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Friday, November 6, 2015

Movie Review: #SPECTRE

The 24th Bond film lazily moves to an illogical and disappointing third act.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Review by Matt Cummings


For those of us who remember many of the James Bond films when they were actually released, SPECTRE is something of a coming home party Finally able to tap into the terror group's deep roots within the universe, I personally couldn't wait to see how Director Sam Mendes would introduce the shadowy organization and its top dog. Unfortunately, the 24th Bond film suffers from too plot holes, a bloated run time, and characters who've been shoe-horned into a disappointing third act.

When James Bond (Daniel Craig) heads to Mexico City during the Day of the Dead festivities, he learns of a new organization that's behind several high-profile terrorist events. Grounded by M (Ralph Fiennes) for defying orders, Bond instead heads to Rome, only to learn his new enemy is far more deadly than any he's ever faced. SPECTRE is headed by the mysterious Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), who enjoys a diabolical history with Bond and has been quietly assembling his cartel in preparation for MI:6's demise. But Bond will have no help from his bosses: pulled of their teeth and facing imminent death, M, Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) must keep an ambitious government agent (Andrew Scott) from replacing the 00 program with a worldwide high-tech surveillance network. As Bond jets around the world in an effort to stop SPECTRE, he must also keep a former enemy's daughter (Lea Seydoux) safe from the henchman Hinx (Dave Bautista), all while wrestling with his future as 007.

If any of this sounds familiar, you're not alone: it's basically the same plot as this year's Mission: Impossible movie Rogue Nation. At first, we seem ready to accept the similarities: we get tips-of-the-hat to previous Craig installments, the deepening Bond's new backstory and potentially setting the stage for something magical. But something happens along the way, as if the bloated runtime begins to catch up, led by a pretty but unproductive car chase between Craig and Bautista, with Bond trying out all the new buttons in the DB10. The widow of yet another Bond victim (Monica Belucci) isn't around long enough to make a impact as the red-shirt hottie, but we assume she meets a menacing death. Bond's misogynistic conquering of Lucia needed more time to gather steam: her sudden release of information is a plot device that should have disappeared with Pierce Brosnan.

And while Casino Royale is a love story, the well-aged Quantum of Solace a revenge flick, and Skyfall a dark redemption piece, I'm not sure where SPECTRE lands. It's definitely a mish-mash of previous Craig entries, with some parts frustratingly underdone/overdone. And yet there's plenty to like: the brooding set up of the first act, as Bond uncovers Oberhauser, the spy-appointed Aston Martin, and the dame Seydoux. She is a shadow of Eva Green's Vesper, a fill-in-the-blank girlfriend with no connection to Bond other than his promise to protect her. Mendes takes a confused position with her, one moment rejecting Bond's charms then falling for him just a few scenes later. Seydoux is serviceable, but Mendes should have taken notes from Mission Impossible's Rebecca Ferguson, a character that would have made far more sense for Bond's bull tendencies.

Craig too has descended into a bit of a rut here: missing a serious amount of humor or even warmth, the assassin-monk feels hollow now, either because of the tattered soul he currently occupies or because screenwriters John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were simply lazy. Filled with a third act that seems to defy even the most dense of previous Bond escapades, Craig never gets the chance to feel the weight of Bond's violent escapades; the broken rules, the glorious failures and mistakes, and the world he's left with are never explored well enough for audiences to understand why he makes such an amazingly bad decision near film's end. He simply walks (or drives) away, ready for a life that no one in the audience seems ready or willing to accept.

Moviegoers are likely to be forever split on Waltz's performance, but I think his power lies in the deep mystery surrounding Oberhauser's true identity. Once that is revealed in a classic 60's villain lair, some of that sheen is stripped. It's nowhere near the befuddling of John Harrison in Star Trek: Into Darkness, but I can see why long-time fans might reject it. The same criticism might be more fairly leveled at Bautista, a performance that feels more like a glorified cameo than the thought-provoking henchman we were promised.

SPECTRE is the most expensive and longest Bond film ever made ($250m and 148 minutes), and yet it feels like a lesser film than any in the Craig era. I felt the same with Quantum, but repeated watchings over the past year have warmed me to its smart revenge plot. And while that one sets important pieces in motion that are resolved in SPECTRE, the creative team has placed an emphatic end to James Bond, one that paints the franchise into a creative corner for future films. It's a challenge that can only play out in blood for the next director, with Craig reportedly sick of playing the role and any return of Bond based on the further shattering of his persona and psyche.

