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Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Words Review. Is It A True Love Story?

The Words Review
By: MattInRC

Does The Words establish itself as an Oscar candidate, or find itself on the discount book pile? Warning: major spoilers ahead.


With the Summer movie season officially over, all eyes turn to the Fall, where Oscar contenders lie in wait like a scene from African Cats. With the exception of a few upcoming action flicks (Skyfall and The Hobbit), the mood at theaters becomes decidedly dramatic, complete with male crying, overly-dramatic music, and a general feeling that the theater has been pumped with estrogen. The opening salvo, The Words, actually demonstrates potential early but loses the crowd in a surprising third act.


When struggling writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper, Limitless) finds an old manuscript in a weathered bag while on his honeymoon in Paris, he decides to channel the passionate words of the unknown author by typing them on his computer; but when Rory's wife Dora (Zoe Saldana, Star Trek) thinks he's actually written the book, Rory decides to steal it. Afterall, hs life has been one failure after another, so why shouldn't he take the credit for "just a little book." Soon, wealth and fame are his, that is until the real author (Jeremy Irons, The Mission) shows up to claim his work. The Old Man spouts off the backstory in a collection of sepia-toned 40's nostalgia, demanding nothing more than Jansen 'own' the story and accept all the pain of a life lost. The funny thing about movie marketing is that sometimes the real story lies just underneath what they want you to see, and The Wordstakes on this apparition, making Jansen's story part of another book that author Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid, Day After Tomorrow) reads to the audience in real time. This duo plot line soon finds a third when the recently-divorced Hammond gains the affections of college student Daniella (Olivia Wilde, Tron: Legacy), who wants to know how Hammond will write the follow up. For both Jansen and Hammond, the question is clear: will they allow success to taint their decision to do the right thing?


A strong start fizzles in the third act as Daniella learns about Hammond's sequel, and audiences learn how Jansen will handle The Old Man. There's much to like in The Words:Cooper and Saldana have great chemistry, while Wilde's mesmerizing eyes captivate each time she probes Hammond for more information. But, it's the odd casting of Quaid and the sometimes stolid performance of Irons which keeps the film from achieving more. Wilde and Quaid seem completely out of sorts for most of their scenes, as writers/directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (Tron: Legacy) seem to suggest that Daniella has ulterior motives in meeting the much-older Hammond. This is poorly resolved, as is Jansen's storyline, leaving audiences to wonder whether the paltry 96 minute runtime was a victim of a late re-shoot/edit. Klugman and Sternthall can't seem to squeeze anything more from Quaid or Irons, whom the film relies upon so heavily to keep the audience properly grounded between the various worlds. While the two endings will surprise audiences, they will probably also result in fierce debates about more effective wrap-ups than the ones presented. Quaid's casting should also spur debate, but not the kind our creative team would have envisioned.



While The Words might resonate with women who will adore the Jansen love story, they might also find the younger Wilde and the much older Quaid poorly contrived and just plain creepy.


The Words is a nesting doll of diminishing returns that could have produced a genuine treasure, had our creative team made only a few minor adjustments. A failed casting choice here, a thud of a finale there, all contribute to a story with so much potential that leaves the audience in tears, more for the mistakes made/opportunities lost than the majesty to which it aspires. The Words is rated PG-13 for language and sexual situations.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Action Packed Trailer

MTV premiered the newest trailer for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 during the VMA's last night.

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





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Byzantium Clip Starring Saoirse Ronan

Empire got their hands on this exclusive clip from Neil Jordan's Byzantium. The director has a gift for coming up with a fresh take on supernatural characters. He tackled werewolves in The Company Of Wolves, recently took a really interesting approach to a story about selkies in Ondine - and of course made Interview With The Vampire. Now he's back with a very different approach to the blood-sucking undead with Byzantium, which is about to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up o

The film stars Saoirse Ronan ,Caleb Landry-Jones, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Daniel Mays.

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THE INBETWEENERS Review. How Nasty Is It Really?

THE INBETWEENERS Review
By: RAMA

How does the film compare to the Hit TV series? RAMA is here to let us know/


I suppose the Brit-esque American Pie is the right way to describe THE INBETWEENERS and when I chatted with co-scribe Iain Morris, he seemed to be ok with that comparison. THE INBETWEENERS is non-stop laugh riot, this is by far the funniest R-rated comedy I’ve seen this year, it’s raunchy, it’s blunt, it’s brutally honest, and I’m not even familiar with the Brit TV series that it originated from.
If Jimbo, Stifler, Oz, and Kev were Brits, they’d be THE INBETWEENERS..


Graduation just wouldn’t be complete without an unchaperoned, 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 a notorious international hotspot on the isle of Crete. The lads hit the resort’s infamous 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 seemed doomed to once again be left outside the action in this raucous and raunchy coming-of-age comedy based on the hit UK television series created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris.


