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Friday, December 9, 2016

Blu-ray Review: #KuboandTheTwo Strings

The absolutely stunning Kubo and the Two Strings is a powerful home video experience, but loses us in its uneven storytelling.

Review by Matt Cummings

If 2016 has proven one thing, it's that the chasm of truly terrible film has never been larger. It's as if mainstream Hollywood dug itself a hole under the false impression that crap sells merely because their marketing acumen relieves all ills. So when a modestly-disappointing film arrives, we're almost ready to award it something for not failing. That's the case with Universal's Kubo and the Two Strings, an amazing visual experience surrounded by a story that almost gets it right. The home release fares much better, delivering superior audio and video, as well as a satisfying set of extras.

The Movie - 3.5/5
Having been saved by his mother (voiced by Charlize Theron) from the grips of his evil twin aunts and grandfather, Kubo (Art Patkinson) has grown up with an amazing magical talent: he can manipulate colorful paper into figures that allow him to tell deeply-involved bedtime stories. He performs to the delight of the local town, but never sticks around to accept their hospitality. You see, his aunts can track his whereabouts in the darkness, which soon sees them attack him and set the town on fire. He wakes up to learn that his mother is gone, having imbued his favorite toy with magic properties who in turn implores him to seek revenge. Wearing the robe of his murdered father, Kubo embarks on a mission to recover his father's armor, hoping to defeat his mortal enemy before they can claim his other eye. Along the way, he'll meet Monkey (also voiced by Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), both of whom offer critical insights into his past.

If Kubo could be judged by the first two acts, its win for Best Animated Film would have been assured. Intensely gratifying due to its unique structure (think of an even darker version of Pixar's Up), Kubo sets its early sights high and achieves nothing short of wonder. With so little actual storytelling presented, we learn of the mother's special powers and how her dark past has led Kubo to this point, a moment in which we grieve over his emotionally-broken mother like she might our own. As Kubo assembles his rather rag-tag team, we're granted moments of beautifully-constructed character development that make the normal animated film feel almost childish in their presentation. Kubo and the Two Strings has a lot to say about family and loss, and it's almost a heart beaker to see the boy's world so ripped apart.

But then the third act arrives, and our beautiful little stop-motion animated classic-in-the-making begins to unravel. Without giving too much away, we're treated to some of the cheapest story resolutions available, from rushed revelations about family to serious breakdowns in the story itself. The journey to secure his father's armor and sword are handled with the least care possible, making their acquisition seem like anyone could do it rather than a real and dangerous effort. When death arrives to claim Kubo's friends, the revelation of their true identities is handled so quickly that we barely have enough time to react. The climactic battle with Kubo's grandfather (voiced by Ralph Fiennes) is also resolved with lightning efficiency, as if Writers Marc Haimes and Chris Butler took on different acts without actually wondering what the other was writing. The result is a film with enormous possibility that ultimately fails to maintain its identity.

One thing that cannot be denied is the stunning stop-motion and direction by Thomas Knight. We haven't seen a film of this type in decades, and it's certainly a sight to behold. This is Wallace and Grommit on mushrooms, boasting a visual experience that must be seen to be appreciated. Based on the platform you have at home, Kubo and The Two Strings will either merely shine or absolutely floor you with its deep color palette and crystal-clear details. More about those later. But a film is more than mere visuals, which makes this one both a mesmerizing experience and a disappointing one. The MPAA might disagree, which will no doubt lead to an interesting Oscar race for Best Animated Film. But see this one for yourself, if for nothing else than to see the re-emergence of Stop-Motion and the way Eastern film-making sensibilities can be fused into American animated fare.

The Video - 5/5
Kubo and The Two Strings is lovingly presented by Universal Studios as in a gorgeous MPEG-4/AVC transfer that immediately establishes itself as one of the best transfers of the year. Clarity is simply stunning, as every element of the Stop-Motion pops with both definition and volume. Rich details prevails from Monkey's fur to Kubo's hair; fabrics and other man-made elements also shine, such as Beetle's dinged-up armor, aged sword hilts, and ship made of leaves. Outdoor settings like water look real here, showing off the depth of the ocean as Kubo's team struggles during a violent storm. Colors are pitched a tad towards saturated like The Secret Life of Pets, it never distracts from the experience. Colors never bleed, allowing those sharp details to emerge in every scene. Blacks and shadows thrive here, such as those scenes in the forest in Act One and in the climatic battle sequence at the father's wrecked home. There's zero crush, aliasing, or banding, leaving us with one of the more beautiful prints we've seen this year. We've spoken many times of Universal's acumen, and with only one failure this year we're still inclined to award it high marks for this visual masterpiece.

