Thursday, December 16, 2010

TRON: Legacy - New Video and chart topping soundtrack


TRON: LEGACY ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
COMPOSED BY DAFT PUNK
DEBUTS IN THE TOP 10 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART


BURBANK, CA -- December 15, 2010 -- The original motion picture score for TRON: Legacy, composed and produced by the iconic and critically acclaimed Grammy® Award–winning French duo Daft Punk, debuts on the Billboard 200 at No. 10, scanning over 70,000 units in it’s first week of release (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It is the first score soundtrack to debut in the Top 10 in five years (“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” in 2005). The soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records on December 7, 2010. Walt Disney Pictures’ “TRON: Legacy” hits U.S. theaters on December 17, 2010, in Disney Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D.

The TRON: Legacy soundtrack marks Daft Punk’s best sales week and is their highest-charting album ever. The duo's previous best week was 2001's Discovery, which debuted at No. 44, with 34,000 units.

Globally, the album is in the Top 10 on the iTunes chart: in the U.S. (#3), France (#1), Australia (#1), Canada (#1), Belgium (#1), Germany (#2), Ireland (#2), New Zealand (#2), UK (#3), Spain (#3), Denmark (#3), Mexico (#3), Italy (#4), Norway (#9), Sweden (#9). The album has shipped Gold in France and is #1 on the Digital Album chart.

The TRON: Legacy soundtrack features 22 score cues and was recorded with an 85-piece orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain’s premier scoring facility.

“TRON: Legacy” is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that’s unlike anything ever captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Visit the official site for more info at http://disney.go.com/tron/ and become a fan at Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Tron.

The TRON: Legacy original motion picture soundtrack is available wherever music is sold. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit Disney.com/music, become a fan at Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at Twitter.com/disneymusic.

I AM NUMBER FOUR


Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

John (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed…he is Number Four.

U.S. Release date: February 18, 2011
“Like” THE I AM NUMBER FOUR on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IAmNumberFour.

THE MUPPETS date change

THE MUPPETS (tentative title) moves to Wed 11/23/11 wide (from Sun 12/25/11 wide).

MARS NEEDS MOMS Trailer



Take out the trash, eat your broccoli—who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express,” “Mars Needs Moms” showcases Milo’s quest to save his mom—a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl called Ki (Elisabeth Harnois), Milo just might find his way back to his mom—in more ways than one.

In theaters everywhere, March 11, 2011!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

TRON: LEGACY


DISNEY

TRON bridges the generation gap like so much fiber optic bloodline, picking up right where the original left off in the late 80's, racing through a time spanning montage into the near-future where young Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund - Death Sentence/Eragon/Troy) is pixelated to an otherworldly digital universe known as the Grid, which marches to the beat of a different drum machine. Hedlund does a convincingly good job as a wealthy arrogant disenfranchised troubled boy whose deep issues over his fathers mysterious disappearance leads him on a clandestine path to discovering what happened and become a hero. Flanked by Olivia Wilde (Turistas/Alpha Dog) who is digital eye candy as Flynn's savior and heroine, and watch for cameos by Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later/BATMAN Returns), score composers Daft Punk, and smatters of one liners and references paying homage to the original. A vivid 3D theatrical experience loaded with visuals so stunning it makes the original look like PONG. Do not miss this film in IMAX 3D. End of line.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Faster


Written by Tony and Joe Gayton
Directed by George Tillman, Jr (Soul Food, Men of Honor, Notorious)
Starring Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as "The Rock"), Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Maggie Grace.


Driver (Dwayne Johnson) released from prison from a bank robbery, sets out to avenge his brother's death. After his first vengeance kill, he attracts the attention from police, one being a Cop (Billy Bob Thornton), and a Killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), an overconfident hitman.

The Driver's no-nonsense straight-forward TCB (taking care of business) keeps the pace fast, and causes the audience to expect what happens next, then contradicting that expectation with a surprise twist. The characters are given simple names: Driver, Killer, Cop, Warden... but their back stories are far from simple, developing a mystery behind the ambush that cost the life of his brother. Keeping the audience's interest throughout the film.

The storyline kept reminding me of The Crow, with a little Kill Bill. The setting was Nevada. With Jackson-Cohen's character entered for conflict. Thornton's character seemed detached throughout until the end.

The cinematography is reminiscent of westerns and old cop-shows of the 70's, close ups and slow motion during gunfights and chase scenes, with little dialogue between vigilante and victim.

Faster's script isn't the best, but with the camera angles and action scenes, it makes up for a good action flick. Worth the money for a ticket. Definitely *NOT* a chick-flick.

Faster is Rated R, opening in theaters tomorrow Nov. 24, 2010

-Andi Cox

Monday, November 22, 2010

Red Riding Hood - Warner Bros.


Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? When the full moon rises … everyone.


The full moon is a time of romance, madness, and—for those who believe—the werewolf.

In the coming months, we will warn you of the full moon’s approach, beginning with the trailer for RED RIDING HOOD, from director Catherine Hardwicke.

Opening on March 11, 2011, this is no fairy tale. Amanda Seyfried stars a beautiful young woman who is determined to follow her heart, despite the terror of the werewolf who returns with each full moon and who, by day, could be anyone—even the man she loves.

The trailer arrives just in time to remind you of the next full moon on November 21st.

Remember…

BELIEVE THE LEGEND.
BEWARE THE WOLF.


Click to view trailer www.redridinghoodmovie.com

Screen Gems Puts Out a Call for Underworld 4 Teen

Screen Gems puts out the call for teen to star in UNDERWORLD 4!

More info here:
http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=17259

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES


(In Disney Digital 3D™)
WALT DISNEY PICTURES/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILM
S

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, plus Sam Claflin as a stalwart missionary and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mysterious mermaid.

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth when a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).

Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin and Geoffrey Rush.

Disney.com/Pirates
Facebook.com/PiratesoftheCaribbean
Twitter.com/DisneyPictures

Release Date: May 20, 2011

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I AM NUMBER FOUR

i AM NUMBER FOUR
DREAMWORKS studios
DreamWorksStudios.com


Release date: February 18, 2011


Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand, Callan McAuliffe







Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

John (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed…he is Number Four.

CONAN 3D

CONAN 3D will open in wide release on August 19, 2011.

Director: Marcus Nispel
Cast: Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, Rose MacGowan

Synopsis:

From the producers of THE EXPENDABLES and based on the character created by Robert E. Howard. After his father is brutally murdered and village destroyed, Conan ventures into an unforgiving world where he survives as a thief, pirate, and warrior. On his path of wanton adventure and women, Conan chances upon Khalar Zym, the warlord responsible for his tribe's destruction. As he tracks Zym, Conan battles monsters, Zym's henchmen, and Marique, a powerful witch.

The Muppets - a first look image from the upcoming film



THE MUPPETS hits theaters everywhere on December 25th, 2011.

Winnie the Pooh - Two first look images from the upcoming film

WINNIE THE POOH
WALT DISNEY PICTURES





Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh,” the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. With the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Well a tail is either there or it isn’t there,” said Pooh. “And yours isn’t… there.” Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny. Inspired by five stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style.

