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Week of November 17th to November 23rd 2013 - Volume One, Issue Forty-One.
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Dear Movie Lover,
Fans will have to wait an extra six months for the
best seller to migrate to the big screen.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have pushed back the release date for the highly anticipated adaptation of the E.L. James novel. Originally set to open August 14 2014, it will now debut February 13 2015, giving the s&m-fueled love story a Valentine's Day weekend bow.
Despite quickly signing Jamie Dorman as a replacement for erstwhile male lead Charlie Hunnam, the studio took the inevitable step of moving the film from the Summer 2014 frame.
The film, which stars Dorman along with Dakota Johnson as the kinky couple Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, already pushed the production start from early November to December 2nd in the wake of Hunnam's abrupt exit. But the studio continued to stick with  its 2014 release date until it became clearly impossible to shoot and finish the film in less than eight months.

"I was worried the movie would never get made and I'd never get an opportunity to play the role," revealed Nebraska star Bruce Dern at the film's November 6th New York City screening.
He explained that the film's director Alexander Payne showed him the script nine years ago.
"Then Payne made Sideways and The Descendants," Dern said. "I kept thinking that he's making them because he can't get Nebraska made. And me---being as paranoid as I am---knew that it was because of me, of course. I thought that if he just gets rid of me then he could get the movie made and I could go on and do Rumpelstiltskin Part 3 or whatever it is I'm having to do. He eventually got me approved and we came to the next battle: the black and white battle."
Payne's sixth directional feature about a son who takes a road trip with his sweepstakes-obsessed alcoholic father, although originally envisioned in color, was ultimately shot in black and white.
Dern won the Best Actor Award after Nebraska premiered at Cannes but indicated he's unconcerned about future trophies, saying  "I won the minute I got he part."
At 77, Dern asserted that he has no plans to retire and recalled being quizzed about that possibility. "I told them, why would I retire? So James Caan can get the parts?"

Cerre`, the Los Angeles-based brand behind 150 pieces of Catching Fire costumes, built several important points into the construction of Peeta's leather bomber jacket.
The Angled Pockets
Though they look geometric in shape, the bomber's slanted pockets are something of an illusion. When the jacket is worn open, the pockets line up straight and aren't a visual distraction.
The Leather
Baby calf that's drapable and supple,  almost like fabric. Sourced from a tannery on the outskirts of Milan and used for both Peeta's movie jacket---dark green on the big screen.  And black for the retail version.
The Collar --- Or Lack Thereof
Non-collar styling is part of the outerwear's cool. It is a clean men's motorcycle jacket. It supports the character in a non-intrusive way.
The Zipper
An Italian zipper company made the closure in the same shade as the leather. Unobtrusive, non-shiney with flat teeth.
Target, the retailer known for offering a variety of merchandise
at inexpensive prices, is selling a replica of Peeta's leather hunting jacket for $349 and a lithograph autographed by ten Hunger Games actors including Lawrence and Liam Hemswoth for $699.
In addition the retailer has also made available a 14k solid gold
Mockinjay pin like the one worn in the film for $999.00.
Hurry off to your nearest Target before they're gone!

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Coming Attractions:  
Nov 17th - Nov 23rd 
If films noir are your plaisir, this week's highlights are just your style.
Check Today's Listings for dates and times (EST) of these films as well as more great films. All the time.
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him. But after the murder is committed, his body disappears and strange events begin to plague the two women
Running Time: 116 Minutes Film Noir Mystery Thriller
Starring: Simone Signoret,, Vera Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
Directed By: Henri-George Clouzot
The Rules of the Game (La Regli du Jeu)
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War ll, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.
Running Time: 110 Minutes Comedy Drama
Starring: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost
Directed By: Jean Renior
In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap he Benson family in heir own house on the top of a hill nearby he railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the United States.
Running Time: 75 Minutes Crime Film Noir
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason
Directed By: Lewis Allen
Julie Darling
A teenage girl whose inaction caused her mother's death arranges a similarly gruesome fate for her stepmother and brother.
Running time: 100 Minutes Horror Film Noir
Starring: Anthony Franciosa, Sybil Danning, Isabella Mejias
Directed By: Paul Nicholas
Star Turn:
November is American Diabetes Month
Let's Meet Some Celebrities
With Type 1 Diabetes 
If you've been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, you might have more in common with your favorite celebrity than a hometown or hair color. In fact, you're among some pretty famous and talented company.

