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It Will be Legen – wait for it -DARY! NPH Will Host The 2015 Oscars®!

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Master of Ceremonies specialist Neil Patrick Harris, veteran of many Tony Awards shows; star of stage, screen and television and singer-dancer-actor triple-threat par excellence, has been selected to host the 2015 Academy Awards.

I am officially so tickled I could just PLOTZ! Follow the jump for details. The 87th Annual Academy Awards® will air on ABC, Sunday, February 22, 2015.

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Skepticism Colors Hollows Groves!

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Hollows Groves, a movie about a behind-the-scenes look at a Ghost Hunters type of reality series, was spawned by writer/director Craig Efros’ skepticism – not of the supernatural, but of the hi-tech ‘smoke and mirrors’ that can be used to make the audience believe that those kinds of paranormal investigators are actually encountering paranormal activity.

The result is a film that asks if such investigators really believe in what they’re doing and, if not, what might happen if they actually encountered something supernatural?

Hollows Grove stars Lance Henriksen and Mykelti Williamson and will be released on VOD through iTunes and www.hollowsgrove.com on Tuesday, October 21st. Follow the jump for details.

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CIFF: The Real Deal!

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After seeing twenty films in eight days, I can confirm that Movie Maker got it right. The 15th Calgary International Film Festival was definitely an crowd pleaser. Featuring World, North American and Canadian premieres (in the case of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, pictured above – both the 2D and 3D North American premieres), as well as films with huge awards buzz (like Whiplash and Foxcatcher), and an emphasis on Canadian and Albertan films, CIFF’s programmers put together a selection that genuinely had something for everyone.

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Clip: Apropos of Nothing–POPEYE!!!

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What you are about to see is not a trailer, nor will it appear in Sony Animation’s Popeye 3D next year. What it is is a little animation test that director Genndy Tartakovsky has chosen to share with us.

It certainly looks like he nailed it! Check it out after the jump. Popeye 3D is currently scheduled for a 2015 release.

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Calgary International Film Festival Celebrates Its Fifteenth Run And I Get To Be There!

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I am about to do something crazy – over the course of eleven days, between September 18th and 28th, I am going to try to see way too many movies from around the world and tell you about them.

Why? Because the Calgary International Film Festival is about to begin – and because, although it may not have the cachet of the Toronto International Film Festival, it has, over fourteen editions, provided a host of noteworthy films that have gone on to win awards, rack up critical acclaim and achieve hit or cult status everywhere. More following the jump.

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10 Movie-Based Video Games That Got It Right

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Adaptations can be a straight-up crapshoot. Whether it’s a movie or television series based on a novel, a comic book based on a movie, a movie based on a video game—or any flipside of those examples—you’d be right to feel apprehensive going into the experience. Too often, we’re left wondering why (aside from money) screenwriters, directors, developers, and authors have trouble taking something of high (or at least decent) quality and making something in another medium of equal (or perhaps greater) quality. Too often these projects are rushed or simply muddy the message of the original piece of art, which leaves us as the audience feeling ripped off.

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Cool Teaser: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1!

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At last! The first Mockingjay teaser with more than President Snow’s propaganda babblings! Apparently, it brought down the house at comic-Con 2014. Check it out after the jump.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 premieres on November 21st.

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Regal Cinema Launches 4DX This Weekend!

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To refresh your memory 4DX is an immersive, interactive theater experience that makes you feel like you are in the movie. Seats move and shake, and the environment (rain, smells, etc) changes based on what’s happening in the movie.  I was in Vegas in March when South Korean company CJ4DPlex (they need a better company name) unveiled their partnership with Regal Cinema and AEG Live to bring their new 4DX theater technology to the US. The fruits of their labor is now upon us as Regal officially launches the technology on 4 screens this weekend in one of their flagship theaters – Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. 

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Brings the FUN Back to Theaters

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I always say that it is ok for Critics to have a bias when we walk into a theater, a good movie will be good regardless of your initial opinion, a truly great movie has the ability to turn you into a fan and change your mood. To make glad you dragged yourself out to the theater. Yeah, I know people are whining and complaining about Transformers, but are people complaining about the movie or just projecting their irrational hatred and jealousy of Michael Bay onto the film? He knows his audience and delivers everything a fan of this franchise could want and more.

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