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Saturday, May 10, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Trailer Is Here

Here is the trailer and new stills for Disney's ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
DISNEY




Genre: Family Comedy
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release Date: October 10, 2014
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta
Producers: Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson, Dan Levine
Executive Producers: Philip Steuer, Jason Lust
Writer: Rob Lieber
Based on the novel by: Judith Viorst

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

NOTES:
· Director Miguel Arteta won the 2001 Independent Spirit Award for best feature under $500,000 for “Chuck & Buck.”
· “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” published in 1972, was written by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz and inspired by Viorst’s sons Alexander, Anthony and Nicholas. With more than 2 million copies in print, it became an ALA Notable Children’s Book and won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, a Georgia Children’s Book Award, and distinction as a Reading Rainbow book. Viorst penned the sequels: “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday” (1978) and “Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” (1995).
· The 1972 book was first adapted to the small screen as a half-hour HBO animated musical in 1990 before Viorst collaborated with composers Charles Strouse (music) and Shelley Markham (musical score) for a 1998 stage musical at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
· “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is the first live-action film adaptation of the children’s classic.

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Win Ticket To An Advance Screening For #Godzilla In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Godzilla on May 12, 2014 7:30 pm in Sacramento at Regal Natomas Stadium 16.


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It’s fair to say that while the San Francisco tourist board are happy to encourage visitors to check out the city’s many attractions and features, we’re certain they won’t be too pleased that a massive beast is stomping through town causing untold damage. And we do mean massive; comparing this version to the Transamerica Pyramid there in the foreground, which is 850ft. / 260m tall, would suggest ginormity. For comparison, last summer's Pacific Rim kaiju topped out at 181m long, and the Godzilla here seems to be roughly twice as big. Unless, of course, the poster designer has gone a little nuts here and done the monster equivalent of giving him heel-lifts.



That’s just one element of the film, which finds Monsters director Gareth Edwards updating the creature feature with a little help from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and David Strathairn.


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Win Ticket To An Advance Screening For Godzilla In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance For Godzilla on May 12, 2014 7:30 pm in Santa Clara.


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It’s fair to say that while the San Francisco tourist board are happy to encourage visitors to check out the city’s many attractions and features, we’re certain they won’t be too pleased that a massive beast is stomping through town causing untold damage. And we do mean massive; comparing this version to the Transamerica Pyramid there in the foreground, which is 850ft. / 260m tall, would suggest ginormity. For comparison, last summer's Pacific Rim kaiju topped out at 181m long, and the Godzilla here seems to be roughly twice as big. Unless, of course, the poster designer has gone a little nuts here and done the monster equivalent of giving him heel-lifts.



That’s just one element of the film, which finds Monsters director Gareth Edwards updating the creature feature with a little help from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and David Strathairn.



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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DON PEYOTE Review. No Matter How Much You Want To Look Away You Can’t.

DON PEYOTE Review
By: Sue

Being something completely unlike anything else is normally a good thing for a film. Being a film that makes a viewer go “What the @$%# was that?” is what Don Peyote does. Don Peyote is like watching an acid trip slowly unfolding as it delves further in delusion and grandeur with a great message at its core, that youre not quite sure if it’s there or if it’s the drugs talking. It’s like a trainwreck that you can’t take your eyes off of, and no matter how much you want to look away you can’t.



Don Peyote is the story of Warren Allman (Dan Fogler), an unemployed stoner who has everything and nothing at all. He’s an unemployed graphic artist who spends his days getting high with an apple pipe, while “looking” for a job while being accosted by some surreal and vivid dreams, and helping his fiancé plan their wedding. On the way a party he is knocked down and sweated on by a homeless man, which must contain the same hallucinatory properties of a psychoactive toad, as it marks the star of a crazed 2012 doomsday theory obsession and his plans for a documentary on the subject. As Warren delves deeper into his apocalyptic fantasies he struggles to maintain his life and engagement plans. His documentary threatens to rip apart his life, and not just with the prospect of fame as he goes from average Joe to apocalyptic sign waving homeless man.


Don Peyote is a constant barrage of the senses with its endless stream of the oddest cameos ever experienced and scene changes that are whiplash inducing. It’s a fantastical odyssey with such grandiose ideas that succeeds in drowning its audience in the murky waters of those lost souls that are often forgotten with little more than a head shake.

The script while a hodpodge of events struggles to maintain any sense of story telling by the final act. The chaotic feel while calculated in the beginning, becomes a byproduct of an out of control story as the film progresses. Dan Fogler does do a great job of displaying Warren’s fall from grace with his acting. Warren has plenty of opportunity to stray from this downward path that he’s on, but rather than allowing his character to get pulled away from the brink of madness, he’s plunged deeply into it with meticulous care by the events and people surrounding him.


