Goodnight Roger Ebert! See You at the Movies! 

Totally two thumbs down!

Roger Ebert, the celebrated film critic who pretty much made film criticism part of the popular culture, has passed away from complications from cancer. He was 70.

Not only was Ebert the first film critic to win a Pulitzer, he was also highly influential. He was my god back in college at Purdue University. Anyone who knew me back then had seen my treasure trove of film criticism books written by Mr. Ebert. I admire his style -- even though he hated a film, he would find a way to make his review palatable. And confession time -- I stole my one nugget of criticism from him -- as long as a movie reach its goals, it's okay. And I stand by that belief to this day.

And two years ago, he emailed me to ask for one of the pictures I used for my blog. Of course, after saying OMG 10 times, I gave him the picture.

On his last Twitter post in his article, he said:

So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies.

Thank you so much Mister Roger for all the decades of inspiration. You will be missed, but we'll see you at the movies!

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"Thriller" Filipino Prisoners to Thrill You with Big Screen Movie! Yup! 

Remember this YouTube sensation? The group of Filipino inmates dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" inside a prison courtyard? Well, they are bound to be movie stars!

According to the Huffington Post, the movie will be called "Dance of the Steel Bars" and was shot in the Cebu provincial prison, the same place where more than one thousand inmates danced to "Thriller." Some of the inmates will appear in the movie as well.

This B-movie extravaganza stars Patrick Bergin (remember him?), the mean husband of Julia Roberts in "Sleeping with the Enemy." Filipino heartthrob, Dingdong Dantes, co-stars.

The melodramatic plot? Bergin is Frank Parish, a retired U.S. firefighter and philanthropist wrongly jailed for murder in the Philippines. Ala "The Fugitive" no?

In prison, Parish befriends Mando, played by Dantes, a murdered who doesn't want to embrace his penchant for dancing because it's too gay! And then, there's Allona (Joey Paras), a tranny who teaches and uses dance as a form of prison rehabilitation.

Wow, it's like "The Fugitive" meets "Step Up" by way of "The Crying Game." HA!

Marnie Manicad co-directed the fictional film with television reporter, Cesar Apolinario. The screenplay is written by Cris Lim from a story by Manicad, her husband Jiggy, and Apolinario.

"Dance of the Steel Bars" will be released in the Philippines on June 12 of this year. Hopefully, we'll get to see the film here in the U.S. because gosh darn it, I want to dance!

For now, lets relive their moment, the Michael Jackson "Thriller" sensation!

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Too Risque! Will You Watch a Movie Based On the Church Abuse Scandal? 

The horrors! DreamWorks has announced plans for a big film (perhaps an Oscar bait) about the Catholic Church's child sexual abuse scandal in Massachusetts. Controversy!

The studio and Participant Media have acquired film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts uncovered by the Boston Globe according to THR.

In a move certain to spark controversy, DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered during a yearlong investigation by the Boston Globe.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning series will be co-written by Tom McCarthy ("Win Win") and Josh Singer ("The Fifth Estate" -- the WikiLeaks movie!). McCarthy will also direct the film.

Not quite sure how to feel about this movie! But then, "Win Win" was an excellent film so McCarthy may give us a thought-provoking flick!

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And the Most "Liked" Movie is... 

The "Harry Potter" series! Yay fans!

The super-successful franchise has the most popular official movie page on Facebook with more than 60 million likes according to

And the runner-ups are:

"Toy Story"
"Fast & Furious"
"The Hangover"
and "Transformers"

Here's the graph from Statista:

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Get Ready for "Finding Dory" -- the "Finding Nemo" Sequel with Ellen DeGeneres! 

This is the best story I've heard in a while!

Disney and Pixar are moving forward to making a "Finding Nemo" sequel, this time it's going to be called "Finding Dory."


Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!

I think "Finding Nemo" is the best Pixar movie ever made and Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, is certainly one of the most memorable characters of the Disney/Pixar world.

In a statement, DeGeneres said, “I have waited for this day for a long, long, long, long, long, long time...I’m not mad it took this long. I know the people at Pixar were busy creating ‘Toy Story 16.’ But the time they took was worth it. The script is fantastic. And it has everything I loved about the first one: It’s got a lot of heart, it’s really funny, and the best part is—it’s got a lot more Dory.”

Yes, Ellen, we've waited for this day for a long, long, long, long time as well!

The sequel is supposedly set on the California coastline and will be one year after the events of "Finding Nemo." "Finding Dory" will include many characters we fell in love with in the original such as Marlin, the Tank Gang, and of course, Nemo.

Andrew Stanton, the guy who wrote and directed the first "Finding Nemo" in 2003 will helm the sequel. Stanton was also universally panned with his "John Carter" flick last year.

Also returning is Albert Brooks who voiced Marlin in the original.

So save the date, "Finding Dory" will swim into theaters on Nov. 25, 2015 just in time for your Thanksgiving!

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