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Friday, May 13, 2016

#THEBFG In Cannes New Image & Video

Steven Spielberg and the cast of “The BFG” have arrived in Cannes for the film’s World Premiere at a gala screening at the Palais des Festivals on Saturday, May 14. “The BFG,” which is directed by Spielberg and based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl, opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016.
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The Accountant Trailer Starring Ben Affleck

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.



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#INDIGNATION Trailer Starring @LoganLerman

Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test.



Starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Danny Burstein and Ben Rosenfield.

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Official Trailer For #DONTBREATHE

Screen Gems delivered the trailer for DON’T BREATHE, the new film from Fede Alvarez (EVIL DEAD) in theaters August 26

A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.



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Movie Review: #MONEYMONSTER

Overall, this film definitely has some teeth and will get us viewers through to Blockbuster Season.

Review by: Erika Ashley

During the live broadcasting of a financial entertainment television show, hosted by Lee Gates, a troubled and angry investor and show viewer, Kyle Budwell, takes Lee hostage on air. In a previous episode Lee guarantees his viewers that buying shares of IBIS, an up and coming corporation, would be a safe bet and could earn investors hand over fistfuls of cash in return. However, due to an unforeseen “glitch” in their system, IBIS loses $800M overnight. Their CEO goes missing momentarily and as a result thousands of investors are turning out their pockets and find themselves empty handed. With every last penny of his money invested and lost, Kyle takes matters in his own hands and decides to punish Lee and IBIS live on air for the public to see.



It’s been a while since an adequate hostage film has hooked viewers from the beginning all the way through to the end. The film starts drawing you in with the developed characters like Lee Gates, played by George Clooney, whom is the most self-centered, pompous, egotistical, fast-talker this side of the Mississippi. His loving and devoted Show Producer – Petty Fenn, played by Julia Roberts, is his right hand, confidant, and ultimate best friend. She’s level headed and often times has to reel Lee in when he goes over the deep end on air and in life. The character development is surprisingly in depth and the viewer gets a true sense of these realistic individuals. Even the secondary supporting roles like the main Camera Man – Lenny, played by Lenny Venito, and Rookie Reporter – Ron Sprecher, played by Christopher Denham, have personalities that add to the story. The performances from the seasoned actors like Julia Roberts and George Clooney were on point, even though it will probably not earn them.


The plot of the film is also well developed but at times struggles due to what could potentially be heavy editing in post-production. The story seemed to be fluid from the beginning and even provided a few Easter egg foreshadowing. Spoiler - It wasn’t difficult to tell pretty early on that the IBIS CEO – Walt Camby, played by Dominic West, was the ultimate swindler and pulled a fast one. A few times characters continually repeated the phrase, “Follow the money,” which hinted almost from the very beginning that something doesn’t add up. There were a few instances where the story jumps forward two steps and leaves the viewer thinking they may have missed something that could have been a result of heavy editing. Also, about ¾ of the way through the film, Director - Jodie Foster must have been in a rush to wrap things up because the story seemed to take an unrealistic turn and things escalated pretty quickly. But, again it could have been sloppy editing that cut a scene forcing the story to lurch so far forward.


Other than the speedy wrap-up at the end the film was full of action and suspense. Viewers knew what would happen, but getting there was still fun. There were a few twists thrown in, but if you pay close attention at the beginning of the film you might be able to catch the little hidden foreshadowing that was provided. Along with the thrills and action the film was also surprisingly funny. Sprinkled with hilarious moments that eased the tension and they weren’t few and far between. It was refreshing to be immersed in the scene, not wanting to blink, but then the viewer is given a moment to catch their breath because of the much needed comic relief that was genuinely funny.


Overall, this film definitely has some teeth and will get us viewers through to Blockbuster Season. You won’t feel like a hostage with the runtime just over an hour and a half. The time flies by but the story could have been a little further developed given just ten more minutes. The humor and the action are solidly cohesive and brings the audience on a surprising and enjoyable wild ride.
Money Monster is rated R for language throughout, some sexuality and brief violence and has a 98-minute runtime.

