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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Trouble With The Curve Review

Trouble With the Curve Review
By: MattInRC

Is the feel-good baseball flick Trouble With the Curve another Clint Eastwood classic, or is it doomed for the minor leagues? Warning: major plot spoilers ahead.


A common thread binds my favorite sports flicks Field of Dreams and Hoosiers: both suggest that the uniquely-crafted American games upon which they are based are so ingrained into our country's fabric that to remove one would be tantamount to severing a healthy extremity from our bodies. Oscar hopeful Trouble With The Curve challenges us to attach the same significance, but fails in its decidedly dull and slow pace.


Atlanta Braves scout Gus (Clint Eastwood, Heartbreak Ridge) is a crotchety old-school judge of baseball character whose declining health becomes a concern to daughter Mickey (Amy Adams, The Muppets) and Gus' boss Pete Klein (John Goodman, O Brother, Where Art Thou?). Klein and family go way back, but Gus is on the hot seat to return a positive review of top prospect Bo Gentry (Joe Massingill, Glee). Mickey, a Baseball Brat who traveled with dad for years before being inexplicably sent home, enjoys a difficult relationship with Gus while trying to climb the career ladder at her law firm. Raised on ballgame hot dogs and smoky pool halls, Mickey's tough exterior hides the deep scars of a childhood denied, which still wrecks havoc upon her personal life. Mickey meets the washed up pitcher-turned-scout Johnny (Justin Timberlake, In Time), who's hoping to transition to the broadcast booth and is enamored by Mickey's curves and big-city personality. As pressure mounts from sleezy front-office douche Phillip Sanderson (Matthew Liliard, The Descendants) to pick Gentry in the upcoming draft, Gus and Mickey scout the prospect together in the hopes of rescuing their broken relationship.


Rather than assuming the director's chair, Eastwood relies on newcomer Robert Lorenz to keep things moving, which is no small task considering the immense talent which has been assembled. From the senior-aged fellow scouts (Chelcie Ross, Ed Lauter, and George Wyner) to the steely-eyed Braves President (Robert Patrick), Lorenz struggles to give each actor sufficient time in front of the camera, relegating them to disappointingly minor roles instead of providing meaningful breaks for our leads. In many ways, their additions feel more like distractions that plague Writer Randy Brown's easily predictable script more than once. Other elements provide audiences with few surprises, generating feel-good content rather than stretching the genre in a new inventive direction. A statement about growing old hits a foul ball, a revelation about Gus' abrupt exit from Mickey's life strikes out; in the end, one realizes that the real story, the love of the game of baseball, should have been the emphasis all along. Adams and Eastwood have good chemistry, but Timberlake is clearly out of his league with a mousy performance that feels all wrong. Lilliard and Massingill are just plain annoying, and it's not long before you wish someone would throw an errand bat their way in an effort to spice up Lorenz's dull pace.



Trouble With The Curve suggests that no computer can account for the human element in baseball scouting, a fact which I heartily agree; this is the script's greatest strength, solidifying that argument with each clang of the ball against an aluminum bat, as Gus and Mickey deconstruct Gentry with laser-like precision. Unfortunately, the film fails to achieve more than a sharp single to left, stranded behind an implausible scenario that the motel cleaning boy who also sells peanuts at the game is the next big thing. Instead of a timeless classic about our love for the game of baseball, Trouble With The Curve misses every opportunity presented to it, happy to play it safe and becoming another forgettable film the moment the theatre lights come up. The film is rated PG-13 for language and sexual situations, and has a runtime of 111 minutes.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Guillermo del Toro To Deliver The Strain

FX is going into business with Guillermo del Toro and Lost's Carlton Cuse.

The male-leaning network is near a deal for a pilot order to The Strain, an adaptation of the book trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

First published in 2009, the series revolves around a vampire virus that infects New York and the CDC doctor, Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather, who investigates the case. Del Toro and Hogan, who co-penned the three-book series first published in 2009, will co-write the pilot with Lost's Cuse on board to help develop the project should it go to series and serve as an executive producer and showrunner. Sequels to the Strain include 2010's The Fall and the final installment, 2011's The Night Eternal.

The project comes two days after the Oscar-nominated writer-director behind films including Pan's Labrynth and Hellboy -- alongside Southland scribe Sara Gran -- optioned Corrine May Botz's Nutshell Studies to HBO. That project, which del Toro will serve as an EP and director on, is described as a Hitchcockian drama about a 1950s small-town housewife who becomes obsessed with solving brutal crimes. For Cuse's part, the showrunner already has Psycho prequel Bates Motel set up at A&E, which the network ordered straight to series earlier this year.

