Monday, June 30, 2014

New Movies This Week, (TAMMY, EVIL)

Earth to Echo promo art

This week, we have another Melissa McCarthy movie, along with a frightful movie with Eric Bana and a little alien that gets the ET treatment.


Opening This Week - July 4


Tammy - [Opens 7/2]

Rated R; 96 min

After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney


Deliver Us from Evil

Deliver Us from Evil - [Opens 7/2]

Rated R; 118 min

NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

Stars: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy


Earth to Echo - [Opens 7/2]

Rated PG; 91 min

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Stars: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt

Movies and TV New on DVD/BD (HIDDEN COLORS)

This week's Movies and TV New on DVD/BD coming out Jul 1st

Below is the quick list of new DVD and Blu-ray releases coming out Tuesday, July first, 2014. There are no big name titles in the list, but if you look it over, there are some important issues touched on, along with some classic and not so classic titles.

Hidden Colors 3:The Rules Of Racism

Hidden Colors 3:The Rules Of Racism
Starring:     David Banner, Paul Mooney, Dick Gregory

Legend of Korra: Book Two, Spirits

Legend of Korra: Book Two, Spirits

Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino

Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino- Las Vegas [Blu-ray]


Monster High: Clawesome Double Feature


The Million Dollar Piano [Blu-ray]



Friday, June 27, 2014


Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction, a review

If you love the Transformers film franchise then I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this new chapter in the tale of our interstellar alien robots, Transformers Age of Extinction.

It tackles the story of the aftermath of the battle in Chicago. And it's not a pretty one.

If you're one who likes to go to movies to nitpick, this new chapter will keep you busy here and there because you will find moments that are a bit disconnected but not tragic.

Though I was confused in the closing scene by one particular deed, you have to remember that this is a popcorn flick about the Hasbro toy line. It is what it is and its a big bundle of CGI sci fi fun.

Oh... And yes, it's almost three hours long but it did not wear me down feeling like it was too long like some movies can or do.


The story opens with a few quick intro points.

First, we watch a ship arrive at a planet with dinosaurs and drop something that explodes and turns everything in the immediate region to metal.

Then we see an archaeological dig being stopped because they found a metal dinosaur dating back to the days they ran free.

Then, we visit Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), the wannabe inventor who is behind on all his bills and seems not be able to take complete care of himself, if it weren't for the long-legged, shapely daughter of his, Tessa (Nicola Peltz).

Wahlberg had fun with this role, and Peltz was nice to see and not distracting in her character delivery. For a Transformers movie. Though the point of being a single parent seemed driven home a few too many times.

Cade seems to like to try and invent things and buy things he can fix... despite a garage full of stuff that never made it out the front door.  That is, until he locates that old truck collecting dust and needs a tow home.  Oh goodie, more junk in the garage.

But as you might have seen in the trailers, he slowly discovers its more than a truck, but a transformer, and he wants to figure out how they work so he can create the next best invention.  But he wakes the truck up.

Unbeknownst to Cade, a group of CIA operatives are on their way to collect the truck. You see, there's a government conspiracy underway, under the guise of being out to kill off or capture loose Decepticons, but in truth, CIA operative Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammar) is spearheading the operation to destroy ALL Transformers.

Grammar felt like he was mailing in the role. He was so cold it just felt distracting.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Did You Know About Disney's Secret Room Number?

Many years ago I knew a Disney fan who knew an incredible amount about the organization and little nuggets about things in their animated films.  One thing she showed me was how "The Beast" toy was sticking out of a pile of toys The Sultan is enjoying in the Aladdin animated feature.


And they do all kinds of things and leave nuggets all over the place.  But here's the most interesting aspect to me... the number A113.

A113 refers to a room number at the California Institute of Arts that Disney animators have learned their skills.

What's neat is that it shows up in various scenes or moment, giving this room a nod of acknowledgement, remembering their roots, so to speak.

Check out a few of the moments the number has shown up in films:

There are more pics over at viralnova.
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PACIFIC RIM 2 - Due Out in 2017!

Director Guillermo del Toro announced today that there will be a sequel to Pacific Rim, due out in April of 201y.  Additionally, they'll be working on an animated series to continue the stories of Jaegers and Kaiju.

