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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Avengers Sunk My Battleship

SATURDAY 9 AM, 5TH UPDATE: These official Friday and weekend numbers for North America are worse than anyone expected. Everything is tanking except Marvel’s The Avengers which sucked all the air out of the box office for the 3rd straight weekend. Today it will become the highest grossing domestic release in Disney’s history. Joss Whedon’s superhero assembly is already the studio’s highest grossing film of all time globally, and will pass the $450M mark this weekend. It is currently the #6 film of all time globally, the #10 film of all time domestically, and the #9 film of all time internationally. The new foreign gross is $682.6M and domestic $417.3M for a global cume of $1.099.9M. Demonstrating just how disastrous the new movies are opening, audiences gave Universal’s Battleship only a ‘B’ CinemaScore, Lionsgate’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting a ‘B-’, and Paramount’s The Dictator a ‘C’. So don’t expect word of mouth to improve these numbers. Overall moviegoing this weekend is looking like $130M, which is -18% from last year. Full analysis coming.


Here’s the Top Ten (ranked by Friday grosses):

1. Marvel’s The Avengers (Disney) Week 3 [4,349 Runs] PG13
Friday $15.3M, Weekend $54.0M, Cume $454.5M

2. Battleship (Universal) NEW [3,690 Runs] PG13
Friday $9.0M, Weekend $25.1M

3. The Dictator (Paramount) NEW-Wed [3,008 Runs] R
Friday $5.7M, Weekend $15.0M, Cume $23.0M

4. What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Lionsgate) NEW [3,021 Runs] PG13
Friday $3.8M, Weekend $11.0M

5. Dark Shadows (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,755 Runs] PG13
Friday $3.7M (-61%), Weekend $12.0M, Cume $49.6M

6. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Week 3 [354 Runs] PG13
Friday $872K, Weekend $3M, Cume $8.7M

7. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 9 [2,064 Runs]
Friday $820K, Weekend $2.4M, Cume $391.0M

8. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 5 [1,722 Runs] PG13
Friday $800K, Weekend $2.4M, Cume $85.6M

9. The Lucky One (Warner Bros) Week 5 [2,055 Runs] PG13
Friday $585K, Weekend $1.8M, Cume $57.0M

10. Pirates! Band Of Misfits (Aardman/Sony) Week 4 [1,840 Runs] PG
Friday $340K, Weekend $1.4M, Cume $25.7M


FRIDAY 6:15 PM, 3RD UPDATE: Paramount claims that The Dictator will finish the domestic weekend with $15M and Lionsgate’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting with $12M.That’s still incredibly disappointing for both films. But at least Sacha Baron Cohen’s Middle East spoof is showing modest strength overseas: the international cume for Wednesday and Thursday is $10.1M from 17 territories. ”We are either a confirmed or projected #1 in all territories, with the exception of Denmark,” the studio emails me. Paramount is projecting a $30M hail from 29 territories this weekend for a global cume of $45M. And the pic cost between $65M and $70M depending on whom I believe.

FRIDAY 4:30 PM, 2ND UPDATE: My sources don’t see any dramatic upticks in early numbers – yet. What a disaster at the North American box office this early summer weekend with everything from today and a week ago tanking except for Marvel’s The Avengers which should make another $55M. Universal’s Battleship is stuck at $9M-$11M today and $30M (which is around the same meager amount where Warner Bros’ Dark Shadows debuted last weekend and is on life support now). Paramount’s The Dictator which opened weakly Wednesday is completely falling apart even for an ‘R’ rated movie with just $12M. And Lionsgate’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting is beating it with $15M. Hollywood is in a very dark mood today — and I’m finding that the movie moguls are not appreciating my humor when I ask, “Are your bags packed?”

FRIDAY 7:45 AM: Universal’s Battleship is “certain to be soft,” according to my studio sources. ‘There’s no indication it’s going to break out and do huge numbers.” It opened with only $420K midnights from 1,074 theaters: that’s weaker than Warner Bros’ underperforming Dark Shadows last weekend and even Disney’s notorious 2012 bomb John Carter. Universal cautions that “both of those films have a bigger ‘geek base’” whereas the strength of Peter Berg’s military vs aliens actioner is “that it’s the anti-geek, anti-midnight movie of all time”. What does this mean? That the studio is hoping the patriotic pic does well in flyover country. It already has made $220M internationally, thus mitigating its $209+ budget and advance bad buzz in North America where Marvel’s mega-juggernaut The Avengers from Disney is still sucking all the air out of the box office. Meanwhile, Paramount’s The Dictator from Sacha Baron Cohen continues not to rule box office: it made only $2.8M Thursday after opening weak on Wednesday for a 2-day total of $7M. Now Baron Cohen’s Middle East spoof may not even be the #1 comedy in the marketplace this weekend: the latest news is that Lionsgate says it’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting romantic comedy which wasn’t tracking suddenly ticked up Thursday. “We got a nice bump which could put us ahead of The Dictator for the three-day weekend and hopefully put our weekend into the high teens,” an exec tells me. ”Our P&A spend and production costs are even less than The Dictator – and our cast made it to the Oscars without offending AMPAS. Ha.”

