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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For RIO 2 In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For RIO 2 on Saturday, April 5 at 10:00AM in Sacramento at Century Stadium 14.


RIO 2. Blu, Jewel, and their three kids are hurtled to the wilds of the Amazon in this highly anticipated sequel to RIO, and this time they're joined by a whole new slew of characters as Blu meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.


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


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For CUBAN FURY In San Francisco. With Q&A From Nick Frost

Win Tickets To An Advance For CUBAN FURY on March 29th at 6:00PM in San Francisco.

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Post-screening reception will be held after the Q&A at Jillian's located on the first level of the Metreon's shopping center with free food and salsa dancing performances!


In 1987 a thirteen-year-old natural born dancer with fire in his heels and snakes in his hips is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But then: a freakish bullying incident on the mean streets of London robs him of his confidence, and our young hero finds his life diverted down a very different path.


Twenty-two-years later, an adult Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved – trapped in a downward spiral of self-pity, repression and Nando’s take-outs. Only Julia (Rashida Jones), his smart, funny, gorgeous new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she’s untouchable; out of his league. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion. Thus, Bruce is once again brought face-to-face with the darkest and most powerful of his inner demons. Somehow, someway, Bruce must learn how to unshackle his dancing beast, regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life…and he’s going to do it all On The Dance Floor…


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TV Recap: Once Upon A Time In Wonderland "To Catch A Thief"

TV Recap: Once Upon A Time In Wonderland "To Catch A Thief"
By: Sue

The Knave is a wreck, with Anastasia dead he’s broken. Jafar tells him that she risked so much to get him back. He says that she almost looks like she’s asleep, like one could just reach out and kiss her. Jafar’s torture continues, as he strokes her glass coffin. His father wishes that he learned mercy. Jafar knows the cold sting of loss, and gives him a chance to bring Anastasia back, to see her again. Jafar’s father tells him not to listen, but Jafar knows that with his heart returned he will listen.

Some time ago, Will chattered away as he and a group hunted for a beast. Although he didn’t stop talking for a moment, he was paying attention. The men split up as they chase for this beast, that looks like a running woman. The Knave finds himself separated from the group, and after a tumble down the hill finds himself under the murderer’s blade. It’s Alice, and their first meeting. After some witty banter, Alice runs off, but it isn’t the last time they will meet.


Cyrus doesn’t think Alice understands, which she does, but doesn’t agree. To defeat Jafar they must free his brothers, to do that they must return the water to the well of Wonders, which he thinks is in Jafar’s staff. Alice thinks that they should free his mother first, but Cyrus does not dare upset Nyx again, he would put his own life in jeopardy, but not his life with Alice. Alice accepts his plan, but wishes to set off immediately. Will arrives, and Alice runs to him. He looks broken, and he tells her that Anastasia is dead, and Jafar restored his heart before he did it. Alice tells him that she and Cyrus is there for him. Will tells her that Wonderland can bring Anastasia back to life, but they have to let Jafar win.

Past, Alice sleeps on the ground as the Knave draws near. With a dagger in hand, he walks into her trap. It’s very uncomfortable, and Alice hopes that he has learned his lesson, but he has not. She wonders why she continues to spare his life, when he’s trying to take hers. He’s been wondering the same thing given her history. She tells him that she was trying to pick a weeping willow from the Queen’s garden. He believes her, but he still has to kill her he says. He has no choice but to do her bidding since she took his heart. It makes a predicament for Alice. She can’t leave him there, and she can’t have him keep trying to kill her. She plans to steal his heart back, which he laughs over, saying that she’s not much of a thief. Although she’s gotten the drop on him twice, he chalks it up to chance not skill. He tells her that his heart is in the Queen’s vault guarded by her best, and asks why she would bother helping him. She tells him that everyone deserves a second chance.

He repeats her words now. This is Anastasia’s second chance. If they give Jafar back his staff, he will change the laws of magic, something that they’ve been trying to stop. Cyrus tells him that they cannot. Alice thinks it’s a horrible plan, but they have nothing else. She asks Will to think, even if Jafar kept his end of the bargain, which he isn’t likely to do, Ana may be alive, but many more would die. Alice tells him that she would do anything for him, but she cannot do that. Will tells her that she’s right, he was thinking with his heart and not his head. They invite him to come along, and he agrees for one last adventure before he is put back into his bottle. As they set out, he keeps his eyes on the staff.

The Jabberwocky tells Jafar that everyone’s fear smells different, his smells like pine nettles in the snow. She tries to distract him so she can take the blade, but he grabs it before she can. She tells him that if he is tired of her that he should just give her the blade so she can go, but he won’t let her go until he’s completed the spell. She feels his fear that he won’t be able to, that he needs another sorcerer to do so, and she feels his fear over his staff’s betrayal thinking it has something to do with Amara. Jafar tells her that she mistakes curiosity for fear. Jafar tells her that she wears her fear on her sleeve. She fears that Jafar will not live up to his end of the bargain and she’ll be his as long as they live. He tells her that if she were to help his fears not come to pass, he can do the same for hers.

Alice and Cyrus sleep as Will watches the fire. His eyes rest on the staff, and he lays his hand on it. Cyrus cautions him to not steal the staff, because it would break Alice’s heart. Cyrus wants him to go back to bed, to pretend that it didn’t happen, but Cyrus isn’t good at pretending, and knocks Cyrus out.

Past. Alice watches the guards at the vault, She knows’ they’re routine, and she easily sneaks their keys and enters the vault with little trouble. More troublesome is the amount of drawers in the vault. Each of the drawers is numbered like a deck of cards, and Alice remembering the Knaves words that he is a jack of all trades chooses the Jack of Hearts drawer. She opens it and finds the Knave’s heart.

