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Outdoor Movies for Crowds Large and Small

Outdoor movies are a fun way to relax in the evening. Although some projectors are capable of producing a picture bright enough to be seen during the day; the cool air, bright stars, dark skies and quiet atmosphere at night make the evening a better time for curling up in blankets or chairs for an outdoor movie.

There are four basic components in every outdoor theater: a screen, a projector, a video source and a sound system. Sometimes, when people want to have friends and neighbors over on a regular basis for an outdoor movie, they build their own backyard theaters. And, depending on how creative and frugal the builder is, these outdoor systems can be built using either large or small budgets.

Most people don't have the space or desire to make a permanent outdoor theater though. That is why some event coordinators decide to rent a full-service outdoor movie company. With professionals running the system rather than amateurs, things are bound to run more smoothly. Technicians bring, set up, run and take down the outdoor movie screens along with all the necessary equipment.

If there does happen to be some malfunctioning machinery, a professional outdoor movie supplier will always provide backup equipment like second projectors, generators, and video sources to ensure that the evening goes as planned.

A movie supplier will probably have more and better resources at hand as well. For example, a movie supplier will literally have thousands of movies for customers to choose from and many different screens. The sound systems they use will usually be capable of reaching as many as three thousand viewers and kids can play around with a Kid Cam to see themselves dancing up on the big outdoor movie screen. Those are some features a home-made theater isn't likely to offer.

If you want to add even more fun to the show, some outdoor movie companies will also rent out popcorn machines so you can provide refreshments. Whether you want to host a backyard party, a corporate event, a fundraiser, a school event, a concert or a sporting event, renting a big screen for the occasion can make your evening a lot more fun. And best of all, no one hosting the party has to spend a lot of effort to get things set up and working smoothly. Everyone can relax to enjoy the movie.

If you are trying to stretch your budget however, outdoor movies might not be your first choice for entertainment. One night with the equipment and technicians may cost as much as $2,300. If you want an outdoor movie to serve as a fundraiser, or you just want it to cover its own cost, you will have to plan on charging for admission and be prepared for a lot of people.

Getting enough people to show up may require some advertising though, and many outdoor movie companies offer marketing for an additional fee.


Cars In The Movies

Since movies were first screened cars has featured heavily in them.The Movie Bullitt released in 1968 starring Steve McQueen although probably not the first movie to feature a car chase was undoubtedly one of the original car movies of all time.

Audiences were stunned by the intense and dramatic footage of a Ford Mustang and Dodge Viper screaming through the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Many movies have featured dramatic car chase scenes. In 1971 The French Connection, a thriller about two NYC cops in the narcotics bureau starred Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. The film featured a thrilling car chase through busy streets of which the film is ultimately remembered for.

You would be mistaken to think the only reason cars would ever feature in movies would be for the sole purpose of an exciting chase. You would of course be wrong as many films have not only included cars in them but the car itself has been the main star.

In 1964 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a book by Ian Fleming was first published. The book was later made into classic movie with Dick Van Dyke in the lead role but of course the real star of the movie was the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The movie was essentially for children but it is one of those films that are entertaining for the whole family.

In 1969 we saw three Mini's weaving through the traffic jammed streets of Turin in the fabulous The Italian Job starring Michael Caine. The red white and blue Mini's were without doubt the stars of the movie which was later remade in 2003 and starred Mark Wahlberg.

In 1983 John Carpenters Christine was released. This was a story of a possessed regenerating car hell bent on killing. Arnie Cunningham played by Keith Gordon finds a Plymouth Fury in need of restoration. As Arnie rebuilds Christine he begins to change himself transforming from shy and nerdy to over confident and arrogant.

Possibly one of the most enduring and lovable of all cars in the movies is Herbie. Sporting the number 53 Herbie a Volkswagen Beetle has made five movies dating back to 1969 with his latest outing recently in 2005 starring Lindsay Lohan. The comical exploits of Herbie have won many peoples hearts with the main plot lines being David and Goliath natured.

Today cars in movies are still big box office draws. Pixar have recently released a movie witch features only cars in the line up. The animated adventures of Lightning McQueen voiced by Owen Wilson are hilarious and not too be missed.

