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The Minions are back for another round in DESPICABLE ME 2 teaser

Posted in Movie News on March 1, 2012 by Steve Mesa

I was not a fan of the first “Despicable Me” because I think it was just about the cute/silly factor in the film. I am still not quite sure where the sequel “Despicable Me 2” will be better than the first film or not becasue the movie does not even come out until next year. Here is the synopsis of the film that was attached to the trailer:

The minions are back! The NEW teaser trailer for Universal Pictures’ DESPICABLE ME 2 has just debuted, exclusively on iTunes Trailers!  The upcoming 3-D CGI release features the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters – be the first to check out the NEW teaser trailer below and mark your calendar for July 3, 2013!

Lionsgate announces 24 advanced screenings of THE HUNGER GAMES thanks to Nook and Barnes & Noble

Posted in Movie News on March 1, 2012 by Steve Mesa

 

In celebration of another milestone in the countdown to the release of THE HUNGER GAMES- with under 24 days until the film’s release mirroring the 24 tributes in the story, Lionsgate® has announced 24 Advance Screenings brought to you by NOOK® by Barnes & Noble.    

 

Fans can show their support for #HungerGames24 by visiting Screenings.TheHungerGamesMovie.com and tweeting a unique hashtag assigned to their closest city to unlock Advance Screening locations. Starting tomorrow, March 1, the top four cities with the most Twitter volume will be announced each day and fans will then be able to enter to win tickets to those locations.

 

In addition, Barnes & Noble is giving NOOK fans in select cities the opportunity to gain exclusive access to see THE HUNGER GAMES before its official theatrical release. On March 10, while supplies last, the first customers to purchase any of Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK devices – including NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color or NOOK Simple Touch – at select Barnes & Noble stores will receive two complimentary tickets to the official Advance Screening on March 21. To locate participating Barnes & Noble stores, visit www.nook.com/hungergames

In the story, Tributes are sponsored based on their first impression at the opening ceremonies, training scores, impressions made in the interviews, performance in the arena, as well as a number of other factors. Donations from sponsors range from medicines to food to weapons and more. Because of this, Lionsgate brought on 12 DISTRICT SPONSORS to each host two of these Advance Screenings and offer 24 fans the chance to win a pair of tickets.  

The digital campaign follows those for #HungerGames100, #HungerGames74, and #HungerGames50 which marked milestones in the campaign with similar interactive fan activities. 

Be sure to register for a District here and learn more about how to impress your sponsors on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thehungergamesmovie?sk=app_240978099326011

 

Fans who don’t have an advance screening near them may be able to meet and greet the cast at their local mall during the National Mall Tour beginning in March.  Visit the film’s facebook events tab for more information. 

 

FAST FIVES races its way to home video on Oct. 4

Posted in Movie News on July 26, 2011 by Steve Mesa

Spectacular street chases and pulse-pounding physical action are set against the mesmerizing beauty of Rio de Janeiro’s exotic thoroughfares in Fast Five, the most successful installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.  Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the phenomenally successful franchise built on speed plus action superstar Dwayne Johnson (Faster) in the all-new action caper available October 4, 2011 on Blu-ray™ and DVD Combo Packs, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand.

Available for a limited time only, the Blu-rayand DVD Combo Packs bring the full-throttle excitement of the ultimate Fast Five experience to the screen with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available on Blu-ray™, as well as an extended edition of the film with even more explosive action, exclusive bonus features, a DVD to enjoy in the car or on the go, and a Digital Copy of the film that can be downloaded and viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere including laptops, tablets, and smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray™ set top boxes.  Debuting on the Fast Five Blu-ray™ is Universal’s Second Screen, an all-new app for tablets and computers that provides an innovative and interactive viewing experience. To preview Universal’s all-new Second Screen for Fast Five visit http://preview.tinyurl.com/UniSecondScreenF5preview.

