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Saturday, March 23, 2013

MAX IRONS Interview From THE HOST Hollywood Junket

MAX IRONS Interview
By: April Crain

Here is our round table interview with MAX IRONS from the upcoming film THE HOST.

April sat down with Max Irons last Sunday in Hollywood to conduct this interview. Make sure to stay tune we will have our interviews with the rest of the cast up soon.

You can watch our Exclusive Interview with Max and Jake HERE-

Interviewer: Your character by the way , you have the best character name, Jared is...

Max: Just Jared?

I: No, No not that one, I'm Gerad with a G...

Max: It's a nice name

I: it works

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I: So this is, number one it's a fascinating premise to begin with, had you read the book before or was Andrew's (director/writer) script your first introduction?

Max: I read half the book before the audition, finished it after the audition and re read it before filming.

I: Having done that, What do you think of Andrew's adaptation, in culling down 600 plus pages down to a workable script?

Max: I think he did a remarkably skillful job, you know obviously you have to lose certain characters, there's not much you can do about that but I think he maintained the essence. And on top of that I think esthetically.. esthetically he polished the film. The look of the souls, the cars, the costumes, that was all him. In fact, Andrew is responsible for every single detail you see on screen, I mean he cast the extras, every subtle wardrobe choice is him, which is kind of un heard of. But he also paid attention to the theme's I think, and focused on what was really important about the book. I think a lot of other studio's, perhaps, might have intervened and said You've got to focus on the love story more than anything else or you've got to focus on the action side of things far more than anything else, but fortunately with Open Road we have producers that backed off, were hands off and we had Stephenie (Meyer) and Andrew working closely together which I think led to the movie that we've seen. And I think the fans are pleased, Stephenie's pleased. But Yeah.

I: I actually think the film is much better than the book. Typically it's the other way around, but I think it's because of the thematic essence of it and the fact that Andrew did retain that and then elevate the esthetic ...

Max: Yeah

I: ... I think REALLY just pushes 'The Host' up, it elevates it beyond the printed word

I : What I liked about the story is that is pushed these boundaries of what would it take to bring world peace to us, Would we as humanity need to be eliminated, You know?

Max: Mmmm, I mean I often think the way the world is going uh, and how out of control we are as individual's, you know, normal citizens, Something, something HUGE, something catastrophic is going to have to take place before we really, really make a change. And I think Stephenie hinted , that is certainly a theme, you know, that we as humans are not getting this right. And Interesting, in the final pages of the book, which isn't something that was touched on in this movie, but might be touched on more in the next, is the idea that after the first generation of souls, when new children are born, in the traditional way, they give them a choice whether they want to have a soul implanted in them or not.

I: Yes! That's my favorite part of the book right there, that scene with the two children

Max: Yeah! It's interesting isn't it? The idea that they come, they steer us onto the right path and then give us the choice... yeah.

I: What was it that spoke to you about the character of Jared?

I: (whispers) Besides the name!

Max: I mean I was sold the first time I saw his name in the credits, I think it was the struggle, the problem that he faces with Melanie. Which a lot, He is quite aggressive toward her in the book, he is less aggressive in the film, but he is quite aggressive in the book, but it is somehow sort of understood, not meaning to endorse violence or uh aggressive talk or anything, but what a problem to have, you're living in a world where you've lost your friends and family, you discover someone who is also on the run, you fall deeply in love as you probably would, then to have that person taken, for all intents and purposes they are dead and gone to be forgotten, you begin that process. But then she comes back, a figure of the person you love the girl, you know, a ghost essentially, except there's the physical form except the girl you know is gone, and then discover that she's not gone, but she's trapped, by what we consider a parasite.

I: Then when you kiss her she slaps you...

Max: and bites me... and head butts me. There is a relationship between kissing and violence in this movie that needs to be explored, but not at this roundtable! ( laughter all around)

I: In addition to the relationship between Jared and Melanie/Wanda, very wonderful dynamic going on between you and Chandler (Canterbury) who plays Jamie, really fantastic.

Max: He's awesome. I love Chandler, He's a great kid, and we all hung around a lot on set. You know those days where you did dancing scenes or the fighting ones, that takes hours so you get to hang around a lot, and yeah we really got on.

I: So, speaking of dancing, were those skills that you brought to the movie or is that now something that you get to add to the resume now that you've done it?

Max: (Side note, I have video of this answer) I actually won a dance competition when I was 13.

I: Really??

Max: I did, yeah, school competition, I beat this kid (couldn't decipher name) Taiwanese gymnast. See he had all the moves, but he didn't have charisma, but I beat him. I beat him with my girlfriend Miranda O'Neil, Doing a combination of swing and break dancing, to the Grease mega mix. But since then I've grown and become a little more gangly and taken the dancing off my resume.

I: Oh, However Dancing with the Stars could be in the future.

Max: COULD be.

I: When you read the script and then you saw this fantastic world that was created for you, what about the world surprised you or you went "oh that's exactly the way that I envisioned it"?

Max: It's funny that you say that, I went to Baton Rouge, before everyone else for two weeks to sort of soak up Americana or at least that's what the producers thought it was. I went to Andrews office in Baton Rouge, and every square inch, and literally, some on the ceiling, every square inch was covered in photographs, ideas, images of props in the movie, the sprays, the little ships, and everything was sort of in keeping with how I'd seen it in the book. The esthetic for it, which is really nice because I've done jobs before where you turn up and go "That's my costume?" , "You want to do that to my hair?", "That's the car we're in?", you know but this was all spot on, even the changes, you know the seekers not being in black you know, none of it mattered. You know, I thought Andrew really interpreted the book and then lifted it... He's a cool guy.

