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Some pretty interesting reviews/comments of "What the Bleep Do We Know!?":

'This film is even more pretentious than it is boring. And it is stupefyingly boring - unless, of course, you are fooled by its New Age fakery, in which case it might indeed be - as many innocent dupes have stated - "life-changing".'

'...unfortunately, early references in the film to quantum physics are not followed through, leading to a confused message ... may lead people to think that quantum properties, which describe matter at a very small scales, are equally applicable at large scales.'

'I have spent my entire working life either doing science or conveying its meaning and beauty to the public. Consequently, I despise What the Bleep Do We Know!?, because it distorts science to fit its own agenda, it is full of half-truths and misleading analogies, and some of its so-called scientific claims are downright lies. Worse still, having achieved cult status in America, this film has already duped millions into mistaking pure claptrap for something of cosmic importance.'

'Overall, if you manage to stay awake, you'll be exposed to such ludicrous extrapolations from microphysics that you may emerge expecting electrons to have vaginas.' | Higher | The minds boggle

Like it or not, modern cinema can be divided into pre-Star Wars and post-Star Wars, so pivotal is the space epic that enters its final orbit on Sunday.
As the curtain falls on possibly the most successful film series ever, the industry is divided over whether George Lucas's galactic clash between good and evil was the film industry's champion or its nemesis.
Some argue it turned Hollywood into a commercial beast with no regard for artistic merit. Star Wars, it is said, used technology that undermined fundamental principles of acting.
Others contest that the six-part movie marathon brought millions of new viewers to theaters the world over, recognized the power of a film's score and wowed audiences in a fresh way.

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  Star Flops

Everyone makes mistakes. Luke Skywalker rushed out of Jedi training. Han Solo should have paid his debts on time. And yes, Star Wars fanatics, even George Lucas has occasionally blundered. As Darth Vader said: "Search your know it to be true."


Being director, creator and all-around deity of the Star Wars universe isn't an easy job; Lucas has to oversee a wealth of movies, toys, television shows, books, magazines, games and more. It's only natural that some of those ideas turn out to be as rotten as Jabba the Hutt.


Besides, the Force is strong in this one. When George Lucas screws up, it's a powerful mistake. No half measures for this auteur--he's not just going to make an ill-conceived television special. He'll make the worst show ever. And it doesn't help that there are millions of crazed fans ready to pounce on the slightest slipup.

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The new Star Wars film is a "bloodbath" which deserves its parental guidance PG-13 rating, a critic has said after an early screening of the movie.

Revenge of the Sith is the first Star Wars movie to receive a cautionary PG-13 rating in the US.

Associated Press writer David Germain described its action as "relentless".

"It includes sequences more dark and disturbing than anything previously seen in the tragic Skywalker soap opera," he said.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | New Star Wars movie 'a bloodbath'

For those who griped that the "Star Wars" movies have been too kiddie, here comes "Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith." The flick will be the first PG-13 movie of the series, and not only features Anakin Skywalker's bloody mutilation, but also (SPOILER ALERT!) his taking a light saber to the junior Jedis in training. It happens off camera, though.

Chatting Wednesday at George Lucas' scenic Skywalker Ranch north of San Francisco, where the movie was unveiled to journalists the previous night, producer Rick McCallum came up with an interesting analogy for Anakin's actions.

Chicago Tribune | Dark lords: Anakin, Affleck

In the sector of planet Earth known as Hollywood, it was business as usual on the Paramount back lot. On a sunny day in early March, green-skinned aliens with zippers embedded in their faces were eating catered lunches, stagehands were disassembling lighting rigs labeled "Thorium Isotope Hazard," and all were doing their best to ignore the fact that the warp engines on the starship Enterprise would soon be shut down, perhaps never to start up again. "Welcome," a security guard said with heavy irony, "to the last days of Pompeii."

On May 13, UPN will broadcast the final two episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise," the most recent spinoff of the genre-defining science-fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry nearly 40 years ago. The scenes filmed in March will bring closure to the story of a futuristic space vessel and its intrepid crew, but the end of "Enterprise" also casts into doubt the future of a venerable entertainment property that is entering a realm where no franchise has gone before.

