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You can get $10 unlimited movies with MoviePass, but what's the catch?

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

MoviePass Lets Subscribers See Movies for $10 A Month

Movie theaters are losing millions of customers to Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.

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So they're fighting back with monthly subscription plans like MoviePass, a sort of Netflix in the theater. But is MoviePass worth considering?

>>RELATED: See as many movies as you want for only $10 a month

For just $9.95 a month, you can see a first run movie every day, even movies like the Star Wars' The Last Jedi as soon as they are released. 

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Pros of MoviePass: 

  • Cheap movies. If you see one movie a week, that's just over 2 bucks per movie, a big savings. If you are a real movie lover, who goes several times a week, you can see first run movies for just pennies. 
  • Easy to break even. Go to just one movie per month,and you still break even. 
  • Wide acceptance: Moviepass is now accepted at 90% of theater chains, including AMC, Regal, and Cinemark (though Cinemark has its own similar version, called Movie Club). 
  • No blackout dates. 

Cons of Moviepass: 

The pass does have some downsides, especially if you like to reserve your seats ahead of time, or buy 3 or 4 seats at once to a showing. Downsides include: 

  • No advance purchase: This is the biggest downside. You can't use the app and buy your ticket until you are at your local theater, Which means you can't buy advance seats to a sold out movie. 
  • Risk of sold out movies: If you get to the theater and Last Jedi is sold out, you are out of luck. 
  • No 3D or IMAX movies: If you like 3D, you're out of luck: MoviePass is for only 2D movies right now. 
  • Better for singles than couples: MoviePass is designed for one person to buy one ticket. Couples will want the pass on both phones. And forget about trying to buy a group of tickets for a birthday party. 

Read more details pros and cons in this piece on Variety.com

Analysts say Movie Pass will have to raise prices at some point, because if too many people join it will become a money losing proposition for studios and theaters. 

But until they do its a great deal for movie lovers, so you don't waste your money.

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What’s next for documentary about famous Dayton band?

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Eric Mahoney, a former Daytonian, recently launched a new Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on 1990s band Brainiac. CONTRIBUTED
Brooklyn-based filmmaker Eric Mahoney, a former Daytonian, recently launched a new Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on 1990s band Brainiac. CONTRIBUTED

In 2017, former Daytonian Eric Mahoney started work on his passion project, a documentary on Brainiac. The film explores the beloved Dayton band’s short but powerful career, which was derailed with frontman Tim Taylor’s death in a car accident in May 1997.

Mahoney is financing the documentary himself along with support from crowdfunding. In May 2017, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker raised $40,000 through a successful Kickstarter campaign. He recently launched a second Kickstarter campaign for $20,000, which ends Feb. 22.

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Mahoney, who hopes to have a rough cut before summer, recently answered some questions about the project.

How is work going on the documentary?

It’s going fantastic. In December, we filmed a tribute show in Brooklyn, which was incredible. Then we had a follow-up gig in Dayton, which was equally remarkable. Those performances and experiences really helped extend the narrative and interject some positivity and closure to the story. It’s been an amazing journey doing this project and such an honor for me personally.

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Brainiac — (from left) Tim Taylor, John Schmersal, Juan Monasterio and Tyler Trent — featured in a mid-’90s promotional photo. CONTRIBUTED/FILE(Contributing Writer)

What has been the biggest revelation for you during this project?

The biggest revelation has been that this has somehow provided a sense of closure and healing for the band and for Tim’s family. That has been a completely unexpected byproduct of this film. Almost everyone involved has said to me this has really helped them heal and feel good again about celebrating Tim and the music. That is such a powerful thing and one I didn’t expect to have occur. It gives me such an elevated sense of purpose around this project and makes me personally feel wonderful knowing this film is creating positivity in people’s lives.

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Brainiac, (left to right) Tim Taylor, John Schmersal, Juan Monasterio and Tyler Trent, pictured in a mid- 90s UK promo photo. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

What is Brainiac’s legacy?

It’s just exceptional how influential the band has been. Everyone from the National to the Melvins participated and cited Brainiac as being so inspiring to them as artists. Brainiac’s originality and art should be much more well known, and I hope people will catch wind of that through this film. I also believe this is a remarkable story that regardless of one’s musical tastes will resonate with people on a human level.

