READING RAINBOW Live Show Recap: LeVar Burton and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Cast Read Space Books

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The feel-good Internet story of the year, the resurrection of Reading Rainbow finally came to fruition this weekend.  The show ran for twenty-three years on PBS before being unceremoniously cancelled in late 2006.  Since then, host LeVar Burton & co have launched a Reading Rainbow app – an education tool for children, allowing them to read and view a vast number of books and interviews; though it wasn’t until earlier this year, with Burton’s impassioned plea via Kickstarter, that Reading Rainbow truly returned into the national consciousness.  Burton’s Kickstarter campaign sought to raise funds to launch the app on the web, smart-phones and other streaming devices, as well as for free for needy impoverished schools.  Within eleven hours, one million dollars had been raised for Reading Rainbow – and when all was said and done, over five million in sum had been donated.

To honor the many people who contributed to the cause, LeVar Burton hosted the very first Reading Rainbow live show last Saturday afternoon.  The cast of Battlestar Galactica (Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, James Callis & Michael Trucco) helped Burton read from a trio of books to a group of attentive children and Gen Y parents.  For highlights and pictures of the event, hit the jump.

Hero Complex Film Festival Lineup Announced; Will Include Interviews with James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, and More

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The Los Angeles Times 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival lineup has been announced.  There will be a mix of classics films screening such as The Terminator, Terminator 2, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Alien, Aliens, and Gremlins as well as a 10th anniversary presentation of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries and an advance screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2.  Almost all of these screenings will be accompanied by live Q&As with the films’ creators and stars including James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and more.  While the advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is cool, I’m glad there’s a heavy emphasis on classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies.  That being said, I’m sure Cameron will get a bunch of questions of the Avatar sequels.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, April 30th, starring at 10am.  Hit the jump to check out the press release and to find out how you can get tickets.  The 2014 Hero Complex Film Festival will run from May 30 – June 1st.

2 GUNS Review

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There are two kinds of machismo.  The first is authentic.  It comes from guys who are confident, tough, and perhaps a little cocky.  The other is posturing.  It’s a puffed-up chest and a general over-compensation for a variety of obvious weaknesses.  2 Guns has both, but far more of the latter than the former.  The chemistry between leads Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide all the spark, verve, and excitement the rest of the picture lacks.  Outside of its two leads, Baltasar Kormakur‘s action movie is a lumbering, convoluted mess of various players shuffling around the protagonists through a series of limp set pieces.

6 Clips from 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg

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Universal Pictures has released six clips from the upcoming action film, 2 GunsDenzel Washington plays a DEA agent who reluctantly teams up with a U.S. naval intelligence officer (Mark Wahlberg) to infiltrate and bring down a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions of dollars.  Speaking to Steve at CinemaCon, director Baltasar Kormakur said it’s a “pulpy comic adaptation that’s ‘probably closer to 48 Hrs. than Bad Boys.‘”  Kormakur also says that there’s less action than in his previous film, Contraband, but “hopefully there is more fun in the action than necessarily big explosions.”  I’m not watching these clips since I’m seeing the movie tomorrow, but I liked what I saw from the trailer.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, and Edward James Olmos2 Guns opens August 2nd.

14 New Images from KICK-ASS 2 Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Plus 6 New Images from 2 GUNS

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We’ve got a collection of new images from the following films:

  • Kick-Ass 2 – From director Jeff Wadlow comes this sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 original.  Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and Morris Chestnut, Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
  • 2 Guns – The Baltasar Kormákur-directed action crime comedy based on the Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco graphic novels stars Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden and Edward James Olmos. 2 Guns opens August 2nd.

Hit the jump to see the new images from both movies.

Synopses Released for 2 GUNS Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and IDENTITIY THIEF Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

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Universal Pictures has released synopses for their upcoming films 2 Guns and Identity Thief.  Briefly, 2 Guns is an action flick that stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as operatives from competing government bureaus who are disavowed and forced to go on the run together after a mission goes wrong.  As for Identity Thief, the comedy stars Jason Bateman as a man who goes to great lengths to get his identity back from a con artist (Melissa McCarthy).

Hit the jump to check out the synopses.  2 Guns opens August 16, 2013.  Identity Thief opens February 8, 2013.

First Look at Denzel Washington in 2 GUNS

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The first unofficial images of Denzel Washington, shiny of tooth and spiffy of hat, on the set of 2 Guns have made it to the Web.  Based on the pulpy Steven Grant comic, it stars Washington as Trench (a DEA agent) and Mark Wahlberg as Steadman (a naval officer), who team up to rip off the mob.  Neither realizes the other is undercover nor that they’re actually being set up to steal from the CIA.  Wahlberg’s Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur is helming the pic, which is described (in the novel, at least) as “a light-hearted crime romp in the vein of Ocean’s Thirteen and The Italian Job.”  The solid supporting cast includes Edward James Olmos as a villainous drug lord, Paula Patton as Washington’s fellow DEA agent and love interest, Bill Paxton as a high-ranking CIA operative and James Marsden as a naval commander. The script comes from Blake Masters (Showtime’s Brotherhood). Hit the jump to check out the pics.