The Strain joins FX's previous pilot orders including Bronx Warrants and The Bridge, with Diane Kruger on board.

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Baywatch Film Has Found It's Director

Summer may officially be over tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grab your rescue can and head for the beach, anyway: Our spies tell us that Reno 911! co-creator and star Robert Ben Garant will direct Paramount Pictures’ comedy adaptation of the David Hasselhoff–Pamela Anderson series, Baywatch, doing for that long-running series what Reno 911! did for COPS.

The script is courtesy of Peter Tolan (creator of Rescue Me), who only a year ago had said that his take on the material was more akin to Stripes than the self-serious syndicated series’ mien, which makes sense, since Baywatch is being produced by Stripes director Ivan Reitman. Less clear is what Ben Garant's arrival means for the Tolan script, as Ben Garant is also the screenwriter of Fox's Night at the Museum franchise and may have ideas of his own.

In the meantime, Ben Garant is in post-production on Hell Baby, a macabre comedy he co-directed and co-wrote with his old Reno 911! co-creator and co-star, Thomas Lennon; in it, Lennon and Leslie Bibb play an expectant couple whose new home is haunted by a demonic baby. 

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A Knight’s Tale Series Coming To ABC

A Knight’s Tale, the 2001 feature starring Heath Ledger, is headed to the small screen in a series adaptation written by Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore. ABC has bought the project, from Sony Pictures TV, with a script commitment.

The Knight’s Tale feature was a 14th century romantic adventure set in the world of jousting to a music score of popular rock songs that centered on William Thatcher (Ledger), a peasant posing as a knight. The series is expected to stay close to the premise and the style of the movie — it is described as a medieval fantasy incorporating modern music and themes that follows the journey of a young man who starts out impersonating a knight of the realm and ends up becoming one. In addition to writing, Moore is executive producing with his producing partner at Tall Ship Prods. Maril Davis as well as the film’s writer-director-producer Brian Helgeland and producer Todd Black. The title is part of the Sony library as the movie, which featured Ledger in his first lead role, was produced by Columbia Pictures. It was a worldwide box office success, turning the 22-year-old actor into a movie star.

The project stems from his new overall deal with Sony TV he inked in March. At ABC, A Knight’s Tale would be a good fit for hit Once Upon A Time and other fantasy dramas the network has in development for next season, including A Kingdom Far Away from feature writer Justin Marks and di Bonaventura Television. Meanwhile, Sony TV is behind another series adaptation of a hit movie, Beverly Hills Cop, which has a pilot production commitment at CBS with Shawn Ryan writing/exec producing and Eddie Murphy exec producing and potentially recurring.

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PROMISED LAND Trailer. What Would You Do?

We got our hands on the first trailer for PROMISED LAND, the film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook and Titus Welliver. Written by Damon and Krasinski and based on a story by Dave Eggers, the film tells the story of corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon), who seeks drilling rights in distressed communities, and local man Dustin Noble (Krasinski), who looks to oppose the sale.

 Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.




PROMISED LAND opens December 28th, 2012

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END OF WATCH Review. Not Just Another Cop Movie

 END OF WATCH Review 
By: RAMA 

Was this just another buddy cop movie? Let's find out what RAMA thought of the movie.


It’s interesting that this movie opens the same weekend as DREDD 3D, which is about a judge, jury executioner, basically a cop that is allowed to take matters into his own hands, whereas END OF WATCH is about a couple of cops who want to be vigilantes or more than they are, because of good intentions, but it blows up in their faces. That said, END OF WATCH is a powerful cop drama/thriller that respects the good men and women in uniform fighting day and night in a war zone that’s as real as it gets…


From the writer of Training Day, END OF WATCH is a riveting action thriller that puts audiences at the center of the chase like never before. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as young LA police officers who discover a secret that makes them the target of the country’s most dangerous drug cartel. 


Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play officer Brian and officer Mike respectively, they’ve got each other’s back, they’re each other’s brother, they’re fully aware that their job comes with deathly consequences and that’s what END OF WATCH tries to emphasize from the beginning, even the chase scenes could result fatal for either of them. END OF WATCH celebrates cops, not just their on duty hour but their families, their pranks, and their usual methods of search and arrest. It’s somewhat told in a found footage style but I’d like to think it more like the popular reality show Cops where the camera follows them around, in this case however, the camera is occasionally handled by officer Brian (Gyllenhaal).


