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Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Character Banners From Django Unchained

New character banner for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, featuring Foxx, DiCaprio, Washington, Jackson and Waltz.

Schultz is, of course, the liberal German bounty hunter who frees Django (Jamie Foxx) from his violent slave masters, and agrees to help him liberate his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) in return for Django's help in hunting down the vicious Brittle Brothers, who only Django can help him identify.

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The film also stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the ruthless Calvin Candie, who has Broomhilda in his clutches, as well as Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, Anthony LaPaglia, RZA and Franco Nero.

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And So It Goes For Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are attached to star in And So It Goes…, a comedy scripted by As Good As It Gets writer Mark Andrus and directed by PJ Hogan. Production is slated for spring, and Foresight Unlimited is financing and producing.  Alan Greisman, Rob Reiner, and Mark Damon are the producers.

Douglas plays a self-absorbed and eccentric realtor whose life is turned upside down when his estranged son abruptly drops off a granddaughter the realtor never knew. With the help of his determined and loveable neighbor (Keaton), the realtor is pulled out of his selfish life and into a new one.

“There’s a large demographic and need for these kind of films as evidenced by box office successes such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, It’s Complicated and Bucket List,” Greisman said.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Blu-Ray Review

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial  Blu-Ray Review
By: MattInRC

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The instant classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial arrives in a stunning Blu-ray release that's a must-have catalog release.
There are few films in the pantheon of great ones that supplant E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.  Growing up when the film was released in 1982, I honestly ignored it as I took to the theaters to watch Blade Runner, the re-run of Empire Strikes Back, and played with my Star Wars figures.  To me, E.T. seemed neither deep enough nor dark enough for my tastes.  It wasn't until its recent release onto Blu-ray that I learned what all the fuss was about; and while I take nothing away from Blade Runner and its remarkable achievements, I can see why so many people revere E.T.  The reasons are hard to pin down, but I think it offers that special blend of nostalgia from those who grew up in the 80's and 90's, mixed with the perfect amount of humor, thrills, and sadness that results in a powerful experience.  And while it's almost a given that 21st Century kids will likely scoff at several elements, it's clear that E.T. is still as funny, touching, and remarkable as it was 30 years ago, stretching beyond the bounds of most films and into the American consciousness itself..

The Film - 4.5/5
At first glance, E.T. seems like a story about the 10-year-old Elliot (Henry Thomas, Gangs of New York) who helps to get a stranded alien back home.  But it's much more than that when you consider the family dynamics of a middle child struggling to identify himself in the midst a recent divorce and his growing feelings of loneliness and isolation.  Director Steven Spielberg (Raiders of the Lost Ark) didn't want to make just a film about a lovable alien returning home; he set out to show a family broken and dysfunctional that becomes re-invigorated via an extraordinary series of events.  E.T. represents that spark, although his role is fairly simple: alien is lost, wants to go home, meets nice humans, gets sick, goes home.  How Elliot and E.T. get to that wondrous ending is done via good performances by the stressed out mother (Dee Wallace, The Howling), her eldest son Michael (Robert McNaughton), and Elliot's younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore, Whip It).  Of course, no story about a dysfunctional family would be complete without government agents pursuing E.T. while he attempts to contact his ship.  But not all of these agents are evil: Peter Coyote (Erin Brockovich) plays an empathetic scientist who tries to help the poor creature when he becomes infected.
This is Spielberg at his optimistic best, fresh off his success with Raiders, before descending into the darkness that would later become Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and War Horse.  The mostly light tone of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial hasn't been seen from him since, and it's somewhat refreshing to look back on a period some might suggest was the end of his freshman year in high school.  Spielberg weaves an intricate story between children who view adults only from the waist down, and those same children who see adults as people who want to dissect something that a child would treasure.  That may seem heavy handed and fairly dark, but when you consider the breadth of Spielberg's work, E.T. almost seems like child's play.  That opinion shouldn't take away from the great cast or terrific music by Composer John Williams (Superman), whose anthemic melodies have inspired a generation of soundtrack enthusiasts (me included).  And while some of E.T.'s look and movements may look dated, it's the powerful story of love and letting go that will bring a tear to your eye each time you watch that ending. 

The Video - 4.5/5 
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial arrives with one of the most beautifully-restored 1080p MPEG-4/AVC transfers of a library print that I've seen.  I can't imagine many people criticizing it, which keeps most of the grain without looking too...well...grainy.  Too many times, we see transfers that filter out so much grain that we're left with a softness that the director never intended.  Not here: Elliot's red sweatshirt is perfectly preserved, while outdoor elements such as blue skies and green forests look sharp and authentic.  Details on buildings, including the area surrounding the then-newly constructed neighborhood, look crystal clear and probably better than they ever looked in a theater.  There's zero evidence of aliasing, banding, or edge enhancement, while details on hair and skin pores look perfectly preserved.  Unfortunately, some of Spielberg's early works contain a lot of image distortions that unfortunately show up here; it's certainly not Universal's fault that such abnormalities appear, so I'm happy to award an outstanding transfer to this one.  I hope fans of the movie will be enthusiastic about its quality, as Spielberg must have used the mother of all master prints here.  It's truly a great example of Universal's continuing commitment to delivering quality transfers from its catalog. 

