“Narco Cultura” explores the meaning of the US & Mexico’s war on drugs

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"Narco Cultura" 102 minutes, in English and Spanish with English subtitlesJust when some think border fences between the U.S. and Mexico are stemming the tide of undocumented people coming north, their status as problem-solvers appears to be that of a managed image to mask the real threat to the U.S: illegal trafficking in guns and drugs that is facilitating a tragic conflict in Mexico.What U.S. citizens are not seeing is how the Mexican war on drugs is fueled by arms from the U.S. and … [Read more...]

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is haunting but ripe for discussion

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In the months after "winning" the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are back home, living with their families at the Victors' Village in District 12. Their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), has his own house there, too.Katniss and Peeta are preparing to embark on their Victory Tour. Katniss meets with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her soul mate who is now working in the mines and becoming more and more angry at what the … [Read more...]

My interview with Rick Santorum: ‘The Christmas Candle’ and new role as movie-maker

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 (theadvocate.com) I had the opportunity to interview, for the National Catholic Reporter,  former presidential candidate Rick Santorum by phone Oct. 22 about his new role as CEO of a faith and family media company, EchoLight Studios, and its first Christmas film, "The Christmas Candle," a historical drama that takes place in England around 1900, which opens in theaters Friday. The film is based on the novel by Max Lucado and has high production values and features singer Susan Boyle … [Read more...]

“War of the Worlds” the most famous invasion that never happened – 75th anniversary documentary PBS Oct 29

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"War of the Worlds," PBS American Experience 9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday (Check local listings)In 1938, Americans might let their car payments go or give up their telephones, but 80 percent of American homes had a radio. Listeners tuned in for entertainment but became used to the edgy intrusion of news bulletins with bad news interrupting programming.Exactly a month after the Munich Agreement, a pact that allowed Nazi Germany to annex part of western Czechoslovakia, and after months of … [Read more...]

David Chase’s eulogy for James Gandolfini

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  1961 - 2013David Chase's eulogy for James Gandolfini June 28, 2013Earlier this morning, friends, family, and hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects to James Gandolfini at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Four mourners — Gandolfini’s wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini; his assistant, Thomas Richardson; his acting coach, Susan Aston; and his old boss, Sopranos creator David Chase — delivered eulogies at the service.A transcript of Chase’s speech … [Read more...]

Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer, dies at 70

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Annette Funicello, arguably the most famous Disney Mousketeer of all, died today in Los Angeles due to complications from MS.Funicello was born in 1942 in Utica, New York, to Italian-American parents. She moved to Southern California with her family at age four. She sang, danced, and modeled and was discovered at the age of 12 by Walt Disney when he saw her perform. He invited her to audition for his new television show for children, “The Mickey Mouse Club”. I was four years old and my fam … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert film critic dies

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Gene Siskel, left, and Roger Ebert are shown in a 1994 file photo.(Photo: Associated Press) Today American film critic, Roger Ebert (1942 – 2013), died at age 70 from the effects of salivary gland and thyroid cancer that he had been battling for eleven years.  He started reviewing films in 1967 for the Chicago Sun-Times and continued through several television shows (the most popular “Siskel & Ebert” was with fellow critic Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune who died in 1999) and his online j … [Read more...]

Hollywood studio secures film rights to Boston clergy abuse investigation

Writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, WinWin) will co-write and direct the yet untitled film

The Hollywood Reporter announced Tuesday that Dreamworks and Participant Media have obtained the rights to the Boston Globe’s yearlong investigation of clergy sex abuse in Massachusetts.The investigation by the Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston. The 2002 revelations have had worldwide repercussions for the Catholic church that continue today in terms of allegations, settlements and pastoral policy. … [Read more...]

‘Starbuck’ the hilarious tale of moral dilemmas and unintended consequences

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 Hanoverhill Starbuck (1979-1998) was a Canadian bull that sired 200,000 daughters around the world -- just under 37,000 in Canada alone. He also sired 209 proven sons, all through artificial insemination. 685,000 doses of his semen was sold in 45 countries globally, earning almost $25 million.David Wozniak (Patrick Huard) is a 42-year old loveable ne'er do well whose code name was “Starbuck” at the Montreal fertility clinic where he was a habitual donor 20 years ago -- and with … [Read more...]

“Blade Runner” old notes show that studio execs hated the movie at first

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On Facebook today the great American film critic Roger Ebert posted a link to this story about what some fans believe is the greatest science fiction movie ever -"Blade Runner" and I'm sharing the REDDIT Salon story here.One executive's comment said, "The movie gets worse with every screening."Click here to see the actual notes."Blade Runner" (1982) was directed by Ridley Scott starring Harrison Ford is loosely based on the 1968 sci-fi novel by Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) "Do Androids … [Read more...]


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