Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

He and eventually his son editor-published the fancifully named Eagle Grove Eagle for more than 50 years, with a decade or so therein featuring my father as everything from a printers devil to a sportswriter covering his own exploits on the local gridiron. Ultimately Barnes father left the newspaper and moved into teaching journalism. The family newspaper was gone, but Barnes couldnt help himself and worked as a writer for most of his career. He says that he has mostly labored semi-blissfully on Metro desks in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Barnes just loves newspaper movies, with his favorite newsroom-centered movies based at big-city dailies. His top three picks? Deadline USA. Stars Bogie. Thirty (or -30-). It is Jack Webb-infused. It has numerous campy highlights, including Dave Nelson brother of Rickie as a frisky copy boy who during a mailroom scene gets in trouble for performing bongos-accompanied jazz poetry. The Paper. This movie was released just as newsrooms were beginning to re-purpose their morgues (file drawers crammed with clippings) as electronic archives. The movie has an all-star cast of all the usual newsroom suspects with a lively get-that-story storyline, and even today is highly watchable, at least to anyone who remembers when dead-tree editions ruled the world. Here is Barnes full list of newsroom-centered movies in chronological order, and slightly annotated. Barnes points out one more notable movie entitled To Inform and To Serve.

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Trust The Talent The average moviegoer isn’t going to be able to tell you who Alfonso Cuaron is or that he made arguable the best “Harry Potter” movie and one of the best movies period from the previous decade, “Children of Men.” For studio execs, it’s their job to know that sort of thing and use that information to make business decisions. While investing in Cuaron was by no means as simple as good business sense he hasn’t made a commercial hit outside of “Potter” it was a move by Warner Bros. to trust that quality filmmaking can perform just like something with brand recognition, and in the case of “Gravity,” be more memorable for it. It Doesn’t Take $250 Million Part of the trade-off of funding a movie based on an original concept from an acclaimed director with largely untested box-office drawing power is that the budget doesn’t balloon as high as it does for something like “The Lone Ranger.” “Gravity” cost $100 million to make, and the money was spent in the right places. Cuaron cast two of today’s biggest stars and essentially everything else went into state-of-the-art technology. And all the effects were essential to the story and innovative enough to make audiences feel like hadn’t seen anything like it before. It Doesn’t Take Two And A Half Hours Here is probably the easiest lesson for other studio films to learn from. A movie can seem even more impressive if it tells a compelling story within the span of 90 minutes. The non-stop tension of “Gravity” combined with its tight running time affected the overall experience of watching the film because the immediacy of the danger wouldn’t have felt as real if you were checking your watch at the two-hour mark, trying to figure out when this thing would end. Making a film that is as big as “Gravity” in only 90 minutes shows that Cuaron wanted this story which in essence is pretty simple to be stripped down only to the essential elements. People Will Come… Marketing departments for film studios have been programmed to believe certain things about their intended targets. Often TV ads are edited in a way to make the film appear to be something it’s not.

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The 12-day movie showcase opens Wednesday with “Captain Phillips,” a drawn-from-life thriller starring Hanks as a cargo ship captain held captive by Somali pirates. In the festival’s closer, “Saving Mr. Banks,” Hanks plays a very different real-life figure Walt Disney, sparring with British writer P.L. Travers over the movie adaptation of her children’s classic “Mary Poppins.” The film has its world premiere in London on Oct. 20. Artistic director Clare Stewart said the double dose of Hanks was “a happy accident.” The 57th London Film Festival offers 234 features and 134 shorts, as well as a lineup of stars including Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Daniel Radcliffe. Founded in 1957 to show the best of world cinema to a British audience, the festival has recently tried to carve out a place on the international movie calendar with bigger pictures and more glittering stars. “Captain Phillips” is one of several films in the lineup already generating awards-season buzz; others include Alfonso Cuaron’s space odyssey “Gravity,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s folk saga “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Steve McQueen’s powerful historical drama “12 Years A Slave.” Stewart, in her second year as festival chief, hopes to make London a more important stop for movies during Hollywood’s ever-expanding awards season. Stewart said one of her goals is to draw attention to “films that might be quite surprising and are not on people’s radar already.” She’s particularly excited about John Curran’s “Tracks,” starring Mia Wasikowska as a woman who walks across the Australian Outback, and “We Are the Best,” Lukas Moodysson’s tale of an all-female punk band in 1980s’ Sweden. “Our official competition gives us the opportunity to shed light on some films that might be positioning themselves for some of the performing awards in awards season, or for some of the foreign-language prizes,” Stewart said. The festival will hand out prizes for best picture, best first feature, best documentary and best British newcomer at an Oct.

The 15 Best Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix Instant

Since this is the 21st century, you know what that means: its time to fire up Netflix Instant to stream some horror movies thatll get you in the Halloween spirit. Netflix Instant has a solid library of horror movies, but youve got to get your priorities straight. Halloween only comes once a year, so dont waste your time with something thatll just disappoint you. Make these 15 films your top priority. 15 One of the downsides of browsing Netflix for horror movies is skimming past all of the cheap, direct-to-video garbage that’s ended up on there. However, nestled amongst all of the random junk that you’ve never heard of are a few unknown gems. ‘The Signal’ is one of them. A three-part anthology made by a handful of different directors, the film follows the aftermath of a devastating event where a strange, unknown signal transformed countless people into murderous lunatics. Although the three stories center around the same ideas and characters, each has a distinctive tone and style, making ‘The Signal’ the rare horror anthology to tell a complete feature-length story. ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’ After he made ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ but before he bounced back into the mainstream with ‘Scream,’ director Wes Craven made this nasty little movie that challenges everything you think you know about zombie cinema. ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’ follows the always-great Bill Pullman as he ventures to Haiti for noble reasons and discovers himself in the center of a voodoo plot. Black magic, mystical zombies and genital torture ensues. This is a dirty and crazy movie, one of the best things Craven directed, but it tends to only be talked about by serious horror buffs. Let yourself in on the conversation.