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SXSW: Career Opportunities in Organized Crime in 360-Degree Virtual Reality

Billed as “the first ever feature-length film shot with 360-degree virtual reality cameras,” Career Opportunities in Organized Crime will premiere at the Vr/Ar Experience Expo at SXSW from March 16-18. The debut film from Alex Oshmyansky, Career Opportunities is a mockumentary that follows the filming of a recruitment video for the Russian mafia. Oshmyansky isn’t your typical first-time filmmaker. An inventor, entrepreneur and radiologist, he earned a PhD in mathematics from Oxford and a medical degree from Duke before completing residency training at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins. When writing the script for Career Opportunities, which he also produced, Oshmyansky always had Vr in mind. “The Vr […]
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‘Pretty in Pink’ at 30: The Best and Worst Films of John Hughes

‘Pretty in Pink’ at 30: The Best and Worst Films of John Hughes
Before movies like “Say Anything” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and TV shows like “Dawson’s Creek” and “My So Called Life,” John Hughes’ classic high school romance “Pretty in Pink” dared to depict teenage love with a poignancy and truthfulness that felt both natural and wildly sentimental. Released on February 28, 1986, it remains one of Hughes’ most beloved movies. On the 30th anniversary of “Pretty in Pink,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.

The Best…

10) Uncle Buck (1989)

John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, Candy showed winning chemistry with 9-year old Macaulay Culkin in what remains a career highlight. Though a 1990 “Uncle Buck” sitcom starring Kevin Meaney
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Creative master's degrees: they're not just for art students

Many creative and media postgraduate courses are open to all graduates, regardless of their first degree

Creative industries – from advertising and fashion to film and video games – employ 2 million people in the UK, according to the Confederation of British Industry, which says it is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country.

Career opportunities in media and the arts have never been better, and universities have been quick to seize the moment, adding hundreds of new courses.

The good news is you don't have to have studied a creative subject for your first degree to be accepted on a postgraduate course. The National Film and Television School (Nfts) actively seeks graduates from different academic backgrounds for its range of two-year master's degrees, which includes cinematography, directing animation, sound design and screenwriting.

The aim is to encourage innovators who will do interesting things, says Jon Weinbren, the Nfts's head of games design and development.
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: '2 Guns' & More

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"The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go." — Mel Gibson, 'Mad Max'

Greetings from the apocalypse! Hopefully this isn't the end, but I have to depart the sandblasted pages of this column for a brief sojourn across the wasteland. With a little luck, a lot of gasoline and the aid of a gangly autogyro pilot I should find my way back in a few months time, but until then enjoy this last weekend column … for now.

Friday, August 2

Pow! In Theaters

As I wrote earlier this week for, "2 Guns" will without a doubt take its place among the pantheon of extremely forgettable Denzel Washington action movies. Hell, the trailer could have been one of those parodies from the beginning of "Tropic Thunder.
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TV episode name games: an extra layer or distraction from the action?

Television shows – from Nashville to The Fall to Springwatch – are often peppered with in-jokes, puzzles and pop culture references. But do we get them?

Viewer's of Nashville, More4's imported country-music soap, will expect ripe melodrama from the season one finale. Its conflagration of emotional tangles and record company wrangles is sure to be, well, like a country song. It's even named after one: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive. That title – also the name of the final single released by tragic country legend Hank Williams in 1953 – suggests something really heavy. But only to those who care to look it up; typically for such TV dramas, the title doesn't appear on screen. It's one for the writers – and the hardcore who supplement their enjoyment by consulting online episode guides.

They will already know that each of Nashville's last 20 episodes is titled after a Hank tune, just as jazzbos
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Casting Roundup: Mulligan, Roth and Waltz Get the Gigs

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The "Shame" gal goes bad, a Reservoir Dog becomes royalty and "August: Osage County" gets even bigger as we look at the past week's casting activity.

Carey Mulligan will soon be channeling Nicole Kidman in "To Die For" as she signs on to play a femme fatale in the dark crime comedy, "Nancy and Danny," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The "Drive" beauty will star as a money-hungry woman who, after her big-city dreams go up in smoke, engages in a get-rich-quick scheme in order to land an old high school crush. Things probably go quite awry.

