the military and their families sends a powerful message about the sacrifice so many families are making and the importance of letting them know how much we appreciate all they do.
This week director Eric Brevig and producer-star Brendan Fraser (“That’s Fraser like razor”) answered questions about their new film, “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.” Unlike the earlier versions, including the 1959 George Pal version with Pat Boone and James Mason and a recent made-for-television movie starring Ric Schroeder, this is based on the Jules Verne book. Instead, it is the story of a modern-day scientist who searches for his brother, who discovered that Verne’s book was true.
The movie is a real thrill-ride with great stunts and effects and it was a blast to hear Brevig and Fraser talk about how it was made. In order to get the 3D effect, they have a special camera that shoots two separate movies, one for each eye. Essentially, they are projected together on screen (we got a sense of how tricky that was when they got it wrong three times before rebooting the system to get it right) and then when viewed with the special glasses, the audience gets a sense of depth and detail so distinct that — well, when the dinosaur drools, you’re going to feel like you need to wipe off your forehead.
Fraser good-naturedly answered questions — no, there will not be a sequel to “Encino Man” and yes, he does all his own stunts (he pointed out that the hanging off a cliff and getting burned stunts were left to the last day of shooting at the request of the insurance company). Brevig swore us all to secrecy when he confided that Fraser has one additional uncredited role in the film — he provides the warbling sounds for the adorable little glow-birds.
When The Movie Plays With the Studio Logo I got a big kick out of the post by Matt Singer from Screen Crush about movies that begin before the beginning by amending the studio's opening logo. Most recently, of course "The LEGO Movie" did the logo in Legos. But before that, movies like "Scott Pilgrim," "Cat Ballou," "Alien 3," and "Wate
SAG Awards 2015 The Screen Actors Guild awards for television and movies in 2014 are in and it looks like Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons are in line to bring home Oscars on February 22. The tough one to call right now is Best Actor, down to the wire between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton.
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