August 9th, 2010

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Imax Hubble won't leave you lost in space...

In the next six months, the Space Shuttle program will be mothballed, almost 30 years to the month since the Space Shuttle Columbia made it's maiden voyage. It was an optimistic time when the Columbia blasted off under the Reagan Administration.

The ingenuity of space exploration has created multi billion dollar industries for the private sector, one such example would be the invention of Velcro. For a generation raised on the computer keyboard, space travel seems to be a byproduct of yesterday or a fictional X Box game.

This weekend, locals can replicate the experience of Space Travel at the Museum of Discovery's IMAX theater with the premier of **Hubble 3 D.** This opening weekend will feature an introduction from FIU Professor of Physics James R. Webb, a lecture on telescopes with the Florida Amateur Astronomer's Association, Broward County FIRST Robotics Demo, a Star Lab and Stomp Rocket Contest at 3:30 PM.

As a 43 minute documentary, **Hubble 3 D** is everything one would expect from an IMAX documentary. Early in the movie we are jarred with the visual spectacle of being in space and looking down upon our home planet. For most of us, this IMAX experience will be the closest one can simulate a space flight. The history of the Hubble Telescope is revealed with a sense of unease; as the shuttle flights lessen, there will be less opportunity to repair the super telescope.

The middle portion of the film focuses upon the final repairs of the Hubble. Unlike the stunning visuals of the opening, this portion reveals more about the daily routines of being a shuttle astronaut. While natural clowns in front of a camera, the astronauts are all business when it comes to the repair of the telescope. With the precision of a surgeon or car mechanic, the Hubble is repaired.

The result is breath taking. The Hubble Space Telescope presents unprecedented views of the cosmos—from the splendor of our celestial neighborhood to galaxies billions of light years away. Match these visuals on the IMAX 5 story screen and one will leave the theater in contemplation about their individual place in the cosmos.

Six years ago, the Museum of Discovery screened **Space Station 3 D,** narrated by Tom Cruise and it was easily the best documentary of that year. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, **Hubble 3 D** is one of the best documentaries of this year.
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Porky's Reunion at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival's Cinema Paradiso



Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Celebrates

The 75th Anniversary of 20TH Century Fox

With A Screening of PORKY'S & 'Class Reunion '

( Fort Lauderdale , FL ) August 9, 2010 - Today, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) officially launched a Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county-wide search for members of the cast, crew and extras who participated in the movie Porky's, to come together for a commemorative screening of the film followed by a party and "Cast & Crew Class Reunion."

Porky's, released in 1982 by Twentieth Century Fox, is part of a nationwide limited engagement event that brings some of the studios most notable and notorious films back to the big screen in honor of the studio's 75th anniversary.

"We're thrilled to be a part of Fox’s 75th Anniversary celebration with a tribute screening of Porky’s,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. “Porky’s was filmed in South Florida in 1981 and featured many local residents, so we thought it would be fun to reunite everyone who participated in the original production."

Added von Hausch, “It’s also a chance for audiences to see some areas of Dade and Broward County as they were 29 years ago."

The event will be held Saturday, September 4 at Cinema Paradiso. FLiFF kick's-off the film at 7:00pm followed by the Porky's "Cast & Crew Class Reunion" and Party catered by Chez Porky's, a Pompano Beach restaurant named after the film.

Those who participated in the filming of Porky's can log on to to purchase a Porky's Cast/Crew/Extra ticket. Please note the role (cast, crew or extra) you had in the film by typing cast, crew or extra in the block for "Company." Those who participated in the production of Porky's can also purchase their ticket and provide the pertinent information by calling 954-525-3456 and speaking to a FLiFF staff member. Upon arriving at Cinema Paradiso, please check-in for your Reunion Photo.

Tickets to the event are just $7 general admission | $6 Porky's Cast/Crew/Extra | $5 FLiFF Members. Details and advance tickets are available at or by calling 954-525-3456. Major credit cards are accepted.

Cinema Paradiso is located at 503 SE 6th Street in downtown Fort Lauderdale .

Writer/director Bob Clark based the original Porky's on actual occurrences at Boca Ciega High School (in Gulfport, FL), and Fort Lauderdale High School in the early 1960s, as well as a joint called Porky's in Oakland Park, Florida. The film starred Dan Monahan, Mark Herrier, Wyatt Knight, Roger Wilson and Kim Cattrall, in one of her first major movie roles.

Unique in its time, Porky's was the first coming of age comedy that portrayed high school life as an all-out quest for sex. The box-office success of the film influenced countless numbers of teen genre films including American Pie and led to the production of two sequels which were also filmed in South Florida - Porky's II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky's Revenge (1985).

Porky's was filmed on location in Miami , Hollywood Beach and Fort Lauderdale including Oleta River State Recreation Area and Miami High.

Over the past 75 years, Twentieth Century Fox has delivered some of the most thrilling, iconic and best-loved films of all time including The Sound of Music, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wall Street and Fight Club, as well as acclaimed film franchises such as Star Wars, French Connection, Alien, Planet of the Apes and X-Men.

To promote the studio’s library and legacy, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment kicked off a 12-month celebration that will include the release of more than 300 films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, showcasing a remarkable, rich and unparalleled heritage of great movies, Academy Award®-winners and box office smashes featuring a cast of the greatest movie stars and directors from yesterday and today. For more details visit FOX75TH.COM

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) celebrates its 25th Anniversary October 22 - November 11, 2010. Featuring American Independent Film and World Cinema, over 200 films will be premiered. With the exception of Opening Night at Bailey Hall on Broward College Campus, all films will be presented at the festival's year-round art-theatre, Cinema Paradiso. Celebrities and filmmakers will create an aura of excitement as they attend screenings of their films, nightly gatherings and parties, and cruises down the Intracoastal waterway . FLiFF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, dedicated to bringing American Independent and International films and cultural events to the South Florida community with outreach programs statewide. For more details visit