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What is the most expensive movie ever made?

General information about the movie:


After the big success of the well known company  »The Walt Disney » because of its movies and shows, Disney decided to spend over $400m shooting across Hawaii, Puerto Rico, California and the UK with dedicated 3D cameras for the movie  »Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ».

 »Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides » is an American Fantasy/Action movie that was released in the United States on May, 20, 2011. It is a film inspired by the novel of Tim Powers  »On Stranger Tides ».

In this movie, the main characters Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Angelica (Penélope Cruz) are joined for the search of the Fountain of Youth, along with the pirate BlackBeard (Ian McShane).

Here is the trailer:

Source: YouTube.

Why did this movie cost more than $400m to make?


It’s all about the choice of locations, equipments, and the cast.

Obviously, this movie cost that much to make because it was the first film in the series to be released in the Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D formats. Moving from Hawaii to the United Kingdom to Puerto Rico and California, the principal photography lasted for 106 days.

Many companies were involved with the film’s visual effects which made huge differences, and because The Walt Disney company wanted to film with the newest 3D cameras and wanted to come up with the most creative audiovisual techniques and tricks, the production had a budget of $379 million.

The producer of the film Jerry Bruckheimer was certainly looking for talent, he was searching for actors who were strong and very motivated, actors who would never quit and give up, actors who’ll continue till the reach the end of the road and actors who will agree on any looks they’re given, hence the costumes, hair & appearances were a big part of this movie, that’s why he chose the famous actor Johnny Depp as the main character who gave all he had for this role along side with Penelope Cruz and other members of the cast who were also very dedicated.

Johnny Depp alone believed to have received $55 million for the movie. The production staff reached 895 and they were paid a total of $17.8 million.

Here is the look Johnny Depp was given for his role as  »Jack Sparrow »:


How much did this film make?


After the release of  »The Pirates of the Caribbeans: On Stranger Tides », Walt Disney has made a huge success with it hitting $1,066,215,812 million at the Worldwide Box Office.

Along side with its other versions of this film that were also a big success like:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with $1,066,215,812 million on the Worldwide Box Office.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End with $963,420,425 million on the Worldwide Box Office.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales with $794,758,876 million on the Worldwide Box Office.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with $634,954,103 million on the Worldwide Box Office.



Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Let’s Keep Up With The Kardashians.

A lot of happened during this past months (Just like every month). The Kardashian Family have welcomed new members to their well know family including Travis Scott and Tristan Thompson and three new babies.

Kim was the first to welcome her baby girl and baby number three, Chicago West via a surrogate. They named her Chicago after Kanye’s hometown.  As for why Kim used a surrogate she explained with a statement released on her website saying ‘I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accrete are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my — or the baby’s — health to carry on my own. After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier.”


Chicago was 7-pound and 6-pound ounce when she first was born at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday, January 15.

Kylie was the second, she’s the youngest sister and she hid her WHOLE pregnancy for 9 months. She revealed via an Instagram post and a YouTube video named To Oud Daughter. Via the Instagram post kylie revealed that she named her little baby girl Stormi Webster.

Why Kylie Named her Stormi ?

« I really don’t know how we thought of Storm », Kylie explained to sister Kim in the interview. « Her dad insisted it was him, but I feel like it was me. And that kind of just stuck with us. And then I didn’t really like just Storm — I didn’t feel like that was her name.                                                                                                                                           « So then it became Stormi. And it just stuck. I feel like there were a lot of other names that I might have even liked better to be honest, but I feel like Stormi picked her own name, like it was just her name.  »

Last but not least, it was Khloe’s turn to give birth to a baby girl named True.

Sadly, this amazing event was ruined by cheating allegations against Tristant, few days before Khloe became mum. This tragic news made the entire family fly to Cleveland to stand by her. A lot of drama has happened and khloe was planning to go back home, yet source have confirmed that she’s gonna try and stay in Cleveland for tru sake.  Talking about Tru, khloe picked the name after her Father’s middle name and her mother grandfather name.


The family is now very happy specially Kris for having 9 grandchildren, Mason, Penelope, Reign, North, Saint, Chicago, Stormi, Dream and Tru.

Knowing the Kardashian the best is yet to come.

According to Kendall’s lastest news ( No guys she is NOT pregnant). Sources have been telling that she started to date the NBA player Ben Simmons. Yet nothing is sure until now, in previous interviews she declared that her main is her career and she is not looking for a significant other and is not ready to build a family yet.

