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Friday, June 21, 2013

Anne Hathaway Gets "The Lifeboat"

Working Title and Focus Features have picked up the rights to Charlotte Rogan's debut historical novel.

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in and produce The Lifeboat, an adaptation of a book by Charlotte Rogan, whose rights have just been jointly acquired by Working Title and Focus Features.

The story centers on Grace Winter, who is standing trial for murder in 1914. The young woman is both a newlywed and a widow, and she recounts how she survived the sinking of the transatlantic ship Empress with the help of her new husband only to end up in a lifeboat. The quandary, however, is that there are too many people in the boat and the survivors soon start talking about getting rid of certain people.

William Broyles Jr., whose credits range from Apollo 13 to Castaway to Flags of Our Fathers, is writing the script.

Hathaway will produce with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin of Working Title, along with Film 360's Suzan Bymel and Ben Forkner. Broyles will exec produce. Final producing credits are stlll being determined.
Jeb Brody, Focus' president of production, spearheaded the acquisition on the studio's side.
No director is currently attached.

Hathaway won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her work in Les Miserables, which Working Title produced, and is reuniting with Christopher Nolan, her Dark Knight Rises director, for his sci-fi adventure movie Interstellar. Other credits include an Oscar-nominated turn in Rachel Getting Married, Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Way, Way Back In Roseville

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Way, Way Back. The screening is on July 11, 2013 @ 7:00 pm in Roseville @ Century Roseville.


The Way, Way Back is an upcoming 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. It premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Be sure to come back later. We got to sit down with the writers and directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and you can enjoy our exclusive interview with them.

The film stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash  and Liam James.


The story of 14-year-old Duncan's summer vacation with his mother, Pam, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and Trent's daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.


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Jobs Trailer Is Here Starring Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs

Here is the first trailer for Jobs, biographical drama film based on the career of late American businessman Steve Jobs, from 1971 to 2011.

It was directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, and produced by Mark Hulme and Marcos A. Rodriguez.

The title role is played by Ashton Kutcher, with Josh Gad playing the role of Apple Computer's co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The film was chosen to close the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film is set for release August 16, 2013

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NERD HQ RETURNS To Comic-Con 2013

THIRD ANNUAL NERD HQ RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO JULY 18-21, FINDS NEW HOME AT PETCO PARK

Popular “Conversations for a Cause” To Return

Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, a multimedia company that brings the best of apparel, accessories, and both long and short form video content to its global clientele, announced today that Nerd HQ will return to San Diego July 18th-21st in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101), home of the San Diego Padres.

Over the last three years, Nerd HQ has continually expanded and given fans a unique experience while in San Diego for the international comic book and entertainment festival. This year Nerd HQ will again provide fans with a home base where they can experience cutting edge technology and gaming showcases, exciting autograph signings, cornerstone events and exclusive parties, including Levi’s annual NERD Party.

“With the move to Petco Park, we can bring fans an even bigger, more dynamic experience during Nerd HQ 2013.” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine. “Moving to the ballpark is a major step in the growth of Nerd HQ and will allow us to expand our tradition of offering exclusive access to new games, technology, and the opportunity for intimate conversations with some of the Hollywood's most influential celebrities and creatives.”

Returning this year is the very popular philanthropic panel series, “Conversations for a Cause” which will stream through The Nerd Machine YouTube page, NerdMachineTV. Last year’s panels raised $140,000 for Operation Smile and consisted of some of the most talked about films, television shows and video games, including: “Chuck,” “Doctor Who,” “Grimm,” “NTSF,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Man with the Iron Fist,” “Expendables 2,” “Tomb Raider” and “Twilight.” Panelists included many of today’s top actors, actresses and film and game makers including Ashley Greene, Guillermo del Toro, Jason Ritter, Jared Padalecki, Joss Whedon, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Liu, Nathan Fillion, RZA, Seth Green, Stan Lee, Terry Crews, and Zachary Levi, among many others. This year’s panels, which will be announced in the coming days, are sure to bring fun surprises and intriguing discussions. Individual tickets will sell for $22, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile.
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ABOUT THE NERD MACHINE - The Nerd Machine is a multimedia company dedicated in bringing its global clientele the best of apparel, accessories, software, hardware, music, and both long and short form video content. We not only put a premium on customer satisfaction and input but also collaboration, as we believe that some of the very best ideas may come out of the very community we serve. Our goal is to nurture an environment where community interaction thrives, creating the best and most forward thinking products available on the market. And, philosophically speaking, spearheading a "mission of redefinition" that changes the global perception of what a nerd is, and thereby allow everyone to celebrate the nerd in themselves. The question is: What are you nerdy about?


