Monday, December 24, 2012

Open Road Films to Release Ten, Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, on January 24, 2014

Photo credit: Robert Zuckerman

Open Road Films will release Ten, an action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, directed by David Ayer (End Of Watch) and financed by QED International, nationwide on January 24, 2014.

In Tem Arnold Schwarzengger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done—until, one-by-one, the ten members mysteriously start to be eliminated.

Tem stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello (HBO's True Blood, Magic Mike), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty, FX's Sons Of Anarchy), Terrence Howard (Red Tails, On The Road), Max Martini, (ABC's Revenge), Josh Holloway (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina), Mireille Enos (Gangster Squad). The original screenplay for Ten is by Skip Woods (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Good Day To Die Hard). Producers are Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Not Fade Away Soundtrack Announced, Available December 18th

Produced by Steven Van Zandt:
Music from the Motion Picture Not Fade Away

Featuring Music from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan,
James Brown, the Rascals, Sex Pistols, and More

Not Fade Away, the widely anticipated feature film debut from The Sopranos creator David Chase is an ode to the transformative power of rock ‘n’ roll. In 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. The film stars John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini.

The film’s forthcoming soundtrack on ABKCO Records chronicles the sounds that inspired a generation to pursue dreams of rock stardom and glory. The soundtrack, set for digital release on December 18th, will be available at iTunes and all other digital download stores. Not Fade Away, a Paramount Vantage film, opens in select theaters on December 21st, 2012.

Because music is so central to the film, Chase worked closely with executive producer Steven Van Zandt in compiling recordings that are evocative of the era and propel the narrative of Chase’s screenplay. Van Zandt played Silvio Dante in Chase’s The Sopranos over the course of the groundbreaking series’ six seasons on HBO and in 2002, created “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” a nationally syndicated rock radio show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He is a long-standing member of the E Street Band.

Thanks to Van Zandt’s efforts, the film’s soundtrack includes music from the Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Sex Pistols, James Brown, The Rascals, Van Morrison, Robert Johnson, Elmore James and many others. The soundtrack album also includes several songs performed by the band members portrayed in the film by actors Magaro and Huston, who cut their own vocal tracks, which were produced by Van Zandt. Tell Me and Parachute Woman are two classic Rolling Stones tracks featured on the Not Fade Away soundtrack release.

Van Zandt commented, “David Chase realizes that in film, like Bruce Springsteen in music, the more detailed, accurate, and nuanced the personal vision, the more compelling the work ends up being. Helping David realize his vision was one of the most satisfying projects of my life. Watching these young actors meet every challenge we threw at them was also quite inspiring.” Chase added, “Music is obviously the soul of this film. And working on the music, especially with Steven, was certainly the favorite part. John Magaro and Jack Huston sing on these tracks and they really stand up.”

The ABKCO soundtrack includes the original versions of the songs that inspired the formation of the band whose story is at the core of the film, as well as music played by the band as heard in the film.

Not Fade Away Track listing
* Track Not Included in Film

  • 1.  There Was a Time — James Brown
  • 2.  Tell Me — The Rolling Stones
  • 3.  Ride On Baby — The Twylight Zones
  • 4.  Bo Diddley — Bo Diddley
  • 5.  Bo Diddley — The Twylight Zones
  • 6.  Subterranean Homesick Blues — The Twylight Zones*
  • 7.  Parachute Woman — The Rolling Stones*
  • 8.  Go Now — The Moody Blues
  • 9.  Time is On My Side — The Twylight Zones
  • 10. Dust My Broom — Elmore James
  • 11. I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart — The Rascals
  • 12. Good Morning Blues — Lead Belly
  • 13. Train Kept A Rollin — Johnny Burnette*
  • 14. Train Kept A Rollin — The Twylight Zones
  • 15. Pretty Ballerina — The Left Banke
  • 16. Down So Low — Mother Earth
  • 17. Itchycoo Park — The Small Faces
  • 18. Me and the Devil Blues — Robert Johnson
  • 19. The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre — The Twylight Zones
  • 20. T.B. Sheets — Van Morrison
  • 21. Some Velvet Morning — Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
  • 22. Bali Ha’i — Original Motion Picture Cast (South Pacific)
  • 23. Road Runner — The Sex Pistols
  • 24. Pipeline — The Twylight Zones
  • 25. She Belongs To Me — Bob Dylan
  • Surgica Supply Jingle (Digital Bonus Track)

Additional Album Details:
Executive Soundtrack Album Producer: David Chase
Soundtrack Album Produced by: Steven Van Zandt
Original Musical Performances by The Twylight Zones: Bob Bandiera, Gary Tallent, Max Weinberg, & Steven Van Zandt
Arranged & Produced by: Steven Van Zandt

Soundtrack Set for Digital Release on December 18th

Film Released on December 21st

Top Gun Returns to Theaters in 3D at IMAX & Released as a Two-Disc Blu-ray™ Set February 19, 2013

For the First Time in IMAX 3D®
Top Gun Returns to the Big Screen in Select IMAX Theaters
Limited Engagement Beginning 02.08.2013 | Available on Blu-Ray™ 02.19.2013

Top Gun, Paramount Pictures’ 1986 classic from director Tony Scott, producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring Tom Cruise, takes off on a new adventure with an exclusive six-day 3D engagement in select IMAX® theatres beginning February 8, 2013. The film has been re-mastered for the IMAX® 3D release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray.

Top Gun was re-mastered for the big screen from high-resolution original negative scans and painstakingly converted to 3D by Legend3D under the supervision of the film’s director, Tony Scott. Rendered in 3D, the film’s complex, long shots reveal extraordinary depth and clarity, allowing viewers to explore every detail of the action. From the spectacular aerial dogfights to the intense close-ups in the cockpits, each frame enables the audience to feel a part of the story.

