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The Night Before Movie 2015

The Night Before Movie 2015

Making a Christmas movie is difficult. Just ask Vince Vaughn, Aardman Animation, Tyler Perry or Harold and Kumar. Now, of course each of those movies has its fans - I love Fred Claus and Arthur Christmas - but not since Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau's Elf has a Christmas movie become part of the overall holiday landscape.

Now, maybe Seth Rogen and his longtime creative partner Evan Goldberg don't expect The Night Before to become a mainstream holiday classic, but they probably expect it to crack the century mark as that's the bar they've managed to already set.  Neighbors and This is the End both managed to make over a hundred million domestically, and The Green Hornet was just two million shy itself! Plus to be fair, before the whole Sony Hack fiasco, The Interview was probably expected to pass the century mark as well.

In fact, save for a few scenes at Rockefeller Center, most of The Night Before was shot in August 2014, months before the infamous Sony Hack took place in late November. Therefore Rogen and Goldberg, at the time, likely felt they could take the box office hit for a passion project which re-teamed them 50/50's Jonathan Levine, a film which only brought in thirty-five million TOTAL. Add to that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's recent failure to reach any significant box office heights with The Walk, plus Anthony Mackie'sown recent flops with Our Brand is Crisis, Love the Coopers and likely the same day digital and theatrical release Shelter.

So yeah, Rogen should just keep reminding himself that thisis a passion project, along with Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights - another example of a Jewish comedian trying to get some Hanukah movies onto the board as well. Besides, it's not like Rogen needs a hit too badly here. Sure he's coming off of The Interview, but next year he's not only got sure fire hit Neighbors 2, but his first original animated movie Sausage Party.  Animation has been very good to Seth Rogen.  And that, along with his other successes, has allowed him to make this Christmas gift for YOU with love. Question is, even if his intentions are good, is this just a crappy gift?.

The Night Before Official Red Band Trailer #1...

The Peanuts Movie 2015

The Peanuts Movie 2015

The comic strip used to be an American staple. Both kids and adults would fight over who got to read the funny pages first. And Peanuts was one of its biggest stars. In fact, with over three hundred and fifty million readers in its hey day, Peanuts is a billion dollar empire - first for creator Charles M Schultz and now, after his death, his children and grandchildren.

And Schultz’s descendants are incredibly protective of his legacy - not only writing and producing this film themselves along with Blue Sky Studios, but when I reviewed one of the first trailers for The Peanuts Movie, Schultz’s daughter Amy actually logged onto YouTube and commented on my review to defend some of the changes that have been made for the movie! Changes. . . ?. Well one of the most obvious is that while Charlie Brown and company have always been drawn by hand, and then animated by hand for four movies and over forty television specials, this is the first time they’ll be computer animated.

And yes, you heard me right, four movies and over forty television specials. Yet today, most people are familiar with Peanuts from It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, plus a slew of adorable merchandise that can be found largely at Hallmark. I’ve bought some, have you. . . ?! But while Peanuts is definitely a part ofour lives, or at least on the periphery of our lives, is it something we’d be willing to pay to see at the movies - in 3D?. That’s a particularly tough question these days as the animation field gets increasingly crowded, and competitive.  Blue Sky, the animation studio making Peanuts, has managed to survive thanks to tremendous overseas appeal. See, while only Rio 2 has been able to hit the century mark state side, all their movies have made hundreds of millions of dollars thank to strong foreign box office. And whadya know, the Peanuts strip has been translated into twenty-one languages.

So, just as Blue Sky Studios has had to adapt, so must Peanuts if it wants to stay competitive in a world where brand shave toys, merchandise, TV specials and MOVIES. And if you’re worried about the Schultz’slack of movie experience, Paul Feig is a producer on the film plus the Schultz’s picked Steve Martino to direct because they felt his Horton Hears a Who was faithful to Dr Seuss’s vision. Too bad Dr Seuss’s widow didn’t agree, as she took her husband’s books over to competitor Illumination Entertainment.

But hey, if the Schultz’s score here with The Peanuts Movie, maybe Bill Watterson will finally agree to a Calvin and Hobbes movie if he gets the same creative control?. Watterson has already said an animated version is a little intriguing.  And then, because this is Hollywood, BAM, CROSSOVER! No, no - sorry, Watterson, didn’t mean to scare you!. Come back, come back. . . Let's just both watch The Peanuts Movie and keep an open mind, okay?.

