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Saturday, October 12, 2013

THE CROODS Blu-ray & DVD Review. Strong Candidate For Best Animated Film

THE CROODS Blu-ray & DVD Review
By: MattInRC

Although it's early to start handing out awards for best animated, consider this week's Blu-ray release of THE CROODS as a strong candidate.

As we mentioned in our year-end article, 2012 brought us several terrific films throughout the year, including several; animated ones that made it to this year's Oscars. Bolstered by long lines and positive reviews, animated films are enjoying a resurgence among filmgoers. Dreamworks' THE CROODS is an impressive adventure about cavemen and the coming of the New World. Its arrival onto Blu-ray this week looks and sounds amazing, with only a decent supply of supplements.


The Movie - 4/5
Eep Crood (voiced by Emma Stone) is a prehistoric cavewoman who wants more than the dull and defensive existence she and her family have been provided by her father Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage). According to him, cave people should hide from larger animals, stay indoors at night, and generally be prepared to live in fear for the majority of their lives. Grug doesn't like 'new things' as he calls it, because it's led to the deaths of several neighbors; he's more content to stay locked up in his cave, much to the disappointment of the adventurous but bored Eep. Grug's wife Ugga (voiced by Catherine Keener), her mother (voiced by Cloris Leachman), daughter Sandy, and son Thunk (Clark Duke) are mesmerized as Grugg tells one cautionary tale after another, ending each story with a red splat from his hand signifying the death of yet another troublemaker. But when the newcomer Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) arrives carrying the new discovery fire with him - as well as omen of destruction - Eep and her family are forced to set out across the newly-formed continent, while their old one is swept away during a cataclysmic event. Guy is convinced that a place he calls 'tomorrow' is just a tall mountain away, and the enamored Eep is more than willing to follow. But danger and hilarious antics are no doubt to follow as the Croods's loyalties to Grugg will be tested from everything to using fire, to wearing Guy's new invention of shoes, to working with their larger animal enemies to survive the impending shift of the land masses.

Co-written and co-directed by Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco, The Croods displays familiar themes of family and duty from Pixar's Brave but adds more humor, warmth, and action to things. The story has plenty of laugh-out-loud one-liners, but it's superseded by a tone made for a more mature teen audience. The idea of a family being forced from their home is nothing new (see: Ice Age) but when it's utterly smashed from an earthquake as it's done here, with hand paintings shattered and their 'neighborhood' dismantled, we see this new tone emerge from Dreamworks that's also appealing for adults but could be tough on smaller kids. Our voice actors do much to bring depth to their characters, rather than simply reading from a script with no apparent idea of the scene they're actually doing (see Wreck it Ralph). Reynolds and Cage lead the way here - their banter is funny and perfectly balanced as Grugg fights the coming changes which represent nothing less than an end to his perfectly-ordered world.

Composer Alan Silvestri (The Avengers) creates a beautiful score that mixes Avengers-style marches with more tender pieces that I believe takes his work to a new level. Like Silvestri, Dreamworks has improved their animation immensely with The Croods, creating a sumptuous environment that looks better than Oz The Great and Powerful and is frankly more inventive than Jack the Giant Slayer. It looked fabulous in 3D, with hair, clothing, and the physical environment almost resembling reality. Although I expect it to be an amazing experience at home, don't wait.

The Croods underwent many production delays in 2012 before finally arriving to theaters earlier this year. In some ways that's a blessing, as it might be have been quickly forgotten with terrific fare like Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians, and Ice Age had it been released last year. The Croods is a terrific early entry, further proving that Disney and Pixar have legitimate competition close on their heels. That's good for fans of animation, as this one will reward you with a strong script and stunning animation.


The Video - 5/5
The Croods is presented in a stunning MPEG-4/AVC transfer that looks so good and so realistic that viewers might think they're watching live action in some scenes. To say some of these look photo-realistic is not going too far, for the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Blu-ray offers details that are truly dazzling. Clarity is always the name of the game in animation, and The Croods excels at representing fur on clothing, details in trees and water, and human emotions and characteristics such as facial hair. Then there's the environment, filled with a beautiful array of desert terrain, deadly animals, and lush vegetation. Colors are also brilliant without becoming cartoon-like or spilling over the crisp lines and other features which our animators imagined. Shadows and blacks also play together nicely, especially in early scenes at Eep's cave home. There, we see shadows descend into black, much like a real cave would, but providing plenty of detail along the way. Transfers like these can look good on just about any platform, and animated films in general have always looked good on Blu-ray, but The Croods has to be an instant favorite for those of us who appreciate the time which studios like Fox spend in bringing these to the home market. The result is simply amazing.



The Audio - 5/5
The Croods features a powerful but precise DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack that is amazing for more than just its sound. For an animated film to receive the coveted 7.1 treatment is another testament to Fox's dedication to the animated genre, and everything about its lossless production stands out. Starting with the front speakers, we get a mix of music, dialogue, and sound effects, each never upstaging the other, with the dialogue in general standing out here. There's good phasing as prehistoric birds fly from left to right, and water flows across the soundfield. The center channel presents separated dialogue that is always clear and never requires the listener to play The Remote Game between action sequences. But it's the surround speakers which bring home the bacon, wrapping the listener in a cacophony of animal noises, wind, and other atmospheric effects. At their best, surround speakers tell the smaller details of a story, giving us those bits of data that the front speakers don't have time to deliver. Again, Fox delivers on this with faultless perfection, including the subwoofer, which pounds, growls, and thumps its way through the film. There appears to be few times in which the low end isn't clearly represented, a fact which seems part and parcel of 7.1 environments, and here we see it on parade in various forms. Silvestri's soundtrack shines throughout the film, as most film scores should, and the LFE gets involved early and often. Once again, credit goes out to Fox for achieving such a terrific audio experience, which is reference-grade from start to finish.


