Top 5 Movie Santa Clauses!

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‘Tis the season… And we’re taking the opportunity to judge good ol’ Kris Kringle right back with our five favorite movie Santa Clauses! Let’s see if you agree with our picks… 

#5. Edward Asner in ‘Elf’ (2003) 

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 #4. Edmund Gwenn in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947)

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 #3. Billy Bob Thornton in ’Bad Santa’ (2003)

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#2. Jack Skellington in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993)

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AND… #1. Dan Aykroyd in ‘Trading Places’ (1983)

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Trailer for George Miller’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is Pure Adrenaline!

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

We’re going to try and keep this as short and sweet as possible because the trailer for the new Mad Max film is AMAZING!

George Miller wrote and directed the cult classic Mad Max movies starring Mel Gibson and he returns at the helm of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron (with super short hair).

The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones.

Here’s the synopsis.. or just get straight to the badass trailer below and read it after!!

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (TOM HARDY), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (CHARLIZE THERON), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”

Did you know?… George Miller is a an actual doctor and his background in medicine is reflected in the main character of his Mad Max movies, Max Rockatansky.  Max is named after Baron Carl von Rokitansky, who invented the procedure used to remove the internal organs in an autopsy, still called the “Rokitansky procedure”. Gross!

Ok ok.. The trailer!

 

It’s Here! The First Teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!

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It’s here! It’s here! The first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens! We’re so happy it’s almost unbearable and our faces are hurting from the silly smiles we’re wearing! This series, my fellow movie lovers, is why I personally got into film and 99% of the reason I wear Star Wars t-shirts everywhere I go.

The trailer is fantastic! To be honest I thought it was a parody for the first few seconds because your just not sure what this Storm Trooper is doing or running from. But you quickly see snippets of the amazing footage and spacecrafts that we all are familiar with.

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The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, Warwick Davis, and Peter Mayhew.

It comes out on December 18th, 2015. Can’t wait!

ENJOY!

 

First Trailer for Peter Pan adaptation “PAN” with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard

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We’ve got the trailer for “PAN”, Director Joe Wright’s modern adaptation of the warm & familiar story of Peter Pan… Except this isn’t the stiff, oversized illustration book read to you as a bedtime story.  This here’s a much darker origin story starring Hugh Jackman and we’re super pumped about it!

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

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The film also stars Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Levi Miller, Taejoo Na, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Kurt Egyiawan, Lewis MacDougall, Leni Zieglmeier, Jack Charles, and Amanda Seyfried.

Release date is July 17th, 2015.

5 Facts About Chris Hemsworth, ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

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That’s right.  People Magazine has chosen Australian born Chris Hemsworth as their new Sexiest Man Alive.

“I’m most excited about the ‘alive’ portion of that statement,” Hemsworth, 31, said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday, where his People magazine cover was revealed.  ”The sexy is a bonus, and I’m flattered.”

Aside from his good looks, here are a few other things you probably didn’t know about the actor:

  • Born on a Thursday, the day of the week named after Thor.
  • He’s the middle child to brothers and actors Luke and Liam. 
  • In 2006, he competed in the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.
  • He’s married to fellow actor Elsa Pataky (“Fast & Furious” films).
  • They have three children: one girl and twin boys.

 

Honoring Veterans Day With 5 Great Films!

Today is Veterans Day!  In honor of those U.S. Veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much, we bring you 5 award-winning films featuring stories of those who have laid it all on the line for freedom and those of us who can’t fight.

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At the end of World War II, few Americans dreamed that less than five years later the nation would once again be involved in a bloody overseas conflict. Yet June 25, 1950 marked the beginning of a war like no other America had ever fought.  “Korea-the Forgotten War” delivers on all counts a riveting film that will break your heart and open your mind.

