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Friday, December 13, 2013

Amazing Trailer For House Of Cards Season 2

If you like your politicians Machiavellian and your plots labyrinthine, boy do we have a treat for you. The trailer for season two of Netflix House Of Cards is online, and it promises yet more sinister machinations by Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and his almost equally tough wife Claire (Robin Wright). Have a look below - but if you haven't seen season one, beware spoilers!

Series one, for those who haven't seen it but are less spoiler-phobic, sees House Majority whip Underwood manoeuver himself into the Vice Presidency of the USA after being overlooked for the Secretary Of State role. He's assisted by an ambitious young reporter, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), whose ruthlessness initially seems a good fit for his own. Later, maybe not so much.



House of Cards' second season will be available to stream in its entirety on February 14

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Ed Helms To Star In The Naked Gun Reboot

Detective Frank Drebin is coming back with Ed Helms on board to portray Leslie Nielsen’s character in Paramount’s reboot of “The Naked Gun” comedy franchise.

The studio has tapped the scripting team of Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant — best known for the “Night at the Museum” and “Reno 911″ franchises, to write the screenplay as a new spin on the Drebin character.

Helms starred in “The Hangover” trilogy and “We’re the Millers” and recently recently wrapped “Stretch” opposite Chris Pine and Patrick Wilson. He stars in the romcom parody “They Came Together,” which will premiere at Sundance, opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.

Paramount released “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” in 1988 with Nielsen battling Ricardo Montalban’s character plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II at a baseball game in Los Angeles. Sequels “The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear” and “Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult” followed in 1991 and 1994; the three films cumed $275 million.

George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and O.J. Simpson co-starred in all three films.

The films were based on the 1982 ABC spoof series “Police Squad!,” which was cancelled after six episodes. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker created the series, which also starred Nielsen as Drebin in a similar deadpan vein as his Dr. Rumack character in 1980′s “Airplane!”

“It’s true what they say: Cops and women don’t mix,” Drebin said in the first film. “It’s like eating a spoonful of Drano; sure, it’ll clean you out, but it’ll leave you hollow inside.”

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Relativity Media's EARTH TO ECHO Trailer

Relativity's upcoming adventure film EARTH TO ECHO – and prepare for an exciting and suspenseful journey this spring!

When a group of young friends begin to receive bizarre encrypted messages on their cellphones, they embark on an incredible adventure to discover the meaning behind these communications. Soon enough, they realize that the messages they are receiving are from a mysterious being from another world - one who desperately needs their help.

After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.



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Tune-in: Reddit AMA with Oscar Isaac & T-Bone Burnett On Monday 12/16

TUNE IN TO REDDIT Monday, December 16th at 9:30AM PST / 12:30PM EST

For a Reddit AMA “Ask Me Anything” with Oscar Isaac and T-Bone Burnett on behalf of INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and will expand on December 20, 2013.
Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake



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

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

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

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Saving Mr. Banks Review. Desperately Wants To Be An Oscar Winner.

Saving Mr. Banks Review
By: MattInRC

What did we think of the feel-good Saving Mr. Banks? Read on to find out!

Read more to learn just how much the tug-at-your-heartstrings Saving Mr. Banks wants desperately to be an Oscar winner.


As we head into the Oscar season - a time when Hollywood supposedly gives us the best they've got - the first volley arrives in the entertaining Saving Mr. Banks.


Set in the early 1960's, writer Pamela Travers (Emma Thompson) has agreed to turn her novel Mary Poppins into a full-length Disney feature film. Alone and fiercely protective of her work, she's been wooed for 20 years by Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to give up her rights. But the decision to do so - at least early on - is motivated by financial reasons: the royalties to her beloved book are exhausted, and so she grudgingly journeys to Los Angeles to meet Disney and his creative team. From the moment she arrives, Travers clashes with the affable Sherman brothers (B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman), who had created many of Disney's lyrical treasures but are oft-put by her bristling personality. She hates Disney's concept of adding animated elements to the film, and feels his theme park casts too many rays of sunshine for its own good. As she and Walt clash over the tone of the picture, Travers begins to deal with the personal tragedy which served as the story's influence, including her loving but alcoholic father (Colin Farrell) and her mother (Ruth Wilson) who can't motivate her husband to do anything more than dream. As the emotional and creative struggles rage within her, Travers learns about the power of her novel from a limo driver (Paul Giamatti), but must decide if 'letting go' is more than just a financial decision.


A Disney film about a Disney film could have been self-congratulatory and pompus, extolling the magic that is The Mouse and elevating the original Mary Poppins into cinematic godhood Luckily, we're given a much smaller, personal story here by Writer Kelly Marcel, and the results are favorable. She mixes in just enough comedy - which probably wasn't 'funny' at the time - as Travers bristles her way through LA like a firestorm. If it's to be believed, Travers was the classic Pain in the Arse, which does provide for many chuckles as she sneers at The Sherman Brothers or commits a social faux pas on the plane ride to LA. Marcel does a good job of personalizing her backstory without things becoming too schmaltzy or preachy, sharing this heretofore untold story with enough wit and charm to land minor Oscar attention.


