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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stephen King's The Stand To Become Miniseries and Feature Film

Eight episodes and a movie.

By Brandon Wolfe

While the film version of Stephen King’s It may have recently fallen apart, the adaptation of the author’s apocalyptic magnum opus The Stand is still going strong. The Fault in Our Stars’ Josh Boone is still set to direct the adaptation, which he has said in the past he wanted to make into several films to do proper justice to the unusually lengthy novel. However, the plan has changed, as it has now been reported that The Stand will be adapted into an eight-episode miniseries for Showtime, which will then culminate in a theatrical film.

Stephen King fans might feel a sense of déjà vu here, as this was initially the plan for the proposed adaptation of the author’s Dark Tower series before that project fell apart. It is certainly an ambitious plan, since it requires a lot of extracurricular work from moviegoers, many of whom might not even have Showtime (presumably, the film itself will function as a stand-alone so as not to alienate those who have not seen the miniseries).

This will actually be the second time The Stand has been immortalized as a television miniseries, after the four-part miniseries that aired on ABC in 1994. The plan is for Boone to begin shooting this massive production next year.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

'The Perfect Guy' Trailer Has Arrived

We have the first trailer from the new Michael Ealy project.

If you're looking for The Perfect Guy, look closer. Watch the new thriller with Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan & Morris Chestnut.

The Perfect Guy follows a woman (Lathan) who meets an IT expert (Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he disrupts her life.


The Perfect Guy arrives on September 11, 2015.
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First Look: 'Bridge of Spies'

Watch Tom Hanks in the trailer for Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Here is the new trailer from the upcoming film!



A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. The film is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award winners Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. Bridge of Spies will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015.
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Jason Statham Pursued for Bullseye in Daredevil

Will the action star be transported to Netflix?

By Brandon Wolfe

Marvel is setting its casting sights high for the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil as rumors have popped up that Jason Statham is being pursued to play the villain Bullseye. Latino Review has reported that Statham has met with Marvel about the role, but that nothing has yet been confirmed.

Though Marvel attracted some solid talent for Daredevil’s first season, like Vincent D’Onofrio and Rosario Dawson, Statham is a genuine box-office star, and with his recent turns in both Furious 7 and Spy, possibly at a peak level of popularity right now. It seems as though if he were to take a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be something on the big screen rather than Netflix.

In addition, in an interview released just this morning, Statham had the following to say about Marvel roles that would seem to indicate his lack of interest in any such project:

"A lot of the modern sort of action movies I see, you know, Marvel comic sort of things, I just think, any guy can do it. I have no ambition. I mean, I could take my grandma and put her in a cape, and then put her in a green screen, and then have stunt doubles come in and do all the action. Anybody can do it. I mean, they’re relying on stunt doubles, and green screen, and $200 million budget, it’s all CGI-created. So to me, that is not authentic. I’m inspired by old, real star guys that can really do it."

Statham or no, filming on the second season of Daredevil will commence this summer.

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TV Review: Hannibal "Antipasto"

Dr. Lecter’s meal finally arrives after a long wait.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

Hannibal was one of last year’s many great television surprises. Like Fargo, it was a show that shouldn’t have worked, based on source material that didn’t seem like it would bend to the rigors of serialized television. The fact that it aired on NBC, a network that didn’t seem possible would, or could, ever go whole-hog on the sort of gruesomely explicit content one expects from any story featuring Hannibal Lecter, only made the series’ prospects seem even dimmer. But, after a solid yet not exquisite first season, Hannibal caught fire in its sophomore year, crafting a season as twisty and unpredictable as it was unprecedentedly gory by broadcast standards. Hannibal became this strange fever dream for its fans. We saw it with our own two eyes, but it didn’t seem real. How could it be this good?

The series has been off the air for over a year now, its finale, airing the May before last, leaving the bulk of the primary cast bleeding out on the floor of Hannibal’s home while the good doctor (Mads Mikkelsen, still great, still a little hard to understand) absconded to parts unknown with his chilly former psychiatrist, Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) by his side. And the third-season premiere, the cheekily titled “Antipasto,” dedicates its entire running time to picking up with this duo as they’ve settled into their new life in Europe. The opening scene showcases the new visual flair this setting has given the series, as the eternally suited Hannibal zips around Paris on a motorcycle in a stylish leather jacket.


