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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @ExodusMovie In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS on December 11th at 7PM in Las Vegas.


EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS! Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley, this epic adventure hits the big screen on December 12, 2014.


From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.



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

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @ExodusMovie In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS on December 11th at 7PM in Phoenix.


EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS! Starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley, this epic adventure hits the big screen on December 12, 2014.


From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.



Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast



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

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Open Forum Friday: November 21, 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 Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
- The Theory of Everything

Blu-rays
- The Expendables 3
- The November Man
- The Giver
- Nymphomaniac Extended Director's Cut

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.

Don't forget to listen to Inside the Bucket, the official podcast of SandwichJohnFilms.com - we're available on both iTunes and Sticher Radio.

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Tom Cruise Eyed For "Highlander" Reboot

Summit’s attempt to mount a new version of 1986’s action fantasy Highlander has been through the development wringer, with multiple script drafts and several directors attached before dropping off. The studio is hoping to give the film a kick up the casting chain, eyeing Tom Cruise to take over the mentor role originally played by Sean Connery.

Don’t expect to see Cruise practising a Scots brogue any time soon, though: according to The Wrap’s sources, this is still merely wishful thinking on Summit’s part, and Cruise is the sort of big name that everyone approaches first anyway.

Still, it could be an interesting development if he decides he’s up for it, guiding whoever takes over as main man Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert in the original films) through his battle to become the lone immortal stalking the Earth. Or whatever variant on the story current director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has come up with from the script by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Melissa Rosenberg. Cruise has been busy strapping himself to planes and doing other mad things for Mission: Impossible 5 and has yet to settle on a new film, so Highlander will just have to get in line.

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Director Mike Nichols Has Passed

Mike Nichols, the stage director and Oscar-winning filmmaker behind The Graduate, has died. He was 83.

Among his many achievements, Nichols laid claim to being one of the only creative people to have scored all four major entertainment industry awards – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony – but it’s the Oscar for The Graduate on that groaning statuette shelf that he’ll be best remembered for. It’s a film that has grown with age, earning a place in the movie pantheon as a zeitgeist-capturing snapshot of late ‘60s America.

Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Weimar Berlin, the son of a Russian Jewish doctor, Nichols escaped the Nazis in 1938 with his younger brother. Reunited with his family in New York – and with an Americanised surname – the newly naturalised Nichols went on to study at the University of Chicago. It was there that he discovered a passion for the dramatic arts. Rather than following his father’s footsteps into medicine, he turned to the theatre, adapting August Strindberg plays, hobnobbing with Susan Sontag and eventually winding up at Lee Strasberg’s famous Actors Studio in Gotham.

Following a spell in improvisation comedy, Nichols found his calling in 1963. His direction of Neil Simon's Barefoot In The Park won him a Tony Award and convinced him to pursue directorial work. There followed another Simon play, The Odd Couple, with Art Carney and Walter Matthau as its leads, and another Tony.

Within three years, Nichols was on the cover of Time magazine and had become a bona fide filmmaker with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a collision of tempers, booze and marital decline that was temptestuous on and, thanks to its stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, off screen.

Its five Oscar nods and box-office grosses pushed Nichols straight into the Hollywood big time. Grandly acclaimed “the new Orson Welles”, he struck gold again with The Graduate, before turning in an ambitious adaptation of Catch-22 that caught the spirit, if not the unit-shifting popularity of Joseph Heller’s novel.

If the initial bravura successes of the ‘60s weren’t quite matched by the following decade – Carnal Knowledge, The Day of the Dolphin and The Fortune – Nichols bounced back in 1983 when the Meryl Streep-starring Silkwood picked up $35 million and five Academy Awards nominations.

The filmmaker’s command of tone and pacing enabled him to shapeshift through the decades in a way that’s defeated lesser directors. With Working Girl (1988) and Regarding Henry (1991) he made yuppie-era dramas that suggested that greed might be good, but being nice was better, The Birdcage (1996) while Closer (2003) and HBO's AIDS-based drama Angels In America (2004) were brimming with social concerns and troubled souls. His final film, Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), broadened his scope into a semi-satirical jab at US foreign-policy. With a good script and gifted actors, he was still as sharp as ever – even at 76.

