5 Movies to watch on National Read a Book Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Sep 1, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Books

September 6 is National Read a Book Day and this is one day that is truly about relaxing. Whether it be to a good book or to a great movie, this day should be spent focusing on you. Here are a few amazing movies perfect for celebrating the day with.

Nims Island

Nims Island tells the story of a young girl separated from her father and left alone on the island that they have been living on for quite some time now. When she finds a group of tour companies on the island with plans to destroy her paradise home, Nim is left to take matters into her own hands. She begins communicating with the author of one of her favorite books through emails, and comes up with a way to save her island home once and for all.

Inkheart

Inkheart is the story of a bookbinder with unimaginable skills the likes of which surprise even his own daughter. You see whenever he tells a story, the characters in the story are amazingly transported into the real world. One night while telling his daughter a bedtime story, he is kidnapped by the villain in the story, and it is up to his daughter and her adventurous friends to save dad. Watch Inkheart to see if the book is closed on this story once and for all.

The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story is a tale that brings fantasy and reality together for one young boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver). After his mother suddenly dies, Bastian is left to deal with things alone with his father (Gerald McRaney). If that weren’t bad enough, Bastian is also forced to deal with the school bullies who want to jump him in the schoolyard. He decides to cut school one day and ducks into a nearby bookstore. It is in the attic of the bookstore that Bastian finds a book called “The Neverending Story” and this is where his adventure begins. The book tells the story of the child-like empress (Tami Stronach) of Fantasia, who is very sick, and who needs help if she is to survive. The empress dispatches a young warrior named Atreju (Noah Hathaway) who searches the land looking for a cure for the empress. What Atreju finds is that Fantasia is just as sick as the empress and is being consumed by a plague that will destroy the land if help isn’t found soon. Bastian gets so engrossed in his reading that he somehow finds himself literally drawn into the story. He is found by Atreju and the two begin a quest to save both Fantasia and the empress while putting Bastian’s life together in the process.

The Tale of Despareaux

Despareaux Tilling is a tiny mouse with a tremendously big heart and a destiny to match. Dor is a kingdom that is experiencing a string of bad luck in that it suffers a terrible accident that leaves the king heartbroken and the the townspeople in complete despair. This once bright and colorful kingdom is now a world darkened by misfortune, and this world is the world that Despareaux is born into. This brave little mouse learns all too quickly just how important it is follow the rules of the land as Despareaux is banished from Dor after breaking one of the kingdom’s many rules. It is while exploring the outer realms that Despareaux meets a kindhearted rat named Roscuro, who was also banished from his kingdom, and the two become traveling buddies immediately. Despareaux finds himself embarking on a quest to save Princess Pea, Roscuro finds himself in the middle of a self destructive phase in his life, and the unlikely pair find themselves in the middle of a battle against the vicious leader of the sewer rats. Watch The Tale of Despareaux and follow Despareaux and Roscuro as they come to terms with their extraordinary destinies and the part that they play in saving the land.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is a young boy who finds out, on his 11th birthday, that he is the orphaned son a two very powerful wizards. He receives the message from Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), a giant sent to rescue Harry from the uncle and aunt who have no interest in keeping him around. Harry is given an opportunity to attend Hogwarts, a school for the children of wizards, located in a magical realm just beyond the sight of normal humans. It is at Hogwarts that Harry learns the real reason behind his parent’s deaths. It is also at Hogwarts that Harry makes several amazing friends for life.

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‘One Missed Call’ Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Aug 29, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

One Missed Call Filmed in Georgia

‘One Missed Call’ is a 2008 supernatural, horror film starring Edward Burns and Shannyn Sossamon (‘A Knight’s Tale’). The film is a remake of Takashi Miike’s 2003 Japanese film, ‘Chakushin Ari’. Miike’s film was based on the novel that was also called, Chakushin Ari, by Yasushi Akimoto. The film centers around the character, Beth, as she witnesses the deaths of her friends after they receive a phone call that details the date and time of their death. Beth joins Det. Jack Andrews in a race against time to figure out the mystery behind the phone calls and the deaths. ‘One Missed Call’ was filmed in Georgia.

One of the filming locations for ‘One Missed Call’ was at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Georgia Tech is located on North Ave, Northwest Atlanta. The university is one of the top colleges for research in the United States. They are a science and technology-focused school. Georgia Tech has been frequently ranked in the top ten for best public universities in the United States. While filming ‘One Missed Call’, several Georgia Tech locations were used. Scenes were filmed at the school’s library, at Tech Square and at the Skiles classroom building. There were shots filmed outside of St. Charles Deli, which is located on the campus. Also, a scene that involved an explosion was done outside of a coffee shop that was near the campus.

