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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Edgar Wright Drops Out of Marvel's 'Ant-Man'


Here's why fans shouldn't be surprised by the news.


For the better part of two years, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have learned about the dance surrounding Director Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, a project at least a decade in the making. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has supported the unique nature of the project, stating emphatically that it's been Wright's force of will that's kept the project going.

That is, until now.

According to a statement released by Marvel Studios, Wright has departed the project. The statement, released on Friday - gives the standard "differences in their vision of the film" as the reason, but also tries to assure the reader that its July 17, 2015 release date is unaffected by the change.


Good luck with that. While Marvel has become the most successful studio in recent memory, it has had its significant share of issues in keeping directors around through sequels. The list starts with Jon Favereau, who was vocal about the failure of Iron Man 2 being tied to Marvel's unyielding demands to keep a tight schedule and their hardnose tactics in renegotiating his contract. Then, you see the departure of Captain America: The First Avenger Director Joe Johnston and Thor helmer Kenneth Branagh. And while Alan Taylor stepped in nicely to director Thor: The Dark World, we learned of production problems - including unfinished scripts and last minute rewrites poisoning the process.

Granted, Directors Joss Whedon and Joe and Anthony Russo have had nothing but positive things to say about their experiences, but clearly something is not gelling with some of these creative teams, with Wright being the most recent one to depart. A franchise and studio can only weather so many of these departures before quality issues seep through, and Wright's sudden leave spells more trouble than usual. It was his unique style and take on the character that won him early praise from Fiege and then strong support from fans when teaser footage surfaced at 2013's San Diego Comic Con. With most of the cast filled and filming soon set to get underway, Marvel will need a director with strong vision and a willingness to forge through the inevitable "What happened?" questions as the media soon descend on the production.

Until then, we'll just have to hope that Marvel has a winner in their back pocket who can step in to what's become an all-too familiar trend for the studio.

Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, and Michael Douglas, and opens July 17, 2015.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Blended Review. It’s A lazy, Low-Energy Affair

 Review By: Brandon Wolfe

The devolution of Adam Sandler as a comedic great has been a long painful trudge for those of us who remember what a bolt from the blue he was in the ‘90s. Between SNL, ‘Billy Madison’, ‘Happy Gilmore’ and his comedy albums, Sandler offered a uniquely silly, often surreal voice that set him apart from his peers. Many comedians trafficked in juvenilia, but Sandler turned being stupid into something approaching a weirdo art form. Yet before long, Sandler got lazy, content in the knowledge that he could do essentially anything and the public would reward him with an easy $100 million each time out. The manic strangeness of ‘Billy Madison’ soon gave way to a stultifying mainstream blandness, the humor growing staler and more lowest-common-denominator with each outing.



Blended’ very much exemplifies what we now come to expect from an Adam Sandler vehicle. It’s a lazy, low-energy affair that offers only the easiest of jokes. Sandler coasts through it in his usual uniform of baggy polo shirts and shorts, mumbling things that sound amusing if you’re only half-listening. The film reteams Sandler for the third time with Drew Barrymore, his costar in the delightful ‘The Wedding Singer’ and the less delightful ’50 First Dates’. There are cute kids, pratfalls and boob jokes. You know the drill.



Sandler plays Jim Friedman, a widower who works as a manager for a sporting goods store (the rare latter-day Sandler character who isn’t portrayed as being fabulously wealthy). Jim is raising three girls and is starting to dip his toe back into the dating pool. He winds up on a blind date with Lauren Reynolds (Barrymore) at a Hooters, where the two quickly stake out a mutual dislike, largely predicated on Jim being a huge jerk for basically no reason. Lauren, a mother of two boys herself, is dealing with a distant, self-involved ex-husband (Joel McHale, idling in douche mode) and the sense that she isn’t doing right by her sons.


