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Saturday, March 30, 2013

STAR TREK ®: THE VIDEO GAME News

William Shatner and the Alien Gorn Settle 40-Year Feud.

The Former Rivals Showdown in Promo for Upcoming Release of STAR TREK ®: THE VIDEO GAME.

Rematch of legendary 1967 TV battle between Shatner’s Captain Kirk and lizard-like alien puts spotlight on
STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME set for April 23 release

More than four decades after they first squared off on an isolated desert planet, William Shatner comes face-to-face again with the menacing Gorn species of STAR TREK fame to settle a longstanding feud… but this time the battle begins on a comfy sofa with the two former foes seated in front of a video screen as they fight again in promotion for the April 23 release of STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME.
The original Kirk-Gorn duel was seen in the classic 1967 “Arena” episode of the STAR TREK series. Millions of people have viewed the original on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SK0cUNMnMM.

In the promotional video released exclusively on Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com), Shatner and the Gorn are seen casually playing STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME when an onscreen dispute leads to a friendly fight re-enacting actual choreographed punches from the classic TV brawl blow-for-blow. This time, however, couch pillows replace the space rocks that were thrown the first time around.

“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” commented LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing the game. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”

After spending a day on the set with the Gorn to create the video, veteran actor Shatner, who originated the role of Capt. Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series, added: “It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene. It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”

The highly anticipated STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME features a vastly updated version of the Gorn as the key foe to legendary duo Kirk and Spock. Players take on the roles of Kirk and Spock, who work together to get to the heart of a mysterious attack by an enemy with unimaginable strength – a re-imagined version of the Gorn. In an entirely original story, written by BAFTA award winner Marianne Krawczyk, the Gorn is a terrifying threat, with an army that could overwhelm Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise.

The all-new video showdown between the two STAR TREK icons can also be found online at www.startrekgame.com starting March 29, and highlights the co-op play that is at the heart of STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME, which will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. Pre-ordering is available now.

The promotional video was produced in-house at Paramount Pictures under the creative direction of Senior Vice President Brian Miller and shot on location in a ranch-style home in suburban Los Angeles. The original 1967 Kirk-Gorn fight can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SK0cUNMnMM courtesy of CBS Television.

STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME is under license by CBS Consumer Products and will be released April 23 in North America and April 26 worldwide by Paramount Pictures and NAMCO Bandai Games.

To learn more about STAR TREK: THE VIDEO GAME, visit www.startrekgame.com or follow @star_trek_game on Twitter.

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WonderCon Exclusive From HEMLOCK GROVE

Check out IGN’s WonderCon exclusive “THE MONSTER WITHIN” From Netflix original series HEMLOCK GROVE.

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

And 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.

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Win Tickets Advance To See EVIL DEAD In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for EVIL DEAD! The screening is on April 2, 2013 - 7:30 PM @ Century Downtown Plaza 7 In Sacramento.


EVIL DEAD is a Tri-Star film and will open nationwide on Friday, April 12th.

It is rated R for STRONG BLOODY VIOLENCE AND GORE, SOME SEXUAL CONTENT AND LANGUAGE with a running time of 91 minutes.


EVIL DEAD is an upcoming 2013 American horror film co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is a remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 critically acclaimed cult horror film The Evil Dead. It is the fourth installment of The Evil Dead franchise, and the first not to be directed by Raimi.


Alvarez was hand picked by Raimi himself and it is Alvarez's first feature film. The film was produced by Raimi, Campbell and Robert G. Tapert – the writer/director, lead actor, and producer of the original trilogy respectively. The film had its world premiere at the SXSW on March 9, and it was announced that a sequel was in the works


In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.


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Friday, March 29, 2013

MGM Nabs Tomb Raider Rights

MGM is coming on board “Tomb Raider” with Graham King.

The Lion has acquired the film rights to the popular vidgame and will develop the feature in partnership with GK Films. No distributor was mentioned in the announcement, made Wednesday by King and MGM topper Gary Barber.

King acquired the “Tomb Raider” rights in 2011 from Square Enix and will serve as producer.

“Graham is one of the premier producers in this industry and I am delighted to be working with him on this exciting franchise,” Barber said. “We look forward to developing more projects together in the future.”

