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‘Balloon’: Film Review

‘Balloon’: Film Review
On paper, the plight of a pair of families fleeing 1979’s East Germany in a hot air balloon sounds like fabricated fodder for a spy novel. But as implausible as it sounds, this “The Mysterious Island”-esque grand escape from Deutschland’s then walled-in, oppressive slice really did happen. And nearly four decades after being the subject of Disney’s “Night Crossing,” it is now a tale told in small-screen comedian Michael Bully Herbig’s “Balloon,” a competently made political thriller that sadly mines for suspense in all the wrong places.

Still, “Balloon” is decent entertainment to a degree, and that is mostly thanks to its handsome production values. The quaint environs and row houses of Thuringia as well as the era’s eye-popping costumes by Lisy Christl — well-tailored clothes and floral-heavy fabrics with traces of ’70s cool — are admittedly easy on the eyes. But considering the film’s stretched
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Jivaro 3-D

Verily, Blu-ray 3-D is better than most theatrical 3-D! Paramount’s fourth and last 3-D production went out to theaters only in 2-D, so for all practical terms this Kino/3D Archive restoration is a depth-format premiere. Expect a kissing scene or two: lusty Fernando (¿Quién es más macho?) Lamas and demure Rhonda Fleming succumb to the sweaty allure of the tropics. He pushes the sex appeal more than she does! Together they take a 3-D trek to where the headhunters roam, into a jungle to secure a golden treasure.

Jivaro

3-D Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date March 26, 2019 / 34.95

Starring: Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming, Brian Keith, Lon Chaney Jr., Richard Denning, Rita Moreno, Marvin Miller, Morgan Farley, Pascual García Peña, Nestor Paiva, Gregg Barton.

Cinematography: Lionel Lindon

Film Editor: Howard Smith

Original Music: Gregory Stone

Written by Winston Miller, story by David Duncan

Produced by William H. Pine,
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Red Planet Mars

It’s a review. No, it’s a rant. Stop, you’re both right. CineSavant’s overt mission is to demonstrate that old movies, especially old Science Fiction movies, are more relevant than ever. There is at present no authorized home video release of this amazing 1952 politico-religious pretzel of a movie. The surprise is that it accurately presages the media hysteria that underpins our present day Info Wars. Fake News comes from the sky, and a major world revolution results — for the better? Will religious fundamentalism rule all? This may be the most radical faith-based picture ever made.

Red Planet Mars

Revival Screening Review

Not on DVD

1952 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 87 min.

Starring: Peter Graves, Andrea King, Herbert Berghof, Walter Sande, Marvin Miller, Willis Bouchey, Morris Ankrum, Orley Lindgren, Bayard Veiller, Vince Barnett, Lewis Martin.

Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc

Film Editor: Francis D. Lyon

Production assistant: Robert H. Justman

Original
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Spread Some Holiday Cheer: Make a Film Foundation

Spread Some Holiday Cheer: Make a Film Foundation
Make A Film Foundation grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions, helping them to create short film legacies by teaming them with noted actors, directors, and writers. The art of filmmaking is not only healing and therapeutic but also offers hope and builds self-esteem.

Young people facing illness and long-term hospitalization naturally feel marginalized from the world. Many spend vast amounts of time watching television, experiencing realities they may never share.

The Make a Film Foundation provides an opportunity for young people to use the media as a powerful tool for self-expression and communication by creating five-minute film legacies. Pairing participants with noted directors, writers, actors and producer mentors, we provide them with the tools, resources, and guidance to reclaim the media and give them a voice.

Founded by Tamika Lamison, a Virginia native who graduated from The American University with a BA in Performing Arts
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Review: "Johnny Angel" (1945) Starring George Raft; Warner Archive DVD Release

By John M. Whalen

It’s night and a ship moves in the water through a dark curtain of fog. We see George Raft as Captain Johnny Angel on the bridge peering out into the pea soup as another vessel looms ahead suddenly in the darkness, abandoned and drifting in the water. Raft sounds the foghorn but there’s no response. He boards the derelict with several of his crew to search for clues as to what happened. They go below to the captain’s quarters and finds it wrecked. A picture lies on a desk in a shattered frame. Raft picks it up and we see it is a picture of him as a younger man standing next to an older one. A crew member enters the cabin and says there is blood below, and water in the hold, but no signs of life.

“Maybe your father’s okay,
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Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains

Hollywood’s 9 Best Robot Heroes and Villains
Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.

Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes

It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.

