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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Magic in the Moonlight Review: An Early Oscar Entry?


The Woody Allen comedy Magic in the Moonlight is finally a work we can be proud of.


Writer/Director Woody Allen is not a favorite of mine; in fact, I consider him to be the most overrated of Hollywood's old school. I've never forgiven him for Annie Hall somehow beating out Star Wars for Best Picture in the 1977 Oscars, and his more recent personal choices are personally offensive. Screening his films is equal to the most unpleasant experiences I can consider, right up there with dentist visits and drawing blood. But Magic in the Moonlight is something else, something far better than anything he's ever done, and it's about damn time.

Set among the flappers and 'hot music' of the 1920's, professional illusionist Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) is at the height of his game masquerading as Wei Ling Soo. He thrills audiences with his disappearing tricks and fantastic trickery, until he's recruited by old friend and fellow illusionist Howard (Simon McBurney) to debunk the meteoric rise of the spiritualist Sophie Baker (Emma Stone). Her scam is about to trick a wealthy family out of millions, and Stanley won't hear of it, his logical and rigid mind unwilling to give her any credit. But Stanley's a bit...difficult...with anyone he comes into contact with, and soon realizes that Sophie's presence has filled his world with more possibilities than he ever imagined. But he must tread lightly, for as she's seduced the ignorant gentleman Brice (Hamish Linklater), her charm might soon undo the master of illusions himself.

Let's be clear: there are funny original comedies like 22 Jump Street or Neighbors, and then there's Magic. It's witty and full of one intelligent one-liners that lead up to an old-school Oscar Wilde love story that doesn't need sex or vulgarity to sell its wares. Allen has always had such ability, but his projects have languished, stuck in molasses and the final cut always in need of a serious edit. Not with Magic: Allen produces a mostly compact affair that never lingers, content to lead our well-built cast through his script that's like a light breeze keeping you guessing as to its outcome. When the ending arrives, we can almost forgive Stanley for making what could be a terrible decision, because Allen to this point had filled him with so much comedic arrogance that we can't help feeling that Stanley's come such a long way.

Although the troupe is top-notch - including appearances by Marcia Gay-Harden and Jacki Weaver - the story mostly focuses on Firth and Stone. For as much I like him as a dramatic lead, Firth is simply hilarious in his comedic roles when he gets to chew on such meaty and hilarious lines as Allen gives him. Among the most memorable is the worst wedding proposal since Chris O'Donnell's "You win!" line from The Bachelor, an elegantly delightful exchange where Stanley actually takes his 'deal' off the table after Stone rejects what can only be described as his arrogant presumption of her affection. These sorts of admissions by Stanley throughout the film aimed at anyone within distance, alienate friend and foe alike, our laughter serving as a sort of odd approval of his ways. Stone proves that her Gangster Squad and The Help performances weren't just happy accidents, her warming smile hiding the scoundrel that Stanley's ready to break down the moment they meet. Linklater is passable riche boor, his rooster crooning and ukulele skills on display while Sophie tries desperately to feign some sort of approval.

For the first time, I can safely say that Woody Allen has made a memorable - dare I say, Oscar-worthy - film. Magic in the Moonlight is his perhaps his greatest creation, a witty, pompous, Oscar Wilde-like affair that finally demonstrates his full capabilities. This is perhaps the 19th Century version of An Ideal Husband, and isn't it ironic that Firth starred in that film version as well? See this one regardless where it plays, because there is definitely some magic to behold. Magic in the Moonlight is rated PG-13 for for a brief suggestive comment, and smoking throughout and has a runtime of 100 minutes.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

5 Films Dates Have Been Set For The Marvel Universe

Marvel Studios continues to fill out its calendar and has announced the release dates for five upcoming films.

The titles have not been revealed, but the dates revealed on Marvel.com Friday are for July 28 and Nov. 3, 2017; July 6 and Nov. 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.

Marvel's upcoming films include Guardians of the Galaxy on Aug. 1, Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016.

Scott Derrickson is attached to direct an upcoming Doctor Strange movie, while third outings for Thor and The Avengers are expected.

The Marvel.com announcement teased fans should stay tuned for more on "the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe." Marvel heads to Diego Comic-Con July 26 at 5 p.m., which could be where some of these titles are revealed. Last year's Marvel panel revealed the title and villain for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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#TheWalkingDead & @CourtyardHotels To Take Over Comic-Con With #NormanReedus & More

Fans packing their cape for Comic Con will compete to be crowned “King” and “Queen” in a “cosplay” contest created by Courtyard by Marriott, featuring author George R.R. Martin, actor Norman Reedus and famed special FX maestro, Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”). The experience will also offer attendees free make-up touch-ups at the hands of a top Hollywood special FX make-up team throughout the convention (July 24 – 27).

Enhance Cosplay with Greg Nicotero – Courtyard’s talented team of “Super Hero HQ” prosthetic make-up artists will be allowing Comic Con attendees to undergo make-up treatments, while choosing from existing designs or creating their own custom original.

See the Cosplay King and Queen crowned by Norman Reedus - Elite cosplayers will be crowned by Reedus as the King or Queen of Cosplay, as he handpicks winners from a group of finalists selected by Courtyard’s roving judges scouring the scene for top Cosplay attendees.

Relax with Martin –The visionary behind the “Game of Thrones” universe, George R.R. Martin will visit Courtyard’s Super Hero HQ for a public fan Q&A.

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Comic-Con #MockingjaySDCC Signings & Trailer Details

Updated: The Hunger Games Instagram account has the exclusive on the list of actors who will be signing for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at the Lionsgate Booth #4045 on Friday, July 25, from 3PM-4PM. Attendees can stop by to get an autograph from Natalie Dormer, Elden Hensen, Mahershala Ali, Evan Ross, and Wes Chatham.

LIONSGATE AND SAMSUNG TO DEBUT OFFICIAL THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 TRAILER

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Trailer to Premiere Exclusively on the Galaxy Tab® S at San Diego Comic-Con® and in Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy Locations Nationwide

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung), have teamed up on the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The collaboration will launch with all fans getting a sneak peek of the film’s first official teaser trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, exclusively on Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab® S ahead of its online release.

In a first-of-its-kind experience, fans will have the opportunity to preview the highly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer on the Galaxy Tab S at an exclusive premiere in San Diego during Comic-Con on Friday, July 25. For those outside San Diego, beginning Saturday, July 26, fans can visit participating Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy locations nationwide throughout the weekend to preview the trailer. Samsung will also provide visitors that view the trailer at Samsung Experience Shops one complimentary ticket to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, while supplies last.

Additionally, owners of select Galaxy devices* will have the opportunity to download the all-new Hunger Games Movie Pack App, via Google Play™ for access to exclusive content from The Hunger Games franchise.

“We’re giving our consumers the unique experience to premiere the official trailer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I on our new Galaxy Tab S,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Together with Lionsgate, we will give Samsung Galaxy owners access to experience The Hunger Games franchise like never before.”

