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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Charlize Theron To Star In The Marie Colvin Story

Charlize Theron and producer Basil Iwanyk are teaming up for a film about the life of recently killed war journalist Marie Colvin.

Iwanyk and Thunder Road's Peter Lawson have optioned the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin’s Private War," with Theron and her Denver and Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix in talks to join Iwanyk as producers. The project is being eyed as a possible acting vehicle for Theron, though she has not committed to star.

A search for a writer to adapt the piece written by Marie Brenner is underway. (Brenner also wrote the article that became the 1999 Michael Mann movie The Insider.)

Colvin died in February while covering the civil war in Syria. She was a well-known American war correspondent who wrote for the British paper The Sunday Times, covering wars and conflicts from Kosovo and Chechnya to East Timor and Sri Lanka -- where she lost an eye.

Colvin specialized in Middle East affairs and was covering the Syrian uprising in a building that was being shelled by the Syrian Army when she died at age 56.

Colvin was known for her brash style and she fought to bring attention to the inhuman and blood-spilling scenes she witnessed She also endured three divorces and post-traumatic stress disorder in a careeer that made her one of the most important war journalists in the field.

Thunder Road's Lawson will executive produce.

The project is a change of pace for Iwanyk, whose recent credits include such popcorn hits as The Expendables, Clash of the Titans and its 2012 sequel, Wrath of the Titans. But he also was a producer on The Town, the Oscar-nominated crime movie directed by Ben Affleck. Insiders say that Iwanyk hopes to emulate the path blazed by Town and make a prestigeous and classy drama.

The last time Theron was involved in telling a true-life tale, she won a best actress Oscar for 2003's Monster, which she also produced. Among Denver and Delilah's film projects is Murder Mystery, to which John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) is attached to direct.

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The Revenant Review. Is It Just Another Zombie Movie?

The Revenant Review
By: MattInRC

I've always been fascinated by the B-movie genre. How is it that an entire aspect of Hollywood can exist underground, churning out bad films with such consistency that anyone would care take notice? At some point, the Law of Dimnishing Retuns has to take effect, forcing every well-meaning but utterly dissapointing flick into well-deserved obvilon. The Revenant is that kind of film, existing only for the briefest of moments before finding itself on the scrap heap with the rest of the would-of-could-ofs.


After American soldier Bart (David Anders) is killed in Iraq and buried back home, he soon returns to life as a decomposing corpse who cannot eat human food. He shows up at the doorstep of his stoner best friend Joey (Chris Wylde) to help him figure out why he has returned from the dead. Eventually, the two realize that Bart is a revenant, a half vampire/half zombie who has returned to terrorize the living. With his body continuing to decompose, Bart and Joey set out to find (at first) plasma, then live humans for Bart to feed on. At the same time, Joey realizes that Bart has become nearly invincible, resisting death even after several gunshots. As Bart's girlfriend (Louise Griffiths) and Wiccan buddy (Jacy King) learn of Bart's return, things go from weird to messy, with Joey becoming a revenant as well, and the boys turning into LA's version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid.


The nearly two-hour movie wastes lots of time with unneeded backstories, eventually turning into a gore-intensive third act that favors body counts and Quentin Tarantino-like edits rather than offering any real character development. King and Griffiths are totally unnecessary to the story, and many of the boys' victims are second-rate actors who orchestrate their lines with the delicacy of a bull in a china shop. Director D. Kerry Prior (Roadkill) tries his best to gross out the audience with every horror cliche imaginable, but it's his tepid script and selection of actors which evntually kill the project. Still, not all is lost. As a writer, Prior pulls off some well-placed one-liners, especially during the gun battle near film's end. Anders and Wylde have good chemistry, if you can get past the expletives which are so numerous one would have thought they were being paid for each one uttered. And while I can't give away the final ending, it's safe to say that 'politicially incorrect' is an excellent way to define it. In our war-ridden, post-9/11 world, it does serve to elevate the genre in the most obscene manner possible.


There's a reason why Hollywood doesn't produce every script it receives; and while The Revenant has its funny moments, it's not without major flaws, too. That's unfortunate, because with a little professional nip and tuck, this film could have been the best horror comedy of the last decade. Instead, we're left with a story that wanders far off the beaten path, never really going anywhere except downhill. Perhaps that was Prior's intention, but it could have been executed so much better. Instead, like Joey and Bart, The Revenant seems to merely exist, seeking its end through humor and ultra-violence, but mostly remaining lost. Stay away from this film, unless the idea of B-movie fare appeals to you. The Revenant is rated R for everything including language and man junk...yes, there's junk on the screen.

