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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Upfronts 2014: Networks Announce Strange New Pilots

What's replacing all those sacked television shows?  We peel back the onion to find out!


Story by: Matt Cummings

This last week saw all five television networks announce their cancellations and renewals.  That leaves nearly 100 potential new shows in the oven, each vying for our hearts, space on our DVR's, and ultimately our time.  But first each has to appear before advertisers, whose votes will determine which are picked up and those that get sent back to the baker.

As we prepared to post this, it became clear that two new trends had appeared in several new shows: first, the stranger their plot, the more apt to be considered.  And like that smelly stuff which has been thrown against the wall, the networks are hoping these will stick.  Second, many of these are rejects of previous pilots, regurgitated and repainted for your pleasure.  Neither of these sound particularly appealing

Rather than share all of them, we've hand-picked a selected lot which sadly back up our claims.  Remember, most of these are not guaranteed to even appear, but some will crawl out of the wreckage of the upfronts and find their way to our television sets, whether we want them to or not.


Reading through these might make you laugh, until you realize that they are real AND appearing on a station near you. The plots are taken directly from the studios, so no enhancements by yours truly.

Prepare yourselves.

Hieroglyph (Fox)

  • Stars: Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad, John Rhys-Davies, Caroline Ford, Antony Bunsee, Kelsey Chow
  • Set in the world of ancient Egypt, action-adventure drama Hieroglyph follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, forcing him to navigate palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and divine sorcerers, as he races to stop the downfall of one of history’s greatest civilizations.
Weird Loners (Fox)
  • Stars: Zachary Knighton, Becki Newton, Nate Torrence
  • The story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into each other's lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens, N.Y., townhouse.
The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  • Stars: Will Forte
  • A single-camera comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth. Phil Miller was once just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank – now he’s humanity’s last hope. Will he ever find another person alive on the planet? Would hoping that she is a female be asking too much?
Scorpion (CBS)
  • Stars: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Ari Stidham
  • Based on the life of Walter O'Brien, the drama revolves around an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.
CSI: Cyber (CBS)
  • Stars: Patricia Arquette
  • Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button. Avery Ryan, special agent in charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, Va., is tasked to solve high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world.
While there are several appealing mainstream efforts coming out - CW's The Flash, FOX's Gotham, ABC's Peggy Carter, and CBS's The McCarthy's - those featured above are just the tip of what's shaping up to be a very weird iceberg.  We left out plots about an LAPD unit that follows stalkers and another involving a "maverick female Secretary of State" as she navigates a difficult home life and the political realm.

If these represent the best of the best, can you imagine what the lower rung look like?  For now, we utter the famous phrase by our SNL friend Jebidiah Atkinson: "NEXT!"

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Network Television Shows We Guarantee Are Returning Next Year (UPDATED)

Is your favorite show returning next year? Check our list to find out!
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Win Advance Screening Tickets To See Blended In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance For Blended on May 19, 2014 7:30 PM in Santa Clara.


Blended is an upcoming 2014 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Coraci and written by Ivan Menchell and Clare Sera. The film stars Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne, Terry Crews, Joel McHale and Wendi McLendon-Covey.


It is the third romantic comedy collaboration between Sandler and Barrymore, following The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. Coraci also previously directed Sandler and Barrymore in The Wedding Singer.


After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. They get together in the end


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New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Teaser Trailer

Here is the newly released teaser for Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

Also, don’t miss a LIVE Q&A with the cast including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Director James Gunn, and the exclusive world premiere of the trailer on Monday, May 19th at 10:00am PT only on Facebook:



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TV Review: Rosemary’s Baby – Part 2 By: Brandon Wolfe

TV Review: Rosemary’s Baby – Part 2
By: Brandon Wolfe

Though it isn’t as though the first part was intent on blazing its own trail, the second half of NBC’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ doesn’t color outside the lines at all. This veers uncomfortably close to Gus Van Sant ‘Psycho’ levels of slavishness. If you’ve seen the original 1968 ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, the second part of this miniseries will have you nodding your head in recognition as each development plays out almost precisely as it had before, with very little deviation.



We open with the aftermath of Rosemary’s night of passion with Guy, where she had demonic visions of witchcraft practitioner Steven Marcato as her actual partner. When she wakes the next morning confused about what has happened, Guy claims to have enjoyed their time together (and, in a sign-of-the-times change from 1968, Guy is apologetic about having his way with her when she didn’t have all of her faculties, something his 1968 counterpart did not give a second thought to). Rosemary soon learns that she has become pregnant, and though her close friend Julie recommends an obstetrician named Dr. Bernard (with whom Julie once had a fling, prompting the memorable assurance “He really knows his way around a vagina”), Rosemary is guided toward the reputed Dr. Saperstein at the Castevets and Guy’s behest. From there we are treated a Greatest Hits compilation of things that happened in the original film happening all over again, in the same way. Rosemary again receives tannis root smoothies from the smotheringly pushy Mrs. Castevet. She again experiences terrible abdominal pain that is brushed off by her doctor. She even gets an impromptu pixie haircut, even though that only happened in the original because Mia Farrow didn’t want to wear a wig over her short Vidal Sassoon hairdo the entire time. This ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ sticks to the script like nobody’s business.

We do get a better sense of where Guy’s head is at than we received in the first two hours. He is indeed in league with the Castevets in a bid to further his writing career, but where the John Cassavetes version of the character was never shown to have given a second thought to selling his wife, unborn child and all of humanity down the river, this one is allowed to be bitterly conflicted about his decision, and spiteful toward Roman Castevet for his role in making it. But his regret isn’t too overpowering, as he does steal Julie’s earring to use as part of a hex designed to get her out of the picture, lest her influence skew Rosemary away from the path her puppet masters mean to keep her on.


