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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman Review


Mr. Peabody & Sherman Review
By: Matt Cummings

Mr. Peabody & Sherman satisfies everyone's need for heartwarming animated fare. 

Among the early entries into American animated television, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show represented the closest thing to high-brow entertainment. A trio of weekly animated shorts, the show began airing in the late 1950's, and followed the adventures of an oddly-paired squirrel and moose. Nestled somewhere between that and Boris and Natasha was the time-travel historical skit Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which arrives this week into theaters. The result is a welcomed relief from the explosion-filled manliness of late Winter, and might even tug at your heartstrings.



The smartest person in the world is no human, but the dog Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), a canine of industry, adviser to heads of state, accomplished musician and a top chef. His adopted son Sherman (voiced by Max Charles) forms a duo that travels through time to learn about history as it actually happened. After a close call during The French Revolution, the WABAC machine (pronounced Way-Back) returns them home, just in time for Sherman's first day of school. But the two get into trouble with the plotting student Penny (voiced by Ariel Winter) and must correct the timeline before a CPS agent (voiced by Allison Janney) can separate dog from boy.


The backbone of Writer Craig Wright's script is not on the fun time travel aspect, but on the relationship between a father who learns to love and a son who learns to want such attention. Its instant charm is contagious, from the pair's touching origin stories to the quirky nature of the animation by DreamWorks Animation and Director Rob Minkoff. To land a property like Mr. Peabody & Sherman was a genius play for the studio, and Minkoff's resume brings with it an air of respectability that's apparent from the moment the theater lights dim. His strength also lies in the voice casting: Burrell immediately inhabits the stylish Mr. Peabody, while Charles shines as the impressionable Sherman. The addition of stars Patrick Warburton, Stephen Colbert, and Mel Brooks round out a talented cast that plays well off each other, while Composer Danny Elfman's terrific score is epic and friendly in the right places. The ending feels a little rushed and way over the heads for the little ones, but it's so quirky that adults will find themselves giggling so much that they're likely to forget this small issue.




Peabody won't have much competition in the family movie slot, which features the played-out The LEGO Movie and Frozen. Critics will want to compare it to those properties, which is probably unfair - for a franchise based on 5-minute skits from 50 years ago, it's remarkably deep and even a little heartwarming. If you don't leave the theater with a greater love for your children or a tear in your eye, then there might be something very wrong with you. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor and has a runtime of 92 minutes.

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"WHO IS NORMAN BATES?" Bate Motel Season 2

"WHO IS NORMAN BATES?"



Episode 2 airs this Monday at 9pm on A&E.

Shadow of a Doubt
Norma tries to distract Norman from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan and Remo on edge.

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The Royal Ballet Cinema Season Presents “The Sleeping Beauty” For One Night Only

The Royal Ballet Cinema Season Presents “The Sleeping Beauty” in Nearly 350 U.S. Cinemas


Classic Ballet Comes to Movie Theaters for One Night on March 20, 2014.


On Thursday, March 20, audiences across the U.S. will be able to experience the Royal Ballet’s signature work in “The Sleeping Beauty” - the iconic ballet which remains one of the most gorgeous and glittering fairytales of all time. “The Sleeping Beauty,” part of the 2014 Royal Ballet Cinema Season presented by Fathom Events, Mr. Wolf, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House, features Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's score with American Sarah Lamb dancing the role of the beautiful Princess Aurora and Steven McRae as the handsome Prince Désiré. First staged in St Petersburg in 1890, “The Sleeping Beauty” is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage. With Oliver Messel’s gorgeous original designs wonderfully re-imagined by Peter Farmer, and additional choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and Frederick Ashton, today’s Sleeping Beauty not only captures the mood of the original but shows that this is very much a living work for The Royal Ballet, growing and changing with the Company while celebrating its past. (Running time: approximately 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intermissions).


WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. local time

Click here for a list of participating U.S. cinemas and ticketing links. Ticket prices vary. More information is available at www.FathomEvents.com

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Friday, March 7, 2014

New Clip From JOE Starring Nicolas Cage

Watch a new clip from JOE, featuring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan.

A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, JOE film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid, (MUD’s Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.



With a screenplay by Gary Hawkins, JOE is based on the novel by the late Larry Brown (Big Bad Love, Facing the Moon), the former Mississippi firefighter renowned for his powerful, gothic storytelling and universal themes of honor, desperation and moral rectitude.

JOE will screen at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Screening times below:
Sunday, March 9 at 2:30pm -- Paramount Theatre
Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm -- Topfer Theatre at ZACH

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TV: Review Once Upon A Time In Wonderland "Nothing To Fear"

TV: Review Once Upon A Time In Wonderland "Nothing To Fear"
By: Sue

After a long hiatus, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is back. Let’s just hope that the focus is less on the Cyrus/Alice love story, and more on the Knave/Alice friendship, because that is really the better part of the show. The Knave saved Alice, but at what cost? Beside neverending slavery?

The Knave has a watery and very bumpy ride in his new home, the genie bottle, when Lizard finds him and sets him free. She’s so happy to see him, but he thought she was dead and he was stone. The Knave tries to go in search of Alice, but Lizard tells him to wait, and he does. He’s a full fledge genie now, and she has three wishes to make.


Alice awakens in a tent with Cyrus, it wasn’t all a dream he is still free. She got her heart’s desire, they’re together, but there’s still the matter of the red queen. Alice doesn’t want to work with the Queen, not remembering what the Knave did to save them, she doesn’t remember any of it. Cyrus tells her of the Knave’s sacrifice, and the Knave’s enslavement. The Queen wants to save the Knave, and Alice still isn’t sure about working with her. They have to band together to save the Knave before Jafar gets his hands on him, Alice agrees to find the bottle and save the knave.

