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Filmbull – The Billion Dollar Movie Club

Sometimes Hollywood spends millions and millions of dollars to make a film, but they don’t even make half that back in ticket sales. This list, however, boasts of Hollywood films that made well over what was spent to make them.

Avatar – 2009

A paraplegic Marine is sent to Pandora to investigate the life on the planet, but soon discovers that the people of this strange planet are more like his family than the people he’s known his whole life. “Avatar” stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Domestic Box Office: $749,766,139
Worldwide Box Office: $2,740,405,721

Titanic – 1997

A poor young man and a young rich woman meet and fall in love while aboard Titanic, despite her mother’s objections and her fiancé’s desire to to keep them apart for good. “Titanic” stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, and Kathy Bates.

Domestic Box Office: $600,800,000
Worldwide Box Office: $1,843,200,000

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003

Aragon and his crew set out to take down Sauron and his army before they get their hands on the ring and kill Frodo and Sam, who are in charge of destroying it once and for all. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, and Orlando Bloom.

Domestic Box Office: $377,000,000
Worldwide Box Office: $1,119,100,000

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – 2006

Jack Sparrow sets out to find Davy Jones’s heart in order to keep from becoming one of the undead pirates while his friends and enemies search for it for their own reasons. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Jack Davenport.

Domestic Box Office: $423,300,000
Worldwide Box Office: $1,066,200,000

Alice in Wonderland – 2010

Nineteen year old Alice returns to the crazy fantasy world she once visited as a child, where she reunites with her old friends and learns that it’s up to her to take the throne away from the evil Red Queen. “Alice in Wonderland” stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway.

Domestic Box Office: $334,191,110
Worldwide Box Office: $1,024,298,794
The Dark Knight – 2008

Batman and his loyal crew take on the task of going after the mob and accidentally set the Joker free, who happens to be on a mission of his own: to take over Gotham and everyone who lives there, while taking down Batman. “The Dark Knight” stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, and Michael Caine.

Domestic Box Office: $533,300,000
Worldwide Box Office: $1,001,900,000

Filmbull may not have multi-million dollar films in its extensive library, but the films you’ll find to watch #filmbull will certainly entertain you the same way the films on this list have. Members can enjoy hundreds of films in every genre and instantly stream any one of them right to their computers or mobile devices. Get your membership at filmbull.com today.

Fimbull – The Best of Romance

Movie-goers love the appeal of a romantic comedy, especially when it stars famous actors and actresses. The story has to be relatable and the characters have to be realistic. These days, it’s hard to find a film that offers both.

IMDb has come up with 100 of the greatest romantic comedies of all time. In no particular order, here are 5 of the most widely know that will make your heart skip a beat.

Valentine’s Day: The couples and singles in this film have intermingling story lines. They all live in Los Angeles and are either in the process of making up or breaking up due to the pressures of Valentine’s Day. “Valentine’s Day” stars: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Alba.

Serendipity: After years of near misses, a couple finally reunites near the anniversary date where they first met and fell in love, convinced they were meant to be together. “Serendipity” stars: John Cusack, Kate Beckisale, Jeremy Piven, and Bridget Moynahan.

He’s Just Not That Into You: Set in Baltimore, the story follows the lives of several couples and hopeful singles who are all relationship challenged when each one of them misreads the signals of the people they want to be with. “He’s Just Not That Into You” stars: Drew Barrymore, Bradley Cooper, Sarlette Johansen, Ben Afflek, and Jennifer Aniston.

The Wedding Singer: After being dumped on his wedding day, Robbie, the wedding singer, forces himself to return to work, while befriending Julie, the waitress at the hall where he sings. Julia is engaged and planning her wedding, and enlists the help of Robbie. After spending time together, they find they are falling for one another. “The Wedding Singer” stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, and Allen Covert.

When Harry Met Sally: Harry and Sally have been friends since college. They have remained friends every since, having dozens of relationships with others over the years, believing that sex would ruin their friendship, only to find they have been in love with each other all along. “When Harry Met Sally” stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, and Bruno Kirby.