I: So I want to know why the script couldn't have been re written so that you could have gotten to drive one of the Lotus'?

Max: Listen, I um, Originally it was a tossup between that white truck you see in the movie and a Ford Mustang GT. What the Hell?! I think Jared would have looked great in a Ford Mustang GT.

I: Could you have handled the Mustang? Max: Absolutely I: Because I know you learned to drive for this...
Max: Ya no that's probably why they didn't give me the mustang GT...

I: Did you learn stick? or Automatic?

Max: I learned automatic you know to drive on the streets as a civilian in real life, but then sticks to drive the trucks

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I: That's impressive

Max: But we have to learn to drive stick in England and I've taken lessons but never gotten around to taking my driver's license, but unlike your crazy country you have to do more than two lessons to get a license, uh it takes 6 months

I: it used to be much harder to get a license here

Max: Louisiana- Two lessons... 2 hours total and I was on the road, with children walking in the streets

I: And you didn't get offered a Lotus as a parting gift?

Max: No! Stephenie got offered one, and she said "that's alright"

I: She could have gifted it to you!

Max: See, that was my first response, so inconsiderate! Unbelievable, Ask her what she was thinking when you see her. Say Max is deeply irritated. So famous now, So wealthy... Turn down a Lotus!

I: Mirror finish no less

Max: I'm not sure about the mirrored finish, Justin Bieber has ruined that for the world

I: So you got to work with veterans like Francis Fisher and William Hurt, and Jake was talking about how osmotic the process of working with Hurt was, how was that for you, You're still early on in your career, here is William Hurt, who always imparts such wisdom on a set:

Max: It wasn't, We never spoke about the actual how to act. That was never the thing. It was more watching, and listening to him. You know, he is a force of nature, you know I've worked on stage and we have a very specific way of working in England which we pick up in drama school, so to work with William was new for me, it was a new experience, but he is extraordinary and what I loved about him most was how he fought for us as actors. He fought for us to have 2 weeks rehearsal. He got that out of the producers, I don't know how he did it, he must have kidnapped their children or something because that never happens. And then there was a day, there was a scene that wasn't working. And you know, we are all a young cast so we don't necessarily have the power or the muscle to say "guys we can't shoot this" cus it's not working, but he did, he said "Right, Everyone go and have coffee" We're going to go out for an hour as a group. We're going to sit round and find out what this scene's about and come back and do it again, which we did and the scene suddenly worked. To have that kind of voice fighting on our behalf is great, so hopefully I've sort of soaked up a tiny bit of that strength

I: But even with who your father is (Jeremy Irons) obviously all the great work that he's done, was it ever the same kind of précis or were you always watching him as "that's dad"?

Max: I never watched him. I never went to set, Ever. Well maybe once when I was 6. But the set is a boring place for a kid. And yeah, I was always at school, and so I've never really seen him in that environment, and I don't gravitate towards his films. I've seen a few of them, obviously, not all of them, and we don't talk about acting. You know, everyone's got their own way of doing it. You know, he trained 40 years ago, I trained 3 years ago, We have our own way of doing it. We do talk about the business side of it, but that's it.

I: What's the greatest piece of advice your dad has given you about this business ?

Max: I think it was, Well initially he tried to dissuade me from doing it at all, as all good fathers who care and see their children going into a very dangerous and unpredictable career but I think once he saw that I was serious he just said, Keep doing it. Keep the muscles going. So if you have a couple of months off get a couple of friends together do a little one act inter play, and just put it on, which I've done a couple of times from that advice and he's absolutely right, it's a muscle, you know, it's keeping your imagination firing.

I: So at the end of the day with The Host, what did you personally take away from the experience or learn about yourself?

Max: I don't really know if there is any one thing. Like I said, I know what I'm doing on the stage, film I don't, still don't quite feel confident. But Um, I guess just how to do film a bit. You know, I feel I'm starting to get it and I just did this thing called 'The White Queen' out in Belgium and that was six months every other day filming in front of the camera so I'm starting to kind of get it. But I felt the Host was the first time I really relaxed into a screen part.

I: Meaning all the other times it's worrying about hitting marks doing like all the technical aspects of it?

Max: Well, It's just, I find, I went to drama school, which is theater, theater, theater, and I was dyslexic in school alright, so the way I see the whole thing is I spent a lot of time at school trying to get it right and not really succeeding for one reason or another, and you try to DO as much as possible. You think the more you do the better you will become the more tools you will acquire so to speak, and I also took that psychology into drama school. You know, I've got 10 teachers all telling me different things, if I take it all put it in my box, apply it to my work I'm going to be a super actor. So you find yourself going into auditions and standing up straight with perfect diction, sustained eye contact and really singing your vowels, that kind of thing and people are just going to go "What the fuck are you doing?" (laughter) but it wasn't for lack of trying, it was just, I was using the rules that apply to the stage and the screen, and I had this casting agent called Susie Figgis, who's tough, you know, she doesn't pull her punches AT all, and I got called by my agent before going into there saying listen this could be nasty, just prepare, brace yourself, don't take it personally. I went in, I began reading and she goes "Stop! Stop! Go outside, have a cigarette, come back in and when you come back in forget everything you've ever been taught, go back to your instinct, I know your instinct is good, use it" And it takes a bit of confidence to be able to throw stuff away and just go with your instinct.

