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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jason Momoa Cast As Aquaman

So remember a few weeks ago when Jason Momoa made headlines because he said he was tired of being asked if he was going to play Aquaman in "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice"?

Well, he's totally playing Aquaman in "Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice."

While Warner Bros. hasn't made that announcement officially yet, HitFix can confirm that he will be playing the part, and that Zack Snyder has already finalized his designs for the character so shooting can take place soon.

One of the things that has driven me crazy since the release of "Man Of Steel" is when people say that the last act of the film is a problem since there's no consequences for Superman after all of the destruction that results from his battle with Zod. I felt like it was pretty clear walking out of the theater that the next film would have to be all about consequences. I suspected that Lex Luthor would use the destruction as a way of making Superman look like a monster, and it sounds like that is indeed one of the major ideas that they're playing with in "Dawn Of Justice."

Someone else who's not particularly happy about what happened in that film is Aquaman. I'm not sure if that's the actual name they'll use or not, but what we're hearing is that he is not pleased about the World Engine and what it did to the Indian Ocean. He will not have a major role in the film, but he will make an appearance, and it definitely sets him up to return once Snyder gets to "Justice League."

So don't keep asking Momoa about the rumor. It's driving him crazy, and he's got to be sworn to secrecy. But rest assured that when "Dawn Of Justice" arrives in theaters in 2016, we're going to see the king of Atlantis onscreen, and Vinnie Chase will have nothing to do with it at all.

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PADDINGTON Trailer is Here


After the jump, check out the first trailer for the Christmas comedy featuring the voice of Colin Firth!

Adapted from Michael Bond's beloved books, "Paddington" tells the story of a polite young bear from Peru with an endearing talent for comic chaos, who arrives in London in search of a home.



Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to cook marmalade, listen to the BBC World Service, and dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides the time has come to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Trusting of the kindness of strangers, she ties a label round his neck which simply reads 'Please look after this bear. Thank you.'

Lost and alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that London is not the welcoming, well-mannered land of his dreams, but a rather busy, bustling metropolis where nobody even notices him. Luckily, he meets the Brown family who feel unable to abandon this homeless young bear to his fate. They name him after the station where they found him and offer him a place to stay while he searches for the only person he knows in London: the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy years before.

But little do the Browns realize just how much comic mayhem one young bear will bring to their family life, and when this rarest of bears catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn't long before his home - and very existence - is under threat...

Following in the footsteps of E.T., Paddington tells the universal tale of an outsider trying to find his place in the world - and gives it an exuberant comic twist. Like Mr. Bean, Paddington promises to delight and enchant the whole family.

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Remembering the Artist Review: Loving Remembrance That's Full of Surprises

The HBO Documentary lovingly resurrects the memory of a long-forgotten painter.

We all know the story of Actor Robert DeNiro and his incredible career. But for many in the art world during the 1940's, DeNiro's father preceded his son's success as a painter. The HBO Original Programming Documentary Remembering the Artist follows the turbulent path of DeNiro Sr as he falls in and eventually out of an art scene that he helped to inspire.

Documenting his meteoric rise to fame and sudden fall during the pop art minimalism of the 1960's, DeNiro Sr battled depression and acceptance of his homosexuality, eventually succumbing to cancer on his 71st birthday in 1993. Hosted by Actor Robert DeNiro and his sister Nera, the documentary introduces us to a young DeNiro Sr who blended abstract and expressionist styles, which bridged the divides between European modernism and abstract expressionism. But the effort came at a price, as the artist conflicted with dealers and others who felt his attitude and steadfast determination competed against his desire to attain financial success.

To hear the Actor DeNiro and Nera talk about their father - by reading excerpts from his journals - brings a heightened sense of understanding to this complex figure. Art lovers will find this documentary insightful, but fans of the actor will find his tearful testimonies about his father to be more surprising. It's clear from the interviews that he's held deep regrets about not helping his father more during the decline, a fact which helps to humanize an actor known mostly for his tough roles. For a relatively unknown figure to be the subject of a documentary is proof of DeNiro's success, but his father's art - memorialized in a preserved studio - must have been groundbreaking in an era that seemed like anything was possible.