There’s a couple of challenges that come from THE INBETWEENERS. The movie does cater mostly to the audience who are already familiar with the four leads, Will, Jay, Neil, and Simon but I don’t think it goes so far as to alienate new audience who just want to have a great time at the theaters.


Yes the humor and the jokes are often testosterone centric, about boys trying to get laid, which is the old formula in any party teen film, sex is all they could think about. But the movie also has 4 excellent female characters that are there to kind of force the boys to consider more or to think more than just sex, the female characters, in my opinion, represent a way or a manner to say, ‘down boy!’ because if you want to be successful with the ladies, you need to hit the right notes and that girls aren’t just for shagging.

And vice versa, I think screenwriting team Damon Beesley and Iain Morris did a marvelous job of showing us why exactly the 4 boys feel like they desperately need to get laid, whether it was because of a broken heart thus perhaps this could somehow serve as some kind of ‘medicine’, to get over that ex, whether it be because of insecurity, trying too hard to prove that he’s some kind of God’s gift to women everywhere, everybody’s got their stuff and the film does a good job of expressing that without losing all the comedic elements. The comedy itself is full of surprises. Just when you think a situation might get romantic or a light bulb might switch on in the brains of the characters, they’d suddenly do the complete opposite, to remind us that boys will be boys or that sometimes they just need to get slapped in the head before a realization sinks in.

The second challenge is trying to get the jokes and the humor across the Atlantic to stateside audience. Some of the humor might get lost in Brit slang and phrases. I admit, there were times when I watched the screening where I felt like I needed to press replay and listen closely to what the characters were saying, otherwise I’d entirely miss whatever the heck that was going on, but it’s not like it would help because again, it’s inevitable that the film would have lines that American audience wouldn’t get and that’s ok, just as long as the story and the characters are relatable for the demographic age audience and they are.

Whereas American comedies sometimes can only work within the boundaries set by censorship and ratings folks, Brit comedies, especially THE INBETWEENERS, knows no boundaries, so prepare yourself for some very creative, very original R-rated humor that would crack you up so bad, you wouldn’t believe what you’re seeing.

THE INBETWEENERS is a party teen film where the teens return in a much better state than when they left for vacation and I hope it leaves a good impression on you too, when the end credits roll.

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Chris Evans Has A Many Splintered Thing

Wonderland Sound & Vision and Voltage Pictures are starting preproduction on A Many Splintered Thing, an offbeat film that will star Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. The film, which will begin production October 26, is called an “anti-romantic comedy,” and it marks the Captain America: The First Avenger star’s first film as executive producer. Justin Reardon will direct.

In the vein of Amelie and (500) Days Of Summer, the film tells the story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart. The film is being produced by Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores and Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola.

Voltage and Wonderland are currently casting the supporting roles. Wonderland initially optioned the Black List screenplay from Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair last year. The screenplay was also a 2011 Nicholl Fellowship Finalist. Wonderland brought the project to Voltage to co-produce and finance. Voltage and Wonderland then attached commercials director Reardon. Voltage Pictures is handling foreign sales on the picture.

Evans recently starred in Marvel’s The Avengers and reprises in Captain America 2 in January. He is upcoming in The Iceman, which recently premiered at Venice and will play here at the Toronto Film Festival.

“With Reardon’s uniquely beautiful vision for the fantastical journey that these characters take, and Chris and Michelle’s intelligence and talent, there is no doubt that this film challenge audiences preconceived notions of a saccharine-laced romantic comedy,” said Flores.

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Vin Diesel Is The Last Witch Hunter

Lionsgate-Summit is in negotiations with Vin Diesel to star in “The Last Witch Hunter,” an individual familiar with the talks told TheWrap.

"Emmett/Furla Films is producing the film with Aperture Entertainment's Adam Goldworm executive producing and Breck Eisner (“The Crazies”) directing." Goldworm has developed the film since its inception.

Cory Goodman ("Lore," "Priest") wrote the 2010 Blacklist script, which follows the last remaining witch hunter who must stop a witch uprising in modern day manhattan.

When Summit purchased Goodman’s pitch in 2010, “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov was attached to direct and produce the film.

Lionsgate and its Grindstone Entertainment Group have a ten-picture deal with Emmett/Furla, which was renewed this summer.

The joint venture has lead to a number of films, including “Set Up” with Bruce Willis, the crime drama “Freelancers” with Robert DeNiro, “Fire With Fire,” and “The Frozen Ground.”

The next film slated for release through the partnership is “Empire State” with Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson. Vin Diesel upcoming films include “ The Fast and The Furious 6” and an untitled "Chronicles of Riddick" sequel.

Earlier this year, Goodman co-wrote "Lore" which sold to Warner Bros. for seven figures with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attached to star.

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New Image From TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D's Leatherface is back and more terrifying than ever! You've seen his many evil faces and now you can see him with weapon in hand!

