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Friday, January 9, 2015

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #AmericanSniper In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For AMERICAN SNIPER on January 12th at 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


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.


Jason Hall adapted Navy SEAL Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military. That recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran who he and a friend were helping post-military service.


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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 #AmericanSniper In Santa Clara

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For AMERICAN SNIPER on January 12th at 7:30 PM in Santa Clara.


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.


Jason Hall adapted Navy SEAL Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military. That recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran who he and a friend were helping post-military service.


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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 #AmericanSniper In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For AMERICAN SNIPER on January 12th at 7:30 PM in Fresno.


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.


Jason Hall adapted Navy SEAL Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military. That recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran who he and a friend were helping post-military service.


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



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

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New Trailer For Ryan Reynolds’ The Voices

There's a new trailer for Ryan ReynoldsThe Voices and it’s every bit as twisted as you’d expect from a black comedy about a serial killer who follows instructions from a talking cat called Mr. Whiskers. There’s also a talking dog, an Elvis impersonator and Gemma Arterton’s head in a fridge.



The Voices sees Reynolds playing a diffident warehouse worker called Jerry Hickfang. He wouldn’t normally say “boo” to a goose but, as it turns out, he probably would brutally stab it to death with its own beak if Mr. Whiskers told him too. When he plucks up the courage to ask that pretty girl in accounting (Anna Kendrick) out, he must try to resist the feline’s foul bidding. Luckily, he has his trusty bull mastiff Bosco to offer a voice of reason.

Jacki Weaver and Gemma Arterton round out the cast as his puzzled shrink and reanimated victim respectively.

Marje ‘Persepolis’ Satrapi has overseen this deliriously barking-looking confection, working from a script by Paranormal Activity 2’s Michael R. Perry and with Reynolds himself providing all the animal voices.

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#GANGLANDUNDERCOVER Premiering On History Channel February 24th

HISTORY GOES FOR A RIDE IN GRITTY FACT-BASED DRAMA SERIES ‘GANGLAND UNDERCOVER

Gangland Undercover Premieres Tuesday, February 24 at 10 PM ET/PT

HISTORY is taking viewers inside a covert operation in the new fact-based drama series, GANGLAND UNDERCOVER, which chronicles meth dealer turned ATF infiltrator Charles Falco’s mission inside one of America’s most notoriously violent outlaw motorcycle gangs. Giving a rare look inside this historically infamous organized crime gang through of the eyes of an undercover investigator, the six-episode series premieres on HISTORY Tuesday, February 24 at 10 PM ET/PT and is based on Falco’s 2013 memoir, “Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs.”

GANGLAND UNDERCOVER follows Falco’s three-year mission living a double-life as an ATF informant planted inside the one of the most historically dangerous motorcycle gangs, the California-based Vagos – a criminal group involved in drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering and murder. Falco initially took on the assignment out of self-preservation, to avoid 20 years in prison on drug charges, but his outlook soon shifted, becoming a quest to achieve justice. Operation 22 Green, as it was known, ended in March 2006 with the arrests of 25 gang members.

Drawing on the wealth of material from Falco’s book, along with broader documented historical research of inter-gang rivalries, the series will capture the reality of outlaw biker counter-culture: a world in which freedom is equated with the right to carry guns and trade drugs with impunity, a world in which respect can be earned through fear.

GANGLAND UNDERCOVER is produced for HISTORY by Cineflix Productions in association with Shaw Media and in association with Stephen Kemp (Paranormal Witness, After Armageddon). Charles Tremayne (First 48, American Pickers and Surviving Evil) and Kim Bondi are amongst Cineflix’s Executive Producers. Noel Baker (Hard Core Logo) is the lead writer. Neil Rawles (Manson, 9/11 State of Emergency), Carl Hindmarch (Paranormal Witness, Locked Up Abroad) and Stephen Kemp are the directors. Julian P. Hobbs, Stephen Mintz and Elaine Frontain Bryant are Executive Producers for HISTORY. A+E Networks will distribute Gangland Undercover outside of North America under the A+E Studios International banner.

About HISTORY®
HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers®, American Restoration™, Ax Men™, Counting Cars™, Pawn Stars® and Swamp People® as well as HISTORY®’s first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible, The Men Who Built America and the Emmy® Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us® and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY® website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY®’s Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com.

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STUDENTS TO SEE #SELMAMOVIE FOR FREE More Cities To Be Announced

CITIES ACROSS AMERICA ARE JOINING THE MOVEMENT

DUE TO THE REACTION IN NEW YORK CITY, MAJOR U.S. CITIES ARE INSPIRED TO FOLLOW AND RAISE FUNDS FOR STUDENTS TO SEE “SELMA” FOR FREE

Inspired by the overwhelming success in New York City, prominent members of the African-American business communities in major cities across America have teamed with Paramount Pictures to create funds for students to see the Golden Globe-nominated film “SELMA” for free in participating theaters. The cities joining the effort will be announced Monday, January 12th at 9:00 a.m. ET.

