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Saturday, October 11, 2014

What Is Box Office Mojo and Why Should You Care? (UPDATED)

Here's why the site's disappearance for several days was so important to the Internet.
There was a time when nerds like us at SJF would have to open a newspaper to see who won the weekend box office battle. But all that changed when Box Office Mojo came to town. A site that brought tears to OCD's and movie finance buffs alike, BOM was like a Mecca for the numbers behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Curious who was the box office champ in the Summer of 1998? BOM. Wanted to compare Tom Cruise opening weekends to see if the actor's stock had fallen? BOM.

In 2008, it was bought by another movie site IMDB, who in turn is owned by your friends at Amazon. During that time, not much changed - the site continued to let the numbers do the talking. But its disappearance from the Web this week - and its subsequent return with no explanation from IMDB - has left us to ponder much bigger questions about its future.


The event took the entire Internet by surprise: one day it was there, the next wrapped into IMDB. As a result, Twitter came alive denouncing the move, perhaps forcing the company to change their minds on Sunday to turn the site the back on. And with these moves come speculation: is BOM eventually moving to a pay site? If that's the case, where will fans get their weekly (free) fix of box office data before it reaches more commercial sites to be scrubbed and packaged for the masses?

Only time will tell if the move back to the living is permanent or the beginning of a new pay structure, something which seems to be a trend at the place where free and information used to congregate. Should that happen, it's likely another site will take its place, as IMDB's Pro version only seems to be utilized by people in the entertainment industry; Box Office Mojo is used by just about any person who loves movies. That makes it a commodity whose value to the 'Net is almost immeasurable. Perhaps its owners should think twice next time about removing such treasure until they understand its true value to the people.

If you have any doubt about this, try like-minded sites like boxoffice.com and the-numbers.com - both are decent by unfulfilling alternatives. For now, the site that was founded in 1999 by Brandon Gray and sold to IMDB in 2008 is back but its future is uncertain.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #JOHNWICK In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance For JOHN WICK on 10/22/2014 at 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".


The film stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, with Ian McShane, with John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #JOHNWICK In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance For JOHN WICK on 10/22/2014 at 7:30 PM in San Francisco.


An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".


The film stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, with Ian McShane, with John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #JOHNWICK In Honolulu

Win Tickets To An Advance For JOHN WICK on 10/22/2014 at 7:30 PM in Honolulu.


An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".


The film stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, with Ian McShane, with John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #JOHNWICK In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance For JOHN WICK on 10/22/2014 at 7:30 PM in Santa Clara.


An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".


The film stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, with Ian McShane, with John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe.


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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Review. Uplifting & Optimistic Family Movie

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Review

I want to thank RAMA for reviewing the film. Make sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


What’s awesome about this film is that it’s got everything I hoped to see in a Disney family movie, and it’s been a while since the last time Disney gave us a fun, heartwarming live action family movie, so it’s nice to have that back. Although I’ve never read Judith Viorst’s classic beloved book, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, has become one of my favorite this year, this movie makes me love my family even more.



The story is about this family, the Coopers, who seems to have everything going well for them. The dad (Steve Carell) has been out of the job for seven months but he’s finally getting an interview, the mom (Jennifer Garner) has a prospect of potentially becoming her company’s VP, the daughter (Kerris Dorsey) is an aspiring actress in her school and is set to play her most coveted role yet, Peter Pan. The big bro, oldest son, (Dylan Minnette) will be getting his driver’s license soon, and is going to prom with one of the most beautiful girls in his high school. And even baby Trevor’s life is all well as long as he has his bumblebee pacifier. But one kid, the youngest son, Alexander, doesn’t share the same good days that the rest of his family is enjoying. So on his birthday, he makes a wish for his family to understand what he’s going through, and they’re about to.



The humor in ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, although it can go extreme and outrageous at times, to me, it’s no different than laughing at an anvil being dropped on Wild E. Coyote. Director Migues Arteta makes sure that with every crash, every burn, every single thing that could go wrong with the Coopers’ day, that it never goes overboard, that it never turns into some kind of lash out fest where everybody hates each other. Sure they’ll blame each other but that’s as far as it goes, so even if some of the tone or the direction may have been loosely inspired by John Hughes movies, the tone or even the self-realization doesn’t get as heavy and deep, because it keeps itself Disney and that’s ultimately what we Disney fans and families with kids want when we come out to see and enjoy movies like this. I think what makes it even more fun is that all the actors including Steve and Jennifer, are up for anything, they’re ready to too look their silliest just for the sake of giving us the Coopers’ horrible day. ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY is an uplifting and optimistic family movie that we can all need from time to time.

