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Movie Poster a Treasure For California Family

Movie Poster a Treasure For California Family

In 1978, Anne Stafford was shopping for a gift for her husband’s birthday.

“He is a B horror movie fan and he loved Dracula and Sherlock Holmes and stuff by Roger Corman,” says the California mom.

Stafford ended up in an antiques store, not certain what she was looking for or what she would find when a stack of movie posters caught her eye. She began flipping through the sheets when one in particular stood out. “When I saw it, it was just stunning,” Stafford recalls. “I knew I had a terrific hit on my hands.

“It was the perfect gift,” she continues. “There were maybe 10 movie posters on that table, but honestly I don’t remember what the others were. I just remember the ‘Freaks’ poster.”

Stafford paid $10 for the 14-by-36 inch poster and her husband was delighted with the gift.

When released in 1932, ‘Freaks’ shocked moviegoers. It was based on a short story about circus performers published in February 1923 in Munsey’s Magazine. Rather than using actors in costumes and makeup, director and producer Tod Browning cast real performers as “freaks.”

It was too much for audiences of the time and MGM quickly pulled the movie from theaters. The studio called it an error in judgment, but decades later, it would become a cult classic at revival houses and on college campuses.

For 30 years, the Staffords had little idea that the poster hanging on their wall was one of the last remaining original posters for the controversial movie. “Movie posters from the original release are virtually unheard of,” says Grey Smith, director of vintage movie posters at Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. “It’s one of the hobby’s greatest rarities.”

While researching the poster, at least one dealer offered the Staffords $60,000. But the family decided an auction was the best option for them. In March 2009, an East Coast collector purchased it for $107,550 at a Heritage auction.

“We all like nice things,” Stafford says, “but we certainly can’t take it with us. We enjoyed it for 30 years. It was fun having it.”…

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Movie Review – Marley & Me

Movie Review – Marley & Me

I recently succumbed to my curiosity and rented the movie “Marley & Me.” I resisted this like the plague, since I read and loved the book and knew that a movie would not be able to do this wonderful story justice.

The movie centers on the Grogan family and their lovable, lug-of-a-dog Marley. The story begins with a young married couple, John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny (Jennifer Aniston) Grogan, who adopt a dog as a gateway towards children.

They choose an adorable, little, golden-retriever pup and get ready to begin the next stage of their lives. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned. The tiny pup grows enormous, seemingly overnight, and becomes quite a doggy menace.

There are many scenes showing: John and Jenny running after Marley, Marley destroying everything in his path and the general chaos this dog inflicts on their daily lives.

Of course, they also show how, even though he’s a big ball of destruction, he’s a fabulously loyal dog and very much a part of the family.

I didn’t love this movie, mainly because I read the book, but also because I didn’t believe in the relationship between Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. These two exuded very little chemistry and it threw the whole love-story aspect off-kilter.

In addition to the misplaced chemistry, the scenes were lacking that heart-warming, organic flow. A portion of this could be attributed to the story’s lengthy time span, but I feel the majority is a result of the painfully, mechanical writing. I know it’s hard to have snappy dialogue when you have a hundred-pound pupper bouncing around, but a little more effort could have been used to avoid the blatant clichés and tearjerker manipulations.

I did enjoy the rapid-fire editing-accompanied by voice-over-which allowed many life moments to be realized quickly and efficiently. This technique moved the story along nicely and was extremely effective.

Bottom line: If you’re a dog-lover, you will respond to the antics of the lovable Marley. If you’re like me, you will give your own pupper (a fourteen-pound mini-Marley for me) an extra squeeze as the movie nears the end. Have lots of tissues handy.

