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Friday, September 30, 2016

Movie Review: #DeepwaterHorizon

Deepwater Horizon is competent, straight-forward, and absolutely mesmerizing.

Review by Matt Cummings

If Director Peter Berg's survival flick Deepwater Horizon proves anything, it's that good and decent people are usually made to suffer the will of more powerful ones, irregardless of the dangers or the facts. That's at least what Berg wants you to think, and he makes a convincing case between the concerned workers (including Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell) and those at BP (John Malkovich) who are determined to pump at this submersible offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. That decision and resulting explosion in 2010 which killed 11 and became the worst oil spill in US history certainly pulls on one's heartstrings as Mike Williams (Wahlberg) desperately tries to escape the burning rig while helping his boss (Russell) and other workers.

Things start off quite slowly - maybe even a little too slow - as everyday-man Williams interacts with various employees (including Dylan O'Brien) who begin to grow concerned that BP's insistence on pumping at this challenged facility was more about profits than safety. Slowly, we're made to understand how pumping oil really works, the enormous pressures that accelerate a bolt or nut to slice a car in half, and how kill pumps, negative pressure tests, and blowout preventers make up Deepwater's mission. But the movie doesn't necessarily keep its focus on the rig; that focus is centered on Wahlberg, and he carries it off with his normal precision, good looks, and genuine (almost stoic) concern for the impending danger and bloody aftermath. The side story of Williams' wife (Kate Hudson) at first isn't needed, serving as investment for a powerful epilogue that's completely necessary, although not at first. In fact, the first 70 minutes of Deepwater Horizon feels a chess game, as Williams and his boss Jimmy (Russell) set their pieces while the BP boys do the same, ultimately ignoring the various pressure tests and forcing their will onto the employees. When the purging arrives, it's like someone swept off the playing field rather than executing smart moves to thin out the herd.

Some will call this buildup a tad unnecessary, but it all pays off once the action starts. From that point, any worries of this story fizzling out or becoming a slow-motion hero flick are erased. This is a movie about decent people trying desperately to escape a burning rig, all while Williams tries his best to rescue who he can as his work burns around him. That escalation happens quickly, degrading from a series of mild pressure mishaps into a full-blown disaster. And when that moment arrives, we feel every pressurized bolt and nut that turn into bullets, every wall of fire that rips into men and machine, as well as the various sacrifices employees make to save each other. The fact that ordinary men and women can persevere unimaginable tragedies like these is perhaps Deepwater Horizon's greatest strength, never over-glamorizing the point but forcing all of us to recognize that BP's employees did several things horribly wrong.

Whether your hackles get up again at re-experiencing these events (especially when we learn how those same BP employees walked away nearly scott-free) or not, no one can argue that Berg's efficient and no-nonsense depiction of the worst disaster in US oil drilling history is one of the year's best. Bolstered by excellent performances (including Malkovich's Southern drawl), it's a worthy and welcomed relief from all of the dopey action films that flopped so spectacularly this summer. It's a must see on the big screen and comes highly recommended.

Deepwater Horizon is rated PG-13 for prolonged intense disaster sequences and related disturbing images, and brief strong language and has a runtime of 107 minutes.

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Movie Review: #Masterminds

Masterminds is for comedy food the white-trash soul.

Review by Matt Cummings

In Director Jared Hess' Masterminds, the "Hillbilly Heist" - the largest and perhaps most improbably heist in American history - is brought to the screen, care of an exceptionally talented corps of master comedians who use their talents to mostly hilarious effect. Zach Galifianakis plays the white-trash armored truck driver David Ghantt, whose pleasant and uncomplicated life is forever changed when his coworker Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) seduces him to steal from the Loomis Fargo bank, with the promise they'll be together in sunny Mexico. What the Prince Charming-do'ed Ghantt doesn't realize is that he's being manipulated by Campbell's thieving friend Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson), who intends to hang Ghantt out for the robbery and take all the money. Pursued in Mexico by Interpol, Ghantt assume different looks to maintain a low profile, but eventually meets the assassin Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis) who's been paid to take him out. As an FBI agent (Leslie Jones) begins to unravel the inside job, Ghantt must return to the States to rescue his girl and turn himself in to right this wrong.

