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Friday, November 1, 2013

Last Vegas Review. Here Is Why You Should See It

Last Vegas Review 
By: MattInRC

Last Vegas is both agreeable but absolutely forgettable. Here's why you should see it anyways.

There comes that day in everyone's life when you're dealt the final card, transitioning you from the vivacious youth of early life, past adulthood, and into the realm of 'senior.' The seriocomedy Last Vegas isn't here to elaborate on why it happens, more on what to do next. It's entirely propped up by the fine performances of four standout veterans - Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Kline, and Morgan Freeman - and a surprising Mary Steenburgen, who don't say anything too deep, but keep the laughs coming like a Las Vegas leg show. The result is agreeable, but be prepared to remember very little about it afterwards.


Having survived a friendship lasting 50 years, our story fast-forwards to four men in the twilight of their lives. Archie (Freeman), a recent stroke victim, is living with his overly protective son, while Sam (Kline) is living the boring life in a Florida retirement community with his wife, and Paddy (DeNiro) refuses to leave his Brooklyn home after his wife's recent death. On the other end is the wildly energetic ladies man Billy (Douglas), who's about to be married to a woman a third his age. Billy invites his friends to Vegas for a weekend of partying before sealing the deal, but Paddy still holds bitter feelings against Billy, who failed to attend his wife's funeral. As the foursome party like it's 1959, they come across the sassy Vegas lounge singer Diana (Steenburgen), who kindles emotions in both Paddy and Billy. Their feelings bring the boys headlong into a long-simmering argument about age, loyalty, and the real reason why Billy ditched the funeral.


Director John Turtletaub doesn't seek anything new or inventive here, but he does build a congenial environment where our actors seem to know their partying boundaries and stay within them. There's been a lot of debate among critics as to whether this represents a geezer's version of The Hangover, but rest assured, the comedy here is fairly clean and done without nudity. Take that as either a stinging rebuke of the in-your-face craziness of The Wolf Pack, or as a measure of something more digestible and somehow less-appealing. The answer is somewhere in the middle, and Turtletaub isn't here to rock the boat. Instead, he and Writer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid. Love.) lay on the old-age shtick and the Act 3 schmaltz, buttering the bread to edges. Depending if you like that in Costco-sized jars will entirely depend if you like the actors Turtletaub has assembled. The payoff arrives when the grudge between Paddy and Billy is revealed, allowing our boys to pull up their requisite angry faces for which they are all so well known. A movie like this filled with comedy actors doing drama wouldn't work, and so it's refreshing to see these actors assuming such different roles. To see them cut loose here is reason alone to catch Last Vegas, so long as you know that solemness isn't too far away.


One might conclude that Last Vegas is something mirroring the schmaltz of a Vegas show, but there are also moments of well-timed deep character reflection. Billy seems like a typical playboy until the very good Steenburgen arrives to awaken unforeseen sensitivity which Douglas pulls off quite well, while Kline's loving appreciation for his wife's gift (a card with a condom and a Viagra pill) pulls him back from making a mistake with a much younger woman. Yes, a lot of this seems entirely implausible, and it probably would utter fail with any less of an acting troupe. But, our boys and Steenburgen pull it off and seem to enjoy themselves along the way.

Last Vegas has such an agreeable nature to it that it's hard to be critical; and while it won't bust any records or perhaps ever lead the box office pack, we suspect it might resonate with the older folks wanting their chance to return to a more youthful form. Where it goes from there is anyone's guess, but don't expect to remember a single thing after the lights come up. Perhaps that's old age starting to creep in, or our lack of an emotional punch to anything we're presented. Decide that for yourself and see the film anyways. Last Vegas is rated R for language and adult situations and has a runtime of 105 minutes.

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New Clips From Lovelace

In anticipation of the November 5th release of Lovelace coming to Blu-ray and DVD, we present you with these new clips!

Clip - "Roller Rink"


"Movie Premier"


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"Money Talk"


"Kitchen Scene"


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Free Birds Review. The Film Is Hilariously Entertaining

Free Birds Review
By: MattInRC

The Turkey Throwdown Free Birds is hilariously entertaining, but it won't keep them off our Thanksgiving menu.