The Audio - 5/5
From The Bourne Identity series to Safe HouseUniversal's absolute dominance in the audio category continues with their release of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which is presented in a stunning DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track that's one of the best of the year.  While the forward speakers do most of the work, delivering clear dialogue and effects, it's inclusion of a 7.1 track that allows the rears to stand out, immersing the audience in a mixture of forest sounds, classroom chat, as well the portable med-lab scenes.  Granted, we're still talking about sound quality that was released in 1982, but what's there seems improved from previous versions.  John Williams' score elevates every scene, especially the end, as his orchestral melodies inspire one to grab a bike a try flying to work.  They erupt from every channel, reminding you just how important his work has been since Jaws in 1975.  Any additional hissing has been removed and it seems like the entire track has been scrubbed.  Once again, dialogue is clear and easy to hear, keeping the listener from having to play The Remote Game between action scenes.  It's a terrific lossless experience that complements the 1080p transfer.

The Supplements - 5/5 
It appears that much of the features from the 2002 20th Anniversary Edition of the movie have been ported over to the Blu-ray release.  There's a nice mix here of old and new pieces constructed for this release:
  • Steven Spielberg & E.T. (HD, 13 minutes): Spielberg discusses the story of E.T.'s origin, development and production in this new retrospective, with several good pieces which touch on his inspiration for the script, the focus placed on Elliot's story, relationship with E.T., as well as his personal attachment to the project and the overwhelmingly positive response to the film.
  • The E.T. Journals (HD, 54 minutes): Nearly an entire film by itself, and composed of original behind-the-scenes footage shot during the production, this two-part featurette is among the release's best. While there's no narration (something I wish Spielberg had added), the on-set interviews with the cast and crew are very insightful.  From this diamond in the rough, you learn how committed this group of people were in creating such a memorable movie.  If you choose one part of the supplements to watch, this would be the one. 
  • Deleted Scenes (HD, 4 minutes): While the now-classic deleted scenes of Harrison Ford as Elliot's principal is not here, there are a couple provided that make you realize why a director might choose to cut certain scenes out.
  • A Look Back (SD, 38 minutes): This is a good, albeit standard-definition, release from the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD. It's very good and represented one of the best from the original release.  
  • The Evolution and Creation of E.T. (SD, 50 minutes): A longer version of "A Look Back," this 20th Anniversary Edition is a bit mired in redundancy, but there's a lot of interviews and other behind-the-scenes footage that should entertain and inform.
  • The E.T. Reunion (SD, 18 minutes): Spielberg and actors McNaughton, Thomas, Wallace, Coyote, Barrymore, and producer Kathleen Kennedy gather to share memories of the shoot.
  • The 20th Anniversary Premiere (SD, 18 minutes): It's nice to see Williams get such a nice treatment here, as he conducts the film's score for a live audience watching the movie at the 20th Anniversary Shrine Auditorium premiere. 
  • The Music of E.T. (SD, 10 minutes): As I love film scores, it was great to see this conversation with Williams ported over to the Blu-ray release.
  • Designs, Photographs and Marketing (SD): Six image galleries give you lots of excellent insights into the shooting of the film.
  • Special Olympics TV Spot (SD, 1 minute)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2 minutes)
Universal has produced several nicely designed designed options for fans to choose from.  For those wanting the standard version, our evaluation copy came in an attractive, embossed slipcase, with a DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy, and UV component.  While there's no interior artwork, the Amaray case does not feature the cheap clasp design.  Those of you who wish to upgrade your experience have several choices.  While Target released an attractive steelbook for the same price as the standard case, Amazon might get the award for best collectible of 2012, as they released E.T.'s spaceship that houses the discs and plays the theme as several parts of it open.  It's one of the best special editions I've ever seen, and completely over the top; but if you're a fan of these things like I, it's a necessary purchase.
The Final Word - 4.5/5
While not a flawless classic (unlike this year's The Avengers), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial stands out as one of the most iconic movies of all time.  It's great to see Universal took its time with this one, as the results are remarkable and well worth the wait.  A vastly improved digital transfer, coupled with a 7.1 surround sound mix that's off the charts, reminds us that studios can and sometimes do create works of art that span the generations.  It's also appreciated to see that most (if not all) the DVD features from 2002 survived the process.  If you haven't had a chance to reconnect with E.T., take a moment to do so.  I promise the experience will be well worth the effort.  Welcome home, E.T.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Justice League Vs The Avengers Coming In 2015

While the success of The Avengers was certainly a firework under the rear ends of Warner Bros. and their plans to bring their DC Comics characters to the cinema, it hasn't been the smoothest process getting Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest teamed up for a Justice League film. But now, thanks to a legal victory over Krypton’s favourite son and some much-needed momentum, it appears Warners is ready to go head-to-head with Marvel, looking to get the League onto screens in 2015, the same year as The Avengers 2.

Gangster Squad scriptwriter Will Beall has been plugging away since at least June and several possible directors, including Ben Affleck and the Wachowskis, have been thrown up in rumor stories.

