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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Inside the Bucket Podcast #31

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


After a microphone malfunction, Inside the Bucket storms forward as Matt, John, and Brandon gather to bitch about movies and the upcoming television season.  They cover a variety of movie and television news, which can be found on our site SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM.  Please check out all the links to the stories we covered in today's podcast.

Later, the three cover a wide variety of items during their Rants and Raves segment, including the reviews of This is Where I Leave You, Tusk, and A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Finally, they review The Maze Runner.

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.

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The Equalizer Movie - What We Know (Part 3)

Our Equalizer introduction continues with a look at Robert McCall's 'tools of the trade' as well as the soundtrack. As audiences prepare to see Director Antoine Fuqua's vision for the 1980's iconic television series The Equalizer, all this week we'll be taking a look back at the characters, episodes, and other aspects of the show that helped to define it.

Just like James Bond, the 'character bible' behind Robert McCall is filled with unique bits that separated him from the casual city vigilante or cop-on-the-edge figure. We'll continue with a discussion of McCall's 'tools of the trade' as well as the show's music, and see how some of it could fit into the film's storyline.

Walther PPK
A necessary part of any top spy's toolbox, this stylish weapon was always at McCall's side and probably recorded more kills than anyone in television. We don't know if Actor Denzel Washington will carry one in the movie version, but Edward Woodward seemed right at home brandishing his anytime a baddie got out of hand.

McCall's Weapons Room
Speaking of things that go boom, McCall keeps an entire collection of weapons housed in a room of his New York apartment, ready for action. From smoke bombs to sniper rifles and other wetworks armaments, the weapons room is like a slice of vigilante heaven. For the time, seeing an image like this was unheard of. Unfortunately, the movie version is rather...muted...as he enters a small coat closet to pack some gear.

Jaguar XJ6
One of the aspects that made Robert such a smooth operator was his selection of automobiles. The Jaguar XJ6 was at the time part seat of luxury and part rolling office. It also came complete with a carphone, the technology for which was just being introduced. Such forward thinking doesn't seem a part of the movie version, but who knows what sort of tech the new McCall will utilize.

McCall's Suits
Another element of McCall's persona revolved around the wearing of Bond-style classic suits with long trenchcoats. This style still resonates today and helps to keeps some of the other questionable fashion of the day in check. However, when it was time to bear down on the enemy, such as the end sequence in Beyond Control, Robert reverted to all-black attire complete with clip pockets. These styles suited Actor Edward Woodward quite well, contrasting the more urban style of his associates.

The Soundtrack
One of the best parts of the series was the inclusion of the soundtrack by Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Filled with intricate keyboards and syth drums, Copeland created a dark atmosphere that complimented the series' gritty nature. In many ways, Copeland's soundtrack re-established the importance that music could play in a weekly television show. His best work can be heard in the episodes Beyond Control, Shadow Play, and Trial By Ordeal, which we'll cover in more detail in our final post. The soundtrack for the movie is composed by Henry Gregson-Williams, best known for the Metal Gear Solid video games. If the music being played on the official site is any indication, we could have a great environment for Robert McCall to play in.

We'll wrap up our discussion by introducing the top Equalizer episodes you must watch before seeing the movie.

The Equalizer movie blasts its way into theaters on September 26th.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

#JOHNWICK Kills It At @fantasticfest & Red Carpet Images

The demand for the bullet-fueled, action-thriller JOHN WICK was so astounding at Fantastic Fest- the festival had to add an additional 2 theaters (for a total of 4 screenings) to accommodate the sold-out crowds last night. For all the fans who couldn't make it to Austin- we are pleased to share photos from last night's Red Carpet Gala at the JOHN WICK Fantastic Fest Screening, and an exclusive look at the post-screening Q&A with Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, as well as the filmmaking team of Chad Stahelski, David Leitch and Basil Iwanyk!

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Be sure to head to theaters for this insanely entertaining action-packed thriller on October 24th!


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Giveaway: #TheRover Blu-ray & Digital HD @TheRoverMovie

Thanks to Lionsgate Films we have 5 copies of The Rover on Blu-ray™ Disc (plus Digital HD) to giveaway.

