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By Jon Heitland
On any list of the best films based on World War II, The Great Escape, directed by John Sturges and based on the novel by Paul Brickhill, will always rank near the top. The compelling story of a group of British and American prisoners of war and how they outwitted their Nazi captors observes its 50th anniversary this year, and actor David McCallum, who plays Ashley-Pitt in the film, travelled to Omaha, Nebraska on November 9, 2013, to help celebrate the classic film. Proceeds went to the Nebraska Kidney Foundation, which was why McCallum took time from his busy television schedule to make an appearance. The evening event centered around a showing of the film at the large, concert-style theater at the prestigious Joslyn Museum, to an enthusiastic, full house crowd of 1000.
The Great Escape 50 year retrospective was another »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
For those of you that still actually use the postal service to send letters, or just collect stamps, here's a set of six Harry Potter collector stamps that you might be interested in. They are currently available for pre-order. The Usps is only making 5 million books of the 20 stamp set, and they will officially be released November 19th. I've included more details below.
Click here to pre-order a set. Here’s the official description:
The Harry Potter films brought J.K. Rowling’s magical world to the screen, giving physical shape to the characters, creatures, and places that had lived in readers’ imaginations since publication of the first book. The U.S. Postal Service celebrates that magic with a 20-stamp souvenir booklet featuring stills from the award-winning Warner Bros. movies.
The folded booklet has five pages. The front cover features the title Harry Potter, with an image of Harry playing Quidditch, »
- Joey Paur
Hallmark Channel is trying to replicate the soft-focus feel of its movies in series form, so why not go to the source? Exec producer Martha Williamson anchored CBS’ Saturday night for years with “Touched by an Angel,” and her new movie, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” was ordered as a series even before its premiere. Purposefully old-fashioned, shamelessly sentimental and proudly faith-based, the show plucks heartstrings with such unreserved conviction it will likely connect with a target audience prone to dismissing most of pop culture as one big cesspool. While too sappy for the cool kids, for Hallmark, it feels like the right package.
For starters, the premise and groan-inducing title have an almost unintentionally comical conceit: The U.S. Postal Service — a much-derided organization, running a massive deficit and struggling to survive the age of email — cast as intrepid heroes, repairing lives and piecing together happy endings. In an odd way, »
- Brian Lowry
by Matt Hawkins
Movies based upon video games have a fairly wretched reputation, and many people place the blame on just one person: Uwe Boll. His cinematic adaptations of House of the Dead, BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, and Far Cry are all universally reviled, though the one movie that is often cited as being absolute garbage is Postal.
Today might either be the most appropriate or inappropriate day, given that the nation is reflecting upon the events of September 11, 2001. The opening sequence of Postal depicts the hijacking of one of the planes that would be driven into World Trade Center, but in "comedic" fashion.
Well, guess what: Boll wants to do sequel, but it'll only happen if you lend a hand. And you do want to give him your support, don't you?
Boll has turned to, what else, Kickstarter to make his dream happen. Here we have a recent video for his campaign, »
- MTV Video Games
Last week’s column, about the apparent suicidal impulses of the Us Postal Service, advanced what I hope is a baseless and purely paranoiac thesis: Because Ups, FedEx, and their ilk don’t cover every form of deliverable and are prohibitively expensive for many small-business shippers, we are in urgent need of alternative low-cost means for shipping parcels and other three-dimensional objects that can’t – or won’t – be deliverable to us in electronic form any time soon. That’s because the P.O.’s collapse might happen faster than we can create the infrastructure necessary to take up the (very minor) slack.
That would be a Geek Apocalypse. Some momzer with an encyclopedic memory of The Overstreet Guide won’t be able to profitably ship you that copy of Tales To Astonish #12 you bid too much for. And your ability to receive items like priceless Mr. Terrific maquettes, or »
- Martin Pasko
Much-maligned director Uwe Boll really wants your help. The guy is putting together a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the proposed sequel to his surprisingly enjoyable 2007 comedy “Postal.” Since no one in Hollywood is willing to give him the money, he wants fan to help put some coins in the coffer. So to speak. If you’re into unintentional hilarity, stop by the “Postal 2″ Kickstarter page. It’s a wonderland of broken English and bad jokes. What will all of this money go towards, you ask? According to Boll, all of the cash generated through his crowdfunding campaign is going towards “cocaine for the stars down the nose.” That’s not a typo, by the way. Here’s more comedy from filmmaker: Postal 2 will be a controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues. We take the biggest scandals of our democracy, like the happenings about Julien Assange »
- Todd Rigney
The slow bandwagon of celebrities funding films through Kickstarter gained another member this week in the form of notorious German director Uwe Boll, a filmmaker known for directing a series of terrible video game adaptations and for being ever so slightly crazy. In the wake of the upcoming Veronica Mars film and Zach Braff’s indie comedy Wish I Was Here being funded through the crowdfunding website, Boll has set up a Kickstarter campaign with a funding goal of $500,000 for a sequel to his 2007 film Postal, an action comedy based on the PC game of the same name.