Through developments straight out of the dumbest sitcom imaginable, Jim and Lauren each end up with half of a luxurious trip to an African resort, discarded by Jim’s boss and Lauren’s best friend (Wendi McLendon-Covey), forcing the two families together as an uneasy unit. There they gradually forge a predictable bond, with Lauren giving Jim’s oldest daughter a makeover that rids her of the androgynous He-Man hairstyle Jim’s barber has saddled the poor girl with for years, while Jim teaches Lauren’s sons how to hit a baseball and box. You can guess where this is going, and rest assured it goes there.

There is no reason for the movie to take place in Africa, other than that Sandler has a long-standing tendency to have his films double as lavish paid vacations, and apparently wanted to go to Africa this time. Apart from some scenic views of African plains and wildlife, the movie is set almost entirely at the resort. It could have taken place at a campground in Anywhere, USA to the same effect.

It bears mentioning that ‘Blended’ is not quite as awful as its truly horrendous trailers made it seem. It has a somewhat refreshing lack of gross-out bodily-function humor (a surprise considering its opening shot is of the feet of several women as they use the restroom). Even more refreshing, the awful Nick Swardson, a Sandler mainstay for many years, is nowhere to be seen (replaced by a welcome, if underutilized Kevin Nealon). It also has a couple of scene-stealing roles in McLendon-Covey, as Barrymore’s hard-bitten gal pal, and Terry Crews as a hyper-gesticulating resort crooner, who functions as something of a Greek chorus in the film. But the film’s biggest asset is Barrymore, with whom Sandler does share a strange, yet genuine chemistry. The two of them don’t do anything to rise above the limp material, and Sandler isn’t remotely up for even the attempt, but there is a natural spark between the two that can’t be denied, and does help the movie go down smoother.

Honestly, in light of the atrocities of ‘Jack and Jill’ and the ‘Grown Ups’ films, ‘Blended’ almost counts as a minor triumph. It’s more of a toothlessly inoffensive family film than a brutally unfunny affront to humanity. On the contemporary Adam Sandler scale, that’s enough to land it in the win column.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A Million Ways To Die In The West In San Jose

Win Tickets To An Advance For A Million Ways To Die In The West on Tuesday May 27th at 7:00PM in San Jose.


Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who lacks courage, loses his beloved girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets another lady (Charlize Theron), and discovers his bravery and confidence. The herder soon realizes his true potential when the lady's spouse (Liam Neeson), an infamous criminal, demands payback.



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The film produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. The film will star MacFarlane himself along with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A Million Ways To Die In The West In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For A Million Ways To Die In The West on Tuesday May 27th at 7:00PM in San Francisco.


Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who lacks courage, loses his beloved girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets another lady (Charlize Theron), and discovers his bravery and confidence. The herder soon realizes his true potential when the lady's spouse (Liam Neeson), an infamous criminal, demands payback.



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The film produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. The film will star MacFarlane himself along with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A Million Ways To Die In The West In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For A Million Ways To Die In The West on Tuesday May 27th at 7:00PM in Fresno.


Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who lacks courage, loses his beloved girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets another lady (Charlize Theron), and discovers his bravery and confidence. The herder soon realizes his true potential when the lady's spouse (Liam Neeson), an infamous criminal, demands payback.



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The film produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. The film will star MacFarlane himself along with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris.



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Days of Future Past Review: What X-Men Should Have Been All Along

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a sound superhero flick that dares to admit, "We did it wrong."

20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise is a study in inconsistent frustration. Riddled with canon issues from 2000's X-Men through the highly controversial The Last Stand, comic fans and newbies have come to woefully accept that their vision of the Marvel comic is no longer their own. After a refreshing reboot in First Class, hope was aroused that Fox had finally gotten its act together, and then The Wolverine arrived and that hope seemed dashed once more. But Days of Future Past re-establishes the universe, cleaning up several (but not all) major plot holes while delivering an excellent superhero character study that doesn't need a lot of big effects to sell itself.