The original “Tomb Raider” was published in 1996 by London-based Eidos, which is now part of Square Enix. The games have sold over 35 million units; Square Enix released a reboot on March 5 with a younger Croft (now 21) being sent off on her first big adventure amid amped-up action and set pieces.

Paramount’s two films starring Angelina Jolie as the Brit archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

Warner Bros., which owned 20% of Eidos, subsequently launched development of a Tomb Raider project with Dan Lin producing, but the feature rights went to Square Enix after it bought Eidos in 2009 for $120 million.

MGM’s next major movie going into production will be helmer Brett Ratner’s “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson. It’s teamed with Paramount on the pic, set to start lensing in May, which Par will release on July 25, 2014.

Most of the projects on MGM’s slate are remakes such as “RoboCop,” “Poltergeist” and “Carrie.” The studio is touting “Hercules” as its second original project since it emerged from bankruptcy in late 2011 in addition to the previously announced Vin Diesel starrer “The Machine,” which is scheduled to begin production later this year.

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Course of the Force Returns To Comic-Con 2013

NERDIST INDUSTRIES AND LUCASFILM’S COURSE OF THE FORCE RETURNS FOR AN EPIC SECOND JOURNEY FROM JULY 9-16.

Lightsaber Relay Strikes the California Coast From Skywalker Ranch To San Diego Comic-Con International.

On the heels of last year’s monumental, first-of-its-kind event, Course of the Force, the lightsaber run that captivated the attention of Star Wars™ fans around the world, is returning July 9th – 16th, 2013. Kicking off at the famed Skywalker Ranch, participants will continue the relay run down through San Francisco with several stops along the California coastline before reaching the finish line— arriving just in time for the start of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con® International convention. Nerdist Industries’ founder Chris Hardwick will be back to host the event, with city-stops along the way featuring “Conivals” where fans can celebrate their love of the Saga with live entertainment, expo booths, giveaways and much more.

"Our plan to run at Comic-con screaming with a lightsaber worked beyond our wildest dreams. People showed up! Lots of them! In cosplay! And we were able to grant more than 1000 wishes for Make-A-Wish!" said Chris Hardwick. "Last year we started in Santa Monica, this year, Marin, and hopefully next year Tatooine.”

Course of the Force has reteamed with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® chapters of Greater Bay, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego with 100 percent of all runner registration proceeds benefiting the charity. In 2012, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® had a strong presence during the inaugural event, with Make-A-Wish kids participating in the opening and closing ceremonies of Course of the Force and running in the event.

Given the overwhelming response to the 2012 relay, this year’s event is expanding and will cover nearly 500 miles; at the end of the route, Course of the Force will be hosting activities at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18th - 20th.

Highlights from last year’s 136-mile Course of the Force lightsaber run featured a caravan of costumed runners, Jabba the Hutt’s Sail Barge and two Yoda-fied RVs traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway.

In addition to helping grant wishes, participants of Course of the Force will run quarter-mile segments down the California coast, passing off the official Course of the Force lightsaber. Registration is now open at http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce. Each relay spot is $150, which includes a customized Hasbro lightsaber, exclusive Course of the Force swag bag and the experience of a lifetime. Runners are encouraged to be creative and wear their best Star Wars gear.

All Course of the Force video content will be distributed via Starwars.com at http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce and hosted on the Nerdist YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/Nerdist.

For more information on Course of the Force, visit http://www.starwars.com/courseoftheforce.

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Website – starwars.com/courseoftheforce
Facebook – facebook.com/courseoftheforce
Twitter – @CourseOtheForce
Google + – plus.google.com/103291298159790820268
Pinterest – pinterest.com/courseotheforce/
YouTube – youtube.com/nerdist & youtube.com/courseoftheforce

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

ABOUT NERDIST INDUSTRIES
Nerdist Industries is a multi-platform creator of genre and popular culture content. Its online presence includes a website at Nerdist.com, a premium YouTube channel (youtube.com/nerdist), Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, 1.8 million Twitter followers, and a Podcast Network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast, also produced as a TV show on BBC America. Nerdist also hosts live events around the country such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD and Octagon which leads up to San Diego Comic-Con International.
Nerdist Industries was founded in 2008 by comedian, author, podcaster and AMC's The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. Hardwick serves as Founder & Chief Creative Officer and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin serves as Chief Executive Officer. In July 2012, Legendary Entertainment, the company behind such genre films as Inception, Watchmen, 300, Man Of Steel and The Dark Knight Trilogy, acquired Nerdist Industries. Hardwick and Levin serve as Co-Presidents of Digital for Legendary, in dual roles with their Nerdist positions. Nerdist Industries is headquartered at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, CA.