As regards the legal aspect, Warners scored a victory over the heirs of Superman's co-creator Joe Schuster yesterday, without which the studio would not have been able to make films, TV shows or comics featuring key elements of the characters mythos beyond next year without hatching a fresh – and likely very expensive – deal.

Now the way is apparently clear and plans can be solidified. According to the LA Times, the plan is still to launch Justice League first (there’s no indication on whether Henry Cavill’s take on Superman from Man Of Steel will feature) and use that as a platform to reboot Batman, launch Wonder Woman and, the studio hopes, rescue Green Lantern from the land of the flop. We've been down this road before, so let's wait and see if it all pans out...

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New Clip From Silent Hill 3D

Christophe Gans' 2006 adaptation of game studio Konami's Silent Hill was a rare thing: a video-game-to-feature-film crossover that actually worked. Naturally, hopes for its sequel, Silent Hill: Revelations 3D, centre around it pulling off the same trick.

Make sure to check back next week on the site. We have a HUGE giveaway from the film coming up.

Directed by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane, Deathwatch), it brings back old hands from the first film (Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Bean) as well as introducing newcomers such as the lead, Adelaide Clemens, who plays Heather Mason, the protagonist from Silent Hill 3 who is used by the baddie of the piece, Claudia Wolf (Carrie-Anne Moss), in an attempt to bring about the rebirth of "God".

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 As for the inter-dimensional town of Silent Hill, well, that's back too, and you can see a little bit of what it's getting up to these days in this handy clip below, featuring Clemens and Unger.

The plot of the sequel sees Clemens' Heather Mason turning 18 years old before realising that the person she thought she was isn't the person she actually is. This revelation takes her to another dimension, and to Silent Hill, and all the dangers that lurk there...

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Shailene Woodley Snags Mary Jane Role In Spider-Man Sequel

Shailene Woodley, who just booked the coveted role of Mary Jane in the Spider-Man sequel, is closing in on a deal to star in Divergent, Summit/Lionsgate’s adaptation of Veronica Roth’s YA novel.

But the Mary Jane role is proving to be only a very small part in Amazing Spider-Man 2 but blossoms into an integral lead for the planned third movie as the studio seeks to build to the classic "Death of Gwen Stacy" story.

Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing, as is Pouya Shahbazian. Neil Burger is directing.

The Divergent novel, published in May 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books, is set in a future society that is divided into factions based on human traits.

Woodley will star as a 16-year old who leaves her group to join a rival faction and falls in love with a young man.

Although she had been acting for years, Woodley caught the attention of most in Hollywood when she co-starred opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s awards darling The Descendants. The role garnered her much acclaim as well as a Indie Spirit Award for best supporting actress.

She stars in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which was canceled last week. ABC Family will play out the last 12 episodes starting in March. Woodley also will be seen in The Spectacular Now, being produced by Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps.

Woodley initially had scheduling issues as an obstacle to the dealmaking, having had offers to play both Mary Jane and the Divergent lead.

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PRICE CHECK Giveaway Watch It Now

Time for another giveaway. Thanks to SundanceNOW, we are able to give one lucky winner a chance to watch PRICE CHECK from the comfort of their home before it hits theaters.

Leave a comment on my Facebook page for this post on why you should win the giveaway. That simple.

PRICE CHECK stars Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Matt Servitto, Annie Parisse, Finn Donoghue, Victor Cruz, Amy Beth Schumer and Josh Pais.

PRICE CHECK is a smart and honest comedy that examines who we think we are and what we're willing to do for the life we think we deserve. Onetime indie music marketer Pete Cozy (Eric Mabius) has settled into a suburban home and a job in the pricing department of a middling supermarket chain. His job is banal but stable, and allows him to spend quality time with his wife and young son; although they're drowning in debts they seem happy. Everything changes when Pete gets a new boss: the beautiful, high powered, fast talking Susan Felders (Parker Posey).

Thanks to Susan's influence, Pete suddenly finds himself on the executive fast track, which both surprises and excites him. As his salary increases, so do his work hours and Susan's expectations, and the less time he has for his family. Before long, his relationship with his boss starts to cross the line of professional etiquette, with momentum and mutual attraction creating tension in the workplace and at home.

PRICE CHECK is a hilarious and poignant film for our times, a workplace comedy about reconciling cubicle politics with the comforts of home, and dreams with reality.

The film will be in theaters starting November 16th and is now available to watch on SundanceNOW

SundanceNOW provides audiences in search of independent films with an extensive selection covering all genres, including both American and foreign films. SundanceNOW operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. SundanceNOW is a subsidiary of AMC Networks, Inc.

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Relativity Media 2013 Film Release Dates

Today we received an email from Relativity Media about there upcoming  2013 release slate including the outrageous ensemble comedy Movie 43 (January 25, 2013), the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel Safe Haven (February 8, 2013), the hilarious comedy 21 and Over (March 1, 2013), the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia (October 4, 2013), the darkly comedic action film Malavita (October 18, 2013) and the gritty drama Out of the Furnace (Fall 2013).