The future is a dark and dreadful existence, as both humans and mutants suffer under the thumb of The Sentinels - massive robots initially built to target mutants. Unfortunately, their programming has determined that humans are just as dangerous, and have spent the last 50 years eliminating everyone. Only a few X-Men remain, including Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), but they have a plan: use Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to transport Wolverine to the past to confront Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Her assassination of the human military scientist Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) has led to her capture and experimentation, which now allows the Sentinels to adapt to any mutant power. He connects with the 70's Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Micahel Fassbender), only to learn that the two still hold deep resentment towards one another. As humanity stands on the brink of elimination, 70's Wolverine must work to bring an end to Mystique's plan while his compatriots in the future desperately try to hold off a Sentinel attack destined to end their race.

Director Bryan Singer cares about these characters unlike any director that's come since. Sure, Matthew Vaughn righted the ship with the happy accident that was First Class, but DOFP actually corrects major mistakes in the movie canon. What's more, the core characters of Magneto, Xavier, and Wolverine engage in some masterful discussions of impending disaster and man's place in orchestrating it. To them, both mutants and humans are to blame, but their chemistry suggest that only they can pull the world back from the brink. Seeing Stewart and Jackman back together is nothing new, but adding McAvoy and Fassbender to the mix here has yielded significantly tastier fruit. The action is also improved, and the arrival of the super-speedy Quicksilver (Evan Peters) instantly steals every scene he's in. Once mired for his odd-looking appearance, Quicksilver turns in one of the best action pieces of the film, taking a page out of Nightcrawler's book to stop a squad of Pentagon lawmen.

First Class' Vaughn is given writing credit along with Simon Kinberg and Jane Goldman, crafting a story that minimizes the hazards of unavoidable inevitabilites inherent in time travel. They even wrap up key questions left over from Kinberg's diastrous Last Stand and the two Wolverine movies. Essentially, the last five minutes of DOFP has now become the new history, with various heroes returning from the grave while providing new questions for Logan that only Xavier can answer. The main thrust of the story - that time might be at once immutable and create infinite outcomes - serves as an effective anchor throughout the picture. Characters see alternate versions of themselves and pontificate on a future that may or may not include them, while others battle to keep their former selves alive long enough to make a difference in the past.

As one would expect, not all of the large cast gets enough time in front of the camera, but there's lots to like regardless. Lawrence's Mystique is a tortured soul, whose emotional wounded eyes speak loads about her reasoning for targeting Trask, while McAvoy tries to communicate with his former childhood friend through a series of travelers at a crowded airport. Fassbender is also conflicted throughout DOFP as both apologetic for Xavier's troubles but focused on killing Mystique to stop a larger conflict. His big scene in the third act involves wielding nothing short of a football stadium at The White House, while also trying to come to grips with man's hatred of Mutants. We never tire of Jackman's Wolverine, his yoked physique and sardonic tone so dialed in to the character's essence that anyone else trying to mirror it would seem entirely unsuited for the job. The same goes for Stewart, whose monologued exchanges with McAvoy and Jackman have always made him the perfect Professor.

That's not to say moviegoers might not have a ton of continuity questions afterwards: Why does Logan have Adamantium claws in the future, when he lost his at the end of The Wolverine? How did Professor Xavier return from death after The Last Stand? And where's hottie January Jones' Emma Frost? Sure, McKellen's Magneto and Storm (a pregnant Halle Berry) could have enjoyed more screen time, but it's clear that a director's cut of DOFP should and must be forthcoming. More importantly, Singer has brought the series back to respectability, forging a bright future that Sony's The Amazing Spider-man 2 suddenly seems incapable of doing. Where ASM 2 was bogged down in a crushing amount of plot details, DOFP effectively blends the two timelines while throwing in plenty of 70's pop culture oddities. Whenever someone can use the penultimate time travel reference - Star Trek TOS' episode of The Naked Time - without totally confusing things, you know our team has a handle of the importance of doing the film right.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is what X-Men should have been all along: a solid story respectful of the comic's past, with some of the best superhero action we've seen, while just being funny enough to still take itself seriously. Sure, there are plenty of times in which we wished for more Storm or less convolution, but Singer does press the 'Reset' button on a franchise that sorely needed it. The result is an intriguing, reinvigorating, and a surprisingly good chapter that sets up the after-credits Age of Apocalypse.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language. and has a runtime of 131 minutes.