Filled with seductive charm and brutal honesty, SPECTRE is also wildly whipsaw, a film that goes off the rails as quickly as the DB10 makes contact with The Thames. It's not an awful film by any stretch, but it should have taken notes from the better Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Both smartly avoided the intricate traps which SPECTRE and the franchise now finds itself. It's still recommended, but the experience is unlikely to remain with you.

SPECTRE is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language and has a runtime of 148 minutes.

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Movie Review: #The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie is a warm Linus blanket, with a Snoopy wrapped inside, ready for his big day.

Review by Matt Cummings

It's been a tough two months at the box office: for every Martian, Bridge of Spies, and Goosebumps, there's been three duds to take each of their places. Thankfully, The Peanuts Movie will not suffer the same fate: it's the best children's film since Paddington and could be the top animated film of 2015.

Set amongst the deep history of the franchise, The Peanuts Movie reintroduces us to Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and of course Snoopy, the beagle with a huge imagination and a healthy dislike for his nemesis, The Red Baron. When Charlie Brown gets a new neighbor - the enigmatic Little Red-Haired Girl - he takes steps to win her affection But, bad luck isn't far behind as a series of guffaws and bad timing leave Charlie Brown wondering if he'll ever meet his one true love. Faced with a book report deadline, the end of the school year, and a tree that's taken every one of his kites, Charlie Brown must persevere, while Snoopy tries desperately to defeat The Red Baron before he shoots down his dreams of finding love as well.

The Peanuts Movie is like a warm Linus blanket, with a Snoopy wrapped inside; it hits the mark time and time again, ready to strike a nostalgic cord at command. It was crafted by no less than the Schulz family, whose long-standing hold of the franchise has kept lesser studio projects from being made. In hindsight, that appears to have been a very good decision: the moment that the opening Fox theme features Schroeder playing his piano in the foreground, we know this one is in good hands. Director Steve Martino and Producer Paul Feig (known for his rauchy comedies) understand the history behind The Peanuts and do not stray from it in the slightest. That gives the film a timelessness that's hard to deny: there's no vehicles or city blocks to reveal the decade, no cell phones or Internet to rub the glean off of these characters. This is what we pay to see, and that's exactly what we get.

Going into the film, my big concern was whether audiences would accept what now amounts to bullying against Charlie Brown. Our culture has become so oversensitive to what is a terrible issue, that I worried whether Martino and the Schulz family would be able to succeed. The answer is an emphatic yes: Charlie Brown gets a big boost from The Little Red Haired Girl when she explains to him (and the audience) why he's the perfect character for a generation now obsessed with negativity and dispair. He's steadfast in his determination, a hero to his dog, and a surpise in his humility. Boy, couldn't so many of us stand to learn these lesson.

Peanuts also features some of the best animation of 2015. While films like Inside Out will probably win in February for its life-like portrayals, this world is just as appealing for the way it brings these treasured characters to life. Mixing a combination of stellar 3D depth, Schulz and Martino insist on giving the crew what looks like hand-drawn eyes. But there's a warmth to every frame, even when we're introduced to Snoopy's snow-covered dog house.

Some might ignore the purely amazing visuals and point out the complain at the lack of originality in its story; true, there is a ton of borrowing from the television specials, but it all seems to work, as if we're experiencing these for the first time. AGain, this is what you get when you pay for The Peanuts, and personally I found it comfortable. That could keep the franchise from the making the important transition that it has to make wiith the next film. But its re-introduction to the national consciousness works very well here.

Some children's animation makes you wonder what all the hype is about (see Inside Out); The Peanuts Movie delivers the goods in a way few have or possibly will. Sure, it's amazingly naive and quaint, but in that way, it creates a sense of enduring timelessness, of a period when things seemed simpler and when the actions of a courageous boy weren't second-guessed or ignored. It's one of the best of 2015, and should enjoy a deep run through Christmas.

The Peanuts Movie is rated G and has a runtime of 93 minutes.

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Movie Review: #Suffragette

A retelling of the historical times when women fought for their rights to vote and gain equality.

