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Friday, November 25, 2016

FENCES Staring Denzel Washington

FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-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 Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.
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Official Trailer For Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE

Watch the new trailer for Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson



Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

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Movie Review: #MOANA Enjoyable!

Enjoyable! But it's way too Disney

Rama is here again with another review.

If there’s such a crime for being too Disney, MOANA would be guilty of it. Now, before you attack me with torches and pitchforks, let me say that I enjoy this film, but in the traditional Disney animation sense, it really doesn’t get more generic or more formulaic than MOANA.

Directed by the team who gave us “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Hercules,” and “The Princess And The Frog,” Ron Clements and John Musker this time take us to the islands of oceania, across the vast pacific where a teenager named Moana, wonderfully voiced by newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, dreams of voyaging across the open sea, just like her people’s ancestors did. Her father however, the head chief, doesn’t want that for his daughter, he wants her safe. But under the guidance of her late grandmother, Moana decides to venture off in order to find the demigod Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, who years ago stole a certain object that would restore Moana’s island that’s being threatened by a curse. On this adventurous journey, Moana and Maui encounter obstacles along the way, find strength in each other’s confidence and fulfill their destiny.

I admit, a big part of why I was looking forward to this film is to listen to the new music, the original new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’i. And they did not disappoint us. All of the songs for this film should be nominated for Oscar, they’re so lively, they fit the whole theme about legacy, and they’re just extremely catchy, and the music sounds very islander too, I think if you’re a cinephile or a Disney fan that comes from that part of the world, you’ll immediately fall in love with the songs in MOANA, I guarantee it.

As far as the characters and the story go, as I said earlier, MOANA is quite formulaic, I know some people might use the ’if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ argument and to a certain extent, yes if it has worked in the past, then why change it. Obviously Ron Clements and John Musker are representative of Disney cinema, and they consistently take that with them from one movie to the next. So there’s song and dancing, there’s spiritual guidance, there’s a sidekick pet, there’s supernatural magical elements, and there’s a giant arrogant but lovable friend and of course, our lead hero ultimately discovers his or her true identity. It’s as if there’s a specific equation that Clements and Musker always come back to and would never ever deviate from. I give MOANA a million credit for giving us Disney’s first islander princess, we definitely needed one, you can always count me in for diversity. But if you’ve come to see a more original or a different kind of Disney movie, you’ll have a better chance with ‘Zootopia.’ If you’ve come just for a good old fashioned Disney movie that’s pretty safe and very familiar and fun for the whole family, then enjoy MOANA.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie Review: #Allied

Allied isn't quite the Oscar lock that we were hoping.

Review by Matt Cummings

There's a moment in Director Robert Zemeckis' Allied when Marion Cotillard's character turns to husband-to-be Brad Pitt and utters, "I keep the emotions real. That's why it works." Sadly, Zemeckis fails to listen to his own script, crafting a fairly dull spy thriller that really isn't all that thrilling, or tense, and generates exactly zero heat between the couple or even in its final scene.

WWII operative Max (Pitt) is paired with the steamy Marianne (Cotliard) in an assassination operation in Morocco, finding love that sees Marianne moving to London to become a mom after the mission is completed. But when Max later learns that Marianne might be a German spy, he fights to both discover the truth and protect his family from having to make an impossible decision: assassinate his own wife.

For all the glamour behind Allied, Zemeckis doesn't exactly push his troupe, nor does the meandering script by Steven Knight set new standards for the genre, when all the pieces seemed there for something special. I was waiting for that one tense moment to move the story into Oscar territory, but that never materialized. And that's too bad, because Zemeckis has assembled a venerable group to tell his story. Pitt is older here but somehow more refined now, perhaps moving past his buddy George Clooney in the Cool category, while Cotliard is gorgeous and resonates with a magnetism that's made her so desirable for today's prestige pictures. Add a pseudo cameo in the form of Simon McBurney as an S.O.E. official, and you should have had an old-school spy gem. And although that's how it ends, that's not how it begins.

Allied suffers from a very slow beginning, taking too long to establish the relationship between Max and Marianne. Too many rooftop visits and too many moments of character development get in the way of the climax which is well shot but ultimately hollow. There's some genuine tension in that third act, forwarded by the suddenly re-emergent Zemeckis, who feels like he's not really in his element but does fairly well with the content. He has a great eye, crafting a memorable love-making scene in the desert and a gripping assassination in the first act, both of which prove he can resurrect some of that Back to the Future magic. And although it's now two misfires along with 2015's The Walk, it's great to see him back.

