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Saturday, September 26, 2015

#LootCrate Review: September 2015

Loot Crate's SUMMON box arrives with a giant thud.

Review by Matt Cummings

In our August review, we discussed the continued new direction subscription box service Loot Crate was taking. Having turned in an impressive run from March, April, May, and June, and July, we began to notice a movement towards fewer items, including the disappearance of their famous shirts. And for awhile this worked...sort of. Cool figures, a hardbound book, and a rad batarang were just some of the 'upgrades' which satiated our real desire for the return of the shirt. But as I soon learned, September's box SUMMON was as disjointed (and cheap) as any I've ever received.

Remember Loot's promise: a $22 subscription should yield more in value than the cost. And while that may be the case with this one, it's not without serious shortcomings.

This is the smallest box Loot has done in recent memory, which didn't bode well for what I found inside.

Upon cracking the case, no t-shirt...but what appears to be a wearable? Definitely fewer items again, and a quick glance at the rest doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence.

As stated, there's a wearable this time, and it's a Pokemon Laplander Hat. And while nice, I don't think I'll be wearing Picachu to work. If you're going to add a wearable, do a shirt. This was their meat and potatoes, so to see a wearable that's not a shirt frankly makes no sense. Teens will like it, but for the adults who are paying for it, count this as a FAIL.

Next is a Homer Simpson Golden Buddah. It's a novel idea - with Homer holding a donut in one hand beads in the other - but it misses the point. Regardless if manufacturer Kidrobot didn't want to include a Duff can instead of the beads, The Simpsons are about as valuable these days as wilted flowers. Additionally, its cheap design makes it an instant clearance item. FAIL.

I'm sure someone will find the Exclusive Supernatural 1967 Chevy Impala die cast car to be interesting, but not me. Apparently, the license plate is different from other versions. That's not anything to write home about. And while a win in terms of quality, it's for yet another long-running and nearly meaningless franchise. FAIL again.

But those pale in comparison to perhaps the worst item of the month, a Hearthstone Foam Stress Ball. Again, I don't mind if I receive items from franchises I don't necessarily follow, but at least give me something of quality. Not here: this thing feels cheap and something I could get at a Dollar Store. I thought we were past the inclusion of cheap items, but the ball is a grim reminder. FAIL.

Loot continues the meh by packing a former BlizCon exlcusive - a Hearthstone Coin and Card Pack Code. It's odd that a former 'exclusive' that might not have sold has been re-branded for this Crate. Meanwhile, Loot loves to add 'free' game codes to stuff we've never heard of, and this month is no different. This time it's for Master Summoner for your mobile phone. I can't see the value here for either; both feel like castoffs and thus unworthy of my attention. FAIL.

The final two pieces - the VILLAINS 2 Button and the monthly magazine - are recurring winners, with issue #26 taking us deeper into this month's theme via an interview with Vehicle Coordinator Jeff Budnick (huh, there's one of these jobs around?) and some self-promotion of their podcast. Again, I'd like more interesting articles than these. The pin is nice as always but it's too little (literally) too late to save this disastrous box.

Apparently, September's Crate can be folded into a sort of diorama, but I won't be trying it. This one's going to go right to one of the trade sites or given to my students.

Sadly, September's 2015's Loot Crate is the worst since February and is perhaps the worst box I've ever received. The SUMMON theme produces little of interest or quality, seriously hurting its reputation as it tries to encourage its sub base to invest in shirts and other wearables, rather than doing what it used to do best. The real difference between previous non-t-shirt boxes was they included quality alternative items; here that element is clearly missing. I could have raided Hot Topic and for the same price received a shirt or something else more enjoyable. Sure, it's only one month, but I'm not willing to wait any longer.

And while I'm sure someone took something positive out of this box, I will be cancelling my subscription. Without a shirt, my money is better spent on the upcoming Star Wars box and my current investment in Marvel Collector Corps.

