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Friday, January 15, 2016

Movie Review: 'Norm of the North'

The secret behind the ripoff Norm of the North should have stayed buried in the Arctic.

Review by Matt Cummings

NOTE: This review contains spoilers.


In Director Trevor Wall's Norm of the North, an Arctic polar bear (voiced by Rob Schneider) and his fellow animals fight to retain control of their frozen wilderness, even as the evil developer Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong) attempts to do otherwise. Uncomfortable in his own massive frame, Norm is not a hunter, content to sing and dance as he learns why his grandfather (Colm Meany) suddenly disappeared years ago. When Norm arrives in New York on a massive cargo ship, he joins forces with Greene's unwilling assistant Vera (Heather Graham) and her daughter, who see Greene as a means to end to getting the girl into an exclusive school. Armed with his roar and secret ability to speak to humans, Norm seeks to upend Greene with his growing popularity and his indestructible but mute lemmings.

Norm of the North is one of the worst animated films I've ever seen. I generally consider The Nut Job and Turbo to be my least favorites, but in some ways Norm sets new lows by literally ripping off characters from the Madagascar franchise right down to The Penguins of Madagascar. The lemmings have large cute eyes, utilize ninja/Kung-Fu skills, and operate like an elite military force. Sounds like Mort, Skipper, and Rico to me in that order. But instead of developing these characters into new and appealing ways, we never become attached to paint-by-the-numbers network television portrayals, reduced to the lemmings farting and peeing in fish tanks. That high PH smell actually permeates the whole of this film, which features a poorly-selected voice cast, led by Schneider's Norm.

Norm of the North gives us nothing new, content to introduce characters we've seen before. There's the father who won't listen to Norm, his girlfriend who somehow sees through his inability to hunt and attaches herself gold-digger style to him, and the villain who's basically Dave the Octopus, his fluid movements and canned responses by Jeong falling flat. A master at voice-overs, Jeong does nothing to elevate Greene beyond a gross caricature of every animated comedy villain we've ever seen. Even when he breaks The Fourth Wall - asking himself if a one-note villain really makes for a great bad guy - it plays more like an admission that things aren't working than a funny wink at the camera. But the script by Daniel and Steven Altiere bothered us from the beginning, its made-for-television style and insert-gag-here styling seen a mile away.

The Altieres are best known for their disastrous run with Scooby Doo!; and with Norm of the North they don't do much better. They seem content to pick the low-hanging fruit of dick/fart jokes rather than spending time with Norm's family or bonding better with Vera's daughter. Graham is probably the strongest voice actor here (and that says a lot), because Schneider is downright terrible as Norm. He never imbues the bear with a personality (or a voice) that's different from Schneider's. Mark Hamill transformed The Joker because the two sounded nothing alike; but Schneider isn't prepared for such a transformation. He and the rest of the voice cast are there to record their sessions and collect their paychecks. Most of these failures fall squarely on Director Trevor Wall, who really crashes this disaster right into port. He hasn't a clue as to how to portray these characters in unique ways, opting perhaps for merchandising opportunities rather than telling an endearing warning about the environment. The result is almost painful to watch.

This is Lionsgate's first journey into theatrical animation, having made the very successful DVD's of Planet Hulk and Hulk Vs. But none of that magic is captured here, with the animation looking distinctly 2005. At its base, Norm of the North is filled with unlikable characters who never ingratiate themselves, which no child will find heartwarming. Our thinly-attended screening in what amounted to a closet told a lot of attendees just what Lionsgate thought of their film, content to slap it up on screens and move on to other commercially lucrative titles. Considering their track record with live-action, it leads one to wonder how Lionsgate could have ever approved such cinematic atrocity.

In the end, Lionsgate's feature debut is a disaster. Burdened with bad voice acting and literally ripping off an entire franchise, Norm of the North is edited like a made-for-television movie, complete with fade outs near film's end. You'll probably have more fun pointing out how many franchises will be suing Lionsgate than actually laughing at this joke of a film. But you won't have much time to MST 3000 this one, as it won't stick around for long. In my mind, that's the only humane thing to do.

Norm of the North is rated PG and has a runtime of 86 minutes.

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Meet Snowball Voiced By @KevinHart4real In #THESECRETLIFEOFPETS

Meet Snowball voiced by Kevin Hart in this summer’s comedy THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS.

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.



Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks
Directed by: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Writers: Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

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#VictorFrankenstein Arrives On Digital HD & Digital Rental February 23 Blu-ray & DVD March 8

James McAvoy (X-Men First Class, X-Men Days of Future Past, upcoming X-Men Apocalypse) and Daniel Radcliffe (the Harry Potter films, Woman in Black, upcoming Now You See Me: The Second Act) star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale.

Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.



Blu-ray™, Digital HD and DVD Special Features
Deleted Scenes – Blu-ray™ and Digital HD Exclusive!
The Making of Victor Frankenstein
Galleries – Production Design, Production Photography and Behind-The-Scenes
Theatrical trailer

Victor Frankenstein Digital HD and Digital Rental
Street Date: February 23, 2016
Prebook Date: December 21, 2015
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Total Run Time: 110 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned: Yes

Victor Frankenstein Blu-ray™ + Digital HD
Street Date: March 8, 2016
Prebook Date: February 3rd, 2016
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1,
Spanish Dolby, Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1Spanish
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time: 110 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned: Yes

Victor Frankenstein DVD
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1,
Spanish Surround Dolby, Digital 2.0, French Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time: 110 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Closed Captioned: Yes

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New Clips From #TheFinestHour

Chris Pine and Casey Affleck bring the true story of the most daring rescue in Coast History to the big screen. Check out two new clips from the heroic action-thriller "The Finest Hours” featuring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Kyle Gallner, John Magaro and Casey Affleck.

Disney's "The Finest Hours,” which is presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D and transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale, storms into theaters on January 29, 2016.

"You Got About Five Seconds"


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"The Boat is in Pieces" 



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#NEGIHBORS2 SORORITY RISING Teaser Poster

ZAC EFRON, SETH ROGEN & ROSE BYRNE ARE BACK!

The follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING hits theaters this May with returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and newcomer Chloë Grace Moretz.

NEGIHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING – In Theaters May 20, 2016

Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy. Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.
Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.
Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy. www.neighbors-movie.com

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kiersey Clemons, Beanie Feldstein, Selena Gomez and Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Seth Rogen, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg,Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver
Executive Producers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake

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#Anomalisa – Movie Review

A reimagined, sluggish, but intriguing view of one man’s descent into madness.

Review by Erika Ashley

Michael Stone is a business man, author, husband, father, inspirational speaker, adulterer, and madman. While on another business trip to promote his customer service oriented self-help book, “How May I Help You Help Them?” Michael is surrounded by the same faces and voices. Living his life in utter boredom and mundanity he attempts to rile up some kind emotion or passion by reaching out to an ex-girlfriend he wronged 10 years ago. After his first attempt of connection crashes and burns you get a sense that something might actually be wrong with Michael himself. He continues on his evening by taking advantage of a naïve fan with horribly low self-esteem, named Lisa. Michael thinks he’s found his soulmate because she is a true anomaly in his routine existence until she too fades away into the abyss of his mental disarray.



First, this film is animated. Unnecessarily animated. Anomalisa was albeit excruciatingly slow at times, still managed to throw in interesting twists but did not need to be animated in any way. The stop-motion animation was beautifully mastered and well done but confusing to the audience. When viewers watch animated or stop-motion films they tend to have a childish or light-hearted nature because they are mostly G-rated. Anomalisa is an obvious adult film with adult themes, nudity, a ton of “f-bombs,” and even a sex scene. Michael, voiced by David Thewlis, visits a sex toy shop and buys something for his young son, which is so painfully awkward by the way. This film would have been much more enjoyable as live-action, but for the effect the directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson were trying to portray I can understand and forgive the stop-motion puppetry.


Every face and voice in the film besides Lisa, voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Michael are literally the same, which starts out confusing. Are we the viewers crazy or is this foreshadowing? The first half of the film the audience struggles with the similarities but then it becomes apparent that we are seeing the world through Michael’s point of view. The plot-line is mystifyingly frustrating to follow because the story moves at a snail’s pace. The audience grew bored with Michael just as quickly as it was apparent how boring Michael’s life is to his own self. Even some patrons in the theater during the screening left within the first half hour of the film. The voice acting was done well mostly due to the fact that there were only three voices and everyone else in the film had the same monotone cadence that drilled home the dullness of Michael’s existence.


Besides the sluggish story and non-climactic end the real intrigue of the film was the aesthetics and beauty of the images on the screen. It was a train wreck you just cannot look away from because of the sheer graphicness, but in an awestricken stunning way. Michael and Lisa’s faces had details only a true artist could master. The artistic edge for me outweighed the perplexing story. My eyes hungered for more of the tiny details and minute movements that seamlessly blended into the next. It was astounding how captivating the animation was and so I forgive its unnecessary use because it was executed flawlessly.
This film was interesting to say the least. Would I go again or suggest others to pay movie theater price to see? Probably not. Instead I suggest you wait for it to come out for rental but do not watch it with children. Do watch it with an open mind but not high expectations.

Anomalisa has a 90 minute runtime.

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#10CLOVERFIELDLANE TRAILER & POSTER

Check out the poster & trailer from 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE.

After a car accident, a young woman comes to in an underground cellar, where most of the action takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life and that a chemical attack has left the outside world uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, whatever dangers she may face outside.



IN THEATERS AND IMAX 03.11.16

www.10cloverfieldlane.com
Facebook: /10CloverfieldLn
Twitter: @10CloverfieldLn
Instagram: @10CloverfieldLn

From Producer J.J. Abrams

Story By Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken

Screenplay By Josh Campell & Matt
Stuecken and Damien Chazelle

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg

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Movie Review: Anomalisa

Puppets master human flaws in one of the year’s best.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

Charlie Kaufman has been stamped with the defining label of “weird” ever since his big screenwriting breakthrough with 1999’s Being John Malkovich, and that broad descriptor tends to obscure the searing human streak that runs through his work. Kaufman’s films undeniably skew in oddball directions, but the emotions his characters evince are painfully real. His films almost always center around outsiders grappling with blistering inner torment, trying desperately to make sense of the world they live in and their place within it. A Kaufman protagonist is always adrift, urgently seeking some measure of solace, meaning and understanding. Despite the avant-garde milieus in which they inhabit, they are often some of the most relatable characters in film.

Taking his place in the Kaufman ranks alongside the dejected puppeteer of Malkovich, the tortured screenwriter in Adaptation, the lovelorn romantic of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the broken playwright of Synecdoche, New York is Michael Stone (David Thewlis), a noted self-help author and the central character of Anomalisa. Michael has just touched down in Cincinnati for a speaking engagement to promote his new book for customer service representatives. When we first meet him, he is navigating his way through the tedious terrain of airports, cabs and hotels, each situation calculated for maximum irritation. A storm cloud looms over Michael’s head wherever he goes, a glum aura of soul-sickness and dissatisfaction emanating from him at all times. He’s married with a child, but appears to take no joy from that, nor from anything else. An ill-considered reconnection with an old lover ends disastrously when Michael mutates an already awkward situation into a desperate interrogation. He demands to know if the experience of being with him changed the woman for the worse.


The primary source of Michael’s ennui is his perception of everyone around him, male, female or child, as being utterly indistinguishable from one another. Everyone has the same face and speaks in the flat intonation of the great character actor Tom Noonan. The numbing sameness of his each and every encounter is wearing Michael down. He needs a spark to ignite, to burn down the walls of monotony in which he has become entombed. At a low point, he hears a voice from the hallway outside of his suite that, miraculously, does not sound like Cain from RoboCop 2, and it instantly enchants him. Bursting outside, he meets Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a deeply insecure woman who is actually in town with a friend specifically to see Michael’s speech. Lisa, who has a scar on her face that she constantly attempts to conceal with her hair and a body that she clearly takes little pride in, is ecstatic to make Michael’s acquaintance, but in Lisa, Michael is convinced he’s found the very thing he needs to complete himself, something capable of revitalizing his atrophied spirit.

Four paragraphs in, I should probably get around to mentioning that Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film. Michael, Lisa and the horde of Noonans are all puppets, if often disturbingly lifelike ones. The film, a co-directing effort by Kaufman and Duke Johnson (who did similar work years back on Community’s stop-motion Christmas episode), uses the technique to fashion a world cut from Michael’s oppressive point of view. In some ways, it’s like the famous sequence in Being John Malkovich, where the titular actor visits his own mind and finds it filled to the brim with Malkovichs, writ large. While this could have easily rendered the film a gimmick in lesser hands, what’s startling about Anomalisa is how excruciatingly human its inhuman characters come across. Michael’s disconnection to the world and Lisa’s heartbreaking lack of self-worth are so real and deeply felt as to be unbearable. Their encounter and brief time together is so personal and teeming with exposed-nerve sensitivity that it almost feels uncomfortably intrusive to watch. This is especially true of a protracted sex scene that may be the most starkly honest depiction of intimacy I’ve ever seen in a film, and it’s between puppets.