Nichols is survived by his wife, ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer, and three children.

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STRANGE MAGIC Trailer & New Images Are Here

The trailer for STRANGE MAGIC .


STRANGE MAGIC opens in theaters January 23, 2015!


Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015.


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THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT Trailer

Watch the official trailer for THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT,exclusively on Apple Trailers.

Millennium Entertainment will release THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT in theaters and OnDemand/iTunes January 9, 2014.

In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, young and rebellious Travis Shelton (Jeremy Irvine) finds himself ensnared in the violence of the past and the subtle evils of the present. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT also stars Noah Wyle, Minka Kelly and Haley Joel Osment.

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Bryce Dallas Howard May Join "Pete’s Dragon" Reboot

Bryce Dallas Howard is in early talks to play the female lead in Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” reboot.

Robert Redford is also in talks to star with Oakes Fegley playing the title character.

David Lowery is set to direct from a script he wrote with Toby Halbrooks.

The story is a reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon. The first pic was a musical, but sources say this will be a straight narrative. The movie will be live-action with CGI used to bring the dragon to life.

Jim Whitaker is producing.

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#JaneTheVirgin Star #GINARODRIGUEZ To Host Dec. 4 @myNUVOtv Special

NUVOtv’s upcoming special, NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers, inspired by the creative vision of Jennifer Lopez and hosted by JANE THE VIRGIN actress Gina Rodriguez, airing December 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers will debut one feature film and three short films chosen from hundreds of submissions and voted on by jury members Gregory Nava, Frida Torresblanco and Michael Olmos. Each film showcases the works of aspiring Latino writers, directors and producers. The 3-hour TV special will also include exclusive interviews with Gina and each filmmaker.

Visit HERE to learn more about the final film selections: AVENUES, LUNA, MEDIATION and HOW YOU DOIN’ BOY? VOICEMAILS FROM GRAN’PA.

NUVOtv is the premier English-language destination for Latino entertainment.

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TV Recap: WALKING DEAD "CONSUMED"

TV Recap: WALKING DEAD "CONSUMED"
By: Suepafly

Carol drives off, after Rick asked her to leave, last season. We never did see what Carol did during that time, and it looks like its now reveal time. At least she had a car to take. Carol drove long, without looking back, and found a quiet place to shed some tears. A walker bangs on her window, and Carol is not in the mood to deal with it, so she just drives off as it shambles after her. She reaches another town, and heads inside a law office. She digs through the recycling bin, and tries to sleep alone in the office. Carol is surviving, but not really living. She sees smoke in the distance, and rushes back to the prison. Seeing the guard tower on fire is a bit of a shock.

Nowish. Daryl tells Carol about his time with Beth. They had run into some walkers when she was taken. Now they're following Beth's save-nappers. Carol thinks that he should just run them off the road, but Daryl thinks a wait and follow approach is better, so they can find out what they're up against, and get Beth back. But do we really need Beth back?



The cross marked car stops, and Daryl wonders what the hell its waiting for. The two men inside get out, and Daryl notices the cop uniforms. Carol and Daryl try to make sense of what they're seeing. A walker disturbs them with its banging. The men get back in the car, and head out. Daryl tries to start their car, but fails to start. They need to move, and Carol knows of a place nearby. She rolls down her window and quickly brains the walker. The pair traverse the streets trying to avoid all of the walkers. Inside the building, its quiet. They come across a quiet body and take its keys. Daryl asks if Carol use to work there or something, since she seems to know the layout. She says something, and they reinforce the room, blocking the door behind them as they move forward. Carol tells Daryl that they're in what use to be temporary housing, but she didn't stay. She offers to take first watch, and Daryl lets her. It's quiet and Daryl is feeling chatty. They don't usually get to save people in their current lives. Daryl asks why she's here. He asks what would have happen when she was at the car if he didn't show up, but she still isn't sure.