The cameos and strange moments are highly entertaining and at times awkwardly hilarious. It’s not just the fact that the characters are unexpected, but that actually work. Jay Baruchel plays a drug dealer, but gone is the normal smiling awkwardness that Baruchel normally exudes, and in its place is an oddly bristling cool. Anne Hathaway plays an assassin, who mindf#cks him with prophecy. There’s also musical numbers, costumed furries, orgies, and mental asylum mayhem in addition to the apocalyptic visions. So while there are some pretty funny moments, Don Peyote in the end is just too far out there and likely to fast become a stoner cult classic.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook and make sure to follow us at @SandwichJFilms on Twitter, and follow the author Sue Lukenbaugh on Twitter at @suepafly.

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Win Ticket To An Advance Screening For Godzilla In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For Godzilla on May 12, 2014 7:30 pm in Fresno.


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It’s fair to say that while the San Francisco tourist board are happy to encourage visitors to check out the city’s many attractions and features, we’re certain they won’t be too pleased that a massive beast is stomping through town causing untold damage. And we do mean massive; comparing this version to the Transamerica Pyramid there in the foreground, which is 850ft. / 260m tall, would suggest ginormity. For comparison, last summer's Pacific Rim kaiju topped out at 181m long, and the Godzilla here seems to be roughly twice as big. Unless, of course, the poster designer has gone a little nuts here and done the monster equivalent of giving him heel-lifts.



That’s just one element of the film, which finds Monsters director Gareth Edwards updating the creature feature with a little help from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and David Strathairn.



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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Friday, May 9, 2014

Does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Deserve Season 2?

The series gets a second season, but does it deserve one?



Story by: Matt Cummings

Despite sporting a continually declining ratings base and failure to capitalize on many aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ABC has renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season.  The renewal was announced on May 5th, in preparation for ABC's Upfront Event on Tuesday May 13th.


While we've never been entirely sold on the series's flat characters and overall cheesy tone, we were most disappointed in its inability to maximize the gains behind Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.  In fact, many were ready to call the show dead in the water after enduring the mostly unwatchable 12 episodes leading up to the Captain America: The Winter Solider tie-ins.  Since that time, AoS has delivered solid episodes one week and filler ones the next, as Coulson and team attempt to pick up their shattered lives post-HYDRA.  The revelations of Ward as a HYDRA agent sent shock waves through the Twitter, but fans continued to ask: "Where is this show going?"  And while we've now been given a second season, debate is most certainly to heat up based on these and many other questions:


  1. It's time for Ward to go.  Since Ward's betrayal, one thing is clear: the team wants to see him in a body bag at the earliest possible convenience.  We whole-heartedly agree, but for reasons that ABC might not like.  Actor Brett Dalton has done nothing to inhabit this role with anything more that we could live with, and his character has killed too many people to justify his return.  The team also needs closure for the death of Agent Victoria Hand and the deep betrayal of Coulson's team.  Dalton's stock has improved as a result, but the character can only go so far.  If Ward returns for Season 2 and is somehow re-acclimated to the team, we could see fans turning into Green Rage Monsters and tearing down the Internet.  Grant Ward has got to go.
  2. Does anyone care about Skye being an '084?' Let's be honest: hottie Chloe Bennett can't act, and the role created for her does nothing to encourage a different performance.  Suddenly, we learn that she's a weapon of unknown original - referred to in the series as a '084' - but nothing from her suggests that an inner power is soon to present itself.  That blame should be placed squarely on Creators Jedd Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who haven't seen the need to imbue her with better lines.  In many ways, the news of anyone other than Coulson being such a weapon hasn't made sense from the moment it was revealed, and Bennett is the last person we'd pick for being a central figure in the series.  She needs more time to perfect her acting and better lines - and more boob shots.  That's why we stay to watch the show.   
  3. How do Nick Fury and Maria Hill fit into Season 2?  With How I Met Your Mother sunset by CBS, Actress Colbie Smulders has plenty of time on her hands.  Adding her as a series regular would instantly improve the somewhat questionable acting stock.  True, Hill does work for Stark Industries, but her addition to reconstitute the agency could pay off in many ways.  Again, we're not impressed with the acting by anyone other than Clark Gregg, so adding a heavy like Samuel L. Jackson into multiple episodes could give the show another much-needed boost.  While we're doubtful he would appear on a consistent basis, AoS needs Smulders to add a new layer.  
  4. Should Season 2 be re-titled "Extreme Makeover?" With S.H.I.E.L.D. in total disarray, will Season 2 focus on rebuilding the spy agency?  Or, will we get more glorified X-Files type of shows?  And would such an effort be watch-worthy?  Does the impending Avengers 2 - Age of Ultron even need a S.H.I.E.L.D.-like agency to reconstitute its heroes?
  5. Should the show even be titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?  Like we said above, how do you tell a story about an agency that doesn't exist anymore?  If Couslon and team take out Ward and Garrett, what else is there to tell...unless S.H.I.E.L.D. is rebuilt to take on HYDRA.  We see clear evidence of Red Skull's old group experimenting on Loki's spear as well as humans.  Unless S.H.I.E.L.D. is rebuilt to combat this new threat, keeping the name is like saying you're still married after an ugly divorce.

