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Saturday, February 4, 2012



Did the THE WOMAN IN BLACK scare the pants off of RAMA? Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a mildly entertaining horror film that rides heavily on the popularity of Daniel Radcliff. It’s going to make a lot of money at the box office, not because it’s attended by genuine horror fans but because it’s attended by Harry Potter fans. But that doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. Some aspects about THE WOMAN IN BLACK does work, it has enough fright to keep you alert. But the concept is nothing new and the ending is too convenient…

Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer whose grief has put his career in jeopardy, is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is keeping a deadly secret. Although the townspeople try to keep Kipps from learning their tragic history, he soon discovers that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost… and no one, not even the children, are safe from her vengeance.

Based on an ’80s book, by Susan Hill, that was previously turned into a TV movie but this is the first time that it hit the big screen. And with the help from revamped Hammer Productions, which gave birth to a lot of classic Brit horror films, and screenwriter Jane Goldman whose contributions to X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass I admired, THE WOMAN IN BLACK becomes a feature length horror film that lurks in the dark and frequently jolts you to your core.

The film unfortunately suffers from unintentional humorous situations. Scenes that are supposed to be scary becomes slightly comical and scenes that are supposed to be dramatic becomes tacky for lack of a better word.

I enjoy the environment in which the story is set. It’s gloomy, often foggy as well, and it features a massive landscape that could drown whenever the tide rises. The film has all the elements needed to tell an effective horror story, a creepy empty mansion, a vengeful, murderous spirit, a protagonist conflicted, and I think director James Watkins did a splendid job of maintaining the unpleasant, uncomfortable tone. The only problem is there are too many mcguffins that come into play. The film is obsessed with certain things way too often. I’m ok with horror films that give ghosts personalities and agendas but the lead ghost in this story is too erratic for my taste.

I know what you’re wondering. So how did Radcliffe do in this film? I’ve gotta be honest with you, Radcliffe playing a father to a son is as unconvincing as Anton Yelchin with facial hair acting like an seasoned man in Like Crazy. It’s as hilarious as watching Radcliffe played an older Potter at the end of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I just don’t buy it.

I understand that Radcliffe wants to move on and show the world that he can do more than just casting spells and waving wands, but I don’t think he gives the audience enough time to be ready to see him in an adult role.
Performance-wise, I think he plays Arthur Kipps with a certain composure, he knows his character is conflicted, part of him just wants to get the job done and return to his son, but part of him wants to believe in the supernatural because he misses his dead wife, which probably lead Goldman to writing an ending that gives you a reunion as the ghost’s way of saying thanks.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is in a sense a very traditional ghost story because there’s an unfinished business involved and the longing for reunion with restful peace.

It doesn’t leave much for further interpretation but if you love a good scare, THE WOMAN IN BLACK does the trick.

GRADE: 3 out of 5

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Nine Secrets You Need To Know About The Hunger Games

The first of four parts in Suzanne Collins' massively popular three-book series The Hunger Games, about two dozen children randomly chosen to compete for survival, opens March 23 on more than 4,000 screens across the country (as with Twilight and Harry Potter, the final book will be split into two films). The film's reception could determine whether its stars — Jennifer Lawrence, 21; Josh Hutcherson, 19; and Liam Hemsworth, 22 — ascend to Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner superstardom and fill the gap opening as Twilight heads toward its final chapter.

For Lionsgate, which has struggled recently at the box office (Abduction, Conan the Barbarian), Games is its first major test since acquiring Summit Entertainment, the studio behind The Twilight Saga franchise, in January — a move that yokes together execs responsible for the most recent youth phenomenon with those hoping to launch the next. Games’ success could impact the future of many at Lionsgate, all eager to claim credit for the Collins adaptation, now that the film division has named Summit’s Robert Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger to run it.

“After the trailer launched Nov. 14, we had 8 million views in the first 24 hours,” says Lionsgate Films president Joe Drake. “We were the number one Twitter trend on the planet. Since then, the book sales have jumped 7.5 million copies. That kind of data gives us enormous confidence.”

Here are some of the never-before-revealed details from THR's cover story:


Numerous actresses were considered for the lead — among them Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) — but Ross never felt he had the right person. Then he met Lawrence, fresh off an Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone, the 2010 indie release that put her on the map. But Lawrence hesitated, aware this could take her from being respected by her peers to the center of a pop-culture tornado — precisely the fate that had befallen Stewart with Twilight. “It was the middle of the night in England, and I was in bed when I got the call,” she remembers. “And I was so in love with the books and the script, and suddenly it was right in my face — and the size of the decision was terrifying.”
Her mom helped in the decision. "I called my mom and she called me a hypocrite, because when I was doing indie movies and everyone was asking why I didn’t do studio movies, I said, 'The size of the movie doesn’t matter.' And she said, 'Here’s a movie you love and you were thinking of turning it down because of its size.' I thought, 'I don’t want to miss out because I’m scared. Me being scared, I never want that to stop me fromdoing something.' But I knew in my heart that I wanted it — it was about working out all the fears."


