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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wild Review: Witherspoon's Performance Can't Sustain the Story

Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild gets lost along the trail.

Review by Matt Cummings

Director Jean-Marc Vallée stunned us in 2013 with Dallas Buyer's Club, a story about a man's personal journey into the Hell of AIDS in the 1980's. He returns in 2014 with Wild, a movie bolstered by Reese Witherspoon's terrific performance and a script that can't keep up with her.

In 1995, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) made the impetuous choice to walk the entire length of Pacific Crest Trail alone. Suffering from a series of personal tragedies including the death of her well-intentioned but lost mother (Laura Dern), Strayed spiraled into a world of drugs and trampish behavior before finding herself divorced and on the edge of a mental breakdown. Desperate to rediscover herself, Cheryl sets out on her 150-day odyssey, determined but impossibly inexperienced, encountering danger, starvation, and perhaps her former self along the way.

Witherspoon locks into her character early and never lets go, with determined, hollow glances as she struggles to both complete the trek and figure out why she did it in the first place. She's past the glitzy but empty comedies of her early career (still gotta love her in Friends with that vinyl dress) and has entered 'the nude zone' with several rather revealing scenes that have become the blueprint for winning an Oscar (thanks, Gweneth Paltrow). But while her performance might just nab her the golden statue, it's unlikely that Vallée will do the same. Wild jumps around too much through Cheryl's past, often re-displaying memories that feel more random than connected to Writer Nick Hornby's script. The ending breezes in and out far too quickly, summarizing the next seven years after she completed the trek, with payoff to the audience. Again, great films show us the payoff, and Vallée struggles to bring his film to a conclusion, like he himself is as exhausted by the affair as Cheryl.

Performances throughout are mixed, from the very good (Dern) to the serviceable (Cheryl's husband, played by Thomas Sadoski). Vallée paints several pretty outdoor shots but fails to put Witherspoon among them in a way that connects her to the incredible environments she encounters. Say what you want about The Hobbit, but Peter Jackson always showed us how small humans were in nature's bigger picture. Wild is all 'journey you take rather than the destination' and that doesn't work as well as it could. We're treated to a frankly overwhelming amount of flashbacks, each seemingly added to evoke some emotion from the audience. Some of them work very well, such as those surrounding the death of Cheryl's mother and her descent into heroin. But these two journeys don't feel connected: none of it ever returns to play a role along the trail, and while we're meant to see just how messed up her life was, Vallée doesn't make as convincing an argument as he could.

Wild serves as yet another example of the 2014 Oscar season: strong performances surrounded by scripts that can't keep up. This one serves up two guaranteed nominations - perhaps based more on the political game of 'for your consideration' than any actual value - but Vallée's film is two steps behind Dallas Buyer's Club and stuck in a snowstorm to boot. Once again, I'd say 'See it for the performances, not the film.'

Wild is rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language and has a runtime of 115 minutes.

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Trailer For True Story Has Dropped Starring James Franco & Jonah Hill

With his constant barrage of side projects in film and on paper, it’s a wonder that James Franco has time to appear in other people’s movies. But here he is in a based-on-truth story, which sees him acting opposite pal Jonah Hill in a tale that will see neither of them using their comedy chops. With the film headed to the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for True Story has arrived.

Adapted by Dave Kajganich from Michael Finkel’s memoir, the plot finds Hill playing Finkel, a New York Times writer who, in 2002, was fired by the paper after his bosses announced he had falsified part of an investigative report. With his girlfriend (Felicity Jones) upset and no work prospects, Finkel suddenly discovered a possible path to redemption.

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But this is no ordinary tale of someone working their way back into everyone’s good graces: it turns out that FBI murder suspect Christian Longo (Franco) had taken the journalist’s name and, after he was captured, refused to speak to anyone else but Finkel. As he dug into the mystery, Finkel realised he could save his career by talking to Longo.

Rupert Goold directing this one, with Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol and Robert John Burke also among the cast.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #INHERENTVICE In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For INHERENT VICE on January 5th at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.


INHERENT VICE,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.


The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom.


