Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • avatar james cameron movie poster
    It's official that James Cameron is devoted to making only "Avatar" movies from now on, but while everyone believed he was referring to an "Avatar" trilogy, it seems he's thinking more in terms of a quadrilogy. Sigourney Weaver broke the news and according to Roger Friedman of Showbizz 411 : "She goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films Avatar 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said." This is movie buzz in its purest form, neither officially confirmed, nor denied, but since Cameron is going 100% "Avatar" and considering how much box-office potential the franchise has, it's safe to assume that we'll probably get more than four movies if all goes well and the public doesn't lose interest. No further details are available regarding the plot or cast members, apart from Sigourney Weaver, but Cameron expressed his interest in exploring the oceans of Pandora. We all know how much he loves the ocean and I think it's about time we get a 3D "The Abyss"-like sci-fi adventure.

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    Work has begun on the "Carrie" remake. The photo on the left shows young actress Chloe Grace Moretz ("Kick-Ass", "Let Me In") on the set of the eagerly awaited remake. Also, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Moretz spoke about how the movie will be more of a psychological thriller in the vein of "Black Swan" and a lot more faithful to Stephen King's novel. The movie also stars Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde and Ansel Elgort and is directed by Kimberly Peirce (writer/director of "Boys Don't Cry"). Here is the official synopsis for the remake :
    "The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc."

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    Writer/director Luc Besson's dark mafia comedy, "Malavita", aims to have an impressive ensemble of actors. Tommy Lee Jones is the latest addition to a cast that already includes Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. The movie based on the novel "Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista which follows a mafia family (De Niro and Pfeiffer as husband and wife) who enters the witness protection program in France only to return to their criminal habits while under the FBI's protection. Jones will play a "stern handler in the FBI-sponsored program." If "stern" is what they're looking for, Tommy Lee Jones is the perfect choice. Production starts in August.

  • The first official images of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, in the upcoming movie based on the novel "One Shot" by Lee Child, have gone online (see below). Here is the synopsis: "A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child's crime series. The movie is written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (writer of "The Usual Suspects" and "Valkyrie") and also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins and Werner Herzog.
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    tom cruise jack reacher official image 1


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Official Synopsis: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Starring : Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Stewart, Norah Jones

Director : Seth MacFarlane.

Screenplay : Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild.

Running Time : 106 min.

Rated : R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use.

Critical Response:
  • Rottentomatoes: 69% (77 fresh, 35 rotten, score: 6.5/10).
  • Metacritic: 59 out of 100 (16 positive, 13 mixed, 3 negative).

Synopsis: In perhaps the year’s most stunning international debut, Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Mattias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones following a childhood trauma, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his horrid past resurfaces, Jacky must confront far-reaching consequences and whether the real meaning of manhood is hormonal or emotional. Acclaimed at festivals worldwide, the award-winning Bullhead is visceral saga bursting with rage that TwitchFilm calls “one of the most original crime films in recent memory.”

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Genre: Drama, Crime

Run Time : 124 Min.

Distributor : Image Entertainment

Rated : R for some strong violence, language and sexual content

Worldwide Box-Office: N/A

DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features:
  • The Making of BULLHEAD
  • Interview with star Matthias Schoenaerts
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Commentary with Director Michaël R. Roskam
  • Interview with Michaël R. Roskam
  • THE ONE THING TO DO: Roskam’s 2005 Short Film starring Matthias Schoenaerts

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Official Synopsis: One of filmdom's most beloved trios - Ice Age's Manny, Diego, and Sid - embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. And Scrat's reunion with his cursed nut catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.

Release Date: July 13, 2012 (US)

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Official Synopsis: Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.

Release Date: July 20, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal… Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time — six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way….

Release Date: August 17, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: Set in London in 1919, Florence Cathcart (REBECCA HALL), author of the popular book “Seeing Through Ghosts,” has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiance, she is approached by Robert Mallory (DOMINIC WEST) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy’s ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her.

Release Date: August 17, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: EPIC, a 3D CG action-adventure featuring the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried and Johnny Knoxville, is a comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world…and ours.

