A Dream Coming True

January 21st, 2013 by Ran

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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day, the day that commemorates the philosophy of one of the greatest (African-) American leaders of the 20th century. Today is also the inauguration to the second term of Barack Obama, the first African American president in US history. I don’t know about you, but to me, Barack Obama’s reelection victory was more impressive than his first one. In 2008, with two unwinnable wars and right in the midst of a recession, any guy promising change (he cleverly added Hope) would have easily won. He also rode the underdog ticket, which Americans love so much. Consider me not impressed. 2012 was a different story. Somewhere in the middle of 2012 Obama was a shoe-in for reelection: Bin Laden got got and the Republican primaries were full of smearing, fails and some preposterous ideas. Suddenly Obama was the favorite, he knew that nobody cheers for the favorite and that if democrats get too comfortable they could forget to vote. So, he took a dive on the first debate, and let Romney gain momentum. That reminded the democrats to go vote, they did, and he won. Consider me re-impressed. Well, in order to add some excitement to a less-than-exhilarating second term inauguration, on MLK day, here is a list of some of the best titles depicting the triumph of the African-American:

1. Glory (1989)The true story of the first formal all-black army company during the American Civil War. Even though the Union battled the Confederates to abolish slavery, racism was present in the north, south, east and west, and those black soldiers experienced it from both sides of the aisle. It’s a great story, and has great performances all around (Denzel Washington becoming only the second African-American Oscar winning actor).

2. The Color Purple (1985)Based on a book by Alice Walker, Steven Spielberg’s period drama tells the story of an impoverished and uneducated girl in the South. While suffering from the usual Spielberg sentimentality, the simple story of overcoming abuse and such a horrible destiny will uplift even the most cynical people.

3. Something the Lord Made (2004) – The true story of heart surgeon pioneers Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and his technician Vivien Thomas (Mos Def). Needless to say, their quest does not go smoothly in 1940’s America. This is a very well made TV movie that transcends your run-of-the-mill tearjerker.

4. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967) – A progressive white girl (Katharine Houghton) brings home her black fiancé (Sidney Poitier) to her so-called liberal parents (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn). White liberal hypocrisy is cleverly and humorously exposed in Stanley Kramer’s Classic.

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5. Sanford and Son (1972 – 1977) – This sitcom tells the misadventures of a father and son who operate a junkyard business. It’s a groundbreaking TV show, one of the first predominantly African-American shows, predating The Jeffersons and The Cosby Show. It also succeeded in not stereotyping or glorifying African-Americans and it’s still funny, after all these years.

6. When We Were Kings (1996) – One of the most important African-Americans (or persons) of the 20th century is masterfully depicted in this Oscar winning documentary. The story of Muhammad Ali’s 1974 boxing match against George Foreman in Zaire, coined “The Rumble in the Jungle”. Ali’s personality alone can carry a film, but this is one of the best sports documentaries ever made.

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7. He Got Game (1998) – The troublesome father-son relationship according to Spike Lee. A high school basketball prodigy, Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen) has to deal with his choice of college. Enter his father (Denzel Washington), a convict serving 15 years in jail for his role in the death of Jesus’ mom, who is offered a commuted sentence if he can convince his estranged son to enroll to a specific college. The Spike Lee touch makes this is a different kind of sports film, with much more depth and style.

8. Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)Hip Hop legend Ice-T gathers his colleagues to talk about the rise of hip hop to global domination. Everyone who is or was everyone (except Jay-Z, surprisingly) comes to talk about the genre that didn’t invent anything, but reinvented everything. It’s very entertaining.

9. Talk to Me (2007)Don Cheadle plays eccentric radio DJ Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene Jr., an ex con ‘who told it like it is’, and rose to stardom in the roaring sixties. Cheadle is great, and he successfully captures the outrageous humor of this unique character. It’s a great true story, and very well made.

10. The Interrupters (2011) – What do you do in the face of gang violence? Many of us would choose flight over fight but apparently there’s a third option – interrupt. This is an amazing story of three people who try to interrupt and disrupt the violence in inner-city Chicago. It’s a great example of people thinking outside the box for solving the violence problem of America from the inside. A must-watch!

