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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Could There Be Spider-Man Spin-Off Film In The Future?

We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works” involving characters and villains in the series, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Lynton told analysts in a Q&A session wrapping up his operation’s first meeting with investors. But he didn’t offer details, except that Sony is “working closely with Marvel and Disney.” But lest fans of the Marvel world take that to mean that Spider-Man could finally join his buddies in an upcoming The Avengers or other Marvel/Disney film — think again. Sony’s longtime rights deal with Marvel for Spider-Man allows them to exploit any character within the superhero’s universe — including villains, girlfriends or even Aunt May. But Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009, owns merchandising rights to Spider-Man and those related characters, so any further exploitation would have to involve Disney.

While Sony today promised to hold down costs, especially for films, Lynton says that “we have in no way shape or form lost our commitment to the movie business. The movie business sits at the heart and soul of the company.” And he wouldn’t feel constrained from approving a major project. “We never once found ourselves lacking for capital” when it comes to a needed investment including an acquisition. That also was true when Disney snagged Marvel. With theme parks and several cable channels, Disney has “a few more channels to exploit” the properties. “You have to measure it against that backdrop.”

Today’s session grew out of criticisms of Sony’s entertainment businesses made this summer by Third Point’s Daniel Loeb. And Sony execs said that it all turned out for the best. “It’s an opportunity to shed light on the business and where we think the business is going,” CEO Kazuo Hirai says. “That’s been a positive for us.” Lynton added that “we can always be more efficient. To have somebody intelligent make remarks is always helpful, especially when they’re a shareholder.”

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Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Deliver Sleeper

Last we heard, way back in 2008, DC/Wildstorm Comics' Sleeper was in the capable hands of Sam Raimi. Development seemed to nod off and nothing ever came of the project, but it's now been picked up again by no less a producing partnership than Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. They're now putting the reawakened Sleeper together at Warner Bros. in cahoots with third producer Jennifer Todd.

The comic, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, ran for a couple of years between 2003 and 2005, and involved several complex crossovers with the rest of the Wildstorm universe. It centers on Holden Carver, AKA The Conductor, who, thanks to contact with a weird alien artefact, developed ability to absorb and store pain, and then pass it on again. He starts out as an undercover infiltrator of the criminal mob run by The Tactical Augemented Organism (TAO), but ends up switching sides and turning genuinely gangsta. And then, Yojimbo-like, he starts to play both sides for his own ends.

Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and David Wiener (The Killing, Flesh And Bone) have been brought in to take the first crack at the screenplay, but there's no director or start date yet. No cast either, so it's unclear at this stage whether Affleck and Damon have any intention of the first onscreen re-teaming since Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back...

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Delivery Man Review. Is One Of Vaughn's Best Comedies In Years

Delivery Man Review
By: MattInRC

The surprisingly warm and funny Delivery Man shows us Vince Vaughn can actually act.


Among my favorite performances of Actor Vince Vaughn's is 1996's Swingers - his portrayal of the party animal Trent introduced an entire culture obsessed with swing music and partying, as if the Roaring 20's had been suddenly resurrected. That was a long time ago, and what might have been a dynamic career has seen Vaughn pigeonholed into simple comedies, where his silly loser status overwhelms any dramatic acumen he once had. I'm not saying I want to see him read Shakespeare, but it's too bad he hasn't extended his wings a bit. Thankfully, his newest dramedy Delivery Man actually shows a side of Vaughn we haven't seen in awhile, and that's good news for us.


The underachiever David (Vaughn) can't seem to get his life together, running deeply in debt and frustrating his family and girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders). She sees potential under his ratty t-shirts and playboy smile; but soon even she has to cut ties with him, but not before telling him that she's pregnant. Soon, more bad news falls into David's lap, when an attorney from a sperm bank David 'frequented' tells him that he's fathered 533 children, 142 of which have filed a lawsuit demanding to know their father's identity. David turns to his best friend and washed-out attorney Brett (Chris Pratt) for legal and personal help, who warns him to stay away from the kids. Of course, David doesn't listen and soon begins to help them. Coming off as a kind of guardian angel, David soon finds solace in the acts, eventually hanging out at giant barbecues with all of them, while the legal battle to maintain David's identity rages in the courts.


