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Saturday, November 29, 2014

I Origins Review: Intelligent Message Gets Lost in Its Own Vanity

The bold but flawed Science Fiction drama I Origins strains under its own weight.


I Origins suggests that while people possess an original and unreproducible set of eyes, those very same eyes and the memories it seizes can transfer to a yet-unborn person, once their original owner dies. For scientist Ian (Michael Pitt), proving otherwise has become a lifelong dream. Soon, he and research assistant Karen (Brit Marling) seek to prove that the eye is a product of slow, evolutionary change as opposed to its instant creation by some unknown force. The results make Ian famous, but not before a chance meeting with the mysterious Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), whose eyes are among the most unique Ian has ever seen. After hooking up with Sofi, the two experience unimaginable tragedy, leaving Ian and Karen to continue their work. Now married and having produced a child, they realize the boy's eyes match those of another man whose recent death have gifted some of his memories to the newborn. Determined to prove his theory, Ian must journey to the far points of the populated world to find out whether the newest owner of Sofi's eyes have also transferred some of her memories.

The problem with I Origins is the same which destroys many an independent film: it suffers from a desire to see itself in the mirror for too long. Like a prom date who can't get over how beautiful she looks, the film gets stuck in showing just how lush and impressive it thinks it is. There's lots of disconnected casual conversations about life set among the depravity of India's poorest, mixed in with some genuinely remarkable messages about science. But there's also too many scenes that are in need of a serious edit. Regardless if some of that bends towards the pseudo-scientific end of things, its message about blending science and belief is a powerful one. There's no professional paper to be published about what Director Mike Cahill is suggesting, but his script does a good job of altering reality enough to suggest these divisive arenas might one day come together.

And yet, I Origins meanders too much, straining the limits of believability as Ian realizes that Salomina may have some of Sofi's memories, proving in some way what the film tries for too long to dispel. This otherworldly realization comes too late for everyone to react, adding to a list of infractions that include a clumsy and weird transition between relationships and a clunky tragedy that sets some of this in motion. The first 30 minutes are intense and thought-provoking, having little to do with science as Ian searches for Sofi after seeing her eyes on a billboard. Granted this scavenger hunt is only part of what I Orgins wants to show us, but once it gets to the pseudo-scientific connections, we move into another kind of film that gets a little uneven, as do the performances. Once Ian journeys to India, he and Karen lose any small chemistry they once had as Karen is forced to emote over Skype. It's not the most elegant storytelling, and Marling really isn't suited for the job.

Marling's performance feels like it always does: she's a casual passer-by, happy with window shopping her emotions rather than coming inside to portray them. In many ways, she feels as cold and distant as she did in The East, now armed with an excuse to be a scientist to hide her emotions. Pitt however gets plenty of chances to shine, and he makes the most of them - his interaction with Bergès-Frisbey feels more organic than with Marling, even if Ian and Sofi seem miles apart on the issues. Once Sofi's short stay is concluded, we enter a significantly duller world, filled with heaping piles of questions about life, rebirth, and the way science clashes with long-established beliefs. That too is an interesting path for awhile, but like Ian and Sofi's relationship, its long-term chances become slimmer as the film progresses.

I Origins is a daring film that loses its way before returning to a somewhat satisfying ending. Along that path, I found myself haunted by the notion that the film's original script might have got it right, but that as so many independent works go, it succumbed to its own vanity and the need for uninspiring relationships. That's too bad, because its intelligence and message are pretty powerful, even if some of its contrivances are worthy of slapping it around. However, if you're tired of the usual din of Summer blockbuster explosions, scantily-clad female flesh, and raunchy jokes, I Origins will at least make you think. If that's your idea of a good time - and I wouldn't blame you for trying - I recommend giving it a chance.

I Origins is rated R for some sexuality/nudity, and language and has a runtime of 113 minutes.

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#MINIONS Go Christmas Caroling

MINIONS Go Caroling. The clip is to promote the exclusive Holiday Gift Card Offer from AMC Theatres



The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film. www.minionnation.net

Genre: 3D-CG comedy adventure
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm
Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda
Writer: Brian Lynch
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Executive Producer: Chris Renaud

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Jake Gyllenhaal Is Ripped In The First Image From "Southpaw"

The actor has clearly been logging some serious hours in the gym

You probably won't want to step into a ring with Jake Gyllenhaal after seeing the first image for his forthcoming film Southpaw.

The Weinstein Company has released its first peek at the boxing drama with a promotional photo of Gyllenhaal showing off his impressive physique.

Director Antoine Fuqua's film centers on a boxer who finds success with the gloves on but is having major issues in his personal life. Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and 50 Cent co-star. The script was written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.

This is the latest project to require a major onscreen transformation for Gyllenhaal, who lost a significant amount of weight for his previous film Nightcrawler.

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7 Things We Learned From The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

You’ve seen it (below). You have thoughts. So do we. Here are 7 things we just learned from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, which blew up Black Friday with voom-voom pew-pew-pew glory.



1. There is a triple-bladed lightsaber. 

Remember when our minds were blown by Darth Maul having a two-sided lightsaber in The Phantom Menace trailer? Not to be outdone, here comes J.J. Abrams with a triple-sided version. Note the light itself is more sparky and flame-like than the usual solid-looking shafts. Also, functionality-wise, the prongs presumably act as added protection. Finally somebody must have said, “Hey, maybe we should make a lightsaber that guards our wrists because our hands keep getting chopped off.” This also give it a medieval Game of Thrones-ian broad-sword look.

2. There’s no outer space in the teaser trailer: 

Desert, lakes, forests, more desert. The entire trailer is terrestrial-based footage, which is a little weird for a movie called Star Wars. We’re not complaining; we assume there is plenty in the film itself, but it seemed worth pointing out.

3. Episode: VII is embracing atmosphere: Millennium Falcon contrails! X-Wing misty lake exhaust!

Like the USS Enterprise rising from an ocean in Star Trek: Into Darkness, Abrams is using spaceships in atmosphere to add more realistic effects and edge away from the pristine, plastic look of the prequels. Is that a grateful tear in our eye or a lens flare?

4. The Falcon has some upgrades.

That old-school circular radar dish? Now rectangular. Its blue-flame thruster? Now there’s some kind of grid of emission ports there. It remains to be seen if this means the ship acts/behaves differently
with some kind of mechanical O.S. upgrade or is simply a cosmetic overhaul. Looks cool either way.

5. The title has some clarity:

“Was The Force napping?” snarked fans when the Episode VII title was announced. Based on the trailer’s narration, yes, The Force was indeed napping, and now the new film seems to involve Force power awakening on both sides. Speaking of the title: Should we quit saying “Episode VII“? Once again, Disney isn’t using it.

6. The original actors are nowhere to be seen:

Our biggest concern about the new film is still shrouded in mystery: Can Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher convincingly slip back into their iconic roles 30 years later? It makes for an unusual teaser in that the three most familiar faces remain off-screen. Naturally Disney will want to unveil key elements slowly, so their absence is not really a surprise. The Star Wars tone—another point of earlier concern—feels right(ish).

7. The teaser prompts more questions than answers: What is the soccer ball droid up to?

Can it do anything other than roll charmingly? What are the scary stormtroopers preparing to do in that shuttle? Is that Adam Driver’s new villain in the snow? Who is he preparing to fight? Is Driver narrating this trailer and doing an effective Smaug impression? Is the lake-planet the same planet as the snow planet? Is John Boyega a good stormtrooper, a bad stormtrooper or a pretend stormtrooper? Why is he so freaked out and sweaty? Was he one of the troopers in the shuttle? Are we supposed to think his Force powers are awakening? Is Han Solo piloting the Falcon in that terrific looping roller-coaster shot and, if so, can we see him please? Where is Daisy Ridley — the presumed Princess Leia offspring — going on that awkward-looking landspeeder? Do the desert shots mean we’re back on Tatooine? It’s a rather big galaxy, couldn’t there be another desert planet? Why does nearly every planet we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe tend to exclusively have one type of terrain anyway?

