OPERATION AVALANCHE – Rated R

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OPERATION AVALANCHE – Rated R – 1 hr. 34 mins.

Starring Matt Johnson, Owen Williams and Josh Boles

Engrossed in 1967’s NASA prowess on getting a man on the moon before the Russian’s do, we meet CIA Agents Matt Johnson (Matt Johnson) and Owen Williams (Owen Williams), as they agree to enter NASA as a film crew, looking to find out how close we are to leaving for the moon…

As Johnson and Williams use their disguise to the best of their ability, it seems they have uncovered that the boys at NASA may not be as close to getting to the moon as President Kennedy assumed.

With the pressure of the Russians reaching space before us, our CIA Agents convince the higher-ups at NASA to allow them to stage our arrival on the moon, and film it for the American public to consume.

When word gets out that the moon walk may have been staged, anyone that knows about this “conspiracy”, or who may have played a role in its conception or completion, may not be longed for this world, or the next…

I give OPERATION AVALANCHE a rating of DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY: Having always been intrigued by space flight and the NASA program growing up; I was totally thrown off by Johnson and Owen bringing up the “conspiracy theory” that had plagued the NASA program in the late 1960’s, and tried very hard to present it as factual. I realize it’s Art, and freedom of speech, and all that stuff, and you can make a movie about whatever you want ~ this is AMERICA ~ it just made me feel bad for those men who gave their life’s work in making this dream and these events REALLY HAPPEN, only to have all these ridiculous theories brought back to life yet again. This film goes out of its way to try to bring validity to the “falseness of the program” and at the hands of those who were a part of it, which I feel is a great travesty too! I guess I should be offended by the fact that they present our federal government unfavorably too – alluding to if the Feds don’t like something your doing, they can off you in an instant…and I’m sure that part of the film is just fiction too 😉 From the less than flattering “old grainy style” of cinematography to the blasphemy of its storyline, I wasn’t impressed with OPERATION AVALANCHE, or it’s conspiracy theory rhetoric either…enough said!

Kathy Kaiser

DEEPWATER HORIZON – Rated PG-13

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DEEPWATER HORIZON – Rated PG-13

107 Minutes

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriquez and Kate Hudson

From Director Peter Berg ~ who has brought us such action packed thrillers as HANCOCK, BATTLESHIP and LONE SURVIVOR ~ comes a real-life thriller about that fateful day ~ April 20, 2010~ when lives were changed forever, and so was the oil drilling industry within this country…this is DEEPWATER HORIZON!

Getting ready to return to the oil-drilling rig that he works on, we meet Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg), sad to leave his little girl and beautiful wife Felicia (Kate Hudson) yet again…

Heading out to sea with THE BOSS of the rig, Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell) and drilling expert Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriquez), it seems like it’s going to be just another day in paradise as the crew continues to prepare DEEPWATER HORIZON to bring oil to the surface in a few short months.

When BP execs decide to make a surprise visit to find out why “the unleashing of this beast” is way behind schedule, Harrell, Williams and the rest of the crew try to explain to these morons, that their rig isn’t ready to bring them their precious oil just yet…

Bound and determined to test this rig ~ and everyone’s patience ~ BP exec Vidrine (John Malkovich), is pushing everyone to get this oil flowing, forcing DEEPWATER HORIZON to bring up oil way before she’s ready.

As this premature drilling sequence continues at the order of the heads of BP, it is about to cause an incident of epic proportions ~ thus taking the lives of 11 of DEEPWATER HORIZONS Crew, and causing the biggest oil spill in US history to happen 49 miles off the coast of Louisiana too…

I give DEEP WATER HORIZON a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN ~From the fabulous acting of it’s entire cast, including Wahlberg, Russell, Malkovich, Hudson, and all the not-so-famous actors brought along to portray this real-life tragedy out on the big screen too…to the extremely intense and graphic scenes of what happened on that fateful day at the hands of the BP Execs on board DEEPWATER HORIZON, this is one true story you absolutely cannot miss!!! And know going in too, if you wanted BP to pay for the lives that were shamefully lost due to their greed over 6 years ago, all those emotions are brought back to the surface watching this film, as you live through the ordeal this brave souls actually went through. Astonishingly for me as well, as I watched this story play out on screen, was the fact that not more of the crew perished, as all this destruction and mayhem ensued. If intense action and real-life depictions are something you love to view, then you have to head out to catch DEEPWATER HORIZON at a theater near you, as this film is the DEFINITE MUST SEE THIS WEEKEND for me!!!

Kathy Kaiser

DEEPWATER HORIZON Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson and Director Pete Berg visit Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi – DEEP WATER HORIZON hits theaters 9/30

DEEPWATER HORIZON’s Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, and Director Peter Berg visited the Keesler Air Force Base on Tuesday in Biloxi, MS to introduce a special advance screening of their upcoming film DEEPWATER HORIZON – in theatres on September 30th.

In addition to the screening introduction – Kate, Kurt and Pete spent time touring the base, meeting troops and their families along top ranking military officials and got an up close view WC-130J aircraft.

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The talent and filmmakers selected the base to show support for those that serve in the Gulf region, a region that was deeply affected by Hurricane Katrina and the DEEPWATER HORIZON tragedy.

SYNOPSIS

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.  Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson

Soundbites, B Roll, and Images from Tuesday’s visit are now available on DEEPWATER HORIZON’s EPK.tv page below.

