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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grand Budapest Hotel Review: Push Your Boundaries With This Quirky and Satisfying Comedy

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review
By: Matt Cummings

The refreshingly wacky Grand Budapest Hotel celebrates uniqueness in typical Wes Anderson style.

We here at SJF do our best to recommend films that you'll enjoy - we think those that bill themselves as 'important' are mostly meant to be ignored, while those hidden gems require a bit of digging and a willingness to push your boundaries. Director Wes Anderson scored big on our 2012 Best-Of list with Moonrise Kingdom, due entirely to its quirkiness and beautifully-demented environment. We didn't feel that way about Bottle Rocket and we outright disliked Fantastic Mr. Fox; but with The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson scores with a funny yet unconventional work that's certainly not mainstream.

Set mainly in the 1930's fictional fascist world of the European Republic of Zubrowka, we are introduced to the once-storied The Grand Budapest Hotel, a place of wonder where the rich can escape their worries in Turkish baths and luxury accommodations. The concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) is second to none, while his apprentice Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori) is learning under Gustave's very direct tutelage. When a frequent guest and elderly heiress dies under mysterious circumstances and leaves a priceless painting to Gustave, the family led by her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) conspire to deny Gustave the gift by any means necessary. The movie shifts back and forth to the 1960's and an elderly Zero (F. Murray Abraham), who relates the events to a visitor (Jude Law), while the Hotel is falling apart due to neglect. As Gustave escapes prison and the younger Zero aids in his escape, Dmitri's psychopathic partner Jobling (Wilem Defoe) seeks a second copy of the will that if found could destroy Dmitri's evil plans to control the family and the Hotel itself.  
Anderson has always been known to craft unique films with quirky characters - his vision for Hotel doesn't stray too far from that formula, but here he ups the comedy to slapstick proportions with pleasing results. He also consistently commands one of the best array of cameos you'll see in film, from Bill Murray as a fellow concierge in Gustave's 'network' to Owen Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, and Bob Balaban. Each have their moments, assisting Gustave with his escape while the policeman Henckels (Ed Norton) pursues him for a murder he didn't commit. It's also a deeply multi-layered approach, with Wilkinson and Law playing the same character, and Abraham and Revolori doing the same across three timelines. Anderson uses extreme closeups, whip camera styles, and model animation, set around Feinnes's old-world dapper style, while his penchant for blonde, elderly women becomes hilariously apparent at the heiress's funeral. He's at his best when he allows Gustave to jump out of character to utter an obscenity or become enraged when Zero fails to bring champagne to celebrate his escape and wash out his mouth. We can't recall the last time Feinnes was in a memorable comedy, but we hope he and Anderson collaborate again.

And yet it's not as endearing as Moonrise Kingdom, nor does the flash forward/back style seem to gel as well as it could. This and its rather abrupt ending are its only faults, merely frustrating us only long enough before its contagious style draws us back in. This is the kind of film that can wake up the casual moviegoer used to cookie-cutter plots and predictable endings, so long as you're willing to suspend reality in exchange for the promise of a good time. 

Much like other genre pics we've recently reviewed, The Grand Budapest Hotel isn't for everyone. Its wackiness is equaled by Anderson's deft direction and its deep cast, which combine into a pleasing adventure that's off the beaten path. In an industry that celebrates the mediocre and the predictable, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a surprise we can happily recommend. 

It's rated R for language, some sexual content and violence and has a runtime of 100 minutes. 

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SABOTAGE In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For SABOTAGE on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00PM at Regal Natomas in Sacramento.


We are nominated again for Best Local Blogger in Sacramento on the KCRA 3 A-List BEST of the 2014. Please Make sure to VOTE for us.


On MARCH 28th, see how far Arnold Schwarzenegger will go to protect his family and his team in Open Road's action thriller, SABOTAGE! In the latest red band trailer we catch a glimpse of the family man behind this cut-throat DEA task force leader. When his wife is taken, and his team is being eliminated, Schwarzenegger must get to the bottom of this mystery before it's too late. From the writer of Training Day and the director of End of Watch, SABOTAGE also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway.