The Audio - 5/5
Kubo and The Two Strings impresses with a rich and boisterous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Having said that, I do hope you will experience this on a proper surround platform, because the effect on a soundbar only scratches the surface. The way Universal wraps us in this world is extraordinary, starting with the rears that boast ocean noise, wind, raindrops, and other elements. From it, we get an aural sense of this world as a very real place. The forwards deliver strong elements of music, sound effects, and some chatter, but do their best to layer those sounds rather than assault us. That was my big takeaway when I first heard it on my soundbar. The center channel shines as Universal takes the time to actually separate the dialogue as opposed to merely bumping it up over other effects, reminding us why they are still kings of the audio transfer. The fabulously-aggressive LFE bumps, bangs, and thumps its way almost from the beginning, leaving me no choice but to award it top marks. Simply put, it's reference quality and a winner in every way.

The Supplements - 4.5/5
Universal's Kubo and The Two Strings offers two very strong features that alone are worth this score. Not only are we gifted with a competent and informative commentary by Director Thomas Knight, but we also get an appealing six-part feature called Kubo's Journey (1080p), which is presented in HD. Corners of the Earth (3:12) is a quick look into the film's structure as well as the people required to make a movie of this scope. The Myth of Kubo (2:33) digs deeper into the themes hidden below the general adventure plot.

Our evaluation copy arrived as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. The slipcase is colorful and attractive, but there is no interior artwork. At the time of this post, three versions were offered: a 2D package, a 3D alternate cover, and a four-disc anthology that sports Laika Entertainment's Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Paranorman. Both the 2D and 3D offer a voucher for a Digital HD Copy. I hope Laika will eventually release a US steelbook, but for now these three versions should satisfy.

The Bottom Line - 4/5
Boasting an overall exceptional home release, Universal's Kubo and The Two Strings also suffers from a frustrating ending that reduces its early brilliance. The Stop-Motion team lead by Knight produces a gorgeous movie, which the Blu-ray brings out in every way. This film is ready for 4k, even if recent opinions consider the format to be DOA. Kubo will most likely join other contenders such as The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory, and Zootopia for top animated film of 2016, but its chances of actually winning depend on whether MPAA members can look past the story problems to consider its amazing technical merits. When viewed through those lenses, it's a satisfying hit, sporting perhaps the best audio and video transfers for an animated film this year, along with a solid and satisfying set of extras. Recommended.

Kuno and The Two Strings is rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril and has a runtime of 101 minutes.

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#JohnWick On 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack For The First Time

One of the best action film ever made is coming onto 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) February 7 from Lionsgate.

Experience the adrenaline-fueled story of vengeance like never before when John Wick arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on February 7 from Lionsgate. Watch action icon Keanu Reeves star as John Wick, the ultimate hitman, in this ROTTEN TOMATOES Certified Fresh revenge thriller available before John Wick 2 arrives in theaters. 4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color. The pulse-pounding John Wick 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
When sadistic young thugs senselessly attack John Wick – a brilliantly lethal ex-assassin – they have no idea that they’ve just awakened the boogeyman. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, Wick embarks on a merciless rampage, hunting down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.

CAST
Keanu Reeves The Matrix, Knock Knock
Michael Nyqvist Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Alfie Allen HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Atonement
Adrianne Palicki TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Bridget Moynahan TV’s “Blue Bloods,” I, Robot
Dean Winters HBO’s “Oz,” TV’s “Rescue Me”
Ian McShane Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, HBO’s “Deadwood”
John Leguizamo The Lincoln Lawyer, Gamer
Willem Dafoe Spider-Man trilogy, The Grand Budapest Hotel

4K ULTRA HD/BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
· “Don't F*#% with John Wick” featurette
· “Calling in the Cavalry” featurette
· “Destiny of a Collective” featurette
· “Assassin’s Code” featurette
· “Red Circle” featurette
· “NYC Noir” featurette
· Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch


PROGRAM INFORMATION
Title Copyright: John Wick © 2014 Poquito Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary materials TM & © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Rating: R for Strong and Bloody Violence Throughout, Language and Brief Drug Use.
Feature Run Time: 101 minutes
Type: Theatrical Release
Genre: Action, Thriller
Closed Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
4K Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio
Blu-ray Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late-Night Listening, English Descriptive Audio

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Marvel Studios Heros Acts Sweepstakes

Marvel Studios Hero Acts launched a sweepstakes tied to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. By submitting a photo through MarvelStudiosHeroActs.com, one winner will receive a trip to the GOTG Vol. 2 Red Carpet Premiere. All photos must be submitted between now and February 28, 2017.