The film’s wildly unique look makes it a joy to watch, even if it occasionally carries with it a haunting and unsettling visual charge. It’s a testament to the film’s success that you often forget that you aren’t watching flesh-and-blood actors. Thewlis puts across Michael’s discontent in every weary line reading, and it’s difficult to imagine a voice more perfect for the droning collective of the outside world than Noonan’s affectless tone. But Jennifer Jason Leigh is the true vocal star of Anomalisa. Her girlish enthusiasm mixed with her constant need to put herself down makes the character astonishingly endearing. You get why Michael would be drawn to her as an oasis from the mundane. Between this and The Hateful Eight (in which she plays a character who couldn’t possibly be more different from Lisa), she is blazing one hell of a comeback trail.

In the end, Anomalisa has a lot to say about narcissism and character flaws. The film seems for the longest time to be using the monotonous nature of the world around Michael as a commentary on the tedious homogeny of modern society, but ultimately what we learn is that Michael is the unwitting architect of his own misery. Everyone around him seems like a pod person because the demands he places upon them are not met to his satisfaction. It’s not them, it’s him, and he will never understand that and thus will never be happy. It’s that keen insight into human foibles that makes this one of the best, most creatively invigorated films of the year. Anomalisa might alienate some with its unconventionality, but you’d have to be as hollow as its characters not to connect to it at all.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Movie Review: '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi'

The gripping real-life story also has the stain of Michael Bay all over it.

Review by Matt Cummings

If you watched with despair and disappointment surrounding the 2013 attack on US bases in Benghazi, Libya you weren't alone. Now 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi has arrived to shake up that bottle once more. And while our leads do a great job keeping the story moving, its director can't deliver his own message without an extreme amount of Michael Bay-ness.

Stating that it's an actual 'true story,' 13 Hours unites best buds/ex-military studs Tyrone “Rone” Woods (James Badge Dale) and Jack Silva (John Krasinski) with Dave “Boon” Benton (David Denman) and Mark 'Oz' Geist (Max Martini) as they seek to protect a a poorly-hidden CIA site in one of the world's most dangerous places. From the moment the cash-strapped Silva arrives, the entire nation seems ready for war; but as the foursome will learn, much of that hatred will be focused on them and their current mission. When the life of the US Ambassador is compromised just one mile away, the team finds themselves engaged in a war of attrition, defending their base while waves of Libyan 'freedom fighters' assault them. With the US government slow to react, the base must survive through a harrowing 13 hours if they hope to get out of Benghazi alive.

For those of us who believe our soldiers deserve the ultimate respect (and military support) for what they do, 13 Hours is sure to infuriate. It demonstrates what took over a year to uncover, courtesy of a painful series of Congressional hearings, the details of which could find themselves replayed in the upcoming presidential election. Director Michael Bay sets up the environment, places our heroes in the muck, and lets them react as the noose is tightened. That works with varying effect, demonstrating that Bay's Transformers action sensibilities can be put to good use.

But while a lot of 13 Hours works as a siege film, it still has the stain and stink of Bay all over it. A gluttony of slow-motion sequences with the American flag in display gets tiring after...say...the thirteenth time, while he also berates us with our leads walking or reacting in slow-mo to something; it's in these sequences that Bay keeps the camera rolling without giving people much to do. It's a shame really, because so much of 13 Hours gets the drama absolutely right, especially as the film leads to its tragic climax. And it's not only when our heroes begin to fall: their camaraderie makes their demise even more painful (and therefore appealing) to watch.

When that isn't happening, the film is too busy pressing the jingoism button, assaulting that line via those slow-mo sequences. That decision compromises the base nature of the film, begging an instant comparison to the superior Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down. Some might not see the connection, but they're both based on the FUBAR nature of a military which leaves its men behind enemy lines. Scott made Hawk a character drama first, not an orgasm of guns, explosions, and male quips. Sadly, a lot of that appears in 13 Hours as we get closer to the end, constantly reminding you of this for well over 120 minutes.

But don't get me wrong: Bay turns up the tension, sets the stage for the meltdown, and tells a compelling story about our soldiers and the impotency of their leaders to react in time. He brings in an unlikely set of actors who actually work quite well, including the surprisingly good Krasinski. He, Badge, and Martini enjoy terrific chemistry, reminding us that sometimes Bay can actually move human drama to the right actors, as he did in Pain and Gain. Some of the best drama happens between the always exceptional Dale and the local CIA boob played by David Costabile, who's nearing retirement and can't see that the immediate threat will soon spill over into their hidden camp. When the final body count arrives, you find yourself wondering why Fate gave Costabile's Chief Bob a pass and not Badge's Woods.