Part of the announcement included the teaser pitch about the story and characters and that is that "we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast."

And if you want to see some of his work in more recent times, keep hyour eye out for the FX TV series, The StrainThe Strain was a book series about a new kind of vampire, written by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and it was a pretty good tale.

Thought they expect the original cast to return to Pacific Rim, (meaning hope they return), no official word on contracts with the actors have been announced yet.

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TRANSFORMERS Opens This Friday

New movies in theaters this week, Transformers...

This week, the only new big brand movie opening in theaters this Friday, June 27, is Michael Bay's giant robots film.  The rest are limited engagements that lead up to national openings.

But I have to warn you... if you're planning on seeing this fourth installment of the Transformers movie franchise, you might want to plan out when and what you eat and drink because it's a LONG movie! Fandango reports it to be a 2hr 45min movie experience.  And if you ad in 15 to 20 minutes of trailers... well, wow!

In one regards this is cool, because you get what you pay for. On the other hand, movies like this make me wonder if they should not inject intermissions somewhere in the middle so the gang can go take bathroom breaks and not worry about missing stuff.

On the bright side, if you do have to run out to use the restroom, at least the next time you see the movie, there will be something new coming up that you haven't seen!


New Movies Opening This Week - June 27

Transformers: Age of Extinction with Mark Wahlberg

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Rated PG-13 Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots - and a paranoid government official - on them.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars:    Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SHARKNADO To Get The RiffTrax Treatment

RiffTrax Sharknado

If there ever was a movie that needed to be riffed, I think Asylum's Sharknado is the perfect candidate.  It's fresh in everyone's memory, it's more relevant than most RiffTrax targets, and to be honest, this in no way, can hurt the movie, but rather, make it better.

And it's coming to a Fathom Event theater near you.  Or pretty close to it, in one of the 650 select theaters this event is coming to.

This is a Fathom event I actually might go see. 

I can't wait to see Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett rip the Syfy channel newest classic, Sharknado on Thursday, July 10th, 2014.

Check out the press release:

Just when you thought “Sharknado,” a movie about mega-cyclones sucking up sharks from the ocean and hurling them onto land, couldn’t get any more absurd, the stars of RiffTrax have blown those expectations right out of the water and created a perfect storm of funny. The sidesplitting RiffTrax crew – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) – is set for what may be their most epic event ever as they take on the Syfy instant cult classic "Sharknado." Presented by Fathom Events, RiffTrax, The Asylum, IGN and Syfy, RiffTrax Live: Sharknado will be broadcast live from the historic State Theater in Minneapolis to select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT/ 7:00 p.m. MT and 8:00 p.m. PT, HI and AK, with a second showing on Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” are available at participating theater box offices and online at For Minneapolis-area fans, tickets to the live performance at the State Theatre may be purchased online here beginning May 5 at 2:00 p.m. CST.

Monday, June 23, 2014

New Movies and TV on DVD/BD (300)

New Movies and TV on DVD/BD (300)

This week's new DVD titles include a 300 film franchise sequel, a collection, a new Star Trek Next Generation release and the fifth season of Duck Dynasty.  We also have new stuff from a Syfy show of a lost girl, some new NYPD Blue and other goodies.  Take a peek.

300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet)

300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)...
Starring:     Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green
IMDb score: 6.5

A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Beatles

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [Blu-ray]

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 [Blu-ray]
Starring:     Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes


Duck Dynasty: Season 5

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Friday, June 20, 2014

TV News for the Week Ending Jun 20th

TV News

CBS Announced the Big Brother
Houseguests .  And of course, they're trying to generate viewer interest in the series by calling it the most twisted season yet.

NBC ordered Running Wild with Bear Grylls and it will be premiering July 28th.

Syfy's Z Nation landed a few new actors in the ensemble... Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott and DJ Qualls.

Amazon acquired Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Other content from Aardman Animations.

Nickelodeon renewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a Fourth Season.

Disney XD has an All-New Season of Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Premiering August 31.

‘Alphas’ Star Laura Mennell joins the cast of Haven.

Cartoon network has ordered The Powerpuff Girls and they'll be returning in 2016 to the net!