Robo-Heroes

9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)

Played by: Jude Law

This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight
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Tommy John -- Dr. Frank Jobe was Like Jackie Robinson ... They Changed Baseball Forever

  • TMZ
The doctor who invented "Tommy John Surgery" ranks up with Jackie Robinson when it comes to people who changed baseball forever ... so says Tommy John himself. TMZ Sports spoke with the iconic Mlb pitcher after the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe -- the man who pioneered the elbow surgery that saved Tommy's pitching career ... and countless others. The surgery, which Jobe first performed on Tommy in 1974, was revolutionary ... in which a torn tendon in the
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Dramedy 'A Swingin' Trio' Trailer + NYC Screening Date (Love, Music, Betrayal, New Beginnings)

NYC screening info on a film we first profiled on the old S&A site in 2011... Written and directed by Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship and Jerome Foundation grant recipient, Kelvin Z. Phillips, the film is titled A Swingin' Trio. It's described as a dramedy. Synopsis reads: Homer Garçon is a not yet published, but smarter-than-every-man-in-the-room novelist. Trude Garçon-Moore is his independent, stunningly attractive, star-is-rising-fast, film producing wife. Together, their addition should equal two, but a curious Valentine’s Day dinner alters their arithmetic in life-changing ways.The film stars Timeca M. Seretti (blacktino), Johnny Walter...
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Marvin Miller dies: Man behind baseball free agency dead at 95

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Marvin Miller has dies at the age of 95. The Major League Baseball Players Association announced Miller's death, which was reportedly caused by liver cancer.

The Los Angeles Times reports under Miller's time as head of the baseball players union, player salaries rose on average from $19,000 to $240,000. Miller was the union leader from 1966 - 1983.

Miller spearheaded a movement to allow players to act as free agents once their contracts with specific teams ended.

According to baseball great Hank Aaron, Miller "should be in the Hall of Fame [even] if the players have to break down the doors to get him in."

As basketball and football followed suit in the free agency movement, Miller is credit for changing the landscape of American sports - driving it toward the highly commercialized industry it has become.

Miller was born April 14, 1917 in Brooklyn and grew up watching the Dodgers play in their third home at Ebbets Field.
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So Long – Cosby Writing Program Ends On High Note

It was a night of high emotion, small class reunions and celebratory goodbyes. The Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, otherwise known as The Cosby Program, ended September 24, 2012. After 18 years and hundreds of alumni, this distinguished fellowship has been a pivotal stepping stone for many of Hollywood’s literary rank and file in the entertainment industry. With a pedigree that includes some of the industry’s best writers, producers and directors, one has to wonder why the program came to a precipitous end? Viewed as an option for writers of color (and those interested in African American history) to learn more...
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Cosby Screenwriting Program Profile: Professor, Screenwriter, Filmmaker Shahari Moore

In 2004, I remember hearing about the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller writing program at USC School of Cinematic Arts. However, I never pursued my curiosity about the benefits of the program, yet I was intrigued.   Fast forward to 2012, and through various connections, I met the programs current African-American history and culture visiting professor Shahari Moore. It was through that meeting that I realized that she was both an assistant professor of African-american history, writing, and a new filmmaker. Her film, Swimmin' Lessons (trailer below) which she wrote, and co-directed with Christine List, will screen at the Cannes short film corner. ...
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10 Documentaries to Watch at the Tribeca Film Festival

Getty Images Atmosphere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the 92Y Tribeca on April 18, 2012 in New York City.

The Tribeca Film Festival may have its fair share of Hollywood glitz. Witness this year’s closing night film, the would-be summer blockbuster “The Avengers.” But New York moviegoers are advised to look closely at the festival’s smaller, often more satisfying nonfiction movies. Past Tribeca festivals have hosted such documentary award-winners as “Street Fight” (2005), “Jesus Camp” (2006), “Taxi to the Dark Side
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2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections For Spotlight And Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections

For Spotlight And Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

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Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Lineup Also Revealed

The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival lineup. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City.

The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival. The Cinemania section offers a largely international assortment of seven thrilling narrative films.

.The Spotlight program is a wonderful encapsulation of the originality and diversity of filmmaking that Tribeca seeks to highlight. We have films from emerging filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans, narratives that
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'Take This Waltz,' '2 Days in New York,' 'Chicken With Plums,' & 'Lola Versus' Added To 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up

A new big batch of films have been added to the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival line-up, and while there aren't a lot of big premieres in the bunch, there's a lot to catch up with for those of you (and us) who didn't attend Tiff 2011, Sundance 2012, etc. etc.

