Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: The Visit!

the visit onesheetI’m feeling a bit chilly.  No, the weather’s still hot & humid.  But I feel the need for chills.  So I’m giving away passes for the Baltimore screening of The Visit!  Synopsis?  Why certainly:

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ THE VISIT. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

Shyamalan produces THE VISIT through his Blinding Edge Pictures, while Blum produces through his Blumhouse Productions alongside Mark Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal). Steven Schneider (Insidious) and Ashwin Rajan (Devil) executive produce the thriller.

Y’all know I’ve taken M. Night to task before.  But it’s also true that I love me some Devil and The Village.  (Not to mention Unbreakable, which is a must-see for any superhero film fan, or lover of a fantastic hero’s journey story.)  So I’ll be walking into this film with a 50/50 viewpoint.  Okay, maybe 60/40, as advanced buzz from folks who have already seen the film have been positive.  Yay?  YAY!

Okay, this time the giveaway is in PDF form.  So you know what that means… Read More…

Thank you, Wes Craven (1939-2015)

Wes Craven collage 1It’s a sad thing indeed when the first thing you see when you wake up is the obituary for someone you respect and admire.  So the news that Wes Craven has died at age 76 felt like a bad dream.  Guess it’s fitting, as Craven was a master of crafting bad dreams.  My formative horror years were spent poring over his films, my start of what can laughingly be called adulthood digging into his brief but fun stint in TV, and even now anytime I see something with his name on it, I’ve gotta check it out.

A lot of movie fans and professionals have much to be thankful for when it comes to Wes Craven.  Like “real world” horror?  His Last House on the Left is the battle cry of that subgenre.  Love meta-movies?  Scream kicked off the modern meta.  And, of course, his Nightmare on Elm Street helped kick-start the slasher genre, and added its own spin with dream imagery that many other moviemakers have run with since then.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  So instead of listing his incredible films, or talking about him personally — others have done that far better and with more insight than I — my tribute will be a simple Thank You for his work.  And a look at some of my absolute favorites outside the usual hits.

Thank you, Wes Craven.

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“I’m in Love With a Monster” – Fifth Harmony lays down an awesome track for Hotel Transylvania 2!

halloween transylvania 2A friend is a huge Fifth Harmony fan, and I’m a huge Hotel Transylvania fan.  So naturally I had to check out Fifth Harmony’s “I’m in Love With a Monster” music vid for Hotel Transylvania 2.  Not disappointed.  In fact, I’m blown away.

Fun, right?  I’m loving Mavis’ cobweb veil.  Big. Time. Can’t wait to see the full HT2 prelude!  Meanwhile, I’m gonna make “I’m in Love with a Monster” a part of my 2015 Halloween jam.

Hotel Transylvania 2 opens for business September 25th, 2015. Read on for the full deets on this new track!

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“Everest” – new images, synopsis

everest onesheetRead Into Thin Air?  Get on that.  Seriously.  It’s absolutely amazing.  Not a book reader?  Read it anyway.  It’s that gripping.  I’ve given away so many copies of this book…I probably need to buy another one for my bookshelf now that Everest is coming next month.  True story:

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur.

Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures’ presentation of Everest—in association with Walden Media—is adapted for the screen by William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Oscar® winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).

The film shot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

The book was an amazing achievement in long-form journalism, detailing the tragedy in a way that was heartbreaking and page-turning.  I’m hoping that Everest taps into that.  Only one way to find out: Everest hits theaters September 25th, 2015.  I’ll be the gal front-n-center with the huge box o’ tissues.  ‘Til then, check out these first images…

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“Back of the Bus Funny” comedy special from Kevin Hart’s mentor Keith Robinson

Official Poster Art (PRNewsFoto/Comedy Dynamics)

(PRNewsFoto/Comedy Dynamics)

Kevin Hart’s funny. That’s a given. But did you know about the man he calls his mentor, Keith Robinson? Obviously, Robinson is funny too. In fact, he’s in Trainwreck; check out the going-to-the-movies scene. The couple Amy and Aaron argue with? Keith Robinson and Marina Franklin. Told you this film was full of funny folks.  BTW, Robinson was a writer for The Wanda Sykes Show & Chappelle’s Show.  ‘Nuff said people.

Robinson has a new comedy special from Comedy Central called Kevin Hart Presents: Keith Robinson – Back of the Bus Funny.  And the trailer hints at some riffs on childhood, levels of stardom, politics, and social media popularity.  Back of the Bus Funny hits Comedy Dynamics Friday, August 28th, 2015.  This cable-cutter is looking forward to getting into this special this weekend.  Thank you Roku.

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Captain America: Civil War – new images! What side are you on?

civil war whose side are you on
Looks like things are gearing up for Captain America: Civil WarMarvel has released images that show which characters are on what side of the Superhero Registration Act.  And though it doesn’t have everyone — Spidey, Scarlet Witch and Crossbones are noticeably absent, so I’m guessing those will be big reveals in the film — it’s still pretty cool.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Red Side (for the Act): War Machine, Black Widow, Iron Man, Black Panther and Vision
  • Blue Side (against the Act): Hawkeye, Ant Man (on Hawk’s shoulder), Agenty 13, Cap, Falcon and Winter Soldier — note Falcon’s Redwing flying in the background.  Looks like the rumors are right, and Redwing will be a drone in the MCU.

Though I love wading through all of the Batman v Superman stuff I’ve seen this summer, it’s nice to finally get a taste of Civil War. This Marvel arc threw down some serious ideas, and came to a climax that rocked the MCBU.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out in the MCU.


“Suffragette” celebrates Women’s Equality Day, 8/26

suffragetteI’ve been looking forward to Suffragette — a film about the early days of the women’s equality movement — ever since I heard about the cast.  Carey Mulligan.  Helena Bonham Carter, LA STREEP. I got extra pumped when I heard that costuming for the film would be almost entirely real period clothes from the 1900s.

Now the makers of Suffragette tip their hat to Women’s Equality Day with this video.  It’s brief, but it’s moving.  They’ve also chosen today to unveil the official poster.

Suffragette hits theaters October 23rd, 2015.

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