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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Here's What's Coming To Netflix In January

New Year's Day this year may be spent entirely on the couch for fans devoted to Ross, Rachel and the gang. The complete series of Friends will start streaming on Netflix on Jan. 1. This is the first time the NBC series will be available on a streaming service.

Other movies coming to Netflix next month include Chef; Cast Away; 101 Dalmatians; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Mean Girls is also returning to the streaming service so everyone can get a good dose of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey laughs even before the hilarious duo host the Golden Globes on Jan. 11.

Here's a list of the movies and television shows coming to Netflix in January:

Available Jan. 1

101 Dalmatians (1996)
Bad Boys II (2003)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Cast Away (2000)
Dallas: Season 3 (2012)
Get Low (2009)
Election (1999)
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Fort Bliss (2014)
Friends: Complete Series (1994-2004)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
Mean Girls (2004)
Shall We Dance? (2004)
To Be Takei (2014)
The French Connection (1971)
The Quiet Man (1952)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)

Available Jan. 3

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

White Collar: Season 5

Available Jan. 7

Brick Mansions (2014)

Available Jan. 8

Frank (2014)
Psych: Season 8

Available Jan. 9

Z Nation: Season 1

Available Jan. 13

Being Human: Season 4 (U.S.)

Available Jan. 15

Wolfblood: Season 3 (2014)

Available Jan. 16

The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 1
The Fall: Season 2
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Available Jan. 28

Beauty & the Beast: Season 2
Chef (2014)

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #WEDDINGRINGER In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE WEDDING RINGER on January 14th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


Jimmy (Hart) provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug (Gad) a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.


THE WEDDING RINGER arrives January 16, 2015


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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 #WEDDINGRINGER In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE WEDDING RINGER on January 14th at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.


Jimmy (Hart) provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug (Gad) a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.


THE WEDDING RINGER arrives January 16, 2015


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #WEDDINGRINGER In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE WEDDING RINGER on January 14th at 7:00 PM in Fresno.


Jimmy (Hart) provides best man services for socially challenged guys, who – for whatever reason – have no one close enough to agree to stand by them on the day of their wedding. Doug (Gad) a groom-to-be, has found himself in just such a situation, but, to make matters worse, he fabricates the names of not only a best man but nine groomsmen as well. When all else fails, Doug seeks out Jimmy’s services to carry out a charade designed to make Doug look his best, but threatens to destroy everything if it fails.


THE WEDDING RINGER arrives January 16, 2015


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Friday, December 26, 2014

The Gambler Review: Wahlberg Elevates His Game, But Does the Script?

Does The Gambler achieve Oscar glory, or it does it make the 2014 'great acting/poor scripts' trash pile?

Review by Matt Cummings

Unfortunately, The Gambler's stellar performances are lost on a script that doesn't seem to know how the real world works.

For trust funder Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), life is a pretty dull affair. A well-reviewed writer who gained all of $7,000 for his work, the only excitement Jim can find is through illegal gambling, and playing with big sums of money. He's soon up beyond his ears in debt, and his bankroller Mr. Lee refuses to play along. It's here that Jim enlists a collection of ruthless loan sharks including the gangster Neville (Michael Kenneth Williams) and the scary bald guy Frank (a mostly unclothed John Goodman). But it's the love from one of Jim's students (Brie Larson) who represents the last chance he has to bring himself back from the brink of a perceived failed life, while another promises to be a dangerous elixir that can solve all of his debts.

Wahlberg arguably turns in his best performance ever because he doesn't need to be nude, carry a gun, or get caught up in one of his 'Marky-Mark' moments of elevated voice that have made critics crazy over the years. He's slimmed down to a shadow of a man, leaving his deep-set eyes to show off a burning desire to find real meaning to his life. His interactions with mom (Jessica Lange) to bail him out result in some terrible decision-making, mostly because Jim hates her for all the years of perceived neglect. That doesn't make for good theater, but Wahlberg's sessions with both Williams and Goodman are pure goodness, bolstered by The Departed penner William Monahan's script. There's a derelict nature to Jim, in which no bullet or threat of violence can return him to normalcy. When Neville runs out of options for torture, it's almost as if Jim has won, until Neville realizes Jim's secret weapon is a struggling athlete (Anthony Kelley) who sees the NBA as a fast-track to respectability.