The film offers one heckuvan emotional ride because the humor is extremely funny, the chase sequences and some of the reveal are highly intense and the conclusion is deeply affecting because you get to ride with these two guys everywhere they go, and so the idea of losing them to any reason is pretty tough to take in. Both Gyllenhaal and Pena bring their A-game, they give their most solid performances.



Those of us familiar with screenwriter David Ayer would know that the dude loves Cop stories and in the past, he tackled cop corruption (Training Day, Harsh Times, S.W.A.T., Street Kings) but in END OF WATCH, here are two straight up good guys just doing their job, they even got too good at it. There’s no dirty cop, just cops who showcase what brotherhood means in blue uniform. I’m not sure why Ayer drove himself in this direction this time around, but it’s refreshing and I think the audience will appreciate how realistic the film looks, and will have newfound respect for those who put themselves on the line to protect our city.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

DREDD 3D Review. How Does It Compare To Original?

 DREDD 3D Review
 By: RAMA

So how does this film compare to the original? RAMA is here to let us know.


We need to thank scribe Alex Garland and director Peter Travis for making a badass DREDD movie that would erase those cheesy Sly Stallone Dredd moments from our memory forever. DREDD 3D is hardcore, visceral, and no-holds barred. With stunning slo-mo sequences and stylish ultra-realistic 3D, the violence becomes something that’s irresistible. The level of fun that DREDD 3D offers is kind of like Punisher: War Zone, and by that I mean, this movie does its job, serves its purposes and satisfied R-rated action fans everywhere…


The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.


I know a lot of people doubted this reboot because they still remember Sly Stallone’s cheesy version in the ’90s where he, as Dredd, even revealed his face, but this new take by Garland, stays faithful to the material and the character never removes his helmet. Garland and Travis worked closely with creators of the graphic novel, John Wagner and illustrator Carlos Ezquerra, so that should give fans some assurance. The looks for Mega City One is unbelievably harrowing, kinda like the slums of a few third world big cities the world is familiar with today. Chaos and society’s decay, everything is so jampacked which makes it difficult for the judges from Hall Of Justice to do their job. But some of the situations, even though set in the future, are not too different from what we face today, such matters as gang violence and police corruption.


The gang in DREDD 3D is led by former prostitute Ma-Ma who produces and distributes Slo-Mo drug which decelerates the normal pace of life to 1% of its usual speed. So the filmmakers went out of their way to make sure you the audience could experience that time and space high feeling that’s oddly attractive. You can notice the ripple effect, the bullet going through one cheek, going out the other, water drops, which in a way makes the death scenes even harder to watch because you know what’s coming up after those deceitful slo-mo that make one thinks that everything is just beautiful and surreal. I think the movie does a great job of showcasing those aspects. DREDD 3D is supposed to be about a normal training day duty but then it turns into a survival situation that mimics The Raid Redemption, where countless baddies, in an enclosed environment, hunt down a few good guys running out of ammo, thinking of ways to defend themselves.

The judges, especially DREDD, are people that you’d like to see rid our streets of the slums of the earth, but they’re also the people you don’t want on the street looking for you. DREDD sees everything black and white, he takes matter into his own hand, he walks between the thin line of hero and anti-hero and that is made even more obvious by the presence of his rookie partner, Judge Anderson who has psychic abilities, so she has deeper understanding of a person, unlike Dredd who keeps all his emotions and past repressed. Dredd enforces judgment as he sees fit, while Anderson represents us the audience wondering if some of those judgments are justified. So if you see it from that point of view, there story is more complex than meets the eye. Urban does an outstanding job as Dredd, it’s challenging because he can never take his helmet off, so how do you show emotions of concern or doubt when the audiences are not allowed to see your eyes?! So Urban brings as much dynamism as possible to this man of a few words.

Olivia Thirlby who plays Anderson, can keep up with Urban, she shows maturity for her age, you can sense the sorrow that her character feels in other people. Who knew that Lena Headey could be so ruthless as gang leader Ma-Ma, she doesn’t care about anybody, she will do whatever her heart desires and she finds joy in taking lives in all sorts of diabolical ways. DREDD 3D may have significant amount of one-liners that may amuse you, but don’t let that turn you off. Embrace this dark, gritty dystopia and the ferocious, relentless story that Garland and Travis have designed, whether or not you agree with Dredd’s methods, this dangerous future knows no boundaries and it can only be handled by DREDD 3D. For he is the law and it is.. judgment time!