Hannibal is on his way to a stuffy gathering of intellectuals, where he is approached by a snobby poet named Anthony (Tom Wisdom). Anthony makes a few caustic comments to Hannibal about one of the party’s more celebrated guests, one Dr. Fell, who just so happens to be the very person Hannibal is there to see. After greeting Dr. Fell in passing after the event, Hannibal jumps on his bike and is there waiting for Fell when he arrives at his home. We then witness the return of the lovingly decadent food preparation sequences that are a hallmark of this series, and are strangely beautiful as long as you turn a blind eye to where that meat actually comes from, as Hannibal prepares a fine meal out of Fell’s vital organs. When Fell’s wife walks in on Hannibal enjoying his supper, it becomes clear that he will be taking home some leftovers.

Curiously enough, Hannibal is setting its sights on the material provided by the novel "Hannibal," which Ridley Scott adapted into a film in 2001. That story is chronologically the last Hannibal Lecter tale, which is interesting since Hannibal, the TV series, hasn’t even gotten to the meat of Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs yet. As in the novel, Hannibal assumes Fell’s identity, and with it his role as the curator of the Palazzo Capponi museum in Florence. In the film, Hannibal had a good thing going at this gig before the law eventually came knocking at his door. Presumably the path will be similar as the season goes along, but in “Antipasto” alone, the similarities to the source material are otherwise scarce.


The big difference, source-material-wise, is Bedelia, who is a character originated by the TV series and thus did not accompany Hannibal on his European vacation in the earlier versions of the story. When we caught our final glimpse of Bedelia on that airplane at the end of Season 2, it was unclear as to whether or not she was there of her own volition. She had always felt rigid and uneasy about Hannibal in earlier episodes, as she seemed to be the only character hipped to his murderous nature at that point. We learn in “Antipasto” that Bedelia isn’t exactly a willing participant in this arrangement, but it’s complicated. She doesn’t seem to be brainwashed, but she is clearly under the thrall of Dr. Lecter, perhaps initially out of a feeling of indebtedness (we learn via flashback that Hannibal once helped her dispose of the body of a patient who attacked her and whom she subsequently killed…though the patient was referred to her by Hannibal), but now seemingly out of sheer terror for what he is capable of doing. Anderson, who had always hit a single note of icy haughtiness in her earlier appearances, gives a commanding performance here as a hostage constantly trying to find an escape route while creating as much distance as she is able to between herself and her captor’s atrocities.

“Antipasto” is an odd episode of the series. None of the other characters appear besides Hannibal and Bedelia (we do, however, get a series of flashbacks to Abel Gideon’s parallel situation to Bedelia’s, as he attempts to muster up as much defiant autonomy as he can while existing entirely beneath Lecter’s boot) and the episode comes across as a dreamy European art film more than an episode of Hannibal. It’s an examination of Hannibal, Bedelia, and their complicated, tension-fraught coupling. The European scenery is a welcome addition to the show’s already sumptuous visual palette. If “Antipasto” feels a little light as a Hannibal installment, I think the title explains why. This is just a taste before the main course is served.


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Second 'Rogue Nation' Trailer Arrives

The newest trailer (and six character posters) have arrived - see it after the jump!

Story by Matt Cummings

Two months ago, the first trailer for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation arrived to high praise, with nearly 8 million views as of this post. Now, the second trailer has arrived, along a series of character posters. Click on each to see hi-res versions. First up is the trailer:
And here are the character posters:

Cruise is reunited with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Ving Rhames, but also welcomes The White Queen's Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin. We'll report back once the full trailer hits with our usual breakdown of the plot, and perhaps have a synopsis to share as well. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opens July 31, 2015.

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Josh Trank Defends 'Star Wars' Exit

The Chronicle director speaks out on the "toughest decision" of his career.
Story by Matt Cummings

When news hit on May 1st that Chronicle director Josh Trank was departing the Star Wars universe, it hit fans like a lightsaber through the gut. But speculation about his future emerged earlier at Star Wars Celebration, when he failed to appear, waving flu-like symptoms. His colleague Gareth Edwards did attend, showing off a concept trailer for his film Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One.

As news began to swirl about Trank's misfortunes on the set of Fantastic Four - in which his behavior was characterized as "erratic" and Producer Simon Kinberg was brought in to finish the project - fans knew the real story: Trank hadn't merely walked away, he had been fired.