ABOUT OCTAGON
Octagon, (IPG: NYSE) is the world’s largest sponsorship consulting practice, managing and influencing some $3 billion in sponsorship-related spending annually. Octagon also is a pioneer and leader in athlete & personality representation and management. With more than 800+ employees worldwide, Octagon works with hundreds of blue-chip corporate clients and more than 800 athletes & personalities clients and manages more than 5,000 events per year. Octagon’s Events & Hospitality team operates four professional golf tournaments, a professional bass fishing tournament and numerous first-class corporate hospitality events. To learn more about Octagon, visit: http://www.octagon.com.

ABOUT LUCASFILM LTD.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, Lucasfilm's global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide; Lucasfilm Animation, which produces cutting-edge digital entertainment; and Lucas Licensing which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

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Win Tickets Advance To See EVIL DEAD In Fresno

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for EVIL DEAD! The screening is on April 2, 2013 - 7:30 PM @ Edwards Fresno Stadium 21 & Imax in Fresno.


EVIL DEAD is a Tri-Star film and will open nationwide on Friday, April 12th.

It is rated R for STRONG BLOODY VIOLENCE AND GORE, SOME SEXUAL CONTENT AND LANGUAGE with a running time of 91 minutes.


EVIL DEAD is an upcoming 2013 American horror film co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is a remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 critically acclaimed cult horror film The Evil Dead. It is the fourth installment of The Evil Dead franchise, and the first not to be directed by Raimi.


Alvarez was hand picked by Raimi himself and it is Alvarez's first feature film. The film was produced by Raimi, Campbell and Robert G. Tapert – the writer/director, lead actor, and producer of the original trilogy respectively. The film had its world premiere at the SXSW on March 9, and it was announced that a sequel was in the works


In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stark Industries Brings IRON MAN TECH To Disneyland

Attention Iron Man fans! To celebrate the upcoming release of “Iron Man 3,” opening in theaters May 3, an exciting new exhibit is coming to Innoventions at Disneyland park in California – featuring actual set pieces from the film!

Beginning April 13, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries will give Disneyland park guests the chance to see Tony Stark’s Hall of Armor, featuring Iron Man suits Mark I-VII – the same suits featured in “Iron Man 3.” And you will even be able to virtually “suit up,” yourself! Through simulation technology, guests will be able to see what it’s like to operate the latest pieces of the Mark 42 Iron Man armor, even getting the chance to test out its infamous repulsor blasts.

Come experience Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries when it opens at Innoventions in Disneyland park April 13 – and then check out “Iron Man 3” in theaters May 3.



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Win Tickets Advance To See TRANCE In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for TRANCE! The screening is on Tuesday, April 9, 7:30pm @ Regal Arden Fair in Sacramento.

Trance is an upcoming British drama thriller film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge. The film stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel.


A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur, the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.


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G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Review. Was It Worth The Wait?

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Review
By: MattInRC

While it has its issues, the long-delayed G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is better than Rise of Cobra. But that's not saying much.


I completely understand how upset Nerd America was with 2009's G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. It was silly, poorly cast, and barely stuck to canon, resulting in an embarrassing debut for the franchise. The movie was passable as rainy day fare, but I do get the venomous reaction that emanated from Joe fans. Undaunted, Paramount moved forward and in 2012 G.I. JOE: RETALIATION was set to be released. Trailers were previewed, Hasbro's toys were sent to the stores, and then something extraordinary happened: the movie was postponed one week before its release. In an act unseen for as long as I can remember, moviegoers and Joe fans cringed and questioned Paramount's 'We're converting the movie into 3D' hogwash. And so finally, after almost a year of delay, Retaliation arrives in theaters. And while it's a lot better than Cobra, there are still nagging issues that I can't get past.


