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Friday, April 28, 2017

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ALIEN: COVENANT In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see ALIEN: COVENANT on May 10 at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ALIEN: COVENANT In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see ALIEN: COVENANT on May 10 at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.



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In Theaters - May 19, 2017

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THE GODFATHER 45th Anniversary Blu-ray Cover Art

When the aging head of a famous crime family decides to transfer his position to one of his subalterns, a series of unfortunate events start happening to the family, and a war begins between all the well-known families leading to insolence, deportation, murder and revenge, and ends with the favorable successor being finally chosen.

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Joe Johnston To Direct Narnia: The Silver Chair

Variety is reporting “Captain America: The First Avenger” helmer Joe Johnston will journey to “Narnia: The Silver Chair,” a revival of C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series.

TriStar Pictures will partner with the Mark Gordon Company, the C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One on the project with Mark Gordon, Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams producing the pic. “Life of Pi” scribe David Magee adapted the script.

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces,” Gordon said. “Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring ‘The Silver Chair’ to the screen.”

The “Narnia” franchise’s three films — “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” — have hauled nearly $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. Disney distributed the first two films, with Fox releasing “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”

While previous installments followed the Pevensie children, this edition centers around their cousin Eustace Scrubb, who travels to Narnia to save the kidnapped child of Prince Caspian.

The series of seven novels, published in more than 50 languages, has sold 100 million-plus copies worldwide.

Johnston — repped by Paradigm and Lawrence Rose at Gang Tyre Ramer and Brown — is no stranger to both kick-starting and reviving franchises. He is best known for directing “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams, and stepping in for Steven Spielberg on “Jurassic Park 3.” He also directed “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see Snatched on May 9 at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz ("Neighbors"), Wanda Sykes ("Bad Moms") and Joan Cusack ("Working Girl").



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See Snatched In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see Snatched on May 9 at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz ("Neighbors"), Wanda Sykes ("Bad Moms") and Joan Cusack ("Working Girl").



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Kevin Hart To Star In The Great Outdoors Reboot

Deadline is reporting Universal Pictures has attached Kevin Hart to star in The Great Outdoors, a reboot the studio is developing based on the 1988 John Hughes-scripted comedy.

Randall Green is writing the new version. Michael De Luca is producing for Michael De Luca Productions with Hart through his Hartbeat Productions banner. The original Howie Deutch-directed film starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and focused on a Chicago man whose plans for a relaxing outdoor camping trip is imperiled when his annoying in-laws come to visit.

Green’s other script work includes Cartoon Girl and The Swimsuit Issue, both of which were featured on the 2014 Black List. Randall recently wrote the live-action Scooby Doo reboot for Warner Bros, and is also currently writing on the Showtime series Billions. Michael De Luca Productions’ Elishia Holmes developed the pitch and is overseeing for the producer, along with Universal exec veep Mark Sourian and CE Lexi Barta. Hart is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Schreck Rose; Green is UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen, Jacobson.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See CHUCK In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see CHUCK on May 4 at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.

He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame—but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption. Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts costar.



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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Directors Cut On Blu-ray & DVD May 2

With John Travolta's electrifying Oscar®-nominated performance, the Bee Gees' explosive soundtrack and, of course, the unforgettable dancing, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER captured the angst and brio of the time and had an indelible impact on popular culture. 40 years later, the film about a Brooklyn kid with no prospects who lives for Saturday night continues to be revered and celebrated.

Director John Badham worked with Paramount in 2016 to restore the film in 4K using the original negative and update the surround sound mix to further enhance viewers' enjoyment of the incredible soundtrack. During this process he added scenes to the theatrical R-rated version that round out character and plot, making this new Director's Cut the definitive representation of his original vision.

The SATURDAY NIGHT EVER Blu-ray includes both the Director's Cut and theatrical version of the film, commentary by director John Badham, a five-part look at the film entitled "Catching the Fever," behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

The film is available now on Digital HD.

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BEATRIZ AT DINNER Starring Salma Hayek Poster & Trailer

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.



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BOONDOCK SAINTS TV SERIES REBOOT ON IT' S WAY

TEAM BEHIND CULT CLASSIC FILM THE BOONDOCK SAINTS REUNITES
FOR TV SERIES REBOOT

Exclusive Fan-Focused Pre-Order Campaign Kicks Off Today.

