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Saturday, May 31, 2014

June 2014 Movies on Our Radar

The thinnest month for films so far in 2014 is upon us - welcome to our June On the Radar Preview!

May was a terrific month for movies: from X-Men: Day of Future Past to Godzilla, we were certainly treated to big, enjoyable, and successful tentpoles. And while June has a few possibilities, there's seemingly a vacuum of guaranteed winners - our list includes only four, and two of them are being released in the same week! In fact, June looks to be the thinnest month for film since we began to write these. And while something is sure to surprise us, the immediate outlook is pretty bleak. Our list includes mega-sized robots (again), a return of criminal justice tomfoolery, and perhaps the most anticipated animated film of the year. To be clear, our list includes only wide-release films:

Edge of Tomorrow (June 6th)
We love us some Tom Cruise. Emily Blunt as Black Widow? It almost happened. This futuristic version of Groundhog Day sees Cruise repeating the events of a failed suppression against an alien invasion of Earth. He and Blunt must train and die on the battlefield until they get it right. Estimates for the film continue to wane, which probably shouldn't be surprising considering the amount of dystopian films already in theaters and on home video. Cruise's Oblivion enjoyed our top honors for 2013, but we're not sure if this one will resonate with fans, unless Cruise and company turn up the charm and the big summer magic. For now, its slick ads and promises of a repeating time cycle look interesting enough to take a chance.

Watch the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow.

22 Jump Street (June 13th)
Speaking of surprises, 21 Jump Street took everyone by surprise in 2012. This year's comedies have been all over the place, so we hope 22 Jump Street can give Neighbors a run for its money. The team of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are back, this time going undercover at a local college. If the mayhem in 21 is repeated to any effect in 22, then we're sure to be laughing all the way to our cars, trucks, minivans, or bicycles.

Watch the trailer for 22 Jump Street.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13th)
Dragon was released in arguably one of the most important years for animated film. Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, and even WB's direct-to-video Batman/Superman: Apocalypse were all contenders for our hearts and wallets, but Dragon seems to have outlasted the others. It spawned the television series Dragons: Riders of Berk, and the sequel returns Gerard Butler and Jay Baruchel. This could be the most anticipated animated film of the year (we don't count The LEGO Movie, as a portion of it is shot live-action), and with the lack of competition in the animated field, Dragon 2 could draw huge audiences.

Watch the trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 22nd)
Among the most divisive franchises in memory, Michael Bay's Transformers has always been an exercise in frustration. Featuring brilliant action sequences but forcing us to ingest human development bullshit has proven that just because you can doesn't mean you should. At least Bay hired a better acting troupe in Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Kelsey Grammer. Still, the notion that humans ought to be anything in these films but bait is beyond reasoning, and with the departure of fan favorites Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson, it feels like Bay might be giving up one hand to ingratiate the other. Still, it is cool to see a giant mechanized DinoBot kick some butt, and with Peter Cullen returning to voice Optimus Prime, we're (sort of) ready to part with our hard-earned cash to see this baby on IMAX.

Watch the trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

An Uneven Month Ahead
It's not like we're worried about June - there's plenty of good films still out for everyone - but the lack of consistent releases during the first true month of Summer is a bit worrisome. Previous Junes have seen the same thing, and we know you don't get to the theater as much as we, so it's OK to have time to catch up. But the lack of truly appealing titles here is something that could make theater owners nervous - most of these should do well enough in their opening week, but will they have the stamina to bring repeat audiences? We love the superfan, but are they enough to get us through June?

For now, be sure to add these to your Movies To-Do List:

  • June 6th - Edge of Tomorrow
  • June 13th - 22 Jump Street
  • June 13th - How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • June 22nd - Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Which films are you looking forward to this month? Comment below and join the conversation!

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    Friday, May 30, 2014

    A Million Ways to Die in the West Review: Gross-Out Humor Isn't Enough

    The western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West makes us wish for a quick end.

    If you're Actor/Writer/Director Seth MacFarlane, your unique brand of comedy has brought you amazing successes (Ted, Family Guy) and some quick yanks of the comedic hook (2013 Oscars). For A Million Ways to Die in the West, MacFarlane this time turns the old west on its ear, hoping to make the difficulties of western life into a laugh-fest. Such a premise could make for a really funny movie.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't.

    Sheep farmer Albert Stark (MacFarlane) gripes about the dangers of living in the west - disease, native attacks, poverty, and senseless violence are a daily part of life, making him long for the big city life of San Francisco. He gripes about these difficulties to his best friend Edward (Giovanni Ribisi) and Edward's protitute girlfriend, Ruth (Sarah Silverman). Throughout the film, Ruth actively engages in sex with her clients while denying Edward his turn due to their strict Christian upbringing. All Albert has is his girlfriend Louise (Amanda Seyfried), who decides to dump him for the businessman Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), who runs a svelt mustache store. One day, the mystery girl Anna (Charlize Theron) blows into town and Albert is instantly smitten. What he doesn't realize is that Anna is married to Clinch (Liam Neeson), whose fast gun makes him the most dangerous man in the territory. As Anna and Albert become close, Albert must prepare for a deadly showdown when Clinch learns of their romantic involvement.

    As we said, such a premise should lead to tons of laughs - unfortunately, the film is so slow in places that the few truly funny one-liners fall on mostly deaf ears. You know what you get with MacFarlane: gross-out humor designed for 12 year olds, but with other projects MacFarlane also brought intelligent commentary. Million's uneven nature can only be attributed to MacFarlane, whose trio of job titles are splashed largely over the digital canvas.

    As a writer, MacFarlane simply transplants 21st Century figures into an 19th Century one. There's no evidence of him or anyone else being from any other place than a trailer backlot in Hollywood. That's ok, considering that we're talking about a paraody than an Clint Eastwood western drama. But, there's still problems with its execution, as if the cast are merely there to ad-lib over a predictable and paper-thin plot. Offensive humor can be funny (see Batchelor Party, Airplane!, Beerfest, and Ted), but Million's schtick is decidedly unfunny in large sections. Like to laugh at a sheep penis dispensing urine onto Albert's face? Think the site of Foy shooting diarrea into top hats is epic comedy? This one's for you - for us, not so much. Comedies also need a connected story and ones that don't turn on itself to employ old-school cliches - the tough-minded Anna is suddenly the damsel in distress, requiring the heretofore Albert to man up. There's never a reason stated why Anna is so attracted to Albert, which probably isn't the point; but it's clear that Anna is seting her sights significantly lower than she should.

