Jodie Foster’s 3 Most Memorable Roles

Award winning actress, Jodie Foster earned her spot on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Wednesday when she received her own star on the famous Hollywood boulevard. Starring in the likes of such classics as Taxi Driver, it is safe to wonder why she was not given a slot sooner!

Foster’s career does not just involve the art of acting. She has dabbled in directing and producing movies and television. Her appearances in movies have been sporadic in the last several years ,but anything is possible and all it takes is one smart choice of script to make another big impact in cinema once again.

Until, and if that happens, why don’t we analyze what this editorial picks as her three most memorable roles!

Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The classic psychological thriller is now 25 years old, as frightening as that maybe. The Oscar winning picture, directed by Jonathan Demme, was made with enough class so as not to easily be dismissed by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences as horror movies often are. Jodie Foster won an Oscar for Best Actress for Silence of the Lambs and it truly wasn’t just down to Anthony Hopkins’ slightly campy portrayal of man eating villain Hannibal Lecter. Foster’s Clarice Starling was young and vulnerable, somebody who was thrown into the “lion’s den.” Starling eventually found her deeply concealed courage as the FBI agent who was on the trail of a serial killer, but at the same time was seduced by Lecter’s cunning psychological methods behind bars to reveal personal information that resulted in the two forming an unusual bond.

One cannot help but think that had Foster signed up for the mediocre Hannibal (2001) that the sequel would have earned a more elevated reputation. Julianne Moore is a great actress but her altered portrayal, giving Starling a more assertive edge, took away from the apprehension that the story for that movie was narrating.

Meg Altman in Panic Room (2002)

Foster made a bit of a splash with Nell in 1994 but truly needed to make another captivating movie worthy of classic status. And it is probably of no surprise that Panic Room in 2002 turned out to be yet another psychological thriller. Based on the novel by James Ellison, Panic Room tells the story of a mother who, with a daughter suffering from diabetes, has to fight for both her life and her offspring when three intruders break into their home searching for a valuable piece.

If Silence of the Lambs delivered tension in unpredictable moments, then Panic Room would be viewed at as the one where the twitchiness and suspense would not seemingly die down throughout. Special mention has to be given to a young Kristen Stewart for her performance playing the physically plagued young Sarah.

Although the determination and strength of Clarice Starling wasn’t evident until the last half of Silence of the Lambs, Meg Altman’s is displayed rather early. A game of cat and mouse, Altman thought fast on her feet and displayed enough intelligence to almost constantly outwit the burglars, who get more and more desperate!

Panic Room is definitely one to check out for those that love fast paced thrillers, but be warned! Those with low lung capacities may find it difficult to breathe!

Iris in Taxi Driver (1976)

The wheels of Jodie Foster’s career had already been rolling for several years before the opportunity to star in Taxi Driver came along, so when it did she took it firmly with both hands!

Playing a prostitute named Iris on the unwelcoming streets of New York City in the mid 1970’s, it was a role that was rather minimal for the new girl on the Hollywood block. Robert De Niro commanded much more screen time, and to be fair it is felt that there was perhaps a little too much vigor in Iris considering the situation that she is in.

Still, Taxi Driver was the indicator for things to come for Jodie Foster’s career and the movie wouldn’t be what it turned out to be without Martin Scorsese’s masterful direction of showcasing the dejection and general misery that the city projected. Special credit has to be given to Michael Chapman for his fitting cinematography that consisted of lifeless colours and demonstrating the isolation of De Niro’s Travis Bickle that eventually sends him on the path of destruction, but achieving salvation for Iris.

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Could Actor Samuel L. Jackson Really Be Making A Move To Delaware?


(PCM) It is always a bit surprising when an actor reveals plans to move away from all the glitz and glamour associated with living in Hollywood and settle down some place a bit more low key, however we can imagine that the fast-paced L.A. lifestyle could be exhausting at times.  It seems that it is getting to be too much for actor Samuel L. Jackson, who has recently claimed that he looking to move to the Wilmington, Delaware area.

