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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Camilla Belle Set To Star In Paradise Lost

Camilla Belle is Legendary Entertainment and Alex Proyas’ choice for the lead role of Eve in Paradise Lost. She would join Bradley Cooper as Lucifer and Benjamin Walker, who plays the archangel Michael in the action epic battle between good and evil that is inspired by the John Milton poem.

Belle starred in 10,000 B.C. and before that played Daniel Day-Lewis’ daughter in The Ballad of Jack and Rose. Let’s see if her deal works, but this is a role a lot of young actresses wanted. She sparks the war that began all wars for the future of mankind. Warner Bros is distributing and eyeing a fourth quarter 2013 release.

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STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA Best Selling Blu-ray of All-Time

Is this really a shocker. Everything thing Uncle George does turns into gold. 20th Century Fox are proud to announced that STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA pulled in over $84 Million in it's first week of sales making it the bestselling Blu-ray ever.

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that STAR WARS is the bestselling catalog Blu-ray Disc of all time with worldwide sales totaling one million units, including 515,000 units sold in North America in its first week alone. This represents $84 million in worldwide consumer spend including $38 million in North America – unprecedented for a nine-disc Blu-ray collection at a premium price.

The thirteen-month campaign to launch the SAGA Blu-ray and engage consumers around the globe began in August 2010. From Darth Vader at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a first look at San Diego Comic Con, a first-of-its-kind partnership with eBay, to creating the world’s largest lightsaber in the UK, the power of the Force continued to resonate around the world as fans came out in droves to have fun with that galaxy far, far away.

“Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrate Stars Wars continues to amaze us,” said Kayleen Walters, Senior Director, Marketing, Lucasfilm. “Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would.”

“Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago,” said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, Senior Vice President of International Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the Saga in the best possible quality.”

The comprehensive collection includes the six movies with unparalleled high-definition picture and sound quality, and features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.

Episodes I-III and IV-VI are also available as distinct Blu-ray Trilogy collections. Additionally, the Ask Vader app is now live in the iTunes store! You can download it via http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-wars-blu-ray-ask-vader/id464507311?mt=8.

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Isaac Asimov’s The Caves Of Steel Being Made Into A Film

20th Century Fox, which tapped into Isaac Asimov’s futuristic robot science fiction for I, Robot, is now working on a live-action adaptation of Asimov’s The Caves of Steel. The studio has set Henry Hobson to direct and John Scott 3 to adapt the murder mystery that was first published as a book in 1954. The director and writer are currently in pre-production on Maggie, a spec script that tracks the six-week metamorphosis of a 16-year-old girl into a zombie after she becomes infected and continues to live with her family. Trained at the Royal College of Art in London as a graphic designer, Hobson specializes in creating inventive title sequences for films that included Sherlock Holmes for Prologue Films. The scribe seems well suited to adapt Asimov’s visionary prose. When not writing scripts, Scott builds command systems for NASA’s flagship X-ray satellite. He works with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, which takes photos of X-ray photons in deep space.

The Caves of Steel will be produced by Simon Kinberg, the X-Men scribe whose Genre Films banner is based at the studio and who is right now producing the Neill Blomkamp-directed Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley. Similar to I, Robot (which Fox turned into a hit film with Will Smith), The Caves of Steel is a murder mystery that takes place 1,000 years in the future, on an overpopulated Earth where there is a phobia about robots. The title refers to giant city complexes that are necessary because Earth is so overpopulated. While robots are used for labor in outlying “spacer worlds” where the rich live on spacious parcels, the robots are outlawed on Earth. A Spacer Ambassador lobbying to loosen Earth’s anti-robot restrictions is found dead, his chest imploded by an energy blaster, and a detective is matched with a human-looking robot to solve the crime. Hobson is repped by CAA and Energy Entertainment.

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First Image Of The Cast From "Dark Shadows"

EW scored the first photo of Johnny Depp’s vampire from Dark Shadows!

Last week, long-range paparazzi shots of the actor wearing ghostly white makeup, large sunglasses and a pulled down fedora made fans of the original 1966-71 supernatural soap opera bristle nervously, with complaints he looked simply too strange.

Nevermind that he’s playing a 200-year-old vampire, which is strange enough.

As you can see from this cast shot, Depp’s bloodsucking pater familias Barnabas Collins actually borrows heavily from the aged-little boy look of original Dark Shadows star Jonathan Frid — not that anyone would be happy to see this guy show up as your prom date either.

Still, this official First Look may reassure those die-hard fans of the original series, memorably offbeat ABC daytime drama about a vampire whose extended family are bedeviled by ghosts, witches, and other gothic woes.

Depp, who fought for years to make this movie, is one of those fans. “I do remember, very vividly, practically sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins,” the actor says. “Even then, at that age, I knew — this has got to be weird.”

Weird certainly sums up this particular family portrait — a shot director Tim Burton, who also obsessed over Dark Shadows as a boy, staged in the early days of production.

“I remember seeing a group photograph of the cast of the original series,” he tells EW. “For me it captured the weird Dark Shadows vibe in a single image. I had a brief window of opportunity to have our cast present at the same time, the day before principle photography began. We decided to stage a similar picture instead of rehearsing, to see if we captured the Dark Shadows feeling.”

Here’s who those family members are, one by one.

Barnabas Collins (Depp) — He was an 18th century gentleman, a businessman just before the Revolutionary War, who was transformed against his will into a vampire and buried in a tomb for two centuries. After he finally emerges, uncovered by construction workers in the year 1972, he seeks out his descendants — as well as some long-ago foes and a possible lost love.
“He’s been alive this whole time and very hungry, with no idea what’s going on outside,” says screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which Burton is producing as a film.)
Barnabas is one vampire who is just as frightened of our times as we are of him, says producer Richard D. Zanuck: “Two-hundred years later, he’s suddenly walking into the town he saw being built and seeing girls in skirts, cars for the first time. It’s a man-out-of-time, supernatural horror story, but I put ‘horror’ in quotes.”
Despite his confusion, he’s still a ladies man. “In some sense he can be a terrifying killer; on the other hand, women have a weakness for him and he has a weakness for women,” Grahame-Smith says. “He can be a very well-mannered, well-meaning vampire most of the time, until his stomach is empty or someone challenges his beloved Collins family.”