The Fall season is upon us, and with that comes what's supposed to be a higher class of film; these are billed as deep, psychological studies or historical dramas with serious looks by serious people. Thankfully, neither of these is contained in the animated comedy Free Birds, and we're better for it.


The turkey Reggie (voiced by Owen Wilson) is a shy but intelligent bird who doesn't understand why his fellow brethren succumb to the slaughter house with such ease. Reggie is an odd bird to be sure, rejected by his flock and forced to endure taunting by those who have no idea of their predestined fate. One day, the US President arrives to pardon a bird for the upcoming Thanksgiving, and his daughter demands the cute Reggie be spared. Soon, he's flying aboard Air Force One, enjoying the high life of pizza and cable television, including ridiculous a Spanish drama. One night, Reggie's kidnapped by the renegade turkey Jake (voiced by Woody Harrelson), who wants to get his people off the Thanksgiving menu. His solution: steal a top-secret time machine with an artificial intelligence named S.T.E.V.E. (voiced by George Takei) and go back in time to the first Thanksgiving. Soon, the birds arrive in 1620's America on the eve of Thanksgiving. There, they meet a peaceful flock led by Chief Broadbeak (voiced by Keith David) and his daughter Jenny (voiced by Amy Poehler); Reggie is immediately taken by Jenny, while the husky Jake meets his match in the similarly testosterone-heavy Ranger (voiced by Jimmy Hayward). Together, they must keep the Englishman Miles Standish (voiced by Colm Meaney) from feasting on the flock and ushering in the holiday, all while protecting the rest of the timeline.


Voice Actor/Writer/Director Hayward brings a welcomed silliness to the screen, complete with adult-humored innuendos and childish slapstick physical comedy; but, there's also a somewhat serious Act 3, as Reggie and company face a seemingly insurmountable defeat at the hands of the evil Standish. Our voice actors do a fine job of giving their chactacters the depth necessary to pull of an animated comedy, something which Turbo and other lesser 2013 submissions failed to achieve. Wilson's a veteran of animated films, but it's hard to keep his trademark nasaly Cars voice from reminding us of Lightning McQueen. Harrelson's over-the-top performance is also quite enjoyable as the super Turkey who's chasing his destiny but has no clue about his ridiculousness; Proehler's straight-man routine is also her trademark in live action, and here she also adds a nice layer of seriousness in the final act. We felt the 3D didn't heighten the experience whatsoever, reminding us that sometimes even animated films don't get it quite right. But, for a film that's stuck in the middle of the Oscar season, it's an enjoyable diversion that all families should take.

Free Birds could be the kind of film that enters our holiday movie consciousness the way that A Christmas Story did 30 years ago. No Christmas is complete without watching Ralphie and his Red Rider BB Gun, and the same could happen with Free Birds. It's fun and wildly entertaining, with both parents and children finding a reason to chuckle at Reggie's expense. We don't think the 3D is worth the cost, but can strongly recommend it in any other mode. Add this to your yearly movie viewing list, and we promise a swift appetizer of laughs before the main course is served with potatoes and all the fixings. Free Birds is rated PG for...absolutely no reason and has a runtime of 91 minutes.

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NURSE 3D Poster. Your Pain Is Her Pleasure

Your pain is her pleasure.

Lionsgate has just released a brand new, tantalizing poster for their upcoming thriller, NURSE 3D! By day, Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, but by night, she takes lives instead of saving them. Using her smoldering sexuality, Abby lures cheating men to their brutal deaths, exposing them for the dogs they really are. When a younger nurse starts to catch on to Abby's night job, Abby must find a way to outsmart her and bring the cheater no one expected to justice. This sexy horror film is directed by Doug Aarniokoski, written by David Loughery, and stars the beautiful Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden and Corbin Bleu!

Nurse 3D is a thriller/horror film directed by Doug Aarniokoski and written by David Loughery starring Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu. By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins…using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby's actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.

NURSE 3D is available in select theaters and On Demand February 7, 2014!

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New Trailer For The Lego Movie

Here is the second trailer for the upcoming film The Lego Movie.

The adventure comedy film directed by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs creators, Phil Lord and Chris Miller and based on the Lego line of construction toys.

