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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For TRANSCENDENCE In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance For TRANSCENDENCE on Apr 14th at 7:30 pm in Santa Clara.

TRANSCENDENCE is an upcoming 2014 American science fiction thriller film that will mark the directorial debut of long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister. The film stars Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are executive producers of the film. It is set to be released in theaters on April 18, 2014.

Dr. Will Caster is an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence. Extremists who oppose technological advancement target him, but their actions drive him toward his goal. Caster also wants to become part of the new technology, and his wife Evelyn and his best friend Max Waters, also researchers, question the wisdom of this drive. Caster's goal to acquire knowledge becomes one to acquire power, and he seems to be unstoppable.

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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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Character Posters For X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here are new character posters for X-Men: Days of Future Past. What do you think?

X-Men: Days of Future Past is an upcoming 2014 American superhero film, based on the fictional X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics and on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the seventh film in the X-Men film series and the third X-Men film directed by Singer after 2000's X-Men and 2003's X2. It stars an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Evan Joingket and Lucas Till. The story is written by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, with Kinberg writing the screenplay.

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The Goonies Sequel Is Going To Happen 1000% According To Richard Donner

According to director Richard Donner a sequel to The Goonies is going to happen! This is something I've wanted to see happen for as long as I can remember, ever since I watched the first film when I was kid in 1986. I don't know why it took so long to actually get a sequel into development, but after all these years and all the rumors, it sounds like it's finally going to happen.

When asked by TMZ if he was going to make another comic book movie, the filmmaker replied with, “If you call ‘Goonies’ a comic book. We’re doing a sequel.”

For those of you who doubt this news, Donner went on to solidify it saying,

It will happen. I’m 1000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it.

He went on to say that he hopes to get the entire original cast back which includes actors such as Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Jeff Cohen and Martha Plimpton. Donner didn't say whether the film will follow the gang 28 years later or feature them in smaller side roles. I hope that it takes the gang on another fun and crazy adventure though. I don't want to see a Goonies movie that focuses on their kids, but of course that is a possibility.

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Gwendoline Christie To Replace Lily Rabe In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Christie will replace Lily Rabe in the role of Commander Lyme.

Gwendoline Christie, who plays the tough warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO's Game of Thrones, has nabbed another military leader role.

The actress will play Commander Lyme in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. She's replacing Lily Rabe, who was originally cast in the role.

Rabe had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with a previous commitment to Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare in the Park.

The fourth film in the hit YA franchise -- which will star Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson -- is currently filming back-to-back with Mockingjay - Part 1.

Lyme is one of the leaders of District 13, the district in the futuristic Panem that is rebelling against the government. She hails from District 2 and is a past victor of an unknown Hunger Games.

Mockingjay - Part 1, the third of four films based on Suzanne Collins' popular YA novels, will hit theaters Nov. 21, 2014. Mockingjay - Part 2 will follow one year later on Nov. 20, 2015.

The second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was a massive hit when it opened in November. It's earned $864.6 million worldwide to date.

Along with starring on HBO's fantasy hit Game of Thrones, Christie's film credits include 2009's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. She's repped by Untitled Entertainment and The Artists Partnership in the U.K.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Up For Bond Villain Role

After scoring big with Javier Bardem as its last Bond villain, MGM and Sony may be targeting another Oscar-nominated actor to play 007′s nemesis in the next James Bond pic.

Sources tell Variety that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in the next installment in the Bond series. No offer has been made yet, and scheduling would still have to be worked out, but sources insist he is the front-runner for the job.

The studio had no comment.

Daniel Craig is already set to return as Bond, with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris set to return as well. “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes will again direct.

Plot details are unknown at this point.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce, with John Logan penning the script.

The plan is start production in the summer in order to meet the pic’s release date of Nov. 6, 2015. Casting has been heating up, with the studio also on the lookout for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new Bond girls.

After Bardem’s success as the villain in “Skyfall,” the team behind the latest pic has decided to look for someone with a similarly interesting persona.

Ejiofor may have been heroic in “12 Years a Slave,” but he’s no stranger to getting his hands dirty, having played the villain in “Children of Men” and “Four Brothers.”