The Series Finale of ‘Crisis’ will be airing on Saturday, June 21 on NBC

via press release:

COVERT AFFAIRS Season Four Review

Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs

USA's Covert Affairs returns to the network for its fifth season, starting June 24th.  And the events of the previous season were pretty impressive.  Impressive in how they reinvented the story of Annie (Piper Perabo) and turned it all around.

It was a great change and approach to keeping the show fresh for viewers.

Let's take a look at events from season four:


Season four of Covert Affairs was the season of Annie Walker needing to go dark and playing a rogue agent chasing down the evil Henry Wilcox.  It was all about Wilcox and his shady, manipulative ways.

Annie and Augie had broken up, Augie's once dead wife had reappeared, only to be killed for real by Wilcox.

Then there was Annie's new boss Calder Michaels, who at first was hostile to her presence, then later was brought on board and started working with her.

Then there was Arthur and Joan Campbell...  oh they've been through a lot.  Arthur was on trial for treason, in association with his now dead son.  Joan was pregnant, demoted to a service desk in some basement office.  Oh, and Arthur's lawyer was on WIlcox's payroll.

Then as if that wasn't bad enough, Wilcox tried to have them both later killed when they discovered the duplicity of their lawyer.

It all came down to snagging Wilcox's money man, his go-between man in Hong Kong. And Annie, Augie, and Calder went there to snag him.

BETTER CALL SAUL News... Delayed and Renewed

Better Call Saul

Just saw some fascinating news on the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul.  It's interesting and weird, all at once.

First up, the premiere date for Better Call Saul has been delayed so now it's going to premiere sometime in the 2015 TV season.

The odd news is that AMC has announced that they've already put in a renewal order for the show for a second season.


The news itself was presented with very little detail as to why the premiere has been pushed off to the 2015 TV season.  We can only guess, that like any production that might be having problems, this is a stall to give Vince Gilligan and gang a chance to fix something they see as wrong.

And if you follow Cinema Static, you may remember the piece I put up a little while back that Gilligan was having reservations about the new show.


As far as a second season being ordered by AMC before the first season airs, I feel like that's just another form of marketing spin by the network.

As you know, if a show is doing poorly in the TV ratings, it can be cancelled, no matter what the contract.  And usually shows get renewal announcements if they're doing well in the ratings.

But to announce a second season before the show even shows up on the tube, well, I can only take a guess that this is some show of support by the network that they think it's already good enough for a second season, in the hopes of luring viewers into it.

Just a guess.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

GOTHAM Extras Casting call

Casting Call

Fox has put out a casting call for their upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham. (BTW: I'm seeing good early reviews of the show...)

The casting call location is for NEW YORK City and they're looking for extras of all kinds to appear in the series.

If you're interested, VISIT THE LINK BELOW.

"Gotham explores the origin of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains we've come to love in the Batman franchise.

The premiere episode follows Gotham City PD rookie homicide detective James Gordon  and partner Harvey Bullock while they investigate the double murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Cast includes Ben McKenzie as James Gordon; Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock; David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne; Erin Richards, Jada Pinkett Smith, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, and Zabryna Guevara as Police Captain Sarah Essen.

Gotham” will premier on Fox Network in Fall, 2014.

Gotham Open Casting Call Details

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New Movies Opening in Theaters Friday June 20

New Movies Opening in Theaters

If you're a movie-goer, it almost looks like you can save your money this week!  Unless you were waiting to catch something that opened in previous weeks.

Opening This Week - June 20

Think Like a Man Too
Rated PG-13; 106 min

All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.

Stars: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, La La Anthony

{Right now, reviews are not being very kind to this flick}


Jersey Boys
Rated R;  134 min

The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars:    John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza

{Reviews are accepting the existence of this film...}


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SHARKNADO, I finally Watched It

Ian Ziering in Sharknado

Well, believe it or not I might be one of the very few (billion) who has not seen this phenom of a "hit" called Sharknado.  But with the sequel on the way (Late July), I finally dug it up on Netflix and watched it.  Yes, I went out of my way to watch Sharknado. Once... just once.

And wow, I have to tell you, what an extraordinarily mind-numbing event of what you would expect from a Syfy movie.

This "television event" stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassandra Scerbo, Jaason Simmons and many more shark victims.

