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This Week In Movie History…

On December 1, 1983, director Brian de Palma (The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) released his modernized version of Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks’ 1930s gangster drama, Scarface. While the original followed a charismatic Chicago mobster in the Prohibition era, de Palma’s version took the character to violent world of the 1980s drug trade in Miami, Florida. Fueled by Al Pacino‘s riveting performance and backed by an outstanding supporting cast that included Michelle Pfeiffer (What Lies Beneath, Batman Returns), Steven Bauer (Raising Cain, Primal Fear), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, The Perfect Storm) and Robert Loggia (Big, Independence Day), Scarface ushered in a new era of gangster movies far darker than Francis Coppola’s The Godfather series just a decade before. One of the primary reasons is because of de Palma’s direction. Continue reading

This Week Marks 36th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’

May 23rd, 1980 saw the release of one of director Stanley Kubrick‘s most iconic films, The Shining. Initially a commercial flop, the film has gone down as an iconic Hollywood masterpiece, and one of Kubrick’s most celebrated films. Based on a novel by author Stephen King (Carrie, Salem’s Lot), who admittedly is not a big fan of Kubrick’s adaptation, The Shining combines a a series of bizarre elements with Kubrick’s carefully crafted filmmaking, exploring the darker side of the human subconscious. Kubrick was a popular director at the time the film came up for production. He had previously released such renowned films as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971), which had earned him a great amount of control when it came to making his films. The production on The Shining, however, was not what anyone had expected, taking more than a year to film at a budget that ended up at $18 million. What’s more, critical reception was incredibly harsh against Kubrick and lead actors Jack Nicholson (Chinatown, The Departed) and Shelley DuVall (Annie Hall, The Portrait of a Lady), even though the film did end up grossing $44 million. Continue reading

New Drama ‘Joy’ With Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Now Playing In Theaters

A new drama featuring recurring co-stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, American Sniper) titled Joy is now playing in theaters nationwide. The two stars are again directed by writer/director David O. Russell (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook), in the story of Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop and became the matriarch of her family business and dynasty, but not before she encounters betrayal and treachery on her way to success. Also joining the two co-stars is their third recurring co-star Robert DeNiro (Goodfellas, Casino), with actors Edgar Ramirez (Vantage Point, The Liberator), Diane Ladd (Chinatown, Christmas Vacation), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Firewall), and Isabella Rossellini (Fearless, Enemy). Continue reading

‘The Hunger Games: MockingJay-Part 2’ To Be Released In 3D-IMAX

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012).

The Hunger Games film franchise will be wrapping up this November with Mockingjay-Part 2, and for the first time in the whole series, movie-goers will be able to see it in IMAX 3D. While the first two installments, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire saw release on IMAX screens, last year’s Mockingjay-Part 1 was not released on IMAX or 3D, at least not in the United States. Audiences in China, however, were able to see Mockingjay-Part 1 in 3D, and since the response was so positive, Lionsgate has decided to release Part 2 in 3D as well, so director Francis Lawrence has added another task to his post-production checklist, according to Lawrence the new format will only help to improve the quality of the movie, but I guess it will be up to the fans to decide whether or not it improves upon the earlier films or not. Mockingjay-Part 2 opens in theaters this November 20th, and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terabithia, Escobar: Paradise Lost), Liam Hemsworth (Empire State, Paranoia), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, A Most Wanted Man), and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland).

Fresh Off The Boat w/ Eddie Huang: Shanghai


In the last episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Eddie Huang took a trip to Mongolia to check out the country’s current re-building period; now it appears he’s moved on to Shanghai, China. In the first part of his Shanghai trip, Eddie shacks up with a local street food vendor in an attempt to see just how arduous city life in Shanghai can be. Peep part 1 above and keep an eye out for the 2nd episode soon.

A Tale of Four Cities

Director Charles Lanceplaine recently hooked up with four skaters in an effort to capture the skate life of four distinct Chinese regions. Cyres Wong, Liu Jia Ming, Zhang Zi Yang & Timi McMeel tackle Guangzhou, Shanghai, Wuhan & Beijing pulling off some super technical tricks along the way. Peep the video above and stay tuned for more from Lanceplaine.