Here’s that family, from left to right:

Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter) – From Alice in Wonderland’s Red Queen, to the cannibalistic cook Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Burton can’t help but cast the mother of his children as a deranged person. This prim and proper psychiatrist, who has taken up residence with the Collins family to care for their troubled youngest boy, might seem to break that trend — but don’t bet on it. “Dr. Hoffman’s been there for years, working with David [the little boy in the photo] but not making any progress. He still claims he sees ghosts and talks with his dead mother,” Grahame-Smith says. “She’s crazy but brilliant. Obviously she’s an eccentric, and definitely likes a drink or two. She’s definitely a little bit off her rocker, and is a woman with a lot of secrets herself.” The writer teases: “She’ll also become interested in Barnabas in more than one way. “

Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Moretz) — Though she played a voracious child vampire in the acclaimed (but little seen) Let Me In, Moretz is on the human side of the spectrum in Dark Shadows — though that doesn’t mean this cousin of young David Collins (and daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, seen on the far right) isn’t without her own peculiarities. “Carolyn is your typical early-1970s teenager,” Grahame-Smith says. “She likes her music and likes her magazines, and does not like anyone in her family. She likes to keep her door closed and keep to herself. She’s pretty normal, but appearances can be deceiving. I wouldn’t say there is a normal person in this photo.”

Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) — The Bond girl from Casino Royale turns up here as the villain of the story. “Angelique is a witch who has known Barnabas since the 1700s, when they had an affair that went sour. She is the one who cursed him to be a vampire and locked him in that box,” Grahame-Smith says. “Since he has been away, Angelique has made it her life’s mission to destroy the Collins family. So when Barnabas turns up again after all these years, she’s not very happy to see him.”

David Collins (Gulliver McGrath) — Lonely, confused, and neglected by his pompous father (Jonny Lee Miller, over on the right next to Pfeiffer), David has no one to confide in except his bizarre psychiatrist — and the dead people he claims to see. Grahame-Smith describes him as “a sweet, curious, precocious little boy whose family has branded him as slightly crazy.” Then he finally gets a new caretaker to look after him …

Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote) — This young woman arrives to become David’s new governess, only to find herself swept up in the vampire-witch melodrama. “When Barnabas meets Victoria, he’s instantly reminded of the woman he lost in the 1700s, before he was cursed to be a vampire,” Grahame-Smith says. “I wouldn’t say he falls in love with her, but there’s an instant attraction, an instant connection.” Is she the reincarnation of his doomed lover Josette du Pres? “We get the sense at the beginning she has a secret past, and that’s unraveled as it goes on,” the screenwriter says.

Mrs. Johnson (Ray Shirley) — “Poor old Mrs. Johnson …” Grahame-Smith sighs when talk turns to the old woman seated in the back behind Depp. “She is the mostly blind, mostly deaf maid, who has been with them for decades and decades. You might find her polishing a piece of silverware with a slab of baloney because she thinks it’s a polishing cloth. I don’t think she actually says anything in the entire film. She’s just sort of there.” He laughs: “Adding her was Tim’s idea.”

Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley) — How awesome is it to play an actual Groundskeeper Willie? The Oscar-nominee for Little Children is a slightly more competent servant than Mrs. Johnson, but that’s not saying much. “He’s the guy who takes out the trash, mows the lawns, and fixes the cars, except he’s usually so drunk and so disinterested that he doesn’t take his job seriously anymore,” Grahame-Smith says. “The lawn is overgrown, the house has fallen into disrepair, and all the cars are on cinder blocks. His heart’s definitely not in the job anymore.”

Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller) — This scion of the once-great Collins family is one of the main reasons the aristocratic clan has fallen into such disgrace. “He’s a creepy, self-centered guy who likes to order Willie around, likes to pretend the family is still on top of his game,” Grahame-Smith says. Not only is he a bad father to David, but he is a poor manager of whatever meager wealth the family retains. “When Barnabas shows up and has some very specific ideas about how to make things right, he’s obviously going to bump heads with Roger Collins.”

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) — The mother of Carolyn Stoddard, and mother-figure to David, she’s the one adult member of the Collins clan who is at least slightly competent. “Elizabeth is the rock of the family. She’s the matriarch,” Grahame-Smith says. “She’s the keeper of the Collins history, and a fierce protector of what remains of her family. She’s the one that insists on the best care for the children, even though money isn’t what it used to be. She’s a very strong woman who unfortunately has been dealt a very difficult deck.” With a witch perpetually trying to destroy her, and a long lost vampire relative turning up to reclaim control, “there’s just too much for her to handle,” Grahame-Smith says.
When the movie opens May 11, we’ll see how she holds up.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Four Minute Long Trailer For Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The whole world has asked for it, and we got our hands on it. Columbia Pictures has delivered this extremely long trailer and new T.V. spot for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

There are some spoilers in the trailer.

Based on the hit novel by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens) as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who is enlisted by a wealthy family to solve the mystery of a young girl’s disappearance. Rooney Mara (The Social Network) stars as Lisbeth Salander, a mysterious hacker who assists Blomkvist in his increasingly dangerous hunt to find the truth.

Directed by David Fincher (The Social Network), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has a December 21 release date.

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Another Set Back For Terminator Film

Things are starting to move on The Terminator franchise, but a plan by rights owner Megan Ellison and Arnold Schwarzenegger to put the first of two pictures in production for the fourth quarter of 2012 has forced director Justin Lin to drop out. But borrowing the film’s signature phrase “I’ll be back,” Lin has left the door open to a return if Ellison and Schwarzenegger will wait until he completes the sixth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise.

The Terminator franchise has been under the radar since Ellison’s Annapurna Films spent over $20 million to buy film rights during the Cannes Film Festival, with Lin and Schwarzenegger attached. Lin wants to make the film but simply won’t be available, the same situation that prompted him to withdraw from Summit’s Highlander. Lin has been working closely with Schwarzenegger and Ellison to figure a way to end the James Cameron-hatched battle between humans and the cyborgs of Skynet. It would require some effort for Ellison to get the film underway by late next year. She hasn’t got a script and I don’t think she’s even hired a screenwriter yet. She also hasn’t set a studio partner, even though several are interested.