"We’re thrilled to be partnering on Mockingjay 1 with a company that has the global stature of Samsung and whose innovative technologies touch every aspect of consumers’ lives around the world," said Paula Kupfer, SVP of Consumer Products & Licensing at Lionsgate. "They are a perfect fit with our franchise, and together we envision unlimited opportunities for expanding the world ofThe Hunger Games in exciting and visionary ways."

During San Diego Comic-Con:
On Friday, July 25 at 12:00pm PT, cast members from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).

Nationwide at Best Buy:
Fans outside the San Diego area can also get an exclusive preview of the first official The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer beginning on Saturday, July 26 and extending through Sunday, July 27 by visiting Samsung Experience Shops inside select Best Buy locations. While supplies last, visitors will receive one complimentary pass to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters November 21.

The Hunger Games Movie Pack App:
As part of the collaboration, The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on select Samsung devices* beginning July 28, via Google Play. The app will give Galaxy owners access to exclusive Hunger Games content, including scripts, book excerpts, video clips and more.
Galaxy Tab S owners will have the opportunity to download the first two Hunger Games films for free, in addition to receiving all the exclusive content through the app. Samsung will continue to deliver exclusive Hunger Games content to Galaxy owners through the app leading up to the film’s premiere on November 21. *

Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab are all registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
*The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 starting July 28.
*Limit to 200,000 downloads per movie. Available through December 31, 2014.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 270,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has 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 Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
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DARK HORSE Comic-Con Signings & Schedule

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 SCHEDULE!

It's here! San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!

DARK HORSE COMICS | SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014 | BOOTH #2615

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.
Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
We have two signing stages: one featuring the art of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy; the other, the art of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage ST = The Strain Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 24

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Becky Cloonan

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB ROBOCOP VS. THE TERMINATOR: Walter Simonson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich, Tony Parker
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB PICTURES THAT TICK 2: Dave McKean
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST BUZZKILL & THE GHOST FLEET: Donny Cates
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB DRAGON GIRL AND MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST THE WORLD OF THE WITCHER: Rafal Jaki, Damien Monnier
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST CREEPY & EERIE: Dan Braun, Uncle Creepy, Cousin Eerie
2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m. HB THE STRAIN: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Huddleston, E. M. Gist (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST DRAGON AGE: Patrick Weekes, Nick Thornborrow, Ben Gelinas
3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. HB THE STAR WARS: Jonathan Rinzler
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST THE GUNS OF SHADOW VALLEY: James Andrew Clark
4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m. HB CRIMINAL MACABRE & BREATH OF BONES: Steve Niles
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. ST THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson
5:30 p.m.–6:20 p.m. HB CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. ST CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander

FRIDAY, JULY 25

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB USAGI YOJIMBO 30TH ANNIVERSARY: Stan Sakai
10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST GROO VS. CONAN: Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST THE BEST OF COMIX BOOK: Denis Kitchen, Trina Robbins
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB THE GOON: Eric Powell
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST PARIAH: Aron Warner, Brett Weldele
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & ANGEL & FAITH: Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon (WRISTBAND REQUIRED)
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST BLACKSAD: Juanjo Guarnido
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. HB HELLBOY 20TH ANNIVERSARY: Mike Mignola
2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. ST THE WITCHER: Paul Tobin, Rafal Jaki
3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. HB RESURRECTIONISTS, ACTION PHILOSOPHERS, THE COMPLETE SILENCERS, CONAN THE AVENGER & PROJECT BLACK SKY: Fred Van Lente
3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. ST BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m. HB BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire
4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m. ST THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown
5:30 p.m.–6:20 p.m. HB THE LAST OF US, THE ART OF NAUGHTY DOG & A SECOND CHANCE AT SARAH: Neil Druckmann
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. ST STAR WARS: Randy Stradley, Doug Wheatley, Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, Dave Wilkins, Tim Siedell, Michael Heisler
6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. HB MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich

SATURDAY, JULY 26

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB DREAM THIEF: Jai Nitz, Greg Smallwood, THE BLACK BEETLE: Francesco Francavilla
10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST DRAGON AGE: Patrick Weekes, Nick Thornborrow, Ben Gelinas
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST COLDER: Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB STAR WARS: Adam Hughes, Matt Kindt, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Dzioba, Michael Heisler, Ariel Olivetti
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB MIND MGMT: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST: DARK HORSE SUPERHEROES: Christopher Sebela, Dan Parsons (Ghost);
Tim Seeley (The Occultist); Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy, Project Black Sky);
Michael Broussard (Project Black Sky); Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight)
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. HB AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER & THE LEGEND OF KORRA:
Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru, Jessie Flower (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. In addition to distribution by drawing on Friday and Saturday at show opening, there will be some wristbands given as prizes during the Avatar: The Last Airbender—Legend and Legacy panel on Saturday, July 26, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in Room 24ABC.)
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST SUNDOWNERS: Tim Seeley
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST DRAGON GIRL AND MONKEY KING: Katsuya Terada
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich
4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. HB SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR: Frank Miller, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin,
Rosario Dawson, Robert Rodriguez (WRISTBAND REQUIRED. One poster per wristband will be provided. No other items allowed. No photos. Other restrictions may apply.)
5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ST GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW: Matt Wagner
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. HB PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, PREDATOR & ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra, Chris Roberson, Joshua Williamson, Ariel Olivetti, E. M. Gist, Christopher Sebela
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. ST THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson

SUNDAY, JULY 27

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB 47 RONIN & THE ATOMIC LEGION: Stan Sakai, Mike Richardson

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. ST CONCRETE PARK: Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander
11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. HB STAR WARS: LEGACY, DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. ST PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. HB SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER & ANGEL & FAITH: Joss Whedon (WRISTBAND REQUIRED.)
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. ST EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner, Cat Farris
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. ST BUZZKILL & THE GHOST FLEET: Donny Cates
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. HB TO BE ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY, JULY 22
(WRISTBAND REQUIRED. One print per wristband will be provided. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.)
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. ST MASS EFFECT: Mike Gamble, Fabrice Condominas, Noel Lukasewich
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. ST THE STRAIN: Mike Huddleston
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. HB FURIOUS: Bryan J. L. Glass
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. ST AXE COP: Ethan Nicolle

Dark Horse 2014 Comic-Con International Exclusive Books And Products!
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DARK HORSE PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends!
Please visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators!

Thursday, July 24, 2014
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
The Witcher
Room 6A
A franchise spanning literature, comics, film and television, board games, and widely popular video games, The Witcher has touched millions with its engaging characters and exciting adventures. A diverse panel of experts discuss the many aspects of this renowned universe. Be the first to see new Dark Horse publications, view the first-ever live consumer demo of the upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game, and get a chance to meet the team behind Wild Hunt. Panelists include actors Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher franchise), Dark Horse Comics author Paul Tobin (The Witcher: House of Glass), Nick McWhorter, CD Projekt RED’s game developers Damien Monnier and Lukasz Wnek (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), and Rafal Jaki. Moderated by Spike TV’s Geoff Keighley.

