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Friday, November 9, 2012

George Lucas & Kathleen Kennedy Talk Episode 7 Part 2

You thought the news that we heard on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012, when Disney purchased LucasFilms was the end of the conversation. Oh no. The talk about the upcoming film will never end until it hits theaters in 2015.

We uncovered a part 2 to the interview with George Lucas and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

In the interview Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas discuss the next steps in making new Star Wars movies, including selecting a director and what Lucas' role will be.

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McG Lives In A Magic Castle

McG has come aboard to direct Radar Pictures' film based on the Magic Castle, the famed private magic club in Hollywood.

The script is being written by Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari; details of the story are being kept under wraps. The project is set up at 20th Century Fox, and Radar's Ted Field and Mike Weber are producing.

Several notable venues have been the subject of Hollywood films. Disney turned its Haunted Mansion theme park ride into a 2003 family-oriented comedy thriller starring Eddie Murphy, while Fox has had much more success with its Ben Stiller franchise Night at the Museum, which began with the 2006 film set at the American Museum of Natural History.

The Magic Castle sits at 7001 W. Franklin Ave., just west of Highland Avenue, near Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. The venue was turned into a private magic club in 1963 and is not open to the public (guests must be invited by a member). Nightly shows are put on at the Magic Castle, which, with its many stages, labyrinthine corridors and old-fashioned decor, looks the part of a mysterious den of sorcery. Celebrity magic enthusiasts like Neil Patrick Harris -- who is president of the nonprofit Academy of Magical Arts, which is headquartered at the Magic Castle -- have performed at the venue.

McG will soon begin production on the Kevin Costner starrer Three Days to Kill, which is slated to wrap in February. The director then would turn his attention to the Magic Castle project.

McG and Field have history together: During the 1990s, the Charlie's Angels director helmed music videos for Interscope Records, which was co-founded by Field. McG's other directing credits include We Are Marshall, This Means War and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Radar is in postproduction on a Chronicles of Riddick sequel and has completed Spring Breakers, the James Franco comedy from writer-director Harmony Korine. Writing duo Barrer and Ferrari are adapting Legend, Marie Lu’s best-selling young-adult novel, and are writing Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Sony. Barrer and Ferrari also wrote Die in a Gunfight, a Romeo and Juliet-like action project that made the 2010 Black List. They are represented by WME, manager Will Rowbotham and attorney Patti Felker.

Magic Castle Inc., the holding company that controls the club's intellectual property, is pursuing expansion into other cities. The company also is working with Radar to develop projects such as a reality show and video game.

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Mark Wahlberg Is In Transformers 4

Never one to turn away a good chance for sneaky publicity, or indeed to lie to journalists’ faces when asked about plot developments on his upcoming films (*cough* Megatron in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen *cough*), Michael Bay has now brought the saga of the will-he-won’t-he Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 to a close with a resounding, er, yes.

After shooting down rumors and then this week making references to “internet chatter” affecting him and “his writer” (Ehren Kruger), Bay revealed on his website that he intends to continue the bromance hatched working with Wahlberg on bodybuilding action comedy Pain And Gain.

“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain And Gain and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his calibre is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” said Bay. So we’ll see the Ted star face down the Decepticons and help out Optimus Prime. Or whatever he ends up doing.

The most recent plot talk, taken from casting sides, had another young pair – a racecar driver and his girlfriend (or a racecar driver and her boyfriend) – involved with the robots this time. Whether Wahlberg will play one of those roles remains to be seen.

Transformers: Whatever The Subtitle Ends Up Being is scheduled to begin shooting in the spring and will hit screens on June 27, 2014. Bay has its completion will see him handing the franchise’s AllSpark on to someone else, but who knows what the future holds? Or if Mike’s telling the truth? We’re on to you, dude. We’re bringing a polygraph machine to the next interview. Oh, and in case you didn't guess, the image at the top of the page is the film’s first logo treatment.

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Tom Cruise In All You Need Is Kill Picture

Doug Liman has directed Vince Vaughn doing up his flies at the side of the road in Swingers and Matt Damon tearing up Paris in a conked out mini in The Bourne Identity, but there's nothing in his back catalogue quite like this new All You Need Is Kill pic: Tom Cruise running away from a massive explosion in a mech suit.

For those not in the know, All You Need Is Kill is based on the critically-acclaimed novel of the same name by Japanese sci-fi author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, which sees its hero Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) forced to fight (and die) over and over again as contact with alien invaders (known as 'Mimics') traps him in a hellish time loop.

This may strike some as being rather similar to the likes of Groundhog Day and Source Code (except, you know, with aliens), but as you can see from the astonishing pic above, there's a whole lot of sci-fi action to look forward to as well as the brain-bending time-wimey-ness.

