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Saturday, September 5, 2015

TV Review: From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 2

Second season forced to embrace originality.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

The first season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series was an exercise in sustained pointlessness. The series, Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of his own 1996 film, saw fit to take a quick and dirty story and build it out laboriously, to the extent where scenes that once lasted a scant few minutes of screentime now made up a full hour of television. Grafting fat onto a formerly lean framework predictably didn’t do the narrative any favors, nor did the fact that the writing for the series wasn’t merely a step down from Quentin Tarantino’s script for the film so much as a freefall from the upper atmosphere. The series also suffered from an inferior cast, the only highlights of which were Robert Patrick, inheriting Harvey Keitel’s role as Jacob Fuller, and DJ Cotrona, who clearly studied the nuances of George Clooney’s performance as antihero Seth Gecko. Though the series did deviate from the film in some notable ways, too much of it retread ground previously covered, and covered infinitely better. The series didn’t make you want to keep watching it so much as it made you want to watch the film again to wash the bad taste from your mouth.

Season 2 of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series finds itself at a pivotal juncture. There is nothing left of From Dusk Till Dawn for it to pilfer. In the unlikely event that the series deigns to borrow from the film’s pitiful direct-to-video sequel, Texas Blood Money, it will now be forced to leave the nest and chart its own course. There is also the meager potential for some interest from the audience now, as From Dusk Till Dawn never had an authentic sequel after Clooney became the Sultan of Hollywood not long after its release. We never learned what became of Seth after he departed for the mythic Mexican sanctuary of El Rey at the film’s end. Now, through this series, a version of that tale can be told. The question is whether there exists any reason to expect it to be told well.


Based on the initial two episodes of Season 2, that question is still open-ended. Seth and Kate Fuller (Madison Davenport) are now partners, pulling odd jobs just to get by. Seth is overcome with depression and taking to abusing substances after being separated from his brother Richie (Zane Holtz) in the season finale. Richie is now a vampire (or a Culebra, in the parlance of the series, as these versions of vampires adopt the attributes of snakes), having joined forces with Culebra chanteuse Santanico Pandemonium (Eiza Gonzalez). The duo are bent on opposing the mythic Nine Lords, which sets one of those lords, Amancio Malvado (Esai Morales), on their trail, as well as an invincible bounty hunter called The Regulator (Danny Trejo, because of course). Meanwhile, Kate’s brother Scott (Brandon Soo Hoo) is now a Culebra slave back at the Titty Twister, where he encounters a seemingly penitent Carlos (Wilmer Valderrama), the vampiric wild card who caused a great deal of chaos last year. Also around is a now-undead Sex Machine (Jake Busey), whose knowledge of ancient symbols and prophecies proves valuable to the Nine Lords.

Exploring the Culebra underworld affords From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series the opportunity to carve out its own unique identity. All the talk of prophecies and the various players jockeying for position in the vampire hierarchy feels a bit too familiar to genre aficionados, but at least it’s new terrain to the Dusk mythology. The enduring problem with the series is that it’s not terribly well-written. Every character speaks in hackneyed tough-guy banalities and Rodriguez, that movie geek, can barely go two scenes without having the characters directly reference some old film that he loves (though Carlos confounding Malvado by referencing Dora the Explorer is a rare moment of genuine amusement). However, a heist perpetrated by Seth and eager criminal protégé Kate in the second episode is pretty enjoyable and reminds us that Rodriguez can still pull off zippy cheap-thrill entertainment fairly well when he wants to.


Being perfectly frank, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series exists because Rodriguez has a cable network now and needs to generate original content so it has something other than old movies to air. That is the obvious rooting interest at work here rather than any genuine creative spark. Yet, all told, the series mostly works as the sort of low-rent cable schlockfest that would be right at home on SyFy. One notable advantage to the series is that it looks fairly polished. The Culebra transformation effects are largely impressive and the entire series has a cinematic sheen that belies how little one imagines it actually costs to produce (if nothing else, Rodriguez is a wizard at stretching a dollar). It’s difficult to recommend From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series in an era of so flush with quality television, but now that it’s stepped away from slavishly tracing over its cinematic predecessor, there’s worse junk-food TV out there to sink your teeth into.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Movie Review: 'The Transporter Refueled'

The Transporter Refueled feels like it's run out of gas.

Review by Matt Cummings

The Transporter franchise hasn't evolved much beyond its simple action roots, doing what it knew best while elevating Actor Jason Statham into the pantheon of action heroes. Granted, the franchise has never been about stunning camerawork, glamorous locations, or deep character studies about flawed people trying to make right. It is what people expect: loud music, silly performances, and car/human stunts designed to take away from the lack of plot. Unfortunately, anything truly interesting about The Transporter Refueled gets hopelessly lost in a glorified Audi commercial, rather than a meaningful story about revenge and the driver who gets caught in the middle.

As the Transporter, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) has gained a reputation for getting any package (human or otherwise) to its destination, regardless of the danger. But when his ex-MI6 father (Ray Stevenson) shows up for a little bonding time, their lives are thrown into danger when the former prostitute Anna (Loan Chabanol) signs up for Frank's special line of services. Determined to defeat her former pimp by robbing him and his associates, Anna brings along a sexy threesome of prostitutes, who kidnap Frank's dad in exchange for the Transporter's continued help. But soon, Frank realizes that he's caught in a dangerous chess game, unsure if Anna represents friend or foe. As Anna's final plan comes into play, Frank must use his skills as both transporter and former black-ops to defeat her growing list of enemies, as she seeks a permanent exit from the life that has already claimed so much.

There are some genuinely interesting themes percolating below the surface here: three females out for monetary revenge for the injustices forced upon them, a father and son who don't understand one another, and the demons of a man's past returning to haunt him. But sadly none of these are ever given the credit they deserve. Delamarre is too focused on tight ass shots of dancers in lingerie to see the quality tale he could have told. He's worried that if he stops for a moment and gives his under-performing cast a moment to shine, the audience will fall asleep. The stunts do little to keep us awake, looking as practiced and unrealistic as early episodes of Agents of SHIELD, with Skrein not given enough time between blows to prove that he can fight. There's literally 20-30 cuts within a sequence, each of which force you to focus someplace else before forcing another dizzying angle down our throats.