Lawrence's salary for the first film is a modest $500,000 (about what Stewart received for the first Twilight), plus “escalators,” bonuses based on the movie’s performance.


An Oscar-nominated writer for 1988’s Big and 1993’s Dave, Ross grew up in Hollywood, the son of Arthur A. Ross, writer of Creature From the Black Lagoon. Ross was used to a comfortable life with his wife, producer Allison Thomas (The Tale of Despereaux), writing in the morning, working out in the afternoon and earning several hundred thousand dollars per month as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors. Every film he’d helmed (including 1998’s Pleasantville) had come from his own mind; he’d never had to compete as a director-for-hire — let alone against Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse), who also were salivating after the job. Ross, being paid in the $3-4 million range, fought hard for his right to be behind the camera. "I hadn't seen a piece of material that touched the culture and moved me the same way in a very long time," he explains. "And if you fully commit, you fully commit."

And he wasn't alone in his fight for the right to create the world of Panem. Jacobson, who has produced movies such as One Day and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, obtained the book’s rights against fierce competition from the likes of Ridley Scott.


Lionsgate operated on a really, really tight budget. True, it was handing Collins hundreds of thousands to option her novels (and will end up paying her millions if the film succeeds), but it was hoping to make Games for $60 million — more than the $35 million Summit had paid for Twilight, but negligible for a tentpole that needed months on location and 1,200 CGI shots. Ross wrote a script that would give the material its due without costing a fortune (the picture eventually came in at slightly over $90 million, reduced to $78 million after subsidies). He drew on his familiarity with such intimidating places as China’s Tiananmen Square and the architectural form known as Brutalism when it came to conceiving the Capitol — the city at the center of Collins’ brave new world of Panem, set hundreds of years in the future.


Ross already is committed to the first sequel, Catching Fire, which he hopes to start shooting in September from a script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), and the three young stars all are signed up for the full franchise.


On the last day of her six-week training phase, in which she’d become an expert at using a bow and arrow, climbing and jumping, Lawrence hit a wall — literally. “I had to do 10 ‘wall runs,’ where you run at the wall as hard as you can to get traction,” she recalls, explaining that her trainer would make her race at a wall with maximum speed to gain the momentum needed to propel her up. “I ran at it and my foot didn’t go up, so I caught the wall with my stomach. My trainer thought I had burst my spleen. I had to get a CAT scan and go into a tube where they put this fiery liquid in your body.” Fortunately, she was in great shape from her previous film. “I was still pretty bulked up from X-Men: First Class,” she says. “So a lot of the training was getting muscle back, heightening the muscles without building them. I loved the archery — well, I have a love-hate relationship with it.” With her trainer holding her hand, Lawrence learned she was badly bruised but nothing was broken — and work could continue.


There were bears. Some 300 of them living in the woods, and they would come out at the slightest scent of food. And there was the 100-degree heat and the rain that showered down daily, almost precisely at 4 p.m., at least giving Ross the chance to give his team a break. Between the rain and losing light early behind the trees, “we’d only get to shoot four or five hours a day,” he says. But Jacobson says Ross was never ruffled. Adds Hutcherson, “He always had a smile on his face” — even during the hardest moments.


Investors have pushed the Lionsgate stock up in the weeks since the Summit deal, partly because they think combining Twilight’s executives with the Games fan base will work magic for this new franchise. But few people — and none of the cast — have yet seen the finished film, despite a worldwide marketing campaign that ranges from action figures to nail polish. Everyone, everywhere, is waiting to see if the movie delivers.


"My brother Chris texted me before shooting and told me to lose weight. He said, 'It's called The Hunger Games, not The Eating Games!' "

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Emma Watson Your Voice In My Head

Warner Bros is negotiating to acquire Your Voice in My Head, the Emma Forrest-scripted drama based on the scribe’s memoir that is expected to be the next film by director David Yates. The film is shaping up to be a Harry Potter reunion. Yates is in discussions with Emma Watson to star in the role of a young woman who attempts suicide before being saved by a New York-based psychiatrist who’s dying of cancer.

Watson and Yates worked together on the last four Harry Potter films. Warner Bros has made it a priority to get right back in business with Yates. The studio offered him its script Imitation Game, but Yates didn’t bite and the studio is putting together a list of directors I’m told includes Ralph Fiennes and Bryan Singer. As for the lead male role in Your Voice in My Head, the studio is aiming high, with names like Tom Hanks and George Clooney in the mix. Yates is expected to make this film before he does A Reliable Wife at Sony.

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THE ENGLISH BEAT Performing In LA On February 11th

Two-Tone ska legends THE ENGLISH BEAT will be performing at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on Saturday February 11th. In addition to their timeless classics, they'll be playing some new songs off of their forthcoming album..

This isn’t just any ska band, English Beat is THE ska band! They’re one of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of their debut I Just Can't Stop It. Their irresistible blend of ska, punk, and reggae has made them undeniable stars. A few of their chart-topping hits include: “Save It For Later”, “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “I Confess”, and of course General Public’s “Tenderness”.