Filming took place at other Atlanta locations, mostly in midtown. At one point, the base camp for the cast and crew was located on the corner of Peachtree Center and JW Dobbs. On North Ave, an empty house was used for a scene as well as an apartment off of 9th street. A Victorian home located in Inman Park off of Euclid Ave was the setting for a few scenes in the film as well. It was also said by one of the film’s stand-in actors, that filming took place at the English Avenue School, where it stood in as a hospital. Some of the scenes for the hospital set involved staging a fire. The set was filled with smoke and dust to get the right effects of a fire. A scene in the film that involves some of the characters to go through a crawl space was filmed here as well. The art department created a make-shift crawl space for this scene.

‘One Missed Call’ was released on January 4, 2008 and is currently available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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#1 Rule For Showing Movies Outdoors In Public

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Aug 28, 2014 Under Tips

First Rule to showing movies outdoors

The Hollywood movie making industry is a multi-billion dollar a year business. Most of these big screen productions are shown in a cinema or movie theater. However, there are a growing number of outdoor movie events that are occurring all over the country in part due to inflatable movie screen rentals. There is nothing like enjoying a great movie from the comfort of your vehicle or blanket and under an open sky. Movies in the Park events planning and the acquiring of required movie licensing due to copyright laws.

To host a movie outdoors whether it be on your own portable blow up screen or through an equipment rental company, there are rules and movie licenses that have to be addressed. There are many myths surrounding the subject of showing films outside at a private event. One of these myths is that the film studio do not have time to check up on such matters. The truth is that the introduction of the internet and social media make it easier for Hollywood Studios to track illegal showings of their materials. Films being shown need to pay a licensing fee to the movie studio. A professional outdoor movie event equipment provider is the answer to this dilemma.

The second myth is that you can just pretend as if you did not know about the copyright law concerning the licensing and fees. This matter can result in hefty fines of up to $250,000.00 or up to five years in jail. If the licensing company or the studio can prove that the infringement was intentional and willful, this is a hefty trip to the snack bar of the theater. This is a mighty fine to endure for the lack of paying a fee or acquiring a license to show a film. This simple act of ignorance is a poor excuse for copyright infringement when it comes to the opinions of the FBI and the movie studios. The FBI has created a warning that is displayed at the beginning of every movie, stating the consequences of not complying with the laws. No excuses are accepted.

The big movie companies make enough money and will not miss the money from an illegal showing, is another myth that surrounds the screening of outdoor movies. An opinion that is shared by people is that movie studios have enough money and will not miss it. They are huge and uncaring so they can afford to have some of their movies shown without receiving payment for them. The truth is that the monies paid to the film industry help to ensure that there will be future works available for the public to view. The performers and workers involved in the production and development of these movies deserve to be paid for their great work. A professional outdoor cinema or a/v rental company can best handle paying the fees and acquiring the licenses needed for your special outdoor event.

To successfully hold a public movie viewing event without having to pay these fees and acquire the licensing, it is necessary to meet certain criteria. To show a production of a movie in a setting such as a church, a restaurant, or a school, there are parameters that must be met. To show a movie in a school and be exempt from obtaining a movie license

  1. There must be a teacher present at all times during the viewing of the film.
  2. The film must be shown in a classroom type setting.
  3. The current school curriculum must be part of the movie being viewed.

If all of these parameters are met, the organization will be allowed to view the movie without the cost of the licenses and fees associated with the copyright.

Perhaps the most important reason for paying the licensing fees when operating an outdoor theater is the performers and the art itself. These people who have worked all of their lives to be seen on the big screen are just people like you and I. They have personal lives and families. They have bills and worries just like everyone else. They too deserve the paycheck that they earn by creating some of the best cinema ever. Their jobs are very demanding and often keep them away from their homes and families for long periods of time to create these unforgettable films.

Events showing flicks outdoors have been around for a great number of years, and they are still held accountable for the fees and costs associated with the showing of a film. Whether your event is a neighborhood get-together, a non-profit fundraiser, or a free public event, the requirements are the same. There are no exceptions when it comes to the seriousness of the need for licenses and paying the fees associated with outdoor movie theater productions. Hire Southern Outdoor Cinema to produce your special event and they will help to secure the licensing for your movie showing. Do so and your mind will be free and clear to enjoy your movie under the open sky.

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5 Movies to Watch With Your Dog on National Dog Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 25, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Dogs

National Dog Day falls on August 26th each year and is used to recognize the many dogs that need rescuing as well as those dogs that are making a difference in people’s lives each and every day. There are a number of great movies out that are perfect for celebrating National Dog Day and here a few great options to enjoy with your dog this year.

Firehouse Dog

Rex is living every dog’s dream. He is one of the most wanted acting dogs in Hollywood and every kid in America loves him. Everything is going wonderfully for Rex until he is separated from his master and lost in the middle of nowhere. Assumed dead after a sky diving stunt goes terribly wrong, Rex is left to roam the streets in search of help. After a close call with animal control, Rex decides to hide out in a run down building that soon goes up in flames. He is rescued by Connor Fahey(Bruce Greenwood), father and former fire chief in a small-town firehouse. Shane Fahey (Josh Hutcherson) is the rebellious son of Connor and is given the responsibility of finding out who Rex belongs to. Over time, Rex and Shane develop a bond that soon becomes unbreakable, and Rex becomes the saving grace for both father and son, as well as for a firehouse that was in need of saving.