    As a director, MacFarlane doesn't do near enough to draw comedy out of his well-apportioned troupe. While we adore Theron, she lacks comedic energy here to keep the ship afloat, missing out on key moments of humor due to her lack of experience with it. The same goes for Seyfried, but we're particularly disappointed in Harris's stoggy performance. And if this is MacFarlane's effort to insert himself into his own movies, the result is decidedly meh - although his voice is clearly leading man, his stature has yet to catch up. His utterance of lines feel almost like standup comedy, completely unhinged from the evironment he as a director is trying to create. Silverman really offers the only consistent laughs, unwilling to sleep with Ribisi but ready to hit the hay with her paying clients. When it finally arrives, their anticipated moment of coitus is just not as funny as it could have been. There's a few cameos sprinkled throughout the film, which is about 30 minutes too long, reminding us just how tenuous a motion picture can be when it robs itself early of all its many gifts.

    Fans of MacFarlane expecting another hilarious romp like Ted will be seriously disappointed. Boring in large sections and laughingly bad in others, Million feels more like a 10 cent show that squanders much of its top-rated talent. We can't recommend it as anything other than an eventual rental, as its gross-out comedy isn't necessary to the story. it probably won't go down as the worst comedy of the year (so long as there's an Adam Sandler movie out), but it sure feels like a huge misfire.

    A Million Ways to Die in the West is rated R for everything imaginable and has a runtime of 116 minutes.

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    Raze Review: Super Violence Misses the Point

    The female throwdown Raze isn't predictable, but its execution is highly suspect.

    Set in a mix of 70's women's prison action piece and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Raze tells the story of 50 kidnapped women who set against each other in a series of one-one-one brawls to the death. At the top of that heap lies the soldier Sabrina (Zoe Bell), whose rap sheet includes escaping a POW camp. She and the other women - including the psychopath Phoebe (Rebecca Marshall) - must kill one another or risk seeing their family die a horrific assassination. The event is organized by a husband and wife team (Doug Jones and Sherilyn Fenn) whose supposedly ancient group has been culling women since forever. As Zoe and Phoebe head towards a violent showdown, a new player enters the field that represents Sabrina's last hope for escape.

    Director Josh Waller miscasts several leads and gets only B-grade acting from those who stick around. What's more, Waller wastes his best assets on either all-too-short cameos or all-too-early exits. Rachel Nichols? Whacked in the first 5 minutes. Rosario Dawson? Easily dispensed. As producer, Bell makes the classic mistake of making her story the central theme - rather than expanding the drama to include these kinds of top talent, she and Weller reduce the story to a title card before each battle, with the loser dying in thoroughly non-creative ways. His last cue card - "Sabrina vs. Everybody" - is rather Tarantino-esque, and it's clear that he's trying to channel both him and Robert Rodriguez.

    And that's the problem - without the real deal guiding it, Raze feels like a cheap knock-off, content to glorify violence without telling us why it happens in this sick and twisted manner. That reality lies squarely on the shoulders of Writers Robert Beaucage and Kenny Gage, who miss potentially insightful moments for glorified violence. Sure no one is supposed to survive, but that's not the point. Instead of becoming a female empowerment movie, our heroes are taken down one by one, with faceless men only needing to point their guns to establish their power. Yet for all the fighting, we never truly know anything about these characters, except that the imprisioned love their families and hope to see them soon. Jones and Fenn rattle on about their family committing these atrocities for hundreds of years, yet we know nothing about them and care less each time their celebrations appear on-screen. How they enlist or appease their gun-toting prison guards is never explained, and we're forced to settle in to the desensitizing violence that becomes a hallmark of Raze

    And then there's the clothing, which is reduced to simple skin-tight a-shirts and rolled up grey pants - how these things stay on during the fight sequences is beyond me, and a simple wardrobe malfunction would have yielded so much more fun.

    Wasting its best assets on either cameo performances or all-too early exits, Raze's nonsense and shoddy performances aspire only as high as those women's prison films of the 70's. The result is something to watch only if you're into sick gory fights with zero nudity or bondage.

    Raze is rated R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, and language and has a runtime of 87 minutes.

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    Eli Roth's THE GREEN INFERNO Is Here

    Prepare yourself for one hell of a trip! From the twisted mind of Eli Roth, see the full-length trailer for his highly anticipated new film, THE GREEN INFERNO, via Yahoo! Movies

    THE GREEN INFERNO, directed, co-written, and produced by Roth (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER), follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save the rainforest. However, once they arrive in this vast green landscape, they soon discover that they are not alone…and that no good deed goes unpunished.

    Watch the trailer after the Jump...

    Starring Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, and an indigenous South American tribe never filmed before, THE GREEN INFERNO will be in theaters everywhere September 5th.

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    Hitfix got their hands on a new TV spot for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION with footage never seen.

    TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise. Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing , Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver star. The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction is in theaters 06.27.14

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    Potential Directors For Ant-Man Film

    Marvel Studios is moving fast to make good on its promise to keep its July 17, 2015, release date for Ant-Man.

    Sources say Rawson Marshall Thurber, Adam McKay and Ruben Fleischer are among a group of directors that are meeting with the studio to replace Edgar Wright, who abruptly exited the long-gestating project last week over creative differences.

    The shortlisting of this trio offers a glimpse into the mind-set of Marvel president Kevin Feige as he looks to fill the hole left by Wright, a favorite among the fanboy community. Thurber (We're the Millers, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and McKay (the Anchorman movies) are known for their bawdy comedies. Fleischer, whose credits include Zombieland and Gangster Squad, has moved deftly between genres with comedic elements. Wright, a Brit with a more quirky sensibility, clashed with Marvel over the tone of the film.

