Showing posts with label MOVIES. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MOVIES. Show all posts

Friday, March 24, 2017

RYAN PHILLIPPE IN 'WISH UPON' HITS THEATERS JULY

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YOUR SEE THAT WISHES DO COME TRUE!
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Wish Upon




WISH UPON - In Theatres July 14, 2017




Starring: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Alice Lee, Kevin Hanchard, Sherilyn Fenn.


Directed by: John R. Leonetti


Written by: Barbara Marshall




Synopsis



Twelve years after discovering her mother's suicide, 17-year-old CLARE SHANNON (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father JONATHAN (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can't help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she's always wanted and everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life - leading her down a dark and dangerous path.


Be careful what you wish for...


Broad Green Pictures' WISH UPON is directed by John R. Leonetti (ANNABELLE) and produced by Sherryl Clark (CLOVERFIELD).

Monday, March 06, 2017

TIM ZIMMERMAN 'HOPE OF AMERICA' IN THEATERS

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VIDANGEL STUDIOS GIVES US CLEAN HIT MOVIES
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TIM ZIMMERMAN HOPE OF AMERICA




 VidAngel, the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows, has been engaged in a high profile legal battle with Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm. While these Hollywood studios work to eviscerate the 2005 Family Movie Act and prevent VidAngel from lawfully empowering parents and families to filter content on modern devices, the Utah-based company is offering its own original, family-friendly content for its fan base through VidAngel Studios.


Last weekend, VidAngel Studios offered its very first theatrical title in limited release, TIM TIMMERMAN, HOPE OF AMERICA. Endorsements and rave reviews from key organizations, a strong turnout by VidAngel fans, and enthusiastic responses from audiences contributed to the film’s strong showing at the box office. TIMMERMAN boasted a per screen average of $4,095, putting the independent film at #2, right behind #1 20th Century Fox Film LOGAN in the Salt Lake City DMA.


“VidAngel was created on the premise that untold millions in America are looking for clean, high-quality content they can enjoy together as a family. Last weekend’s success offers yet another proof point that this is true as audiences flocked to support TIM TIMMERMAN. We were blown away by the strong, enthusiastic response from moviegoers, they love this movie,” said Neal Harmon, CEO of VidAngel. “Along with our partners, we’re now looking to take this film national. Clearly, TIM TIMMERMAN has what it takes to succeed.”



VidAngel Studios, Picture Picture Films, and Purdie Distribution were behind the exclusive, limited theatrical release of TIM TIMMERMAN, HOPE OF AMERICA. Rated PG-13, TIM TIMMERMAN screened at select Megaplex and Cinemark Theatres throughout Utah initially, and will now be followed by a nationwide expansion.



TIMMERMAN earned strong reviews from The Parents TV Council, The Dove Foundation, Plugged In, Movieguide, and Common Sense Media in addition to a 94% Rotten Tomatoes audience score.



TIM TIMMERMAN is a semi-autobiographical film about Director Cameron Sawyer’s (SHE’S A FOX) experiences as a student body president in Utah in the mid 90’s, and is loosely based on his experience as quite possibly the worst high school student body president in high school history (Orem High, Class of ’95). Test-screening audiences have described the film as “Ferris Bueller meets Napoleon Dynamite.”



The film has received incredible acclaim on the festival circuit, and screened as an Official Selection at the Academy Award®-qualifying Heartland Film Festival, winning Audience Choice for Best Picture at the St. Louis International Film Festival and Audience Choice for Best Comedy at the Woods Hole Film Festival in Cape Cod, among many other accolades. It is quite possibly the most successful festival film to come out of Utah made by a Utah filmmaker. TIM TIMMERMAN is produced by Sawyer, Courtney Sawyer, Cameron Earl, and Travis Morgan and distributed theatrically by Purdie Distribution.