Additionally, Marvel Studios is tripling each donation from $5 to $15 for every photo posted through this Saturday. They’ll also donate an extra $15 when users share that photo on Facebook or Twitter.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See JACKIE In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see JACKIE on December 20 at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See COLLATERAL BEAUTY In Tucson

Enter for a chance to see COLLATERAL BEAUTY on December 12 at 7:00 PM in Tucson.

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See COLLATERAL BEAUTY In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see COLLATERAL BEAUTY on December 12 at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See COLLATERAL BEAUTY In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to see COLLATERAL BEAUTY on December 12 at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See COLLATERAL BEAUTY In Albuquerque

Enter for a chance to see COLLATERAL BEAUTY on December 13 at 7:00 PM in Albuquerque.

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.



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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES TRAILER, POSTER & IMAGES

20th Century Fox has debuted the FIRST trailer and poster for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. In the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.



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Movie Review: #OfficeXmasParty Fun, but not funny!

Fun, but not funny!

Let's see what RAMA thought about the movie.

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY had its fun moments, but as far as jokes go, they feel like a bunch of rejected material from an understudy third-rate stand up comic. But that’s how it usually is with party movies, they’d get extra creative when it comes to pulling off the craziest wildest extravaganza, but often falls short in its attempt on humor.

Jennifer Aniston plays a tough as nails Ebenezer Scrooge-like CEO who tries to shut down her brother’s (T.J. Miller) branch, she demands budget and employee cut. But her brother and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) come up with a plan to not only score their biggest contract but also the biggest office Christmas party, in hopes that at the end nobody in their company would have to be fired. Co-starring Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Sam Richardson, Jamie Chung, and Courtney B. Vance.

Party movies, they’re all about coming up with the most elaborate, most irreverent sequences. In the case of OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, since it’s set during holiday season, sacrilege is on the menu, which is totally fine by liberal folks by me. But uptight holiday worshipping folks be warned because OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY doesn’t hold back. There are Christmas trees on fire, excessive drinking, very dangerous stunts and 80% of the time they get followed by screams of jubilation. The only thing missing here are togas.

But as I said earlier, the vandalism and destruction of office supplies, as anarchy fun as they may seem, unfortunately doesn’t get complimented by effective humor. T.J. Miller tries his best but comes off more like a man who’s not on top of his game. Jason Bateman once again plays the same type of character he’s played in a dozen other movies he’s been in. And the third act, the way they try to save the company, seem uninspired. OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY is worth watching if you’ve come just to see how wild the party gets, but I wouldn’t count on the laughing out loud part.

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Movie Review: #Jackie

Jackie is unconventional, uncompromising, and one of the best films of the year.

Review by Matt Cummings

Jackie is a masterful film. Starkly raw in its depiction of perhaps the worst single event since WWII, it's a remarkably poignant biopic that is largely non-traditional in its format or how it treats its subjects. Powered by an incredible performance from its lead, it vaults to the top of our Oscar choices behind expert camerawork and a sense that our current political machine is headed in the same terrible direction.

Still reeling over the loss of her husband John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), Jaqueline (Natalie Portman) has disappeared to the family's Hyannis Port home, ready to tell her side of the story to an unknown journalist (Billy Crudrup). Told from four different time periods, Jackie relates the horrific moments of the assassination, but orders The Journalist to carefully dictate her words so as assuage the concerns of Americans that she is no longer the regal First Lady. We see how the events affect brother Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), as he struggles to organize the funeral around security concerns that Jackie couldn't care less about. Filled with rage and determined to show Americans the horror behind her husband's murder, Jackie defiantly ignores warnings against her life to march down Pennsylvania Avenue in the biggest funeral procession since Abraham Lincoln. The decision will elevate Jackie's reputation and prove to be one of the most iconic moments in 20th Century history.