Picking up sometime after Cobra, the elite fighting unit known as The Joes are on another mission, lead by 'Duke' Hauser (Channing Tatum, Magic Mike). The Joes have locked up Cobra Commander and Destro but are still hunting Cobra leaders Zartan (Arnold Vosloo, The Mummy) and the remains of Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee, The Good, The Bad, and The Weird). What The Joes do not know is that the US President (Jonathon Pryce, Tomorrow Never Dies) has been overtaken by Zartan, who is planning to eliminate The Joes. As a master of disguise, no one is aware of his plans, which he carries out with lethal effectiveness. With most of the team eliminated, a few survivors including Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson, Snitch), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki, Red Dawn 2012), and Flint (D.J. Cotrona, Venom), set out to avenge their friends and comrades. But they'll need help from their allies Snake Eyes (stuntman Ray Park), Jinx (Elodie Yung, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and the original leader of The Joes, Retired Colonel Colton (Bruce Willis, Die Hard franchise) if they are to bring all of Cobra to justice.


Having purposely left out several reveals in an effort to not play the spoiler, Retaliation is really a Jekyll Hyde mixture. On the one hand, it features a number of well-planned and executed action pieces, along with snappy dialogue in the first act. But, Retaliation also features an uneven Act 2 where any sense of character momentum and chemistry get pummeled into the ground, missing every opportunity to advance the characters in ways other than with a gun. What begins as an excellent action/buddy flick complete with terrific one-liners and a chemistry half of 2013's early of films would have envied, Retaliation turns into a straight-up and mindless action flick that's as flat in many points as the paper used to print the script. It's almost as if Director Jon Chu (Justin Beiber: Never Say Never) shot new sequences after the film was finished and....wait a minute, he actually DID shoot new sequences after the film was finished, because early tests were decidedly negative. While I credit Paramount with only slightly tweaking their original script, audiences are very likely to reject it altogether if they arrive expecting a character-driven action film or more of Tatum than they actually get.


Speaking of which,Tatum and Johnson have terrific chemistry that no one else commands after Act 1; when that dimension is taken off the table, the film clearly loses its momentum. Then, the explosions and sword fights happen, and you forget about this shortcoming, until the fighting stops again and someone has to actually act. As a result, those who survive turn in serviceable but not great performances. Audiences will no doubt wonder why Tatum was sacrificed so early in favor of Cotrona, which is an interesting story I encourage you to research. Rapper RZA is so poorly cast as "The Blind Master" that any cred he had gained from last year's Man with the Iron Fists is probably gone.

There are several things to like about G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Hardcore fans will appreciate the nods to Joe vehicles like the HISS Tank, and frequent moviegoers will like the good post-converted 3D and general end-of-world chaos which Chu brings. Palecki packs the hotness while Pryce plays double duty quite well. The music by Henry Jackman (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is good, although hearing an updated version of the G.I. Joe theme would have been upped the ante. And that's the problem with Retaliation, for while it's a vast improvement over the thoroughly unmemorable Rise of Cobra, it doesn't consistently hit the heights it needed. After watching it, I encourage you to view Retaliation using The Rule of Contrasts or Arbitrary Coherence, which states that the value of something new is related to the value of the original - in this case, Cobra was so bad that audiences could be fooled into thinking Retaliation to be quite good. While Chu has the franchise generally pointed in the right direction, don't allow yourself to lulled into this false sense of security.

I wasn't expecting a perfect action flick, but I did expect Chu to recognize and fix the problems that the test screenings unearthed. Whether he accomplished that is debatable but at least Retaliation entertains even though you won't remember much afterwards. Whether the G.I. Joe franchise survives beyond Retaliation lies more in the hands of moviegoers than with its loyal and hardcore fans. Chu has made his film - now it's anyone's guess whether it will live to see May. G.I. Joe: Retaliation is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 110 minutes.

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Stan Lee's HERO PETZ Available Now

STAN LEE’S KIDS UNIVERSE UNLEASHES HERO PETZ GAME BASED ON MULTIPLATFORM BOOK.

DOWNLOAD THE GAME FOR FREE THIS WEEK DURING WONDERCON AND PROTECT THE CITY WITH A GANG OF FUN, CRIME- FIGHTING ANIMALS-THE HERO PETZ

Stan Lee’s Kids Universe (SLKU), the family friendly multiplatform imprint from comic icon Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics is challenging gamers across the country to defeat evil ninja weasels and protect Peludo City by unleashing HERO PETZ, a fun new game and multiplatform graphic novel. Both properties are being released this week at WonderCon. The game, available on iOS, will be available for free download this week only during WonderCon and can be downloaded by visiting: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hero-petz/id615523496?ls=1&mt=8.

