Movies Opening This Weekend – April 17, 2015 [videos]
Posted on April 17, 2015, 2:34 pm
THE BUZZ from IMDb: Kevin James got a Segway in 2009 and rode that thing to the top of the box office and stayed around until his movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop earned an absurd amount of money – nearly $150 million in the U.S. (though the comedy didn’t really connect outside the States). You might say James’s career is in a mild state of flux since he recently made a deal to potentially return to series television, and it’s not a stretch to indicate that his next projects – be they in TV or movies – could be on how Blart performs a second time around. The story idea feels lazy; perhaps that doesn’t matter one bit, though. Finally, it’s hard to say how the movie might play in a semi-crowded season; you can’t necessarily make a direct comparison to the original since it was released in January and lacked for competition.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
[PG] 94 min – Action | Comedy Director: Andy Fickman Stars: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, Daniella Alonso
After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. [watch trailer]
[R] 82 min – Horror | Thriller Director: Levan Gabriadze Stars: Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig
A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend. [watch trailer]
[R] 137 min – Drama | Thriller Director: Daniel Espinosa Stars: Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman
A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. [watch trailer]
[G] 81 min – Documentary Directors: Mark Linfield | Alastair Fothergill Stars: Tina Fey
A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia. [watch trailer]
[R] 100 min – Drama | Mystery | Thriller Director: Rupert Goold Stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee
When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. [watch trailer]
Alex of Venice
[R] 86 min – Drama Director: Chris Messina Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina, Don Johnson, Derek Luke
A workaholic attorney is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves. [watch trailer]
Beyond the Reach
[R] 95 min – Thriller Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti Stars: Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Ronny Cox
A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert. [watch trailer]
Felix and Meira
[R] 105 min – Drama | Family | Romance Director: Maxime Giroux Stars: Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron, Luzer Twersky, Anne-Élisabeth Bossé
In Félix and Meira, an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds. [watch trailer]
Monsters: Dark Continent
[R] 119 min – Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller Director: Tom Green Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency. [watch trailer]
The Dead Lands
[R] 107 min – Action Director: Toa Fraser Stars: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi, a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. [watch trailer]
The News Hounds
Photo Credit: Kzenon / Shutterstock.com
Chewy… We’re Home
Posted on April 17, 2015, 9:26 am
The new Star Wars trailer is out and the internet is going crazy. [WATCH HERE]
If that wasn’t enough, there is an all out Star Wars assault going on in Anaheim right now “Star Wars Celebration The Ultimate Fan Experience”.
If you can’t be in Anaheim in person, you can watch the event around the clock on live video. [WATCH DAY 2 LIVE HERE]
Harrison Ford might not be there, because he is still recovering from the plane crash that hospitalized him. That didn’t stop “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J. J. Abrams shared some kind words about the actor yesterday at the event.
“He sends his best and he’s doing great and working hard,” Abrams said of Ford. “I had respect for him all my life, but I’ve never had more respect for a guy until I saw how he landed that plane — that was an amazing thing that he did. He’s more of a hero in that move than I think he’s been in all the movies he’s been in. That was an incredible thing to do.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy echoed Abrams’ sentiments, adding that she anticipates Ford will be fit for promoting the film when it bows in December.
“The amazing thing about Harrison … is that he’s the only person that can make an emergency landing on a golf course in front of two doctors,” Kennedy said. “So he’s home and resting and getting well as fast as he can. I can’t even begin to tell you how much he wanted to be here … But by the time we open this movie, I know that Han Solo will be very actively involved in what we’re doing.”
Photo Credit: Lucas Films
Kim K Removed from Photo on News Website
Posted on April 16, 2015, 9:05 am
Fans are made, others aren’t so surprised, but Kim Kardarshian has received the ultimate dis.
The editors of Kikar HaShabbat, an Orthodox news website, decided remove Kardashian from a group photo with her husband, Kanye West, and the mayor.
An insert of the restaurant bill covers her in one spot; in another she’s pixelated into a fuzzy mass. Some Orthodox sites refuse to post images of any woman, not just non-Orthodox or non-Jewish women, citing issues of religious modesty.
Kim and Kanye arrived in Israel earlier in the week. Their 22-month-old daughter, North West, was baptized at St. James Cathedral in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem Monday.
Photo Credit: DFree / Shutterstock.com
Aca-Awesome New Pitch Perfect DVD
Posted on April 15, 2015, 9:06 am
Fans of the fabulous Bellas of Barden University won’t be able to stop belting out their favorite songs when Pitch Perfect Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition comes to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time ever on May 5, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The all-new sing-along version with on-screen lyrics turns any gathering into an instant a cappella party. Outrageous, irreverent and utterly irresistible, Pitch Perfect Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition comes with a full array of bonus features to delight longtime a cappella addicts and newcomers alike—plus an offer for $7.50 toward a movie ticket to see the highly anticipated Pitch Perfect 2, coming to theaters on May 15, 2015. For those who can’t wait, Pitch Perfect Sing-Along Edition will be available on Digital HD April 7, 2015.
Newly arrived college freshman Beca (Anna Kendrick) can’t seem to find her place in Barden University’s dog-eat-dog social scene until she discovers a niche that she never knew she was looking for—the school’s struggling a cappella singing group, the Bellas. With Beca’s help, the Bellas start to break free of their bottom-of-the-barrel status by busting out a new and original sound in a jubilant and wildly funny musical comedy.
Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Up in the Air) heads up an upbeat and exuberantly talented cast that also includes Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Bachelorette), Anna Camp (The Help), Brittany Snow (Hairspray) andElizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, “30 Rock”).
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ and DVD
Includes original and sing-along versions of the film
Deleted and Extended Scenes
Feature Commentary with director Jason Moore and producers Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Feature Commentary with producer Paul Brooks
On The Set: Burrito Drive By!: Behind-the-scenes footage with Fat Amy
Backstage at Barden: Profiles & interviews with characters Benji and Bumper
A Look Inside: Catch a glimpse of this ensemble cast, the characters and the actors’ thoughts behind them, with this first-look into the movie.
Line-O-Rama: Actors showcase their improvisational skills in this collection of funny one-liners from the set.
Meanwhile…: Find out what other characters are up to in these alternative scenes.
Starships, The Pitch Perfect Music Video
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment