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Friday, January 29, 2016

Triple 9 Character Posters Revealed #Triple9



Open Road Films has released 7 brand NEW Character Posters for the intense action thriller, Triple 9. Download the posters below to check out the star-studded cast of Triple 9 including, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus! Then catch all the action when Triple 9 hits theaters February 

Download the Red Band Trailer here
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Download the Official Poster here

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

'THE FINEST HOURS' New Featurette and Clip Now Available

Check out the newest featurette from the upcoming release. Check out the new featurette for the heroic action-thriller "The Finest Hours” which pays tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as new film clips from the film. Based on the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in Coast Guard history, Disney's "The Finest Hours" is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana. “The Finest Hours” storms into theaters tomorrow.

Coast Guard Featurette


Film Clip: “Nothing to Do with Luck”


Film Clip: “Listen Up”


A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the most daring rescue mission in the history of the Coast Guard. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern.

As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D.
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'NINE LIVES' Teaser Trailer, Images, and Poster!

Check out the new images and trailer after the click.
NINE LIVES is the story of a stuffy businessman, Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey), who finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date - the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom's workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Rebecca's 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store's eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to his daughter's party, Tom has a terrible accident. When he regains consciousness he discovers that somehow, he has become trapped inside the body of the cat. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet, and as a cat, Tom begins to see his family and his life through a new and unexpected perspective. Meanwhile, his family adjusts to life with an odd and stubborn cat, and his son David (Robbie Amell), steps up in ways Tom never expected. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence. Read more...

The Secret Life of Pets Trailer Debuts






THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS– In Theaters July 8

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.

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Movie Review: Lazer Team

Crowdfunded sci-fi comedy is a fans-only affair.

Review by Brandon Wolfe

If you’re past the age of 22, there’s a good chance you have never heard of Rooster Teeth, a production company based out of Austin that specializes in machinima, a technique where video-game graphics engines are used to create animated works. Rooster Teeth has manufactured a veritable empire from its output of short films, including the web series Red Vs. Blue, which debuted in 2003, and has amassed a fervent following of teenagers through its YouTube channel. Now, using funds derived in record numbers from those fans on Indiegogo, Rooster Teeth is seeking to branch out into the realm of feature films with the sci-fi comedy Lazer Team. Its fan base will be ecstatic. The rest of us will be over here scratching our heads.


Lazer Team focuses on an intergalactic war that is about to encroach upon an unsuspecting Earth. It turns out that the infamous “Wow! signal,” a one-time-only transmission from space picked up by SETI in 1977, was actually the clarion call of an alien race meant to alert us of another, more insidious alien race that has designs on our planet. To help us puny earthlings in a fight for which we would be hopelessly outmatched, the good aliens send a super-suit that affords the wearer a number of weapons and powers. The U.S. government has spent the past few decades training a perfect specimen (Alan Ritchson) to be the suit’s eventual wearer, but when it finally touches down to Earth, it is instead intercepted by a group of small-town misfits. Respect-deprived sheriff’s deputy Hagen (Burnie Burns, one of Rooster Teeth’s founders), Zach (Michael Jones), a jock d-bag with designs on Hagan’s daughter, and Herman and Woody (Colton Dunn and Gavin Free), a couple of local losers whose backwoods fireworks show causes the suit’s vessel to crash at their feet. When each of four tries on a piece of the suit, each piece becomes genetically bonded to them. Now the four of them have to work in unison to combine each power and save the planet.

Lazer Team has been in production since 2014, but it oddly feels like it was thrown together a few months ago to inexplicably cash in on two of last summer’s biggest cinematic misfires. The film is highly reminiscent of Pixels, the Adam Sandler vehicle about a group of video-game-obsessed schlubs entrusted to save the world from an alien invasion. And once the foursome begins fighting in unison, the film also seems to echo the most recent Fantastic Four debacle. But Lazer Team’s derivativeness is hardly that specific. So standard are its tropes that it owes a debt to essentially every alien-invasion film ever made. At one point, the film directly name-checks Independence Day, as if we needed its assistance to connect those dots. It also doesn’t help that the effects run the gauntlet from “good for a YouTube video” to “bad for anyone.” If you only have a couple of million to play with, maybe an epic-scale sci-fi action comedy isn’t the most optimal project.