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02.11.12 - SATURDAY
142 Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
All Ages Doors: 7pm Admission: $25 GA

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First came 8 FILMS TO DIE FOR, then AFTER DARK ORIGINALS, now the #1 Horror Brand in the World is proud to announce the second installment in the AFTER DARK ORIGINALS series (ADO2), and it’s first film from this series, DARK CIRCLES

See exclusive stills from DARK CIRLCES by going to www.afterdarkoriginals.com.

With the success of the After Dark Films Horrorfest "8 Films To Die For" brand, and the unanimous success of the first installment of After Dark Originals (ADO), ADF, in conjunction with Lionsgate and IM Global, is proud to announce that they will be bringing another set of 8 terrorizing films to theaters in 2012 -- After Dark Originals 2 (ADO2). www.afterdarkoriginals.com

“We’re very proud of this new line of horror films and DARK CIRCLES is the perfect film to set the tone for our ‘newest brand of fear’.”
-Courtney Solomon, CEO of After Dark Films

After Dark Films kicks off After Dark Originals 2 with its first chilling feature of the new series that will send shivers down your spine. DARK CIRCLES, written and directed by Writer-Director Paul Soter (of Broken Lizard infamy, the team behind CLUB DREAD, SUPER TROOPERS and BEERFEST) and starring Pell James (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Johnathon Schaech (That Thing You Do), will have its blood-curdling theatrical release in 2012.

“Hopefully this will serve as some kind of cinematic equivalent of birth control.”
-Paul Soter, Writer/Director of Dark Circles


When new parents Alex and Penny retreat from the city and move into a place outside town, the stress and massive sleep-deprivation caused by their infant has both of them seeing things in the house that may or may not exist. Persistent sightings of a strange woman has each of them wondering if they are suffering from hallucinations, or if their new home holds a dark, supernatural presence. As their fragile grasp on reality spirals into delirium, Alex and Penny find themselves nearly helpless to deal with the horrific truth of what is really going in this house.

After Dark Films has made yet another unprecedented commitment to the production of eight original horror films this year under the After Dark Originals “A New Brand of Fear” label, continuing the Company’s mantra of supporting first time independent film writers and directors. The creation of the second AD Originals slate is just another example of the Company’s commitment to the Indie film industry.

Continuing the success of After Dark Originals, the second installment will uphold the tradition of giving After Dark fans the scare they crave. The ADO 2 slate will make the genre proud, with supernatural demons, psychological killers, gruesome mysteries, and even a sci-fi sector fully equipped with aliens and a killer leprechaun. Beware horror fans, After Dark Films is giving the fans exactly the type of horror movies they asked for! Come and see for yourselves. We dare you…
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About After Dark Films:

After Dark Films, an Independent motion picture studio, was formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films’ first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest “8 Films To Die For®” between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released the first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. Its second slate of 8 more originally produced films, After Dark Originals 2, is scheduled to debut in theaters in 2012.

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The Double Blu-Ray Review By: Matt C

The Double Blu-Ray Review
By: Matt C

I want to welcome Matt back with another DVD review he has provide us. Matt will become a regular on the site, so welcome him with open arms. Matt is also going to start and provide us with movie reviews for the site.

With the release of The Double this month on Blu-ray, one might wonder if the spy thriller genre has been oversaturated. Afterall, how could an independently-financed project with screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma and Wanted) penning and directing, be considered anything other than an over-blown version of 24? The answer might exist in the history of this genre. Throughout the 70’s-80’s, we saw few memorable attempts on television, like Airwolf and The Equalizer. But these masterpieces were few and far between. Instead, we were fed a steady diet of cheesy Bond flicks, with plot lines so thick you need a Q’s worth of plastiques just to get to the real plot. In the post-9/11 world, these western-style Cold War dramas have luckily matured for many. Films like the Bourne Identity franchise prove that good drama and action can dine at the same table. But for every Spy Game and 24, we’re still treated to an Enemy of the State and Die Another Day. The problem with these isn’t the genre itself, but in their execution. So, does The Double suffer from an over-convoluted plot line, crushing under its own weight, or does it rise above the rest of the 24 wanna-bes?

The Movie - 3.5/5

The Double exemplifies a simple truth in every modern spy thriller: convolution is the first on stage, and the last to leave. At first glance, Brandt and Haas have assembled all the pieces to tell a proper tale: a good cast and crew, a respected composer, and a story with all the requisite twists and turns that make up any good spy flick. The story centers around the hunt for retired Russian spy Paul Shepherdson, aka Cassius (Richard Gere, Pretty Woman), who played double agent/mole flawlessly while working for the CIA. I share this, not to spoil things, but because Haas and Brandt want you to know. The previews for The Double clearly spell this out. Our story tells how Gere keeps the CIA from capturing him, leading his former bosses through threats, misdirection, and murder. But this sort of unsavory conduct is a daily routine for Shepherdson, and he leaves a score of bodies for the CIA to mark and tag. But the cloak and dagger game ultimately encourages convolution. The strength of this story lies far beyond the hunt, but in the relationships that spies eventually make with regular people, sometimes leading to difficult choices when it's time to turn on their government. The Double, which was shown in only 45 theaters before being pulled after 3 weeks, is an excellent example of the way this genre has matured over the years. Take Gere's new CIA partner Ben Geary (Topher Grace, That 70's Show), who’s an expert on Cassius, even recognizing his favorite drink as Shepherdson pours it. Shepherdson respects Geary's command of Cassius' past, even accepting Geary's dinner invitations while maddening him through misdirection and assassinations right under his nose. Of course, Geary discovers Cassius' true identity, but not before the story takes us through a series of astonishing twists, leading to a wild reveal at the film's end. And while these moments could have been truly memorable, its effect is lost.

