Sleeping Bear Dunes debuting new film for National Park Week, how to watch
EMPIRE, MICH. -- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is coming to the big screen this month. The park has announced viewing details for the world premier of its new film, “Water, Sand, and Sky,” which is being released as part of National Park Week, April 16-24. In a public campaign called “Sleeping Bear Everywhere,” the film will be shown at 10 northern Michigan venues, with an online premier on Saturday, April 23. “‘Water, Sand, and Sky’ explores the stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and captivating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore,” park officials said in a release. A National Park Service representative will be attending most of the showings.mlive.com
After delays, Alec Baldwin-narrated Flint documentary to premiere April 29
FLINT, MI -- After delays tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of a cinematographer on the set of the Alec Baldwin film “Rust,” a documentary on the Flint water crisis is scheduled to open in theaters on April 29, eight years after the crisis started. Narrated by Baldwin, “FLINT: Who Can You Trust?” will also be released digitally in May, according to a news release, and the film’s producer said distributors are discussing plans for it to be shown in Flint at a later date. “I feel it’s crucially important that the people of Flint are not forgotten,” Baxter said in the news release promoting the release of the documentary. Jesse Jackson and Flint water activist Melissa Mays are among those shown in a Flint church rally the day of a march that drew thousands to protest the city’s contaminated water. Read more on MLive:Release of Alec Baldwin-narrated Flint water crisis doc postponed after fatal prop gun shootingAlec Baldwin-narrated Flint water documentary ready to roll, but waiting out COVID-19Alec Baldwin will narrate Flint water crisis documentary, report saysmlive.com
Michigan State professors give ‘Don’t Look Up’ good marks on science, climate message
A pair of Michigan State University professors said the new film “Don’t Look Up” gets much better than just passing grades for both sound science and climate crisis messaging – they agreed it was rather spot on. The film is a star-studded end-of-the-world satire on streaming platform Netflix which features actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. The Oscar winners portray MSU astronomy researchers who discover an extinction level comet heading for Earth and nobody cares, despite their fervent and science-based warnings.mlive.com
Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Jackman, Michael Keaton, and more hit the big screen this weekend
Maggie Q will be joining Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton on the big screen for the newest action/thriller film, The Protégé. The film follows Maggie Q’S character, an orphan adopted by Samuel L. Jackson, who is the top hitman. Her mission is to find out what happened to him after he is murdered.
Ann Arbor chefs join Michigan Theater to discuss culinary industry, answer questions Monday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – At 7 p.m. on Monday, Michigan Theater audiences can learn more about four inspiring Ann Arbor chefs. As part of its Women’s Voices series presented by Toyota, Michigan Theater will begin virtual screenings of Her Name is Chef on Friday. The documentary explores the changing culture of the culinary industry through the stories of six female chefs. Virtual screenings cost $12 to rent, $10 for Michigan Theater members and is free for gold members. If rented through the MTF AgileLink streaming platform, 50 percent of proceeds from the film benefit the independent Ann Arbor theater.
Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater to launch series of films centered around women’s stories Friday
ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Theater has partnered with Toyota to add a Diversity Film Series kicking off this month in its Virtual Movie Palace. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the series will start with four films centered around women’s stories during the month of March. AdBelow are the four feature films in the series, with synopses by the Michigan Theater. The film opens virtually on March 12. AdThe film opens virtually on March 26.
Tickets now on sale for 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival
ANN ARBOR – For the second year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival will take place online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now in its 59th year, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental film festival in North America. This year, the festival will run from March 23-28 and will feature over 100 films in competition. Tickets for individual events start at $2, but the suggested price is $12 to help support the festival. AdThree levels of festival passes give viewers varying access to programming.
Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater showcases award-winning documentary
“The history of the Michigan Theater is the history of Buffalo; they tell the story of how a community’s perseverance, vision, and loyalty, even in the face of decline, can bring hope and change. At 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1, the independent Ann Arbor theater will host Wall and producer Eric Wojtanik for a Q&A session. Tickets cost $12, $10 for Michigan Theater members and are free for gold members. Fifty percent of film proceeds made through the MTF AgileLink will go to the Ann Arbor independent theater, according to the Michigan Theater website. In 2019, the documentary won an Audience Award at the Buffalo Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2019 Film Festival of Columbus and 2020 Maryland International Film Festival.