Director/Writer Ken Scott just doesn't let Vaughn be Vaughn, something that plagued him and Owen Wilson in The Internship, as the two seemed to ad-lib their way through a script that could have been so much better. Instead, Scott keeps this penchant for rambling to a minimum, focusing Vaughn and others on the well-written script. It also helps that Scott's screenplay actually features so many likable characters, including the kids and Vaughn himself. While David is a loser and a horrible decision maker, he does have everyone's interests at heart, demonstrating his love for his new children in sometimes bizarre ways. Scott doesn't overdo the emotion here, striking a nice balance between David's dark past and a hopeful future, while allowing Vaughn and Pratt a few hilarious moments. Smulders is servicable here, as are David's family. We could imagine almost anyone assuming those roles, which does somewhat diminish the movie's effect. But, the comedy's never too silly and the drama never too gushy to derail things; by film's end, we've seen real growth in both David and Brett, who throws in a terrific sexual faux paw that kept the audience laughing for awhile.


We can't believe we're admitting this, but Delivery Man is one of Vaughn's best non-troupe comedies in awhile. He and Pratt have good chemistry, and Ken Scott keeps things moving with a script that screams enough warmth and love to make anyone smile. On the other hand, Smulders and the supporting cast are flat and interchangeable, so decide if this is enough to keep you away. With so many good Fall movies out there, this one might get forgotten pretty quick. But if a decent comedy is in your blood, see Delivery Man in a matinee - you'll look like a king i suggesting it, and that massages our egos just enough. Delivery Man is rated PG-13 for sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language and has a runtime of 103 minutes.

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New Poster For HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation just launched a new poster for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

The film stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.

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Here's What We Think Of The New Futuristic Cop Show Almost Human

Here's what we think of the new futuristic cop show Almost Human.
By: MattInRC

FOX's new futuristic procedural Almost Human needs a dash of humanity and a sprinkle of bad ass.


Things on television just aren't what they used to be. Not too long ago, premiere schedules were predictable - we sat down in September and enjoyed mostly new episodes clear through April, with season finales just in time for May Sweeps. Now, premieres seem to happen all year, forcing potential viewers to do more work than ever to keep up. Why this happens is something only for morons running FOX, CBS, NBC, and CBS can explain. How did FOX's November 17/18 premiere Almost Human stack up? We give you The Verdict below!

Show: Almost Human (FOX)

Time: Mondays, 8PM


The Concept: A rogue cop and his synthetic partner fight crime in the not-too-distant future.

The Verdict: Stories of trust between machine and man has been debated in Science Fiction for quite some time, with a balance generally struck in which both sides win while making the world better. It's clear that Creator JJ Abrams wants to tell a similar story, and he's cast two likable leads in Karl Urban and Michael Ealy. Both are competent actors, with Urban high on our Bromance List. He's a compelling lead in nearly everything he touches, and has tough cop seemingly written into his DNA. Ealy works as an emotional synthetic, and the two exchange some good lines in the premiere. Lili Taylor is competent as Urban's police chief, but neither she nor hottie Minka Kelly had very much to work with script-wise. Granted, this was a pilot about Urban's John Kennex after he awakens post-ambush that left him in a 17-month coma, and so long as these supporting stories are fleshed out, we'll be happier.


While there's hints of a wider story behind the buddy cop procedural - how Kennex's girlfriend might have been involved in the attack, as well as a mole within the police force - we're a little worried about the show's heart, and the fact that there doesn't appear to be one. Nothing's too terrible here, but nothing is amazing either; the idea of yet another procedural and villain of the week is just not as appealing as it used to be,. Sure, it's the first episode and we felt the same early on about FOX's hit Sleepy Hollow and look where that got us. Almost Human needs to embark on terrific multi-episodic cases, with the synthetic Dorian and the human Kennex struggling to identify themselves in this new world order. The procedural side would benefit from this, giving our characters more time to develop what we hope will be deep and complex backstories, while giving audiences plenty of action and setting up this future in more detail . Early indications are that fans are just as concerned: after a strong Sunday premiere, ratings for the Monday regular slot were rough to say the least.



