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(500) Days of Summer (2009) - Movie Review

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER is so absolutely adorable that, as the ending credits were rolling, I had the overwhelming urge to wrap my arms around the movie and never let it go.  It was so precious and utterly enjoyable that I wish its fast 96 minutes had been 500.  I could never get enough of this delightful tale.  When the DVD comes out, I hope it's chock full of deleted scenes.  Although I usually never watch them on DVDs, I want to see every minute possible of this wonderful film.

It's hard to know where to begin in describing one of the best -- and quite possible the best -- film of the year.  From the very beginning you know the movie will be something special, as it opens with one of the funniest textual introductions I can remember.  After that, the frequent narrator carefully sets the stage for us, by explaining, "This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know up front that it isn't a love story."

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THE PROPOSAL (2009) Weekly Pick + Review

The Proposal (2009) Sandra. Sandra Sandra Sandra. Rom-com? Again? Well, she's back with a slightly formulaic outing this time that...works. And no small part to Sandra's appeal and comic timing. Ryan is no comedic slouch either. The two of them have to surprise, and connect, in a predictable romp where first-time screenwriter, former producer Pete Chairelli (Eagle Eye, The Other End of the Line, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh) never met a cliche he didn't like..and use.

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Andrew Strong 2010 Tour

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At the age of 17 Andrew Strong was catapulted to worldwide fame in Alan Parker's highly successful film "The Commitments". Andrew played the lead role of Deco Cuff, and caused a sensation by doing his own vocals in the film and on the soundtrack. The soundtrack album was a huge success, selling over 15 million copies worldwide, setting a new standard for blockbuster film soundtracks. During this period Andrew received commercial endorsements and made numerous special appearances, increasing his exposure on television around the world.

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Apple Thinks Differently About Black Friday

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Apple's always been one to think differently, and never miss a chance to make a buck along the way. So this year, it looks like they're offering the best Black Friday deal yet...if you're an Apple stockholder. "A magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price." Indeed.

UTA Job List (11-12-2010)

One of the things UTA is famous for is the elusive "UTA Job List". The list includes many assistant position job listings for agent/publicist/manager hopefuls. UTA will not confirm the existence of such a list, but it does indeed exist and is only available to those with connections to people within Hollywood to be able to obtain it. More entertainment jobs at FLiXER's Job Board. NOTE: Unless specific permission is given within the listing, DO NOT CALL about positions or to follow up.

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Original Scripts Are Popular Again

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After three years of reboots, prequels and sequels, the market for original screenplays finally sizzle again in Hollywood. No less than 18 spec scripts - movie scripts written without a contract - was sold in October. This is the highest number since before the monthly Writers Guild strike in 2007-2008. The projects range from a film about the code-cracking mathematician Alan Turing to a "found footage" thriller centered on the killer hurricane for a comedy consultant relationship is likely to star Ken Jeong from "The Hangover." "We knew that 2011 would be the hot market specifications in...

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All About Steve (Weekly Pick) (2009) -

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Licensed To Wed writer Kim Barker gets another shot at comedy. A yarn about Sandra Bullock, a wacky 40s crossword puzzle constructor (aka the morning confounder) who falls in love with a news cameraman, Bradley Cooper. A fill in the squares type of movie. Black and white. Diagonal logic. You get the picture - 4 down. Cooper is hot off his debauched hit The Hangover, and Bullock is proving you can still be cute in your 40s even with too much make-up. Rocky Faulkner, I hope it was supposed to look that way, or since you've done a lot of special effects make-up, maybe it was all a thick...

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West Side Filmmakers Get-Together (August 2012)

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We are doing it again! WSF's bi-yearly-ish get-together is happening again this Friday, August 31st!

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Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) - Movie Review

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You would think from all the horror films you've watched in you're years, that fear is now behind you. Wrong. Paranormal Activity 2, the sequel of the biggest phenomenal horror film, will squeeze shut your eyes and make you feel an intense insomnia on you're shoulder. This film is so unlike others, in the sense that it's a new taste of horror. To start off, I can't argue enough how much this film is nothing like the Blair Witch Project. When others compare both films and say Paranormal got it's idea from it, it's total stupidity. The development of Paranormal Activity 2 is based off the...

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The Thirty Best Films of the Twenty First Century (So Far)

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Not sure I understand the timeliness of this subject, but others have attempted it - see below - quite badly. "Thank you movie buffers for all your suggestions to my last topic, they were very helpful and I used them to help compile this list. In my opinion these are the thirty best films of the Decade so far. While I can appreciate how well loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy is I never found it engaging and therefore none of those films make the list." "There are also some noticeable exceptions, and perhaps an unexpected choice of which Almodovar film to include. All of my...

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He May Be Wacko, But He Was Our Jacko - Michael Jackson Dead At 50

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UPDATE: Was Michael Muslim as the Internet rumor mill claims? Michael Jackson allegedly become a Muslim in November 2008 and changed his name to Mikaeel. If that is so, will it affect his funeral? It does appear Michael converted to Islam in November of 2008. The singer, who was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, converted to Islam in a ceremony at a friend's house in Los Angeles. He is said to have sat on the floor and worn a small hat while an imam officiated. According to The Sun, the ceremony took place while Jackson, 50, was recording an album at the home of Steve Porcaro, a keyboard player...

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Produced By (June 4-6, 2010)(Fox Lot)

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Calling All Filmmakers!   The Producers Guild of America (PGA will hold the second annual Produced By Conference June 4-6 at the 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. For one weekend only, you will learn from and have access to the greatest producers in film, television and new media. This conference will feature extraordinary panel sessions, unique mentoring roundtables, special workshops and exhibits, new tech demos and most of all incomparable networking opportunities.