With gruesome surprises in store for a whole new generation, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (Heather Miller) and Dan Yeager (Leatherface), Introducing Tremaine ‘Trey Songz’ Neverson (Ryan), Scott Eastwood (Carl), Tania Raymonde (Nikki), Shaun Sipos (Darryl), Keram Malicki-Sanchez (Kenny), James MacDonald (Officer Marvin), Thom Barry (Sheriff Hooper), Paul Rae (Burt Hartman), Richard Riehle (Farnsworth) along with special appearances from four beloved cast members from previous installments of the franchise: Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface), Marilyn Burns, John Dugan and Bill Moseley.

Directed by John Luessenhop, from a screenplay by Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms, based on a story by Stephen Susco and Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and based on characters created by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, and produced by Carl Mazzocone. Lionsgate presents a Millennium Films production and Main Line Pictures production.

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D opens nationwide January 4th, 2013!!

Lionsgate’s TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars.

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FREEZE! CITADEL Official Poster Has Arrived

On behalf of Cinedigm & Flatiron Films, it is our pleasure to share with you the official poster for CITADEL, the upcoming psychological horror film by Ciarán Foy.

The film won the Midnighter Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival by bringing a fresh take to classic horror and raising the question: How can you protect your family from evil when you’re afraid of everything?

Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone.

So shaken by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new flat from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy.



When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he’s torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the CITADEL to save his family.

Winner of the Midnighter Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, CITADEL brings a fresh take to classic horror by raising the question: How can you protect your family from evil when you’re afraid of everything?

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PARENTAL GUIDANCE Trailer Is Here

I know that Grand Parents Day is this Sunday, September 9th but let's celebrate today with the first trailer from the upcoming film with PARENTAL GUIDANCE.


Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott) go away for work. But when 21st century problems collide with Artie and Diane’s old school methods of tough rules, lots of love and old-fashioned games, it’s learning to bend – and not holding your ground – that binds a family together.


PARENTAL GUIDANCE opens in theaters nationwide on December 25, Christmas Day!

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JEFFREY WRIGHT Cast In CATCHING FIRE

JEFFREY WRIGHT CAST AS BEETEE IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.

Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.

Critically acclaimed and known to theater, film and television audiences alike, Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” and reprised his “Angels” role in HBO's 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. Since then he has played memorable roles in films as diverse as BASQUIAT, SOURCE CODE, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, W, SYRIANA, and CADDLIAC RECORDS. Wright can next be seen with Mark Walhberg, Russell Crowe and Katherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes' political thriller BROKEN CITY.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.

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Wonder Woman Coming To CW

A year after NBC rejected David E. Kelley's Wonder Woman, the CW is prepping its own take on the DC Comics super hero.

Grey's Anatomy's Allan Heinberg is attached to write Amazon (working title), an origin story about Wonder Woman's alter ego Diana of Themyscira, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by Vulture, the project will focus on Wonder Woman as a budding hero rather than the already established personality that existed in Kelley's take that starred Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki.

"As well crafted and contemporized as it was, it was a big and radical shift for viewers to embrace this new idea -- and that may, to some degree, have had to do with why it didn’t make it," Warner Bros. TV president Peter Roth told THR last year, noting at the time that Wonder Woman's future at another network was to be determined.

The CW's Amazon is in the early stages of development and there is no script order attached to the Warner Bros. TV and DC Comics project as of yet.

The Wonder Woman take would make sense for the CW, which found success with its Superman origin story, Smallville. That series, which starred Tom Welling as a young Clark Kent as he evolved into Superman, ran for 10 seasons on the network.

Should the project move forward, Amazon would join the network's newest DC Comics series, Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as the bow-and-arrow clad superhero.

The effort marks the latest in a long line of big and small screen takes on the famed heroine, following the 1975079 TV series starring Lynda Carter. In 2005, Warner Bros. announced Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) would write and direct a film adaptation, which ultimately never materialized.

The comics, meanwhile, continue to reboot the hero, most recently connecting her romantically with Superman after a short-lived costume change that evolved Wonder Woman's costume from a sexy one-piece to include pants.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Renee Zellweger Has 4 1/2 Minutes

Actor-turned-director story numero uno of the day: Though Renee Zellweger has occasionally dipped her toes into the producing waters on films she works on, she hasn’t shown much interest in directing. But apparently she was just keeping it quiet, as the actress has now signed on to star in and shoot 4 1/2 Minutes.

While lots of people get their first taste of megaphone wielding via shorts, that’s actually the title of a new comedy and not the running time. Written by Warrior’s Anthony Tambakis, the plot will be based on the life of real-life stand-up comic Dov Davidoff (who worked on the story).

Johnny Knoxville will star as Jimmy Bennett, a commitment-shy comedian whose life is one big disaster area. But then he takes a job looking after the genius child spawned by single mother PJ Anderson (Zellweger).