Whilst we still drive cars in our lives there is no doubt they will be in our movies for years to come.


Blues Brothers Tribute

Why are Blues Brothers Tribute bands so popular?

Watch the original Blues Brothers film and you'll soon find out. Wondering why the film has such a cult following? Well, apart from the music, the witty dialogue, the fabulous performances by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the stunts, car chases, endless list of supporting characters and a general feeling of fabulousness, the film had nothing going for it really! Fans of the Blues Brothers love anything to do with the original concept and that's why Blues Brothers Tribute bands are so popular.It's hard not to enjoy a Blues Brothers Tribute Band because the music and raw energy simply draws you in. If you're looking for fabulous night out listening to quality music savour the delights of a Blues Brothers Tribute band.Find a decent Blues Brothers Tribute band and it'll be like Jake and Elwood are in the room, performing live for your entertainmentQuite simply, a Blues Brothers Tribute is the closest you'll get to witness the wonder of the original Belushi/Aykroyd partnership.

Sometimes it's hard, to love a woman

Yes, all of your favourite songs from the movie are sung by a Blues Brothers Tribute act. Not only does the Blues Brothers Tribute Band wear the black suits, dark glasses and fedora hats like Jake and Elwood wore in the original film, they perform the music that has become synonymous with this cult classic film. The standard of some Blues Brothers Tribute acts does tend to vary, one of the best acts is based down in Brighton and if you want authenticity you need to see the real life brothers perform.Spookily accurate would easily describe this Blues Brothers Tribute act. As well as looking just like Jake and Elwood the talented brothers sound just like them too. Could they be classed as one of the outstanding Blues Brothers Tribute acts currently doing the rounds? Without question!

Do something different this year

Instead of booking a lame DJ for a special occasion bring the venue alive with the finest Blues Brothers Tribute Band. What you see is what you get from the leading Brighton based Blues Brothers Tribute group, namely, quality music coupled to an outstanding stage performance.If you love the Blues Brothers movie you'll adore the Blues Brothers Tribute act. Listen to all the magical music from the film, see the Blues Brothers Tribute act dance like Jake and Elwood and have one of the best nights of your life.Perfect for weddings, Birthday celebrations, or any type of special occasion, the Blues Brothers Tribute act really knows how to get a party pumping.


Think Like a Man Movie Makes Women, Men Think

Understanding the opposite sex has always been a difficult task. Honestly, understanding one's self and what's best for one's self is also difficult. Furthermore, understanding what to look for in the opposite sex and understanding how to spot the right mate has baffled men and women for centuries.

However, when comedian Steve Harvey came out with the self-help book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, he offered insight into the mind of the modern man and allowed women to better understand their mate and better understand the ideal man for their life.

Nevertheless, when I heard he was turning his best-selling book into the Think Like a Man movie, I was not too enthusiastic initially. How would Harvey turn a book that was not a novel or biography/autobiography into a story line that would keep moviegoers interested for two hours?

The women, frustrated with love, turn to Harvey's book to understand the opposite sex. Unbeknownst to the men, they come under attack by the advice of a "traitor" (Steve Harvey) and the women begin to see that their ideal men are not that ideal at all.

When the men find out where their women are getting their ammunition, they begin reading the book as well so they can pretend to be that ideal man for their woman.

My apprehension was erased after laughing for an entire two hours at "idiots" like Kevin Hart who plays Cedric, a hen-pecked man going through a bitter divorce. Hart, whose star is continuing to grow, makes the film stand out and is the undisputed star of the Think Like a Man movie.

Michael Ealy plays Dominic, the man with potential, but the man who has not reached his career or financial goals. He has all of the right moves to get the woman of his dreams, Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), but not enough capital to keep her captivated.

Jeremy (Jerry Ferrara), has the girl and a half-way decent job, but lacks the maturity that Kristen (Gabrielle Union) is looking for in a husband. They have been together, shacking up since college, but Jeremy is completely satisfied with the status quo.

