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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Colin Farrell Has A Winter’s Tale

As he puts the pieces together to make passion project Winter’s Tale in October, writer-turned-director Akiva Goldsman has been on the hunt for cast members to join Jessica Brown Findlay, who signed on last month. He’s now offered the main role to Colin Farrell.

Goldsman is keen to snag Farrell’s services and backing studio Warner Bros. is also eager to stay in business with the Horrible Bosses co-star. He’s already been offered the lead in Arthur And Lancelot, but that didn’t work out.

So now the executives and Goldsman are crossing their fingers he starts negotiations to take on Tale, which has been adapted from Mark Helprin’s novel rather than Shakespeare's play. A sprawling narrative that flits between the modern-day and 19th century New York, the story follows a thief breaking into a swanky West Side mansion, and meeting the dying young woman who lives there. But that’s not the end of it, as there are mob bosses, demons and other supernatural elements to contend with.

If Farrell ends up passing on the chance, Goldsman at least has a reserve list, with the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Aaron Johnson and Liam Hemsworth all in contention for a role that sounds like age isn't too important to its casting.

With Total Recall set to arrive on August 22, Farrell has also worked on Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths and is currently shooting thriller Dead Man Down opposite Noomi Rapace and Dominic Cooper.

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Sam Raimi Joins Poltergeist Remake

Sam Raimi is boarding MGM’s Poltergeist.

The filmmaker, who got his start with the Evil Dead horror movies, will produce the remake of the 1982 film -- which Steven Spielberg produced and co-scripted from his original story -- with Nathan Kahane and Roy Lee.

Despite some reports, Raimi is not directing the remake but will help oversee the search for a helmer.

David Lindsay-Abaire, who worked on Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful for Raimi, is working on the script, which focuses on a family whose house was built on a holy site and whosedaughter is taken by ghosts.

The movie is one of two horror remakes on which MGM is in active development, the other being Carrie. Julianne Moore is circling the role of the mother opposite Chloe Moretz.
Raimi is currently producing a remake of his Evil Dead. Fede Alvarez is directing the pic, which TriStar will release April 12, 2013.

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Total Recall Getting Buzz At CinemaCon

Going into Sony's final-day presentation at CinemaCon on Thursday, exhibitors expected The Amazing Spider-Man, Men in Black 3 and James Bond entry Skyfall to be the highlights -- but they didn't count on falling so hard for sci-fi action pic Total Recall.

Opening on Aug. 3, Total Recall -- based on the 1990 film and Philip K. Dick's short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale -- was directed by Len Wiseman and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.

Footage from the film prompted widespread buzz among exhibitors, who remarked on its Blade Runner-like quality.

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Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he’s got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life – real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) – there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. The film is directed by Len Wiseman. The screenplay is by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback and the screen story is by Ronald Shusett & Dan O’Bannon and Jon Povill. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe.

Sony president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer led off the presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace by saying the studio is potentially looking at its best year ever, thanks to its upcoming lineup, which includes MIB 3, Spider-Man, Adam Sandler's R-rated summer comedy That's My Boy (another favorite among theater owners), Skyfall, Hotel Transylvania, Premium Rush and Resident Evil: Retribution.

Bruer screened footage from all the films as part of his pitch, as well as footage from summer dramedy Hope Springs, starring Meryl Street, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.

"It's as great a slate as this studio has had in 30 years," Bruer said.

Sony departed from other studios by simply showed a reel rather than parading out stars and directors of its films.

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BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 New Images

Twi-hards we deliver two new images from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2.


After the birth of Renesmee Cullen, Bella, now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina misidentifies Renesmee as an "immortal child", a child who has been turned into a vampire, and because immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Director: Bill Condon

Writer: Melissa Rosenberg

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner

Release Date: November 16, 2012

Site: http://www.breakingdawn-themovie.com

Genre: Drama, Romance

Synopsis: The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Movie Super Hero Rescue Mashup Video

Buckle your seatbelt for a blistering ride through six decades of Hollywood's rocky love affair with caped crimefighters. Stitched into this monumental montage of tight spandex, spewing flame and dodged bullets are the heroes who make our pulse pound ... and some other guys, too.