The Supplements - 2.5/5
Sadly, the supplements on The Croods fail to excite, sacrificing behind-the-scenes for family-friendly and reaping few rewards for doing so. I prefer director's commentary as opposed to flashy advertisements for other titles which are unfortunately here. At least all of the features are presented in HD:

The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods: Two of the films characters join audiences to teach about the various creatures in the film. There's graphics, voices, and animated drawings from the film.
Belt's Cave Journal (6:15): Guy introduces his friend Belt.

Croods' Cuts (Lost Scenes): Our Directors/Writers team of Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders introduce several deleted scenes, including Crazy Grug (2:36), It's Rain (3:08), It's a Great Cave (1:09), and Termites (1:15). We learn why some scenes were never completed, or removed from the final cut.

Be An Artist: Supervising Animator Sean Sexton introduces us to the process of bringing several of the characters from the film to life. Included are Belt (12:00), Macawnivore (15:22), and Mousephant (7:45).
The Croods Theatrical Trailer (2:11)

Sneak Peek: Previews for Turbo, Shrek the Musical, Epic, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
World of DreamWorks Animation: Ads for Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda.

Our evaluation copy arrived as a Blu-ray Combo pack, complete with a Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy. The embossed slipcase is attractive, and an exclusive plush toy pack was offered in some versions.


The Bottom Line - 4/5
The Croods offers a highly entertaining experience even if its somewhat predictable survival plot is easily discerned. Forget that: it's warm and funny and will be endearing to youngsters and very watchable for adults. The Fox/DreamWorks' Blu-ray delivers awesome picture and sound qualities, even if the supplements disappoint. I hope the MPAA remembers this one, as it still sits atop my favorite animated movies of the year. The Croods is rated PG, has a runtime of 98 minutes, and comes highly recommended.

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Charlie Hunnam Out Of Fifty Shades Of Grey Film

Christian Grey no more! Universal Pictures and Focus Features have announced that Charlie Hunnam will be replaced in the highly anticipated film adaption of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey due to his busy schedule.

"The filmmakers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," the studios said in a joint statement on Saturday, Oct. 12.

After a tireless search, Hunnam, 33, was finally confirmed on Sept. 2 to take on the lead role of Grey alongside actress Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. "So... Christian…" James teased via Twitter at the time. "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey."

And now? "I wish Charlie all the best. x," the author of the three book series wrote just moments after the shocking shakeup.

Days after Hunnam signed on for the erotic role, the Sons of Anarchy actor spoke out about what "a big commitment" the films would be, and how he had a profound chemistry with Johnson from their initial readings together. "I started reading with Dakota I knew that I definitely wanted to do it," he said of the audition at the sixth season premiere of his FX series on Sept. 7. "There's just like a tangible chemistry between us. It felt exciting and fun and weird and compelling."

A petition surrounding the casting also surfaced shortly after Hunnam was revealed to take on the mysterious billionaire. Fans quickly demanded through an online petition that he be replaced by actor Matt Bomer.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA on Tuesday, October 22 @ 7PM @ Century Stadium 14 in Sacramento.


JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Jeff Tremaine and written by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze. The film will star Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. It was produced by MTV Films and distributed by Paramount Pictures.  Bad Grandpa has a loose plot that connects the stunts and pranks together as opposed to the three original Jackass films which had no plot.


86-year-old Irving Zisman and Billy are on a road trip across the United States. Irving is tasked with taking his grandson to live with his father after his mother is jailed. Interspersed with the brief story segments are hidden camera pranks and stunts.


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Jamie Foxx Could Play Martin Luther King Jr. In Upcoming Film

Kario Salem wrote the script and the King family is expected to support the long-gestating project

Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Martin Luther King Jr. in a biopic that Oliver Stone is in negotiations to direct for DreamWorks and Warner Bros., three individuals familiar with the long-gestating project have told TheWrap.

Oscar winners Foxx and Stone previously worked together on 1999′s football drama “Any Given Sunday,” which helped put Foxx on the map as a major movie star.

Warner Bros. had no comment.

Steven Spielberg will produce for DreamWorks along with Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi, while several members of the King family are expected to serve as executive producers on the project.

DreamWorks acquired the rights to King’s story in 2009 along with the rights to his “I Have a Dream” speech. In April 2011, the company decided to team up with Warner Bros., which had been developing its own MLK movie with Salem, who spent three years doing research and interviews to inform his screenplay.

The race to get a MLK movie off the ground has become something of a spectator sport in Hollywood. What distinguishes the DreamWorks/WB project is that it boasts the support of the King family, unlike a competing film titled “Memphis” that Paul Greengrass has spent years developing with producer Scott Rudin. The King family refused to cooperate with that project given its warts-and-all depiction of the civil rights leader.