“Winnie the Pooh” hits theaters July 15, 2011.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Legend of the Guardians

WARNER BROS

Parents were over heard leaving the theater saying "A little dark for a kids movie, don't you think?" Yes, yes I do. To that I say 'Yay!' But dark or not, the throngs of tiny little movie goers were uncharacteristically quiet for the duration of the advance screening of Legend of the Guardians this morning, and as an avid movie goer there is no greater joy than a silent child. I was delighted that this well paced Owl adventure kept them captivated for the entire hour and a half. I've not read the books, so as with most of the trendy book-to-movie films, I fly in blind to the story. Which was a non issue as its not the most original 'rise of the hero' story line, however the stunningly realistic animation coupled with the not so in-your-face incidental 3D and aforementioned well paced story made for an entertaining film for kids of all ages and as an up side there are few sickeningly sweet movie moments than the trailers would lead you to believe, though by the makers of Happy Feet, this Owls world is filled with kidnapping, brainwashing, enslavement, malevolent evil and brutal armored taloned battles. Again I say 'Yay!' Normally I'm dickishly critical of films like this, but maybe its the Secret of Nimh fan in me, but surprisingly I'm recommending this one with some enthusiasm.

http://legendoftheguardians.warnerbros.com/

-MM

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Legend of the Guardians


Pick up advance screening passes at Cool Moose Cafe in Jax, FL now!
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Friday, September 3, 2010

Dear adversaries of 3D...

3D has been getting a fair amount of flack from both critics of cinema and other filmmakers who refuse to embrace the technology. More often it is dismissed as nothing more than a gimmick and a ploy to unfairly increase ticket prices beyond what is necessary to recover the cost of the projectors needed to show these films.

I'm here to say once and for all that 3D is not the death knell to the cinema experience. The only threat to erode the majesty of the the cinema experience is the same threat we've been facing for the past several decades: poor application.

Technology (ironically the thing that evolves and allows film to exist, provide maximum clarity, and make productions increasingly affordable/less risky) is always the scapegoat used to draw attention from the real culprit: poor application.

Think of 3D technology in the way we view CGI. The application of CGI in "I am Legend" is a great example. The work that went into making NYC a desolate, post-apocalyptic no man's land was quite stunning; however, in that very same movie, the cartoonish nocturnal creatures felt about as real as the best XBOX 360 character.

The issue is not with technology's existence but with its application.

Nomenclature clarification: It is misleading to label a film "3D" when essentially we are viewing a "stereoscopic" image. Any movie image projected onto a 2D surface appears in 3-dimensional space to our eyes. "3D" is still an image on a flat, 2-dimensional surface.

Essentially, we're watching "Stereoscopic" movies, not 3D movies. "3D" is a marketing term. It doesn't require defining. The layman can understand the concept. "Stereoscopic" however requires an explanation.

So now that we know what we're looking at, why is it bad? Well, it's not. Stereoscopic imagery is really cool. Unless you're an unshakeable, stubborn, blow-hard who views such touches to be glossy, style-over-substance gimmicks to bewilder the audience into overlooking the movie's real lack of content, you have to admit, stereoscopic imaging is fun to look at.

If you can admit that then what is the real criticism?
• Ticket price
• Headaches/Nausea
• Reduction in overall screen brightness

First of all, the most valid criticism is the DOUBLED price of admission. The projection equipment is generally paid for if the movie makes money. If "UP" made money, rest assured that nothing is still owed on the projection equipment by the time "Pirana 3D" came out.

Second of all, headaches and nausea: I've never experienced this. I've also never experienced nausea on a thrill ride which is exactly what I equate the 3D movie experience to: an immersive "ride." Avatar was absolutely an amusement park ride. Some people criticize it for that, I, however, happened to enjoy that ride.

Complaining about nausea is like complaining about shaky-cam, or faux-documentary movies where hand-held techniques are utilized. Would "Blair Witch" have been the same if every shot was locked down? Hell no! The movie required us to take a leap and believe that we were watching "found footage." To cater to the motion sickness crowd would be an unnecessary concession that would have rendered the film impotent.

Those sensitive-types know damn-well who they are and shouldn't set foot in a 3D movie, a "Cloverfield," or a Six Flags.

Finally, luminance: The chief complaint is actually quite ridiculous and you will ONLY hear this from filmmakers and those who have studied production: 3D results in a dimmer image.

Guess what? Your eyes are NOT light meters! That's right film nerds. You're talking about a reduction in luminance that only matters to EQUIPMENT and NOT the human EYE! After sitting in a darkened theatre for several minutes your eyes adjust because your pupils expand. You may have experienced this… oh, I dunno… EVERY NIGHT upon going to bed.

Here's an article that actually uses film to compare the awesome adaptive capabilities of the eye.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/systems/eye/eyes-adjust-darkness.htm

The brightness argument is a complete throwaway argument and a nit-picky one at that!

Look guys, I cringe just like you when I see a plethora of "3D for the sake of 3D" movies being produced, Pirana 3D perhaps being the epitome of 3D indulgence. Not to mention the awful, blurry mess that is "post conversion." But for anyone to maintain an unshakeable, arbitrary aversion to stereoscopy is just plain stubborn.

Here' what Roger Ebert had to say on the matter.

“I’m not opposed to 3-D as an option. I’m opposed to it as a way of life for Hollywood, where it seems to be skewing major studio output away from the kinds of films we think of as Oscar-worthy…I have the sense that younger Hollywood is losing the instinctive feeling for story and quality that generations of executives possessed. It’s all about the marketing…”

Yes Roger, younger hollywood is obsessed with John Woo/Guy Ritchie shoot-em-ups, zombie movies, and slasher films (or as you coined, "Dead teenager movies"). It's called "lowest common denominator" for a reason. If 3D trending is amplifying their penchant for sagging plot-lines and under-developed characters, I can't say. I will say that neither of us have any statistical data to back up our claims and mine is this: the affordability and access to prosumer tools is going to offset any gimmicky hollywood trend by placing these tools in the hands of people who DO care about character and story.

I'm with you in opposition of 3D as a way of life but I would say, "get used to it." It's a big shit sandwich and we all have to take a bite. Just like CGI, it can be used to enhance or completely ruin the medium. I'm confident that we will see both.

In conclusion, sweeping statements about the negative impacts of 3D technology is cart-before-the-horse thinking. Disposable stories with elaborate visual gags, and built-in marketability existed BEFORE 3D and even before CGI.

by Samuel David Farmer
Chance In Hell productions

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DIMENSION FILMS ANNOUNCES THAT PIRANHA 3D - THE SEQUEL IS IN THE WORKS PIRANHA 3D WINS SUCCESS WITH AUDIENCES, CRITICS AND AT THE BOXOFFICE

New York, NY - August 24, 2010 - After earning rave reviews from top critics, wild cheers from audiences around the country, and $10 million in its opening weekend boxoffice, Dimension Films is pleased to announce that PIRANHA 3D - THE SEQUEL is in the works.

PIRANHA 3D producer Mark Canton stated, "We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving PIRANHA 3D, but cheering for it. And it's fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can't wait to get to work on the sequel."

