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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Exclusive Interview With Sebastian Gutierrez Part One

Last week I had the chance to have an Exclusive interview with Sebastian Gutierrez the director of ELEKTRA LUXX and Girl Walks Into a Bar. Also, the screenwriter for such films as The Big Bounce, The Eye, Snakes on a Plane and the above mentioned films.

This is part one of a two part interview with the director.

A little of back ground history on Sebastián Gutiérrez, he was born September 10, 1974 and is an award-winning Venezuelan-American film director, screenwriter, film producer and occasional actor. He won the Critics' Award at the Festival du Film Policier de Cognac for his directorial debut Judas Kiss.

We talked about the film Elektra Luxx, how the casting process was, the third film in the series and if its going to happen. Make sure to go out and see this film!

You can watch the internet exclusive film Girl Walks Into A Bar,  now the entire film is streaming on YouTube. Touted as the “First Major Motion Picture Made For The Internet,”  Girl Walks Into A Bar has a large cast including Carla Gugino (of course), Zachary Quinto, Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Robert Forster, and Alexis Bledel.

Enjoy the interview and the Movie after the Jump...

The first question I ask is can you give me some background on the character of ELEKTRA LUXX, the film  for people who are unfamiliar with the movie and characters.

The movie before this is called Women In Trouble, and you did not have to necessarily have to have seen the previous film to understand this story. That film (Women In Trouble) is about ten different women one day in LA. In various phrases as the title implies. The character Elektra Luxx who is played by Carla Gugino finds out that she is pregnant with a love child by this rock star played by Josh Brolin in the first movie and at the end of the movie she is trying to figure out what to do with her life. And it is strongly suggested that she is going to quit the porn business. Cause she feels that she is too smart for it and she doesn't understand how she ended up there. But she has no real skills in the civilian world. So when this movie picks up (Elekrta Luxx), it takes place over one day in the life of the character Elekrta Luxx, who we find now about a month later after the events of the previous movie, is teaching a Sex Ed. class to a bunch of housewive's at a local community college.

And she has no idea how she can get along in world, she doesn't have very many friends, she is very novel and judgmental person who doesn't have very many marketable skills. And her only friend really is the Virgin Mary. Which is complicated when you make your living as an adult film star. So she has alot of catholic guilt and regret.

The movie is structured sorta like a soap opera, in that, there is three revolving storylines that revolve around Elekrta. There are a couple of characters from the other movie. One is the Joseph Gordon-Levitt character who is a blogger, who from his basement is the narrator of the movie and who is obsessed with Elekrta Luxx. And he holds her in this highest means, so in this way he is this hopeless romantic. You would think he was this sneaky kind of guy cause he is blogging about porn star, but he is deeply in love with her. And how he thinks she is a goddess.

Another character is Holly Rocket played by Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights & Upcoming Wonder Woman) and who was also in Women in Trouble. All these character are stereotypes that we are trying to find the other side of. And Holly Rocket is the proverbial dumb blonde but she really isn't that dumb. She is wired in a different way and befuddled by the world.

She is off on a Mexico vacation with her best friend Bambi who is played by Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) both her and Elektra, the theme of the movie is really is that they do not want to be on sale any more. And that is the hidden theme of the story.

How did you interconnect all the stories in the film so well?

Interesting question. I think we all know what an ensemble cast movie looks like, and usually then tend to the way all the people come together like a car crash or something like that and that becomes a very important central element, and here because Women in Trouble came out of doing separate short stories that each one was about one character and then figuring out like, well this one is the sister of this one and that how this relates to that. It wasn't really an afterthought but less important how they were going to connect. And the character's we bring from the previous film to this one already have a connection to the point that if you watching this movie you may not understand why we are following these two women.

I really think the answer to your question is if you making an Indie movie or your trying to experiment with stuff that main stream movie doesn't allow you to do. And that is the point of making the movie. Your really encouraged to take chances of stuff that might seem like they are more like a jigsaw puzzle. That eventually when the third movie is made and boxed together in a DVD boxset, hopefully you can follow one story line into another. It behaves more like a graphic novel where you can grab one character here and make it bigger here. I was just interested in these characters.

So we are going to see a third movie?

Well, there is a script written but the cast has gotten so huge and so busy. That a big part of the production thing is figuring out how to juggle everybody's schedule.  Everybody is game we just need to figure when and how. The script is written and is entirely different movie then these two. I have been asked that you decide to make a trilogy and our answer is with a wink. But when you make a movie for ten days with people you like and exploring alittle bit about one character, it would be cool to put these characters in different situations to see what happens all the sudden it becomes why not. Some people say how can there be a sequel I haven't heard of the first film.