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Best On-Screen American Presidents

November 5th, 2012 by Ran

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I know why you’re excited today: in ten days Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is coming out, chronicling the 16th President’s political and personal struggles. On a side note, tomorrow Americans Ohioans are going to elect a president for the United States. According to the polls, someone will definitely win. Will it be Barack Obama? Will it be Mitt Romney? I can’t tell. One thing I do know is that this little girl and most of us will be glad when the elections are over. But, before that, I have a couple of messages for you Americans swing state voters:

1. GO VOTE!

2. Vote for the right guy.

After getting this out of the way let’s get to the serious stuff: electing the best on-screen American president. Up until now, America has elected 44 presidents. Alas, not all of them turned out to be showbiz material (I’m looking at you James K. Polk… what a waste). But what makes a good on-screen president? I have struggled with this question for a whole… couple of hours. Charisma is a good characteristic to have if you want to be on screen. Being historical is another good trait (being a founding father –a plus). Doing something dramatic like declaring a war (or two), abolishing slavery, dropping a nuclear bomb, and such, definitely help make your case. All these traits, plus a good director, are essential if you want to be the greatest American president ever to be seen on screen. And without further ado, here is our countdown:

10. Barack Obama (D) – By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)

While this probably won’t be considered a cinematic masterpiece, the historic aspect of being the first African American president trumps everything. This documentary starts very early, at a time when this president was clearly an underdog, and traces his meteoric rise to fame. It was a simpler time back then, when the words ‘hope’ and ‘change’ were enough to make us believe. Oh, how naïve we were…

9. John F. Kennedy (D) – The Missiles of October (1974)

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William Devane portrays the 35th president during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Do not be scared by the word ‘docudrama.’ There was a time when it was not such a lowly genre, and this is a great example of an excellent TV movie that deals with one of the tensest times in the history of US foreign relations (and it does it with the appropriate gravitas).

8. Ronald Reagan (R) – Reagan (2011)

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He is the go-to president for Republicans when talking about other Republicans: is he the next Reagan? What would Reagan do here? How will Reagan solve that? And so on. Eugene Jarecki decided to show us how the reality compares to the myth. The result is a captivating and insightful documentary. Although Jarecki is known as a more left-leaning filmmaker, he successfully paints a non-partisan look at the actor-turned-40th-president.

7. George W. Bush (R) – Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

If you’re talking about the quantity of films made about one president, I think Bush wins this contest hands down and with good reason. The W. presidency was one of the most eventful in recent US history. From 9/11, through the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, up until the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression – he definitely was a busy bee. And to think, all of this would never have happened if there was no recount (thanks guys, really). Bush Jr. is kind of the opposite of Reagan, as he is the most ignored president by Republicans. 99.9% of films made about Bush criticized him in one way or another, so I think I should be commended for finding one in which he is portrayed positively. I’m sure he would approve.

6. Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) – Warm Springs (2005)

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This film is more about the person and less about politics. Kenneth Branagh plays FDR, the 32nd president, and possibly the most important American president of the 20th century. His presidency dealt with the Great Depression and World War II, but this film shows his struggles with Polio before he got elected, and how these shaped him as a man. The success of this TV movie lies in the characterization of FDR – larger than life on the one hand, and a flawed human being on the other.

5. John Adams (Federalist) – John Adams (2008)

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There’s something to be said about those uninspiring names for films about presidents, but we’ll leave it to another time. This HBO mini-series chronicles one the most turbulent times in US history, and Adams was right in the thick of it, serving as the first vice president, as the 2nd president, crafting the Declaration of Independence and doing other founding duties. Production values are great and Paul Giamatti gives a great performance.

4. Bill Clinton (D) – The War Room (1993)

While not as historic as the Obama presidential campaign, this documentary following the Clinton campaign of 1992 is definitely more exciting, and cinematically speaking, a better film. A charismatic James Carville and a young, baby-faced George Stephanopoulos help make politics seem as exciting as ever.

3. Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) – Why We Fight (2005)

This film is definitely not about Eisenhower, but his 1961 amazing farewell speech stands at its center. In his speech, Ike warns against the rise of power of the ‘military industrial complex.’ When the speaker is one of the greatest American soldiers, it’s hard not to feel uneasy when looking at all US military conflicts since then. Eugene Jarecki (again) does a thorough job in showing us the politics behind statements like ‘spreading democracy,’ ‘defending freedom’ and such. It’s a definite eye-opener and should be mandatory viewing for everyone.

2. Richard Nixon (R) – Frost/Nixon (2008)

Sometimes things just happen, and you don’t have any control over them. This film is a great testament to that. On the one hand you have post-Watergate Richard Nixon, who chooses Robert Frost as an interviewer thinking he can best him. On the other hand, there’s Frost, a freewheeling guy, who doesn’t seem to know exactly what he’s doing, or what he wants to find out. The surprising result from this great battle of wits is one of the most telling interviews in the history of television.

1. Fictional President (?) – Wag the Dog (1997)

Yes, the best works about American presidents are about fictional ones, and we could do a countdown of fake presidents alone. This cynical tale of a spin-doctor (Robert De Niro) and a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman) fabricating a fake conflict with Albania in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal, sounds more plausible than ever; with the advancements in technology, the rise of the power of the internet and the (poor) state of journalism and the media today.

So, after watching all of these movies and shows, you can go out and vote. This list couldn’t break the current tie between Democrats and Republicans, so it’s all in your hands now. The world and I are counting on you to make the right choice. Don’t disappoint us!

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Our Two Cents on Big Budget Productions

October 23rd, 2012 by Barak

Cloud Atlas is coming out this week – It’s an epic, stylized and world spanning movie that looks and sounds extremely ambitious. Maybe a bit too ambitious ($100 million budget, a tagline that says “everything is connected” and an even more pompous synopsis). We’ve listed 10 of the most overly ambitious movies/TV shows that probably needed to display a bit more modesty, as there possibly could have been a much better use for the money spent on their production:

10. The Golden Compass

Budget: $180 million

There’s so much going on in this movie and at such a fast pace, that there’s hardly time to appreciate the impressive special effects. Although there are a lot of events during the movie, none of them are really dramatic or engaging.

What could have been done with the money instead: 180 pandas could have been purchased from China and be at your disposal for a period of 10 years. Needless to say, if the pandas give birth during that period, the newborns belong to China.

9. Inception

Budget: $160 million

Inception was overrated and overbuzzed. It’s a dream within a dream within a dream, or is it a dream? I don’t care! The movie might be mind-bending, but it’s definitely not thought-provoking. It’s completely empty of substance.

What could have been done with the money instead: 53,333,333 starving children could have gotten a happy meal.

8. The Last Airbender

Budget: $150 million

A major contributor to M. Night Shyamalan‘s downfall, The Last Airbender suffers from awful acting, an insulting script, and a pace that makes the movie’s 103 minutes seem like an eternity.

What could have been done with the money instead: 15 million cashmere sweaters could have been purchased and given to homeless people who are freezing at night while they sleep in the cold.

7. Terra Nova

Budget: $44 million

The most obvious thing about Steven Spielberg‘s Terra Nova is that a lot of time and effort were put into creating convincing looking dinosaurs, but not nearly enough time was spent on the script. This is a show that redefines the term cardboard characters.

What could have been done with the money instead: 440 hospitals could have been built in Africa.

6. FlashForward

Budget: $44 million

The show had a promising and interesting premise, but really nothing else. While Lost didn’t make sense, but at least gave you the motivation to try and make sense of it all, in FlashForward you just stop caring after a few episodes.

What could have been done with the money instead: 146,666 Lavazza coffee machines could have been bought for homes and workplaces, which don’t own a machine of this sort, thus forcing their dwellers to drink plain coffee.

5. The Fountain

Budget: $35 million

The Fountain can be referred to as New Age mambo jumbo. This movie has no character development whatsoever, it tries to raise ideas about the meaning of life, but it only succeeds in raising ideas about the meaning of being bored.

What could have been done with the money instead: the money could have been used to finance a college education for 1,166 young men and women, who grew up in poor families.

4. The Tree of Life

Budget: $32 million

Once you have rejoiced at the sight of people after 10 minutes of looking at solar systems, you realize that you don’t really have much to be joyful about at all. What follows the solar systems is a simple and depressing story about a family with young children, who are suffering under the hand of their abusive father.