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Screening Ticket Giveaway And Book Release Party This Saturday in Roseville

UPDATE: The event is for adults only. If you are under 21, don't worry you will still have a chance to get your hands on screening tickets. We have also changed the start time for the event to 6PM. I will be giving screening tickets every hour. So make sure you are there by 6 PM.

We have some exciting news. This Saturday night we will be teaming with my good buddy Randy from TheArnoldfans for his book release party! Come and support your local talent. Make sure to spread the word!

To celebrate the release of a new Roseville restaurant and the new book, a FREE Schwarzenegger party will be held at the Sports Page Restaurant and Bar in Roseville. There will be prizes, trivia, Arnold movies on TV, drinks named after Arnold on tap, entertainment and a book signing! Come out and wear your Conan and Terminator shirts!

Arnold's Army: A Schwarzenegger Uprising (the second most anticipated book of the decade)! The book is set to be released on September 22nd. And you can get your copy at the release party.

The party will be held at Sports Page Restaurant and Bar in Roseville. (1595 Eureka Road, Roseville, California 95661) From 6 pm to when we close the place down.

Make sure to LIKE their FACEBOOK page and tell them SandwichJohnFilms sent you!

We will be giving away screening passes for Pitch Perfect, Taken 2, and Looper (for the FIRST 50 people). I will also be having DVD giveaways and some Swag to hand out!

Barbarians, Commandos and Terminators come to celebrate the release of Arnold’s Army: A Schwarzenegger Uprising!

Unlike every other Arnold book, which focused on just the movie star or the politician, Arnold’s Army: A Schwarzenegger Uprising, written by Randy Jennings, is about the ballsy fan base behind the man. Never before and never again will a Schwarzenegger book come along packed with as many big secret reveals, surprise testimonials, uncovered facts and loads of celebrity interviews and statements given by Arnold’s friends, family, neighbors, film-makers and co-stars.

Within 20 chapters of the 185-page book, we will explore the everyday lives of an Arnold fan, discussing our fascination, tattoos, workouts, collections, cigars and ways in which we celebrate our hero. Listen to the tales of the most inspired fans, recall stories about Schwarzenegger’s restaurants, discuss how we’ve been dealing with his absence in films, examine the rise of his number-one fan site, determine who are the biggest fans, divulge film sites, and discuss the many possible future goals that we may soon see Arnold achieve.

As the president of Arnold’s longest-running, biggest and best Arnold website in the world, Jennings has gotten to know some outstanding fans and celebrities, and this book will focus on our lifestyles, habits and hobbies that go into being such proud Schwarzenegger fans.

“I’ve read just about all of the previous Schwarzenegger publications, and it’s painfully obvious that most of them were not written by an Arnold fan nor do they truly understand our fascination, terminologies and lifestyles,” says Jennings. “You have to live and breathe Arnold to have any credibility to write what the fans want to read.”

Finding Arnold as a hero at the age of eleven and having his first encounter with the action star at age nineteen, Jennings has interacted with his Austrian mentor roughly 40 times on various functions including red carpet premieres, film sets, political rallies, Arnold Sports Festivals and restaurant run-ins.

For interviews and media questions, please contact Randy at randyTAFs@yahoo.com

Book Specs: Paperback ($14.75) color PDF for eBooks ($7.00). Or BOTH for $17.00 (allows you to get started reading it now while the book is being shipped).
Pages: 185
Size: 6 x 9
Release Date: September 22nd, 2012 or NOW for TheArnoldFans.com readers!
ISBN: 978-0-9882535-0-6
Where to purchase: www.ArnoldsArmy.com (Paypal), Amazon.com (credit cards), Mail: (check or money orders). Contact randyTAFs@yahoo.com for snail mail shipping address).
Preferred Payment Method: Paypal
Handling Time for Paperbacks: No more than 3 days to get it to the post office.
Handling Time for PDFs: Emailed to you within 1 to 9 hours.
Shipping: $3.00 for USA Shipping.
International rates: Canada: $6.50 or $10.00 in all other countries.

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'Les Miserables' Featurette Is Here

For all its pedigree (Victor Hugo! Broadway!), its acting talent (Jackman! Hathaway! Crowe!) and breathtaking set design, the thing that Universal wants you to remember most about Les Miserables, it seems, is its music.