I am envious of novelists who can grab a character from one story and put them in another story. The third movie will be sorta of a rogue movie, completely different then the previous two.

So what is the title of the Third film?

It's called Women In Ecstasy.

How were you able to put together such an amazing cast? With huge stars such as Carla Gugino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adrianne Palicki, and so on. Being an indie filmmaker I know that it is harder to get huge Hollywood talent on such a tight budget.

I can tell that from a production stand point with ELEKTRA LUXX it was simpler because we had Women in Trouble to show the cast. Some of the actors I didn't know or who were a friends of a friend, that I could approach. I need you in LA, most actors live in LA. For two days or one days. You have to understand that these movies people come out and they do 5 or 10 pages a day so it is much like theater. And requires a very specific kind of actor or actress who is alittle crazy and willing to do that. Because the pace of a main stream movie you might spend all day shooting a one minute long scene and here you might here your doing like ten minutes. Some actors find that exhilarating but I think that the trick is then writing parts and offering the part to the actors that they normally don't get offered.

Part two of the interview will be up later this week. Make sure to go out to the theaters and see ELEKTRA LUXX, and check out the Girls Walk Into a Bar Girl Walks Into A Bar, below. Touted as the “First Major Motion Picture Made For The Internet,”

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Eastbound & Down To Continue On?

Is Eastbound & Down really ending after Season 3? Not so fast.

"We’ve always imagined this thing as something that we would keep short and not give it a chance to get old," executive producer and star Danny McBride said to the audience at PaleyFest on Thursday night after revealing that the new season was most likely its last.

So where does that leave HBO?

Despite what was said by McBride and fellow executive producer Jody Hill, the series could very much go on past the show’s upcoming third season.

There is interest from HBO to continue the half-hour comedy -- as long as McBride and Hill have more to say.

The comedy has not been a breakout hit for the network in the vein of Boardwalk Empire, True Blood or Entourage, drawing 1.35 million viewers for its second season finale in November. The series did, however, regularly outperform HBO’s Bored to Death in the ratings.

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Conan The Barbarian Teaser Trailer Starring Jason Momoa

Today Crom has shined down upon us. And delivered the teaser trailer for Conan the Barbarian. The film is based on the character Conan the Barbarian created by Robert E. Howard. It is a new adaptation, separate from the earlier 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger films.

The film is set to star Jason Momoa in the lead role, being supported by Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Bob Sapp and Rachel Nichols, with Marcus Nispel directing.

Watch the trailer after the Jump...

After his father is murdered and village destroyed, Conan ventures into an unforgiving world where he survives as a thief, pirate, and warrior. On his path of wanton adventure and women, Conan chances upon the warlord responsible his tribe’s destruction. As he tracks Khalar Zym, Conan battles monsters, Zym's henchmen, and Marique, a powerful witch.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

J.J. Abram's Super 8 Trailer. And We Don't Mean The Hotel Chain

We have the full trailer for J.J. Abram's upcoming film Super 8. Super 8 is an upcoming science fiction film written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, and Kyle Chandler, due to be released on June 10, 2011 in both conventional and IMAX theatres.

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The Paramount Pictures release is set in Ohio in 1979 and introduces a troupe of six youngsters who are using a Super 8 camera to make their own zombie movie. One fateful night, their project takes them to a lonely stretch of rural railroad tracks and, as the camera rolls, calamity strikes — a truck collides with an oncoming locomotive and a hellacious derailment fills the night with screaming metal and raining fire. Then something emerges from the wreckage, something decidedly inhuman.

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Sylvester Stallone Will Not Direct The Expendables 2

Fans of 'The Expendables" have been clamoring for a sequel since the final round of alter kocker gunfire went off last summer.

Now it looks like they'll get their wish-- but without Sylvester Stallone behind the camera.

The follow-up movie is a priority at producer Millennium Films, where it's being developed by Stallone, the creative force behind the original. But Stallone, who both starred in and directed the 2010 summer hit, isn't, at the moment, planning on helming the new movie. Instead, he's been meeting with directors to tackle the sequel, said a person who was briefed on the project but was not authorized to speak about it publicly.

The script for the new movie has been written by David Agosto and Ken Kaufman, the latter of whom counts the Clint Eastwood adventure "Space Cowboys" and family comedy "Curious George" among his credits, said the source. (Stallone co-wrote the script for the original with David Callaham.)

A spokeswoman for Millennium declined to comment.

