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Saturday, March 1, 2014

AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS World Premiere At CAAMFest 2014

You may not recognize the names but if your a kid like me that grew up in the 80's and 90's you are sure to recognize these faces.

The web series, AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS will be making its world premiere at CAAMFest 2014. AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS brings together some of pop culture's favorite Asian villains from the '80s and '90s in a web series to celebrate their awesomeness. The series stars Dante Basco (HOOK), Tamlyn Tomita TOMITA (KARATE KID PART 2, TRUE BLOOD), and Yuji Okumoto (KARATE KID PART 2).  You can back AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS on Kickstarter

Nonetheless, CAAMFest takes place between March 13-23 is the largest Asian and Asian American festival featuring film, food and music. There are a couple of events in our film programming that would possibly appeal to you.

Bad guys are awesome. Especially Asian ones. When we were growing up in the 80s and 90s, we’d always see hard-hitting Asian bad guys in flicks like Die Hard, Bloodsport, and Karate Kid 2. These badasses were often cooler than the heroes they fought, but they’d usually have a 2-minute lifespan before they were mortally wounded or beaten to a pulp. It really sucked that you barely saw them on screen and rarely got to know them. That got us thinking... How cool would it be to expand upon this largely ignored slice of pop culture history by following a motley crew of Asian bad guys on their own action-packed adventures? Incredibly cool, right? So we raised $54,000 on Kickstarter and made it - AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS! Join us as we celebrate their badassery!

Patrick and Stephen are two filmmakers who form the National Film Society, an upstart new media production company and YouTube channel. While shooting one of their weekly YouTube vlogs, Tamlyn Tomita breaks in and implores them to assemble the Awesome Asian Bad Guys (AABGs), a crew of old Asian movie villains, to help her avenge her sister’s murder and take down the most notorious crime boss in all of LosAngeles, Aaron Takahashi. Patrick and Stephen agree to help Tamlyn and set off to round up these old washed up actors, and after scouring all parts of Los Angeles, they end up with the legendary Al
Leong, Yuji Okumoto, George Cheung and a 9-year-old girl / martial arts prodigy named Jet Li. They reluctantly accept actor Randall Park onto their squad as well. However, as soon as the AABGs start training, everything falls apart. Old rivalries and resentment amongst the old actors come to the surface, and the infighting forces Patrick and Stephen to break up altogether.

With the mission in jeopardy, Aaron and his right-hand man, Dante Basco, accidentally shoot and seriously injure Stephen’s wife. With his own sense of vengeance, Stephen rejoins Patrick and the rest of the team.

The AABGs decide to go after Aaron at his first annual “Asian America's Got Talent” talent show, but soon find out that his plan is to kill all the Asian American talent so that he can get all of the (limited number of) Asian American TV and movie roles to himself. The AABGs must figure out a way to stop Aaron before it’s too late.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FILM SOCIETY: The National Film Society is a new media studio co-founded by filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco, who’ve decided to take their talents to YouTube. With a uniquely brainy and offbeat style, they produce original content, collaborate with talented creators and make fun of each other as much as possible. Part of PBS Digital Studios.


Dante Basco as Dante
George Cheung as George
Jasmin Currey as Jet Li
Stephen Dypiangco as Stephen
Patrick Epino as Patrick
Al Leong as Al
Yuji Okumoto as Yuji
Randall Park as Randall
Aaron Takahashi as Aaron
Tamlyn Tomita as Tamlyn


Patrick Epino
Stephen Dypiangco

Milton Liu

Stephen Dypiangco
Patrick Epino
Milton Liu
Diana Williams

Phil Yu
Devon George

Nasar Abich

Soham Mehta

Sunny Sun

Jonathan Wandag


Patrick Epino Patrick is a filmmaker and digital content producer. After writing and directing his first feature film, Mr. Sadman, starring Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Tim Kang (The Mentalist), he co-founded the National Film Society, a new media studio and PBS web series. He's also co-creator of Awesome Asian Bad Guys, an action-comedy web series crowdfunded by over $54,000 raised on Kickstarter. It was the first ever web series selected for IFP’s Film Week’s Project Forum. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Chicago and earned his MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.

Stephen Dypiangco Stephen is an independent filmmaker who writes, directs and produces narrative films, documentaries and online videos. His new media production company the National Film Society has been featured by PBS, Filmmaker Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GigaOM and Indiewire. As a Producer of Marketing and Distribution, Stephen’s recent projects include the Oscar-winning short film God of Love and the feature documentary How To Live Forever. Stephen is an alum of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and NYU’s graduate film program.

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Sneak Peak Of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Coming To ABC

An early glimpse of Marvel’s eagerly anticipated Avengers sequel will be on ABC next month.

The network will air Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, a one-hour specials that goes behind the scenes of the comic-media empire.

The special promises a “sneak peek” of an undisclosed nature from next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, plus new footage from other Marvel Studios future theatrical releases — including April’s Captain America: The Winter Solider and August’s Guardians of The Galaxy.

The show will also delve into ABC’s freshman drama Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., including new preview footage from upcoming episodes.

The docu-special promises to give viewers a “front row seat to the inception of Marvel Studios, the record-breaking films, the cultural phenomenon, and further expansion of the universe by Marvel Television.”

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

"Orphan Black” Season Two Teaser Clips

Three new teaser clips from “Orphan Black” Season Two which premieres April 19, 2014 at 9/8c, only on BBC AMERICA.

“Season 2" hits the ground running with Sarah in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira. Her scorched earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone Rachel, dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?”

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New Images From Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

New images from Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ has had the release date moved back to August 22, 2014. it was scheduled to be released this October. The movie has an all star cast in Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie King, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven and more.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is an upcoming 2014 American film and sequel to the 2005 film Sin City. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are set to direct a script co-written by them and William Monahan and primarily based on the second book in the Sin City series by Miller. One of the smaller plots of the film is based on the short story "Just Another Saturday Night", which is collected in Booze, Broads & Bullets, the fifth book in the comic series. Two original stories written by Miller were also created exclusively for the film. Sin City: A Dame to Kill

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Alamo Drafthouse & El Rey Network / FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES Premiere Episode Screening And Q&A


Premiere episode of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES hits the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse locations on Tuesday, March 11 timed to the debut on El Rey Network.

Live Q&A with El Rey Network Founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez and FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES cast hosted by Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League to follow screening and
will play in Alamo theaters and on El Rey Network's YouTube channel.

El Rey Network and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are excited to announce the premiere episode of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES on the big screen in nine Alamo Drafthouse theaters around the country timed to its El Rey Network debut on Tuesday, March 11 at 9PM ET/8PM CT. Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO, will host a Q&A with Robert Rodriguez and the cast of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES following the premiere and screenings. The Q&A will be live at the Austin theater, while simultaneously streaming to all eight of the other Alamo theaters and on the El Rey Network YouTube channel. The 30-minute Q&A will begin at 10PM ET/9PM CT..

