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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Star Wars Lands Coming To Disneyland & Walt Disney World Over 14 Acres

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts


Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.


Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

"I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.

Iger also shared concept images of the Star Wars-themed lands, giving fans a glimpse at what is to come for Disney parks.

The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas’s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets.

For 60 years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has been delighting millions of people with fantastic storytelling, exceptional entertainment and extraordinary experiences, creating places where guests can make life-long memories with their friends and families. This announcement marks an unprecedented time of growth with exciting developments happening around the world – from Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration to the anticipated opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.

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First Image From Star Wars Stories #RogueOne

Lucasfilm announced today that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars stories series, “Rogue One,” has begun principal photography. Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) is directing “Rogue One,” which tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

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The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award® for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar®-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy® for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”

“‘Rogue One’ takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” says Kathleen Kennedy. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).

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Colin Trevorrow Will Direct Star Wars: Episode IX

Today at D23, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn confirmed that writer-director Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX, which is set for release in 2019.

Heroic Hollywood scooped this confirmation a few few weeks ago.

While production won’t begin for a few years, Trevorrow is heading to Lucasfilm this year to begin working with artists and his fellow Star Wars directors. “Colin is someone I’ve been interested in working with ever since I saw ‘Safety Not Guaranteed,’” says Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “The power of that film paired with the enormous success of ‘Jurassic World’ speaks volumes about his abilities both as a storyteller and skilled filmmaker. We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent as Colin join our family and step into the Star Wars universe.”

Trevorrow states, “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.”

Star Wars: Episode IX will conclude the third trilogy of Star Wars movies that begins with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

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#D23 EXPO #CaptainAmerica Civil War Presentation. Who's Side Are You On?

Heroic Hollywood scooped this story a few days ago and now THR has confirmed it.

War broke out at D23 Saturday, where footage from Captain America: Civil War debuted.

Chris Evans (Captain America) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) flew in from Germany, where the film is completing its final week of shooting.

Civil War is set to pit a team of anti-superhero registration heroes led by Captain America (Evans) against pro-registration forces led by Iron Man (Downey). Heroes slated to appear in the big brawl also include The Falcon (Mackie), The Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and MCU newcomers Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

"It's so good. I love it," said a giddy Evans before the footage showed. It began with Falcon and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), working with Captain America to take down Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in a crowded urban environment.

"You know, he remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky," says Crossbones to a confused Cap.

It cuts to a speech from General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), who lectures Cap in Avengers headquarters.

"The world owes you an unpayable debt. A lot great many people see you as a hero," says Ross. "There are some who prefer the word vigilante. People are afraid."

The biggest applause came from this line from Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) to Captain America, who are arguing about the ethics of being a superhero: "Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth."

It also appears Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is a good guy in the film, which deals with the downside of being a superhero.

"In this job, we try to save as many as we can. Sometimes that doesn't' mean everybody," said Captain America.

Feige also teased Doctor Strange, with a video message from Benedict Cumberbatch.

"He's an extraordinary character and brings in a whole other dimension … multiple dimensions to the marvel universe." He said it will be a "mind-blowing" experience.

Feige showed concept art from Doctor Strange, which included narration from director Scott Derrickson.

"He's go on a quest looking for healing. Looking for a way to recover. He meets the Ancient One, who begins helping him on the path of healing, and that turns into much more," Derrickson said.

Doctor Strange hits theaters Nov. 4, 2016 and also stars Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Captain America: Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are directing Civil War, before they transition to Avengers: Infinity War Part I (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War Part II (2019).

Civil War is set to pit a team of anti-superhero registration heroes led by Captain America (Evans) against pro-registration forces led by Iron Man (Downey). Heroes slated to appear in the big brawl also include The Falcon (Mackie), The Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), and MCU newcomers Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

Non superheroes who are among the sprawling cast include Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp from Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt from Incredible Hulk). Two key Marvel figures who have not been announced are Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).

The post-credit sequence in Ant-Man featured footage culled from Civil War, and showed Captain America and Falcon debating what to do with a trapped Winter Soldier.

Captain America: Civil War hits May 6, 2016.

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Training Day Series On It's Way To CBS

THR is reporting Antoine Fuqua will direct the follow-up to his 2001 feature film of the same name.
TV's big remake push is showing no signs of slowing down.