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics
Room 23ABC
Hot on the heels of the premiere of the Dark Horse comic turned television series The Strain, you are invited to explore the darker corners of comics. Horror has been one of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line for years, and 2014 will be no exception! Join panelists for an hour of all that is guaranteed to thrill and chill you, with resident horror junkies—editor in chief Scott Allie and PR director Jeremy Atkins—along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), the first US appearance of Colder artist Juan Ferreyra, and more for sneak peeks, announcements, and other surprises along the way!

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Breaking into Comics and Staying In
Room 30CDE
With the shifting landscape of comics today, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the industry. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW) is joined by writers Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Nailbiter) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker), Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie (Hellboy), and IDW Publishing editor in chief Chris Ryall (Zombies vs. Robots) for what promises to be the best panel on breaking in ever!

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Beyond
Room 9
Nearly thirty years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story lines of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise. Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens vs. Predator followed, with each series a hit. Now, the publisher partners with Scott again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics. With just under two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover Fire and Stone, Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie, writers Chris Roberson (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Aliens vs. Predator), and the Prometheus team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra reveal just what’s in store for this grand universe!

Friday, July 25, 2014

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Spotlight on Mike Mignola
Room 24ABC
Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Art of Video Games
Room 7AB
A lot has changed since Dark Horse first released Mass Effect: Redemption #1 back in 2010. For the first time, video game franchises found a legitimacy in comics that had been practically unheard of. With a line of video game–related comics and deluxe art books, including the best-selling The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, the publisher now works with some of the biggest studios and brands in the business. Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins and editor Dave Marshall, Neil Druckmann (Naughty Dog), Jeremy Vanhoozer (PopCap), Adam Badowski (CD Projekt RED), Nick Thornborrow (Dragon Age), and writer Paul Tobin (Plants vs. Zombies, The Witcher) for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!

6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Comic Book Entrepreneurs: The Business of Comics
Room 9
A rare behind-the-scenes look as leading pop culture entrepreneurs share the secrets of building successful pop culture businesses! J. K. Parkin from Comic Book Resources and Robot 6 moderates an inspirational talk with comiXology cofounder and CEO David Steinberger, Harvey Award–nominated cartoonist Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes), Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson, and Valiant CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani. It’s an inside look at the business side of pop culture no future comics entrepreneur can miss!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Avatar: The Last Airbender—Legend and Legacy
Room 24ABC
For over five years, the Avatar Legacy Fan Panel has proudly organized this gathering. Moderator Avatar_Mom, Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Elizabeth Furr (fan artist/Amira Ink!), Gene Luen Yang (writer/cartoonist), Angela Song Mueller (character designer), Josh Hamilton (writer), and Jessie Flower (voice actor for Toph) share stories and answer questions. Cosplayers, practice your stance for the cosplay contest! Cosplay prizes include titles from Dark Horse Comics.
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

The Whedonverse
Room 24ABC
Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the current series of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity from the series’ top talent, with Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie, Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage and cowriter and actor Nicholas Brendon, Serenity artist Georges Jeanty, and TV and comics writer Jane Espenson.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect
Room 25ABC
Mass Effect developers from the Edmonton and Montreal studios discuss what it’s like to expand on a well-established and beloved video game franchise. Panelists Carl Boulay (lead animator), Fabrice Condominas (producer), Mike Gamble (producer), Noel Lukasewich (senior artist), and Jessica Merizan (community manager) share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series. Moderated by Nerdist.com.

2:50 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Hall H
Dimension Films, in association with Aldamisa Entertainment, present exclusive footage from the highly anticipated sequel Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For from acclaimed codirectors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Fans will get to experience the Sin City universe and take part in a special discussion with Rodriguez, Miller, and members of the cast.

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo!
Room 28DE
Comic-Con special guest Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, is interviewed by Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz about the upcoming Senso miniseries, The Sakai Project, and the return of the regular Usagi series after a two-year hiatus.

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Creepy & Eerie: 21st Century Horror
Room 24ABC
A ghoulish panel of horror freaks discuss the impact and influence of the classic Warren horror titles Creepy and Eerie on modern horror creators in film, TV, and of course, comics. Some special guests will add to your discomfort as Dark Horse announces plans for the fiftieth anniversary of Creepy. Moderated by Gemstone’s J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide) and consulting editor and writer Dan Braun (Creepy). Panelists include sculptor Justin Mabry (Trick or Treat Studios), Chris Zephro (Trick or Treat Studios), and New Comic Company’s Josh Braun (Eerie). Throw in a couple of surprise Creepy artists and writers, and there’ll be quite a stew for you. Plus: awesome Creepy swag!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, the Big Screen, and Beyond
Room 24ABC
One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story is now one of the most highly anticipated films, having secured the approval of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, along with unprecedented access to the entire Beatles music catalog. Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American Idiot) introduces a series of very special guests for a discussion of The Fifth Beatle’s development and breaking news. Panel moderated by Patrick Reed (Depth of Field Magazine).

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
The Emily the Strange Panel
Room 32AB
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and his cast of Strangers for their annual panel experience and get the insider scoop on the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers, including sneak peeks at new artwork and story lines from upcoming issues. Hear some snippets of new tracks from Emily and the Strangers and see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the “Calling All Guitars” animated music video. As always, audience participation will be encouraged and perhaps enforced with plenty of rewards for being strange . . . Oh yeah, and some Q&A with updates on the feature film development. Be there or get lost!

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Dark Horse Builds Characters: Tomorrow’s Comics Today
Room 24ABC
Nearly thirty years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Now, the publisher is poised to make headlines again with some of the biggest news about new original work since Frank Miller brought Sin City to the pages of Dark Horse Presents! Join panelists for an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry! This will be the comics panel everyone will be talking about at this year’s show!

1:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
The Strain
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Get a sneak peek at the third episode of FX’s brand-new series, The Strain. In episode 3, “Gone Smooth,” Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern’s life before coming face to face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease. Written by Chuck Hogan; directed by David Semel. After the screening, join series creators Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Chuck Hogan and show runner Carlton Cuse (Lost), along with the cast members Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Ben Hyland, and Jack Kesy.

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#Annabelle Teaser Trailer Is Here

The Conjuring was a big hit last summer, so chances are many of you may already have met Annabelle, the doll featured at the start of James Wan’s creep-fest. You know she’s the most terrifying mannequin this side of Fats in Magic. Now her backstory will be explored in this prequel tale, which gets its title from her name…



Annabelle finds a young couple (Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton) preparing for the arrival of their first child. As a surprise, hubbie has tracked down the one doll the mother-to-be was seeking to complete a collection of apparently weird period figurines. Before anyone has time to wonder why this thing is appropriate for any child, we start to see that this is a truly dreadful decorative decision.