My concern wasn't with Gere, who posts a solid effort; it was the casting of Grace which left me wanting more. Grace is a comedy guy, not really capable or comfortable with the role of serious government agent; when discovers that Cassius and Shepherdson are one in the same, his reaction looks like someone who just lost his surfboard. These kinds of casting decisions can kill a film, and Grace's performance affects its outcome. Yet, supporting roles by Martin Sheen (The West Wing) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) were very good and provide good balance for the film at the right times. I believe The Double’s failure lies squarely on the shoulders of inadequate marketing and casting. Had these been properly addressed, this film would have fared far better.

The Video - 4.5/5

The Double makes its debut in beautiful 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC. Its 2.40:1 aspect ratio provides video snobs with very nice eye candy: cinematographer Jeffrey Kimball (Mission Impossible II) creates several very cool 'looks' for this film: a washed-out memory one, complete with stark colors wrapped in graininess; a terrific indoor modern look, which is colorful and detailed; and a clear outdoor finish, which captures crowded streets and action scenes clearly and without artifacting. Kimball never lets look overtake tension, as viewers are given time to look behind Shepherdson’s shoulder for all the classic spy vehicles which appear frequently and without apology. This is an excellent transfer, especially considering its very limited release.

The Audio - 5/5

The Double is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, which immerses the viewer in a jungle of city sounds, radio chatter, and background office dialogue. Composer John Debney (Iron Man 2, Cutthroat Island) compliments Kimball’s solid cinematography at the right times. It’s sad that Debney never proper credit for his work, but this soundtrack is worthy of further investigation. In the end, Debney strolls in the shadows of this spy soundtrack quite well. Like the video presentation, I was thoroughly impressed with the audio release.

Supplements - 3/5

The addition of a slipcase is a welcomed addition. Yet, the flimsy amaray box has got to go. Also, there’s no inner artwork behind the outer paper. And once again, we are forced to endure a lack of extras. I would say that what you do see is effective, and even insightful, and presented in HD. I just wish there was more:

· Commentary with Writer-Director Michael Brandt and Writer-Producer Derek Haas: Haas and Brandt take us through a treasure-trove of information including the script's background and their decision to change the films structure in the editing room.

· Producer Interviews (HD; 1.78:1; 7:49): This featurette contains the usual interviews with the actors and creators of the film.

· Trailer (HD; 2.35:1; 2:26): Watch the preview before seeing this film, as I should have done. It provides you Shepherdson’s secret which should place you in the proper frame of mind to enjoy the film.

The Bottom Line - 4/5

Let’s be clear: The Double is not Spy Game or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: its casting errors and 98-minute run time don’t give us enough opportunity to see the story fleshed out as it should have been. Grace’s casting is a problem as well. And while the case is cheap and supplements a little thin, the transfer is excellent and really contributes to a surprising finish. Its poor theatrical showing should not be a comment on its lack of quality (and you can get over Grace), because while it's not perfect The Double is really good. It's a fun ride, and at least worthy of a rental.

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MIRROR MIRROR International Posters

Today we got our hands on two new international poster for MIRROR MIRROR.

Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts and breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side), an evil Queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.

Mirror Mirror Trailer Has Appeared-

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Release: March 30, 2012

Director: Tarsem Singh

Writers: Melisa Wallack, Jason Keller

Cast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Robert Emms, Sean Bean

This spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale stars Oscar® winner Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) as the King and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton. When an evil queen steals control of Snow White’s kingdom, the exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. Mirror Mirror is a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over.

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress (Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s (Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Hammer). When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits.

Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. With the support of her subjects, she roars into action in an epic battle that blends spectacle, magic and contemporary humor in Singh’s signature, jaw-dropping visual style.

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CHRONICLE Movie Review

What did RAMA think of CHRONICLE. Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

I’ve got two words for CHRONICLE: Super Cool!
What a fantastic film! So much fun! The three characters on the screen havin’ a blast with their superpowers and we the audience get to have a blast with them, CHRONICLE is that engaging! I’m not too crazy about found footage or POV genre but writer Max Landis and director Josh Trank have crafted something that allows not just the character’s camera but every other freakin’ camera that’s around, to help tell the story. And I admire the fact that the film doesn’t shy away from the usual adolescent problems, it’s pretty much a relatable teen movie but it’s also got awesome superpowers..