Better yet… read the book, it’s so much better. Tissues will still be necessary.…

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Alien: Resurrection Review

Alien: Resurrection Review

After the Alien saga was treated by a Brit and two Americans it was time for a Frenchie to step in and take the reins. Enter French auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the man to helm the fourth Alien movie, Alien: Resurrection. This fourth installment takes place 200 years after Alien 3. Scientists have gathered blood samples from Fury 116, Lt. Ellen Ripley’s final resting place, and used them to create a super strong alien/human hybrid clone of the Xenomorph slaying expert. These scientists pulled the Queen alien that was inside of Ripley out of her and used the Queen to start breeding the Xenomorphs. And, as one would expect, things quickly go wrong. It is, once again, up to Ripley to save a rag tag gang of space pirates from these horrific creatures running amok on a ship that is headed towards Earth at an alarming rate.

Alien: Resurrection is undboutedly a Jeunet film, with its darkly comic atmosphere and animated and eccentric style. He adds all of his usual European flare to this exciting and explosive film. Alien: Resurrection reverts back to James Cameron’s way of doing things in this saga, making the film an action film rather than a suspense horror. Honestly, this is something I was happy about. It was neat to see the series switch back and forth between these two genres with Alien being a true sci-fi horror, Aliens being a strictly action packed film, and Alien 3 returning to the horror roots. Alien: Resurrection is non stop action and with Jeunet’s visual brilliance it is an absolute visual spectacle.

Where Alien: Resurrection fails, however, is in its script. Not so much because the script is bad, but writer Joss Whedon and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet had two different visions for the film. Whedon wrote a crazier and more tounge-in-cheek script, while Jeunet directed a more straight edge final product. This clashing is what makes this film falter the most. The style doesn’t match the script, and when characters say or do things that seem a little silly in a more serious environment it feels awkward and cringe worthy at times.

Also, Joss Whedon made a very bold move in what he did with the space pirates. He tried to create a group of characters who we could believe have worked together for a very long time and he tried to create an atmosphere around them that made them feel like a true space crew, not just actors thrown together to play certain archetypes. This is one of the most revolutionary things that the original Alien succeeded phenomenally at. No science fiction film has ever created this sort of atmosphere, and Alien: Resurrection doesn’t even come close. Whedon tried to pay a great homage to the first film in doing this, but really he just revealed to us the things that made the crew of Alien work by showing us what absolutely doesn’t work.

Visually, Alien: Resurrection is astounding and as pure entertainment it works pretty well. It’s definitely fun and a great way to kill two hours. But with a script that is mismatched with the film’s style and a story that is full of odd plot holes that continually take you out of the experience this film is kept from being much more than just a fun little action film. It has some great moments and if you’ve seen the other three films then definitely see this one, but don’t expect the kind of quality you are used to with this franchise.

6/10…

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Fun Face Painting With Kids

Fun Face Painting With Kids

Kids always love exciting and new activities that you do with them. These kids have simple ways to enjoy their selves. One of the best activities that they always enjoy doing is face painting. It is an activity that also develops their creativity. It can help a budding artist develop his full potential. It is a fun activity indeed. There are some tips and information that you have to remember all the time.

DRAW THE DESIGN

It is important that you have samples to show to kids so that they will be able to choose among the designs that they will see. It will give them the freedom to choose the best design for them. Guide them as they choose from the designs that you have prepared for them. It is always a good way to make sure that the kid will like the design that you will put in his face.

INCLUDE SIMPLE DESIGNS

You have to include simple designs in the choices that you will give them. It is very vital for those who do not want to be messy looking but would want to participate in the activity. Simple designs may include shapes like heat, star, musical note and a lot more.

COLORS

Try to realize that you need to have the appropriate colors that you will need for each design. Have the basic colors like red, yellow and blue. You can mix them to come up with a new color. Make sure that you will mix the appropriate amount to be able to attain the desired color tone.

PREPARE FOR CLEAN UP

Sometimes this activity can become messy. Try to prepare for the cleanup. Make sure that you have enough water in place as this paint can be removed by water. Try to include soft cloth to aid in the removal.