The story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their class and earn the title of Top Gun captured the imagination of a generation and earned a worldwide box office of over $350 million upon its release. The film stars Tom Cruise as Maverick and Kelly McGillis as his civilian instructor. The film also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan.

The Top Gun Blu-ray 3D disc presents the film with pristine high definition picture and sparkling sound in spectacular 3D for the ultimate home viewing experience. The Blu-ray 2D includes the re-mastered film in high definition, along with a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, interviews with Tom Cruise, commentary by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, co-screenwriter Jack Epps, Jr. and more. The two-disc set available for purchase also includes a digital copy of the film and will be enabled with UltraViolet technology.

Doctor Who News: 2012 Christmas Special Images Released + New Tardis & Ian McKellen Guest Stars

Featuring Special Guest Star Ian McKellen
Doctor Who's The Snowmen Airs on Christmas Day
The Remaining 8 Episodes of Season 7 Resume Spring 2013

Sontarans! Silurians! Gandalf the Grey? This year's Doctor Who Christmas special features Sir Ian McKellen as the voice of the main snowman. Allies Commander Strax (Dan Starkey), Jenny Flin (Catrin Stewart), Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) also make an appearance in this episode appropriately titled, The Snowmen.

During this episode fans also finally get a look at the brand-spankin' new Tardis interior.

Check out screen captures from the Christmas episode on the Screen Rant blog.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen Take The Guilt Trip to 20 Cities

Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., and AMC Theaters have partnered to bring the upcoming holiday comedy The Guilt Trip to audiences in 20 cities across the country in advance of its theatrical release on December 19th.

These exclusive screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s stars Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, to be streamed live via satellite from Los Angeles.

The screenings and subsequent live Q&A will take place December 2nd at participating AMC Theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Miami, Boston, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit

The Guilt Trip stars Rogen as Andy Brewster, an inventor about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime, and who better to accompany him than his overbearing mother Joyce, played by Barbra Streisand. After deciding to start his adventure with a quick visit at mom’s, Andy is guilted into bringing her along for the ride. Across 3,000 miles of ever-changing landscape, he is constantly aggravated by her antics, but over time he comes to realize that their lives have more in common than he originally thought. His mother’s advice might end up being exactly what he needs. The Guilt Trip is directed by Anne Fletcher, written by Dan Fogelman and produced by Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn and Evan Goldberg.

The Guilt Trip opens everywhere December 19th, 2012. To learn more about the movie, visit

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Le Misérables in Theaters this Christmas—Don't Miss Your Chance to Attend the Advanced Screening

Les Miserables Movie

Keep an eye on the Jax Movie Mob facebook page for your chance to snag tickets to the advanced screening of Fightin' Around the World, the Musical!…sorry—Le Misérables. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, Le Misérables officially premiers in theaters this Christmas, Tuesday December 25th.

This is 40 in Theaters Friday, December 21st

This is 40 Movie

This is 40, directed by Judd Apatow, starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, and Jason Segel, opens in theaters on Friday, December 21st. Keep an eye on the Jax Movie Mob facebook page for your chance to snag tickets to the advanced screening.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Oz the Great and Powerful Trailer Now Available

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with a screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final). Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Philip Steuer and Josh Donen are serving as executive producers.

Oz the Great and Powerful Opens in US Theaters March 8, 2013

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World Premiere: Extended Preview of JJ Abrams Star Trek: Into the Darkness Debuts in IMAX on December 14th

The First 9 Minutes from the Anticipated Sequel Will Be Released Exclusively in Digital IMAX 3D Theaters Worldwide

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 14, 2012)—Paramount Pictures will release the first 9 minutes from J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS exclusively in IMAX 3D months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. This first-look at the movie will play in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning December 14th.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 hit film that redefined the Star Trek universe for a new generation, marks the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX.

“Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Their use of the IMAX® Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended ‘first look’ at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster.”

To further the IMAX experience, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jim Jarmusch & Jozef Van Wissem Share Album Details, New Song, & Tour Dates



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photo courtesy of sara driver

Acclaimed lutist Jozef Van Wissem & American Auteur Jim Jarmusch have already announced their 2nd LP for this year, The Mystery of Heaven. Today, they share the album artwork, track-list & single from the album. Etimasia the 1st single from the album, features Van Wissem's incredible & fragile lute playing, while Jarmusch provides dissonance with his guitar. Together the two paint a beautiful sonic landscape, all while pondering mortality. Hear the track now at NPR.

About Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem met on the streets of New York in 2006. They shared a lot of interest and background so a collaboration and a friendship was born. Jarmusch was looking to have Van Wissem compose a score for a film he had been trying to make for years, what he described as a “crypto-vampire film” about two lovers, outsider types who have been in love for hundreds of years. Van Wissem's work comes from a tradition of avant-garde minimalism and lends itself well to the director's stark cinematic works. Jarmusch has played guitar in bands on and off since the late '70's. Van Wissem's compositional style involves hypnotic circular musical phrases that allow for a lot of contemplative space between the notes.

Their first live performance was in Issue Project Room in Brooklyn in October 2011, where they appeared together for a Van Wissem curated concert program called New Music for Early Instruments. The idea for their first album, Concerning the Entrance Into Eternity (Important Records) developed from their live performance. Jarmusch has said that he considers these songs as Van Wissem's compositions, and sees himself as someone filling in the background to Jozef's foreground, like the “scenic” on a film shoot, the one who paints the backdrops. “The sound of the lute is as bright as the sun, a beautiful red color and my stuff sounds sort of like the moon, more like blue, like mercury.”

Listen to the MP3 of Etimasia on SoundCloud

Watch the video for The Sun of the Natural World is Pure Fire below:

Tour Dates:

  • 09/30 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out Festival (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
  • 10/04 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
  • 10/07 - Chicago, IL - Wire Magazine Adventures in Modern Music Festival (solo Jozef Van Wissem)
  • 10/20 - New York, NY - Life or Death CMJ Showcase 92Y Tibeca
  • 11/28 - New York, NY - TBA (Record Release Show w/ Jim Jarmusch)

Despicable Me 2 Trailer

Watch the Debut Trailer for Jurassic Park in 3D

Get ready to experience one of the biggest films of all time in a whole new way. On behalf of Universal Pictures, we are thrilled to announce that Yahoo! Movies has just debuted the NEW trailer for Jurassic Park 3D.

Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking masterpiece has been re-mastered into a state-of-the-art 3D format, introducing the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release.

Watch the epic NEW trailer and prepare to experience 3D movie magic 65 million years in the making.

Jurassic Park in 3D will be in theaters April 5, 2013.

Michael Bay Announces Mark Wahlberg Will Be the New Lead in Transformers 4

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 8, 2012)—After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming Pain and Gain, Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated TRANSFORMERS 4. The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014.

“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” said Bay.

Bay will direct the next installment in the TRANSFORMERS series, which begins shooting next spring. From Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., in association with Hasbro, the film will be produced by Don Murphy &Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

Bay’s first TRANSFORMERS film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 5th highest grossing film of all time. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide.

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes Pain and Gain, a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, and Bar Paly also star. The film is based on magazine articles by Pete Collins, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and produced by Donald DeLine, Michael Bay and Ian Bryce.

PAIN AND GAIN opens in theaters everywhere April 26th, 2013.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

IRON MAN 3 Trailer now available!

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Universal Pictures’ THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is busy putting the F and U in Kung FU!  Check out the latest assets and promotions including the film’s soundtrack, NEW clips & photos, a Kung Fu Character Creator, new music video by RZA & The Black Keys and more! Get details below.  THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS hits theaters November 2nd.
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Killa’ Kung Fu Character Creator
You can't spell Kung Fu without FU! Be a part of the Jungle Village and head over to the Character Creator and Kung Fu yourself!
New Music Video & Soundtrack!
Who is "The Baddest Man Alive?" Check out the new video by RZA & The Black Keys from The Man with the Iron Fists! PLUS you can get the new track and 14 other songs on The Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack. Buy it on iTunes here.
Animated Prequel
RZA teamed up with animation director Eric Calderon (co-producer of the Afro Samurai TV mini-series) on a three-minute prequel called “The Encounter,” which touches on the backstory of RZA's character, Blacksmith – watch it here!
The Man With the Iron Fists – in theaters November 2
Official site:                  
 Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth.  Making his debut as a big-screen director and leading man, RZA—alongside a stellar international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero in nineteenth-century China who must unite to destroy the clan traitor who would destroy them all.
 Since his arrival in China’s Jungle Village, the town’s blacksmith (RZA) has been forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction.  When the clans’ brewing war boils over, the stranger channels an ancient energy to transform himself into a human weapon.  As he fights alongside iconic heroes and against soulless villains, one man must harness this power to become savior of his adopted people.
 Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.  www


We have just been informed that A LATE QUARTET will now be opening as follows in the additional markets:

Gateway 4 Theatres – Fort Lauderdale

Tampa Theatre – Tampa

Living Room Cinema 4 – Boca Raton (West Palm Beach)


Hippodrome – Gainesville

THE BOURNE LEGACY Coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, DVD & Digital Copy on December 11, 2012

The Action-Packed Blockbuster Franchise Returns with an Exhilarating New Installment & an All-‐Star Cast Including Jeremy Renner & Rachel Weisz

Universal City, California — On the verge of having their conspiracy exposed, members of the government’s intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs in The Bourne Legacy, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD  and On Demand December 11, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film is also available via Digital Download. Inspired by master storyteller Robert Ludlum’s immensely popular books, The Bourne Legacy takes the action-packed Bourne series to an explosive new level. With his life in jeopardy, agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started.  Presented in incomparable high-definition picture and perfect DTS master audio 7.1 surround sound, The Bourne Legacy Blu-ray™ includes an array of behind-the-scenes bonus features that take viewers inside the making of this global action-thriller.
For more than a decade, movie audiences worldwide have been enthralled by undercover agent Jason Bourne. A compelling mixture of riveting suspense, breathtaking action and shocking intrigue, The Bourne Legacy is the next thrilling original chapter in the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned over $1 billion at the global box office. Director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), screenwriter for the entire Bourne film series, steps behind the camera for the fourth installment. The film features a distinguished cast of compelling new faces and Bourne film favorites including Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Hurt Locker), Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Constant Gardener), Academy Award® nominee Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, Moonrise Kingdom), Stacy Keach (American History X, W.),  Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, The Contender), Academy Award® nominee Albert Finney (The Bourne Ultimatum, Erin Brockovich), Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night, and Good Luck) and Scott Glenn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Training Day).  The screenplay was co-written by Dan Gilroy and produced by Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Jeffrey M. Weiner and Ben Smith.

The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack contains a Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital Copy of the film, compatible with iPhone®, iTunes®, iPad®, iPod®, iPod® touch, Android™ and online retailer partners as well as UltraViolet™.  UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs.  Consumers can now truly enjoy The Bourne Legacy anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

The Bourne Legacy pulls back the curtain on a government secret even darker than Jason Bourne. When Bourne exposes Operation Treadstone at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum, he sparks a bonfire that threatens to burn down decades of research and development into the building of better spies and warriors. In The Bourne Legacy, audiences discover that there are actually a variety of covert intelligence programs – all of which now feel the threat of exposure. On the verge of having their conspiracy revealed, members of the government’s intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs. With his life in jeopardy, agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started.