In just over four minutes, remember the tarnished dreams of the Mystery Men, the tragedy of Brandon Lee's The Crow and dozens more moments in a colorful cascade of comic-book crime with gleaming weapons primed and gauntlets flared.



Let the bullets rain and the glory live forever. How many can you recall before Weezer's anthem ends and the smoke clears? Ready? Off you go ...


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THIS IS 40 Trailer. Is This A Sequel To Knocked Up?

Here is the first trailer for THIS IS 40. Is this a sequel or a spin-off from Knocked Up? The film stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Smigel, Charlene Yi, Albert Brooks.

Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see firsthand how they are dealing with their current state of life.

THIS IS 40 opens December 21st, 2012



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Josh Gad To Play Steve Wozniak

There was consternation and cries of “it must be an April Fool’s joke!” when Ashton Kutcher was announced as the actor to play the late Apple overlord Steve jobs in Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs. We’re guessing there’ll be much less outcry greeting the news that Josh Gad is in talks to play another key figure in the early days of the company, co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Woz, as he’s long since become known, first became friends with Jobs when they worked together at Hewlett Packard in 1970. Jobs wanted to forge ahead with his idea to sell a computer as a fully assembled kit, which Wozniak wasn’t sure would work. But after Jobs convinced him, he threw in his lot and the pair began to work on their prototypes for what eventually became the Apple I. On April 1, 1976, the pair founded Apple Computers together and began a 12-year business partnership, which was temporarily imperilled when Woz was injured in a small plane crash.

Though he’s since said that he and Jobs were not close friends, they maintained a bond right up until the Apple boss’s death last year.

Stern’s film will follow Jobs from his younger, awkward hippie days to the founding of Apple. He’s aiming to kick off shooting next month.

Gad was most recently seen on the big screen in Love And Other Drugs, but has been spending more time in the theatre, appearing in – and scoring a Tony nomination for – Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book Of Mormon. He’ll be heard as part of the voice cast on Ice Age: Continental Drift and is in addiction comedy drama Thanks For Sharing. He’s also been developing TV comedy 1600 Penn, a family comedy set in the White House.

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Willem Dafoe Joins Out of the Furnace

Relativity Media has closed a deal with two-time Oscar®-nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire) to join the cast of its gritty dramatic thriller currently titled Out of the Furnace.

Dafoe, playing the role of John Petty, joins the previously announced award-winning cast including Oscar®-winner Christian Bale (The Fighter), Oscar®-nominated Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Oscar®-nominated Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Oscar®-nominated Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) and Oscar®-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland). The film, which started shooting on April 13th on location in Braddock, Pennsylvania, is written and directed by critically-acclaimed Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).

The film is a gripping and gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

Dafoe can currently be seen in the acclaimed Australian film The Hunter, as well as John Carter and will soon be seen opposite Anton Yelchin in Odd Thomasdirected by Stephen Sommers, as well as opposite Michelle Monaghan and Stephen Dorff in Tomorrow You're Gone, directed by David Jacobson.

Producing are Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar) and Jennifer Killoran (The Ides of March) alongside Scott Free’s Ridley Scott (The Grey), Tony Scott (Man on Fire) and Michael Costigan (American Gangster) as well as Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter).

Relativity Media will release the film theatrically in the U.S. Red Granite, the Los Angeles based film production, finance and international sales company has acquired foreign rights outside of the U.S. and will handle international sales. Red Granite International President Danny Dimbort and Co-President Christian Mercuri will begin shopping the film to buyers in Cannes next month.

Dafoe was represented by ICM and D/F Management in the deal.

ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA
Relativity Media is a next-generation studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including full-scale film and television production and distribution, the co-financing of major studio film slates, music publishing, sports management and digital media. Additionally, the company makes strategic partnerships with, and investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets.

