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Friday, February 17, 2017

Alive & Kicking Trailer & Poster

Alive & Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. No matter what troubles they are facing in their lives, swing dancers are filled with joy, exhilaration, and even giddiness while they dance. Boiled down to its core, swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness. Most people think of happiness as a passive emotion: if something good happens, I will be happy. But we all have the ability to feel joy despite the worst of circumstances once we realize that happiness exists inside of us.



Magnolia Pictures will release ALIVE AND KICKING in theaters, OnDemand, on Amazon Video and iTunes April 7, 2017

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SABAN’S #POWERRANGERS All-Star Trailer

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.



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Angela Lansbury Joins Mary Poppins Returns

Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of “Mary Poppins Returns,” the all-new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from PL Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books. The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.

A five-time Tony Award® winner and the recipient of an honorary Academy Award®, three Academy Award nominations and bestowed with numerous other accolades, Angela Lansbury’s career encompasses more than 70 years. She is a beloved member of the Disney family and starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” Her roles in film, television and theater range from “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Death on the Nile” to “Murder, She Wrote,” “Mame,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Gypsy.”

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”), “Mary Poppins Returns” stars Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train,” “Into the Woods”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”), Ben Whishaw (“Spectre”), Emily Mortimer (“Hugo”) and Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” films) with Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”). The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), Nathanael Saleh (“Game of Thrones”) and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke.

The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep).

The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray”) and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”) writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

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Movie Review: #LOGAN I'm about to geek out

Bear with me, I'm about to geek out, but won't give up any spoilers. I thought it was great! I'm a big enough of a fan that I'd probably enjoy any mutant related movie they come out with, but not so die hard that I'm critical about deviations from the comics.

Review by: Rob Mateer

So my opinion probably isn't very objective. I heard a few people mention that the franchise is starting to run out of ideas and a 3rd Wolverine movie is getting old, but that's just something a non-fan or someone who didn't know the comics would say. The Mutant storyline for Marvel has gone on for decades and is probably their most popular story arc. The X-Men are what made me switch from D.C. to Marvel as a kid. I stopped collecting comics right when the Reavers, Mr. Sinister, and Genosha were introduced in the X Men. Supposedly, this is Hugh Jackman's last time playing Wolverine, so it's kind of fitting for me that he's ending his portrayal of the role with the same characters and story arc that I did when I quit buying comics and started buying Thrasher and Transworld Skate magazines. Also, it takes place during the aftermath of one of my favorite storylines for mutant titles: Days of Future Past. I used to have the first issues they introduced the storyline, X Men #141 and #142, in Mint condition. I had like 3 boxes full of old comics that worth a decent amount all together. At least a couple thousand at the time, but I left them in my punk ass sister's garage when I joined the Army and she sold them to a comic store and got shafted for a couple hundred.

Anyway, those issues were later followed by other comic book titles and crossover stories that went into this alternative future where the mutant genocide took place. I also used to play a role playing game with some friends back in 5th or 6th grade in Okinawa called Marvel Super Heroes. They made 4 different modules under their Nightmares of Future Past story campaign. It took place in a dystopian future that looked like something from Terminator when Skynet took over. In this timeline, Mystique reforms the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and they assassinate an anti mutant Senator named Robert Kelly. A rabid Anti-Mutant candidate was elected to become President. He passed the Mutant Registration Act making it the law that all mutants had to be registered in a Federal database so the Government had a file on every registered mutant. Mutants opposing the law and refusing to register were hunted down. Then the new President rebooted the Sentinel Program, which were giant armored robots with internal tracking, scanning, and computer abilities. They could fly and had multiple abilities with killing power and were programmed to hunt down and apprehend or exterminate mutants. Sentinels are what the X Men and New Mutants usually program to fight when they train in the Danger Room. Under the new Sentinel program, they built newer improved models called Omega Sentinels that were more powerful, faster, smarter, and lethal than their predecessors, Alpha Sentinels. They also created a head Sentinel called Nimrod to lead them and was the most advanced and powerful model. Nimrod is a name taken from the book of Genesis 10:8-9 and is described as "a mighty hunter before the Lord." He had enough superhuman strength to fight Juggernaught in hand to hand combat and could interface with any computer and transfer his consciousness into one like Ultron. His weapons were more powerful and he could scan people to determine if they had any special abilities our powers and after being exposed to a superpower, he was able to compute the nature of the power and how to nullify it. He also had abilities that mimicked known mutants. His robotic body could regenerate like Wolverine's healing power, he could levitate metallic objects like Magneto, teleport like Nightcrawler, and create force fields like Jean Grey's telekinesis, shapeshift like Mystique and assume human form.