Street Date: December 11, 2012
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for violence and intense action sequences 



LOS ANGELES, CA – Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to MACHETE KILLS, directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids franchise) and starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.  The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez from a screenplay by Kyle Ward and based on a story by Marcel Rodriguez and Robert Rodríguez, MACHETE KILLS is the sequel to the 2010 hit film MACHETE - which has built a devoted legion of fans since its release - and is the second film in a trilogy.  The film is produced by Robert Rodriguez, along with Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic through their QuickDraw Productions banner, as well as Sergei Bespalov of Aldamisa Films, Alexander Rodnyansky of AR Films, and Rick Schwartz of Overnight Films.  The film is expected to have a wide release in 2013.

In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man - he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

“Robert Rodriguez never ceases to wow audiences with his innovative and eye-popping filmmaking.  We are thrilled to bring the Machete franchise into the Open Road family and can’t wait to get to work with this incredible cast and the filmmaking team,” stated Ortenberg.

"Open Road is the perfect home for MACHETE KILLS," stated Robert Rodriguez. "Since their inception they have been trailblazers who have turned the theatrical distribution model on its head. I am confident that they will build upon the significant fan fervor that has made Machete such a success."

"One of the companies within my AR Films conglomerate distributed Robert's hit MACHETE in Central and Eastern Europe, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to produce MACHETE KILLS and continue that relationship," stated Rodnyansky. "It's an exciting project for all of us, and we're very happy that it's in such good hands with Tom Ortenberg and Open Road."

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Ortenberg, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Affairs Elliott Kleinberg, and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions  Ben Cotner.  Jere Hausfater and Mark Manuel negotiated on behalf of Aldamisa, along with Graham Taylor and WME Global, who repped the film.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Paramount Pictures and MGM’s HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, previously scheduled for January 11, 2013 will now open in 3D & IMAX on January 25, 2013 (wide).

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is directed by Tommy Wirkola and produced by Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay and Kevin J. Messick. The movie stars Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen).

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Werner Herzog-Narrated "Dinotasia" out on DVD 11/6/12; NYC Theatrical 10/26 - 11/1 at IFC

The film will run theatrically for one week in New York City – from Friday, October 26, 2012 through Thursday, November 1, 2012 – at IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014; 212-924-7771).  For tickets ($13.50) and more information please visit

“The Sunday Times said it best,” says Erik Nelson, co-director and producer for the film, “when they called Dinotasia the ‘Sopranos of the Mesozoic.’”

Dintotasia is not a typical documentary or nature film, but a love letter to fans of bizarre, graphic novel-style film vignettes and classic film animation.  Wer ner Herzog, an early fan of the project, lends his unique voice as narrator, serving as a tour guide to the strange world of Dinotasia.  Here, in Dinotasia, audiences can feast their eyes on mind-blowing segments including the saga of a dinosaur family under siege from a rogue T-Rex, a post-apocalyptic narrative set after an asteroid destroys most of the earth, and a story about the mind-blowing adventures of a dinosaur after he ingests the Jurassic ancestor of a magic mushroom.  Definitely not the narrative diet of most dinosaur films.  In fact, not the diet of any film creation, save Dinotasia.  The fact that all of these stories are based on hard science and the fossil record makes the end product even more amazing.

The animated stories are told in a purely visual style not seen since the classic era of silent filmmaking and the pioneering early work of Walt Disney Studios.  Aside from brief  “Herzogia n” narration to introduce each sequence, the film has no character dialogue, just music and imagery.  Based on current research findings from recent paleontology studies, Dinotasia uses CGI to bring to life many creatures that have been discovered in recent years.  The back plates for the animated action were primarily shot in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, and in the old-growth forest of Humboldt County in Northern California.

Dinotasia was co-directed by Erik Nelson, best known for his work with Herzog on his documentary features including Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, with David Krentz, the lead character designer for a number of Disney films, including John Carter and Dinosaur.

Credits –

 - Narrator – Werner Herzog
 - Directors – David Krentz & Erik Nelson
 - Producer – Erik Nelson
 - Executive Producers – Dave Harding & Amy Briamonte
 - Music – Mark Leggett
 - VFX Supervisor – Douglas Martin
 - Supervising Director – Ricardo Delgado
 - VFX Producer – Chad Nixon

Dinotasia –
 - Release date: November 6, 2012
 - DVD Pricing: $29.95 U.S./$34.95 CAN
 - Blu-ray Pricing: $34.95 U.S./$39.95 CAN
 - Runtime: 83 minutes, plus extras
 - Rating: N/A
 - DVD Catalog #: NNVG279290
 - Blu-ray Catalog #: NNVG279310
 - Language: English
 - Color: Color
 - Audio Format: 5.1
 - Genre: Animation
 - Bonus: Single DVD and Blu-ray include extended scenes, a dinosaur mating rites extra story, and stunning hand-drawn version of the final story.

Erik Nelson, Co-Director & Producer –
Erik Nelson is the President of Creative Differences and the co-director/producer of Dinotasia.  Other recent projects produced and directed by Nelson include 9-11: Science and Conspiracy, National Geographic Channel’s Dark Secrets Of The Lusitania, and The History Channel’s Engineering Evil, a two-hour documentary on the logistics of the Holocaust.  Nelson also produced Werner Herzog’s 2005 feature Grizzly Man, Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, Into The Abyss and Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (the highest grossing feature documentary of 2011).

David Krentz, Co-Director –
David Krentz is one of the world’s leading dinosaur artists.  Krentz was lead character designer for the benchmark Disney CG film Dinosaur, and has contributed to such movies as John Carter, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Spiderman 2, Valiant, The Ant Bully, Spiderwick, and Outlander, as well as many other live-action and animated films currently in production.

Werner Herzog, Narrator –
High-stakes German filmmaker Werner Herzog, known for exploring dark and dramatic material, was born in Munich and grew up removed from techn ology in a remote Bavarian village.  He worked as a welder to fund production of his first film at age nineteen and has since directed more than fifty features.  He has also published more than a dozen books of prose and directed as many operas.  His films have won numerous awards, including the special grand jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) and best director at the Cannes Film Festival for Fitzcarraldo (1982).  His other films include: Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu (1978), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), Grizzly Man (2005), Rescue Dawn (2006), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), and Into the Abyss (2011).