HERO PETZ the graphic novel book is published in association with Viper Comics (www.ViperComics.com) and written by Dale Mettam (Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test) with art and cover by Juan Fleites and tells the story of the evil Itachi Clan who have a grip on Peludo City. Hero Petz, a group of brave heroes and a crazy monkey, stand by ready to defend the innocent and fight for justice. This group consists of El Conejito the Rabbit, Wonder Squirrel, Steel Shell the Turtle, Sensei Penguin-San, Kapitan Brüllaffe the Monkey, and Golden Hamster. For additional information please visit: www.StanLeesKidsUniverse.com.

HERO PETZ the game is based on the same multiplatform book from SLKU and Viper Comics, which is also available starting today for purchase in stores and on Amazon, iTunes, Kindle, Kobo and on www.stanleeskidsuniverse.com.

Commented 1821 Comics CEO and co-founder Terry Dougas: “When we launched our Stan Lee’s Kids Universe label in February, Stan Lee and I announced that we’d be releasing a slate of family friendly properties, and HERO PETZ falls exactly in line with this vision.

In celebration of WonderCon, we invite fans from everywhere this week to download the game for free and enjoy the HERO PETZ universe, a very fun brand for everyone.”

The HERO PETZ game and graphic novel come on the heels of SLKU’s launch last month of its colorful children’s book MONSTERS VS. KITTENS by Dani Jones, along with GOOBEEZ: PIRATE ADVENTURE, a game for the IOS platform (iTunes).

Get the latest news from STAN LEE’S KIDS UNIVERSE via:
Facebook at facebook.com/StanLeesKidsUniverse
Twitter at twitter.com/stanleeskidsu

About 1821 Comics
1821 Comics is a comic book/graphic novel company based out of Los Angeles, California founded by entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas. The company is devoted to bringing exciting eye popping new titles to the world of comics. Along with its own titles 1821 is teaming up with some of the top publishers on new cutting edge books. While 1821 concentrates on titles for an older audience, the recent launch of their new imprint in partnership with comic legend Stan Lee’s POW!
Entertainment allows the company to expand into children’s publishing via Stan Lee’s
Kids Universe. The two companies are highly devoted to story, content, and artwork that
will move readers from beginning to end of all age groups. For further information visit www.1821comics.com.

About POW! Entertainment, Inc.
POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises. For further information visit www.powentertainment.com.

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THE ENGLISH TEACHER Theatrical Poster

On behalf of Cinedigm and Tribeca Film, we are pleased to share the official theatrical poster for their upcoming film, THE ENGLISH TEACHER. With an all-star cast featuring Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins, this uplifting comedy is about taking risks in love and life and refusing to live by the book.

The film tells the story of Linda Sinclair—a forty-year-old unmarried English teacher whose greatest relationships are with her favorite authors and stories. When a disheartened former student moves back into town after failing to make it as a playwright in New York, Linda decides to step out of her comfort zone and mount his play with the help of the high school drama teacher.

Head over to EW.com to check out an exclusive interview with Lily Collins.


THE ENGLISH TEACHER will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th and will be playing in theaters beginning May 17th. The film will also be available to watch on VOD and other digital platforms starting April 14th. Please find additional information about the film attached below and feel free to share with your readers.

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Disconnect Trailer Starring An All-Star Cast

Here is the trailer for the upcoming film Disconnect. The film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Andrea Riseborough, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max Thieriot


A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.


Disconnect explores the consequences of modern technology and how it affects and defines our daily relationships. Shot with eavesdropped naturalism, it marks the first fiction feature from Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the Oscar-nominated Murderball. Disconnect is produced by Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe of LD Entertainment and William Horberg of Wonderful Films from an original screenplay by Andrew Stern. The ensemble cast includes Jason Bateman (Identity Thief, The Change-Up, Up in the Air), Hope Davis (Real Steel, Mildred Pierce), Frank Grillo (Gangster Squad, The Grey), Paula Patton (Precious, Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Brighton Rock, W. E.), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, Melancholia) and Max Thieriot (Jumper), as well as Jonah Bobo (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Colin Ford (We Bought A Zoo) and Haley Ramm (X-Men).