So long as you're not looking for comedic genius to erupt, Masterminds is hilarious at many points. Galifianakis keeps the ball moving with his blissfully ignorant shtick, which here never seems to get old. I can't say I've felt the same after watching other films in his resume, but here he gives Ghantt the full treatment, appearing like a female cat in one scene, and a Mexican Gene Shalit in another. His chemistry with Wiig is perhaps the best I've seen from him, as she makes the most of Campbell's low-cut shirts and acid-washed jeans. Galifianakis also has a lot of fun with Sudeikis, whose choice seems a bit perplexing. He plays McKinney well enough, but I could imagine better lines coming from him as well as several other more qualified actors. Still, his scenes with Galifianakis are great as each plays off the caricature of the other.

What isn't great about Masterminds is Ghantt's strangely unfunny fiancee (Kate McKinnon), whose frozen faces and oddly pronounced lines aren't exactly show stoppers; ok, they're terrible, like a black hole halting any inertia in Writers Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer, Emily Spivey's script each time Hess turns his attention to her. McKinnion is usually either wildly brilliant or awful, with usually very few performances settling in between. The same with Wilson: he stopped being funny a long time ago, unless you like seeing him act the exact same way regardless if he's in a serious role (like the very good No Escape) or a better-matched one for his obvious lack of talent. He's really awful here, going for looks over style as he plays puppet master over Campbell.

I can't wait for Hollywood to realize that Jones is the real deal, but for now we'll have to settle for these smaller roles. She's got Angry Black Woman down but doesn't rely on just that to garner laughs. She's fabulous in every scene, even reacting subtly in one scene when mistaken as a man. For all the physical comedy of Masterminds sometimes brings the funny in other ways, never afraid to deal the white-trash card including Chambers' decision to outfit a Chevy Geo with giant mud tires and elevate it like a Frankenstein out of Mad Max. Ken Marino also makes an appearance, reminding us that Hess might have done better to cast him as McKinney, due to his innate Italian sliminess.

But for all the stupid hat tricks Masterminds utilizes to steal our money, you'll find yourself laughing hysterically if you treat this for exactly what it is: a dumb comedy to shut off your brain while making multiple trips to the butter machine to spice up your popcorn. Masterminds isn't here to change the world, but merely to entertain; and with so many winning scenes lead by Galifianakis' costume changes and mostly adept cast, you're sure to be entertained by its white-trash zaniness.

Masterminds is rated Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, some language and violence and has a runtime of 94 minutes.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? In Dallas

Enter for a chance to see KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM in Dallas.

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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Production Begins On "UNTITLED A. A. MILNE" Starring @MargotRobbie

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEGUN ON “UNTITLED A. A. MILNE” FOR FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald.

Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography on UNTITLED A. A. MILNE has begun shooting on location in Oxfordshire, Surrey, East Sussex and London. The film is directed by Simon Curtis (WOMAN IN GOLD, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, “Cranford”) from a script written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (RAILWAY MAN, MILLIONS) based on a screenplay by Simon Vaughan (“War and Peace”). The film stars Domhnall Gleeson (THE REVENANT, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Margot Robbie (SUICIDE SQUAD, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), Kelly Macdonald (SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS, “Boardwalk Empire”) and Will Tilston as young Christopher Robin. Additional cast includes Stephen Campbell Moore, Alex Lawther, Richard McCabe, Nico Mirallegro, Geraldine Somerville and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Damian Jones (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, THE LADY IN THE VAN) produces with Steve Christian (BELLE) and Vaughan serves as executive producer.

“I'm thrilled to finally see this fascinating story be realized with such an array of fresh and exciting talent in front of and behind the camera as well as continuing my ongoing collaboration with Fox Searchlight,” says producer Damian Jones. Christian adds, "It's such a joy to be able to share the long held passion that I've felt for this story and to see it all come together with a team that I could never have dreamt possible."

The UNTITLED A.A. MILNE film gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Joining Curtis on the film are director of photography Ben Smithard, who collaborated with him on MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and “Cranford”; BAFTA-winning production designer David Roger (“The Secret Agent”, “Great Expectations”); BAFTA-winning costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux (BROOKLYN, THE CONSTANT GARDENER); BAFTA-winning hair and make-up designer Sian Grigg (THE REVENANT, ANNIHILATION) and editor Victoria Boydell (THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, BELLE).

The film will be overseen by Co-Heads of Production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield and VP of Production Katie Goodson-Thomas.

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True Memoirs Of A International Assassin Trailer Starring Kevin James

Go Big or Go Ghost. Usually, honesty is the best policy. So what happens when the biggest lie you tell to make the sell, accidentally becomes the truth?

Netflix released the trailer for the Kevin James starring original film True Memoirs of a International Assassin, premiering on Friday, November 11 to members worldwide.