In a competitive situation, CBS has handed out a hefty pilot-production commitment to a Training Day follow-up based on the 2001 film of the same name, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the feature film from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, the potential series will take place 15 years after the movie. The planned Training Day series is set in the LAPD of 2015. (Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington starred in the feature.)

Antoine Fuqua, who directed the feature film, will helm the pilot, which was written by feature writer and former LAPD detective Will Beall. Jerry Bruckheimer Television's Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman will executive produce alongside Fuqua and Beall. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Bruckheimer is based, and Fuqua Films.

Training Day comes as feature films and intellectual property continues to be in high demand, as broadcast and cable networks look for proven brands in a bid to cut through an increasingly competitive landscape that currently boasts more than 400 scripted originals. Already in the works are TV series based on Rush Hour (CBS), Limitless (CBS), Uncle Buck (ABC) and Minority Report (Fox). Meanwhile, The CW is prepping series based on The Notebook and Friday the 13th this season, as the reboot trend continues into its second development season. Key to the remakes' success is having the original producers involved, as Training Day does.

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#Coco #D23EXPO Presentation & New Image

Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s “Coco” is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.

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#ZOOTOPIA #D23EXPO Presentation & New Image

International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in Zootopia, D23 EXPO fans learned via a taped message from Shakira today. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”), the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongside directors Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and producer Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”).


Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia” opens nationwide March 4, 2016.

HAVE YOU HERD? -- Zootopia's biggest pop star Gazelle will be voiced by Grammy®-winning international superstar Shakira in Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Zootopia." Shakira performs an all-new original song, "Try Everything," for the film. Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”), "Zootopia" opens nationwide March 4, 2016.

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#Gigantic #D23EXPO Presentation & New Image

“GIGANTIC” TAKES ROOT – Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. “Gigantic,” Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) and producer Dorothy McKim (“Get A Horse!”).


Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s “Gigantic” follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? “Gigantic” hits theaters in 2018.

DOWN TO EARTH — Adventure-seeker Jack discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds, hatching a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl. Directed by Nathan Greno ("Tangled") and produced by Dorothy McKim ("Get A Horse!"), "Gigantic" hits U.S. theaters in 2018.

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#Moana #D23EXPO Presentation & New Image

Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” hit the stage at D23 EXPO 2015 this afternoon. Renowned directors John Musker and Ron Clements ("The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Frog," "Aladdin”), and producer Osnat Shurer (Oscar®-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’") shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it.


Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. Foa’i capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music. “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

"Moana" introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.

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#TheGoodDinosaur #D23EXPO Presentation & New Image

Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” was amplified when director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. In theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, “The Good Dinosaur” features Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home among a host of intimidating creatures.


A TRIO OF T-REXES — An Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears—and three impressive T-Rexes—in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes, “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015.

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#D23EXPO #FindingDory New Image

DORY DIVES IN -- Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees this afternoon, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film “Finding Dory.” Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark.


Oscar®-winning director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) offered new details of the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy,

Disney·Pixar’s “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

#ToyStory4 Will Be A Love Story With Woody & Bo Peep

Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter confirmed on Friday what fans have speculated about for the better part of a year: "Toy Story 4" will revolve around a romance between the blockbuster's main character, a toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks, and a nursery rhyme doll.

"It's a love story with Woody and—and this is news—Bo Peep," he told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." Lasseter revealed the plot point last winter but kept the details under wraps.

Lasseter rose to prominence in 1995 as director of Pixar's "Toy Story," a movie about toys that come to life and the first feature-length computer-animated film. The groundbreaking picture and its two sequels have earned about $2 billion at the international box office.
Pixar, which Disney purchased in 2006, is also preparing to release follow-ups to the 2003 blockbuster "Finding Nemo" and 2004's "The Incredibles."

"At Pixar and at Disney, we only make sequels if we come up with a story that's as good or better than the original. That's our rule. We don't do things just to print money," he said.
Lasseter made his comments on the first day of Disney's D23 Expo, a biannual convention where the company gives fans a behind-the-scenes look and previews its future releases.

As the creative director for all of Disney's animated films and projects, Lasseter has presided over a renaissance at the storied studio following a period of decline in the early 2000s. Under his oversight, the studio has turned out a number of critical and commercial hits, including the No. 1 animated feature of all-time, "Frozen."

