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

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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.

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?