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Friday, January 2, 2015

Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Talks About Her Role In "Everly"

Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Shines in Scrappy "Everly", Out in February


Actress/filmmaker Jennifer Blanc-Biehn is starting off 2015 with a bang, taking on a meaty role in Dimension Films’ action-horror film Everly, starring Salma Hayek and directed by horror filmmaker Joe Lynch. Everly is available on iTunes and VOD January 23rd, with a theater release February 27th.


Blanc plays Dena, a prostitute that corners Hayek in her apartment for a showdown in the holiday-themed killing spree adventure that brings out Blanc-Biehn’s inner Ninja, who did her own stunts in the film.


“Playing Dena was fun because I got to bring all that anger to the surface and really let go,” said Blanc. “She’s a fierce, woman and I enjoyed the opportunity to get to play her and work with Joe Lynch, Salma and so many involved."



The gore-fest, which screened in September at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, takes place entirely on the floor of an apartment building, as Hayek – the target of a very lucrative mob hit - takes down assassins left and right without ever leaving home.


Blanc-Biehn and her husband, actor/filmmaker Michael Biehn, are known for their many different projects as actors and recently getting attention for horror and action films through their company Blanc-Biehn Productions, so Blanc-Biehn understands the delicate technical intricacies within action films, especially with female performers.


“It’s wonderful to see more women getting empowering, kick-ass roles, and Joe knows how to make us look good,” said Blanc-Biehn of filmmaker Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom). “He brings out that primal energy in your performance, with a gorgeous visual style.”


For more information on Jennifer Blanc-Biehn go to www.facebook.com/blancbiehn @jenniferblancb thebbbasement.com and blancbiehnproductions.com.


ABOUT JENNIFER BLANC-BIEHN:

Actress, producer and director Jennifer Blanc-Biehn has been working steadily in show business since she was a child, studying Drama at NYC’s Professional Children’s School. At thirteen, the New York native landed her breakout role in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and has since appeared in dozens of television shows and movies over the past thirty years such as Dark Angel, Party of Five, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,The Victim, Hidden in the Woods, Friends Til the End, The Wrong Woman , Among Friends, The Night Visitor 2, and runs her own production company, Blanc/Biehn Productions, with her husband, actor Michael Biehn.

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Neill Blomkamp Alien Film Concept Art

Director Neill Blomkamp, who has brought us films such as District 9 and Elysium, was developing an Alien film, but has apparently scrapped work on the project. It would have been part of the same franchise from Ridley Scott and James Cameron, and we have some concept art to share with you that shows how cool it would have looked.


Blomkamp revealed the news himself on his Instagram page along with several illustrations that were done for it. I've included the notes from the director that came along with each piece of art. The first one you see above came with the following caption:


"Was working on this. Don't think I am anymore. Love it though. #alien #xenomorph"
He also posted the following comments on Twitter:


"Ps this has nothing to do with the studio. I just feel like I might do something else instead. In which case why not show some work-

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Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SelmaMovie In San Francisco

Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening For SELMA on January 6th at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.

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

The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Papajohn.



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Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SelmaMovie In Fresno

Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening For SELMA on January 6th at 7:00 PM in Fresno.

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

The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Papajohn.



And now how you can win your VIP tickets to see the film.

Share what you believe in and are willing to fight for, a la the March On Movement.

Please use the hash tag #MarchOn on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to tag @sandwichjfilms on twitter and SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook.

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Horrible Teaser Trailer For Ant-Man

This has to be one of the worst teaser trailers I have ever seen. I really wished they would stop with the teaser trailers all together.

Get a miniature look at the very first teaser for Marvel's "Ant-Man" and catch the full thing during the two-hour series premiere of "Marvel's Agent Carter" Tuesday, January 6 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC!



The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast including Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”), Bobby Cannavale (“Danny Collins,” “Annie,” “HBO’s “The Long Play”), Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness”), Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans,” “The Wire”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”) and Gregg Turkington (“The Comedy,” “On Cinema”) and multi-hyphenate T.I. (“American Gangster,” “Takers”).

Bobby Cannavale plays Paxton
Michael Peña plays Luis
Judy Greer plays Maggie
Tip “Ti” Harris plays Dave
David Dastmalchian plays Kurt
Wood Harris plays Gale
Jordi Mollà plays Castillo.

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Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SelmaMovie In Sacramento

Win VIP Tickets To An Advance Screening For SELMA on January 6th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.

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

The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Papajohn.



And now how you can win your VIP tickets to see the film.

