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Mary Poppins – 50th Anniversary Edition – The Blu Review

In my opinion, kid’s movies are among the best ever made but are often over-looked because they usually lack tragic drama or passionate physical romances, but that’s what makes them great. They are a fantasy escape into a world we’ve never seen but we all wish we had. And that’s what Mary Poppins did so brilliantly in 1964 and I don’t think that anyone anywhere can honestly say that they didn’t yearn for Mary to fly to their doorstep and teach them magic when they were little.

With expert flair, Walt Disney made a spirited, visually captivating and touching adaptation from the P.L. Travers books and it was the first film from his studio to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Featuring a knockout, Oscar-winning performance of prim, proper British beauty and intelligence by Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins, Disney studios most expensive film up to that time,
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Indie Spotlight

We’re back with the latest edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on Screamfest’s call for entries, release information for Charlie Casanova and The Midnight Hour, details on The Modern Monster art show, and more:

Screamfest Horror Film Festival’s Call for Entries: The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is accepting submissions in the following categories for the upcoming 2013 Festival:

Film Categories:

Feature Films

Short Films

Student Films

Animated Films

Early Deadline – June 15th Regular Deadline – July 15th Final Deadline – Aug. 1st

Submit your films here - http://screamfestla.com/entries.php

Script Categories:

Feature Scripts (75-130 pages)

Regular Deadline – March 15th Final Deadline – May 15th Winning script receives: $1,000 cash prize Movie Magic Screenwriter software Award Trophy Top 4 finalists receive: $250 cash prize Movie Magic Screenwriter software A six month free Prolific Pro Read Through membership The 2012 winning screenwriter
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Screamfest Horror Film Fest Opens its 2013 Call for Entries

With some of us still reeling from the frenzy that was October 2012, it’s hard to believe that we’re already prepping for 2013’s spooky, cinematic mayhem. La’s venerable horror film festival Screamfest is as well, and they’ve now begun accepting submissions.

“Screamfest is celebrating its 13th year this October,” festival founder and director Rachel Belofsky told us, “and it’s already starting off as a big year with [feature films] Thale and American Mary releasing on our Screamfest label via XLrator Media.”

While its October festival dates and location are yet to be released (we will have the skinny on that soon), Screamfest is now accepting submissions in the following film categories for the upcoming 2013 event:

Film Categories:

-Feature Films

-Short Films

-Student Films

-Animated Films

The early film submission deadline is June 15th, the regular deadline is July 15th, and the final deadline is August 1st. For more info on film submissions,
See full article at Dread Central »

Oscars 2012 Live Blog

Getty Images George Clooney arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

The 84th annual Academy Awards with host Billy Crystal are being held tonight and Speakeasy is live-blogging the show. We have reporters in the audience, in the press room and at the parties getting the latest on all the events of the night. Stars on hand for the show include George Clooney, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Penelope Ann Miller and Christopher Plummer. Top films in contention include “The Help,
See full article at Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal »

Late Night Classics – Ghost in the Machine

The amount of women making films is fairly small, but there are three that have that left their stamp on cinema, specifically, in the realm of horror/science fiction/fantasy. Mary Lambert directed the best horror film of 1989 with Pet Sematary, and Jennifer Lynch helmed the weird thrillogy that is Surveillance, Hisss and Boxing Helena. Then there is Rachel Talalay, who will forever be remembered for Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, and to a lesser extent - Tank Girl. But what about her cyber thriller from 1993 that never gets any love? Well, with my latest chapter of Late Night Classics, I was given the chance to interview Rachel about her favorite flick of mine.

Jason Bene: After producing a few of the Nightmare on Elm Street films, you got to put Krueger to rest, temporarily, with Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. How was it for you from going
See full article at Killer Films »

Cinema Retro Issue #18 Now Shipping Worldwide

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Our final issue of Season 6 has now been mailed to subscribers worldwide, and the general feeling is that it's one of our best yet.

Gary Giblin offers an extensive, in-depth tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary. He shares little-known facts about the movie and also examines its legacy, including the sequels. Matthew Field offers part one of his recent interview with director Lewis Gilbert, who discusses his war movies such as Sink the Bismarck!  and The 7th Dawn. Dean Brierly's ass-kicking interview with ass-kicking Blaxploitation legend Fred ("The Hammer") Williamson

Coverage of Cinema Retro's Movie Magic Tour of England: Richard Johnson joins us at the mansion seen in The Haunting and we catch up with Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Richard Kiel and George Lazenby at a major London James Bond event.

Howard Hughes' special tribute to the life and career
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Avatar: Image Without CGI & A New Extended Clip(s) [Updated]

[Update: We have a second clip from Avatar to share!]

MTV had a live webcast today for the upcoming release of Avatar featuring director James Cameron and stars Zoe Saldana, and Sam Worthington. The event had them answer some carefully selected questions and they aired a new exclusive clip, showing off what the film looks like before and after the post-production work.

To really appreciate the years of effort put into making Avatar the epic 3D spectacle it promises to be, you need to see the images below.

The following two images depict Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington rehearsing a scene of their characters – Saldana’s Na’Vi character Neytiri and Worthington’s character in his Avatar body – working on some relationship-building and archery training.

Can you spot the differences?

Thanks to Cinema Blend for the images. To see the exclusive clip from “Avatar Live,” head on over to MTV (only for U.S. Viewers).

We do have another clip
See full article at Screen Rant »

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