Highlights for us include Sarah Polley's sophomore directorial effort "Take This Waltz," starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, Julie Delpy's "2 Days In New York," starring herself and Chris Rock in a sequel to "2 Days in Paris," Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's "Chicken With Plums," their directorial follow-up to the very excellent 2007 animated film "Persepolis," Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister" starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, and "Lola Versus," Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister Jones' follow-up to the celebrated 2009 micro-budgeted indie "Breaking Upwards" starring Lister Jones herself alongside Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman (AMC's "The Killing," the new "RoboCop"), Bill Pullman,
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Tribeca 2012 Announces Final Line-Up Including ’2 Days,’ ‘Take This Waltz,’ ‘Sleepless Night’ & More

After an initial unveiling earlier this week, Tribeca Film Festival 2012 have announced the rest of their feature film line-up and it is a surprisingly strong one. We’ve got lots of great films that have premiered at previous fests.

There is July Delpy‘s 2 Days In New York (our Sundance review here), Sarah Polley‘s Take This Waltz (our Vancouver review here), the awesome action thriller Sleepless Night (our Tiff review here), as well as one of my favorites from Toronto, Chicken with Plums (our Tiff review here), from the Persepolis directors. We’ve also got premieres of Jenna Fischer‘s Mechanical Man and Chris Colfer‘s Struck by Lightning, as well as docs by Billy Corben, Morgan Spurlock and Keanu Reeves‘ filmmaking doc Side by Side. Check them all out below.

Spotlight Section

2 Days in New York, directed and written by Julie Delpy. (France) – New York Premiere, Narrative. This
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces More Selections

HollywoodNews.com: The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival lineup. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City.

The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection will have their world premieres at the Festival. The Cinemania section offers a largely international assortment of seven thrilling narrative films.

‘The Spotlight program is a wonderful encapsulation of the originality and diversity of filmmaking that Tribeca seeks to highlight. We have films from emerging filmmakers as well as seasoned veterans, narratives that showcase stellar performances and insightful writing, and documentaries that challenge and inform their audiences,’ said Frédéric Boyer, newly appointed Artistic
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Tribeca: Morgan Spurlock, Michelle Williams, and Chris Colfer join festival

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its Spotlight and Cinemania programs today, including Morgan Spurlock’s latest documentary, Mansome, period drama Cheerful Weather for the Wedding with Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones (right), and Struck By Lightning, written by Glee’s Chris Colfer. “It was important that we head into Tribeca’s second decade highlighting projects that were attuned to the pulse of our cultural climate,” said director of programming Genna Terranova, in a release. “That said, both consciousness and levity play a prominent role in this year’s selection. We are also eager to introduce audiences to a group of
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Trailer – “A Swingin’ Trio” (Love, Music, Betrayal, New Beginnings)

Written and directed by Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Fellowship and Jerome Foundation grant recipient, Kelvin Z. Phillips, the film is called A Swingin’ Trio.

It’s described as a dramedy.

Synopsis reads: “Homer Garçon is a not yet published, but smarter-than-every-man-in-the-room novelist. Trude Garçon-Moore is his independent, stunningly attractive, star-is-rising-fast, film producing wife. Together, their addition should equal two, but a curious Valentine’s Day dinner alters their arithmetic in life-changing ways.”

The film stars Timeca M. Seretti (blacktino), Johnny Walter and LeMarc Johnson as our swingin’ trio.

I don’t have a much more info on it, other than to expect its debut some time this year; but I’m sure I’ll know more eventually. However, you can follow the film’s progress on Twitter or Facebook if you’d like.

Teaser trailer below (h/t Rodney):
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Three Outcomes of the NFL Contract Talks

For once, the players' union isn't blinking-playing hardball against the league monopoly. Sports writer Allen Barra on what to expect this week and why a win for the players is a win for everyone.

So what just happened? For months, the sports media has been telling us that the National Football League Players Association was about to be crushed in their contract negotiations with the league owners. Because, we all know, football players are supposed to be too spoiled and too immature to hold together as a real union.

Related story on The Daily Beast: NFL Owners' Lockout Ego Trip

And yet, the owners have now, twice, asked for an extension to the expiration date of the Current Bargaining Agreement. How do we know it was the owners who backed off? Because, for the first time in the history of their union, the players looked into the eyes of the
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The Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program Calling For Submissions

The Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program established by Bill Cosby and his wife Camille, and now currently in it’s 17th year, will be accepting applications from July 15th to September 15th.

The program, which was created in association with the University of Southern California School of Cinema, is designed to develop and enhance the pool of black screenwriters in the film industry.

For more information go Here.
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