What could have been done with the money instead: 4 million tickets could have been purchased for people who deserve to see less pretentious and more coherent movies.

3. Touch

Budget: $30 million

The concept of a mute child (by choice?) doing the narration for the series is a bit weird. But the main problem of the show is that it doesn’t live up to its name – its pretentiousness doesn’t really allow it to be “touching”.

What could have been done with the money instead: 42,857 poor people, who are still using the iPhone 4s, could have gotten an iPhone 5.

2. 2001: Space Odyssey

Budget: $10.5 million

This odyssey is regarded as a masterpiece by many, but also as an incredibly boring and very (very!) slow movie by a chosen few. In Hans Christian Andersen’s short story “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” two weavers promise the Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” What I’m trying to say is that 2001: Space Odyssey is actually rubbish.

What could have been done with the money instead: The money could have been given to Bono, he knows best who’s really in need in this world.

1. It’s All About Love

Budget: $10 million

When you go to see a movie that’s titled It’s All About Love, you have certain expectations regarding what the movie is about – and in this case your expectations would probably be wrong. It’s an incoherent movie with an unclear message that makes you wonder why the hell they gave the movie its (unrelated) title and also why it was made in the first place.

What could have been done with the money instead: The money could have been divided between Jinni employees who have the same first name as important politicians.

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Not all Reunions are Sweet

April 5th, 2012 by Ben

American Reunion, the latest installment from the American Pie franchise, is opening in theaters this weekend. This time, all the original cast (and I mean everyone) from the first movie has returned, so there’s a bit of nostalgia and hopefully some good laughs in it.

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The first American Pie was a huge success and a great film. First of all, it was genuinely funny, and had everything its target audience (mainly teens) was looking for. Second, similar to Scream, Blair Witch Project, Saw and Shaun Of The Dead, it re-defined its own genre, and therefore had many copycats. But since then American Pie has become a franchise, with a lot of lousy films that disgraced the brand name. American Reunion, which returns to the basics, will hopefully restore the movie series’ (dubious) pride.

We decided to take a look at previous and upcoming reunions, sequels and remakes that came after long intervals between installments, whether on the big screen or on your TV sets. These are movies that made waves at one point in time, and we wanted to see if the sequels lived up to the hype and met the high standards of the original classics:

The Godfather – Part III

(back after 16 years of shady mafia business)

Following his 2 cinematic masterpieces, Francis Ford Coppola returns to the crime scene with The Godfather 3. Michael Corleone travels to Italy and gets into a brawl with another Don and the Vatican. He is getting older, while his kids are growing up into annoying supporting characters, especially Sofia Coppola (somebody mention nepotism?), who is just irritating in every scene. Actually, the best thing that came out of this film is her decision to quit acting, which led her to focus on directing films like Lost In Translation.

Caesar’s vote:   

Die Hard 4 – Live Free Or Die Hard
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(back after 12 years of letting his sore bones heal)

When concerns rise about John McClane’s legacy, Bruce Willis pledged that this is going to be a kick-ass movie, and he delivers. Although McClane has a grown-up daughter and less (or actually no) hair, he is still the bad-ass hero who kills a lot of bad guys in innovative ways while complaining, cursing and cracking jokes. The villains have been upgraded to today’s standards as high-tech thieves, but they are still merciless. When your sidekick mentions in awe that “you’ve just killed a helicopter with a car!”, this tells us that the action is quite enjoyable…

Caesar’s vote: thumbs-up-emperor-1-5

Indiana Jones 4 – The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

(back after 19 years of treasure hunting)

One of life’s lessons, is that it’s important to keep your promises. When you’re dealing with one of the most iconic characters in film history, it is actually kind of crucial. Steven Spielberg promised he wouldn’t use CGI effects, and…? The movie feels at times like an interactive computer game. Harrison Ford promised he wouldn’t have a son, and what happened…? Indie is “rewarded” with Shia LaBeouf as his successor.