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Fueled by engaging performances from Golden Globe® nominee Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) and what Variety calls "a career-redefining performance from Robert Pattinson" (The Twilight Saga franchise, Cosmopolis), The Rover arrives on Blu-ray™ Disc (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) September 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The tension-filled film, which was released theatrically by A24, was an Official Selection of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The Rover, directed by visionary writer/director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), also stars Scoot McNairy (TV's "Halt and Catch Fire," upcoming Gone Girl).

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Set in a world 10 years into the general collapse of society, The Rover follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car, they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson). Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.

The Rover Blu-ray Disc and DVD include a "making of" featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
"Something Elemental: Making The Rover" featurette
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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2014
Title Copyright: The Rover © 2013 Rover Film Holdings Pty Limited, Screen Australia, Screen NSW and the South Australian Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2014 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for language and some bloody violence
Genre: Crime; Drama
Blu-ray Closed-Captioning: English SDH
DVD Closed-Captioning: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 102 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Rian Johnson Talks About Star Wars: Episode VIII

We were definitely excited when Looper and Breaking Bad director Rian Johnson was selected to craft Star Wars: Episode VIII and, most likely, Episode IX. From the sounds of his recent reports on the new job, his experience working within the revitalised franchise is more positive than even he expected. Now the below doesn't have much in the way of new information about the films, unsurprisingly, but should reassure people that Johnson feels creatively inspired by the whole Lucasfilm vision.

A lifelong Star Wars fan, Johnson is enthusiastic about the work, which helps assuage some worries that directors with vision are being hired and then yoked into a system that negates what they can bring to the work. Chatting to Terry Gilliam on the TalkHouse Podcast, Johnson was positive about his time so far, even though it’s early days.

“I’m just starting into it, but so far it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing. It’s just joyous,” he says. “The first movies I was making in my head were part of this world, so part of it is a direct connection – it’s almost like an automatic jacking-in into childhood in a weird way.”

And what has he faced so far? “I’m figuring it out as I go. I’m dancing on top of the avalanche a little bit. But it’s a challenge of remembering what inspires you about the original films, but I think you can probably go to the wrong place by feeling too responsible to it. You have to keep your head loose enough to tell a story you actually care about.”

He also has nothing but praise for his collaborators on this mammoth endeavour. “Kathleen and her whole creative team have been so insistent on all the filmmakers they’ve been hiring for these new movies: ‘We want you to take it and turn it into something that you really care about.’ And we’ll see how the process plays out. Because that just seems like their attitude towards it. It’s really exciting actually.”

J.J.Abrams is currently shooting Episode VII, which features John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o and Max von Sydow, plus saga veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. The film will be out on December 18, 2015. If Disney keeps to its planned schedule, Episode VIII is set for 2017.

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Tim Burton's Big Eyes Trailer Has Arrived

Usually to be found around grotesque but strangely compelling creatures, or putting Johnny Depp in make-up and wigs, Tim Burton has made a very different sort of film for his latest, Big Eyes. Even Big Fish had touches of the fantastical, but this is a stylish and completely real-life tale. Check out the first trailer for the film, which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

Big Eyes chronicles the story of Walter and Margaret Keane, who became known in the '50s and '60s for crafting one of the first mass-marketed art sensations. Their ocularly enhanced pictures were sold in petrol stations and small stores around the US. In a sexist twist reflecting the age, it was Walter alone who became famous for the pictures, parlaying the fiction that he created them into TV talk-show stardom. But it was Margaret who actually did the work, and claimed her share of the profits when she and Walter divorced. To prove her ownership in court, the judge ordered a paint-off between the pair.

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This has been a passion project of Ed Wood writing team Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, who harboured dreams of directing it themselves. But after a long development process that saw versions, including one starring Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds, come and go, they put that aside when Burton boarded the project.

Big Eyes, which also stars Danny Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Krysten Ritter and Terence Stamp,

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Hector And The Search For Happiness In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Hector And The Search For Happiness on September 24th at 7:30PM in Sacramento.


Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.


"We should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of the pursuit.” Professor Coreman (Christopher Plummer)


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The Maze Runner Review: Thank God, Another Good YA Movie!

The Science Fiction of The Maze Runner ensconces you in enjoyable dystopia.


As I've complained many times in my reviews, the entire offering of movies seems to be at a crossroads. Caught up in bad transitions from the books that made them so popular in the first place, the movies themselves have largely disappointed, plagued by either significant rewrites or love stories with actors I couldn't care less about. Fortunately, The Maze Runner doesn't come close to shorting out its chances for sequels, even though some plot holes are evident.

Set in a dytopian society where only male boys seem to be running things, we learn about the arrival of the newest recuit Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), who like the others has not idea how he got to The Glade, a peaceful wooded area surrounded by the menacing walls of The Maze. Given a monthly ration of food and supplies by an unknown agency, the camp is comprised of both leaders (Aml Ameen) and soldiers (Ki Hong Lee and Will Poulter), as well as younger boys (Blake Cooper) caught up in all the machismo. Thomas has vivid dreams about the people who sent him to The Glade, while the others try to run the shifting Maze in search of a way out. The arrival of the girl Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) throws the all male into a tissy, especially when it's revealed she somehow knows Thomas. Faced with a growing threat beyond the Maze - including machines called Grievers who inject the boys with a venom - the team must work together to find a way out and perhaps meet their makers.

There are two reasons that set The Maze Runner apart from so many horrid YA movies: the first is its smart decision to ditch any sense of a love story from the far more interesting dystopian disaster of future Earth. The idea that desperate people concoct an elaborate plan to save humanity using children is the kind of forward thinking we need in modern plots. The other reason for the movie's success is the decision by Writers Noah Oppenheim and Grant Pierce Myers to change the ending of the book, something which normally is a death nail for an aspiring tentpole. I won't bore you with the details, but the changes streamline things while ramping things up for future sequels.

Director Wes Ball navigates what could have been a teen frenzy of puberty into an effective team of young actors who are absolutely dedicated to finding a way out of The Glade. O'Brien carries this film through his emotive eyes and stage presence - he's not like most child actors, who are usually prone to over-act. Here O'Brien brings a good mix of pre-planned amnesia and curiosity of the world around him, while the instantly likable Ameen and Cooper round out the well-cast group of thespians. The same goes for Poulter - whom I loved in We're the Millers - who gives evil a face we can both relate to and find ourselves not believing when his deceptive plans are unleashed. Scodelario doesn't figure until near the end of the second act, but her effect is decidely mixed. I'm sure she'll be more involved in future sequels, but for now her arrival and presence adds a needed kick just when the story was beginning to flatten out.

Still there is a lot of maddening moments throughout Maze. The plot is unnecessarily convoluted, never fully explaining why the maze walls shift, how doing so helps the the boys (and girl) assist in saving mankind, and why the Grievers are even a part of the equation, minus the venom-stuff. Clarkson barely registers in the film's final scenes, until we learn about the deceptive plot which the adults have concocted. Finally, there's a sense that a lot of this film got left in the editing bank, making me hope for a director's cut that will better explain some of these concerns. I can't give more than that away, but I hope a second screening might resolve some of that. To admit I might actually pay this time should say something.

With all of this love I'm throwing it, Maze Runner still has its issues. It is the best YA movie since the behemoth Hunger Games, which could either mean a happy accident or the shape of things to come. It's unclear whether Ball will be given a second chance to direct the followup, but I think he deserves it. So much more about The Maze Runner could have spun out of control, leaving the franchise in the same untenable situation as The Mortal Instruments. I guess it will depend as it always does, on whether youth and their families make the trip out to see it. I say take that chance, and you might be pleasantly surprised.

The Maze Runner is rated PG-13 for for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images and has a runtime of 113 minutes.

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Images From @BeyondTheLights Opening Night Screening

Relativity Media's Opening Night Screening of BEYOND THE LIGHTS images.