The brilliance behind Jackie lies in both its director and its lead. This is the first time many of us will hear of Director Pablo Larrain, as Jackie represents his first English-language film. At first, we're unsure where Larrain is going, presenting four separate storylines that take until the second act to coalesce. But when it locks in, Jackie is almost uncontrollably emotional for the audience, as we watch the First Lady clean her husband's blood from her face (missing an entire section in the midst of her grief), before watching Johnson take the oath on Air Force One. It's a truly powerful moment that Larrain uses in different ways throughout the film to depict the power of loss. We grieve with Jackie, in a way that perhaps we did when the assassination first happened. But we also see the careful political machine in play when she's interviewed for CBS News in 1962 for the restoration of The White House. Larrain masterfully splices real footage with Portman standing in looking (and sounding) very Jackie.

Jackie is very much in your face, unapologetic in its depiction of what happens when those in charge of crafting the national message undergo unimaginable change. Part of that sell is due to the Oscar-worthy performance of Portman. When we first see Jackie, she's alone in her home with no servants to answer the door, the loneliness amplified by her still-stately aura. But soon it's off to the races as she informs Crudrup that this interview will be edited, even going so far as to amend her words in one of the film's final scenes. Here, Portman elegantly switches to Information Control Officer, before returning to the grieving wife who relays her recollection of the assassination itself. Portman never shies away from any of these moments, delivering a powerful message of a woman bounded by duty who - in her words - married the wrong man. Had she married a plain, ugly man she tells The Journalist, she would never had to share this grief. Fifty years later, that's still hard to hear but Portman delivers it in a finishing-school way that makes you empathize and respect her reasons for saying it. Larrain gives Portman room to maneuver her character, and she brilliantly delivers in every scene. In fact, I don't think there are any scenes without her in it, which could have gone the other way if her performance had been disappointing. Not here: Portman is an easy lock for an Oscar nom, as should Larrain.

Jackie is also a gorgeous-looking experience. Production Designer Jean Rabasse and Costume DesignerMadeleine Fontaine return us to the 1960's, gifting Jackie with a remarkable wardrobe and returning The White House to the days of Camelot. Larrain uses a mix of 16mm and other large-scale traditional film cameras to get up close to the actors, and even goes so far to actually show us the assassination. That might be too much for some, but as Jackie says to Bobby Kennedy (Peter Sarsgaard), "I want them to see what they've done to Jack." That's a shock to the audience, as Jackie matures from what many considered a lightweight socialite into a hardened political, all made possible by Larrain's expert camerawork, courtesy of Cinematographer Stephane Fontaine. That plays out magnificently during the swearing-in process aboard Air Force One; Jackie's in a fog here, drifting in and out of the moment and still wearing the blood-stained dress, before being almost pushed aside once Johnson takes over. And notice Phillpson, whose dead-on looks should keep him in the green to play Kennedy from now on.

Jackie's supporting cast is also top shelf, including Interior Decorator Bill Walton (Richard E. Grant), Ladybird Johnson (Beth Grant), and Jackie's assistant (Greta Gerwig). Each have their place and make the most of their moments, especially Sarsgaard. As Bobby, we see the pained expression of a man who is next on the hit list, a devastated brother who's also trying desperately to ensure that Jack's unfinished legacy isn't forgotten. Sarsgaard dresses down President Johnson, begging him to sit down after news of Oswald's assassination is displayed on the television, a moment that shows just how tenuous the moment still is for Bobby. You can see the rage on his face as he and Jackie walk down Pennsylvania Avenue towards Arlington, speaking loads without saying a word. That's the mark of great filmmaking, perfectly executed. Add a haunting score by Composer Mica Levi (who crafted the amazing Under the Skin) and you have the makings of a non-traditional and incredible film.

If there's one issue with Jackie, is that it doesn't know where to finish, which might leave some to wonder if 99 minutes was too long. I was concerned that such a short runtime wouldn't be long enough to tell this story, but it's almost too long. Still, it's likely that you'll probably leave the theater just as devastated, because Larrain makes this seminal moment in our nation's history so powerful.

Starkly unconventional from the traditional biopic, Jackie is a beautiful triumph that reminds us that political tragedy also carries with it a personal price for those at its center. It vaults to the top of our Oscar list, revealing a person of limitless complexity, whose legend was forged in an instant of grief and for whom the nation grieved with her like a loving mother.