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Dredd 2 Video Update From Karl Urban

Urban says Filmmakers Working "Very, Very Hard" to Make it Happen. 

Story By: Matt Cummings

The ultimate in comic book distopia - Dredd 3D - didn't exactly knock it out of the park when it premiered in 2012. It grossed far below its $50 million budget, and fans worried that the franchise would suffer another long sleep before being recast. Fortunately, people still buy DVD's, and the film became an instant hit, achieving a sort of cult status with fans and newcomers (yours truly included). Luckily, its performance in the home market - coupled with a great petition campaign - renewed hope that a sequel might be in the works.

And while that progress appears to be slow, Dredd star Karl Urban has released a video that tells a lot about where the project is headed. As you can see above, Urban continues to believe that a sequel will happen. The key phrase to remember here is that screenwriter Alex Garland is working "very, very hard" to make Dredd 2 a reality. Apparently, 100,000 petitioners seems to make a difference no matter the topic. 

There is other evidence that a Dredd sequel might happen: a graphic novel sequel to the movie - titled Underbelly - was released earlier in 2014, selling out almost immediately. Whether this and the video statement mean the project is closer than we think is anyone's guess, but it is reassuring to see such a public figure like Urban making statements like these.

We'll continue to keep you informed about Dredd 2, because John hates it when I swoon.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Spoilers & Easter Eggs

Story by: Matt Cummings

Time to suit up with these awesome Easter Eggs!

With the warm glow that is now Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters, we couldn't help but notice a ton of Easter eggs that make this film so unique. Based on our reviews it's one of the best Marvel movies ever, but these hidden name checks and winks came so fast and furious that you might have missed them all. Just in case you did, here they are in all their glory.

Obviously this article contains HUGE SPOILERS, so click off this page if you accidentally thought we were talking about something else.

1) Batroc The Leaper
Near the beginning of the film, were treated to the old forgotten Marvel villain Batroc the Leaper. A martial arts expert trained in a technique called Savate, Batroc in the comics worked for The Thunderbolts and The Masters of Evil. Here he offers Cap stiff resistance as he and Black Widow board a S.H.I.E.L.D. transport vessel. Nice look for Batroc, and his survival probably ensures we'll see him again.

2) Triskelion! Ha!
We've seen some S.H.I.E.L.D. bases in the lame Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but to see the home base for the spy agency in the film is boss. And just like in the comics, the base gets torched by....you guessed it...Helicarriers. Awesome!

3) Stark Gets a Lot of Love...Sort Of.
With so many references to heroes outside the Ed Brubaker comic, Cap 2 feels more like a prequel to Avengers 2. And we have zero problem with that. It starts with several mentions of Stark and his dad Howard, including Iron Man's brush with death during Hawkeye's attack on the Helicarrier in The Avengers.

4) Peggy Carter is More Than Just a Hottie.
Yes, Peggy Carter helped to form S.H.I.E.L.D., which we kinda already knew from both Marvel's One Shot and Agents. Nice link here to the comics and possibly the second television show for ABC.

5) Peggy Carter's Not Pretty Anymore.
We had a little tear in our eye as the two met one last time although we wished that the deleted Avengers scene of Cap looking through old files of his Howling Commandos would have been added.

6) Mr. Lau Gets Around!
We saw him in The Dark Knight as the accountant who's picked up by Bats from a blown-out floor. Now he's on the Security Council? Nice.

7) A Birthday Party
Alexander Payne (a pretty darn good Robert Redford) 'requests' Stark at his niece's birthday in exchange for him helping Nick Fury out. Ah, the things we do for love!

8 ) Upgraded
Arnim Zola (played by Toby Jones) was an interesting figure in Red Skull's HYDRA organization in The First Avenger. Now, he exists as we remember him from the comics: a disembodied computerized spirit deep underground who seems to be pulling all the strings. Terrific reveal, and certainly a sign of things to come.

9) Stark's Daddy Got Whacked!
As Cap and Widow learn of Zola's return, we also get this very nice reveal that HYDRA killed Stark's parents. Perfect - when Tony learns this (and you know he will) he'll Don the suit again in a perfect act of revenge. I got a woody from this one.

