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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mission: Impossible 6 Already In Development

Paramount choose to accept another mission.

By Brandon Wolfe

For a franchise nearing the 20-year mark, Mission: Impossible is showing no signs of slowing down. With buzz going strong for Rogue Nation, this summer’s fifth installment of the series, franchise-starved Paramount is already looking toward the development of a sixth film, according to The Tracking Board.

Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams are all expected to return as producers and Don Granger and Matt Grimm will be back as executive producers.

Cast-wise, no one is currently set in stone, but it seems unlikely that the series would jettison Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg at this point.

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TV Cancellations and Renewals: The Final Verdict

Find out which of your shows will live to see the fall.

By Brandon Wolfe

Now that the 2014-15 TV season has come to a close, you might be wondering which of your favorite shows will be returning and which will brighten your television set no longer. Well, wonder no more. Below is a comprehensive list, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, of which shows have gotten the axe and which get to air another day, as well as early lists of new shows coming this fall, the fates of which you’ll get to agonize over this time next year. Steel yourself and scroll down.


Veteran Shows

America's Funniest Home Videos: Renewed

The Bachelor: Renewed

Castle: Renewed

Dancing With the Stars: Renewed

Extreme Weight Loss: Renewed

The Goldbergs: Renewed

Grey's Anatomy: Renewed

Last Man Standing: Renewed

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Renewed

The Middle: Renewed

Mistresses: Renewed

Modern Family: Renewed

Nashville: Renewed

Once Upon a Time: Renewed

Resurrection: Canceled

Revenge: Canceled

Rookie Blue: Renewed

Scandal: Renewed

Shark Tank: Renewed

Shark Tank: Beyond the Tank: Renewed

The Taste: Canceled

Freshman Shows

American Crime: Renewed

The Astronaut Wives Club: Airing Summer 2015

Black-ish: Renewed

Cristela: Canceled

Forever: Canceled

Fresh Off the Boat: Renewed

Galavant: Renewed

How to Get Away With Murder: Renewed

Manhattan Love Story: Canceled

Members Only: Canceled

Marvel's Agent Carter: Renewed

Secrets and Lies: Renewed

Selfie: Canceled

The Whispers: Airing Summer 2015

New Shows

The Catch (drama)

Dr. Ken (comedy)

The Family (drama)

Of Kings and Prophets (drama)

The Muppets (comedy)

Quantico (drama)

The Real O'Neals (comedy)

Uncle Buck (comedy)

Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (drama)

Wicked City (drama)


Veteran Shows

2 Broke Girls: Renewed

The Amazing Race: Renewed

The Big Bang Theory: Renewed

Big Brother: Renewed

Blue Bloods: Renewed

Criminal Minds: Renewed

CSI: Canceled; concluding with TV-movie on September 27

Elementary: Renewed

Extant: Renewed

48 Hours Mystery: Renewed

The Good Wife: Renewed

Hawaii Five-0: Renewed

The Mentalist: Canceled

Mike and Molly: Renewed

The Millers: Canceled

Mom: Renewed

NCIS: Renewed

NCIS: Los Angeles: Renewed

Person of Interest: Renewed

Reckless: Canceled

Survivor: Renewed

Two and a Half Men: Canceled

Under the Dome: Renewed

Undercover Boss: Renewed

Unforgettable: Canceled; revived by A&E

Freshman Shows

Battle Creek: Canceled

CSI: Cyber: Renewed

Madam Secretary: Renewed

The McCarthys: Canceled

NCIS: New Orleans: Renewed

The Odd Couple: Renewed

Scorpion: Renewed

Stalker: Canceled

New Shows

Angel From Hell (comedy)

The Briefcase (unscripted)

Code Black (drama)

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (drama)

Life in Pieces (comedy)

Limitless (drama)

Rush Hour (drama)

Supergirl (drama)

Zoo (Summer 2015)


