Series 7, Reality TV To The Extreme, by Michelle Alexandria

Series 7″” will be one of the most controversial and talked about films of the spring movie season. This dead on spoof of reality television, asks and answers the question, “”how far will reality television go?”” “”Series 7″” stands for a weekend marathon of a fictional television show called “”The Contender””. Each week on the “”Contender”” five people are selected at random and given guns. The object of the game – simple, “”kill or be killed””. The contestants are forced to hunt each other down. The winner lives to appear in the next episode, while the losers, well… Many will watch this film thinking there’s no way television would ever do something like this, well guess what? There is talk of several take offs on a “”Series 7″” type of show already in pre-production. Of course people will not be killed in real life, but the variations on this theme are eerily similar. Several months ago we conducted a fun wide ranging interview with “”Series 7″” director Daniel Minahan and the movie’s star Brooke Smith who many will remember as the kidnapped girl from “”Silence of The Lambs.”” The two were gracious enough to give us their time for an exclusive, unfortunately our tape of this interview mysteriously disappeared, therefore the interview below is an detailed in-depth interview that Daniel conducted for the “”Series 7″” press kit. If we ever track down the allusive tape that contains our exclusive, we will bring that to you as soon as possible. In the meantime enjoy this excellent Q and A.

THE CONCEPTIONQ: What is a “”series 7″”?A: It

Cheech Marin, Hollywood Vet Still Going Strong, EM Interview by Cathy Areu Jones

As part of Cheech and Chong, the comic duo which rejoiced in a world of marijuana-smoking and ignorance, Mexican-American actor Cheech Marin, 55, and his partner Tommy Chong, were the counter-culture icons in the 70s and early 80s. The duo won a Grammy Award in 1973, put out records that went gold, and made six movies (which are now top weekend movie rentals). In 1984, the pair, which had met in a Canadian topless bar, split up. What happened? According to Marin, it

Colleen Haskell, From Survivor to Hollywood, by Tiffany N. D’Emidio

Colleen Haskell first burst into the headlines by being one of the original Survivors in the CBS series, “”Survivor””. This CBS show became more than a television show, it became a way of life and cultural phenomenon for over 30 million television viewers a week.

Viewers watched Colleen eat rats, bugs, and use political savvy to backstab her fellow “”Survivor”” cast mates – although Colleen became known as the “”nice one”” from the show. Colleen is one of the many cast members to parlay their fifteen minutes of fame into what they hope will become a long lasting career in the spotlight. After surviving, “”Survivor”” how difficult can it be to face the beasts known as Hollywood Movie Executives. Now that’s a jungle. In her first feature, Colleen plays Rianna, a kind-hearted animal lover, in the new Columbia Pictures, Rob Schneider comedy “”The Animal””. Recently, we sat down with Colleen, to discuss her new role in the comedy.EMLast year you were on one of the top-rated

Moulin Rouge – Dance Hall Days, by Ken Rosenberg

Moulin Rouge – Dance Hall DaysSet in bohemian 1900 Paris, the Moulin Rouge is a decadent, garish nightclub-cum-dancehall-cum-bordello, a fin-de-siecle Studio 54 where can-can dancers shake a ruffled tail feather and sultry, breathy chanteuse Satine (Nicole Kidman) descends from the rafters on a swing. Director Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet) uses wild camera angles, frenetic pacing, and restless, jumpy editing to create a whirling, kaleidoscopic visual spectacle, but the preoccupation with eye candy supersedes character development and quashes empathy.

EM Special Report – Hollywood Goes To War, by Nelson Ackerdo

War is perhaps the most psychologically turbulent of all human experiences. Few other events in the course of a human life can evoke and polarize such a wide gamut of emotions. War makes us feel deeply the grip of fear, hatred, love, betrayal, excitement, pride, and much more.

Filmmakers have not been oblivious to this emotional minefield. They have in fact charged full speed through it over the last century, each time hoping to trigger an explosion of emotion in the millions affected or fascinated by war. On national days of remembrance, such as Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, millions of people mark the holidays by squeezing in a visit to a war memorial

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