Made essentially outside the studio system and distributed by Lionsgate, "The Expendables" became a $275-million global grosser on the strength of an action-hero ensemble cast that included Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin. In the movie, a motley crew of action heroes gather to overthrow a South American despot. There's no word yet on the mission in the new movie.

Stallone has been talking about an "Expendables" sequel since before the first movie opened, telling 24 Frames last August that he "had an idea ready to go," and adding that he's "going to try to do something that's quite radical." He's subsequently said he'd like to dial in new characters and reduce the role of older characters.

Some of the casting speculation for a possible sequel has centered on Bruce Willis getting a larger role, fueled by Stallone's tweet last summer that he wanted the actor as a "super villain." But maybe more intriguing is the prospect of Arnold Schwarzenegger making an appearance: The former governor had a walk-on part in the first "Expendables." But he has a lot more time now that Sacramento has made him, well, you know.

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Julianne Moore To Star As Sarah Palin In HBO's Game Change

Oscar nominee Julianne Moore has landed the starring role of Sarah Palin in HBO’s adaptation of the bestselling book Game Change.

Moore (Boogie Nights, Eagle Eye) will take the sure-to-be-buzzed-about role of the Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee in the HBO film.

Game Change is directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, who previously teamed for HBO’s docudrama on the 2000 election drama, Recount. It’s based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin following John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

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I Challenge You To Help The Red Cross For Japan's Earthquake And Pacific Tsunami Relief

Here are two paragraphs from this Yahoo news story:

The quake was nearly 8,000 times stronger than one that struck New Zealand late last month, devastating the city of Christchurch.

“The energy radiated by this quake is nearly equal to one month’s worth of energy consumption” in the United States, U.S. Geological Survey Scientist Brian Atwater told The Associated Press.

All of the news and social networking outlets are flooded with information about the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan. A significant part of my twitter community is involved in comic book, TV, entertainment websites and movie superheroes. It's almost too easy to imagine Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman racing to Japan to put out oil refinery fires, stabilize "at risk" nuclear reactors, and evacuate the thousands of injured victims.

This tragedy hits home with me the most. My mother is 100% Japanese born and raised, and so am I . We have many family relatives living in Japan and as we speak have been unable to get in touch with them due to the whole telephone issue they are having over there. Many of my friends I went to school with still live and work there also.

Are you up for a Challenge?

I have made my donation have you?

So I CHALLENGE all the Movie Bloggers, Movie Websites, Their Staff or anyone in the entertainment media to donate money to this good cause. Don't have that Starbucks today or maybe stay home for dinner tonight. We all work hard for our money and I am asking for you to take 5 minutes out of your day for a good cause and do something to change a person life that maybe in need.

We live in the real world. There are no Superheroes...


I'm not suggesting that we can put on a costume, exercise heretofore unknown super abilities, and "save the day", but we can do something more than sit around and watch it all happen on CNN.

Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

Or Donate to Salvation Army. like elguapo1 did Text the words "Japan" or "Quake" to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

Please pass this information on your website,Twitter and Facebook. Let's make a difference!

For instance, New York City will help direct local donations to quake and tsunami victims and there is very likely a local or national group you can donate to, as well. Google has already pitched in by launching a person finder for Japanese quake victims, so if you work in technology, you may be able to leverage your skills and your business to assist.

This is a link to a Reuters.com page containing links to a number of ways you can help the Japan quake victims.

Whoever you are, where ever you live, you don't have to turn into someone else and use fantastic, metahuman powers to make a difference. You can help by being just who you are. The only power you need to have is the power of compassion and the will to act on your humanity.

Be a hero. Help.

The Japan Earthquake Seen by Millions of Digital Cameras (Updating Live)

Written with the help and research of Jonathan Cyfer


Warrior Poster Starring Tom Hardy & Nick Nolte

The poster was posted by Jennifer Morrison (who also stars in the film) on her Facebook wall,

Warrior is an upcoming action drama film about mixed martial arts set to be released on September 9, 2011 by Lionsgate. The film will star Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones), Justin Berg, Jennifer Morrison (How I Met Your Mother) and Pro Wrestler Kurt Angle. The movie will be directed by Gavin O'Connor and produced by Greg O'Connor

A former boxer (Nolte), whose alcoholism tore apart his family, welcomes back his youngest son (Hardy) and trains him to compete in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the son on a collision course with his older brother (Edgerton).

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Source-Via: Cinemablend

Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Look: X-Men: First Class Lucas Till As Havoc

X-Men: First Class material continues today, we get a glimpse of Lucas Till as Havoc.

