Photo Tony Hale and Heather Burns in “Brave New Jersey,” a comedy about a small town in crisis mode in 1938. Credit Gravitas Ventures Fake news travels fast, even in the fictitious New Jersey town of Lullaby in the 1930s. That rural town was light-years away from the Manhattan home of the CBS studio, where Orson Welles was retelling H. G. Wells’s novel “The War of the Worlds” in an infamous radio production on Oct. 30, 1938. Those unaware that the broadcast was a work of fiction fell for Wells’s story of an alien invasion. Fear that it was real quickly set off a panic. Video Trailer: ‘Brave New Jersey’ A preview of the film. By GRAVITAS VENTURES on … [Read more...] about Review: In ‘Brave New Jersey,’ a Martian Invasion That Wasn’t
In “Brave New Jersey,” writer-director Jody Lambert and co-writer Michael Dowling imagine the goings-on of fictional Lullaby, N.J., on the night of Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast.The small dramas of the townsfolk are thrown into stark relief when what sounds like a radio news report announces that martians will soon be landing on Earth. Marriages are torn apart, engagements are questioned, and fervor of all kinds (religious, romantic, military) takes ahold; only two young kids remain skeptical.Lambert has assembled a fantastic cast, including Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp and Dan Bakkedahl as the residents of Lullaby, but the whole affair looks and feels like a budget costume drama — there’s not much to inspire period-specific authenticity.And while “Brave New Jersey” explores the ways in which this apocalyptic news inspires everyone to take a close look at themselves and their life choices in the … [Read more...] about ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast rattles a small town in ‘Brave New Jersey,’ but to what end?
Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley! The author of “Brave New World,” a classic of dystopian literature, was born 123 years ago Wednesday.The British novelist and intellectual, and longtime Southern California resident, remains best known for "Brave New World," his 1932 novel about a fascist government that controls its population with strict rules and widely available mind-numbing drugs.Still widely taught in schools today, the book received mostly (but not uniformly) positive reviews when it was released just a few years before dictators would seize power in Germany, Spain and other European countries.British philosopher Bertrand Russell was among the book's admirers. "In the unhappy days in which it is our lot to live, Utopias are written in order to make us still more unhappy," Russell wrote. "Mr.Aldous Huxley, in his 'Brave New World,' has shown his usual masterly skill in producing this result upon the reader, for he has undertaken to make us sad by the contemplation of a … [Read more...] about Happy brave new birthday, Aldous Huxley!
Happy birthday, Aldous Huxley! The author of “Brave New World,” a classic of dystopian literature, was born 123 years ago Wednesday.The British novelist and intellectual, and longtime Southern California resident, remains best known for "Brave New World," his 1932 novel about a fascist government that controls its population with strict rules and widely available mind-numbing drugs.Still widely taught in schools today, the book received mostly (but not uniformly) positive reviews when it was released just a few years before dictators would seize power in Germany, Spain and other European countries.British philosopher Bertrand Russell was among the book's admirers. "In the unhappy days in which it is our lot to live, Utopias are written in order to make us still more unhappy," Russell wrote. "Mr.Aldous Huxley, in his 'Brave New World,' has shown his usual masterly skill in producing this result upon the reader, for he has undertaken to make us sad by the contemplation of a … [Read more...] about Remembering ‘Brave New World’ author Aldous Huxley, born 123 years ago today
Sienna Miller: 'It' Girl Makes Good in New Film | Sold! Doc About Genitalia With Teeth | Brenda Blethyn: Ready for Oscar '08 | Sundance Shorts Sienna Miller: 'It' Girl Makes Good in New Film Sienna Miller is coming to us on film very shortly in “Factory Girl.” She was already a hit in the underrated Lasse Hallstrom comedy, "Casanova." At Sundance, she gets to prove she’s the real thing in “Interview,” a movie directed by Steve Buscemi. Click on the FOX 411 Tuesday morning to read Roger Friedman's report on the Oscar nominations. Buscemi also co-stars in "Interview" as a journalist sent to interview Miller’s character, Katya, a Hollywood starlet who lives in a SoHo loft, stars in a "Sex and the … [Read more...] about Sienna Miller: It Girl Makes Good in New Film
