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Saturday, November 1, 2014

#FURIOUS7 Trailer Is Here

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of FURIOUS 7.



James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan

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November 2014 Movies on Our Radar

A fun-filled October leads us right into Oscar season, with several satisfying submissions.
October 2014 offered a full plate of candy to those who knocked on its door, mixing bonified Oscar candidates with a few downright enjoyable releases. But it also kicked Hollywood out of its complacent August/September disasters with a collection of entertaining films like Gone Girl, Fury, and the very surprising John Wick. November arrives ready to erase the mistakes of months past, but it has a lot of weight to carry. Receipts for the year are down only 3.7% (according to our friends at BoxOfficeMojo.com), and with a few solid blockbusters this month, we think the year's mostly red-inked is about to turn decidedly favorable. Some of these appeared on our MOST ANTICIPATED LIST OF 2014 back in January, and we're certainly excited for their arrival.

The month features militant penguins, an interstellar space traveler, two dumbasses, and three boss haters, all ready to gobble up your wallets. And yes, we've got the return of Katniss Everdene. Here is our On the Radar preview for November 2014:

Nov 7
Big Hero 6
Plot: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (IMDB)
Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk
Why We're Interested:
Featuring what looks like stunning animation, the loosely-based Marvel comic arrives with no appreciable competition in the kid demographics, which should equate to a very strong opening. Whether the movie works with no recognizable voice lead is another thing entirely. One thing is for sure: the character Baymax looks to be the next "thing" that kids will be asking for this Christmas.
Watch the trailer for Big Hero 6


Interstellar
Plot: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. (IMDB)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew Montgomery, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
Why We're Interested: In what looks like the ultimate 'reap what you sow' cautionary tale, Nolan sets his heights to space to deliver one of the most beautiful trailers of the year. We still don't know the exact plot, so it's unknown whether audiences AFTER its release will return to see a nearly three hour film, unless said plot is something special. For now, we're willing to give the creator of the Batman trilogy and Inception a ton of credit.
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Nov 14
Dumb and Dumber To
Plot:20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney. (IMDB)
Directors:Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm
Why We're Interested: One of the funniest films ever made, the original D&D was followed up by the awful prequel (which shall not be named). This is a true sequel, and one we've been anticipating for awhile. Let's hope the magic is still there; based on the trailers, we have every reason to feel positive about its chances.
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Foxcatcher
Plot:Based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances.
Director:Bennett Miller
Starring: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller
Why We're Interested:You couldn't get a more different movie than Dumber and Dumber To, but let's hope audiences don't skip the very interesting Foxcatcher. Trailers have us convinced of its potential Oscar worthiness, but we're not sure the early positive reviews are worth discussing quite yet - it seems our concerns over Birdman were entirely justified. We'll let you judge whether it's something you plan to place on your Movie To-Do list.
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Nov 21
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Plot:Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
Director:Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jena Malone
Why We're Interested: Public opinion was decidedly mixed on the second outing, although we preferred it over the original. Debate has also raged as to whether splitting the final book into two movies was a good idea, but it's clear that the third offering will make a ton of money. While the cast is solid, the success of Mockingjay comes own to Director Lawrence and Actor Lawrence to move this into overdrive and beyond the realm of mere acceptance. From the trailer below, it looks they might be on their way to doing just that.
Watch the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1:


Nov 26
Horrible Bosses 2
Plot:Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.
Director:Sean Anders
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx
Why We're Interested:The first Bosses took everyone by surprise, mmostly because it was a genuinely hilarious affair that still holds up in the world of Neighbors and 22 Jump Street. But like Dumb and Dumber To, we are a little worried about Bosses' ability to recapture that magic and elevate its game. But with the additions of Chris Pine and the return of the decidely kinkier Jennifer Aniston, we're allowing ourselves to actually be positive.
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Penguins of Madagascar
Plot: Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private.
Directors:Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch
Why We're Interested:
We've been clamoring for a Penguins standalone movie since the triumphant debut of the cartoon series on television. From the clips we've seen, it looks like the zaniness of the series has made its way into the film. Boasting an impressive cast, our only concern is why the television Kowalski (Jeff Bennett) has been replaced with the infinitely duller Chris Miller. Hopefully, Skipper and company can karate chop their way out of this one. Watch the trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar:


Come Home To Papa!
Much like October, November 2014 is filled with potentially quality films, but this month looks far more solid. Filled with a good collection of family fare, Oscar hopefuls, and entertaining comedies, our outlook is pointing upward. But we're also excited about 2 potential Oscar candidates: The Theory of Everything (David Thewlis, Eddie Redmayne, Emily Watson, Lesley Manville) and The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Matthew Goode. These might not make the big bucks, but keep them on your SJF radar as well.

