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Jack Rico

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2009/03/06 at 12:00am

ShowBizCafe on the radio: ‘Watchmen’

03.6.2009 | By |

ShowBizCafe on the radio: 'Watchmen'

We’re being innovative and are going to crossover some Spanish content from time to time for those of you who understand Spanish. This is a weekly radio segment we do every Friday, en español, on the ‘Luis Jimenez Radio Show’, one of the top FM morning shows in New York City. We’re sort of pioneers as this is the only Spanish language movie radio segment tht does it in the US.

So to give you a brief recap of what we spoke about today, we spoke about the Oscar’s and reviewed the new releases ‘Watchmen’.

On the DVD front, Australia and Beverly Hills Chihuahua from Disney.

If you’re interested in listening to the show live, you can log on every Friday at 10:50am to get the movie download via: http://www.luisjimenezradio.com/

Mack Chico

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2008/12/12 at 12:00am

Hugh Jackman to host 81st annual Oscar awards!

12.12.2008 | By |

Hugh Jackman to host 81st annual Oscar awards!

Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Academy Awards in February. Executive producer Bill Condon and producer Laurence Mark made the announcement today.

Jackman takes over for comedian Jon Stewart, who has served as Oscar moderator for the past two years.

“Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. “He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion. Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year¹s movies and to have fun doing it.”

The “Australia” actor previously hosted the Tony Awards in 2005, a year after winning the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Boy from Oz.”

Alex Florez

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2008/11/24 at 12:00am

Australia

11.24.2008 | By |

Rated: PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language.
Release Date: 2008-11-26
Starring: Baz Lurhmann, Ronald Harwood
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Country: USA, Australia
Official Website: http://australiamovie.com/

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With ‘Moulin Rouge!’, visionary filmmaker Baz Lurhmann finished his ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’ (Strictly Ballroom and Romeo+Juliet are the other two) – a series of stylized and highly choreographed retelling of stories we’re all pretty familiar with. 

Australia however, Lurhmann’s latest film, is not only a departure in style and content but in ambition as well.  Let’s just say this is Lurhmann’s ‘Gone with the Wind’.   A near three hour epic no one other than himself could have directed. 

But Lurhmann fans need not fret.  There is still plenty of singing (no, it’s not quite a musical) and borderline corniness to make your time worthwhile. 

The romantic action adventure sets itself in a country on the explosive brink of World War II.  In it, an English aristocrat named Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels down under, where she meets a rough hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited.  On this journey however, she finds herself caring for an enchanting young orphan named Nullah (brilliantly played by Brandon Walters), a half-Aboriginal, half-Caucasian boy adrift in a segregated society that treats him as an outcast.

And that’s precisely where the strength of the film lies. The story, narrated by the boy himself, is most powerful when it confronts Australia’s horrifying past.  Yet Lurhmann cautiously tries to abstain from the plight of the Australian aborigines in the 1940s.  A deeper exploration of the historical context in which it set its love story, would have served it well. Instead the film flirts with a magical realism that is mawkishly sentimental.

As an action film there are certainly some riveting sequences which prove that Lurhmann can direct more than mere dance numbers.  And though the accents are a bit difficult to navigate past, the performances are solid as well.  But in the end, it’s the long running time and the lack of focus in the screenplay that do the film in.

 

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