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!

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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.

Happy Birthday To The King of Pop; Share Your MJ Memories!

 

Michael Jackson Birthday

The King of Pop would have been 56 today.

In honor of his life and career, we ask that you share your favorite memory of Michael Jackson and his music on our Facebook post or on Twitter - be sure to include @bigstarmovies.

Here are some amazing facts about the icon’s success.

  • “Thriller” went on to win eight Grammys in 1984 and sell between 65 and 110 million copies worldwide.
  • After producing “Thriller,” Quincy Jones and Jackson collaborated on his next album, “Bad,” which sold 45 million copies.
  • “Beat It” was Jackson’s peace offering to the Los Angeles gangs. The music video included some of South Central’s most notorious gang members.
  • After “Thriller,” Jackson not only established himself as the King of Pop, but he amassed so much wealth that in 1985 he was able to purchase The Beatles catalog of about 250 songs.
  • The 14 minute music video for “Thriller” was one of the first made by a major film director, John Landis, who directed ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘An American Werewolf in London’.

So if you’re a huge Michael Jackson fan or just feel like rocking out at your desk, be sure to check out these three captivating documentaries featuring the King of Pop…

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“Michael Jackson: The Secrets Of A Legend”

This release focused on late pop star Michael Jackson takes a probing look at his death in 2009, examining aspects of his development and personal life that may have contributed to his eventual demise at the young age of 51.

 

 

 

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“What Killed The King Of Pop?”

Michael Jackson’s dramatic death was more than just the loss of a man–it was the beginning of a legacy he’d leave behind. This hard-hitting documentary traces the last months of the singer’s life, examines the circumstances that led to his untimely passing, and explores the controversy and unanswered questions about a death that many say could have been prevented.

 

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“ALIVE! Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?”

Could the King of Pop actually be alive? Investigative journalist Pearl Jr explores the possibility that Michael Jackson faked his death. In the tradition of Elvis Presley and Tupac Shakur, many fans will not accept the possibility that the legend has passed away. In Michael Jackson’s case, there in fact are many reasons to believe the King of Pop may have actually faked his death. Pearl Jr. lays out the amazing facts and several strange coincidences that could lead many people to believe Michael Jackson may not have died. Plus bonus features including a possible Michael Jackson sighting!

 

 

WATCH: New Trailer for David Fincher’s “GONE GIRL” with Ben Affleck

 Gone Girl

In case you missed it, a new trailer for Ben Affleck’s murder mystery thriller “Gone Girl” aired  during the Emmy Awards.  The film is directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn!

It has a cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry (I know right?), Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Boyd Holbrook, and Scoot McNairy.

Synopsis:

“Gone Girl” unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage.  On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing.  Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble.  Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

NF7: An Amazing Robot Football Sci-Fi Short Film

 Robot Football

The NFL season is ramping up… finally!  And to celebrate the start of the gridiron wars, we’ve got an awesome short film for you sports fans, sic-fi addicts, and movie lovers!

Director Marcus Alqueres created this fascinatingly cool sci-fi short film that depicts a world in which robots can play American football.  It looks like there might be a video game launch based on this short… or maybe this is our safest bet amid concerns about player safety.  If it came to this I’m sure we’d definitely miss the real athletes and human aspects of it all, but that wouldn’t change the fact that people would totally watch it.  But are we really headed in this direction??

Either way this is a very cool short that you have got to see!

Visual Effects: Marcus Alqueres, João Sita, Fernando Faria

NF7 Concept Art: Marco Teixeira

A/B Camera: Marcus Alqueres, Julian Van Mil

Commentator: Mark A. Brown

Athlete: Tyler Sarry

Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s Japanese Animation “THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA”

 Studio Ghibli's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The first U.S. trailer for Studio Ghibli’s upcoming new and incredibly unique animated feature “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” is out… We know how many of you love Japanese anime, and this here is the cream of the crop.  Just watch the trailer below and experience it for yourself!

Synopsis:

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata.

