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Special 40th Anniversary Screenings of ‘Grease’ Open In Theaters This April

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Director Randal Kleiser’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit Grease is celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. To celebrate the occasion, TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events are hosting special screenings of the Oscar-nominated film in theaters across the country. Although Jim Jacob’s and Warren Casey’s original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Choreography (Birch), Best Actor (Barry Bostwick), and Best Costume Design, it was Kleiser’s film adaptation that would go down in history as an American pop-culture icon, with John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) and Olivia Newton-John (Xanadu, Two of a Kind) in the roles of greaser Danny Zuko and good-girl Sandy Olsson. The film received several Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture (Musical/Comedy), Best Actor (Travolta), Best Actress (Newton-John), and Best Original Song for Frankie Valli’s “Grease” and John Farrar’s “You’re The One That I Want,” neither of which is featured in the original musical. John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted To You” also earned the film an Oscar-nomination for Best Original Song. For the anniversary event, special screenings will be played at select theaters on April 8th, April 11th, and April 14th. To find showings near you, visit Fathom Events at the link below and enter your Zip Code on your preferred date, and enjoy the show!

TCM Big Screen Classics Presents and Fathom Events

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Had Some Surprises But Did Little For #MeToo

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It’s awards season; that time of year when the Super Bowl is the one thing strong enough to interrupt Hollywood’s narcissistic red-carpet events and fancy afterparties. The Golden Globes aired just a few weeks ago, with much of the attention focused on the #MeToo Movement that swept the film industry after Harvey Weinstein and dozens of others were accused of sexual harassment, and even rape by an astonishing number of women working in Hollywood. Last nights Screen Actors Guild Awards, however, saw a more typical type of awards show than what we saw at the Golden Globes. Continue reading

Oscar Contender ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is Now Playing In Theaters

Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest dramatic dark-comedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri drew mass acclaim on the film festival circuit this season, winning awards at BIFA, and the Venice Film and Toronto International Film Festivals. McDonagh, along with lead cast members Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland) are already expected to receive Oscar nominations for their telling of a mid-Western mother (Mildred Hayes) who abruptly calls out the local sheriffs department for failing to resolve their investigation into her daughter’s brutal murder. Supporting actor Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Moon) is also being praised for his role as second-in-command Officer Dixon, in a film Woody Harrelson describes in the Hollywood Reporter as, “Super Troopers meets Seven Psychopaths,” (the latter another of McDonagh’s feature films).

Three Billboards was a huge hit at the British Independent Film Awards, winning for Best Music and Best Editing and receiving nominations for Best Director, Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Harrelson and Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Additionally, Three Billboards won the Feature Film award at the Denver International Film Festival, as well as Best Screenplay (Venice Film Festival), Gala/Special Presentations for McDonagh (TIFF), Overall Winner (Leeds), and Supporting Actor of the Year for Rockwell (Hollywood Film Awards). The trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing, and all bets say this one will be one of the top contenders of the Holiday season, so be sure to see it on the big screen before all the theaters are teeming with Star Wars fanatics.

The Frozen Film Festival Is Showing In Downtown Saint Paul February 1st-4th

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The 2017 Frozen Film Festival kicks off today and runs through this Saturday night in downtown Saint Paul. Frozen Film Festival plays host to both feature length and short length features in the categories of drama, comedy, and documentary. In addition, short films by students are also presented at the event. The festival kicks off tonight with a party at Sakura in downtown Saint Paul. The main venues for the event are F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at 75 W. 5th St. and TPT Street Space at 172 East Fourth Street. Tickets for the event are available on the website, along with a full schedule of films showing each day. If you’re interested, VIP passes are also still available for sale. Continue reading

This Week In Movie History…

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On September 20, 1956, director William Wyler‘s Friendly Persuasion was released in theaters in the United States. Based on the book by Jessamyn West, the story revolves around a Quaker family in 1862, whose faith and belief in non-violence is tested when Confederate troops come sweeping through their land and the family must decide whether to fight or to remain complacent. The film was written by screenwriter Michael Wilson (A Place in the Sun, Planet of the Apes), and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenwriting. It wasn’t until 2002, however, that Wilson would receive legitimate recognition for his work on the film. Continue reading

Oscar Winning Actress Patty Duke Passes Away At 69

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Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, who achieved stardom as a child actress for starring as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), has passed away at the age of 69. Duke was featured on her own television show, The Patty Duke Show, from 1963-1966 and went on to be a star of television shows and movies, as well as a number of big screen productions. Duke struggled, not only with drugs throughout her career, but also with inherent mental illnesses. She eventually overcame her demons and became a mental health advocate and president of the Screen Actors Guild. Her talents and contributions to film and mental health will be missed.

RoomAlive: Transforming Your Living Room Into a One of a Kind Gaming Experience

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RoomAlive is a brand new interactive gaming system that allows you to transform your living room into a video game. By installing the interactive projectors, they will automatically map out your living room allowing for the unique experience to work. When gaming, you can shoot, touch walls, dodge and even control a character with the system. While we are still a long shot from having these in our homes, this is one cool concept that could very much be real in the near future.

Panasonic Lumix CM1 Smart Camera

At first glance you might not think this camera, is actually a phone. Panasonic’s newly released point and shoot camera features powerful specs as both a phone and camera. Why exactly are we featuring this clunky phone/slimmed down digital camera? Well, lets just let the stats do the talking.

Phone Specs:

  • 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 4.7-inch 1080p screen
  • 2GB of RAM

Camera Specs:

  • Gigantic 1-inch sensor is a full 20 megapixels!!!
  • Leica F/2.8 28mm lens
  • DSLR-style manual controls for exposure, aperture, and ISO compliment
  • 4K video shooting.

Last thing, this device will be priced at just over $1000

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Errol Flynn Biopic ‘The Last of Robin Hood’ Coming This Fall

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Errol Flynn was an adventure actor in Hollywood’s silver-screen era, starring in action films from the early 1930s until his death in 1959. Flynn had developed a reputation in Hollywood for his flirtatious lifestyle and reputation as an action hero in movies like The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Murder at Monte Carlo (1935), and Edge of Darkness (1941) and had worked with some of Hollywoods greatest talents of the time, like director Michael Curtiz and actress Olivia de Havilland. But perhaps what the actor is most famous for in modern times was his elicit affair with a young Hollywood starlet in the latter years of his life. The new biopic from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, The Last of Robin Hood, follows the story of Flynn’s affair with Beverly Aadland, an up-and-coming actress in Hollywood in the 1950s. Flynn, who was an aging talent and active drunk by the time of his death, kept the affair fairly low key with the help of Aadland’s mother, who actually encouraged the affair, until it finally came into public awareness just before his death. The actor suffered a heart attack while in Canada in October, 1959, but it was also revealed that he had been suffering from heart disease, spinal osteoarthritis, and cirrhosis of the liver from years of alcohol dependency. The Last of Robin Hood features Academy Award winners Kevin Kline as Flynn and Susan Surandon as Florence Aadland, and Dakota Fanning as young starlet Beverly Aadland, and is expected to be released sometime in the fall of this year.