The Peanuts Movie Trailer 2015

Spectre Movie 2015

Spectre Movie 2015

Daniel Craig is contracted for one more outing as Bond - and while he might have originally been thrilled to sign on for five Bond movies, today it looks like he’s opted for “DEATHBY BAD PRESS”. Yes while doing the rounds to promote Spectre, Craig has said he’srather slash his wrists with a broken glass than make another Bond movie, called 007 misogynistic,and when asked if there’s anything fans could learn from Bond, he replied “Nothing”. Hmm, were Mel Gibson and Gary Oldman ALSO trying to get out of some kind of deal. . . ?, because while Craig is laser focused right now on NOT making another Bond movie, he might then be also oblivious to the damage he’s doing to the brand itself in the long term.

See way back in the day, Bond was the ONLY franchise, and now it just recently made it into the billion dollar club with Skyfall in 2012 - a club which really began to add new members in earnest about a decade ago. These days when 007 says Bond, James Bond,he really does need to clarify as there are so many spies infiltrating the multiplex from Ethan Hunt to Jason Bourne to Susan Cooper to The Kingsman, Bond has inspired perhaps TOO MUCH competition. And ironically, Craig had seemed like a godsend to the waning franchise, reinvigorating it with Casino Royale in 2006 - that’s right, since back when I mentioned the billion dollar club was just getting jump-started by Pirates 2.

And during all this time, while so many other movies made it to a billion, Craig was going through his own harrowing mission - but it seems MGM is a far worse outfit that MI6. After Casino Royale made Craig the favorite Bond of many fans - even over the original, Sean Connery - things moved ahead quickly with Quantum of Solace. But then the Writers Guild went on strike and any necessary rewrites for the film had to be done by Craig and director Marc Forster- y’know, the guy who had to be later benched on World War Z?. Craig publically complained about the difficult situation, freely admitting he was not a writer - and the resulting movie confirmed that.

Then with Skyfall, the movie was delayed about a year due to financial difficulties at MGM, but when that film did get back on track it seemed it brought everything back on track with a final product that seemed to thrill everyone - and had the box office numbers to show for it, including entry to the billion dollar club - finally! But who could’ve predicted that Spectre would be the worst shooting experience of them all. Sony and MGM had wanted to shoot Craig’s fourth and fifth contractually obligated films back to back, but he nixed that idea pronto.

The hack would reveal that the script was being rewritten as they shot - but by actual writers this time - while Craig also suffered a knee injury that would later require surgery. Then there have been SEVERAL rounds of last minute reshoots, some done just a few weeks before the film’s release. Hmm, suddenly Craig’s comments make a lot more sense. . .  Spectre does seem to be holding all the cards, not only with Craig and Sam Mendes reunited after Skyfall, but also a stellar cast with Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and Hollywood’s hottest in genue at the moment, Lea Seydoux.

But are they all stuck in another Quantum of Solace? Or, perhaps as fans have noted, another copycat Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, or Captain America The Winter Soldier? Bond purists will remind you that Spectre was the first super secret evil underground organization on the scene, but hey, if you disappear from the pop culture scene for too long - You might just die, Mr Bond. . .

Spectre Official (2015) Trailer #1 - New Movie HD

Creed Movie 2015

Creed Movie 2015

With few Rocky movies left in him, can Sylvester Stallone transfer the franchise over to new talent?. Sylvester Stallone created Rocky, and in many ways the character has defined his career. Both underdogs that nobody ever expected to be champions in their field, Stallone has written and starred in every single Rocky film while directing all but the first and fifth film. Overall there have been six Rocky films, and they earned Stallone his only Oscar and Golden Globe nominations to date, for both Best Actor and writer for that first film.

So naturally, Stallone is very sentimental when it comes to Rocky and has had a hard time letting the character go, along with Rambo. But Stallone has also proven to be a savvy producer, and he obviously realizes that the only thing left Rocky to do at this point is to pass the mantle, and perhaps for Stallone to pass the mantle of the franchise itself as well. And why not? Hollywood is franchise crazy right now, and Rocky certainly has a lot of brand recognition. But what makes this transfer tricky, and perhaps brilliant if it pays off, is that Stallone is handing his Italian Stallion over to a black writer-director and actor, the Fruit vale Station team of Ryan Coogler and Michael B Jordan.