PIRANHA 3D opened with fantastic reviews from top critics like the ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS, enjoying a very FRESH rating of 80-82% favorable reviews on the popular movie review site ROTTEN TOMATOES throughout it's opening weekend. The movie has captured the attention of movie fans as well as elite media outlets like The Wall St. Journal, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. And taking Hollywood by surprise, PIRANHA 3D - via a partnership with Funny Or Die - is the subject of a much-talked about campaign to be named Best Picture of the year. Funny Or Die's "For Your Consideration" video for PIRANHA 3D took the nation by storm last week. And, as announced over the weekend, Academy Award (r) nominee and Piranha 3D heroine Elisabeth Shue will debut a brand new video in the coming days on Funny Or Die.

Earlier this week, buzz about PIRANHA 3D reached a fever pitched when the year's first "For Your Consideration" ad hit the internet, touting Dimension Films' Piranha 3D as a top candidate for Best Picture of the year. The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films partnered with Funny Or Die, a wildly popular comedy website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and viewed by 35 million people each month, in making the star-studded video advertisement promoting Piranha 3D for Best Picture.

Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors), produced by Mark Canton (300, upcoming Immortals) and starring Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Steven R. McQueen (Vampire Diaries and grandson of the legendary actor), Eli Roth, Adam Scott, Kelly Brook (current cover of Playboy), Riley Steele, Paul Scheer, Ving Rhames, Ricardo Chavira, Richard Dreyfuss and Christopher Lloyd, PIRANHA 3D opened to rave reviews from the Associated Press and other top critics.

Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break -- a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating piranhas, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

PIRANHA 3D is a Dimension Films release and presentation of a Mark Canton / IPW production in association with Aja/Levasseur Prods; produced by Mark Canton, Marc Toberoff, Alexandre Aja, Gregory Levasseur. Executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Alix Taylor, Louis G. Friedman, J. Todd Harris, Chako van Leeuwen. Screenplay is by Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg.

PIRANHA 3D was released nationwide on August 20, 2010.

The PIRANHA 3D Best Picture For Your Consideration video can be viewed at FunnyOrDie.com.

Friday, August 20, 2010

PIRANHA 3D


Dimension Films
NOW PLAYING


What movie this summer offers both full-frontal nude girls making out underwater and a razor sharp toothed fish belch up a half eaten penis? Why PIRANHA 3D of course! Seriously, I LOVED this movie! This is what summer movies are all about, naked bodies and violent malevolent carnage! Director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes remake) reinvents the 70's camp horror film with gore as gruesome as it is hilarious when an earthquake cracks open a subterranean cavernous lake beneath Lake Victoria unleashing a swarm a prehistoric carnivorous fish hell bent on turning a sea of scantily clad college age douche bags partying at the lakes annual spring break fest into dinner. I knew it was going to be good (in the worst way) when the opening cameo is JAWS veteran Richard Dreyfuss getting shredded. Other notable cameos are the essential Christopher Lloyd as Mr. Goodman the local fish expert and totally incidental Eli Roth as the Wet T-Shirt host. This mostly by-the-book horror remake is spattered with intense gore to rival any celluloid blood bath, no joke, the carnage on the shore looks like MTV Spring Break meets the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan, especially when a girl being carried out of the water by two men literally falls in half. Gruesome/awesome. Steven R. McQueen, Grandson of actor Steve McQueen, makes his big screen debut as the reluctant 'location scout' for pervy, taquilla chugging, coke snorting, womanizing "Wild Wild Girls" porn-maker Derrick Jones, played by Jerry O'Connell, whose aforementioned severed penis also makes its big screen debut in disturbing 3D to the horror of myself and my movie going pals, "Too far! Too far!" we exclaim. It was definitely exactly what I was expecting and was not disappointed, and neither will you if go expecting nothing more from this summer gem but camp, shredded-to-the-bone gore and more naked breasts than you can shake a meat eating fish at.

On a side note, the movie is already stirring up controversy before its opening as O'Connell's role is reportedly so akin to real life "Girls Gone Wild" mogul Joe Francis that (according to Reuters) Francis has threatened swift litigation if any defamatory or disparaging statements, or depictions, in the media or in the film itself portray him in a false light.

-MM

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

THE OTHER GUYS

“THE OTHER GUYS” LETS
FACEBOOK USERS AND MOVIEGOERS DECIDE
ON HOST CITY FOR “THE OTHER PREMIERE”


CULVER CITY, Calif. – In anticipation of the nationwide release of Columbia Pictures’ The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, in theaters August 6th, the film will make its World Premiere in New York City on August 2nd. But the fun won't stop there.

The movie will have another premiere -- "The Other Premiere" -- and moviegoers can help decide where it will be. Beginning today, moviegoers can go on Facebook at www.facebook.com/otherguysmovie and vote in a poll to decide which Other City will host The Other Premiere. Ferrell and Wahlberg will attend the red carpet event in the winning city on August 5th.

The 20 candidate cities are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa/St. Petersburg, and Washington, DC. On August 2, Ferrell and Wahlberg will announce the winning city.

Commenting on the announcement, Adam McKay, director of The Other Guys, said, “We’ve all had those moments when we’ve had to watch some other guy be the cool guy. But your city can be the cool city. Get on Facebook and vote, and we’ll bring The Other Premiere to you.”

In The Other Guys, NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. They don’t get tattoos – other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You’ve seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They’re not heroes – they’re “the Other Guys.”

But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into New York City’s biggest crime. It’s the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?

The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, with Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Adam McKay and written by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy, the producers are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jimmy Miller, and Patrick Crowley.

Warner Bros. Upcoming releases through December

7/30 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
8/6 Flipped - limited LA, Sacramento, Austin
8/20 Lottery Ticket
8/27 Going the Distance
8/27 Flipped - wider..
9/17 The Town
9/24 Legend of the Guardians
10/8 Life As We Know It
10/22 Hereafter
11/5 Due Date
11/19 HP: Deathly Hollows
12/17 Yogi Bear

THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO DEVELOPING DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION

Del Toro Set to Write and Produce Film for Disney

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 22, 2010 –Guillermo del Toro surprised the 6,500 fans gathered today at Comic-Con with the announcement that he is currently developing a new film for The Walt Disney Studios based on the classic Disney theme park attraction, The Haunted Mansion.

“Dark imagery is an integral part of the Walt Disney legacy. After all, Disney himself was the father of some really chilling moments and characters - think Chernabog from Fantasia or Maleficent as the Dragon or the Evil Queen in Snow White,” said del Toro. “I couldn't be more excited to be a part of my own adaptation of the original theme park attraction Walt envisioned and that remains- for me- the most desirable piece of real estate in the whole world!"

“Millions of people from around the world visit The Haunted Mansion each year, but no one has ever had a tour guide like Guillermo del Toro,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Guillermo is one of the most gifted and innovative filmmakers working today and he is going to take audiences on a visually-thrilling journey like they’ve never experienced before.”

Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.

Friday, July 9, 2010

PREDATORS: a fanboy perspective



Finally, a worthy sequel to John McTiernan's 1987 classic, Predator.

