Cambodian Documentary Wins Cannes Prize for Innovative Cinema

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CANNES – A documentary using small clay figurines to tell the story of how Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s family perished under the Khmer Rouge regime won the top prize in the second most important competition at the Cannes film festival on Saturday.

L’Image Manquante (The Missing Picture) was among the 18 films that premiered in the Un Certain Regard category that was set up to encourage emerging and innovative filmmakers and run alongside the main competition at the world’s top film festival.

Panh, 49, a prolific filmmaker whose films concentrate on the brutality in Cambodia when an estimated 1.7 million people were killed during the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime, said the prize was important for his country.

For a country that has emerged from its difficulties and years of war, it is important to say we are still alive,” Panh told Reuters after receiving his award at a red carpet ceremony in the French Riviera resort.

The jury led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, whose film Jagten (The Hunt) won Mads Mikkelsen the best actor award at Cannes last year, described the documentary as one of the most powerful films I have seen in many years”.

The runner-up was Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, a political thriller involving Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in which a young baker, Omar, is tortured by Israel’s secret police to betray his friends.

Omar, which was shot in the West Bank and Israeli-Arab town of Nazareth last year, received a standing ovation at its premiere as the first film fully funded by the Palestinian cinema industry.

It is the only festival that I think still cares about different films,” said Abu-Assad, known for the 2005 award-winning film Paradise Now, as he received his award.

Another director in Un Certain Regard to get a standing ovation was Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof who was jailed in 2010 for anti-regime propaganda but came to Cannes this year with Manuscripts Don’t Burn, shot in secret in his home country.

The non-professional actors of La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage), a film about three young Guatemalans trying to cross the Mexico-U.S. border from director Diego Quemada-Diez won an award for best cast.

JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker System- Experience the Real Magic of Digital Sound Effect!

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Are distorted sounds from your old sound system driving you nuts? Change to the JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker System to experience exceptional sound performance! Though numerous 5.1 speaker systems are available in the market, the JBL cinema speaker stands distinct from them with outstanding features and unparalleled sound clarity.

With a completely optimized 5.1 channel architecture, this surround sound system renders sharp dialogues, rich music, and stunning sound effects. The complete set consists of a dedicated center-channel speaker, an Omni-directional powered sub-woofer and five surround-sound satellite speakers that perfectly synchronize with each other to enjoy theater-like audio experience. e.

The center speaker system is the most important part of a home speaker system and holds responsibility for sound clarity. In the JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker System, the center channel is employed with special dual midrange drivers that improve power handling and efficiency. So, you can expect some best sound effects!

The JBL sub-woofer supports 150 watts of amplification, producing clear, life-like bass. You can even customize your preferred settings through phase, level and bass-boost controls. This down-firing sub woofer, unlike usual front-firing ones, interacts with the floor to enhance the bass output and quality.

The JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker System has four Cinema satellite speakers that are voice matched to the center. So, you can expect consistent sound from speaker to speaker. With these speakers around, you can listen to noise-free dialogues and tracks.

Apart from rocking your floors, the JBL 5.1 Speaker System is sure to enhance your home decor with its appealing JBL weave design, which features intersecting high gloss black and gray fabric textured panels.

With a 360 degree sound stage and floor-rumbling bass you are sure to become a movie fanatic very soon! NFM is the best online store from where you can buy genuine JBL Cinema 500 5.1 Speaker Systems at lower prices. Grab one soon!

How To Save Cash On Home Cinema, LCD, LED And Plasma Televisions On An August Bank Holiday

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August Bank Holiday Savings Discounts And More At Sound And Vision

This bank holiday weekend visit your local television specialists, Sound and Vision for discounts on the latest flat screen LCD and plasma televisions from manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic, LG, Philips and Sharp. p.

