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Hugh Jackman returns in THE WOLVERINE: the definitive story about the hugely popular adamantium-clawed hero. From director James Mangold, this thrilling, 3D epic adventure is set against a backdrop of intrigue and betrayal in Japan.
At his most vulnerable,Logan/Wolverine travels to Tokyo, reconnects with a mysterious individual from his past and faces a host of deadly enemies.

“THE WOLVERINE” opens July 25 (Thursday) in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox. Available in 3D and 2D format.

Breakout Actress Melissa McCarthy in “THE HEAT”

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FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) – the Fed – and Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) – the Fuzz – couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies.
At the helm of “The Heat” is Paul Feig, the movie takes a look at the odd couple pairing of two law enforcement officials who, to their everlasting shock, slowly find themselves on the same page.  The Ashburn-Mullins dynamic is akin to that eternal physics problem about an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.  Only, here, it’s hard to tell who is which.   Ashburn is ambitious, talented, brainy, and possesses Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction and intuition.  She’s always the smartest person in the room, and isn’t shy about letting everyone know it.  Mullins grew up on the streets of Boston, and has a shoot-from-the-hip (and mouth) style of dealing with crime and its perpetrators.  She’s the “yang” to Ashburn’s “yin.”
To cast Mullins, Feig looked no further than his Bridesmaids breakout star, Melissa McCarthy.  “On Bridesmaids, Melissa became my hero,” he says.  “So, about 15 pages into reading THE HEAT, the idea of casting her just snapped into my head.  The script, which was already hilarious, got ten times funnier when I read it while imagining Melissa as Mullins.  “Melissa will commit to a role so hardcore it will shock you,” Feig continues.  “It’s hard to realize that it’s Melissa inside that character.”
The tightly-wrapped Ashburn isn’t Mullins’ only headache.  She’s also dealing with her out-of-control family.  After arresting her own brother (played by starring cast member Michael Rapaport) for dealing drugs, Mullins is ostracized by the other members of her clan, including her mom, dad, four brothers, and for good measure, her brothers’ girlfriends.  Says Feig:  “Mullins arrested her brother and threw him in jail, in order to save him – sort of a forced rehab. But to the rest of her family, this is an unforgivable betrayal, and she’s a traitor.  It’s a very tight-knit family, but they have a very interesting way of showing it.”
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“I’ve been beating people up for two months; it’s very cathartic,” joked Melissa McCarthy during the production of THE HEAT.   The chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy was evident from the first table read.  “When we read the script [together] for the first time, Melissa and I would make the same faces, simultaneously,” Bullock recalls.  “Our rhythms are different, but we worked so well together, they began to click.  We made so many connections; it’s something I never thought I would have on this level.”
The strength of the Bullock-McCarthy dynamic, evident even then, inspired additional script fine-tuning.  “By the end of that first read, it was obvious that Sandy and Melissa really inhabited these characters, and that it was up to Katie Dippold and me to take all that magic and get it into the script – and really let the women fly,” says Feig.
For screenwriter Dippold, the process was liberating.  “Sandy and Melissa took what was on the page and made it funnier than I thought it could ever be,” she says.  A particular favorite came during a Mullins’ tirade against her captain (played by Tom Wilson) – accusing him of lacking a set of testes – when he refuses her demand to boot Ashburn from the case.  “Melissa really ran with the one scripted line, ‘Have you seen the captain’s balls?’ and turned it into something spectacular.”
“The Heat” opens June 27 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Disconnect Movie Review: Real Life is On

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In the sobering drama movie Disconnect”, technology is one of the culprits that separate people from each other — but not the only one. The film is too thoughtful to be so one-dimensional, and so it also examines the myriad ways in which we manage to lose track of what’s important to us — through too much face time with our computers and tablets and cellphones, yes, but also through ambition, carelessness, habit and grief.

The film links three thematically related stories in which some of the characters intersect briefly. In one, a busy workaholic lawyer named Rich (Jason Bateman, excellent in a rare serious role) is estranged from his loner teenage son Ben (Jonah Bobo); his wife (Hope Davis) at least tries to talk to the boy, but Ben, like many teenagers, is hardly forthcoming. He’s more interested in his music and being online, where he thinks he has met a like-minded girl who praises his compositions. (He hasn’t; two of the kids from his school are pranking him, with disastrous results.)

In another story, Cindy and Derek (Paula Patton and Alexander Skarsgard) find themselves adrift in the wake of their infant’s death. A former Marine stuck in a dull civilian job, he shuts down emotionally; she finds solace in an online chatroom sharing her thoughts — and maybe too much personal information — with a sympathetic man who tells her he has lost his wife. The final story involves Nina, an ambitious TV reporter (Andrea Riseborough) who uncovers an online teenage sex ring and persuades Kyle (Max Thieriot), one of the young men who works there, to discuss the set-up on camera. I’ll protect your identity, she assures him, but the truth is that though she’s drawn to him, she’s too busy wondering how the broadcast might improve her career to really understand the nature of what she’s offering.