Jackson commented during a recent interview that he was “tired of the L.A. lifestyle” and is in search of a big change in life. Jackson went on to say, “I’m just tired of the L.A. lifestyle and I feel like, at this point in my life, I’d rather just live in a place full of real, genuine people. I’ve been to Wilmington a couple of times over the years and the people there are real… they’re genuine, and yeah every community has its problems but the people there are good, decent people and they care about their community. Those are the things I find most important in deciding where to live.”

Jackson went on to reassure fans that he had no plans on retiring anytime soon and that he just felt that the change in life he is looking for could be found in the Wilmington area. We can’t lie and say that we don’t have a bias, as of course, PCM headquarters is based in lil ol’ Delaware, and yes, we always adore when celebrities show our home state some love!

Welcome to mother f**king Wilmington, Mr. Jackson! We certainly hope this turns out to be true!

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Charlie Sheen And Whoopi Goldberg To Star In Upcoming Film “Nine Eleven”


(PCM) Filmmaker Martin Guigui announced the lead roles of the feature film, “Nine Eleven”.  Golden Globe winner Charlie Sheen and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg lead the cast of the action-drama, which depicts the powerful story of five individuals trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and their heroic struggle to survive. Industry veterans Luis Guzman and Wood Harris along with Olga Fonda also join the cast.

“Guigui and Golebiowski have been working the story development of this incredible project, and have delivered a powerful story around the most infamous day in modern U.S. history. Thunder Studios is proud to co-produce Nine Eleven and we are excited to have such incredible talent both in front and behind the camera,” said Rodric David, CEO of Thunder Studios.

Sheen’s manager and industry veteran, Mark Burg will serve as executive producer, along with Mr. David as well as Ryan Johnson, with Martin Sprock, Dahlia Waingort and Warren Ostergard producing. Good Universe is handling international sales.

“We are immensely grateful to bring this inspirational story to life. ‘Nine Eleven’ is a highly emotional journey and it took a dynamic bunch to collectively come together to make this unique film happen,” said Guigui. “We are fortunate to have such a gifted cast on board. Both Charlie and Whoopi are native New Yorkers who strongly identify with this story.”

Charlie Sheen added, “I feel deeply connected to the material and I’m so excited to be working with my dear friend Whoopi Goldberg.”

“Nine Eleven” is currently in production and will be shot entirely at Thunder Studios, taking advantage of the studio’s full suite of facilities in Long Beach. Thunder Studios co-producing with Sprockerfeller Pictures, Vitamin A Films and Sunset Pictures in partnership with director Guigui, who penned the script with Steven Golebiowski.

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3 ultimate roles of Chloe Grace Moretz!

The 5th Wave is one of them movies that just seemingly suddenly appeared with little promotion, especially here in the UK. Expectations for its success is minimal, but it does have one advantage. Rapidly rising female actress, Chloe Grace Moretz. Any visible limitations as far as emotional range is yet to be founded in her, which is what makes her interesting as far as the acting profession goes. Much in the same way that Welsh actor, Christian Bale has proven time and time again. It is not known how well the box office potential is for the 5th Wave, but even if it sinks without a trace in just a matter of weeks talented actors and actresses have been known to bounce back with a bang, albeit with a careful master plan. (Yes, Ben Affleck is in mind here.)

It is a rarity to witness an actor who is determined not to be typecasted and is willing to go out of their comfort zone, and while it is going to be challenging, let’s explore some of Chloe Moretz’ ultimate roles!

1. Kick Ass

Sure, she had a helping hand in delivering the pantomime, thanks to Aaron Taylor Johnson, but Moretz’ Hit Girl became the main attraction of this film. Her role was much more physical and had a sense of being more significant than Johnson’s Kick Ass. The tone of the movie was a little unbalanced, but this was sometimes to Moretz’ advantage, who was allowed to show a bit of everything in one picture. And let’s not forget that it was undoubtedly her most shocking role yet, as the screenplay intentionally employed excessive cursing which was not limited to any particular actor or actress involved, including the early teenage thespian. Whether it shocked you or made you laugh, the one thing that the character of Hit Girl did do successfully was make an impression!