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Locke Review: Bold Vision That Becomes Irritatingly Predictable

After a strong start, Locke becomes irritatingly predictable.

We here at SJF are privileged to see so many mainstream films on an annual basis that when we get an actual arthouse, our pulse tends to quicken. Sometimes smaller productions, free of the harsh eye of studio execs, can yield wonderful fruit. Unfortunately, the one-man Locke doesn't satiate our appetite in the least, even though it's an interesting theoretical exercise.

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is facing a life's crossroads of conflicting priorities. A successful foreman whose fastidious nature has made him a success in office building construction, Ivan is pulled away from the largest concrete pour in England when he learns that his mistress is about to give birth in nearby London. As he speeds to her side, Ivan answers a series of phone calls from his livid boss (voiced by Ben Daniels), his soon-to-be ex (voiced by Ruth Wilson), and the expectant mother (voiced by Olivia Coleman). Ivan's 90-minute drive will see the carefully-cultivated details of his life disappear, while admitting to everyone that his mistress is "no oil panting."

And that is where Locke loses us. Actors need continuing moments of conflict to boost their performance, when the outer world tussles with their inner self. Locke is utterly devoid of that - we know exactly how Ivan will respond to this pressure cooker, and it isn't exactly brilliant: lose the wife, lose the job, shack up with the ugly chick. It quickly loses our attention, languishing in a cycle of repetition and predictability. Its message - that one bad decision can ruin even the best of us - is pounded into our skulls with such frequency that by the time it's done we're numb to Ivan's situation. Frankly, we begin to wish badly for him, hoping that something will force a new layer to his situation and take him out of an early rut. But that moment never arrives, leaving the audience with a sense of emptiness that's akin to holding a literary bag.

That's not a healthy emotion to feel while watching any film, even though Hardy does his best to minimize the damage. He's an exceptional actor, making the audience both appreciate Ivan Locke's precise nature while detesting that he's made such an unforgivable mistake. Hardy doesn't inhabit the role, but it's clear that Writer/Director Steven Knight doesn't use Hardy as effectively as he could. Once the various plots of the story are quickly exposed, Ivan doesn't do much more than take a series of increasingly frustrating phone calls that offer nothing new and therefore give nothing new for Hardy to do. He's soon relegated to the role of an office secretary on the day his boss makes an unprofessional statement and then follows it up with an 'apology' that creates further problems. The PR disaster doesn't play out well here, not that Locke has any choice in the matter - or perhaps he does - but by the end, we couldn't care less either way.

Locke is the greatest exercise in minimalism we've seen in years, and yet it collapses early on from the clunky phone dialogue and lack of conflict. And while we love the arthouse feel, Locke gives us little desire to celebrate a good performance wrapped up in a boring and implausible script.

Locke is rated R for language and has a runtime of 85 minutes.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

SALEM Episode 6 Photos & Clips “The Red Rose & The Briar "

MARY FORGES A SOLUTION TO THE DISCORD WITHIN THE COVEN, IN A NEW EPISODE OF WGN AMERICA'S "SALEM," AIRING SUNDAY, MAY 25 AT 10:00 P.M. ET / 9:00 P.M. CT



"The Red Rose and the Briar" – Alden and Cotton find themselves face-to-face with a real witch, and an unlikely ally keeps the coven from tracking down their missing sister. Tituba feels left out when Mary decides to initiate a new member into the coven. As Mary takes her new acolyte under her wing, she recalls her own path after the fateful events surrounding Alden’s departure from town seven years ago. Meanwhile, Alden and Cotton learn to their horror that the trials have actually been helping the witches – and soon find themselves under attack after they lose control of their captive.

This all-new episode of "Salem" airs SUNDAY, MAY 25 (10:00 P.M. ET / 9:00 P.M. CT).

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WHEN A WITCH CANNOT LIE


"Salem" stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather, Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale, Ashley Madekwe as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis and Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton.