Skrein is a step down from Statham, both in terms of his physicality but also in his inability to do anything more than scowl when Anna throws another curveball at him. Honestly, it's hard to find a replacement for Statham, but I have to think someone else could have slid in to the role far better than Skrein. Chabanol is serviceable as Anna, but her friends are merely not-so-good-looking stand-ins, incapable of going beyond their superficial backgrounds. Still, she does play the revenge role well enough for us to stick with it, right up until the end when a showdown with Frank ends with an unfulfilling thud. She doesn't quite sell it as well as Hannah Ware did in Hitman: Agent 47, and you all know how much we hated that one. Put those two movies together and you might have something...I can hear the royalty money already flowing in.

And then there's the car ad, disguised to look like a movie, with the entire opening sequence dedicated to an A8 that soon looks as unglamorous as the rest of Delamarre's film. As the man responsible for dumbing down the funfest District B13 into the dull Brick Mansions, Delamarre manages to make the exciting concept of a mysterious man behind the wheel into something less. But it's not all his fault, as Writers Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and three others drop the interesting Act 1 concepts for pure violence and suggested female bisexuality. Surprisingly, Frank becomes nothing more than a secondary character among the revenge plot, a humorless man whose father couldn't be more different than his son. Luckily, Stevenson is a breath of fresh air, his James Bond aura agreeing with the ladies, although his penchant for being caught by every bad guy in the film does get a little tiresome. Without him, Skrein and Chabanol are merely boring eye candy - I never bought their chemistry, nor their forced sex scene as Stevenson takes on a much more enticing threesome. Frank seems to forget that Anna was a hooker just a few days earlier, with his booty call amounting to little more than an average day for her.

The mindless entertainment of The Transporter Refueled could have been so much more. Instead, it sticks with what it thinks works for maximum appeal, and in doing so becomes merely pedestrian and uninspired. And while it works on that most base level, any interesting story it wanted to tell gets shoved in the trunk. Perhaps it's time for the franchise to go through a full tear-down, before it wrecks what little name it has left.

The Transporter Refueled is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, sexual material, some language, a drug reference and thematic elements and has a runtime of 93 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #EverestMovie In Fresno

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For Everest on September 15th at 7:00 PM in Fresno.


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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First Image Of Diggle From ARROW Season 4

Oliver isn’t the only one sporting a new suit when Arrow returns for season 4. I'm not a big fan of this costume.

As revealed at Comic-Con, season 4 finds Diggle (David Ramsey) actually wearing a super suit, despite never being a fan of them. “We try to be very consistent with our characterization,” EP Marc Guggenheim recently told EW of Diggle’s reaction to the suit.

“I don’t think Diggle looks at it as a costume per se,” he continues. “Oliver [Stephen Amell], in the last season, gave him advice in terms of concealing his identity, and so Diggle approaches it from a very practical standpoint. He followed Oliver’s advice and he’s got a means of concealing his identity, but I think Diggle would probably react to anyone calling it a costume.”

Arrow is slated to return Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Benicio Del Toro Confirms Role In STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII

Benicio Del Toro confirms role in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII Via StarWars7News.com,  and was hesitant about revealing the role he’ll play..

Star Wars is coming up, we will see how that turns out. I think we start shooting in March….Ehhh…. the thing is…. They don’t let me talk too much about it, I’m like the villain.

The site went on to say that what the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” co-star was saying is that he’s not completely sure if his role is that of a villain, that he was just saying what he has been told, but uncertain about details.

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Emotional Trailer For BEASTS OF NO NATION Starring Idris Elba

Directed by Cary Fukunaga, Starring Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, and Richard Pepple, BEASTS OF NO NATION is based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel about Agu, (Abraham Attah) a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Available in select theaters and on Netflix October 16th.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Movie Review: 'Mistress America'

The the well-intentioned Mistress America is true independent comedy, and that's not a good thing.

Review by Matt Cummings

Actress Greta Gerwig and Director Noah Baumbach hit paydirt with 2012's Frances Ha, showing that that Sacramento-born actress and Brooklyn helmer could craft a funny, poignant comedy about struggling to identify your place in the world. But 2015 already producing a strand of very good independent comedies - Dope, While We're Young, and The DUFF among them - Mistress America arrives feeling a bit rushed, stumbling often, but ultimately delivering a decent quirky time.

The 18-year-old Tracy (Lola Kirke) is facing more than the challenges of her first semester in college would suggest: her mother is getting married to a conservative Catholic, she struggles to maintain a social life, and an effort to join the campus' Morbus Literary Society has utterly failed. Desperate for friends, she contacts her soon-to-be sister Brooke (Gerwig), who invites her to party in Manhattan. Thus begins a transformative experience for the demure Tracy, who realizes that Brooke seems to know everyone and has an opinion on everything. At the top of her list: Brooke is hoping to open a scatter-brained-themed restaurant with her boyfriend Stavros. But when he backs out and disappears from her life, Brooke must travel to her sworn enemy Mimi Claire (Heather Ludd), who stole her boyfriend (Michael Chernus), her t-shirt business idea, and even her two cats. As Brooke's life begins to falter, Tracy decides to write it down, hoping the Society will take her in, but not realizing the damage its release will have on her new-found friendship.

It doesn't take long before one will start to compare America to a stage play, its carefully-rehearsed comedic beats working against its terrific script. America is about generally unlikable people doing unlikable things, nothing illegal mind you, dolling out character assassinations and stating its superiority to everyone else. Even the shy Tracy gets infected with it, tossing off her friend Tony (Matthew Shear) for being superficial like a piece of cordwood. After awhile, this New York comedy starts to weigh too much, as I began to hope that the jerkiness of these people would be exposed. Luckily that happens to a certain degree, but it's not a nice feeling to have in the first place.

