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Saturday, April 13, 2013

TRANCE Review. Pushes Every Boundary Imaginable And A Terrific Sense Of Style

TRANCE Review
By: MattInRC

Does the psychological thriller TRANCE prove itself a worthy affair, or does it need more time in therapy?

After a quick start, the movies of 2013 continue to impress, establishing themselves as some of the strongest in recent memory. From extraordinary action/dramas to enjoyable if predictable comedies and good horror, we've seen a diverse collection to be sure. And although audiences have largely stayed away, it certainly hasn't been due to a lack of quality. At the very edge of the commercial spectrum is Trance, a film that pushes about every boundary imaginable with well-crafted precision and a terrific sense of style.


When an art heist in London goes bad, the players gather to figure out why their inside man Simon (James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class) hid the painting rather than delivering it. Front-man Franck (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan) wants his painting, as its high price will pay off the high debt which the gambler Simon has incurred. And although the players decide that Simon should be hypnotized to force his memory back, one early mystery is established that takes its time in resolving: why did Simon strike his partner Franck during the heist, forcing Franck to knock Simon unconscious? That injury is deep, affecting Simon in more of a nightmare than he and Franck bargained for. Upon seeking treatment from the charming and brilliant hypnotist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson, Sin City), Simon soon reveals a disturbing and dangerous layer to his personality. As Trance thunders to its inevitable climax, we must decide if Simon's life is real or imagined, and whether the results of his head injury have awakened more than just his memories.


If all of that sounds a little like a hybrid of Inception and The Thomas Crown Affair, don’t think for a minute you've seen the whole story. Bathed in a cinematic beauty few films this year have achieved, Director Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) creates a lush environment of odd closeups, well-appointed offices and apartments, and nightmarish interludes, thanks to long-time collaborator and Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. He's got an eye for pretty pictures, and the deep tones he and Boyle conceive are highly-stylized but extremely effective. That kind of filmmaking might lead some to wonder if it all comes at the cost of the story, but Trance is one of the best-written thrillers I've seen in awhile, thanks to Writer John Hodge (A Life Less Ordinary). He wraps the audience in a deep web of character development and murderous brutality, culminating in a reveal that few will see coming.


No script is effective without the right actors, and Boyle surrounds himself with a terrific rotation of McAvoy, Dawson, and Cassel. Each helps to build a love triangle that slowly unfolds into a nail-biting third act. McAvoy is at the top of his game here, content to play the severely disturbed Simon with a precision that he's quickly becoming known for. Deeply sensual and featuring a full frontal equal to the likes of Denzel Washington's Flight, this one should not be viewed with kids of any age. Some might claim that Dawson bearing all was unnecessary to the script, but in terms of the larger telling of the story, I believe its oddly-conceived arrival is perfectly in tune with this offering.

Trance isn't for everyone and will surely divide itself between lovers and haters - there's no in-between with this one. That's okay because the result is so deeply engrossing that it will lead to robust discussions afterwards. I love that aspect about film, and while I don't want that in everything I see, it's certainly welcomed here.

In a year filled with so many surprising films, Trance will challenge viewers in a way few will. When this sort of cinema is let loose upon the world, it's unknown what the result will be. Let's hope audiences flock to it, if for nothing else than to comment on one of the boldest and most unique in recent memory. Trance is rated R for nudity, language, and violent scenes of death, has a runtime of 101 minutes, and comes highly recommended.

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James McAvoy Gets Filthy In This Trailer

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James McAvoy has recently been getting in touch with his Scottish roots onstage in Macbeth, but he's gone full Glaswegian* onscreen in Filth, as the violent, drink-addled, drug-addicted, thoroughly reprehensible Bruce Robertson, the protagonist of Irvine Welsh's story. And you can see just how far he's gone to the bad in this trailer, which is not safe for work so we've put it at the bottom of the page in case your boss looks over your shoulder.

The plot sees McAvoy's corrupt, bigoted cop up for promotion, and determined to do everything possible (which in his case is quite a lot) to block the path of rival Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell) and his other colleagues. That's when he can spare time from his busy drinking / screwing / drug-snorting schedule, of course.



The film also stars Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Joanne Froggatt, Shirley Henderson, Kate Dickie and Imogen Poots, and is directed and adapted by Jon S. Baird. It's due to hit screens in September, so there's still time to brace yourselves for what promises to be an swearfest of epic proportions.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

42 Review. Spirited And Uplifting

42 Review
By: MattInRC

42 is a powerful and feel-good account of the first black player to join the Major Leagues.