Final thoughts: Abrams loves mystery, and one thing that’s really effective about this trailer is that it raises so many questions. You don’t leave this teaser knowing anything about the story, or if the new movie is actually any good. You only know that the new film has some really cool stuff and that, as a director, Abrams brings a sense of urgency and storytelling immediacy to his shots that the prequels sometimes lacked. The teaser isn’t as stingy with content as some feared, yet leaves you wanting so much more. Put another way: It gives fans a new hope, just not much else.

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Open Forum Friday: November 28, 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
- Horrible Bosses 2
- Penguins of Madagascar
Blu-rays
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</br> - As Above, So Below

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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Friday, November 28, 2014

Independence Day Sequel On Its Way. Oh Joy.

It’s been vapourware. It’s been in various stages of development. It’s been two movies set to shoot back-to-back. It’s seen writers come and go. And, most recently, it scored a 2016 release date. But even that wasn’t enough to make 20th Century Fox officially hit the “go” button on the Independence Day sequel. Now, though, the green light is flashing and the cameras should be rolling in May.

Roland Emmerich, who has long been the champion of more alien invasion action, has surprisingly not already signed a deal to direct, but given what he’s said about the film in the past months, that’s merely a formality. According to Deadline, the studio will start locking in a cast as soon as Emmerich is officially on board and it will only be a single film: the double-shot option is not going forward for now. Also not present? Will Smith, who has long since apparently passed on appearing. Could he be tempted to relent? It’s not impossible, but don’t count on Captain Steven Hiller showing up.

No mention is made of the plot but the script, currently credited to Carter Blanchard, will likely involve the alien race from the first film arriving at Earth somewhat angered over their comrades’ defeat and humanity scrambling to make use of the technology it has managed to retro engineer from the creatures’ ships.

Whatever happens, the film is scheduled to hit US theaters on June 24, 2016.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer & Images

It's finally here: the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's not that long, but it will do for now. So what are you waiting for? And what are you doing reading this? Head over to Apple immediately to watch it for yourself, then come back here to find out our thoughts shortly.




Early thoughts: this looks like being the real deal, a return to the core values (practical effects! Practical droids!) and, more importantly, the feel of classic Star Wars.


It's also more notable for what it doesn't show as much as it shows. So, contrary to initial rumours, we don't get a glimpse of the old stagers returning to the franchise. There's no Mark Hamill as a bearded Luke Skywalker, no Harrison Ford as Han Solo, no Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, no Chewie, no Threepio, no Artoo.


What we do get is a glimpse at the new blood that will drive the film - John Boyega, the hero of the film, intriguingly wearing an Imperial Stormtrooper's outfit. Some rumours had suggested that Boyega's character would be a guy with a troubled past trying to find the right path. This definitely tallies with that.


Then we have Daisy Ridley as the film's heroine (believed to be called Kira), Oscar Isaac as an X-Wing pilot lining up in formation with a squadron of fellow pilots, and... the new Sith threat. The dark voiceover that begins the trailer - "there has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" - not only tees up the title, but seems to come from a villain who'll be making life difficult for our heroes.


That villain may well be the Sith Lord seen near the end of the teaser, sporting a souped-up red lightsaber that's more ragged and, literally, laser sword-like than previous models. Speculation already suggests the voice could belong to Benedict Cumberbatch, but as his involvement in the film hasn't been confirmed, we'd imagine it will come more from Adam Driver.


And then, in lieu of faces of old friends, we get an astonishing shot that heralds the return of the coolest spaceship in movie history - the Millennium Falcon, swooping and gliding and loop-the-looping across the sand dunes of Tattooine as it seeks to avoid any Imperial entanglements. With the one-two punch of that, followed quickly by John Williams' Star Wars theme, the trailer ends on a triumphant note that had the entire Empire office bursting into applause. And we're a jaded, cynical bunch.


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Penguins of Madagascar Review: "Cute and Cuddly" All the Way

Penguins of Madagascar makes a strong case for cute and cuddliness.

If you've been reading SJF for any time period, you know my affection for the inoffensive animated comedy. Easy on the eyes for the young-ins and usually filled with pop trash zaniness for the adults, the genre has hit its stride over the past year, delivering hits like The LEGO Movie and Mr. Peabody and Sherman with cool efficiency. The Penguins of Madagascar has all the pieces for similar success, delivering the fun of the television show and emphatically placing them above their New York Zoo brethren.

