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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Comic-Con Recap

There's been a big presence at this year's Comic-Con for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the press conference today with director Marc Webb, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan was the first real word on what the film has to offer.

"The universe that we conceived of began before we started shooting the first movie," said Webb of the over-arching story, "but the primary focus was executing this movie as best we could. This is operatic. There's a hugeness of scale to this movie. The ensemble is extraordinary, but it's cohesive and direct, and there's a simple unifying theme at the heart of the film that I think will be impactful. But it's fun teasing other characters, and if you pay attention to this movie you'll see what we're setting up what might come next."

He also discussed the film's take on new bad guy Electro, played by Jamie Foxx.

"There are a lot of incarnations of Electro in the comics, and I tried to think about a yellow and green suit and couldn't make any logical sense of that. There are elements of his creation I want to protect, but I'll say that when you see a storm cloud come over the horizon and there are those flashes of incredible lightning, that's what we wanted from Electro. I also wanted to protect the emotion of Jamie's performance, and step away from a mask to create a creature that felt human but also godlike. It felt important to give Spider-Man an antagonist who felt creepy and threatening but also immensely powerful."

Foxx explained the character a little more. "We wanted Electro to be serious; I wanted him to be a formidable opponent. I told him, I really want Electro to be angry. It makes the fight more epic - he doesn't want to talk anymore, he wants to fight, he'll burn the city down to get revenge.

"We wanted to do three things: Max [Dillon, Electro's real name] needed to be betrayed by love, by family and by his work. What happens is that it's his birthday and even his mom doesn't remember. That sets it up, the fact that when he turns into this guy, you understand where he's coming from. We gave that journey more than one side."

Andrew Garfield also got a little closer to his character this time. "What I discovered on this one is that Peter's a mess, Spider-Man's a mess, but when we meet Spider-Man at the beginning of this film he's taking great pleasure in his power and is in full control of it. A bit like Usain Bolt before he runs the 100m, his preparation is play. Spider-Man now has the confidence to be heroic, but it's not boring; he has the ability to be heroic while also making fun. This time they created a story that didn't just rest on Spider-Man's shoulders; it's a real ensemble. It's enough to attract talent like this (Foxx, DeHaan) and Paul Giamatti, so I got a little more rest this time."



He also got a new costume this time. "The eyes are much bigger and better. It's still as tight, but I was able to urinate in this one more easily. I loved the first one, I did, but it's mostly the ability to urinate that I'm happy about."

Dane DeHaan also set up the back story for his character, Harry Osborne, and Peter this time. "In this version Peter and Harry were childhood friends, and then Harry was sent off to a boarding school at a young age. He has a complicated relationship with Norman and never really went home. He ignored his home life, stayed at school and partied and got into things he shouldn't have got into. He tried to buy his way into happiness with his trust fund. Now he's graduated and home for the first time and seeing Peter for the first time, and they have to reconcile their relationship; I think what binds them is their complicated relationships with their fathers."

A slightly more difficult question concerned Shailene Woodley; she had been cast to play Mary Jane Watson but was cut from the film already. "We miss Shailene," said Arad, "but we all felt the story got too big to have two girls. So it was the right thing to wait with it. The next movie will be in 3 years from now, so we love this girl, and time will tell."

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Walking Dead Season 4 Comic-Con Trailer

The team also talked a little bit about what we can expect next season. Even if it wasn’t the “full transparency” that they promised… Yes, it’s not like the people behind the show were going to spill every secret of Season Four, because they prefer shows that people actually watch. Yet they did their best to offer teases of what we can expect.

“Things are getting worse,” says comic creator and show co-executive producer Robert Kirkman. “It’s an escalation, the people are getting worse…” Everyone look surprised!

Freshly promoted show-runner Scott Gimple promised to deliver on ideas that stunned even him. “The things we did blew my mind,” he said of the new episodes. “It’s going to get insane.” So what have they learned amid all the zombie carnage? “We tweak things and collaborate,” says FX expert and producer/director Greg Nicotero. “There’s stuff we shot in the last two weeks that’s so much cooler than what we’ve done. We shot something 24 hours ago that is the coolest walker gag we’ve done.”