Remembering the Artist sheds new light on a family filled with creative talent, but for whom real appreciation came only to the son, not the dad.

It's Unrated, has a runtime of 40 minutes, and finishes its run on HBO June 15th, 18th, 21st, and 25th and on HBO2 June 29th.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

The Man With No Name Trilogy LaBoca Poster

In honor of the continued celebration of its 90th Anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer & Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have partnered with creative giant LaBoca to create a series of iconic posters commemorating the studio’s 90th Anniversary. This is the second in the series and celebrates The Man With No Name Trilogy which is now available on on Blu-ray. This definitive Leone collection of the most ambitious and influential Westerns ever made includes more than five hours of special features that uncover buried gold in these gritty classics – plus a NEWLY REMASTERED version of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Extended Trailer For #TheEqualizer

Sony Pictures has released an even longer trailer (about 40 seconds longer, which is a lot for a trailer) for its upcoming adaptation of the TV series, "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington, which will be released on September 26, 2014.



We've been pining for awhile about the upcoming reboot of the CBS spy drama The Equalizer. This 1980's series starred Edward Woodward as retired CIA operative Robert McCall who helps people in need in New York City. And while shows like Person of Interest have upped the stakes, it was The Equalizer that first set the bat. Now, we finally have a trailer from Director Antoine Fuqua's film, which stars Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace-Moretz.

Based on the very good early test screenings, we think the Euro-style action and character exposition look pretty bad ass. As we look at the trailer, we see the appearance of Melissa Leo as a blonde talking to McCall: is this the famed appearance of the shadowy Control, who made McCall's life a living Hell in the series? Leo played Sally in 2012's very good Oblivion so now we're instantly hoping for her to repeat the memorable phrase, "Are you an effective team?"

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THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Trailer Is Here

On behalf of DreamWorks Animation, we are pleased to share the FIRST trailer for their upcoming animated comedy, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR. Get ready for the Penguins' biggest mission yet, in theaters this Thanksgiving!

Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lake Los Angeles Review: Drive Past This One

Lake Los Angeles begs you to pull over and notice it. Here's why you shouldn't.

Director Mike Ott's Lake Los Angeles makes the supposition that one can find love just about anywhere and under the most extreme conditions, such as the desert town of the same name. Unfortunately, his film about two illegal aliens not only feels desperate for attention but never earns our trust or concern. From the beginning, we're not promised much: Francisco (Robert Sanchez) has left Havanna hoping to make enough money to bring his wife and children to the States. At the same time, the 10-year-old Cecilia (Johanna Trujilo) arrives as an illegal who's been promised that she'll be reunited with her father. When that moment fails to arrive, Cecilia runs out into the desert, which is literally the backyard of Lake Los Angeles, until she can return to Francisco to start anew.

The problem with Ott's work is that nothing here is of value, from the desolate town to its actors who seem stuck in the most boring place ever conceived. All they literally do in Lake Los Angeles is walk around and look sad and desperate. I'm not kidding: a large chunk of of this film features Cecilia and Francisco staring at food, or her snowglobe, or a dog. It's all meant to be artistic, but Trujillo's blank stares are simply not enough to carry entire scenes by herself. Ott never introduces conflict - or a point really - to the film, leaving our characters with nothing to do but..you guessed it...stare.

At only 85 minutes, Lake moves at such a slow pace that one hopes something meaningful would occur. Instead, Cecilia is walking again, or staring, or stealing food until her life becomes so desperate that she somehow quickly finds Francisco's house, a plot point that heretofore was as hard for her to accomplish as me launching a rocket into space. When that moment suddenly arrives, the two - yes, it's coming - stare at one another. This promise of a fresh start should have been the plot all along. Their coming together and bonding would have made for far better drama than what we got.

Lake Los Angeles sounds like a pretty awful place to live, the kind of world where one can never truly escape. The problem is, it seems like a very boring to place to be as well. Like those armpit rest stops along the way to your destination, this one's utterly unworthy of your time.