Jafar proclaims himself the master of Wonderland. He sits upon the throne in front of his father, his father still finds him unworthy. The Sultan tried to murder his own son in the past, his only regret that he didn’t succeed. Jafar calls for his removal. The caterpillar arrives with news. His men’s search, has turned up nothing. Jafar knows that the third wish has been made, that the genie is back in the bottle. Before Jafar can punish the Caterpillar for his failures, he tells him of a creature that would be stronger than an entire army, the Jabberwocky.


Alice, Cyrus and the Queen search the woods. There’s sign of the bottle, but they don’t find the bottle itself. Alice continues her petulance towards the Queen. Cyrus asks how Alice held up, how she made it back, and she tells him that it was the Knave who told her that Cyrus survived, that he brought her back. As they walk and talk, the Queen disappears. Alice thinks they’ve been duped again.

Lizard asks the Knave why he wants to even bother finding Alice, that he has fulfilled his obligation. She offers him a little time for himself if he grants her a wish. He tries to remember the rules to the wishes, and only remembers that he cannot make anyone fall in love. She offers the Knave a wish, and he ponders something good, and comes up with an ice cold beer, one for everyone in the village.

A man goes through his loot. The gems will feed the crowd for a year. They only wonder what they should do with their captive, the Queen. They know exactly who she is, that she is the cause of their sufferage, and they plan to make her suffer as well.

Jafar opens Tweedle’s box and removes his head. He wishes to know where the Jabberwocky is. Tweedle wishes to have a body, and Jafar gets him one, offering him the chance to walk again. Though Tweedle wishes to have the body, he tells him that last time it took 500 men, and a whole lot of magic to enslave

Back at the tower, Jafar climbs the stairs. He finds bodies all around. He hears a voice, asking why he would come. Jafar tells it that he’s heard of its great powers, that he needs its help to find something, that he can set it free. She laughs, telling him that she can get inside of his head, but Jafar thinks that he’s strong enough to not let the Jabberwocky in, but she already is.

The three watch the fireworks, debating on the best course of action to recovering the Knave. The best course seems to be divide and conquer. As the Queen sets off, Alice wants to as well, fearing that she comes in second and the Queen runs off with the bottle. Cyrus has something to say to Alice before they head into the village. He kisses her, and finishes what was interrupted the day Alice thought he had died. He proposes marriage, and Alice accepts. Cyrus tells her that she doesn’t have to be afraid anymore.

The Knave apologizes to Lizard for being such an idiot. He tells her that he’s always enjoyed her company, but that he doesn’t love her, that he doesn’t love anyone that he can’t anymore. She tells him that she knows, she only wishes that he felt something for her. She collapses to the ground, and he moves to help he in vain. With her third wish made Will goes back into the bottle, even as he begs her to take back her words. Back in his bottle, he watches her die, helpless to do anything to help her.

The Queen walks through the village, she finds Lizard in her dress dead. She looks to be in shock over what’s happened, but the bottle is still there. She’s found the Knave.

Cyrus and Alice’s search has come up empty. Cyrus hopes that the Queen has had better luck, but Alice still doesn’t think that she’ll come back if she has found the bottle, but she proves her wrong, showing up with the bottle in hand. The Queen tells them that Lizard has the bottle, and Alice asks what she did to her, but the Queen admits that Lizard was already dead. She tells them that they can ask the genie if they don’t believe her, and they plan to do just that, but she rubs the bottle rather than handing it over. The knave pops out, relieved to see Alice and Cyrus, but not exactly happy that the Queen is his master. She needed an insurance policy, and they all need to get out of there before Jafar finds them. The Knave would rather face Jafar, but the Queen tells them that if Jafar gets his hands on him, then he’ll have all three Genies and be unstoppable. The Queen describes the other bottles for Cyrus, they hold his brothers inside. All three were cast into bottles at the same time, but he thought that they were gone having never been able to find them. Alice vows to find them. The Knave tells them goodbye, since the Queen has never been one to fight for something that does not benefit her. She vows to stay, to become the Queen she should have been, and that united Jafar doesn’t stand a chance.

The Jabberwocky tells Jafar that she will join him, in exchange for her freedom. He tells her that he cannot free what he cannot see, she brings his attention above where she’s pinned with a dagger like a butterfly. He removes the dagger, and she falls to the floor, thanking him. She introduces herself, but he doesn’t hand over the blade that held her though she asks for it. She asks him what he fears, and he tells her nothing, but she sees through him. He fears water, the feeling of drowning at his father’s hands, the

it the first time. Jafar is willing to use the threat of the Jabberwocky to get his genie. He hopes that just the threat will be enough for the entire land to act, and then Alice won’t just be up against him, but against everyone.

The villagers celebrate with a chugging contest. The Knave is really enjoying his wish when he sees Lizard watching him. It’s been a long time since the Knave was wanted around. The Knave asks what Lizard wishes for next, but he cannot give her what she wants. She tells him that she is still working on her next wish.

Alice doesn’t want to waste time looking for the Queen. The faster they find the Knave and the Queen the sooner they can get out of Wonderland and start their lives. Cyrus finds a bit of the Queen’s torn clothing, and signs of a struggle. Cyrus uses a bit of magic to have it lead the way to the Queen. He tells her that he isn’t magic, that its but a simple location spell that anyone could use, that his mother taught him to do. She wishes she could have met his family, but they are long gone.

Jafar goes to where the Jabberwocky is kept. The guard tries to impede his progress. Jafar takes on the guard, and the guard tells him that he is a fool, only death awaits in the tower. Jafar introduces the guard to death, and proceeds to the tower.