Asked why his character takes the crew back to the prison rather than taking over Woodbury, Andrew Lincoln demurred: “I’m not sure I can answer that because we answer it this season.” Still he would admit that Rick’s attitude has changed after Lori’s death and his realisation that he needs to be a better parent to Carl (Chandler Riggs). “His turning into a sociopath last season woke him up.”



By far the most fun to be had among the cast was when a fan asked about the chances of Rick and Danai Gurira’s Michonne getting together. Soon, the name “Richonne” was being banded about with comic abandon and even Norman Reedus was getting into the act, suggesting a three-way between Daryl. Rick and Michonne.

And just how would everyone deal with the zombie apocalypse now they have some experience? “I’d still have to say I’d kill myself,” says Kirkman. “Maybe jumping off a high building.”

Andrew Lincoln thinks he’s be useless, but that he’d have a line of defence. “Chandler Riggs is a beast now. His voice is an octave lower. I’d stand behind him.” Best answer? Norman Reedus: “I’d take over a hotel room, spray-paint myself silver and dance around watching South Park.”

Finally, we learned how the crew memorialises characters that have died. “We have a screening room in the studio,” says Nicotero. “And when someone dies on the show we put their portrait up on the wall. We call it the Grateful Dead.” “Actually, it should be the Hall Of Maim,” cracks Lincoln.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Divergent Comic-Con Panel Recap

It's the very first footage anywhere from Divergent, and it's here! Based on the young adult novels set in a dystopian future, this has a similar feel to The Hunger Games in that a young woman finds herself becoming a key figure in a strange, dark future.

The film takes place a hundred or more years from now (Burger and Roth differ on this, which may end up upsetting hardcore fans) in Chicago. There's been some sort of cataclysm and the city is walled - it holds only tens of thousands rather than millions. The world has been divided into factions dedicated to a particular virtue: Dauntless (Bravery), Abnegation (Selflessness), Candour (Honesty), Erudite (Intelligence) and Peacefulness / Kindness. Tris grows up in the Abnegation faction and feels stifled; she feels drawn to Dauntless but that means leaving her family behind forever.

Author Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, Theo James (who plays Four), and Shailene Woodley, who plays Tris led the panel. They were joined by Mekhi Phifer (Max), Maggie Q (Tori), Miles Teller (Peter), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Zoe Kravitz (Christina), Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Will), Christian Madsen (Al), Amy Newbold (Molly) and Ben Lamb (Edward).

Shooting finished only two days ago, so everything is "very fresh" says Burger. The footage, cut especially for the Con, showed Tris clambering up to the elevated train that will take her to Dauntless headquarters after choosing her faction. The twist is that the train doesn't stop, so she has to leap aboard at top speed - and then jump off onto the buildings around Dauntless Headquarters at the same breakneck pace (and all this in her inappropriate Abnegation grey dress). But there are yet more danger to come; Jai Courtney's character Eric tells the new arrivals that the way into Dauntless is to throw yourself off a roof into an apparently bottomless pit. Who's going to go first? Almost to her own surprise, Tris volunteers.

Surviving that (spoiler!) she rolls out of the net at the bottom and into the arms of trainer Four (Theo James), who asks her name only for her to mumble something unintelligible. He tells her that she can choose a name now, but "make it good"; she becomes Tris instead of Beatrice forever, and is listed as the first jumper - which gets her immediate cred with her new faction, but also makes her a target.

Then we saw a series of quick glimpses of the tough Dauntless training: there are martial arts rings, punching bags, ferris wheels to climb, mess hall celebrations, crowd surfing and knife-throwing. Tris gets a tattoo, as Kate Winslet's stern Jeanine Matthews (of the Erudite or Intelligent faction) looks on disapprovingly. Tris and Four also have some sizzling chemistry as they train together.

A climactic glimpse showed Four throwing knives at Tris as she stands perfectly still - but her ear is nicked, so maybe he's not quite as good as he would like to be. Zoe Kravitz, as Tris' friend Christina, features heavily to say things like, "You were brave before you got here", which makes us suspect that she's landed most of the exposition.

The footage depends a little heavily on having a fear of heights, but it looks pacy, exciting and very much in line with the feel of Roth's book, which will please fans (and it's no bad thing for the rest of us). There's definitely still a Hunger Games comparison here; it's perhaps a little less angsty and more action-y, but the two definitely feel like cousins.