Cyrus wakes up Alice. She sees that the Knave is gone, but they’re not sure exactly how long he was gone. Alice apologizes for the Knave, but Cyrus sees nothing wrong with putting her trust in a friend. Will messed up though, and left them the compass, so they can track him and ask nicely for the staff back.

Jafar pulls out his genie bottles. He summons the brothers. The younger asks what he wants, but he says that he doesn’t want anything. The older asks why he would summon them now, when he never has in the past. He’s summoned them because he is curious. A woman, Amara told him about genies, and the boys claim to not know her. Jafar tells them that she was searching for them for a long time, but the elder maintains that many others had too. Jafar needs nothing else from them, he just wanted to get a look at them he says.

Will runs through the woods, trying to get back to Jafar, but he’s lost. Alice and Cyrus follows his erratic zig zags. Cyrus thinks that he’s taking a strange route, but Alice knows that navigation was never his strong suite. The pair spot Will, and split up after the Knave. Alice’s course ends just short of a drop into the fast moving water below. The Knave comes up from behind her, and disarms her. He’s not as clumsy as he use to be. He looks at her regretfully. She asks him what is next. He tells her that it may not make any sense, but he does love her, that he finally got his heart back, and she’s asking him not to use it. Will reminds her that he went to the ends of the earth for her and Cyrus, risked his neck for her, and yet she won’t let him do the same. He asks her not to go after him, tells her that her love story isn’t the only one worth fighting for. He leaves, and the ground gives way under her. He hears her cries, and he jumps in after her.

Will and Alice dry off next to a fire. Alice remarks that he saved her. She would have done the same for him, she had. She thought that he couldn’t swim. He tells her that he doesn’t know how to lose her either, and given the proper motivation there’s no telling what he can do. Alice tells him that he was right. Through thick and thin he stood by her until she got Cyrus back, that the best thieves don’t work alone. She tells him that he has to fight for his own love story, and that he isn’t alone.

Past. The Knave continues to try to get out of Alice’s trap when she returns and cuts him free. She tells him that she has his heart, but he still feels the need to kill her. He offers her a head start, but she’s not leaving. She tells him that she wants him to stop trying to kill her, and she discovers with his heart in her hands she can control him. She tells him to stand on one foot, and he does. She has him flap his arms, and he does. She asks him to help her show her father she’s not crazy, to show that Wonderland is real, and the two set off on a new partnership.

Will, Cyrus and Alice continue on together. Will offers Cyrus a free swing at him, to put his conscious at ease, but Cyrus doesn’t want to. Alice stops the men from chattering. The forest is too quiet, the Jabberwocky is near. She blows out their flames, and Alice calls out to the Jabberwocky. The torches reignite. She’s not digging around in their heads, and she tells the trio that Jafar did not send her. The Jabberwocky is looking for a new partnership, she desires freedom, but Alice isn’t interested in negotiating with her. The Jabberwocky tells her not to be a fool, or she could end up like Anastacia. Will calls her a monster. The Jabberwocky wasn’t born a monster but made one. She tells them that with Jafar gone fear will leave the land and with nothing to eat she will be forced to leave as well. Everyone gets what they want, but that isnt’ all they want. Alice raises the bar, they want the Queen back as well, but that is one thing the Jabberwocky cannot give, but looking at the staff she tells her that it can.

Past. Alice and the Knave enjoy some pints. Alice beats him in a drinking contest. She doesn’t like to drink, but she does like to win. He notes that she could be making him do anything she wanted and she’s making him come out with her for pints. She’s holding onto the only thing she has left, her father, so if that makes her a terrible person, he wishes everyone was as terrible as her. Alice isn’t sure why she needs to find proof after all these years. Will tells her that he grew up with a very stubborn girl, his sister Penelope, and they’re the best kinds of girls. Penelope fell into the lake, but he thinks had she grown up she would have been like Alice. Alice knows what it’s like to lose someone, and decides that it isn’t right to hold his heart hostage. She gives it back to him, just like that. She’ll find her proof on her own. He stops her from leaving, reminding her that the best thieves don’t work alone.

Alice and Will pull a grate as Alice counts. The Knave quiets down to keep from distracting her.

The Jabberwocky returns with Cyrus in tow to Jafar. She tells him that he could be very valuable. Jafar sees that it could be true. Cyrus spits upon him. Jafar wants his staff back and asks again where it is. Cyrus tells him that the stick is long gone. Jafar asks for the truth. The Jabberwocky tells him that Cyrus dears the consequences, but is telling the truth. Jafar thinks it’s a good thing that he has Cyrus then, because he can retrieve the Knave at any time. The Jabberwocky asks what about her, but Jafar has no intentions of letting her go yet.

In the dungeon, Alice and the Knave wait. Alice asks if it is too hard to be there with Anastasia so close. Will says that it’s good for him. He warns her that they don’t have to do this, that its dangerous, but neither are turning back now. The Knave goes to pay his respects, and guards see him. He runs through the palace as the guards follow. Alice rushes in and steals the keys to Jafar’s father’s cell. They want him to help them make sure that Jafar never hurts anyone again. The father says he will help. Jafar mentions how odd it must be for a genie to be outside of his bottle, asks if it’s disconcerting to be suddenly turned to sand. Will leads the guards on a merry chase, but they have him corned. He knows at any moment he’ll be summoned back, in fact he’s counting on it as the guards close in on him. Jafar summons Will, and he materializes in front of Jafar. Jafar uses his powers to choke Will, asking where his staff is. His staff, now back as Amara is right behind him, and he does not look happy to see her. Amara isn’t any happier to see him. She breaks his hold on Will, and wishes to leave the boys out of it. He sends Will back to his bottle. She tells him that she didn’t teach him all of her tricks as she sends the throne flying towards him. Alice and Jafar’s father run into a group of guards. He tells her that there are too many, but Alice takes them all on and wins. She had a very good teacher in Cyrus.

