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(left to right) Lee Majors and Ted Raimi joining cast of Starz’ ASH VS. EVIL DEAD.

Ever wonder about Ash’s earlier days? Well, it appears that the 2nd season of Starz’ ASH vs. EVIL DEAD may touch on the character’s past as they cast Lee Majors and Ted Raimi to play his dad and childhood best friend, respectively, in the upcoming 2nd season!  Check out the press release from Starz below…  (more…)

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Hot off the heals of their announcement yesterday, McFarlane Toys has announced today that they are partnering with video game giant, Titanfall.  Check out the press release below… (more…)

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Just announced today by McFarlene Toys, a line of collectible construction sets will be made based on the game, FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S.  Check out the press release below… (more…)

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Working as a Hollywood ‘Fixer’ is a thankless but necessary job. For Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) solving every problem involving Capitol Studios, is all in a day’s work. The big production on set is “Hail, Caesar”, starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The sword and sandals epic (akin to Ben-Hur) that is eerily similar to the 2016 Sony release ‘Risen’, is nearly finished. The final scene, where Baird gives his final monologue remains to be shot and Baird is nowhere to be found. Abducted by a group known only as ‘The Future’, Mannix must produce a ransom of $100k. That’s only the beginnings of his troubles. 

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Movie Review – The Choice

February 3, 2016

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Life is but an unending series of choices. Some are more important than others and some are absolute no-brainers. For Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) he’ll have to make the most important choice of his life. It will impact his life and those around him forever. There’s neither a right nor wrong answer to his dilemma, only the best case scenario; but more on that later. The story starts off with Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) and her acclimation to her new home in the sleepy coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Gabby, a nurse is Travis’ new neighbor and they don’t exactly hit it off. But eventually opposites attract and the two develop a relationship. However, Teresa has a problem, her boyfriend, Dr. Ryan McCarthy (Tom Welling) who’s a doctor at Teresa’s job. Teresa has a choice to make. Should she ignore her growing feelings for Travis and stay with Ryan, or should she leave her perfectly fine relationship with Ryan for Travis? Back to Travis for a second; his decision is a major plot development and discussing it now would ruin the movie.

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Set on the familiar countryside estate, the Bennett family live a simple life. Mrs. Bennett worries about the wellness of her five daughters Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine and Lydia. Getting older by the second, the Bennett siblings are approaching the marrying age, which usually means a financial gain for the Bennett’s. Mr. Bennett is equally concerned for his daughters. While the social elite train and study in Japan, China is a cost-effective solution and the Bennett girls have trained hard in the Orient. But, training for what? Well, the zombie apocalypse, of course. In one scene the girls don their best wares for an upcoming ball. There’s an equal amount of tightening and fastening of corsets and garters, along with sharpening of knives and polishing of muskets; making the girls truly as dangerous as they are pretty.  (more…)

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Considered by many to be the “Cannes of Comics,” this past weekend Ms Marvel Volume 1: No Normal won the award for “Best Series” at the Angouleme International Film Festival.  Check out the press release below: (more…)

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Created by Steve Wozniak, the 1st Annual Silicon Valley Comic Con has generated a lot of buzz thanks to promise of marrying the worlds of both technology and entertainment all under one gigantic roof.  Now, as the event quickly approaches (roughly a month and a half away from now), they’ve announced their first wave of guests!  Curious to see what’s in store attendees come March?  Then check out the press release below! (more…)

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After an unnecessarily long exposition, we finally meet the ill-fated SS Pendleton, a battered Type T2-SE-A1 tanker; off the Massachusetts coast, south of Cape Cod. The Pendleton was en route to Boston from New Orléans until. A sudden lurch then am loud explosion ripped the boat in half. The bow drifted more to the south and the stern, with its 33 men remained afloat in tormented seas, but quick thinking from the crew delayed the inevitable. The stern of the Pendleton had power, but was taking on more water than it could pump out; with only a few hours of buoyancy left, The Finest Hours is an overly dramatic (at times) account of the rescue attempt of those men. (more…)

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Ray Stevenson as Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach in BLACK SAILS

