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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rachel Weisz To Star In The Railway Man

Rachel Weisz is in final talks to join Colin Firth for new movie The Railway Man.

The movie will follow a Prisoner of War who is still battling with hatred for his Japanese captors and his wife who helps him overcome his torture.

The story is based on the memoirs of Scotsman Eric Lomax.

During World War II, Eric - a second lieutenant in the Royal Corp of Signals - was captured by Japanese forces in Singapore and sent to a camp in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. There, he joined tens of thousands of other PoWs working on the Burma-Siam death railway and the bridge over the River Kwai.

Colin will play Eric in later life as he still struggles with the horrors that were inflicted upon him in the Far East.

Rachel is in final talks to play Eric’s wife Patricia, who helps to heal some of the psychological wounds.

Patricia became Eric’s second wife in 1983. She encouraged him to confront his hatred, and even wrote to the man her husband held responsible for his torture.

Jeremy Irvine, who will soon be seen in Steven Spielberg’s latest film War Horse, will play Eric during his time in captivity.

The star has been disturbed by his research for the part.

“Lomax suffered cruel and horrible treatment,” Jeremy told British publication The Daily Mail. “I’ve been studying what happened to him and it was grim.”

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Friday, November 25, 2011

We Have Your Access To See New Year's Eve In Sacramento

December 9, 2011

We have your access to New Year's Eve. Warner Bros. Pictures has provide me with Exclusive code for the fans to get access to the screening in Sacramento,Ca.

Director/producer Garry Marshall is joined by a stellar ensemble cast to ring in the 2011 holiday season with the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve."

"New Year's Eve" celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, with intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

The film's all-star cast includes Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

New Year's Eve screening is on December 5, 2011 - 7:30 PM at Regal Natomas Stadium 16

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Ben Whishaw Cast As Q In Bond's Skyfall

British actor Ben Whishaw has been cast as Q in the new Bond film Skyfall, his agent has confirmed.

The role of 007's gadget designer was played by Desmond Llewelyn in From Russia With Love and most recently by John Cleese, opposite Pierce Brosnan, in 2002's Die Another Day.

At the age of 31, Whishaw is 12 years younger than Bond actor Daniel Craig, a first for the Q character.

Whishaw recently starred in the BBC's 1950s news drama The Hour.

He is due to play Richard II opposite Rory Kinnear in a new BBC Shakespeare adaptation which is part of next year's cultural programming to coincide with the Olympics.

The actor played Ariel in Julie Taymor's recent film adaptation of The Tempest opposite Dame Helen Mirren.

His other credits include Criminal Justice, Brideshead Revisited and the literary big screen adaptation of Perfume.

Q is the head of Branch Q, the fictional armoury division of the secret service. He appeared briefly in the first Bond film Dr No in 1962 under his real name Major Boothroyd, played by actor Peter Burton.

Desmond Llewelyn's final Bond film was The World Is Not Enough
His next appearance was in 1963 in From Russia With Love, played by Welsh actor Llewelyn, who played the role in every subsequent Bond film, except Live And Let Die, until his death in 1999.

The character returned just once in 2002, played by former Python Cleese.

As well as Craig returning as 007 in his third outing, British actors Naomie Harris and Albert Finney will join him in the 23rd Bond film, due out next year.

Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem has been cast as Skyfall's main villain.

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Billy Corgan Entering Wrestling

The long-standing relationship between rock music and professional wrestling has a new partner: Billy Corgan.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has joined with two wrestling promoter brothers to debut the first show of Resistance Pro, an indie wrestling company, on Friday at a downtown Chicago dance club. Corgan describes himself as a childhood wrestling fan who fell away from it, only to rediscover it as an adult hobby before learning about the business.

"Our vision is to try to grow talent," Corgan said in an interview from Europe, where the Smashing Pumpkins are on tour. The Chicago-area native will miss Resistance Pro's opening night, but co-owner and promoter Gabe Baron says a second show will be announced at the Friday event.

"We have people who are going to work for us who are pretty well known on the indie circuit," Corgan said. "You have to start somewhere, and part of that is creating a curiosity in the audience."

