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Post Turkey Day Movie Brunch

Production Still from Pretty in Pink via indiewire.com

Production Still from Pretty in Pink via indiewire.com

While we’ve talked about the fact that Thanksgiving is actually about giving thanks, the reality is that there’s going to be food. Lots of food. Lots of delicious food. And, after the cornucopia of delicousness, you might not be interested in your usual brunch spots. However, if you are in New York City, there’s a different kind of brunch worth checking out.  Continue reading

Did You Know: DreamWorks Animation

image via shrek.wikia.com

image via shrek.wikia.com

Pixar and Disney aside, no animation studio has produced more iconic children’s characters than DreamWorks Animation over the past twenty years. Originally founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks was meant to be very similar to Pixar in the sense that they focused on computer-generated feature films. Here are some interesting things you may not have known about one of the most popular animation studios in the world. Continue reading

Top 4 Things Filmmakers Should Be Thankful For

Image still copyright Peanuts Worldwide

Image still copyright Peanuts Worldwide

As we approach Thanksgiving, there is a huge pull towards consumption. We want to eat all the stuffing and all the dessert and then get ALL the best Black Friday sales. However, the holiday, per its name, is about truly reflecting and giving thanks for the things that make us fortunate. Instead of consuming, we should be creating; creating food to share with out families and making lifelong memories, even if they are about how crazy the trip to get home was (thanks, Winter Storm Cato)!

That said, in the spirit of the holiday, here’s a reflection on the top 4 things filmmakers should be thankful for in this day and age.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Comedy on the Thanksgiving Menu

Movie producers are looking to sweeten the menu this Thanksgiving weekend by providing a huge serving of comedy. This holiday weekend sees Horrible Bosses 2 drop on Black Friday and hopes to grab those people who are stuffed with food and football. With a combination of Hollywood star-power and TV comedy gold, Horrible Bosses 2 will be hunting for the number one spot on the charts and potentially push off The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Continue reading

Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image

Photograph and drawings courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Film stills courtesy Warner Bros.™ Looney Tunes Characters © & TM Warner Bros.

Photograph and drawings courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Film stills courtesy Warner Bros.™ Looney Tunes Characters © & TM Warner Bros.

Now through January 2015, the Museum of the Moving Image here in New York City is presenting an exhibition featuring the art of animator Chuck Jones. If the name Chuck Jones is unfamiliar, then the names of the characters he animated will probably ring a bell. He is most well known for bringing classic Warner Brothers characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to life. And for the much younger generations, he created the Road Runner character — which has been the mascot of the Time Warner Cable company’s internet services — among many other beloved animated creatures. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Hunt For Red October (1990)

Earlier this year, Chris Pine became the fourth actor to play the role of Jack Ryan, a fictional CIA agent made popular by author Tom Clancy during the 1980′s and 90′s. The series has slowly grown, adding its fifth installment dating all the way back to 1990. While each film can act as a stand alone story, true fans know where the timeline began. In the film universe it began in 1990 with The Hunt For Red OctoberContinue reading

Did You Know: Sean Connery

He was the first international action star, the first heart-throb of the sixties and one of the most debonair individuals in the history of cinema. Sean Connery is a legend whose career spans over four decades and countless films. Despite all you may think you know about the original James Bond, there are few obscure facts that may come as a complete surprise to his casual fans.  Continue reading

Mobile Phone Filmmaking

Film Still from short film Tom & Issy

Film Still from short film Tom & Issy

Filmmaking has become more and more accessible in recent years. We all know that you no longer need to carry around a large film-eating camera, whose film then needs to get specially developed, to get some decent footage. But what you might not know is that you most likely have its equivalent in your pocket right now. Mobile phones, while ubiquitous for vertical video of pets and babies alike, have become a vehicle for independent filmmakers looking to explore the medium on a budget. Continue reading

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

image via moviepilot.com

image via moviepilot.com

Jennifer Lawrence has been a part of two of the biggest movie franchises of the last decade. The first is Fox Studios’ rebirth of the X-Men franchise where Lawrence has played the role of Mystique. Her role has grown from a relatively small one into the franchise’s key character. The second successful series to include Jennifer Lawrence is the one that broke her into mainstream success, The Hunger Games. This Friday will begin the last chapter of the series as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens in theaters nationwide.  Continue reading

Celebrate at the MoMA

Postcard of Heckscher Building (where MoMA originally rented space), with The Plaza Hotel (right), 1923 via MoMA.org

Postcard of Heckscher Building (where MoMA originally rented space), with The Plaza Hotel (right), 1923 via MoMA.org

If you are in NYC this weekend, you might want to stop by the MoMA and wish it a happy birthday! The Museum of Modern Art is hosting an event the evening of November 15th in honor of its 85th anniversary.

The MoMA was born in the shadow of the infamous Wall Street Crash of 1929. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her friends opened the museum which was the first of its kind in Manhattan. The museum quickly expanded under the leadership of president A. Conger Goodyear, eventually outgrowing the several rooms it occupied on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Continue reading