In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.


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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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NOAH Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

A great flood is coming…  Noah starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone, the film is based on the story of Noah's Ark and is set to be released in theaters on March 28, 2014.

Starting today we will be having a NOAH scavenger hunt, all you have to do is make sure your following us on Facebook and Twitter. We will be giving you clues on where you can find us. For example, we might ask you to bring a stuff animal with you when you meet us. Just like NOAH did for the ark.

Here are some of the prizes we will be giving out. Rain slickers, aka rain coats, long sleeve tshirts/hoodies, hats, and posters.



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Friday, March 21, 2014

Muppets Most Wanted Review: Typical Muppet Zaniness Equals Awesome For Us.

Muppets Most Wanted Review
By: Matt Cummings

The sequel Muppets Most Wanted is typical Muppets zaniness, and that's awesome for us.

Among the most pleasant surprises of 2011 was the return of Jim Henson's Muppets in The Muppets. An emotional reunion filled with all the classic Muppet ingredients - memorable songs and zany comedy - it made a huge splash among old and new fans alike. Whether that winning formula could be repeated in a sequel has been the subject of debate among those who lovingly grew up with Sesame Street and later The Muppet Show, but who also worried that Disney might not give it the free reign it deserved. Luckily, Muppets Most Wanted recaptures that magic in many ways, but forgivingly misses in a few others.

As the curtain literally draws on the last Muppets movie, the team realizes that their newly-rediscovered stardom is not as great as they thought. Feeling a bit desperate for direction, they hire the sneaky agent Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who promises to take them on a European tour that will showcase their homespun talents. But Dominic's plan is really to replace Kermit the Frog (voiced by Steve Whitmire) with his evil boss Constantine (voiced by Matt Vogel), who escapes from a Siberian prison and the clutches of the prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey). Soon, Kermit finds himself in Constantine's prison garb, while Constantine must adjust to his new surrounding while keeping the diva Ms. Piggy (voiced by Eric Jacobson) at bay. Dominic and Constantine want to steal priceless treasures from Europe's finest art houses, which attracts the attention of Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell), who's also searching for Europe's top thief The Lemur. As the Muppets head towards certain disaster, Kermit faces his greatest challenge yet, while his friends must find a way to get their favorite frog back.

The appeal of The Muppets is timeless, and Most Wanted finds itself ensconced in a dizzying myriad of cameos, wacky skits, and toe-tapping songs, all of which are fiercely unapologetic in their...Muppet-ness. This franchise has always thrived as both self-aware and self-deprecating, with a plot thrown in for color. Writer/Director James Bobin returns to craft a very different kind of sequel, based on epic continent-spanning adventures that include polar ice caps, deserts, more ice caps, then deserts, and...well, you get the picture. Gervais is an enjoyable lead who brings the evil and the humor at just the right amounts, whether it's singing about being Number 2 to Constantine or parading around in a funny costume near film's end. Burrell is equally funny, competing with Sam the Eagle and making the most of the physical humor he's provided. Bobin really understands The Muppets in a way that I think would make Jim Henson proud - there's a precociousness to these felt and furry creatures, and he captures their bigger-than-life world with great effectiveness. But it's also the songs by Composer Bret McKenzie - from the instant classic We're Doing a Sequel to The Big House with a singing Tina Fey and special guest - which celebrate the wonderfully self-aware nature that has become a staple of this franchise.

If you're looking for an actual storyline, Bobin has given us a decent one, albeit nowhere near to the original. And while the message that sometimes what you want isn't really what you need is played out fairly well, it's not the reason why we're here. Long-time fans will regard this glitch as a minor one, as the franchise was never really about a particularly deep narrative. What made The Muppets so endearing was the inclusion of an emotional reunion that people had waited a decade to see. This time, the message takes second place to the skits, as we're treated to Muppets traveling the world and colliding into each other while singing funny songs. In any other genre, we would be decrying its flimsy story, but for Muppets Most Wanted, it's an opportunity for ridiculousness, some songs, more ridiculousness, and genuine heart-felt moments. It's the only franchise that can make that claim and get away with it. Some will also decry the lack of attention paid to fan-favorite Pepe the King Prawn, who made Muppets in Space so good, and his absence is puzzling to say the least. And while it also meanders a bit with one too many musical skits, we can still endorse it and even hope for a Director's Cut to arrive on home video.  Its warm, inviting aura isn't bulletproof, but it comes pretty close to it.