This August bank Holiday weekend discover discounts on a wide range of other home entertainment products like Blu-ray players, DVD recorders, home cinema systems, and Blu-ray home theatre packages. In the Sound and Vision shop there are savings to be made on AV brands like Yamaha, Kef and Onkyo.

Come along to the Sound and vision TV shop in Bolton and have a chat to their sales team about the latest technology on offer. The experts at Sound and Vision will be on hand to explain the latest features to you, including Freeview-HD, freesat-HD, Full HD 1080p televisions and all the great networking facilities of the latest televisions.

If you visit the Sound and Vision Television Shop this weekend you can experience the new generation 3D televisions from Sony and Panasonic. The all new 3D technology has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Footage on screen have a whole new level of depth, they are full of life, colour and detail.

To take advantage of cheap prices on AV and home cinema products, simply log on to the Sound and Vision website or come and visit in store and speak to one of the friendly sales team. Customer travel from all over the UK to the Award winning Sound and Vision Shop so if you are in the area this weekend, or live nearby in Rochdale, Bury, Wigan, Preston a trip in store will definitely be worth it.

The bank holiday opening hours at Sound and Vision are as normal; we will be open all day from 9am till 6pm on Saturday, closed Sunday then open Bank holiday Monday 9am till 6pm. With flexible opening times, you will have plenty of time to call in to the Sound and Vision shop this weekend for a discounted television.

If the Sound and Vision shop is out of your area, then you can still make savings online at www.soundandvision.uk.

For more information and low bank holiday prices on LCD LED and Plasma TVs as well as Home Cinema and Electricals go to Bank Holiday Television Sales or
Bank Holiday Monday Offers

Flat Screen Televisions Vs Going To The Cinema

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Years ago, when cinema first became popular, for a lot of people it was the only way for them to see movies, because most of them didn’t have their own televisions. The thing is though, cinema has always had a much better quality viewing experience than home televisions, so it has remained the ultimate way to experience a movie.

The Invention of Video Tapes

For a long time, the one problem with both cinema and TV is that you needed to watch a film at a specific time. With the invention of home video systems such as VHS and Betamax, movie fans were able to either record films from the TV or rent films from a video library. However, there was still the problem of quality, as cinema was still a far superior experience than watching a video at home.

The Rise of DVDs

Part of the quality issue was dramatically improved with the invention of the DVD. DVD meant that anyone could watch very high quality digital video at home. Unlike VHS tapes for example, DVDs didnt wear out or degrade over time, as long as you didnt get the discs scratched. From the 1990’s onwards, DVDs became extremely popular amongst movie fans. The only problem was, unless you had an extremely large TV screen and a very expensive sound system, you still wouldn’t get the same experience as the cinema.

The Experience of Home Cinema

Nowadays, the true home cinema experience is becoming much more of a reality for many people, as they buy large widescreen TVs and high quality speakers. For example, with a plasma TV screen of 50 inches or more, and being sat closer to the screen than you would be in a cinema, youre going to get a very cinematic feel. And you wont miss having someone sat behind you who wont stop talking through every scene.

Reasons to Visit the Cinema

However, even with home cinema quality jumping forwards in leaps and bounds, dont you think theres still something missing? Theres just something about actually going out to the cinema. It gives you a reason to spend time with your friends and experience something together. And lets face it: in all honesty, the experience at home really isnt quite as good as the full blown cinema experience, is it?

Why You Should Still Stay at Home Instead

The only problem with visiting the cinema is that it costs you more money than it does to just stay at home with a DVD. But also, when you’re at home, you can fit your movie watching around the other things you want to do. You can also eat your own food. Just relax and watch your favourite movie while eating your dinner.

Kordor Electronics Releases Digital Cinema Movie Distribution Technology

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Kodor Electronics gives a boost to the digital cinema initiative today with the release of the KodeKey Professional Zip Platform for Windows and Mac OS X computer systems.

