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Saturday, February 18, 2012

THIN ICE Movie Review By: RAMA

THIN ICE Movie Review

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Great performances, average movie, that’s basically what you can take away from THIN ICE, which wants to be taken seriously as a Midwestern con flick with a bit of Coens’ Fargo feel to it but the way it reveals itself at the end is so abrupt and hasty, it jams itself down the audience’s throat and it doesn’t care whether or not the audience is fully prepared for it just yet. Interesting concept, a con film through the eyes of the marked man, but interesting at best is what this film would have to settle for…

THIN ICE (an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival) is a dark comedy about a small time insurance agent (Greg Kinnear) looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is all about selling a story — all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. However, his attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith’s (Billy Crudup) temper dramatically ups the stakes trapping him in a madcap spiral of deceit and peril.

Greg Kinnear is a fantastic actor, I think I find myself saying that about all of his previous performances. There are certain occupations out there that are not liked by general public, lawyers and insurance agents are examples, and Kinnear plays an agent who’s also a compulsive liar and he sees a golden opportunity that could be used to his advantage. The story is basically told through his perspective, his character, Mickey, is not necessarily a protagonist but then again, the story doesn’t actually have a protagonist to root for, because even the ones that get away with the prize don’t grant themselves something likeable, and because Micky finds himself digging deeper and deeper into problems with every unwise choice he makes, part of you would feel a bit sorry for the fella.
As I said earlier, THIN ICE sorta takes style from Coen Bros’ crime drama/thriller/comedy, even Mickey reminds me of Michael Stuhlbarg’s character in A Serious Man, situations for them just worsen, no matter what they do, there’d be times when they think they’ve got it all figured out but they actually don’t.

One credit I’d give THIN ICE is that unless somebody tells you that it’s a con film, you probably wouldn’t have guessed it from the get-go but halfway trough the film, you can kinda start sensing something’s off and start piecing it together.
I’m a tropical boy, so I can only imagine how uncomfortable it must’ve been for Arkin, Kinnear, and Crudup to be out there in dead winter, I’d freeze my ass off and wouldn’t be able to say my lines correctly.
I think the film was poorly edited and it could’ve used a more chilling score.
Crudup is a treat to watch here because his character is unpredictable, unstable, psycho scary and because of that he also comes off funny, I’ve never seen Crudup this way on screen and so to see him do it so well, is refreshing, definitely not an actor you’d underestimate.
Perhaps if the writers, the Sprechers, where to give Mickey more depth, thus allowing Kinnear to showcase more. That would certainly compensate for everything else that’s lackluster about THIN ICE.

GRADE: 2 out of 5

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation International Trailer

Today we got our hands on the international trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation thanks to MSN. We get some new footage in the trailer a  great shot of Cobra Commander.

Little has been revealed about the plot other than that it will feature the G.I. Joe Team coming into a conflict with Zartan, Storm Shadow and Firefly. Zartan (who is last seen in disguise as the President of the United States) has now got the world leaders all under his thumb, warheads headed towards innocent populaces, and some new heavies on the payroll to keep G.I. Joe at bay.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Joseph Mazzello,Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Walton Goggins, Johnathan Pryce, Byung-hun Lee, RZA, and D.J. Cotrona. Look for the movie when it hits theaters on June 29, 2012.

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First Official LOCKOUT Poster Starring Guy Pearce & Maggie Grace

Check out the first official poster for LOCKOUT, the action-packed sci-fi thriller from the producers of TAKEN. Falsely convicted ex-government agent Snow (Guy Pearce) must rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from an outer space maximum security prison after it is taken over by violent inmates.

The film will be in theaters everywhere on April 20, 2012.

From renowned action producer Luc Besson, LOCKOUT stars Guy Pearce (THE HURT LOCKER, upcoming PROMETHEUS), along with Maggie Grace (TAKEN, ABC’s LOST) and Peter Stormare (ARMAGEDDON, upcoming HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION). The film will be in theaters everywhere on April 20, 2012.

Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, LOCKOUT follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.

Official Site: http://www.lockoutfilm.com/
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IFC Films BRAKE Giveaway- Watch It Now On SundanceNOW

SundanceNOW has provide SandwichJohnFilms with two exclusive codes to watch the film BRAKE from the comfort of you home.

You must be 18 or older to be eligible to win the prize. I will pick one winner from my Facebook page and one Twitter Follower.

BRAKE (starring Stephen Dorff of BLADE and IMMORTALS), is available on SundanceNOW, before its limited theatrical release on March 23.