Guest starring is Diane Salinger (“The Young and the Restless”) as Rose, Christopher Berry (“Resurrection”) as Petrus and Heather Bloom as Jane Alden.

"Salem" is co-created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, who serve as executive producers alongside Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry of Prospect Park and David Von Ancken. The series is produced by Fox 21.

"Lies" was written by Joe Menosky and Adam Simon, and directed by PJ Pesce.

“Salem” boldly re-imagines the infamous witch trials in the 17th century Massachusetts town. The storyline follows Captain John Alden (Shane West) returning from war to his hometown of Salem where he finds it in the grip of a witch panic. Crushed that his lost love, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), is now married to his old nemesis, John is unaware she is also secretly the ruling witch of Salem, and her witches are running the witch trials.

"Salem" carries a TV-MA rating.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A Million Ways To Die In The West In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For A Million Ways To Die In The West on Tuesday May 27th at 7:00PM in Sacramento at Regal Natomas.


Albert (Seth MacFarlane) is a sheep farmer who lacks courage, loses his beloved girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets another lady (Charlize Theron), and discovers his bravery and confidence. The herder soon realizes his true potential when the lady's spouse (Liam Neeson), an infamous criminal, demands payback.



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The film produced and directed by Seth MacFarlane and written by MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild. The film will star MacFarlane himself along with Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris.



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Trailer For LIFE OF CRIME Starring Jennifer Aniston

Official trailer for LIFE OF CRIME, starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins

LIFE OF CRIME will open in theaters & be available on VOD August 29, 2014.



Based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," LIFE OF CRIME is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins.

The wife (JENNIFER ANISTON) of a corrupt real estate developer (TIM ROBBINS) is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and JOHN HAWKES), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, setting off an unbelievable sequence of double crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of Elmore Leonard.

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GKIDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR "WRINKLES" OPENS JULY 4 AT NYC’S IFC CENTER

GKIDS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR “WRINKLES” THE FILM OPENS OPENS JULY 4 AT NYC’S IFC CENTER, FOLLOWED BY JULY 15 DVD AND DIGITAL RELEASE.

FILM FEATURES THE VOICES OF MARTIN SHEEN, MATTHEW MODINE and GEORGE COE.

GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, has announced that it will release WRINKLES, an animated film for adults, on July 4 at New York’s IFC Center. The theatrical release will be followed by a July 15 DVD and digital release. WRINKLES, the Spanish animated film directed by Ignacio Ferreras and based on Paco Roca’s award-winning graphic novel, features the voices of Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man, The West Wing), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Full Metal Jacket) and George Coe (Archer, Kramer vs. Kramer).

WRINKLES illustrates the visual beauty and tender emotion that can be created by traditional animation, as it tackles a universal subject matter with humor and acerbic wit. The story opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily, wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old folks home, we are introduced to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and an eccentric cast of characters who rebel against institutional authority, while doing everything in their power to avoid being assigned to the dreaded top floor assisted living wing – a dwelling place for lost souls from which there is no return. The hand-drawn animation style allows the film to move freely between the reality-bound daily lives of the ‘inmates’ and their more colorful dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for both tears and laughter and pulling no punches in its critique of society’s attitude towards the elderly.


ABOUT GKIDS
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning filmed entertainment specializing in feature animation for both adult and family audiences. The company has scored four Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations – the most for an independent distributor – with The Secret of Kells in 2010, A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita in 2012, and Ernest & Celestine in 2014. Current and upcoming releases include Ernest & Celestine, featuring Forrest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright, and Ignacio Ferreras’ Wrinkles, featuring Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine and George Coe. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Gus van Sant, Christine Vachon, Henry Selick and James Schamus. www.gkidsfilms.com

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WWE STUDIOS AND LIONSGATE Tag Team For "ACTION SIX-PACK"

WWE® STUDIOS AND LIONSGATE TO REPARTNER ON "ACTION SIX-PACK"

 Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, and WWE Studios (NYSE: WWE) are extending their longstanding partnership to encompass six new action films which will serve as starring vehicles for WWE Superstars as well as incubators for new and emerging talent, the two companies announced today.