An ordinary guy named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken as being the Master Builder, the one who can save the Lego universe. With the aid of an old mystic named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), a tough young lady named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (Will Arnett), Emmet will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the Lego universe by gluing it together.[



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Dallas Buyers Club In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For Dallas Buyers Club on November 14th @ 7:00 pm in Sacramento.


Dallas Buyers Club is an upcoming 2013 American drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner, and Steve Zahn. The film is based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, who was the subject of a lengthy 1992 article in The Dallas Morning News written by journalist and author Bill Minutaglio.


In 1986 Dallas, homophobic drug addict party boy Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV and is given 30 days to live. He starts taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brings him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggles anti-viral medications from all over the world, but still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients seek out his medications forgoing hospitals, doctors, and AZT. With the help of his doctor, Eve Saks (Garner) and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron creates the Dallas Buyers Club, one of the dozens which form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, are brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies, which waged an all out war on Ron.


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Michael Fassbender To Star In Trespass Against Us

Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to star in Trespass Against Us, a gangster film that will mark emerging U.K. talent Adam Smith's narrative feature debut.

Written by Alastair Siddons, the project is set across three generations of a rowdy family who live as outlaws -- hunting hares, ram-raiding stately homes and taunting the police. But defying the expectations of his father one gang member (Fassbender) is looking for a way out of the criminal life.

Siddons will also produce with Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood of U.K. indie production giant Potboiler Productions.

Protagonist Pictures will begin pre-selling the film at the upcoming American Film Market.

The project was developed by and is being co-financed by Film4, and is scheduled to shoot in the U.K. in 2014.

Music for the film will come from The Chemical Brothers who will write and perform the original score.
Smith has made his name directing music-related films such as The Chemical Brothers' "Don’t Think" and promos for The Streets ("Blinded by The Light", "The Irony Of It All") in addition to key TV episodes of Doctor Who, Little Dorrit and Skins.

Siddons has himself directed three features, including the documentaries Turn It Loose and Inside Out: The People’s Art Project.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Thor: The Dark World In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For Thor: The Dark World on November 4th @ 7:30 pm in Sacramento.


Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.


The film returns features Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins reprising their roles from the first, with newcomers Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Zachary Levi and Clive Russell joining the cast.


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Jackie Chan's Police Story 2013 Trailer

Police Story 2013, also known as Hong Kong Police Story 2013, is an upcoming Chinese-Hong Kong crime action film starring Jackie Chan in another reboot of the Police Story film series. The film is directed by Ding Sheng, whom previously helmed Chan's Little Big Soldier. According to Chan, unlike the previous Police Story films where he portrayed a Hong Kong cop, in the new film he will portray a mainland Chinese officer.



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Defiance: Season One Blu-ray Review.

Defiance: Season One Blu-ray Review
By: MattInRC

Here's why SyFy's Defiance won't be the next Battlestar Galactica.

As a person who grew up during the syndicated run of Star Trek: TOS, the theatrical run of Alien and Blade Runner, and the premiere run of Babylon 5, I'm used to Science Fiction that does more than kill hundreds of alien creatures ala Starship Troopers. I loved SyFy's Stargate Atlantis, but was saddened to see its untimely cancellation in 2009. What we didn't know at the time was that the network was going through major changes in its financial plan, happier to throw slop up on the wall than commit itself to quality television. And while Battlestar Galactica was a stunning success for the network, its accidental popularity never translated to a change in course for a network known more these days for Sharknado. The recent release of Defiance sadly demonstrates that SyFy's priorities are still unchanged.


The Movie - 3/5
It's a post-apocalyptic 2046, and the former city of St Louis is now the town of Defiance, standing in the middle of a world completely terraformed and transformed by war. Soon, the town welcomes its newest visitors, the drifter/lawman Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his partner, the warrior Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). No sooner do they settle down do they become aware of the deep political tug-of-war that's been raging between the Mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and residents like the lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner), Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), and the ambitious Castithan couple Datak and Stahma Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray). As events begin to unfold, Nolan must choose a side before the town explodes into violence, shattering the fragile peace that Defiance has struggled to maintain.