Jeremy Reins (Dorff) is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up in total darkness, confused and disoriented. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head. Jeremy quickly realizes he's in trouble. It's hard to breathe. He can barely move. No one will answer his cries for help. Then, he hears the sound of an engine and it all becomes clear...he's trapped in the trunk of a moving car.

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Kevin Macdonald’s "MARLEY" Trailer Is Here

Three little birds delivered the official U.S. trailer for Kevin Macdonald’s MARLEY via Apple.

Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

MARLEY made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month, to be followed by its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.

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1983's Valley Girl To Be Remade

Paramount has joined MGM’s effort to mount a musical film remake of 1983′s Valley Girl, the film that helped launch the career of Nicolas Cage. The remake will launch a new feature directing career, as the studios chose Clay Weiner over a number of well-established helmers who wanted the job. Who is Clay Weiner and how did this happen?

Weiner is a prolific commercials director — he helmed the Super Bowl spot for Time Warner Cable with Ricky Gervais and Mary Louise Parker — but his only real credit is the Nickelodeon film Fred: The Movie. He was determined to win the Valley Girl job, and his reps were able to include him among a bunch of helmers who met with studio executives before the holiday. Weiner was the only one who spent the two-week holiday break putting together a three-minute demo reel, paid for out of his own pocket, that featured choreographed dance routines set to a mash-up of the 1980s tunes that will be sung in the film. He demonstrated the spirit, design, costuming and camera work that reflected his vision for the film. It told the studio execs everything they needed to know. This week, they gave Weiner the job and it was the reel that won it for Weiner..

This version of Valley Girl follow the original story of a punk guy with no money from the wrong side of the tracks who sets his sights on winning the affection of a Valley girl with a loutishly preppy boyfriend. In the musical, the actors will sing ’80s New Wave tunes from bands like The Go Go’s and The Cars. MGM has been working on this one for awhile and it is now on a fast track. A script by Amy Talkington is being rewritten by Rachel Getting Married scribe Jenny Lumet. And now the film has a director who, very much like the Valley Girl protagonist, overcame long odds through persistence to get what he wants.

MGM is on a remake tear, as the studio is getting close to start dates on the Jose Padilha-directed Robocop, Joe Carnahan-directed Death Wish, and a Kim Peirce-directed Carrie.

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Did RAMA enjoy this action romantic comedy? Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally! A Valentine’s season movie that guys, who don’t care much for mushy lovey-duvey things, can also enjoy! THIS MEANS WAR is a blast! Chris Pine and Tom Hardy provide the action, and America’s sweetheart Reese Witherspoon provides the rom-com, with funnygirl Chelsea Handler who gets A+ in my book for being a great comic relief. Nice comeback by director McG who disappointed us back in 2009 with Terminator Salvation..

In the film, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy portray the world’s deadliest CIA operatives, as well as inseparable partners and best friends… until they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever – each other.

If you’ve come to get purely entertained, nothing more, nothing less, then you’ve come to see the right movie, THIS MEANS WAR is spy vs. spy hilarity, non-stop laughs, physical humor that mixes Bond-esque gadgets with tug of war competition. And when you cut it right in half, you’d find that it’s also a buddy comedy, on one hand you have Pine-Hardy, and on the other Witherspoon-Handler.

This movie’s got so much energy to last a century, the action sequences are far-fetched and ridiculous and they feel animated but they’re exciting and fun to watch, they become some sort of a vehicle that takes FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) from best of friends into two people who could no longer be in the same room, and if they are, it’s only a matter of minutes before all kinds of objects around them start to break.
Everybody’s going to be enchanted by the two good looking guys and cutie Reese Witherspoon as Lauren, but I think Chelsea Handler is this film’s secret weapon, at first you may see her character, Trish, as that typical annoying best friend who encourages you to do bad just so she could gloat in either your accomplishment or failure but Handler’s character serves more purpose than just that.

THIS MEANS WAR could’ve easily gone south but luckily the humor works, it fires from left and right, unexpectedly and you’d find yourself cracking up every single time. It’s not one of those that starts out strong and then goes downhill, It never goes stale, from start to finish the humor is fresh and constant. Whether it be dating humor, sex humor or testosterone humor, THIS MEANS WAR stays genuinely funny.
You will laugh out loud at the creative covert ops to gather intel about what Lauren likes or dislikes, not to mention the way each side tries to sabotage the other’s secret mission.

