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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rise of the Guardians Review. Does It Rekindle Our Love For The Holidays?

Rise of the Guardians Review
By: MattInRC

Does Rise of the Guardians rekindle our childhood love for the holidays? Read on to find out.

As Fall begins its blustery journey, earnestly pushing out Summer in preparation for the silent darkness of Winter, Rise of the Guardians seeks to get us into the holiday mood with an enjoyable and solid animated effort. Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) is a 300-year-old troublemaker with no memory of his previous life, except that the silent Man in the Moon somehow played a role in his creation. Jack lives for the moment, encouraging cold temperatures and orchestrating playful snow fights between the kids, even as yet another Spring takes its foothold. Although his origin remains a mystery, he's sure of one thing: children cannot see him due to their lack of believing. They think the Snow Days and the yearly onslaught of Winter are due to natural, not human forces, representing the greatest disrespect by failing to give him the credit his lonely soul so desperately wants. No wonder he's without friends or family. On the other end of the spectrum are the four most popular holiday characters ever assembled: The Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman), The Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher), Santa Claus (voiced by Alec Baldwin), and the tiny muted Sandman. To the children of the world, their deeds have made them nothing less than heroes, whether it be Sandman's night time orchestrations, or the promise of a shiny coin for every lost tooth. Santa and Bunny don't get along, mostly due to the friendly competition of vying for the top holiday - Bunny thinks his rabbit holes can beat Santa's reindeer anytime. But when dark forces led by Pitch The Boogie Man (voiced by Jude Law) threaten to end the world's love for their heroes, Santa recruits Jack into The Guardians, a secret society that promises to protect the children of the world. Together, The Guardians must win back the day, even as the world begin to lose all faith in their holiday characters.

Newcomer Peter Ramsey masterfully paints Rise in a broad landscape of color and detail, whether it's the cold and precise detail of Santa's flowing beard or the brilliant colors of Tooth Fairy and her fleet of mini fairies. The effect takes us on a wild sensory overload of the seasons and the various environments, people, and creatures within, such as Santa's fortress at The North Pole. There, his craftsmen are not the wayward and bumbling elves but the furry yetis, whose artistic geniuses falls short in Santa's eyes, yielding several very funny scenes courtesy of Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire. We've never seen the world of The Guardians in this detail, which give Ramsey and Abaire free license to establish it themselves; the result is a sympathetic but grandiose Claus from Russia (well-voiced by Baldwin) and a terrific Australian Bunny with boomerangs voiced by Jackman. His world is imagined as a magical place where eggs are hatched by flowers and colored in the streams of his forest, while Sandman orchestrates intricate golden strings of light to carry dreams to children. Yes, it's all a bit far-fetched, but it works extremely well. Based on the William Joyce book The Guardians of Childhood, young audiences will find answers to their most basic questions about these characters, while parents will fondly remember prodding mom and dad for the same. Composer Alexandre Desplat (The Golden Compass) weaves a musical tale complete with bold themes and tender pieces as Jack searches for his origins in a mysterious container held by The Tooth Fairy. The 3D experience is worth spending the extra cash, as Ramsey brings every seasonal element into sharp focus for us to enjoy. The final effect is another winner for Dreamworks, whose effort outdoes this year's Madagascar 3. 11 

Overflowing with sentiment and cuteness, and designed to elite as many 'Awww' moments as possible, Rise of the Guardians performs admirably as a children's movie. As an adult film, it rekindles the spirits of unseen holiday characters, making one question the value of staying on Santa's 'Naughty' list. Dripping with sentimentality and surrounded by an excellent voice cast, only time will tell if Guardians takes its place among the giants of holiday cinema. For now, enjoy this film with your children, as it's a solid effort. It might even encourage you to put some cookies out this year for Santa. Rise of the Guardians is rated PG for dark themes and has a runtime of 97 minutes.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Lenny Kravitz To Channel Marvin Gaye

There was a time when Lenny Kravitz’s only connection to movies was when his songs appearing on the soundtrack. But, thanks to a small role in Precious, playing Cinna in The Hunger Games (a part he’ll reprise in Catching Fire), and Lee Daniels' upcoming The Butler, he’s now making strides on screen. And according to the Evening Standard, he’s now director Julien Temple’s choice to play Marvin Gaye in a new film.