    McKay would appear to have an edge given that he has worked with Ant-Man star Paul Rudd before, on the Anchorman films. But McKay, who just wrapped the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, also is a busy producer with Ferrell in their Gary Sanchez Productions and the female-centric spinoff banner, Gloria Sanchez Productions.

    Thurber, coming off last summer's breakout hit We're the Millers, is very much in demand and is meeting with Disney to direct Overnight, penned by 22 Jump Street's Oren Uziel about a father and son who spend the night in a lavish toy store (Disney owns Marvel).

    Sources say no decisions have been made, and Thurber and McKay are among a handful of helmers on the shortlist. Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) also was said to be in the mix, but a source denied that he has been approached. Levine is preparing to direct the Seth Rogen-Joseph Gordon-Levitt comedy Xmas, which is scheduled to begin shooting in mid-August.

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    Renowned singer, songwriter and film actor, Kris Kristofferson has been cast as President Andrew Jackson, in HISTORY’s eight-hour television event, TEXAS RISING. The event series, premiering in 2015, will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers.

    During the Texas Revolution, President Jackson avoided direct U.S. involvement, unwilling to risk open war against Mexico as he continued to monitor the political situation. But Jackson was a mentor to and admirer of General Sam Houston and he realized the fate of Texas would profoundly influence the future of the United States.

    “This iconic story and role really needed an American who is able to command the screen and captivate audiences,” said Leslie Greif, CEO & Founder of Thinkfactory Media. “For me Kris was an obvious choice, there aren’t too many actors that are able to embody this character and the stature, strength and liberty to play the part. We are currently in the midst of production and when I announced to the cast and crew that we got Kris – the set erupted in loud cheers and everyone was yelling, ‘yee-haw,’ we are blessed and thrilled that he enthusiastically jumped on board.”

    Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films. In 1977 He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in A STAR IS BORN. He’s appeared in cult favorites including the BLADE trilogy, LONE STAR, A SOLDIER’S DAUGHTER NEVER CRIES, ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, BLUME IN LOVE, CISCO PIKE, PAT GARRETT and BILLY THE KID. Recent films include FAST FOOD NATION, DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY, THE JACKET, SILVER CITY, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU and DOLPHIN TALE.

    TEXAS RISING is co-produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America, and produced by Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif serves as executive producer for Thinkfactory Media. Dirk Hoogstra, Elaine Frontain Bryant and Julian P. Hobbs serve as executives in charge of production for HISTORY.

    About HISTORY®
    HISTORY®, now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Counting Cars™, Pawn Stars®, Swamp People® and The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man as well as HISTORY®’s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Men Who Built America, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us® and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY® website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY®’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com

    About A+E Studios
    A+E Studios is the in-house production arm of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, LLC. A+E Studios commissions, creates and co-produces content across all networks and platforms under the A+E Networks portfolio, including A&E® Network, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, FYI™, H2™ and A&E IndieFilms®.

    About Thinkfactory Media
    Thinkfactory Media is a full-service production company that creates high-quality entertainment content. Renowned for award-winning productions, the company was the driving force behind the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated hit mini-series Hatfields & McCoys (History), starring Kevin Costner. They are currently in production on numerous projects including an unscripted series that focus’ on the arena football team, LA KISS (AMC) and it’s owners Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (KISS). Their hit series Marriage Boot Camp (We tv) just wrapped season 2 and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars starring infamous reality stars, premieres on May 30. Other recent credits include: Preachers’ Daughters (Lifetime), The Hook Up (MTV), Spell-Mageddon (ABC Family), Prank My Mom (Lifetime), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (A&E) and Tony Danza: Teach (A&E), among others. Find out more about Thinkfactory Media and its projects at www.ThinkfactoryMedia.com and follow them on Twitter at @TFactoryMedia.

    About ITV Studios America:
    ITV Studios America, the U.S. based production entity of ITV Studios in the UK, is one of the largest producers in the U.S. and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for U.S. networks. It has a slate of series in production with major networks and syndicators, including Texas Rising, The Good Witch, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The First 48, After the First 48, #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Cesar 911, The Chase, Four Weddings, Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, The Car Chasers, The Bill Cunningham Show and America Now.

    Part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV Studios is a global leader in television production and distribution. It has international production centers in the UK, Germany, France, the Nordics, Australia and America. In America the ITV Studios US Group business comprises of acquired companies, Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media, DiGa Vision and Leftfield Entertainment. It also includes ITV Studios America, the flagship U.S production company. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. For further information visit: www.itvstudios.com/us

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    CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Comes To Blu-ray & DVD On September 9th



    Own The Movie That Changed Everything, along with Exclusive Bonus Features!

    Get it First on Digital 3D and Digital HD, plus Disney Movies Anywhere August 19th, and on 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand September 9th

    From the studio that brought you the biggest Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, comes this year’s #1 live-action adventure, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, available early on Digital 3D and HD August 19th, 2014, and on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand September 9th, 2014, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Saluted by critics as “action-packed” (NY Daily News), “thrilling” (Cinema Blend) and “better than The Avengers” (Access Hollywood), this blockbuster second chapter in the Captain America series teams Marvel’s First Avenger, Captain America, with Black Widow and new ally The Falcon as they battle their most mysterious and powerful enemy yet, the Winter Soldier.

    Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and starring Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD armed with explosively entertaining bonus features, including Making-of Featurettes, Audio Commentary, Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Bloopers and More…

    Bring home the movie that changed everything and expand your Marvel collection in the following formats with bonus features as listed:

    Bonus Materials Overview for These Products:
    Digital 3D, HD, & SD*
    3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D BD + Single Disc BD + Digital Copy)

    • Making-of Featurettes
    • Audio Commentary
    • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
    • Bloopers
    • And More…

    *Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

    1-Disc DVD
    • Making-of Featurette
    • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene

    Feature Run Time: Approximately 136 minutes

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

    Aspect Ratio: 3-D Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1
    Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1
    DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1

    Audio: Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital

    DVD = English/Latin Spanish/French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
    Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (Applies To Film Content Only)

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    After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

    Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The film set a new record for the all-time biggest April opening weekend with $95 million at the domestic box office upon its release on April 4, 2014. It is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

    Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © MARVEL

    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, visit http://www.disneymoviesanywhere.com.