Marvel’s The Avengers on Thursday set a new domestic speed record, reaching the $400M box office threshold in 14 days. Worldwide, it has passed Toy Story 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to become the #6 highest-grossing film of all time and the highest grossing Disney release ever. Internationally it is the #9 highest-grossing film of all time. So The Avengers’ cumulative performance to date consists of international box office $668.7M and domestic $402M for a global total of $1,070.7M. Additional highlights to date include: fastest film to reach $350M (10 days), $300M (9 days), $250M (6 days), $200M (3 days), $150M (3 days) and $100M (2 days) at domestic box office; Disney’s fifth release to cross the billion dollar global box office threshold; biggest domestic opening of all time ($207.4M); biggest domestic second weekend of all time ($103M); highest-grossing domestic film of 2012, passing The Hunger Games in just 12 days of release; the 12th highest grossing domestic release of all-time; highest domestic Saturday tally ($69.5M); highest domestic Sunday tally ($57M); second-highest domestic single-day tally ($80.8M).

WEDNESDAY PM/THURSDAY AM: From parading a camel down the Cannes’ Croissette this week, to humiliating Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars’ Red Carpet last February, Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t missed an opportunity to hype his latest character, Admiral General Aladeen. But it looks like his many publicity stunts for Paramount’s The Dictator worked better overseas than domestic. My sources say the R-rated spoof about a fictional Middle Eastern tyrant opened with just $4.5 million from 3,003 North American theaters on Wednesday, much weaker than the $5M to $6.5M that rival studios predicted the laugher would earn. Plus, audiences only gave it a ‘C’ CinemaScore which may adversely affect the pic’s word of mouth this weekend. Like all the major early summer movies, Baron Cohen’s film has an uphill battle because that mega 3D juggernaut Marvel’s The Avengers (4,000+ theaters) from Disney keeps sucking the air out of the worldwide box office now that it has grossed $1B+. It’s still expected to be the #1 North American film for the third straight weekend, also swamping Universal’s Battleship (3,750 theaters) which is finally opening Friday in the U.S. and Canada after making $215.3M internationally over the past month. (Glub… Glub… Glub…) Avengers currently stands as the #9 film of all time globally, and the 13th highest grossing domestic release of all time (not adjusted for higher ticket prices or premium 3D or inflation). The film also just became the highest domestic grossing film of 2012, passing Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games in just 12 days of release. ”It’s an uphill battle here,” a Paramount exec admitted to me Wednesday. “But internatonally it’s ahead of the U.S. tracking, especially in Australia and the UK. The publicity does feel like it’s paying off overseas, especially that Oscar stunt which got huge pickup.”

Internationally, The Dictator opened #1 in Australia on Wednesday with $710K ahead of $350K for Avengers which is already entering its 3rd week of release down under. ”We had a very good start in Australia,” a Paramount exec gushed to me, noting that The Dictator’s debut was better than Bridesmaids‘ and Dark Shadows‘ there. Also opening on Wednesday were Germany and UK. In all, 29 overseas markets open this weekend. International tracking also has been stronger overseas than Baron Cohen’s two other starring vehicles: Borat did $128M domestic and $133M foreign, while Bruno did $60M and $80M foreign. “This film figures to be somewhere between those two on a global basis,” a Paramount exec emailed me.

Still, you have to wonder whether the disappointment in the abhorrent Bruno of Baron Cohen’s fans who loved the crassly hilarious Borat may hurt The Dictator‘s chances. So it may gross only low- to mid-$20sM for its five days in the U.S. and Canada. The good news for Paramount is that Baron Cohen’s film cost only $65M-$70M which is cheap for a summer tentpole. (Batttleship cost $209+M, and Dark Shadows $150+M…) The bad news is that the studio gave away between 25% to 30% to gross participants — primarily to Baron Cohen. ”Honestly, it’s just impossible to know right now,” admits a rival studio exec. “His movies never really track, so it’s hard to use that as a guide. But it doesn’t feel like it’s working to me, so we’ll see. Also, the way Bruno dropped from Friday to Saturday suggests we’ll see this very frontloaded regardless.” To be fair, the pic’s box office could conceivably pick up this weekend, especially because no other major comedy has momentum in the marketplace. Lionsgate’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting has been on life support tracking-wise even though it’s opening Friday in 3,021 theaters. Then again rom-coms are having a tough time of it lately… Fuller analysis in the morning.

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Mark Wahlberg To Star In The Disciple Program

Universal has won a bidding war to pick up The Disciple Program, a thriller script that has Mark Wahlberg attached to star.

Morten Tyldum, who directed the Swedish thriller Headhunters, is attached to direct the project, which was written by newcomer Tyler Marceca.

The screenplay centers on a man who begins an investigation into his wife’s mysterious death, only to find that the mystery goes much deeper than he imagined.

Wahlberg and Steve Levinson are producing.

The real story here is Marceca. An unsigned writer from Brooklyn, he wrote ten pages as part of a screenwriting contest run by The Writer’s Store. He later completed the script and submitted it to an online script review site called Script Shadow.

In most cases, the site features scripts that are already making the rounds throughout Hollywood. Disciple Program came out of left field and in February became the only amateur screenplay to reach the site’s top-ten list.

That caused a veritable feeding frenzy at the talent agencies, management companies and studios. According to one insider, two separate parties said they repped the writer even though they didn’t. Other sources say Warners made a bid on the script but then WME signed Marceca, pulling back the script and deciding to package it first.

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BATTLESHIP Review By: Matt C

By: Matt C

Matt delivers another great movie review and hits it on the mark. BATTLESHIP is a clean miss that borrows too much and inspires too little.