Yes, Annabelle is a demon doll, possessed by a very possessive spirit who enjoys causing chaos and killing people in a variety of horrific ways. Our heroes (and their neighbours) are going to wish they’d just gone for a regular old teddy bear or maybe a Cloud Baby…

With Alfre Woodard, Brian Howe, Eric Ladin and Michelle Romano among the cast, this one was directed by Conjuring and Insidious cinematographer John R. Leonetti.

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Kevin Feige Talks Ant-Man & Doctor Strange

Kevin Feige is the Captain of the good ship Marvel, steering a fleet of superheroes through sometimes choppy seas. But when he came into town this week to present some footage from Guardians Of The Galaxy, Empire cornered him for a podcast and asked about a couple of the studio's future films. Most importantly, we asked him about Edgar Wright's departure from Ant-Man, as well as what we can expect from Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange.

First of all, what happened on Ant-Man?

"We’ve been with Edgar for eight years. The disappointing thing for me is not being able to make a movie with him, right now; it’s just the personal relationship. It was amicable and we sat in a room together and said this isn’t working. I just wish I or he had figured that out somewhere in the eight years leading up to it.

"Well, it’s not worth, right now, going into [what the disagreements were] in super-specifics. I wish it wasn’t as late in the day as it was, but it just had become clear that there was an impasse that we had never reached before. We’ve worked with lots of unbelievable talented filmmakers like Edgar before, and of course there are disagreements along the way. We had always found a way around it, a way to battle through it and emerge on the other side with a better product. It just became clear that both of us was just being too polite over the past eight years I guess! Then it was clear that, ‘Oh you’re really not gonna stop talking about that note?’ ‘Oh, you’re really not gonna do that note?’ Alright this isn’t working.

"We’re very thick-skinned and we’re use to the second-guessing and the colour commentary during the process. We’ve done what we’ve always done, which is block it out and make the best movie possible because it always comes down to the end product. Clearly we believe that we’re on the road now with Peyton Reed to the best version of Ant-Man that could have existed."

On the less fraught subject of Doctor Strange, Feige addressed the question of whether hiring a horror director means that this will be a scary film.

"I would say you can certainly look at the past work of the filmmakers we hire as a bit of an indication for the tone of the movie, but not necessary everything. The Russos, who are well known for their sitcoms, there is nothing sitcom about The Winter Soldier! No, I wouldn’t say just because he has only done horror movies means that Doctor Strange is going to be a horror movie. It means he is a talented filmmaker who we think could add something unique and very fresh to the particular franchise. But there could be scary moments. There are scary moments in all our movies! There are some scary people that Strange has to deal with, I will say."

For much more from Feige, you can read the full transcript here

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The Last Ship, Major Crimes & Falling Skies Renewed

TNT Renews Three Summer Hits: The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Falling Skies

All Three Dramas Rank among Basic Cable's Top 5 Scripted Series So Far This Summer

Falling Skies to Wrap Up Epic Story in Fifth and Final Season

TNT has renewed three of its chart-topping summer hits: The Last Ship, Major Crimes and Falling Skies. All three dramas rank among basic cable's Top 5 scripted series this summer with total viewers and adults 25-54. They have also helped TNT score a significant lead as basic cable's #1 network in primetime for the summer-to-date.

TNT has ordered 13 episodes of The Last Ship, an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes for season four of Major Crimes. And Falling Skies will mark its fifth and final season with 10 episodes.

"TNT's refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "The Last Ship has become this summer's top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. Major Crimes continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And Falling Skies has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year's climactic final season."

The Last Ship is a blockbuster hit in its first season, not only among total viewers but also among key adult demos. The action-packed drama from executive producer Michael Bay has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery in its first season and currently ranks as basic cable's #1 scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. The show is also cable's #1 new series for the year-to-date among total viewers and adults 25-54.

Major Crimes is showing an uptick over last year, with 7 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its third season so far. It ranks second behind Rizzoli & Isles among the summer's top scripted series on basic cable. Major Crimes has also drawn key demo deliveries of 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.5 million adults 18-49.

Falling Skies has averaged more than 5.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its fourth season, including 2.5 million adults 25-54 and 2.1 million adults 18-49. It ranks behind The Last Ship and Rizzoli & Isles among basic cable's Top 3 scripted series this summer with adults 25-54.

TNT's summer success also includes Rizzoli & Isles, which ranks as basic cable's #1 scripted series this summer. The show has brought in a whopping 8.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery in its fifth season, a slight increase over its summer average last year, and ranks right behind The Last Ship as basic cable's #2 scripted series this summer with key demos. In addition, TNT's new crime-drama Murder in the First has averaged 5.0 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its first season, and Perception is averaging 4.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its third season.

TNT will continue to roll out summer dramas in August. The network will launch the highly buzzed-about drama Legends, starring Sean Bean, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). It will be followed by Franklin & Bash, which is coming back for its fourth season. And on Aug. 18, Dallas will return to continue its third season.

Complete descriptions for TNT's newly renewed series are included below. The network will announce additional summer renewals in the coming weeks.

The Last Ship – Sundays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

The Last ShipTNT's action-packed drama The Last Ship, stars Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy) and is executive-produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay (Transformers). The Last Ship opens with a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world's population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now, Captain Tom Chandler (Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors. Rhona Mitra (Strike Back) plays Rachel Scott, a strong-willed, intelligent and fearless paleomicrobiologist assigned to the ship. Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) is XO Mike Slattery, a former homicide detective and Chandler's second-in-command. Also starring in The Last Ship are Travis Van Winkle (Heart of Dixie), Charles Parnell (Pariah), Christina Elmore (Fruitvale Station), Sam Spruell (Snow White and The Huntsman) and Marissa Neitling (Leverage). Based on William Brinkley's popular novel, The Last Ship comes to TNT from Bay's Platinum Dunes and its partners, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, whose credits include the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Bay, Fuller and Form have served as executive producers, along with series co-creators Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace, The Nine) and Steven Kane (The Closer), and director Jack Bender (Lost).

Major Crimes – Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Major CrimesTelevision's favorite squad of detectives is on the case in Major Crimes, TNT's powerful crime-drama that ranks as one of basic cable's Top 5 original series. Major Crimes focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. The elite team is headed by two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert Buzz Watson, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes and Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales, with Robert Gossett as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. Graham Patrick Martin stars as Rusty Beck, the homeless teen and former material witness taken in by Captain Raydor. In addition to the main cast, Major Crimes also features recurring appearances by Jon Tenney as Agent Fritz Howard, Ransford Doherty as Coroner’s Investigator Kendall, Kathe Mazur as DDA Andrea Hobbs, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Lt. Chuck Cooper and Bill Brochtrup as Rusty's therapist, Dr. Joe Bowman. Also returning in the third season is guest star Tom Berenger as Jack Raydor, Capt. Raydor's estranged husband. Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard & Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff and Leo Geter serve as executive producers.