    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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    First Clip From Drafthouse Films' #BORGMAN

    Watch the first clip "Bucketheads" for Drafthouse Films' BORGMAN has been released displaying a brand new body disposal method.

    A dark suburban fable exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places, Borgman follows an enigmatic vagrant who enters the lives of an upper-class family and quickly unravels their carefully curated lifestyle. Charming and mysterious, Camiel Borgman seems almost otherworldly, and it isn't long before he has the wife, children and nanny under his spell in a calculated bid to take over their home life. However, his domestic assimilation takes a malevolent turn as his ultimate plan comes to bear, igniting a series of increasingly maddening and menacing events.

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    “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” Coming In 2015

    LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES “THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION” Touring Exhibit Debuts Summer 2015 Company Appoints Veteran Thinkwell Executive To Oversee Branded Attractions

     As part of its initiative to extend its global brands and franchises into new lines of business, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation global content leader, will launch a U.S. tour of “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” in summer 2015, it was announced today by Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. The state-of-the-art exhibition, which will include interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games, will be designed in conjunction with Thinkwell Group, one of the world’s leading theme park and location-based entertainment companies.

    The first two Hunger Games films have grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing domestic release of all time. “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” will launch several months ahead of the November 20, 2015 worldwide release of the fourth Hunger Games film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and will incorporate artifacts featured in the first three films from locations within the Capitol and the various Districts of Panem. The exhibition will be featured in major museums and institutions across the country and will be supported by a multimedia promotional effort and nationwide advance ticket sales.

    “Now that we’ve built a critical mass of intellectual property, we’re committed to extending our brands into exciting new businesses that create opportunities for our fans to engage with our properties at the same time they deliver significant incremental financial benefits to Lionsgate,” said Palen. “We’re thrilled to launch this initiative with the U.S. tour of The Hunger Games exhibition, which celebrates the world of The Hunger Games and offers Hunger Games fans an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the movie-making process.” He noted that the exhibits will also be paired with local school curricula, and nearly all aspects of the tour will be interactive.

    Palen also announced that, as part of the studio’s commitment to expand its branded retail and merchandising operations, it has brought veteran Thinkwell executive Jenefer Brown in-house, naming her to the newly created post of Senior Vice President, Branded Attractions. Brown will not only oversee the launch of the U.S. tour of The Hunger Games exhibition but will explore additional theme park attraction and other location-based entertainment opportunities around the world for The Hunger Games franchise and the Company’s entire portfolio of branded properties.

    Brown brings over 10 years of experience working in both the entertainment and high-technology industries. Most recently, Brown served as both a project manager and director of business development, where she managed the strategic planning and creative development of location-based entertainment projects and live events for major film studios and Fortune 500 Companies, including Warner Bros. Entertainment, Anschutz Entertainment Group, the National Basketball Association, CORE Media Group, Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

    Brown will be overseeing the production and management of all branded attraction efforts on behalf of Lionsgate as the company focuses on expanding its IP presence in this space. She will report to Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. She holds a JD, cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Berkeley.


    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 over 30 television shows on more than 20 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 hit 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 first installment of the recently-launched 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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    Maleficent Review. Go See It.

    Maleficent Review
    By: Beevers

    Growing up Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was one of my favorite movies. I loved pretending I was Princess Aurora dancing in the forest with the forest animals. I actually loved the movie so much that I named my oldest daughter Aurora. That being said I was excited to see a different take on the story but worried that Maleficent won’t hold up to my expectations. I am happy to say that I left Maleficent very pleased. I took my daughter Aurora, who is now 12, to see the movie and she really liked it as well.

    The movie begins with a beautiful, sweet, young fairy named Maleficent living in a magical land separated from the humans. As she becomes older she grows to be the protector of her land. When the land is under attack from the neighboring greedy human kingdom she drives the army away with the help of her magical companions. Maleficent is soon betrayed by one she believed she could trust above all others. The betrayal awakens a merciless side of her and drives her to a dark place bent on revenge. She takes her revenge out on the new born baby Princess Aurora by placing the curse that we all know so well. Aurora is to prick her finger on the spindle of spinning wheel on her sixteenth birthday and fall into a deep sleep until awakened by true love’s first kiss. King Stefan and his wife send Aurora to live with three fairies deep in the forest in an attempt to hide and protect her from Maleficent.

    I don’t want to give too much of the storyline away but one thing that I really loved about this version is the difference in the story of how the three fairies raise Aurora. In the Disney version Maleficent spends the next 16 years looking for Aurora while in this version Maleficent knows where she is the whole time and watches over her.

    Angelina Jolie did an awesome job in the title role. She was very convincing as both the “good” and “evil” Maleficent. I was surprised to see Sharlto Copley in the role of King Stefan. Although he did well in his portrayal of the character every time he was on the screen I couldn't help thinking that he was Murdock from the A-Team. Elle Fanning was charming as the teenage Aurora and it was cute to see Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as the young Aurora. Sam Riley was great in the role of Diaval, Maleficent’s servant, who was one of my favorite characters in the movie.

    Go check out Maleficent this week!

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    @fluffyguy Gets A New Poster For THE FLUFFY MOVIE

    This July, see one of America's funniest stand-up comedians in Open Road Film's upcoming stand-up comedy concert film, THE FLUFFY MOVIE! Experience the wild on-stage hilarity of Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias with your whole family, and laugh-out-loud as he brings everyone together with new jokes and fun. Fluffy performs year-round in sold-out concerts across the United States and abroad, but this JULY 11th you can see him on the big screen!

    THE FLUFFY MOVIE captures worldwide comic phenomenon Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias in never-before-seen footage from his sold-out "Unity Through Laughter" tour. Spanning over 23 countries, and more than 400 cities, this is the summer’s must-see big screen comedy event.

