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Friday, October 5, 2012

Skyfall Clip. How Cool Is Bond?

James Bond: Secret agent, ladies' man, construction worker. Wait, a blue-collar turn for the black tie 007? Not exactly, but he does prove that he can operate a crane to devastating impact in this first clip from the upcoming 23rd Bond film, Skyfall.

We've seen plenty of action on forward-chugging trains before (it's pretty much where film got its start), but rare is it that a guy busts open the back of one with a massive construction vehicle. And looks so darn cool and collected while doing so. But that's Bond: a special character, who on Friday celebrates his 50th anniversary of being on screen.

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While Daniel Craig stars in this Bond film -- his third -- it all started with Sean Connery in Dr. No, one of a flurry of 007 flicks to come out in the early '60s. The franchise has been counting down to this special occassion all summer and fall, and to honor the birth of the world's most cunning (and shape-shifting) spy hero, EON has posted a new blog video featuring some of the people who have made this series happen, including producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, along with the new film's director, Sam Mendes.

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They Pulled Christian Bale Back In

Bale joins a cast that already inclues Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

He was out, but now Christian Bale is back in David O. Russell's untitled ensemble drama.

Bale, who earned a supporting Oscar in Russell's The Fighter, will join a cast that already includes Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. Russell wrote the screenplay with Eric Warren Singer, based on Singer’s original draft.

The untitled project is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with an out-of-control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. At the center of the story is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden.

Bale was originally onboard to tackle the con artist role but dropped out in July. The film now marks a reunion of sorts for Russell, Bale and Adams, who worked together on The Fighter. The director also worked with Cooper on Silver Linings Playbook, which nabbed the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival and is already drawing awards-season buzz. The untitled project will be Russell’s first outing with Renner.

Production will begin mid-February on the East Coast.11 Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce alongside Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison and Ted Schipper. Jon Gordon, who most recently produced Silver Linings Playbook, will exec producer with Cooper and Singer. “David has put together an incredible ensemble of actors for what is going to be a powerful and emotional drama about one of the most memorable cast of characters in recent history,” Roven said.

Annapurna Pictures is fully financing the film, tentatively set for release in late 2013. Columbia Pictures will handle domestic distribution.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Frankenweenie Review By: MattInRC

Frankenweenie Review 
By: MattInRC 


Does the Tim Burton directed Frankenweenie provide a memorable experience about a boy and his dog? Read on to find out. Tim Burton's Frankenweenie poses an interesting question: what would you do to save your pet? The answer might surprise, but it definitely entertains. Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is a quiet, shy 10 year-old boy living the perfect kid life: his scientific mind affords him great intelligence, but it's his love of Sparky the dog and his parents' gift of an upstairs loft that allows Victor to create a world filled with homemade 3D movies about alien invasions and experiments involving the use of his mother's kitchen utensils, all supervised by the lovable but somewhat uncontrollable Sparky. Both mom (voiced by Catherine O'Hara) and dad (voiced by Martin Short) are pleasant loving parents but don't necessarily understand their son's behavior. Convinced that the boy must expand his horizons, they force him to play baseball in exchange for participating in the school's annual science fair. Unfortunately during his first game, a homerun by Victor results in tragedy, as Sparky is run over trying to fetch the ball. Distraught and seeking answers, Victor concocts a plan to resurrect his friend using a technique demonstrated by the mysterious Vince Price-looking science teacher (voiced by Martin Landau). But when Victor's school mates learn about Sparky's return, they demand the chance to bring back their dead pets as well, leading to a funny but freakish invasion of the quaint (albeit 50's kitsch) town of New Holland. With Sparky at his side, Victor must both convince the town of Sparky's good intentions but also defeat the monsters and save his best friend whose ultimate sacrifice provides a fitting end for the film.


Frankenweenie is not meant for little kids: its story line is both funny but also deep and dark, which will scare the young ones who might have thought it would be a fun film about a boy and his dog. There's some adult themes here as well, including the domineering relationship between the New Holland Mayor and his niece Elsa Van Helsing (voiced by Winona Ryder). There's nothing inappropriate here, but kids simply won't get the deeper layers until they're much older. The pet invasion scene near film's end is a pretty scary sequence, as it was for several members of our test audience who left sometime during the final act. But it's Burton's story to tell, and Frankenweenie is his story about growing up; he weaves the tale with the precision of fine tailor, enveloping us with all the experience of a veteran filmmaker whose work has defined categorization. Whether one has appreciated the path he's taken (for every Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood there's been a Dark Shadows or Alice in Wonderland), one cannot deny Burton's acumen as a top 5 director. In Frankenweenie, his simple story about the love for our pets is universal and should put a tear in everyone's eye as Victor tries desperately to bring back Sparky. I won't ruin the ultimate ending, but one might find the path which the usually dark Burton takes to be somewhat unique for him.