Review by Erika Ashley

Suffragette is a historical drama based on true events from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century depicting the lives of working women in Europe fighting for their right to politically vote. The story follows a younger lower-class working woman Maud Watts, played by Carey Mulligan, and how her internal yearning for equality awakens after witnessing the Suffragette’s impact first hand. With a helping nudge from a fellow worker Violet Miller, played by Anne-Marie Duff, Maud finds herself flung into joining a group of local Suffragettes. After joining the ranks she faces many trials and tribulations, often questioning her own abilities and self-worth during her attempts to earn the vote.

With only eight years of directing experience under her belt, the British film director, Sarah Gavron, brings a lackluster attempt at entering into Oscar season. The film opens with titles describing to the viewer what they are about to see is a fictionalized retelling of true events. Given the prompt warning, the audience has a sense that the following story might be more sensationalized but fails to even have a heartbeat. The length of the movie being just fourteen minutes shy of two hours feels exceptionally long. The one sided story lacks in more ways than one from poor direction to missing key players and hardly any musical support to keep viewers engaged. Although the film has a strong cast the performances were second rate at best.

The main character and supposed heroine Maud Watts, played by Carey Mulligan, was frustratingly monotone. Maud throughout the story denies her inclusion as a Suffragette but continually and begrudgingly goes forward with the other women and loses everything that is important to her. She unsatisfyingly remains apathetic to the very end leaving the viewer wanting and needing more. If you were to lose your home, your job, your family and reputation it would for a purpose that you are passionate about and for Maud it seemed as though she could care less and if anything continued fighting for the vote against her will. Even Brendan Gleeson that played Inspector Arthur Steed showed more passion and life than Carey Mulligan’s one note performance.

With a strong supporting cast comprised of Helena Bonham Carter, whom also contributed to the sad, apathetic feel was still the liveliest of the bunch. Not to mention the practically MIA “lead character” Emmeline Pankhurst, whom was actually a leader in the Suffragette fight, played by Meryl Streep was beyond confusing. On all of the promotional posters and marketing trailers for the film Meryl was represented to be a key factor in the story but was on screen for probably five minutes tops.

Finally the closing credits included a wrap-up title sequence that gives a retelling of facts about what had happened during the Suffragette fight and a collective sigh was heard in the theater as if the last hour and four-six minutes could have been completely disregarded. The opening and closing titles retold the entire film within a few short moments and everything in-between was lackluster filler. The real life events and historical meaning of what the real Suffragettes faced is truly endearing and motivational even to this day, but the film does those pioneering women hardly any justice.

The fight for woman’s equality is hardly over and if this film does anything, it hopefully brings the realization to this generations minds. Suffragette has a runtime of 106 minutes and is Rated PG-13 for some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity.
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Movie Review: #Room

Room wastes a golden Oscar opportunity.

Review by Matt Cummings

In Director Lenny Abrahamson's Room, Joy (Brie Larson) has been held captive for seven years in a 10x10 shed, a victim of a friendly offer to help find a fictitious lost dog. Her captor Old Nick (Sean Bridges) continues to rape her, having fathered the now-five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) along the way. The long-haired, diaper-bound Jack has never seen the outside world, except for what their skylight and tiny television provide. But when Joy begins to crack under the pressure, she makes a daring escape plan that sees Nick arrested and her world returned reopened. But things have changed for her family, namely the divorce of her mother (Joan Allen) and father (William H. Macy) over Joy's kidnapping. As Jack begins to adjust to the real world, Joy battles depression and a renewed sense of helplessness, as she struggles to gain closure on her experiences.

Abrahamson makes Joy's world a depressing one, putting her in ratty hair and pimples and a constant victim of rape by Old Nick. That pressure on her doesn't change even when the accomdations do. Joy is a permanently damaged soul, perhaps never able to recover from her ordeal, with Larson dancing Joy on the edge of sanity. She's clearly a victim of her circumstances, but when we first find her she's also ignorant of her ability to escape. As those circumstances begin to change, Larson allows the fever of her situation to overcome her, displaying rage one minute, desperate sadness and overwhelming helplessness the next. But it's Tremblay who keeps us laser-focused on him, a child who's never known the outside world and is almost effeminate when he emerges. We've had a good run of young actor performances in 2015, and Tremblay is clearly one of them. He's demonstrates that incredible resiliency gene that kids seem to have, even when Ma descends after her ill-advised interview with the press.