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    Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Coming To Blu-ray & DVD September 9th

    The Mind-Blowing Saga That Began in Marvel’s The Avengers Continues in ABC’s Action-Packed Series MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Relive All 22 Thrilling Episodes, Plus Get Level 7 Access with Newly De-Classified Bonus Features Available On Blu-ray and DVD. In Stores September 9, 2014

    The mind-blowing saga that began in Marvel’s The Avengers continues in ABC’s action-packed series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — The Complete First Season.

    In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is "The Clairvoyant”? What is Hydra’s sinister master plan; what dark secret lies behind Skye’s puzzling origins, and most importantly of all, who can be trusted?

    Cast: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grand Ward, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons.

    Bonus Features: Journey Into S.D.C.C. – Hop on the bus and share the thrill of a lifetime as the series makes its first ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast is welcomed with open arms by a sea of enthusiastic fans.

    Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe TV Special
    5 Behind-The-Scenes Field Reports – Get exclusive access to the show’s classified sets for the making of some of your favorite episodes
    • “The Malibu Jump”
    • “The Bridge”
    • “Asgardian Bar Fight”
    • “Classified”
    • “Cello Duet”
    VFX Breakdowns – Explore the layers of effects in sequences with split-frame comparisons to the final version
    Audio Commentaries with Filmmakers & Cast
    Gag Reel
    Deleted Scenes

    Writers: Varies by Episodes

    Executive Producers: Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers”, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Maurissa Tancharoen (“Dollhouse”, “Spartacus”, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”), Jed Whedon (“Dollhouse”, Spartacus”, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog”), Jeffrey Bell (“Angel”, “X- Files”, “Alias”) and Jeph Loeb (“Heroes”, “Lost”, “Smallville”)

    Release Date: September 9, 2014

    Rating: TV PG
    Run Time: Approx. 946 minutes; 22 episodes
    Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1, 16x9 Widescreen
    Audio: Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS-HDMA, DVD: 5.1 Dolby Digital
    Languages: English Audio
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014


    Below are two sneak peek clips from the Discovery Channel’s “RUSSIAN YETI: THE KILLER LIVES.”

    2-hour special airing Sunday, June 1 at 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel
    In 1959, nine Russian students mysteriously died while on a hiking trip in a remote area of the Ural Mountains. Fifty-five years later, American explorer Mike Libecki is reinvestigating the mystery – known as The Dyatlov Incident – but what he uncovers is truly horrifying. The hikers left a clue, a photograph, which suggests the cause of their horrific deaths could be the work of a creature thought only to exist in folklore: the creature known as the Yeti.

    Yeti: One of Many Names | Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives

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    A Massive Mystery | Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives

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    In 1983 Mark Hamill Predicted His Role In Episode 7

    Vintage 1983 clip of Mark Hamill talking about the future of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga. Is he Nostradamus? He was right on.

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    Universal Pictures has unleashed, via Apple, this new trailer for their upcoming thriller A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES.

    Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, the film stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law.

    A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES – In Theaters September 19

    Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

    Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), A Walk among the Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito, Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver. Universal will distribute the film in North America.

    Genre: Thriller
    Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook
    Written for the Screen and Directed by: Scott Frank
    Based on the Novel by: Lawrence Block
    Produced by: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher,Tobin Armbrust, Brian Oliver
    Executive Producers: Kerry Orent, Adi Shankar, Tracy Krohn, John Hyde, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East

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    FORCE MAJEURE Acquired By Magnolia Pictures

    Magnolia Pictures takes US on FORCE MAJEURE – Winner of the Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

    The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to director Ruben Östlund's FORCE MAJEURE, after its Un Certain Regard premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

    FORCE MAJEURE tells the story of a Swedish family on a pleasant ski vacation in the French Alps. During a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, a looming avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, the mother shields her children. Meanwhile, the father grabs his iPhone and runs for his life. When the anticipated disaster fails to occur, a marriage hangs in the balance and family dynamics are upended in this wickedly funny psychodrama.

    The film premiered at Cannes to critical acclaim, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize. The Washington Post called it "stingingly clever and well executed, filmed with crystalline clarity and observant humor."

    “FORCE MAJEURE is a brilliantly executed razor of a film, hilarious, heartbreaking and absurd, and sometimes all at once. the post-movie dinner conversations should be very interesting,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.

    “I am very happy that Magnolia will bring my film to the US audiences and i really think that the content of FORCE MAJEURE is even more interesting in an North American context” said Ruben Östlund.

    The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by Director of Acquisitions John Von Thaden and by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with Olimpia Pont Cháfer, Head of Sales at Coproduction Office.

    FORCE MAJEURE has been sold around the world: Argentina / Chile / Paraguay / Uruguay (LAT-E), Australia / New Zealand (Sharmill Films) Austria (Filmladen), Belgium / Luxembourg / Netherlands (Lumiere), Czech Republic / Slovakia (Film Europe), Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania (Must Käsi), France (Bac Films with Distrib Films), Finland (Cinema Mondo), Germany (Alamode), Greece (Feelgood), Hungary (Cirko), Italy (Teodora), Mexico (Canibal), Poland (Against Gravity), Portugal (Alambique), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Look Now!), Turkey (Filmarti), UK / Ireland (Artificial Eye). Deals in Brazil, Ex-Yugoslavia, Iceland, Central America, South Korea or Taiwan are expected to be confirmed shortly.


    About Magnolia
    Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include Lars Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC, the riveting killer whale doc BLACKFISH, Joe Swanberg's DRINKING BUDDIES, Thomas Vinterberg's Oscar-Nominated THE HUNT, and hit documentaries MUSCLE SHOALS, JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI and THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Richard Ayoade's dystopian vision THE DOUBLE, Steve James' Roger Ebert doc LIFE ITSELF, Joe Berlinger's Whitey Bulger doc WHITEY, Lenny Abrahamson's FRANK, THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY with Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Issac and Kirsten Dunst, Gregg Araki's WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD starring Shailene Woodley, Joe Swanberg's HAPPY CHRISTMAS, Lukas Moodysson's WE ARE THE BEST! and many more.