 Packed with mind-blowing stunts, high-octane thrills and unprecedented automotive wizardry, Fast Five reunites cast members from all four previous chapters of the blockbuster franchise, reprising their roles as the most daring gang of outlaw drivers to ever get behind the wheel, while a relentless FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson) does whatever it takes to them bring down.  Director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) takes the wheel of this all-star reunion as Diesel and Walker reprise their iconic roles as Dom Toretto, the king of the street racers, and former cop Brian O’Conner, now Dom’s partner-in-crime, while Johnson rides shotgun for the first time ever as Federal agent Luke Hobbs. Fast Five also brings back several popular franchise stars including Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot and Matt Schulze in a story fueled by gear-grinding action, hairpin plot twists and vehicular mayhem set to a driving hip-hop and Latin soundtrack.

 BLU-RAYTM EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • DOM VS. HOBBS:  Watch how the action-packed showdown was shot
  • ON SET WITH DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN: Go behind the scenes of Fast Five with director Justin Lin
  • INSIDE THE VAULT CHASE: Learn how they filmed the movie’s most dangerous sequence
  • TYRESE TV: Go behind the scenes of Fast Five with Tyrese Gibson
  • NEW!  pocket BLU™ VERSIONS FOR TABLETS AND COMPUTERS, FEATURING UNIVERSAL’S SECOND SCREEN
    • The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC, and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.  And with UNIVERSAL’S SECOND SCREEN, enjoy an innovative and interactive viewing experience, that lets you control, interact and explore Fast Five with groundbreaking new features right on your tablet or computer, in synchronization with the movie on your television screen!  While the movie plays, you’ll experience features such as:
      • Take Control 2.0: Step inside the movie with Director Justin Lin, as he takes control of your Blu-ray player and gives you an all-access, in-depth look at how the movie was made.
      • Virtual Car Garage: Get an up-close inspection of the hot cars, moving models of the cars in a 360 degree view, check out tech specs and more with a touch of your finger
      • Scene Explorer: Ever wish you could see how your favorite special effects sequences were created?  Select various progressions of the same scene from storyboards to daily cuts right from your couch and see how they pulled off the incredible action of the film.
      • Picture in Picture: The cast and crew share stories about the movie right from your tablet or computer, in synchronization to the scene being played.
      • The Music of Fast Five:  Tap your fingers to find out what song is playing, create your own playlist, and even purchase the songs right from your device!
  • pocket BLU:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLUoffers advanced features such as:
    • DIGITAL COPY:  Now, Users have a whole new way to redeem their Digital Copy of the movie right from within the pocket BLU app!  With a simple three step process, the movie begins downloading instantly to their portable device to take with them anywhere!
    • ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease
    • VIDEO TIMELINE:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film
    • MOBILE-TO-GO:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere
    • BROWSE TITLES:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device
    • KEYBOARD:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard
  • BD-LIVE – Access the BD-LiveCenter through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content, and more!
  • uHEAR:  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed

 Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and dvd combo pack exclusive:

  • DIGITAL COPY:  In addition to redeeming a Digital Copy of the movie through the pocket BLU™ app, Viewers can also download a digital version of the full-length movie from participating digital retailers to enjoy on a choice of popular electronic and portable devices.

 Blu-ray™ and dvd BONUS FEATURES:

  • DELETED SCENES
  • GAG REEL
  • DOM’S JOURNEY: Track Vin Diesel’s legendary character from the beginning
  • BRIAN O’CONNER: FROM FED TO CON: Follow Paul Walker’s character as he goes from lawman to outlaw
  • ENTER FEDERAL AGENT HOBBS: Meet Dom & Brian’s toughest nemesis yet
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN

ROCK OF AGES casting call information

Posted in Movie News on July 9, 2011 by Steve Mesa

Are you ready to get your faces melted?  Director Adam Shankman invites you to the set of New Line Cinema’s arena-rock love story “Rock of Ages,” who is throwing one head-banging concert party for the upcoming filming of a scene in the Fort Lauderdale area.

 Come and bring your friends to all be extras (16 years and older only please), and join us on the “Rock of Ages” set, and rock out like it’s 1987 with our cast to the sounds of such hits as “Wanted: Dead Or Alive” & “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

WHEN:   Monday, July 18th

TIME:     1:00 PM

 WHERE:  Sun Life Stadium

                        347 Dan Marino Blvd.

                        Miami Gardens, FL  33056

DRESS:      Like the 80s!  Big hair, make-up, and ALL BLACK rockin’ clothes. 