To date, Relativity has produced, distributed, and/or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures. Released films have accumulated more than $17 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Relativity’s recent films include: Mirror Mirror, Act of Valor, Haywire, Immortals, Tower Heist, Bridesmaids, Limitless, Hop, Cowboys & Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles, Little Fockers, The Fighter, The Social Network, Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Couples Retreat and Zombieland. Upcoming films for Relativity include: The Raven, American Reunion, House at the End of the Street and The Bourne Legacy. Thirty-nine of the company’s films have opened to No. 1 at the box office. Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for The Fighter, The Social Network, The Wolfman, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. Sixty-two of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.

RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, has 67 projects in production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season including Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network. Relativity also owns and operates RogueLife, Relativity’s digital content studio which is developing original content for the web and creating sustainable online platforms and communities. Relativity Music Group, a music division of Relativity, provides music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced and/or distributed by Relativity Media and other major Hollywood studios. Relativity Sports is a fast-growing sports management company dedicated to providing high-profile athletes a full-range of professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.relativitymedia.com.

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Safe Movie Review By: RAMA

Safe Movie Review
By: RAMA

What did RAMA think of the movie?


Usually with Jason Statham movies, you can use one review for all of them, ’cause you pretty much get the same deal. Only Jason Statham could make one man vs. 20 people look ridiculous and exciting at the same time. But let’s face it, those of us who grew up watching Sly, Arnold, and Bruce kickin’ ass left and right, kinda miss those good ol days, but thankfully Statham stepped up and answered the call. SAFE, which hits theaters this weekend, is a flawed but a high adrenaline rush that will entertain action fans everywhere…


A second-rate cage fighter on the mixed martial arts circuit, Luke Wright lives a numbing life of routine beatings and chump change…until the day he blows a rigged fight. Wanting to make an example of him, the Russian Mafia murders his family and banishes him from his life forever, leaving Luke to wander the streets of New York destitute, haunted by guilt, and tormented by the knowledge that he will always be watched, and anyone he develops a relationship with will also be killed.
But when he witnesses a frightened twelve-year-old Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same gangsters who killed his wife, Luke impulsively jumps to action…and straight into the heart of a deadly high-stakes war. Mei, he discovers, is no ordinary girl, but an orphaned math prodigy forced to work for the Triads as a “counter.” He discovers she holds in her memory a priceless numerical code that the Triads, the Russian mob and a corrupt faction of the NYPD will kill for.
Realizing he’s the only person Mei can trust, Luke tears a swath through the city’s brutal underworld to save an innocent girl’s life…and perhaps even redeem his own.


There’s a bit of Leon The Professional element to this film, which to me is an added bonus because I’ve always considered The Professional a classic.



Statham plays Luke, a man who’s at the end of his journey, his wife was killed by the mob, his cop buddies hated him because he was too honest, he’s basically homeless and without hope. But his instincts are still intact and those are what lead him to Mei, a brilliant prodigy who’s priceless because of the set of numbers she’s kept in her memory, a set of numbers that dirty cops and the mobs are trying to get their hands on.
A good chunk of the film is invested in developing these two characters before they get to meet. But director Boaz Yakin knows that he’s dealing with action fans, and action fans, like you and me, genuinely have short attention span because they want to get to the good stuff and by that I mean the gunfights and the car-chases and the kicks to the head. And so in the effort to introduce these two characters, Yakin plays it in a well-paced manner, it even allows Statham to briefly show the world that he could shed a tear if he works it hard enough.


Once the action starts, as soon as Statham’s character feels protective of Mei, it goes hardcore and pulse pounding from that point forward, there’s no looking back. I enjoy how the mobs are ridiculously reckless in this film, with no consideration whatsoever. Because neither side, Russian or Chinese, will hold back when it comes to showdowns and bloodspill, which make them all the more dangerous and unpredictable.
It’s no Statham movie without one or two far-fetched moments like using a human to land from a two story fall, or the fact that Statham always leaves a chaotic scene without a single scratch but you get what you pay for.