It's possible that FOX might have another great show on its hands, with its high production value and good cast. But, it also needs to find its footing story-wise - Karl Urban kicking ass while pursuing his past is a compelling mix, so long as each episode finds that balance which makes good television so rewarding. Will Almost Human continue to be as unemotional as the robots which patrol the future's streets, or will it find its soul among the all-too-familiar genre?

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Four New OLDBOY Posters

In anticipation of OLDBOY's upcoming release, we are pleased to share four new fun and exciting art from the film. Fans can get a glimpse of their favorite characters from OLDBOY.

In addition, fans have the opportunity to interact with the OLDBOY universe by snapping photos of themselves and their friends that they can convert into a special edition OLDBOY GIF, which can be uploaded on all social media platforms. Be prepared to GET HAMMERED! http://www.oldboyhammer.com/


A unique reinterpretation of the 2003 Korean film, OLDBOY is written by Mark Protosevich and directed by Spike Lee starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.

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OLDBOY will open November 27, 2013 in theaters.

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Character Posters For THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

We got our hands on character posters from the upcoming film THAT AWKWARD MOMENT.


Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star in the R-rated comedy, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, about three best friends who find themselves where we’ve all been– at that confusing "moment" in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So…where is this going?"


Written and Directed by Tom Gormican, THAT AWKWARD MOMENT co-stars Imogen Poots and Jessica Lucas. Scott Aversano is producing via his Aversano Pictures banner along with Andrew O'Connor, and Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen via the Treehouse Pictures Banner. The film is executive produced by Manu Gargi, Zac Efron, Jason Barrett, Michael Simkin, John Friedberg, and Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman. The film is scheduled for release January 31, 2014.




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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Frozen In San Jose

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For Disney's FROZEN on November 25th @ 7:00 pm in San Jose.


Frozen is a 2013 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, it is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, the film tells the story of a fearless, yet optimistic princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man, his loyal reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her sister, the Snow Queen, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.


There are two Princesses of Arendelle: Elsa (Idina Menzel), the soon-to-be Queen, and Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa has the ability to create snow and ice, yet has been suppressing these powers after a traumatic childhood incident involving her sister. After letting her cryokinetic powers get out of hand during her official July coronation, she goes into hiding, only for her emotions to trigger a magical, eternal winter that freezes the entire kingdom. The arrogant Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk) plots to turn everyone against "the monster" Elsa for his own devilish needs.


Anna, a fearless and daring optimist, must journey with extreme mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and reindeer sidekick Sven in an epic journey, encountering mystical trolls, a comical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn in a race to find Elsa (now known as the Snow Queen), save their kingdom from eternal winter, and make things right before it's too late.


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

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Official Poster For GIMME SHELTER Starring Vanessa Hudgens

Roadside Attractions will release GIMME SHELTER in theaters January 24, 2014.

Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd and Dascha Polanco.

Based on a true story that centers on 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), Gimme Shelter uncovers the struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets. As a pregnant teenager, Apple's journey plummets her into a perilous struggle until finding salvation in a suburban shelter for homeless teens. With provisions of unprecedented comfort, a collective sisterhood connection and female empowerment, the shelter elevates Apple to break the shackles of her past and inspires her to embrace the future with clarity, maturity and hope not only for herself but her unborn child.

Film Website: www.GimmeShelterTheMovie.com
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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Frozen In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For Disney's FROZEN on November 25th @ 7:00 pm in Sacramento.


Frozen is a 2013 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, it is the 53rd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad, the film tells the story of a fearless, yet optimistic princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man, his loyal reindeer, and a hapless snowman to find her sister, the Snow Queen, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.