I: There's truth to being over prepared

Max: There really is, and often I find for me personally is when you are called up and they say Can you be there is half an hour, I haven't read the script, we'll send you a synopsis, learn the lines on the way, and you sort of just go in there and you have nothing but your instinct, you haven't over thought it and you just go.

I: Talk about working with Saoirse for a few minutes?

Max: Working with Saoirse? She is, well she is sort of an example of what I'm talking about. She is... her emotional intelligence, without meaning to sound patronizing because I couldn't patronize her if I tried, but for someone who is 18? 17 when I met her , her emotional intelligence and focus and just understanding is incredible, at times intimidating. But the audition for example was such a pleasure. Um, some of the scenes we shot, you know the camera was so far away, you could barely see them. And it was just me and "Sersh" and you forgot you were acting, she makes it so easy and you look at her and (whispers) "What is it you're doing" What are you doing that makes you so amazing, it's quite hard to put your finger on but it's definitely there.

I: Emotional Intelligence. I don't think I've ever heard anyone word it that way

Max: Emotional Intelligence? Yeah she just, she gets it. Some people don't get it. She gets it.

I: Makes you raise Your game

Max: She raises it sort of for you. Cus you go, I'm just communicating with a human being here, that's it, there's no tricks, it's just sort of pure with her.

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What J.J. Abrams Superman Flyby Could Have Been

Earlier this year, J.J. Abrams’ treatment for Superman Flyby leaked online, providing a peak beneath the blue tights at what the Star Trek director had planned for the last son of Krypton. The movie would have been an origin story involving a civil war on Krypton, the exile of Kal-El and a new villain, Ty-Zor, but sadly it never saw the light of day. According to Abrams, though, it wouldn't have been a million miles from what Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel is shaping up to be.

“The thing that I tried to emphasise in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order,” Abrams told Empire. “And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful.

“The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.

“The idea in the movie was that he became Superman because he realised he had to finally own his strength and what he’d always been. I don’t know if that’s what Zack and Chris [Nolan] are doing, but it looks like that’s part of the idea and I could not be more thrilled to see that movie. That to me was always the way to go.”

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Will Stephen Amell Play Christian Grey?

Who is going to play Christian Grey? It looks like Stephen Amell knows a bit more about that than we do.

With a film version of E.L. James' sexy best seller "50 Shades Of Grey" in development at Universal, fan have been spending a lot of time speculating who will star in the steamy drama. And while Emma Watson has been getting just plain ornery about reports she'll be playing Anastasia Steele, another actor has just dropped some pretty serious hints that he's in the running to play the mysterious Christian Grey.

Stephen Amell, best known for playing the title role in the TV series "Arrow," has been getting some buzz as a potential Mr. Grey, and he addressed the rumors in a video he posted on his Facebook page.

"I get questions about Christian Grey all the time," Amell said in the video. "That project is a long way off. I know this ... because I had a meeting about it. LONG way off. I mean, not THAT long. But not close. I wouldn't call it long. But I wouldn't call it close."

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So to take Amell at his word, he's in talks to play Grey, and he knows the timeline of the project. This could mean any number of things, but while plenty of actors have been rumored to be on the short list for the part - including Ryan Gosling (who was said to be the favorite by James' husband), Ian Somerhalder, Alexander Skarsgard, and Chris Pine - Amell is the first one to confirm he's actually taken a meeting about the role.

And when a reporter asked Amell about the casting rumors last fall, he replied, "I mean if you think about it, it would be four movies, the last part being two parts. I don't even own a house yet. So I don't think that I'd be turning that down any time soon." Since knowing the third book will be filmed in two parts isn't quite common knowledge, this suggests Amell has some inside knowledge the average fan does not.

The hunky Canadian actor has a bit of experience with sexy roles, having appeared in recurring roles on the cables series "Hung" and "Queer As Folk." He also popped up as Kyle on "New Girl," Scott Becker on "Private Practice" and Nick Harwell on "Heartland" before landing his current role on "Arrow." And to take him at his word, he's not adverse to booking some more work, so maybe we'll see him getting kinky when the movie opens, possibly as soon as the summer of 2014.

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New Images From "42" & Trailer

Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. "42" tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.

From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland ("L.A. Confidential") comes the real-life drama "42," starring Chadwick Boseman ("The Express") as Jackie Robinson and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford ("Witness") as Branch Rickey.

In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and other players.

Facing blatant racism from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow.

In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it the first number in sports to be universally retired. The only exception is every year on April 15th—Jackie Robinson Day—commemorating the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. On that day alone, players from every team proudly wear the number 42 to honor the man who altered the course of history.

Be sure to check back for our advance screening for the film in April:

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Rounding out the main cast of "42" are: Nicole Beharie as Rachel Robinson; Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher; Andre Holland as Wendell Smith; Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese; Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca; and Ryan Merriman as Dixie Walker.

Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, "42" is produced by Thomas Tull, with Dick Cook, Jon Jashni, and Jason Clark serving as executive producers, and Darryl Pryor and Jillian Zaks co-producing.

