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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hero Pose From Transformers 4 Set

After teasing us all with a virtual car-nucopia (sorry) of flashy new vehicle images, Michael Bay has put the first official still from the making of Transformers 4 online. And… No, it doesn’t feature any new vehicles, or any of the metallic characters, because they’re still in the early stages of rendering at ILM. Instead, what we get is the super heroic image of Bay atop… something that looks distinctly Cybertronic, with new human stars Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor looking on.

Wahlberg, according to the IMDB, is playing Flynn Vincent, who, along with daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) and her racer boyfriend Shane (Reynor), get wrapped up in a brand new Transformer problem when the US government decides to try to exploit the robots’ technology some time after the devastating Battle of Chicago.

With a new threat emerging, Optimus, Bumblebee and the rest must fly/drive/transform to the rescue as the world is once more put in danger. Also in the cast are Kelsey Grammer, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, Titus Welliver, Bingbing Li, Victoria Summer and Geng Han, who will all, we expect, get to enjoy official portraits where they stand just behind or to the side of Bay.

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New Thor: The Dark World Images

The new issue of Empire hits newsstands next Thursday, and just to give you a taste of what to expect, here's a new batch of stills from Thor: The Dark World, offering a good look at Christopher Eccleston's Malekith and his armada, as well as the returning Asgardians. Yes, the new issue, along with much other goodness, holds these new stills and lots from the cast and crew of the film.

"You know, we are killing Asgardians in this movie," says director Alan Taylor inside. "It turns out immortality isn't all that it was cracked up to be."

Explains producer Craig Kyle, "Asgard at the beginning of the first film was at a time of peace. Now our guys have been fighting for over a year, constantly. It's a time of war.

"When the Bifrost was broken at the end of the first film, Odin had to conjure a lot of dark energy and go through a lot of personal sacrifice to try and get his son back to Earth. And it was a one-shot deal. If Thor didn't succeed, without the Tesseract he couldn't have got back again. And in our film, finally the Bifrost has been rebuilt, but during that time, when the cops were largely cut off from the rest of the universe, you had miscreants that came in from outside the Nine Realms, pillaging and destroying and causing havoc. So that's what our guys have been doing now - trying to put all these fires out across the Nine Realms."

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Returning cast include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as the treacherous Loki, Natalie Portman as scientist Jane Foster, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Rene Russo as Frigga, Stellan Skarsgard as Dr Selvig, Kat Dennings as Darcy, Jaimie Alexander as Sif and Ray Stevenson as Volstagg. Among the newcomers are Christopher Eccleston as big bad Malekith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algrim and Zachary Levi as Fandral.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Word’s End Review. Delivers Fantastic Comedy & Action

The Word’s End Review
By: Nicolas Souza

If you enjoy laughing at Simon Pegg jumping over fences and killing zombies in Shawn of the Dead or Nick Frost shooting two guns whilst jumping through the air in Hot Fuzz, then get your hangover cure ready to drink all the way to The World’s End.

Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgram versus the World) returns to the helm of this third, and final, entry of the “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy.” Front man Simon Pegg and his right hand man Nick Frost along with a lineup of actors from the previous two films are back. After surviving the zombie apocalypse and ending the threat of the murderous Neighborhood Watch Alliance, they are ready to drink the night away, until everything goes horribly wrong.

The World’s End introduces us to Gary King (Pegg). A down on his luck loser who is forever haunted by the one thing he never finished in his childhood, The Golden Mile; the task of having at least one pint at all twelve local pubs on the same night. Determined to accomplish this feat, he calls on his four best friends from high school. Together they return to their hometown to best the challenge that bested them so many years ago.

After the first few rounds things start to seem out of place in their childhood home. The group begins to notice that some of the townsfolk aren’t the same, and don’t recognize them. Once their world gets turned upside down after a meeting with a group of younger guys, the group must now find out what exactly is going on in the town they once called home.

Hilarious scenarios a plenty, coupled with fantastically shot and choreographed fight scenes, and more running jokes that started in Shawn of the Dead. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost deliver once more with their fantastic brand of English comedy and action. A must see for fans of the first two films. The World’s End is the drinking movie that has more to it than just getting annihilated at the pub.

The World’s End is rated R with a running time of 109 minutes, and opens everywhere on Friday August 23.

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Win Tickets To A Screening For THE WIZARD OF OZ In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To A Screening For THE WIZARD OF OZ on September 15th @ 10:30 AM @ AMC Mercado IMAX-3D in Santa Clara.

THE WIZARD OF OZ will play exclusively in IMAX 3D theatres for a one week limited engagement beginning Friday, September 20, 2013 as part of the film's 75th Anniversary celebration that also includes four diverse DVD offerings on Tuesday, October 1.