True Memoirs of an International Assassin, starring Kevin James (Pixels), Andy Garcia (Kill the Messenger), and Zulay Henao (Meet the Blacks) is a Netflix original film directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2)

The action comedy follows Sam Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. When the book is a huge success, he is suddenly kidnapped, taken out of the country, and forced into an assassination plot.

Maurice Compte ("Narcos"), Andrew Howard (Taken 3), Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street), Kelen Coleman ("The McCarthy’s"), Leonard Earl Howze (Memphis Beat), Yul Vasquez (The Lottery) and Kim Coates ("Sons of Anarchy") also star in the film.

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NEW THE SPACE BETWEEN US TRAILER

The story of a boy (Asa Butterfield) born on Mars' first colony has an added element of timeliness with this week's real life Mars news! SpaceX Founder Elon Musk just delivered a keynote address on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress about his plans to colonize Mars!



In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars - from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

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DWAYNE JOHNSON’S CLASH OF THE CORPS Premiering LIVE On @TheRock FB Page

FUSE TO PREMIERE NEW SERIES “CLASH OF THE CORPS” LIVE ON EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DWAYNE JOHNSON’S FACEBOOK PAGE.

Facebook Live Viewing Event Scheduled for October 4th

Fuse (www.fuse.tv), a national television network for the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience, today announced that Clash of the Corps Executive Producer Dwayne Johnson will host the series’ premiere episode on his official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DwayneJohnson), as part of a Facebook Live viewing event for his over 56 million fans on Tuesday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

The two-episode season premiere of Clash of the Corps debuts on Fuse on Wednesday, October 5 at 11 p.m ET/PT. The 8-part half-hour docu-series captures the blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes and on the road in the fast, ultra-competitive, high-energy world of Drum Corps International – “Marching Music’s Major League.” Clash of the Corps follows DCI's two most historically successful corps, the Cadets from Pennsylvania and the Blue Devils from Northern California, who for the last 20 years, have been battling it out for the World Championship title.

Designed to drive viewership to the Fuse series, the exclusive premiere on Facebook Live will also include a special introduction from Johnson and expands Fuse programming to a new platform. With Johnson’s Facebook community of over 56 million fans strong and growing, this premiere event is a prime opportunity for Fuse to reach a loyal fan base. Clash of the Corps Facebook Live event and Fuse premiere will be promoted by @Fusetv on all social channels as well as Johnson’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Clash of the Corps is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz along with 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch.



About Seven Bucks Productions
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies, and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling, and passion.

Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate including tent-pole movies such as Paramount's Baywatch, New Line’s Shazam, Universal's The Janson Directive and Dreamworks' Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming including HBO's "Ballers,” Spike TV's "Rock the Troops” CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Made History” and HBO Documentary Films "Rock and a Hard Place.”

About 44 Blue Productions
44 Blue Productions is an award-winning producer of non-fiction and unscripted content whose series have aired on more than 30 domestic television networks and in more than 120 countries worldwide. Founded by Rasha Drachkovitch and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of groundbreaking series includes A&E’s Emmy® nominated series “Wahlburgers,” A&E’s “Donnie Loves Jenny” and “Nightwatch,” MSNBC’S critically acclaimed “Lockup” and its trio of spinoff series “Lockup: Raw,” “Lockup: World Tour” and “Life After Lockup;” Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls & Parolees,” E!’s “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry,” Oxygen’s “Strut,” daytime talk show “TD Jakes” for first-run syndication, Style’s Emmy® nominated “Split Ends,” Spike’s “Deadliest Warrior” and OWN’s Gracie Award winning “Married to the Army: Alaska.” 44 Blue’s current slate features an array of projects with high-profile talent and partners including Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Dick Wolf, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg and others. 44 Blue is part of the Red Arrow Entertainment Group (a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company), and is represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency.

About Fuse Media
Fuse Media is an independently owned multiplatform media company reflecting the wide-ranging tastes and attitudes of the fast-growing, Latino and multicultural 18-34 audience. The company reaches consumers directly via two cable networks, Fuse and FM, and video-on-demand (VOD), online, mobile, social media and live events. Fuse network is currently available in approximately 70 million households and FM reaches over 43 million households.


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MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE TRAILER

MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, written and Directed by John Dower and featuring commentary from Louis Theroux.

Inspired by the Church’s use of filming techniques, and aided by ex-members of the organization Theroux uses actors to replay some incidents people claim they experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. In a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that the Church is also making a film about Louis Theroux. Suffused with a good dose of humor and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is stranger than fiction.