Release:                               January 25, 2013
Directors:                             Steven Brill, Peter Farrelly, Will Graham, Steve Carr, Griffin Dunne, James Duffy, Jonathan Van Tulleken, Elizabeth Banks, Patrik Forsberg, Brett Ratner, Rusty Cundieff, James Gunn
Writers:                                Will Carlough, Tobias Carlson, Jacob Fleisher, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gunn, Claes Kjellström, Jack Kukoda, Bill O’Malley, Matthew Portenoy, Greg Pritikin, Rocky Russo, Olle Sarri, Elizabeth Shapiro, Jeremy Sosenko, Jonathan Van Tulleken, Jonas Wittenmark, Ricky Blitt
Cast:                                      Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Common, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Greg Kinnear, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Dennis Quaid, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet (Cast listed in alphabetical order)        
Producers:                          Charles B. Wessler, John Penotti, Peter Farrelly, Ryan Kavanaugh
Co-Producers:                   Kenneth Halsband, Jason Barhydt, Marc Ambrose, Tom Gormican                           
Executive Producer:        Tim Williams, Tucker Tooley, Jason Felts
Co-Executive Producers:               Rene Rigal, Brian Kornreich
From the twisted minds of producers Peter Farrelly (Hall Pass, Shallow Hal) and Charles Wessler (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber), comes Movie 43-- the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie 43 is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you’ll have to see to believe.

Release:                               February 8, 2013
Director:                              Lasse Hallström
Writers:                                Dana StevensGage Lansky
Cast:                                      Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, David Lyons, Cobie Smulders
Producers:                          Ryan Kavanaugh, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Nicholas Sparks
Executive Producer:        Tucker Tooley
An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John.  When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past.  Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children.  But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

Release:                               March 1, 2013
Directors:                             Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Writers:                                Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Cast:                                      Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, Francois Chau, Jonathan Keltz, Daniel Booko, Dustin Ybarra
Producer:                            David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producer:        Tucker Tooley, Jason Felts, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, David Manpearl, Luo Yan
Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.

Release:                               October 4, 2013
Director:                              Robert Luketic  
Writers:                                Jason Dean Hall from a previous draft by Barry Levy, based on the novel by Joseph Finder.
Cast:                                      Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway and Domenick Lombardozzi, Richard Dreyfuss                                              
Producer:                            Alexandra Milchan, William D. Johnson and Deepak Nayar
Executive Producer:        Stuart Ford, Scott Lambert, Sam Englebardt, Allen Liu, Douglas Urbanski, Christophe Riandee, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley
In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam’s ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old mentor.  Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams.  However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt’s corporate game and realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage.

MALAVITA (Currently Titled)
Release:                               October 18, 2013
Director:                              Luc Besson
Writers:                                Luc Besson (Adapted from the book Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista)
Cast:                                      Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfieffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo
Producers:                          Virginie-Silla Besson
Executive Producer:       Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley
In this darkly comedic action film from Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter), Malavita is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family” way.

OUT OF THE FURNACE (Currently titled)
Release:                               Fall 2013
Director:                              Scott Cooper     
Writer:                                  Scott Cooper
Cast:                                      Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe
Producers:                          Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan, Ryan Kavanaugh- Credits not final
Executive Producer:        Ron Burkle, Jason Beckman, Jason Colodne
From the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart comes a gripping and gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will almost cost him everything.  Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.

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Lego DC Superheroes Unite Trailer

Why wait for DC's Justice League movie when you can watch the crimefighters unite right now? Snap to it and check out the fun first teaser for next year's epic LEGO Batman flick.
The whole world's gone LEGO-looney, and proof positive is the awesome appeal for all things made of Danish plastic bricks, specifically in the form of LEGO-based videogame adaptations. News from this season's New York Comic-Con promised a Caped Crusader LEGO concoction, and here's the new trailer for LEGO Batman: The MovieDC Superheroes Unite to help build anticipation. The colorful CG-animated toon pairs the maniacal minds of the Joker and Lex Luthor to deconstruct Gotham City brick by brick.

Batman and Robin enlist the heroic help of Superman, with cameos by Justice League standards Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Green Lantern. Will Arnett is cast to voice the Dark Knight, with Channing Tatum speaking for the favorite son of Krypton.

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The CW's Arrow To Have Justice League Cameos?

The creators of The CW's Arrow have said time and time again that their number-one focus is to tell the story of Oliver Queen—but that doesn't mean they can't tell it with a big pile of DC cameos along the way. With the show a ratings hit, the producers seem to have loosened up about potentially seeing some Justice League members down the line.

But how would Batman and Superman work in the world of Arrow?

Basically, they wouldn't be as "fantastical" as they've been portrayed in comics, cartoons and The CW's recent Smallville. Instead, producer Marc Guggenheim says they'd find a way to reimagine those characters and themes in this parallel universe:

"You'll still hear about characters from those worlds and from those cities. We're imagining a DC universe without super-powered characters but that doesn't mean that in our parallel universe that there isn't a Metropolis or a Gotham City. There are references to places like Corto Maltese (a wartorn island) and Markovia. I would listen and watch carefully if you're a comic book fan because some of the references are really subtle and will go past a lot of people. We've got a lot of different characters and then there are characters you may not recognize unless you're a diehard comic book fan. One of the things we've done, mainly because we're fans, is we've thrown in a lot of Easter eggs for the hardcore fans. If you're a big fan of the DC Comics universe, you'll see a lot of familiar names and places: Big Belly Burger, which is a hamburger chain from the Superman comic books makes a regular appearance on our show and we have a Big Belly Burger franchise as one of our standing sets."

