Tuesday, November 2, 2010

“Poll: Mich. voters like tourism, movie promotions - Forbes” plus 2 more

“Poll: Mich. voters like tourism, movie promotions - Forbes” plus 2 more

Poll: Mich. voters like tourism, movie promotions - Forbes

Posted: 01 Nov 2010 07:49 AM PDT

Associated Press, 11.01.10, 10:40 AM EDT

DETROIT -- A poll of likely Michigan voters shows strong support funding for two state economic development programs - the Pure Michigan ad campaign and the moviemaking tax credit.

The poll released Sunday shows 67 percent supporting the Pure Michigan tourism promotion effort. Actor Tim Allen is its spokesman.

Twenty-five percent say they're opposed, with 8 percent undecided or not saying.

Fifty-eight percent say they favor Michigan's film tax credit, with 33 opposed and 9 percent undecided or not saying.

The poll is for the Detroit Free Press and TV stations WXYZ, WJRT, WOOD and WILX. EPIC-MRA questioned 600 people Oct. 23 through Tuesday.

The results have a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points up or down.

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Tron Night 2010: Movie Promises to Be Brilliant - Softpedia

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 12:33 PM PDT

The footage premiered during Tron Night clocks in at 20 minutes and is comprised of 5 different scenes. All of them are from the first half of the film, as a message says right before it starts.

Two of the scenes are in the real world; the rest are set in the Grid and show what Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) finds there, including his father Kevin (Jeff Bridges) and his sidekick Quorra (Olivia Wilde), who will become Sam's ally.

While the first scenes were shown in 2D, they could be watched with 3D glasses. No word yet on whether the film will maintain this strict separation between the real world and the Grid by showing one in 2D and the other in 3D.

Sam, from what one can see, is just the regular type of guy from standard action movies: he's rich, leads a careless life, will not hear about the family business but has a very gentle heart, which he more than shows by doing lots of charity.

At first, in the first scene, titled "Sam's Apartment," he bears a striking resemblance to Chris Pine in the rebooted "Star Trek;" he's just as young and obstinate that he wouldn't listen to anybody else.

Once Sam steps inside the Grid, which is very much like the Matrix from what one sees on screen, the real journey begins. This was also the moment when I noticed people in the theater stopped talking.

The Grid is unlike anything other ever shown on film but, since I have no intention of spoiling the plot for those who still want to be surprised come December 17, suffice it to say that it is a genuine exercise of the imagination.

The 3D does not make things pop out of the screen at you, but it does offer depth and texture to the amazing environment. Its use is similar to that in James Cameron's "Avatar," the only difference being that "Avatar" had more color.

Speaking of which, another thing "Tron" has in common with it is the fact that both make it painfully obvious that the minds behind it were true geniuses. This is what unbridled imagination can create if left to its own device.

The script by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and Joseph Kosinki's direction make possible a world that takes a lot of openness and imagination just to take it all in. Its very existence defies all logic, as also does everything in it – yet it exists and it's there for us to look at it in wonder.

In other words, even if it didn't show too many action scenes or include over the top special effects, the footage shown as part of the official Tron Night does more than just wet one's appetite: it leaves one literally begging for more.

Aside from the 5 scenes, the footage also included a few scenes shown partially in the trailers released until now: but only as if to show that that's where the real action begins. Because of it, Tron Night would best be described as a major tease.

"Tron: Legacy" opens in US theaters on December 17. It's still a long while to go until then, so keep an eye on this space for more details. 

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Go! Movie Roundup: Oct. 28-Nov. 4 - Times Herald-Record

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 07:17 AM PDT

Published: 2:00 AM - 10/29/10
Last updated: 10:17 AM - 10/29/10

Conviction — A high school dropout (Hilary Swank) spends nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school and seeking to overturn her brother's unjust murder conviction. R for language, some violent images. AMCG, PALIS, PGAL

Dinosaurs Alive! — A look at the creatures who roamed the Earth long ago, re-created for the IMAX screen. Narrated by Michael Douglas. IMAX

Easy A (3 stars) — A clean-cut high school student advances her financial and social standing with the help of the school's rumor mill. PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material. AMCG, PALIS, PGAL, SHOW, WARW

Movie theaters

AMCG: AMC Galleria Metroplex 16, Town of Wallkill - 1800-326-3264.