The villagers prepare to burn the Queen. She pleads with them, telling them that she was once one of them. But they were never taken care of by the Queen, she left them to be ravaged by beasts and monsters, and now they plan to roast her for one of those. She tells them that it will not stop the attacks, that they will be in the same predicament tomorrow. Alice and Cyrus debate how or if they should intervene. The Queen pleads that she is worth more alive, but they ask who would pay for her, she has no answer. Cyrus tells them that they will pay, points out that if they kill the Queen then they are no better than she is. Alice and Cyrus don’t actually have any money. Alice draws her sword, and the villagers tell her that they will have the same fate. Tied to stakes the Queen, Alice and Cyrus prepare for a pack Bandersnatches to attack. Cyrus gets loose enough to put out some of the torches, but they continue to come. They’re after Alice’s necklace. She throws the necklace and they attack it. The three untie themselves and make a break for it.

The Knave continues to enjoy himself, but Lizard does not. She watches from a window. Knave knows that someone has caught her eye, but he does not see that it is him. Although he cannot make anyone fall in love, he can help without using wishes. Lizard asks him what he looks for in a girl, and he tells her confidence, adventureness, a dress, and fireworks. She asks for all of it, and he transforms Lizard. She looks gorgeous, and he wants to take her out and find the one she desires, but she doesn’t want to go. Lizard finally confesses that is him, it always has been him.

Cyrus commends Alice’s sacrifice, but she says that its just a necklace. She tells him that she’s been waiting to find him, and now that they’re finally together, she fears that it’ll never end, that they’ll never get a happy ending. Fireworks light up the sky, which doesn’t make sense. The poor village cannot afford such a display, the Queen perks up, they’ve found their genie.

helplessness. He doubles over in fear, and she presses him further. She finally releases him, but allows him to keep the blade, taunting him that he may need it.

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LOCKE Trailer Starring Tom Hardy

Watch the official trailer for LOCKE, starring Tom Hardy.

Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For NEED FOR SPEED In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For NEED FOR SPEED Tuesday, March 11th at 7:30 PM in San Francisco.


DreamWorks Pictures’ “NEED FOR SPEED” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, "Need for Speed" captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.


The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey's shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west.


Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.


“Need for Speed” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.


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300: Rise Of An Empire Review



300: Rise of an Empire Review
By: Matt Cummings

300: Rise of An Empire is an orgy of bloody warfare and overtly nude women. And we're fine with that.

Among our favorite films is the festival of gore and nudity known as 300 - it launched the careers of Actors Lena Headey and Gerard Butler, and made Zack Snyder an over-night household directorial name. We'd never seen anything like it before, and Hollywood responded by trying to duplicate its success to no avail. With the long-overdue release of 300: Rise of an Empire, we realize the sometimes the best way to duplicate success is to do it yourself.


After the death of King Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army marches towards the various and disunited city-states, targeting Athens herself. While King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) assaults the first democratic city in Europe, the brutal naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green) sets her eyes northward to Admiral Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), who uses brilliant tactics to frustrate and upend Artemisia's plans. But, he'll need the land superiority of the Spartans, led by Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) if he is to repel the Persian invasion. As the naval war moves towards a bloody showdown, Xerxes awaits victory, while Themistokles dreams of a united Greece.

Rise is not only a sequel and a prequel but a side-quel, existing along the same timeline as the original. Even still, one would be advised to not compare the two films, but celebrate a brilliant method of story-telling. As the events of the Spartans unfold in the South, Director Noam Murro takes us north to see how the Athenians fare against Artemisia and Xerxes. He places several excellent 300 anchor points throughout his version, while dropping in old cast members like David Wenham and Andrew Pleavin after Leonidas's death. Stapleton comes into his own as the hardened commander Themistokles - he's the right leader for a fledgling Greek response, and his impassioned speeches counterbalance the suicidal ones which Leonidas so magnificently uttered. Rather than re-assume the helm, Snyder returns to pen and produce the follow-up, upping the stylized violence and introducing a sly wit to Ancient Greece, while imbuing his female leads with plenty of angst and ability. The always excellent Headey seems like she never left the role, expertly showing us both grieving wife and vengeful queen. 



But Rise is Eva Green's film, and she excels both as a action-flick dominatrix and in her ability to instill total fear in her men. In the film's climactic ending, she leaps upon the deck of an Athenian ship shouting, "I will not be an observer!" She certainly isn't one, happy one minute to slice and dice her way through traitors and Greek sailors, and ecstatic to rough-house with Stapleton in one of the best foreplay scenes you'll ever see. Murro ups not only the incredible action but also the epic nature of its battles and the simple lives of the Athenians, finally demonstrating that 3D can be effective in today's live-action flicks. The history here is a bit flimsy, but if you were planning on seeing something more accurate, you'll want to look elsewhere. Others might leave feeling they could have benefited from bringing a tarp with them to mop up all the crimson spillage, but that's just one layer of a story that you should enjoy for what it is. 



An orgy of bloody warfare and overtly nude female leads, 300: Rise of An Empire brashly makes no qualms about its purpose. From its beginning, you know what you're getting, and we're fine with that. In a time when competitors fill our screens with poor results, we think this one's an admirable sequel, an insightful prequel, and an impressive side-quel. You might do well to revisit the original afterwards, but keep your expectations in check or you might be disappointed in this very enjoyable follow-up. 300: Rise of An Empire is rated R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language, and has a runtime of 102 minutes. Huzzah!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

TV Recap: Arrow "The Promise" Season 2 Episode 15

TV Recap: Arrow "The Promise" Season 2 Episode 15
By: Sue

Oliver and Slade have finally come face to face, and look to be gearing up for one heck of a showdown after the handshake heard around the world. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.