The New York City program provided free admission for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see “SELMA” in participating local theaters. 27 African-American business leaders contributed to the fund and activated their network of contacts to put this program into motion, creating an impromptu and innovative public-private partnership for the greater good.

The students in these cities will provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating locations for free admittance. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. on January 12th and run through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or while tickets last.

“The response to our program in New York is better than we could have anticipated and we are truly moved by the generosity and outpouring of support,” said Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor and Viacom Director. “The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s heroic efforts in Alabama during the civil rights movement is an important chapter in our country’s history – and one that still resonates deeply today. Due to the many generous donors, tens of thousands of students around the country will have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary film.”

The New York community has rallied to get the word out on “SELMA.” Major institutions including the New York City Department of Education, KIPP Schools, New York City Housing Authority, Schomburg Museum, Eagle Academy, Harlem Children Zone, Harlem Village Academy, Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Boys and Girls Club, the New York Public Library, and local radio stations are reaching out to students and informing them of this wonderful opportunity.

Theaters are reporting unprecedented calls for group screenings as entire classes want to attend together. In addition, many screenings are followed by discussions, and a recommended reading list has been compiled for further learning. This is a rare moment when a film has transformed into a cultural movement in recognition of a highly relevant message that touched many people.

Directed by DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., “SELMA” has been nominated for four Golden Globes: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Song (“Glory” by Common and John Legend).

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

Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films present “SELMA.” Produced by Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey, the film is executive produced by Brad Pitt, Cameron McCracken, Diarmuid McKeown, Nik Bower, Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes and Nan Morales. The film is written by Paul Webb. “SELMA” is directed by Ava DuVernay.

“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.

To learn more about the film, go to www.selmamovie.com

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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MILLENNIUM ENTERTAINMENT BRANDED TO "ALCHEMY"

ALCHEMY, THE NEW BRAND NAME OF THE FORMERLY TITLED MILLENNIUM ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

Rebrand Encompasses New Direction and Focus of Leading Independent Distributor of Film and Television Content

CEO Bill Lee announced today that Alchemy is the new brand name of the company formerly known as Millennium Entertainment. The rebrand comes five months after a management team led by Lee and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group LLC partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment catalog assets and distribution platform from a consortium of investors.

"Our new brand name encapsulates our culture, our ambitious mission, and our dedication as a company to working with leading filmmakers and producers to create and deliver the finest content," said Lee. "Alchemy is a seemingly magical process of creation and transformation through combination. The name embodies our goals of uniting storytellers and their audiences in one dynamic community. We believe that conventional distribution strategies must evolve to achieve this, and we aim to represent the future of screen‐based storytelling—-wherever that screen may be."

Alchemy is a leading independent film and television distributor and content owner. The company boasts the independent industry's pre‐eminent, end‐to‐end supply chain solution for physical and digital distribution of content to major retailers. The company has the largest footprint of any independent supplier to bricks and mortar businesses, and is one of only two independent aggregators for Target, where Alchemy represents 75% of all independent titles sold. Furthermore, it is the leading supplier of independent media content to digital platforms including iTunes, Netflix and VOD.

Alchemy will continue its commitment to developing tailored distribution strategies for its projects across all platforms, from theatrical release to home video, VOD, and television. Its centralized marketing function will further enhance this customized distribution focus by supporting each project's release throughout all windows and under a single team. The company owns a catalog of 665 film titles and has ongoing distribution agreements with clients including PBS Distribution, Classic Media, nCircle, eOne, Magnolia, MPI Home Media, FUNimation, Well Go, Music Box Films, Inception, Gravitas Ventures, and Hammer Horror, among many others.

Alchemy CEO Bill Lee concluded, "We believe that success comes as a result of focusing on storytellers and the community that shares and consumes those stories. Alchemy will continue to partner with leading filmmakers and producers to deliver top-tier content through the platforms best suited for each of its projects."

Prior to today's rebrand, under Bill Lee's direction the company has distributed the work of some of the world's finest filmmakers including Richard Linklater, Werner Herzog, Gregg Araki, Dito Montiel, John Hillcoat, John Turturro, Lee Daniels, Oren Moverman and James Cameron. Recent successes include ELSA & FRED, FADING GIGOLO, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, RAMPART, and BERNIE. Up next Alchemy will release director Barry Levinson's THE HUMBLING starring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig.

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

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For AMERICAN SNIPER on January 12th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


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.


Jason Hall adapted Navy SEAL Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military. That recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran who he and a friend were helping post-military service.


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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #AmericanSniper In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For AMERICAN SNIPER on January 12th at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.


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.