The death of Julie illustrates an area where ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ errs, and where many contemporary horror films err. Julie’s counterpart in the original film was an elderly friend named Hutch, who comes to the aid of Rosemary and provides her information about the coven her associates belong to. The hex placed on Hutch merely left him in a coma that he never recovered from. It was a simple yet eerie development. But the hex leveled on Julie takes the form of an elaborate ‘Final Destination’ stunt, where she is made to slip and crack her head open in the restaurant kitchen where she works, as blood gushes graphically from the wound. This just looks silly, and functions as a means to shoehorn in some gruesomeness in where it doesn’t belong. A similarly bloody fate befalls a police commissioner named Fontaine, whom Rosemary turns to for help and who briefly becomes an exposition spouting ally (he and Julie essentially function as two vessels for the roles Hutch played all by himself in the original) before he is smeared all over the pavement by a cement truck. There is also the inclusion of a pointlessly nasty bit where Rosemary hungrily devours raw chicken organs, making it clear that the miniseries finds it much easier to disgust rather than frighten us.

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ then follows the path to its conclusion with no surprises. An attempt to turn to Dr. Bernard for help is thwarted by the seeming craziness of Rosemary’s claims, placing her back into Guy and Saperstein’s custody. The baby is delivered and taken from her, with the ruse of miscarriage put in place before she hears its cries emanating from a secret room located in a closet. And in that room, she finds the entire coven, along with Guy, huddled around a crib, where she finally learns the truth about her baby, of which we’ve known for decades: that it is the son of Satan. But a mother’s love overcomes all, so she opts to raise it as her own in spite of everything. Again, this is all how it went down in Polanski’s film, but the lone difference (other than the implication that Roman Castevet, the alias of Steven Marcato, is the devil in disguise, as opposed to the mere acolyte he was in the film) is that we are shown the baby here. In the film, its appearance was left to our imagination, fueled only by Rosemary’s horrified reaction to it and her frenzied cry of “What’s wrong with its eyes?!” Well, we see what’s wrong with its eyes here. They’re very, very blue, similar to those of Marcato/Roman’s. It otherwise looks like a completely normal baby. After so much reverence, the miniseries botches the most haunting moment of its forbear.

I couldn’t say what the point of the ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ remake was. Even by the usual remake standards, it comes across as wasted time and effort. There was almost certainly a way to retell this story in some modern way to make it different and relevant, perhaps incorporating contemporary issues of reproductive rights into the mix, but that would have been work. Much easier to do essentially a copy-and-paste job of work that has already been done. Producing an identical yet vastly inferior version of something that already exists has always felt an obnoxiously meaningless pursuit, but when applying this approach to a stone-cold classic like ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, it feels especially egregious. Some ideas are so sinister that they should never be allowed to come to term.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Belle Review: Fluff Script Detracts from Otherwise Solid Film

The period piece Belle suffers from a fluff script but looks amazing in the process.


Review by: Matt Cummings

If an image can tell a thousand words, then the painting featured at the end of the period piece Belle could fill a library. And while its story of 18th Century English slavery and social convention looks amazing, it's too self-congratulatory and lacks the emotion of a real winner.


Inspired by the true story, Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is an illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode), who is raised by Lindsey's great aunt and uncle (Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson) after Lindsay dies at sea. Belle's half-cousin and confidant Lady Elizabeth Murray (Sarah Gadon) instantly bond, yet Belle's status doesn't afford her the same standards. While Elizabeth chases suitors for a dowry, Belle remains isolated and the victim of the rigid social patterns of 18th Century England. Soon, tradition collides with progress as Lord Mansfield must rule on a critical lawsuit involving murdered slaves, giving Belle and her newfound love John Davinier (Sam Reid) the chance to obliterate hundreds of years of slavery in one legal swoop.

On the surface, Belle has everything going for it. There's exceptional performances by Mbatha-Raw, Wilkinson, and Watson. Gadon sparkles in her period dress, and the entire environment is painted in lush strokes by Director Amma Asante. Composer Rachel Portman is a SJF favorite for her apologetically gorgeous scores, and her soaring themes add another layer to Belle, suiting this world admirably. And yet even with all of these pieces, the script by Misan Sagay feels too practiced, too assured that its cast is in command of the climax. There's never any doubt about how Mansfield will rule, as the Zong Masacre of 1781 is a watershed moment in English law history. Belle isn't as much about the case as it is one woman of color being caught up in the events surrounding it. With that knowledge, any sense of amazement or discovery is lost, leaving one to simply be a tacit observer. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's less than what we deserve.

Davinier and fellow suitor Oliver Ashford (James Norton) are fairly standard characters, as are Oliver's mother (Miranda Richardson) and brother (the Harry Potter retread Tom Felton), who play the 18th Century race card like they have a stack in their pockets. The Ashfords are people we're supposed to hate, but they never achieve a level suitable for us to care. Their dismissal at the end of the second act - and Davinier's near-constant prattling about slavery - loses its effectiveness around the same time. We get it: slavery was wrong and the people who committed it were bad people. Rather than ram this down our throats every 5 minutes, Belle should have focused on the story between her and Mansfield, whose conversations represent the best part of the film.

Some might point out that 2012's Lincoln is no different, that history played out the slave issue in much the same way, leaving a circus cast of stars and a country to deal with similar radical change. But unlike Belle, Lincoln's tragic death is the plot point which makes it worth watching. Belle feels like a movie that's more about us looking at a historical topic than about those who lived through it, our cool detachment ready to pounce on the obviously morally confused English elite.

