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Cher Joins Mamma Mia Sequel

Paul Bettany Cast As The Vision In The Avengers: The Age of Ultron

Paul Bettany is getting an upgrade.

The actor, who has been lending his voice to Jarvis, the computer program-cum-butler in Marvel’s Iron Man movies, has now been cast as iconic Avenger hero the Vision in The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.

Joss Whedon is directing the movie, which promises to be chock-a-block with heroes and villains. The cast of the first movie are returning, which will now include Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlett Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver. James Spader is playing the lead villain, Ultron, while Thomas Kretschmann will play Baron Strucker.

Bettany’s casting puts Age of Ultron and maybe even Ant-Man into a clearer lens. Ultron is a classic Marvel villain who was created by Dr. Hank Pym, who he looked at as a father figure. He eventually turned on Pym -- and humanity -- and went on to "father" his own creation, the synthetic orange-skinned android known as the Vision. Vision, in turn, rejects Ultron and joins the Avengers, eventually striking …

Clip From True Detective Episode 4

In anticipation of this Sunday's fourth episode of HBO's True Detective we have a clip from the upcoming episode.

True Detective is written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.



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Vampire Academy Review. Pales To Excite & Keep Our Attention

Vampire Academy Review By April Faith Spice
Vampire Academy will probably please the avid fan's of the widely popular YA Book series by the same name, but to someone who isn't familiar with the story it pales to excite and keep attention. While reminding us several times that it is indeed not "Twilight" it still cast's a main character that looks and broods remarkably like "Edward Cullen" (Dominic Sherwood as Christian Ozera) and features quite a few panning tree shots that even my Jr. High age daughter said, "This looks like Twilight".


Vampire Academy takes place at St. Vladimir’s, a hidden boarding school attended by Moroi (nice vampires who can come out in the day) and Dhampir (half-vampire/half-human guardians who are trained to protect the members of the 12 Moroi families). Rose Hathaway (Zoey Duetch) is a Dhampir gauardian to Moroi princess Lissa (Lucy Fry) who are on the run when they are caught and brought back to St. Vladimir's. The…

The Monuments Men Review. Film Utterly Disappoints, Playing Fast & Loose

The Monuments Men Review By: MattInRC

There are two ways to view the ensemble historical drama The Monuments Men: the first is through the unfiltered eyes of the average moviegoer, interested in the genre and impressed by its stellar cast. The other way is to take a more realistic view of its rise from Oscar-sure-to-be to its odd February banishment. Regardless of how you look at it, the film utterly disappoints, playing fast and loose with its history and wasting every one of its emotional assets along the way.


Based on Author Robert M. Edsel's account, the movie follows a group of American artists and designers as they struggle to preserve the world's greatest works of art while the final months of World War II draw to an end. The Nazis have been hording art and sculptures in the hopes of showcasing all of them in a Fuhrer Museum; but as the war turns against them, the Nazis decide to hide the precious works in mines across a battered Europe. Cue the concerned art histori…

Lucky Bastard Review. Believe Me, It's That Bad

Lucky Bastard Review By: MattInRC
It goes without saying that we at SJF sometimes review films not meant for theatrical release. Sometimes referred to as 'Direct-to-DVD,' many of these feature poor scripts, worse acting, and a sense that film students were given free reign by someone who didn't know any better. Lucky Bastard is one of these, a tasteless and scattershot film utterly without value or even the sense to know it's dead on arrival.

Slapped with an NC-17 rating for extreme nudity and imagined scenes of rape, the story follows a team of porno producers and actresses as they run into a fan who just won't take 'no' for an answer after a contest goes bad. It's a 'found footage' affair, complete with jittery pans and dizzying tennis-style back and forth as our actors pound each other before the bad guy arrives to have sex with the company's top dog. When he's mocked for prematurely shooting his wad, the young kid has his revenge,…

Bottled Up Starring Melissa Leo Arrives In Theaters & On Demand March 6th

The highly acclaimed film Bottled Up (Olympus Pictures) makes its theatrical premiere on March 6, 2014 in select theaters across the US. The film will also be available through the largest video on demand platforms In Demand and Vubiquity starting on February 28, 2014. Bottled Up (Olympus Pictures) film is starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo (Fay), Marin Ireland (Sylvie), and Josh Hamilton (Becket) is a modern day drama that beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with love and addiction.

Film Director Enid Zentelis, nearly a decade after the success of her critically acclaimed “Evergreen,” offers a stirring look into the debilitating effects of prescription drug abuse through the eyes of a talented cast. Melissa Leo, the protagonist, is faced with the difficult choice of living a life, or beginning to live, dictated by the daughter she loves according to her own needs.



