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July 2014 Box Office Bleeds Red

July 2014 was a dismal month for the box office. The domestic numbers are in for July 2014, and they're not good. According to our friends at BoxOficeMojo.com, the domestic box office for July totaled a paltry $966 million, which is down 30 percent from last July. The site also reported that this marks the first time since 2002 in which a July fell short of selling $1 billion in tickets.

No matter how you cut it, no month has seen such a falloff year-to-year since January 2011, when the market dropped 29 percent. That was due entirely to the 2010 release of the mammoth Avatar. Yet, news like this isn't exactly a surprise, considering that few films last month peaked our interest, as we lamented in our July Preview post. Apparently, audiences felt the same, staying away in droves almost as soon as the July 4th weekend began.

The writing was on the wall as far back as June 27th, when Transformers: Age of Extinction was released, experiencing a massive $100m opening …

JON STEWART’S "ROSEWATER" Release Date Announced

OPEN ROAD FILMS WILL RELEASE JON STEWART’S ROSEWATER ON NOVEMBER 7, 2014 IN SELECT THEATERS

Open Road Films will release ROSEWATER – written for the screen and directed by Jon Stewart – in select theaters on November 7, 2014.

The feature film ROSEWATER is based on the New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of The Daily Show host and anchor Jon Stewart, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, leading an international cast. ROSEWATER is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShane serving as executive producers.

ROSEWATER follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent pr…

OFFICIAL POSTER FOR BEYOND THE LIGHTS

Relativity Studios has just released the OFFICIAL POSTER for the upcoming movie, BEYOND THE LIGHTS. Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), BEYOND THE LIGHTS stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Richard Colson Baker (“MGK”) and Danny Glover.



BEYOND THE LIGHTS is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new award-winning artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?

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Classic Monsters To Appear In Godzilla 2

After this summer's reboot of Godzilla scared up an impressive $491 million worldwide, a sequel seemed assured … until Star Wars came calling. "Unfortunately, our director Gareth Edwards is locked up in a galaxy far, far away," said Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull let us know at Comic-Con. Indeed, after Edwards was selected to helm one of the coming Star Wars spinoffs, Hollywood wondered whether Legendary would press on with a new Godzilla film without him … but in a special video message from Edwards that just played at Hall H, the director thanked fans for their support and revealed, "It means we get to make another one. I'll be back to do Godzilla 2."

And what might we see in the sequel? Tull showed another new video, reminiscent of Godzilla's opening-credits sequence, when three monsters turn up in classified footage: Godzilla's famous foes Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah. "There is still one secret that remains hidden," teased the tr…

Original Short Series Of The Muppets Now On Disney Movies Anywhere Now

Disney Movies Anywhere Debuts an All-New Original Shorts Series “Disney Drive-On with The Muppets"

Exclusively Available on Disney Movies Anywhere for a Limited Time Beginning Today, August 1, 2014



In celebration of the home entertainment release for Muppets Most Wanted, Disney Movie Anywhere (DMA) is debuting a six-part original series called “Disney Drive-On with The Muppets” for a limited time beginning August 1, 2014. With two new episodes releasing each Friday, "Disney Drive-On with The Muppets" brings you everything you've come to love and expect from The Muppets, including special celebrity cameos! Be sure to visit the Discover Section within DMA each week to view new episodes of the series at www.DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com.

After being left in charge of the Muppets’ office by Kermit, Pepe the King Prawn takes on the responsibility of “mentoring” Walter on the business of Hollywood. Still considered the “new guy” with the Muppets, Walter is given low-level job…

MALEFICENT Arrives On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere On November 4th!

Academy Award®-Winner Angelina Jolie transforms into one of Disney's greatest villains in MALEFICENT, coming to Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand November 4th! This wickedly fun twist on the classic "Sleeping Beauty" comes with spellbinding bonus features including: deleted scenes, "Building An Epic Battle," the meticulous detail that went into creating Maleficent's elaborate head wraps in "Classic Couture" and more!

DISNEY’S GREATEST VILLAIN COMES TO LIFE IN THE WICKEDLY FUN, FANTASY ADVENTURE STARRING ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER ANGELINA JOLIE

DISNEY’S “MALEFICENT” Arrives On Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD & On-Demand Nov. 4, 2014!