Anyway, at first the other Superheroes assisted the Sentinels in rounding up and apprehending unregistered mutants who were now all outlaws. Evil and good mutants and groups banded together for survival. Martial law was declared and all the mutants were rounded up and put into internment camps and wore prison uniforms with a big M on the front and back like how the Jews had to wear a Star of David patch in the Nazi death camps. Most of the powerful mutants that resisted and on were on the run, were hunted down and exterminated, good guys and bad guys. Then the Sentinels turned on everyone with super powers and killed them off. They took over the country and killed anyone or thing that resisted. The remaining mutants and survivors formed resistance groups in hiding. The largest and most organized was the Canadian resistance made up of what was left of their military and surviving members of Alpha Flight, a Canadian mutant group. Logan was one of its leaders. His old stomping grounds was the Canadian Wilderness after he became Weapon X, before he was discovered by Charles Xavier. The sentinels took control of the country and ran it like an armed fortress. Their sole purpose is to exterminate all mutants and individuals enhanced with super powers in North America. Then they planned to go worldwide. Those still alive were either locked in internment camps or had severely restricted movement. Europe and the other nuclear powers cut off North America and threatened to annihilate the population centers with a nuclear strike if anyone attempted to leave the North American Continent and if Sentinels violated the no fly zone which was anything not outside of North America.

My bad for the wikipedia length reply. I got all carried away. See what happens when I let my inner geek out out of the closet? What I just described is the comic book version of the background period that took place in the years that followed the X Men movie of Days of Future Past. The movie version and background period that elapsed between Logan and the X Men movie differs.

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Movie Review: The Great Wall


Not so great after all.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

The Great Wall is a joint venture between the United States and China, the largest such co-production ever undertaken. It was shot in China, features a predominately Chinese cast and was helmed by a noted Chinese director, Zhang Yimou. This pedigree serves, perhaps, to make the film seem more exotic and culturally distinguished than your average bonehead American blockbuster. Alas, it isn’t. The Far East influences do nothing to elevate The Great Wall above the shallow marker of inert, big-budget spectacle. Either the Chinese film industry has the same penchant for laziness that ours does or maybe we dragged them down to our level when forces were joined.

At some indeterminate point in the Song Dynasty, a group of mercenaries are searching for the mythic weapon “black powder” (gunpowder to us modern types) while evading Khitan bandits. One night, a strange creature attacks the party, leaving only William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) as survivors. William manages to kill the beast, but not before severing one of its hands, which he holds onto, because the plot demands it. Beset by Khitans once more, the pair runs smack-dab into the Great Wall, where they surrender themselves over to the forces of the Nameless Order, a vast military sect led by General Shao (Hanyu Zhang) and Strategist Wang (Andy Lau), deciding that their chances are better on the inside rather than out.


The Nameless Order is gearing up for a battle with the Taotie, a race of mythological creatures who rear their ugly heads every 60 years. The Order has little use for William and Tovar until they catch sight of that severed hand and hear the story of how William slew the beast. When the Taotie launches a savage onslaught against the order, Commander Lin (Jing Tian) notices how well William handles himself against the monsters and enlists his service in the war. Tovar seeks to join forces with another captive, Ballard (Willem Dafoe), to make off with the Order’s supply of black powder while their armies are preoccupied, leaving William to sort out where his loyalties lie in this situation and what kind of a man he will choose to be.