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#NYCC Day 1 Social Media Wrap Up

Here is some insight Social Media Wrap Up  from NYCC Day 1.

Day 1 of New York Comic Con started with a bang, as Walt Disney Studios brought the biggest surprise of the day in the form of newly married George Clooney’s appearance at the Tomorrowland panel. Clooney’s appearance was a big buzz winner for the film, as the actor alone generated 11,496 mentions and no doubt helped to ensure Tomorrowland was the most buzzed about property of the day. Tomorrowland’s first teaser trailer also debuted at the panel and was soon available online for audiences outside of New York to enjoy. The film enjoyed the largest Intent-to-View conversation with 4,459 mentions. Disney’s other panel for Marvel animation Big Hero Six was also a big winner with 13,521 mentions and 4,155 ITV mentions. The TV winner of the day was, unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones. Actors Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) were on hand to lead a fan forum where they discussed their characters and sparred with audience members on the topic of Game of Thrones fan theories. The fan forum, alongside announcements about new merchandise from the show, helped to ensure the show generated 17,588 mentions and 2,271 ITV mentions. Walt Disney Studios was the big studio share of voice winner, with Tomorrowland and Big Hero Six’s strong buzz ensuring 43% share of voice. Warner Brothers also did well on day 1 thanks to special screenings of The 100’s second season premiere and the series premiere of their hot new show Constantine.

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Win Tickets To See ONE DIRECTION Where We Are THE CONCERT EVENT In Sacramento

Win Tickets To ONE DIRECTION Where We Are THE CONCERT EVENT! on October 13th at 12:55PM.


Fathom Events, Arts Alliance and Columbia Music invite you to experience global pop superstars, One Direction, on the big screen when ONE DIRECTION Where We Are THE CONCERT EVENT! comes to cinemas nationwide in an epic music event on Saturday, October 11 thru October 13. Join Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis on their sell-out world tour for the full One Direction concert experience. Recorded at the iconic San Siro stadium in Milan, this event offers the chance to experience the full concert captured live, featuring all of One Direction’s biggest hits from What Makes You Beautiful to Story of My Life. Before the event, fans will also get the chance to go behind the scenes with a 15 minute never before seen interview with the band cut with exclusive backstage tour footage.


Official Website: http://www.1dconcertfilm.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/onedirectionmusic


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Release: In Cinema 11th thru 13th October 2014
DVD: 1st December 2014
Run Time: 75 minute exclusive concert footage
15 minute unseen backstage tour footage and interview with the band

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Two New Clips From #JOHNWICK

Two new clips from JOHN WICK.

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre”.

"Afraid"


“Don’t Set Him Off”


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A MERRY FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS Trailer Starring Robin Williams & Joel McHale

A Merry Friggin' Christmas follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) as they spend a dreaded Chrismas with Boyd's father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son's gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

The feature debut of British TV director Tristram Shapeero, who worked with McHale previously on "Community," A Merry Friggin' Christmas co-stars Clarke Duke, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker and Candice Bergen and hits theaters on November 7.

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New Images From #Ouija

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.


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#BEYONDTHELIGHTS Clip “Lose The Jacket”

What would you do for the price of fame? Noni is learning what it takes for her to be a star, but it might not be what she expected. Does she do what it takes to move up in her career??



BEYOND THE LIGHTS, opening in theaters on November 14, is the new romantic drama written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball), and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson "MGK" Baker and Danny Glover.

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge - until she meets Kaz Nicol, a 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 who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz's love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

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#Automata Review. It’s A Machine Made Out Of Old Parts

Automata Review
By: Brandon Wolfe

In 2044, the population of Earth has diminished by 99% down to a scant 21 million survivors due to a series of solar storms that have ravaged the planet. A conglomerate called the ROC Corporation has commissioned a series of robots called Automata Pilgrim 7000s as a means to erect walls and mechanical clouds to shield what’s left of the human race from the resulting radiation. These robots have been programmed to adhere to two protocols: They are not permitted to harm any form of life and they cannot reformat themselves or other robots in ways other than their creators have designated. This screed of place-setting text opens ‘Automata.’ It not only fills you in on what you’re about to see, it also lets you know up front that you’ve already seen all of which you’re about to see.