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#PLAYMOBIL Coming Soon

OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM PLAYMOBIL BASED ON THE ICONIC TOY BRAND

DIRECTED BY LINO DiSALVO, HEAD OF ANIMATION ON DISNEY’S FROZEN, PLAYMOBIL IS SET TO BE RELEASED NATIONWIDE JANUARY 18. 2019

Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, today announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to the animated feature film PLAYMOBIL, which will be directed by Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo and produced by the team behind The Little Prince (Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb) along with Axel Von Maydell (morgen studios) and Moritz Borman.

Open Road Films will release PLAYMOBIL nationwide in the U.S. on January 18, 2019.

PLAYMOBIL was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and will be sold internationally by Lionsgate and Wild Bunch.

PLAYMOBIL toys have become a classic throughout children’s playrooms, and have produced over 2.9 billion figurines in more than 100 countries – making it one of the world’s most successful toy brands.

DiSalvo will make his directorial debut on PLAYMOBIL after spending 17 years at Disney Animation, where he served as head of animation on Frozen, the highest grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also worked as animation supervisor on Tangled and Bolt. Blaise Hemingway, also from Disney, is writing the screenplay.

“The creative team behind PLAYMOBIL has crafted a wildly inventive, hilarious and heart-warming story that is certain to be exciting for the whole family” stated Ortenberg. “We are thrilled to get to work – or should I say ‘play?’ – with Lino and his team.”

“PLAYMOBIL has conquered children’s hearts worldwide, growing beyond cultural and language barriers,” stated producer Moritz Borman. “Animation is the perfect medium to pay tribute to this cult toy and we’re very excited to launch this franchise with Open Road.”

"With PLAYMOBIL, children can not only play many roles, but also recreate and experience different worlds in miniature and mix them together. There are no rules. The movie will be a great tribute to that fantastic power of imagination,” stated producer Axel Von Maydell.

Producers Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam and Alexis Vonarb added: “Lino is a uniquely talented director and a wonderful storyteller. He has gathered an all-star team of artists for this project, bringing his experience from Disney and his love for PLAYMOBIL. This is an incredibly exciting time for our studio and we are looking forward to working with Tom Ortenberg and his team on the film.”

"PLAYMOBIL is such a special toy - the epic sets and cool little characters with endless story telling possibilities. It’s a wonderful place for an animated world,” said director Lino DiSalvo.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by CEO Tom Ortenberg, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg and Senior Vice President of Production and Acquisitions Sophie Cassidy, with CAA and Barry Hirsch (Hirsch Wallerstein, Hayum, Matlof and Fishman) acting for the producers.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Lino DiSalvo joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as an Animator in 1997 after graduating from Vancouver Film School in British Columbia. A 16 year veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios, DiSalvo served as Head of Animation on the Academy Award®-winning and highest-grossing animated feature of all time Frozen. Prior to Frozen, he served as Supervising Animator on Tangled and Bolt. His other film credits include animating on Meet the Robinsons and Chicken Little. Leaving Disney in 2014, he served as creative director at Paramount Animation before joining producers Rassam, Soumache and Vonarb to direct PLAYMOBIL, a major animated feature film based on the iconic toy brand.

Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam and Alexis Vonarb partnered up almost 15 years ago to produce international feature films. With facilities in Paris, Los Angeles and Montreal, their studio combines creativity, innovation and world-class talents to develop animated and live-action feature films with meaningful stories and compelling characters that will spark the imagination of audiences worldwide. Among the studio’s latest creation is The Little Prince, the animated adaptation of the masterpiece by Antoine de St Exupery which has won the hearts of audiences around the world.

ABOUT OPEN ROAD FILMS
Open Road Films is a leading, independent, theatrical motion picture company, releasing a diverse slate of star-driven films which has included multiple #1 releases and enormous critical response. The company was founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition companies in the United States. The uniquely formed company is widely known as a filmmaker-focused distributor that supports both box office hits and top prestige titles.