Trank was recently interviewed by the LA Times - the first since his departure - shedding a new perspective on the backlash he received from fans and (perhaps) the real reason why he left. Read these selected quotes to gain your own opinion:

On the backlash he received after leaving:
At first I was like, ‘I’m just not going to say anything because it will blow over,’” Trank told The Times last week in an interview for an upcoming Hero Complex magazine cover story on “Fantastic Four.” “But I was shocked – it just hasn’t blown over. People get so excited to raise their pitchforks. I knew that this was going to be questioned and it was going to come under skepticism as to why I left ‘Star Wars,’ and it was hard. It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life.


On his strained relationship with Fantastic Four producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg (who is also producing the Star Wars spin-off film):
None of those facts were true – and any of the facts that were true were spun in such a maliciously wrong way...If you ask anybody by name who I’ve worked with, from Simon to [producer] Hutch [Parker] or my crew or anybody else, they’d be like, ‘We’ve been working really hard on this movie and we’ve had an excellent time working together. It’s been a challenging movie – for all of the right reasons.

On the $100,000 damage his pets reportedly caused at the home he was renting:
Please – it’s crazy and it’s not true. I have three pugs and a little Boston terrier – that’s all I’m saying. They’re fine. I’ve been living in another house for over a year now and there’s literally no problem. I love my landlord.

And then there's the real reason for Trank's departure from Star Wars: the growing criticism from many in the fan community over Fantastic Four, which included his decision to change the race of the Johnny Storm character. He goes on in the article to state that he felt helming a new franchise - that being Star Wars - would have been too much for him.

What say you, SandwichJohn-ers? Do you buy Josh Trank's story about why he left? Comment below!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bryan Singer Teases 'Apocaplyse' Cerebro

Check out what the director's recent Instagram reveals about Professor X's machine.

Story by Matt Cummings

With Director Bryan Singer planning a July release of his epic X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut, the director has also been slowing releasing images and casting news from his latest production X-Men: Apocalypse. This includes younger actors to play Jean Grey and Scott Summers, as well as Olivia Munn joining as Psylocke. On Thursday, he released this image on Instagram:

Cerebro is Spanish for brain. #Xmen #XmenApocalypse

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on



From the looks of things, Singer might be using the exact set from Days of Future Past, as not much appears to be different between them. The one item of note is Professor X's instrument panel, which looks more jutted out from the 1970's version. That one also featured a curved analog set up and this one appears with more hard edges. Additionally, the rail line used to guide the camera appears to be set up to shoot a very wide scene. That means we'll be sure to see a menagerie of images as the Professor once again looks into the emerging minds of mutants.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut arrives on shelves on July 14, 2015, while Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Movie Review: 'Spy'

The ridiculous comedy Spy celebrates the genre while poking male genitalia in its eye.

Review by Matt Cummings

If any of you winced while watching The Heat or Identity Thief, and outright gagged at the sight of Tammy, you know that Actress Melissa McCarthy has incredibly persevered. Films like those would ruin most careers, but here McCarthy stands, ready for the next challenge. That one arrives in the hilarious action comedy Spy, a renaissance film of sorts that showcases what happens when great talent (finally) meets a competent script and supporting cast.

Behind every great spy like CIA agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law) is his support system, in this case the 40-something Susan Cooper (McCarthy), whose stunted rise through the agency has relegated her to Fine's eyes and ears in the vermin-infested CIA headquarters. When Fine is murdered by the arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) the overweight, homely Cooper seeks vengeance by posing as a series of embarrassing loner women while she tracks Boyanov to the terrorist Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale). Cooper also must deal with the violence-seeking Agent Ford (Jason Statham) and the over-amorous Aldo (a hilarious Peter Serafinowicz) as they try to stop a nuclear weapon from being used on New York. The result will test the CIA's newest field agent's strength and constitution as she tries to keep Ford from getting killed while defending against Aldo's tenacious advances.

Spy does far more than merely mock the genre: it pokes a butt in its face, blows a fairly loud fart, then runs away giggling at itself. Not only is Writer/Director Paul Feig's script filled with plenty of smart one-liners, his plot about elevating the timid to positions of power is refreshing, considering how much he's chosen in the past to berate McCarthy and others. He also allows his cast to ad-lib at the right times, rather than slather on half-baked jokes like overly-buttered bread. This is McCarthy's best effort by far, elevated by genuinely funny comedy bits instead of the mean-spirited kind that's plagued her in recent outings. Normally, her unique blend of physical/angry comedy completely overtakes any chance she has at serving up the emotional core of her character. Not here: we get the sense that Cooper could be great, if given the chance in the field. When she gets there, McCarthy ups her game, balancing bumbling action with that trademark acumen for ad-lib.

