Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blu-ray Review: 'Red Riding Hood' - Yahoo! Movies

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"Red Riding Hood" is a loose movie adaptation of the folk tale "Little Red Riding Hood." The re-imagining of this story capitalizes on the vampire and werewolf movies that have become top cash cow releases for a good number of years. Instead of the little girl and wolf characters in the original story, this flick features a teen who falls in love with a werewolf. It even shares the same director as the first "Twilight" movie with Catherine Hardwicke. To further add to the similarities of the two films, Amanda Seyfried who plays the main character Valerie even shares the same on-screen father (Billy Burke) with "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart.

Movies that Feature Thor, the Hammer-Wielding God and Warrior - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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For many generations of comic book fans, the hammer-wielding God and warrior Thor has become a popular character in the Marvel universe. He is also one of the Nordic Gods who has often been referenced, whether directly or indirectly, in a variety of literary and cinematic works. While his stories slightly vary in the many depictions of him, his primary character background remains the same -- he is said to be the iconic God of Thunder and the son of Odin, the ruling God of Asgard.

How to Troubleshoot a MiniDV Tape Jam Without Disassembling Its Cassette - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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A MiniDV tape is a popular video cassette tape used in a number of consumer and even professional cameras. If you encounter a tape jam with it, it is possible to try a do-it-yourself fix without necessarily disassembling the cassette tape. The jamming is usually due to a tangled, twisted, or crumpled magnetic tape, which may be a result of a broken or malfunctioning part of the tape's or the camera's playback system.

Guide to Using Toast Titanium for Your Audio and Music Files - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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The Mac-based Roxio disc-burning application Toast Titanium is offers a wide variety of features. Aside from its basic optical media-recording capability, it is also popularly used for file conversions, capturing streamed music and audio from other media-playing programs and web browsers, and tagging music files.

Differences Between IMAX, RealD 3D, and Dolby Digital 3D Theaters - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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Watching a movie in a 3D theater typically uses any of the three popular theatrical 3D systems: IMAX, RealD 3D, or Dolby Digital 3D. They are currently the leading competitors offering theater owners the technical system required to build a new 3D theater or convert an existing 2D theater into a 3D one. Each 3D system may have differences, but all of them have one thing in common: they require the viewers to wear 3D glasses to see a movie with three-dimensional depth.

Blu-ray Review: 'Battle: Los Angeles' - Yahoo! Movies

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Packaged in a blue eco-vortex case, the alien invasion movie "Battle: Los Angeles" releases in a two-disc combo pack consisting of a 50GB Blu-ray disc and a DVD. Its story features Aaron Eckhart as Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz, a marine who has been called back to duty just a few hours after resigning. His is part of a mission to evacuate people in Los Angeles from the impending fallout of a meteor storm. The turn of events get worse with the appearance of an alien army rising from the ocean. The stranded civilians attempt to escape the blast radius where the military plans to strike against an impending alien colonization.

'Star Wars' Filmmaking History: The Birth of the Lightsaber - Yahoo! Movies

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As an epic fusion of science fiction and fantasy, "Star Wars" fundamentally changed how people see motion picture sagas. During its theatrical release, it blew people's minds. It was a major milestone in filmmaking history. It made one filmmaker's dreams real. Since then, it has become its own mythology.

Critically Acclaimed Sci-Fi Comic Book Movies and the Directors Behind Their Successes - Yahoo! Movies

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Movie adaptations of sci-fi comic books have become extremely popular, especially in this time and age when technology already allows filmmakers to maximize the potential of their imagination in audio-visual form. Comic books with sci-fi elements also have a very huge fan base, which instantly expands their market when they are made into movies. Top sci-fi comic book movies usually garner a number of technical and popularity awards. Yet, there are a handful that also reap non-technical awards because of their thematic and creative offerings for both the critics and the general audience.

Oscar-Winning LGBT Movies to Watch for Pride Month - Yahoo! Movies

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LGBT films, short for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender films, feature motion picture pieces dealing with or showcasing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender characters and the issues these people encounter among themselves or in the society as a whole. For the LGBT movie genre, the stories may or may not be directly referring to LGBT themes, but the characters and their relationships play crucial roles in the movie's main stories.

'Harry Potter' Facts and Insights: Celebrating the End of a Legendary Movie Franchise - Yahoo! Movies

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The legendary "Harry Potter" franchise releases its final movie after almost one decade of capturing the interest and imagination of people around the world. Producing eight successful movies in a span of 10 years is quite an accomplishment. From the iconic performances that catapulted Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and many other British talents into international stardom to the very long list of filmmaking talents who received varying accolades for their works, the "Harry Potter" movie franchise has much to leave for film historians to chronicle.