Belle is a well-written and intelligent film, one that never degrades to shock value, and is filled with solid performances in a beautiful period piece setting which the arthouse crowd should gobble up. But its lack of danger or uncertainty never ups the ante, leaving us wanting as the lights come up. Great film can tell a moving story which Belle aspires to do, but it never quite gets there, and that's such a waste.

Belle is rated PG for thematic elements, some language and brief smoking images and has a runtime of 104 minutes.

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Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST In San Francisco

Win VIP tickets To An Advance For X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00PM in San Francisco.




We will be giving away 5 sets of VIP tickets for you and your guest. Make sure to listen to our podcast all details will be announced on it.

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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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  • Anna Paquin
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Halle Berry
  • Ellen Page
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GIVE US THIS DAY Grant Pacers Football Documentary Screening Information

GIVE US THIS DAY

The film follows one of the nation’s top high school football programs through its toughest season ever. Two years removed from a State Championship, the Grant Pacers are poised to make another run. But fierce opponents, the neighborhood, and a major tragedy - the violent, midseason death of their coach - all stand in their way.


Grant Union High School has been a venerable factory of NCAA Division 1 and NFL players over the last twenty years producing stars like Donte Stallworth, Onterrio Smith, Paris Warren, Aaron Garcia, and most recently the nation’s top college recruit - Shaq Thompson. Grant is located in one of Sacramento’s written-off corners where gangs, drugs, and violence are regular obstacles students must overcome. For many players, football may be their only way out of Del Paso Heights. How will these young men defeat seemingly insurmountable odds and succeed on the gridiron and in life? Watch as they battle through a brutal season on their way to their ultimate goals of college scholarships, a chance at the NFL, and success in life off the gridiron. But this year their dreams take a backseat to the realities of tragedy and it is up to these young men to heal an entire neighborhood devastated by an unthinkable tragedy.



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THE TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM

The behind the scenes story of Give Us This Day began in the mid to late nineties. Three guys graduated from the same high school with one regret: they didn’t play high school football. All three played baseball, basketball, and soccer for their alma mater, but unfortunately football was not offered due to many factors including low-enrollment. In 2012, these same three guys did the next best thing to strapping their helmets on under the friday night lights: They turned their cameras on. A decade and a half after realizing they’d never play the organized version of the game they loved, the concept for the film was born. And the three guys with the dream gave up the financial security of their 9-5’s and dedicated their working lives to helping people they’ve come to know and love tell their amazing stories. With a shared love of football, Sacramento, and storytelling, the filmmakers feel truly blessed to be a part of something so meaningful, not only to them, but to an entire community, and hopefully the world.

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The Poster For A MOST WANTED MAN Is Here

The poster from Anton Corbijn's spy thriller A MOST WANTED MAN, based on John Le Carré's best-selling novel, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.

A Most Wanted Man is based on master story-teller John le CarrĂ©’s worldwide bestselling book. Anton Corbijn (The American) directs this modern day thriller with Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe toplining an ensemble cast.

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Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Dafoe) and a young female lawyer (McAdams) who is determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. In an adrenaline laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it’s not long before he becomes everyone’s most wanted man. A Most Wanted Man, a cerebral tale of intrigue in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is also contemporary and deeply human, touching themes in love, rivalry and politics we live with every day.

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Full Trailer For #Interstellar Has Arrived

Christopher Nolan's latest secrecy-fest, sci-fi Interstellar, has just become a tiny bit less obscure with the debut of the film's first full trailer. At the very least, we learn more about Matthew McConaughey's lead, Cooper, and then we get to tour some extensive cornfields.



Cooper is, we learn, "an educated man, a trained pilot and an engineer", but his technical skills are more or less irrelevant in a world that's running low on food. Thank goodness, then, for Michael Caine's visionary, who has a plan to save the world by buggering off somewhere else - and he needs Cooper to make the trip. With two young children at home, it's not an easy decision, but soon Cooper's off amid the stars as the weather worsens back home.

At least, we think that's what's happening, so please stop making jokes about Signs and comparing it to Looper. This trailer hasn't shed vast amounts of light on the story so let's hope they're holding back lots and lots for us to enjoy when Interstellar hits cinemas in the UK on November 7.

The film, of course, also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (as the grown version of Cooper's daughter Murphy), Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck and David Oyelowo.

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NEED FOR SPEED On Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD & On-Demand August 5th

OWN THE YEAR’S ULTIMATE THRILL RIDE!

NEED FOR SPEED

Bring Home the Real Action on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5, 2014.

Tricked Out With Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features, Including Audio Commentary, Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, Making-Of Featurettes, and More!

This summer, own the year’s ultimate thrill ride when Need for Speed races home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5th, 2014, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling video game series, this action-packed movie drives non-stop excitement into your home in various home entertainment models, each tricked out with never-before-seen bonus features you won’t want to miss!

Buckle up with star Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton in this high-speed tale about an underground driver (Paul) who sets off on a race for revenge against the wealthy ex-NASCAR driver (Cooper) who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. Delivering real speed, real danger and real action, this turbo-charged thriller explodes on screen on Blu-ray and Digital HD with spectacular high definition picture and sound!