Assuming everything comes together, Zellweger will be calling action for the first time in New York next February.

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Are You The Modern Day Cinderella?


THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, AND GLAM MEDIA EMBARK ON NATIONAL QUEST TO FIND A MODERN-DAY CINDERELLA

Winner will receive a Pair of the Iconic Cinderella Slipper


Re-Imagined by World-Renowned Shoe Designer Christian Louboutin


In honor of Disney’s global release of the classic animated masterpiece “Cinderella”, which will be available in Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition on October 2, 2012, Walt Disney Studios, in collaboration with Christian Louboutin and Glam Media, today reveal details of their national quest to find a modern-day Cinderella. One lucky woman whose style and fashion sense best embodies the Cinderella fairytale will ultimately be awarded with a pair of original Cinderella slippers re-imagined by world-renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin during a private event at Disneyland, CA taking place on September 27th.

The national search begins on September 4 and encourages women, 18 and over, to submit their ultimate Cinderella look on Facebook to vie for a chance to win the magical shoe. To be eligible, entrants should take a picture of the ideal outfit in their closet which portrays a look to match the Cinderella-inspired slippers re-imagined by Christian Louboutin. Next step – Upload it to Facebook by the stroke of midnight on September 11, 2012 for a chance to win.

For the Official Rules and toenter the contest, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella.

Submissions will begin on September 4 and run through September 11. Entrants must be female, 18 and over, be a US size 7 or 8 women’s shoe, available for travel September 26-28, and must reside in the United States. The winners will be selected on or around September 17 by Disney and perhaps even by Christian Louboutin himself! Thewinner plus a guest will be invited to Disneyland where they be given a special princess “make-over” and officially get “fit” with the shoes.

About The Louboutin Inspired Shoe:

Earlier this year, Disney worked with world-renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin to re-create the iconic Cinderella slipper by updating it for the modern woman. On July 5, during Haute Couture in Paris, France—Louboutin’s Cinderella-inspired shoe was revealed. The shoe is made from delicate lace adorned with crystals that give the iconic shoe an enchanting look. Two sparklingbutterflies rest prettily on the design, one landing on the vamp while the other sits closely behind the crystal covered heel, gently brushing the ankle. The elegant design is completed with the globally recognized trademark – Christian Louboutin red sole.

About Cinderella:

Everyone orders Cinderella around: her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters—even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to startanother day of drudgery. But they can’t stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true. When an invitation to theroyal ball arrives, Cinderella is sure her time has come—until her stepsisters, with the encouragement of Lady Tremaine, tear her gown to shreds. Just when Cinderella believes all is lost, her Fairy Godmother appears, and with a wave of her wand and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the royal ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring mice friends and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.

About Christian Louboutin:

French designer Christian Louboutin’s red soles have stamped an inimitable mark on the world of fashion and shoe making over the past twenty years. Born in Paris and raised by his mother and three sisters, the designer credits this feminine environment as the inspiration for much of his work. The innovation and imagination behind Louboutin’s mesmerizing shoes and his utter devotion to women have established him as one of the world’s most visionary and important shoemakers.

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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Heavy Metal TV Series Teaser Trailer

Remember that live-action Heavy Metal TV series we heard about early last year? Well, it's almost here—and we have a bone-crunching new trailer to prove it.

The series, based on the French sci-fi fantasy comic Metal Hurlant Chronicles, will be broken up into two 12-episode seasons featuring 30-minute episodes.

It's being produced in France, and creators We Productions and United Humanoids are lining up worldwide distribution deals to bring the series to additional markets. No U.S. distribution agreement has been made at this point.

The show stars several genre alums, including Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Joe Flanigan, James Marsters, David Belle and Matt Mullins.

The cult-fave comic was known for its surreal storylines and adult sexuality, was a bona fide hit in the 1970s and remains an influential sci-fi property to this day.





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Safe House Sequel In The Works

Universal is working on a follow-up to one of its biggest domestic hits of 2012, Safe House.

David Guggenheim, who wrote the original script while working a day job as an editor at Us Weekly, is back to pen the as-yet-untitled sequel. Scott Stuber is returning as producer via his Universal-based Bluegrass Films.

The action-thriller original followed a bored young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) overseeing a South African safe house who is thrust into a life-and-death adventure when he has to keep a rogue agent (Denzel Washington) safe.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Safe House made $126 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.

Reynolds likely would return to star in the sequel, though a source says no deal has been made. Washington’s involvement is less clear because (spoiler alert) his character didn't survive the first movie. Sources say the studio is keen to have Washington involved, however.

All parties were mum as to whether the new project would be a prequel or a sequel.