Boll’s adaptation of the first Postal game was more based on Postal 2 and critiqued politics and relatively current affairs in a big way, including bird flu as a plot point and featuring George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden as characters. And it appears that the sequel to his Postal film »
- James T. Cornish
To know German director Uwe Boll is to either hate him — and by hate we mean despise and loathe with your entire being — or to shrug your shoulders and discuss what you ate for dinner last night. There really isn't anything overwhelmingly positive to say when it comes to the divisive filmmaker who brought us masterpieces like Blubberella and Alone in the Dark. Boll has whipped up a Kickstarter to fund his next film — a "controversial comedy about current political issues," or as we like to call it, a desperate attempt to become relevant. Here's a synopsis: "Postal 2 will finally destroy the filmindustry and the world we are living in. We could name the movie also Honey Booboo must die ....but so many people deserve to die...
- Alison Nastasi
Boll became famous a little under a decade ago for helming legendarily terrible films like "House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark," "Bloodrayne," and "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale". Of this new film, Boll says:
"Postal 2 will be a controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues. We take the biggest scandals of our democracy, like the happenings about Julien Assange and Edward Snowdon (sic) and show that there is no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China.
We show that through this massive monitoring our communication data is not safe anymore! We want to make a movie which is totally uncensored, pointed against everything and everybody, against every political party and every religion. »
- Garth Franklin
Your daily movie bulletin bringing you the lowdown on 30 August
The fabulously larger-than-life director - the man behind video game-to-film transplant House of the Dead and the under-rated Blubberella ("An action comedy centered on an overweight woman whose footsteps cause explosions" - IMDb) - has taken to crowd-funding in his typically brash style. Postal 2 will have a bodycount that's "higher as Hiroshima and Dancing with the Stars combined". And where will donors money go? "The money goes all for cocaine for the stars down the nose." Godspeed Uwe! If Spike Lee can do it, why can't you?
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- Henry Barnes
The director, whose films include the critically-mauled Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead and Bloodrayne, said that the movie will be "a controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues".
"We take the biggest scandals of our democracy, like the happenings about Julien Assange and Edward Snowdon (sic) and show that there is no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China," Boll wrote.
"We show that through this massive monitoring our communication data is not safe anymore! We want to make a movie which is totally uncensored, pointed against everything and everybody, against every political party and every religion.
"There will be no survivors."
Boll quipped that money raised through the crowd-funding website will go towards paying for "cocaine for the stars down the »
• Uwe Boll goes arthouse
• German director's Holocaust film causes outrage
• Spike Lee reaches Kickstarter target
He has been called the world's worst director, a veritable Ed Wood for the 21st century. Now Germany's Uwe Boll is hoping to pick up the mantle "king of Kickstarter" after taking to the popular crowdfunding site in the hope of raising $500,000 for his new movie - a political comedy inspired in part by Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Boll, who received a lifetime Razzie award in 2009 for his services to terrible film-making, is hoping fans will stump up the cash for a sequel to Postal, a video game movie adaptation which was released in 2007 to universal derision.
On his Kickstarter page he writes: "Postal 2 will be a controversial comedy in which »
- Ben Child
When I was a little kid, the original The Fly scared the crap out of me. Then, later, when I wrote the Star Trek and Justice League franchises in comics, I felt a morbid and uneasy fascination with the transporter idea, which I’d always thought had a greater potential for disaster than deliverance. But I never did much with it, because my early Vincent Price-induced trauma left me with zero interest in writing about steaming piles of misshapen, dying flesh. So I never thought I’d see the day when I’d write these words:
We need teleportation. Badly. And we need it now.
Why am I bending your digital ear with this?
Well, another day I never thought I’d see is the one when the number of Americans who self-identify as Geeks would outnumber Americans who give a flying rat’s ass about what happens to the Us Postal Service. »
- Martin Pasko
Uwe Boll has been busy working on "In the Name of the King 3" and "Seed 2," but is now interested in making a sequel to his 2007 "Postal" film, which earned $146,000 in theaters on a budget of $15 million. It also has a terrible 7% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Boll launched a KickStarter page to ask fans for $500,000 to help make "Postal 2," which the director says will include "the biggest scandals of our democracy, like the happenings about Julian Assange and Edward Snowden and show that there's no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China." The movie will star "American Idol" semi-finalist Jackie Tohn. For a donation of $7,500, you can star alongside Tohn. And for $10,000, you can get an executive producer credit. "So just give me some money and we do it," added Boll. »
Feature Ryan Lambie 30 Aug 2013 - 06:56
This week's selection of crowdfunding projects includes an extended cut of Ghostbusters 2, and a great-looking anime art magazine...
