Percy Jackson – Special Movies With Special Effects

At the utopian fun-house otherwise known as Camp Half-Blood, life for Percy Jackson (Lerman) and his ilk is groovy. But he gets a not-so-welcome surprise one day when introduced to his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith). To add to his shock (but not awe), Tyson is a cyclops! Soon enough, their idyll is shattered when they are attacked by what can be best described as a rampaging, mechanical bull. The bull manages to breach their shield. The shield was supported by a magical tree created by Zeus when his daughter Thalia Grace (Kwiatkowski), who met her maker after a bloody battle went wrong, was poisoned.

After the bull is turned to scrap metal, the perpetrator is found to be LukeCastellan (Abel), a rather angry young lad sporting a sulky expression like a kid does when denied his dinner. Luke, for no particular reason, wants to turn Mount Olympus into rubble. But the flaxen haired Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) keeps having brainwaves throughout the film. When she isn’t having brainwaves, she seems to love to hug Percy, presumably to boost his confidence levels and harden his resolve, which often wanes.

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She realizes that only the Golden Fleece can restore the tree to health and in doing so, save all of them too. But the camp’s boozy director, aptly named Dionysus (Tucci), sends the God of War’s daughter, the impossibly bitchy Clarisse La Rue (LevenRambin), to find it instead. Not to be outdone, Percy gathers his gang – Annabeth, Tyson and Grover Underwood (Jackson) – to locate the Golden Fleece on his own.

The best thing about this predictable film is undoubtedly the special effects. For want of anything better, Sea of Monsters is a mishmash of various similar films in this genre and a passable potpourri of Greek mythology retold with a contemporary veneer.

Expect the Making of Man Of Steel Sequel By Early 2014

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The much awaited sequel of ‘Man of Steel’, which would put Batman and Superman opposite each other, will reportedly go into production in early 2014.

The blockbuster is due to hit the box office in July 2015 and is set to be shot in Detroit, Michigan, which would double as Clark Kent’s home city of Metropolis, Metro.co.uk reported.

The flick will see Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman, alongside Ben Affleck as the newest incarnation of Batman.

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Bryan Cranston of ‘Breaking Bad’ is also rumoured to be joining the cast as Lex Luthor for the sequel.

The Frozen Ground

Robert Hansen may not have the kind of recall value as other serial killers do, but his handiwork is no less terrible. Currently serving 461 years in prison, Hansen would kidnap, repeatedly rape and then brutally shoot his victims (numbering 17 to 21) after releasing them in the wilds of Alaska in the early ’80s.

In this true story, a police officer responds to a distress call from a motel one night and finds an almost hysterical Cindy cowering in a bathroom, handcuffed and bleeding. She is questioned but DA Pat Clives ( Kurt Fuller) later trashes the theory that Hansen’s a suspect.

Her story then reaches State Trooper Jack Halcombe (Cage), whose gut instinct tells him Hansen intended Cindy to be his latest victim. Jack’s wife Allie (Mitchell) plays the stereotypical cop’s wife, who’s more bothered about whether her husband bought the groceries.

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Following his instincts, Jack takes Cindy under his wing and along with Sgt. Lyle Haugsven (Norris) carefully connects the dots to get the killer. Jack has to protect Cindy no matter what but nabbing Hansen isn’t easy. He has the perfect alibi – the facade of an all-American life with a loving wife, kids and a flourishing bakery business.

Hudgens makes you empathize with her character; her performance is surprisingly remarkable. The location (Alaska) lends a lot to the film’s tone. The close-ups are stark, yet emotive. Walker eschews creative licence in favour of keeping the true story in taut focus. Lorne Balfi’s score enhances the visuals. The film does navigate through familiar serial killer-thriller checkpoints but the screenplay does pack in some clever tricks. Scott Walker does not sensationalize Cusack’s Hansen and Cage thankfully reins in his histrionics.

Note: You may not like this film if chilling portrayals of real-life serial killers don’t interest you.

Bonding Between Salman Khan and Ram Charan

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who is shooting for ” Mental” in Hyderabad, paid a visit to the sets of upcoming Telugu action-drama “Yevadu”. He bonded with the film’s lead actor Ram Charan Teja and even appreciated some of his dance moves.

Salman visited the sets Tuesday.

“Salman and Charan spent quality time on the sets. The team was giving final touches to a song featuring Ram. When Salman saw Charan dancing, he was awestruck. He personally appreciated him for his dance moves,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

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It was not long ago that Ram Charan took home-cooked food for Salman.

“Ram visited the sets of ‘Mental’ a few days back with home-cooked food for Salman. When Ram was shooting for ‘Zanjeer’ in Mumbai, Salman did the same,” the source added.

Salman has been shooting in the city for “Mental”, which is a Hindi remake of Telugu film “Stalin” featuring Chiranjeevi.