Veteran Shows

The 100: Renewed

America's Next Top Model: Renewed

Arrow: Renewed

Backpackers: Canceled

Beauty and the Beast: Renewed

Hart of Dixie: Canceled

Masters of Illusion (reality): Renewed

The Originals: Renewed

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (reality): Renewed

Reign: Renewed

Seed: Canceled

Supernatural: Renewed

The Vampire Diaries: Renewed

Whose Line Is it Anyway?: Renewed

Freshman Shows

The Flash: Renewed

iZombie: Renewed

Jane the Virgin: Renewed

The Messengers: Canceled

New Shows

Cordon (drama)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (comedy)

Dates (comedy)

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (drama)

Significant Mother (comedy)

Wicked Offer (unscripted)


Veteran Shows

American Idol: Renewed for final season

Bob's Burgers: Renewed

Bones: Renewed

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Renewed

Family Guy: Renewed

The Following: Canceled

Gang Related: Canceled

Glee: Canceled

Hell's Kitchen: Renewed

Kitchen Nightmares: Canceled

MasterChef: Renewed

MasterChef Junior: Renewed

The Mindy Project: Canceled; moving to Hulu

New Girl: Renewed

The Simpsons: Renewed

Sleepy Hollow: Renewed

So You Think You Can Dance: Renewed

World's Funniest Fails: Renewed

Freshman Shows

Backstrom: Canceled

Empire: Renewed

Gotham: Renewed

Gracepoint: Canceled

Hieroglyph: Canceled

The Last Man on Earth: Renewed

Mulaney: Canceled

Red Band Society: Canceled

Utopia: Canceled

Wayward Pines: Airing Summer 2015

Weird Loners: Canceled

New Shows

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (unscripted)

Boom (unscripted)

Bordertown (animated)

The Frankenstein Code (drama)

Grandfathered (comedy)

The Grinder (comedy)

The Guide to Surviving Life (comedy)

Home Free (unscripted)

Houdini and Doyle (drama)

Lucifer (drama)

Minority Report (drama)

Rosewood (drama)

Scream Queens (comedy)

The X-Files (six-part event series; premieres January 24, 2016)


Veteran Shows

About a Boy: Canceled

America's Got Talent: Renewed

American Ninja Warrior: Renewed

The Biggest Loser: Renewed

The Blacklist: Renewed

Celebrity Apprentice: Renewed

Chicago Fire: Renewed

Chicago PD: Renewed

Grimm: Renewed

Hannibal: Airing Summer 2015

Hollywood Game Night: Renewed

Last Comic Standing: Renewed

Law & Order: SVU: Renewed

The Night Shift: Renewed

Parenthood: Canceled

Parks and Recreation: Ended

The Sing-Off: Renewed

Taxi Brooklyn: Airing Summer 2015

Undateable: Renewed

The Voice: Renewed

Welcome to Sweden: Renewed

Freshman Shows

A to Z: Canceled

Allegiance: Canceled

Aquarius: Airing Summer 2015

Bad Judge: Canceled

Constantine: Canceled

Crossbones: Canceled

Emerald City: Canceled, then revived for 2015-16

Heroes Reborn: Fall 2015

Marry Me: Canceled

Mission Control: Canceled

Mr. Robinson: Airing Summer 2015

The Mysteries of Laura: Renewed

One Big Happy: Canceled

The Slap: Canceled

State of Affairs: Canceled

Working the Engels: Canceled

New Shows

Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (variety)

Blindspot (drama)

The Carmichael Show (comedy)

Chicago Med (drama)

Coach (comedy)

Crowded (comedy)

First Dates (docuseries)

Game of Silence (drama)

Heartbreaker (drama)

Hot & Bothered (comedy)

I Can Do That! (variety)

The Island (unscripted)

Little Big Shots (unscripted)

Manhunt (drama)

People Are Talking (comedy)

The Player (drama)

The Reaper (miniseries)

Shades of Blue (drama)

Superstore (comedy)

You the Jury (unscripted)

You, Me and the End of the World (dramedy)

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Inside the Bucket Podcast #61

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

On this Memorial Day weekend edition of Inside the Bucket, Matt is joined by television writers Sue, David, and Brandon who basically don't respect Matt and his rather Machiavellian recording rules. Who they do respect is all of you great listeners and followers of our site, and sit down to deliver the best movie and television news from our website SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM.