Sounds like a good premise, right? And with the added element of an XBOX 360 game that ties directly into the story, this should represent the next step in television. Sadly, Defiance gets immediately engrossed in ridiculous premises, barely passable dialogue, and seemingly unfinished scripts, while the video game has suffered the wrath of the gaming community. Sure, the incredibly rich visuals of a post-apocalyptic Earth remind us of Tom Cruise's Oblivion, but that's where the quality control ends. As I got deeper into the 13-episode arc, I found myself feeling more frustrated and confused with things, with a season finale that brought more relief than interest in a second season. Defiance really isn't anything more than Deadwood and Battlestar Galactica blended into a drink that's hard to swallow and keep down. Part of the problem is that I don't own the game, which may not matter considering how poorly it was received by gamers, who considered it more eye candy than a satisfying MMO-RPG. When reviewers flatly painted it with a 'one step forward/two steps back' moniker, you knew that a critical element to the show's success had somehow crumbled.

In fact, the whole post-apocalyptic/alien-invasion genre on television looks more like the desolate landscapes they portray in terms of story. While the jury is still out on Revolution, at least it doesn't pretend to be more than what it is. Falling Skies features a better cast than Defiance or Revolution, and SyFy's arc is definitely the worst of the three. That doesn't say much for the genre, which is begging for a quality penner like J. Michael Straczynski to step back in to save it. That's not been SyFY's MO since 2009, and there's no reason to expect it will ever change. To the network I say the following: learn from your mistakes, or watch this grand and laudable experiment become yet another cancellation victim, due entirely to factors which you alone can rectify. For now, I won't wait to see their results, but perhaps a new season and lessons learned will do something no SyFy scripted show has done recently: prove its meddle and bring in the ratings.


The Video - 3.5/5
For a show that has the financial backing of Universal/NBC, one would think their view of the future would benefit. Instead, the series was given a shoestring budget (a factor in their cancellation of Stargate Atlantis and other shows), resulting in only decent visual effects. In a word, the CGI looks cheap, with evidence of aliasing in scattered scenes throughout the 3-disc BD set. The Blu-ray release exposes some of the series' cheapness that were safely hidden in a 1080i network release. But just like the series as a whole, the problems with the CGI are balanced with a sharp and colorful human focus. Skintones look lifelike, while the browns of a terraformed Defiance balance the strong and stark lighting used to bring the town to life. Blacks suffer too much crush, leading to a problem with shadows; but for the most part, fans and newcomers should be pretty happy with Defiance. Just not me.


The Audio - 3.5/5
In a world where home theaters are becoming the go-to way to watch a television program or movie, Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is a bit of a disappointment. There's an expectation that a show of this kind should arrive with a more aggressive soundscape than it does. Instead, I found myself using the word 'passive' too often to describe my concerns with this lossless track. The problem is especially pronounced in the LFE, where the thunderous pounding of weapons, explosions, and alien tech get only minimalistic attention, leaving listeners to deal with a surround field that's just as sparse. I did confirm that my setup was in good working order, but it's clear this version of the future is not as high-tech as we have come to expect. On a positive note, Composer Bear McCreary's distinctive score resonates throughout the series, and our speakers loved the attention, encompassing us in a symphony melodic sound. Another positive lies in the dialogue track, which never gets supplanted by weapons discharges or other effects. For a show that does some things so well but misses the boat so entirely in others is frustrating to say the least.



The Supplements - 2/5
True to SyFy's continuing mission to provide fans of their shows with the minimal amount of features, Defiance is similarly lacking the insights that fans deserve. Unlike Faling Skies, which offered episode commentaries and good overviews of the show, the offerings here are disappointing. At least all of the following are presented in HD:

  • Making Defiance (11:00): This is a general overview of the series, including pre-production and shooting.
  • Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution (7:00): If you own the videogame, you might be interested in this. Otherwise, it seems a bit like an advertisement.
  • Behind the Scenes with Jesse Rath (7:00): We're granted access to a day in the life of a Defiance actor.
  • Deleted Scenes (11:00): As with most deleted scenes, there's a reason why they were left on the editing floor. These are no different.
  • Gag Reel (3:00): The future isn't supposed to be funny.



The Bottom Line - 3/5
An average effort at best, Defiance: Season One suffers from too much high concept and poor execution on almost every level to recommend. I'm tired of shows of this kind receiving less-than-adequate budgets and surrounding them with second-rate talent, and its many issues become readily apparent as soon as the Blu-ray spins up. A decent video and audio transfer can't save the poor writing and predictable ends which plague Season One, leading me to hope for the best but plan for the worst. In a dystopian world, that's usually not a good mix, except I'm not waiting to find out how this one plays out.