Disney’s most iconic villain “MALEFICENT” comes to life for all to own, November 4, 2014. Starring Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress, “Girl, Interrupted,” 2000) as Maleficent, this wickedly fun …

Trailer For SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

SpongeBob SquarePants, marine superhero and unofficial seventh Avenger, has a new movie coming out and, like all good movies, it’s got a trailer to share.



Leaping... okay, inching slowing onto the superhero bandwagon, SpongeBob and his pals become superpowered in this second Spongemovie. Loosely speaking, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out Of Water sees SpongeBob and his pals pursuing a stolen book into our world where they must tackle the pirate (Antonio Banderas) who has pinched it. The trailer has some amusing visual gags and its own lunatic charm, but it definitely helps if you’re either under 10 or really drunk*. Preferably not both.

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All The Marvel Easter Eggs In One Video

Before Marvel Studios came along, Easter eggs — or small lines or visual cues that are included in movies as nods to fans in the know — were few and unimportant. Stan Lee got his “Spider-Man” cameos, Wolverine joked that his suit wasn’t “yellow spandex,” and Lou Ferrigno was seen briefly in “Hulk.”

But with the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with “Iron Man” all the way through its newest release, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Easter eggs have become an art. Sure, sometimes they’re still similar to the old ones — after all, Stan Lee still has had cameos in every MCU movie so far — but Marvel was the first studio to really ask its fans to rewatch, slow down, and magnify its movies to find all the secrets within, secrets which could be integral to the plot of future movies.

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Captain America’s shield can be found in the first “Iron Man,” which at the time seemed like a throwaway, until we realized that Tony Stark’s dad w…

Deadpool Test Footage Clip

While the Deadpool movie appears to be still unable to find a strong foothold at 20th Century Fox, it has been in development for years. Thanks to director Tim Miller, the Merc With A Mouth got closer than other attempts. Along with Blur Studios, he created a short piece of test footage to show how Deadpool might work on screen. A snippet of that leaked recently, but now Miller and co. have officially put it online.

Featuring voice and mo-cap contributions from Ryan Reynolds – who has been trying to push the movie forward for years since playing a less-than-successful version of Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – it’s a violent, funny, thrilling piece of 'what if?' filmmaking, one that is almost certain to delight those hoping for a snarktastic, fourth-wall shattering, R-rated take on the wise-cracking superhero.

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DEADPOOL Movie Test Footage SDCC 2014 Blur...by burasu

Back in 2013, Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who wo…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @the100ftJourney In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY on August 5th at 7:30PM in Sacramento.


In “THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @the100ftJourney In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY on August 5th at 7:30PM in San Francisco.


In “THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriou…

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @the100ftJourney In San Jose

Win Tickets To An Advance For THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY on August 5th at 7:30PM in San Jose.


In “THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously …

#IfIStayTour Comes To San Francisco With @ChloeGMoretz & Gayle Forman

Come meet Chloë Grace Moretz (actress) and Gayle Forman (author) will be at Hillsdale Shopping Center on behalf of Warner Bros. upcoming release, IF I STAY. The event will take place August 7th from 5-6:15 PM

They will be signing postcards and we will be raffling of free prizes such as an iPad mini, VIP seating at a screening, and more!



Adapted from Gayle Forman’s 2009 bestseller, the film stars Chloe Moretz as Mia Hall, a young music prodigy who is experiencing her first taste of love with rocker Adam (Jamie Blackley). Wavering between her Julliard ambitions and her blossoming personal life, Mia is cast into an even more difficult situation when a devastating car crash kills her parents (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) and leaves her in a coma.

Caught between life and death in a limbo state, Mia must choose between fighting to live in a world where she’ll face tragedy and passing on to a presumably peaceful death. The film itself has survived a period in limbo, originally set up b…

Get On Up Review. Rousing Delight Simply Due To Boseman’s Performance

Review By Brandon Wolfe

Our first glimpse of soul legend James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) is not a favorable one. In Augusta in 1988, a disheveled Brown pulls into a strip mall’s parking lot in a rickety pickup truck and enters a dreary business office that he owns. A seminar of some sort is being held inside and Brown notices that his private bathroom has been used by one of the attendees.