Movie studios are expected to make wide investments in digital cinema upgrades in 2009 following a ten-year research and development period starting with the 1999 digital release of Walt Disney Pictures Bicentennial Man. Digital films are packaged and distributed using an industry standard specification called the Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Part of the DCP specification is the digital film MXF container that can range in single file sizes of 60GB to 500GB. Today, digital films are delivered by hard drive or satellite data transmission using fulfillment services from companies like Technicolor, Kodak, and Deluxe. Legacy celluloid reel manufacturing and distribution costs movie studios up to $1500 a print per theater. Digital distribution provides a dramatic drop in initial distribution investment for movie studios but has proven to be a bit costly due to hard drive delivery and expensive satellite rental time. The cost savings reserved from digital versus celluloid distribution is planned for investments into digital projector upgrades for theater vendors by the movie studios.

Delivering a system with an average per film distribution cost of $70, the KodeKey Zip technology is an online powered zip format that replaces the internal data storage of a traditional zip file with the cloud storage infrastructure of the Amazon Web Services S3 platform. By using an upload and download manager, the format can manage hundreds of gigabytes of data in a zip file less than 1 kilobyte in size per movie.

Optionally, the format can create 1,344,000-bit password certificates to add additional access protection as an accessory to KDM encryption keys sent to theater vendors to unlock playback rights for MXF containers.

Broadband delivery of digital films has been a challenge in the past due to poor TCP connections and poor designs of online storage servers required to handle single file sizes above 5GB. KodeKey Zip has been tested and approved for up to 1TB of single file archiving validated by rigorous 12-mode hash string calculation certification.

“KodeKey Zip has been designed to easily deliver 300GB digital films as an e-mail attachment to thousands of theaters simultaneously”, says inventor and Chairman William G. Blanchard, “We are honored to work with the digital film initiative and look forward to provide support to the digital movie industry worldwide.”

Transformation Of Indian Cinema

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The period often correlated with modern Indian cinema is supposed to have begun in 1970’s when commercial cinema came forth as a means of recreation for the general public and this continues with the contemporary Indian cinema today. Although directors like Govind Nihilani, Shyam Benegal and others kept the flame of artistic movies alive, the commercial cinema surpassed the artistic cinema by leaps and bounds.

The influence of mainstream movie industry kept on increasing in 1980s and 1990s. With the release of movies like Tezaab, Maine Pyaar Kiya, Kayamat se Kayamat Tak and Chandni in 1980’s and Darr, Baazigar and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1990’s, the trend of romantic cinema held ground. Such romantic movies told emotional love stories of young couples who after many adversities get married and stay happily ever after. Some of these romantic movies were very big hits and broke box office records.

The trend of romantic Bollywood movies continued in late 1990’s and early 2000’s with the release of hugely popular movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Interestingly, the art cinema re-emerged by late 1990s as many movies including Traffic Signal, Chandni Bar and Satya received good critic reviews. These modern Indian movies were a refreshing change at the time when uninspired romantics were the order of the day and they proved to be memorable experience for the viewers.

Numerous movies with big budgets including Veer and Mein aur Mrs Khanna were not well received, and surprisingly, DevD and other small budget movies have done well. This has lead to fresh and unique stories being favored among the Bollywood producers and directors.

The present trend in the Indian movie industry is to try new themes and storylines. Movies like Three Idiots and My Name is Khan have experimented with new subjects and have been hugely successful. The modern Hindi movies are bringing in a fresh new experimental wave of cinema, which is being more than welcomed by the Indian cinema audience.

Tamil Cinema 2012 And Actor Vijay

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Tamil Cinema 2012 and Actor vijay Tamil Cinema is one of the famous film industry in India, it is often called Kollywood. In the year of 2011 there are 120 films were released in Kollywood. Very few films only got hit in it. Many films could not reach the mark. There are many factors for getting flop on competition. Basically every film directed by a love story line. The same stories with different screenplay is not helping to get a movie to hit. The director should be clear about the film story clearly and he should have ability to visualize the exact theme of the movie to the audience. Sometimes simple stories get massive hits, the key is the film should be clear and interesting to the people who watching. If the story compels the audience to watch scene by scene, it will be a big hit movie for sure.

