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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TV Review: Constantine “Danse Vaudou”

TV Review: Constantine “Danse Vaudou”
By: Brandon Wolfe

Danse Vaudou” is perhaps the best episode of ‘Constantine’ aired thus far. It’s the first entry where all elements come together into a largely satisfying whole. The story it tells is appropriately spooky and involving and the supporting cast finally begins to congeal a bit. It’s the first sign that the visible growing pains this show has been suffering through thus far might be starting to subside.



We’re in New Orleans this week as we follow drunken cop Jim Corrigan out of a bar and into an alley to relieve himself. There he bears witness to a woman being slashed to death by another woman wearing a surgical mask over the lower half of her face. When Corrigan attempts to fire at the assailant, the bullets have no effect. Meanwhile, in an urban legend come to life, a man picks up a teenage hitchhiker out on a dark backroad not far outside of town only to have the young man vanish from the passenger seat and appear in the middle of the road, causing the driver to crash fatally into a tree.


These eerie shenanigans ping Constantine’s mystical blood map and he and his crew (Chas gets to go this time) head out to NOLA to investigate. They encounter predictably skeptical resistance from Corrigan, which started to erode when Zed describes a psychic vision of his childhood. Sensing the seemingly isolated events might be linked in some way, Team Constantine then splits up to conduct separate investigations. Chas hits the alleyways to look into the masked slasher, Zed heads out to that lonely stretch of road to check out the hitchhiker, while Constantine himself questions the relatives of the deceased suspects and finds his way toward a nighttime voodoo ritual headed up by none other than his professional rival, Papa Midnite. Midnite has been using his powers to give grieving parties the chance to say goodbye to their dearly departed, but inadvertently wound up raising the spirits as corporeal, vengeful killers. This necessitates an uneasy alliance between the two dabblers of the dark arts as they attempt to set things straight.


“Danse Vaudou” is by far the best use of the show’s supporting cast in its brief history, as each member of the team is given something substantial to do. The show has seemed to have little idea of what to do with the Chas character, often favoring to write him out of most episodes rather than deploy him, but here he is finally put into the game, as he is hacked to ribbons by the ghost woman, Wolverine-heals himself back to life and then cracks the way to neutralize the spirit, who was a facially mutilated model in her former life and now violently seeks validation of her beauty. The character still feels like something of an afterthought, but it’s good to see the show finally attempt to weave him into the proceedings. Charles Halford’s naturally intimidating presence gives the good-natured Chas an interesting edge that the show could really put to good use going forward.


Likewise, Zed also advances as a character this week. Angélica Celaya has seemed hopelessly green in her first handful of episodes, spouting much of her dialogue flatly, but she does a more commendable job this week. Zed’s psychic abilities are being explored a bit further, particularly in a neat early scene where Constantine attempts to cultivate them using a magical zoetrope. The show strains a bit to delve into Zed’s backstory, as a connection is established between her and Corrigan, who conveniently remembers Zed’s face from a missing persons report from years earlier. While the method the show uses to get at Zed’s backstory is inelegant, it’s encouraging that the show is starting to look at the character as something more than a vehicle for ostensible sexual chemistry with Constantine.


The best portions of the episode, however, belong to Constantine’s frenemy bond with Midnite, as they form a tense truce to fix the mess the voodoo priest has created. Michael James Shaw is enjoyable as Midnite and he and Matt Ryan play off each other well. The conceit of Constantine having a contentious rivalry with a peer who walks in the same circles that he does is a lot of fun, especially when the two need to join forces while still taking every available opportunity to one-up or stick it to each other. If the show intends to keep Midnite around as a recurring presence, popping up every so often to butt heads with our hero, that’s a very promising avenue to explore. Considering the mysterious talk of Midnite’s departed-yet-still-reachable sister and his confirmation to John that a dark power is rapidly approaching, it seems like the show is way ahead of us on that front.


‘Constantine’ feels like it’s getting there. It’s working out the kinks swiftly and nicely and seems like it could be poised to become something worth your valuable viewing time, should NBC opt to give it a shot at life beyond its initial 13 episodes. That’s a big if, but as John Constantine himself would be the first to suggest, stranger things have happened.

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Michelle MacLaren Confirmed To Direct Wonder Woman Film

Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are among those producing the movie
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According to insiders, MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, who remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the movie, which would star Gal Gadot. The actress will make her debut as the heroine in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are among those producing the Wonder Woman movie, which is set for a 2017 release.

MacLaren was a top choice for the project due to her muscular work on Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, although she is perhaps most associated with her directing and executive producing work on the much-loved Breaking Bad.

MacLaren’s signing caps off a director search that began in the summer, and her deal culminates an on-and-off-again dance with the Amazonian princess.

MacLaren became a favorite back in August, taking several meetings with Warners execs. Things cooled over the autumn as the studio widened its search. Sources say there was pressure from within to hire a woman for the job as the character has such a strong association with the notion of female empowerment. But at the same time, Hollywood realities were forcing producers and execs to acknowledge that while women directors increasingly work in the indie drama spheres or in TV comedy, few have taken on big-budget, CG-laden tentpoles. In fact, in recent history of comic book movies, no project has been directed by a woman. (Patty Jenkins came close on Thor: The Dark World, but left the project and was replaced by Alan Taylor.)

A Wonder Woman movie has been in development, on and off, for close to two decades. The last director attached was Joss Whedon, who left the project in 2007.

The studio did meet with several women directors: Jennifer Kent, of the well-regarded female-centric horror film The Babadook, was one, while Lesli Linka Glatter, a director and co-executive producer on Homeland, also was on the list.