Co-Writer/Director Baumbach scored with another comedy this year in While We're Young, painting his many characters as similarly superficial. He's got a great comedic talent, and sometimes his directorial genius comes out in understated ways. Performances are solid, with Gerwig getting the better end of it than the lispy Kirke; Gerwig is a breath of intelligent comedic air, not confined to the physical comedy of Melissa McCarthy to sell a laugh. Brooke is about to get in over her head, and Gerwig also shows the growing wear of losing everything quite well. By the time the lights come up, she's a ragged and defeated mess, perhaps the saving grace behind America. And yet I couldn't stop feeling that she deserved everything that was happening, with Tracy trying to emulate what becomes a losing formula. Kirke is decent but doesn't jump off the screen, nor does much of the cast. Perhaps that's what Baumbach intended, but it's to the film's detriment that no one steps up to challenge Brooke.

And that's where America goes south. The comedic panic becomes very practiced, especially when all the players meet at Mimi Claire's house, each one needing to be at the right place and time for the exchanges to work. Even when Brooke loses, it feels like she's won the scene. That sort of bombasity overwhelms too many scenes, as if Brooke's larger-than-life personality and endless supply of friends is somehow better than anyone else's. But credit the ideas instilled by Writers Gerwig and Baumbach, their intelligent comedic bend coming off much better than many low-brow affairs. A film like this would have been better served with a strong A-list cast, which might have defeated the whole point of the independent comedy; but something needed to be done, as the script feels more worthy than its performances.

I give credit to Mistress America for its spirit, not to mention Gerwig's axle-to-the-wheel stage presence. However, this will have a hard time playing in smaller cities, where New York comedies feel as foreign as a place 12,000 miles away.

Mistress America is rated a surprising R for language including some sexual situations and has a runtime of 84 minutes.

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#BEYONDFEST Announces Star Studded Lineup

BEYOND FEST ANNOUNCES ITS FULL SLATE FOR THE RETURN OF LA'S BIGGEST GENRE FILM FESTIVAL

LEGEND, THE ASSASSIN, BONE TOMAHAWK, YAKUZA APOCALYPSE, THE INVITATION, THE MIND'S EYE, and SOUTHBOUND join Bruce Campbell, Edgar Wright, Al Pacino, Brett Ratner, Henry Rollins, Shepard Fairey, Fabio Frizzi, Die Antwoord's Ninja and The Meltdown's Jonah & Kumail for a slate featuring 16 West Coast Premieres, iconic repertory titles, and live musical performances!

Beyond Fest, the highest attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce its full slate of 2015 programming featuring 25 events of mind-bending, movie madness. Presented by Shudder, Beyond Fest returns to Hollywood's famed Egyptian Theatre for 11 days of movies, music and mayhem spanning Thursday, October 1st - Monday, October 12th to generate funds for co-presenter, the nonprofit American Cinematheque.

With a diverse slate that includes films from all corners of the globe Beyond Fest is proud to present 18 West Coast premieres including Brian Hegeland's masterful LEGEND as opening night film and Hsiao-hsien Hou's breathtaking martial arts ballet THE ASSASSIN, to close. Other hotly-anticipated titles include Kurt Russell's existential western shocker BONE TOMAHAWK, Miike Takeshi's gloriously outrageous YAKUZA APOCALYPSE and Karyn Kusama's terrifying thriller THE INVITATION.



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"We're just relieved that a film institution as revered as the American Cinematheque let us come back," said Beyond Fest Co-Founder, Christian Parkes. "Last year, guests were whipped, they vomited and snorted snuff en masse, it was bedlam. With this lineup I'm proud to say it's going to be even bigger."

The legend Bruce Campbell takes center stage with Edgar Wright for an EVIL DEAD double bill for the ages featuring both films projected on glorious 35mm. Tickets will be made available to purchase on Saturday, September 5th at noon PST, however, the most die-hard Deadites will be rewarded early as 25 pairs of tickets will be gifted free to those sporting an EVIL DEAD tattoo. Maintaining the theme and commemorating the night Studio City Tattoo will be on-site providing free EVIL DEAD tattoos for the most hardcore fans.

Two wildly different anniversary screenings celebrate two wildly iconic films with Al Pacino sitting in conversation with Brett Ratner for the 40th anniversary of DOG DAY AFTERNOON, while The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail host an epic 30th anniversary reunion screening of BETTER OFF DEAD with director Savage Steve Holland, Curtis Armstrong, Diane Franklin and more.

Once again, music features prominently in Beyond Fest's charter with some of the most influential and innovative artists participating. Die Antwoord's Ninja will be joined by friends as he hosts a rare 35mm screening of ERASERHEAD for 'A Night of Zef Absurdia.' Punk icon Henry Rollins is celebrated with the West Coast premiere of his existential cannibal shocker HE NEVER DIED. Post screening, Rollins will be joined by director Jason Krawczyk in a wide ranging conversation moderated by agent provocateur Shepard Fairey. Legendary composer Fabio Frizzi is performing in Los Angeles for the first time in his illustrious 40 year career. Complete with his 8-piece orchestra, the Maestro will perform FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE: his magnificent musical-opus highlighting his work with Lucio Fulci. FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE will also feature a rare screening of the Fulci's gothic masterpiece THE BEYOND uncut, uncensored and in scope on 35mm. The original 1925 version of Lon Chaney's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA gets the live score treatment courtesy of his grandson Ron Chaney who is screening the masterpiece on 16mm. The 1925 score has remained in possession of the Chaney family since the film's release and will be performed for one of the first times in 90 years. Ron Chaney will be in attendance to discuss the impact of Cheney's work. Premiering live, synth superstar Steve Moore will perform his score to horror wunderkind Joe Begos' THE MIND'S EYE before the telekinetic shocker receives its hometown throwdown premiere. Moore's performance will be complemented by the release of a limited 7" courtesy of Death Waltz Records, produced exclusively for the screening.

"Music has been an integral part of Beyond Fest from the very beginning," said Spencer Hickman, Mondo / Death Waltz Recording Co. Label Head. "The first show we ever booked was Goblin and we're incredibly proud to build on that foundation with this phenomenal and unique line up."