Havok (Alexander "Alex" Summers) is a fictional character, a mutant superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe and member of the X-Men. He first appears in Uncanny X-Men #54 (March 1969), and was created by Arnold Drake, Don Heck and Neal Adams.

Havok generates powerful “plasma blasts”, an ability he has had difficulty controlling. He is the son of Corsair, the younger brother of the X-Men’s Cyclops and older brother of Vulcan. He often resents Cyclops’ authoritative attitude and reputation as a model X-Man.

To watch the trailer and view images from it Click Here.


X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

The film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) directs, and the producers are Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer. Singer, who helmed the acclaimed blockbusters “X-Men” and “X2,” wrote the story for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Coming To Nickelodeon

A bevy of young stars are scheduled to entertain advertisers at Nickelodeon’s upfront presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall on Thursday.

The top-rated kids network – which is still the ratings leader in an increasingly crowded kids market that now includes Discovery/Hasbro joint venture The Hub, PBS Kids Sprout and Disney Junior – will also feature a preview of the its upcoming CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot introduced by actor Jason Biggs, who voices Leonardo.

Nickelodeon is adding four new animated series to its preschool roster including a new edition of the Beatrix Potter classic Peter Rabbit. The net has ordered 26-episodes of The Tales if Peter Rabbit – which is targeted for a 2012 debut. Nickelodeon will produce the series in conjunction with Chorion and Potter publisher Frederick Warne & Co.

In fact, the net is doubling down on animation, rolling out 450 episodes of animation programming over the next three years with nearly 200 episodes slated for Saturday mornings next year.

The animation initiative includes more episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Penguins of Madagascar, Fanboy and Chum Chum and T.U.F.F. Puppy.

New series include: Italian import Winx Club; The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra; the aforementioned Ninja Turtles, which is set to bow in fourth quarter 2012; and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Nick’s latest partnership with DreamWorks Animation.

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The Smurfs Trailer Starring An All-Star Cast

The new trailer for The Smurfs is here.

The Smurfs is an upcoming live-action/CGI-animated family film directed by Raja Gosnell, written by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria and Sofía Vergara, with the voices of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Jeff Foxworthy, Paul Reubens, Alan Cumming, and George Lopez. Produced by Jordan Kerner, the film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures.

It will be the first CGI/live-action hybrid film in The Smurfs franchise.

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Set in the Middle Ages, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and his cat, Azrael, discover the Smurfs' village and chase them into some woods. The Smurfs get scattered and Clumsy Smurf (voiced by Anton Yelchin) wanders into a "forbidden" grotto and some of the other Smurfs follow. But Papa Smurf just warns about the grotto, where all Smurfs should never go into this little cave. Since it's also a blue moon, a magical portal within the grotto transports them into present-day Central Park in New York.[3] They take shelter with a married couple (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) and try to find a way back to their village before Gargamel finds them.

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Footage From Immortals Will Be Shown At Wonder Con Starring Cavill, Lutz And Rourke

If all the Green Lantern goodness doesn’t convince you to go WonderCon, maybe this will:

Immortals, the Tarsem Singh-directed Greek god epic from Relativity, will have its first-look at the San Francisco event, which runs April 1 to 3.

Also there will be some of the cast, including Henry Cavill, the British actor recently cast as Superman. Also on tap are Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rourke and Isabel Lucas. Singh will be there as will the producers, Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton.

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Cast and filmmakers to present first footage of the film and host panel discussion.

Saturday, April 2

5:00 PM – Footage and Panel – Main Hall

In case you’re wondering what Immortals is all about, here’s the synopsis:

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.

As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

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No Sequel For A-Team

The A-Team’s potential for a sequel was always in the balance – and now, from Bradley Cooper's very own mouth, it seems there definitely won’t be a follow-up.

He was asked  “Any news on the A-Team 2? Will there be one? I thought it was great and my friends felt the same.”

Bradley’s response: “I loved it too. But unfortunately, outside of you, a few of your friends and myself, there just wasn't enough revenue to supply a second instalment of that franchise.”

This is a great shame in our opinion, as though The A-Team wasn’t a perfect movie, it was a big bag of fun.

If you look at the numbers, the US haul clocked in at $77 million, and the rest of the world, $100 million. Its budget was $110, so there’s $67 million there to pay for all the marketing (and there was a lot).

This just wasn’t enough for a mid-summer blockbuster – and maybe releasing it during the World Cup opening weekend wasn’t a great idea in hindsight.

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Matthew McConaughey Joins The Dallas Buyer's Club

There are few movie projects in Hollywood that have had as as many big-name supporters -- and stops and starts -- as "The Dallas Buyer's Club."