 


And that little girl Mei is no insignificant supporting actor, she’d talk back, you sympathize for both characters and you want to see them survive their ordeal somehow. SAFE packs enough weapons and surprises around every corner to keep you satisfied.

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Julianne Moore Offered Role In Carrie

It isn’t a big surprise, but MGM has formally offered Julianne Moore the nightmarish religious fanatic mother in the Kimberly Peirce-directed remake of the 1976 film Carrie. Chloe Moretz is already set to play the title character, a young woman whose devastating telepathic powers rear up when she reaches puberty. Kevin Misher is producing.

Moore’s name has been in the mix for a while, but at the time MGM maintained it was talking to numerous actresses. Now, they’ve sent Moore the script and a pay or play offer to play Margaret White, the role that Piper Laurie rode to an Oscar nomination. (Moore just got done playing Sarah Palin in the Jay Roach-directed HBO film Game Change, but Margaret White makes the former vice presidential candidate seem like a raging liberal.) The film is based on the 1974 Stephen King novel that was first filmed by director Brian De Palma. Sissy Spacek played Carrie White, and both she and Laurie got Oscar noms.

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The Raven Movie Review By: Matt C

The Raven Movie Review
By: Matt C

At first glance, the premise for The Raven might seem like an odd Hollywood match: comedy actor John Cusack (Better Off Dead), portrays the soon-to-be-disposed Edgar Allan Poe, whose stories have become the basis for a serial killer's murder spree. Add to this that history tells us quite a different story about Poe: he never worked with the Baltimore Police, his stories never became the basis for a psychotic mind's perverted practice, and the film's telling of his death is flat-out inaccurate. So, how does this mish-mash of historical inaccuracy play out for audiences? The answer is, wonderfully: The Raven is a smart, well-acted thriller that ushers us into the summer movie season with a bang.


Cusack shines as the melancholy author who, when the film starts, is oft-inebriated and can barely pay off his bar tab before being summarily dismissed onto the street. His recent release of the poem Raven has netted him fame but not fortune, and he struggles to re-discover his muse among 'fortitude' shots at the local newspaper. Meanwhile, a serial killer begins to act out scenes from Poe's novels including Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Pit and the Pendulum with gruesome accuracy. When news of the murders reach police, Poe is first branded as a suspect by Detective Fields (Luke Evans, Immortals), leading Poe to quip, "Is imagination now a felony?!" Brilliant lines like these are sprinkled throughout the story, and both Cusack and Evans execute them flawlessly. But when Poe's finance Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve, She's Out of My League) is kidnapped by the killer, our two heroes join forces to rescue her, all while learning of new murders which Poe is forced to recant in the morning paper to keep Hamilton alive. Tension starts early in Raven and builds throughout, letting us up for air only when it decides we've had enough. This rollercoaster is a fun ride, complete with foggy scenes, plenty of dark corners for mischief to occur, and grizzly deaths to witness. The well-written script by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare is filled with 19th Century American English, which lends credibility to the film that's appreciated. While it's strange to see this sort of alternate history, it's a very well done affair that never insults the audience.



Director James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin) keeps our actors moving and the script from losing any of its edge by keeping things tightly focused on the dynamic between Poe and Childs. Cusack exposes the mind of Poe brilliantly, showing us a tortured soul whose dark machinations are only outmatched by his incredible prose. It's these studies which provide important bridges in the story, as our two heroes argue and ruminate through a well-constructed world of murder. Raven sports a good supporting cast, including Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean series), both of whom stay involved just enough to further the story while not getting in the way. The pulsing soundtrack by Lucas Vidal (The Cold Light of Day) perfectly fits with McTeigue's brooding environment.


The last days of Edgar Allan Poe are a mystery onto itself. If you're searching for a historical drama that answers these questions, you won't find it here; but, The Raven doesn't pretend to offer that, settling instead for something closer to an enjoyable alternate history thriller that could have happened given slightly different circumstances. The Raven is rated R for violence and sexual situations, and is highly recommended.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Opening Sequence For THE DICTATOR

Watch the opening sequence for THE DICTATOR.