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Lens flares could be an awesome addition to a scene if you use them properly. They are pretty indeed, or at least can be. So many things can get in the way and make these brilliant little specters look terribly wrong, things like adding a basic Lens Flare effect to the clip, or showing too much of them. In this video below, you will find many tips given by Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom that could help you create a perfect lens flare for your film in an artistic way. Check it out:


Although it appears for a short period of time, lens flares can be a smart addition to your shot to make it instantly prettier and give it a nice final touch, it’s the ultimate cherry on top. But just like the Dutch angle, it should be handled safely and should be done carefully, to not miss the whole point of it. Therefore, there are some things to consider before going completely wild on this one:

  • In-camera or stock: In-camera is shooting them directly, which makes it look instantly realistic, so you don’t have to worry if it looks fake or not. But by doing that, you can’t make them disappear in post-production. For stock, there are many existent lens flares that could be added, but you have to make them look realistic, plus those can cost a lot!


  • Making your custom made flare assets: If you’re on a budget, it’s possible to create your own lens flare. The cons of it are it might look unnatural, so do some research to avoid this issue. You should also find out what modifications you should make to upgrade it to the next level so you don’t look like an amateur filmmaker.


  • Lens flares are perfect for transitions:a commonly used trick is using lens flares as a transition between two clips. It’s a very delicate and trendy way to switch from a shot to another, and gives a warm and smooth ambiance to the clip.


  • Remove the unwanted: To block lens flares that have a chance of appearing and that you don’t want, you can use a flag, or a Cinefoil around your lens, or close the barn doors on your matte box. The thing is they shouldn’t enter your lens and reflect inside it.


  • Does it make any sense?: The use of your lens flare should be justified, in a way that it goes in a logical sense and adds meaning to your shot, its presence shouldn’t be shallow and negligible, or illogical. You should definitely add it depending on your lighting. Frontal lighting doesn’t need a lens flare, only if you have some backlight or a visible light source like the sun, it could make sense that a lens flare should be present.


  • Movement:Lens flares should follow the path of your camera, their movement should be synchronized with each other.


  • Emphasis: To make your source of light stand out, add a flare to it! The sun, a headlight, the stars or a candle could use a good flare.


  • Limit their amount: Unless your film is called The Return of Lens Flares 2, you don’t have to spill lens flares to every light source in every clip. Not only will it make you look desperate for your film to look indie, but it will make your movie look too artificial. Add them only where it adds sense and logic to the scene. Use them occasionally to add a distinctive style.


How do you use lens flares in your work? Let us know down in the comments.


The day everyone skipped school

Fortnite is a multiplayer online battle royal game, it involves a 100 players dropping on an island and surviving the storm, the last one will get a victory royale.

The game now has more than 300 million players playing an average of 5 hours per day! The game is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Mobile.

Fortnite: Battle Royale has been since than breaking records; on Youtube views and on streams on the Twitch platform.

So much success that famous people started playing the game with one the best Fornite players called Ninja; like Drake , Lil uzi , Traviss Scott and a bunch of famous football players.

After the great success of the movie “Avengers: Infinity wars”, Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, had the crazy idea of collaborating the infamous characters from the movie for an intense gameplay.

Creating a massive hype in the gaming community, rumors and leaks started appearing.

Then the countdown happened.

Epic Games announced the release of Fortnite: Battle Royale X Avengers: Infinity War mash-up mode.

“Wield true power… the Infinity Gauntlet. Starting now, you can become Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup.”


This game mode was supposed to be released on Tue, May 8, 2018, at 11 pm GMT, but Epic games had technical issues releasing the patch note which lead to a late release, the update was released at 3 am GMT, everyone was awake, waiting for the game mode so they can jump into Thanos and destroy the world.


The massive influx of players logging in to play the game had to lead to servers to shut down, they tweeted:  » 4:00am ET (0800 GMT). There will be downtime. »

After an hours or so, the servers went up again, and everyone was STILL waiting to play the game, streams on Youtube and Twitch had the titles “ Skipping school to play fortnite” and everyone was watching them and playing at the same time.

If you liked this article make sure you share it with your friends! and if you like third-person shooters which require teamwork, be sure to give Fortnite a go. It’s FREE!

Link to the game official website

We wish you all a great summer and happy gaming !!

goats out.

