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Friday, January 27, 2017

Movie Review: #Gold

Two small-time prospectors go against big corporate greed in the dull and tedious Gold.

Review by Matt Cummings

There's little in the 90's period piece Gold that glistens with anything more than a modestly good time. While it tries desperately to suggest that the little guy can still get one over on big corporate baddies, the end result looks and feels like a ton of better stuff we've seen in the past few years. You'll also likely find the gluttony of greed, smoking, and drinking to overshadow what could have been a genuine Oscar contender.

Kenny (McGonaughey) is a slick-talking salesman of the gold industry, a deeply emotional and independent figure who's waiting for the one chance to make his millions. But as the country spirals into a recession, Kenny finds his company gone and his crew working out of a bar where girlfriend Kay (a surprisingly plump Bryce Dallas Howard) pours him an endless supply of drinks. Facing rising debt and a bar tab he cannot pay, Kenny is gifted one last chance: he mortgages Kay's house and pawns her jewelry to visit the geologist Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) who can't get anyone to mine in far-off Indonesia. When the location yields incredible finds, Kenny and Acosta are vaulted to the top of corporate world, facing snakes like a New York investment banker (Corey Stoll) and a billionaire competitor (Bruce Greenwood). But a deep deception is about to occur, one that will test Kenny's indefatigable outlook and pit him against his investors and even the FBI.

Gold does absolutely nothing new in terms of style, nor does its message about greed-eating-greed stay with you after the lights come up. The idea of watching a potbellied McConaughey drinking and smoking his way through this rags-riches-rags-riches-rag-riches storyline is only good if you like to see what fat, balding men look like in tighty whities. Yes, McConaughey struts around in them like he owns the place, and for awhile you root for his story as he finally gets his shot at the big time. But then it's more drinking and smoking behind those fake buck teeth and you wonder if this is all Gold is meant to be. There's little more to it - and therefore less in the end - which undermines Director Stephen Gaghan's nice-looking film.

Gold is solidly shot by Cinematographer Robert Elswit, who bathes us in 90's grain and gorgeous jungle scenes. We get the harshness of prospecting, the way it brings out the worst in men, and the all-too-familiar lesson about American corporate greed, but there's little else of worth here. Once Kenny has been exposed as the slick-talking victim left out to dry, we really don't have much more in us to follow him. He evolves into a boob and scapegoat rather than remaining the fighter McConaughey and Gaghan envision for him. What happens after that in a whipsaw end scene is a measure of generosity and a commentary on just how strong Kenny and Acosta's friendship is. This relationship, expertly carried out by McGonaughey and Ramirez, is perhaps the best part of the film. But the situation is completely out of Kenny's control and feels like a plot device camouflaged as a Hail Mary to replenish our view of him.

Moreover, Gold employs a worn-out formula to win us over, filling our ears with era-specific music that arrives at exactly the right time while trying to look like The Wolf of Wall Street in the process. Greed sports lavish lifestyle choices for Kenny, his clan, and the companies that line up to 'help him', employing corporate greed as the black hat. Think 2015's The Big Short with the exact same visual elements on display. But they also expect us to know little if anything about its characters' history or the financial crisis Bre-X nearly caused; that's so they can bend the story for maximum dramatic effect. There's the ubiquitous voice over, attempting to neatly tie up the film's heavy-handed mining and economic terminology. And there's the moment when our once-fearless couple break apart because greed has consumed Kenny. It's all by-the-numbers film making, and that wouldn't be so bad if it didn't then expect us to reward it for its Oscar aspirations. Tough luck. Gold

Gold should have been at least 10 minutes shorter, as a flashback opener with Kenny's father (Craig T. Nelson) is totally unneeded; but it just keeps meandering, unwilling to settle down into a fitting conclusion which includes multiple endings and a final scene that only feels like it has more story to tell. It's as if Writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman felt that these twists were necessary to keep the audience's attention, and that's where it misses the point. This shouldn't be a story about emerging corporate greed running over the little guy (that's Founder), nor one about the mistakes people make seeking their brass ring (that's Fences), or how one man can win over corporate America (that's Hell or High Water). Gold feels like something we've seen so many times recently, with many of them failing to grasp the attention of The Academy. This one isn't any different.

Gold doesn't really amount to much of anything, because so many endings come and go (including the last confusing scene) that it never delivers the emotional punch (and Oscar noms) Gaghan was hoping for. It just goes to prove how Hollywood takes good ideas and pounds them into the ground until you can't recognize them from the dozens of exact copies it was designed to emulate.

Gold is rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity and has a runtime of 121 minutes.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 In SAN ANTONIO

Enter for a chance to see JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 on February 7 at 7:00 PM in SAN ANTONIO.