                                                                   Go to www.sunlifestadium.com for a map and directions.

~ Prize giveaways on set every half an hour~

Please note that no cameras/recording devices of any kind are allowed to be used on the “Rock of Ages” set.  No exceptions.

“Rock Of Ages” hits theaters in June 2012, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

For more information, please visit us at : www.facebook.com/RockofAges

Contact: Ellen Jacoby/ Ellen Jacoby Casting/ 305-531-5300

Ballet is coming right at you in 3D with GISELLE

Posted in Movie News on July 1, 2011 by Steve Mesa

Continuing its mission to offer groundbreaking in-theater events of all types, NCM Fathom presents GISELLE IN 3D, the world’s first 3-D ballet to be shown with RealD™ 3D technology on Tuesday, July 12at Noon followed by a second performance at 7:30 p.m. (both times local). Pre-recorded at the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, GISELLE IN 3D captures the beauty and movement of a world-class performance in a new and multi-dimensional way, offering cinema audiences a ‘best seat in the house’ experience from anywhere in their local theater.

 Tickets for GISELLE IN 3D are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

 Presented by London-based distributor More2Screen and NCM Fathom, GISELLE IN 3D was filmed by the UK company Can Communicate, one of the world’s leading producers of stereoscopic 3-D content. The ballet will appear in more than 160 select movie theaters across the country via the new digital cinema projection systems.

“We are delighted to be working with NCM Fathom to distribute Giselle in 3-D across the States – a partnership which will drive the next stage of the ballet’s hugely successful global roll-out,” said Christine Costello, More2Screen managing director.

Giselle is the story of a simple village girl who falls deeply in love with a dashing prince disguised as a peasant. “Fathom brings another ‘first’ to movie theaters with the world’s first ballet in 3-D,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “This is truly a must-see event and audiences across the U.S. will be mesmerized by the view from their front row seat at the famed St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre during this performance of the classic Giselle.”

Ever since its founding in 1860, the legendary Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia has been at the forefront of artistic and musical development which continues today with Giselle in 3D, the first-ever worldwide release of a ballet in 3-D. For more than 20 years the Mariinsky Theatre has been led by Maestro Valery Gergiev who has transformed the Mariinsky into a global theatre presenting international tours in dozens of countries each year. He has also made technology and media a critically important part of the Mariinsky with the launch of its Mariinsky Label and various other initiatives including this groundbreaking 3-D project. The US release of Giselle in 3D coincides with the Mariinsky Ballet’s residency at the Metropolitan Opera House during the Lincoln Center Festival. The company performs three programs multiple times beginning on July 11.

 Giselle in 3D will be showing at the following theaters at 12:00pm (Noon) & 7:30pm:

Regal South Beach

AMC Sunset Place

Cinemark Paradise       

The dinosaurs of Jurassic Park are coming to Blu-Ray for the first time

Posted in Movie News on June 28, 2011 by Steve Mesa

Universal City, California, June 27, 2011 – The wait is finally over to experience one of the most anticipated motion-picture trilogies of all time like never before when Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III debut as a trilogy set on Blu-ray October 25, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s award-winning cinematic franchise, based on the best-selling book by  Michael Crichton, generated nearly $2 billion combined at the worldwide box office and featured groundbreaking visual effects that changed the art of movie-making forever. Now, all three epic films have been digitally restored and remastered in flawless high definition for the ultimate viewing experience. Additionally, the films’ visceral sound effects and the unforgettable music from legendary composer John Williams can now be heard in pristine 7.1 surround sound. Arriving in stores just in time for holiday gift giving, this collectible three-movie set also features hours of bonus features, including an all-new, six-part documentary and digital copies of all three films that can be viewed on an array of electronic and portable devices anytime, anywhere.  The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy is also available on DVD, as well as in a spectacular Limited Edition Blu-ray Trilogy Gift Set  which includes a custom T-rex dinosaur statue.

