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Dear Movie Lover,
IRON  BEATS STEEL AT THE  BOX OFFICE  
 
Call it the box office battle of the superheros. Man of Steel is currently No.1 in every location it has opened across the world. And with an international gross of $71.6 million from 24 markets, it now has a worldwide total of $196.7 million.
 
Iron Man 3, meanwhile---which is still quite safely the biggest movie of the year---has so far taken in $803.8 million internationally. And with a domestic total nearing $400 million, to date the threequal has grossed over $1.203 billion..
 
That's a lot of metal, Movie-goers!
 
TONTO TAKES A TUMBLE
 
During filming of The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp---who famously does most of his own stunts--- took a near-death fall from his mount.
 
Depp slipped off the side of his horse during a stunt and slammed to the ground. Fortunately, he didn't suffer any major injuries. According to Depp..."the saddle slipped and I went to the left. Somehow I had the wherewithal to grab the horse's mane". Depp's fast thinking and superb horsemanship saved the day because the incident could have left him "horrifically mangled."
 
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN
 
With director Sam Taylor-Johnson at the helm, the film adaptation of the controversial E.L. James book will be produced by Universal Studios and Focus Films.
 
Adapting the story of the steamy love affair between 27 year-old billionaire Christian Grey and virginal college student Anastasia Steele will be a challenge for the studio. They will need to find balance on the tightrope between depicting explicit NC-17 scenes and a more marketable albeit less faithful to the book R rating.
 
The second challenge is making sure viewers remain interested in the controversial material by the time the film is released sometime in late 2014.
 
Soprano Star James Gandolfini Dies at 51
The burly actor best-known for his Emmy winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos, died on Wednesday June 19th while vacationing in Rome.
 
Gandolfini, 51, died of a possible heart attack. At the time of his death, he had been working on an upcoming HBO series titled
Criminal Justice.
 
Since The Sopranos ended its six-season run in June 2007, Gandolfini appeared in a number of stage and big screen roles including Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
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Movie Watch

Monday, June 24, 2013

12:00 am Victory At Sea Vol 1 (Drama)
12:26 am Charade (Romance)
02:20 am Hannibal Brooks (Comedy)
04:02 am McLintock (Western)
06:09 am Coffin (Thriller)
07:36 am Holyman Undercover (Comedy)
09:00 am My Name Is Nobody (Western)
10:55 am Secret at Arrow Lake (Drama)
12:19 pm Morons from Outer Space (Comedy)
01:49 pm Clipping Adam (Drama)
03:15 pm Crazy Streets (Drama)
04:37 pm Bedford SPRINGS (Drama)
06:04 pm Bingo Confidential (Comedy)
07:33 pm Bill Collector (Drama)
09:10 pm Coffin (Thriller)
10:37 pm Holyman Undercover (Comedy)

Click here for the complete schedule
Star Turn:
When Scenery Shares Top Billing:
Most Used Movie Locations 
 We rarely pay attention to the locations in a film unless they are unusually breathtaking. However, if you think back to your favorite films, you might notice than many of them use the same locations. As with actors, there are an elite group of places that tend to show up in both contemporary and classic movies.
 
Here are some locations you may recognize.
 
HOLLYWOOD SIGN  LOS ANGELES
The Sign in the movies is a towering Hollywood star. The Sign has had many roles through the years. Recently, it has been featured in Gangster Squad, Argo, Rock of Ages and Valentine's Day, to name a few.
 
However, the Sign didn't begin its life as a Movieland icon. In 1923, the Sign was built as a huge
illuminated advertisement for an upscale housing development called Hollywoodland. Towards the end of the 1920's,  it became something of a West Coast phenomenon and tourist attraction. But by the mid-1940's it had fallen on hard times. But the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce came to the rescue. Removing the word "land" so the Sign declared "HOLLYWOOD" in thirteen  50-foot high letters and resides in its own locale known as Griffith Park.
 