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Final POSTER For THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB

Nothing like a little group therapy.

Come celebrate the release of Lionsgate's upcoming comedy, THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB with the FINAL poster! Nothing lifts you higher than friendship, and these moms have come together to inspire each other through it all. Supporting one other, this sisterhood overcomes life's many hurdles with the help of their newfound friends.

When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.

TYLER PERRY’S THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry. Lionsgate and Tyler Perry Studios Present, A Tyler Perry Studios/Lionsgate Production.

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The LEGO Movie Review. The Film Is Hilarious, Inventive & Should Not Be Missed

The LEGO Movie Review By: MattInRC
Is The LEGO Movie worthy enough for us to put down our bricks to see it? Read on to find out!


As an original (and former) LEGO collector, my youth was filled endlessly assembling red, blue, and gray bricks into space ships, vehicles, and structures while Han Solo and Darth Vader looked on, hoping for a piece of that action. But I was among the few who saw the Danish creations as more than the 'suggestions' featured on the box. For me, it wasn't about skyscrapers or Star Destroyers, but the merging of sets into new and terrific forms. The new LEGO is all about pre-established environments that require minimal knowledge and zero imagination to build; such realities might be new norm, but luckily the premise of the company's first film The Lego Movie boldly addresses this in hilarious fashion. Its arrival to theaters this week will have you in stitches while conjuring the real reason why we love those plastic parts so much.


The …

SABOTAGE'S RED BAND TRAILER KICKS ASS

Finally Arnold delivers a bad ass trailer.

Are you ready for RED BAND? This #SabotageMovie red band trailer shows NO mercy.

The countdown is officially over…the new RED BAND TRAILER for Open Road's SABOTAGE is here! Bloody, explosive, and deadly, this extended peek shows just how high the stakes are for this team of highly skilled DEA agents after they bust one of the world's deadliest drug cartels. As the body count rises, it's up to Arnold Schwarzenegger to figure out who is killing his men. From the writer of Training Day and the director of End of Watch, SABOTAGE, also starring Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway, hits theaters on MARCH 28th. So head over to IGN and take a look at the intense new trailer now!

In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work …

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For ENDLESS LOVE In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For ENDLESS LOVE on February, 11 2014 at 07:30 PM in San Francisco.


ENDLESS LOVE is an upcoming American romantic drama film directed by Shana Feste and co-written with Joshua Safran. A remake of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of same name and second adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel, the film stars an ensemble cast headed by Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.


Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) star in Universal Pictures’ ENDLESS LOVE, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) of Fake Empire to produce the film fro…

New Trailer For ERNEST & CELESTINE

New trailer for the 2014 Academy Award® nominated ERNEST & CELESTINE, which opens in LA on February 28th and in NY on March 14th, followed by national expansion to all major US markets.



ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED – BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
WINNER LA FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION – BEST ANIMATED FEATURE


FEATURING THE VOICES OF FOREST WHITAKER, MACKENZIE FOY, LAUREN BACALL, PAUL GIAMATTI, WILLIAM H. MACY, MEGAN MULLALLY, NICK OFFERMAN, JEFFREY WRIGHT.

From the creators of Kirikou and the Sorceress, Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells comes a visually stunning, enormously entertaining new film with generation-spanning appeal.

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t …

THE QUIET ONES TEASER POSTER & TRAILER

Something unspeakable is happening to Jane Harper.

Lionsgate has just unleashed a brand new haunting TEASER POSTER for their upcoming film, THE QUIET ONES! From the producers of Let Me In and The Woman in Black, THE QUIET ONES stars Sam Claflin as a university student led by a determined professor (Jared Harris) on a quest to create a poltergeist.The exploration of a young women's dark psyche begins to unravel their sanity as they are confronted with a terrible reality. What they discovered would change history forever. Based on actual events, find out the truth behind THE QUIET ONES this Spring!

A university student (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment -- to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their san…

Food Networks Buy This Restaurant Episode One Recap

Aspiring restaurant owners take the first steps toward achieving their dreams in new Food Network series Buy This Restaurant.

With the help of commercial real estate expert Keith Simpson, each hopeful restaurateur searches to find the ideal space to launch their new business. In each episode, Keith shows each novice three different properties that could work for their restaurant concept and helps them visualize how the space can work for their business. From a turn-key operation complete with supplies but little room for creativity to a vacant, dilapidated space that needs renovation but has tons of potential, Keith helps the newbies secure the foundation to run the restaurant of their dreams.