A noise brings the pair to their feet. They head down to investigate. Some walkers are trying to get in. Carol moves to kill them, but Daryl tells her that she doesn't have to, and has to say it twice before Carol believes.

Morning comes quickly, and Carol sees smoke outside. She rushes to get a closer look. There's a fire, and Daryl burns the wrapped bodies. Carol thanks him.

Past after the deaths of Mika and Lizzie, Carol dug the graves. Now Carol packs up her few things. Daryl found the car heading downtown. They plan to head out on foot, and stick close to the buildings for cover. Daryl sneaks around a building. There looks to be a bridge they can get up to. Daryl lights a notebook on fire for distraction. As the walkers go to investigate, Carol and Daryl sneak past them and into the parking garage. They meet little resistance as they head to the sky bridge. Someone is watching. There are a few walkers camped out, but they're easily taken care of. They don't even bother the ones in the tents.

It has to be Noah tracking them as they slide through to the other side. Daryl barely fits through the door. Inside, they can see the quiet city. There is no one out there, but the walkers. Daryl thinks that he sees something, and uses Carol's rile to get a closer look. He spotted a van with the same crosses on the window. It looks like it was in a wreck, half-way off the overpass. Carol waters up, and Daryl looks over the artwork in the office. It looks like a dog butt smear to Daryl, but Carol kind of likes it.

They slide back through the door of the sky bridge, and Daryl slides through before Carol can warn him not to. Noah is there, and he's got Carol's riffle. He takes Daryl's crossbow with an apology, and lets loose the tent walkers to get away. Daryl is so not letting his baby be stolen. They run off Noah, but Daryl lets him get away.

Carol tells Daryl that she wasn't going to kill the kid. She was trying to injure him. She didn't want to kill him. She doesn't want him, or Beth, or anyone back at the church to die. That's why she left, she couldn't sit around and watch them all and do nothing. If she's going to hell she's taking walkers with her, and not sitting around waiting for death to come.

Past: Carol watched the two bodies burn in the prison. She didn't just light them on fire and walk away, she stayed.

Carol and Daryl walk out to the overpass in the distance where the save-nappers crashed and left it. Daryl precariously climbs inside to look for clues, and Carol follows him in. The walkers are closing in on them, and they have to fight through them. They find its likely that Beth is being held at a hospital. There are too many walkers, and they have no choice but to get back into the van. Surrounded they're going to have to take a gamble. They go into the front seat and buckle up before sending the van over the edge. The van is in worse shape, but Daryl and Carol are okay for the most part. A few walkers fall from the sky, but they're no threat as the pair stumble away.

The pair find a quiet place to rest, and Daryl forces Carol to drink. He asks how bad her arm is, and she says that she's had worse. Daryl blames his stupidity. They're close to the hospital, and Daryl wants to scope the place out. Carol isn't so sure that they'll find what they need just by watching, but its a start.

Daryl finds a machete and some supplies in a nearby building. It looks like there's activity inside the hospital. Daryl asks what its like being back to a place she'd been before the apocalypse. She and Sophia stayed in that shelter, when she ran away from Ed, praying that something would be different. She didn't do anything. Who she was with him, was burned away, and she was happy about that. At the prison she got to be who she thought she should have been, then she got burned away. Now, she's jsst ashes. Daryl doesn't believe they're ashes. They hear a noise below and head down to investigate. Don't tell me its Noah again.

A walker is pinned to the wall with an arrow. Daryl finishes the job. They hear gun fire, and run towards the sound. A walker heads towards them, and takes down Carol. Daryl kills it, but Carol slows because of her injury. Daryl sees Noah trying to move a bookcase to trap some walkers, and he knocks him into the bookcase, bringing it down on top of Noah. Noah thought that they were following him, and he's sorry for what he did. Daryl saved him once, and says that he won't do it again. Carol begs Daryl to help Noah. The walker wiggles free, and is almost on Noah, but Daryl shoots it in the head.