Jason Hall adapted Navy SEAL Kyle’s book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military. That recorded Kyle’s career as a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran who he and a friend were helping post-military service.


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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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Movie Review: Taken 3

Third time is no charm for Bryan Mills' skills.

Taken 3
Review by Brandon Wolfe

Some franchises have a heck of a time justifying their continuing existence. While some films have premises conducive to repeat adventures, others are strictly one-shot-deals that simply aren’t built to spawn offspring. Die Hard was seemingly one of these films, but it somehow managed to buck the odds for at least a couple of sequels. More recently, someone got it into their head that The Hangover had trilogy potential when it very clearly only made sense as a single film. Now they’ve squeezed two sequels out of Taken, the 2009 sleeper hit where Liam Neeson used his now-infamous particular set of skills to take out the Eurotrash who absconded with his teenage daughter. Taken was a lean, satisfying, hugely effective action-thriller, but it was also a closed loop. When Neeson’s Bryan Mills got his daughter back, that was the logical conclusion of that story, until that story had to go and make a bunch of money. Thus there was Taken 2, a revenge thriller where the father of some of the goons Mills annihilated previously struck back at our hero’s family. It was rote and forgettable, but it also made a couple of bucks.

Now we have a third Taken, even more superfluous than the last. Where Taken 2 at least tied its plot into Mills’ previous exploits, affording itself a modicum of a reason for being, Taken 3 places Mills into an all-new story. Specifically, The Fugitive, except scrubbed of every speck of personality and craftsmanship that The Fugitive displayed. When ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen, who must have been on the set for 45 minutes, tops) is found murdered in Mills’ apartment, he realizes that he has been framed and uses those skills of his to evade the police as he sets out to conduct his own investigation into her death. Mills even has his own Gerard on his tail, in the form of lead detective Frank Dotzler (Forest Whitaker). Also in the mix is Lenore’s oily new husband (erstwhile Wolverine candidate Dougray Scott), and if you suspect that he might be somehow involved in his wife’s death, congratulations on having seen a movie before.


Taken 3 is completely bereft of ideas or energy. The original Taken succeeded primarily on two factors. First, the core of the story was a father desperately trying to save his daughter, a primal and powerful motivation that adeptly connected with the audience’s empathy. Second, the notion of Neeson as a badass action-guy was immensely novel at the time. Apart from dabbling in moderately action-glazed mentor roles in The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins, Neeson was still thought of as a dramatic actor in 2009. But at this point in the game, he now plays some variation on Bryan Mills roughly half a dozen times each year, having long since negated the novelty of him firing guns and cracking skulls. We now think of Neeson as the Steven Seagal of the modern era rather than Oskar Schindler. It’s all become old-hat, and now that Mills is taking on missions less dramatically compelling and more run-of-the-mill (run-of-the-Mills? Apologies) than before, what we’re left with is a flaccid exercise driven by an actor who’s run his shtick into the ground.

As the film ambles along from one action sequence to the next, it never picks up a pulse. Everything is on autopilot. The car chases, shootouts and throat-punchings are executed with drab half-heartedness, and the plot and villains are made of tissue paper. Maggie Grace is still around as daughter Kim, but for little reason other than to be weepy or sporadically placed in peril (she does learn that she’s pregnant in this one, so that’s something, I guess). Janssen is out of the picture so fast that you’d have to call her role a cameo appearance rather than a supporting part. Scott is so bland that you’ll want to hug Hugh Jackman for saving us from what could have been. Whitaker, a fantastic actor, is stuck in such a nondescript cop role that he adopts a recurring trait of playing with a rubber band, presumably to keep his boredom at bay. The film does give Mills’ trio of pals from the previous entries (Leland Orser, Jon Gries and the other guy) a bit more to do than they’ve had in the past, but none of it is memorable and they essentially vanish without explanation in the climax.


Then there’s Mills himself. Watching him in Taken 3, it crystallizes how dull of a character he is. In the early, domestically focused scenes (i.e. the parts where he isn’t clotheslining Adam’s apples), he’s a nonentity, with nothing to his demeanor beyond a bland joviality. In fairness, he was always a flat character, but the extent of it becomes much more apparent by the time a third whole film about him rolls around. Mills is barely even interesting as an action hero anymore. There isn’t one truly great villain takedown in the film and every fight sequence is a sloppy jumble of quick cuts. The character no longer registers on any level.

Taken 3, like its predecessors, rolls off the Luc Besson assembly line of low-rent action pablum. Coming on the heels of Besson’s summer hit Lucy, a hyperkinetic, completely bananas blast of revved-up nonsense, one wishes that some of that same exuberance had made its way into this inert threequel. Taken 3 has been billed as the final installment of the series, yet there isn’t any sense of closing-chapter finality to it. It feels like an installment, not a conclusion. Jettisoned into the icy box-office tundra of early January, the film’s earning potential will likely be lighter than that of its predecessors, perhaps mercifully sparing us further Takenings (incidentally, what exactly is it that’s being taken in this film? Lenore’s life? Our ability to stay awake?). To halt this series once and for all, Bryan Mills’ moneymaking skill needs to be taken out of that particular set of his. It makes him a nightmare to moviegoers like us.

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Open Forum Friday: January 9th, 2015

Here's your chance to connect with the SJF community.

While you're welcome to comment on any movie or television thoughts you might have, here's a brief rundown of the movies released this week and Blu-rays to be released next Tuesday:

Movies
- Selma

Blu-rays
- A Walk Among the Tombstones

- Men, Women & Children

- Gone Girl

Also, don't forget to listen to our weekly podcast, where we break down the major news of the week and do our giveaways.

No matter what you choose to talk about, a few ground rules: keep it nice, no ads, and no flaming.

Other than that, sound off on any movie or television thoughts you have.

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

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The World Made Straight Review: Exceedingly Dull Affair

After a solid opening, The World Made Straight slows to a painful Southern crawl.
Review by Matt Cummings


In David Burris' The World Made Straight, life in North Carolina and Madison County is based on drug deals and dreams abated. For 17-year-old drop out Travis (Jeremy Irvine), that life is going nowhere until he meets a former teacher turned drug dealer Leonard (Noah Wylie) who sees the boy as full of potential. Unfortunately, his world also includes the dangerous drug lord Carlton (Steve Earle) and the sexually available druggie Dena (Minka Kelly). As Travis seeks help from Leonard to pass the GED, he learns of a deep betrayal that goes back to The Civil War, leading to a final showdown that puts his future in the crosshairs.

The trouble with this production is that so little of it is interesting or even worthy of our attention. The backwater surroundings of 1972 North Carolina are appealing enough, but a haphazard story by Penner Shane Danielsen lacks a driving theme and sets our characters off in too many directions, none of which we ultimately care about. I can see the slow-burn he and Burris are trying to do, but the final result is terribly boring. The final 20 minutes linger in poorly-crafted violence, producing an end for some of our characters that feels more like made-for-television than a satisfying and bloody finale.

The World Made Straight is as slow as Southern molasses, painfully slow, and honestly difficult to hear, its 2-channel stereo drowning out the dialogue, which never crawls above a barely-active pulse. Wyle is the best part of the whole affair, with Irvine honestly looking too mad most of the time to think straight. It's one thing to tell an experience-type of story, but part of that entails including an actual story, and The World Made Straight doesn't really have one.

The World Made Straight is rated R for language including sexual references, drug content and violence and has a runtime of 119 minutes.

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Selma Review: Gripping, Powerful Submission to the Oscar Run

Selma represents the first contender for Oscar glory.
Review by Matt Cummings


Although 2015 has arrived, we're still dealing with the last-minute submissions for the 2014 Oscar season, an issue based mainly on the lack of nationwide releases for a select few. This isn't anything new: Zero Dark Thirty premiered released during the 2011 Oscar season but didn't make it way into wide release until the middle of January 2012. The same goes for Selma, the powerful, gripping tale of Martin Luther King, Jr's struggles to bring voting rights to African Americans.

Documenting the struggles of Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his movement try to re-establish voting rights for African Americans, a tense and prejudice United States of 1964 is centered in the city of Selma, Alabama. Here, a march is planned to the state's capital of Montgomery, location of Governor George Wallace (Tim Roth) and his racist policies that have made it nearly impossible for residents like Annie Lee Cooper (Oprah Winfrey) to register to vote. King debates this fact with President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), an ardent supporter of equal rights who's worried that his landslide election won't be enough to push needed legislation through. But King also fights a war at home, as his marriage to wife Coretta Scott (Carmen Ejogo) becomes strained, as the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover (Dylan Baker) seek to discredit him. With the march planned and both sides preparing for war, King will shed national attention on the most uncomfortable stain on our nation's history.

The trouble with most 2014 films - great acting surrounded by less-than-admirable writing - is solved with Selma. DuVernay trains a careful Lincoln-esque eye by focusing on a very small period in King's life, rather than taking the Idris Elba approach in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The effect is far more powerful and might even make one upset at the total ignorance of the American notion of freedom prior to LBJ's sweeping 1964 Voting Rights Act. To suggest that we live in the same country where such apparent prejudice was carried out is hard to swallow, but again DuVernay leaves it up to us to judge. She's not here to punish us for our past indiscretions, merely to cast a reminder that we should never again repeat it. Neither is Paul Webb, whose first at-bat as Penner is a grandslam - he seems to get both the tone of the bigger picture as well as the human interaction for a man like King who's clearly tired of the struggle.