"Worthy sequel" is not meant to suggest that 1991's direct sequel Predator 2 was somehow unwatchable. P2 offers up an intriguing premise: dropping the iconic alien hunter into the middle of a Los Angeles heatwave that coincides with a rivalry between the police and two prolific street gangs. The gang aspect is the one aggravating misstep that prevents P2 from achieving greatness.

At a time when directors like the Hughes brothers were giving us realistic glimpses at the brutality of real LA gang violence with films like "Boyz N Tha Hood" and "Menace 2 Society," the hyperbolic Jamaican and Columbian gangs represented in P2 offer a cartoon substitute for our Predator to slaughter.

Trivial side notes: P2 is significant to film history in that all films to follow would be digitized. Also, the 7'2'' actor who played the Predator died of AIDS shortly after filming was completed.

I, like every other sci-fi fanboy on the planet, speculated at great length about battle between aliens and predators when Danny Glover's character boarded the Predator spacecraft in the final act of P2 and discovered the unmistakable 'Alien' skull in the trophy case.

12 years later, Hollywood insulted us all with Alien vs. Predator and then insulted us again by saying, "in the sequel, we've fixed the problems… we made sure there was blood."

How about a compelling story? Is that too much to ask for? Alien, Aliens, Predator, and even Predator 2 had solid stories… STORIES!

With Predators, finally someone has written a compelling story. Correction: the WHOLE TIME there existed a story worthy of Predator's audience! A little known guerrilla filmmaker from Mexico, Robert Rodriguez, had written a screenplay for Predators. Where Aliens linked to Alien, Predators would link to Predator.

Of course, Rodriguez' script (like Tarantino's Halloween 6 script) would go ignored.

Finally, largely due to piracy and the great risks and losses that the studio system is facing, 20th century green-lit Rodriguez and his Troublemaker studio to just deliver a Predator movie and they would distribute.

I won't go off onto a rant BUT capitalism has never, and will never, be good for art. Piracy has kept music and film honest. In the realm of music, if you want to write disposable pop fodder, your single will be downloaded for nothing (its approximate value) but bands with integrity command a loyal audience willing to SUPPORT their art. Same with filmmaking.

Huge detour but here we are now… PREDATORS.

Most of you know the premise: A group of human Predators are abducted and dropped onto an alien planet to be hunted by our iconic movie Predators.

Let's talk about all that is right with this movie.

First, no sloppy exposition. The audience drops right into the film with our lead. Like him, we're given no indication as to how or why this has happened. He has to think fast as more bodies fall from the sky. Luckily, he has the training to walk the rest of us through it without any sloppy, Back To The Future "so what you're saying here doc…" dialogue.

Once we meet all the players, we watch them negotiate various tests and, with each test, we learn a little more about the characters' back story. The group learn about the Predators by their hunting techniques--one such scene involving "sending the dogs in" illustrates this brilliantly; there is another scene involving a wounded man left as bait. The characters are able to read the scene because, as we will learn, they are predators themselves and use such dirty tricks regularly.

I probably shouldn't say much more. The movie is all about the hunt; using elements of the hunt to reveal things about the characters and about the Predators lurking in the trees.

The human characters are mostly bad. The film's morality really hinges on whether or not each character recognizes their evil, feels remorse, feels empathy, or seeks redemption.

Adrian Brody's character is mostly a mystery. We know he's a mercenary. The movie singles him out for us to follow because he's capable of reading the situation. He's not your typical reluctant hero, rather, a bad guy who (at times) is willing to gamble on other people's lives to learn about who is hunting him.

There is tension between him and Isabelle, a sniper, who feels a great deal of guilt for getting her spotter killed and very much feels that she is in hell for her sins.

Topher Grace, "doesn't fit" among the killers. He is a doctor… and maybe that is all he is to them, a field medic of sorts.

The real scene stealer is a mass murderer played brilliantly by The Shield's Walton Goggins. It's easy to see his character on the page as being absolutely reprehensible but Walton provides much of the film's levity. His role is downplayed in the trailers so I thought I'd mention him here.

I won't get into too much about the other characters. You know there is a Yakuza hit man. You know he's going to sword fight a Predator. Nothing in the trailer can take away from that scene. I'd just like to point out the filmmaker's restraint in not cutting it super-tight and fast like some ridiculous over-choreographed matrix fight scene. Rather, it is treated like a series of real attacks, with pause and tension before the next move. I don't claim to know much about sword-fighting or the practices of the yakuza but I was sold on the authenticity, as I imagine sword fights aren't all slice-and-dice, close-quarter bullshit.

I can say for certain that the movie didn't really sink in until a few hours after the viewing. I feel that my brain had simply shut down from the action and violence, it needed to reawaken and process what I'd just seen.

Certainly no movie will ever take the place of the original Predator for the simple fact that you can't unlearn all that you know about the creature itself: the cloaking device, the shoulder-mounted laser cannon, the voice mimicry, and of course what it looks like unmasked. But this movie does every thing it can with what we know and still manages to cast uncertainty on everything.

If the Predator franchise is now in Rodriguez' hands then he's the best thing to happen to Predators since Christopher Nolan to Batman.

- Samuel Farmer
Chance In Hell Productions

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Caught The Sorcerer's Apprentice screening last night. Much more for kids than I'd hoped. Dirty CGI mops and way to many plot holes junked this one up. It had some very funny moments, but all of its best characters and potentially good scenes were far to short and far between. If you have kids, it'll be a great distraction while you take a nap.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

DINNER for SCHMUCKS



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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MARTIN SCORSESE’S HUGO CABRET

PRODUCTION BEGINS IN LONDON ON MARTIN SCORSESE’S
HUGO CABRET FOR GK FILMS
BEN KINGSLEY, SACHA BARON COHEN,
ASA BUTTERFIELD, CHLOË MORETZ STAR


London…June 29, 2010 – Production has begun in London on Academy Award®-winner Martin Scorsese’s adventure film Hugo Cabret. The live-action film, to be photographed in 3D, stars Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley (Shutter Island), Sacha Baron Cohen (Bruno), Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), and Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass).

Based on Brian Selznick’s captivating and imaginative New York Times bestseller The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the screenplay is by John Logan and the film is produced by Scorsese, Graham King, Tim Headington, and Johnny Depp.

Executive producers are Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Charles Newirth and Christi Dembrowski.

Hugo Cabret, Scorsese’s first film shot in 3D, tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy.

Also appearing in the all-star cast are Academy Award® nominee Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Ray Winstone (London Boulevard), Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings), Helen McCrory (“The Special Relationship”), Frances de la Tour (Alice In Wonderland), and Richard Griffiths (The History Boys).

Hugo Cabret re-teams Scorsese, King, and Logan, all of whom worked together on The Aviator. It also reunites Scorsese with several of his longtime collaborators, including director of photography Robert Richardson (Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterds), production designer Dante Ferretti (Shutter Island, Sweeney Todd), costume designer Sandy Powell (Shutter Island, The Young Victoria), and editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Shutter Island, The Departed), all multiple-time Oscar® winners, as well as casting director Ellen Lewis (The Departed, The Aviator).

Martin Scorsese most recently directed the hugely successful psychological thriller Shutter Island. He helmed the HBO pilot “Boardwalk Empire,” premiering September 2010, and is executive producing the series. Scorsese has also directed upcoming documentaries on Elia Kazan, George Harrison and the writer Fran Lebowitz.