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What has been the hardest part so far?

Financing has been tough and that has forced me to be a one-man operation for a lot of the process. I’m eternally grateful for my editor and producing partner, Ian Jacobs, for jumping in unpaid and taking this journey with me. This is absolutely a labor of love and he and I have made some sacrifices taking large amounts of time off to dedicate to the film. It’s 100 percent worth it, though.

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Mr. Incredible stays home? ‘Incredibles 2’ Olympic-sized teaser trailer drops

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

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A still frame "Incredibles 2"(Walt Disney Pictures)

The Olympics were the perfect venue for Disney and Pixar to release their latest installment of “The Incredibles” franchise.

And if you’ve seen any of the teaser images, they’re starting to make sense.

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Recently, they’ve teased fans with Mr. Incredible, voiced by Craig T. Nelson, at an ironing board.

We also know where the super suits are -- in the wash:

But in the sneak peek released during Olympic competition that aired Wednesday evening, we know that roles have been reversed with Elastigirl, voiced by Holly Hunter, leaving the home, and leaving her superhero children in the super hands of her husband, Mr. Incredible.

You also get a glimpse of Jack-Jack’s developing superpowers.

“Incredibles 2” hits the big screen on June 15.

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7 spring break road trips for college kids (inspired by movies)

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

These seven road trip movies were all set or filmed across the U.S. Tybee Island, Georgia, inspired by “Dirty Grandpa” Miami, Florida, inspired by “Baywatch” Los Angeles, inspired “Rain Man” Asheville, North Carolina, inspired by “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” Austin, Texas, inspired by "Honeysuckle Rose” Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, inspired by “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” New Orleans, inspired by “Easy Rider”

Whether you're a genuine college kid taking a break from the books or you're a few years out and trying to recapture those carefree days, it's time for some spring break inspiration.

Why not take a cue from a cinematic adventure?

These seven road trip movies were all set or filmed across the U.S., and offer some reasonable regional spring break trip ideas for the party animal in all of us. Some are new(ish), others are from bygone eras (like the 80s) and all of them will put you in the mood to hit it:

Don't look down, or you just might see Zac Ephron's, ah, naked spring break ambitions in Dirty Grandpa, which was filmed on Tybee Island.(Contributed by Vulture.com/For the AJC)

Tybee Island, Georgia, inspired by “Dirty Grandpa”

Let's just start by getting “Dirty Grandpa”(2016), starring Robert De Niro and Zac Ephron, out of the way. If you haven't been introduced to the time-honored spring break goals of ridiculous amounts of alcohol, beach competitions and unrealistically gorgeous bikini-clad women, take a quick look at this one. What makes it extra-inspiring is that part of the filming happened on Tybee Island, Georgia, and in several Atlanta neighborhoods. While you might not want to bring your bucket-list-completing grandfather with you, you'll definitely be inspired by Ephron's, uh, cajones.

Miami, Florida, inspired by “Baywatch”

In the same vein, but on the other coast, is “Baywatch” (2017), in which the Rock (among others) jogs in slow-mo. What makes it relevant for Southerners is that it was cleverly filmed right here on Tybee Island and in Savannah, Georgia, along with Boca Raton and Miami, Florida. If the cast can make the journey to our fine Southern beaches, so can you. Other spring break goals from Baywatch include beach bodies, intrigue and realizing who on the trip is there just to make you laugh today and who's going to be a friend for life.

Rain Man and his brother/keeper in the 1949 Buick Roadmaster.(Contributed by Mashable.com/For the AJC)

Los Angeles, inspired “Rain Man”

Getting back to actual get-in-the-car-and-take-off road trip movies, there's  “Rain Man” (1988). This classic features Dustin Hoffman as a man living with autism being driven from Cincinnati to L.A. by his brother,  played by Tom Cruise, for nefarious purposes. While that's too many miles for a Southern spring break, drink in the film's road trip message and remember that gambling on cards and on life is more fun when you bring along your sketchiest family member. If you want to see actual filming sights, head up to the Cinncinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport and check out Newport, Covington and Silver Grove, Kentucky.