There is some reason to move quickly. One of the caveats involved in the rights deal with Pacificor (which spent $29.5 million to win the rights in bankruptcy court) is that certain rights revert back to Cameron due to a stipulation in copyright law that if you assign your rights, you get them back in 35 years. Cameron assigned his rights to Hemdale, and the North American rights will revert back to him in 2018. Even that part of the story has gotten intriguing: While Cameron washed his hands of the Terminator franchise years ago, his close friend Schwarzenegger has dragged him into a brainstorming meeting or two, even though he is not officially involved. It’s also hard to imagine that Ellison can’t make two films and satisfactorily end the series by the time that rights situation develops.

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Win A Chance To Host TOM MORELLO’S "ORCHID" Release Party


Dark Horse Comics is offering one lucky comic-book store the chance to host the official Orchid release party!

That’s right! Tom Morello’s Orchid #1 comes out October 12, and to celebrate, Dark Horse Comics wants you to tell us about your favorite comic-book store and why they should have the party.

From the mind of musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman), with art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic), Orchid is the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her.

Entry rules are simple: Enter to win by commenting on the Dark Horse blog. The store with the most love wins! One entry per person. Multiple entries will be deleted. The party is to be held the evening of October 12, 2011.

One store will win a release-night party package including:
10 signed copies of Orchid
200 other Dark Horse comics to give away
10 trades to give away
Orchid posters
Dark Horse Comics key chains
An assortment of Dark Horse Comics buttons
4 Dark Horse Comics coffee mugs
Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman CDs
A store-exclusive Orchid miniprint
And more!

The contest ends on September 30, so get on the Dark Horse blog and tell us why your local comic-book shop should win the official Orchid release party!

When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Now, human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness, from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful, who overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortresslike cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid.

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Will Patty Jenkins Direct Thor 2?

Patty Jenkins is the choice to direct Thor 2 for Marvel Studios.

No negotiations have begun but Jenkins, who directed the 2003 Charlize Theron movie Monster and recently the pilot for AMC's acclaimed crime show The Killing, vied with several other directors for the gig, and now will become the first woman director in Marvel Studios' stable of helmers.

Some outlets reported in early August that Brian Kirk, a director behind many Game of Thrones episodes, was in early negotiations to direct but those reports were wrong as Kirk never got past the meeting stage.

Kenneth Branagh directed the first Thor movie, which has grossed $448.5 millions worldwide. Creative differences, especially a difficult post-production process, weighed in Branagh’s decision not to return to the director’s chair.

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are expected to return to their respective roles.

Jenkins represents another against-the-grain choice for Marvel, who has shown itself unafraid to pick helmers that don’t have action or tentpole backgrounds. Jenkins hasn’t made a movie since Monsters, spending most of her time in TV land. She has directed episodes of Entourage, Arrested Development and The Sarah Silverman Program.

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Ghostbusters Coming To A Theater Near You

Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters for a limited run in October.  The film will be screened on  Oct 13th, Oct 20th, and Oct. 27th. Check local listings for showtimes.

This is going to be a special screening for myself and my daughter.  I remember going to see this film when I was my daughters age (8)  and now I get the chance to take her to see one of my all-time favorite films on the big screen. Truly special.

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Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Its Classic Film “Ghostbusters” Back to Theatres

Culver City, CA (September 22, 2011) – Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on and Thursday, October 13, 2011 continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft.

Ghostbusters will show in approximately 500 theatres across the US on October 13th, 20th, and 27th, one showtime each day, in 2K digital with 5.1 surround sound. Please check local listings for showtimes. Ghostbusters will also be showing in select theatres in Canada and in various international markets; for more information on international locations and dates, please visit www.parkcircus.com.

Fans who follow Ghostbusters on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ghostbusters) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/StayPuft4Eva) or visit www.ghostbusters.com will be the first to know information about the release and will be able to participate in the fan conversation leading up to this unique theatrical experience.

Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “We’re delighted to be bringing Ghostbusters back to the big screen – this is a special celebration of the movie, giving the fans a chance to see it on the big screen in perfect digital presentation. As we head towards Halloween, we ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but just the same, we’re glad that everyone’s favorite paranormal eliminators are on the case.”

The film was directed and produced by Ivan Reitman, with the screenplay written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis. The executive producer was Bernie Brillstein.

In Ghostbusters, University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd) and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.

Ghostbusters is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; worldwide television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com.

About Sony Pictures Imageworks Interactive

Imageworks Interactive is an award-winning, full-service digital marketing agency within Sony Pictures Digital Productions. The agency is dedicated to creating entertaining and impactful brand experiences and is a leader in developing unique solutions to engaging social networking communities. Imageworks Interactive designs creative campaigns for a diverse roster of clients, including brands across Sony Pictures Entertainment. To see examples of the agency’s recent work, please visit www.ImageworksInteractive.com.

About Sony Pictures Repertory:

The Sony Pictures Releasing’s repertory division distributes worldwide a library that features more than 3,500 films from Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Animation, TriStar Pictures as well as various other acquired titles. It’s award winning catalogue encompasses 12 Best Picture Academy Award® Winners such as It Happened One Night (1934) , Lawrence of Arabia (1962), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Oliver! (1968), Gandhi (1982), and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). SPR’s diverse library includes shorts from The Three Stooges and modern classics like Ghostbusters, The Big Chill, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Legends of the Fall and Taxi Driver. Animated classics are also available including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Surf’s Up and The Smurfs. Many titles from our library are undergoing restorations using the newest digital technologies and in turn enhancing and creating the ultimate screening experience of film favorites from the past. In addition, Sony Pictures Repertory continues to make new 35mm prints of its catalogue. For booking a Sony title domestically or internationally, or for more information on our catalogue please go to www.sonypicturesrepertory.com

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Street Date: October 23, 2011
DVD SRP (18 disc set): $199.98


Fusing the heist and espionage genres, IT TAKES A THIEF was an action-adventure series that aired on ABC for two-and-a-half seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. Marking the TV debut of six-time Golden Globe Nominee Robert Wagner (Austin Powers, “Hart to Hart”), the cult classic series was inspired by Hitchcock’s 1955 Cary Grant film, To Catch a Thief, and was among the last of the 1960s spy television genre. Never-before-available on ANY format, Entertainment One presents IT TAKES A THIEF: THE COMPLETE SERIES in a collectible 18-disc set containing all 66 digitally remastered episodes and a host of bonus featurettes and extras.

