The First-EVER White House Student Film Festival


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

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The First-EVER White House Student Film Festival

 

Something big is happening today, and you don’t have to be a kid to be excited about it:

 

We’re launching our first-ever White House Student Film Festival — and we’re inviting K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one- to three-minute short web videos.

 

Finalists could have their videos screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and posted on the White House website. It might just be cooler than having your homework up on the fridge.

 

The topic: Highlighting the importance of technology in the classroom — and imagining how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future.

 

Interested, or know someone who would be?

 

Check out our official page here — where you can learn more, read the official rules, learn how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas.

 

Announcing the White House Film Festival

 

Published on Nov 25, 2013

If you thought having your school work posted on the fridge at home was cool, how about having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave at the first ever White House Film Festival? We think that’s pretty cool too. That is why we’re excited to announce the White House Film Festival. A video contest created specifically for K-12 students, where finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be invited to attend, featured on the White House YouTube channel, the White House Blog and White House social media pages. Please review the official rules and submit your video at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT HAS AN ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU

Our schools are more high-tech than ever. There are laptops in nearly every classroom. You can take an online course on Japanese — and then video chat with a kid from Japan. You can learn about geometry through an app on your iPad. So, what does it all mean?

We’re looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

 

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the
first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

 

Here are more important details you should know:

  • Every student entry has to have a parent/guardian or teacher sponsor.
  • Films can be submitted now through January 29th, 2014.
  • If your video is selected as an official selection, you could have a chance to attend the mid-February screening at the White House.

 

Read the complete rules (and submit your video!) here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival

We can’t wait to see what you make.

 

 

ARE YOU IN?

Submissions for the White House film festival will be accepted from November 25 through January 29, 2014. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo to be submitted. You and a parent/guardian must complete the form below and submit a link to your video.

 

Important Entry Requirements:

  • Open to U.S. students in grades K-12. All entries must be submitted by student’s parent or guardian.
  • You must submit your Entry online during the Competition Period. Time and eligibility of Entry will be determined by The White House in its sole discretion.
  • You may not submit more than one Entry.
  • Your Entry must have been created on or after November 25, 2013.
  • Your Entry must be three (3) minutes or less in length (including opening and/or closing credits).
  • Your Entry must not infringe any third party copyright or trademark, or violate the rights of any person or entity.  Make sure that you only use content in your Entry that you are authorized to use, including, without limitation, music, images, film clips, and other intellectual property.
  • Your Entry may not contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have not provided their authorization or whose parents or guardians have not provided, authorization if such individuals are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.
  • Entries must be appropriate for viewing by the general public; appropriateness will be determined by the White House in its sole discretion.

 

 

STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL RULES

 

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OPEN ONLY TO K-12 STUDENTS AND PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

 

By entering the “White House Student Film Festival” (“Competition”), entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Any violation of these rules may, at Sponsor’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges regarding this Competition are final and binding in all respects. (The White House is referred to in these rules as the “Sponsor”).

 

1. COMPETITION PERIOD. Competition begins 1:00 AM EDT November 25, 2013 and ends 11:59 PM EDT January 29th, 2014 (“COMPETITION PERIOD”). Online entries must be received by the end of the Competition Period.

 

2. ELIGIBILITY. The Competition is only open to students enrolled in grades K-12 in the United States and U.S. territories who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry and the parent or legal guardian of a student below the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.

 

3. HOW TO ENTER. In order to enter this Competition, entrants must upload their video onto YouTube or Vimeo. Entrants must read and agree to all rules and regulations, submit the online entry form online, and submit a link to their video on the White House website.

 
Entries must address at least one of the following themes:

 
(1.) How you currently use technology in your classroom or school OR
(2.) The role technology will play in education in the future.

 

The entry must: 
(a.) include the title of an original video,
(b.) the filmmaker’s name,
(c.) have been created on or after November 25, 2013,
(d.) be three (3) minutes or less in length, including opening and/or closing credits,
(e.) only use authorized content, including, without limitation, music, images,film clips, and other intellectual property,
(f.) only contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have provided their authorization or whose parents or guardians have provided authorization if such individuals are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence,
(g.) be appropriate for viewing by the general public (appropriateness will be determined by the White House in its sole discretion),
(h.) be originally authored or the entrant must have written permission to use copyright protected material. All text, images, videos, and other content and materials submitted by entrants, including without limitation, the items described in subsections (a) – (h) above, shall be referred to hereafter as the “Submission.”