But as a comedy, Lazer Team really only needs to succeed at being funny, and that is where its failings are most notable. There is one decent joke in the film, when one character sheepishly attempts to deny disintegrating a man with a laser, but beyond that, it’s all derps and groans. The cast is composed of faces that may be familiar to the Rooster faithful, but are nobodies to the eyes of everyone else, and there is little comedic spark evidenced in any of them. The closest to amusing would probably be Free, who plays his character as a mulletted hick turned Brit-voiced genius. It’s not much, but at least he has more to play with than simply shrieking and firing off lousy one-liners.

Yet that is all irrelevant. Lazer Team isn’t made for outsiders like myself. It’s a film made exclusively for the rabid fans who footed the bill for its existence, and it’s sure to please them. It’s not unlike the Veronica Mars movie in that respect. I can’t pretend to understand the Rooster Teeth appeal based solely on watching this film, but then I don’t need to. If this is what the kids are into these days, pass them their cake and let them eat it. No need to save me a piece.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

#StarWarsSmugglersBounty Review: January 2016

The Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box sparks familiar (and disappointing) themes.

Review by Matt Cummings

As we've chronicled for you over the past year, geek subscription boxes have been mired in a whipsaw that see quality and timing take a consistent beating. One month it's the extraordinary, the next we're wondering why we bothered. Few have consistently presented their best face, with Marvel Collector Corps and Star Wars rising to the top. But as we saw with this month's Smuggler's Bounty, some contents are starting to repeat themselves.

Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $25 (plus S/H), or $150 (plus S/H) for a one-year subscription.
  • You get one box every other month, with SB promising $50 in value and no fluff.
  • If you choose the Smuggler membership (yearly), you are promised an additional gift on your anniversary. Guess which one we chose.

  • Sporting a theme of THE RESISTANCE, this box highlights some of the good guys from the mammoth The Force Awakens. BB-8 and Poe Dameron stand front and center with other veterans like C3PO. But you'll soon see, one item in particular borrows heavily from a recent MCC box. And we're not happy. We'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:


    Winners
    Obviously, so much in here screams gobs of quality. Now that we know how MCC and SB are partnering with Funko, we like the Chewie exclusive. It's frankly gorgeous. We also totally dig the pin/patch collection. These are always top shelf, even if the theme was brought over from MCC. It's the kind of copying we don't mind because the quality is so terrific. Speaking of that, we think the shirt is one of the best we've ever gotten. So. Damn. Cool.

    Losers
    The obvious hack job here is the inclusion of a Funko C3PO mug. If you'll remember, the most recent MCC box contained a Starlord mug, and the boxes are nearly identical in size. We're not big on coffee, so I suppose it's a case of what-have-you-done-for-me-lately, but to us it's a waste. Overall, the entire box offers nothing new - it's the same items but for different franchises. Sure, we love consistency with our subs - which is why Loot is gone and Fuel is on its last legs - but we also have faith in Funko to pop out new things. We frankly have enough pint glasses and mugs to fill a cabinet (much to the dismay of our spouses), so it's time for Funko to try something new.

    A Solid (But Unimpressive) Effort
    The second outing for Smuggler's Bounty delivers a solid but unimpressive effort, copying many elements from other boxes and only doing some of them well. With fewer items comes greater expectations that those items will deliver. So when we get a C3PO mug that's an obvious rip off from another box, it's hard to consider the whole to be a win.

    Still, we'll take it, with several excellent items including a great shirt and exclusive Chewie. But it's clear that the no-fluff promise isn't holding up, which means Funko had better come out with something nasty for March. We still think these ever-other-month boxes are the way to go, but let's see if we feel that way after the next set arrives. In terms of quality and timing, we're still on the side of The Resistance, although The First Order dealt a mighty early blow.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below:
    MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
    May
    June
    August October December

    LOOT CRATE REVIEWS
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    December

    GEEK FUEL REVIEWS
    September
    October
    November
    December
    January

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    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    #GeekFuel Review: January 2016

    January's Geek Fuel is both a beautiful and frustrating experience.

    Review by Matt Cummings

    After a somewhat disappointing November and a definite dud from December, we spent a couple of weeks wondering if our love for generic geek boxes was at an end. Having already given Loot Crate the big "See ya - wouldn't wanna be ya!" it was GeekFuel's turn to change our minds. Unfortunately, that didn't happen this month, although some of the items are truly great. But as you'll soon see, those experiences will tempered by exercises in pure frustration.

    Before diving in, let's review the details:
  • The cost for a Month to Month is $17.90, $16.90/month for a 3-month subscription, $15.90/month for a 6-month tour and just $13.90/month for a one-year subscription.
  • Shipping $6.00 to the US, Canada, and at least a few other countries.