Spy also features her best cast in years, each of them adeptly bearing the comedic burden while bringing their core dramatic strengths into the comedy/action genre. I've been pimping Byrne's growing comedic genius since I saw her in I Give it a Year. She goes over the top sexy haute in Spy, effortlessly blending Euro-trash fashion sense with class disdain. Statham mocks his own estimable action resume, spitting off declarations of the various injuries he's sustained (he sewed one arm back on with the other) like a proud papa, each one growing more farcical and funnier. Based on the end button, it's clear that he and McCarthy had a ball - stick around for it.

Law eases into the Bond-like Line without a problem, demonstrating why he was on the short list back before Daniel Craig assumed the mantle. Law dazzled us this year in the quickly-forgotten Black Sea, and in Spy he plays Fine with typical Bond roguishness. Serafinowicz's Aldo is perhaps the most surprising part, as his entrances keep the energy up just at the right times. He's obsessed with Cooper's breasts and apologizes for oozing man juice on the back of her head during the film's climax (no pun intended), demonstrating just how important editing is to keeping a film from going off the rails. Janey carries off CIA bitch boss quite well, but Cannavale's De Luca isn't around long enough for us to care. The majority of the baddie heavy-lifting comes from Byrne, leaving Cannavale to simply look menacing. If there's any part of Spy that perhaps needed improvement, it's here.

Feig is honestly obsessed with the penis, his films tossing the member in for really no reason. No matter how he's tried to fit it in, the result is always particularly random. Luckily, he imbues Cooper with a true sense of right and wrong, whose patriotism and intelligence mixes well with her bumbling and a mouth that would embarrass even a sailor. One of my favorites occurs as Susan is getting her Q-inspired gear that's centered on hemorrhoid pads, stool softener, and a rape whistle. In any of other McCarthy production, that would have dragged on through multiple scenes, wearing out its welcome like it did so many times in Tammy. Feig's international locations are unique for a comedy, elevated by DP Robert Yeoman’s slick and beautiful sequences. A hilariously spot-on Bond-style opening credits sequence by Ivy Levan and some surprising action shots leave our experience shaken not stirred.

For anyone expecting anything other than a celebratory cloak-and-dagger comedy, Spy is not for you. However, if you're in the mood for an over-the-top raunchfest with a good performance by McCarthy and others - along with a story that won't insult your intelligence - this one is sure to entertain. If McCarthy's future is stuck doing fat roles, let's just hope they're all as good as this.

Spy is rated R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity and has a runtime of 120 minutes.

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'Bridge of Spies' Unveils Poster

Check out the newest project from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
Check out the official poster for DreamWorks dramatic thriller Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. Visit Facebook.com/BridgeOfSpies on Friday at 9AM PST to watch the new trailer!

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies stars: two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks as James Donovan; three-time Tony Award® winner Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel, a KGB agent defended by Donovan; Scott Shepherd as CIA operative Hoffman; Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan as James’ wife, Mary; Sebastian Koch as East German lawyer Vogel; and Academy Award nominee Alan Alda as Thomas Watters, a partner at Donovan’s law firm. The film is produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Matt Charman and three-time Academy Award winners Ethan Coen & Joel Coen. Bridge of Spies will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015.
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Dallas Clayton & Amy Poehler's Team Up for 'Inside Out' Mural

Get more facts about the project by clicking below! Renowned artist, author, illustrator, public speaker, adventure seeker and mural painter, Dallas Clayton is teaming up with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to celebrate Disney•Pixar’s original new movie “Inside Out”—in theaters June 19. Clayton will create a unique mural celebrating Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Emotions of Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out.” The mural will be accessible to guests through mid July. The event begins on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in front of the AMC Downtown Disney 12.

In anticipation of this event, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls launched a video on their social channels featuring Meredith Walker inviting their fans to submit their representations of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. These submissions may inspire portions of the mural created by Clayton. Guests will be able to experience the Emotional expression with photos that can be curated on social media with #SpreadJoy and #BeEmotionalInsideOut.

Founded by actor and writer Amy Poehler, the voice of Joy in “Inside Out,” and producer Meredith Walker, the Smart Girls organization is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. Their motto is: Change the World By Being Yourself. They emphasize intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” They celebrate curiosity over gossip. They are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves.