2. Let Me In

Scowled at for being a remake of the Swedish modern vampire classic, Let The Right One in, Let Me In was directed by Matt Reeves. Understandably, the former director of Under Siege 2 wasn’t given much of a chance to make a decent effort but the Hammer movie turned out better than expected! Personally, the author here did not think too much of the original and found it rather wooden, littered with poor acting by both leads. However, Chloe Moretz delivered a very emotional performance that significantly lifted the Hollywood redo in terms of pure entertainment and general competence, while still retaining the substance that worked for many. Far different from her other earlier roles, Let Me In isn’t one for viewers who wish to watch something that will make them feel good. It’s a horror flick that contains many layers that ends with a conclusion that is obscure and can provoke thought for days.

3. If I Stay

If I Stay was made more for the teenage girl crowd who loves nothing more than to sit with a box of tissues and weep over both the romantic and tragic aspects of the narrative. If you think that sentence was a little sexist then you should know that the novel it was based on is also aimed at the younger generation of females. Nevertheless, while If I Stay may bore the pants off alpha males, the dramatic theme was another opportunity for Chloe to seize. And seize, she did. Having already attested to the fact that she can play emotional roles with ease, perhaps leaving the likes of more superficial roles as she gets older may be a wise choice because she is clearly above starring in your bare average Summer film.

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Virtual Reality: Hype or Disruptive Technology

By: Jordan Gregory

YHP-Gregory1It is official; I declare 2016 the year of the nerd. We now dominate the world! In the modern age of technology, everyone is always looking for the next cool app, viral video or brand new tech gadget coveted by the masses. The next big thing: Virtual Reality or VR for short. This technology is about to hit the scene in a massive way!

When I say those two magic words, most people hear “The Matrix.” Now you might be picturing a future where humanity has been enslaved by a society of advanced robotic AI programs. I guarantee you this will not be the case, for now, when Oculus Rift rolls out their cutting edge headset in March. Samsung released their Gear VR Headset before Christmas and it did sell out.

Most of my friends start foaming at the mouth when they talk about video gaming in a virtual reality environment. It is exciting to think that one day soon I will become fully immersed in a massive world like Skyrim or take up the mantle of an Assassin working against Abstergo Industries. As a gamer, I fully understand the berserker state that people are going into just to get their hands on a device.

While the mass adoption rate of VR in the short-term remains unknown, the long-term prospects point to it becoming an essential household device. Virtual Reality will change how we conduct our lives much like the invention of the computer or the smartphone. There is no part of society that will be left untouched by this technological leap.

Pioneers have already started working on applications in the field of education, storytelling, travel, manufacturing, architecture, real estate, therapy, adult entertainment and so much more.

Advances in medical education and training could speed up the learning process. As a medical student, you can learn and practice in a virtual environment, adjusting parameters, circumstances and injuries. This could save lives because of the access to new training tools.

Planning on attending a college, but not sure which one to pick? YouVisit has made it possible to tour colleges in Virtual Reality, without ever leaving your house. Feeling adventurous? Thanks to YouVisit, stopping for a quick tour of Machu Picchu and jumping over to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Russia is as easy as putting on a headset.

Relocating for a job is a common occurrence these days requiring multiple trips to your future home to explore the area and research your real estate options. Soon you’ll be able to explore a new city and potential homes virtually. You may even purchase a home before you setting a physical foot in the house. Imagine all the time you will save on traveling. Trust me, you need every minute for packing up your belongings.

There are many undiscovered applications for this new technology. It remains to be seen how consumers will adopt and use the medium. What I find most thrilling is the idea that people are out there pushing the boundaries of what it means to experience VR. Take notice now, because the world will look completely different in the next 10 to 15 years.