Since selling the first Safe House as a spec, Guggenheim has gone on to a successful writing career. He has Stolen (formerly Medallion), starring Nicolas Cage and Malin Akerman, awaiting release, and he wrote the spec Narco Sub, a submarine thriller that was to have been late director Tony Scott’s next movie. Guggenheim also snagged his first book deal this year.

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Cloud Atlas Trailer Will Blow Your Mind Away

Be ready to have your mind blown again. Cloud Atlas is an upcoming epic adventure-drama film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer (also co-composer), and Andy Wachowski. It was adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell.

An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun , Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant.





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Michael Emerson To Voice The Joker In The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

Michael Emerson's latest gig is no joke. The man best known as Lost's über-manipulator Ben Linus and Person of Interest's calculating Harold Finch is taking on one of pop culture's most iconic villains, the Joker, in the upcoming animated DVD-movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. In the film, a harrowing adaptation of Frank Miller's seminal 1986 DC Comics series, the depraved Clown Prince of Crime renews his rivalry with an aging Batman, who has just reemerged in Gotham City after a decade. (Part 2 comes out in early 2013; Part 1 is available Sept. 25 on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and on demand.)

"He's one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers — he has a face for the world and a face for himself," the Emmy-winning Emerson says of the Joker. "He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time."

Playing the unbridled fervor of the Joker was a switch from some of the more emotionally controlled roles on Emerson's resumé. "It's freeing because of the largeness of it," he says. "When he laughs, there's nothing subdued about it. When he screams in rage, there's nothing controlled about it. The amp is turned to 11 at all times."

Batman is voiced by RoboCop star Peter Weller, while Modern Family's Ariel Winter plays Gotham's new female Robin. Part 2's cast also includes Human Target vet Mark Valley as Superman.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Justice League & Transformers Crossover That Could Have Been

File this one under "Please Don't Let It Die." Comic artist Phil Jimenez pitched an epic idea of joining the ranked realms of Superman and Batman with the Autobots and Decepticons. But it was killed in committee. Here's why ...


The tricky world of corporate licensing is the prime reason this dream project won't see any starlight. DC Comics passed on the recent crossover pitch, no doubt due to legal wrangling with IDW Publishing, which owns the Transformers comic license, Hasbro, which owns the master license, and their mega marketing partner Marvel.

Any way you slice it, the mere sight of a titanic, rampaging Bat-former, Optimus Prime sporting a Green Lantern ring or Megatron waving a torn Superman cape makes us misty.

"Oh, what an epic that would have been," wrote Jimenez on Twitter. "You missed out on Wonder Woman's invisible jet becoming a very cool Transformer."


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Milo Ventimiglia Heads To Crackle

Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia is heading to Sony's digital platform Crackle.

The actor, who most recently completed TNT's Frank Darabont pilot L.A. Noir, will star in and executive produce Chosen, a half-hour drama from creators Ben Ketai (30 Days of Night: Dark Days) and Ryan Lewis (High School).

Crackle has ordered six half-hour episodes of the thriller that follows Ian Mitchell (Ventimiglia), a husband, father and lawyer who wakes up one morning to discover a box on his doorstep containing a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he's instructed to kill within the next three days.

Office Space's Diedrich Bader, Hall Pass' Nicky Whelan, Awkward's Brett Davern and Spartacus: Vengeance's Katrina Law co-star in the Los Angeles-based original series, which will premiere in the winter across all Crackle platforms.

Chosen becomes the latest original scripted property on Crackle, following Chris Collins' longform anthology series The Unknown, starring Dominic Monaghan; Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee; and Webby winner Urban Wolf.

For Ventimiglia, Chosen becomes his latest in a line of web series, following Ultradome and It's a Mall World, among others.

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The White Queen Coming To Starz

Starz is betting on The White Queen.

In keeping with the premium cable network's straight-to-series strategy, Starz has ordered 10 episodes of a drama adapted from Philippa Gregory's New York Times best-selling novel series, The Cousins War. Set against the backdrop of England's Wars of the Roses during the 15th century, the story revolves around women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne. They are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love.

White Queen will be told through the stories of three equally driven women -- Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville -- in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history.

“Phillipa Gregory's novels have become runaway best-sellers with passionate fans the world over, making this a project ripe for reimagining,” said Starz managing director of original programming Carmi Zlotnik. “The period of England's Wars of the Roses makes for a sensational historical backdrop as a time fraught with violence, mystery and intrigue."

Playground's Colin Callender, who worked with Starz CEO Chris Albrecht during their respective stints at HBO, will serve as an executive producer on the series as part of a larger two-year pact with his company.
“Carmi and I have worked with Colin for many years, and we are excited to have such a world-class movie and television visionary lending his talents to our Starz series,” Albrecht said in a statement.

Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) will play King Edward IV, and True Blood alum James Frain will play his master manipulator Lord Warwick. Newcomer Rebecca Ferguson will play Elizabeth Woodville, Edward's new bride, with Oscar and Tony winner Janet McTeer has been cast as her sorceress mother.

