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CinemaCon 2015 Showcase The Future of Movie Technology

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In the past CinemaCon was so packed with studio events that I never had the chance to properly walk the show floor. On Tuesday, I realized that I actually had a 4 hour gap between presentations so I took a leisurely walk about the show room floor and discovered something. DMV movie theater owners need to step up their game. Most theaters in DC are over 15 years old and the age is showing.

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Sony Pictures and Valiant Entertainment Set Five-Picture Deal!

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With comic book superheroes being so popular, Sony Pictures and Valiant Entertainment are teaming up for a five picture slate of movies based on the latter’s Bloodshot, Harbinger and Harbinger Wars titles.

Bloodshot – about a government assassin powered by nanotech and artificial memories – will be written by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and directed by David Leitch and chad Stahelski (John Wick). Matthew Vaughn (ick-Ass, Kingsman: Secret Service) will be an Executive Producer.

Harbinger has a script from Eric Heiserrer (Story of Your Life). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film (The Fast and the Furious franchise) will produce with Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani; Matthew aughn will be an Executive Producer. No director has been set.

For further details, follow the jump.

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Cool Character Posters: Tomorrowland!

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It all begins with Casey finding a button among her personal effects when she’s released from a brief stay in jail. When she touches it, she sees a whole ‘nother world – a more hopeful seeming world.

Somehow, she finds her way to Frank – who asks her she if she wants to go there – and the adventure begins.

Disney has released four character posters for Tomorrowland – Casey (above), Frank, Young Frank and Athena (about whom we will undoubtedly learn more…). Follow the jump to check out the other three.

Tomorrowland premieres on May 22nd.

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Twisted Posters: Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice!

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Zack Snyder has released two posters for Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice – and they are dark & twisted, as you can see frm the Superman poster above. Follow the jump to check out the Batman version.

Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Jason Momoa. It is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. 

Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice premieres on March 25th, 2016.

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Movie Review: Black Souls

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Italian film Director Francesco Munzi takes on the topic of systematic and familiar violence in his latest film Black Souls; A story that shows that one small act of rebellion and criminal behavior can have far ranging consequences that go beyond it’s original act. The film is also quietly contemplative, as you know things are going to escalate, but he takes his time getting there. It’s akin to the much buzzed about award contender A Most Violent Year.

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Old 37 Gains US, Canada Distribution!

Old 37 – a horror movie with a unique premise – has been picked up for American and Canadian distribution by Epic Pictures (US) and Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada.

Old 37 follows to psychopathic brothers who pose as paramedics in a refurbished old ambulance, eavesdrop on emergency calls and vent their spleen (and, no doubt, other organs) on careless teen drivers.

The film stars horror icon Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and Brandy Cyrus.

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From Borat to Istanbul via the Dog Show: Three of the Greatest Mockumentaries Ever Made

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A mockumentary, a splicing of the words “mock” and “documentary”, is a film (or television show) in which a subject is parodied by relaying fictional events in a documentary style manner as if they are real. They often consist of recreations of events which are presented as being factual, interspersed with interviews of individuals (often real-life characters to add to the illusion of reality) commenting on whatever the subject at hand is.

The term really came in to use with the release in 1984 of ‘This is Spinal Tap’. This is surely the most famous example of the genre. Here, we have a look at some of the other great examples of the mockumentary that are definitely worth checking out:

Borat (2006):

Played by Sacha Baron Cohen of Ali G fame, Borat charts the adventures of fictitious Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev and his hilarious and often cringe-worthy interactions with ordinary Americans. Much of these scenes are unscripted and the ‘victims’ genuinely believe they are interacting with someone totally ignorant of American lifestyle and customs. Borat the character is a brilliant device that is employed to pry into the lives of people. Such encounters often make difficult viewing in many scenes but reinforce this point brilliantly.

15 Minutes That Shook The World (2009):


A movie that looks at one of the greatest comebacks in the history of soccer. The scene is the European Cup final of May 2005 in Istanbul. Liverpool FC are 3-0 down at half-time to Italian giants AC Milan and look dead and buried. However, in the second half they incredibly fought back to score three goals, take the game to extra time and triumph on penalty kicks. The film itself revolves around a reporter who discovers a missing film of the game-changing half-time team talk Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez gave his team. The film features appearances of actual players Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Dietmar Hamann. If the excitement of European soccer sounds appealing, why not check out Bet 365’s Uefa competitions betting pages for all the latest odds and see if you can spot an event similar to Liverpool’s comeback which could shock the bookmakers.

Best in Show (2000):

Following the trials and tribulations of five dog owners at a prestigious dog show, Best in Show takes a hilarious look behind the scenes before, during and after the competition at the Mayflower dog show. The characters are a real strong point of the film and are totally over the top. We have the Flecks from Florida and it sees the female character continuously running into old lovers. There is also wordless senior citizen in a wheelchair and his buxom young wife, who may have a thing for the dog’s handler. In another hilarious twist, from the pine woods of North Carolina, comes a guy who wants to be a ventriloquist. This is definitely mockumentary is definitely worth a watch if you have not yet seen it.

TCM Hosts US TV Premiere of Human Voice Starring Sophia Loren!

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When TCM runs its tribute to Academy Award®-winning actor Sophia Loren on April 21st, it will lead off with Loren’s most recent film, Human Voice – a US television premiere.

The film stars Loren as a woman ‘in her twilight years, who rides the emotional roller coaster of her last telephone conversation with the man she loves as he is leaving her for another woman.’

As well as Human Voice, TCM’s tribute to Sophia Loren will include Marriage: Italian Style, Two Women (for which Loren won her Oscar®), The Gold of Naples and Man of La Mancha – in which she co-starred with Peter O’Toole. For details, follow the jump.

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CinemaCon 2015 Preview – 10 Things to Look Forward To!

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This weekend your fearless leader is making the annual sojourn to Vegas. I’m flying a red eye on Frontier Air – it’s going to be fine, it’s going to be fine. If I say it enough I’ll believe it. It’s going to be fine…. Who am I kidding; Frontier Air sucks monkey balls. Only the annual National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention CinemaCon can get me on Frontier again. CinemaCon is where Movie Theater Owners get together and celebrate their love of movies (as well as whine) directly to the studios. Considering everyone talks about the death of the industry, there are more and more fancier theaters coming to my area – not soon enough and most are too far away. There will be studio presentations, partaaaays, and some cool interviews.

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Disney Joins Spielberg’s The BFG!

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Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG has a new participant. Disney has joined the project as a co-producer and co-financier.

The film’s cast has also expanded to include Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and others.

The BFG is Spielbverg’s first Disney-branded film as a director and is scheduled for a July 1, 2016 release. For more, follow the jump.

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Oscars® Dates Set Through 2018!

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has set dates for The Academy Awards for the next three years: The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively.

Also released today were the key dates for the 88th Academy Awards in 2016 – from the The Governors’ Awards on Saturday, November 14, 2015 to The 88th Academy Awards® on February 28, 2016. Follow the jump for a complete list.

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