Past. Alice and the Knave battle some palace guards. Alice isn’t all that good with a sword, and she gets lucky when she throws one into the garden wall, and it ensnares him. She tells the Knave to follow suit and he does, leaping in time to retrieve her satchel holding the rabbit before it’s taken by the vines of the wall. Will tells Alice to take the rabbit and get out of Wonderland while he distracts the guards. She asks what about never working alone, but he knows that she won’t be alone for long. A great girl like her has a happy ending around the corner.

Now. It’s a sorcerer showdown in the throne room. Amara brings down the chandelier from above, and turns them into a nest of snakes. Jafar defeats them easy enough. He tells her that she’s grown lazy, and she remarks that he should have destroyed her when he had the chance, but he needs two sorcerers to do his spell. She has no intention of helping him, and the battle will only stop when one of them is dead. She breaks a mirror, and hurls the shards at Jafar. It’s a standoff, with mirror shards floating between them. Cyrus makes it to the lamps. He has both in hand. Jafar tells Amara that he finally realizes what she was after, not power, but family. He throws a shard towards Cyrus, where it strikes his chest. The mirror pieces fall, as does Alice. She feels the blow to his chest. Jafar pulls the mirror from his chest. Amara goes to her son, Alice rushes towards the throne room. The only way for Amara to save Cyrus will be to change the laws of magic. He asks her if she is ready to do what is necessary to get what she wants. Alice arrives, and finds Amara and Jafar working their magic, and Cyrus’s body upon the floor. Jafar’s eyes light up with power. Is it too late? Can there be a happy ending to the story? Next week’s Series Finale hopefully has the answers.

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TV Recap Reign "Monsters" By: Sue

TV Recap Reign "Monsters"
By: Sue

Olivia lies chained in the Darkness’s cave. She cannot escape it. She wakes from her nightmare. Nostradamus tells her that it cannot reach her anymore, to not let her mind sabotage her recovery. He touches her, and she says that her back hurts. Nostradamus checks it, and finds that it is infected. When he slices it open to relieve the pressure he sees that there is something inside. He pulls a tooth from her back.

King Henry sits distracted in a meeting. The Marquis did not take his advice upon his last visit in regards to the Baron. He thinks to teach him a lesson. He pours wax in the Marquis’s ear. Catherine thinks that he is still sick, but Henry thinks his mind is sharper than ever, and he does not want to miss the Queen Bean celebration. Good ole Henry likely has a case of syphilis that is eating at his brain.

Francis and Mary talk about the upcoming ceremony. Mary does not remember the celebration, but she was a child last time at court. Anyone can become Queen for a day by finding the bean in her cake. She gets lavish gifts and even a place in the King’s bed for the day, and in the morning she is herself once more. Francis always avoided the display by hunting with Bash. Mary tells him its okay to miss his brother. She notes that no one is pestering her with heirs. Kenna comes to take Mary to meet Greer’s suitor, Lord Julian.


Leith hands out pieces of cake. It’s a lovely cake, but none are eating it. Lord Julian is very handsome, and Kenna wistfully longs for a suitor of her own. Greer presents Lord Julian from Hungary. They ask for Mary’s permission to wed, and she gives it to them. Lola and Kenna embrace Greer warmly. Lord Julian is a step up from Casselroy (Lord Peppercorn) the girls believe, and he plans to leave soon with Leith in tow. Mary has bad news for Lola. He suitor has been delayed for five weeks, which she’ll begin to show by then. Mary asks for more time to find her suitor. Henry makes an entrance. Nostradamus asks Catherine who else knows of Henry’s madness. Only Kenna and a Nobleman know, both of which will not talk. Catherine asks if he has found cause for the madness, but having imbibed Henry’s food and drink for the past few days Nostradamus has found nothing. Catherine sees only that he is truly mad then, and Nostradamus suggests putting him in a potion induced coma, which won’t be easy with so many tasters. They’ll need a good Trojan horse. A pretty kitchen girl, Penelope finds the bean, and Catherine crowns her Queen of the bean. Their Trojan has been delivered.

Bash returns from exile, and he gets detained. He comes with a story of something killing people in the woods. Mary worries about his return, and Francis washes his hands of his brother, thinking that his only motivation for return is Mary.

Mary comes to visit Bash in chains in the dungeon. She’s bribed the jailor and found a way to get his to Spain, but he will not go. She doesn’t understand why he would return when many want him dead. Mary maintains that Francis did not try to kill him, but that he stirs up in him a bitter jealously, that makes him so crazed that he becomes someone that she doesn’t know. Bash asks if its because he sees that Mary would have been happy without him, happier if she had married Bash. Mary maintains that she feels nothing for him anymore but concern. He tells her that he feels the same. He’s returned on behalf of another. Jealousy flares within Mary to hear of his moving on, but he tells her that she needs to hear him out to understand.

Catherine gets “Queen” Penelope prepared for her day of royalty. Catherine tells her to consider being the first Queen of the Bean to think long term. If she proves to be trustworthy, they can remain friends. She asks her if she has maintained her virtue, and she has. She tells her that bean Queens sometimes lose themselves with the King. She warns that the King has quite a rough appetite and a lengthy one. She tells her that if they are to be friends, she can give her the aphrodisiac, the potion Nostradamus gave her, that will satisfy the King, and free her to be onto more fun and games.

Francis heads down to the dungeon, and finds Bash and Mary walking the halls. He immediately jumps to the conclusion that Bash has come for Mary, but he’s come for men and horses, and not in a kinky way. He wishes to seek out and destroy a threat in the forest, the same that threatened Mary. Francis thinks that Bash sounds ignorant like the Pagans. Bash refuses to leave until the woods are safe, because the darkness claimed a girl he cared for very much, Rowan. Francis doesn’t believe his words, but there is one that he will believe his old flame Olivia, the only known survivor of the Darkness.

