Long Live the Royals

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Long Live the Royals is an upcoming animated miniseries scheduled to premiere on the Cartoon Network channel. The show is created by the Primetime Emmy Award winner Sean Szeles. The miniseries is expected to hit the television in the fall of 2015.

The show follows the lives of three kids, who are royal siblings. The story starts with the royal family celebrating the yearly Yule Hare Festival. From the pilot it seems that the story is mainly focused on Peter, one of the royal siblings. He participates in the king’s games tournament to win the attention and affections of one special lady, Katherine. But there is only one problem – his skills at archery are abysmal, to say the least. So he decides to enlist his sister, Rosalind’s help to practice for the tournament. Rosalind soon realizes that left to his skills, her brother has no chance of winning over Katherine. So, she decides to resort to magic to help her brother. She takes her brother to Allistair, a sorcerer, to help him win the tournament. Allistair enchants an arrow to enable it to always hit the target, and hands it over to the kids. However, this is not the end of problems for the siblings because things are about to go totally out of control, because of Peter’s younger brother, Alex.

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The show is an impossible cross between the medieval age and the present day. The kids, the king, the queen, and everybody else is dressed up in medieval outfits. At the same time, the kids are using mobile phones, and other similar modern stuff. The show is quite funny, and manages to strike a chord with the younger audiences. In fact, the show is good to the point that even adults can find it funny and entertaining.

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Jon Daly of the The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) fame, voices King Rufus on the show. He also voices other small characters on the show occasionally. The Queen Eleanor’s voice is given by Wendi McLendon-Covey, who is best known for her role as Rita in Bridesmaids (2011). Jeremy Redleaf, who is the voice behind Gonnigan in the TV series Sesame Street, is lending voice to Peter, while Peter’s sister, Rosalind, is voiced by Gillian Jacobs (Community & The Box). Jacobs also lends voice to Katherine, Peter’s love interest. Alex, the troublemaker brother of Peter and Rosalind, is voiced by Nikki Rapp. The cast of the show also includes Horatio Sanz and Christopher Corey Smith. Rumors also indicate that the British actor, Hugh Laurie will be onboard the show, although it is not yet clear which character the actor will be voicing.

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The association between Cartoon Network and Sean goes way back. He has long been associated with the Regular Show as its supervising producer. Sean had actually produced a pilot for the miniseries way back in 2013. However, Cartoon Network released the pilot on their website only in May, 2014. It was also treated as a short TV movie in itself. The pilot went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. Yet, Cartoon Network remained tight lipped about its plans to fund the miniseries. Finally, the channel announced in February, 2015 that it will produce the miniseries and it will be a part of its 2015-16 schedule. The show itself is produced at Cartoon Network Studios.

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Bunk’d at Camp Kikiwaka. Who’s in?

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The Disney Channel TV series, Bunk’d, is a spinoff of the original Disney Channel show, Jessie. The show follows the adventures of Ross kids, as they spend time away from their cozy New York penthouse, in a camp. In the new series, Karan Brar, Peyton List, and Skai Jackson have reprised their respective roles as Ravi, Emma and Zuri. The spinoff is created by Pamela Eells O’Connell, who is also the executive producer of the show. Laugh Productions is producing the show, which premiered on July 31, 2015.

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The troublemaking trio, Ravi, Emma, and Zuri, will be spending time away from their parents and the easy life in New York, at a summer camp in Maine. Actually, this is the camp where their parents, Christina and Morgan, met for the first time as teenagers. However, this time they do not have the support and guidance of Jessie Prescott, their babysitter. They are on their own, and have made new friends at the camp. What makes things more interesting is that Camp Kikiwaka has monsters and the kids have their quick wit, and new friends to help them survive the life out there.

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Emma, portrayed by Peyton List, is the oldest of the lot. She is a sweet, feminine and fashionable teenager, who can be an airhead at times. Her brother, Ravi, is an adoptee, who was actually born in India. He is extremely smart and roams around with his pet, Asian water monitor lizard, who he has named Mrs. Kipling. Ravi is portrayed by Karan Brar. Zuri, the youngest Ross kid, is played by Skai Jackson. Zuri is also an adoptee, and was born somewhere in Africa. She is a sassy, imaginative and a mischievous little girl. Then, there is Miranda May, who plays the role of Lou, who is a friend of Emma.