A gore covered Carol walks in the woods. She removes her macabre poncho and wipes away the zombie sludge before she heads back out. In the distance smoke rises.


Carol and Daryl help Noah from beneath the bookcase. She's still there. Noah is looking out of the window for signs of activity at the hospital. Daryl asks him if he knows Beth, and he says that she was the one that helped him get out of there. The save nappers are patrolling the area. They group runs downstairs, but Noah stumbles. Daryl stops to help him, as Carol continues on out the doors and is hit by the save-nappers. Noah stops Daryl from running out after her. He tells Daryl that they can help Carol, and she may be Beth's best bet. Daryl lets her go, and Noah tells him that they're going to need a lot of help to get her out, since the hospital has guns and people. He has people too. Daryl takes Noah with him, and they head back to the church in a garbage truck.

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Zoolander 2 Adds Penelope Cruz

We’ve been hearing tantalising things about the chances of Zoolander 2 actually coming to life, and a big step has just occurred. Penelope Cruz is now signing on to co-star with Ben Stiller in the comedy sequel. Hey, if Dumb & Dumber can come back and score a hit, why not this?

The Zoolander sequel has been in the works for years, with various script drafts passing through. Justin Theroux, who had been attached to direct before his work on HBO drama The Leftovers got in the way, has written the most recent draft on the script, which Stiller is planning to direct.

Not much is known about the film’s plot yet, save that it apparently is still set ten years after the events of the original, finds Stiller’s Zoolander and Owen Wilson’s Hansel rejected by the fashion industry after they age out of the sweet spot for male models, leaving them struggling to once again make their names. Deadline reports that there are no deals in place for Wilson or Will Ferrell – who played preening villain Mugatu – to return yet, but we’d bet they’ll both show up to play. With Cruz aboard, the film should finally show some real momentum.

Cruz, last seen in The Counselor, has worked on Julio Medem’s Ma Ma, and will crop up in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy, Grimsby, which is out here on July 24.

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Clip From #Grimm "Cry Luison" Trubel Meets Bud

A WOMAN’S DELUSIONS DRIVE HER TO COMMIT A DEADLY CRIME -- JACQUELINE TOBONI, ALEXIS DENISOF AND LOUISE LOMBARD GUEST STAR.



Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to the scene of a crime where the suspect swears she was driven to madness by a very persistent talking wolf. Meanwhile, Nick and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) wonder if getting his Grimm powers back is worth giving up a normal life.Elsewhere, Bud (guest star Danny Bruno) hopes Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) can help take care of a wesen-related issue and the threats against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) inter-wesen marriage heat up. In Austria, Adalind (Claire Coffee) continues her perilous trek in the hopes of retrieving her daughter. ?Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.

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New Clips From #StateofAffairs "Secrets & Lies"

SECRETS & LIES (TV-14) Charleston (Katherine Heigl) and the team are in a race against the Russians over a stranded Russian submarine holding six months of stolen U.S. secrets -- their one advantage is that they have a CIA asset on board. At the same time, the texter persists, sending Charlie a damning picture, while Nick (guest star Chris L. McKenna) forces her to question if Fatah was ever really her asset.

Meanwhile, President Payton (Alfre Woodard) appoints a new CIA director, the formidable Ray Navarro (guest star Nestor Carbonell). Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and David Harbour also star. Guest starring Courtney B. Vance, James Remar and Alon Moni Aboutboul.





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Interview: John Beaton Hill Talks Wolves of Savin Hill, How It Was Making The Film & More

Interview By: Beevers

John Beaton Hill recently walked away with the Chris Brinker award at the San Diego Film Festival for his crime thriller Wolves of Savin Hill – and with good reason, the film is terrific. We spoke to the Boston-born filmmaker about his De Palma-esque thriller, due for release next year.


What is it about Los Angeles that lends itself to a good crime thriller story?