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New Image From BBC's Sherlock

The boys are back! And they’ve dressed up for the occasion too. Yes, while we’ll all have to be frighteningly patient for the return of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the next special and series of Sherlock, the Beeb have taken pity on the Cumber Collective and the Free…masons? By releasing a new pic of the leads in costume.

And how about those costumes? Either Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be going back in time for the new special, or there are some period garb adventures afoot. What larks!

So far, that’s about all we know of the new one-off special, written by series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, aside from the BBC also tweeting a picture of the special’s read-through script, which clearly belongs to Gatiss, so if anything else leaks, we know who will be getting a visit from the security squad. Still, he does play Mycroft, so if anyone knows about keeping things quiet…

So now of course, we start to wonder what will happen to our favourite detectives. Gatiss (him again) gave an interview in which he said to “expect tragedy”, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess. Will they really follow Conan Doyle’s lead and see Watson become a widower?

Sherlock is set to return around Christmas. But Christmas 2015, which means it’s still more than a year away and hasn’t even officially begun shooting yet.

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Pan Trailer & Character Posters For PAN Starring Hugh Jackman

With the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday in the States, Trailer Thursday has clearly been swapped with Trailer Tuesday as a huge batch of new promos has just landed. One of the bigger ones, since it features the first proper footage from the movie, is for Peter Pan origin story Pan. Take a look at the teaser below, and find new stills and posters lurking lower down the page.




Pan, directed by Atonement’s Joe Wright, aims to put a new spin on J.M. Barrie’s story, exploring how Neverland’s most famous young resident came to be. In this version, Peter (Levi Miller) is a lad in an orphanage abandoned by his mother, who has nevertheless left a note saying she hopes to come and reunite with him – cryptically in this world or another.


But before that can happen, our hero is indeed whisked off to another world, as he’s kidnapped by the dread pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman, walking the line between panto and pulp). Put to work in the mines, he meets a charming, cocky, Indiana Jones-style rogue named James Hook and the pair escapes, only to land in the clutches of the local natives, led by Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). And that’s just the start of Peter's adventures.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #TheHobbitTheBattleoftheFiveArmies In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES- on December 10th at 7:00PM in Las Vegas.


THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.


Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.


THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES- on December 10th at 7:00PM in Phoenix.


THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.


Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.


THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.


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First Trailer for Jurassic World

Check out the first full trailer re-welcoming a long-lost franchise.

One of the mainstays of movie time in the 1990's Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park introduced audiences to the world of dinosaurs run amok. It was also one of the first computer-generated films to feature animals completely made in the digital realm. When it was re-released in 2013 in 3D, it was like the series never left (read our review here). When it premiered in 1993 to strong praise and box office success, the door seemed open to an every-three years slew of dinosaur fright. In subsequent years, the franchise saw two sequels that were financially successful but failed to match the excitement generated by the original.

Unfortunately, the franchise has been in neutral with a fourth Jurassic Park movie stuck in development Hell, including a version that was to feature dinosaur-human hybrids (really?), Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has finally returned with Jurassic World. Despite the pervasiveness of the Internet, little is know about it. But that's about to change, as we've finally been gifted with the following. Check out the first official Jurassic World trailer:



The story will be centered on the familiar Isla Nublar, site of the previous three films. The park has been renovated and actually enjoys stellar success, that is until a new hybrid predator is conceived by the park's scientists. From what you can see above, it does appear that some of the wonder and spectacle of the original has returned, just before Chris Pratt appears to help the island deal with this new super-dinosaur. We love this trailer for a very simple reason: in an age where audiences can see the entire film played out in a 2:30 trailer, this one gives us just enough action and discovery while making the threat of a new hunter class feel very real indeed. Of course, that could all change within the next 6 1/2 months, as interest returns to a series that probably should never have left.

Whether Trevorrow's vision plays out or not - and what he has in store for moviegoers - is too early to tell. But with a successful viral campaign earlier this year - depicting the fictional Marsani Global company rebuilding Isla Nublar after the last three films - and a trailer that seems to capture the spirit (if not the buzz) of the original, we're a little more excited about revisiting the world of Jurassic Park. Based on the trailer, what do you think? Join in the conversation below.

Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Judy Greer, and Ty Simpkins and will be released on June 12, 2015.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

TV Recap: GRIMM "CRY LUISON"

TV Recap: GRIMM "CRY LUISON"
By: Suepafly

The trio have come with good/bad news. To re-Grimm Nick, she has to do what Adalind did, everything that Adalind did. She has to breathe in the potion, and make love to Nick. When she takes the potion she will be transformed into Adalind.

Adalind struggles against the voices in the water. She's suddenly out of the water. Her guide warned her against listening to the voices. They told her what she wanted to hear. Adalind hears a baby crying and she goes in search of it.

A woman, Ava, worries that she isn't safe. The man promises her as he gives her some pills to help her sleep. He tells her that she will feel better in the morning.


Juliette gets the dirty details. To break Adalind's spell is to do everything backwards. Nick doesn't want to put Juliette through this mess, but its the only way to reverse it. Without reversing it, there could be continued side effects. Both Nick and Juliette are apprehensive, but Trubel tells him they need to just get it done. Juliette points out that to be a grimm, this is the only way. Nick needs time to think it over, but Elizabeth warns him that if he changes his mind he doesn't have much time left, she isn't staying. Trubel heads off to bed as everyone else leaves. Nick thinks a normal life sounds good, and Juliette isn't sure they can go back.

Ava tries to get away when she sees a cat man. She's having trouble believing in him, but he's there to help. He tries to get her to drink, but she gets away. The man wakes, hearing her commotion. Ava makes it to her car in a panic, driving away. The cat continues to taunt her, haunting her. Ava hits a night jogger, and crashes her car. The cat is right outside of her car.

Trubel comes down for breakfast in a bit of a huff. She's been thinking about the reasons that Nick no longer wants to be a Grimm, but she doesn't think its a good idea to stick around. It only puts Nick and Juliette in danger. Bud comes, and he's heard about Nick having lost his Grimm. He offers his condolences, and asks about Trubel. Bud asks if Trubel is willing to help him, since Nick is no longer able to. It's not a police matter, but rather a bully matter. His kid is being bullied by another wesen, and he wants Trubel to take care of it. Nick leaves, and Bud confesses that Nick is in trouble. He spilled the beans, and the news that Nick was grimless spread like rapid-fire all the way to Shaw, who has a grudge against Nick.

Elizabeth approves of Renard's new home with enhanced security. She warns him that she can only save him that way once. Renard suspects that Trubel is a grimm. Elizabeth feels that her son is going to tell her where her grandchild is, and he tells her that the baby is with Nick's mother.

Nick and Hank go to another crime scene. Hank thinks sooner or later people are going to start asking questions about Trubel, and possibly Nick, but its not like he can really explain his current situation. Wu fills them in about the wacky story, and Ava's screaming about a talking wolf. Wu is so close to knowing the truth, the guys just need to let him in.

Adalind continues running, but she loses the sound of the baby. The poor girl just wants her baby back, but she's not going to find it there either. She reaches the end of the hall and finds a door. It opens and inside is her, with the head of her guide on a platter covered in rats.

Bud takes Trubel to Joe's shop. Trubel gets physical to hear the story, and Shaws location.

Gabriel sits by Ava's bedside. She had to be sedated when she found out that the man that she hit died. He tells Hank and Nick that his wife was recently diagnosed with a severe mental illness. He tried to stop her, but he didn't make it. He takes them back to the house, and recants what he heard and saw, which wasn't much. Ava has seen the wolf before, she says it looks like a man with a wolf head that talks. It terrifies her. She told him about it six months prior when they moved there. She traveled a lot around. When they moved there her illness came on rapidly. The house was inherited. The housekeeping staff quit when she got sick, and Gabriel himself is an MD. Nick isn't sure she's out of her mind, and Hank is pointed towards a wesen connection. Nick wishes he could see them, rather than suspect them.

Bud and his friend take Trubel to Shaw's house. They pair are ready to make a break for it, but Trubel is out of the car before they can stop her. Shaw isn't a Nick fan, and he's ready to teach Trubel and Bud a lesson for meddling. Trubel is way more than he bargained for. Shaw quickly realizes his mistake, and Trubel unsheathes her blade. Shaw crumbles in tears, and he promises to leave Nick alone. Trubel slashes him, and warns him that this is the end. She knows that there will be others.

Ava's psychiatrist tells Nick and Hank that they have tried a variety of medications. She gives the men some of Ava's drawings, and tells them that should they charge Ava with a crime, she will testify that Ava should be institutionalized rather than thrown into jail.

Josh comes home to find the house sacked. His father's remains are in his hand, and he's bringing him home. Some men hear him come in, and they come downstairs to find Josh. He throws his father's ashes at them, as they warg. He barely makes it out.

Nick and Hank show Monroe and Rosalee Ava's drawings. He tells them that it is a Luison, they're from South America most often. They get a call, Ava is awake. She's not being arrested. She tells them that she didn't even see the jogger. Ava goes into detail about the wolf, that he tried to make her drink, and how she tried to get away from him. She thinks that she's losing her mind. The wolf pretends to be kind, but she knows that he's trying to kill her. Her husband will not let that happen he says.

Nick and Hank have found nothing on her husband, but he has the most to gain. There is a hearing to see if Gabriel gets control of the estate. Renard asks if he plans to use Theresa, she saved him, and he's feeling a little protective towards her. Renard warns Nick that he's going to have to get off the fence soon, or give up the Wesen cases, and figure out what to do about Wu.

Josh calls Nick to let him know what happened. Nick advises Josh to get out of there, and call it in as a robbery, because no one will believe the Grimm angle. The wesen close in and Josh makes a run for it.

The guide warned Adalind not to go back. He warns her not to turn back. To go through the door to the otherside, he is the key he tells her, she just needs to hurry through to freedom. He turns into a literal key, and Adalind opens the door to a nursery. Adalind makes it across the room, but before she can make it through to the next door, Adalind hears a baby. She thinks that it is Diana, and she's so happy to have found her baby, but its not. Its a pig, and Adalind failed. She falls.

Nick tries to lay out a plan on how to find the Luison. The courthouse won't work, there are too many people. Hank thinks that he should go into the house while Gabriel is at court. Monroe heads in trying to smell the distinctive Luison scent. He opens the door, and gets a good whiff. He follows the scent up to the attic. Up there, there are several pairs of shoes and suits. Gabriel comes home. Monroe calls Nick, he was suppose to warn him when Gabriel was done. He was planning on it, but Gabriel isn't done. There's more than one of him. Gabriel comes upstairs with his suit, and Monroe barely escapes out the window.

Monroe looks at a mugshot of Gabriel. That was definitely the man that he saw. Twins is what they think, but there are no records of siblings. They have to make Ava think that its masks, if they want to save her previous psyche.

Gabriel prepares Ava for bed. She's worried about seeing the Luison again, but he gives her meds, and sends her to bed.