In the end, anyone looking to punch holes in Muppets Most Wanted might want to check if they actually have a heart. It's hilarious, light-hearted, wonderfully self-aware, and filled with enough cameos to fill several major motion pictures. It should do very well with families looking for inoffensive, lovable humor among teenage distopia, swords and sandals epics, and underachieving race car flicks. It's not quite The Muppets, but this one features plenty to like.

Muppets Most Wanted is rated PG for being warm and hugable and has a runtime of 112 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SABOTAGE In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For SABOTAGE on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00PM in San Francisco..


We are nominated again for Best Local Blogger in Sacramento on the KCRA 3 A-List BEST of the 2014. Please Make sure to VOTE for us.


On MARCH 28th, see how far Arnold Schwarzenegger will go to protect his family and his team in Open Road's action thriller, SABOTAGE! In the latest red band trailer we catch a glimpse of the family man behind this cut-throat DEA task force leader. When his wife is taken, and his team is being eliminated, Schwarzenegger must get to the bottom of this mystery before it's too late. From the writer of Training Day and the director of End of Watch, SABOTAGE also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway.


In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done - until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.


Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our podcast.


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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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WORLD'S FIRST EMOJI TRAILER For THE OTHER WOMAN

20th Century Fox has just released the WORLD'S FIRST EMOJI TRAILER for their upcoming comedy, THE OTHER WOMAN. See the hilarity played out on screen and in emoji icons!

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.



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Be Apart Of Jem & The Holograms Movie

Jem and the Holograms, the 1980s Hasbro toyline that was also a cartoon, is getting the big-screen treatment.

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions and director Jon M. Chu are teaming up to make the movie, which has been fast-tracked to start production this spring.

Chu, Blum and Scooter Braun announced Thursday on YouTube that they are producing a modern-day live-action reinvention of the cartoon. They also turned to fans of the show and toyline for help in writing music, designing costumes and even casting.

The cartoon ran from 1985 to 1988 and chronicled the adventures of Jerrica Benton and her alter ego, Jem, a singer who fronted a band called The Holograms. Ironically, the show was produced with the involvement of Marvel Productions, who were hoping to replicate the success of G.I. Joe.



According to the producers, Jem is being reimagined "for a whole new generation with themes of being true to who you are in a multitasking, hyperlinked social media age."

Ryan Landels wrote the script, which, per the producers, centers on an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation. She and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt -- one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.
The movie is a change of pace for Blum, who is known for his long line of horror movies including the Paranormal Activity films and Insidious, but it is in Chu’s wheelhouse. Before G.I Joe, he directed Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. He also directed the Justin Bieber concert films Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Justin Bieber’s Believe. On the latter two, he worked with Braun, who is Bieber’s manager.

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#Sabotage Featurette Arnold Schwarzenegger

In this Sabotage Featurette we see how Arnold Schwarzenegger is transformed for this roll.



On MARCH 28th, see how far Arnold Schwarzenegger will go to protect his family and his team in Open Road's action thriller, SABOTAGE! In the latest red band trailer we catch a glimpse of the family man behind this cut-throat DEA task force leader. When his wife is taken, and his team is being eliminated, Schwarzenegger must get to the bottom of this mystery before it's too late. From the writer of Training Day and the director of End of Watch, SABOTAGE also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway.

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Marvel's Phase 2 Concept Art

ABC  aired a celebratory one-hour special called Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe, and with that came some glimpses of its upcoming Phase Two projects. Published simultaneously on Marvel's website are these pieces of concept art and snaps of test footage, showcasing Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy. Possible spoilers follow, so don't look if you don't wanna know.