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Michael Douglas Set To Play Reagan

Michael Douglas is ready to be sworn in as the 40th president of the United States. or-turned-Republican President Ronald Reagan in the indie Reykjavik. Brit helmer Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is in talks to direct the film that once was being eyed by Ridley Scott as a directing vehicle.

Reykjavik takes place over a few days in 1986, when Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for talks in the Icelandic capital to iron out peace against the backdrop of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The producers now are looking to find their Gorbachev.

Participant Media, whose mandate is to create awareness of the issues that shape lives, will finance the $10 million film, which is scheduled to begin shooting in March in Germany. Participant is no stranger to hot-button political topics, having backed the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth as well as upcoming films whose subjects range from Abraham Lincoln to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.


Scott still is involved in the Cold War-era Reykjavik and will produce alongside Scott Free cohort David W. Zucker. Also onboard to produce are Mark Sennet and Stewart Mackinnon.
Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane) wrote the screenplay.

With the Steven Soderbergh-helmed Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra on tap as well as a starring role in the geriatric comedy romp Last Vegas, Douglas is enjoying a career resurgence.
Newell's upcoming take on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations will screen at next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

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Michael Keaton Joins RoboCop

Michael Keaton is joining RoboCop, the MGM and Columbia Pictures reboot directed by Jose Padilha. He'll play the role Hugh Laurie was negotiating to take, until he dropped out late last week.

Keaton joins Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson in the film.

“Michael is the final addition to the amazing cast we have assembled for this film, and it is so great to have the last puzzle piece in place," Padilha said in a statement. "It is thrilling that everything has come together to bring this innovative new vision of RoboCop to life. We’ve got a great script, a great cast, some killer ED-209s, and I can’t wait to get Alex Murphy back on the streets."

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Avengers Alternate Opening Scene

With The Avengers 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy+Digital Download of the “Inspired By” album)coming out on September 25th, Marvel is unleashing some tease for you would be buyers.

The Alternate Opening Scene features Agent Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders) being interrogated by some unidentified suits.

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Providing viewers with the ultimate in-home experience, the premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy “Marvel’s The Avengers” (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by the film) and brings to life the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime in a whole new dimension on Blu-ray hi- def with stunning visual effects, superior sound and unparalleled bonus content.

Extras include a gag reel, a first for a Marvel Studios film, the chance to hear from the cast and Joss Whedon on their experiences in bringing these larger than life characters to the big screen, a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking visual effects and stunning cinematography, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier, Soundgarden’s “Live to Rise” Music Video, deleted scenes and more!

Also for the first time ever, fans will be able to enjoy even more of the Marvel Universe via the all-new “The Avengers Initiative: A Marvel Second Screen App.” By downloading this onto a secondary device, consumers will be able to gain unprecedented access to exclusive content building up to the home entertainment release on September 25. Pieces will be unleashed bi- weekly in July & August and weekly in September leading up to a full immersive experience accompanying the film on Blu-ray. Content includes special access to the S.H.I.E.L.D. database, becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, invitations to “special missions” either remotely or in the field, links to character profiles, stories and scenes, interactive Marvel digital reader comic books and more. App owners will receive push notifications whenever new content is uploaded and available for their viewing.

The full range of “Marvel’s The Avengers” home entertainment offerings and bonus features are as follows:

PACKAGING & BONUS FEATURES:

4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy+Digital Download of the “Inspired By” album)

Bonus Includes:

Second Screen

Assembling the Ultimate Team

A Visual Journey

Gag Reel

Deleted Scenes

Audio Commentary—With Joss Whedon

Soundgarden Music Video—“Live to Rise”

And more!

2-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)

Bonus Includes:

Same as the 4-Disc Combo Pack above

1-Disc DVD

Bonus Includes:

Assembling the Ultimate Team

Audio Commentary—With Joss Whedon

High-Definition & Standard Definition Digital

Bonus Includes:

Second Screen

Assembling the Ultimate Team

A Visual Journey

Gag Reel

Deleted Scenes

Soundgarden Music Video—“Live to Rise”

And more!