One cannot perform a study of the film without noting the terrific stop-motion effects, which are well-produced and compliment the black & white cameras which seem to show off a new layer of depth and clarity that I wonder if color could have matched. The 3D experience also moves things in the right direction by creating a nice depth between the characters and the backgrounds of New Holland and Victor's loft. I don't think it's worth the upgraded ticket price, but it does demonstrate that Hollywood continues to move in the right direction with 3D, opting for realism instead of the whiz-bang-in-your-face practice of the past.

Frankenweenie is an odd picture to be sure. Not content to be merely a kid's movie, its deep message about the love we have for our pets shines through the black and white format and stop motion to deliver a memorable, albeit dark interpretation that's not really meant for young children. That's not a reason to skip it entirely, but your kids might come home with nightmares tucked in their pockets. Frankenweenie is a sweet film that shouldn't be missed, not because it will win Oscars, but because it reminds us of a simpler time in our youth when love and devotion to a single thing seemed so clear and undeniable. Whether one likes Burton's odd nature or not, this film is well made and voiced, and should resonate with moviegoers as we approach the Halloween season. In this and many other ways, count this film as a success. Frankenweenie is rated PG for scary situations and has a runtime of 85 minutes.

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The Guilt Trip Trailer Starring Barbra Streisand & Seth Rogen

We have the trailer for The Guilt Trip, the film was directed by Anne Fletcher from a screenplay written by Dan Fogelman, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.

The story is about an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.

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Arrested Development Walk On Role Contest

As the judges of the competition, the stars of "Arrested Development" are particularly excited about the walk-ons. For evidence of this enthusiasm, look no further than this video featuring Michael Cera and shot by series creator Mitch Hurwitz. Cera might not know what's going on, but he sure looks happy.11

You can submit your entries to YoureGonnaGetSomeWalkOns.com or by using the hashtag #BluthWalkOn on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. All entries are due by October 16, 2012.

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Michael Bay To Produce "Almanac"

Paramount has picked up Almanac, a top-secret found-footage project with Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes cohorts Andrew Form and Brad Fuller on board to produce.

Michael Bay Offers 'Transformers 4' Job to Winner of Doritos Super Bowl Ad Contest Dean Israelite, who would be making his feature directorial debut, is attached to helm the project, which was written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan.

Michael Bay, David Fincher and More The duo wrote the script on spec and spent the last year developing it with Platinum Dunes.

No details about Almanac were given other than it is intended to be a found-footage project and that Paramount intends to move aggressively and swiftly with it. Israelite is a cousin of Jonathan Liebesman, a frequent Platinum Dunes collaborator currently attached to direct Ninja Turtles for the banner and Paramount. Israelite is an AFI grad and a winner of several student Emmy awards, the last one being for a short titled Acholiland.

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A Good Day to Die Hard Teaser Trailer

Here is the first teaser trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard. A Good Day to Die Hard will be the fifth entry in the action franchise featuring irascible and still-not-yet-retired NYPD officer John McClane—other potential titles included Die Hard or Die Trying and You’re Going to Die Hard, Charlie Brown–but this time he’s got an unlikely partner. Sure, he had an unlikely partner in the last two Die Hard movies, but now it’s his son, okay? Spartacus‘ Jai Courtney plays John McClane, Jr. (a.k.a. Jack) alongside Bruce Willis as the McClane clan head to Russia.

“That’s the thing about the Die Hard franchise, John’s always a fish out of water,” says Courtney, who is also starring opposite Tom Cruise in this fall’s Jack Reacher. “What could be further out of water for him than Russia?” Making things even more complicated, father and son don’t necessarily get along. “The relationship isn’t always functional. These are two guys who have been estranged for some time. John likes to wing it, see what happens. Jack’s more of a strategist.”

Still, the McClanes are able to put their differences aside to fight some baddies, although what particular type of baddies is still unclear. “I can’t say much about the villains without giving it away,” Courtney says. Hmm, maybe there’s something to the fact that all previous odd-numbered Die Hards have featured a Gruber?