For now, be sure to add these to your Movies To-Do List:
• November 7 - Big Hero 6
• November 7 - Interstellar
• November 14 - Dumb and Dumber To
• November 14 - Foxcatcher
• November 21 - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
• November 26 - Horrible Bosses 2
• November 26 - Penguins of Madagascar

Which films are you looking forward to this month? Comment below and join the conversation! Our thanks to IMDB for the plot summaries and AceShowBiz for the images.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #BirdmanMovie In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance For BIRDMAN November 3rd at 7:00 pm in Las Vegas.


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


The film stars Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Bill Camp, Damian Young , Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Jeremy Shamos, Lindsay Duncan, Merritt Wever, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis.


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Before I Go to Sleep Review: Strong Opening Leads to Underwheliming Ending

Before I Go to Sleep has all the elements of a successful thriller, but fails at key points to put them together.


WARNING: This review contains spoilers. For Actors Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, 2014 has already seen them in the engrossing but poorly-placed The Railway Man; with Before I Go to Sleep, the British duo prove they work well together, even if their film loses steam after a good opening.

For Christine (Kidman) every day is literally a new one; suffering from amnesia brought about by an unknown injury, she wakes up each morning without any knowledge of who she is. Her husband Ben (Firth) has tried for years to help her by placing pictures and Post-it Notes of her former life throughout the house. Confused and frightened, she receives a phone call each morning from her doctor (Mark Strong) who has encouraged her to use a camera to remind her future self of her past. However, new details begin to emerge that test Christine's sanity and even the motives of those closest to her. As devastating news of her former life reaches her, Christine must fight a personal battle to retain not only her memories but her freedom as well.

To say Sleep doesn't push the boundaries isn't what ultimately hurts this production by Director Rowan Joffé: it's the details of Christine's situation that begin to erode our confidence and support. In practical terms, the idea of an amnesiac disappearing from the grid and into the care of a husband isn't unbelievable, but it's the lack of attention by anyone else that's hard to believe. Sure, a friend (Anne-Marie Duff) tries to locate her with no success, but to suggest that her own husband would abandon her in divorce, and that no one outside of her home wouldn't attempt communication is too far-fetched.

And then there's 'Ben' who really isn't Ben, but an obsessed stalker-type who's replaced Real Ben. firth's performance is so on-the-nose in some scenes that he nearly betrays himself at several points. Similarly, the injury Christine sustained took place years before, but it's unlikely that doctors wouldn't have tried similar techniques to jostle her memory, considering she was found bloodied and nude near a row of hotels (yes, it's almost what you think). And doesn't anyone know how to dial 911?

Some of this is explained in passing, but it's a film axiom that a Director show us how a story unfolds rather than merely tell us. Here, Joffé's efforts are mixed, leading to a third act that degrades into a standard chase-and-stab action piece. This is supposed to rile up the ladies in the audience, but it just comes off as a thin replacement for what could have been a more engrossing end. The last sequence is closure of the most melodramatic kind, as Christine and her son are reunited, with Adam Levy delivering a mostly flat performance as Real Ben. It's as an emotional black hole as one can get.

Sure, the adapted script by Novelist S.J. Watson seems of to work initially, driven by good dialogue and believable chunks of investigative work by Christine. Its 92-minute runtime also demonstrates that good film can happen in smaller doses. While Firth does his creepy best to keep relevant, it's the performance of Kidman as the frumpy but terrified Christine that's most satisfying. She's always been the best Hollywood has to offer, and her ability to own a role and escape the Hollywood branding machine is admirable. Strong, another favorite character of mine, delivers a steady if unimpressive performance, demonstrating that most of the pieces for a successful thriller were there, but appears to have succumb at several key stages along the way.