A 1980s-set true story about a trafficker in illegal AIDS drugs, the drama has attracted some of the movie world's biggest names over the past decade.

The movie tells of Ron Woodroof, a heterosexual Dallas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, during some of the darkest days of the disease. Doctors gave him just a few months to live, but he refused to accept their prognosis. Instead, Woodroof created a smuggling operation for alternative treatments, then illegal, and got them into the hands of as many AIDS patients as he could. He wound up living six more years and saved or prolonged the lives of countless others.

Brad Pitt was interested in starring in it for years. Top-flight filmmaker Marc Forster had at one time been set to direct it. "Babel" scribe Guillermo Ariaga once wrote a draft of the script, back in 2002. The producers of "Children of Men," Strike Entertainment, have long been on board to produce it.

In 2008, the project seemed to get new life when reports had Ryan Gosling coming on to star, with his "Lars & the Real Girl" director, Craig Gillespie, behind the camera. That didn't take either.

Now the project has a new A-lister and an emerging director who will again try to put it over the top: Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in the movie, the actor confirms, while "The Young Victoria" filmmaker Jean Marc Vallee will direct it.

The project fits with McConaughey's desire to delve further into serious roles -- he stars in the upcoming legal drama "The Lincoln Lawyer" -- and, as a bonus, is set in the actor's native Texas.

Once a Universal project, the film is now making a go of it as an independent. "It's not exactly the movie that studios are throwing money at these days," McConaughey told 24 Frames.

What's so appealing about "Dallas Buyer's Club"? Well, probably the same thing that's made it so difficult to get produced: a juicy but commercially challenging story.

McConaughey hopes he can be the man who finally gets Woodroof's tale told. "It's a great script and a great story," he said. "And I think it can be a great movie."

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New Kung Fu Panda 2 Character Posters

Kung Fu Panda 2's Facebook page has unleashed some new characters to the world.

The original cast will return Jack Black along with Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Randall Duk Kim, James Hong and Jackie Chan. With new comers Jean-Claude Van Damme, James Woods and Gary Oldman joining the cast.

First up we have The Wolf Boss and his pack were once guards in Gongmen City’s royal palace. Now he is Lord Shen’s most loyal servant, military strategist and trusted right paw.

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The aged Soothsayer has been advisor to the Peacocks, rulers of Gongmen City, her entire life. She is wise and gifted with knowledge of the future.

The Gorillas are the muscle in Lord Shen’s army. If his evil schemes require any heavy lifting, they’ll be the ones doing it. Shen’s personal guard is made up entirely of these powerful (and powerfully large) brutes, who are honor bound to their master.

Lord Shen is hyper intelligent, supremely lethal, and burns with ambition. It’s a combustible combination. He’s intent on wiping out kung fu and taking over China. That puts him on a collision course with Po and The Five.


Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.

It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

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BELLFLOWER's SXSW 2011 Premiere Inforamtion & Poster

We're excited to share the new teaser poster for Evan Glodell's BELLFLOWER, which hits theaters this summer!

Visionary filmmaker Evan Glodell will be celebrating his SXSW 2011 premiere of Oscilloscope Laboratories' BELLFLOWER this weekend by unveiling his hand-crafted, road ready and apocalypse- equipped car - Medusa. This unforgettable machine creates some of the film's most high-octane moments amidst the romance cum revenge-fantasy tale of Woodrow's journey of love, betrayal and vengeance.

Glodell, a former engineering student, constructed Medusa to be a real-life road monster. Unlike the Batmobile, Glodell's Medusa is the real deal - no CGI or special camera tricks needed...the extraordinary features you see in the film are the same features you will see when you meet Medusa in person!

Medusa is equipped with two fuel injected exhaust flamethrowers with a 30,000 volt ignition system, smoke screen, a bleach drift-kit, adjustable rear suspension, 3 surveillance cameras (all in which are controlled from the dashboard), a customized apocalypse exhaust system, 6-71 Supercharger, posi rear end, a self-contained oxygen supply for chemical or underwater warfare, a roll cage, stow-able fold-down back seat and occasionally holds a sawed-off shotgun in the trunk in case of emergency.

Medusa is available for demonstrations throughout the 2011 SXSW Film Festival!

BELLFLOWER was a critic and audience favorite at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for its visceral energy and gorgeous imagery all of which come together in a story of love and explicit mayhem on the outskirts of L.A.