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out. Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. When Riley's family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up"), produced by Jonas Rivera ("Up") and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Up"), Disney•Pixar's "Inside Out" opens in theaters on June 19, 2015. For more information, check out: http://movies.disney.com/inside-out. Facebook, Twitter/ Vine, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, We Heart It. Hashtag: #InsideOut.
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Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

Once more into the Further, dear friends.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

For a duo that earned their stripes with the disreputable gristmill of the Saw franchise, Directors James Wan and Leigh Whannell have turned out to be adept horror stylists. The two embarked on a successful second act of more supernatural, less torture-driven fright fare with 2010’s Insidious, about a family bedeviled by a Darth Maul impersonating demon fixated on their young son. Though haunted-house and possession thrillers have become dime-a-dozen in recent years, Insidious was uncommonly well-done. It crafted a thick air of foreboding, offered some genuinely unsettling imagery and featured unnecessarily strong performances from Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson as the beleaguered parents. Wan went on to direct the even better spook-house thriller The Conjuring on his own before reuniting with Whannell for the less successful Insidious: Chapter 2. Now that Wan has moved on to the big leagues with Furious 7 and is in the running for just about every major film in the hopper these days, Whannell has the Insidious franchise all to himself, and with it the chance to either prove his own horror acumen or reveal that he was always just swimming in Wan’s wake.

Whannell acquits himself mostly well with Insidious: Chapter 3. A prequel to the first two films (begging the question of if this should actually be called Insidious: Chapter 0), the film focuses on a completely different family plagued by a completely different entity. Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) has recently lost her mother to cancer and is desperate to contact her spirit, which she has attempted to do on her own. Finding little success, she turns to a professional in the form of Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye), the medium who helped the Lambert family in the other two films. Elise has recently lost her husband and, though a skilled psychic, has had too many ugly experiences with the next world to continue to dabble in that field, so she is not receptive to Quinn’s pleas, even if she is sympathetic. Elise warns Quinn against reaching out to the world of the dead, but the damage has already been done. A malevolent presence has attached itself to Quinn, causing her to break both of her legs after being hit by a car and then proceeding to torment her as she is bedridden and vulnerable. Quinn’s father (Dermot Mulroney) is already completely out of his depth as a family man since losing his wife, and since he can barely handle making breakfast, dealing with demonic forces is well beyond his capabilities. When the disturbances grow increasingly violent, the family turns to freelance ghost hunters Specs and Tucker (Whannell and Angus Sampson, also returning) before Elise finally decides that she is the only person able to save Quinn’s soul.


Insidious: Chapter 3 doesn’t offer much in the way of new material toward the series’ mythology. The Further, the shadowy realm of lost souls and vicious spooks, isn’t explored or explicated any deeper than it was in the previous entries. In fact, it seems simplified here into a generic netherworld rather than the plane of existence only accessible to the living via astral projection established by the earlier films. Also, the new characters are no great shakes. Quinn is an unremarkable protagonist and her Rear Window-esque immobile helplessness, apart from a couple of scenes, feels a touch underexploited. Mulroney’s dad gets a couple of alright dad one-liners, but is otherwise saddled with a thankless role, one that makes the audience wistful for the much stronger work Byrne and Wilson turned in before. The film also has some major pacing problems, particularly in the early goings. The initial meeting between Quinn and Elise drags on laboriously for what feels like an eternity, and then when we subsequently follow Quinn’s daily routine, both at home and at a crucial audition, it is criminally dull. There’s the slow-burn approach and then there’s sheer protracted tedium, and the earlier scenes unmistakably fall into the latter category. By the time Quinn is talking about college prospects with her sprightly bestie (Hayley Kiyoko), we are positively chomping at the bit for something, anything, supernatural to occur.

But once the creepiness finally commences, the film gets in gear and mostly stays there. Whannell’s ability to craft effectively freaky moments is on point despite Wan’s absence. Chapter 3 isn’t as atmospherically unnerving as the original Insidious – though it is a step up from the plodding, unremarkable Chapter 2 – but the film still functions commendably at building dread and producing some disquieting visuals (honestly, that these films are rated PG-13 is a little nuts given the intensity of their scare tactics). Make no mistake, this is still a horror film that leans very heavily on jolting jump scares rather than the chill-your-bones dexterity exhibited recently by this spring’s fantastic It Follows. However, though the film mimics the experience of a Haunted Mansion ride more than the immersion into a true nightmare, there isn’t anything necessarily wrong with that brand of cheap thrills, especially considering that this is a much more skillful instance of this particular strain of horror film than most of what rolls off the assembly line. This is the sort of horror film that makes for a fun communal experience with an excitable audience.