Directed by Josh Trank and written by John Landis and his son, Max, the movie stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly.
three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities, and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

When I watched the previews and trailers, I thought I was in for some kind of wanna be X-Men but minus the costume and minus a mentor ala Xavier, but CHRONICLE is nowhere near that comparison at all.
The two powers presented in this film are telekinesis, which is moving objects with your mind, and flying, one of the top most coveted powers ever, who the hell wouldn’t want to fly?!

Of the three key characters, I think it’s fair to say that Andrew (Dane DeHaan) is the lead. His story, his personal dilemma, becomes the motivating factor for the epic conflict that awaits in the third act. Matt (Alex Russell) is his cousin and Steve (Michael B. Jordan) is the popular jock. In a normal world, there’s no way that these three could’ve been friends, not in another lifetime either, but as soon as they gain superpowers, there’s a bond, a friendship created, it’s as if they’ve formed their own fraternity that only they could play in.

If you’re a teen and you suddenly find that you could fly and move objects without touching them, saving people or being a hero would not be the first thing that comes to your mind, that’s just the honest truth and that’s why CHRONICLE is fun because it shows what any normal teen would do if they’re granted superpowers beyond their imagination. They’d pull pranks, they’d use it to see girls’ underwear and the list goes on, they’d even play football 30,000 feet above ground. The flying sequences are my favorite because they’re absolutely thrilling. The VFX is impressive for something that’s not a summer big budget type film.
And as I mentioned earlier, what CHRONICLE does is tell the story from the perspective of more than just Andrew’s camera. Especially the big fight scene at the end, you get to see it through traffic cameras, helicopter cameras, building security cameras, and regular folks’ handycam. And because the character Andrew is supposedly skilled at handling cameras, what you get is a more steady, less dizzying presentation as opposed to other found footage films like Cloverfield for example.

Any teen with problems at home could relate to the frustrations that Andrew, Matt, and Steve feel. None of their problems are far-fetched, their powers may be, but their problems aren’t. Taking it out on the world,.. not being there when you’re needed the most,.. those kinds and more make CHRONICLE a grounded, unique film.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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Watchmen Comics Will Live On

The storm has been approaching for a couple of years now, but it broke yesterday with DC announcing that Alan Moore's iconic graphic novel Watchmen is to finally get the franchise treatment. It's not strictly movie news (although there are possible implications) but we thought you might be interested...

The story dates back to a change of regime at DC in 2010. Despite the company's very public falling-out with the irascible Moore, DC's head honcho Paul Levitz was always adamant that Watchmen, at least in print form, was sacred ground not to be invaded. When Levitz stepped down, however, Watchmen was no longer sequestered by in-house defenders, and with Zack Snyder's movie propelling the book to the status of DC's all-time bestseller, the company's senior vice-president Dan DiDio made an expanded Watchmen universe a pet project.

Much speculation and rumour followed (largely fuelled by the alarmist fanboys at Bleeding Cool), but the result turns out to be seven inter-connected prequel comic mini-series, published weekly under the banner Before Watchmen, starting this summer.

Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Hellblazer) is writing the four-part Rorschach and the six-part Comedian. J Michael Straczynski (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) gets four-part shots at Dr Manhattan and Nite Owl. Darwyn Cooke (Catwoman, New Frontier) is behind the four-issue Silk Spectre and the six-issue Minutemen. And Watchmen's original editor Len Wein is providing six issues of Ozymandias. Each issue will contain two pages of a new pirate story Curse Of The Crimson Corsair (again by Wein), and there'll also be a multi-authored Before Watchmen: Epilogue.

Original Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons is quoted in DC's press release cautiously wishing the project well. Moore though, true to form, was quick to denounce it, telling the New York Times, "It's completely shameless. I tend to take this latest development as confirmation that [DC] are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago. I don't want money; I just want it not to happen."

A defensive Straczynski confidently hit back, calling Moore's position "absolutely understandable and deeply flawed." He pointed out that "the Watchmen characters were variations on pre-existing characters created for the Charleton Comics universe."

"As far as I know, there weren't many prequels or sequels to Moby Dick," sniffed Moore. But Moore has spent much of the last decade writing The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (using characters created by Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, HG Wells, H Rider Haggard and so on), and Lost Girls (a pornographic team-up of Oz's Dorothy, Wonderland's Alice and Peter Pan's Wendy). Pot? Kettle?

"I don’t hear Alan suggesting that no one other than Shuster and Siegel should have been allowed to write Superman," says Straczynski. "Certainly Alan himself did this when he was brought on to write Swamp Thing, a seminal comics character created by Len Wein. The whole point of having great characters is the opportunity to explore them more deeply. That DC allowed these characters to sit on a shelf for over two decades as a show of respect is salutary, but there comes a time when good characters have to re-enter the world."

“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said Didio. "“Collaborative storytelling is what keeps these fictional universes fresh.”

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Al Pacino & Christopher Walken Are Stand Up Guys

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin will star in Stand Up Guys, an action comedy being directed by Fisher Stevens, who won an Oscar for producing The Cove.

An April shoot in Los Angeles is being scheduled.

The project, which was formerly known as Old Timers, centers on two aging criminals, one of whom has been hired to kill his friend. They decide to enjoy one last night of debauchery in which they hit up a brothel, steal some cars and evade police but also face the choices they made in their lives. The project began life as a spec script by Noah Haidle.