Almost from the moment it was canceled by NBC in 1969, the original "Star Trek" set about defying television conventions: a three-season dud in prime time, it became a success in syndication, spawning a series of motion pictures, a merchandising empire, and three television sequels (the syndicated hits "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager," which helped start the UPN network in 1995).

The New York Times > Arts > Television > Its Long Trek Over, the Enterprise Pulls Into Dry Dock

Boy Scouts in Hong Kong now can earn merit badges for learning about the wonders of copyright law--at least the version described by the Motion Picture Association.

The MPA, the Hong Kong Scout Association, and the Hong Kong government announced the program this week. It's the first of its type anywhere in the world.

"The Intellectual Property Badge Award Program will provide thousands of young people--future leaders--with a better understanding of the value of intellectual property and of the importance of protecting it," Mike Ellis, senior vice president of the MPA, said in a press release.

It's not unprecedented for one industry to create a merit badge. The Boy Scouts currently offers a long list of badges including "American Business," "American Labor," "Auto Mechanics," "Electronics," "Law," and "Nuclear Science."

Hollywood creates Boy Scout merit badge on copyright | | CNET

The makers of television's Trailer Park Boys announced plans Thursday to turn the series into a feature film.

The big-screen offering will star the show's original cast -- Robb Wells as Ricky, John Paul Tremblay as Julian, and Mike Smith as Bubbles -- and is set to land in theatres in the summer of 2006.

Comedy veteran Ivan Reitman, best known for directing movies like Ghostbusters and Meatballs, will serve as the film's executive producer. Series creator Mike Clattenburg will direct.

The story of three lovable losers who are never able to scheme their way out of the fictitious Sunnyvale trailer park, the show kicked off its fifth season on Showcase earlier this month.

CBC Arts: Will 'Trailer Park Boys' fly as a movie?

Two Star Wars TV series will follow the latest movie in the hit film franchise, director George Lucas has said.

Animated show Clone Wars, currently broadcast as three-minute episodes, will become "a 3D animated" series of 30-minute shows, he said.

It would be followed by a live-action series featuring characters from the six Star Wars movies, he added.

"We're probably not going to start that for about a year," he told a Star Wars convention in Indianapolis.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Star Wars to become new TV series

A French court convicted Franck Le Calvez of fraud on Wednesday for claiming he created the Disney animated character Nemo.
Le Calvez -- who claimed that the title character from the animated hit Finding Nemo was based on a clown fish named Pierrot that he invented -- was ordered to pay the equivalent of about $100,000 in damages and legal fees.
The court found that Nemo was created first, and that Le Calvez

CBC Arts: Author in 'Nemo' case committed fraud: court

The NDP government is ponying up nearly $1.8 million to buy a Winnipeg sound stage that has been swimming in red ink. The bailout is being praised by the film industry, but called another example of corporate welfare by critics.

Culture Minister Eric Robinson said yesterday there was too much at stake to let Prairie Production Centre go belly up.

Winnipeg Sun: NEWS - NDP to sink $1.8M in failing film studio

Coming soon to America's West Coast: a unique film festival designed to appeal to those who enjoy the voyeuristic embarrassment of catching a neighbor playing air guitar or relish the contrived story lines of corporate training videos.

The Found Footage Festival is filled with home movies, bizarre personal videos, industrial films and bad public-access shows, all discovered in such prime locales as thrift stores, dumpsters and garage sales.

Wired News: Finding Gold in Found Video

IMAX theaters in several Southern cities have decided not to show a film on volcanoes out of concern that its references to evolution might offend those with fundamental religious beliefs.

"We've got to pick a film that's going to sell in our area. If it's not going to sell, we're not going to take it," said Lisa Buzzelli, director of an IMAX theater in Charleston that is not showing the movie. "Many people here believe in creationism, not evolution."

The film, "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," makes a connection between human DNA and microbes inside undersea volcanoes. - IMAX theaters reject film over evolution - Mar 23, 2005

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has again turned its focus north of the border by hosting its second annual showcase of new Canadian cinema.