Marking the 75th anniversary of THE WIZARD OF OZ, Warner Bros. has produced a 3D remastered version of the film which will launch a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment, consumer products and a number of promotional partnerships.

Kicking off the celebration, THE WIZARD OF OZ will be presented in the immersive IMAX® 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in IMAX® theatres across North America beginning September 20, 2013.

The IMAX® release The Wizard of Oz will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX®'s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 - Participate In A Chilling Séance

The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world

Participate in a chilling séance for INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2:

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FilmDistrict will release INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 in theaters Friday, September 13, 2013.

Directed by James Wan
Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins

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The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world

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Watch the official trailer for INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

LLEWYN DAVIS (OSCAR ISAAC) is at a crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scaring up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the baskethouses of the Village to an empty Chicago club—on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul —and back again.

Brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (as Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS—in the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?—is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. An epic on an intimate scale, it represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple-Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Marcus Mumford is associate music producer.

CBS Films will release INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS on December 6, 2013.

Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Produced by: Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Affleck Is Batman In Upcoming Batman-Superman Film

Ben Affleck is Batman.

The actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman feature for Warner Bros., the studio announced Thursday.

Affleck becomes the eighth actor to play the Caped Crusader, following Bale, George Clooney and Michael Keaton.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.

Directed by “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder, the Batman-Superman feature will open worldwide on July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane reprising their roles.

“Man of Steel,” released this past June, has earned over $650 million at the global box office.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

The announcement of a Batman-Superman film was revealed last month at Comic-Con to much excitement of fanboys, who will surely be watching as the studio begins to assemble its Justice League.

The irony of Thursday’s news is that at one point Warner Bros. was interested in having Affleck direct the “Justice League” movie and his participation in this film will now spur interest if whether his casting means a possibility of directing that film.

The Boston native recently upped his Hollywood power when he won the Best Picture Oscar for “Argo.”

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The World's End Review. Add It To Your Summer Movie List!

The World's End Review
By: MattInRC

The appropriately-named The World's End is the funniest comedy of the year.

If you've seen Actor Simon Pegg before his Star Trek: Into Darkness days, you'll remember him as the guy who created Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, both hilarious takes on their respective genres. Since then, we've seen zombie and conspiracy flicks get a lot more serious leading to a 2013 Summer seemingly inundated with them. Luckily, Pegg's new project The World's End doesn't take itself too seriously, merging two seemingly unconnected things - drinking and alien invasion - into one of the funniest and most rewarding comedies we've seen in awhile.

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Gary King (Pegg) is a washed-up drunken loser who can't seem to move on from his free teenage days. Institutionalized for a brief period and sporting the same 'trenchcoat fashion' from his youth, his best days are clearly behind him. His high school chums Andy (Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead), Oliver (Martin Freeman, The Hobbit), Steve (Paddy Considine, Bourne Ultimatum) and Peter (Eddie Marsan, Snow White Huntsman) have all gone on to bigger and better things, leaving Gary pining for the old days. That 'better time' happened in 1990, when his posse attempted the famous 'Golden Mile,' a 12-pub parade of beer that was cut short in drunken spectacular fashion. Gary brings the band back together for one more attempt, without realizing that his friends have zero interest in participating. It's only after the announcement of his mother's death (a ruse) that the boys find themselves back in their hometown of Newtown Haven. There, they discover that the people have been replaced with robots (the definition of which becomes a running gag), who intend on overtaking the world. This all comes as a shock to Oliver's sister Sam (Rosamund Pike, Jack Reacher), who Steve has been secretly crushing on for years. As Gary tries to finish the pub crawl, the town descends on our heroes, leading them to an extraordinary meeting with the leader of the robots (voiced by Bill Nighy), whose ultimatum forces a deadly showdown and a surprising conclusion.

Director and co-Writer Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) collaborates flawlessly with Editor Paul Machliss in several very funny sequences as the boys drink and fight their way from pub to pub. There's a lot of British humor here (the apparent homogenization of England's pubs), but it's explained just enough to make them funny without inspiring debate from the audience. Wright also puts on a visual feast (lots of quick edits and unique camera angles of beer dispensing) while Machliss cuts just enough fat from the script to keep things moving. Pegg collaborated with Wright on the script, which feels a lot like Shaun of the Dead but is also filled with a surprisingly human angle, as King unloads about his failed life and needing to create one good thing (the pub crawl) from what's left. The difference between something like this and similar elements used in Hangover III is in its execution, both in the script and in the actors Pegg and Wright have recruited. Frost, Freeman, and Pike bring the dramatic chops while Pegg and Marsan do slapstick better than any Wolf Pack. The result feels balanced and absolutely hilarious.