10) Senator Stern
First seen in Iron Man 2 as the asshole behind the Senate seat, Stark's enemy makes a cameo here as he's being arrested by the FBI. Nice to see that Writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus are smart enough to know that other universes exist.

11) Stan Lee
We interviewed this guy years ago, and we still love him. It's good to see the MCU does as well, and his appearance as a security guard who realizes someone's stolen Cap's WWII uniform is pretty funny, as he says "I'm so gonna get fired for this!" Doubtful dude, but hilarious nonetheless.

12) Threats To Hydra...
Among our favorite eggs was the name drop of STEPHEN STRANGE aka Doctor Strange during the film's climax. This is the first confirmation of the magician's impending entrance into the MCU. If you've been reading the Web lately, you've already noticed certain names dropped in to the casting calls, but it's nice to know that its more than just rumor now. Welcome to the party, Doctor!

13) Captain Soldier On The Freeway
There's a quick scene in which Bucky gets possession of Cap's shield, basically striking a hero's pose with it. In the comics, Bucky does take over for Cap in Fear Itself. Could this be a sign of things to come when Chris Evans steps away to direct, or do whatever the Hell he wants to do instead of being in the most important franchise since Star Wars? Ok, I'm off my soapbox now.

14) Will the Real Crossbones Please Seek Medical Attention?
After battling several times against Cap, it's revealed that Frank Grillo's character is in fact the long-time enemy Crossbones. We think his heavily burned body will soon be resurrected with the signature mask and a penchant for hating The Spangly One. Notice the cross stripes on his uniforms early in the film.

15) Wait! Nick is Really Jules Winnfield!
Another reason why this film kicks so much ass is its ability to go beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check out Nick Fury's head stone, which reads, "The path of the righteous man. Ezekiel 25:17." This is in reference to Samuel L. Jack son's portrayal of the hit man in Pulp Fiction. Unbelievable.

16) Sharon Carter
Cap's got a hottie neighbor that just happens to be Agent 13, otherwise known as Peggy Carter's niece, otherwise known as Sharon Carter. She has a fairly deep and interesting comic story to tell, so we hope the casting of Emily Van Decamp is not a one-time trick.

17) With a Little Help From...Ed Brubaker?
If you don't know who he is, just look on the cover of any Winter Soldier comic from the 2000's. He's the reason why the series exists in the first place, and his cameo in the film is the perfect 'Thank You' to a brilliant idea.

18) Targeting...Avengers Tower??
Once the Insight Helicarriers go online, they begin to target buildings and people of interest.  Of these targets, the most interesting is a certain building in New York featured in The Avengers...Stark Tower, now rebranded to Avengers Tower!  This makes a certain amount of sense considering the events in Winter Soldier.  AT is a central gathering location throughout the Marvel comics, and considering the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. as we know it, we're sure to be seeing it in future films.

20) A Necklace for Hawkeye?
If you didn't look fast enough, you might have missed a little tip-of-the-hat around Black Widow's neck: a arrow necklace!  We see it after Cap and Widow get attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's prominent throughout acts 2 & 3.  Is Widow missing her some Hawkeye, who was largely mistreated throughout The Avengers?

21) Post-Credit's Scene #1
But we're not done yet! In the first PCS, we're treated to the arrival of Baron Strucker, leader of HYDRA. Yes, the organization still survives and actually plays a nice part throughout the film. As news of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s exposure also unearths HYDRA, we see Strucker in an undisclosed location, gloating about the end of days. As he walks with an aide, Strucker considers whether it's time to activate 'The Twins. ' The camera spins around to two holding cells, where none other than QUICKSILVER and THE SCARLETT WITCH are being held. While these two play pivotal roles in Age of Ultron, it's important to remember that they're actually not Strucker's creations in the comics but Magneto's children. The reason for the change is that Fox currently (and sadly) owns all movie distribution rights to X-Men and all of its characters, including Magneto and his children. Anyways, as Strucker looks upon his creations, he utters, "We live in the age of miracles.".