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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 #INHERENTVICE In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For INHERENT VICE on January 5th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


INHERENT VICE,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.


The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”) and Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”); Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” “Boardwalk Empire”); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”); Martin Short (“Frankenweenie”); Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series); and musician Joanna Newsom.


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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, December 19, 2014

#THEGAMBLERMOVIE Event In San Francisco Tomorrow

THE GAMBLER Event at Pa’ina in San Francisco


Come gamble with us as we get ready for Paramount Pictures' latest film, THE GAMBLER!



This Saturday, December 20th, from 3-6PM, we will have tables to play poker and blackjack and winners can trade in their winnings for limited edition film promotional items!

All ages welcomed. NO COVER, but toy donations are encouraged!
*No purchase necessary. Prizes on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pa’ina
1865 Post Street
San Francisco, Ca 94115

There will be Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm...$5 food, $4 beers, $5 cocktails, and much more!

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KILL ME THREE TIMES Trailer Starring @simonpegg & @tez_palmer

Watch this trailer for KILL ME THREE TIMES

The film stars Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Bryan Brown and Simon Pegg.



Magnet Releasing will release KILL ME THREE TIMES on iTunes/On Demand March 26, 2015 and in theaters April 10, 2015.

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#TAKEN3 New 'Stop Taking My Sh*t' Video IS HERE

On the heels of the launch of the unique TAKEN 3 LinkedIn competition where Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) will record an endorsement video for one winning fan’s profile page, 20th Century Fox has worked with LinkedIn to create a NEW profile page for Bryan Mills! This is only the second time that LinkedIn has permitted a fictional character to have a profile page for promotional purposes; the first was Santa Claus.



Follow Bryan Mills’ LinkedIn Page HERE: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanmillssecurity

20th Century Fox has also just released a kick-ass NEW video featuring Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in ‘Stop Taking My Sh*t’. People really need to learn not to take stuff from Bryan Mills!

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Night at the Museum 3 Review: Hilarious Farewell to the Franchise

Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb sends off Robin Williams in style.

Review by Matt Cummings

It's not often that you see a trilogy end as well as it began - especially when the second was so awful - but in the case of Shawn Levy's Night at The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, it's not hard to like much of this mad-cap comedy.

Larry (Ben Stiller) has moved up the museum ladder, ready to show off his cast of 'animatronics' to the world. But as we know, these characters are the museum's displays come to life, courtesy of a magical gilded Tablet of Akmenrah, the ancient Egyptian relic responsible for the museum’s transformation. Unfortunately during a fancy gala, the exhibits begin to malfunction, ending the career of Dr. McPhee (Ricky Gervais) and sending Larry to London to seach for a cure to the disintegrating relic. Along the way, he'll run into his British counterpart Tilly (Rebel Wilson), meet an Egyptian Pharaoh (Sir Ben Kingsley), and battle to save his friends before the Tablet is destroyed.

For 90 or so minutes, we're treated to slapstick mayhem on a scale that NATM has gotten very good at producing, but it's not all fun and games. Larry's son Nick (Skyler Gisondo, replacing Jake Cherry) wants to chart his own path that might not include college, and our heroes are placed in imminent danger that feels very real. That might be a bit frightening for some kids, along with the thundering hooves of another dinosaur come to life; but in the end it's all good in fun. Parents will note the second appearance of Kingsley, who yet again plays a dude in the middle of Egypt in as many weeks (he's also playing in Exodus: Gods and Kings). But he's witty and even a little fun near the end, which is really what this franchise all about. We're also treated to a few fun cameos that help break up the monotony of the rather linear script by David Guion, Michael Handelman, and five others. Usually, that many hands in the cookie jar result in a misfire, but somehow it works here.

Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson reprise their roles as the miniature Lilliputians, turning in some of the funniest scenes of the film. Dan Stevens, who turns in a serviceable role as Sir Lancelot, becomes the film's antagonist-turned-redeemer, adding a little bit of drama before Stiller returns to quietly say goodbye to his museum friends. He also gets a chance to extra cash here by playing the newest addition to the museum in Stiller in Laaa, a Neanderthal who looks suspiciously like the security guard.