Not long ago I had a opportunity to catch up with star Ray Stevenson (mind you, it was over the phone) to chat about his turn as the iconic pirate known as Blackbeard on the STARZ‘ series, Black Sails.  Far from being a stranger to playing iconic roles (having played The Punisher in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE) or being apart of critically-acclaimed shows (such as HBO‘s Rome or Showtime‘s Dexter),  I asked the actor what it was like to be a newcomer to already running STARZ‘ series as well as what it was like to take on a character that already been portrayed many time before.  (more…)

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In an instant, The Others appeared. Their origin, motives, even their appearance remains a mystery. The world watch the lone spaceship circumnavigate the planet, only to hover over a suburban Ohio town. A high school Junior and otherwise pretty average kid Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Moretz), survival meant gym class. As the story starts in medias res, Cassie now survives with a scavenged M4 rifle, a few bottles of water and protein bars from abandoned gas stations. The remnants of her humanity remain in her diary, as Cassie faces danger at every turn.  (more…)

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In a week Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) and his fiancée Meredith (Julianne Hough) will finally tie the knot. Meredith may be a bit controlling, but wedding planning is serious business and Jason isn’t much help. Once an aspiring photographer, Jason is now an uptight lawyer at his father’s (Dermot Mulroney) practice. Jason’s life (according to his father) is finally taking shape until his grandmother dies. The film starts after the funeral where life goes on for Jason, as he and Meredith are finalizing their wedding plans. Jason’s grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) is in mourning wants to go to a special vacation spot where he and his wife went over the last 40 years. What seems like a chance for Jason to bond with his grandfather, Dick has other ideas. Allegedly, Grandma’s dying wish, was for Dick to go out and find love again. As a horny septuagenarian, Dick will settle for lust and worry about love later. For Jason, surviving the weekend with his horny grandpa in tow won’t be as easy as it seems.

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WJFF 2016

Marking its 26th year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival has announced its festival lineup!  Check out the press release below for details… (more…)

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There’s much ado about the Arctic these days, with apocalyptic climate change on the horizon due to the shrinking ice caps; who’d thought that the biggest threat to the stability of the Arctic would be…(wait for it)…..(hold)….Condominiums?

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Apparently an unscrupulous land developer named Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong) wants to capitalize on the increase in tourism to the Arctic by developing luxury condos on a glacier. Nevermind the bitter cold or the sun setting in August, not to return until March; the Arctic is a vast, undeveloped landscape that’s home to a few polar bears, lemmings and a very wise seagull named Socrates (Bill Nighy). Norm (Rob Schneider) is one of the local polar bears and future king of the wild. As Mr. Greene ships materials to the Arctic for construction, Norm and his Lemming friends who are weird, obedient and totally not Minions, head to New York City to protest (as bears are known to do). However, the gullible Norm becomes the mascot of Mr. Greene Arctic development and surprisingly, there’s still an hour left in the film.   (more…)

Movie Review – 13 Hours

January 14, 2016

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Before I start breaking down the latest Michael Bay film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi; I’d like to take a moment for this brief disclaimer. As this movie is a hot button issue of either religious, political or historical nature; it’s important to remember that the following review is of a movie. If you’re looking for commentary outside the scope of a critique of the film, you’ll find it by clicking that sassy lil’ ‘x’ at the top right of your screen. I’m well aware of the political ramifications of the film. Fox News won’t let me forget. The rhetoric and inane banter among the talking heads on television is nauseating, especially since it detracts from the spirit of the film; more on that later. If you choose to see this film as an excuse to spout political ramblings, cool, good for you, but I think that’s a short-sighted approach. The movie is decidedly apolitical and goes so far as to not mention any members of any government, let alone cast blame. There’s plenty of time to blame everyone later, but for 2 hours and 30 minutes, lets sit in quiet reflection of true heroism. At least both side can agree to that.

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It’s no secret that Michael Bay is a friend of the military, but a director that’s made his fame on testosterone fueled popcorn flicks that; when they’re good, they’re fun and when they’re bad, it’s Pearl Harbour. Can Michael Bay tell that story of the terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi Libya, with the respect and subtlety it deserves? Will 13 Hours be more ‘Armageddon’ or ‘Pearl Harbour’?

