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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Humpback Whales beach at MOSI's IMAX Dome

Posted By on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM


For years, humpback whales have been a mystery to scientists. No one knows why they are the “most acrobatic of all whales,” why they “sing their haunting songs,” and why they often migrate 10,000 miles every year — until now.

Audiences of the new film Humpback Whales will get a never-before-seen view that shows how these whales communicate, feed, sing, play, and care for their young. This film will only be shown at The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), on one of the largest movie screens in the Bay area.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Alternative cinema alert! Second Screen Cinema, St. Pete for Peace films shown tonight

Fifty Shades of what? Free, $5 films offer excellent alternatives to the cineplex tonight.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

SNEAKY CHIC: Peeping Tom, starring Karlheinz Böhm, can be seen tonight at the Vault.
  • SNEAKY CHIC: Peeping Tom, starring Karlheinz Böhm, can be seen tonight at the Vault.

A movie known for its lurid and creepy subject matter, Peeping Tom was panned by critics on its 1960 release, virtually destroying the career of filmmaker Michael Powell (The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus).

Over the years, movie buffs have reconsidered the voyeuristic thriller starring Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer. Martin Scorsese has even namechecked it among his favorite films of all time. Shot in gloriously saturated Technicolor, the proto-slasher film reveals its violence implicitly, suggesting the universality of voyeurism, a notion that may have not gone over well during its time. 

See the film about a psychopathic cameraman, aspiring actress on the dark fringes of Hollywood, a rebel and a criminal mastermind at the Vault tonight in downtown Tampa. The cult classic marks be the debut showing of Second Screen Cinema. 

The first of four movies slated for the Second Screen Cult Cinema, Peeping Tom will be shown in a chic new pop-up film series for film buffs with adventurous, offbeat and discerning tastes. The series makes its debut from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight at The Vault in Downtown Tampa (611 N. Franklin St.). Admission is a donation of $5, and seating is limited to 200.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A small production, a big dream — Rob Mello's Love is Black and White

One Man's unexpected journey from fry cook to director.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Rob Mello on set for the first day of shooting Love Is Black and White - DAVID Z. MORRIS
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  • Rob Mello on set for the first day of shooting Love Is Black and White

Against all odds, Rob Mello is making a movie. In a plain house in a rough-edged neighborhood west of Busch Gardens, he’s gathered a cast and crew of friends, hobbyists, and aspiring professionals to film “Love is Black and White,” a story of interracial romance crafted from the materials of his own life. As he kibitzes with his actors and producers, everyone nibbles on a spread of home-baked cookies and brownies — which, for most of them, amount to their pay for a day’s work.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

[VIDEO] Poltergeist remake has official trailer, and it doesn't suck

Yup — the clown is back, along with Sams Rockwell and Raimi.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 2:05 PM


Listen: Hollywood isn't retroactively ruining your childhood. It's so cute, the way you think Hollywood knows or cares about your existence! Aw.

No, Hollywood doesn't care about you; all Hollywood cares about is your sweet, sweet money, and what earned it before might earn it again. Poltergeist earned many, many 1982 dollars, so why not try to get just as many 2015 dollars, which are worth so very much more? And this version doesn't look half bad, though to be fair, trailers lie often and well. But with Sam Rockwell, Roisemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris among the cast, as well as a production credit for Sam Raimi, it's worth a look-see. Click through for it.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

B.Y.O.B., Family Day and opening film announced for GIFF

The Gasparilla International Film Festival is offering new options in addition to a different venue.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

SURFACE NOISE: Sean Astin stars in GIFF's opening night film The Surface and are scheduled to appear at the event.
  • SURFACE NOISE: Sean Astin stars in GIFF's opening night film The Surface and are scheduled to appear at the event.

New details are coming to light about the upcoming Gasparilla International Film Festival. Presented for the first time at Channelside Cinemas, GIFF's screenings and events will take place March 25-29.  

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bryan Cranston and the return of Tim Burton: Hillsborough BOCC vote lays groundwork for $100k Burton film incentive

Posted By and on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 1:23 PM

EYES ON TAMPA BAY? Tim Burton with vintage paintings by the artist Margaret Keane, the subject of his latest film, Big Eyes.
  • EYES ON TAMPA BAY? Tim Burton with vintage paintings by the artist Margaret Keane, the subject of his latest film, Big Eyes.