THE DICTATOR is about “the parallel stories of a goat herder and deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in this country.” But the studio describes it as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,”.


Cohen plays both the goat herder and the deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the U.S. Once again, just like Bruno and Borat, this movie will depend heavily on improvisational skills. Jason Mantzoukas plays Cohen’s sidekick, a fellow from the Middle East. Ben Kingsley plays “one of two Middle Eastern characters in the plot” Anna Faris plays the female lead.

Also starring Megan Fox, John C. Reilly, , Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel

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It is inspired by the novel Zabibah and The King by Saddam Hussein.





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Character Posters For Expendables 2

Here you guys go we have all 12 of the Expendables 2 character posters. I want to thank comingsoon, Fandango, MTV Movies, Ain’t It Cool News, AOL Moviefone, CinemaBlend, Yahoo! Movies, Collider, HitFix, IGN, JoBlo, Facebook/TheExpendablesMovie


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The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Lee Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them.


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Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time -- six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way....

The film hits theater on August 17th 2012!

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IFC Film's ENTRANCE Trailer Is Here

We have the trailer for IFC Film's ENTRANCE,  is an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival, ENTRANCE is an intimate character study directed with a formalist restraint. Suziey Block's fearless performance injects both terror and poise as this uniquely-styled thriller climbs from spark to inferno.

In Theaters and Available Nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) on May 18, 2012.

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ENTRANCE is a riveting new psychological thriller from newcomers Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, exploring the thin line between anxiety and naked horror in the life of Suzy (SUZIEY BLOCK), a young woman in Los Angeles who can’t get comfortable in her own skin. A loner who wallows in nostalgia and finds herself wandering aimlessly through life in the city, she can’t shake the gnawing suspicion that a true menace grows just outside her field of vision. As she scrambles to take control of her life, her anxiety rises to a fever pitch that boils over into a waking nightmare.

An official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival, ENTRANCE is an intimate character study directed with a formalist restraint. Suziey Block's fearless performance injects both terror and poise as this uniquely-styled thriller climbs from spark to inferno.

In Theaters and Available Nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) on May 18, 2012.

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Images From Django Unchained

EW got their hands on 2 images from Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming revenge western Django Unchained.

The bond Jamie Foxx wants to break this time around is not a bad romance, but something far uglier and more painful: his slave status in the pre-Civil War South, which is the obstacle preventing him from going in search of his sold-off wife, played by Kerry Washington.

The film is in  theaters on Dec. 25, and we also talk with Foxx about this southern-fried take on the spaghetti western.


Does he think Django Unchained will be controversial? “Oh, hell yeah,” Foxx says. “You kidding me?”

The Oscar winner describes his character as Shaft’s “Richard Roundtree meets Clint Eastwood.”
After being sent to a chain gang after rebelling against his owners, Django is recruited by a German bounty hunter (Inglorious Basterd’s Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, below, with Foxx) to help him settle an old score. Django has information that Waltz’s Dr. King Schultz needs, so the German mercenary liberates the slave and promises that if he helps him kill the Brittle brothers, Django’s old owners, he’ll make it worth his while. “He says, ‘I’ll kill ‘em, and you’ll get some money and be on your way as a free man,’” Foxx says.

Along the way, the duo end up crossing paths with Leonardo DiCaprio’s hammer-wielding character (below), a deranged plantation owner named Calvin Candie, who likes to make his toughest slaves fight to the death in gladiatorial combat. “Candie is a businessman who owns a plantation called Candie Land, and that’s where my wife ends up being,” Foxx says. To find her, “we have to get in good with Candie, by me playing a valet for Christoph’s character.”

