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Second Opinion – Jungle (2017)

Jungle, 2017.

Directed by Greg McLean.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell, Joel Jackson, Lily Sullivan, and Yasmin Kassim.

Synopsis:

Three travellers meet up in Bolivia and can’t resist the temptation of a trip into the rainforest to find a lost tribe. When things don’t go according to plan, two of them give up and the others carry on, but are soon separated. The local villagers find one of them, but the other is stranded in the jungle.

Remember that TV show, Walk on the Wild Side, the one where the animals had human voiceovers? There was a marmot which seemed to be yelling “Alan! Alan! Alan!” Given the way that a lost Daniel Radcliffe wanders around the Bolivian rainforest in Jungle yelling “Kevin! Kevin! Kevin!” at the top of his voice, I can only assume he saw it as well.

Which is to make light of a
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The 10 Best Opening Title Sequences in Film

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Title sequences don’t have to be boring. They can be just as exciting, creative, or innovative as the films they introduce. These are our picks for the 10 best opening title sequences of feature films.

Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of brighter days than to celebrate the best film beginnings of all time! Check back all month long as we look at the films with the best beginnings.

The title sequence for a film is more than a bunch of letters spelling words on a screen. A title sequence is an opportunity for a filmmaker to grab the attention of his or her audience. It’s an ideal spot to introduce musical themes, set a stylistic tone, or establish a directorial style. During the opening titles a filmmaker has the opportunity to explain a backstory, show a flashback, or even dictate the setting to the audience.
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Hitler’s Children | DVD Review

Before he would be forever marked by the Hollywood Blacklist, Edward Dmytryk churned out a succession of B movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s, averaging a handful of projects a year (he had six films in 1941 alone). Right before his first major breakthrough with 1944’s film noir classic Murder, My Sweet, he’d churn out a quintet of wide-ranging projects the year prior. In between a monster movie for Universal (Captive Wild Woman starring Acquanetta), Dmytryk completed four war related items, including Tender Comrade with Ginger Rogers dealing with a new living situation while Robert Ryan serves overseas, the noir-ish The Falcon Strikes Back which concerns a phony war bond operation, and then an exploration of the rise of militarism in Japan as experienced by a returning veteran with Behind the Rising Sun. But none of these hold a candle to another title he unleashed that year, the sensational Hitler’s Children,
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'The Originals' Recap: The Strix Set Their Sights on Marcel

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'The Originals' Recap: The Strix Set Their Sights on Marcel
On this episode of The Originals, "A Walk on the Wild Side," Marcel undergoes an initiation to become a member of The Strix. Klaus, Lucien and Freya join forces to locate something very precious to Lucien. Tristan's sister arrives in New Orleans.

Every year The Strix celebrate how great they are, and once in a while, when they identify someone worthy of their attention, that person receives an invite. This time, it's Marcel. Tristan calls Marcel personally, enticing Marcel with promises of power beyond his wildest dreams; power that extends beyond New Orleans.
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The Originals Season 3 Sneak Peek: Marcel Receives An Interesting Invitation

The Originals Season 3 has introduced a lot of new characters in its first three episodes. However, tonight’s installment, “A Walk on the Wild Side,” seems like it will be giving us a closer look at at least two of them: Elijah’s old friend Tristan (Oliver Auckland) and new vampire Aya (Tracy Ifeachor), who appear to be the ones leaving Marcel a mysterious invitation in this clip. This short sneak peek from The Originals features Marcel returning home after working out to discover a pin and a suit waiting for him, a sign that he has been asked to join a new group of ancient vampires known as The Strix and attend the gala they’re throwing. But will Marcel accept their invitation and grow closer to the likes of Tristan and Aya? We’ll have to wait see. The Originals airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
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New Originals Season 3,Episode 4 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CW

Recently, CW delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Originals" episode 4 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "A Walk on the Wild Side," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff go down as Marcel receives a really good offer. Klaus and Lucien form a tentative alliance, and more! In the new, 4th episode press release: In order to uncover what his old acquaintance Tristan (guest star Oliver Auckland) is really up to in New Orleans, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) is going to consider attending a gala thrown by a mysterious group of ancient vampires known as The Strix while Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) invites herself to attend with him. There, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is going to get approached with an enticing offer made by a mysterious woman named Aya (guest star Tracy Ifeachor), but he will quickly realize that things are not always what they seem.
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'The Originals' Episode 3.4 Photos: Elijah and Hayley Get Dressed Up to Crash a Party

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'The Originals' Episode 3.4 Photos: Elijah and Hayley Get Dressed Up to Crash a Party
Official photos from the fourth episode of The Originals season 3, "A Walk on the Wild Side,? airing Thursday, October 29 at 9pm on the CW.