Beginning with news, the trio discusses Simon Pegg's quote about Star Trek being "too Trek-y" as well Cinematographer Roger Deakens joining Blade Runner 2. They delve into the frankly awful selection of Blu-rays being released this week and then break down an interesting box office weekend. Please check out these and many other stories which we've included below.

After several drinks and a quick nap, they go into Rants and Raves, where they bitch and complain about all the things they're watching, following, and are generally pissed off about from the past week.

After a spoiler-filled discussion of Tomorrowland, they answer another mailbag question and award the winner a t-shirt and soundtrack from Johnny Depp's Mortdecai. We encourage you to participate in mailbag, as well as our Open Forum Friday, which is your chance to get in our business about running a passion project like our trainwreck. Please email us at Comments@SandwichJohnFilms.com with any thoughts you have about our show.

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!

NEWS (1:44)
  • Simon Pegg's Star Trek 3 comments have the universe's panties in a bind
  • Magnificent Seven Casting changes - Peter Skargsgard in, Jason Momoa out
  • Several top writers join Transformers planned expansion
  • Roger Deakens Joins Blade Runner 2

BLU-RAY RELEASES - Seventh Son, Sons of Liberty, The Loft (21:05)

Who won this week at the box office? (22:19)
RANTS AND RAVES (25:42)
  • SUE - Bitten renewed, Game of Thrones, Salem Update
  • BRANDON - Poltergeist Review, Chris Pratt news
  • MATT - Loot Crate May 2015 Review, Flash finale, George Miller teases a black & white Mad Max:Fury Road Blu-ray release
MOVIE REVIEW: Tomorrowland (56:57)

MAILBAG (1:15:35)
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jurassic World On Track For $100 Million Opening

Dino sequel might be summer's only dino-sized opening.

By Brandon Wolfe

Deadline reports that Universal’s Jurassic World, opening June 12, is tracking for a domestic opening weekend of between $100-130 million, roughly in line with Man of Steel’s opening gross of $116 million. Awareness for the film is presently in the 90% range, higher than San Andreas, which opens next week.

Interestingly enough, though Jurassic is one of the summer’s earlier releases, it could be one of the last films of the summer to gross more than $100 million in its first three days. Only Universal’s other big summer release, Minions, is expected is join that club. Though there are other big films in the pipeline, the Terminator and Mission: Impossible franchises have, historically, not performed to that level straight out of the gate, and Marvel’s Ant-Man isn’t expected to do traditional Marvel-sized business.

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'Tomorrowland' & 'Pitch Perfect 2' in Dead Heat B.O. Shocker

Age of Ultron set to pass $400 million domestically.

Story by Matt Cummings

No matter how you slice it, this weekend's box office race is gearing up to be a close one, with Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2 in a close race for #1.

With the three-day weekend officially casting off on Friday, Tomorrowland took in approximately $10.4 million, owning most of the IMAX screens - it should take in an estimated $33-35m for the weekend. However, that might not be enough to win it the top spot: that one might go to Pitch Perfect 2. On Friday, the comedy-melody mashup took in approximately $10m, which should plpay out to a 3-day tally of $33-34m. It will also pass the $100m mark on Saturday, after only dropping 52% weekend-to-weekend.

Coming in at number three is the George Miller dystopian spectacle Mad Max: Fury Road, dropping only 39%, which should see profit between $26-28m for the weekend. Those numbers are impressive, considering the relatively small potential audience; numbers like that mean that not only are fans returning to see it again (and you should see it if you haven't), while bringing their curious friends along who might not know how about the 30+-year franchise. Road's success does prove that sites like CinemaScore and their disappointing B+ rating might not matter to moviegoers.

Depending on how you look at it, number four's Poltergeist is either a disappointing flop or a surprise entry. The reboot of the 1982 classic will take home between $23.9-26.6m for the three-day weekend. It didn't get a great review from us, with Metacritic's combined score of 47. Horror films like these tend to fall off dramatically in their second weekends, so MGM/Fox should be happy to run off with this much B.O. money before it disappears.