Leith comes to Greer once more. She doesn’t want to hear his words, because she’s engaged to a man who should be everything she ever wanted, but he isn’t Leith. He rushes to her, kisses her, and a servant opens the door with Lord Julian and his men in tow. The lovers jump apart, but they’ve been caught. Leith blathers that he stole the kiss from the lady, that he’s always fancied her. Greer tries to get him to stop, but he doesn’t. Julian’s men take Leith away, but tell them not to harm him. Julian had brought her a gift, but he cannot give it to her. Greer tries to make it right with Julian, but he tells her that he cannot marry her. He wishes that he were a better man, but he cannot, even if it ruins her. He leaves his gift as a parting, as Greer breaks down in tears.

Francis, Mary and Bash go to see Olivia. Mary and Francis are so sorry to hear her story. Bash asks if Francis now believes his story. Francis does not think that it is a monster, but a man that is causing the issue. Olivia does not think that she could retrace her steps, but she remembers a field surrounded by firs, Bash knows of a place that sounds like that, and Francis wishes to gather his guards to check it out. Bash is reasonably wary of the idea, since the last time he was with Francis’s guards it didn’t go so well. Francis maintains that he did not order the guards to kill Bash. Francis will go with him to find the monster and kill it, and then put Bash on the next ship. Olivia tells them that they cannot just hunt down the darkness and kill it. Nostradamus has found otherwise. The tooth he found was a human one, though it was filed to a point to look like a beast’s tooth.

Greer cries to Lola and Kenna worried over Leith. He will be lashed for getting caught. He will spend years down in a cell, and she loves him. Kenna says that it is no better than what she did, but it is. Mistresses of the king are revered, whereas Greer will be ruined, her family will be ruined. Lola tells her that its not that dire. Mary overhears her laments about no future. Greer is so ashamed. Her ladies have brought her shame.

Mary goes to Henry about Leith, and he wonders why Scotland would be concerned over a kitchen boy. Leith has many friends in high places he notes. Lord Casselroy also petitioned on his behalf, asking for military service. Leith is to leave for training tomorrow. Queen Penelope arrives, and Henry is ready to undress. Mary wishes to leave, but Henry wants her to stay. Now that she’s given her virtue to Francis, he tells her to pretend that Penelope is Francis and show her how to please a ruler. Mary thinks he is kidding for a moment, and when she realizes that he is not, she asks if he is unwell. He gives her the whole anointed by God rant, and she asks for Penelope to assist her for a moment, but Penelope tells her that she is fine, and sends Mary away. She goes to the King, and wishes to engage in a little bondage with him. She binds her hands, offers to take control, to give him the pleasure he desires. She kisses him deeply, and orders him onto the bed, threatening to belt him.

Bash, Francis and his men take up the search. Bash does not have a weapon, and Francis isn’t planning on giving him one. Bash has nothing left, his bid for the throne went unwell, and he lost Mary as well, Francis won it all, but he’s still not happy. Francis tells him that many people want him dead for his action against the crown, but he still looks at Francis as the villain. Bash use to be the one person that he looked up to, but now he sees him as a traitor and usurper. Francis spots fresh tracks in the snow, they aren’t alone, he hands Bash his sword.

Penelope goes to the throne room. Henry is not in tow, and Catherine asks if she used the aphrodisiac. Penelope tells her that Henry did not need it, that she knows how to handle him. She asks if he goes mad from time to time, and if what she gave her was the medicine. Catherine tells her that it is. Guests arrive, and Penelope asks her to move from her throne. Catherine does, but the girl has not made any friends.

Mary comes to see Lola, who is in tears. She cannot fit into her dress. They are out of time. Mary tells her to marry Lord Julian, she is everything that he came to France to find in a wife. Lola asks about Greer, but this is what Greer suggested. Mary doesn’t want to sound blunt but she needs it to work. Her marriage is threatened from all sides. Bash’s return has poisoned Francis’s heart, made him jealous, and if Francis were to find out that Lola carried his child it would be ruined. Lola would never want to be a threat to her happiness. Lola tells her that if she could sway Lord Julian to her direction, she will do her best to marry him and quickly.

The horses spook, and Bash heads back to check them. The Darkness’s odd whistle pierces the air. Bash calls back the guards who are searching. Francis notices that the tracks suddenly stops but he sees something. He moves closer to see what it is. It’s a severed hand. A loud cracking resonates, and Francis yells to stay back. The ice cracks, and Francis falls beneath the ice. Bash runs onto the ice alone, afraid too much weight will crack the ice more. He runs to the hole, but Francis is not there, there is a current. He moves further down the ice, moving aside the snow, but he cannot break ice, and Francis is swept further. Bash goes down further, and uses his sword to break through the ice. He sticks his head beneath the ice, and spots Francis, he grabs him and pulls him avoce.

The Bean Queen celebration continues. Henry relishes in the sight of his Queen. He goes to Greer and Kenna, and congratulates Greer for being interesting for once. It made the people talk finally stop wagging their tongues about Kenna. Ouch, harsh words. Mary asks if the girls are alright. Kenna tells her that Henry is a monster. Mary thanks Greer for what she did for Lola. She says that she had her chance and threw it away, but Mary isn’t so sure as Casselroy approaches. Greer thanks Casselroy for what he did for Leith. He didn’t do it for Leith, but for Greer. Casselroy is too rich to care what people say, but he cares for Greer who has a good heart. Greer finally sees Casselroy, and all of his kindness, and she accepts his proposal.

Nostradamus watches the celebration. Olivia spies him, and comes over. He tells her that she looks lovely, and she thinks that perhaps she is ready to rejoin society. She asks him to dance with her, but he tells her that she cannot.