Though fans are always champing at the bit to see the major characters, fellow producer Andrew Kreisberg said they're more interested in finding ways to weave smaller characters and easter eggs into the series, as to not distract from Arrow as the main hero in Starling City. Just in season one the series looks to introduce China White, Deadshot, the Huntress, Felicity Smoke and probably a few more names we haven't heard yet. But, he stressed, they're "open to anything" at some point:

"We're open to anything and everything; I'm not entirely sure you'll be seeing characters like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman because they're much more fantastical and right now we're focusing on Oliver Queen as being the only hero. That being said, we're looking forward to bringing on other DC Comics characters and characters that people have never really seen before or lesser-known characters. That's what's been fun for us; Superman will always get his due."11 What do you think? Would you like to see a dark, grounded version of some of your favorite heroes pop up in future seasons, a la Smallville? 

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Thursday, October 18, 2012


If you live in or near the Sacramento area you are in for a treat this Saturday.

In celebration for the release of MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED on DVD, there will a special event at the Sacramento Zoo on Saturday.

On Saturday, October 20th Radio Disney will be at the Sacramento Zoo from 11:00am – 1:00pm with music, dancing, games, activities and more! Plus, the first 100 kids in line will receive a prize!

Please note: you will need to purchase admission tickets to the Sacramento Zoo in order to have access to the Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted event.!

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HEATHCLIFF Coming To The Big Screen


Mischievous Cat Latest to Join Family Friendly Slate Including “Mr. Ed” and “ The Brave Little Toaster”11

Family-based production outfit Waterman Entertainment has secured the feature rights to the iconic comic strip character HEATHCLIFF, it was announced today by the company’s Head of Development, Cooper Waterman. Waterman made the deal directly with rights holder, Peter Gallagher. “Their track record is impeccable. Casper, Stuart Little and Alvin are examples of incorporating elements that past audiences loved and adding a contemporary flair that makes these properties endure with a whole new generation. That is exactly what I was looking to achieve with Heathcliff. We want our existing fans to identify with the characters they know while introducing him to an entirely new audience. As a creator I know that they will be attentive to our lasting vision for the brand and welcome our input, which is very important to me,” said Gallagher.

The acquisition comes on the heels of the company making similar feature film deals with rights holders of the iconic family brands including THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER and MR. ED. As is the case with those titles, HEATHCLIFF will be reimagined as a CGI/live action film with contemporary storylines, while preserving the original essence that the respective right’s holders created for each of the characters.

Waterman commented, “When working in concert with the creators and rights holders, you are able to tap their wealth of knowledge on the character and ensure the storylines remain true to the brand and their global fan base. This will allow us to confidently present ‘Heathcliff’ to a new generation and excite fans with new stories and plots.”

Additionally, Waterman Entertainment retains global licensing and merchandising rights to HEATHCLIFF which they will leverage through producing thirteen original episodes of the wisecracking cat’s adventures for television. TOASTER, ED and HEATHCLIFF represent an arsenal of existing and successful family brands that can be developed into live action/CGI feature film properties. Furthermore, the company is committed to finding iconic properties that can be revived for a new generation of fans and exploit their ancillary viability on platforms including television, mobile, digital, literary, and merchandising.

Steve Waterman, who founded and manages the company along with his sons Tucker and Cooper, has served as an Executive Producer on theatrical features including CASPER with Universal; ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED with 20th Century Fox; and STUART LITTLE and STUART LITTLE 2 with Columbia Pictures, among other credits.

Waterman Entertainment (www.watermanent.com) is a family-owned and operated media and entertainment company that focuses on creating, financing and distributing film, television, and digital media properties across multiple platforms for family audiences. The company works closely with creators and rights holders and manages all licensing rights to their brands and characters to exploit ancillary revenue streams tied to worldwide theatrical releases.

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Alex Cross Sequel Already In The Works

The first film doesn't open til this Friday and they are already talking about developing a sequel to the film.  A deal is coming together will turn bestselling author James Patterson’s crime novel Double Cross into a 2nd movie starring Tyler Perry as the famous Washington DC crimefighter/psychologist. Perry’s first turn as Alex Cross opens this Friday from QED.

Summit Entertainment is distributing in the U.S. It’s Perry’s first lead role that he didn’t produce or direct or write – and his reviews so far have been rather good. Certainly a lot better than I expected from the star of the crossdressing Madea movies.

Although the critics have been harsh on helmer Rob Cohen and the film as a whole. QED International’s Bill Block put together Alex Cross at a cost of only $25M (lowered to $23M with Louisiana tax subsidies). He chased down the book rights from Patterson for under $1 million, then hired Marc Moss and Kerry Williamson to pen the screenplay with Patterson.