The MVP of the film is Shaye, whose Elise is given much more prominence than ever before. Shaye is an old pro (perhaps most memorable as the vile landlady from Kingpin) who can do haunted intensity like nobody’s business, but when she delves into the Further for the film’s climax, Whannell lets her cut loose a bit and have some fun, showcasing a Ripley-like bravado when fighting off the ghouls standing in her way. Elise was killed off in the final moments of the original film (she appeared as a ghost in the second film), but this film’s prequel status functions as a recalibration to make her the driving force of the franchise, which isn’t a terrible idea. Less successful are the comedic stylings of Specs and Tucker, whose variety of comic relief is so inert and half-hearted as to add virtually nothing to the proceedings. It’s not that the characters are unfunny; that would at least be something. Absolutely no effort is expended toward making them anything. The gist of their contributions seems to be that Tucker is sort of weird and Specs is standing next to him.

There’s no getting around the fact Insidious: Chapter 3 is just another Insidious film, with all that that entails. But on that level, it works because the Insidious brand is stronger than most of its contemporaries. Its no-frills, shamelessly ooga-booga approach works, and given the comparative ambitiousness of the less enjoyable Chapter 2 (a film that had some neat Back to the Future Part II-style crisscrossing touches, yet was otherwise content to be a limp take on The Shining), 3’s meat-and-potatoes functionality is gratifying. With the utterly useless Poltergeist remake currently in theaters (though probably not many by now), Insidious: Chapter 3 stands as easily the most enjoyable horror entry on the market right now. It won’t be long before the Insidious franchise wears out its welcome through repetition, but for the time being, traipsing through the Further still entitles us to one or two good scares.

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'The Peanuts Movie' Ensemble Poster Has Arrived

From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz, see your favorite characters like you’ve never seen them before.
Directed by Steve Martino and produced by Paul Feig and Schulz family members, the first poster with all the characters from the film has been released.



You check out individual character posters here.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE hits theaters everywhere November 6, 2015!
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New MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – #ROGUENATION Trailer & Character Posters

The New Trailer for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION. Do I need to say more?

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” reunites Tom Cruise with “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL” stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin.



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#EVEREST Heart Pounding Trailer

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur.

Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ presentation of Everest—in association with Walden Media—is adapted for the screen by William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Oscar® winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).

The film was shot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Universal will distribute Everest worldwide.


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New #InsideOut Clip "Pizza"

New clip from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out.

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Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

When Riley's family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up"), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. ("Up") and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "Up"), Disney•Pixar's "Inside Out" opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A LITTLE CHAOS In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For A LITTLE CHAOS on June 22nd at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.

Reunited for the first time since Sense and Sensibility, Alan Rickman directs Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet in the romantic drama A Little Chaos.

A romantic drama following Sabine (Winslet), a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Rickman). Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).



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New TV Spot For MARVEL'S #ANTMAN

A brand new special broadcast spot from MARVEL'S ANT-MAN is here.

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.

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Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

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Clips From Aquarius Episode 2 'NEVER SAY NEVER TO ALWAYS'

NEVER SAY NEVER TO ALWAYS (TV-14)



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SHAFE AND CHARMAIN GO UNDERCOVER AND FIND THEMSELVES FACE TO FACE WITH CHARLES MANSON - Drug dealer Art Gladner (Shaun Duke, "90210") is found murdered, and the chief suspect is Shafe's (Grey Damon) snitch, Mike Vickery (Jason Ralph, "A Most Violent Year"). Hodiak (David Duchovny) agrees to help Shafe exonerate Vickery. In exchange, Shafe takes rookie Charmain Tully (Claire Holt) undercover into the Manson Family to find out where Manson (Gethin Anthony) has Emma (Emma Dumont). They succeed, but not without consequences, especially for Charmain. Michaela McManus, Brían F. O'Byrne, Chance Kelly ("Generation Kill") and Ambyr Childers ("All My Children") guest star.