Film Synopsis: Mount Vista High's student-body president Tim Timmerman (Eddie Perino, Disney’s LAB RATS) — class of 1994 — has aspirations of attending Yale and becoming a famous politician. Once elected as president, however, Tim has zero interest in doing any actual work: he simply coasts, believing that his student-body president title rubber stamps his future dreams. When Tim’s laziness and incompetence endanger his dreams, he realizes that a deaf student, Sydney (Chelsea Maidhof), could actually provide the easiest route to glory for Tim - her father’s position as a U.S. senator. Nothing will stop Tim from reaching the top…except himself.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING IN THEATERS MARCH 2017


The Sense Of An Ending



Unravel the truth with Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Billy Howle, Joe Alwyn, Freya Mavor, Matthew Goode and Charlotte Rampling in the new trailer and poster from CBS Films' THE SENSE OF AN ENDING. From the acclaimed director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), the new drama based on the Man Booker-winning novel by Julian Barnes opens in select theaters March 10, 2017.


Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.



Starring Academy Award® winner JIM BROADBENT (Iris, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!), HARRIET WALTER (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), MICHELLE DOCKERY (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), EMILY MORTIMER (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl), BILLY HOWLE (The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue), JOE ALWYN (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Higher Education, Keepers), FREYA MAVOR (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Skins), MATTHEW GOODE (The Imitation Game, Belle) and CHARLOTTE RAMPLING (45 Years, Melancholia).



Adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Nick Payne and produced by David Thompson and Ed Rubin (Woman In Gold). THE SENSE OF AN ENDING will open in theaters early next year.



Directed by: Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox)

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Billy Howle, Joe Alwyn, Freya Mavor

Written by: Nick Payne (Nora)

Based on the Man Booker-winning novel by Julian Barnes


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

IFC MIDNIGHT & LUCILE HADZIHALILOVIC'S EVOLUTION


EVOLUTION



IFC Midnight is proud to present EVOLUTION, Lucile Hadzihalilovic's evocative, mysterious latest feature film. The film's world premiere took place at the Toronto International Film Festival, and marked the very welcome return of Hadzihalilovic's (INNOCENCE) distinct voice on the international cinematic stage. The film went on to enthrall audiences at Fantastic Fest, BFI London Film Festival, the San Sebastian International Film Festival where it won the "Special Jury Prize" as well as "Best Cinematography", and at the Dublin International Festival where it won "Best Director." EVOLUTION will open in theaters this Friday, Nov. 25th in New York at the IFC Center and Film Society of Lincoln Center, in Los Angeles at Cinefamily and on VOD.


This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves-a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach-Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The long-awaited new film from the acclaimed director of INNOCENCE is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.




ABOUT LUCILE HADZIHALILOVIC



Lucile Hadzihalilović passed her childhood and adolescence in Morocco, before moving to Paris where she studied first art history, then film at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (now la Fémis). In the early 1990s she founded the production company LES CINEMAS DE LA ZONE with Gaspar Noé, with whom she worked on CARNE and Seul contre tous (I STAND ALONE). Their collaboration continued with her contribution to the screenplay of Noé's ENTER THE VOID. In 1996 Hadzihalilović produced, wrote, edited and directed LA BOUCHE DE JEAN-PIERRE (MIMI), a 52-minute award-winning film that screened in Un Certain Regard, at Cannes, and won the Prix SACD at Avignon Film Festival. In 2004, she directed the feature film INNOCENCE, which won the Best New Director Prize at San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Bronze Horse for Best Film and the Best Cinematography Prize (for Benoit Debie) at the Stockholm Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Prize and People's Choice Award at Istanbul International Film Festival, the Best Film Award at Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at the Yubari Festival, Japan. She has also directed two short films GOOD BOYS USE CONDOMS(1998) and NECTAR (2014) selected in numerous festivals. In 2015, she directed EVOLUTION, co-written with Alanté Kavaïté and in collaboration Geoff Cox, and produced by Les films du Worso, Noodles Production, Volcano Films, Scope Pictures and Left Field Ventures. The screenplay was awarded the NHK / Sundance Prize in 2009 and opens theatrically starting Nov. 25th courtesy of IFC Midnight.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE

Haley Bennett



Danny Elfman



John Krasinski And Emily Blunt



John Krasinski and Emily Blunt were snapped at 'The Girl On The Train' Premiere at Regal E-Walk yesterday in New York City. Danny Elfman and Haley Bennett also smiled for the cameras.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

LOVING: STORY OF AN INTERRACIAL COUPLE IN 1967

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MOVIES

This movie will make you cry!
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LOVING


From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.



