Titanic 20 Years On: A Look At It’s Legacy

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It is hard to believe that twenty years have nearly gone by since the release of James Cameron’s Titanic. The director already became famous by directing established low and high budget action films such as The Terminator and True Lies. But the Canadian had a keen interest in the famous oceanic tragedy that occurred in 1912 a couple of years before the creation process of the big blockbuster movie that cost in the region of $200,000,000 to develop.

The pre-release hype, at least in the UK, was quite minimal. But all that changed when the picture was unleashed!

Future movie stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio were still relatively unknowns. Winslet was born and bred in the UK in Reading. She had made a couple of British made movies but it wasn’t long before she was thrust into global stardom when she was elected to play Rose Dewitt Bukater, the troubled teenager who was engaged to be married to a millionaire, Cal Hockley who had a rather unsparing streak.

Dicaprio had previously got his taste for fame when he acted in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, a modern day telling of the famous Shakespeare play where two star crossed lovers meet a tragic ending. His first movie was Critters 3, the second sequel in the monster furball horror franchise. Before Titanic, Dicaprio had a tendency to pick roles that depicted challenges in relationships and life itself. They may not be everybody’s cup of tea but the now 42 year old actor was certainly on the right path if he wanted to showcase genuine acting talent.

James Cameron showed his attribute for persistence when he pitched the idea of Titanic to 20th Century Fox. They originally requested Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt for the role of Jack Dawson since Dicaprio was still quite unknown and was possibly seen as a financial risk. However, the director held out and won over the studio. The actual pitch itself, in Cameron’s own words was, “Romeo and Juliet on a boat.” Understandably, again, Fox was pessimistic but they gave him the funds to dive to the actual wreckage in the North Atlantic Ocean and grab some footage. During this time, he wrote the script and impressed the studio so much with what he produced and captured that they were eventually persuaded!

The lavish first class dining room, the grand staircase, the cabins and more were all recreated with uttermost accuracy. Even compact items such as dinner plates and breakfast bowls contained the White Star Line logo’s, just like they did on the original ship now more than a century ago. Special water tanks were built to simulate the flooding and sinking of the ship that fictitiously took place during the second half of the movie.

However, the film did not just depend on special effects to impress. The story of two people from two different classes of life coming together not only provoked the audience into caring for them, it was also the key to make people feel sympathy for the rest of the passengers onboard when they eventually meet their doomed fates. But did Jack have to die at the conclusion? Cameron seems to be of the view that killing off one of the main characters is necessary for maximum emotional impact, as proven when he did so for The Terminator and even the ending of it’s sequel in the “chain of death” moment.

Gloria Stuart provided the occasional narration in telling of the events, both authentic to the actual disaster and also for some of the movie’s more imaginary moments. If the ill fated fling between Rose and Jack was to make people care, then perhaps older Rose was the second piece of the puzzle in finalising the process in informing viewers of some of the facts about the sinking. One particular moment would be immediately after Rose makes rescuers aware of her existence and the movie fades into the present with older Rose telling of how many people unfortunately perished and were recovered. A perfect but profound moment.

When the film was released, it can be recalled that it seemed as if the world had gone mad for a sinking ship! Copious amounts of memorabilia were released for retail. Some of the most corny pieces were school bags, stationery and costumes. Then there were your usual t-shirts, lobby cards and posters. Reports of people seeing the movie more than once on the same day were apparently reportedly substantiated. The Titanic marketing machine was certainly a force to be reckoned with! Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On was a chart success although time has not been too kind to it. Even Kate Winslet, herself, has stated that she dislikes the song, even going so far as to say that it makes her want to “throw up.”

 

There really was not another movie out there back in 1997 to compete with it although ones such as Men In Black and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies were successful in their own right. Titanic was in a league all on it’s own!

Depending on one’s point of view, Titanic has unfortunately, and fortunately, gotten the reputation over the years as a “chick flick.” It has also been so successful that it seems that there are certain people that hate it for hate’s sake. Let’s get it right, though.The film is not perfect! James Cameron usually had the assistance of others writing scripts for his films but decided to pen Titanic all on his own. And the faults evidently show themselves, including the trite dialogue. Still, the man proved that he is not one dimensional and can take risks and venture into territory not previously experienced.