As a long-time fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I cannot help but be proud of the team's heritage. Among the best of these boasts is the story of first baseman Jackie Robinson, whose historic signing by executive Branch Rickey in 1947 lead to a smashing of the color barrier in Major League Baseball. And while several movies have tried to tell Robinson's story (including one starring the athlete himself), none have come as close as this week's release of 42, a spirited and uplifting surprise in every way.


As World War II ends and baseball's heroes return from active duty to renew the National Pastime, Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford, Blade Runner) makes a monumental decision: it is time to bring the first black player into the league. Although blacks served and died in the war, respect in peacetime has been to find, with things looking more like post-Civil War America than anything equal. Caught up in this ongoing tumult is the ballplayer Jackie Robinson (TV actor Chadwick Boseman), who's been stuck playing in the International League with the Kansas City Monarchs. Before signing Robinson, Rickey warns the hotshot of the coming storm, only to see Robinson respond by stealing home on his first at-bat with the farm-team Montreal Royals. But it's not all good times for Robinson, as news spreads among whites of his impending arrival in New York. Greeted by boos from the whites and cheers from the black crowds, he's forced to endure everything from petitions by his own team members demanding his removal, to dozens of death threats. As he and newly-wed wife Rachel (Nicole Beharie, American Violet) brave the city of Philadelphia and the chance to make the playoffs, the two must stick together as Rickey tries to protect his rising star from ball beanings and taunting from that city's racist manager.


The script by Writer/Director Brian Helgeland is well-built and compact, keeping the heroics and long-winded speeches about Robinson's accomplishments at a minimum. Known mostly for his L.A. Confidential script, Helgeland effectively re-creates the world of 1940's America, giving us the beautiful side (some terrific CGI reconstructions of Ebbets Field) and the ugly stuff, too. It's not a pretty picture, but Helgeland keeps the script moving by mixing in some comedy between those tense scenes (of which there's many), such as Rickey's phone conversations with Dodger manager and playboy Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni, TV's Law and Order).


42 is about overcoming racism - more like a battle of wills between the old America and the new - and so it's important to note that Helgeland does drop the 'N' word quite often, especially as it seems to pour out of the mouth of Phillies Manager Ben Chapman (Alan Tudyk, Serenity). Be prepared for this, especially if you plan on taking young kids to see it, which I do recommend. Some might claim that the seemingly constant use of the word wasn't necessary - I say it's a part of baseball's sometimes uncomfortable past and was completely appropriate to show.


Helgeland's cast expertly handles this challenging script by delving into the time period and immersing themselves and us in the controversy that I'm sure must have been swirling around Robinson at the time. Harrison Ford, rightfully criticized during the past 20 years for mailing in one stiff performance after another, shines here as Branch Rickey - he's got the gruff exterior and kind heart down, portraying Rickey as Robinson's protector and baseball's lightning rod. He steals many scenes he's in, and delivers some of the best comedic lines in the film. But it's always been Ford's presence and gravitas that's made him so likeable, and he delivers just like it was 1981 and Indiana Jones all over again.

And much like 2011's Cowboys and Aliens, Ford isn't the best thing about 42, but he's darn close. The credit for that prize is clearly earned by Bozeman, who's bold but never obnoxious and strong without being rude. You can feel his inner rage as he tries single-handedly to represent all the hopes of African Americans with each swing and stolen base. Watch out for Bozeman, whose splash here makes him ready for instant stardom. The supporting cast is also excellent, including Beharie, John C. McGinley as a hilarious Red Barber, and Meloni who exudes the perfect New York attitude in Durocher.

As the credits began to roll, I noticed a loud cheer erupt from the audience, something which I neither expected, nor have I heard since The Avengers. That's a powerful stamp of approval for 42, a surprising hit that I hope endures throughout the summer. It's rated PG-13, has a runtime of 128 minutes, and comes highly recommended.

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CW's ARROW To Have A Special DC Guest In Season 2?

"Arrow" is wrapping up its successful first season while planting seeds for its next one. Colton Haynes and Manu Bennett have signed on for season two, ensuring that fans will be seeing a lot more of Roy Harper and Slade Wilson next year. The last few episodes have also also raised the profile of characters like the Huntress, Shado and the Count.