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New Character Posters From #SICARIO

SICARIO, Directed by the critically-acclaimed Denis Villeneuve, and starring a fantastic ensemble including Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro, Golden Globe Award® winner Emily Blunt, Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin along with Jon Bernthal, and Emmy Award® nominee Victor Garber, this film is packed with gripping suspense and non-stop action.

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In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

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Shane Black's Predator To Reinvent, Not Reboot

New film to play around in existing universe.

By Brandon Wolfe

Last year, it was announced that Iron Man 3’s Shane Black was working on a reboot of Predator (a film in which Black had a small acting role) with his old Monster Squad writing partner, Fred Dekker. However, producer John Davis has clarified that the film will actually be an “inventive sequel” that will incorporate the existing series’ lore.

"Shane shot a movie and he's doing a pilot now, but I've read a lot of his (Predator) script and I think it's genius. I think it's genius and I think it's entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light.

He's just an amazing writer-director. He's got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. It was the first movie I ever did. I remember in being in the jungle with Arnold [Schwarzenegger] as a 28-year-old and going, 'This is a fun business!'... Shane's amazing. He's an amazing storyteller."

Shane's got a writing partner, Fred Dekker. They've been doing it together and Fred's great. The two of them together, they've been in the business for a long time, but the writing is so fresh, the perspective is so fresh. I'm telling you you're going to get something you don't expect and you're going to say, 'This is the most entertaining way to reinvent a franchise.'"


Black recently finished directing The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, which will be released next June. Given other projects he presently has in the works, including Doc Savage and The Destroyer, it's unclear if Predator will be his next film.

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CW Developing Friday the 13th Series

Jason's Creek or Kill-more Girls?

By Brandon Wolfe

The CW will take a break from its usual teen dramas and repeat-pillaging of DC Comics to head down to Crystal Lake. The network is source developing a series based on the Friday the 13th film franchise as a horror/crime thriller. Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the NBC series The Pretender, are developing the series, which intends to reimagine slasher Jason Voorhees in a more grounded framework. The story will center on a detective's search for his missing brother, which brings him into contact with a serial killer long thought to be dead, but whose killing spree has resumed. The series will also update Crystal Lake from a remote wooded area into a bustling town with a dark history.

A source says: "It's like the town from Jaws. It's like Amityville 20 years later, and someone says, 'I think the shark is back.' Everyone is like, 'Oh, s--t. We can't have the shark back, we finally grown up as a town and we have all this mythology, but it ruined our city.'"

In a more meta take, the series will reveal that the Friday the 13th film series was based upon these real-world crimes. "We're going to basically acknowledge that the people came to this town after these killings happened, and they made all these movies. And now the town has a stigma. Our show is, here's the true story. Here's the real story of Jason. It's been taken and exploited. So we have the young crowd who doesn't know who he is except for what they've seen in the movies. The older crowd is afraid of him. We have a lot of people who have scars from him."

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#LIFE OFFICIAL TRAILER STARRING #ROBERTPATTINSON & #DANEDEHAAN

Playing a screen icon such as James Dean is not a task that is shouldered lightly, but it’s one that Dane DeHaan is tackling, appearing alongside Robert Pattinson in the first trailer for Life.



Control’s Anton Corbijn is back chronicling the lives of real people for this one, and Luke Davies wrote the script, which tracks the pair’s interaction in 1955 before Dean became an international icon. Photojournalist Dennis Stock met Dean at a party and quickly realised he could be something special. Initially defensive and feeling guilty that he spent so much time away from his son, Stock emerged from his shell as he hung out with Dean in Los Angeles, New York and Indiana, chronicling his world for Life Magazine.

Of course, there was always a struggle to convince his bosses that Dean was worth covering, since no one realised quite what he’d become. On the evidence of this, DeHaan’s doing a solid job channelling the more vulnerable side of Dean (and pulling off the unlikely trick of filling a role once played by James Franco for a second time after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, since Franco played Dean in a 2001 TV movie).

With Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley and Kristen Hager also in the cast, Life will be out here on September 25.

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Official Trailer For #BURNTMOVIE Starring #BradleyCooper

Here is the official trailer for BURNT! Starring an all-star ensemble cast including Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson, BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.



Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.