Writer Steven Knight is partially to blame for Allied's failure, failing to infuse any hint of romance or tension to provide Zemeckis a roadmap for success. Composer Alan Silverstri doesn't exactly wow us with his score either. Allied seems to have everything it needs to become an instant winner, and yet it just sits there expecting us to like it simply because we should.

Hampered by a listless script and a lack of real burn on the screen, Allied wants desperately to force you into Pitt's dilemma, but it never matures enough for us to feel anyting but missed opportunities. Performances range from 'seen that before' to 'wish I'd seen more of him' but you'll enjoy the totally fabricated production design, which seems to reflect the tone of recent Zemeckis productions.

Allied is rated R for violence, some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use and has a runtime of 124 minutes.

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Movie Review: BAD SANTA 2 Movie Is F**king hilarious!

F**king hilarious!


Rama is back.

Pardon my French but BAD SANTA 2 is f**king hilarious! As a fan of the first film who had been waiting for more than a decade, this sequel is every bit as funny as I expected it to be. Billy Bob Thornton is back in his not-giving-a-sh*t attitude, Tony Cox cusses up a storm like a maestro, and Kathy Bates is downright irreverent. There’s a certain irresistible appeal that comes with being unapologetic and that’s what BAD SANTA 2 gives ya!

Billy Bob Thornton returns as the nasty drunken loser Willie Soke who once again teams up with his angry little sidekick Marcus, played by Tony Cox. This time, their heist target is a charity organization in Chicago, run by the curvaceous Diane (Christina Hendricks) who seems decent from the outside but can actually be horny at times. That place is also where Willie discovers that his mom, Sunny Soke, (Kathy Bates) is actually the brain behind this little criminal operation of theirs. Let’s just say that those two don't share a happy history. Meanwhile, the only person that brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity, Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) goes all the way to Chicago to rejoin Willie so they can spend Christmas together.

The first film was directed by Terry Zwigoff who I believe has been out of the industry for quite some time now, but director Mark Waters, thankfully retains much of what made the first film so beloved by many of us who were looking for a different kind of holiday film. Scripted by Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross, based on the characters created by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, BAD SANTA 2 adds the mother element and Kathy Bates delivers, as she always does. Willie and his mom Sunny are what you’d consider white trash, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates understand that and so they go to town with it, no holds barred, they way they talk, their appearances. Because these characters have seen rock bottom, they don’t find it hard anymore to pretend like everything’s puppies and rainbows.

The essence of the first film lies in isolation and anti-heroes which is what Willie Soke is, the sequel tackles the same dilemma but it makes us wonder is Willie not able to escape the residue of his upbringing or can he choose a different path and still be Willie? There are three people this time that can significantly affect him, they are Marcus, Sunny and Thurman. That choice will determine the kind of person Willie wants to be.

The comedy in this film is obviously NSFW but I wouldn’t want it any other way. It cracks me up that women are so attracted to Willie when others probably see him as revolting or repulsive. One of the world’s most beautiful women, Christina Hendricks does a fantastic job playing a nympho. Acting legend, Kathy Bates, is basically Billy Bob Thornton’s equal, they’re like two heavyweight boxers in the ring, such a privilege just to watch them banter. Just like Willie Soke, BAD SANTA 2 doesn’t give a sh*t whether or not its brand of humor fits your ideals.

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#DeepwaterHorizonMovie Arrives on Digital HD December 20th & On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD January 10th

Academy Award® nominee Mark Wahlberg re-teams with director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) in the tense, moving action drama Deepwater Horizon, arriving on Digital HD December 20th from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE Company. Filled with powerful performances and “white-knuckle tension” (USA Today) Deepwater Horizon will be available on 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand January 10. Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Deepwater Horizon honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change all of their lives forever. This epic story of survival also stars Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, In the Line of Fire, 1993), Gina Rodriguez (TV’s “Jane the Virgin”), Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner franchise), and Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Almost Famous, 2000).



Mark Wahlberg leads an all-star cast in this unforgettably powerful film inspired by a thrilling story of real-life heroes. For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010, began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in U.S. history. Deepwater Horizon reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge—and risked everything to lead others to safety.