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Emma’s love interest is Xander, a resident musician, played by Kevin Quinn. The other two characters – Jorge and Tiffany – stand apart from the rest of the group. Jorge, who is a friend of Ravi, is a weird kid and keeps calling other people weird. He is portrayed by Nathan Arenas. On the other hand, Tiffany is strictly a non-fun person. She is better off reading than having fun with friends, since her mother expects her to succeed in life. Tiffany is portrayed by Nina Lu and is a friend of Zuri. One glaring omission in the cast is Luke Ross, who does not appear in the spinoff.

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The show has a number of other recurring roles such as Gladys and Hazel. As far as the Ross kids are concerned, both of these characters are a source of pain. Gladys is the proprietor of Camp Kikiwaka, and she knows Christina and Morgan from their first trip to the camp. She thinks that Christina stole Morgan away from her, and holds a grudge against her. Her niece, Hazel, is no less trouble either. She is a rival of Emma in practically everything. In fact, she also fancies Emma’s love interest, Xander.

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The original show, Jessie, was a huge success for the Disney Channel. As the show was nearing a wrap up after four seasons, they were looking for a suitable alternative. When the plan to produce a spinoff came up, Disney Channel did not even bother to go for a pilot. They straightaway gave the go ahead for the series.

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Angie Tribeca

Created by the legendary Steve Carell and Nancy Carell, Angie Tribeca is a new television series which has yet to be released. The show is a comedy, specifically a satire. During the middle of 2014 TBS ordered ten episodes of Angie Tribeca and announced the new show. It was planned, initially, that the series would premiere this year, in early fall. Deon Cole, an actor, made a statement that the series would not actually begin until January 2016. The country of origin for the series is the United States and the spoken language is English. Executive producers are Steve Carell, Nancy Carell, Campbell Smith, and Thom Hinkle. Ronald Chong produced the show and Matt Sohn acted as the cinematographer. It’s a single-camera setup and the running time for each episode is 21 minutes. Relativity Television and Carousel Television are the production companies for the series.

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The TV show is designed to be somewhat similar in tone and jokes to productions like The Naked Gun and Sledge Hammer!. The central character of the series is, as might be imagined, Angie Tribeca. She has worked for the Los Angeles Police Department elite Really Heinous Crimes Unit, or RHCU, for a decade.

It appears that the series will have quite a few guest stars, many of which make their appearances in the pilot. Among them are Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Glave, Nancy Carell, and Gary Cole. Hayes MacArthur will play Angie’s partner and during the pilot Peggy Lipton and Quincy Jones will play Angie’s parents, which are actually the mother and father of Rashida Jones, the actress herself. It appeared that Hayes MacArthur’s appearance in the series would be limited to the pilot, but it seems now that things are changing. The pilot is being reworked and Hays MacArthur is, evidently, going to be a regular in Angie Tribeca. Initially plans were that Jay would die by the end of every episode. Steve Carell and the crew decided that they liked the actor too much to kill his character off.

 

The main cast of the series consists of Rashida Jones as Angie Tribeca, Hayes MacArthur as Jay Geils, Jere Burns as Angie’s boss Lieutenant Chet Atkins, Andree Vermeulen as Dr. Monica Scholls, the medical examiner, and Deon Cole as DJ Tanner.

rashida-jones-angie-tribeca-1024x414 copyAngie Tribeca premiered in March of 2015 at SXSW. According to Steve Carell the project was very entertaining and fun for both he and his wife. Together they showed the first and second episode to the crowd at SXSW and then began the panel, which consisted of Jones, MacArthur, and Ira Ungerleider who was the showrunner-exec producer. Steve Carell was asked about how the new series came into being and he responded by saying it is extremely dumb and that “any heart that comes out is sort of inadvertent. We just wanted something that was irreverent and silly and made us laugh.” Carell thought that “Tribeca” was a particularly amusing name.