Jackie is rated R for brief strong violence and some language and has a runtime of 99 minutes.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.



Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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Movie Review: #MissSloane

The political drama Miss Sloane fails to lobby us into Oscar territory.

Review by Matt Cummings

In a time when women were supposed to be leading our country, Miss Sloane arrives to remind us of what could have been. Unfortunately, this message about a headstrong female Washington lobbyist loses us early with an unappealing director, a paper-thin plot, and suffers from a ton of convenient realism. If the good (but not impressive) performances weren't there to buffer these and many other gaps, we might have found ourselves voting for impeachment.

For Washington lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), life is about getting her clients what they want from the halls of Congress. Her boss Dupont (Sam Waterston) will sleep with NRA types, fudge travel records, and bully smaller firms into submission if it means a hearty paycheck at day's end. But when Sloane leaves the company to push Gun Control legislation with one of those smaller firms, Dupont turns to his bulldog Connor (the suddenly all-over-the-place Michael Stuhlbarg) to topple said legislation and ruin his former employee. What Sloane's new boss (Mark Strong) doesn't know is that deep down her new lobbyist is a mess: she's a pill-popper, ungrateful to employees like Esma (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and can only find meaningful connection with a gigilo (Jake Lacy). Determined to win at all costs, Sloane will travel a dark road of lies, manipulation and brinksmanship, struggling to prove that her abrasive personality does offer a shred of humanity to one of our country's most hot-button topics.

The problems begin early for Miss Sloane and continue to drag the film down into its less-than-appealing third act. There's never a sense of danger or even intrigue, with the center of attention focusing on Sloane as the Senate's investigation against her ramps up. But getting to that point takes some patience, as we're thrust into story lines that aren't critical to the outcome. The worst of these involves the Lacy subplot, which is supposed to humanize Sloane but only puffs out 10 minutes of unneeded story. These exchanges offer us few insights into her MO, short of us learning that she had to lie a lot as a child. Miss Sloane also stumbles to teach us the ins-and-outs of Gun Control, relying on the mundane relation of facts instead of pressure-cooking the topic and throwing our actors into the broth. And while some degree of knowledge is gained, the results are never satisfying, instead serving as a plot device with no moral anchors for us to latch on.

And in so doing, Miss Sloane fails to tell the most important story of all, that of the titular character. This should be a frank lesson about a frosty woman with people issues watching her career succumb to a firestorm, but instead her treatment of others draws them in like a hapless stooge. Among the worst of these character violations is the way Mbatha-Raw's Esme is treated almost like a pawn in a chess game, ready to be reminded of her dark past by the white queen. When Sloane attempts to assuage her terror in an airport afterwards, it's like Tony Stark trying to talk to Peter Parker in Civil War; but there Stark's lack of humanity comes off as insanely comical. Here, we realize that Sloane has been purged of all human skills, thanks to Writer Jonathan Perera's limp script. It's as if he and Director John Madden forgot how people really work, that Sloane's almost clinical approach to her employees isn't going to make her more successful but just more hated. That plays itself out consistently against the character, especially when it's learned that she's working for Schmidt Pro Bono. There's no explanation as to why, and no incentive for us to stick around to see how it affects her. When the witch hunt in front of the Senate starts, a potentially cool reveal just makes Sloane look like she's protecting her own tainted image, rather than wrestling her former employers down because of their shady business dealings. It's that kind of convenient realism that gets tossed out when the script needs a kick in the pants.

Supporting cast performances range from good down to merely adequate, with Stuhlbarg and Strong getting the best of it. Connors' disdain for Sloane's defection and her unpredictability reveal some fun throw-down moments, but there's no deeper meaning behind them. Both Sloane and Connor are points of a sword, nothing more, revealing the complete lack a protagonist. We're constantly abused with paper-thin characters who remain tightly controlled and therefore never get a chance to become relatable people. A movie like this survives because we're meant to see real life through its lens. Instead, Sloane's Pro Bono employment becomes an excuse to view the process behind the enactment of federal legislation. Again, that's a very clinical view, and perhaps the least-appealing of the half-dozen alternate plots I was imagining. Chastain is a blind-buy for me every time, perhaps the best female actor we have. Much like her performance in Zero Dark Thirty, Chastain brings a lot of energy to Sloane, giving us those cold hard looks and the sense that she's one step ahead of everyone. It's too bad that we never see those moments of intensity evolve into something beyond the predictable (including the always mind-numbing destruction of a stack of papers on a desk). She's really the only thing keeping this movie from imploding any further, but Chastain can only do so much.