It is always an exciting activity to do face painting. There are a lot of designs and shapes that you can do. You need to have the appropriate equipment and tools and have the designs prepared initially. Try to remember the tips so that you will be able to enjoy it with your kids.…

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Movie Pages – To Enjoy Watching Movies With Comfort

Movie Pages – To Enjoy Watching Movies With Comfort

Many people want to watch and enjoy the movies in the comfort of their room peacefully. They do not want to stand in the queues or wait outside the theaters to get the tickets and then for the show to begin. At home with the availability of DVD, now watching movies has become very easy and most comfortable. And the latest edition in this section to get the fun of watching movies is the internet. With the help of internet you have to just log on to the search engine and look for the best movie pages and search for the DVD that you want. It not like the general DVD renting stores and outlets where it took loads of time to search for the DVD of the movies which are a bit older and which are not on the hit list. With the help of the movie pages one can search for one and all the movies from the oldest to the latest and from the most hit number to the one that went unnoticed.

At the movie pages you will get the only the original DVD therefore there is no danger of getting in the list of users of those who do the illegal act of piracy. And also one would get the best prints and video with the best and original sound. Other than this the movie pages also offer the facility of not just getting the DVD that you want for buying but one can also get the DVD on rent through the movie pages. Other than this one does not even have to go and get the DVD on his/her own. The movie page site owner makes the arrangements for the delivery of the DVD that you have ordered for purchase and in case you have just rented them they will only make the arrangements for delivery as well as the pickup.

In case, the movie pages through which you have chosen the DVD has to deliver it in the same city then normally it takes one hour for the job and if in case it has to be delivered in any other city then on normally it takes one day. With the movie pages one can also get all the information of the all the latest and the other movies that one may need to find about and also get to see the trailer and the also read the reviews on the particular movie. There are a few movie pages through which one can get to know about the story and other related aspects of the movies. And also there are gossips and the movie news that make one thrilled if he/she is a movie freak and loves to be part of them fully.

Yet another interesting feature of you will see here is one can also read the scripts of the movies that are about to be released soon and get to know about the details about the cast and the crew and even the shooting schedules. There are few movie lovers who just like collect the posters of the movies and this is like a hobby or a passion for them. On the movie pages one can get the best of the collection of the posters.…

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Wholesale DVD Distributors – The Benefit of Patronizing Wholesale DVD Distributors

Wholesale DVD Distributors – The Benefit of Patronizing Wholesale DVD Distributors

In the world of business, often we heard of wholesale distributors that have specialized products. Like selling beauty products, school supplies, home furniture, DVD s and others are among those in the top selling items in the chart. When we talked about entertainment, the children and adult alike love watching movies, but often working adults do not have much time to got to movie houses to watch the shown in the movie houses, and will just resort in buying DVD. Wholesale distributors license the DVD distribution rights from studios producing the movies and supply DVD s to retail stores, online merchants, DVD rental companies and mail order stores.

Often these products are sold in packages, containing different titles. Drama, action, comedy, horror, family, kids, martial arts, science fiction and western are some of the popular DVD genres. These DVD s are sold as ready packed or custom-made according to orders. Time and again the items contain extra content not available to viewers in the movie theaters. This has added in features like interviews with the movie stars, behind the scenes action from the movie sets and scenes which have been deleted from the movie. These extras are an added attraction for its consumer.

The big proceeds build up to the distributors would be through the sale of video products to retail shops and video rentals. In one of the market study made about this business, there has been considerable growth in the mail order rental via the internet. There are plenty of rental companies available in the internet and this has more than two million customers patronizing the business.

Using the mail to order process using the internet has been rising in terms of sales. In which is also known to be called as digital distribution that includes providing a movie download service via the distributor’s own broadband infrastructure, game center, video demand services and more. The video on demand systems allow users to watch video over a network as part of an interactive television system.

Ever since retailers enjoy good revenue doing the business, and there are more people are purchasing these items in bulk from a distributor. And which case the demand increases, more people are earning through this scheme. Many deal to drop shipping and mail the DVD s directly to the end consumer, through this way it has been a convenient way to watch movies.…

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Best Movies of 2003

Best Movies of 2003

City of God

I saw this movie barely knowing anything about it, but was blown away by the end of it. A great story about two boys in Rio de Janeiro who grow up doing very different things, one is a drug dealer, and quite successful at it, and the other is a photographer. The grittiness gets under your skin and stays there.

