Steamy Trailer For ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Has Been Unleashed

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(PCM) Whose ready for some more? It’s very hard not to become hot and bothered by the steamy trailer for the upcoming film “Fifty Shades Darker”!  The film is set for release just in time for Valentine’s Day hitting theaters on February 10, 2017.

The trailer features the song “Crazy In Love” performed by Miguel and it’s incredibly sensual!

About “Fifty Shades Darker”:

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the book by James.

Genre: Drama

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Hugh Dancy, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Bella Heathcote with Kim Basinger and Marcia Gay Harden

Directed by: James Foley

Screenplay by: Niall Leonard

Based on the Novel by: E L James

Produced by: Michael De Luca, E L James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi

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The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition Review – Its Got the Touch

It has been 30 years since the best and most tearjerking Transformers movie was made. Thanks to Shout! Factory and Hasbro, the animated film is back with a special 30th anniversary edition. There’s three different versions of The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition; a two-disc steelbook, a two-disc Blu-ray and a DVD. The version I will be reviewing here is the two-disc Blu-ray version.

7121_tnThe first time I seen The Transformers – The Movie was about five or six years ago. Yeah, I know I was a bit late. A friend let me borrow his copy and the quality wasn’t that great. This time around, it was the best quality that it could possibly be. The film is 1080p HD Widescreen  (1.85.1) and full frame (1.33.1). That’s right! The Blu-ray version includes a widescreen version of the film on one disc and a full from version on the other disc (also includes a digital copy). For those that are all about the nostalgia, don’t worry, even with the amazing quality the nostalgia is still there, especially with the heavy synth inspired soundtrack that includes a song by “Weird Al” Yankovic.

This animated film has all of your favorite Transformers but I do have to warn you that some of your favorites don’t last too long and this is why it’s the saddest Transformers movie out there. I’m about to go into spoiler territory for a 30 year old film…

You were warned!

During the first few minutes of the film, there’s an all out war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The Autobots are all essentially wiped out even the leader himself, Optimus Prime. Now I wasn’t alive when The Transformers – The Movie was first released but I can only imagine how Transformers fans all over the world felt when they witnessed that shocking and heartbreaking scene. Years later, I’m still shocked that writer Ron Friedman, chose to actually kill off the most known character of the franchise.

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There’s action on top of action in this film but it still manages to get a story across. Here’s the official synopsis:

The AUTOBOTS, led by the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – UNICRON. The only hope of stopping UNICRON lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the AUTOBOT who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the AUTOBOTS be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the DECEPTICONS reign supreme?

Where things get a bit jumbled up is with all of the new characters that this film introduced. Though the characters in the film are voiced by some huge names like Orson Wells, Leonard Nemoy, Robert Stack, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson and Scatman Crothers, it can take some time to remember the names of some of the newer additions. The reason why Friedman decided to wipe out all of the beloved Transformers is because Hasbro made only made this film so they could release the next series of Transformers toys. Out with the old in with the new would be an understatement. This was explained in the very in-depth documentary that is included in the bonus features, “Til All Are One.

The bonus features is what gives this 30th anniversary edition the power.

The Transformers bonus features are everything a life-long Transformers fan could want. The “Til All Are One” documentary gives you all the behind-the-scenes info about the film with interviews from some of the cast and crew. The documentary alone is about an hour in length (I’m not sure on exact time). Along with that you get info about the way the animation was done to even how the classic soundtrack was put together. Also included with the bonus features are audio commentary with directer Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and voice actress Susan Blu who provides the voice for Arcee; you get animated storyboards and the original trailer and tv spots. They are all great bonus features.

I was very happy with this 30th anniversary edition of The Transformers – The Movie. Though the movie obviously is a product of the 80’s it still holds up today. There’s a great story, lots of action and even shocking moments and the cast was great. You obviously can’t go wrong with this one.

I would give The Transformers – The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray an 8.5 out of 10.