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#InsideOut On Digital HD October 13 & Blu-ray Combo Pack November 3rd

From the imaginative minds of Disney-Pixar comes Inside Out on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere October 13th and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and On-Demand November 3rd! Additionally, along with the extensive line-up of bonus features including deleted scenes, the theatrical short film LAVA and “Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out,” comes the all-new animated short “Riley’s First Date?” For a hilarious sneak peek of the brand-new short please view the in-home trailer below and feel free to share with your amazing readers!

From the Imaginative Minds of Disney-Pixar Comes a Major “Emotion” Picture Beyond Compare!
INSIDE OUT

Along with an all-new animated short “Riley’s First Date?” And an extensive line-up of bonus features On Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere October 13 & On Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and On Demand November 3rd.



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Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes an exciting and hilarious journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It’s “an instant classic,” raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. Experience it like never before on Disney Blu-ray!

CAST: Amy Poehler (“Freebirds,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Joy; Bill Hader (Monsters University, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) as Fear; Phyllis Smith (“Bad Teacher,” TV’s “The Office”) as Sadness; Lewis Black (“The Aristocrats,” TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as Anger; Mindy Kaling (“Wreck-It Ralph,” TV’s “The Office”) as Disgust; Richard Kind (A Bug’s Life, TV’s “Spin City”) as Bing Bong; Kaitlyn Dias (voice acting debut) as the voice of Riley

EXEC. PRODUCERS: John Lasseter (“Toy Story,” “Cars”) and Andrew Stanton (“Up” “Ratatouille”)
PRODUCER: Jonas Rivera (“Up,” “Toy Story 2”)
CO-DIRECTOR: Ronnie Del Carmen (Dug’s Special Mission video short and TV’s “Freakazoid!”)
DIRECTOR: Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”)

RELEASE DATES: October 13, 2015 – Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere
November 3, 2015 – Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand

PRODUCTS: Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
and On-Demand

BONUS: Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
· Riley's First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) - Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad's emotions handle “Riley's First Date?”
· LAVA (Theatrical Short Film) - Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.
· Story of the Story - Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.
· Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out - Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they've faced and the lessons they've learned along the way
· Mixed Emotions - Inside Out's filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one's distinct personality and visual identity
· Mapping the Mind - Inside Out's artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen - the human mind.
· Our Dads, the Filmmakers - Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.
· Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out - What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges - and the unique solutions - involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.
· The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing - Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.
· Deleted Scenes
Ø Riley Grows Up - In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.
Ø Joy's Decline - Joy's struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley's behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.
Ø Misdirection -Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley's "retired" imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.
Ø Construction - Joy is guided through Riley's mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.
· Commentary - Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.
· Mind Candy – A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.
· Inside Out Trailers - A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.
*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

Blu-ray 3D
· LAVA

DVD:
· LAVA
· Commentary

DMA Exclusives:
· Designing Abstract Thought - Inside Out character designer Albert Lozano describes the challenging, exciting and appropriately nonlinear process of designing the films "Abstract Thought" sequence.
· Deleted Scenes
Ø Joy Alone - Pursuing a lost memory underneath the ocean, Joy is given a chance to fulfill her heart's desire.
Ø Imagination Park - Joy is chased through a reactivated Imagination Park by an antagonistic Freddie.


FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 94 min.
RATING: Feature Film: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS
DVD = 5.1 Dolby
LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarInsideOut
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PixarInsideOut
Instagram: https://instagram.com/pixarinsideout/

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA):
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it simple to buy your favorite Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies once and watch them anywhere. With DMA you can explore Disney’s library of over 400 eligible digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, and watch your digital movies from the comfort of the living room or across multiple mobile devices. In addition, you can redeem Digital Copy codes found in Disney, Pixar and Marvel Blu-rays and DVDs, as well as earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase. Sign up and access Disney Movies Anywhere for free on DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com and through the Disney Movies Anywhere iOS and Android apps. Users can then simply connect their iTunes, Google Play and/or VUDU at VUDU.com/DMA accounts to begin enjoying their Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collections across platforms and devices.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

From Disney•Pixar Comes an All-New Animated Short
RILEY’S FIRST DATE?
Packaged Exclusively in the October 13th Digital HD & November 3rd Blu-ray Combo Pack
In-Home Releases of “Inside Out”


Synopsis: Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom's and Dad’s emotions handle "Riley's First Date?”