On hand to help Cage is Special Forces operative Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a reknowned hero on earth also trapped in her own bloody loop. Then there's a supporting cast including Bill Paxton - a man who isn't afraid of kicking alien ass - Charlotte Riley and the amazingly-named Kick Gurry.

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World War Z Trailer

We got the first trailer for World War Z. The film was directed by Marc Forster and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan. It is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks. Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a worker at the United Nations, as he searches the globe for information that can stop the zombie outbreak that is bringing down nations.

The film stars Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox.

World War Z opens June 21, 2013.

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First Images From THE HANGOVER PART III

Director Todd Phillips posted these behind-the-scenes photos of THE HANGOVER PART III on his instagram.


THE HANGOVER PART III is an upcoming American comedy film produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sequel 2011's The Hangover Part II, and the third and final film in The Hangover franchise. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, and Justin Bartha with Todd Phillips directing a screenplay written by himself and Craig Mazin.


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Poster For 21 AND OVER Is Here

TGIF! Kick off your weekend the right way and check out the official poster for Relativity Media's hilarious new comedy, 21 AND OVER. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover) have done it again, you don't want to miss this laugh-inducing coming of age film.

Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Miles Teller (Footloose) and Justin Chon (Twilight) star in 21 AND OVER, a movie about celebrating a milestone so hard that you don't remember it at all. Be sure to blackout the date - 21 AND OVER opens in theaters on March 1, 2013.11

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.

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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK! The screening is on November 19, 2012 - 7:00 PM at Tower Theater In Sacramento.


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is an upcoming romantic comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell, from a screenplay by Russell, adapted from the seriocomic novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, with Robert De Niro, Anupam Kher, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker in supporting roles.


Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Star Wars: Episode VII To Recruit Toy Story 3 Scribe?

The shocking and downright exhilarating news of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm and announcing new Star Wars adventures on the way did not come as a surprise to everyone. Within the two companies, negotiations had been going on for months. And George Lucas even said that he’d written outlines for at least three more films. Now we seemingly know who has turned them into a treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII and beyond… Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt.

Vulture, which is currently in the market for a place to unload many Bothan spy bodies, brings word that Arndt had quietly been hired to start cranking out the treatment long before the shockwave October 30 announcement.

No official nod to the fact has been given, but Arndt is most certainly a good call. After winning an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, he was recruited by Disney / Pixar to write the third Toy Story film and delivered something truly special. He’s also been at work on other projects, including the still untitled Pixar mind project. Plus, he’s a die-hard Star Wars fan who has lectured on the first trilogy’s scripts at screenwriting seminars. So while he hasn’t made a deal to write the actual screenplay yet, he’s certainly who we could see making it work.

According to Vulture’s sources, the Mouse House is definitely looking to bring back Han, Luke and Leia. And the biggest names in blockbuster directing town (your Spielberg, your Abrams, and, given his ties to Disney / Pixar and his all-round awesomeness, your Brad Bird) will of course get the first look. One person who might look but doesn’t seem to want to touch is Zack Snyder, who has told the LA Times, "I don’t think I’d be interested in directing it. I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing episodes seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope."

So while nothing has been finally decided, it certainly appears things are making the jump the lightspeed in a positive direction.

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James Bond Franchise Almost Died

On April 19, 2010, James Bond effectively died. After almost a year and a half of trying to get a new 007 film made while its parent studio, MGM, was spiraling toward bankruptcy, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson finally pulled the plug.

That's when the London-based half-siblings issued a statement: "Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development of Bond 23 indefinitely. We do not know when development will resume."

Today, the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, has opened to record numbers at the European box office and is drawing rave reviews from critics. It earned $287 million in its first 10 days, boding well for the picture's Nov. 9 debut in the U.S. Its success will add significantly not only to the franchise's value (which some estimate as high as $1.2 billion), but also to that of MGM, which co-owns Bond with Broccoli and Wilson and is expected to launch an initial public offering in 2013.

That is great news for MGM and Sony, which jointly financed the roughly $210 million film (less than $200 million after tax breaks) and for Daniel Craig, 44, who earned $17 million for his third outing as Ian Fleming's spy.

All this seemed a distant dream, however, back in 2010.

"We were gutted," says Broccoli, who took over the series from her late father, Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli. "But the physical studio, Pinewood, was on hold, and so were people all around the world, and we had no choice. It was a horrible thing to do, and we'd already been through all this before." She had vivid memories of the years Bond spent in the wilderness, between Timothy Dalton's final 007 venture, 1989's Licence to Kill, and Pierce Brosnan's first, 1995's GoldenEye: "We thought, 'Here we go again.' "

Skyfall first really kicked into life in 2009, when American Beauty's Oscar-winning director, Sam Mendes, ran into Craig at a birthday party for their mutual friend Hugh Jackman in New York City.