 

Entrant represents and warrants that Submission is the original work of entrant, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity. Entrant further represents and warrants that Submission adheres to the fundamental spirit of the Competition and does not contain any defamatory, obscene, or otherwise unlawful matter.

 

If selected as potential finalists, entrants shall be required to complete a release confirming the consent, release and grant of rights set forth in Section 6 and provide such information as may be required for with The White House to conduct a background check (no personally identifiable information, including names or social security numbers of entrants, will be collected or maintained by the U.S. Department of Education). The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry at its sole discretion.

 

4. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. There will be two rounds of judging. A panel of judges consisting of White House staff will conduct the preliminary and final review and select films that will be presented at the Film Festival at the White House. In the preliminary and final rounds, judges will review and score the Submissions according to the following criteria:
(1.) Creativity in expression of the theme,
(2.) Originality of the Submission, and
(3.) Technical Quality of the final video product.

 

Second round contestants will be notified via email. If any such entrant: (i) cannot be contacted; (ii) does not respond within five (5) days from the date the Sponsor first tries to notify her/him; (iii) fails to return all releases and other requested documents; such entrant forfeits and an alternate will be selected. The White House in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition at the White House Film Festival.

 

5. PRIZE DESCRIPTION. Finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalists have an opportunity to be invited to attend the screening at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, Vimeo, and other social media pages. Finalists will be presented with a certificate celebrating their achievement.

 

6. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this Competition constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration or the copyright in the Submission. Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission.

 

7. PARTICIPATING ENTITIES. This Competition is administered by The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20502.

 

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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: Saving Mr. Banks


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 American-British-Australian biographical comedy-drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the production of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film, Mary Poppins, the film starsEmma Thompson and Tom Hanks with supporting roles from Paul GiamattiJason Schwartzman,Bradley Whitford, and Colin Farrell.

 

Taking its title from the patriarchal character of the same name, the film depicts author P. L. Travers (Thompson) and her two-week briefing in Los Angeles as she is persuaded by filmmaker Walt Disney (Hanks), in his attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novel.

 

Produced by Alison Owen for Walt Disney Pictures, in association with BBC Films and Essential MediaSaving Mr. Banks will be released theatrically in the United States on December 13, 2013 in limited release and in wide release on December 20.

 

 

Saving Mr Banks – Official Trailer

 

Published on Jul 12, 2013

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

 

 

 

 

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Directed by John Lee Hancock
Produced by Alison Owen
Ian Collie
Philip Steuer
Written by Kelly Marcel
Sue Smith
Starring Emma Thompson
Tom Hanks
Paul Giamatti
Jason Schwartzman
Bradley Whitford
Colin Farrell
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Editing by Mark Livolsi
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
BBC Films
Essential Media
Ruby Films
Hopscotch Features
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 20, 2013
  • (BFI London Film Festival)
  • November 8, 2013
  • (AFI Film Festival)
  • November 29, 2013 (UK)
  • December 13, 2013 (US)
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Australia
Language English
Budget $35 million

 

 

Plot

The film centers on the life of Travers, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in Queensland, Australia, the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins in 1961. While in California for filming, Travers thinks back to her difficult childhood in Australia, most especially to her father, the inspiration for the role of the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks.

 

 

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Published on Nov 12, 2013

A look at how Emma Thompson took on the challenging role of P.L. Travers.

 

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

 

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

 

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

 

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

 

Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

 

“Saving Mr. Banks” is directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum.

 

 

 

Cast

 

 

Development

In 2011, Kelly Marcel’s screenplay was listed in film executive Franklin Leonard‘s Black List, voted by producers, as one of the best screenplays that were not in production.