The Deepwater Horizon 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD releases have over two hours of special features including an hour-long five-part series “Beyond the Horizon,” - in which Mark Wahlberg and the cast meet the real-life heroes and discuss their experiences from Deepwater Horizon - three all-new featurettes looking at Peter Berg’s directing of the film and the incredible work involved in bringing the Deepwater Horizon rig and explosive stunts to life, and behind-the-scenes footage of how some of the most difficult scenes were shot. These releases also include tributes to America’s blue-collar workers in “Work Like an American,” featuring profiles of a real-life Deepwater Horizon firefighter, an ironworker, a longshoreman and many more hardworking Americans. The Blu-ray of Deepwater Horizon will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

The Deepwater Horizon DVD release includes two featurettes looking behind the scenes of the film and the “Work Like an American” tributes. Deepwater Horizon will be available on 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

Deepwater Horizon’s screen story by Matthew Sand with screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand.

4K ULTRA HD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
· “Beyond the Horizon” Hour-Long Five-Part Series
· “Captain of the Rig: Peter Berg” Featurette
· “The Fury of the Rig” Featurette
· “Deepwater Surveillance” Featurette
· “Work Like An American” Tributes

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
· “The Fury of the Rig” Featurette
· “Deepwater Surveillance” Featurette
· “Work Like an American” Tributes

* Best Supporting Actor, The Departed, 2006

For Artwork: http://www.lionsgatepublicity.com/home-entertainment/deepwaterhorizon/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/uaia6FB4qu0
Website: owndeepwaterhorizon.com
Facebook: facebook.com/deepwaterhorizonmovie
Instagram: @DeewaterHorizonMovie
Twitter: @DWHmovie
#DeepwaterHorizonMovie

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: © 2016 Summit Entertainment, LLC and Participant Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for Prolonged Intense Disaster Sequences and Related Disturbing Images, and Brief Strong Language
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Closed-Captioned: No
Subtitles: English, Spanish and English SDH
Feature Run Time: 107 minutes
4K Ultra HD Format: 2160p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Optimized for Late-Night Listening
Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio


ABOUT DOLBY ATMOS
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, international distribution and sales, branded channel platforms, interactive ventures and games, and location-based entertainment. The Company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the ground-breaking hit series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite drama series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama series The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual and the breakout success Greenleaf.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, Nerve, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Sicario, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Codeblack Films’ Addicted and breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com


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#MonsterTrucks Mall Tour Coming To @WestfieldSFC On Black Friday

The Monster Trucks Mall Tour is taking on Black Friday! Shoppers who visit Westfield San Francisco Centre on Friday, November 25th, will be treated to an interactive Monster Trucks photo opportunity, a movie-themed temporary-tattoo artist, CREECH coloring station, and BUILD A TRUCK station!



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November 25th, 2016
10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

WESTFIELD CENTRE SAN FRANCISCO
865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA

ABOUT THE FILM: Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.

Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.


IN THEATERS JANUARY 13TH

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SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE Official Trailer

Sony Pictures Animation released the full length trailer to their new film, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE.



In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#StarWarsSmugglersBounty Review: November 2016

November's Star Wars/Funko Smuggler's Bounty sub box is ready for a ROGUE ONE rebellion!

Review by Matt Cummings

The first year of the Star Wars/Funko alliance (no pun intended) is about to be completed, but not without its many exciting reveals mixed with some heavy disappointments. Overall, this sub box has fared very well against others like Marvel Collector Corps and DC's Legion of Collectors. September's DEATH STAR gave us one of the best boxes of the year, which was a welcomed 180-degree from July's hugely disappointing JABBA'S PALACE. And with the imminent arrival of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, it was time for some more cross-promotion. Luckily, I can report another success for Funko, sporting a fantastic shirt, two Pops, and a visit from a familiar (and formidable) enemy.

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 ROGUE ONE, previewing the characters and situations that between Episodes III and IV. On a personal note, this film had better be as good as the three trailers, or I'm likely to toss a Battle Droid of out an airlock! In the meantime, check out our unboxing below and we'll meet you on the back end to share some thoughts:

    Winners
    Although the very narrow shape of the box worried me - a sign that pickings can be slim - this box rose to the occasion in several familiar ways. For the most part, everything here screams high quality and its excellent timing with the film is appreciated. As always, we start with the pin/patch set, which includes the security robot K-2SO and Cassian Andor. The pin of K-2SO is impressive, while the Cassian patch is passable. Something about the color scheme and high profile angle of the face somehow bothers me. I can't put my finger on it, only to suggest that the quality is rather...well...Funko. If that's the case, then I get it, as the primary-ish colors remind me of the figurines. While the pin/patch have become one of my favorite portions of the boxes, it's the shirts that have really stood out. This month, we get perhaps the best one yet, a collection of Pop-themed Rogue One characters including Jyn Erso herself. And with Darth Vader himself and the Death Star lurking in the rear, it's a mix of 90's Sci-Fi art and cool 21st Century styling.