CALL: Callicoon Theater - 887-4460.

CHES: Elite Cinema 6, Chester - 469-5333.

DEST: Destinta Theatres New Windsor 12 - 569-0300.

DOWN: Downing Film Center, Newburgh - 561-3686.

FISH: Regal Fishkill 10 - 896-1090.

FOAK: Fair Oaks Drive-in - 361-5774. Closed for the season.

HUDV: Regal Hudson Valley Mall 12, Kingston - 336-4191.

HYDE: Hyde Park Drive-in - 229-4738. Closed for the season.

IMAX: Palisades Center, West Nyack - 358-IMAX (4629).

LYCE: Lyceum Cinemas, Red Hook - 758-3311.

MIDD: Middletown Cinemas ­- 344-2222.

MONR: Monroe 6 Cinemas - 782-2339.

ORPH: Orpheum 3, Saugerties - 246-6561.

OVER: Overlook Drive-in, Poughkeepsie - 452-3445. Closed for the season.

PALIS: AMC Palisades Center 21, West Nyack - 348-1972.

PALTZ: New Paltz Cinema - 255-0420.

PARA: Paramount Center, Peekskill - 914-739-2333.

PGAL: Regal Galleria Mall Stadium 16, Poughkeepsie - 297-0785.

ROSN: Rosendale Theatre - 658-8989.

ROSV: Roosevelt Cinemas, Hyde Park - 229-2000.

SHIL: Silver Cinemas South Hills 8, Poughkeepsie - 297-5512.

SHOW: ShowTime Cinemas, Newburgh - 566-8800.

TINK: Upstate Films at Tinker Street, Woodstock - 679-6608.

TSL: Time & Space Limited, Hudson - 518-822-8100

UPST: Upstate Films, Rhinebeck - 876-2515.

WARW: Warwick Drive-in - 986-4440.

Eat Pray Love (3 stars) — After a painful divorce, a woman (Julia Roberts) embarks on a worldwide journey of self-discovery. PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, some sexual references and male rear nudity. SHIL

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2 stars) — The final film based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy finds Lisbeth Salander, recovering in the hospital while once again working to uncover a vast conspiracy swirling around her and her partner, Mikael Blomkvist. R for some strong violence, sexual material, brief language. TINK

Heartbreaker — A seducer for hire is sent to steal a bride-to-be from the man of her dreams. Unrated; in French with subtitles. UPST

Hereafter (3 stars) — Clint Eastwood directs his "Invictus" star Matt Damon in the tale of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language. AMCG, DEST, FISH, LYCE, PALIS, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

House — Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 one-of-a-kind film, never before released in the United States, has six schoolgirls battling evil spirits while vacationing in the country. Unrated; in Japanese with subtitles. UPST (Oct. 30-31)

Inception (4 stars) — Leonardo DiCaprio stars for writer-director Christopher Nolan as a hunted thief of secrets within the human subconscious who is offered a chance of redemption. PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout. SHIL

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2 stars) — For self-preservation, a gifted teen checks himself into a psychiatric ward for five days. PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language. AMCG, FISH, PGAL

Jack Goes Boating (3 stars) — In Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, a limo driver is set up on a blind date by married friends, leading to romantic triumphs and tribulations for both pairs. R for language, drug use and some sexual content. ROSN

Jackass 3-D — Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and others return for physically painful comic stunts. R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, language. AMCG (plus 3-D), CHES (3-D), DEST (plus 3-D), FISH (3-D), LYCE (3-D), MIDD (3-D), PALIS (3-D), PALTZ (3-D), PGAL (3-D), ROSV (3-D), SHOW (3-D)

The Last Exorcism (3 stars) — A documentary crew films the last exorcism to be performed by a troubled evangelical minster. PG-13 for disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material. SHIL

Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole — Fantasy familiy adventure film based on a book series by Kathryn Lasky. G. AMCG, IMAX, PALIS (3-D), PGAL (3-D), SHOW, WARW

Life as We Know It (2 stars) — Two antagonistic single professionals become guardians of an orphaned child. PG-13 for sexual material, language and some drug content. AMCG, CALL, DEST, FISH, LYCE, PALIS, SHOW

Mao's Last Dancer — 2009 drama from director Bruce Beresford tells the based-on-real-life tale of a young man who who leaves behind a life of poverty in provincial China to become an international ballet star. PG for thematic issues. DOWN

My Soul to Take — From writer-director Wes Craven, a horror film about a serial killer who returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest. R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language including sexual references. SHIL, WARW

The Other Guys (3 stars) — Things don't go as planned for two mismatched New York City detectives (Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) who try to step up like the city's top cops. PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material. SHIL

Paranormal Activity 2 — Family members set up security cameras around their home, only to realize that what they thought had been a series of break-ins are part of events that are are more sinister than they seem. R for some language and brief violent material. AMCG, CHES, FISH, DEST, LYCE, MIDD, ORPH, PALIS, PALTZ, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

Ramona and Beezus (1.5 stars) — Beverly Cleary's books inspire a film about a grade-schooler named Ramona and her teen sister, Beezus. Rated G. SHIL

Red (2 stars) — When his life is threatened by an assassin, former agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) reassembles his former team in a last-ditch effort to survive. PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language. AMCG, CHES, DEST, FISH, LYCE, MIDD, ORPH, PALIS, PALTZ, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

Salt (2 stars) — A defector accuses a CIA agent (Angelina Jolie) of being a Russian spy. PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.

Saw 3D — Survivors of Jigsaw's torture seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, whose secrets help unleash a new wave of terror. R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and language. AMCG (plus 3-D), CHES, DEST (3-D), FISH (3-D), HUDV (3-D), PGAL (3-D), ROSV (3-D), SHOW (3-D)

Secretariat (2.5 stars) — From a horse farm owned by the strong-willed Diane Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) emerges Secretariat, a 1973 Triple Crown winner. PG for brief mild language. AMCG, DEST, FISH, LYCE, MIDD, PALIS, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

The Social Network (4 stars) — Success leads to personal and legal complications for Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language. AMCG, CHES, DEST, FISH, LYCE, MIDD, ORPH, PALIS, PALTZ, PGAL, ROSV, SHOW

Step Up 3-D — New York City street dancers team up with an NYU freshman to compete against top hip-hop dancers. PG-13 for brief strong language. SHIL

Stone (2 stars) — Robert De Niro plays a parole officer whose path to retirement is blocked by a scheming convicted arsonist and his wife. R for strong sexuality and violence, and pervasive language. PALIS

The Town (3.5 stars) — Ben Affleck directs himself as a longtime thief who tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager (Rebecca Hall) as well as the FBI agent (Jon Hamm) looking to bring him and his crew down. R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use. AMCG, PALIS, PGAL, SHOW, WARW

Toy Story 3 (3 stars) — Woody, Buzz and the rest of their toy-box friends end up at a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college. Rated G. SHIL, WARW

Vision — From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen — Margarethe von Trotta directs Barbara Sukowa in the role of the 12th-century nun who seeks to expand the responsibilities of women in the Catholic Church. Unrated. TSL (Nov. 4-7, 11-14), UPST

Waiting for Superman (3 stars) — Davis Guggenheim's documentary following promising children through America's faltering public education system. DEST, PALIS

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (3 stars) — Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 hit "Wall Street" stars Michael Douglas as disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko, out of prison, and teaming with a young Wall Street trader (Shia LaBeouf). PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements. AMCG, FISH, PALIS, WARW

Winnebago Man — Humorous and poignancy mix in a documentary look at viral culture and one man's response to unintended celebrity. TSL (Oct. 29-31)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2 stars) — Woody Allen's latest rumination on shifting relationships and desires is set in London and stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts and Josh Brolin. R for some language. UPST

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