Voice Cast:
§ Kyle MacLachlan (TV’s “The Good Wife,” “Twin Peaks,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as the voice of Riley’s Dad
§ Diane Lane (Batman vs. Superman: The Dawn of Justice, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Perfect Storm) as the voice of Riley’s Mom
§ Kaitlyn Dias (voice cast debut) as the voice of Riley
§ Ben Cox (voice cast debut) as Jordan, Riley’s “Boy-Friend”
§ Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) as Jordan’s Fear
§ Amy Poehler (Freebirds, TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Riley’s Joy
§ Phyllis Smith (Bad Teacher, TV’s “The Office”) as Riley’s Sadness
§ Lewis Black (TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as Riley’s Anger
§ Mindy Kaling (Wreck-It Ralph, TV’s “The Office”) as Riley’s Disgust
§ Bill Hader (Monsters University, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) as Riley’s Fear & Jordan’s Joy
§ Pete Docter (Up, WALL-E) as Dad’s Anger
§ Carlos Alazraqui (“Toy Story 3,” “Happy Feet”) as Dad’s Fear
§ Josh Cooley (Up, TV’s “Toy Story of Terror”) as Dad’s Sadness
§ Patrick Seitz (Monsters University) as Dad’s Joy & Alarm
§ Sherry Lynn (Toy Story 3, Monsters University) as Mom’s Joy & Mom’s Disgust
§ Paula Pell (a writer/ actress, known for Saturday Night Live) as Mom’s Anger
§ Laraine Newman (WALL-E, Up) as Mom’s Fear
§ Lori Alan (WALL-E, Toy Story 3) as Mom’s Sadness

Director: Josh Cooley (upcoming “Toy Story 4”)
Producer: Mark Nielsen (“Inside Out”)

Release Date/Format: Included as an exclusive bonus feature in the October 13th Digital HD release and the November 3rd Blu-ray release.

Run Time: Approx. 4 minutes
Rated: G (US)


ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS in Las Vegas on August 25th at 7:00 PM


WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS” is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.



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Movie Review: 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

The bland spy caper The Man from U.N.C.L.E. compromises its agents in the field.

Review by Matt Cummings

If there's one thing that can be said about Director/Writer Guy Richie's breathless directorial resume, it's that he's always been able to entertain while keeping his unique vision for a film intact. Even if they're not to everyone's liking (I personally love his take on Sherlock Holmes), one can never criticize his casting and the twists he throws in as a writer. Unfortunately, something's missing from his current project The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; it comes across as too old for younger kids to remember and not much like the one that tore up evening television in the mid-1960's.

When the art thief Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is forced by the CIA to carry out spy missions to expunge his criminal record, he runs into the towering KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) during an operation in Cold War East Berlin. Distrustful of each other after Solo successfully moves the auto mechanic Gaby (Alicia Vikander) out of danger, the duo form an uneasy partnership when their governments force them to work together. The dashing Solo and the square-chin Illya must track down a private entity - led by the glamorous Italian Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki) - that's about to finish a nuclear device with the help of Gaby's father. As the trio get their orders from new boss Waverly (Hugh Grant), Illya and Solo must learn to work together before the world succumbs to nuclear annihilation.

The problems with Richie's take on the classic television series is many-fold: pretty but dull leads in Cavill and Hammer, a script devoid of the usual fun behind a Richie production, and a general sense of been-there-seen-that. Cavill, once in line to play James Bond, is classy here but the CIA doesn't suit him well enough, acting almost too reserved for such a big Bond-like role. Hammer has always been the definition of bland, his Russian accent suffering under a character that we know just enough about but never enough to like or hate. His best scenes are when he's driven to the point of a fierce and violent reply, his hands shaking just before he decides to wreck something; I wish that had been a central focus instead of the lighter comedic action that sometimes goes on for too long.