Stealing to finance his life as a playboy and sophisticate, Alexander Mundy (Wagner) was the world’s greatest cat burglar… until the day he got caught. But thievery skills are an asset in the world of espionage, so Mundy is pardoned when he agrees to use his wily ways to help steal for the SIA, an American espionage agency. Technically under house arrest, Mundy then travels the world over, performing daring acts of thievery in the name of Uncle Sam. He also works closely with SIA department head, Noah Bain (‘70s TV mainstay, Malachi Throne), his boss, aide, friend and watchdog. It was Throne who also lent his deep distinctive voice to the split-screen credit sequence set to Dave Grusin’s memorable theme, saying: “Oh, look, Al, I’m not asking you to spy, just asking you to steal.”

The series was created by Emmy® Award winning television writer Roland Kibbee – who had written for “The Virginian” and “The Bob Newhart Show” and would go on to write for “Columbo” and “Barney Miller”. And, along with Fred Astaire, who became a semi-regular as Alexander’s retired burglar dad, Alister, IT TAKES A THIEF also boasted a who’s who of A-list guest stars including Season One’s Raymond Burr (“Perry Mason”, Rear Window), Susan Saint James (“Kate & Allie”, “McMillan and Wife”), Gavin MacLeod (“The Love Boat”, “Mary Tyler Moore”), Tina Louise (“Gilligan’s Island”, The Stepford Wives), Bill Bixby (“The

Incredible Hulk”, “The Magician”) and Eve Plumb (“The Brady Bunch”, Little Women), Season Two’s Ricardo Montalbon (“Fantasy Island”, The Naked Gun), Joseph Cotton (Citizen Kane, The Third Man), Richard Kiel (The Spy Who Loved Me, Happy Gilmore), George Takei (“Star Trek”, “Heroes”), Teri Garr (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie), Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes, Cleopatra) and Julie Newmar (“Batman”, Seven Brides of Seven Brothers) and Season Three’s Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther, Dr. Strangelove), Frankie Avalon (Grease, The Alamo), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Poppins, The Bride of Frankenstein), and Bette Davis (All About Eve, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?) and Cesar Romero (“Batman”, “Falcon Crest”)


· All 66 Episodes Digitally Re-Mastered
· Extended Feature-Length Version of the Pilot Episode
· The King of Thieves: Interview with Robert Wagner
· A Matter of Larceny: Interview with Glen A. Larson
· Limited Edition Senitype (reproduced 35mm film frame)
· It Takes a Thief Exclusive 4-Piece Coaster Set
· Collectible Booklet with retrospective essay


Type: DVD
Catalog #: EOE-DV-6801
Running Time: 816 mins.
Genre: TV/mystery
Rated: n/r
Aspect Ratio: 4X3/1.33:1 Full Frame
Audio: Mono
Language: English with English SDH subtitles

For the latest breaking news on IT TAKES A THIEF and other releases, follow Entertainment One on Twitter: http://twitter.com/eOneHomeVideo

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Mavericks Invitational's Is On. Get Cast In The Film

Here's an update from the story we reported on Yesterday. The San Mateo County Harbor Commission approved Mavericks Invitational's contest permit application tonight at its regular meeting in South San Francisco.

Mavericks Invitational board members Jeff Clark, Cassandra Clark, Ken Collins and Rocky Raynor all spoke out in regards to the permit fee being raised by $10,000 in the last two months.

The Commission voted 3-1 to approve the permit with a cost of $30,000 to the contest organizers. Pietro Parravano was the lone dissenter of the group, saying that he felt the $30,000 permit cost was too high.

And if you have ever wanted to be in a movie and live in Santa Cruz or anywhere in California they are going to be casting extras for the upcoming film Mavericks, starring Gerard Butler. The Curtis Hanson-directed fact-based drama for Walden Media. The film is based on the true story of Santa Cruz surf phenom Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as Mavericks, where winter swells create waves the size of five-story buildings. Butler will play Rick "Frosty" Hesson, the mentor who trained Moriarity for over a year and forged a close relationship with the surfer in the process. Though Moriarity survived those impossible waves, he died at 22 in a diving accident. But he remains an inspiration to surfers, who coined the phrase "Live like Jay."

This is your chance, several hundred locals will be needed to be extras in the film. Filming will take place in Santa Cruz sometime in October of this year. Make your way over HERE for more information.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

J. Edgar Trailer The Most Powerful Man In The World

Warner Bros. has delivered the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Eastwood’s latest film explores the public and private life of J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary FBI chief who was one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century. J. Edgar also stars Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Armie Hammer.


J. EDGAR, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Westwick, Damon Herriman, Armie Hammer, Ken Howard, Judi Dench and Josh Lucas, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Naomi Watts plays Hoover’s secretary Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk Hoover selected as his personal secretary and wound up working for him for over 54 years…

Josh Lucas plays the iconic Charles Lindbergh
Armie Hammer (The Social Network) plays J. Edgar Hoover’s friend, advisor and secret lover Clyde Tolson
Damon Herriman plays Bruno Hauptman, “a German ex-convict who was charged with the abduction and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of famous pilots Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh”
But his conviction was later questioned and resulted in Hoover launching an FBI inquiry into the handling of the case.
Stephen Root plays “Arthur Koehler, an introverted man and wood specialist who helps J. Edgar Hoover piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping case through an examination of the ladder used by the abductor.”
Jeffrey Donovan plays Bobby Kennedy

Hoover was a controversial figure as Wiki puts it… “He exceeded the jurisdiction of the FBI. He used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders, and to collect evidence using illegal methods” He remained director until his death in 1972
Originally housed at Universal, the studio put the project into turaround. Brian Grazer was producing through his Imagine Entertainment but now with Eastwood directing, HOOVER is set up at Warner Bros, home to almost 35 movies that Eastwood has made. Grazer and Eastwood previously worked on Changeling. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as J. Edgar Hoover in the biopic J. EDGAR, to be directed by Clint Eastwood, from a script written by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black

Lance Black’s script is said to explore the two men’s complicated relationship. they dined, they socialized, they vacationed, but they never admitted they were gay and Hoover being a stubborn vengeful hypocritical bastard that he was, he would hunt down those who dared question his sexual preference. But after he died, Tolson was the beneficiary of Hoover’s life insurance policy and his estate and house as well.