Hollywood must really be desperate these days: it's bad enough that audiences have endured reboots ad nausiem, but when we see movies based on popular board games, it's time for an intervention. Take the most recent example of an industry about to go squarely off the tracks BATTLESHIP-. It looks like Transformers, feels like Top Gun with a hint of Star Trek, and its premise is a mish-mash of several noteworthy alien invasion flicks. While I will admit the ocean backdrop looks and sounds terrific, it's the story which takes on water early. Filled with more cliches than an interview with an NBA player and reeking of second-rate talent, Battleship plods on too long at the beginning and only somewhat redeems itself at the end by parading real-life veterans in front of the cameras to man the old USS Missouri. It's popcorn fare gone terribly wrong.

BATTLESHIP wastes the first 30 minutes languishing in several slow plot developments, including the James Kirk-like rise of Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) from drunk brother of Naval Captain Stone Hopper (Alexander Skaarsgard, True Blood) to a Lieutenant in a mere 15 seconds of screen time. Alex is self-destructive, prone to embarrassing his team and earning the wrath of Admiral Crane (Liam Neeson, Taken), who promises to run Alex out of the Navy as soon as possible. In the meantime, we learn that the US government has discovered Planet G, an Earth-like body millions of light years away . Hoping to meet aliens (and who doesn't these days), the Fed decide to send a message transmitted via a powerful satellite to Planet G, only to learn they don't like us very much. While no explanation is ever given for the rude retort, we soon realize that planetary extinction is the menu de jour. As Alex deals with his impending dismissal from the Navy, G sends three ships to Hawaii, separating Alex and two other vessels from a Japanese and American flotilla participating in war games. Inside the force field, G has brought nifty weapons to the party, each of which makes Swiss Cheese of Alex and his friends. Together with his Japanese counterpart (Tadanobu Asano, Thor) who sees his own ship destroyed, Alex and a handful of survivors use every trick in the book (yes, even a Battleship-like digital board to track G's warships), going so far as to bring the old USS Missouri out of retirement for one final run against the aliens.

Character development and excellent dialogue are not Battleship's strong suits. After seeing his brother perish aboard one of the trapped vessels, Kitsch turns to a fellow officer and says "I have a bad feeling about this." Thank you for stating the obvious. The story is littered with oddly-placed one-liners like these which both Kitsch and singer Rihanna clumsily perform. I guess it's too much to have an intelligent action summer flick to enjoy, but director Peter Berg (Smokin' Aces) and writers Eric and John Hoeber (Red) don't seem to care, sacrificing choice moments of character development for expensive battle sequences that lack the action of a true summer blockbuster. Berg throws every cheap patriotic device possible into the film, going so far as to cast real Iraq and WWII vets throughout the film. Too many of them come off as stiff, producing nothing more than nervous laughs from the audience. Neeson mails in his paycheck role with perfection, delivering just enough lines to be recognized without offering anything of substance. The 0-for-2 Kitsch (see John Carter) is almost painful to watch, his lack of charisma forming giant holes when the action subsides. Kitsch's love interest Brookyln Decker (What to Expect When You're Expecting) is nothing more than nice window dressing, and Hamish Linklater (New Adventures of Old Christine) seems like a cheap imitation of Jeff Goldblum's character from Independence Day. Steve Jablonksy's score is a saving grace, providing more of the same patriotic war music he brought to Transformers.

Hollywood hasn't made good naval war films since K19: The Widowmaker and the intense Crimson Tide and Hunt for Red October. Battleship is lost at sea, settling instead as a posterboy for all that is wrong with an industry that can't seem to stop practicing the concept of "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." It's rated PG-13 for violence and sexual situations and runs 131 minutes.

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Alex Cross Images. Get Matthew Fox Some Food

Here are the first images from the upcoming film Alex Cross based on James Patterson adaptation I,Alex Cross. Which originally starred Morgan Freeman as Cross in Kiss The Girls and then Along Came a Spider.

Matthew Fox looks just sick, someone get this guy something to eat. The film Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Jean Reno, Rachel Nichols, directed by Rob Cohen.

Alex Cross follows the homicide detective/psychologist (Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

Ed Burns who plays Cross’ partner, Tommy Kane in the film, told me at the press day for Man On A Ledge that the audience and fans of the book will be surprised by Perry’s performance..

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Eli Roth Is In The Green Inferno

Emerging as a major player on the Croisette this year, Worldview Entertainment is teaming with Eli Roth to produce and finance the filmmaker's The Green Inferno.

Inferno marks the first feature Roth will direct since Hostel: Part II in 2007. Roth wrote the script with Guillermo Amoedo based on Roth's original story, but the logline is being kept under tight wraps.
Roth is set to begin shooting in the fall in Peru and Chili, where he recently starred in and produced the earthquake thriller Aftershock, which is currently in post production. He and Amoedo also wrote the script for that film.

"I've had an amazing few years producing, writing and acting, and am very excited to get back in the director's chair. I've been working on this idea for several years, and was inspired by filming in Chili and cannot wait to get back," Roth said. "Worldview backs my vision and believe in me, and is giving me the support I need and the freedom to take risks and make something daring and terrifying."

Worldview, based in New York, has built up an impressive slate of films and has just come aboard to finance and produce West Memphis Three biopic Devil's Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The Weinstein Co. is launching the project at the Cannes market.

"Eli has an excellent track record of writing and directing high quality, commerically successful films of this genre," Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow said.