El Rey Network and Alamo Drafthouse are proud to be collaborating to bring a unique experience to fans nationwide, whether watching from home or on the big screen.
Created and executive produced by cable network Founder and Chairman, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and based on the cult classic film of the same name, the 10-episode, hour-long series is El Rey Network's first scripted original.

The international cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State, Identity); Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Nash Bridges); Madison Davenport (Save Me, Shameless);
Lane Garrison (Bonnie & Clyde, Prison Break); Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The X-Files); and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender's Game, Incredible Crew).

"Robert's been such an inspiration to so many young filmmakers to make movies on their own terms," says Alamo founder/CEO Tim League. "I am proud to be able to support Robert as he now takes on television with his same indefatigable DIY spirit."

"I'm thrilled for El Rey Network to partner with my favorite theater in the world, Alamo Drafthouse, for this exciting opportunity to bring the premiere episode of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES to the big screen," said Robert Rodriguez, El Rey Network Founder and Chairman. "El Rey brings cinematic television to our audience and these events allow fans to enjoy our iconic original series in the theater and at home."

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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES will premiere as the first original on Rodriguez'sEl Rey Network Tuesday, March 11 at 9 pm ET.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES is centered around bank robber, Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.

About Alamo Drafthouse:
Alamo Drafthouse is an entertainment brand comprised of the acclaimed cinema-eatery chain, the largest genre film festival in the United States and a collectible art gallery. Named "the best theater ever" by Time Magazine, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed "The Geek Telluride" by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of offbeat cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse's collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including the launch of Drafthouse Films, a new film distribution label and plans to extend its theaters and unique programming philosophy to additional markets across the United States. More information about Alamo Drafthouse franchise opportunities are available on the official website www.drafthouse.com.

About El Rey Network:
El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network will unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed lineup is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action and horror/sci-fi programming. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Communications Inc.

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"Those Who Kill" Premieres Monday, March 3rd

A&E Network's newest original series "Those Who Kill" premieres Monday, March 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

"Those Who Kill" is based on the Danish crime series format inspired by the bestselling work of author Elsebeth Egholm, the thrilling drama follows Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny, Big Love, Boys Don’t Cry), a recently promoted homicide detective who tracks down serial killers. Motivated by her past, including the disappearance of her brother and the suspicion that her stepfather is a serial killer, she often finds herself emotionally connected to the victims she’s investigating. Jensen enlists the help of Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy, Hitchcock, Cloud Atlas), a forensic psychologist who has a tumultuous relationship with the police department, to provide insight into her cases and her personal investigation into her stepfather. He too finds himself deeply connected to each case, but often through the killer, which proves to be a hazardous undertaking.

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BEAT BOBBY FLAY Premieres March 6th At 10pm ET/PT


Eight-Episode Series Premieres Thursday, March 6th at 10pm ET/PT

Skilled chefs compete for the opportunity to cook against culinary master Bobby Flay in the new eight-episode competition series Beat Bobby Flay, premiering Thursday, March 6th at 10pm ET/PT. The action starts with two talented cooks going head-to-head in a culinary battle using an ingredient of Bobby’s choice, in front of a studio audience and a rotating cast of special guests, whose goal is to pick the challenger with the skills to potentially Beat Bobby Flay. The winner proceeds to round two for the ultimate food face-off against Bobby – but with an advantage: the contender makes their signature dish, and Bobby has only minutes to come up with his own interpretation of the dish. After a blind taste test, a panel of judges ultimately decides if the challenger has the chops to Beat Bobby Flay or if Bobby’s food reigns supreme.

“Beat Bobby Flay aired as a special last year and viewers were immediately hooked. The show is fun and compelling – a heart racing competition with high expertise, infectious energy and a sense of humor, just like the man himself, “said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

In each thirty-minute, two-round episode, Bobby is joined by two culinary contenders who think they have what it takes to Beat Bobby Flay, along with a rotating cast of special guest duos who know him well. The visiting chefs compete against each other in round one using an ingredient of Bobby’s choice – and it’s the special guest’s job to hand pick the contestant they believe can defeat him in his own kitchen. In round two, the winning chef battles Bobby with a distinct advantage – the challenger makes their signature dish, which will not be revealed to Bobby until the beginning of the round, and he must immediately come up with his own version. A judging panel then determines the winner based on a blind taste test. Special guests include Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, Eden Grinshpan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Simon Majumdar, Jack McDavid, Mo Rocca, Michael Symon, Justin Warner, Jonathan Waxman and Ali Wentworth.

Beat Bobby Flay is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown more than 10 times and is now the second largest monthly magazine on the newsstand, with over 11.6 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com), is the manager and general partner.

Season One – Episode Descriptions

Airs Monday, March 3rd at 10pm (all times ET/PT) – SNEAK PEEK
“Welcome to New York!”

Louisville chef Anthony Lamas and Washington D.C. chef Jennifer Nguyen bring the battle to the Big Apple for a chance to Beat Bobby Flay. In their corner, Bobby’s own mentor, chef Jonathan Waxman and Food Network’s Sunny Anderson, are gunning for the best chef to take him down. Will one of these chefs get to say “I Beat Bobby Flay”?

Airs Thursday, March 6th at 10pm – SEASON PREMIERE
“Farmer and the Belle”

Georgian “Chefarmer” Matthew Raiford and Bostonian chef Karen Akunowicz compete for the chance to take on New York’s own Bobby Flay. Battle-savvy special guests, Iron Chef Michael Symon and food expert Simon Majumdar, dish out their advice to Beat Bobby Flay at his own game.

Airs Thursday, March 13th at 10pm – EPISODE PREMIERE
“Old Dog, New Tricks”

It’s an East Coast battle as New Yorker Brian Tsao and Maryland’s Adam Harvey duke it out for their chance to knock Bobby off his throne. Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Food Network star Anne Burrell try to whip these contenders into shape as only one of them will get the opportunity to take on Bobby Flay.

Airs Thursday, March 20th at 10pm – EPISODE PREMIERE
“Fighting Irish”

Cancer survivor Steven McHugh of San Antonio goes head to head with 6’7” former rock star from Boston Brian Young, each hoping they have the chops to outcook Bobby Flay. Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis and Cooking Channel’s Mo Rocca do their best to beef up the competition for battle, and hopefully, Beat Bobby Flay!

Airs Thursday, March 27th at 10pm – EPISODE PREMIERE
“Beauty and the Feast”

Upstate farm girl Rochelle Bilow turned Brooklynite takes on city boy and fellow New Yorker Paul Denamiel for the ultimate prize: the opportunity to take on Bobby Flay. Who better to guide them into battle than Cooking Channel’s Eden Grinshpan and Food Network Star winner Justin Warner? The competition heats up as these chefs compete to Beat Bobby Flay!