Creative Differences –Creative Differences is a Los Angeles- and Vancouver-based production company.  Over the past fifteen years, Creative Differences has produced a wide range of programming for an even wider range of television networks, including: HISTORY, A+E, Animal Planet, Discovery, National Geographic, Fox, CBS, MTV, and PBS.  The company has produced notable series such as Unsolved History, Time Warp, Blood Dolphins, and Megadisasters as well as the feature documentaries Grizzly Man, and the Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World.

Cinedigm Entertainment Group –
Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. is a state of the art digital distributor of award-winning independent films and alternative content.  CEG has released close to 200 indep endent films and alternative content events over the last few years, with past releases ranging up to 1,000 screens based on content and audience footprint. Current and upcoming CEG films include No Room For Rockstars, Parris Patton's documentary chronicling the Vans Warped Tour; Like Water, directed by Pablo Croce; The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick; Citadel, directed by Ciaran Foy; In Our Nature, starring John Slattery; and 22 Bullets, starring Jean Reno and produced by Luc Besson.

Additionally, Cinedigm delivers feature films, TV programs and web originals via digital download, streaming, video-on-demand, Blu-ray, and DVD.  The company’s library includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company®, including international blockbuster Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships w ith the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film.  Cinedigm is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including Hell and Back Again, GasLand, Waste Land, The Secret of Kells, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, and Chico & Rita. Cinedigm™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. and Cinedigm Entertainment Group. [CIDM-G]

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Guilt Trip - NEW Trailer!

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LES MISÉRABLES date change

Universal Pictures will move the North American release of LES MISÉRABLES from December 14, 2012 to Christmas Day, December 25, 2012.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PARANORMAN - On Blu-ray November 27


From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his gift of seeing and speaking with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse about to come true. Caught in a wild race against time, the young ghoul whisperer will find his paranormal abilities pushed to their otherworldly limits as he bravely summons up all that makes a hero – courage and compassion. Focus Features’ frightfully funny and magically emotional ParaNorman will be available on 3D Blu-ray™  Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on November 27, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, just in time for the holidays!

Featuring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In), Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Anna Kendrick (The Twilight Saga), Casey Affleck (Tower Heist,), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon), Leslie Mann (Knocked Up), Jeff Garlin (WALL-E), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill), Tempestt Bledsoe (Guys with Kids), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), it’s a hilariously spooky adventure for the whole family in eye-popping 3D, made by LAIKA in stop-motion animation. ParaNorman is “an animated thrill ride of epic proportions” – Rachel Brodsky, Time Out New York Kids.

The ParaNorman 3D Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack  includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film compatible with iPhone®, iTunes®, iPad®, iPod®, iPod® touch, Android™ and online retail partners, as well as UltraViolet™.  UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers, and TVs.  Consumers can now truly enjoy ParaNorman anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.


PRELIMINARY ANIMATIC SEQUENCES:  With commentary from Director Sam Fell and Writer/Director Chris Butler.

PEERING THROUGH THE VEIL: A special behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the weird and wonderful world of ParaNorman from building the characters to voicing them.
FEATURETTES: Seven short segments showcasing Norman and his extraordinarily unusual costars.
FEATURE COMMENTARY: With Director Sam Fell and Writer/Director Chris Butler.


Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

·UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TV’s.  Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. Currently available in the United States only.

·Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices including computers, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android™ and more!

BD-LIVETM : Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!

Pocket BLUTM app:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android™, PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player.  Plus iPad® and Android™ tablet  owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablets’ larger screen and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:

Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.

Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.

Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.

Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device. Keyboard:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.

uHEAR™:  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.

Street Date:  November 27, 2012
Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.
Running time:  1 Hour, 32 Minutes
Layers:  BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Rating:  PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.
Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound:  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ DTS Surround 2.0, Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French (Canadian) DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Street Date:  November 27, 2012
Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.
Running time:  1 Hour, 32 Minutes
Layers:  BD-50
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Rating:  PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.
Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound:  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/ DTS Surround 2.0, Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1, French (Canadian) DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Street Date:  November 27, 2012
Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.
Running time: 1 Hour, 32 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating:  PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language.
Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound:  Dolby Digital 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French (Canadian) Dolby Digital 5.1

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Release Date: October 5th, 2012

FRANKENWEENIE is by far Tim Burton's greatest film since A Nightmare Before Christmas. Forget the Nightmare-rehash Corpse Bride, the over the top formulaic Alice, or the catastrophically bad remake of Planet of the Apes. Just when I had nearly given up hope of a quality Burton film (especially one sans Mr Depp and Ms. Bonham-Carter) this film is a lightning rod that has resurrected hope back to life. FRANKENWEENIE is an endearing homage to the black and white Monster classics of yore. In it Burton blends the legendary Frankenstein story arc of a boy and his monster with his own signature style of colorful characters in a world painted only in shades of gray. Though a remake of his own original live action film, this new creepy animated romp is still quite fun, fresh, and full of thrills and amusements for all ages. FRANKENWEENIE is a must see in 3D.



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Disney Publishing Worldwide <> announced the release of Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book, based on Walt Disney Studios’ highly anticipated stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton, “Frankenweenie,” in theaters October 5, 2012.  Capturing the creative process from concept to completion, the interactive book integrates videos, vibrant music, and original sketches to offer readers a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie.  Available on the iBookstore, this book is Disney Publishing’s first to be created with Apple’s iBooks Author.

“We’re thrilled to give fans a look at how Tim Burton and his creative team brought Victor Frankenstein and Sparky to life in the town of New Holland,” said Lyle Underkoffler, vice president, Digital Media, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Using iBooks Author, Disney Publishing was able to include more digital content than ever before—including previews of animated storyboards documenting the transition from sketch to screen.”

Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book incorporates a brief history of the 1984 live-action short film and details the upcoming full-length stop-motion animated feature, including a foreword by Academy Award®-winning actor Martin Landau (the voice of Mr. Rzykruski in the film) and introductions to over 200 resident puppets of New Holland (with a special introduction to Victor and Sparky), as well as a look into “The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition,” now on tour.

A chapter on the film’s music includes previews of each track from the original motion picture score by Oscar®-nominated and GRAMMY®-winning composer Danny Elfman and from Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 14-song compilation of music from and inspired by the film, featuring artists including Karen O, Neon Trees, and Kimbra.  Both albums will be available from Walt Disney Records on September 25 and can be purchased directly from within the book.

Using Apple’s iBooks Author app, Disney Publishing was able to include video, audio, multi-touch, and 3D widgets to create a robust storytelling experience that enlightens “Frankenweenie” fans of all ages.  Readers can watch interviews featuring producer Allison Abbate and executive producer Don Hahn and explore the art of stop-motion animation with Tim Burton, while younger fans can create their own “chalkboard collage” using the film’s characters.

“Thirty years after he first visualized 'Frankenweenie' as a student at CalArts, Tim Burton has finally made the movie he dreamed of making way back then,” said Martin Landau, voice of Mr. Rzykruski in the film. "The eBook reveals how a truncated, live-action version made by Tim three decades ago evolved into the 90-minute, black-and-white, stop-motion (Tim’s favorite animation process), 3D motion picture that he visualized all those years ago.  It’s wonderful that Tim has managed to keep Victor and his friends young, energetic, and alive for 30 plus years."

In addition to the eBook, Disney Publishing Worldwide has released several print books in support of the feature film, including Frankenweenie: A Cinematic Storybook, Frankenweenie: A Novel, and Frankenweenie: A Monstrous Menagerie of Stickers!  A graphic novel and a visual companion will also be available at retail in the coming months.

“Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book is available for free exclusively on the iBookstore in 32 countries around the world.


Disney launched today “10 Days of Frankenweenie,” a new free level pack for the hit mobile game Where’s My Water? Free.  Inspired by Disney’s stop-motion animated film “Frankenweenie,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tim Burton, the level pack features new black and white levels that combine the film’s retro look and feel with the gameplay of Where’s My Water?.

Players of Where’s My Water? Free will enjoy the new movie-themed comic panel featuring Sparky, the beloved dog from the film, in addition to the “Frankenweenie”-themed locked level icons, collectibles and more.  “10 Days of Frankenweenie” also features a brand-new soundtrack inspired by the film, featuring a child choir, all new music mixes for the levels and spooky sound effects.

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, “Frankenweenie” is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton.

“Frankenweenie” releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

FRANKENWEENIE / Happy Monstober!

Voice Cast:                                           Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder
Director:                                               Tim Burton
Producers:                                            Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Executive Producer:                              Don Hahn
Screenplay by:                                      John August
Based on a screenplay by:                    Lenny Ripps
Based on an original idea by:                 Tim Burton                  

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.

“Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.

The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
Classic horror films inspired several of the character names.

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, “Frankenweenie” is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.

Friday, September 28, 2012

IDENTITY THIEF - NEW Trailer, Character One-Sheets & Images Hit the Web!

Genre:  Comedy      
Cast:   Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet
Story by: Jerry Eeten and Craig Mazin
Screenplay by:  Craig Mazin
Directed by:   Seth Gordon
Produced by:  Scott Stuber, Jason Bateman, Pamela Abdy
Executive Producers:   Peter Morgan, Dan Kolsrud

Horrible Bosses’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.  With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy.  There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S.

With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.  And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

Directed by Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon, Identity Thief is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), Bateman and Pamela Abdy (upcoming 47 Ronin).  The comedy co-stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Robert Diggs, aka The RZA (Blacksmith/Directed by/Story by/Screenplay by/Music by), is a man of many aliases and even more talents.  He is the heart, soul and brains behind rap’s only true multiplatinum super group, the Wu-Tang Clan.  RZA is a man who appreciates the creation of music and the success he has had within the music industry, and he thrives on the process of creation, which he has carried over into his acting and scoring career.  For as long as he can remember, RZA wanted to be a part of the moviemaking process and was inspired while watching one of his favorite kung fu flicks. 

In 1999, RZA got the first taste of living his dream.  Director Jim Jarmusch asked RZA to score Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, a modern samurai film, and offered him a cameo in the film, which helped bring him to where he is today.  As an actor, RZA has shown real range from his hilarious stints on Chappelle’s Show to the Jarmusch film Coffee and Cigarettes.  RZA next starred in the drama Derailed, alongside Clive Owen, and, most recently, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, for which the cast garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. 

In 2009, he was seen in the independent features Life Is Hot in Cracktown and Gospel Hill, and Universal Pictures’ Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, and Funny People, starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

The following year, RZA was seen in Due DateThe Next Three Days and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.  This year, RZA appeared as Samurai Apocalypse in Showtime’s series Californication.

In 2003, RZA scored Kill Bill Vol. 1 for Quentin Tarantino, for which he received a BAFTA nomination.  In 2004, he contributed music to Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessSoul PlaneKill Bill Vol. 2 and Blade: Trinity.  In 2007, RZA scored the critically acclaimed Spike TV animated series Afro Samurai and, in 2008, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, which starred Samuel Jackson.  That same year, he also contributed to the score of the 20thCentury Fox film Babylon A.D., which starred Vin Diesel. 

RZA continues to make strides within an industry that captured his attention

Monday, September 24, 2012

3rd Annual Chicago Food Film Festival Selections, Nov 15-17

Photo Credit: Ryan Jensen

The Chicago Food Film Festival, the only film festival in the world where guests get to taste what they see on the screen, returns to Chicago this year with 17+ films, including four never-before-seen films and one United States premiere. Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation, the Festival will run November 15-17, 2012.