"It was in the evening, and Sam turned up late," Craig recalls of the man who previously had directed him in 2002's Road to Perdition. "I hadn't seen him for a long time and he apologized for saying to Entertainment Weekly that I wouldn't be a good Bond! He was also complimentary about Casino Royale. And, very selfishly, I started picking his brains."

As their conversation escalated, Craig discussed how he wanted to restore a sense of humor to Bond, one that he had initially felt uncomfortable with and was mostly absent from 2006's Casino Royale and 2008's Quantum of Solace. The actor confided his desire for the new film to be very much a contemporary thriller. In turn, "Sam's ideas started coming out, and I'd had a few too many drinks and I completely overstepped the line and said, 'Why don't you do it?' And Sam said, 'Why not?' " The next day, Craig sheepishly called Broccoli and Wilson to mention the conversation, and discovered they were thrilled. The producers had been wrestling with a treatment written by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and regular Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, but they were dissatisfied with the storyline and hadn't even approached a director. Martin Campbell, who'd already rebooted Bond twice -- with Casino Royale and GoldenEye -- had made it clear he wanted to move on to other challenges, while Marc Forster's Quantum had been met with widespread critical indifference, even though it earned $586 million around the world.

So, two weeks after the Craig call, Broccoli, 52, and Wilson, 69, flew to New York and had lunch with Mendes at Cookshop restaurant in Chelsea, close to his then-home.

"I was very honest about Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and where I thought it might be possible to take this movie, in the most general of terms," Mendes recalls. "Michael did say at one point, 'Why would an auteur or somebody who has a career in serious pictures want to do a Bond movie?' I said, 'Bond is a serious movie.' And I stuck to that throughout."

He continues: "I wanted to know, would they consider killing M and bringing back Q and Moneypenny? And did they want -- as I did -- a more flamboyant, old-style villain, the sort that emerged in the Sean Connery movies? And the answer to all those things was yes. And that was in many ways our starting point for working out what the story would be."

From fall 2009 into 2010, Mendes, 47 -- whose last movie was the 2009 low-budget dramedy Away We Go -- refined the script with Purvis and Wade, and also persuaded nine-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (No Country for Old Men) to join the team.

Everything seemed headed toward a late 2010 start -- and then the continuing financial issues that had plagued MGM reached their nadir.

"They couldn't guarantee anything," Broccoli laments. "The company was going into bankruptcy, and they didn't know how it was going to emerge. But we needed to know we would have financing and distribution -- and there was no deal with Sony in place at the time." (Sony had distributed the previous two Bond films.)

Mendes admits he seriously considered pulling out. In London, following his split with wife Kate Winslet, he was developing an adaptation of Ian McEwan's 1960s-based drama On Chesil Beach but had problems casting it. Other offers came his way -- he even had brief talks about helming The Hunger Games -- and yet he resisted.

"I was tempted to go," he acknowledges. "I said to Barbara, 'Can you give me some assurance this is going to happen?' She said, 'To be honest, I can't.' But I had a feeling it would be sorted out, so I took the risk of turning down other work and just waiting." Later, Mendes says he came to regard the forced break as a gift: "While we sat around waiting, we quietly carried on with the script, and as a consequence we ended up with a much better draft."

The director then took the Purvis and Wade draft to longtime friend and screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator). "He and I spent about six weeks together just talking," Mendes says. "He came to me in London, and even joined me when I went to visit my kids in Paris [where Winslet was shooting Carnage]. He wanted answers to every single question: what the shape of the film would be, what we would retain, what we would abandon."

 Logan praises the script he received as a "great machine" and saw his job "not so much about cataloguing changes as bringing a certain sensibility to the material" -- helped by his familiarity with Fleming's novels. "I'm a great fan of the books and coincidentally had listened to all of them," he notes. (He reportedly has since been hired to work on scripts for Bond 24 and Bond 25, which may, for the first time, carry a story across two movies.)

The writer and director discussed favorite films that might color various sequences, including Charles Laughton's haunting 1955 drama The Night of the Hunter. "Sam and I talked a lot about why a Bond movie is a Bond movie and not a Bourne or a John le Carre," Logan says. "It has to do with that intense seriousness and a pain that hurts and also this sense of panache and elegance."

Before the Skyfall machinery could fully be engaged, MGM's financial uncertainty had to be resolved. Broccoli and Wilson shuttled endlessly across the Atlantic.