 

In November 2011, Walt Disney Studios‘ president of production, Sean Bailey, was informed that the film rights to Marcel’s screenplay were available. Bailey discussed the potential of producing the film with studio executives, including Disney CEO Bob Iger and studio chairman Alan Horn, who referred to the film as a “brand deposit”, a term adopted from Steve Jobs. Iger approved the film and subsequently contacted Tom Hanks to consider playing the role of Walt Disney, which would become the first ever depiction of Disney in a mainstream film. Hanks accepted the role, viewing it as “an opportunity to play somebody as world shifting as Picasso or Chaplin“. Hanks took several visits to The Walt Disney Family Museum and interviewed some of Disney’s former employees and family relatives, including his daughter Diane Disney Miller. In April 2012, Emma Thompson entered final negotiations to star as P.L. Travers, after the studio was unable to secure Meryl Streep for the part. Thompson described the role as the most difficult one she’s played, elaborating that Travers was “a woman of quite eye-watering complexity and contradiction”

 

 

Movie Bytes : Saving Mr. Banks Official Trailer + Trailer Review : HD PLUS

 

Published on Jul 12, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks debuts its first official trailer for 2013, and you can see it here today plus get a trailer review! Beyond The Trailer host Grace Randolph gives you her reaction to this trailer for Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell! Does Tom Hanks look like Walt Disney to you? Are you interested in the making of Mary Poppins? Plus with Beyond The Trailer’s Trailer Plus, you’ll get a link to other movie news, reviews, and trailers! Enjoy this official HD trailer and trailer review for Saving Mr. Banks before you see the full movie in 2013! And make Beyond The Trailer your first stop for entertainment news on YouTube today!

 

 

 

Filming

Principal photography began on September 19, 2012. Although some filming was originally to be in QueenslandAustralia, all filming took place in the Los Angeles area, including theWalt Disney Studios lot in BurbankDisneylandBig Sky Ranch, and the TCL Chinese Theatre. For the Disneyland sequences, certain areas were cordoned off during the park’s daily operation, including Sleeping Beauty CastleMain Street U.S.A.Fantasyland, and the Astro Orbitor attraction, while the park’s cast members were hired as extras.

 

Emma Thompson prepared for her role by listening to Travers’ own recordings conducted during the development of Mary Poppins, and also styled her natural hair after Travers’, due to the actress’s disdain of wigs. To accurately convey Walt Disney’s Midwestern dialect, Tom Hanks listened to archival recordings of Disney in his car and practiced the voice while reading newspapers. Hanks also grew his own mustache for the role, which underwent heavy scrutiny—with the filmmakers going so far as to matching the same dimensions as Disney’s. Although the filmmakers did not receive any creative interference from Disney regarding Walt Disney’s depiction, the studio did request to omit any lit cigarettes from being shown on-screen, due to The Walt Disney Company‘s fervent policy of not depicting smoking in films issued under the Walt Disney Pictures banner. Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak worked closely with Richard M. Sherman of the Sherman Brothers during pre-production and filming, with him describing the actors as “perfect talents” for their roles as Richard and Robert B. Sherman. Filming was completed on November 22, 2012.

 

 

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Release

 

Saving Mr. Banks held its world premiere at the London Film Festival on October 20, 2013. On November 7, 2013, Walt Disney Picturesheld the film’s U.S. premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre during the opening night of the 2013 AFI Film Festival., the same location where Mary Poppins was premiered. The original film was also screened for its 50th anniversary. Saving Mr. Banks will also serve as the Gala Presentation at the 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival on November 13, and will be screened at the AARP Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on November 17, as Disney is heavily campaigning Saving Mr. Banks for Academy Awards consideration. The film has been widely considered to be a front-runner for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards.

 

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Critical reaction

Saving Mr. Banks has received acclaim from film critics; with major praise directed to the screenplay, John Lee Hancock‘s direction, and acting, particularly Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks‘ performances. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that, so far, 86% of critics gave the film a “fresh” rating, based on fourteen reviews with an average score of 6.3/10. Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 74 (out of 100) based on seven reviews from mainstream critics, considered to be “generally favorable”.

 

The Hollywood Reporter praised the film as an “affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances.” In regards to Thompson, the Reporter wrote that “Emma Thompson takes charge of the central role of P.L. Travers with an authority that makes you wonder how anybody else could ever have been considered.” Scott Foundas of Variety also lauded the film, writing that the film “has all the makings of an irresistible backstage tale, and it’s been brought to the screen with a surplus of old-fashioned Disney showmanship…”, highlighting that Tom Hanks’ portrayal captured Walt Disney‘s “folksy charisma and canny powers of persuasion — at once father, confessor and the shrewdest of businessmen.”