Airs Thursday, April TBD at 10pm – EPISODE PREMIERE
“Eat, Flay, Love”

New York catering queen Kimberly Van Klein takes on the king of his own culinary castle, Miami’s Christopher Lee, for the chance to enter the ring with Bobby Flay. Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and down-home chef Jack McDavid stop by to see how the competition measures up. Which chef has what it takes to Beat Bobby Flay?

Airs Thursday, April TBD at 10pm – EPISODE PREMIERE
“Up In Smoke!”
Chef Kamal Rose of New York and chef Shannon Bard of Portland, ME jump out of the frying pan and into Bobby Flay’s kitchen. Iron chef Michael Symon and comedian Ali Wentworth let the competition sizzle before deciding who has the best chance to take Bobby down in flames!

Airs Thursday, April TBD at 10pm – EPISODE PREMIERE
“Old School/New School”

It’s old school versus new school as experienced Maryland chef Andrew Evans battles newcomer Brooke Mallory from Dallas for the chance to go head to head with Bobby Flay. Food Network star Scott Conant and food

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TV Recap: Vikings: "Brother's War"

TV Recap: Vikings: "Brother's War"
By: Sue

Vikings finally comes back tonight, and the second season promises to be just as intense as the previous one. The forces of King Horik and Jarl Borg are set in motion to meet over a simple dispute, and Ragnar still has no clue which side his brother Rollo's allegiance lies. This promises to be a very bloody start.

Ragnar does not believe that Rollo would betray him, but Floki points out that he does not need a reason to betray him to do it. Rollo is preforming unspeakable acts as Ragnar waits, unaware that he is doing just that. The horn sounds, and Ragnar sees with a line of warriors set against him that Floki was right all along.

Rollo is all chummy with the enemy, and Ragnar sends a rider out to him. One Eye delivers a message to Rollo, speaking of brotherhood, and letting him know that it's not too late. Rollo tells him that he shall answer with blood, gauntlet thrown, the two factions line up prepared to clash. It's to be brother against brother. Rollo is an utter brute as expected, but Ragnar's forces are no slouches. It's a violent and blood affair as the two sides meet head on with spears and axes in hand. Floki goes to meet Rollo head on, and in the end, he fights against his once friend with Jarl Borg. The pair team up and bring Floki down, but One Eye comes to his rescue. He's forced to take up a spear against the much larger Rollo, and Rollo disarms him, and drives his weapon through him. Seeing Rollo's disgusting display, Ragnar faces his own brother. But Rollo cannot bring himself to kill his own, and he drops his weapon, falling upon his knees. His act of surrender ends the battle. An offer of profits is given by King Horik to end the war, but Jaral Borg refuses it. Ragnar is tired of the petty disputes, why fight over this small bit of land, when they could seek land out west. That offer is accepted, and Ragnar throws Gyda's death in Rollo's face.

The men return home, but it's not a happy reunion for all. Ragnar reports to his family, Siggy and Athelstan that One Eye died, and that Floki may as well. Lagertha sees that it was his choice that lead to this. Ragnar will not take the whole blame though. And worse, she asks him who Aslaug is. Ragnar wants to know what Bjorn has told her, and he doesn't want to air his dirty laundry. Lagertha flies off the handle, and dishes go ying in private. Ragnar admits that he had sex with Princess Aslaug once, and he asks how to make it up to her. She tells him not to see him again, and he easily agrees to his wife's request.

Bjorn wonders why things are so turbulent between his parents all the time, and Ragnar tells him its not an easy thing. He asks about Rollo, but a committee will decide his fate. Ragnar distracts his son with an English coin.

Siggy goes to visit Rollo, but he's closed off, unwilling to open up to her. Rollo prepares for his sentence. All expected that Rollo would have died in battle, would have been killed for his betrayal. When he fell upon his knees and asked for his brother's mercy, the Gods let him live, and so he shall.

Rollo meets his brother on the docks. He wanted to step out of his brother's shadow, thought he could. Siggy finds Rollo packing and preparing to leave. He's betrayed everyone and there was no point in staying. She's hurt that he was going to leave without saying goodbye to her. He has nothing to offer her, and yet, she wants him no less. He believes it would have been better for everyone if he had been executed, but Siggy sees that this second chance is the Gods' gift, his chance for redemption, for Valhalla.

Ragnar comes to say a proper goodbye to his daughter, Gyda, who he lost too soon. His heart breaks with her loss, and his world becomes a little more dark. He falls asleep upon the beach , awoken by his son when a ship arrives. It is Princess Aslaug and she is heavy with child, the shit is about to hit the fan, so much for promises. His wife is not pleased to hear of her arrival, and Ragnar tries to assure her that he did not ask for her to come. Seeing Aslaug pregnant does not please her one bit, there will be no getting rid of Aslaug so easily now. At dinner Lagertha tries to get to know the princess, who seems to come from a very famous lineage, and is very boastful. Lagertha is equally proud of her heritage and does not make apologies from coming from a line of farmers. The princess tries to point out her time she spent with the Bjorn, but he doesn't want any bond with her. Oooh Lagertha looks pissed, and its not likely the dishes that take the brunt of her anger. Ragnar doesn't look too thrilled to be between the women, nor should he with his very fiery wife who has every reason to be pissed.

Bjorn doesn't understand why Ragnar does not make Aslaug leave, but she's carrying his child so he will not. Ragnar points out that Bjorn is too serious a child, and the right thing does not always mean happiness.

Lagertha worries over Aslaug's arrival. She knew of Ragnar's infidelity, but she was not prepared for a baby. The woman is clearly different from the rest of them, and that worries her too.

Bjorn and Ragnar visit Floki, luckily he's still alive. Floki must get stronger, there are boats to be made, and places to visit. Floki regains enough strength to join the group for dinner. Aslaug prepares a meal, and Lagertha is taken by surprise. Lagertha admits that she did not think that Aslaug could cook, and she admits that she cannot. Ragnar thinks to bring the women together to form a happy little household, but although Aslaug agrees that she thinks it could work, Lagertha looks like anything but compliant. In bed Ragnar tells Lagertha that she must accept Aslaug because of his child, but that's the last think that she wants. She's not the kind of girl who's willing to play second fiddle, or share what is hers.

Lagertha prepares for a lengthy journey. Floki and Arne seem surprised that she would actually go, and Arne tries to convince Bjorn to remain with his father. Lagertha leaves the choice in the child's hand, and he breaks her heart choosing his father. Siggy embraces her for the last time, and she leaves. Ragnar arrives unaware that his wife has left. He chases after her cart, angered that she is abandoning him. His insult is too much, and divorce her only option. Bjorn catches up to them, and he too has decided to leave. Ragnar may have won the battle, but he just lost the war, everything he sought so hard to protect is now gone. Ragnar returns home to his princess and his cold empty home.