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Dogtown Skateboarding Legend JAY ADAMS Passes Away At 53

RIP Jay Adams

Today we just want everyone to remember legendary Dogtown skateboarder Jay Adams.  Jay passed away yesterday due to a heart attack at the age of 53 while on an extended surfing trip in Mexico.  RIP Jay and may your legacy continue forever.

February 3, 1961 – August 14, 2014

If you didn’t know, Jay Adams was an American skateboarder most prominently known as one of the original members of Z-Boys skateboarding team.  He is known as “The Original Seed” of the sport and widely considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.  

Jay Adams was born in a part of Venice, California known to locals as “Dogtown”.  He grew up with his mother and his step father, Kent Sherwood.  He began skating and surfing at just 4 years old!  His father worked at Dave Sweet’s Surf Shop under Pacific Ocean Park, where Jay was introduced to skateboarding by all the surfers who visited.  In 1974, he joined the Zephyr surf team that represented the famous Santa Monica shop Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions.  He was the youngest and most naturally gifted member of the team with his unique surf-style approach to skateboarding.  When asked about Jay, fellow Z-Boy Tony Alva said, “Some kids are born and raised on graham crackers and milk, he was born and raised on surfing and skateboarding.”

RIP Jay Adams

This hits me personally as I grew up in Venice Beach, California alongside a lot of these skateboarding legends.  I met Jay back in the late 90s with a few mutual friends.  I was no doubt spinning from the excitement of being in the presence of skateboarding “royalty”, but it was clear at the time this lord of Dogtown was struggling with some afflictions.  It’s no secret Jay has had his share of problems – from his youth years of growing up with nothing to the murder of his brother and death of his remaining family in the same year to his addiction, legal issues, and prison time for drugs – it’s not entirely too surprising to learn of this early tragedy.  It’s just sad.  He and his wife were allegedly sober for months, and for the first time allowed in years, on a trip outside of the US.

In honor of Jay’s passing, we’re watching the skateboarding documentary “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL”.

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Packed full of skate mania: Great Bails Section, Angel Ramirez drunken skateboarding, Josh Murphy’s Back Smith Speer 10 stair rail, Ramirez’s Alley-Oop Backside 180 Over speer rail, Derek Milton’s Kickflip Front 50-50 Gazebo 9 stair rail, Nial Frederickson’s Switch Ollie 16 stair in a line, David Reye’s Frontside Noseblunt Speer rail & Kickflip Backside Crook 9 stair rail, Travis La’s Boardslide on another skateboard down a handrail, Sean Frederickson’s Back 50-50 down Emage 20 stair rail, and more!!

Starring Travis La, David Reyes, Josh Murphy, Derek Milton, Justin Shardy, Paul Azevedo, Trevor Uriona, Angel Ramirez, Gordie Cousino, Nial Frederickson, Sean Frederickson, Jared Stoots, Jerrod Saba, Micah Hollinger.

 

 

Shark Week Scaring You? Watch These Surfers Ride The High Stakes Location “SHARK PARK”

Fact: Sharks eat people.

Shark Week is making that incredibly clear already.  And as fascinating as that is, we at BIGSTAR would really rather not scare ourselves out of the oceans we love to boat, surf, and swim in.  But since we’re movie lovers and can’t help ourselves, here’s “SHARK PARK” a movie about surfer, filmmaker, photographer, and ocean expert Greg Huglin – a man possessed.

SHARK PARKGreg is a Californian who has traveled the world in search of surf, returning home only to continue the hunt in his own backyard.  So for over a decade, he’s been playing a very private game of wave riding poker that was finally dealt out in a very high stakes location.  Huglin had done his research well and the name for this wave of chance is “Shark Park”.

Factors that don’t normally affect near-shore waves like incessant winds, raging currents, and gray-suited locals are major forces to deal with out there.  That’s right… the sharp toothed, scary finned, Jaws looking kind of locals.  Get a bad hand, and you might not be able to walk away with your life, much less your wetsuit.

Click any image to stream the story of Greg’s pursuit and amazing adventures that will go down as history in the making.

 

Happy 32nd Birthday Actress and Model Devon Aoki!

Devon Aoki

Happy Birthday Devon Aoki!