In a tidbit of exciting news for fans, Roth revealed that the third book is written from two perspectives, Tris' and Four's, breaking the tradition in the first two volumes. The second is called Insurgent and is already on shelves; she's finished the third, Allegiant, and it comes out later this year.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Jessica Chastain Has A Most Violent Year

Director J.C. Chandor already has a great male lead for his next film, A Most Violent Year. He’s following that up with a superb choice as female lead, with Jessica Chastain in negotiations.

We’d really like to bring you some details of the plot here, but sadly those are still being kept in a lockbox at the bottom of the ocean. Or, you know, safely on Chandor’s computer.

The writer/director is currently waiting to unleash his latest, the Robert Redford seagoing drama All Is Lost upon the world, after a successful launch at Cannes. It’ll dock here on December 13. A Most Violent Year, meanwhile, should be shooting later this year but doesn’t have a set release date yet.

Chastain is, as ever, in demand. Last seen in Mama, she has The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby His & Hers and Miss Julie already shot and will be seen in both Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

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Tom Hanks & Ron Howard Join Inferno

There’s a new mystery for Dan Brown’s symbology professor Robert Langdon to investigate. Two, actually – one will likely be seen on the big screen, as Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons duo Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have announced plans to film Brown’s latest tome, Inferno.

This outing finds Langdon in Italy, grappling with a chilling puzzle revolving around Dante’s Inferno. He’ll face a new and cunning adversary and an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science.

Can he solve the problem before the world is forever changed? Given his track record, we’re going to guess he has a good shot. The book arrived in May and is now in development at Sony, but Deadline could find no word on a writer.

The other mystery will be whatever happened to The Lost Symbol, Brown’s third Langdon adventure and one that has been bubbling away in development itself since 2011. Ron Howard seemed unwilling to revisit the series, and stepped away to produce, with Mark Romanek seen as the likely replacement. But though Brown himself and Steven Knight worked on a script, the film has quietly disappeared.

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REESE WITHERSPOON To Star In WILD

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER REESE WITHERSPOON TO STAR IN NICK HORNBY’S ADAPTATION OF NY TIMES BEST-SELLER WILD FOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES.

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to Oscar nominated writer Nick Hornby’s (AN EDUCATION, High Fidelity) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller Wild, the book that re-launched Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The film will star Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE, MUD), and will be produced by Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea (WARM BODIES, ALL GOOD THINGS) with River Road Entertainment’s Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad (THE TREE OF LIFE, 12 YEARS A SLAVE). The film is slated to begin production in the late fall once a director is in place and will be overseen by Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and SVP of Production David Greenbaum.

“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring WILD to the screen. It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on WILD,” says Witherspoon.

“We have long been huge fans of this visceral, inspirational and moving personal story with such a strong female perspective,” says Utley and Gilula. “It has been a dream of the studio to work with Reese Witherspoon and we are thrilled to be partnered with her, Bruna Papandrea, Bill Pohlad and Nick Hornby.”

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight Pictures Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O'Brien with CAA and Management 360 along with Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller on behalf of Reese Witherspoon and Steve Hutensky on behalf of Bruna Papandrea.

Since its launch last year PACIFIC STANDARD has acquired the bestselling book GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn which David Fincher will direct this fall. They recently set up Mitch Larson’s fantasy book series PENNYROYAL’S BOOT CAMP at Summit/Lionsgate. Their development slate includes WHO INVITED HER at Dreamworks and THE ENGAGEMENTS at Fox 2000.

River Road Entertainment is one of the leading independent production companies known for developing, producing and financing distinguished feature films and documentaries that astonish, inspire, reveal and provoke, among them is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, which was nominated for three Academy Awards® including Best Picture. The company recently produced Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave which Fox Searchlight releases on October 18, 2013. Currently, River Road is in production on Love & Mercy, a film centered on “Brian Wilson,” the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. River Road founder and CEO Bill Pohlad directs Love & Mercy, which stars John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Twentieth Century Fox.

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Trailer For THE FIFTH ESTATE Is Live

The new trailer for DreamWorks Picture’s THE FIFTH ESTATE is live.