Marley and Me

Marley and Me stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as the proud new owners of an adorable lab puppy. At least that’s how the story begins. What the couple soon finds out is that their adorable little lab puppy is on his way to an astonishing 100 pounds of mischievous trouble who will eat anything he can get his teethe on. They learn all too quickly that life with Marley will be a challenge, but one that is worth every bit of the trouble that seems to come with him. This is a story of the bonds that develop between master and dog, and of how wonderful the friendship between the two can be.

Marmaduke

Owen Wilson is the voice of Marmaduke, a Great Dane on his way to California to enjoy more sun and surfing than he will know what to do with. Phil Winslow (Lee Pace) is an advertising executive who receives the job offer of a lifetime. He is tasked with the job of taking over the account of a California based dog food company and his wife, 3 children, and Marmaduke are coming along for the ride. After arriving in sunny California, Marmaduke makes friends with a group of mutts at the dog park and quickly learns how to surf. In fact, he learns to surf well enough to win the local area surfing competition. The only problem is that all of the fame goes to Marmaduke’s head and he forgets who his real friends are. Watch as Marmaduke comes to terms with the true meaning of friendship and just how important his new friends are going to be in the hit movie Marmaduke.

Hotel For Dogs

16 year old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother Bruce (Jake T. Austin) are a couple of kids on a mission to provide a home for dozens of stray dogs in the area. When they find out that their own dog Friday no longer has a home to live in, they search for new living arrangements for him and stumble onto an abandoned nearby hotel that Bruce transforms it into a four-star getaway. The strays in town quickly move into the new doggy hotel and everything is going great until the neighbors begin to get suspicious. Andi and Bruce are forced to break out every trick they can think of to keep the neighbors away and keep the new doggy hotel open for business for good.

Air Bud

Air Bud is the story of Buddy, a talented dog, and a boy in desperate need of a friend. Snively (Michael Jeter) is a no talent clown who abandons his biggest asset Buddy after being upstaged by the dog one too many times. Buddy is a talented dog who can play basketball quite well. Josh (Kevin Zegers) is a young boy whose father has just died and who finds himself in a new town after his mother Jackie (Wendy Makkena) decides to move them to Washington. Josh and Buddy find each other one day and Josh takes Buddy in which is how the story behind Air Bud begins. Josh loves to play basketball but is too shy to try out for the team so he decides to help manage it instead. He decides to stay late one day to shoot some hoops and finds out that Buddy has a knack for the game. In fact, Buddy is better than anyone else on the team. After the coach finds out about Buddy’s talent, he adds Buddy to the team roster and the excitement begins. Snively soon finds out about his old friend’s talent and shows up in town to take Buddy back but quickly finds out that separating Josh and Buddy won’t be an easy task.

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Filmed In Georgia - Sweet Home Alabama

In 2002, the romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, was released in theaters. The movie is about a southern woman who runs from her husband and her life in Alabama and recreates herself as a New York City socialite. Several years later, she gets engaged and finds herself having to go back home to get her husband to sign divorce papers. Once she is back home, she finds that life in the south may be better than city life after all. ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ also stars Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas and Candice Bergen. Even though, as the title indicates, the setting of the film is Alabama, most of the filming was done at various locations in Georgia.

In Rome, Georgia, a mansion was used for scenes in the movie. In the film, Reese Witherspoon’s character, Melanie, pretends that this mansion belongs to her family. The mansion that the movie used during filming is called Oak Hill and it resides at Berry College. Oak Hill is now a museum, but it once belonged to the founder of Berry College, Martha Berry.

The International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia was used in the movie during a scene that involved the characters doing a Civil War re-enactment. The International Horse Park opened in 1995 and was used for all of the equestrian events during the 1996 Olympic games.

While filming ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ in Atlanta, scenes were shot at a loft located in downtown’s Hastings Seed Lofts at 434 NW Marietta Street. Some scenes were also filmed in the Castleberry neighborhood on the SW edge of central Atlanta.

Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City was the location where one of the characters lands a plane in the film. It is actually illegal to land a plane there, so the film company was ticketed $300 for the violation.

In Crawfordville, a very small town with a population just over 500, the Taliaferro County Courthouse was used during one of the film’s scenes. There is also a scene in the film where Main Street is featured as Witherspoon’s character walks down it.

Other filming locations for ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ were at one of the plantation homes located in Covington, as well as at Starr’s Mill in Fayette County. Starr’s Mill is seen in the film as the character, Jake’s (played by Josh Lucas) glassblowing shop. For the movie, the property’s exterior was repainted and its porch was rebuilt.

‘Sweet Home Alabama’ is currently available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

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