Indiana Jones movies were always big on supernatural endings, but aliens? Come on. And that’s not all, since Ford is older (66), they changed the period from the 30′s to the 50′s, but kept the Nazis (Indie’s ultimate nemeses) as the villains, which doesn’t work well. And don’t get me started about Cate Blanchett’s German accent.

Caesar’s vote: 892cap012

Bad Boys II

(back after 8 years of trash-talking)

The first Bad Boys movie was a great action-comedy flick, and one of director Michael Bay’s best films (before he mangled with Transformers). Bad Boys 2 continues the great chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as two partners in Miami PD who investigate a drug crime and in between just can’t shut up. A fast and exciting movie, with one particularly memorable car chase through a Brazilian favela.

Caeser’s vote: thumbs-up-emperor-1-5

Basic Instinct 2

(back after 14 years of shopping for underwear)

Sharon Stone returns as the murderous femme fatale, who prefers not to keep her legs crossed. Without Michael Douglas, the producers probably thought Stone had enough star power to carry the movie. But likeable characters and a convincing script are usually important as well. And so, except for the regular provocations, there isn’t much to sell here.

Caesar’s vote: 892cap012

Wall Street 2 – Money Never Sleeps


(back after 23 years behind bars)

Michael Douglas returns to his infamous role as Gordon Gecko, who believes, in his own words, that “greed is good”. He just gets out of jail and tries to blend right back into the changing financial world; he also tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter, who is engaged to an up and coming trader (this time it’s Shia LaBeouf – what’s up with him and sequels?)

Overall this is an adequate film, but has a hard time filling in the gigantic shoes of the original. That’s what happens when you try to tamper with Gordon Gecko’s legacy – you get outmaneuvered.

Caesar’s vote: 892cap012

The Boondock Saints II – All Saints Day

(back after 10 years of laying low in Ireland)

Nobody thought there was going to be a second Boondock Saints. The first movie was innovative, with a great script and characters; It was supported by hilarious shticks and original story-telling, such as presenting the violence sprees through the detectives’ recap, or showing crowd interviews referring to the morality of the Saints’ actions. It was a unique film, a one-time deal.

10 years later, the vigilante Irish brothers are back in Boston, with a vengeance. The sequel kept the humor and the offbeat-ness, and of course the great gunfight sequences. There’s no way to recreate the original Boondock Saints, but frankly, this is as close as you can get.

Caesar’s vote: thumbs-up-emperor-1-5

2000’s Sylvester StalloneRocky Balboa (Rocky VI) & John Rambo (Rambo IV)

(back after 16, well actually 8 years of doing straight-to-DVDs)

Sylvester Stallone’s comeback to the big screen is impressive. But like a singer who covers well-known songs, Stallone has built his comeback on his two franchises (Rocky & Rambo), which made it easier to digest.

In Rocky Balboa, although Adrian is gone (no more ADRIAN!!!), we get to see Rocky’s relationship with his son. As usual, Rocky arrives as the underdog and tries to beat the odds against a stronger opponent. The movies were always uplifting and inspirational, and Rocky 6 manages to follow that line.

John Rambo, obviously, went more into violent territories. It’s interesting to see how Rambo had developed over the years from a tormented tragic hero into a human killing machine, as the action sequences (and the body count) keep on rising. The 4th installment loses some of its distinguishing features, like Colonel Trautman (passed away) or even the shirtless muscles (too many tattoos; same headband though). Rambo is less ideological here, but he still functions as a lone wolf and an actual one-man army. It’s not the definitive Rambo installment, but it’s a proper action film with heavy emphasis on the violence.

Caesar’s vote: gonefishing

90’s L.A. comeback – 90210 & Melrose Place

(back after 8 years of renting out the place)

Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place are two legendary 90’s iconic TV shows. They were both created by Darren Star, and Melrose rode Beverly’s success while being advertised as a second generation to the hit show (when they were, in fact, older). Every household, whether it is proud of it now or not, watched them devotedly back then.

Nowadays, those two L.A.-life series return with a younger cast, but also with some of the old characters making a moderate comeback – Kelly, Brenda and Donna in Beverly; Amanda, Michael, Sydney and others in Melrose. Melrose, who naturally followed 90210, got cancelled after one season; 90210 still hangs on as it’s about to embark on its 4th season. It’s hard to compare between two series from different generations, so the jury is still out on this one.