Considering that ABC is now producing a Peggy Carter S.H.I.E.L.D. origin show, a fond farewell for AoS seemed imminent.  The renewal does more to cast doubt on Marvel's Cinematic Universe building, particularly if Whedon and company can't both key in on better story arcs that somehow tie into the movies, while producing memorable stand-alone episodes filled with plenty of Marvel tips-of-the-hat.

In short, this show needs a compelling story arc, fresh actors, and ultimately a reason to exist.  Unless radical changes are made to Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , we have little faith in its chances for a third.

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“Quicksilver” Clip From X-Men: Days Of Future Past

A common thread following early screenings of X-Men: Days of Future Past has been how impressive one particular scene, in which Quicksilver rescues Magneto from captivity, is. Capitalizing on the buzz, a new promo for the movie offers glimpses at the high speed jailbreak.

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Introduced by a monologue from Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier, the new “Quicksilver” promo mixes Evan Peters’ introduction to the team — as glimpsed in an earlier trailer — with snippets from his rescue of Magneto from incarceration, giving the slightest of tastes of what to expect from watching the super-speedster in action.

Watching the video’s inventive take on the basic super power of “doing things very fast,” it looks as if the X-Men incarnation of the character may set the bar pretty high for Joss Whedon’s competitive take in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Perhaps having two Quicksilvers could end up being a good thing after all.

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STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST To Launch On May 23rd. Here Is The New Trailer

STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST SET TO LAUNCH MAY 23 ON THE MAIN MACHINIMA CHANNEL

New trailer debuts today, revealing more of the highly anticipated series!

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STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST will officially debut in its entirety on May 23 on Machinima (YouTube.com/Machinima)! A thrilling, multilayered series, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST, presented by the all-new Honda Fit, takes the audience back to the formative years of iconic characters Ryu and Ken as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as “Ansatsuken” (Assassin’s Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their master, Gōken, and the tragic, dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed, or will history repeat itself?

Through the coming of age story of Ken & Ryu, we are shown the backstory of some of the game’s most iconic characters, and over the course of the series we will see how the past, present, and future of all of those characters are intertwined, as the battle to become Ansatsuken Master threatens to tear apart another generation of brothers.

The live-action series, which is distributed by Content Media and presented by Honda Fit, is the brainchild of Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman). Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who reprises his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film. The series also stars Mike Moh as Ryu, Togo Igawa (47 Ronin, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) as Gōtetsu, Akira Koieyama as Gōken, Gaku Space as Gōki, Mark Killeen (300: Rise of an Empire, The Dark Knight Rises) as Mr. Masters, and Hal Yamanouchi as Senzo.

The series is produced by Assassin’s Fist Limited (a UK based company) in association with Lonely Rock Productions, Gloucester Place Films, Capcom U.S.A., Inc. and Evropa Film.

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Three New Images From THE GIVER

Get a good look at Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, and Alexander Skarsgard in THE GIVER.

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Be sure to check out The Giver Challenge, The Memory Deposit, and The Giver Experience - three fully immersive, interactive websites that are designed to reflect upon the themes present in the film and allow the user to experience THE GIVER for themselves.

THE GIVER will be in theaters everywhere August 15th.

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Neighbors Review: Side-Splitting and Outrageously Funny

Neighbors could be instant comedy genius, but we'll let your obscene laughter be the judge.


Story by: Matt Cummings

There are a few comedies that resonate so well with audiences that they become highly-quotable pop culture treasures, carrying on far longer than the movie which inspired them. The original Anchorman, Ted, and The Watch are a few recent ones that come to mind. We think the next to enter such rarefied air will be Neighbors, a fiercely unapologetic, exceptionally dirty production that almost enjoys rolling in its own crass and filth like a happy pig.  We're almost embarrassed it didn't initially make our May Movie List.