Speaking of Nicole Kidman, Variety reports that Tim Roth is set to join her in the rather bizarre true-life tale, "Grace of Monacco." The film follows Oscar winner Grace Kelly and her husband, Monaco's Prince Rainier III (Roth), who is charged by French leader Charles de Gaulle to reform Monaco's tax laws in six months' time.
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Dermot Mulroney Vs. Dylan McDermott

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They're practically the same age, with names so similar they give dyslexics seizures, and both have played love interests of Julia Roberts. But Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott are not the same person. We swear.

The two actors have both had steady careers, with Mulroney sticking mostly to character roles on the big screen ("Zodiac," "J. Edgar") while McDermott found fame on the boob tube starring in hit shows like "The Practice," "Dark Blue" and Ryan Murphy's current FX series "American Horror Story."

What would happen if these two went toe-to-toe for nine electrifying rounds in our ring of pop culture minutiae? With McDermott set to join Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis on the election trail in "The Campaign" this week, there's no better time than the present.

Best Movie Role

Dermot Mulroney: Randall Hertzel, "About Schmidt" (2002)

Dylan McDermott: Secret Service Agent Al D'Andrea, "In the Line of Fire" (1993)

Advantage: Mulroney,
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The Muppets Opening Dance Scene Clip

DanceOn, the YouTube partnership channel exclusive to dance videos, reveals a sneak peek of the opening number from Disney.s The Muppets starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams. The scene, set to the tune Got Everything That I Need,. features the new Muppet Walter and was choreographed by five-time MTV Video Music Award winning choreographer Michael Rooney. The Muppets hit theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.

First, check out this clip where Michael Rooney talks about working on The Muppets:

Clip “I’ve Got Everything That I Need” From The Muppets

About DanceOn

DanceOn is the premier dance video entertainment network designed for dancers and non-dancers alike, featuring news, entertainment and community programming in the dance category.

Through the creation of multi-platform, mainstream dance content, DanceOn strives to

Create Career Opportunities for Members of the Dance Community Produce Promotional Vehicles for Dance Artists, Music Artists, and Filmmakers Expose a Wide
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Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Sarah Hyland Get 'Struck By Lightning'

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Back in December we reported on falsetto-voiced "Glee" star Chris Colfer's first big foray into both writing and being a leading man entitled "Struck By Lightning." Details were scarce about the John Hughes-influenced High School movie, but now as filming begins the project is coming more into focus.

According to Variety, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, and Sarah Hyland have joined Colfer and co-star Allison Janney of "West Wing" and "Juno" fame in the indie picture. The film concerns "Colfer's character being struck and killed by a bolt of lightning and is told in flashback. It chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he's publishing."

Sounds like some juicy material, with plenty of quirk for these three character actors to sink their teeth into. Hendricks is, of course, the head-turning red head bombshell who puts the va-va-va-voom into AMC's "Mad Men,
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The Muppets Dance Video & New Stills Of Chris Cooper And Wanda Sykes

The Muppets” Right Where We Belong . With banjo-strumming Kermit at the center of the action, the Muppets . (l to r: Scooter, Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Miss Piggy {of course!}, Sam Eagle, Beauregard and Link Hogthrob) . are ready to play the music, light the lights and get things started in The Muppets. Photograph by: Scott Garfield ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

DanceOn, the YouTube partnership channel exclusive to dance videos, released their on-set look at this fall.s highly anticipated Disney film, The Muppets. Five-time MTV Video Music Award winning choreographer Michael Rooney delves into the four dance numbers in the film, which feature leading actors Jason Segal, Amy Adams and Chris Michael.s future dance plans with Miss Piggy!


On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover
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Kerala to host Cartoon Animation Festival and seminar

Cartoon Animation Festival and seminar Aniyug 2011 will be held on the 25th and 26th February 2011 in Ernakulam, Kerala.

Industry experts from animation and media are expected to participate in the seminar on the latest trends and future of the Animation industry. The festival aims to create a thorough awareness on the rapidly increasing career opportunities in the animation arena in India.