Don't count Lagertha out though. She may have left, but she's not gone, Princess Aslaug should sleep with one eye open.

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300: Rise Of An Empire Get To Know Villains

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE that takes a look at the villains in this upcoming movie.

300: Rise Of An Empire is an upcoming 2014 American fantasy action film directed by Noam Murro. It is a follow-up to the 2007 film 300, taking place before, during, and after the events of that film. Zack Snyder, who directed and co-wrote the original film, acts as writer and producer on Rise of an Empire

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TV Recap: Reign "Royal Blood"

TV Recap: Reign "Royal Blood"
By: Sue

Oooh Reign was out for a little while on a hiatus, and they took that chance to add some major sexy to their intro.

Clarissa is still lurking around the castle with the bag on her head, looking through her mother’s things. She finds some locks of hair from all the family members, when she’s interrupted by a maid getting busy with some nobleman, and Clarissa watches.

Mary missed her morning ride with Bash. She’s been worried again, far too tenderhearted as usual. This time she worries about the princes, should Bash be legitimized then they will no longer be princes. She wants to take the boys to a nearby town to enjoy their day. On the carriage ride in, the boys are spotted, and the villagers go mad at the sight of Medici Princes.

The maid stumbles upon Clarissa, and she kills her.

Mary tells Catherine about the incident. She knows that when Bash is legitimized that the boys will be in more danger. That Henry will be busy with his new bride, that she will lose her head, that the boys will be orphans. Should that all come to pass Mary tells her that she will raise the boys as her own, that she never intended to hurt Catherine’s family, that she is doing all of this to save Francis. She even tells her that she wishes to help Clarissa, that Clarissa helped her. Catherine bitterly tells her that Clarissa is more animal than anything else, that she should be put down.

Clarissa watches her brothers play, upset that even her mask is broken. Nothing about her is right. She pulls a lock from her own head, and wraps a ribbon around it, like the rest of the locks in Catherine’s box. Someone is about to take a jaunt into crazytown.

Bash and Mary go to Lord Hugo to see how to keep the biys safe. Hugo has suddenly change sides, and remains as ruthless as ever, going so far as to hint that the death of the boys would be his best option. He tells them that sooner or later blood will be spilled, and that none of them are safe. Bash knows that what Hugo says is true, that they should be sent away for their safety. Mary points out that she was sent to a nunnery and was not safer. Bash wishes to give them a chance to grow up without fear, but Mary forbids him from forcing away, willing to use her title to get her way. Not exactly the way to handle things with the man you plan to spend your life with.

Lola goes to find her brother in a den of sin. She gives the proprietor money for her brother’s release, but the money is not enough. She offers more money, but he wants something more. He wants into the lovely Lola’s skirts.

Nostradamus comes to visit Catherine, Bible in hand. He tells her to seek absolution for her sins, making a big scene in front of her guards. She wishes for death, even by her own hands, and tells him to leave if he will not help her. He leaves the book for her.

It’s snowing, and Francis has quite the surprise. Since the boys were not able to go the village and enjoy the frost, he brings the children to them so that they can have a normal life. Mary is quite pleased with Bash’s thoughtfulness.

The proprietor makes it clear that he wants nothing more than for a chance to have Lola, something that only noblemen have a chance with. In walks Francis, he offers four times the debt for the girl all on a cut of the cards. Francis loses the first cut, and offers to double it. The proprietor taunts him to sixteen times the amount, and Francis willingly takes the bet. The proprietor draws a queen, but Francis comes out on top with a King, and wins the girl. He and Lola quickly make their getaway.

Kenna agrees with mary about having the princes stay home, and even Greer cannot argue as they watch the boys play. The pair notice a man lurking in the shadows, but then Henry falls. Kenna goes to help him up and finds that it is not the prince at all. Bash orders all the children to remove their masks, and they find that the princes are gone. Mary barks out orders to find boys, but it was all a ruse on Bash’s part. He had them “kidnapped” so he could get them out of the city. The man that Kenna and Greer spotted was detained, he has planned to kill the boys, wanting all Medici’s to die.

The boys are taken from their wagon hiding place, but they weren’t the only thing smuggled out of the castle. Clarissa followed the boys. Henry asks why she’s wearing the driver’s cloak, and she tells them that they’re going to be a family from now on.

Lola thanks Francis for saving her. She’s chased after her brother all over the countryside, bailing him out. Francis understands both sides. He understands being adrift, and being betrayed by a brother he loved. He knows that Mary believed she was trying to save his life, and that Bash had his own reasons as well. Lola tells him that he was lucky to have escaped the court, and that his heart will mend eventually.

The guard struggles to open Catherine’s cell and Nostradamus helps him to break down the door. Once inside they find Catherine has hung herself. Nostradamus prompts the guard into action. He takes Catherine away to revive her, telling the man that Henry wanted her death to be a spectacle. The hanging was a ruse, luckily the item Nostradamus hid in the Bible held her weight. She prepares to leave, but Nostradamus breaks the news that the princes are missing, but assures her that Bash is looking for them. Catherine is not going to runaway when the boys are missing.

Mary learns of that the boys are missing, and she’s even more angry with Bash. He tells her that there was a body hidden in the passage way near the queen’s chambers, and they were found with Catherine’s box of locks. Catherine surprises Mary, and Mary puts the pieces together, seeing Clarissa’s lock of hair wrapped around the boys’. Catherine asks if Bash’s tracking skills are as good as Francis always said, and Mary has to agree they are. The two women team up to get Bash and find the boys before Clarissa does something that cannot be undone.

Lola wakes in Francis’s arms. She stumbles about mumbling about wine and late night talking. She thanks him for his help. And he thanks her for treating him like a normal person. He feels emptiness over all of his life’s privileges. She feels the same, being rich and pampered is hard work. He kisses her, and she worries about Mary and his feelings for her. He tells her there is nothing between him and Mary any longer, and the two quickly jump into bed. So much for loving Mary, his broken heart was mended far too quickly.

Bash and the group catch up with where the Driver was last with the boys. He tells Catherine that if the boys are not the perfect picture of health that he’ll be the one that needs to be restrained. Mary finds one of Henry’s mittens, and Mary, Bash and Catherine goes after the boys. Clarissa plans to have the boys drown themselves, telling them to fill their pockets with rocks and then they’ll go swimming. Mary, Bash and Catherine find the boys before they can carry out Clarissa’s plan. Henry gets away, but Charles is caught by Clarissa and held at knife point. Mary tries to reason with her, but she does not listen to her, and even Catherine tries to. Mary is forced to take matters into her own hands when Clarissa gets rough with Charles, and smashes her over the head with a rock.

Clarissa is gone, and Catherine has to go back to her cell. She tells the princes that Mary will take good care of them. Mary finally understands that Catherine was out of the tower before she knew of the boys’ disappearance, that she gave up her chance of freedom to make sure they were found. Catherine tells her that she has her to thank for all of her boys’ lives, and thanks her for killing Clarissa, that she’s in a better place now, and her mother will join her soon enough.