Lake Los Angeles is Unrated and has a runtime of 85 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Jersey Boys In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For Jersey Boys on Jun 16, 2014 7:30 pm in Sacramento at Regal Natomas Stadium 16.


From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”


The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.


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22 Jump Street Review: Many Funny Parts But Original Is Better

The insanely funny 22 Jump Street has its many moments, but just falls behind its slightly better original.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in 2012 transformed a long-sleeping (and frankly boring) television series into a hilarious piece of comedy, demonstrating that nearly everything has a second life. Their follow-up 22 Jump Street is almost as funny as the original, but that doesn't mean we like it any less.


Based almost entirely around the premise that our heroes Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) must do EXACTLY the same thing that they did in 21 Jump Street, they're set out to impersonate college students looking for a drug supplier. Their captain (Ice Cube) literally commands them: "Do the same thing as last time. Exactly the same thing." Soon, they're doing just that, partying at frat houses with Schmidt screwing women and Jenko acting as the star WR on the college's football team. But their relationship soon hits the skids, filled with enough sexual innuendo to float a battleship of gay. As the inevitable third act shooting-chasing hero stuff arrives, our duo find themselves grenading helicopters, punching women, and uttering clichés as ridiculous as the raucous Spring Break where the drugs are being distributed.

Having already hit paydirt in 2014 with SJF favorite The LEGO Movie, Lord and Miller cleverly continue the mockery by making the film self-aware of its sequel nature. “It’s always worse the second time around — a slow, painful unraveling,” someone utters to the duo and you know they're talking about the nature of sequels, not about their actual jobs. Sure, it's irony made for 12-year-olds, but it works really well for a laugh. These guys get modern commentary really well, willing to involve any character for a laugh, whether it's Schmidt's Walk of Shame back to his dorm room after hooking up with (Amber Stevens), or terrific post-credits ending of never-ending sequels and actor contract disputes, set in every conceivable location and environment.. Literally, they do about 42 of these before the credits really take off.

Hill and Tatum are dopey, stupid, ignorant cops that are one step away from losing their jobs, but the two carry off the comedy extremely well. I go back and forth on whether this is Hill's show or Tatum's, as the brawny lead usually stars in more serious affair, making his performance that much more enjoyable. But Hill really is the spark, sending Tatum and villain Jillian Bell into the comedy stratosphere - Bell is particularly funny as the deadpan supplier, at once leaning in for a kiss and then punching or shooting at Hill the next. This sort of interplay does make the beginning a little too long, and there's portions throughout where our creators should have edited the scene a bit. But, the result is never too distracting nor torpedoes the scene, due entirely to the self-aware nature of 22. Much like Muppets Most Wanted - which relies on the same silly premise - even the most overacted and predictable of scenes is instantly written off.

22 Jump Street is nothing short of targeted destabilization in many parts, especially when you consider the self-mockery that's going on throughout the picture. But it works on so many levels, even though there's just too many ad-libbed scenes that go on for just a little too long to push it past the original. It's likely that no one in the audience will care, as their non-stop laughter will probably make it the top movie of the week and could ultimately rule as the top comedy of the year. For now, take our word for it: this one's a killer cop keeper.

22 Jump Street is rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence and has a runtime of 112 minutes.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review: Unexpected Twists Fuel Excellent Sequel

DreamWorks Animation hits animated paydirt with the very good How to Train Your Dragon 2.
DreamWorks Animation has hit a bit of a rough spot in the past three years. Although Mr. Peabody & Sherman ranks as one of the top animated films of 2014, the studio saw disappointing returns for 2013's Turbo and 2012's Rise of the Guardians. Granted, they do have the Madagascar series, but there's been the sense that DWA has been flailing in their search for a second franchise. Luckily, the very good How to Train Your Dragon 2 might just offer the studio exactly what it needs.