 

 

 

FAREWELL DARKNESS

After four years of military service, Michael Pasternak (Keith Compton) returns home to Chicago to confront his alcoholic father, Roman (Circus-Szalewski). Roman physically abused Michael’s mother Teresa (Heidi Klefstad) to her breaking point of suicide. Michael enlists the help of his old friends Dougie and Paul (David Bianchi, Luis Segui) to aid in his plan for revenge against his father, but after reconnecting with his high school girlfriend Rose (BriAnna Weaver) he finds it hard to carry out his plans for vengeance. Michael must then decide to destroy the true terror of his life or leave the past as it lies.

Directed by Daniel J. Pico and starring David Bianchi, Circus-Szalewski, Keith Compton, Heidi Klefstad, Spencer Lord, Jared Martzell, Amanda Melby, Dusty Mitchell, Paul Pierro, and Duane Sharp.

THE FALLEN

The Fallen is a World War II film depicting the confusion of both sides in wartime Italy.  The film portrays partisans and regular soldiers ineffectively coursing through the difficult mountainous terrain.  The suggestive dialogue is seen with a minute portrayal of dark humor during combat where both sides are hesitant to win over the other side due to the chaotic nature of discord, disorganization and the conflicts of war in general.

Directed Ari Taub and starring Daniel Asher, Brian Bancale, C.J. Barkus, Maurizio Benazzo, da Bernardini, Gianluca Bianco, Matthew Black, Paul Bomba, Davidé Borella, Kenny Bowton, Justin Brett, Bob Brown, & Hans-Dieter Brückner.

INJURY SLIGHT: PLEASE ADVISE

This film re-enacts the true account of ace fighter pilot Charles O’Sullivan, shot down in the jungles of New Guinea during World War II.  O’Sullivan survived thirty days in the jungle, encountered a native tribe while seeking help, and was forced to fight his way out of their village when they attacked him with the intent to eat him.  He was then hunted through the jungle as he made his escape from their territory.  Sully finds a friendly Australian outpost and was ultimately able to return home.  Fifty years later, the wreckage of O’Sullivan’s plane was discovered.  Sully learned that the story of his encounter with the tribal warriors had turned into a local legend, and still being told among the local people.  This unique documentary takes you on a journey through the Pacific War into the jungle of New Guinea, re-living one soldiers harrowing and ultimately heroic experience during World War II.

Directed by Josh Baxter and starring Clayton Bowman, Gabe Mayhan, Greg Norris, Jony Flores, Osman Crisanto, Lester Fernandez, Ronny Castillo, Jose Melendez, & Norlan Alvarez.

SUBMARINES AT WAR

This film features four rare WWII-era documentary films, including one in full color, about submarines and the “silent service” during World War II. These include The Silent Service, a vivid history of U.S. submarine operations in the Pacific. Running nearly 40 minutes, this rare color film was produced in 1946, and documents the unrestricted submarine warfare campaign launched by Admiral Charles A. Lockwood against the Japanese merchant fleet. Italso features re-enactments of daring attacks against enemy naval targets and includes rare footage of submarines rescuing American airmen forced to ditch at sea.

Directed by Fred Plasma and starring Admiral Charles Lockwood, Rear Admiral Daniel Gallery, Lt. Albert David, Oblt. Harald Lange, Commander Earl Trosino, Seaman Earnest Beaver & Fleet Admiral Osami Nagano.

 

 

“CHAPPIE” Trailer: District 9′s Neill Blomkamp’s New Robot Adventure

 

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Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

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From Neill Blomkamp, the director of “DISTRICT 9″, the film stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er of DIE ANTWOORD, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.

Enjoy the trailer…

 

 

WATCH: Trailer for “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”

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Here’s the trailer for the upcoming documentary “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles.” This should be amazing and it’s about time someone has tackled this.  However, it can’t be easy seeing how one would have to create a film about probably the greatest mind of modern media.  No pressure.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three medias.  Most notably…

Theatre: “Caesar” (1937), a Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar.

Radio: The infamous 1938 broadcast “The War of the Worlds.”

And in Film: “Citizen Kane” (1941), globally ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.  Ever.