The movie, which has been in development for a while now (and has faced down competition from Cameron Crowe’s planned biopic) is set near the end of the singer’s life.

With his glory days seemingly behind him, Gaye had fled to London under investigation for tax evasion and deep into drug and alcohol addiction. Music promoter Freddy Couseart took him to his flat in Belgium and helped him pull out of the tailspin. The result was his first post-Motown album, Midnight Love, which featured the now iconic single Sexual Healing.

Temple has been getting the financing together to make the movie, and assuming Kravitz is locked in, it could help him finally start shooting.

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Joe Carnahan All In For Mark Millar's Nemesis

Earlier this week, Mark Millar revealed that work was still ongoing with the big screen adaptation of his and Steve McNiven's Nemesis, and the wriiter has now confirmed (via the Millarworld Forums) that Joe Carnahan will indeed direct and write the screenplay alongside his brother Matthew. The former was recently in the running to helm a 1970s set Daredevil movie for Fox, but issues with the rights now means that that will not be happening. With any luck, that bad news for fans of the "Man Without Fear" will be good news for fans of Nemesis. As you can see from the comments below, there's currently no word on casting, although it definitely sounds as if we should expect to see Liam Neeson as Det. Blake Morrow if talks end up working out.

"Shot straight from a wedding in Manchester last week to the City of Angels and plunged straight into some studio biz on the Nemesis movie. Mighty Joe Carnahan is directing (from a script by he and his brother Matthew), but this much you already know. Fox wanted us to get in the same room for the first time and really hash this out, which was exciting. Joe has a really brilliant take on this and Matt and he are going to take things from here so I'm really happy. Absolutely no casting has been done formally although you can google the MTV interview from last January where he and Sir Liam Neeson are chatting about it. More news as it happens." 

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Marisa Tomei Joins Grant In A Romantic Film

Now that Hugh Grant and writer/director Marc Lawrence have officially decided to join forces for what will be their fourth romantic-comedy collaboration, they’re starting to lock down actors for other roles in the new, as-yet-untitled movie. According to The Wrap, Marisa Tomei is in negotiations to sign on.

The film will focus on Ray Michaels (Grant), a charming, handsome Englishman who is the toast of Hollywood in the late 1980s. A successful screenwriter, he has Tinseltown at his feet after winning an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

But the fickle finger of fortune decides to mess with him, and 15 years later, he’s creatively washed-up, flat broke and utterly unemployed. Needing to make money, he takes the only job he can dig up, teaching writing at a small college on the East coast.

Figuring it’ll be a chance to use whatever fleeting fame he has to impress college girls, he doesn’t bet on finding romance with a single mother (Tomei) who has gone back to school.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Paranormal Activity 5 Coming In 2013

The once-a-year announcement continues to be entirely unsurprising, but here it is anyway... Following the success of this year's Paranormal Activity 4, Halloween 2013 will see Paranormal Activity 5 making sudden loud noises in your local multiplex.

There are no details yet, other than the release date of October 25, so it's unclear if the directors of the last two installments, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (who also made the excellent Catfish) will be returning for a third time. Their two Paranormals introduced some new story threads that are still dangling, however, so it may be that they want to stay for at least one more stint to tie those up.

Paranormals 2 and 3 were both prequels, but 4 finally got into the what-happened-next territory of Katie and Hunter's lives after their disappearance. The first film seemed to suggest that the paranormal entity was some sort of stalker poltergeist that was in love with Katie, but that's been lost and tweaked along the way. The last two cliffhangers have involved some sort of witch coven, and 4's big (unresolved) question revolved around the new identity of Hunter.

Is there a grand plan here, or are the production team just winging it? It'll probably be a while before the series is finished and all becomes clear. While Paranormal Activity 4 was less successful than its predecessors, it still managed to gross well north of $130m in box office from a budget of $5m. So it's fair to predict that Paramount will detect ghostly life in the franchise for a while yet.

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New Jack The Giant Slayer

Wow… It hardly seems possible that it’s nearly been a year since the last Jack The Giant Slayer trailer. Back then, it was called Jack The Giant Killer and set to arrive in June of this year. Take a look at some new footage in the promo above, or thunder over to Apple’s kingdom to see it in true HD.