After meetings in Atlanta, QED signed the actor for $5M upfront. Perry took over the role from Morgan Freeman who first played Alex Cross in the films Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider. Amazingly, Perry didn’t want to write, direct or produce the movie. He didn’t even want to move the location to his home base in Georgia for all his creature comforts. And he had the leverage, too. Instead Perry wanted QED to run the project so he could focus solely on his acting. Maybe next time Perry should direct, too.

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Twilight To Continue On With Wolf Pack Theme?

Moviehole is reporting that Twilight may continue after Breaking Dawn.

Chortle they did when Bloody Disgusting reported a few months back that Lionsgate/Summit would be rebooting the still-fresh “Twilight” saga, and making it happen as soon as this latest and last installment (“The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn Part 2″) had been shipped to theaters.

Silly, in fact, that they did laugh. But no doubt the cheeky coughs came from those who aren’t aware how Hollywood works these days – when it’s all about the brand, or in this case a cash-cow franchise, one doesn’t do like Sly Stallone at the start of “Cliffhanger” and let go, nope, they hang onto it with dear life.

Why put down a perfectly good stable star horse when it’s still winning all the races for you?

When I was informed an hour or so back that “They’re already onto the [Breaking Dawn] follow-up”, I wasn’t surprised, but naturally intrigued. Details are skim but apparently Bloody Disgusting’s earlier sources that some sort of ‘reboot’ of the series was in development, were on the money. My contact tells me that they’ve heard everything from a “TV show or film spin-off, merely set in the same world as the one in the movies but not featuring the main trio, is being seriously considered” with “The Wolf Pack, one area of interest”.

And talk has, not at all surprisingly, increased as “Breaking Dawn Part 2″ inches towards it’s release date, and more so, already looks to break box-office records. So “Twilight” isn’t over, Bella’s song is just fading out. Seems the tale of the tyro vamp mama, Jacob, Edward and an unjustly fired Rachel Lefevre was just the beginning.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For CLOUD ATLAS In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for CLOUD ATLAS! The screening is on October 22, 2012 - 7:00 PM at Century Stadium 14.

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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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom Blu-Ray Review. One Of The Best Films Of The Year

Moonrise Kingdom Blu-Ray Review
By: MattInRC

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Moonrise Kingdom is uniquely quirky, impressively captivating, and one of best the films of the year as it arrives for its Blu-ray release.

To those outside of the indie movie clique, it might look as though the work of Wes Anderson represents no more than series of boring conversations about...well...nothing at all. Locked in a perpetual episode of Seinfeld, in which his characters essentially do nothing, Anderson's work is quintessential eye candy: extreme closeups and other unique camera angles mix with inventive storytelling that's deeply-layered and sometimes even bordering on self-parody. But it's his commitment to those quirky characters that also rules the days. His newest work, Moonrise Kingdom, is Anderson at his best, wrapping an intelligent script around a rich visual experience that plays very well on Blu-ray.

The Movie - 5/5

The central theme to Moonrise Kingdom is the danger inherent in labeling certain elements of society as strange or even dangerous without looking a little deeper. Yet the film is so much more than a simple soapbox statement: it's genuinely funny, incredibly honest about itself, existing in a world that feels both familiar and a little off center, much like its main characters. Set among the pine and maple trees on a fictitious 1965 New England island called New Penzance, two children (Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman) decide to run away, rejecting the small-town labels they've been given, and touching off a manhunt by the police and local scout master. The journey is the truly funny part, immersing the audience in a perfect mixture of droll humor and slapstick, starting with our Narrator (Bob Balaban, 2010) as he lists off the nature of the island and the massive storm which will sweep through in less than three days time. The premise seems ludicrous, that two children each under the age of 13 could survive and prosper on their own with only three books, a record player, a kitten, and some camping equipment. If you're thinking the same thing, then you're halfway to enjoying Moonrise, which prides itself on bending reality into something truly quirky. As the manhunt begins, we're introduced to Scout Master Ward (Ed Norton, Incredible Hulk) who mobilizes his small troop into action when Sam (Gilman) resigns from the company and makes a break for it. His letter to Ward is a series of funny quick edits of the words voiced over by Sam. Soon, police Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis, Looper) joins the hunt, only to learn that Sam is an orphan who's recently been ditched by his foster family; the cutaway scene between Sharp, Ward, the phone operator, and the former foster family is hilarious and one of the film's best scenes. We soon learn that Sam is not the only one to reject society's harsh treatment, as Suzy (Hayward) joins him to make camp at a distant alcove of the island. As they dance, kiss, and sleep under the stars, we're reminded of our youth when we actually thought running away and hunting for our food was actually plausible (trust me, this recently happened in my other career so I know kids think it still has merit). As the storm arrives and floods the island, the adults (including Tilda Swinson, Harvey Keitel, and Bill Murray) must work together to save Sam and Suzy who by this time have become little versions of Romeo and Juliet. Director Anderson (Rushmore) paints beautiful brush strokes with such perfection that its fantasy world of bright colored wallpaper, chain smoking cub scout leaders, and highwater pants seems at once familiar and yet disjointed from our time. The film is truly self-aware, treating the audience to a play of sorts, complete with single shots, 360-degree views, and extreme closeups, which create almost a dollhouse feel to the early scenes with an overall effect that reminds one of Amelie. Such rich storytelling never offends with gratuitous violence, nudity, or even cuss words: its PG-13 rating is only due to the mature nature of the story. Even the music by Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech) seems perfectly suited to the tale, wrapping the listener in big orchestral pieces which come off as humorous compliments to the melancholia and deadpan of Anderson's world. But it's also the writer and producer Anderson who is on display, creating a brilliant script which seemingly only he could translate into such an effective work of art. His portrayal of marriage, belonging, and even self-identity never become preachy or tiresome, rather his hands-off approach allows the characters to breathe, thus gaining affection from the audience; so that when the boom hits (as it does in most Anderson films), the emotional power is felt that much more.