"We had different meetings with everyone from [MGM CEO] Harry Sloan [before he was pushed out in August 2009] to Stephen Cooper, who was brought in [as MGM vice chairman] by all the equity guys to reorganize the company. We had meetings in Los Angeles, in New York, all over the place. We were meeting a lot of people, because it was a revolving door, and to try and get a handle on the situation was chaotic. It didn't look like it was going to be resolved for some time and we didn't want to be a pawn in all this. The whole situation looked very opaque."

Saddled with debt, MGM desperately sought a buyer but failed to find one willing to meet its $2 billion minimum asking price. Without that, the studio simply didn't have the cash to fund Bond.

Broccoli, Wilson and their Los Angeles-based colleague David Pope arranged a transatlantic telephone call on April 7, 2010, to discuss whether they could realistically go ahead, bearing in mind that Mendes' option had to be exercised by May 31 or they would lose him.

"Between April 7 and April 15, we had discussions with both Sony and Warners [potential MGM buyers] and realized nothing was going to happen with MGM before the summer," says Pope, a co-producer on Skyfall and CEO of Danjaq Llc., which controls many of the rights to Bond. "We were trying to work out, would MGM be stable enough for us to engage [Mendes]? It became clear that things would be up in the air for a while."11 On April 17, Broccoli, Wilson and Pope had one final conversation on the subject in which "we made the decision to postpone the film -- and on April 19 we announced the delay," says Pope.

"You feel devastated," notes Wilson. "A lot of people had come to us and said, 'Should we take this other thing?' And people would hang back and not commit to those things -- and that's a terrible thing to do. At a certain point, we just had to cut the cord." Broccoli adds: "We had suffered through a six-year hiatus and were looking at the possibility of the same thing again. We had the 747 loaded up and ready to go down the runway, and we were being told MGM was going into bankruptcy. It was a very perilous situation."

When the studio emerged from bankruptcy at the very end of 2010, however, everything changed. Its new owners brought in former Spyglass chiefs Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum as co-chairmen (Birnbaum has since departed) and, more important, they obtained a $500 million revolving credit line through JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

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Relive The Magic Of Jurassic Park In 3D Trailer

On April 5, 2013 relive the magic that is Jurassic Park in 3D. We got our hands on the trailer for the release of the film.

Billionaire John Hammond, CEO of InGen, has created Jurassic Park: a theme park populated with dinosaurs cloned from the DNA extracted from insects preserved in prehistoric amber.

Hammond's investors, represented by their lawyer Donald Gennaro, demand that experts visit the park and certify that it's safe. Gennaro invites Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician, while Hammond invites paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler. They are joined on the island by Hammond's grandchildren, Tim and Lex Murphy. The group sets off to explore the park while Hammond observes his guests along with Head Technician Ray Arnold and game warden Robert Muldoon.

With a storm heading in, everyone returns to their vehicles except for Sattler. Jurassic Park's head computer programmer, Dennis Nedry, is secretly in the employ of one of InGen's corporate rivals to steal dinosaur embryos. During his theft, Nedry deactivates the park's security system, allowing him access to the embryo storage but is eventually killed by a Dilophosaurus. Electric fences around the park are deactivated as a result, releasing a Tyrannosaurus which assaults Grant,Tim,Lex, but they escape.

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Trailer For Warm Bodies

Here is the first trailer for romantic zombie film Warm Bodies. The film is based on Isaac Marion's popular novel of the same name. Directed by Jonathan Levine, the film stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. This film focuses on the development of the relationship between Julie (a teenage girl) and R (a zombie), their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

R is a zombie. After a zombie apocalypse, he shambles across an America filled with collapsed buildings, rusted cars, shattered windows, and abandoned high-rises. He can only grunt or moan and craves human brains to get high on their memories. After eating the brains of a suicidal teen, R is overcome with love for the teen's companion, Julie Grigio. R rescues Julie from his zombie pack and takes her back to his lair. She eventually leaves, and R follows her back to Citi Stadium, the largest remaining human refuge.

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Dwayne Johnson Will Be Hercules

Man-mountain, gymspiration, walking charm factory and friend to set-visiting journalists Dwayne Johnson was linked back in February with a seemingly perfect role: Hercules. Now, after a few months of negotiation and figuring out his hectic schedule, Johnson has locked in the lead.

Brett Ratner will direct the film, which is now being co-produced by Paramount and MGM. The plot will be based on Radical Studios’ Hercules: The Thracian Wars, created by Steve Moore.

The story sees the Thracian king* summon Herc and six battle-weary pals, tasking them with getting his army into fighting shape. Lured by the promise of gold and glory, Hercules readily agrees, but soon comes to realise how far he’s fallen from grace and what he might need to do to find some redemption.

Ryan Condal adapted the script, which has since seen work from Evan Spiliotopoulos. Once the rest of the cast is set, Ratner plans to begin filming early next year.