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING  NEW YORK CITY
The fabulous art deco needle of a building is a magnet for filmmakers. It has appeared on-screen in more than 100 movies. A versatile performer, the building has done musical comedies, romances, arthouse films and action flicks. Woody Allen featured ESB in Annie Hall and Manhattan. Martin Scorsese used it in New York, New York. But the building's most memorable moments had to have been the meeting spot for Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember. Later, for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle. And lest we forget, the building's most famous close-up; the climactic scene between King Kong and hapless Faye Wray in the 1933 film and in the 2005 remake with Naomi Watts.
 
EIFFEL TOWER  PARIS
Designed by Gustave Eiffel (also famed for his work on another film favorite, the Statue of Liberty) and built in 1889, the most famous landmark in Paris was roundly derided when it first burst upon the skyline (critics sneeringly dubbed it 'the Metal Asparagus). Initiall, it only survived as a decnt platform for radio transmissions. But over the years, the Tower has thrust its way into hearts and imaginations who viewed Alec Guiness descending it in gales of laughter in The Lavendar Hill Mob. Or soaring above Louis Jourdan and Leslie Caron in Gigi? Or overlooking Woody Allen and Goldie Hawn's light-as-air waltz by the Seine in Everybody Says I Love You?
 
MINI-HOLLYWOOD  SPAIN
Ever think that the scenery in all those iconic westerns was...Spain? That's right. Mini Hollywood and nearby Texas Hollywood as well as the desert surrounding them played the Wild West in Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti westerns. Legends of the genre were shot there including A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The setting also served as a location for Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
 
ANGEL STATUE IN BETHESDA FOUNTAIN  CENTRAL PARK  NEW YORK CITY
Designed by sculptor Emma Stebbens in 1868 and unveiled in 1873, the bronze statue depicts a female winged angel touching down upon the top of the fountain. Stebbens was the first woman to receive a public commission for a work of art in New York City.
Angel Statue in Bethesda Fountain Central Park

photo by MG Doares

 
Although easily recognizable in films, directors often shoot the statue so it appears larger than it's
actual eight feet. Some of the films you may recall in which this graceful icon appears; Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and Mel Brooks' The Producers. The movie Godspell opens at the Angel Statue at Bethesda Fountain. And it's the setting for the dance number "That's How You Know" in the Disney film Enchanted.
 
THE QUALITY CAFE  LOS ANGELES
Basically every cafe in every movie, this same place has been featured in a ton of movies. The Quality Cafe, an inconspicuous diner,  stopped serving meals in 2006, but it's been doing very well for itself as a film location. Just off the top of our head films that were shot there include, for example, Million Dollar Baby, Se7en, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Catch Me If You can, to name just a few.
Did You Know?
Some Little-Known Tidbits
A Beauty's Embarrassing Dark Secret
As we know, Elizabeth Taylor was gorgeous. But even the loveliest of the lovelies can be plagued by a beauty problem or two. Seems a young La Liz was...um...hairy. The studio begged her to wax as did her overbearing mother. Said Elizabeth: "They can film around it". Which of course, they couldn't. She eventually agreed and was ready for many closeups, without the slightest hint of five o'clock shadow.
 
Esther Williams, MGM's Swimming Box Office Queen Dead at 91
She could sing a little...she could dance a little. And was no slouch as an actress. One of the first sports stars elevated to cinema fame, she was a championship swimmer who became a Hollywood icon. Once the vogue for water ballet musicals dried up, Williams married handsome heart throb Fernando Lamas and happily became a glamorous Hollywood homebody.
 
Sometimes Bigger IS Better
As was the case in the filming of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller North By Northwest. In this tale of mistaken identity starring Eva Marie Saint, Cary Grant and James Mason, one scene involved enlisting the aid of a bystander on the set.
 
It called for Cary Grant to be punched in the face by one of the henchmen who are kidnapping him.
Unfortunately, the size of actor's fist delivering the punch looked somewhat dwarfed by Grant's handsome jaw. Undaunted, Hitchcock turned to the guest on the sidelines and invited him to clock Cary Grant. After a brief lesson on how to throw a phony punch, the man obliged and his fist was preserved for cinema history. No, neither the man nor his fist received an on-screen credit.
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