Part origin story, Penguins begins with our favorite flightless birds Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (Conrad Vernon) and the newly-hatched Private (Christopher Knights), whom the other dub as their 'brother.' Impulsive and frankly militant, the Penguins escape their frozen Arctic confines to become the darlings of the New York Zoo, turning one of their habitation mates Dave (John Malkovich) into a brilliant but psychotic villain. The octopus has been promised revenged against all penguins by developing The Medusa Serum, sparking the attention the rival spy network North Wind, led by the debonair wolf Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch). His team includes a seal (Ken Jeong), a polar bear (Peter Stormare), and an exotic, sexy owl (Annet Mahendru), all of whom travel around with fancy James Bond-like gadgets. Initially unwilling to share in each other's glory, North Wind and the Penguins set off to defeat Dave before he can unleash the Serum and bring all of Penguin Nation to their knees.

Penguins succeeds in a different way than others in the genre have done: sure, it's got the (mostly) excellent voice casting that every successful animated movie needs, but it also wins because it knows exactly what it is. This isn't the terse, tear-jerker Toy Story 3, but a zany, witty comedy that knows just how ridiculous it is. That's a trademark honed from the television series, which represents one of the best animated comedies ever. I'm not kidding: watch the first season and tell me you didn't laugh hysterically throughout. Flightless birds who use Kung-Fu to achieve their goals? Check. Over-plotted plans to solve this week's caper? Check. Flinging poo, soda bottle rocket packs, and an ever-increasingly oppressive Lemur king? Television majesty!

Penguins goes merely beyond the cute and cuddly to deliver (mostly) excellent vocal performances. Whereas the Madagascar team of Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria have always felt staged and stodgy, our penguin crew voices are more dynamic, perhaps honing them during the three seasons which aired on Nickelodeon. My only concern is that the movie voice of Kowalski has been replaced from the television version, a move I think based on who got there first when Madagascar the movie was originally conceived. Having said that, Miller still doesn't feel right (nor has he ever), and his rather flat delivery results in too many uneven exchanges between frankly better voice actors. I hope that logic and pressure from fans will allow the real Kowalski (Jeff Bennett) to return in future films to ink this franchise in box office gold.

Cumberbach is delightfully sophisticated, making his case to one day portray James Bond, but there's not enough of the high-spun Jeong, nor of anyone else in North Wind outside of Classified. Too bad, because its 92-minute runtime could have done more beyond the funny facial gestures and good one-liners that are dropped in front of us like bread crumbs. North Wind is the professional antithesis of the Penguins, although it would have been fun to see an Avengers-like brawl before the teams made up to defeat Dave. But the slapstick by a team of five writers including John Aboud will keep the kids entertained while the parents will find plenty of social humor to keep them laughing. Usually, that many chiefs in the kitchen doesn't favor the foolish, but Madagascar Director Eric Darnell and Shrek alum Simon J. Smith keep the story moving with an effective mix of silly spycraft and social commentary.

Penguins is a straight-up, fun romp with heroes who have no clue and are OK in their blissful ignorance. Where else can you find a William Shatner-esque leader in a penguin suit destroying English slang, with lines like "Parker Posey!" and "Venetian Blinded, AGAIN!" when his team is thwarted by Dave in Italy. Our villain isn't much smarter, with Malkovich confidently bellowing, "Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go shopping: for REVENGE!!" And even Cumberbatch gets involved by reminding Skipper that, "No one breaks the Wind." It's all very on-the-nose, with great shtick spy music by Composer Lorne Balfe, and a general sense that none of these super agents would last 5 minutes in the real world. Dave is not a particularly original villain, and there's a lack of female leads, but we're here to be entertained, and entertained we are.

Some might claim that Penguins of Madagascar succeeds only because so much on the big screen today fails: ridiculous. It's sweet, charming, and filled with everything the Madagascar movies never had when the boys weren't front and center. This town is officially too big now for its name, and it's time to see the break we all could see from the moment Skipper and his gang arrived. I guarantee you that the other will be hard-pressed to match the results delivered here.