He then proceeds to return to his truck to retrieve a shotgun, which he brandishes at the terrified drones, forcing them to dive out of their folding chairs in abject fear. Accidentally firing off a shot into the ceiling, Brown demands to know which among them relieved his or herself in his personal washroom before ascertaining the culprit, a tearful older woman. Brown ultimately decides to let the whole thing slide, but not before police sirens cry out in the distance. Clearly we are not catching the Godfather of Soul on his best day.



‘Get On Up’, the new biopic from Tate Taylor, director of ‘The H…

THE EXPENDABLES 3 Final Trailer

This summer is about to get explosive…on AUGUST 15th, see how much fun the ultimate action team has as they battle against the evil Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) in Lionsgate's upcoming film, THE EXPENDABLES 3! With the film only two weeks away, we have a BRAND NEW final trailer to feed your action-packed appetite!



THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes your favorite action heroes - Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …and a new generation of badasses - Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be in theaters everywhere on AUGUST 15, 2014!

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Open Forum Friday: August 1, 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
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Get On Up
- Calvary

Blu-rays
- Need for Speed
- Oculus
- Divergent

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.

Happy posting!

Calvary Review: Quirky Dark Comedy Asks Tough Questions

Brendan Gleeson shines in this unconventionally-funny-serious-soulful film. I've always loved Actor Brendan Gleeson, his huge presence a startling contradiction to the small roles which have filled his terrific career. With Director John Michael McDonaugh's Calvary, Gleeson gets to spread his wings: the results might have Oscar written on them.

For parent-turned-Father James Lavelle (Gleeson), life in his small town soon takes a drastic turn, as he's threatened by an unknown man during confession. The victim seeks revenge for being being molested by a priest years ago, and Father Levelle becomes the target. But who in his small town would make such a threat? There’s the butcher (Chris O’Dowd) who is suspected of beating his slut-wife (Orla O’Rourke) and her Ivorian-immigrant lover (Isaach De Bankole), as well as the sexually-frustrated Milo (Killian Scott) and the crotchety old American writer (M. Emmet Walsh), who's hell-bent on taking his life before dementia …

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @the100ftJourney In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance For THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY on August 5th at 7:30PM in Fresno.


In “THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously de…

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Misses Marvel's Bigger Picture

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy takes too many liberties and makes too much fun to be truly great.
Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead

Walk up to anyone on the street and ask them if they're planning to see Guardians of the Galaxy, and you'll get the litany of responses. In fact, it's one of those films that either brings joy to one's face or crinkles of concern as to its premise. Who could blame the naysayers: the idea of a talking raccoon and a giant tree as major characters is bold to be sure Perhaps the riskiest movie from Marvel Studios to date - and one of the riskiest of the year - Guardians is a hefty helping of explosions, cheap one-liners, and pretty moments. And while many of those moments are pretty and pretty funny, it misses a great chance to properly introduce a universe teaming with heroes (and villains) far stronger than The Avengers.


Terran Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a roguish sort who's been snatched from Earth and has lived most of his li…

@ChefTheFilm on Blu-ray September 30th

JON FAVREAU DIRECTS AND STARS IN A DELICIOUS COMEDY FEATURING SCARLETT JOHANSSON, ROBERT DOWNEY JR., JOHN LEGUIZAMO, SOFIA VERGARA, OLIVER PLATT AND TWO-TIME OSCAR®-WINNER DUSTIN HOFFMAN

AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK DVD, DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™ ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

A disenchanted master chef reclaims his love for cooking and his family during a rollicking road trip through some of America’s most mouthwatering food destinations in Chef, coming to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD with UltravioletTM on September 30, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Writer, director, actor Jon Favreau (director Iron Man, Elf) stars in this heartwarming comedy with something on the menu for everyone. The Chef Blu-rayTM Combo Pack include uproarious deleted scenes, as well as feature commentary from Favreau and the film’s technical advisor and co-producer, food-truck pioneer Roy Choi.

An online feud with an influential food critic (Oliver Platt) and a creative disagreemen…