In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.



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Bryan Singer To Direct The Untitled Marvel TV Show

THR is reporting that 'Burn Notice' grad Matt Nix and Marvel TV. Fox is turning to an X-Men expert to helm its Matt Nix drama.

The network has tapped Bryan Singer to direct the untitled Marvel drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In addition, Singer will executive produce the potential series — which would mark the first live-action X-Men entry on broadcast.

From Burn Notice grad and APB showrunner Nix, the action-adventure drama focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Die-hard X-Men fan Nix will pen the script and serve as showrunner on the drama from 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel TV. The project stems from Nix's overall deal with 20th TV. Nix executive produces alongside X-Men franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner, Singer and Simon Kinberg as well as Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.

For Singer, the Fox drama marks his latest TV helming foray following Battle Creek, House and Bryan Fuller's Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane. On the feature side, Singer is an X-Men pro having directed the first feature film in the franchise in 2000 as well as its 2003 sequel, 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past and last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. His other feature directing credits include Superman Returns and the upcoming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE SPACE BETWEEN US In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see THE SPACE BETWEEN US on February 1st at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE SPACE BETWEEN US In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to see THE SPACE BETWEEN US on February 1st at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.



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Mondo Announces #CREED "Composer's Cut" Soundtrack On Vinyl

MONDO ENTERS THE RING WITH THE COMPOSER'S CUT OF THE "CREED" SOUNDTRACK ON VINYL.


Mondo announces the Creed soundtrack, available for the first time ever on vinyl. Compiled by Ludwig Göransson himself, this "Composer's Cut" is the first time the film's score has been released without dialogue tracks and features four never before released bonus tracks. The soundtrack will be available for purchase on February 8th at Mondotees.com.

"In the world of Adonis, Bill Conti's iconic Rocky score weighs as heavy as Apollo's legacy. Without even getting into the soundtracks for the various sequels, the music of Rocky looms large over the franchise's legacy, but Ludwig Göransson's score for Creed goes round for round with the greats and truly stands on its own. It's powerful, and emotional without leaning heavily on nostalgia," said Mondo Record Label Manager Mo Shafeek.

"I'm so excited to finally have my score for Creed on my favorite format. I'm also excited to share this new version with only the instrumental score for the true film score fans," said Creed composer Ludwig Göransson.

Mondo is celebrating the soundtrack release by hosting a special screening of Creed at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas on Saturday, January 28th with an exclusive pre-sale of the 180 Gram Tri-Color Red White and Blue Vinyl (Limited to 1,000 Copies). Visit drafthouse.com for tickets and more details.

Creed - Original Motion Picture Score 2XLP
Composer's Cut
Original Score by Ludwig Göransson
Design and Layout by Jay Shaw and Rob Jones
Pressed on 180 Gram Tri-Color Red White and Blue Vinyl (Limited to 1,000 Copies)
$35

Vinyl artwork (Design and Layout by Jay Shaw and Rob Jones)
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Featuring the complete original score without dialogue for the first time in any format. Also featuring 4 previously unreleased Bonus Tracks, remastered for Vinyl, with brand new liner notes by composer Ludwig Göransson.

Tracklisting

Side A:
01. Juvy (2:20)
02. Adonis (2:28)
03. Your Daddy Died In The Ring (2:20)*
04. Meeting Rocky (3:46)
05. Conlan (Redemption) (1:28)
06. First Date

Side B
07. Moving In With Rocky (1:20)
08. Front Street Gym (3:23)
09. Pre-Fight (1:16)*
10. The Sporino Fight (4:34)
11. Liverpool (1:58)*
12. I Got You (1:02)
13. Rocky Falls (1:26)*

Side C
14. Rocky Is Sick (2:17)
15. Caught In The Shadow (1:21)
16. If I Fight, You Fight (Training Montage) (4:54)
17. Boxing Shorts (1:44)
18. Conlan Fight (6:22)

Side D
19. You're A Creed (4:26)
20. You Can See The Whole Town From Here (2:11)
21. End Credits - Creed (3:08)
22. Creed Suite (2:36)

*Previously Unreleased

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About MONDO
Mondo is an art gallery and online store devoted to a passionate love of film, art, music and toys. The company has received global recognition for bringing art back to movie poster design and has emerged as one of the leading curators of classic and contemporary film soundtracks on vinyl. Utilizing the talents of world class artists and designers, Mondo produces limited edition, screen printed posters based on film, television and comic properties, working with the leading entertainment brands including DC Comics, HBO, Marvel, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers as well as filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino and Edgar Wright. Based in Austin, TX, Mondo operates out of a permanent gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions featuring a blend of breathtaking original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Mondo aspires to be a creative home for artists and designers to work and have their visions realized, whether through posters, gallery shows, vinyl, apparel or toys. Their first convention in 2014, MondoCon, was a celebration of art, music, film and their creators. Mondo is also recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a full archive of film posters as part of their research library. The parent company of Mondo is Alamo Drafthouse.