First up is Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age Of Ultron, giving us first impressions of Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, and a shot of Hulk and Black Widow by a collapsing building that looks not unlike something from the climax of Avengers Assembled. There's also an image doing the rounds of Iron Man putting his Hulkbuster armour to its intended use. That one isn't part of the official Marvel-released set, but hey, we'll throw it in anyway.





Then we've got Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. These four pics are, we're told, snapshots from test footage, and show the diminutive hero running, dangling and generally lurking.



And finally, a couple of shots from James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy. We've already seen something similar to that Rocket Raccoon and Groot pose in the trailer, but we think the illustration of Rocket and Peter Quill - apparently in Mos Eisley - is new.

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TV Recap: Once Upon A Time In Wonderland "Heart of the Matter"

TV Recap: Once Upon A Time In Wonderland  "Heart of the Matter"
By: Sue

Drink and merriment surrounds the Caterpillar, and Cyrus pays him a visit. It’s been a while since they’ve seen each other, and Cyrus breaks the news to him that he is no longer a genie. He’s come looking for the lost and found compass. The Caterpillar wants the Knave and Alice. A tiny Alice is much closer than he is aware of, as she crawls below his little stage and steals it. Cyrus grabs a beer, which starts a fight, just the distraction he needs to grab Alice and the compass.

The Jabberwocky watches Jafar carefully as he casts a spell over the genie bottles. Below in the ceilings threaten to fall over the Queen and the other prisoner, the work of magic.


Past, the Queen first meets the Tweedles. She’s delighted, but they have no names, they’re mere servants. Queen Cora comes for a visit. This is before Anastasia has wed the King. Cora was surprised to receive an invitation from the Red King. Cora tells Anastasia that she sees her potential, that she’s much closer to what she’d want in a daughter rather than what she has, she even offers to teach her some magic. Anastasia declines at this time, but Cora leaves the offer open.

Cyrus looks over the compass, but its not showing him anything yet. Tweedle arrives, and breaks the news to Cyrus and Alice that the Queen was forced to make all of her wishes, that Jafar has all of the genies and that they should leave. They ask for a way into the castle, and there is a way, but he has another piece of bad news. Jafar has released the Jabberwocky. Alice is horrified by the news, Cyrus has no clue what that means.

Jafar continues his spell casting with no luck. The Jabberwocky wants to know what he hopes to accomplish, she can’t read his mind only his fear that he’s doing something wrong. Jafar releases Will, but he was trying to nap. Jafar blames him for his failure, thinking he’s blocking him somehow. Jafar wants to know how he’s resisting the spell. The Jabberwocky wants to play with the Knave, and Jafar lets her. She sniffs around, listening for his deepest fears, but the knave is willing to give them to her willingly: Water, hairy spiders, being stabbed in the head, and raisins. The Jabberwocky tells Jafar that Will is different, she cannot read him. Jafar concludes that the Red Queen must have put a protection spell on him. They decide that they’re talking to the wrong person.

Will comes to visit Anastasia, he sneaks over her balcony, and all she can do is ask him what he’s doing here. He wants answers. Cora listens while Will tries to justify her actions. Anastasia thinks that what she is doing is for the both of them. But Will remembers what they had, what she’s throwing away. The guards come, and Will tells her that he will wait for her at dawn.

The prisoner tells The Queen that they make their own prisons. Cyrus and Alice comes through the prison. She told them to run, but Alice vows to stop them. The Queen thanks them for coming back, even if it wasn’t for them. Jafar and the Jabberwocky intrude on the reunion, sending Alice and Cyrus into hiding. Jafar asks what the Queen has done to the bottle. First she gave him a counterfeit bottle, and now a broken Genie, now he wants answers and he uses his magic to manhandle her to get them. But the Jabberwocky tells him to stand down, she has found the answer. She knows why the Knave isn’t responding to the spell, why she couldn’t read the fear, he doesn’t have a heart. Jafar turns to the Queen thinking that she kept the secret from him, but she tells him that it was not her that revealed that secret, that they have guests.