Loving will open in theaters in select cities on November 4, and will expand across the country later in November.


Tuesday, April 05, 2016

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON @ OJ PREMIERE

John Travolta And Kelly Preston



John Travolta and Kelly Preston were photographed at the FX Networks Upfront Premiere Screening of “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” at AMC Empire 25 recently in New York City.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

BRUCE WILLIS & KELLAN LUTZ STAR IN 'EXTRACTION'

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EXTRACTION



Vengeance runs in the family.


Witness Bruce Willis, Kellan Lutz, and Gina Carano kick some ass in new clips from Lionsgate Premiere's EXTRACTION. Directed by Steven C. Miller, this action-packed international spy thriller about a family taking on a nationwide threat is NOW playing in theaters and available on-demand & iTunes!



EXTRACTION



Now Playing in Theaters and Available On-Demand & iTunes


When a terrorist group kidnaps retired CIA field operative Leonard Turner (Bruce Willis), his son Harry Turner (Kellan Lutz), a government analyst who has been repeatedly turned down for field service, launches his own unsanctioned rescue operation. While evading highly skilled operatives, deadly assassins, and international terrorists, Harry finally puts his combat training to the test in a high stakes mission to find his father and to stop a terrorist plot.


Directed by: Steven C. Miller

Written by: Umair Aleem and Max Adams

Cast: Kellan Lutz, Bruce Willis, Gina Carano, D.B. Sweeney, Dan Bilzerian, Olga Valentina, Lydia Hull, Tyler J. Olson

Studio: Lionsgate Premiere

Rating: R

Runtime: 83 min

Monday, December 21, 2015

ADVENTURE 'GODS OF EGYPT' PREMIERES FEBRUARY


GODS OF EGYPT




The battle for eternity begins... in this new trailer and artwork from Lionsgate's GODS OF EGYPT.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush star in the new action-adventure about a clever mortal thief [Brenton Thwaites] who teams up with a powerful and vengeful god [Coster-Waldau] to stop the merciless god of darkness [Butler] who hopes to destroy both this life and the Afterlife.

Don't miss the action in this adventure-filled fantasy coming to theaters February 26, 2016!



GODS OF EGYPT


In Theaters February 26, 2016


In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, with Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush
Directed By: Alex Proyas
Written By: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless
Produced By: Basil Iwanyk, p.g.a.; Alex Proyas, p.g.a.
Release Date: February 26, 2016

ROBERT DE NIRO AND ZAC EFRON IN 'DIRTY GRANDPA'

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WINTER MOVIES
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Robert De Niro And Zac Efron




Buckle up for a wild ride with Zac Efron and Robert De Niro in DIRTY GRANDPA with this all-new poster.



From director Dan Mazer (Borat, Ali G) and writer John Phillips (Bad Santa 2), comes DIRTY GRANDPA. Efron and De Niro star alongside Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas and Adam Pally in the outlandish comedy about a straight-laced lawyer (Efron) duped into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather (De Niro) to Daytona for spring break.

Hit the road for the ultimate bro-trip, rolling into theaters January 22!



Dirty Grandpa


In Theaters January 22



Jason Kelly [Zac Efron] is one week away from marrying his boss's uber-controlling daughter, putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick [Robert De Niro], to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along for the ride. Ultimately, on the wildest journey of their lives, "dirty" Grandpa and his uptight grandson discover they can learn from one another and form the bond they never had.


This outlandish comedy also stars Julianne Hough, Aubrey Plaza, Dermot Mulroney and Adam Pally.


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 Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza, Zoey Deutch, Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas, Danny Glover, Adam Pally, and Dermot Mulroney
Directed by: Dan Mazer
Written by: John Phillips
Produced by: Barry Josephson, Bill Block, Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

'THE DANISH GIRL' NOW PLAYING IN SELECT THEATRES

The Danish Girl




The Danish Girl Now Playing in Select Theatres; In Additional Cities In December


The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne ["The Theory of Everything"] and Alicia Vikander ["Ex Machina"]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," "Les Misérables"). Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.


Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: Lucinda Coxon, based on the book The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Producers: Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Tom Hooper

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts

Genre: Drama

Distributor: Focus Features


OPENING IN SELECT NY/LA THEATERS
IN ADDITIONAL CITIES IN DECEMBER



NEW YORK THEATERS

AMC Loews Lincoln Square
1998 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Regal Cinemas Union Square
850 Broadway
New York, NY 10003


LOS ANGELES THEATERS

The Landmark 12
10850 West Pico,
Los Angeles, CA, 90064

Arclight Cinemas Hollywood 14 & Dome
6360 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Friday, November 20, 2015

MICHAEL CAINE & PAUL DANO AT 'YOUTH' SCREENING

Paul Dano



Michael Caine



Michael Caine and Paul Dano were snapped arriving to the 'Youth' screening at SVA Theater tonight in New York City.



Saturday, May 09, 2015

E! NEWS CATCHES UP WITH 'PITCH PERFECT 2' STARS

Anna Camp



You'd think working with your significant other would be a recipe for disaster, but that isn't the case for Pitch Perfect 2 stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin.



E! News caught up with the bubbly blonde and asked her about starring alongside her beau in the highly anticipated sequel.



"The funny thing is, is that we never ever have any scenes together," she explained. "So, yeah, it was great. We had a great time when we saw each other on set. It was awesome."



Camp continued to gush about her leading man, saying, "We're really best friends, so it's awesome."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'WE'LL NEVER HAVE PARIS' COMING TO THEATERS

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AT THE MOVIES
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WE'LL NEVER HAVE PARIS




Written by and starring Simon Helberg and co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne, We’ll Never Have Paris co-stars Melanie Lynskey (Happy Christmas), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange), Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Maggie Grace (Taken franchise). The film will be distributed by Orion Releasing in select theaters on January 22 and on demand January 23.



In a story based on true events, Quinn (Simon Helberg) has been in a devoted relationship with Devon (Melanie Lynskey) for several years, and is ready to propose marriage until a gorgeous blonde co-worker (Maggie Grace) reveals her love for him. Quinn immediately has second thoughts about matrimony and ends up terminating his relationship with his long-time better half. After a brief relationship with the blonde, Quinn quickly realizes he’s made the mistake of a lifetime, so he sets off to Paris, where his one and only true love has moved, to win her back.



Visit wellneverhaveparismovie.com for the latest news.

Friday, August 22, 2014

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING @ TORONTO FESTIVAL

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The Theory Of Everything



World-premiering next month at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in advance of its November release in the U.S and Canada, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING staring Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables") and Felicity Jones ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2") in the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY STARS IN NEW FILM 'LAGGIES'

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AT THE MOVIES
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Laggies




 Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape - at least temporarily - she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell).


Directed by: Lynn Shelton. Starring: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol, and Kaitlyn Dever. In select theaters Oct 24th.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

ROBERT DAVI'S NEW RECORD FILM 'A LONG WAY OFF'

Robert Davi



A Long Way Off
Another faith-based film having a shot at the record books is "A Long Way Off," featuring Jason Burkey (“October Baby,” “Mom's Night Out”), Robert Davi (“Die Hard,” “Goonies,” James Bond “License to Kill”), John Diehl (“Escape from New York,” “Stargate,” “Pearl Harbor”), Edie McClurg (“Frozen,” “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” “Planes Trains & Automobiles”), Robert Amaya (“Courageous”) and talk show hosts Sean Hannity and Michael Medved. Distributed by Word Films, "A Long Way Off" captures the timeless tale of a journey to humility, repentance, and reconciliation with both a loving earthly father and heavenly Father--all in time for Father's Day weekend 2014.