    September's Funko duo of Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader were some of the best from the line, but I have to amend that for November, because Jyn Eerso and the Death Trooper are actually better! Erso looks great here, from the cool helmet goggles to her utility belt of goodies. No lightsaber here, but the attention to detail is fabulous. Among the most interesting (and ballsy) choices of this box is the inclusion of the Death Trooper Pop. Looking absolutely bad ass here, we can see fine detail in its helmet including as well-made breathing mask coupled with a sinister look via the old-school Ralph McQuarrie-esque styling. Quite simply, these are exquisite; and with the 'exclusive' labeling on the package it's an absolute must-have set.

    Losers
    Let' see: an awesome shirt and two amazing Pop! figurines. I suppose anything else in the box would be considered a push at the worst. That's just how I felt about a mini-Darth Vader figurine, and it's the only problem I have with the box. We need another off-brand mini-fig like I need another Dorbz or Hikari of a character we got in the last box. Gimme someone else from the film - or perhaps a miniature AT-AT - and I would have thanked you for the creativity. Instead, I'm looking at an eBay post that will be up before this review is done. Sure, Vader comes in one of five colors, but having a pink version doesn't do much except increase its value on the secondary market. When that's all it has, then you have to mark it as a disappointment to the larger product. I do wish there had been a variant-cover comic of RO, only because I think some people are still asking what this movie is all about. A comic might have helped a few to better understand where it lies in the Star Wars cinematic universe.

    A Terrific Introduction to the Movie
    Delivering on its promise of TIMING and QUALITY, Smuggler's Bounty gets us ready for Rogue One the movie in high style, complete with two great Pops! as well as THE BEST SHIRT from its freshman year. If DEATH STAR was the best Funko box ever, ROGUE ONE only suffers from a repeated figure that isn't all that impressive. This year ends Smuggler's Bounty on a high note, sporting a back-to-back lightsaber hack that's impressive to say the least. January 2017 promises to be just as good, with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK offering itself as the next theme. Based on the pictures we've seen of the figure, it might already be worth the entire cost of the box. Until then, it's break time for this line as we reflect on a year filled with the incredible and the incredibly bad.

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

    DC LEGION REVIEWS
    May
    July
    September

    SMUGGLER'S BOUNTY
    January
    March
    May
    June
    July
    September

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    Stars Of #ROGUEONE & Other Stars, Team Up to Be A #ForceForChange Exclusively @target

    STARS OF ROGUE ONE ALONG WITH TALENT ACROSS MUSIC, FILM, FASHION AND SPORTS TEAM UP TO BE A #FORCEFORCHANGE


    Riz Ahmed, June Ambrose, Steve Aoki, Camilla Belle, Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Olivia Munn, Kelly Slater, and Brittany Snow Support UNICEF KID POWER Through Unique T-shirt Collection

    ‘Force 4 Fashion’ Line to be Sold Exclusively at Target from November 27

    See some images of the shirts after the Jump...













    As fans count down to the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney, Target and Star Wars: Force for Change are launching a new fashion-meets-fundraising initiative inspired by the themes of rebellion from the new movie. Ten influential names across film, music, fashion and sports have come together to support UNICEF Kid Power by creating a line of “Force 4 Fashion” T-shirts available exclusively in the U.S. at Target beginning November 27.

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will introduce fans to a group of rebels who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Each of the T-shirt designs celebrates this theme using a powerful slogan to represent the importance of standing up for what you believe in.

    Five dollars from the sale of each shirt will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power. Through this unique initiative, kids can complete physical activities and interactive challenges to earn points—which ultimately are used to provide life-saving packets of food for severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more kids they help.

    “This campaign is about raising funds and awareness for UNICEF Kid Power’s mission to improve the lives of children everywhere,” said Paul Southern, senior vice president of licensing for Lucasfilm at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “Everyone connected to this initiative has been a Force for Change in different ways, and we hope their stories will inspire others to get involved.”

    The Force 4 Fashion line was designed with support from Riz Ahmed, June Ambrose, Steve Aoki, Camilla Belle, Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Olivia Munn, Kelly Slater, and Brittany Snow, who’ve all been active in supporting different causes through their careers. In addition to purchasing the special T-shirts, fans can join the rebellion by sharing their own inspiring stories and posting on social channels how they are a #ForceForChange on “Giving Tuesday,” November 29.