Before I Go to Sleep is probably a good rainy-day Netflix candidate, ready to keep your attention until the final act when Ben's ruse and the film itself go off the rails. Better to learn that in front of your television so you're not discovered cursing at the big screen. Before I Go to Sleep is Rated R for nudity, some brutal violence, and language and has a runtime of 92 minutes.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

WIN TICKETS TO SEE LAGGIES In San Francisco & Q&A WITH DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON AFTER THE FILM

Win Tickets To An Advance For LAGGIES Saturday, November 1st at 7:25PM in San Francisco.


Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind – while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and– given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week – hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell).


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“Peeta” Official TV Spot For THE HUNGER GAMES: #MOCKINGJAY Part 1

Peeta Melark (Josh Hutcherson) in this new TV Spot for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 1.



THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014!

SYNOPSIS:
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate presents, a Color Force / Lionsgate production, a Francis Lawrence film.

Cast (Character): Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Julianne Moore (President Coin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), with Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), and Donald Sutherland (President Snow)

Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by: Danny Strong and Peter Craig
Based upon the novel “Mockingjay” by: Suzanne Collins

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ABCs OF DEATH 2 Opening Animated Sequence

To celebrate Halloween and the theatrical opening of ABCs OF DEATH 2 today, we have two horrific pieces of content to share.

The first is the very cool and creepy animated opening title sequence from the film. The animation was done by Wolfgang Matzl with paper cutouts. Music composed by Andre Roessler.



ABCs OF DEATH 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABCs OF DEATH 2 is another
global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

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Kelly Reilly Joins True Detective Season 2

The cast for the second season of True Detective is several steps closer to completion. Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn are confirmed (and Taylor Kitsch said recently that his deal is done), and now the show has added yet more names, with Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby, Abigail Spencer and Leven Rambin all reportedly signing on.

Set in California locales, and once more written by Nic Pizzolatto, the new season sees Farrell as Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him. Vaughn will play Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner. Rachel McAdams is reported to be close to a deal to play police detective Ani Bezzerides.

Irby is playing Elvis Ilinca, McAdams’ police partner, but the other new arrivals’ roles are shrouded in secrecy for now. Justin Lin is set to direct the first two of what will be eight hour-long episodes and the new season is scheduled to start shooting later this autumn in California.

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Pride & Prejudice & Zombies First Look

Until recently, the adaptation of Seth Graeme-Smith’s Jane Austen-meets-horror genre-mash book Pride And Prejudice And Zombies spent its time lurking in development limbo. But thanks to finally locking in a script and a director (Burr Steers) and a rash of casting, it’s in production and Entertainment Weekly has grabbed a first look image.

The picture shows the Bennett sisters Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) tooled up and ready to fight the “Sorry Stricken”, AKA the risen dead, who cause trouble for the family. And they thought finding marriageable mates was hard enough…

Still, they’re clearly all ready for combat, particularly our heroine, Elizabeth. “Even in the original story, Elizabeth’s a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women,” she tells EW. “She’s a badass warrior. She’s a ninja.”

With Steers re-writing a script that has been through the word processor of David O. Russell (who considered directing), the film also has Sam Riley (as Mr. Darcy) Jack Huston (Mr. Wickham) and more, including Matt Smith, Lena Headey, Sally Phillips and Douglas Booth. It’ll arrive on screens next year, finally.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #BirdmanMovie In Albuquerque

Win Tickets To An Advance For BIRDMAN November 3rd at 7:00 pm in Albuquerque.


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


The film stars Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Bill Camp, Damian Young , Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Jeremy Shamos, Lindsay Duncan, Merritt Wever, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis.


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Seth Rogen To Play Steve Wozniak Opposite Christian Bale

Seth Rogen is being eyed to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony's Steve Jobs movie, while Jessica Chastain is also being sought for a role in the film, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Danny Boyle is directing the film — which is not a traditional biopic — from a script by Aaron Sorkin, who had access to Jobs’ authorized biography by Walter Isaacson.

The film is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high-profile product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and Apple's 2001 debut of the iPod.