Magnolia Pictures will release MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE in theaters January 2017

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JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK - @IMAX Trailer & Poster

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK,” starring Tom Cruise (the “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise, “EDGE OF TOMORROW”) and directed by Edward Zwick (“THE LAST SAMURAI,” “BLOOD DIAMOND”).



JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK is in theaters October 21, 2016

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Justin Lin To Direct "Hot Wheels" Movie

According to THR Justin Lin is revving up Hot Wheels.

The Star Trek Beyond filmmaker has closed a deal to develop, direct and produce, via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, a feature based on popular car toyline from Mattel.

Lin and Perfect Storm will also have an option to co-finance the project.

A Hot Wheels movie has been made, despite iterations being in development since 2003. McG was at one point attached to direct and produce for Columbia before it landed in the garage of Joel Silver and Warners. Legendary picked up the rights in earlier this decade. Simon Crane came on board to direct it in 2013 but the project has been sitting idle since 2014.

Lin’s boarding injects some nitrous oxide into the project; Lin, his partner Troy Craig Poon, and Legendary will begin a search for a writer to take Hot Wheels back to the starting line. The project is in the early development stages and will not be Lin’s next movie.

Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it is the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion toy cars produced since 1968. Mattel creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.

Legendary’s Alex Garcia will oversee for the company.

Mattel is slowly making inroads into Hollywood and has Max Steel, based on its action figures, opening October 14. In development are movie projects based on Masters of the Universe and Barbie, both set up at Sony, and Monster High, set up at Universal.

Lin, who reinvigorated the Fast and Furious movie series into a full-blown franchise, directed and was a producer on Beyond, which was one of the better-reviewed films of the summer and course-corrected the Star Trek franchise for Trekkies.

Perfect Storm is developing Space Jam 2 on the film side and at least four television projects it is developing, including a new take on the police drama S.W.A.T.

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS Opens in New York & Los Angeles on October 28th

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

Narrated by Daisy Ridley.



While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan’s father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she’s determined.

The story begins after Aisholpan has been training with her father’s eagle for many months. As every eagle can only have one master, the time has come for Aisholpan to capture an eagle of her own. Clambering down a sheer rock cliff with a rope, Aisholpan retrieves a fledgling eagle from its nest as its mother circles overhead. Her eagle will live, train, and hunt with her, until she releases it into the wild years later, so the cycle of life can continue.

After months of training her eagle with her father, Aisholpan is ready to test her abilities. She enters a renowned competition, the Golden Eagle Festival, and faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia.

The most arduous challenge is yet to come, as the rite-of-passage for every young eagle hunter is to take part in a hunt. Aisholpan must ride with her father deep into the frigid mountains and endure 40 below zero temperatures and perilous landscapes to prove she is a true eagle huntress.

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is executive produced and narrated by STAR WARS’s Daisy Ridley. Like Ridley’s character “Rey,” Aisholpan never doubts her ability to be as strong or brave as any boy. She recognizes no obstacles and refuses to have her ambition denied. While she practices an ancient art, Aisholpan’s story is a modern and inspiring one because she represents a world where a young girl’s dreams—no matter how challenging—can come true.

Directed by Otto Bell, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is narrated by Daisy Ridley, executive produced by Ridley and Morgan Spurlock, and produced by Stacy Reiss, Sharon Chang and Otto Bell. The director of photography is Simon Niblett, the editor is Pierre Takal and the film features a stirring end credits song, “Angel by the Wings,” by Sia.

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#MaxSteelMovie Poster Has Arrived

Based on the popular line of Mattel toys and hit TV show, Open Road Films presents the highly anticipated superhero film MAX STEEL - the story of an ordinary 16-year-old, Max McGrath (Ben Winchell), who discovers his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy. When Max meets Steel (voiced by Josh Brener), they discover that together they form MAX STEEL, a teenage superhero possessing powerful strength beyond anything in our world.



16-year old MAX MCGRATH has just moved to a new town - and is desperately trying to fit in - when he discovers his body can generate the universe’s most powerful energy. Unbeknown to Max, a slightly rebellious and hilarious techno-organic extraterrestrial named Steel has been keeping an eye on him, hungry for his super-human energy. When they finally meet, they discover that together they form MAX STEEL, a superhero possessing powerful strength beyond anything in our world. These two unlikely friends soon find themselves hunted by sinister forces who want to control Max’s powers, as well as an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy.


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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE ACCOUNTANT In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to see THE ACCOUNTANT on Monday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.