What can I say?  There's a storm at sea.  Sharks are getting picked up by water spouts and the ocean floods the mainland in the Los Angeles area.  The sharks fly through the air from the water spouts and also follow the water inland, creating even more problems for the land lovers who think they're safe.

The sharks are insidiously hungry and when Ian's character gets himself a chainsaw, well, it's game on folks.

There's the two women in Ian's life, an ex and a daughter, who can't seem to let go of their angst at the worst time, and drunk rich guys stumbling around while carrying their favorite bar stool.

Yes, this is one of those flicks, from The Asylum no less, that somehow, hit a chord that made this flick a strange yet popular production.  Snark is so snarky that it's loved.

Get Ready For "New Powers" in AGE OF ULTRON

I don't know if you took note, or have seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but the closing after-credits scenes showed something rather fascinating. That fascinating item or thought I had in mind was also backed up by something that was said by Joss Whedon in a recent interview with Empire Magazine.

If you haven't seen Cap 2, or missed the end scenes, or just don't want to be spoiled with conjecture, now is the best time to close the window and move along.  But beware, you'll probably be spoiled somewhere else anyway, so what the heck, you might as well stick around.  Right?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In one of the after-credits scenes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we see Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) saying that despite their loss, there are still many HYDRA bases in operation. We also see that he has Loki's scepter and in two very small cells, we get our first glimpses of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  They're both exihibiting their powers, with quicksilver having more of an issue with his.

We also know that these two new characters will be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

This leads me to believe that they won't be good guys in the upcoming Avengers movie initially, but, possibly, they'll convert later on?  Who knows what Whedon has planned but I'm sure it's good.

Now we've seen the scepter, and in ABC's Agents of SHIELD, we saw the blue alien body and its fluids that helped bring Agent Phil Coulson back from the dead.

Between these two potential factors of the scepter alien fluids, we have something of a potential here that we haven't seen before.

That being actual mutant powers, brought about by something other than natural mutations, but based off of the inception or application of scientific methods.

If you dwell on it, up until now all of our Marvel Cinematic Universe characters have been science derived: 

RIZZOLI & ISLES, What Happened To Lee Thompson Young

Lee Thomspon Young in Rizzoli and Isles

The following is a combination of spoiler and a news update for those who don't know or forgot.


On the series premiere of Rizzoli & Isles fifth season, we followed the latest case of a murder and baby kidnapping, Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) dealing with being pregnant and throughout the episode, we followed a subtle story line of Detective Frost (Lee Thompson Young) who was on a road trip for a vacation.

I winced when I heard the references early on in the season premiere to Det. Frost.

In the season finale of the previous season he was siad to have gone on vacation to visit his mother.  At the end of this season premiere episode we learned that Det. Frost was involved in a car accident and was killed.

Next week's episode will be titled "Goodbye" and addresses the cast of characters dealing with the loss of their peer, co-worker and friend, Detective Barry Frost. And it's a goodbye from the cast and crew to actor Lee Thompson Young. Keep your eyes peeled and Kleenex box ready, word is that Harmon delivers a heart-felt speech.


Young was a great addition to the cast and had a full career ahead of him.  But sadly the young man (29 years old) ended his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Young had appeared in the 1998 series, The Famous Jett Jackson in the lead role, and had recurring roles throughout his budding career in South Beach, FlashForward, and Smallville.

Sadly he lost his battle with bipoloar depression. On August 29th, 2013, he did not show up for work on the set and the studio called the police to have them check on him, in what's called a "well being" check.  That's when he was found dead in his North Hollywood apartment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, International

Guardians of the Galaxy trailer

There's a new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer out with a whole new feel to it.  It's such a blatant change up from the musically marketed angle previously, plus now there's an ongoing list of what movies came from this studio, I can't help but wonder if tracking isn't looking so good for the movie?

To be honest, before this movie was announced, I had never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy.  And when it was announced, I more or less thought "who cares?"  This was a title I never followed or even knew existed.

Now I'm a Marvel supporter, since they're doing it right and did it first (compared to DC Entertainment), and I had relegated myself to assuming I would probably see the movie.

Dependent on movie reviews (of independent, non-punch drinking critics who don't need to fall within the standards of acceptable review behavior).