Francis sits besides the fire, trying to get warm after his time under the ice. Francis realizes that he could have died under the ice, but Bash still saved him. He asks if that was wise since he thought that he tried to save him, but Bash tells him that he is his brother. Mary has been told that they’ve returned, and the guards did find the cave, but it was empty, except the blood. Bash thinks that it left Rowan’s hand to try to lure them onto the ice. Francis vows to find him, to see the Darkness dead for Rowan and all his victims so that Bash can leave with a clear conscious. Bash hopes that he can find something of his own, far away from there. Francis knows that he will, that Bash will still be his brother. Henry asks why Bash was released from the dungeon. Francis tells him that he needed Bash’s help. Henry wants to finish things now. He tells Bash that when he forced him to watch the consummation he realized then that he would always covet what his brother had. Francis asks if Henry spoke with his guards. Henry tells him that sacrifices must be made. Bash is a threat to everything that he wants, that he built, France, Scotland, England. Francis tries to reason with the mad King, telling him that Bash no longer covets Mary, that he had the chance to let him die, but chose to save him instead. Henry thinks that he’s being sentimental. Henry wants the garden weeded. Francis tells him that Bash is a friend of the realm, that if he harms Bash he harms himself. That his heir will turn against him. Henry withdraws his sword for now.

Nostradamus watches the sun set, Olivia seeks him out. He tells her that the last person he danced with was his wife. He was married once with small children. Sometimes he lies in bed and dreams of them. When the plague came it took his family. She understands that this is what motivates him. She tells him that he saved her, and she kisses him.

Greer and Lola chat. It’s not how either of them imagined things. It’s not how they thought their lives would turn out, but it has. They watch the men march out, and Greer hopes that Leith looks back at her, he does, for a moment before he’s pushed forward.

Catherine comes to find Henry, to see if he has taken the potion. Penelope holds up an empty bottle. Catherine is impressed, but she shouldn’t be. Henry comes and kisses his lovely Queen, Penelope. He confronts Catherine about the potion. Penelope told him that she threatened her life if she did not drug him. Catherine denies the accusation, and Henry asks if she’s calling his Queen a liar. Catherine tells him that he is not well, and that the servant girl is taking advantage. He claims that he’s never felt better. Henry thinks that he’s in love with Queen Penelope. She didn’t even win the contest; she slept with the pastry chef to ensure she’d get the bean. Catherine is done playing games and she wants her crown back. Henry warns her that if hurls even one more insult at his Queen he’ll have her drawn and quartered and her loved ones punished. Catherine’s vision goes fuzzy. Henry had the vials content poured into her wine. Penelope thanks Catherine for teaching her long term. Catherine stumbles out of Henry’s chambers and into Mary’s arms, telling her to call Nostradamus.

Mary tell Francis that Nostradamus was able to help Catherine, that she was in some sort of drugged sleep. Francis wishes to speak to his father about the matter, but Mary stops him, his father is not well. Francis already knows, he tells her that he thought he was going to murder Bash earlier. Bash comes back from speaking with their father, he hasn’t forgiven Bash, but he has a solution, Henry is having a horror show, and they must attend on pain of death. Catherine is in attendance, being held up by Nostradamus. They’re all gathered to see the union of Kenna and Bash. Kenna refuses to say the words, balking at her groom. Lucky girl, she won the jackpot with that one, but she doesn’t see it that way. She was promised a man with a title. Henry gives Bash one, the master of Horse and Hunt. That title will not work for Kenna. She begs him. The marriage cannot be undone once said. Bash says the words to save Kenna.

Bash orders the guards to scour the woods and kill any Pagan with knowledge of the Darkness. The guard refuses to listen to a bastard, but Bash clues him in on his new title. Mary comes to Bash, to see if he is all right. He’s married to someone who he doesn’t like much, and he has to watch Mary love someone who isn’t her. Mary thought Bash was over her, he lied and he should not have come back.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

"24: Live Another Day" New Action-Packed Trailer & Poster

A brand-new trailer and poster for Fox's 12-episode revival 24: Live Another Day hit the web Tuesday and Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is on the run.

In the fast-moving 60-second promo, it's established that Jack has been off the grid for the past four years. "He didn't do that by being careless," CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) says. (The trailer also offers a glimpse at Benjamin Bratt's Steve Navarro, head of CIA operations in London.) He's more unpredictable than ever, meaning he's far more dangerous than before.



When President Heller's chief of staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan) catches wind that Jack is back on the grid, he's more than unhappy: "After all these years, he surfaces in London? We have to consider that he's here to do the president harm." But Jack, reunited with a punked-out Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub), has other plans, warning that an assassination attempt on the president on foreign soil will ignite a world war.

Chloe offers some sage advice: "If you stop the attacks, all will be forgiven." Jack's response? "No going back for me."

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For RIO 2 In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For RIO 2 on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00AM in San Francisco.


RIO 2. Blu, Jewel, and their three kids are hurtled to the wilds of the Amazon in this highly anticipated sequel to RIO, and this time they're joined by a whole new slew of characters as Blu meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.


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


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Full Trailer For #PURGEANARCHY Starring Frank Grillo

THE PURGE ANARCHY IN THEATERS July 18, 2014

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge in THE PURGE: ANARCHY. Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013’s sleeper hit are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside S├ębastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).

The film is the sequel to 2013 film The Purge and stars Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, and Billy Parker.



Genre: Thriller
Written and Directed by: James DeMonaco
Produced by: Jason Blum, S├ębastien Kurt Lemercier, Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller

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47 RONIN Blu-ray Review By: John Meneghetti

47 RONIN Blu-ray Review
By: John Meneghetti

This movie will get a lot of heat and make a lot of people upset because they may deem it as disrespectful to the true story that serves as the basis for this latest adaptation, but be that as it may, though they may be right and I don’t blame them for being upset, I for one do not hold that against 47 RONIN because this latest adaptation did exactly what it set out to do, and that is a fantastical, visual, stylized take. Taking a familiar story and combining it with sorcery and fantasy elements. If you want something that’s more faithful to the historical account, I’m sure any of the previous adaptations including the 1941 film could serve you best. Keanu Reeves’ 47 RONIN for all intents and purposes is entertaining.

Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity.

It’s a risky gamble by Universal Studios to entrust such big scale project to the inexperienced director Carl Rinsch but what he excels on is visual, as displayed by his popular short films, and that is 47 RONIN’s strength.

Having Keanu Reeves be the lead star, having him be part of the 47 masterless Samurai bent on revenge, is probably the only thing that still doesn’t sit right with me. They’re trying to get away with murder by calling him half-breed. But I supposed they need a big name to sell the movie and they need a half-breed plot to give us that old fashioned romeo and juliet forbidden love story and how prejudice eventually turns into teamwork, it’s an old formula and that’s what they’re going for here with 47 RONIN.

But a part of me still can’t fully 100% agree to have Reeves take center stage instead of Oishi who should’ve be the lead character.

The costumes and hairstyles are another thing that bugs me a bit. I don’t see why they chose not to have the Samurai have that famous half-shaved bald head look. I think there are aspects about the Japanese culture and history that they could’ve at least incorporated and they wouldn’t have hurt the production’s agenda to make this whole thing fantastical.

The movie’s biggest crime is that the characters lack depth.

But again, the scenery, the imagery, the visual are spectacular in 47 RONIN. The action sequences are quite elaborate. Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi is ridiculously sexy as the vixen/witch.

Will all those cinematic visuals distract us from the spirit of the true story itself which is about Samurai code of honor, loyalty, and sacrifice? That’s up to the eye of the beholder, but it’s quite obvious what that this movie planned to accomplish and which audience it caters to; 47 RONIN is for the easily amused and from time to time, we can use such entertainment.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – 3D BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: April 1, 2014
Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61131766 (U.S), 61131767 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements
Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital2, DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish, French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: April 1, 2014
Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61130457 (U.S), 61131189 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements
Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital2, DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish, French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: April 1, 2014
Copyright: 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61119170 (U.S), 61131190 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements
Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital2, DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish, French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

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Alternate Poster AFFLICTED Poster & The Film Is In Theaters April 4th

Alternate Poster AFFLICTED and the film is in Theaters and On Demand Next Friday April 4, 2014.

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Winner: Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. AFFLICTED is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.



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Schwarzenegger & Manganiello Get Down On 106 & Park

See #SABOTAGEMovie in theaters TODAY!!

Finally, the countdown is over! Now's your chance to watch the testosterone-fueled, bullet-blazing, action-packed film…SABOTAGE! See Arnold Schwarzenegger like never before, as he leads this all-star cast in the latest action-thriller from Open Road Films. From the writer of Training Day and the director of End of Watch, SABOTAGE also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos. You DO NOT want to miss out on this intense thrill ride -- get to the theaters and check it out TODAY!

Sabotage Review: 'Gritty' Ain't The Word-

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Last but not least, get ready to crack a smile…watch Arnold and Joe learn to dance on last night's 106 & Park! Watch the clip after the Jump...



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TV Recap:Vikings "Answers In Blood"

TV Recap:Vikings  "Answers In Blood"
By: Sue

Lagertha is brought into Ragnar’s home. She is the last person Rollo expected to see, but a very welcome sight. Rollo is overjoyed to see his nephew, and Lagertha embraces Siggy warmly. Floki cannot be happier to see Bjorn. It is a tense greeting with between Lagertha and Princess Aslaug, but Lagertha makes the most of it. Lagertha sees the babe’s snake eye, and she looks grim. With the pleasantries out of the way, Ragnar and company look to drive Jarl Borg from Kattegat. Rollo suggests making food scarce, and Ragnar assigns himself and Bjorn to the task.


A former nun comes to see King Ecbert. She hesitates to show her face, but Ecbert insists. Her face is mutilated by her husband, who claimed she was unfaithful. She tells the King that she was not. He asks for Athelstan’s council on the matter. If she were a free woman, they would make judgment on her behalf. The King tells him that as her husband he has dominion over her, but Athelstan tells him not in Pagan laws. Pagan laws are not always superior, but in this case they are. King Ecbert finds in her favor, and saves her from the brand.

A group led by Ragnar and Bjorn draw close. Ragnar sends the others in to distract the keep so that he and Bjorn can slip in and complete their mission. As a child Bjorn constantly asked to join his father, and now he gets his chance. The men creep in, sounding their horn, which makes the dogs go wild. It sounds like far more are approaching that there really are, and Ragnar and Bjorn creep inside with little worry. The men though find enough trouble, and a few of them are lost in bloody skirmishes, where they take down more than their share. As Ragnar struggles to light a fire to destroy the food stores, one of the men arrive. Although wounded, he says he is fine, and Ragnar and Bjorn burn everything. They help get their man out of the keep as it all goes up in flames.


Jarl Bjorn considers hunting down Ragnar, but his pregnant wife does not want to left alone. He leaves her anyways. Over the river and through the woods, they hunt for Ragnar and his men. Jarl Borg spots his company, taking only a small group forward when he spots one of Ragnar’s men. The man stands half naked, and he’s nothing more than a dead prop. Jarl knocks him over. Floki taunts him across the field. He sounds the horn, and Ragnar, his men and Lagertha come out.