A Good Day to Die Hard is slated to hit theaters on Feb. 14, 2013.

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New Potential Female Leads For Winter Solider

You know that Marvel Studios is moving forward with a superhero movie when there is a bake-off of young talent for key roles. Marvel is readying Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have a short list of five hot actresses for a significant new role.

Looks like stories keep changing in August we brought you a story about the three young ladies that were testing for the film and now this news.

Not sure the character, but evidently it’s a love interest for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). I’m told that Game Of Thrones‘ Emelia Clarke, Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay, Warm Bodies‘ Teresa Palmer, Knight Of Cups‘ Imogen Poots and The Five Year Engagement‘s Alison Brie are testing for it. I’m also hearing that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will be in the mix on this film. Marvel cleverly signs these actors on for as many as nine options, which gives them the latitude to cross-pollinate the films with multiple superheroes. At first this was annoyance to talent and their dealmakers — Marvel is known for being stingy — but The Avengers worked so well that it’s a career coup to be in the mix on Marvel movies because most of them turn out so well. And it certainly works for the audience. 

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Extended LINCOLN TV Spot

Here is an 2012 extended TV spot for Spielberg’s upcoming new biopic, LINCOLN. It was featured during the Presidential Debate last night.

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “LINCOLN,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

During President Lincoln’s tumultuous final months in office, he pursues a course of action to end the Civil War, unite the country and abolish slavery. 


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Hi-yo, Silver! Away!" LONE RANGER Trailer Has Rode In

Here is the first trailer for THE LONE RANGER. The film stars Armie Hammer as title character and Johnny Depp as Tonto.
  

THE LONE RANGER is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice--taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

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Wreck-It Ralph UK Trailer

Empire got their hands on an exclusive UK trailer for Wreck-It Ralph. Boasting some fun new footage, it features a better glimpse at those dreaded 'cybugs', the Fix-It Felix Jr. game going out of order with Ralph's sudden departure and a dancer from Dance Dance Revolution giving the gang the all-clear, making it a fuller experience than those other teasers we've seen so far.

For those not already in the know, Wreck-It Ralph finds the title character (voiced by John C. Reilly) sick and tired of his repetitive, unrewarding gig as the villain of 8-bit arcade platform game Fix-It Felix Jr.

For years he’s been destroying the same building day after day after day, with the tenants inside uniformly refusing to spend time with him socially even outside of working hours, preferring the company of the hero of the game, Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer).

So Ralph decides to jump from his game to others, including first-person shooter Hero’s Duty and racing game Sugar Rush, to see if he can finally become the champion he thinks he could be. Along the way, he finds a possible new friend in fellow outcast Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and learns there are worse things lurking in the arcade than low self-esteem.

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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4! The screening is on October 18, 2012  at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 is an upcoming 2012 American supernatural horror film, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, the directors of Paranormal Activity 3, and written by Zack Estrin. The film features Katie Featherston, who starred in the first film, with cameos in the other two.

The plot is undisclosed at this time. You must see it to find out!



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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Iron Man 3 IRON PATRIOT Set Photos

New set photos from Iron Man 3 featuring the IRON PATRIOT armor suit and GOLD-And-RED MK VIII Armor , IRON PATRIOT armor is worn by actor James Badge Dale who plays Eric Savin, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After he steps on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him, and Savin’s resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.


Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz. 

The creative production team on the film includes two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“The Hangover,” “Due Date”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Peter S. Elliot (“Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), and costume designer Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace,” “Contagion”).

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Father & Son Image From A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard will be the fifth entry in the action franchise featuring irascible and still-not-yet-retired NYPD officer John McClane—other potential titles included Die Hard or Die Trying and You’re Going to Die Hard, Charlie Brown–but this time he’s got an unlikely partner. Sure, he had an unlikely partner in the last two Die Hard movies, but now it’s his son, okay? Spartacus‘ Jai Courtney plays John McClane, Jr. (a.k.a. Jack) alongside Bruce Willis as the McClane clan head to Russia.

“That’s the thing about the Die Hard franchise, John’s always a fish out of water,” says Courtney, who is also starring opposite Tom Cruise in this fall’s Jack Reacher. “What could be further out of water for him than Russia?” Making things even more complicated, father and son don’t necessarily get along. “The relationship isn’t always functional. These are two guys who have been estranged for some time. John likes to wing it, see what happens. Jack’s more of a strategist.”