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Street Date: September 25,2012 (Direct Prebook: 7/31; Distrib. Prebook: 8/14)

Suggested Retail 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $49.99 U.S./$59.99 Canada

Pricing: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack =$39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada

1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada

Digital & On-Demand = please check with your television provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing

Feature Run Time: 143 Minutes

Ratings: U.S.: PG-13 (bonus features not rated)

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray & DVD = 1.78:1

Audio: Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French-Canadian 7.1 DTS-HDHR, Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD = English/Latin Spanish/French Canadian 5.1 Dolby, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

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ABOUT MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film was produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The story was by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon and the screenplay was by Joss Whedon.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film smashed the industry record for the biggest domestic opening of all time with $207.4M, crossed the $1 billion global box office threshold in 19 days, and currently stands as the #3 global and domestic release of all time.

ABOUT MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominentcharacter-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies,music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt DisneyRecords and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

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We Have Your Access To An Advance Screening For THE INBETWEENERS In San Francisco

In Theaters September 7, 2012


We have your access to see THE INBETWEENERS in San Francisco. We have your access to the special advance screening on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00PM.


THE INBETWEENERS Movie is a 2011 British coming-of-age comedy film based on the E4 sitcom THE INBETWEENERS, written by series creators Damon Beesley and Iain Morris and directed by Ben Palmer. The film follows the misadventures of a group of teenage friends on holiday in Crete after the end of their final year at school together, and currently serves as an ending to the TV series. It stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.


Four geeky high school friends set out on a wild sun and booze-filled vacation in THE INBETWEENERS, the hilarious British breakout comedy hit and world-wide phenomenon. The four find themselves at a notorious Mediterranean getaway determined to break their lifelong losing streak with the ladies.


Graduation just wouldn’t be complete without an un-chaperoned, uninhibited and unforgettable island holiday with your pals. At least that’s what recent grads Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas) and Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison) think when they book a two-week getaway to an international hotspot on the isle of Crete. The lads hit the resort’s club strip and try to join in the legendary party scene with humiliating—and sidesplitting—results.


Surrounded by scantily clad hotties, outrageous escapades and a plethora of bodily fluids, clueless intellectual Will, love-struck puppy Simon, chronic masturbator Jay and dimwitted cougar-bait Neil go on “Pussay Patrol” hoping to find high times and, more importantly, wild sex in one of Europe’s craziest vacation spots. Instead, they naively blunder from one mortifying experience to another, managing to sabotage every chance they get to fulfill their dreams. Convinced that the solution to all of their problems lies in a weekend party-boat excursion, but without the funds or connections to get tickets to the once-in-a-lifetime blowout, they seem doomed to once again be left outside the action in this raucous and raunchy coming-of-age comedy.



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Ryan Gosling To Direct How to Catch a Monster

Ryan Gosling will make his feature directorial and writing debut with How to Catch a Monster, which Sierra Affinity will shop to foreign buyers during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Christina Hendricks -- who starred with Gosling in Drive -- is attached to headline the fantasy noir, which Gosling wrote.

Gosling will produce via his Phantasma banner alongside Marc Platt and Adam Siegel of Marc Platt Productions and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster via Bold Films, which is financing Catch a Monster.

"I am very appreciative to Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive, and I look forward to making this film with all of them," Gosling said.

Catch a Monster weaves elements of fantasy noir with suspense to create a modern fairy tale set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city. Hendricks (Mad Men) would play Billy, a single mother of two who is swept into a macabre underworld, while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to a underwater town.

"We have a tremendous amount of trust and confidence in Ryan, Christina, Marc and Adam, both personally and professionally," Litvak said. "We responded immediately to Ryan's script and look forward to nurturing the next phase of his career and continuing Bold's commitment to an artistically collaborative environment."
Catch a Monster isn't the only project that Gosling will be attending to in Toronto. Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, headlining the actor, makes its world premiere at the festival. Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes also star in the film, which reunites Gosling with his Blue Valentine director.

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Heat Is On. Beverly Hills Cop TV Show Could Be On It's Way

Nearly a year ago, Eddie Murphy told Rolling Stone that he was interested in turning his classic 1984 action comedy Beverly Hills Cop into a TV show. Now Vulture has learned exclusively that the project is not only a reality, but that The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is leading the charge to resurrect Axel Foley. Multiple industry insiders tell us Ryan, Murphy and Sony Pictures Television have partnered on a small screen adaptation of the massively successful film franchise, and that broadcast networks began hearing their pitch on the spin-off this afternoon. And here's the kicker: In addition to his main role as an exec producer, Murphy has agreed to an on-camera role in the show. Feel free to begin doing the Neutron Dance.

