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PARAMOUNT INSURGE LETS FANS BOOK A DATE WITH “THE LOVED ONES”

March 9th, 2012 No comments

“BRENT

SHOULD

HAVE SAID

YES!”

PARAMOUNT INSURGE LETS FANS BOOK A DATE WITH “THE LOVED ONES” IN LOCAL THEATERS

 

Genre Fans Can Be The First to Bring This Much-Buzzed About Film To Their City Through Tugg

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 9, 2012) ––At the SXSW 2012 Film Festival today, Paramount’s Insurge Pictures announced it will release The Loved Ones in theaters nationwide this June 2012 by offering moviegoers an exciting way to see it first.  Through an innovative collaboration with Tugg, Inc., a collective action web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters, fans can sign up today at www.TheLovedOnesMovie.com to book a screening and invite friends to see one of the most buzzed about horror films of the summer. Those who sign up will be given notice when they can begin to set their June screenings.  Chosen by popular demand to be part of Tugg’s “Encore Screening Series” at the South By Southwest Film Festival 2012, The Loved Ones will screen at the festival on March 9th at 9pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Village in Austin, TX.

Written and directed by Sean Byrne, The Loved Ones has steadily grown a large underground following due to its enthusiastic reception as a midnight movie favorite at festivals like SXSW, Fantasia and Toronto International Film Festival.  Described as “Sixteen Candles meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (FlickSided.com), the film has ardent supporters who have said The Loved Ones is “raw horror fun done right” (HitFix.com) and “one of the best pure horror flicks I’ve seen in ages” (JoBlo.com).

Those who have seen and heard about The Loved Ones have been clamoring for its theatrical release,” said Amy Powell, President, Insurge Pictures. “This is a truly terrifying film that brings new meaning to the horrors of dating and we’re excited to give fans the unprecedented opportunity to personalize their movie going experience.”

 “We’re thrilled to work with Paramount’s Insurge Pictures to help give fans everywhere the unique ability to share this movie with their community. The Loved Ones is the kind of film that shocks, horrifies and entertains in a way that’s best experienced in a crowded theater,” said Tugg co-founders Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez.

To learn more about how to bring The Loved Ones to local theaters visit: www.TheLovedOnesMovie.com

For more about how Tugg works, visit the “How To” page at https://www.tugg.com/howtuggworks

About THE LOVED ONES

Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he’s screwed. What happens when Lola doesn’t get what she wants? She enlists Daddy’s help to throw a prom of her own where she is queen and Brent is king, whether he likes it or not. THE LOVED ONES is what happens when puppy love goes horribly, violently wrong. Brent should have said yes.

SUPER 8 review by John Delia

June 9th, 2011 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso and Ryan Lee

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

MPAA Rating: PG 13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use

Genre: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction

Running Time: 1hr 52min

Release date: June 10th, 2011

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

 

 

By John Delia

 

The Wow factor tops ten in this sci-fi thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat till it’s mind-blowing ending.  The cunning direction and writing by J.J. Abrams of Super 8 confirms the director’s ability to keep an audience wanting more.  If you like suspenseful, well-acted movies that surprise at most every turn then hurry to see Super 8.

Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Ron Eldard in SUPER 8

School’s out in a small town and Charles (Riley Griffiths) hasn’t finished his movie, being filmed with his super 8 camera, that he started this past year in middle school.  He pushes his friends to help him complete the task over the summer so he can get it into a film competition and they agree.  One night they are filming a scene at an old railroad station and they witness a disastrous train wreck that nearly kills the film group.  Narrowly escaping death the five friends are determined to keep going with their masterpiece in spite of the catastrophic incident.  When strange things start happening in their town, including the disappearance of many people, the film crew starts to investigate.

JJ Abrams on the set of SUPER 8

Director Abrams (Star Trek, 2009) does a terrific job keeping his audience in suspense as he maneuvers his players through the story.  It doesn’t take him 15 minutes to flesh out his interesting characters before pulling the trigger on the action.

Gabriel Bosso, Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths

And his actors are amazingly good, choosing bright new faces to play the young pre-teens that are the brave inquisitive group.  I especially liked Riley Griffiths as Charles the tough director who will go at lengths to get his movie made, even in the face of impending doom. The young Elle Fanning (sister of Dakota) puts her talent to the test creating a troubled girl who has to deal with family problems and puberty while accommodating her friends to be the star of their movie. Super 8 is not her first film, but this time the role’s a more pronounced support star.

 

But the best performance comes from Joel Courteny as Joe Lamb a youngster who has to deal with the recent death of his mother by diving head first into Charles’s film project in an attempt to connect with reality.  When Joe does however, he becomes the thread that holds the group together.

 

Super 8 tops my list for originality, creativity and entertainment value over any film released thus far.  Special effects, make-up and computer generated graphics add to the amazing story that continues to play out in my brain long after seeing this sci-fi thriller.  It’s that good! I can get an argument that you can see some of Executive Director Stephen Spielberg’s body of work laced throughout, but I have a strong feeling that writer Abrams inserted the quips with tongue-in-cheek.