Celebrating LA filmmaking remains a priority for Beyond Fest with Karyn Kusama receiving this year's 'LA Spotlight' for her shocking thriller, THE INVITATION. As part of her Spotlight screening, Kusama selected Philip Kaufman's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS to accompany her film citing its malevolent corresponding elements and themes. LA represents en masse with SOUTHBOUND, a wild and insanely gory reinvention of the horror anthology model from the team behind the V/H/S series. SOUTHBOUND is co-presented with fellow LA-conspirators, Spectrefest, and features a live performance by I Speak Machine for the premiere of their new short, ZOMBIES 1985.

Beyond Fest welcomes the horror streaming platform Shudder as its Presenting Sponsor, a partnership that provides 10 screenings (9 West Coast premieres) absolutely free to film fans. Every night, the 100-seat 'Shudder Theatre' will feature a brand new film selected from across the world including a demented Mads Mikkelsen's in Anders Thomas Jensen's unbelievably black comedy, MEN AND CHICKEN, manga favorite / insanely-mental-live-action-madness of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, the hyper-violent remake of Mario Bava's Euro-crime nasty, RABID DOGS, the creepy debut shocker from Oz Perkins, FEBRUARY, Majid Al Ansari's electrifying cat and mouse thriller, ZINZANA and the over-the-top martial arts sequel, SPL 2.

"These are some of the best and most provocative films of the year," said American Cinematheque and Beyond Fest programmer, Grant Moninger. "That we can provide them completely free of charge is very important to us, we're thankful to Shudder for being a part of our mission to bring great films to the great genre fans of this city."

See below for the full lineup of newly announced film titles for Beyond Fest 2015.

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BEYOND FEST 2015 PROGRAM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

THE ASSASSIN
China, 2015
LA Premiere, 105 min
Director - Hsiao-hsien Hou

BETTER OFF DEAD - 30th Anniversary Reunion Hosted by The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
United States, 1985
97 min
Director - Savage Steve Holland
wi. Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, director Savage Steve Holland + cast in person

THE BEYOND
Uncut, uncensored director's cut in scope on 35mm
Italy, 1981
35mm, 87 min
Director - Lucio Fulci

BONE TOMAHAWK
United States, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 133 min
Director - S. Craig Zahler
wi. director S. Craig Zahler and actor Matthew Fox in person

DOG DAY AFTERNOON
United States, 2015
35mm, 125 min
Director - Sidney Lumet
wi. actor Al Pacino and director Brett Ratner in person

THE DEVILS
Original US X-rated cut on 35mm
England, 1971
35mm, 111 min
Director - Ken Russell
wi. introduction by director Bernard Rose

Ninja Presents ERASERHEAD: A Night of Zef Absurdia
United States, 1977
35mm, 89 min
Director - David Lynch
wi. Ninja and friends in person

THE EVIL DEAD (wi. EVIL DEAD II)
Co-presented with Starz and Ash vs. The Evil Dead
United States, 1983
35mm, 87 min
Director - Sam Raimi
wi. Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person

EVIL DEAD II (wi. THE EVIL DEAD)
Co-presented with Starz and Ash vs. The Evil Dead
United States, 1987
35mm, 84 min
Director - Sam Raimi
wi. Bruce Campbell and Edgar Wright in person

FRIZZI 2 FULCI LIVE (wi. THE BEYOND)
Italy, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 100 min
wi. Fabio Frizzi and 8-piece orchestra performing live

HE NEVER DIED
United States, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 99 min
Director - Jason Krawczyk
wi. director Jason Krawczyk and actor Henry Rollins, moderated by Shepard Fairey in person

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (wi. THE INVITATION)
United States, 1978
115 min
Director - Philip Kaufman

THE INVITATION (wi. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS)
United States, 2015
Special Screening, 97 min
Director - Karyn Kusama
wi. director Karyn Kusama, writers Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi and actor Logan Marshall-Green in person

LEGEND
United States, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 131 min
Director - Brian Hegeland
wi. director / writer Brian Hegeland in person

THE MIND'S EYE
United States, 2015
US Premiere, 87 min
Director - Joe Begos
wi. live performance by Steve Moore before screening
wi. director / writer Joe Begos, editor Josh Ethier and actors Graham Skipper, Noah Segan in person

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
United States, 1925
16mm, 101 min (1925 original release)
Director - Rupert Julian
wi. live score performance of the original 1925 composition
wi. Ron Chaney in person

SOUTHBOUND
Co-presented with Spectrefest
United States, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 87 min
Director - Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence
wi. live performance by I Speak Machine before screening
wi. cast and crew in person

TOO LATE (free screening)
United States, 2015
35mm, 107 min
Director - Dennis Hauck
wi. director / writer Dennis Hauck in person

YAKUZA APOCALYPSE
Japan, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 115 min
Director - Takashi Miike


SHUDDER THEATRE

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM (free screening)
Japan, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 110 min
Director - Eiichiro Hasumi

DER BUNKER (free screening)
Germany, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 85 min
Director - Nikias Chryssos

FEBRUARY (free screening)
United States/Canada, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 93 min
Director - Oz Perkins
wi. director / writer Oz Perkins in person

IN SEARCH OF ULTRA SEX (free screening)
France, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 60 min
Directors - Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine

MEN AND CHICKEN (free screening)
Denmark, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 100 min
Director - Anders Thomas Jensen

RABID DOGS (free screening)
France, 2015
West Coast Premiere,99 min
Director - Eric Hannezo

SPL 2 (free screening)
China, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 120 min
Director - Pou-Soi Cheang

ZINZANA (free screening)
United Arab Emirates, Jordan, 2015
West Coast Premiere, 91 min
Director - Majid Al Ansari


Attend Beyond Fest:

Tickets for Beyond Fest 2015 are will be made available for purchase through Fandango and the American Cinematheque on 9/3/15. EVIL DEAD tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets on 9/5/15 at noon pt.

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#PARANORMALACTIVITY THE GHOST DIMENSION Will Close @screamfest

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION” TO PREMIERE IN REALD 3D CLOSING NIGHT OF SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, SCREAMFEST EXPANDS NATIONWIDE FOR ADVANCE SCREENINGS OF THE FILM IN 12 ADDITIONAL CITIES

Paramount Pictures’ “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION,” the sixth film in the blockbuster horror franchise, will premiere in RealD 3D closing night of the Screamfest Horror Film Festival on Thursday, October 22nd at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The screening marks the series’ return to the largest and longest running horror film festival in the U.S., where the first “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” film made its debut in 2007.