 Don Carmody Television (DCTV) today announced they have reteamed with The Boondock Saints creator Troy Duffy to revive the cult classic film franchise for television, with an exclusive fan-focused pre-order campaign of the newly reimagined installment - The Boondock Saints: Origins

An American crime film written and directed by Duffy, The Boondock Saints first hit screens in 1999 and starred Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as Irish immigrant fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus, who become vigilantes in order to rid their home city of Boston, Massachusetts of crime, evil and corruption. The film garnered more than $260 million in worldwide theatrical and DVD sales and has a robust social media presence of more than four million followers.

DCTV teased the return with a mysterious billboard appearing in Beantown skies over the last month, which kept Bostonians guessing just which brothers were watching over the city and why. The television reboot campaign officially kicks off today with the launch of a fan-driven pre-sales initiative at BoondocksBack.com. In addition to DVD and digital download pre-orders of the series, fans of the franchise will have access to experiences, merchandise and a limited edition subscription box. Fans purchasing the offering will also gain access to exclusive bonus and behind-the-scenes content.

“The Boondock Saints has become an irreverent cult brand that has resonated with loyal fans across the globe for almost 20 years”, said Don Carmody, Executive Producer and Chairman of DCTV. “We’re beyond excited to reward our fans with an unprecedented opportunity to go behind the curtain throughout the entire creative development and production processes via a myriad of exclusive material, outreach and sneak peeks”.

“A television series is the perfect medium for story telling inside the world of our beloved blue collar super heroes. The brothers have always been defenders of the people, justice, fairness and the city of Boston”, says Creator and Executive Producer Troy Duffy. “In this sensitive time of human rights unrest, government scandal and civil corruption, there couldn’t be a better moment to re-launch the brothers iconic brand of justice in the Cradle of Democracy”.

“The Boondock Saints” television series will be executive produced by Duffy (Boondock Saints, Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day), Carmody and David Cormican of DCTV (“ShadowHunters,” “Tokyo Trial,” “Between,” “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.”)

Carmody, a producer of the first two movies in The Boondock Saints franchise and the Academy Award winning Chicago and Good Will Hunting, as well as the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises, recently made the move in to producing television, including the Emmy nominated “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” for Lifetime, “ShadowHunters” for Freeform and “Between” and “Tokyo Trial” for Netflix.

Additional producers, production team, showrunner and production details and worldwide casting calls will be released in the coming weeks as the campaign engages fans. The revamped logo design and branding for the television reboot has been made in association with Imaginary Forces, Ryde Studios and the producers.

About DCTV
Don Carmody Television (DCTV), is a partnership between entrepreneurs Don Carmody and David Cormican established in 2013, and is a division of Don Carmody Productions (DCP), one of North America’s most successful producers of premium content since 1980. By enlisting top talent and participating in partnerships across the USA and worldwide, DCP has produced 100+ projects for cinema and television, including Best Picture Academy Award-winner® Chicago. Recent productions include Pompeii, Goon, Resident Evil: Retribution and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. DCP’s productions have garnered over 100 national and international awards, including wins at the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and Emmys. Current original productions include “Tokyo Trial” and “Between” for Netflix, and “ShadowHunters” for Freeform and Netflix, along with the recent Emmy nominated mini-series “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” for Lifetime.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable Sequel Titled 'Glass' Coming In 2019

THR is reporting Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are set to return for 'Glass.'
After 17 years, M. Night Shyamalan is finally delivering a proper sequel to Unbreakable.


The writer-director announced the news Wednesday on Twitter after months of teasing a new script he's been writing. He revealed the film is called Glass, and that Bruce Willis (David Dunn) and Samuel L. Jackson (Mr. Glass/Elijah Price) will return. Universal will release the film Jan. 18, 2019.

"It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, 'Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?' " he tweeted. "My new film is the sequel to #Unbreakable AND #Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film."

Unbreakable, which Shyamalan released in 2000 one year after skyrocketing to stardom with The Sixth Sense, deconstructed the superhero genre and remains one of his best-regarded works.

Shyamalan is coming off a hot streak, with his latest movie, Split, earning more than $275 million worldwide on a $9 million budget. He has been tweeting progress on a Split follow-up for several months. His 2015 found-footage film The Visit was also a box-office hit and well-liked by critics.

[Warning: spoilers ahead for Split.]

Split starred James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, one of the young women who must fight to survive his capture.