Almost every movie about the future is really about the present. In "Star Trek," the universe of competing powers - the Federation vs. the Romulans and Klingons - was really just a blown-out version of the Cold War, with NATO pitted against China and the Soviet Union. Nearly 50 years later, Andy and Lana Wachowski make entertainment out of a host of modern anxieties in "Jupiter Ascending," envisioning a future universe in which a handful of elites control technology and can live indefinitely. Meanwhile, the great masses of people live short, manipulated lives of meaninglessness and doom. "Jupiter Ascending" is a film much of its moment, in ways both good and bad. But the important thing is that its virtues are extraordinary, while its flaws are easy to forget because they're so common. Many of the action sequences, showing various spacecraft descending into cities to fly between buildings, are dull and not well choreographed. Watching them is like staring at a big computer … [Read more...] about Jupiter Ascending’ another brave new world from the Matrix’ creators
"The Nutcracker" is always a big production, literally. But on Election Day, Joffrey Tower was buzzing as never before. And not about the election, despite the artists' campaign T-shirts and buttons. With less than a month to go, all hands were on deck for Christopher Wheeldon's $4 million take on this chestnut. The choreographer, his assistant Jacquelin Barrett, Joffrey artistic director Ashley Wheater, and all four Joffrey ballet masters were running rehearsals all day in all three studios as they fine-tuned the dancing of nearly five rotating casts of grown-ups and two children's casts totaling nearly 100 kids. As a painstaking midday rehearsal of Wheeldon's grand pas de deux ended, I heard him mutter "Next!" on his way out the door. This is essentially a from-scratch "Nutcracker"; only select elements of the usual ballet remain. But innovation is nothing new for this chameleonic favorite, whose story has been told and retold over decades, ever since Americans fell in love with San … [Read more...] about Inside the brave new world of the Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’: ‘All the Christmas is still there’
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "With greatness comes great responsibility," said Andrew Goldstein, executive producer at Otherworld, a virtual reality gaming company, during the Cleveland International Film Festival's Perspectives panel discussion on the future of virtual reality. The discussion Wednesday evening served as an introduction to the film festival's first-ever exhibition devoted to immersive storytelling, featuring virtual reality experiences and interactive media. It opens Thursday morning and will remain up through the remaining days of the festival, which closes on Sunday. Located on Level M2 of Tower City Center, it's also free. Eve Cohen, a cinematographer on the panel, shuddered visibly at Goldstein's thought of virtual reality being used for evil purposes. "There are experiences in virtual reality that can't be unseen," she said. "We need to be gentle and wise about how and what we provide for people who are interested in the immersive experience. "It's an emotional medium. The … [Read more...] about Perspectives exhibit introduces a brave new world of virtual reality: Cleveland International Film Festival 2016
On this week's special edition of Week We Love, Will Marfuggi is here to give you the latest entertainment scoop, as well as a sneak peek at the newest trends! Get ready to seeTaylor Swift as you've never seen her before with her "Blank Space" music video, which gets cut as a horror movie! Then, prepare yourself for a movie treat in Benedict Cumberbatch's latest movie The Imitation Game, where he plays a mathematician in Germany during WWII—also starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode! PHOTOS: Behind the scenes with Will Marfuggi If you're feeling brave during the upcoming holiday feast, try making a Thanksgiving bucket! Cook all your traditional dishes separately, then layer them into a three gallon container and dig in! And if you plan to be part of the Black Friday madness, here's some good news: Prices will hit rock bottom and the average item will be about 20 percent off—time to start shopping! Watch the above video to see the complete list of Will's must-dos … [Read more...] about Benedict Cumberbatch’s New Film, Black Friday Madness, Thanksgiving Buckets and Much More in the Latest Week We Love!
Everyone loves a good Easter egg. And throughout the years, there have been plenty to be found in Pixar's big-screen cartoon adventures: from the Mike Wazowski antenna ball in Wall-E that pays tribute to Monsters, Inc. to the famed animation house's iconic Luxo Jr. ball that appears in a little girl's bedroom in Up while the balloon-festooned house flies by her window. And Brave is certainly no exception. So what hidden gems can be had in Pixar's latest 3-D computer-generated fantasy? MORE: Brave is No Incredibles—But See the Latest Pixar Flick Anyway, Because: Bagpipes! Eagle-eyed moviegoers will be able to catch a couple of fun homages. The first comes courtesy of the Witch, the eccentric old hag disguised as a woodcarver who gives our flame-haired heroine Merida the magical spell that transforms her mother. The Witch shows off her mysterious fortune-telling powers by displaying a carved figurine, which just so happens to be the infamous Pizza Planet truck, the classic … [Read more...] about Brave New Secrets: Movie’s Easter Eggs Revealed!