The singing, you see, is done live.

This extended look at the upcoming, Tom Hooper-directed musical adaptation offers plenty over which to salivate, but its main point of emphasis is that, unlike most musicals on screen, its talented cast sang while acting. That means, as Eddie Redmayne and Hugh Jackman put it, the performers can make their acting decisions while in the heat of the moment, instead of before filming ever starts. The film features plenty of exciting follicle decisions, as well, including Jackman's scraggly beard and Hathaway's butchered semi-shave. Don't be alarmed; they clean up real well.



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Les Miserables hits theaters on Christmas.

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James Gandolfini To Star In Criminal Justice

The Sopranos star James Gandolfini is a step closer to returning to HBO‘s drama lineup with a starring role in the network’s Criminal Justice. HBO has given a pilot order to the drama project, written by Oscar nominee Richard Price (The Color Of Money) and to be directed by Oscar-wining writer Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List). Criminal Justice is a New York-set crime drama loosely based on the acclaimed 2008 BBC series of the same name created by Peter Moffat. Joining the ensemble cast led by Gandolfini are Rizwan Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moadi and Poorna Jagannathan.

The original series consisted of two five-episode seasons, each chronicling the journey of a person charged with murder through the justice system, and each featuring new characters and cast. HBO’s version follows the plot of the first season of the British series, which starred Ben Whishaw as Ben Coulter, a man who takes his father’s cab for a drive and picks up a party girl who takes him to her apartment for a drunken and drug-filled night out. When he wakes up in the morning, Ben finds the girl stabbed to death and, though he can’t remember committing the crime, he is soon charged with it. (Watch a trailer below) The season earned Criminal Justice BAFTA Awards for best drama and best writer, three Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy.

I’ve learned that in the U.S. version, the young man is an American-born Pakistani named Naz (Ahmed). Gandolfini plays Jack Stone, a disheveled jailhouse lawyer wearing cheap suits and sandals, who trolls for clients at police precincts. That’s where he sees Naz in a holding cell and appoints himself his attorney. (The character is expected to continue if the series is renewed for additional seasons.) Camp plays the lead detective on the case; Jagannathan — repped by Hartig Hilepo and Smith Talent Group — and Moadi play Naz’s parents. The pilot, produced by HBO in association with BBC Worldwide Prods., is slated to shoot in New York this fall. It was written by Price and will be directed by Zaillian who is set expected to write/co-write future episodes. Gandolfini will executive produce through his Attaboy banner along with Zaillian, Price, Moffat, BBC Worldwide Prods’ Jane Tranter and Gandolfini’s managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong. Garrett Basch of Zaillian’s Film Rites is a producer.

HBO, where Gandolfini has had deals since 2006, has been looking to find a new series vehicle for the Emmy winner, a follow-up to his iconic role on the network’s mob drama Sopranos. He has flirted with a number of HBO projects – including a U.S. version of the hit French Canadian comedy series Taxi-22, and Big Dead Place, a comedic drama set in the Antarctic — but Criminal Justice is the first project that he committed to and that is moving to production. On the longform side, CAA-repped Gandolfini starred in the HBO film Cinema Verite and executive produced the biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. He will next be seen in the feature Killing Them Softly opposite Brad Pitt. Film Rites’ upcoming feature slate includes Freezing People Is Easy, with Paul Rudd and Kristen Wiig starring and Errol Morris directing from a script by Zach Helm, who also wrote Deep Water, a thriller that Film Rites is producing for Fox 2000. The company is currently packaging Timur Bekmambetov’s The Current War and Ridley Scott’s Red Riding.

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Relativity Media & Zynga Team Up For House At The End Of The Street

Relativity Partners with Zynga on First-Ever Movie Ticket Promotion House at the End of the Street to be first film giveaway on popular social media game CityVille.

Relativity Media and Zynga, the world’s leading provider of social games services, announced their partnership to promote Relativity’s upcoming thriller House at the End of the Street in Zynga’s popular social game CityVille. The movie ticket promotion, which will be the first time Zynga has ever done an in-game ticket giveaway, launches Wednesday, September 19th for a select group ofCityVille gamers. In theatres this Friday, September 21, 2012, House at the End of the Street stars Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Winter’s Bone), Oscar®-nominee Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, Piranha 3D) and Max Theriot (My Soul to Take).

