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Week of March 18th to March 24th 2013 - Volume One, Issue Six.
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Star Turn
Did You Know?
The Quiz
Director's Chair
Back Talk
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Dear Movie Lover,
Now that we're fully a week into daylight saving time, there's hope Spring is on our radar.

 

Traditionally, Springtime signals a spirit of renewal. In nature and within ourselves. Which brings us to the topic of inspirational films. It's a category that's garnering major focus  lately. Message movies like the History Channel's production of The Bible is a blockbuster, currently attracting record numbers of viewers.
  
On a more subtle scale, we frequently schedule
films whose inspirational messages are also embedded in great entertainment. Such as those we feature from a film maker known as PureFlix .

 

Our Did You Know? column explores PureFlix's uncanny ability to deliver motivational messages within the context of contemporary cinema.  Depending upon the story at hand, a PureFlix production can make you laugh, cry or perch on the edge of your seat.

 

Check Movie Watch for the dates and times of two examples from PureFlix Films; Holy Man Undercover and The Bill Collector.

 

Come to think of it, movie stars who portray larger-than-life heroes on screen are often sources of inspiration off-screen in their private lives. See what we mean as Star Turn chats about a few of Hollywood's leading men who were leaders in real life. 

 

As ths week's Director's Chair points out,  there are more stars than we may think  who display their talents on both sides of the camera. In brief cameo walk-ons as well as featured or even starring roles. 
So nourish your spirit... your zest for action...or simply relax with a fabulous film.. Whatever you choose to have in view, this week's MoviesAndMore.tv line-up is a great source of inspiring entertainment!
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Movie Watch

Monday, March 18, 2013

12:00 am McLintock (Western)
02:07 am Glatiators Seven (Drama)
03:39 am Cleopatras Daughter
05:10 am Wackiest Wagon Train (Comedy)
06:37 am Rescue From Gilligans Island (Comedy)
08:12 am Return To Treasure Island (Thriller)
09:56 am Wackiest Wagon Train (Comedy)
11:23 am Clipping Adam (Drama)
12:49 pm Heidi (Drama)
02:39 pm Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
04:08 pm At War With The Army (Comedy)
05:39 pm Glatiators Seven (Drama)
07:11 pm One Eyed Jacks (Western)
09:32 pm Indiscretion Of An Amrican Wife (Romance)
10:36 pm Secret at Arrow Lake (Drama)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn: Real Life Leading Men
It's a fact that politics and Hollywood often collide. But why do actors take to politics so effortlessly?
Because they are accustomed to speaking before large audiences? They know how to relate in front of cameras? Whatever the reason, it's surely not without precedent for cinema heroes to successfully turn to politics.

 

Ronald Reagan is the most outstanding example. Twice elected president, Reagan was certainly
well-equipped for the job. Having been head of the Screen Actors Guild and a two term governor of California, he had the experience and the persona to lead the country and garner respect on the world stage.

 

Obviously, political leaders must look good, appeal to audiences and be able to exhibit grace under pressure.

In many respects, a relatively similar set of skills are required by movie actors. So it comes as little surprise that California does seem to have an edge. As another instance. the Empty Chair incident notwithstanding, Clint Eastwood enjoyed a positive run as mayor of Carmel, California and  Arnold Schwarzenegger went from fitness to film to governing the state from 2003 to 2011.

 

And the list goes on, including Sonny Bono, Jack Kelly and Will Rogers Jr. Shirley Temple, the child actress who sang and danced her way into our hearts served the country as US Chief of Protocol as well US Ambassador to Ghana and the former Czechoslovakia.

 

This week, we salute two of the best known actors turned politicos starring in epic Westerns:
Ronald Reagan in Santa Fe Trail and Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter.  Movie Watch will alert you when these great American westerns are scheduled. So break out the popcorn and enjoy hard-riding heroes in action.
Did You Know?
Inspirational Flicks Are Better Than Ever
Who'd have thought The Bible capable of delivering ratings rapture for the History Channel? The epic miniseries is racking up holier than thou numbers among adult viewers between the ages of 18 and 49. Quite a fulfilling accomplishment for the producers who hoped this this modern interpretation would affect a new generation of viewers.