The unflappable Thompson is usually excellent in everything she touches, and her performance as the battleaxe Travers is great but not unique. This isn't the transformation we witnessed with Lincoln's Daniel Day Lewis, more like a Brit playing a Aussie playing a Brit. Thompson does carry the emotional weight of Travers like Jesus carried the cross, but it's this performance which actually hurts the story long-term. The idea of such an inflexible figure giving up her beloved characters in a pivotal third act scene lacks the emotional (or realistic) punch we would have expected. Granted, Director John Lee Hancock does paint pretty pictures, wrapping us in the greens of the Disney lot and the browns of the Australian outback, but he never pushes Thompson or Hanks to an emotional cliff. A lot of what happens here is an internal struggle, with Travers remembering her childhood difficulties while The Sherman brothers and Disney penner Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) attempt to woo her with snappy musical numbers. In the real world, Travers would have either abandoned the project early on, or ruminated on her impending financial calamity, which is only lightly touched upon in the first act. Hanks as Disney and Giamatti as the driver are serviceable, but just like Thompson there's too much of their own personalities in their respective roles. We could have imagined other similarly-aged actors here, a fact we could never have said with Lewis' once-in-a-decade performance from 2012.


Don't get us wrong, Banks is a beautiful picture, and one will leave the theater with Disney pixie dust in their eyes. Ferrell is terrific as the alcoholic father, as is Whitford, Schwartzman and Wilson, and the score by Composer Thomas Newman perfectly matches the tone. Overall, its feel-good approach will make the personal story of Travers all the more interesting.

The adorable, star-studded Saving Mr. Banks will win you over with its heart, but some will find its message about letting go - as well as Travers's bristling personality - hard to swallow. To think someone so inflexible to change in the previous two acts would suddenly in the third do so at the hands of a mega-conglomeration is without logic. We suspect there's an even deeper story to be told here, but the one were given isn't bad. The performances are great but not top-notch, and there's just enough comedy and singing to keep everyone's feet tapping without things becoming too preachy or overly tear-jerky. And while it will show up on many Oscar nomination ballots, we can't imagine it earning any top prizes, even though it desperately wants to. Saving Mr. Banks is rated PG-13 for adult themes, and has a runtime of 125 minutes.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto React To Their Golden Globe Nominations

Below are quotes from Golden Globe Nominees Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto from Focus Features' DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.

Dallas Buyers Club is an 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.

Focus Features received the following Golden Globe Nominations:

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE-
Matthew McConaughey
“I'm excited and honored that the HFPA has recognized my performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof was a revolutionary for the human spirit, and I was blessed to tell his story. I’m looking forward to spending the evening at the Golden Globes on January 12th.”
--Matthew McConaughey, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture


DALLAS BUYERS CLUB BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE-
Jared Leto
“This is absolutely incredible. I want to thank the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for shining a light on DALLAS BUYERS CLUB and for celebrating independent cinema. I'm blown away by this Golden Globe Award nomination and so thankful to the incredible filmmakers for inviting me to help bring a fascinating story to the screen. This has been an unforgettable experience and I'm so very grateful to you all.”
--Jared Leto, Best Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture

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12 YEARS A SLAVE Golden Globe Nominees Reactions

Below are quotes from the Golden Globe Nominees for 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.

Steve McQueen
BEST DIRECTOR


“Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for acknowledging our efforts in making 12 Years A Slave. I am delighted for my cast and crew who worked so hard on this film to shine a light on a forgotten American hero, Solomon Northup.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor
BEST ACTOR: DRAMA
BEST ACTOR: MINISERIES


“It is such a huge honour to be nominated for two Golden Globes and I would like to thank the members of the HFPA for this incredible recognition. The response to 12 Years A Slave and Dancing On The Edge from the public and media alike has been overwhelming and I am so very grateful. To have been a part of these amazing projects was a gift in itself, that the HFPA have responded in this way, truly means so much.”

Hans Zimmer
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE


"Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing such an important and timeless film. Scoring a project for Steve McQueen of this caliber was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I could not be more grateful for the love that he, the cast, and the film have received."

Michael Fassbender
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


“I'm humbled and honoured to receive this nomination from the HFPA and thrilled for my friends Steve, Chiwetel and Lupita. I feel this is such an important film so thank you to the HFPA for all their support championing Solomon Northup's story.”

Lupita Nyong’o
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
"I can't express the excitement I felt hearing my name called while listening to the nominations from Paris this afternoon. I screamed and the tears started immediately; I was so overwhelmed! I am so happy for Chiwetel, Michael, Steve, John, and Hans. 12 Years a Slave means so much to me and having the Hollywood Foreign Press recognize it as it did, is just beyond words."

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Giveaway: Watch TRAP FOR CINDERELLA From Comfort Of Your Home

We have a chance for one lucky winner to watch IFC Midnight and SundanceNow's TRAP FOR CINDERELLA. The film follows a rekindled friendship between two young women, Micky and Do. Soon fondness grows into obsessions as their friendship blossoms. A relaxing trip to France turns deadly when a fire engulfs the pair, leaving Do dead and Micky badly burnt. Unable to recall anything, Micky is forced on a shocking journey of self-discovery.

Written and directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Iain Softley (The Skeleton Key, The Wings of the Dove) TRAP FOR CINDERELLA will be available on digital platforms, including SundanceNow on tomorrow.