Zynga will use high profile in-game editorial placements for participants to receive the special offer while playing. The trailer will appear on an in-game platform and after viewing the full trailer, CityVille players will have the opportunity to win tickets and receive a unique Fandango code. Winners will also have the opportunity to share their results on their social media outlets.

This unique partnership will give Relativity the opportunity to engage directly with the 78 percent of Zynga’s audience that has reported personally going to the movies at least once a month in the past three months and the 50 percent of its audience that has seen a suspense/thriller film in the past month.

“We recognize that our core audience of moviegoers are influenced by their peers and the content and experiences they share. We set out to create a fan event on opening weekend that is driven by our audience’s core community. What better way to harness peer-to-peer endorsement than to tap into Zynga and Fandango’s vast reach to create an urgency surrounding our opening,” said Relativity’s President, Theatrical Marketing, Terry Curtin.

“We are thrilled to partner with Zynga on such an innovative way to engage and activate moviegoers,” said Relativity’s Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing, Liz Jones. “Zynga pioneered social gaming and currently has the top five social games on Facebook. CityVille alone has 25 million Facebook fans and we are incredibly excited to bring our film into their world in a new and unique way.”

"Zynga has been excited to work with Relativity Media on this groundbreaking campaign to promote the theatrical release of House at the End of the Street," said Julie Shumaker, vice president global sales, Zynga. "The innovative ticket giveaway is a first for Zynga and the collaboration speaks to the importance of Zynga's audience to film and television show marketers. Zynga players love going to the movies and our games provide a unique platform to enhance their experience offline at the box office."

In House at the End of the Street, 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. The film was directed by Mark Tonderai (Hush), written by David Loucka (Dream House) and produced by FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder (The Prestige), A Bigger Boat’s Peter Block (Saw franchise), and Hal Lieberman (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).

ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA Relativity Media is a next-generation studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including full-scale film and television production and distribution, the co-financing of major studio film slates, music publishing, sports management and digital media. Additionally, the company makes strategic partnerships with, and investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets. To date, Relativity has produced, distributed, and/or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures. Released films have accumulated more than $17 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Relativity’s recent films include: The Bourne Legacy, The Raven, Mirror Mirror, Act of Valor, Haywire, Immortals, Tower Heist, Bridesmaids, Limitless, Hop, Cowboys & Aliens, Battle: Los Angeles, Little Fockers, The Fighter, The Social Network, Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Couples Retreat and Zombieland. Upcoming films for Relativity include: House at the End of the Street, Movie 43, Safe Haven, 21 and Over and Paranoia. Thirty-nine of the company’s films have opened to No. 1 at the box office. Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for The Fighter, The Social Network, The Wolfman, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. Sixty-two of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts. RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, has more than 70 projects in active production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season including Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network. Relativity also owns and operates RogueLife, Relativity’s digital content studio is developing original content for the web and creating sustainable online platforms and communities. Relativity Music Group, a music division of Relativity, provides music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced and/or distributed by Relativity Media and other major Hollywood studios. Relativity Sports is a fast-growing sports agency dedicated to providing high profile athletes a full range of professional development services including contract negotiation, marketing, media relations, fan management, brand building with entrepreneurial ventures, community involvement and personal services. Clients include NBA, NFL and MLB athletes. For additional information, please visit www.relativitymedia.com.

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WE HAVE A POPE Available On SundanceNOW

Nanni Moretti's WE HAVE A POPE (HABEMUS PAPAM) is now available for the first time on a digital platform after making its rounds at the 2011 Cannes and Toronto International film festivals.

The latest whip-smart comedy from Palme d'Or-winning director Moretti, WE HAVE A POPE chronicles what happens when a newly-elected pope (cinema legend Michel Piccoli) has a crisis of faith, feeling daunted by the demands of the position and the carnival of characters that suddenly attend to him. Funny, poignant, and always human, it's a film that resonates for audiences of all faiths and tastes.

The film stars Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa, Franco Graziosi, Camillo Milli, Roberto Nobile, Ulrich Von Dobschütz.

Nanni Moretti (THE SON'S ROOM, CARO DIARIO) joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli (CONTEMPT, I'M GOING HOME) to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as he's presented to the faithful in St. Peter's Square. To prevent a world wide crisis, the Vatican's spokesman calls in an unlikely psychiatrist who is neither religious or all that committed, played by Moretti, to find out what is wrong with the new Pope. As the world nervously waits outside, inside the therapist tries to find a solution. But Cardinal Melville is adamant: he does not want the job, or at least needs time to think it over. What follows is a marvelous insight into the concept of a human being existing behind the title of God’s representative on Earth.