Movie Facts About Tim Burton's Horror Musical 'Sweeney Todd' - Yahoo! Movies

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In 2007, visionary filmmaker Tim Burton transformed the critically acclaimed musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" into a motion picture opus. His determination in seeking the approval of Stephen Sondheim, the force behind the music and lyrics of "Sweeney Todd," paid off and he readily took the chance he was long been waiting for. Exploring a brand new genre for this period film, Burton further diversified his filmography by taking the challenge of making a musical with distinctively dark elements.

Summer Movies 2011: Animated Sequels and Franchise Reboots - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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2011's pre-summer and summer releases feature a handful of big franchises of animated movies. Two of them are sequels, while the other two are franchise reboots of classic cartoon series. Three boasts of 3D releases, while the other one keeps its traditional animation look and feel.

Summer Movies to Watch with Your Dad - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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For Father's Day, watching a movie with your dad can actually be a rare treat. Instead of going to the theater with a date or with a group of friends, spending your movie time with your father may or may not require that much preparation or surprise ideas for his special day, but it can still be such a worthwhile bonding endeavor that can even extend to a post-movie discussion while dining, walking around, or driving home.

Memorable Animated Characters: Which Ones Already Reached the A-list Movie Star Status? - Yahoo! Movies

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It is a given that animated blockbusters mainly capitalize on the appeal of its characters to capture the viewers' attention. Amidst the many charming ones that offer memorable performances on the big screen, there are those animated characters that really make their marks to the point of creating very successful sequels and top sales on a variety of merchandise items.

Differences Between IMAX, RealD 3D, and Dolby Digital 3D Theaters - Yahoo! Movies

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Watching a movie in a 3D theater typically uses any of the three popular theatrical 3D systems: IMAX, RealD 3D, or Dolby Digital 3D. They are currently the leading competitors offering theater owners the technical system required to build a new 3D theater or convert an existing 2D theater into a 3D one. Each 3D system may have differences, but all of them have one thing in common: they require the viewers to wear 3D glasses to see a movie with three-dimensional depth.

Travel Guide for a Family Vacation in Miami, Florida - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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As a melting pot of cultures, Miami, Florida offers diverse activities and attractions highlighted by its famous beaches and exceptional getaway spots. It is filled with family-friendly adventure and water parks, resorts, museums and interactive science centers. A number of day tours and camps for families and children also provide interesting options to make the most out of a Miami vacation.

Michael Fassbender Movie Roles: Characters from History and Literature - Yahoo! Movies

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Before "X-Men: First Class" star Michael Fassbender became Erik Lensherr/Magneto, he was mainly a TV star who got his motion picture break through the epic film "300." Since then, this character actor has been playing a variety of roles, most of which have significant parts in history and literature. As a fast-rising star, his level of fame continues to provide him roles that really diversify his filmography.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

J.J. Abrams' Directing Career: From TV to Movies - Yahoo! Movies

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J.J. Abrams' directing career started with a handful of successful drama and action-suspense TV series. His break in the industry came from the production of the prime-time TV drama "Felicity" (1998 to 2002), a series he created with Matt Reeves. Before directing his first film, his TV career peaked with the renowned action-suspense series "Alias" (2001 to 2006), which he both created and directed. Steadily marking his action, suspense, and science-fiction roots, this was followed by the multi-awarded suspense drama series "Lost" (2004 to 2010), which he created with Jeffrey Lieber and Damon Lindelof.

Hollywood Blockbuster Movies Turned into Broadway Musicals - Yahoo! Movies

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There may be a number of Hollywood movies adapted from stage plays, but there is now a steady increase on the number of movies originally written for the screen getting Broadway makeovers. These movies turned into Broadway musicals provide a fresh treatment to what stage plays typically offer. This time, it's the other way around in terms of the creative process of translating films into theatrical productions. Interestingly, these adaptations from motion picture blockbusters come from a variety of movie genres. Such film franchises originally using cinematic language tend to transform into theatrical pieces with a ready fan base and a tried-and-tested branding.