Still, the McClanes are able to put their differences aside to fight some baddies, although what particular type of baddies is still unclear. “I can’t say much about the villains without giving it away,” Courtney says. Hmm, maybe there’s something to the fact that all previous odd-numbered Die Hards have featured a Gruber?

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Movie 43 Trailer Starring An All-Star Cast

Warning: This is the RED-BAND Trailer.

This movie is not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most original comedies ever made. Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet, Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun.


MOVIE 43 opens in theaters nationwide on January 25th, 2013.

Please find additional information about the film attached below. For the latest news and updates about MOVIE 43, be sure to like the official Facebook page and follow the MOVIE 43 on Twitter.

Warning: This movie is not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most original comedies ever made. Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet, Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun.

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Trailer For PARKER Starring Jason Statham And Jennifer Lopez Is Here

The trailer for PARKER starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez is here.

Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller, PARKER, based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake.

Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead.

Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to PalmBeach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.


PARKER is directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Hackford (“Ray”) and also stars Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce (HBO’s “The Wire”) and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte.

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Win Tickets To A Special Screening For HERE COMES THE BOOM In Sacramento


 Win your tickets to see an advance screening for HERE COMES THE BOOM! The screening is on October 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


HERE COMES THE BOOM is an upcoming 2012 sports comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek.


In the comedy HERE COMES THE BOOM, former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) – but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

 

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Won't Back Down Has The Worst Box Office Opening

Even an Oscar-caliber leading cast couldn't save this one. Maggie Gyllenhaal's latest film "Won't Back Down," also starring Viola Davis and Holly Hunter, set the record this past weekend for the worst opening of a film that appeared in more than 2,500 theaters, making a mere $2.6 million [via Box Office Mojo].

Yes, all three of these former Oscar nominees -- Hunter having won a golden statuette in 1994 for "The Piano" -- now have a pretty bad blemish on their resume. But they aren't to blame, say industry watchers, who are reacting to the film with a resounding face palm. "'Won't Back Down' wore the dunce cap last weekend, mostly because its marketing was almost non-existent," says Jeff Bock, box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations.

Based on a true story about a single mother bent on improving her child's inner city school, "Won't Back Down" "beat" the Rainn Wilson comedy "The Rocker," which had held the dubious title of worst opening in 2,500+ theaters for about four years running. Incidentally, the film that holds the record for worst wide release opening in more than 3,000 theaters is 2006 Luke Wilson family comedy "Hoot." (Apparently nobody gave one.)

When it comes to "Won't Back Down," Bock further points out that "Most people didn't even know what the film was about -- Is this another Steven Seagal movie that I somehow missed? -- or that it was even being released in theaters.

It probably didn't help that critics weren't too hot on it either: It got a very weak 34 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an even weaker 18 percent rating from the site's designated top critics.11 And if you try to place blame on the film's message-y theme that promotes the ideals of charter school education -- one that even drew protests at the Democratic National Convention -- think again, says film industry analyst Len Klady. "You have to be creative about selling this type of material," he says, adding, "'Stand and Deliver,' 'Mr. Holland's Opus' [and] 'Lean On Me' all had to sell stories about schools in trouble and did. My feeling is that the studio tested it and decided it was too difficult to sell this particular film."

Indeed, Bock adds, "Here's a little 'Teacher Drama' 101 for you -- without a cast of young urban students and a hit R&B song backing you, you might as well be making a movie for the Hallmark Channel."

Klady also points out that Fox, the film's distributor, didn't have much at stake because the film was financed by Walden Media -- the same company behind the 2010 documentary that was essentially an indictment on the U.S. education system,"Waiting for Superman." "This is just a case where the film never should have received a wide release, and honestly would have been better served at Fox's indie shingle, Fox Searchlight," adds Bock.11 "Won't Back Down" was never tracking well, according to Klady, who says that even with the "insurance" of its big stars, "film-goers don't want to see a film because it's GOOD for them and this film was both 'good' and 'important'... and sincere." One bright note: "Won't Back Down" made significantly more money than "Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure." That ill-fated kid flick holds the record for worst opening in 2,000+ theaters, and only brought in a measly $444 thousand when it came out in late August this year.

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Natalie Portman Considers Code Name Sasha

So what isn’t Natalie Portman being courted for these days? There are several roles on offer to the “Black Swan” actress, include “Code Name Sasha,” which is being described as a female “Training Day” meets “La Femme Nikita" and "Last Witness," among others.

