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Friday, March 8, 2013

Rosewood Returns For Beverly Hills Cop TV Show

Billy Rosewood and Axel Foley will get together again.

Judge Reinhold, who played by-the-book detective William "Billy" Rosewood in the "Beverly Hills Cop" movie series, has signed on for a cameo in CBS's "Beverly Hills Cop" pilot, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Reinhold will reprise the role of Rosewood -- who has scored a big promotion from his old job. Murphy, who is serving as a producer, will also appear in the pilot, reprising his Axel Foley role.

CBS has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

The "Beverly Hills Cop" pilot, which comes from "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan, is a continuation of the movie franchise, centered around Foley’s police officer son (Brandon T. Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.

Sony Television is producing the pilot, which will also star Kevin Pollak.

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G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Gets Release Date Change

Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO, announce the following change to Paramount’s 2013 release schedule.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, previously scheduled for March 29, 2013, will now open in 3D on March 28, 2013 (wide).

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

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Disney Planning OZ Sequel

Disney already is prepping a return to Oz.

Studio has commissioned a follow up to “Oz the Great and Powerful” from screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote the first film with David Lindsay-Abaire.

While no plot details are yet available, Kapner can work with what’s featured in L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which is public domain. But he can’t use any of the iconic creative additions from the original film — Dorothy’s ruby slippers, for example — as Warner Bros. owns the 1939 film.

Oz The Great and Powerful,” which bows Friday, is considered a prequel to the earlier film. Disney declined to comment on sequel plans.

Kapner’s previous bigscreen credits include “The Whole Nine Yards” and “The Whole Ten Yards.” Grant Curtis and Joshua Donen also are producers on “Oz.”

The Mouse House tapped Kapner several months ago to work on the sequel, with the studio confident in the playability of the Sam Raimi-helmed film starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Fantasy pic has received mostly favorable reviews by critics and is expected to open around $80 million this weekend domestically.

Disney isn’t looking to wait too long to get a sequel into theaters, especially as it turns to well-established brands and characters as the basis for its high-profile tentpoles. Similar fantasy fare waiting in the wings at the studio include “Maleficent,” based on “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Cinderella.”

After Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” generated $1 billion, in 2010, it tapped Linda Woolverton to pen a sequel to that film.

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Original Gang Returns For Star Wars Episode VII

Tip your rumour box into the fact drawer because George Lucas says that Star Wars originals Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will be returning for the next instalment of the franchise. It's confirmation of Fisher's own hints and those of a rather more circumspect Hamill over the past few weeks and populates Episode VII with familiar and much-loved faces. Chewie, it's your move.

"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison - or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek. "So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them." He added coyly, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

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Oz: The Great And Powerful Review. Good Bu Not Memorable

Oz: The Great and Powerful  Review
By; MattInRC

Oz: The Great and Powerful is good but not memorable.

Releasing a sequel to a classic film has always represented a daunting task - how do you create a satisfying follow up to 2001: A Space Odyssey or tell the origins of Darth Vader without alienating your core audience? The answer is, you don't: trying to replicate a classic is like sticking your hand in a blender and hoping gold comes out. That's the feeling I got after watching Oz: The Great and Powerful, which succeeds as an origin story but won't stay with you after the lights come up.


Oz (James Franco, Spider-man franchise) is a small-time illusionist in a 1905 traveling circus whose parlor tricks are scoffed at by his small Kansas audiences. He wants the fame of Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison, along with the women, but life doesn't seem ready to grant him his wish. These first scenes, shot in the old black & white/4:3 dimension, show that Oz's life and prospects seem as limited as the screen. When the circus is devastated by a tornado, Oz's hot air balloon gets caught up in the storm, whipping him and various structures inside Mother Nature's frenzy. Instead of perishing in the tempest, Oz is transported to a technicolor world where the laws of nature have been twisted in an array of visual delights. There he meets a flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff), a cracked female porcelain statute (voiced by Joey King), and the beautiful Theodora (Mila Kunis, Ted), who's convinced that The Wizard's arrival will soon save her crumbling world. But, Oscar Diggs is nothing more than a con-man who will need more than hidden birds up his sleeves to defeat the evil witch Evanora (Rachel Weisz, The Mummy) - she is secretly responsible for the king's murder and the resutling decline of the kingdom. Soon Oz and his band of heroes, including the Good Witch Glinda (Michelle Williams, My Date With Marilyn) is put to the test as Evanora unleashes the destructive Wicked Witch of the West, pitting her against Oz's powers of illusion.