The venues for the festival will be Seminar Hall-Kerala Press Academy, and Ems Library Theater. It is being jointly organized by Toon Arts India, Kerala Cartoon Academy, Kerala Press Academy, Rachana Visual Media, and Directorate Of Film Festivals, I&B Ministry, Government Of India.

Aniyug ’2011 – Programme Schedule

25th February 2011

Venue-1-Seminar Hall-Kerala Press Academy

11 Am: Inauguration

11.30 Am-01.30Pm: Introduction to Animation World. Cartoonist Jose Joseph.

Film by Cartoonist (late)Abu Abraham (no arks), and Other short animation films followed by discussion.

01.30 Pm to 2Pm: Lunch Break.

02.00 Pm
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Cool Stuff: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Board Game And More From Gallery 1988 John Hughes Art Show

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Cool Stuff: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Board Game And More From Gallery 1988 John Hughes Art Show
If you've ever dreamed of stealing a Ferrari, going to a Cubs game, an art museum and singing in a parade all from the comfort of your own home, artist Max Dalton has made it possible. He created The Ferris Bueller's Day Off Board Game to be included in the upcoming Gallery 1988 show [1], The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes, which opens February 11 at their new Venice, CA location. The original version comes with dice, playing pieces and rules but there will also be a limited amount of prints available at the show. Check out images of the game, as well as a few other preview pieces from the show, after the jump. The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes opens February 11 though March 4 at Gallery 1988 Venice, 214 Pier Ave., Santa Monica, CA. Here are the images of the Ferris Bueller board game as well as four other pieces from the show.
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Spring Indie Film Preview 2010

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Spring Indie Film Preview 2010
Fans of Ewan McGregor, Kristen Stewart and James Van Der Beek (!) will be seeing double this spring, as arthouses and multiplexes host an array of indie films ranging from the travails of septuagenarian New Yorkers looking for love ("The Last New Yorker") to 13-year-old assassins on the hunt for their first kill ("Kick-Ass"). If real life is more your speed, there are new documentaries about reviving animation strips (the Disney doc "Waking Sleeping Beauty") and stripping down (the burlesque history "Behind the Burly Q"), while foreign wonders like the French crime epics "A Prophet" and "Mesrine" mix with Korean treasures "Mother" and "The Good, The Bad and The Weird."

But of course, why limit yourself to just what's playing in the first-run theater near you? We've also included a look at the films that will be playing Anywhere But a Movie Theater (online, on demand, and on DVD) in the next few months,
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Career Opportunities: Where Are You Going?

Just yesterday, I had a conversation with a director friend of mine who I just finished a film for. We were talking about work ethic and perseverance in our industry, and we found that we had quite differing views on certain aspects of how hard you have to work to sustain a healthy career making movies.

My view has always been — and I've stated this here before — that since I am a film composer to the bone, there is nothing else that I will ever do, or could do. How hard I am willing to work to maintain what I have achieved in the time that I've been actively pursuing my composing career as well as the work it is going to take to get me where I want to be in 10 years is something that I am willing to undertake no matter the cost, immediate family notwithstanding.

I believe
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Throwback Thursday: ‘Swimming With Sharks’

I could start out in the most obvious and typical way by asking you if you’ve ever had a boss you hate. A boss you’d love to tell off, or, dare I say… a boss you yearn to see bad things happen to? Well, that’s not what I’m going to do.

“Shut up! Listen! Learn!” — Buddy

Weakness, and power, or the illusion of power… however you want to spin it, Swimming With Sharks is all about survival of the fittest amidst the hounds of Hollywood. All the stories, the rumors, the gossip that emits radioactive frequency of negativity and cruelty, it all comes to life here in George Huang’s sharply written and unabashedly dark comedy about life in Hollywood as a schmuck assistant.