Now executive producer Marc Guggenheim has teased via Twitter that another DC Comics character may be popping in for a visit. Check out the tweet below.


The "Kord" in Kord Industries refers to Ted Kord, perhaps better known as the second Blue Beetle. Kord joined the DC Universe after the 1986 event "Crisis On Infinite Earths." He then became a much beloved member of the Justice League in "Justice League International" and its various other incarnations between the late '80s and much of the '90s. It's definitely not an understatement to say that comic book fans (including the one typing these words) love Ted Kord.

Now whether or not the teased logo plays an integral part in a future episode of "Arrow" remains to be seen; it could just be an Easter egg. But really, Ted Kord fits right in with the show's strict "no super powers" rule. He's a normal man who trusts his smarts and wits to enable him to keep up with his super teammates.

Kord previously appeared in season 10 of "Smallville" alongside Booster Gold and Jaime Reyes, the most recent Blue Beetle. Here's hoping that the character is due for a return in "Arrow."

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DreamWorks Animation Nabs "Troll Dolls"

With an animated film based on the Troll doll toy franchise already in development, DreamWorks Animation has gone one step further and bought the entire brand, and has tapped American Girl veteran Shawn Dennis to oversee the brand for the toon studio.

Deal with the Dam Family and Dam Things of Denmark now makes DreamWorks Animation the exclusive worldwide licensor of merchandise rights for the Trolls, except for Scandanavia, the birthplace of the characters, where Dam Things will remain the licensor.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. DWA first brokered the film rights for a Trolls movie in 2010.

Dennis will focus on relaunching the Trolls brand worldwide and introducing them to a new generation of kids.

“Trolls is a brand with over fifty years of deep heritage and we are thrilled to bring this iconic, multi-generational property to DreamWorks Animation,” said chief operating officer Ann Daly. “We have big plans for this franchise and Shawn Dennis is uniquely suited to lead this charge. She helped grow the American Girl brand into a household name and by bringing this expertise to Trolls she will introduce these characters to legions of new fans around the world.”

Dennis recently served as chief marketing officer and senior VP of marketing at doll retailer American Girl. Before that, she was group head and VP, global branding at computer maker Dell, and chief marketing officer and VP of the National Football League. Her resume also includes stints at MasterCard Intl and Universal Studios.

“DreamWorks Animation is renowned for telling wonderful stories about imaginative worlds while bringing characters with universal appeal into the hearts and homes of families everywhere,” said Calle Ostergaard, CEO of Dam Things. “We are confident that the time-honored legend of the Trolls, which holds such special significance to the Dam family and the people of Scandanavia, will now live on in new and exciting ways with DreamWorks Animation.”

The Troll dolls were first introduced in 1959, when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his young daughter Lajla, carved a doll for her based on the legendary Scandinavian troll. They became one of the toy biz’s biggest phenomenons during the 1960s and enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Win Tickets Advance To See PAIN & GAIN In San Francisco

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for PAIN & GAIN! The screening is on Tuesday, April 23, 7:00pm @ Century Centre 9 In San Francisco.


PAIN & GAIN is an upcoming action, comedy, crime film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Michael Bay. The film is based on a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles surrounding the brutal kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders. Two members of the "Sun Gym Gang," Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal, received death sentences in Florida and sit on Florida's death row


Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a regular bodybuilder who works at the Sun Gym along with his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). Sick of living the poor life, Lugo concocts a plan to kidnap Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a regular at the gym and a rich, spoiled businessman, and extort money from him by means of torture. With the help of recently released criminal Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), the "Sun Gym Gang" successfully gets Kershaw to sign over all his finances. But when Kershaw survives an attempted murder by the gang, he hires private investigator Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to catch the criminals after the Miami Police Department fails to do so.


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Win Tickets Advance To See PAIN & GAIN In Roseville

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for PAIN & GAIN! The screening is on Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm @ Century Roseville.


PAIN & GAIN is an upcoming action, comedy, crime film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directed by Michael Bay. The film is based on a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles surrounding the brutal kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several victims by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders. Two members of the "Sun Gym Gang," Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal, received death sentences in Florida and sit on Florida's death row


Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a regular bodybuilder who works at the Sun Gym along with his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). Sick of living the poor life, Lugo concocts a plan to kidnap Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a regular at the gym and a rich, spoiled businessman, and extort money from him by means of torture. With the help of recently released criminal Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), the "Sun Gym Gang" successfully gets Kershaw to sign over all his finances. But when Kershaw survives an attempted murder by the gang, he hires private investigator Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to catch the criminals after the Miami Police Department fails to do so.