Edward James Olmos in Talks to Play the Villain Opposite Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 GUNS

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Director Baltasar Kormakur has found his villain for the graphic novel adaptation 2 Guns.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington and centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unknowingly investigate each other as each is stealing money from the mob.  Variety reports that Commander Adama Edward James Olmos is in talks to play the film’s villain, a dangerous Mexican druglord who runs up against the two protagonists.  Bill Paxton recently joined the cast as a high-ranking CIA operative and Paula Patton is set as a DEA agent who also happens to be Washington’s potential love interest.

Olmos is coming off a 10-episode stint on the most recent underwhelming season of the Showtime series Dexter.  The graphic novel 2 Guns is described as a light-hearted crime story in the vein of Ocean’s Thirteen, but I’m guessing Kormakur’s version will be decidedly grittier.

Edward James Olmos Joins MACHETE 2, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Added to MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and Jason Mantzoukas Stars in THEY CAME TOGETHER

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Here are some recent casting additions at a glance:

Hit the jump for more.

Sundance 2012: First Images from THE END OF LOVE, FILLY BROWN, THE FIRST TIME, and THE SURROGATE

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Today, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival announced their In-Competition line-up, and that means we’re about to get a boatload of new images from upcoming films.  After the jump you’ll find synopses and the first images from The End of Love (starring Mark Webber, Michael Cera, and Amanda Seyfried), Filly Brown (starring Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Edward James Olmos), The First Time (starring Dylan O’Brien, Brittany Robertson, and Craig Roberts), and The Surrogate (starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy).

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.

DEXTER Season Six Premiere Review

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When we reunite with our favorite serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) for the season six premiere, it’s been a year since our dark passenger helped and hooked up with the troubled Lumen (Julia Stiles) and brought down twisted self-help guru Jordan Chase (Jonny Lee Miller). While the previous seasons have had Dexter attempting to fit in through love and romantic relationships, this year he and his dark passenger are having a crisis of faith, at least when it comes to raising his toddler son Harrison. Really, the idea of romance all but disappears as various relationships from previous season (we won’t say which ones) have all pretty much crumbled, which makes for quite a lot of tension around Miami Metro Police Department. However, despite the high amount of tension that rises rather quickly in the first three episodes of the season, there also seems to be a higher level of humor, other than the usual dark fare, than other seasons. But that’s just the beginning of the strange changes happening in Miami. Hit the jump for the rest of my review of the sixth season of Dexter.

Check Out a Great Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for DEXTER Season Six

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After taking this summer to catch up on all five seasons of Showtime’s fantastically bloody serial killer drama Dexter, my excitement for the premiere of the sixth season on October 2nd simply cannot be contained. Therefore, I’m very pleased to direct your attention to this great new behind-the-scenes featurette which delves into some of the bigger plot points that will dominate this season. From Dexter’s newfound interest in religion, to a quick sneak peek of Edward James Olmos and Colin Hanks as a couple of creepy new characters, this is a great, informative tease for the sixth season which can’t get here soon enough. Check out the new featurette after the jump.

Edward James Olmos Joins Season Six of DEXTER

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We’ve already heard that Mos Def and Colin Hanks would both join the sixth season of Showtime’s acclaimed series Dexter, and now yet another fine actor has joined the guest star line-up. The cable network has revealed that Edward James Olmos, star of such films as Blade Runner, Stand and Deliver and the series remake of Battlestar Galactica, will return to TV for an extended character arc on the series. Olmos will play a brilliant, charismatic professor of religious studies, but it’s not yet clear how he gets caught up in Dexter’s exploits in the forthcoming season. Production begins on May 25th in Los Angeles, and season six is slated to premiere sometime this fall on Showtime. I’m sure there’s plenty more guest stars to be revealed so stay tuned.

New International Trailer for THE GREEN HORNET Starring Seth Rogen

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A new international trailer for Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet has gone online.  There’s just enough new footage to make it worth your time.  While the trailer itself doesn’t sway me one way or another, reports are starting to leak out that the film is getting a highly positive reaction.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christoph Waltz.  It’s set to open in 3D on January 14, 2011.

GREEN HORNET Trailer and New Images

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Sony has finally released a real trailer for Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet and I think it looks great.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect from a film that has Seth Rogen as the lead in an action movie, I’m a lot more on board with the film after watching the trailer as Green Hornet isn’t trying to sell Rogen as some hard core fighter.  Instead, Rogen plays a spoiled rich kid who after the mysterious death of his father, decides to get his act together by fighting crime in the city.  I can buy that premise.

While Green Hornet has been battling some negative buzz online, I think this trailer is going to shut a lot of people up. Judge the footage for yourself after the jump – and take a look at a few new high res images and the updated synopsis:

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