As with films of this kind, one has to take the plot with a grain of salt - the idea of a coming apocalypse is nothing new in 2013 (This is the End), nor is the ridiculous assumption of alien invasion (Dark Skies, Oblivion). But it's the fun of a pub crawl - and the troubles our characters find themselves - that adds a new wrinkle to things. This preposterous mix is celebrated throughout World's End like a party gotten way out of hand and then rationalized by those who just wanted to get together for a drink. As the film ends in a way you might not expect, an exclamation point is emphatically placed on a story that could have turned very bad early on - thank Wright and Pegg again by knowing how to bring great comedy without sacrificing character development or boring us with too many details. We get almost as much build up of our characters as we do the apocalyptic events which unfold afterwards. That process could have been tedious, but instead we're treated to funny look-backs, slow-mo's, and other comedic elements that keep us laughing. There are only a few missteps here: former-Bond Pierce Brosnan, an actor who recently has done too many small projects for people to take notice, isn't on screen long enough as a robot middleman for us to like or hate. And the suddenly cat-like reflexes of the boys is uncharacteristic of people in their 40's. It would have been much more rewarding (and funny) to have seen them react the way real older people do to violence than suddenly granting them Matrix-like powers. Again, it's all forgiven as the slapstick is high and the dialogue just deep enough to reward us for stick around to the end.

The World's End is not going to be a surprise blockbuster; it might not even make a blip on the Top 20 or win any awards come Oscar time. But, it is a fun experience for those who are up to the challenge, with great performances, slick editing, and an ending that will surprise. With the amount of serious dystopian films and television programs on the rise, this one is just fun for a laugh. Take the time to check it out - I promise you'll leave laughing. The World's End is rated R for language and sexual references (huh? No nudity??) and has a runtime of 109 minutes.

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Amy Adams To Play Janis Joplin

Amy Adams will play the rocker, Daniels tells THR ("Guess what? She can sing her ass off!") -- and after that, the director's aiming for "Miss Saigon" and a horror movie.

While Lee Daniels' The Butler was triumphing in its opening weekend, its director was riveted by old videos of Janis Joplin. "This is my next project for sure," he tells THR of the planned biopic that's been stalled for a decade, starring Amy Adams as the boozy blues singer. "I had no idea Janis Joplin was so smart -- intellectual, even. Look, some of the smartest people in the world have been drug addicts."

As for svelte, well-mannered Adams playing an out-of-control rocker: "Guess what? She can sing her ass off!" A rock biopic seems out of character for Daniels, but it appears he's steering himself into difficult-but-rewarding eclectic waters. "After Joplin, I'm hoping to get Miss Saigon off the ground. And then -- I want to make a horror movie!"

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El Mariachi TV Series On It's Way

The wandering music man of Mexico is returning to the screen – the small screen not the big one this time. Sony Pictures Television and Teleset announced today that they are adapting El Mariachi for the Latin American Market. Based on the 1992 Robert Rodriguez pic of the same name, El Mariachi the TV series will become a one-hour drama to air on Sony Entertainment TV across the region.

This is the third SPT project for the market. In May, Univision announced, somewhat prematurely at first, that the company would be making a Spanish language version of Breaking Bad called Metastasis to air on the network next year. In the case of El Mariachi, Sony TV will produce 70 episodes of the scripted series to start. It is the first series to be produced by SPT and Teleset entirely in Mexico. “Much like the film, El Mariachi offers audiences a unique blend of high-stakes action and romance,” said Angélica Guerra, SPT SVP and managing director, production, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic in a statement Tuesday. “Staying true to the story, we are producing the series in Mexico shooting in magnificent locations and utilizing some of the country’s best talent.” Like the ’92 film and its 1995 sequel Desperado with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, the TV series will follow the exploits of Martin Aguirre, a musician at war with the drug cartels over honor, love and revenge. Actor Iván Arana will play Aguirre, with Street Kings and Borderland’s Marta Higareda as Celeste Sandoval and Julio Bracho as Fernando Sandoval.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Exists Crimson Peak

Benedict Cumberbatch has exited Crimson Peak, the Legendary horror movie being directed by Guillermo del Toro.

No reason for his departure was given, although sources say his exit is not due to another project.
Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska remain on board to star in the four-hander gothic horror story that centers on a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be.

Peak is scheduled to shoot in January, and the exit at this early stage gives del Toro plenty of time to find a replacement. The filmmaker has already shown he can roll with the punches when he quickly cast Wasikowska after Emma Stone fell off the movie.