Open Road Films led the 2016 critically-acclaimed film, Spotlight, to win the Oscar® for Best Picture, becoming the youngest studio in history win the big prize. The film, which has earned almost $45 million at the U.S. box-office, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup was directed by Tom McCarthy, who also won the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay, with his co-writer (and executive producer) Josh Singer. Spotlight has won numerous high profile critics and guild awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film. Spotlight also appeared on over 250 critics’ Top Ten lists for 2016.

Other notable Open Road Films releases include: Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which took the #1 spot at the box-office during its opening week and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay, along with a Golden Globe nomination – it was named one of the best films of 2014 by the AFI and National Board of Review and top critics nationwide; the hit film Chef, written by, directed by and starring Jon Favreau along with Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Oliver Platt, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr.; The Nut Job, which opened to over $25 million at the box office as the highest ever opening for an independent animated film; The Grey, directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Liam Neeson, which opened #1 at the box office; End Of Watch, directed by David Ayer and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, which opened #1 at the box office; Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart; A Haunted House starring Marlon Wayans; and Side Effects, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.

Upcoming Open Road Films releases include: Gleason (7/29/16), the hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival; Snowden (9/16/16), written and directed by Oliver Stone starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo ,Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood and Timothy Olyphant; Sleepless (2/24/17), starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan; Bleed For This (11/4/16), starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal and directed by Ben Younger; and Blazing Samurai (4/14/2017), the animated family film featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Mel Brooks, Michael Cera, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Aasif Mandvi, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh and more; The Nut Job 2 (5/19/17), the sequel to the 2014 hit animated film, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Gabriel Iglesias, Sebastian Maniscalco and Peter Stormare; and Show Dogs (10/13/17), a live action family comedy from the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo and The Smurfs.

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The Light Between Oceans Trailer & Images

Here’s a first look at the trailer for DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans,” a heart-breaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized. The film, which is based on the best-selling novel by M.L. Stedman and stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson and is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance, opens wide September 2.



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Liam Neeson Will Star In Order Of Disappearance Remake

According to deadline Liam Neeson is set to star in a remake of the hit Norwegian film In Order Of Disappearance, to be directed by Hans Petter Molland, helmer of the original that debuted to acclaim in Berlin in 2014. Frank Baldwin is writing the script.

Neeson will play the protagonist role originated by Stellan Skarsgard. He’s a snowplow driver who doesn’t get worked up about much, until his son is murdered and it is made to look like an overdose, by criminals involved in drug deals. It turns the mild-mannered man’s attention from snow to body removal and becomes a tense action thriller with Dirty Harry-esque intensity, where bad guys pile up like snow drifts when the killers suspect a rival gang. The remake is being re-imagined to take place in a U.S. resort like Aspen with a different set of ethnic rivals than the Euro version, so Neeson’s character stays behind the wheel of the snow plow.

Neeson is prepping to star in the Peter Landesman-directed Felt, playing former FBI No. 2 Mark Felt, who became the Deep Throat source during the Watergate cover-up that undid the Nixon Administration.

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Jack Black Joins Jumanji Reboot

Jack Black is in talks to star alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Sony’s “Jumanji” reboot, TheWrap has learned.

Jake Kasdan is directing the big-budget adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 book, which is being produced by Matt Tolmach and William Teitler. Van Allsburg will serve as an executive producer along with Johnson, Dany Garcia, Ted Field and Mike Weber.

The reboot was written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

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Supergirl Flies Over To The CW

There has been some question on whether or not Supergirl, the Melissa Benoist series, would be renewed for a second season. CBS, made no secrets of its disappointment with ratings compared to the high per episode production cost. But a reprieve has come in the form of the CW, American homebase for Arrow, The Flash and DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, which has picked the show up.

As to the physical make-up of the series, it will be interesting to see what impact the shifting of networks has considering that the CW does not fund to the same extent that CBS does. Unknown is whether or not the entire cast will make the network jump along with Benoist due to potential fiscal issues.

Already there's been talk of production making a cost-cutting move to Vancouver, where the other DC series are shot by their producer, Greg Berlanti. This past season Grant Gustin's The Flash crossed over to Supergirl pretty seamlessly, so from a creative point of view this would seem to open up many more avenues for the Girl Of Steel to interact with other characters from the DC universe.

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Agent Carter Is Done

The signs had been there for a while – Agent Carter had not exactly enjoyed the highest ratings and then star Hayley Atwell was cast as the lead in a new show (Conviction). And so today comes the final word: Peggy Carter has had her last adventure in its current form.

While two seasons doesn't feel enough for a character who proved to be dynamic, funny, smart and capable, the series itself – which was used to fill the gap between the halves of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (renewed a while ago) – never performed to the satisfaction of US network ABC.

You could almost – spoiler alert here for anyone who has yet to see Captain America: Civil War, skip to the next paragraph – see her funeral scene in the latest Marvel movie as the final warning that we won't be seeing Peggy on screen for a while.

And in related Marvel TV news, S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel's Most Wanted has yet again failed to live up to its title. The show, which was to have chronicled the adventures of Bobbi "Mockingbird" Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), had already been proposed and then dropped once before. And despite producing a pilot, the series' option was not picked up, leaving Clark Gregg's Coulson and co to lead the charge for Marvel's TV side on regular broadcast TV.

DC is faring rather better; all of its superhero shows are returning, and Supergirl is switching channels to US network the CW to join them. Plus comedy series Powerless has just been picked up to air elsewhere.

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Lupita Nyong'o In Talks To Join Black Panther

THR is reporting Lupita Nyong'o, who won an Oscar for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, is in negotiations to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed Creed, is helming the comic book movie as well as writing the script.

Boseman and Black Panther were introduced in Captain America: Civil War, which crossed the $700 million worldwide mark in under a week and a half.

The character, whose name is T’Challa, is the warrior king of Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional African nation that is rich in an unbreakable alloy called vibranium.

N’yongo’s character has not been revealed, although she will be the Panther’s love interest.

Black Panther has a Feb. 2, 2018, release date, with production set to start in early 2017.

N’yongo last appeared as the alien Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and lent her voice for the wolf Raksha in The Jungle Book. She also is attached to star in DreamWorks’ Intelligent Life, a sci-fi drama now seeking a director, and is nominated for a Tony Award for her work in Eclipsed.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blu-ray Review: #Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition

The so-so Independence Day 20th Anniversary Edition isn't so with top-shelf audio and video.

Review by Matt Cummings

For the 20 years, I've suffered among cinephiles convinced that Independence Day is a classic Science-Fiction film. First and foremost, ID is Sci-Fi (there is a difference): think substance over style, character development over big loud epic battles. Think Oblivion or Blade Runner vs Starship Troopers. So while the 20th Anniversary edition of Independence Day has arrived with a cleaned up picture and all of its supplements finally intact, it's still big, loud, cheap, and cheesy.

The Movie - 3/5
The lives of people around the world circa 1996 are interrupted when proof of aliens finally arrives to Earth: a massive spacecraft with dozens of city-sized ships surround the planet and descend to every major city, affecting Americans in various ways. For embattled President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman), the news focuses his troubled administration into action, unaware that a signal is being broadcast between the vessel. For scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), the signals spell disaster, an invasion beyond every country's worst nightmares. When that moment arrives, soldiers like Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) are rushed into action, without any idea of how to defeat them. With the world's very survival in the balance, our heroes will gather out of necessity to learn about their enemy and devise one final plan to declare their independence on that most sacred of days.

An overstuffed, cheesy, and sometimes horrible mess, Independence Day suffers through 45 minutes of set up when 20 was all it needed. But that's the MO behind Writer Dean Devlin and Director Roland Emmerich's madness: why create something tightly written and completely effective, when rambling discourse, multiple phone hangups from Levinson's ex (Margaret Colin) and White House staffer is just more fun? The problem is none of it is fun, certainly not as I remember, as these three stories lumber their way into focus, just in time for Armageddon to arrive. I despise the idea that supposed cinephiles continue to lump praise upon it, even when admitting to the litany of plot holes, cheesy acting, and terrible casting. ID fails partly because of Pullman, whose serious acting has all the personality of carrots; he mumbles, tries to look authoritarian, but comes off droll and completely uninspiring. Harrison Ford departed the role to play in 1997's Air Force One, and the loss is palpable. Pullman is a black hole every time he's in scene, reminding us that he was born to play comedic roles (Spaceballs, anyone?).

