When a new movie comes out, one of the crucial marketing elements is the poster. The images, the words, even the fonts can be crucial to the studio’s hopes of getting moviegoers into the theatres. The MSU Museum currently has an exhibition of posters designed by Art Sims, a native Detroiter who has worked extensively with filmmaker Spike Lee on posters for his movies. Along with the posters, you can see books filled with Sims’ earliest visions for each of the projects, and how those ideas evolved into the final product.
Many Republicans in Lansing are calling for an end to film industry subsidies. They say the program hasn’t been effective in creating jobs in Michigan, and the money would be better spent elsewhere. For instance, eliminating the subsidies is one idea being considered as an alternative to the plan going before voters in May that would increase the state sales tax to raise money for road repairs. Yesterday, the state House approved a bill eliminating the video industry tax incentives in October.
MSU men's basketball player Keenan Wetzel has been working on his film, "The Cager," for quite some time and finally was ready to reveal it to the public.
The young director premiered the 25-minute short film in a private gala at NCG theatre in Lansing, MI. The movie stars his former MSU teammate, Delvon Roe. Wetzel wrote the script and began directing the film last summer.
WKAR's Al Martin made the trip to NCG to talk with Keenan, and others, about the remarkable accomplishment.
The Oscars will be handed out next Sunday night. This is the 87th year for the Academy Awards. The subtle nuances of film make for an entertaining past time. But the cinema is also a serious course of study for many people. Now, Michigan State University has created a new Bachelor of Arts program in film studies.
Tonight through Sunday, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor come to life on the big screen in the Hollywood classic "Singin' In The Rain". The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to the HD screening at Grand Rapids’ De Vos Theatre.
The East Lansing Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through November 6th. This marks the 17th year of the East Lansing Film Festival, with lots of feature-length movies, documentaries, and shorts. The Thursday night opening film is a documentary about legendary jazzman Clark Terry, and his work counseling a young musician.
“Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” is a documentary film inspired by the book of the same title by Dr. Jack Shaheen. It chronicles the stereotypical depiction of Arabs in movies and on television. Next week, on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Shaheen will attend a screening of the film on the MSU campus.
Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry previewed the first half of the summer film season with John Serba, M-live entertainment reporter and film critic. Emanuele found out what the rest of the summer films have to offer.
A new documentary called “Particle Fever” will be screened by the East Lansing Film Society tomorrow night. It’s the story of the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. The East Lansing Film Society will screen “Particle Fever” tomorrow night at the Studio C! Theatres in Okemos.
Cinematographer Dan Kneece has had a long career in movie-making, commercials, and music videos. He learned how to handle a Steadicam from inventor Garrett Brown, and has a track record of nearly three decades that earned him the Steadicam Guild’s first ever lifetime achievement award.
Making a movie is a complicated business. There has to be a script, a producer, a director, actors, costumes, sets, props, and a seemingly endless list of jobs to be done. If you’ve ever watched a movie through the end of the credits, you know what I mean. Today, Current State launches an ambitious project to follow the process of making a movie in Michigan from start to finish.
Award season kicked off last week with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees. This is also the time of year where some Michigan critics vote on their favorite films and performances. The Detroit Film Critics Society revealed the winners of their annual contest last Friday. John Serba, entertainment reporter for MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press and a founding member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, assess this year’s Golden Globe nominations and reveals the big winners from the Detroit Film Critics Society's awards.
At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country. Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater. It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.
The MSU Film Collective showing of the Christine Vachon-produced 'I’m Not There' is tonight at 8pm in room B122 of Wells Hall. You can also hear Vachon’s public lecture at 5pm Friday in the RCAH Theatre.
Filmmaker Christine Vachon is behind some of today’s most successful independent movies, including “Boys Don’t Cry”, “Far From Heaven” and “One Hour Photo”. The MSU Film Collective is screening her movie “I’m Not There” tonight, and Vachon will speak about the state of independent film on campus tomorrow.
From tales of slavery to adventures in outer space, this year’s crop of fall films runs the gamut. Current State’s Emanuele Berry chats with MLive.com entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba about the upcoming film season. They started with a film neither is excited to see: a dance flick entitled “Battle of the Year.”