I'm done.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

TV Review: The Player

Snipes is back and you should still bet on black.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

The career trajectory of Wesley Snipes has been something of a whirlwind. The actor made a huge splash in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with roles in such films Major League, Mo’ Better Blues, New Jack City and White Men Can’t Jump, a disparate collection of parts united by the redoubtable force of Snipes’ charisma. Snipes was one of those actors who could do comedy, drama and action, all with equal amounts of bravado. By the time he began what would become his signature role as Blade, Snipes, a lifelong, black belt martial artist, had pared his career down solely to stoic action-hero parts, jettisoning most of the jubilant personality he displayed earlier in his career. After the Blade trilogy came to an end, Snipes wound up in the direct-to-video ghetto before tax issues landed him in prison.

The Wesley Snipes that emerged from incarceration feels like an actor reborn, with the palpable joy of performing restored to him. Last year’s Expendables 3 wasn’t terribly memorable, but Snipes’ performance in it was something of a revelation. He was revitalized, he was fun again. That same level of enthusiasm carries over to The Player, the new NBC series in which Snipes plays a key role. As Mr. Johnson, a mysterious string-puller behind a clandestine, high-stakes gambling ring, Snipes brings a large amount of theatrical flair to his role, his lines brimming with a haughty playfulness. Johnson is a cool customer, smoothly rattling off exposition, but Snipes gives many of his lines an offbeat spin, cluing us into the fact that not only is Mr. Johnson highly amused by the part he plays in his world, but that Snipes is as well.


Of course, Snipes is not the star of The Player. That honor goes to Strike Back’s Philip Winchester, who plays Alex Kane, a former FBI agent with a rogue streak who now works as a security expert in Las Vegas. Kane is the sort of action-heroic guy who will leap off a building impulsively and use a conveniently placed rope to crash through a window and thwart a villainous plot. But Kane gets into hot water when his on-again/off-again ex-wife is murdered right in front of him, the killer leaving enough circumstantial evidence to mark Kane as the prime suspect. Evading capture and setting off to find the real killer and clear his name, Kane comes into contact with Cassandra (Charity Wakefield), an associate of Mr. Johnson’s, who pulls Kane behind the curtain and briefs him of their operation.

Johnson has at his disposal an entire network of technological advances that allow him to predict crimes before they happen (shades of Minority Report, except without bald people in swimming pools). Rather than use these tools to better the world, Johnson has developed an elaborate game, with a shadowy cabal of the world’s wealthiest men as its participants. These men bet on the outcomes of real-life crimes, with Johnson acting as the Pit Boss, Cassandra as the Dealer, and Kane now being marked as the prospective Player, the man who will attempt to solve those crimes. Kane wants no part of any of this business, but Johnson isn’t the sort to easily accept no for an answer. After ameliorating Kane’s problems with the law and promising the man vengeance for his ex-wife’s killer, Kane reluctantly agrees to play the game.


The Player is completely absurd, but a pretty good time. Unlike Blindspot, the other brand-spankin’-new NBC procedural starring a Strike Back actor, this show is intent on having fun, never taking itself terribly seriously. Rather than take for its inspiration The Blacklist, as has seemingly every other network series, The Player looks instead to Person of Interest, which at least hasn’t been ripped off nearly as extensively. The series offers a giddy rush of nonsense, an antidote to a television landscape tenaciously committed to being as dour as possible. It’s difficult to imagine any other network freshman setting an entire action sequence to a Hives song like it’s 2004, but The Player does, because it can, because it’s fun.

It’s difficult to label The Player as “must-see” television, much in the way NBC Thursday offering once were. It’s perhaps too lightweight and insubstantial to ever cut it as appointment television. Still, any show that makes both procedurals and Wesley Snipes enjoyable again is doing something right.

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Movie Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

Hotel Transylvania 2 is more of the same, but is that good enough?

Review by Matt Cummings

In a year of gross-out humor, dark and dreary landscapes, and even some animated films that were frankly way too young for children, Hotel Transylvania 2 might have found itself the odd monster banished to the Forest of Forgotten Genres. Luckily, it returns to re-stake its claim to the beliefs that funny doesn't have to always be gross, and that little kids still have a place in Hollywood's big budget machine.

Fresh off a marriage to the lovable loser Jonathon (voiced by Andy Samberg), Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) soon delivers the baby Dennis whom her father Dracula (Adam Sandler) is convinced is a vampire just waiting to arrive. But Mavis isn't onboard and thinks her new family should move to California where Jonathon's parents (Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon) represent the kind of life that Dennis truly deserves. But Dracula is a tough customer, and so he decides to enlist his monster buddies Frankenstein (Kevin James), Wayne The Werewolf (Steve Buscemi), Griffin the Invisible Man (David Spade) and Murray the Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key) in an effort to bring the bloodsucker out of the boy. But when Mavis learns of the deception, Dracula must explain himself while trying to keep his daughter from leaving.