Amanda Hale (The Crimson Petal and The White) will play Margaret Beaufort, a religious woman loyal to the House of Lancaster who would sacrifice anything to see her son, Henry Tudor, take the throne. Newcomer Faye Marsay will play Anne Neville, Lord Warwick's daughter, a pawn in her family's battle for control who marries the king's younger brother, Richard Duke of York (Spring Awakening's Aneurin Bernard).

The series comes as Starz is looking to capture the success HBO has achieved with its fantasy period drama Game of Thrones -- which, like White Queen, revolves around warring houses in a fierce and deadly battle for the throne.

The series joins Boss, Magic City and upcoming efforts Da Vinci's Demons, Black Sails and Marco Polo at the network, which is wrapping fellow period drama Spartacus following its upcoming season.
White Queen will film in Bruges, Belgium, and premiere next year on Starz.

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Michael Fassbender To Star In Comedy "Frank"

For the vast majority of his career, Michael Fassbender has been known for serious drama, big action movies or films without much to really laugh about (unless you count some of the X-Men: First Class comedy moments or used giggling as a self defence mechanism while watching Jonah Hex). But now he’s signed up for a comedy in the shape of Frank.

Lenny Abrahamson is set to direct the film, which boasts a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan (who, possibly not coincidentally, adapted Ronson’s book The Man Who Stare At Goats for the big screen).

Frank follows the misadventures of an aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson), who gets in over his head when he joins an eccentric rock band led by the OTT Frank (Fassbender).

It certainly sounds like it could be a blast, especially if Fassbender gets to go all Velvet Goldmine (though without pulling a Ewan McGregor, even if he does have form on screen).

Fassbender, of course, most recently finished shooting Twelve Years A Slave with old pal / collaborator Steve McQueen and has been working on Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. He’s next scheduled to return to the First Class universe for the sequel. Gleeson, meanwhile, will be on screen in Dredd and will also show up in Anna Karenina. Both films show up on the same day – September 7.

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Finally Here. The Trailer For Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

We got our hands on the first trailer for Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters. The film will be in 3-D. It is a continuation to the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton have been cast in the titular roles, while Famke Janssen has been cast as the leader of a coven of evil witches that they seek out to destroy.



Catching up with Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) 15 years after the traumatic incident involving a gingerbread house, the siblings have evolved into vengeful bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. Over the years, the siblings became expert hunters, famous for their proficiency at tracking and taking down their prey. Although still recovering from their ordeal, their work is relatively easy as for an unknown reason harmful spells and curses do not work well against them.

The Mayor of Augsburg recruits them to rid the town and nearby forests of an evil sorceress (Janssen) who is planning to sacrifice many local children at the witches' gathering during the upcoming 'Blood Moon' night in two days time. To make things worse, the duo also has to deal with the brutal Sheriff Berringer (Stormare) who has taken power in Augsburg and conducts a very indiscriminate witch-hunt of his own.



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Metal Gear Solid Film Is On The Way

Fans of Metal Gear Solid – and the ongoing saga that is Metal Gear Solid's film adaptation – have reason to celebrate today, as super producer Avi Arad brings glad tidings about Solid Snake's possible big screen appearance.

Speaking at Metal Gear's 25th anniversary party in Tokyo recently, series creator Hideo Kojima revealed that not only is the film version back in the works, but the man behind the Spider-Man movie franchise(s), Arad himself, will be producing.

This means that Arad has three game adaptations on the go, with Naughty Dog's Uncharted series and Sucker Punch's Infamous franchise also ticking along.

Previous attempts at taking the stealth-based action game of spies, snakes and strangely inconspicuous boxes have crashed and burned – Mike De Luca was the last to give it a try back in 2008, but that was given the kibosh in early 2010.

With its Sony/Playstation affliations, the studio in charge remains just as you'd expect (that's Universal Sony, by the way) but the plot has not been even alluded to as yet. If it takes after its cutscene-heavy source, there'll be plenty of chatter inbetween all the tactical espionage action.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Third Hobbit Film Gets A Name & Release Date

Warner Bros. and New Line have set July 18, 2014, as the release date for the third film in Peter Jackson's ambitious The Hobbit trilogy.

Additionally, the second film has been retitled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The third film will take the title that was previously assigned to the second film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Warners is banking big on the trilogy. And, in sharp contrast to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the second and third Hobbit pics will open within seven months of each other (the Lord of the Rings pics opened a year apart, at Christmas).

“We wanted to have a shorter gap between the second and third films," Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in a statement. "Opening in July affords us not only the perfect summer tentpole, but fans will have less time to wait for the finale of this epic adventure."

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution, added: "The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be an action spectacle and an emotional conclusion for this already much-anticipated trilogy. Opening in the summer will maximize playability for what promises to be an event film for fans the world over.”

