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Wednesday, October 31, 2012



In the last 24 hours, everyone's been buzzing about the big news that Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for the astronomical figure of $4 Billion. Above is a video of Disney CEO Bob Iger and George Lucas discussing the finer details of this deal. It's quite obvious that this is not just a simple acquisition, but also a golden oportunity for Disney to carry on with such franchises as "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones". And that is exactly what they plan to do. The first thing Disney announced is that "Star Wars: Episode 7" is planned for a 2015 release date. Not only that, but Episode 7 will mark the beginning of a new trilogy, with episodes 8 and 9 to be released in 2017 and 2019, assuming that no Earth-shattering cataclysm occurs until then. Indeed, Disney gives a whole new meaning to the term "planning ahead". The new "Star Wars" releases will be entirely Disney property and 20th Century Fox will no longer be involved. However, it seems that Fox still holds the home video release rights and that contract doesn't expire until May 2020, so it's safe to assume that a legal battle will ensue. The legal troubles include the 3D re-releases of the remaining five films in the series, which Fox will also handle. Hopefully, they'll get things sorted out until 2015.

But let's put aside the dark legal aspects for a bit and talk some more about "Star Wars: Episode 7". Lucas will still be attached to the franchise as a "creative consultant" and Kathleen Kennedy will serve as executive producer for the new trilogy. Here is a video of George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy discussing the future of the "Star Wars" films :



The acquisition also involves Lucas' videogame franchises, his visual effect company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound. Disney plans to leave ILM "as it is". Also, there is no mention of future "Indiana Jones" films, but never say never. In case you haven't had enough of details about this deal, click the link below to read the full official press release.



Official Synopsis: Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall) is a beautiful girl with a big heart who leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn’t give her many options. In walks Dink (Bruce Willis), a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink’s good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones), starts to get jealous. Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink’s luck runs out when she heads to New York to work for a smarmy bookie, a turn of events that lands her squarely on the wrong side of the law.

Release Date: December 7, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Wreck-It Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (voice of McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan—win a medal—but soon wrecks everything, and accidently unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph’s only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman), a young troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before it’s “Game Over” for the entire arcade?

Release Date: November 2, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and Dolph Lundgren star in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, which ups the ante in the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action.

John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.

Release Date: On Demand - October 25, 2012; theatrical release - November 30, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of "Cloud Atlas" hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. Written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

Release Date: October 26, 2012 (US)



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Release Date: November 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

Release Date: November 21, 2012 (US)




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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Campaign


Synopsis: When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, he soon becomes a real contender. As election day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from Meet the Parents director Jay Roach.

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DVD Special Features:
  • Theatrical cut of the film
  • Deleted Scenes
Blu-Ray Special Features:
  • Extended cut of the film containing 11 additional minutes
  • Line-O-Rama
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • DVD Copy
  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy


Safety Not Guaranteed


Synopsis: From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine - When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he's solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

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DVD & Blu-Ray Special Features:
  • A Movie Making Mission - Featurette
  • The Ad Behind the Movie - Featurette
  • Time Capsule-Easter Egg


Ruby Sparks


Synopsis: Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.

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DVD & Blu-Ray Special Features:
  • Behind the Story
  • Real-Life Couples: Co-Stars & Directors
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peeks
  • Getting to Know the Cast
  • Los Angeles: The Other Character


Rosemary's Baby - Criterion Collection


Synopsis: Terrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby marked the Hollywood debut of Roman Polanski (Repulsion). This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller, stars a revelatory Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors, played by Sidney Blackmer (High Society) and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude), and self-involved husband (actor and filmmaker John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby. In the decades of occult cinema Polanski’s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, it’s never been outdone for sheer psychological terror.

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DVD Special Features:
  • Restored digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans
  • Interview with author Ira Levin
  • "Komeda, Komeda" - Feature-length documentary on the life and work of jazz musician and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who wrote the score for Rosemary's Baby
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park; Levin's afterword to the 2003 New American Library edition of his novel; and Levin's rare, unpublished character sketches of the Woodhouses and floor plan of their apartment, created in preparation for the novel


Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection


Synopsis: Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema’s most thrilling and unforgettable classics. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection features 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best. Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience.