The film is being made by Lakeshore in conjunction with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, with Lionsgate distributing domestically. Lakeshore International with Sierra Pictures is handling international sales.

Sidney Kimmel, Gary Lucchessi, Tom Rosenberg and SKE’s Jim Tauber are producing. Matt Berenson and the late Bingham Ray are credited as executive producers.

Pacino and Walken both appeared in Gigli, though they did not share the screen. Pacino and Arkin, however, acted alongside each other in 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Akrin and Walken both appeared in America’s Sweethearts, the 2001 Julia Roberts movie.

The three are also Oscar winners. Pacino won for Scent of a Woman, Walken for Vietnam war classic The Deer Hunter, and Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine.

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New Image Of Daniel Craig In SKYFALL

Here is a new image from SKYFALL the next installment in the Bond series. Daniel Craig is back as 007.

The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. SKYFALL, which goes into production on Monday, November 7th, will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012.

In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Joining Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Director Sam Mendes were members of the cast of SKYFALL, including: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe. The filmmakers also announced Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw as Q

The Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, a nine-time Oscar® nominee who previously shot the films Jarhead and Revolutionary Road for Mendes. The Production Designer is Oscar® winner Dennis Gassner, who previously designed Quantum of Solace and collaborated with Mendes on the films Road to Perdition and Jarhead. The Editor is Stuart Baird, A.C.E., whose many credits include Casino Royale. Jany Temime, whose many credits include the Harry Potter series, In Bruges, and Children of Men, is the Costume Designer. Action specialist Alexander Witt is the 2nd Unit Director. Gary Powell is Stunt Co-ordinator, Chris Corbould is SFX Supervisor and Steve Begg is Visual Effects Supervisor, all of whom have worked on previous Bond films.

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Eric Bana To Star In Unnamed Suspense Thriller

Gah! Don'tcha just hate it when you're a legal type and you're suddenly forced to work together with your ex on a case? We know we do.... It sounds like the recipe for a frothy romantic comedy, possibly starring Katherine Heigl and some up-and-coming studly type, but in reality it's the basis for a new suspense thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall.

Boy A director John Crowley is directing, working from a script by Steve "Eastern Promises" Knight. The film doesn't have a title yet*, which usually makes us question their commitment to sparkle motion, but we'll let it slide for now as there is at least a basic plot online.

As mentioned above, Hall and Bana will play former lovers who are thrown back together (professionally, at least) when they're paired as part of the defence team in a high-profile terrorism case. Soon, loyalties and being tested and nerves are being frayed. Oh, and PR cliches are being spouted, such as these by Focus Features bosses James Schamus and Andrew Karpen in a statement about the movie picked up by Variety: "Working Title and John Crowley have not only crafted a nail-biting thriller, but an emotional roller-coaster as well – one that speaks to the heart of the human condition in our time."

Crowley is set to start shooting this April in the UK. Bana was last seen in Hanna and is hearing up to shoot Elvis & Nixon. He's also just finished making Blackbird. Hall will next show up in Lay The Favourite.

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First Official Poster For INTRUDERS Starrring Clive Owen

We got our hands on the first official poster for the film INTRUDERS.

Millennium Entertainment will release INTRUDERS on March 30, 2012.

Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow (Clive Owen) after Farrow’s beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia (Ella Purnell) is assaulted in their home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out.

From visionary filmmaker JUAN CARLOS FRESNADILLO (28 Weeks Later, the upcoming Highlander reboot), INTRUDERS is the chilling story of two children living in different countries, each visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them.

INTRUDERS stars CLIVE OWEN (Children of Men), CARICE VAN HOUTEN (Repo Men), PILAR LÓPEZ DE AYALA (Juana la Loca),DANIEL BRÜHL (Inglorious Bastards), KERRY FOX (Shallow Grave) and HÉCTOR ALTERIO (Son of the Bride).

The film’s producers are ENRIQUE LÓPEZ-LAVIGNE (28 Weeks Later, The Impossible), BELÉN ATIENZA (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Impossible) and MERCEDES GAMERO (Planet 51, Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis). JESÚS DE LA VEGA (Hierro, The 2 Sides of the Bed) and RICARDO G. ARROJO (Planet 51, Julia’s Eyes) serve as Executive Producers. The script is by NICO CASARIEGO (Tú qué harías por amor?) and JAIME MARQUES (Takers).

Millennium Entertainment will release INTRUDERS on March 30, 2012.

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HUNGER GAMES 50 Day Celebration & New Trailer




Search #HungerGames50 on Twitter

Today marked another milestone in the countdown to the release of THE HUNGER GAMES. With 50 days to go until audiences everywhere are able to see the film in theaters, Lionsgate® is engaging fans in a variety of ways, including ticket giveaways across 50 websites, the launch of a new movie trailer, and several exciting news announcements surrounding the film.