“We are thrilled to have the ‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION’ premiere close this year’s festival,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “We are so proud of Oren Peli and his success with the franchise. It’s great to have him back in the festival where it all began.”

“It's incredibly exciting, and somewhat surreal, to premiere the final installment of the ‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY’ series at Screamfest where the first film premiered eight years ago,” said producer Oren Peli, who directed, produced and wrote the original “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.” “These films continued to be made because of the incredible fans that supported them from the very beginning, so I look forward to bringing the series back to its roots to honor them.”

As a tribute to the original film’s most passionate fans, for the first time ever, Screamfest will expand nationwide with special advance screenings of “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION” in the 12 markets in which the first film opened with “Demand It” fan screenings before its theatrical run in 2009. The new film will play in Ann Arbor, MI; Baton Rouge, LA; Boulder, CO; Columbus, OH; Durham, NC; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Orlando, FL; Santa Cruz, CA; Seattle, WA; State College, PA; and Tucson, AZ on October 22nd.

See the unseen in “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION” – the horrifying conclusion to the “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” films in theaters on October 23rd. The film is produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli, based on the film “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” by Oren Peli. Story by Brantley Aufill and Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman, with a screenplay by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman and Adam Robitel & Gavin Heffernan. Directed by Gregory Plotkin. Starring Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Dan Gill, Ivy George, Jessica Brown, Chloe Csengery, Don McManus, Hallie Foote and Cara Pifko.

The 2015 Screamfest Film Festival will run October 13th through October 22nd at TCL Chinese Theater. Tickets are available at http://screamfestla.com.

Screamfest Film Festival premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Many of the filmmakers have garnered distribution and representation as a result of the festival. Film entries are accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.

Screamfest was formed in August 2001 by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

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

About RealD Inc.

RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D and other visual technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is and can be used in applications that enable a premium viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD’s core business is the licensing of RealD Cinema Systems and the product sale of RealD eyewear to motion picture exhibitors to enable a premium viewing experience for 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content in the theater.

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Sphero’s BB-8 Droid Preview & Where To Buy It

Here is Sphero’s remote control BB-8 droid. This is going to be the HOTTEST toy of the year.


Sphero’s BB-8 isn’t a toy so much as it is a very simple robot performer with Pixar-esque aspirations. The $149.99 droid will go on sale starting this Friday at Apple’s retail stores, Best Buy, and Sphero’s own website (don’t worry, it’s Android compatible, too).


The plaything, expected to be priced around $150, is among the litany of Star Wars: The Force Awakens products being revealed as part of the “Force Friday” merchandise announcement, which spans everything from LEGO kits to Hasbro action figures and even pet toys. (That is, toys that your pet plays with.)

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Sphero’s BB-8 is a different kind of pet toy, an action figure that seems like a lovable creature. (And will probably make your actual pets feel neglected and jealous.)

The ball droid character, which was first glimpsed last November in the movie’s teaser trailer, tearing across the sandy, rocky surface of the planet Jakku, became an instant fan favorite — even though no one knew anything about its personality or role in the story.

There were audible gasps in the Anaheim convention center’s auditorium when a real version of the rolling robot made an appearance on stage this April at the Star Wars Celebration fan event alongside director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and R2-D2. Wait… this thing isn’t a digital effect?


The Sphero toy isn’t as large as the beachball-sized BB-8 that appeared with Abrams and Kennedy. The Sphero version is baseball-sized. More of a mini-me.

The movie version of BB-8 is sentient, but Sphero’s version is controlled by way of an app on your tablet or smartphone. The little guy is also voice activated and can respond to some basic commands. The toy can also record and project what look like holographic images when viewed through your mobile device screen.

The toy races forward by way of internal gyroscopic propulsion (a fancy way of saying there are rollers spinning it from the inside, kind of like a hamster on a wheel.) Batteries aren’t included, they’re embedded. Sphero’s droid comes with a small stand for inductive charging and has an hour-long battery life.

Kennedy says Lucasfilm got connected with Sphero through Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, who caught wind of the company’s rolling robot toys and said it seemed like a good fit given their plans to introduce something similar with BB-8.

The droid itself was conceived by Abrams, who sketched out two balls on top of each other with a cycloptic single eye. “I named him BB-8 because it was almost onomatopoeia,” Abrams told EW. “It was sort of how he looked to me, the 8 and the two B’s. I came up with it early on, and it just stuck.”

From there, The Force Awakens concept designer Christian Alzmann stepped in and borrowed some influence from soccer balls for the body, while designer Jake Lunt Davies and chief monster-manufacturer Neal Scanlan of the movie’s “creature shop” tried to figure out how to create it in real life.

There were many versions of BB-8 on the movie: some digital, some puppets, some locked in place, some immobile dummies, depending on what was necessary for any given shot. But they also came up with the freewheeling model, known as the “red carpet” BB-8, who spins and plays seemingly on its own. (Pay no attention to the guys behind the curtain.)

From the moment the droid rolled onstage last April, it was clear: What Star Wars fan wouldn’t want one of these?

Now Sphero is making it possible to hold BB-8’s fate in your own hands.

If you can find one.

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#MyAllAmerican Trailer & New Release Date

What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys' camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face.

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From the writer of HOOSIERS and RUDY, MY ALL AMERICAN tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.

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BROOKLYN Official Poster Starring @saoirse_ronan

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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New #SPECTRE Poster

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.



Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

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Cate Blanchett To Star As Lucille Ball In Upcoming Biopic

Cate Blanchett is attached to star in an authorized biopic of Hollywood legend Lucille Ball that Aaron Sorkin is set to write for Escape Artists, TheWrap has learned.

The film will chronicles Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz, with whom she starred on the classic TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Ball had two children with Arnaz before they divorced in 1960. She married Gary Morton the following year.