Share what you believe in and are willing to fight for, a la the March On Movement.

Please use the hash tag #MarchOn on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to tag @sandwichjfilms on twitter and SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook.

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2014 Box Office Wrap Up: Highs and Too Many Lows

We reflect at some of the biggest box office developments from 2014 and theorize how they might affect 2015.

Story by Matt Cummings

With all the movie highs (Captain America: The Winter Solider, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Mockingjay, Part 1), there were a lot of lows to report, beginning with the bottom line: numbers. According to our friends at BoxOficeMojo.com, the 2014 domestic box office was down 5.3% from 2013, taking in $10.347 billion. It's also the lowest number for the past 5 years, with 2011 being the only competitor at $10.174 billion. But the misery doesn't end there. July totaled a paltry $966 million, which is down 30 percent from last July and marked the first time since 2002 in which a July fell short of selling $1 billion in tickets. But 2014 also failed to boast a $400m film, something that hasn't happened since 2011.

Numbers like these can get confusing for films released in November, with their totals seemingly divided between 2 years. And while films like Mockingjay or The Battle of the Five Armies will see its 2015 hauls adjusted back into 2014, those same numbers will not affect 2014's overall totals. With these facts in mind, it's safe to say that, based on a quick comparison of that same 5 year time frame, Hollywood couldn't be happier that 2014 is over.

We would agree. Take a look at the past five years of the top five domestic grossers and see if you notice any trends: 2014
1 Guardians of the Galaxy $332,862,030
2 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 $313,229,000
3 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572
4 The LEGO Movie $257,760,692
5 Transformers: Age of Extinction $245,439,076

2013
1 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $424,668,047
2 Iron Man 3 $409,013,994
3 Frozen $400,738,009
4 Despicable Me 2 $368,061,265
5 Man of Steel $291,045,518

2012
1 Marvel's The Avengers $623,357,910
2 The Dark Knight Rises $448,139,099
3 The Hunger Games $408,010,692
4 Skyfall $304,360,277
5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $303,003,568

2011
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 $381,011,219
2 Transformers: Dark of the Moon $352,390,543
3 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $281,287,133
4 The Hangover Part II $254,464,305
5 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $241,071,802

2010
1 Toy Story 3 $415,004,880
2 Alice in Wonderland (2010) $334,191,110
3 Iron Man 2 $312,433,331
4 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse $300,531,751
5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 $295,983,305

Looking deeper, we notice that over that same period of time, 2014 represented the lowest in terms of top five grossers. In fact it wasn't even close, with 2014 off $100 million or more from previous years. Theater screens hosting first-run films were as high as ever, so what do these numbers say about the overall health of the US film market?

It's clear from our perspective that most theaters are typically quiet places during the week, that people in general wait to see movies on the weekends and will only come during the week if they've heard good comments from that same previous weekend. That means a new film has just three days to make an impression before audiences get hyped for the next new thing during the following week. If that release doesn't impress, you can plan on the word 'bomb' being used on Twitter. Flops happen all the time, but it seemed like 2014 had a lot of them, including Transcendence, Pompeii, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Expendables 3, I Frankenstein, Sabotage, and Men Women and Children). When this number of films drop the ball, it will create pressure on others to pick up the slack. After the initial hype of Guardians, mid-August to late- September was just plain ugly for theaters, looking more like moseleums than places of business.

But this brings up a secondary issue that Hollywood can't fix: audiences are still recovering from the 2007 economic meltdown. Less dollars means fewer choices, and with lesser movies coming out, it becomes clear that some are opting for video rather than catching choices in their local theater.

As with every thing someone can't control, Hollywood did shoot itself in the foot over an incredibly bad decision: scheduling three top summer films in one month, two right behind the other. This happened for The Amazing Spider-man 2, Godzilla, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, with the latter faring better only because it was released at the end of May with no competition the week after. This sort of decision-making probably took $50-100 million out of the box office long term because audiences were forced to make choices between three big films, rather than giving each time to make its money and spreading them out over the months. This can also help smaller films because audiences have time to take a chance on them before the big releases force their attention elsewhere.

Lessons Learned?
Hollywood seems to have learned its lesson by favoring balance over competition with its 2015 lineup. But the new year threatens to outdo any previous yearly achievements, with the most anticipated slate of films in recent memory. In fact, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Avengers: Age of Ultron are projected to compete for the venerable top film of all time, with each looking to take down 2009's Avatar at $760 million. Does this mean that Hollywood is suddenly the recovered patient and on the road to good health?

As we've always said, a healthy box office means lots of films enjoying deep runs and big hauls, not just a few lucky ones. Sure there will always be a top dog, but without a $400m film in the past two years (2012 had three), it's important to re-establish that trend without forcing moviegoers to make tough choices with their hard-earned dollars. No matter how it turns out, we'll be here to break down what looks like to an epic year for films.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Big Movie Questions - Q4 Report

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at several movie questions we've posed throughout the year.
Story by Matt Cummings

The fourth quarter of the movie season is much like the holiday season: theaters crowded with customers and Hollywood licking its chops in hopes for strong returns. As 2014 has unfolded, it's clear that Hollywood's business plan was not as strong as one would have hoped, showing off a great Q1, a good Q2, and a frankly awful Q3. And while the year has delivered the great (Captain America: The Winter Solider and The LEGO Movie), the very good (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1), and the surprising (Guardians of the Galaxy), several of our Big Movie Questions were yet to be answered. With the holidays wrapping up, we can close out 2014 by unwrapping the rest of our gifts. We've collected all the questions we've asked this year into one article so you don't have to look back to see them all. Welcome to our 2014 Big Movie Questions:

Has 2015 talk already eclipsed 2014? No, but there are some lingering concerns. In addition to the ones above, 2014 has brought some amazing films like Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Equalizer, and Edge of Tomorrow. Meanwhile, 2015's Batman/Superman movie was postponed to 2016 and Fast 7 has finally been given a 2015 release date, and we've received trailers for both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the large crowds we saw in the Spring dwindled away during one of worst summers (both critically and financially) in recent memory. In fact, the top 12 movies during the final summer weekend of 2014 drew in less than $86 million, second only to the first weekend in February. Our hopes for a strong Summer to drive the industry into a profitable Fall didn't exactly happen. The numbers got increasingly worse as August and September inched their way to box office infamy, showing a frankly uneven set of releases including three huge blockbusters gather in May and then virtually nothing until August. Luckily, Guardians arrived and took everyone by surprise, essentially saving the market while providing the needed bridge to close out a successful year. It looks like lessons have already been learned, as 2015's releases look more orderly, with major events spaced out throughout the year. We'll have to wait to see if audiences agree.

Did comic book movies continue to dominate? Yes. Of the top 5 movies of 2014, 3 of them were superhero or related titles: Guardians of the Galaxy, Cap 2, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. It's clear that Hollywood did misstep by releasing X-Men and The Amazing Spider-man 2 in the same month, but luckily Guardians was waiting in the wings to swoop in and become the highest grossing movie of the year, although it might be eclipsed itself by Mockingjay, Part 1. For comic book movies, the overkill worry we discussed in our last report never materialized, even with the announcement of 40 superhero movies planned through 2020. After next year's relatively small amount of CB titles (3), we're hit in 2016 with 7, so that will be the real test.

Did anyone want to win the animation battle of 2014? Not really. We knew the year would be slim pickings, but How to Train Your Dragon 2 - which underperformed from the original at $177m - was only recently beat by Big Hero 6 ($187m). These were the only three to break the Top 20 (13th, 14th, and Rio 2 at 20th respectively). As a matter of comparison, 2013 sported four animated films in the top 20 grosses of the year: Frozen, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, and The Croods. To be clear, we haven't placed The LEGO Movie in here, due to its live-action elements. With titles like Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Penguins of Madgascar frankly tanking, it was a tough year for this genre.

Did 20th Century Fox catch a break? Absolutely. With successes like Gone Girl and X-Men, the troubled studio definitely needed more love - and they got it with hits Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Of the top 20 movies, Fox had 5 which represented more than Buena Vista/Disney (4) and Warner Bros., Sony, and Universal (each with just 2). It's likely that Fox is out of the deep water, replaced now by Sony whose future seems very uncertain. The hack in December has thrown that studio into chaos, and with the lack of quality releases on the horizon, they will become the new question for 2015.