As of 10:00 AM PST today, February 2, 2012, fans can search for #HungerGames50 on Twitter to be find the 50 websites participating in the ticket give-away for the World Premiere of the film, which will take place at LA’s Nokia Theater in the LA Live complex on Monday, March 12th. The digital campaign follows those for #HungerGames100 and #HungerGames74, which marked milestones in the campaign with similar interactive fan activities. Each became worldwide trending topics on Twitter within moments of its launch.

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A new trailer for the film was also debuted today by Yahoo! Movies. Fans can be the first to see that trailer (here), before it’s aired on Sunday, February 5th during the Superbowl’s pre-game show.

Lionsgate and IMAX also announced today that THE HUNGER GAMES will be shown for a one week exclusive engagement in IMAX theaters, day and date with its wide theatrical release on March 23, 2012.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 23.5 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.

To experience The Hunger Games online, please visit:
Official Website: http://www.thehungergamesmovie.com/
Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/thehungergamesmovie
Official Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/thehungergames
Capitol Couture: www.capitolcouture.pn

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Disney's John Carter Sweepstakes- Are You The Real John Carter?

If your name is John Carter, head to http://di.sn/RealJC and sign up now to get invited to a special, advanced screening of the film and enter for a chance to win a trip to Peru with Adventures by Disney. Are you John Carter enough for the challenge?

From Academy Award®--winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes "John Carter"—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). "John Carter" is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

John Carter | In theaters March 9

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Will Smith Will Have A Winter's Tale With Russell Crowe

Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) had been trying to get his directing debut off the ground for years: An adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 magical-realism novel Winter's Tale. Vulture has learned that things finally seem to be moving ahead on the stalled project at Warner Bros. (news of which broke exactly one year ago today) after, our spies say, Goldsman "called in every favor he had" and landed Russell Crowe and Will Smith, both stars of his previous work, in supporting roles.

Set in both nineteenth-century and present-day Manhattan, Winter's Tale is about a petty thief who falls in love with the dying girl who inhabits the house he’s just burgled and the gangster boss bent on killing him. (Oh, and did we mention there’s also a white, flying horse?) We hear Crowe is in negotiations to play Pearly Soames, the gangster boss, while Smith would appear in the film as a judge. The lead roles of the thief and the little girl still have not been cast.

The film had been languishing at Warner over financial issues — as you might expect with a book that features an angelic white horse that can actually jump five New York City blocks at one go — but we now hear that between Goldsman shaving some $20 million off the original budget and landing both Crowe and Smith, the film is likely to take flight (just like a flying horse!) and begin shooting as early as September or October of this year.

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Gary Oldman Heads To Motor City

Gary Oldman, riding high from a best actor Oscar nomination for his work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is in final negotiations to play the villain in Motor City, a Dark Castle revenge thriller being directed by Albert Hughes. Warner Bros. is distributing.

Dominic Cooper, who caught the town’s eye with his performance in The Devil’s Double, and Amber Heard are starring in the pic, about a small-time hood who is framed and sent to prison, only to exact revenge years later to get back the woman he loves.

Oldman, who worked with Hughes on Book of Eli, will act as a kingpin-type who has his hooks into the woman.

Chad St. John wrote the script. Joel Silver and Andrew Rona are producing. Douglas Urbanski and Ethan Erwin are exec producing.
An April start in Berlin is being eyed.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Relativity Music Group & CAPITOL RECORDS NASHVILLE Team Up For Act of Valor Soundtrack

Relativity Music Group to Release Soundtrack of Relativity’s Navy SEALs Action Thriller Act of Valor, Featuring Original Songs from Some of Today’s Top Recording Artists

Pre-Order of Album Available On The iTunes® Store Now

Soundtrack available by Capitol Records Nashville on February 21, 2012

Relativity Music Group is pleased to announce the release of the soundtrack for Relativity Media’s adrenaline-fueled Navy SEAL action-thriller Act of Valor, featuring brand new original songs written and inspired by the film from today’s top recording artists including: Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd, Montgomery Gentry, and more. In theatres February 24, 2012, the Bandito Brothers’ Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history, along with actors Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle and Nestor Serrano, in an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking. Pre-Order of the Act of Valor album is available on the iTunes® store now. The soundtrack will be released by Relativity Music Group and distributed in music retail locations by Capitol Records Nashville on February 21st.

The track listing includes original songs written and performed by artists including: Keith Urban (whose song “For You” is featured in the film’s end credits), Sugarland (“Guide You Home”), Lady Antebellum (“I Was Here”), Trace Adkins (“If the Sun Comes Up”), Lori McKenna (“Two Soldiers Coming Home”), Jake Owen (“The Best I Can”), Montgomery Gentry (“What It Takes”), Josh Kelley (“The Best of Me”), Hunter Hayes (“Where We Left Off”), and Wynonna Judd (“Whatever Brings You Back”).

Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly-trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film—showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.

Relativity’s expansive upcoming slate includes the magical adventure comedy Mirror Mirror (in theatres March 30, 2012), starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, and Armie Hammer. The studio just wrapped production on the comedy 21 and Over and is currently in pre-production on Nicholas Sparks’ gripping love story Safe Haven and the international espionage thriller Hunter Killer.

For more information about Act of Valor, please visit http://www.actofvalor.com.