Levy maintains a tight focus on his characters, choosing wider shots only to demonstrate the beauty of London or to introduce a cat fight that shouldn't be missed. But NATM3's heart is really Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt, adding an elegant touch in his final performance. Levy also shows off his love for Indiana Jones by introducing us to the tablet's origins during a 1930's archaeological dig in which none other than Matt Frewer shows up to warn about moving the artifacts. Wilson could carry this mantle in a British follow-up, but her PG collar doesn't allow her too much breathing room, something that Stiller didn't need to make an impression. Gervais, a figure in so many comedies this year, isn't around enough but his scenes are nonetheless enjoyable.

A series like this reminds us that museums can seem like stodgy places where talking out loud is discouraged, but wouldn't it be fun to see Larry's world come alive in our institutions? That's the joy behind NATM3 and the series in general, a nerdy and (mostly family-friendly affair that shows us how our minds are more powerful than any iPhone gadgetry.

Some critics have refused to review this franchise on the grounds that it's silliness and lowbrow humor isn't worth their time. Why take such a stand at the expense of a good laugh? NATM3 doesn't take any bold steps here or reinvent itself in any way, but that doesn't mean the results are any less appealing. A Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is mad-cap family fun that will entertain the little ones while keeping mom and dad searching for the cameos and adult jokes that populate the entire film. It's a fitting end on many levels, and you'd hard pressed to emerge from it without a smile on your face.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language and has a runtime of 97 minutes.

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Get Hard Trailer Starring Will Ferrell & Kevin Hart

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the trailer for "Get Hard" starring Will Ferrell, Craig T. Nelson, Kevin Hart, Tip "T.I." Harris, and Alison Brie.


Film is directed by Etan Cohen from a screenplay he along with Jay Martel, and Ian Robert wrote.


"Get Hard" follows a millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) who is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison. Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

"Get Hard" hit theaters on March 27, 2015.

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First Image From #TED2

EW scored the first image from TED 2.

All we have heard about the film is it will focus on Ted fighting in court for the right to have a child with his human girlfriend. Morgan Freeman plays a legendary civil rights lawyer who helps him out.

Amanda Seyfried co-stars in the movie, and Liam Neeson and John Slattery will have small roles. The movie hits theaters on June 26th, 2015

Everyone's favorite foulmouthed teddy bear is back! Seth MacFarlane won't reveal plot details, but does confirm that we won't see any plush additions to Ted's entourage. ''It's basically the way we treated Stewie in Family Guy,'' the co-writer/director says. ''He's the only one of his kind who can talk.'

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Robert Rodriguez Will Direct Fire And Ice

Sony Pictures has acquired a big package that gives the studio a potential franchise. Robert Rodriguez will direct a live-action version of the 1983 animated film Fire And Ice. The film is Rodriguez’s homage to his friend, the late legendary animator Frank Frazetta, on whose works Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi based that original film.

It’s a big buy for Sony Pictures at a rough time for that studio, and a deal that reunites it with Rodriguez; Columbia Pictures acquired the Sundance breakout El Mariachi, Rodriguez’s memorable debut. The intention is for Fire And Ice to be the birth of a fantasy adventure franchise, informed by the dreamlike worlds Frazetta poured into his paintings.

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#ANNIEMOVIE Review. It’s A Remake Just For A Remake Sake

It’s a remake just for a remake sake.

RAMA has delivered another great review.

It is possible for a movie musical to show that the actors seem to be having fun on the screen, but unfortunately that fun is not shared by the audiences watching them. ANNIE is one of those movies. It’s a remake just for a remake sake, just so that the studio can have something they can call a new version, with new level of riches, billionaire with a ‘B’, just so that they can have something that simply exists. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the vibe or the hyper energy, but everything about this new ANNIE manages to make musical fans like me hate musicals. It’s a hard knock life indeed for us.

There’s nothing wrong with trying to update something using a diverse group of actors, I’m all for that, but if you have a weak script with a runtime that’s unnecessary long, and songs that push you away instead of inviting you in, you’ve got a disaster in your hand. I actually feel sorry for Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale, Jamie Foxx, even David Zayas, because they’re all fantastic actors but they’re victims of this poorly scripted, poorly staged, poorly choreographed film.

Oscar nominee Wallis plays a foster kid named Annie who lives with his friends in a foster home run by their evil foster mom, played by Cameron Diaz whose character, Miss Hannigan, is a self-pity mean b*tch, nice effort by Diaz but her sex appeal which is still fully attached to her, makes it hard for some of us to completely hate her.
Jamie Foxx plays a business tycoon turns New York mayoral candidate named Will Stacks, who saves Annie from an accident. Stacks advisers, played by Bobby Canavale and Rose Byrne, see it fit for Stacks to take Annie in under his care, they think it’s good for Stacks’ public image and that it would get him votes.

I get it, I totally do, this film essentially wants to speak about what truly matters and what truly matters is not money or wealth, or power or reputation, what truly matters is the people around us whom we care about, being there for them no matter how busy you may get. ANNIE’s themes are always meant for good. But as a film, this version of ANNIE is just unlikable, not even the songs could compensate. There’s something missing, something that the play and the 1982 film had, that this version just doesn’t.

And this ANNIE remake shows why other countries or the 99% of our citizens hate the idea of capitalism. This overwhelming depiction of ridiculous wealth in forms of today’s technology and smart homes. There’s nothing wrong with being rich, but this type of riches is quite the turn off.
In the end, if kids watch this movie and find it entertaining and perhaps they can learn a thing or two from it, I guess we can give ANNIE a passing card.

But other than that, CIA’s next torture program should be tying up those terrorists to a chair and forcing them to watch this ANNIE,… that’ll make ‘em talk.

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The Imitation Game Review: Cumberbatch Shines in Turing Biopic

The striking The Imitation Game has "Oscar Bait" written all over it.


Review by Matt Cummings

For those of us who've ever been labeled a 'nerd' or 'geek' when it was unfashionable to be one, the last few years have been particularly fulfilling. No more the objects of ridicule, we're a fixture on television (The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion) and our actions save and remake the world (Skyfall, The Theory of Everything). That's a joke obviously, but for Mathematician Alan Turing it couldn't have been more true. Perhaps Geek #1 and a force in the ending of WWII, Turing gets his own biopic in the Oscar-worthy The Imitation Game, a movie that's far more than its title suggests.

Turning (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant mathematician who's watched Britain become engulfed in the madness of WWII with seemingly no way to keep Adolf Hitler's meteoric rise from leading to his country's eventual end. The key to Germany's success is not so much people or bombs, but Enigma, a decoding machine that's made all of their transmissions unbreakable by human means. Ships are sunk, cities destroyed, and countless lives lost, all without a way to crack the code. But Turing has a plan: develop one machine to beat another. His theories are panned by Commander Dennison (Charles Dance) and the dashing chess champion Hugh Alexander (Matthew Goode), who consider Turing to be an insensitive and demanding eccentric. Unfazed by the criticism, he assembles a team of unlikely cryptographers including the brilliant Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley). Together with Alexander, the team must race to solve the world's most difficult puzzle. Turing's "Universal Machine" will do just that, becoming the forerunner of the modern computer, and ushering in a new age of warfare. But the invention will also leave Turing with a problem he cannot solve: his closeted sexuality and the home invasion which exposes it.

Imitation doesn't get all the facts right, as most Hollywood biopics favor entertainment over reality; for that, you'll have to check out Andrew Hodges’s 1983 biography “Alan Turing: The Enigma.” Director Morten Tyldum has made a slicker, shinier film that has "Oscar Bait" written all over it, thanks in part to Cinematographer Oscar Faura's beautifully-shot England. Surrounding it is surprising bits of levity that are done so well it makes one can easily skip the inconsistencies: a hilarious sequence where Turing writes to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and who in return grants him full command of the team, and several enjoyable Sheldon Copper-like moments of disbelief by Turing, as his awkwardness comes face-to-face against Dennison's tough war persona.