Born in New York but raised in California, Devon is no stranger to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana Steakhouse magnate Rocky Aoki, and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Devon is of Japanese, German, and English ancestry. She started modeling when she was 13, the same year her godmother introduced her to modeling legend Kate Moss. She is now the face of Lancome and is one of the top earners at her agency, Women.

Fun facts about this sexy socialite and actress:

She won the role of a street racer in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) but, as it turned out, she didn’t know how to drive. She had to be taught by professional stunt racers.

She was Miho in Robert Rodriguez’ and  Frank Miller’s “SIN CITY”

Her brother is DJ Steve Aoki Kid Millionaire and also owns and operates Dim Mak records.

She’s a mom! Gave birth to her 1st child, a boy, at age 28 in 2011, then her second, a girl, in 2013.

Filmography:

Suki in “2 FAST 2 FURIOUS”

Dominique in “D.E.B.S.”

Miho in “SIN CITY”

Kuri Yanagawa in “WAR”

Valerie Duval in “MUTANT CHRONICLES”

…And more!

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Today in History: The Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima; Two Revealing Documentaries

Today in History: Hiroshima

Today in 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.  A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins.  The loss of life both immediately and in the following weeks/years was devastating.  Days later, Japan announced its surrender in World War II.

Not proudly, the United States became the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Though it marked the end of WWII, many historians argue that it also ignited the Cold War with The Soviet Union.  But that’s a whole other story!

It’s easy to use hindsight to see our mistakes in which we lose touch with humanity.  Let’s just hope we can learn from them and live in a more civilized world.  To help understand the awesome raw power and spirit of an affected country on the anniversary of Hiroshima, here are two revealing documentaries you can stream instantly on almost any device!

Trinity and Beyond‘TRINITY AND BEYOND: THE ATOMIC BOMB MOVIE” is a visually fascinating, award winning documentary presenting the history, development and testing of nuclear weapons between 1945 and 1963.

Featuring an original score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, this documentary reveals previously unreleased and classified government footage depicting in graphic detail these powerful and awesome weapons. Many scenes were repaired with an Academy Award® winning process created to restore the color. Director/producer Peter Kuran, traveled throughout the U.S. to uncover footage that includes bombs being suspended by balloon, exploding under the ocean, being shot from a cannon and detonated in outer space. ’Trinity and Beyond’ features extremely rare film segments from top secret government archives and startling footage of nuclear bomb tests conducted by the United States, Russia and China, including the largest atomic explosion ever detonated. In it is also an interview with Dr. Edward Teller, a developer of nuclear weapons and one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century providing an important understanding of events and the creations of technologies that have changed the world forever.

Spirit of Hiroshima“THE SPIRIT OF HIROSHIMA” Looks at the 1945 atomic bombing through the eyes of those who lived through it.  The film follows a Japanese family who lives in modern Hiroshima as they take their children to the 50th year ceremony.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Fukuji Fujihara

STARRING:

Charles Crawford – Narrator

David Hollenback – Hiroshi Sasamura

Peter Moller – Tsutomu Masuda

 

 

30 Years Later, Remembering Michael Jackson’s Pepsi New Generation Commercial!

MJ Pepsi Commercial

30 years ago in 1984, Pepsi and Michael Jackson teamed up to launch a groundbreaking ad campaign that would change advertising forever.  The deal was a $5 million partnership that would shatter the record for a celebrity endorsement deal and link the two entities for a decade.

Coke reportedly offered Michael and The Jacksons $1 million, which they rejected.  Pepsi saw this as an opportunity to make Coke look outdated and feature Pepsi as “the choice of a NEW generation”.  It worked… because if you were around in the 80′s and you loved Michael Jackson, chances are you drank Pepsi instead of Coke.

But what you probably didn’t know is that Alfonso Ribeiro – aka Carlton Banks from the hit show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” – is the little MJ and lead child dancer in this commercial… MIND BLOWN!  Below is the ad, and be sure to scroll down further for a recent interview Alfonso gave regarding his experience on that commercial set!

By the way, if you’re a huge Michael Jackson fan or just feel like rocking out at your desk, be sure to check out these three captivating documentaries featuring the King of Pop…

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