Mya (Meagan Goode) is a good-girl who becomes dedicated to Harvey's 90-day abstinence plan after dating guys like Alex (Chris Brown) who cannot seem to remember her name.

Zeke (Romany Malco) is the ladies man of the group of guys but is thrown through the loop of love when he becomes a "casualty" of Mya's abstinence program.

Candace (Regina Hall) is a dedicated single mother who has not dated in a couple of years, causing family members to wonder about her. She meets the "perfect" guy, Michael, who has admired her since high school. There is only one problem. Michael is a mama's boy, more committed to his mother Loretta (Jenifer Lewis) than to her and her son.

Bennett (Gary Owens) is the only level-headed guy of the group, as he would rather cut his nights with the "fellas" short to return home to his wife.

While the Think Like a Man movie does not require one to think too much and has a typical ending, the comedic genius of Hart and the cameo appearances of some of Hollywood's best known stars makes this movie something you must see, whether it is as a date flick or not.

The Think Like a Man movie, however, will make men and women think about their relationships and whether or not they are looking for the right things when it comes to picking a relationship partner.

Harvey's film shows men they have a lot of growing up to do in order to please their women. And women discover that the superficial reasons they use to get involved, or avoid a relationship shows that they need to mature as well.


Introducing the Cast of "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse"

On a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Houston, critically acclaimed actress Tasha Smith and Miss USA 2008, Crystle Stewart met with Regal Magazine publisher Todd A. Smith. The discussion centered on the new "dramedy" "Tyler Perry's For Better Worse." Whether you love or hate Perry, according to Smith, you definitely should not put the man in a box, because "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse," which premieres Friday, Nov. 25 with back-to-back episodes at 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM central time is not a show that can easily be placed in a box. It definitely has something for everyone.

Todd: Ms. Tasha Smith

Tasha: What's up?

Todd: Nothing much. Most of Tyler Perry's shows are sitcoms. How do you think his fans will respond to a more dramatic type of show from Tyler on television?

Tasha: They're gonna love it. They're absolutely going to love it. And not only are they going to love it, but they're going to be so proud of this show as Black people. They're going to be grateful that Tyler created it, shot it, and made it happen because we need to see ourselves on television. It's not a lot of diversity on TV as it is, so this show is not only great, it's funny, it's dramatic. It has a beautiful cast, but I'm telling you people are going to be proud of this show. If they think it's going to be like "Meet the Browns" or "House of Payne," no. It's different. It's unlike anything else on TV to be honest.

Todd: We talked about the lack of diversity and we definitely don't have a lot of diversity on TV. Most of Tyler Perry's fans look like us, but he has a lot of fans, because of the Christian background, that don't look like us. What do you think when you hear people criticize him, for not being as diverse as some of his fans should want him to be?

Tasha: I don't agree with it. Yes, there's a huge urban following, but guess what? A lot of White people come up to me, and say "You were in Why Did I Get Married." Tyler Perry has fans across the board because the stories connect to the urban community, but they are universal. Even this television show, "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse," it's not just a Black show about Black circumstances. Relationships are universal. Guess what? White people have baby mama drama too. Not just Black people. White people, Asian people, Spanish people have relationship issues. It's not just a Black folk's thing. It's a universal thing. That's what's so wonderful about Tyler. When they think they got his number, he comes back with something on another level.

Todd: Ms. Crystle Stewart.

Crystle: Yes.

Todd: Houston native.

Crystle: Yes, H-Town!

Todd: What can viewers expect from (your character) Leslie?

Crystle: Leslie is the one who looks at the optimistic side. She looks at the glass half full instead of half-empty. (She's) the peacemaker of the group. She's very passionate about her relationship. She has a wonderful boyfriend and a great best friend, Angela. And she's very real with them; she's very honest and true. Anytime they need advice they come to her and she gives them the right answer. Even though they might not always wanna hear it, I stay true to them.

Todd: How has your story of perseverance through beauty pageants influenced other people? And how did you make the turn into acting?

