Movies And Entertainment

Mormons at the Megaplex

After an hour, we usually end up watching a movie at home since we either cant agree or just get bored of all the research we have to do. As I was surfing the Internet one day, I came across a couple of Mormon movie criticsa Mormon Siskel and Ebert, if you will. I am excited that now my familys movie time will be less of a headache since these guys not only have high standards, but they have already done all the research for us! The two men, Grady Kerr and Jonathan Decker both had the same idea and have combined their reviews into a podcast called Mormons at the Megaplex that can be downloaded for free from iTunes and on Each also has his own website. Gradys site is Mormon Media Review and Jonathans site is Mormon Movie Guy. Grady and Jonathan are unpaid and review movies as a hobby as well as a service to help other members of our faith keep our standards. In the Churchs For the Strength of Youth handbook, it states, Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar, immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Do not participate in anything that presents immorality or violence as acceptable. Have the courage to walk out of a movie . . . if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit. The idea for the podcast was born when Grady found Jonathan online and pitched the idea for them both to review current Hollywood movies with a Mormon perspective.

Which sport creates the best movies? (Part 2)

If everything follows according to that path in Toronto (and then again in New York one month later), expect any and all early Oscar buzz to reverberate around the Fox Searchlight release. 4 “The Invisible Woman” Sony Pictures Classics Because Sony Pictures Classics needs another Oscar contender in a year when the studio already has “Before Midnight,” “Blue Jasmine” and “Foxcatcher” on its plate, here’s Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman.” Early praise out of Telluride was focused on Felicity Jones’ lead role, with at least one major critic already placing her in the thick of the Best Actress race . That category is crowded this year, so if Jones is going to end up alongside the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Sandra Bullock, she’ll need some effusive reviews out of Toronto to stand a chance. 5 “Dallas Buyers Club” Focus Features If Jones needs a Toronto boost, then so does Matthew McConaughey. The 2012 comeback star certainly looks the part of a future Oscar nominee in the trailer for “Dallas Buyers Club,” but the Best Actor category is overflowing with big names like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks, Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Redford, Bruce Dern, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio. 6 “Prisoners” AP Early Telluride reviews for Denis Villeneuve’s kidnapping thriller were better than expected , but there still seems to be some doubt over whether “Prisoners” is a serious Oscar contender. Screenings at Toronto will likely help decide one way or another. 7 “Rush” Universal Like “Prisoners,” Ron Howard’s “Rush” is a studio release that doesn’t appear, at first glance, to be an Oscar movie. Yet the thrilling Formula 1 drama has some great names involved behind the camera (Peter Morgan wrote the script, Anthony Dod Mantle is cinematographer), and one transformative performance from Daniel Bruhl in front. (Those looking for the next Christoph Waltz should stop now.) If TIFF audiences fall in love, this has all the makings of a dark horse Best Picture contender. 8 “The Fifth Estate” AP DreamWorks is set to release “The Fifth Estate” on Oct. 18, giving the studio a good amount of time to get the word out about its Julian Assange drama. Benedict Cumberbatch and “Rush” breakout star Daniel Bruhl are the leads here, which opens up TIFF on Thursday night.

Movies for grown-ups back in style this fall

What’s fueling Netflix? Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 1:41 PM ET Netflix hit a new 2-year high, and edging closer to an all-time high. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reports on the company’s comeback, saying it has earned back customers with a growing library. Netflix jumps on Pay TV deal Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | 1:20 PM ET Netflix will exclusively license The Weinstein Company’s movies, starting with its 2016 releases, reports CNBC’s Julia Boorstin. UPDATE 1-Oprah’s ‘Butler’ cleans up with $25 million at box office Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | 2:02 PM ET LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Aug 18- ” Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a civil rights drama starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, surpassed expectations and easily won the weekend box office battle, debuting with $25 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales through Sunday. Jobs: The man, the myth, the movie Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 4:33 PM ET “Steve Jobs was a remarkable person.” Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, worked with Steve Jobs. He joins to discuss the challenges the movie “Jobs” may face. ‘Ferris Bueller’ car up for auction Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 2:51 PM ET The “Ferris Bueller” Ferrari is being auctioned off this weekend. CNBC’s Robert Frank reports the price is expected to top $250,000. Bobbing for Apple reviews Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 11:20 AM ET Reviews for “Jobs” haven’t been all that favorable. Daniel Lyons, “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” author; and Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, discuss if the movie could still have a big box office weekend Getting to the core of Apple Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 10:12 AM ET The movie “Jobs” opens in theaters today. John Sculley, former Apple CEO, weighs in on its debut and Carl Icahn’s involvement in the company. ‘Elysium’ disappoints at the box office Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 7:25 PM ET CNBC’s Courtney Reagan reports on the 60-foot wide sinkhole that happened Sunday night in Florida, and Elysium made $30 million at the box office this weekend. From script to Hollywood hit Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 1:36 PM ET Is a bad screenplay a recipe for a financial disaster? Discussing just how tough it is to get a movie financed and made with Vincent Bruzzese, CEO of Worldwide Motion Picture Group, and Slated co-founder Stephan Paternot.