Oliver asks Slade what he’s doing here, and he;s just made a sizable contribution to his mother’s campaign. He gets a little handsy with her as he alludes to how similar they are and plot the best course. Wade’s come bearing a gift of rum, and Oliver eye balls the glasses as Slade toasts to friendship. Slade asks after a model yacht, and Oliver refuses to talk about the island.

Past. Oliver trains and shoots arrows at his tree targets, does some shirtless pull-ups, and hauls butt across baring landscapes all while hitting bulls eyes. Slade thinks that Shado would be proud, but Ollie points out that the trees don’t move or shoot back.


Shade goes over the best course of action on the ship, while Sara whips up a stinky concoction. Oliver asks her about the Miricudo, it could be a miracle drug, but its something Ivo should not possess. Slade thinks that they should burn it, and they do.

Sara wonders what will happen after they’ve taken the freighter. She knows that Slade wants to kill Ivo for killing Shado, but Sara knows that given the chance Ivo will make Slade believe that its Oliver’s fault that Shado died, that he chose between her and Shado, and Shado paid the price. Sara tries to convince Oliver to kill Ivo before he has a chance, for all of their sakes. If Slade loses it again, they’re all dead.


Slade has dug up a bottle of rum, they drink to the last day on the island. Oliver gives Sara a message for his family if he doesn’t survive. That he was young and dumb, but that he grew up, and wasn’t that same kid. Sara tells him to tell her family that she died on the boat, to let them remember who she was. Slade has no messages for anyone.

Oliver sees Shado in a dream. She knows she dead, she says because he chose Sara. She asks why didn’t you choose me, as she stabs at him over and over. He awakens from his nightmare. It’s time to done the green hood and take on the freighter. Slade grabs the two colored mask from a trunk. All systems are a go.


The trio go traipsing through the forest. On the freighter some of the prisoners play dice to pass the time. They start to get a little rowdy when Ivo sends down a guard for one of the prisoners. The news isn’t good for another patient of Ivo’s, her illness progresses. The prisoner is strapped down to a chair, and although he offers the doctor a fortune, Ivo has no need for money, he’s is only interested in his eye.

Oliver shots his first arrow, but it goes wildly off course. He blames it on a breeze rather than nerves, his second shot is right on target. The fire distracts Ivo, and saves the prisoners eye. He sends men to check the scene. Slade tells Oliver when they came to the island they were strangers, and now they are brothers. Oliver goes to distract the men, and trips over a root. They catch him, and take him to the freighter. He finds himself in a cell. Oliver finds the preacher’s mouse on his stomach. The mouse likes him. One of the other inmates has a lot of hate for Sara, even after Oliver points out that Sara was a prisoner too. Luckily for Oliver his visit is short, and he’s taken to see the doctor. Unlucky for him, he winds up in the chair. Ivo prepares to inject Oliver with truth serum, and Oliver plans to sing like a canary before he can.

Now, Moira tries to get to know Slade better, asks if there’s a special someone. Slade says that there was, but she passed away. Oliver tells him that sometimes you have to move on, but Slade doesn’t believe so. Slade asks for a tour of their art collectio, and Oliver tries to cut the visit short, but Moira won’t have any part of it, she’s all about accommodating her guest. She leaves the room, and Oliver makes a stab at Slade, but he catches him before he can land his blow. And worse of all, Thea comes home.Thea asks if Oliver and their mother have made up, but it’s bad timing. Thea introduces herself to Slade, and Moira comes to take them on a tour. Thea tells Slade how when she was in school she was obsessed with art, and her art history teacher made her bring all of her class to her house, and she was mortified.

Ivo ask Oliver personal questions. Asks if the bondfire was a trap. Oliver tells him that it wasn’t a trap, but a distraction. He asks where Sara and Slade are, and Oliver tells him that they’re on the freighter in the engine room, that they had a raft.

The stinky stuff that Sara was concocting was a natural source to counteract the drugs she knew that Ivo would use on him. The guards lead what they think is a drugged up Oliver, but he’s anything but, and he dispatches them easily.

Slade and Sara use the parachute, and jump off a cliff, heading towards the freighter. Sara, Slade and Oliver meet up. Sara gives Oliver his bow and hood. Slade warns Oliver not to kill Ivo, he wants the man himself.

Thea gives a tour of the art. Slade admires a piece of art. Oliver is distracted as he tries to call Felicity. Her phone rings while Sara and Roy ignore it. Felicity answers it, and thinks that they’ve been butt dialed, but when she puts it on speaker phone, Sara instantly recognizes Slade’s voice and warns that he will kill Oliver and his family. Dig asks if she’s sure its Slade, and asks for a big gun. She tells them that he has Miracudo in him, and Roy admits that he does too. The trio prepare to take on Slade and put him down at all costs.