Bundle up this weekend with a Nomadland movie night
It looks like a lot of us will be spending the weekend bundled up indoors, and movie reviewer Greg Russell has a brand new movie recommendation to help get us through the cold weather. Nomadland is the latest film from actress Frances McDormand and director Chloé Zhao. McDormand plays a woman whose life changes direction when she loses most of her savings in a recession. The story follows her and a culture of other older American workers as they travel the country picking up odd jobs and living as modern nomads . Got the chance to talk with director, writer, and editor Chloé Zhao, who says she couldn’t imagine anyone other than McDormand in the lead role.
'Wonder Woman 1984' scores highest box office opening of the pandemic, Warner Bros. fast-tracks third film
"Wonder Woman 1984" soared into theaters on Christmas day and secured the highest box office opening of any film released domestically since the coronavirus pandemic crippled the entertainment industry in mid-March. "Wonder Woman 1984" was one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters to be released in theaters and on streaming on the same day. Warner Bros.-parent AT&T said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max retail subscribers viewed "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day. For comparison, the first "Wonder Woman" film, released in 2017, earned a 93% score, the highest of any film in the DC Extended Universe. Correction: Warner Bros.-parent AT&T said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max retail subscribers viewed "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day.cnbc.com
'The Croods: A New Age' tallies highest box office opening since the pandemic began
"The Croods: A New Age" stunned at the box office this weekend, hauling in the biggest opening of any film released during the pandemic. There was some skepticism about how well "The Croods: A New Age" could perform over the Thanksgiving weekend. Instead, the film drew the biggest box office opening since Disney's "Onward" was released in March prior to nationwide lockdowns. As it stands, despite a strong showing from "The Croods" sequel, it is very likely that the 2020 Thanksgiving box office will be the worst in decades. The furthest recorded Thanksgiving box office in Comscore's database is in 1984 when the five-day weekend garnered $46.8 million.cnbc.com
New James Bond movie pushed to April 2021 as coronavirus cases continue to rise
"No Time to Die," the James Bond film that was the first Hollywood feature to move on the theatrical calendar due to the coronavirus outbreak, is moving again. On Friday, MGM Studios announced that Daniel Craig's latest turn as British spy James Bond would no longer arrive in theaters on Nov. 20. Some had predicted that the James Bond film may stick around because of its reliance on international ticket sales. This delay is yet another blow to the movie theaters, which have struggled after being shuttered for months due to the pandemic. With "No Time to Die" pushed to 2021, Disney's "Soul," an animated Pixar film, is now the next big movie set for theatrical release.cnbc.com
Time: A 23 city time-lapse short film
Remarkable time-lapse film shines a new light on 23 of the most famous cities in America. Video courtesy of professional videographer and timelapse photographer Mitchell Hadden. Contact Mitchell directly via email at email@example.com. See more of his work on Vimeo. And, be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.cbsnews.com
Time Lapse: Desert Wildflowers
Incredible time-lapse film takes a look at beautiful wildflowers found on a journey through Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California. Video courtesy of Casey Kiernan Photography. See more work on Vimeo. And, check out his time-lapse and astrophotography workshops.cbsnews.com
Latest Marvel film features the Avengers taking on super-villain Ultron
Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers reunite on screen for the newest Marvel release "Avengers: Age of Ultron," opening Friday. The film's stars, including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johnasson, sat down with Suzanne Marques for a preview of the blockbuster sequel.cbsnews.com
Script for new James Bond film stolen in Sony hack
Script for new James Bond film stolen in Sony hack A massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures may affect one of Hollywood’s most beloved franchises. Producers said the hackers got their hands on a script for the forthcoming James Bond film “Spectre.” Allen Pizzey reports.cbsnews.com