The Best Musical Movies since 2000

After being one of the first and most popular movie genres, Musical Movies died down for a while and then made a magical comeback in the 21st century. From wonderful soundtracks to astounding choreographies, here are the best movie musicals since the year 2000.

NB: This selection is based on a personal choice, so don’t be shocked to find out some classical musicals didn’t find their place on this list.

  • Chicago (2002)

It’s the story of Roxie Hart, who kills her lover and convinces her husband to pay for her defense; and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly, who broke up her vaudeville sister act by murdering her husband and her sister while they were engaged in a sport not licensed for in-laws. « Chicago » continues the reinvention of the musical that started with « Moulin Rouge. The movie is a dazzling song and dance extravaganza, with just enough words to support the music and allow everyone to catch their breath between songs. It leaves you with the need to get up into the spotlight, sparkle and steal the show!


  • Mamma Mia (2008)

Donna (Meryl Streep), an hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two of her friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. Any movie starring Meryl Streep is a work of art, no questions asked. Throw in a funny interesting plot and most importantly the whole famous ABBA soundtrack and you get a super popular masterpiece. A fun movie full of strong independent women, it’s a big YES from us, and it’s famous for a reason!


  • Pitch Perfect (2012)

Before you even know it, you start singing along to popular songs taken to another level. A sassy free spirit (Anna Kendrick) rocks up to college to help an a cappella group accept their failings, embrace diversity and hit the right notes for the regional competition. The performances are fresh, entertaining and interesting as the songs you know are turned into an a cappella and well-choreographed show. The soundtrack’s ironic bent might dissuade older viewers (Simple Minds are venerated), but they’d be missing out on one of the best musical comedies.


  • Annie (2014)

It’s a hard knock life, especially for orphaned Annie. Wonderfully portrayed this time by the black actor Quvenzhané Wallis, her optimist character skips through the streets to the rhythm of upbeat songs, the old and the new, with an incredible performance of Sia’s “Opportunity”. Wallis conveys the energy and perkiness of her character convincingly and charmingly in this heartwarming story so close and yet so far from the original, the modern version of the musical is more of a facelift than an update.


  • La La Land (2016)

If something brought musical comedies back to our era, it is La La Land. An unusual romance happening in the heart of Hollywood, exposing how hard it is to follow your dream, either  being an actor in this overbooked industry or not letting the Jazz music die. Absolutely wonderful songs you’ll want to know by heart, tap dancing sequences that will make you hop on your feet and dance, a huge load of filmic references and a surprising ending compared to the Hollywood usual’s. Although the controversial choice of actors who never sang or danced raised some eyebrows, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are marked forever in my mind as the “ones who dream”.

  • Coco (2017)

Disney and Pixar took one risky step in deciding to portray the Mexican culture in its newest movie… And it was the best risk they had ever taken. It’s the heart-warming story of Miguel, a young Mexican boy whose dream is to become a musician but whose family absolutely loathes music and strictly forbids it.  He then embarks on an extraordinary journey to the Land of the Dead, to unlock the real story behind his family’s history. A colorful, magical and stunning movie who succeeds perfectly in portraying the Mexican culture in all its details, while teaching kids moral values and having sweet and entertaining songs such as “Remember Me”, which won an Oscar for “Best Original Song”.

  • The Greatest Showman (2017)

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya starring in the same movie might appear as a weird combo. But what it does is make us incredibly surprised. While telling us the story of P.T. Barnum and his circus, they confidently adress issues such as greed, intolerance and racism with a couple wishing to “Rewrite the stars”. Extravagant decors and costumes, hit songs with strong and passionate voices and astounding choreographies such as Zendaya’s flying trapezist performance, the whole thing is a pleasure to the eyes and a mix of emotions that leave us yearning for more and more. As P.T. Barnum famously said, “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” We were happy, hoodwinked and left with hopes and dreams to fulfill.






Ceci est un essai

Introduction: Leah et MJ sont en classe 

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Partie 2 : Voilà que le cours commence



Cinema ou réalité?