Without giving too much away, audiences will see a well-developed origin story for The Wizard of Oz, complete with Tinkers, Midgets, and Witches. And while Director Sam Raimi (Spider-man franchise) paints an intricate but approachable visual palette, something is strangely amiss from the world of Oz. Almost every scene is acted completely on green screen, forcing Franco, Kunis, and Williams to interact with creatures who are simply not there. This creates a huge impact on the believability of the environment, whether it's via a stroll through a sunflower forest (in which shadows and colors on actor's faces are mismatched), or in Franco's unrealistic holding of the China Girl. In scenes when the CGI is alone, images are stunningly clear - wait till you see the fur on Finley or the cracks on China's head. Mix them with humans and it's another story. Given the significant legal hurdles which prevented the creators from mirroring the 1939 classic, Writer Mitchell Kapner (Romeo Must Die) builds a servicable script around several familiar icons without showing us the famous ruby slippers.


Still, something feels contrived and even forced, as if the execution was just slightly off along with a sensation that we've seen this world so many times from Tim Burton, Rupert Sanders, and Peter Jackson. Looking like a combination of Alice in Wonderland/Snow White and The Huntsman, and echoing with themes from The Dark Knight, Oz The Great and Powerful doesn't borrow much from its predecessor, just everything else from anyone who recently release a fantasy film. You can almost hear Commissioner Gordon's great soliloquy in Glinda's resigned voice, as she realizes Oz isn't what she wants but in fact needs in order to defeat the witches. Franco and Williams have decent chemistry, but they seem ill-suited to be the romantic duo which Raimi needs to headline a movie of this importance. King really steals the show, although Kunis and Graff aren't too far behind. Composer Danny Elfman (Sleepy Hollow) orchestrates a good fantasy-based soundtrack, yet never rises above background music, leading to the anonymity you might feel once the theater lights come up. And yet, I credit the creative team for not trying to make another Wizard of Oz - the decision to craft an original script by borrowing just enough elements to legitimize itself was gutsy to be sure. Whether I liked its execution is another matter.

Whether Oz The Great and Powerful becomes an early Spring smash will depend entirely upon whether audiences buy in to it and (more importantly) encourage others to see it. If moviegoers can forgive anyone for trying to make an origin story for one of the most beloved movies of all time, then Oz will enjoy a long run. For now it's only good for an afternoon fantasy matinee with the kids, but be warned that Disney's darker side appears more than once. In the end, it does little to distinguish itself from the litany of fantasy films that have recently been released, making you wonder why it was made in the first place. Oz The Great and Powerful is rated PG, has a runtime of 130 minutes, and is recommended.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sofia Vergara Got Some Guns

EW scored this exclusive poster of Sofia Vergara from the upcoming film MACHETE KILLS.

Open Road Films will release MACHETE KILLS – directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids franchise) and starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demián Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson – on Septmber 13, 2013.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by Kyle Ward and based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodríguez, MACHETE KILLS is the sequel to the 2010 hit film MACHETE – which has built a devoted legion of fans since its release – and is the second film in a trilogy. The film is produced by Robert Rodriguez, along with Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic through their QuickDraw Productions banner, as well as Sergei Bespalov of Aldamisa Films, Alexander Rodnyansky of AR Films, and Rick Schwartz of Overnight Films.