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Something Important Will Be Missing From MAN OF STEEL

With the new issue of Entertainment Weekly comes a welter of new MAN OF STEEL images, and also an intriguing snippet of new information. There's already, controversially, not a pair of red pants to be seen, but now we learn there'll also be narry a trace of kryptonite in the film. Given that the glowy green substance is Superman's only weakness, what on Earth is going to make him in any way vulnerable enough for any Zod-fearing drama?

"I'll be honest with you: there's no Kryptonite in the movie," director Zack Snyder tells EW. Henry Cavill, donning the Supes cape, elaborates (slightly) that, "Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties." Aw no, he's not going to be laid low by feelings, is he? But seriously, with three equally super-powered but considerably less sympathetic fellow Kryptonians to deal with in this film, Superman faces worse than a mere green rock this time around, so perhaps this is a sensible omission.

MAN OF STEEL Trailer #2. Do You Believe?

MAN OF STEEL, starring Henry Cavill as the new Superman, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Michael Shannon as General Zod, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara, Antje Traue as Faora. Christopher Meloni as a military character. Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.

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The Hangover Part III. The Final Trailer

As if you could forget, the Wolfpack is back. We've had one main trailer for The Hangover Part III and now here comes the second, which boasts some new footage and a proper idea of what the plot is about, beyond “the guys take a road trip.”



It would appear that, in the wake of his father’s death (and even before) Zach Galifianakis’ man-child Alan has gone off his meds, acting weirder than ever. Which is saying something, given that it’s Alan. So Pack pals Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Doug (Justin Bartha) stage an intervention, aiming to whisk him off to rehab at New Horizons.

Yet en route, they’re ambushed and cornered by John Goodman’s vengeful villain, who is chasing Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) for stealing a hefty haul of cash. Holding Doug as hostage, Goodman sends the lads out to find Chow and bring him in, a mission that will take them to Tijuana and their old stomping ground of Las Vegas, among other places.

So while all the ads so far have promised that this will be a different brand of wacky hijinks, we can’t help but worry that the kidnapped Doug, Chow being crazy and crawling around Vegas will remind us too much of particularly the first film. Still, hopefully there will be plenty of fresh laughs to be had as director Todd Phillips wrap up the trilogy.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Official Poster

Check out the official poster for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, from director Joss Whedon, exclusively on EW:


 Leonato (Clark Gregg), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond) who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato's daughter Hero (Jillian Morgese), while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker), the governor's niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange with Leonato for a marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies: Conrade (Riki Lindhome) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.

A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING opens in theaters June 7, 2013.

Presented by Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions

Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Carrie-Anne Moss Joins Pompeii

Carrie-Anne Moss has joined the cast of Pompeii, the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed 3D action adventure film. Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris also star in the film, which began shooting last month in Pompeii and is now in Toronto. Set in 79 A.D., Milo, a slave-turned-invincible gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Flavia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman General. As Mt. Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once-magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Moss is playing Flavia’s mother.

Script was written by Lee and Janet Scott Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson and Julian Fellowes. Pic’s a co-production between Constantin Film and Impact Pictures, and produced by Anderson and his Impact Pictures producing partner Jeremy Bolt. Robert Kulzer is producing for Constantin alongside Don Carmody. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producer.

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PAIN & GAIN Clip. "An Honest Mistake"

MTV got their hands on this exclusive clip from the upcoming film PAIN & GAIN.

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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New PEEPLES Trailer Starring Craig Robinson & Kerry Washington

Meeting the future in-laws doesn't always go as smoothly as planned…

Wade Walker's about to learn the rules of engagement! In Lionsgate's upcoming comedy, PEEPLES, audiences will see that trying to respect family boundaries can sometimes be an epic failure. Get ready to laugh your heads off while experiencing the chaotic, hilarious, and crazy things that can happen when meeting your girlfriend's family for the first time.



Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer of DRUMLINE) joins forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out . . . but bind us together with love.

PEEPLES stars Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, and Diahann Carroll, and is written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism. PEEPLES is a presentation of Lionsgate and 34th Street Films, and a 34th Street Films /Stephanie Allain/Paul Hall/Lionsgate production.