Cumberbatch is entering a busy period where many of his completed films will hit screens. Dreamworks’ The Fifth Estate kicks off the Toronto International Film Festival in September, Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years a Slave opens on Oct. 18, while the all-star August: Osage County opens Dec. 25.

He is also voicing the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and is in preproduction on The Imitation Game, in which he will portray gay cryptographer Alan Turing.

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Joss Whedon Talks Ultron's Roll In Avengers 2

Ever since he popped in to the Marvel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con like a stealthy geek ninja to announce that his in-the-works Avengers sequel will be subtitled Age Of Ultron, Joss Whedon has had us all wondering just how the maniacal mechanoid would fit into the world of Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Hulk and the gang. Now, talking to EW, he’s revealed a few details.

According to Marvel lore, Hank Pym, better known as Ant-Man, created Ultron. But since Ant-Man won’t be a part of the new Avengers adventure, and Edgar Wright has said he isn’t featured in the stand-alone Ant-Man film, there will be some origin retooling going on here. The teaser that Whedon brought to the Con showed Iron Man’s helmet slowly being turned into Ultron’s metallic mug, so it seems logical to assume that Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark will have a hand in unwittingly creating the new menace. And here we thought he was done tinkering…

“I knew right away what I wanted to do with him,” Whedon says. “He’s always trying to destroy the Avengers, goddamn it, he’s got a bee in his bonnet. He’s not a happy guy, which means he’s an interesting guy.” Ultron's bursting with special abilities, including super-human strength, speed, stamina, flight, mind control and a brain the size of a planet, which makes him a great villain. Even if some of that will be toned down for the movie. “He’s got pain. And the way that manifests is not going to be standard robot stuff. So we’ll take away some of those powers because at some point everybody becomes magic, and I already have someone who’s a witch.” That would be Scarlet Witch, in case you didn’t get the sneaky clue.

With a promise to ground the character while still evoking him, Whedon knows what he’s zeroing in on: “As a character I love Ultron. Because he’s so pissed off.” Maybe he should start a support group with Bruce Banner.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rambo TV Series On It's Way

Entertainment One (eOne) partners with Avi Lerner to develop and produce TV series based on the action franchise. Producers in negotiation with Sylvester Stallone.

eOne has secured a co-development pact with Avi Lerner (Rambo, The Expendables) and Nu Image to develop and produce a television series based on action movie Rambo.

Under their exclusive option arrangement, the partners will collectively develop the series and shop it to broadcasters in the US and internationally. The parties are currently in negotiations with Sylvester Stallone, star of the original films, to be involved with the project on a creative level as well as potentially reprise his iconic role as the original John Rambo.

The original movie was based on David Morell novel First Blood and centres on a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand to hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The series consists of the films First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III and Rambo.

John Morayniss, CEO of eOne Television, said: “Rambo fans cover all demographics and we’re confident that we’ll quickly find this series a home.”

Lerner said: “I’m excited by the prospect of collaborating again with my good friend Sly for an encore in this next phase of the Rambo legacy.”

The television series will be produced by eOne in association with Lerner and Nu Image. Executive producers will include John Morayniss (Klondike, Rogue) for eOne and Lerner for Nu Image, with eOne handling the worldwide rights to the series in all media.

eOne’s other series include Hell on Wheels, Rookie Blue, Klondike, Haven, Rogue, Call Me Fitz, Saving Hope and Bitten. The group also handles distribution of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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THE WORLD'S END Junket Interviews With Cast

We had the pleasure of being invited to attend THE WORLD'S END junket in San Francisco earlier this month.  And who other to send but our main man Nic Souza. Mr. Souza (if your nasty) also attended the junket for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS in May for us. It was like Simon Pegg and Nic were best Friends when they sat down and talked this go around.

The day after the San Francisco premier of the last entry in the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy The World's End, which was followed by a brief Q&A session with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright,

Here is Nic's interview below:

I sat down for a round table interview with the trio.

Interviewer: Last night during the brief Q&A, you talked about wanting to show parts of England that weren't London. Then in your movies you have parts of England that aren't London have zombies, they have murderers, they have what we see in this movie.

Edgar Wright: Which is basically saying, “don't go to England.” (Laughs) Richie Curtis' films are a sort of tourist board, kind of like an advert, and ours maybe not so much. Don't stray out of the tourist zone.

Nick Frost: Stay in London, yeah.

Edgar: Stay in Zone 1.

Nick: Stay in Notting Hill.

Edgar: Don't go any further North, East, West, or South.