22) PCS #1a...The Spear!
Remember that pesky spear that Loki had in The Avengers? Well, it's baaaack!! As the end of that first PCS happens, the camera turns to reveal that Strucker's somehow gotten his hands on it. Thanos gave Loki the spear, and it's quite possible that the big guy wants it back. With the MCU clearly favoring items over stones to build the Infinity Gauntlet (Ether, Cube, sphere thingy in Guardians of the Galaxy), it's possible that Thanos will start some sort of the conflict that might start in Age of Ultron. What a great reveal!

21) Post Credits Scene #2 - Bucky Comes Home
Long after the credits, we see the wing of the Smithsonian Institute dedicated to Captain America, a scene which plays through several times in the film. As the camera revisits the display of Bucky Barnes and his back story, we see a disguised Winter Soldier reading about his past. Clearly, Bucky now knows who he really is, and it's a nice bookend to what had become a violent career for Cap's best friend. On a side note, we're beginning to see these last scenes becoming more about tying up loose ends than previewing something new in a future film. It happens in IM3 (Tony talking to Banner), Thor 2 (the make-out scene), and now here with Bucky. That seems to be the trend, and quite different than the original Iron Man, when we learn about Nick Fury.

Our fingers are tired of typing, but let us know if we missed anything.

Our thanks to moviepilot.com for the inspiration.

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International TV Spot for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 With New footage

Here’s the latest International TV Spot for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, we get some never before scenes in the clip.

The plot goes a little something like this: Peter is still balancing acts of heroism with romancing Gwen and trying to live up to his Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) credo about responsibility. Oh, and he doesn't want to make his Aunt May (Sally Field) worry too much. Three villains have been revealed - Electro, Paul Giamatti's Rhino and Dane DeHaan's Harry Osborne (and, it seems from the trailer, Green Goblin) - all of whom want to squish Andrew Garfield's red and blue hero like a, um, bug.

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Vince Vaughn To Star In The Rockford Files Film

Universal Pictures is bringing in Chuck Hogan to rewrite The Rockford Files for Vince Vaughn to star.

Hogan takes on the job as FX has set The Strain, his collaboration with Guillermo del Toro, for summer, and he adapts Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi for Paramount, the book that author Mitchell Zuckoff wrote with surviving members of the Annex Security Team who fought the battle that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Hogan, whose novel Prince Of Thieves was the basis for the superb Ben Affleck-directed crime thriller The Town, will rewrite the Rockford script originally penned by script team of David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Vaughn is going to play Jim Rockford, in a feature adaptation of the memorable series that ran on NBC from 1974-80 and featured James Garner as the down-and-out private eye. Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn will produce through their Universal-based Wild West Picture Show Productions banner. Kristin Lowe is overseeing the project for the studio.

The TV series was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell, with Rockford as a private eye who’d spent a few years in San Quentin before being pardoned. He worked and lived out of a mobile home near the beach in Malibu, and unlike most of his TV detective peers, he dressed disheveled, and mostly used his charm and guile to talk his way out of trouble, instead of shooting. Vaughn certainly has that verbal dexterity. Universal’s sister network NBC tried previously to relaunch this as a TV series, but Vaughn seems like a strong fit for the film.

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Poster For CHEF Starring Jon Favreau & Trailer Premieres April 7th

Starting from scratch never tasted so good…

Check out the new POSTER for Open Road Film's much-buzzed about film, CHEF. After being selected to premiere as SXSW's 2014 Opening Night Film, CHEF has been receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. CHEF's impressive cast includes Jon Favreau (who wrote, directed, and stars in the comedy), Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey, Jr.

And be sure to catch this DELIGHTFULLY FUNNY film this May!

***Can't wait until then?! Check out the exclusive TRAILER debut on iTunes Trailers this Monday, April 7th!***

Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love.

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The new banner for MALEFICENT is here.

"Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

“Maleficent” is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, with Angelina Jolie, Michael Vieira, Don Hahn, Palak Patel, Matt Smith and Sarah Bradshaw serving as executive producers. Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. “Maleficent” opens in U.S. theaters on May 30, 2014.

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