HABEMUS PAPAM is the latest film by Moretti to make wonderful use of humor while dealing with serious issues and continue to showcase his deep humanism.  Stream the film on SundanceNOW at: http://www.sundancenow.com/film/we-have-a-pope/943

WE HAVE A POPE is also available on IFC Films Video on Demand, and digital outlets: Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For TAKEN 2 In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for TAKEN 2 !  The screening is on Tuesday, October 2 @ 7:30PM at AMC Metreon in San Francisco.


TAKEN 2 is a 2012 action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton and starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, and Rade Šerbedžija. The sequel to the 2008 film Taken.


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


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Melissa McCarthy To Join Hangover 3?

With a breakout film role in Bridesmaids and a successful sitcom on US TV, you might wonder why Melissa McCarthy even needs to pop up for a small appearance in The Hangover 3. But if the schedules can be worked out, that’s exactly her plan.

Showing up in what is likely to be yet another juggernaut in the successful comedy franchise won’t exactly hurt her career, and she’s certainly got the comic chops to match wits (or should it be halfwits, given the usual behaviour of the Wolf Pack?) with Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

There’s no word yet on what she’ll be doing in the movie even if the dates work out, but it’s only going to be a brief role.

Todd Phillips and the gang are busy shooting the third Hangover right now, with franchise regulars Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, Sasha Barrese, Gilliam Vigman, Mike Tyson and Jeffrey Tambor joined this time around by John Goodman and, returning for the first time since the original, Heather Graham.

This time around, the plan is to switch things up by ditching the usual wedding / bachelor party format (thank goodness!) and instead having the boys head out on a road trip. Where, we’re pretty certain, bad things will happen. There has also been talk of Galifianakis’ Alan needing to be sprung from an institution.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA ! The screening is on September 22, 2012 at 10:00AM in Sacramento.


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is an upcoming American 3-D computer-animated comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation for Columbia Pictures and set to release on September 28, 2012. It is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (who is the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, and Sym-Bionic Titan) and produced by Michelle Murdocca. The film will feature the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Jon Lovitz, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Spade.


Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) is the owner of Hotel Transylvania, a five-star resort for the world's monsters to get away from it all. Dracula invites some of the most famous monsters to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez). When Hotel Transylvania is unexpectedly visited by an ordinary young traveler named Jonathan (voiced by Andy Samberg), Dracula must protect and rescue Mavis from falling in love with him before it's too late.


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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.
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removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Nothing contained in this notice shall limit the available remedies Universal Pictures may
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NBC's Revolution Star Billy Burke Interview


NBC's Revolution Star Billy Burke Interview
By: Beevers

We had the chance to sit down and talk to Billy Burke at the press junket for Revolution during Comic-Con 2012. Most of you probably know Billy Burke from the Twilight series, this time around he as Miles Matheson, a former US Marine Corps sergeant turned tavern owner and pursued by the Monroe Republic militia.


Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all advanced technology on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without technology, and due to the collapse of public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess an item that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude various enemy groups who want to possess that power for themselves



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Classic Bad Guys WRECK-IT RALPH Posters

Today Disney released some new WRECK-IT RALPH posters featuring some classic bad guys on them.


WRECK-IT RALPH finds the titular character (voiced by John C Reilly) bored after decades of doing same job – smashing a building as his game’s villain – and be hated for simply doing what he was programmed to do.

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The Brand New Trailer For The Hobbit Is Unearthed

You all have been waiting for it and we got it. Here is the brand new trailer for The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.



THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens December 14th, 2012

Cate Blanchett (LOTR Films) returns as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien
Ian McKellen (LOTR Films) returns as Gandalf
Christopher Lee (LOTR Films) returns as Saruman
Elijah Wood (LOTR Films) returns as Frodo
Andy Serkis (LOTR Films) as Gollum
Ken Stott (Charlie Wilson‘s War) as Dwarf Lord Balin
Sylvester McCoy (TV’s Doctor Who) as wizard Radagast the Brown
Mikael Persbrandt as shape-shifter Beorn
Jed Brophy (LOTR Films, District 9) as dwarf Nori
William Kircher as dwarf Bifur
Bret McKenzie as Lindir, an elf of Rivendell
Orlando Bloom as Legolas