Another bit of interesting news lies at #5's Avengers Age of ultron. The follow-up to the massive 2012 has not been as massive, although it will pass the $400m mark by Sunday with a $20-22m, 3-day weekend performance. Considering that 2012's Avengers finished with over $600m domestically, Ultron won't even come close to that before it exits theaters; that has to be a disappointment to Marvel and Director Joss Whedon, who had hoped to outgain the original. That clearly is not going to happen.

We'll be back to repost this story with updates and give our thoughts on the weekend's big winner, so stay tuned.

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‘Fuller House’ Will Not Be Quite So Full

Olsen Twins Say No to New Series

By David Clark

Talks to bring back original actors from the Full House cast to reprise their roles in Netflix’s new original continuation of the series, titled Fuller House, have not gone as hoped.

The original show followed Jesse (John Stamos), Joey (Dave Coulier), D.J. Tanner (Candace Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Michelle (Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen), Danny (Bob Saget), Kimmy (Andrea Barber), and a few other ancillary family and friends.

John Stamos, producer of Fuller House, confirmed that he along with Candace Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Dave Coulier, Bob Saget, and Andrea Barber will be reprising their respective roles in the new Netflix series.

Fans of the original series will notice a fan favorite name is not on the list. Michelle Tanner, the youngest daughter in the Tanner family, was one of the staple stars of the show. Much of the show revolved around Michelle as she grew up on Full House. The unique thing about the character; she was played by a pair of identical twins by the name of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The original show would not have been the same without the Olsen twins antics. It is equally difficult to picture this new show without Michelle Tanner. She was such a staple on the show and a pillar within the Tanner family. Surely producers of the show would not consider bringing back the Tanner family without guaranteeing the Olsen twins would be on board to step back into the Michelle character.

Nope - In fact, the Olsen twins claimed they did not even know the show was being produced until they heard about it on a talk show they were attending. The latest news as of April was they were in talks with the show producers to see if something could be worked out. Unfortunately for the cast and crew of Fuller House, the producers were unable to pull the Olsen twins on board with the project.

“Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of 'Fuller House,' I know how much 'Full House' has meant to them and they are still very much considered family," (Boyett Executive Producer)

Stamos was a little less understanding,

"Just so you reporters know - this is not a money gig for any of us- quite the opposite - we want to give the fans what they deserve for supporting us for so many years- we all just want to have fun - do it in a classy way on Netflix and have a good time- sad that a few don't share the rest of the cast's opinion - I can only wish them the best."


Stamos starts out complimenting the motivations of the participating cast but he manages to sneak in a nice jab at the glaringly absent Olsen twins with the last comment about certain people not sharing the cast’s opinions.

Hopefully Fuller House carves out a niche following as one of Netflix’s popular shows. Television today seems to lack the wholesome touch of family programming. The blatant snubbing of the show by two of the most famous actresses associated with the original will not help; hopefully the show can overcome that hurdle. There will certainly be more news about this show over the coming months as production continues and the final release date of the 13 episode series is scheduled for 2016.

I would be interested in hearing your opinion on the Olsen twins decision to not participate in the show. Contact us directly by messaging us on our Facebook. On Twitter follow us at @Sandwichjohnfilms, and follow author David Clark @Clark_SJF or simply leave a comment below.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #EntourageMovie In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For ENTOURAGE on May 27th at 7:30 PM in Santa Clara.


"ENTOURAGE," the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the show's original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven.


Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back...and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.


Also starring are Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment, and returning cast from the series also includes Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rhys Coiro, Debi Mazar, Rex Lee, Constance Zimmer and Nora Dunn. Emily Ratajkowski appears as herself.



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"Entourage" creator Doug Ellin is directing the feature film from his own screenplay, story by Ellin & Rob Weiss, based on characters created by Ellin. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Ellin are producing, with Wayne Carmona serving as executive producer.


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Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Home Box Office, Inc., a Closest to the Hole Production, a Leverage Entertainment Production, a Doug Ellin Film, "Entourage." The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company..

"Entourage," set to open in theaters on June 5, 2015, has been rated R by the MPAA for pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use.

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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First Images Of Elizabeth Banks,Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper In Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

The counselors are confirmed for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix just in time for summer. The show is a prequel to the 2001 cult film Wet Hot American Summer.

Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are among some of the cast joining the series, which tells the story of the first day of Camp Firewood's famous summer season, now fourteen years after the film's debut.


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Movie Review: Poltergeist

Lazily recycled ideas? They're heeeere.


Review by Brandon Wolfe

Though others preceded it (The Haunting, The Amityville Horror), 1982’s Poltergeist is often held as the quintessential haunted house movie. The Steven Spielberg-produced, Tobe Hooper-directed (though, by many accounts, also Spielberg-directed) film about a traditional nuclear family moving into a house of horrors set the stage for every spook-house film that came after. Though, while there is still much to appreciate about Poltergeist, the film’s ability to get under the skin arguably hasn’t endured. There are isolated moments that remain chilling, but that Spielbergian, suburban-set sense of mouth-agape wonderment has the effect of working against the film’s creep factor, creating an aura of comforting safety that prevents the film from becoming true nightmare fuel. Poltergeist feels more of a piece with E.T. than it does with The Exorcist. Watched in the wake of a truly terrifying haunted-house thriller like The Conjuring only makes the film feel even more quaint.

This could perhaps launch an argument in favor of remaking Poltergeist, beefing up the scare quotient into something more dangerous, more unnerving. But the truth of the matter is there isn’t much one could do to update Poltergeist in a way that would set it apart from the myriad haunted-house thrillers we receive routinely. In a contemporary horror climate where the Insidious, Paranormal Activity and Sinister franchises are all still humming along, what could a rebooted Poltergeist really bring to the table to differentiate it? This would stand as a tough nut for any filmmaker to crack, but the producers of the just-released Poltergeist remake took the simplest approach to updating the property: They didn’t.

If you saw Poltergeist ’82, you’ve seen Poltergeist ’15. Very little has been done to set this film apart from its progenitor. Again, a family moves into a new home in a sleepy suburban community. They are not called the Freelings anymore and the youngest daughter is no longer named Carol Ann, but only the names have changed (to The Bowens and Maddy, respectively). The only new spin at work here is that the family is now financially downtrodden, with Dad (Sam Rockwell) recently laid off and Mom (Rosemarie DeWitt) a homemaker and aspiring novelist (how this brood is able to afford a large suburban home, even at a discount, with zero income is the film’s first instance of otherworldliness). After settling in, Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins having spooky, seemingly one-sided conversations with her closet door and, eventually, the TV. Gradually, the house’s unearthly occupants make their presence known, first to the other children, Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), then to the entire family. After Maddy vanishes into a portal inside her closet, the family turns to the paranormal department at the local university for help.

That sure sounds a lot like Poltergeist, huh? This remake is positively starved for inspiration, ticking off boxes from the original film while making only the most cosmetic of alterations. The film’s idea of innovation is that the TV that Maddy communicates through is now a flat-screen instead of a boxy old-school number. The film mines every inch of iconography from the 1982 film under the impression that contemporary effects inherently make everything old seem new again. When Griffin is menaced by a clown doll and a handsy tree, the effects are now much more elaborate, but that doesn’t quell the sense that we’ve seen this all before. By the time the family decides to bring in the big guns, in the form of a powerful medium with exorcism skills (Jared Harris, an inferior substitute for the memorable Zelda Rubenstein), the feeling of déjà vu becomes suffocating.

So what does the new Poltergeist do well? Hmm, this is a toughie. Rockwell has some solid one-liners in the early goings before the film requires him to shift into “give me back my daughter!” solemnness. And sending a remote-controlled camera-drone into the spirit world (depicted here as a sort of reptilian Hieronymus Bosch painting) is kind of neat. Beyond that, the film is chiefly on autopilot, pillaging everything it can from both the original and more recent horror films without bothering to create a stamp all its own. The result is dismaying, a sterling example of the soullessness inherent to harvesting name brands without any creative impetus behind it. It’s not even that Poltergeist is necessarily a beautiful and perfect snowflake that would be heretical to touch, but doing so without bringing anything fresh to it is futility at its purest. If nothing else, you’d think the filmmakers would have learned that building a prefabricated structure on top of the bones of something else doesn’t work out well for anyone.