Bash saw to the boys getting settled in. He tells her that there will be more guards around the boys, and that they will keep them close to protect them. Mary isn’t angry over his failed attempt to send them away, in fact it’s made her realize something else. Safe choices don’t make them safe. Mary tells Bash that she wants him to marry her today. Waiting has given them nothing, and by getting married now it forces the Pope’s hand to legitimize him. He tells her that she could be stuck with a landless husband, but she doesn’t care, it’s a chance she’s willing to take. He turns her down, and shows her the correct way to propose, and every Bash loving heart leaps for joy. Mary happily accepts.

Lola and Francis prepare their goodbyes thinking that they’ll never see each other again. The proprietor chimes in, telling her to deliver a message for him. He wants a coin thrown back at the queen, knowing that she’ll be beheaded soon. He tells Lola that if she returns the coin with the queen’s blood on it he’ll give her a fortune in game play. Francis asks Lola if she knew of the Kings plan to execute the Queen for infidelity, and Lola tells him she had no clue. Francis thought he would never return to his father’s court, but he can’t let him execute the queen, hmmm, things are about to get awkward when Francis returns with Lola.

Two guardsmen fail to bury Clarissa, not wanting to bother fighting against the cold frozen ground to dig a grave. They throw her body down the hill, thinking that its good enough. Of course it’s not good enough, and like any good villain she’ll be back.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Son Of God Review. It’s Beautiful & Certainly Moving

Son Of God Review
By: Sue

From the producers behind the Bible miniseries, comes Son of God, an adaptation of the bible, focusing on the life of Jesus. It’s beautiful and certainly moving. Though it lacks the polish expected of a big screen production, it’s very big tale more than makes up for it. Glossing over many of the more supernatural details and miracles, Son of God chooses instead to focus on the political machinations that paved the way to the crucifixion.

John (Sebastian Knapp) plays the part of narrator, opening with a line from the book of John, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God". A quick montage of the Old Testament follows, highlighting the big moments: the garden of Eden, David and Goliath, Moses, Noah, and culminates with the birth of Jesus and Jesus (Diogo Morgado) bringing together his Apostles.

Peter (Darwin Shaw) is the only Apostle that any time is spent on as Jesus speaks to him in his metaphors, and shows him the power of belief. The remaining Apostles are gathered without much fan fare, and some of the more well known moments in the life of Jesus are touched upon: Jesus teaching the Beatitudes, walking on the water, the feeding of the multitude, and raising Lazarus from the dead.

As Jesus multiplies his followers, jealousy and misconceptions are fostered. His assurances of a better life are twisted into thoughts that he’ll lead a Jewish uprising against the Pontius Pilate (Greg Hicks), never minding that his message is that of Peace. Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey has a dark foreboding tone as the Roman Militants look on and the high priest Caiaphas (Adrian Schiller) plot against him.

The Last Supper and His betrayal by Judas (Joe Wredden) are played with careful detail, setting up the pivotal piece to the final act. Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and his capture to the crucifixion are unforgettable reminders of His suffering and sacrifice for mankind, and some of the hardest scenes to watch. The reluctant release of Pharisee best showcases the Roman’s loathing of Jesus’ sentence. Pontius Pilate no more wants the man killed, than he wants to fail before his Caesar, there are high stakes for all involved. Most of the blame falls upon Caiaphas head, who fears the power of Jesus more than he does the Romans, but he claims to be doing this for the people. The walk leading up to crucifixion is almost unbearable as more suffrage is inflicted upon Jesus on his march, but bears it with no ill will, never once putting up a fight, but accepting his fate. While the violence is certainly present, it doesn’t feel overly gratuitous. There is blood but it doesn’t cross the line into gore. The crucifixion brought tears to the eyes of nearly every person in the room. Of course no story of the Son of God would be complete without His resurrection, and it is done in high fashion.

Diogo Morgado, portrayed a very relatable Jesus. He was equal parts charismatic, and accessible; showing both strength and vulnerability to doubt and fear. Darwin Shaw’s Peter wonderfully depicted his struggle with complete faith.

While the film reached for the scale of an action epic; the editing made it feel made for the small screen. The movie does not follow the Bible word for word, but is more of a cliff notes version. It is sure to open up discussions, and rereading of the source material. One big omission from the story is that of Satan, even in the garden there is no mention or depiction of him. Perhaps this was after all the kerfuffle sparked during The Bible miniseries, but it doesn’t make the overall story feel any less powerful.

The performances were inspiring, the locales exotic, even the special effects were good but it was the rich orchestral score that stood out. Done by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer they inspired, and tugged at the heart strings. The music was utterly captivating, intensifying the emotions as good music should. Even Cee-Lo Green’s song Mary Did You Know was both beautiful and moving playing during the movie end credits while scenes both in the movie, and not played.

It’s been ten years since The Passion of the Christ, a major motion picture about Jesus' life was released, but the Son of God was certainly worth the wait. Son of God arrives in theaters February 28, 2014

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Non-Stop Review. Delicious Fun Wrapped Up In 20-Minute Morsels Of Mayhem

Non-Stop Review
By: MattInRC

The action thriller Non-Stop is delicious fun wrapped up in 20-minute morsels of mayhem.

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

We love us some Liam Neeson. From Schindler's List and Batman Begins to The Grey, Neeson's been a rock-steady diet on our movie menu for more than two decades. But in the last few years, the actor who we first enjoyed in Excalibur has been a hurting soul. After the death of his wife in 2011, Neeson has thrown himself into his work, producing memorable fare that's also shed a greater light on what it means to lose someone close due to tragedy. His newest film Non-Stop wraps a genuinely good performance with enough high-altitude madness to make us reconsider flying First Class.

When US Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) learns of a diabolical effort to murder passengers aboard a non-stop flight to London, he must root out the suspect before the clock ticks 20 minutes. The suspect has promised Marks that someone will meet a terrible end every 20 minutes until they receive a $150 million ransom. But finding them won't be easy, as the suspect has considered every angle, forcing Marks and the passengers into a deadly standoff. As the clock counts down, Marks must use all of his assets, including the unsuspecting Jen (Julianne Moore), who herself is a passenger running out of time.

Non-Stop is not your average action-thriller - oh sure, there's the unbelievable climax that seems to be in every Neeson cheap flick of late, taking back a bit of the credit we've given it along the way. But there's also tenderness and regret in Neeson's performance, almost as if this particular version of himself has been deep asleep, waiting for a chance to come out. From the opening scene, we can feel the cloud over Bill as he takes a slug of liquor from a coffee cup, almost as if the loss of his real-life wife Natasha Richardson is still forefront on his mind. Later, we learn just how distraught our hero is, increasing our appreciation for his character even more when one of the many twists from Writers John W. Richardson and Christopher Roach arrives to smack us in the face. It's a smart script, filled with just enough comedic interludes while moving the plot forward with sharp dialogue to keep the tension up. Our creative team keeps us guessing at the suspects, including Marks himself. But it's those 20-minute countdowns that really establish the film's heart, wrapping us into its diabolical web of lies and deceit, before someone else dies and the process starts all over. There's also a pretty stinging commentary on the role of the press in the 24-hour news cycle, but you'll almost miss that as Bill and the rest of the crew conflict, conspire, and ultimately work together to save the plane.