Helgeland's behind-the-scenes collaborators included Oscar®-nominated director of photography Don Burgess ("Forrest Gump"), production designer Richard Hoover, costume designer Caroline Harris, and editors Kevin Stitt and Peter McNulty. The music is composed by Oscar® nominee Mark Isham ("A River Runs Through It").

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures Production, a Brian Helgeland film, "42." The film opens on April 12, 2013, in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, on April 15th.

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Stoker Review. It's Memorizing & A Bit Haunting

Stoker Review
By: MattInRC

The murder/thriller Stoker is one part weird, another part straight up Cray-Cray. But it's good.

Of the strangest films of all time, one must place the zany The Dark Backward or even the mother of weirdness Begotten at the top. Yet a movie doesn't need to feature a hand growing out of your back, or depict the beginning of the world devoid of any comprehensible speaking lines to compete with these top performers. It's in this off light of comparison that the Nicole Kidman film Stoker settles in, offering itself as a strong candidate; sensually violent, completely unapologetic in its depictions, and cleverly directed, Stoker will infuriate some with its plodding but amaze many more with its disturbing storytelling and terrific acting.

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland) has just buried her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney, J. Edgar) after he perished in a violent car accident. Atop a nearby hill in the cemetery stands Richard's brother Charlie (Matthew Goode, Watchmen), who's recently arrived after a long trip overseas. He's immediately taken with Richard's widow Evelyn (Nicole Kidman, Eyes Wide Shut), whose sexy-stylish demeanor is the complete opposite to India's independent dress and saddle shoes which Richard used to buy her every birthday. Soon, Charlie and Evelyn develop a strong and odd sexual attraction to one another, leaving everyone ill at ease, including the aunt Gwendolyn (Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook), who's not just there for the funeral. She has a message (and a warning) for India, but Charlie won't hear of it and soon Gwendolyn mysteriously disappears. As Charlie's plan unfolds, both mother and daughter begin to fall for him, forcing the two into an uneasy and bitter struggle for his attention. As India learns she is Charlie's true goal, the details of his perfect life are revealed thanks to a locked drawer in Richard's study. The question is, will India uncover the truth before Charlie's manipulative and murderous reach consumes her and Evelyn?

Without giving much more away - as any spoilers would surely ruin the reveals - Stoker is like a car accident we can't stop watching, unfolding its voyeuristic fetishism before us while challenging the audience to look the other way. Those who stick with it are in a for a masterfully-shot and acted production, thanks to the direction of Chan Wook-Park (Thirst). His off-centered scenes (India spinning on something in a park that you never see, or a conversation shot from the least likely angle) take away any perceived drabness to what is certainly an early-going slow burn. Credit that to television actor-turned-writer Wentworth Miller, as he digs deep into the human need for belonging, crafting a trim but savage tale about obsession and the lengths people are willing to take. Stoker takes a decidedly odd angle, with scenes of spiders crawling all over India's legs and upper thighs and India herself openly expressing sexual desire over the appearance of Charlie. We see Wasikowska in a completely different light, as if Park has awakened some deeply darkened part of her, which now makes any previous acting gig seem pale by comparison. Kidman is her usual stunning beauty, matched only by her fascinating choices for projects and the cool manner she brings to odd, while Goode's creepy smile smacks us around with a quiet intensity that we can never completely wash away, raising family dysfunction to a whole new level.

Although early pacing feels snail's pace, my only issue surrounds the way the film's violent ending unfolded, which seemed out of place with what we knew about the characters and their loyalties to one another. I wasn't surprised by the violence itself, just the choices some of our actors made in committing them. But Park more than makes up for this inconsistency, delivering a powerful film that sneaks up to you before bashing you over the head with a shovel. The experience won't be for everyone, but those who decide to take the journey be warned: Stoker is memorizing a bit haunting, and every bit of an uncomfortable drama as we'll see this year. And it's OK with that. Stoker is rated R for nudity and violence and has a runtime of 99 minutes.

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Admission Review. Doesn't Make The Grade

Admission Review
By: MattInRC

The Princeton get-into-college movie Admission doesn't make the grade. And soon after it starts, we don't care.

 Warning: major plot spoilers ahead.

Admission seeks to be a dramedy about the new world order: torment its cast with real-life difficulties and leave their futures uncertain, all while comedic interludes are supposed to encourage laughter from an audience who thought they paid for something else. Yes, Admission attempts this lofty but completely unrealistic goal, leaving us to question why we bothered to witness the result.

Princeton admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey, 30 Rock) lives a well-ordered but boring existence. In addition to pouring through applications for admission, her routines also include speaking engagements throughout Northeast high schools encouraging students to apply to what was the most applied-to school in the country. Even though her life is unfulfilled she's up for a promotion to dean of admissions but must compete with her backstabbing colleague Corinne (Gloria Reuben, Lincoln) to replace the soon-to-retire dean (Wallace Shawn, Princess Bride). Soon, the pillars of her life begin to fall apart when her live-in boyfriend Mark (Michael Sheen, Tron: Legacy) announces that he's leaving her, setting off an unrelated series of events that will soon see her entire professional life come to an end. You see, Portia gets a call from Principal John Pressman (Paul Rudd, I Love You Man), who's convinced that his student Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) is somehow Princeton material, whose didactic education has resulted in poor school grades but high SAT scores. But that's not all: John is convinced that Jeremiah is Portia's long-lost son, whom she gave up for adoption soon after birth. As she and John fall for one another, Portia must decide whether to risk her entire professional future over Jeremiah's desire to attend Princeton.