Richie's story suffers from perhaps a poor edit by long-time collaborator James Herbert, with some characters needing more time (Illya and Waverly) and others getting too much (Napoleon). The pacing feels off, as if everyone including Vikander - who I never bought as a pretty grease monkey - is merely going through the script like an 80's video game. Get to this point. Now another. And another. Those sorts of structural problems plague the script: there's never the sense that our villain is a threat to anything other than her husband's credit card, cause terror in the minds of anyone, or is able to carry any of it out without help. Even when Victoria guns down a central character, Gaby takes away any impact of the execution by replying, "He died a long time ago." There are hints of some comedic brilliance here, with Cavill and Hammer constantly bickering like an old married couple; but most of that feels practiced, as if neither of their personalities are capable of doing anything more.

When the action ramps up, Richie and Herbert's cuts are a little too fast and fail to sell us on its universe well enough to give their characters the benefit of the doubt. Truth be told, even the action isn't that incredible, perhaps a notion Richie was hoping would pay off given its period-piece heritage. Not so much. U.N.C.L.E. is stuck somewhere between Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and the upcoming SPECTRE, both of which (by the way) do excellent jobs of selling their universes. The reason: Richie barely borrows the original characters and Composer Jerry Goldsmith's theme, going so far as to introduce a female lead that didn't happen until the final Season 4. I wasn't able to pick up any references to the show, and had the character names not been ported over, we could have been watching any spy action/comedy set in the 1960's.

However, if you like Richie's style you'll love the retro cool (and easily-seen film grain) of U.N.C.L.E.. Cinematographer John Mathieson basks the screen in rich elegant colors and posh sets, taking a more frenetic pace with several of the action set pieces. Herbert's not a total failure here, mixing different angles of the same scene with thick slashing diagonal lines, all very 60's and very Richie. It's too bad that its style couldn't have found a way into this script, which utterly fails to impress upon us the true differences in philosophy between East and West from that time. There's only brazen tension at the beginning and no fights between our leads afterwards, even though both sides want the other eliminated by film's end. Granted, the threat of a nuclear weapon might be cause enough to set aside differences, but we never get to know these characters' sympathies enough to like or hate them. This is the emotional core that's missing and plagues U.N.C.L.E. throughout.

There's little to separate The Man from U.N.C.L.E. from the sheer mass of spy-infused movies and television shows playing in 2015, with no greater example than Rogue Nation, a movie that's got U.N.C.L.E. beat in every way. Had Richie been alone in the spy market this summer, perhaps our attitude would have softened; and so perhaps it's the victim of bad timing. A future viewing months from now will be in order to see if proximity played a role. But for now, its rather stale nature will be instantly forgettable as you emerge from the theater.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity and has a runtime of 116 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #NoEscape In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For NO ESCAPE in NO ESCAPE on August 25th in Sacramento at 7:00 PM


An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew, NO ESCAPE stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #NoEscape San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For NO ESCAPE in NO ESCAPE on August 25th in San Francisco at 7:00 PM


An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew, NO ESCAPE stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #NoEscape In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For NO ESCAPE in NO ESCAPE on August 24th in Phoenix at 7:00 PM


An intense international thriller, NO ESCAPE centers on an American businessman (Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Directed by John Erick Dowdle and written together with his brother Drew, NO ESCAPE stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell.



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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS in Phoenix on August 25th at 7:00 PM


WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS” is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.



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New #SICARIO Action Packed Trailer

SICARIO, Directed by the critically-acclaimed Denis Villeneuve, and starring a fantastic ensemble including Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro, Golden Globe Award® winner Emily Blunt, Academy Award® nominee Josh Brolin along with Jon Bernthal, and Emmy Award® nominee Victor Garber, this film is packed with gripping suspense and non-stop action.

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

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Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

N.W.A film is entertaining but still straight outta the biopic playbook.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

Partway through Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of hip-hop/gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A, the group is about to play a packed-house show in Detroit. Members of the Detroit Police Department have instructed the group of a laundry list of things they are forbidden to do during the show, the biggest of which is that they are not allowed to perform their hit song “F*ck Tha Police” under penalty of arrest. Taking to the stage, the group appears for a time to abide by the edict, but ultimately refuses to kowtow to authority and defiantly belts out the song. When the police attempt to shut them down, a riot begins to break out and the group is cuffed and tossed into a police van as the crowd turns on the arresting officers. Piled on top of each other in the van, the group begins laughing triumphantly, attempting to high-five as best they can with their hands bound behind them. It was totally worth it.