Princess Aslaug sees the bloody battle between Ragnar and Jarl Borg’s forces. While Bjorn, Lagertha, Rollo, and the others are in the middle of the fray, Jarl Borg hands to the outskirts. Ragnar gets him in his sights, and Jarl Borg signals a rush. Many of Ragnar’s men are taken by surprise, and Bjorn loses his weapon for a moment, before recovering. Lagertha is holding her own, as is Floki. Rollo is in all out beast mode. Ragnar is rushing headlong to meet Jarl Borg. He throws his ax at Jarl Borg, and Rollo rushes for his back. A retreat is called, and Jarl Borg escapes with his life. Ragnar’s ax hit another man, and although blooded, Ragnar can call this battle a win.

Ragnar and his men march back to Kattegat, and the people rush out with open arms. Floki is ready for celebrations, and many are happy to see Lagertha as well. Funny, no one is rushing out to greet Princess Aslaug.
King Ecbert’s son, Aethelwulf, asks about his history if Athelstan was really taken in North Umbria. He was. Aethelwulf thinks to take him back, but Athelstan no longer sees the point, his abbey and all he knew are gone. Aethelwulf asks if he’s a pagan now, and suggest that he go to mass. Athelstan has a vision of Mary, its actually the woman with the abusive husband. She wanted to thank him, and she bestows a kiss upon his cheek. Athelstan is losing his marbles just a bit, he should have gone home with Ragnar when he had the chance.

A sacrifice is to be made for the victory over Jarl Borg. Rollo prepares to behead the man, but Ragnar stops him, giving Bjorn the honor instead. In the presence of the Gods, and in their honor, Bjorn beheads the man in one stroke. Floki wipes the sacrificial blood on his face, and Rollo honors Bjorn blooding him as well. Lagertha doesn’t look pleased with the result, but she’s soon surrounded by friendly faces again.

Ragnar goes to see the soothsayer to talk about the women in his heart. He does not want to choose, he wants them both. The Soothsayer tells him a story about a woman who could chose any man she wanted, but she had to chose the man by his feet. Ragnar doesn’t see the correlation. He tells him that it matters not. That he should not chose by their feet, or faces, for in the end he’s only fooling himself if he thinks it’s his choice to make.
Athelstan attends mass, and the visions continue. Flashes of war, and King Horik come before him as he takes mass before the people like a good catholic, but he is not a good catholic any longer. He does not swallow his bread.

The rain pours down, and once again Ragnar is warm is his former home. Bjorn plays with his younger brothers, and Ragnar enjoys the sight. Aslaug remains fearful of her prophecy. She asks what he plans to do about Lagertha. He tells her that it is her decision, he’s never had much say in the matter. Aslaug wonders if he likes Lagertha more, since she in more like him, a warrior. He admits that he does not want either woman to leave. Aslaug needs reassurances of his love to stay, which he gives.

Ragnar comes to Siggy’s home, Rollo and Siggy head out into the rain to give Ragnar and Lagertha some space to speak. He asks what she plans to do in regards to their son. She’s unsure, since Bjorn is happy there. Ragnar suggests that he should stay, they both should. She points out that his wife would be unhappy, which he cannot deny. He agrees with her.

Siggy sees that Ragnar is still in love with Lagetha, and she wonders if Rollo is as well. A part of Rollo may be, but not this part of Rollo he tells Siggy.

Athelstan prays to God for guidance, to be filled with the holy spirit, but he doesn’t feel it. Something runs by, and Athelstan grabs his candle to see what it is. It streaks by again, and when he’s finally able to get a good look it’s a mouth of monstrous teeth. He pulls away, before going in for another look. There’s nothing left under his bed. His devils are plaguing him.
Ragnar holds court over his people in the keep with the princess on one side, and his young sons on the other. Tovas brings news about King Horik being attacked. Ragnar asks about Athelstan, but he knows not of him. The bad news has taken far too long to reach him. Lagertha and Bjorn arrive, and Lagertha has something important to say. Ragnar asks if it should be said in private, but Lagertha wants it known before everyone. She knows that Bjorn wants to stay with his father she says, she gives her permission for Bjorn to remain with his father, but she has to go back to her husband, though it is clear that she does not want to go. She is leaving her son in the village’s son. She tells Ragnar to look after Bjorn, that he is all she has left and leaves. Ragnar puts a comforting hand on Aslaug’s arm, but she doesn’t look happy. Aslaug thanks Lagertha for what she has done, but Lagertha tells her that the debt has already been paid. Her strapping son Bjorn helps her onto her horse, and he tells his mother to “not take any more shit,” before she rides off. This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Lagertha, not by a long shot.

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New Poster For Transformers: Age of Extinction & Make Sure To Watch Kids' Choice Awards Tomorrow

New poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction and a Reminder to tune-in to the Kids' Choice Awards tomorrow Saturday, March 29th @ 8pm/7pm on Nickelodeon for Transformers: Age of Extinction star and host Mark Whalberg.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is in theaters 06.27.14

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Sabotage Review: 'Gritty' Ain't The Word

Sabotage Review 
By: MattInRC

Read on to see if Arnold redeems himself in David Ayer's gritty and violent Sabotage.


Writer/Director David Ayer is a well-known asset among those bringing gritty drama/action flicks to the big screen. Although he had scripted 2001's The Fast & The Furious, Ayer gained his greatest popularity that same year for the Oscar-winning Training Day. His up-and-coming status is in stark contrast to that of Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who's seen his star diminish since returning to acting in 2010. For both, the release of Sabotage is important in defining where each stands in their respective careers. For Ayer, it's clearly filled with high-octane; for Arnold, it's something quite different.