Falling Skies – Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Falling SkiesTNT's epic drama Falling Skies – from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg – tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader. Moon Bloodgood is Dr. Anne Glass, a pediatrician who became the survivors' primary physician and eventually fell in love with Tom. Will Patton is Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander leading the battle against the invaders. Also starring in Falling Skies are Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Colin Cunningham, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Sarah Carter, Doug Jones and Scarlett Byrne. Since premiering as basic cable's #1 new series of 2011, Falling Skies has ranked as one of the Top 20 original series on basic cable with total viewers and key adult demos. In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, along with David Eick and Greg Beeman.

About TNT

TNT is television's destination for drama. Seen in 101 million households and ranking among cable's top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies, The Last Ship, Murder in the First, Perception, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. TNT's upcoming slate of original scripted dramas includes Legends, The Librarians, Public Morals, Proof and Transporter The Series, which will make its U.S. television debut on the network this fall. TNT also features such dramatic unscripted series as Cold Justice and the upcoming On the Menu and Wake Up Call. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Hawaii Five-0, Castle, The Mentalist, Bones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

TNT is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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Open Forum Friday - June 18, 2014

Here's your chance to connect with the SJF community.
While you're welcome to comment on any movie or television thoughts you might have, here's a brief rundown of the movies released this week and Blu-rays to be released next Tuesday:

Movies
- I Origins
- Planes: Fire and Rescue
- Sex Tape
- The Purge: Anarchy
- Wish I Was Here

Blu-rays
- Sabotage
- Transcendence

Also, don't forget to listen to our weekly podcast, where we break down the major news of the week and do our giveaways.

No matter what you choose to talk about, a few ground rules: keep it nice, no ads, and no flaming.

Other than that, sound off on any movie or television thoughts you have.

Feel free to comment on any of the following:

1. What are you watching on television?
2. What's the last film you saw?
3. How can we make the podcast better?

These are just some of the questions, but again pick something movie or TV related.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Marvel's Comic Plans to Affect The Movies?

Read on to learn how Marvel's announcements mean bigger changes to the Cinematic Universe.

This week's news of major changes within Marvel Comics are potentially bigger than those when the company relauched its comic series under the new banner Marvel Now! nearly two years ago. At that time, the shifting of writers, the introduction of new lines, and the re-positioning of characters like Rocket Raccoon and The Guardians of the Galaxy made their introduction into the Cinematic Universe possible. But as news this week of shake-ups for Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man were slowly rolled out on various television talk shows, two things became very apparent.

Before getting into that, let's look at the changes themselves. On Monday, Marvel announced that Thor was losing his ability to wield Mjolnir, and that his power was being transferred to a woman. On Wednesday, The Colbert Report announced that Captain America will soon be replaced by The Falcon, as America's Hero will lose his Super Soldier abilities and be reduced to essentially an old man. Marvel will complete the transformation by introducing an Apple-tech Iron Man while embarking the character on a darker path reminiscent of his days before the suits. But as we said, such changes aren't happening just because someone at Marvel lost a bet. And while we're not ready to declare these as the only reasons, these seem the most likely.

The first lies in Marvel's desire to better align its comics and movie universes, providing what could become a unique melding of them with their television assets such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the impending series of Netflix releases. Imagine a storyline started in a MN! property, eventually showing up on AoS, and then carried into a movie. Such a move would be difficult to pass off, especially considering that so many creative hands are in the cookie jar already. Imagine three different sets of people crafting a congruent arc that all could agree on - such a scenario seems unlikely, but another one does: the arc is written by one team or one person. Spider-man writer J. Michael Strasynski is capable of doing something like this, as his comic work is equalled only by his television side as creator and penner of most of the Babylon 5 series. But while this scenario is possible (but not probable), we think a bigger issue has arisen: Marvel Studios is moving forward without its big three studio actors.

Imagine a movie universe without Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, and Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. Correct, few can and Marvel Studios knows this. Unfortunately, stories of the three either wanting more money or to divorce themselves from their respective franchises is a reality few can argue, and it seems that Marvel is moving forward without them and perhaps their versions of the characters. Their decisions to re-cast their comic versions are going to play out in the movie universe as the contracts of the big three end. Evans has already made his intention to leave acting clear (he wants to direct), and Hemsworth and RDJ have probably become too expensive (and possibly too old) to reprise their roles. Could we see Sebastian Stan as "The Bucky Cap" or current movie Falcon Anthony Mackie as "Black America?" Based on the response Marvel will get from its comic relaunch, we could see just such a change.

In the end, events like these remind us that life is ever-changing, sometimes by the hand who made them in an event to keep things fresh. Sometimes circumstances force change, and it's clear that Marvel feels the need to make changes for reasons that are not immediately available. If this is a move to bring more diversity to its characters, we applaud such a move, provided that the same care given to previous incarnations are done a proper justice. But, how fans react in these universes will drive the entire movement, especially those who consider themselves core fans. The Marvel Universe is about to get a lot bigger and in lots of ways: let's hope there's space for hardcore fans as well as previously untapped ones who could follow a black Captain America, or a female Thor. Either way, things are about to get more interesting.

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The Purge: Anarchy Review: Smart Thriller Elevates This Killfest

The Purge: Anarchy is a smart thrillride that elevates its own game.

I've spoken to you several times of the renaissance that's been occurring in horror films: once a place only for slasher and cheap scares, the genre has evolved by returning to the creation of terror and uncertainty as the engines that fuel these new machines. Films like The Conjuring and Sinister are recent examples; but The Purge: Anarchy can now happily align itself to these well-built submissions, generating plenty of terror without necessarily needing to show it.

With the ninth anniversary of The Purge - a single evening in which anyone can murder another without going to prison - about to get underway, we learn of three different groups struggling to survive it. Liz (Kiele Sanchez) and Shane (Zach Gilford) become the hunted when their car breaks down on the way home, while mother Tanya (Justina Machado) and daughter Cali (Zoë Soul) are nearly murdered before a grieving father (Frank Grillo) intervenes. He's on a Purge himself, hoping to exact revenge but doesn't consider these victims on his hit list, and thus the couples join together in a desperate effort to stay alive, with their guardian angel at the lead. But soon, the stakes for our team become higher than they can imagine, as the rules of The Purge itself evolves, leading everyone to re-evaluate the meaning of the day while facing off in a deadly final act.