BEYOND THE LIGHTS. Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), BEYOND THE LIGHTS stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Richard Colson Baker (“MGK”) and Danny Glover.

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BEYOND THE LIGHTS is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new award-winning artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?

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Explore The World Of #INTERSTELLAR APP

Explore the World of Interstellar in the New App Create, Explore, and Endure.

Explore a galaxy of fan-generated solar systems in the Interstellar App available on the Chrome Store and Google Play for phones and tablets. Create and customize your own unique solar system with planets, moons, asteroids and more.


See how far you can pilot the Endurance without running out of fuel or losing time relative to Earth. Sling-shot through solar systems using real-world physics and gravitational forces. Use wormholes to jump to new systems and survive the ultimate challenge of traveling past a black hole.

• Play on Phone, Tablet and Chrome
• Create your own solar system and share it with friends
• Customize planets, stars and asteroids
• Pilot the Endurance through friend’s and other fan’s solar systems
• Upgrade your ship to increase durability and range
• Earn mission patches for completing objectives
• Based on newtonian physics with simulated gravitational fields endorsed by the movie’s science advisor Kip Thorne
• Slingshot between planets and return research data to Earth
• Navigate past massive black holes

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This is Where I Leave You Review: Ensemble Talent Wasted on Neutered Plot

This is Where I Leave You wants desperately to be the next Big Chill. Here's why it's not even close.
For Director Shawn Levy, life must feel pretty good. A master of producing some of the dullest comedy films in recent memory, Levy churns these out like a cow produces milk, collecting his paycheck and moving on the next low-hanging fruit. His newest submission This is Where I Leave You is more of the same, a dull, formulaic mess that never utilizes its considerable talents above a resting heartbeat.

When news reaches the Attman children that their father has passed away, the four adult siblings return to their childhood home to deal with the repercussions. Daughter Wendy (Tina Fey) is in an unsatifying marriage, while brother Phillip (Adam Driver) lives a fast life full of excuses but little success. Meanwhile, elder-brother Judd (Jason Bateman) learns that his wife is having an affair with his boss, while Brother Paul (Stahl) seems to be the only responsible one, having taken over the family business. But there's also the brain-damaged Horry (Timothy Olyphant) as well as Judd's 'girl-who-got-away' interest Penny (Rose Byrne). Their mother (Jane Fonda) - who made a fortune airing the family's dirty laundry in a tell-all - hasn't seen her children together in years but is mindful of the changes and struggles they have undergone. As the dysfunctional family converges to carry out their father's last wish, patience will be tested and lessons learned that the rock the siblings to their cores.

Levy - known for tripe like The Internship and Date Night - also made the robot rockem/sockem Real Steel; however, none of that energy or enthusiasm is apparent here. Bateman's arc feels hollow, placing him exactly where we think he'll land by film's end. In fact, everyone seems to have their places and rarely move outside of them. Fonda is always the dutiful mother, Fey the victimized daughter, and Driver the pathetic loser. There's so little character development here, making the story by Jonathan Tropper move at a snail's pace.

The constant problem with ensemble films is the lack of time we get to spend with all the players - someone's story inevitably gets lost, and in Leave we see that happen on multiple occasions (at least four that I cared to count). The idea that people of all races and economic backgrounds suffer the same relationship problems is totally acceptable, but it's Levy's suggestion that somehow rich white people suffer more makes everyone in the film seem entitled rather than worthy of our attention. Olyphant is perhaps the worst-used, a terrific actor who gets to look slow for about 10 minutes before his story is jettisoned in favor of Bateman's. I found myself wishing Horry's storyline would have taken center stage, but it's clear that Levy is shooting for a mile wide and a foot deep and not the other way around.

But Leave is far worse than its mechanics suggest, suffering from a lack of identity and utterly failing to make the plight of this rich but dysfunctional family appealing as a personal tale. Instead, we're treated to sad scenes of regret as Bateman and Fey share space on the rooftop of their parent's home, as the two (and the entire cast) remember their father while whining about their problems. I think it goes without saying that everyone (including the rich) has their share of strife, but we don't need a wishy-washy film to remind us. Other actors like Stohl and Fonda are there just to hold space when Bateman, Fey, and Byrne are off-screen. Byrne has made better films lately, but her love interest arc is paper-thin with her resolution seen a mile away. Yep, she'll pork Bateman, hate him, then return to him just in time for the ending. Blah blah blah.