For this latest trailer, we get more details on the storyline, including how young farmhand Jack (Nicholas Hoult) meets the brave princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) and together they get mixed up in a big giant adventure(literally, since it involves giants).

The real villain here is – spoiler alert from the trailer – Stanley Tucci’s Lord Roderick, who is manipulating things from behind the scenes and manufactures Isabelle’s abduction so as to prompt a rescue mission by Jack and knight Elmont (Ewan McGregor), which in turn sparks an invasion of the human world by the big fellas.

Director Bryan Singer has assembled a cast that includes Ian McShane, Warwick Davis, Eddie Marsan, Ewen Bremner and Bill Nighy. And, on narrator duties (for the trailer and likely the movie), Ian McKellen.

With more of the VFX work complete this time, we get a broader sense of the scope, and Singer’s definitely going for epic fantasy.

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Have Writers Been Hired For Episode 8 And 9?

Before we go any further with this, do bear in mind that a huge siren, like the collision warning on a Star Destroyer, is blaring in the back of our minds. Which signals, of course, that this is strictly a Rumour Alert. But Deadline’s sources have heard that franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes writer Simon Kinberg are in contention to script the second and third films in the planned new Star Wars trilogy.

Naturally, Disney isn’t commenting on the speculation, but if it does turn out to be true, it could be very good news. That's particularly so in Kasdan’s case, since this is the man who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi - not to mention his work on Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Having Kasdan back as a Star Wars writer would surely lead to something special.

As for Kinberg, he has proven big film chops and knows how to make set pieces work. He’s most recently written X-Men: First Class sequel Days Of Future Past, which Bryan Singer is gearing up to direct.

This may all turn out to be nothing more than a wish list leaking out into the world, especially with Michael Arndt already locked in to write the first of the three. But given the fast pace Disney is looking for – roughly a film every other year after Episode VII arrives in 2015 – hiring other talent would be a sensible back-up.

So now? We wait and see. And remember: the Force will be with you, always. Except on Sundays and alternate Tuesdays, when it'll be with someone else.

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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For THE COLLECTION In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for THE COLLECTION! The screening is on Monday, November 26 @ 7:30pm at Regal AMC Metreon in San Francisco.

THE COLLECTION is a 2012 horror film that follows the 2009 film, The Collector. Josh Stewart reprises his role as Arkin.

Arkin (Josh Stewart) escapes with his life from the vicious grips of The Collector during an entrapment party where The Collector adds Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) to his Collection. Instead of recovering from the trauma, Arkin is suddenly abducted from the hospital by mercenaries hired by Elena’s wealthy father. Arkin is blackmailed to team up with the mercenaries and track down The Collector’s booby-trapped hideout and save Elena from his sadistic rituals.


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Snitch Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson

We have the first trailer for the upcoming film Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose son is arrested for selling illegal narcotics. To save his son from a lengthy prison term, the father agrees to go undercover as a drug dealer with the gang his son was involved with. But when the father suddenly rises high in the gang's hierarchy and then is offered a chance to be part of the inner circle of a vast drug cartel, the stakes get a lot higher.

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Silver Linings Playbook Review. Is It An Oscar Contender, Or A Playoff Pretender

Silver Linings Playbook Review
By: MattInRC

Is Silver Linings Playbook an Oscar contender, or a playoff pretender? The answer is, probably maybe.

To be merely good in Hollywood these days seems good enough when the weekly box office results are announced. While some films deserve their status (see Skyfall, Lincoln, and The Avengers), others are simply head scratches. Still others are given such pre-release Oscar buzz that no manner of acting can match expectations. Such is the predicament for Silver Linings Playbook, which seeks to unravel the world of mental illness and one man's journey to escape it. But much like its venerated Philadelphia Eagles which parallels the tale, Linings is filled with promise but short on results and prone to unevenness.