Micky is a fun-loving photographer, living a party lifestyle in London until a chance encounter with a childhood friend changes her world forever. The opposite to life-and-soul Micky, Do is a quiet bank clerk, with little by way of a social life. Yet much to the annoyance of her DJ boyfriend Jake, Micky is all too delighted to reacquaint herself with Do, embracing her old friend with typical gusto. But when they return to the tranquil French villa where they spent so many happy summers in their youth, tragedy strikes. A fire engulfs the building, leaving Do dead and Micky badly burnt and blighted by amnesia. Unable to even recall her own name, Micky is forced on a shocking journey of self-discovery. For nothing – friends, relatives, lovers and even herself – is as she remembers it.

TRAP FOR CINDERELLA opens in select theaters and will also be available to watch on Cable VOD, SundanceNOW and other digital outlets beginning December 13th.

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MONSTER JAM RETURNS TO THE BAY AREA IN 2014

MONSTER JAM RETURNS TO THE BAY AREA FOR THE ULTIMATE CAR-CRUSHING MONSTER TRUCK ACTION AT O.CO COLISEUM IN OAKLAND.

Featuring The Bay Area Debut of 2 New Trucks 

WHAT: For one day only, fans will witness the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as Monster Jam® returns to the Bay Area! Sixteen massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushin’ action at O.co Coliseum – this year’s truck lineup includes the Bay Area debut appearance of the all-new 2014 season truck New Earth Authority (NEA)℠ and the first Hispanic themed truck El Diablo (named by the fans last year on MonsterJam.com in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month). Other fan-favorite trucks include appearances by World Champions Grave Digger®, El Toro Loco® and Captain’s Curse; plus Mohawk Warrior®, Lucas Oil Crusader®, Metal Mulisha, Tropical Thunder, Devastator, Captain USA, Double Trouble, Time Fly’s, Shocker, Detour and Titan!

In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, die-hard fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Party in the Pits pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close, meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos!

One of the most popular touring family entertainment sporting events in the world, Monster Jam is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed, power and unbelievable stunts with the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more!

WHERE: O.co Coliseum – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Party in the Pits from 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM*
Event begins at 7:00 PM
*Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry; Pit Pass available to purchase for $10 each

TICKETS: Ticket price levels range from $15, $25 and $30 (Adults)
Kids tickets (ages 2-12) are priced at only $12.50 each for select seating (not valid for Gold Circle level; one Adult ticket must be purchased for every four Kids tickets purchased)
Total Access Pass - Avoid the lines, skip the crowds and enjoy VIP access including private driver meet and greet with early entry to the Pit Party with the Total Access Pass package available for $125 (limited quantities available).

Tickets are on sale now and available to purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the O.co Coliseum box office.

**Above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all ticket prices are $3 more when purchased the day of the event; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

For more information and updates log onto www.MonsterJam.com.
Or for specific information on the Oakland event go to:
http://www.monsterjam.com/Events/2014/02/22/Oakland,_CA/

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New Easters Eggs Found In Disney's FROZEN

Disney and Pixar films seem to always have a knack for dropping small Easter eggs in their films. And thanks to Disney’s Blog  they spotted a few in the film FROZEN.

In FROZEN, there are at least three big ones. One relates to Tangled and a surprise visit from Flynn and Rapunzel , some sweets from Wreck-It Ralph, and even Mickey Mouse himself.

WELCOME TO ARENDELLE – Elsa’s coronation draws guests from far-away lands—and movies. From “Tangled,” Eugene Fitzherbert aka Flynn Rider and Rapunzel even made the guest list.

SWEET REPEAT – Anna’s affinity for chocolate summons sweet treats all the way from the land of Sugar Rush in “Wreck-It Ralph.”

IT’S A MOUSE! – Disney’s famous icon makes the quickest of cameos in “Frozen.” A small Mickey Mouse plush sits on one of the lower shelves in Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna.


REPURPOSED PAINTING – Artist Lisa Keene’s painting—completed during the development phase of “Tangled” and based on “The Swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard—made such an impression on “Frozen” filmmakers, it became part of Anna’s signature song, “For the First Time in Forever,” when she leaps into the air and mimics the painting’s pose.

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New Trailer For RIO 2

20th Century Fox has just released a brand new TRAILER for their upcoming animated comedy, RIO 2. Blu, Jewel, and their three kids are hurtled to the wilds of the Amazon in this highly anticipated sequel to RIO, and this time they're joined by a whole new slew of characters as Blu meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law. All our favorite RIO characters are back, Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, and they’re joined by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Review. Rewarding Follow-Up To Middle Earth's Growing Adventure.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review
By: MattInRC

TWIITER: #DesolationofSmaug is an action-packed and rewarding follow-up to Middle Earth's growing adventure.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a more vigorous and livelier affair than its predecessor. Thank Middle Earth for that!


As a fan of good movies rather than a loyal fan to a particular franchise, my disappointment with the hugely-successful but critically marred The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey knew few bounds - our heroes felt less than those presented in the epic and totally satisfying Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the story itself felt like trudging through a rain storm. Luckily, one cannot say the same for its sequel: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a wild, gregarious, and often pretty picture that should satisfy purists and casual fans alike. From the moment Director Peter Jackson makes a very Hitchcockian appearance in the opening scene, we get the feeling that this one will be different. Fortunately, he remains true to his word, delivering a better (if less slavish) adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's 1937 novel.