Still, it's inconceivable that even Ford's appearance could have saved this, as Devlin is well-known (infamous, perhaps) for injecting his characters with every bit of cliched dialogue imaginable. He made the term "popcorn flick" a very real one, sacrificing every moment for spectacle over dialogue. Even the performance of Randy Quaid as whacko pilot Russell Casse - whose character became a sort of cultural icon for his "I'm BAAAACK!!" utterance - now feels utterly shoehorned in. There's the ridiculous use of R.E.M.'s It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) as on-the-nose foreshadowing while the comedy of Harry Connick Jr appears trite and pithy. It's these sorts of mistakes - and those who seem to justify them because they're a "sc-fi/action extravaganza" or "a total popcorn flick" - that make my film blood boil. ID could have been the next Stargate or The Black Hole, had Devlin and Emmerich simply paid the same attention to characters that they did the still-incredible special effects. The extended version - which contains an interesting religious 'apocalypse' scene that was scrapped due to its potential controversy - does darken the mood somewhat, but I'm sure that's more of a happy accident than cinematic brilliance.

But like the effects, Independence Day does entertain to a certain degree. Goldblum was off his stellar Jurassic Park performance, and the practical sets/models, along with Composer David Arnold's authoritative score, and the attack sequences are still thrilling. With 9/11 just five years away, it's way too tongue-and-cheek and just doesn't hold up, regardless of what standards you apply or scenes you ad.

The Video - 4.5/5
20th Century Fox has risen to the challenge of bringing ID into the 21st Century, sporting what looks like a master-print transfer with more detail than I've seen before. There's been some downright ugly care taken on previous DVD discs, but at least this version is hands down the best version of this film to hit the home market. Color is balanced - if just a bit too oversaturated - but it never looks cheap along the way. The white sands of the desert contrast quite well with that color palette, allowing what looks like refreshed special effects to shine even more. Flesh tones look real and not pasty, while fine layers of film grain are retained throughout. Uniforms, dresses, and street clothes are bright and highly detailed, while human elements such as individual strands of hair on Pullman's head can be easily seen. Area 51's base has the feel of a real research lab, while the practical sets (pre-West Wing) look outstanding. I've heard that black levels suffer, but my Plasma set up didn't reveal them. I only have the quite dirty DVD transfer from years ago, and suspect that putting that bad boy in might even raise the score here, if it wasn't for some off aliasing that occurs when a pan shot is introduced. I don't see during action sequences, and even the aliasing issue doesn't happen every time; but it's enough to make me lower my score.

The Audio - 4.5/5
Fox's Blu-ray release of Independence Day suffers from nothing less than a bait-and-switch. While the cover (and various marketing materials) claim that we're about to be treated to newly-created 7.1 soundtrack, all we get here is your standard DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless environment. That is actually all my system can produce, but it's still listed as 5.1 when you scroll through the audio options on your player. Still, it's quite excellent. Arnold's music wraps us in all four channels, while crisp dialogue pushes through the center. Battle scenes shine with perfect movement between front and rears, with the forwards displaying a mix of music, sound effects, and other routine sounds. The subwoofer delivers something quite different, pounding and prodding us with enough thumping to lend serious heft to those aforementioned battle pieces. The rears also enjoy a insertion of office chatter, street noise, and other environmentals. In reading about this release's journey, it appears we're getting the exact same audio that came with the previous BD, and if that's so then I understand people's frustrations. But I've also heard that it's an improvement over the 2008 version. While I'm willing to accept that, it does not factor into my score. For those of you who are waiting for the DTS-X or even the 7.1 upgrade, you should only commit if your system will allow it, as this version is good and even sometimes great.