2013 will be busy for Johnson, at least in terms of film releases. He’ll appear in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, the delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Snitch and the sixth Fast & Furious franchise outing. He’s also attached to Ciudad and Arabian Nights, along with a wealth of other projects.

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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Go VOTE!

Watch this new BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD featurette, exclusively on Awardsline:

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has been nominated for this year’s Gotham Audience Award.

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In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by herchildish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

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THE LAST STAND Premiere Giveaway & Trailer

THE FINAL TRAILER HAS ARRIVED!

It's almost here…the day that Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the big screen in his first starring role in a decade, alongside the one and only Johnny Knoxville. This kick-ass trailer shows Schwarzenegger and Knoxville in the roles they were always meant to play…guys who take no mercy on the drug kingpins threatening to cross their border town.

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THE LAST STAND hits theaters nationwide January 18th, 2013!!

This all-star cast includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega, Rodrigo Santoro, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzm├ín, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford and Genesis Rodriguez.    

Directed by Kim Jee-woon and written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

At first reluctant to become involved, and then counted out because of the perceived ineptitude of his small town force, Owens ultimately rallies his team and takes the matter into his own hands, setting the stage for a classic showdown.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Image From HITCHCOCK. Cheers

Catch a glimpse of Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel, and Scarlett Johansson in action in the brand new images from Fox Searchlight's upcoming film, HITCHCOCK. The film shares the captivating and complex love story of the extraordinary film icon and his wife and collaborator - Alma Reville, during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho.

HITCHCOCK opens in select theaters beginning November 23rd.

HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho.

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Gemma Arterton Joins Monty Python Project “Absolutely Anything

The long-gestating Monty Python project “Absolutely Anything” is moving full steam ahead, with Gemma Arterton confirmed for the project and Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to join the comedy, TheWrap has learned.

To be directed by Terry Jones, “Absolutely Anything” will include voiceovers from Monty Python alumni, including Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese. Robin Williams will also do a voiceover.

Filming is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, with Jones directing from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing.

The story revolves around a teacher who discovers he has magical powers and can make things happen with the wave of his hand. He can wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students and bring people back to life. But he experiences mishap after mishap as he tries to learn how to use these powers.

Arterton’s recent credits include “Clash of the Titans” and “Byzantium.” Cumberbatch recently signed on to play The Beatles manager Brian Epstein in “The Fifth Beatle.”

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Dominic Cooper Has The Need For Speed

Having secured the services of Aaron Paul and, just a few days ago, Imogen Poots, Scott Waugh and the Need For Speed team are keeping the pedal to the metal in terms of casting. Now they have Dominic Cooper negotiating to take the third lead role.

The eventual movie will inherit the spirit of the Electronic Arts video game franchise, but George and John Gatins’ script isn’t based on any one of the titles.

Instead, it’ll follow an underground race driver (Paul) who has diversified and also runs a garage that modifies fancy cars to boost their power. But when his friend is murdered during a race, he’s framed for the crime and sent to prison. Upon his release, he swears revenge on those who saw him put away and who were truly responsible for his pal’s death. As for Cooper, he's set to play Dino, a former NASCAR driver who also dabbles in modifying supercars for wealthy clients. Poots, meanwhile, is an exotic car dealer who works with them both.

With Waugh directing and DreamWorks backing the film, it’ll shoot next year, racing towards a February 2014 release in the US.

Cooper, who might wish to forget he was most recently in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will next be seen in action thriller Dead Man Down.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For RISE OF THE GUARDIANS In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for RISE OF THE GUARDIANS! The screening is on Saturday, November 17th in Sacramento at Century Stadium.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.


The film revolves around a group of guardians - Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Sandman, and Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) - joining forces along with Jack Frost (Chris Pine) when The Bogeyman (Jude Law) throws down the gauntlet, bringing the world into "total darkness" by inspiring nothing but fear into the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.


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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theatre and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For RISE OF THE GUARDIANS In Fresno

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for RISE OF THE GUARDIANS! The screening is on Saturday, November 10th in Fresno at Sierra Vista Cinemas.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.


The film revolves around a group of guardians - Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Sandman, and Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) - joining forces along with Jack Frost (Chris Pine) when The Bogeyman (Jude Law) throws down the gauntlet, bringing the world into "total darkness" by inspiring nothing but fear into the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.


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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theatre and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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Top Gun 3D Flying Into Theaters

Are you feeling the need for speed ... in 3-D?

"Top Gun," the 1986 action blockbuster that inspired a surge of Navy enlistments and made everyone feel okay about Reagan-era militarism, may be flying high again — and this time in three dimensions, according to The New York Times.