Then, experience first-hand what it took to make this breakthrough action hit with a series of revealing featurettes. First, go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it took to capture the movie’s intense car stunts on camera with “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie”; next, meet the Gilbert family, four generations of professional stuntmen, who turned the Mustang hero car’s astonishing “grasshopper” jump over four lanes of traffic into a family affair in “Ties that Bind”; then, experience the Need For Speed traveling road show as the movie films from one end of the country to the other in “The Circus is in Town”; finally, discover how the movie’s stunning soundscape helps put the audience in the driver’s seat by recording “car bys,” accelerations, donuts, skids—and the "gnarly" signature sound of the hero Mustang - in “The Sound Of Need For Speed.”

Additional must-own bonus features on Blu-ray include an audio commentary with director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul; Monarch & Maverick outtakes featuring stars Michael Keaton and Scott Mescudi cutting loose; 4 deleted scenes with introductions by director Scott Waugh; trailers, and more!

Need for Speed was directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” Mission Impossible 3), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Devil’s Double), Imogen Poots (Fright Night, That Awkward Moment), Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi (upcoming Entourage: The Movie, “How to Make it in America”) Dakota Johnson (upcoming 50 Shades of Grey, The Social Network) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Toy Story 3).


Bring home the real speed, real danger, and real excitement of Need for Speed in the following formats with bonus features as listed:

Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
Digital HD & SD*
Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + Digital Copy)

Includes:
• Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie
• Ties That Bind
• The Circus Is In Town
• Feature Audio Commentary with Director Scott Waugh and Aaron Paul**
• Monarch & Maverick Outtakes with Introduction by Director Scott Waugh
• 4 Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director Scott Waugh
• The Sound Of Need For Speed
• “B-Camera” - Crash Compilation with introduction by Director Scott Waugh (Easter Egg)
• Need For Speed™ Rivals Trailer

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer
**Audio commentary not available for digital

Bonus Materials for This Product:
1-Disc DVD
Includes:
• Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie
• Need For Speed™ Rivals Trailer

Disc Specifications:
Street Date: August 5, 2014 (Direct Prebook: 06/10; Distributor Prebook: 06/24)

Feature Run Time: Approximately 130 minutes

Rating: “PG-13” in U.S., CE: PG and CF Rating: G
Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 7.1 DTS HDMA
DVD Feature Film = 5.1 Dolby

Languages/Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, French-Canadian, English DVS/English, Latin Spanish, French-Canadian (Applies To Film Content Only)

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ABOUT NEED FOR SPEED:
Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and ‘70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, Need for Speed taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.

The story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country race against time — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. In a last attempt to save his struggling garage, blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) — who with his team skillfully builds and races muscle cars on the side — reluctantly partners with wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). Just as a major sale to a car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poot) looks like it will save the business, a disastrous, unsanctioned race results in Dino framing Tobey for manslaughter.

Two years later and fresh out of prison, Tobey is set on revenge with plans to take down Dino in the high-stakes De Leon race — the Super Bowl of underground racing. To get there in time, Tobey must run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet, dodging cops coast-to-coast and dealing with fallout from a dangerous bounty Dino put on his car. With his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia as allies, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS STUDIOS:
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company’s recent releases include Spielberg's "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The film has grossed over $180 million at the U.S. box office and was nominated for twelve Academy Awards® with Daniel Day-Lewis winning for Best Actor. Other releases include "Real Steel," starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Steven Spielberg’s "War Horse," based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and was nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and "The Help," which resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four Academy Award® nominations with Octavia Spencer winning for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming films include the drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” starring Helen Mirren and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. DreamWorks Studios can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorksStudios and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dw_studios.


ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!


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Toy Story OF TERROR! On Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th

Everyone's favorite Toys are back in Disney•Pixar's frightfully fun adventure "Toy Story OF TERROR!" available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash "Toy Story 3," Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that's a must-own for "Toy Story" and Disney•Pixar fans this summer!


On Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital HD August 19th

Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features Include Parody Vintage Toy Commercials,Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary, and Much More!

Everyone’s favorite Toys are back in Disney•Pixar’s frightfully fun adventure “Toy Story OF TERROR!” available for the first time ever on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th. Reuniting after the events of the blockbuster smash “Toy Story 3,” Buzz, Woody and the gang join new friend Combat Carl for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor that’s a must-own for “Toy Story” and Disney•Pixar fans this summer!

“Toy Story OF TERROR!” makes its in-home debut loaded with never-before-seen bonus features, including three Vintage Toy Commercials, which can be viewed as act breaks during the film or separately with Director Introductions. Additional all-new bonus features include Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes with Editor Introductions and “Team of Specialists,” in which director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make this fun-filled “Toy Story” adventure!

Additional in-home special features include three “Toy Story Toons” shorts: “Small Fry,” “Partysaurus Rex” and “Hawaiian Vacation” – each with Audio Commentary; and the rarely seen, especially spooky teaser created for the D23 fan conference. Also available only on Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants and a Bonus Deleted Scene with Editor’s Introduction.


Written and directed by Angus MacLane, animator on such Disney•Pixar classics as “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Toy Story 2 & 3” and produced by Galyn Susman, “Toy Story OF TERROR!” features an original score by composer Michael Giacchino (“Ratatouille,” “Up,” “Cars 2”).

What starts out as a fun road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse when the trip detours to a roadside motel. After one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate in this Toy Story OF TERROR!

“Toy Story OF TERROR!” features the voice talents of original “Toy Story” cast members Tom Hanks as “Woody,” Tim Allen as “Buzz Lightyear,” Joan Cusack as “Jessie,” Timothy Dalton as “Mr. Pricklepants,” Don Rickles as “Mr. Potato Head,” Kristen Schaal as “Trixie” and Wallace Shawn as “Rex,” along with series newcomer Carl Weathers as “Combat Carl/Combat Carl Jr.”