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Gore Verbinski’s #CureForWellness Clip

See the first clip from Gore Verbinski’s A CURE FOR WELLNESS featuring Dane DeHaan and Jason Isaacs.

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.




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FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ACQUIRES DIRECTOR GEREMY JASPER’S “PATTI CAKE$”

Starring Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay,
Mamoudou Athie, McCaul Lombardi, Sahr Ngaujah, Wass Stevens, and MC Lyte

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired worldwide distribution rights to first-time writer / director Geremy Jasper’s infectious hip hop debut film PATTI CAKE$, starring Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Cathy Moriarty, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, McCaul Lombardi, Sahr Ngaujah, Wass Stevens, and MC Lyte. The film is an RT Features, Stay Gold Features, Maiden Voyage Pictures presentation of a Department of Motion Pictures production. It is the new company’s first feature film. PATTI CAKE$ is produced by Michael Gottwald, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Chris Columbus, with Lourenço Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Eleanor Columbus, Josh Penn, Jonathan Bronfman, Lon Molnar, Fernando Fraiha, and Bill Benenson serving as executive producers. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in 2017.

“Geremy Jasper has created a personal and specific story which resonates universally and is very entertaining. Patti Cake$, brought to life by Danielle Macdonald, is a singular, lovable, and highly talented character for whom we root hard. We are proud to bring this beautiful film to the world,” said Utley and Gilula.

“Patti Cake$ is a true labor of love made by a team of people with so much creativity, care, and passion. Sundance finally got to meet Patti AKA Killa P AKA Danielle MacDonald and now Fox Searchlight will make sure the world does too. We could not be in better hands,” said director Geremy Jasper.

“We knew from our experience with 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' that Fox Searchlight was the perfect place to introduce the world to an incredible heroine like Patti, and a fiercely talented filmmaker like Geremy,” said producer Michael Gottwald.

PATTI CAKE$ introduces Australian native Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and only friends, Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and Basterd (Mamoudou Athie), Patti also shoulders her mother's (Bridget Everett) heartaches and misfortunes.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache, with CAA and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#ARRIVAL WILL BE RE-RELEASED IN THEATERS ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

Re-Release Will Feature Eight Minutes of Exclusive Bonus Footage Featuring Commentary from Amy Adams and Director Denis Villeneuve

 On the heels of receiving 8 Oscar® nominations for the acclaimed film ARRIVAL, Paramount Pictures is re-releasing the critically-acclaimed and award-winning film in theatres across the country this Friday, January 27. The re-release will include exclusive bonus footage featuring thought-provoking commentary and a behind-the-scenes look from Director Denis Villeneuve, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and other cast and filmmakers. The bonus features, which can only be seen in theatres, shed insight on the filmmaking process and creative vision behind the story. The film has earned over $170M globally since November.
In addition to its Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, the AFI, PGA, WGA, SAG, Critics Choice Awards, and National Board of Review have lauded ARRIVAL. The film’s star Amy Adams recently received the National Board of Review’s Best Actress award, Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Chairman's Award and was honored by the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards with a career achievement honor.

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

ARRIVAL stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mark O’Brien. From Paramount Pictures in association with FilmNation Entertainment, Lava Bear Films and 21 Laps Entertainment Production. Produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde. Based on the story, “Story of Your Life” written by Ted Chiang, with screenplay by Eric Heisserer. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Paramount Pictures handles distribution in the US and Canada, with FilmNation Entertainment as the international sales agent for all territories.

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

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#FencesMovie Cast & Filmmakers React To Academy Awards Nominations

Here are the reactions from cast and filmmakers of FENCES on behalf of the film’s Academy Awards® nominations today for the following:
BEST PICTURE: FENCES
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Viola Davis, FENCES
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Denzel Washington, FENCES
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: August Wilson, FENCES

DENZEL WASHINGTON
“Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition and for honoring August Wilson’s brilliant words. I am just lucky to have been entrusted with this project and to have the chance to work with the amazing Viola Davis and the rest of my talented cast and crew.”

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VIOLA DAVIS
“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it. Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!”

TODD BLACK | Producer
“I could not be more excited and grateful to the Academy for recognizing our film. Extending my congratulations to Denzel and Viola and the rest of the fantastic cast and crew of FENCES who brought the words of August Wilson to life. This is a very special day, and I am just thrilled right now.”