Never Been Kissed: Josie “Grossy” was the lame duck throughout high school, but when she is given an undercover writing assignment 8 years after she has graduated, she finds that high schoolers are no different than they were when she attended, only this time, she is falling for her teacher, and he is falling for her. “Never Been Kissed” stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, and Jessica Alba.

If you’re looking for a romantic comedy, you will find dozens #filmbull. Members can instantly access hundreds of films in many genres by creating an account at www.filmbull.com and watching right on their computers, mobile devices and televisions. Get your membership at filmbull today and fall in love with some great independent films.

Filmbull – “Dinner and a Movie Date Night”

Dinner and a movie never sounded so perfect especially these days during this economy crisis. The days of going out for dinner, a new outfit, parking, gas and two movie tickets plus the hefty price of snacks and drinks are no longer. Today’s “Dinner and a Movie Date Night” are even more fun when you have a meal at home and watch a movie at your place. Talk about an affordable, fun and romantic date. Let’s not forget creative.

Just because you really have to watch your budget these days doesn’t mean you have to give up on the special things that make life so enjoyable; the very reason for working so hard all week and doing what you do on a daily basis. Going out on dates, treating your special someone or loved ones to a movie, and having a meal together doesn’t mean you have to break the bank either. Making a meal together is part of the fun. It’s much more creative and the memories are priceless. You don’t even have to make everything from scratch. Buy some prepackaged foods. Choose something from the deli. Grab a favorite meat entree at the local grocery store or get something to go at your favorite restaurant or fast food place. Make your own side dishes. Your imagination is your limit.

Date night dinner doesn’t have to be your typical fancy white linen restaurant either. The same ole same old doesn’t leave an outstanding impression. Let your date -whether it be a blind date, someone you just met, someone you’ve known forever, someone you’re married to- and you decide what you want to do for dinner. Sometimes the best times together are the ones that aren’t your typical go-to restaurant.

As far as movies, you have hundreds to choose from at Filmbull.com. Streaming online movies is free or very affordable, depending on the membership you choose. There’s never a contract. You can start watching immediately before, during or after dinner. Choose where you want to watch your selected movie or movies. How much more comfy and cozy can you get when you watch a movie in your own home, at the park, by the lake or wherever you want to set up your Internet-ready device. Your imagination’s the limit.

Of course, seeing a movie on the silver screen is always a thrill but so is being able to laugh, talk out loud, cuddle, wrestle, stop and start the movie, rewind, forward and play back, grab seconds or thirds of your dinner. As most of us know, the most memorable times and things you’ve ever done in life are the ones you do that don’t cost lots of money because you are sharing them with that special someone. And because they are inventive and unique, as stated before, they will be cherished for a lifetime.

Worried about being cheesy or cheap? How about being real and genuine. And being real smart – together. It’s the real world. Of course you want to impress yet be creative together. (Not to get into dating and relationship counseling and advice, there is a time and place to splurge yet here we are giving ideas for frequent dinner and a movie night so that you can continue them frequently in this economy without breaking your budget.)

Dinner and a movie will never go out of style nor will they be boring or expensive just as long as you keep it creative, fun and affordable. Don’t forget those special dates with the little ones in your family too – children, nieces, nephews, grandkids, and friends. Make special dates to spend time with your significant other and then at different times, to spend with special family members.

At #filmbull we encourage those special times with those you love, no matter what ages. Regardless of the economy crisis, enjoy a wide selection of films and movies in different genres. It takes only a few seconds to set up an account and start watching movies now.

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Filmbill – Crimes have inspired movies…

Crime movies are interesting to watch. Crimes have inspired movies as most other things in real life do because they make for great entertainment that can also be educational. Good or bad education, you ask? That depends on if your choice is to be like one of the good guys or one of the bad guys. Watch these movies and many more with filmbull.

People love watching stories of crime because they are intriguing. It’s fun to watch the events, clues and solutions unfold. Sometimes they don’t ever unfold and we are left with crimes that are never solved, which is still a very intriguing ending.