Official Synopsis from the CW: ?In order to uncover what his old acquaintance Tristan (guest star Oliver Auckland) is really up to in New Orleans, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) considers attending a gala thrown by a mysterious group of ancient vampires known as The Strix, while Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) invites herself to attend with him. There, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is approved with an enticing offer made by a mysterious woman named Aya (guest star Tracy Ifeachor), but he quickly realizes that things are not always what they seem. Elsewhere, when a vital component of Lucien's (guest star Andrew Lees) plan goes missing, he and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) form a tentative alliance in order to find it.?
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The Originals Season 3 Photos: Hayley and Elijah Share A Dance, Marcel Recruits New Vampires

The vampires, werewolves, and witches of New Orleans will be looking very fancy in a couple weeks on The Originals, as a party or ball is held in the city, with all of its supernatural guests in attendance. And as you can see from the photo above, there may even be some romance in the air during this upcoming episode, titled “A Walk on the Wild Side,” the fourth installment of The Originals‘ third season, as Elijah and Hayley find themselves dancing with one another (this would also seem to indicate that Hayley has broken free from the curse, unless the party is being held on a full moon). However, before The Originals gets to that party, it will first have Marcel dealing with a new threat when Aya (Tracy Ifeachor) walks through his doors in Episode 3, “I’ll See You in Hell or New Orleans.” But even though Aya holds Marcel up…
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Cinema at 33 1/3 Rpm

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Jazz music has long expressed its capacity to borrow from various, sometimes contradictory sources in order to create something which in every sense transcends the original elements. Since the earliest days of jazz as a musical form, it has been inspired by military and funeral marches; has stylishly interpreted popular songs; and even brought the classical intricacies of Wagner into the domain of swinging brasses and reeds. This multiculturalism and eclecticism of jazz likens it to cinema which, in turn, has transformed pop culture motifs into something close to the sublime and mixed ‘high’ and ‘low’ artistic gestures to remarkable effect.In the history of jazz, the evolution from ragtime or traditional tunes, to discovering the treasure trove of Broadway songs was fast and smooth. The latter influence was shared by cinema, as the history of film production quickly marched on. The emergence of ‘talkies’ in the United States meant rediscovering Broadway,
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Diane Warren One of Two Songwriters With (at least) Seven Oscar Noms, Zero Wins

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Songwriter Diane Warren earned her seventh Oscar nomination this year for “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights. The song, which will be performed by Rita Ora at the Oscar ceremony, is Warren’s first nomination in 13 years. With a Grammy and a Golden Globe under her belt, she has yet to win an Oscar and is one of two Oscar-nominated songwriters to have at least seven nominations and not a single win. The other songwriter is Mack David.

Warren received her first nomination in 1988 for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” which she co-wrote with Albert Hammond, from the movie Mannequin. The song was a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Hit in 1987.

She next landed four consecutive nominations nine years later starting with 1997’s nomination of “Because You Loved Me” from Up, Close & Personal. Though the song didn’t win an Oscar, it did score a Grammy.
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The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a
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Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett Among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Green Day, Lou Reed and Joan Jett Among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang about loving rock 'n' roll, and make Ringo Starr the fourth ex-Beatle enshrined as an individual. Besides Reed, the class includes other posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 18. Public tickets go on sale Thursday.
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Nelson Algren: The Man With the Golden Pen

Sitting in a stack of pulpy old crime novels and lascivious short stories of hookers, gangsters and freaks may be a diamond in the rough. The book is about a heroin addict named “Frankie Machine”, it won the National Book Award in 1950, and Otto Preminger’s film adaptation starred Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak.

The book and the film, “The Man With the Golden Arm”, may ring a bell, but its author, Nelson Algren, is still buried in that stack of old books.

In the new documentary Algren, which got its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 14, Nelson Algren is in the company of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson. But his name has been forgotten, least of all in Chicago where he called home.

Since Algren’s heyday in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, his work’s legacy has seen the same pitiful fate
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Ciff Day 2: Documentaries ‘Algren’ and ‘Red Army’

Audience Q&As at a film festival can be a mixed bag. At the World Premiere screening for Tuesday night’s Algren, a man waved at Director Michael Caplan, who recognized the man from a coffee shop earlier in the day. During the Q&A for Red Army, Director Gabe Polsky charmingly asked his grandmother (correction: Babushka), in Russian, what she thought of his movie.

On the other side of the coin, they can result in tedious questions (and even more tedious answers) about getting licensing for archival material or audience members outright interrupting and berating the director, like a man who asked about the “sociology” behind Russian athletics. Sometimes people just like to hear themselves talk.