The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Peter Capaldi, Carice van Houten, Dan Stevens, with Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney and was directed by Bill Condon.


Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?"



A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

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NEW QUARTER QUELL Poster Featuring Katniss

The 75th Hunger Games Quarter Quell has been declared!

Yesterday it was announced, on the Lionsgate Capitol Facebook page, that every quarter century, the Capitol honors the anniversary of its victors over the districts with a special edition of The Games. This year, for the first time in history, the favorite Victors will return as Tributes.

In honor of the announcement, Lionsgate has released eleven NEW QUARTER QUELL character posters for the wildly anticipated sequel, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE!

The Capitol has mandated that District Members must #CelebrateYourVictors.
Visit TheHungerGamesExplorer.com to learn more and check out the posters below to get your first glimpse of the QUARTER QUELL.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.

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TURBO Review. Entertaining But Terribly Superficial

Turbo Review
By: MattInRC

Does Turbo's fast moves and beautiful animation make up for its superficial, predictable, and uninspiring tone? Read on to find out.


DreamWorks' newest animated film Turbo is proof positive of a growing trend for the genre: the production of slick-looking yet mindless pap. Gone are the days when Disney ruled with its films filled with hope AND a message. And while Turbo isn't terrible, there's too many characters who just aren't as funny or profound as they could have been.


Garden slug Theo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) lives with a community of snails who set out daily to collect fallen and spoiled tomatoes from the family garden, all while listening to safety announcements from his anxious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti). He's got reason to panic: the local crows regularly pick off the snails, and a human boy offers a dangerous hazard to the entire community. But Theo dreams of racing, inspired by the story of Indy race car driver Guy Gagné (Bill Hader), whose French accent and dogged determination have made him a popular leader in the racing world. After putting the snails in deep trouble, Theo wanders far from home until he gets caught in a Fast and Furious car race, somehow magically imbuing him with the power of speed. His eyes become headlights, his tail a back-up alert, his shell a high-powered machine.


Soon, he and Chet meet the Mexican food truck driver and big dreamer Tito (voiced by Michael Peña), who realizes Turbo's talent and wants to enter him in the Indianapolis 500. But his brother and fellow strip mall business owners, including Bobby the hobby store owner (Richard Jenkins), the hair stylist Kim-Ly (Ken Jeong), and the mechanic Paz (Michelle Rodriguez) are hesitant to invest. Turbo also meets an eclectic gang of city slugs including Burn (Maya Rudolph), Smoove Move (Snoop Dogg), and the ringleader Whiplash (Samuel L. Jackson), who encourage him to chase his dreams. Together with the humans, Turbo and Chet finally enter the race with the scrappy snail and Gagné predictably clashing at film's end.


Newcomer Director David Soren mixes fast-paced action scenes with slow Matrix-like flips and barrel rolls, borrowing everything he could about motion and realism from Pixar's Cars. This film looks and sounds great, with life-like details on everything from the feathers of the snail-hunting crows to the dirt and grit of Van Nuys' seedy streets. But a film must be more than mere eye candy, more than a series of fast-paced action sequences, and this is where Turbo fails to deliver. The script by Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) slogs through many dramatic scenes about as effectively as the pace of Turbo's slug friends, with the "you can do anything..." message repeated far too often and less effectively each time it's employed. It's such a procedural film, with each Act more like a To-Do List than an enjoyable and meaningful thrill ride. Lemke made the same mistakes with Slayer, failing to weave well-constructed dialogue into the mix, resulting in a movie in which we didn't care about the characters. Here, he repeats the error by introducing too many faces and pasting thin development onto them. There's simply no reason why Whiplash needs such a large team, and why Tito needs so many semi-desperate shop owners to throw in their cash for the entrance fees. Moreover, Turbo feels like two different films slapped together, with the speedy snail and Tito not even meeting until Act 2. This leaves a first act filled with conversation about poor Turbo and why he needs to just get with the program, thus generating so little connection to the high-stakes racing environment of the third.