Behind the (necessary) romantic aspect was a look at the contrast of two social classes of people and the treatment they received. And were perceived. Rose was somebody who was trapped, and forcibly so by a domineering mother, in a situation that she was blatantly not happy with. So not happy that the thought of committing suicide by jumping off the Titanic almost became a reality! On the other end of the spectrum, 3rd class ticket holder Jack was a happy go lucky type of chap who always had to fight to make ends meet, but at the same time had a heart of gold that was eventually recognised by Rose, who could not care less for materialism. Only the genuine love of another soul.

The second half of Titanic is anything but a “chick flick,” although females were, and are, inevitably drawn by Rose and Jack’s affair and the boyish good looks of Leonardo Dicaprio.

What of the movie’s legacy 20 years on?

The film no doubt still, and always will, retain the tag of ‘classic.’ The epic also inspired many to take an interest in the case of the 105 year old sinking of the ship that was claimed by the media to be “unsinkable.” A number of documentaries about it are often seen screen on television, at least here in the UK, covering a wide range of angles and going so far as to offer up different conspiracies regarding what caused the ship to descend into the murky cold waters in the early hours of April 15th, 1912.

James Cameron, himself, was inspired by his own movie to eventually take a deep (pun intended) interest in deep sea diving. He managed to capture footage with 3D cameras when embarking on a record breaking expedition in 2012. The last film he directed was Avatar, released in 2009. Directing still does not seem to be at the top of his list of priorities as of writing in 2017, although Avatar sequels have been mentioned.

Titanic was also given the 3D treatment and was re-released in cinemas in 2012, getting a 3D Blu Ray release shortly afterward although it is debatable as to whether the effort to convert it was worth it. Nevertheless, the re-release managed to rake in nearly $58,000,000 extra, domestically, after spending $18,000,000 for the conversion. It has been reported that the re-release made over $2 billion worldwide!

 

There have been a fair number of parodies and jokes aimed toward the movie that have been made and seen over the years, mainly directed at the well known “flying scene” and Jack’s venerable “King of the World” line. But it is all in good fun and contributes toward the cultural impact that the film has and probably always will.

 

Titanic is a timeless piece that inserted itself into that special category that only belongs to a select other few. In terms of filmmaking, it is something other filmmakers can look upon and feel encouraged to make the effort to reach heights they never have before. And some of the movie going public will always look at the film with despair.

Others, with affection.

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Finding Your Way Back To ‘Collateral Beauty’ After Suffering A Great Loss!

(PCM) There is nothing that shakes you to the core than the loss of a loved one, so much so that it appears there is nothing that will ever make you smile again. That journey, from loss and grief to finding a way back to joy, is at the center of the heart-felt new movie, “Collateral Beauty,” a highly emotional holiday endeavor.

The film, from New Line Cinema, opens on Friday, Dec. 16. is about Howard Inlet, masterfully performed by Will Smith, is an ad exec, whose world stopped after the death of his six-year-old daughter. He spends his time erecting intricate domino arrangements, only to turn his back when they begin to tumble. His marriage, business and friendships are all in shambles and he feels powerless to find his way back to some semblance of a fulfilling life.

Howard does, in fact,write letters to the universe in the entities of Time, Love and Death, and is rattled when he begins to get answers. Time is played by Jacob Latimore, Love is played by Keira Knightley, and the charming and comedic Helen Mirren portrays Death.

The movie was written by Allan Loeb, (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” “The Switch,”` and 21”),directed by David Frankel (“Marley & Me”), and also stars Ed Norton, Kate Winslet and Naomi Harris, who round out the suburb A-list cast.

When asked what appealed to him about Loeb’s screenplay Will Smith said he was struck by that “Christmas flavor that I remember growing up in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and those types of films that are right on the edge of fantasy.”