Bonus Materials for This Product:
Blu-ray + Digital Copy
Includes:
• “Toy Story Toons” Shorts:
o Hawaiian Vacation
o Small Fry
o Partysaurus Rex
• Audio Commentaries:
o Toy Story of Terror!, Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex
• Team of Specialists - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
• 3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions
o Pencil Topper Trilogy
o Travel Brochures
o Road Trip Roulette
• Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
o Old Timer
o Combat Carl
o Transitron
• D23 Teaser

Bonus Materials for This Product:
DVD
Includes:
• “Toy Story Toons” Shorts:
o Hawaiian Vacation (5:50)
o Small Fry (7:07)
o Partysaurus Rex (6:31)
• Audio Commentaries:
o Toy Story OF TERROR!, Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex
• Team of Specialists - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
• Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
o Old Timer
o Combat Carl
o Transitron
• D23 Teaser


Bonus Materials for This Product:
DMA (Disney Movies Anywhere)
Includes:
• A new short piece about film references featuring Mr. Pricklepants
• Deleted Scene – Bob's Boatyard w/Editor’s Introduction (2:00)

Digital HD for This Product Also Includes:
• Toy Story Toons Shorts*:
o Hawaiian Vacation
o Small Fry
o Partysaurus Rex
• Vintage Toy Commercials + Director Introductions
o Old Timer
o Combat Carl
o Transitron

Digital HD Bonus Materials for This Product**:
• Team of Specialists - Director Angus MacLane goes deep behind the scenes to introduce the team of specialists required to make Toy Story OF TERROR!
• 3 Deleted Scenes + Editor Introductions
o Pencil Topper Trilogy
o Travel Brochures
o Road Trip Roulette
• D23 Teaser
*Also available for separate purchase from select digital retailers
**Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Street Date: August 19, 2014 (Direct Prebook: 6/24/14; Distributor Prebook: 7/8/14)

Feature Run Time: Approximately 22 minutes

Rating: Feature Film: “TVG” in U.S., G in Canada (CE and CF) [TBD]
Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1.78:1 • 1080p High Definition
DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1 • Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions

Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film: English 7.1, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English 2.0, DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD Feature Film = English 5.1, 2.0 and DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital; Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

Languages/Subtitles: English ESL, SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles (Applies To Film Content Only)

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About Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA):
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a cloud-based digital movie service that offers a hassle-free way for consumers to buy, watch, and manage Disney digital content across platforms and devices via the easy-to-use DMA app or atDisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. A DMA-eligible digital title purchased from an iTunes-connected account or redeemed in DMA will be accessible in a user’s DMA and iTunes lockers. There are currently over 400 films from Disney’s rich history available through DMA for streaming and download, including Disney Branded Animation, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel titles, along with exclusive, original content. For more information or to redeem Digital Copy codes to build your library and earn Disney Movie Rewards Points for digital purchases, visitwww.disneymoviesanywhere.com..

About The Walt Disney Studios:
For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

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#GUARDIANSOFTHEGALAXY New Poster & LIVE Q&A With Cast Monday

Don’t miss a LIVE Q&A with the cast of MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Director James Gunn and the exclusive world premiere of the trailer on Monday, May 19th at 10:00am PT only on Facebook:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

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Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST In Sacramento

UPDATED WITH NEW INSTRUCTIONS:

Win VIP tickets To An Advance For X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST on Tuesday, May 20th at 7:00PM in Sacramento.




We will be giving away 5 sets of VIP tickets for you and your guest. Make sure to listen to our podcast all details will be announced on it.

See how to win tickets after the Jump...



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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All you have to do is tell us the X-MEN character the Actor/Actress plays.

  • Anna Paquin
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Halle Berry
  • Ellen Page
Email 20thcenturyfoxsf@gmail.com Subject X-MEN SAC. Will need your full name.

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'Star Wars Episode VII' First Photo Revealed

Get your lightsabers ready! Filming on "Star Wars Episode VII" has begun!

The Force is strong with Bad Robot. The official Twitter account of the production company Bad Robot revealed the first photo from the very first day of filming the new movie "Star Wars Episode VII."

The clapboard features the director J.J. Abrams and cinematographer Daniel Mindel -- who also worked with Abrams as the cinematographer for "Star Trek Into Darkness."

The clapboard is also dated for May 16, 2014.

While there's no working title or top-secret decoy title like "Blue Harvest," it's great to see the classic "Star Wars" logo and font in action again!

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TV Recap: Reign (Finale) "Slaughter Of Innocence" By: Sue

TV Recap: Reign (Finale) "Slaughter Of Innocence"
By: Sue

Henry proves he’s still the King of Crazy Town. In the middle of the night he has summoned everyone to the courtyard urgently. He plans to find the person responsible for his assassination attempt, he gotten new guards, and now he has been told by God how to find the guilty. He has a group from the palace gathered as he taunts them that the sword will chose the guilty. His ghost talks to him, and calms him telling him to let the souls confess their sins themselves, that God likes that best. He asks who has gone to confessional and one man admits that he has. He asks if the man has fornicated or taken the Lord’s name in vain since, he has not. Henry skewers the man, for being more ready than him. He tells the people to prepare for the Celebration of Calais as the sun rises.



Francis always looked up to his father growing up, but that man is gone. Francis knows that the sanity he saw in his father is long gone. Assassination is not an option, he knows that. The only option is a coup, a military removal from the throne. Catherine cautions that it is very dangerous for all of them to be considering it. Francis wonders where he will find men loyal to him and not his father. Mary reasons that there must be many, Henry was heavy handed and fired many generals before the war. It’s decided, they will plot this coup, Henry will be removed from the throne, imprisoned and allowed to die a natural death, and Mary will rule at Francis’ side.