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
Richard Armitage (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves which sets off to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from a thieving dragon
Aidan Turner as Kili
Dean O’Gorman as Fili
Both Kili and Fili are members of the Company of Dwarves.
Graham McTavish (Secretariat) as Dwalin
John Callen as Oin
Stephen Hunter as Bombur
Mark Hadlow (King Kong) as Dori
Peter Hambleton as Gloin
James Nesbitt wil play Bofut, “a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf”
Adam Brown will play Ori, “another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug.”
Lee Pace as Elvin king Thrandull, who is Legolas’ father
Stephan Fry as The Master of Laketown
Ryan Gage as Alfrid, the master’s civil servant.
Conan Stevens as an Orc called Azog.
Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the dragon, Smaug
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Evangeline Lilly will play the Woodland Elf, Tauriel, she’s a completely new character, not one you’d find in Tokien’s book. Tauriel means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and she’s NOT Legolas’ love interest.
Barry Humphries will mo-capture play the Goblin King

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens December 14th, 2012.
THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN opens December 13th, 2013
THE HOBBIT PART 3 opens Summber 2014
Jackson shot both films with New RED EPIC Digital 3D Cameras. From screenplay by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo Del Toro
Co-produced by NewLine and MGM with NewLine on production, WB on domestic distribution and MGM with international distribution

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens December 14th, 2012

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For a Good Time, Call Review. One Of The Best Comedies Of The Year

For a Good Time, Call Review
By: MattInRC

For a Good Time, Call is as raunchy and inappropriate as they come, and it's one of the best comedies of the year, that is if you can stomach it.


The life on an independent film is a dance to be sure. Normally off-the-grid and filled with people you've never heard of, independent films tend to push the boundaries because their tone is not meant for everyone. Hollywood likes them because they can afford to take small risks without alienating their core family audiences; should the film actually do well, Hollywood files it as another investment well made and continues to support them. Stuck somewhere in the gutter of that street which Hollywood has created is the hilarious For a Good Time, Call, a film about phone sex, love, and the obsession some have for the 1-900 prefix.


When the sexually uptight Lauren Powell (Lauren Miller, Superbad) gets dumped and kicked out by her lawyer boyfriend, she must form an uneasy relationship with her college enemy, the party girl Katie Steele (Ari Graynor, Mystic River), who herself cannot pay for her Gramercy Park apartment rent without a roommate. Powell and Steele have a mutual friend in the homosexual comedian Jesse (Justin Long, Live Free or Die Hard), who sees an opportunity for the girls to mend old wounds by rooming together. What Jesse and Lauren don't know is that Katie's moonlighting as a phone sex operator; but when Lauren loses her job, the two decide to enter the business together, with Katie providing the moans and Lauren managing the profits. As the business takes off, their affection for each other grows until Lauren decides "I don't want to be boring anymore," and enters a threesome chat with Katie and airline pilot Jerry (Seth Rogen, Knocked Up). Soon, Lauren's sexuality comes alive, and she must decide whether her old goals of boring job and hyper-controlling family are more important than her blossoming career and relationship with Katie.
Filled with every gimmick that a phone-sex movie should have, one would think Call would descend into a predictably raunchy comedy, and for the most part we're witnesses to that. But it's also a good movie about relationships that rewards the viewer for sticking with it. In many ways, our female leads make you like them with their air-headed nature and good looks. They're not the best actors, but Graynor and co-writer Miller sure have fun trapezing through the script. Although Director Jamie Travis' previous work was in documentaries and shorts, he's smart to allow the girls and Long to explore their serious sides while keeping the laughs rolling. And laugh you will, from the sex toys, the Christian operator Krissy (Sugar Lyn Beard, 50./50), and the other gags which should keep the audience in stitches. Had Travis made a few casting upgrades, there would have been little to stop Call from beating out my favorite comedy of 2012, Ted.



Call is one of those independent films that could get swept under the rug, based entirely on its topic. It's not for the faint of heart, and will probably infuriate entire demographics of our society with its raunchy sexual tone, but that shouldn't keep you from seeing it. The performances aren't perfect, and there's a lack of casting depth that's seen a mile away But, audiences can be very forgiving when the jokes cause as much laughter as they did for me. And if you know me, that's saying a lot. For a Good Time, Call is rated R for almost everything except nudity and has a runtime of 85 minutes.

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