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens Dec. 14 of this year, followed by Desolation of Smaug on Dec. 13, 2013.

Jackson's new trilogy is set in Middle-earth, 60 years before The Lord of the Rings. An Unexpected Journey was penned by Fran Walsh, Philippa Bovens, Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.

The three films are productions of New Line and MGM, with New Line managing production. Warners is handling worldwide distribution, with MGM handling select territories.

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ON THE ROAD Latest Trailer

Here is the latest trailer for ON THE ROAD, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Terrence Howard,Steve Buscemi and Sam Riley. It is being produced by Francis Ford Coppola.


ON THE ROAD is a film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name. The story is based on the years Kerouac spent traveling America in the 1940's with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go onto fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.

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Die Hard 5 Clip From David Letterman

Bruce Willis visited the Dave Letterman and brought a clip from the upcoming film  Die Hard 5 or did he?.

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Gerard Butler's Motor City Gets The Plugged Pulled

The plug was pulled this morning on Motor City, the revenge drama that was scheduled to start production late this month with Albert Hughes directing and Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody starring. The film was in pre-production, and the crew was just told to go home. It is an abrupt and chaotic development. Motor City stalled after the film’s backers, Emmett/Furla Films, Envision Entertainment, and Mark Damon’s Foresight Entertainment, realized at the last moment that the release date given them by Warner Bros through its deal with Joel Silver’s Dark Castle turned out to be a drop dead date. Production was to start September 17th, meaning the film could only have 12 weeks of post production. It wasn’t enough time. They needed that studio release to justify all of the foreign distribution deals made for the film by Damon. As a result, they could not secure a bond and couldn’t move forward.

Deadline is reporting they still want to make the picture, but they have to do some work under the hood of Motor City to put it all back together again. Since the plug was just pulled, the backers are now dealing with the ramifications with cast, crew and filmmaker. It is unclear at present if Warner Bros will be involved down the line. In the film, Butler plays a man who gets out of prison and is bent on revenge against those who framed him.

A spokesperson for the producers and financiers confirmed the shut down and issued this statement to Deadline:

“Faced with the realities of a very short post-production schedule and complicated visual and special effects, the producers have decided to push back production on Albert Hughes’ Motor City. We are dedicated to delivering top-tier productions such as 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg which is currently in production and Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor which is in pre-production. The circumstances surrounding this project made it impossible to meet the firm March 31st delivery date without compromising the quality of the film.”

When indie films get halted just before production starts often do so because of money woes, insiders said that isn’t the case here and that it was more about the requirement of a bond and the hardship that a hard release created. We will monitor the ramifications of this. Emmett/Furla Films, in partnership with Envision Entertainment, has become a prolific financier/producer of mid and higher range action drama, and recently got $275 million more in funding and a new TV division. On the feature side, EFF just wrapped the thriller Broken City with Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, with Fox releasing in January; EFF is also funding the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Sly Stallone teamup The Tomb with Summit releasing; the drama 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Wahlberg for Universal; the Reese Witherspoon starrer Rule #1; the action thriller Empire State with Dwayne Johnson and Emile Hirsch; the Stephen Frears-directed Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Zeta-Jones and Vince Vaughn with The Weinstein Company distributing; the John Cusack-Nicolas Cage-starrer Frozen Ground, Fire With Fire with Josh Duhamel, Willis and Rosario Dawson and Freelancers with Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. EFF is preparing to start production on the Peter Berg-directed Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor with Wahlberg. That is a lot of production commitment in a short time and the next big test will be Lone Survivor, also a pricey picture that was originally developed by Universal and now will be released by that studio but not funded by it.

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Goodbye Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan's fiancee says the Oscar nominee for "The Green Mile" has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily released a statement from Clarke's fiancTe, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, saying the 54-year-old actor died Monday morning in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following the July 13 heart attack.

The 6-foot-5, 300 pound Duncan appeared in dozens of films, including such box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda,"



Duncan had a handful of minor roles before "The Green Mile" brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer.

No other details were immediately available.

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First Image Of Chris Pine In Jack Ryan

Through Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck incarnations, the character of Jack Ryan has never been less than entertaining and has often been at the centre of great thrillers. Next year, we get to see Chris Pine tackle the sometime-Marine, sometime-CIA analyst in, er, Jack Ryan, and here's our first look at Pine in character.


So what can we tell from this? Well, not much. It's not like Ryan has an iconic scar or haircut (unless you count short-back-and-sides as iconic) and looks much like a normal, albeit improbably handsome, bloke. We know that the story sees a young version of the ex-Marine, invalided out of the service after a horrific helicopter accident, become a financial consultant to a Russian billionaire* and get framed for an act of terrorism. Cue Ryan on the run.