CONSTANZA ROMERO WILSON | Wife of August Wilson
“I am overjoyed that August's work is being recognized, and that millions of people are getting the chance to see FENCES! I feel he would be incredibly proud of the love and care that everyone involved, especially Denzel, invested to make this film possible.”

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#BEBAYWATCH Character Posters Have 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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#LegionFX Announces Immersive Art Experiences & Exclusive Poster Giveaway LEGION

FX CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF LEGION WITH IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

Three-Day New York Art Exhibit, Legion Where?House, featuring Original Art by Renowned Artists. Five Augmented Reality Murals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Exclusive Art Made Available to Fans in 56 Comic Book Store Locations Throughout the US

FX Networks announced today bold and exciting art-inspired initiatives to celebrate the long-awaited February 8th premiere of Legion. Comic lovers around the country can access the headspace of one of the world’s most powerful mutants and embrace the fractured reality of this new original series through one-of-a-kind experiences presented by FX Networks. For full details, visit insidelegion.com/experience.

Five augmented reality murals that will reveal the power of David Haller’s mind can be found in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Those who find the murals can download the Blippar app, then aim and frame the art to watch the power of Legion come to life. Locations for each mural are: Brooklyn, NY at St. Nicholas Avenue & Jefferson Street; New York, NY at Bleecker Street & Carmine Street; Chicago, IL at W. North Avenue & N. Western Avenue; Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street; San Francisco, CA at Fillmore Street & Union Street.

Launching Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29, Legion Where?House opens to the public featuring a mind-bending three-day art exhibit in Brooklyn. The gallery presented by FX is inspired by the unpredictable world of Legion at Villain warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. The three-day exhibit will challenge audiences and bring the unfathomable power of the Legion to life with art installations inspired by the series’ themes, including:

Forced perspective art piece by Michael Murphy
Found materials installation by Clemens Behr
Light and shadow installation by Kumi Yamashita
Legion Key Art Mural by David Flores
Multimedia installation inspired by the series


In addition, fans nationwide who want to take the art home can head to 56 participating comic book stores across the US including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and more, that will be giving away the limited edition posters (while supplies last). Go to insidelegion.com/experience for the full list of locations.

Legion, the highly-anticipated new drama series from Noah Hawley, will premiere on FX on Wednesday, February 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. Hawley serves as Executive Producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning FX limited series Fargo.

Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.

A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture-perfect suburban life she’s built for herself. Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.

Legion is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.

About FX:
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in 91 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain and the upcoming Taboo, Legion and Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story and the upcoming Trust and Feud; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Archer, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy® Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly.

About Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Television:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.

Marvel Television develops and produces some of the world’s most creative and popular live-action and animated programming for broadcast and cable television networks plus digital platforms including a historic deal with NETFLIX. Its portfolio of self-produced series includes “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ” ”Marvel’s The Inhumans” for ABC, ”Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” and the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” for NETFLIX and “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man,” “Marvel’s Avengers” and “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” for Disney XD. Marvel Television’s upcoming projects include “Marvel’s Iron Fist” and the culminating “Marvel’s The Defenders” for NETFLIX as well as “Marvel’s The Punisher” (NETFLIX), “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” (Freeform), “Legion” (FX), and “Marvel’s Runaways” (Hulu). For more information, visit marvel.com. © 2017 MARVEL


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Here's What's Coming To Netflix In February 2017

Netflix is premiering a whopping 19 original titles in February, including a follow-up mockumentary film to the British Office.

Ricky Gervais returns as the world's most bumbling boss in David Brent: Life on the Road as Brent goes on a roadtrip to live out his dream of being a rock star. The Office sequel debuts on Netflix on Feb. 10.

The streaming service will also release the first season of Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore's cannibal comedy show Santa Clarita Diet on Feb. 3 and Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special on Feb. 7.

Netflix is also getting a slew of great non-original shows and movies in February, including the final season of Girl Meets World and the second season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- two great, underappreciated and under-watched shows that more than deserve a spot on your Netflix queue.