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The Tomb Renamed The Escape Plan & Release Date Change

If you thought the original name of Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's prison break movie - that's The Tomb, fact fans - wasn't descriptive enough, then prepare to rejoice because The Tomb has now become The Escape Plan. Also, it's had its release date changed to September 13, 2013.

This is all because the studio behind it, Summit Entertainment, have been doing a little light maintenance on a few of their projects. I, Frankenstein, the graphic novel adaptation that stars Aaron Eckhart as the monster, has moved from September 13 to January 24, 2014, leaving this gap for The Escape Plan to fill.

These date changes, though annoying for those of us looking forward to Eckhart lurching around and grunting at people, don't really compare to the The Tomb/Escape Plan switcheroo, which is a bit of a shame. Arguably The Tomb sounds more like a horror movie - which it isn't, as it's actually about an architect who designs maxium security prisons (Stallone) having to break out of a building of his own making - so maybe they were trying to avoid confusion, but considering how badly the similarly milktoast-named The Last Stand did, you'd hope Summit would have stuck to their guns.

Joining them in that September 13 slot is the Insidious sequel, Insidious Chapter 2, which trying a similar trick to The Last Exorcism follow-up, The Last Exorcism Part II, with a title that sounds like they were planning another film all along... Here's hoping the sequel for The Escape Plan is called The Escape Plan II: The Tomb to make things right.

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Liam Neeson & Woody Harrelson Are Highwaymen


Media Rights Capital has teamed up with its Ted partner Universal Pictures to co-finance Highwaymen, a drama about the Texas Rangers that hunted and gunned down Depression Era bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde. The film is coming together for a first quarter 2014 production start. John Lee Hancock will direct and Liam Neeson and Woody Harrelson are being courted to star. The John Fusco-scripted drama focuses on legendary lawman Frank Hamer, who was coaxed by a consortium of banks to assemble a posse and end the robbery reign of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in the 1930s. Casey Silver is producing.

Hamer was an old style Texas Ranger who’d survived 100 gunfights and killed 53 people, and he focused on the duo after their gang organized a jail break and killed a guard. They’ve been talking about this feature for awhile, but they will most certainly come after a miniseries on the same subject by History and Lifetime that’s being directed by Bruce Beresford and has William Hurt playing Hamer.

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Elysium Trailer Has Landed

ELYSIUM Trailer has arrived and we go it.

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

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TCM - Road to Hollywood - THE PINK PANTHER With Special Guest Robert Wagner In San Francisco

Win tickets to see THE PINK PANTHER. Turner Classic Movies is hosting a special screening of the classic film THE PINK PANTHER at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on April 16. Robert Wagner, star of the film, will be doing a Q&A before the film starts with moderator Robert Osborne.

THE PINK PANTHER is a 1964 American comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine, and Claudia Cardinale. The film introduced the cartoon character of the same name, in an opening credits sequence animated by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises.

As a child, Princess Dala receives a gift from her father, the Shah of Lugash: the Pink Panther, the largest diamond in the world. This huge pink gem has an unusual flaw: looking deeply into the stone, one perceives a tiny discoloration resembling a leaping panther. (As the camera moves in, this image comes to life and participates in the opening credits.) When Dala is a young woman, rebels seize power in Lugash and then demand possession of the jewel, but the exiled princess refuses to hand it over.

Several years later, Dala (Claudia Cardinale) relaxes on holiday at an exclusive skiing resort in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Also staying is a noted British playboy, Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), who leads a secret life as a jewel thief called "The Phantom" and has his eyes on the Pink Panther. His unwitting American playboy nephew, George (Robert Wagner), follows his uncle to the resort, also hoping to steal the jewel and blame it on the Phantom.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CHEECH & CHONG’S ANIMATED MOVIE Rolls Into Theaters 4/20

ROUND UP YOUR BEST BUDS AS IT’S HIGH TIME FOR…. Comedy Legends Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong Smoke Out Theaters Nationwide To Celebrate 4/20.

- Blazin’ Soundtrack Available April 9 from Ode Sounds & Visuals -

Everyone’s favorite stoner duo is back - and animated - in CHEECH & CHONG’S ANIMATED MOVIE, rolling its way into theaters nationwide April 18. The high-larious film will hit 50+ theaters in cities across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, St. Louis and Houston. Fans can learn more about the film and check for screenings in their area by visiting http://www.cheechandchonganimated.com/.