Director Rupert Wyatt dresses every scene in beautiful city colors that remind me of Nightcrawler or Drive, his artistry in stark contrast to that of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Goodman proves that his every-other-year Supporting Oscar awards are based on the quality of his work - here, his long monologue about a certain NSFW phrase is an instant classic that shows why he is perhaps the best there is at this kind of performance. Williams too shows us his skills, engaging Jim in a classic game of tennis but yearning for a new life far away from drugs and gambling.

But it's Brie Larson's Amy which ultimately undoes the story. Birds can't suddenly turn to dogs, and for Jim the idea of being rescued by one of his students whom he sees as a brilliant student - but we're given no evidence to prove it - doesn't feel believable. People like Jim always find themselves on the losing end, because their gambling ultimately consumes them. Jim's attention towards Amy is out of character, and the redemption story is hollow. It violates one of the classic avenues of storytelling, that of showing the story rather than telling it. In many ways, The Gambler is the perfect film to teach how films can work and ultimately fail when mantras such as these are ignored.

The Gambler succeeds because of its performances, not its script. The wild and unlikely journey of Jim Bennett doesn't exist in the real world: characters find themselves shot (see Bad Lieutenant), a victim of their own greed and shortsightedness. Redemption doesn't happen either because of love, making everything we see feel a bit delusional. Wahlberg turns in a great performance - perhaps the best of his career - but the lack of depth in the characters surrounding him (especially that of Larson) makes the ending unlikely and the journey seem like we wasted our time. I can't imagine this will garner the attention Wyatt and Wahlberg would have envisioned, but it is another example of a year in which performances beat out scripts 9 times out of 10.

The Gambler is Rated R for language throughout, and for some sexuality/nudity and has a runtime of 111 minutes.

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PENNY DREADFUL Season 2 Trailer

PENNY DREADFUL season 2. trailer has arrived. Season 2 premieres 2015.



An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.



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#THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Teaser Trailer

Teaser trailer for THUNDERBIRDS. The film will be a mix of CG and live action miniature set, voice starring Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope, David Graham returning as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Aloysius Parker.

Featuring the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds Are Go! will blast the five brave Tracy brothers back on to television screens piloting their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe.

Thunderbirds Are Go! is produced by ITV Studios and New Zealand based Pukeko Pictures, with world-famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, The Lord of the Rings) designing the series and producing the miniatures. The 26 x 30’ major new children’s series will debut on ITV and UK’s CITV Channel in 2015.




Kayvan Novak as inventor Brains
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as both Gordon and John Tracy
Rasmus Hardiker as both Alan and Scott Tracy.
David Menkins as Virgil Tracy
Sandra Dickinson as Grandma Tracy.
Andres Williams as master villain The Hood.
Angel Coulby as Kayo, who is Tracy brothers’ friend and fellow island resident.
Adjoa Andoh as Colonel Casey.

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Images From "Everest" Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Continuing his recent trend of looking unrecognisable from one film to the next, this new still from Everest reveals a more hirsute Jake Gyllenhaal than we're used to. Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes also star in the moutaineering disaster drama, directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband, 2 Guns).


The story is of the 1996 events, made famous by Jon Krakauer's book Into Thin Air (already filmed as a TV movie with Christopher McDonald as Krakauer), in which three separate Everest expeditions ran into tragic difficulty in a sudden storm. Eight climbers died. This version of what happened is drawn from more sources than just Krakauer however, including other books and new interviews with the survivors. The screenplay is by William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Misérables) and newcomer Justin Isbell.

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First Trailer For THE LONGEST RIDE

20th Century Fox has released the FIRST trailer for the highly anticipated romantic drama, THE LONGEST RIDE! Based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE is an unforgettable, timeless story that explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. Starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, and Jack Huston.



THE LONGEST RIDE hits theaters everywhere on APRIL 10, 2015!

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

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Download @LanaDelRey New Song From The Film "BIG EYES" For Free

In honor of BIG EYES opening wide on Christmas Day, Yahoo! Music announced the title song by Lana Del Rey is being made available for free download starting today.

People can download the free song "Big Eyes" by Lana Del Rey on Google Play here.


From the whimsical mind of director Tim Burton, BIG EYES tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered though: Walter's works were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world. A tale too incredible to be fiction, BIG EYES centers on Margaret's awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.

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Learn The Legend Of The Woman In Black

She never forgives…she never forgets…there is no escaping…the woman in black. The sequel to the 2012 hit film starring Daniel Radcliffe, THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2 ANGEL OF DEATH, opens in theaters one week from this Friday – and to get you up to speed, Relativity Studios has just released a brand new MOTION COMIC all about the legend behind the Woman in Black.  Watch the spooky video narrated by star of the film Jeremy Irvine – and remember – some legends never die.

#SheNeverLeft



When a group of orphaned children are forced to move from their home in London, caretakers Eve (Phoebe Fox) and Jean (Helen McCrory) bring everyone to the desolate and eerie British countryside. 40 years after Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe in the first film, The Woman in Black) left, this supernatural horror film introduces this new group to the now abandoned Eel Marsh House; an odd but seemingly safe location. It isn’t long before Eve starts to sense that this house is not what it appears to be as the children in her care begin to disappear. As their house of safety becomes a house of horrors, Eve enlists the help of a handsome pilot (Jeremy Irvine) to help investigate what is happening. Eve soon discovers that it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in the house inhabited by the Woman in Black.

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New Trailer For Disney’s MCFARLAND, USA

Here is the brand new trailer for Disney’s MCFARLAND, USA, featuring music by Latin music star Juanes.



Based on the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Into the Woods Review. Pretty Faithful Adaptation Of Sondheim's Beloved Play

Pretty faithful adaptation of Sondheim's beloved play

With a child-molesting wolf, a baby-stealing witch and an adulterous wife, this fairy tale is definitely not your normal Disney fare. Into the Woods has long been a fan favorite on Broadway, but finding its way to the big screen hasn't been quick or easy by any means. While there are some changes to the original masterpiece, Into the Woods is a pretty faithful adaptation of Sondheim's beloved play that translates well to the big screen.



I'll admit, outside of Disney movies, I'm not a musical-seeking kind of girl. In fact, I mostly avoid them at all costs. All that singing really gets on my nerves. On the stage, it’s a different thing, but mostly, the big-screen version can't capture the magic of a live performance, even with its fancy special effects. But knowing that this would be a mash-up of Grimm tales, which I love, and had a stellar cast, Into the Woods looked intriguing as a movie. Combining the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, Into The Woods strings them together with the tale of a baker and his wife, who must reverse a witch's curse that's preventing them from becoming parents. She needs four items - all of which she hasn't touched - to break the curse, and they only have days to do it.


The entire tale is steeped in Freudian metaphor, from sprouting beanstalks to ransacked gardens. Happily-ever-after changes as the ensemble tackles dreary topics such as death, infidelity and child abandonment, but they do it with flair so that none of the topics seem overbearing.


The casting really is spectacular. Meryl Streep broke her no-witch policy to play the Witch, and while she is over the top at times, it’s really a part that has to be overacted and have plenty of flash, which it does. Johnny Depp plays another character that fits in well with the rest of his character work. As the wolf, he's both lecherous and rapacious. He's possibly the creepiest character ever to crawl into a Disney film as he stalks the prepubescent Riding Hood while singing the disturbing song "Hello, Little Girl." Depp is probably the only person who could get away with this performance, in all honesty.


Anna Kendrick showcases her beautiful pipes, but from her Pitch Perfect performance, we already knew that she could sing, so her performance wasn't too much of a surprise. Chris Pine is fantastic as Cinderella's Prince. He's just the right amount of ridiculousness; compared to the rest of the cast, he's an absolute ham, but his portrayal is spot-on the play version. James Corden is the baker. He's not a well-known name like many of the rest, but he is spectacular and hard not to root for. Lilla Crawford's Little Red Riding Hood is an absolute scene stealer, which is a good thing as she replaced the actress who originally had the role. Daniel Huttlestone's Jack is equally good, pilfering plenty of scenes. Mackenzie Mauzy makes an enchanting Rapunzel. The biggest surprise, though, comes from Emily Blunt, who is absolutely impressive as the baker's wife. She's sultry without effort, and her singing voice is quite lovely. Is there anything that she can't do?


Tragically, there is no “Agony” reprise, with the Princes lusting after Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. They aren't mentioned at all, and with the fun captured with the first “Agony,” it’s a shame that the reprise was skipped. There are other deaths that are not played out as well as they are in the play, one of which makes the Witch's lament a little less poignant and feel more temper-tantrumish. Another thing missing is a lot of the humor. Into the Woods is supposed to be dark, true, but the biting humor which plays such a big part of the play is missing. While everyone plays their roles pretty straight-laced, only Pine gets to be truly humorous throughout, and Billy Magnussen only gets to join him in the silliness during their “Agony” number.

Into the Woods is a very modern and fun interpretation of fairy tales that we're all familiar with, given a grown-up makeover. It's not as immersive or inventive as it could be, but it does stay fairly close to the source material. Some of the scenes and numbers feel overly long, but the brilliance of the performances makes a jaunt into the woods worthwhile.

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Giveaway: #INTERSTELLAR Prize Pack

One grand prize winner will  win the INTERSTELLAR Prize Pack which includes: INTERSTELLAR gift bag include filter water bottle, fleece zip up jacket, t-shirt and cap.

INTERSTELLAR finds mankind at a tough crossroads. The Earth, overcrowded, polluted and resource-strapped, is dying and unless we find somewhere else to live, the human race will perish with it. So despite a serious lack of funds and manpower, NASA and a group of scientists come up with a daring plan: to exploit wormhole travel and find fresh habitable planets.

Picked to lead this dangerous expedition is Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a talented engineer and former pilot who realises he may have to sacrifice precious time with his family in order to save us all. And finding a new planet won’t be as easy as picking one out of a catalogue…

With Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, Wes Bentley, David Oyelowo, Elyes Gabel and Bill Irwin among the cast.



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The Interview Will Be Released Tomorrow In Theaters & Online

Sony's The Interview will become available today on a variety of online platforms including YouTube Movies, Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and Sony's own dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com, the studio has announced. The movie, which will go online at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, can be rented for $5.99 and purchased in HD for $14.99.

“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,” Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said. “With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, Dec. 17, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today.

“We never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible for The Interview. It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech. We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release."

“I want to thank Google and Microsoft for helping make this a reality," Lynton stated. "This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech. While we couldn’t have predicted the road this movie traveled to get to this moment, I’m proud our fight was not for nothing and that cyber criminals were not able to silence us."

On the Google blog, David Drummond, senior vp, corporate development and chief legal officer for Google, added, "Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sideline and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be)."

On his Twitter account, the movie's star and co-directer Seth Rogen exclaimed, "You wanna watch The Interview?? You can Right Fucking Now!! Go to theinterview-movie.com. Thanks Sony for making it happen. Booyah." He also added one caveat though in a follow-up tweet: "I need to say that a comedy is best viewed in a theater full of people, so if you can, I'd watch it like that. Or call some friends over." He also offered "sincere apologies" that The Interview is not available for download in Canada, but promised that it would be soon. His costar James Franco tweeted, "Marry X-mas MERICA! !!!!!THE INTERVIEW IS LIVE!!!!!." He also urged his Twitter and Instagram followers to take pictures of themselves watching the movie.

Currently, The Interview also is scheduled to play about 300 independent theaters across the country, opening on Christmas Day.

YouTube has a two-year older movie rental system that, to date, has mostly be used for smaller and older titles. But the service offers Sony the opportunity to offer the movie, quickly, on a large scale and also raises the profile of YouTube movie rentals.

By making The Interview available in theaters and on VOD simultaneously, Sony will be setting a major precedent for a Hollywood studio, since the country's major theater chains have guarded their right to debut movies exclusively and refuse to show movies that are also debuting on VOD. The move is likely to further alienate the chains, which are already furious with the studio for putting much of the blame on them when it canceled the movie's release last week only to then come up with an alternate distribution plan when confronted with criticism from everyone from the White House on down.

In 2011, Universal Pictures attempted a more modest VOD experiment, under which the film Tower Heist would have been made available on VOD three weeks after it first appeared in theaters, but the theaters objected fiercely and Universal dropped the plan.

After Sony was hit with criticism for dropping the film, it returned to theater owners, telling them it would release the movie theatrically on Christmas Day, the film's original release date, but that it was also looking at an online release on various streaming platforms.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays From The #SpongeBobMovie

SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star wish you a very Happy Holidays!



SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water in theaters February 6th 2015

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BETTER CALL SAUL Teaser Trailer

Vulture got their hands on this new teaser for “Breaking Bad” spin-off, BETTER CALL SAUL, so is money the point or beside the point?