Set five years after the original, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) is grown up but not ready to take the reigns from his Viking father Stoick (voiced by Gerard Butler). To his dad, Hiccup is still a boy, content to soaring with Toothless the Dragon and hanging out with his girlfriend Astrid (voiced by America Ferrera). But soon, the two realize that rival kingdoms are gunning for their home Berk and the dragons they have trained. At the top of that list is the hunter Eret (voiced by Kit Harrington), who works for the fierce warlord Drago (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) - Drago is obsessed with capturing as many dragons as possible, determined to use them in his quest to conquer all the surrounding kingdoms. Trouble also arrives when Hiccup realizes that his mother Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett) is still alive and has created a dragon sanctuary that lies right in the sights of Drago. As these three worlds collide, Hiccup must learn to deal with personal tragedy and the growing responsibilities of being someone he's not ready to become.


HTTYD2 has all the elements of a stellar sequel: great new characters and higher stakes, with a little Game of Thrones thrown in for color. Its themes of rival kingdoms, broken families, and masterminds who cannot be dealt with offer important lessons for the kids who grew up loving HTTYD but are ready now for the tougher lessons of life. HTTYD2 offers them up with stunning animation, equaling 2013's The Croods and possibly setting itself above Brave and Frozen. Director/Writer Dean DeBlois returns with a darker, deeper tale that may prove to be a little too much for the youngest, but doesn't require the rest of us to have watched The Riders of Berk animated series that's been airing since 2012.


It's hard to give animation credit to DeBlois, but his ability to fuse our dragons with emotions and place them in some of the best action set pieces of the year comes through even when they're not flying so high. He lets Toothless frolic with the new dragons like a puppy meeting new friends - additionally, his ability to emote when tragedy strikes is poignant, something at which the original also excelled. But it's the relationship between these dragons and their human allies which provides the glue. There's enough emotional bond here to to bring any man to tears, and the nuance of one scene in particular in which Toothless accidentally kills someone is both powerful and remarkably sad.

Hiccup and Valka are also well-drawn characters, each filled with questions about the other but ready to defend their homes against Drago without question. Blanchett is a welcomed addition, her voice at one moment motherly and loving and the next that of a hardened general. Having voiced him throughout the animated series, Baruchel now inhabits Hiccup and it shows as he struggles to balance his father's desires while racing Toothless high above Berk. But when his future is forced upon him, the film struggles a bit, as if DeBlois isn't quite ready to bathe Hiccup in fire, choosing to catch him in his own recipe of disaster and loss but seemingly unwilling to see it to the bloody end. A showdown with Drago proves unfruitful and a bit disappointing, leaving us wondering if last-minute adjustments to the story were made to keep things from turning all Red Wedding.


Audiences, as much as characters, need the catharsis of either revenge or justice and sadly DeBlois doesn't opt for the nuclear option, settling instead on something a bit more abstract. HTTYD2 feels like it's growing with its core audience - now in their early teens - but it's still not ready to give Hiccup and his world the death grip that might be coming in part 3. Until then, we're granted more romantic relationships, some of which yield great laughs along the way. There's a love-quadrangle between Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig), the Viking boys Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Snoutlout (Jonah Hill) and the newcomer Eret, whose strong arms take Ruffnut in decidedly sexual territory. None of it is too much, and it provides some necessary levity for this beautifully-shot and even photo-realistic affair. Seriously, look at Hiccup's hair, the scales on Toothless's back, or the trees waving in the background and you'd almost think you were watching real actors being motion-captured.

With little competition, How to Train Your Dragon 2 should realize box office glory. It's one of those rare sequels that doesn't rest on its laurels, delivering a powerful gut punch about loss and forgiveness without alienating its core younger audience. Stunningly beautiful and capturing the essence of man's connection with animals, this one should easily find itself at the top of most 'Best-Of' lists and might even find itself capturing an Oscar come February. Yes, it really is that good.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor and has a runtime of 102 minutes.

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First Look At #JurassicWorld

Jurassic World is finally just one year away. And to go along with that information, we now have some new images from the film, as provided to the AV Club.

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With Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow marshalling both the humans and the dinosaurs, we know that Jurassic World is set years after Steven Spielberg’s original film, at a time when Jurassic Park is actually a functioning attraction situated on Isla Nublar. In fact, so well does it do its job that dinosaurs are almost commonplace.