"Evan Glodell is the writer, director, star and editor of "Bellflower," this crazy movie about these kids who live in Oxnard, California, who build their own flame throwers and are obsessed with the apocalypse," says Karina Longworth (NPR and LA Weekly) "And it's a romance but the romance and the apocalypse elements are completely fused together, and it's really violent and bloody. And it's wonderful."

BELLFLOWER will be released by Oscilloscope Laboratories on July 22nd, 2011

Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building Mad Max inspired flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in preparation for a global apocalypse in which their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa" can emerge on top. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.

TRT: 105 minutes


Saturday, March 12th at 9:00pm - Alamo Ritz 1 - Premiere
Monday, March 14th at 6:45pm - Alamo Lamar A - Screening #2
Thursday, March 17th at 9:00pm - Alamo Lamar A - Screening #3

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Tiger Industry Films, the boutique production and distribution collective today announced the release plan of its new film SURROGATE VALENTINE via movies-on-demand platform of major national cable systems, including Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Dish Network, and Direct TV. Premiering at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, the film will be available for a limited time on DVD during the festival run and on VOD starting fall of 2011.

The creative team behind SURROGATE VALENTINE previously released director Dave Boyle's comedy WHITE ON RICE in 2009 theatrically (with co-distributor Variance Films) and on DVD. While embracing the popular VOD platform, Tiger Industry Films will also make a limited number of DVDs available for purchase during the film's festival run. The team is excited to bring its new film to a wider audience and look beyond the traditional release plan of an independent film.

SURROGATE VALENTINE is Boyle's follow up to WHITE ON RICE. It is a sweet romantic comedy about San Francisco musician & rising star Goh Nakamura's (playing himself) life of solitude being disrupted when he is hired to teach TV actor Danny Turner (Chadd Stoops) how to play guitar for an upcoming film. Hellbent on accurately portraying Goh's mellow vibe for his role, Danny meticulously studies his every move. Together, the two embark on a hilarious West Coast adventure involving live gigs, groupies, shotgun-wielding record exes and an unexpected friendship. Along the way, Goh discovers that Danny may be the missing puzzle piece in his life-long chase for Rachel (Lynn Chen), the one that got away.

The film will be showcased in other major festivals after its premiere at SXSW next month.

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Surrogate Valentine Trailer HD from goh nakamura on Vimeo.

Dave Boyle, director/co-founder of Tiger Industry Films said, "On VOD and DVD alone, WHITE ON RICE returned three times the budget of SURROGATE VALENTINE. So it makes sense for us to go those routes with the festival run as the theatrical. We've found an economic model for our films that is sustainable through self-distribution."

Michael Lerman, producer/co-founder of Tiger Industry Films said, "Everyone keeps talking about new versus old models of distribution and we're really thrilled that SURROGATE VALENTINE has found its correct place in that conversation. We're by no means turning towards 'The Way of the Future,' but, as we prepare to go back into production again in August on a new film, we're just excited we've found a way to keep making movies."

SURROGATE VALENTINE is the Closing Night film for the 29th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition collectible DVDs which include a digital download for the soundtrack by lead actor and composer Goh Nakamura and an HD version of the film. The soundtrack will be made available as a 7" vinyl single, with a digital download code for both the complete soundtrack as well as the HD version of the film.

Both items, along with the DVD and other merchandise, will also be sold through the official website www.surrogatevalentine.com following the SXSW premiere.

Tiger Industry Films was founded in 2007 by Dave Boyle and Michael Lerman as a boutique production and distribution collective dedicated to finding sustainable models for personal, director-driven filmmaking. Past productions include NATURAL CAUSES (directed by Lerman along with Tiger co-heads Alex Cannon and Paul Cannon), which premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival. In 2009, the company partnered with Variance Films and co-distributed Boyle's comedy WHITE ON RICE. For SURROGATE VALENTINE press inquires:

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

50 Cent's "Things Fall Apart" Trailer

Today we got our hands on the unofficial trailer for the new film "Things Fall Apart" starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Mario Van Peebles and Ray Liotta. First I gotta say the quality on the video is bad, but for you fans we deliver what we can.

I have a strong feeling this movie will be going straight to DVD soon.

The film is a sports drama centered around Jackson’s amazing college football career and then something goes extremely wrong.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson wants to be a real actor and he will do whatever it takes even if that means losing more then 50 pounds. 50 Cent lost a lot of weight for his upcoming movie "Things Fall Apart".

To read more about his weight loss click HERE..