Christian Wolff (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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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE ACCOUNTANT In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see THE ACCOUNTANT on Monday, October 10 at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


Christian Wolff (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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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM FINAL TRAILER & GLOBAL FAN EVENT

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.



Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.



FANTASTIC BEASTS: A RETURN TO J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD, taking place on October 13th. In select IMAX and non-IMAX theaters around the world, fans are invited to join the cast from FANTASTIC BEASTS for a live Q&A and be the first to see exciting new footage from the upcoming film. For those of you unable to attend at a participating theater, the event will be live streamed on FANTASTIC BEASTS Official Facebook Page.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlak; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Daisy Ridley Joins Peter Rabbit

We brought word last month that James Corden and Rose Byrne had landed two of the lead roles in a planned live-action/CG blend version of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit for Sony. They have some company now in the shape of Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki.

Annie's Will Gluck is directing the film, which will see its animated creatures handled by Animal Logic, the company that provided Emmet and co. for The Lego Movie. The director also did a pass on the script, which has previously been written by Rob Lieber.

Corden is set as the voice of Peter, with Byrne playing a live-action character named Bea. Ridley and Debicki's characters have not been announced, but they're listed as voice roles, so perhaps they're playing part of Peter's family. It also remains to be seen how the movie will extend the original 1901/1902 tale, which focuses mostly on Peter stealing vegetables from the garden of Mr. McGregor.

The fresh casting news comes as the studio teams up with Frederick Warne & Co., Potter's longtime publisher to co-produce the movie. “I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne," says Gluck. "Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honours the legacy of Beatrix Potter.”

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Alfonso Cuarón's DESIERTO Trailer

STX Entertainment's DESIERTO. From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen).



What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

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20TH CENTURY WOMEN TEASER TRAILER

New teaser for Mike Mills' 20TH CENTURY WOMEN rewinds to a pivotal moment in history

The first look at Annette Bening starrer 20TH CENTURY WOMEN shows three generations making their way through a cultural moment brimming with change and rebellion.



With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®-winning Beginners) brings us a multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives.

Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.

20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us—and the times that form us—as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.

In Theaters December 25th

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MARTIN SCORSESE’S “SILENCE” TO OPEN IN LIMITED RELEASE ON DECEMBER 23

PARAMOUNT PICTURES TO OPEN MARTIN SCORSESE’S “SILENCE” IN LIMITED RELEASE ON DECEMBER 23, WIDE IN JANUARY 2017

Paramount Pictures announced today that it, in association with Fabrica de Cine and Ai Films, will open Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated film “SILENCE” in limited release on December 23, followed by a wide release in January 2017.

Scorsese, who worked closely with Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich on the making of the film, wrote the screenplay with Jay Cocks (“GANGS OF NEW YORK”), based on the book “Silence” by Shusaku Endo. The film is produced by Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff “(THE WOLF OF WALL STREET”), along with Randall Emmett (“LONE SURVIVOR”), Barbara Defina (“GOODFELLAS”), Vittorio Cecchi Gori (“IL POSTINO”), Irwin Winkler (“CREED”). Producer Gaston Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for the picture, alongside Executive Producer Dale A. Brown of Sharpsword Films.

“SILENCE” stars Andrew Garfield (“THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN”), Adam Driver (“STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS”), Liam Neeson (“TAKEN”), Tadanobu Asano (“THOR”), Issey Ogata (“THE SUN”), Ciaran Hinds (“BLEED FOR THIS”), Yosuke Kubozuka (“GO”), and Yoshi Oida (“THE PILLOW BOOK”).

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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#FencesMovie Teaser Trailer Directed By Denzel Washington

FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black and Scott Rudin.



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GET YOUR TICKETS HERE FOR THE #DOCTORSTRANGE @IMAX 3D EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

MARVEL STUDIOS and IMAX OFFER GLOBAL FANS AN AMAZING SNEAK PEEK AT SELECT FOOTAGE FROM THE WORLD’S NEWEST SUPER HERO—“DOCTOR STRANGE

EXPAND YOUR MIND: AN IMAX® 3D EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK FEATURES EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE TO BE SHOWN IN OVER 115 THEATER LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA ON OCTOBER 10, 2016 AT 7 P.M.




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Marvel Studios announces Marvel Studios’ Expand Your Mind: An IMAX® 3D Exclusive First Look, featuring approximately 15 minutes of exclusive footage from the highly anticipated, action-packed “Doctor Strange.” The sneak peek will be showcased in over 115 theater locations across North America on October 10, 2016, at 7p.m.