Academy Award® nominee John Logan has written the screenplays for Gladiator, Sweeney Todd, and Gore Verbinski’s animated feature Rango, produced by GK Films and Verbinksi’s Blind Wink Features. On Broadway, Logan’s acclaimed play “Red” won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play.

GK Films, founded by King and partner Tim Headington, recently wrapped production on The Tourist, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. In addition, GK Films produced The Town, written and directed by Ben Affleck and set to be released by Warner Bros. in September 2010. Other films recently produced by GK Films include The Rum Diary, also starring Depp and produced with Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, and the crime drama London Boulevard, starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley.

Recent GK Films releases include Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson and the three-time Academy Award® nominated The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt.

GK Films acquired the screen rights to The Invention of Hugo Cabret shortly after the book was published by Scholastic Press in 2007 and immediately became the #1 New York Times best-selling novel. The ground-breaking book was universally praised by critics and received several literary awards including the coveted 2008 Caldecott Medal and a National Book Award; it was also named the New York Times’ Best Illustrated book among many other honors.

Hugo Cabret will be filmed at London’s Shepperton Studios as well as on locations in London and Paris. It is scheduled for a December 2011 release in North America by Sony Pictures.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SHUTTER ISLAND

Well it was pretty good. It doesn't break any new ground for a genre picture but at least Scorcese treats his audience with respect. By that I mean, he doesn't load the film with "jack-in-the-box" scares and doesn't dumb down the answers to the questions the movie raises... well maybe just one exchange... during one scene.

The movie is more mystery than thriller. That's not a criticism, just a statement of fact. The movie is being marketed wrong.

Of course, in the age of "everything is not as it seems" plot devices, the movie dangles a carrot in front of us as to whether or not we can trust what we're seeing. We wrestle with rational explanations and paranoid delusions about the plot engulfing Leo DiCaprio's character.

I can see why the studio pushed the movie back. The reason given was that they had no strong openers for this movie season. If you look around (Dear John, Valentine's day, et cetera) they were right. But it's also not one of those Oscar contenders, not like his last two movies and, therefore, probably would have gotten lost in the shuffle back in December.

I don't know if any of this helps you determine whether or not to go see it. I'd say it's at least worth checking out.

It's hard to discuss the movie without giving away any of its secrets.

- S. Farmer

SHUTTER ISLAND now on DVD

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

THE KARATE KID (2010)

I'm not going to see it, I fear the ghost of Pat Morita would haunt me The Grudge style. (shivers)

>MM

Monday, April 19, 2010

Kick-Ass Wins Tight Race For #1

LIONSGATE GAINS THE EDGE IN KICK-ASS NAILBITER

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too Reaches $54.8 Million In Third Week

Studio Secured Over 6,500 Screens For The Weekend, Representing 16% Of The North American Marketplace

SANTA MONICA, CA, April 19, 2010 – LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, emerged from a neck-and-neck box office race to claim the #1 spot with its action/comedy KICK-ASS. Director Matthew Vaughn’s critically lauded, R-rated film took in $19,828,687 for the weekend, edging past the 3D animated family feature HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. The latest release in Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry franchise, TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED, TOO?, reached $54.8 million in its third week in release. Lionsgate secured over 6,500 screens this past weekend, representing 16% of the North American marketplace.

Based on the groundbreaking, best-selling comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., KICK-ASS stars Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong and Chloë Grace Moretz, and features Nicolas Cage. The screenplay is written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. The producers are Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Tarquin Pack and Kris Thykier; Millar and Romita Jr. are co-producers. Lionsgate acquired North American distribution rights for $15 million last year.

Said Joe Drake, Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President, “KICK-ASS is fantastic, highly original entertainment, and our marketing and distribution teams have brilliantly positioned it for a long and successful run. That kind of run is precisely what we are seeing on the international front, where KICK-ASS has demonstrated a very strong hold at the box office; in Great Britain alone, it’s taken in nearly $13.8 million in 17 days.”

Lionsgate’s upcoming releases include: Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy KILLERS, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, opening June 4; Sylvester Stallone’s action/thriller THE EXPENDABLES, with an all-star cast including Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke, opening August 13; and Daniel Stamm’s horror movie THE LAST EXORCISM, produced by Eli Roth (HOSTEL), starring Patrick Fabian and Ashley Bell, opening August 27.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE in theatres soon



The independent feature film, 'The Human Centipede (First Sequence)' from Dutch director, Tom Six, will be premiering in US theatres from April 28. It will open in New York with other cities to follow. 'The Human Centipede' will also be available on demand in the US from April 30.

Patrick Savage & Holeg Spies wrote and produced the music for this controversial film in 2009, and it went on to win a string of awards at film festivals around the world.

Released by IFC, the president of IFC Entertainment, Jonathan Sehring, said this in a statement about the film: “I can’t remember when I have been as excited and had as much fun being horrified and repulsed while watching a movie. Echoing back to the early works of David Cronenberg, ‘The Human Centipede” is a landmark work in the horror genre, taking the “mad doctor” conceit and perversely twisting it into a mind-boggling roller coaster ride. Everyone at IFC is excited to introduce such a unique talent as Tom Six to American audiences and it’s a perfect film for our theatrical and VOD platforms.”

Judging by the internet buzz generated by this film already, other releases around the world are likely to follow soon.

Reported by automation@cinetiks.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

GRAND OPENING OF THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT SET FOR JUNE 18


Universal Orlando Also Unveils Details for the Highly Anticipated New Attraction:
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey


ORLANDO, Fla. (March 25, 2010) – One of the most widely anticipated theme park entertainment experiences ever created – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort – is set for a public grand opening on June 18.

Today, Universal Orlando Resort also revealed details about what is expected to be one the most exciting theme park experiences ever created: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. It will be one of three themed attractions within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the heart of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This all new adventure combines a powerful storyline with spectacular new technology so effectively that guests will be completely immersed in the experience.

And as they live their adventure, guests will feel things no one has ever felt inside a theme park attraction, move in ways no one has ever moved, experience film like no one else ever has, explore vast sets punctuated by amazing special effects – and have an adventure only possible in Harry Potter’s world.

The new attraction lies deep within Hogwarts castle, a majestic structure that towers over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - the only place in the world where the wonder, excitement and adventure of the Harry Potter books and films comes to life.

The Adventure
Imagine…

…meeting Harry, Ron and Hermione as if they were in person
…soaring over Hogwarts castle with Harry
…being swept into a Quidditch match
…feeling the chilling effect of a Dementor
…exploring your favorite places inside Hogwarts castle
…living adventures you’ve only been able to imagine – until now.


HARRY POTTER AND THE FORBIDDEN JOURNEY

The Story

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry's life. As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder, and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.