Then there's our acting troop, centered around Oyelowo - he's like the axle in a bike wheel. The room seems to move with him, bending to his will, surrounded by top-name talent (Wendell Pierce, Keith Stansfield, and even Common) but none of whom seek to outdo the other. Oyelowo inhabits King, soon taking his imagery on, then his voice, and eventually his persona. By the time the final march happens and his growing peace movement crosses the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, you'd swear it was King. Roth plays the detestable Governor with just enough zing to keep him interesting; in the end, his is the worst-drawn of the lot, simply there as a plot device rather than someone you could truly despise. It's funny to say, but typical single badguy has been replaced in Selma by the entire white population ofthat town. We never get to know its inhabitants, but it's their collective hatred for and unspeakable crimes against Blacks which make them perhaps the top villain of 2014. The truth hurts, and in Selma, we see a world still living on the backwards principles that started the Civil War.

But the film also exposes a little-known smudge on King's record: his multiple affairs which nearly ended his marriage. When that sequence appears smack dab in the middle of his efforts in Selma, it's like a little gut punch that humanizes, rather than demonize. DuVernay doesn't spend much time on this, but it's appreciated that she makes the effort - I'm not into the whole demystifying thing, but film can become a little to self-gratifying, elevating its topic to unbelievable heights. DuVernay doesn't give in to this temptation, crafting a scene that admits the faults but moves on.

If there's one issue I have with Selma is the inappropriate use of Common's track Glory at film's end. In it, he relates Selma to Ferguson and the unfortunate circumstances that recently engulfed that city. The events of Selma are in no way related to Ferguson, and any attempt to relate one to the other is a sure-fire way to make you look dumb. Regardless of their reasons for its inclusion, I can't support it.

Selma doesn't pretend to be anything other than a powerful message about the paradox of American values and the man caught in the middle of changing that dim-witted view. To see Americans war against each other for their basic human rights is a sickening invitation, but Selma attacks it head on by exposing the time and the man in the most honest way possible. Oyelowo turns in an Oscar-worthy performance - as does Wilkinson as LBJ - before the end theme makes an unfortunate guffaw. But over, it's a real Oscar candidate I can get behind. It may have taken all of 2014 (and part of 2015) to find one, but I think we a winner. Finally.

Selma is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language ad has a runtime of 128 minutes.

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Edward James Olmos to Join SHIELD

The ABC show continues to improve its cast with the commander of The Galactica.

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It's not every day that you get to see a television show grow into something of true quality. Such is the case for ABC/Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show maligned in the first half of its first season with poor writing and utterly forgettable characters. But that all changed with Captain America: The Winter Solider, blowing the Marvel Cinematic Universe wide open and pitting our heroes against Hydra and the U.S. government

The show has also benefitted from a serious injection of new and exciting taken, from BJ Brit to Adrianne Palicki. Recently, the show also added veteran Blair Underwood to play May's ex-, and now we've learned about yet another signing that could be the biggest so far Battlestar Galactica alum Edward James Olmos has signed on to play Robert Gonzalez, who's been promised to play a large role in Season 2.5. In fact Marvel's statement announcing Olmos says his role will, "have massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team." That's an exciting change, and representative of the tone ABC has recently taken with S.H.I.E.L.D., appearing to favor a villain arc rather than one to be dealt with in a weaker, weekly format. We love this concept, as Reed Diamond and Bill Paxton played such terrific roles as Hydra instigators throughout their runs on the show.

Olmos can certainly bring that gravitas, and the idea of him dealing another blow to Coulson's team could have some exciting results. Moreover, S.H.I.E.L.D.is in the idle of one of the most compelling plot threads currently on television that will play their way through Season 2.5. We'll see how Skye/Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Raina (Ruth Negga)deal with their new Inhumans powers, while the still-alive Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) has struck out on his own after Skye tried to kill him. We'll also see if the Bobbi/Lance and Fitz/Simmons love stories will pan out. We've liked the complex nature under which Fitz and Simmons currently exist and would Like to see that continue as season 2 wraps up. which gives the series a heart.

We'll have to wait until March to see how it all plays out. But for now, enjoy the very good Agent Carter which has tempt paired taken its place.

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MATT SMITH & KAREN GILLAN To Attend @WalkrStalkrCon In San Francisco

DOCTOR WHO’S MATT SMITH & KAREN GILLAN WILL ATTEND WALKER STALKER CON SAN FRANCISCO JANUARY 31ST-FEBRUARY 1ST

In addition to the 45 guests previously announced, Walker Stalker Con has announced that Doctor Who’s Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) will be attending the convention, located at the the Fort Mason Center on January 31st & February 1st, 2015.

Matt Smith & Karen Gillan will also be doing a separated ticket event called, NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR on Saturday night. For more information on this event visit www.nightofthedoctor.com.