Release Date: May 24, 2013 (US)


Official Synopsis: Adapted from the best-selling novel by Matthew Quick, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is a touching, one-of-a-kind comedy about love and second chances. Pat Peoples (Bradley Cooper) is a man always trying to look on the bright side of life – the title of the story takes it’s name from the expression that “every cloud has a silver lining.” Released from the hospital after losing his wife to another man, Pat believes this age-old adage is just the ticket to trying to win her back and get his life on track. Trying to remain resolutely undiscouraged, Pat moves back in with his parents and devotes himself entirely to becoming the man his wife always wanted him to be. But it’s an uphill battle. Until Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a beautiful young woman whose life also has not turned out the way she wanted. Together, the couple will try and navigate through their lives and stay true to who they are, always just one adventure away from a unique friendship, and possibly even love.

Release Date: November 21, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, THE SESSIONS tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined–at age 38–to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

Release Date: October 26, 2012 (US)


Friday, June 29, 2012

magic mike movie poster
Official Synopsis: Set in the world of male strippers, “Magic Mike” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum (“Dear John,” “Step Up”) in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring : Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn.

Director : Steven Soderbergh.

Screenplay : Reid Carolin.

Running Time : 110 min.

Rated : R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.

Critical Response:
  • Rottentomatoes: 82% (75 fresh, 17 rotten, score: 7.1/10).
  • Metacritic: 71 out of 100 (26 positive, 4 mixed, 0 negative).

looper bruce willis movie poster
Official Synopsis: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination.

Release Date: September 28, 2012 (US)


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Synopsis: Fast-talking Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy) says whatever it takes to close a deal. But after stretching the truth with a spiritual guru, he suddenly finds his life depending on a magical tree with 1,000 leaves…one for every word he has left. Now Jack’s got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he’s a goner. See why A Thousand Words is the hilarious, feel-good comedy that has it all: “great cast, great laughs [and a] great time!”

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Genre: Comedy

Run Time : 91 Min.

Distributor : Paramount Pictures

Rated : PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, language and some drug-related humor
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features:
  • 6 Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending

Worldwide Box-Office: $20M

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Official Synopsis: 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.

Release Date: TBA 2012


Official Synopsis: One of filmdom's most beloved trios - Ice Age's Manny, Diego, and Sid - embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. And Scrat's reunion with his cursed nut catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.

Release Date: July 13, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

Release Date: July 3, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: Charlie Bronson, a former getaway driver busts out of the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job. Their road trip grows awkwardly complicated, when they are chased by the feds, and increasingly dangerous, when Charlie’s former gang of criminals enter the fray.

Release Date: August 24, 2012 (US)


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Official Synopsis: The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn anthology–which also includes “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), “Do The Right Thing” (1989), “Crooklyn” (1994), “Clockers” (1995), and “He Got Game” (1998)–RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik’s summer appears to be a total disaster–until he meets Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith), a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he’d ever imagined.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Official Synopsis: Director Len Wiseman (Underworld) jumps into the remake game with this retooling of Philip K. Dick's short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, originally brought to the big screen by Paul Verhoeven in the 1990 sci-fi action eye-popper starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colin Farrell stars as a blue-collar worker whose grip on his own identity breaks down after realizing he might be a spy. Equilibrium's Kurt Wimmer provides the screenplay, with Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston heading up the rest of the cast as the villainous Cohaagen.

Release Date: August 3, 2012 (US)


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Official Synopsis: Three-time Oscar®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone returns to the screen with the ferocious thriller Savages, featuring the all-star ensemble cast of Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir. The film is based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel that was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of 2010. Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.

Release Date: July 6, 2012 (US)


Official Synopsis: In the comedy Here Comes the Boom, former collegiate wrester Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) – but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school.

Release Date: October 12, 2012 (US)


Synopsis: One of the world's most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in this fresh, exciting film starring Oscar Winner Julia Roberts. After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (The Social Network's Armie Hammer). There's just one problem - he's in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White (Lily Collins, The Blind Side). So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. evil in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love.

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Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy

Run Time : 106 Min.

Distributor : Relativity Media

Rated : PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor

Worldwide Box-Office: $162M

Trailers & Clips
DVD Special Features:
  • Prince and Puppies

Blu-Ray special Features:
  • Prince and Puppies
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Looking Through the Mirror
  • I Believe I Can Dance
  • Mirror Mirror Storybook
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peeks

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Official Synopsis: 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.

Release Date: October 5, 2012 (US)