That aura of proud rebellion against authority fueled N.W.A in their late-‘80s rise to prominence, their music providing a long-delayed counteroffensive against the police officers who took every opportunity to treat them like criminals on a daily basis, whether they had engaged in illicit activity or not. Their success gave the powerless a platform to speak truth to power, to push back against a lifetime of indignities and injustices. The anger in N.W.A’s lyrics was palpable and incendiary, and the best moments in this film are the ones that hone in on that fury.

In 1986, we meet Eric “Eazy E” Wright (Jason Mitchell), a drug dealer living life constantly on the precipice of death or incarceration. Eric’s friend, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young (Corey Hawkins) is a pie-in-the-sky dreamer who longs to turn his musical gifts into something more than penny-ante DJ gigs. Their mutual friend, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson (O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Ice Cube’s actual son), is a talented lyricist with no outlet for his skills beyond the scribblings in his notebooks. Dre convinces Eazy to use some of his ill-gotten cash to fund a musical endeavor, but when the hired talent doesn’t work out, Dre decides that maybe he and his friends, including Lorenzo “MC Ren” Patterson (Aldis Hodge) and Antoine “DJ Yella” Carraby (Neil Brown, Jr.), step into the booth themselves rather than merely produce. Though some members don’t immediately take to the mic with ease (Dre coaching a green Eazy on how to rap is one of the film’s funnier scenes), the debut record they ultimately produce makes an immediate splash.


From there, Straight Outta Compton wastes little time getting to N.W.A’s meteoric rise. Eazy hooks up with a small-time producer named Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), who uses his business acumen to get the group further into the limelight, eventually signing a deal with Priority Records, a label whose biggest clients at that point were the California Raisins. The group experiences platinum-selling success while making headlines and powerful enemies with their inflammatory lyrics. However, internal strife is created when Jerry structures contracts that give only a pittance of the proceeds to the members of the group other than Eazy, causing Cube to depart for a solo career, with Dre eventually following suit.

Straight Outta Compton is at its best during its earlier scenes, featuring the group members coming together while dealing with constant adversity. The scenes where the group encounters belligerent members of the police force, officers prone to treating them as hostiles as a default move, are the strongest, as they tap into the uneasy relationship between law enforcement and black youths that remains such a hotbed issue to this day. Also exceptional is the way that the group members viciously turn on one another after going their separate ways, using their lyrics to engage in an ongoing back-and-forth flame war waged from album to album.

It’s the second half of Straight Outta Compton that begins to buckle under biopic clichés, with Eazy emerging as the requisite tragic figure for whom the bottom falls out. Betrayed by Jerry, bullied by Suge Knight, the terrifying CEO of Dre’s Death Row Records, and forced to watch helplessly as his former comrades achieve the sort of mega-success on their own that has eluded him, Eazy’s downfall is what gives the film its too-familiar shape. By the time he begins ominously coughing, we would intrinsically know what was coming even if we weren’t already familiar with his real-life fate. Too much of this section of the film feels manipulative and maudlin, casting aside the more vibrant and compelling elements that fueled the earlier portions.

The acting is solid across the board. Mitchell makes Eazy’s turmoil effective in spite of the film’s ham-handed approach to his fall from grace. Jackson, not surprisingly given the family resemblance, does quite well at approximating Ice Cube, even if he doesn’t fully summon the sneering ferocity of his old man. And Corey Hawkins brings a surprisingly amount of soulfulness to Dre, even if this depiction of the man seems a bit hagiographic. Because Dre and Cube produced the film, there is the sense that their onscreen representations are a bit whitewashed, assigning all the less flattering characterizations to Eazy. The worst we ever see Cube do is wield a bat in an executive’s office, with Dre’s only blemish being a reckless bout of speeding. MC Ren and DJ Yella don’t really even register as pivotal characters, the focus, unsurprisingly, kept tightly on the three more famous members.


Giamatti does well, if a bit too comfy within his repertoire, playing a sleaze who genuinely wants to consider himself a paternal figure. R. Marcus Taylor is suitably intimidating as Suge Knight, a bone-deep thug who isn’t going to allow multimillion-dollar legitimacy wash the street off of him (if one weren’t familiar with Suge Knight’s real-life persona, one could be forgiven for chastising the film for creating such a cartoonish villain). Straight Outta Compton also becomes a sort of hip-hop Hall of Presidents, with cameos by Snoop Dogg (Keith Stanfield, in the ballpark, but not quite there) and Tupac (Marcc Rose, so there that it’s eerie).