But while Abrahamson sets a high target, he doesn't quite attain it. There's the spotty appearance by Macy as Joy's father, whose lack of emotional weight behind his performance becomes uncomfortable throwaways as he tries to deal with his daughter's return. Allen's puffy face made her almost unrecognizable, and here she's only merely good; the trouble with both performances might lie with Writer Emma Donoghue's script. She also wrote the novel, but doesn't have a firm grasp on what scenes to convert for the digital medium. Instead of showing their marital struggles and the psychological damage they've endured, we get an almost tacit acceptance of the situation. There's never that cathartic (and usually good) exchange that sets the tone for a healing Act 3. Not that we prefer happy endings, but at least this sort of movement would have upped the momentum, which Room barely attains and loses too quickly.

There's too much set up in the captive scenes, spending nearly 50 minutes to show just how bad things are. Don't worry, we get it. In many ways, Room would have been more powerful had some of those scenes been cut in favor of the post-survival angle. There's also a stinging lack of resolution here, perhaps a message about the messiness which horrible events like this reveal. Again, we do like messy, incomplete endings, but only when that tension has a strong build up. That's not the case here. Another problem is the soaring score by Composer Stephen Rennicks, which doesn't match the tone of Room in the slightest. It's the most inappropriate at film's end, as Joy and Jack visit their former prison. In any other drama, Rennicks' score might be praised for its beauty. Talk about a mismatch.

As compelling a story as it is, Room wastes a golden opportunity at becoming an Oscar frontrunner. Bogged down by too much set up, not enough resolution, as well as a score that doesn't match the film's dark themes, Room fails to measure on a truly emotional level. It might become one of those Netflix gems you run into later, as its lead performances might get some Oscar recognition.

Room is rated R for language and has a runtime of 118 minutes.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #MyAllAmerican In ALBUQUERQUE

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For MY ALL AMERICAN on November 11th at 7:00 PM In ALBUQUERQUE.


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. 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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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #MyAllAmerican In Las Vegas

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For MY ALL AMERICAN on November11th at 7:00 PM In Las Vegas.


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. 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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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #MyAllAmerican In Phoenix

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For MY ALL AMERICAN on November 11th at 7:00 PM In Phoenix.


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. 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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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Trailer

See Alice return to the whimsical world of Underland and travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter in the new ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS teaser trailer.

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.



Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #LoveTheCoopers In Roseville

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For LOVE THE COOPERS on November 11th at 7:30 PM In Roseville.


IF YOU BRING A NEW TOY TO THE SCREENING OF LOVE THE COOPERS, YOU WILL GET A FRONT-OF-THE-LINE PASS IN TO THE THEATER. GOFOBO TICKET STILL REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

About The Sheriff's Toy Project: The Sheriff's Toy Project an innovative collaboration between peace officers, non-profit agencies, private donors and businesses, was created to better serve less fortunate children and families. The program provides a character building environment for offenders, who work with law enforcement officers to help people who are in times of need or suffering from hardship. The Toy Project provides a connection between law enforcement, people in need and those in the community capable of giving.

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LOVE THE COOPERS follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.


The film stars Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Alan Arkin, and June Squibb.



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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHRISTMAS EVE Trailer Starring @SirPatStew & @hederjon

When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little bit of faith will get them through - and change their lives in unexpected ways. A heartless real estate tycoon (Patrick Stewart) clings to life in a precarious construction elevator hundreds of feet off the ground. Relationships are brought to light for a musician (Cheryl Hines) stuck with her dysfunctional orchestra and an aspiring fashion photographer (James Roday) with an eye for the introverted paralegal in his building (Julianna Guill). A crass HR manager (Max Casella) trapped with the employee he just fired (Jon Heder) and a cynical doctor (Gary Cole) escorting his terminal patient are forced to reconsider the way they think about others in this all-star ensemble comedy that proves that in a city of six million, you never know who you’ll get stuck with.