This year, the Chicago Food Film Festival will showcase 17+ food films including:
·      4 World Premieres;
·      1 United States Premiere;
·      and 12 Chicago Premieres.

Created by George Motz, Travel Channel host and documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film, book and app, and Harry Hawk, the NYC Food Film Festival showcases the best of the world’s food and drink through documentaries, features and short films.

Along with a heaping helping of mouth-watering films, the three-day Festival will serve up the food that guests watch on the screen for a multi-sensory experience. Highlights include an authentic Wisconsin Friday night fish fry accompanying Fish Fry Night Milwaukee, the film Farmer Poet about an Illinois organic livestock farmer who writes poetry, and a special whisky tasting from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay in Scotland alongside the Chicago premiere of Whisky:The Islay Edition.

The Chicago Food Film Festival offers guests the unique chance to taste dishes they would no longer have the opportunity to try, like Chef Philip Foss’s legendary “Fries + Ice Cream,” which was made famous at EL Ideas.  Chef Foss will bring it back for one night only alongside the Fries + Ice Cream film, a great food porn short showing the anatomy of the dish.

Awards will be presented in six categories:
·      Best Feature
·      Best Short
·      Best Super-Short
·      Best Food Porn
·      Audience Choice Award
·      Food Filmmaker of the Year

More details, including the announcement of Festival judges, partnerships, and the full schedule of events will be released in October.

Mozzarella Inc. 

Official Selections, 2012 Chicago Food Film Festival:
A selection of video trailers for these films can be found at
Artisan Baker
Dir. Una Morera, 8 min, Chicago Premiere
Weaving philosophy with his love of food, a third generation Italian artisan baker discusses crafting and consuming food made with love.

Farmer Poet
Dir. Dan Fisher, Becky Liscum, Gail Grasso, 3:30 min, Chicago Premiere
Meet Harry Carr, an organic livestock farmer and poet.

Fish Fry Night Milwaukee
Dir. Ron Faiola, Chicago Premiere
A film about the history and tradition of the Friday Night Fish Fry and the people who create them.

Food Porn
Dir. Charles Grantham, 2:44 minutes, Chicago Premiere
Larry Cauldwell takes food porn to the next level… depending on your point of view, this may or may not be a good thing.

Fries + Ice Cream
Dir. Potluck Creative, 2 min, World Premiere
On a nightly basis, the chefs over at EL ideas are inventing new ways to challenge their guests' pallets. Following owner and head chef, Philip Foss, as he tells the story of his now signature dish "Fries + Ice Cream" from inspiration to plating.

Mama Sugar's Sweet Potato Cobbler
Dir. Keeley Steenson, 4:05 min, Chicago Premiere
Mama Sugar, matriarch of the Sugar Shack Trailblazers and country cooking extraordinaire, shares a lost recipe from her youth in East Texas – sweet potato cobbler.

Mexican Cuisine
Dir. Fran Guijarro, 4 min, Chicago Premiere
In California, the state with the largest Latino immigrant population in the country, there is a cuisine that has a deeper meaning.

Mickle's Pickle
Dir. Nathan Willis, 9 min, Chicago Premiere
Mickle’s Pickle tells the story of a small town pickle shop, its eccentric owner, and the theft of the store’s beloved icon.

Mozzarella Inc.
Dir. Matan Rochlitz, 22min, World Premiere
A former trance DJ and an ex club promoter are providing London's restaurants with the freshest Buffalo mozzarella on the market.  They won't stop at anything to be the best, even if it costs them their friendship.

One Macaron At A Time
Dir. James Reford, 4:59 min, World Premiere
Patrick Léze had been a pastry chef in France for close to forty years. He moved to Palm Beach four years ago and brought with him his best recipes, including one for a favorite pastry of his - that much to his surprise was not available in town.  He is working to change that one macaron at a time.

Dir. Tammy Marlowe Johnson, 19 min, US Premiere
Pierogi, Pirohy, Varenyky. Perogy. Whatever you call it ... everybody knows 'em, everybody loves 'em. These squeezable, delightfully eatable potato-pinched pockets of starchy goodness have transcended their humble Ukrainian beginnings to achieve rock star status among cultural foodstuffs.

Speakeasy Supper-Club
Dir. Jason Wallis and Taylor Robinson, 22:56 min, Chicago Premiere
Explore the culinary adventures of Push Start Kitchen in Atlanta, GA.  Follow chef Zach Meloy and his wife Cristina, as they create a dining experience that is not only inspired, but exquisite - a "southern speakeasy serving the world, ten people at a time."

Sugar Shack
Dir. James Boo, Ian Parker, 13:29 min, Chicago Premiere
The Sugar Shack is a Quebecois institution.  Sucrerie de la Montagne is a Quebecois legend.  This documentary short explores the business, culture, heritage and food of a Canadian maple farm at the peak of maple season – as preserved by Pierre Faucher, the most interesting French Canadian man in the world.

The Audacity of Hope
Dir. Cyrus Dowlatshahi, 2:32 min, World Premiere
Dehydrated and hungry, eight men sat in agony aboard a commuter train with over an hour left to go on their journey.  But they were well-trained.  “Yes we can,” they said, and coordinated a pizza delivery to an upcoming train platform.

The Benevolent Baker: Doughnuts
Dir. Scott Pitts, 1:38 min, Chicago Premiere
Food porn showcasing an orange-pistachio cake doughnut.

The Benevolent Butcher: Bacon
Dir. Scott Pitts, 1:23 min, Chicago Premiere
Bacon porn.