J. EDGAR opens November 9th, 2011

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CAPTAIN AMERICA Blu-ray Trailer & Sneak Peak At The Avengers

One of the best movie summer movie is making it's way onto Blu-ray and DVD CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will be available on October 25th, 2011. We have the Blu-ray trailer for the film. Make sure to keep an eye out we get a sneak peak into The Avengers.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

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Jeremy Renner To Star In " King of Heists"

Jeremy Renner, who received an Oscar nomination for the Ben Affleck-directed heist film The Town, is back in bank robbery mode. Renner is attached to star in King of Heists, an adaptation of the J. North Conway nonfiction book from Lion Press about one of the greatest bank robberies in American history. He’ll play George Leslie, who came to New York appearing to be a mannered gent, but secretly put together a crew and masterminded a heist of nearly $3 million in cash and securities from the Manhattan Savings Institution in 1878.

Renner and his The Combine partner Don Handfield will produce with Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman. Black Bear Pictures optioned the book and plans to finance development and production.

Will Staples will write the script. Staples most recently sold the science fiction pitch Myth to Fox with Sam Worthington attached and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and James Cameron producing. Staples, who until recently wrote with partner Sean O’Keefe, is teamed with him on an adaptation of the Lorenzo Carcaterra novel Apaches for Jerry Bruckheimer, the pitch World’s Most Wanted at Universal and Kings of the Trail at Walden Media with Gavin Hood attached to direct. Black Bear Pictures is in production on the untitled Ramin Bahrani-directed pic that stars Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid, and begins filming A.C.O.D. with Adam Scott next spring.

Since following The Hurt Locker with The Town, Renner has been one of the busiest actors in town. He starred with Tom Cruise in the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, starred with Gemma Arterton in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and played the Marvel Comics character Hawkeye in the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers. He is currently starring for Tony Gilroy in The Bourne Legacy for Universal Pictures.

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THE SON OF NO ONE Trailer Starring Channing Tatum & Al Pacino

We got our hands on the trailer for THE SON OF NO ONE. One of those films that no one has heard of until now. The film stars Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes and Tracy Morgan.

Once you watch the trailer I have a feeling your interest will peak.

A young cop (Tatum) is assigned to a precinct in the Queens neighborhood where he grew up. To provide for his wife and ailing daughter, he works hard to keep his life on track. But this life is threatened when a dark secret bubbles to the surface. An anonymous source reveals new information about the unsolved murder of two boys and a possible police cover-up, setting off a chain of events that rattles the neighborhood.

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MACHINE GUN PREACHER Free Download Of "The Keeper" When You Buy Your Ticket

On behalf of Relativity Media, we are pleased to announce that when you buy tickets for MACHINE GUN PREACHER on MovieTickets.com you will get a FREE download of the song "The Keeper" by Chris Cornell. This offer is valid through October 7, 2011 while supplies last.

MACHINE GUN PREACHER will be released by Relativity Media in New York and Los Angeles on September 23rd and will expand markets in the weeks to follow.

Chris Cornell - The Keeper by chriscornell

The Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack features 15 score cues performed and composed by acclaimed musical group Asche & Spencer (Monster’s Ball) and accompanied by a 60-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The symphony was recorded in a historic facility outside Vienna Austria in the town of Bratislava. Vladimir Martinka conducted the session which was orchestrated by Sean McMahon & David Shephard.

The soundtrack is NOW available both physically at music retail stores and digitally at iTunes®. On the physical version of the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack, “The Keeper” will appear in two forms featuring an extended version of the song as it appears in the film. On the iTunes® version of the soundtrack, the original demo of “The Keeper” will be featured as a bonus track.

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa. Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children. Inspired to create a safe haven for the multitudes fleeing enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, he restores peace to their lives and eventually his own. Directed and produced by DGA and Golden Globe®-nominee Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) and written by Jason Keller (Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project), the film stars Gerard Butler (300) in a tour de force performance, alongside a powerful ensemble cast including Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Oscar®-nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door) and breakout actor Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo). Producing are Relativity’s Robbie Brenner, Safady Entertainment’s Gary Safady and Craig Chapman, and GG Filmz’s Deborah Giarratana.

Chris Cornell is a rock icon whose music career has spanned more than two decades as a multi-Grammy® award-winning musician, universally-acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist. An innovator and trailblazer of the 90’s grunge movement, Cornell seduced audiences with his richly melodic voice as the frontman for the Seattle band Soundgarden. Later, celebrated side project Temple of the Dog brought Cornell together with Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder. Cornell also collaborated with three other musical pioneers from rap-rock’s Rage Against the Machine to create the multi-platinum supergroup Audioslave. Cornell has seen success in his solo career with the release of “Euphoria Morning” and his latest solo release “Scream.” Cornell’s offerings in music have also segued to cinema. Having contributed solo songs to movie soundtracks from Great Expectations (“Sunshower”) to Mission Impossible II (“Mission 2000”), he became the first American male singer to write the theme song for the James Bond franchise with “You Know My Name” in Casino Royale.

September 23, 2011 NY/LA Limited Platform

Directed by: Marc Forster
Written by: Jason Keller
Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane
Produced by: Robbie Brenner, Craig Chapman, Deborah Giarratana, Marc Forster, Gary Safady
Executive Producers: Gerard Butler, Michael Corso, Kyle Dean Jackson, Myles Nestel, Louise Rosner, Adi Shankar, Alan Siegel, Spencer Silna, Bradford Simpson
Official Site: http://www.machinegunpreacher.com/movie/

In this inspirational true story, Machine Gun Preacher is about Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.
When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.

But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleyman Sy Savane (“Damages”).

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Get Cast In Mavericks. And Join In "Mavericks Big Wave Invitational"

Gerard Butler has been set to star in Mavericks, the Curtis Hanson-directed fact-based drama for Walden Media. The film is based on the true story of Santa Cruz surf phenom Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as Mavericks, where winter swells create waves the size of five-story buildings. Butler will play Rick "Frosty" Hesson, the mentor who trained Moriarity for over a year and forged a close relationship with the surfer in the process. Though Moriarity survived those impossible waves, he died at 22 in a diving accident. But he remains an inspiration to surfers, who coined the phrase "Live like Jay."

Have you ever wanted to be in a film? This is your chance, several hundred locals will be needed to be extras in the film. Filming will take place in Santa Cruz sometime in October of this year. Make your way over HERE for more information.

We have an update on the Maverick surf contest.  A group of surfers, business owners and community leaders have united to bring peace back into the lineup at Mavericks and stability to the renowned big wave surfing event. The group, led by Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark, is re-organizing the event as the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational.
“There’s been controversy over the years that cast a shadow over Mavericks and the big wave community,” Clark said. “But this is a new day and new group that is united and ready to present a world-class event. We’re doing this right, for the right reasons and for the long term. Everything is where it should be now, and we can get back to a great event showcasing the world’s best big wave surfers.”
The group is presenting its plan to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to gain approval for the event permit. If approved, the window for the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational will run from December 1, 2011 through March 30, 2012.

In June 2011, two groups were vying for the permit to hold the contest. The groups joined forces in order to unite the community and create an entirely new event that will keep its focus on the athletes, community, environment and the sport of big wave surfing.

New Leadership
The company, Mavericks Invitational Inc., is led by a five-member Board of Directors and has a team of logistics and operations personnel to manage the contest and Mavericks Surf Festival, a new venue for contest viewing, booths and the awards ceremony. The board consists of:
Jeff Clark (Half Moon Bay, CA): Big wave legend and Mavericks pioneer, surfboard shaper and owner of Mavericks Surf Shop located in Pillar Point Harbor, overlooking Mavericks.

Ken “Skindog” Collins (Santa Cruz, CA): Long-time Mavericks surfer and competitor in the contest, with more than 20 years of experience in the big wave community including honors as the Billabong XXL Award for Ride of the Year and Monster Tube. He is the Northern California Sales Representative for Volcom and in 2011 launched a Web site called ChasingMonsters.com that is dedicated to the art of big wave riding.

Rocky Raynor (Half Moon Bay, CA): President and CEO of Ultra-Flex Inc., since 1982, with a strong commitment to the Half Moon Bay community. Rocky is currently the volunteer Vice President of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coast Side and Head Coach of the Half Moon Bay Middle School Surf Club.

Cassandra Clark (Half Moon Bay, CA): President of Mavericks Surf Company, which operates Mavericks Surf Shop, and Communications Director for Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Ca., with extensive experience in event management, business management and leadership. Former instructor at California State University East Bay, past president and board member of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Overfelt (Half Moon Bay, CA): Manager and working owner of Old Princeton Landing and co-owner of Princeton Yarns, event photographer for the Big Wave World Tour, long-time Mavericks photographer and community leader. Brian led a successful effort that led to $5 million funding and work by the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Pillar Point Harbor and nourish local beaches.

The San Mateo County Harbor District will consider the permit application at a public meeting on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco. Public comment is welcome.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

James Cameron’s AVATAR Coming To Disney Parks

We have great news to share today. At a press conference happening right now at Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Iger and Tom Staggs just announced a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Disney Parks. And it’ll all begin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

James and his producing partner Jon Landau and their team at Lightstorm Entertainment will serve as creative consultants on the project and will work side-by-side with our Walt Disney Imagineers as we dream up experiences that will take our guests deep into worlds of AVATAR like never before. There are also two sequels to the record setting first film in the works, which will offer more fascinating stories, characters and locations to explore in the AVATAR universe. Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is planned as the site of the first AVATAR-themed land with construction expected to begin by 2013.

We believe Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great fit for this project because it was created to give guests the opportunity to experience the worlds of animals and nature – real and mythical – in new ways. Disney’s Animal Kingdom also celebrates adventure, living in harmony with nature and environmental stewardship – themes that are deeply rooted in the story of AVATAR.

The design phase on the Disney’s Animal Kingdom project has just begun so stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more details.

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Bridesmaids Blu-ray Giveaway

We were able to get our hands on a Blu-ray copy of Bridesmaids. All you have to do is LIKE SandwichJohnFilms On Facebook and I will randomly select the winner later next week.

How simple is that, even a child can do it. And don't worry if your already a Fan all you have to do is LIKE the post and your name will also be entered.

Bridesmaids is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman in her mid 30s, living in Milwaukee. After her bakery failed, she lost her boyfriend and all of her savings, and now works in a jewelry store selling engagement rings. Although her mother (Jill Clayburgh) encourages her to return home, Annie rents a bedroom from Gil (Matt Lucas) and his lazy sister Brynn (Rebel Wilson). She has a sexual relationship with the self-absorbed Ted (Jon Hamm), but hopes for something more. Only her friendship with Lillian (Maya Rudolph) keeps her sane.

Lillian becomes engaged to a wealthy banker (Tim Heidecker) in Chicago and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. At the engagement party, Annie meets her fellow bridesmaids: Lillian's cynical cousin Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), idealistic friend Becca (Ellie Kemper), raunchy future sister-in-law Megan (Melissa McCarthy) and Helen (Rose Byrne), the beautiful but vain wife of Lillian's fiancé's boss. Helen and Annie are immediately jealous of the other's friendship with Lillian, but Lillian persuades them to spend time together. During a game of doubles tennis, Annie and Helen are hyper-competitive, deliberately hitting each other with their volleys multiple times.