Roth's Hostel franchise grossed more than $300 million worldwide. He'll produce Inferno with Worldview's Woodrow and Molly Connersa dn Sobras International's Miguel Asensio Llamas and Nicolas Lopez.
Roth is currently filming his new series Hemlock Grove for Netflix, and will be opening Eli Roth's Goretorium, a high-tech haunted experience in Las Vegas, in September.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Liam Neeson To Star In A Walk Among The Tombstones

Liam Neeson seems dedicated to dominating the news feeds today, between new Taken 2 pics and now word that he’ll star in Scott Frank’s adaptation of Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among The Tombstones. We wouldn’t be surprised if he was lurking in the background of the Skyfall poster, punching a wolf or something.

The film, which Frank has written and will direct, sees Neeson as Matt Scudder, in a time when he’s a former NYPD officer finding work as an unlicensed private eye. And because they all seem to have to have this trait, he's at constant war with the demon drink.

Hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer, he digs into the case and discovers that the people behind it are not new to this sort of thing, and that it doesn’t usually end well for the victim.

Tombstones has been wandering around the development weeds for a while now, with Frank having penned the script around 14 years ago for Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films. Universal set the thing up with Harrison Ford sniffing around the Scudder role, but nothing came to past. Now Cross Creek Pictures (which is still attached and has just entered a deal with Exclusive Media) has been trying to get it made, most recently luring DJ Caruso into flirting with directing. With Neeson attached, it’s set to finally go before cameras with a shoot set for New York next February.

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Taken 2 Images. Bryan Mills Ain't No Joke

Oh Snap! EW got the first images from Taken 2. Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent with a particular set of skills who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from Albanian kidnappers. When the father of one of the kidnappers swears revenge, and takes Bryan and his wife hostage during their family vacation in Istanbul, Bryan enlists Kim to help them escape, and uses the same advanced level of special forces tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers one by one.

I got a chance to sit down and take to Liam Nesson and Maggie Grace as they talk alittle about the film.

TAKEN 2 opens October 5th, 2012

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MAGIC MIKE Takes It All Off In This International Trailer

Alright ladies we have the international trailer for MAGIC MIKE. I have a feeling that this movie is going to be HUGE. A movie for the ladies that will rival The Avengers?

he film stars stars Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey.

Magic Mike is inspired by Tatum's experiences working as a stripper before his acting career took off. But instead of the lead, Tatum plays the mentor to Pettyfer's character, a performer in the troupe.

McConaughey plays Dallas, a former stripper who owns the club where the two perform -- though from the looks of the photo, he doesn't take his retirement very seriously.

Magic Mike arrives in U.S. theaters on June 29, 2012. It also stars Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, Riley Keough and Cody Horn.

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So what did RAMA think of BATTLESHIP? Matt's review to come soon.

Congratulations, director Peter Berg, you are now the new Michael Bay, and that’s not a compliment. Just as I suspected.. the experience is like watching Battle: Los Angeles meets Transformers meets full blown advertisement for the U.S. Navy. In the words of that weatherman from the comedy Anchorman.. “Loud Noises!”..

Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper’s older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.

Berg’s intention to honor the navy is admirable but if the navy was a movie audience, he’d probably shake his head in shame over what he’d just watched.
There are so many ridiculous and inconsistent moments in this film, they’re going to have to stand in line.
Once again, as I’ve said many times before, Taylor Kitsch is not ready to be the next movie star and the fact that Hollywood keeps throwing him in blockbusters like John Carter and Battleship, surrounding the poor guy with giant spectacle, would backfire.

I was a huge fan of Berg’s The Kingdom and Friday Night Lights, and didn’t think Hancock was all that bad but Berg seems to ignore all his directing skills just for the sake of CG thrills, explosives, action sequences that are neither smartly written, nor smartly executed.
People asked how much of the board game is incorporated into this film, will the characters get to say lines like “you sunk my battleship”, it may not quite go there but there’s a scene in which the film makes it appear like the characters are basically playing Battleship game, but that scene comes off cheesy and trying too hard, interesting effort but a bit of a stretch.

Some commendable points about BATTLESHIP, and they’re mostly due to personal reasons of mine, the inclusion of Soccer, the frequent use of AC/DC music, Hamish Linklater as the nerd comic relief and the fact that the film would probably encourage people to know more about the different kinds of ships out there: destroyer, carrier, etc.

Other than that, it’s sad that Liam Neeson’s role has been diminished to something that’s even less significant than supporting, the runtime is too long for its own good, and for a while, Brooklyn Decker’s storyline with the metal leg veteran badass, serves almost no purpose until it shows some signs of making sense but even then it still drags and it feels like it goes around in circles.
BATTLESHIP would probably get the vote from Michael Bay for the best picture of the year and once again,.. that’s not a compliment.

GRADE: 1 out of 5

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By: Matt C

Ensemble pieces, whether they be comedy or drama, are tricky things: too many characters usually get introduced, forcing audiences to pick and choose who they will follow. The best of these (like The Usual Suspects) never forces the audience to make that choice, instead weaving the characters throughout the story to create an enjoyable, albeit curvy, experience. What to Expect When You're Expecting tries very hard to achieve that, but never gets it quite right. Funny at times but unnecessarily poignant and dull at others, it's a date night film that might give guys the heebie-jeebies on the way home, as talk will inevitably turn to having children. At its core however is a tale with too many characters, whom you instantly forget when the lights kick on during the credits. What to Expect tries to be a laugh-out-loud fest, touching ensemble drama, tear-jerker, and a couple of other genres thrown in for good measure. And like the jack of all trades, it excels at none of them, throwing away good comedy scenes to stand on a soapbox which no one came to hear.