    "I love Star Wars and I'm passionate about giving back,” said Steve Aoki. “The opportunity to partner with Lucasfilm and Target to design a shirt that benefits UNICEF is something I've enjoyed being a part of and I hope my fans love it as much as I do."

    “Investing in our children means a brighter future for all, and this holiday season, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is thrilled Star Wars: Force for Change and this “Force 4 Fashion” initiative are supporting UNICEF Kid Power,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “UNICEF Kid Power helps us to stand and give every child hope. With every step, kids get active and save lives, moving the world closer towards ending global malnutrition.”

    Since the UNICEF Kid Power program launch in 2014, more than 190,000 UNICEF Kid Power Team Members have become active, earning more than 12.5 million Kid Power Points and unlocking more than 5.1 million packets of lifesaving therapeutic food for severely malnourished children. Star Wars: Force for Change announced its collaboration with UNICEF Kid Power in May 2015 and continues to be a presenting sponsor of the initiative program.

    To learn more about the “Force 4 Fashion” shirts, visit Target.com and to learn more about being a #ForceForChange, visit ForceForChange.com.

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    About Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
    Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games. DCPI comprises two main lines of business: Disney Consumer Products (DCP), and Disney Interactive (DI). The combined segment is home to world class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations around the world.

    About Lucasfilm Ltd. (@StarWars)
    Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

    About Star Wars: Force For Change
    Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Born in 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past three decades. To date, over $12 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change, including $8M towards UNICEF’s programs to put children first. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.

    About “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
    From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

    About Target (@Target)
    Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,800 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

    About UNICEF (@unicefusa)
    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA.


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    John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Will Direct Highlander Reboot

    THR is reporting there can be only one and, in this case, it's Chad Stahelski.

    Stahelski, who, along with David Leitch, was the filmmaker behind John Wick, has signed on to direct the long-gestating reboot of Highlander for Lionsgate.

    "I've been a huge fan of the original property since I saw it in high school," Stahelski told The Hollywood Reporter. "Such great themes of immortality, love, and identity are all wrapped up in such colorful mythology. I can't think of a better property that gives the opportunity to create interesting characters, mythic themes and action set pieces."

    Neal H. Moritz and Peter Davis are producing the project, which could also see Stahelski and Leitch join the team via their 87Eleven production and action stunt company, though that is still to be determined.

    The original Highlander starred Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown as immortal beings, hunting down one another and collecting more power. Lambert played Scottish swordsman Connor MacLeod, Connery portrayed Egyptian Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and Clancy was a barbarian known as the Kurgan. The film — with its "There can be only one" catchphrase — spawned four sequels and three television series.

    The Highlander reboot has been in the works since 2008 when Lionsgate-owned label Summit acquired the rights. The project has seen directors such as Justin Lin, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan go through its doors.

    But Lionsgate never gave up on what it believes could be its next big franchise. A search for new scribes to work with Stahelski is about to get underway.

    Stahelski worked in the stunt world and doubled for Keanu Reeves in the Matrix movies before co-creating the stunt company 87Eleven with Leitch.

    They worked as second unit directors on action movies ranging from Ninja Assassin to Captain America: Civil War and made their directorial debut with the well-regarded actioner John Wick, which starred Reeves and was released by Lionsgate.

    Stehelski is coming off of directing the recently wrapped John Wick: Chapter 2.

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    HIDDEN FIGURES “I See A Victory” Music Video

    20th Century Fox has released a New Lyric Video for “I See A Victory” by Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams, featured in the upcoming film HIDDEN FIGURES! Check out the lyric video below and pre-order Hidden Figures: The Album including new music by Pharrell, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kim Burrell and more!



    Pre-Order Hidden Figures: The Album HERE: http://smarturl.it/HiddenFiguresAM

    HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.


    See HIDDEN FIGURES in Cleveland theaters January 6th, 2017.

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    BITTER HARVEST Poster

    Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the “Holodomor,” the death-by-starvation program which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.



    Filmed on location in Ukraine, this epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe. The stellar cast also includes Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp. Director George Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover based on Bachynsky-Hoover’s original story . The film is produced by Ian Ihnatowycz, Stuart Baird, George Mendeluk, Chad Barager and Jaye Gazeley. Dennis Davidson, Peter D. Graves and William J. Immerman serve as executive producers. Richard Bachynsky-Hoover is executive producer (Ukraine). Roadside Attractions will release the film in the U.S. on February 24, 2017

    Roadside Attractions will release Bitter Harvest in theaters February 24, 2017

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