Directed by Branden Chambers and Eric D. Chambers, this high-larious feature-length adventure is the perfect film to watch with your best buds! CHEECH & CHONG’S ANIMATED MOVIE showcases the legendary toker jokers like you've never seen them before – in animation. Catch the buzz as their most outrageous routines and laugh-out-loud lines from their ground breaking Grammy Award-winning albums come to life, including the original Ode recordings of "Dave's not here,” “Let's make a dope deal" and more. With help from a bud-lovin' body crab named Buster, Cheech & Chong “the masters of the smokin’ word” deliver the ultimate comedy high and give you the munchies for more.



The legendary comedy team has also baked up a bag full of songs for the film’s soundtrack, available through all digital retailers April 9. A blazin’ new animated and celebrity-studded music video for the album’s track “Cheech and Chong Anthem (WEed Are the World™),” featuring animated cameos from the likes of Mary Jane enthusiasts, Zach Galifianakis, Kid Cudi, Whoopi Goldberg, Wiz Khalifa, George Lopez, Bill Maher, B-Real, Willie Nelson, and more, drops April 15.

Following the theatrical release, fans can grab a copy of CHEECH & CHONG’S ANIMATED MOVIE on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment April 23.

The animation for CHEECH & CHONG’S ANIMATED MOVIE was produced entirely at Los Angeles based Chambers Bros. Animation. The film was produced by Lou Adler, Branden Chambers, Eric D. Chambers and Houston Curtis. Theatrical distribution was managed by D&E Entertainment.

ABOUT CHEECH AND CHONG
With nine albums released from 1972 through 1985, the duo was nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, winning the GRAMMY Award for Best Comedy Album with their third album, Los Cochinos, released in 1973. Big Bambu, their second album, was the biggest selling comedy record of all time in 1972 and remained so for many years. Their stunningly successful comedy streak transitioned to film in 1978 with their first movie, Up In Smoke the highest grossing comedy of the year, topping $100 million at the box office. Cheech and Chong co-wrote and starred in a total of eight feature films together. In 2008, audiences were thrilled when the legendary Cheech and Chong reunited after 25 years apart, and embarked on the “Light Up America” comedy tour. The pop culture duo performed for more than 100 shows and quickly became one of the most sought after live shows.

ABOUT D&E ENTERTAINMENT
Based in Hollywood, D&E Entertainment digitally distributes and markets independent films, documentaries, animated films and alternative content such as filmed music events to movie theaters across the globe. Formed in 2005 by entertainment executives and digital cinema pioneers Doug Kluthe and Evan Saxon, D&E delivers innovative theatrical programming via a worldwide marketing and distribution network.

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film, a News Corporation company. Representing over 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital Copy, Digital HD™, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

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Millennium Entertainment's CRUSH NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY

CRUSH IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD AND BLU-RAY!

Staring Lucas Till, Crystal Reed, Sarah Bolger, Reid Ewing, Leigh Whannell and Caitriona Balfe and was directed by Malik Bader

High school heartthrob Scott has it all; good looks, popularity… and a secret admirer. But what starts out as a seemingly innocent crush soon turns deadly. Who's responsible? Scott’s long time friend Jules, frustrated with their platonic relationship? Bess, a shy classmate, increasingly jealous of his friendship with Jules? Or Jeffrey, a bright outcast whose crush on Bess has lead him to become increasingly obsessive? One thing's certain, time's running out and Scott must uncover the psychotic stalker before it’s too late.



CRUSH – Specifications
Format – DVD, Blu-ray
Running Time – XXX min.
Rated – PG-13
Pre-Book Date – March 5, 2013
Street Date – April 9, 2013
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround
SRP:
$28.98 DVD
$29.98 Blu-ray
Aspect ratio: 16x9 2.40

About Millennium Entertainment
Formed in 2010 and led by CEO Bill Lee, Millennium Entertainment is a leading independent supplier that acquires and distributes feature films. Most recently the company released The Paperboy, directed by the Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels (Precious) and starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman and Richard Linklater’s Bernie, co-written by Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Other releases include Little Birds, starring Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker, with Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth; Red Lights, written and directed by Rodrigo Cort├ęs, and featuring an all-star cast led by Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, Elizabeth Olsen, Craig Roberts, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Adriane Lenox; and Jay Chandraekhar’s The Babymakers, starring Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Aisha Tyler, Kevin Heffernan, Wood Harris and Constance Zimmer. The company recently acquired Upside Down, the sci-fi/romance written and directed by Juan Diego Solanas and starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess, along with the recent Toronto Film Festival acquisitions, Stuck in Love and What Maisie Knew.