The Video - 4/5 

Moonrise Kingdom is beautifully presented in a 1080p MPEG-4/AVC-encoded presentation that is reminiscent of previous Anderson intentions but also greatly respects cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman's sumptuous summer photography. Yellows and browns are sun-baked to perfection, while skintones are wonderfully realistic and black levels are carefully saturated. The overall feel is soft and unassuming, stylistically so different from the stark summer fare of films like The Avengers or other action pieces; but that's by design, as Anderson creates a world based on Super 16mm images rather than any 3D technology or even the bold IMAX format. The graininess that brought another level to the film's look is still there, wrapped by sharp edges. One might initially scoff at such a rustic look, but the transfer is so complimentary to the film itself that the studio cannot be blamed for any conceived shortcomings. Add to that the complete lack of aliasing, banding, or edge enhancement, and you can better respect what Anderson tried to accomplish. It's not a perfect transfer, but in the context of the film and what was presented in theatres, Moonrise Kingdom does impress if your expectations are properly adjusted.

The Audio - 4.5/5 

Anyone expecting another summer blockbuster for the ears will be disappointed with Moonrise Kingdom. However, those of us indie folk will be very happy to see the film get such a nice DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless transfer. Dialogue perfectly intelligible throughout the picture, with the intricacies of New Penzance on display in both the front and rear speakers. While voices move from the right to left front speakers with perfect ease and the sound of water crashing on the seaside rocks sounds genuinely authentic, it's the rear field which comes alive more than you would think for a picture of this type. Storms surge, winds howl, and rain pounds the ground and rooftops as New Penzance is battered; all the while, the rear speakers are surprisingly active, lending a real sense of place to the island. The LFE also gets a strong workout, particularly in the third act, producing waves of low-end response. Universal's decision to offer Moonrise in such a format just demonstrates their total commitment to high-definition, and might even represent an important shift in how indie films are treated for their home release. But for now, this enjoyable and fairly immersive experience is appreciated.

The Supplements - 1/5 

With such a strong showing for the home release, it's amazing that Universal has provided us what must be the most disappointing set of supplements of the year. Don't blink or you'll miss them:

A Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom (HD: 3:00): Bill Murray takes a moment (and that's about as long as it really is) to deliver a funny tour of the set, delivering information about the movie in a tone as if he couldn't give two shakes about things. It's so dry that it's pretty funny.

Welcome to the Island of New Penzance (HD, 2:00): Bob Balaban is featured in the promo introducing the movie and talking about the role played by Bruce Willis.

Set Tour with Bill Murray (HD, 3:00): Another promo featurette that summarizes the movie, actors, and characters. Instead of adding new scenes, much of the Bill Murray tour sequences are here as well.

Our evaluation copy came as a Blu-ray Combo set with Digital Copy. I can get over the standard slipcase, but with such a disappointing set of supplements, I can't give this part a better score.

The Final Word - 3.5/5

In a Summer season filled with slow motion explosions marching to rock music, half-naked women, and cheesy cliched dialogue, Moonrise Kingdom proves you can still make a unique product, and that great stories still exist to be told, even if some in society might label them as quirky and unpredictable. Much like Sam and Suzy, Moonrise deserves a deeper exploration, one that will reward the moviegoer with a truly unique experience. Even though we're given a terrible set of supplements, it shouldn't keep fans or other interested parties from adding it your library. In addition, the film should do well at February's Oscars, provided that judges even remember to nominate it. Let's hope they do. Moonrise Kingdom is rated PG-13 for mild sexual and adult situations.

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Tom Hardy Is Heading To The Bush

Warner Bros is working on not one but two high-profile films about the illegal poaching and trafficking in endangered animals around the world. Both projects are being produced by Tobey Maguire‘s Material Pictures, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way and Tom Hardy‘s Executive Options. I don’t know if both of these projects get made, but at a time when Hollywood studios are preoccupied with pretend crises like zombies and vampires, bravo for a major to step up and try to weave in a global problem like ivory trafficking into a drama.