The show is designed to poke fun at police procedurals in a lighthearted and hilarious way. Both Jones and MacArthur made jokes about refusing to work in the show. Even Underleider joked about working on the series, as well. Ira, a producer and writer, is also known for work in Gary Unmarried, Jesse, and Friends. The actors involved would have to take part in some very silly and ridiculous physical comedy, all without breaking their composure. The series calls for some fairly dry humor, much like The Office and Parks and Rec did. There is a lot of absurdity involved in Angie Tribeca including explosions, and the clothes, and makeup. The series will include parkour, crossbows, Native Americans, horses, SWAT teams, a dog playing an organ, and a cop who has a particularly sensitive stomach. These are only a few of the outrageous things which will be seen in the series.

Those behind the scenes of Angie Tribeca have gone out of their way to do a number of things with the show, incorporating things such as ridiculous stunts, verbal gags, intense special effects, and intricate props and sets. They have faced a number of obstacles but the crew for the show is working hard to achieve mastery and they have completed the first season. It has been said that the very first few minutes of the series have a host of gags, more than a complete episode of a similar sitcom.

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Rashida Jones is primarily known for her work in The Office and Parks and Recreation. What makes Angie Tribeca even more compelling is the fact that she will, again, be working with Steve Carell as she did in The Office. Carell emailed Jones offering her an opportunity of playing in the new series.

Jones was born on February 25th, 1976, in Lost Angles, and she is a comic book author, producer, screenwriter, and actress. She has worked in productions like Boston Public, The Social Network, Celeste and Jessi Forever, The Muppets, Our Idiot Brother, and I Love You, Man. She was born the daughter of Caucasian actress Peggy Lipton and African American record producer Quincy Jones. As a child she loved music, reading, and generally considered herself as a nerd. She was raised in Reform Judaism. At first Jones wanted to pursue law but later decided to get into performing arts.

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There are no audience reviews of the series yet but so far very few bad things have been said about it. It is already known, and openly admitted, that the humor will be on the more silly, outrageous, unrealistic —even stupid—end of comedy. If there is any backlash in that regard it is really just due to personal preference. There is a lot of anticipation at this point and many people are very excited to see the series and disappointed that it has been pushed back from 2015 to 2016. It is no secret that there are a number of famous names involved in the project, Rachida Jones and Steve Carell being at the top of the list and two of the most involved people. This in and of itself indicates that the series has great potential.

 

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Need to Know About Concussion and Its Consequences?

Concussion is an upcoming drama sports film, both directed and written by Peter Landesman. The film is about a doctor, played by Will Smith, who discovers that football players are at a high risk for developing serious physical and mental conditions–including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy–and finds himself up against the National Football League who will do everything they can to keep his findings from being published.

The film is currently due to be released in December of 2015. It has already received fairly positive reviews based on early screenings and promotional materials, with many critics noting that Will Smith’s performance is one of his best in years. Other early reviews have made note of the film’s daring premise, which—despite some advances in recent studies about the effect of professional football on its athletes—is fairly groundbreaking.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Concussion.

It has a stellar cast

The film has an all-star cast, which includes: Will Smith as Doctor Bennet Omalu; Alec Baldwin as Doctor Julian Bailes; Gugu Mbatha-raw as Prema Mutiso; Albert Brooks as Cyril H. Wecht; Paul Reiser as Doctor Elliot Pellmen; Luke Wilson as Roger Goodell; Eddie Marsan as Doctor Steven DekOsky; David Morse as Mike Webster; Mike O’Malley as Daniel Sullivan; Adewale Annuoye-Agbaje as Davie Duerson; Arliss Howard as Doctor Joseph Maroon; Richard T. Jones as Andre Waters; Matt Willig as Justin Stzelcyk; and Eme Ikwuakor as Amobi Okoye.

All of the principal characters in the film were directly based on—or in a few cases, inspired by—real people.

It was inspired by real people, events, and an article that changed the world of football

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Director and writer Peter Landesman was inspired by a 2009 article in GQ magazine titled ‘Game Brain,’ which discussed the serious and even fatal effects of professional football on NFL and former NFL stars. Landesman based his script on the findings in the article, as well as the real life hurdles uncovered by the doctors who were involved in the discoveries about CTE and other conditions caused by playing professional football.

