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.

KOREA - THE FORGOTTEN WARKOREA – THE FORGOTTEN WAR

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

 

Chappie Poster

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.

Chappie 2015

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”

Orson Welles Documentary

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.

 

 

Commemorate 9/11 With The Documentary “AMERICA REBUILDS II: RETURN TO GROUND ZERO”

Never Forget 9/11

19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against the United States.  Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

Today commemorates the 13th anniversary of those tragic events that took place on United States soil on 9/11.  The nearly 3000 people killed and their families will be remembered forever.

To commemorate the World Trade Center Memorial we’re featuring the following documentary…

Narrated by “LAW AND ORDER: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay “AMERICA REBUILDS II: RETURN TO GROUND ZERO” follows the story of rebuilding of the World Trade Center Area.  

America Rebuilds 2

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“AMERICA REBUILDS II: RETURN TO GROUND ZERO” follows the inside story of the engineers, developers, and architects as they work with politicians, residents and victims’ families as they began to build a new and larger World Trade Center from the wreckage of Ground Zero.  This powerful film explores the rebuilding of the Trade Center – which was entangled in political, and economic red tape for several years – and inside the engineering challenges posed from the first two major rebuilding projects.

This documents the continued effort in a way that is accurate and sensitive to what was at stake for New York and the entire nation.

 

 

 

WATCH: Trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s Steamy Thriller “THE BOY NEXT DOOR”

The Boy Next Door

The first trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s new psychological thriller “The Boy Next Door” has been released.  Directed by Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”), the story is one we’ve all seen before where a teenage boy and an older woman explore their forbidden attraction, but then it goes too far.

Jennifer Lopez

This photo is not from the movie.. but it really should be.

Pretty sure there has been a hundred titles with the same round-about plot where the boy gets obsessed and the mom’s world is turned upside down.  The only reason we’re giving this some BIGSTAR print is because it’s Jennifer Lopez!  Hot teacher mom next door Jennifer Lopez.

For you ladies, the boy is played by Ryan Guzman, and he looks way too old and yolked to be in high school.  So there’s that.

Here’s the trailer…

Breaking News: Comedy Queen Joan Rivers Dead at 81

Photo credit : Charles William Bush

Photo credit : Charles William Bush

The world just got a little less funny.

Comedy queen Joan Rivers has passed away at the age of 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she was rushed after she stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal chords at an endoscopy clinic on August 28.  She had been unconscious and on life support, in critical but stable condition.  Just yesterday she was moved out of intensive care into a private room.

“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today.  ”She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends.  My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers is survived by Melissa Rivers, 46, who is her producer and partner in red-carpet fashion interviews and reviews, and mother of Joan’s grandson, Cooper Endicott, 13.  RIP.

Joan and Melissa Rivers

 

PHOTOS: 16 Celebrities When They Were Young!

 Celebrities When They Were Young

No Way That’s Them…

Most of us go through that traumatic awkward stage as a kid.  And most of us are reminded of it when relatives pull out that dreaded photo album that sticks together because we used radioactive film back in the day.

Celebrities are no exception to this.  Then again there are a few you’ll see here that will have you wondering if they ever went through any awkwardness at all…. Enjoy!

1. HELEN MIRREN (AGE 25)

WOW!

2. SEAN CONNERY (AGE 23)

NICE BOW, SAILOR.

3. CHARLIZE THERON (AGE 14)

HOT… IN A NERDY, HIPSTER WAY.

4. CLINT EASTWOOD (AGE 26)

BEFORE HE TALKED TO CHAIRS, HE USED A PHONE.

5. STEVE JOBS (AGE 18)

 YOU CAN TOTALLY SEE HERE WHY HOLLYWOOD CHOSE ASHTON KUTCHER.

6. EMINEM (AGE 16)

MORE PROOF THAT EVERY RAP STAR WAS A DORK AS A CHILD.

7. CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (AGE 22)

HOT, YET CREEPY… IN A STANLEY KUBRICK SORT OF WAY.

8. JAMIE FOXX (AGE 17)

LET YOUR “SOUL GLO”!!

9. RYAN SEACREST (AGE 13)

O.M.G.

10. BRUCE WILLIS (AGE 18)

DIE HARD HELMET HAIR.

11. GEORGE CLOONEY (AGE 15)

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

12. MARTHA STEWART (AGE 20)

 SHE’S BEAUTIFUL, CLASSY, & FELONIOUS.

13. BETTY WHITE (AGE 20)

NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY! BUT SOMEHOW WE’RE NOT THAT SURPRISED. GO BETTY!

 14. NICOLE KIDMAN

NICOLE KIDMAN

WHOA HAIR.

15. ROBERT DOWNEY JR. 

ROBERT DOWNEY JR

IRON MAN.

16. BRAD PITT

BRAD PITT

WE’RE PRETTY SURE HE WAS BORN LIKE THIS.

WATCH: Gripping Trailer for Jon Stewart’s Debut Film “ROSEWATER”

 Rosewater Movie

Last summer, Jon Stewart took a sabbatical from hosting The Daily Show to direct his first feature film, “Rosewater”, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

The drama is based on the experiences of Iranian-born Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned & tortured for more than 100 days after Iran’s controversial 2009 presidential election.  What makes this even more haunting is the recent imprisonment and horrific execution of journalists in the Middle East – happening right now!

Rosewater Film

Here’s a brief synopsis that sums up the film nicely:

Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.

The haunting drama opens in U.S. theaters on November 7.