Jafar has the dungeon searched, and the guards report that they’ve found a secret tunnel. The Queen knew about the tunnels, the King used them to ferry in his hussies. Jafar wants her to help him find the Knave’s heart, but she doesn’t know where it is, she didn’t know it was missing. Her value is going down, but its not gone yet.

Alice and Cyrus get away, and Alice admits that the Jabberwocky was slithering around her head. Alice knows that its only a matter of time until they get inside of the Knave’s head. Cyrus’s solution: they find the Knave’s heart first. Alice knows where it is, it’s the getting there that will be challenging. It’s not in Wonderland.

Jafar asks Will where his heart is. He tells him that he doesn’t remember, and that sleeping in a dungeon won’t bother him. Jafar asks if sleeping next to a corpse will, and brings forth the Queen. She struggles against him, and Will watches with little interest as Jafar holds a knife to her throat. He debates saving her, but she tells him not to bother, that he’ll kill her anyways. As the knife bites into her throat, Will capitulates, and will reveal the location. His heart has caused him enough suffering he says, and no one needs to die, not even her for it.

Past, Will awaits Anastasia, but she does not come. Cora does. He bows, but he’s unsure what he’s suppose to do. Cora tells him that Anastasia sent her, and that she is not coming. Anastasia’s decision breaks Will’s heart, Will has kept hope that she would change her mind, but Cora tells him that he needs to get over it, that Anastasia will never come back. Will’s purpose was to bring Anastasia into Wonderland. Will asks Cora to take his heart, to help him. Cora makes sure that he understands without it he’ll never be able to love again. Will accepts that fate, and Cora snatches Will’s heart, instantly relieving his heartbreak. He’s feeling much better, and Cora keeps the heart. Will is off.

Alice got the Knave his heart back, but the Knave didn’t want it she tells Cyrus. They go to the Rabbit’s house and finds soldiers leaving. The rabbit has been looking for people to go up against Jafar. The campaign is going poorly, the people have nothing to believe in. Alice tells the Rabbit that they have to take a trip, that otherwise it won’t matter how many people they find, Jafar will be too powerful. Alice tells the Rabbit to take them to Storybrook.

Alice and Cyrus arrive in the very modern Storybrook. It’s a very odd land, a very noisy one. They head to the Knave place. Cyrus marvels over the electricity, and Alice is shocked over all of the Knave’s things. It’s all overwhelming.

The Queen tells the Knave that he should have let them kill her. He didn’t want the blood on his hands, he would have done the same for anyone. She tells him that he’s no Knave, but the good man that she fell in love with. But she never loved him he says, only the times they had. If she did love him, she would have come to him at the wagon that day.

She prepared to leave, but Cora stopped her cold feet. She tells her that she was making a horrible mistake, thinking that perhaps it was all her fault. Anastasia tells her that it wasn’t. Cora prattles on, thinking that the accolades she laid on her before were too much, but Anastasia has never had such praise. Cora tells her she sees a desire to make a mark in the world. She asks when she leaves the world does she want an unmarked grave behind a rickety wagon, or to be beloved by scores. Anastasia wavers, and Cora tells her that she chose power over weakness, that Will’s words lie like all men. Anastasia may be weak, but she knows that Will does not lie, and she turns to go to him. Cora shows her in the mirror, that Will is not waiting, that the wagon is empty. She tells her that Anastasia tossed him aside for a crown, and betrayed him, that he will never forgive her, and never love her again. No mention of the fact that she relieved him of his heart though. Anastasia doesn’t believe her words, but Cora tells her to turn the other cheek, start a new chapter and be a wonderful Queen. Anastasia asks her to teach her how, and Cora is delighted to.

Alice bumps about, and knocks over Will’s lamp. Alice blames herself for Will’s current predicament. Cyrus points out that he fetched her for a reason, she wasn’t the only one who left someone in Wonderland, that the Knave though surrounded by shiny new things, wasn’t happy. She realizes he was there for Anastasia. Cyrus asks her if she was him, where would she keep her heart. She chooses behind his Queen dartboard, and low and behold his heart is indeed there. She opens the box, and inside is the shining heart.

