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10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

By Dustin Rowles

Maleficent — The fairy-tale re-imaginings haven’t been wildly successful yet, but there is reason to believe that first-time director, Robert Stromberg, can bring the same look and feel he brought as the visual effects supervisor on Pan’s Labyrinth to this dark tale told from the perspective of Sleeping Beauty’s evil nemesis. It doesn’t hurt that Angelina Jolie will fill the title role, or that the cast is rounded out by Elle Fanning (Princess Aurora), Juno Temple (Thistletwit), Sharlto Copley (Stefan) and Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as King Kinloch.

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Noah — Here’s all you need to know about Noah: It comes from Darren Aronofsky, who I believe is trying to get his redo on The Fountain with a visually sumptuous and dark, existential Biblical tale. Aronofsky has described his Noah as “a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet,” so I expect something very dark and politically charged. Russell Crowe is set to play the title character, with Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins also on board. These images from Aronofksy’s Noah graphic novel should give us some hint as to what to expect.

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Robopocalypse — Assuming that Steven Spielberg actually follows through on his promise to direct Robopacalypse, the film — scripted by Drew Goddard and based on a Daniel H. Wilson novel — holds immense potential. The novel is already a critical favorite, described as an Andromeda Strain for a new century. Comparisons to early Michael Crichton are aplenty. Set the not-too-distant future, Robopocalypse is about robots that have made our lives a lot easier: they help clean our kitchens, drive our cars, and fight our wars — until they are turned into efficient murderers by a sentient artificial intelligence buried miles below the surface of Alaska. What? That sounds batshit. But, robots, murder, and Spielberg! Rumors that Chris Hemsworth could board the project in the lead role make it all that more appealing.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — Wait, wait. Before you loosen your bowels, hear me out: My opinion of the first The Amazing Spider-Man was that, if it weren’t for the fact that the story had already been told, it could’ve been a great film, a better version of Sam Raimi’s first movie. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were an amazing pair, and Marc Webb did a good job with the film, too. What the movie was missing was a good, original screenplay. Now that the rebooted franchise has gotten the requisite origins story out of the way, they have the freedom to tell a better, darker story. Spider-Man 2 was the best in the Raimi trilogy, and I expect this one to be the best in Garfield’s, especially if Sony decides to take it to a that place and kill off Gwen in this installment.

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The Hobbit Part 3 — I’m not that excited to be putting this on the list, but by the time it rolls around, The Hobbit Part 3 will be the most anticipated movie of the year, if only because it will finally see the end of a trilogy that has no business being a trilogy. How are they going to turn a very modest little book into three movies? I don’t know, but I’m really excited for it to end. It also has a couple of cast members going for it that the LOTR movies did not, namely Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaugh) and Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins). The bad news: There’s a lot of LOTR characters in the movie that don’t belong.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I — I feel similarly about Mockingjay Part I as I do about three Hobbit movies: It shouldn’t exist. Mockingjay is the weakest of the Hunger Games novels and therefore, the least designed to be broken in two. There’s not even a natural break for the movie. However, my hope is that the screenwriters find a way — in expanding the novel into two movies — to bring some new elements, and more life to a novel that clearly was written under a tight deadline. There are great characters in The Hunger Games and it’s a splendid universe. Hopefully, the two movies can give the final chapter the justice it didn’t receive in the books.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past — 2011 was meant to be the year of the Superhero, but it turned out that the first one out of the gate, X-Men: First Class, was the best of a bunch that included Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern. The young X-Men are due again to compete against Captain America in 2014, and I expect a similar result: Matthew Vaughn is back, and James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence are more popular than ever. It helps, too, that it’s based on one of the most famous X-Men stories, a very dark one that involves a world where mutants are hunted mercilessly by sentinels. Lots of X-Men may die. That’s my kind of superhero movie.

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King Dork — I cannot guarantee that King Dork will arrive in 2014 (though, that is its current forecast), as development on the film has stopped and started on several occasions. A director has finally been hired — Matt Piedmont (Casa de mi Padre) — and D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) wrote the screenplay. Last I heard, Thomas Mann (Project X), Keir Gilchrist (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Nick Offerman were attached to the film. It is a brilliant, funny, amazing coming-of-age novel with a mystery twist — probably one of my favorite books of the last decade — and it’s really well-designed for a movie. With the right people behind it, it could be one hell of an amazing film, one I’ve been anticipating since Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company bought the rights back in 2006.

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Jupiter Ascending — Nobody knows a ton about The Wachowski Sibling’s Jupiter Ascending, except that it’s being described as completely off-the-sh*t bat-wall, that it stars Charming Potato and Mila Kunis, an offer was made to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and it’s expected to be the first entry in another Wachowski trilogy. This is the story, as broken down by Vulture, based on an anonymous source:

The story centers on an unlikely and reluctant heroine, a recent Russian immigrant — played by actual Ukrainian native Mila Kunis — who scrubs toilets for a living. Unbeknownst to her, however, she possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her immortal rule. These other evolved beings are categorized into various groups, but all of them share at least some human DNA. The rest is animal DNA, which heightens their best qualities — e.g., soldiers obtain the fearlessness of wolves, workers obtain the industriousness of bees, etc.Soon, an evolved bounty hunter — likely played by Channing Tatum — is sent out to dispatch the cleaning lady with the Great Pair of Nucleotides. However, true to Matrix fashion, they fall in love. From there, calamity ensues.