In this inspiring story, based on the tale of The Prodigal Son taken from Luke 15:11-32 but set in modern times, Jacob leaves the family farm, shunning his father’s religious and business ethics, to strike out on his own in the big city, poised to conquer the world in his own way—on his terms. Surprised that his father actually obliges his request for an early inheritance, Jacob sets out for his own idea of fortune and fame, and proceeds to spend millions of dollars living the high life—only to find it come crashing down and learning vital life lessons, coming back a humbled, appreciative son, finally ready to reconcile with both his earthly and Heavenly Father.

Monday, December 30, 2013

'THE HUSTLE' WILL COMPLETELY BLOW YOU AWAY

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

By: G. H. Harding
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George Clooney



THE HUSTLE --- Everything you've heard about David O’ Russell’s American Hustle is overwhelmingly true; it is the best movie I've seen this year. Russell is reported to be one dubious cat for sure, his Silver Linings Play book from last year was a charmer through and through; but, he reportedly got into a fist-fight with George Clooney when he had the actor in his brilliant Three Kings movie in 1999. Sure, he’s an artist, but Hustle just completely blew me away in every way possible.



It’s certainly the best performance ever from Christian Bale (who essays lifelong con artist Irving Rosenfeld), who brings his patented intensity to every scene he’s in. From the opening shot where he gamely applies a hair piece to his dwindling bald pate; it’s both sad and truly funny; Bale reportedly added 40 pounds to his frame for this role. His edginess has never been better presented either; I've not seen him in everything he’s done, but this is a certain tour de force; certainly the best performance I've seen this year.



Amy Adams (Sydney Prosser), as his fellow con is utterly brilliant as well. Talk about switching your game face, she’s sexy, sultry and totally convincing in this role. Again, another stellar performance. Bradley Cooper, who’s been hot and cold in a number of recent performances, sizzles here, as well as Jennifer Lawrence and just a terrific performance from Jeremy Renner; arguably, the best thing he’s done … ever. A cameo from Robert DeNiro is stunningly good too; reminiscent of his role in Good Fellas, he almost steals the movie.



There’s one point when Bale’s character goes eye-to-eye with DeNiro’s and the effect almost toppled me over. The intensity generated ... palpable.



The movie, based on the late-70’s Abscam (short for Abdul Scam) plot which I well remember, is remarkably well written (Eric Singer) and though it might take one a moment or two to catch up, spins brilliantly. Russell also excels with various set pieces: a scene in a disco with Adams and Cooper, was brilliantly staged, with a strobe light just perfectly used going beat-for-beat with the a soundtrack. I almost felt as if I was back at Studio 54 listening to the late-great Richie Kaczor. Russell’s choices music-wise are just spot-on brilliant as well with an ample helping of ELO. If there’s an album to this movie; I predict is could be another Saturday Night Fever.



Up to this point Blue Jasmine was my year-favorite; but, American Hustle (with all due respect to Prizzi’s Honor; Goodfellas; and Married To The Mob; now wins hands-down. If you're a movie fan, you won't do better this year than this one.



NEBRAKSA --- We also caught Alexander Payne’s Nebraksa, which moves, as all of his movies, at its own pace. Certainly not the pop-culture miasma of his great movie The Descendants, again with George Clooney, nor his brilliant Sideways, but we loved his take on mid-western Americana.



With a stellar Bruce Dern, Payne has taken a tale of Dern’s character (Woody Grant) believing he has won the lottery and traveling to pick up his winnings. Along the way, he meets an array of die-hard American characters; most notably Stacy Keach, who feels that Dern’s character, owes his money.



Payne’s message is how people view you after you win … interesting for sure. SNL’s Will Forte, as one of Dern’s sons (Bob Odenkirk is the other), is terrific too. The script by Bob Nelson is full of witticisms and irony. It’s an emotional ride, slow, but sure. We loved it.