Old School

When watching this movie for the first time I know I was looking at a classic of the genre, like Animal House or Caddyshack. Will Ferrell is such a master and an icon of comedy at this point. The scene when he gets shot with the dart, need I say more? Oh yeah, Vince Vaughn was good too.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This just happens to be The Lord of the Rings movie for this year, in my opinion they are all simply amazing. Peter Jackson has a serious brain in that head of his. Watching this series I don’t think there is one aspect that I could cut on, it is perfect.

Elf

I had to include Elf. This is a Christmas favorite at my house. The kids love it and I’ll watch it a thousand times, after all, it’s Will Ferrell.

The Matrix: Reloaded

I think the follow up to the original is pretty dang good. After having a movie like The Matrix it had to have a sequel for so many reasons. And since the big secret was let out in the first movie, how can the second measure up? Although it is not at the top of the genre like The Matrix is, Reloaded is a great sequel and did not disappoint. It simply was not possible to be as successful in the review point of view as the first.…

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Online Movie Ticket Booking

Online Movie Ticket Booking

Thanks to ecommerce, we can buy movie tickets right from home. No more buying in black!! The process of buying on the cinema theatre sites has to improve though. They haven’t paid attention to user experience. Why wait at the counters in the queues at the last moment for the tickets? Also the convenience of planning and tension free visit to the theatre to relax is a boon.

The tickets are available in advance and the user can book film tickets for the upcoming 6 days for the movie of his choice running the theatres though his credit and debit cards. The print out of the ticket needs to produced at the counter with an identity proof for the theatre authorities to issue an original ticket. Theatres have their own websites that provide this service or have tie ups with websites to provide this service to the consumers. It is available in all the metros in India.

This online booking has prevented malpractices of selling the tickets in black at higher rates and exploiting the consumers. There were times the consumers stood disappointed when the theatres displayed the houseful board while people sold tickets outside for double the rates and the consumer purchased it out of compulsion to have come all the way to watch the movie with his family, friends and others.

The consumer now books the movie ticket from a computer and has an option to check out availability of seats for a particular cinema in the theatre running different shows. It’s very common with almost every online film ticket booking website to offer a seat map and you get to select your own seats from the map – everything online. The user can choose a seat of his choice (provided available) and is assured of watching his favorite movie on the big screen. Also the consumer can opt to avail value add services offered by the theatres.

The ticket purchased is non transferable. Children aged 3 years and above require admission ticket. The management reserves the right to refuse admission by refunding ticket price purchased. The consumer has to collect his tickets 1/2 an hour prior to the show time from theatre with your booking ID.

The process of booking the tickets is simple and goes this way.

From the website you can online see the movie schedule and check ticket availability. From the homepage select your choice of movie, theatre and date, on submission it will display schedules of all the matching shows. If the show is open for booking, then click on that show to check the cinema ticket availability. The seat position is dependent on the theatres. Consumers can book tickets in advance for movies that will start playing the following week (from Friday). As long as the movies are listed on the site, you can book tickets for those movies. Once tickets have been bought online, they are considered sold and cannot be cancelled, refunded or exchanged. Once you have finished booking your tickets, you will be given a ticket by the booking center that is called as the confirmation slip. This slip has to be provided at the respective theatre to exchange for the original ticket. If you lose or damage the confirmation slip, no replacement or no refund will be provided and you will not be able to get the original ticket also. They add a very nominal amount as a service charge per ticket.

What are you waiting for? Start booking your cinema tickets for your favorite movies at your nearest theatres. Happy ticketing!…

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Movie Review – Hot Fuzz

Movie Review – Hot Fuzz

I recently watched a gem of a movie called “Hot Fuzz.”