Having been recently released from a mental hospital after a violent breakdown involving his cheating wife Nikki, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper, Limitless) moves back into his parents' house in suburban Philadelphia. Forced into mandated therapy and a pill-popping regiment, Pat jogs his neighborhood streets dressed in a black garbage bag over his sweats, hoping to convince the courts and his off-screen wife that his improving outer physique matches his inward mental one. But Pat is far from back to normal - his mood swings begin in earnest after his release when he reads an Ernest Hemingway novel, awaking his parents in the middle of the night to ramble about the book's ending. But mom and dad aren't much better off: Pat Sr. (Robert DeNiro, Goodfellas) has OCD and Dolores (Jackie Weaver, Five-Year Engagement) is kind but naive. Neither can understand their son's bi-polar behavior but are patient, loving parents who demand Pat Jr. get a plan and stick to his meds.

At a dinner with his childhood buddy, Pat meets the spastic, bruised, and socially antagonistic Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence,The Hunger Games), who seems to be the antithesis of what Pat needs. She's fouled-mouthed and sexually available to...well...everyone, including Pat whom she propositions soon after dinner turns into a disaster. Like Pat, Tiffany's mental issues occurred after an intense event (the death of her off-duty police officer husband), resulting in her firing and subsequent banishment to her parents' home. What Tiffany lacks in social graces she makes up as a brilliant tactician; she hatches a bizarre plan to win Pat over by promising to deliver an apology letter to Nikki if he trains to be her dance partner in an upcoming competition. There's an odd courtship between the two, with Tiffany stalking Pat during his runs and Pat pressing Tiffany on her office sexual escapades. Eventually, the two enter the competition when Nikki unexpectantly re-enters the picture. Faced with the real prospect of winning his wife back and his growing affection for Tiffany, Pat must somehow utilize his 'Excelsior' mantra gained while in the hospital to choose the right path, while his OCD-bookie father demands his 'juju' during any and all Eagles games.

If all this sounds a bit warp-speed, that's because it is. Director and Screenwriter David O. Russell (The Fighter) - himself a hard-nosed explosive personality - shoots and edits in a sometimes spastic style, attempting to demonstrate the plight of those with mental illness. Unfortunately, Linings ceases such efforts, becoming a straight-up love story and sacrificing any capital it's built between the first and second acts. Even the appearance of fellow patient Chris Tucker (The Fifth Element) eventually serves no purpose other than for comedic relief, as his constant escapes from the hospital only result in his eventual return. While it's unclear why the no-compromise Russell turned in such a typical Hollywood rom-com, it's very clear that both Cooper and Lawrence are choosing challenging roles that seem to improve their stock among both Hollywood's deal makers and moviegoers willing to shell out the dollars to see them. Cooper has come so far since his nerdy days as a reporter on Alias, but it's Lawrence who steals the show, painting a vivid picture of someone ruined by death and now devoid of any social graces. She plays the role beyond a merely angry woman, pulling you in with her good looks but bowing to the hot boiling glances she throws at Cooper. It's quite the tonal change from Hunger Games, and feels more like her portrayal in Winter's Bone than X-Men: First Class.

Still, there's too much wrong with Silver Linings Playbook to keep me from recommending it beyond a matinee. I've never had to live with mental illness, but would guess that the road to recovery is neither easy nor ever completely finished. Linings incorrectly suggests that all you need is a plan, a relationship, and some pills to get back on track. Not every mental patient gets to leave their care centers, and those that do struggle with recovery their entire lives. Linings suggests the opposite, that love can somehow correct biological illnesses years in the making by throwing two good-looking actors into the mix and giving them something to do. The Bi-Polar Cooper that struggles in Acts I & II is nearly gone by Act III, replaced with the good-looking actor Cooper walking confidently towards his date with destiny. Russell loses the audience by assuming we're OK with that, turning Act III into a glorified high-stakes gamble between Pat Sr and an elderly Dallas Cowboys fan. It's here that DeNiro's Goodfellas shtick inevitably rears its ugly head. He's a consummate professional at throwing down F-bombs with exacting detail, which is exactly what this R-rated film doesn't need. Moreover, the uneven pace of several scenes felt way too long and filled with unnecessary dialogue; in many ways, the film's 122-minute runtime could have been snipped, producing a tighter and more effective candidate for an Oscar run.

Silver Linings Playbook is certainly a 'Birds of a Feather' feature, suggesting that while misery loves company, misery also likes to reciprocate. That's OK if you're looking for a romantic comedy on mental illness, which to me seems like a poster boy for an oxymoron. And much like the Philadelphia Eagles team it parallels, Silver Linings Playbook will probably get to the playoffs but ultimately fail after tough tests from better competitors.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Zero Dark Thirty Poster And Images

Oscar-winner and action goddess Kathryn Bigelow is back on our screens very soon with Zero Dark Thirty, a story about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and a new poster and new images for the film are live.

