Dry spell a good time to catch up

first_imgTHEY HAD IT ALL: Bogie and Bacall. Tonight at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, there is a special double feature of “To Have and Have Not,” the film on which Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met and fell in love. Also being screened is their second film together, “The Big Sleep.” For details, call 323-466-3456 (FILM) or go to www.aerotheatre.com. YULETIDE TITLE: Was “Fred Claus” just not the holiday classic you were looking for? Maybe it’s time to see “A Christmas Story” again – but this time on the big screen. The American Cinematheque is presenting a free family matinee screening of the film on Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. For more information, go to www.americancinematheque.com. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 818-713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I just don’t understand these big movie studios sometimes. Far too often in recent months, they’ve released a glut of films on the same weekend – sometimes as many as five all at once – and battled for business. But today, only the thriller “Awake” is making its debut. No other newbies in sight. There’s gotta be a way to spread things out better so that good films don’t get overlooked. “Awake,” starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba, among others, is hardly “Spider-Man” or “Shrek,” the kind of movie that other releases need to get out of the way of – for fear of being trampled! Well, at least this gives people a chance to see some of the movies they may have missed. I think the Disney hit “Enchanted,” which enjoyed the second-best Thanksgiving weekend opening in history, will repeat as champ with a three-day take of around $20million or so. “Awake” should open in second place and might end up in the $15million to $18million range because of the lack of new competition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCOUNTING THE MONEY: It’s far more common to be writing about some movie with a $100 million-plus production budget that is struggling to earn back its investment. Well, that is not the case with surprise hit “This Christmas,” which far exceeded expectations in its debut weekend. “Christmas” had a modest production budget of $13million and took in twice that in its first five days. I look for it to add up to $10million this weekend. HOLDOVERS: The lack of new product should help holdovers such as “Beowulf,” “Bee Movie” and “Fred Claus” add more dollars to their already impressive totals. The art-house flick “I’m Not There” about Bob Dylan remains in limited release but also should continue to draw big crowds wherever it is playing. THE $10 BILLION YEAR THAT WASN’T: After such a stupendous summer, there was a realistic chance that the movie industry might reach the $10billion mark in domestic grosses for the first time in history. But since those heady summer months, business has mostly lagged, and year-to-date revenue stood at $8.563billion as of Sunday. That’s 4.87percent ahead of 2005, but even commercially promising titles such as “The Golden Compass,” “I Am Legend” and “Sweeney Todd” will likely not be enough to push the total above $10billion. last_img read more

NBL: Titans secure regular season double over defending champions City Oilers

first_img Tags: Betway Powercity oilersFUBA NBL 2018JKL DolphinsKIU Tiatanstop KIU’s Micheal Bwanga (right) top scored on the night with 20 points. (Photo by FUBA Media)FUBA National Basketball LeagueKIU Titans 94-79 City OilersYMCA Courts, WandegeyaFriday, 03-08-2018KIU Titans defeated National Basketball League defending champions, City Oilers 94-79 in one of the two games played at YMCA in Wandegeya on Friday.The University side who came into the game having won the first meeting of the season between the two sides 72-57 produced a fourth quarter master class to power their way past a hapless Oilers side.KIU had five players (four starters) reach double figures on the night with Micheal Bwanga (20) top scoring on the night. Ethienne Kazungu (12), Chris Omanyi (12), Dennis Balungu (11) and substitute Suudi Ulanga (17) are the others who beat the 10 point barrier for the Kansanga based side.For Oilers, James Okello top scored for them with 18 points as captain Jimmy Ennabu (11) and Stephen Omony (11) were the others who reached double figures for the five time league defending champions.The loss means that Oilers relinquish second spot to KIU with both teams boosting the same record after 18 games (11-4) but the later holding a better head to head record.How the action unfolded:Oilers started strongly, racing into a 5-1 lead inside the first minute as Jonah Otim’s layup and Josh Johnson’s three cancelled out Ethienne Kazungu’s one of two free throws made.KIU immediately went on a ran of 7-0 to wipe out Oilers early advantage on route a 21-17 quarter victory.The second was more of an even contest as both teams traded baskets but it was Oilers who took the initiative, winning it 23-21 and ensuring that KIU holds only a slim two point advantage at the break.Oilers started the third strongly, scoring the first seven points of the quarter through Stephen Omony and Jimmy Enabu (both threes) coupled by Okello converting one of his two free throws following a foul by Dennis Balungu.With 7:52 to play in the Quarter, Chris Omanyi scored Titans’s first points of the third off a hook shot but that only propelled Oilers to scoring the next six points of the game and race into a nine point lead-the most they held throughout the game.The Titans produced a strong finish to the quarter to ensure they go into the last 10 minutes of the game with a slender one point advantage despite losing the third 23-24.With 8:59 to play, Jimmy Ennabu sank a long three to reduce KIU’s lead to one but that was the closest Oilers came to winning it as Titans ran riot and won the quarter 29-19 and the game 94-79.The first game of the evening saw leaders BetWay Power consolidate their lead at the top thanks to a slender 68-65 victory over JKL Dolphins.Power won the first quarter convincingly, 26-10 but JKL grew into the game, winning the last three quarters.Despite the effort, the 16 point first quarter deficit was too much for JKL as Power eventually saw out the game by a mere three points.Power captain Joseph Ikong top scored for his side with 17 points, adding seven rebounds and two assists to his game. Geoffrey Soro (15) and Paul Odong (13) were the others who reached double figures for the BetWay financed side.The victory takes Power’s record to 16-3 for the season after the first 19 games of the season.For JKL, they also had three players reach double figures in terms of points with Makala Libe (17) top scoring. Captain Brian Namake (15) and Ferdinand Odama (10) were the others who scored 10 or more.JKL remain fourth having won only eight of their first 18 games of the campaign.Saturday’s actionComments last_img read more