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JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA Review. Nothing Short Of Clever

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA Review
By: RAMA

Once again RAMA comes through with another great review. Make sure to follow him on Twitter and LIKE his Facebook Page.


It’s not as hysterical as I expected it to be but JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA has its great hilarious moments and I for one who’s a big fan of JACKASS franchise, am glad to see Johnny Knoxville’s character, Irving Zisman got himself a big screen treatment. Might as well make a movie about him, I mean it’s not like Knoxville gets bombarded with other movie offers.

86 year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.” This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicoll) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera.


Along the way Irving will introduce the young and impressionable Billy to people, places and situations that give new meaning to the term childrearing. The duo will encounter male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants (and their equally disgruntled mothers), funeral home mourners, biker bar patrons and a whole lot of unsuspecting citizens.

Real people in unreal situations, making for one really messed up comedy.


The way to describe JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA is much like Borat movie. Both are road trips, both about a character who pretends to behave like they’re oblivious or naive and they speak their minds without filter or discretion. The difference is in the mission. Borat was out to reach Pamela Anderson, whereas Irving wants to reach his good-for-nothing son in law, so that he wouldn’t have to continue taking care of his grandson.

Just like any JACKASS presentation, BAD GRANDPA too have a series of its own candid camera pranks that aims to offend the marked targets in order to get us audience laughing our asses off and for the most part, it works wonders. Much of it also thanks to little kid Billy (Jackson Nicoll) who’s got balls the size of Texas, willing to say the darndest things to strangers.

It’s no surprise that Oscar nominated Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are) is once again credited to and associated with this latest installment, Jonze has a long history with the JACKASS boys and their movies. So I’d like to believe that Jonze has an impactful contribution to how the relationship between Irving and his grandson Billy develop and progress throughout this movie.

There are times when the pranks just don’t work and I think it’s partly because after a while, Irvin’s constant openly need for sex just gets old as he is. You can only take so much juvenile flirtations and pick up lines. I gotta hand it to Johnny Knoxville tho, for a man who’s done these kinds of dangerous stunts and pranks for years, even to the point of almost getting arrested or people almost beating him up, the man just keeps keeping on. He has made this some kind of his own work of art.

I wouldn’t call JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA as a movie that will get you rolling on the floor, the humor is not entirely consistent,.. but if you’re patient enough to sit through til the final scene/prank involving a kid pageant (a scene that’s reminiscent to Little Miss Sunshine), you’ll find JACKASS PRESENT: BAD GRANDPA nothing short of clever.

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Richard Gere Is A Wanted Man

Fox Searchlight and director John Madden are courting Richard Gere to star in the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the 2011 sleeper hit that grossed $136 million worldwide on a $10 million budget.

Original cast members Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and Maggie Smith are expected to return when shooting begins early next year. Gere would play a new role.

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Trailer For Drafthouse Films' THE VISITOR

The trailer for Drafthouse Films' THE VISITOR, the sci-fi/horror hybrid from 1979 that fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars

The phantasmagoric 1979 sci-fi/horror hybrid, THE VISITOR, will celebrate the first-time theatrical release of the full-length cut of the film starting this weekend in a dozen cities, including Austin and Los Angeles, before rolling out to New York on November 8 and additional markets throughout November and the rest of the year.

See the full release schedule here: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/the-visitor#watch

In this unforgettable assault on reality--restored and presented uncut theatrically for the first time ever in the U.S.--legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they've experienced... somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA. The Visitor fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all '70s psychedelic mindwarps. Its baffling all-star cast includes Shelley Winters (Night Of The Hunter), Glenn Ford (Superman),
Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Franco Nero (Django) and Sam Peckinpah (director of
The Wild Bunch).

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THE VISITOR [Trailer] - Returns To Theaters This Halloween from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Confirmed To Play Quicksilver

Despite the fact that everyone's been assuming that Aaron Taylor-Johnson was confirmed as Quicksilver for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, in reality, it has taken months for him – or his representatives, at least – to make a deal with Marvel. The ink is now dry, however, and he is confirmed for Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel.