Resistance Pro's website boasts pictures of more than two dozen costumed wrestling personalities with names like "The Sheik," "Danny Dominion" and "Sassy Stephie."

Eventually Resistance Pro's goal is to expand nationally, but not using Corgan's celebrity alone. Still, the rocker's picture is the largest, placed among five wrestlers on an advertisement for Friday's show.

"We have to start in Chicago and build a name for ourselves and build enough of a reputation to take it other places," Corgan said. "It's a serious endeavor. I want this to succeed strictly on its ideas. If I had to artificially prime the audience because of my musical life that's sad. This is going to succeed on its own ideas, not because I jumped the shark."

Corgan's partners, brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron, saw inspiration and passion in the rock star.
"This is a guy who is on the same page as we are as far as how wrestling should be," Gabe Baron said, describing a show for fans that's similar to a rock concert. "They're going to feel the excitement of a rock concert but with the thrill and spectacle of wrestling."

Historically, rock music and wrestling have never been far apart, said Scott Beekman, author of "Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America."

"At a certain level I think they appeal to similar audiences," Beekman said. "There is this notion that you're gearing toward adolescent males. There's also this flash of wrestling and rock that's related, the pyrotechnics, the announcements."

The roster of wrestlers Corgan and his partners have amassed makes for an impressive, high-end indie wrestling card, Beekman said.

"Billy Corgan is a more legitimate rock figure than most of the guys who get involved in this stuff," Beekman said. "I don't know though if just having Billy Corgan involved is going to be enough."

"As a fan, I don't like to see my heroes worn down and broken," Corgan said. "We have to work harder as a wrestling industry to think of the long-term health effects on the performers."

That will be one part of an equation Corgan hopes equals success.

"I believe we can take it into a more casual mainstream," he said. "It doesn't have to be anything more than entertaining."

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3 Clips From War Horse

We have 3 new clips from War Horse, the film was directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is based on both War Horse, a children's novel set during World War I, by British author Michael Morpurgo.

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DreamWorks Pictures’ “War Horse,” director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure, is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. “War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets–British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter–before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land. The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse–an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war– a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

WAR HORSE opens December 25th, 2011

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Today I deliver three new TV spot for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. I hope all of you are as excited for this movies as I am.

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions Present
A Bad Robot Production
A Brad Bird Film
Executive Producers Sherryl Clark Jeffrey Chernov
Produced by Tom Cruise J.J. Abrams Bryan Burk
Written by Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec
Directed by Brad Bird

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Anil Kapoor


Director Brad Bird and Producer J.J. Abrams bring us the action packed, entertainment event of the holiday season with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

The new film in the series, which has grossed $2 billion dollars worldwide, will feature a new team: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg.

In theatres and IMAX December 2011

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HUGO Movie Review By: RAMA

HUGO Movie Review

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HUGO is a refreshing, wondrous detour for Scorsese. It’s not one of my top favorite Scorsese films of all time but it works as a family movie. I can imagine the great director just having fun with this material and the 3D aspects, he’s like a kid in a candy store, not to mention it gives him the chance to pay homage to silent films and his love of cinema in general.
HUGO is for those of us who find escape in the world of movies…

Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-wining director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. This holiday season the legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world with his first-ever 3-D film, based on Brian Selznick’s award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” HUGO is the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.

I’ve never read the best seller that became the basis for this movie but when I heard that it has a bit to do with an orphan and the story is somewhat of a period piece, I thought we were in for another version of Oliver Twist-type story. And perhaps certain elements of HUGO would give some people that impression.
HUGO’s set design, the visual, the 3D, the costume, the cinematography, everything about the environment is both marvelous and captivating.

A while back I thought this kind of film should be better handled by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director who brought us 2001′s Amelie, but Scorsese proves that he too can deliver something that wildly imaginative and magical.

One of the most visually arresting films in recent years.
Some of the best scenes I enjoy in HUGO are the ones that deal with the silent films. To watch Kingsley and McCrory re-enact some of those films is a delight.