With Split, Shyamalan pulled off perhaps his greatest twist yet.

A last-minute cameo from Willis revealed that Split is set in the same universe as Unbreakable. In January, Shyamalan revealed to Heat Vision that Split villain Kevin Wendle Crumb (McAvoy) was actually included in his first drafts of Unbreakable, but had to be cut out. He also revealed he was hoping to write and direct a third film that would include characters from both films.

Shyamalan revealed Wednesday that both McAvoy and Taylor-Joy will return for Glass. Here's the logline Universal has released: "Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men."

Glass will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.

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Will Smith In Talks To Join 'Gemini Man'

According to THR Will Smith is in negotiations to star in Gemini Man, Skydance’s high-concept action thriller based on one of Hollywood’s long-unproduced scripts.

Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct the project, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

The story centers on an aging assassin who finds himself in a battle with the ultimate opponent: his clone, who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities.

The project was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Don Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing. While always popular with execs, in and outside the studio, Gemini was considered unfilmable for many years because visual effects technology had not caught up to the concept. (Originally the idea was to have an actor such as Harrison Ford play the older assassin and someone like Chris O’Donnell play the younger version, before settling on the idea of one actor playing both parts.) The script has been retooled many times over the ensuing two decades, and numerous camera tests have been conducted by the studio, which at different times has considered Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood for the lead role.

Skydance picked up the project in October, with Bruckheimer on board and Murphy executive producing, in the belief that the technology now exists to have someone like Smith realistically play two different ages and spar with himself.

Smith’s deal is not done, with things like scheduling (the actor is in early talks to play the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin project) among the topics that still need to be hashed out.

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Jeff Goldblum Returning To Jurassic Park

THR is reporting Jeff Goldblum is returning to the land of dinosaurs.

The actor, who co-starred in 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, will appear in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s next Jurassic World film.

J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing the next installment in the studio's hit franchise. Jurassic World earned $1.67 billion worldwide in 2015 and is the fourth-highest-grossing film in history.

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel, which also stars Justice Smith, James Cromwell and Toby Jones. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, wrote the script for the follow-up with Derek Connolly. The film is slated for release on June 22, 2018.

Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again join executive producers Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow in the next chapter of the franchise. Belén Atienza is also producing. Universal vp production Sara Scott is overseeing production on behalf of the studio.

Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the know-it-all mathematician who came to the park as an insurance consultant — and somehow survived both the original film and the sequel.

Goldblum will next be seen in Disney and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, set to hit theaters Nov. 3. His other recent credits include Independence Day: Resurgence and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He also is reuniting with director Wes Anderson on the upcoming film Isle of Dogs.

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GO BEHIND THE SCENES @DisneyD23 Expo 2017

GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS, PIXAR, MARVEL, STAR WARS, AND WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS AT D23 EXPO 2017

Fan-Favorite Events, Including the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, Plus a New Concert by Alan Menken, Take Center Stage in the 6,800-Seat “Hall D23” Venue at the Anaheim Convention Center.
 D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 Expo 2017, July 14–16. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday morning, July 14. Later that same day, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at all the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will preview the coming slate of live-action films from Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Then, on Saturday afternoon, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts during a presentation hosted by Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. Sunday afternoon, Disney Legend Alan Menken will take fans on a musical journey during an all-new concert.

These Expo favorites will take place in “Hall D23,” the 6,800-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations are as follows (all events subject to change):

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s recipients are: Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Wayne Jackson, Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.

The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films in two jam-packed Hall D23 sessions. At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, fans will discover what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios. On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm showcase the Studios’ exciting slate of live-action films. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!

On Saturday, July 15, at 3 p.m., step into the worlds of magic of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe.

To round out the weekend, Disney Legend Alan Menken will perform his exciting new one-man show, A Whole New World of Alan Menken. The eight-time Oscar®-winner introduced new generations to musicals through such box office hits as Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, and Tangled, as well as the Broadway shows Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act, Newsies, and A Bronx Tale, as well as the ABC television series Galavant. Menken will perform his own music and share entertaining anecdotes about his unrivaled career during the show, which will be performed Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23expo.com.

About D23 Expo 2017
D23 Expo—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event, which will take place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 Expo 2017 news, visit D23expo.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 Expo conversation, be sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23Expo.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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#AlienCovenant Prologue Short 'The Crossing'

The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators.



Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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New #CARS3 Trailer

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of Cruz Ramirez, an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!



“Cars 3” is in U.S. theaters June 16!

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Vince McMahon Getting His Own Biopic With 'Pandemonium'

According to Deadline, the story of pro wrestling impresario Vince McMahon is getting the Hollywood treatment with Pandemonium, a drama that will be directed by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra from a script by Craig A. Williams.

The film covers McMahon’s ascension in the wrestling business, and having WWE Studios involved indicates the project has the blessing of the grappling magnate. He is third generation — the business was started by his grandfather Jess and taken over by his father Vincent — but these were local circuits and relatively small time compared to what Vince McMahon had in mind.

The barrel-chested showman turned the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) into a global roadshow business juggernaut. He unleashed grapplers from Hulk Hogan to Bruno Sammartino and Triple H to budding actor John Cena and The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, Hollywood’s reigning action star. McMahon built his ring empire in Stamford, CT, and McMahon, who long had dreams of being a wrestling star, realized that dream as well and became WWF champ in 1999, as well as the ECW champion and winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble.

Screenwriter Williams previously wrote Underdog, and Requa & Ficarra’ directorial tag teams include Crazy, Stupid, Love; Focus, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. They also are exec producers of This Is Us and Patriot.

Exec producing Pandomium is Charlie Gogolak. Making a straight wrestling-related film is kind of a departure for WWE Studios, which has made and promoted many action films featuring WWE ring stars. Its first ring effort came with Fighting With My Family. The MGM comedy-drama is being written and directed by Stephen Merchant (The Office) based on the true story of WWE star Paige and her family of professional wrestlers. Dwayne Johnson is the catalyst for this one, with the film produced by Seven Bucks Productions, which Johnson co-founded with Dany Garcia, Misher Films, WWE Studios and Film4. Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and Nick Frost will be part of th

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seth Rogen & Billy Eichner Are Pumbaa and Timon

THR is reporting Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are in talks to voice Pumbaa and Timon, respectively.

The duo joins Donald Glover as Simba and James Earl Jones as Mufasa.

Donald Glover is set to star as Simba, while James Earl Jones will reprise his role from the 1994 animation as Mufasa.

Jeff Nathanson (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) wrote the script for the live-action adaptation, which is being produced by Favreau and Jeffrey Silver.

In the original animation, Nathan Lane voiced the loud-mouth meerkat and Ernie Sabella tackled the kindly warthog.

Rogen, who has voiced animated characters in films including Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens and last year's Sausage Party, which he also co-wrote and produced, will next be seen in James Franco's The Disaster Artist. He is also set to star opposite Charlize Theron in the political comedy Flarsky.

Eichner is best known as the aggressively inquisitive host of Billy on the Street, which earned him a Daytime Emmy. He also stars in the Hulu series Difficult People and has been seen on Parks and Recreation and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

These castings come on the heels of more big news for the Lion King production. Today, Disney gave the project a release date of July 19, 2019, along with several other upcoming productions including Indiana Jones, Frozen 2 and Star Wars: Episode IX.

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Bethany Ashton Wolf¹s FOREVER MY GIRL ACQUIRED BY @roadsidetweets

Forever My Girl tells the story of country music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment partner for their 7th collaboration with Roadside’s domestic distribution acquisition of Bethany Ashton Wolf’s uplifting family romance Forever My Girl, it was jointly announced today by Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff, and Mickey Liddell of LD Entertainment. Forever My Girl will be released wide in theaters on October 27, 2017.

The two companies previously collaborated on numerous films including multiple Academy Award® nominee Albert Nobbs and Biutiful.

Forever My Girl tells the story of country music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

Written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf based upon the novel by Heidi McLaughlin, the film stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson, Travis Tritt, Judith Hoag and John Benjamin Hickey.

The film was produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe. Executive producers are Alison Semenza King, Nicole Stojkovich and Zach Tann. The film features original country music written for the screen by Brett Boyett.

“We fell in love with this special movie the moment we saw it and we are excited to partner again with Mickey Liddell and our friends at LD Entertainment,” said Cohen and d’Arbeloff. “Forever My Girl is the kind of film that will play everywhere but we believe it will play especially well in the heartland. It has tested through the roof around the country – far above the norms with sensational reactions across the board. We can’t wait for audiences to discover the film and its soulful songs and heartfelt performances.”