Annie takes Lillian and the bridesmaids to a Brazilian restaurant for lunch before going to a chic bridal-gown studio. While Lillian is in the restroom, Annie suggests a Parisian-themed bridal shower, but Helen thinks this is a bad idea. At the bridal-gown studio, Helen uses her influence to gain them access because Annie did not realize that reservations were needed. However, everyone except Helen (who did not eat meat at the restaurant) becomes ill with food poisoning. While everyone else deals with their symptoms, Helen orders for the group the bridesmaids dress that she likes the best.
Worried about her finances, Annie suggests a bachelorette party at Lillian's parents' lake house. Helen overrules her and books a trip to Las Vegas. Annie refuses to allow Helen to buy a first-class ticket for her and sits in economy class. Because Annie is afraid to fly, Helen gives her sedatives and alcohol. This makes Annie inebriated and paranoid, and her outbursts cause the plane to land in Casper, Wyoming, where she, Lillian, and the bridesmaids are escorted off the plane. On the bus trip back to Milwaukee, Annie tries to apologize but Lillian announces that she wants Helen to take over planning the shower and wedding.
Annie continues to hope for a relationship with Ted, but begins flirting with Officer Nathan Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd), a friendly traffic cop who earlier had let her off without a ticket for broken tail-lights. Nathan encourages her to open a new bakery, but Annie refuses; her business' failure was so painful that she has given up baking entirely. After spending the night together, Nathan buys baking supplies, so Annie can make them a delicious breakfast. Offended, Annie leaves. At her apartment, Gil and Brynn tell her she has to move out. With nowhere else to go, she moves back in with her mother.
Annie travels to Chicago for the bridal shower. Helen has created an elaborate version of Annie's Parisian theme, then upstages Annie's heartfelt, handmade shower gift by giving Lillian a trip to Paris to be fitted for her wedding gown by one of the world's top designers. Enraged that Helen has taken credit for the Parisian theme, Annie throws a tantrum and is kicked out of the shower. Lillian tells her not to come to the wedding either. On the way home, Annie's car breaks down. Nathan answers the emergency call and tells Annie how much she hurt him and not to contact him again. Ted comes to pick Annie up, but when he expects her to perform oral sex on him on the way home, she breaks off the relationship and walks home.
Annie becomes reclusive, watching television obsessively. Megan finds her and tells her to stop feeling sorry for herself. Annie realizes her errors and tries to make amends with Nathan by baking him a cake. But he appears to leave it on his doorstep for raccoons to eat. On the day of the wedding, which Annie doesn't intend to attend, Helen appears on the doorstep, begging for help in finding Lillian who has gone missing. Helen tearfully explains how lonely she feels and apologizes for all she has done to hurt Annie out of jealousy. Nathan begrudgingly helps Annie and Helen find Lillian at her own apartment. Lillian had gone there distressed by Helen's micromanaging in planning everything, and her fear that Annie will be alone. Annie tells her everything will be fine and helps her get ready for the wedding.
Annie resumes her place as maid of honor at the wedding, at which Helen has arranged to include neon signs, fireworks and an appearance by Wilson Phillips. After the wedding, Helen again apologizes to Annie and hopes they can be friends in the future. Realizing that Annie and Nathan were falling in love, Helen arranged for him to pick Annie up after the wedding. After sharing a kiss, he takes her home in his squad car, lights flashing and siren wailing.

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New Poster For The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

A few weeks ago the mysterious behind-the-scenes blog Mouth Taped Shut showed up twitter, immediately proving itself an invaluable resource for gorgeous, informative, or just plain cool photos from behind the scenes of David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Then that same blog tipped people off to the secret screening of 8 minutes of footage from the movie, which Eric wrote up here. It became clear that Mouth Taped Shut was more than just a production blog, but it was being run by someone who knew a lot about what was going on.

Which is why this new image, which showed up at Mouth Taped Shut, seems like it might not just be some funky art, but maybe a new poster design or something else to do with the marketing campaign. As you can see below, it shows Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist being overshadowed, or maybe erased, by the profile image of Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander.

It is, of course, just one of the many striking images at Mouth Taped Shut-- I especially like this one of the camera framing a subway escalator. Again, it's hard to know how any of these images might show up again in the movie's marketing campaign, but in the meantime, it's a pleasure just to have these gorgeous images appearing online once in a while.

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On behalf of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we are pleased to present the official assets for LEGEND OF THE MILLENNIUM DRAGON which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray October 4th, 2011

A spectacular journey of an unwilling young hero thrust into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers.

A spectacular journey of an unwilling young hero thrust into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers. Through a series of out of this world battles and adventures, Jun, a shy middle school boy, is transformed into a hero destined to battle evil and ensure harmony and tranquility in the world.

Kensho Ono
Satomi Ishihara
Shidou Nakamura
Based on a Work by:
Takafumi Takada
Hirotsugu Kawasaki

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The Thing Red-Band Shows Alitte To Much

IGN got their hands on the Red-Band trailer for the upcoming film The Thing. If you want the film to be a surprise for you when you see it in theaters. Then you might want to skip this preview.

The Thing (2011) stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen and Kim Bubbs.

Watch the trailer after the Jump...

The Thing (2011) stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen and Kim Bubbs. It's directed by features newcomer Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. (and try saying that three times fast). The Thing will hit UK screens on December 2. Pray that it's not snowing by then, or we'll all get the heebie-jeebies on the way home.

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We have all seen the trailer for the film, now today we got our hands on a new poster for FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ioan Gruffudd, Hayden Panettiere and Willem Dafoe.

FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN will be in theaters starting October 14, 2011

To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio) is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Julia Roberts) will graduate from college—decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family’s history and relationships come to light.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ioan Gruffudd and Hayden Panettiere
Written by: Dennis Lee
Directed by: Dennis Lee

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THE SITTER F-Bomb Clip. Cover Your Ears

Start your day with a few F-bombs and check out this new red-band TV Spot for THE SITTER, in theaters December 9th. Jonah Hill, babysitter extraordinaire and star of The Sitter.

The Sitter is an upcoming American comedy directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and produced by Michael De Luca. The plot is about a male student who, after being suspended from college, is lured into a babysitting gig for which he is woefully unprepared.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Review

Let's face it, there will never be a definitive version of the Star Wars saga in any form.

IGN reviewed the entire boxset and this is what they thought of Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray.

Fans may be irked at the changes George Lucas has been making to the films recently, but the truth is, he's been tinkering with them since they were first released in theaters. He's never stopped, and it now looks like he never will. Say what you will about the man, you've got to admire the confidence he has in his vision, even if that vision doesn't go along with what fans want (and arguably diminishes the quality of the films in the end). When you develop an emotional attachment to something the way many of us have to Star Wars, you develop a sense of ownership about it. But Star Wars has always, and will always, belong to George Lucas. Take it or leave it.

That said, the reaction of the fanbase was understandable when the changes Lucas made to the films for the Blu-ray release leaked out. Compounded with the disappointment that the original, unaltered theatrical versions were not included, the news caused a lot of people to re-think their purchase of the Complete Saga on Blu-ray, some even going so far as to cancel their pre-orders. That's a big step, considering this is one of the most (if not the most) anticipated Blu-ray releases ever. If you're among that group, we're here to tell you to relax, take a breath and re-evaluate what you're giving up by not giving this set a chance.

Alterations aside, you have to admit, you still want to know how it looks in high definition. We can tell you what we think, but it's going to be up to each individual fan to decide whether it's worth putting up with some admittedly egregious alterations or if you still want to stick to those warped VHS copies, worn-out DVDs and faded childhood memories.