The director is the heart for a movie, if he did his job perfectly, the actor of the character seems transparent to the audience. The songs are important factor to impress the public before the film release. Once songs are hit numbers, then automatically the people love to see the movie in the theatre screen. Cinematography is eye for a film. More than these factors the hero of the film and all the characters should choose suitable. When a film release for a big hero like Actor Vijay, the audience automatically love to watch the film on the Theatre, when we use new faces, the director has heavy duty to prove himself. Every year two to three films are released for Actor Vijay. Actually he is the very busy hero now on Kollywood.

The last year 12 films are named as hit movies from the list of 120 movies. The special is 2 films in the list of 12 is acted by Actor Vijay. There are many heroine introduced this year than 2011. It indicates that people love new faces. After the year of 2007, Tamil Cinema travels in the different direction, the dramatic film entries has been ended. The science fiction movies, great thriller movies, great romantic movies and great graphics movies takes place. The film Naan ee is dbut for great graphics included movie. The technical works on this movie is awesome and the whole theme of movie is created by director S.S.Raja Mouli.The Robot is the famous south indian movie for graphic techniques, this film was directed by the number one Kollywood director named Shankar.

Comparing with the movies were released in 2011 with 2012, the year 2012 has much improvement than the history of Tamil Cinema. Young actors of Tamil Cinema gives priority to the stories, this is an appreciating factor.The best film of the year 2012 is Velayudham and best song is Myna . The favorite hero is Actor Vijay and best actress is Trisha

Zac Efron Stars In 17 Again On Directv Ppv Cinema

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Now available on Satellite TV Pay Per View Cinema, the same day its released on DVD, is the teen comedy 17 Again, starring heartthrob Zac Efron.

In the movie, Efron plays Mike O’Donell, a high school basketball star who seems to have everything a college scholarship, popularity, and a beautiful girlfriend. But all of that changes when his girlfriend Scarlett reveals that shes pregnant. Suddenly all of Mikes aspirations are dashed and we fast forward twenty years later. Mike (now played by Matthew Perry) and Scarlett (Leslie Mann) are separated, and Mike is living with his software genius nerd best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon). We also learn that Mikes relationship with his own teenaged children is nonexistent, and his job is at a standstill. Praying for a change after he is passed up for a promotion, Mike meets a mysterious janitor who transforms him back to his glory days and suddenly Mike is 17 (and played by Zac Efron) again.

Posing as a new student named Mark, Mike infiltrates his childrens school and learns things about them that he never knew. He also visits an unsuspecting Scarlett and rediscovers all the things that initially made him fall in love with her. Of course it should come as little surprise to anyone who watches movies that Mike will eventually learn some things about himself that will make him a better husband, a better father, and appreciate life as he never did before.

I saw this movie initially when it was released to theaters in April and I remember thinking Cute, but I could have waited for DVD. Its chock-full of the stereotypes that weve come to expect in these teen comedies (the jock bully, the trio of cheerleader temptresses, the final showdown at the basketball game with that one chance to make the winning basket), but it still works, mostly due to Efrons charms. Now that he is stepping outside of the Disney mold, Efron is proving himself to be much more than just a pretty face. He shows some surprising dramatic chops here (most notably during the speech he gives to a judge in a courtroom at the end) and I think he has a long career ahead of him as an actor in more serious roles. Leslie Mann is somewhat underused, but she is still good here, and I always appreciate seeing her in comedies (she also appeared in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and this summer’s Funny People.)

I think Efron fans will be tempted to give this five stars before they even see it, but if other people give it a chance they will see there is a little more than meets the eye in Efrons talent. 17 Again had heart and it wasnt crass, and I think its a movie the whole family can enjoy. Sometimes a little sugary sweetness is actually kind of endearing.