Mickey Liddell stated, “Forever My Girl is one of those rare films that only comes along once every decade. It’s an uplifting, romantic and fun family film with amazing original country music. Writer-Director Bethany Ashton Wolf knocked it out of the park creating an atmosphere which allowed Alex and Jessica to develop a magnetic chemistry which delivered remarkable performances. I am thrilled to be back in business with Roadside and excited to share this movie with audiences across the country.”

LD Entertainment was represented by CEO Mickey Liddell, ICM’s Peter Trinh and Eric Thompson at The Law Offices of Eric W Thompson. Cohen negotiated the deal on behalf of Roadside Attractions.


ABOUT ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
Since its founding in 2003, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $300M and garnered nineteen Academy Award® nominations. Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as Manchester by the Sea, Love & Friendship, Hello My Name is Doris, Mr. Holmes, Love & Mercy, A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, The Skeleton Twins, All Is Lost, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Arbitrage, Margin Call and Super-Size Me. Its upcoming slate includes Doug Liman’s The Wall starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena; Rama Burshtein’s The Wedding Plan starring Noa Koler, Amos Tamam and Oz Zehavi; Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Chloë Sevigny and Connie Britton; William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth starring Florence Pugh; Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy in New York starring Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Bridges; and David Gordon Green’s Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson.

ABOUT LD ENTERTAINMENT
LD Entertainment is an independent film studio that finances the development and production of elevated and thoughtful films and television. Founded in 2007 by veteran television and film executive Mickey Liddell, LD Entertainment has produced numerous award winning films covering all genres.

LD’s recent films include the Academy Award nominated “Jackie”, starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larrain, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Niki Caro. This June, LD is set to release “Megan Leavey” starring Kate Mara and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Past films include “Anthropoid”, with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, “The Grey” starring Liam Neeson, and “Risen” starring Joseph Fiennes and Cliff Curtis. LD’s also produced and received Oscar nominations for the poignant and complex films BIUTIFUL starring Javier Bardem and ALBERT NOBBS starring Glen Close.

LD Entertainment is in post on three films; “Jacob’s Ladder” starring Michael Ealy and directed by David Rosenthal, “Fast Color” directed by Julia Hart and starring GuGu Mbatha-Raw and “Live Like Line” starring Helen Hunt and William Hurt and directed by Sean McNamara.

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TULIP FEVER Trailer Starring Alicia Vikander

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom.



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Wes Anderson's #IsleOfDogs Poster & Release Date

Set in Japan, ISLE OF DOGS follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog.

The films stars F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama, Courtney B. Vance and Frank Wood.

Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs opens April 20, 2018.

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Star Wars: Episode IX Arrives May 24, 2019

Variety is reporting “Star Wars: Episode IX” is set to fly into theaters on May 24, 2019, Disney announced on Tuesday.

Colin Trevorrow is on board to direct.

Disney had staked out December for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but now returns to the summer, where every other previous installment had bowed.

Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac are all expected to return. Disney recently revealed that Carrie Fisher, who died late last year, will not appear in the film.

Earlier this month, Disney released the first trailer for “The Last Jedi,” which bows this December, at Disney’s “Star Wars Celebration” event.

“The Force Awakens” and the recently released “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” crushed box office records, with both films surpassing $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Disney also has another “Star Wars” spinoff, this time focusing on a young Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich), hitting theaters on May 25, 2018.

The untitled “Doctor Dolittle” pic starring Robert Downey Jr. is the only other film dated for that slot. Also on Tuesday, Disney revealed the release dates of several other highly anticipated films, including the live-action reboot of “The Lion King,” the next “Indiana Jones” film, and the sequel to “Frozen.”


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Rough Night Character Posters Starring Scarlett Johansson

In the R-rated comedy Rough Night, five friends from college - played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz - reunite for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami that goes completely off the rails. Just when it looks like their whole lives could change in one night, they find out there's more to the story.


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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TRAILER

20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE! In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…



KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE hits theaters everywhere on September 22, 2017.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

First Trailer & Poster For #DeanMovie Starring @DemetriMartin & Kevin Kline

Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between.



Dean (Martin) is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert (Kline) takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans.