Walker Stalker Con returned to it’s inaugural city of Atlanta in October of 2014 where it’s attendance count reached nearly 35,000 fans across it’s three day span. It also assembled more cast members of The Walking Dead than any other convention has, as well as other horror genre actors.

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is two days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Confirmed guests for the convention include (with more to be announced):

David Morrissey / Jon Bernthal / Robert Englund / Steven Yeun
Scott Wilson / Emily Kinney / Chandler Riggs / Andrew J. West
Seth Gilliam / Michael Rooker / Sarah Wayne Callies / Manu Bennett
Michael Cudlitz / Josh McDermitt / Christian Serratos
Alana Masterson / Lawrence Gilliard Jr / Brighton Sharbino
Laurie Holden / IronE Singleton / Greg Nicotero / Jeff Kober
Chad Coleman / Sunkrish Bala / Tyler James Williams
Melissa Hutchison / Sonequa Martin-Green / Jose Pablo Cantillo
Travis Love / Daniel Thomas May / Eugene Clark / Jay Bonansinga
Juan Gabriel Pareja / Vincent Ward / Lew Temple / Nick Gomez
Neil Brown Jr. / Noel G / Anthony Guajardo / Madison Lintz
Ronee Blakley / Amanda Wyss / James Allen McCune / Kyla Kenedy Mackenzie Lintz

The full event schedule can be found at http://walkerstalkercon.com/sanfrancisco/

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EMMY ROSSUM & MICHAEL PEÑA To Host @filmindependent #SpiritAwards

EMMY ROSSUM TO JOIN MICHAEL PEÑA AS CO-HOST OF THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINEE BRUNCH AND ANNOUNCE GRANT WINNERS


Ceremony to premiere live exclusively on IFC, Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 pm PT and 5:00 pm ET

Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that actress Emmy Rossum will co-host with Michael Peña the Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 10 at BOA restaurant in West Hollywood. The nonprofit, that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA Film will be celebrating this year’s Spirit Award Nominees and awarding $75,000 in grants to emerging filmmakers.

The event precedes the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards that will take place as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 21. This year the show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 PM PT/ 5:00 PM ET.

“Emmy Rossum is both a past Spirit Award nominee for her work in Songcatcher and a LA Film Festival alum,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “Her film Comet had its premiere at the Festival in 2014. We are thrilled she will be joining us to celebrate this year’s Spirit Award nominees and give out the filmmaker grants.”

Rossum currently stars in Showtime’s dark comedy series, Shameless, which will begin its fifth season on January 11th. The Actress has been captivating audiences with her diverse, extraordinary talents for over a decade. Rossum was recently seen in You’re Not You alongside Josh Duhamel and Hilary Swank. Rossum also appeared in Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear, based on the 2012 Oscar-winning short Curfew, which won the prestigious Audience Award at SXSW in March, and starred in Comet opposite Justin Long which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. Other film credits include Warner Bros.’ Beautiful Creatures, DARE alongside Zach Gilford, Dragonball, Poseidon, The Day After Tomorrow with Jake Gyllenhaal, and the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Mystic River.

Rossum’s acting performance in Songcatcher earned her a Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance in 2000. Four years later in 2004, her starring performance as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination, as well as the National Board of Review’s Best Female Breakthrough Performance Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Best Young Actress Award in 2005.

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Now in its 30th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration that honors artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American and international independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, the Robert Altman Award, Best International Film and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award and the LensCrafters Truer Than Fiction Award. The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, The Lincoln Motor Company, Bank of America, Heineken, American Airlines and IFC. T-Mobile is the Official Arrivals Show Sponsor and FIJI Water is the Official Water of the 2015 Spirit Awards. WireImage is the Official Photographer of Film Independent.

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#LittleBoyMovie Pushed Back Til April 24th

The release date for LITTLE BOY has changed. The film is no longer opening on February 27, 2015. The film has moved to April 24, 2015.



LITTLE BOY is the inspirational story of a 7-year old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

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Join The #BOOKOFLIFEFIESTA On January 9th Viewing Party

Bring it home on Digital HD now and join us @Bookoflifemovie on Friday, January 9th. Just use the hashtag #BOOKOFLIFEFIESTA to chime in and join hordes of fans!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manolo, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a magical journey that takes them on an adventure of a lifetime in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD January 27.

Written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the characters venture to the Land of the Remembered and embrace the rich culture and family history brought to life by the all-star voice cast of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman,
Kate del Castillo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube.

THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest that spans three spectacular worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!

THE BOOK OF LIFE Blu-ray™ brings culture and comedy into your home with unforgettable
special features for parents and kids alike. Continue the fun with an all-new bonus short “The
Adventures of Chuy”, highlighting the film’s lovable scene-stealing pet pig. Additionally, relive the musical hits from the film with the “Music Machine” featuring Latin-inspired versions of popular
songs by Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and more!