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#HULUS ‘THE HOTWIVES OF LAS VEGAS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

HULU’S ‘THE HOTWIVES OF LAS VEGAS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

NEW AND RETURNING HOTWIVES JOIN THE SECOND SEASON OF THE HIT ORIGINAL SERIES

Hulu along with Paramount Digital Entertainment revealed their all-star cast of comedians who will join The Hotwives of Las Vegas, the follow up season to their hit original series The Hotwives of Orlando. The second season is set to premiere exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus with episodes to stream weekly starting on Tuesday, August 18.

The series will see returning stars take on news roles with Casey Wilson (Marry Me, Gone Girl) as Jenfer Beudon; Tymberlee Hill (Marry Me, Drunk History) as Phe Phe Reed, Esq; Andrea Savage (Episodes, Dinner for Schmucks, Step Brothers) as Ivanka Silversan; Danielle Schneider (Marry Me, Hotwives of Orlando) as Denise Funt; Dannah Phirman (Newsreaders, The Hotwives of Orlando) as Leona Carpeze; along with series newcomer Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) as Callie Silversan.

THE HOTWIVES:
· Callie Silversan - A sensuous, mysterious, raven-haired witch..
· Denise Funt - Neurotic, needy and recently divorced.
· Ivanka Silversan - A European ex-model, she believes she is the standard of beauty and perfection as is her family.
· Jenfer Beudon - Cocky, southern, white-trash and very pregnant.
· Leona Carpeze - A tough, straight-talking broad. Matriarch of the group and self-appointed peace keeper.
· Phe Phe Reed, Esq - Smart, outspoken, always juggling several jobs. Newly relocated to Las Vegas from Orlando.

Emmy© Award-winning Jonathan Stern and Paul Scheer are returning as Executive Producers along with series creators Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman who have returned to both star and write.

To learn more about the series and watch season one, visit the official Hulu show page: http://www.hulu.com/hotwives-of-orlando.

About Hulu
Hulu is a premium streaming TV destination that seeks to captivate and connect viewers with the stories they love by creating amazing experiences that celebrate the best of entertainment and technology. As we pursue this mission, we strive to continue to redefine and reinvent the TV-viewing experience.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #Sense8 In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Sense8 on May 27th at 7:30 PM in San Francisco.

One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as "Sensates."

Watch Season 1 on June 5



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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie Review: 'Tomorrowland'

Disney's Tomorrowland is a mass-branding, incoherent bore. WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