Smith, the iconic 48-year-old actor, whose range includes romantic comedies, comic book, Sci-Fi, as well as highly dramatic films, added that those films have that special “Christmas magic to it, right on the edge, but dealing with things that are deeply and powerfully real and human”

Smith said that his character of Howard, “had life figured out, and then suffered a loss, and had to make his way back to even believing there was a possibility to have joy again. So I love that journey,” he added.

“Howard thinks about life a lot of the ways that I think about life,” the actor said. “So how he had to move from his mind, he had to move from thinking that he could solve all of the issues of life with his mind into accepting that there’s a certain amount of bleeding that you have to do to be able to purge and cleanse yourself to be able to experience joy, that the pain and joy and growth are all inexorably bound.”

The film makers say that while the story isn’t exactly a typical Christmas story, “yet it is about the holiday period, which is a time of both loneliness and magic, which really figured into the movie,” explained Anthony Bregman, one of the producers.

“It really is a time where people kind of take stock of family and take stock of what’s important to them, and that really figured into it. I think besides thematically the holiday season presented for [director] David Frankel a way to beautifully talk visually about the magic in our lives,” Bregman said.

“The beauty of the film is really in the lighting of the film and these little points of light that come from the decorations,” he added. “There’s this elevated sense visually of what life can be, which really matches what’s going on in the movie.”

Here is more of an inside look at “Collateral Beauty,” from the film’s creators:

Q: What is the ‘Collateral Beauty,” the characters, as well as each of us, is striving for?

ALLAN LOEB: The way you see the world; the way your heart opens and the way you relate to people after a tragedy can be very beautiful. It can be transformative.

Q:Allan, what was the spark for this story?

AL: About eight or nine years ago, I had this idea for this, but I didn’t write it until about two years ago. The first concept was someone writing letters to these abstractions. I didn’t even know what they were, but then eventually I kind of landed on Time, Love, and Death. It was a germ of a concept that grew.

Q: How so?

AL: It was a little story in my head that kept nagging at me, about a man who writes letters to abstractions like Time, Love and Death, and why would he do that?

Q: What happened after that?

AL: Well, then I kind of built it out from there over a period of years, actually. I just started with the idea of someone writing letters and the idea of his friends, his coworkers,his employees, I wasn’t sure who they were, gas lighting him, actually.

Q: Please tell me more.

AL: But finding the letters, and gas lighting him in order that they could sell the company.Actually it wasn’t as benevolent as it is in the movie. I think they care about him. In my earlier concept they just wanted to cash out, which makes them less likeable. And it just kind of came together from there, and I had no idea what it was. And for years it was just a story that kind of haunted me and stayed with me, until finally I pounded it out, sometime in 2014.

Q: Overall, what is the movie about?

AL: I believe that each of the characters have something to say that they weren’t able to say, and obviously Howard’s character in particular wasn’t able to for quite a longtime. So for me, that is something that I find very human. We all have something to say, and we’re all looking for someone to hear us. That was the connective tissue.

Q: How do you see the concept of collateral beauty?

DAVID FRANKEL: It’s really those things we sometimes take for granted or don’t notice all the time when they are taking place, but might be there every day, like a sunset, or fleeting moments like a child’s smile.

Q: Please tell me more.

DF: There are millions of examples of collateral beauty; they’re unique, and we all have different ideas about what they could be. They are the reason that we go on, and I think what’s really compelling about this story is that it reminds us to take notice of those brilliant fragments of life that make it worth living.

Q: Howard begins his journey as a highly successful and dynamic ad exec who uses the concepts of Time, Love and Death as powerful marketing tools. Then he changes.

SF: Yes, when his young daughter succumbs to be a fatal illness, his only communication are these angry an accusatory letters he writes to the universe. He is struggling with big, philosophical questions and looking to the universe for answers. Like a modern day King Lear, you might say that he is howling at the Gods.

Q: As the film’s director, David, could this movie have been shot anywhere else other than New York?

DF: I don’t think it could happen anywhere. I think there’s something really special about this city at Christmas that’s hard to describe. But I think you get a window into it when Howard’s riding across the bridge and with Claire [Kate Winslet’s character] seeing the Bergdorf windows. There are just these iconic images that we associate with magic. I think Christmas in New York is a special time, and I think it represents a magical world to people who live in every city in the world. So it was just a terrific opportunity to set the movie here.