    About Coproduction Office
    Coproduction Office (www.coproductionoffice.eu) produces and sells bold and award-winning feature films by directors with a strong personal vision. Founded in 1987 by French producer Philippe Bober, the European group of companies consists of a sales company and three production companies, Essential (Berlin), Parisienne (Paris) and Coproduction Office (Copenhagen), under the banner Coproduction Office. Amongst Europe’s top sales companies, Coproduction Office differentiates itself with its outstanding catalogue of carefully chosen gems.

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    Sons Of Anarchy Adds Marilyn Manson To Season 7 Cast

    Filming of Sons of Anarchy‘s final season got underway May 28. Here’s something to look forward to: Marilyn Manson will recur as Ron Tully, a white supremacist prison shot-caller who Jax uses to expand his power base. He’ll make his debut in the season 7 premiere this fall.

    “Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,” Manson says in FX’s announcement. “So I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”

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    THE BOOK OF LIFE Trailer Has Arrived

    On behalf of 20th Century Fox, we are excited to share the vibrant, unique FIRST trailer for their upcoming film, THE BOOK OF LIFE. Experience never-before-seen magical worlds brought to life in amazing 3D CGI animation!

    From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.

    THE BOOK OF LIFE hits theaters everywhere on October 17, 2014!

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    Trailer For KILL THE MESSENGER Is Here

    Can you keep a national secret?

    It's finally here, check out the brand new OFFICIAL TRAILER for Focus Features' upcoming film, KILL THE MESSENGER. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

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    KILL THE MESSENGER – opens in theaters on October 10th, 2014!

    Story: Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

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    ROBOCOP DAY Is Tuesday, June 3, 2014


    Celebrate “RoboCop Day” with Detroit’s Finest and Major League Baseball As ROBOCOP Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD

    To commemorate the Blu-ray and DVD release of ROBOCOP on June 3, Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invite the city of Detroit to honor the iconic crime fighter that helped save the city with “RoboCop Day.” In conjunction with Imagination Station and the Detroit Police Department, “RoboCop Day” will kick off with a dedication of the new monument honoring the legendary hero that will soon have a home in the city. Fans can also participate in a meet-and-greet with RoboCop, get an exclusive look at the motorcycles and props from the movie, see a mock of the statue, and get free cupcakes courtesy of Just Baked.

    RoboCop will then hit the streets on the way to Comerica Park to throw out the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Detroit Police Department and Public Safety Headquarters - 1301 Third Street,
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Comerica Park - 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

    WHY: Detroit’s police officers have one of the toughest jobs in the U.S., and Fox wants a fun and interactive way to honor them in the heart of the city they protect each day. “RoboCop Day’” aims to celebrate and give people a chance to meet the day-to-day heroes of Detroit and its iconic superhero, RoboCop.

    Directed by José Padilha, ROBOCOP stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson. In ROBOCOP, the year is 2028 and OmniCorp – the world’s leader in robot technology – sees a golden opportunity to reap billions for their company. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured, OmniCorp grabs their chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and will stop at nothing – no matter the cost to Alex – to make sure the program succeeds. But OmniCorp never counted on one thing: there is still a man fighting inside the machine. The film is written by Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner, and produced by Marc Abraham and Eric Newman. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Columbia Pictures’ released ROBOCOP theatrically on February 12, 2014.

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    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    Win Advance Screening Tickets To See EDGE OF TOMORROW In Sacramento

    Win Tickets To An Advance For EDGE OF TOMORROW on Jun 2, 2014 7:30 pm in Sacramento at Regal Natomas Stadium 16.

    Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).

    Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

    The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

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    New Trailer For EARTH TO ECHO

    Get ready for an adventure as big as the universe! Relativity Media has just released a brand new TRAILER for their upcoming family adventure movie, EARTH TO ECHO.

    Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.

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    EARTH TO ECHO hits theaters on July 2nd, 2014!

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    TV Review: Fargo “Who Shaves the Barber?”

    TV Review: Fargo “Who Shaves the Barber?”
    By: Brandon Wolfe

    With only stray exceptions (‘M*A*S*H’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’), TV shows based on films tend to be dire prospects, inspiration-bereft cash-grabs trading on name recognition and far too beholden to their source material to walk on their own two feet. The thought process often seems to be that since a popular film has already laid the groundwork for the story and characters, all a television adaptation needs to do is plug cheaper actors into the roles and churn out slightly varying permutations of the established premise. The rare successful dips into this well, like NBC’s ‘Hannibal’, merely take components from the films in the service of building their own unique world around them. FX’s ‘Fargo’ falls into this latter category. In fact, it goes one step further. It only borrows the title, setting, humor and sensibility from its parent film, not any of its characters or events. While the characters and situations are meant to evoke the film ‘Fargo’, the show is its own animal.

    ‘Fargo’ tells the story of Lester Nygaard (‘The Hobbit’s’ Martin Freeman), a meek, put-upon schlub whom, we learn in the pilot, has taken a lifetime of grief from his wife, his brother, his boss, essentially the entire world. After a humiliating encounter with a school bully turned adult bully, Lester winds up in a hospital waiting room with a broken nose, where he has a chance encounter with a man named Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). When Lester shares with Malvo the details of how he wound up with his injuries, Malvo offers to take care of the bully, Sam Hess, for Lester, which he does in violent fashion. Meanwhile, Lester becomes fed up with his wife’s incessant nagging and condescension and bludgeons her to death with a hammer. He calls Malvo for help with this situation as well, but when the chief of police shows up to ask Lester some questions about Hess, Malvo kills him with a shotgun while Lester knocks himself out in a panic.

    These events have been the catalyst for the subsequent episodes of ‘Fargo’, as Lester’s hole has grown deeper and deeper and he begins to climb out of it by showing a remarkable aptitude for insidiously crafty thinking. Malvo, a fixer and assassin by trade, but functionally more of a free-roaming agent of chaos, quickly moves on from Lester, setting up an elaborate scam in Duluth against a wealthy supermarket tycoon (Oliver Platt), playing off the man’s God-fearing nature by manufacturing seemingly biblical torments. Two good-hearted cops, sharp-eyed Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and cowardly Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks), join forces to put all the pieces together and wind up as the only law enforcers on Lester and Malvo’s scent. Also after them are two hitmen from Fargo, Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench (Adam Goldberg and Russell Harvard), employed by a crime outfit with ties to Sam Hess.