Meanwhile, Lee Daniels spent years trying to bring “Selma” to the big screen, though that project will now be directed by Ava DuVernay (“Middle of Nowhere”) and star David Oyelowo (“The Butler”) as King.

Stone has long been drawn to politically-themed biopics, having directed “JFK,” “Nixon” and “W.” He most recently directed “Savages” and just signed on to produce a biopic of Algerian leader Emir Abd el-Kader.

Foxx recently starred in Quentin Taratino’s “Django Unchained” and Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down.” He’s currently filming Sony’s “Annie” reboot and will soon be seen as the villainous Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

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Emma Watson To Star In While We’re Young

The last time Emma Watson collaborated with writer-director Stephen Chbosky, we got the delightful The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which Chbosky adapted from his novel. They’re reuniting for a new project, this time working from Adena Halpern’s novel 29 for a film called While We’re Young.

This time, however, Chbosky is handing over script duties to (500) Days Of Summer duo Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter for a plot that appears to find a new way to tell a well-used fictional staple: the body-swap.

We’re introduced to a 75-year-old woman who still wants to squeeze as much out of life as possible, and who is happier spending time with her 29-year-old granddaughter than her 55-year-old daughter. On her birthday, she’s granted one wish and becomes 29 again for a day, spending it having an adventure with her granddaughter.

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New Clip From 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Chiwetel Ejiofor Becomes Solomon Northrup

Watch the featurette ‘Chiwetel Ejiofor becomes Solomon Northrup from 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

12 YEARS A SLAVE opens in select theaters on Friday, October 18, 2013



Directed by Steve McQueen / Screenplay by John Ridley

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard, Chris Chalk, Taran Killam and Bill Camp.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA on Tuesday, October 22 @ 7PM @ Manchester Stadium 16 in Fresno.


JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Jeff Tremaine and written by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze. The film will star Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. It was produced by MTV Films and distributed by Paramount Pictures.  Bad Grandpa has a loose plot that connects the stunts and pranks together as opposed to the three original Jackass films which had no plot.


86-year-old Irving Zisman and Billy are on a road trip across the United States. Irving is tasked with taking his grandson to live with his father after his mother is jailed. Interspersed with the brief story segments are hidden camera pranks and stunts.


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New Trailer For The Monuments Men

Sony Pictures is readying for the December 18 release of The Monuments Men — the Oscar-season sweet spot — with the latest trailer to drop. George Clooney directs and heads the cast of the thriller about a World War II platoon of art historians and museum directors tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue priceless art from the Nazis. Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett also star.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA on Tuesday, October 22 @ 7PM @ AMC Metreon In San Francisco.


JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA is an upcoming American comedy film directed by Jeff Tremaine and written by Jeff Tremaine, Johnny Knoxville, and Spike Jonze. The film will star Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. It was produced by MTV Films and distributed by Paramount Pictures.  Bad Grandpa has a loose plot that connects the stunts and pranks together as opposed to the three original Jackass films which had no plot.


86-year-old Irving Zisman and Billy are on a road trip across the United States. Irving is tasked with taking his grandson to live with his father after his mother is jailed. Interspersed with the brief story segments are hidden camera pranks and stunts.


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New Sweetwater Clip

The action-packed western starring January Jones, Ed Harris, Jason Aldean, Jason Isaacs and Eduardo Noriega is in theaters. Check out a film clip below. Sweetwater is also available on VOD and Digital.



In the late 1800’s, a beautiful former prostitute (January Jones: "Mad Men") is trying to build an honest life with her husband in the rugged plains of New Mexico. When she catches the eye of a sadistic and powerful religious leader (Jason Isaacs: Harry Potter series), her life is violently turned upside down. She embarks on a bloody course of vengeance with the assistance of a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris: Pollock, The Hours, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) who has pretty violent tendencies of his own.

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Production Starts On FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES "WILD"

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES BEGINS PRODUCTION ON “WILD

JEAN-MARC VALLÉE DIRECTS ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER REESE WITHERSPOON IN NICK HORNBY’S ADAPTATION OF CHERYL STRAYED BEST-SELLING BOOK

Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that director Jean-Marc Vallée began principal photography in Oregon this week on WILD. The film stars Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE, MUD). The screenplay is adapted by Oscar nominated writer Nick Hornby (AN EDUCATION, High Fidelity) from author Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller Wild, the book that re-launched Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea (WARM BODIES, ALL GOOD THINGS) are producing with River Road Entertainment’s Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad (THE TREE OF LIFE, 12 YEARS A SLAVE). The film’s executive producers are Hornby, Bergen Swanson (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) and Nathan Ross (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB), Vallée's producing partner.

Thomas Sadoski (HBO’s “The Newsroom”), Michiel Huisman (WORLD WAR Z, HBO’s “Treme”), W. Earl Brown (THE LONE RANGER, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY), Gaby Hoffman (SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, VERONICA MARS), and Kevin Rankin (DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) have also joined the cast. The film will shoot on location in Oregon and California.

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) 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.

"I am truly honored to have the opportunity to bring Cheryl Strayed's amazing journey to life on film, and to work with Pacific Standard, River Road Entertainment, Fox Searchlight, and Reese, "says Vallée. "There is so much naked honesty to her book, so much humanity. And I can say the same about Nick Hornby's screenplay: a page turner. I couldn't put it down. So emotional. So unique. This tale is not just set in the ‘wild’, it's about the ‘wild’ in all of us."

