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Friday, April 14, 2017

Disneynature 'Dolphins' Trailer

With just a week until Earth Day and the theatrical debut of the fun and breathtaking new movie “Born in China,” Disneynature reveals a sneak peek at its next movie, “Dolphins,” which comes out in time for Earth Day 2018.



From a year in the lives of a family of Alaskan brown bears to the plight of a baby chimpanzee who finds himself all alone, Disneynature blends state-of-the-art nature filmmaking with Walt Disney’s signature storytelling. In 2018, Disneynature dives under the sea to frolic with some of the planet’s most engaging animals: dolphins. Echo is a youngster who can’t quite decide if it’s time to grow up and take on new responsibilities—or give in to her silly side and just have fun. Dolphin society is tricky, and the coral reef that Echo and his family call home depends on all of its inhabitants to keep it healthy. But Echo has a tough time resisting the many adventures the ocean has to offer. Through the eyes of a carefree dolphin, enjoy Disneynature’s next True Life Adventure--coming Earth Day 2018.

“Dolphins” is directed and produced by the same team who brought “Bears” and “African Cats” to the big screen in 2014 and 2011.

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Kelly Marie Tran's 'Rose' From Star Wars: The Last Jedi

She's described as something of an everywoman, one who works in maintenance for the Resistance, but who will come to play a much bigger role than she suspects.

"This possibility that any of us could step up and become a hero, that’s where Rose comes from," Last Jedi director Rian Johnson told the crowd at Star Wars Celebration. "She’s not a soldier, she’s not looking to be a hero. But she gets pulled into a very big adventure with Finn." Given their shared background in less-than-thrilling heroics earlier in their lives (Finn, don't forget, was a low-ranking Storm Trooper in the First Order), you can see why they might get on.

This looks set to launch Tran into the sort of sudden fame experienced by Ridley and Boyega, and before them, the likes of Mark Hamill. She's taken her first step into a larger world...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out on 15 December.

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Movie Review: #FateoftheFurious

Fate of the Furious delivers more stunts and more action but seemingly less of everything else.

Review by Matt Cummings
If a film can (or even should) be measured by the amount of stunts, explosions, and cheesy dialogue it contains, Fate of the Furious would be film of the year. Luckily, we don't ascribe to such standards, as we actually like a little story with our beat downs (see John Wick: Chapter 2. Filled with more than enough stunts, explosions, and one-note dialogue to fill its extended runtime, it also does less of everything else, spinning and careening its way to obsolescence.
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is enjoying his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) when he comes face to face with the techie Cipher (Charlize Theron), who makes two demands: work for me to destroy your friends, or watch another friend die. His teammates, including Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Tej (Ludacris) are shocked to see Dom not only turn but attack them at the black site of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), stealing an important piece of tech for unknown reasons. But change is coming in other ways, as Nobody enlists the help of none of than Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) - who killed Han in Tokyo Drift - and hasn't forgotten the bitter memories of challenging Dom's team. Forced to work together, Letty, Hobbs, and Deckard must stop Dom before Cipher's plan of world domination is realized, not by conquering countries but controlling information.

There's lots missing from Fate of the Furious, as if Director F. Gary Gray is both guiding a ship that cannot be changed from its current course, nor does anyone have an idea where exactly it will make land. No characters are allowed to develop (or have developed) beyond their paper-thin premises, nor can our actors do anything outside of what they normally do in this series, because that would be a surprise indeed. Sometimes that philosophy works, such as the various stunt sequences that do offer moments of gaping mouths. I mean, where in another film are you going to see a submarine pursue a car? But for the most part, Fate of the Furious is content to basically repackage the same format, complete with Ludacris and Gibson clowning one another, Johnson reverting to his WE days to punk Statham, and Diesel's tried (and mostly tired) "family is everything" shtick. There's a pattern of joke-action-explosion-long stares-plan-joke-repeat going on that at one point you'd swear you were back at the beginning of this movie.

Fate of the Furious is also bereft of logic. The idea that Dom could be swayed to injure his own people at the cost of another partner (and a lesser one at that) makes no sense. We're also lead to believe that the Deckard's killing of Han in Tokyo Drift wouldn't leave any ill feelings on the part of the team. Unlike Loki's observation in Thor: The Dark World - that there would be a line of people waiting to kill him - the team is only superficially interested in taking Deckard down. That's neither realistic nor does it play out too well when our test audience could be heard whispering the same question.