While neither Chastain nor Rogen have deals in place, the latter actor is in talks to play Wozniak, who created the Apple I computer and co-created the Apple II computer in the mid-1970s.

Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady are producing the film, which Sony has high hopes for, as it could be a major awards contender.

Rogen has proved himself more than capable of handling dramatic roles with his performances in “Take This Waltz” and “50/50.” Rogen's potential pairing with Bale has been compared to Martin Scorsese's decision to cast Jonah Hill alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which of course culminated with the actor's second Oscar nomination.

Rogen next stars opposite James Franco in “The Interview,” which Sony will release on Christmas Day. Rogen and producing partner Evan Goldberg co-directed the R-rated comedy, just as they did Sony's upcoming animated movie “Sausage Party.” Rogen recently wrapped Sony's untitled Christmas Eve movie, which reteams him with his “50/50” collaborators Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Jonathan Levine.

Chastain, who is simply being courted for an unspecified role and does not have a deal in place, previously starred in Sony's “Zero Dark Thirty” and is known to have a close relationship with studio chief Amy Pascal. She next stars in Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar” and will soon be seen opposite Oscar Isaac in “A Most Violent Year.” She's represented by CAA and Mosaic.

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Open Forum Friday: October 31, 2014

Here's your chance to connect with the GOULISH SJF community.
Welcome to a special edition of Open Forum Friday! This week, we want to know your top Halloween flicks. Are you into he blood-spattering gore of Freddy, or does The Conjuring scare you like it does us? While you're welcome to comment on this or 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
- Before I Go to Sleep
- Horns
- Nightcrawler

Blu-rays
- 22 Jump Street
- A Most Wanted Man
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition

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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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Birdman Review: Don't Listen to the Hype

Michael Keaton's Birdman is one part bore-fest and two parts "Why did I agree to see this?"

Warning: This review contains MAJOR SPOILERS.
In Birdman, Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who once played a flying comic book hero named Birdman, but whose recent exploits have landed him on Broadway. Riggan is also trying to ignore the character bulls eye that once garnered him millions but left him emotionally empty; now, he's funding his own production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love and desperate to be taken seriously. His cast includes the one seeking similar Hollywood cred (Naomi Watts) and his on-again/off-again fuckbuddy (Andrea Riseborough). But when the show loses one of its actors, his pretentious replacement (Edward Norton) starts to undo Riggan's comeback, leaving his post-rehab daughter (Emma Stone) to question his intentions and sanity, while his lawyer (Zach Galifianakis) tries to keep the lights on. As he enters the final preview night, Riggan's future hangs in the balance as his doppelganger begins to speak to him, seeking to undo his already fragile psyche.

Tonally all over the place, Birdman is one of those films that only true independent moviegoers will appreciate. Its experimental style feels like an inside joke about theater, actors, and the whole Hollywood structure, while going absolutely nowhere story-wise. Birdman will make you feel like a fourth wheel, the other three being Birdman, Itself, and Them. There are serious continuity issues throughout, such as the 'quiet moments of reflection' between Stone and Norton high above the street of competing shows. They're enjoyable together, but what they're saying to each other feels not at all connected to the larger story. The same goes for Norton himself, who disappears during the third act, while Keaton waxes poetic about his failed life. Keaton - who is clearly the best of the ensemble cast which Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has assembled - carries this film with a mixture of poise and psychosis that must haunt most Hollywood actors who struggle to remain relevant after hitting it big. To Riggan, he can feel Father Time and Doctor Regret on his back, reminding him of the mistakes of his past, with Keaton channeling his best Rebecca de Mornay from Dinner for Five.

But even Birdman can't keep this wreck of a performance piece from crashing to ground, as González Iñárritu seems to change the rules of this universe whenever the moment requires it. First we think Riggan is going insane as he's seemingly able to 'Jedi' items across the room, then spreads his wings near film's end to fly gracefully over New York without anyone recognizing him, and once again confined to Earth once more once he gets locked out of the theater. When his daughter thinks he's committed suicide during the final scene, we see her suddenly realize that he can in fact fly, something two minutes before he seemed incapable of doing. The one thing that's even worth mentioning is Gravity Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's fluid filming that wants desperately to be Hitchcock. In the end, those transitions worked really well for Gravity because the tension was supposed to be in real time. Here, it just gets in the way because it's spread out over three days.