Our protagonist to guide us through this world is Jacq (pronounced “Jack” but inexplicably not also spelled that way) Vaucan (Antonio Banderas), an insurance agent for ROC who investigates claims about the 7000s from consumers (and if you think having an insurance agent as a hero sounds like an omen of impending dullness, you’re certainly not wrong). Vaucan - who has a pregnant wife at home and longs for a release from his dreary existence, possibly to a coastal setting that may or may not even still exist – investigates an altercation between a robot and a rogue cop (Dylan McDermott, overacting embarrassingly). This leads Vaucan down a path where he comes to realize that the robots have come to flagrantly violate Protocol #2, frequently repairing, modifying or even destroying themselves. Eventually when ROC decides to cover-up all evidence of robot autonomy, a group of 7000s, led by a fembot called Chloe (voiced by Melanie Griffith, who also cameos as Chloe’s designer) takes Vaucan into the desert wasteland to meet their leader, with ROC operatives in hot pursuit.


‘Automata’ makes good use of its modest budget. Its depiction of the future is basically limited to advertising techniques features Godzilla-sized holograms loitering the cityscape. Otherwise it’s all dark rooms, junkyards and, primarily, the desert, all the best to keep things cheap. But the effects used to bring the robots to life are very well-done. They look and move plausibly as machines, never seeming overly animated. The effects always look practical and seem to occupy the same space as the actors. It’s a good use of resources in a movie that never looks chintzy, exactly, but definitely seems resourcefully frugal.

But the film does not overcome its overt familiarity. Employing its own blatant interpretation of Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics, the film often comes across as something of cost-cutting ‘I, Robot’ with Banderas stepping into Will Smith’s shoes, investigating robots yearning to evolve and achieve independence in a world where they’re expected to remain second-class appliances. The film also owes a sizable debt to ‘Blade Runner,’ as all dystopian sci-fi films do. There is frustratingly little in ‘Automata’ that comes across as new territory. It traffics in old standbys. The apocalyptic future, the subjugated droids, the sinister corporation, this is all old-hat by now, and the film does nothing to make any of these concepts feel any less dust-covered.


Banderas comes across as entirely wrong for his role. That Puss-in-Boots seductive purr of his seems an ill fit for a beleaguered schmoe spouting tech-heavy exposition and he never seems to find the appropriate energy for the role, alternately shouting too much or seeming too lethargic. Robert Forster, that sturdy old pro, offers solid support as Vaucan’s tough but decent boss, but he doesn’t have much to work with. Griffith’s honeysuckle voice is an asset for the Chloe robot, but she herself doesn’t make a strong impression in her brief onscreen role. Like Banderas, sci-fi gibberish is not her native tongue. And it bears repeating that McDermott is simply terrible in this film. If this is the sort of work he delivers these days, then no wonder that guy can’t keep a show on the air. Finally, the entire stretch set in the desert (which encompasses at least half of the film, if not slightly more than that) drags on and on, killing any momentum with sluggish repetitiveness.

Directed by Gabe Ibanez, ‘Automata’ at least functions as a calling card for what he is capable of achieving visually on a sparse budget. But nothing else about the film lands or makes any sort of impression. It borrows from everything under the sun without a single new idea of its own to make it feel like anything but a retrospective on science-fiction clich├ęs. Unlike its evolving robots, it’s a machine made out of old parts that stubbornly refuses to make any upgrades.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past NYCC Release Party Photos

Shawn Ashmore, from left, Evan Jonigkeit and Simon Kinberg attend the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / IGN party held during New York Comic Con in celebration of the October 14th Blu-ray(tm) release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in New York. The event was held at Marquee with special performance by Busta Rhymes. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images)

New York Comic Con Celebrates the Blu-ray Release of X-Men: Days of Future Past Hosted by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and IGN Entertainment.

Producer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg attends theTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / IGN party held during New York Comic Con in celebration of the October 14th Blu-ray(tm) release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in New York. The event was held at Marquee with special performance by Busta Rhymes. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images)

On Thursday, October 9th Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and IGN Entertainment hosted the New York Comic Con Blu-ray release party for summer blockbuster X-Men Days of Future Past at Marquee NYC.