For those who haven't followed the history, or just need a refresher, the original Star Wars trilogy has had a few theatrical re-releases since their initial run. Beginning back in 1997, in anticipation of Episode I coming to theaters in '99, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were re-released as Special Editions. Lucas took this opportunity to play with all of the technology available at that point in time to alter the movies, fixing some of the incomplete or messy special effects. If he'd stopped there, most fans would probably have been okay with the changes, but it's Lucas, so he didn't. He went on to add in CGI creatures, musical numbers and, worst of all, changed the original Mos Eisley cantina scene to make it look like Han Solo shoots Greedo after the bounty hunter gets a shot in himself, leading to the fan rallying cry of "Han shot first!" In 2004, the remastered DVD edition contained more changes meant to connect the trilogy to the prequels, like replacing the Force ghost of Sebastian Shaw as Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi with Hayden Christensen as young Anakin Skywalker.

All of these changes have been incorporated into the new Blu-ray release, with even more tweaks, not just to the originals but to the prequels as well. The puppet Yoda in Phantom Menace has been replaced with a far less creepy looking CGI version. This one matches the Yoda seen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, and it is a much more coherent (and consistent) presentation of the character. Other noteworthy changes? Ewoks now blink. Obi-Wan's call to scare off the Sand People has been replaced with a more alien sound. And, most notoriously of all, Darth Vader now shouts "No. Noooooo!" just before he stops the Emperor from torturing Luke to death in Jedi. This is probably the most disturbing of all because, like Greedo shooting first, it doesn't just alter the look or sound of the film, but fundamentally modifies a big character moment into something less poignant, less subtle and ultimately less effective. There are other CG updates here and there (like the scene where Han is freed from the carbonite) but none that make so much difference to the story.

The prequels are a whole other issue. It's been 12 years since Phantom Menace came out, but the disappointment in it, and the prequels that followed, is still a sore point among some die-hard fans. Watching them again after all this time, they may play a little better than they once did but the sting of disenchantment is still there. Jar Jar hasn't gotten any less annoying, the dialogue and acting isn't any less wooden. It's of small consolation, then, that the films actually do look and sound pretty darn good on Blu-ray.

So, if you can get past your grievances with the films themselves, how do they play in HD? With six films, spanning more than two decades of time and various levels of production quality, the results are expectedly mixed. Going in chronological order of release, the three original films have a cohesive look to them. For a space opera that wasn't meant to stand the test of time, the three original Star Wars films hold up surprisingly well.

The picture is bright and clear, though not always consistently sharp. Some instances of blurring creep in at the edges and even further at times, marring what is otherwise a beautiful print. Some grain is to be expected, but otherwise the image has been scrubbed of grime and grit, and comes out looking nice and shiny.

Phantom Menace isn't just the most disappointing film of the six in terms of narrative, but visually as well. It was originally shot in 35mm and it appears that some digital smoothing has been employed here, perhaps to make it look a little more like the two later films, which were both shot in HD. You can understand the reasoning, but it results in a softer picture with less detail than we got in theaters. Attack of the Clones fairs better, but still doesn't come close to the sheer visual perfection of Revenge of the Sith, which turns out to be the standout movie of the set.

As far as the audio goes, it's absolutely fantastic across all six films. Presented uniformly in 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, the sound is by far one of the best elements of this release. The mix for the original trilogy was created from scratch using the original sources under the guidance of legendary sound engineer Ben Burtt (with Lucas also giving his say). The way the have been masterfully remixed using Skywalker Sound's state-of-the-art technology is a feat of brilliance that can't be overstated. Beginning with the opening scene where the Star Destroyer overtakes the rebel blockade runner, it draws you in and never lets go. John Williams' brassy score has never sounded more heroic, the Imperial March never more imposing. From top to bottom, left to right, inside and out, each mix hits you in the gut, just like you'd hoped it would. When we talk about reference quality, this is the end-all, be-all. Crank it up and shake the walls.

Still not convinced? Fine. If nothing swayed you before, perhaps the hours and hours (and hours) of special features might make a difference. The six films each have two audio commentary tracks, one featuring Lucas and his team that was included on the 2004 DVD and a new one cobbled together from archival interviews with the cast and crew. Lucasfilm was clever in the way they put these together. Although the interviews were previously recorded, it really does sound as if the actors are commenting on the action on screen. Even after all this time, it's still fun to hear them talk about the films and their experiences making them.

You also get three discs of extras in this set. The first two archive discs are divided by trilogy, so one disc has content related to Episodes I-III, the other to Episodes IV-VI. The menus on these discs are organized by location or set piece. For instance, you'll see a section devoted just to Tatooine or Naboo. In those sections you'll find interviews, concept art and incredibly detailed 360-degree close-ups of costumes and props.

This is also where you'll find the legendary deleted scenes, in various states of completion. Some are color, some black and white, all are pretty rough, but it's fun to see these bits and pieces that were previously lost on the cutting room floor. Before we only heard about Luke going to Tache station to pick up some power converters, now you can see it. The highlights include a different cut of the Mos Eisley cantina scene where you can hear the actors speaking in English accents behind their masks, see Han cozy up to a random girl and – yes – Han does shoot first. There are female X-Wing pilots, a mention of Boba Fett by name at the end of Empire and a sandstorm on Tatooine from Jedi. There are even some deleted scenes from the prequel trilogy which haven't been released before, including one that features a different Senator Bail Organa before Jimmy Smits was cast in the role.

Need more? How about a third exclusive bonus disc full of documentaries. Most of them have been released before, but they've never been collected together in one place like this. The exceptions are "A Conversation with the Masters", produced in 2010 and exclusively screened Star Wars Celebration, and the Star Wars Spoofs piece, which collects 90 minutes of every Star Wars send-up ever, from Saturday Night Live to Robot Chicken.

So that's the set. With the exception of Revenge of the Sith, the films don't look like they were made yesterday, but that's okay. For us, it only adds to the nostalgia factor. If only the original, unaltered version had been included, this would have been a must-buy for every Star Wars fan, but since they're not it comes down to each individual and their assessment of the added value you get from the special features and the improved audio and video. This may not be the best Blu-ray you've ever seen, but it is the best Star Wars could ever look and sound on Blu-ray. At least, until they get around to converting them all to 3D.

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