Jessica Chastain stars as a member of the small CIA team dedicated to tracking down the terrorist leader in a hunt that spanned a decade, with support from Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau, Kyle Chandler, Mark Duplass, Scott Adkins, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Ehle and Jason Clarke. Yes: turns out you can attract quite the cast when your previous film won all the Oscars.

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Zero Dark Thirty  can be seen in limited release from December 19. Huh, that's a coincidence; a December release date puts it in the Oscar race. You'd almost think they planned it that way.

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Send A HITCHCOCK Thanksgiving E-Card

It's that time of year… Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of Fox Searchlight's HITCHCOCK! Send your family and friends a Hitchcock-themed Thanksgiving e-card and be thankful that the film will be opening in select theaters this Friday, November 23rd!

Create Your Hitchcock E-Card: http://www.hitchcockthanksgiving.com

Skip the Black Friday madness and discover the shocking truth behind a film that will make history once again. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren star in Sacha Gervasi's mind opening portrayal of a legendary couple who together created an art form and story like never before.

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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LIFE OF PI Review. Film Is Oscar Worthy


RAMA is back with another review. Make sure to Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Wow! I had never seen anything like this one! It’s a visual splendor to say the least. After watching the film, you’re going to exit the theaters wondering how on earth did they create the Bengal Tiger, Richard Parker, and make him interact with the main character, Pi, and your mouth will remain open from taking in all that 3D wonder, you’ll be left in awe. It truly is the best use of 3D since Avatar and Hugo and that’s no joke. LIFE OF PI is an exquisite, terrifying and integrated journey that puts all your senses to the test. This is evidence of technology finally catching up to the storytelling and it’s an absolutely great work of art…

With LIFE OF PI, director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”; “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger. 

Ang Lee has come back! Which is good, considering Taking Woodstock was a huge disappointment, in my book. The master filmmaker who brought us Sense And Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain is back on his top form and with LIFE OF PI, he explores questions of faith.

Some may see it as just another survival film, some may see it as an Indian version of Cast Away, only this time instead of volleyball, the person is accompanied by a full grown Bengal Tiger. Be that as it may, I think LIFE OF PI’s thematic and beautiful arrangements are not only Oscar worthy but it’s also the stuff that will be talked about for years to come.

I’ve never read Yann Martel’s book that became the basis for this film, some who’ve read it did tell me that that when they saw the trailers, they were taken aback because they said the imagery was not as strong in the book. Perhaps Ang Lee took more creative freedom than he should’ve, but in this case I think it’s appropriate, especially in making you the audience feel how isolated Pi is in the middle of that vast ocean.

The winner is definitely the VFX which I’m sure would easily get an Oscar nod. Just the fact that they managed to put together real tiger and digital tiger and make it convincingly interact with Pi is unbelievable. Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe Richard Parker the tiger.

Actor Suraj Sharma who plays young Pi, is a force to be reckoned with. Veteran actor Irrfan Kahn delivers a best supporting worthy performance. If Oscars doesn’t recognize Kahn, even with a nod, then there’s something definitely wrong with the system.

I don’t believe this film is preachy, it’s not trying to shove a single faith or many faiths down our throat. Will it make you believe in God? To each his own, but somebody up there must really love Pi.

GRADE: 5 out of 5

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I’m going to settle for middle ground on this one because Twi-haters are glad this franchise is over and Twi-fans are glad that director Bill Condon has given them a proper ending, a cliche love forever ending, literally since Bella is now a vampire a.k.a immortal…

The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.11

In BREAKING DAWN – PART 2, Bella, Edward & Jacob must assemble vampire covens from across the globe to counter the new threat of the ruling Volturi.

From Vampire vs. humans, to vampires vs. werewolves and now vampires team up with werewolves Vs. Volturi. Did I get that right? And now you throw in a kid in the middle of the conflict. By the way, one of this film’s biggest weaknesses is the way they digitally placed MacKenzie’s face on her character as a baby, it just looks too creepy.