Chris Pratt plays a scientist doing behavioural research on the raptors (“let’s see what happens when we take away the puppy…”) when everything, in true Jurassic fashion, goes nuts again. Bryce Dallas Howard, meanwhile, will be more of a corporate type involved in the park, one that might just have to team up with Pratt when toothed menaces start stalking the place. Also featured? Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, who also factor into the plot in a way that hasn’t yet been made clear. Lunch?

Omar Sy, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, B.D. Wong, Katie McGrath and Lauren Lapkus also show up in the film, which has yet to show off any of its dino-stars. T

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#TWONIGHTSTAND Clip "Internet T!#s."

The third teaser trailer is up on the official TWO NIGHT STAND via Facebook page but you can check it out after the Jump...


TWO NIGHT STAND is an upcoming romantic comedy film directed by Max Nichols and written by Mark Hammer. The film stars Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr, and Leven Rambin

A pair of twenty-something strangers awake after an ill-advised one night stand to find themselves snowed in by a blizzard that's put all of New York on ice. Trapped together in a tiny Brooklyn apartment, they're forced to get to know each other far better than any anonymous bed partners should.

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First Trailer For DreamWorks Animation's HOME

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have just released the FIRST trailer for their highly anticipated film, HOME! Get intergalactic when this 3D comedy, featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez, hits the big screen on March 27, 2015!

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When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Jersey Boys In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance For Jersey Boys on Jun 16, 2014 7:00 pm in Santa Clara.


From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”


The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.


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Clip From Dave Boyle's Upcoming Thriller MAN FROM RENO

New clip from MAN FROM RENO.



In a small town south of San Francisco, Sheriff Paul Del Moral is driving home through the fog one night when he accidentally strikes a pedestrian, a lone Japanese man. However, before an investigation can take place the man disappears from the hospital without a trace.

At the same time, Japanese mystery author Aki Akahori takes a trip to San Francisco in order to escape the press tour for her latest book--a potboiler in her world-famous "Inspector Takabe" series. Feeling lonely and vulnerable, she begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveller from Reno who is staying in the same hotel. Her new lover, Akira Suzuki, is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions...

MAN FROM RENO is directed by Dave Boyle (WHITE ON RICE & SURROGATE VALENTINE) and stars Ayako Fujitani (TOKYO!), Pepe Serna (SCARFACE), and Kazuki Kitamura (THE RAID 2 & KILL BILL). The film is produced by Ko Mori and written by Dave Boyle, Joel Clark, and Michael Lerman.

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#EARTHTOECHO New Geocaching Adventure

Calling all adventure seekers! Relativity Media's new family movie EARTH TO ECHO opens in theaters on July 2nd — but you can prepare for the journey in the meantime with the brand new Geocaching EARTH TO ECHO Adventure initiative!

ABOUT GEOCACHING:
Geocaching is a family-friendly activity that allows parents and kids to go outdoors to explore new locations around their city. Geocaching is a game of discovery, where adventure seekers can use an app or GPS on their mobile devices to search for cleverly hidden containers placed in nearby neighborhoods.

To learn more about Geocaching and participate in the Earth to Echo Adventure, click on the custom URL for your city. Celebrate Father's Day this weekend with this fun family-friendly activity, and find out if there are EARTH TO ECHO treasures hiding in a neighborhood near you!

New York: https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/echogeocachingny
Los Angeles: https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/echogeocachingla
Chicago: https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/echogeocachingchi
Seattle: https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/echogeocachingsea

For the latest news and updates on the film, be sure to like EARTH TO ECHO on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter. Please find additional information and assets attached below, and feel free to share your geocaching adventure with us using #EarthToEcho.

Don't miss EARTH TO ECHO when it hits theaters on July 2nd, 2014!

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DC Comics To Shake Up The Movie World

nikkifinke has come out with a big bang.  Warner Bros Pictures is way behind Marvel Studios when it comes to making movies out of its comic book properties. Nikkifinke is reporting on what's coming up at this July’s Comic-Con from the studio. A lot of stuff remains in flux but her sources have so far:

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

There had been talk of a Metal Men and Suicide Squad movie for sometime in 2016 but that project fell off the schedule.