    “Who Shaves the Barber?” picks up with Lester in the hospital, recovering from a festering wound in his hand from a stray shotgun pellet he received on that fateful night in the pilot. Lester, a spiritual cousin to ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Walter White in terms of his journey from hapless working stiff to criminal mastermind, has set into motion a plan to frame his brother for his own crimes by stashing incriminating evidence in the man’s gun locker. The plan works and Lester is set free, strutting around high on his own world-beating deviousness. Malvo, meanwhile, has eluded Wrench and Numbers, as well as Molly and Gus, in a blinding snowstorm encounter that leaves Numbers dead, Wrench arrested and Molly shot accidentally by a frantic Gus. While Molly quickly recuperates, Malvo, who doesn’t much care for being the target of violent schemes rather than their instigator, simply walks into the headquarters of the Fargo crime syndicate and takes everyone out from floor to floor (in a nifty bit of business, the massacre is shot from the building’s exterior and made only audible to us).

    ‘Fargo’s’ greatest strength is in its fantastic roster of characters. Lester, introduced as a sympathetically abused mouse of a man, has quickly devolved into monster, and Freeman sells the transformation completely. Walter White had a much slower descent into the level of odiousness that Lester has cannonballed right into, but Freeman has made the abrupt shift in Lester’s nature feel completely plausible (his Minnesota accent is also surprisingly strong) while still remaining recognizable as the putz we met in the pilot. Molly, the lone voice of reason among the folksy dunces in her precinct, is the moral force of this universe, the beacon of decency amidst the mounting savagery. Best of all is Thornton’s Malvo, a wry, frighteningly hyper-competent pot-stirrer who sows seeds of devastation wherever he goes. ‘Fargo’ uses humor quite well, but Malvo’s droll, to-the-point musings are the best of it. Only Hanks’ Gus feels a little slight. His love for his daughter and obvious affection for Molly are sweet, but the character’s nebbishness and ineptitude make him difficult to fully get behind.

    As ‘Fargo’ enters its final stretch, the big question starting to take root is what will happen when Molly, the irrepressible hero in the mold of the film’s Margie Gunderson, reaches the point where she has to square off with a seemingly invincible force of nature like Malvo. Margie only had to contend with the standard-issue kidnappers played by Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare. Malvo is so effective and virtually omnipotent that he feels a better match for James Bond or Batman. And how far will Lester go to save his bacon when the walls inevitably start closing in again? Will he and Malvo cross paths again so the teacher can see how far his student has come? As with the best shows, ‘Fargo’ is thrillingly impossible to pin down.

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    TV Recap: Penny Dreadful "Resurrection"

    TV Recap: Penny Dreadful "Resurrection"
    By: Sue

    The Intro to Penny Dreadful seems longer this week, and it’s still a thing of absolute horror and beauty, the two perfectly entwined.

    A young boy looks at daffodils, he looks like a young Dr. Frankenstein as he walks through them, thinking about all that he has seen and cannot unsee. It is young Victor, he’s found his dog already dead and being eaten by maggots. He ponders death, and if it is truly the ending of things. His mother thinks perhaps it is the beginning of something else as she tucks him into his bed. They will both miss his dog they lament, and she coughs blood all over his poor little frightened face. Consumption sucks. The maids rush about to help her, and Victor wonders if his mother will die. Death is not serene he notes as she struggles in its throes. Soon after she’s buried, and so Victor’s love affair with death and understanding it begins.

    Now, Victor’s first born has returned. His first monster has found him, and he would find him no matter where he ran. The monster orders him to stand and face him, to comment on the face that he made. Victor cannot utter a word as he cries.

    The monster woke in pain, his birth was difficult. He was born in sheer terrified agony, thrashing about. He wasn’t the golden child like Proteus, he was an abomination. He wailed, and beat against his father, drove Frankenstein from the room in fear. His first human interaction was one of rejection, and so he has loathed humans. He waited, and his creator never returned. Eventually he pulled himself together; he stopped screaming, and looked at the world from the upstairs window. That window became his everything, his tutor. He saw the way people interacted with eachother, how animals were treated, and thought himself an animal as well. He waxes on eloquently, about learning words through the books that Frankenstein left behind. He learned that his creator valued poetry and beautiful things, but he was neither. Fraankenstein’s monster could not be the idealistic thing that he knew his father wanted to create, he was too hard for that, the world is too hard. The monster asks who is the child, as he strangles his father. He tells him that he ran from him once, but never again. They will be inseparable. Victor barely manages to squeak out a how could you. The monster did it as a mercy. Aborting the creation before he could experience the pain life would bring.

    Vanessa’s spidey senses feel a presence. She begins to hear the noises of the jungle before she sees Mina. Mina asks for her help, she tells her that the things around her are hungry, and asks that Vanessa save her before she disappears. Oh, Vanessa, don’t mess with one of Dracula’s brides.

    The Monster asks if Frankenstein wants to hear the rest of their story. He knew he would find Frankenstein again engaged in cutting flesh, so he came to London. The city did not welcome the Monster with open arms. In a single night he learned humanities cruelty and kindness. He was beaten, and when he took refuge, and was discovered a man offered him a drink, mistakening him for a man injured in a factory. The man declares that he will buy the prospectless monster dinner. Over dinner the man yammers about his own downfall, not an industrial accident, but Shakespeare becoming less in demand. The man offers him a job, in the theatre. The theatre has fallen from its once prominent position with so many interested in Ibson, and the man takes him through the stage entrance. The theatre is presenting the Penny Dreadful: Sweeney Todd. The Monster will be the new stage rat, and he may even live in the theater. He accepts the offer. The man asks the Monster his name, but he gives no answer. The man takes pity on him, and names him Caliban from shakespeare’s the Tempest, though he tells him in their version Caliban eats Prospero. The man showed the Monster what kindness was, and he found hope. Night after night the players died gruesomely, and came back for the next show. He found that the theatre was the perfect home. The actors. they were creatures of perpetualness, like he was. He was strong, and fast, the perfect worker. His job gave him the freedom at night to find Frankenstein, and he did find him with his younger brother. He asks if the Dr felt him near, and the Dr asks what he wants from him. Frankenstein knows the monster wanted him to suffer, and he has. He’s even sorry for abandoning him, for inflicting such cruelty upon him, but he cannot unmake the past. The monster is not concerned about the past, only the future. He asks his creator to rise and walk with him, and that he will show him what he wants.