"Code Name Sasha" revolves around a single mother who has been engaged in criminal activity since she was a teenager. She is given a chance to get out when the FBI asks her to go under cover to bring down the world’s largest gun-running organization. Alexandra Milchan is producing for Paramount.

At Fox, Portman is also being eyed for the film “Last Witness” for producers Davis Entertainment. She would play a psychologist working with the sole survivor of a bombing in a café in Boston who is suffering from amnesia. Portman is also being courted for the Jackie Kennedy drama “Jackie” at Fox Searchlight, some media outlets have reported.

A representative for the actress said that Portman has yet to make a decision about these films. Portman has already been announced for the “Untitled Terrence Malick Project,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Jane Got a Gun.”

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Final Poster For Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Here is the final poster for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

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

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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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4! The screening is on October 18, 2012  at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 is an upcoming 2012 American supernatural horror film, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, the directors of Paranormal Activity 3, and written by Zack Estrin. The film features Katie Featherston, who starred in the first film, with cameos in the other two.

The plot is undisclosed at this time. You must see it to find out!



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Crooked Arrows On Blu-Ray October 23rd

Crooked Arrows will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 23, 2012.

You’ll stand up and cheer for this feel-good sports thriller starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns).

The ancient sport of lacrosse has been part of their tribal heritage for centuries, but the Native American players on the Crooked Arrows high school team are long-time losers. When former star player Joe Logan (Routh) agrees to coach the rag-tag group to seal the deal on a lucrative casino project, he sets out to turn the chumps into champs and, in the process, learns the value of loyalty himself. If the Arrows can learn to shoot straight and challenge their prepschool rivals, these fast-breaking warriors may just pull off the ultimate upset and win it all!

Special Features: ·

 Commentary featuring Mark Ellis, Steve Rash, and Neal J. Powless ·

 The Story of Crooked Arrows ·

 Keepin’ it Real: Crooked Arrows Lacrosse ·
 Native American Lacrosse – A Crooked ArrowsTribute ·

The Game of Life, Heart, and Soul of the Onondaga ·

Crooked Arrows Theatrical Trailer Specs:

Crooked Arrows Blu-ray Street Date: October 23, 2012

Screen Format: 16:9

Audio: English TBC DD

Subtitles: English, Spanish

U.S. Rating: PG

Total Run Time: 02:19:33/ 02:16:37 (DVD)

Closed Captioned: Yes

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Madagascar 3 Blockbuster DVD Event

Consumers are invited to reserve a copy of their Madagascar DVD and get a $5 gift card. They will get the gift card when they pick up a copy of their DVD in store after the DVD streets (on October 16).

In support of the sale - on Saturday, October 6 form 10am-2pm Blockbuster stores across the country will host MADAGASCAR themed circus parties. Stores will be draped in circus theme – with red, yellow, blue and white balloons and circus flags. Kids will be encouraged to get their face painted, put together a mask, play pin-the-tail on Gloria and watch MADAGASCAR 1 and 2!

In Europe, Alex (Ben Stiller) and friends (Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith) join a traveling circus in the hope that they can make their way back to New York.

Director: Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon

Studio: DreamWorks SKG and Paramount Pictures

DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012

Rating: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested Rating Warnings: Adult Situations

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LOOPER Review By: Ursula

LOOPER Movie Review 
By: Ursula

A well written, acted, and filmed movie has the capability of baiting you like a fish. It has the potential of then hooking, reeling in, and drop kicking you into a cold bucket left to bleed all over. I say this because I left the theater a half an hour ago (from viewing Looper) and my heart is still in my throat. It left me feeling like I should just let out a good sob for all of mankind. Looper, written and directed by Rian Johnson, a science fiction time travel film, shows that humanity is frail, and the heart when jump started has the potential to cause ravenous behavior to hold on to that feeling of love. However, when men choose power over humanity it is because they have no hope in it. When they choose money over their best friend’s life, it is because no one has ever stuck around long enough to give a crap for them. This is the message behind Looper. We learn the value of humanity at a very young age. This fact is often overlooked. I always repeat a saying that I once read, "When in doubt, choose the children." In other words, teach the children the value of humanity. If we wait for them to simply witness its ugliness, it could be too late.