 

Overall, he praised the film as “very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention.” David Gritten of The Daily Telegraph noted that the confrontational interaction between Thompson and Hanks as “terrific”, singling out Thompson’s “bravura performance”, and calling the film itself as overall “smart, witty entertainment”. Kate Muir of The Times also spoke highly on Thompson and Hanks’ performances. Alonso Duralde described the film as a “whimsical, moving and occasionally insightful tale”, elaborating that “director John Lee Hancock luxuriates in the period detail of early-’60′s Disney-ana“. IndieWire‘s Ashley Clark felt similarly, stating that the film “is witty, well-crafted and well-performed mainstream entertainment which, perhaps unavoidably, cleaves to a well-worn Disney template stating that all problems—however psychologically deep-rooted—can be overcome.”

 

Another staff writer labeled Thompson’s performance as her best since Sense and Sensibility and stated that “she makes the Australian-born British transplant a curmudgeonly delight. In her hands, Travers is less fire-breathing gorgon than prickly, tut-tutting schoolmarm — far less fearsome, for instance, than Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.” Peter Bradshaw enjoyed Hanks’ role, suggesting that, despite its brevity, the film would have been largely “bland” without it.

 

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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: The Book Thief


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Book Thief is a 2013 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak, directed by Brian Percival and screenplay by Michael Petroni, with musical score by John Williams. The film stars Emily WatsonGeoffrey RushSophie NélisseBen Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Joachim Paul Assböck.

 

The Book Thief
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brian Percival
Produced by Ken Blancato
Karen Rosenfelt
Screenplay by Michael Petroni
Based on The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Starring Sophie Nélisse
Geoffrey Rush
Emily Watson
Ben Schnetzer
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Editing by John Wilson
Studio Babelsberg Studios
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
Running time 131 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $126,984

 

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The Book Thief Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson Movie HD

 

While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

 

 

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The Book Thief Official Extended Trailer – Words Are Life (2013) HD

 

 

 

Plot

The movie tells the story of young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse). After she finds her first book beside her brother’s graveside, she is sent to foster parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). While in the comfort of her new found parents, World War II breaks out and Rosa and Hans shelter a Jewish refugee named Max (Ben Schnetzer).

 

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Cast

 

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Production

A search for an actress to play the eponymous book thief, Liesel Meminger, occurred across the world. On February 4, 2013, it was announced that French-Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse was cast in the role, with Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson set to play Meminger’s foster parents.

 

Principal photography began in early March 2013 at Babelsberg Studio in Potsdam-BabelsbergGermany. The first trailer was released on August 21st.

 

Markus Zusak, author of the book on which the film is based, has confirmed on his blog that the film will be narrated by the character of “Death”, as was the novel. Fans theorized that Death might be voiced by the anonymous American actor that was used in the official trailer. It was then announced that actor Roger Allam of Game of Thrones would portray Death in the film.

 

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Soundtrack

The music for the film was composed by John Williams, and the soundtrack album containing the score will be released by Sony Classical. The album will be released in the United States on November 19, 2013.

 

The Book Thief marks the first time since 2005 Williams has scored a film not directed by Steven Spielberg.

 

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Release

Scheduled for nationwide release on November 27, 2013, The Book Thief‘s limited theatrical release was moved forward to November 8, 2013, due to being ahead of schedule, and so as to compete in the 2013–14 award season. It premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 3, 2013 and was screened at the Savannah Film Festival on October 29, 2013.

 

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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: “Las Vegas”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Last Vegas is an upcoming comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas,Robert De NiroMorgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The film is set to be released on November 1, 2013.

 

Last Vegas
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon Turteltaub
Produced by Laurence Mark
Nathan Kahane
Amy Baer
Matt Leonetti
Written by Dan Fogelman
Starring Michael Douglas
Robert De Niro
Kevin Kline
Morgan Freeman
Mary Steenburgen
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography David Hennings
Editing by David Rennie
Studio Good Universe
Distributed by CBS Films
Release date(s)
  • November 1, 2013
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 Million

 

Plot

Four best friends Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Sam (Kevin Kline) and Archie (Morgan Freeman) in their late sixties decide to have a bachelor party in Las VegasNevada for Billy the last of them to be getting married.