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#Zoolander “Blue SteelBook” Gift Set Arrives December 1, 2015

Just in Time for the Highly Anticipated Sequel, Ben Stiller’s Comedy Classic Arrives for the First Time on Blu-ray™ in a Limited Edition Gift Set

Featuring New Special Features, a Ridiculously Good Looking Headband and A Really, Really, Really Cool Teaser for Zoolander No. 2, “Blue SteelBook®” Gift Set Arrives December 1, 2015


Everyone’s favorite male models look even more good looking in high definition when ZOOLANDER hits the runway for the first time on Blu-ray in a new, Limited Edition Gift Set December 1, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Sporting an original design and swathed in a signature “Blue SteelBook,” this season’s must-have gift comes fully accessorized with new special features, a really, really ridiculously good looking headband and a sneak peek at the highly anticipated sequel Zoolander No. 2, which debuts in theaters February 12, 2016.

Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic Hansel (Owen Wilson) scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu (Will Ferrell) seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. It's a well-designed conspiracy and only with the help of Hansel and a few well-chosen accessories like Matilda (Christine Taylor) can Derek make the world safe for male models everywhere.

Available exclusively at Walmart, the ZOOLANDER Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set boasts new hilarious footage of Owen Wilson and Justin Theroux rehearsing the epic breakdance fight under the direction of Ben Stiller and an alternate version of the brainwashing sequence told through storyboards. The Gift Set also includes previously released special features, a collectible Zoolander headband embellished with Derek’s world-famous coif, a look at Zoolander No. 2 and Movie Money worth up to $8.00 towards a ticket to see the new film in theaters.

ZOOLANDER Limited Edition Blu-ray Gift Set

The ZOOLANDER Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Blu-ray includes the following:

· Feature film in high definition

· Commentary by Ben Stiller and writers Drake Sather & John Hamburg

· A Really, Really, Really Cool Teaser for Zoolander No. 2

· Breakdance Fight Rehearsal—NEW!

· Alternate Brainwashing Sequence Storyboards—NEW!

· Walkoff Rehearsal Footage with Ben Stiller commentary

· Deleted Scenes with Ben Stiller commentary

· Extended Scenes with Ben Stiller commentary

· Outtakes

· VH1 Fashion Awards Skits

· Music Video “Start the Commotion” by The Wiseguys

· Public Service Announcements

· MTV Cribs

· Interstitials

· Photo Galleries

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 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.

ZOOLANDER Blu-ray Gift Set
Street Date: December 1, 2015
SRP: $19.99
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and drug references
Canadian Rating: 14A

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ROBERT PLANT & @AlisonKrauss Featured On #LoveTheCoopers Soundtrack

REPUBLIC RECORDS ANNOUNCES THE “LOVE THE COOPERS” OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 13



FILM OPENS IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE NOVEMBER 13

REPUBLIC RECORDS will release the “Love the Coopers” Official Soundtrack Album. Capturing the Coopers' holiday theme, the soundtrack includes the studio reunion of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss on their Christmas original “The Light of Christmas Day," their first recording since 2009's platinum-certified Grammy Award® Winner for "Album of the Year," Raising Sand. Otis Redding's "Merry Christmas Baby," Sixpence None the Richer's "Carol of the Bells," and also features seasonal classics from Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and more.

Debuting on Friday, November 13, 2015 through all digital retailers. The highly anticipated film opens in theaters everywhere the same day. Enjoy a new holiday tradition with the “Love the Coopers” Official Soundtrack Album.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – The Light of Christmas Day
2. Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
3. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby
4. Bob Dylan – Girl from the North Country
5. Sting – Soul Cake aka “A Stoalin”
6. Nina Simone – To Love Somebody
7. Bob Dylan – If Not For You
8. Molly June & Wes Hutchinson – Little Drummer Boy
9. Sixpence None the Richer – Carol of the Bells
10. The Dodos – Companion
11. Sarah Jarosz – Ring them Bells
12. Tamika Lawrence, Molly June & Wes Hutchinson – O Holy Night
13. Nick Urata – Fear of Silence

About LOVE THE COOPERS:

When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. http://lovethecoopers.com

About REPUBLIC RECORDS:

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Keith Richards, Nickelback, Of Monsters and Men, Seth MacFarlane, among many others. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), John Varvatos Records (Zac Brown Band), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), NBC's The Voice, XO (The Weeknd), School Boy Records (PSY, Sheppard), among others. In addition, Republic maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Label Group which is comprised of Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band) and Dot Records (Maddie + Tae).

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Star Wars #TheForceAwakens Character Posters

 Here are new character posters featuring Han Solo, Leia, Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an upcoming American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. The seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series, it stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow. The story is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983).