Pascal has another nightmare. He saw the darkness coming at him through the window. Kenna reasons with the child, the shadows he saw were the guards that Bash sent. Bash will not let anything happen to them she tells him. Bash is looking for the darkness now, with Nostradamus by his side.


Leith has returned to the palace, and Francis welcomes him with open arms. Now recovered from his injuries, he’s found the gift that Francis has given him. He does not have a title, but a generous land endowment. Francis wishes he could have titled him, but the King isn’t being reasonable at the moment, and giving Leith the land was the least he could do for saving his life. Leith sees a girl being put into an uncomfortable position. One of the King’s personal guards is throwing around his title, and being pushy. Leith swoops in and saves the girl. She’s very grateful, and asks him to have a drink with her, but he cannot. He’s after another girl. She takes the news well, but she’s disappointed. Ooh, Greer has some competition.

Henry goes on with his plans to kill his son. He plans to kill Francis during the feast. He wishes to make it look as if Francis choked to death. He order that the garlands be left in place, as there will be a wedding in the not so distant future.

Francis sets out to find the disposed of generals. Henry is pleased to see his son and Mary. He insists that Mary be around to see the naval display he has planned. He apologizes for being distant in the past and plans to change that. He admits that he was bitter about their lack of child, but now thinks it may have been for the best. Francis wishes to set out, but Henry doesn’t want him to go. Francis is not just any war hero, he lead the final rally to victory at Calais. Francis tells him that he’s going to see some of the injured soldiers, but Henry makes it clear that he will be there for the feast. Henry offers Mary his arm, making sure she can’t get away.

Leith arrives, and Greer mistakes him for another servant, engulfed in her book. She is very happy to see him. He excitedly tells Greer about his new lands, his heart in his hands, he’s a war hero and he saved Francis’ life. She thinks that it’s wonderful but it’s not enough. He is not a rich man, but a comfortable man. She’s been sold to the highest bidder, Casselroy. Her father is too deep in debt, her sisters are banking on her good match for dowries, her family is counting too much on her their financial future. Leith is due to be on the naval ships on display, as a hero of Calais. Greer doesn’t want to leave on bad terms. Leith wants her to consider herself, her heart, and to give them a chance, but walks away.

Lola drops in on a woman. She was headed back to the castle, when she went started having trouble. She’s in labor, but the woman is not a midwife, and the woman is concerned what will happen should Lola die.

The celebration is to begin. Henry pays Mary extra attention, trying to see to her every comfort. Greer tells Casselroy that Leith came to see her, and he takes comfort in the fact that she didn’t run into his arms. Henry coos over Mary, giving her a blanket. Cannons fire towards the ships full of soldiers. Odd since they thought that fireworks were to be used. Henry grabs at Mary’s hand, and she looks at him horrified. One of the ships is hit, and it goes down to Mary’s revulsion. Henry told them to fire on the ships with care. He stalks off, vowing to do better the following day. He wants to seduce her with pomp and pageantry.

100 men died in the accident, and Mary blames himself. Catherine tells Mary that Henry has asked for an annulment again, she warns Mary that she believes that he has targeted Mary. Henry took an interest in the fact that she was not pregnant, that he was actually happy about it. Mary reasons that Francis would never agree to an annulment, when she and Catherine have an epiphany. Henry plans to kill Francis. They have to act now, they have to kill Henry to save Francis.

Francis comes across a group of soldiers fishing bodies out of the bay. They tell Francis about the cannons, the accident. The men were on their way to England, for a war that Henry had promised to hold off on, but at least they died quickly. Francis cannot believe the words, and it gets worse when he hears that Henry has ordered that the rest of the soldiers are to leave that evening.

Mary goes to her uncle about the coup. She needs his help, and reasons that the King is erratic, and getting worse. Guise isn’t against the coup, but he sees Francis as the leader to be a failure. Mary needs to step up and take France. With the triple crown option they actually have a chance of success.

Bash and Nostadamus try to figure out why the Darkness would take Pascal to a little cottage. Nostadamus finds pictogtraphs on the walls, pictures of disasters and predictions. There is only one picture that has not come to pass yet. There is a pagan rhyme on the wall, one that Bash has heard Pascal recite. It ends with “For I am the Darkness.” Bash is filled with fear.

Pascal mutters the rhyme, and Kenna comes to see why he saying it again, thinking it’s a calming mechanism for him. Pascal notices that all of the guards have gone quiet, that they’re gone. Kenna sees a hulking shadow walk past the window. The darkness has come for Pascal. Kenna fights to keep the Darkness out. She bars the door and yells for help. A man speaks, he is the darkness. He tells them that he has killed the guards, and asks that Pascal sacrifice her.

Greer goes to see if Leith is on the list of the dead. He is not, when Greer sees him she jumps into his arms.

Catherine watches the joust in distaste. Henry is upset that more people have not come. Mary makes a splashy entrance, wearing the English coat of arms. The people cheer for her, and King Henry finds her to be a vision. He’s happy until he realizes that he is no longer the center of attention. He stops the competition. He will joust and show his prowess. A few English sympathizers leave, but Mary asks her Uncle to detain them. Catherine hopes that Mary knows what she is doing, and she believes that she is, that she’s giving the people hope. Catherine misses the girl that Mary was, the sweet, innocent one. Mary tells her that she should, that girl was easier to kill.