So there's that.  But with this new trailer, without the classic rock music to snap your associative attention with, well, it does look good.

But then again, isn't all marketing designed to make the product look good, regardless?  LOL.

International Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy on TrailerAddict.

BATTLEDOGS on Syfy Isn't That Bad

Battledogs on Syfy

The other day I was laying comatose on the couch when Battledogs came on the tube, on Syfy.  My migraine had subsided enough where I could actually look at and listen to things, so the movie aired.

Battledogs is a 2013 TV movie from The Asylum, and I'm not sure if this was a knock off or not. Some suggest it mocks World War Z, but I'm not sure.. maybe.  But the story seemed decent enough to merit a quickie write up from Cinema Static.

The cast includes Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24), Ariana Richards (Jurassic Park, Tremors), Kate Vernon (Battlestar Galactica), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Craig Sheffer, Bill Duke (Predator) and Wes Studi (Avatar, Last of the Mohicans).

In Battledogs, a werewolf virus is unleashed in New York by an unwitting victim/werewolf. She's at the center of a public outbreak of quick changing werewolves in a major airport, and a specially trained unit of the military responds to contain the situation.

This starts the story of three different focuses.  A small group of folks looking to help cure the outbreak while the military is looking to contain and weaponize this potential tool.

It's a battle back and forth, between the small force of folks looking to do the right thing and the larger, well organized government forces trying to steal or obtain the source of the cure or the source of the virus.

Syfy's Battledogs

Yes, this is an Asylum production and Syfy network flick.  Yes, it's the standard fare of effects most fans have come to expect from the movies we see on Syfy.  But the story actually had some meaningful context between the opposing groups and that kept the movie interesting enough to keep an eye on it while airing.

Monday, June 16, 2014

GAME OF THRONES Season Finale Recap

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones season finale

So the season finale of Game of Thrones, titled "Children of the Damned," has come and gone, and the payout was as expected..  exciting, surprising, worrisome and satisfying.

It's bad enough that the show it damn good, but when you watch it, you have to watch it with a grain of salt, since characters that we like can die off at any second.

Hence, when you're watching a season finale, well, it's eggshells time for fans of the HBO TV series.

And so too, Sunday night's season finale delivered the fourth season closer with suspense, but in writing and in viewers expectations.


I was pretty sure Jon Snow was done.  Gone for.  He's my likeable dreary guy and he just went walking out into the woods.  I was waiting to see the northern folk cut him down, then the king to smite him, but there was honor between these two.  And it paid out.

Though it did so in a scary fashion until thousands of men led by Stannis Baratheon resolved the matter.  Might is right?  And all this, because the Northerners didn't want to fight, but hide from what's coming, since "winter is coming."


Can someone please kill Cersei? Gads I hate that spawn.

Well, now she's feeling her oats and tells her father she won't marry Loras and threatens to expose the incest side of their family for the world to see.

What's to Tywin to do?  Can he reign her bullshit in?  I seriously hope so.  I'm depending on Tywin to stomp all her hopes.


The saddest part for me was what happened with Daenerys when it was discovered that one of her dragons burnt a small child into a crispy treat... and as a result, she has to rescind her leash free dragon rule.  Though she chained her pets up, the big one was nowhere to be found.

I can't help but wonder if this is the end of her controlling her dragons, what with captivity and how upset the little ones were at being chained and left behind.

That was hard for me to watch.


Fast & Furious Casting Call / Auditions in SoCal

Movie Casting Call

Fans of the Fast and Furious film franchise might be interested to know that there will be a casting call put forth for F & F 7 for their SoCal shooting work.

The casting call includes their search for "men and women of all ages and types to appear in the film as fully paid general extras and possible featured background actors."

The story of FF7 basically notes that "After Dominic Torreto and his crew helped take down Owen Shaw, his brother Ian Shaw now wants revenge. The story will feature the locations of Los Angeles, Tokyo and the Middle East."  Jason Statham plays Ian Shaw.

And the cast in the film includes the late Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and John Brotherton.

If you are interested in looking into the possibility of landing a gig as an extra on the set of The Fast & Furious 7, follow the below link, and follow the directions at that page.

Good luck and have fun:       Fast and Furious 7 Open Casting Call

{posted by permission and in association and with Alan Baltes}

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