The Wachowskis, plus Mila Kunis, is enough to get me excited. The sci-fi Snow White story is just gravy.

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The World’s End — I am super stoked about The World’s End the final part in the Cornetto trilogy that includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Once again, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will reunite with director Edgar Wright. The team behind it is a big enough sell, but the premise seals it:

The film starts 20 years after five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. The friends reunite when one of them becomes hell-bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

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TV series Review: TWISTED

twisted“Twisted” centers on a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past, who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood. He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is surprisingly found dead in her home.

Formerly known as “Socio”, the series was renamed to be more emblematic of its murder mystery format. Due to the Sandy Hook shootings in late 2012, there was some concern that ABC Family would not pick up the show. Executive produced by Gavin Polone, David Babcock and Adam Milch,
who also wrote the pilot.

twisted 2Main Cast:
Avan Jogia……….. as Danny
Maddie Hasson…… as Jo
Kylie Bunbury……. as Lacey
Ashton Moio………. as Rico
Kimberly Quinn….. as Tess
Sam Robards…….. as Kyle

Recurring Cast:
Kathy Najimy……. as Mrs. Fisk
Grey Damon…….. as Archie
Season 1 — ?? Episodes

1×01 — Mar 19, 2013 — Pilot – (Full Episode Early Release – Sneak Peek)

1×01 — Jun 11, 2013 — Pilot – (Yes, the same one that aired in March 2013)
1×02 — Jun 18, 2013 — Grief Is A Five Letter Word
1×03 — Jun 25, 2013 — PSA de Resistance
1×04 — TBA
1×05 — TBA
1×06 — TBA
1×07 — TBA
1×08 — TBA
1×09 — TBA
1×10 — TBA
1×11 — TBA
1×12 — TBA
1×13 — TBA

Additonal Information:

http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-32546
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twisted_(TV_series)
http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/twisted/EP01692856
http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/twisted-abc-family/listings/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2355844/
http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/shows/twisted

Download from torrents here

 

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Philippines’ All Time Villain Ms. Bella Flores: A Tribute

Ms. Bella Flores (Remedios Medina Papa Dancel) Ms. Bella Flores 1
27 February 1929 – 19 May 2013

Titles earned: Queen of Kontrabida, Mother of Kontrabida, Primera Kontrabida and Queen Villain to hit Blockbuster Stars.

Flores was born in Manila in 1929. She was a college sophomore at the Far Eastern University when she appeared in her first film, Tatlong Balaraw (1950), at age 14.

Flores was signed by Sampaguita Pictures. She was cast in Roberta as the cruel stepmother of Tessie Agana’s titular character, despite being 15 years old. The film was a box-office success, credited with saving Sampaguita Pictures from bankruptcy after a fire had destroyed its studio. The film’s success also elevated Flores into the upper tier of stars, and typecast her in villainous roles.

The film critic Nestor Torre remarked that Flores had “been making life miserable for many generations of hapless stars—all the way back to little Tessie Agana and Boy Alano in ‘Roberta’ in the early 1950s, to her fresh batch of victims in the New Millennium… doing it without skipping a beat—and without aging (much) to boot.” She received the 1967 FAMAS Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Ang Kaibigan Kong Santo Niño.

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Ms. Bella Flores 2Doctors at the Quezon City General Hospital declared Flores dead at 1:27a.m. after several attempts to revive her. Ms. Bella passed due complications as a result of massive stroke, according to her daughter Ruby Arcilla. She was 84 at the time of her death.

 

 

 

Ms. Bella Flores’ remains lie at the Loyola Memorial Chapels on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. It will be open for public viewing starting at 7p.m. 19 May 2013.

 

You will always be remembered by the FIlipinos. May you rest in peace.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinong Artista. Mabuhay si Bella!

 

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Bates Motel, TV series Premieres 18 March 2013

Bates Motel“Bates Motel” serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first hand just how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is and how she helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all.Produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions.

Filmed in Aldergrove, Langley, British Columbia, Canada.