There are two Princesses of Arendelle: Elsa (Idina Menzel), the soon-to-be Queen, and Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa has the ability to create snow and ice, yet has been suppressing these powers after a traumatic childhood incident involving her sister. After letting her cryokinetic powers get out of hand during her official July coronation, she goes into hiding, only for her emotions to trigger a magical, eternal winter that freezes the entire kingdom. The arrogant Duke of Weselton (Alan Tudyk) plots to turn everyone against "the monster" Elsa for his own devilish needs.


Anna, a fearless and daring optimist, must journey with extreme mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and reindeer sidekick Sven in an epic journey, encountering mystical trolls, a comical snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn in a race to find Elsa (now known as the Snow Queen), save their kingdom from eternal winter, and make things right before it's too late.


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

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For PHILOMENA In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For on Monday, November 25th @ 7PM in San Francisco.


PHILOMENA is a 2013 British drama film directed by Stephen Frears. It was screened in the main competition section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival where Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope won the award for Best Screenplay. At the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival it was awarded the People's Choice Award Runner-Up prize.


Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock—something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of—and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.


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

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Giveaway: TURBO on (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

To celebrate he release for TURBO on (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT has provide us with copies to giveaway.

We will also be adding a special surprise for the winners.

FROM THE CREATORS OF MADAGASCAR AND KUNG FU PANDA

Laugh it up with the visually stunning, heartfelt comedy-adventure for fans of all ages this holiday season! “Fresh, fast and funny” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) and garnering four stars from Shawn Edwards with Fox TV, DreamWorks Animation’s TURBO has been hailed by critics as “pure family fun” (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview) receiving outstanding audience reaction and a coveted “A” CinemaScore.

Directed by David Soren and from the team behind family favorite franchises MADAGASCAR and KUNG FU PANDA, TURBO is “a movie both kids AND adults will adore!” (Deidre Behar, Clevver News) and features laugh-out-loud performances from an incredible voice cast of today’s biggest stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolf, Michelle Rodriguez and Samuel L. Jackson.

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The TURBO Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes an extra holiday gift, the TURBO pullback racer toy for a limited time while supplies last.


Feature film in high definition


Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:

* Smoove Move’s Music Maker – Watch action-packed music videos featuring songs from the film

* Meet Tito – Director David Soren provides an introduction for a scene that was deleted from the film.

* The Race – Director David Soren provides an introduction for a storyboard sequence that eventually made it into the film. Viewers can even see picture-in-picture comparison to the final cut.

* Shell Creator - Create your own shell from select-able parts

Additional Special Features:

* Champions Corner - Host Paul Page interviews Turbo one-on-one to hear all about his racing techniques and inspirations!

* Be An Artist! – Dave Burgess, Head of Character Animation on the film, shows the audience how to draw: Turbo, Whiplash, Skidmark, Burn, Smooth Move, White Shadow, Chet and Customizable Racers.

* Team Turbo: Tricked Out – See Turbo and all the rest of the snail crew in a break- down of the cool components that make up each of their shells.

* TURBO F.A.S.T Trailer from TV show – First look at upcoming new TV show this December

* Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks

* World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films

DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo Blu-ray™ 3D Deluxe Edition

The Turbo Blu-ray™ 3D + Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes the following:

Feature film in high definition and 3D

All the Blu-ray™ and DVD content listed above

DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo DVD

The single disc DVD includes an extra holiday gift, the TURBO pullback racer toy for a limited time while supplies last plus the following:

Feature film in standard definition

Special Features:

* Champions Corner - Host Paul Page interviews Turbo one-on-one to hear all about his racing techniques and inspirations!

* Be An Artist! – Dave Burgess, Head of Character Animation on the film, shows the audience how to draw: Garden Turbo and Racing Turbo.

* Team Turbo: Tricked Out – See Turbo and all the rest of the snail crew in a break- down of the cool components that make up each of their shells.

* World of DreamWorks Animation

* Previews

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.


ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dallas Buyers Club Review. The Film Is Sure To Be An Oscar Contender, But We're Not Happy About It

Dallas Buyers Club Review
By: MattInRC

Why does the raunchy Dallas Buyers Club have to be so...raunchy?


The intense and rowdy Dallas Buyers Club is uncomfortable to watch, not merely for its story about a 1986 Dallas bull rider stricken with AIDS (a particularly good Matthew McConaughey) and his attempts to bring medicine across the Mexican border, but for the line it crosses in the first minute. McConaughey's Woodroof is seen having sex in the bull stalls before a competition, while a fellow rider appears to die in the ring. For that time, such lewd behavior was probably normal, but soon he's using language that no reviewer can share to describe actor Rock Hudson's affliction and Woodroof's feelings about homosexuals. Cue the moment when a local doctor informs him that he too has contracted HIV, due entirely to a wild sex-drugs lifestyle that's left him emaciated and easily bruised. Woodroof decides it's time to seek treatment, which won't happen easily, as he tries to befriend a local doctor (Jennifer Garner) who is testing the potentially-toxic AZT on high-risk patients. Left with no other choice, Woodruff crosses the Mexican border to buy drugs the FDA won't approve, but soon starts hustling his stash to people like the transvestite Rayon (Jared Leto). As his number of clients begins rise, Woodroof realizes that AIDS has become an epidemic with the FDA's complicity keeping him and others from seeking proper treatment, and organizes a Buyers Club to combat them.


Dallas is the kind of film that seeks to be unapologetic, forcing others to recognize its blaring independence in an effort to gain needed credibility. It's dirty, dingy, fouled-mouth, and as sexually and morally available as some people were back in the 80's. The problem is that half of what we see isn't necessary to the story, for it can never seem to shake off its drugs-drinking-sex moniker. Just when you think we've seen Woodroof take a moral turn - or we're gladly at film's end for that matter - we're granted a particularly unnecessary sequence showing off his affection for loose women that hovers near NC-17 Land. This does nothing to further the story, and actually makes all of his efforts seem like he hasn't learned a single lesson. It's almost as if Director Jean-Marc Vallée is looking for shock value, aided by a topic that needed Dallas 25 years ago. With Producer Robbie Brenner's admission that he had in fact been trying to sell it to a studio for the past 25 years, this one arrives too little too late to make the impact that the AIDS movement sorely needed at that time.


This isn't the only issue holding Dallas back: McConaughey's physical transformation is startling - you want to buy the guy a couple of sandwiches in the hopes of prepping him for his next film. But there's a lot of his performance left over from Magic Mike here, impersonating a priest at one point and a wholesale buyer in Asia at another. These bits of comedy remind us of the old McConaughey and demean what is mostly an excellent performance. His chemistry with Leto is spot-on, as the two act like the couple that couldn't be from different sides of the track. Sadly, Vallée misses the boat entirely with Garner, whose miscasting makes her the third wheel we couldn't care less about..


Dallas Buyers Club is not here to take a stand on AIDS, nor does its message center on gay rights. It's merely about an indecent man getting more time to live the way he wants and realizing that he can economically benefit from helping similar people along the way. If that's not a definition of an anti-hero, we don't know what is. But we can't quite recommend it, either for its incredibly uncomfortable rowdy language that soon numbs you to it, or its message that angry and violent men can somehow inspire an entire movement while retaining the core beliefs that brought them to this point. True, Woodroff does mature (somewhat) throughout the film, but when you're already at a zero, this sort of incremental change isn't much. And while Dallas Buyers Club might score February glory for McConaughey and perhaps Leto, their great performances are overshadowed by a lifestyle that Vallée can't help but show us over and over again.

One hopes this kind of anti-hero isn't the new black, as last year's Oscar contenders featured good people trying to do right. This is really Denzel Washington's Flight all over again, with an immoral man trying to cover up his previous mistakes by committing new ones. If that's what you want from your films, then pay early and often for Dallas Buyers Club, which is rated R for everything imaginable and has a runtime of 117 minutes.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review. Makes A Strong Case For Being Better Than The Original.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review
By: MattInRC

The thoroughly enjoyable The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a gut punch that might be too much for younger audiences.