Cinematography Guide: The Effective Use of the Close-Up

first_imgClose-ups have a range of uses, from comedy to horror, but as a general rule, you should use them sparingly. Here are a few reasons why.The close-up is one of the most common tools in visual storytelling, and when used correctly, it is very powerful. It allows the filmmaker to connect the audience with the subject on a deeper emotional level. But if you overuse it, the effect wears off quickly, and the film feels claustrophobic and cramped. Let’s take a look at few situations when you should, and when you shouldn’t, use a close-up.Emotional ContagionIn “Catching Characters’ Emotions,” Amy Coplan discusses the involuntary psychological response known as “emotional contagion,” wherein a person will mimic and (to a degree) feel the emotions of the people around them — or in this case, the characters in a film. Coplan uses the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan to make her point. At the beginning of the film, we do not know the characters’ back stories or personalities or motivations. But through the strategic use of close-ups, Spielberg connects the audience to these characters on an emotional level.The initial close-ups cause us to “catch” emotions, so as the rest of the scene plays out, we’re already invested in the characters’ well-being. Coplan writes, “Emotional contagion is not a deliberate or intellectual process but one that takes place involuntarily and unconsciously.” This is the power of the close-up. Regardless of the viewer’s immersion into the plot and suspension of disbelief, if the viewer is watching, chances are that, at the very least, a close-up with a powerful emotional performance will draw them in.Emotional EnduranceA thought, then, might be to use the close-up as much as possible in order to draw in and maintain the audience’s emotional attention. However, there are inherent flaws with this approach. First of all, we can only experience emotions for so long before we become mentally and physically worn out. Yes, moods last for a long period of time, but the initial experience of an emotion is brief. By the time we get to the close-up that matters, they all feel just the same.Check out this short film, “Uisce Beatha,” about an Irishman who misses his boat (the Titanic) to emigrate to America.The film is almost entirely shot using close-ups. Aside from making everything feel cramped and uncomfortable, the close-up loses its effect. There is no differentiation between a close-up during our protagonist’s regular conversations and one wherein his father is weeping. After so much emotional contagion, we’re emotionally fatigued. By the time we’re supposed to be moved by a crying father, we’re spent!The notion is similar to the jump scare. If a horror film relies only on jump scares, then most of us will eventually stop caring, and each subsequent scare will be predictable and ineffective. Watch this scene from The Haunting. Not only does it use the close-up effectively, it’s also a good use of the jump scare.The proper use of the close-up intensifies the jump scare. As our characters come together and begin to move back down the staircase, the camera pulls out to wider shots, allowing us to relax from the tension for a moment. Then, suddenly, we jump back into a close-up as the doctor’s wife emerges from a trap door, practically shoving her terrified expression into our faces. This dramatic change of composition is unsettling, and it is made even more powerful by the emotional contagion that occurs as we witness the look of horror.ContextStorytelling relies on context. The twist at the end of The Sixth Sense has little power without the entire film that precedes it. Coplan writes, “Emotional contagion leads to a synchrony between individuals, but this synchrony is not sufficient for understanding.”Out of context, the close-up will only elicit the experience of an emotion, not an understanding of it. If the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan were only close-ups of worried faces, than that’s all we would feel: worry. When the camera pulls out to show the battle taking place, we receive context for these emotions and are then able to actually relate to and grow with each character — as opposed to simply mimicking the characters’ emotions.When possible, the close-up should emphasize emotions and thoughts within a grander context. In Superbad, we see a close-up used exactly that way.For most of the scene, we see mid shots and wides of the characters in their environments and how they interact with each other. We only cut in to close-ups to emphasize the characters’ anger, disbelief, and fear. This uses the close-up as a tool for emphasis.Body LanguageMuch of our interpersonal communication relies on body language. Body language not only emotionally emphasizes words and ideas, it also conveys important characteristics of the subjects on-screen. The way characters move and comport themselves is critical to understanding who they are. Obviously, then, shooting too many close-ups hinders viewers’ ability to read characters’ body language.Compare these two scenes and how each one handles the close-up.CyrusCasino RoyaleThe performances in both are very well done, but in Casino Royale, we see more mid and wide shots of the conversation. This gives us a better view of these two characters moving about in space (even the limited space of a dinner table) — it also helps us step back from their faces. In Cyrus, we are crammed up against John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill’s faces for the entirety of their conversation. This creates a sense that these two characters are practically motionless beings.The Close-Up for EmphasisWith today’s smaller screens, it’s easy to fall into a habit of shooting mostly close-ups. A face filling a phone or television screen for most of an hour isn’t as obnoxious as one that fills a theater screen. But regardless of the size of the screen, the close-up is a powerful tool that requires moderation.As with all art, however, “rules” are really just guidance. This is not to say that close-ups can only be and are only effective in specific emotional moments. But the new filmmaker should approach the close-up with a certain degree of respect. Unless there is a thematic or narrative reason to shoot mostly close-ups (i.e., creating a sense of claustrophobia, paranoia, etc.), avoid falling into the habit of shooting entire sequences (or films, for that matter) in only close-ups. Use them sparingly.The close-up is an intimate moment, a look into a character’s mind. Find the moments when its use would create the most impact.Cover image via Casino Royale (Sony Pictures Releasing).Looking for more articles on film and video production? Check these out.Back to Basics: Mastering Wide and Close-up ShotsHow to Design a Close-Up Shot — And When You Should Use ItHow to Organically Incorporate Close-Ups Into Your EditHow to Shoot Close-Up Shots Like Sergio LeoneCinematography Tip: How the Pros Frame a Close-Uplast_img read more