Asheville, North Carolina, inspired by “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers”

If you prefer less sketchy family adventures, look to “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers”. The Judd Apatow-directed documentary is fresh and hip and involves a series of mini-road trips, including one from Concord to South Hipster Central (aka Asheville) North Carolina. If nothing else, consider the album made during filming, "True Sadness," as the Rockabilly soundtrack for your travels.

Austin, Texas, inspired by Honeysuckle Rose”

For another musical spring break route, how about traveling like the characters in “Honeysuckle Rose” (1980)? No one's going to argue that this Willie Nelson vehicle is great art, but the 80s flick takes you to Country Western strongholds in a big bus with "The life I love is making music with my friends" playing in the background. It was filmed at Padre Island National Seashore and in Austin, Texas, which makes a super spring break itinerary. The movie features a love triangle, but experienced road trippers will tell you to leave that back at the dorm.

Hitchhiking is not good, but how else could Pee-Wee make it to the Alamo for his Big Adventure?(Contributed by quotesgram.com/For the AJC)

Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, inspired by “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”

While we're pondering Texas destinations, how about retracing Pee-Wee's steps as he strives to recover his stolen bike in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985). Diners, a truck driver named Large Marge and roadside attractions galore all lead the way to the Alamo. What's not to love?

New Orleans, inspired by “Easy Rider”

If Pee-Wee's antics are a bit childish for your taste, maybe the road trip from Easy Rider (1969) would be more your thing. Fine acting, very adult themes, critical thinking and an understated script made this cross-country trip movie a cult classic that stands the test of time. While the experiences of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda as counter-culture drug dealers/bikers making their way from L.A. to NOLA bear no resemblance to a frivolous spring break, there are some helpful takeaways. For one, the film reminds aspiring travelers that New Orleans is a splendid place to land at the end of the drive. 

Here’s how to catch these spring break flicks:

Watch Dirty Grandpa on Hulu, Amazon Prime or Epix.

Rent Baywatch at the PlayStation Store, from Verizon or on numerous other streaming services. It's also for sale on DVD.

Watch Rain Man on Cinemax. Rent or buy it from other sources.

Stream the Avett Brothers album True Sadness on Amazon Prime.

Rent Honeysuckle Rose on Amazon Prime, Google Play and iTunes.

See Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Netflix. Rent or buy it from other sources.

Watch Easy Rider on Sundance or Doc Club. Rent or buy it from other sources.

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Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault

Published: Saturday, February 03, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23:  Uma Thurman attends the 70th Anniversary of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Uma Thurman attends the 70th Anniversary of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)(Antony Jones/Getty Images)

Uma Thurman says she was sexually assaulted by film producer Harvey Weinstein. She described Weinstein's actions in a New York Times interview published Saturday.

Thurman also had criticism for film direction Quentin Tarantino, who she said pressured her to film a dangerous scene in "Kill Bill" which has left her with permanent injuries.

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When asked in October about the sexual assault accusations many actresses have levied at Weinstein, Thurman said she was waiting for her anger to abate before talking about it publicly.

In the New York Times interview, Thurman said she developed a professional relationship with Weinstein after the success of "Pulp Fiction." At the time, Weinstein was very supportive and instrumental in her career, Thurman said.

Thurman described two encounters with Weinstein that were inappropriate. The first encounter was in a Paris hotel room, where he put on a bathrobe and led her to a steam room. She was fully dressed and balked at joining him, and he ran out of the steam room, Thurman said.

The second encounter was in a London hotel room, where she says Weinstein attacked her and "did all kinds of unpleasant things." Thurman says Weinstein sent her flowers the next day, with a note that read, "You have great instincts."

Thurman told the New York Times she confronted Weinstein about the sexual assault, saying if he did the same thing to other women he would lose his career.

In a statement, Weinstein admitted to making a pass at Thurman but denied sexually assaulting her. 

As for Tarantino, Thurman said he pressured her on the "Kill Bill" set into driving a car that was unsafe. She ended up wrecking and striking a tree. She suffered a concussion, a neck injury and severe damage to her knees. She says she had to fight Tarantino and Miramax for the footage of the accident. Thurman also accused Tarantino of participating in “sadistic” acts on the “Kill Bill” set that were to be performed by actor Michael Madsen.

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