A century and a half later, slavery is a sensitive subject, and though Tarantino is a filmmaker known more for his flamboyant, violent storytelling than sober exploration of historical issues, Foxx says there is a serious side to Django Unchained. “There’s a beautiful way [Tarantino] found for the characters to talk to each other. It’s mind-blowing. You’ve never heard it this way,” the actor says. “You’ve seen movies deal with slavery — or westerns that never dealt with slavery — do it the safe way. This way is like…wow.”
Many of these exchanges take place amid the evolving relationship between Django and Schultz. “Christoph’s character is a little aloof to what slavery actually is. He’s not familiar with everything, and when he sees atrocities, it’s Greek to him,” Foxx says. “But Django lets him know this is the way the world is and we got to get used to it. He teaches Django certain things he needs to become a whole man, and [Django] also teaches Christoph that when life deals you these cards, here’s what you’ve got to do.”
Ultimately, as we mentioned at the beginning, Django Unchained is a story about the heart, and the way cruelty can destroy the things we love most.
“All Django wants to do is get his wife,” Foxx says. “He’s not trying to cure or solve slavery. He just wants to get his life back.”

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THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Movie Review By: Matt C

THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Movie Review
By: Matt C


If you own a lot of movies, think about those which offer any amount of deleted scenes. These tidbits offer unique insights into directions the film could have taken; watch the scenes from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Aliens and don't tell me those shouldn't have been included. But for the most part, deleted scenes end up on the cutting room floor for a reason: they drag down the story, or take it in a different direction that could ultimately lose audiences. That's the problem with The Five Year Engagement, a movie that doesn't know when to say when and ultimately loses audiences with both its weirdness and caravan of unnecessarily strange characters.


Engagement tells the story of Tom (Jason Segel, The Muppets) and Violet (Emily Blunt, The Adjustment Bureau), who decide to get married after meeting the previous New Years in San Francisco. Tom is a successful sous chef, while Violet is hoping to land a post-doctorate career in psychology in nearby Berkeley. But when she's offered a position at The University of Michigan, the couple postpones their wedding and moves to snowy Ann Arbor. This leads to a series of postponements that sees our likable couple grow very distant, with Tom working in a deli while Violet's career takes off under the supervision of Professor Winton Childs (Rhys Ifans, Anonymous). There's uncomfortable comedy thrown in along the way, forcing the audience to laugh only because exasperation seems so unprofessional. We witness grandparents dying, Tom losing his toe, Violet being shot with a crossbow, Tom growing giant sideburns, and the ever-present stale donuts serving as an overused analogy about love. There's also a strange assortment of characters who seem to serve no other purpose than to act as window dressing for Tom and Violet's situation. Most of them either come off as poorly-developed or totally unnecessary to the story.



What began as a funny slapstick affair turns into a torturous one, emphasized by a weird second act, as Tom begins lose it. He gains a lot of weight, serves hunted meats to his best friend and Violet's sister, and walks around the house in the bunny suit he wore when he first met Violet. These scenes aren't funny, they're uncomfortable. I can’t imagine how anyone would have thought this much tumult was necessary to the film’s 124-minute runtime (yes, it’s a 2 hour and 4-minute movie about almost getting married). Engagement is classic Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Year One, Fun With Dick and Jane), and that's not a good thing. Like so many of his productions, you have an excellent premise with terrific actors that soon turns into a disappointing affair that's too long, poorly edited, and needing a serious case of a weekend wedding in Vegas to cure.


Any funny, romantic chemistry between Blunt and Segel is lost around that Second Act, as Director Nicholas Stoller (Fun With Dick and Jane) fails to keep the story moving. In the end, he seems more content to let our actors ad-lib, hoping to land some juicy tidbit that ultimately should have been cut. While the end somewhat redeems itself with a unique twist, we just want to smack our duo for not getting married sooner. Near the film's beginning, Violet’s mother refers to marriage like being in Saving Private Ryan. That's how one feels as you watch The Five Year Engagement. The film is rated R for nudity (non-female), language, and sexual situations.