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James Wan Will Direct Aquaman

JAMES WAN TO DIRECT JASON MOMOA IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ UPCOMING AQUAMAN FEATURE

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that director James Wan (“Furious Seven,” “The Conjuring”) will take the helm of the Studio’s upcoming Aquaman feature film, with Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) starring as the sea-dwelling Super Hero. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Silverman stated, “We’ve been so lucky to have worked with James, first on New Line’s ‘The Conjuring’ and now on their upcoming ‘The Conjuring 2,’ and are thrilled to have him on board as we continue to expand our DC slate. The Aquaman film will be a major tentpole picture for us and James’s span of work has proven him able to take on any manner of project, bringing his incredible creative talent and unique voice to the material.”

Wan will also be supervising the script by Kurt Johnstad (“300,” “300: Rise of an Empire”). The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder and Zack Snyder.


Roven said, “James is not only a great storyteller but can make action truly explode on the big screen, and Jason has a dynamic presence that commands your attention. Together, they will bring an undeniable vitality and energy to this character as he headlines his first feature film.”

An icon for over 70 years, Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas. This reluctant ruler of Atlantis, caught between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt, is committed to protecting the entire globe.

Currently set for a 2018 release, the film is based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

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Win Tickets To See #VACATION In Phoenix Tomorrow

Win tickets to National Lampoon’s VACATION in Phoenix this Thursday at the B&B Theatres Mesa Gateway location (Signal Butte & 60)? It is a part of their Retro Night series and is a one night only event for people to catch the original film before the remake hits theatres this summer.

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Clint Eastwood To Direct Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger Biopic

THR is reporting that Clint Eastwood is tackling another real-life hero: Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.

The prolific director's next film will be the story of Sullenberger's life and the dramatic tale of how the veteran pilot ditched U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009, saving everyone on board. Eastwood, 85, will make the movie for Warner Bros., his longtime home studio, and is set to start shooting this fall (there's no word yet on who will play the heroic pilot).

"I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall. The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team," Sullenberger, 64, said in a statement.

In addition to directing, Eastwood and Tim Moore will produce the "Miracle on the Hudson" via their Malpaso Productions, alongside Marshall and Stewart of Flashlight Films. Marshall and Stewart optioned the rights to Sullenberger's life story and memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, in 2010, but it wasn't until now that the project landed at a Hollywood studio. (Harrison Ford, an aviation enthusiast and pilot, first introduced Sullenberger to Marshall.)

All of Hollywood had been waiting to see what Eastwood would direct following his global blockbuster American Sniper, also from Warners. Released in December, Sniper grossed north of $543 million globally to become the most successful war-themed film of all time. The biopic, starring Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is also Eastwood's most successful directing outing.

Eastwood's involvement is a huge boost for the Sullenberger project. Todd Komarnicki is writing the adapted script, drawing from Sullenberger's life and memoir. Sullenberger co-wrote his memoir with Jeffrey Zaslow, who died in a car crash in 2012. The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.' president of creative development and worldwide production.

Said Silverman in a statement: "Simply put, Clint Eastwood is at the top of his game, not to mention a global treasure. On the heels of his extraordinary work in American Sniper, it is tremendously exciting to see him explore the life of another captivating true-life hero. It is also great to be collaborating with Frank Marshall and Allyn Stewart to produce this compelling script by Todd Komarnicki."

Sullenberger and his crew had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport when both engines were knocked out by a flock of Canada geese. The veteran pilot quickly realized there was no time to return to LaGuardia, or reach another airport, so he made the decision to attempt a water landing on the Hudson. The plan worked, and all 155 people on board survived. He instantaneously achieved hero status, and was dubbed "Captain Cool" by then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Eastwood had been mulling directing Fox's untitled Richard Jewell biopic, but a deal to bring Warners aboard as a partner failed to materialize. The movie stars Jonah Hill as the heroic security guard who helped save numerous lives during the bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Eastwood also decided against directing a remake of A Star is Born.

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#99Homes Official Trailer

Watch Andrew Garfield & Michael Shannon in the new 99 Homes trailer! Coming to theatres September 25, 2015.

In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes - gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the US government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax),

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Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost - on Carver's orders, Nash must evict families from their homes. As Nash falls deeper into Carver's web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, J.D. Evermore

Producers: Ashok Amritraj, Ramin Bahrani, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen
Executive Producers: Mohammed Al Turki, Ron Curtis, Andrew Garfield, Manu Gargi, Arcadiy Golubovich

Official Movie Site: http://www.99HomesMovie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/99homesmovie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/99homesmovie

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