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1. Milwaukee Film open call for entries for 2015 festival
Attention, Milwaukee filmmakers. Milwaukee Film is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24-Oct. 8. For the fourth year in a row, the festival is offering free submission for all films and is promising to award at least $16,000 in cash awards this year.
2. "Jodorowsky's Dune" finds hope and success in a Hollywood failure
By most definitions, director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's "Dune" to the big screen in the mid-'70s was a failure. The filmmaker's furiously inventive and imaginative movie never made it to the big screen, but man ... what a trip it would've been, at least certainly judging by Frank Pavich's hypnotically fascinating documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," showing tonight at 7 p.m. at the UWM Union Theatre.
3. "'71": Punishment for its star, pulse-pounding thrills for its audience
I'm starting to get concerned about Jack O'Connell. First there was "Starred Up," in which he plays a violent prison inmate; then he starred in the two-hour beatdown-palooza that was "Unbroken." And now there's "'71," which doesn't even get five seconds in before it's punching O'Connell in the face and dragging him through mud. If he insists on essentially self-flagellating on screen, though, at least it's in the service of a quite good movie.
4. Gousha talks media, Milwaukee and more Thursday morning
On Thursday morning, March 19, you have the opportunity to hear Mike Gousha talk about Milwaukee, media and more.
5. NeverBeast deserved this film's ending
"Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" came out on Blu-ray combo pack last week. Most of us older than say the age of 12 will love this film. And it isn't because of Tinker Bell or her friends who live in Pixie Hollow.
6. Report: Miller High Life Guy actor Windell Middlebrooks dies at 36
TMZ is reporting that actor Windell Middlebrooks died today. The actor was most famous for his recurring ad campaign role as the Miller High Life Guy, a straight-talking delivery man who preached the values of the true "high life" and would revoke the beer in situations deemed unworthy.
7. Former Milwaukee hotel GM basks in "The Bachelor" limelight in Iowa
Dwight Hopfauf is a former Milwaukee resident and the former assistant general manger at Milwaukee's Hilton City Center in Downtown. These days he's basking in "The Bachelor" limelight at Hotel Julien Dubuque.
8. "Sofia" may brighten a cold and gloomy day
Too much snow, ice and cold get you down? "Sofia The First Holiday In Enchancia" DVD may be perfect for the youngest ones we bundle up in sweaters, blankets and big poofy jackets.
9. Everything is local!: Milwaukee native Schrab pegged for "The Lego Movie Sequel"
"The Lego Movie Sequel" made headlines yesterday announcing its newly appointed director: Rob Schrab, a veteran of TV shows like "The Mindy Project," "Children's Hospital" and, most notably, NBC's beloved cult hit "Community." He also wrote the indie hit comic book "Scud: The Disposable Assassin." Oh, and he's also from Wisconsin! Everything is local! Everything is cool when you're from Milwaukee!
10. Oscar-winning "Big Hero 6" now out on Blu-ray
There is little question why "Big Hero 6" won an Oscar on Sunday night. The animated movie, which comes out on Blu-ray combo pack today, has something special that can be expected out of a Disney Animation movie as much as it special sticking to its comic book origin.
11. "Alexander" Blu-ray makes you rethink your own bad days
For those who saw "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," and those who haven't, the Blu-ray is a perfect pickup for a family movie night. It is rated PG, so make sure kids are an age to handle this kind of comedy.
12. 9 funny people who could (and should) host "The Daily Show" after Jon Stewart
I decided to create a small list of funny people that I'd personally like to see take the "The Daily Show" reigns after Stewart officially steps down later this year.
13. "101 Dalmatians" Blu-ray release full of history, great for Valentine's Day
When Disney releases "101 Dalmatians" today on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, it won't be the first time the animated modern tale was presented.
14. Brian Williams may not recover from lies
What Brian Williams did was wrong, but why he may have done it is understandable. The NBC news anchor was caught in a lie.
15. Radio League updates streaming app
The audience for digital streaming audio - whether the content is from a local broadcaster or national outlet - is growing. Interestingly, the growth hasn't come at the detriment of local radio outlets.
16. Would you wear it: shark suit edition
Whether you liked it or not, tons of people were talking about the "shark suits" featured in Katy Perry's half time performance during the Super Bowl. Would you wear it?
17. A very good "TV" show you haven't heard of
There's a very well-done 61 minute show that you very well may not know about. Thankfully, you have me to tell you about it. Well, and Amazon.
18. Milwaukee Film Festival announces 2015 dates
This morning, the Milwaukee Film Festival announced the official dates of its upcoming 2015 edition. The 15-day extravaganza of movies, short movies, educational movie screenings, post-movie conversations and panel discussions - likely about movies - will run from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Thursday, Oct. 8.
19. Amazon Studios aims to produce and acquire original movies
Amazon Studios announced earlier today that it will produce and acquire original films for theatrical release and, of course, for Amazon Prime Instant Video service.
20. The 2015 Oscar nominations are in
Bright and early this morning, the joint forces of Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuaron and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs prattled off the 2015 Oscar nominees. "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" lead the pack with nine nominations for each - including Best Picture nods for both.
21. Celebrate Orson Welles' 100th birthday this May in Kenosha
Born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha, legendary director, writer, producer, and actor Orson Welles altered the mediums of theatre, radio and film. Nearly 30 years after his death, his influence is still felt around the world and many consider his 1941 film "Citizen Kane" to be the best ever made. The city, along with Citizen Welles Society of Kenosha, will commemorate his centennial year with a series of events designed to engage, entertain, and inspire, much like what Welles accomplished throughout his career.
22. TV midseason: 10 new series to watch
Whether you like family drama, married couples, cop shows, a loner, a dubious lawyer, or superheroes, there's bound to be a series premiering soon that'll capture your attention. Here are ten shows to keep an eye on over the next three months.
23. Mike Rowe, CNN show in Milwaukee
CNN and its show "Somebody's Gotta Do It," hosted by Mike Rowe, will be in Milwaukee on Wednesday to tape a segment of the show.
24. TV midseason: what's new and what's coming back
From the final seasons of NBC's "Parenthood" and "Parks and Recreation" to the return of "House of Cards," "Girls," "Modern Family," and more to the series premieres of "Backstrom," "Last Man on Earth," and "Togetherness," there's a lot to watch and keep up with. I've compiled a TV calendar to track all the midseason returns of your favorites along with upcoming season and series premieres.
25. The desperately modern "Annie" is cinematic artificial sweetener
Before the movie's going to congratulate itself for nixing its namesake, it ought to replace or reinvent it with something at least a little bit better. And unfortunately, this new "Annie" - encased in layers of fake sugary pop-song gloss and forced modernity - isn't all that much of an improvement.