Murphy telegraphed his intent to be a visible presence in the TV version of Cop during his chat with Rolling Stone last October. "I'd do the pilot, show up here and there," he told the magazine. Murphy was also very specific about the idea he had for reviving Axel. It would be a series "starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit." Vulture hasn't heard details of the pitch to networks, so it's very possible that the concept Ryan and Murphy is bringing to the networks has changed since. Our spies were only sure that the series is designed to be "a buddy cop show," that it will be an hour-long crime procedural with strong comedic elements (hello, CBS!), and that Murphy will appear in the pilot and possibly a few special episodes throughout the first season.

As for the major players in this version, Murphy and his self-titled production company were producers on the Cop movie franchise, which is one reason he's on board as an exec producer. Sony has an overall deal with Ryan (who's getting ready to launch The Last Resort on ABC), and Paramount Pictures released the feature films (though it's unclear what role the movie studio might have in the TV take). Still, one thing is for certain: Multiple networks will go crazy for the chance to make this show. Also, if producers don't use "Axel F" as the theme song, we will not be amused.

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Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D TV Show Heading To ABC

ABC has ordered a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D, a live-action series from The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon, Marvel TV and ABC Studios. The project is based on Marvel’s peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D (which stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate or Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) found in both the Marvel comic book and feature film universes, including the blockbuster 2012 movie The Avengers, in which S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury, recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor to stop Thor’s adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will be written by Whedon and frequent collaborators, his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Joss Whedon also is set to direct the pilot, schedule permitting. Production on the pilot, which marks the first live-action Marvel TV project to get a green light, will start immediately. Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Tancharoen executive produce with Jeffrey Bell and Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb.

The project had been in the works at Marvel TV and ABC Studios for some time. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that it had signed an exclusive film and TV deal with Joss Whedon, which included him writing and directing The Avengers sequel and develop a live-action series for Marvel TV and ABC, both owned by Disney.

This marks a return to series television for Joss Whedon, creator of cult favorites Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse. Husband and wife writing duo Jed Whedon and Tancharoen co-penned with Joss Whedon Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and also have worked on Dollhouse and Spartacus. In addition to S.H.I.E.L.D, Marvel TV has a couple of other projects in development at ABC Studios, including a Hulk series.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Vera Farmiga To Star In Bates Motel

Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga is moving into A&E's Bates Motel.

The Up in the Air actress has been tapped to star in the network's Psycho prequel, Bates Motel.

From Lost's Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights' Kerry Ehrin, the series is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho and is described as a contemporary exploration of Norman Bates' formative years. It will explore his relationship with his mother, Norma, and offer a look at the backstory that helped forge the infamous serial killer. It's been dubbed a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.

Farmiga will play Norma Louise Bates, described as a complicated, passionate and compelling woman who is smart, multidimensional and always capable of surprising people.

"We are delighted to welcome Vera Farmiga to Bates Motel," Cuse said. "She is a phenomenal talent who has demonstrated incredible range and intelligence in a number of landmark film roles, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join our project."

Farmiga, who starred in USA Network's Touching Evil, will play Norma, who was voiced by three actresses -- Virginia Gregg, Paul Jasmin and Jeanette Nolan -- in the 1960 feature.

Bates Motel marks former Lost co-showrunner Cuse's first TV project since his run on the island-set ABC drama. The series joins a growing roster of scripted programming at A&E that includes Western drama Longmire, which has been renewed for a second season.

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New Featurette For HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET

See Jennifer Lawrence, star of the upcoming Relativity Media thriller, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET discuss the film in a new featurette - now live on Apple. Lawrence plays Elissa, a teenage girl who moves to a new town with her mother (Elisabeth Shue), only to discover that the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Who can you trust?

Also starring Max Thieriot, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET opens in theaters on September 21st, 2012.

Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Oscar®-nominee Elisabeth Shue; Leaving Las Vegas, Piranha 3D) and her daughter Elissa (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Lawrence; The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot, My Soul to Take), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.



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Watch ABOUT CHERRY Now!

IFC Midnight Presents ABOUT CHERRY Starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Dev Patel, Lili Taylor, Jonny Weston, and Heather Graham.