The movie centers on Police Constable, Nicholas Angel (a wonderful Simon Pegg), who is a superior law-enforcement specimen. He’s efficient, effective and driven to a fault. He’s so consumed by his job that he sabotaged his relationship with his girlfriend. In fact, his only ongoing relationship is with his precious Japanese Peace Lily.

PC Angel learns he’s being promoted to Sergeant, but not in London, in the sleepy village of Sandford. Of course, he wants to remain in action-packed London, but isn’t wanted there because he’s making his fellow officers look bad.

He arrives in the quaint village of Sanford and promptly starts arresting a good deal of the village, including his bumbling, new partner Danny (Nick Frost).

He quickly learns that the Sanford Police Service is more than happy to do the bare minimum work as long as their stomachs are filled with ice cream and cake. That’s not a problem, though, because he’s also informed that Sanford is the safest village in the country and is the winner of the “Village of the Year” contest. The village pride is evident by the high-tech Neighborhood Watch Alliance.

Sergeant Angel is stuck attending to a run-away swan, speed-trap duty, wayward hedge-clipping and church fair security. That is, until a series of bizarre accidents convinces him there’s a serial killer on the loose.

No one believes in his wild theories, but as the bodies add up, even the most skeptical are forced to face the reality.

This movie is hilarious and Simon Pegg playing the straight is absolutely delicious.

The smash-cut editing-which was used with limited success in “Shaun of the Dead-is used to terrific effect and makes the movie that much more enjoyable.

This movie was obviously created by movie buffs, with multiple shout-outs to “Point Blank,” “Bad Boys II” and the power of Grayskull.

There loads of violence and gore, but it all comes off with such a humorous angle that it isn’t nauseating. In fact, this movie contains one of the most gruesome and hysterical movie deaths I’ve ever seen.

Just when you think you know the direction the movie is heading, it takes a left turn and ends up in a completely different place. It’s glorious.

Bottom line: Brilliant, hilarious, gory and Simon Pegg playing it straight. It doesn’t get any better than “Hot Fuzz.” And remember it’s all for the “greater good.”…

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Several Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Home Theater Audio

Several Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for Home Theater Audio

A home theater audio system is undoubtedly a wise decision. With benefits for both movie watching and listening to music–two important aspects of many people’s lives–it’s definitely not a purchase that will go unused. The biggest drawback of buying a new audio system actually lies with impulse buying. People in general have a tendency to want immediate results and thus opt for either the first unit they find, or the cheapest that they find, or else they allow themselves to be goaded or rushed into making a decision, or are upsold unnecessary features by clever salespeople. All of these things can be avoided if you keep in mind a couple of important pointers pertaining to selecting the best quality and most useful audio system for your particular needs.

Listen to Speakers Thoroughly

The most important test of a speaker’s quality to an individual is invariably a sound test. It’s quite simple: the speakers have to sound good to you, otherwise you’re going to be happy with them. It’s helpful to know what the different specifications and features mean, but in the end if you’re satisfied with the sound produced by a cheaper set of speakers then that’s the best model for you. Make sure you bring along movies or CDs that you listen to frequently when testing speakers, so you can assess the sound quality of a medium that you’re familiar with.

Use Common Sense

If you think you’re going to buy tiny, inconspicuous satellite speakers and have them hold up to full blown home theater action movie sound effects without straining or distorting, I’m afraid to say that you’re living in a dream world. If you want big sound, don’t expect it from compact speakers. Likewise, if you want detail and finesse to the sound quality then don’t expect it from the system that advertises the most thunderous, mind-shattering bass on the market. There’s a lot of subtlety to audio systems, and many ways in which the lows, highs and midranges can be combined and balanced to achieve different effects.

Additionally, the larger the room you intend to set up your speakers in, the more speaker you’ll need to fill all that space. Especially when it comes to surround sound or bass effects, don’t expect to achieve the quality you want with “imitation surround systems” or built-in woofers. You need solid, dedicated units for these kinds of sound systems. Take your time when selecting your audio system, use your head and be prepared to pay for the kind of quality that you want, and you are sure to make a decision that you’re satisfied with for years to come.…