Hotel Transylvania 2 contains the same mix of high-brow genre callouts and low-brow kiddie humor that should make everyone laugh, although not as out loud or as hysterically as before. It's still got that great heart which suckered me in like Dracula's trance, along with some great tips-of-the-hat. Things really get going when Dracula's father (whom I won't mention to keep the secret) journeys to the hotel to meet his grandson and brings along with him an ugly gargoyle named Bella (yes, that Bella from Twilight). But up until that time, Hotel Transylvania 2 struggles somewhat to find where it will end up. We're not quite sure how that happens, but at least the comedy keeps things together until it does.

I really appreciate the Muppets-like zaniness which has become a hallmark of the series, thanks in part to Director Genndy Tartakovsky's slick vision and willingness to take all of these classic monsters into new territories. It's fun seeing them as shadows of their former selfs, out of breath with advanced age and forgetful of what made them scary in the first place. Tartakovsky gave us the gorgeous Samurai Jack, and in Transylvania 2 he further develops this universe as a place where these beasts are not only well-known but take selfies with those they're supposed to scare. That benefits the audience throughout the film, especially when Dennis is delivered by the boys to a vampire summer camp.

My disdain for Adam Sandler is well documented, but feel free to enjoy my slayings of That's My Boy, Grown Ups 2, and Pixels. But in Transylvania, he is the king of the monsters, a dapper-dressed, smooth-operating, devilish soul who perfectly captures Dracula as a comedic figure out of touch with the way the world now works. Sandler adds some macabre from The Addams Family into his performance, elevating him beyond the simple immortal bloodsucker. He works quite well with his team of comedians, including Samberg, James, Buschemi, and James (who I also cannot stand in anything but this), further fleshing out these characters without needing to throw in a sex-with-grandma line or Sandler's usual loser persona. In many ways, it's clear that Hotel Transylvania 2 is the one thing Sandler can't screw up.

There are some new characters as well, which Tartakovsky and his team have smartly filled with other stellar comedians including Shannon, Offerman, Rob Diggle, and Dana Carvey. But it's the parental tale between Sandler and Gomez that continues to impress. Mavis' desire to see Dennis grow into whatever being his body chooses (vampire or human) clashes directly with her father's vision for the boy, which gives Co-Writers Sandler and Robert Smigel plenty of chances to let these characters shine. Still, you'll notice a slight drop off from the first film, perhaps inevitable but nothing that keeps it from delivering a quality 90-minute experience. Composer Mark Mothersbaugh returns to give us more organ-inspired dark tones, but also throws on the schmaltz when The Phantom of the Opera shows up.

If you enjoyed the first Hotel Transylvania, then you'll most likely feel the same about this one, although it won't be hard to identify which is better. Regardless of any issues you'll discover, it should provide the perfect relief for families desperate for a good, wholesome laugh.

Hotel Transylvania 2 is rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor and has a runtime of 89 minutes.

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Movie Review: 'The Intern'

The sappy dramedy The Intern gets the new man so horribly wrong.

Review by Matt Cummings

In Director Nancy Meyers' dramedy The Intern, the retired widower Ben (Robert DeNiro) seeks to give new meaning to his life when he applies for a senior intern program with a fashionable clothing website. At first, the 70-year-old is seriously out of place among an overwhelming amount of hipster men, none of whom seem to have their fahsion or personal games together. But the most difficult person in the office is his boss/owner Jules (Anne Hathaway), who doesn't think she needs the insights of a seemingly old-school tie-wearing retiree. But soon, challenges to her business and home life force Ben into action as the two form a bond that reveals all sorts of unexpected results, with Ben as the indispensable asset and Jules the tough negotiator.