Are Teen Books-To-Movies Still a Viable Genre? Sort of. With so many bombs in 2013 like Ender's Game, The Mortal Instruments, and Beautiful Creatures, there was a fair amount of concern as to whether this year would be any different. While the $150m Divergent did make a profit, it was clear that its #17 rating should have been better. The Fault in Our Stars opened to a strong first weekend, but has only made $125m, while The Maze Runner made only $102m. It's clear that the genre can bring in the money, but as we've talked about on Inside the Bucket, these films need better stories and actors. This is why The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 continues to overshadow everything in the YA market. Its mammoth run continues, and is within $40m of becoming the #1 film of the year. With so few of these causing a splash, the genre remains one clearly in flux as it searches for the next big Hunger Games

Did moviegoers wrap their heads around Historical Fiction? Not really. Films like 300: Rise of an Empire ($106m) and Noah ($101m) did well enough, but Pompeii and The Legend of Hercules grossed a combined $41m. We were correct in our worry that the lack of major actors in those films would doom them, but even when A-listers made a film (Dwayne Johnson's Hercules), crowds still stayed away. Even Biblical Fiction like Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings won't make anywhere near their budgets. We could see quality releases like American Sniper and The Imitation Game perform well at the Oscars, but it's unclear whether they will bring in the large crowds.

Which under-the-radar films were the biggest winners of 2014? It's a tie: The LEGO Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy - Surpassing everyone's expectations, the part animated/live-action comedy pulled in audiences and created worldwide buzz for its song Everything is Awesome. Its box office numbers were just that, taking in an incredible $257m and remaining the #1 movie of the year for the first seven months until Captain America: The Winter Solider and then later Guardians of the Galaxy overtook it. Both Guardians and LEGO represented risky ventures, but took home a combined $590m. Maleficent, Neighbors, and Ride Along could also be considered victories, as buzz on those was nil when 2014 started and their budgets were relatively small. One could also make a case for The Other Woman and the god movie Heaven is For Real, as Bible films surprised early. This is one of our favorite questions to ask year over year, so see this reappear in our 2015 list.

Which highly-publicized film was the biggest loser? Sadly, the list is long. With every box office winner, there's usually several losers, and 2014 has seen its fair share of them. In terms of films that were highly publicized but failed to produce good box office numbers, one would have to add Muppets Most Wanted and Transcendence, neither which made over $55m and had big expectations coming in to their releases. A early case could also be made for Exodus: Gods and Kings, which currently sits in the low 70's on BoxOfficeMojo's 100 list. Another that pains me to write about was Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow, which received moderate buzz coming in but only made $100m. With two very good Science Fiction films in the past two years and the arrival of Jack Reacher, one would have thought the Cruise/Emily Blunt time travel movie would have drawn in the numbers. He'll be back in 2015 with Mission Impossible: 5 but at least we have this very unappreciated film to consider until then.

How did Hollywood's riskiest films perform? Mostly Awful. To be clear: our definition of 'risky' means films that either had stiff competition upon their opening, or ones that failed to generate buzz but were still being made. Godzilla - a film bookended in a too-busy May was just such a film, but it did very well. Compared with other risky films on our list, Godzilla ($200m) made more money than 7 other risky films like Need for Speed, I Frankenstein, Pompeii, Transcendence, and Robocop COMBINED. The clear winner in this category was Guardians of the Galaxy, becoming the #1 film of the Summer. This will allow Marvel Studios to really spread its wings with lesser-known properties, while X-Men: DOFP and the aforementioned Godzilla already have been green-lit for sequels.

Did horror films deliver like they did in 2013? No. With such an amazing run of 2013 films including Insidious Chapter 2 and The Conjuring, we thought we were in the middle of a horror renaissance. Unfortunately, 2014 didn't deliver anything nearly as satisfying, with Annabelle ($84m) at #34 which delivered huge numbers but was a critical flop. Eric Bana's Deliver Us From Evil, found-footage debacle As Above So Below, Oculus, and Paranormal Activity 4: The Marked Ones ranked as some of the worst performing films of the year. The common thread for their failures lie in flimsy stories and poor acting, with each trying to excel as the low-budget leader. The lesson to be learned: quality movies like Sinister happen because of good scripts and top talent. I hope 2015 will prove me right with better releases.

Will Guardians of The Galaxy be the game changer? Sure, but... Marvel Studios made the ultimate gamble and it paid off big time. The movie brought in a wide variety of audiences, solidifying its total and proving that we'll watch anything Marvel throws onto the big (and small) screen. Critics wanted to see a more mature Guardians which they really didn't get, as Ronin the Accuser was apparently a last-minute add as the villain and it showed. In my opinion, Captain America was a more complete movie, in terms of the central baddie; also, the stakes were much higher, instead of Guardians looking more like Thor: The Dark World. Granted, we'll be seeing more of Rocket Raccoon in our future, and that's not a bad thing; but the sequel should and needs to focus on Thanos. With Avengers: Age of Ultron arriving next year, perhaps we'll get a clearer picture of where he will land.