Is humanity repairable? Can one person make a difference in time travel to change the whole wicked collapse of the future? What are the motives behind time travel? If you choose to change the future by altering it, will you alter it for yourself, or will you choose everyone else? Has humanity gone so far as to be completely selfish? Do we look out for our neighbor, our friend, our sister, brother, mother, father, or do we look out for numbero uno? I believe in most cases we do look out for ourselves, if not to protect ourselves then just simply to just keep everyone else at bay.


The main characters were impacted by the collapse of the family, in turn making them unstable and vulnerable to make the wrong choices. When people in power make the wrong choices, it affects all the little people. We see this happen every day with our bosses, politicians, CEO’s, spouses, principals, even teachers. The messages that come through in the end and influence people both big and small, come from the top. Whoever ends up at the top usually steps on toes to get there. Why do all the good people get stepped on along the way? Usually it is because they are not clever enough to be deceitful, or because they are not mean enough to manipulate people. None of these scenarios are necessarily fair, many, when witnessing wrong doing, simply look the other way. However, when given the opportunity, it is important to listen to the good ole conscience. What makes a person weak is not standing up for what they really believe in, and not looking out for the people around them, no matter what the cost.



Joseph Simmons, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, is stuck in a heartless empty job, one that does not value human life, a hired hit man for silver. He is in a monotonous day that seems to play out the same every day forever, one that involves a kill, then a fast car to a nightclub to get high, dance to a few tunes and then go home to do it all over again. His only dream is to move to France with his earnings. For what? We are not sure, possibly the high fashion(he is a spiffy dresser). He knows his turn will come up, to close the loop of his life, meaning killing the older version of him, take his money, and looking the other way via Air France. Along the way he is challenged with the value of humanity and his plan starts to spring leaks everywhere. Will he choose himself or humanity?

What I loved about the film is that I never knew what would happen next. Whenever time travel is introduced, it has the potential to twist and turn, like a good amusement park ride. This did just that, but it was more like Space Mountain, in that you did not know what the next turn looked like. I can always appreciate an original story, one that keeps me on my toes and leaves me feeling emotionally charged and reflective.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For ARGO In Sacramento

 Win your tickets to see an advance screening for ARGO! The screening is on Monday, October 8 at 7:00PM in Sacramento.


Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “ARGO” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis—the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.


The film stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman.


On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

 

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Win Tickets To A Special Screening For SECRET OF THE WINGS In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see a screening for SECRET OF THE WINGS! The screening is on October 13, 2012 at 10:00AM in Sacramento.(Regal Natomas Marketplace 16)11

SECRET OF THE WINGS is a computer-animated comedy film, based on the Disney Fairies franchise, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It revolves around Tinker Bell, a fairy character created by J. M. Barrie in his play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and featured in subsequent adaptations, especially in animated works by the Walt Disney Company. SECRET OF THE WINGS is the fourth movie in this series of direct-to-DVD films and is scheduled to be released on October 23, 2012.

In the film, Tinkerbell ventures into the forbidden world and discovers a secret. Starring the voices of Mae Whitman, Lucy Liu, Megan Hilty, Raven-Symoné and Angela Bartys, it also features new cast members who include Matt Lanter, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Hale and Debby Ryan.

Presented by Disney, “Secret of the Wings” is directed by Peggy Holmes and Bobs Gannaay, produced by Michael igert and John Lasseter


In the animated feature film “SECRET OF THE WINGS,” the adventurous pixie Tinker Bell ventures into the mysterious Winter Woods. On her journey, she comes across a frost fairy named Periwinkle. Only after they meet do magical secret become revealed!

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Skyfall Video Blog. Bond Goes Swimming

While we’ve already had what appears to be the final, definite confirmation from songstress Adele that she’s performing the Skyfall theme, there’s even more official Bond material out today, with the release of the latest video blog. Have a gander above.


Based around the filming of what looks like a chilly fight scene (check out the ice chunks floating on the surface), the new blog visits Pinewood’s underwater stage, a 1.2 million-litre facility that is the world’s only permanently filled water pool used for shooting.

Dave Shaw, Diving Co-ordinator and some of his team take us through the complicated, high-tech methods that Sam Mendes and Team Skyfall are using to capture the action. From the looks of it, working on clashes in the murky depths is a right old nightmare, especially when you can’t see much. Sooner Daniel Craig than us… But the results should be spectacular.

Skyfall will land here on October 26.

 

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New Images From THE LONE RANGER

USA TODAY was able to get their hands on new images from THE LONE RANGER starring Armie Hammer as title character and Johnny Depp as Tonto.


THE LONE RANGER is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice--taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

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