The film features interviews with : Martin Scorcese, Richard Linklater, Simon Callow, Peter Bogdanovich, Steven Spielberg, and so many more!

Director: Chuck Workman

Enjoy the trailer….

 

Smile! Adorable Pet Halloween Costumes!

Sometimes it’s adorable. Sometimes it’s just mean.  But you have to admit these pooches and kitties are so cute that you can’t help but smile.

Who said Halloween has to be spooky?  Why can’t our favorite furry friends get in on the fun with some movie-inspired costumes and more?  Here we go..

“Jurassic Park” kitty

Who doesn’t like tacos?

Pumpkin Head?  Not happy.

Batman and Robin dobermans. Ben?? 

“Ghost Dog” …And not the movie starring Forest Whitaker.

Elvis lives!… as a pug. 

An Ewok! The force is strong in this pooch. 

This little guy isn’t too thrilled about “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

Cat in the Hat.  You had to see this one coming.

There better be more bananas in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

Hipster Dog.

For our LGBT fans… this fabulous bulldog. 

“Toy Story’s” Woody!  

*We’ve linked the original source of these photos to their respective Instagram feeds to give them the credit due for their creativity and wonderful pets. :) Just click on any photo.

WATCH: Three Environmental Documentaries In Honor Of Climate Week NYC!

Climate Week NYC

Photo courtesy: Mashable

This week is Climate Week NYC !  It’s the annual international platform for governments, businesses and civil society to collaborate on low carbon leadership and innovation.

Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC will coincide with the UN Climate Summit, creating a unique opportunity for the world’s most influential individuals and groups to come together and create urgently needed momentum ahead of 2015’s critical climate talks in Paris.

Including several celebrity spokespersons including Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, Climate Week NYC offers a vital platform for the bold leadership and innovative collaboration we require to secure a safer, more prosperous low carbon future.

At BIGSTAR, not only do we work in a sustainable environment, but we also provide both free and premium members with an extensive collection of movies that focus on ecologically-aware endeavors and catastrophes. We feel it’s important to be knowledgable about the impacts of not just individuals, but of global corporations.

Even if you doubt the impact of climate change and oil spills, or just don’t buy it at all, these are still compelling and relevant films that illustrate environmental responsibility while also addressing other social, economic and national security issues.  Here are just a few of our favorite titles…

Carbon Nation“CARBON NATION” is an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national & energy security and promotes health & a clean environment. Public opinion is sliding the wrong way – far fewer people are concerned about climate change than even a year ago. This film gives an entertaining, informed and pragmatic primer about why it’s incredibly smart to be a part of the new, low-carbon economy: it’s good business. The optimism and pragmatism are appealing across the political spectrum. While other good films have been about problems, blame and guilt, ‘Carbon Nation’ is a film that celebrates solutions, inspiration and action.

The Big Fix“THE BIG FIX” is a scathing documentary about the Deepwater Horizon spill produced in 2012, Filmmaker Josh Tickell digs into British Petroleum’s (BP) negligence elsewhere around the United States. Focusing particularly on the faulty pipelines in Texas and Alaska, Tickell exposes little known facts of BP’s, and realistically the entire petroleum industry’s, dirty practices. Truly both fascinating and controversial, The Big Fix shows how the 7,000 tons of dispersal poured into the Gulf of Mexico could prove, over time, even more dangerous than the oil itself.

Pipedreams Project“THE PIPEDREAMS PROJECT” In 2010, three kayakers paddled 900 km of British Columbia’s pristine coast to engage citizens about the risks posed by the Enbridge Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline. Their journey leads them face to face with the complexity of the environmental assessment process, the difficulties local communities face in having their voices heard, and the growing resistance against the pipeline. Leaving the city behind for adventure and exploration, they immerse themselves completely in one of the last truly wild places on Earth. They become deeply impacted by their experience, irreversibly entangled in the Pacific Northwest, and awakened to a world of power, politics and the question of democracy.