The first half of the story loses my interest, partially because I feel that the father-son relationship is a bit rushed and I find the interaction between Hugo (Asa Butterfield) and Isabelle (Chloe Moretz) not engaging enough but I warm up to it after the heart-shaped key comes into play, my curiosity kicks in high gear from that point on.
Chloe Moretz’s accent goes on and off but her character is so friendly and supportive, you quickly dismiss her tough attempt on the accent.

The design they have for the automoton, the mechanic figure that can write, is nothing short of fascinating. I wonder if I could put that on my Christmas wish list this year, it’d be cool to own one.
I think it’s appropriate to have the great chameleon actor Ben Kingsley portray who many consider to be one of the fathers of early cinema, Georges Méliès.
As Méliès, Kingsley makes you see that the spark in his eyes and the excitement in his heart, his belief in dreams have long gone.

Hugo’s little sad story leads to a discovery of a grand story that opens the door to a celebrated past.
Nothing is left hanging in this film, every character has a purpose and each purpose connects with one another. Even the ruthless station inspector, well played by Sacha Baron Cohen, who hunts down orphans as part of his job, has depth and he, of all people, should understand what Hugo is going through because he’s a grown result of the resentment over the system that he wants to throw Hugo into.
I think the 3 big key characters here are Hugo Cabret, Méliès and the Station inspector and they collide perfectly in this cinematic enchantment straight from the heart and the imagination of Martin Scorsese.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

TOP 5 Thanksgiving Movies To Watch

What better way to celebrate the great American holiday that reminds you of being grateful each November than with a lineup of awesome Thanksgiving themed movies? Because this is that time of the year when you can relax, spend quality time with your family and watch a good old fashioned movie marathon while enjoying some delicious turkey leftovers. Below you have ten movies that should definitely go on you watch-list for this weekend.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner. Directed by Bill Melendez and Phil Roman.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman as his only companion. Directed by John Hughes, starring Steve Martin and John Candy.

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Son in Law (1993)

Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town. Directed by Steve Rash, starring Carla Gugino and Pauly Shore.

Home for the Holidays (1995)

After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics. Directed by Jodie Foster, starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. Directed by Woody Allen, starring Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher and Woody Allen.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gale Anne Hurd To Deliver Us An Area 51 TV Series

From zombies to aliens. The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and her Valhalla Entertainment have optioned Annie Jacobsen’s book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base for a potential TV series. The hourlong project, which will be taken out to the networks shortly, will be written by feature scribe Karl Gajdusek. It will follow two men working on the base who are thrust into danger when they uncover secrets that the government will protect at any cost. Gajdusek, who was brought in by Valhalla executive Beatrice Springborn, will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Hurd. Jacobsen will be a consulting producer.

Jacobsen’s Area 51 sheds light on the highly classified military base, which has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories claiming that it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, nuclear facilities or even the lunar landing, supposedly staged and filmed there.

Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served the base and another 55 who had links to Area 51, including living and working there for extended periods. The book chronicles what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror. Area 51 was published in May and spent 8 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller List.

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Did Mumble and crew have RAMA dancing in his seat during the movie? Please make sure to Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

I don’t care what haters say, I think HAPPY FEET TWO is better than its predecessor. It’s more fun, more entertaining, with a solid storyline and a group of interesting new characters. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big supporter of saving planet earth, but what felt forced about the first film was its heavy environmental agenda, halfway thought its story it became some kind of Public Service Announcement.
HAPPY FEET TWO has a bit of that, but not as much. The message of solidarity and even the little guys could make a difference, speak truer. With the fantastic animation and excellent voice cast, HAPPY FEET TWO will get your feet tapping…

In the film, Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son Erik is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven – a penguin who can fly!! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model. But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s ‘guts and grit’ as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures – from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals – to put things right.

The ice shelves breaking and polar caps shifting, the dilemma in this story is built around the penguins being trapped with no way out. The penguins on the other side want to help but they could only do so much.
At the heart of that is the relationship between Mumble, who is now a dad, and his little, and may I add adorable, son.