“Nick Hornby’s script about author Cheryl Strayed’s 1,100 mile trek through largely untouched wilderness captures the poignancy and spirit of the life-altering journey that the author lived 18 years ago. Having Cheryl available to us here in Oregon is invaluable… her spirit, her presence, and her input on the physical and emotional details of her trek are a gift to the production,” said Witherspoon and Papandrea. “We couldn’t mount this challenging production without the unwavering support of Fox Searchlight."

Claudia Lewis, Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production states: “We are thrilled to be working with Jean-Marc - as well as Reese, Bruna, and Bill - on his vision of this inspirational and personal story of self-redemption. I can’t imagine another actress who could personify the grit and vulnerability of the character… Reese’s physical and emotional transformation into Cheryl Strayed will be extraordinary.”

Once again joining director Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, CAFÉ DE FLORE) are director of photography Yves Bélanger (LAURENCE ANYWAYS), production designer John Paino (KILL THE MESSENGER, MARGIN CALL), editor Martin Pensa (CAFÉ DE FLORE), and visual effects supervisor Marc Côté (IMMORTALS, CAFÉ DE FLORE), who all collaborated with Vallée on his acclaimed DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner. The costume designer is Melissa Bruning (DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, PARKER).

The filmmakers are aided by the cooperation of the State of Oregon, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association (www.pcta.org) in safely and responsibly capturing the wild trail experience for film audiences around the world.

Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis, SVP of Production David Greenbaum and Director of Production DanTran Nguyen will oversee the project.

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 21st Century Fox.

Since its launch in 2012, PACIFIC STANDARD, a full scale film and production company run by partners Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, acquired two bestselling novels that are currently in production. The film adaptation of bestselling novel, WILD, in which Witherspoon will star in and produce for director Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BUYER’S CLUB) for FOX Searchlight features. Also in production is GONE GIRL, a novel by Gillian Flynn, a film that David Fincher is currently directing for FOX. Pacific Standard’s development slate includes the buddy comedy, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS, a co-starring vehicle for Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, as well as 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.

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Giveaway: CURSE OF CHUCKY Blu-ray + DVD

Thanks to Universal Studios Home Entertainment we are going to give away limited copies of the THE WORLD’S MOST DEMONIC DOLL, CURSE OF CHUCKY (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)


AN ALL-NEW MOVIE FROM THE FILMMAKERS OF THE UNFORGETTABLE HORROR FRANCHISE ARRIVES JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK WITH DVD INCLUDING ULTRAVIOLET™ OUT NOW.


Terror returns in a deceptively tiny package when Curse of Chucky, the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise, comes exclusively to Blu-Ray™ and DVD on October 8, 2013, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital on September 24, 2013, Curse of Chucky reunites franchise creators Don Mancini and David Kirschner as Chucky returns to horrify viewers in an all-new, unrated chapter of the blood-soaked suspense saga that James Oster of ArrowInTheHead.com gleefully calls “Delightfully deadly.”



“It has been a quarter of a century since fans were first petrified by Toyland’s most lethal serial killer in Child’s Play” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment. “Now, twenty-five years later, the deadly legacy continues as Chucky resumes his disturbing reign of terror, delivering more of the blood-curdling scares and bone-chilling twists that have cemented his place as one of the world’s most legendary horror film icons.”

Written and directed by Mancini, Curse of Chucky finds a family imperiled by the murderous doll that launched a generation’s nightmares – determined to finish a job that was started long ago. The film stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood”), A Martinez (“Longmire,” “General Hospital”), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, “CSI: Miami”) and Brennan Elliott (“Flight 93,” Double Jeopardy), with Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings) once again providing the voice of Chucky, the homicidal plaything inhabited by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray.

The Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack allows fans to view Curse of Chucky anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-Ray™ disc, a DVD, and Digital including UltraViolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience. Additionally, Chucky: The Complete Collection Limited Edition is also available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 8, 2013 in the United States only. For the first time ever, Chucky fans can experience all six movies in one must-own set, including Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky.

• Blu-Ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and hi-def sound.

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UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for fans to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud.

UltraViolet™ lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs, including iPad®, iPhone®, Android™ and more.

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• Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life: Featuring the award-winning work of animatronics company Alterian, this featurette shows the pain-staking detail involved with bringing Chucky to life and the army of people behind the process.

• Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy: More than six films and a quarter of a century, Chucky, the possessed Good Guys doll, has been the playmate we love to hate. This featurette looks at why we’re still frightened by the red haired terror and recalls some favorite moments from the previous films.

• Storyboard Comparisons

Blu-rayTM and DVD Bonus Features:

• Deleted Scenes
• Gag Reel
• Playing with Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky: From scripting, to casting to shooting, this featurette proves that playing with dolls is definitely not child’s play! Follow the cast and crew of Curse of Chucky as they bring the newest and scariest chapter in the series to the screen.
• Feature Commentary with Director Don Mancini, Puppeteer Tony Gardner and Star Fiona Dourif


CURSE OF CHUCKY SYNOPSIS:
He’s back! From the filmmakers that brought you Chucky comes the terrifying return of the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif, “True Blood”), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. The return of America’s favorite toy, voiced again by Brad Dourif, is unrated and full of more blood-splattered thrills and chills.