In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

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SNAP Teaser Trailer

We are excited to debut a festival teaser from Youssef Delara (FILLY BROWN) and Victor Teran (BEDROOMS)'s feature film SNAP starring Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, and Jason Priestley on EW.COM today! The film will have its World Premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival this month!

Jim is a painfully shy, socially awkward music savant whose inner demons get stirred up when he develops an obsession with Wendy, a young clinical social worker, who is drawn to Jim by her naïve desire to save people. His fixation grows more menacing after she rejects his romantic advances and Wendy is forced to seek out the counsel of her mentor, Kevin. Together they attempt to unravel the secrets of Jim's inner torment before it spirals out of control. A raw psychological thriller set in the underground world of dubstep DJ scene, SNAP takes us on a dark and terrifying journey into the depths of the psychopathic mind as it threatens to explode into horrific violence.

Starring Jake Hoffman (CLICK), Nikki Reed (TWILIGHT), Thomas Dekker (KABOOM), and Scott Bakula (QUANTUM LEAP), SNAP is written by Victor Teran (BEDROOMS) and co-directed by Youssef Delara (FILLY BROWN) and Victor Teran. It is produced by Amir Delara (FILLY BROWN), Ryland Aldrich, Victor Teran and Youssef Delara.

SXSW Screening Schedule:
Monday, March 11th at 9:30pm - Alamo Ritz 1 - Premiere
Tuesday, March 12th at 4:15pm - Violet Crown 1&2 -Public Screening #2
Thursday, March 14th at 1:30pm - Violet Crown 1&2 - Public Screening #3

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THE HANGOVER PART III Trailer Is Here

Look who's back.

 \We have the first trailer for THE HANGOVER PART III. It is the sequel to 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, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Vigman, Sasha Barrese and Jamie Chung, plus John Goodman and with Todd Phillips directing a screenplay written by himself and Craig Mazin.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WHAT MAISIE KNEW Trailer Starring Julianne Moore & Alexander Skarsgard

Today we have the trailer for WHAT MAISIE KNEW starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan, and introducing Onata Aprile as “Maisie”.

Millennium Entertainment will release WHAT MAISIE KNEW in theaters May 2013.

The film is directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. With the screenplay written by Nancy Doyne & Carroll Cartwright.

A contemporary reimagining of Henry James’ novel, WHAT MAISIE KNEW tells the story of a captivating little girl's struggle for grace in the midst of her parents' bitter custody battle. Told through the eyes of the title's heroine, Maisie navigates this ever-widening turmoil with a six-year-old's innocence, charm and generosity of spirit.

An aging rock star (Moore) and a contemporary art dealer (Coogan)—Susanna and Beale are too self-involved even to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents; their fight for Maisie is just another battle in an epic war of personalities. As they raise the stakes by taking on inappropriate new partners, the ex-nanny Margo and the much younger bartender Lincoln (Vanderham and Skarsgård), the shuffling of Maisie from household to household becomes more and more callous, the consequences more and more troubling. Always watchful, however, Maisie begins to understand that the path through this morass of adult childishness and selfish blindness will have to be of her own making.

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Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne, and from the producers of The Kids Are All Right, WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a heartbreaking but redemptive story of family, self-sacrifice, and the indelibility of one child's love, starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan and Joanna Vanderham, introducing Onata Aprile as “Maisie.”

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Win Tickets Advance To See THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE! The screening is on March 11, 2013 @ 7:30 PM @ Regal Natomas Stadium 16 in Sacramento.


THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE is an upcoming comedy film directed by Don Scardino and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based on a story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell, and Daley & Goldstein. The film follows Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) as he attempts to reunite with his former partner Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) to take on dangerous street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).


Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Buscemi) are a successful magic act in Las Vegas. Their partnership comes to an end when Anton is injured by Burt during their hotbox trick, and Anton moves to the Far East. When Burt is overshadowed by popular street magician Steve Gray (Carrey), he must convince Anton to return to the act to regain his standing by all means necessary.


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Netflix's HEMLOCK GROVE Poster & Trailer

Check out the official poster for the Netflix original series HEMLOCK GROVE via EW.

From Executive Producer Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman.

Starring Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell and Freya Tingley.

From executive producer Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, Hemlock Grove is a riveting one-hour murder mystery that revolves around the residents of a former Pennsylvania steel town. When 17-year-old Brooke Bluebell is brutally murdered, any of Hemlock’s peculiar inhabitants – or killer creatures – could be suspects. Through the investigation, the town’s seamier side is exposed, revealing nothing is what it seems. Beautiful, terrifying and graphic, Hemlock Grove is unlike anything else in its genre.

All 13 episodes of Season 1 will be available exclusively on Netflix beginning April 19, 2013.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Win Tickets Advance To See STOKER In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for Stoker! The screening is on March 20, 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


Stoker is a 2013 British-American psychological thriller directed by Park Chan-wook and written by Wentworth Miller ( Star of Prison Break, Resident Evil: Afterlife.) It stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, and Nicole Kidman.


Enigmatic Uncle Charlie moves in with India and her emotionally unstable mother, Evelyn, after the death of India's father. Although suspicions about his motives are raised, India and Evelyn soon find themselves drawn to him.


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IRON MAN 3 Trailer. The Best Yet!

Here is the latest trailer for IRON MAN 3. And is the BEST yet! 

Marvel’s “IRON MAN 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

In Marvel’s “IRON MAN 3,” Tony Stark/Iron Man finds his world reduced to rubble by a malevolent enemy and must use his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him as he seeks to destroy the enemy and his cohorts.

Marvel’s “IRON MAN 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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Win Tickets Advance To See STOKER In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for Stoker! The screening is on March 13, 7:30 PM in San Francisco.


Stoker is a 2013 British-American psychological thriller directed by Park Chan-wook and written by Wentworth Miller ( Star of Prison Break, Resident Evil: Afterlife.) It stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, and Nicole Kidman.


Enigmatic Uncle Charlie moves in with India and her emotionally unstable mother, Evelyn, after the death of India's father. Although suspicions about his motives are raised, India and Evelyn soon find themselves drawn to him.


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February Box Office Woes

February Box Office Woes
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Hollywood is off to a terrible 2013 start. Read on to learn how bad it's gotten.

While a poor start in Hollywood is always something that can be turned around, things aren't looking so pretty for a successful 2013. Continuing the trend we first discussed in January, box office numbers for February and a poor opening March weekend continue to display an ongoing problem for the industry: how to bring in the big crowds.

According to our friends at BoxOfficeMojo, February 2013's theater receipts came in at around $617 million, as compared to 2012's record $818 million. That's a change of 24% from last year and over 10% from 2008-2010. Our own calculations verify the malaise that's held down Hollywood since the new year chimed in. We compared the top 10 films in February 2012 ($729,186,032) with those of this year ($574,350,764) which indicates a slightly smaller decline of 22%. But things get worse when you add January's 26.9% drop to February, bringing the overall decline to a staggering 48%.

The evidence was already building when Hollywood in January announced a 4% decline in the number of tickets sold, a much stronger indication of performance than ticket sales. Add in a much weaker January in which only one winner emerged (Identity Thief), as well as leftover hits from 2012 like Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, The Hobbit, and other Oscar candidates, and the numbers were almost guaranteed to decline. Yet, no one either expected this kind of drop or believed the decline would continue across entire months. We pontificated the possible reasons for this decline over at our sister site, OnePerCase.net, and most of those seem to be still plaguing what's quickly becoming empty theaters across the country.