Now Available on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, Playstation Unlimited) and in Theaters September 21, 2012

Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) is an 18-year-old on the verge of finishing high school, rushing to escape her broken family life. After reluctantly taking nude photos at her boyfriend's (Jonny Weston) behest, she takes the cash to skip town with her best friend (Dev Patel). Angelina gets a job cocktailing in a San Francisco strip club where she meets Frances (James Franco), an affluent lawyer who introduces her to a high-class world beyond her wildest dreams. At the same time, Angelina begins exploring San Francisco's porn industry, using the moniker Cherry, under the wing of a former performer turned adult film director (Heather Graham). But Angelina's newfound ideal lifestyle soon comes apart at the seams. ABOUT CHERRY challenges assumptions about sexuality and pornography, while addressing the common struggle of finding one's role in life.



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We Have Your Access To An Advance Screening For WON’T BACK DOWN In Sacramento

 In Theaters September 28, 2012

This one is for the ladies. We have your access to a ladies night opportunity to attend a free screening of WON’T BACK DOWN.


The film is an upcoming drama film directed by Daniel Barnz starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.


Two determined mothers, a bartender (Gyllenhaal) and a teacher (Davis), look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and corruption the teacher's union president (Hunter) and the school's principal (Rhames), they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.



The screening will be at the Century Stadium 14 at 7PM in Sacramento tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29.


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ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING
PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale.
Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
MPAA - No Recording
This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device
including laptop computers into the theatre and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt
to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate
removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Nothing contained in this notice shall limit the available remedies Universal Pictures may
have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including
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Monday, August 27, 2012

DiCaprio, Maguire & Hardy To Team Up

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy are teaming up to produce an untitled animal-trafficking drama set up at Warner Bros., sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Hardy came up with the idea, inspired by friends who are former Special Forces operatives and went on to become anti-poaching fighters in South Africa and other nations.

The goal, say sources, is to make a movie in the vein of Traffic, Steven Soderbergh’s multistory take on the various impacts of the war on drugs. In this case, the story would look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fashion houses of Paris. It's unclear whether DiCaprio, Maguire or Hardy would act in the movie.

A search for a writer has begun.

DiCaprio and Maguire are lifelong pals but rarely have worked together, though both are starring in The Great Gatsby for Warners, which is set for release in summer 2013.

DiCaprio also is longtime animal-rights activist. Last year, he became the spokesman for a campaign to protect elephants organized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Hardy is one of the studio’s new favorite actors, coming off his notable appearances in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception (alongside DiCaprio). Hardy is starting to become active as a producer, having recently set up an untitled biker project at Warner Bros.

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We Have Your Access To An Advance Screening For LAWLESS In San Francisco

In Theaters August 29, 2012


We have your access to see LAWLESS in San Francisco. We have your access to the special advance screening on August 28, 2012 at 7:30PM.


After party to follow at Qi Lounge (917 Folsom St. @ 5th) Featuring DJ Deron Delgado and Red Bull features.


LAWLESS is a 2012 gangster film directed by John Hillcoat based on Matt Bondurant's 2008 novel The Wettest County in the World about his grandfather and great-uncles in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia. The novel was adapted into a screenplay by Nick Cave, and the film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Guy Pearce.


Three brothers find their bootlegging business under threat in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia. The story is based on Matt Bondurant's grandfather and great-uncles.



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Cobie Smulders To Join Starbuck?

Cobie Smulders, one of the stars of How I Met Your Mother, is in negotiations to join the cast of Starbuck, DreamWorks’ English-language remake of the French-Canadian comedy.

Vince Vaughn is starring as a man whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, he must decide whether to step up and reveal his identity.

Chris Pratt is also in the cast.

Smulders will play Vaughn’s pregnant girlfriend who has heard of the Starbuck story but has no idea that Vaughn is the man behind the myth.

Ken Scott, who wrote and directed the original, is writing the script for the English-language studio adaptation and will direct.

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Star Wars: Episode II & III 3D Get A Release Date

It's easy to forget, but earlier this year, George Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, re-released cosmic disappointment "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" into theaters, this time converted to snazzy 3D. Because, you know, everyone wanted Jar Jar Binks up in their shit. While it didn't hang around in theaters for very long, this new version of 'Phantom Menace' did eek out a pretty healthy profit (almost $45 million), which doesn't come close to touching the haul that "The Lion King" made last year in a similar 3D run, it's still pretty damn good, especially because, at this point, it's just printing its own money. Well, Lucas will be returning to that well for the remainder of the prequel trilogy, with the official Lucas Twitter account announcing September and October 2013 releases for 3D versions of "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." Start charging your movie-quality lightsabers now.