LOOSE BRUCE --- Bruce Springsteen’s entire 2014 release High Hopes, not due until mid-January, made a brief appearance on Amazon this week and is now being shared on several download sites.



High Hopes has an official release date of January 17 but appeared briefly for sale via Amazon.com on December 28. It quickly made its way onto file sharing sites and is being exchanged illegally via bit torrent files.



Earlier this month, Beyonce surprised fans with the sudden release of her 5th studio album Beyonce without notice. The publicity generated by the unexpected release sent the album to the top of the US chart in its first week.



The Springsteen release may or may not be a cleverly disguised promotional stunt as well.



High Hopes is his 18th album. It features various songs recorded over the past 10 years and includes appearances by former members Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008 and Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011.



CLOSING NOTES --- Nile Rogers’ We Are Family Foundation will next honor Steve Van Zandt on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 PM with dinner, live auction and concert following at 7:30 PM.



Taking as its theme the Nelson Mandela quote and philosophy, "It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world," the annual WAFF benefit event, hosted this year by actor/comedian Russell Peters, will include a concert and musical tribute to Mandela featuring Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and special guests … wonder if he'll do “Sun City".



Engelbert Humperdinck is believed to be in discussions with producer Simon Cowell after he was spotted leaving Cowell’s London office on Thursday with his manager/son Scott Dorsey.



As reported last week by Noise11.com, the legendary singer recently recorded a new version of his classic “Spanish Eyes” with Cowell discovery and mentored band Il Divo. The song will be featured on Engelbert’s upcoming duets record Engelbert Calling.



Noise11 has heard that Cowell was so impressed with the Il Divo/Engelbert Humperdinck duet that he called a meeting with the singer and his manager to discuss a mentoring position for one of his shows.



Cowell is the creator of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and was heavily involved with the American Idol franchise.



The decision for Engelbert Humperdinck to join one of the shows would not be an easy decision to make. The 77-year old music legend is still one of the hardest working acts in showbiz performing over 100 shows around the world every year.



Humperdinck is still earning over $10 million a year, according to industry publications, and has a net worth of $150 million, according to celebrityworth.com



HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2014!




Friday, December 13, 2013

STAND YOUR GROUND: A CRY FOR JUSTICE

Stand Your Ground



In a perverse twist of fate actress Lucy McBath, who plays the grieving mother of a deceased young man in the award-winning movie Stand Your Ground: A Cry for Justice, lost her only son when he was gunned down at a gas station in Jacksonville, FL, just seven months after the movie was made. "While the movie represents the rightful use of the Stand Your Ground Law, Lucy's son represents when it's wrongfully used,” says Jackie Carpenter, mother of the young man who was on trial for his life in the movie. 


In Jackie's real life story there was no grieving mother, but the screenwriter for the movie just happened to write in the role and cast actress Lucy McBath as the mother. Jackie and Lucy understand that it's not irony – it is all God!


Faith and the legal system collide in the courtroom drama taking place in this gripping movie that portrays the gut-wrenching ordeal Jackie Carpenter and her family endured when her son was arrested for accidentally killing a man who was stealing from his worksite. While the family's tragedy became a textbook case that made legal history, all Jackie could think of was saving her beloved son's life. 


During the trial Jackie struggled with the defense team's advice not to carry her Bible into the courtroom lest it offend a member of the Jury. But Jackie knew she would rather offend the Jury than offend God so she proudly walked into the courtroom, clutching her Bible, and put her faith into action. She knew God heard her prayers when she heard the Jury's verdict: "Not guilty!” From Triple Horse Studios, Stand Your Ground tells the explosive story of the ten-month trial when Jackie's faith was tested on a daily basis.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG IS VISIONARY

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

By: G. H. Harding
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Orlando Bloom





HOBBIT POPS --- Last night we were at a SRO-screening of the latest Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug; the second in the eventual trilogy of adapted films from the enduring popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had never read this book, nor all that invested in the trilogy of Lord Of The Rings movie, but, that first LOR movie, directed by Peter Jackson, was nothing short of brilliant and established Jackson as a visionary director.



