ASU Film Spark Releases Car Dogs

Arizona State University’s Film Spark program announced last night that “CAR DOGS”, a dramatic comedy starring Patrick J. Adams, George Lopez, Nia Vardalos, Octavia Spencer, Josh Hopkins, and Dash Mihok, will be released in theaters across the Valley on Friday, January 27, 2017.

The production gave 85 ASU students and 15 recent alums the chance to learn filmmaking on an actual film set from an Oscar winning, Hollywood cast and crew.  ASU Film Spark, an unprecedented program at the intersection of the entertainment industry and academia, helps ASU students and alumni in their entertainment careers while creating a better film industry, culture and society. 

More information on the film can be found at

ABOUT “CAR DOGS”

With everything to gain, and even more to lose, Mark (Patrick J. Adams) and his brazen sales team have just eight hours to sell more cars than have ever been sold in a single day. Leading the pack is sales vet, Christian (George Lopez). He’s slick, fast talking, and conniving; able to get customers to both open their wallets and part with their better judgement. Hot on his heels is Sharon (Nia Vardalos). She’s smart and savvy, outmaneuvering the competition with her wit and charm. As the clock ticks down, their outrageous tactics step up, with each salesperson ready to do whatever it takes to be top “car dog.”  But for Mark, the stakes are much more than just a paycheck.

ABOUT OF FILM SPARK

In Fall of 2009, ASU film professor Adam Collis, hosted a simple video-conference between his students and the cinematographer of The Hangover films.  The students liked it so much, Collis set upon a mission to connect ASU students with the best filmmakers and executives in the world.

Since then Professor Collis has connected ASU with 4 Oscar-winners, 5 Oscar-nominees, 3 studio chiefs, the presidents of the Academy and the Directors Guild, as well as numerous blockbuster producers and award-winning directors. The program also deepens ASU connections with entertainment companies, alumni and prospective students in Southern California.

President Michael Crow and Dean Steve Tepper recognized the value of Collis’ efforts and formally established ASU Film Spark at the ASU California Center in Santa Monica with a staff of five.  Turning a professor’s passion for his students into a university strategic initiative is yet another example of why U.S. News & World Report named ASU the “Most Innovative University in the Nation” two years in a row.

Hollywood Invades Tempe, Arizona

WHO: Hollywood Invades Tempe hosts the brilliant team of futurists, artists, engineers, ethicists and others who helped envision the world for Steven Spielberg’s science fiction classic, Minority Report.

WHAT:  A two-day FREE event showcasing the filmmakers and producers of Minority Report featuring fun interactive events that peer 50 years into the future!

 

WHEN

Thursday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. at Old Main – Dialogue on story with Minority Report producer Walter Parkes.

6:30 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theatre – Minority Report screening

9:00 p.m. – Q&A with the creators of the iconic film

 

Friday, November 18 – Old Main

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Old Main

400 E. Tyler Mall

Tempe, AZ 85281

 

Harkins Valley Art

509 S. Mill Ave

Tempe, AZ 85281

 

DETAILS:     Join ASU’s Hollywood Invades Tempe for a lecture on Narrative Matters – How Stories Reflect, Distort, and Create Our World with Minority Report producer Walter Parkes on November 17 at Old Main. Later that evening, catch a special screening of the film at Harkins Valley Art Theater followed by a Q&A with the minds behind the magic. Finally, on Friday, November 18, come collaborate with the futurists behind the world of Minority Report, ASU leading edge professors, and fellow students for a two-part, day-long “idea summit” and look 50 years into the future!

Come out for this completely free event and dive into the minds of the genius creators behind the futuristic sci-fi, Minority Report.

Seats are limited, reserve yours today.

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75 Years of Superman Infographic

Dive into the many looks of the man of steel from the past 75 years. Check out this herographic from Superman Homepage called “The Changing Face of Superman”. Scroll beyond the image for a special surprise.

Back in the 90s Tim Burton was developing a Superman movie for Warner Bros. called Superman Lives. It was going to star Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock. The movie never ended up happening, but a ton of special effects and prep work was done for the film. Here’s a shot of Cage in costume.

What do you think? Shame this movie was never made?

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Nicolas Cage Roulette

Nicolas Cage Roulette – Yeah, it’s what it sounds like.

Ever sit around thinking, “ah man, I wish someone would build an App that streams a random Nic Cage movie from netflix”.

Drop that Ploom designed vaporizer dude, you’re mind is about to be blown.

Introducing, NICOLAS CAGE ROULETTE! Created by Scott Luptowski, this web App is designed to work with your existing Netflix account. Now you can stream a random Nic Cage film anytime you want. You even have the choice between Action Movies or All Movies.

Go ahead, give it a try and for extra credit, report back here which movie you get first.

Now shhhhh, Windtalkers is starting.

NICOLAS CAGE ROULETTE

80th Anniversary of the Drive-in Movie Theater

80th Anniversary of the Drive-in Movie Theater

In 1933 the first drive-in movie theater opened in New Jersey. The new movie-going experience quickly caught on with drive-ins numbering almost 5,000 in it’s heyday. Today, only a few hundred drive-ins operate in the United States and Canada.

Many of the remaining theaters are celebrating the 80th anniversary with special showings. Why not check out a drive-in tonight?

Here are some photos from the last drive-in my gal and I attended. It’s called the Starlite Drive In Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. We saw Ted, a great movie to see at a drive-in.

It brought back so many great memories. The drive-in will always be a nostalgic summer night tradition for me. I hope they don’t completely vanish.

Manliest Movies of All Time

The Manliest Movies Of All Time – Feed Your Inner Macho Man.

Welcome to the Top 10 Manliest Movies of All Time, plucked for their high-octane, testosterone-fueled, manly appeal.

Need to beef up on your manhood? Re-watch or introduce yourself to one of these classics. 

  1. Godfather
  2. Die Hard
  3. Gladiator
  4. True Grit (1969)
  5. Fight Club
  6. Rocky
  7. Heat
  8. Taxi Driver
  9. Terminator 2
  10. Lethal Weapon

Could there possibly any others that could crack this list?

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Top 10 Greatest Sports Movies

Huddle up, play ball, and get ready to take a punch, here’s the list of the Top 10 Greatest Sports Movies.

  1. Rocky
  2. Hoosiers
  3. Field of Dreams
  4. Rudy
  5. A League of Their Own
  6. The Natural
  7. Moneyball
  8. Caddyshack
  9. The Sandlot
  10. Slapshot

Did I leave any out? Show me the money then.