Le cinema est un art qui joue sur le faite de fair croire aux spectateurs que ce qu’ils voient est reel. Or dans dans certains cas celui ci ne réalise pas que ce qu’il voit n’est qu’une pure réalité et non une mise en scene.
Voici quatre vrai blessures d.acteurs qui sont passé a l’écran:


Dans un univers remplis de nazie, le danger est prenant par tout. Même les acteurs doivent se méfier. Diane Kruger incarne une espionne du côte des gentil alors que Christoph Wallz incarne un colonelle nazie.
Dans une des scène ou le chasseur de juif s’entretient avec la belle espionne, il se jette sur elle pour l’étranglait a mort. Si l’actrice semble jouer le role a la perfection c’est parce qu’elle ne respire réellement plus. En effet a cause de l’importance de la scène et de la vision très precise qu’il avait en tete c’est le réalisateur en personne qui étrangle Diane Kruger pour de vrai. Ce son ses main qu’on aperçois dans le gros plan.


Lorsqu’il incarne Channing Tatum un boxeur de competition, Mark Schultz rentre dans le role a fond. Dans la scène ou il fait les cent pas dans son hotel après avoir perdu un match très important, Mark commence a se frapper avec rage et commence a pleurer. Mais la violence atteint son apogée lorsqu’il se met face a un miroir et le frappe trois fois avec sa tète pour de vrai.Il se coupe le frond mais continue la scène avec beauté.


Lors d/une scène de poursuite, Brad Pitt cour dans des rus humide a la poursuite d’un assassin. Malheureusement pendant la prise Brad Pitt glisse sur le toit d’une voiture mouillé et enfonce son bras dans une vitre et se sectionne un tendon. Mais au lieu d’arrêter le tournage sa blessure a état incluse dans le scripte.


Leonardo DiCaprio incarne le rôle d’un propriétaire d’esclaves, fou qui reçoit Django. Pendant le repas le personnage de Leonardo n’est pas très content et le fait bien ressentir. Il est tellement en colère qu’il frappe sur la table, brise un verre et se coupe la main .Le spectateur peut apercevoir que la main de l’acteur est couverte de sans, mais en vrai professionnelle il se sert de sa blessure pour nous offrir une scène brillante.

Le cinema ne simule pas toujours la réalité puisque dans certain cas la scène nous offre une pure réalité.
Mais a t’on le droit de continuer de filmer une prise lorsque l’acteur se blesse réellement juste pour la vraisemblance de la scène?

Pourquoi Chrisotpher Nolan est un des meilleurs directeurs de nos jours ?

Inception, Interstellar, et beaucoup d’autres films ont été adorés par le public. Le mix entre ce qui est pour le grand public et ce qui est artistique et symbolique est très facile pour Nolan.


Christopher Nolan


Christopher Edward Nolan, né le 30 juillet 1970 à Westminster, est un réalisateur, producteur, scénariste et éditeur britanno-américain. Il se fait connaître à la fin des années 1990 par un premier long métrage, Following.

Nolan est surtout reconnu pour la trilogie de Batman, dans laquelle il a poussé les films de superhéros de films d’action vers des films politiques, sociales engagés.


Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight


Sachant que Nolan n’aime pas utiliser le CGI et les after effects, ces tournages et explosions sont tous faites en réalité. Dans le film de The Dark Knight avec Heath Ledger, il y a une scène dans laquelle le Joker (Heath Ledger) sort de l’hôpital et veut la détonner, il y a eu un mal fonctionnement du ‘trigger’ et ce plan ne peut pas être répéter. Donc Heath Ledger improvise et le bâtiment fini par être détruit et c’était une scène remarquable. Même dans Inception avec la chambre qui tourne, la voiture qui tombe… tout a été filmé en réalité. Nolan tourne toujours en film, pour l’effet que la pellicule donne sur l’image.




Nolan a pu prouver qu’il est capable de faire des films de plusieurs genres :

1-      Filmes policiers : Following (1999)

2-      Filmes de thriller dramatique et psychologique : Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002) avec Al Pacino, The Prestige (2006)

3-      Super héros : Batman Triology

4-      Science-Fiction : Interstellar (2014), Inception (2010)

insomnia-2 Interstellar

Nolan est aussi reconnu pour être un écrivain, après avoir fini de tourner la trilogie de Batman, il s’est attardé sur Spider Man un autre caractère de DC, mais ce n’était pas lui le réalisateur de la série.