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Get To Know The Cast From IRON MAN 3

Via fandango with the cast giving descriptions of their character from the upcoming film IRON MAN 3.

IRON MAN 3, directed by Shane Black from a script by Black and Drew Pearce, also features Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Jon Favreau

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Exclusive Casey Bond Interview. We Talk Ring the Bell, Moneyball & Playing Tony The Tiger

We got a chance to talk to our buddy Casey Bond again. And this time we talk about his upcoming role in RING THE BELL, his role in the hit series Nashville and how his life has changed since MONEYBALL came out. And about an upcoming project that his is producing a film on legendary basketball coach Don Meyer.

Make sure to visit Casey's Facebook page and give him a LIKE and follow him on Twitter @CaseyBond

If you missed our first interview with Casey head over and check it out.

Since the last time we spoke looks like you have been a busy man?

Yes, its been a little while, but I have been busy with all kinds of different projects from the acting side to the producing side! Glad to be back interacting with you and thanks for your continued support!


I see you have a film coming out on Today, April 9th titled "Ring the Bell." Can you tell us about the film?

Right again...Ring the Bell just came out on DVD today, and I am one of the leads in the film. It's really a family film that is about a top notch sports agent who travels to a small town in order to try and sign the top baseball prospect out of High School. What he finds in the town, he didn't expect at all, and I'm one of those things.



The film is really about going through our lives searching for things that you fill will give us gratification, but ultimately finding out that material things such as money, etc, aren't ever going to fulfill that aching need for something more in life we seek.


What is the role that you play in the movie?

As "Scooter" in the film, I play a former phenom player, and I still have all the talent I ever did. However, I gave up baseball a while ago to take on the mission of raising up orphaned boys on my parents old ranch along with my sister. My character is very influencial in leading this agent (Rob Decker) through a change in his life.



 Since Moneyball came out how has your life changed?

Moneyball changed my life in a number of different ways. I'd like to think it really "through me into the fire" very early in my career so I knew what it was like to be on the biggest set, with the biggest actors, and act in an Academy Award Nominated film. I can't tell you how blessed I was and am to have had that experience at the beginning of my acting career. It has lead to other opportunities, such as being a lead in this Ring the Bell film, along with getting involved in producing as well. I will forever be thankful to be attached to a film like Moneyball, and connected to my character of "Chad Bradford" for the rest of my life.

I see you role in the hit series Nashville. What role are you playing?

I filmed the show Nashville about 2 months ago, and the episode has actually already aired. My character is "Gil Martin" and I am the Chief of Staff for the Mayor (played by Eric Close). Another wonderful opportunity to be on a hit show, and get some more TV time under my belt.

How is working on TV different then working on a film?

I find TV to be very different than film. It's much more "print and press" type of mentality, in which they are hammering out plenty of episodes in a short amount of time. Everyone really has to have a sense of urgency, as there is a definite timeline to making sure everything is ready to go before the next episode airs. You are dealing with a certain time window for each episode, so you can't really draw out on a character's scene sometimes as you might want to in film. I loved the experience, and absolutely want to do more TV. I do love the aspect of film though. I enjoy watching films and being a part of films more than TV if you had to make me choose. However, I really loved everyone on set and if you have a hit show, you can really develop a lot of relationships on set so long as the show goes on!

Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?

I actually just filmed a commercial in which I played the role of Tony the Tiger. Yes, that's right, I am Tony the Tiger in a commercial. It was a really cool experience, and should be a great spot! Also, I am producing a film on legendary basketball coach Don Meyer. He's won an ESPY award for perseverance, passed Bobby Knight to become the most winning NCAA Men's basketball Coach, and his story is one of much trial and torment on the way to the top. A very character driven piece which I am thankful to have the passion for. Working to get that done, along with some other films I'm producing as well!