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WARNER BROS. Comic-Con Schedule. They Will Be Delivering HUGE This Year AT Comic-Con

WARNER BROS. TELEVISION GROUP DESCENDS UPON COMIC-CON® INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2013 WITH TELEPORTERS, SUPER HEROES, VAMPIRES, ANDROIDS AND MORE.

Studio Returns to Comic-Con with 17 Series from Top Producers Including J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti, Eric Kripke, Jonathan Nolan, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson and Many More.


People Get Ready for Screenings, Panels and Signings with the Stars and Producers of Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Childrens Hospital, The Following, Nikita, Person of Interest, Revolution, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Originals, The Tomorrow People, The 100, Beware the Batman,
MAD, Teen Titans Go! and The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad.

Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) returns to Comic-Con International: San Diego, the world’s leading pop-culture convention, next month with 17 series, including 10 returning fan-favorite shows and seven programs making their Comic-Con debut. Comic-Con-favorite stars such as The Following’s Kevin Bacon; Arrow’s Stephen Amell; The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder (Lost); Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles; Almost Human’s Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening); The 100’s Henry Ian Cusick (Lost); Childrens Hospital’s Rob Corddry; and Nikita’s Maggie Q — to name just a few — will join producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Tomorrow People), Eric Kripke (Revolution), Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People), Kevin Williamson (The Following, The Vampire Diaries) and many more to deliver the ultimate experience for fans, with screenings, panel sessions, autograph signings and media appearances.

Fans can catch screenings of the pilot episodes of highly anticipated new drama series Almost Human, The Tomorrow People and The 100, and hear from producers and stars of the shows during panels and autograph signings

The Studio’s 2,400-square foot booth will once again be a must-visit destination on the convention floor

Cast and producers of Nikita appear for their final Comic-Con panel

Comic-Con favorites Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Childrens Hospital, The Following, Person of Interest, Revolution, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries are all back in San Diego, andThe Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals makes its debut

And more surprises to come…

SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 • BALLROOM 20

For the sixth straight year, WBTVG gets Comic-Con off to a dramatic start by hosting a special sneak peek, world-premiere screening event on Preview Night, debuting some of the most hotly anticipated new series of the year. For 2013, WBTV will screen the complete pilot episodes of Almost Human,The Tomorrow People and The 100 for the first time ever in public. Additionally, WBTV will unveil a special presentation of The Originals on the big screen, featuring never-before-seen footage that did not air as part of “The Originals” episode of The Vampire Diaries episode in April.


  • Almost Human: In the near future, technology and crime will increase so quickly that law enforcement will not be able to keep up. To maintain order and keep the public safe, all police officers must partner with highly evolved human-like-androids known as synthetics. From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production and Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman, Almost Human is the story of Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban – Star Trek), and his life-like android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy – Underworld Awakening).



  • The Originals: From executive producer Julie Plec comes The Originals, a spinoff of The CW’s #1 series among Adults 18–34 and Comic-Con fan-favorite The Vampire Diaries. The sexy new drama centers on the Original Family, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans.



  • The Tomorrow People: From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Phil Klemmer (Chuck) and Danny Cannon (Nikita), The Tomorrow Peopleis a story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically.



  • The 100: 97 years ago, Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, and mankind was nearly destroyed. The only survivors were the inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. The stations came together to form the Ark, but with resources dwindling and population growth soaring, the decision is made to send The 100, a group of juvenile delinquents, to the surface to test whether Earth is once again habitable.


TV SERIES SCHEDULE

PLEASE NOTE: Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change. Additional attendees — as well as information on panel sessions, signings and other events — will be provided as news breaks. Panel times and room locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

THURSDAY, JULY 18


  • MAD (Mondays 8:30/7:30c Cartoon Network): Get a glimpse behind the MADness with MADtelevision producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.


FRIDAY, JULY 19



  • Almost Human (Late Fall, Mondays 8/7c FOX): Step into the future with series stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and executive producer J.H. Wyman.



  • The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays 8/7c CBS): In a panel sure to be filled with debate and discussion — and more than a few surprises — executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers of The Big Bang Theory take fans behind the scenes of TV’s #1 comedy.