But underneath the cars, skirts, guns, and explosions, Fate of the Furious also suffers a rather serious problem: its leads apparently do not like one another. I've been operating under the false pretense that Diesel and Johnson's ongoing public spats were probably just a marketing ploy, as the plot does see Dom and Hobbs challenging one another. Having now seen the film, I can safely say that I was wrong: these guys have a real problem with each other, and Writer Chris Morgan is forced to navigate some perilous waters to keep these two away from really hurting one another. In fact, I counted less than 5 scenes in which the two were paired or were even a part of the same scene. That never would have happened between Diesel and Paul Walker, whose death in 2013 has certainly changed this series' dynamic. When your leads refuse to work with one another, how can any chemistry be built on which to base your action? And without that true feeling of a cast who's now made 8 of these, one cannot help but think that this family might need some time away from each other.

It's the empty feeling one gets after drinking a diet soda: it goes down easy but leaves no memory of its appearance. Fate of the Furious is that elegantly fizzy drink that is well cast and features some nice surprises (stay away from the cast list and you'll enjoy this film even more). But just like the newest version of that diet soda, it refuses to be anything more than a retread of similar elements from the last two films, mixed in with some upgraded casting, as if we were offered an improved can of that soda that was merely larger than the previous. We're still happy to drink it, but that doesn't mean we like it more. Speaking of our cast, Fate of the Furious upgrades its talent, centered around the techie Theron rather than a bruiser like Fast 7's Shaw. Theron is not so much posing as the ultimate baddie to Dom's ultimate hero as merely serving as another aggressor for him to take down. But the tech element is interesting, especially if you remember events from the previous film. Statham gets more time in with the team, but we've seen that already.

As mentioned, there are a couple of memorable cameos that help prop up the story, but they're not around enough to correct another serious issue with Fate. Somehow, this grease monkey/street racer has become one of the most formidable spies in the world, which has left Chipher with no other choice than to take Dom down. But we all know that won't happen, which again presents a hero who somehow can drive his way through any difficulty. He can jump over buildings and submarines, deftly escape from a heat-seeking missile, and can race a beat-up Cuban ride all the way to victory, because he's the new James Bond. Unlike that series, we just can't buy the idea of him saving the day when we've already seen him do ridiculous stunts in the (honestly) better XXX: Return of Xander Cage. With that, we know what we're getting, and so the cheese is ok. Fate of the Furious is much like Captain America's shield, refusing to obey to any laws of physics, when that's not what the series was originally based upon. But unlike 2016's Civil War, Fate doesn't offer an emotional leg to stand on, which makes the escalating action feel entirely empty.

Fate of the Furious delivers more action, explosions, and more surprises than the last, but it all seems less interesting. There's definitely been a tonal shift since Walker's death, and the cast seems to be in a daze for most of the film, never going beyond their tightly-rigid characters. That creates a sense that the franchise is getting long in the tooth, which could mean that a major tune-up is necessary, with some saying that it's already begun. In the final scene, one character states that they're done serving country and will return home to a quiet life. That's not in the cards for this series, but what we're getting certainly feels like Fate of the Furious has run its course. If it gets any bigger, we might not have characters left at all to drive the cars.

Fate of the Furious is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language and has a runtime of 136 minutes.

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In All It's Glory STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Teaser Trailer, Poster & Images

The first official teaser trailer and teaser poster from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI just debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando.




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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

Writer/director Rian Johnson’s STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI production has began and joining the cast are Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, “Jurassic Park” alum, Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

This film will continue the storyline from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and so yes, the following cast members will return: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis.

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

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















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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER In Theaters On November 3 Starring Colin Farrell & Nicole Kidman

A24 will release Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER on November 3, 2017 in limited release. This is writer/director Lanthimos’ second collaboration with Colin Farrell (THE LOBSTER), and also starring Nicole Kidman.

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER will have its world premiere in Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE PROMISE In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see THE PROMISE on April 17 at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.

Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.



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Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See THE PROMISE In PHOENIX

Enter for a chance to win tickets to see THE PROMISE on April 17 at 7:00 PM in PHOENIX.

Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.



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#KeepThePromise
Facebook.com/ThePromiseTheFilm
Twitter.com/ThePromiseFilm
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Website: ThePromise.Movie

No purchase necessary

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

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Clips From THE PROMISE #KeepThePromise

From Open Road Films, THE PROMISE stars Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina), Academy Award® winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy), Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), and is directed by Academy Award® winner Terry George.



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Promises will be made and broken on April 21, 2017.

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Photos From #STARWARS 40th ANNIVERSARY AT CELEBRATION #SWCO

Star Wars Celebration Orlando kicked off with an epic tribute for the Saga’s 40th Anniversary featuring surprise guests including George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Warwick Davis, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Dave Filoni, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams and Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.


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The panel’s finale was an emotional tribute to Carrie Fisher with remarks from her daughter Billie Lourd and a surprise appearance by legendary composer John Williams, who conducted the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra while they played “Leia’s Theme.”

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