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
 The Adventures of Chuy
 Closer Look At The Book of Life
 The Music of Life
 Digital Carpenters: The Art Direction of The Book of Life
 Music Machine
 “No Matter Where You Are” Music Video by Us The Duo
 Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez
 Galleries
o Meet the Cast
o Visual Development – Color Keys
o Visual Development – Production Art
o Background Poster-Paintings
o The Final Look

THE BOOK OF LIFE DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
 The Adventures of Chuy
 Music Machine
 Us The Duo Music Video "No Matter Where You Are"
 Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez
 Galleries
o Meet the Cast
o Visual Development – Color Keys
o Visual Development – Production Art
o Background Poster-Paintings
o The Final Look

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Follow Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Twitter @FoxHomeEnt

Street Date: January 27, 2015
Prebook Date: December 17, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (2.39:1)
Audio: English 5.1 DD
Spanish 5.1 DD
French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English / French / Spanish
Total Film Run Time: 95 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG

THE BOOK OF LIFE BLU-RAY™
Street Date: January 27, 2015
Prebook Date: December 17, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (2.39:1)
Audio: English 5.1 DD
Spanish 5.1 DD
French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English / French / Spanish
Total Film Run Time: 95 Minutes
U.S. Rating: PG

THE BOOK OF LIFE DVD
Street Date: January 27, 2015
Prebook Date: December 17, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 16:9 (2.39:1)
Audio: English 5.1 DD
Spanish 2.0 Surround
French 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English / French / Spanish

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Lucasfilm To Straighten Out The Star Wars Universe

The galaxy far, far away is looking to get more organized.

The many, many characters and events that make up the sprawling "Star Wars" saga will soon be part of one cohesive unit as the gang at Lucasfilm is looking to make the stories told in comic books, novel tie-ins, television series and video games as 'official' as those in the feature films.

It's long been accepted that the "Star Wars" feature films represent true "Star Wars" canon, with material from the other mediums (known as the "Star Wars Expanded Universe") usually only serving as elaborate fan fiction. Now, Lucasfilm Story Group is taking the gargantuan task of making everything count.

"'Star Wars' Canon is now determined by the Lucasfilm Story Group which [Pablo Hidalgo] and I are both a part of," recently tweeted Leland Chee, explaining that the organization "has a hand in all facets of 'Star Wars' storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing."


Chee also revealed that the "primary goal" of the Lucasfilm Story Group was to do away with any hierarchy between the movies and spinoff material, eventually creating one cohesive canon across the entire franchise. "More so than ever, the canon field will serve us internally simply for classification rather than setting hierarchy," he tweeted.

Chee declined to comment as to when fans might notice things getting a little more "cohesive," though sometime in 2015 is probably a good guess with "Episode VII" being released and the "Star Wars" comics being moved from Dark Horse back to Marvel.

There's no word as to what, if any, elements from the existing "Star Wars" spinoff material might be kept as 'canon' and what might be scrapped. The comics and novels have often gone hog wild with weird ideas and characters, such as Jaxxon, a mercenary/smuggler that looks like a rabbit (and whose ship is called, appropriately enough, the Rabbit's Foot), and the 'Death Troopers,' zombie Stormtroopers that were featured in Joe Schreiber's 2009 novel "Death Troopers". It's probably safe to assume the multiplayer online role-playing game "Star Wars Galaxies" won't get resurrected (Sony stopped play in 2011).

There have been a few comic book storylines and novels that have taken place after the events of "Episode VI - Return of the Jedi," featuring Han and Leia getting married and having three children (twins Jacen and Jaina, and later Anakin) and Luke marrying Mara Jade, the redheaded assassin that was once sent to kill him. It's been rumored that "Star Wars: Episode VII" might feature some of these elements — which, to be honest, would actually be pretty cool, and a strong possibility when you consider the fact that J.J. Abrams wasn't exactly loyal to 'official' canon when he was rebooting "Star Trek."

No matter what, you can almost guarantee that absolutely nothing from the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special" will be included in the new multi-tiered "Star Wars" universe ... not even a reference to that joyous of Wookiee holidays, Life Day.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

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New Trailer For THE DUFF. Learn The Lingo

Learn the lingo with a new trailer from CBS Films' THE DUFF! Don't miss the upcoming comedy starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney, Romany Malco & Ken Jeong opens in theaters on February 20, 2015



Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF.

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

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


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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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

TV Review: Marvel’s Agent Carter “Now is Not the End” / “Bridge and Tunnel”

Read on for the review of the Agent Carter premiere.