“From the moment T-Rex first towered over worldwide movie audiences, the Jurassic Park Trilogy has electrified fans with its heart-pounding action and awe-inspiring technological innovations,” says Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “With this newly remastered and digitally restored edition, we continue the franchise’s legacy by delivering to home viewers spectacular picture and sound that keeps the films as fresh and visceral now as they were when audiences first experienced them.”

The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy features an all-star cast including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mozzello, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, William H. Macy and Tea Leoni.  In addition to the talented cast of actors, the Trilogy features stars of a different magnitude—from the huge Tyrannosaurus rex to the vicious Velociraptor, the Jurassic Park films showcase an extraordinary level of realism and technical innovation brought to life by a talented design team which include: Stan Winston, Live Action Dinosaurs; ILM’s Dennis Muren, Full Motion Dinosaurs; Phil Tippett, Dinosaur Supervisor; Michael Lantieri, Special Dinosaur Effects and Special Visual Effects by Industrial Light & Magic.

 

ALL-NEW BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DVD 

  • “Return to Jurassic Park” – this six-part documentary features all-new interviews with the many of the cast members from all three films, the filmmakers and Steven Spielberg.
    • Dawn of a New Era
    • Making Pre-history
    • The Next Step in Evolution
    • Finding The Lost World
    • Something Survived
    • The Third Adventure

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO BLU-RAY 

  • BD-LIVE – Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch exclusive content, the latest trailers, and more!
  • MY SCENES:  Bookmark your favorite scenes from the film.
  • pocket BLU:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod® touch, Android, PC and Mac® to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player.  Plus iPad® owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU offers advanced features such as:
    • ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
    • VIDEO TIMELINE:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • MOBILE-TO-GO:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • BROWSE TITLES:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • KEYBOARD:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.

 

The following bonus features also appear on the both the Blu-ray and DVD:

  • The Making of Jurassic Park 
  • The Making of The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • The Making of Jurassic Park III 
  • Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park 
  • Early Pre-Production Meetings  
  • The World of Jurassic Park
  • The Magic of Industrial Light & Magic
  • Location Scouting 
  • Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors In The Kitchen 
  • The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton 
  • Industrial Light & Magic and Jurassic Park: Before and After The Visual Effects
  • Industrial Light & Magic and The Lost World: Jurassic Park Before & After 
  • The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel  
  • A Visit to Industrial Light & Magic 
  • Hurricane in Kauai Featurette 
  • Dinosaur Turntables 
  • The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III 
  • Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs  
  • Animatics: T-Rex Attack
  • The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III  
  • The Sounds of Jurassic Park III 
  • The Art of Jurassic Park III  
  • Tour of Stan Winston Studio 
  • Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team 
  • Production Archives: Storyboards, Models, Photographs, Design Sketches and Conceptual Drawings
  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • And MORE!

Opening April 8-Arthur, Hanna, Soul Surfer and Your Highness

Posted in Movie News on April 8, 2011 by Steve Mesa

We have four brand-new movies opening up in the second week of April with a Christian-inspired film, a thriller and two comedies. From what  I have heard from my fellow critics, none of these film are particularly interesting.

A remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy and starring Russell Brand in the title role, Arthur is about a wealthy playboy who will lose his inheritance if he does not married a woman (Jennifer Garner), but he falls for a woman (Greta Gerwig) his family does not apporove of.

Director Joe Wright’s (Atonement) latest film, Hanna, is scored by The Chemical Brothers and features an cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. The film is about a 16-year-old girl (Ronan) who is raised and trained by her father (Bana) to be an assassin. She must trek across Europe in order to complete certain missions while being tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent (Blanchett).

Based on true events, Soul Surfer is a movie about professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb), who summoned the courage to continue surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack.

Director David Gordon Green reunites with his Pineapple Express co-stars James Franco and Dannny McBride to bring  the latest stoner comedy, Your Highness. The film tells the story of two brothers (McBride and Franco) who must rescue a damsel-in-distress (Zooey Deschanel) from an evil wizard (Justin Theroux) and soon “the hilarity begins”. I was not sure if noticed the sarcasm in those words. This movie was reallly disappointing as the movie has some good laughs, but it ends looking and feeling like several failed Saturday Night Live skits put together.