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PAIN & GAIN RED-BAND TRAILER

Paramount and Michael Bay have delivered the Red-Band trailer for PAIN & GAIN. Let's see if your pumped after seeing this trailer. And of course there are explosions in the movie.


You’ve got to feel a little sorry for Wahlberg – he’s admirably bulked and toned here, but standing next to The Rock, even when he’s crouching, just makes anyone look a little less impressive.


Pain features the duo as Floridian body-builders who get embroiled in a web of kidnap and extortion that also drags in folks played by Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry and supermodel Bar Paly (because what’s a Bay film without a supermodel these days?)


The story of the crime that goes badly wrong for all involved sounds a little too good to be true, but it’s real all right – Captain America scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely based their script on Pete Collins’ 1999 articles in the Miami New Times.



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Saoirse Ronan Interview From THE HOST

Saoirse Ronan Interview
By: April Crain

Here is our round table interview with Saoirse Ronan from the upcoming film THE HOST. You need to show April lots of LOVE. As you can see she did a ton of transcribing and let me tell you it is time consuming. Make sure to follow her on Twitter and please SHARE.

In case you are wondering how to pronounce her name it sound like this: "Ser Sha"


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

Imagine the Cutest Irish accent you have ever heard. Seriously. Okay Lets begin.


Saoirse: I got a really bad cold a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't talk, I had no voice at all and I still don't have it back... Do you guys want a gummy panda?

(laughter throughout the whole room)

Interviewer: I don't think I've ever been offered a gummy panda in my whole life.

MAX IRONS Interview From THE HOST Hollywood Junket

Interviewer: I've never seen those before.(referring to the bag of "gummy panda's" Saoirse was eating)

S: The gelatin in Jellies' coats your throat and it's much better for you than lozenges because lozenges, they only cure your throat for like a few minutes and then it actually dries up your throat again, so you have to buy more.


I: Yeah, Menthol is one of the worst ingredients...

THE HOST Review. Go See It

S: Give them more money! Stick it to the Man!

I: Exactly
I: Where do you get those?? That's amazing

S: I don't know... The guys got them for me in the hotel

I: Same thing as gummy bears?


S: No! They're gummy PANDA'S, completely different
(laughter)

I: So this is quite the different performance from what we saw you do with Hanna.

S: Yup... Hope So

I: You still have a lot of action here, but a lot of this, the intelligence that goes with the character, was it much easier filming this one without quite as much action? Or because of the cerebral nature of the character did that really tap into new avenues and new synapses for you?

S: See, Now I felt like Hanna was a bit like that as well, um, so Yeah, but I know what you meant, I think mentally it was on par with Hanna, physically it wasn't quite as draining, Hanna was very tiring cus there was so much action in it. But no it was great, I mean I like thinking about characters, and I like when characters think, and so it was wonderful not only to play one character who is very much sort of driven by her mental thoughts and the decisions that are floating around in her head that are being made by someone else and then to hop over and play someone else who is very impulsive, and very much a fighter and which is Melanie, and who is just very human, you know, so it was really nice for me to be able to play two characters that were so completely different to the other one.

I: Do you ever feel like a crazy woman though with like the voices battling each other?

S: I do that a lot anyway, I talk to myself a lot anyway and so no...

I: But as two different people? (laughter)

S: Well, Ya, I did... Now this is awkward now, You know all my secrets... ummm... They don't look like Panda's umm. Anyway, I'm a bit jet lagged, sorry! Uhh What did you ask me?

I: about if you ever feel crazy really?