Monroe jumps out at Gabriel. He calls him a Luison, and Gabriel wargs. Monroe wargs too, and Nick knocks him out. There's not just two Gabriel's but three. The actual Gabriel wargs, and Ava awakens. He comes down and sees a mask on the counter. He claims to not understand what is happening. Nick and Monroe knows exactly what he did. He claims that they cannot do anything about it, but there's a lot. Gabriel and his brothers are arrested. They tried to drive Ava mad for her money. Josh calls again, he's on a bus trying to get away. He doesn't have the key, or the power, he just wants a normal life.

Adalind falls all the way down into the dungeon. She's broken inside. Victor asks if she's done and ready to be compliant. She is. He wants to get their child back

Monroe celebrates with a little pinot. He's still having a hard time making the Grimm decision. He doesn't want Juliette to have to continue to have to worry about him, them, and their friends. He does have to admit that packing up and leaving and starting a family is appealing. Monroe understands if he makes that decision. But Nick does miss being a Grimm and he's pissed that it was taken away. Juliette, Rosalee and Hank arrive to celebrate, but the celebration is cut short. There's a fire outside. Someone has sent Monroe and Rosalee another wesen sign against their marriage. Hank takes the newlyweds inside, and Juliette is pissed. She's ready for Nick to get his Grimm back.

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TV Recap: WALKING DEAD "CROSSED"

TV Recap:WALKING DEAD "CROSSED"
By: Suepafly

Sasha breaks down some pews for wood. Tyrese and Daryl pull apart the organ. Father Gabriel akss if they plan to take the cross too, but only if they need it. The windows outside are being boarded up. Rick can't go to Atlanta, but they want to get Carol back, Michonne will go. Gabriel continues to be haunted by past sins. Rick says goodbye to Judith, leaving her with Michonne and Carl. That baby is about as safe as she can be, but she's still not happy. Carl and Michonne board up the door, locking them inside with Gabriel. Gabriel scratches at a bloodstain on the floor desperately trying to erase it.

The group heads to retrieve Beth and Carol. Tyrese knows the pain that Sasha is feeling, but she doesn't want to talk about Bob yet, she's not ready.

At the hospital, Beth goes to check in on Carol. She lets the doctor through, and leaves without a word.

Glenn sits with the road ahead. Tara tries to wake up Eugene. No one knows that they're there, and the fire engine is now empty. Glenn wonders if they should go back to the church, but Maggie fears that will only make things worse. Rosita tries a little hard love, and to try to get Abraham to drink, but he rises menacingly. Maggie warns him to sit down, or that she'll put him down, and Abraham complies.



Rick lays out a plan to get inside the hospital. They need to go in quiet and utilize their upperhand. Rick thinks if they strike fast then they can get them outnumbered. Noah knows that the wards will be on their side a well. Tyrese thinks that the plan won't work, there are too many variables that can go wrong. He thinks that capturing a few and doing a trade would be less risky, and less likely to end in a firefight. Rick is sure that his plan will work, fast and effective. Daryl likes Tyrese's plan better. If Officer Dawn is barely holding onto control, then taking a few of her officers will force her to release Beth and Carol without any violence. That's assuming she's sane, but everyone in this world have proven otherwise, and Rick understands that.

Gabriel continues to scrub away at the floor. Carl offers a distraction, to help him defend himself. Gabriel cannot think of murdering anyone else, like they did the Termites. Carl points out that they had no choice, it was kill or be killed. They live in a world that they have to keep moving, no place is safe for long. Gabriel isn't cut out for that world. He goes to lie down.

Beth listens in on Dawn and another officer's plan. They haven't really had any leads on Noah, they're waiting for him to mess up. The officer thinks that they should take Carol off life support. Beth protests. It doesn't take much electricity to keep the ventilators on, no more than what he uses everyday to charge his DVD player. Dawn tells Beth to turn off the machine and take Carol off Dr. Edwards's rotation, if she pulls through on her own, so be it. Beth is upset, but the officer is pleased and leaves. Dawn tells Beth its up to her to save Carol, but she can't rescind her order. They're peace is in constant jeopardy, and she needs to put on a hard front to maintain order. She gives Beth a key to drugs and supplies she never trusted Edwards with. She thought Beth was weak, but she's proven that she isn't. Dawn gets news of gunshots in the distance and sends a patrol to check it out.

There's a creek nearby, so they can at least get some water. Maggie stays behind with Abraham while Tara, Rosita and Glenn head for water. Tara talks to the walkers nonchalantly, and Rosita doesn't like it. The hard truth was that Eugene had one skill, and he used it to keep living. Maggie takes down the ladder and puts it in place over the front of the truck and covers it with a blanket to give Eugene some shade. Maggie tells Abraham that he isn't the only one that lost something today, that it isn't going to get better like this as he sits in the middle of the street still.

Beth goes to see Dr. Edwards. She asks him what medicine he would give the woman in exam room 2 if he could. Dr. Edwards suspects that Beth has the key, but he warns her that if Dawn gave her the key it wasn't out of kindness. He gives her the name of the medication to give Carol the best chance, and wishes her luck.

The stream proves to be murky. Tara wonders if upstream would be clearer. Rosita fashions a natural filter, Eugene taught her this. It'll clear up the water, and then they can boil it. They ask about her back story. She wasn't always with Abraham. He found her in that big truck of his, and then Eugene asked for her help. It was the first time that happened, and she went to help save the world. Glenn spots a fish in the water.