The actor’s name first surfaced in June, when he was reported as Marvel’s first choice for the role back in the days when we didn’t even know what the film would be called beyond “Avengers 2”… According to The Wrap, the big sticking point for officially coming aboard was his promotional commitments to Godzilla. But diaries have now been consulted, schedules juggled and compromises made so that he can both hit the road on a press tour and suit up as Pietro Maximoff, brother to Wanda, AKA Scarlet Witch (you can get an introduction to them both right here).

While her own casting hasn’t been officially confirmed, word comes (via Samuel L. Jackson!) that Elizabeth Olsen is set as Scarlet Witch.

With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo among those returning for the new film, shooting is set to get under way early next year in the UK, where everyone will be battling rogue robot Ultron, played by James Spader.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Entourage Movie Is A Go

After contentious negotiations had some of the actors snipping on the Internet, it looks like the Entourage movie may finally be ready to go.

“It’s a go. Love you all,” tweeted the show's creator and screenwriter, Doug Ellin, alongside a photo of the cast.

Sources are saying that the holdouts in the dealmaking process – namely Adrian Grenier, Jesse Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly -- are on the verge of signing on.

Studio sources say the deals are still not closed but all the camps are confident. Connolly's and Dillon’s deals are in the final stages, according to insiders.

The development comes on the heels of Ferrara's Monday appearance on The Wendy Williams Show to promote his new movie, Last Vegas, where the actor said the Entourage movie is "looking real good" and a deal for it "could be closed today." What is interesting is that the actor, who was the most contentious to placate, according to sources, was the one who had his deal closed first. Then again, it was his deal closing that prolonged the process.

While the majority of the cast of the HBO show was ready to jump into a big-screen movie, Jeremy Piven resisted, as he was unsure about reprising his role of crass and foul-mouthed agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold. The actor had to be convinced to return. Once that hurdle was overcome, his deal followed.
Piven, who’s always had a more lucrative deal than his co-stars, negotiated a more generous back-end participation than anticipated and his colleagues wanted something more equitable.

That dealmaking protracted and the movie was in jeopardy of seeing the window for its California film tax credit disappear, something that Warner Bros. deemed conditional for its making.

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Kate Beckinsale Could Join The Disappointments Room

In case you were wondering, The Disappointments Room is not the storage locker where Kate Beckinsale keeps the various drafts of the Whiteout screenplay. No, it’s actually a new supernatural thriller script she’s been offered and that I Am Number Four’s D.J. Caruso is down to direct.

The Disappointments Room would see Beckinsale as a mother who moves her family to a storied mansion in the country. While it has plenty of land and a nice historical design, she discovers it also comes with a gruesome history and starts to slowly go insane with visions of a dead girl. We always hate it when the real estate agents leave that off the listing.

Wentworth Miller, who has already proved his scripting chops with Stoker, wrote this one and the project is now set to be touted at the American Film Market. Beckinsale isn’t firmly aboard yet, but the producers will be hoping she hops aboard so they have another name to dangle in front of prospective investors and distributors.

Beckinsale, last seen in Total Recall, has worked on The Trials Of Cate McCall and Eliza Graves and is shooting Michael Winterbottom’s latest, The Face Of An Angel alongside Daniel Bruhl.

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Yes A Sequel To Olympus Has Fallen Is Called London Has Fallen

Though we’re still slightly pinching ourselves to figure out if this is real, the word arrives from Screen International, not some random rumor site, so we’re going ahead: a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen is in development, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and more are on to return and it’ll be called London Has Fallen.

Yes, in the seemingly endless series of films where London Gets It In The Neck (damn these good tax incentives and excellent production facilities!), Nu Image is putting together a package deal for the new movie ready to tempt buyers at the American Film Market.

This time around, the plot will see a terrorist threat to the capital during the funeral of the Prime Minister. Naturally, Eckhart’s President Benjamin Asher, ace Secret Service officer Mike Banning (Butler) and Speaker Trumbull (Freeman) are all present and must now wade in to help. Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell will show up again too and the producers are looking for someone to play an MI6 agent.