 

Inspirational movies are growing in popularity. They make us laugh. They make us cry. And sometimes they motivate us to look at life differently. More frequently than ever, audiences are experiencing films that celebrate the power of human triumph in the context of great stories. Think  Courageous, The Blind Side or Hunger Games.

 

PureFlix Entertainment is an Arizona-based movie studio whose message movies accomplish that very goal. Headed by actor/director David A.R. White, this studio has provided us with two films, The Bill Collector and Holy Man Undercover which are currently featured.

 

The Bill Collector is the story of Lorenzo Adams who is working at a collection agency while on the run from a debt of his own. It suddenly comes due when the loan shark he's been ditching turns up at his door. Lorenzo cooks up a wacky plan to pay his debt but the scheme doesn't quite turn out as he hopes.

 

If you've seen this year's Oscar-winning film Argo, you may recognize Angelo Reyes who is one of the featured players in this little gem.

It's also interesting to note that the film's director, Christobal Krusen, takes an on-camera turn as the eminent Professor Blakeslee. 

 

David A.R. White is another PureFlix actor equally adept on both sides of the camera. He directs as well as stars in Holy Man Undercover.

This hilarious tale traces the travels of an Amish man who comes to Hollywood to be a missionary and gets cast as Satan on a nighttime soap opera.

 

If laughter is good for the soul, you'll find these two both uproarious and uplifting.
The Quiz
How well do you really know the stars? Take The Quiz and find out. But please don't peek at the answers shown at the bottom of this newsletter.
A. What type of car did Ferris Bueller "borrow" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
B. Who was Matthew Broderick's co-star in The Producers?
C. Matthew Broderick's late mother was an artist. In which mediums did she work?
Director's Chair: Dual Talents: Actors Who Direct
It's not uncommon to hear an actor say "But what I really want to do is direct." Some do it to demonstrate another side of their creativity.

Some do it to exercise control. Here, we take a look at a few established actors who've successfully made the leap.

 

Ben Affleck has to be at the top of our list. Winner of this year's Oscar for bringing Argo to the screen, Affleck stepped away from his familiar Boston milieu to tell the now-famed story of CIA operatives and Hollywood execs teaming up to free American hostages in 1970's Iran.

 

Woody Allen is the all-time master of actor/director duality. Before he became the directorial voice of New York, he was an actor. In fact, he even played James Bond in the spoof of the genre, Casino Royale. Although his last actor/director stint was the musical Everybody Says I Love You, Allen has proven he's still a director to be reckoned with through recent films, Vicky Christina Barcelona and
Midnight in Paris. Allen's next film, Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin,will be released this Spring. Shot in New York City? Natch!

Of course, when it came to cameo appearances, Alfred Hitchcock was king. This renowned director did brief walk-ons in 39 of his 52 surviving major films. He would be seen for just seconds boarding a bus, crossing in front of a building or even appearing  in a newspaper photograph. His appearances became so popular that he began to make them in the first half hour of his films so as not to distract the audience from the plot.

 

See if you can spot Alfred Hitchcock's cameo appearance when we air Strangers on a Train. Movie Watch will tell you the date and time of this classic Hitchcock thriller. So check your watch to become a Hitch-spotter.
Back Talk
We welcome our readers' thoughts, comments and opinions to our Tune and Watch forum. We look forward to getting yours. Simply contact Monica@moviesandmore.tv and let us know what's on your mind.

 

The Quiz - Answers
A. Bueller "borrowed" a rare 1961 Ferrari GT.
B. Nathan Lane co-starred with Broderick in both the film and the hit Broadway show.
C. Patricia Biow, Matthew Broderick's late mother, was a writer and well known painter.

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Mike and Monika
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