Citing extensive economic benefits, the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners asked county staff to develop an agreement that would give $100,000 in "incentives" to producers of Tim Burton's next big movie project, assuming they agree to certain terms.

As the second film to set up shop in Tampa Bay in 2015, this year is shaping up to be a big year for big-budget movies shooting on location in Pinellas and Hillsborough.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tampa Theatre to screen The Interview this weekend

See the film that sparked the entertainment industry's biggest cyber attack. But is it anywhere as good as other films premiering this week?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 25, 2014 at 6:38 AM

YES, IT'S HAPPENING: James Franco and Seth Rogen star in The Interview.
  • YES, IT'S HAPPENING: James Franco and Seth Rogen star in The Interview.

The film that incited a cyber attack and worldwide controversy — the film that was about to open, canceled and then announced to open in limited release — will open at Tampa Theatre this weekend. Sony Pictures, the company that endured a more damaging hacking job than Target this month, canceled its Christmas Day release after a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace threatened 9/11-style terrorist attacks on any theater that screened it.

“Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!” co-director, co-star and co-writer Seth Rogen wrote this past week on Twitter. 

According to The New York Times: "Theater owners and government officials have been trying to assess the credibility of the terrorism threat, which came on Dec. 16 and warned of 9/11-scale violence if The Interview was released. Initially, the FBI had guided theaters to treat the missive like a bomb threat — credible until it could be proved otherwise. But law enforcement agencies have in recent days softened that assessment, according to people briefed on the matter."

The story in the NYT went on to say that art-house theaters showing the film might still take unusual security measures, perhaps by banning backpacks or packages or posting signs advising customers of added risk, said people briefed on their plans.

"We will have off-duty police officers there tonight and for all the screenings, but that is our standard practice anytime we have a late night movie and or anticipate a near-capacity crowd," says Tampa Theatre spokeswoman Jill Witecki. "So the answer is yes, but that is not out of the ordinary for us."

The movie's plot follows Dave Skylark (James Franco) and producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) who run a celebrity tabloid show Skylark Tonight.  When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. But plans change (and plot stretches a mile wide) when CIA Agent Lacey (Lizzy Caplan) recruits the bumbling Skylark and Rapaport to turn their trip to Pyongyang into a mission to assassinate the North Korean dictator.

Show times are 10:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for Tampa Theatre Members, seniors and military, available at the Tampa Box office or online at (service fees apply.) Stay tuned for updates.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shot in St. Pete — ... And a Bag of Chips! lands on cable TV

The award-winning short is a tale of self discovery.

Posted By on Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 8:39 AM

The winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Gasparilla Film Festival, the short film …And a Bag of Chips! is about self discovery. It shows how "we are human, we are flawed. We are fearful." 

This Sunday, ShortsHD Channel will premiere the widely-lauded local short film (ShortsHD can be found on DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, CenturyLink and US Sonnet). The short’s star and writer is Tampa Bay-based Jannette Sepwa.

Sepwa has had a very healthy career in film, appearing the television-movie version of Zombieland, the film Sunlight Jr. (starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon), and working for the casting department on Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

Filmed entirely in St. Petersburg, the pre-production of the short film began in April 2013. Shot in over three days in June, post production of “…And a Bag of Chips!” was completed in the fall. The short film debuted at the Pan African Film Festival in Feb. 2014. 

“It’s been a long process getting here,” Sepwa said. “Now, it will be shown all across the country, and we couldn't be happier.”

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Move over Rocky Horror — attend The Room interactive screening

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 7:30 AM

"You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"
  • "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"

Since its release in 2003, The Room has become the defining bad movie of our era. Director/latter-day Ed Wood/producer/star Tommy Wiseau spent over $6 million to produce a drama inspired by Tennessee Williams, but his utter lack of experience and talent turned it into something closer to a Tim and Eric Are Awesome episode.

Comedy fans latched on, and now people gather nationwide to throw spoons at the screen and scream, “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”

Here’s your chance to bask in the terribleness. (Spoons and footballs provided).

Thurs., Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Snappers Grill and Comedy Club, 36657 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor, $10 ticket, $25 Dinner and Show package.

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