Writer/Director James DeMonaco has crafted two stories within Anarchy: one of revenge for Grillo's character, the other a stinging condemnation of The Purge itself. He makes the evening both a night of terror but also one of rebellion, as residents begin to fight against The Purge by rescuing those accidentally caught up in it. This is a smart move by DeMonaco, as yet another survival/slasher fest would have yielded diminishing returns. He also adds much more depth to the event itself, including the various ways certain people (ie, the rich) entertain themselves on such a violent evening. This alternative universe - one in which murder is not only allowed but celebrated - is fascinating, as citizens constantly announce their 'right to purge' as given by the New Founding Fathers. The media campaign has followed suit, complete with themed posters and press releases celebrating the release of the film, lending a heightened sense of realism to things.

Under the hood, DeMonaco elevates his own game by eliminating the plot holes which ran the original to ground and filling the screen with plenty of likable characters. Chief among the additions is Grillo, who plays the anti-hero with a calm grace that hides a year full of suffering in an effort to prepare for his one chance at revenge. We can see the pain in his face as he prepares for his mission, then gets involved in rescuing the others, and makes a final impressive decision when it comes to eliminating his target. Grillo is adding to an already impressive resume that includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the SJF favorite The Grey. He's a star on the rise, and I hope his performance here will convince others of the same.

The remaining characters have plenty of stories to tell as well, including John Beasley as Papa Rico, whose 'services' are hired by a wealthy family and whose death will allow Eva and Cali to escape their ghetto neighborhood. Liz and Shane are dealing with their own issues Pre-Purge and this takes up a lot of the first act without slowing things down. It's these lead-ups that set the stage for a more meaningful Anarchy, including the resistance movement headed by Michael K. Williams, whom we last saw in the rebooted Robocop. His message that purging is wrong and only benefits the rich is played out quite well here, setting up an inevitable third act as more and more people fight the movement rather than joining it. There's quite a reveal early on in the film that I won't spoil, but know that it blows away the audience's impression of what The Purge actually means - this twist is just another reason why this follow-up feels so much more mature.

The Purge: Anarchy still has the fingerprints of a B-thriller/horror flick, as the masses of beaten, run-over, and otherwise desecrated bodies are plentiful. But in terms of story and characters, Anarchy is a vast improvement over the original, with a likable anti-hero and plot twist thrown in to carry this into an intriguing part 3. And let's hope there is a part 3, for the genre needs more thrillrides like this one.

The Purge: Anarchy is Rated R for strong disturbing violence, and for language and has a runtime of 103 minutes.

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Wish I Was Here Review: Touching Kickstarter Fails to Break New Ground

Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here is nothing but typical thirty-something Kickstarter dramedy.

In the world of Hollywood, it seems that certain genres fall all too easily into something equal to a time loop, their stories rehashed for a new group of unsuspecting moviegoers until they realize only later that their newest love is really a distributive of something much better. Such is the case with Zach Braff's dramedy Wish I Was Here, a film with potential but condemned to all the tropes of its much better predecessors.

Struggling actor Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is tired: unable to land a role after starring as the 'Before' guy on a dandruff commercial, he's unsure of himself and the direction his career is headed. His wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) is in a similar rut, imputing data at her boring job with the water service, while Aidan's father Gabe (Mandy Patinkin) has been paying the tuition to keep his granchildren (Joey King and Pierce Gagnon) enrolled at a local Jewish school. That all changes when he learns that his cancer has returned, sparking an emotional reaction from Aidan and feigned indifference from his estranged brother (Josh Gad) who's been living in a trailer since their mother died. Faced with his father's impending death and the home schooling of his children, Aidan must either forge bold new ground in his life or be rolled over by events he seemingly cannot control.

Braff assembles a great cast, including Joey King who looks more and more these days like Rachel Weisz. King, Gad, and Braff enjoy good chemistry, keeping the ship afloat even as the story begins to wander early in the second act. Hudson and Patinkin have their moments as well, eventually connecting as Gabe's life begins to ebb. Parsons is only around for a few scenes, but his presence is both perfect for Wish and shows that he may never escape Sheldon Cooper. His appearance represents a lost opportunity for cameo credit. And while this deep cast delivers good performances, Wish doesn't break new comedic ground, settling instead into the drama portion right on time after a funny (but typically Judd Apatow/Cameron Crowe) 30 minutes.

The problem with Wish lies not in its wholesale carving up of previous tear-jerkers This is 40 and Say Anything, but its slow-developing plot sticks around for longer than it should. Blame for this shouldn't just lie upon the shoulders of fellow Garden State alum Myron I. Kerstein but on Braff the Director. He's technically proficient, and this certainly doesn't feel like a $6 million production, its supple aspects courtesy of Cinematographer Lawrence Sher; but any effort to trim the story doesn't feel like it's enough, meandering through a funny first act that suddenly becomes too serious after a rather raucous opening. Audiences will notice all the tropes at play: the long goodbye from dad, the regret of not connecting with parents before their untimely ends, and the promise that parents will do better by their children. Yet with these errors, it's clear Braff has a following: his Kickstarter posse made Wish possible, and if there's anything positive to be taken from this experience, it's that an army of loyal followers can now bring almost any idea to a theater near you (see Veronica Mars).

With all the explosions and time travel Science Fiction for us to enjoy this summer, it will be hard for Wish I Was Here to find an audience beyond its 46,520 Kickstarter fans, its quirky nature often feeling too long in the tooth. A victim of its own goodwill, the film is one serious edit away from being the dramedy breakout hit of the summer. Instead, its core fans will have to wonder what might have been, as this reeks like Judd Apatow dropped a deuce at the door and lit it on fire for Braff to polish up.

Wish I Was Here is rated R for language and some sexual content and has a runtime of 120 minutes.

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Sex Tape Review: Overly Sexual, Rude, Vulgar, and Absolutely Hilarious

The raunchy Sex Tape will divide audiences and critics, but who cares?
Sex Tape suggests a growing practice among loving partners: that of making a raunchy testament of their escapades for posterity. But what happens when that evidence gets seen by friends, neighbors, and even the mailman? This is the plot that pits Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) in an effort to secure every iPad gift Jay has given, his record company playlists being the envy of the recipients, but which has also inadvertently spread the video to every device. The reason for the act - termed in the movie as pulling "the full Lincoln" for its three-hour length - stems from the couple's non-existent social life, brought on by the constant demands of their children. The couple has a lot to lose: a burgeoning business relationship between Annie and Hank (Rob Lowe) could end if the iPad she's given to Hank exposes the video, and so the couple sets out to reclaim and wipe the incriminating evidence As the night drags on, Annie and Jay enlist the help of a fellow couple (Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper), leading them all to a night they'll never forget.

Sex Tape contains the requisite swearing and of course the nudity - both Diaz and Segel show their rears off equally - but it's the moments in which the couple find themselves securing the iPads that are the most memorable. A visit to Hank's house reveals his creepy alternative lifestyle, while the appearance of a dastardly plan to upload the video to PornTube launches a plot twist and hilarious cameo. Writers Kate Angelo and Segel leave no stone unturned, even explaining to the audience how such videos could have been remote deleted without the couple having to trek outdoors to do it themselves. I appreciated this addition, as it creates a "WTF" moment that arrives just in time for us tech heads. It also adds another layer to the comedy, demonstrating just how disconnected Jay has become with his technology. Diaz and Segel play off each other quite well, even though there's nearly a 10-year gap between them in real years. We don't get to see such cradle-robbing by women in films these days, and so I wonder if both of our leads were originally destined to portray their roles, instead replacing some other actor after a last-minute bow-out.