The first project is being written by Up In The Air co-writer Sheldon Turner as a star vehicle for Hardy, based on an idea by the Dark Knight Rises and Warrior star. The untitled film is set in Africa and the aim is for Hardy to play a former Special Forces soldier who signs on with a friend to work in the bush, training rangers to fight off the poachers decimating the rhino and elephant populations in Zimbabwe. The soldier falls in love with the land, and the animals he is trying to save. Given his skill set, this spells bad news for the poachers. Also producing is Dean Baker, who is Hardy’s producing partner, and Paul Grey, along with Hardy, Maguire and DiCaprio. Hardy is working with Turner and producers Jennifer Klein and Dave Bartis on Everest, the Sony film that Doug Liman intends to direct, with Hardy playing British climber George Mallory and his attempts to become the first man to scale Everest and make it back alive.

The second film is also untitled and is best described as a Traffic-like dissection of the trafficking industry that exploits the global market for illicit parts from slain animals that are used as aphrodisiacs and other ridiculous purposes. This film might involve Maguire, DiCaprio and Hardy in onscreen roles. Like the Stephen Gaghan-scripted and Steven Soderbergh-directed drug saga Traffic, this is planned as a multi-stranded storyline that traces the supply and demand for animals slain, stripped and sold for fortunes in places like China. Hardy got involved with this project after finding that his interests aligned with DiCaprio and Maguire. At that point, the three decided to team up to work together on both projects.

There is no writer on the second film, but the studio feels it is rich terrain and gets to the heart of an illicit industry by telling stories from several perspectives. They range from the back-room dealings of corrupt executives, to a portrait of the life of a poacher, to others involved in the underbelly of a global scourge that occurs not only in the jungles but also the oceans, where illegal shark fishing runs rampant. On the latter project, how long before someone at Warner Bros says, “Get me Gaghan on line one!”

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Black Dynamite 2 Heads To The Wild West

Michael Jai White has joked in the past that the sequel to Black Dynamite will be "blacker and dynamitier." But we shouldn't take that to mean it'll necessarily chronicle the further adventures of the titular CIA 'Nam vet however. According to White, it's likely that the next film will be a Western.

Black Dynamite, if you're unlucky enough not to have caught it so far, is a blaxploitation spoof in which BD, on the trail of his brother's killer, foils a dastardly plot involving Anaconda malt liquor, the kung-fu island of Fiendish Dr Wu, and Nixon's White House. Arsenio Hall co-starred as Tasty Freeze, with Bokeem Woodbine as Black Hand Jack and Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn. If you want further adventures from those characters, there's an animated spin-off, but next?

"In the inception of Black Dynamite, there were a few types of ideas we were going to do," White tells CraveOnline. "Kind of like Monty Python, [we thought we might] use the same cast but do different types of movies. We had discussed, and it looks like we're getting close to a decision on something that would be a Western comedy in the spirit of Blazing Saddles, mixed with Buck And The Preacher."

Black Dynamite 2 - whatever it turns out to be - isn't quite up and running yet, but sounds as if it's in pretty active development. Expect much the same cast as previously with, presumably, Scott Sanders re-establishing his place behind the camera when shooting eventually starts.

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Robert Pattinson To Hold Onto Carey Mulligan

As packages firm up for AFM, here’s one that will surely reverberate in Santa Monica. Robert Pattinson is signing on to star with Carey Mulligan in Hold On To Me. The film will be directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar for the docu Man On Wire and followed with Project Nim. Pic is based on a true story about a femme fatale who with her boyfriend kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. They bury him in a box and things go horribly awry. Pattinson plays the flashy supporting role of the woman’s life love, Jimmy, who isn’t involved in the crime. The project was scripted by Brad Ingelsby.

Alexandra Milchan is producing with Indian Paintbrush‘s Steven Rales, Mark Roybal and Michael Pruss. Also producing is Todd Field, who originally developed the film to direct but stepped off to helm Creed Of Violence for Cross Creek.

Pattinson adds this to an early 2013 schedule that will have him starring opposite Guy Pearce in the David Michod-directed The Rover, and he is also starring in Mission Blacklist, the true story of the U.S. military interrogator responsible for discovering the location of Saddam Hussein in the hunt for the fallen leader. 

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Amy Adams To Play Janis Joplin In Upcoming Film

Lee Daniels is in talks to direct Get It While You Can, a Janis Joplin biopic that has Amy Adams attached to star as the queen of rock 'n' roll.

Robert Katz and Andrew Sugerman are producing along with Ron Terry, who wrote the screenplay with his wife, Theresa Kounin-Terry. Jay Tobin is exec producing.

Joplin was the hard-living singer behind such rock classics as "Piece of My Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee." She crested on the wave of the 1960s counterculture as one of the faces of hippiedom, and she performed at Woodstock.

Joplin, who has influenced artists ranging from Stevie Nicks to Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), died of a heroin overdose in 1970, just weeks after Jimi Hendrix succumbed to his drug demons, giving a one-two punch to the face of the Age of Aquarius.

Daniels' involvement is the latest development for the project, which over the years has had Fernando Meirelles and Catherine Hardwicke attached as directors, Renee Zellweger as star and Temple Hill as producers.11 The project is independently financed, and there have been preliminary talks with Focus Features about coming on board, though no deal has been made. An early 2013 production start is being eyed.

Daniels, who garnered acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his 2009 gritty drama Precious, followed that up with Southern thriller The Paperboy, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman and is now in theaters.

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