Anastacia didn’t realize he was heartless, but he couldn’t take feeling the way she made him. He points out that she said she wanted to learn magic so that she could change the past their past. He asks her what she would change? Marrying the King? Losing the jewels? She’d take back them coming to Wonderland. They would have stayed in Sherwood. The start of magic, was the start of their trouble. As Anastasia and Will they had all the magic they needed.

Past. Cora teaches Anastasia magic, how to conjure fire, but Anastasia struggles. Cora tells her that it starts with respecting power, understanding your place. Anastasia asks what she uses magic for, and she tells her to get what she wants. But there are drawbacks to magic, familiar genie ones. You can’t bring back the dead, you can’t make someone love you, and the doozy, you can’t change the past. Anastasia asks if any can be broken, but they cannot. Cora knows that something is holding her back, but Anastasia claims that she fears that the Red King will stop them. Cora wants Anastasia to challenge her pain, her fears, to channel it into her power and prove them all wrong. The fire flares to life, and the Red Queen is born.

Alice and Cyrus make it back to Wonderland. They plan to hide the heart, some place where neither of them know in case the Jabberwocky picks their brains. The compass goes crazy, it knows his mother is near. Jafar comes from the forest, ready to claim the heart. Alice refuses to give it to him, and Jafar uses the staff to knock Alice and Cyrus away. Jafar goes to destroy Alice and Cyrus, and when he raises his staff against Cyrus, the staff balks, a mother would never harm her son. Jafar tries to take the staff back, but it will not go. Jafar runs, and Alice thinks it was Cyrus who did it. Cyrus stares at the staff. He hands the compass to Alice to see what she sees, and she sees that the needle is following the staff. Bingo! Cyrus tells her that the staff fought back against Jafar when he tried to use it against him. He tells her that it makes sense, that his mother was obsessed with serpents, with their ability to change. With his mother recovered, Alice wants to free her, they just have to figure out how to.

The Queen apologizes to Will. She’s sorry she resorted to magic to try to get him back. She knows that he will never love her, but asks if she could forgive her. He tells her that anything is possible. She doesn’t want Jafar to succeed, but she does hope he gets his heart back so that he can feel something, love someone even if it isn’t her. She’s about to get her wish. Jafar and the Jabberwocky return with Will’s heart. The Jabberwocky holds him as Jafar shoves it in. Anastasia calls him to look at her, and he does. They kiss passionately, forgetting where they are for a moment. The Jabberwocky pulls him away, throwing him into his cell, while Jafar pulls Anastasia from her. He tells Will be wants to make sure that his heart is working as he plunges his blade into her back, killing her. Will is brokenhearted in a whole new way, poor Knave.

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New CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER TV Clip "Conspiracy"

The newly released TV Spot “Conspiracy” from Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is now available



After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The film releases April 4, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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AMERICA'S BEST COOK Premieres April 13th

HOME COOKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY COMPETE FOR GRAND PRIZE AND TITLE AS "AMERICA'S BEST COOK" Series Premieres Sunday, April 13th at 9pm ET/PT


Hosted by Ted Allen with Cat Cora, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tyler Florence and Michael Symon to Mentor and Coach 16 Home Cooks for Coveted Crown


Home cooks from across the country compete, with the guidance and determination from Food Network chefs, for a $50,000 cash prize in the new culinary competition series America's Best Cook, premiering Sunday, April 13th at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Ted Allen, the cooks are divided into teams which are mentored by Cat Cora, Tyler Florence, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon, each representing the South, West, East and North respectively. The series kicks off with a timed culinary challenge where 16 cooks divided into groups of four compete for coveted positions on the mentor's teams. Following the challenge, each mentor tastes the dishes of four hopeful cooks and chooses the two for their team that they believe will lead them to victory. Emotions run high as each mentor puts their reputation on the line for one of their cooks to be named America's Best Cook.