The movie starts with a sort of 'prologue to the prologue, trilogy-in-waiting' scene, recounting the reasons for the journey itself before fast-forwarding 12 months later as Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) scouts ahead for Orcs pursuers. Right away, you get a sense of the tension he and his Dwarf allies have been under since their rescue by The Great Eagles at the end of Journey. Smartly, we recognize this tension without ever needing a single scene of action to verify it. From there, it's a wild race to the home of a 'skin shifter' who transforms from a very angry bear to a towering Nordic, providing the team with needed shelter. The shifter's message is repeated by other characters throughout the film: "I hate Dwarfs, but I hate Orcs more." Bilbo and company are trudging towards The Lonely Mountain, deposed home of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and his people, hopeful that the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) can be run out of town. Of course, there are hurdles in the way, including an untrusting Han Solo type named Baard (Luke Evans) and the isolationist Elven King Thranduil (Lee Pace). But there's also that pesky One Ring to contend with, along with the re-introduction of the Elven warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and his female equivalent badass Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly). Angry Orcs pursue the Dwarfs and Bilbo, while the Elves follow the parade of violence right to Erebor, leading to a showdown with Smaug that leaves us hanging until the trilogy wraps up next December.


There's a lot Jackson crams into this 161-minute adventure without slowing down the pace - characters are better defined here, as is the world of Middle Earth being more populated by humans than we thought, but filled with all the impending danger of Saruman and The Necromancer (also voiced by Cumberbatch). The writing troupe of Jackson Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, and Guillermo Del Toro (who was supposed to direct this trilogy) deviate from the original book, imagining Tauriel and importing Legolas, while centering the story on several very good action set pieces. The result is a movie that seemingly flies by, until Jackson closes the second chapter with Bilbo pondering 'What have we done?' as Smaug prepares to attack a nearby village. The choreography is intense and highly staged, especially during a river scene as both dwarves and elves race in barrels while Orcs pursue them.


Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the previous films, is absent here but serves as an effective Second Unit Director, realizing his run of that iconic character is soon to end. Meanwhile, our actors turn in excellent performances, from Armitage's stoic Thorin, to Lily's breath of fresh air with arrows; Freeman plays a lesser yet no less satisfying role as the Hobbit who is using the One Ring to gain courage without knowing the damage which prolonged exposure to it will soon have. Evans and Cumberbatch - among my favorites in Hollywood - continue to see their stocks rise by immersing themselves in their roles, with one as an unsung hero and the other a hated villain. Both command the screen in different but highly effective ways, making us wish the final There and Back Again was being released next month. Be careful if you plan to take small children, as Smaug is a thoroughly scary beast that will deliver enough nightmares to fill a Christmas stocking.



And while it gets tantalizingly close to the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, Smaug isn't quite there yet. We liked the lean mix of warriors in Legolas, Aragorn, and Gimli more than this band, many of whom have names we can't remember. One day, fans of this franchise will pull a Star Wars, watching the 'prequel' series before the epic IV-VI. Let's hope they appreciate Smaug as much as we do - it's smart, funny, and livelier than we expected. We'd go there and back again in a heartbeat. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images, and has a pre-Extended Edition runtime of 161 minutes.

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Robert Knepper To Play Antonius In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

As The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues to burn brightly (sorry) at the box office, work continues apace setting up the two-part adaptation of Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins’ final novel in the trilogy. Today brings word that Robert Knepper will play a character called Antonius.

Who he? Well… there’s some confusion among Hunger Games fans, as the name doesn’t actually appear in the novel. Current speculation wonders if he's a version of Aurelias, the psychologist who treats Katniss, and Deadline describes his character as a minister in President Snow (Donald Sutherland)'s regime, but there’s been no official confirmation of anything. He may well turn out to be a character invented for the films, or one who combines several figures from the books. We wouldn’t be all that surprised: Mockingjay is a sprawling story even to fit into the running time of two movies.

The book sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leading the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decide for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

Along with the franchise regulars, new cast additions include Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham and Elden Henson. Francis Lawrence is directing the film, with Part 1 due November 21 next year and Part 2 scheduled for November 20, 2015.

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Mary McMormack Joins The Conspiracy on Jekyll Island

Mary McMormack has signed on to the thriller “The Conspiracy on Jekyll Island” starring Frank Grillo, Minnie Driver and Dianna Agron.

Pic also stars Maggie Q, John Leguizamo and Ed Westwick with Aram Rappaport directing.

Story follows an ex-Wall Street man, played by Grillo, whom the Secretary of the Treasury enlists to thwart a cyber attack that threatens to derail the American economy. With the help of his wife, he recruits his ragtag team of misfits, and prepares to save the world from total financial implosion.

Hilary Shor is producing. Production is currently under way.

The “In Plain Sight” actress was most recently seen in the NBC pilot “Welcome to the Family.” She is repped by Gersh and Untitled Entertainment.

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Frank Grillo To Star In The Purge 2

On the heels of Blumhouse Productions‘ supernatural hit Insidious: Chapter 2 crossing $150M worldwide, Blumhouse and Universal are beefing up their sequel to this summer’s micro-budget horror-thriller The Purge. Frank Grillo (The Grey) will lead the cast of The Next Chapter of The Purge under returning Purge helmer James DeMonaco who is also writing and producing. Plot details are under wraps but there’s plenty of opportunity to explore the dystopian world established in the first film, which starred Ethan Hawke as a security system designer protecting his family from home invasion on the one night each year when the cops take a day off to let crime run rampant.