A female officer and a male officer follow the sounds of Noah's gun fire, and run him down. She thought Noah was smarter, as they cuff Noah. Rick signals them from behind. He talks really slow, lets them know that they won't be hurt if they cooperate. The man asks if Rick was a cop, he can tell because of his demeanor, and he was once a cop as well. Another car comes up from behind, and rescues the officers. So much for the element of surprise. They manage to get away, but they take on heavy fire from Rick's group. Rick and the others give chase, the car didn't' make it too far with walker rumble all over the place. They spot the cuffed officers and hurry forward, all except Daryl who is looking for the driver. He combs over the car, before heading to the destroyed FEMA trailer. As he looks in the driving officer tackles Daryl from the side. The officer holds him down as a burnt walker crawls near. Daryl uses another walker's head to beat back the walker before Rick comes to the rescue. Rick holds him in the crosshairs, and only Daryl's soft words keep him from shooting the officer in the face. It didn't go down how they were expecting, but they have their hostage.

Rick's group take their two officers hostages to a warehouse. The woman tells them that Rick's plan is going to get them killed. The plan would work if they had different cops to trade. Dawn is in charge, but she's running the group into the ground, and they're ready for new management. She thinks that Dawn will know that they're looking at a replacement already. They're even willing to take care of Dawn themselves, but the other cop tells her that they aren't willing to do that, and he needs her to shut up. He tells them that they can make it work, but they need to be able to talk to her. He's known her for a long time, and a peaceful resolution is all he wants.

Glenn, Tara and Rosita kill the stuck walkers and stripe them of their clothes to find anything of use. Glenn and Rosita manage to catch a fish. Rosita knows how to clean the fish, and Glenn offers her a place with them no matter where they wind up. Tara finds something in the walker backpack.

Michonne checks on Father Gabriel, worried about him. She knows that everything is new to him, but she wanted to tell him, that the things that they do, are worth it. He already took the machete, and he wants to know what more that she wants from him. She doesn't want anything from him, she just wants to help. He thanks her and closes his door. In his room he has a few boards already pulled from the floor, and he uses the machete to pull loose another.

Beth sneaks a man some strawberries, and he begins choking. As the officers run to help him, she gets the medication that she needs from the cabinent. He sees her pass, and his fit stops. Beth heads straight to Carol's room and administers the Epinephrine. She tells Carol that she's there, but Carol remains asleep.

Tyrese keeps watch while Sasha looks through the contents of the trunk. Sasha catches her sleeve on a crowbar and rips it. She throws it down in anger. Tyrese has some things to say, and she's going to listen. She got the chance to say goodbye to Bob, he felt her love. Sasha thinks that she should have been the one to deliver his doubletap, but Tyrese points out that she still wouldn't have been able to say goodbye, that she let him help her.

Father Gabriel crawls out of the floor boards in the church and gets out. Outside, he immediately steps on a nail, which goes through his shoe. He pulls out the nail, and hobbles away.

The officer tells Rick that Dawn says that she won't make a deal, that she won't compromise, but that she will. No matter what he needs to remember who he's talking to. Rick asks him if he needs anything else, he only asks for water. Rick gives the okay, and he tells him that his name is Bob, which catches Sasha's attention. Rick appreciates his integrity, sees that he's still a cop, but Bob knows he isn't anymore.

Father Gabriel scurries off into the woods, and has a run in with a walker. He does what he has to to survive, and practically body slams the female zombie. Gabriel lifts a rock to finish her, but hesitates when he sees her cross. He can't bring himself to bring it crashing down.

Sasha brings Bob #2 the water. He tells her that he will be okay. When they were bringing him back up there, he saw one of the rotters and he knew. He was set to drive out one of the last group of walkers, but Dawn pulled him off that mission at the last minute, instead the man he knew was among the undead. Sasha tells him to let her help him. She wants him to tell her where he is.

Maggie continues to watch Abraham, who is still kneeling in the road. She offers him some water, but he doesn't answer her. She asks if he wanted her to shoot him. He thought he did, but he didn't. Maggie leaves the water, and they hear Eugene stir. Maggie rushes to check on him, and Abraham picks up the bottle.

The more Glenn thinks about things, maybe it wasn't a complete waste of time. They head back with their water, and fish.

At the warehouse, Sasha takes Bob out to a window where he can see his fallen friend. He points him out, and Sasha takes aim. She asks if he's sure that's him, and Bob smashes Sasha against the window before making a run for it. So much for closure

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#GUARDIANSOFTHEGALAXY Bonus Feature Clips

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what a great way to enjoy a feast than with the perfect movie to watch with your family. Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now available on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 9th! We have some awesome clips from the bonus features.

With Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), you can now access your Disney digital movie collections on all VUDU-enabled devices including set-top boxes, gaming systems and smart TVS; on iOS devices via iTunes; and on Android devices through the recently announced partnership with Google Play; as well as through the Disney Movies Anywhere website.

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Bonus Clip: James Gunn's Aesthetic Vision


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Channing Tatum Asks Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

The 'Foxcatcher' star will co-direct The Weinstein Co. film with his partner, Reid Carolin

Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin are attached to co-direct and produce an adaptation of Matthew Quick's YA book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co.

Tatum, receiving strong reviews in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and hot off Sony's summer hit 22 Jump Street, would also possibly star in the film. The pair are developing the project for their Free Association banner and will produce along with the company's Peter Kiernan.

Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself.

The search is on for a writer. If everything aligns, the in-demand star would play a heroic teacher who intervenes.

Quick, who wrote the novel Silver Linings Playbook, which spawned a critical and box-office hit for The Weinstein Co., has become a favorite with A-list talent. The author’s upcoming book, Love May Fail, is in the works at Sony, with Mike White adapting and Sam Raimi attached to direct.