Jumping back and forth between three periods, we see the younger Turing (played by Alex Lawther) enduring unbelievable taunting at a private school, and then forward after the War as Cumberbatch deals with his closeted homosexuality. Most of the production however is centered around Bletchley Park in London between 1940-1944, where a radio manufacturing estate had been transformed into breaking Enigma's code. But it's 1951 that exposes Turing's lifestyle and perhaps hurts the most to watch. Here, his achievements have been deemed top secret and end up counting for nothing when a nosy cop exposes Turing's already fragile ego, sending him over the edge. And although Queen Elizabeth did exonerate him last year, Imitation exposes another dark secret in an era that's frankly been glorified as The Greatest Generation.

Everyone knows my utter disdain for Knightley, whose mousy disposition ruined Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Laggies, and Begin Again. She somewhat redeems herself in Imitation, thriving in the period piece genre that might have been made for her. For all the Sherlock comparisons he's receiving, Cumberbatch manages to add another layer here that's both understated but powerful - he instantly makes you want to like him, especially when his secret is exposed after the war. Mark Strong turns in yet another great spy performance (check him out in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) as the head of the at-that-time unknown MI-6; his sequences with Cumberbatch are among the best here, thanks to Writer Graham Moore's strong, breezy script. But he also presents several biting issues for us to consider. Once Enigma was broken, the team decided not to release their news, knowing the Germans would change the code; their decision has been the subject of discussion for years, including their infamous decision to let the town of Coventry burn in a bombing. For the uninitiated, this sort of moral dilemma moves the story into new territory during a very good third act, and isn't the last one our characters will wrestle against.

There's certainly another film here that demands to be told, but Tyldum favors the personal story of Turing and not the conundrum faced by his team. The future in which we live came from this great mind, but history has only recently decided whether he should be revered or hated for his actions and personality. Moral ribbons like these run through great film, challenging our notions and encouraging both discussion and further investigation.

The Imitation Game succeeds on so many levels that it's easy to miss the inaccuracies which pervade Tyldum's version of history, but if it encourages moviegoers to research them, all the better. Cumberbatch is crafting an amazing resume, and he should receive a nomination for his efforts. Alan Turing was a complex character, someone whom no machine could ever crack. Thankfully, his biopic affords us a moment to try.

The Imitation Game is rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking and has a runtime of 114 minutes.

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ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND Trailer & Opening Dates

Here is the theatrical trailer for Fluency Studios' ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND. Starring Edy Ganem ("Devious Maids" ), veteran actors Luis Guzman and Elizabeth Pena, the film explores a young woman's self discovery when she is transported into her favorite telenovela and must navigate her way back to the real world before the show's final episode or be trapped forever.

ANA MARIA IN NOVELA LAND OPENS ON FEBRUARY 27, 2015.



WILL OPEN IN SELECT MARKETS ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th AT THE FOLLOWING THEATERS:

LOS ANGELES
AMC BURBANK 16 - BURBANK, CA
AMC NORWALK 20 - NORWALK, CA
AMC ORANGE 30 - ORANGE, CA

HOUSTON
AMC GULF POINTE 30 - HOUSTON, TX
AMC STUDIO 30 - HOUSTON, TX

MIAMI
AMC SUNSET PLACE 24 - MIAMI, FL
AMC AVENTURA 24 - AVENTURA, FL

Ana Maria in Novela Land is the fun-filled story of how one super fan, Ana Maria, switches places with her favorite telenovela star, Ariana Tomosa.Starring EDY GANEM (Devious Maids), in a breakout, dual role as both Ana Maria and Ariana Tomosa, the film centers around Ana Maria, a typical 20-something who is living life on her own terms but frustrating her family and friends all the while doing so. As she journeys inside a world of seemingly limitless opportunities in "Novela Land," things get heated during a love affair with a wealthy businessman and his younger, sexy son. Meanwhile, Ariana is forced to deal with the harsh realities of living in Los Angeles with an over-protective but loving family. As each of these women navigate their new lives, they come to the realization that love and true faith in themselves is all they really needed to have the life they dreamed of.