The Game Brain article made note that multiple deceased NFL players–including several who had recently committed suicide–suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a degenerative disease that is now frequently being diagnosed in people who have a history of playing in professional contact sports. These sports include football, ice hockey, professional wrestling, and boxing.

The disease causes the gradual generation of brain tissue and can cause symptoms such as dementia, depression, aggression, memory loss, and general confusion. The disease is almost exclusively found in people who have experienced repetitive trauma to the brain, as well as repetitive concussions or sub-concussions.

Between the years of 2008 and 2010, the bodies of twelve former NFL players were examined for the disease–and every single one of them showed signs of CTE in the brain. In 2012, a former professional linebacker murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself; he was later found to have been suffering from CTE, which can cause aggression and other mental symptoms. Since 2015, there have been multiple suicides of former NFL players, all of whom were found to have been suffering from CTE.

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In 2013, the NFL reached a settlement which resulted in a ‘compensation fund’ for any NFL players who develop conditions believed to have been linked to playing professional football. The conditions include CTE–which would need to be payed to their family, since the condition can only be diagnosed postmortem–as well as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In recent years, many professional football players have begun to retire early due to the fear of developing CTE.

As of 2015, 87 of 91 former NFL players to die in recent years have been found to have CTE—or 96% of the players who have been autopsied.

As in the film, the doctors who began to first discover the alarming rate of CTE (and other conditions) in football players had to go up against the National Football League, who vehemently denied that professional football caused people to develop this degenerative disease. The exact accuracy of the events in the film have not yet been evaluated since it has not been given a wide release, but according to early screenings it is a fairly accurate representation of what the medical professionals had to go through in order to release their findings to the public.

Concussion has already generated some controversy

Although the National Football League can no longer deny that there is a link between playing professional football and the development of CTE, the film is still generating controversy due to the fact that they—along with other professional organizations—want to downplay the seriousness of the CTE epidemic among professional contact sport players.

Even though the film has yet to be released, there is already controversy from those who do not want the findings—nor the National Football League’s unwillingness to cooperate with them—further publicized, particularly since it has been a few years since CTE and its link to professional football have been seriously featured in any news programs.

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Thankfully, however, the cast and crew of the film have not been shy in regards to publicity or taking a stance against hiding the truth from the public. Although publicity for the film is not yet in full swing, the cast and crew are expected to make appearances on multiple news programs and talk shows to talk about the film and the real life problems that inspired the film to be made.

It wasn’t the first “football concussion” film in the works

Concussion actually wasn’t the first film about CTE and football in the works when it began production. There were two other notable films about the same issue in production when Concussion began to develop: Game Time Decision, written by Matthew A. Cherry; and League of Denial, produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. However, neither of these films has—so far—come to fruition.

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Daddy’s Home, Already?

Directed by John Morris and Sean Anders, Daddy’s Home is an American comedy drama set to hit the theaters on December 25, 2015. The script is written by Brian Burns and the stars of the movie include Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. The two actors have come together the second time after their first comedy act, The Other Guys.

The movie has an interesting storyline of stepdad, Brad Taggart V/s dad, Dusty Mayron, but in the form of a comic relief. Brad Taggart is the more ‘proper’ of the two and has a steady life as a radio executive. He is a standup guy. He tries hard to get along with the two kids from his wife’s earlier marriage, but he does not necessarily succeed in doing that. The family is already finding its equilibrium, when the dad, Dusty Mayron, drops in. He is everything, the step dad wants to be. The dad also is not necessarily a villain, but he is a freewheeler and definitely intimidating for the step dad because of his persona. The movie is basically about the two dads fighting to win over the kids by any means, whether it is love, bravery, or even cash handouts. This may not be the most ideal situation for the kids to be in, but then again, it is a comedy movie.