Original writers Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger are back on script duty and shooting is scheduled for May next year. One person who isn’t on board is director Antoine Fuqua, so the producers are already taking meetings with potential replacements. Chalk up another one for the film that won the battle of the White House Action Nonsense Thrillers this year…

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RED BAND Trailer Takeshi Kitano's Film BEYOND OUTRAGE

Watch the RED BAND trailer for BEYOND OUTRAGE, the sequel to Takeshi Kitano's film OUTRAGE.

Magnolia Pictures will release BEYOND OUTRAGE on iTunes/On Demand November 28, 2013 and in theaters January 3, 2014.

Written and Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Starring Takeshi Kitano, Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shun Sugata, Machiko Ono and Ken Mitsushi

With BEYOND OUTRAGE, action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his crime masterpiece OUTRAGE. This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld.

The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown.

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Kataoka wants start a war between Sanno and the neighboring Hanabishi crime family in the hopes that they destroy each other. His trump card is Otomo (Kitano) – the rumored-dead boss of a defunct family that was destroyed by the Sanno, who has just been released from prison. Otomo wants to retire from a life of crime, but finds himself drawn back in through Kataoka’s manipulations as the Sanno and Hanabishi clans teeter on the brink of an all-out war.

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First Poster For Jason Reitman's LABOR DAY

Here is the first poster for Jason Reitman's LABOR DAY

LABOR DAY centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

Opening in select theaters December 25 and nationwide on January 31st

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Trailer For THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Here is the newest trailer for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. The film has a new opening date of Dec. 25th.


Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.”


Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

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Action Packed Trailer For 47 Ronin Has Arrived

47 Ronin, there’s a danger that we could’ve seen all the footage before. Still, this latest promo manages, thanks to effects shots getting finished, to dig up plenty of new moments.

Based, with plenty of mystical embellishment, on a true Japanese story, 47 Ronin finds a group of warriors in disarray.

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honour to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Neo 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.

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Following delays, re-shoots and production quibbles aplenty for director Carl Rinsch, we’re finally about to see this thing.

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Emile Hirsch To Play John Belushi Untitled Biopic

Emile Hirsch has been cast as John Belushi in Steve Conrad’s untitled Belushi biopic.

Conrad wrote the script and is directing the indie drama, which tackles the iconic comedian’s life as an embodiment of the glory and tragedy of the American dream. The film will explore the height of his fame with films like The Blues Brothers and Animal House, and as a key player in the 1970's on Saturday Night Live, to his shocking death at age 33 in 1982 at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

Emjag's Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmermann, Film 360's Scott Lambert, and Judy Belushi Pisano are producing.

Conrad wrote the script based on the book Belushi written by Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.

Dan Aykroyd, one of Belushi's best friends and frequent collaborator, will exec produce.

Conrad and the producers are looking at a spring 2014 shoot in New York.

The casting continues a career renaissance for Hirsch, who was at one time pegged for major stardom by starring in movies such as Speed Racer and The Girl Next Door.

When those movies didn’t perform, Hirsch's trajectory shifted to a focus on indie roles, while his work continued to impress critics and audience viewers. Hirsch portrayed Chris McCandless in Into the Wild, appeared in Alpha Dog and starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe.

He next stars as Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde, which will be simulcast over two nights on the History Channel, A&E and Lifetime.

He also makes up part of the big-name ensemble cast of Lone Survivor, which includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster. The Peter Berg-directed movie tells the story of Marine Marcus Luttrell and is considered an awards contender.

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HBO'S True Detective Trailer Starring McConaughey & Harrelson

The show's premise has Louisiana 'tecs Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson) scouring the state for a serial killer on the loose. And he's been on the loose for some time. The case relates to a strange, unsolved murder dating back to 1995 and it's been reopened, leaving the pair of lawman to follow up some long-cold leads.



Aside from boasting a pair of actors at the top of their game, HBO's crime drama looks sure to delve into some pretty dark terrain. The subdued colour palette is a world away from the lurid Louisiana of Treme.

HBO debuts True Detective in the US on January 12.

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ENDER'S GAME/Infographic + Printing 3D Battleships

ENDER'S GAME opens in theaters this week, beginning on 10/31 at 8:00 PM.

"Ender's Game Universe" infographic with a timeline of events leading up to the film's story.


Additionally, we're excited to announce that for the first time fans will be able to print 3D film replicas, featuring battleships from ENDER'S GAME.