The movie opened in June and grossed roughly $90M worldwide on a $3M budget. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier and Platinum Dunes’ Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form will produce The Purge 2, which marks the latest Blumhouse project in Blum’s first-look deal with Uni. The sequel is already set for a June 20, 2014 debut.

Grillo most recently popped up in the Sly Stallone-penned Jason Statham actioner Homefront but has been building momentum of late with roles in End of Watch, Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty. He’ll appear in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier next April and is currently filming A Conspiracy On Jekyll Island with Minnie Driver, AnnaSophia Robb, Ed Westwick, Dianna Agron and John Leguizamo.

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Sandra Bullock Reteams With George Clooney

Given how much they learned about crisis while working on Gravity together, it hardly seems surprising that Sandra Bullock would end up in a George Clooney-produced film. And so it has come to pass, with Bullock in talks to star in Our Brand Is Crisis.

Actually, the pair discussed the idea while on the long slog of press tours for Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller. Crisis is adapted from Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which saw President Clinton’s former advisors James Carville and Stan Greenberg applying what they had learned in the trenches of American politics to a campaign in Bolivia, and the effects it has on the process.

Despite the close relationship between Clooney and Bullock, this is far from a done deal. With the success of Gravity (and The Heat) still fresh, Bullock’s naturally being courted for several movies right now and Crisis is just one of them. Still, with Argo duo Clooney and Grant Heslov producing, it’s got to be an attractive proposition. Will it be her next film? Unlikely, but expect it to stay a healthy possibility for the future.

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2014 Golden Globe Awards Nominations Are In

Aziz Ansari, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday morning to announce the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards -- honoring work in film and television.

12 Years a Slave and American Hustle both earned seven nominations each, leading the motion picture categories. In television, House of Cards and Behind the Candelabra both scored four mentions.

Best motion picture, drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Actor in a motion picture, drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor,12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All is Lost

Best Actress in a motion picture, drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Director – motion picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope Steve, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Singer Warren, American Hustle

Best motion picture, musical or comedy
American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Animated Feature film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen

Best Foreign Language Film
Blue Is The Warmest Color (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best supporting Actress in a motion picture
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best supporting Actor in a motion picture
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
All Is Lost - Alex Ebert
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Alex Heffes
Gravity - Steven Price
The Book Thief - John Williams
12 Years a Slave - Hans Zimmer

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
"Atlas," The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
"Let It Go," Frozen
"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Inside Llewyn Davis
"Sweeter Than Fiction" One Chance

Best TV series, drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Actress in a TV series, drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV series, drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
Behind the Candelabra
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere , Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2 Guns Blu-ray Review.It's Entertaining, But Nowhere Near Unique

2 Guns Blu-ray Review
By: MattInRC

Universal's home release of 2 Guns looks and sounds great, but will its shallow character development and flashbang action doom it to the bargain Blu-ray bin?

I love me some double cross in film. Look back into history and you'll see Payback, Jackie Brown, and even Iron Man with elements of the double cross. While the buddy-copy 2 Guns is a punchy action film ripped from a comic book, the film also channels about every action subgenre imaginable, and is full of wise-crackin' mirth-filled moments, sexual advances, and enough cussing and the aforementioned double-cross to fill a tip jar. Unfortunately, it's not very inventive and actually overdoes the double-cross by adding a third- and even fourth layer to muck things up. Its arrival onto home video gives us a chance to break down a film with enormous potential, but one which ultimately is just merely watchable.


The Movie - 3.5/5
Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) are criminals for hire, except that they're not really criminals. Stig is an undercover Navy officer, while Bobby is an undercover DEA agent, neither of whom knows each other's true identity. Circumstances bring the two together as they plan to steal $3 million from the Mexican drug lord Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos). They each think this act will benefit their respective agencies, only to discover that the vault contains $43.125 million. When neither party gets their promised back up upon the successful heist, the two split up, with Stig taking the cash, and Bobby taking a bullet. As the full effect of their robbery becomes apparent to them, the two rejoin forces to find the real owner of the cash, while several agencies descend upon them. But who does the money belong to: Stig's commander Quince (James Marsden), Papi Greco, Bobby's oft-nude lover Deb (Paula Patton), or the psychotic CIA agent Earl (Bill Paxton)?

A film like this will remind you a lot of other stuff, including 2010's The Losers which boasted a similarly amazing cast but came up short in its story. Here, Director Baltasar Kormákur and Writer Blake Masters miss the potential for a deeper telling, surrounding us instead with action we've already seen in better productions and dropping fancy one-liners like they were on a BOGO free sale at K Mart. It's a lot like this year's Escape Plan, which we loved because it found a better balance, keeping the one-liners to a minimum while emhasizing better action. 2 Guns doesn't take itself seriously enough, creating caricatures rather than giving our characters something meaty to say. At the same time, I get the impression that Wahlberg and Washington don't really care whether we hate what they're doing or not; they seem to enjoy each other's ad-libbing while trying desperately to keep this production afloat. Even Paxton and Olmos seem to relish their roles, leaving Marsden and Patton out in the cold with lines that never develop them past one-dimensional driftwood. Still, we liked the implausible action of the film, the slow motion shootouts, and the comedy, even if the story is hopelessly muddied and filled with gigantic plot holes. I guess my forgiveness lies in seeing actors go outside of their comfort zones: it's nice once in awhile to see the usually serious Washington and the unflappable Wahlberg in something this wild and gangling.