Before his suicide on Aug. 19, director Tony Scott had worked with Paramount and Legend3D on the 3-D conversion of his first major Hollywood hit in the hopes that a newfangled re-release might stir up interest for "Top Gun 2," a sequel for which Scott had been location scouting with Tom Cruise just days before his death.

All plans for "Top Gun 2" have been scrapped, though a 3-D release of the original film could be seen as a tribute to a filmmaker whose death remains shrouded in mystery for fans, friends and associates alike.

The 3-D release of "Titanic" certainly went well last year, scoring $342 million in worldwide box office (the conversion cost only $18 million). Sure, "Top Gun" wasn't nearly as big a hit as James Cameron's disaster epic, but a decent-sized audience might be up for revisiting some old maneuvers with Maverick and Goose — especially in overseas markets, where Cruise is still quite the mega-star.

And just imagine that volleyball scene in 3-D ... "Playing With the Boys," indeed!

Paramount is still deciding on how to best roll out "Top Gun 3-D," though a one-week "test run" on IMAX screens in February (a strategy that worked well for the studio's digitally remastered "Raiders of the Lost Ark" this past September) is being considered.

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Jared Leto Returns To Acting In Dallas Buyer’s Club

Actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto is stepping before the cameras for the first time in three years for The Dallas Buyer’s Club, joining Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in the long-in-the-works AIDS drama.

Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) is helming the project, which will begin shooting next week in New Orleans.

Inspired by real events, the story centers on Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS and given six months to live, who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. He added years to his life but rushed headfirst into a collision course with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which was bent on keeping the drugs out of the country.

In a potentially standout role, Leto would play a flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV who helps Woodroof. At one point, Gael Garcia Bernal circled the role but never reached the dealmaking stage.

Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack adapted Woodroof’s story for the screen. Robbie Brenner is producing with Rachel Rothman-Winter and Nathan Ross.

Leto worked with David Fincher in Fight Club and Panic Room and with Darren Aronofsky in Requiem for a Dream before focusing his energies on his rock band 30 Second to Mars, which since the mid-2000s has become a major concert draw. Leto did find time to direct the 30 Seconds to Mars documentary Artifact (under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins), and the pic won the People’s Choice documentary award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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New LES MISERABLES TV Spot

We got our hands on a new Television spot for LES MISERABLES.

The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who becomes mayor of a town in France. Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of Fantine, and must avoid being captured again by Javert, a police inspector.

Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee from police Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and after two decades on the run, Valjean finds himself in the midst of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris

Make sure to check back often we will be hosting a screening for the film In Sacramento.

LES MISERABLES opens December 7th, 2012.

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Rumor. Han Solo To Return to Episode 7

You didn't need to be a prescient Jedi master to predict the minute Disney and Lucasfilm made last week’s big, exciting announcement that the Star Wars galaxy would return to our screens, the rumors about who might be involved would start flying. And fly they have, with word on both Harrison Ford possibly being up for a return to Han Solo’s trousers and our first whisper-of-a-rumor about a director candidate.

Entertainment Weekly’s new hire, Geoff Boucher (formerly of the LA Times) has a source saying that Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all “upbeat” about returning to the franchise that helped launch their careers. While we naturally have to file this one in the soon-to-be-bulging New Star Wars Rumor File, it’s a hopeful sign that we really will see the three original leads passing the torch – or the lightsaber, or the blaster – to new characters.

Ford, who has never been the most vocal fan of Star Wars’ scripts, also thought Han should have died in Return Of The Jedi to give it more emotional weight. He was the least likely of the three to make a return, but the idea he’d even consider it makes us very happy indeed. And Boucher is not a man to spread wild rumors.

As to the director rumors, the gang at Collider have heard that Matthew Vaughn, who recently departed the big chair on X-Men: Days Of Future Past, could be in talks to pick up the megaphone for the new Star Wars outing, due in 2015.

Naturally, we’d expect the Mouse House and the Lucasfilm team to reach out to any number of experienced names, and Vaughn’s certain to be on their list. We even said as much in a recent podcast (take a listen below). But until there are official announcements, we recommend having a Sarlacc pit-sized heap of salt handy to take with any Force source chatter…

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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For RISE OF THE GUARDIANS In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for RISE OF THE GUARDIANS! The screening is on Saturday, November 17th in San Francisco at Century 9 SF Centre.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.


The film revolves around a group of guardians - Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Sandman, and Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) - joining forces along with Jack Frost (Chris Pine) when The Bogeyman (Jude Law) throws down the gauntlet, bringing the world into "total darkness" by inspiring nothing but fear into the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY 

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and why not come and follow me on Twitter also.

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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theatre and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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MADAGASCAR 3 Blu-Ray Review. Best Of The Three

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED Blu-Ray Review
By: MattInRC

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED is good family fun that's still not as good as it should, but shines in an excellent Blu-ray release.