Even though several strong candidates are soon to be released, including Oz: The Great and Powerful and GI Joe: Retaliation, those are still potential summer blockbusters that have somehow been passed up for films you might not associate with summer hits, including The East on May 31st and The Smurfs 2 in August. That's not to say Joe and Oz are guaranteed failures, but it does prove that Hollywood might not think too highly of them if they've settled down into a month before even Spring gets underway. Whether audiences agree is anyone's guess, but March is already off to a terrible start: Jack the Giant Slayer and 21 and Over took in $35 million combined, and the Top 10 only took in $92 million combined, down 39% from last year.

In short, Hollywood needs to figure out how to bring their core audiences back into the mix before 2013 becomes unrecoverable.

Have you seen many 2013 films, and do you think the industry is in trouble?

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OBLIVION Will Now Be Released On April 19th

Please note that Universal Pictures will now release OBLIVION everywhere and in all formats on Friday, April 19, 2013.

(NOTE: The film was originally scheduled for release in IMAX and in other Large Format Theatres on Friday, April 12, 2013.)

Tom Cruise stars in OBLIVION, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. OBLIVION co-stars Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Based on the graphic novel original story by Joseph Kosinski, the film is from a screenplay by Karl Gajdusek and Michael deBruyn. It is produced by Joseph Kosinski, Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Barry Levine and Duncan Henderson.

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Relativity Media Acquires Silver Or Lead

Relativity Media Has Acquired Rights to Silver or Lead, Based on the Notorious Outlaw Pablo Escobar.

Enrique Urbizu to direct the epic story from a screenplay by Piers Ashworth.

Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired rights to the script Silver or Lead, the epic story behind the manhunt for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, one of the world's greatest outlaws. Relativity will produce the film with Atmosphere Entertainment MM. Enrique Urbizu, whose gritty crime thriller No Rest for the Wicked swept the Spanish Goya's last year with a record 14 wins, will direct from a screenplay by British writer Piers Ashworth (Nostradamus, St. Trinian’s), which he developed from an original draft by Michael Kane.

The film focuses on the personal war between Escobar and General Hugo Martinez, whose life rights were also acquired by Relativity. Relativity also acquired the life rights for Joe Toft, the former chief of the Bogota office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who was involved in the pursuit, capture and death of Escobar. Source material for the film is provided by author Simon Strong's award-winning book “Whitewash: Pablo Escobar and the Cocaine Wars” which was also acquired by Relativity. The film’s unique title comes from a famous Escobar phrase, “Plata o Plomo.” He gave you one choice, you could take his Silver or you could take his Lead.

SILVER OR LEAD – accept a bribe, or forever wear a target on your back. This is the choice that General Hugo Martinez faces when he refuses the world’s most controversial and notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and his six million dollar ‘request’ for Martinez to call off his relentless pursuit. Based on true events, this thrilling, epic action drama tells the story of the ruthless, charismatic Pablo Escobar and the man who risked it all to try to bring him to justice. Mark Canton (300, Immortals), Donald Kushner (Tron Legacy, Monster) and Leigh Ann Burton will produce the film alongside Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (Immortals) and President Tucker Tooley (The Fighter). Atmosphere’s David Hopwood (Piranha 3D) is co-producer.

“The story of Pablo Escobar has been one of Hollywood's hottest properties for many years,” said Canton. “I’ve been interested in making an Escobar film since my days at Sony, but never had a project that approached the story from an angle that I felt worked. This one does, with an exciting screenplay whose structure is reminiscent of The Untouchables. I’m pleased that Donald, Leigh Ann and I will be producing it with Relativity.”

Tooley said, “Relativity is proud to attract such a dynamic team to help tell Pablo Escobar’s life story. We have been fans of Enrique’s award-winning work and Piers’ powerful script and are thrilled to have them on board. This has been a long coveted project and we look forward to working with people who are as passionate about the story as Mark, Donald, and Leigh Ann.”