Director Meyers seems to think that the modern man can be divided into hipsters and older gentlemen who still wear a tie to work. Believe me when I tell you that no other types of guys are represented here. Hidden deep under the copycat comedy Meyers has Frankenstein-ed from Oceans 11 and others, there's a dark message about man's new place in society. The screenwriter Meyers treats every guy not named DeNiro as such: this isn't a story about a woman coming to terms with her burgeoning career as much as it is about a retired man who sees the world around him filled with other men making incredibly bad choices, including clothing choices that don't fit.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say that no male in The Intern feels real or seems very accurate. Among the worst is Jules' husband played by Anders Holm, who enjoys zero chemistry with Hathaway. As their personal lives begin to fall apart, Holm cannot keep up with Hathaway; their exchange at film's end is almost comical in how badly it doesn't work. The man can't even hug Hathaway without looking like a woman doing it. The other gents assembled here have just as little going for them, perhaps a shot across the bow by Meyers on the current state of men.

If you don't believe me, a particular scene is quite telling: in it, a drunk Hathaway rails against the lack of real men in American society, riling off a list of hunky film leads before stopping to peer on three hipsters who happen to be her employees. Most have facial hair of some kind, dress in clothes which are too tight for them, and all look like they came out of a hipster processing plant hidden deep in a Hollywood studio. Meanwhile, the original tough guy DeNiro looks on, having had his talons clipped years ago by age and shifting social standards. I so wanted to see the Raging Bull in him emerge and slap those boys around, but it's clear those days are long gone. It's these sorts of generalizations and painful realizations that permeate The Intern.

Such a situation makes a film hard to accept, and it happens so often that we forget about the two great leads Meyers has recruited and how well they actually get along. Hathaway, for all of her legitimate Oscar credentials, proves she can glide effortlessly between serious drama and light comedy. Yet, her character is hard to figure out, especially when she's left without DeNiro to navigate the completely unnecessary plot twists which emerge. Why she's given so much to deal with is beyond me, because that's not Ben's job as her assistant. I won't spoil them here, but how she deals with both feels out of place and extends the film's length into two hours. You don't need such a film to be this long, and Director Meyers doesn't seem to know when to authorize a good edit. Scenes extend past their effectiveness on multiple occasions, and it's clear her editor Robert Leighton is either in her pocket or doesn't know how to do his job. But I won't blame Hathaway for that.

DeNiro has replaced that tough guy snarl for a continually sheepish smile that follows him around The Intern like an office assistant who can't keep up with their boss. He plays a nice man looking to reinvent himself, but at his heart Ben is also a bit...efemerate, his house richly appointed yet suffering from a lived-in look, while displaying way too many emotions for most elderly men I know. Yet, DeNiro still retains that film icon presence, especially when the hipsters and other employees seek his deep experience. They are clearly B-league talent compared to him, and it's almost painful the way he moves heaven and earth around them.

The Intern seeks to be nothing more than what it ultimately becomes. It's sappy, melodramatic date night material that most men might find embarrassing to watch, because it gets most men so unbelievably wrong. In a society when our roles are undergoing a seemingly radical overhaul, it's OK to admit that what some men are becoming is just as bland as the film itself.

The Intern is rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language and has a runtime of 121 minutes.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #TheMartian In PHOENIX

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Martian on September 29th at 7:00 PM in PHOENIX.


Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover, THE MARTIAN is based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott.


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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

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 #TheMartian In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For The Martian on September 29th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover, THE MARTIAN is based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott.


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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

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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New Featurette From #AshvsEvilDead 'The Reluctant Hero & His Crew'

The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. “Ash vs Evil Dead,” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.

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The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) reprising his role of Ash Williams, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. Rounding out the cast are Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” premieres Saturday, October 31st at 9:00pm ET/PT exclusively on STARZ with a 10-episode season.

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Jack Ryan TV Series Might Happen

Deadline is reporting Tom Clancy’s popular CIA hero, is heading to television with a TV series from former Lost duo of co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, Skydance Media and Paramount TV. There has been a lot of interest in the project, with multiple outlets bidding.

Conceived by Cuse and Roland based on Clancy’s novels, I hear the show is not a direct adaptation of the books as were the firsts Jack Ryan movies but a new contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative using the novels as source material. Roland executive produces with Cuse and Lindsey Springer of Carlton Cuse Prods. and Platinum Dunes’ Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Director-producer Bajackryannovelsy’s existing relationship with the studio on the feature side where he has a first-look deal. Cuse, a big fan of the books, and Roland then came on board and developed their idea for a Jack Ryan TV series.