“Owning a restaurant is the new American dream and we wanted to capture the exciting, yet crucial first steps of launching that dream into reality,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

In one episode, Keith helps Texas native, Joanie, find the best …

Da Vinci’s Demons SEASON TWO FEATURETTE

STARZ RELEASES “DA VINCI’S DEMONS” KEY ART PLUS ALL NEW SEASON TWO FEATURETTE

The Sophomore Season of the Action Adventure Series from David S. Goyer Premieres Saturday, March 22 at 9pm ET/PT

STARZ today released the official image of the key art, accompanied with a live action video version, for the anticipated second season of the historical fantasy “Da Vinci’s Demons,” an original series created by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy).

The key art showcases a freefalling Leonardo da Vinci (played by Tom Riley), as he endeavors to reach new heights like the legend of Icarus. The story of Icarus is a metaphor for da Vinci’s journey in season two of “Da Vinci's Demons,” as he continues to put himself and those he loves in danger in his unending quest for truth and knowledge.

The network also released a “New Season” sneak peak video featurette with interviews from series creator/executive producer, David S. Goyer and returning cast members Tom Riley, Laura Haddock…

Trailer For Disney's PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

The new “Courage” trailer for Disney's PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE has landed.


Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on Jul…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For ENDLESS LOVE In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For ENDLESS LOVE on February, 11 2014 at 07:30 PM in Fresno.


ENDLESS LOVE is an upcoming American romantic drama film directed by Shana Feste and co-written with Joshua Safran. A remake of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of same name and second adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel, the film stars an ensemble cast headed by Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.


Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) star in Universal Pictures’ ENDLESS LOVE, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) of Fake Empire to produce the film from writ…

The King of Comedy, The 30th Anniversary On Blu-ray March 25th

The King of Comedy, The 30th Anniversary Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro*, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard give mesmerizing performances in this “chilling black comedy” (TV Guide’s Movie Guide) that explores the painfully high and often hilarious price of fame. Desperate to be a star, struggling stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) enlists the aid of his fanatical friend Masha (Bernhard) to kidnap talk show host Jerry Langford (Lewis). The ransom? A guest spot for Pupkin. The results? Outrageous! The King of Comedy stands as Scorsese’s prophetic masterpiece which confronts a celebrity culture that “looks more disturbingly current with each passing year” (Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide).

*Actor, Raging Bull, 1980; Supporting Actor, The Godfather Part II, 1974.

Special Features
● Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Jerry Lewis
● A Shot to the Top: The Making of The King of Comedy
● Deleted And Extended Scenes
● Theatrical Trailer and…

Visit Zubrowka Film Commission From THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

On behalf of Fox Searchlight, we are pleased to share the latest interactive website celebrating their upcoming film, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. Visit the newly launched Zubrowka Film Commission for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at filming in the Republic of Zubrowka, home of the illustrious Grand Budapest Hotel and the setting of three-time Academy Award nominee Wes Anderson's latest film.

Zubrowka offers a grand destination featuring a film-friendly community, luxurious locations and free production space. Find out now how you can take advantage of all that Zubrowka has to offer, and make the beautiful country the backdrop of your next project! The new Tumblr site features a film events calendar and official assets from the upcoming film THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – including vignettes and new video content.

Visit the Zubrowka Film Commission at: http://www.zubrowkafilmcommission.com

You can also catch the latest clip from the film, featuring Bill Murray as M. Ivan as he c…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For VAMPIRE ACADEMY In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For VAMPIRE ACADEMY on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento at Century Stadium.


VAMPIRE ACADEMY is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film based on the 2007 best-selling novel Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, directed by Mark Waters and scripted by Daniel Waters. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky and Lucy Fry in lead roles.


The story features a 17-year-old Dhampir (half-human/vampire) guardian-in-training Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), and her royal Moroi (the peaceful, mortal vampires) best friend Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) living discreetly within our world, and had escaped from their boarding school St. Vladimir's Academy two years prior to the story. They are soon dragged back to the Academy and rediscovering the dangerous hierarchy within it, along with lies, rumors and secrets. Rose starts to form an attraction to her Russian dhampir mentor, Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky). The two best friends begin to realize that the th…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For ENDLESS LOVE in Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For ENDLESS LOVE on February, 11 2014 at 07:30 PM in Sacramento at Century Downtown Plaza .


ENDLESS LOVE is an upcoming American romantic drama film directed by Shana Feste and co-written with Joshua Safran. A remake of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of same name and second adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel, the film stars an ensemble cast headed by Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.


Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) star in Universal Pictures’ ENDLESS LOVE, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the romantic drama co-stars Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby and Joely Richardson. Scott Stuber and Pamela Abdy (Identity Thief) of Bluegrass Films are joined by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) of Fake Empir…