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There are not many characters in the movie. The small cast ensures that each one of the characters gets ample screen time. Dusty Mayron, the dad, is played by Mark Wahlberg. The character of Dusty Mayron is strong, well built and overall daunting and might remind you of Wahlberg in Four Brothers. His presence makes Brad (the stepdad), quite uncomfortable. Mark Wahlberg is no stranger to comedy. The actor is fresh off of his success of Ted 2, which was in the same genre. Other than that, the actor has also starred in comedy movies like Three Kings in      the 1990s, The Other Guys in 2010, and so on. He was one of the biggest earners of the year and is an established actor and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Then, there is the character of the nice Brad Taggart, portrayed by the well-known actor, Will Ferrell. Again an old player in the genre of comedy, Will is a great addition to the movie. With Anchorman franchise behind him, it will really be a treat to watch him in the new avatar. He has a long list of movies that make him every bit perfect for a comedy flick. These include Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, and many others. He also has to his credit the elusive star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he earned recently, in 2015.

The role of the mother is played by the talented Linda Edna Cardellini. The actress has perfectly portrayed the role of the woman who is being pulled from all corners. The actress is known for her roles in Freaks and Geeks as Lindsay Weir, for playing Samantha Taggart in the popular television series, ER and most recently as Laura Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron, among others. Edna Cardellini has shown tremendous growth as an actor with the advancement in her career. She is one hell of a performer and she is attracting better and meatier roles with time. The other cast members include Hannibal Buress, Paul Scheer, and Billy Slaughter.

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Daddy’s Home not only boast of seasoned actors, but the directors also have experience with comedy movies. Sean Anders has previously directed Horrible Bosses 2, That’s My Boy and so on. While Jim Morris has worked alongside Anders for Horrible Bosses 2, he also has to his credit movies like Dumb and Dumber To. The screenplay has also been revised by experienced people like Adam McKay of the The Legend Continues fame, Etan Cohen, who has worked in movies like Men in Black 3, Tropic Thunder and so on. The executive producers of the movie also have shining credentials. They include Red Granite Pictures’ David Koplan, Joey McFarland and Riza Aziz, who are associated with movies like Wolf of Wall Street and Gary Sanchez Productions. The distribution rights of the movie are with Paramount Pictures.

The producers have been all praises for the directors. Riza Aziz of Red Granite Pictures praised them, saying, “We’re particularly excited not only to reunite with the wonderful Paramount team, but to collaborate again with the comical genius of Sean Anders and John Morris, who we had the pleasure of working with on Dumb and Dumber To. And we are thrilled to partner with Will, Mark and Gary Sanchez. We look forward to an inspiring, hilarious adventure.” In fact, the President of the Paramount Film Group, Adam Goodman is highly optimistic about this production and said, “Will and Mark are the absolute perfect on-screen duo to take on this hilarious project. With Anders at the helm, and our partners Red Granite on-board, we are thrilled this movie is getting underway.”

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The trailer for the movie has been released and it has received mixed reviews, but the movie does seem funny. The tug of war between the dads is interesting to watch. For instance, in one scene, both Brad and Dusty are putting the kids to sleep and they are trying to show each other down. While Brad shows how the kids respond to his cute little routine that the kids apparently like, Dusty just hands them over some cash to win their affection. This movie may not be the first one to show this situation, but it will definitely make you laugh. You can attribute it to the acting skills of the artists or the chemistry between them, which just makes you chuckle.

The movie seems to be a light hearted comedy and it should be watched in the same spirit. The trailer has evoked interest in the plot and the reteaming of Wahlberg and Ferrell is definitely going to bring in many fans to the theaters.

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Do You Have Joy?

There cannot be a better title for a Christmas release than this. David O. Russell is the director of this movie that is based on the life of the successful entrepreneur, Joy Mangano. The movie has ample star power with actors like Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. Produced by John Davis, Megan Ellison and David O. Russell, the movie is a story of triumph over odds and much much more.

