PARKLAND Blu-ray Review

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In the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the country went into a frenzy as news stations produced headline after headline—accurate and inaccurate—of what had occurred at Dealey Plaza that afternoon.  But what happened amidst the chaos of one of the most devastating events in US history and how did those involved in the event respond?  Parkland delves into the aftermath, giving viewers insight into the lives of those closest to the tragedy and following them in a span of four days.  From the nurses and doctors who tended to a wounded President Kennedy to the Secret Service agents responsible for protecting him, and the infamous Abraham Zapruder who captured everything on his 8mm camera, the film focuses on the stories within the news headlines.  More after the jump.

THE HOST Blu-ray Review

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Whether you’re part of the Twilight craze or not, it’s difficult to escape the world-wide phenomenon and not take notice of the names that brought the series to life.  Such is the case of writer Stephenie Meyer, who after skyrocketing to fame due to the immense popularity of the series, is still very much a household name even when her projects don’t include bloodsuckers and naive 17-year-old girls.  It’s not a stretch to assume that her previous repertoire was the basis for bringing her 2008 sci-fi novel The Host to the big screen earlier this year.  Unlike her previous work, The Host is a mixture of science fiction and romance that essentially explores the idea of two separate identities in one body.  While the narrative portrayal had its flaws, the subject-matter made the story gripping and entertaining.  Hit the jump for my review of The Host on Blu-ray.

IDENTITY THIEF Blu-ray Review

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Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief was definitely no Horrible Bosses.  Sure, it was funny and quirky, but to watch this film with the expectations that it will be something equally, if not funnier than Horrible Bosses, will lead to a giant letdown.  Identity Thief stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, do a superb job at playing these characters to their best of their comical abilities, but there is such thing as something being “too ridiculous” and Identity Thief manages to go there.  Funny?  Yes.  Hilarious?  Not so much.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the way the film was able to turn McCarthy’s character from an obnoxious criminal to a relatable and heartwarming troubled woman.  Hit the jump for my review of Identity Thief on Blu-ray.

Comic-Con: UNDER THE DOME Panel Recap; Cast and Producers Talk Bringing the Stephen King Novel To Life, Possible Hookups, and More

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Sundays at Comic-Con tend to be the slowest of all four days, with the event coming to an end at an earlier time (5pm), most of the attendees choose to walk the floor and make their last-minute purchases before heading home.  Regardless, fans still have plenty to see, and even with popular hit TV shows dominating the monstrous Hall H, CBS’ newest sci-fi drama, Under the Dome, was still able to find its place amongst attendees.  Producers Brian K. Vaughan and Neal Baer, accompanied by stars Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, and Mike Vogel, hit the Comic-Con stage to discuss the current season, provide insight into the characters, and tease what’s coming up in future episodes.  Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Comic-Con: Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, and Producer Caroline Dries Talk THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 5

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The CW’s popular fantasy drama, The Vampire Diaries, returned to Comic-Con for its fifth year, this time to discuss what’s next for the Mystic Falls gang when the show returns for Season 5.  We got a chance to sit down with the show’s stars—Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder—and co-executive producer Caroline Dries for a roundtable interview.  They conversed about life after high school, if there’s a possibility for Damon and Katherine to rekindle their romance, how Bonnie will deal with being a ghost, whether Caroline ever had feelings for Klaus, Tyler’s return and much more.  Hit the jump for highlights from the roundtable interview.

Comic Con: BATES MOTEL Panel Recap; Cast and Producers Talk Relationships, Re-Imagining a Classic, and Tease Season 2

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Fresh off her recently-announced Emmy nomination, Vera Farmiga and the rest of her Bates Motel cast members, including: Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot, joined by producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, took the Comic-Con stage to discuss the upcoming season of A&E’s new hit series. During the discussion, they delved into the show’s relationships and provided some teases for what to expect in Season 2. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Comic-Con: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Panel Recap Featuring Cast and Crew and a Rundown of the Pilot

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Joss Whedon’s sure-to-be smash hit, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., took the Comic-Con stage surrounded by a lot of mystery.  Would the cast be present?  Would they show a clip from the highly-anticipated action-drama?  Those questions were quickly answered when executive producer, Jeph Loeb, greeted a jam-packed Ballroom 20 and introduced the panel, consisting of: Writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Trancharoen, executive producer Jeffrey Bell, stars Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, fan-favorite Clark Gregg, and creator Joss Whedon. The surprises didn’t end there, as the audience was also treated to the world-premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Hit the jump to read the highlights from the panel.