If all this sounds like some sort of Frankenstein patchwork of a story, credit Karen Croner (“One True Thing”) who based her screenplay on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz. While I never read the book, Admission never really works out what it is on the big screen - funny dramedy, serious comedy/character study. The idea that a complete stranger would accept the legitimacy of a copied birth certificate from another total stranger is without explanation. Moreover, the suggestion that a woman would throw away 16 years of well-paid employment to get her sort-of son into her place of employment without losing her job is preposterous. Oh yeah, she does get him in, does get fired, but later learns that Jeremiah is not in fact her son. Enjoy the unemployment line, Portia!

Director Paul Weitz (Being Flynn) has his own difficulties, like keeping the audience awake. He fails to generate any meaningful connection with his stars, none of whom have any chemistry with one another. Fey is totally incapable of pulling off drama like this, leaving one to wonder if the film might have been better had Portia been better cast. The same goes with Rudd, who just seems to be going through the motions. The only one here with a pulse is Portia's feminist icon mother Susannah (Lily Tomlin, 9 to 5), whose hardline stand with her daughter and independent lifestyle has created a life of deep resentment. But even she isn't well-used, acting as nothing more than colorful wallpaper while Fey struggles with her choices. I'm not convinced that even a stellar cast could have pulled this one off, as the story is just too rambling.

Granted, the plot twists in Act 3 do surprise, but not in the way Weitz and Croner intended when they pitched the project. To them, its realistic and dour ending must have looked mighty good on paper. But again, Admission fails to drive home an effective last spike, leaving a main character who sacrificed everything for a son that was never hers, in a new relationship that probably won't work out.

As the ending gladly arrives, we learn that Portia has reached out to her son through the adoption agency, only to learn that he's not ready to see her. By this time, audiences will have all the ammunition they need to question whether this stunning resolution was appropriate given the cast Weitz hired. Audiences will no doubt debate whether their investment of time was worth the result. I doubt the few of them who venture to this movie in the first place will walk away with a positive response. Admission is rated PG-13 for sexual situations and has a runtime of 117 minutes.

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Alan Ritchson Is First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cast

Now that Paramount and Platinum Dunes has set Megan Fox as the female lead in the Jonathan Liebesman-directed live-action/CGI feature Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, they are working on the turtles. First to be cast: Alan Ritchson, who’ll play Raphael. He’ll be coming off playing Gloss, the deadly dagger-wielding male tribute from District One in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Now, the original movie series put its actors in bulky turtle suits, but this one will be more like the performance capture in Avatar, making this a good role. The TMNT reboot is dated for a June 6, 2014 release after it was pushed back to cut the budget to around $125M.

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JJ Abrams Talks Episode VII.

Mention the name JJ Abrams and there’s one question that immediately barges all others aside: what’s the plan for Episode VII? While he was able to approach Star Trek with a detached objectivity, how will he, as a huge Star Wars fan approach Star Wars' bold new era? Empire put that question to the man himself when we recently sat down with him at his Bad Robot offices in LA.

“I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.

“How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”

Lucasfilm whipped fans into a frenzy this year when they announced that JJ Abrams would be the man to bring Star Wars back to the big screen. The director had turned down Episode VII last year, throwing people off the scent, but in a surprise volte face he subsequently accepted the mantle and became a new hope for the galaxy far, far away.

“My knee-jerk reaction was that I’m in the middle of working on the Star Trek movie and I can’t even consider it. But then time went by and I got further along working on the movie and getting to a place where I had done most of the heavy lifting. So when I met with Kathy Kennedy we just started discussing it and I was able to actually engage in the conversation. I went down to tell Katie, my wife and I said ‘I had just a very interesting conversation with Kathy.’ That was the beginning.

“I will say that Steven [Spielberg] was very encouraging of Star Wars. It’s funny because I talked to him about it and it turned out he knew all about what was going on.”

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Kate Winslet Joins Divergent

The futuristic Chicago of "Divergent" has just found another resident. After months of being a "maybe," Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet has joined the Erudite faction in Neil Burger's upcoming adaptation of the YA hit as Jeanine Matthews.

The original reports of Winslet's involvement in "Divergent" came back in January when Variety claimed the actress was nearing a deal, but neglected to specify which role she would take on. Two popular theories soon followed, one suggesting that Winslet play the mother of Tris, the film's heroine (played by heroine played by Shailene Woodley), and the other suggesting Jeanine, the more morally ambiguous role.

"Divergent," based on the book by Veronica Roth, tells the story of Beatrice "Tris" Prio, who lives in Chicago sometime in the future, after the social structures as we know them have collapsed. Society is now split up into five separate factions, each valuing one attribute above all else. For example, Winslet's Jeanine Matthews leads the Erudite faction, which identifies as the most intelligent people of this futuristic society.

At the age of 16, all citizens must take an aptitude test and then choose their lifelong faction, something that proves more difficult for Tris than most people.

The YA adaptation has recently been ramping up its casting to include Jai Courtney, Maggie Q and Woodley's "Spectacular Now" co-star Miles Teller. Most recently, Theo James of "Downton Abbey" joined the film as Tris' love interest, Four. Some key roles, including that of Tris' mother, have yet to be cast.

Filming for "Divergent" begins in April in Chicago, with the film hitting theaters on March 21, 2014.

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Robert Redford In Captain America: Winter Soldier?