Penguins of Madagascar is rated PG for mild action and some rude humor and has a runtime of 92 minutes.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TV Review: Gotham “Lovecraft”

TV Review: Gotham “Lovecraft”
By: Brandon Wolfe

With roughly half of its first season now laid out, ‘Gotham’ is still struggling to get its act together. The flaws that one hoped were temporary and being worked through are now starting to look like they might be the house style. The show is all thumbs, uncertain of what it wants to be and seemingly incapable of any artfulness. It should be much better than this, yet it doesn’t seem to be on any path to redemption.


Arguably the biggest problem with ‘Gotham’ is its stubborn insistence on cramming young Bruce Wayne into the works as a major character. This decision has hamstrung the show by forcing a character into a context in which he simply doesn’t make sense. ‘Gotham’ was sold as a gritty cop procedural set in a pre-Batman Gotham City. This is a conceit with promise, at least in theory, but it’s also one where a schoolboy version of Bruce Wayne makes little sense playing a sizable role. The creators seem convinced that people will not accept a version of the Batman universe without some incarnation of the iconic character in there, but continuing to return to Wayne Manor each week to check in on Bruce always feels like somebody sat on the remote and changed the channel. ‘Gotham’ needs to choose whether it wants to be a cop show or ‘Smallville’ and stop pretending like it’s possible to be both at the same time.


The union of Bruce and Selina Kyle at least gives these two problematic characters a reasonable seat at the grown-ups table this week as a hit squad descends on Wayne Manor to take out the Catwoman-in-progress before she can testify as the only witness to the Wayne murders. While the villains are fended off by the show’s surprisingly spry version of Alfred (and Sean Pertwee remains the show’s secret weapon), the tots flee the grounds, with “Cat” taking Bruce into the city to hide out at Flea, a decrepit wreck of a building described as a “mall” for street kids. While there, they cross paths with Ivy, a socially awkward orphan that one presumes will eventually become Poison Ivy, making this scene play out like “Batman: The High School Years” (it is to the show’s credit, however, that it resists its usual impulse to bludgeon us with winks and make numerous plant references toward the character). Bruce and Selina manage to keep one step ahead of their pursuers and bond in the process, with Selena even giving him his first taste of rooftop-jumping, before culminating in a kiss. This is cute, I suppose, but does anyone really want ‘Gotham’ to be about how Batman and Catwoman started out as Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper?

Still, focusing on the kids this week at least shifts our focus away from the increasing tedium of the mob-war storyline. Mooney’s plan to upset the order of things is working as Falcone presumes the assault on his vault was perpetrated by Maroni, for which he holds the Penguin personally responsible due to the lack of an advance warning. Cobblepot swears innocence and vows to sniff out the mole in Falcone’s organization, which he knows is Mooney and just needs to prove. All the jockeying for position among these characters has grown stale. It feels like it’s on a constant repeat cycle, and is only ever at all entertaining when the Penguin is onscreen. The show is clearly teasing an eventual blowout with these mob figures and one can only hope it leaves most of them dead so we can focus on more interesting villains going forward.

Gordon’s story takes a turn this week. While he spends most of the hour trying to locate Baby Bat and Kiddie Cat, he also gets to bristle with Harvey Dent over the attorney inadvertently endangering the children with an intentional leak. The assassins pursuing Selina corner Gordon when he tracks down shady businessman Lovecraft (whom this episode is inexplicably named after) and attempt to frame Gordon for the man’s murder, which gives the mayor the leverage to remove Gordon from active duty, reassigning him as a glorified security guard at the newly reopened Arkham Asylum. This is a potentially intriguing wrinkle going forward, as it could offer the opportunity to meet some other eventual members of the Rogue’s Gallery and take a breather from the dull Mafiosos, but it does seem limiting toward what Gordon’s role in the series can be in future episodes. After all, making sure, say, a young Scarecrow keeps his cell clean is hardly a job for a lead character.