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New Trailer Released For The Highly Anticipated Film “Triple 9”

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(PCM) The new trailer for the highly anticipated film “Triple 9” has been revealed! Get a taste of the action in the new green band trailer now and head to theaters on February 26th to see the full scope of this intense action-thriller. “Triple 9” stars Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck, along with Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus.

About the film:

The film follows a group of criminals and corrupt cops who find themselves in serious trouble. The Russian mafia is blackmailing them, and the only way to deal with them is to perform what is believed to be an extremely challenging heist. Impossible as it may seem, however, they eventually hatch a plan: on one side of town, half of the crew will plan the murder of a rookie cop named Chris Allen (Casey Affleck), and while the rest of the force is distracted by a 999 call (“officer down”), the other half of the corrupt cops will pull off the job.

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The Latest Trailer for Steve Jobs Paints a Complicated Portrait of the Apple CEO

SteveJobs_Poster(PCM) Universal Pictures released the latest trailer for Steve Jobs earlier today, gaining a quarter of a million views in less than 24 hours.

The trailer, running at just over two minutes long, focuses on the many facets of Steve Jobs and his struggle with his public persona and private life throughout his life.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.

Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley.

The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

Watch the teaser below and visit SteveJobstheFilm.com and Facebook for more info!

Steve Jobs opens in theaters nationwide October 9, 2015.

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The First Official Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs Biopic Starring Michael Fassbender

SteveJobs_Image(PCM) Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the “Father of the Digital Revolution.”

Also starring are Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (previously played by Josh Gad in 2013’s Jobs), Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of both the Macintosh team and the Jobs-founded NeXT team, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.

The new trailer, with a solid runtime of two-minutes-and-forty-seconds, focuses on the personality quirks and aggressive management style of Jobs’ that caused friction and fallouts between Jobs, his family, and his collaborators.

Perla Haney-Jardine also stars as Lisa Jobs, alongside Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook, Makenzie Moss, and Adam Shapiro.

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs details Steve Jobs’ life and relationships with 7 people including John Sculley, Lisa-Brennan Jobs, and Steve Wozniak throughout three major and historical product launches before ending in 1998 with the debut of the iMac.

Like most biopics, Sorkin’s script explores not only Jobs’ accomplishments, but also his struggles and his triumphs in an attempt to create a well-rounded portrait of the larger-than-life technology entrepreneur and business icon.

Watch the new trailer below and visit SteveJobstheFilm.com and Facebook for more info.

Steve Jobs is slated to open in theaters nationwide on October 9, 2015.

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First Look at Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs

SteveJobs_Teaser(PCM) A studio change, a director change, and a few lead re-castings later and we finally have our first look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle’s portrait of the Apple Inc. co-founder and CEO.

Universal Pictures released a short yet intense teaser, running at just under a minute long, and the first promotional image from the October 9th release.

Panning in on the actor’s back while he looks out at an auditorium from the stage with curtains gradually closing in on him and a rising string score accompanying Steve Jobs related quotes, the teaser slowly reveals the first look at Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender as the “Father of the Digital Revolution,” looking more like Steve Jobs than his usual handsome self thanks to decent makeup and hair.

The trailer also gives us our first look at Seth Rogen as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (previously played by Josh Gad in 2013’s Jobs), Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, one of the original members of both the Macintosh team and the Jobs-founded NeXT team, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley, the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.

Perla Haney-Jardine also stars as Lisa Jobs, alongside Katherine Waterston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Snook, Makenzie Moss, and Adam Shapiro.

Based on the biography by Walter Isaacson and from the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs details Steve Jobs’ life and relationships with 7 people including John Sculley, Lisa-Brennan Jobs, and Steve Wozniak throughout three major and historical product launches before ending in 1998 with the debut of the iMac.

Like most biopics, Sorkin’s script explores not only Jobs’ accomplishments, but also his struggles and his triumphs in an attempt to create a well-rounded portrait of the larger-than-life technology entrepreneur and business icon.

Watch the teaser below and visit SteveJobstheFilm.com and Facebook for more info!

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