Has Middle Earth lost its Mojo? Perhaps. Once a powerhouse that literally redefined Hollywood, the very good Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug failed to take in $300m domestically, representing the first time for the venerable franchise. While The Battle of the Five Armies is performing better than Smaug at this time, there's very little buzz surrounding the conclusion of this trilogy. Based on critical reviews (a combined Metacritic score of 59) it's possible that we're Middle Earth-ed out, having been replaced by the comic book genre. The problem here seems to lie in too many big CGI moments where too many characters introduced in The Hobbit battle too many Orcs. It's just been a menagerie of images without a lot of real character growth.

Did Hollywood have another Billion-dollar Iron Man up its sleeve for 2014? Yes. That award (sadly) goes to Transformers: Age of Extinction, one of the worst films of 2014 and universally panned by critics. Its final total: $1.0874b, eclipsing Guardians which made $772m. However, this could be the last year for $1b films as a measure of success, as some reports claim Star Wars: The Force Awakens could make $3 BILLION DOLLARS worldwide. Just saying that number makes us woosy.

Did audiences come back to Science Fiction and/or Sc-Fi? No.Last year, we pondered the difference between the two, but 2013 proved that fans were tired of both. With moviegoers not embracing the very good Edge of Tomorrow or Robocop, the only cash winners here were Transformers and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, both of which failed to interest critics and for good reason. Even the visually-arresting Interstellar barely made its money back domestically, proving that the genre certainly needs an infusion of Star Wars to keep alive.

Which comedy bitch-slapped the others? From a financial standpoint, the top 20 films contain comedies from Neighbors, and Ride Along, with the top prize awarded to 22 Jump Street. While we really enjoyed Sex Tape, audiences killed that idea pretty early. With all the scandal at Sony Pictures resulting in so much press for The Interview, don't be surprised if that one makes a ton just based on curiosity. Either way, it's been a good year for comedies, and with Ted 2 arriving in 2015 we couldn't be more hopeful.

Too Many Questions - Not Enough Awesome
Our interest in 2014 definitely dulled as we entered the Holiday season, with several good but not great fare, and many many films failing to excite us or audiences. And yet Hollywood will make more money than 2013, something that's best left to those who can fudge the numbers enough to make anything seem profitable. There won't be any need for this kind of creative bookkeeping in 2015, with the possibility of several projects ultimately arriving at $1b worldwide. The question is, will relatively small projects and independent films find their way into the national conscience while we camp out at our favorite megaplex to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Furious 7? Sounds like our 2015 Big Questions story is right around the corner.

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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SelmaMovie In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SELMA on January 6th at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.


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


The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Papajohn.


Selma opens on January 9, 2015.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SelmaMovie In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SELMA on January 6th at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.


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


The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Papajohn.


Selma opens on January 9, 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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GIVEAWAY: WIN #THEGAMBLER DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK

THE GAMBLER is in theaters NOW! But do you want to WIN a copy of the Soundtrack Album on Republic Records?

Motion Picture Artwork, Photos ©2014 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. This compilation ℗2014 Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Distributed by Universal Music Distribution. All rights reserved.


Soundtrack Album On Republic Records



Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…


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#AMERICANSNIPER Breaking Records In Limited Release

AMERICAN SNIPER” IS ON TARGET WITH A RECORD-BREAKING OPENING

On the heels of a record-breaking Christmas Day opening, Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed “American Sniper” has become the highest-grossing limited release (10 theatres or less) in cinema history, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.



A riveting portrait of Chris Kyle’s heroism and the struggles he faced on both the battlefield and the homefront, “American Sniper” earned $1.04 million in its first five days in release, shattering the previous record with an astounding $260,000 per theatre average.

In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper have created a remarkable portrayal of a truly remarkable man. We are proud that ‘American Sniper’ is already resonating so strongly with critics and audiences as we begin our roll out of the film, and we look forward to sharing this story with the rest of the country in the New Year.”

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Two-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one. The film is produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Jason Hall, Sheroum Kim, Steven Mnuchin and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

Eastwood’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling”); Oscar-nominated production designer James J. Murakami (“Changeling”) and production designer Charisse Cardenas; Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox (“Unforgiven”) and editor Gary D. Roach; and costume designer Deborah Hopper.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, A Mad Chance Production, A 22nd & Indiana Production, “American Sniper.” The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. “American Sniper” has been rated R for strong and disturbing war violence and language throughout, including some sexual references.

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