The setting. Los Angeles is a fantastic and beautiful place and when it’s lit up at night there’s nothing like it. It has its own qualities. It’s also big, and in this way a person can find refuge even from himself. There’s a duality to Los Angeles that makes it both quite beautiful and alluring but also sinister. As a setting, it can make a film special. We looked for this in our film and I think we captured the city well. We were certainly thinking in this regard.

How long ago did you set out to make the movie? How tough was it to get off the ground?

Approximately two years ago we started this journey and it just grew as we went along. From screenplay to the showing at the first festival, it was all of two years. I set out to make the film by making a decision. It was then a matter of bringing in actors and pulling a crew together. The way we did this was somewhat unorthodox, but this gave us time to really think about these characters and to develop a more compelling and satisfying ending to the film. The entire structure of the film in fact was a product of this longer time frame. We were able to make the adjustments we needed as we shot. We built our story and were able to make it more meaningful in that way.


There are a lot of Bostonian actors and crew involved. How did that come to be? Did you all come out together?

Old friends of mine… Sean Ireland, Paul Carafotes, Brian Scannell, and David Cooley are all from Massachusetts and so it kind of became a joining together of friends who had friends. It was good for me because of the content of the film. There’s a sensibility to Boston and these guys get it. We needed that.

You’ve got some big names in the film, like Jack McGee. How hard was it to get them onboard?

It’s the material. The screenplay… The actors came in for the table reading because either they knew me or someone else on the crew and so they were doing it out of generosity, but once we did the reading they all seemed to be much more interested in working with us. It was good material and they clearly wanted to participate. That was a good feeling. The content of something like this is so important and that was so clear to me once we went through the first reading. So, it’s friends, but it’s also at the material itself. You have to present them with something worth their status as actors. They have a lot of things to choose from.

David Cooley is very good in the film. Why was he chosen?

David is really good in the film, I agree. He is a producer on the film and wanted to play the role of Tom. Once we began and I saw what he could do, I was so pleased. He nailed it like I think very few could have. It’s a difficult part. But David is also just a generous person, so working with him day to day was a really nice thing. He brought not only a professionalism to the part, he also brought that same quality to the making of the film itself. He was invaluable in both ways.

How much did winning the Chris Brinker award help the movie?

Of course it’s had some impact. It brings interest. This is a big award. What it meant to me personally is also important. Chris was a great filmmaker and a great person. He was interested in making good films and working with good people and he was on his way to some very important films. It’s such a loss for the film community and I felt that when I received the award. It was that kind of moment. He had made such an impact in so short a time and here we were with a similar kind of way of making films and I’m receiving this award and I‘m inspired by him and his art and want to continue in the same traditions. I loved his style and I so much appreciated his drive and commitment to higher standards. That’s what we want to do.

Do you envision a theatrical release for the film, or will you be happy with a DVD or VOD?

Theatrical would of course be great. That’s what we always aspired to. What’s most important to me is that the film gets the exposure it deserves. They talk of numerous platforms. We’d like to see it in all of them.

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NEW "Mockumentary" For THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

On behalf of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation we’re excited to share with you a hilarious NEW "Mockumentary" for the highly anticipated action-comedy, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, featuring Tom McGrath, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, John Malkovich, and director Eric Darnell. Find out just how committed the cast were to their roles and how they literally became the animals they are playing!

THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR hits theaters everywhere on NOVEMBER 26, 2014 in 3D!

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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. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then…you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

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Wild Opens In LA & New York December 3rd

OPENING IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2014 IN ADDITIONAL SELECT CITIES ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 2014.



In Wild, director Jean-Marc VallĂ©e(Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures --as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Review: A Darker, Deeper Revolution

Although it's beginning is a little slow, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 takes us deeper into the world of Panem's rebellious spirit.

For someone who likes but not loves The Hunger Games franchise - and have never read the books - it's been nice to see the story of Panem evolve by exploding into rebellious violence, perhaps serving as a warning to current nations who might wish to radicalize themselves in their twisted perception of a new world order. Regardless of where current world politics will take us, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is a deeper, darker, and more desolate sequel than perhaps some fair-weather would like, but I think its tone is right on the money, even if it's not a perfect product.