Simon Pegg: What was your question? (Laughs) The U.K. is seen in this certain light around the world, not least in America, as being some sort of chocolate box, green and pleasant land full of castles and stuff like that. The context, in respect of where we take it whether it be zombies or murderers or aliens, that’s by the by. What we're trying to set in the films is in a real part of England, is something more indicative of the real place.

Nick: Don't go to Northern England, because it’s full of unemployed miners who do strips.

Simon: They have to strip for a living, yeah. Cause you know, we always want to start off from a point of reality, and that's where our roots always are, is reality and then we go off to these places of fantasy and absurdity.

Edgar: But its also amusing to us having grown up in those places, when we watch those Hollywood genre movies, it seems so far flung to us. Even while watching American cop films for Hot Fuzz, it seemed like Sci-Fi to us, because it’s so far removed, especially if you are in the country or one of the satellite towns. So there is something about having grown in small English towns that you're sort of obsessed with about what goes on behind closed doors, and also that slightly mischievous desire to cause absolute mayhem.

Simon: Also, we're parochial. England is a parochial country. So we wanted to reflect that.

Interviewer: You've got this trilogy of films. Aside from ice cream, what you consider to be the connecting tissue of the three.

Edgar: I'm glad you ask that. I would say the overwriting themes would be the individual versus the collective, which is in all three movies. The dangers of perpetual adolescence, you know in Shaun of the Dead, Shaun has to grow up to kind of be the hero. In Hot Fuzz, if anything Nicholas Angel has to dumb down to be the bad ass. Then in this movie when Gary King decides to turn back the clock, with the magic time machine know as alcohol, things go very badly wrong. So, you know the moral of this film is actually said aloud by Rosamund Pikes, she says, “You've got to go forwards and not backwards.” I guess that is something that links all of them, three films about having to grow up.

Simon: Loss of identity and friendship.

Nick: Especially between men, and how they must change. Right guys? (Laughs) The different stages of friendship that men go through, or not go through.

Simon: And also, British-ness, contemporary British-ness. There are many many connective threads that are far more important, and relevant, than the ice cream. The ice cream and the fence jumping is a clever invitation in, it all gets a bit more cerebral after that.

Edgar: The ice cream is literally the dessert topping.

Interviewer: You are obviously walking a very fine line in terms of tone. Especially in the second half of the film, obviously you are very conscience of that. But what steps did you take in order to make sure it didn't go one way and everything was very balanced?

Edgar: That is definitely a tricky thing. I think we like that idea, and I think all of the movies we've done have that balancing act. Shaun of the Dead is pretty dark. It's funny to me, a few people have said, “Oh, this feels darker than the other two.” In Shaun, he does shoot his mother in the head. That's about as dark as it gets in a comedy.

Nick: Danny's dad points a gun at him in Hot Fuzz.

Simon: It ends with a weird proto-fascist utopia.

Edgar: I think the thing is because we're big comedy fans. Even some films that you really enjoy, you can be in the cinema and laugh for 100 minutes and have kind of forgotten the film by time you have gotten to the parking lot. We like to make films where you hopefully do have laughs and thrills, but they have some other nagging themes that might echo in your head for a couple of days later. That's our aim in a way, is to kind of have some kind of deeper meaning there.

Simon: And we've always been at pains to embrace and defend the idea of a slow burn. You don't just get in there and try to be funny straight away, or play all your cards straight away to try and fool the audience into thinking its hilarious. There is value in building characters and story, then when you do start taking left turns or making dramatic choices, the people have got a lot more invested in it, and its more effective that way I think.

Nick: You can get away with more as well, when people are invested in it.

Interviewer: To kind of follow up on that, you've said, Simon, that you take the audience's intelligence very seriously. Why do any of you think that that makes for good comedy?

Simon: Because, you should never underestimate the joy of audience participation in making links; and the joy of your own connections with making the film. I think anyone can laugh at a person falling over, and we know that better than most, because we put it in almost ever film we do. But there is also huge joy in working stuff out and solving puzzles and making connection between threads and seeing foreshadowing and things paying off and getting all that. It’s a far more gratifying experience than just hearing the word “cum” ever five minutes. You know what I mean? (Nick chuckles) He loves that shit.

Edgar: Nick is sold.

Simon: When an audience leaves the theater when they’ve been taken seriously, they feel good about it. We’re constantly being infantilized in the cinema, we’re constantly being underestimated, bashed around the head with it, and it’s turning us into mush. And I would hope in a summer that’s been populated by big dumb shit that you’d leave thinking, “Oh, that was tasty.”

Interviewer: You think the audience feels it when you are taking their intelligence seriously?