Relativity Music Group was formed in 2009 under the leadership of Happy Walters, Co-COO of Relativity Media. Over the past two years, the music division has provided music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced and/or financed by Relativity Media and other major Hollywood studios, including such titles

as: Bridesmaids, Beginners, Dear John, Repo Men, Couples Retreat, A Single Man, Love Happens, Biutiful, The Adjustment Bureau, Zombieland, Brothers, 30 Rock, A Perfect Getaway, Limitless, The Fighter and many others.

Looking ahead, Relativity Music Group will release the following soundtracks in 2012 including: Haywire, Mirror Mirror, and The Raven.

Relativity Music Group plans to release 15-20 soundtracks per year via its licensing and distribution agreement with ADA/Warner Music Group.

For more information, please http://relativitymusicgroup.net

Capitol Records Nashville is one of Country music’s most prominent imprints, having been named Label of the Year by Billboard and Country Aircheck for three consecutive years and Music Row and Country Radio Seminar for 2009 and 2010. The label is part of EMI, the world’s largest independent music company, and is home to a roster of Country music legends, emerging artists and global superstars.

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SAFE HOUSE Featurette- Get To Know Tobin Frost

Today yahoo unleashed a new featurette for the film SAFE HOUSE. SAFE HOUSE is an upcoming action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington, Robert Patrick, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Reynolds.

For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A “housekeeper” who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he’s had proves to be the most dangerous man he’s ever met, Weston readies for duty.

Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA’s known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he’s done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he’s now back on the reservation with a secret.

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For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive, backwater post in Cape Town. A “housekeeper” who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to prove himself. When the first and only occupant he’s had proves to be the most dangerous man he’s ever met, Weston readies for duty.

Tobin Frost has eluded capture for almost a decade. One of the best ops men that the CIA’s known, the ex-intelligence officer has given up assets and sold military intel to anyone with cash since he turned. From trading secrets to North Korea to aiding splinter cells, the damage he’s done to the U.S. is immeasurable. And he’s now back on the reservation with a secret.

As soon as Frost is brought in for debriefing, mercenaries come and tear apart Weston’s safe house. Barely escaping, the unlikely partners must discover if their attackers have been sent by terrorists or someone on the inside who will kill anyone standing in the way. Now it’s up to Weston to figure out who he can trust before they’re both eliminated from the game.

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The Hunger Games New Image Of Katniss & Cinna

Today Rolling Stone delivered us a simple new image from The Hunger Games. We get to see Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. It's amazing that my 9 year old daughter has read the entire book and is explaining this picture to me.

In The Hunger Games, his character creates a series of striking outfits for the young warrior, which isn’t exactly a stretch for the stylish rocker. “He’s very streamlined, he’s very quiet,” Kravitz says of Cinna. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s confident. He’s got a big heart. I just liked the way he moved – very smooth.”

Lionsgate's film adaptation of the very popular novels by Suzanne Collins is set for a March 23 release. Set in the futuristic world of Panem, the story follows Katniss as she becomes a contestant in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death competition held by the government in which only one young person will survive.

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So what did RAMA think of ONE FOR THE MONEY? Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m a big fan of Katherine Heigl, I think she’s a fantastic actress and she is drop dead beautiful, sadly I’m not a fan of her movies, mainly because her movies haven’t given me any reason to like them. Heigl practically owns January which is the dumping ground for terrible movies. ONE FOR THE MONEY is the first on my list of this year’s most unpleasant experiences in theaters…

A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.
Nabbing Morelli would be satisfying payback – and a hefty payday – but as Stephanie learns the ins and outs of becoming a recovery agent from Ranger, a hunky colleague who’s the best in the business, she also realizes the case against Morelli isn’t airtight. Add to the mix her meddling family, a potentially homicidal boxer, witnesses who keep dying and the problem of all those flying sparks when she finds Morelli himself…well, suddenly Stephanie’s new job isn’t nearly as easy as she thought.

Those of you fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels might have their own arguments on whether or not Heigl well captured their favorite character, but as a film, this has all the ingredients of a failed, catastrophic rom-com.

The biggest disaster is the fact that the comedy is flat, none of its humor works, it’s not nearly as bad as Jennifer Aniston’s The Bounty Hunter, but it dances in that same ballroom. It’s supposed to be part whodunit mystery but nothing about it is smart, you don’t care for the characters or the chemistry between Heigl’s and O’Mara’s character. The first person narration is anything but interesting, and the whole Heigl semi naked in the bathroom scene is a cheap tease.

At the end of the movie, you’d feel like you want to blame the director, the screenwriters, the actors, and everybody involved with the production for wasting our time.

Thinking or recalling the movie again gives me headache. I don’t know if they want the audience to get the impression that Stephanie Plum is some kind of tough woman that’s in way over her head because the way Heigl plays the role gives me the impression of an incompetent, irritating, clueless woman. I was told that there are 18 Stephanie Plum novels, if we were to expect more adaptations to come our way, we’re off to a rocky start with ONE FOR THE MONEY. This movie makes bounty hunters everywhere look like a joke.

GRADE: 1 out of 5

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