This is Where I Leave You tries desperately to be the new Big Chill, but never captures that magic. DIrector Levy wastes his considerable cast on an unsatisfying mix of melodramatic hodge-podge and poorly-crafted comedic skits. It feels utterly neutered of anything edgy and frankly makes rich white folks looks like professional whiners. I'm sure someone will connect with this, as its themes of loss and regret are universal, but its filler mentality will become apparent to the majority almost as soon as lights dim.

This is Where I Leave You is rated R for for language, sexual content and some drug use and has a runtime of 103 minutes.

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Tusk: An Open Letter to Kevin Smith

We deliver a message to Director Kevin Smith, and it isn't a hearty pat on the back. Dear Kevin Smith,

As a fan of your films - including Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks I/II - it's clear that the appreciation for your past work is certainly appropriate. And yet, you've endured a bit of a struggle lately, with many moviegoers unwilling to give you the same credit. I would not be saying anything new by reminding you that Jersey Girl is generally agreed as being one of the worst films ever made. Well sir, after seeing your latest submission Tusk, it's clear that my list needs to be updated: Tusk is not only the worst film of the year, but it could be the worst film of all time.

The premise - concocted during one of your Smodcast podcast episodes - of a loudmouth online personality (Justin Long) who is kidnapped and turned into a walrus by psychopath Howard Howe (Michael Parks) is unbelievable to everyone who hears it. And yet this comedy/horror/drama was somehow greenlit, cast with stars like Haley Joel Osment as Wallace's podcast partner, and directed by you.

There are so many questions I have about Tusk, none of which make me feel good to ask. I'll start with the obvious: why make a film like this, when plenty of other projects await your care? Isn't there a superhero or Star Wars movie you could somehow muscle your way into? It's said that not all ideas are worthy until someone important says them - I might also ask if that's the only way a film like this could have been conceived, with you triggering off the plot to the laughter of colleague Scott Mosier as the credits roll. In no way does its inclusion make or make me feel better for seeing it. Nor do its moments of levity ever make me laugh, even when a famous actor arrives to help Wallace's rescue team.

Watching Tusk made me feel like I needed a shower afterwards, not because it forged bold new paths in independent cinema, but for its dizzying tonal turns, ludicrous story, and the performances of Long and others, who seem mired behind a deluge of bad writing. The revulsion I felt during my cinematic incarceration was palpable - had my writer-in-crime not also been present, I might have done the unthinkable and left the theater before seeing an ending that no one could have predicted. That's not a statement of your mastery as a filmmaker Mr. Smith, but a painful commentary about your effectiveness and value to current American cinema.

And yet, it's likely that Hollywood will continue to grant you chances to make your particular brand of humor, most of which I have enjoyed throughout the years. Whether that is a result of Hollywood's shortsightedness or the smoke and mirrors you created to get this funded is beyond me to answer. But, I can say this with total faith: Tusk is one of the worst films ever made, boggling the viewer with an ineptitude rarely seen. I suspect those few who dare to see it will share in my opinions, marching out of the theaters halfway through to demand their money back, and swearing off your films for good.

You were once a great filmmaker, but it seems your time has passed, and that's a painful reality to face.

Tusk is rated R for some disturbing violence/gore, language and sexual content and has a runtime of 102 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Hector And The Search For Happiness In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For Hector And The Search For Happiness on September 24th at 7:30PM in San Francisco.


Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, Hector and the Search for Happiness is a rich, exhilarating, and hilarious tale from director Peter Chelsom, starring Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.


"We should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of the pursuit.” Professor Coreman (Christopher Plummer)


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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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#AubreyPlaza To Voice #GrumpyCat In Upcoming Film

Parks and Recreation’s” Aubrey Plaza has been cast as the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime’s upcoming holiday movie, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”

The infamous Internet sensation with the woeful but endearing facial expression will star in the cabler’s live-action Christmas TV movie on Saturday, November 29, at 8 p.m.