S: Well, no, I find maybe it's because I'm an only child, I don't know, That I pretend I'm other characters anyways when I'm on my own, so it's something that I do quite a lot and I didn't really think about it when we were going into it. I didn't think that it would be quite a natural thing for me to do but I really felt comfortable doing it in front of 100 people on set. It was great because we recorded the VO (voice over) before we started shooting and we played it and a little ear piece that only I could hear and only Andrew could hear so they could time Melanie's lines to whatever I say and leave as much as a gap as they want to leave and things like that. But it simply felt just like I was acting with myself and I liked it! It was, you know, I liked doing it! I mean, She's a bit of a diva, That Saoirse one, but, you know it was hard to get used to her way of doing this but.. (laughter)

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I: One of the really interesting things about your performance is the different cadence, vocal cadence and elocution you had for both characters, how difficult was it for you to work on that, to really delineate the two voices

S: Um, It wasn't so hard, I mean I think it was an obvious choice for them to have two different accents, we needed that in order to differentiate the two characters, considering that for the majority of the films we don't really see Melanie, we physically just don't see her, someone else has control over her body, so we consider this body to now be Wanda's. Also we needed her to come from another place, we needed her to really sound like she had a different background and she'd had a completely different life even if they had the same... it would have been too confusing anyways if they had the same voice. And even just with how where the placement was in myself... They were different. Melanie was very immediate. Everything was very immediate with her. Whereas Wanda's, I dunno, the delivery of most of her stuff was very uh.. what's the word, controlled but just really considered.

I: I know it's writing but I know the way that Wanda forms sentences versus Melanie is very proper

S: VERY Proper

I: versus Melanie being very "slang" I guess

S: Yeah, she's a human and she's on the run... she doesn't have time to form proper sentences, you know she's very much

I: Well and she is also 17 and wanda is....

S: Everything is very practical, Sorry it's going to take me longer it say stuff, everything is more practical with Melanie, as so I think that comes through with her movement, with her physicality, um and her voice and how she speaks and her attitude towards things, versus Wanda who doesn't really have any threat you know, Until Melanie comes back

I: What was it when you first read the script and the book if you had read the book earlier, what was it that spoke to you about Melanie and Wanda that just tapped into you?

S: Um, I think the struggle that both of them are going through to get what they want and Wanda, Wanda just simply wants peace. Wanda is the most good, and she's simply a perfect soul and I thought that would be something that would be very interesting to play to play someone who really couldn't have any sort of human impulses or human reactions to things that we would naturally fly off the handle about or get angry about or cry about um, that was something she sort of has to get used to as the film goes on. And with Melanie um, I kind of sympathized with the fact that she was completely on her own and she had so much responsibility put on her shoulders by having to look after her younger brother and having the knowledge you know that her father killed himself in order to protect them she really had no one left and the only hope that she has is this get away, hideaway cave that her uncle has built for whatever humans are left, that's the only hope she kind of has left and she's constantly striving to get them there, and I Really respect Melanie as a character, I really respect her, I love that she never backs down but yet as the film goes on she really starts to empathize with Wanda and understand this terrible situation that Melanie has put her in, so.

I: I also find it interesting that with this and Stephenie's previous work, 'Twilight' there became the whole like Jacob, Team Edward, but no one has to pick a team here because both guys get to be with someone, you know

S: that's true, that's true.. eventually, Spoiler Alert!

I: I know, I know, I won't give it away, but the love story aspect, I can't recall that you've really gotten to explore anything like that in any of your film's have you?

S: I have a little bit, not as much as in 'the Host', I mean I did a little bit in the 'Lovely Bones', I don't know if you've seen 'Byzantium' yet there's a little bit of that there but it's not really the focus of the film like it is in this you know, it was new for me to have romance be such a massive part of the story, ya.

I: Was it every awkward or like strange new emotions for you to explore on camera for you?

S: No, I mean it wasn't, I had done it before, but I just had to do it more often with this. I mean that very first take is always awkward for two actors I think but after that you just kind of get it

I: It didn't look awkward...

S: Good! That was probably like the 5th take

I: I talked to Max the other day about when he has to slap you. Was that awkward for you filming?

S: It was just funny

I: Was it powerful? How was your reaction to filming those scenes, and Ian choking Wanda?

S: Um, They definitely needed to be controlled and you needed to make sure that it made sense to do that, you know? Cus it is a strange reaction. It's kind of, I think you'll see on Jake's face as well when he's doing that scene that he's confused by what's going on. Everyone's quite confused through this whole film, because we're all being pulled in different directions, we all want different things, we all want that girl or that guy but we can't have them for whatever reason, because one of them is an alien. (laughter) But I mean when we did the slapping scene, we did this bit where I had to like bite, I didn't actually do it but like bite Max's lip, we just laughed and laughed, but yeah, it makes that they would react in this way, it's kind of, it's a bit shocking

I: Yeah, I found it very powerful when I saw it in the movie

S: Oh good, In a good way?