There's always something wonderfully satisfying about animals that talk. Perhaps this comes from my childhood, when Winnie the Pooh kept me company, or maybe it's the connection we have with our pets that makes us want for them to carry on conversations with us. Disney has made a fortune pulling at these particular heartstrings, bending reality just enough to make us think that our childhood friends, or - in the case of Madagascar - zoo animals could exist in the same world as ours, carrying on complex relationships while sometimes engaging in assorted silly humor for our benefit. Madagascar has enjoyed a particularly successful run, even though it's the weakest of Dreamworks' franchises; its achilles heel lies rooted in both its voice actors, as well as its somewhat flat plots. For those of you who have witnessed the brilliance of The Penguins of Madagascar, you know how funny this franchise can be. For me, Madagascar itself has always lacked in these two areas, but that doesn't make it unwatchable cinema by any account. Yet, with Penguins outshining its partner films every week, it's hard to make a case for Madagascar receiving the attention it does. Still, the franchise has become an adored staple of animation, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted is the series at its most comical and zany, with a Blu-ray release that's the best of the three.


The Movie - 4/5

I'm like a candy cane in a black and white movie. Marty the Zebra (voiced by Chris Rock), Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Gloria the Hippo (voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (voiced by David Schwimmer) are still stuck in Africa and long to return to New York City. The Penguins, led by Skipper (voiced by Director Tom Grath) are way ahead of them, having flown to Monte Carlo to first make a fortune by disguising the chimpanzees Mason and Phil as the King of Versailles before returning to Africa to pick up 'the hippies,' as Skipper refers to Alex and the others. But things go awry when Alex and company appear in Monte Carlo, garnering the attention of the famous French animal control officer Captain Chantel DuBois (voiced by Frances McDormand), whose tenacity has gained her a wall full of the heads of her victims. With all the animals now in play, she begins her dogged pursuit, leading to one of the film's funniest scenes. After their plane crashes near a train depot, Alex and the others are taken in by a less-than-successful traveling circus, which includes a performing tiger with...performance issues (voiced by Bryan Cranston), who doesn't trust Alex's fabricated story about the team being no less than American circus performers on their way back to New York City. As the circus is breathed new life by Alex's trapeze skills, Marty's canon act with Stefano the Sea Lion (voiced by Martin Short), and a newfound love between King Julien (voiced by Sasha Baron Cohen) and a slobbering non-verbal bear, Dubois continues her hunt for them, eventually leading to a final battle in New York. But, can Alex hide his secret long enough so he and the others can conclude their journey, or will the allure of the circus draw our former zoo stars back into the wild?11 M3 would not be what it is without an intense dose of zaniness that perpetuates itself with semi-clever dialog, well-placed gags and a general absurdity that would make even The Muppets proud. Even though it subscribes to the well-worn concepts inherent in animation - that of a challenge asserted, a dramatic fall-off leading to abandonment of one or more characters, and finally the subsequent rise to victory just in time for the end - M3 does so with a flair and cuteness that's appreciated. And even though the military antics of The Penguins always bring a smile to my face, M3's generally flat plot and average voice actors still keep me from laughing out loud as much as I want to. Take 30 minutes to watch Penguins on television and you'll see what I mean. In many ways, that series encapsulates what this franchise could become: the perfect mix of story and comedy, wrapped up in excellent actors who tend to outshine their film counterparts. Jon DiMaggio, James Patrick Stuart, and Danny Jacobs are superior replacements for Rico, Private, and King Julien, who all bring a life to their characters that's honestly been missing from the films. Rock and Schwimmer play pretty funny ends of the animal spectrum, but Stiller's stiff performances always feel like a creative black hole.

Add to that a script by Eric Darnell (M1 & M2) and Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox) that makes for funny scenes but still lacks the creative consistency Darnell has brought to episodes of Penguins, and you have a movie that still hasn't reached its potential. Cranston, Short, and Alex's love interest Gia the Jaguar (voiced by Jessica Chastain) actually outperform some of the veterans, making me hope they will stick around for M4, which Dreamworks is no doubt already planning. How McGrath and the others will give each character their own screen time will be the future challenge, as the Madagascar house is getting quite cramped. Having said all that, M3 is clean fun with an irreverant twist that doesn't try to be anything more than that. One cannot ignore the impressive gains made by the studio in terms of animation, which is as good as anything Pixar or Disney can produce. And although the story disappoints, particularly with DuBois' 'seen that before' bad guy, kids will find M3 very entertaining, and parents won't want to jump off a bridge from too much singing or over-the-top cuteness. In fact, some of the redemption element expressed in Vitaly's storyline represents good teachable moments that parents might consider exploring after the lights come back up.