Feb. 1
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies and Cyber Attacks*
Babe*
Babe: Pig in the City*
Balto 2: Wolf Quest*
Balto 3: Wings of Change*
Contact
Corpse Bride
Disney's Finding Dory
Eleven P.M.
From This Day Forward: A Trans Love Story*
Gun Runners
Hell-Bound Train
Hot Biskits
I am Sun Mu*
Invincible
Les Beaux Malaises: Seasons 1-4*
Magic Mike
Masha's Spooky Stories: Season 1*
Mother with a Gun
Paris Is Burning*
Project X
Silver Streak
The Blair With Project*
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Five Heartbeats
The Furchester Hotel: Seasons 1-2
The Girl from Chicago
The Longest Day
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Twilight*
Women in Gold

Feb. 2
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
Frequency: Season 1

Feb. 3
Daniel Sosa: Sosafado*
Imperial Dreams*
Santa Clarita Diet*

Feb. 4
Superbad*

Feb. 5
Elvira I Will Give You My Life but I'm Using It
Los Herederos

Feb. 6
Girls Lost*
Me, Myself and Her*

Feb. 7
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special*

Feb. 8
Tiempos Felices*
Girl Asleep

Feb. 10
Abstract: The Art of Design*
David Brent: Life on the Road*

Feb. 11
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2*
Stronger Than the World

Feb. 12
Clouds of Sils Maria*

Feb. 13
Code: Debugging the Gender Gap*
Magicians: Life in the Impossible*

Feb. 14
Girlfriend's Day*
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble*
King Cobra*
Project MC2: Part 4*
White Nights

Feb. 15
Aram, Aram*
Before I Go to Sleep
Fire Song*

Feb. 16
Milk*
Sundown*

Feb. 17
Chef's Table: Season 3*
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 4*
Kill Ratio
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 2*

Feb. 19
Girl Meets World: Season 3
Growing Up Wild
Tini: El Gran Cambio De Violetta
When Calls the Heart: Season 3*

Feb. 23
Sausage Party*

Feb. 24
I Don't Feel at Home in this World Anymore*
Legend Quest: Season 1*
Ultimate Beastmaster*
Ultimate Beastmaster Mexcio*
VeggieTales in the City: Season 1*

Feb. 26
Night Will Fall

Feb. 27
Brazilian Western*

Feb. 28
Be Here Now*
Michael Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes*

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Krampus” Director Michael Dougherty Will Direct Godzilla 2

After first being hired to run the “Godzilla” universe writing room, “Krampus” director Michael Dougherty has now been tapped to direct the next installment in the monster movie franchise as well.

When news first broke that Dougherty and his “Krampus” co-writer Zach Shields would be penning the sequel, reports surfaced that Dougherty would also helm the pic, but insiders said then that the deal was only to write the sequel, not direct. After months of work in the writers room, Legendary eventually extended an offer for him to direct as well.

Alex Garcia will oversee the project for Legendary.

In October 2015, Legendary and Warner Bros. made a joint announcement that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with “Kong: Skull Island” in March. Legendary currently holds a distribution deal with Universal, but in order to re-team Godzilla and King Kong, Legendary decided to send the rights back over to Warner Bros. to be able to create this new “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new.

“Godzilla 2” is currently dated for Mar. 22, 2019, with “Godzilla vs. Kong” set for May 29, 2020.

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2017 Oscar Nominations Have Been Announced

Better get your tux to a dry cleaners, pronto – it’s Oscar time again. The nominees for the 89th annual Academy Awards have been announced, and as expected, razzle-dazzle old-school musical La La Land has come out on top with a record-equaling 14 nominations. Hot on its toe-tapping heels are cerebral alien sci-fi Arrival and generational urban drama Moonlight, which both earned six nominations apiece.

There were nine Best Picture nominations this year – a category that can be anywhere from five to ten – with a diverse list that included a Western (Hell Or High Water), a war movie (Hacksaw Ridge), a sci-fi (Arrival).

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Perhaps in response to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, there was plenty of recognition for films with non-white casts or stories, most notably Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences.

During a characteristically chin-scratching pre-recorded announcement video (never let it be said the Academy doesn’t know how to string something out) a series of previous winners were recruited to introduce the nominees, interspersed with anecdotes of winning the awards.

One notable snub was for Amy Adams, hotly tipped to pick up a nomination for either Arrival or Nocturnal Animals, and after five previous nominations with no win, is surely due a Leonardo DiCaprio-style coronation. Another surprise was Michael Shannon picking up a Best Supporting Actor nod, after his co-star in the same film, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, was recognised in the Golden Globes.

Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story repeated The Force Awakens' trick by picking up a few nods in the technical categories, which also bestowed unlikely recognition on blockbuster fare like Suicide Squad and Passengers.

The winners will be announced in a typically glitzy ceremony presented by Jimmy Kimmel at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on 26 February. See you at the dry cleaners.