But the script also works in small ways as well. As the passengers and crew descend into chaos, Bill is the rock-steady Marshall who also admits his faults in an impressive Mea Culpa, and his relationship with a young flier instantly transforms the broken father into a kind-hearted one. Neeson takes these duties on like a pro, also serving up a couple of brutal action pieces, particularly in one of the small restrooms. Director Jaume Collet-Serra picks the one area of the plane to make the most impact, instantly establishing it as one of the best fight pieces ever, due entirely to the cramped spaces. He also brings out the best aspects of the veteran Moore, letting her and Neeson accuse before bringing her story to the forefront in a decent and honorable way. Also, check out the way Collet-Serra uses text messages and plane-themed visuals to great effect. Composer John Ottman's compact score also has its pretty moments, and it's an enjoyable heartbeat to a story that's well-executed on many levels.

Non-Stop isn't an award winner by far, as its climax really forces us to make some assumptions about explosives and the chances of an aircraft actually being able to set down without tearing itself apart from the force. But those issues are forgivable and ultimately aren't the center of the story anyways. This is a pretty well-built courtroom action thriller set at 30,000 feet, with a bad guy whose motives aren't entirely based on money.

Surprising on many levels, Non-Stop is better than Taken by a long-shot. Neeson breathes real regret into this one, but the brutality of key moments and strong supporting performances are also worth mentioning. This is a definite opening day To-Do, so long as you suspend reality going in - you'll thank yourself for exhibiting such ignorance. Non-Stop is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references, and has runtime of 106 minutes.

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FX Limited Series "Fargo" Teaser Clips Featuring Billy Bob Thornton

Academy Award® winning writer/producer and Academy Award and Golden Globe® Award nominated actor Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to star in the FX limited series Fargo, an adaptation of the classic Academy Award winning feature film of the same title by Joel & Ethan Coen, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions. Production begins this fall in Canada and the series is slated to premiere next spring on FX.

Thornton will play “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.

Thornton won the Academy Award for Outstanding Screenplay for Sling Blade, for which he also was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for A Simple Plan. He has four Golden Globe acting nominations for The Man Who Wasn’t There, A Simple Plan, Bandits, and Bad Santa.

A 10-episode limited series inspired by the film, FX’s Fargo will feature an all-new “true crime” story, with the series following a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that has made the film an enduring classic. Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Executive Producers are Joel & Ethan Coen, Warren Littlefield, and Geyer Kosinski. Fargo is produced by FX Productions and MGM Television.

Fargo, released in 1996, was nominated for seven Academy Awards® and won for Best Original Screenplay for Joel & Ethan Coen and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. It was named as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies by the American Film Institute. A wildly unique blend of comedy, drama and thriller, the film starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant Minnesota police chief pursuing two bumbling criminals hired by a car salesman to kidnap his wife.

Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein (30 Rock) will direct the premiere hour Fargo. An Emmy-winner for his work on 30 Rock, Adam Bernstein is a veteran television director whose credits also include Breaking Bad, House of Lies, Californication, Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara, Scrubs, Bored to Death and Rescue Me. Bernstein will also serve as executive producer on the premiere episode.

Last year, FX announced that it would be producing miniseries and limited series through FX Productions. The network has had tremendous success with traditional drama series, with most of its dramas running seven seasons. By entering the limited series business, FX can produce dramatic programs that have shorter runs – one, two or three seasons – and offer talented filmmakers more freedom.

FX Productions is also in production on the limited series Wayward Pines for FOX. A limited series from M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines stars Matt Dillon and Carla Gugino. It begins production in August in Vancouver and is slated to premiere in summer of 2014.

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Disney/Marvel & Netflix Head To New York To Begin Filming

Late last year, the news arrived that Disney/Marvel and Netflix had struck an enticing pact to produce four linked 13-part superhero series around the characters Daredevil (which the company had recently regained control over), Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, AKA The Defenders. Today the New York governor’s office announced that instead of trying to fake grimy corners of the Big Apple in Los Angeles or Canada, the shows will be shot in and around the city thanks to a tax deal.

The ambitious series, which features Cabin In The Woods man Drew Goddard writing and overseeing Daredevil and Twilight veteran Melissa Rosenberg tapped to guide the Jessica Jones series so far, plans to show the four heroes’ stories across their separate 13-episode runs before combining them for an eight episode miniseries crossover, making it 60 episodes in total.

“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” said Governor Cuomo in the statement. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”

With filming on the various series set to kick off this summer, the plan will apparently bring around a thousand jobs to the city including 400 full-time gigs. It’s the biggest film or TV project ever attempted in the city, which means previous record holders Marc Webb and the Amazing Spider-Man team will really have to go some to beat that when the third film kicks off production.

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"Girls" Actor Adam Driver Up For Villian Role In Star Wars: Episode VII

Adam Driver is ready to travel to a galaxy far, far, away.

Sources tell Variety that while no deal is done yet, the “Girls” actor is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.

Driver, 30, is the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and LucasFilm’s highly-anticipated “Star Wars” installment, which will open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

The big-budget tentpole, directed by J.J. Abrams, is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month.

“Star Wars: Episode VII” will continue the Jedi saga where “Return of the Jedi” left off.

Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk and LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.

Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks, the Indiana native has become Disney and LucasFilms’ top choice to play the main villain.

The delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with “Star Wars” and his HBO show “Girls.” Sources say it’s not just Season 4 that was the hangup, but also future seasons, since future “Star Wars” installments could also coincide with upcoming seasons of the HBO Lena Dunham comedy.

Sources are now telling Variety that scheduling issues have been resolved and that a deal should be finalized in the coming days.

Abrams recently announced that the script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan was finished and that they would begin zeroing in on casting decisions soon. Michael Arndt wrote the original draft, with Kasdan and Abrams taking over last fall.

Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role.

The studio had no comment on the cast.

While Driver has received acclaim for his role on “Girls,” he has become more in demand for high-profile features lately. The actor is currently filming Warner Bros.’ “Midnight Special” and is also attached to Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

Disney has been quickly ramping up the “Star Wars” universe since buying LucasFilm for $4 billion in October, 2012. In addition to the “Star Wars” films, the studio is developing theme park attractions, TV shows and an extensive line of merchandise.

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David Fincher In Talks To Direct Steve Jobs Film

Based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography, the film would reteam Fincher with "Social Network" writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin.