I've never read any of Stephanie Meyer’s books but if I were to choose which one in this series was the one I genuinely enjoyed, I’d have to say The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 comes close, because the battle scene in the middle of snow covered field, is quite epic. It’s the fight of ‘who gets to break whose neck’ reaches its climax and the unexpected twist is entertaining. And I think we can all agree that Michael Sheen plays one heckuva villain.

Other than that, it’s back to that same formula and by that I mean.. once you've reviewed one Twilight movie, you can basically use that same review for all of the Twilight movies because the story’s evolution doesn’t change the performances, the characters, or the technical aspects either. And last but not least, it doesn’t matter what bloggers or critics say in their reviews of any of the Twilight movies, this is one franchise that doesn’t get made or broken by reviews, because it’ll bank big bucks no matter what. If this last installment proves anything is that it successfully caters to its target audience and gives them exactly what they want, no more, no less.

GRADE: 3 out of 5

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY Black Friday Event In San Francisco

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY” COMES TO WESTFIELD SAN FRANCISCO CENTRE! With Advance Movie Ticket Purchase, Film Goers Are Entered to Win A Year of Free Movie Passes.

WHAT: To celebrate the release of its upcoming 3D film spectacular, “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY,” Paramount Pictures is proud to announce that the film’s feature performers will be appearing exclusively at the Westfield San Francisco Centre aboard their “Vessel of Dreams”, allowing shoppers to experience the magic of the movie event of the year before it hits theaters December 21st, with 12pm & 7pm showtimes.

Fans will have the chance to purchase discounted tickets to showings of “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY” onsite, courtesy of Fandango, and enter to win a fantastic prize courtesy of ”CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY” and Fandango: A year of free movie passes from Fandango!

WHEN: Friday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Westfield San Francisco Centre

865 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

*Performances will be located in front of Bloomingdale’s, Second Floor From the big top to the big screen, visionary Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”) invite you and your family on an all new 3D adventure: “CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY.” A young couple who is separated must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the performers. Written and directed by Andrew Adamson and executive produced by James Cameron. The film was produced by Adamson, Aron Warner, Cirque’s Martin Bolduc and Ed Jones and Cary Granat. Vince Pace oversaw the 3D stereo production aspect of the film.

“CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY” opens in theaters everywhere December 21st, 2012, with showtimes at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Additional showtimes beginning December 25th.

For additional information about the film, please visit: worldsaway3d.com; www.fandango.com/cirque

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Red Dawn Review. Has The War Been Lost?

Red Dawn  Review
By: MattInRC

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Red Dawn is a remake that vacillates between gritty war feature and bubble-gum drama, doing neither particularly well.

In the genre of war movies, there are generally two kinds that Hollywood produces: ones that display the heavy trauma associated with war; and the mindless, unrealistic action flick that insults our intelligence with its implausibility. Both have their detractors - who can watch Saving Private Ryan more than once per year without wanting to slash their wrists for displaying war in such a graphic manner? In the latter category, the action is so unbelievable - whether it be people surviving a massive explosion or somehow beating someone twice their size - that you never really feel for the characters when they experience difficulty, thus losing any buy-in and therefore interest. Wedged somewhere in-between these is Red Dawn, the remake of the 1984 invasion film, a feel-good effort of mindless action filled with good-looking teenagers trying to depose a modern military machine in North Korea. And while the overall result is disappointing, audiences might appreciate and even enjoy the various twists that come with operating heavy military machinery.

When war comes the city of Spokane after a power outage the previous evening, residents are neither prepared for the misery of war, nor know the full scope of the invasion they're witnessing. Scenes of paratroopers fill the air while shock waves from bombs wake up brothers Jed (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) and Matt Eckert (Josh Peck, Drake and Josh) who gather Matt's high school buddies to make a break for it. After running into Korean Captain Lo (Will Yun Lee,Total Recall 2012), the brothers become central targets for the invading army. As the city is overwhelmed, the boys escape only to see their police officer father (Brett Cullen, Person of Interest) executed by Captain Lo. Luckily, Jed has recently returned from an Army stint in Iraq, and the survivors decide to strike back at the North Koreans. Early on, things look simple: distractions lead to massive explosions and destruction of Korean property, until Lo recruits the Russian Spetznah to root out the Wolverines, a moniker used by the Eckerts for their terrorist network. While Jed is the cool Army guy, Matt is brash and arrogant, leading to some poor decisions that end up costing the lives of several Wolverines, culminating in Matt's insatiable desire to find his girlfriend (Isabel Lucas, Immortals). In their greatest hour of need, a team of Marines led by Colonel Andy Tanner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Losers) secretly lands and begins to seek out the Wolverines. Together with Jed and Matt, Tanner attempts to find a communication device that will help the Americans listen in on North Korea's movements, thus bringing a swift end to the war.

