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The Film Entertainment Magazine provides information on upcoming and current major motion pictures in the United States and around the globe. Watch movie trailers, read film production notes, interviews, reviews, cast profiles and background information on new movies in 2013.

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Remembering Popeye’s Bumblebee

On January 17, 2014 Popeye the Sailor turned 85 years old.  The sailor man with a passion for spinach and Olive Oyl made his debut in the Thimble Theatre comic strip created by E.C. Segar. For decades Segar’s work, including his successors Bud Sagendorf and Bobby London, have been reprinted for new generations to discover.  Although reprinted in comic book format during the 1940’s and 1950’s the work of one Popeye’s greatest cartoonists has been slighted: Bela “Bill” Zaboly.

Steve Albrezzi: On the Road to Commencement

Steve AlbrezziCommencement is one of those films that draws you in to a warm sense of intimacy with a small group of characters.  There is a main character, Christa (Amelia Rose Blaire), with her own crises and decisions to make at this crossroads in her life. 

But in many ways she is the catalyst for the ensemble.  Each of a number of surrounding characters has different personal or relational issues to deal with over the course of a 24-hour period. So when the lights came up in the theater at the 2013 Heartland Film Festival, I decided immediately that I liked this film.  In fact, there was a veritable cornucopia of things to like.  Lucky for me, filmmaker Steve Albrezzi – writer, director, and producer – was at the Heartland Film Festival, where Commencement had its U.S. premiere.  I had the chance to meet Steve after the screening, so let’s learn more about the man who created this lovely film. 

Summer films start rolling

The Indiana Filmmakers Network held its first Indie Film Con– or Independent Film Convention in Bloomington, Indiana. Filmmaker Chris Eller spearheaded the June 2013 event.

Filmmaker Kenneth Stevenson makes an Ironic Cheery Point.  It’s a very ironic title.  And very timely.  This is a film that makes you think seriously about the path down which American society seems to be heading in the 21st century.  And it’s not the yellow brick road.      

Super heros and favorites return

This summer's films resurrect several superhero characters and extends the shelf life of a few popular films.

The start of the summer kicks off May 3rd with the release of Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow andBen Kingsley. The armor-clad superhero returns to face off against the Mandarin, the mystical villain played by Kingsley.

Man of Steel (June 14) brings back Superman with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. Two surviving Kryptonians face off against Superman.

300: Rise of An Empire (Aug 2) brings back the Spartan soldiers who died at the end of 300 with sequel around Persian King Xerxes fight against a Greek army.

The release of R.I.P.D. (July 19) brings a pair of undead cops togethers to police the afterlife. Stars Ray Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon.

StarTrek Into Darkness (May 15) brings Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbacth together to breath life back into the 2009 Star Trek blockbuster directed by J.J. Abrams.

The 3rd return of The Hang Over Part III (May 15) reunites Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor in Las Vegas for another adventure.

A second attempt with Grown Ups 2 has the characters from the first movie move back to their childhood hometown.

Watch movie trailers and find out more about 2013 summer films in May, June, July, August.




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Batman comic book coverA Batman for all Generations!

Many parent’s memories of Batman harkens back to the live-action television series.

Often comic book historians have few good things to say about the series claiming it turned Batman into a joke with its campy portrayal of the Caped Crusader.  Continue reading about A Batman for all Generations!

Mary Badham "To Kill a Mockingbird"

In the minds of many people, the word “scout” conjures up routine images of exploration, observation, and organized youth troops. But to the die-hard movie fan - particularly those can’t-get-enough-of-them film aficionados who grew up in The Sixties - that word “scout” calls to mind primarily one thing: the critically-acclaimed film To Kill a Mockingbird and its then ten-year-old star, Mary Badham, who played the role of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch.

“GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” commences principal photography in the UK in preparation for August 1, 2014 film release from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios.  Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,”“Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty”, “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness”, “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad”, “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector,  Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has endured for one reason: there is nothing else like it. It may not have been shot with anything more high-tech than the industry standard cameras and mikes of the day, but it remains the world’s first and finest interactive multimedia experience. Continue reading about the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the new book and watch the trailer.

The Vinyl Beat: Filmmakers Sara Sugarman and Jim Cooper

Smart and Sassy: Coley Sohn and Sassy Pants Slap me sassy, girl!  The opening scene of Sassy Pants, from writer-director Coley Sohn, is flat-out sassy, in other words, so pitifully comical that you’re reeled in fast – and stay wonderfully ensnared for the duration of this feature-length serious comedy. Continue reading Coley Sohn and Sassy Pants.

Good Fortune: Daniel Lahr and Fortune’s Favored It’s the 1930s... the Great Depression... desperate times, desperate people.  Good people... hope and faith in the future.  They are Fortune’s Favored. Continue reading about Fortune's Favored and interview with Daniel Lahr.

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3-D movies were among the top grossing films in 2013. 3-D movies may be the key to revive the slumping movie industry. See the schedule of new 3D movies in 2010, watch movie trailers and read studio production notes.

The International 3D Society released a 3D revenue study today showing that 3D movie fans are driving opening weekend box office revenues by significant margins. Continue reading about upcoming 3D movies.

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