Past. The freighter’s prison is all but rioting as Sara releases the prisoners. They’re mistrustful of Sara, especially the one who spoke to Oliver earlier. He grabs Sara by the throat, pinning her to the ground. Guards shoot at Slade, but they’re little more than a distraction as he rips them apart with his hands. Sara gets a helping hand from the man of god, wielding a pipe. He follows her away from the madness. Oliver plans his attack plan. Ivo calls his wife Jessica. She’s the one who is sick, and she doesn’t seem to remember him, only that he went away. Oliver finds Ivo, holds him at arrow point, but its not so easy to kill a man. Ivo killed Shado, but only because Oliver chose Sara, and that is why he feels guilt. He does feel guilt, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t kill him. Ivo isn’t worried about what Oliver will do, but rather what Slade will do, who just happens to have overheard everything. Slade doesn’t want to believe his ears, but Ivo just fuels the fire. Oliver can’t tell him that he’s lying exactly, and Slade goes on the offense, with Oliver as the target. Ivo gets away, and Oliver get pinned against the ceiling. Luckily the freighter runs into trouble, and as the boat is rocked, Oliver gets away. Oliver fights his way through the gunmen. Sara and the preacher are pinned down when Oliver comes to the rescue. Oliver tells Sara that Slade knows the truth now. Sara tells him that they have to get off the ship, that its over. They jump overboard, but Oliver doesn’t quite make it. Slade pulls him back on, and he puts him into a cage. The ship’s captain tries to stop Slade, but Slade crushes his head, taking the ship over. No one is willing to stand up to him after his little display.

Sara heads to the house, Dig gets into position and Felicity monitors them from the lair. Sara makes her way in all gymnast style, and reminds Roy that he’s there to get Moira and Thea out, but not to engage Slade, he has no hope in winning that fight. At Queen castle, Sara gets into the house. Slade finishes his tour. Roy comes looking for Thea, Slade introduces himself to Roy and they compare handshakes. Sara comes down announcing herself, and Slade is surprised to see her. Slade remarks that she’s a very lucky girl. Oliver asks Slade what he would like to do now, and stuck between Roy, Sara and Oliver, Slade chooses to leave peacefully. Oliver offers to walk him to the car, and he can’t exactly turn him down. Diggle has Slade in his sights when someone takes him out. Oliver finally puts the pieces together that Slade was behind the skull mask. Slade has allies, like Oliver does in Diggle. He tells him that Dig is alive for now. Again Oliver asks what he wants. He’s here to fulfill a promise made five years earlier.

The Freighter survivors make it to shore, but there’s no sign of Oliver. Slade opens Oliver’s cage, needing him to see something. Ivo begs for his life. He wants to help him understand how the Miracuno works. Slade first shows Oliver that the Miracuno was never burned, that they burned a box of dirt. Slade gives Ivo a gun, tells him to show him how he killed Shado. Oliver was trying to save Sara, he never thought Ivo would kill Shado. Slade doesn’t care about Oliver’s words, or apparently that Shado was banging Oliver too. He also doesn’t care that he told Oliver that they were brothers. He asks Ivo if he pointed the gun at Shado as he is Oliver, he tells him he did, and Slade cuts his hand off. He tells Oliver that he will not die until he has suffered as Slade has, until he knows complete despair, that he promises.

Oliver returns to the house, and he makes his leave too. Moira thinks Oliver’s behavior was unbecoming, and tells him that if that is the way that he plans to act to not come by the house. Maybe he should just let Slade rip her apart. Slade watches from his little control tower. The entire time he was walking around touching things he was planting cameras. He watches it all without the eye patch, that normally covers a is a gaping hole like the one in his soul, gross.

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TV Recap: Reign "The Consummation" Season One Episode 13

TV Recap: Reign "The Consummation" Season One Episode 13
By: Sue

Thank goodness for a back season pickup from the CW, otherwise this would be the season finale. Hurrah for small favors. So tonight answers the question Francis or Bash?

It’s primping and pinning and preparing execution. Even as she’s practicing her death, there’s still much to do.


Lola tries to get ready for more riding. They’re delayed over Lola’s horrible horsemanship. Francis finds it ironic that if all goes well with their plan, that Bash will be married to Mary, his mother Catherine will be free, and he will be exiled. They plan to keep their little liaison a secret, though the sex eyes will surely give them away.

Nostradamus leaves his bedmate. He thinks that he’s lost his gift, and so he must get close to that which brought it to him, death. He tries to hang himself, but she stops him. His vision was wrong, he will hang for real for it he believes.


Catherine continues to plan her death, but Henry doesn’t want to put up the cash for it all. It’s going to bankrupt him. Henry tells her that the party after her death won’t matter, but she’s sure it will to her children. A royal visitor arrives, one Mary should recognize, it’s her mother, Marie de Guise.

Marie isn’t happy about the current situation. She sent her daughter to wed a prince, and finds her engaged to a bastard. Mary points out that she hasn’t seen her mother for so long, and hasn’t had a chance to talk to her. She thinks Mary threw everything away on a mad man’s vision. She asks if Mary loves Bash, and Mary is starting to. She tells her worst that their country needs a strong catholic country behind her in a time when Protestants threaten her rule, but her mother will support her, because she is Queen.

Mary tells Bash that her mother is as she remembers her. Her looks, her smell, everything, and although she says she will support her, she knows that she will do whatever she can to stop them. Mary wants to elope immediately. Bash plots to arrange it all and meet with Mary before sunset.

Marie confronts Catherine about her treatment of Mary. She gave her to Catherine thinking that she would be cared for and raised to be Francis’s wife. Instead she threatened to kill her, attempted it many times, and on the whim of a charlatan she ruined her entire life’s course. Catherine tells her that she is defeated, and if she wants it changed she has to do it herself.

Greer brings Mary a veil, and none other than Lola returns with Francis in tow. Mary doesn’t seem to be listening to a word of Lola’s story. She tells her she’s happy that she’s back, but her eyes are for Francis only. Francis tells her that he’s come back to petition for his mother’s life, but nothing more.