It's likely that Miss Sloane could have lived in the universe of The West Wing or the more recent Designated Survivor, but it had no interest in being that interesting. In fact, I'm not sure I know what Madden's point is to begin with. Is this a cautionary tale about our very democracy being overrun by special interests? Is it a character study of selfishness? Or perhaps it's just a series of experiences designed around a paper thin plot, relegated to be the least-appealing version of itself. Miss Sloane feels merely antagonistic instead of all the things it could have been. It's not quite Oscar Bait - that honor seems ready to be bestowed upon the Collateral Beauty, but it's hard to sing its praises.

Miss Sloane doesn't exactly satisfy, filling its long run time with gotcha moments instead of delving into Sloane's complex upbringing. A movie about lobbying should be filled with hard choices made by people who are used to winning, but it all feels like an HBO drama that would have played better had it more time to breathe. Its hopes for Oscar recognition feel remote at this point, not because it fails but because it doesn't succeed. Miss Sloane won't make you feel better about lobbying, Gun Control, or the worn-out Hollywood trope of redemption, because no one here is either likeable or realistic. That's a bad equation to present, and a more difficult one to market to people who expect something better out of this time of the year.

Miss Sloane is rated R for language and some sexuality and has a runtime of 132 minutes.

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WILL ARNETT & AN ALL-STAR CAST TO STAR IN SHOW DOGS

WILL ARNETT TO STAR IN LIVE ACTION FAMILY COMEDY SHOW DOGS

SHOW DOGS stars a charming and lovable cast of talking canine characters, including our hero Max (voiced by Ludacris), a rugged lone-wolf Rottweiler NYPD police dog. Max and his human FBI partner (Will Arnett) are investigating the kidnapping of a baby panda by an underground network of illegal animal traders when they get a tip that the crime ring is planning to sell the panda at the prestigious Canini Invitational Dog Show. The uber-macho Max must undergo a makeover with the help of a seasoned trainer (Natasha Lyonne) – mud baths, ballet lessons, a Brazilian waxing – to go undercover in order to thwart the plot. In the hands of his new human handler Frank, Max gets in touch with his inner show dog, and also learns that trusting the help of others can sometimes be more rewarding than working alone.

ALL-STAR VOICE CAST WILL FEATURE NATASHA LYONNE, LUDACRIS, STANLEY TUCCI, ALAN CUMMING, GABRIEL IGLESIAS AND SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

SHOW DOGS COMMENCED PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY AT PINEWOOD STUDIO WALES ON NOVEMBER 28, 2016

SHOW DOGS IS CO-PRODUCED AND CO-FINANCED BY OPEN ROAD FILMS & RIVERSTONE PICTURES, WITH ADDITIONAL FINANCING FROM WALES SCREEN & PINEWOOD FILMS

Actor Will Arnett (Lego Batman, BoJack Horseman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flaked on Netflix) will star in the live action family comedy SHOW DOGS, co-produced and co-financed by Open Road Films and Riverstone Pictures. Raja Gosnell ( The Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo) is directing. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures.

Starring opposite Will Arnett will be Natasha Lyonne (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) along with an all-star voice cast featuring Ludacris, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Gabriel Iglesias and Shaquille O’Neal.

SHOW DOGS commenced principal photography on November 28th at Pinewood Studio Wales in the United Kingdom.

Open Road International, through its partnership with FilmNation Entertainment, will handle international sales on SHOWDOGS, with Riverstone Pictures, Wales Screen (advised by Pinewood Pictures) and Pinewood Films providing financing.

SHOW DOGS is written by Max Botkin and is a Riverstone Pictures and Open Road Films production in association with Kintop Pictures and Alive Entertainment. Producers are Deepak Nayar and Philip von Alvensleben. Tom Ortenberg, Nik Bower, Max Botkin, Raja Gosnell and Scott Lambert are executive producers, with Yu Fai Suen and Robert Norris.