The incredible story behind 13 Hours deserves to be told without all the silly rah-rah nationalism. At least Bay has the decency to show Libyan women weeping over their dead after the Americans bug out; it goes a long way to humanizing a place that needs a lot more of it. But with all that bombastic firepower, will audiences also be clamoring for giant robots instead of trying to read the movie's rather convoluted message?

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is rated R for for strong combat violence throughout, bloody images, and language and has a runtime of 144 minutes.

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#KevinHartWhatNow Teaser Trailer

Here is the teaser trailer for Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart: What Now?

In Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.



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Here Are The 2016 Oscar Nominees

The runners and riders are in! All the nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards have been announced, and as expected, gruelling survivalist tale The Revenant has emerged as a frontrunner with 12 nominations. Hot on its heels with 10 nominations is Mad Max: Fury Road, a rare showing for an action movie. Ridley Scott’s space flick The Martian was next with seven nods; Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, and Carol all earned six.

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Animated Feature
Anomalisa
Boy & The World (O Menino E O Mundo)
Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

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Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge Of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Best Adapted Screenplay
Emma Donoghue, Room
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short
Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Best Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Joel & Ethan Coen (Bridge Of Spies)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley (Inside Out)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton)

Best Cinematography
Ed Lachman, Carol
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Roger Deakins, Sicario
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell, Carol
Sandy Powell, Cinderella
Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road
Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Best Documentary

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look Of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom

Best Documentary Short
A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness
Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond The Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah
Last Day Of Freedom

Best Makeup And Hairstyling
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Best Original Song Earned It from Fifty Shades Of Grey (The Weeknd)
Simple Song #3 from Youth (David Lang)
Writing On The Wall from Spectre (Sam Smith)
Til It Happens To You from The Hunting Ground (Diane Warren and Lady Gaga)
Manta Ray from Racing Extinction

Best Animated Short
Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso)
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
World Of Tomorrow
We Can't Live Without Cosmos

Best Live-Action Short
Ave Maria
Day One
Shok
Stutterer
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)

Best Sound Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing
Bridge Of Spies
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Film Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Short
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Revenant

Best Foreign Language Film
Mustang
Son Of Saul
Theeb
A War
Embrace The Serpent

Best Original Score
Carter Burwell, Carol
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thomas Newman, Bridge Of Spies
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

Best Production Design
Bridge Of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Visual Effects
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ex Machina

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Guillermo del Toro Joins #SCARYSTORIESTOTELLINTHEDARK

Guillermo del Toro joins SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. Based on the wildly successful trilogy of books by Alvin Schwartz, which included iconic illustrations by Stephen Gammell, the screenplay for the film was written by John August.

In addition to potentially directing, del Toro will also produce the film alongside Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave. Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of short story collections have sold more than seven million copies worldwide, resulting in at least as many nightmares. From the moment the first book was published in 1984, the SCARY STORIES series was one of the most banned from placement by the American Library Association, as the collections were considered to be too scary for children. The ensuing controversy only helped to fuel sales, and the trilogy has remained a cultural phenomenon ever since.

Plot details are being kept under wraps so as to not remind people how badly “The Red Spot,” “Harold” and “The Wendigo” traumatized them as children.

A true fan, GDT actually owns several pieces of Gammell’s original Scary Stories art

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David Spade’s FAMELESS Returns On @truTV Monday, Jan. 18 With Special Guests

Jaleel White and Jamie-Lynn Sigler guest on David Spade’s genre-busting prank show Fameless when it returns to truTV with back-to-back episodes on Monday, January 18 at 10:00pm and 10:30pm ET/PT. Please consider sharing news of the midseason premiere with your readers, thank you! .


From the mischievous mind of comedian and actor David Spade comes Fameless, a show about how far people will go for a moment in the spotlight.



The Jumper at 10:00pm ET/PT, with special guest Jaleel White:
A know-it-all unknowingly turns a battle of wits into a gorilla war, a wannabe star finds himself trapped inside a mental institution, and a “cop for a day” sends a troubled stranger over the edge.


Unfinished Business at 10:30pm ET/PT, with special guest Jamie-Lynn Sigler:
An exorcism turns to puppy love during a surprising climax, something blue happens when wedding bells ring for the wrong girl, and a self-proclaimed genius looking to bait crooks winds up taking the bait himself.

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New #GODSOFEGYPT Poster & TV Spot

Bek [Brenton Thwaites], a mortal on a journey to save his true love, teams up with fallen god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] to save Egypt from the chaos of Set [Gerard Butler], the god of darkness. Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton and Geoffrey Rush co-star in this action fantasy.