In the brave new world of crowdfunding, a great pitch is one of the keys to success. After all, if you really want people to open their wallets and support your dream project, you have to not only get them onside, but also give them a clear idea of what it is you're attempting to do.
This week's collection of projects all do this in their own individual ways. Some of them may be asking for a lot of money, but in return, they've explained exactly what it is they want to achieve in a way that's clear and, in many cases, quite entertaining. On the flip side of this, take a look at the Kickstarter pitch recently put up by infamous film director Uwe Boll. »
Produced by and starring Uwe Boll (Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne, Postal), the zombie flick Apocalypse Z (a.k.a. Zombie Massacre) is released on DVD here in the UK on Monday, July 1st and to celebrate we have three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Metrodome Distribution.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
When a bacteriological weapon the Us government have been developing in secret accidentally causes a zombie outbreak in a small town in Eastern Europe, the Us President (Uwe Boll) approves a plan to cover up the incident. A team of mercenaries are duly hired to smuggle an atomic bomb into the city's nuclear power plant so that the eradication of the infected area will seem like a tragic accident. However, with hordes of the undead blocking the path to the plant, executing the »
- Flickering Myth
Revenge is a dish best served cold – or in this case soggy, in pellet form, and tasting like a combination of fish and synthetic meats. Isn’t that what dog food tastes like? Sorry, I don’t eat the slop myself, and definitely have never eaten a dog treat as the result of losing an ill-advised drunken bet. But why the dog references? As you can guess, Revenge For Jolly! isn’t your normal revenge flick, as the murderous rampage that takes place is brought on by the assassination of a sweet, innocent, little canine named Jolly. We all know a dog is man’s best friend, but would you kill for yours?
Harry (Brian Pestos), the owner of Jolly, is a loser-ish loner who keeps reminding us of the bad choices he’s made in the past. We can tell he’s not the most normal fellow by the »
- Matt Donato
The financial crisis left countless Americans economically devalued and emotionally demoralized, but only one was desperate enough to pick up an assault rifle and strike back. Dominic Purcell plays that guy — a fictitious avatar for the country’s collective outrage — in Uwe Boll’s “Assault on Wall Street,” an ugly, unusually audience-pandering thriller from the prickly German director behind such mass-killing sprees as “Postal” and “Rampage,” this one playing like “Margin Call” with grenades. After half a dozen botched vidgame adaptations, this risible mad-as-hell subgenre could be Boll’s forte. Opening in one theater and on-demand, the low-budget effort will go virtually unnoticed.
Whereas most auteurs view filmmaking as an art form, Boll treats it more like a form of anger management, working out his aggression one schlock opera at a time. Now that audiences have grown bored of his brand of incompetence (online, he’s known as the worst »
- Peter Debruge
Check out 5 new clips from Dominic Purcell starrer Assault on Wall Street, also with Erin Karpluk, John Heard, Edward Furlong, Keith David, Eric Roberts and Michael Paré. Uwe Boll directs the action thriller which looks well...watch and see for yourself. Dan Clarke and Shawn Williamson produce. Personally, with this director on board, I'm not too keen after abominations like Bloodrayne, Far Cry, Postal and let's not forget the cherry on top - Alone in the Dark. I do like Dominic Purcell as an actor though. So, if you're up for that, then give it a view. In Assault on Wall Street, Jim is an average New Yorker living a peaceful life with a well paying job and a loving family. Suddenly, everything changes when the economy crashes causing Jim to lose his job, home and wife. Filled with anger and rage, Jim snaps and goes to extreme lengths to »
Uwe Boll's rep is on the upswing, but, really, what other direction could it go? The consensus choice for the world's worst professional director even before he cast Burt Reynolds as a fantasyland king, auteur Boll has in recent years put away childish things—his violent adventure flicks and their sequels—in order to make that serious movie about the Holocaust. Just like Spielberg, if Spielberg were a Mel Brooks character whose early films were video game adaptations made to take advantage of German tax-writeoffs.
Another key way Boll isn't like Spielberg: His 2007 splatter-comedy Postal opened with a burlesque of two hijackers in the cockpit of a plane hurtling toward New York City. As their martyrdom looms before them, the hijackers learn that, due to high d »
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