I think the script is smart, not only does it present this relationship dilemma but it presents it in a way that somewhat makes fun of how people often play dating game, by comparing people, everybody is at fault here because Tuck and FDR lie to Lauren and Lauren lie to both of them. The two guys represent this ancient masculinity that’s very basic, who gets to have the loudest roar, who gets to better impress the lady. The covert ops that Desperately trying to read what their woman wants eventually turns each of them into someone they’re not and friendship becomes the victim and collateral damage.

I’m aware that there are rom-coms out there you just can’t stand but if you give THIS MEANS WAR a shot, you’ll find that this particular rom-com makes for a great dating movie on a Saturday night, the perfect blend of action and comedy.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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We Have Your Access To See PROJECT X In Sacramento

In Theaters March 2

We have your access to see PROJECT X. Warner Bros. has provide me with Exclusive passes for the fans to get access to the screening in Sacramento,Ca. Please

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PROJECT X is an upcoming comedy drama film directed by Nima Nourizadeh, written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by The Hangover director Todd Phillips. The film stars Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown, and centers around a group of teenagers who document a house party which suddenly goes wrong. PROJECT X is filmed in the vein of a home video.

PROJECT X follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget… but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. “Project X” is a warning to parents and police everywhere. This film has been rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem-all involving teens.


The screening will take place on February 28, 2012 - 7:30 PM at a Sacramento Area Theater.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Say Hello To The New Zorro

Last April, rumours began to spread that 20th Century Fox had its eye on an ambitious new take on the Zorro legend, with post-apocalyptic version Zorro Reborn bubbling away in development. Now it’s closer to reality, with Gael Garcia Bernal anointed to take over the trademark sword-swishing duties.

Since it’s set in The World Of Tomorrow, it’ll be a change from the usual Californian / Mexican setting, though the ruined world concept does suggest a lot of desert will still be involved. Bernal’s Zorro will this time be a masked vigilante out for revenge.

Against who? That is still shrouded – or perhaps that should be cloaked, given the character – in mystery. What we do know is that Glenn Gers has taken a pass at the script originally written by Harker scribes Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy.

But though pre-vis specialist and spellcheck nemesis Rpin Suwannath was originally touted as the new film’s director, the chair is currently vacant.

Zorro has been a success for Sony in the past with 1998’s The Mask Of Zorro and to a lesser degree with 2005’s The Legend Of Zorro. And the studio isn’t giving up on the character either – it is still developing an origin story for the hero based on Isabel Allende’s 2005 book, simply titled Zorro.

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Katie Cassidy Cast In CW's Green Arrow

Gossip Girl, Melrose Place and Supernatural alumna Katie Cassidy is back at the CW as the female lead in the network’s pilot Arrow. The Warner Bros TV-produced project, a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow, stars Stephen Amell as the vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology under his secret identity as Oliver Queen, a wealthy playboy and billionaire industrialist-turned-outspoken politician in Star City.

Cassidy will play Laurel, a young legal clinic attorney who shares a romantic past with Oliver. (In the comics, the character, Dinah “Laurel” Lance, has a superhero alter ego, Black Canary.) In Arrow, Cassidy joins Amell and Susanna Thompson, who was cast yesterday as Oliver’s mother, Moira Queen. David Nutter is directing the pilot, written/executive produced by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.

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What did RAMA think of THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY. Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

I love this movie! Fantastical, flawless, fun family film, wow, that’s a lot of Fs, but seriously it’s great to have Studio Ghibli back with their latest adaptation, since I wasn’t completely taken by Ponyo.
I think the American voice cast were great, I’m curious to know what may or may not have gotten lost in the translation and the adaptation though, since I’ve never read the children book series that it’s based on. The animation is all that you’d expect from Ghibli, I appreciate how they stay true to their style, they don’t need to go 3D CG just to blow us away. Traditional animation with a compelling story and heartwarming themes, that’s what THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY promises and delivers..

Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where
the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo) comes “The Secret
World of Arrietty,” an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”

The story, in a nutshell, is about Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), who’s part of this whole kind, if you will, called Borrowers, they’re tiny people living under your house and their job is to borrow the things they need to survive. Arrietty is about 14 years old and she lives with her dad (voice of Will Arnett) and her mom (voice of Amy Poehler).

You’ll be amused by Arnett’s constant grunts and sighs, that’s practically all he does, a man of few words, he has seen it all, and he’s exhausted but he would go distance for his wife and daughter. Poehler’s voice as the mom offers some of the funniest scenes in the film because Poehler understands that exaggerations are common in Japanese animation, by that I mean, when a character panics, he or she truly panics, their eyes get big, their mouth turns ridiculously small or got even unbelievably bigger than their eyes, the hair would stand up, Poehler would quickly shout or yell whenever she senses threat. Moms in general worry a lot, we all know that but this is worry to the nth degree, and she just looks comical doing it, she’s funny but she doesn’t know she’s funny, that’s what’s enjoyable about the mom.