Truth be told, that first LOR-movie was every bit as compelling as the very first Star Wars movie; the comic-con crowd embraced the movie and a true classic was born.



The story, the actors, the effects … nothing short of astonishing. The first installment of the Hobbit movie was good, but to me, a little too slick and serviceable. Jackson showed all his tricks in the LOR epics, so at times it looked like I had seen it before.



The Hobbit-movies tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before LOR. This movie continues the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor …. got that?



I found this installment terrifically engaging (most likely due to the input of another-visionary director Guillermo Del Toro as screenwriter) and just loved the fact that the voice of the dragon Smaug is voiced by none other than my new favorite baddie Benedict Cumberbatch. Martin Freeman as Bilbo; McKellen, and Richard Armitage as just standouts as well. Orlando Bloom reprises as Legolas, and Evangeline Lily (Lost) is a newcomer to the series and is terrific. I also loved the frequent cues to LOR especially when Freeman’s character uses the One Ring’s invisibility powers. There are in fact, many references to LOR … to keep the mysterious intact I'm quite sure. There’s even a reference of the bad-guy Sauron … that no doubt will play a bigger part in the third installment.



This movie ends abruptly with at least a half-dozen plot points left hanging; and Freeman’s character asking rhetorically what have we done as Smaug flies off to create more havoc.



I also loved the fact that the closing theme – traditionally for the hot pop star of the moment- was written and performed by Ed Sheeran, “I See Fire.” It’s actually a perfect song for the movie; very atmospheric. No question this movie will be huge!



CS & N REDEUX --- Crosby, Stills and Nash will tour together once again starting this spring.



Along with their own solo tours and projects (Stephen Stills work with The Rides; David Crosby's new album Croz, and Graham Nash's autobiography Wild Tales), the trio has been regularly touring together in each of the past few years. This time, they have set March 24 as the kickoff of the tour which will run through the end of March. If past years are any indication, additional dates will be added throughout 2014.



Once again, CSN will be accompanied by its backing band featuring: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), James Raymond (keyboards), and Todd Caldwell (organ). They will also be donating $1 for every ticket sold to charity.



If you ever wanted to read one great rock-and-roll memoir … its Nash’s. Terrific!



CLASS OF 2013 --- We didn't listen to everything in 2013; so, in no particular order, here are our picks for the year: Lorde, Pure Heroine; Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience (Part 1); Icona Pop, This Is… Icona Pop; David Bowie, The Next Day; Paul McCartney, New; Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go; James Blake, Overgrown; Jon Hopkins, Immunity; The Lone Bellow, The Lone Bellow; Elton John, The Diving Board; Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork; Arcade Fire, Reflektor; Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park; The National, Trouble Will Find Me; Haim, Days Are Gone; Daft Punk, Random Access Memories; and, Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City. It was a pretty good year musically!



CLOSING NOTES --- Time's Person of the Year, announced earlier today, is Pope Francis ... #2 is Edward Snowden. I would have picked Snowden ...



Did you know that Broadway-actor Donnie Kehr, who was in the original Broadway-production of Jersey Boys, is in Clint Eastwood's movie version of the play; due out next year? More on Kehr soon ...



We found out late yesterday that radio-maven Brett Winterble is changing his format next year ... to comedy? PR-pasha David Salidor, who was booking the show for the past 18 months leaves his post. Too bad as we always found Winterble as one of the most provocative radio-heads around. His interviews with the likes of Malcolm McDowell; Richard Belzer; Roger Friedman; Peter Max; Rudy Giuliani; and Steve Van Zandt were awesome. We've lost a great voice here ...



I just ordered a new printer from Staples ... received it, opened it up. No USB cord to be found. I called ... and, found out Staples doesn't supply them anymore. Next time, I'll call Office Depot. Merry Xmas!