In “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever,” Grumpy Cat is a lonely feline living in a mall pet shop. Because she never gets chosen by customers, she develops a sour outlook on life, until one day during the holidays, a very special 12-year-old girl named Chyrstal enters the pet store and falls in love with her after realizing she is the only person who can hear this unique cat talk. As the two develop a close friendship during the holiday rush, Grumpy reluctantly thwarts the kidnapping of an exotic dog she dislikes and, on Christmas Eve, rescues Chyrstal after the mall closes. Through her adventures, will Grumpy learn the true meaning of Christmas? Or will it be, in her words, the “Worst. Christmas. Ever?”

“Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever” is executive produced by Lifetime’s Arturo Interian, with Ben Lashes serving as co-executive producer. Tim Hill, who wrote the teleplay with Jeff Morris, also directs the movie.

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New #VeryBadDay Clip

A new clip from Disney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner is now here.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters October 10, 2014!

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Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #TWONIGHTSTAND In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For TWO NIGHT STAND on September 23rd at 7:00PM in San Francisco.

It’s tough enough – especially in films – when someone has had an abysmal one night stand and just wants to leave as quickly as possible once dawn breaks. But for Analeigh Tipton’s Megan, things are not quite that simple thanks to some serious weather issues.


Megan is a woman in a serious rut. Her couple friends Faiza (Jessica Szohr) and Cedric (Scott Mescudi) want her to move out. In order to cheer herself up and get back out in the world, she reluctantly agrees to a one-night stand with Alec (Miles Teller). It’s hardly the most satisfying night of passion, but when Megan tries to leave, she discovers she’s trapped in his apartment building thanks to a heavy snowfall.


Forced together, the pair start to unleash their honest opinions about their experience, and even manage to find some common ground. But can they survive each other’s company as they wait for the weather to clear? It’s an intriguing concept for a rom-com, even if the various plot machinations will need careful handling from writer Mark Hammer and director Max Nichols. Teller and Tipton are appealing, and provided the awkward chemistry works this could be fun.


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David Ayer Is In Talks To Direct DC's Suicide Squad

DC property centers on supervillains with a chance for redemption

David Ayer, the gritty filmmaker whose World War II tank drama Fury hits theaters next month, is circling Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment project Suicide Squad.

The project had been in development with Justin Marks attached to write for a couple of years, but sources say it was put on the back burner when focus turned to Warner Bros.' other DC Entertainment property Justice League.

The Suicide Squad team, also known as Task Force X, was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, and first appeared in Brave and the Bold No. 25. It centers on the characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn.

The DC property about convicted supervillains who have a chance to redeem themselves through dangerous missions has been in the works for some time at Warner Bros. Marks wrote a script in 2011. Sources say Warner Bros. started looking for a director earlier in 2014.

Chuck Roven is producing.

Warner Bros. had no comment, but the studio recently announced a slew of dates for unnamed DC projects, so it's likely that Suicide Squad would take one of those slots. Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.

Ayer wrote and directed Fury, which stars Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf. It hits theaters on Oct. 17. His previous films include Sabotage and End of Watch.

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More Images From Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

There are just a couple of months to wait now for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which will start to wrap up Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) battle against the corrupt Capitol and its despotic rule over the outlying Districts. To remind us all of that fact, Lionsgate has released some new imagery.


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The first part of Mockingjay, adapted by Danny Strong from Suzanne Collins’ third novel, finds Katniss and the other rebels finally taking their fight to the Capitol and its PR-happy leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But the fight against the all-powerful rulers will not be an easy one, and everyone involved will have to sacrifice if the Districts are to be finally free.

With Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Natalie Dormer, Liam Hemsworth, Elder Henson, Wes Chatham, Mahershala Ali, Evan Ross and Philip Seymour Hoffman all part of the cast and Francis Lawrence calling the shots, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be out on November 21, with the second part following on November 20, 2015.

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