Lucas has promised to convert all of the "Star Wars" films into 3D, but in the order he wants people to see them – so the three forgettable ones first, and then the ones we might actually consider paying for again with added dimensionality. The conversion process is actually something that Lucas' effects house Industrial Light and Magic knows about all too well – before animated movies were being produced in house in 3D, it was up to ILM to convert them for exhibition. This included after-the-fact jobs like their dazzling work on Tim Burton and Henry Selick's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and initial first run features like Disney's "Chicken Little." Also, those guys must be glad to do something that changes the movies in a profound new way, instead of sitting around and adding blinking eyelids to the Ewoks.

The best use of 3D in relation to the "Star Wars" universe, at least currently, is in the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios. In it, you zip through the galaxy, but thanks to an engine that randomizes your adventure, you could go to a number of different planets from the two trilogies – one ride could have you cascading through the planet-wide city Corescant while another can have you careening through the snowy landscape of Hoth. Quite frankly, it's the most fun "Star Wars" experience you can have this side of the original trilogy.

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Wachowskis Brothers In The Justice League Running?

Warner Bros. remains committed to getting its Justice League film off the ground, and is even now running down the list of possible directors. But just as one director has taken himself out of the running, others are reportedly being considered, with the Wachowskis said to be definite candidates.

But let’s deal with who has definitely decided against the film first, shall we? That would be Ben Affleck, who talked to the Canadian press and said, “It sounds really exciting, but it's not something I'm working on.”

As to the Wachowskis? Their possible involvement has been picked up by Moviehole, but it’s all still rumour for now. While we’re certain their names would be on Warners’ list (especially given their history with the studio and their avowed love for comic book characters), they’re not known for leaping onto other peoples’ projects, preferring to self-generate their own movies.

And while the studio is apparently high on the duo following the positive buzz for Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis have several other projects still in the works that could well take prominence, assuming they were even interested in dabbling with Superman and the rest.

For now, they’ll remain in the ether and the only sold detail on Justice is that Gangster Squad's has been cranking out the script. But don’t let that stop you – keep suggesting possible directors to get the League flying...

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Premium Rush Review. Is It Worth The Ride? By: MattInRC

Premium Rush Review. Is It Worth The Ride?
By: MattInRC


Welcome Back MattInRC.

Does Premium Rush live up to the adrenaline-filled ads, or does it get stuck in New York traffic? Warning: major spoilers ahead.


Premium Rush ponders an interesting question: can odd genres really build a following? Chariots of Fire featured men running on the beach; Beerfest featured beer drinkers in their natural element. But unlike these cinematic masterpieces, a movie about the life of bicycle messengers might not attract the 18-26 demographic, many of whom might have recently said goodbye to their childhood Cadillacs. There's a reason why Hollywood hasn't made a messenger bike movie since 1986's Quicksilver; perhaps two-and-half decades was long enough to try again. The result is something between mindless action pap and dra-medy, a film with interesting potential that loses steam on the final leg.


When bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon Levitt, Inception) picks up a mysterious letter from his girlfriend's law student roommate Nima (Jamie Cheung, Sucker Punch), it sets off a chase to recover it through the streets of New York City. Wilee, a former law student himself who refuses to take The Bar exam because he fears being stuck behind a desk, enjoys the thrill of weaving though Manhattan traffic on his brake-less, gear-less cycle, a fact which has made him a legend in the bike messenger community (uh...ok). The chase is instigated by police detective Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon, Vanilla Sky), whose crooked, gambling ways have forced him into the underworld of the Asian card room scene, only to see his debts skyrocket. He needs what's inside Wilee's envelope: an open ticket worth $50,000 that can be cashed by anyone who holds it. But Wilee isn't about to turn it over to Monday, not that Wilee knows what's inside - instead we're told that no delivery dude (or girl) can return a package once it reaches their messenger bag. Thus, our immovable object/irresistible force scenario is born, and the chase is set. As Wilee struggles to bring the envelope to its intended destination, he must count on messenger girlfriend Vanessa (Dania Ramirez, X-Men: The Last Stand) and other cycling buddies to keep Monday off his back.



