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SAVING MR. BANKS…  A moving tribute to the creative process and “Mary Poppins”

SAVING MR. BANKS… A moving tribute to the creative process and “Mary Poppins”

Posted on December 27th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

The 1964 Disney film “Mary Poppins” holds an important place in the hearts of many who grew up with the songs and the movie. It is no surprise that Walt Disney himself orchestrated it that way, but few know what great lengths he went through to get permission to film it. The original series of books it was based on was beloved by Disney’s daughter and he made a promise he would turn it into a movie for her. Little did he know that P. L. Travers, the author of the books, would be such a difficult negotiator and it took Disney twenty years to secure the rights…

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Movie trailer mechanics:  GODZILLA 2014 = good, INTERSTELLAR = bad

Movie trailer mechanics: GODZILLA 2014 = good, INTERSTELLAR = bad

Posted on December 20th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

Trailers, or ‘sneak previews’ as they used to be called, are effective for advertising an upcoming film. Ranging from thirty seconds all the way up into four minutes, trailers edit together key parts of the film in order to give the prospective audience a sample of what they will be seeing if they decide to (hopefully) pay to see the whole feature. Everyone is familiar with them but there are a few things about trailers many people don’t know about unless they are intimately linked to the business (or read a bunch of movie blogs)…






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Hollywood continues to go PC (except for raunchy comedies)

Hollywood continues to go PC (except for raunchy comedies)

Posted on December 13th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

As I browsed the online Hollywood rumor sites and trade publications (a daily ritual of mine), I came across a poster for a new Tom Cruise film scheduled to release this summer that I wasn’t familiar with. The sci-fi/action film “Edge of Tomorrow” wasn’t something I remembered hearing advanced word about which was surprising considering Tom Cruises’ films are often hyped long before they even begin shooting. I did some quick digging and realized I had heard of this film, but under a different title. “All You Need is Kill”, based on a Japanese novel, was a much more clever and memorable title than the generic one that replaced it. It could be dismissed but this is the second time this year that the word “Kill” has been removed from a major studio film title…






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Aerial Drones:  Bad for delivery, great for other things

Aerial Drones: Bad for delivery, great for other things

Posted on December 6th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

As publicity for its ‘Cyber Monday’ holiday sale, Amazon.com announced a ‘Prime Air’ service which will use aerial drones to deliver packages to customers. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claimed the delivery ‘octocopters’ (a helicopter drone with eight motorized propellers) should be ready to deploy in four or five years within a ten-mile radius of any of their distribution centers, for compact packages up to five pounds. Theoretically, this would allow for quick, thirty minute deliveries for limited items within major metropolitan areas. It’s a neat idea, but highly unlikely it will ever happen. Here’s why…






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