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Bidding War For Voltron Film Is On & Cartoon Update

Attention, robot nostalgists: Your dreams of a big-screen adaptation of the 1984 animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe are one step closer to becoming CGI reality! Vulture hears that a bidding war has broken out to finance a Transformers-size blockbuster retelling of the legend of the iconic robotic lions and their human pilots; Ryan Kavanaugh's deep-pocketed Relativity Media is one of the very interested parties trying to sell itself to World Events Productions, the St. Louis–based company behind the original show.

Atlas Entertainment producers Charles Roven (The Dark Knight Rises) and Richard Suckle had been developing a script with screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (who wrote the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot), and concept art had leaked last fall. But considering how long this project has been rumored, rudimentary-anime fetishists dared not raise their hopes. Now, news of the eager big-money suitors means this could finally actually happen. Considering the show became an international pop-culture hit at the beginning of the second Reagan administration, one has to ask, "What took so long?"

The answer lies in the show’s mongrel beginnings. Its creator, Peter Keefe (who sadly didn’t live long enough to see his creation reach Tinseltown), concocted the syndicated TV series as an ersatz mixtape, splicing together footage from two esoteric and totally unrelated Japanese anime series. By editing out the Japanese dialogue, music, and seemingly ubiquitous beheadings and disembowelments, Keefe was able to get the show to comply with U.S. broadcast standards, and it became a totally unqualified — and unexpected — global hit.

But while overnight international TV success of Voltron led to interest from Hollywood, World Events’s owner, Ted Koplar, found that the maker of the original Japanese shows, Toei Animation Co. Ltd., was suddenly interested in getting paid; Japanese lawyers would frequently appear demanding payment whenever a Hollywood television studio grew interested.

In 2000, Koplar finally acquired the full rights to Voltron from Toei, freeing him up to develop a TV series. But big-screen producers were also interested: Mark Gordon, the producer of Grey’s Anatomy, developed it as a feature film from 2005 to 2007, setting it up at the 20th Century Fox–based New Regency with backing from Relativity Media. However, that deal fell apart amid new legal challenges from Toei, which insisted the previous TV agreements did not include movies.

However, that discrepancy was finally worked out, and now World Events has both a Voltron TV series and a feature film in the works: Voltron Force will air on the Viacom-owned Nicktoons channel this May.

World Events executive VP Robert Koplar (son of Ted) declined to comment on whether Relativity Media would release the Voltron film itself (entirely possible, given its absorption of two-thirds of the staff of Overture Films last year) or if World Events's recent deal with Viacom’s Nicktoons means that sister company Paramount Pictures could handle it, but he did note that development is proceeding apace, and that regardless, the film will likely be ready to hit theaters by 2013 or by 2014 at the latest — just in time for its 30th birthday.

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Cars 2 Trailer Is Here

New Cars 2 trailer is here. And we have it for you. This is an extended trailer from the previous one that we have seen before.

Cars 2 is an upcoming computer-animated 3-D film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It will be the sequel to the 2006 film, Cars. It will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and is scheduled for release in theaters on June 24, 2011. Ratatouille producer Brad Lewis and John Lasseter will co-direct.

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Lightning McQueen, his pit crew and his new crew chief, Mater, head around the world for the "Race of Champions" taking place in five different countries: Japan, Austria, Italy, a 24-hour race in France and the United Kingdom. However, Mater, involved in a case of mistaken identity, saves the life of a British secret agent named Finn McMissile and finds himself embroiled in his world of international espionage.

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Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM Villain Is Revealed.

El Mayimbe from Latino Review is one hell of a scooper. The man has got sources working everywhere.

Heres the breaking news that he has delivered today.

According to their sources, Wagner Moura, best known to film audiences for playing Colonel Nascimento in the kickass Brazilian films ELITE SQUAD 1 and 2, has booked a villain role in Neill Blomkamp’s ELYSIUM.

Moura will join Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, and Jodie Foster in the sci fi film which shoots this summer.

Visual Futurist Syd Mead (BLADE RUNNER) is set designing.

What is Elysium about?

All I know is that sci fi film is set 100 years in the future and according to Blomkamp “is set on another planet, but it's cool. It's violent, very violent, and very unique hopefully.”

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25th Anniversary Edition of STAND BY ME Information

On behalf of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we are excited to announce that the 25th Anniversary Edition of STAND BY ME will be available on Blu-ray for the first time on March 22nd.

Who doesn't have a fond memory of this movie? The search for the dead body,pie eating contest. Sick Balls, or just the story of friendship.

STAND BY ME is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up.

In a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends--sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O'Connell)--are in search of a missing teenager's body. Wanting to be heroes in each other's and their hometown's eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss 'cause it's cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town's knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. STAND BY ME is a rare and special film about friendship and the indelible experiences of growing up. Filled with humor and suspense, STAND BY ME is based on the novella 'The Body' by Stephen King.