The Major Cast and Crew Behind 'Gremlins' After 27 Years - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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After working on the blockbuster hit "Gremlins" in 1984, the film's major cast and crew have continued to enjoy flourishing careers for many years. Most of these artists have already reached the peak of their careers and many of them are still active in Hollywood. In celebration of the "Gremlins" 27th anniversary, here are some of the renowned names that made the film possible and how their film careers have evolved through the years:

Differences Between IMAX, RealD 3D, and Dolby Digital 3D Theaters - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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Watching a movie in a 3D theater typically uses any of the three popular theatrical 3D systems: IMAX, RealD 3D, or Dolby Digital 3D.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Blu-ray Review: 'Top Gun' 25th Anniversary Release - Yahoo! Movies

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In line with the 25th anniversary of the movie described as the best recruitment video for future Naval aviators to date, "Top Gun" re-releases the film with a Blu-ray combo pack inclusive of a DVD and a digital copy. However, surprisingly, it doesn't offer much as an anniversary release. It highlights a new disc packaging artwork, but it doesn't showcase anything new in terms of technical specifications and special features.

Blu-ray Review: 'I Saw the Devil' - Yahoo! Movies

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'I Saw the Devil' (Akmareul Boatda), the Korean film by critically acclaimed director Kim Jee-woon, tells the tale of a psychopath and the guy who seeks revenge against the evil force who killed his fiancee. Releasing in a single 50GB Blu-ray with BD-Live functionality, 'I Saw the Devil' features famous Korean acting talents Choi Min-sik from the Park Chan-wook opus 'Oldboy' and Lee Byung-hyun from 'The Good, the Bad and The Weird,' another masterpiece from Kim Jee-woon.

Blu-Ray Review: 'The Crow: City of Angels'

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Releasing in a 25GB single Blu-ray disc, the 1996 movie 'The Crow: City of Angels' is a follow-up piece to the 2004 film 'The Crow' made famous by director Alex Proyas and its original star, the late Brandon Lee. This sequel with Vincent Perez stepping in for the lead role depicts the story of a victim of a brutal attack of an evil drug cartel as he gets brought back to life by a mysterious crow. Ashe Corven (Perez) seeks revenge by killing his murderers one by one through the help of his psychic muse Sarah. However, his lethal enemy Judah knows about his one weakness and this becomes the man's ace to bring him down.

Oscar-Nominated Movies to Watch on Father's Day - Yahoo! Movies

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Spending quality movie time with your father in celebration of Father's Day can be most fitting when watching something that particularly touches a father-child relationship. Dads and their children actually have varying tastes and interests when it comes to movie genres. Yet, choosing from a diverse list of the best Oscar-nominated movies with memorable father characters can be quite ideal, especially when trimming down options or finding some ideas on interesting themes for movies to watch on Father's Day.

Summer Movies 2011: Animated Sequels and Franchise Reboots - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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2011's pre-summer and summer releases feature a handful of big franchises of animated movies. Two of them are sequels, while the other two are franchise reboots of classic cartoon series. Three boasts of 3D releases, while the other one keeps its traditional animation look and feel.

Most Popular Superhero Movie Franchises in Hollywood - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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For many decades, superhero movies have both thrived and flopped. As the number of movies falling under this sub-genre continues to grow, there are no clear or exact grounds that the success of a franchise is solely based on the time frame and era of its release date. It is expected that a high-quality, and at the same time, entertaining film would find its way topping the box office. However, there is something more to a movie franchise than a single motion picture piece it features.

Best Military Movie Classics to Watch on Memorial Day - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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Movies with military themes remind us how much dedication and sacrifice our veterans have offered the country during those many war-stricken times in American history. From the cruelty war brings to people to the glory of fighting for a cause, from the harsh realities and politics of war to the need to defend and protect one's country, all these themes have been covered well by many military movie classics.

Tips for a Solo Female Traveler Going to Dubai - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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Dubai is a fast-emerging international city and tourist hub that boasts opulent structures, luxurious tourist amenities and grand hotels catering to both tourists and business executives. By regional standards, it implements more liberal policies compared to other Middle Eastern cities.

Tips for a Foreigner Traveling to Dubai for Tourism or Business - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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Dubai, a modern and progressive desert city filled many exotic and grandiose structures, is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). With a large immigrant population, English is widely spoken around the city and it is used as second language, especially in commerce, after the official language ofArabic. It is also common to see English signs around this independent city-state.

Travel Guide for a Family Vacation in Miami, Florida - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com

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As a melting pot of cultures, Miami, Florida offers diverse activities and attractions highlighted by its famous beaches and exceptional getaway spots. It is filled with family-friendly adventure and water parks, resorts, museums and interactive science centers. A number of day tours and camps for families and children also provide interesting options to make the most out of a Miami vacation.