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Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria continues to build an impressive body of work as producer, with news that she will co-produce Zone of Silence, alongside actor Eric Winter (Witches Of East End), and Jason Blum – the producer behind the Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge movie franchises, as well as the award-winning The Normal Heart. The drama – set for NBC – will focus on a geographical area known locally as the Mapimi Silent Zone in Mexico.
The desert area, located near the Bolson de Mapimi in Durango, includes part of the Mapimi Biosphere Reserve, and is home to a local myth about a land-locked Bermuda Triangle, of sorts. Legend has it that no type of communication – radio signal or otherwise – can penetrate the area, though many locals remain sceptical.
The modern version of the myth stems from an incident in 1970, during which the U.S military apparently launched an Athena test »
- Sarah Myles
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
The Red Granite International subsidiary has dropped a Marcus Nispel project into the Cannes market in the form of the maritime horror film.
Los Angeles-based producers White Sands Pictures have earmarked an autumn start on the story of a woman who takes a yacht trip with her fiancé’s family, unaware of the clan’s secret that lies at the bottom of the ocean.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Celebrate the April 10th digital release of the Star Wars saga with this collection of fun facts and interstellar statistics. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD.
Want more behind-the-scenes revelations? Then check out the extras on Star Wars: The Digital Collection.
Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn rescue Queen Amidala, ruler of a peaceful planet invaded by dark forces. On their escape, they discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a child prodigy who is unusually strong in the Force.
Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was created from an interesting collection of vehicles and props. The front of the shuttle, in which Anakin sits, was made from the shell of a 1960’s racing car called a Maserati Birdcage. »
- Michelle McCue
4 items from 2015
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