Lucy Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. will produce with Escape Artists, whose executive Jenna Block will oversee development of the project on behalf of the Sony-based company.

A representative for Blanchett declined to comment, while a representative for Sorkin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Blanchett won her first of two Academy Awards for playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn, in Martin Scorsese‘s The Aviator. She’s gearing up for another Oscar run thanks to her acclaimed performance in Todd Haynes‘ lesbian romance Carol. Blanchett also stars opposite Robert Redford in the Toronto-bound drama Truth and co-stars in a pair of upcoming Terrence Malick movies.

Sorkin won an Oscar for writing The Social Network and has proven adept at tackling real-life famous people, from Mark Zuckerberg to Billy Beane and Charlie Wilson. He also wrote the Steve Jobs movie that stars Michael Fassbender and hits theaters Oct. 9 via Universal. Additionally, Sorkin adapted Michael Lewis‘ Wall Street drama Flash Boys for producer Scott Rudin.

Escape Artists recently produced Jake Gyllenhaal‘s boxing drama Southpaw and Denzel Washington‘s action-thriller The Equalizer. The company is also developing a Masters of the Universe movie.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VIII Female Casting Underway

Rian Johnson is directing the sci-fi sequel, which Disney and Lucasfilm will release on May 26, 2017

Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke are considered the top contenders for the new female lead in Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” multiple individuals familiar with the casting situation told TheWrap.

Insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that Johnson is still auditioning actresses, with several rising stars yet to read for him. Others suggest that Johnson is narrowing down the field and that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke will be among a group of girls slated to chemistry-read with “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega before the end of the month.

A representative for Disney declined to comment. The studio will release the sci-fi sequel on May 26, 2017. Ram Bergman is producing the film with Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy, and production is expected to start early next year.

Oscar winner Benicio del Toro is nearing a deal to play the villain in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” for which plot details remain unknown. However, the Internet has taken it upon itself to speculate that Han Solo’s daughter could be introduced in the film.

Rodriguez starred in the acclaimed indie drama “Filly Brown” before landing the title role on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” for which she won a Golden Globe. She has demonstrated she can play a strong female lead, and she next stars opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dylan O’Brien in Peter Berg‘s action drama “Deepwater Horizon.”

Maslany was a finalist for the lead role in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” though the coveted part ultimately went to Felicity Jones. Still, Maslany must’ve made a strong impression on Disney and Lucasfilm executives to be back in the mix for “Episode VIII.” In addition to playing multiple characters on “Orphan Black,” Maslany recently played the younger version of Helen Mirren‘s character in “Woman in Black” and wrapped the indie movie “Two Lovers and a Bear” with Dane DeHaan.

Cooke stars on “Bates Motel” and drew widespread acclaim for her impressive performance as a young cancer patient in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. She has been in demand ever since, and is in the mix for the female lead in Steven Spielberg‘s “Ready Player One.” She’ll continue to showcase her range as a teenage prostitute in the indie drama “Katie Says Goodbye.”

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#TERMINATORGENISYS Arrives On Digital HD October 20th & Blu-ray Combo Pack November 10th

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS BACK IN THE ICONIC FRANCHISE’S ACTION-PACKED NEW CHAPTER TERMINATOR GENISYS.

Global Blockbuster Debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack November 10, 2015 Get it on Digital HD Three Weeks Early on October 20th.



Called “one of the best action movies of the year” (Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee), the thrilling new chapter in the iconic franchise TERMINATOR GENISYS explodes onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 10, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives three weeks early on Digital HD October 20.

“Arnold is back and better than ever” (Shawn Edwards, WDAP-TV, FOX) in the movie hailed as “the best Terminator since T2: Judgment Day” (Mark Hughes, Forbes). In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, The Divergent Series) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke, Everest) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.

The TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs with Digital HD include nearly an hour of bonus content, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, including the director of the first two films, James Cameron. Plus, take an in-depth look at the stunning visual effects and jaw-dropping action sequences, the recreation of iconic scenes from the original film, and more.



The Blu-ray Combo Packs also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack*, which delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.

TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray Combo Pack

The TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos* (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray

· Feature film in high definition

· Bonus Content:

o Family Dynamics – Casting Terminator Genisys and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history

o Infiltration and Termination – Go behind-the-scenes to San Francisco and New Orleans in a first-hand look at filming locations

o Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys – Delve into the revolutionary visual effects behind the movie’s incredible action sequences

DVD

· Feature film in standard definition

TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos* (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase include a Digital HD Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.
TERMINATOR GENISYS Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.

*To experience Dolby Atmos at home, Dolby Atmos enabled AV receivers and additional speakers are required; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

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Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Skydance Production “Terminator Genisys.” Executive producers Bill Carraro, Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, Megan Ellison, and Robert Cort. Produced by David Ellison, p.g.a. and Dana Goldberg, p.g.a. Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier. Directed by Alan Taylor.

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in more than 180 countries and territories. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

TERMINATOR GENISYS

Street Date: November 10, 2015 (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand)
October 20, 2015 (Digital HD)
SRP: $52.99 U.S. (Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack)
$39.99 U.S. (Blu-ray Combo Pack)
$29.99 U.S. (DVD)
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief strong language
Canadian Rating: 14A for violence and gory scenes

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#AnaleighTipton To Star In Sadie

Deadline is reporting Up and comer Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love, Warm Bodies, Mississippi Grind) will star in filmmaker Craig Goodwill’s psychological thriller Sadie from a script with and written by Brian Clark. Goodwill, whose feature Patch Town recently bowed, will helm the story that centers on a young female novelist (Tipton) who, along with an enigmatic woman named Charlotte, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at his Italian villa for a weekend celebration being held to honor the release of Sadie’s latest book. Once there, Sadie begins to fear his true intentions as she and Charlotte become embroiled in a dangerous game of moral and sexual discovery.

The project will roll before the cameras in Italy in early November. Producing with Goodwill is Mike Macari (The Ring) and Brian Dreyfuss; Moira Romano will executive produce via ETV Films, Inc.