BETTER CALL SAUL premieres Sun., February 8th at 10/9c, with the second episode airing Mon., February 9th at 10/9c on AMC.

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Kim Dickens To Star In The Walking Dead Spin Off Show

Gone Girl standout Kim Dickens has been tapped as the female lead opposite Cliff Curtis in the pilot for The Walking Dead companion series at AMC.

The project was created by Robert Kirkman, on whose graphic novel The Walking Dead was based, and Dave Erickson, with Adam Davidson set to direct. Dickens landed the female lead after a lengthy casting process, with AMC testing a number of actresses for the role.

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The Pee Wee Herman Film Headed To Netflix

Like the director, plot details remain under wraps, though Paul Reubens has said shooting starts in 2015

What should you get a Pee-Wee Herman fan for the holidays? How about a subscription to Netflix, which is nearing a deal to distribute the Pee-Wee Herman movie that Judd Apatow is producing, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

While a Netflix spokesperson cautioned that there’s no deal in place yet, an individual close to the project told TheWrap “it moved to Netflix a gazillion months ago.”

The Pee Wee Herman movie had previously been set up at Universal, though a studio spokesperson told TheWrap the “Pee-Wee project is no longer with Universal.”

The one-and-only Paul Reubens will return to reprise his beloved Pee-Wee character, and he also co-wrote the script with comedian Paul Rust. Apatow will produce via his Apatow Productions banner.
Like the film’s director, plot details remain unknown, though Reubens has said that there is a filmmaker in place and production could start as soon as February.

In an interview with the A.V. Club in November, Reubens said “we now have such an amazing company involved, and that’s the really big announcement that hasn’t been made yet.” The “amazing company” Reubens was referring to was Netflix — a strong fit for the Pee-Wee Herman Movie given its limited theatrical upside and the character’s rabid fan base.

Netflix has already been gearing up to reintroduce Pee-Wee to younger audiences, as it currently has “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Big Top Pee-Wee” and “The Pee-Wee Herman Show” available on its service, while “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Vol. 1” and “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: Vol. 2” were added earlier this month.

Reubens has spent the last several years preparing for Pee-Wee’s comeback, as the character appeared opposite Andy Samberg in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch in 2011.

Reubens, who will “soon” be seen in a supporting role in David O. Russell’s long-delayed comedy “Nailed,” is represented WME, while Apatow and Rust are represented by UTA and Mosaic.

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Mike Colter To Play Luke Cage

Charlie Cox is Daredevil and Krysten Ritter is Jessica Jones. Now we have the third of the four members of Marvel / Netflix's Defenders crossover event series: Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man. You call him names and he sits and grins, 'cause everyone else is just a sucker to him.

This is breakout role for Colter, who's been plugging away in movies and TV for a good decade. On the small screen he's been in the usual suspects like ER, the various Law & Orders, American Horror Story and The Good Wife. In the cinema you might have caught him in Million Dollar Baby, Salt, Men In Black 3 or Zero Dark Thirty. This year he's been Jameson Locke in the X-Box Live series Halo: Nightfall. He's about to blow up rather bigger.

Cage will first appear in A.K.A. Jessica Jones before his own series airs. "Viewers will meet him and experience why he is such an important superhero in the Marvel mythos," says Marvel's head of television Jeph Loeb. "Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we've found the perfect actor."

"Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” adds executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We're excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life."

Cage’s superpowers are the result of an experimental procedure. In Cage’s case, the result was supposed to produce immunity to all illness, but he emerged from the operation with steel-tough, bulletproof skin, super-dense muscle, and massively enhanced strength and stamina. As Power Man he became a “Hero For Hire”, eventually teaming up with Iron Fist. In the comics he has team affiliations with the Defenders and the New Avengers, and an ongoing romantic dalliance (and a baby) with Jessica Jones.

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See Where You Can Watch THE INTERVIEW

Alamo Drafthouse will be playing THE INTERVIEW at multiple locations. Specific theaters and showtimes are currently being determined. Follow @Drafthouse for further announcements. Below please find a statement from Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League...

"We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organization they have been under attack. Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and listened to the public, the government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and determination. At 10:45 AM Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theaters across the country.

This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression.

Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American."
- Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League

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Trailer & Poster For "Entourage" THE RIDE AIN'T OVER

"Entourage," the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the show's original cast, led by Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven.




Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back...and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

Also starring are Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment, and returning cast from the series also includes Perrey Reeves, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rhys Coiro, Debi Mazar, Rex Lee, Constance Zimmer and Nora Dunn. Emily Ratajkowski appears as herself.

"Entourage" creator Doug Ellin is directing the feature film from his own screenplay, story by Ellin & Rob Weiss, based on characters created by Ellin. Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Ellin are producing, with Wayne Carmona serving as executive producer.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Home Box Office, Inc., a Closest to the Hole Production, a Leverage Entertainment Production, a Doug Ellin Film, "Entourage." The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company..

"Entourage," set to open in theaters on June 5, 2015, has been rated R by the MPAA for pervasive language, strong sexual content, nudity and some drug use.

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Inside the Bucket Podcast #43

This week's episode of Inside the Bucket is online! Revel in the digital mastery!

It's the 'Dragon Illness' version of;Inside the;Bucket, as Matt is joined by John and Sue for a healthy and positively uplifting holiday episode! ;Actually, the trio cuss and crack on each other a lot, as they break down all the week's movie and television news from our website;SANDWICHJOHNFILMS.COM. Please check out all the links to the items we covered in today's podcast.

Later, they review Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb;and;The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, while John makes his case for being The Grinch Who Hates Movies. ;

We encourage you to participate in our Open Forum Friday, which is your chance to get in our business about running a passion project like our trainwreck.

Be warned:Inside the Bucket;is an EXPLICIT PODCAST. ;We tend to say controversial things and cuss just for the heck of it. So, please be careful if you are listening to us while at work.

We hope you laugh as much as we do bringing the show to you. ;As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support, and we'll see you at one of our screenings. ;

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  • Sony Hack Discussion, Part 2 (1:50)
  • Sega Games To Be Adapted In Films & TV (15:10)
  • Second Trailer For American Sniper Has Dropped (18:35)
  • Hiddleston Wants to Play Sandman (21:05)
  • Constantine returning to NBC...Sort of... (23:05)
  • BLU-RAY RELEASES - No major releases this week (30:40)
  • Who won this week at the box office?;(30:55)

  • Rants & Raves (37:15)

  • REVIEW:Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (1:05:50)

  • REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (1:24:20)
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  • Justin Lin Set to Direct Star Trek 3

    The Fast & Furious director has been chosen to replace Roberto Orci.
    The story of Star Trek 3's production problems have unfortunately overtaken the actual shooting and planned release of the film, leaving Trekkers to worry about the future for this divisive reboot franchise. One big question was answered on Monday, as Paramount announced that Justin Lin was signed to direct, taking over the center chair for the departed Roberto Orci (whose stays on to produce).

    The question of whether Lin was the right choice certainly is a valuable one. Known for directing four of the successful Fast & Furious films, Lin brings a fast-car style of excitement that Star Trek has never had. He's a proven commodity on big budget productions, essentially breathing in new life to a franchise that had honestly gotten stale - you can only show so many hot women, fast cars, and actors who can't act before audiences ask for more.

    Perhaps it's time for Star Trek to return to its action roots - that's in fact what allowed it to survive during the 1960's before it finally caught on after its cancellation in 1969. Fans came for the action and the women (sound familiar) but stayed later for the story. Script quality has always been a question mark for the crew of the USS Enterprise, and we've seen some great ones (The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek XI) and some duds (Insurrection, Nemesis, and The Motion Picture). If Lin can increase the stakes, pitting Kirk against a first-class enemy that truly threatens Starfleet and the universe as a whole, then audiences will flock to the theaters when it's released on July 8th, 2016.

    At the same time, a certain aesthetic has been established in this rebooted universe, one that favors Apple Computers and lens flare over the used environment. Lin will have to find a middle ground that celebrates the iPhone-like Bridge of JJ Abrams (who departed to shoot Star Wars: The Force Awakens) with his more grounded reality of the action/heist genre. For now, fans will have to hope that Paramount sees in Lin the chance to move the franchise forward while preparing it for future incarnations.

    Stayed tuned as production ramps up around April 2015. Photograph: Al Powers/Invision/AP

    Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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    Monday, December 22, 2014

    Studio Movie Grill Review: Moviegoing Redefined

    This week's opening of Studio Movie Grill adds a new player to the board, but suffers from opening night jitters.