You'll quickly see this list of famous diabetics encompasses actors, actresses, athletes, musicians and more, who after being diagnosed, went on to achieve great things and continue to do so today.
Mary Tyler Moore,  Actress
Diagnosed at age thirty-three. She has since served as International Chairwoman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and authored Growing Up Again: Life, Loves and Oh Yeah, Diabetes.
Charlie Kimball, Formula One Racing Car Driver
Diagnosed with Type 1 in 2007 at the age of twenty-two, he is now sponsored by the makers of the insulin he uses. Charlie mounts a glucose monitor on his steering wheel when he's racing and has a drink tube attached to his helmet to allow sips of juice when his blood sugar gets low.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, US Supreme Court Justice
Justice Sotomayor was eight years old when she discovered she had Type 1 Diabetes. The first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court bench, Justice Sotomayor is the author of several books and articles.
Nick Jonas, Musician
Diagnosed with Type in in 2005 at age thirteen, singer, songwriter, musician and recording artist Nick Jonas is best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, the band he formed with his
siblings in 2000.
Sean Busby, Champion Snow Boarder
A professional snow boarder, Busby was diagnosed in  2004 at age nineteen and has devoted part of his time to hosting Riding on Insulin Ski and Snow Board Camps for diabetic kids.
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together and STOP DIABETES.

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Celebrity TidBits

A dinner jacket with 3,800 stitches? Made to order tux slippers? Bespoke may seem extravagant.
Unless you want to look great. Then it's a necessity. And Hollywood is getting this message. Although most junior agents and actors suit up off the rack, a growing number who want to appear a cut above are spending big money on perfectly tailored custom clothing from suits that require three fittings to shoes that take a year to craft. Why should stars on the red  carpet be the only ones whose clothes fit like a glove?

As the clients for bespoke become younger and more daring, bespoke itself is evolving. The process  traditionally refers to a garment more or less handmade from the world's most luxurious fabrics and cut from a pattern created exclusively for a client.  Creating a bespoke suit involves almost thirty-six measurements and fifty or more man hours to sew, with thirty eight hundrd stiches in the jacket alone. But what was once synonymous with Great Britain's Saville Row now includes Hong Kong tailors with American storefronts, design school grads with showrooms in L.A.'s booming downtown and rock-inspired New Yorkers opening West Coast outposts.
Bespoke shirting is often the entry point for most customers. The process starts with high thread count fabrics sourced from various mills known for spinning luxury fabrics. Collar selection is guided by what's most flattering to a customer's facial type. Sewing the garment is typically done on a single needle machine with a high number of stitches per inch. Hand finishes such as monograms and mother-of-pearl buttoms attached with silk thread bring the starting price to approximately $200.00.
If bespoke speaks to you, here is a list of some of Hollywood's most popular shirtmakers:
Anto of Beverly Hills and Sherman Oaks
Ascot Chang of Beverly Hills, with headquarters in New York City
Hamilton, located in Carroll & Co of Beverly Hills
Freddy Vandercastle of Beverly Hills
Turnbull & Asser, in New York City and worth the trip
Thomas Pink located in San Fransciso, with branches in major US cities 
Once you don the finished garment, you may very well find yourself humming that  
1968 Donovan single, I Love My Shirt.

Renovation of the venerable transit hub---a popular filming spot---to consider its history along with needs of high speed rail.
The 1950 film noir classic Union Station showed the 1939 train depot in its heyday as the last of the great railway stations, even if L.A. subbed for Chicago in typical Hollywood fashion. But Blade Runner, another one of the hundreds of productions shot there, may be a more appropriate model for the current jumble of uses that includes Amtrak trains, the Metro Rail, buses, filming and events that often take over the serene Spanish tiled courtyards.
Some of the most significant architectural features of the Mission Revival building with Dutch Colonial Revival touches are hidden from travelers. The pristinely preserved Fred Harvey restaurant with its Streamline Moderne features and the soaring trussed ceilings of the main ticketing hall can only be seen by location crews or those attending private events.
But Union Station is prepping for a new era with a master plan being finalized in the next year to kick off a more efficient and attractive complement to Downtown's revitalization. L.A.'s Gruen Associates and London's Grimshaw Architects were awarded the Metropolitan Transit Authority's commission to bring the forty-acre site into the 21st century and prepare for an eventual high speed rail line. And while preservationists and location managers are worried about keeping the building's vintage character intact, the architects are also sensitive to hat concern.
Funding and construction of the project will take many more years. But one aspect should be ready much faster. According to the station's communications manager Dave Sotero, Metro is talking to some visionaries in the food world about getting a restaurant into the Fred Harvey space in time for the building's 75th anniversary in May 2014 that will capture the right atmosphere of Union Station.
All Aboard!

See you on every day. Where the films are always fabulous and always free. On desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Mike and Monika


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