Best Picture
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester By The Sea
Moonlight

Directing
Arrival - Denis Villeneuve
Hacksaw Ridge - Mel Gibson
La La Land - Damien Chazelle
Manchester By The Sea - Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight - Barry Jenkins

Actress In A Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert - Elle
Ruth Negga - Loving
Natalie Portman - Jackie
Emma Stone - La La Land
Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins

Actress In A Supporting Role
Viola Davis - Fences
Naomie Harris - Moonlight
Nicole Kidman - Lion
Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams - Manchester By The Sea

Actor In A Leading Role
Casey Affleck - Manchester By The Sea
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling - La La Land
Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington - Fences

Actor In A Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
Jeff Bridges - Hell Or High Water
Lucas Hedges - Manchester By The Sea
Dev Patel - Lion
Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals

Animated Feature Film
Kubo And The Two Strings
Moana
My Life As A Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Cinematography
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Costume Design
Allied
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Documentary (Feature)
Fire At Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made In America
13th

Documentary (Short Subject)
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Film Editing
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Foreign Language Film
Land Of Mine - Denmark
A Man Called Ove - Sweden
The Salesman - Iran
Tanna - Australia
Toni Erdmann - Germany

Makeup And Hairstyling
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Music (Original Score)
Jackie - Mica Levi
La La Land - Justin Hurwitz
Lion - Dustin O'Halloran And Hauschka
Moonlight - Nicholas Britell
Passengers - Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) - La La Land
Can't Stop The Feeling - Trolls
City Of Stars - La La Land
The Empty Chair - Jim: The James Foley Story
How Far I'll Go - Moana

Production Design
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Short Film (Animated)
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider And Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Short Film (Live Action)
Ennemis Intérieurs
La Femme Et Le Tgv
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Sound Editing
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Sound Mixing
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

Visual Effects
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo And The Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Adapted Screenplay
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Original Screenplay
Hell Or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By The Sea
20th Century Women

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Enter For A Chance To Win A Family 4 Pack To An Advance Screening For THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE on February 4 at 10:00 AM in Las Vegas.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.



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Enter For A Chance To Win A Family 4 Pack To An Advance Screening For THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE In Tucson

Enter for a chance to see THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE on February 4 at 10:00 AM in Tucson.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.



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Monday, January 23, 2017

Looks Like We Will Get Another Terminator Film

Deadline is reporting James Cameron, who regains certain rights to his prized creation The Terminator in 2019, is godfathering a new iteration of the film that might finally get it right in drawing a close in the battle between humans and Skynet. Sources said that Cameron, whose copyright reversion happens 35 years after the release of the 1984 classic, is in early talks with Deadpool director and VFX wiz Tim Miller to direct a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.

David Ellison, whose Skydance co-financed Terminator Genisys, is bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively. Ellison still holds many Terminator rights, after his 2013 acquisition from sister and Annapurna principal Megan Ellison. She bought them in 2011 at Cannes for $20 million.

This is the latest development in an ongoing saga. Indeed, The Terminator might have endured the craziest road of any billion-dollar movie franchise, going back to when Cameron — who only had Piranha 2 under his belt as director — sold rights to his scripted project for $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd, with the stipulation he could not be fired as director. The result was a 1984 sci-fi classic that launched his star and that of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cameron came back and topped himself to write and direct he blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but he washed his hands of the property after that. He mentioned to producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna his plans to buy the rights back from Carolco bankruptcy. They beat him to the punch, figuring he would still participate, but Cameron responded by walking away. He didn’t participate in the three films that followed, or the TV show The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The rights ended up with Pacificor, which paid $29.5 million, and Megan Ellison bought them after that company floundered.

Cameron has had zero involvement since then, and has largely been silent. The exception was on the last picture, Terminator Genisys. Perhaps because his old buddy and True Lies star Schwarzenegger had returned as the title character, Cameron was generous in his assessment, reportedly saying that the Alan Taylor-directed film had reinvigorated and created a renaissance for the franchise.

Audiences disagreed and the franchise seemed out of gas when the $155 million film grossed $440 million worldwide, but didn’t do nearly well enough in the U.S. Perhaps Cameron was foreshadowing his own future return to the franchise. Much the way that Sony used to rush Spider-Man movies to stay ahead of a rights-reversion ticking clock, it was always known that Cameron would regain clout eventually. It didn’t seem that Skydance or Paramount had much interest continuing the creative track of the last film, but real creative involvement by Cameron, even if he doesn’t direct, changes the whole ballgame. One only has to look at Aliens, True Lies, Titanic or Avatar to see what he is capable of creatively when he puts his mind to something.

I don’t know anything more than I’ve disclosed here, including whether they reboot the whole thing or pick up from where Cameron left off after the second film. I’ve heard the hope is for Miller to direct whatever they come up with. Cameron is booked for four Avatar sequels, to shoot two at a time. No comment from any of the involved parties.

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#TABLE19 New Poster!

Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) – having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text – decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the ‘random’ table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets (but not before sending something nice off the registry). As everyone’s secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19. Friendships – and even a little romance – can happen under the most unlikely circumstances


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Enter For A Chance To Win A Family 4 Pack To An Advance Screening For THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to see THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE on February 4 at 10:00 AM in Phoenix.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.



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#Rings Watch as hidden cameras capture the reactions of unsuspecting customers when Samara comes for them.

You know the rules: first you watch it, then you die.



A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

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Review: Sacramento's Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Sacramento’s Monster Jam Review: 

Sandwiched in between massive Monster Trucks and flying shrapnel, we bared witness to mass destruction within the Sleep Train Arena. The Monster Jam tour stopped nearby
first-ever motorsports event appearance in Sacramento’s new downtown venue, Golden 1 Center, for three action-packed events from Friday, January 20th with avery impressive Monster Jam truck line-up. The Monster Jam Teams were Grave Digger® driven by Cole Venard, Max-D® driven by Jared Eichelberger, El Toro Loco® driven by Mark List, Monster Mutt® Dalmation* driven by Cynthia Gauthier, Zombie™ driven by Tyler Groth, New Earth AuthoritySM (N.E.A.) driven by Travis Groth, Scooby-Doo™ driven by rookie Myranda Cozad and Mohawk Warrior* driven by rookie Bryce Kenny.



I brought my two kids and their cousin, who loves Grave Digger, so he naturally took quite the liking to this iconic truck  All were thrilling to see jump over dirt ramps, high into the air and often crash, flip, blow out a tire or take on other forms of abuse.


Unlike any other Monster Jam event, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is the definitive test of endurance, versatility and driving skills that showcases these premiere athletes as they go head-to-head in seven unique endurance competitions driving three different vehicles: Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs; ultimately battling for points in both racing and freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit.

This was my first Monster Truck show and even though I was warned that it would be loud, I didn’t expect it to be louder than a heavy metal concert. It was! So if you are planning on going soon, be sure the little ones have well-working, noise-reducing headphones. Although at times the sound bordered on annoying, the thrilling truck-jumps and destruction overshadowed the eardrum abuse. While our ears suffered a bit, our eyes were rewarded. extreme Truck freestyling, fast spinning donuts, and wheelies kept us firmly planted in our seats.

For more information of upcoming Monster Jam shows and ticket prices, go to https://www.monsterjam.com.

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Enjoy CHRONIC On DVD, Digital HD & On Demand February 28th Starring Tim Roth

Take home one of this year’s most riveting dramas when CHRONIC, starring Academy Award nominee Tim Roth, arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand February 28 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Embrace the moving story of one of this year’s most riveting dramas when Chronic arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand February 28 from Lionsgate. Nominated for Best Feature and Best Actor at the 2017 Independent Spirt Awards, Academy Award® Nominee Tim Roth (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Rob Roy, 1995) shines as a compassionate home-care nurse who emotionally bonds with his terminally ill patients. Praised as “a somber, intelligent, finely composed study of one man’s emotional endgame” by The Guardian, Chronic won Best Screenplay at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.



Tim Roth gives an astonishing performance in this acclaimed film about a dedicated home-care nurse who finds that he needs his patients as much as they need him.

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#LOGAN Is Rated R

LOGAN has been rated R for strong brutal violence and language throughout and for brief nudity.

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark force



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GOLDEN EXITS Teaser & #Sundance Screening Information

Nick has settled into a safe existence in a small pocket of Brooklyn, where he currently toils on an archival project for his father-in-law. Soon, 20-something Naomi arrives from Australia to assist Nick for the semester. She has no acquaintances in the city beyond a loose family connection to Buddy, a music producer who lives in the same neighborhood. For the few months she spends around Nick, Buddy, and their families, Naomi's presence upsets the unpleasant balance holding these two households together.



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Writer/director Alex Ross Perry (2014’ Listen Up Philip) returns to the festival, this time exploring the personal torment belying domesticated oblivion, with an ensemble cast embracing both the dramatic and darkly comedic faces of despair. As with his previous works, Golden Exits reunites Perry's regular collaborators: cinematographer Sean Price Williams, editor Robert Greene, and composer Keegan DeWitt.

Screenings:
World Premiere: Sunday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. (Library Center Theatre)
P&I Screening: Monday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. (Holiday Village Cinema 4)
Public Screening #2: Monday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. (Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC)
Public Screening #3: Tuesday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m. (The MARC)
Public Screening #4: Friday, January 27 at 12:15 p.m. (Eccles Theatre)
Public Screening #5: Saturday, January 28 at 8:30 a.m. (Prospector Square Theatre)

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Enter For A Chance To Win A Family 4 Pack To An Advance Screening For THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE In Albuquerque

Enter for a chance to see THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE on February 4 at 10:00 AM in Albuquerque.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman (Will Arnett) – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.