Filled with an ensemble cast who barely registers a blip (Riseborough and Watts are merely deadweight here), Birdman rockets between terse Hollywood commentary, the highs of empty zany comedy, and the depressive melancholy after a night of hard partying. This isn't Scarlet Johansson's Her by a long shot; but with critics trying to elevate this one to similar starry heights, don't listen to the hype. Birdman isn't worth your time under any circumstances, drunk, stoned, or merely curious.

Birdman is rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence and has a runtime of 119 minutes.
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Tons Of New #Furiou7 Featurettes

Enjoy all of the Furious7 Featurettes below.











Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of FAST & FURIOUS 7.

James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan


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#TERMINATORGENISYS Uneventful Images

New images from TERMINATOR GENISYS and to be honest I am not impressed with the images at all. But I still have hope for the film.


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The filmmakers plan to re-create the memorable scene in the original ­Terminator when the T-800 lands at L.A.’s Griffith ­Observatory, complete with Schwarzenegger’s 36-year-old face and ripped, naked body. To achieve that, the special-effects team has created a “synthespian,” or synthetic thespian, using a body double plus scans of Schwarz­enegger’s face from the first film merged with what his face looks like now. The result: an entirely CG head of the Terminator circa 1984.
The filmmakers are counting on that technology, and the movie’s villain—a man/machine hybrid they’re keeping under wraps—to be visual game changers.

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#MALEFICENT FEATURETTE "Aurora Becoming" & Blu-ray Combo Pack Release Date

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 twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be made available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms.

After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.

Join the cast and crew as they explore how Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” was re-imagined as an innovative, live-action epic in “From Fairy Tale to Feature Film.” Discover how King Henry and Maleficent's opening battle scene was created using gigantic wire rigs and elaborate choreography in “Building an Epic Battle.” Learn how playing Aurora was a fairytale come true for actress Elle Fanning in “Aurora: Becoming A Beauty.” And find out more about the meticulous detail that went into creating Maleficent's elaborate head wraps, rings and other accessories in “Classic Couture.” Viewers can also relive the film’s journey to the screen through concept art, layered visual effects and behind the scenes footage in “Maleficent Revealed.”

“Maleficent” stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning (“Super 8,” “We Bought a Zoo”), Sharlto Copley (“District 9,” “Elysium”), Sam Riley (“Control,” “On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Harry Potter” series), Lesley Manville (“Another Year,” “Secrets & Lies”), Juno Temple (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Atonement”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Oculus”). It marks the directorial debut of two-time Academy Award® winner Robert Stromberg (Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Avatar,” 2010; Best Achievement in Art Direction, “Alice in Wonderland,” 2011). It was written by Linda Woolverton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lion King”) and produced by Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz the Great and Powerful”).

Bonus Features:
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere
• From Fairy Tale to Feature Film - Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
• Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
• Classic Couture - Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
• Maleficent Revealed - Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
• Aurora: Becoming A Beauty - Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
• Deleted Scenes:
o “Stefan In King's Chamber”
o “Pixie Idiots”
o “Diaval asks about the Curse”
o “Pixies Seek Asylum”
o “Suitor”
• And More!

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

DVD
• Aurora: Becoming A Beauty

Disc Specifications:
Feature Run Time: Approximately 97 minutes
Rating: Feature Film: “PG” in U.S. and Canada (CE); G in Canada (CF)
Additional Bonus Features Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition/2.40:1
DVD= Widescreen 2.40:1 / Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 7.1, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD=English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish & French
English Captions for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

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• Visit www.Disneymoviesanywhere.com and download the DMA App at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch/id766894692?mt=8

ABOUT “MALEFICENT”:
Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is a cloud-based digital movie service that offers a hassle-free way for consumers to buy, watch, and manage Disney digital content across platforms and devices via the easy-to-use DMA app or atDisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. A DMA-eligible digital title purchased from an iTunes-connected account or redeemed in DMA will be accessible in a user’s DMA and iTunes lockers. There are currently over 400 films from Disney’s rich history available through DMA for streaming and download, including Disney Branded Animation, Disney Live-Action, Pixar, and Marvel titles, along with exclusive, original content. For more information or to redeem Digital Copy codes to build your library and earn Disney Movie Rewards Points for digital purchases, visit http://www.disneymoviesanywhere.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