David Fincher already has tackled one Silicon Valley billionaire in Mark Zuckerberg. Now, the Social Network director is poised to take on the late Steve Jobs for Sony.

Fincher is in early talks to helm the untitled film based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple co-founder, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. If a deal comes together, the film would reunite the director with Oscar-winning Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin, who recently finished the adaptation, and Social Network producer Scott Rudin. Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady also are producing.

Like Zuckerberg, Jobs was a complicated visionary who became a polarizing figure. Under Jobs' watch, Apple revolutionized several businesses, including personal computers, music, computer-generated animation and mobile phones. In the process, he became known as one of the greatest innovators of his generation. At the same time, he was unapologetic about his difficult personality, was at one point ousted at Apple and was criticized for the company's harsh treatment of workers in China who assembled Apple products.

Jobs' life already has inspired one big-screen feature: Open Road's 2011 film Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher, which grossed just $35 million worldwide. But the Sorkin-penned project is considered a much more high-profile project due to the pedigree of those involved and the popularity of Isaacson's book, for which he obtained unrivaled access to Jobs during the last years of his life.

Sony boarded the project in October 2011, just weeks after Jobs succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Sorkin began writing the script in 2012, though he also has been heavily involved in his HBO series The Newsroom. No actor is attached yet, though the chance to play Jobs for Fincher and Sorkin likely would pique the interest of many A-list stars. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is participating in the film as a consultant.

Fincher is a notoriously picky director who can go years between film projects. He last directed Sony’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which Rudin produced. Though the 2011 film was well received and earned more than $200 million worldwide, it never spawned a second and third chapter, as originally planned.
He recently finished shooting the Fox/New Regency mystery Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn’s best-seller. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star. Fincher also just launched season two of the critically acclaimed Netflix series House of Cards, which he executive produces.

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Repentance Trailer Starring Forest Whitaker & Anthony Mackie

Repentance is a psychological thriller film directed by Philippe Caland and starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps, Nicole Ari Parker and Sanaa Lathan. The film is set for limited release in US theaters on February 28, 2014

Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He's parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the "untimely" death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach.

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"We’re Doing A Sequel" Trailer For MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Hear “We’re Doing a Sequel,” the opening number from Disney’s MUPPETS MOST WANTED, in the new trailer on iTunes Trailers & Disney.com

Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit the Frog—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, “Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014.

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DIVERGENT Tickets On Sale March 4th


Those Who Purchase Tickets on March 4th will Receive a Free Download of Veronica Roth’s Novel*

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Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, announced today that advance tickets for the action adventure DIVERGENT will go on sale beginning Tuesday, March 4th at 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST. Moviegoers who purchase advance tickets before March 21st on Fandango or MovieTickets.com will have the opportunity to be entered in to a sweepstakes for the chance to win a walk-on role in the film’s sequel INSURGENT. Additionally, those who purchase tickets online through Fandango and MovieTickets.com on the first day they are on sale – March 4th only – will receive a free download of the book Divergent.*

DIVERGENT will be released in theatres and IMAX® nationwide on Friday, March 21, 2014. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Kate Winslet, and is directed by Neil Burger from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor.

DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.

In the sequel to DIVERGENT, INSURGENT continues the journey of Tris Prior as war now looms. Sides will be chosen, secrets will emerge, and to uncover the truth about her world, Tris must be stronger than ever because shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead. INSURGENT is scheduled for release on March 20, 2015.

The Divergent book series was written by Veronica Roth and has already sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The Divergent books have topped the New York Times best-seller list since the first novel was published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in April 2011, and the three books ranked one-two-three on the USA Today best-seller list for 2013. Divergent was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. She followed her first novel with Insurgent, which also rose to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list and Allegiant, the third book in the series, set a HarperCollins record when it was released in October 2013.

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The Must-Own Movie of the Year Arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 15 and Digital HD™ April 1st

Experience the Critically-Acclaimed Adventure on Stunning Blu-rayTM and Receive A Collectible Gift with Purchase from Shutterfly

Dare to live your dreams! Get Ready To Let Life In. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will take movie-lovers on an uplifting adventure when THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY debuts on Blu-rayTM and DVD April 15 and Digital HDTM April 1- perfectly timed for Easter gifting! Led by director Ben Stiller and an all-star cast, the film has been hailed by critics worldwide – THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY is a must-own for every collection.

With sweeping cinematography and stellar performances THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, tells the story of a timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams and when a negative goes missing must embark on an incredible true-life adventure.

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With stand-out performances from Ben Stiller (Night At The Museum, Meet The Parents) Golden Globe** and six-time Emmy Award*** nominated actress Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids, How To Train Your Dragon), Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Shirley MacLaine (Wild Oats), the THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Blu-rayTM and DVD is loaded with more than an hour of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted, extended and alternative scenes, featurettes that dive into filming in Iceland and Walter Mitty history, a gallery of exclusive reference photography, and music video "Stay Alive" by José González, and more.

○ Deleted Scenes:
■ Morning Routine
■ Young Odessa Fantasy
■ Jester Fantasy
■ Manfree Fantasy
■ Impound Lot
○ Extended Scenes:
■ The History of Walter Mitty
■ The Look of Life
■ That’s A Shark
■ The Music of Walter Mitty
■ Icelandic Adventure
■ Nordic Casting
■ Titles of Walter Mitty
■ Sights and Sounds of Production
● Skateboarding Through Iceland
● Ted-Walter Flight
○ Gallery: Reference Photography
○ Music Video “Stay Alive” by José González
○ Theatrical Trailer

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■ The Look of Life
■ The Music of Walter Mitty
■ Sights and Sounds of Production
● Skateboarding Through Iceland
■ Gallery: Reference Photograph


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Street Date: April 15, 2014
Prebook Date: March 19, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 16.9
Audio: DTS-HD-MA 7.1, French DD 5.1, Latin Spanish DD 5. 1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Total Run Time: 1:54:24
U.S. Rating: PG
Closed Captioned: No

Street Date: April 15, 2014
Prebook Date: March 19, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 16.9
Audio: English DD5.1 Spanish DD 5.1 Surround, Canadian French DD 2.0
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Total Run Time: 1:54:24
U.S. Rating: PG
Closed Captioned: No

*1993, Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program, The Ben Stiller Show
**2012, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Bridesmaids
***2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Saturday Night Live; 2012, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, The Looney Tunes Show; 2013, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Saturday Night Live
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TV Recap: Arrow "Time of Death"

Arrow Recap: Time of Death
By: Sue

The fight comes directly to KORD Industies. But getting the briefcase isn't enough and when William Tockman aka The Clock King’s men take a few lives in their getaway things go from bad to worse. SCPD are alerted, and that of course brings Lance to capture the suspects. They getaway through a crowd of protesters.