Sequels - and particularly sophomore efforts in a series - are hard to pull off. Expectations ran too high with Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, and in many ways Iron Man 2 and 3 have suffered the same fate. Others - like the predictable Grown Ups 2 - never grow beyond their scope, content to churn out a perfect duplicate while raking in the cash. Luckily, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire doesn't rest on the laurels of its older brother and excels in every way possible, delivering a powerful swing of the axe to our characters that reminds us of The Empire Strikes Back.


Set three months after the 74th Hunger Games, Fire shows us that not all is well across the 12 districts: protests and violent responses by The Capitol City and its dictator President Snow (Donald Sutherland) are on the rise, as is a growing rebellion unintentionally inspired by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who beat all odds in the games to emerge victorious. Although they now live in greater comfort than ever before, the seeds of hatred against Snow have been germinating within our heroes, who soon learn the price of winning the games. The citizens of District 12 are similarly angry, and a victory tour turns violent and deadly throughout the Districts as all of Panem seems on the edge of war. Fellow Tribute Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) tries to keep Peeta and Katniss focused, but even he and their publicist/escort Effie (Elizabeth Banks) sense something darker is being planned.


It's not long before Snow hires Head Gamemaker Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to craft a deadly 75th Game, that will pit Katniss and Peeta against former winners, all of whom harbor deep resentment at being recalled. These past winners are a new breed, and their resumes read like a rap sheet: among them, there's the psychopath Johanna (Jenna Malone), the playboy Finnick (Sam Clafin), and the techie Beetee (Jeffry Wright). With Katniss at the lead, they ally to turn the games on their ear, without knowing that other forces are at work to bring the revolution to a full boil.

Catching Fire is not merely another distopian commentary on a world gone mad with dictatorial power; there's so many appealing layers here, brought to us via a shakeup in the creative team, with Francis Lawrence stepping into the director's chair and bringing Writers Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt along for the ride. The result is a powerful film that's broken into two parts: the first, a deep political tale that sees Katniss dragged further down the rabbit hole, unable to stop Snow and unwilling to lead the rebellion; and an action-packed second filled with deadly mist and angry animals, all wrapped up in a tropical house or horror. We think the best way to enjoy this series is not to read the books until afterwards, for the excitement and surprises contained within certainly made their effects more pronounced for the uninitiated. This is a deeper, darker tale that feels more like a punch to the gut than a triumphant escape for our heroes. Such things will have an effect on younger children, and violent scenes of people being whipped or beaten to death might be too much for them, along with the long run time. But, it's appreciated that Lawrence and his creative team have made a commitment to telling as much of this story as possible. Our tours through the Districts and Capitol City are enlightening, as these provide an important backbone to understanding just how destitute and ludicrous things have become before it all goes bad.


Lawrence, Harrelson, and Sutherland seem to relish in their roles, fueling Beaufoy and Arndt's very good script with terrific performances, while introducing new faces like Hoffman, Malone, and Clafin, all of whom shine early and often. Clafin slides effortlessly into Finnick, reflecting a good mix of arrogance and total commitment to winning the games. We also loved the return of over-the-top television host Caesar (the great Stanley Tucci), who thinks he's more important than Katniss or even the games themselves. Lawrence has certainly upped the ante here, delivering a sequel that might actually outdo the original.

Granted, no film is perfect, and Catching Fire does feature a litany of undeveloped faces that meet untimely ends wrapped within a couple of predictable moments. But, these are small and never demean the effort, which is as impressive as anything we've seen all year. Catching Fire's cautionary tale about assuming you know enough about your enemy to win makes for great watching, but go see it for its many other strengths as well. It gets a strong endorsement from us. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, and suggestive situations and language, and has a runtime of 146 minutes.

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