With its themes of teen alienation, Leonard Peacock had been in development before attracting Tatum's attention.

The dramatic role would be a departure from Tatum's previous string of roles as a hunky romantic lead in both comedies and dramas. But in the wake of Foxcatcher, the actor has increasingly set his sights on more dramatic projects that offer an opportunity to produce and direct. Tatum and Carolin also are attached to co-direct crime thriller The Son, based on a novel by Jo Nesbo and set up at Warner Bros.

Tatum just wrapped shooting Magic Mike XXL and is attached to star in Fox's X-Men spinoff Gambit, which Josh Zetumer is now writing. Foxcatcher opened Nov. 14.

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Oscar Isaac To Play Apocalypse In "X-Men: Apocalypse"

Oscar Isaac has closed a deal to play the titular comicbook villain in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Bryan Singer will direct the superhero pic with Simon Kinberg writing the script.

Singer has described the upcoming X-Men film, which is expected to feature all cast members including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, as the most destructive movie in the franchise.

“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”

Singer also suggested that “Apocalypse,” set in the 1980s, could feature younger versions of familiar characters.

Fox will release on May 27, 2016.

The most recent “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” co-starring Hugh Jackman, has earned a monstrous $745 million worldwide at the box office.

Singer had been meeting with actors for the past couple of weeks but sources say Isaac always seemed like the type of actor Singer wanted for the role and the long-time favorite from the start.

Isaac is set to have a big year ahead of him with A24′s “A Most Violent Year” set to bow in December, with the company feeling it will have major awards play for Isaac. He is also set to star in the next “Star Wars” pic for Disney.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #WildMovie In Scottsdale

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For WILD on December 1st at 7:00PM in Scottsdale, AZ.

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.


The film stars Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin and Michiel Huisman.

Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed.


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New Trailer For "HOME" Starring Rihanna & Jim Parsons

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation are pleased to release a NEW trailer for their highly anticipated film, HOME! Watch HOME stars Rihanna and Jim Parsons interview each other in an exclusive cast chat. Let this intergalactic 3D animation take you out of this world when it hits the big screen on March 27, 2015!

When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

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TALES FROM EARTHSEA, PORCO ROSSO & POM POKO On Blu-ray February 3rd, 2015!

For the first time ever Disney and Studio Ghibli present TALES FROM EARTHSEA, PORCO ROSSO and POM POKO on Blu-ray February 3rd, 2015!

Three Beloved Films Available for the First Time on Blu-rayTM!

Disney Presents Studio Ghibli Films POM POKO, PORCO ROSSO & TALES FROM EARTHSEA.

Own All Three and Elevate Your Experience with all New Digital Masters Featuring HD Picture and Sound on February 3rd.



Studio Ghibli presents a film about the clash between modern civilization and the natural world from acclaimed director Isao Takahata. The raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The raccoons practice and perfect the ancient art of transformation until they are even able to appear as humans. In often hilarious ways, the raccoons use their powers to try to scare off the advance of civilization. But will it be enough? Or will the raccoons learn how to live in balance with the modern world? Celebrate the magic of the forest and the beauty of the creatures who live among us in “Pom Poko”—now on Disney Blu-ray for the first time ever.

PORCO ROSSO
Take flight with “Porco Rosso,” a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage and chivalry. When “Porco”—whose face has been trans- formed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell—infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a rival pilot, to get rid of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete for the affections of the beautiful Gina. But it’s in the air where the true battles are waged. Will our hero be victorious? For the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray, “Porco Rosso” is a thrilling ride you’ll never forget!

TALES FROM EARTHSEA
An epic animated adventure directed by Goro Miyazaki, “Tales From Earthsea” features the voices of Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin and Mariska Hargitay. Based on the classic “Earthsea” fantasy book series by Ursula K. Le Guin, “Tales From Earthsea” is set in a mythical world filled with magic and bewitchment. In the land of Earthsea, crops are dwindling, dragons have reappeared and humanity is giving way to chaos. Journey with Lord Archmage Sparrowhawk, a master wizard, and Arren, a troubled young prince, on a tale of redemption and self-discovery as they search for the force behind the mysterious imbalance that threatens to destroy their world. Featuring a timeless story and magnificent hand-drawn animation, “Tales From Earthsea” is now available for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray.
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US Cast: POM POKO - Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “Starship Troopers”) as Gonta, J.K. Simmons (“Spider-Man,” “The Closer”) as Seizaemon, Jonathan Taylor Thomas (“The Lion King,” “Home Improvement”) as Shokichi, John DiMaggio (“Futurama,” “Adventure Time”) as Ryûtarô and Olivia d’Abo (“The Wonder Years,” “Conan the Destroyer”) as Koharu.

PORCO ROSSO - Michael Keaton (“Batman,” “Toy Story 3”) as Porco Rosso, Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride,” “Saw”) as Curtis, Kimberly Williams-Paisley (“According to Jim,” “Father of the Bride”) as Fio, Susan Egan (“Hercules,” “13 Going on 30”) as Gina, David Ogden Stiers (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Pocahontas,” and TV’s “M*A*S*H”) as Grandpa Piccolo and Brad Garrett (TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Ratatouille,” “Finding Nemo”) as Mamma Aiuto Boss.

TALES FROM EARTHSEA - Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: Special Victims,” “Leaving Las Vegas”) as Tenar, Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man,” “Finding Nemo”) as Cob, Timothy Dalton (“The Living Daylights,” “License to Kill”) as Ged, Cheech Marin (“The Lion King,” “Nash Bridger”) as Hare.