Simon: They should be, I mean I do. We try to make films for ourselves, and we try to make things were we would leave the cinema thinking, “Oh, that was enjoyable.” I remember the first time I saw Raising Arizona, I felt flattered that they thought that much of me, that I could get that film. I felt like I was complimented by it, in a weird way. I love that feeling of like I’m in on it, and I’m not just having fireworks let off in my face.

Edgar: I feel that all the films that inspire us, and continue to inspire us are films that I wanted to watch again as soon as it finished. Raising Arizona is a great example, I felt the same way, and I watched it immediately afterwards. And before I had to return it to our Blockbuster, I wanted to watch as much as of it as could. Just so I feel like I’ve seen everything, which is a good way to be. I feel like that is the greatest kind of movie, is when you want to watch it a second time half way through the first time.

Simon: I think it’s a good thing, but I don’t think you can watch any of the films we’ve made, particularly The World’s End, and entirely get it on the first watch. There’s stuff in there that you can’t possibly get until you’ve seen it all before. There are punch lines, which happen before the setup, so that you can’t get it until you watch it a second time. Because we feel like we owe it to the audience these days in the age of repeated viewing and DVD and downloading and ownership which we have a cinema now; you owe it to the audience in terms of, if they are going to spend money on what you’ve made, it needs to give back something. So when you’re watching it again and again and again, you’re still seeing new things five or six times in. And, if that means people on the first watch don’t entirely get it, well then that’s the way it is.

Edgar: And because in 2D it costs three dollars less. (Laughs)

Nick: We had the Olympics last year, and I’m sick of hearing the word “legacy” because we heard it about a trillion times. But, it’s about that thing. It’s about someone in ten years time saying, “Have you seen this film?” I was like that with Spinal Tap, its one of those things when someone says, “Hey, you’ve got to see this.” That kind of means a lot to us. Its not about a pop shot, it a about a slow build, and people watching it in ten years or twenty potentially. It’s like putting peanuts in a log.

Edgar: (laughs) what?

Nick: You’ve never heard that before? Animals at the zoo, if you just lay the food out for them, they get really bored and sad. But if you hide it and they find it, they fucking feel amazing.

Edgar: I have never heard that before.

Nick: People were thinking these animals are very depressed, what’s the big deal? Animals like to forage.

Interviewer: Make them work for it.

Nick: Make the work for it, yeah. That’s what they are happiest doing. So, they decided, lets hide food all over the place, and they became infinitely happier, because they had to work to find it.

Edgar: So what we are basically saying is “listen you monkeys.” (Laughs) We want you to work for your peanuts.

Simon: I thought it was a poop reference.

Nick: It is also a poop reference. (Laughs)

Interviewer: When it comes to creating a comedy that is also a horror. I feel like there is a very thin line and it could very easily become a self-parody. I feel like with this, and also with Shawn, I feel like the effectiveness is that the stakes are real, but we laugh with the characters when the situation is humorous. How do you find that line?

Edgar: It’s tricky. I remember when we made Shawn of the Dead, in the scene after the mum has died; we actually cut some jokes out. We realized that the audience needed grieving time. It is really tricky, because you’ve also got to move the film along. In this one there are some moments like that, were there’s not time to grieve some of the people who’ve gone. I guess we sort of know I don’t want to give too much away. It’s a tricky balancing act absolutely; you can’t make the characters look callous, but there’s got to be stakes. Most horror films you don’t give a shit about the victims at all. They’re basically there to be killed every fifteen minutes. But here you’ve got to feel bad for those who didn’t make it. Without giving too much away, but in the opening of the film you can actually see some of the fates of the characters. Its almost like the opening is a prophecy foretold at what’s going to happen at the end of the movie.

Interview: You guys have done more action, why did you decide on Science Fiction as a third one; and did it also refer to what you said earlier about themes, there seemed to be not just the individual versus the collective theme, but also an anti-technological theme?

Simon: More anti-corporate than technological, yeah.

Edgar: One of the twists on the tale is you got this character that likes to think of himself as a rebel, but to everybody else he’s pathetic. He’s the guy that didn’t grow up, and its you can’t be like the teenager flipping the bird to “the man” in your forties. But when it gets to the end, you’ve got to be on his side, because you don’t want to be with the aliens. You know you’ve got to be a human at the end of the day. So that’s one of the over arching themes of it. In terms of the Sci-Fi thing, its not like we just pick a genre out of a hat when we’re writing, it was a why of expressing an emotion we felt, we felt that bittersweet emotion of going back to your home town, and it changing around you. I don’t know if you were in the Q&A last night?