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IMDb TO HOST THE RAVEN’S MOVIE WEBSITE

RELATIVITY MEDIA SELECTS IMDb TO HOST THE RAVEN’S OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE

Collaboration Marks The First Time IMDb Has Hosted A Major Motion Picture’s Website

Unique, Cross-Platform Campaign Includes Promotion on Kindle and Digital Photography Review

Relativity Media and IMDb (www.imdb.com), the #1 movie website in the world, today announced that IMDb is hosting the official movie website for Intrepid Pictures’ The Raven, the stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as infamous author Edgar Allan Poe, releasing nationwide by Relativity Media on April 27, 2012. The innovative, cross-platform campaign also includes integration on Amazon’s Kindle with Special Offers and a photo competition on the Amazon-owned Digital Photography Review website.

To learn more about The Raven, please visit the official website at www.imdb.com/theraven.

This is the first time a movie studio has collaborated with IMDb to create a highly contextual, customized campaign in which IMDb’s title page serves as the official movie website for a major theatrical release. The Raven’s title page on IMDb has already amassed more than 20,000 fans that have “Liked” the film via social plugins. The Raven is currently ranked #10 on IMDb’s MOVIEmeter chart. As part of this innovative campaign, Relativity Media has driven all ofThe Raven’s online and offsite campaign media, including the movie trailer, to the film’s official website on IMDb which is located at:www.imdb.com/theraven.
“IMDb is the online destination for movie fans, so we were delighted to be the first to tap into their rich landscape of assets, including Amazon’s Kindle and Digital Photography Review, to execute this broad, multi-platform campaign,” said Terry Curtin, Relativity’s President, Theatrical Marketing. Curtin added, “We were able to naturally leverage IMDb’s SEO rankings, page views, authority and built-in fan base for our film and connect The Raven with its online audience.”

“We applaud Relativity for embracing innovation and being the first to collaborate with IMDb to create this new solution for the industry,” said Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb. “As the #1 movie website in the world, IMDb is the leader in movie search results and has quietly amassed unrivaled fan bases for every upcoming release – passionate, savvy fans who have opted in to receiving updates about the films they like. Rather than investing time and resources into building a dedicated movie website and then trying to drive fans there during the theatrical release window, we encourage studios to utilize IMDb’s film title pages as official movie websites and fan communication channels throughout the lifecycle of their films, including preproduction and theatrical, streaming, DVD and Blu-Ray release announcements.”

The Raven’s official site features exclusive content, trailers, television spots, cast interviews, photo galleries, cast and crew information, social plugins, related news, user generated lists, message boards, trivia and more.

Additional campaign elements include a Kindle with Special Offers integration the week of release and a recently completed The Raven photo challenge on Digital Photography Review (www.dpreview.com). The Kindle with Special Offers execution launched today, and links users to the array of Edgar Allen Poe books available for free download in the Kindle store. Members of dpreview.com entered The Raven photo competition by submitting their own photographs inspired by one of the four weekly themes – Midnight, Entombed, Gothic and The Raven. Entries were judged by popular vote and featured on the site’s homepage.

To learn more about The Raven, please visit the official website at www.imdb.com/theraven.

ABOUT THE RAVEN
The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death – in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe’s darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve, She’s Out of My League) becomes the next target. Intrepid Pictures’ The Raven also stars Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). Directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) from a screenplay by Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy) & Ben Livingston (Bruce Almighty), The Raven was produced by Film Nation’s Aaron Ryder, Intrepid Pictures’ Marc D. Evans and Trevor Macy.

ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA
Relativity Media is a next-generation studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including full-scale film and television production and distribution, the co-financing of major studio film slates, music publishing, sports management and digital media. Additionally, the company makes strategic partnerships with, and investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets.

To date, Relativity has produced, distributed, and/or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures. Released films have accumulated more than $17 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Relativity’s recent films include: Mirror Mirror, Act of Valor, Haywire, Immortals, Tower Heist, Bridesmaids, Limitless, Hop, Cowboys & Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles, Little Fockers, The Fighter, The Social Network, Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Couples Retreat and Zombieland. Upcoming films for Relativity include: The Raven, House At The End of the Street, American Reunion, andThe Bourne Legacy. Thirty-nine of the company’s films have opened to No. 1 at the box office. Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for The Fighter, The Social Network, The Wolfman, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. Sixty-two of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.

RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, has 67 projects in production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season including Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network. Relativity also owns and operates RogueLife, Relativity’s digital content studio which is developing original content for the web and creating sustainable online platforms and communities. Relativity Music Group, a music division of Relativity, provides music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced and/or distributed by Relativity Media and other major Hollywood studios. Rogue Sports is a fast-growing sports management company dedicated to providing high-profile athletes a full-range of professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.relativitymedia.com.

ABOUT IMDb
IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. The IMDb consumer site (www.imdb.com) is the #1 movie website in the world with a combined web and mobile audience of more than 150 million unique monthly visitors. IMDb offers a searchable database of more than 100 million data items including more than 2 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 4 million cast and crew members. Consumers rely on the information IMDb provides -- including showtimes, trailers, critic and user reviews, personalized recommendations, photo galleries, entertainment news, quotes, trivia, box-office data, editorial feature sections and a universal Watchlist -- when making viewing decisions. IMDb’s portfolio of leading entertainment apps includes its popular “Movies & TV” app for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phones, Android tablets, Windows Phone and its mobile-optimized website. To date, there have been more than 35 million downloads of IMDb’s mobile apps worldwide. IMDb’s mobile properties have more than 40 million monthly visitors. To learn more, go to: (http://www.imdb.com/apps/). IMDb Pro (http://www.imdbpro.com) is a subscription version of IMDb designed exclusively for professionals who work in the entertainment industry. IMDb Pro provides contact information, in production listings for film and television projects and exclusive STARmeter rankings that are determined by user searches on IMDb. Additionally, IMDb owns and operates Withoutabox (http://www.withoutabox.com), a marketplace for film festivals and filmmakers, and Box Office Mojo (http://www.boxofficemojo.com), the leading online box-office reporting service. IMDb.com is operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary ofAmazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) (http://www.amazon.com).

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Muppets 2 Is Confirmed. Lasseter Talks Pixar's Next Film

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have been making the media rounds a lot lately, and their stop in Las Vegas yesterday brought some pretty exciting news. It was at Disney's CinemaCon panel that president of production Sean Bailey announced that there will officially be a "Muppets 2."

This is something we've heard plenty about already, like the fact Jason Segel won't be involved and the movie will introduce plenty of new characters. But it's nice to have the movie finally confirmed by Disney so that we know we can look forward to it coming out... well, eventually. Bailey didn't have any more details to share about the movie other than the fact it is actually happening.

However, Disney and Pixar animation chief John Lasseter did have some news about Pixar's upcoming line-up.

It turns out the animation studio is trying to bring together a film based around the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. The movie has no release date yet, but it will be directed by "Toy Story 3's" Lee Unkrich. Lasseter also announced that Pixar will be calling its May 30, 2014 dinosaur flick "The Good Dinosaur," while a 2015-launching untitled movie will take viewers "inside the mind."

The lucky attendees of the Disney panel were also privy to the first 30 minutes of "Brave," while we had to make due with a new trailer and clip. But the last bit of news out of the Pixar portion of the event charmed us the most: "Finding Nemo" is going to get a 3D rerelease at some point in the future. Please let that mean that we'll get a new short featuring Dory.

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The Avengers Already Breaking Records

The Avengers is off to a rocking start at the international box office, scoring the second-highest opening of all time in Australia behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

The Marvel Studios and Disney tentpole grossed $6 million, compared to $7 million for Deathly Hallows Part 2. And Avengers opened 214 percent ahead of Iron Man 2 ($1.8 million).

Avengers, which is beginning its foreign rollout a week ahead of its domestic launch on May 4, also did record business in Taiwan, scoring the best Wednesday opening gross of all time in earning $1.2 million.
The tentpole is setting down in a total of 42 foreign markets this weekend. Joss Whedon directed Avengers, which unites superheros including Iron Man (Robert Downey), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

Avengers is expected to be a box office monster, both domestically and overseas. In North America, it could debut north of $150 million, based on the sizable strength of pre-release tracking.

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