Oh Sweet Lorraine – Fred Stobaugh, A New YouTube Sensation

Fred Stobaugh, a 96-year-old man from Peoria, Illinois has quickly become the latest viral video sensation.

Stobaugh entered a singer-songwriter competition hosted this summer by a local recording studio, Green Shoe Studio. Although entries were supposed to be uploaded to YouTube for submission, Stobaugh read about the contest in the newspaper and went the old-fashioned route and mailed in a hand-written copy of a song he wrote in dedication to his wife of 72 years, Lorraine, who passed away in April.

“Oh sweet Lorraine, I wish we could do the good times all over again. Oh sweet Lorraine, life only goes around once but never again,” he wrote.

In the entry letter, which the studio detailed in a blog post on their website, Stobaugh explained that he wasn’t a musician and had only written two songs in his life.He added that he doesn’t sing because he “would scare people.”

While Stobaugh didn’t win the competition, he won the hearts of those running the contest and many, many Americans. The studio brought Stobaugh in to record his touching “Sweet Lorraine,” and the video and mini-documentary has attracted more than one million hits on YouTube and is available for purchase on iTunes.

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“This video has spread like wildfire across the world. What a blessing it has been working with Fred,” the studio said on its website. “We love the joy in his eyes when he realizes people are loving his song and are touched by his and Lorraine’s love story.”

Stobaugh says he met Lorraine Pinquel in 1938 when she worked as a carhop at the A&W root beer stand in East Peoria. They dated for two years before marrying in 1940, but shortly before the pair’s wedding anniversary, Lorraine passed away at the age of 91.

“She was just the prettiest girl I ever saw,” Stobaugh says in the video. “Real timid-like…I fell in love with her right there.”

Diana – New Trailer That Reflects The Untold Story

In filming a biographical movie about a modern or historical figure, a director has the opportunity to present a new vantage point of the individual in question: to hone in on little known facts, showcase obscure life chapters, craft the “untold story,” as it were. Or, of course, they can just go for broke and recreate all of the spotlit stuff that made the person famous in the first place. The latter choice seems particularly off base in the Princess Diana biopic Diana, considering it was that very material that resulted in the Princess’ undoing, and then death, back in the late 1990s. The new trailer for the picture doesn’t seem to sink its teeth into Diana’s backstory or humanitarian work, but instead just focuses on the juicy stuff: her affair.

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And while it would be dishonest to craft a movie about England’s Rose without discussing her untimely passing, making one that seems so vehemently focused on the high-profile romance between her and Dr. Hasnat Khan could tread the line of bad taste. The trailer seems to approach the story hungrily, with the same attitude that the paparazzi upheld in their upheaval of the Princess’ secret in the first place. Of course, we’ll have to see how exactly the film itself handles the delicate material — at least it has Naomi Watts going for it.

John Francis – In Jail

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“Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years’ probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nancy L. Newman also ordered the 40-year-old Francis to complete an anger management course and attend 52 sessions of psychological counseling, according to Deputy City Attorney Mitchell Fox.

A jury in May convicted Francis of five misdemeanor charges — three counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

Francis’ attorney Steve Levine said key details of the case were proven to be false in court, and he is appealing the decision.

“Joe has always maintained his innocence,” Levine said. He added that the judge “still came to a very fair and measured decision.”

According to Fox, Francis met three women on Jan. 29, 2011, at a college graduation party at the Supper Club in Hollywood. He grabbed the arm of one of the girls and took her to his limo, and the two others followed, believing they’d be taken to their car. Instead, they ended up in a gated area of Francis’ Bel Air home.

Francis appeared to be interested in one of the women and tried to lead her away, but her friend pulled back, Fox said.

Francis then “jumped on the friend, took her to the ground, choked her, slammed her head against the ground, dragged her across the ground, and when she got back up, did it several more times,” Fox said.

He then apparently told the women they were trespassing and had to leave. The women said they were going to call the police, and Francis yelled to “go ahead and call the police,” the prosecutor said.

Francis told the girls he “owns the police” and that officers wouldn’t arrest him, Fox added.

Judge Newman denied Francis’ request for a new trial Tuesday, but sentenced him to less than the four years in county jail urged by prosecutors.

Levine said Francis would be released from custody soon after posting a $250,000 bond Tuesday. He’ll remain free pending the outcome of the appeal.

The day after Francis was convicted in Los Angeles, he told The Hollywood Reporter that members of the jury were “retarded,” and said “they should all be lined up and shot.”

Francis later apologized for his comments.

“This is one of those cases where being a celebrity did not help him at all,” Levine said.

Francis has had a number of past legal troubles. Last year, a jury found him guilty of defaming casino mogul Steve Wynn on multiple occasions, including on ABC’s national morning show. Francis claimed the creator of some of Las Vegas’ most upscale resorts threatened to kill him over a gambling debt.

Dozens of other lawsuits have targeted Francis, who built a porn empire producing and marketing videos of young women exposing themselves on camera.

via – FoxNews