Mac (Seth Rogan) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are newly with child, an adorable little girl with enough personality and looks to fill their newly-purchased first home. The area is quiet and filled with good neighbors, and prospects to fill the vacant house next door are high. That all changes when the Delta Psy Kappa fraternity buys the house and begin to party from the moment they arrive. Kelly and Mac see the problem already but also remember their wild lives before marriage and baby and try to be good neighbors by bringing marijuana to the party. The goodwill gesture lasts for about one day, as frat president and Teddy (Zac Efron) and vice-president Pete (Dave Franco) schedule one bash after another. This begins a wild effort by Mac and Kelly to upend the frat's efforts to host the ultimate party, as each side escalates the pranks and pressure in an effort to drive the other out of the neighborhood.

Director Nicholas Stoller looks like he just turned on the camera in portions and let our well-cast team run wild, particularly during a scene involving the Psy boys as they patch up their strained relationship by tennis-matching the 'Bros Before Hoes" mantra which every dude learns in high school. Just think of Mark Wahlberg's rant of white trash names in Ted and you get the idea. But there's more to Neighbors than that - Writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien never let off the gas to craft an inspirational message or throw in a real story about leaving college or not applying yourself, a problem which plagues most comedies these days. We'll take that sort of action in terse action or drama flicks, but not here.  And gladly, we don't have to worry.  Instead, we revel as each side ups the ante until the wild finish that's filled with enough raunch to equal everything we saw in 2013's run of so-so comedies. Afraid of men hitting each other with dildos? Look somewhere else. Uncomfortable with breast feeding gone horribly wrong? Move along to a nicer movie.

What we also liked about Neighbors is the solid acting from our four leads. Mac and Kelly are clearly uncomfortable with the transition into a life of responsibility, while Pete and Teddy soon begin to realize that their days of partying will soon be replaced by meetings and other boring real-life stuff. Their efforts to get their images plastered on Psy's wall of fame become the bane of Mac and Kelly's existence, but their hi-jinks also yield incredibly funny comedic fruit.

Effron, fresh off his disappointing performance in That Awkward Moment is solidly funny here, unwilling to see that the light at the end of the tunnel is probably not a bong or another hit of weed. His perfectly-chiseled physique will impress the ladies, and his chemistry with Franco and the collection of college losers in the frat house - including Kick-Ass 2's Christopher Mintz-Plasse - result in a great scene involving cast molds of their privates. Andy Samberg and others arrive to play cameos and other short roles, which make for quick and hilarious interludes as the boys recall Psy's glory days, or find other ways to make complete asses of themselves, all for our enjoyment. Byrne is always solid, but we also found Rogan to be more than passable here, something we can't really say about any of his previous roles. He seems to do best when he's not in the director's chair and is free to run wild in front of the camera.  Stoller lets him do just that, and his chemistry with both Byrne and Effron keeps the story going between pranks.

Clearly Neighbors isn't the kind of film you take your parents, priest, or easily-offended friend to see. The comedy is as raunchy as anything we've seen recently, but we think you'll laugh out loud enough to justify taking the risk of leaving them to something more passive. Its originality should leave audiences fiercely quoting sections of it for years to come, which should equal short-term box office gold, as nothing of this sort is currently in theaters.  We're not sure if a better comedy is on the horizon, but Neighbors instantly rises to the top of that heap.

Neighbors is rated R for just about everything under the sun (including male nudity) and has a runtime of 96 minutes.

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LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN Review. It’s A Fresh New Tale

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN Review
By: Sue

It’s a fresh new tale filled with beloved characters, and new likable ones.

Everyone has Oz on the brain, from Wicked still packing theater seats, and Once Upon A Time traveling to Oz and bring some of it to reality. Capitalizing on that love and adoration is the newest Oz filled tale Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. Filled with magic and packed full of the beloved characters from the original and a few delightful new additions, the movie tries its hardest to live up to the original, and while fun and entertaining it doesn't quite capture the heart of The Wizard of Oz.



Dorothy Gale returns to Kansas to find it devastated. While many years have passed in Oz, to Dorothy it has only been days. When the entire Land of Oz finds itself in grave danger, her old friends: the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion find a way to bring Dorothy back to Oz to save it. On Dorothy's new journey through Oz, she meets new friends like a china doll princess, a marshmallow man named Marshal Mallow, a large owl named Wiser, and an ancient tree-turned-tugboat named Tugg. With the help of her new friends, they band together against a wicked Jester who wants to control Oz by turning its most important people into marionettes.