Swimming With Sharks stars Frank Whaley (Broken Arrow, Red Dragon) as Guy, an characteristically mannered and innocent young man from up-state New
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John Hughes: 'Career Opportunities'... The Best Movie Ever

by Joel Hanek

Mix an early-20s Jennifer Connelly, a cameo by John Candy, a plot that involves teenagers physically trapped in a building -- thus forcing them to spend time with one another, confront stereotypes and (inevitably) fall in love -- and then add a cross-promotion with Target that is basically an integrated marketer’s wet-dream. What is this crazy thing, you ask? John Hughes’ classic romantic teenage comedy, “Career Opportunities”.

The 1991 film, overshadowed for many by Hughes’ other monster early '90s releases ("Home Alone," "Dutch"), stars Frank Whaley, a charismatic goofball of an actor. He's got a million cameos under his belt and only a few starring roles -- most notably, “Swimming with Sharks," which co-stars Kevin Spacey.

Whaley plays Jim Dodge, a college-aged but degree-less nerdy suburbanite who can’t hold a job. After a stern talking-to from his parents, Jim secures employment as the overnight
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Rip John Hughes 1950-2009

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One of the foremost comedy writer/directors of the last 25 years has died.  John Hughes, creator of such teen comedies as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and his opus, the terrific The Breakfast Club died of a heart attack at the age of 59.  He almost single-handedly defined the concept of "teen comedy" as we know it today. He wrote and directed with an ear towards teenage dialogue like no one else.  Despite the cheesiness of such fare as Weird Science (I still like it despite, perhaps because of that), many of his films hold up as comedy classics.  Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a comedy masterpiece that launched the career of Matthew Broderick, and remains a staple of 1980's comedy. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles ranks as some of the best work John Candy and Steve Martin ever did on the big screen.  There was a sensitivity to Candy's performance
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Director John Hughes dies at 59

Director John Hughes dies at 59
John Hughes, director of "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," died of a heart attack Thursday. He was 59.

Hughes died while taking a morning walk during a trip to Manhattan to visit family.

He made a teen star of Molly Ringwald with 1984's "Sixteen Candles," about a girl's nightmarish birthday on the eve of her sister's wedding. Ringwald also starred in "Breakfast Club," about a group of high school misfits during Saturday detention, and "Pretty in Pink." He also wrote and produced 1990's "Home Alone."

Hughes lived in Illinois and set many of his films in the Chicago area.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy, two sons, John and James, and four grandchildren.

A John Hughes filmography follows:


Curly Sue (1991)

Uncle Buck (1989)

She's Having a Baby (1988)

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Weird Science (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Sixteen Candles
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New York City Serenade DVD Review -- Charles says if this is the only DVD in the house, go ahead and watch it. But be ready to fast forward

According to IMDb, actor Frank Whaley plays “bit parts in big movies and successful star vehicles (Pulp Fiction (1994), JFK (1991), Broken Arrow (1996), The Freshman (1990), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Red Dragon (2002)), and leads in mostly bad movies (Career Opportunities (1991), Cold Dog Soup (1990), and The Jimmy Show (2001)).” The implication here is that he is incapable of carrying a movie on his own. Whether or not that is true, New York City Serenade certainly shows he has similar difficulties as a writer-director (although his two earlier efforts, Joe the King and The Jimmy Show have received some favorable commentary). Where to begin with this film? Dull and depressing? Predictable and trite? Unsympathetic and uninteresting characters? All too true. This 2007 effort introduces us to Owen (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), an ...
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Cinematical Seven: Sexy Scenes Without the Sex

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(With Valentine's Day arriving this week, we thought we'd dig up some of our old romantic favorites and mix them in with some new stuff. Enjoy.)

By: Monika Bartyzel

Warning: Even though this isn't about sex, it's about sexiness, so some content might not be suitable for work, or for young/impressionable/anti-sexual readers.

There's a vast sea of in-your-face sex on film -- close-up penile shots from the likes of Brown Bunny, real sex in Shortbus, porn penis in Romance -- and those are just the moments that capture the real deal. There's also all the simulated sex from the infamous prosthetic in Boogie Nights to the sexual addiction of A Dirty Shame.

Yet in this barrage of real and almost-real sex, there's tons of sexy scenes that do just as well without the actual act of copulation. And I'm not talking about a scene like Mulholland Drive, where
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