Narratively it makes sense, as Creed tells the story of the estranged and lost son of Rocky's greatest rival in the ring, Apollo Creed. This brings the story full circle in many ways, as Adonis Creed feels the weight of BOTH his father and Rocky's mantle. Furthermore, an African-American star accurately reflects boxing today. And business-wise it also makes sense, as African-American moviegoers, and non-white moviegoers in general, are becoming more and more potent at thebox office.

But are Coogler and Jordan the right team to make this transition?, Fruitvale Station made an impressive initial splash, but was forgotten by the time awards season came around. Although in a lucky break for Creed, Coogler now is rumored to be the front runner to direct Black Panther after Selma's Ava DuVernay turned Marvel down. Speaking of Marvel, Jordan crashed and burned in Fox's Fantastic Four reboot, where the race-bending of Johnny Storm did not have a happy ending.

On top of that, Jordan and Anthony Mackie seem to be in some sort of race to see who put their foot in their mouth the furthest in the press. So yeah while Stallone, and therefore Rocky, vouch for this new team, that doesn't guarantee that audiences will form the same emotional attachment.

Rocky 7- Creed - Official Trailer - Sylvester...

The Good Dinosaur Movie 2015

The Good Dinosaur Movie 2015

Is this part of Pixar's comeback?, or a step back?. With Cars 2, Brave and even to some extent Monsters University, it had seemed that Pixar had run out of ideas and with other powerhouse animation studios emerging, most notably Illumination Entertainment, along with step-sibling Disney Animation finally getting the hang "computer animation", many wondered just how long Pixar would be down for the count.

Turns out, the answer is not long, as Inside Out was a huge hit for Pixar - their second biggest opening after Toy Story 3 and their third highest grossing film of all time again after Toy Story 3 and Finding Nemo. There's even Best Picture buzz for Inside Out! What's more, Pixar has decided to dig deep - into their back catalog. Finding Dory, Cars 3, Toy Story 4 and The Incredibles 2 are all fast approaching as the studio that vowed never to get intothe sequel business gets seriously into the sequel business.

After all, original ideas are SCARY, and while sometimes you get results like Inside Out, sometimes you get The Good Dinosaur. Why did Pixar sit out 2014? Because this movie needed THAT big of an overhaul. New director, new producer, new CAST - plus Pixar heavy-hitters John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Mark Andrews all took turns trying to tweak the film. In fact, things got so bad and the film suffered such long delays, in the end Pixar Canada was shut down and sixty-seven employees were let go from Pixar itself.

That's right, people weren't just reassigned but lost their JOBS over The Good Dinosaur. That's not so good. And one has to wonder how audiences will react to The Good Dinosaur. I mean, many people refuse to believe we evolved from monkeys - how are they going to feel about humans being dinosaur pets?. Despite all its reworking, only one screenwriter is credited for The Good Dinosaur, Meg LeFauve, who helped write Inside Out and is also working on Captain Marvel.

Speaking of superheroes, there's also quite a bit of interest in the short that will play in front of The Good Dinosaur, Sanjay's Super Team - because it features superheroes. Although, admirably, writer-director Sanjay Patel also said he was eager to add some more diversity to genre entertainment with the short. After The Good Dinosaur, Pixar only has one other original film on deck, their Day of the Dead film Coco - so let's see if it's a shame Pixar isn't making more original films, or a relief.

The Good Dinosaur (2015) Official Trailer #1

Victor Frankenstein Movie 2015

Victor Frankenstein Movie 2015

There have been a lot of Frankenstein movies, but never starring a bunch of hot guys. Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Andrew Scott, they don't quite rate an army of Cumber bitches, but each does have a small legion of adoring fans. Interestingly though, even Benedict Cumber batch struggles at the box office, and so has female co-star Jessica Brown Find lay post Downton Abbey. Therefore this movie can't rely on star power, nor can it rely on the source material as the most famous Frankenstein movies to this day remain - despite countless movies having been made - the 1931 original and 1974's Young Frankenstein, and neither are particularly loyal to the source material.