This still is Manhattan-based, but we suspect there will be a bit of globe-trotting before either Ryan or Pine is done. Also on board are Kevin Costner, playing Ryan's patriotic mentor William Harper; Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh, pulling double duty as the villain of the piece and its director.

Jack Ryan is due out on Christmas Day, 2013

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THE ICEMAN Trailer Is Here. And No It's Not Adventures Of Val Kilmer

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film THE ICEMAN.

In case you haven’t been following the film’s slow-cooked development, no, The Iceman is not the continuing adventures of Val Kilmer’s narky pilot from Top Gun. It is, in fact, the strange-but-true story of mob assassin Richard Kuklinski.

Shannon plays Kuklinski, a man who led a strictly separate double life. To his wife Deborah (Winona Ryder), he was a loving, attentive family man and business type who was gainfully employed. But his other existence was something quite different: he specialised in untraceable killings and got his nickname thanks to his habit of freezing his victims post mortem to keep them from the prying detection of the police and forensics investigators.

Chris Evans is co-starring as Robert Pronge, who helped teach Kuklinski the ways of the assassin, with Ray Liotta as a mob boss. Ariel Vroman is the director and co-writer who dragged this one to the screen based on Anthony Bruno’s book The Iceman: The True Story Of A Cold-Blooded Killer and filmed interviews conducted with those who knew Kuklinski.



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TEXAS CHAINSAW Is Back. This Time In 3D

HE'S BACK...AND MORE HORRIFYING THAN EVER!

TEXAS CHAINSAW is back and ready to DOMINATE all that gets in the way! Get your readers excited for the return of fear by checking out these gruesome faces in this brand new TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D POSTER!

With gruesome surprises in store for a whole new generation, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (Heather Miller) and Dan Yeager (Leatherface), Introducing Tremaine ‘Trey Songz’ Neverson (Ryan), Scott Eastwood (Carl), Tania Raymonde (Nikki), Shaun Sipos (Darryl), Keram Malicki-Sanchez (Kenny), James MacDonald (Officer Marvin), Thom Barry (Sheriff Hooper), Paul Rae (Burt Hartman), Richard Riehle (Farnsworth) along with special appearances from four beloved cast members from previous installments of the franchise: Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface), Marilyn Burns, John Dugan and Bill Moseley.

Directed by John Luessenhop, from a screenplay by Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms, based on a story by Stephen Susco and Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and based on characters created by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, and produced by Carl Mazzocone. Lionsgate presents a Millennium Films production and Main Line Pictures production.

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D opens nationwide January 4th, 2013!!

Lionsgate’s TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars.

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The Possession Review. How Scary Was It?

The Possession Review
By: MattInRC

The Possession is nothing more than cheap cliched horror about...you guessed it...demonic possession.


Horror flicks have become so predictable and repetitive lately (with the exception of the disturbing The Human Centipede) that the genre seems completely out of ideas. The Possession doesn't help kick things out of their doldrums, delivering every single plot cliche available, including the cut-to-black screen followed by the single lower-end piano strike.


The movie stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Losers) and Kyra Segwick (The Closer) as recent divorcees whose youngest daughter Emily (newcomer Natasha Calis) purchases a wooden box with Jewish markings at a yard sale. Soon, Emily becomes obsessed with its contents, remarking to her older sister (Madison Davenport, Over the Hedge), "I don't feel well." This ought to be the signal for 'something's-wrong-as-I'm-being-possessed' but no one pays attention, that is until moths mysteriously invade Emily's room and a hand tries to reach out from her mouth for reasons that are never made clear. For shock value, these scenes are fairly intense, with Morgan and Calis playing it off well. But the truly scary scenes never arrive, as we're forced to watch one build-up scene after another, wondering when the real action will arrive. That doesn't happen till near film's end, when Morgan's character Clyde enlists the help of a rabbai (rapper Matisyahu) to assist with the exorcism.


Director Ole Bornedal doesn't hit you with shock gore, settling instead for faded colors and dreary skies while the dybbuk (a Judaic demon) shows up on Emily's MRI scans, forcing her doctors to do...well...nothing about it. Writers Julier Snowden and Stiles White (Knowing) do a better job of explaining how divorce can rip down young people's lives than telling the possession story itself. That says a lot, but the talented cast tries their best with a script that feels like a failed attempt to bring The Exorcist into the new millennium. Calis steals most scenes in which she appears, but Morgan's low-key but cutting sense of humor always creates the right environment, reminding audiences that he should star in more roles. But nothing saves bad writing, and The Possession's paltry 92-minute runtime feels more like 2 hours, dragging, then shocking, then dragging again.

Horror flicks are not generally my thing unless they break new ground. The Possession offers audiences nothing new, settling instead for bad cliches and tired plot points that ultimately end in the easily-recognizable shocker ending. You're advised to wait for this one to hit Netlfix, or watch The Human Centipede or Saw instead.

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