Monday, August 19

Screen Scene: “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

The mere idea of turning a video game into a live-action film is ambitious enough, with cinematic masterpieces such as "Super Mario Bros." (1993) setting the bar. How can you top Dennis Hopper shooting lasers at John Leguizamo while giant lizard men roam around? "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" may boast a larger budget and 17 years' worth of new technology, but neither saves it from sinking in the quicksand. Read more...


"Pubertina" is one of the animation finalists that will be shown at this year's Shorttakes Student Film Festival tonight.

Shorttakes Student Film Festival showcases top 15 finalists

Tonight, fame, glory, prizes and coast to coast bragging rights will be bestowed upon the best films submitted to the Campus Events Commission's 16th annual Shorttakes Student Film Festival. Read more...

Photo: "Pubertina" is one of the animation finalists that will be shown at this year's Shorttakes Student Film Festival tonight.

"Pubertina" is one of the animation finalists that will be shown at this year's Shorttakes Student Film Festival tonight.

Jorma Taccone, John Solomon and Will Forte co-wrote the 2010 comedy, "MacGruber," which will be released in theaters on Friday.

Alumni bring MacGruber to theaters

What was originally pitched as a "Saturday Night Live" sketch about MacGyver's stepbrother who diffuses bombs using pieces of poop and pubic hair is now a feature-length movie titled "MacGruber." Read more...

Photo: Jorma Taccone, John Solomon and Will Forte co-wrote the 2010 comedy, "MacGruber," which will be released in theaters on Friday.

Jorma Taccone, John Solomon and Will Forte co-wrote the 2010 comedy, "MacGruber," which will be released in theaters on Friday.

The cast of "Lost" stands in the jungle for the last time. The show's finale will air Sunday, concluding six seasons of sweat, symbolism and survival. Before the finale, the pilot will re-air on Saturday, and the entire series will be recapped before the final episode airs.

“˜Lost’ culminates in frenzy of mystery, suspense

Amid thoughts and worries about finals and looming paper deadlines, students who are fans of the television show "Lost" are passionately meditating theories of Egyptian mysteries, biblical illusions and the conflict between science and faith. Read more...

Photo: The cast of "Lost" stands in the jungle for the last time. The show's finale will air Sunday, concluding six seasons of sweat, symbolism and survival. Before the finale, the pilot will re-air on Saturday, and the entire series will be recapped before the final episode airs.

The cast of "Lost" stands in the jungle for the last time. The show's finale will air Sunday, concluding six seasons of sweat, symbolism and survival. Before the finale, the pilot will re-air on Saturday, and the entire series will be recapped before the final episode airs.

Oscar Dantzler, a staff custodian at the Duke Chapel at Duke University, is featured in the upcoming documentary "The Philosopher Kings."

Lift your head to “˜The Philosopher Kings’

Leticia Chavez's day begins in the lobby of Hedrick Hall, where she works her way up seven floors, emptying the garbage cans of each lounge and laundry room before the crack of dawn, as students sleep soundly in their bunks. Read more...

Photo: Oscar Dantzler, a staff custodian at the Duke Chapel at Duke University, is featured in the upcoming documentary "The Philosopher Kings."

Oscar Dantzler, a staff custodian at the Duke Chapel at Duke University, is featured in the upcoming documentary "The Philosopher Kings."


Screen Scene: “Looking for Eric”

When a movie opens with a strong, stand-alone line, it becomes sort of like the film's thesis. A line like this establishes the essence of a film before we know anything about it. In "Slumdog Millionaire" we had "It is written," followed by Jamal Malik fulfilling his destiny. Read more...



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