Co-starring with Tipton as the ex-lover is Jackob Cedergren (Submarino, Terribly Happy) along with Peter Gadiot, the main character’s boyfriend who becomes an unwitting pawn. The role of Charlotte is not yet cast.

Tipton, a figure skater and model (America’s Next Top Model)

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#THEDANISHGIRL Official Trailer & Poster

Watch Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in the official trailer for Focus Features' THE DANISH GIRL. From Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper, and based on the book by David Ebershoff, the love story opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 27th, and in additional cities in December.

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Vincent Cassel Cast As The Villain For Upcoming Bourne Film

According to Variety Vincent Cassel is set to play the villain in the next installment of the Jason Bourne franchise starring Matt Damon.

Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, and Julia Stiles is set to return as well.

Paul Greengrass is back to direct and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.

Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. Cassel joins the ranks of Clive Owen, Karl Urban and Edgar Ramirez, who played the villains in previous “Bourne” chapters.

Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.

Damon’s three Bourne movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Cassel was most recently seen in “Child 44.” He can next be seen in “Partisan,” which is scheduled for release in the U.S. on October 2. Upcoming pics include “Tale of Tales” and “Mon Roi,” both of which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and he has completed lensing on “A Movie Life,” “The Great Mystical Circus,” as well as “It’s Only the End of the World.”

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #THETRANSPORTER REFUELED In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED on September 2nd at 7:00 PM in Sacramento.

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.

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GO to GOFOBO and enter code hFCLp88930

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

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #THETRANSPORTER REFUELED In San Francisco

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED on September 2nd at 7:00 PM in San Francisco.

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.

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#ScottEastwood To Star In Overdrive

Taken' director Pierre Morel will produce the project to be shopped at the Toronto Film Festival.
Overdrive is getting back in gear.

According to THR Scott Eastwood will star in Overdrive, an action project being produced by Taken director Pierre Morel and Christopher Tuffin.

The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the crosshairs of the local crime boss.

Michael Brandt and Derek Haas wrote the script and are also producing. Antonio Negret, who helmed the Jim Caviezel action flick Transit, is directing. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab is executive producer.

The project has been around since at least 2011 and has gone through a couple of iterations. At one point, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode were attached, while another version saw Jamie Bell and Garrett Hedlund.

Eastwood, the son of Clint Eastwood, is emerging into his own as an actor. He recently wrapped shooting Suicide Squad, Warner Bros.’ feature consisting of DC villains, and recent credits include The Longest Ride and Fury.

He can also be seen opposite Taylor Swift in the pop star’s latest video, "Wildest Dreams," which has already racked up over 10 million views since its debut Sunday night.

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#Hulu To Offer Commercial Free TV

Today Hulu is offering a commercial-free option to subscribers. Viewers now have the choice to watch Hulu commercial free for $11.99 per month or with limited commercials for $7.99 per month. Current Hulu subscribers will maintain their existing subscription, but will have the choice to switch to the commercial-free option at any time for an additional $4 per month. For viewers who choose to watch content with limited commercials, Hulu will continue to show fewer commercials than scheduled television.

“At Hulu, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and giving them the best possible experience,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu. “Many of our customers have asked us for a commercial free option, and so today we are excited to introduce just that. Providing more choice for consumers is fundamental to the Hulu experience, in addition to an array of choices in content and devices, our customers can now choose to watch with or without commercials.”

Over the last year Hulu has aggressively expanded its content lineup. Most recently, Hulu announced a landmark, multi-year agreement with EPIX that will bring premium and hit films from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount to Hulu for the first time. Hulu also signed groundbreaking licensing deals with networks including AMC, FX and Turner, and acquired the exclusive subscription streaming rights to full libraries of hit broadcast and cable shows including Seinfeld, Empire, Fargo, South Park, CSI, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Nashville, Deadliest Catch, The Last Ship and more. Earlier this year, Hulu also became the only subscription video on-demand service to offer the SHOWTIME® premium service as an add-on directly to subscribers for an additional $8.99 per month.

In addition, Hulu has made a strong investment in its original programming and has greenlit an exciting slate of originals, including the event series 11/22/63 from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams starring James Franco; comedy series Difficult People produced by Amy Poehler with stars Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner; Casual, a comedy series from Oscar®-nominated Director Jason Reitman; The Way (wt), a drama series starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan from Jason Katims; the first long-form project from Freddie Wong and the RocketJump team; and season four of the critically-acclaimed comedy The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling.

For viewers who choose the limited commercials viewing option, Hulu remains dedicated to providing a seamless and relevant ad experience by connecting viewers with the right advertisers. Most recently, Hulu announced strong investment in advertising technology with its programmatic offering to deliver the right ad to the right user at the right time.

Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology. In 2015, the company announced it had grown to nearly 9 million US subscribers, an overall 50% growth year over year.

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New #SICARIO "Bridge" Clip & #CrackTheCartel Featurette

The suspense continues with the new “Bridge" clip, just released from the highly anticipated cartel-thriller SICARIO. While heading back across the border, the dynamics shift for FBI agent Kate Macer [Emily Blunt] and enigmatic SWAT team consultant Alejandro [Benicio Del Toro].

Gear up for SICARIO to hit select theaters SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 and wide OCTOBER 2, 2015

Fans can get a sneak peek into the world of SICARIO with the newly launched “Cartel Cipher” Twitter game, which puts them into the role of junior U.S. investigators looking to disrupt drug cartel activity along the U.S./Mexico border. Users play along in real time via Twitter to reveal coded messages and search for clues using familiar Twitter activities like tweeting, searching hashtags, sending Direct Messages, to unlock exclusive video featurettes.



PLAY “Cartel Cipher” Now:
1) Log in to Twitter
2) Follow @US_Recruiting83
3) Tweet "I want to #CrackTheCartel @US_Recruiting83"

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.
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.
Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.
A Lionsgate presentation, a Black Label Media presentation, a Thunder Road production, a Denis Villeneuve film.

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WHO IS THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK?

WHO IS THE HULK?

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About Marvel: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com © MARVEL 2015

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What do @BrittanyFurlan , Bad Weed, & #THEGREENINFERNO have in Common?