Greer stops Leith before they can take the next step. She wants him to hold her, but there is no reason to stop. She could marry him. She won’t though. She was scared of losing him, and he warns her that if she does not take this chance she will. He begs her to marry him, but she cannot. Leith makes a promise to her. She threw away her chance at happiness, and he plans to rise and rise to power, but he will never again be hers.

Henry enters the joust. He and Montgomery take a few passes, and Henry falls from his horse injured. Montgomery returns to his tent while Henry is attended to, but it was not Montgomery in the joust, but Francis. Francis knocked out Montgomery and took his place.

The door gives way, its Bash to the rescue, but the darkness hasn’t left. Kenna shouts out a warning as the darkness closes in on Bash. They fight, and Nostradamus brings him down. Nostradamus takes Kenna and Pascal to safety. The darkness is trying to keep the black death at bay, he believes that if his successor, Pascal, does not come with him then the Black Death will return. Nostradamus has seen visions of the Black death returning, but Bash doesn’t believe it. Pagan borne or not, Bash doesn’t think that the Darkness has the power to hold something like that back.

Catherine updates Mary and Francis on Henry’s condition. A shard of wood is embedded in his brain, he is going to die. Mary reasons that it is God’s Will, that they had nothing to do with Henry’s injury. Catherine goes to say her goodbyes to Henry. He seems to have come back from crazytown, but he wishes for Catherine to become friends with Diane. They’ve been a part of eachother’s life for a long time. Catherine agrees to reach out to her. It’s Francis’ turn next. Henry tells Francis of his namesake, his uncle, the brother that Henry lost. He was to be king, he would have been a better king. Henry tells Francis that he killed his brother, that no one ever knew, and finally Francis understand why Henry always warned him about Bash. Henry laments that it’s a weight he has carried this entire time. Death takes Henry away. Henry’s death is announced and Francis flees the room, responsible for killing his father. He runs straight into Bash’s open arms.

Leith pops in on the damsel he rescued earlier, Yvette. She’s more than happy to see him, but unfortunately she’s there to meet another. She runs to see Casselroy, her father, and starts to tell him about the delightful turn of events.

Lola struggles in her labors, the baby may not be born. Lola has the woman write a letter for her, releasing her of her promise. She tells Mary that Julien is dead, and she is alone, and she can tell Francis that the baby is his. She hopes that should she not make it, that Mary will raise the baby as her own. The woman is surprised and panicked to hear the Queen Mary is the friend Lola wanted the letter drafted for.

Kenna tries to comfort Bash. He no longer knows what his place is with his father’s death. Kenna reminds Bash that he hasn’t lost everything, that though they were thrown together she has fallen completely for him. He’s fallen for her too, and its all very sweet. Kenna spots a falling star, and then another. It’s not so sweet now. The stars are falling, the final sign before the plague sweeps the land according to the darkness.

Francis is now the King of France, but he isn’t happy. He was angry about so many things, the soldier’s death, even the way he touched Mary’s cheek. Mary is surprised to hear that Francis was at the joust.
Mary worries she is becoming someone that he will not love. Francis asks her to tell him her darkest secret and he will tell her his. A maid delivers Lola’s letter. She is giving birth. Mary tells Francis that he should go and be by her side, but he doesn’t understand. Mary makes her first confession, the child that Lola is carrying is his. Francis runs to be by her side. Mary runs to get help, and Catherine denies her of that help. There have been reports of the plague, and no one will enter or leave the castle. Mary chases after Francis, hoping to stop him. He hasn’t left yet, but he won’t let the plague stop him from getting to Lola, and perhaps his only child. Mary tries to reason with him, he is now king, he can no longer be ruled by his heart. He admits that she wanted this, should still want it, and that

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

CW's #TheFlash Extended Trailer

The Flash extended trailer has arrived.  What do you think?

The Flash with a rather spectacular and effects-heavy new trailer that clocks in at more than five minutes.

After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion -- and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become...The Flash.



And here's the shorter one, which features Arrow and Flash 'paling around':

Which one do you like more? Is The Flash destined for greatness, or is this another teenage CW show destined for cancellation?
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#Godzilla Review: Lumbers Along But Ultimately Delivers

After lumbering through the first hour, Godzilla delivers big time.


Review by: Matt Cummings

It's uncommon for a summer blockbuster to favor story over flashy effects and slow-motion action set pieces, but Director Gareth Edwards's Godzilla pushes convention aside to deliver a smart disaster film that takes a little too long to show our favorite Kaiju.

When nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife/colleague to a nuclear meltdown in Japan, he discovers that the event was no accident, but caused by a creature called a MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism). This beast feeds on radiation, tearing down cities and consuming spent nuclear material for unknown reasons. But as 15 years pass, the world realizes this isn't the only problem they must face: a 350 foot monster which the Japanese call Godzilla is hunting the newly-hatched MUTO as part of its prehistoric DNA. Soon, Brody's son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) becomes involved when his now crackpot father finally exposes the government conspiracy about the events back at the powerplant. As the MUTO descends upon San Francisco, Ford's wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son become caught in the middle of a much larger scheme that only he and Godzilla can stop.


For a series that started so steeped in social commentary, the later films descended into silly and frankly odd directions. Edwards returns to the scientific realm to tell his story, surrounding our stars with great - if overly heavy - dialogue about nuclear tests in the 50's which were targeted at Godzilla, and the larger reasons for the return of the the big guy. Rather than take too long with the science, Writers Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham spend just enough time to provide audiences with the kaiju's intentions, reminding us that such simple efforts can help to connect a film rather than break it apart (are you listening Amazing Spider-man 2).