The popular directing team of Jen and Sylvia Soska (SEE NO EVIL 2, AMERICAN MARY) will return to the WWE Studios and Lionsgate fold to direct VENDETTA, the first installment of the “Action Six-Pack” series, which will commence photography this summer and feature WWE Superstar Big Show®. The second installment of the "Six-Pack" series, which is currently in development, will commence photography this fall. WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach to promote each film.

Written by Justin Shady, VENDETTA centers on a hard-nosed detective who deliberately commits a crime to get thrown in prison, allowing him the chance to seek vengeance upon the criminal serving a life sentence for having brutally murdered the detective's wife.

“This collection of six high octane films will not only excite our fans, but provide a stage for emerging and talented filmmakers like the Soska Sisters,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President. He added, “We couldn’t have a better partner in this enterprise than Steve Beeks and the team at Lionsgate, who have been great teammates and are proven distributors of this genre.”

“We’re thrilled to join forces with Michael and his WWE team on a series of modestly-budgeted action films that extend our longstanding and successful partnership,” said Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. “We have a strong track record in this genre, and we’re delighted to team with the WWE juggernaut to deliver action-packed event films that will resonate with their global fan base and beyond.”

WWE Studios and Lionsgate previously collaborated on THE CONDEMNED and SEE NO EVIL, as well as the upcoming 2014 releases LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS and SEE NO EVIL 2. Bradley Buchanan, SVP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios and Wendy Jaffe negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.


About WWE Studios
WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premiere global entertainment companies including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.

Recent films from WWE Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®, No One Lives starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay™, and Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, which paired WWE Superstars with Scooby and the gang.

Upcoming films from WWE Studios include Term Life starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Hailee Steinfeld in a Universal Pictures release, Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry® in a Universal Pictures release of a Blumhouse production, The Flintstones which joins Fred, Barney and the whole Bedrock gang with stone age versions of WWE Superstars and Divas in a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release, Jingle All the Way 2 starring Larry The Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella® in a Fox Home Entertainment release, and Leprechaun: Origins directed by Zach Lipovsky and starring WWE Superstar Hornswoggle® in a Lionsgate release.


About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Miami, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.
Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to entering into, maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television and pay-per-view programming and our new network distribution agreements; risks relating to the launch and maintenance of our new network; the need for continually developing creative and entertaining programming; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent McMahon; the conditions of the markets in which we compete and acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to regulatory matters; risks resulting from the highly competitive and fragmented nature of our markets; uncertainties associated with international markets; the importance of protecting our intellectual property and complying with the intellectual property rights of others; the risk of accidents or injuries during our physically demanding events; risks associated with producing and travelling to and from our large live events, both domestically and internationally; risks relating to our film business; risks relating to new businesses and strategic investments; risks relating to our computer systems and online operations; risks relating to general economic conditions and our exposure to bad debt risk; risks relating to litigation; risks relating to market expectations for our financial performance; risks relating to our revolving credit facility; risks relating to the large number of shares of common stock controlled by members of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale of their stock by the McMahons or the perception of the possibility of such sales; the relatively small public float of our stock; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends, general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.

A​bout Lionsgate
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 34 television shows on 22 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

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Disney's Big Hero 6 Teaser Trailer Has Landed.

Having teased us with initial footage, and, earlier, this week,  Disney’s animation team is finally ready to reveal some actual film material from its take on the Marvel universe, Big Hero 6.


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With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014. The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014

Big Hero 6 promises to be a colourful romp, focused on the Disney-appropriate bond between and boy and his ‘bot, all set against a futuristic city and some decidedly deadly threats. Hall is working with Bolt’s Chris Williams to oversee a voice cast that includes Josh Hutcherson, Freddie Highmore, Samuel L. Jackson (though not as Nick Fury, we figure), T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph and Jamie Chung.

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SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Character Posters

Here are 5 character posters from Dimension Films' SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR.


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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

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