Urbizu said, “Piers Ashworth has penned an extraordinary script that captures all the thrilling aspects of Pablo Escobar's life while championing a classic tale of the battle between two larger than life men who would stop at nothing to achieve their goals.” Director Urbizu is represented by Resolution; screenwriter Ashworth is represented by Resolution and the Casarotto Ramsey Agency, and both are also represented by attorney Lev Ginsberg.

Relativity’s Jason Barhydt will oversee the project for the studio.

Relativity recently acquired U.S. rights to distribute Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s daring, hotly- pursued directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and just released the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling Safe Haven on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013 and the outrageous comedy 21 and Over on March 1, 2013. Up next, Relativity will release the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia (in theatres October 4, 2013). Relativity is currently in post-production on Scott Cooper’s gritty dramatic thriller currently-titled Out of the Furnace and Luc Besson’s comedic action film currently-titled Malavita (October 18, 2013) with EuropaCorp. Relativity is currently in production on Jimmy Hayward’s upcoming animated, hilarious buddy comedy Turkeys (November 1, 2013) and the currently-titled thriller Three Days to Kill with EuropaCorp.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Harrison Ford Joins Anchorman 2

The actor, who is expected to reprise his role as Han Solo in the "Star Wars" sequel, first will play a legendary newscaster in the Will Ferrell starrer.

Before dusting off the Millennium Falcon for a Star Wars sequel, Harrison Ford will sharpen his comedic chops for a role in Paramount's Anchorman 2.

Ford will play a legendary newscaster a la Tom Brokaw in the Adam McKay-helmed comedy, which begins shooting this month in Atlanta. He previously played an anchorman in the film Morning Glory, the 2010 comedy produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.

The sequel to 2004's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy stars returnees Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and David Koechner, as well as a new-to-the-property Kristen Wiig.

Ferrell and McKay wrote the screenplay and are producing the film. Judd Apatow and Kevin Messick also are aboard as producers. Though plot details on Anchorman 2 are being kept under wraps, the level of secrecy pales compared to the new Star Wars films, for which Ford is expected to reprise his role of Han Solo in some capacity.

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HOME RUN Trailer & Poster Starring Scott Elrod

Based on thousands of true stories, HOME RUN is a powerful film that reminds us that it’s never too late to change your life. Check out the official trailer and poster for this heartwarming journey of redemption now.


Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues but with memories of his past haunting him, his life quickly spirals out of control. Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption, and along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God.


Starring Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown and Vivica A. Fox, HOME RUN will be in theaters nationwide April 19th.


Hoping to save her client’s career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory’s agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team andspend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can’t wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible.

As his young players help him experience the joy of the game, Cory discovers his need to find freedom from his past and hope for his future … and win back the love he left behind. With this unexpected second chance, Cory finds himself on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption.

 Based on thousands of true stories, HOME RUN is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late …freedom is possible. 

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE: Capitol Portraits Live

This morning Lionsgate re-launched their exquisite Tumblr blog, Capitol Couture, with the first look at Effie Trinket’s Capitol Portrait.

From Capitol Couture, fans can link out to the Official Capitol Portrait on Instagram or the Instagram tab on Facebook:

Stay tuned to Capitol Couture for more updates.

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RON HOWARD & WARWICK DAVIS REUNITE ON TWITTER TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF WILLOW

DIRECTOR RON HOWARD AND STAR WARWICK DAVIS REUNITE ON TWITTER TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF WILLOW.

Join Director Ron Howard and star Warwick Davis for an exclusive Artist to Artist Twitter chat in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Willow! Fans can even join in the conversation by tweeting questions using the hashtag #WillowChat.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the unforgettable classic, Willow, has been fully digitally restored and debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack March 12, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The Willow Blu-ray and DVD include a dazzling array of extras with never-before-seen exclusive content such as deleted scenes with remarks from Ron Howard, a personal video diary of Warwick Davis, matte paintings and much more. In addition, look out for Ron Howard’s new introduction for the original 1988 featurette “The Making of an Adventure,” as well as special effect legend Dennis Muren’s new intro to his piece, “From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking.”