The characters remaining wafer-thin caricatures is still one of the core issues with ‘Gotham.’ Gordon remains potentially the dullest protagonist on television. McKenzie can grit his teeth all he wants, but that doesn’t make this hopelessly boring character compelling. Donal Logue fares even worse as Bullock, whom the show seems to think is a breakout character, yet is irritating and unappealing. Bullock’s painful one-liners, one rolling out after another, hit the ears like a razor-studded Q-tip. ‘Gotham’ is a pitiful dialogue show. It’s one of those comic-book adaptations where the writers don’t realize that what can fly within the confines of word balloons doesn’t work when spoken aloud by actual human beings. No one talks like a person on this show and it’s a real problem.

‘Gotham’ retreats into its brief winter hiatus in no better shape than it was months ago in its wobbly pilot. Maybe 2015 will be where the series will start to flourish. If not, then it might be time to ascend to the roof of Fox headquarters and fire up the Cancellation Signal into the night sky (it’s shaped like the ‘Firefly’ logo).

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First Look At Katie Cassidy As The Black Canary

Laurel may be suiting up in a new Black Canary costume, but Arrow fans be warned: The novice is far from being a hero.

Driven by revenge, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has been desperate to take up the mantle of the Black Canary following the death of her sister Sara (Caity Lotz), inching her closer and closer to fulfilling her comic book destiny—something fans of the graphic novels have been eagerly awaiting since the show’s inception. But she may be putting the cart before the horse when she finally suits up.

“Just because you put on a mask and a costume doesn’t mean you’re a superhero,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW. “A mask does not a hero make. We’re really at the beginning of Laurel’s journey to becoming the Black Canary, not the end by virtue of the fact that she’s put on a costume.”

Therefore, when Laurel does finally go out to fight crime, “It’s not like Arrow [Stephen Amell], Arsenal [Colton Haynes] or Diggle [David Ramsey] going out into the field,” he says. “She gets punched, she gets hit, she gets injured. When she throws a punch, she doesn’t always connect. When she jumps off of something, she doesn’t always land on two feet. She’s a much more rougher and realistic kind of crime fighter.”

“I’m loath to even call her a hero at this point because I don’t think she’s earned that title yet, though she certainly wants to,” Guggenheim continues. “There’s going to be a continuing process of evolution with her despite the fact that she’s now in costume.”

Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Flash vs. Arrow Crossover Event Trailer

Forget Batman vs. Superman. Forget Captain America vs. Iron Man.

If you're ready to get amped for Flash vs. Arrow, we've got the promo for you. There's action, there's comedy — there's plenty of two superfriends trying to bash each other to bits.



Watch the full, two-part crossover during the Dec. 2 episode of The Flash and the Dec. 3 episode of Arrow. And check out what the shows' cast and creators told The Hollywood Reporter about the TV event here.

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Avatar Sequels “They’re Gonna Be Bitchin’ & "You Will Shit Yourself" According To James Cameron

While Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Fives Armies hogs the New Zealand limelight, a quiet corner of the North Island houses James Cameron as he beavers away on the scripts for his next two Avatar films, currently known as Avatars 2, 3 and 4 but soon no doubt to be furnished with sexier, more descriptive titles. ‘Eywa Hard With A Vengeance’, that kind of thing.

“I can tell you one thing about them,” Cameron laughs when Empire nonchalantly enquiries about storylines. “They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”

Despite early rumours of a move to 60 frames per second, 48 is Cameron’s choice of frame rate for the sequels. “My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market,” he says. “I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”

The writer/director has divided the two scripts across a writing team that includes Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman and Shane Salerno. “I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together,” Cameron explains, “and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie,” he laughs.

As part of January’s Peter Jackson-edited issue, Cameron also chatted about his burgeoning relationship with the Kiwi filmmaking doyen. As it turns out, Jackson and his writing team, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, made a significant contribution to Avatar. “When Neytiri is holding Jake and she’s just brought him back to consciousness, the 'I see you' line was suggested by them,” remembers Cameron. “It might have been Peter who said that.”

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Character Poster For @KingsmanMovie

20th Century Fox is excited to share 4 NEW Domestic Character Posters for their upcoming film KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, featuring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton, and the adorable Dog.



KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE hits theaters everywhere on February 13, 2015!