DEA Agent John 'Breacher' Warton (Schwarzenegger) and his elite strike team form a dangerous response to the drug war. Murray (Sam Worthington), Phillips (Joe Manganiello), Jordan (Josh Holloway) and Edmonds (Terrance Howard) treat each other like quarreling brothers, with Breacher acting as their surrogate parent. But away from the missions, the team is unpredictable and even dangerous: the strung-out Lizzy (Mireille Enos) and the drunk Roberts (Max Martini) are just as likely to brawl with one another as save each other's bacon. The team's allegiance come to a head when the DEA launches an investigation into the whereabouts of $10 million lost during a raid on a cartel. But we soon learn that the team's history with the organization is far darker than anyone expects. As murder envelopes the team, an FBI agent (Olivia Williams) begins to unravel the details, leading her and Breacher down a rabbit hole that only one will emerge from alive.


Our feelings about Sabotage span the range of emotions, leaving us stuck somewhere between mild disappointment and a healthy appreciation for the effort made. A film lives and dies by the details, and so few of the film's characters are worthy of our love or even attention. The only one we even tacitly endorse turns out to be a well-played pawn, a victim of best intentions. Perhaps that was Ayer's point, but his deep betrayal of the characters is equaled only by the effort they make to deflect the blows.  A film cannot exist on grit alone, but Sabotage tries its best, even if its main character can longer carry a movie.


Much like his character, Arnold seems tired and even a bit empty, a man with a deep and glorious past but lacking much of a future. As Breacher, he looks down at his teammates' wild antics like that of a grandfather who doesn't understand this new generation. And just like Breacher, Arnold is no longer plays the wild hero we came to love, but a morally ambiguous figure who will readily stand in the shadows instead of a giant gun at his side. Whether he carries that deeper dramatic side off is up to the audience to decide, but his cast represents the most talented of his career, in many ways eclipsing him in every scene. Enos plays the most unstable of the lot, but everyone from Manganiello to Worthington do their best to offset the rather thin script. Even SJF favorites Howard and Martini get their scenes, with the latter in a particularly funny one that's part of the explicit trailer. Their on-the-edge lives teeter dangerously into murderous rage, and Arnold seems like the last one who can contain them.


Ayer manages to craft a decent side plot with Williams and Schwarzenegger, leaving the former Dollhouse star holding the bag after a particularly good ending. We didn't like the overly-simplistic revenge epilogue, which felt like someone else shot it other than Cinematographer Bruce McCleery. It's so straight-up in its approach that it reminds us of the 80's Arnold rather than the deeper one Ayer desperately tries to invent. Ayer is clearly an excellent director, crafting environments that seem so far removed from the lives of ordinary people. His strength lies in an ability to get the most out of his actors, even if his own script lacks the emotional heft. Had anyone else produced Sabotage, the results would have been disastrous; instead, he merely keeps the ship from veering too far off course by mitigating several puzzling plot holes. The result is a film we could have loved but only merely like.

Sabotage endorses the gritty, distrusting world of law enforcement that's sadly become so popular in American films. It's foul-mouthed, ugly, and absolutely unapologetic, but do such qualities make for good cinema? Depending on how you look at it, Sabotage either ups the ante or descends to new lows, clearly establishing itself as the ultra-violent end of Ayer's spectrum. Schwarzenegger is outperformed at every turn by the best cast we've seen this year so far, but even they can't keep the thin story from tearing apart under its own weight. Whether moviegoers will embrace this new Arnold is anyone's guess, but judging by his recent films the potential for a huge box office draw seems dubious at best.

Sabotage is rated R for everything under the sun and has a runtime of 109 minutes.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For DOM HEMINGWAY In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For DOM HEMINGWAY on Monday, April 7th at 7:30PM in San Francisco.


Jude Law plays DOM HEMINGWAY, a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Oculus In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Oculus on Wednesday, April 9th at 7:30PM in Sacramento at Century Stadium.


The new horror-thriller by writer-director Mike Flanagan first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff.


Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force¬¬ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.


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Go to RelativityScreenings.com and enter code: SANDJOCUL

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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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Oculus In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For Oculus on Wednesday, April 9th at 7:30PM in San Francisco.


The new horror-thriller by writer-director Mike Flanagan first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff.


Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force¬¬ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again.


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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Go to RelativityScreenings.com and enter code: SANDJOCULSF

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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Schwarzenegger Talks Terminator: Genesis

Usually before big films start shooting, everyone is on lockdown lest plot details leak. But it's hard to stop the gob of Arnold Schwarzenegger– rumor has it his mouth alone could bench press 293 pounds back in the day – and he seemed happy to spill a couple of details about Terminator: Genesis to MTV.

Of course, letting the most iconic element of the new film drop hints isn't exactly going to hurt the awareness of the movie, which finds Alan Taylor directing a complex spin on the mythology that reportedly takes elements of the first three films from the series. That includes, apparently, a chance to see what an older version of Arnie's T-800 cyborg would look like. Wait... older?

"The way that the character is written, it's a machine underneath," Schwarzenegger says. "It's this metal skeleton. But above that is human flesh. And the Terminator's flesh ages, just like any other human being's flesh. Maybe not as fast. But it definitely ages." We suppose that makes sense, and would help lessen the CG/make-up required to give his character a youthful appearance.

"Terminator deals a lot with time travel, so there will be a younger T-800," Schwarzenegger continues. "And then what that model does later on when it gets reprogrammed, and who gets ahold of him. So it will be all kinds of interesting twists in the movie, but I feel so good." Presumably it will also explore the Terminator's younger days when his mother wanted him to clean his room before heading out on a human hunting expedition.

In all seriousness, this certainly does make the film sound even more interesting, even if it adds to the complexity. Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis are the people who have apparently mapped it all out and Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons are all involved in front of the camera. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, rising star John Boyega – who has also tested for Star Wars – is being targeted as the son of T2 Cyberdyne executive Miles Dyson. So it would appear he has two chances to take part in the continuation of an iconic sci-fi saga, but will only end up in one, assuming he scores either role, that is...

Terminator: Genesis is scheduled to hit our screens on June 26, 2015.

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