Caesar’s vote: be-right-back-red-blue--4053_preview

So we can see that there’s no decisive conclusion regarding the fate of reunions; however, caution should be highly exercised when trying to temper with cinematic gems. Here’s a quick review of two more intriguing titles that are about to re-surface soon:

Dallas (upcoming)

(back after 21 years of family feuds over who shot J.R.)

J.R., Bobby, Sue Ellen – Texas is quivering just from the sound of these names. The Ewing family is back in business, with all the intrigue and manipulations that you can imagine. The creators added new blood to the veterans, with the young (and beautiful) next generation of the Ewings. Wonder if they kept the same mythical opening tune; time will tell if this would stand up to J.R.’s criterion.

Prometheus (upcoming) – Alien

(33 years since the first time a creature landed on someone’s face and came out of his stomach)

Ridley Scott goes back to his roots and revives the Alien franchise (last known traces were in 1997) – the best sci-fi horror in space, where “no one can hear you scream”. While Scott returns to the director’s chair, Ellen Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) absence sticks out. Let’s hope that Prometheus would preserve the Alien legacy and not experiment too much with the saga, as a lot of devoted fans are standing by, ready to praise or criticize this highly anticipated movie.

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This is Entertainment | Breaking News by Jinni News

April 1st, 2012 by Barak

No more relying on CNN (or E!), now Jinni has its own up-to-the-minute news channel! You will finally be the first to know what’s going on behind the scenes. Here are today’s top 10 news items:

A new sci-fi movie is coming out, co-produced by Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.  It promises to be moving and very exciting. The plot will tell the incredible story of an orphan with two living parents.


After the tremendous success of The Artist, which paid homage to an earlier era of cinema – the silent era, Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicious is planning a new movie that will show a painting for 80 minutes. It will be a painting/movie about 2 kids, a boy and a girl that spontaneously kiss one another. The movie will be shown in U.S theaters and in selected caves.


After tiring with her cute image, and wanting to silence many journalists, bloggers, politicians and writers who called her “too cute”, Zooey Deschanel is set to step into Tobin Bell‘s shoes as Jigsaw in the Saw film franchise. Will she attract a new audience of hipsters to the dying franchise and manage to revive it?


After setting new negative records at last year’s Razzie awards, Adam Sandler wants to be recognized with quality this year. Sandler will star in Hungarian director Bela Tarr‘s new 7 hour, black & white, existential epic film. The plot of the movie will revolve around loneliness, isolation and poverty.

A new East European movie is earning a lot of praise and promises to sweep the upcoming Oscars. The emotional and inspiring story revolves around a deaf and mute young man who works at a call-center against all odds.

The lovely Jessica Chastain, who appeared last year in The Help, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, The Tree of Life, Wilde Salome and Texas Killing Fields has already committed to appear in 10 feature films this year, and will continue holding on to her demanding 12 hours a day job at a prestigious law firm. This single mother of 6 is an inspiration to us all.

After making the completely serious comedy Young Adult, Jason Reitman‘s next project will be a crime movie about 3 honest, hardworking individuals who work in order to provide for their families. The movie follows them as they pay taxes and do their work devotedly.


After stating that he doesn’t care about the quality of the movies he’s in, only in how much money he earns in them, Nicolas Cage will appear in Transformers 4 as a robot whose only line will be: “My Eye!”.  “Whatever pays the bills”, he said.


A surprising remake was announced – Zack Efron and Betty White will star in a remake to the classic 1967 movie The Graduate. Efron’s character (Ben) will have an affair with the much older Mrs. Robinson (Betty White). He will then fall in love with her younger daughter (played by Angela Lansbury).

After transforming his appearance for The Name of the Rose and Hellboy, Ron Perlman is upping the ante: He is set to play a hacker named Phil who undergoes a sex change operation and becomes Phyllis in a new comedy movie called Frankie Goes Boom.

And thus ends our first daily roundup of entertainment news for today, April 1, 2012. Wait, what….?!

Fooled you! All of these news stories are fake (for now), except for one that’s actually true. Can you guess which one is the real news story?

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