"When we last left our show," the radical Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) had been rescued from the Quarter Quell edition of the 75th Hunger Games, herself having destroyed the contest in one feel swoop. The result has left her injured and despondent for news about the rest of the participants, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who has become more important to her that she planned. Her appearance in the previously-thought destroyed District 13 has also coincided with the rescue of many familiar characters, including the detoxed Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Katniss' secret lover Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and the former gamesmaker Plutarch (the deceased Phillip Seymour Hoffman). But for District 13 President Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss has become a chess piece in a much larger game; her desire to overthrow the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) now pits the evil dictator against the charismatic bowman as she visits her the destroyed Districts 12 and 8 and issues emotional demands to join the rebellion. As the fate of Peeta and the entire revolution hang over her head, Katniss must take control of the chessboard to rescue her friend, while Snow plots his next violent moves

Mockingjay is an odd film, in the sense that what brought these characters together is no longer in play. With the Games dead, all that's left is the new suffering brought on by the rebellion, and the film's beginning feels very different, with Katniss hiding from the authorities down in the District 13 bunker before being 'escorted' back to bed. From there, her reluctance to join the wider struggle comes in fits and stops as she witnesses the horror of Snow's oppression. That sort of drama is a slow burn, taking nearly 45 minutes before any Games-like action occurs; but I feel that element is neither front and center nor is it needed in these films. That to me is a signal of the franchise's maturity, a fact which does play quite well.

It's not all serious glances here: there's a funny scene as Katniss struggles to shoot a propaganda piece while Haymitch and de-fanged Effie (Elizabeth Banks) look on in shock, but for the most part this is a tonally dark production. Catching Fire Director Francis Lawrence returns to take the struggle underground, immersing his characters in a game for control of the hearts and minds of Panem. The story by The Town penner Peter Craig issues important messages about our own charged world political climate, while making funny - if on-the-nose - comments about winning the general public over to revolution. Danny Strong from Lee Daniels' The Butler adds a human touch as Katniss and others ruminate about the coming war and Peeta's fate.

We know things are building towards something violent and ultimately devastating for these characters, at least that's what Lawrence wants us to think. This revolution will come with consequences, and in Mockingjay the violence of the games has been replaced with even more death than before, perhaps proving Snow's point illustrated so well in Catching Fire.

And yet, the production isn't without its problems. A horrific image of the remains of District 12 is shown too soon, re-acted for the 'propos' by Director Cressida (Natalie Dormer); the impact just isn't there as it was the first time, with that money shot filmed from exact same angle. Cressida is totally unneeded, while Haymitch feels underused, confined to a few scenes of dealing with his alcoholism and preparing the message of the rebellion. The same goes for Finnick (Sam Caflin), a hero in Catching Fire and one of the many reasons why I loved the second film (read our review here), while psycho Joanna (Jena Malone) appears for literally 2 seconds. Whether the books portray Gale as Lawrence does here or not, he is certainly the love interest looking in, and Hemsworth's rather blank stares throughout demonstrate his readiness for another adventure. I've never felt he was properly used in this franchise, and any chance to grow his character into a tough, self-sufficient hero is ignored often enough for us to notice.

But this is The Jennifer Lawrence show, and as always she carries this considerable weight with nearly perfect results. She knows Katniss is now a ploy to help defeat The Capitol, and her very human responses to being played as such give Mockingjay a realistic spin on the old idea that not all heroes were born to be one. Hutcherson's violent turn at the end is powerful, as is Lawrence's visceral reaction, making the duo far more effective than any Captiol production in previous films. I also liked the steady hand of Moore, whose gray streaks of hair and simple clothing add to her aura as a leader unfazed by Snow's antics. She's very good next to Lawrence the actor, and Lawrence the director makes the most of their chemistry.