Needless to say, if you had only heard the title “The Great Wall” without watching the trailers or reading up on it and were expecting a straight-laced historical epic about the Great Wall of China (something of which I was guilty until very recently), you’re in for a major shock to the system. And while the film is handsomely made and suitably epic in scale (those vistas of the Wall covered with soldiers as far as the eye can see are truly breathtaking), The Great Wall is achingly familiar. The look of the Taotie suggests a lackluster cross-pollination between the Xenomorphs, velociraptors and the Terror Dogs from Ghostbusters, and the shots of their digitized multitudes would have really popped some eyes back in 1997. For a film that has the might of the world’s two biggest moviemaking entities behind it, The Great Wall is shockingly thin. It’s every ‘army of good fending off the encroaching forces of darkness’ fantasy film you’ve ever seen. Even the fact that it’s the Great Wall of China is mostly irrelevant. It might as well be some big castle.

Damon’s casting as the great white hero who steps in to save the outmatched Chinese warriors has been the subject of whitewashing charges. That’s understandable, but his presence seems more likely due to a desire for a marketable worldwide box-office draw to anchor the film. This, too, is understandable. The true quandary here is why Damon was interested in signing onto such a rote pile of hokum. The actor recently scored great acclaim with his work in The Martian and then lucratively reprised his signature role in the profitable, if underwhelming, Jason Bourne. He didn’t need to do a cash-in part in a clunker like this. It’s not like there’s any real character here for him to play. William is as nondescript a hero as his prosaic name suggests and Damon is barely even invested enough to keep his Scottish (?) accent locked down throughout.


Tian has the most prominent role among the Chinese cast, but is similarly helpless to make her equally thin character greater than what is on the page. And Willem Dafoe’s character might as well not even exist in the narrative, and certainly doesn’t deserve to be played by someone of Dafoe’s caliber. His Ballard seems to be set up as a wild-card villain, the human antagonist of the story, but that never quite comes together. He’s essentially there to provide another recognizable American face, it seems. Faring the best is Pascal, who stands as the only source of humor the film can claim and makes the most of his put-upon one-liners.

A story that really sinks its teeth into the majesty and mystery of the Great Wall of China could potentially fascinate, yet The Great Wall is content to exist as little more than Lord of the Rings cut-scenes. The film doesn’t see its namesake as anything other than mere set dressing, a platform from which arrows can be shot downward at the fiends scaling its heights. The structure is one of the Wonders of the World for a reason. With the movie, one only wonders why it was even made.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Brandon Wolfe at @BrandonTheWolfe.



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vince Vaughn Joins Fighting With My Family

With shooting set to kick off shortly, Dwayne Johnson is continuing to play main cheerleader and PR rep for the new based-on-truth wrestling film he's producing and cameoing in. He's announced that Vince Vaughn will appear in Fighting With My Family.

Stephen Merchant is on script and directorial duty, basing the film on the real-life experiences of WWE star Paige (AKA Saraya-Jade Bevis Miller) and her family of professional wrestlers. The movie will see Nick Frost as her father a reformed gangster and former wrestler, his wife (Lena Headey) and their children, who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. The parents want a better life for their children, and when the siblings get the chance to audition for the WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, the brother and sister are about to learn that becoming a WWE superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible. Florence Pugh is playing Paige, with Jack Lowden as her brother Zak.

According to Johnson's Instagram post on the casting, Vaughn will be "playing a man who I know all too well and those of you who follow wrestling history know well too. The 80's wrestling star who squandered his money and opportunities because he didn't have the capacity to handle his fame. One bad decision after another, but these days he owns his past actions and does everything he can to give back to the wrestling business he loves." Start your specularisation now!

Inspired by the Channel 4 documentary on Paige and her family, The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family (which Johnson watched early one morning while shooting Fast 6 in London), this one comes from Film4 and MGM.

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X-23's Secret Origins Found Video #LOGAN

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.