In fairness, it takes finesse to ask the right questions and tailor the right answers so you can tell a good story. This holds true for the two documentaries I watched Tuesday night at Ciff.
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From 'Traitor' to Screen Legend: Fonda Still Busy on the Big Screen

Jane Fonda: From ‘Vietnam Traitor’ to AFI Award and Screen Legend status (photo: Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda in ‘This Is Where I Leave You’) (See previous post: “Jane Fonda Movies: Anti-Establishment Heroine.”) Turner Classic Movies will also be showing the 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony honoring Jane Fonda, the former “Vietnam Traitor” and Barbarella-style sex kitten who has become a living American screen legend (and healthy-living guru). Believe it or not, Fonda, who still looks disarmingly great, will be turning 77 years old next December 21; she’s actually older than her father Henry Fonda was while playing Katharine Hepburn’s ailing husband in Mark Rydell’s On Golden Pond. (Henry Fonda died at age 77 in August 1982.) Jane Fonda movies in 2014 and 2015 Following a 15-year absence (mostly during the time she was married to media mogul Ted Turner), Jane Fonda resumed her film acting career in 2005, playing Jennifer Lopez
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Blissfields Festival: call for short films

Here's how you can get your short film showcased at the Blissfields Festival...

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Den Of Geek is once again teaming up with the Blissfields Festival this year. And this Festival is once more calling for all for all rising, student and independent producers, directors and writers to submit their short-films to be screened at the multi-award-winning independent event, before expert judges pick a Best In Show. You can enter your 5-15 minute long film via the application page, which you can find here.

Following the announcement of music guests - 2ManyDJs, Hercules & Love Affair, Tune-Yards, Spector, Bipolar Sunshine, Johnny Flynn, Thumpers, and Laurel - the intimate festival for forward-thinking music and arts fans has now also unveiled the sophomore Blissfields Independent Film Festival, offering the chance for budding film-makers to screen their short movies during the event.

Organisers have suggested applicants keep in mind the animalistic
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20 Feet from Stardom review: Music industry heroines' moment to shine

20 Feet from Stardom review: Music industry heroines' moment to shine
Director: Morgan Neville; Starring: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Stevie Wonder; Running time: 91 mins Certificate: 12A

The unsung heroines of the music industry finally get a moment to shine in 20 Feet from Stardom, this year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary. Apart from a cracking soundtrack with lots of feel-good beats (from Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side' to a stirring new version of 'Lean On Me'), you get a strong sense of the quiet frustration that comes with being a backup vocalist, standing to the side 'shoo-be-doing'.

Merry Clayton is one of the bigger characters, who has been singing backup since the rock 'n' roll era and went on to deliver those immortal lines - "just a shot away" - in the Rolling Stones' hit 'Gimme Shelter'. She's a great raconteur as well, vividly
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Walking on the "Wild Side"? '20 Feet From Stardom' & the Black Female Gaze

In the 1972 song “Take a Walk on the Wild SideLou Reed evokes the paternalistic image of “colored girls” cooing in the background to a hipster tale of New York debauchery. Using Reed’s homage as its introduction, white director Morgan Neville’s bittersweet documentary “20 Feet from Stardom” attempts to bring black female back-up singers into the foreground with both moving and problematic effect. From the 1950’s to the present, white America “walked on the wild side” via the dulcet tones and searing power of black women’s voices. Then as now, black R& B music was often the "colorful" backdrop to lily white pop culture scenes of “all-American” revelry, romance, and heroism....
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Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground band video: 'Take a Bite of the Wild Slice' anyone?

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Macaulay Culkin's post-"Home Alone" career has always been a bit odd. But his new band, The Pizza Underground, may be the strangest chapter in the tale of Culkin's life. Now that band has a music video for the songs "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice" and "Pizza Gal."

The Italian food-loving, Velvet Underground cover band parodies famous rock songs to make them about pizza. "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice," for example, is derived from "Take a Walk on the Wild Side," and "Pizza Gal" comes from "Femme Fatale."

In the resulting video, Culkin and his four bandmates perform in sunglasses and occasionally pizza masks. There are slices dangling from the ceiling. Culkin gets a kazoo-trumpet solo.

It's very weird. The question is: Is this weirdness art or just a case of the munchies set to music?
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Macaulay Culkin's Band Releases Most Bizarre Music Video Ever

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So this is what Macaulay Culkin's been up to lately.The former "Home Alone" star just released his first music video with his band The Pizza Underground, a Velvet Underground cover band that changes the lyrics of songs to make them about pizza.Yeah.The first video shows the band singing tunes like "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice" (a twist on "Take a Walk on the Wild Side") and "Pizza Gal" (their take on "Femme Fatale").With slices of pie on the back wall, a pizza mask and Culkin on the kazoo, it's gotta be one of the strangest videos we've seen in a long time. Enjoy above.And see how some of your other favorite child stars from back in the day turned out below -- they're not all as odd as Culkin! Read more
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