In the novels, Ryan, medically retired following a helicopter crash, works as an investment broker before taking a position at the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Academy and later joining the CIA, rising through the ranks to Deputy Director and eventually becoming President of the United States.

Unlike some classic literary/schuntredoctoberreen characters that are identified with the actor who has portrayed them, thus making a TV adaptation challenging to cast, the Jack Ryan movie franchise has seen four different actor take on the role — Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and, most recently, Chris Pine. That would make it easier for a new Jack Ryan to be introduced to TV audiences.

Paramount’s Jack Ryan feature franchise spans 5 movies — from The Hunt For Red October starring Baldwin in 1990 to the 2013 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Pine, which Skydance co-produced. It has glossed almost $1 billion worldwide.

Cuse has 3 series on the air that he co-created and executive produces, A&E’s Bates Motel, FX’s The Strain and USA’s upcoming Colony. The prolific writer-producer has a first-look deal at A+E Studios for his Carlton Cuse Productions. In features, he wrote this summer’s tentpole San Andreas.

Roland and Cuse hit it off while working together on Lost and have stayed close, with Roland recently serving as co-executive producer on Cuse’s A&E drama series The Returned. Roland also wrote Mile 22, Peter Berg’s upcoming movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

Since Paramount TV’s launch two years ago, series adaptations of movies from the Paramount library by the TV production company have yielded two series orders, for Minority Report at Fox and School of Rock at Nickelodeon, and two pilot pickup, for Shooter at USA and Urban Cowboy at Fox. Additionally, a Galaxy Quest series is in development at Amazon.

Platinum Dunes’ TV slate includes Starz drama Black Sails and TNT’s The Last Ship.

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Patrick Heusinger Cast As The Villain In Jack Reacher 2

According to Variety after his break-out role in Bravo’s “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” Patrick Heusinger is now in talks to join Tom Cruise in Paramount and Skydance’s sequel to “Jack Reacher” as the villain.

Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge and Danika Yarosh are also on board to join the cast with Ed Zwick directing.

Zwick and and Marshall Herskovitz wrote the most recent draft of the script after Richard Wenk penned the original draft.

Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script based on the Lee Child series of novels. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds that his new commanding officer has been arrested.

Details surrounding Hodge’s role are under wraps at this time, other than the character being described as “the hunter.”

Cruise and Don Granger are producing.

Besides his Bravo credit, Heusinger is a part of the series “Quantum Break,” which blurs the line between television and gaming.

His other past film credits include “A Beautiful Now,” “Black Swan” and “Frances Ha.” He is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.

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#JohnWick2 Begins Filming This Fall

We already knew it was happening, but now we have a timescale. Following up the stonking original with some alacrity, John Wick 2 will rage into production in the autumn of this year. Keanu Reeves, directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, and producer Basil Iwanyck are all returning for more mayhem.

“We have ideas for days and without blinking twice we know we can outdo the action from the original,” Stahelski said a couple of months ago. “It’s the matter of story and how much you like the character. That’s always the most important. If there’s great action but you have a character that no-one likes and doesn’t have charisma you’re not going to watch it. Look at any great action star, whether it’s Harrison Ford or Liam Neeson or Robert Downey Jr., pick a name, you love the guy first. Good action, bad action, you just love them in action. So we want to make sure we have a story and a character that everybody loves and then we’ll dress it with action that we promise will be awesome.”

That story is clearly now in place, although nobody's yet spilling any details. The official plot synopsis so far is, "John Wick is back".

“With such tremendous fan and critical support for John Wick, we knew that there was still so much more of this story to tell,” says studio Lionsgate's Jason Constantine. “We are thrilled that Keanu, David and Chad have reteamed with us and promise to bring audiences even more excitement the second time around.”

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #SICARIOMOVIE In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SICARIO on September 30th at 7:30 PM in Sacramento.


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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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 #SICARIOMOVIE In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SICARIO on September 30th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


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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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 #SICARIOMOVIE In ALBUQUERQUE

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For SICARIO on September 30th at 7:00 PM in ALBUQUERQUE.


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.


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



See how to win tickets after the Jump...

Click HERE to get your tickets.

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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