Soren does cast several excellent voice actors to portray these roles, including Giamatti, Jackson, Randolph, and the surprising Jeong. Reynolds is serviceable as Turbo, but his somewhat uninspiring performance unnecessarily slows things down to a crawl (no pun). Composer Henry Jackman (X-Men: First Class) creates a first-class orchestral environment, which sits nicely alongside music by Snoop Dog and several R&B classics. I would discourage you from paying for the 3D version - there's simply nothing here that's worth seeing in the more expensive format, and perhaps in the film as a whole. It is a harmless and wholesome affair, but why did it also have to be so dull and emotionally unsatisfying?

The idea of pitting a snail against human-sized crushing vehicles is such a long-shot pitch to begin with that perhaps DreamWorks should have taken better care with it in the first place. Perhaps in that way Turbo does succeed, mirroring the studio's zeal in bringing to production a film that sounds like Cars and looks like A Bug's Life. Both performed admirably in their delivery, but don't expect the same or anything deeper with this mildly enjoyable but predictable Summer flick. Turbo is rated PG and has a runtime of 96 minutes.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

HAN GENG Cast In TRANSFORMERS 4

MICHAEL BAY AND PARAMOUNT PICTURES ANNOUNCE THE CASTING OF CHINESE ENTERTAINER HAN GENG IN ‘TRANSFORMERS 4

Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures jointly announced today that Chinese entertainer Han Geng has been cast in “TRANSFORMERS 4.” Among Asia’s top stars, Han Geng has conquered the worlds of music, television and feature film to become one of the most influential entertainers in China.

He joins Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, TJ Miller and Chinese actress Li Bingbing in the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 27th, 2014.

“Han Geng has been a sensation in China and we are happy to have him in our movie,” said Michael Bay.

Making his debut in 2005 as a member of the hugely popular group Super Junior, Han Geng later turned to a solo career, releasing his first album “Geng Xin” in 2010, which went on to sell over a million copies. His most recent album “Hope in the Darkness” was released in 2012 and has earned Han Geng a number of hit singles.

Han Geng has appeared on both the big and small screen, with roles that have shown his range as an actor. In 2008, Han Geng appeared in CCTV’s “Stage of Youth,” a 12-episode drama that drew incredible ratings. Among his big screen roles, he had a cameo appearance in the 2010 feature film “The Founding Party,” along with other A-list Chinese celebrities and later that year had his first starring role on the silver screen in the action movie “My Kingdom”. The multi-hyphen entertainer has subsequently starred in the films “Beginning Of The Great Revival,” and “The First President.” His most recent starring role was in “So Young”, a major box office hit in China, having earned more the $115 million (over 700 million yuan) since its release in May of 2013.


Han Geng has extraordinary popularity on the internet in China. When his albums or films are released his name and movies typically top the charts as the “most searched” and accumulate the most hits. “TRANSFORMERS 4” marks Han Geng’s debut in an English language production.

Paramount, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises announced this past April a Cooperation Agreement regarding the production of “TRANSFORMERS 4” in China. Under the agreement, China Movie Channel, under the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT), will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China.

“TRANSFORMERS 4” is expected to be released in China on or about June 27, 2014. The parties are working in cooperation on a number of other areas related to “TRANSFORMERS 4”, including the selection of filming sites within China, and theatrical promotion. This agreement represents the first time that China Movie Channel will work with a western studio in the production of a major motion picture.

Shooting in multiple locations in the U.S. and China throughout the summer, the film is directed by Bay and re-unites the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. “TRANSFORMERS 4” is written by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures.

The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON,” is the fifth highest global grossing film of all time with $1.124 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. The “TRANSFORMERS” movies are among the most popular films ever released in China, and Michael Bay is among the most popular directors with Chinese audiences. “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON,” released theatrically in 2011, grossed $165 million in China and more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

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VH-1 Documentary 'Downloaded" Review. Is Your Ticket To Hating The Music Industry

VH-1 Documentary 'Downloaded" Review
By: MattInRC

Is the downloading of music illegal, or the "foundation of the future" as Internet activist John Perry Barlow postulates in the VH-1 documentary Downloaded? Either way, you'll like this fascinating backstory about Napster, the company in 2000 that brought users and their music libraries together, while scaring the bejesus out of the Recording Industry Association of America. Director Alex Winter mines opinions from both sides, including Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, who as college students introduced all of us to downloadable music. Their simple but ingenious program did nothing short of blindside a music industry that was too comfortable with its profits, proved the power of a burgeoning Internet, and showed the steps investors were willing to take to keep the company afloat.