What to Expect follows the lives of five interconnected couples as they experience pregnancy in vastly different ways. TV fitness guru Jules (Cameron Diaz, There's Something About Mary) and dance show colleague Evan (Matthew Morrison, Glee) don't realize how their pregnacy will affect their high-flying celebrity careers; Wendy (Elizabeth Banks, 40 Year Old Virgin) and Gary (Ben Falcone, Bridesmaids) get more than they bargained for as hormones take Wendy down, allthewhile competing with Gary's father (Dennis Quaid, Day After Tomorrow) and his much younger trophy wife (Brookyn Decker, Just Go With It); while fertility issues force Holly (Jennifer Lopez, The Cell) and a nervous Alex (Rodrigo Santoro, 300) to adopt from an Ethiopian tribe. There's also a short-lived 'oops' pregnancy storyline involving two 20-somethings, Marco (Chace Crawford, The Covenant) and Rosie (Anna Kendrick, Twilight). If you get the sense that too much is going on here to keep up, you're not alone: there's also a 'dudes' support group, led by Vic (Chris Rock, Dogma) that tries to console the anxious Alex. Director Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee) and writer Shauna Cross (Whip It) try to weave these stories into a connected narrative, but those aren't done well, with only a sprinkling of scenes showing one couple leaving the scene as another enters. The story would have gained much from these per-chance meetings, but instead we are forced to accept them as mere window-dressing.

The film's funniest scenes appear in Act 3, as our couples begin to give birth. Banks' breakdown and demand for an epidermal does leave you laughing; but any residual effect is lost by the sudden introduction of unecessary drama and even danger. It's also clear that several actors are totally miscast in What to Expect including Rock, who seems uncomfortable dispensing advice to Alex in the role of sellout dad. Several plots are also unneeded, especially those involving the Gen Y-ers. Both Crawford and Kendrick have good chemistry here, and I would have appreciated an entire story devoted to them; instead, they appear too infrequently and thus stay off our radar for 30 minutes or more during the film.

Even though What to Expect is no more than barely passable date night material, there is the promise of gaining points with your partner for sticking through it. But bring the tissue: women will tear up often, while you'll wonder if you can sneak out to see The Avengers again. Complete this uncomfortable mission, and I guarantee you'll either erase red marks from your ledger or bank a few for the next time your single, rich friend with six-pack abs calls for a Vegas trip. This promise of future glory is the only way you'll make it through such a bore of a movie.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Universal Studios Transformers The Ride 3D Review

So the summer movie season is officially in full swing, with all kinds of big blockbusters hitting theaters each and every week, offering up action-packed experiences of the highest cinematic quality and the best visual effects studio money can buy. And no matter how impressive the 3D or digital technology, there's only so much you can experience from your seat in a crowded movie theater.

For those of you thrill-seekers out there who are looking for a little extra bang for your buck and willing to take a trip to the west coast, Universal Studios has taken the best elements of the fancy cinematic 3D technology and incorporated it into their latest, cutting-edge attraction with "Transformers The Ride 3D." Think "Star Tours" but with amped-up, in-your-face-battle-action involving Optimus Prime, Megatron and trusty Bumblebee.

MTV News was lucky enough to snag an invite to come check out the ride just before it opened to the public. Here's a rundown of what to expect:

The ride is built around several aspects that will be familiar to fans of the film franchise. As you enter the ride space you are swept up in joining a tactical effort to stop Megatron and the Decepticons from mounting an attack and getting control of the AllSpark. As soon as passengers are belted into their EVAC vehicles, the real fun begins and you are literally thrown into the middle of a robot battle. The individual passenger cars weave in and out of the story, with stylized 3D projections in front of you that make it seem as though you're part of the fight. The actual movement of the cars includes major twists and turns, as well as huge butterfly-inducing drops that simulate the cars flying through the air and dangling from Transformers' finger tips. Not to mention the characters literally get in your face via the projections and 3D glasses.

In collaboration with Industrial Light & Magic, Universal created a ride with high definition 3D media that brings every metallic feature of your favorites to life. The ride also uses advanced flight simulation technology. Every move in battle sends you whipping through air, crashing into buildings, flipping your sense of reality. It truly is a multi-sensory, adrenaline-jolting experience.

During our disembarkation, one of our colleagues pointed out that the 3D rides are likely a glimpse into the future of what movie-going might become: highly-technical, multimedia and multi-sensory extravaganzas. We can definitely see the value in transforming (no pun intended) more popular film franchises into theme park rides, particularly when Universal has produced such a fun alternative to the "Transformers" movies with its entertaining and satisfying new attraction.

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Juno Temple Joins Maleficent

Juno Temple will play one of the three pixies taking care of Aurora in the live-action Disney fantasy film that re-imagines the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.

Angelina Jolie is playing the title character in the fantasy that tells the story from the point of view of the fairy-witch who cursed Aurora to a permanent sleep on her 16th birthday. Robert Stromberg is directing.
Elle Fanning already is on board as Aurora and Sharlto Copley is Stefan, the half-human and half-fairy bastard son of the human king. Also in the cast are Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter), Kenneth Cranham (Made in Dagenham), Sam Riley (Brighton Rock) and Lesley Manville (Another Year).

Temple would join Staunton and Manville as the three pixie fairies in the classic fairy tale who are tasked with taking care of Aurora in the cottage in the woods. Temple will play Thistletwit, who -- like the other pixies, Knotgrass and Flittle -- is neglectful and superficial.

The movie is shooting this summer in London.

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First Look At CW's Arrow

Here your first look trailer from the upcoming show ARROW. The show stars Stephen Amell as billionaire Oliver Queen/Star City’s vigilante, Green Arrow.