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The House Trailer Starring Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler

After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in the basement of his house.



The comedy “The House” also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).

Andrew Jay Cohen makes his feature film directorial debut with “The House.” The script was written by Brendan O’Brien and Cohen, whose previous collaborations include the hit comedies “Neighbors” and “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.” “The House” is produced by Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Brendan O’Brien, Andrew Jay Cohen, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The executive producers are Marc S. Fischer, Chris Henchy, Spencer Wong, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, and Bruce Berman.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Jas Shelton (“Keanu,” “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”), production designer Clayton Hartley (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” “We’re the Millers”), editors Evan Henke (“The Interview”) and Mike Sale (“Central Intelligence”), and costume designer Christopher Oroza (“Hollywood Adventures”). Music is by Andrew Feltenstein and John Nau.

“The House” is set for release June 30, 2017.

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Mel Gibson In Talks To Direct Suicide Squad 2

Variety is reporting Warner Bros. has begun the search for the director who will take over the reins for the sequel to box office hit “Suicide Squad.” Mel Gibson is perhaps the most surprising of the handful of possibilities.

Sources tell Variety that in addition to Gibson, Warners has met with — or is planning to meet with — Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), and Jonathan Levine (“Warm Bodies”).

Warner Bros. had no comment.

Though insiders say the list could grow and that there is no front-runner at the moment, one source close to the situation said if Gibson wants it, the job is his.

Gibson had said in the past that he wasn’t interested in directing a comic book movie so his involvement does seem odd, but sources now reveal that the filmmaker is excited about the prospect of working with this cast, specifically Will Smith. Before Ben Affleck and Gavin O’Connor became involved in “The Accountant,” Gibson and Smith tried teaming up on the film — with Gibson directing and Smith starring. The old WB regime, however, wasn’t interested in working with Gibson.

David Ayer wrote and directed the original pic that starred Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto. The movie followed a group of villains and antiheroes — including Deadshot, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Captain Boomerang, and Killer Croc — who were forced into the service of the government in exchange for lighter sentences.

Though the original was met with a mixed reaction from fans and critics, it nevertheless grossed more than $700 million at the box office, making a sequel inevitable.

Last year’s WWII action-drama “Hacksaw Ridge” marked Gibson’s first film as a director in 10 years. If he takes on “Suicide Squad,” it would be his first directing gig for a major studio since helming Paramount’s “Braveheart” in 1995.

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Frank Grillo To Star In The Raid Remake

The attempt to make a new version – once touted as a remake – of Gareth Evans' excellent action thriller The Raid has had a typically torturous development battle with actors and directors named then departing. Now, it there is confirmation that Frank Grillo (who has been attached for a while) and his The Grey director Joe Carnahan are involved in a new take on the idea.

As revealed on Carnahan and Grillo's Instagram pages and the Twitter feed of XYZ Films, the plan is to create a fresh spin on the idea of Evans' tower block-based blend of siege movie and martial arts action, with a new idea and different fighting styles. So it's not a remake, more a different angle on the concept.

And this has been quietly known for around a month, as Grillo explained to We Live Film's Fred Topel in January. Grillo explained then that he and Carnahan were in the midst of talks with XYZ to get the rights to do this, and the deal is finally settled. So what makes this one different? "Totally new script," Grillo told the site. "Joe Carnahan rewrote it. Far more faithful to what Gareth did in the first movie and yet it’s an entirely new spin on the film. Gareth is a big part of this because he’s one of the producers. It’s us not trying to remake a film as much as it is to give our version of what that thing was."

And what are they aiming to include? "Insane fights, insane tactical stuff," Grillo outlined. "We’re big fans of John Wick. Those guys are good friends of ours. It’s 10 times better than what that was tactically. We have the best people in the world coming to choreograph what we think will be fights no one’s ever seen before. So to honor what the first Raid movie was but to elevate it."

We'd guess this will go into production once Carnahan is finished with the third Bad Boys film, but it certainly seems like the idea of an American version of The Raid is in good hands right now.

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