But if Sex Tape has any real issue it's the pacing which feels way longer than its 94-minute runtime suggests. The ending seems to arrive many times before actually ending with segments from the wild sex tape, which actually helps the film end on a higher note. Despite this, Director Jake Kasdan lets his cast run outside the borders of the script, turning in several very good ad-libbed scenes including the best one with the previously mentioned cameo. Segel is building an impressive resume of films that span The Muppets to I Love You, Man, reminding us that television actors can find great success in Hollywood. Diaz looks great as she frolics in her birthday suit, but she's also recaptured the comedy of There's Something About Mary without directly repeating that role, her maturity as an actress allowing her to mix over-the-top sex acts with terrific one-liners.

But this isn't a perfect movie, and as I've said there's a pacing problem throughout that probably won't be on anyone's radar except for the critics who are already slaying it. Too bad: for what it is, Sex Tape is a terrific romp through the taboo subject of sex and pornography, subjects that affect every couple as they seek to add spice to their relationship.

In a year with several strong contenders for best comedy - including Neighbors and 22 Jump Street - Sex Tape might be the best of the lot. It's not the most balanced story, but its raunch and general good times streaks ahead of anything I've seen this year. Its wild risk-taking pays off throughout, and will hopefully leave you in stitches as much as it did me. Be warned: this one is not for the chaste.

Sex Tape is rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use and has a runtime of 94 minutes.

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Veronica Roth Signing At Comic-Con 2014 And Panel Information

Veronica Roth will be having a signing on Friday 25th and it will happen at the HarperCollins booth (#1029) on the Exhibit Hall between 10:30a and 11:30a. It will be a ticketed event, and tickets are available with a purchase of FOUR at the HarperCollins booth..

Here is her panel information.

GET INSPIRED WITH VERONICA ROTH
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Room: 25ABCHCCB

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TV Review: Tyrant “Sins of the Father"

TV Review: Tyrant “Sins of the Father"
By: Brandon Wolfe

After a moment of modest promise last week, ‘Tyrant’ is back to its usual floundering about. The series remains as clumsy as ever while telling stories it believes to be compelling but that land with a resounding thud. “Sins of the Father” even begins with a thud, in a flashback to Bassam’s college days, where he arrives at his dorm room to find that it has been besmirched with graffiti and news clippings decrying a gas-attack massacre initiated by his father. This sequence is a microcosm of how inept ‘Tyrant’ is, for not only is it set to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears, a song choice insultingly on-the-nose both in its lyrics and in its “hey, it’s the ‘80s!” era evocation, but it’s also a bungle in terms of basic numbers, since we’re told in the present day that the 20th anniversary of this attack is now occurring, which would have placed Bassam’s college experience in 1994. Add math to the list of things the ‘Tyrant’ crew can’t do.


When a desperate man sets himself on fire in an act of protest against the Al-Fayeed empire on the eve of the anniversary of the attacks, it sets off a large-scale demonstration of rebellious Abuddin citizens, whose ire is further stoked by the recently released insurgent Ihab Rashid. While General Tariq implores Jamal to take immediate, decisive action to neutralize this uprising, Bassam advises his brother to attempt to become a man of the people rather than a monster like their father and engage the masses directly, with words rather than bullets. When Jamal attempts to do just that, his limo is attacked as the protesters burn him in effigy, forcing him to flee the scene. Jamal now believes that an armed response is his best solution, but Bassam, still attempting to impose civility in a land that has never known it, keeps lobbying his brother to do the right thing. And then the episode abruptly ends without resolution, so unwarrantedly certain is ‘Tyrant’ that this scintillating predicament has gotten its hooks into you.

The week’s other subplot falls to the characters’ children, with Sammy and Emma reluctantly joining their cousin Ahmed at a local club. This thread mostly exists to further the budding, star-crossed relationship between Sammy and Abdul, the son of a member of the Al-Fayeed security team, a romance that the show still seems convinced is amounting to something more than it is. Beyond that, we just get the one-note Ahmed acting like an entitled jerk while the equally one-note Emma chastises him for not caring about the human-rights dilemma in his own country. Emma’s character could potentially work as a sort of moral compass in this world, but the way she’s written makes her come off like an obnoxious scold, an unlikable version of Lisa Simpson.

The dialogue is yet another thing that ‘Tyrant’ struggles with. The writing sounds very much like writing, and the tortured, overwritten English rolling off the Abuddin peoples’ tongues makes it come across even more awkward. At one point, Jamal comments on a diffusion plan for the uprising by saying “It all sounds so antiseptic,” which is a turn of phrase that literally no one could make sound natural, but particularly not him. Plus, we are also treated to such howlers as “Your tongue is your horse. If you let it loose, it will be betray you” and “You’re just gonna blow me then blow me off?” The show’s inability to write a single line of dialogue that sounds like anything a human being might actually say is a huge problem.

‘Tyrant’ operates as such full-stop melodrama that it remains easy enough to sit through despite its many failures. But any hope that the series will evolve into something approaching greatness, something worthy of standing alongside its FX peers, is evaporating rather quickly.

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Official #WBSDCC Comic-Con Bags

The bags are back! Comic-Con 2014 attendees hoping for a colorful and commemorative keepsake bag to hold their best swag are once again in luck. For the fifth year running, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking it at the Con. The highly coveted bag, which can also be worn conveniently as a backpack, has been called a “must-have” by Variety and Comic-Con’s “ubiquitous accessory” by Entertainment Weekly. See for yourself, after the jump.


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@HerculesMovie Featurette Armed For Battle

Dwayne Johnson and the cast of HERCULES prepare for battle

Learn how each actor honed a unique fighting style for their character's weapon of choice



Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics’ Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award®-nominee John Hurt.
HERCULES in theaters July 25th

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Ouija Trailer Is Here

Transformers or the Ouija Board: which is the greater of these evils? What you might not know is that both are owned by Hasbro. Weirdly, despite its sinister reputation and its ancient origins as something supposedly genuine, the version of the Ouija Board most people know today is actually a variant of a commercial board game. That's why the toy company is involved in Ouija, the new teen horror from first-time director Stiles White. Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, Bates Motel) stars, and the first trailer has just arrived, by medium of an independently ambulatory glass with poor spelling.



See that "From the producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" line? That's the 2003 remake we're talking about, rather than the Tobe Hooper classic. The producer in question is a certain Michael Bay, working under his Platinum Dunes banner. The ubiquitous Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister, Paranormal Activity, The Purge and so on) is also on the roster.