For showtimes & tickets, visit http://endersgamemovie.com/

For the First Time Fans Will Be Able To Customize and Print Their Own 3D Replicas From Summit Entertainment's ENDER'S GAME

App by Sandboxr Available for Download Prior to Theatrical Release

Sandboxr, a 3D print and software development company from Utah, announced today its 3D print creation app for Summit Entertainment's ENDER'S GAME. Sandboxr's 3D print creation app has been in development for the past two years, and through the ENDER'S GAME-licensed version, fans will be able to create and bring home exclusive replica battleships from the film generated by cutting-edge three-dimensional printing technology. Fans will be able to check out the ENDER'S GAME 3D printing experience at Sandboxr.com before Thursday's release of the movie in theatres and IMAX October 31 at 8pm. Summit Entertainment is a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company.

Nancy Kirkpatrick, Summit's President of Worldwide Marketing, said, "This is the first 3D experience of this type to coincide with a major cinematic movie release, and Summit is excited to work with Sandboxr to offer this amazing experience and great new technology to our ENDER'S GAME fans."

At Sandboxr.com, fans of ENDER'S GAME will be able to enjoy an interactive product experience that extends their engagement with the film and that they can access from their computer. Fans can choose from a selection of CG images from the movie studio file archives and bring home their own ENDER'S GAME 3D printed spacecraft and accessories.

"With an experience as sophisticated as Sandboxr's, the challenge is to make it easy to use by the average guy or girl. 3D experiences are typically exclusive to tech savvy makers and designers. However, we've worked hard to make a 3D printing experience that is accessible in a meaningful way to everyone. Bringing 3D design and print technology into the hands of the ENDER'S GAME fans is a thrilling opportunity for us at Sandboxr," says Berkley Frei, Sandboxr CEO.

To experience the app for yourself log onto sandboxr.com and follow the links to ENDER'S GAME.

About ENDER'S GAME

Directed by Gavin Hood, ENDER'S GAME takes place in the near future, when a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race. ENDER'S GAME open in theaters and IMAX October 31, at 8pm.

About Sandboxr

Sandboxr is a 3D print and software development company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously only available in beta, the Ender's Game version marks the first time that Sandboxr is openly available to the general public. The Sandboxr app, allows users to effortlessly customize favorite characters and other 3D assets and then have that new creation 3D printed. Sandboxr also manages the print and distribution process in its 3D print facility, which uses professional grade, full color, 3D printers.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 30 television shows on 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed new series Orange Is The New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For About Time In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For About Time on Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 PM in San Francisco .

About Time is a British romantic comedy science fiction film revolving around time travel where a young man tries to change his past to have a better future. Written and directed by Richard Curtis, and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.


At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time. Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Upon learning this, Tim goes back to the night of a recent New Year's Eve party where at midnight he was too shy to kiss someone and goes for the kiss instead.


The following summer, Tim's sister's friend comes to stay with the family. Tim has an instant attraction and come the end of her stay, decides to tell her. She tells him that he left it too late to do anything, and so Tim travels back to the middle of the summer and tells her earlier. This time, she says that they should wait until the end of the summer and talk again. Tim realizes she doesn't like him back and that time travel will not be able to help change her mind. He watches her leave, heartbroken.

Later, Tim decides to move to London to pursue a career as a lawyer. He moves in with an acquaintance of his father, Harry, who is a struggling playwright. After some months living in London, Tim's friend comes down to visit and they visit a blind-dating establishment on a night out, where Tim meets Mary (Rachel McAdams). They seem to be attracted to each other; and, outside when Tim gets to see her, he falls in love. He gets her phone number and returns home to find out Harry's plays opening night was a disaster as the lead actor forgot his lines. Tim then goes back in time and attends the play and, after many complications, eventually ensures the play is a success. Later, Tim attempts to call Mary only to find her number is not in his phone. He realizes that by going to the play instead of the blind date means he never met Mary.


Remembering something from the date, Tim eventually locates Mary and learns that she has a boyfriend (met after the night of the play). Tim decides to go back to the point where she met her boyfriend and ensures she never meets him, instead going out on a date with Tim. They eventually become a couple; and, after a few months, they decide to marry as they learn Mary is pregnant with Tim's child. Years pass and Tim sparingly uses time travel to help alter minor details of his life to benefit himself.

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