The Supplements - 4/5
Independence Day contains a bevy of content across two 50GB BD's. It appears everything carries over from my DVD copy, apparently the first time a high-def version has done so. Commentaries are retained along with the inventive trivia track, while Disc Two contains a new look-back with all of the previous DVD supplements finally reunited. Disc One has sports the original 144-minute theatrical and an extended 153-minute version, which makes up my review. There's a mix of SD and HD content here, so be prepared for those pesky (but original) bars on the side. Due to the length of the content, we're only listing the items below. However, there's plenty here to keep you watching this thing for several evenings.

Disc One:
  • Audio Commentary: Director Roland Emmerich and Producer Dean Devlin
  • Audio Commentary: VFX Supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith
  • ID4 Datastream Trivia Track (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:07)

  • Disc Two
  • Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward (HD, 30:40): Here's that retrospective we mentioned.
  • Original Theatrical Ending (SD, 4:16)
  • Gag Reel (SD, 2:05)
  • Creating Reality (SD, 29:19)
  • ID4 Invasion (SD, 21:57)
  • The Making of ID4 (SD, 28:29)
  • Combat Review (Random Destruction Clips) (HD)
  • Monitor Earth Broadcasts (Video Playback Newscasts) (SD)
  • Gallery (HD)
  • Teaser Trailers (SD)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:30)
  • TV Spots (SD)

  • Our evaluation copy arrived with two 50GB Blu-ray discs, a UV digital copy, an iTunes digital copy, and a Google Play digital copy. The slipcase is attractive , but there is no interior artwork. There's a fabulous special edition available, complete with a model of one of the alien attack vessels. However, there doesn't appear to be a steelbook or other special packaging at this time.

    The Bottom Line: 4.5/5
    I wish Independence Day would have aged better than it has. Filled with enough promise of a gritty Sci-Fi epic, it fails prey early to weak dialogue, too much setup, and a lead casting that kills the film's impact in critical scenes. I don't think Pullman did much of worth after this, and his return in the sequel doesn't fill me with hope. It's time audiences accept that Emmerich's now-famous movements towards the cheese don't make him good, but merely a punching bag for a job not quite well done. The Blu-ray is mis-packaged but still sounds and looks quite good, and its supplements are incredibly deep. If you can stand three or more viewings of this 'popcorn entertainment' (Marvel, your films are cinematic mastery compared to this one), then perhaps this one is right for you. True, it's a blockbuster, and true it helped to usher in today's big summer events, but that doesn't mean it's any better for doing so.

    Independence Day is rated PG-13 for sci-fi destruction and violence and has a runtime of 144 minutes.

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    #ThroughTheLookingGlass London Premiere Images

    Throngs of eager fans turned out to cheer stars from Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” including Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Sacha Baron Cohen as they arrived at the film’s premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square Theatre in London.

    The all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

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    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 to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “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, Matt Lucas 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 three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, 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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    #TMNT2 Miami Fan Event Photos

    Stephen Amell and Megan Fox are seen attending a special fan event at Regal South Beach on behalf of the film 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' in Miami Beach.


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    Stay In The #TMNT2 Secret Lair

    COWABUNGA! You Can Stay In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Secret NYC Lair!

    Check out the Ninja Turtles Lair listing on Airbnb here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12885815


    Leo, Raph, Donnie and Mikey are offering fans a chance to enjoy their secret lair in New York City while they’re out fighting Shredder and gearing up for their next big screen adventure, Paramount Pictures’ and Nickelodeon Movies’ “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS.”

    The fully loaded TMNT pad in Tribeca is the perfect place to fuel up on pizza before shooting hoops on the basketball court or playing vids at the gaming station - all in the lair! Crime-fighting Turtles like space and there’s enough to sleep up to six fans per night between May 14 - June 2… they’ll be back the day their movie opens on June 3. Stays are limited to one night only to accommodate all TMNT fans.

    Check out the Ninja Turtles Lair listing on Airbnb here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12885815

    Follow “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS” on Twitter for room availability; additional nights will be made available every few days. http://Twitter.com/TMNTMovie

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