CHUCKY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION SYNOPSIS:
Set a play date with Chucky as all six movies come together for the first time in the chilling Chucky Complete Collection Limited Edition. The killer doll torments his original victim, young Andy Barclay, in Child's Play, Child's Play 2 and Child's Play 3. Then the ruthless redhead teams up with his dream doll, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), in Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky. Chucky is back again in Curse of Chucky to terrorize a family with whom he shares a mysterious connection. Oozing with hours of bonus materials, the Chucky Complete Collection Limited Edition is a thrilling, chilling, must-own set. Wanna play?

CURSE OF CHUCKY FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti, Brennan Elliott
Directed By: Don Mancini
Screenplay By: Don Mancini
Produced By: David Kirschner, Don Mancini
Director of Photography: Michael Marshall
Production Designer: Craig Sandells
Costume Designer: Patricia J. Henderson

CURSE OF CHUCKY TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: October 8, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 63123489/63123516 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes / 1 hour 37 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1
Rating: R for bloody horror violence and for Language/Unrated
Technical Info: English DTS Master Audio 5.1, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

CURSE OF CHUCKY TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: October 8, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 63123488/63123515 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes / 1 hour 37 minutes
Layers: Dual Layers
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Rating: R for bloody horror violence and for Language/Unrated
Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

The Universal 1440 Entertainment banner develops and produces live-action and animated productions directly for the home entertainment, television and the stage. Since its formation in 2005, the group has assembled an exceptional roster of animated family fare, including the brand-new animated feature-length home entertainment release The Little Engine That Could; the Daytime Emmy®-winning “Curious George” television series on PBS KIDS; and a string of hit Barbie movies, based on the world-renowned Mattel-branded doll. The group also has successfully built upon some of Universal’s highly celebrated live-action franchises, most recently launching the Tony Award®-nominated hit touring stage production Bring It On: The Musical; the adrenaline-fueled actioner Death Race 3: Inferno; and the epic- adventure sagaThe Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption. Projects currently readying for release include the all-new home entertainment features Dead in Tombstone, Curse of Chucky and Little Rascals, a reboot of the beloved family comedy. The group is part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Universal 1440 Entertainment is a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE). USHE is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

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Captain Phillips Review. The Film Is A Missed Opportunity

Captain Phillips Review
By: MattInRC

The overly-long Captain Phillips loses your attention and only tacitly gains it back.


The Somali pirate pressure-cooker Captain Phillips is less a story about the attempted theft of a cargo ship in 2009, instead treading into dangerous water about American values and our military supremacy. But the story of the American Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) - who's later kidnapped by four desperate boys with machine guns - is simply too long, sacrificing effect for buildup. Phillips is the hard-working no-fuss captain whose home life is filled with worries about his children and the fact that his wife (Catherine Keener) doesn't like him taking jobs so far away. She has reason to worry, as the Somalis in 2009 were pirating ships with such frequency that US destroyers were sent out to patrol the African coast. Phillips' ship is commandeered by four Somalis, including their leader Muse (Barkhad Abdi), whose jagged teeth and frail appearance mirror that of his desperate men. But soon Phillips and his crew have them on the run, leading to Muse's capture. What should have ended as a peaceful exchange of prisoners takes a violent turn, as Phillips is kidnapped and taken aboard a lifeboat, while the Americans attempt to negotiate. As time begins to run out, Phillips must maintain his sanity while dealing with the prospects of his own mortality.


Director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) wields gritty and grainy here like most directors these days, inspiring his actors into a pressure cooker of a third act aboard the lifeboat. But it's his longtime editor Christopher Rouse who leaves too much in here, from the early dichotomy between Hanks and the pirate's 'homelife' to procedures aboard the boat before the attacks. There's just too much fluff here, almost as if Greengrass and Rouse wanted desperately to respect the incredible trauma Phillips actually went through. And it's not like we're talking about a few over-run scenes here: this film needed a buzz cut rather than a trim, suffering through minutes of needless dialogue including a snail-paced second act. By the time the good (not great) third act arrives, we've caught our friends napping several times as Hanks and crew go through monotonous duties not needed to further the story. Even the third act has enough bloat to make a dietitian nervous, as Pacific Rim's Max Martini arrives with his Navy Seals ready to do business but stuck in negotiations.


Of course, it's Hanks who creates another mesmerizing performance, generating such empathy for our unlikely hero that we can't help but love him for keeping this meandering production on track. From his parental counseling of a young pirate, to his visceral reaction to the strike by Navy Seals, Hanks is us, imbuing all that is decent and honorable in people. That's a powerful draw, but not enough to keep us from drifting too often. Captain Phillips just doesn't know when too much is too much. Greengrass spends way too much time setting up our characters, before plunging them into tension that takes too long to resolve. It's not that films over 2 hours aren't effective anymore (see The Great Gatsby and the gripping Prisoners), but Phillips is an excellent candidate for a UCLA Film Editing class.