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New ‘Grease’ Fan Theory Changes How You View The Entire Film

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(PCM) A new fan theory surrounding the cult-hit film “Grease” has popped up on Reddit and everyone is losing their minds. The new theory suggests that our beloved Sandy Duncan was actually dead the entire time. No “Summer Nights” or “Hand-Jive”, as the theory suggests that the entire story line for the film takes place inside Sandy’s head.

The Reddit post goes on to explain that in the song “Summer Nights” Danny claims that he met Sandy on a beach singing “I saved her life, she nearly drowned”, however the theory claims that Danny actually never rescued Sandy at all and that she ended up drowning in the ocean. As she was dying she was dreaming that she had fallen in love with the hunky Danny who she had previously seen on the beach.

This theory explains the ending of the film where it appears that Danny and Sandy are driving his car up into the clouds, however it is actually Sandy flying off into heaven. Still seems a little far-fetched to us, being huge fans of the film, but I guess it could make some sense if you look at it that way. The theory also states that the last line of “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” is “Goodbye to Sandra Dee.” Food for thought for sure!

The post goes on to say that the ending of the film is just too perfect. “Danny and Sandy are back together despite everything, Rizzo SUDDENLY isn’t pregnant AND Kenickie suddenly decides that he actually loves her, the geeky kid gets onto the sports team, EVERYTHING is suddenly okay, just the way that sweet, innocent Sandy would have wanted it to be.”

Another fan theory suggests that it was actually Danny who died during the beach rescue attempt and the film is based upon how he would have imagined the scenario to unfold. He even made up the name “Sandy” because they died together on the beach. That is definitely an even darker take on the story. We prefer to look at “Grease” as a happy high school love story, how about you?

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‘The Lost Arcade’ Review – An Ode to an Era

Remember the days where you would take your hard earned cash that your parents gave you as allowance money and turn it all into quarters that you would then stuff into your pockets, and with those quarters, you would leave a quarter on the screen of your favorite arcade game to say “I got next.” Those days were known as “the arcade era.” That era has been game over for about a decade but even after that era was gone, there were just few arcades that remained. One of those arcades was the Chinatown Fair arcade, located in the heart of New York’s Chinatown. Truth is, unless you were in New York anytime between the 1940’s and 2000’s, you probably never heard of it until now, thanks to The Lost Arcade documentary.

In The Lost Arcade, writer Irene Chin and director Kurt Vincent, take us into a history of an arcade that survived for nearly 7o years. An arcade that at one time featured a famous dancing and tic tac toe playing chicken until it became known for having all of the most popular arcade games in all of New York. the_lost_arcade_2

In this documentary, we hear firsthand accounts from people that have been attending Chinatown Fair for years, the owners and even from a Capcom employee. From the owners and the players that came from all of New York to play, you hear what Chinatown Fair meant to them. You can tell how passionate these people were about their favorite place to be. All of the commentary is accompanied by some vintage footage and a mix of low-quality and high-quality camerawork.

Though The Lost Arcade was about this one arcade in particular, it also focuses on what lead to the end of the arcade era, and this is where the Capcom employee come in. The Capcom employee basically stated that they started to stray away from releasing games like Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom in arcade form because they wanted to focus more on the home video game consoles (Playstation and Xbox) and their online gameplay. That’s really where they made their money in modern times of gaming. You can’t really blame a video game company for wanting to make money but in the end, when video game companies started focusing more on console, it was what killed the arcade era.

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The Lost Arcade is a hit of nostalgia but more than that, it’s an ode to an era. It’s an ode to a well-loved arcade for some and a place to call home for others. Even though I was not familiar with Chinatown Fair, I really did enjoy the film. I felt for these people that were regulars to the Chinatown Fair. Irene Chin did a great job in bringing a glimpse of what happened to arcades, while focusing on this one particular arcade. It pulls on the heartstrings a bit when you think back at all the people that went to these arcades to have fun, to meet people or to get away for awhile and then all of a sudden, these arcades start becoming more and more scarce year-to-year. It made me miss arcades even more than I already did.

The Lost Arcade will launch on VOD in September.

