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Tune In And Watch August 31st - September 6th 2014. Volume 2, Issue 35
   
 
In The Lens
UNIVERSAL VEERS FROM SUPERHERO TREND FOR A MONSTER PLAN

While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to stand out at the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.

This month, the studio acquired the rights to Ann Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel Comics-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man and The creature From The Black Lagoon.



It is all part of the trend in Hollywood towards franchise movies built around a character people want to come back and see over and over again.

Utilizing this formula, the studio will position its classic monsters as the next action stars the way it did with "The Mummy" franchise. This reflects Universal's legacy which was built on iconic monster mythology. They are committed to revitalizing these characters to make them a part of a powerhouse action-thriller franchise and develop worlds in which the characters will thrive.



This direction, along with the acquisition of Rice's novels, the studio envisions creating its own thriller/vampire series for audiences---largely young women---who were bitten, er smitten, by films such as "Twilight".
HARRY POTTER DIRECTOR TO RETURN FOR "FANTASTIC BEASTS" SPINOFF


David Yates in talks to helm the first installment of J.K. Rowling's new Harry Potter-themed series.



Yates, who directed several Harry Potter movies including the final "Deathly Hallows" pics, has agreed to return for the first installment of the Harry Potter spin-off trilogy, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them".

Set in New York City roughly seven decades before Harry Potter's saga starts. "Fantastic Beats" is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander.



"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is due to hit theatres in November 2016.

No actor is yet to be cast for the lead role of Newt Scamander, a "magizoologist" in his early 20's, but it's certainly one of the hottest parts to be cast in Hollywood right now.

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GOOGLE TO ADD STEERING WHEEL TO DRIVERLESS CARS

Google has added steering wheels and pedals to driverless cars because of new rules from the California Department of Motor Vehicles on testing which demand that a human can take control in the event of a software mishap.



Unlike its earlier work that saw existing production cars fitted with extra hardware to allow autonomous driving, Google unveiled an entirely unique prototype driverless car earlier this year which had neither a steering wheel or control pedals. But when the new rules take effect on September 6th these will no longer be legal on California roads.



View of road from Driverless Car.


Earlier this week, it emerged that Google's driverless cars have been given permission to break the California speed limit by 10mph. It'snot clear who would be liable to pay a speeding fine when a driverless car was involved: the owner, the passenger or Google for writing the software. 
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LAUREN BACALL STYLE EXHIBIT OPENING IN NEW YORK CITY

On New York City's tourist agenda next Spring, an exhibit of the late actress's sophisticated style. Lauren Bacall, who passed away  August 12th, had one condition when the Fashion Institute of Technology recently wrote to ask if it could turn hundreds of personal garments she donated into an exhibition about her style. "Yes", she said, as long as it's high quality---Diana Vreeland-style",recalled Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT.



Throughout the years, Bacall hadn't forgotten the legendary fashion editor who plucked her---at age 19---from being a Seventh Avenue showroom model in New York City's high fashion district and delivered her to Hollywood's door via the pages of Harper's Bazaar magazine. And next Spring 2015. Steele's Museum---with the help of FIT graduate students---will fulfill its promise in a show focused on five designers who helped define Bacall's subtle seductiveness and sophistication.



The exhibit on FIT's Manhattan campus will focus mostly on Bacall's looks from the 1950's and '60's, including Norman Norell, Christian Dior,Pierre Cardin and Yves St. Laurent. Fashion insiders concur that Lauren Bacall--although the opposite of Marilyn Monroe's overt sexuality---oozed sensuality out of every pore.

 

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Against All Hope

AGAINST ALL HOPE with MICHAEL MADSEN

An average American family man's life takes a disastrous turn when his alcoholism tears his family apart. At the end of his rope, he calls on his clergyman. But will the preacher's advice be enough to turn Cecil's life around for good?

 

Biodrama
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Director: Edward T. McDougal
Starring: Michael Madsen, Maureen McCarthy, Cecil Moe

Chariots Of The Gods

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS with HEINZ-DETIEV BOCK

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter Island, etc., and the fact that these things and modern civilization could have been influenced by extra terrestrial visitations hundreds--- or perhaps thousands of years ago.

Documentary
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Director: Harold Reinl
Starring: Heinz-Detiev Bock

The Missouri Traveler

MISSOURI TRAVELER with
LEE MARVIN


A fifteen year-old orphan struggles to survive in the rural South of 1910.

Drama Family
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Director: Jerry Hooper
Starring: Brandon DeWilde, Lee Marvin, Gary Merrill

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SPEAK EASILY with
BUSTER KEATON


A shy, clumsy scatterbrain sees his chance for a new life when he inherits $750,000.

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