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DSLR Shooters, Get To Know The ZACUTO Z-Finders

Jun 13, 2014 at 3:44 am in Entertainment Industry News by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Zacuto Z-Finder

The good folks at Zacuto manufacture a wide range of filmmaking accessories.  If you work with a DSLR, do yourself a favor and get to know their Z-Finder. (Z-Finder Pro pictured above)

When shooting video on a DSLR camera, you’re normally forced to use the LCD screen to frame and focus.  Add some camera movement and/or glare and those jobs get way harder than they need to be.

The Zacuto Z-Finders help make your DSLR the right tool for  [read more →]

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by Jules R. Cherie

Film Review: “Oculus”

Jun 7, 2014 at 5:18 am in Movie Reviews, Movies by Jules R. Cherie · Comments Off

Oculus

Oculus 
is 
a 
supernatural 
thriller 
with 
style 
and 
ambition, 
but 
which
 ultimately
 covers 
no
 new 
ground.
  Whatever 
is 
here,
 we 
feel 
as 
though 
we 
have 
seen 
it 
before.

The
 villain 
of 
this 
story 
is 
not 
a 
person 
but 
an 
antique 
mirror 
with
 a
 strange
 history.
 It
 seems
 that 
past 
owners 
of 
the 
mirror 
have 
met 
with 
grisly 
fates.  
Notwithstanding
 this, 
the
 mirror 
winds 
up 
at 
an 
auction 
where 
it 
is 
sold 
at 
a 
significant 
price.  
The
 auctioneer 
points 
out 
that 
there  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

“Ghostbusters III” Script to be revamped after Harold Ramis’ Death

Feb 26, 2014 at 3:53 am in Uncategorized by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Harold Ramis

Actor/director/writer Harold Ramis passed away on February 24th at age 69.  Hollywood friends and family mourned.  The shockwaves from his death have also found their way into the production offices of “Ghostbusters III”

The Sony sequel remains on track, but the project will need to be altered as Ramis was scheduled to make a cameo appearance along with fellow-original Ghostbusters Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.

The sequel’s director, Ivan Reitman, is schedule to meet with studio honchos to discuss how to work  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Sundance 2014: Lanyards, Lines, and Libations

Jan 26, 2014 at 5:56 am in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

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Sundance 2014… a sunny and crowded Park City Utah.  Film-fans and production-pros proudly donning event lanyards like they were Mardi Gras beads.  A charming snow-covered ski-town where corporate-sponsorship and independent-artistry collide every January.

See Klip Collective’s 3D mapping projection on the facade of the famed Egyptian Theatre (above).  The fest was founded in 1978 to attract more bellbottom-clad filmmakers to Utah. In the last 30+ years it has evolved into the premier American film festival, attracting 45,000+ attendees this season.

My cohorts  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Shia LaBeouf’s Plagiarism And Ridiculous Behavior Prompt Legal Action

Jan 10, 2014 at 6:12 am in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Shia LeBeouf

A few weeks ago Shia LaBeouf publicly apologized for completely ripping off Daniel Clowe’s graphic novel, “Justin M. Damiano”, in his Canne’s-debuting short film “Howard Cantour.com”.

Shia’s lengthly mea culpa on Twitter, which claimed his grossly plagiaristic film was a product of his “naiveté as an amateur filmmaker”, was received by many as a half-hearted and lame excuse for his thieving and grotesque violation of copyright law.

Instead of accepting his culpability and leaving well-enough alone, Mr. LaBeouf has since  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Jason Priestley’s Narrative Directorial Debut Looking Good

Dec 12, 2013 at 5:40 am in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals, Movies by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Jason Priestly

Jason Priestly has helmed a doc and numerous TV shows, and the 90210 alumn has now added a full-length narrative to his directorial resume.

Priestly recently delivered “Cas & Dylan”, a dramatic comedy about a dying Doctor who plans to “check out” on his own terms.  The terminal physician’s scheme takes an unexpected detour when he winds up on the lam with an unique 22-year-old girl.  The film stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany, and has just won the  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Hugh Jackman Hints At “The Wolverine” Sequal

Nov 16, 2013 at 6:34 am in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies, Uncategorized by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

jackman wolverine

As “The Wolverine” slashes ever closer to its Dec. 3 DVD release, talk of a sequel heats up around Hollywood.

Jackman has yet to confirm or deny officially the existence of a green-lit, 3rd Wolverine solo-act, but by all reports its looking good.  In a recent interview on the subject with EW, Jackman leaked “I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night, there are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Fox Grabs Seth MacFarlane’s Newest Animated Offering

Nov 9, 2013 at 5:37 am in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Television by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Seth Macfarlane Bordertown

The Fox Network announced today that it was ordering 13-episodes of Seth Macfarlane’s newest animated work “Bordertown”.

Set in a fictitious town near the U.S./Mexico border, “Bordertown” follows the day-to-day lives of neighbors Bud Buckwald, a Border Patrol agent, and Ernesto Gonzales, a proud Mexican immigrant.  Bud and Ernesto’s families are sure to mesh in a deliciously offensive roasting of Mexican and Southern stereotypes.

Macfarlane will executive produce with Mark Hentemann, who also produces on “Family Guy”.  Alex Carter (Family Guy)  [read more →]

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by Scott Prestin

Casting Call For “Star Wars: Episode 7″!

Nov 7, 2013 at 5:25 am in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Movies by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Star Wars on set

A casting call (See Below) for a Disney Film is being circulated around the UK.  And while the title of the film is not listed, many suspect this is a search by Disney and J.J. Abrams for new faces to play “lead characters” in “Star Wars:  Episode 7″.

This first installment in a planned trilogy is set to begin filmming in early 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios, and is slated for a 2015 release.

If you are a good-looking young man  [read more →]

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by Heather Bentley

Jeff Zucker-Run CNN Hits Rock Bottom In The Ratings

Nov 5, 2013 at 3:51 am in Entertainment Industry News, Television by Heather Bentley · Comments Off

Jeff Zucker

A year or so ago Jeff Zucker was tapped to take over CNN and improve its ratings.  It appears the fluxing news network may have given the wrong guy the car keys.

CNN plunged last week to its worst ratings since record lows in August of 2012, which was several months prior to Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought aboard to up CNN’s viewership.  How bad are the most recent numbers under Zucker?  CNN was a distant No. 3  [read more →]