    Ethan found a way to get Bronta in his bed. He turns the sex into a slow love making affair, but it still leaves her coughing up a lung. He asks her if she has medicine for her lungs, but she doesn’t want to waste her money on that.

    Malcolm and Vanessa pour over maps when Sembene announces Ethan’s arrival. Ethan is in need of money, and he will work for it. He’s willing to do whatever, which is perfect as Vanessa is looking to go on an expedition. She asks if the money is to go home. It isn’t. There’s nothing for him back in the States, only legal problems. Ethan asks if they’ve found Malcolm’s daughter, and Vanessa admits that she came to her, that she’s sensitive to things beyond their world, and notes that Ethan doesn’t question that. Ethan knows there is much to question, but not her abilities. Vanessa tries to explain what she’s planning, but Ethan wants to know about Mina first. Vanessa tells him that Mina was working as a governess, and was engaged to Jonathan when she became involved with a man who was not a man and enslaved her. Vanessa doesn’t know the man, but she thinks she knows where Mina is.

    Caliban and Frankenstein walk the streets together. Caliban has learned a lot since he was created. He knows that his sibling was sweeter in temperament and learned quicker than he did, but he points out that he had a teacher. Frankenstein tells Caliban that he had a name, one he gave himself, Proteus. Frankenstein again asks Caliban what he wants from him. Caliban still wants his creator to look at him, and he does asking again. Caliban tells him that he knows what he wants. There are needs in life, food, shelter, even poetry, but he wants something bigger. He wants love. Frankenstein tells him that he cannot love him, but Caliban does not want his love. The monster tells him to look around to take his pick. He wishes to have an immortal bride, one like him everlasting. And if Caliban cannot have what he wants he will become Frankenstein’s worst nightmare. Frankenstein thinks he is only threatening him with death, but he is threatening him with a more tormented life. He warns Frankenstein that he has not known horror until he has shown it to him.

    Malcolm, Vanessa, Sembene and Ethan head out to find Mina with only Vanessa’s interpretation of Mina’s signs. Malcolm warns that Vanessa’s gifts make her an asset, and desirable. Ethan asks to whom, but Malcolm refuses to answer. They carry on. Malcolm feels “his” presence. It lurks close, and Vanessa knows that there is something wrong. She asks what hasn’t she been told. Growling from a large wolf, maybe a werewolf, is close by. Ethan draws his pistols first. Sembene and Malcolm have their weapons drawn, but Ethan cautions them not to fire, not move, for Vanessa not to turn her head. The wolf walks past, and joins a group of three others. He uncocks his hammer, and removes his glove, offering his hand to the beast. The growling wolf approaches, takes his offered hand into his mouth and leaves. The foursome are free to proceed ahead. A monkey chitters ahead, and there's dead carcasses inside of one cage. A man is eating the animals within. When he draws up to attach Vanessa, Ethan knocks him out. Malcolm stops Ethan from shooting him. Some chains are in order.

    Sembene sits watch outside. Malcolm question the wolf, Fenton, downstairs. He knows Vanessa, and when he’s asked how he knows that he wolfs out a bit, growling at them. Malcolm continues his questioning asking where his master is. Fenton tells him that his master is behind him. He’s all around and soon all light will end, and the world will be plunged into darkness and the hidden ones will rule. Vanessa asks if he knows the name Mina. He knows the name Vanessa, tells her that mother will punish her, calls her cocksucking whore. Malcolm again asks for his master, but Fenton only wants to eat poor creatures. Malcolm strikes him , asking the same question over and over as he strikes him, but Fenton gives him nothing. Frankenstein joins the torture party.

    Malcolm reasons that it’s the first real connection to Mina, but Ethan isn’t so sure torture is going to get the answers that he seeks. Frankenstein asks if killing redskins is better, and Ethan asks how he knew that. He didn’t. Malcolm turns them back to the matter at hand. Frankenstein asks about the subject he was promised, if they sought a cure. Vanessa asks a cure for what. He needs to make a proper examination, but he suspects the ailment is psychological, the physiological symptoms brought one by the mind. He will try a transfusion to get rid of the toxins. Ethan suddenly cannot stomach the ideal of experimenting on the kid when they aren’t torturing him. Vanessa suggests that he leave. They’ve been brutalized in life, which has made them brutal in return. She tells him that there is no going back from this point. Malcolm tells them that they proceed as one from here on out, that they all pledge to go as far as their souls allow. Malcolm again gives Ethan an out, but he’s in with Vanessa, and she’s in with him as well. Since they’re compacted, she has a question. She asks Malcolm, about the zoo, if he knew that Mina was not there. He felt it, as he felt that the creature did not want Mina, but Vanessa instead. Vanessa asks what happens now, but he isn’t sure. Vanessa isn’t pleased to hear that she was bait.

    Ethan tells Vanessa where he’s staying, and she asks why there of all places, but she knows its because of a girl. Ethan tells her about Brona, that her name means sadness in Gaelic. She asks if she lives up to the name, but he can’t tell. He admits that she has consumption, and Vanessa knows that she will, that everyone she’s a lost cause.

    Malcolm tells Frankenstein that he spoke with a hematologist about silver. Frankenstein plans to come with supplies for a transfusion. He warns that once a life is transformed, that they become responsible for it, that every change they make brings them closer to it. How very Fox in his reasoning. Frankenstein only hopes that he can survive his dreams.

    Fenton feels his master’s presence close, and he takes comfort in it.

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