I admit that I had to leave the screening for the bathroom during the third act, something I try desperately not to make a habit. Upon my return, I asked my friend what I had missed. She replied simply, 'nothing' which tells you just how bloated this film is. Had it been reduced 30 minutes, Phillips could have been a guaranteed Oscar contender. For now, it's just a missed opportunity. Captain Phillips is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 134 minutes.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Disney's Maleficent Is Getting A Round Of Reshoots

Director John Lee Hancock has been brought in to work on Maleficent, Disney's big-budget live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale that stars Angelina Jolie.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the movie is about to get a round of reshoots. Hancock, who wrote and directed The Blind Side and wrote Snow White and the Huntsman, penned several new scenes to be shot. Hancock also will help oversee the reshoots by the film's director, Robert Stromberg, a production designer making his directorial debut on the $200 million-budgeted fantasy.

"We asked him to be on set," producer Joe Roth says of Hancock. "He's not directing. He wrote pages, and I hired a first-time director, and it's good to have him on set." Asked why a film of this magnitude was entrusted to a novice director, Roth notes that Stromberg won Oscars for production design on Alice in Wonderland and Avatar. "The movie is gorgeous to look at, and the last 75 minutes are really entertaining," he says. The issue is the opening, which is being reshot over eight days.

The new scenes do not involve Jolie, as the actress is in Australia prepping to direct her World War II drama Unbroken.

Maleficent began principal photography in June 2012 in London with a cast that includes Elle Fanning, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson and Juno Temple. Reshoots are common on productions of this size, but having another director come in to assist the original helmer is less common. Maleficent is scheduled for release on May 30, 2014.

Hancock is well-regarded on the Disney lot. He has Saving Mr. Banks -- the studio’s drama about Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers -- set for a Dec. 20 release.

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GIVEAWAY: Defiance: Season One On Blu-ray

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has provide SandwichJohnFilms with copies of Defiance: Season One on Blu-ray to giveaway to some lucky fans. 10 fans to be exact.

The action-packed science fiction series stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jamie Murrary, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner, and arrives on Blu-ray on October 15th.

Defiance is the first of its kind. A convergence of television and multi-platform videogame featuring an interconnected world that evolves together -- series and videogame -- into one story. The year is 2046 and more than three decades have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper, Nolan (Bowler, True Blood), and Mayor Rosewater (Julie Benz, Dexter) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they've fought for.



The Blu-ray release of Season One features all twelve first season episodes, 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, an UltraViolet digital copy of the entire season, and a number of extras:

Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution
Behind the Scenes with Jesse Rath
Making Defiance
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel

From the producers of Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and Farscape comes Defiance, the critically-acclaimed action-packed tale of courage and survival. It's 2046 and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper (Grant Bowler, True Blood) and the newly-appointed mayor (Julie Benz, Dexter) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they've fought for. Combining epic scope with the intrigue of a small-town drama, Defiance is science fiction at its best. Watch every riveting episode back-to-back and uninterrupted, with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes and featurettes that go inside this incredible new world.

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New Clip & Featurette From THE FIFTH ESTATE

Today we got our hands on a new clip and featurette from DreamWorks Pictures’ THE FIFTH ESTATE.

THE FIFTH ESTATE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH Interview-

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?"

“The Fifth Estate” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment in association with Participant Media and is produced by Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with Bill Condon directing. The screenplay is by Josh Singer, based on the book “Inside WikiLeaks” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and the Guardian book “WikiLeaks” by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The film will be released in U.S. theaters on October 18, 2013.



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Chloe Moretz Will Join November Criminals

As “Carrie” prepares to scare up big business at the box office, Chloe Moretz has agreed to star in “November Criminals,” which British filmmaker Sacha Gervasi (“Hitchcock”) has rewritten and will direct for Indian Paintbrush, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Based on the 2011 novel by Sam Munson and initially adapted by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”), story is set in Washington D.C. and follows a rebellious teenager who finds himself leading his own investigation into the murder of a classmate.

Moretz is attached to play the female lead of Phoebe, and Gervasi is currently casting the hotly-contested male lead.

Indian Paintbrush principal Steven Rales will produce with Beth O’Neil, who previously produced Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut “Jack Goes Boating” with Big Beach Films. Knight will executive produce the film, which could start shooting as soon as late January 2014.

Moretz, who recently starred in “Kick-Ass 2,” will soon be seen in Sony’s Denzel Washington movie “The Equalizer” and Lynn Shelton’s indie film “Laggies. She’s repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Gervasi is the unique talent behind the beloved documentary “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” and Fox Searchlight’s “Hitchcock,” which starred Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. He also wrote Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal” and the Keanu Reeves movie “Henry’s Crime.”

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The Glass Castle To Star Jennifer Lawrence

After receiving rave reviews for his work on “Short Term 12,” Destin Cretton may have landed his next big gig: He is in early negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s “The Glass Castle,” starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Cretton would also rewrite the script with Andrew Lanham. Marti Noxon wrote the first draft of the adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir.

The story follows a young girl raised in dysfunctional family with an eccentric artist mother and an alcoholic father who would stir the the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

The film is being produced by Lawrence and Gil Netter. Lionsgate’s Erik Feig, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers are overseeing the project for the studio.

Lionsgate has been highly motivated to get anything Lawrence-related off the ground. The “Hunger Games” star’s film project “Burial Rites,” with Gary Ross attached to direct, was just picked up by Lionsgate for distribution.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE Opens This Friday In Sacramento & San Francisco

Summit Entertainment’s THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE opens this Friday in Sacramento and San Francisco.


THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE stars Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jeffrey Wright.


THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE – In Theaters on Friday, October 11


From Codeblack Films and Lionsgate. During a sweltering summer in New York City, 13-year-old Mister's (Brooks) hard-living mother (Hudson) is apprehended by the police, leaving the boy and nine-year-old Pete (Dizon) alone to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Faced with more than any child can be expected to bear, the resourceful Mister nevertheless feels he is an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles. But what really keeps the pair in the survival game is much more Mister's vulnerability than his larger-than-life attitude. THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE is a beautifully observed and tremendously moving film about salvation through friendship and the way transformation sometimes can happen just by holding on long enough. Director George Tillman, Jr. draws indelible performances from a fantastic cast, which includes Jordin Sparks, Golden Globe® and EMMY® Award winner Jeffrey Wright, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Anthony Mackie, and Golden Globe® and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, all led by Ethan Dizon and Skylan Brooks in a stunning breakout performance as Mister. Codeblack Films and Lionsgate present an iDeal Partners / State Street production in association with Floren Shieh Productions / Archer Gray Productions / Cherry Sky Films / AKW Productions.




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1979's THE VISITOR Returns To Theaters Uncut & Remastered

DRAFTHOUSE FILMS' NEWLY REMASTERED, UNCUT SCI-FI/HORROR EPIC 'THE VISITOR' HITS THEATERS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND, AND VOD & DVD/BLU-RAY JANUARY 2014

The Incredibly Ambitious and Star-Laden Film Revisits Theaters with a new HD Restoration from the Original Film Materials.

Drafthouse Films announces a first-time theatrical platform release for the full-length cut of the phantasmagoric 1979 sci-fi/horror hybrid The Visitor. The film will open in a dozen cities starting Halloween weekend before rolling out into additional markets throughout November and the rest of the year. The repertory title will be hitting the big screen in major markets including Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Portland and San Francisco. A VOD/digital and home entertainment release will follow in January, 2014.

Legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warriorbattling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

In the dawn of '70s American blockbusters, European production companies emerged stateside, attempting to recreate box office gold by cloning Hollywood. The infamous Supreme Court-banned Jaws copy Great White, The Exorcist-esque Beyond The Door and countless others were packaged for export and the burgeoning drive-in circuit. Producer Ovidio G. Assonitis and Director/Alleged Bodybuilder Michael J. Paradise'sTheVisitorstands as perhaps the most ambitious of all, taking its inspiration by artfully fusing The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and Star Wars alongside a baffling cast that includes Shelley Winters (NightOfTheHunter), Glenn Ford (Superman), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of TheWildBunch).

The result is not so much a carbon copy of these films, but rather an entertainingly hallucinatory and inscrutable mash-up that repertory cinema programmers around the country have rediscovered for late-night bookings. "Just when you think you've nailed down which direction the film is heading in, it completely shatters your notion of the time-space continuum," says LA art-house The Cinefamily. The Village Voice also calls the film "ridiculously entertaining [and] a schizophrenic mother of all '70's drive-in oddities."

"This film is from another time, another place and a wholly different dimension," says Drafthouse Films Creative Director Evan Husney, "and contains the highest JDPM (jaw-drops-per-minute) ratio out of any movie we've ever encountered. The Visitor is a repertory mainstay at the Alamo Drafthouse and is truly one of the most joyfully delirious theatrical experiences we've unleashed on our audiences. The world wasn't ready for this film in 1979, and it still may not be. Regardless, we are ecstatic to reintroduce cinema's most colossally bizarro achievement. Ever."

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About Drafthouse Films
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar® Nominee Bullhead, the Werner Herzog/Errol Morris produced documentary The Act Of Killing, the internationally celebrated Danish cult comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), the SXSW Audience Award Winning 'rockumentary' A Band Called Death, Cannes Film Festival 2013 Official Selections Borgman and Nothing Bad Can Happen, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, British auteur Ben Wheatley's psychedelic trip into magic and madness A Field In England, and Oscar® Nominated Director Ari Folman's sci-fi epic The Congress starring Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti. Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey Begins Production

Production has begun in southwest France on “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. Starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Oscar® nominee Lasse Hallström, the film will be released on August 8, 2014 in the U.S.

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” is directed by acclaimed Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Lasse Hallström from a script by Steven Knight and is based on the international best-selling novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais. The movie’s producers are Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The film’s executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. Raphael Benoliel is co-producer.

The filmmakers of “The Hundred-Foot Journey” also include production designer David Gropman (“August: Osage County,” “Life Of Pi”), costume designer Pierre-Yves Gayraud (“Cloud Atlas,” “Albert Nobbs”) director of photography Linus Sandgren (“American Hustle,” “Promised Land”) and editor Andrew Mondshein (“Safe Haven,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”).

DreamWorks Studios is producing, with Participant Media co-financing. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling foreign sales to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, DreamWorks’ partner Reliance will distribute in India, with Disney handling the remaining international territories. Disney will distribute the film theatrically in the U.S.

About DreamWorks Studios:
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company’s recent releases include Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The film has grossed over $270 million at the worldwide box office and was nominated for twelve Academy Awards® with Daniel Day-Lewis winning for Best Actor. Other releases include “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and “The Help,” which resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four Academy Award® nominations with Octavia Spencer winning for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming films include the comedy “Delivery Man,” starring Vince Vaughn and car racing actioner “Need for Speed,” starring Aaron Paul.