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


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


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


Upcoming Open Road Films releases include: Sleepless (‪1/13/17), starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan; Collide (2/3/2017) starring Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult; Before I Fall (3/3/2017) based on the bestselling novel of the same name, starring Zoey Deuth, Halston Sage and Logan Miller: Spark (4/14/2017), an animated family film featuring the voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Biel; The Nut Job 2 (‪5/19/17), the sequel to the 2014 hit animated film, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Moynihan, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Gabriel Iglesias, Sebastian Maniscalco and Peter Stormare; Midnight Sun (7/14/2017), an emotional drama starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger; All I See Is You (8/4/2017), directed by Marc Forster and starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke; Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson from director Reginald Hudlin; Home Again, written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, produced by Nancy Meyers and starring Reese Witherspoon; and Show Dogs(‪11/10/17), a live action family comedy from the director of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Scooby Doo and The Smurfs.


The company, led by industry veteran CEO Tom Ortenberg, is based in Los Angeles.

ABOUT RIVERSTONE PICTURES
Riverstone Pictures is a Reliance Entertainment company and is backed by Ingenious. The company was founded in 2014 by veteran Hollywood producer Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower, former MD of Media at Ingenious. Based in London and Los Angeles, Riverstone produces and finances theatrical feature films and international television. Its projects to date include Michael Grandage’s first film Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney; Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen; Peter Landesman’s Watergate drama Felt, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane; and Final Portrait, written and directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Geoffrey Rush. Riverstone has also recently financed the independent action movies Sleepless starring Jamie Foxx and Replicas starring Keanu Reeves. Riverstone has a growing development slate led by Jeremy Baxter, former head of acquisitions and development at Protagonist.

ABOUT INGENIOUS
Ingenious is the leading independent investor in the UK’s creative industries, founded by Patrick McKenna in 1998. Ingenious Investments is the manager of a wide range of businesses spanning the media & entertainment, clean energy and real estate sectors.

For further information, please visit www.theingeniousgroup.co.uk

ABOUT RELIANCE ENTERTAINMENT
Reliance Entertainment is part of India's Reliance Group, and has a significant presence in filmed entertainment, radio and TV broadcasting, new media ventures and state-of-the-art integrated film and media services. Internationally, Reliance Entertainment partnered with legendary producer-director Steven Spielberg in the formation of DreamWorks Studios.

The Reliance Group is led by Chairman Anil D. Ambani, and is amongst India's largest business houses, with interests in telecommunications, energy, defense, financial services, infrastructure and media and entertainment.

ABOUT PINEWOOD PICTURES
Pinewood Pictures is part of the Pinewood Studios Group, funding TV and film productions, as well as games, on behalf of the Isle of Man Media Development Fund and The Welsh Government’s Media Investment Budget. It also invests Pinewood’s own funds into projects and distributes films in the UK.

Projects include SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD and PRESSURE, which it distributed in the UK, BELLE, DOM HEMINGWAY, GENIUS, Amazon TV series, THE COLLECTION, the upcoming action comedy MINDHORN, DON’T KNOCK TWICE and THEIR FINEST.

The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Pinewood Pictures has a range of funding options available to UK Film and TV productions, including equity finance investment, gap finance and discounting of the UK tax credit and pre-sales of a project.

Visit www.pinewoodpictures.com for more information

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See SING In Austin

Enter for a chance to see SING on December 19 at 7:00 PM in Austin.


Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.



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Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See SING In Dallas

Enter for a chance to see SING on December 19 at 7:00 PM in Dallas.


Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.



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Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See SING In Oklahoma City

Enter for a chance to see SING on December 19 at 7:00 PM in Oklahoma City.


Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of The Secret Life of Pets in summer 2016, Illumination presents Sing at the holidays. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in an animated feature about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us.



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Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters for the holiday season on December 21, 2016.

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High Impact Trailer For THE WALL Directed By Doug Liman & Starring Aaron Taylor Johnson & @JohnCena

The Wall” is a deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship. Directed by Doug Liman ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith," “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), “The Wall” stars Aaron Taylor Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals,” “Kick-Ass,” “Savages” “Godzilla,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and WWE star John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Sisters,” “Daddy’s Home”), and is written by first-time screenwriter Dwain Worrell from his Black List script. “The Wall" is produced by Amazon Studios.



Amazon Studios & Roadside Attractions will release THE WALL in theaters March 10, 2017

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Amy Schumer To Star In Live Action Barbie Movie

THR is reporting A search for a director also is underway.

Amy Schumer will star in Sony’s live-action Barbie movie.