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‘Batman 66’ Cast Returns for ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’

Holy 1960’s, Batman! Warner Bros. has announced that Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), will reprise their respected roles from the popular 1960’s television series in the upcoming DC classic original movie, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Now hold the phone Commissioner Gordon, there’s a catch to how these actors will reprise their roles. This will be an animated movie based in the campy, but lovable, Batman 66 world. And that sounds really awesome, doesn’t it?

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The Synopsis of Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders goes as followed:

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!


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will hit digital with a “pow” October 11, 2016 and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on November 1. The Blu-ray will retail for $24.98 and the DVD will retail for $19.98.

The Blu-ray enhanced content will include:

  • Those Dastardly Desperados” featurette – Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and Riddler are impossible not to watch! Those Dastardly Desperados explores how these fiends became more than just antagonists in a Batman story; they became icons in American pop culture.
  • A Classic Cadre of Voices” featurette – A new talented cast of actors join Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar in Batman: Return of The Caped Crusaders. Go behind the scenes and witness the vocal techniques and timing needed to deliver a classic Bat-Comedy!

Check out the official trailer for Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, below!

 

 

 

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Lights Out – Movie Review: Sinister Or Shoddy?

The years between 2000-2007 were not exactly stellar for horror movies. Of course there were a few gems that came though such as Jeepers Creepers and What Lies Beneath but they were outnumbered by horror features that only reached a kind of middling level that made them come and go. American remakes of The Ring and The Grudge, Darkness Falls are just but a few of those.

In 2013 director David Sandberg produced a short movie that scared many internet users around the globe. The premise of that was very simple, a concept that was later transferred into it’s bigger brother, titled Lights Out which got its UK release last Friday. But does it fare any better? The short and simple answer? No. And deserverdly so.
For those that do not know the plot synopsis, here goes:

A young boy learns that his older sister experienced some traumatic paranormal experiences when she was younger. The same ones that he is currently undergoing whilst living with his mother! At first they blame their single parent, who has a history of mental illness, but the further they dig the more they realise that what they are experiencing is very much real and they soon find themselves fighting for their lives!

The reason for mentioning the earlier era in the opening of this movie review is because Sandberg seems to have a certain love for that era of horror movie making despite the fact that it wasn’t received very well by audiences. If we backtrack just a little bit and go back to the mention of Darkness Falls, it appears that Sandberg or whoever thought that nobody would notice that a lot of the narrative was ripped right out of that movie and placed in this one. Outside of what made the short movie effective, there is nothing else that could be considered of any primary substance. In fact, it appears obvious that screenplay writer Eric Heisserer struggled to come up with a compelling story to add to Sandberg’s talent for directing the more scarier moments.

As for the spine tingling scenes, they quickly turn into a chore to go through after about the third or fourth jump scare. Maria Bello delivers the only noteworthy performance playing the mentally tortured mother, Sophie, but the remainder of the performances feel quite generic as they normally are for an unimaginable horror flick. Running at a duration of a meagre 81 minutes, it does not feel modest. But that is what happens when most frames of the same movie are filled with the same things it has already tried tricking you with. This probably means that only the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie is mildly entertaining. Anything after that is like a song that is being played over and over because there are no other songs on the record.

For those that enjoyed the 2013 short movie, it is recommended that you just stick with watching that and let your imagination run wild with all kinds of possibilities and ideas. The feature will only spoil what was supposed to be obscure with a dull narrative that has been told time and time again, eventually making what was supposed to be frightening into something that didn’t really even need explaining, let alone with a shoddy explanation.

It is with a degree of sureness that there will be some fans that did at least enjoy the American remake of The Ring and such. You may get your kicks out of Lights Out it if that was your thing, or even if you are still quite new when it comes to exploring the horror genre. If any hardcore fans wish to take their chances then it’s okay. You haven’t been whisked back to 2002. It may feel like it, though.

Let us hope that Lights Out is a one off and that any potential high box office return does not inspire studios to revisit the recent past. Judging by what I have witnessed on various forums related to this movie, it is something many of us definitely do not want!

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