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Michael Mann To Direct Eight Part Miniseries “Hue”

Michael Mann (“Public Enemies,” “Heat”) and super producer Michael De Luca (“Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) have acquired the rights to “Black Hawk Down” author Mark Bowden’s book, “Hue” which chronicles the turning point of the American War in Vietnam, according to Deadline. They’re going to turn this into an eight to ten hour miniseries, many of its episodes will be directed by Mann.

By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet General William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war in which “the end begins to come into view.” The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. Part military action and part popular uprising, the Tet Offensive included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Hue, the country’s cultural capital. At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts.

The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company against thousands of enemy troops in the first attempt to re-enter Hue later that day. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.

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#TheFateOfTheFurious Wins Again

Driving into its second week of release, Fast & Furious 8 continues to lead the pack in terms of box office results in the States and across the world. The latest entry into the successful franchise has now crossed $163.5 million in the US after adding $38.68 million according to studio estimates.

While that represents a 60% drop from its opening weekend, the new film is still going great guns, and its global performance is even better. With strong showings in China and elsewhere, Fast 8 is closing in on a billion dollars worldwide after just two weekends on release. That $908.3 million is breaking records and seems set to stick around for a while.

The new movies entering the charts had much less success, which means that The Boss Baby clung like an infant to second with $12.7 million and Beauty And The Beast stayed third on $9.9 million. Only one new arrival cracked the top five, and it was the one on the least amount of screens: Disney Nature's Born In China, with the latest wildlife release earning $5.1 million. Caper comedy Going In Style rounded out the top five on $5 million.

Smurfs: The Lost Village was sixth, adding $4.85 million, and then the second of the week's new arrivals, stalker thriller Unforgettable hit seventh with an unremarkable $4.8 million. Gifted was down from sixth place to eighth on $4.5 million, ahead of The Promise, which couldn't drum up much interest and launched in ninth with $4 million. The Lost City Of Z, meanwhile, expanded its release and snuck into the top 10 on $2.1 million.

Stepping outside the top 10 for a moment, found footage thriller Phoenix Forgotten began its run with a disappointing 11th-place kick-off and $2 million, while Ben Wheatley's Free Fire opened in more limited release and took in $1 million, which is still a wider opening and more money than most of Wheatley's movies have managed in the States.

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Deadpool 2, X-Men Franchise & The New Mutants Get Their Release Dates

Apparently 20th Century Fox decided that this weekend should be Release Date Announcement-Palooza, as, in addition to confirming the Avatar sequel dates, set releases for a wealth of mutant movies and more, including Deadpool 2, The New Mutants and the next chapter of the main X-Men franchise, currently known as Dark Phoenix.

Deadpool 2 has, of course, been falling into place following the smash success of last year's original, and now boasts Josh Brolin aboard to play the character of Cable. It'll be with us on 1 June, 2018, a switch from the first film's February arrival, but A) Fox figures the Merc With A Mouth is ready to go up against the crowded summer competition and B) with shooting starting in the coming months, it couldn't conceivably be ready for next Feb.

The New Mutants, which has Josh Boone in the director's chair, is quickly coming together, with casting rumours flying for a while. The story of the first graduates from Charles Xavier's school is set to arrive on 13 April 2018. And finally on the X-Men front, Fox has actually acknowledged that the next movie will be Dark Phoenix, which will presumably feature Sophie Turner's Jean Grey seeing her power grow out of control. Little has been officially released about that one, though Simon Kinberg has been tipped to step into the director's seat.

In non-mutant news, Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks/Meryl Streep Pentagon Papers film has landed an awards-schedule 22 December release this year, with Bohemian Rhapsody, staring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, is on for Christmas 2018.

Then there are movies on the move, with Kingsman: The Golden Circle shifting up a week and Murder On The Orient Express shifting two weeks earlier in November this year. Shane Black's The Predator is leaving February next year and headed to 3 August, replaced by Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which slots into its place for a 9 February arrival.

We'd note here that the news usually corresponds to US releases and that UK dates could be slightly different, but at least we now know what to expect, especially in regards to Fox's expanding plans for its Mutant universe.

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LUC BESSON’S "VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS" FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

LUC BESSON’S “VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
TO GIVE AWAY EXCLUSIVE COMIC BOOK IN CELEBRATION OF ‘FREE COMIC BOOK DAY’ ON MAY 6, 2017

 An exclusive comic book featuring the stories that inspired the upcoming film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will be available to fans around the world for free at local comic book stores, on Saturday, May 6, 2017 as part of “Free Comic Book Day,” it was announced today by STXfilms, EuropaCorp, and Cinebook.