Don't miss out on the epic adventure when GODS OF EGYPT hits theaters February 26, 2016!



In this spectacular action-adventure, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

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#RoomMovie Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes

Check out the below featurettes to learn more about the making of ROOM from the actors and crew!

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay in a breakout performance), a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12, TRAINWRECK). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. ROOM also stars three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® nominee William H. Macy.

Brie Larson


Lenny Abrahamson


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Jacob Tremblay


Adapting the Novel


Production Design


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

#THELETTERS Arrives On Digital HD & DVD On March 2

Based on the true story of Mother Teresa (Juliet Stevenson), THE LETTERS explores the life’s work of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and one of the greatest humanitarians of all time. Her selfless devotion to helping the poor changed hearts, transformed lives and inspired millions throughout the world. Told through a series of personal letters written to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor (Max von Sydow), this powerful film is an unforgettable journey of faith, courage and compassion.

Director: William Riead
Writer: William Riead
Talent:
Juliet Stevenson: Mother Teresa
Max von Sydow: Celeste van Exem
Rutger Hauer: Benjamin Praagh

Special Features:
Audio Commentary featuring William Riead, Rutger Hauer and Priya Darshini
Behind the Scenes of The Letters
Includes Digital HD

About TCFHE
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.

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New Clip From #JOYMOVIE

To celebrate Jennifer Lawrence's win of the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, 20th Century Fox has released a NEW clip from JOY.



JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Édgar Ramírez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell's previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See #DIRTYGRANDPA In SACRAMENTO

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DIRTY GRANDPA on January 19th at 7:30 PM in SACRAMENTO.


From the comedy minds that brought you Borat and Ali G [director Dan Mazer] and Bad Santa 2 [writer John Phillips], comes DIRTY GRANDPA. When the straight-laced Jason [Zac Efron] is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, all bets are off in this hilarious new comedy.


Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally also co-star.



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Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This pass is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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 your belongings and person 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. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See #DIRTYGRANDPA In SAN FRANCISCO

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DIRTY GRANDPA on January 19th at 7:30 PM in SAN FRANCISCO.


From the comedy minds that brought you Borat and Ali G [director Dan Mazer] and Bad Santa 2 [writer John Phillips], comes DIRTY GRANDPA. When the straight-laced Jason [Zac Efron] is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, all bets are off in this hilarious new comedy.


Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally also co-star.



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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

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS.

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This pass is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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 your belongings and person 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. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See #DIRTYGRANDPA In HONOLULU

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DIRTY GRANDPA on January 19th at 7:30 PM in HONOLULU.


From the comedy minds that brought you Borat and Ali G [director Dan Mazer] and Bad Santa 2 [writer John Phillips], comes DIRTY GRANDPA. When the straight-laced Jason [Zac Efron] is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, all bets are off in this hilarious new comedy.


Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally also co-star.



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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

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS.

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This pass is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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 your belongings and person 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. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See #DIRTYGRANDPA In FRESNO

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See DIRTY GRANDPA on January 19th at 7:30 PM in FRESNO.


From the comedy minds that brought you Borat and Ali G [director Dan Mazer] and Bad Santa 2 [writer John Phillips], comes DIRTY GRANDPA. When the straight-laced Jason [Zac Efron] is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, all bets are off in this hilarious new comedy.


Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally also co-star.



See how to win tickets after the Jump...

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

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS.

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted. Screening passes are non transferable. This pass is NOT for resale. Reselling of tickets is strictly prohibited and punishable by law.

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 your belongings and person 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. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

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First Look At THE SENSE OF AN ENDING

Here is your first look at acclaimed filmmaker Ritesh Batra's (The Lunchbox) adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning bestselling novel, THE SENSE OF AN ENDING.

Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

Adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Nick Payne and produced by David Thompson and Ed Rubin (Woman In Gold), the film stars Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia), Harriet Walter (The Young Victoria), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Billy Howle (The Seagull), Freya Mavor (The White Queen) and Joe Alywn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk). THE SENSE OF AN ENDING will open in theaters later this year.

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#13HOURS The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi Premiere Video & Images

Over 35,000 people attended the first ever movie premiere at AT&T stadium in Dallas.


The evening included performances by Chris Cornell, Madison Rising, and The Band Perry. Attendees included members of Seal Team 6, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo, Taya Kyle, and Medal of Honor winners.



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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.


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