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ALASKA OFF ROAD WARRIORS Premieres NOVEMBER 30th

IT'S MAN VS. ALASKA AND THE CHANCE TO MAKE OFF ROAD HISTORY ON ALASKA OFF ROAD WARRIORS PREMIERING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT 10 PM ET/PT ON HISTORY®

The ultimate test of man and machine vs. the wild is coming to HISTORY® with the premiere of the new competition series ALASKA OFF ROAD WARRIORS Sunday, November 30 at 10 PM ET/PT. The clock is ticking as five teams compete against each other and the harsh terrain of Alaska in the pursuit of a hefty reward and the chance to make off-road history.

ALASKA OFF ROAD WARRIORS is an intense off-road competition series where five teams of two face-off in a grueling timed race across Alaska. Racing from the Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean, this is a race, a competition, an expedition and an adventure of epic proportions. From the muddy terrain to the unpredictable wilderness, these teams will travel across eight of the most dangerous and rugged trails in the world. The trails will be divided into two legs and the team with the lowest aggregated time from all the trails will be named the winner. As they race against time - and each other - the perils of their journey will not only test their trusty vehicles but the teams themselves. Which team will be the victor of this quest to find out who can navigate the extreme wilderness of Alaska? Meet the teams of ALASKA OFF ROAD WARRIORS:

Butch ”Big Dog” Evans & “Wild” Bill Coty – Despite having the skills that only 25+ years of off-road experience can develop, this veteran team plan to win by any means necessary.

Brent & Scott Leigh – These North Pole brothers believe off-roading is a way of life, not just a form of recreation. They're bold approach: Fire. Aim. Ready.

Carl Jantz & Rich Rudman – The only non-Alaskans, these ‘outsiders' from Seattle have a lot to prove but are often referred to as “MacGyver” and the “Mad Scientist.” They can make their home crafted jeep run with a paper clip.

Pete & Shey Lannigan – The Irish brother–sister team who has been at each other’s throats since childhood but have each other’s back till the bitter end.

Jason Beard & Glen “The Polack” Lucas – A former Marine and his loyal friend are the renegades of the competition but plan to put themselves on the map of hardcore off-roaders.

ALASKA OFF ROAD WARRIORS is produced for HISTORY by Original Productions. Executive producers for HISTORY are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Julian P. Hobbs and Ed de Rivaz. Executive producers for Original Productions are Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy, Sarah Whalen and Dolph Scott.

About HISTORY®
HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. he network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Counting Cars™, Pawn Stars® and Swamp People® as well as HISTORY®’s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible, The Men Who Built America and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us® and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY® website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY®’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com.

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#Laggies Q&A WITH DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON This Saturday In San Francisco

OPENING WEEKEND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON.  GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.



Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind – while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart (Mark Webber) proposes, Megan panics and– given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week – hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad Craig (Sam Rockwell).

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!GET YOUR TICKETS AT THE BOX OFFICE OR GO TO: AMCTHEATRES.COM/MOVIE-THEATRES/AMC-METREON-16

Director Lynn Shelton will be in attendance Saturday, November 1st for a special Q&A following the 7:25PM showing at AMC METREON101 4th St. 3rd Floor, San Francisco

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#SAW 10TH ANNIVERSARY - Q&A LIVE STREAM TONIGHT

To kick off the return of the original SAW in theaters this Halloween Weekend, Arclight Cinemas will be hosting a special Q&A with the original filmmakers and cast of the most successful Horror Franchise of all time.

TONIGHT – Thursday 10/30 @ 9:45pm PST / 12:45am EST

Join moderator, Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, at the ArcLight Hollywood and reminisce with the cast about this iconic franchise. The Q&A will also be live streamed into four other Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] so get your tickets here now: lions.gt/SAWtix

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#AVENGERSAGEOFULTRON Extended Trailer & New Images

A Special Look at Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that aired on this weeks episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.



Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.


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Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

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