Catherine gives Nostadamus Clarissa’s mask. He was more her father than she ever was. She believes that Clarissa was buried, having no clue that she her body was left behind, dumped like rubbish. The girl never had a kindness. Nostadamus tells Catherine of his visions, tells her that the visions stopped with Clarissa’s death. He misunderstood, not knowing that Clarissa was her firstborn. The vision was that Mary would bring about the death of their firstborn, which was Clarissa. Now he sees that Mary and Francis would have a happy life with children. Catherine is angered over all that she has lost for his prophecy, all the blood spilt. He tells her that Francis has returned. She has to convince Mary to marry Francis or she will lose her head, but not before she sees him burn.

Catherine goes in search of Francis. He plans to find his father and make him see reason, and rescue her. Catherine tells him to forget everything, convince Mary that his fate has been changed. She tells him that he loves Mary, but he isn’t sure that he still does. She tells him that he has to fight for all that he wants, that she will cause Mary no harm if they wed. Marie is happy to hear that Catherine has had a change of heart. She tells Francis where she can find Mary, and that he should hurry so that he can stop Mary from marrying Bash.

Francis gets to Bash before Mary does. Francis wants Bash to call it all off, but Bash points out that Mary went to him willingly, and she will stay with him. Mary arrives as the two are scuffling. Francis tells her that Nostadamus has taken back his prophecy and she is free to wed who she wishes, and when he says who she wishes he just means him.

Mary confronts Catherine. Catherine tells her that the prophecy has been fulfilled with Clarissa’s death. Mary doesn’t believe her, she has too much to lose. Catherine breaks a piece of porcelain, and cuts her wrists. She isn’t putting herself first again, she tells her to confront Nostradamus. Mary admits that she loves both of the men.

Henry announces that there is news of the English succession. England is Mary’s by bloodline, and right, if Mary waits Elizabeth will take England from her. He tells Mary that if she wishes for France’s alliance she will wed one of his sons tonight. Not cowed by his threats, she tells him that she will take her own life in her hands.

Kenna comes to see the king, he wishes to refuse her visit, but he cannot refuse her. She wants to renegotiate her terms. She wishes a husband still, tells him to find a rich nobleman who treats her right, and she will treat him right as well. He’ll play pimp for her, as long as he gets to be dominant for once.

Catherine comes to visit Mary, she has further news. It’s news from the Vatican. She thinks it’s the golden ticket, that whoever is legitimate should get her hand, though Catherine believes that she does love one more. She tells her to open it, and she does, but does it free her.

Mary goes to Bash. She tells him that she cannot marry him, but he says that she can. She can be the person she wants to be with him, that he’ll never make her be anyone but herself. She tells him that she loves him, but that she loves Francis more. She finds Francis they reunite with a kiss. So is he going to tell her that he banged her friend? The letter was blank. Catherine was letting her chose what was in her heart, and her heart chose the man who often stayed. She agrees to marry him, but that they must protect Sebastian. Francis says that he will.

Francis goes to Bash, saying that he is sorry for the way that things have gone. He tells Bash that he must leave, and never return, he must go into exile. Bash does not want to leave, does not need to leave. He never wanted the crown, and that his presence would be accepted if Francis were so inclined, but he is not. He tells him that he should leave if he wants to survive. Oooh, gauntlet thrown.

Marie plans to have a second ceremony for Mary so that everyone can see her and Francis wed. Catherine has been pardoned, and Henry looks benevolent for his actions. Lola tells Kenna that she thinks that her and the King together again is a mistake, but Kenna points out that she shouldn’t throw stones, that the inn she supposedly stayed at and met Francis in burned down the previous year. She isn’t sure what happened the two of them, but she knows her story doesn’t hold water.

A servant girl sings a song that she should not know, that Nostadamus recognizes. She was told to sing it near him.

The messenger bearing the English news is no were to be seen, Catherine puts the pieces together and knows that Marie bribed him for the news. Mary arrives in her wedding gown, she looks stunning. As she prepares to sign her wedding license, she looks back to her mother, who nods at her. It is done. They wed.

Nostadamus goes to finds Clarissa’s grave, but finds bare footsteps leading away. Clarissa is alive.

The wedding celebration is a large one, and everyone dances with merriment, Francis and Mary look especially happy. Bash on the other hand is absent. He plans to leave, but Henry isn’t ready for his first born to leave just yet.

Marie tells Mary that the English Queen isn’t quite dead yet. Marie wanted nothing more than to see Mary wed, that both Mary and France needed a push. Greer tells Mary it is time for the consummation, but Mary isn’t ready yet. She tells her mother that she not welcome there any longer.

Nostradamus sees the rest of his vision. Francis and Mary have been wed for a year, and although it has been a good year he is dying, he does die. Catherine is so happy over the years the happy couple will have together, but Nostradamus does not tell her otherwise.

Bash is forced to watch the consummation, so that he understands what he can have and what he cannot. Mary pauses for but a moment, Francis plans to power ahead. After the consummation, Bash is taken out to the forest, the two men plan to kill him, but he gets the drop on them and kills them first. Now it’s a question of whether it was Catherine or Francis who ordered the hit.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30PM in Sacramento at Tower theater.


recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.


The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.


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Annie Remake Trailer Is Here

Yesterday we got a look at the poster for the new, Will Smith and Jay-Z-spearheaded version of warbling orphan musical Annie, which was the herald for this first trailer.

In what could be called a remix of the 1981 film, this Annie finds Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s breakout young star Quvenzhané Wallis as the titular moppet, this time a foster child in a home run by the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). The idea that her parents might be out there somewhere adds a little spice to the tale, even as the trailer appears to give most of the story’s turns away (for the three people who didn't already know what's coming).