The Video - 5/5 

Deploy banana gun! M3 is presented in a stunning MPEG/AVC transfer that's remarkable in both its scale and depth. If Pixar is the leader in animation and transfers to the home market, Dreamworks cannot be far behind, as this could give Brave a run for its money. Images are sharp and finely detailed, from Alex's fur to Viatily's teeth; but it's also the backgrounds that bring a sense of reality and depth to things, coming alive during the chase scene in France and inside the circus rail cars. Colors are consistently deep, blending into shadows that darken into black with beautiful precision. Watch any of the scenes involving Sonya the Bear to witness a deep set of eyes and fur which looks as realistic as anything I've seen. Outdoor images (such as the training facility sequence) look simply amazing, receiving the full treatment of color and detail. Finally, there's zero edge enhancement, aliasing, haloing, or banding, presenting strong evidence of Dreamworks' growing reputation as a top flight animation studio that recognizes the importance of the home video market. In many ways, M3 is a reference-grade product from start to finish.



The Audio - 5/5 

Way to commit, soldier! M3's Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack is as high-flying a presentation as the wire performances of Alex and Gia. Animated films tend to fair better in this category because every bit of audio is controlled in the booth, free of street noise and other issues. Even with this admission, there is a startling amount of precision to this lossless track, which succeeds in every way to immerse us in the worlds of Europe, America, and Africa. Starting with the forward speakers - where most of the big action lies - we are treated to a soundfield that is constantly migrating between channels, but still respecting every effect so as not to drown out the other. The center channel is also vibrant, projecting voices with a simple clarity that doesn't require you to play The Remote Game between action scenes. But it's the work of the surround channels and LFE which provides the best experience, immersing us in a collection of manufactured ambient soundscapes which is enjoyable to the ears. The subwoofer gets a workout here, pounding out the crashes of mopeds and the booms of fireworks at film's end with relative ease. Enjoy this track with the volume tuned up, as M3 is also a resounding experience for the ears.


The Supplements - 5/5

You're Sucky-o Andretti! Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted contains a diverse collection of extras, centering on many aspects of the production. Get Them to the Train (1080p): An interactive game in which players must shoot characters from a cannon and into the train car. The Animators' Corner (1080p): A terrific P-n-P feature in which Directors Tom McGrath, Darnell, and Conrad Vernon guide viewers through a comprehensive behind the scenes presentation in which viewers witness every aspect of the animation process, from storyboarding to Pre-Vis. This feels like a completed documentary, playing throughout the film while providing fascinating insights about every aspect of its production. Watch the film again with this setting and I promise you won't be bored. Trivia Track: An enjoyable pop-up trivia track that shares a facts about the world of Madagascar. Big Top Cast (1080p, 13:38): Several of the main voice cast, as well as Directors McGrath and Darnell, show up to discuss their characters and the positives each bring to the big screen. Deleted Scenes (1080p, 6:18): Directors Darnell, Vernon, and McGrath introduce three pieces - Melman Picks a Circus Act, Next Performance: New York City, and Lion Meet Venom. Mad Music Mash-Up (1080p, 1:00): A short musical montage based on Rock's "Afro Circus" routine. Ringmasters (1080p, 15:27): If you've ever wanted to see one day in the making of a film, check out this highly insightful piece. Madagascar 3 Roundtable (1080p, 3:48): Stiller, Rock, Schwimmer, and Pinkett-Smith sit down to share their memories of the franchise. Filmmakers' Commentary: Darnell, Vernon, and McGrath present a very detailed and enjoyable track that covers almost everything about the film that one would want. Previews (1080p): Other DreamWorks properties are featured, including the M3 video game. Sneak Peek (1080p, 20:23): If you're interested in the live action How to Train your Dragon stage production, you'll appreciate this. Our evaluation copy came with a Blu-ray Combo pack, which includes the DVD and UltraViolet versions of the film. There's no interior artwork, but the non-embossed slipcase is nice enough. We're only aware of one special edition offering, that of a rainbow wig donned by Marty during his "Circus Afro' rap. 

The Final Word - 4/5

Zebras can't drive, only penguins and people can drive! With so many returning characters and a few new ones to follow, the world of Madagascar has become quite crowded. That does have a negative effect on Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, whose thin plot is really just a cover for all the highjinks and general tomfoolery that McGarth and team have concocted. While it's an improvement over the previous films, our creative team needs to do more to take this series over the top. The home release is a solid affair, complete with an excellent audio and video transfer, as well as enough supplements to keep fans of 'the hippies' happy. I look forward to seeing future installments, but am honestly planning for a day when the penguins get their own movie. For now, enjoy this fun release and the many supplements it has to offer.

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