So it would seem the lightning that will hopefully bring this movie to life is Max Landis, the son of infamous director John Landis who made his own splash with Chronicle where he successfully broke down the superhero genre after the tried to reinvent the spy genre with American Ultra, Jason Bourne by way of Pineapple Express, but that failed, tarnishing Landis' rep much to his dismay - he took to Twitter, ranting that original ideas in Hollywood were dead.

Although again, Jason Bourne meets Pineapple Express, right? And Victor Frankenstein isn't an original idea either, but it is an original approach. Here, Landis tells the story from Igor's perspective, who's been re-imagined- well, to be a role that interests Daniel Radcliffe.  But despite Landis' hopefully inventivere-working, and a very solid cast, these elements along with a budget of ninety million have been placed in the hands of director Paul McGuigan, who might've directed some episodes of BBC's Sherlock but also the movies Wicker Park, Lucky Number Slevin and Push. . .  So does has Hollywood doomed itself to failure once more with yet another crazy business decision? Or is Max Landis a one-hit wonder?...

Victor Frankenstein Official Trailer #1 (2015...

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 Movie

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 

Yes, you'll notice that the ad campaign for Mockingjay Part 2 hasn't focused on the franchise coming to an end, but instead the journey of Katniss Everdeen. That's because if you look at distributor Lionsgate's stable of films, they really are the house that The Hunger Games built and like any studio that's been built by a single franchise, they are loathe - and unlikely - to let it go. Plus Lionsgate doesn't even have any franchises to lean on.

Divergent has sprung a box office leak, as has The Expendables, but perhaps Now You See Me will magically turn into a franchise with its sequel set to hit theaters this coming summer. But speaking of box office leaks, The Hunger Games seems to have sprung one itself, while the first two films opened at around one hundred and fifty million, Mockingjay Part 1 debuted with thirty million less - and the latest industry projections have Mockingjay Part 2 coming in below that. What a time for star Jennifer Lawrence to be asking for money, right?.

Male movie stars might make more money, but their box office performances are heavily scrutinized as a result. Rarely are jokes made at the expense of female talent when one of their movies fails to open big at the box office, with perhaps only Angelina Jolie the only shoulder Lawrence will be able to cry on. Yet even Jolie has never posted numbers like Lawrence has with Hunger Games and X-Men Days of Future Past, and with Lawrence being very vocal about not just being paid less so far but making decisions about future movies largely based on the size of the pay check offered, everyone will be watching very closely as Mockingjay Part 2, X-Men Apocalypse, and Passengers with Chris Pratt debut to see if she's indeed worth the extra cash.

But perhaps what has jeopardized Mockingjay Part 2 the most is that a large number of movie goers simply didn't enjoy Part 1 - and this franchise could become a warning against not only breaking up a final book into two parts, but also against shooting those two films back to back which doesn't allow any room to course correct if mistakes are made.

Lionsgate has also moved very aggressively against online coverage with this latest installment, creating far less conversation online for Mockingjay Part 2 in comparison to previous entries - from both professional outlets and fans. So, are the odds still in this franchise's favor? Or has its image transitioned to one more inline with the Capital than the Rebellion?.

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2 official...

Watch Chain Mail (2015)

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A usual chain mail is forwarded to a group of people. Some pass it while others ignore. One dies and is followed by series of sudden and unexplainable deaths of others. Soon after, a revelation begins to unfold, the chain mail is cursed and so she has to find the origin and mystery behind to stop the misfortunes it may cause to anyone who fails to pass it before another life perish again. Sandra also suspects Anne is behind the tragic incidents that happened to their friends. Will she break the curse before it’s too late or will she become one of the victims?

Meg Imperial
Shy Carlos
Nadine Lustre
AJ Muhlach
Rose Van Ginkel
Caleb Santos
Mark Bautista
Perla Bautista
Jackie Lou Blanco
John Regala
Bernardo Bernardo
Menggie Cobarrubias
Jaycee Parker
Prince Stefan
Josh Padilla
Arkin del Rosario
Carlo Laserna
Issa Pressman
Chad Kinis
Kim Molina
Clint Bondad
Clark Merced
Billy Villeta
Arvic Rivero
Ryan Kevin

Adolfo Alix, Jr.

Suspense, Thriller

Viva Films 

CHAIN MAIL Official Trailer ([Full HD])