WHO:
Director, Ron Howard - @RealRonHoward
Actor, Warwick Davis - @WarwickADavis

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 12 2:00pm – 2:30pm PST

WHERE:
Twitter - #WillowChat

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2012's Box Office Woes. What Do You Think?

2012's Box Office Woes
By: MattInRC

2012 represented one of the best years for films in many years - The Avengers, Ted, Skyfall and others drew crowds to multiple showings with their original and well-written scripts, while creating instant Oscar buzz for Lincoln, Les Miserables and Moonrise Kingdom. In fact, revenue for 2012 was up 6.4% from 2011 with 1.4 billion people going to the movies, which on the surface would represent a win. But dig deeper into Hollywood's peak season - first week of May to Labor Day - and those numbers tell you a very different story. According to figures released from the Huffington Post and Box Office Mojo, we're surprised and disappointed to report that Hollywood actually had a record-low year. The actual number of tickets sold, a better indicator of foot traffic, was down 4 percent (532 million tickets) during the summer season, which represents the lowest amount since that number was tracked. Why should anyone care? Think about how much department stores and toy stores depend on the holiday season for their yearly profits. If foot traffic at stores like Target and Toys R Us declined 4% during what is supposed to be their peak season, investors and people in general should be worried. Hollywood's 'season' was its worst since they started keeping track of such numbers in 1993.


 Hulk Not Good Enough for 2012? Me sad!!! 

The problem started almost soon after the season began, although we didn't know it yet. The Avengers kicked things off with a bang, eventually making it the highest-grossing movie of the year and the third most successful of all time. Theater owners were already grinning at a Spring season that was up as much as 20% from 2011. But Hollywood, like so many other industries, relies on its mid-level Summer products to draw in sustained performance. While the lines were long for The Avengers, the very bad Battleship ($65M) and the overlooked Total Recall ($56M) played mainly to dark and empty theaters. More duds than hits followed, including the worst film ever in That's My Boy ($37M), and the good but unpopular Rock of Ages ($38.5M) and The Watch ($35M). Sure, there are always surprise winners during Hollywood's lottery, with The Hunger Games ($408) and Ted ($216M) making strong and surprising revenue during their runs. But, those kinds of examples were few and far between in 2012, with good releases like Prometheus ($126M) and Men in Black 3 ($178M) unable to sustain their initially favorable opening weekends.

Why the decline? Here are some possibilities:

1. Too much hype, not enough quality product: Much like the highly-courted prom date who ends up not putting out, audiences were promised one thing and delivered something very different. You can only show so many slow-motion, darkly-themed previews before people become desensitized and overly expectant, and that's exactly what happened.

2. A Reboot-Happy Hollywood: Even though it performed well, The Amazing Spider-man ($259M) is a good example of what's wrong inside Hollywood's executive meetings. Sony, ever needing to keep its contract with Marvel fresh or risk giving the franchise back to Marvel, produced yet another reboot for a franchise that didn't need it. Had there been a bigger plan to merge it with The Avengers in a future film, the logic would have been solid. Hollywood not only needs original storytelling, but it must exercise better logic in its managing its assets. A fourth Spider-man, set within the confines of already-established canon, could have worked IF Sony had plans to bring on other heroes. But since it's announced no such plans and it doesn't own any other superhero names of note, Sony executives might be left out in the cold long-term. Finally, 2013's Man of Steel could be the final nail in the coffin for reboots if it doesn't succeed, since fan reaction has been tepid at best. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

3. How we consume entertainment is changing: With the DVD market churning out titles faster than a cow turns curd, fans simply waited for home releases rather than wait in long hot lines. We all know about the switch to digital downloads, so again it's not surprising to see people staying out of the theaters. When people watch entire seasons of a television show in a only a couple of weekends, it reduces on-air revenue each time we do, unless studios can make that back in the home market, which is generally happening. With theater popcorn and a soda becoming a small fortune, it's no wonder people are choosing to stay at home.