The movie is the life story of Joy Mangano, a single mother of three kids that went from nothing to raising her own business empire. Joy was the one who invented the Miracle Mop, among other items of convenience and went on to bulid Ingenious Designs LLC. She later sold it to Home Shopping Network for a fortune. She is still on the board of the company and presides over as the President. It is not only a story of rags to riches, but of life, in general. It spans across four generations with Joy being the focal point and the queen of her business dynasty. Since her childhood, she has been taught to grow up to be a fine young lady who finds a good man and raises a family. But as it happens, life has other bigger plans for her. The movie showcases Joy’s grit to fight the biggest of obstacles to reach her objective. It also shows the struggles that the woman has to go through to become successful in the cut throat competition in the world of business. Then, there is her family and her allies who change as the times do and she deals with them to emerge as a winner every single time.

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The movie is already generating Oscar buzz because of the same cast that brought home the Academy award for Jennifer Lawrence for the movie, Silver Linings Playbook. Here, in the role of Joy Mangano, Lawrence has again delivered a breathtaking performance. She is cast in a role that is strong and determined, very much like her earlier character, Serena, but not essentially in the same way. The will of Joy to make something out of herself is contagious. She is focused and would not let go of her dreams. Jennifer Lawrence is young and a talented actress. Her claim to fame was her role in the film series, Hunger Games as Katniss Everdeen. This movie also put her at the top of the highest paid actresses in 2015. Apart from her Oscar win, the actress has also won Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards and an Academy Award nomination for the Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle (2013). David O. Russell is also impressed with her performance. As he puts it, “I almost don’t want to talk about it, it’s so special”.

Robert De Niro has portrayed the character of Joy’s father, Rudy Mangano. DeNiro played the role of Bradley Cooper’s father in the Sliver Linings Playbook and now he will play Jennifer Lawrence’s old man in this production. He says that he draws from his own father to play the role. As he puts it, “You always use whatever you can of your own experience to put into your roles. I think most actors do that. You personalize the part you play. You’re drawing from your own life experience to make it your own.”

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Bradley Cooper completes the Silver Linings reunion. He is the executive from Home Shopping Network, who was instrumental in making Miracle Mop a success. The actor has delivered many fine performances in the past that have entertained the audiences and there is no reason this is going to be any different. The brief role of Joy’s husband, Tony Miranne is played by Edgar Ramirez. He is best known for his role in the Wrath of the Titans (2012) as Ares. He has also played Carlos the Jackal in the critically acclaimed movie, Carlos (2010). He has also appeared in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point is small capacities. The other actors in the movie include Elisabeth Rohm as Joy’s sister, Dascha Polanco as Joy’s best friend and Isabella Rossellini as her father’s girlfriend, who also finances her idea. The roles of Mangano’s mother and grandmother have been played by Virginia Madsen and Diane Ladd.

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The director of the movie, David O. Russell is one of the best talents in the industry. He has made movies like American Hustle, which have been both a commercial and a critical success. As the lead in this film, Lawrence is all praises for the director and his cinematic brilliance. She says, “He’s inspired by anything. One time he wrote a scene by watching me get my hair done. He just went, ‘Oh! The sound of a shovel in the ground. Sinister!’And then he ran out of the room. I always see the wide eyes of people who’ve never worked with him before. I tell them, ‘You have to let go of all your s-t. You are the paint. He’s the paintbrush and the canvas. She further adds, “Everything moves so fast. It’s like watching someone do a giant abstract painting or sculpture and you go, ‘Where is this going?’ And then all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s a Pegasus. It’s beautiful!’” The director himself sees this movie as a transformative journey and says that the story is about the very soul of a woman and how it changes through time.

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The season in which the movie is being released is that of hope and this movie is hand in glove with that spirit. But it is not only about that, it is also about life and the next set of challenges that await after someone has passed the first pedestal of success. As Jennifer Lawrence aptly says, “Usually a film’s focus is about the fight on the way to success and the happy ending. David goes on to tell the struggle that comes after that, along with all the sacrifices that come with finally getting what you want.”

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Are You At Your Point Break?

The movie is the remake of a production of the same name released in 1991. This time the movie is being directed by Ericson Core, who was also behind The Invincibles, which starred Mark Wahlberg and was a decent watch. The screenplay has been written by Kurt Wimmer, who wrote and directed Equilibrium. The movie is set to be released on 25th December, 2015.