The updates continue beyond Annie’s situation and the modern-day setting, with Jamie Foxx as tough-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks in place of the original Daddy Warbucks, who meets our heroine and decides that being seen to help her would in turn boost his campaign. What he doesn’t count on is Annie slowly softening his heart. And after all, who could see that coming?

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Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Bobby Cannavale round out the cast for his one with Easy A director Will Gluck re-writing the script and calling the shots. It’ll arrive on our screens on January 6 next year.

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Robert Rodrigeuz's Museum Featuring Original Frank Frazetta Masterpieces Launches During SXSW

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ' S MUSEUM FEATURING ORIGINAL FRANK FRAZETTA MASTERPIECES LAUNCHES DURING SXSW March 8th - March 16th.


For a limited time only during SXSW, Robert Rodriguez is proud to launch a museum featuring his own specially curated collection of art which includes the work of celebrated American artist Frank Frazetta. Considered to be the most influential fantasy artist in history, Frazetta contributed iconic artwork to classic works of fiction for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan& John Carter of Mars among others. The gallery will be open to the public daily from Saturday, March 8th - 16th from Noon - 8 pm. The museum is located at 920 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. The gallery will have a $20 entrance fee benefiting the Frazetta Estate's preservation of the art for a new Frank Frazetta museum.


The gallery will also feature an original SIN CITY masterpiece by FRANK MILLER, original art by DREW STRUZAN including his rendering of Sylvester Stallone for the movie poster FIRST BLOOD, and original poster art for THE THING. Original paintings by New Pop Art master SEBASTIAN KRÜGER including hyper real paintings of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Danny Trejo. Bronzed art sculptures from CLETE SHIELDS. Shields' work has been commissioned by Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In addition, the gallery will feature SIN CITY character self-portrait paintings from cast members, including Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Brolin, painted with Robert and his mentor, artist George Yepes during the making of SIN CITY 2. There will also be a selection of hand numbered giclée prints of Frazetta pieces photographed and printed by Robert Rodriguez available for purchase. Proceeds from the prints will benefit the Frazetta Estate to preserve the art for a new Frank Frazetta Museum.

The idea for the museum has been long in the making. Robert Rodriguez has been touring Frank Frazetta original art at Comic Con and Wizard Con to continue the wish of Frank Frazetta, a friend and collaborator of Robert's who always wanted audiences to see his paintings in person. The original Frazetta museum in upstate New York closed after the passing of Frank Frazetta in 2010. The new Rodriguez museum features other world class artists Robert has also worked with and studied under over the years, with art that he's collected himself, and others that are on exclusive loan for this event. The FRANK FRAZETTA COLLECTION has an unprecedented amount of original masterpieces including Death Dealer, Egyptian Queen, At the Earth's Core, Conan, and Dark Kingdom, as well a rare painting Frazetta did for the movie FROM DUSK TIL DAWN among others. 12 masterpieces total.

"This has to be the most kick ass museum in the world," said filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. "For one, it's the only place you can see original Frank Frazetta art, 12 masterpiece paintings total, alongside original art by Frank Miller, Drew Struzan, Sebastian Kruger and Clete Shields. Throw in character paintings by the cast of Sin City 2 and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and you will never see anything like this event anywhere, in any museum. I'm very excited to be showcasing this mind-blowing art by my favorite artists and collaborators in Austin."

Frank Frazetta Original Artwork On Display:

DEATH DEALER 1
FROM DUSK TIL DAWN
DARK KINGDOM
EGYPTIAN QUEEN
FIRE AND ICE
DEATH DEALER 2
SWAMP DEMON
AT EARTH'S CORE
CONAN MAN APE
A REQUIEM FOR SHARKS
NEANDERTHAL
FRANK FRAZETTA SELF PORTRAIT


Hand Numbered Giclee Prints Available for Purchase:
FIRE AND ICE
Size: 24 x 37"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event

FROM DUSK 'TILL DAWN
Size: 24 x 32"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event

CONAN CHAINED
Size: 24 x 30"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event

DEATH DEALER
Size: 24 x 36"
Edition Size: 300, 50 prints available at SX event

MOOM MAID
Size: 24 x 31"
Edition Size: 200, 50 prints available at SX event

AT EARTH'S CORE
Size: 24 x 34"
Edition Size: 200, 50 prints available at SX event

CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Size: 24 x 34"
Edition Size: 300, 50 prints available at SX event

About Troublemaker Studios:
Troublemaker Studios opened in 2001 to accommodate the production needs of director Robert Rodriguez, and has since helped to establish Austin, Texas as a leader in feature film production. Located inside the decommissioned Robert Mueller Airport complex, Troublemaker retrofitted this expansive site into a state-of-the-art production facility, capable of accommodating multiple productions simultaneously and featuring ample on-site production, fabrication and post facilities.
Troublemaker Studios has proudly served as home to a number of productions including Machete, Machete Kills, Predators, Shorts, Grindhouse, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, the Spy Kids series, Sin City, the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

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LOCKE Poster Starring Tom Hardy

Check out the official poster for LOCKE, starring Tom Hardy, via on Yahoo! Movies

Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.

A film written and directed by Steven Knight
Starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland,
and Bill Milner

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TV Recap: VIKINGS "Invasion" Season 2 Episode 2

TV Recap: VIKINGS "Invasion" Season 2 Episode 2
By: Sue

Princess Aslaug walks the streets, and Floki gets a warm welcome, he's been missed as he rebuilds the fleet. Floki asks where they'll be raiding this coming summer, its heavy on many minds. The ships have been built, and heirs replaced, a lot of time has passed. England has been targeted, and King Horik and Jarl Borg will join them for a longer sorjorn. Ragnar tells his people that they must band together.