In each episode, the hand-picked cooks compete in a Group Challenge to prove they have what it takes to compete another day and to make their Food Network chef mentors proud. With direction and counsel from their mentors the cooks must raise the bar in every facet of their cooking. From elevating every day, tired dishes to restaurant quality cuisine to transforming savory ingredients into amazingly sweet desserts, these cooks must give it their all to impress the rotating guest judge and avoid the elimination round. The bottom four cooks dig deep for redemption as they face-off in the intense Pressure Cooker round where their final dishes are judged again by the guest judge who then determines who is safe for another week and who goes home. The finale puts the four remaining home cooks through three grueling, single elimination rounds until one cook along with their chef mentor is left standing as America's Best Cook. Special guests include Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay,Ron Ben-Israel,Marcel Vigneron and Geoffrey Zakarian.

America's Best Cook is produced by Relativity Lifestyle Television, a division of Relativity Television.

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 tenfold 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 the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.

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Trailer & Poster For FILTH Starring James McAvoy

Magnet Releasing will release FILTH on iTunes/On Demand April 24, 2014 and in theaters May 30, 2014.

Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job - the rest of his colleagues are just idiots.

Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem.

But is life that simple? Is Bruce the man he really thinks he is? The tragic, hilarious and memorable answers unfold in FILTH...

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Directed by Jon S. Baird
Written by Irvine Welsh
Starring James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent and Imogen Poots

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Noah Featurette. "Noah Building The Ark"

Noah is an upcoming 2014 American biblical epic film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone, the film is based on the story of Noah's Ark


The biblical Noah sees visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.



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Bad Words Review. Fails To Deliver The Knockout Punch


Bad Words Review
By: Matt Cummings

The spelling bee from Hell comedy Bad Words is mostly fun, but fails to deliver the knockout punch.

Actor Jason Bateman has made a fortune playing nice guys who get wrapped up in craziness - his newest release Bad Words sees him move to the director's chair to craft a crass and ugly spelling bee comedy that fails to hold our attention.

Guy Tribly (Bateman) starts the movie by telling us "I'm not good at a lot of things, especially thinking things through." An angry 40-something, Guy's been traveling the country appearing at spelling bee competitions to outclass the event's directors via a loophole that allows him to participate. His most-recent victory earns him the wrath of local parents as they chase him to his car. But Guy's on a mission, dragging the online blogger Jenny (Kathryn Hahn) with him, whose site is paying his entrance fees and hotels. While she attempts to figure out his backstory, Guy appears at the national tournament, meeting the 11-year old Chaitainya (Rohand Chand) who he takes on a wild evening of drinks, pranks, and 'meetings' with prostitutes. As the two prep for the big dance, Guy's ruthlessness has no limits, enraging the national director (Phillip Baker Hall) who doesn't realize Guy's motives until it's too late.


The film's best scenes are those involving Guy playing offensive tricks on unsuspecting kids (the ketchup in the girl's seat, the gift of spent panties to a boy). But at its heart, Bad Words is an ugly film that seems to make no pretense about its intentions. Bateman and Writer Andrew Dodge craft an acidic picture where no one is really worthy of our time; Chand is cute and should do well in future films, but even he's been manipulated by Dad in an effort to give him a chance against Guy. Hahn's personality comes out only when Bateman says so, which does include a couple of funny intercourse scenes where she demands that Guy not look at her while giving her the business. But as Guy's real intentions emerge, things get a little...weird. Soon, it's a revenge tale, centered around destroying the esteemed spelling bee, all because a daddy left his boy and mommy. When that complicated history arrives - crammed into too short a timeline - we can't decide who's more reprehensible, and that's a problem. Sure, Bateman butters the comedy bread with thick strokes, but we don't feel any better about its disconnected ending, nor do we ever empathize with Guy's motives. 

There's a sticky feeling to Bad Words, as if we're meant to feel every part of Guy's ugly world. In that small way, count it as a success. But as a memorable comedy, the film doesn't hold our attention once the reveal is cast. Considering it's Bateman's directorial debut, we're willing to grant him a pass, but we can't recommend it for anything other than a matinee. Considering the promise of a foul-mouthed and rudely-apportioned affair near film's beginning, we definitely deserved better. 

Bad Words is Rated R for crude and sexual content, language and brief nudity and has a runtime of 88 minutes. 

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