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After we watched the trailer for Nebraska over and over again we could not help but think of the magic of black and white films. We can’t pin-point what exactly draws us to them, but there is a timeliness in them that is just breathtaking. BuzzFeed currently compiled a list of “31 Black and White Films Every Twenty Something Needs To See” and we couldn’t help but smile every time we saw one of our favorites up there.

They have put together a list of films that go from funny, to sad, to heartwarming, to coming-of-age stories, that every twenty something truly does need to watch. We will leave you with a trailer for one of the most recent films up on that list as well as the link to the full list. We can’t wait to be able to cross all those lists off our Holiday Movies List in the next couple of weeks. Let us know if you have seen any of those or are planning on watching a few; you know we love to hear from you guys!

Alexander Payne and Black and White

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Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne recently opened critically acclaimed feature “Nebraska.” He also recently told the Canadian press that he doesn’t want anyone to ever watch “Nebraska” in color. Apparently Paramount Vantage pressured Payne into cutting a color version of his film so that it could be more marketable in foreign territories, but Payne was extremely against it.

Payne eventually agreed to cutting colored versions for TV outlets in specific territories like Sierra Leone and Laos, so that “Nebraska” could make TV profit. About the film and the black-and-white, Payne said, “It’s like a modern-day Depression film because of the black-and-white, but I wasn’t thinking about that before; it just happened because of when we were turning the camera on.”

Do you think Payne and directors in general should have complete creative control on where their films are marketed and how? Do you side with Payne or think Paramount Vantage had a point? Check the full article on Variety.

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/alexander-payne-hopes-no-one-ever-sees-nebraska-in-color-1200861306/

Acclaimed Phone App “Temple Run” Is Going to Be a Movie…?

It’s okay guys, that was our reaction too. Maybe a little bit of water flew out of our mouths as we read the news, but that’s not really important…

Warner Bros. and producer David Heyman are in negotiation to buy the rights to acclaimed phone app, “Temple Run” and bring it to the big screens. The film will tell a story of an explorer who after stealing a sacred icon from a temple is chased by demonic forces.

They still don’t have a writer attached to the project, and we’re curious to see who is going to take on this complicated project. We don’t know about you guys, but we were wondering how they are going to keep the story going for at least 80 minutes. Good luck to that writer!

We are willing to give this film a shot, who knows, maybe they’ll come up with something really creative. We’re betting it’ll come out in 3D. How about you guys? Would you pay to watch this adaptation on the big screen? Don’t forget to leave your opinions in the comment section below! We want to hear what you guys have to say about this!

Obama Screened “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in White House

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Forthcoming biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” has been generating a lot of buzz lately…the words “Oscar” have definitely been thrown around the last couple of day. And Mandela’s biopic is getting more buzz as President Barack Obama has set a date to host a special White House screening.

This biopic chronicles Nelson Mandela’s early years, from his childhood in a rural village to being chosen as the first democratically elected president in South Africa. The film is backed up by Harvey Weinstein and stars Idris Elba as Mandela.

On Monday, Weinstein commended Obama, “Knowing what a strong relationship President Obama has with President Mandela, it’s an honor for this film to be shown at the White House.”

The film opens on Thanksgiving weekend on the 29th of this month. What do you guys think? Will you go watch it?

A Crash Course in the History of Film Trailers

David Fear wrote an amazing piece for “The Dissolve” earlier this week. In his article he discusses the history of movie trailers and its evolution. Fear points out several key elements to making trailers and how they have turned into an industry of its own within the film industry and a main, if not the main, pillar of a film’s marketing campaign.

Fear lays out the history of trailers by looking at 10 movie-trailer milestones; The Jazz Singer (1927), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Pyscho (1960), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Gunfighters of Casa Grande (1964), Jaws (1975), The Shinning (1980), Independence Day (1996), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and Cloverfield (2008).

The evolution is clear and the differences are jarring. Fear at one point even says, “When trailers started, their goal was to make sure the film’s name was on everyone’s lips. This ad [Cloverfield] proved that so long as filmmakers could get people talking about their movie, they didn’t even need a name.”

Filmmakers will always find a way to get more and more innovative with their trailers and push the envelopes with their film’s marketing campaigns! With the advance of technology there will always be someone doing something new and different with their trailers, and at this point if you don’t join the movement the audience will leave you behind. In Hollywood’s over saturated film market, the consumer holds all the power and most filmmakers are forced to obey to the audience’s every desire.

Of the trailers he discusses which one is your favorite? Do you think these innovations are just gimmicks filmmakers can use to cover up specific elements of their movies? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. And make sure to check our David Fear’s full article here:

David Fear wrote an amazing piece for “The Dissolve” earlier this week. In his article he discusses the history of movie trailers and its evolution. Fear points out several key elements to making trailers and how they have turned into an industry of its own within the film industry and a main, if not the main, pillar of a film’s marketing campaign.

Fear lays out the history of trailers by looking at 10 movie-trailer milestones; The Jazz Singer (1927), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Pyscho (1960), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Gunfighters of Casa Grande (1964), Jaws (1975), The Shinning (1980), Independence Day (1996), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and Cloverfield (2008).

The evolution is clear and the differences are jarring. Fear at one point even says, “When trailers started, their goal was to make sure the film’s name was on everyone’s lips. This ad [Cloverfield] proved that so long as filmmakers could get people talking about their movie, they didn’t even need a name.”

Filmmakers will always find a way to get more and more innovative with their trailers and push the envelopes with their film’s marketing campaigns! With the advance of technology there will always be someone doing something new and different with their trailers, and at this point if you don’t join the movement the audience will leave you behind. In Hollywood’s over saturated film market, the consumer holds all the power and most filmmakers are forced to obey to the audience’s every desire.

Of the trailers he discusses which one is your favorite? Do you think these innovations are just gimmicks filmmakers can use to cover up specific elements of their movies? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. And make sure to check our David Fear’s full article here: http://bit.ly/1f7cGM0

 

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After long days and hard work months, it’s the final product that is what the majority of the world gets to see… Well it’s been a little slow on the horizon for new up and coming talked about films, but now we get catch a glimpse of some of the stuff in the new future to be hitting the big screens across the nation. I think it’s safe to say we are excited! Here’s a great link that talks about the top 5 most buzz-worthy” movies going around this week in the industry! I think we are going to have to see them all.. There is a little bit of everything in this bunch.
The Monument’s Men, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Thor: The Dark World, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Non-Stop
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/stocks/5-buzz-worthy-movie-trailers-making-the-rounds-this-week.html/