"Guests will experience firsthand a completely new adventure featuring the iconic characters, amazing creatures and recognizable locations they’ve only read in the books or seen in the films," said Thierry Coup, creative director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Location
The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey experience starts as soon as you walk through the gates of Hogwarts. Within the towering Hogwarts castle, you explore a truly magical place. You journey through iconic locations taken from the films and take in the extraordinary detail of each scene. They include:

• Dumbledore’s office: Here, you meet the Headmaster as he welcomes you to Hogwarts
• Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom: Where you first meet Harry, Ron and Hermione
• Gryffindor common room: You meet three additional characters who prepare you for your journey
• Room of Requirement: Here, with hundreds of floating candles above, you take your seat on an enchanted bench and begin the Forbidden Journey
• Other locations: In addition, guests will pass through the Dungeon passageway and hallways of Hogwarts where they will have the chance to see hundreds of wizard portraits from the films, including several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four founders of Hogwarts. Guests will even get a glimpse of the Sorting Hat.

The Innovation
This is more than just an attraction and it is unlike any theme park experience ever created. It’s a revolutionary, 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking – specially designed and developed for this brand-new adventure.

"We have created an entirely new way to place our guests into the heart of one of the most compelling stories of our time," said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. "What we have done will forever change the theme park attraction experience."

The attraction’s newly created ride system envelops guests in filmed action scenes and moves those scenes with them as they travel through the ride, allowing more time in the center of the adventure and with their favorite characters. This fusion of robotic technology and filmed scenes has never been achieved until now. In some cases, technology had to be invented to achieve the highest level of guest experience. The combination of pioneering, state-of-the-art technology, innovative filmmaking and surprises around every corner make this attraction the embodiment of the Harry Potter book and film series—and the future of theme park entertainment.

For the latest news about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com

How To Train Your DRAGON

DREAMWORKS

The studio that brought you "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" releases "How to Train Your Dragon" today. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, Dreamworks DRAGON is set in a Viking world plighted with crop and herd pilfering ... well, Dragons! This beautifully animated action comedy is the story of Viking-to-be and son of the towns leader, an awkward gangly teenager named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel/She's Out of Your League). What Hiccup lacks in Viking muscle he attempts to make up for in ingenuity with modern-for-the-time Dragon catching contraptions. During a particularly chaotic dragon raid he uses one of these contraptions to clumsily take down the most dangerous and elusive dragon that no Viking had ever even seen and lived to tell. When he goes to claim his prize he finds himself empathetic with the black dragon and releases it. As if pulling a thorn from the lions paw the two become fast friends making the remainder of his screen time much more difficult as he is put to the test along side his young Viking peers to earn his place in the tribe by killing his first dragon. Can he change the minds of his village? Can he change long standing traditional feud? You'll have to hit the theatres to see.

How To Train Your DRAGON is an exciting, fast paced, we'll written and voiced film, and where most films use the now wildly popular 3-D effect as a shtick to mask its lack of story, in this case its a welcome effect that only augments the films depth. Great for kids, awesome for adults and fun for all. Since the first screening I've been fighting off the temptation to head to my nearest exotic reptiles shop and get a black gecko, strap tiny wings on it and name it Toothless. Sigh.

In theatres today!
http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com/

Saturday, March 20, 2010

THE FOURTH KIND dvd giveaway!


Email us your wildest alien encounter (text or link to YouTube vids OK) to be entered for a chance to win a DVD and a 4th Kind promotions light up disc!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” PREPS FOR GREAT BIG ULTIMATE FAN EVENT

“How is it you’re being so great big?”
~ Tweedledee to Alice—she’s eaten far too much cake and grown to enormous heights


WALT DISNEY PICTURES AND BUENA VISTA RECORDS JOIN FORCES WITH HOT TOPIC, KIIS-FM, MYSPACE AND MUSICAL ARTISTS FROM “ALMOST ALICE” FOR ULTIMATE FAN EVENT FEB. 19, 2010, AT HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND CENTER

Film Stars, Filmmakers and Artists 3OH!3, Metro Station, Family Force 5, Kerli and Never Shout Never on Concert Roster; Entire Event to be Streamed Live on MySpace

BURBANK, Calif. – Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Records join forces with Hot Topic, KIIS-FM, MySpace and musical artists from the upcoming album “Almost Alice” for a great big ultimate fan event celebrating this Spring’s most anticipated 3D motion picture “ALICE IN WONDERLAND.” The star-studded concert event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Central Courtyard. Featuring five musical acts, a visit from director Tim Burton to introduce select members of the “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” cast, plus opportunities to win prizes, including a sneak peek of actual film footage, the ultimate fan event will be streamed live on MySpace at www.myspace.com/wonderland.


An Entertainment Extravaganza

· The event’s featured artists will do a short set, including their song from “Almost Alice.” Artists/songs include 3OH!3 (“Follow Me Down”), Metro Station (“Where’s My Angel”), Family Force 5 (“Topsy Turvy”), Kerli (“Tea Party”), and Never Shout Never (“Sea What We Seas”).

· Available March 2, 2010, “Almost Alice” is a 16-song compilation featuring the film’s end credit track “Alice,” written and performed by Avril Lavigne, plus songs from artists including All American Rejects, The Cure’s Robert Smith, Franz Ferdinand and Shinedown. Hot Topic’s exclusive expanded version includes three bonus tracks. The album is a companion to the film’s soundtrack, which features the score by composer Danny Elfman.

· Hot Topic’s Hollywood locale (3rd level of Hollywood & Highland Center) has been transformed to a mad version of Wonderland even the Hatter would enjoy. Hot Topic hosts the event and features exclusive “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”-themed products now available at Hot Topic stores nationwide and online. Beginning Monday, February 8, the first 250 customers who purchase any 3OH!3 t-shirt and preorder the “Almost Alice” CD will receive a wristband that will grant access to a special meet-and-greet with the band 3OH!3, entry into the concert’s preferred viewing pit and admission into the special 3D sneak peek of footage from the film at the El Capitan Theatre after the concert event.

· KIIS-FM, 104.3 MyFM and 98.7 FM will give away VIP preferred viewing pit wristbands to listeners between now and event day. Additional VIP tickets will be given away via MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. VIP attendees will be treated to a special 3D sneak peek of footage from the film at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre immediately following the event.

· Fans are encouraged to dress up in costumes inspired by characters from “ALICE IN WONDERLAND.” Costumes will be judged on site by Academy Award®-winner Colleen Atwood, costume designer for the film. Winners will be invited to attend the special sneak peek at the El Capitan.

· KIIS-FM’s Manny on the Streets will be the on-stage host for the event. Quddus from MySpace and theQside.com, Roslynn Cobarrubias from MySpace Music and Philip DeFranco from YouTube will be on hand as backstage hosts, interviewing key players along the way.

· MySpace will host the exclusive live stream of the event at www.myspace.com/wonderland, powered by Ustream. Viewers around the world can experience the event first-hand, see exclusive backstage interviews with talent and interact by posting comments and questions to the page. Ustream’s embeddable streaming player will extend the experience to additional sites, including Facebook, HotTopic.com and more.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

JOHN CARTER OF MARS BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONDON

WALT DISNEY PICTURES’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS” BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONDON

BURBANK, Calif. – Principal photography is underway in London for Walt Disney Pictures’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS.” Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.