But the quality that gives Straight Outta Compton most of its propulsiveness over the course of its generous two-and-a-half-hour running time is the music, which still carries a combustive charge almost thirty years later. The palpable rage contained within those songs remains striking and revolutionary, awarded even more power by virtue of the fact that the root causes of that anger continue unabated to this day. A coda, using real footage of the group, fills in the post-Eazy legacies of the surviving members for the intervening years, but N.W.A’s relevance to the modern world doesn’t lie with Eminem or Ride Along. It’s evident on the nightly news, on far too many nights, where there’s still plenty to be angry about.

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New #THETRANSPORTERREFUELED Trailer

Here is a NEW TRAILER for their upcoming action movie, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED - opening nationwide on September 4, 2015! From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy and directed by Camille Delamarre, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.



Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life - or so he thinks - transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.

From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.

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#SesameStreet Is Headed To HBO

According to Variety  “Sesame Street,” is headed to HBO.

The Time Warner pay-cable service said it would license the next five seasons of the venerable program, which has taught preschoolers for decades about numbers, letters, emotional development and the joys of a rubber ducky. The series has become a mainstay of the American cultural experience, and has often served as one of the first pieces of video entertainment experienced by the nation’s tykes.

New episodes will begin airing on HBO as early as late fall. And there will be more of them: HBO will air twice as many “Sesame” episodes in a season than has been the recent norm, lifting the number produced to 35.

“Sesame Street” will still appear on PBS, which will has aired the program since 1969. But new episodes will first appear on HBO, and then be provided to PBS after nine months. It was disclosed yesterday that PBS would run only half-hour episodes of “Sesame Street” in the fall, as opposed to a full hour – which has been the norm for years.

Under the pact, Sesame Workshop, the producer of the series, will also produce a “Sesame Street Muppet“ spinoff series for HBO, and develop a new original educational series for children. HBO will also license more than 150 old episodes of “Sesame Street,” and approximately 50 past episodes of two other series from Sesame Workshop: “Pinky Dinky Doo,” an animated program focused on literacy, and “The Electric Company,”a 2009 reboot of a series that was another PBS hallmark.

The move is certain to raise eyebrows: Should Grover, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus be placed behind a paywall? At the heart of the transaction, however, are radically shifting dynamics in the way kids consume video and the manner in which companies get paid ror them doing so.

PBS has for years funded only 10% of the series’ production. The rest was provided by Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization once known as Children’s Television Workshop, and that money was typically secured through licensing, of course, but also from revenues associated with the sale of DVDs. In a world where more kids are accustomed to accessing their video favorites through streaming video and subscription on demand services, those monies had become crimped.

“Over the past decade, both the way in which children are consuming video and the economics of the children’s television production business have changed dramatically,” said Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of “Sesame Street,” in a prepared statement. “In order to fund our nonprofit mission with a sustainable business model, Sesame Workshop must recognize these changes and adapt to the times.”

For HBO, acquisition of the program and other content from Sesame Workshop is key in its push to establish itself not only as a premium video outlet distributed by cable and satellite providers, but also as a stand-alone broadband service that vie for subscriber dollars with rivals like Netflix and Amazon. Kids’ content is one of the biggest drivers of consumers picking up subscription-video-on-demand services. HBO also runs a cable outlet devoted to kids and family programming that is typically bundled with its flagship network.

“Sesame Street” is “the most important preschool education program in the history of television,” said Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, in a statement. “We are delighted to be a home for this extraordinary show, helping ‘Sesame Street’ expand and build its franchise.”

PBS said its viewers would continue to see the program with which it has been associated for so long, but noted that “Sesame Street” was one of a bevy of series it distributes to kids, along with “Curious George” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” PBS began last year experimenting with a 30-minute format for “Sesame Street, the network said in a statement, noting,”We have worked closely with Sesame Workshop to monitor its success since then, and jointly decided to transition to the half-hour format this fall.

Sesame Workshop’s partnership with HBO “does not change the fundamental role PBS and stations play in the lives of families,” the network said. Some families, however, may begin to associate “Sesame Street” with another outlet in the not-too-distant future.

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