Anybody read books? I do.

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  1. dpeters11

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    Like Michael Clarke Duncan was the perfect choice to play John Coffey in Green Mile.
     
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    Right. Good casting there.

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  3. dpeters11

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    Of course things can also be deceiving. You'd never think an actor that is 6'1" would be a good dwarf.
     
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    Having just watched 6 of those "Ring-Hobbit" movies, my mind is still spinning when I think how difficult it must have been to make them, what with all the different sized people.

    Hobbits are smaller than dwarfs, right?

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    Yep, about 1-2 feet shorter. I think some sets were built twice at different scales, like in the Shire. And of course doubles, various forced perspective like Frodo and Gandalf in the cart in Fwllowship, Frodo was actually several feet back, but looked like they were next to each other due to the camera angle and cart construction.
     
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    I watched closely and saw some of the ways they did it. Must be expensive to do.

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    Well, according to the studio, those films lost a lot of money, like the Harry Potter franchise. Tough business when you have Hollywood accountants.
     
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    Huh. Based on the sheer grandeur of the movies, the wonderful casting and the special effects I would have thought they'd be huge moneymakers. I did go to a couple of the Harry Potter movies, but I fell asleep each time.

    I'm getting Jurassic World today, I watched it at a movie house and was very disappointed in the PQ. I'm gonna watch it on the new 4K set and see how much better the PQ is at home. My son recently went to see the new Star Wars movie and said the PQ would have really annoyed me.

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    The movies made money, but after the Hollywood accountants got done, they didnt.

    An example
     
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    bobnielsen

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    In other words, after lining the pockets of the studio execs, there was nothing left for the investors.
     
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    I've read all the Dan Brown books except that one, which is on my Kindle.
     
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    Not exactly. They use creative accounting to keep the films from ever showing a profit, so that anyone with a percentage of the profits never sees a penny. The more money a picture makes, the more it costs (on paper).
     
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    Which is why Harrison Ford gets .5% of gross for Force Awakens, on top of his $25 million upfront and his $1.5 million broken leg compensation.
     
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    That .5% is about $4,500,000, so far! Smart move on his part.
     
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    Correct, he is getting a percentage of the gross, not the profit,
     
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    Well, I got Jurassic World and didn't play it on my 4K set. I used the 1080p plasma to view it. And I gotta say, WoW!, what a difference that made! I actually enjoyed it, which I simply couldn't do when I went to the theater to see it. The PQ in the theater was terrible and superb on my plasma.

    So, I have to ask: What happened? I don't remember the PQ of movies being so poor in theaters. I used to go to the movies in NYC, usually to Radio City (way back when you got the show and a movie) and they were always clear. The Jurassic World theater version was so bad I couldn't concentrate on the story line, just kept wondering why the PQ was so bad. The BD version was crystal clear and it turned out to be a pretty good movie.

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    Does anyone have any interest in Alternate History books? I just picked up Harry Turtledove's newest tome, Bombs Away and so far it's pretty good. It takes place during the Korean war and the US and Russia are throwing nukes at each other. I won't say anymore about it, so far it's very interesting.

    I've read a lot of AH books and if anyone's interested in that genre, I'd be happy to add that to the discussion.

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    Just finish The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. When Harry dies is reborn again with all the memories of his previous life's. I found the concept fascinating and highly recommend it. You could say this is a form of ah Rich.

    Ps the author is Claire North.
     
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    Yup, sounds like Alternate History or parallel universes, both are about the same, I think.

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    We watched Martian last night, my son bought it on iTunes and we watched it on the Apple TV using the Panny plasma. Really surprised at how they toned down the book. I couldn't get thru the book, every other page was about another disaster and it was annoying, I thought at the time. Really enjoyed the movie, tho. I'll have to give the book another try...someday.

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