  • Childrens Hospital (Returning This Summer, Adult Swim): Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel for a sneak peek of the show’s upcoming fifth season.



  • The Following (Midseason, Mondays 9/8c FOX): Become a follower with stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and Valorie Curry joining executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega.



  • Nikita (Midseason The CW): Nikita makes its Comic-Con farewell with stars Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa and Noah Bean joining executive producer Craig Silverstein.



  • The 100 (Midseason The CW): Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg.



  • The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad (Coming Soon, CWTV.com) Join producers Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) & Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale & Michael Hobert as they introduce a new digital series about the misadventures of a ragtag group of ex-community college students searching for paranormal and extraterrestrial (PET) activity.


SATURDAY, JULY 20


  • Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c The CW): Chills turn to thrills in this session with stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.



  • The Originals (Tuesdays 8/7c The CW): Series stars Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec.



  • Person of Interest (Tuesdays 10/9c CBS): Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. (You’re being watched.)



  • Revolution (Wednesdays 8/7c NBC): Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke power up this panel.



  • The Tomorrow People (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW): Practice your teleportation skills and get to this session featuring series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon.



  • The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays 8/7c The CW): Comic-Con veterans Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.


SUNDAY, JULY 21


  • Supernatural (Tuesdays 9/8c The CW): Returning to Hall H are cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer.



  • Beware the Batman (Saturdays 10 a.m. ET/PT Cartoon Network, premiering July 13): The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson will give fans a peek behind the cape.



  • Teen Titans Go! (Tuesdays 7:30/6:30c Cartoon Network): Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville, for this screening and Q&A. Go!


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IN A WORLD Posters Starring Lake Bell

Check out the official poster for IN A WORLD… written and directed by Lake Bell, Via EW.com:

Lake Bell (“Children’s Hospital”) stars in In a World..., a hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father. Written and directed by Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script, In a World... also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Demetri Martin (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”), Michaela Watkins (“Enlightened”), Ken Marino (“Burning Love”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro (“The Sarah Silverman Program”)

IN A WORLD… opens in theaters August 9, 2013.

Presented by Roadside Attractions

Starring Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Nick Offerman, Alexandra Holden and Geena Davis

Synopsis: Lake Bell (“Children’s Hospital”) stars in In a World..., a hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers, only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father. Written and directed by Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script, In a World... also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Demetri Martin (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”), Michaela Watkins (“Enlightened”), Ken Marino (“Burning Love”), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro (“The Sarah Silverman Program”).

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Joel Mchale & More Audition For THE WAY WAY BACK

Check out Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and the ever-expressive (or is it over-expressive?) Will Forte auditioning for a role in THE WAY WAY BACK for Writer/Directors Jim Rash (aka Dean Pelton) and Nat Faxon!

Be sure to come back next week for our exclusive interview with Writer/Directors Jim Rash (aka Dean Pelton) and Nat Faxon.

We are also offering advance screening for the film in Northern California. Make sure to check out our screening page.



THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world - all during a summer he will never forget.

Rated: PG-13 | Running Time: 103 min

Written & Directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James, Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DESPICABLE ME 2 In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DESPICABLE ME 2 . The screening is on Thursday, June 27, in Sacramento@ 7:00PM Century Downtown Plaza.


DESPICABLE ME 2 is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film and the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me. Produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, both films are directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles. Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League.


A spin-off film Minions, focusing mainly on Gru's yellow henchmen before they have met, is set to be released on December 19, 2014.


Gru is no longer a villain after saving his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes from Vector in the first film Despicable Me. His calm and unexciting new life takes an unexpected turn when he is recruited by Lucy Wilde and Silas Ramsbottom and is taken to the headquarters of the Anti-Villain League, a society dedicated to fighting crime on a global scale. There, he discovers that there is a new villain named el macho on the loose. Because Gru was once a villain himself and knows how they think, Silas (the League's head), wants Gru to help them fight the villain. With the help of Gru's assistant, Dr. Nefario, his minions, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru must save the world ("again").



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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monsters University Review By: AprilSpice. Witty & Funny

Monsters University Review
By: AprilSpice

Being a said, "Disney Freak", that 'Monster's Inc.' was one of my favorite movie's from the early 00's, and that I have 3 girls whom the eldest was nicknamed "Boo" as a toddler with her brown pigtails, and big brown eyes, I was pretty excited when I heard there was going to be a 2nd 'Monster's Inc.' movie. The dvd has been bought at least 2 or 3 times in the past 10 years being re watched many times as one of my kid's favorite for at least a month or two.