This is a modern retelling of the classic DC Character, the pilot is directed by David Nutter. The series is developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim (the team behind last year’s Green Lantern film) along with Andrew Kreisberg

Katie Cassidy plays Laurel, a young legal clinic attorney who was Oliver’s romantic past. Laurel in the comic book has an alter ego, BLACK CANARY, but it’s not sure yet if that’s the direction that they’ll be taking for Cassidy.

This is a modern retelling of the classic DC Character, the pilot is directed by David Nutter. The series is developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim (the team behind last year’s Green Lantern film) along with Andrew Kreisberg

Katie Cassidy plays Laurel, a young legal clinic attorney who was Oliver’s romantic past. Laurel in the comic book has an alter ego, BLACK CANARY, but it’s not sure yet if that’s the direction that they’ll be taking for Cassidy.

Susanna Thompson plays Oliver’s mother, Moira Queen

Willa Holland (Gossip Girl) will play Oliver Queen’s sister, Thea Queen
Here are their character descriptions based on the previous casting call breakdowns..

Oliver Queen
A 27 year old reformed bad boy, who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea returns to town a different man. Or to be more specific, a tortured, thoughtful master of the bow with a ferocious determination to make a difference.

Dinah “Laurel” Lance
28 years old, smart sexy, Laurel is a legal aid attorney determined to use her life as a one-woman war against the 1% following the death of her younger sister Sara. A sister, who as luck would have it, just so happened to have died aboard Oliver’s yacht.

Moira Queen
48 years old, a beautiful woman, Oliver’s mother Moira is a very wealthy woman who is not used to being shaken. Having remarried during the five years that former husband Robert and Oliver were both presumed dead, Moira has had free rein over the Queen billions. Not surprisingly, she’s deeply interested in learning whether or not Robert will also return unexpectedly, to ruin her present marriage and go over the books with a fine-tooth comb.

Thea Queen
17 years old (suggest 17-22 years), Oliver’s Lolita-esque sister, Thea was a 12 year old girl when he went on his infamous yachting voyage — but now she’s a celebutante who’s testing the boundaries of acceptable behavior. Thea loved her big brother with all her heart, and is delighted to have him back in her life — but she’s spreading her wings, and is unprepared for Oliver to become the Bad Cop in the family, restricting her access to boys and drugs.

The pilot episode is about 27-year-old reformed bad boy, Oliver (Amell) who after having spent five years shipwrecked on a tiny, brutally dangerous island in the South China Sea, returns to town a different man, a master of the bow determined to do right by his city.

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THE POSSESSION Trailer Based On A True Story

Brace yourself for a first look at the terrifying trailer for THE POSSESSION, the story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil.

Based on a true story, THE POSSESSION stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer). The film will be in theaters everywhere August 31, 2012.

Based on a true story, THE POSSESSION is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil

Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Read about the true story that inspired the film in this LA Times article: http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jul/25/entertainment/ca-gornstein25

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Based on a true story, THE POSSESSION is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil

Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WATCHMEN) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), THE POSSESSION is directed by Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH), written by Juliet Snowden & Stile. s White, and produced by horror master Sam Raimi along with Rob Tapert and J.R. Young. Lionsgate and Ghost House Pictures present.

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BERNIE Movie Poster Giveaway Signed By Rick Linklater

I have a contest for my San Francisco fans. Do you wanna WIN a signed BERNIE poster by Rick Linklater, the director of the movie.

All you have to do is answer a simple question after the Jump...

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependant on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.

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Ender's Game Film Nothing Like The Book

If you're wondering how the big-screen rendition of Orson Scott Card's acclaimed sci-fi novel Ender's Game is shaping up, you're in luck—the author just got back from the set and has written all about it. What stood out to him the most? Apparently the fact that he didn't actually recognize a lot of it.

Card recorded a small cameo in the movie and watched a bit of the filming while he was on set. He says it's definitely director Gavin Hood's vision of the material, and he warns that some hardcore fans of the book might be a bit shell-shocked.

"The scene [I watched] does not come from the book—very few of the scenes in this movie do—so it was amusing when others asked me how it felt to have my book brought to life. My book was already alive in the mind of every reader," he wrote. "This is writer-director Gavin Hood's movie, so they were his words, and it was his scene."

But don't worry, folks. Changes or not, Card said he really liked what he saw, noting: "The movie Ender's Game is going to look great."

If you're interested in some of the minutiae of the adaptation, Card's lengthy set visit recap is worth checking out. He breaks down everything from the Battle Room setup to the character portrayals, and it sounds like he really was impressed overall.

Sound off: Are you intrigued, or terrified, by Card's on-set update

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FEMME FATALES Returns May 25th

THE DEADLY DAMES OF CINEMAX'S HIT SERIES FEMME FATALES RETURN TO THRILL THIS MAY. Season Two Debuts Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11 PM and the Super-Sized Season Finale Airs August 10th

The groundbreaking, hit anthology series FEMME FATALES returns to Cinemax this May with 12 all-new pulse-pounding episodes. Beginning Friday, May 25th at 11 PM, Femme Fatales ripped from the pages of the bestselling magazine, is the cult smash Entertainment Weekly calls “a badass-chick anthology series” and Geek Monthly hails as “50% Tarantino, 50% Sin City, 100% Cool.”

The sexy, thrilling anthology series is about powerful, sexy and dangerous women styled in the tradition of pulp stories, film noir and graphic novels. The half-hour program features stories inspired by such noir classic as Double Indemnity and Pulp Fiction and classic thriller TV series like The Twilight Zone.