Select IMAX 3D theaters nationwide and 3D & IMAX 3D theaters internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen 3D footage of the Scott Derrickson-directed movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

Commenting on the exclusive footage, director Scott Derrickson says, “As a movie fan, I am thrilled to take audiences along on the visual journey of ‘Doctor Strange’ and give them an early peek at what we’ve been working on. The completed film will feature more than an hour of specially formatted IMAX sequences that will provide audiences with a totally immersive—and mind-blowing—film-going experience and I’m excited to share a taste of that with our fans on 10/10.”

Tickets to the October 10th Marvel Studios Expand Your Mind: An IMAX® 3D Exclusive First Look are free and will be distributed for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis starting today at noon/PDT. For more information and to download tickets, go to: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/131383

Fans who attend this exclusive sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition, collectible “Doctor Strange” IMAX poster.

From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

“Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson is directing with Kevin Feige producing. Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill wrote the screenplay. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

About Marvel Entertainment:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit: marvel.com. © 2016 MARVEL

About IMAX Corporation:
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAXnXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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Monday, September 26, 2016

#Supergirl & #Superman Take Flight In This Sneak Peek From #Supergirl Season 2

A new clip has been released from the season premiere, featuring Tyler Hoechlin as both Clark Kent and Superman, who takes to the sky to mount a joint rescue mission with Melissa Benoist's Kara Danvers/Supergirl.



Supergirl's second season will premiere 10 October

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MacGruber 2 Is In The Works

It's been a while since we've heard much of anything about a potential sequel to spoof action movie MacGruber. Still, director/co-writer Jorma Taccone and star/co-writer Will Forte keep insisting they're working on it. Taccone has just posted to Twitter that fresh work on the script is underway.

MacGruber, which was spawned from the pair's Saturday Night Live parody of TV series MacGyver was a flop back in 2010, earning some terrible reviews. But it has, like movies such as Anchorman, gone on to cult status on home entertainment formats. Hence the renewed attempt to get a sequel into the world.

While there is seemingly no company on board to make the thing yet (at least the options have expanded thanks to streaming companies since the movie opened), the pair – plus presumably co-writer John Solomon – is pressing ahead. The new movement has no doubt been sparked by Forte finding more time in between working on TV comedy The Last Man On Earth and the appearence of the MacGyver reboot series.

Jorma Taccone's tweet about writing the MacGruber sequel

“There is a possibility of starting it in a way that you would never ever start an action movie," Forte said last October. "We have this idea for a cold open, which we just don’t know if we have the balls to do. And we’ve done some crazy stuff. This is just like, ‘Do we really want to do this? Is this how we want to start out the movie?’ It’s pretty gnarly... But we might just have to do it.”

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JAKE GYLLENHAAL & CAREY MULLIGAN JOIN "WILDLIFE"

JAKE GYLLENHAAL AND CAREY MULLIGAN TO STAR IN “WILDLIFE
JUNE PICTURES AND NINE STORIES PRODUCE PAUL DANO'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT

Paul Dano will bring Richard Ford’s American classic WILDLIFE to the screen, marking his directorial debut. Academy Award® nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan are set to star in this period drama. Production will commence early November 2016.

WILDLIFE, based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is co-written by Dano and Zoe Kazan and centers on the story of a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents’ marriage after their move to Montana. WILDLIFE is produced by Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks for June Pictures, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Nine Stories. Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, and Dano will also produce, while Kazan and Eddie Vaisman are executive producing. WME Global handles the domestic rights to the film.

Said Dano, "In Richard's book I saw myself and many others. I have always wanted to make films - and have always known I would make films about family. I couldn't be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way."

“Paul is a natural born storyteller--a force. We are thrilled to collaborate with him and these phenomenal actors to bring his exquisite vision for this film to life,” stated Duncan and Saks from June Pictures.

ABOUT JAKE GYLLENHAAL
Gyllenhaal can next be seen starring opposite Amy Adams in Tom Ford's NOCTURNAL ANIMALS scheduled to open November 18, 2016. He recently completed filming Bong Joon Ho's OKJA and is currently in production on Daniel Espinosa’s LIFE, which will be released by Sony in 2017. Through his Nine Stories shingle, Gyllenhaal produced David Gordon Green’s STRONGER, in which he also stars. STRONGER will be released by Lionsgate in 2017. He is repped by WME and Carlos Goodman at Bloom Hergott.