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Dick Van Dyke Turns 90 December 13, 2015. A Tribute

Dick-90Dick Van Dyke is probably one of Hollywood’s most illustrious personalities.  I won’t use the word famous.  He is not sought out for interviews and neither do you see his name in the rag sheets that you see at the supermarket while in line.  Dick Van Dyke is illustrious for exactly the opposite.  He has led a good quality life while giving us good quality entertainment.

Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925.  It was a Sunday, which is interesting in the fact that he would eventually teach Sunday school and write a book about the experience.  But I think it means more than that.  Dick Van Dyke opted to make movies he could bring his family to see.  So Sunday values were part of his career.

This article is not a short biography.  If you want that you can easily look that up on Wikipedia.  This is meant more as tribute to a man who has affected my life in a very positive way and I believe he still affects me and others to this day.

My first recollection of Dick Van Dyke would have been the film version of Bye Bye Birdie.  Bye Bye Birdie was a musical farce that was based on the real story of Elvis Presley being drafted into the army. Van Dyke had the lead role, which was the song writer for Birdie, he also played the role in the Broadway production.  What I remember most was his singing of a song that has become a standard called “Put On A Happy Face”.  It was duet he sang with Janet Leigh of Psycho fame.  The song had some great special effects in the film, but also was upbeat and yes happy.  It is a song I can still turn to when I feel sad or depressed.

My next recollection only comes in pieces.  Van Dyke played Rob Petrie in a sit com called The Dick Van Dyke Show.  The ongoing story was a comedy about a man who had to balance both work and home.  Van Dyke loved to do physical comedy and was a big fan of Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame.  You can see much of Laurel in the physical comedy that Van Dyke did in his show.  I was pre-school when this show was on so I did not see much of it then.  But in re-runs I’ve probably seen each episode about 50 times.  The show is timeless and so the comedy holds up today as well as it did when it was first aired in the early 1960s.

Drum roll please!  My biggest early recollection of Dick Van Dyke is probably the same of almost everyone that is reading this story.  Dick Van Dyke left his mark on all of us when he played Burt, the chimney sweep, in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins.  I would not call many movies perfect.  Mary Poppins is one of the perfect films.  It had it all, music, comedy, drama, and a story with a moral that both adults and children can relate too.  In that film Dick Van Dyke made an impression that is still being felt by both young and old alike.  In fact he also has the lines at the end that makes the point of the entire film.

Next comes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the story of the magic flying car that every kid loved to see.  Van Dyke played Characticus Potts a poor inventor who buys a beat up old car and turns it into a magnificent machine that can float fly and guide itself to its destination.  The film had some great songs and was fun to watch.  The story line had the same main emphasis though, the idea of how large a the role of the father plays in the growth of children.

Van Dyke went on to do more comedies for Disney as well as other studios.  I remember them vaguely but not with as much gratitude and joy that I feel as I have with the work mentioned above.

Dick Van Dyke today is still an inspiration to me.  When he was younger he overcame an issue with alcohol which in itself is amazing.  In the last few years he has been in all three of The Night At The Museum movie series with Adam Sandler.

When Mary Poppins, the Broadway stage show made it to Los Angelas he took a small part in the show.  Recently he has worked with some young men who call themselves Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix.  They record as well as do live performances.  This group also performed live at the San Diego Comic Con this year.  They were on the floor of the convention center, not on a pay to see stage venue.  This year he danced in a music video by Dustbowl Revival in a song called Never Had To Go.  You can catch the video on YouTube.

Dick Van Dyke will have spent his Birthday Party at Disneyland.  At 12:45 his singing group performs.  At around two o’clock a birthday parade, at 4:45 a Let’s Go Fly A Kite sing along, at 8:45 he is honored in the Paint the Night Parade as well as the fireworks display at 9:30.  Mr Van Dyke is not relaxing on his Birthday.

I feel a debt of gratitude and honor toward Mr. Dick Van Dyke.  He makes me happy.  He has put family values first.  He has shown us that old age can be a magnificent time of life, and he has given me and many others a life time of memories.  Happy Birthday Dick May God Bless You.

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