Produced for Walt Disney Pictures by Jim Morris (“WALL•E,” “Ratatouille”) and Colin Wilson (“Avatar,” “War of the Worlds”), the live action/animation film marks Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton’s (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) first foray into live action. Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Disney•Pixar’s “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award and Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature (2008); Stanton was nominated for an Oscar® for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award-nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature (2003). He has worked as a screenwriter and/or executive producer on Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” (which he also co-directed), “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Ratatouille” and “Up.”

"I have been waiting my whole life to see the characters and worlds of 'John Carter of Mars' realized on the big screen,” says Stanton. “It is just a wonderful bonus that I have anything to do with it."

The stellar ensemble cast is led by Taylor Kitsch (NBC’S “Friday Night Lights”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) in the title role, Lynn Collins (“50 First Dates,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) as the warrior princess Dejah Thoris and Oscar® nominee Willem Dafoe (“Spider-Man 3,” “Shadow of a Vampire”) as Martian inhabitant Tars Tarkas. The cast also includes Thomas Haden Church (“Sideways,” Spider-Man 3), Polly Walker (upcoming “Clash of the Titans,” “Patriot Games”), Samantha Morton (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “In America”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Body of Lies”), Ciaran Hinds (“Munich,” “There Will Be Blood”), British actor Dominic West (“300,” “Chicago”), James Purefoy (“Vanity Fair,” “Resident Evil”) and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”). Daryl Sabara (“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Spy Kids”) takes the role of John Carter’s teenaged nephew, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The creative team includes Oscar®-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“Public Enemies,” “The Dark Knight,” “Batman Begins”), costume designer Mayes Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”), cinematographer Daniel Mindel (“Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible III,” “Spygame”) and video effects supervisor Peter Chiang (“The Reader,” “The Bourne Ultimatum”).


Notes:

· Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago and is best known for writing and creating Tarzan – still one of the most successful and iconic fictional creations of all time. JOHN CARTER OF MARS is based on Burroughs’ first novel, “A Princess of Mars.”

· Academy Award®-winning director/writer Andrew Stanton directed and co-wrote the screenplay for “WALL•E,” which earned the Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2008. He was Oscar® nominated for the screenplay. He made his directorial debut with “Finding Nemo,” garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and winning the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film of 2003. He was one of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story,” and went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on subsequent Pixar films “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and “WALL•E.” He served as co-director on “A Bug’s Life,” and was the executive producer of “Monsters, Inc.,” the 2006 Academy Award-winning “Ratatouille” and the 2009 smash hit “Up.”

Friday, January 29, 2010

TUNE-IN: ALICE IN WONDERLAND CROSS NETWORK EVENT

ABC, ESPN AND ABC FAMILY VIEWERS ARE HEADED DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOKS OF “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” TO HIT THREE NETWORKS STARTING JAN. 31; CROSS-NETWORK STUNT CULMINATES WITH HUGE SUPER BOWL SPOT FEB. 7

60-Second Custom Spots to Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage of the 3D Motion-Picture Event of the Year; In Theaters Nationwide March 5, 2010


BURBANK, Calif. (January 25, 2010) – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is teaming up with sister networks ABC, ESPN and ABC FAMILY for a week-long, cross-network extravaganza that will send viewers straight down the rabbit hole with “ALICE IN WONDERLAND.” The stunt provides 60-second first-looks customized for each network, all of which will air between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6, 2010. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen footage from visionary director Tim Burton’s 3D theatrical motion-picture event, the first looks will culminate with a spectacular Super Bowl spot on Feb. 7, 2010. Entitled “Tick-Tock,” this action-packed spot features intense imagery and a few surprises from Burton’s Wonderland.

“We wanted to kick off our television campaign for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ in a big way,” says David Singh, executive vice president of worldwide marketing for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. “With Tim Burton at the helm and a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and rising star Mia Wasikowska, the film already has a passionate following. Fans are eager to step into the incredible 3D Wonderland that Burton has created and get a glimpse at what he’s done with these brilliant characters, and we’re ready to give it to them.”

FIRST LOOK SCHEDULE
ABC
“Desperate Housewives,” Jan. 31, 9/8c
“The Bachelor,” Feb. 1, 8/7c

ESPN
2010 NFL Pro Bowl, Jan. 31, 7:20ET
NBA NUGGETS/LAKERS game, Feb. 5, 10:30ET

ABC FAMILY
“Greek,” Feb. 1, 10/9c
“The Parent Trap,” Feb. 6, 8/7c

Cross-network promo spots for the stunt begin on Jan. 26, 2010. The campaign will be supported, and the creative maximized on the studio’s online/social networking sites including Facebook (Facebook.com/Disney), Twitter (Twitter.com/disneypictures), You Tube (YouTube.com/DisneyMovieTrailers), Disney.com and more.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blood Into Wine Screenings Announced


Documentary featuring Maynard James Keenan, Eric Glomski, Milla Jovovich, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim begins theatrical run on Feb. 19

Jan. 22 – Blood Into Wine, the forthcoming documentary about Maynard James Keenan (front man for Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle) and vineyard partner Eric Glomski’s mission to bring notoriety and credibility to Northern Arizona’s burgeoning wine industry, begins its theatrical run on Feb. 19 at select theaters across the United States.

Theaters showing Blood Into Wine:

Albuquerque
Mar. 13 – Guild Cinema

Austin
Feb. 19 – 20 – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek

Boston
Feb. 26 – 28 – Somerville Theatre

Davenport (IA)
Feb. 19, 21, 26 – The Capitol Theatre

Houston
Feb. 19 – 20 – Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks

Los Angeles
Feb. 25 – 28 – Laemmle Sunset 5

Minneapolis
Mar. 4 – Riverview Theater

Phoenix
Feb. 19 – Blood Into Wine Premiere at the W Hotel (Scottsdale)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4 – Valley Art Theater (Tempe)

Salt Lake City
Feb. 19 to 25 – Tower Theatre

San Antonio
Feb. 19 – Alamo Drafthouse (The Market at Park North)
Feb. 20 – Alamo Drafthouse (1255 SW Loop 410)

San Francisco
Feb. 25 – Viz Cinema (Noise Pop Film Festival)

Sonoma
Feb. 19 – 21 – TBA (Healdsburg, CA)


Blood Into Wine was co-directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke, the team behind critically acclaimed documentaries Moog and The Heart Is a Drum Machine). The documentary was shot using multiple Red One cameras, allowing cinematographer Cary Truelick to capture the craggy landscape surrounding Keenan’s vineyards in stunning detail. Editor Robert Beadle skillfully worked with over 200 hours of footage to help craft the story of two pioneer winemakers in an unforgiving region. Blood Into Wine was Produced by Chris "Topper" McDaniel, Ryan Page, Jason Stall, and Christopher Pomerenke.