ABOUT CAREY MULLIGAN
Carey Mulligan was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009 for her performance in AN EDUCATION, for which she won the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress. Mulligan recently wrapped production on the film MUDBOUND. She most recently starred in SUFFRAGETTE, released last fall to critical acclaim. Mulligan’s other film credits include FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, THE GREAT GATSBY, SHAME, and NEVER LET ME GO. Carey is repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates, Ziffren Brittenham, and Relevant.

ABOUT PAUL DANO
Paul Dano was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2015 for his critically acclaimed performance as a young Brian Wilson in the film LOVE & MERCY. That same year, Dano starred in the powerfully acclaimed film YOUTH. Dano recently completed filming Bong Joon Ho's OKJA. Some of Dano’s film credits include: SWISS ARMY MAN, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, PRISONERS, LOOPER, THERE WILL BE BLOOD for which Dano received a BAFTA nomination, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and RUBY SPARKS. WILDLIFE will mark Dano’s feature film directorial debut. Dano is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, attorney Mitch Smelkinson, and Relevant.

ABOUT JUNE PICTURES
June Pictures is a filmmaker-driven independent production company founded in 2016 by Chairman Andrew Duncan and CEO Alex Saks that produces and finances feature-length narrative and documentary films.  They are currently in post-production on five titles including: THE FLORIDA PROJECT, written and directed Sean Baker (TANGERINE); and FUN MOM DINNER, directed by Alethea Jones, starring Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Katie Aselton, and Molly Shannon.  They are also in post for the psychological thriller THOROUGHBRED, written and directed by Cory Finley, starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Anton Yelchin; and the dramatic comedy DUDE, written and directed by Olivia Milch, starring Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp and Awkwafina. The fifth film is a feature length documentary about Hong Kong student activist and politician, Joshua Wong. June Pictures is based in Los Angeles.

ABOUT NINE STORIES
Nine Stories is a New-York based production company founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker in 2015. The company is dedicated to working with visionary storytellers in all fields and producing provocative and entertaining material. Nine Stories recently wrapped principal photography on David Gordon Green’s STRONGER, which was shot on location in Boston. The film will be distributed by Lionsgate in 2017. Nine Stories is in development on a number of theatrical titles including Scandinavian author Jo Nesbo’s THE SON which filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will direct, as well as Max Mermelstein’s violent cartel story THE MAN WHO MADE IT SNOW with Antoine Fuqua to helm. In television, the company is developing a scripted limited series for A&E centered on cults. Season one focuses on Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre.

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#wrapal Offers Filmmakers $150 To Help Make Movies

WRAPAL.COM , a film-tech startup that connects filmmakers and properties offers users $150 in its first of three video skits. For a limited time, both filmmakers and properties get a $50 bonus towards their next three bookings ($150 total) on the online locations database that sets itself apart from others by being free, allowing both parties to connect directly, and offering affordable insurance through Lloyd's of London. The company aims to debut a new, tongue-in-cheek video a week as part of its publicity campaign to raise awareness about the ability to search, book, and pay for film locations online.

Lauded as the 'AirBnB' of filmmaking, WRAPAL was launched in May 2016 with a win-win philosophy of directly matching filmmakers hunting for locations to property owners and managers looking to make money. With the City of Los Angeles enacting legislation outlawing vacation-sharing websites such as VRBO or AirBnB, it has seen a surge in users and has since garnered close to 1,200 residential, commercial, and industrial properties looking for other means of making passive income.

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IN-THEATER VOTER REGISTRATION INITIATIVE FOR THE RELEASE OF #THEBIRTHOFANATION

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ANNOUNCES IN-THEATRE VOTER REGISTRATION INITIATIVE FOR THE RELEASE OF ‘THE BIRTH OF A NATION

To support National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Fox Searchlight Pictures will be launching a Nationwide Voter Registration initiative to encourage Americans to register to vote. Fox Searchlight has aligned with theater chains and voting partners, who will hold voter enrollment in theatre lobbies on National Voter Registration Day prior to special promotional screenings of ‘The Birth of a Nation.’ The initiative will continue opening weekend of ‘The Birth of a Nation’ -- October 7th-9th, 2016.



The acting talent from ‘The Birth of a Nation’—Nate Parker, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union—have recorded the following PSA to raise awareness about exercising the right to vote which will be shown prior to the promotional screenings on September 27th:

Fox Searchlight has teamed up with voting organizations who have worked to staff the local theatres in each city: The League of Women Voters; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and its Ohio Unity Coalition and North Carolina Black Youth Vote Network; NYC Votes; and National Voter Registration Day. The program includes the following participating theatre chains and independent theatres nationwide: Bow Tie Cinemas; Emagine Entertainment; Malco Theatres; Marcus Theatres; Wehrenberg Theatres; Amstar Cinemas; Movie Taverns; The Grand Theatres; Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA; Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, KS; Little Theatre, Rochester, NY; Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, PA; Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, OH; Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH; Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, VA; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI; The Neon, Dayton, OH.