At just 93 minutes, there isn't enough time for our characters to develop much beyond the good looks they bring with them, marginalizing the efforts of writers Carl Ellsworth (Last House on the Left) and Jeremy Passmore (The Cleaner). From the Act 2 disappearance of Spokane's mayor (Michael Beach, Stargate: Atlantis), to the Russians who are literally there to look menacing, Ellsworth and Passmore have an interesting script that seems the victim of a poor edit. Given the two-year release delay that plagued Red Dawn, combined with Chinese investors who didn't appreciate the first cut - in which Chinese, not North Koreans, were the invaders - one might understand why the film's tone feels uneven. Thus it's only natural why Newcomer Director Dan Bradley's interesting premise for Red Dawn never achieves its full potential. But not all blame should be placed on the investors, for while Hemsworth and Peck do most of the heavy lifting with fair results, everyone else struggles to look good under the muck while failing to deliver cheap one liners about living the real-life Call of Duty. Even Jed's love interest Toni (Adrianne Palicki, GI Joe: Retaliation) is only there to look good; even though she's witness to a surprising plot twist, we're still not convinced she could handle heavier roles. Morgan - one of the most underutilized actors around - shows up too late to deliver the bad news to our freedom fighters about the scope of the invasion. By then, audiences have had too much time picking the thin plot apart for Morgan to bring them all the way back. People will most likely show up to see Hemsworth blaze a glorious trail to victory, which is surprisingly not how things turn out. Judging by his body of work so far, Hemsworth is the real deal, mixing his rugged charm and steely-eyed glances with roles that don't always end the way people might expect. Considering that Red Dawn was finished long before Thor and The Avengers vaulted him to the top of Hollywood's A List, audiences might wonder how much fame Hemsworth would have attained had Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods been released on time.

Fans of the original will remember that most of the cast dies by the end of the film, leaving audiences with a simple memorial about the tenacity of Americans fighting back to win the war. And while plenty of the modern cast perishes along the way, Red Dawn suffers from too many issues to save itself. The inferior notion that simple Americans with a few rifles can somehow outwit a trained military machine was a mistake that almost cost America the Revolutionary War. It was only after France's and Spain's involvement that turned the tide. With Red Dawn there is no such Calvary, invalidating any realism that Bradley and team might have tried to create. As things end with a particularly good patriotic scene, we can't help but wish this middle-of-the-road effort had taken a page from Saving Private Ryan to deliver a more balanced product. It's not an awful movie but it could have been a lot better. The movie is rated PG-13, but don't wait too long to see it, as this one has the potential to lose the war early.

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Watch SAVE THE DATE On SundanceNOW

It's a bittersweet and honest film that examines the ups and downs of modern love and the risks that we must take in hopes that it's real. SAVE THE DATE, starring Lizzy Caplan (Bachelorette, Party Down) and Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) is now available on SundanceNOW!

Check out the film before it hit theaters on SundanceNOW

Also starring Geoffrey Arend, Martin Starr and Mark Webber, the Sundance Film Festival hit opens in select theaters starting December 14th, 2012. The film is also currently available on IFC Films Video on Demand, and digital outlets: iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, XBOX Zune, Google PLAY and YouTube.

After an ill-timed and very public marriage proposal, fiercely independent Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Geoffrey Arend). Sarah turns to her sister Beth (Alison Brie) for support, but Beth is too busy obsessing over the details of her own wedding to Kevin's bandmate, Andrew (Martin Starr). When Sarah suddenly finds herself caught up in an intense rebound romance with the adorable Jonathan (Mark Webber), she is forced to examine her own fears of commitment and vulnerability. With honesty, heart, and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love. In the end Sarah must decide - is it better to stay safely single or to risk it all on love?