Comic Con: Robert Kirkman Talks THE WALKING DEAD 10th Anniversary Celebration, His Plans For Future Issues, and More

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his widely-popular graphic novel, creator Robert Kirkman hit the stage to partake in a solo panel where he presented some of the art for upcoming issues of The Walking Dead and talked about his plans for future storytelling, before opening the floor to fan questions. During the panel, Kirkman talked about why he doesn’t like picking a favorite character, a future in-color issue of the series, and if there’s a place for Daryl in the comic books. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

Comic-Con Pilot Previews: THE TOMORROW PEOPLE, ALMOST HUMAN, THE 100, THE ORIGINALS

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Continuing with their yearly tradition at Comic-Con’s preview night, Warner Bros. unveiled four new pilots from their 2013 Fall lineup:  The Tomorrow PeopleAlmost HumanThe 100, and an encore screening of The Originals.  This year’s pilots carried an overall running theme of a futuristic world.  From humans with superpowers, human-like androids, a post-apocalyptic Earth, and vampires, the preview pilots managed to appeal to a wide range of viewers while still staying within a central genre.  Overall, I was pretty impressed by some of the shows, especially those I went in having low expectations.  Hit the jump for more on each pilot.

Lake Bell Joins Jon Hamm in MILLION DOLLAR ARM; Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox Land Leads in THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH

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From the casting news universe come these two tidbits today:

  • Lake Bell (No Strings Attached) has signed on to star alongside Jon Hamm and Aasif Mandvi in the Disney sports drama Million Dollar Arm.
  • Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) and Phoebe Fox (One DayBlack Mirror) will star in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the sequel to 2012’s Daniel Radcliffe-led horror flick The Woman in Black.

Hit the jump for more on each project. 

Cole Hauser Lands Role in TRANSCENDENCE, Rosario Dawson to Star in Chris Rock Comedy, Aasif Mandvi Joins Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM and More

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Here is today’s casting news:

  • Cole Hauser (Olympus Has Fallen) joins the already star-studded cast of executive producer Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence.
  • Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in final negotiations to play the leading role opposite Chris Rock in his latest comedy.

Hit the jump for more details on each project.

Shimizu Takashi Confirmed to Direct Live-Action KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE

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After much speculation about whether horror-genre director Shimizu Takashi (The Grudge, Ju-on) would be the one to helm a live-action adaptation of Eiko Kadono’s children’s fantasy novel Kiki’s Delivery Service, Japanese newspapers Sports Nippon and Sports Hochi shed some light on the rumors.  The publications announced today that Takashi is indeed taking the reigns of the project and a live action version of Kiki’s Delivery Service is in the works.  Sixteen-year-old Japanese figure skater Fuka Koshiba is reportedly set for the starring role of Kiki.  The novel follows a young witch, who must use her flying abilities to make a living, while she spends a year on her own in a town without any other witches.  Hit the jump for more. 

New STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Promo and Character Posters For Simon Pegg’s Scotty and Anton Yelchin’s Chekov

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This week has been nothing but great for Trekkies everywhere who are anxiously awaiting the release of J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.  And Paramount has now made available a new Spock promo featuring Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as two new character posters for Simon Pegg’s Scotty and Anton Yelchin’s Chekov.  The promo is a combination of various Spock scenes with images of Cumberbatch’s menacing antagonist.  It’s perfectly laced together with the villain’s voice as he threatens to use Spock’s uniqueness and feelings of alienation against him.  Meanwhile, the character posters show some intense moments as both Scotty and Chekov seem to be in two very different perilous situations.  Scotty is seen running at mighty speed to avoid sparks and possible falling debris, while Chekov looks like he’s being faced with an extremely difficult task.

Hit the jump to watch the promo and view the new character posters.  The film also stars Chris PineZoe SaldanaAlice EveKarl Urban, and John Cho.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on May 15th and in 2D and 3D on May 17th.

Gus Van Sant Eager To Direct FIFTY SHADES OF GREY; Shoots Steamy Sex Scene Featuring Alex Pettyfer

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Director Gus Van Sant is apparently so eager to win the bid to direct the big screen adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, that he didn’t wait for Universal Pictures and Focus Features to ask him to shoot a test reel.  James’ novel centers around Anastasia Steele and her introduction to a whole new world of sexual discovery and risqué activities in the hands of billionaire Christian Grey, and the feature film adaptation of the book has been a subject of high interest.

Van Sant, who’s best known for directing the Academy Award-winning Good Will Hunting and the biographical drama Milk, reportedly shot a steamy sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) in an attempt to showcase his vision for the would-be film.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. and Director Shane Black Explain the Extremis Technology in New IRON MAN 3 Featurette

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A new featurette for the Shane Black-directed sequel Iron Man 3 has been released online.  Its primary focus is to explain Extremis, the technology used by Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin to pull off his terrorist tactics and inflict chaos in the world of Tony Stark.  Black and producer Kevin Feige explain the basics of Extremis and how it works in the human body to generate a new breed of unstoppable human beings.  We also get a bit of insight from James Badge Dale on why this new technology appealed to him in relation to his character.  Robert Downey Jr. seems particularly amused by the concept, citing it as one of the things he’s most excited about in the film.

Hit the jump to watch the new featurette.  If you missed the first two clips, you can check them out here and here.  The film also stars Gwyneth PaltrowGuy PearceDon CheadleRebecca Hall, and Jon Favreau.  Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 3rd.

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