 

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Production

Filming

Filming started in November 2012 in Las Vegas. At the end of November, filming then moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area.

 

Rating

Last Vegas was given an MPAA rating of R for a mild nude sequence. The film has been re-submitted for a PG-13 rating. The appeal was successful and the film received a PG-13 rating for sexual content and some language.

 

Last Vegas TEASER TRAILER (2013) – Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas Movie HD

 

Billy (Academy Award®-winner Michael Douglas), Paddy (Academy Award®-winner Robert De Niro), Archie (Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Academy Award®-winner Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.

 

 

 

Well they may not like being compared to THE HANGOVER, but I don’t think that’s such a terrible thing for LAST VEGAS, which features old-school stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman as four best friends who head to Sin City for a bachelor party that brings out more than they bargained for. In fact, it may work in their favor as the high concept geriatric version of the popular franchise, so why not? With that, we have a new trailer to share, which shows the foursome taking on Vegas with all their old man idiosyncrasies.

 

 

 

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Films From The Balcony: 12 Years A Slave.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film based on the 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup’s memoir, co-edited by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon in 1968, carefully retraced and validated his account, finding it to be remarkably accurate.The film is directed by Steve McQueen and written by John RidleyChiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup. 12 Years a Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2013. The film is scheduled to be commercially released on October 18, 2013.

 

12 Years a Slave
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve McQueen
Produced by Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Bill Pohlad
Steve McQueen
Arnon Milchan
Anthony Katagas
Screenplay by John Ridley
Based on Twelve Years a Slave
by Solomon Northup
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor
Michael Fassbender
Benedict Cumberbatch
Paul Dano
Paul Giamatti
Lupita Nyong’o
Sarah Paulson
Brad Pitt
Alfre Woodard
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Sean Bobbitt
Editing by Joe Walker
Studio Regency Enterprises(US/Spain/Germany)
Film4
River Road Entertainment
Plan B Entertainment
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures(US)
Summit Entertainment (non-US)
Entertainment One/Film4 and Channel

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Channel 4 Home Entertainment

(UK DVD/Blu-Ray)
Icon Productions (Australia)

Release date(s)
Running time 134 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $20 million

 

 

12 Years a Slave Trailer 2013 - Official [HD]

 

Published on Jul 18, 2013

12 Years a Slave trailer 2013 – Official movie trailer in HD 1080p – starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano – directed by Steve McQueen – based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom.

“12 Years a Slave” movie theatrical release on October 18, 2013.

 

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. 12 Years a Slave movie trailer 2013 is presented in full HD 1080p high resolution.

 

 

Synopsis

12 Years a Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., after being lured from Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release.

 

 

Cast

 

Production

12 Years a Slave is directed by Steve McQueen with John Ridley (Justice LeagueRed Tails,Static ShockThree Kings) adapting a screenplay based on Solomon Northup‘s 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave. McQueen’s project, in development for some time, was announced in August 2011 with McQueen to direct and Chiwetel Ejiofor to star as Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. McQueen compared Ejiofor’s conduct “of class and dignity” to that of Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. In October 2011, Michael Fassbender (who starred in McQueen’s previous films Hunger and Shame) joined the cast. In early 2012, the rest of the roles were cast, and filming was scheduled to begin at the end of June 2012.

 

With a production budget of $20 million, filming began in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 27, 2012. It lasted for seven weeks, concluding on August 13, 2012.

 

Release

12 Years a Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2013, before screening at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5 and New York Film Festival in October.

 

Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises will commercially release 12 Years a Slave on October 18, 2013. The film was initially scheduled to be released in late December 2013. Deadline.com reported that the film had “some exuberant test screenings” that led to the decision to move up the release date. A soundtrack will be released on October 15, 2013.

 

Reception

Critical response

When it premiered at the 2013 Tellruride Film Festival and, more significantly, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival12 Years a Slave was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences, who greatly praised the film for its acting (particularly for Chiwetel EjioforMichael FassbenderSarah Paulson and Lupita Nyong’o), Steve McQueen‘s direction, screenplay, production values, and its extreme faithfulness to Solomon Northup‘s eponymous autobiography. As of September 29, the film holds a 97% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 29 reviews with a average score of 8.9/10, and a 96% normalized “Universal Acclaim” rating on Metacritic.