WHISKY: The Islay Edition
Dir. Olav Verhoeven, 60 min, Chicago Premiere
This feature documentary transports the viewer to a sanctum of the Scottish gold. It evokes the finesses of the liquor, the art of the tasting, the craft of the distillation, the history of the distilleries and the richness of the isle of Islay itself.
Proud Supporters
The Food Film Festival would not be possible without the help of these generous supporters: Sugar in the Raw, Jarlsberg, Frei Brothers Winery and Bon Appétit.

About Chicago Food Film Festival: Taste What You See On The Screen
The Food Film Festival sprang from the imagination of Festival Director George Motz, Travel Channel host and documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film, book and app, along with co-creator Harry Hawk, formerly of Schnack andWater Taxi Beach. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival showcases the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite foods. The NYC Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world that serves the food and drink that is seen in the films.

The Food Film Festival is a competitive film festival that presents awards in multiple categories including: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Super-Short, Best Food Porn, Food Filmmaker of the Year and the Audience Choice Award. The Official Selections of The Food Film Festival are reviewed by a judging panel, comprised of esteemed members of the food and film communities.

Also this fall, The Food Film Festival will host its 6th Annual NYC Food Film Festival from October 17-21 in New York City.

The Food Film Festival is produced by Grease Bomb LLC and Food Films America LLC. George Motz is the Festival Director. Seth Unger is the Executive Producer.


Thursday, September 20, 2012


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Disney began production today on “Saving Mr. Banks,” the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961.

Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End,” “Sense and Sensibility”) in the role of the prickly novelist.  Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars® at the 1965 ceremonies (the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations).

When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past.  During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book. 

None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide).  While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.

Colin Farrell (“Minority Report,” “Total Recall”) co-stars as Travers’ doting dad, Goff, along with British actress Ruth Wilson (the forthcoming films “The Lone Ranger” and “Anna Karenina”) as his long-suffering wife, Margaret; Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under,” “Hilary and Jackie,” “The Rookie”) as Margaret’s sister, Aunt Ellie (who inspired the title character of Travers’ novel); and a screen newcomer—11-year-old Aussie native Annie Buckley as the young, blossoming writer, nicknamed “Ginty” in the flashback sequences.

The cast also includes Emmy® winner Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing,” “The Cabin in the Woods”) as screenwriter Don DaGradi; Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) and B.J. Novak (“NBC’s “The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) as the songwriting Sherman Brothers (Richard and Robert, respectively); Oscar® nominee and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti (“Sideways,” “Cinderella Man,” HBO’s “John Adams”) as Ralph, the kindly limousine driver who escorts Travers during her two-week stay in Hollywood; and multi-Emmy winner Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences,” “Edward Scissorhands”) as Tommie, one of Disney’s trusted studio associates.

“Saving Mr. Banks” will be directed by John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side,” “The Rookie”) based on a screenplay by Kelly Marcel (creator of FOX-TV’s “Terra Nova”), from a story by Sue Smith (“Brides of Christ,” “Bastard Boys”) and Kelly Marcel.  The film is being produced by Alison Owen of Ruby Films (the Oscar®-nominated “Elizabeth,” HBO’s Emmy®-winning “Temple Grandin”), Ian Collie of Essential Media (the Aussie TV documentary “The Shadow of Mary Poppins,” DirecTV’s “Rake”) and longtime Hancock collaborator Philip Steuer (“The Rookie,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy).  The film’s executive producers are Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits (“Lay the Favorite,” “Jane Eyre”), Hopscotch Features’ Andrew Mason (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Dark City”) and Troy Lum (“Mao’s Last Dancer,” “I, Frankenstein”) and BBC Films’ Christine Langan (Oscar® nominee for “The Queen,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

Hancock’s filmmaking team includes a trio of artists with whom he worked on his 2009 Best Picture Oscar® nominee, “The Blind Side”—two-time Oscar® nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Apollo 13”), Emmy®-winning costume designer Daniel Orlandi (HBO’s “Game Change,” “Frost/Nixon”) and film editor Mark Livolsi, A.C.E. (“Wedding Crashers” “The Devil Wears Prada”).  Hancock also reunites with Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer John Schwartzman (“Seabiscuit,” “Pearl Harbor”), with whom he first worked on his inspiring 2002 sports drama, “The Rookie.”

“Saving Mr. Banks” will film entirely in the Los Angeles area, with key locations to include Disneyland in Anaheim and the Disney Studios in Burbank.  Filming will conclude around Thanksgiving, 2012, with no specific 2013 release date yet set.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LINCOLN - Official Trailer & Images Now Available!


Cast:                             Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones
Director:                       Steven Spielberg
Producers:                     Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Executive Producers:      Daniel Lupi, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King
Screenplay by:               Tony Kushner
Based in part on
the book:                       “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Raiders Extended Theatrical Run



 Due to the extraordinary response for the newly re-mastered “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” during its one-week IMAX engagement, Paramount Pictures Corporation, a division of Viacom, Inc., has announced that the film will have an extended theatrical run beginning Friday, September 14.
 The unforgettable and beloved film from director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas will play in more than 300 digital theaters across the United States and Canada.  Tickets can be purchased now. Check your local listings for participating locations and showtimes.

"The re-mastering efforts by Steven, George and their team were incredible and the movie’s hugely successful run in Imax last week was a sure sign that audiences were excited to see the film again on the big screen. We are thrilled that audiences will have that chance again as part of this extended theatrical run,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures.

“RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” was released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX® theaters on September 7, 2012.  Under the supervision of Spielberg and renowned sound designer Ben Burtt, the film was meticulously restored with careful attention to preserving its original look, sound and feel for a highly-anticipated release in theaters and on Blu-ray. 

“INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES” debuts on Blu-ray September 18, 2012 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution with seven hours of fascinating bonus material, including a brand new two-part documentary titled “On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark – From Jungle to Desert and From Adventure to Legend.”  Featuring nearly an hour of rarely seen footage from the set of the film and archival interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford, this captivating piece transports fans back to where the legend began.