Crystle: I'll answer the first one. It took me five times to win Miss Texas and I live by the three P's, being persistent, persevering and patience, with whatever goal that you have. I call it waiting to win. I think it helps people with whatever goal or dream that you have keep going. You might have some let-downs and fall backs, but God has the perfect timing. When it's your time, you will win. And your second question, I won a scholarship to the New York Film Academy and I said let me give this a try. I was never really interested in acting, didn't think I could do it, but I said let me give this a try. So, I did it. The teacher said I did pretty good (and) I thought I did pretty good, so I said let's give it a run. So, right before I graduated, I met Mr. Perry, auditioned for the show, (and) he offered me the role and then I didn't even graduate.

Todd: Angela is a popular character let me say that. My mother won't call you Tasha Smith, she calls you Angela. Angela has a specific personality. How will the character change or grow in "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse?"

Tasha: I feel like you're going to see many dimensions of Angela. Because in the movie, you have a certain amount of time to show them, so you usually only see one aspect of their relationship in the movie. As far as the television show is concerned, you're going to see her as a mother. You're going to see her as a businesswoman. You're going to see her in her relationship, as far as her friendships are concerned. How she runs her household as woman. When she makes mistakes, how she tries to recover from the mistakes she may have made. You're not going to just see Angela mad and upset, but you may see the reasons why she's upset. I'm sure we're going to explore some of her history, as far as her fears, her insecurities, rejection issues, abandonment issues. All those things that make her so reactive and I feel that the audience is going to grow with her and see her journey of growth as a woman, as a wife, as a mother and as a businesswoman.

Todd: What would you say to those critics that think Angela is just a stereotypical Black woman?

Tasha: As a woman, people can honestly say, if they're honest and look into their relationships and look at the reason why people connect with Angela. It's because she's transparent. Everybody else might hide their flaws and constantly put on their public persona...when they're dealing with relationships. You have people in marriages right now that are dealing with some major issues at home with their wife, but it's just not as transparent to their public. But you're almost like a fly on Angela's wall with her personal friends and her husband. It's not that she just wants to be a loud, Black woman. Yes, she's reactive sometimes because she's passionate. And when you're passionate and you're in love deeply and when you have trust issues, you may end up being reactive. And guess what? Marcus is not no punk. If they really took a good look at their relationship, without judging it, they will see Marcus is a real man. He is patient. He loves Angela like Christ loves the church. You know when they say love suffers long. Love is patient. It's kind. To me, Marcus' character shows all those aspects of a true man with his wife. He was willing to make a commitment to her and he's willing to love her through her issues and her flaws. And he's the bigger person. He doesn't have to fly off the handle because she's trippin'. But, he's patient in his belief that she's going to get the picture and that's the kind of growth you're going to see with Angela and Marcus. I just feel like people see it the wrong way.

Todd: Crystle, what are your future goals in film and television? In addition to "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse," where do you see your career going?

Crystle: I'm just looking at "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" right now. In the future, I would say I have some different goals. I want to be in a film like Ms. Tasha, be on the movie screen. Right now, honestly, I'm really focused on the success of "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse" and that's what my focus is right now. Five years from now, hopefully I'll have a family; hopefully I'll win an Oscar and all these things that actresses want to have. Hopefully, you'll still see me on the television screen with Ms. Tasha Smith doing "Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse."

Todd: How has your public speaking background with the pageants and motivational speaking after winning Miss USA, how has that affected your acting?

Crystle: It helped a lot. I learned how to communicate with different types of audiences and you speak to them in different ways. I know Black people normally they go to church, and they want to hear God and they want to hear Scriptures. I know different groups they want a little more humor or something like that. I know how to talk to different types of audiences. With acting, I know how to be more appealing to the audience and speak through the camera and really be more personable. I think I learned that not even in acting school, but through the pageants.

Todd: I want to go back to Marcus and Angela. How similar is Angela and Marcus' marriage to your marriage?