Arrietty is curious which also makes her daring but cautious, she doesn’t quickly put her trust in a 12 year old human named Shawn (voice of David Henrie) but she doesn’t quickly dismiss him either.
The story has an antagonist, otherwise it wouldn’t be exciting. Shawn sees the tiny people as friends, but the nanny who wants to prove their existence once and for all, see them as pests

The film is about the friendship of Arrietty with Shawn, the film sorta takes us back to such tales as Gulliver’s Travels or Honey I Shrunk The Kids, but THE SECRET LIFE OF ARRIETTY mostly focuses on building that trust between Arrietty and Shawn.

Arrietty has been taught all her life that once you’re spotted by humans, you need to move on to other locations, Shawn is ill and he doesn’t know if he’d get better, feeling lonely and abandoned, he’s willing to open himself to any connection, anything that would take his mind away from his condition, he’s open to any potential new friend, be it human or tiny people.

I think families would love the fact that the film is irresistibly adorable, kids would giggle at the cat, they’d be amazed at the sight of something like ants or bugs being significantly and literally larger than themselves.
Both Arrietty and Shawn come to an acceptance, the movie doesn’t lead you to a life where they’d co-exist and live happily ever after, it’s more about life goes and that we are much stronger than we often give ourselves credit for.

GRADE: 5 out of 5

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Watch the red-band trailer for FRIENDS WITH KIDS, starring Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, and Edward Burns.

Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends' relationships and wonder if there’s a better way. They decide to have a kid together - and date other people.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Official Poster For MARLEY

Here is the official poster for MARLEY, directed by Kevin Macdonald!

MARLEY opens in theaters and premieres on VOD April 20, 2012.

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Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

MARLEY will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month followed by its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.

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Watch First 12 Minutes Of SOUND OF MY VOICE

Watch Chapter 1, the first 12 minutes of SOUNDS OF MY VOICE. Pay special attention! The clip has “baked in” alternative content via interactive “hotspots” and this content hints at story elements beyond the first chapter!

SOUND OF MY VOICE opens in theaters April 27, 2012.

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Fox Searchlight presents SOUND OF MY VOICE

Directed by Zal Batmanglij
Written by Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling
Starring Brit Marling, Christopher Denham, and Nicole Vicius

Synopsis: In SOUND OF MY VOICE, Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a couple and documentary filmmaking team, infiltrate a mysterious group led by an enigmatic young woman named Maggie (Brit Marling). Intent on exposing her as a charlatan and freeing the followers from her grip, Peter and Lorna start to question their objective and each other as they unravel the secrets of Maggie's underworld.

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ACT OF VALOR Get To Know The Navy Seals

On behalf of Relativity Media, we are pleased to share a new featurette that introduces the active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs and stars of the upcoming action- thriller, ACT OF VALOR.

Watch the 'Meet The Silent Warriors' featurette on Apple now: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/actofvalor/9

The film 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.

Act of Valor opens in theaters on Friday, February 24, 2012.


Directors: “Mouse” McCoy, Scott Waugh
Writer: Kurt Johnstad
Cast: Active Duty Navy SEALs, Roselyn Sanchez, Alex Veadov, Jason Cottle, Nester Serrano
Producers: Mike “Mouse” McCoy, Scott Waugh
Executive Producers: Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Jason Colbeck, Max Leitman, Jay Pollack, Jason Clark, Michael Mailis, Benjamin Statler, Lance Sloane
Official SIte: http://actofvalor.com/

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, 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.

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TINY FURNITURE Available On SundanceNOW

TINY FURNITURE, winner of the best narrative feature at the SXSW Film Festival, is a hilarious and endearing film that explores the depths of romantic humiliation and the heights of post-college confusion from director Lena Dunham.

The critically acclaimed film is available to watch on SundanceNOW so check it out now HERE-

22-year-old Aura (Dunham) returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.

TINY FURNITURE stars Lena Dunham, who also wrote and directed the film. The film also stars Dunham's real-life sister, Grace, and real-life mother, Laurie Simmons, the celebrated artist and photographer.

SundanceNOW is an online destination where independent film fans can instantly watch and discuss a broad range of independent films from around the globe. Offering the option to stream, to download to own and to download to rent, SundanceNOW provides audiences in search of independent films with an extensive selection covering all genres, including both American and foreign films. SundanceNOW operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. SundanceNOW is a subsidiary of AMC Networks, Inc.