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Disconnect was directed by Henry Alex Rubin, who made the documentary Murderball, about a group of paraplegics who play a brutal brand of rugby. The beauty of the film is that each story is compelling in its own way, and yet all three effectively drive home the film’s point about the dangers of isolation and alienation. Even when they’re behaving abominably, these distracted characters evoke empathy, and when they manage to reach out to each other, the scenes are delicate and downright breathtaking. In one painful and moving scene, one of Ben’s tormenters, played by Colin Ford, finds himself confessing truths under his assumed female persona about his problematic relationship with his father (Frank Grillo), a hard-case, widowed detective who orders his son around and never shows him any affection. We need human connection, and we will find it, even in the worst or most unlikely of circumstances.


The film builds to a three-pronged tumultuous climax, shot in slow motion that could have been overwrought but somehow isn’t. And though the script by Andrew Stern doesn’t provide happy endings for all, he leaves us with the hope that at least some of these sad and lonely people might turn to each other with compassion.

Cast: Jason Bateman, Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard, Hope Davis, Andrea Riseborough, Max Thieriot, Michael Nyqvist, Colin Ford, Jonah Bobo.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin.

Screenwriter: Andrew Stern.




Audiences love to root for courageous dreamers who pursue their goals when the odds are stacked firmly against them.   It’s a tradition that has stood the test of time and one that has a powerful appeal for filmmaker David Soren, who tells the story of an unusual underdog – or under snail –in the animated 3Dfilm, “Turbo.”

Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Turbo dreams of being fast, fast enough to compete against champions in one of the world’s toughest car races.  Defying logic, physics, nature and critics (including his own brother) the small snail sets out on a thrilling adventure.

Director David Soren describes Turbo in the new movie from DreamWorks Animation, as the ultimate underdog’, for obvious reasons. “ Turbo is a snail and snails are constantly faced with challenges. They are smushed, salted and stepped on; they’re eaten in some parts of the world,” says Soren who set his story in Southern California where he lives with his family. The filmmaker became fascinated with the snails he observed in his own front yard.  “Mother Nature has dealt them a bad hand,” he says. “When it seems impossible for a character to have any chance of success, that’s exactly what makes a great underdog story. And that’s what it is like for Turbo.”

Turbo dreams of escaping the mundane confines of his sluggish community. Frustrated with life in the slow lane, he has a fantasy of racing glory and an adrenaline-fueled life that’s a far cry from the yard where he lives with his cautious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti). Frustrated by his own physical limitations, Turbo wants to move at high speed and is inspired by his hero, a French Canadian racing driver.

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Like “Turbo,” all the best underdog stories are inspirational and exciting. They invariably revolve around decent people (or animals) who don’t come from privilege (it’s hard to find arich underdog) and are driven to succeed in the face of what appear to be insurmountable obstacles, within themselves and in the world around them.  Underdog tales remind us that we have the power to change our own destiny. And that’s an intoxicating theme.

It’s a theme that is close to director David Soren’s heart. “Underdog stories for me are some of my favorites out there. Inspirations for me on “Turbo” were “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid.” They have become part of my DNA.  In the time-honored tradition of the underdog, Turbo’s ultimate goal is ambitious:  to compete in the Indianapolis 500 (one of the world’s most famous car races). Like all underdogs, Turbo is single-minded.

“He lives in the front yard of a house in the San Fernando Valley and sneaks into the garage every night to watch racing on an old dusty TV,” says David Soren. “Early in the movie Turbo has a freak accident and gains the power of incredible speed, he can move at 200miles per hour. People love to root for the little guy like Turbo. When I see a good underdog movie I get fired up. It makes me want to crack five eggs into a glass and swallow them whole, then go and work out. That kind of movie makes me want to work harder and push myself to do better and go farther. That is ideally what I hope this movie does for people.”

“I think everybody feels like an underdog to some degree. It’s why DAVID AND GOLIATH is such a relatable story and such a great parable. Overcoming enormous obstacles in order to achieve a goal is what makes an achievement mean something. It’s the key ingredient,” says the actor Ryan Reynolds, who voices TURBO. Currently at the top of his game as an actor, Reynolds says he can identify with the hero of the film.


“Turbo is a guy who sees himself on the wrong side of destiny. Unfortunately he’s a garden snail. And garden snails usually fail to register even the tiniest blip on the spectrum of greatness. He is completely disillusioned with his lot in life and with the perception of his life as ‘ordinary’. He sees himself as a guy who is on the very cusp of true greatness. My favorite underdog story? I loved ROCKY,” says Reynolds. “It is one of the greatest ever told.”

“Turbo” 3D features an all-star voice cast including Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz and Samuel L. Jackson –  opens July 19 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.