Meanwhile, if you were wondering why Batman v Superman was delayed, it wasn’t the script or Ben Affleck or Jesse Eisenberg but with the fact that this pic will act as a launching pad for the Justice League. According to my source, “Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie. Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles, meaning major contracts for multiple JL/character films to follow. The studio didn’t want to move forward until they had more of this secure so they held off starting production for a few months. Seemingly simple reason, but the implications are pretty darn huge.”

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"Birdman" Teaser Trailer Has Arrived

Here is the first teaser trailer for BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Birdman features Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis.



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#TransformersThursday: Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION In Sacramento

Do you know what today is? It's Transformers Thursday, we will be doing giveaways every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the release date for the film.

Today we have 20 first-come, first serve passes.

Win Tickets To An Advance For TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION On Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


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.


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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Jersey Boys In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For Jersey Boys on Jun 16, 2014 7:30 pm in Fresno.


From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”


The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.


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DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE REVIEWING PRESS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATRE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERBOOKING. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION AND MUST BE SURRENDERED UPON DEMAND. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A TICKET AND ONLY REVIEWING PRESS WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE SCREENING BEGINS. Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This ticket is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law. All those found in violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. MPAA - No Recording This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device*, you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device

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TV Review: Fargo “A Fox, a Rabbit & A Cabbage” By: Brandon Wolfe

TV Review: Fargo “A Fox, a Rabbit & A Cabbage”
By: Brandon Wolfe

We open in a dentist’s office where the dentist is a chatty, folksy sort. He tells long-winded stories and is full of good cheer. Then we follow this good ol’ boy back to his home to learn that he’s newly engaged to an attractive, adoring wife and has a decent assemblage of friends who think the world of him. This fellow is also prone to cornily exclaiming “Aces!” as an expression of approval. It’s almost a relief when we finally see this man sitting in a dark room listening to a self-made recording of a conversation between himself and another Lester-like schlep whose life he ruined by intervention because it allows our brains to officially register that this affable tooth wrangler is indeed Lorne Malvo. Our DVRs didn’t mistakenly record some obscure movie where Billy Bob Thornton played a friendly dentist; this is still ‘Fargo’.

It’s on a trip to Vegas with his new friends (one of whom is played by the great Stephen Root) that fate throws Malvo back into Lester’s orbit, though Lester is the one who ultimately forces fate’s hand. Emboldened by a seeming desire to show that mysterious stranger from long ago that he’s no longer the loser he once was (a goal one suspects he doesn’t limit to just Malvo), Lester walks right up to his erstwhile co-conspirator to say hello. Malvo claims not to know him while in character, then explicitly and forcefully instructs him to walk away. But this isn’t the old Lester, no sir. This new Lester will not be brushed off, so he forces the issue, forces Malvo to admit that he knows him, which Malvo finally does at the expense of the lives of his friends and fiancé, all of whom he impassively blows away in a truly shocking moment. Rather than help with cleanup, as instructed, Lester frantically whacks Malvo on the back of the head (in a nice acknowledgement that, unlike how it always is in movies and on TV, this doesn’t immediately render a person unconscious) and hightails it out of there. Malvo doesn’t give chase, he just calls after Lester that he’ll see him again. Soon.



It’s this encounter that casts an ominous shadow that hangs over the rest of “A Fox, a Rabbit and a Cabbage,” as Lester and his new wife Linda rush out of Vegas in the middle of the night and head back to Bemidji, Lester looking over his shoulder all the way home. He knows Malvo will come after him and we know it, too. The specter of Malvo hangs over the proceedings even when he isn’t onscreen. When Lester walks into his house and looks around nervously or scans the scary woods at the end of his backyard, both he and we in the audience are terrified that Malvo will materialize. Malvo has always been an intimidating presence, but he wasn’t a bogeyman until this week.