Distributor: Fluency Studios
Director: Georgina Garcia Riedel
Writer: Georgina Garcia Riedel and Jose Nestor Marquez
Starring: Edy Ganem, Michael Steger, Luis Guzmán and Elizabeth Peña
Running time: 93 minutes
Release Date: February 27, 2015

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Join The #MarchOn Movement

It started in Selma but we still #MarchOn

The march started in Selma, Alabama when one man took a stand, and many joined him. Rallying against injustice and demanding equality, people brought together a nation. And today, we still march on because progress knows no finish line.


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In Select Theaters December 25, 2014
In All Theaters January 9, 2015

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.


Starring David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper.”

Directed by Ava DuVernay
Written by Paul Webb
Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
Executive Producers Cameron McCracken, Nik Bower, Diarmuid McKeown, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Nan Morales

Official Site: http://www.selmamovie.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SelmaMovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/selmamovie
Instagram: http://instagram.com/selmamovie

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Trailer For A LITTLE CHAOS

Head over to Apple NOW to watch the brand new OFFICIAL TRAILER for Focus Features' upcoming romantic drama, A LITTLE CHAOS. Academy Award winner Kate Winslet stars as a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts).

A LITTLE CHAOS opens in select cities on MARCH 27, 2015!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chris Pratt Hanging With A Raptor In This New Jurassic World Image

But if you’re in the midst of making a film, you can call on some fun imagery. That’s just what Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow has done for a new tweet.

Yes, that’s Chris Pratt seemingly hanging with a raptor (whose name is not given, but we’d like to think is called Fiona) and if you've seen the first trailer for the film, you’ll know that in addition to Pratt’s Owen somehow being able to make a leather waistcoat work, he’s also a dino behavioral specialist who studies and works with raptors.

“Don’t try this at home,” warns Trevorrow’s tweet. It's sound advice, since, like those who work with big cats or other predators, Owen knows that raptors are not your friends, no matter how closely you work with them.

And Jurassic World will naturally provide another cautionary tale for those who think that to make money they can tamper with nature, as its set in a functioning Jurassic Park that looks to drum up business with a brand new dinosaur. Which, of course, means that there’s running and screaming...

With Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan among the cast, Jurassic World will be out on June 12.

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BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF TRAILER

The film was directed by Stephen Kijak (STONES IN EXILE) and stars original group members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson. The documentary will be released Theatrical and Video-On-Demand for January 30th, 2015.



BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF is a surprising and rewarding journey filmed over 2 years that delves into the extremes of fame, fortune, betrayal and renewal. The documentary follows the members as they share their lives with us and relive their journey together, revealing new and old tensions that need confronting and resolving. The multiple award winning and Grammy-nominated group has sold 130 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling boy band in history. Not only have their first 9 albums all debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard Top 100 but they have gone gold and platinum in 46 countries.

BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF was produced by group members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson and Mia Bays and executive produced by Sam Sniderman, Jeff Kwatinetz and Jennifer Sousa.

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Second Trailer For American Sniper Has Dropped

The second trailer for American Sniper has dropped.



Bradley Cooper as real-life sniper Chris Kyle, whose story he’s been trying to bring to the screen for a couple of years now. The first trailer for the result, American Sniper.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tom Hiddleston Wanted For The Sandman

After years of wallowing in believed-unfilmable development hell, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman appears to be creeping closer to actually hitting screens in the hands of David S. Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Fades’ Jack Thorne. But just who should play the iconic central figure, Morpheus? According to Gaiman, Tom Hiddleston could be a good shout.

While the author – who is also a producer on the film – seriously considered Benedict “ubiquitous” Cumberbatch, the actor is a little busy conquering every genre role under the sun, including Marvel’s Doctor Strange. "It's a funny thing with Morpheus, says Gaiman. “Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes this person would be a fantastic person', and then time passes. "There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up."

Still, there is someone who could handle the mantle while also melting the Internet should he even get near the project: "Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off."