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Twisted Metal Film In The Works

Sony Pictures has made a preemptive 7-figure deal for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor to write and direct a live action adaptation of the iconic video game Twisted Metal. Ghost Rider’s Avi and Ari Arad are producing the adaptation of the game, which has been published in various configurations by Sony Computer and is one of the biggest selling video games. The newest version of the game was just released today for PlayStation 3. Avi Arad, of course, has been a producer of Sony’s Spider-Man films since the beginning, including the upcoming 3D The Amazing Spider-Man. All this action occurs as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens this weekend, with Nicolas Cage reprising the title role and Idris Elba also starring.

Like the game, the film will revolve around an underground event that pits a number of combatants in a fight to the death. They are outfitted in armored weaponized cars that are pimped out with heavy weaponry that includes missiles and machine guns. Some drop mines or launch electrical charges. The proprietor of the race is Calypso, a string-puller dedicating to examining the human condition, such as what makes a peaceful man violent, what terrifies a violent man and who will make a Faustian bargain in which they risk their lives. The sole survivor will get any wish granted.

I’m told that the film will include such signature contestant characters as Sweet Tooth, a homicidal clown who drives an ice cream truck, and Doll Face, a young woman who is trapped behind a porcelain mask and who drives an 18-wheeler.

This is the first project that Taylor has done solo. He has always teamed with Mark Neveldine on such films as the Crank series. There have been two so far, and they are talking about making a third, in 3D, as well as a possible future Ghost Rider.

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Gina Carano Is "In The Blood"

Gina Carano is continuing to roundhouse-kick her way into the movie business.

After making her breakthrough with the action vehicle Haywire, the MMA fighter-turned-actress is coming on board to star in In the Blood, an action thriller being directed by John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Blue Crush).

Movie Package Co.’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield (The Messenger) are producing the movie.

Described as being in the vein of Taken, Blood is set in motion when a husband disappears while vacationing in the Caribbean with his wife, to be played by Carano. The grieving wife passionately and recklessly pursues the men whom she believes kidnapped and killed him. Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston wrote the script.

“This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past,”

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico with production partners Pimienta Film Company (The Men Who Stare At Goats).

Carano rose to fame as an international star in the field of mixed martial arts, becoming the sport's female face. Steven Soderbergh was so impressed with her blend of looks and athletic prowess that he plucked her from the sport and built Haywire around her. She held her own with actors such as Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas in the film, which was released in January by Relativity, and an acting career was born.

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PULP Trailer And Exclusive Clip

After the success of Pulp’s first public screening to 1,200 people at the SFX Weekender (you can see the SFX audience reaction here) we’ve decided to thank everyone who’s helping spread the word about Pulp by releasing an exclusive, offensive and controversial scene from the movie. The scene contains strong language and even stronger views on Star Wars, so please handle with caution.

Tony Leary, the hapless owner of Junk Comics, is gearing up for one last roll of the dice. His new superhero title, The Sodomizer, launches at the International Comic Show. And if life wasn't complicated enough, Tony is drafted by the police to identify another comic company that is laundering money for a gang of Geordie criminals. Aided by his trusty geek sidekicks, Rick and Keith, Tony must defy the odds if he is to become a real life hero

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Fast 6 To Drive Into Theaters In May 2013

Following the glorious tosh that was Fast 5 , talk was of the next two instalments shooting back-to-back. Sadly, Dwayne Johnson has just told MTV that he doesn't think that's still the plan. But it doesn't matter: Fast 6 will still go before the cameras in May.

"We were going to try shooting them together," confirms his Rockness. "It would make sense while we have the same crew and everybody in one place. But I think we're dealing with some weather issues, so from what I know we're going to shoot Fast 6 first, and then worry about Fast 7 a little later."

Weather issues? That would be the fault of our unpredictable European climate. "We're going to be in the UK and we're going to be in Germany," Dwayne believes, although he doesn't say if both those locations or part of 6, or whether it's one each for 6 and 7.

What this does make clear is that Johnson is in for the long haul as US marshal and the planet's best hunter Luke Hobbs: the dogged Javert on the trail of Vin Diesel's Jean Valjean. Or something. Rejoice!

Fast 6 already has a release date in May 2013,

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INTRUDERS Trailer Is Here

View the official trailer for the US release of INTRUDERS! Check out the exclusive trailer premiere on IMDb:

The film is Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER, INTACT) Starring Clive Owen, Carice Van Houten, Pilar López De AyalaDaniel Brühl Kerry Fox and Héctor Alterio.

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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