Tasha: First of all, my husband wouldn't be going for it. And with Marcus, he is not no punk, I mean Michael Jai. But there are no similarities at all because we don't have that kind of relationship. That's just not where our marriages are. Not that our marriages are perfect all the time, we're human beings. But, we're not necessarily going through the stuff that Marcus and Angela are going through. They've been married 13 years. They've had different circumstances and situations that they've encountered. But we can pull from other aspects of relationships. And what's interesting, and I don't know if you know this, Michael Jai and I dated. We dated almost 10 years ago and when Tyler brought us together to play the roles in Why Did I Get Married? he had no idea that we had dated. But I think that's where the chemistry comes from with him and I.

Todd: How has your past religiously, going from not having a relationship with the Lord to having a relationship with the Lord affected how you present characters and how you relate to everyday people?

Tasha: It's given me a deeper sense of compassion. And I feel personally as actors, we have to be compassionate towards every character that we choose to take on because it's telling a human story, dealing with humanity in real life. It's not for us to judge. I would never judge Angela. I have to understand why she's the way she is...Healing comes in when you're moved with compassion. Even when Jesus went out and healed, he was moved by compassion.

Todd: Where are you with the Donna Summer biopic?

Tasha: Donna ain't feeling me. That's my dream but I don't know if that's going to happen.

Todd: I'm going to have to call Donna.

Tasha: Yeah, call Donna.

Todd: When all is said Ms. Stewart how do you want to be remembered?

Crystle: Just all the different journeys that God took me through in life. I don't want to forget about the pageants. I think it got me where I am today. So, I want to be remembered as Miss USA 2008. I want to be remembered as, hopefully, a wonderful actress. I also want to be remembered as a God-fearing woman with good morals and values. And hopefully, a good role model to young women.

Todd: What's up with Why Did I Get Married 3?

Tasha: I don't know. Do you know?

Crystle: We should do one with new friends!

Tasha: All I have to say is you never know what Mr. Perry has up his sleeve.


Sanctum Movie Review

In the year 2011, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I have not seen a 3D movie since I was a kid growing up in the 1980s. However, when the opportunity came to review James Cameron's new Sanctum movie, I jumped at the opportunity to see the film.

Additionally, unlike many movie buffs I am not a big fan of action/adventure movies, but the new Sanctum movie is more than an adventure flick that appeals to most guys, it delves into the complex relationships between fathers and their sons, which are not, explored enough in modern films.

The Sanctum movie centers on group of explorers, led by Frank (Richard Roxburgh), who are literally going where no man has gone before. Carl (Ioan Gruffudd) is also a good cave diver, but is more interested in making the cover of National Geographic and marrying his tag-along girlfriend Victoria (Alice Parkinson) than benefitting mankind.

The idea of discovering unknown parts of the world trumps the danger that they face on a daily basis. However, like many sons, Josh (Rhys Wakefield) is forced into following in the footsteps of his highly-respected father, Frank, when he can think of a million other things he wants to do with his time.

Furthermore, Josh's nonchalant attitude towards exploring and cave diving is blamed for a serious mishap that endangers one diver in particular. That danger pales in comparison to the eminent danger that comes when a storm threatens to flood the cave and become the permanent burial ground for the remaining explorers.

After an argument with his father, Josh makes the statement that nobody cares about these caves but Frank and his explorer buddies. But what audiences will care about is the bonding that occurs when Frank and Josh are trapped in the cave and are forced to communicate with each other or face certain death.

In one scene, Frank is forced to let an associate die when that person's breathing tube tears or risk death also. After the flood traps the explorers in the cave, Frank also makes the difficult decision to drown another associate after he literally breaks every bone in his body.

It becomes apparent that Frank has been hardened by his dangerous job, but initially to Josh he is a killer who has put other people's lives in danger just for his own career advancement and fame.

However, when Josh is assisting George (Dan Wyllie) out of the cave he learns of his father's true heroic nature, discovering that all would be dead without Frank's expertise.

The Sanctum movie fails because many will not care or understand the art of exploration, but it succeeds in depicting the sometimes fragile relationship between fathers and sons.

Audiences that watch the Sanctum movie will cheer for Josh, root against Carl and eventually better understand Frank.

Furthermore, audiences will also better understand the father-son dynamic by the end of this picture. Like many fathers, Frank is very hard on his son, but he would gladly give his life if it benefits the life of his child.


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