By: Frank Bilotta

Tamil Cinema Movie,tamil Film News – Singam Movie

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When Vijay first released his movie Singam little did he know that he would have to change the name to Villu as the name Singam had already been taken by the director Hari. It led to much confusion and gossip in the Tamil film industry.
Earlier on Vijay planned to use the name Puli but that got taken away as well. Vijay hopes to make a comeback with his next movie Vettaikaran.
Meanwhile this is Suryas hour. Everything he touches turns to gold. His movies dubbed into Telugu earn crores and crores of money for their producers.
Suriya is teaming up with Hari to act as a police officer in his 25th film after Vaaranam Aayiram and Ayan.
The plot of Singam is about smuggling activities that are taking place in Rameshwaram. After Khaaka Khaaka this is the second time Surya is playing a cop and like all of Haris films this one is also expected to have the right mix of sentiments and comedy.
For Hari also this will be the second police story after Saamy with Vikram. Earlier on Hari had directed Surya in Aaru (2005) and Vel (2007). Haris last movie was Seval with Bharath.
Singam has Tollywood beauty Anushka Shetty as the leading lady. Anushka debuted in Tamil Cinema with Rendu starring Madhavan. The irony is she is also Vijays co star in Vettaikaran. Other cast members are Prakash Raj and Vivek.
The music is scored by Devi Sri Prasad and camera work is done by Priyan. Editing is done by V.T. Vijayan and art direction is by K. Kathir.
Gnanavelraja is producing the movie under the banner Studio Green and BIG Pictures. Sillunnu Oru Kaadhal and Paruthiveeran were earlier productions of Studio Green.
With Singam Reliance Big Pictures would have made its entry into Tamil cinema.

The First Days of Hollywood Cinema Techniques

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The earliest hollywood cinema movie cameras were strapped immediately on to the mount of their tripod or alternative support, with only the crudest kind of levelling equipment provided, in the manner of the still-camera tripod heads of the hollywood period. The original film cinema cameras were thus effectively motionless during the course of the shot, and therefore the very first camera movements were created by fixing a camera on a moving car. The earliest documented, well before cinema or hollywood, of these was movie shot by a Lumire cameraman from the back platform of a train departing Jerusalem around 1896, and by 1898 there were ,amy more cinema movies shot from moving vehicles, Hollywood was beconing. Although categorised under the general heading of -panoramas- in the sales catalogues of the time, those movies shot directly forward looking out from the front of a railway engine were specifically described as -phantom rides-.

Back in 1897, Robert W. Paul inventeed the original notable rotating camera mount manufactured to be placed 1on top of of

on} a tripod, so that he could follow the passing parade of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in one uninterrupted cinema shot. The attachment had the camera set on a vertical setting which was moved using a worm gear driven by rotating a handle, so Paul distributed it on public sale the subsequent year. Movies made with such a “panning” head were also referred to as -panoramas’ in hollywood listings of the very first decade of cinema.

The standard pattern for early movie studios in Hollywood was provided by a studio that Georges Mlis built in mid- 1891. The studio had a glass roof and three glass walls constructed after the model of vast studios for regular photography, it was also fitted with thin cotton cloths that were stretched below the roof to diffuse the bright ray of the sun on sunny mornings. The delicate overall light devoid of real shadows that this construction produced, and which also exists naturally on moderately overcast mornings, was to become the standard for cinema film lighting in hollywood movie studios for the next few years.

Unique amongdt all the short hollywood cinema movies shot by the Edison studio, that recorded parts of the shows of variety performers for its Kinetoscope cinema viewing machines, was The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. This depicted a person adorned as the queen putting her head on the execution block in front of a small group of bystanders in period dress. Desperate for internet surfers searching for cinema or hollywood, then consider purchasing for cinema, cinemas, watch movies, hollywood and hoyts optimised traffic.