In anticipation of the July 21st film release of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, this 32-page, free issue will feature a preview of the story from the comics that inspired the film, as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes content from the highly anticipated, summer film developed and produced by EuropaCorp and distributed in the United States by STXfilms.

The original ground-breaking French comic series of VALERIAN AND LAURELINE published by Les Éditions Dargaud, was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, and inspired a generation of artists, writers, and filmmakers. “VALERIAN AND LAURELINE” ran for 43 years and is collected in 23 volumes. This year, the series is celebrating its 50th anniversary coinciding with the feature film’s release in July.

”It gives me incredible joy to finally bring to the big screen, 50 years later, the work of comic book creators Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that originally sparked my imagination and set me on this incredible journey,” said writer/ director Luc Besson. “I look forward to introducing a new generation of fans to the adventures of Valerian and Laureline.”


ABOUT VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevigne, Clive Owen with Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer. The film is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla. In theaters July 21st!

STXfilms thanks Cinebook and Bliss on Tap who were instrumental in bringing this preview issue to fans on Free Comic Book Day. The 32-page preview issue will be printed at its original, European size. Check with your local comic book shop for more details. Availability is limited.

For more information, please visit www.FreeComicBookDay.com.

ABOUT STXFILMS
STXfilms is a division of STX Entertainment, a global next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VF, digital vide, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG. Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others. With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

For more information, please visit https://stxentertainment.com/

ABOUT EUROPACORP
EuropaCorp is one of Europe’s leading film studios. Founded in 1999, EuropaCorp has operations spanning production, theatrical distribution, video and VOD, and television sales. EuropaCorp also has international rights, partnerships and licensing, production and soundtrack publishing activities. The Group has also been producing TV series since 2010. EuropaCorp’s integrated business model allows it to benefit from diversified sources of revenue. With a line-up boasting various types of films and a very strong foothold in international markets, the Group has produced France’s biggest international hits in recent years. EuropaCorp was founded by French filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson. The Group owns a catalogue of 500 movies.


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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ALIEN: COVENANT In Houston

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see ALIEN: COVENANT on May 10 at 7:30 PM in San Antonio.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.



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Friday, April 21, 2017

Movie Review: #ThePromise

The Promise stuns us with its horrors, but bores us with its love triangle.

Review by Matt Cummings

With the world seemingly ready to fight another global campaign of death, The Promise comes along to remind us why war is so terrible. Its arrival this week shows us the personal cost of war, complete with all the horrors of genocide and the terrible atrocities which men are capable of producing.

The Armenian Mikael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac) is a kind and gentle man who yearns to learn medicine at a school in Constantinople so that he can help his small village improve their quality of life. He enters into an arranged marriage to pay his board fees, then hurriedly whisks off to the capital city. There, he comes under the care of his well-to-do uncle and begins immediately to flourish. He meets the stunning dancer Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), whose fanciful air is immediately appealing to the lonely Mikael. But WWI is fast approaching, and soon Mikael, Ana, and all of Turkey witness a horror too great to imagine: the Turks are committing genocide on the very same Armenians who have co-existed peacefully with them for hundreds of years. Cataloging the mayhem is the American journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), whose long working relationship finds himself enamored of Ana. Soon, the three enter a love triangle that WWI seems determined to squash, as they witness killings on scale no one has seen since the Mongols. Bound by his medical duty but conflicted over his love for Ana, Mikael journeys down a dark path that will see his life shattered, his friends placed in mortal danger, with one of them paying the ultimate price for their humanity.

The Promise is a bold and uncompromising view of genocide, lead by the talents of Director Terry George. He keeps the camera squarely focused on these moments, but at the beginning immerses us in Turkish markets, lavish dance halls, and exquisitely-decorated homes. As the focus shifts to the war, George is there as well, presenting us with craggy coastlines, bombed-out buildings, and open water. Some of that action by Cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe is cheap-looking - especially some of the handheld during action scenes - but he gets right up to George's actors to show their horror at Turkish actions. George also realizes that other stories will intersect here and does his best tie up every loose end before the credits roll. Some of that is difficult to watch, but most of it will infuriate you that people can make this kind of war on each other. Luckily, George isn't afraid to show us these moments, led by Isaac who brings a warmth and depth to Mikael. He is a genuinely likable if rather vanilla kind of lead, but it's this innocence which Isaac also brings that makes his emotional moments that much more felt. It's hard not to shed a tear when, during the third act, he comes across the dead of his village, rounded up and shot near a stream.