And what I like about their father-son relationship is that just like any other kid, the son would try to find a hero he could look up to and you know how it is, there’s a point in time when we just don’t see our fathers as cool anymore, either that or they do something that makes us not want to adore them anymore. And so comes along this weird looking penguin that could fly named Sven and suddenly he becomes the son’s superman or superhero, all the while Mumble struggling and trying his best to teach his son about patience, accepting the reality that they’re penguins and that there is always a reason to dance, everybody has their reason to dance. Mumble has to compete with this Sven figure and you’d see how the conflict plays out.

Part of the attraction of watching Happy Feet films is listening to a bunch of new renditions of popular songs that we’ve come to love.
HAPPY FEET TWO offers even more plus an original heartfelt song by Pink. The song is about the mother calling out to her son, reminding him about love and assuring him that everything will be ok, much like that sad song by Dumbo’s mom.

Some of the most interesting new characters introduced in this film are giant elephant seals that represent those who don’t keep their promises and those who are too proud to dance.

That’s what I appreciate about this film, it brings you back to dancing which is the spirit of Happy Feet films.
It still carries the save the planet message but without being too Al-Gory about it, because it tells it in a way that invites people of all ages to care for the planet in their own way, nobody is too weird to be involved, and if you put together all of our efforts, a seemingly impossible problem could be solved. George Miller even takes away the humans as savior element which may or may not be the film’s self dependency theme but if you go into the whole whether or not we need God or that we could help ourselves on our own terms, then we’re probably analyzing this film way too seriously.

The animation is ten times more impressive this time around, I especially like how pristine the krills look. By the way, the combo of Matt Damon and Brad Pitt as Will and Bill the Krill is perfect, they play off each other well, I think most of that has to do with the fact that they’re good buds in real life.
Will and Bill The Krill are like the odd couple, Will is the scared, conservative, stay with the group kind and Bill is the adventurous, the curious, thrill seeking kind.
Their bromance and their speedy dialogue are the film’s comic relief but they too connect with the Penguins’ survival story, they too have a reason to dance and if there’s no other reason, then to bring out the happy in you is more than good enough.

I love how everything comes together nicely in the end. You’ve got the elephant seals, two penguin tribes and a Krill clan and everybody directly or indirectly helps solve the problem.

Aside from Cars 2, which was a big fail in my book, I think this year has been a good year for animated sequels, KUNG FU PANDA 2 and HAPPY FEET TWO are evidence that a balanced and attentive care for animation, story and characters pay off.

GRADE: 5 out of 5

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Prometheus First Look-"There’s Definitely A Link To Alien"

When it comes to sci-fi classics, Ridley Scott has a pretty impeccable record. Not only did he direct the fiery 1979 action-fest Alien, he helmed the genre-redefining Blade Runner in 1982.
So it’s understandable that anticipation is running high for Scott’s upcoming sci-fi return, Prometheus, a 3-D space thriller starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace, which is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2012. Lucky for you, EW has the exclusive first look at the film!

The top-secret project, about a team of scientists whose spaceship (called Prometheus) gets marooned on a distant planet, has been teased as an Alien prequel, and although Scott and his cast won’t confirm that for sure, they certainly aren’t denying it. “There’s definitely a link to Alien,” claims Fassbender before adding, “There’s creatures in it that you’ll recognize.”

But other cast members, like Theron, are playing coy. Says the actress, “I think people should really let go of the idea that it’s an Alien film.”
So are the two films related at all? Truthfully, it may be a while before we know whether the $100 million Fox production is, in fact, directly related to Alien, but we do know one thing for sure: People will be very eager to see the finished product.

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We have new images from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. I can not wait for this film to finally hit theaters. I can say this is one of the movies I have been waiting to see all year. December can't get here soon enough.

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Official Information:

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions Present
A Bad Robot Production
A Brad Bird Film
Executive Producers Sherryl Clark Jeffrey Chernov
Produced by Tom Cruise J.J. Abrams Bryan Burk
Written by Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec
Directed by Brad Bird

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Anil Kapoor


Director Brad Bird and Producer J.J. Abrams bring us the action packed, entertainment event of the holiday season with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

The new film in the series, which has grossed $2 billion dollars worldwide, will feature a new team: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg.

In theatres and IMAX December 2011

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