Check out this video for proof that Drugs Lead to Cannibalism.



How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, The Green Inferno, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle only to be taken prisoner by the indigenous tribe they came to save. The Green Inferno marks Eli Roth’s return to directing for the big screen for the first time since his Hostel franchise, and tells the story of what happens when “slacktavism,” the well-meaning social media response to global catastrophes, turns into terror in the depths of the Amazon rainforest.

After the jump find out what Brittany Furlan would rather do if she gets stuck in THE GREEN INFERNO!


Dark and primitive customs still rule the Amazon jungle: cannibalism and other mind, body and soul-destroying rituals. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Coming & Going From #Netflix In September 2015

Season five of "The Walking Dead" hits Netflix in September.

September is a really big month for Netflix. Lots of hours of television to catch including the fifth season of "The Walking Dead." The first season of that show that's not really about Batman, "Gotham," arrives in September as well. And for those of us who can't get enough of Portland, check out the fifth season of "Portlandia."

As for movies, "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney gets added to the Netflix catalog in September. Sylvester Stallone fans get ready for three installments of "Rambo."

Lots and lots of titles are disappearing in September ( for a variety of reasons), including "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and the sequel to the latest reboot, "Star Trek: Into Darkness." Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" goes offline in September, too. Check out the full list below for all the titles and dates.

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Arriving on Netflix in September 2015
September 1

72 Dangerous Animals, Australia: Season 1 (2015)
The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)
Arthur: Season 17 (1996 series)
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)
Battle Creek: Season 1 (2015)
Blackbird (2014)
Capital C (2014)
Combustion (2013)
Da Jammies: Season 1 (2015 series)
Divorce Corp. (2014)
Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever! (2014)
Hamlet (1990)
Hardball (2001)
Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag (2014)
Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
The League: Season 6 (2009 series)
Los hombres también lloran: Season 1 (2015 series)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Mississippi Damned (2009)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Volume 1
The Monster Squad (1987)
Mouk: Season 1
Our Man in Tehran (2013)
Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
Person of Interest: Seasons 1-3
Puffin Rock: Season 1
Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)
Shake the Dust (2014)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Such Good People (2014)
Up in the Air (2009)
Zathura (2005)
Zoo Clues: Season 1

September 2

Black or White (2014)
Miss Julie (2014)

September 3

Drumline: A New Beat (2014)

September 4

Baby Daddy: Season 4 (new episodes)
Bad Night (2015)
Madame Secretary: Season 1 (2014 series)
Melissa & Joey: Season 4 (new episodes)

September 7

Space Dandy: Season 2

September 8

6 Years (2015)
Love At First Fight (2014)

September 9

Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)

September 10

Fugitivos: Season 1
Longmire: Season 4

September 11

About Elly (2009)
God Bless the Child (2015)
Madame Bovary (2014)

September 12

It Happened Here (2015)
Portlandia: Season 5
The Roughnecks (2014)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

September 13

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4 (part 2)
Pixies (2014)

September 14

Call the Midwife: Series 4

September 15

The Bank Job (2008)
Closer to the Moon (2015)
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
Kambu: Season 1
The Road Within (2015)
Rubble Kings (2015)
Sin Senos no Hay Paraiso: Season 1
Zoobabu: Season 1

September 16

The Blacklist: Season 2 (2013 series)
The Fosters: Season 3 (2013 series)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Reservation Road (2007)

September 17

The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (2014 series)

September 18

Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)

September 21

The Following: Season 3 (2013 series)
Gotham: Season 1 (2014 series)

September 22

Person of Interest: Season 4 (2011 series)
Philomena (2013)
Smosh: The Movie (2015)

September 23

The Loft (2015)

September 24

Iris (2014)

September 25

Blue Bloods: Season 5 (2010 series)
Hawaii Five-0: Season 5 (2010 series)
Parenthood: Season 6 (2010 series)
VeggieTales in the House: Season 1

September 26

The Canyons (2013)

September 27

The Walking Dead: Season 5

September 29

Bones: Season 10
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Monster High: Boo York (2015)
R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015)

September 30

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 12
Leafie: A Hen into the Wild (2011)
Midnight's Children (2012)
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4-7
Ned Rifle (2014)

Leaving Netflix in September 2015
September 1

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
Better Than Chocolate (1999)
Bratz: Rock Angelz (2005)
Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (2005)
Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot (2004)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2009)
Doomsday Preppers: Season 1-3
Electrick Children (2012)
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Ink Master: Season 2
The IT Crowd: Series 1-4
Jackie Brown (1997)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Mortal Kombat: The Movie (1995)
Patch Adams (1998)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Rumpelstiltskin (1987)
Sarah's Choice (2009)
School of Rock (2003)
She's the One (1996)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Total Recall (1990)
W. (2008)

September 2

Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This (2010)

September 3

Dinosaurs: Season 1-4

September 4

Delta Farce (2007)

September 5

Marilyn in Manhattan (2012)

September 7

Ramsay's Best Restaurant: Season 1

September 9

Bratz: Friendship Is Always in Style (2014)
Kicking It (2008)

September 10

100 Below Zero (2013)
Becoming Chaz (2010)
Crash & Bernstein: Season 1-2
War Witch (2012)

September 13

High Fidelity (2000)

September 14

Corky Romano (2001)

September 15

Best of Teletubbies
Bratz: The Video: Starrin' & Stylin' (2004)
Coach: Season 1-9
Spiral: Season 4
Valhalla (2013)

September 16

Hank: Five Years from the Brink (2013)
The Slap: Season 1

September 20

Reporter (2009)

September 22

National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo (2009)
National Geographic: The Battle for Midway (1999)

September 26

Indy 500: The Inside Line (2011)
Lethal Force (2011)
Ron White: A Little Unprofessional (2012)

September 27

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 1-2
My Boys: Season 1-4

September 28

Undeclared: The Complete Series

September 29

Bratz: Desert Jewelz (2011)
Comic Book Men: Season 2
Coriolanus (2011)

September 30

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Good Guy (2010)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
If I Stay (2014)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
The Prince (2014)
Saved! (2004)
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
World War Z (2013)

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