Directed by Jurassic Park and Spider-Man (2000) writer David Koepp, the film starts off with inventive visuals such as a GPS device coming to life on the big screen and Wilee's Sherlock Holmes-like course plotting around potential car hot spots. But eventually, Keopp violates two sacred rules of film-making: keep the audience focused towards the story, and don't force them to take a moral side which you know is wrong. In the first case, Koepp tries to channel his best Quentin Tarantino by time shifting the story from various perspectives. This not only slows the story down unnecessarily, but (unlike Tarantino) Koepp chooses the wrong point in the movie to insert it. The second violation is more pronounced: when we learn about the true nature of the ticket (that Nima wants it delivered so that she can see her young son get illegally transported to America), the movie enters dangerous political territory. Rather than keeping the audience in suspense about the envelope right to the end, Koepp builds Act 3 around a politically-unpopular scenario, forcing us to either accept illegality as a centerpiece of the film or reject it altogether. I know, I'm standing on a soapbox here, ruminating on whether a mindless summer film like Premium Rush should embrace a moral truth like human trafficking, but the bait/switch Koepp foists on the audience is unfortunate.  Add a couple of second-rate actors to the mix and an ending which felt rushed and reshot, and you have said mindless pap summer film.
Instead of aspiring to clever action heights, Premium Rush takes the low road, pounding its 91-minute story with as much force as Levitt's legs pounds his bicycle crank.

It's this sort of guerrilla-style storytelling that gave it both a fast pace but also contributed to its demise. Although he can't be blamed for the time Rush lingered in the can (two years), one should have done a better job advising Levitt, given his recent career ascension. Premium Rush isn't terrible, but it's not notable either, existing more as half-baked concept than anything else. Catch this on home video and enjoy an outdoor ride on your bike instead. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and language.

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Spaceballs 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray Review By: MattInRC

Spaceballs Blu-Ray Review
By: MattInRC

The terrific classic Spaceballs arrives with superior video and sound, and enough special features to impress even Dark Helmet.

The Movie - 4/5
It goes without saying that Spaceballs ranks among my top comedies. Rich with spoofiness and unapologetic in its slaying of Sci-Fi films like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes, director/writer/actor Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles) created an instant classic filled with his always memorable Jewish shtick. Its jokes are like a freight train whose conductor doesn't care whether the brakes were checked prior to his departure, causing unending laughter to those of us who fondly remember its initial release in 1987. It's so absurd and ridiculous, thriving on the sustenance of a myriad of guffaws that one can barely keep up, while at the same time demonstrating a wonderfully ingenious self-awareness, that one is constantly brought to the edge of tears. For those of you who think raunchy spoofs are better suited in these days of dark conspiracy thrillers, Spaceballs reminds us that comedy doesn't always need nudity or Jerry Spinger-like dysfunction to encourage a hearty laugh.

After the moronic Spaceballs squander their remaining air supply, leader Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters) hatches a devious plan to capture Planet Druidia's Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga, The Sure Thing) in order to steal that planet's air supply. While Helmet looks like a shortened version of Darth Vader, he's no match for The Dark Lord: Helmet's accountant glasses and doll fetish remind us of our creepy neighbor. Talk about the blind leading the blind. Meanwhile, Vespa decides to play Runaway Bride by stealing off in her space-worthy Mercedes Benz rather than be married to Prince Valium (yes, he yawns and generally carries on near the point of narcolepsy); this leads her and robot assistant Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers) into the hands of Spaceball One, Helmet's ridiculously-elongated starship. After learning of the plot, space cowboys Lone Star (Bill Pullman, Independence Day) and his half dog/half man navigator Barf (John Candy, Planes Trains and Automobiles) are hired by Vespa's father (Dick Van Patten, Eight is Enough) to secure her release. Although their mission is successful, our odd collection of characters are forced to crash land on a distant planet, only to be saved by a Yoda-looking character named Yogurt (one of two acting roles played by Brooks) who tells Lone Star that he has the power to wield The Schwartz and become a great warrior. Brooks returns to play the baddie President Skroob as he, Dark Helmet, and Colonel Sandurz (Geroge Wyner, American Pie 2) watch their plans (and ship) disintergrate into one of the film's best spoofs.

It's no surprise why Spaceballs has become THE Parody flick: funny and uncompromising, yet surpassing every expectation placed upon it, our little film that could also tells the fairy tale story of a prince rescuing his love in the face of certain danger. It's difficult to translate such a story to the big screen when your centerpiece is a green-painted Jewish magician and 4' villain, but Brooks and writer Thomas Meehan (The Producers) hit every mark by taking our story beyond the typical loosely-organized plot surrounded by jokes. Sure, there are plenty of outdated references (Dot Matrix, the 80's Spaceballs theme), but it's all in good humor and still holds up 25 years later. Films like these aren't made any more, replaced instead by a raunchiness that, while sometimes funny, mirrors what must occur in a 12-year old boy's mind. Spaceballs never gets old or irrelevant, which is more than I can say for most of today's poor competition.