Casting, for now at least, seems a little way off. But Gaiman seems happy to simply be more involved this time around. "My position on it has always been, for over 25 years now, I would rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie. A couple of times, people say, 'It's a crime there's never been a Sandman movie', and a couple of times, to be honest, I have thrown my body in front of a bus on a couple of bad ones over the years. I'm just happy that no bad Sandman movie has ever been made. But I'm really hoping that a good one will be. They're a good team. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material."

According to Gaiman, he’s set to see a new draft of the script in the next week or so, which means we still have a wait to see if this latest attempt to bring Dream, Death and the rest to screens actually works out.

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Pixels Posters Invade A City Near You

You have to feel for the big, iconic cities of the world. If they’re not being lashed by crummy weather, they’re being targeted by alien invaders and other cinematic catastrophes. With Pixels, giant versions of video-game enemies are attacking locales such as London, Paris and San Francisco.


Yes, the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Houses of Parliament are once more being assaulted, this time by Pac-Man, Centipede and Space Invaders. It’s all in service of Adam Sandler’s new action-comedy, which finds extra-terrestrials misreading video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They decide to attack us using versions of ships and other icons from games and mankind has to fight back. To help out, the US president (Kevin James) recruits his childhood friend and former video-game champ (Sandler) to lead a group of old-school arcade players.


Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox are all aboard the film, with Chris Columbus behind the camera, working from Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling’s script.

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IMAX Exclusive Featurettes The Battle Of The Five Armies

Here are two IMAX exclusive Featurettes for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies



THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.



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Poster For STRANGE MAGIC

Here is the first poster for STRANGE MAGIC.

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 Interview No Longer Going To Be Released.

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spielberg Finds Sophie For "THE BFG"

Spielberg finds Sophie for BFG! NEWCOMER RUBY BARNHILL HAS BEEN CAST AS “SOPHIE” IN SPIELBERG’S ADAPTATION OF ROALD DAHL’S “THE BFG

DreamWorks Studios announced today that newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the young girl, Sophie, in Roald Dahl’s beloved classic story, “The BFG.” Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaptation of the children’s novel. Published in 1982, “The BFG” is the tale of a young London girl and the mysterious Giant who introduces her to the beauty and peril of Giant Country. Barnhill joins Mark Rylance who has been cast as the “Big Friendly Giant.”

“The BFG” will be 10-year-old Ruby Barnhill’s first feature film role. She has been acting for two years and will appear in the upcoming BBC BAFTA award-winning children’s drama “Four O’Clock Club.” Ruby lives in Cheshire with her parents, younger sister and Tom the cat and is a member of her local youth theatre.

“I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy,” said Ruby Barnhill. “Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I’m so excited that I get to play her.”

“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do,” said Steven Spielberg. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl's grandson, said, “The character of Sophie is one of the most endearing young heroes in Roald Dahl’s stories. She is as brave as she is curious and has an innate sense of wonder. Many congratulations to Ruby on landing the role. We hope that making ‘The BFG’ proves an utterly magical adventure for her.”

DreamWorks acquired the rights to the book in 2010 after Kathleen Kennedy brought it to the company. Melissa Mathison, who last teamed with Spielberg and Kennedy on "E.T.," has written the screenplay. Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer will produce while Kennedy, John Madden and Michael Siegel are on board as Executive Producers. Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner are Co-Producers.

Spielberg will begin production on "The BFG" in early 2015 and it will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016. The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the U.S. and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks’ partner, Reliance, will distribute the film in India.

About DreamWorks Studios

DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company’s recent releases include Spielberg's "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. The film has grossed over $180 million at the U.S. box office and was nominated for twelve Academy Awards® with Daniel Day-Lewis winning for Best Actor. Other releases include “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” starring Helen Mirren, Steven Spielberg’s "War Horse," based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and was nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Picture, and "The Help," which resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four Academy Award® nominations with Octavia Spencer winning for Best Supporting Actress.

DreamWorks Studios can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorksStudios and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dw_studios.

About "The BFG"

First published in 1982, "The BFG" was Roald Dahl’s own favorite of his stories. Today, the book is published in 38 foreign languages, including Vietnamese, Korean, Ukrainian, Indonesian, Albanian, Estonian, Hebrew and Welsh.