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The Warriors Three as seen in Marvel Comics

As Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe commences this May (see CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR), there will undoubtedly be changes and/or shake-ups happening with its heroes (and their respective franchises).  However, with so much in store for our headlining heroes, it’s easy to forget that there are many supporting characters that will be forever changed.  One such example can be found with the third THOR installment, subtitled RAGNAROK. (more…)

My Top 10 Films Of 2015

December 31, 2015

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Every year around this time, we stop and reflect on the year that has passed. Every year we complain at the lack of original ideas hitting the theaters and how much more prices have risen. It’s easy to complain that the mainstream wide releases are remakes, adaptations from books or sequels. True, and 2016 doesn’t seem to be any different. So this list is of my favourite films for this year 2015. 

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Well, it appears that  the folks that brought us the Force Trainer II  are at it again as they reveal (in a press release today) to fans their latest product.  Check it out below… (more…)

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That right! Check out the press release from Marvel today which reveals how you can get your 1st month of their Marvel Unlimited service for free! Read on below… (more…)

Movie Review – Mr. Six

December 25, 2015

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Zhang Xuejun a.k.a. Mr. Six (Feng Xiaogang) is a man of principle. A Godfather of sorts to his neighbourhood, Mr. Six is well-respected, only preceded by his reputation. Not oblivious to the changing world around him, Mr. Six laments the erosion of respect and common courtesy among the youth of Beijing. Throughout his neighborhood, Mr Six quietly patrols the area. To the uninformed, Mr. Six is just another old man in a youngsters world. But when his estranged son Bobby (Li Yifeng) is kidnapped by a top street racing gang, Mr. Six tries a diplomatic approach to secure his son’s freedom. The problem is, kids today don’t respect their elders.

The film doesn’t rush into the preceding. It’s methodical pace allows your assumptions to run wild as the trailers suggest extended sequences of violence along the lines of Taken, The Equalizer or John Wick. We Know Mr. Six has a special set of skills and so does everyone in town. But this isn’t one of those films with a high body count, Mr. Six doesn’t approve of such barbarism.  (more…)

 

Pt BreakJohnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is a rookie FBI agent who is sent to observe a suspected gang of international thieves. The gang of Robin Hood like criminals who uses extreme measures in their heists. Whether it’s robbing a bank on the top floor of a skyscraper, then eventually parachuting to safety, gang leader Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) always is on his mission. He sees himself as a catalyst for change and the antithesis of a corporate backed world.    (more…)

Review – Concussion

December 24, 2015

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Meriweather hit, leads to Lacy concussion.

In the gif above, Green Bay Packers (in Green) Running Back Eddie Lacy (#27) runs for a first down, but not before being brought down by Washington Safety Brandon Meriweather (#31 in white). The helmet to helmet contact gave Lacy a concussion, taking him out of the game. No penalty flag was thrown on the play, but Meriweather was fined later $42,000. Only a slap on the wrist when you consider Meriweather had a salary of around $1.2 million that year. Ironically, Meriweather left the game later on after a similar hit that left him motionless on the field. That was from a regular season game in 2013; last weekend in New Jersey, New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. committed 3 “unnecessary roughness” penalties for unsafe hits on opposing players, but wasn’t ejected from the game. One particularly vicious blow to the helmet of Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman cost Beckham Jr. a game, as he was suspended; but the damage to both players will certainly play a role in their post career quality of life.

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Meriweather goes down after dirty hit.

Before the talk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the technical term for the trauma to the brain players sustain during the violent collisions; football players faded into obscurity, rarely to be heard from again. What’s usually lost on casual fans, is how long it takes to make it to the NFL. Players usually start around 8 years old on the Pop Warner fields through High School, College and hopefully to the pros. Depending on the position, some players will take a hit every down of every game and others can avoid contact. As the NFL evolves from the ‘What have you done for me lately?’ mentality toward its players; there’s still a long way to go before players receive the post career treatment they deserve. As the CTE debate and diagnosis continues, Concussion takes a look at the origins of the discovery of the disease and Dr. Bennett Omalu’s (Will Smith in the film) fight to bring his revelation to the NFL’s attention. Much like big tobacco in the 90’s defence against warnings about smoking, the NFL was less than receptive to Dr. Omalu’s discovery.  (more…)