    Review by Matt Cummings
    It doesn't happen too often when I get invited to merge my two favorite things to do in public - eating and watching movies - above anything other than soda and popcorn. This week's opening of Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin, CA gave me just such a chance, ushering in a new way to enjoy your favorite movie, even if the service suffered from opening day jitters. The Facility
    When you drive up to theater, you're welcomed by two lit rectangular fountains, leading to the main doors. There's no standard glass service desk: you actually go into an open airy lobby where attendants with flat-screen monitors assist you in buying your ticket. There's also kiosks on each side for those who use online services to purchase tickets. Once you past the frosted glass here, it's a different ballgame: you're treated to a fully-stocked and well-lit bar, complete with leather seating and several booths. Lighting is nicely done throughout the area and drink prices look fairly reasonable. Ostensibly this area is meant to keep you busy until your movie is ready, but it's conceivable that you could find yourself ditching the movie for the drinks and the several televisions which surround the lobby. The Theater
    Let's assume you're actually here for a movie. That experience is frankly second to none. Seating is completely different than a normal theater, with wide spacing in the aisles, reducing the largest screen to about 150, while smaller screens were closer to 75. I've always appreciated smaller environments, as this makes the experience more personal. The reason for the smaller numbers: space for attendants to bring your food and drinks, which you summon at the push of a button. The leather seats are wide and comfortable, with the larger screens allowing for some reclining. Drink holders are built into the arm of your seat and are large and deep. There is a small sliding circular table that can be moved towards you when the food arrives, which I'll focus on in a minute. There's also a lit press-like area in the center aisle, which is big enough to accommodate traffic without bumping your seat.
    Ticket prices are currently lower than most theater chains, but I think that will change once word begins to spread. Apparently, you choose your seat when tickets are purchased, a great idea for families or cinephiles obsessed with getting the best seats. But the best experience is the premium sound and video. We were told that every theater features an XD-type of sound, which we confirmed during our viewing of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. I suspect a viewing of Interstellar would yield similar satisfying results. All screens are digital and bright; and even though the theater itself is barely lit for the attendants, it does not distract from the experience. We were also worried about the dining experience: would you hear plates/silveware action or attendants speaking with customers to order food? Not that we could tell. We'll see if the same occurs with a more quiet film, but overall we give the theater high marks. The Food
    Again, the experience at SMG is based partially on food, and the broad menu features lots of American plates from burgers to finger foods and a good list of desserts. Again, you do not have to buy food to get in, but you'll be tempted when you see the pricing. Their current deal offers 2 meals for $25 value with one shared appetizer, two entrees, and one shared dessert. The food (when it eventually arrived) was fresh and hot, and my Oreo milkshake went down a little too fast. To me, the pricing seemed more than fair for what you got, and there are plenty of choices. However, I would advise you to order before the movie starts. Again, mark this portion as a win. The Service
    Opening nights can sometimes be problematic, and while our help was friendly and attentive, we waited for our food for almost 45 minutes. In addition, we were being offered plates and drinks that weren't ours, drawing our attention away from the film. We could have eaten 5 times what we ordered, but instead were forced to seek a manager to resolve the situation. Had this been a regular experience, I think we might have left. However, I think this portion of the experience (along with the insane amount of bumping by attendance on our back seats) will improve, so I'm willing to give it a pass for now.
    One thing that cannot improve is the distance relative to the Sacramento region. We know CEO Brian Schultz is from the Rocklin area, and this opening is certainly a feather in the cap for that community. However, it is not centrally located, favoring Roseville over Sacramento and Folsom. Drive times could take you an hour or more depending upon your location, which means this experience is a half-day affair. No way to fix that now, but we hope its success will encourage something more centrally located to appear in the future. The Bottom Line
    Studio Movie Grill is set to establish itself as the newest (and best) way to view a movie. With comfortable seats, great sound, and a solid menu, we're seeing the best effort so far by theaters to bring back the crowds. SMG is planning a full-court press, with theaters already in Tampa, Scottsdale, and elsewhere, proving that moviegoers will come when presented with good value and such a slick experience. And even though distance and opening night jitters dulled the evening somewhat, I'm confident the movement will catch on. Besides IMAX, it's truly the best way to see a movie and it won't break the bank in the process. Recommended. Our thanks to Sean Carter & Tia Gemmell/Riverview Media Photography for the photos. Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
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