Shawn Ashmore and wife Dana Wasdin attend the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / IGN party held during New York Comic Con in celebration of the October 14th Blu-ray(tm) release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in New York. The event was held at Marquee with special performance by Busta Rhymes. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images)

The event was attended by a host of Hollywood stars, including Simon Kinberg (producer, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Shawn Ashmore (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST), Even Jonigkeit (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST), THE STRAIN cast members Jim Watson, Natalie Brown, Robert Maillet and Robin Atkins Downs, THE LEAGUE cast members Paul Scheer, Steve Rannazzisi, and Jason Mantzoukas, Chad Coleman (THE WALKING DEAD), and Greg Cipes (TMNT).

The Strain cast members, from left, Robert Maillet, Robin Alkin Downes, Natalie Brown and Jim Watson attend the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / IGN party held during New York Comic Con in celebration of the October 14th Blu-ray(tm) release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in New York. The event was held at Marquee with special performance by Busta Rhymes. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images)

Busta Rhymes performs from the DJ booth at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / IGN party held during New York Comic Con in celebration of the October 14th Blu-ray(tm) release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images)

More than 300 people attended the party which was highlighted by a special guest performance by rap legend, Busta Rhymes. Just prior to Busta's performance, fans were treated to a showing of the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" trailer. The room was decorated from the ceiling to floor with X-Men posters, hanging "X's" from the ceiling, and other digital X-Men displays.

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#LeaSeydoux Cast In Upcoming Bond Film. “Femme Fatale”.

Though no official confirmation has arrived from Team EON yet – they tend to wait until just before filming kicks off for such things – Baz Bamigboye is reporting that Lea Seydoux has been cast in the new Bond film in a role described as a “femme fatale”.

Already returning core elements Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, ready for a script read-through next month. And with filming reportedly set to start in six weeks, expect more casting details to start arriving soon.

Very little else is known about the film so far, beyond the fact that Sam Mendes is back to direct (with Hoyte van Hoytema stepping in to replace Roger Deakins as cinematographer) and veteran 007 writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have reportedly been at work polishing the script from Skyfall’s John Logan. Sets are reportedly under construction in Austria, which offers a clue as to one location Bond will be headed, but beyond that, information is locked up in a vault in MI6. Bond 24, or whatever it actually ends up being called, is set for release here on October 23 next year.

Seydoux, who was last seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Yves Saint Laurent, is part of the cast for quirky romantic drama The Lobster alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.

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Open Forum Friday: October 10, 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
- The Judge
- Kill the Messenger
- Dracula: Untold

Blu-rays
- Mr. Peabody and Sherman
- X-Men: Days of Future Past

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. What would you like to see us discuss on the podcast?

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

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Darth Vader Returns In #StarWarsRebels : Spark Of Rebellion

The critically-acclaimed epic adventure Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion will air on ABC on Sunday, October 26 (7:00 p.m. ET/PT). Executive Producer Dave Filoni states, "We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast. We've added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones."

The television movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion delivered 6.5-million viewers in its premieres on Disney Channel and Disney XD around the world including the U.S. and 16 markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa and Canada. The Star Wars Rebels weekly series on Disney XD (Mondays 9:00 p.m. ET/PT), has been renewed for a second season.

Set between the events of Star Wars Episodes III and IV, the Star Wars Rebels story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the "muscle" Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and grumpy old astromech droid Chopper – will face threatening new villains, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.
Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (Gargoyles).

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#Saw10thAnniversary SECOND POSTER REVEALED

The SECOND poster for the 10th anniversary event of the legendary horror film, SAW, was revealed yesterday. This is the second of five limited-edition collectable posters that will be released weekly, as we countdown the return of this epic film! The poster was created by TAZ who has designed several of the special edition posters for the franchise. Now is your chance to relive the brilliantly wrenching games, led by the iconic serial killer Jigsaw, on the big screen when it returns this HALLOWEEN. Check out the eerie poster below and head to a theater near you for the early showing of SAW at 10pm on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30TH!



SAW will be returning to theaters on OCTOBER 31, 2014 [late shows beginning October 30th]!

#3WeeksTilSaw #Saw10thAnniversary

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Dracula Untold Review. Finds A New Spin On The Old Dracula Chestnut.