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New Trailer & Poster For 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is an upcoming American action thriller film produced and directed by Michael Bay and written by Chuck Hogan, based on the 2013 book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. It is the true story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, after the attack of Islamist militants on September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks. The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, and Freddie Stroma.



On the evening of September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a group of Islamist militants attack on the American diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya. They kill four Americans, including a US Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens. A security team of six members fight to defend Americans but only partially succeed.

The film is scheduled to be released on January 15, 2016, by Paramount Pictures.

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Spike Lee's CHI-RAQ Trailer

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release CHI-RAQ in theaters December 4, 2015



Directed by Spike Lee and starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson

Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

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Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For #LoveTheCoopers In Sacramento

Win Tickets To An Advance Screening For LOVE THE COOPERS on November 9th at 7:30 PM In Sacramento.


IF YOU BRING A NEW TOY TO THE SCREENING OF LOVE THE COOPERS, YOU WILL GET A FRONT-OF-THE-LINE PASS IN TO THE THEATER. GOFOBO TICKET STILL REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

About The Sheriff's Toy Project: The Sheriff's Toy Project an innovative collaboration between peace officers, non-profit agencies, private donors and businesses, was created to better serve less fortunate children and families. The program provides a character building environment for offenders, who work with law enforcement officers to help people who are in times of need or suffering from hardship. The Toy Project provides a connection between law enforcement, people in need and those in the community capable of giving.

http://www.toyproject.org/

LOVE THE COOPERS follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.


The film stars Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Alan Arkin, and June Squibb.



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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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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Six Million Dollar Man Film To Be Released In 2017

A year ago, it was director Peter Berg and regular collaborator Mark Wahlberg looking to bring a re-imagining of cult 1970s action TV series The Six Million Dollar Man to theaters. Now, however, Wahlberg is still in the lead, but Wild Tales’ Damián Szifron has written and will direct The Six Billion Dollar Man .

This is a TV-to-film transition that has been stuck in development limbo for years as directors, writers, stars and even concepts have come and gone ranging from all action to a comedy reboot. Exactly how Dimension Films plans to exploit the idea is anyone’s guess at this point, because Szifron has worked on a new script.

Though Wahlberg has experience in comedy, he and the director are probably planning a more straightforward adventure, based on Martin Caidin’s 1972 tome Cyborg, which also fuelled the Lee Majors-starring series. Wahlberg will be Austin, a former astronaut who barely survives a horrific experimental plane crash. To save his life, he is given high-tech enhancements by scientists who replace his legs, his right arm and left eye with bionic systems. Thus gifted super-human abilities, he’s drafted in to work for the government as a secret agent.

“Writing the screenplay was such a fantastic ride and embarking on this journey with Mark, Bob and Stephen to take this story to a whole new level is simply spectacular,” says Szifron. “Growing up, these kind of films left an indelible mark on me and now it feels so good to be making one.” The film will be out, in the US at least, on December 22, 2017, with a September 2016 shoot on the books.

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JOIN THE #HOPEFOROURDAUGHTERS MOVEMENT

What is #HopeForOurDaughters?

Make gender equality a reality in our lifetime. Take a photo and share your hope for future generations of women on Instagram with hashtag #HopeforourDaughters.

For every post, we’ll donate $1 to Equality Now. Watch the #HopeForOurDaughters video below and learn more about how you can help make change happen today.



Visit FightsNotOver.com to learn more about how you can help make change happen today

This Election Day, remember your vote counts. Exercise your hard-won right to vote.

Now Playing in Select Cities; Expanding Nationwide throughout November

Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing Suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow Suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation. Inspired by true events, Suffragette is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. Produced by Academy Award nominee Alison Owen and Golden Globe Award nominee Faye Ward, Suffragette is directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from an original screenplay by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan.

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New The Hunger Games: #MockingjayPart2 Clips

The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen [Jennifer Lawrence] realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival - they are for the future.



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With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends - including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] - Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features an acclaimed cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Academy Award®-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The impressive lineup is joined by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 co-stars Academy Award®-winner Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.

Lionsgate presents a Color Force / Lionsgate production.

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, with Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Produced By: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
Release Date: November 20, 2015

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Character Posters From #THEREVENANT

New Regency and 20th Century Fox have debuted two official posters for THE REVENANT! Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and directed by Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

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