SANDRA BULLOCK IMPROVS IN “THE HEAT”

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Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock stars in “The Heat” and tries on improv comedy for the first time under director Paul Feig.

Bullock stars as Sarah Ashburn, an FBI agent hoping for a promotion and high-tails it from her home base in New York City to Boston, to help solve the mystery behind several murders.  Standing in Ashburn’s way is a hard-hitting Boston police officer, Shannon Mullins played by Melissa McCarthy, who’s not happy that the FBI – especially the stuck-up Ashburn — is treading on her turf.  Ashburn is determined to wrestle the case away from Mullins, but the disheveled, foul-mouthed, in-your-face cop is a formidable adversary.  They’ll soon discover they have more in common than they ever thought possible, including their misfit status and complementary skillsets.

“Ashburn’s effectiveness as an FBI agent comes from her meticulousness, stubbornness and thoroughness,” says Bullock.  “But she’s completely inept when it comes to any kind of social interaction.  She’s trying so hard to make up for that particular weakness that she becomes insufferably arrogant on the job.  Ashburn is respected but not liked because she isn’t a team player.  Every time she opens her mouth, people cringe.”

The improvisational nature fueled the fun and on- and off-screen bonding. “It is great working with Melissa,” enthuses Bullock. “She comes through the door and improv is the way that she does things. Then we had a director who comes from that world too and nearly everyone in the cast was also from that world. The world of comedy that I had been familiar with was always very controlled. There was the script and you had to go through 27 people and the studio before you could change a line.  I always wanted to do this kind of comedy that we have in THE HEAT (which I have done in real life, sort of free form,) but I was never really allowed to experience what it was like before on a film.

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Walking onto the set of THE HEAT it took me a couple of days to realize: ‘I’m allowed to do it.’ It was very liberating. When you are around that, you take it in and you want to improve your game. It is a muscle that you have to exercise and if you haven’t had much time exercising that muscle, it gets stale. Watching these people work is exciting and inspiring, but daunting sometimes too.”

“Melissa has great moves,” says Bullock,”discussing McCarthy’s comedic skills. “When I saw her dance, I knew we were going to be fast friends.We did the dancing with no practice whatsoever,” she continues.

“We said: ‘let’s not rehearse anything,’ ”interjects her co-star. “Let’s just be as terrible as we’re capable of being. Poor Paul turns around and we both have our faces taped,” laughs McCarthy,  “and he’s like, ‘What’s happening?’ It was a weird descent into controlled madness. It was really fun. There was a lot of ruined tape,” she says. McCarthy adds: “Yeah, I got the moves, but I don’t have the sense to stop whatever’s going on.”

“We really hit it off, she is like my sister,’’ adds Bullock. “I’d say it’s rare that actors get together and have the kind of chemistry and connection we have together. It somehow just works and it’s something inexplicable that is bigger than what is on the page.”

“The Heat” opens June 27 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

New Trailer and Poster of Runner Runner

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In the sexy, sultry thriller RUNNER RUNNER, Richie (Justin Timberlake), a Princeton college student who pays for school with on-line gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the on-line mastermind, Ivan (Ben Affleck), whom he believes has swindled him. Ivan sees a kindred spirit in Richie and brings the younger man into his operation. When the stakes get incredibly high and dangerous, and Richie comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss, he tries to turn the tables on him.

“Runner Runner” will open very soon this September from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

THE HEAT – REDBAND TRAILER

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Director Paul Feig reinvigorates the buddy cop genre by pairing Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock and breakout star Melissa McCarthy as law enforcers with wildly different styles in “The Heat.”
Set in Boston, the movie follows Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), a by-the-book FBI agent forced to team up with Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), a brash undercover Boston street cop to track a ruthless drug lord.   This wildly dysfunctional duo must try to catch this high-powered criminal without killing one another in the process.
Rated R-13, “The Heat” opens in cinemas on June 27 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

TURBO 3D – latest trailer

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From the makers of “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods,” “TURBO” is a high-velocity 3D comedy about an underdog snail whose dreams kick into overdrive when he miraculously attains the power of super-speed. But after making fast friends with a crew of streetwise, tricked-out es-car-goes, Turbo learns that no one succeeds on their own. So he puts his heart and shell on the line to help his pals achieve their dreams, before Turbo-charging his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.
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Check out TURBO’S latest trailer here where no dream is too big and no dreamer too small –
“Turbo 3D” features a stellar voice cast – Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Pena, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Richard Jenkins and Ken Jeong.
“Turbo” is from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox to open on July 19 in theaters nationwide.

Experience Running Zombies: World War Z Review

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The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. (C) Paramount

“World War Z” began promisingly enough, with a sudden zombie outbreak in Philadelphia that had me hoping my dream might finally come true: At last, would I see the cast of “Silver Linings Playbook” torn into pieces and devoured? Alas, nothing that interesting, or interesting at all, ever happens.

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Directed without flair by the middling Marc Forster (“Quatum of Solace”), “World War Z” consists mostly of chomping zombie near-misses as Brad Pitt, playing the world’s first useful UN worker, flies around the globe dispatching the undead, unraveling their mysteries and working out a long-term plan against the “Zekes,” as the Navy SEALs jocularly call them.

Zombies, lacking repartee, interesting motives or long-term strategies, make inherently dull villains — in their CGI swarms, they might as well be bees, or a wildfire, or a reverse rock slide. Which is why most ambitious zeke flicks spice things up with some allegory or mordant wit.

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Not “World War Z”: Despite an opening montage of news clips that hints at such unlikely phenomena as dolphins beaching themselves en masse, an outbreak of rabies and people actually watching Piers Morgan, this one has no social significance. It’s just a jumped-up midnight movie that thinks “stuff jumping out at you and making loud noises” equals horror and “perfect human being impervious to everything” equals hero.

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WORLD WAR Z works as an action film starring Brad Pitt, and he makes for a very good action hero. As a zombie film it works well enough that audiences who have made “The Walking Dead” a success will appreciate it more than they would have say ten years ago. Even still, the hit AMC series features more brutality and gore than you will find in WWZ. The PG-13 rated feature is low on the red stuff and many of the cuts and bites are off-camera. This alone may bother hardcore zombie fans looking for a little sauce with their violence. Surprisingly enough there was enough good that the lack of gore is made up for by tension and suspense. It still mostly works.

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As far as the story itself, it does feel as if there were a few too many ideas going on and way too many cooks in the kitchen as it were. One scene involving an airplane crash leads impossibly to another. It feels ridiculously convenient and you have to wonder if there was something cut from that part of the film. Considering this globe-trotting adventure is so massive in its exploits, it almost feels as if they tried to shorten it too much. Instead of getting from point A to point B, they jump around a bit for the sake of pushing the story forward. And even though it may seem unrealistically convenient, the last half hour worked measurably better than I had expected. Of course, it’s guaranteed that some folks will take issue.

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While watching a world overrun by these monsters and the massive explosions and destruction along the way, it helps that Marco Beltrami created such an unnervingly bombastic score. He, along with rock band Muse adds another level to the feature. While it may not be all that subtle, it amps up the nerve-inducing end of the world thrill-of-it-all feel. As far as the 3D is concerned, it is hard to say whether it necessarily added to the experience, yet it didn’t hinder it. In the end, WORLD WAR Z was better than I had expected, thanks to characters that were sympathetic and an extremely swift pace. This is not nearly the disaster that it could have been. As it stands, WWZ is a satisfying enough popcorn flick featuring strong leading performances and a fun time at the cinema!