Dracula Untold Review
By: Brandon Wolfe

How many Dracula movies have there been? Hundreds, right? Dracula has to be one of the most frequently adapted characters in the history of cinema. His story has been told six ways to Sunday, making it deeply difficult to get excited about any new Dracula movie by this point, even one that announces right in the title that this particular Dracula tale has been untold. It’s been told. They've all been told. Get over yourself, with your “untold.”



Yet one of the chief surprises of ‘Dracula Untold’ is that it does indeed find a new spin on the old Dracula chestnut. This version of the story is something new, a yarn that truly hasn't been told before, something the film accomplishes by throwing out the old story altogether and inventing a new one in its place. ‘Dracula Untold’ positions itself as half-superhero movie and half-‘Braveheart’ with a William Wallace that turns into a flurry of bats. That probably sounds ridiculous, but it certainly doesn't sound creaky or old-hat. Better still, it actually works.

In 15th Century Transylvania, Prince Vlad (Luke Evans, suggesting a rugged Orlando Bloom) has built a cozy little empire after a life spent on the battlefield, where he was known as Vlad the Impaler for reasons I trust don’t need explanation. With his dark past behind him now, he just wants to live a quiet life with his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) and son Ingeras (Art Parkinson). But Vlad has made many enemies in his past, and now emissaries of the vile Turkish sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) come to the Transylvanian castle to demand that Vlad hand over 1,000 boys to be bred as soldiers, including Vlad’s own son. Vlad refuses to comply, effectively condemning his people to war with an army so vast that they cannot possibly fend it off. Desperate and hopeless, Vlad embarks on a journey to a cave high atop nearby Broken Tooth Mountain that is known to be haunted by an ancient and powerful evil. Vlad attempts to barter with the cave’s occupant (Charles Dance) to be granted the power to fight off the Turkish hordes and protect his people. The creature offers Vlad a Faustian bargain: Drink of his blood and be granted immortality and the strength of a hundred men for three days. If Vlad can go that long without quenching his thirst for human blood, he will return to his mortal state. If he can’t, he will remain damned for eternity.


Imbued with inhuman abilities, Vlad singlehandedly makes short work of a battalion threatening his castle. He then leads his people to a secluded monastery where they will have more of a tactical advantage and spends the next couple of nights tearing through wave after wave of enemy soldiers while fighting an internal struggle to keep his insatiable thirst at bay (it’s not a vampire movie without an addiction metaphor, after all). Eventually, Vlad’s own people learn of why their prince has become a one-man army and threaten to turn on him. But Vlad’s true concern is keeping his wife and child safe, something that might be beyond even his considerable skills.

The main pill to swallow with ‘Dracula Untold’ is that it’s not a horror movie at all. Apart from the sequences involving the cave vampire, its aim is not to frighten. This is a fantasy action film, more a superhero origin story than a creepy vampire tale. It also gives us a fundamentally different Dracula than we’ve ever seen before. This Dracula is a hero who only wishes to protect his family and do right by his people. He embraces darkness only as a means to achieve his noble goals. He never even flirts with embodying evil in any way. He merely wields the resources of evil as a weapon, never succumbing to it. So pure of heart is this Dracula that even his past exploits of slaughtering and impaling, something he admits to having felt nothing about, never sticks to him as something sinister. It’s strange to have a Dracula portrayed as a virtuous champion of the people. It’s like if they made ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street Untold’ with Freddy heroically protecting Americans by killing ISIS in its sleep.


But in spite of the whitewash done on Dracula, ‘Untold’ is a ripping good time. Evans brings the appropriate gravitas to his role (he also gets the film’s best line, as he crushes a rock by accident and sums up his newfound might with “That’s useful”) and the film is consistently engaging, more so than anyone had any right to expect. The battlefield action sequences are somewhat jumbled and chaotic, as is the style these days, but beyond that, the film looks fantastic, very lavish and sweepingly epic. The film sets itself up with the requisite sequel hook and reportedly will tie into Universal’s forthcoming attempt to craft an interwoven Marvel-esque series out of its classic monster properties (though there’s no hint of this plan evidenced within the film itself), which would make this the ‘Iron Man’ of that series, fitting since, again, this has more in common with modern superhero lore than with anything Bram Stoker wrote. But to focus on what’s right here instead of what’s yet to come, ‘Dracula Untold’ somehow manages to make Dracula feel fresh and enjoyable again. No mean feat, that. Good thing this story wasn’t left untold.

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