Movie writers have come up with the most imaginable, unbelievable crimes and it’s always mystifying that they can write such great scripts and details. Then there are writers who write about real life crimes that are so authentic that it’s amazing that people actually commit and go through (even live to tell about) them.

Here are just a few of movies that were inspired by actual crimes:

Psycho
This real-life crime inspired a book and a movie. 1959 Robert Bloch wrote a book based on Ed Gein of Wisconsin, who was a real life serial killer. His real name was Edward Theodore and he committed many intense crimes in Plainfield, WI. Twisted and mentally deranged, the killer dug bodies from graves and created trophies and reminders from human skin and bones. With body parts having been discovered in his home by area police, Ed Gein did admit to murdering to local women between a three-year time period.

Rope
This movie is based on a play with the same name that was created in 1929. The play was inspired by a killing of a 14 year old teenager. He was murdered by two students from the University of Chicago. Their reason for killing the teen was because they wanted to commit the perfect crime.

Summer of Sam
Produced and also directed by Spike Lee in 1999, this movie is about serial murders that are known at the “Son of Sam” murders. A man named Richard David Falco, but who goes by the name David Richard Berkowitz, is known as “Son of Sam” and as the .44 Caliber Killer. He ripped through NYC for nearly a year.

This man admitted to eight shootings which killed six people and injured many others. His justification and reason for having done all this was that he was led by demon. The demon was inside a neighbor’s dog; so a possessed dog’s demon led him to do it. He was also a member of a nearby satanic cult, which was known for being violent.

The Boston Strangler
Also known as the “Silk Stocking Murders”, this true story tells about the murders that happened in Boston, MA as several women were killed during this time frame by the Boston Strangler. Albert DeSalvo has been a name that investigators say may be the murderer but to this day, no one really knows if the crimes were committed by just one person.

City of God
This film, directed by Katia Lund and Fernando Meirelles, is based on the drug-related crimes in Brazil back in 2002. It focuses on the increasing organized crime that had happened in Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro. #filmbull

 

Filmbull – Twentieth Century
1933 will always be a bleak year in the history of the Twentieth Century. It is the year that Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany. This began the 12 year reign of horror in Europe and the loss of innocence all over the world.
The blame for the Holocaust falls on all of humanities’ shoulders. “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than those good men should look on and do nothing.” John Stuart Mill stated that in 1867 in an address at the University of St. Andrews. The horrific events of the Holocaust have been revisited time and time again and have forced us all to question how it could happen and why it was allowed to happen. The loss of millions of lives is the most repugnant and at the same time the most fascinating and tragic part that fascinates us today. As the Holocaust recedes in time, the stories of the dead and the survivors become more and more important to hear and record so we that may always remember and never forget what was done.
Beyond the Barbed Wire: An Artist View of the Holocaust explores the story of Ben Altman, a survivor of Nazi Germany. The journey you begin in the film is touching and an unexpectedly revitalizing of hope and creativity. The film is a poignant piece on creativity healing in the midst of the most terrible and hopeless circumstances.
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Ben Altman always dreamt of being a painter. Life did not allow him that choice and so he learned the practical trade of a Tailor. This was one of the many reasons he survived. During World War II his first wife and son were captured and take to the concentration camp Auschwitz. They were separated when Ben went to look for a job after being rounded up and placed in the ghetto. He never saw them again. He was also captured and was placed in five different concentration camps. Ben’s skills as a tailor kept him alive in the most horrific places because their usefulness to the Nazi’s. After years of horrifying circumstances and events he survived and was freed by Russian soldiers when they broke through the lines and pushed the Germans back. He immigrated to San Francisco. He made his living as a tailor once more and was the official tailor for the San Francisco Opera House. After his retirement, the quiet of life around him caused the memories of his life to bloom out onto canvas. His life’s dream of being an artist was realized in more ways than one. His canvases are more than just pieces of artwork. They are pieces of inspiration and hope and though they are reminders of human horror and atrocities they are also reminders that only we can create ourselves and our minds no matter the circumstance.
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Filmbull – Audrey Cummings

Audrey Cummings is a self-proclaimed sci-fi lover who was born and raised in Quebec. She graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH, then moved to Toronto. Her passion has been filmmaking since she was very young. Her first sci-fi film was made with the assistance of her babysitter. The story was about a crazy magician who hated humans.