“The BFG” will be the latest Roald Dahl title to be adapted for stage and screen, following major films including “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), “James and the Giant Peach” (1996), “Matilda” (1996), “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005) and “Fantastic Mr Fox” (2009). The phenomenally successful award-winning “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical” continues playing to packed audiences in the West End and on Broadway. In 2015, the show is set to open in Sydney and begin touring the USA. Additionally, over a million people have seen the West End musical production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” since its opening in June 2013.

About Roald Dahl and his legacy

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most inventive, mischievous and successful storytellers. His stories are currently available in 58 languages, and, by conservative estimate, he has sold more than 200 million books. Ten percent of all the Roald Dahl royalties are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities - Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Roald Dahl Day is marked annually all over the world on Roald Dahl’s birthday, September 13th, and in 2016 there will be global celebrations for the Centenary of his birth, which will coincide with the release of “The BFG” movie.

For further information on “The BFG” and the wonderful world of Roald Dahl please visit:

www.roalddahl.com
www.facebook.com/TheBFGByRoaldDahl
www.twitter.com/roald_dahl


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#TAKEN3 "12 Skills Of Christmas" Video

20th Century Fox is excited to reveal an original holiday-themed video for the highly anticipated action-thriller, TAKEN 3! Nothing brings people together during the holidays quite like good cheer, family traditions, and kicking ass. Join Bryan Mills in celebrating the count down to the Holidays with a new take on a classic song, blood pumping clips, and the 12 Skills of Christmas.



Witness this particular set of skills in action when TAKEN 3 hits theaters everywhere January 9, 2015!

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

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Interview With KRISTINA ANAPAU We Talk @ALTERGEISTmovie

We had the pleasure to talk to Kristina Anapau again, and this time it's all about her new film Altergeist.


True Blood alum Kristina Anapau returns to the realm of supernatural spookey with Altergeist, a goosebump-spurring new chiller filmed at a real haunted winery.

Having just come off “True Blood”, were you hungry to do something else in that supernatural/horror realm again?

I do enjoy the genre. With Altergeist, it was the script that really drew me to the project.


Who do you play? What makes her tick?
I play Theresa Augland, a director/producer who, four months pregnant, takes her team of filmmakers up to a haunted winery in Northern California to see what they can capture on film. Theresa is driven by the need to prove that ghosts really do exist— she soon discovers that it is not the ghosts who are a threat, but what the ghosts are afraid of— and that is what has her fighting for her and her unborn child’s life.

The film is shot at a winery – and a haunted one of that. Anything go ‘bump in the night’ while you were there?

There was a general feeling of eeriness at times, but I don’t think ghosts really like huge groups of people working/moving things, cameras and lights, etc. I did hear a lot of stories about scary things that have happened on the property though.

The film has got a lot of attention from online media in recent months; is the internet a saving grace when it comes to smaller films?

Absolutely. People are consuming media in an entirely new way now, and the internet is key for big films and indies alike.

Do you believe that there’s bigger opportunities out there for independent horror films now – with so many more mediums to showcase films, like Hulu and Netflix, as well as all these film festivals?

Yes, definitely. So many great platforms out there now.

What do you think audiences will take away from the movie?

Altergeist is unique because it is a genre film that goes way beyond making an audience scared— it makes them wonder.

What do you think of the way the film has been rolled out for release? Are you happy with the DirecTV before theatrical plan?

More and more films are using this new release structure— distribution isn’t really my arena of expertise, but I do think it’s really interesting. It seems to be working well and I think we will see a lot more of it in the future.

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THE LOFT Trailer & Poster Starring Karl Urban & James Marsden

Open Road Films is excited to present the first official trailer and poster  for the new psychological thriller, THE LOFT! Starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra, this suspenseful, sexy thriller follows a group of five married men who share a secret penthouse loft, where they can indulge in their deepest fantasies, but the fantasy soon becomes a nightmare when they discover the dead body of an unknown woman in the loft.

THE LOFT hits theaters on JANUARY 23, 2015!

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