Interviewer: No.

Edgar: There was something in Hot Fuzz that really stuck in my head that informs this film. Hot Fuzz was shot in my hometown. And Sanford in Hot Fuzz is supposed to be really beautiful and parochial, and that how I imaged the town where I grew up. And yet, when we were shooting that film, I had to digitally erase a Starbucks from lots of shots, because it just didn’t fit. That doesn’t fit in my hometown.

Nick: And the NWA (Neighborhood Watch Alliance) would never allow it.

Edgar: Exactly, they would never allow a Starbucks. The irony of having to digitally erase the Starbucks was not lost on me, and that factored into this movie. So, I think there is something about using the social Sci-Fi or the paranoid Sci-Fi quiet invasion, that genre which was a big part of our upbringing through a lot of British and American Sci-Fi, whether its Body Snatcher or Village of the Damned or Quatermass and the Pit. I remember once expressing something to a friend that I felt like my town had changed, because when ever I would go back at Christmas to see my family I felt like they either didn’t recognize me or didn’t care. And both of those bummed me out. These were people that I went to school with. Even the thing with the bully in the film is based on a real incident. But, I remember saying to a friend that every time I go back to my hometown I feel like Body Snatchers, because the town changed without me.

Simon: It’s always story first. But as soon as you said the word, I feel a bit alienated at home, its obvious what you’re going to do.

Interviewer: Nick and Simon, of the three characters you’ve played now, which is the most like you, and which is the least like yourself?

Nick: For me, Danny Butterman (Hot Fuzz) is the least like me. And I think I was probably like Ed (Shawn of the Dead) when I was Ed. And now I’m kind of like Andy (World’s End) sadly, with out those violent pub rages.

Edgar: But if you were pushed into it you could handle yourself. (Laughs)

Nick: Yeah, sadly.

Edgar: You could do two robots, not ten robots.

Simon: The amount of Hungarian stunt men you knocked out in that scene was amazing.

Nick: Yeah there was a couple there; I wasn’t always acting there. It never has to get to that. If you front up and pretend to be a lunatic, people always back down. Unless they are a lunatic then you have a problem.

Simon: I once saw Nick threaten to tear a man in half it was brilliant. I am least like Nicholas Angel (Hot Fuzz). I was probably a little like Shawn when we did Shawn, and Gary is probably somebody I could have been if I hadn’t been so conscientious in my lifetime. It’s difficult to say, Shawn was a long time ago and I’m not like Shawn anymore. I’m a lot like Gary now, but Gary without the alcoholic depression.

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Download The Interactive Screen Play For Hot Fuzz

In celebration of THE WORLD'S END debut this Friday, Focus Features has just unveiled the new interactive screenplay from the second installment to The Cornetto Trilogy, Hot Fuzz. Packed with original storyboards, behind-the-scenes images, videos, b-roll footage and original page notes, check out the new screenplay from co-writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg below. THE WORLD'S END opens in theatres this Friday, August 23rd, 2013!

Hot Fuzz: http://hotfuzzscript.com/

For the interactive screenplay to The Cornetto Trilogy lead-off Shaun of the Dead:

Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for a third film following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.

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This morning, Lionsgate launched the VICTORS BANNER reveal campaign on THE HUNGER GAMES EXPLORER. The banner currently includes Victors KATNISS EVERDEEN and PEETA MELLARK, along with a countdown clock to the next reveal.

Fans are encouraged to tweet their guess of who will appear next with the hashtag #VictorsRevealed.

Take a look at your favorite victors from District 12 now, at THE HUNGER GAMES EXPLORER:

Is your favorite Victor next? Stay tuned to THE HUNGER GAMES EXPLORER to find out!

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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The Film Arcade will release AFTERNOON DELIGHT in theaters Next Friday, August 30, 2013, with Cinedigm handling the home video and digital release in the following months.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT will open in the following theaters:

143 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

10850 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

To buy tickets, please visit:

Written & Directed by Jill Soloway
Starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch,
Jessica St. Clair and Michaela Watkins

AFTERNOON DELIGHT is the story of Rachel, a stay-at-home mom who becomes obsessed with saving a stripper named McKenna.

It’s nine am. You’ve just dropped your kid off at school. Pick-up is at four. No one knows where you are, and no one needs you. So what now? Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’s bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right—chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child, hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private dance from McKenna, something cracks open. Rachel returns to the scene of the dance to get to know McKenna, and soon after, adopt her as a live-in nanny. This bold move unleashes unimagined and colorful waves of change into Rachel’s life, marriage and community.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Review. Go See It

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones Review
By: April Spice

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones review from a readers perspective. She kept it short and sweet. I liked it, a lot. Go see it!