In each stand-alone episode, which is part of a bigger interweaving mythology, women find extraordinary ways of coping with their problems, channeling their survival instincts and bringing out their inner guile. The series was recently honored as an Official Selection of the prestigious Sitges Film Festival in Spain which screened seven episodes from the series first season.

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The season premiere, “16 Minutes of Fame,” is a sly murder mystery and satire on today’s popular reality series like “Jersey Shore” and “Big Brother.”

Notable guest stars in the series include Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill, Independence Day), Jeff Fahey (Lost, Grindhouse), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Antonio Sabato, Jr. (General Hospital, Bones), Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Steve Railsback (The Stunt Man, Lifeforce), Leilani Sarelle (Basic Instinct), Robert LaSardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race), Reggie Hayes (Girlfriends), Paul Rae (True Grit), Dean Haglund (The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen), Charlie O’Connell (Crossing Jordan), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) , Nikki Griffin (Fast & The Furious III) and legendary film director and Oscar® nominee Paul Mazursky.

MARK A. ALTMAN (Co-Creator/Executive Producer) is co-creator of Femme Fatales, the hit crime anthology series, currently entering its second season on HBO/Cinemax. Altman has also been a producer on such series as USA’s smash Necessary Roughness and ABC’s detective dramedy, Castle as well as such films as Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner and the $30 million film adaptation of the bestselling video game, DOA: Dead Or Alive, which was released by The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films as well as Lionsgate’s House of the Dead franchise.

Altman has spoken at myriad industry events and conventions, including the ShowBiz Expo in Hollywood as well as the Variety/Final Draft Screenwriters Panel at the Cannes Film Festival. He has been a frequent guest and panelist at the International ComiCon held annually in San Diego, CA and a two time juror for the ComicCon Film Festival.

STEVE KRIOZERE (Co-Creator/Executive Producer) is a television writer-producer whose credits have included the hit television shows Castle for ABC, N.C.I.S. and the Pamela Anderson juggernaut, V.I.P. His freelance writing credits include Sliders, The Sentinel, NightMan, Team Knight Rider and Viper, as well as animated shows Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi (Cartoon Network), Loonatics: Unleashed (Kids WB), MTV’s Animated Spider-Man and Edgar & Ellen (Nicktoons Network). He also developed the feature film adaptation of the novel, Howling Mad, for director Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) and Beacon Pictures.

Kriozere, with Altman, is also the author of the graphic novel, Elvis Van Helsing, about a slacker who discovers he is a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing and must fight the forces of evil with the help of a beautiful 800 year old succubus and his best friend, Randy as well as The Unknowns, a superhero comic, optioned by Brett Rattner.

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THE WORDS Trailer Starring Cooper & Saldana

The first trailer for THE WORDS has arrived today. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana.

The films stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, John Hannah, Nora Arnezeder, and J.K. Simmons.

THE WORDS follows a writer (Cooper) who, at the peak of his literary success, discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Join Cobra Special Forces?

Do you have what it takes to join the Cobra Special Forces?

Members of the team will receive exclusive content and further cobra mission details as they are received from high command.

Check it out at http://www.cobraspecialforces.com/

A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on June 29,2012

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Relativity Media Acquires "Paranoia" Starring Hemsworth, Oldman & Ford

Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to market and distribute IM Global’s currently-titled Paranoia, directed by Robert Luketic (21) and starring Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Oscar®-nominee Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight), Oscar®-nominee Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class). Production is targeted to begin this summer and the film will release in theatres on September 27, 2013. IM Global will handle international distribution.

In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a charming, blue collar guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Telecom. But after one costly and illegal mistake, Adam is confronted by ruthless CEO Nicholas Wyatt. He won’t turn Adam in under one condition: Adam must agree to infiltrate the competition as a corporate spy. Adam soon finds himself packaged for success, surrounded by glamorous boardrooms, expensive cars, and a life he only dreamed of. But behind the scenes, Wyatt is pulling the strings - stopping at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage. Realizing he's nothing more than a pawn in his boss's ruthless game, Adam's only way out - is to go in deeper.

The screenplay was written by Jason Dean Hall (Spread) from a previous draft by Barry Levy (Vantage Point), based on the novel Paranoia by Joseph Finder.

Paranoia will be produced by Alexandra Milchan of Emjag Productions, Scott Lambert of Film 360, a division of Management 360, and Deepak Nayar. IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, Douglas Urbanski and Gaumont’s Christophe Riandee will executive produce.

"Paranoia is a gripping story and we're excited to add the project to our growing slate bolstered by this stellar cast. We look forward to working with our partners IM Global on bringing this film to audiences everywhere,” said Relativity’s President, Tucker Tooley.

IM Global is currently selling international rights to the film in Cannes with successful deals closing for France (Gaumont), the U.K. (Momentum), Spain (Aurum), Canada (Alliance) and Latin America (Sun).

Looking ahead, the studio will release the edge-of-your seat thriller House at the End of the Street (in theatres September 21, 2012) and the hilarious comedy 21 and Over (in theatres November 2, 2012). Relativity is currently in production on Scott Cooper’s gritty dramatic thriller currently-titled Out of the Furnace and is in pre-production on the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling Safe Haven (in theatres February 8, 2013).

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: The Raven, 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 Bourne Legacy, House at the End of the Street and 21 and Over. 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 nearly 70 projects in production, including 21 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 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 with a full-range of professional development services. For additional information, please visit www.relativitymedia.com.