Marvel’s Agent Carter “Now is Not the End” / “Bridge and Tunnel”
Review by Brandon Wolfe

Out of all the characters that have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m not sure that Agent Peggy Carter would have been my first choice for a television spin-off. That’s not a swipe at Hayley Atwell’s steely American agent (with a British accent), who was perfectly fine in Captain America: The First Avenger, but this wasn’t a character that seemed to necessitate further exploration on an expanded canvas. Add to that the fact that Carter was landlocked from the rest of the active Marvel Universe due to her existence in the 1940s, making the opportunities for movie crossovers virtually impossible, or at least less significant (even Cap himself is frozen in her timeline and therefore unavailable for cameos), and it didn’t seem like a show about Carter would prove a fruitful endeavor toward Marvel’s hyper-synergistic approach. But Agent Carter casts off any such hesitations straight away with a two-hour premiere that crackles with energy and female empowerment. This may have not been the Marvel show we were clamoring for, but, to borrow a line from another comic-derived source, it’s the one we need right now.

Agent Carter opens with the eponymous agent feeling a bit lost. Captain Rogers is gone and isn’t coming back for a very long time. The war has ended, and with it, the agency afforded to her during her role in fighting it. Now she’s stuck in an office at the Strategic Science Reserve (a sort of proto-S.H.I.E.L.D.), surrounded by men who treat her like a secretary rather than a peer. She shares a quaint New York apartment with a roommate who thinks she works for the phone company. It doesn’t take too many scenes to adequately establish what a lonely and unfulfilling life Carter has come to lead.


But excitement finally arrives in the form of Carter’s war-era ally, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), the father of Tony Stark and the tree that Tony didn’t fall far from. Howard has been branded a traitor by the U.S. government due to a secret cache of weaponized inventions he developed being pilfered right out from under him, including a homegrown substance called Nitramene that can reduce several city blocks into a modest ball of rubble. Backed into a corner, Howard reaches out to his old friend for her assistance in extricating himself from this mess, forcing the agent to conduct a mission off the books and under her colleagues’ noses. Before jetting off to parts unknown, Howard leaves Carter with an ally in her mission: his wry and resourceful butler Jarvis (James D’Arcy), the clear inspiration for Tony’s eventual A.I. assistant. Together, Carter and Jarvis have to grapple with the forces of a mysterious adversary known as Leviathan while keeping off the radar of the SSR, all to clear Stark’s good-ish name and save the day.

Agent Carter unpacks a lot of exposition in its plus-sized premiere, and does drag a bit in its first hour. But by the second hour, the show settles into a groove, moving along fleetly and wittily. It’s a sharp contrast from the leaden blandness of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has a dozen characters yet none as agreeable in a year-and-a-half’s time as Carter and Jarvis are straight out of the gate. That show is utterly reliant upon the table scraps thrown to it from the film side of the Marvel machine to get anything of interest going because it’s incapable of generating a single spark when left to its own devices. Isolated from anything other than years-old Captain America footage, however, Agent Carter has to fend for itself, and it does so admirably, giving no indication that it needs any such crutch. Instead it thrives on Atwell and the wonderfully droll D’Arcy, who have the sort of chemistry that Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet haven’t been able to engender with anyone on their show. Also on hand is Enver Gjokaj, the standout from Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, as Carter's battle-damaged office friend (and potential love interest, at least if Jarvis’ oft-mentioned, never-seen wife actually does exist).


Atwell is superb as Carter, making her both formidable and charming. She also wields a killer American accent during the not-infrequent moments when Carter needs to get into character. It’s great to see a female character this strong anchoring a series that treats her with such respect. The show heavily underscores the plight that Carter faces in a male-dominated field, especially in a recurring bit where a radio serial continually pops up depicting Captain America saving Carter’s fictitious counterpart from certain peril, much to Carter’s chagrin (to hammer the point home, a fight scene where Carter makes mincemeat out of a male opponent is juxtaposed with the radio play’s positing of her as a helpless damsel in distress). While Carter occupies an era where sexism was rampant and completely unchecked, it’s a resonant point that much of what she deals with continues unabated in our would-be enlightened contemporary age.

The fight against Leviathan (which, crushingly, will likely not incorporate Peter Weller) and the bid to exonerate Stark will provide the narrative thrust of the entire seven-episode miniseries, and the whole shebang is off to a terrific start. The show has style to spare, getting the most out of its period setting with a wonderfully old-timey score. The series has a lush visual flair that is far more eye-catching than the drab look that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showcased in its first season. With Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige reportedly taking a more active role behind the scenes here than he has on other Marvel television outings, it looks as though the quality control on Agent Carter will be keener than it otherwise might have been. This is good news. Marvel might not beat DC to planting the flag on a female-driven feature film, but as Agent Carter herself is well-aware, the smaller victories are also key in winning a war.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For @paddingtonbear In SACRAMENTO

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For PADDINGTON on January 10th at 11:00 AM in SACRAMENTO.


PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.


PADDINGTON is directed by Paul King and stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.


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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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