The Vegas encounter also places Molly back into Lester’s world, as she receives a tip from Vegas PD that Lester might have been a witness to the murders. Molly visits Lester’s home and listens to a lot of excuses, helpfully corroborated by Linda, but she doesn’t need much of a push at this point to realize that Lester is dirty. Molly also receives a visit from FBI agents Budge and Pepper, who want to nail Malvo as redemption for the slaughter he perpetrated under their noses that cost them their field duties. Because Molly is the only person around who realizes that Malvo was the secret instigator behind all those crimes, they recognize her as their best ally.

The tension in “A Fox, a Rabbit and a Cabbage” isn’t limited to whether or not Lester will be hunted down by Malvo. That might be bearable, seeing as how Lester is a weasel. But Malvo being back in town creates a threat that encompasses everyone else. Gus recognizes Malvo’s familiar face when out on his mail route, but worse than that is when Malvo stops into Lou’s Diner for a slice of pie, and to obliquely threaten Lou, Molly’s loving father, for information about Lester’s whereabouts. This diner sequence is a real nailbiter, as Malvo’s conversation with Lou is cross-cut with Molly driving to the diner, leading us to fret about what will happen when she arrives. Fortunately, Molly misses Malvo by mere seconds, but the build-up to that potential encounter is unbearable.

If any members of the audience had somehow managed to retain any trace of sympathy or compassion for Lester Nygaard, this is the episode that should officially extinguish it once and for all. Attempting to flee Malvo by heading off on an impromptu vacation to Acapulco, Lester needs to stop by his office to pick up his and Linda’s passports. There he suspects that Malvo is waiting for him inside, but rather than simply drive off, Lester sends Linda in, even dresses her up to look like him. This, of course, leaves poor Linda with a bullet in her head and Lester with a second dead wife while Malvo still lurks about in the darkness.

Malvo as a figure of pure malevolence is the engine that now fuels ‘Fargo’ as it heads into its finale. Thornton has been so much fun as this character, but this is the episode where he goes from impishly threatening to something more akin to Javier Bardem’s terrifying Anton Chigurh from a different Coen Brothers film, ‘No Country for Old Men’ (that Root’s character calls Malvo “friendo” at one point drives the comparison home). Thornton is still having some fun with the role, as with his glass-half-full declaration that the botched Vegas job was worth it for the look on Root’s face when he pulled out his gun or when he tells a man’s children that their house is haunted just for the hell of it, but this episode recasts the character as a force that now directly threatens to consume all the characters we’ve come to love. Losing Molly, Gus or those close to them would hurt terribly at this point, and that possibility looms very largely now. But good ultimately prevailed in ‘Fargo’ the film, so all we can do is hope that it will once again.

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HONEYMOON Clip Starring Rose Leslie

Watch a clip from HONEYMOON, starring Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie.



Newlyweds Paul and Bea want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moments quickly disappears when strange events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to torn them apart.

Magnet Releasing will release HONEYMOON on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12, 2014.

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Premiere Trailer For SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

Here is World Premiere of the SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Trailer!



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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Poster For THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL

Check out the official poster for THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL, starring Kurt Russell, Todd Fields and Jim Bouton, attached here!

When Portland, Oregon, lost its longtime minor-league affiliate, Bing Russell—who briefly played ball professionally before enjoying a successful Hollywood acting career—bought the territory and formed a single-A team to operate outside the confines of major-league baseball. When they took the field in 1973, the Mavericks—the only independent team in America—started with two strikes against them. What did Deputy Clem from Bonanza know about baseball? Or Portland, for that matter? The only thing uniting his players, recruited at open tryouts, was that no other team wanted them.

Skeptics agreed that it could never work. But Bing understood a ballplayer’s dreams, and he understood an audience. His quirky, unkempt castoffs won games, and they won fans, shattering minor-league attendance records. Their spirit was contagious, and during their short reign, the Mavericks—a restaurant owner turned manager, left-handed catcher, and blackballed pitcher among them—brought independence back to baseball and embodied what it was all about: the love of the game.

The documentary premieres only on Netflix on Friday, July 11th at 12:01 AM PT.

Directors: Maclain Way and Chapman Way
Executive Producer: Nancy Schafer
Producer: Juliana Lembi

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