When I heard that the movie was going to be a prequel I was honestly pretty disappointed. Pixar set it up so well for a sequel with Sully going back to see Boo at the end of the first. Boo was such a beloved character that I thought it was a travesty they wouldn't be bringing her back! I wanted to know what happened to her! I saw the previews for 'Monster's University' and sure they were cute but I thought to myself that it was probably going to be one of those sequel's that all the "funny parts" were in the previews. My girls have wanted to see it however so I knew I would end up seeing it at some point.


This week I got to go to the early screening with my 4.5 year old daughter, needless to say she was pretty excited! I wasn't expecting much and I'm glad to report that I was pleasantly surprised!


Once again we get to enjoy the talented performances of Billy Crystal (Mike Wazowski) and John Goodman (James P. Sullivan). Which in my opinion are some of the best animated character/actor combo's ever. We get to see an introduction to Mike in grade school with braces and being the runt of the class. We then fast forward to Mike and Sully as college Freshman entering the scare program at "Monster's University". Without giving away too much of the plot, I was surprised to see some other original MI characters at an early age in the movie and see how they become who they are in the original. We got a lot more back story to Sully and learn that he comes from a long line of scarer's that he is trying to live up to. We see that Mike and Sully weren't always best buds and how that journey takes place and honestly I thought it was a really great story!


The animation was absolutely fantastic. I remember back in 2001 thinking how real the first movie looked and I have to say that Pixar really outdid themselves with this one! I've said many a time that I'm not a huge 3/D fan but it was quite great in 3D!


As someone who has become quite familiar with the first film, there were lot's of subtleties I picked up on that carried over to the 2nd that made me go "Aww!" along with the rest of the theater. I laughed quite a bit! I really enjoyed the new character's they introduced as well! My favorite was probably "Art", played by Charlie Day. There were tons of other well known actors that made appearances in the film that I picked out pretty quickly. To name a few: Helen Mirren, Nathan Fillion, Aubrey Plaza, Bobby Moynihan, and Sean Hayes. See if you can pick them out when you go see it! It was also great to see cameo's from the first film, including George Sanderson (the monster that always breaches security and has to get his hair shaved in the First).



My only complaints are probably that it was a TAD long. My daughter got a little bored I think during the middle, but maybe not as much as I thought originally because when we got home she was telling me about her favorite parts and recalled quite a bit of things I didn't think she would. I'm not sure if other people picked up on my next complaint or not but I felt like Helen Mirren's character "Dean Hardscrabble" looked way too much like the Dragon from Shrek. It's not a huge deal but I felt like Disney/Pixar could have been a little more creative with such a main character, and my daughter also put the pieces together as we were talking about her on the way home. Does it ruin the movie? Certainly not, But it annoyed me a little! I also hate it when they show you things in the trailer that aren't in the movie... Don't expect to see Mike as a disco ball, because they don't show it!


All in all I give it a thumb's up, especially if you have kids and were a fan of the story of the first. It taught a great lesson in value and truth and was witty and funny! On the way home my daughter immediately said "Mommy, You and daddy need to go to Target and buy Monsersuniversy". So I would say it get's a Thumb's Up as well from the Pre-School generation!

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Monsters University Review. Is Enjoyable But Utterly Forgettable Fare

Monsters University Review
By: MattInRC

The prequel comedy Monsters University is funny, digestible, and ultimately forgettable.


How is it that a comedy which first arrived in 2001 took 12 more years to make a prequel-followup? It's not uncommon, but such time distance usually wrecks havoc on audiences' memories and appreciation of the current material. In other words, absence makes the heart forget. In almost an after-thought, Monsters University arrives ready to establish a franchise that should have started years ago. The result is an enjoyable but unremarkable film that takes too long to remind us why we liked Monsters Inc in the first place.