Digg and Oliver train with Sara when Digg whacks her good. The trio share scare stories, but Felicity is feeling a little left out. They disband to prepare for Sara’s back from the dead party, while planning to keep their re budding relationship a secret.

Past. Sara, Oliver and Slade scout some nearby forces, when they spot a plan. They try to flag it down, but it gets shot down.

Clock King’s goons dislike his planning, feeling like they were set up in a bad position. Clock King feels like their actions were only weakness, and when one of the goons gets threatening Clock King channels his inner T-bag and shanks him.

Syn is happy to see Sara, but the pair have to pretend not to know each other in front of Roy and Thea to protect her secret identity. Oliver tries to reach Laurel, but it’s doubtful that she’ll be attending the party. Lance makes his peace with Oliver. Apologizing to him for how he treated Oliver when he returned. Things remain tense between Ollie and his mother, even Thea notices. Lance and his wife get closer with Sara’s return, until he’s called away on a homicide call. Oliver gets the same call from Felicity.

Black Canary and Arrow show up at Lance’s crime scene. KORD had a skeleton key stolen, an instrument that could be used to open any bank vault.

Felicity does a little private training and Sara tries to give her some advice, but Felicity’s little green eyed monster is raring its head. She’s not really happy about the new girl in her formerly boys only club.

Sara, Slade and Oliver search the down aircraft and the pilot is still alive for now.

Lance comes to Laurel’s. She’s still feeling sorry for herself, and refusing to reconcile with her sister, but Lance wants to bring the family together to help him reconcile with his wife. Laurel tells him to bring everyone to her house, she’ll be host for a good cause.

The Clockman strikes again, but Arrow and Canary are hot on their tail. They interrupt the robbery in progress, and Felicity gets hacked by the Clockman threatening to have a train kill innocents. Arrow and Canary split so that one can go after the henchmen, and the other to stop a bus from colliding with a train. He’s good, and manages to impede Felicity at every step, but team Arrow is still better, Oliver manages to get the train stopped. But if the Clockman is really that good, how did he not know that both Arrow and Canary were together?

Arrow’s little saving grace move makes the news, and Thea’s bar schedule falls apart. Thea brings up the distance between Mother and Son, and Oliver tries to lessen her worries, but she isn’t buying it.

Felicity fixes the computer system to prevent the Clock King from ever hacking in again, and Sara may just have something to ID him by, some blood. Felicity wants to send the blood off to a lab, but Sara can do the work herself, and finds an anomaly in the blood. It has McGregor’s disease. Felicity uses that information, coupled with what they know about the Clock King to identify him. She finds his location, and reason for stealing the money, a sick sister, and Canary and Arrow head out to catch him. It’s a well laid trap though, and Tockman easily breaks into Felicity’s network to find where she is. He’s much better than she expected. He gets in, and things go boom. The network is down and Digg and Felicity are left in the dark.

Their entire system was fried with the Skeleton Key. Since the Clock King was stopped from making his withdrawal, Oliver plans to lay a trap of his own with a huge amount of cash. Felicity gets snappy with Sara, making it clear that she isn't needed, plus she has that big dinner. Sara asks Oliver to accompany her, she’s got a case of the jitters, but Oliver wants to stay and help. Felicity doesn't want his help either. Oliver decides to go with Sara to her dinner. Felicity is feeling sorry for herself, and Digg understands that its hard to see Sara and Oliver together for her, but its more than that. Sara has been pretty much a Rockstar lately, and Felicity got the Lair fried.

Sara and Oliver show up for dinner, with a threadbare excuse for Oliver’s appearance. Dinah takes the excuse at face value, and Lance arrives with pizza. His cooking skills are a little rusty from lack of use. Around the table the group catch up, Dinah talking about her new teaching job. Lance hopes that she’ll give it up and come back, but she makes it clear that she doesn’t plan on returning to Starling City, dashing his hopes of a reunion. Laurel picks up on signals between Sara and Oliver, and throws quite the fit at the table. Stupid sister for hooking up with the guy she’s been pushing away, and stupid dad for thinking he could win his wife back. poor little Laurel
I’m ready for her to be a tragedy.

Past. The pilot is severely injured, and the radio is broken. He tells Sara about his daughter, one who’ll be an orphan with his death. He asks her to make sure that his daughter is okay.

Laurel makes a dramatic exit, and Oliver goes after her. She lashes out at him, blaming him for destroying her relationship with her sister. But Oliver is done playing the punching bag. He tells her to nut up, because she isn't the only one with family issues, who’s life is falling apart. He’s finally ready to throw in the towel, and stop trying to save her. He’s loved her for half of her life, and he’s finished running after her. He walks away, and maybe just maybe she’s learned something.

Oliver returns to his lair, and Felicity is gone. She calls Oliver and tells him that the Clock King has taken the bait, and furthermore that she’s at Starling National, you know the exact place that he’ll be headed to. Way to be the Daphne again Felicity, for a smart girl she’s really dumb sometimes. Felicity gets surprised by Digg, Arrow and Canary while hacking the security system waiting for the Clock King. His goons arrive, and Arrow goes out to meet them. Clock King hacks into the system far too easily, and opens a gas main. Digg goes to take care of the situation, while Felicity continues to look for Clock King, and she has him. Canary springs into action, with felicity on her tail. She takes a bullet, for her trouble from the Clock King, and manages to blow his cell phone and knock him out.

Sara patches up Felicity. She can finally say that she took a bullet for someone, and finally Felicity has a scar that she can brag about. Oliver asks her if she’s okay, Digg had mentioned her feeling left out. Felicity tells him she was always his girl, like his girl girl. He understands what she means and tells her that she’ll always he his girl.

Sara makes some killer drinks upstairs in the bar. She’s trying to cut out a normal life for herself, one that can actually go on a resume, not that super assassin doesn't look impressive, and Thea has hired her one. Oliver gets an urgent message and heads home, as Laurel arrives. She assure Oliver that she comes in peace. She tells Sara that when she “died” on the yacht, Laurel began drowning. Every misstep, every failure pushed her further into the dark abyss, and seeing Sara rise all shiny and new, made her see that she isn’t the same beautiful person she once was. She asks for Sara’s forgiveness, and Sara leaps at the chance.

Sara sheds tears, and it worries Syn. She’s always been a rock, and never thought there was anything that could make her cry. Sara tells her of her reunion with Laurel, but reassures her that she has room in her life for a little sister. Looks like she was able to keep her promise to the pilot, the picture he gave her was of Syn.

Oliver rushes home, to find no fires to put out. His mother was in a meeting, and Thea, the little rat, wasn't even home. She senses the tension between the two, but Oliver hasn't let the cat out of the bag yet. Why not just tell the girl, she’s going to find out sooner or later. Moira introduces Oliver to the man she’s having a meeting with. Oliver comes face to face with his old friend Slade Wilson, and it is not a happy reunion.

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