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The affable Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell) trying to make the best of a tough situation. Due to a mishap of great improbability, Brad is impotent and thus, unable to start a family of his own. So, if Brad can’t be the best dad ever; he’ll strive to be the best step-dad ever and that’ll take winning over Megan (Scarlett Estevez) and Dylan (Owen Vaccaro), the children of Sara (Linda Cardinelli) from a previous marriage and Brad’s current wife. As Brad makes small gains with the kids, his progress is grounded as Sara’s ex-husband Dusty Mayron, (Mark Wahlberg) announces his return. The polar opposite of Brad, a mild-mannered radio executive for a smooth jazz station; Dusty breezes in with a John Wayne swagger, turning Brad’s childish insecurities into an inferiority complex, in the time it takes Dusty to reach the bottom of the airport’s escalator. Since Brad can’t compete physically with Dusty, he’ll have to work smart to stop Dusty from taking over his marriage and kids’ affection. 

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What happens when the line is blurred between illness and reality and challenges the power of our perception? Well, this is the question posed to audiences in the upcoming thriller, THE ABANDONED.  Director by Eytan Rockaway, the film takes a terrifying plunge into the warped mind of a disturbed young woman. Desperate to get her life back on track, the unstable Streak (MARHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Louisa Krause) takes a job as a security guard, working the graveyard shift at a once upscale, now abandoned apartment complex. (more…)

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Tor (right) will be portrayed by actor Chris Showerman (left)

Next month, actor Christopher Showerman will be joining the CBS series Supergirl as the character, Tor.  Perhaps known to some for his role as George in Disney’s GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE 2, Showerman will be apart of the series as a recurring character throughout the season. (more…)

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America has a long-standing need for foreign oil. Long before it was extracted from the Earth, Whalers from around the country took to the seas to catch and render the world’s largest mammals. The pursuit of this living treasure usually meant year-long trips at sea, combing the ‘fishing’ grounds, no matter the weather. Early on in the film, the whaling ship Essex, from Nantucket, Massachusetts gets rocked by three-story tall waves, while chasing a pod of whales. This particular run is successful, as their bounty yields a dozen barrels of oil, but the rest is too shallow to send a bucket. A person small enough must climb inside the whale and scoop out the rest by hand. Luckily smell-o-vision isn’t a thing anymore, as 14-year-old Cabin Boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland) is shoved headfirst into the whale. It’s 30 years later, where our story starts as the older Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson) is paid by an unknown author Herman Melville (Ben Wishaw). Nickerson’s account of the Essex inspired Melville to write Moby Dick in 1851.  (more…)

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In an age of movies in which “shared universes” (see THE AVENGERS, IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, MAN OF STEEL, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, etc.) are now all the rage, many studios are keen on cashing in on the trend with movie universes of their own.  With that said, it would appear that one studio is one step closer to casting the title character of one of their movie universe films. (more…)

 

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Author Margaret Atwood (left) & her work (right), ANGEL CATBIRD

Today, Dark Horse Comics has announced that the author behind The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood, is publishing her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird.  Check out the press release below: (more…)

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To close off my coverage of the 2015 Virginia Film Festival, I sat down with returning special guest Scott Haze.  On hand two years ago to promote his starring turn in the 2013 festival selection, CHILD OF GOD, the actor/director returned  this year to promote festival selection, MULLY.  Marking his first directorial turn in a documentary, Haze’s film highlights the true story of Charles Mulli-a man whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence and searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mulli sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. (more…)

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In addition to a prolific animator/director, the Virginia Film Festival also afforded me the opportunity to chat with Rick Alverson, writer/director of festival selection, ENTERTAINMENT.  Making its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the film follows a broken, aging comedian as he tours the California desert in a vain attempt to reach his estranged daughter. By day slogging through the barren landscape, while at night seeking solace in the animation of his onstage persona, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters.  In our interview together, Mr. Alverson opened up a bit about how he developed the story as well as how he amassed the talent featured in his film.  Check out the interview below… (more…)

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