Stuart Ford founded IM Global in 2007. The company is one of the leading film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world, championing a wide variety of cinema, including mainstream commercial, art house, foreign language and genre fare. The company is now comprised of six divisions: IM Global Opus, for mainstream, commercial cinema; IM Global Acclaim, for critically acclaimed arthouse and specialty cinema; IM Global Anthem, for the best of non-English language cinema from around the world; IM Global Octane, for branded genre fare; IM Global Apsara, a rights acquisition and distribution vehicle that serves the rapidly evolving Asian markets across growing theatrical, digital and VOD distribution platforms; and Automatik Entertainment, a production and financing joint venture with Alliance Films focused on films in the $5 million - $15 million range. In May 2010, Reliance Entertainment, part of Indian conglomerate Reliance ADA Group, acquired a majority shareholding in the company.

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David Garibaldi Makes It To Vegas On America’s Got Talent

David Garibaldi and his crew work together to paint a masterpiece within minutes on America’s Got Talent. If you haven't seen this video you will be amazed. I have it for you below.

David Garibaldi and his CMYK’s are from Sacramento,Ca., as I am also so when word needs to get our about a local talent I am the first one inline to help.

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Artists transform an empty canvas into a work of art through their skill, experience, inspiration and senses. David Garibaldi’s life and transition into a world-renowned performance painter is no different.

The culture and color of graffiti art served as an early inspiration for Garibaldi. Born in Los Angles, he later moved as a youth to South Sacramento. It was here that he learned to enjoy the use of his hands and body through art on “larger and somewhat illegal canvases” by painting graffiti as an angst teen. Graffiti artist and high school dropout, he was living day-by-day. The only constants in his life were music and art.

Garibaldi had always combined his passion for music and color, or rhythm and hue, in his artwork. But it wasn’t until viewing performance painter Denny Dent’s portrait of Jimi Hendrix that Garibaldi discovered how his passion for paint and music could be an inspirational experience for more than just himself. He discovered music-driven-art, and in some ways it discovered him, revealing a portrait of passion and purpose.

Garibaldi’s synergy of music and art is what makes him unique as a painter and a performer.

The performances he unwittingly practiced as a graffiti rebel in his garage is now on a public stage. As a performance painter, Garibaldi creates images through his body movement and brushes while communicating via music to an amazed audience.

“I create images in an entraining way and my hope is to inspire the audience to use their passion to benefit and inspire others,” said Garibaldi. “That is music and color. That is rhythm and hue.”

For this young artist, musical inspirations include U2, Kanye West, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Glitch Mob. Featured shows also include the beats of Garibaldi’s exclusive DJ, Joseph One. The energy of these performances is both mesmerizing and engaging and there is nothing like it in the world.

Hundreds of thousands have witnessed Garibaldi paint live by transforming a blank black canvas into pop art icons through his “Rhythm and Hue” shows. Garibaldi has performed for Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Intel and Disney. He has also been featured at charity events for Playboy, NBA, and celebrities Snoop Dog, Santana, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro and Blue Man Group.

Garibaldi’s portfolio and sophistication as an artist goes far beyond his accomplishments as a performance painter. Influenced by Andy Warhol, Ernie Barnes, KAWZ, Takashi Murakami, Al Hirschfeld and the comic books of his youth, Garibaldi’s studio or “the danger room” serves as his stage for these paintings of vibrant colors and fluid lines.

These smaller canvases embody the color and musical influence that is unique to Garibaldi’s performance work, but with a style and detail in each stroke.

In addition to being featured in galleries across the country, Garibaldi’s art is now an international brand and reproduced into posters, clothing apparel and iPhone cases. He is a featured Disney Fine Artist and has secured licensing rights for Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Elvis Presley.

Art was an ever-present part of Garibaldi’s life. From the moment he picked up a crayon as a young child and started to draw, he knew his passion for creating color and images would serve a greater purpose. Creativity surrounded him through his father’s music and dance and his mom’s work as a beauty stylist. Garibaldi picked up his first instrument, a trumpet, in fourth grade and shortly after developed a love for the beats and rhythms of hip hop.

He took the initial first strokes and steps by combining rhythm and hue, music and color, while listening to hip hop icons Run DMC and Snoop Dogg and painting graffiti with his middle school friends. Music remained a big part of his life joining high school hip hop dance group, Boogie Monstarz, but art became a more predominant force in his life as he perfected his skill in high school courses.

As he matured, so did his skill. By 2003, Garibaldi began his personal Harlem Renaissance by moving from graffiti to canvas and pulling from the cultural influence of jazz and its smooth sounds. It was then that he saw “something bigger.” That inspirational and influential moment hit him while first viewing the work of Denny Dent and continued as he developed his personal faith. He discovered himself as an artist and a person; he discovered how he would live his life with passion and purpose.

Inspiration serves Garibaldi in his art and his life. “Living with passion and purpose” drives Garibaldi every day to transcend what he does as an artist into a philanthropist.

A high school animation teacher first inspired him to take his passion for graffiti and turn it into a more positive and creative direction. Garibaldi never forgets this encouragement and more importantly the value of someone believing in him. Every performance is an opportunity to give back – either through teaching youth or providing resources to the community.

In a few short years, Garibaldi raised over $896,000 for nonprofits and charities across the country through his art. By December 2012, he will reach a personal goal by using his platform to help raise over $1 million for nonprofit organizations through his art and performances. He works closely with charities such as Special Olympics, Echoes of Hope, Sacramento Children’s Home and World Vision.

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