Led by rising stars Alison Brie (COMMUNITY, MAD MEN) and Lizzy Caplan (BACHELORETTE, PARTY DOWN), Sundance Film Festival hit SAVE THE DATE is a hilarious and sincere story about the familial and romantic bonds that form us all.

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Lionsgate has officially unveiled the new logo for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE in the form of a MOTION POSTER exclusively on the Official HUNGER GAMES Facebook page.

As a special thank you to all the Hunger Games fans, 12 lucky Facebook followers will have the chance to be featured in the end credits of the film.

Winners will be announced when the Facebook page hits 12 Million Total Fans.

Fans are being encouraged to spread the word online by sharing the motion poster and entering to win the chance to be a part of The Hunger Games franchise forever!

The poster can be found here: http://www.CatchingFireLogo.com

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE opens nationwide November 22, 2013!11

Share #TheSpark & Win! http://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesMovie/posts/33735655969684211

You can also check out the logo reveal in-theatre in front of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – Part 2!

See the poster after the Jump...

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

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

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

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Original Cast To Return For Insidious 2

Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne will reprise their roles for Insidious Chapter 2, the sequel to the hit 2010 horror movie made by FilmDistrict, Alliance Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

James Wan will return as director for the second chapter, which also will bring back actors Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins as well as original screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Jason Blum is returning as producer.

FilmDistrict will release the film in the U.S. on Aug. 30, while Alliance Films, which is financing, will distribute in Canada, the U.K. (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and Spain (via Aurum). Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will distribute in all other international territories.

Production is set to begin Jan. 15 in Los Angeles.

Insidious was made for only $1.5 million and grossed $97 million worldwide, proving a boon for FilmDistrict, which had the rights. The film led many producers to see the viability of low-budget, non-found-footage projects.

The movie followed a mother and father who try to save their son from being possessed and trapped in a dark dimension.

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Anchor Bay’s SILENT NIGHT Clip

Here is the first clip from Anchor Bay’s SILENT NIGHT. The film stars  Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King and Brendan Fehr.

If you still think Halloween is the scariest night of the year…

RING IN THE HOLIDAYS1 THE ANCHOR BAY WAY WITH SILENT NIGHT In select theaters November 30th; Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD on sale December 4th

You better watch out! Santa Claus is coming to town, and he knows who’s been bad. On November 30th, Anchor Bay Films presents SILENT NIGHT on screen in ten major U.S. metropolitan areas. Blu-ray™/DVD combo and DVD will be available to unwrap nationwide on December 4th.

A loose remake of the horror classic SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the film’s stellar cast includes Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Easy A), Jaime King (Sin City, My Bloody Valentine 3D), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D, Blade), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, X-Men First Class), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World).

McDowell and King star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He’s made his list, checked it twice, and the naughty are going to pay with their lives.

SILENT NIGHT was directed by Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion, The Aggression Scale) and produced by The Genre Company and Insidious Pictures.

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Liam Neeson To Pull An All Nighter

Liam Neeson is in negotiations to star in the crime thriller “The All Nighter (AKA Run All Night)” a person familiar with the situation has told TheWrap.

The story follows an aging hit man who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night. He then winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.

The film is being produced by Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee, along with Brooklyn Weaver for Warner Bros. which declined to comment. The studio acquired Brad Ingelsby’s spec script “The All Nighter” in January for a reported six figure sum.

Neeson’s upcoming films include “Non-Stop” and “A Walk Among The Tombstones.” He will also be featured in a voice role in the upcoming film “Lego: The Piece of Resistance.”

 Lee is working on a long-list of projects including Spike Lee’s remake of the South Korean thriller, “Oldboy,” which is currently filming. He is also producing the upcoming thriller “The Double Hour”; a feature film based on the hit video game “Deus-Ex Human Revolution”; “Lego: The Piece of Resistance,” and the action thriller “Sleepless Night,” which is also set up at Warner Bros. Weaver’s credits include “Thirteen” and “Picture Book.

 Ingelsby’s upcoming projects as a writer include “The Raid.” In 2008, he made another major spec deal for his revenge thriller “The Low Dweller,” which went to Relativity Media.

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