Comme on avait déjà dit le mix que Nolan fait dans ses films est très intéressant, comment il peut transformer le film d’une narration simple a un sujet psychologique, intéressant, même les vilains dans les films de Nolan sont spectaculaires. On ne peut pas détester les vilains de Nolan comme The Joker par exemple dans The Dark Knight, car il a une histoire, il est devenu comme ça à cause de son père. Il donne à ses vilains un aspect très humain qui force le spectateur à ne pas le détester, pour cela toutes les personnes qui aiment le cinéma doivent regarder ses films. Même les gens qui n’aiment pas les films d’action iront voir ses films car il sait comment faire le mélange idéal des thèmes.

Un nouveau film de Nolan est attendu en juillet intitulé Dunkirk, l’histoire du film se passe durant la deuxième guerre mondiale en Angleterre sur la plage de Dunkirk. Voilà le trailer du prochain film de Nolan


Five Must Read Novels and their Movie adaptations

We have all heard of famous books and their more famous movie adaptations like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist or Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. However, this list is about 5 of my favorite books whose movie adaptations you might not have come across.

  1. The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini


First on my list is Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner that was first published in 2003. Set in Afghanistan, the book deals with the conflicts that marked the country the most, in a period fixed between the fall of the monarchy and the emergence of the Taliban regime. It tells a fictional story about family, friendship and exodus in a war torn Afghanistan. After its publication, the book became a New York Times Bestseller for two years.

In 2007, it was adapted to a movie of the same name. Directed by Marc Forster, the film received generally good reviews: it has a 66% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 7.6 rating on IMDB and Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times gave it a 4 over 4 rating. However, even though I liked the casting, I thought that the film lacked a lot of important material that was in the book. I felt that the film failed to meet my expectations and I was somehow disappointed.


  1. Dangerous Liaisons-  Pierre Choderlos de Laclos


The Second Book on my list is Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ Dangerous Liaisons (Or Les Liaisons Dangereuses) that was first published in 1782. This epistolary novel consists of a list of letter exchanged between the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two French libertines who use seduction as a weapon to manipulate others. Set during the Ancien Régime, this book is believed to be the source of the saying “revenge is a dish best served cold”.

Although this novel was adapted into numerous films and plays, my favorite adaptation is the 1988 American film directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer and Glenn Close. This film was critically acclaimed and was nominated for seven academy awards of which it won three. This film is one of my favorite adaptations, as its screenplay is perfect and the acting especially Glenn Close’s is impeccable.


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee


Third on my list is a classic of American literature. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and it won a Pulitzer Prize. This novel deals with racial discrimination and injustice. Set during the great depression in the USA, this book tells the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer who accepts to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, and his two kids.

In 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted into a film by the same name. Directed by Robert Mulligan, the film was released to impressively positive reviews and wide critical acclaim. It was nominated for eight Academy awards of which it won three and it is considered to be one of the greatest American films of all time. This one is definitely a must watch. The roles as well as the storyline are perfectly adapted and if you’re a fan of the book you won’t be disappointed.


  1. Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury


The fourth book on my list is Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 first published in 1953. The plot is set in a futuristic American society where books are illegal and firemen serve to burn books. The title, Fahrenheit 451 refers to the temperature at which books catch fire.  The story is about a fireman, Guy Montag who starts to develop an interest for books after he meets a free-thinking girl named Clarisse who pushes him to question his life and actions.

In 1966, the book was adapted into a film by the same name. Directed by the famous French director Francois Truffaut, the film received mixed reviews upon its release but with time it gained more critical acclaim. Currently, it holds a rating of 81% on Rotting Tomatoes. Personally, the film was very disappointing for me. The acting was not flawless, the Art direction failed to create a credible futuristic aspect and the storyline adaptation could be better.


  1. Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

of_mice_and_men_ver2Another American literature classic, the last book on my list in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. First published in 1937, it is also set during the great depression period. It tells the story of George and his mentally retarded friend Lennie, two ranch workers with a dream of owning a piece of land, and are constantly moving to search for job opportunities.

In 1992, the book was adapted into an American film by the same name. Directed by Gary Sinise, the film received critical acclaim and competed at the Cannes film festival where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or. This adaptation is very impressive. The acting is perfect and the art direction is remarkable and I highly recommend it.


Finally, I am currently reading Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon which was also adapted in 1968 into an academy award winning movie named Charly. So if you read the book or watched the movie feel free to write your review. And also if you have any comments about the list or any requests don’t hesitate to write them down in the comments.

Pourquoi Superman est-il un vrai film libanais ?

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