Directors: POM POKO – Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies”, “Heidi: A Girl of the Alps”)
PORCO ROSSO - Hayao Miyazaki (“Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke”)
TALES FROM EARTHSEA - Goro Miyazaki (“From Up on Poppy Hill”)

Original Story and POM POKO - Isao Takahata (“Grave of the Fireflies,” “Heidi: A Girl of the Alps”)
Screenplay: PORCO ROSSO – Hayao Miyazaki (Concept)
TALES FROM EARTHSEA - Based on the “Earthsea” series by Ursula K. Le Guin (Novel), Inspired by “Shuna’s Journey” by Hayao Miyazaki (Concept), Screenplay by Goro Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa (“The Secret World of Arrietty,” “From Up on Poppy Hill”).

Producers: POM POKO - Ned Lott (“My Neighbor Totoro,” Howl’s Moving Castle”), Toshio Suzuki (“Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke”)
PORCO ROSSO - Rick Dempsey (“Howl’s Moving Castle”, The Real Ghost Busters”) and Toshio Suzuki (“Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke”)
TALES FROM EARTHSEA - Steve Alpert (“Spirited Away,” Princess Mononoke”), Javier Ponton (“Malachance,” “Souvenir Views”) and Toshio Suzuki (“Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke”)

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Bonus Features: POM POKO – Original Japanese Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers
PORCO ROSSO - Original Japanese Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailer, Interview with Toshio Suzuki, Behind the Microphone
TALES FROM EARTHSEA - Original Japanese Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers & TV Spots, the Birth of the Film Soundtrack, Origins of Earthsea



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Ratings: POM POKO – PG For Violence, Scary Images and Thematic Elements
PORCO ROSSO - PG For Violence and Some Mild Language
TALES FROM THE EARHSEA – PG 13 For Some Violent Images

Feature Run Time: POM POKO – Approx. 119 minutes
PORCO ROSSO – Approx. 93 minutes
TALES FROM THE EARTHSEA – Approx. 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (all three titles)

Audio: POM POKO & PORSO ROSSO – 2.0 DTS
TALES FROM THE EARTHSEA – 5.1 DTS

Languages: English, French, Japanese (all three titles)

Subtitles: English, French (all three titles)

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Star Wars VII Update: Abrams Announces Teaser Trailer Date

Star Wars Helmer JJ Abrams Tweets out a major announcement.
For those of us anxiously awaiting any word of a teaser trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, it's been a tough month. First, it was set to appear in front of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, then with the upcoming Disney musical Into the Woods, and then with The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Well today we finally found out the WHERE and even the WHEN, but one question remains.

Check out this image which Director J.J. Abrams released earlier this morning:

From the image, we know HOW LONG (88 seconds), we know WHEN (This Friday), and WHERE ('Select Theaters'), but it's not clear WHAT feature will play host. Regal Cinemas released the following list of theaters, but did not specify which showing would play host:
  • Irvine, CA Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
  • San Diego, CA Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
  • Atlanta, GA Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
  • Chicago, IL Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
  • New York, NY Regal Union Square Stadium 14
  • Warrington, PA Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
  • Knoxville, TN Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
  • Houston, TX Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
  • Seattle, WA Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX

    Could Mockingjay be the roundabout lucky winner? Or will Big Hero 6 get a big boost as people crowd the theater, only to escape once the teaser is finished? Even though both new releases this week (Horrible Bosses 2 and The Penguins of Madagascar) aren't Disney, don't be surprised to see it show up there, and then explode on the Internet shortly afterwards.

    Which begs the question: should you even go in the first place, knowing the teaser will eventually arrive on digital? Our call is simple: go see a movie for the movie, not the trailer. If you happen to see the teaser, all the better for you. We debated the necessity of teasers this week in our Inside the Bucket podcast, and encourage you to drop in for that portion, which is located under our Rants and Raves segment.

    In the end, it's great to see J.J.'s vision finally arriving this week, but how and when you see it will depend on how much you want to spend just to see something you can see later in the week.

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  • Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Inside the Bucket Podcast #40

    This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in our 40th EPISODE of digital mastery!

    Our first Thanksgiving edition of Inside the Bucket is filled with tasty Turkey goodness! Matt, John, and Brandon gather before they take a week off to clean up at Black Friday, covering all the week's hottest movie and television news from our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM, including the shownotes below. Please check out all the links to the items we covered in today's podcast.

    Later, the boys bitch and complain about movies and television shows they're following during Rants & Raves, before discussing The Theory of Everything and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.
    We encourage you to participate in our Open Forum Friday, which is your chance to get in our business about running a passion project like our trainwreck.

    Also, please join John and Randy from TheArnoldFans as they celebrate the return of the ArnoCorps on Friday, November 28at 8:00pm at Slim's, located at 333 11th St in San Francisco.

    Be warned: Inside the Bucket is an EXPLICIT PODCAST. We tend to say controversial things and cuss just for the heck of it. So, please be careful if you are listening to us while at work.

    We hope you laugh as much as we do bringing the show to you. As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support, and we'll see you at one of our screenings.

    Please make sure to check out our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM and make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
  • Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Don't forget that we're off next week.
  • Tom Cruise Eyed For "Highlander" Reboot (2:10)
  • Zoolander 2 Adds Penelope Cruz (4:11)
  • Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer Has Arrived (6:12)
  • Is Idris Elba the Apocalypse Villain? (8:25)
  • BLU-RAY RELEASES - The Expendables 3, The November Man, The Giver, Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut (12:00)
  • Who won this week at the box office? (13:55)
  • Rants & Raves (19:05)
  • REVIEW: The Theory of Everything (47:39)
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  • The Theory of Everything Review: Enjoyable But Fails to Take Chances

    Unlike the science he studies, the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything doesn't take enough chances.