Trailer 

A&E’s Youtube Channel – Bates Motel Playlist:

Main Cast:

Freddie Highmore………… as Norman Bates

Max Thieriot……………….. as Dylan Bates
Nicola Peltz…………………. as Bradley Kenner
Olivia Cooke……………….. as Emma Decody
Vera Farmiga………………. as Norma Louise Bates

Recurring Cast:

Kate Winslet……………….. as Jenny Slymore

Keegan Connor Tracy……. as Miss Watson

Mike Vogel………………….. as Royce Romero
Nestor Carbonell………….. as Zach Shelby
Richard Harmon…………… as Richard Slymore

Other links:

http://www.tvrage.com/Bates_Motel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bates_Motel_(TV_series)
http://www.thefutoncritic.com/showatch/bates-motel/listings/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2188671/
http://www.facebook.com/BatesMotelAETV
http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/
http://www.batesmotel.com

 

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Petition to STOP Cruelty to dogs in China: Pls. sign in the comments area

Reposted from here

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To: The CHINESE GOVERMENT

Through Mr. Obama (US President) and
Mr. Barroso (President of the European Commission),

We are all world citizens and were shocked to see how the Dogs are treated and killed in China, as you can see directly from the snapshots above and in this video below.

We do not need words, because we don’t have any word, to comment on the brutality and ferocity of what we saw, and we don’t have the courage and strength to review the video twice.

The DOG is always considered, by all civilizations, man’s best friend and it never hesitated to sacrifice its life for men.

For this and other many reasons, we want all together to make our voices heard because this senseless cruelty is stopped, the dogs’ dignity, as well as that of every living creature is respected, and it will be sent an official note by the European Commission and US Government to the Chinese Government because this brutal and uncivilized practice will be stopped immediately.

 

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85th Annual Academy Awards (2013)

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Which movie won the 2013 Oscar for Best Picture? Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which has 12 Oscar nominations? Argo, with 7 Oscar nominations? Or one of the other seven 2013 Best Picture Oscar Nominees; Beasts Of Southern Wild, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Amour, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF 2013 OSCAR WINNERS

2013 Best Picture Oscar Winner : Argo

2013 Best Actor Oscar Winner : Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

2013 Best Actress Oscar Winner : Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

2013 Best Director Oscar Winner : Ang Lee, Life Of Pi

2013 Best Orginial Screenplay Oscar Winner : Django Unchained

2013 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar Winner : Argo

2013 Best Original Song : Skyfall, Adele

2013 Best Original Score : Life Of Pi

2013 Best Production Design Oscar Winner : Lincoln

2013 Best Film Editing Oscar Winner : Argo

2013 Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner : Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

2013 Best Sound Editing Oscar Winners : Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty (tie)

2013 Best Sound Mixing Oscar Winner : Les Miserables

2013 Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner : Amour

2013 Best Documentary Feature Film Oscar Winner : Searching For Sugar Man

2013 Best Documentary Short Film Oscar Winner : Inocente

2013 Best Live Action Short Film Oscar Winner : Curfew

2013 Best Hair & Makeup Oscar Winner : Les Miserables

2013 Best Costume Design Oscar Winner : Anna Karenina

2013 Best Visual Effects Oscar Winner : Life Of Pi

2013 Best Cinematography Oscar Winner : Life Of Pi

2013 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar Winner : Brave

2013 Best Animated Short Film Oscar Winner : Disney’s Paperman

2013 Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner : Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

 

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“Les Miserables” Leads the Way with 10 Nominations for Satellite Awards

satellite-awards-nominations_tmbLucas Shaw of Reuters says “Les Miserables” secured 10 nominations for the International Press Academy’s Satellite Awards, leading all possible entrants for the 17th annual event. This year’s awards will take place December 16 at Los Angeles’ Intercontinental Hotel. Last year, “The Descendants” came out on top at the Satellites, though “The Artist” later triumphed at the Academy Awards.

For this year’s nominees, Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the book turned iconic musical led all films with four acting nominations and a sweep of the costume, art and sound categories. Hugh Jackman’s performance of “Suddenly” also earned a nomination for best song.

Les Miserables the MovieLes Miserables” secured 10 nominations but was left out of both the directing and writing categories. Reflecting the diverse group of contenders in the 2012 race, a large number of films secured more than five nominations. “Lincoln” earned the second most – eight – as Steven Spielberg’s take on the final months of the 16th President’s life earned nods for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actor – among other categories. Composer John Williams earned a nomination for Best Score.

“Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Master” both earned seven nominations apiece, faring particularly well in the acting fields. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro all received nominations for “Silver Linings” while Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams are all up for awards for their work in “The Master.”

“Anna Karenina,” “Life of Pi” and “Flight” all earned six nominations, the former benefiting from its elaborate costumes and sets and the second two for visual and sound effects. Among distributors, The Weinstein Company topped all competitors with 20 nominations thanks largely to “Silver Linings” and “The Master,” while both Columbia Pictures and Universal snagged 12nominations.

On the TV side, critical darlings, such as ‘The Big Bang Theory” and “Homeland,” earned multiplenominations in the comedy and drama categories, respectively. “Game Change” earned the mostnominations on the Miniseries/TV Movie side, earning a nod as the best overall as well as three acting nominations for Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Sarah Paulson. The IPA also gives out of special achievement awards, and this year’s winners includeQuvenzhané Wallis from “Beast of the Southern Wild” (Newcomer Award) and legendary editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who won the Nikola Tesla Awrard for visionary achivement in filmmaking technology.

Original Yahoo! News release here

 

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