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The original nineties action thriller was a classic and resulted in a cult following. It was directed by Kathtyn Bigelow and had Keanu Reeves in the role of an FBI Agent, Johnny Utah. The officer goes undercover to infiltrate a gang with a leader named Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze. They were bank robbers that called themselves the Ex-Presidents for the masks they wore during the bank heists. The robberies included surfing, skydiving and what not. Staying with the gang, Johnny Utah feels the line between the right and the wrong blurring, which had been very clear up till now. This is where the story gets interesting and the dilemma is really great to follow up to the end. The new Point Break has a similar plot as the original movie but does not seem as impactful. There are also some minor changes to the plot where the robbers also have a moral code to steal and distribute it among the poor with a ‘Robinhood like’ theme, which would be interesting to watch.

Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez have been cast in the roles of Johnny Utah and Bodhi respectively. But their acting and the trailer is really not impressive. And if that is any sign how the entire movie is going to be, then it is bad news. Luke Bracey is from Australia, best known for his portrayal of Trey Palmer in the television show, Home and Away. He has also appeared in some other movies that include G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The November Man. The little dialogues that make the part of the trailer, do not show him as a very good Johnny Utah and when compared to Keanu Reeves’ performance in the original movie, it does not stand anywhere close.

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Bodhi, the other lead character in the movie is played by Edgar Ramirez. This actor has delivered some good performances in the past and is undoubtedly a solid performer. He has played award winning roles like Carlos in the biopic Carlos and then there are popular movies like The Bourne Ultimatum and Wrath of the Titans, where he has shown his acting prowess. In Point Break, however, the same actor does not seem to surface. The other characters in the movie include Teresa Palmer, who plays Samsara, Ray Winstone as Pappas, and Tobias Santelmann as Crowder.

The one question that many people are asking is the reason behind remaking this movie. It’s no rocket science. It is the same reason for which many classics have been remade and that is for the dearth of ideas to make new movies or the lack of intention to take risks in new concepts. It is easier and apparently safer to use the tried, tested and the successful formula and present it in a new bottle. Now, circling back to Point Break, the makers have tried to polish the new bottle too.

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The robbers have been upgraded from just being surfers and sky divers to all that plus rock climbers, wing suit divers and what not. Basically, it has gone bigger visually. The fact that the makers have employed real extreme sportsmen to play the heist scenes is really cool. There is no animation and that add a great value to the viewer experience. But, this was not really why the original movie struck a chord with the audiences, it was because of the characters and the actors who played it so well to make them real. This movie is definitely missing on that. Johnny Utah, Bodhi, Pappas, Ben Harp and others were etched in the memory of the audiences because of the acting skills of the actors as well as the character development that the movie allowed. Then there was of course the presence of the big names in the movie that had an impact on its audiences. Patrick Swayze had established himself with Dirty Dancing and Ghost. Keeanu Reeves had come out of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. However, this new edition does not have any major star power. This may not have been the best decision for a movie like Point Break which needs that kind of cast not only to deliver the characters but also to pull audiences.

The major reason that the movie may receive a harsh analysis is that it has been named Point Break. In fact, the movie seems to have some really nice action sequences, but it is the critical comparison with the original that pulls it down. It looks nearer to recent action movies like the Fast and The Furious or Triple X. The trailer of the movie has not received a warm welcome per se. That again has to be because of the comparisons with the original. The movie does have some spectacular stunts. It is definitely a visual feast. The movie has been shot at many exotic locations. What it does not match up to, however, is its name.

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For people who have not seen the original movie, Point Break may turn out to be an actual visual treat. It has some impressive scenes that are bound to make audiences sit up and take notice. However, for the hard core 1991 Point Break fans, it might be a downright disappointment. So, it would be nice to watch the movie with an open mind and without thinking about the classic that the earlier one was. If the movie can get through with its problems in the acting department because of the awesome action sequences and also the complete lack of star power, it may do well on the box office.

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Snowden

Based on the books by Luke Harding and Anatoly Kucherena, comes the political thriller about one of the most wanted men in the world, Edward Snowden. The movie has been directed by Oliver Stone, who is also the writer for the movie, along with Kieran Fitzgerald. The movie is scheduled to be released in 2016 but a date is yet to be announced.