  • We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:


    Winners
    For sure, we have to include the Flash mug and time travel t-shirt. It's perhaps the best shirt we've gotten in awhile, with every geek's favorite time swag on display.

    Losers
    Everything else. From the WTF Mario Mints to the 'special value' cards that require you to set up accounts before checking them, these really feel like fillers. Even the Jakku poster and pin aren't explained. Why is this attractive pin even in here, and will there be some sort of event at San Diego Comic-Con as this poster suggests? This is our problem with generic geek boxes.

    Beautifully Awful
    While not a total disaster, January's Geek Fuel is an uneven hodge-podge, with clear winners (the AWESOME shirt and mug) and so many losers (the quaint but self-promoting Jakku poster, and...well...everything else). It's another scatter-brained box with little connection to any genre or topic. It's not the kind of fail that made my December geek heart hurt, but it does raise whether generic geek boxes are for me. I like the stability of a brand name encompassing the entire box (Star Wars, Marvel, DC) rather than what Geek Fuel has become. That sort of crap shoot might work for the general geek, but for me it's time tobegin worrying. With Marvel Collector Corps and Smuggler's Bounty getting it so right each month, there's zero worry of either sacrificing quality for so much quantity.

    Depending on your interests, January's Geek Fuel is either a beauty or an old hag sitting near a decrepit fireplace in some fantasy novel. But when my dollars are at stake, the hag wears off pretty fast. What won't rub or wash off is that Geek Fuel might be getting Loot Crate's illness in terms of quality and timing. When peering through those lenses, it's another head scratcher.

    Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
    May
    June
    August October December

    LOOT CRATE REVIEWS
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    December

    GEEK FUEL REVIEWS
    September
    October
    November
    December
    January

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    THE BIRTH OF A NATION Sets Sundance Record

    FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES WRITER/DIRECTOR NATE PARKER’S
    THE BIRTH OF A NATION

    STARRING NATE PARKER, ARMIE HAMMER, PENELOPE ANN MILLER, JACKIE EARLE HALEY, MARK BOONE JR., COLMAN DOMINGO, AUNJANUE ELLIS, DWIGHT HENRY, AJA NAOMI KING, ESTHER SCOTT, ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH AND GABRIELLE UNION

    Fox Searchlight Sets Sundance Record $17.5 Million Deal For 'The Birth Of A Nation'

    Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to writer, director, producer and star Nate Parker’s powerful slave drama THE BIRTH OF A NATION, which received a standing ovation following its Sundance Film Festival debut. The film stars Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith and Gabrielle Union. The film is a Bron Studios, Phantom Four, Mandalay Pictures and Tiny Giant Productions production and produced by Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert and Preston L. Holmes with David S. Goyer, Michael Novogratz, Michael Finley, Tony Parker, Jason Cloth, Andy Pollack, Allan J. Stitt, Jane Oster, Barb Lee, Carl H. Lindner III, Derrick Brooks, Jill And Ryan Ahrens, Armin Tehrany, Edward Zwick and Mark Moran serving as executive producers. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released wide in 2016.

    “From the moment we saw this film we knew we wanted to join Nate Parker in fulfilling his vision as the film’s portrayal of injustice is unfortunately still relevant today. His dedication and artistry in revitalizing Nat Turner's legacy and place in history has resulted in an extraordinarily compelling and moving film that delivers on every level. The ensemble cast, led by Nate Parker, is committed and exceptional,” said Gilula and Utley.

    “It brings me immense joy and excitement to welcome the Searchlight team into our family. I embrace their shared passion for this film and its potential impact on our country and the world,” said director, writer, producer and star Nate Parker.

    “On behalf of the cast, producers, executive producers and all those who came together and supported Nate Parker’s vision, we’re beyond thrilled to have found a home with Fox Searchlight, whose incredible marketing and distribution teams will ensure that this important and powerful film reaches its widest audience,” said Phantom Four’s Kevin Turen, Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman, Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert and Preston Holmes.

    Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

    The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache, with WME Global and Christian Simonds and Jared Bloch of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers on behalf of the filmmakers.

    Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

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    Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See #HAILCAESAR In Dallas


    Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See HAIL, CAESAR! on February 2nd at 7:30 PM in Dallas

    From Academy Award winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen comes the new comedy HAIL, CAESAR! This all star cast features Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum.


    HAIL, CAESAR! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.


    Release date: February 5, 2016

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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.

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    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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