Laurence Kardish, senior curator of MoMA's film and media department, made the selections for Canadian Front: New Films 2005.

"A certain wildness, not usually associated with Canada, is a feature of this year's edition of new narrative works from up north. Behaviour is not circumspect but virtually out-of-control in fascinating ways," Kardish said about his selections in a statement. "Performances are strong, bold and brave."

CBC Arts: MoMA to showcase Canadian film

London in 1866 might seem a strange time and place for a Katsuhiro Otomo film. In 1988, this legend of manga and anime set a new standard for futuristic cinema with his Akira, a post-apocalyptic tale set in Tokyo in 2019.

If Akira refined our notions of science fiction, Otomo's new film, Steamboy, expands them.

Wired News: Steamboy Rages Against Machines

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon is preparing to bring to life another formidable female character in his latest movie endeavor.

Whedon as signed to write and direct "Wonder Woman," a live-action film adaptation of the DC Comics character, for Warner Bros. Pictures. (Warner Bros. and DC Comics are units of Time Warner, as is CNN.) - 'Buffy' creator doing 'Wonder Woman' - Mar 17, 2005

Spring in a Small Town, a 1948 love story set in the ruins of the Japanese occupation, has been ranked as the best Chinese film ever made.

The Hong Kong Film Awards Association released a ranking of the top 100 films in Chinese on Monday.

The second best film is A Better Tomorrow, a 1986 Hong Kong movie about police battling gangsters.

CBC Arts: Top 100 Chinese films ranked

To be fair, if Pixar's phenomenal animated works didn't exist, the eye-popping and sensational Robots would probably seem like a mind-blowing exercise in style and concept. But as a storytelling vehicle, Robots doesn't compare well even to Toy Story, which was made in the olden days of computer-generated animation (1995, to be exact).

Wired News: Robots a Bit Too Mechanical

The trailer for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith made its world premiere last night during the airing of The O.C. on FOX. Anticipation, as always, was high and the new preview was instantly met with a mix of giddy excitement and skeptical critiquing in the fan community. The predominant feeling seems to be one of cautious optimism, with fans awed by the trailer remembering how they felt the same way after the previews for the previous prequel films only to be disappointed by the final product.

Star Wars: Last Star Wars Trailer Debuts

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is in preliminary talks to write and direct the next instalment in the long-running Friday the 13th horror franchise.

Although Tarantino, the man behind such films as Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, has made plenty of bloody movies, he has never directed a full-on horror picture.

The Friday the 13th series features Jason Voorhees, a vicious murderer known for wearing a hockey mask and wielding a machete. Jason's trademark is killing teens as they are about to have sex.

CBC Arts: Quentin Tarantino to take on Jason?

George Lucas, the director behind Star Wars, is set to receive a lifetime-achievement award tailor-made for him.

Lucas has been named the recipient of a "galactic-achievement award," a prize designed to recognize the impact of his big-screen sci-fi saga, which kicked off in 1977 and will come to a close this year with the release of Revenge of the Sith.

Lucas will be given the honour at ShoWest, a convention of theatre owners in Las Vegas that is a yearly tradition for members of the entertainment industry.

"This unique award celebrates the enduring popularity of the Star Wars movies and the enormous impact and influence they have had on audiences and popular culture," Mitch Neuhauser, a ShoWest organizer, said on Tuesday.

CBC Arts: Lucas honoured for 'galactic achievement'

Local filmmaker Chris Landreth won an Academy Award Sunday for his animated short film Ryan.

The film tells the story of Ryan Larkin, a pioneer of Canadian animation who later became a panhandler on the streets of Montreal.

"I am here tonight because of the grace and humility of a guy watching from Montreal," Landreth said accepting his award.

CBC Toronto - Toronto director wins animation Oscar

Uh oh! That other jolly green giant could be in trouble. Shrek 2 is the latest animated film title to be "outed'' by Christian fundamentalists in the U.S.

On its website the Traditional Values Coalition is warning parents about the cross-dressing and transgender themes contained in the hit DreamWorks feature, now on DVD. | Anti-gay religious group targets Shrek 2

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