Wanna be a part of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premier? Baby, you can.

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Yeah. Petey's got his work cut out for him.... (image: marvel.wikia.com)

As a Spider-Nerd, I ain’t afraid to say that I’m looking forward to this film. Okay, I’ll probably have a love/hate thing going on in my head – anyone who knows the story of Peter and Gwen knows this film probably won’t be smooth sailing for our lovebirds – but seeing how they’re planning on telling Peter’s story? Cannot wait.

So, if you’re into this series, or the stars, or just wanna get your inner Fashion Police on, there’s a way to check out the red carpet premier of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. A’yup. Yahoo will be streaming the red carpet live, and will bring viewers the after-party concert on the 29th. Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, and the soundtrack guru Hans Zimmer (you know the Miami Vice theme is an earworm. Admit it.) – should be a mighty fine bit of ear candy.

But inquiring minds wanna know; will Pharrell’s hat be there?

Read on for the full deets!

 

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Wear a sweater for public media! And also, Mr.Rogers.

Had to share this.  Who doesn’t love Mr. Rogers?  And also sweaters.  It’s an easy — and free! — way to support public media, something we all love.  Hey, without PBS we here in the USA wouldn’t have enjoyed Dr. Who, Benny Hill, and Red Dwarf ’til BBCA hit our shores.  That’s decades of Who-less TV y’all.  There would have been no Mr. Rogers, no Big Bird, and no Easy Reader from the Electric Company (and fewer opportunities to listen to Morgan Freeman is a horrible idea to contemplate.)  Not to mention our love affairs with Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife.

So snap yourself a sweater selfie, and upload that puppy.  Do it for your favorite Neighbor. Read on for the full deets! Read more of this post

Free Baltimore Screening: The Other Woman

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TGIF y’all – it’s been a crazy week (snow?), but now plan for a bit of fun next Tuesday. Why? Free screening! Yayz!

Here’s the deets for The Other Woman. (Hint: it looks like a hoot):

THE OTHER WOMAN

Comedy
Release: April 25, 2014
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Written by:  Melissa Stack
Producer: Julie Yorn

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Taylor Kinney, Nicki Minaj

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing

SOB.

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Elsewhere Review: Under the Skin

Aliens that abduct people and do really horrible things with them.  An alien that looks past her job and into exactly what it means to be the things she’s tasked to collect.  Heavy, man.

If I had to grade Under the Skin, I’d give it a B.  Truly avant-garde filmaking, and not just for weirdness’ sake.  But it’s a love/hate proposition that not everyone will clamor for.

As always, clicky on the hyperlink for the original piece!

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Movie Review: Under the Skin

Twitview — Scarlett Johansson bares more than her skin in this acid-trip sci-fi story.  And it pays off.

You’re probably used to seeing Scarlett Johansson being an A-#1 Badass lately.  With The AvengersCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, and the upcoming Lucy, she’s all sortsa fierce.  But in Under the Skin, she plays a no-named alien whose mission is to lure men to a black room, where they’re sucked into a pit and…well, not quite sure.  Director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) gives you an intimate look into the life of a creature that lives to carry out her orders.  It’s a fascinating look, and a damn intriguing film.  Truth be told, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.  Glazer’s strange, wandering storytelling, and his freaky way of giving no character a name will either drive you bonkers, or allow you to sink in and immerse yourself in the story.  Think of Under the Skin as a sci-fi art film, one that’s more interested in mood and performance than substance.  It asks the question what does it mean to be human, and gives no real answers.  If you’re okay with that, you’ll be amazed at the performances and themes in the film.  If not?  Well, you’ll most likely want to see me roast in hell for telling you this movie is fascinating stuff.  Potato, po-tah-to.

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Redmayne as Hawking in Theory of Everything to hit in November

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Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything (image: http://www.mirror.co.uk)

Well, this looks interesting. The bummer is, we’ll have to wait ’til November to see it. Do I smell an Oscar contender?

Theory of Everything has Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) as Stephen Hawking, and just that is enough to get me in the door.  I’m dying to see how Marius Redmayne portrays the genius scientist.  I’m especially interested in Hawking’s collegiate and romantic relationship with Jane, a woman who was to become his wife of 25 years.  (Mostly because I’m too lazy to get my hands on Jane Hawking’s book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.)

Read on for the full press release!

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Feast your red-rimmed eys on 420 — The Documentary! Just in time for Sunday.

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C’mon now.  Yeah, this Sunday is Easter, and it’ll be Passover ’til the 22nd.  But what you really want to know about is Weed Day, amirite?  Yeah, this Sunday — when everyone normal will be celebrating with family…but then again why be normal? — the hip kids will be celebrating 4/20, the kinda-sorta national holiday affectionately called Weed Day.

Wanna take the high road (oops) and get some learnin’ in, rather than sitting around watching Grandma’s Boy or Idiocracy for the umpteenth time?  (Grandma’s Boy and Idiocracy are classics, yo.  No hating here.)  Why not stream a little weed culture through that talking box over there?  420 — The Documentary is a “thought-provoking film chronicling pot culture and the changing attitudes surrounding marijuana over almost eight decades of prohibition, culminating with legalization in two states.”  Maryland could be in on that legalization action, so get your facts straight…even if you may not be.

Wanna read all about the film, and check out how you can stream this doc via cable (and the usual non-cable streaming suspects first thing next month)?  Read the full press release after the jump!

And no y’all.  How many times do I have to tell you that you can’t smoke Easter grass?  Fine.  Do you.


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Review In A Flash: Rio 2

rio2Sometimes I’m too lazy for a full-out piece.  Sometimes everything I’ve got to say about a film can be summarized in a sentence or two.  Sometimes it’s both.  So herewith, a quick-n-dirty on Rio 2:

Before:  Oh boy!  I do love kiddie films!  I wonder if I needed to watch the original Rio, because I haven’t.  Ah well; Muppets Most Wanted was a hoot,I’m sure I’m in the right headspace for another fun flick.

During: Oh boy.  Maybe I should have thought this through. The animals are gorgeous and incredibly detailed.  The humans though?  Really slapdash.  The animators should be ashamed.  Other folks that should be ashamed are the folks that wrote the music.  Kristen Chenoweth can do no wrong, but “Poison Love” (with Flight of the Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement as evil cockatoo Nigel) goes on a bit too long and gets too weird.  At the end of the song you could have heard a pin drop in the theater; nice trick with a place full of kids amped on Sno-Caps.  With all the pretty birdies, focus on Busby Berkley numbers, people.  Chenoweth’s frog Gabi is damn cute though.  Wonder if they’ll be selling versions in stores?

After: I’m ready to kill any adult that brings a sick kid to the movies.  Fear me.  The way Rio 2 plodded along, zipped by, then plodded some more didn’t help; I feel like I’ve been on the world’s most boring roller coaster.  This film should have focused on one or two storylines, not a baker’s dozen.  By the time credits rolled, I’d long since given up caring what would happen to Blu’s family in the Amazon, or if Nigel the cockatoo would get his revenge, if Jewel’s dad would like Blu (and how Blu would deal with rival Fernando), or if the Amazon rainforest would be saved by the insipidly-drawn humans….  More of the adorable Rapping Sloth please!  (Bless you, Amy Heidemann.  You are one damn talented voice actress.)   The 3D was okay but definitely not necessary.  The kids in the theater were laughing their respective hind parts off though, so guess Rio 2 did something right.

If I had to grad Rio 2, I’d give it a C.  Kids will eat this up, but parents will find the jumbled storytelling and off-kilter pacing tedious.

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