Mattel and producers Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal have teamed up for the project, which will try to put a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity.

A year ago, Sony hired three scribes to pen separate screenplays, with the studio picking Hilary Winston’s idea and script to work off of. It is expected that Schumer will rewrite the script with her sister, Kim Caramele.

A search for a director is also underway.

The Barbie doll, launched in March 1959 by El Segundo, Calif.-based Mattel, is one of the biggest toy brands in the world, bringing in $3 billion annually. But it’s a brand that has had to address issues of self-image and race in modern times.

The feature, with Schumer in the lead, will try to address those issues in a story that begins in a perfect land of Barbies, where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit in. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.

The studio is hoping to make an imaginative family comedy with plenty of heart, using the Tom Hanks classics Splash and Big, as well as Disney’s more recent Enchanted, which starred Amy Adams, as touchstones.

The road to a Barbie movie has not been an easy one, and finding the right take has been critical. At one point, the project was looking to be a buddy comedy, a two-hander that teamed Barbie with an overworked bureaucrat looking for an assistant.

Schumer’s casting is sure to raise eyebrows. One, it goes against the classic image of Barbie being a thin beauty that has come under fire in recent times, which is precisely the point of this casting. And two, Schumer has cultivated a brand of saucy comedy that may clash with Mattel’s pristine image of a gal who has unlimited career options.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LA LA LAND In SACRAMENTO

Enter for a chance to see LA LA LAND on December 13 at 7:00 PM in SAN SACRAMENTO.


Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LA LA LAND In HONOLULU

Enter for a chance to see LA LA LAND on December 13 at 7:00 PM in HONOLULU.


Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LA LA LAND In SAN FRANCISCO

Enter for a chance to see LA LA LAND on December 14 at 7:00 PM in SAN FRANCISCO.


Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.



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Release date: December 16, 2016

No purchase necessary

NO RECORDING

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability

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#BAYWATCH Trailer Has Arrived

BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.



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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lionsgate, Comic-Con HQ & Amazon Channels Celebration Images

Lionsgate, Comic-Con HQ, and presenting sponsor Amazon Channels celebrated the World Premiere of the new season of Comic-Con HQ’s original series Con Man and showcased episodes from new shows Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest and Kings of Con.


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Hosted at the iconic Paley Center, Q&As included cast members Nathan Fillion (“Modern Family,” “Castle”, “Firefly”), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), Rob Benedict (“Supernatural”), Richard Speight Jr (“Supernatural”), Laura Vandervoort (“Con Man,” “Smallville”), Nolan North (“Con Man,“ “Young Justice”), Alison Haislip (“Con Man,” “Battle Bots”) and PJ Haarsma (“Con Man” Producer), with special guests Doug Jones (Hellboy), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Mark Waid (Captain America, Kingdom Come), David Hayter (X-Men, Metal Gear Solid), ( Yuri Lowenthal (“Young Justice”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), David Blue (“Stargate Universe”), Joey Bragg (“Liv and Maddie”), Jessica Marie Garcia (“Liv and Maddie”), Kaj-Erik Eriksen (Now You See Me 2) and Audry Whitby (“The Thundermans”).


All series are now available exclusively at Comic-Con HQ. To join, visit https://www.comic-conhq.com/landing!

Con Man: This scripted comedy from Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and PJ Haarsma centers on the post-show life of Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk) the co-star of “Spectrum,” a sci-fi series, which was canceled before its time. Season 2 premieres on Comic-Con HQ on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest: With Mark Hamill as your guide, explore the most exclusive pop culture collections in the world. Join him on his quest to track down the long-rumored rocket-firing Boba Fett, the original Time Machine, the1992 Batmobile, and so much more!

Kings of Con: Starring “Supernatural” alums Richard Speight Jr and Rob Benedict, this scripted comedy is based off of the actors’ real life experiences at massive fan conventions around the globe.


ABOUT COMIC-CON HQ

What is Comic-Con HQ? Original programming. Fan favorite films. Exclusive access. The creators of San Diego Comic-Con and the minds that brought you The Hunger Games and Mad Men, now bring you the ultimate destination for the best new original series and hundreds of fan favorite movies and TV shows.

Free trials are available on www.Comic-ConHQ.com via web browsers and iOS/Android devices. Officially launched at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the paid subscription service is available via web, iOS/Android devices, Amazon Channels, Roku and iTunes.

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