4. Rising ticket prices: There is no reason why an evening ticket should cost as much as $12 and $16 for IMAX. I don't care if they're offering "XD" sound or the failed D-Box experience. Enough said.



 I Give You Permission to...Lose Money at the Box Office!!!

The numbers for 2013 paint a similar story: According to Box Office Mojo, February's profits were down 24% from the year before. While that abismal number is sure to improve, we're not entirely convinced they will wipe the debt entirely. Hollywood promises to have an exciting lineup of films, including Iron Man 3, Oblivion, and the aforementioned Man of Steel, there isn't much to be excited about in terms of establishing more foot traffic. With no film in 2013 likely to attract moviegoers like it did with The Avengers or TDKR, Hollywood could in fact witness a much worse decline than February's numbers, something the industry must address with better original writing, less reboots, and lower pricing. How many films did you see in 2012, and do you have any opinions on the decline?

Comment below! Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @sandwichjohnfilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.

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21 And Over Review. Settle In For A Great Time

21 And Over Review
By: MattInRC

The Hangover-like 21 And Over smells like Hangover, looks like Hangover, and is almost just as funny.


When a hipster film like 21 And Over makes its appearance in theaters, it can't help but be linked to its parents - the eminently-satisfying Hangover - or any number of slightly lesser but just as satisfying efforts over the past decade. Over doesn't forge new territory, nor does it do anything bigger or better than Hangover, but it seems very content in the role of providing moviegoers with as raunchy an entertainment experience as possible.


Miller (Miles Teller), Casey (Skyler Astin), and Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) are high-school buddies who've taken very different paths since graduation: Miller is the college dropout, happy to party first and ask questions later, while straight man Casey seems more ready to be 40 than experiencing the best years of his life. Both arrive to surprise Chang on his 21st birthday, unaware that their friend's life is in freefall. Chang's controlling father (Francois Chow) wants him to attend medical school, and Chang himself is on the edge of suicide. After Chang becomes drunk thanks to Miller's seemingly constant feeding of booze, Miller and Casey forget where Chang lives, touching off a hunt to get him home and sobered up before his medical school interview in the morning. Cue hilarity for the next 70 minutes, including a Raid: Redemption-like drinking game ascension up several levels of a party, requiring Casey and Miller to 'pass' each floor in order to meet a college RA who might know Chang's address, as well as the opening scene of a naked Miller and Casey donning socks on their privates, bruises on their butts, and a sorority brand on their left cheek. Yes, we mean that cheek.


If you walk into 21 And Over expecting something new from Hangover writers/co-conspirators Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, you'll be seriously disappointed. If instead one seeks a comedy that you'll find laughing at more than want to admit, your hard-earned cash will not have been spent in vain. Unlike other comedies this Winter, Over succeeds at being what it's good at: over-the-top raunchy with just enough story and clever editing to keep you awake between the serious scenes. Even Casey's love interest Nicole (Sarah Wright) and the constant use of John's full name are merely bridges to the next sicko joke that are fun to watch, although the idea of gluing private parts to teddy bears seems like cruel and unusual punishment. Luckily, Lucas and Moore never use Chang's suicidal behavior as a soapbox on the very real dangers that our colleges have become. Teller and Astin don't turn in Cooper/Galifianakis-like roles, but their tomfoolery and command of bar games are strangely familiar.

21 And Over is silly, stupid, college-level hi-jinks that in totality provide for an extremely funny diversion. Settle in for a great time, but be prepared to see more private man parts than female ones. Some of you ladies might suggest it's about time - my churning stomach wanted to say something very different upon seeing them at all. 21 and Over is obviously rated R for almost everything imaginable (except money shots) and has a runtime of 93 minutes.

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