Their unceremonious end in 2002 by a federal judge is harped upon by plenty of Napster supporters, which Winters parades before us like sheep to slaughter. Bands like Metallica and artists like Dr. Dre - representing musical styles centered on individual expression and independence - are painted in dim lights here, as single-minded profiteers, forcing the upstart to jettison its model and eventually sell to Rhapsody.

But Downloded also suggests that iTunes, and pay-for services such as Google Play, are merely the well-fed children of the independently minded 60's hippies that was Napster. And while Fanning (Spotify) and Parker (Facebook) went on to bigger and better things, it was Napster and its peer-to-peer model that Winter focuses most of his attention. The problem here is that Winter forgets that downloading pirated music is illegal, and is more than willing to share how crushing it was for Parker to be made the scapegoat without balancing that against what it cost musicians in lost profits. There's only a small section dedicated to the impacts on artists, which to me is as fascinating a tale as the one he presents. In the battle between big business and two college kids, theirs is the lost story of Downloaded, one that I hope someone will take on.

The stars aligned for Fanning and Parker, opening a door that allowed movies and other works to be downloaded on today's Information Superhighway. For better or worse, Downloaded tells a fascinating (but not a totally fair) story of when our lives changed forever.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening THE WOLVERINE In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening THE WOLVERINE In Sacramento. The screening is on Tuesday, July 23 at 7PM at Century Centre 9 in San Francisco.


THE WOLVERINE is an upcoming American-Australian superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is intended to be the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Hugh Jackman reprises his role from previous films as the title character, with James Mangold directing a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank, and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.


Sometime after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences. Stripped of his immortality, Wolverine must battle deadly samurai as well as his inner demons


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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening THE WOLVERINE In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening THE WOLVERINE In Sacramento. The screening is on Tuesday, July 23 at 7PM at Regal Arden Fair 6 In Sacramento.


THE WOLVERINE is an upcoming American-Australian superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is intended to be the sixth installment in the X-Men film series and follows the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Hugh Jackman reprises his role from previous films as the title character, with James Mangold directing a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank, and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.


Sometime after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages an old acquaintance in a struggle that has lasting consequences. Stripped of his immortality, Wolverine must battle deadly samurai as well as his inner demons


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Please Email me at sandwichjohnfilmsscreenings@yahoo.com With Wolverine/ Sacramento in the SUBJECT line. I will need your full name.

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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device.

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New The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Character Posters

Anything other movie marketing departments can do, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire can do better - and with more tracker jackers* - and we're excited to debut two new character banners revealing Sam Claflin's Finnick and Lynn Cohen's Mags, his 80 year-old mentor from District 4. These posters, part of a broader roll out of promos foregrounding Panem's Hunger Games tributes from down the ages, could be just the thing to distract a dissenting nation.


The Capitol's inspiration behind its propaganda-styled campaign daren't speak its name (clue: it rhymes with 'Blosef Derrbels'), but it's done a great job of selling the corrupt grandeur of President Snow's state machinery. Instead of eating cake, the people of the 12 Districts will be invited to revel in the 'The Quarter Quell', a killing ground to which Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and other successful tributes will be invited (read: ordered) for more televised carnage.

When we meet them, Katniss and Peeta are back home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. From there, things get worse for them and their families. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their loved ones, embarking on a 'Victor's Tour' of the districts of Panem. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th games – a competition that could change Panem forever.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Edge Of Tomorrow Poster Starring Tom Cruise

If you were headed to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con looking forward to seeing something of Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill, we have bad news: you won’t. Because it’s now called Edge Of Tomorrow and, fear not, will be part of Warner Bros.’ panel on Saturday. To go with the new name, there’s a poster for the movie.

Edge Of Tomorrow finds Cruise as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cage, dropped into the middle of a near-future conflict between Earth and a seemingly unbeatable alien race. Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously sent into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, he finds himself thrown into a time loop where fights and dies in the same battle, but with each repetition, becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill.

Despite the title shift, the movie remains based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel. Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong and Franz Drameh are among the cast, Doug Liman called the shots,

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