The Video - 4.5/5

Spaceballs arrives with a terrific 1080p MPEG/AVC transfer that surpasses any previous version. Colors on Planet Druidia are bright with just a hint of softness, while the interior decks of Spaceball One and the ship exteriors are stark and deeply detailed. Just watch that opening sequence as the ship carries on for a good 60 seconds to see what I mean. Flesh tones on our heroes are picture-perfect, while hair and details on clothing are sharp. There's no aliasing, banding, or edge enhancement, and it appears that a master print was probably used to complete the restoration. My only complaint (and it's a small one) is that some of the effects look dated here, especially those involving layered action sequences or laser beams from Dark Helmet's ring. I wish Spaceballs might have been given a new look ala Star Trek: The Next Generation or TOS. Either way, it's a minor issue and shouldn't keep you from purchasing it.

The Audio - 5/5
Spaceballs is presented in a superior HD-DTS Master Audio 5.1 track that's also a vast improvement in the two DVD releases I am aware of. Whether it be the exceptionally clear dialogue or the sound effects of Lone Star's Winnebago accelerating into hyper space, our audio experience is bettered in every way. We also hear a vast improvement to the film's surround track, which now features more beeps, boops, and blips than ever bfore. The LFE also gets a nice workout anytime Spaceball One or its alter ego Mega Maid appears to show off its...sucking power...rumbling to the menacing tone of its Jaws-like theme. It's great to see Spaceballs finally receive the lossless treatment it so richly deserves.

The Supplements - 4.5/5
Spaceballs accelerates to ludicrous speed with a nice selection of both new and old supplements, many of which were thankfully ported over from the DVD release. While almost all of these were shot in 480i, viewers will also enjoy a couple of shiny new featurettes:
Force Yourself! Spaceballs and the Skroobing of Sci-Fi HD, 16:35) - This all-new documentary focuses on the film's origins with Brooks leading the charge.
Audio Commentary by Mel Brooks - Brooks delivers his normal schmaltz in entertaining listeners about the many hidden gems behind producing a film, including how the original runtime (a stunning 2:20) was shaved to just 1:35. Perhaps one day that footage will appear in an expanded second BD disc.
Spaceballs: The Documentary (SD, 30:04) - This 2003 featurette brings the cast and crew back to discuss the experiences during the planning and shooting of the film. We also learn about ILM's role in the post-production and George Lucas' endorsement of Brooks' vision.
In Conversation: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (SD, 20:30) - Our writers sit down in 2005 to discuss how the movie was written. The ship gets a little off course with Brooks dominating the conversation, but Spaceballs fans should enjoy the various insights that are shared. Look for Meehan's story about his 'Hitchcock' moment in the film.
John Candy: Comic Spirit (SD, 10:02) - One of the great comedy actors of the 70' & 80's, Candy's genius is highlighted with scenes from Spaceballs and interviews from the actors.
Watch the Movie in Ludicrous Speed (HD, 0:29) - Just like the title suggests, watch the entire film in less than 30 seconds. Again, another element of the movie that makes the overall experience so enjoyable.
3 Spaceballs Galleries - These three sections, titled Behind the Movie, The Costumes, and The Art, show off more than 60 photos from various scenes.
The Trailers (SD) - Two trailers are featured, one involving a Mel Brooks introduction (2:12) as well as the theatrical version (2:30).
Film Flubs (SD) - These six very short scenes highlight gaffs in the film's continuity.
Storyboards-to-Film Comparison (SD, 6:41) - Several scenes are highlighted alongside Harold Michalson's storyboard counterparts.
Our evaluation copy came as a single 50GB disc with an eco-amaray case.

The Final Word - 4.5/5
If Spaceballs is not among your top 5 comedies, then you need your helmet examined. A little dirty and a lot funny, Mel Brooks's instant classic reminds us that comedy can be funny and even a tad raunchy without going completely overboard. The home video release shines with a solid video and audio transfer, as well as many enlightening supplements that were ported over from the DVD release. It's a must-have for your collection, even if you have to 'comb the desert' to find it!

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