Unfortunately, not all of The Promise is done so well. The love triangle is haphazardly assembled, with the trio never really enjoying the chemistry of the other. Bale particularly feels out of place here, but he never phones in his performance; he's not the only big-name star here, as The Promise is filled with several cameos from Jean Reno and James Cromwell among others. Le Bon will be a bright star one day, but Ana's style and well-traveled heel seems way above Mikael's small-town sensibilities, and it's never fully established why the two fall for each other. But I do give George and Co-Writer Robin Swicord credit for not turning it into a knock-down between Mikael and Chris when they learn of each other's interests in Ana. It is rather convenient that our stars find one another so often as events begin to unfold and overtake them, and their crisscrossing timelines don't feel natural at all. And while the ending is a gut-wrench, one also finds themselves questioning whether these three have telepathy to be there when one pays the ultimate price.

The Promise succeeds only when the light is shed fully on the real story, that of the genocide which to this day Turkey refuses to acknowledge. Such a tragedy deserves an audience, even if what we uncover is an ugly truth. Adding impeccable production values to things doesn't hurt either, from the various location shootings to the exquisite costumes and sets. The score by Composer Gabriel Yared brings some of the grandeur John Barry before heading down the dark path that seems no love is unqualified to endure. And that's the real problem behind The Promise: although I do agree human stories become more powerful when cobbled together with historical fact, this one never gets those assemblies quite in the right order.

The Promise was a 2016 holdout, recently purchased by Open Road and given a much earlier date than the film deserved. Since then, it's been slayed by the critics for choosing relationships over story, which I think is not altogether unfair. True, our characters do happen to find one another through the genocide way too easily, but I never felt that their triangle interfered with what eventually became an experience that's hard to swallow. When the film chooses melodrama over telling a compelling story about genocide, it falters mightily; but one cannot doubt the inhumanity sometimes needs a human touch to bring things down. Coupled with The Lost City of Z, The Promise might be the only intelligent thing we'll see from now until October, but you'd never know it by the way both have been tossed into late April like The Island of Forgotten Toys.

The Promise is a sweeping, grand, and engaging film that will most likely draw you in to its message that war truly makes people do unthinkable things. Once things get going, it becomes a harrowing experience for sure, and you might even find your knuckles growing quite white from all the tension which George concocts. Critics have in my mind unfairly slayed The Promise, and so I'd encourage you to make up your own mind by checking it out. You surely will come away with a better appreciation of our world's first foray into wholesale slaughter, but its message of human suffering is also just as stirring.

The Promise is rated PG-13 for thematic material including war atrocities, violence and disturbing images, and for some sexuality and has a runtime of 132 minutes.

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SEB’S CLUBS TO TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY ON #LALALANDDAY

LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, NEW ORLEANS AND WASHINGTON D.C. TO HOST LA LA LAND THEMED JAZZ CLUB TAKEOVERS ON APRIL 25

In celebration of the award-winning La La Land releasing on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD, on April 25th five cities will transform into the club featured in the film, “Seb’s.” The bars will be fully changed over to replicate the “Seb’s” experience with live music, themed drinks and film inspired décor.

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The festivities will happen on Tuesday, April 25th at the following locations:

Chicago:
Andy’s Jazz Club
11 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611
Two Shows: 5:00 PM & 9:30 PM CT

Los Angeles
Blind Donkey
149 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
8:00pm PT

Washington, DC
Mr. Henry’s
601 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Doors open at 7pm ET, Jazz band starts at 8pm ET

New Orleans
d.b.a.
618 Frenchmen St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
7:00PM CT

San Francisco
Le Colonial
20 Cosmo Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94109
7:00PM PT

ABOUT LA LA LAND
The dazzling Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-winning music-filled masterpiece La La Land arrives on Digital HD on April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand April 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. Written and directed by Academy Award® winning director Damien Chazelle and starring Oscar® Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar® Best Actress winner Emma Stone, La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, 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.

La La Land is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year — it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

La La Land will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ALIEN: COVENANT In San Antonio

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see ALIEN: COVENANT on May 10 at 7:30 PM in San Antonio.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.



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In Theaters - May 19, 2017

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