Audrey has said she loves working with different aspects of our unknown future. She also loves themes that revolve around humanity and isolation. Ms. Cummings has written and directed numerous films that have won awards, including “Burgeon and Fade”, which won her a Jackson-Triggs Award for Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker at the 2008 CFC WorldWide Short Film Festival. Her films “A Stolen Moment” and “Battle for Arthur” have been screened and worldwide festivals, as well as winning her several awards and have been sold for broadcasting to CBC, CHUM/Bravo! Canada, Canwest, Comcast USA, Francetelevision, and SVT Sweden.

Audrey was awarded the 2006 Director’s Lab Program at Norman Jweison’s Canadian Film Centre. She was selected from hundreds of applicants and is one of 8 other filmmakers from across Canada. In 2007, she was selected for the Short Dramatic Film Programme with 4 other directors. Also in 2007, Audrey won the 2007 Kodak New Vision Fellowship Award for Best Emerging Canadian Female Director.

Some of Audrey’s work as producer include: “Ruby Can’t Fail”, “The Battle of Arthur” and “A Stolen Moment”, just to name a few. She has directed such films as: “Burgeon and Fade”, “The Battle of Arthur” and “A Stolen Moment”. The films she has under her belt are also ones she has played a part in. Audrey is quite versatile. In the film “A Stolen Moment”, she plays Sophia, a woman who lives in world where the people can’t look at each other, touch each other or speak to each other. When she catches the eye of a stranger, she begins to crave human interaction.

Ms. Cummings is currently in development for a feature film entitled “Perfecting Chaos”, which is a sci-fi/thriller that tells the story of a teenage girl her changes her fate after she is abducted by aliens. Audrey is said to be extremely thrilled with the prospect of working on a full length film. It has been her dream since she was very young.

Other films that she is in talks for are “Cheebo”, a sci-fi comedy, “Dysconnect”, another sci-fi/thriller, and “Berkshire County”, a thriller/horror film. Audrey would love to branch out further and try to combine the 4 genres of sci-fi, thriller, horror, and comedy.

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Filmbull – A Stolen Moment

What if you lived in a world where you weren’t allowed to look at, speak to, touch, or interact with your fellow man? How long before you went crazy and began to crave human interaction?

A Stolen Moment is a Sci-Fi drama that takes place in a world where, after an unknown disease plagues the city, the government has put an end to all interaction among the citizens. There is no touching, no eye contact, no socializing. Everything in the city has become cold and clinical. After an inadvertent glance of a stranger, Sophie, played by writer and director, Audrey Cummings, finds she can no longer take the sterile world she lives in and longs for contact with another human.

A Stolen Moment is one of Push Play’s short independent films. Push Play only offers its members the highest quality independent films, many of which are award winners. Anyone who creates and account at www.filmbull.com will be given access to hundreds of films in their extensive library. There is no waiting for downloads and no driving to the video store. Just find the film you want and click play, right to your computer, mobile device or television, it’s that fast and easy.

If you found yourself living in a world where you couldn’t talk to your neighbours, you couldn’t be in a loving, committed relationship, you couldn’t be sociable with your co-workers, and couldn’t give a hug to someone and what would you do? Would you take the risk and find a way to give yourself interaction with those around you? Or would you continue to stay subdued and keep your eyes down and your hands to yourself? What would happen if you “accidentally” bumped into someone? What do you suppose would happen?

This story makes you wonder if big brother is watching, especially if something were to happen to cause pandemonium in the world. The people who are forced to live in a world such as this are bound to go crazy and reach out to their fellow man, but when it’s government law that this is banned, what will happen if you go against the grain?

Make your way to #filmbull and create your account today. Watch “A Stolen Moment”. It’s intriguing and will leave you wondering “what if?” What would you do if you were forced to live this way? Would you go against the norm?