Review by Matt Cummings
A young person's mind is like a sponge, taking in anything and everything in an attempt to understand its world and (more importantly) its purpose. Children are wonderfully investigative, perhaps more so than parents would prefer on occasion. For a film like Disney's Tomorrowland, that love of information, imagination, and youthful exuberance should be proudly on display. Instead, it's a mass-branding, incoherent bore that few kids will stick around to finish.
The disenfranchised scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney) was once a wide-eyed 10 year-old (Thomas Robinson), enthusiastically dreaming and building machines that he thought would improve his world. As a boy, Frank attends the 1964 New York World’s Fair and meets the British girl Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who gives him a pin that unlocks a magical, futuristic world. Parallel to that is the modern story of Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a bright 20-year-old who is jailed after trying to shut down the destruction of a NASA launch pad, which would officially end America's journeying into space. When she emerges from prison, Casey finds a similar pin in her effects that, upon touching it, reveals the same futuristic dream world that Frank visited. Through their shared experiences, the duo form an uneasy alliance to find Tomorrowland and rescue humanity before the city's evil leader (Hugh Laurie) can destroy the Earth by filling it with negative feelings. If this plot sounds convoluted, imagine my trouble in keeping it to one paragraph. But to its credit, Tomorrowland is not your typical summer fare, attempting to flex it intellectual muscles by placing science front and center in Tomorrowland and its story in a distant second place. Whether that works or not depends if you like not knowing about its actual plot for a good 60 minutes. Leading up to that point, the series of elongated experiences by our leads aren't powerful or concise enough to keep the story from falling apart. By the time it's all revealed, we've seen nothing more than several vignettes about our characters, the world around them, and the dream of Tomorrowland that's largely been abandoned. All of that wonder gets sucked away in a second/third act that ate far more dark than they need to be. An entity, convinced that the Earth needs to be destroyed to be saved, is a notion already played out this year in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and here the message is too clunky and boring to keep our interest.
Say what you want about negativity in movies these days, but when Bird suggests that all of it is due to a race of robots who've broadcast negative feelings through a wormhole, and that the end result has no effect on Tomorrowland, one cannot help but scratch their head. What is the purpose of a movie with such a seemingly contradictory message? No matter, because Bird is here to wow us...by hiding a 19th Century rocket inside the Eiffel Tower? The resulting launch emits an EMP that wipes out all of the electronic devices in Paris; how that's critical or even necessary to the story isn't important, because we're here to entertained by Mouse House, right? Not really: it comes off looking like the Free Mason's underground structures in National Treasure or the hidden rooms and devices in The daVinci Code, but with little glue to keep this model spaceship from breaking up during launch. There are important and perhaps challenging themes to debate here, but the PG-rated packaging seems like the wrong place to do that. Moreover, there's the sense that Tomorrowland itself is just a place for a certain type of person, namely someone smarter (and therefore better) than everyone on Earth, who when released from our chaotic world will leave all the stupid people to destroy themselves. Instead of trying to bring the world of Tomorrowland to Earth, Writers Damon Lindelof and Bird choose the easy way out: feed Earth what it wants so that it will be destroyed. But why? What does Laurie's character and Tomorrowland get for that?
And then there's the shameless branding that happens throughout, from the multiple Star Wars references to the "It's a Small World" ride and the look of Tomorrowland itself. It's terrific that Disney is trying to push the idea of the role of youth in the development of science and technology; but its self-congratulatory nature does nothing to encourage their intended audience. Roles outside of Clooney and Robertson are terribly one-layered, including Laurie as the one-note bad guy. He really has no purpose here than to be the antagonist for Frank, desiring to destroy Earth without even telling us why it's needed. As I've already said this season, it feels like there's a much longer (and perhaps better?) cut of Tomorrowland out there (see: Avengers). With such a long-winded beginning, I have to believe that other acts would have benefited from such treatment. The production values by Bird's team are excellent, including the city itself and Clooney's rather ramshackle of a farm house. Both serve as the dream of Tomorrowland lost on a people obsessed with conflict and the darkness that has engulfed our society. One of the best scenes of film happens at that farmhouse, as Casey and Frank are pursued by robotic agents left on Earth to watch Frank; when it' attacked, he employs some genius suppression measures to deal with them. But while he lets Clooney and newbie Robertson (who's excellent by the way) do a lot of the heavy lifting, not much of what they say amounts to much. Good reveals and character interplay are the hallmarks of good filmmaking; here, all the joy of scientific discovery promised in its very good teaser trailer are almost completely lost. And why call a movie Tomorrowland, when our characters spend so much away from it?
In the end, Tomorrowland tries to be too much, wasting every asset of its excellent cast and stunning special effects. Its soapbox dialogue and meandering plot won't inspire children in the least, when they've already seen a rocket-powered genius (Iron Man), a worrisome scientist (Bruce Banner) and an evil organization (Hydra) done much better in other Disney properties. I applaud the studio's bold idea for a movie; I criticize them for mishandling its promise so profusely. Tomorrowland is rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language and has a runtime of 130 minutes. Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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New Clips From #INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3

These new clips from INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 will paralyze you with fear!

“What’s Happening”


Watch the all the clips after the Jump...

"Cross My Heart"


"Unexpected Caller"


The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.


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#SHAUNTHESHEEPMOVIE New Trailer

A BRAND NEW trailer has been released starring your favorite farm friends from the SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE! From the creators of “Chicken Run,” Aardman Animations brings you a charming story about family, fun, and facing your fears.



Grab a sneak peek of the events that follow Shaun and his flock when they decide to take the day off and end up on a great escape to the big city in the trailer below! And make sure you catch their whole adventure in theaters on FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2015.

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Lionsgate presents a Studiocanal and Aardman Animations production.

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