Siggy isn't feeling so banded. She leaves and finds Rollo asleep outside in the snow flurries, and wakes him with a bucket of half frozen water.

A new handmaiden catches Ragnar's eye, and although Aslaug wished to be a sister wife to Lagertha, she doesn't appear to have the same desire with the girl. She warns the girl off. In private Ragnar points out that she is acting strangely. She tells him that she does not appreciate his straying eye. He blames her erratic behavior on her "condition." She tells him that she sees things that others cannot, shes insulted at the idea that he would want to sleep with the slave girl, even as he claims he does not. She tells him that she will bear him another son, and gives him further prophecy. Her father killed the dragon, and his son will be born with the serpent in his eye.


He goes to a soothsayer to find out what the future holds for his sons. They will go down in the history books, one will marry a princess, one will sail around and discover a sea with no tides. They will have more fame than their father. He asks about Bjorn, if he lives. It was his future he had told.

Siggy tells Rollo that he is a disgrace, as she sticks a blade into the fire. She has lost everything, her sons, husbands and daughters. She refuses to lose anything more. She tells him that his brother plans to go west, and she thinks that he should go with him. She gives Rollo a choice go speak to his brother, or martyr himself on her blade. He takes the red hot blade in hand.

Ragnar wrestles with his son, one of two, when Rollo and Siggy comes to see him. Aslaug takes the children away. Siggy is forced to leave as well, while Rollo sits to chat with Ragnar. Ragnar make small talk, asking where Rollo has been. He's been drinking into oblivion and cursing himself and the Gods. Ragnar points out that he fought against him, but brothers often fight. Rollo asks for a chance to regain his respect, but not forgiveness. Ragnar doesn't give him an answer, yet. Many suffered because of Rollo's action, and Ragnar's heart was broken by his betrayal.

Ragnar trains with the rest of the able bodies, men and women alike. Athelstan is not the man he was when Ragnar first found him. He wants him to accompany him when they raid England, and tells him that they'll need the help of all the Gods, including his. Although Athelstan has made much progress, there is still much to be done. He tells him when the time comes to kill, not to hesitate.

King Horik arrives and embraces Ragnar like a brother. He's come by horse, his ships still needing time. He felt the need to leave immediately, even before the ice melted. King Horik comes face to face with Jarl Borg, but King Horik does not embrace him with open arms. It's been four years since their scuffle. When Rollo arrives King Horik looks even less thrilled. Ragnar accepts him back, acknowledges him as his brother, but forbids him to raid with them. Rollo accepts the judgment.

The dining hall is lively, everyone seems to be in good spirits. Rollo watches his brother like a hawk. King Horik compliments Aslaug, while Ragnar talks with one of Horik's sons. He is about the age of Bjorn. King Horik tells him that he does not want Jarl Borg to raid with them for the same reason that Rollo cannot, he does not trust him. Ragnar is left with the task of breaking the news to him.

Ragnar and Floki watch as King Horik's ships arrive, but Floki isn't jealous being the superior boat maker. Jarl Borg eagerly awaits the raid, but Ragnar tells him that it will not happen. Jarl Borg and Ragnar had an agreement, but unfortunately he has to break it.

Siggy knows much about King Horik, his strengths and weaknesses. She's vying for a position, but King Horik isn't sure she's trustworthy.

Jarl Borg and Rollo lament over Ragnar's injustices. Had Rollo stayed stronger during the battle, none of this would be happening now. He tells him to abandon his brother, that he will find nothing here so long as Ragnar stays in power, but Rollo tells him by staying he will find himself. Jarl Borg mocks him, and Rollo punches him.

Siggy sleeps with the King. If he thinks that proves her loyalty, he's way off.

Ragnar says goodbye to his young children and gets all teary eyed. He says goodbye pregnant wife, and she believes that he will have a safe crossing.

The sails are hoisted, and the ships are off. Rollo watches the other sail away. The waters are calm, nearly flat. The men are on edge. They should have been near land by now, but there is none in sight. They send off a bird, and wait.

The sea turns from utter stillness, to stormy, and wild. One of the sails rips, and worse they hear the sound of waves hitting rocks. Ragnar tries to steer away from it.

Aslaug summons Siggy. She wishes to makes friends with Siggy, since Ragnar has forgiven Rollo. She knows Siggy's history with Ragnar, and knows that friendship will not be instantly, but she certainly does not want to be enemies.

The ships have gone wildly off course, and they aren't quite sure where they are. Their numbers are down to five, but land has been spotted. On shore, someone watches the men disembark. They head up the beach none the wiser as the armored soldier is off on horseback. They make it deep into the woods, and Ragnar choses to make camp. As they rest, arrows begin to fly, the first one striking one of King Horik's sons before they can get their shields into place. They're surrounded. King Horik makes quite the Braveheart speech and tells the men to meet their attackers head on. The armored men attack the masses of shields, and the Vikings fight fiercely. Athelstan sees that Horik is in trouble, and he moves to help him. The shieldmaidens put up quite a fight along side of their men, Ragnar is saved by Athelstan as the battles tide begins to turn in their favor. The Vikings are victorious.

Ragnar notes that Athelstan did not hesitate and rewards him with bracelet. He takes it. Athelstan goes to question two survivors to see where they are. They're not in Northumbria, but in Wessex. And their king has enough of a reputation for Athelstan to know of him.

A soldier goes to see King Ecbert, interrupting his bath and warns him that the Vikings have arrived, that they've defeated a large force. He is not pleased at all.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL In San Jose

Win Tickets To An Advance For THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30PM in San Jose.


recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune -- all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.


The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.


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

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