Special Features:
Audio Commentary with Director Rob Reiner
"Exclusive Featurette "Walking the Tracks: The Summer of STAND BY ME including interviews with Stephen King and Rob Reiner"
25 Years Later: A Picture-in-Picture Commentary Retrospective with Director Rob Reiner and Actors Wil Wheaton & Corey Feldman
STAND BY ME Music Video

Wil Wheaton
River Phoenix
Corey Feldman
Jerry O'Connell
Kiefer Sutherland
Casey Siemaszko
Gary Riley
Bradley Gregg
Jason Oliver

Rob Reiner
Based on a Work by:
Stephen King

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Noomi Rapace Talks "Prometheus"

The "Prometheus" cast is starting to fill out with acclaimed actors including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. But for many, it all starts with Noomi Rapace, the leading lady in Ridley Scott's hotly anticipated return to the science fiction genre.

Currently best known for playing Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Rapace is set for the role of scientist Elizabeth Shaw, the supposed protagonist of "Prometheus." It's a daunting prospect for any actor who hopes to take the reins of an "Alien" spinoff from former leading lady Sigourney Weaver, but as Rapace explains it, the comparisons between Shaw and Ripley won't last for long.

"She's definitely her own [character]," Rapace told us during a recent interview on the set of "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," adding that "Prometheus" does indeed have connections to the "Alien" series.

"She's a scientist and is very bright," she continued. "She's a believer. I think there are some similarities, but she's very much her own. I don't think people will compare her so much to Ripley once they see the movie."

Rapace was the first actor officially cast in "Prometheus," giving her plenty of time to build a working relationship with Scott.

"It's a great honor and I'm really excited," she said of working with the acclaimed director. "I've met him maybe seven or eight times and he's so passionate. He really loves movies. He watches movies every night. He's seen everything. We had a long chat on the phone — he's in LA now — about my character. I have many ideas and he has many ideas, and now we're starting to search and try to find her."

They better find her fast, too, as Rapace starts working on "Prometheus" by the end of the month: "I'm jumping into that straight off of ['Sherlock Holmes 2']. My character's name is Elizabeth Shaw, and I'll step into her shoes in March and be her for six months or something. It's quite a long shoot. It's unbelievable."

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Marc Forster o Direct The Runner

Walt Disney Pictures has acquired The Runner, a pitch for a futuristic science fiction film that will be written by Dave Andron as a potential directing vehicle for Marc Forster. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer is producing with Forster's Apparatus Entertainment partner Brad Simpson. Andron hatched the NBC reinvention of Knight Rider, and he's supervising producer of the FX series Justified.

The premise: In the year 2027, Earth's surface has been rendered uninhabitable due to a devastating attack. A group of survivors living in the Rocky Mountains have discovered a way to send a man back in time.

While the volunteer departs under the guise of trying to stop the devastating attack, he has an ulterior motive: to save the love of his life. The concept was hatched by Andron with Blacklight Transmedia. Grazer's Imagine made a first-look deal with that company, which develops big idea concepts on multiple platforms. In this case, The Runner will be simultaneously developed for TV, video game, graphic novel, and for interactive content for hand held and mobile devices. Disney will be involved in all those other platforms. Blacklight's Zak Kadison will also produce and his partner Eric Lieb will be executive producer. Imagine's Erica Huggins is overseeing the project with Disney's Brigham Taylor and Tonia Davis.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Warner Bros.Offers Movies On Facebook

Warner Bros. is turning to Facebook, where it hopes to find an electronic audience interested in digitally renting The Dark Knight.

Warners said Monday that it is the first Hollywood studio to offer movies directly on Facebook. Friends of Christopher Nolan's Knight, the second of his two Batman movies, can rent the film by going to its official Facebook page and clicking a "rent" icon to apply Facebook Credits. The cost per rental is 30 Facebook Credits, or $3.

Viewers will have 48 hours from the purchase to watch the movie, which can be viewed full screen and also paused and resumed within that period. While watching the movie, consumers will also have full Facebook functionality, including the ability to post comments, interact with friends and update their status.

"Facebook has become a daily destination for hundreds of millions of people," said Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. "Making our films available through Facebook is a natural extension of our digital distribution efforts. It gives consumers a simple, convenient way to access and enjoy our films through the world's largest social network."

While the Knight offering is described as a test, Warners also said that additional titles for both rental and purchase will be rolled out over the coming months.

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