While the story is as fun as the overly bright animation, it is that animation that is the greatest flaw. Produced by Prana Animation Studios, many of the characters lack facial expressions and are wooden. While kids may not be bothered by this, adults certainly will, as the lack of expressions make many of the voices feel flat. This is especially the case with Lea Michele’s Dorothy. Although she leads a star filled cast, including Martin Short, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammar, Dan Aykroyd, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt, Hugh Dancy, and Bernadette Petersher. Dorothy is the poorest performance, which is a shame since she is the title character. She’s still brave and sweet, but she lacks a certain fire that Dorothy has always possessed.

However, Martin Short is made for animation, no matter how bad that animation is. He absolutely steals the show as the Jester, the Witch of the West's younger brother whether he’s monologuing or pouring his soul into a song.


In fact, the soundtrack is certainly catchy and fun. It features songs written by Bryan Adams, Tift Merritt, Jim Dooley, and Jim Vallance, which definitely enhances the enjoy ability of the story, but it does not have anything emotionally driven or memorable enough to knock Frozen’s “Let it Go” off it’s pedestal anytime soon. Lea Michelle’s singing vocals are certainly where her talent shines.

While Legends of Oz does not reach the high bar set by The Wizard of Oz it’s a much better jaunt into that nostalgic land, than Oz the Great and Powerful was. It’s a fresh new tale filled with beloved characters, and new likable ones. It takes a page out of the Shrek book by adding a little bit of bawdy humor that adults will enjoy, while still entertaining the kids. Best of all, it reignites the imagination, and offers a new chapter to a beloved classic.

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Marvel’s Agent Carter Gets A Series Order

ABC is doubling down on Marvel TV shows.

First, Agents of SHIELD is returning for a second season. That move was pretty widely expected, despite the show’s somewhat modest ratings performance.

Plus, ABC has also greenlit to series its Captain America spin-off Agent Carter (or, as the studio insists it’s titled, Marvel’s Agent Carter).

Official description of the new series from ABC:

Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” “Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. Executive producers are Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb.

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THE SIGNAL. Are You The Chosen One?

If you hear THE SIGNAL, you are chosen. THE SIGNAL transmission has been traced back to its source using an advanced geolocation tracking algorithm. The following coordinates indicate the point of origin:



Access the site below to examine the area and report back any findings. Make sure to inspect all pieces of evidence… you may encounter unexpected items.

RUAGITATED.com
Enter the code: LOCATE

Be advised: Our tracking programs have also flagged the following handle for irregular activity and communications involving these coordinates.

Snapchat: @NOMAD23541
http://youtu.be/RLIxGh2DR3o

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THE ROVER Clip: Robert Pattinson & Guy Pearce "God Put A Bullet In You."

A24 unveils the first clip from THE ROVER ahead of its world premiere at Cannes next week. Watch a quietly powerful exchange between Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in the clip "God put a bullet in you."

THE ROVER, David Michod's highly anticipated follow-up to ANIMAL KINGDOM, is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of society. The rule of the law has disintegrated and life is cheap. The film follows hardened loner Eric (Pearce) as he travels the desolate towns and roads of the outback. When a gang of thieves steals his car they leave behind a wounded Rey (Pattinson) in their wake. Forcing Rey to help track the gang, Eric will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him. Michod also wrote the film based on a story he conceived with Joel Edgerton.



Director David Michod also shares his vision for the collapsed society in which the story takes place in the director's statement.

See the images and statement after the Jump...






DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
The Australian Outback of The Rover is a world ten years after a great Western economic collapse. It's a near future of social and economic decay. Services, utilities, law and order have fallen into dangerous disrepair. And yet people from all corners of the world have come to this place to work the mines that feed the new world alignment, that feed the great powerhouses of this, the Asian century.

The world of the movie, as such, mirrors the American and Australian gold rushes of the 19th century. People are drawn to the land's mines and with them come the leeches, the refuse, the hustlers and criminals who hope to exploit the mines' margins.
This isn't a complete collapse of society - it's an inversion of present-day global power dynamics. This is Australia as resource-rich Third World country. This is the violence and unrest of contemporary Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
And at the centre of this world are two men - one, a murderously embittered Australian man, a former soldier who has lost his farm and his family; the other, a simple and naive American boy, too young to remember a time when things were anything other than what they are.
- David Michod

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#MALEFICENT- New Clip & Character Posters

The new clip “Awkward Situation,” IMAX poster, and character posters from MALEFICENT.


"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.

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“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.

Clip "Awkward Situation"









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