I: Yeah! Yeah! I took a friend with me that had never read the book or anything and we were both "Oh wow!" , taken aback, it was really great

S: okay, Yeah! Because I mean what else would they do, this thing is a threat to them, this, this...

I: "IT"

S: Yeah! This well, Parasite in their eyes that's taken over their loved ones body, is a threat to them, is somebody who means death to them when they instantly come across it, when they initially come across it, so for her to suddenly say "I love you" or to be attracted to them or something like that, you know they don't know how to react to something like that.

I: Now being an only child, it's quite interesting seeing you interacting with Chandler playing your little brother

S: Yes, someone else said that yesterday

I: So how did you go about, did you get to hang out with him? Because you had a great older sister/younger brother bond going on in the film

S: Oh good! Well, I mean I don't have any brothers or sisters but I feel like I kind of act like a big sister with any kids that I'm working with so I mean, with Chandler, and do you guys know "Peppa Pig"? Do you know the cartoon? So I worked with "Peppa Pig" last year and I mean it was the same kind of thing, I've always been around kids, even though I haven't had any brothers or sisters myself and I've always had just that kind of natural instinct to look after them and take care of them and stuff. My best friend, Christopher is a few years younger than me and he's like my brother so I've always, just always kind of been like that and Chandler's lovely and gorgeous and you know and we just go on very well. I like boy's as well. I think they're great when they're that age, you know they're into their football and video games and things like that and I thought he was fun

I: Yeah the two of you are just magical together on screen

S: Aww, he's a great actor isn't he?

I: I love the scene in the cave with the glow worms

S: He's brilliant, He's really brilliant, yeah I really liked him in it

I: What's your favorite scene to watch, maybe it wasn't to act but when you see the final product?

S: I think all the stuff in the caves is very beautiful, I think you know, the mirrors, and things like that and the wheat field all that kind of stuff which they put in afterwards, is very beautiful, very kind of epic and grand you know they're taking a landscape that's so simple and really making it something interesting to look at.

I: It IS very grand, because reading the book, I picture it but it was such a bigger scale

S: I know, Oh Good, I didn't know how they were going to do it because when we did it, obviously we didn't have it there, we didn't have the mirrors or anything like that. When I saw it I thought it looked amazing. It just really opens your eyes, It opens your eyes to what humans can do. You know how they can be so practical and so kind of imaginative at the same time. And that's something that this one mind of Uncle Jeb's creates over you know 20 years or something that he created all this and that's something. Cus this is the real question in the story is I mean, How much do humans really bring to the table and if we're taken away from this planet, would it be better off without us, would it be, obviously it would be a more harmonious place I suppose, but um, It's an interesting concept I think you know, cus we are such a big part of this world.

I: Now you've worked with a variety of different directors that each have their own style, how would you describe working with Andrew?

S: I loved working with Andrew. I love Andrew because he has a great attitude towards film making, he wants to, he doesn't take it too seriously, he wants to just have fun and have a laugh and he does and he's great. I mean he's very very specific about the look of the set, and shots and things like that, he's really really quite meticulous about all that sort of stuff. But it works and it looks beautiful on screen and you see something like 'Gattaca' or I know he didn't direct it but 'The Truman Show' which he wrote which is, the style is so important and that comes from him.

I: Now had you read 'The Host' before you got involved with this project?

S: No

I: Have you read it since?

S: Yeah, I read it before I started shooting

I: What do you think of Andrew's adaptation?

S: I think it's brilliant. I think it was a very difficult thing to do to take 600 pages or whatever it is and condense that into 120 and try and include the history of all these characters, especially Wanda, this world, and really tell a very well developed well structured story and I think he did that, You know. He's a terrific writer he really is and he's a real artist as well so I think he did a fantastic job, but I think it was really tough task to do something like that

I: You know I told Jake, that I think that I think that this is one time that the film is far better than the book

S: Oh Wow, Okay, Don't tell Stephenie that!


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Win Tickets Advance To See TRANCE In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for TRANCE! The screening is on Monday, April 8, 7pm @ Century 9 SF Centre in San Francisco.

Trance is an upcoming British drama thriller film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge. The film stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel.


A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur, the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.


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