 

Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine highly heralds the film and its director, Steve McQueen, by stating: “Indeed, McQueen’s film is closer in its storytelling particulars to such 1970′s exploitation-exposés of slavery as Mandingo and Goodbye, Uncle Tom. Except that McQueen is not a schlock meister sensationalist but a remorseless artist.” He also reminds everyone the harsh cruelties of discrimination towards African Americans as shown in the film: “McQueen shows that racism, aside from its barbarous inhumanity, is insanely inefficient. It can be argued that Nazi Germany lost the war both because it diverted so much manpower to the killing of Jews and because it did not exploit the brilliance of Jewish scientists in building smarter weapons.

 

So the slave owners dilute the energy of their slaves by whipping them for sadistic sport and, as Epps does, waking them at night to dance for his wife’s cruel pleasure. It is the rare white man who will speak racial equality to the plantation owner’s power; in 12 Years a Slave, that voice is Brad Pitt’s. He tells Epps, “If you don’t treat them as humans, then you will have to answer for it.” Epps can’t even understand the question.” Gregory Ellwood of HitFix gave the film an “A-” rating and stated: “”12 Years” is a powerful drama driven by McQueen’s bold direction and the finest performance of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s career.” He raved highly of the acting of Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o: “Fassbender is essentially the embodiment of evil as Northup’s last slave owner, Edwin Epps. McQueen’s frequent muse (“Hunger,” “Shame”) is relentless in depicting the inhumanity in Epps, but expertly manages to avoid making Epps one note. Instead of pretending there is some good in Epps, Fassbender and (Steve) McQueen provide him a range of combustible madness.

 

As Patsey suffers from Epps’ affections, insecurities and jealousy, Nyong’o eloquently convinces us why her character sees death as her only viable escape. It’s the film’s breakthrough performance and may find Nyong’o making her way to the Dolby Theater next March.” He also admired the film’s “gorgeous” cinematography and the musical score, as “one of Hans Zimmer‘s more moving scores in some time.” Paul MacInnes of The Guardian scored the film five out of five stars, writing “Stark, visceral and unrelenting, 12 Years a Slave is not just a great film but a necessary one.”

 

 

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly praised it as “a new movie landmark of cruelty and transcendence” and as “a movie about a life that gets taken away, and that’s why it lets us touch what life is.” He also commented very positively about Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s performance, while further stating “12 Years a Slave lets us stare at the primal sin of America with open eyes, and at moments it is hard to watch, yet it’s a movie of such humanity and grace that at every moment, you feel you’re seeing something essential. It is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s extraordinary performance that holds the movie together, and that allows us to watch it without blinking.

 

He plays Solomon with a powerful inner strength, yet he never soft-pedals the silent nightmare that is Solomon’s daily existence. The ultimate cruelty he’s subjected to isn’t the beatings or the humiliation. It is that he is ripped from his family, blockaded away from all that he is. Yet such is the force of Ejiofor’s acting that he made me think of Nina Simone’s sublime rendition of “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life,” the two songs from Hair that she transformed into an African-American gospel epiphany. Simone sang about how she, too, had known what it was to lose everything (“Ain’t got no clothes, no country, no friends, no nothing, ain’t got no God”), and because she had lost everything, she had only one thing left: She had life.”

 

The Daily Telegraph‘s Tim Robey granted the film a maximum score of five stars, stating that “it’s the nobility of this remarkable film that pierces the soul.”, whilst praising Ejiofor and Nyong’o performance’s. Tina Hassannia of Slant Magazine said that “using his signature visual composition and deafening sound design, Steve McQueen portrays the harrowing realism of Northrup’s experience and the complicated relationships between master and slave, master and master, slave and slave, and so on.” 

 

The film’s producers, director McQueen, lead actor Ejiofor, supporting actors Fassbender and Nyong’o, and writer Ridley were widely tipped for award season success. When commenting on the film’s Oscar buzz, Ejiofor said, “I love the film. I think it’s a really strong piece of work. But I also want people to come to it without all the buzz and the hype and this and that. It’s a story of a man going through an extraordinary circumstance. And I do feel it needs to be engaged with in its own quiet, reflective way.”

 

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