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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

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New Poster For #PeanutsMovie

To celebrate Charles Schulz’s birthday, Snoopy and Woodstock have shared a brand NEW poster for THE PEANUTS MOVIE!

In PEANUTS, a 3D, CGI animated comedic adventure, Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace! – embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.

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Giveaway: Rosewater Prize Pack

Open Road Films has provide us with and amazing prize pack to giveaway.

Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal.

Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days.

With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.



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Rosewater prize pack including the following items:

A copy of the newly re-released novel "ROSEWATER" written by Maziar Bahari (previously published as “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival").

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Red & Green Band For UNFINISHED BUSINESS Starring Vince Vaughn

20th Century Fox has released brand new Red AND Green Band trailers for the highly anticipated comedy, UNFINISHED BUSINESS! Follow relentless businessman, Vince Vaughn, and his colleagues, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco, as they take work matters to Europe to make or break their careers, stumbling upon the most scandalous of escapades along the way. Get ready for this hysterical journey to hit theaters everywhere MARCH 6, 2015!

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Red Band trailer


Green Band trailer


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Stan Lee Featurette From BIG HERO 6

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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Stan Lee Featurette


Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on Nov. 7, 2014.

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NBA All Net Is Live

NBA ALL NET™ SHOOTS INTO THE APP STORE & GOOGLE PLAY

A Licensed NBA IP Showcasing Over 500 NBA Superstars Now Available for Android and iOS


Mobile game publisher KICK9 Inc., today announced that its latest mobile title NBA All Net™ is now available for Android and iOS – it’s debut just in time as the NBA season is in full swing!

NBA All Net is a licensed title from DeNA known for their development and publishing of popular mobile titles including Transformers: Age of Extinction, MARVEL War of Heroes, Rage of Bahamut, and G.I. JOE BATTLEGROUND. NBA All Net showcases officially licensed real world and up-to-date teams, logos, images, and players delivering an authentic NBA card collecting experience. Players can take part in various games where they can relive historic career highlights of NBA players, survive the Road to Glory, battle their way through tournaments, take part in competitive leagues or compete in Ranked Matches and rise to the top of seasonal Leaderboards. Future updates include new player cards, additional game modes, and weekly events which will continue to keep NBA fans excited throughout the season.

Additional Highlights Include:
A roster of over 500 NBA players from both past and present.
Collect, manage and customize a roster of up to 300 players.
PVE: play Legendary Match and relive your favorite player’s career highlights.
PVP: compete in weekly tournament and matches to outrank them all.
Build your five most powerful player lineup leveraging equipment, training, and evolution to become a top competitor.
Keep track of your favorite teams throughout the NBA season with live standings.
Full 3D match view; vividly see your superstar’s abilities, tactics, and teamwork.

Published by KICK9 Inc, NBA All Net is available as free-to-play on the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore supporting both iOS and Android devices. Licensed countries for distribution include: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, and India.

About KICK9, Inc.
KICK9, Inc. is a leading mobile global game publisher of mobile digital content, headquartered in Sunnyvale California, with offices in Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan. Shareholders of KICK9 include DT Capital Partners. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.kick9.com.

About DeNA
DeNA (pronounced "D-N-A") is a global leader of developing and operating mobile services including free-to-play games, e-commerce and other online offerings. Founded in 1999, DeNA is headquartered in Tokyo with offices and game development studios across the globe. DeNA Co., Ltd. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (2432). For more information, visit: http://www.dena.com

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE IMITATION GAME In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE IMITATION GAME on December 11th at 7:00PM in Las Vegas.


THE IMITATION GAME is a 2014 British-American historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and is directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.


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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 THE IMITATION GAME In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE IMITATION GAME on December 11th at 7:00PM in Phoenix.


THE IMITATION GAME is a 2014 British-American historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and is directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.


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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The Humbling Trailer & New Images Starring Al Pacino

The Humbling is an erotic comedy film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede, based on the 2009 novel, The Humbling, written by Philip Roth. The film stars Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Charles Grodin and Mandy Patinkin.


Simon Axler, an aged and addled actor has his world turned upside down after he embarks upon an affair with a lesbian.



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