 

The film is rated PG 13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use.  Super 8 is also available in IMAX in select theatres. Make sure you watch the film credits for a special treat.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: Super 8 gets a 10 in my book. (A)


 

Justin Bieber Director’s Cut opens February 25

February 21st, 2011 No comments

CHU ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE ONE-WEEK LIMITED RELEASE OF “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT

40-Minutes of New Bieber Footage on RealD® and 3D Digital Screens In Theaters Beginning Friday, February 25th

Tickets For The Director’s Fan Cut Go On-Sale Tuesday, February 22nd at 5pm PST

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 21, 2011) – Paramount’s Insurge Pictures today announced plans to release “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT for an exclusive one-week run beginning Friday, February 25th in 3D theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In an unprecedented move, Paramount will release a revamped version of the star’s movie three-weekends following its initial release. Tickets for the limited engagement go on-sale Tuesday, February 22nd at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

As he began the editing process several months ago, and upon realizing the significant amount of great footage he had obtained, director Jon M. Chu began to develop with the studio an idea for a second, and more fan centric, edition of the movie. While promoting the film’s initial release, he spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook engaging with fans to learn more about what they were most anxious to see. Some scenes contained in the new cut include: more of Justin’s friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and special footage shot at fan premiere’s across the country.

“I realized I had an embarrassment of riches when I was I in the cutting room,” said Chu. “This cut allows me to retain some of the best scenes from the original movie, while incorporating previously unseen footage and new material I shot during our extensive promotional tour on behalf of the movie. Justin’s dedication to his fan base is unwavering and I was inspired as a filmmaker to attempt to provide them a unique experience that showed even more of his world.”

“JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER,” which opened nationwide on February 11th to critical acclaim, earned $30 million in its initial weekend and earned an A+ Cinemascore from women (an A overall). The new fan cut will have a running time of 115 minutes and will be available in RealD® and digital 3D in theaters across the U.S. and Canada for one-week starting Friday.

“It is a testament to the professionalism and tenacity of Jon and the production team for turning around this new version of “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT in only a few months, giving fans an even deeper look into Justin’s life,” said Adam Goodman, President Paramount Film Group.

“JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3D. It is directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Usher Raymond IV, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.

For more information go to: http://www.JustinBieberNeverSayNever.com

Paramount Pictures unveils SACHA BARON COHEN’s The Dictator

January 20th, 2011 No comments

SACHA BARON COHEN’S NEXT COMEDY “THE DICTATOR” TO OPEN WORLDWIDE ON MAY 11, 2012

Larry Charles Comes Aboard To Direct, And Scott Rudin To Produce

HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 20, 2011) – Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy THE DICTATOR will be released worldwide on May 11, 2012. The studio also announced that Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) has come aboard to direct.

The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel “Zabibah and The King” by Saddam Hussein.

Producing alongside Baron Cohen are Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for Rudin (The Social Network, True Grit) and Baron Cohen, while Berg, Schaffer and Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) join him as screenwriters on the movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between Baron Cohen and Charles, who previously worked together on “Borat” as well as “Bruno”. Dan Mazer (Borat, Bruno), Ant Hines (Borat, Bruno) and Peter Baynham (Borat) will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of the Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe winning Borat team. Todd Schulman (Borat. Bruno) is co-producing under Baron Cohen’s Four By Two  Films banner.

MORNING GLORY review by John Delia

November 9th, 2010 No comments

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“COMEDY SMART AND CHARMING”

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson

Directed by: Roger Michell

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue.

Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 1hr 42min

Release Date: November 10, 2010

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

By John Delia

If Rachel McAdams ever needed uplift in her career, Morning Glory does the trick.  The very funny well-acted script puts McAdams in the thick of things and she shines.  The chemistry among the star-studded cast keeps the laughs coming all the way to its touching ending.  It may be a bit predictable, but most comedies are these days.

Rachel McAdams

Rachael McAdams as TV Producer Becky Fuller

The film finds small town TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) out of a job mainly because she’s a little too aggressive doing local news.  By chance she stumbles on a possible TV producing job in a larger market, but it’s not a dream position as this morning news show “Daybreak” is in last place and fading fast. Becky convinces station boss Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) that she can turn the show around and bring up the ratings.

After a mishmash of offbeat tries at change, Becky comes up with an idea to revitalize the morning show by bringing on as co-host legendary news TV

Becky tries to bring some peace between Coleen and Mike

Becky tries to bring some peace between Coleen and Mike

anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford).  Unfortunately Pomeroy has his mind on retirement, not a show about gossip, weather and fashion.  To add to Becky’s problems current co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), doesn’t want to be upstaged by the popular Pomeroy.  Thus begins a hilarious clash of personalities, job reform and a fight for higher ratings in a quest to save the show.

McAdams, Ford and Keaton are a stitch together.  Their characters are so real you could compare them with some of today’s Daytime show hosts.  The fun is finding the three in situations created from their characters personalities, crazy ideas and competitive nature.  Morning Glory certainly proves itself as a well worth seeing adult film that succeeds with a mix of smart comedy and charm.

Becky tries to coerce Mike in an elevator

Becky tries to coerce Mike in an elevator

Strong direction by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) keeps the A-list stars from over acting their parts.  He crafts Ford as a conceited curmudgeon putting Becky in a pickle and Colleen laughing inside at Pomeroy’s possible fall from dignify.  It’s this conflicting personality triangle constructed by Michell that spins the laughter from character to character enabling a fun filled hour and 42 minutes of situation comedy.

Morning Glory is rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue.  Please take this into consideration when deciding whether to bring immature children to a showing.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A smart lovable film with charming characters.