Set up as an origin story, our tale follows the rise of the one-eyed monster Mike (Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally) and the furry Sully (John Goodman, Flight) as they attend Monsters University, hoping to embark upon a professional career of scaring young sleepers. Mike is the bookworm and not a good test taker, while Sully is the lazy jock who won't elevate his game to become a great scarer. At first, the two do not get along, as they realize each other's potential on the first day of the program. When the two are kicked out of the Scare Program by the beetle-legged Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren, Red), they decide to join the loser fraternity Oozma Kappa with hopes of getting back in. Kappa is filled with rejects and are the butt of jokes from Roar Omega Roar. Their leader, the bully Johnny (Nathan Fillion, Justice League: Doom) recruits Mike's former roommate Randy (Steve Buschemi, Hotel Transylvania) into his team, infuriating Sully and forcing Mike to teach teamwork to Oozma Kappa at the yearly Scare Games.


First-time Director Don Scanlon paints a pretty picture with life-like movements by the characters and realistic animated sets; but several characters - including the Oozma Kappa monsters - are unremarkable and more like the interchangeable Mr. Potato Head figures. Some of that blame comes by way of the script by Writer Robert L. Baird (Chicken Little), who fails to deliver any real or likeable characters beyond Sully and Mike. Potentially new memorable ones, like Dean Hardscrabble, are delivered flatly by Mirren, only furthering the problem of University's disposable characters. Ditto for Buschemi and Fillion, whose characters simply needed more air time. Granted, this is The Sully and Mike Show, but that doesn't mean others should have their development sacrificed at the expense of our leads. Goodman and Crystal still appreciate their characters, and their portrayals are the best things about University - Sully and Mike are genuinely funny to watch, from their various hijinks to their sleeping arrangements and the competition that ultimately binds them together.


It's this idea of monsters behaving like humans which probably made Monsters Inc. so appealing. And it's also this lack of human interaction which is probably at the root of University's failure. There's no Boo or a replacement for her, which I suppose is a unique aspect to University, but the lack of monsters doing human-like things removes a robust layer that produced one of Pixar's most beloved films. This is an origin story that's missing its heart, settling for situational comedy instead, and ultimately trickling down to the stolid performances of our secondary cast.



I suppose one day we'll apply The Lucas Phenomenon when watching Monsters University, that is to watch it first before the better Monsters Inc. But I hope the historical narrative will rightly criticize the previous for being 12 years too late and only half as good. Kids will be entertained, parents will lightly chuckle at the dorm room drinking games, but it's a production that won't stay with you when the lights come up. In that way, count University as a failure.

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WORLD WAR Z Review. Is Entertaining But Completely Ignores It's Heritage

WORLD WAR Z Review
By: MattInRC

Does the long-delayed World War Z prove its meddle, or does it get eaten up by flesh-eating zombies?


If you've been following the production nightmare behind World War Z, you have to wonder how it ever made it out to theaters: a long-delayed path to securing the funding to shoot, plus a massive re-write of the script, resulting in a six-week re-shoot of Act 3 costing more than $70 million, and finally director and star not getting along. Such issues would have killed most projects, but this is Brad Pitt after all, and he's demonstrated many times his tenacity in seeing a project through. And while somewhat enjoyable, the film resembles the original book in name only, dumping many characters alongside the road like an unwanted bag of trash.


As the zombie apocalypse descends on the world, former UN operative Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and his family are caught without means of escape. But when help arrives in the form of Gerry's former boss (Fana Mokoena, Safe House), it's not without a price: he wants Gerry to accompany a doctor to South Korea to find the source of the disease. Gerry's wife Karin (Mireille Enos, The Killing) is not pleased, but it's the only way she and the children can stay on a relief ship far from the carnage. As the journey for a cure takes him all over the world, Gerry soon learns that Karin and the family have been kicked off the ship because the government thinks he has perished. Stranded at a remote World Health Organization hospital, Pitt must make the ultimate sacrifice to rescue the few remaining humans left, while ensuring that his family will survive until he returns.


Director Mark Forster (Quantum of Solace) does weave enough tension through his work to keep audiences fixated on Pitt's task at hand. When it comes to the quick breakdown of society after the initial attacks, Forster does a good job in a thrilling opening scene. But much like Quantum, Forster doesn't carry that emotion through to its end, stranding his characters and audience between finding a cure and keeping us awake through it. The real problem lies in the re-written script by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus), after J. Michael Straczynski's original homage to the book was gutted. Borrowing only its title, there are too many disposable characters that shouldn't be, few of whom appear to be in any danger past the initial attacks. It's very clear that Gerry cares about his family, but without moments for the audience to feel the same - they're mostly separated after Act 1, with only short phone calls in between - we end up treating them and so many others here like disposable diapers. Lindelof seems to agree, even denying proper credit to the main W.H.O. doctor who shares nearly 20 minutes with Pitt as they break into a dangerous lab. Ditto for the usually excellent Enos, who's confined to lay in bunk beds with her kids after Act 1, and Dale who's not around long enough for us to miss him. Apparently Matthew Fox (Lost) also makes an appearance, but it appears he was victim of the editing room. For a film that cost well over $200 million to make, you would have thought someone would have spent some of it on story.



Word from Paramount is they would like to base a franchise around World War Z, and it's clear by film's end that they intend to try. Yet, there's too much missing here to think that audiences will gather around it in the way fans have done with Man of Steel. Simply put, we have zero buy-in with these characters, so that by the end we care neither about them nor in rescuing any hope of returning the zombie aggressors back to normal. But it's also Paramount's cheesy effort to cash in on the WWZ name without using much else related to the book that could create a backlash. World War Z could have been so much more of a human drama than some sort of procedural thriller, losing the unique chance to grow this heretofore extremely limited genre into something much more robust. The result is an enjoyable but frustrating process that feels much longer than its 116-minute runtime. Considering the double-dip investment by Paramount, it seems unlikely we'll see Gerry complete his task of saving the human race in a sequel. And we're ok with that.

World War Z is rated a surprising PG-13.

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ABC Deliver Huge For Comic-Con 2013

ABC TAKES ON COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2013

Hit Series “Once Upon a Time” Returns for Its Third Consecutive Year

Two of the Fall’s Most Anticipated New ABC Series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
And “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” Will Make Their Comic-Con Debuts

ABC will be bringing star power to Comic-Con 2013, with its returning fan favorite “Once Upon a Time,” as well as two new highly anticipated series debuting this fall, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D“ and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”

On Friday, July 19, Marvel Television will introduce fans to their first live action television epic with their new ABC series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” featuring a panel with executive producer Joss Whedon and Marvel’s Head of Television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. The show will also be spotlighted at the Marvel Entertainment Booth on the Convention Center floor throughout the entire weekend, with special surprises to be announced!



Saturday, July 20 is a day filled with magic, as the executive producers of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and their newest drama, “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” will be in attendance with their casts, participating in panels and press room interviews. ABC’s booth on the Convention Center floor will highlight both shows and host autograph sessions with each cast.



Fans can also enjoy the enchantment of both “Once Upon a Time” and “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” as they catch rides throughout the city on one of several ABC branded pedicabs. We hope you take a ride on the Evil Queen’s carriage, The Jolly Roger or Alice’s magical mushroom!

Specific times and locations for all events to be announced at a later date.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DESPICABLE ME 2 In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DESPICABLE ME 2 . The screening is on Thursday, June 27 @ 7:00PM-Manchester Stadium in Fresno.


DESPICABLE ME 2 is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film and the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me. Produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, both films are directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles. Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League.


A spin-off film Minions, focusing mainly on Gru's yellow henchmen before they have met, is set to be released on December 19, 2014.


Gru is no longer a villain after saving his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes from Vector in the first film Despicable Me. His calm and unexciting new life takes an unexpected turn when he is recruited by Lucy Wilde and Silas Ramsbottom and is taken to the headquarters of the Anti-Villain League, a society dedicated to fighting crime on a global scale. There, he discovers that there is a new villain named el macho on the loose. Because Gru was once a villain himself and knows how they think, Silas (the League's head), wants Gru to help them fight the villain. With the help of Gru's assistant, Dr. Nefario, his minions, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru must save the world ("again").



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DESPICABLE ME 2 In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DESPICABLE ME 2 . The screening is on Thursday, June 27 @ 7:00PM-AMC Metreon In San Francisco.


DESPICABLE ME 2 is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film and the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me. Produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, both films are directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles. Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League.


A spin-off film Minions, focusing mainly on Gru's yellow henchmen before they have met, is set to be released on December 19, 2014.


Gru is no longer a villain after saving his three adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes from Vector in the first film Despicable Me. His calm and unexciting new life takes an unexpected turn when he is recruited by Lucy Wilde and Silas Ramsbottom and is taken to the headquarters of the Anti-Villain League, a society dedicated to fighting crime on a global scale. There, he discovers that there is a new villain named el macho on the loose. Because Gru was once a villain himself and knows how they think, Silas (the League's head), wants Gru to help them fight the villain. With the help of Gru's assistant, Dr. Nefario, his minions, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru must save the world ("again").



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