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2011 Tupelo Film Festival was a blast…

2011 Tupelo Film Festival was a blast…

Posted on May 23rd, 2011

The more film festivals I attend, the more I learn to appreciate the unique qualities of each. For instance, small and friendly can be just as rewarding as big and bustling.

The Tupelo Festival (May 11-14) takes place at the Lyric Theater in the historic downtown area of the city and runs primarily on the theater’s single screen. Like the Clarksdale Film Fest, it has a more intimate setting than the Oxford or Crossroads fests as it is free of the distractions inherent in a multiplex theater trying to balance regular movie-going patrons with festival attendees. It also has the advantage of allowing every attendee unlimited access to the filmmakers and festival events…

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COMEDIVA: Gender-specific comedy site aims for world domination

COMEDIVA: Gender-specific comedy site aims for world domination

Posted on May 18th, 2011

By Coop Cooper

I don’t usually (read: never, and probably won’t again) cover web series or comedy sites on here, but sometimes you have to give props to talent.  America Young, an old friend of mine from Los Angeles (who is also a filmmaker, actress, voice over talent, stunt woman, film festival coordinator, toy dog enthusiast, etc…), pointed out the Comediva.com site out to me and suggested I take a look.  Since I contributed an article for Kat Hill and her Action Flick Chick website (click here to read my article “Why Manly-Men Love Action Flick Chicks“), I figure a good female comedy plug is in order…

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THOR silly but a worthy addition to the Marvel franchise

THOR silly but a worthy addition to the Marvel franchise

Posted on May 13th, 2011

I had many favorite superheroes as a kid but Thor ranked among the highest. He had the power of flight and strength of Superman, he commanded the elements, he wielded a magic weapon and he ruled an entire kingdom. I held out little hope anyone would adapt him into feature film without making him look as silly as Batman in the 1960s TV show. Finally, “Thor” has arrived and although some of the silliness persists, it holds up well enough to usher the God of Thunder into the “Avengers” superhero team movie next year…

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10 reasons why film festivals are important

10 reasons why film festivals are important

Posted on May 9th, 2011

After attending numerous film festivals over the years, I quickly learned the benefits of such an event, but was frustrated I was not exposed to them sooner. I feel it is necessary to highlight the advantages so people in my community, and others, can understand what the big deal is. These positives do not apply exclusively to film festivals, but to music, art and all other creative festivals as well…

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May 6th marks the beginning of the summer movie season

May 6th marks the beginning of the summer movie season

Posted on May 4th, 2011

by Coop Cooper

As educational institutions gear down for their summer sabbatical, Hollywood gears up to release their highest-budgeted films. This tradition seems to arrive earlier each year, but the first of these mega-budget projects usually arrive in May. The May blockbusters are strategically placed in this month, often under the assumption the studio heads feel the films are weak, risky or may not compete against the reliable mid-summer releases. Sometimes the reason is simply beating other films to the punch and audiences occasionally find some some pleasant May surprises. Here’s what’s coming next month: CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE AT THE CLARKSDALE PRESS REGISTER WEBSITE

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 on DVD signals the beginning of the end

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 on DVD signals the beginning of the end

Posted on May 2nd, 2011

It’s been a long ride but the wait is nearly over for fans of the “Harry Potter” series. Since the release of the seventh and final book, legions of loyal readers have awaited the film adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” which was mercifully split into two films to accommodate as much of the story as possible. “Part 1” released last year and now arrives on DVD (for sale only, rentals will be made available on May 10th). “Part 2” will release in theaters this summer on July 15th.
Instead of spending their senior year at Hogwarts; Harry, Hermione and Ron go on the run as…

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