Acting icon Robert Redford is in negotiations to do his first comic book movie.

Redford is looking likely to close his deal with Marvel Studios, THR has confirmed, and join the cast of Captain America: Winter Soldier, which will begin shooting May in locations around the U.S.

Joe and Anthony Russo are directing the movie, which continues the adventures of Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and will focus on his relationship with sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan), who in the comics returns as the brainwashed assassin Winter Soldier.

Sources say that Redford will be playing an older member of secret government agency SHIELD, and one source has compared the role as similar to the one played by Ralph Fiennes as M’s replacement in last year’s James Bond movie Skyfall.

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THE CROODS Review. The Film Is Terrific

By: MattInRC

Although it's early to start handing out awards for best animated, consider THE CROODS as a strong candidate.

 As we mentioned in our year-end article, 2012 brought us several terrific films throughout the year, including several; animated ones that made it to this year's Oscars. Bolstered by long lines and positive reviews, animated films are enjoying a resurgence among filmgoers. This year starts off with Dreamworks' THE CROODS, an impressive adventure about cavemen and the coming of the New World.

Eep Crood (voiced by Emma Stone) is a prehistoric cavewoman who wants more than the dull and defensive existence she and her family have been provided by her father Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage). According to him, cave people should hide from larger animals, stay indoors at night, and generally be prepared to live in fear for the majority of their lives. Grug doesn't like 'new things' as he calls it, because it's led to the deaths of several neighbors; he's more content to stay locked up in his cave, much to the disappointment of the adventurous but bored Eep. Grug's wife Ugga (voiced by Catherine Keener), her mother (Cloris Leachman), daughter Sandy, and son Thunk (Clark Duke) are mesmerized as Grugg tells one cautionary tale after another, ending each story with a red splat from his hand signifying the death of yet another troublemaker. But when the newcomer Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) arrives carrying the new discovery fire with him - as well as omen of destruction - Eep and her family are forced to set out across the newly-formed continent, while their old one is swept away during a cataclysmic event. Guy is convinced that a place he calls 'tomorrow' is just a tall mountain away, and the enamored Eep is more than willing to follow. But danger and hilarious antics are no doubt to follow as the Croods's loyalties to Grugg will be tested from everything to using fire, to wearing Guy's new invention of shoes, to working with their larger animal enemies to survive the impending shift of the land masses.

Co-written and co-directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco, The Croods displays familiar themes of family and duty from Pixar's Brave but adds more humor, warmth, and action to things. The story has plenty of laugh-out-loud one-liners, but it's superseded by a tone made for a more mature teen audience. The idea of a family being forced from their home is nothing new (see: Ice Age) but when it's utterly smashed from an earthquake as it's done here, with hand paintings shattered and their 'neighborhood' dismantled, we see this new tone emerge from Dreamworks that's also appealing for adults but could be tough on smaller kids. Our voice actors do much to bring depth to their characters, rather than simply reading from a script with no apparent idea of the scene they're actually doing (see Wreck it Ralph). Reynolds and Cage lead the way here - their banter is funny and perfectly balanced as Grugg fights the coming changes which represent nothing less than an end to his perfectly-ordered world.

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Composer Alan Silvestri (The Avengers) creates a beautiful score that mixes Avengers-style marches with more tender pieces that I believe takes his work to a new level. Like Silvestri, Dreamworks has improved their animation immensely with The Croods, creating a sumptuous environment that looks better than Oz The Great and Powerful and is frankly more inventive than Jack the Giant Slayer. It looked fabulous in 3D, with hair, clothing, and the physical environment almost resembling reality. Although I expect it to be an amazing experience at home, don't wait.

The Croods underwent many production delays in 2012 before finally arriving to theaters this month. In some ways that's a blessing, as it might be have been quickly forgotten with terrific fare like Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians, and Ice Age had it been released last year. The Croods is a terrific early entry, further proving that Disney and Pixar have legitimate competition close on their heels. That's good for fans of animation, as this one will reward you with a strong script and stunning animation. The Croods is rated PG and has a runtime of 98 minutes.

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If you’re the sort of person who watches LEGO movies on YouTube and thinks, ‘Meh! I can do better than that,’ your chance to put your little plastic bricks and non-licensed minifigures where your mouth is has come. No, don’t go putting LEGO bricks in your mouth – we know from experience that’s a choking hazard – instead, why not try creating a clip for a new competition launched by Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie?1

Kicking off March 25, fans registered on the site ReBrick.com will be eligible to enter a homemade clip featuring LEGO that could end up part of the film.

The idea is to create a sequence using only LEGO bricks and non-licensed LEGO minifigures. Contestants will select a character and set their action sequence in one of the many LEGO worlds, including LEGO City, Space, Pirates, Western, Vikings, Dino, Castle, and others. The theme is a scene from the movie where the evil President Business (Will Ferrell) is threatening the citizens of the LEGO universe and they must rally to prevent an unspeakable disaster. They do this by quickly disassembling the elements of their environments, brick by brick, and rebuilding them into fantastic and fun hybrid vehicles and tools – the stranger and more innovative, the better, like rocket/dragons or butterfly/speedboats – to take part in an epic battle.

Sequences should be uploaded to YouTube and bookmarked on the ReBrick.com site, where the 25 examples earning the most “Likes” will then go on to the final round to be assessed by judges including the film’s directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, for a VIP Tour; a meeting with the directors, to participate in a LEGO build; an exclusive LEGO film camera designed and built by the official LEGO model shop; plus souvenir items from the movie’s set, signed by the designers. Plus, their winning entry may also be edited into the film’s big battle sequence. There are also second and third place prizes of trips to the studios and merchandise.