    Physicist Stephen Hawking is perhaps the greatest and well-known living scientist, with his extraordinary life struggles serving as inspiration for the new biopic The Theory of Everything. Although it succeeds in many areas, it suffers the same fate as its brethren: vanity.

    In 1963, the brilliant but odd-looking Brit Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is attending Cambridge when he meets the driven Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Although their love is built on Hawking devoting his life to studying Cosmology and time, Jane is an intelligent soul who dreams of studying language. At roughly the same time, Hawking begins to show symptoms of the motor-neuron disease ALS that will eventually leave him confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. But this eventuality doesn't phase Hawking, who does nothing short of redefine his field with a theory that combines General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Faced with a wheelchair-bound existence, Jane hires a local choirmaster (Charlie Cox) to help Stephen's growing family, unaware that she and Jonathan are falling in love. As his health becomes more complicated and their marriage begins to falter, Jane must decide if Jonathan's desires will see her leave Stephen, who by the 1980's has become a worldwide sensation.

    Theory is a love story, based on Jane's second book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. It paints a picture of a complex man's tenacity as he races against time to discover the secrets of the universe before ALS consumes him. Redmayne delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as Hawking, inhabiting the role as much as Daniel Day-Lewis did in Lincoln (read our review here). Redmayne gets Hawking, from his physical limitations to his relatively unknown sense of humor. By the time we're introduced to his now-familiar computer voice after a 20 year decline in his health, the two men are one in the same. Director James Marsh does bathe our characters in the glow of the 60's but does manage to throw a little dirt on them as well, humanizing Hawking as a quick-witted genius whose social skills aren't quite on par with the rest of us.

    If it wasn't for Redmayne's performance, I believe critics would be raving about Jones, her quiet English resolve serving as the anchor in Stephen's rather tumultuous life. As that strength becomes undermined by the appearance of Hawking's care nurse (Maxine Peake), we feel a sense of loss as great as the universe Hawking has tried to tame for the past 50 years. And yet for all the resolve Jane displays, we never seem to know more than the most cursory information about her. We do know that she seems forever to exist in Stephen's shadow and only finds peace after leaving him; and even when that moment of separation arrives, her new-found freedom doesn't make us feel any better for it.

    And that's why Theory ultimately fails. The biggest and most fundamental questions about a life filled with both startling difficulty and success is nothing more than a series of pretty moments leading to other ones. The reasons for Jane's involvement and fascination with Jonathon aren't explored nearly enough, and even the tense ALS moments never lead us with many answers or life lessons, both of which I do expect from biopics. Directors in this genre choose their topics carefully, hoping to do more than merely tell their story. In Theory, we're left with black hole-sized questions that are apparently ours alone to figure out. I think we'd have better luck developing a single unified theory than ironing such complexities in their relationship.

    The parts surrounding The Theory of Everything are stronger than the whole, with Redmayne delivering a terrific performance and Jones close behind. But the story suffers from being unnecessarily pretty and reassuring, under-delivering on the extraordinary relationship behind Hawking and Jane. Suffering from a bit of its own vanity, it misses out on the chance to tell a truly powerful story of perseverance and what success can do to a marriage. In a year filled with a genuine lack of certified Oscar bait, this one might eventually rise to the top, although I fear its long-term appreciation won't hold up as long.

    The Theory of Everything is Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material and has a runtime of 123 minutes.

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    JURASSIC WORLD Teaser Trailer

    JURASSIC WORLD trailer arrives this coming Thursday, during the NFL football games.

    Universal Pictures has unleashed this teaser to get you stoked for the trailer and I gotta tell ya, that new circular futuristic vehicle that they have here in place of the jeep, looks interesting.
    Welcome to this teaser for JURASSIC WORLD!



    Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, Andy Buckley Omar Sy, Chris Pratt, Irrfan Khan, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, and Nick Robinson will star in this fourth “Jurassic Park” movie, JURASSIC WORLD.
    Vincent D’Onofrio will play the villain

    JURASSIC WORLD will hit theaters in 3D on June 12, 2015.
    Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley will be the producers of this film which will be shot in 3D and directed by Colin Trevorrow from a script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly.

    Jurassic World was shot in 3D and will be released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

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    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @ExodusMovie In Las Vegas

    Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS on December 11th at 7PM in Las Vegas.


    EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS! Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley, this epic adventure hits the big screen on December 12, 2014.


    From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.



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    DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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    Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @ExodusMovie In Phoenix

    Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS on December 11th at 7PM in Phoenix.


    EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS! Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley, this epic adventure hits the big screen on December 12, 2014.


    From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.



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    DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Open Forum Friday: November 21, 2014

    Here's your chance to connect with the SJF community.
    While you're welcome to comment on any movie or television thoughts you might have, here's a brief rundown of the movies released this week and Blu-rays to be released next Tuesday:

    Movies
    - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
    - The Theory of Everything

    Blu-rays
    - The Expendables 3
    - The November Man
    - The Giver
    - Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut

    Also, don't forget to listen to our weekly podcast, where we break down the major news of the week and do our giveaways.

    No matter what you choose to talk about, a few ground rules: keep it nice, no ads, and no flaming.

    Other than that, sound off on any movie or television thoughts you have.

    Don't forget to listen to Inside the Bucket, the official podcast of SandwichJohnFilms.com - we're available on both iTunes and Sticher Radio.

    Happy posting!
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