The movie follows the true story of Edward Snowden, who hogged the news in 2013, for leaking sensitive secret information from the National Security Agency (NSA). The movie trailer was particularly mysterious and gives away very little information specific to the movie. Snowden tells the story of a young man who started off as an Army recruit at 20, to working with the CIA at 22 and for NSA at the age of 26. This is a story how this complex individual went on to become the most wanted man in the world by 29. The movie takes its story from two books based on the life of Edward Snowden. The first one is The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and the rights to the book were bought in October, 2014. The second book that Oliver Stone has based the movie on, is the Time of the Octopus written by Anatoly Kucherena, the rights to which were bought later that month itself.

Edward Snowden remains one of the biggest whistleblowers in the history of the United States and even the world. He uncovered the penetration of state’s surveillance of people’s personal communication by the NSA. He is currently living in an undisclosed location in Russia. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing the lead role of Edward Snowden in the movie. The released trailer does not yet show how he has blended himself into the role. However, several leaked pictures from the set of the movie do reveal his look in a military uniform. The actor definitely looks the part and has an uncanny resemblance to the real Edward Snowden. If his track record is anything to go by, Joseph Golden-Levitt is going to do complete justice to the role. The man has been acting since he was four and he has been a part of some of the most critically acclaimed movies in the recent past. These include Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and so on.

The female lead in the movie is played by Shailene Woodley, who portrays the character of Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, who was a dancer and an acrobat. The couple was together for four years before Snowden became a fugitive. Mills joined Snowden in Russia soon after the news broke and they have been together there since. Shailene Woodley has done many known roles including that of Amy from the ABC drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013). The young actress is well known for her portrayal of Hazel Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior in The Divergent Series that is still on air. The chemistry between Levitt and Woodley seems to work through the pictures, but how it pans out in the movie is yet to be seen.

Snowden has already been the focus of the Oscar winning documentary, Citizenfour, directed by Laura Poitras, who was also one of the first three people to receive the full NSA documents. The other two being Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. Laura Poitras since faced heat from the NSA and has been detained several times. She is an accomplished documentary filmmaker with several laurels to her credit and has been one of the first people to support the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

The role of Poitras in Snowden is played by none other than the Academy Award winning actress, Melissa Leo. The actress has won several accolades for the long list of performances that she has delivered. From a daytime Emmy for All My Children in the eighties, a Primetime Emmy for a guest role in the TV series, Louie, to being Alice Eklund- Ward in the Fighter (2010) that brought home the Oscar for her, she has done it all.

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Glenn Greenwald was a columnist with The Guardian in Britain and he was contacted by Edward Snowden after reading his articles on the Government making Poitras a target because of the content of her documentaries. In the movie, the role of this journalist has been played by Zachary Quinto. He is best known for his role as Sylar in the fictional drama Heroes (2006-2010). He also played the role of Spock, again in a science fiction, the Startrek series (2009 and 2013).

Then the third recipient of the explosive documents was the Scottish journalist, Ewen MacAskill. He was also attached to the Guardian. He dealt with news on defense and his role in the movie has been played by Tom Wilkinson. This seasoned British actor, has been nominated twice for the Oscars and has won Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. The other cast members of the movie include Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Nicolas Cage, Keith Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson, Ben Schnetzer.

Given the subject of the movie, there is no dearth of audience interest in it. Moreover, the movie becomes more worthy to look forward to because of the person who is at the helm of its affairs, Oliver Stone. Not only is he an Oscar winning director, he is a veteran too. Born on the Midnight Express, Fourth of July and Platoon, are his claims to the Academy Awards. It is yet to see that what light does the movie show Edward Snowden in. But as Shailene Woodley puts it, “I define a hero as somebody, who against the judgment of other people, if they believe something will positively impact the world and they choose to do it and honor their integrity, that’s what I sort of consider a hero, no matter how big or mall a feat they create. And in that light, absolutely I think that Edward Snowden is a hero.”

The movie was scheduled for a Christmas release in the United States. However, the movie distributor, Open Road Films, changed the movie date for a 2016 release. No other details have been announced yet.

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