The idea of film like this remaining in the movie-going consciousness is hard to fathom, as there seems to be so many more (and better) like it out there. Escapism is not a new thing in American cinema, but 2 Guns misses the point, settling in as a 'switch off your brain affair' rather than something slightly deeper and better for its efforts. Perhaps that was the point from the start, but its result won't stick with you past the end credits. If your hope is to see great actors having a good time, and you're willing to see past the plot holes and numerous nods to the genre, 2 Guns will serve as an excellent mode of transportation.


The Video - 4.5/5
2 Guns impresses with an MPEG-4/AVC transfer that keeps the grain but gives us striking detail in every scene. For a film like this, shot outside in dusty locations, it's nice to see Universal able to bring the grit and grain from Kormakur's digital print over to the home market. Colors are a bit saturated with contrast a tad off, but that's not Universal's fault, rather an understated quality from our director. Blacks are only crushed when the brightness of a desert scene takes over; most of the time, we get nice transitions into shadows, with detail apparent on clothing and guns. Skintones look lifelike, both from a color standpoint and in their clarity. Lines and wrinkles on Washington's aging face look as good as those on Wahlberg's, with Patton's long hair showing off each strand. Detail on clothing is also exceptional, as is the aging nature of the towns our two guys visit throughout the picture. Finally, we failed to see any evidence of banding, aliasing, or artifacting, reminding us of other inferior products that attempted to shoot outside. Sometimes, those can result in too much grain or in outdoor brightness obliterating detail; thankfully, Kormákur and Director of Photography Oliver Wood's techniques have transferred over very well. From a visual standpoint, this one is a winner.


The Audio - 4.5/5
Ever since Universal made the Bourne Identity a first-day purchase, the studio has been a leader and innovator in the home release department. The tradition continues with 2 Guns, featuring a boisterous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track that kicks down doors, blows up cars, and crunches bone with powerful results. The muscular lossless track is terrific in nearly every way, starting with its forward speakers, which deliver a perfect mix of music, sound effects, and dialogue Nothing ever gets in the way here, allowing each part to play a complimentary role with the center channel, delivering nothing but dialogue. The surrounds are more immersive than one might think, allowing the real style of the film to arise, from diner chatter to chickens clucking in the background. Music from Composer Clinton Shorter also pounds through the surrounds, creating an immersive mix whenever he and Sound Editor William Dean call for it The other asset here comes from the LFE, which pulses and pounds with every throaty Dodge Charger rev and during the climactic third act as a CIA helicopter flies by. There are plenty of opportunities for the LFE to shine, and it certainly makes its presence known. Dialogue - an aspect one might not associate with necessity in a picture like this - is spot on and precise, as is directionality. Universal really does get the most out of its audio tracks, and 2 Guns is no different. It's a very solid track.


The Supplements - 4/5
2 Guns arrives with the right amount of supplements, most of which are insightful but not unique. All the pieces are here, including the quickly disappearing commentary track. Luckily, all of the visual stuff is presented in HD:
Audio Commentary: Much like our actors, Director Baltasar Kormakur is a bit tight at the beginning of this as he joins Producer Adam Siegel; but as time goes on, Kormakur relaxes and ultimately delivers a good commentary. Curious fans of 2 Guns will get many of their questions answered courtesy of our creative team, who discuss how the project started, the obvious cliched nature of the film, and the challenges of shooting several of the action scenes.
Click, Click, Bang, Bang: The Making of 2 Guns (30:18): This is an extensive discussion of all aspects of the film, from a tour of the production and the requisite interviews with cast and crew interviews, to locations used in the film and several design pieces. The four chapters include: Undercover and into Action, The Good, the Bad and the Sexy, Finding the Vibe," and Living Dangerously.
Deleted and Extended Scenes (11:50): Eight scenes are offered, with no music and few finishing touches: Bring a Kid to Work Day, Clown or Frankie, Where's Your Badge, Do Me a Favor, Afraid of Heights, What Comes Around Goes Around, Saddle Up, and Bobby Gets Motel Key.
Previews: BDLive will load a mix of several Universal home video and theatrical releases upon inserting the disc. Our first mix included Fast and Furious 6, RIPD, Dallas Buyers Club, and At World's End. The next time, we got a completely different set, including Kick Ass 2.
Our evaluation copy arrived as a Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack with one Blu-ray disc, one DVD, and a Digital HD UltraViolet digital copy. The embossed slipcase is nice enough but no interior artwork is available. Other versions of this movie included a Metalpak from Best Buy.



The Bottom Line - 3/5
For those of us who enjoy a fun, buddy-copy action comedy, 2 Guns tries hard to win our respect. Unfortunately, there are too many twists here, and several of our characters fail to endear us beyond their good looks. It's entertaining, but nowhere near unique. The supplements, video, and audio are very good, with A-list performances from Washington, Wahlberg, Paxton, and Olmos to match Kormakur's gritty desert style. The question is, can we recommend it right now, at a price point currently in the low $20 range? No. But, it seems ripe for the bargain bin or even the next Black Friday. We encourage you to wait until those opportunities present themselves, for that is when the true value of the film will become apparent. 2 Guns is rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity and has a runtime of 109 minutes.

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Three New SAVING MR. BANKS Featurettes

Three newly released featurettes from SAVING MR. BANKS are here.

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “SAVING MR. BANKS,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

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Simon Pegg Joins Absolutely Anything. Joining The Python Cast

Python fans are being spoiled at the moment. Not only is the legendary comedy team reuniting for a series of sold-out stage shows at the O2 next year, but we’re also getting most of the surviving members’ combined talents in Absolutely Anything, which Terry Jones will direct. Now we know who will be joining them in their efforts, as Simon Pegg is on board to star.

Pegg is… Look, most of you reading this already know who he is, so we’ll skip that bit and boo boo off to talking about the plot. The film will find him as Neil Clarke, a disillusioned teacher who discovers he has magical powers. Well, not magic per se, more “magic” in the Thor style, as they’re bestowed by aliens.

The extra-terrestrials in question will be voiced by Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, with Robin Williams stepping into the voice booth to provide vocals for the main man’s dog. “As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift,” Pegg tells Screen International. “Meeting your heroes is one thing - working with them is something else.”

Shooting is set to kick off in London on March 23 on what sounds like a comedy match made in heaven. Or, more likely, some agent’s office. But heaven sounds more poetic.

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Could Jason Clarke Play John Conner In Upcoming Terminator Film?

Clearly not content with being in just one big science fiction franchise re-working, Dawn Of The Planet Of The ApesJason Clarke now has his eye on fighting that other big threat to humanity – the machines. Clarke, probably best known for Zero Dark Thirty, is in talks to play John Connor in the Terminator reboot.

Thor: The Dark World (and Game Of Thrones veteran) director Alan Taylor is calling the shots for this one, working from a script by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. The plot is largely being kept quiet, though it may well follow much of the basics of James Cameron’s original (wo)man vs. machine narratives with a few changes here and there (particularly if the intent is to launch a TV series to run alongside it).

Connor, of course, is the heroic leader of the human resistance, the man who must help us battle Skynet and stop the species becoming a footnote that is deleted because the technological terrors are really good at using both weapons and Wikipedia. He’s the son of Sarah Connor, made iconic by Linda Hamilton in the original and possibly to be played in the new version by either Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson, though casting has still not been locked down there. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also linked with his memorable role, though our big theory is that he plays the scientist who works on the Terminator cyborgs and either creates them in his image or is forced to.

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Edge Of Tomorrow Is Here. Live Die Repeat

Tom Cruise’s latest, Edge Of Tomorrow, has now arrived online

Directed by The Bourne Identity’s Doug Liman, Edge Of Tomorrow is adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need Is Kill, and was called the same name for a long time. The story finds Cruise as Bill Cage, a soldier happy to be working far from the front lines in a brutal war against powerful aliens. 

Cage, who has scored a plum job overseeing the army’s PR, makes a series of mistakes and ends up in full battle armour on the front line, where he promptly dies.



Caught in a Groundhog Day-style time loop, finds himself back in time and, with the help (and training expertise) of Special Forces fighter Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), he begins to figure out the secret to fighting the bad guys, smack-dab in one of the most important skirmishes of the conflict. It helps that Rita has apparently been experiencing the same time-tripping effects, which seem keyed to the invaders’ tech. Can they make it work and save mankind?

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS In Sacramento


Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS on December 12th @ 7:30PM in Sacramento.

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


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


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


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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Official Poster & Poster Scroll

20th Century Fox has just released a brand new menacing "Caesar" POSTER for their upcoming film, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. A new look at 3 additional apes that are ready for war! DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES hits theaters everywhere on July 11th, 2014!

Stay tuned for the brand new TRAILER coming out next Wednesday 12/18! Trust us, you won't want to miss this one.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.



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Giveaway: DESPICABLE ME 2 On (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

To celebrate he release for DESPICABLE ME 2 on (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet), Universal Studios Home Entertainment has provide us with copies to giveaway.

DESPICABLE ME 2 is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film and the sequel to the 2010 animated film Despicable Me. Produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures, both films are directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles. Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League.



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Giveaway: Fast & Furious 6 On (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

The #1 action movie FAST & FURIOUS 6 is out on an Extended Edition Blu-ray.

To celebrate he release for Fast & Furious 6 on (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet), Universal Studios Home Entertainment has provide us with copies to giveaway.

Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead a cast of returning all-stars in this global blockbuster franchise.



A portion of proceeds will benefit Paul Walker’s Reach Out Worldwide charity.

Theatrical version RATED PG-13. Extended Edition NOT RATED. Only from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Following their successful Rio heist, Dominic Toretto and his crew of professional criminals have retired around the world: Dominic lives with Elena; his sister Mia lives with Brian O'Conner and their son, Jack; Gisele and Han have moved to Hong Kong; and Roman and Tej live in luxury.

Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs and his partner Riley Hicks investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy by former British Special Forces soldier Owen Shaw and his crew. Hobbs tracks down Dominic and persuades him to help take down Shaw after showing him a recent photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz, Dominic's former girlfriend. Dominic gathers his crew together and they accept the mission in exchange for full amnesty for their past crimes, allowing them to return home to the United States; Mia and Elena remain with Jack.

The crew travels to London where one of Shaw's henchmen leads them to Shaw's hideout, but it is revealed to be a trap intended to distract the crew and police while Shaw's crew performs a heist elsewhere. Shaw flees by car, detonating his hideout behind him and disabling most of the police, leaving Dominic, Brian, Tej, Han, Gisele, Hobbs and Riley to pursue him. Letty arrives to help Shaw, and shoots Dominic without hesitation before escaping. Back at their headquarters, Hobbs tells Dominic's crew that Shaw is stealing components to create a Nightshade device which can disable power in an entire region; he intends to sell it to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw's investigation into the opposing crew reveals Letty's relationship with Dominic, but she is revealed to be suffering from amnesia.

Dominic's crew investigates a Shaw subordinate who reveals Shaw's connection to Arturo Braga, a drug lord imprisoned by Brian. Brian returns to the United States as a prisoner to gain access to Braga, who discloses how Letty survived the explosion that was thought to have killed her; Shaw attempted to finish her off but after learning of her amnesia, he took her in. Aided by a former colleague in the FBI, Brian is released from prison. In London, Dominic challenges Letty in a street racing competition, and afterwards returns her necklace he had kept.



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Special Features
• Extended Edition
• Deleted Scenes
• The Making of Fast & Furious 6: The Fastest of Them All – Explore the epic saga of the Fast films from Fast 3 through 4, 5 and now 6.
• The Making of Fast & Furious 6: Reuniting the Team – The return of all the characters (and actors) that make up the larger Fast family.
• The Making of Fast & Furious 6: Letty’s Return – Explore how the creative team engineered Michelle Rodriguez’s (“Letty”) resurrection.
• The Making of Fast & Furious 6: The Mastermind and the Mole – Meet the Fast Six “newbies” – Luke Evans (“Shaw”) and Gina Carano (“Riley”).
• On the Set with Vin – On location in Tenerife, Vin talks through a stunt he is about to perform.
• Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin
• Take Control – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Director Justin Lin appear at key moments throughout the film, offering observations and reflections on the movie.
• Planes, Tanks and Automobiles: The London Chase – See how Justin Lin and his team pulled off car-flipping mayhem on a breathtaking scale in the city of London.
• Planes, Tanks and Automobiles: Highway Heist: The Convoy Attack – Dominic’s gang saves the day in this high-velocity battle featuring a tank, an armored cargo carrier, a harpoon weapon and more.
• Planes, Tanks and Automobiles: The Antonov Takedown – Spotlighting Fast Six’s spectacular finale, with the biggest plane on Earth in the mix.
• Planes, Tanks and Automobiles: Dom and Letty Race Again
• Gearhead’s Delight – From the shop to the test track, to the set and back again, a look at the latest hot cars showcased in Fast Six.
• The Flip Car – We’ll get an inside look at the Fast franchise’s newest mind-blowing vehicle – the pivoting FLIP car.
• Hand to Hand Fury – This jam-packed featurette gives viewers a detailed look at the rehearsals, choreography, stunt work and filming of Fast Six’s other bone-jarring fight sequences.

Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD
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The Making of Fast & Furious 6


The Fastest of Them All—Chronicles the epic saga of the Fast films from chapters three through six. Justin Lin and his team reveal how they brought new energy to the franchise, creating a dynamic multi-movie story arc.


Reuniting the Team—Explores the characters (and actors) that make up the Fast family, with a focus on founding partners Dom and Brian (and Vin and Paul).


Letty’s Return—Heralded by a crowd-pleasing cliffhanger in Fast Five, Michelle Rodriguez (“Letty”) makes a dramatic return in the sixth installment. This short feature explores how the creative team engineered her resurrection.


The Mastermind and The Mole—Viewers meet Fast “newbies” Luke Evans (“Shaw”) and Gina Carano (“Riley”) as they share their experience joining the cast of Fast & Furious 6 and how their characters fit into the new plot.


On the Set with Vin—Vin Diesel talks through a stunt he is about to perform and then rides his hot rod through an explosion, coming out unscathed.

Feature Commentary with Director Justin Lin

Honoring Paul Walker’s legacy
Universal Studios will also be honoring Paul Walker by supporting his non-profit organization Reach Out WorldWide. With the release of the latest film on DVD/Blu-ray, the studio will be giving a percentage of the proceeds to Paul’s non-profit organization.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For GRUDGE MATCH In Roseville

Win Tickets To An Advance For Screening For GRUDGE MATCH on Dec 12, 2013 7:30 pm in Rosville.


GRUDGE MATCH is an upcoming sports comedy starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as aging boxers stepping into the ring for one last bout. Stallone and De Niro have both previously been in successful boxing films (Rocky and Raging Bull, respectively) and worked together in Cop Land. The film is being directed by Peter Segal.


Two retired Pittsburgh boxers, Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone), have an unsettled thirty year old grudge. It revolves around the fact that Razor retired the night before their match for the title, thus destroying both of their careers. Now they have an opportunity to get the score even with one last rematch, it will be hard to stay focused while they're blowing up on social networks and struggling physically with their age and the training.


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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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