Chris Hemsworth (R) sighted filming on the set of Thor 2 in London, England.

(Part 2) By Will Gray (original on Yahoo Eurosport ) Which sport creates the best movies? Most sports have been given the Hollywood treatment over the years and while some have turned out Oscar winning performances others have barely made it out of the cutting room. The latest to hit the big screen, Ron Howards Rush, is already shaping up to be a classic, with the Academy Award-winning director turning an intense real-life battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda into a movie full of fast-paced action, suspense, drama and emotion. It has all the ingredients to be a classic but what else is out there to give it a run for its money in the list of cinemas sporting greats…? On Thursday we covered motorsport, football and golf but now it is time to look at some other classics. What sport do you think produces the best movies leave your thoughts below. US SPORTS One movie that regularly tops the list is Remember the Titans (2000), the emotional true story of African-American coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) and the desegregation of a Virginia high school American Football team in small-town USA in the early 1970s. Kevin Costner led a heavy hitting cast in Field of Dreams (1989) as Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who hears voices telling him if you build it, he will come and so builds a baseball field in his Iowa cornfield – a non-traditional sports movie, but a good one. Women are the centre of attention in A League of their Own (1992), which tells the true story of professional baseball in 1943, when World War II drained the playing stocks and sparked a new women’s league. Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna all star. Coach Carter (2005) sees Samuel L. Jackson as Ken Carter, the no-nonsense coach of the 1999 Richmond Oilers, in a movie that uses basketball to portray a broken American school system. Another basketball flick, Hoosiers (1986) is an underdog classic in which a coach with a chequered past (Gene Hackman) and a local drunk (Dennis Hopper) lead a small-town high school team to the title.

11 Movies With The Most To Gain At This Year’s Toronto International Film Festival

Banks, in which Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries to convince author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to let him turn her Mary Poppins book into a movie; Martin Scorseses high finance freak show The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio; and the Clooney-directed, World War II art rescue mission The Monuments Men featuring an all-star cast. All of which, by the way, are major studio releases. So are the likes of Spike Jonzes Her, Alexander Paynes Nebraska and Bill Condons The Fifth Estate arty or politically charged works that big corporate entertainment entities would not have touched a few years ago. Potential breakouts being released by indies or the studios dependent arms include the Naomi Watts-starring Diana biopic; 12 Years a Slave, which is knocking em dead at the fall film festivals; the Coen brothers acclaimed, folk music tragicomedy Inside Llewyn Davis; and August: Osage County, with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep acting up a storm. Other possibilities abound, too. Between last fall and this fall, were seeing a renaissance in the world of the adult drama, Hollywood.coms box office division President Paul Dergarabedian observed. From Gravity to Runner Runner to Parkland to The Counselor to Wolf of Wall Street, a lot of movies look really interesting. If these films fulfill the promise of their themes and the stars and directors that are associated with them, its going to be a really spectacular fall. It was just three or four years ago when they said that the adult drama was dead, Dergarabedian continued. There were a bunch of examples George Clooney and Julia Roberts movies that failed. But last fall it kind of made a comeback and this fall, I think its going to really capitalize on that. Several factors may be contributing to the rising popularity of such films. One thing which may be drawing a more mature audience is the luxury theaters trend, noted Agata Kaczanowska, a senior industry analyst for IBISWorld, who tracks developments in movie production and exhibition. Theaters are investing in better seating, instituting alcoholic beverage service and serving dinners to audiences. Thats relatively expensive, but its actually increasing the box office from mature audiences; theyre more likely to be able to afford it. And we all know that the massive Baby Boom generation is reaching retirement age, with all that extra leisure time to go to movies.