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Next Chapter In The Skywalker Saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Is Confirmed Title

THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

@FunkoDCLegion Review: January 2017

Legion's DC LEGACY box pushes the boundaries of Funko cool.

Review by Matt Cummings

With a November BATMAN VILLAINS that exposed Funko's long-term problem with all of their lines (that is, a serious amount of fatigue), January 2017's sub box is a startling lesson that perhaps the company has actually listened to fans, taken the heartbeat of the sub box genre, and arrived at a terrific solution.

The Promise
Before we begin, let's look at the deal again: promising a value of $50, the sub continues the tradition of Funko partnering each time to deliver an exclusive figure and t-shirt without the fluff or filter (their words). Joining at the VIGILANTE MEMBERSHIP, members receive 6 boxes every year, with the promise of an exclusive themed collectible gift on the one-year anniversary of your annual membership pf $150 p sh/h. You can also subscribe at the SIDEKICK LEVEL at $25 with $6.95 shipping. That's literally the same deal as Marvel Collector Corps. DC/Funko promises a similar one-year anniversary item with VIGILANTE, but with the spectacular failure behind Marvel Collector Corps' Golden Cap figure, I'm not hopeful for a cool reveal.

The Delivery
We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:

The Guts
We weren't too happy to see a more standard box arrive, sometimes predicting an omen. Fortunately, what's inside amazed even us, and that started with the pin/patch set. Usually the first thing you see upon opening the box, we get a terrific Green Arrow patch and a surprising Swamp Thing pin. As you can see in the images above, it details a very solid and unique box to come. This won't be your standard Batman or Superman set, not by a long shot. WIN and WIN.

The Comic
An Aquaman comic? Yes! An Aquaman comic with Black Manta on the cover as well? Terrific! That's the kind of comic we can get behind, because it highlights characters that some collectors might not know as well. Sure, a Funko Batman comic would have been fine, but this selection by itself tells me that DC isn't content to live off Bats alone. Highlighting two figures who might play significant roles in the upcoming Justice League movie sends a strong message: come for Bats and Supes, but stay for our other many, many characters. WIN.

A Fantastic Pop!
To be honest, I know very little about Plastic Man or his history; but his inclusion here as this month's Pop! once again tells us just how much DC wants us to know its other characters. This Pop! looks fantastic and reminds me of the 70's Stretch I owned as a kid. They could have put anyone here, but the choice of Plastic Man is ballsy and a definite WIN.

Salt and Pepper Shakers Done Right?
This isn't a slame against Funko, and yet it kinda is: why include items other than wearables that people might not want? I don't know anyone who is using their Jabba, Starlord, or C3PO mugs, and even fewer people wearing the various hats we've gotten. But at least with this month's salt/pepper shakers, Funko choice two classic characters to include. You might not ever pour anything from the television Batman and Robin, but at least these look like collectors items. The colors are terrific and their molds look spot on. I've made my disdain for non-wearables on this site many times, because what we got neither looked very good or seemed 'collector' in nature. These salt/pepper shakers are not only unique, but they look far better than those mugs and hats. That's the sort of uniqueness I want from my boxes, and a solid WIN on my scale.

A Fabulous Shirt
The idea of a ringer shirt is something we hadn't received from Legion before, and its inclusion here gets only better when you see who they put on the front. Subscribers received either Krypto the Superdog or Ace The Bat-Hound; I think I got the better of the two, but I would have been just as happy with Superdog, yet another hero from my youth. Once again, this is a bold move by Legion to expand the brand, and I think both shirts are WIN-ners for sure.

The Bottom Line
DC's Legion of Collectors DC LEGACY box is a grandslam homerun. Filled with a spectacular mix of unique heroes, this box sets a new standard for Legion and reminds us that the DC universe is larger than Batman & Superman. If that was the intent, then mission totally accomplished. Granted, a salt/pepper set isn't something I'll be using but I have to give them high marks on the quality of the molds. That wasn't the case with the mugs or hats, so it's something I can more than live with.

And that gets to the bigger question of whether or not these boxes can survive. In my opinion, should Funko continue to deliver unique sets like these, mixed with guaranteed winners that all fans can love, we can take this kind of mix until the sun burns out. Perhaps this is a sign that DC is listening to its customers, and are aware of our love for their products but worried about quality. To come out swinging like this tells me that perhaps our message was delivered loud and clear. And there's plenty of potential lessons coming with March's SUPERMAN, which hopefully reveals as rewarding a box as LEGACY. Imagine the possibilities, which Funko seems ready to achieve. Do that, and you can have my money now and forever. This box comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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