With so much of the YA movement in the box office trash compactor, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 still hits its marks, delivering a solid - if not a particularly inspiring - production. Moviegoers hoping for a rousing ending with slow-mo 'This' and majestic music 'That' will no doubt be bored, a situation which I did not find myself. It's not that Mockingjay is boring, but the cast of Oscar whos-who aren't given much more to do than ruminate, hide, and worry as Snow sends his bombers. That formula works for me, but I can see others possibly looking at their clocks, wondering when the real action will arrive. Sorry, that's for Part 2.

For now, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is perhaps the deepest character study of the franchise so far, transitioning the games into a continental battle for worldwide control. And even though a premium experience like IMAX or even 3D is not necessary, any other like XD or Atmos is certainly worth your time.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material and has a runtime of 123 minutes.

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

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB on December 13th at 10 AM in Las Vegas.


NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB is an upcoming 2014 American comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and written by Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman and Thomas Lennon. It is the sequel to the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Ben Kingsley.


When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #NightAtTheMuseum In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB on December 13th at 10 AM in Phoenix.


NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB is an upcoming 2014 American comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and written by Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman and Thomas Lennon. It is the sequel to the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Ben Kingsley.


When the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah begin to die out, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.


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Brad Pitt Attached To Alpha

Lionsgate has picked up Alpha, a sci-fi project that sees Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson teaming up with Brad Pitt and his Plan B banner.

Anthony Scott Burns, a Canadian filmmaker, is attached to make his feature debut with Alpha, which Pitt would produce with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Wilson came up with the original idea and will write the screenplay. Details of the project are being kept secret, but it is known to be sci-fi survival story that has shades of Jack London, the author behind such tales as White Fang and The Call of the Wild.

Part of the pitch involved a fake commercial, shot by Burns, for a fictional company that is central to the story.

Wilson is the author behind books with a robotics bent, such as How to Survive a Robot Uprising and Robogenesis as well as Robopocalypse, which Steven Spielberg came close to adapting. He also wrote several screenplays, including a remake of Cherry 2000 for MGM and adapting his book Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibing Rivalry for Nickelodeon.

Burns made waves when he directed a self-made fan trailer for Tron. He followed that up with a moody and intriguing sci-fi-tinged short titled Manifold, seen below.

Plan B, which last produced epic zombie movie World War Z and the Oscar-winning slave drama 12 Years a Slave, recently set up the adaptation of Wytches, a horror comic book by Scott Snyder and Jock, at new Regency.

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH Trailer

OFFICIAL TRAILER now for Relativity Studios' upcoming horror movie, THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH. During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to protect the children and discover the truth behind the Woman in Black.



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The November Man On Digital HD™ Blu-ray & DVD November 25th

Pierce Brosnan’s Explosive, Action-Packed Film The November Man Arrives on Digital HD™ Blu-ray™ and DVD November 25!

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LUCY Heading To BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK & DVD ON JANUARY 20, 2015

SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND MORGAN FREEMAN STAR IN THE MINDBLOWING #1 ACTION BLOCKBUSTER "LUCY" ON DIGITAL HD JANUARY 6, 2015 AND BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD ON JANUARY 20, 2015 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT.

In Lucy, the “exciting and smart” (San Francisco Examiner) #1 action blockbuster by visionary director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Professional, The Fifth Element), starring
Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers) and Academy Award® winner

Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, Oblivion), a woman altered by a dangerous drug that allows her to use 100% of her brain, transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Lucy debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand on January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Lucy will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on January 6, 2015.

Also featuring Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) and Amr Waked (Syriana, “House of Saddam”), Lucy is a “heart-pounding, 100% entertaining” (The Wall Street Journal) thriller that explores the possibility of what one person can truly do when the furthest reaches of the mind are accessed.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™.
• Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
• DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.

• DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

Bonus Features on Blu-Ray™ and DVD
• CEREBRAL CAPACITY – THE TRUE SCIENCE OF LUCY: Morgan Freeman serves as guide for fans to dive into the world of Lucy.