For the full competition rules and details, head to ReBrick.com.

LEGO (AKA The Piece Of Resistance) freatures Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks on voice duties.

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Alright the movie of the year is coming out in less then a week. And for you lucky few you can get your hands on Exclusive RealD 3D Glasses. BE AMONG THE FIRST TO SEE “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION” OPENING NIGHT IN REALD 3D AT CINEMARK XD THEATRES ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27TH.

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Cinemark is thrilled to announce that the first 100 people to see the action-packed “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION” from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Skydance Productions in RealD 3D at their local XD theatre will receive a complimentary pair of special collectible G.I. Joe RealD 3D glasses. These custom, limited edition RealD 3D glasses are available to the first 100 moviegoers attending 7:00 p.m. showtimes at participating U.S. theatres on Wednesday, March 27th, while supplies last.

Advance tickets for “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION” are on sale now at www.cinemark.com and at all XD theatre box offices.

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A follow-up to the 2009 release “G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA,” which grossed more than $300 million worldwide, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Skydance Productions, in association with Hasbro, present “G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.”

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. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner. Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe® characters.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION has been rated PG-13 for language, intense sequences of combat violence, brief sensuality and martial arts action.

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OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Review. Is A Pure Action Film

By: MattInRC

The Die Hard/Air Force One action thriller OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN is fun, exciting fare.

I've always considered Gerard Butler to be one of the least utilized actors in Hollywood. Best known as Leonidas in the amazing visual feast known as 300, Butler's phyique and stage presence instantly won over fans who worshipped him as a bonified action star. He was even considered for the role of James Bond before Daniel Craig was ultimately given the keys to the Aston Martin. Then, something happened: Butler began showing up in RomComs and other lesser action titles, of which none suited or matched his talents. When your film diet consists of Playing for Keeps and The Ugly Truth, one might start to think you're the victim of a cruel joke. Luckily, someone saw the action hero in Butler, and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN represents the perfect return to the place where he should have been all along.

Butler plays Mike Banning, a Secret Service agent who witnesses the death of President Benjamin Asher's wife (Ashley Judd, The Bone Collector) during a snowy drive near Camp David. Eighteen months later, Banning is working a desk job but desires a return to active protection service. That chance comes when, during a meeting with the South Korean prime minister, the White House is attacked by a well-coordinated assault of North Koreans led by the shadowy terrorist Kang (Rick Yune, Die Another Day). Banning arrives at the White House to a bloodbath of Secret Service personnel, while Asher (Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight) and Kang are locked together in an underground bunker. The government moves swiftly to replace Asher, installing Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption) to deal with the crisis. But no one knows of Kang's true plans, including the patsy Forbes (Dylan McDermott, The Campaign), who thinks he'll score big once this 'job' is completed. But just like John McClane in the original Die Hard, Banning isn't going to let Kang rule the day, settling instead as an effective party crasher. As Kang hunts for the elusive agent inside the shattered estate, Banning finds Asher's son Connor (Finley Jacobsen, Marley and Me) hiding from Kang's men, who see the child as an effective bargaining chip. With Trumbull and Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs (Angela Bassett, Malcolm X) on the phone, Banning orchestrates a rescue plan while stopping Kang from unleashing our nuclear arsenal before Trumbull is forced to capitulate.  

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN won't win any awards for acting or even its action; but its pieces create a better whole than A Good Day to Die Hard. Director Antoine Fuqua (Shooter) keeps the action moving, as if he knows the script by newcomer Creighton Rothenberger isn't exactly a well-crafted commentary on Pacifc Rim relations. That's not to say Rothenberger and Fuqua don't fashion a good tense adventure that will leave you cheering once Banning joins the fray. They do an effective job of pulling audiences into the plight of Banning, selling at once his guilt at watching Asher's wife die, and the need to utterly destroy the North Koreans for the offense they've committed. I don't think we've seen such a brazen attack on such recognizable American symbols in recent memory, the shock of which should play right into our creative team's hands. They recognize one of the biggest rules in movie making: get the audience on your side. By the end of Act 2, we can't wait for the predictable meeting between Kang and Banning, but the results are well-worth our investment. The music by Trevor Morris (Immortals) is impressive in its patriotism, reminding us of the importance that an effective score can play in a movie like this.

Audiences won't see anything new in Olympus Has Fallen, and that's OK because the overall result is still so enjoyable. Butler is back in his element, playing Banning with a quiet presence that's all the more enjoyable once he puts on his angry face. Bassett and Freeman play off each other effectively, and Kang is a perfectly despicable baddie; but it's Eckhart's seemingly minor role which represented the greatest surprise. His scenes are mostly those of someone trapped by a superior force, not only accepting that role well but shining in those few scenes where he's front and center. Our creative team sends a powerful message about our government's slow response to crises, painting us as too proud to think an attack could happen here. When it comes, the message is powerfully received.