The objective for the initiative is to encourage everyone to be a part of U.S. history by highlighting everyone's right to vote, encouraging registration and underscoring that their voices and opinions matter. Currently 20% of all people who can legally vote in this country are stopped by technical roadblocks when they try to register. This presidential election will be especially challenging, as many current laws lack the protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The act was passed to overcome many legal barriers that individuals faced when exercising their right to vote but section 4 was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

‘The Birth of a Nation’ also stars Mark Boone Jr., Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith with Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, and is produced by Nate Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Preston L. Holmes.

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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MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN Snapchat Is Live

Something peculiar is happening on Snapchat today...

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN has released four original "Snap to Unlock" Snapchat filers designed by Tim Burton himself! Users can unlock these special filters using special Snapcodes which can be found online, on select TV commercials, and at a special real-world location at the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Marc Jacobs window at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store at 50th St. and Fifth Ave. in NYC!

In addition to releasing the Tim Burton designed filters, Snapchat is peculiarizing 5 of their most popular lenses! For the first time, users can unlock a peculiar version of their favorite lens by using a facial trigger.

Check out all these peculiar filters and lenses on Snapchat and be sure to see MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN when it hits theaters everywhere September 30, 2016!

From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

#StarWarsSmugglersBounty Review: September 2016

September's Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box is a DEATH STAR-sized box of awesome.

Review by Matt Cummings

Let's be honest: July's JABBA's PALACE was a massive disappointment. I mean galactic-sized. To be honest, it's been a uneven couple of months for Funko, with the awful YEAR ONE but a really good Marvel Collector Corps. It was time for some good news, and with September's DEATH STAR, we feel the Force returning to protect us, with a strong outing of Funko, a great shirt, and a memorable accessory.

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.

  • Again, this month's theme is THE DEATH STAR, showing off the might of The Galactic Empire before succumbing to a cheap shot by some dirt farmer. Ok, I like The Rebellion and all, but it's The Empire, man!Anyways, check out our unboxing below and we'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:

    Winners
    This box contains 100% awesome. Everything here is high quality and its timing with the theme is excellent. Let's start with the pin/patch set of a Episode IV Stormtrooper and Darth Vader. As you can see, the pin did not make it into the bag, but no damage there. The Vader patch is terrific, as it looks like they borrowed the image from one of the Return of the Jedi posters. Colors and scale on both are very good, which Funko seems to have dialed in with all of their pin/patch sets across the various boxes. Whoever is being contracted to produce these, please keep them on for 2017! The shirt is one of the best we've ever gotten from this line, as the boxing-themed confrontation between Vader and Ben Kenobi is...impressive. Most impressive!

    Then we get to the two Funko figures. To be honest, I think the inclusion of Grand Moff Tarkin here is ballsy, because not a lot of potential buyers are going to know about the Death Star COO, even though we've also gotten a very good novel about him. But it pays off big time, with the sculpt and color looking excellent. Vader is also well-represented, looking as menacing as ever. Both of these are exclusives, and to be honest I like this one more than the previously released version. It's a superior sculpt, with Vader reaching out to Force choke your ass, while wielding the lightsaber just in case. These are not going to eBay any time soon, and could become my faves of the line.

    Funko hasn't had a lot of consistency with its accessories; but this time, we get a far-superior Death Star luggage tag. Yes, a luggage tag! That bad boy's gonna look good on my carry-on or my office bag, because it's too awesome to place under the plane. I know some might not get it, but if you bitched about having two SW hats and two mugs, this is a far better item that I think has tons of value. Losers
    Nothing. Not a thing. Enough said.

    A Welcomed Course Adjustment
    Sometimes a product can get lost in its own success (see iPhone 7), forgetting its core audience and failing to deliver on its promises. Not this month: Smuggler's Bounty returns to galactic awesome with one of the best boxes from this line, and perhaps one of the best Funko boxes ever. From the outset, it's clear the company might have learned its lesson and actually listened to consumer rage. Whether this is a temporary change back to positive or not, we'll have to wait until November's ROGUE ONE theme, which promises to deliver something potentially special (Death Troopers, anyone?). For now, count this box as a serious winner, and evidence that SB does listen to its customers.

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