Bonus Features Exclusively on Blu-Ray™
• THE EVOLUTION OF LUCY – Follow Lucy’s transformation through the eyes of Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Director Luc Besson.

www.lucymovie.com
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FILMMAKERS & CAST:
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-Sik, Amr Waked
Director: Luc Besson
Written by: Luc Besson
Produced By: Virginie Besson-Silla
Executive Producer: Mac Shmuger
Casting: Nathalie Cheron, ARDA
FILMMAKERS & CAST (CONT):
Music By: Eric Serra
Film Editor: Julien Rey
Production Designer: Hughes Tissandier
Director of Photography: Thierry Arbogast, AFC
Costume Designer: Oliver Beriot

TECHNICAL INFORMATION - Blu-ray™:
Street Date: January 20, 2015
Copyright: 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61131842 (US) / 61131838 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.
Technical Info: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish and French)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles
Subtitles (Feature Only): Spanish and French

TECHNICAL INFORMATION - DVD:
Street Date: January 20, 2015
Copyright: 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61131844 (US) / 61131839 (CDN)
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality.
Technical Info: English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles


About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer Has Arrived

The Barden Bellas are back, back, back and this time they're taking on the world, as revealed in the new trailer for Pitch Perfect 2. The trouble is that the world doesn't like America, and Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) and the gang are going to have to sing (and dance) like never before if they're going to make it. And, with any luck, not vomit as much as they did in the first one.

As well as the returning cast you were hoping for - Rebel Wilson as "Fat Amy", Adam DeVine as the leader of the Treblemakers, Bumper Allen, and many more - there are plenty of new names to look forward to, including Hailee Steinfeld as Bella newcomer Emily. You've also got mud wrestling, some magic involving dry leaves and the concept of "Loser" as a language.



The first film came out in 2012, sneakily hauling in $113 million at the box office, as well as winning over a legion of die-hard fans, who will no doubt be champing at the bit to see what is going to aca-happen aca-next. From the looks of things, it's going to be raucous.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chris Pratt Is The Cowboy Ninja Viking

Read on to learn which role Chris Pratt will play in this upcoming film.
After a breakout, blockbuster genre franchise hit, some actors like to retreat to the safety and 'credibility' of a gritty low-budget indie drama or two. Not so for Chris Pratt. Still a star of Parks And Recreation, he managed to find time to follow Guardians Of The Galaxy with a little thing called Jurassic World, and has now chosen his next role in another nascent comic book franchise. He'll star as lead assassin Duncan in Universal's developing Cowboy Ninja Viking according to Collider

Created by writer A. J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, Cowboy Ninja Viking is an Image Comics series about secret counter-intelligence agents with multiple personality disorders. Various suitable candidates for the 'Triplet' programme were brought together by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, but when the project collapsed, the subjects went their own ways as hired assassins.

Pratt's Duncan then, just to be clear, will not be an actual Cowboy Ninja Viking: those are the personality types that have been corralled in his mind for maximum effectiveness (although Collider believe that Pratt's appearance will change onscreen according to which skill-set Duncan is using). Other characters we encounter in the comic series include Duncan's brother Carl (Staff Sergeant - Apache - Highlander); Steed Malbranque* (Hitman - Navy SEAL - Dokken roadie); Lara St. Britt (Air Hostess - Joan Of Arc - Amazon); and Grear Fulkirk, whose Sniper - Chef - Martial Artist designation surely makes him Seagal in Under Siege.

The movie has been in the works for some time. The comics were first published in 2009 and as early as 2010 Disney had the Zombieland team of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese working on an adaptation. That version went into turnaround in 2012, and Universal picked it up when Disney dropped it, choosing Marc Forster (Quantum Of Solace, World War Z) to direct.

Forster is no longer attached, meaning the director's chair is currently vacant. The IMDb lists Craig Mazin (The Hangover trilogy, Scary Movie 3 and 4) as a writer along with Wernick and Reese, but whether any of those drafts remain in play is unclear. Mark Gordon (Source Code, TV's Criminal Minds) is producing.

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