Ring the Bell FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/RingTheBellTheMovie?group_id=0

Ring the Bell Website: http://ringthebellthemovie.com/

Ring the Bell IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2327495/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Magnolia Pictures NO PLACE ON EARTH Expending Into Theaters

NO PLACE ON EARTH is expending into theaters  The true tale of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in caves for 18 months

NO PLACE ON EARTH brings to light the untold story of thirty-eight Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living incaves for eighteen months, the longest-recorded sustained underground survival. Built upon interviews with former cave inhabitants, as well as Chris Nicola, the caving enthusiast who unearthed the story, NO PLACE ON EARTH is an extraordinary testament to ingenuity, willpower and endurance against all odds.

Directed by Janet Tobias
Featuring Saul Stermer, Sam Stermer, Sonia Dodyk, Sima Dodyk, Yetta Stermer, Sol Wexler and Chris Nicola



NO PLACE ON EARTH is expanding to the following theaters this Friday April 12, 2013:

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West Los Angeles, CA: The Landmark 12
Encino, CA: Town Center 5
Irvine, CA: Westpark 8 Regal Cinemas

WhitePlains, NY: Cinema 100 Quad
Malverne, NY: Malverne Cinema 5
KewGardens, NY: Kew Gardens Cinemas 6
Great Neck, NY: Squire Cinemas

SanFrancisco, CA: Embarcadero Center Cinema 5
Berkeley, CA: Elmwood 6
SanJose, CA: Camera 3

Bethel, CT: Bethel Cinema 4

Montclair, NJ: Clairidge Cinemas 6

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THE GODFATHER Returns To The Big Screen

ACADEMY AWARD WINNING ‘THE GODFATHER’ RETURNS TO SCREENS FOR CINEMARK’S CLASSIC SERIES ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

Next Round of Cinemark’s Classic Series Films to Feature ‘RAGING BULL’, and ‘THE GRADUATE


Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), one of the world’s largest motion picture exhibitors, is pleased to announce the final film in the Best Picture Classic Series. The 1972 Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture, THE GODFATHER, will play in over 120 Cinemark theatres across the country, including on the Cinemark XD - Extreme Digital Cinema screens where available. Ranked #2 on the 2007 American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, the film is scheduled to play on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at two separate show times, 2 pm and 7pm.

"There is no greater iconic film than “The Godfather,” states James Meredith, VP, Head of Marketing and Communications at Cinemark. “It has set the standard for story-telling, launched a generation of great actors, and provided movie-goers an unparalleled experience. ”

“The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola's epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar©-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone's family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, this searing and brilliant film garnered eleven Academy Award® nominations, and won three including Best Picture in 1972. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest American films ever made. Cinemark will show the 40th Anniversary restoration version of the film, which is rated R by the MPAA.

Cinemark is also pleased to announce that the next set of “Classic Series” films will feature four diverse and groundbreaking films. All Classics will show at 2pm and 7pm on the following days:

April 24: Raging Bull (1980) R

May 1: The Graduate (1967) PG

May 8: Alien (1979) R

May 15: Blazing Saddles (1974) R

“Four very distinctive directors are showcased in this round of classic films,” Meredith adds. “From Martin Scorsese and Mike Nichols to Ridley Scott and Mel Brooks, you cannot find four other directors who bring unparalleled styles to both the visual and acting aspects of their movies.”

Tickets for Cinemark’s Classic Series, including a specially priced bundled package of $20 for all four movies, are now available at www.cinemark.com or at the participating theatre box office. For a full list of participating Cinemark locations, advance ticket purchases and show time information go to the Cinemark web site.

About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 465 theatres with 5,240 screens in 39 U.S. states, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and 10 other Latin American countries as of December 31, 2012. For more information go to www.cinemark.com.

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HASBRO GI JOE: RETALIATION Action Figure Prize Pack Giveaway

Hasbro has sent over an awesome prize pack for you G.I. JOE fans.


With the success of G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, we have not one but 6 G.I. JOE Movie 3.75-in Action Figures to giveaway to one lucky winner.


G.I. JOE, the iconic brand from Hasbro, returns in 2013 with new action figures, ninja masks, swords and more to deliver action and fun inspired by G.I. JOE: Retaliation! Play out the epic G.I. JOE vs. Cobra saga with favorite characters including Roadblock, Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow! The new G.I. JOE toys are available now at major retailers nationwide.




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Email me @ sandwichjohnfilmsgiveaways@yahoo.com and in Subject area add G.I. JOE giveaway. I need your full name and mailing address.

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