Back when first announced in 2009, Ouija's writers were Tron: Legacy's Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Those days are long gone, however, and the screenplay now comes courtesy of director White himself and his regular writing partner Juliet Snowdon. The pair previously collaborated on Boogeyman, Knowing and The Possession.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy: "Star Lord" Featurette

In this new featurette for Guardians Of The Galaxy "Peter Quill" AKA "Star Lord" takes the stage.



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

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

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#JESSEOWENS BIOPIC "RACE" ACQUIRED BY FOCUS FEATURES

FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES U.S. DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO JESSE OWENS BIOPIC RACE

Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the drama Race. Jason Sudeikis is joining fellow cast member, Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons, in the spectacular true story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens, who will be portrayed by rising star Stephan James. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling worldwide sales on Race.

Race, to be directed by Emmy® Award winner Stephen Hopkins, begins principal photography on July 24th in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where the real-life hero won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals in 1936. The new film has the support of the Owens family, the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust and the Luminary Group.

Race is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. Race is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

Sudeikis will star as Owens’ obsessive coach and mentor Larry Snyder, who, after a prestigious track career himself, became a coach at Ohio State University. Snyder coached athletes who set 14 world records and won eight Olympic gold medals.

Irons will portray Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin.

Race is written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. The movie is produced by Jean Charles Lévy for Forecast Pictures, Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Stephen Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin for Canada’s Solofilms, and Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok for Germany’s Trinity Race GmbH.

Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel commented, “We are proud to be the U.S. distributor of the inspirational story of Jesse Owens – a sports hero who exemplified perseverance, courage and grace, and whose story will resonate with audiences of all generations.”

Hopkins said, “I'm excited we've assembled such an impressive cast to tell this extraordinary story. Stephen James is an amazing discovery, a rare star-in-the-making, who has the charisma and talent to embody the incredible spirit of Jesse Owens. We are also excited to have Jason Sudeikis, an actor of extraordinary talent, in his first big-screen dramatic role. Together they will recreate the chemistry and life-long friendship of Jesse Owens and his young, maverick coach Larry Snyder - who challenged not only the Olympic committee but the Nazis themselves. We're also lucky enough to have Jeremy Irons, playing the controversial head of the Olympic committee, Avery Brundage.”

Mister Smith Entertainment CEO David Garrett added, “This was a story waiting to be made for nearly 80 years. The production team have done an incredible job of bringing this all together and we are thrilled to be partnered with Focus as they have shown real passion and vision for the project.”

The film’s executive producers include Christopher Charlier, Ben Grass, Scott Kennedy, Bonnie Timmermann, George Acogny, Nicolas Manuel, Jonathan Bronfman, and Al Munteanu. Square One, which is also distributing the film in Germany, is a co-producer on the film. eOne is distributing Race in Canada.

Former Saturday Night Live standout, Sudeikis starred in last summer’s hit We’re The Millers and now is filming the male lead in the Leslye Headland-helmed Sleeping With Other People. He is also working alongside Zach Galafianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig in the Jared Hess-directed heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo. Sudeikis just finished starring opposite Rebecca Hall in the indie romantic feature Tumbledown, and he also is reprising his role in Horrible Bosses 2, which is set for release this Thanksgiving weekend.

Irons won the Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. This fall he will also film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice playing the role of Alfred Pennyworth.

James, currently filming the Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma, next month stars in When the Game Stands Tall, with Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, and Michael Chiklis.

Hopkins’ previous features include The Ghost and The Darkness, Under Suspicion and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, which competed for a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and won Hopkins an Emmy Award for Best Director.

Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Stephen Hopkins, Anna Waterhouse, and Joe Shrapnel are represented by CAA. Sudeikis is also represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Stephan James is represented by Innovative Artists and Noble Caplan Abrams.

Mister Smith Entertainment concluded the US sale with Focus Features and handled international sales on the project.

About Focus Features
Focus Features (www.focusfeatures.com) makes, acquires, and releases movies from rising and established talent and filmmakers. The company is moving forward with a diverse slate of nine to eleven films a year, with most being wide releases appealing to a range of moviegoers. Staying true to the company's roots, the slate will also include several specialty films each year.

Upcoming Focus Features films include Wish I Was Here, a comedy directed by Zach Braff which also stars Braff along with Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin; The Boxtrolls, the new family event movie from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, and Tracy Morgan; the true-life dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner; and The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne, as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, along with Felicity Jones.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Forecast Pictures
Forecast Pictures’ latest credits include Lullaby For Pi (2009) which stars Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland, Bird), Rupert Friend (Cheri, The Libertine). Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter, In Bruges) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”); Faces in the Crowd starring Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, Nikita) and Julian McMahon (“Niptuck,” Red);The Tall Man, directed by Pascal Laugier and starring Jessica Biel (Valentine’s Day, Total Recall) and Love Punch. Shot in the UK and France, Love Punch is a romantic comedy directed by Joel Hopkins starring Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie, which premiered at the recent 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released worldwide in 2014. As a former TF1 International executive, Jean Charles Lévy has financed and produced numerous films including Far From Heaven, The Contender and Under Suspicion. This year, outside of his Forecast Pictures’ role, he executive produced Angriest Man In Brooklyn.

In addition to Race, Forecast Pictures' slate for 2014 includes Lockerbie, a feature film based on Jim Swire's biography - the life-long struggle of a father to find out the truth about who is really guilty of the death of his daughter in the 1988 terrorist attack of Pan Am flight 103. Forecast Pictures is also developing, with French-studio SND, two English-speaking action movies for production in 2014, as well as Pascal Laugier's new film to be co-produced with French-based Clément Miserez of Radar Films.


About Mister Smith Entertainment
Led by CEO David Garrett, Mister Smith Entertainment (MSE) launched in May 2012. The company is involved in the financing, co-financing and licensing of high-quality mainstream feature films and filmmaker driven movies for the global market, and is a joint venture between Garrett and Constantin Film. The current MSE film slate includes Inimitable Pictures’ Imagine, Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut starring Academy Award® winners Al Pacino, and Christopher Plummer, Award winning actresses Annette Bening and Jennifer Garner and Emmy award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale; Forecast Pictures’ biopic Race, about Olympic athlete Jesse Owens; and The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe’s directorial debut starring Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion, To The Wonder) and Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard); Constantin Film’s romantic comedy Love, Rosie, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), directed by Christian Ditter (Wickie and the Treasure of the Gods, French for Beginners) from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls) based on the best-selling novel “Where Rainbows End” by internationally renowned author Cecelia Ahern. MSE also represents DreamWorks Studios films for Europe, the Middle East and Africa which includes the upcoming film The Hundred-Food Journey directed by Lasse Hallström starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and the recent release of Need For Speed starring Golden Globe nominee and Emmy-winning actor Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, directed by Scott Waugh.

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