It takes about an hour for audiences to see Godzilla (and his arsenal) in his full glory, but when that happens its unleashing is nothing short of spectacular. He's a little pudgy, but his other features are just plain mean and his movements absolutely epic. Godzilla actually comes across as an intelligent creature, with most of the evidence smartly presented by Edwards. His desire to make it communicate in non-standard ways (pushing ships out of the way rather than running them over, protecting people during a pivotal bridge scene) creates a bond with the audience who can't wait for him to bring on the pain. Godzilla's exhibit of such emotions might seem like transposition, but Edwards's efforts make for far better theater than a mindless beast bashing another mindless beast. Similarly, the MUTO has a story to tell, and Edwards treats it as almost a sympathetic organism. We'd be naughty to tell you why, but you'll understand when you see it. But when it comes to high stakes city-smashing, there's certainly no hiding that someone is channeling Pacific Rim, as the beasts battle so effectively throughout San Francisco, reducing it to rubble in the process.

What's disappointing is that Toho - the company that owns Godzilla - refused to lease out the other MUTO's, leaving Edwards to craft a monster that looks like a cross between Cloverfield and a Recognizer ship from Tron. But as we mentioned, it takes too long to get to the payoff, making us wonder if Edwards and his team are thinking of this story as more of a novel, complete with a first and second chapter where the kaiju remain shadowy figures until the explosive third. Provided this film does well - and there's certainly no reason to suggest otherwise - Chapters 4 and beyond can tell the deeper story, so long as audiences don't hate on Edwards too much for concealing the action in a series of frustrating POV angles. Olsen is underutilized, relegated as a pleading and powerless mother. Her chemistry with Johnson is good enough, as is he and Cranston. Both Olsen and Johnson are soon to star in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and their work in Godzilla gives us good clues to their next project. By the way, if you want to know more about what Godzilla's breed, check out this article from Smithsonian.

This is as far from Roland Emerich's 1998 flop as one could get, both in style and substance. Godzilla isn't perfect and there's not enough of him, but the film's goal to tell an intelligent and longer tale mixes very well with the epic battle scenes and personal stories of people trying first to understand these beasts and then eventually learning to get out of their way.

Godzilla is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence and has a runtime of 123 minutes.

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Million Dollar Arm Review: Throws a Wild Pitch in Key Innings

Million Dollar Arm wants to inspire you. Here's why it doesn't fully accomplish its goal.


Review by: Matt Cummings
The story of baseball has matured over the years, once a white-only game then a highly-inclusive one made up of players from all over the world. But in the feel-good Million Dollar Arm, we learn that the final destination isn't as important as the journey, even if the story doesn't quite get that message quite right.

As a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) could once sell ice to an Eskimo. His slick-talking style yielded representation of former players Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders, making him a star in a league filled with them. Unfortunately, JB's current effort to strike out on his own hasn't produced the same fruit. Stuck in front of his television after a failed negotiation, JB learns about the game of Crickett and soon realizes that India might be the last untamed resource for professional baseball players. He journeys there under a groundswell of support, discovering local fireballers Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal). But, their assimilation into US culture is rough going, filled with social faux pas and high expectations from pitching coach Tom House (Bill Paxton). As the boys undergo a makeover, JB also realizes that he too needs to change if he is to remain on top, while trying to win the heart of med student Brenda (Lake Bell).


Million tries so hard to be inspirational while lodging stinging criticisms against sports agents and the business itself that it ends up doing neither particularly well. It's great to see Rinku and Dinesh come to America to play baseball, and it's also interesting to see how Bernstein massages the various teams while dealing with strong-willed and egotistical players who expect him to produce upon their every wish. Yet, the rest of it results in an odd mix that sometimes feels shoehorned and Frankensteined. Sharma and Mittal are enjoyable to watch in a very innocent way as they react to their newfound love for American food and the pressures of representing their country at the highest level. Hamm is serviceable as Bernstein, trading in his Don Draper suit for an LA ballcap without doing anything different with the role. Hamm can and should be playing in more robust roles, but here he does show (at times) what he can do if given enough meat on the bone. Bell as the moral anchor is totally dispensable, neither gaining nor losing our interest yet failing to inhabit the role, as does Alan Arkin as a retired scout. But perhaps the best performance here is Paxton - his Mr. Miyagi is both comforting and honest, acting as yet another moral anchor for JB as both struggle to shape their two pristine pieces of cloth into fine clothing.


We're not sure if this is Director Craig Gillespie's fault for failing to get the most out of his actors or Editor Tatiana S. Riegel for trying to balance competing stories. Either way, one can see most of this story develop within the first few minutes, as JB goes on both a professional and personal journey to right his fledgling company and disintegrating career. This year's Draft Day took on the business primarily, only suffering a reality check near the end. We knew how the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 would evolve, but its rich storytelling and strong acting troupe made all the difference. Million doesn't use all of its assets as well, but it does open one's eyes to the difficult conditions in India and the enormous pressures inherent in the business of today's sports.  In short, there's a reason why it didn't make it into our May Preview article.

We'd recommend watching Million Dollar Arm only after you see 42, and then only after you've seen a dozen other 2014 films first, including the slightly better Draft Day. Million has been smartly programmed next to explosions and giant monsters, so it should draft a decent crowd in the short term. Whether it survives beyond that is improbable, but anything can happen these days. After all, Singh is still playing for the Pirates.

Million Dollar Arm is rated PG for mild language and some suggestive content and has a runtime of 120 minutes.

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