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DVD & Blu-Ray Special Features:

Saboteur (1942)

Saboteur: A Closer Look
Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence
Alfred Hitchcock’s Sketches
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Beyond Doubt: The Making of Hitchcock’s Favorite Film
Production Drawings by Art Director Robert Boyle
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

Rope (1948)

Rope Unleashed
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window Ethics: An Original Documentary
A Conversation with Screenwriter John Michael Hayes
Pure Cinema: Through the Eyes of The Master
Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock
Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
Masters of Cinema
Feature Commentary with John Fawell, author of Hitchcock’s Rear Window: The Well-Made Film
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer
Re-Release Trailer Narrated by James Stewart
Blu-ray Exclusives: BD Live, pocket BLU app

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

The Trouble with Harry Isn’t Over
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

The Making of The Man Who Knew Too Much
Production Photographs
Trailers

Vertigo (1958)

Obsessed with Vertigo: New Life for Hitchcock’s Masterpiece
Partners in Crime: Hitchcock’s Collaborators
Hitchcock / Truffaut Interview Excerpts
Foreign Censorship Ending
The Vertigo Archives
Feature Commentary with Associate Producer Herbert Coleman, Restoration Team Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, and Other Vertigo Participants
Feature Commentary with Director William Friedkin
100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
Theatrical Trailer
Restoration Theatrical Trailer
Blu-ray Exclusives: BD Live, pocket BLU app

North by Northwest (1959)

Feature Commentary by screenwriter Ernest Lehman
The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature Style
Cary Grant: A Class Apart
North by Northwest: One for the Ages
Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest
Stills gallery
Theatrical Trailers and TV Spot

Psycho (1960)

The Making of Psycho
Psycho Sound
In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s Legacy
Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
The Shower Scene: Storyboards by Saul Bass
The Psycho Archives
Posters and Psycho Ads
Lobby Cards
Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer
Re-release Trailers
Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello (author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho)
Blu-ray Exclusive: BD Live

The Birds (1963)

Deleted Scene
Original Ending
The Birds: Hitchcock’s Monster Movie -- New! (Blu-ray Exclusive)
All About The Birds
Storyboards
Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test
Hitchcock-Truffaut Interview Excerpts
The Birds Is Coming (Universal International Newsreel)
Suspense Story: National Press Club Hears Hitchcock (Universal International Newsreel)
Production Photographs
100 Years of Universal: Restoring the Classics
100 Years of Universal: The Lot
Theatrical Trailer
Blu-ray Exclusives: BD Live, pocket BLU app

Marnie (1964)

The Trouble with Marnie
The Marnie Archives
Theatrical Trailer

Torn Curtain (1966)

Torn Curtain Rising
Scenes Scored by Bernard Herrmann
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

Topaz (1969)

Alternate Endings
Topaz: An Appreciation by Film Historian and Critic Leonard Maltin
Storyboards: The Mendozas
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

Frenzy (1972)

The Story of Frenzy
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer

Family Plot (1976)

Plotting Family Plot
Storyboards: The Chase Scene
Production Photographs
Theatrical Trailer





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Official Synopsis: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Scott Adkins, Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski and Dolph Lundgren star in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, which ups the ante in the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER series, giving you more hard-hitting, bloody, no-holds-barred fighting action.

John (Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme). While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.

Release Date: On Demand - October 25, 2012; theatrical release - November 30, 2012 (US)



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Release Date: November 2, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father (Dermot Mulroney) dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Release Date: March 1, 2013 (US)




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twilight breaking dawn part 2 poster Official Synopsis: The astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 2, illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS' Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.

Release Date: November 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

Release Date: November 21, 2012 (US)




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Official Synopsis: After being struck and killed by lightning, a young man recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Allison Janney, Sarah Hyland

Director: Brian Dannelly ("Saved!")

Screenplay: Chris Colfer

Release Date: TBA



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Monday, October 29, 2012


A new official image from "The Wolverine" (above) has surfaced online and it shows Hugh Jackman in character, showing off Wolverine's bone claws, that is, before his entire skeleton was covered in the indestructible Adamantium. This indicates that Wolverine's origin story will be advanced, but the big surprise is that according to director James Mangold, "The Wolverine" is not a prequel to the "X-Men" trilogy like "X-Men Origins" was, but a sequel. Here is what Mangold had to say:
"Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him. That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie."



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Official Synopsis: After the death of his father, Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York writer, meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a wild and infectiously charismatic ex-con. They hit it off immediately. Determined to avoid the pitfalls of a narrow, prescribed life, Sal hits the road, joining Dean on what evolves into a life-changing physical and emotional odyssey. Thirsting for freedom, they discover the world, the ecstasy of experience, the connectedness of humanity and ultimately themselves.

Release Date: December 21, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M (JUDI DENCH) is tested as her past returns to haunt her. 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. When Bond’s latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory (RALPH FIENNES), the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee. With MI6 now compromised from both inside and out, M is left with one ally she can trust: Bond. 007 takes to the shadows – aided only by field agent, Eve (NAOMIE HARRIS) – following a trail to the mysterious Silva (JAVIER BARDEM), whose lethal and hidden motives have yet to reveal themselves.

Release Date: November 9, 2012 (US)



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Release Date: November 16, 2012 (US)



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Official Synopsis: t’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Release Date: 25 January 2013 (US)



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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.

DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: November 9, 2012 (US)



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