Additional screenings will be announced shortly. The trailer for Blood Into Wine can be viewed at: www.bloodintowine.com.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ALICE IN WONDERLAND "Almost Alice"

BUENA VISTA RECORDS PRESENTS ALMOST ALICE FEATURING OTHER VOICES FROM WONDERLAND

ALBUM INTRODUCES FIFTEEN NEWLY RECORDED SONGS IN A WHIMSICAL TAKE ON LEWIS CARROLL’S WONDERLAND INCLUDING

AVRIL LAVIGNE’S “ALICE (UNDERGROUND)”

ALMOST ALICE AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE MARCH 2, 2010


BURBANK, CA -- January, 2010 – Buena Vista Records will release two albums capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved books and visionary director Tim Burton. ALMOST ALICE is a 16-song compilation featuring ALICE IN WONDERLAND’S end credit track “Alice (Underground)” written by Avril Lavigne and produced by Butch Walker. Danny Elfman composes the score for the original motion picture soundtrack. Hot Topic will issue an exclusive version of ALMOST ALICE which includes two bonus tracks. All three albums will be released on March 2, 2010. ALICE IN WONDERLAND comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ on March 5, 2010 (U.S. theaters).

The ALICE IN WONDERLAND soundtrack captures the musical landscape Danny Elfman masterfully created for the highly anticipated Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Elfman has established himself as one of Hollywood's leading film composers and has written close to 50 film scores featuring his unique sound, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Milk, Chicago, Batman, Spiderman, Men in Black, Edward Scissorhands and Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

ALMOST ALICE boasts an eclectic array of recording artists with original songs based on some of the most charismatic characters in literary history, such as “In Transit” performed by Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz. Other artists include The All-American Rejects, Shinedown, 3OH!3, Franz Ferdinand and All Time Low. “Very Good Advice” performed by Robert Smith, is the only song from Disney’s 1951 animated film “Alice in Wonderland” that appears on the collection.

Coming to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ on March 5, 2010, ALICE IN WONDERLAND is an epic 3D fantasy adventure starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Visit the official site for more info at Disney.com/wonderland.

The track list for ALMOST ALICE is as follows:

1. Alice (Underground) Performed by Avril Lavigne
2. The Poison Performed by The All-American Rejects
3. The Technicolor Phase Performed by Owl City (previously released)
4. Her Name Is Alice Performed by Shinedown
5. Painting Flowers Performed by All Time Low
6. Where's My Angel Performed by Metro Station
7. Strange Performed by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
8. Follow Me Down Performed by 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch
9. Very Good Advice Performed by Robert Smith
10. In Transit Performed by Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz
11. Welcome to Mystery Performed by Plain White T’s
12. Tea Party Performed by Kerli
13. The Lobster Quadrille Performed by Franz Ferdinand
14. Running Out of Time Performed by Motion City Soundtrack
15. Fell Down a Hole Performed by Wolfmother
16. White Rabbit Performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

The track list for ALMOST ALICE was released exclusively to www.myspacemusic.com. ALMOST ALICE and the ALICE IN WONDERLAND Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available March 2, 2010 wherever music is sold.

A NEW WEBB FOR SPIDER-MAN™

Marc Webb Chosen To Direct Next Chapter of the Acclaimed Series

-Spider-Man to Climb into Theaters in Summer, 2012 -


CULVER CITY, Calif., January 20, 2010 – Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture(500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Written by James Vanderbilt, Webb will work closely with producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin in developing the project, which will begin production later this year.
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, “At its core, Spider-Man is a small, intimate human story about an everyday teenager that takes place in an epic super-human world. The key for us as we sought a new director was to identify filmmakers who could give sharp focus to Peter Parker’s life. We wanted someone who could capture the awe of being in Peter’s shoes so the audience could experience his sense of discovery while giving real heart to the emotion, anxiety, and recklessness of that age and coupling all of that with the adrenaline of Spider-Man’s adventure. We believe Marc Webb is the perfect choice to bring us on that journey.”
Arad and Ziskin added jointly, “Over the years, the Spider-Man comics have been told with bold and creative new writers and artists who have re-calibrated the way audiences see Peter Parker. Marc Webb will do for the new direction of the films what so many visionary storytellers have done with the comic books. He is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we look forward to working closely with him on this new adventure.”

Webb said, “This is a dream come true and I couldn't be more aware of the challenge, responsibility, or opportunity. Sam Raimi's virtuoso rendering of Spider-Man is a humbling precedent to follow and build upon. The first three films are beloved for good reason. But I think the Spider-Man mythology transcends not only generations but directors as well. I am signing on not to ‘take over’ from Sam. That would be impossible. Not to mention arrogant. I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories, and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas, and creative voice to Spider-Man.”

Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, added, “I’m excited that Sony has chosen a director with a real penchant and understanding for the character. This is a brave, bold direction for the franchise, and I can’t wait to see what Marc comes up with next.”

Added Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, “The idea of re-imagining the on-screen story for one of the world’s most iconic superheros is sure to deliver an exciting new dimension to Spider-Man fans everywhere. There are volumes of comics and material available to inspire fresh and compelling takes on Peter Parker and his journey as Spidey and we look forward to seeing this come alive onscreen.”

BANSHEE!!! Comes To DVD March 23 - A Creature Feature For The New Millenium



BANSHEE!!! Comes To DVD March 23

A Creature Feature For The New Millenium
Synthetic Cinema International and MVD Visual are pleased to announce the release of Banshee!!! for North Americandistribution on March 23, 2010.

In this creature feature, a group of college friends on a spring break camping trip are stalked and slashed by an unknown creature with the ability to make them hallucinate through sound waves. The survivors hold up refuge in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from all communication. Now, they have to come up with a plan to kill this unrelenting creature before it kills them.

Banshee!!! takes the idea of the legendary Irish myth and spins it around into a terrifying and unstoppable monster. The initial concept for the creature was developed by co-producer Andrew Gerhard. Dan Anderson did the actual design and the art. Director ColinTheysthen took his designs and created the digital model for use in the film.

The physical makeup of the creature is unique... It's got a long face. It doesn't have a mouth. Instead it has vibrating flaps it uses to produce sound which allows it to take on the image of whatever it wants to be. It has wings that fold up on its back. It was designed to be something that could be done without a suit. "We wanted to stay away from the guy in a suit monster," saidTheys. "As a CG artist, I hate when you see a guy in a suit and all of the sudden they cut to CGI and it looks totally different. The effects matter to me."

Theys also states:

"We put a ton of effort into the movie to make Banshee!!! standout. In the effects department, we have over a hundred and thirty CGI shots. I handle all of the visual effects, so I'm able to ensure that every effects shot looks the same. There's no variation, each shot looks to be the same quality as the one's before it and after it. It's also got lots of stuff: cool sets, lots of characters, lots of death. We tried to make it different. The producer and I went out and watched a lot of indie horror films to see what worked and what didn't work, so that we wouldn't fall into the same pitfalls that they did. It's shot on video, we've got a good cinematographer who worked really hard to make the film look good. Banshee!!! has lots of action, it's fast-paced, and short but sweet. I hate when low-budget horror movies run too long, it just sort of highlights their flaws."

Banshee!!! had anoverseas theatrical release in 2008 and will be featured here in the states on the Chiller Channel (NBC/Universal) as a Network TV Premiere. It also features internet 'Elebrity' sensations Don & Murph, who have garnered well over 100k views on the web.

Official Film Website: http://www.syntheticcinema.com

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDmPnWTTM1k

Friday, January 8, 2010

SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE - Trailer Premiere


http://www.getyourrating.com/
Paramount's upcoming comedy SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE opens in theaters March 12.