I'm not sure how the general moviegoer will react to Olympus Has Fallen. If one views it as a pure action film with a completely believable attack on the White House, then it could go down as one of the best action films of the last 5 years. Frankly, if seeing the Koreans throw the American flag from the White House doesn't cause your blood to boil, then you're probably not meant to see it anyways. Olympus rightfully returns Gerard Butler to his action roots, hopefully signifying a permanent return for one of the most underused actors of his generation. Whether audiences reward him and Fuqua with box office cash is something yet to be determined. For now, welcome back, Spartan. Olympus Has Fallen is rated R for language and scenes of intense violence and has a runtime of 120 minutes.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Christina Applegate Joins Griswold’s "Vacation"

The new Griswold family seems to be coming together at New Line as Christina Applegate is in negotiations to play Rusty Griswold’s wife in “Vacation.”

Ed Helms is set to star with “Horrible Bosses” scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein on board to helm from a script they penned.

The new version of the “Vacation” adventures of the Griswold family will follow Rusty, who now has his own family misadventures on the road.

David Dobkin will produce through his David Dobkin Productions banner.

The plan is to get the film into production sometime in the second quarter of 2013.

Applegate was always considered the favorite even when Helms was not officially attached, given her relationship with New Line after working on “Going the Distance” and “Hall Pass.” Insiders say the reason for the delay in putting together a deal had to do with the studio re-configuring the budget and getting in a new draft of the script.

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THE KINGS OF SUMMER Released Date Moved Up

CBS FILMS is moving up the release date of THE KINGS OF SUMMER (formerly Toy's House) by two weeks and revealing the first look at the film.

THE KINGS OF SUMMER will be released on May 31, 2013 (Previously Dated June 14, 2013)

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) - who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family - whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can't run away from.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writer: Chris Galletta Producers: Tyler Davidson, Peter Saraf and John Hodges
Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally & Alison Brie Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekingsofsummer
Official Site: http://www.thekingsofsummermovie.com

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Poster For Magnolia Pictures "A HIJACKING"

Check out the official poster for A HIJACKING, via Indiewire’s The Playlist:

Magnolia Pictures will release A HIJACKING in theaters June 14, 2013.

Starring Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Møller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter, Abdihakin Asgar, Amalie Alstrup.

Synopsis: The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates.

Runtime: 100 minutes
Rated: R
For more info: Official Website: http://www.magpictures.com/ahijacking/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AHijacking

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Escape From New York Remake On It's Way

Joel Silver‘s Silver Pictures has joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a retelling of Escape From New York. The 1981 John Carpenter original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a tough convict dropped into a futuristic New York that has been turned into a post-apocalyptic maximum security prison. He’s charged with rescuing the president (Donald Pleasence), who is held hostage by the prison kingpin (Isaac Hayes) after his plane crashes within the city walls. Snake’s offered a pardon if he’s successful, but fitted with a lethal device that will kill him if he tries to run or misses the deadline.

A remake had been attempted not that long ago at New Line with producer Neil Moritz and The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner, with Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy all mentioned as potentials to play Plissken. That effort ended when New Line let the option lapse almost two years ago.

Studio Canal, which partnered with Silver on the Liam Neeson action films Unknown and Non-Stop and the upcoming Sean Penn-starrer Prone Gunman, has entrusted Silver with the rights. Silver is planning an entirely new take on the material. The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes restarted that franchise. Studio Canal will finance development of the project before placing it with a studio. A writer search is underway. 

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Fast & Furious 6 - TV Spot: "Fast/Hobbs

Universal has unleashed a new Fast & Furious 6 - TV Spot: "Fast/Hobbs"  Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.

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Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.

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Paramount Pictures has unleashed the new trailer for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. This one is even Bigger and Better!

The film stars John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, directed by J.J. Abram.

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS opens May 17th, 2013

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

THE HOST Premiere Images

It's almost here! Stephenie Meyer's epic love story, THE HOST will be hitting theaters everywhere NEXT FRIDAY! Check out these brand new photos of Stephenie and the stars of the film at the LA PREMIERE, including Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Diane Kruger, Jake Abel.

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What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? "The Host" is the next epic love story from the creator of the "Twilight Saga," worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about — Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

THE HOST hits theaters nationwide March 29th, 2013!

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Hatchet III Teaser Trailer

Those of you who chortled through Hatchet II will be wondering how on Earth swamp stalker Victor Crowley can possibly be coming back from that ending. Nevertheless, the series is continuing, Hatchet III is already in the can, and the first teaser trailer has just escaped from the Louisiana bayou to plant an axe in your noggin.

There's not much to be gleaned there in the way of story, but we're told by the press release that some sort of Crowley hunt is the order of the day. That won't go well. This time it's a search-and-recovery team that's manning the boats to try and pick up the pieces of what happened before. And Danielle Harris is back as Marybeth - a role she's now made her own; Tamara Feldman declined to return after Part I - on the trail of the Honey Island voodoo swamp curse that's the root of all the problems.

This one, you'll notice, now bears the legend "Adam Green Presents", which should clue you in that he's stepped back from directing duties, handing the reigns to his erstwhile cinematographer BJ McDonnell. Green remains aboard as producer, writer and general overseer though. Victor Crowley is his baby, afer all.

Sadly, we won't be seeing Tony Todd as the loony Reverend Zombie this time, but the cast has been bulked up by further familiar cult horror names, including Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer in Gremlins), Derek Mears (both recent Hills Have Eyes, the 2011 Friday 13th), Caroline Williams (Stretch from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Diane Goldner (Feast) and Sean Whalen (Roach in The People Under The Stairs). Kane Hodder, of course, is back as Victor.

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