DreamWorks Studios can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorksStudios
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About Participant Media:
Participant (participantmedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change. Participant's more than 40 films include “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Syriana,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Food, Inc.,” “Waiting for ‘Superman’,” “The Help,” “Contagion” and “Lincoln.” Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network TakePart.com and Pivot, its new television network for Millennials, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New 47 Ronin Trailer. I'm Not Afraid

In case you were wondering, 47 Ronin is not your average jidaigeki flick. There are dragons, goblins and Keanu Reeves swinging a katana like a man possessed: things you definitely wouldn't have seen in the other 46 ronin films.

We know what you're thinking: finally, a trailer that isn't afraid to show a little scaly ankle. Yes, an actual dragon. It's the handiwork of Framestore, the British effects house, and looks fair set to find its way to whatever the samurai equivalent of Laketown is for a showdown with Reeves and his band of warriors.



Story-wise, 47 Ronin finds a group of warriors in disarray when a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind. The 47 leaderless samurai seek vengeance and vow to restore honour to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves), a half-breed they once rejected, as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires the band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

The new movie is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and co-stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi.

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Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror Clip

Like a ghoul creeping across a darkened room, Halloween is on the way. You can feel it. Your bones can feel it. Your skin can feel it. Yet it’s not just humans who can get spooked – toys are just as susceptible. At least, that’s the idea behind Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror, which reunites Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang for a hair-raising TV special. The first clip is now online.

What starts out as a fun road trip for Woody, Buzz and friends takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the journey detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate...





The short sees the return of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and Kristen Schaal as Trixie. It’ll be on US screens on October 16

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Matt Smith To Play Patrick Bateman In A Musical

Since handing back the keys to the TARDIS (though he’ll be on our screens until he regenerates into Peter Capaldi this Christmas), soon to be ex-Doctor Who star Matt Smith has been striking out in very different directions. He’ll be a strange character in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How To Catch A Monster and is now set to step into Christian Bale’s fashionable loafers for an American Psycho musical.

The Almeida Theatre in London's West End is working up the musical, with Rupert Gould directing a book written by Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and lyrics from Glee’s Duncan Sheik.

Like the Bret Easton Ellis book and, more likely Mary Harron’s 2000 film adaptation, the musical will follow the murderous mayhem of New York investment banker Patrick Bateman as he chops up rivals, prostitutes and anyone who gets in his way.

Will Huey Lewis get a look in? It’s doubtful given rights issues and the fact the musical will feature original songs.

Ben Aldridge, Charlie Anson, Jonathan Bailey, Katie Brayben, Cassandra Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Susannah Fielding, Simon Gregor, Holly James, Lucie Jones, Tom Kay, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Eugene McCoy and Hugh Skinner are all in the ensemble, and the show runs between December 3 and January 25. If you're sitting in the first few rows, maybe wear something spatter-proof, eh?

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SOUND OFF FOR AUTISM Is Live

The stars are aligning on behalf of Autism for the Holidays! For all the Star Trek, Star Wars and Game of Thrones fans, please consider publicizing this exclusive promotion where stars Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Michael Dorn (Star Trek) have donated their kind time and efforts to record personalized statements for fans on behalf of Autism Speaks. Please let the fans know and support the autistic community.

The sale is live THIS WEEK ONLY, Oct. 7 - 13, 2013.

SOUND OFF FOR AUTISM SPEAKS ON SALE NOW - WITH AN ALL-STAR LINEUP:

CHER, JACK BLACK, PETER DINKLAGE, BRYAN CRANSTON, JIM PARSONS, ZACHARY QUINTO, MARK HAMILL, VIN SCULLY, MICHAEL DORN AND ADAM WEST LEND THEIR VOICES TO FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

Fans Get a Customized Recorded Message from Their Favorite Celebrity by Making a $299 Donation to Support Autism Research and Advocacy



Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, launched today its second annual "Sound Off For Autism Speaks.” This exciting fundraising effort gives fans the opportunity to order a limited number of custom-recorded messages from Adam West, Bryan Cranston, Cher, Jack Black, Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, Peter Dinklage, Vin Scully and Zachary Quinto in return for a $299 donation. All proceeds will support Autism Speaks' research and advocacy efforts.

Celebrity messages are available for purchase for this week only, October 7 - 13, 2013. A limited number of messages are now available from each celebrity on a first come, first served basis. Fans have the unique opportunity to specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the message. Autism Speaks will send fans a digital file of their message once it has been recorded by their celebrity.

The inaugural Sound Off For Autism Speaks took place in December 2012, raising more than $100,000. The campaign was spearheaded by Ed Asner, whose son, Matt, serves as executive director of Southern California for Autism Speaks. In addition to Asner, participating celebrities included Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Carrie Fisher, Tom Hanks, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Betty White.

“Last year, I got together with Matt and we discussed what my friends and I could do to support the important work of Autism Speaks,” said Ed Asner. “We decided that bringing together a group of celebrities with great voices to do a kind of ‘voiceathon’ would be a fun way to raise awareness and funds for the autism community. The campaign was such an overwhelming success and received so much positive feedback we had to do it again.”

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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