Opposition threatens stir over alleged fake encounter

first_imgNagpur: Opposition parties in Chhattisgarh have threatened to go on protest if the government fails to order a probe into the alleged extrajudicial killing of two tribals by the police. The incident took place in the Maoist-infested Bastar region near Purungal-Dokapara on January 29. The spot is located near the Dantewada-Bijapur district border.The State police has claimed that two Maoists, identified as Bhima Kadati and Sukmati Hemla, were killed in the encounter and weapons including a rifle were recovered from them.The villagers approached tribal activist and AAP leader Soni Sori and other political parties for support, and have refused to bury the bodies. “Hemla was Kadati’s sister-in-law. They were returning after meeting Kadati’s brother Baman in Kirandul town on January 28 when they were picked up by the security forces. They were killed on January 29. The villagers told me that neither had Maoist connections. The condition of Hemla’s body suggests she may have been raped before being killed,” Ms. Sori told The Hindu.‘Police putting pressure’Ms. Sori alleged the police is trying to destroy evidence by burying the bodies. “The villagers have protected the bodies for over 20 days, but security forces are trying to compel villagers into burying them.” The Congress, led by Dantewada MLA Devati Karma, extended support to the villagers’ protest and appointed a team to probe the matter. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s Chhattisgarh Janata Congress (CJC) has already begun protests over the issue. Mr. Jogi led a protest march to Chief Minister Raman Singh’s residence in Raipur on Saturday, accompanied by relatives of the deceased. They demanded a second post-mortem and a judicial probe. Mr. Jogi’s son and Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi has already threatened to perform the last rites in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Raipur if the police personnel responsible are not arrested. AAP leader Sanket Thakur said he is accompanying the victims’ relatives to Bilaspur to file a case in the high court. Mr.Jogi has also said he would move the HC over the issue.SP (Dantewada) Kamlochan Kashyap denied the allegations. “An encounter had happened on January 29 in which two Maoists were killed. Both were Maoists and a part of senior Maoist leader Ganesh Uike’s supply team. They had a number of cases registered against them in various police stations of Bastar. Post-mortems were conducted on both bodies, and they were buried on January 30. However, some elements asked the villagers to exhume them. We can’t do much about the politics being played over this incident,” he said.last_img read more

Sushil Kumar: The most searched athlete on Google during CWG 2014

first_imgSushil Kumar strikes a pose after winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth GamesThe Indian athletes’ brilliant performance in the Commonwealth Games created quite a buzz online as well with gold-winning wrestler Sushil Kumar being the most searched on Google.As the curtain went down on the 20th Commonwealth Games, India notched up 64 medals.Ranking fifth in the tally after England, Australia, Canada and Scotland, the Indian medal tally stood at 15 Gold, 30 Silver and 19 Bronze medals.Sushil remained the most searched athlete as the Indian wrestling squad put forward some spectacular performances scooping 13 medals, including five gold medals.Badminton remained the most searched sporting discipline as Parupalli Kashyap became the first Indian man to win a badminton gold at the Games in 32 years.It was a historic win as he clinched the gold for India and generated a lot of buzz online. Boxing and Wrestling stood second and third respectively among the highly searched disciplines during the games.Other Indian athletes, who were widely searched online included Vijender Singh (Boxing), Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling), and Vikas Gowda (Athletics) and Parupalli Kashyap (Badminton)last_img read more