And now onto her full review of the film. Make sure to follow April on Twitter and check out her site HERE:


So I have a confession to make, Before last night, I was not a TMI fan. I read the first book a couple years ago, it was okay. I really really loved the sexual tension between the protagonist, Clary Fray and Jace Wayland. Then I got to the end of the book and the big sibling bomb was dropped. I. Was. Mad. Terribly mad. So much so, that I did not continue reading the series. After complaining about it to a friend, she finally told me that Clary and Jace AREN'T really brother/sister. THANK GOD. However, it still didn't mend my hurt feelings over it enough to make me continue reading the series.

When word broke about the movie, I paid little attention until set pictures started emerging. I was pretty impressed with how they made Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower pull off the look of 'Clary' and 'Jace'. Maybe I would finally stop calling her "eyebrows" and not singing "Johanna" (Sweeney Todd for those who don't know) when I see JCB. As clips and trailers started coming out I actually started getting pretty excited because it looked to me like the movie was going to be better than the book.

Last week I started a re read of the first book to refresh my memory and found myself enjoying it a little more than the first time I read it. I didn't make it all the way through before the screening last night but it refreshed my memory enough!

I REALLY liked the movie. I think/HOPE that fans of the book's will be happy. YES, they changed some things... but they weren't bad choices in my honest opinion. The order of some of the happenings is a little mixed up. Clary and Simon go to the poetry reading BEFORE Pandemonium, the demon in the club is not killed in the storage room, but in the middle of the club. I liked this change because it solidified the fact that no one except Clary could see them. Simon does not turn into a Rat... which I think would have probably been really cheesy and was also a good choice on their part. It felt more desperate having him in human form. There are a good amount of little things changed... but in the BIG picture I think it was done for movie continuity and people won't be upset.

Things I didn't like: Idris is not mentioned ONCE. I'm not sure how this will affect future movies but I'm pretty sure they go there in the next books, so that was odd to me. When Jace takes Clary to the greenhouse, it has the beautiful greenery but it's never mentioned that most of it grows in Idris. Church the cat is not in it. I was sad because I really liked Church. I wasn't a HUGE fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine. I felt like his hair was terrible and he wasn't as believable as the other characters. Which disappointed me.

Things I liked: SO MANY THINGS! Where do I start? I Loved getting to see what happens to Jocelyn back at their house. I'm sure I'm not the only one that wanted to know what went down! She kicks some shadow hunter ass and it's pretty awesome. Simon- He was just adorable. Robert Sheenan was perfect! Lily Collins- Most def my favorite role of hers to date. Jamie Campbell Bower- HOLY JACE. Wow. The three of them had great chemistry. The scene when Simon tells Clary he is in love with her- Perfect. Lily captured the emotion of the moment perfectly. The sarcasm and snark that JCB embodied as Jace was awesome. He really personified Jace in my opinion! I know there has been some controversy about him, but I can't picture anyone else in the role now! I love Isabelle's whip. Alec (Kevin Zegers) was absolutely Alec. The confrontation with Clary and Alec was really good. Magnus Bane, EXACTLY like I pictured him. The silent brothers and City of Bones were AWESOME in my opinion. JUST like I imagined in my head! I loved seeing the Runes and how they worked, It felt like they were explained better in the movie than the book. The werewolves were good. Different enough from other franchises whom shall not be named! Fight Scenes- Awesome. Particularly against the Vampires, and between Jace/Valentine. The demons I felt looked really cool. They were almost smoldering/burning and I really liked how they portrayed them. I think what I enjoyed the most was that pretty much everything was exactly how I pictured it. From the brownstone to the Institute, to the Infirmary to the library and greenhouse. I felt like the book was coming to life!

FINALLY the big bomb of Clary/Jace being siblings. I REALLY hoped that they would somehow let the audience in on the fact that they aren't REALLY in order to prevent people from being turned off and grossed out like I was with the book... and they do. Its subtle and if you aren't paying attention you might miss it. Essentially they keep with the theme though because Clary and Jace THINK they are which is all that really matters when it comes down to it!

Oh and how could I forget- The Greenhouse/Kissing scene was spectacular. I know some people weren't thrilled with the choice of the Demi Lovato song during that scene but it really honestly didn't make me feel one way or the other. It certainly didn't bother me because I was focused on Jamie pulling Lily close to him for that spectacular kiss! All the Feels!

Bottom line- I would definitely recommend seeing it if you are a fan of the series or a general fan girl at heart like I am. The Mortal Instruments opens August 21st in theaters nationwide and IMAX!

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