Footage: Courtesy of Lionsgate

Photos: Courtesy of Lionsgate

Official Site:                              http://www.deepwaterhorizon.movie/

Facebook:                                 https://www.facebook.com/DeepwaterHorizonMovie/

Twitter:                                     https://twitter.com/DWHMovie

Instagram:                                https://www.instagram.com/deepwaterhorizonmovie/

Hashtags:                                 #DeepwaterHorizonMovie

ABOUT DEEPWATER HORIZON

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.  Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

Summit Entertainment and Participant Media present a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Closest to the Hole / Leverage Entertainment production, a Peter Berg film.

DEEPWATER HORIZON opens in the US on September 30th.

LIONSGATE TO HOST A NEW YORK COMIC CON PANEL FEATURING JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 SATURDAY, OCT. 8

LIONSGATE TO HOST A NEW YORK COMIC CON PANEL FEATURING

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

SATURDAY, OCT. 8

New John Wick: Chapter 2 Teaser Poster Just Released: Download Here

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Lionsgate will host a power-packed panel that will feature the stars and filmmakers from the highly anticipated feature films John Wick: Chapter 2 and Saban’s Power Rangers during New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 8. Fans attending the hour-long panel will be treated to Q&A sessions with the cast and producers of Saban’s Power Rangers and John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen footage from both films. Those who cannot attend will be able to watch the panel LIVE on Twitch.

Panel Title: 

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS and JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

Panel Summary:

Lionsgate presents a preview of two of 2017 most highly anticipated films, SABAN’S POWER RANGERS  and JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 – – A must see for all, this panel will provide a look at the epic action-adventure, SABAN’S POWER RANGER’S followed by a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers bringing this new motion picture to the big screen. Attendees will also be shown footage from the return of everyone’s favorite hitman in JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 and will be treated to a Q&A with the all-star cast.

Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Date: Saturday, October 8

Time: 2:00 PM

AMERICAN ULTRA – Rated R – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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“Do you want to get drunk and get some booty in your face?”

“it’s 8:15 in the morning…”

From Writer Max Landis, who has brought us CHRONICLE and the soon to be released VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – comes a film that will assure you that there is nothing better than A STONED COLD KILLER ~ while you experience the CRAZINESS that is ~ AMERICAN ULTRA!!!

Wrapped up in a world of marijuana, mushrooms, and painful to watch anxiety attacks – Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) can barely make it through life day to day. That is, unless his beautiful and also stoned girlfriend Phoebe Larson (Kristen Stewart) is by his side…

When two armed men mess with Mike’s car, his world is turned upside down, as apparently – Mike is a trained assassin!!! Not sure what is happening or what to do with the mess Mike’s in, Phoebe tries to figure out a way to get their lives back on track.

Enter Intelligence agent Victoria Lasseter (Connie Britton) into Mikes’ life, hoping to save him from ultimate annihilation by the self-proclaimed new leader of the agency, Adrian Yates (Topher Grace).

As Mike tries to figure out how he has become a “crazed psychopathic killer” and Phoebe finds herself in a predicament she has tried desperately to hide too, it seems that nothing in either of their lives is exactly what is seems…

I give AMERICAN ULTRA 3.5 out of 5 stars or CATCH IT ON THE BIG SCREEN

I must admit, this film totally had my attention the whole way through, as the epic twists and turns regarding Eisenberg’s and Stewarts characters I would never have guessed, like in a million years, and after seeing as many films as I do, it’s hard to surprise me anymore!!! I also couldn’t believe that I received a wish I had earlier in the week too – which was to see Eisenberg give us a performance with more dimension than we have seen before – and HE ACTUALLY DID IT…and all in the same week of advanced screenings…who knew!! But, sadly, I was not amazed by Grace’s performance – I mean, he plays a character totally different from his THAT 70’s SHOW days, but if you are going to play a prick, then you have to keep it coming on all cylinders…and even though I loved seeing Britton on the big screen again as well, her portrayal wasn’t mesmerizing me either. Stewart managed to muster up more expression than I have seen from her before for this film, so I was happy to see the stoic and impersonal actress make some strides their too. All in all, AMERICAN ULTRA was better than average, by more than a monkey or two…

Kathy Kaiser

Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games – Special edition pre-order book now available

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The final installment of the hugely anticipated film series THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 is coming to a theater near you this fall, and we’re celebrating in a BIG way. Assouline is debuting a gorgeous compilation of photos that bring you behind-the-scenes into the making of this big-screen adaptation. Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games is a special volume of exclusive photographs from all four films, which is available to preorder online now.

See photos from the Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games dinner last night, hosted by Assouline and W Magazine: https://www.hightail.com/download/bXBaOGNTVnMwVWt3anNUQw

Assouline and W Magazine host an intimate dinner for Lionsgate Chief Brand Officer and President of Worldwide Marketing, Tim Palen, in honor of the release of the book TIM PALEN: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE HUNGER GAMES at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Photo Credit: Marion Curtis

See photos from the Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games dinner last night, hosted by Assouline and W Magazine: https://www.hightail.com/download/bXBaOGNTVnMwVWt3anNUQw

Tim Palen : Jennifer Lawrence

NEW OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR LIONSGATE STUDIOS NEW FILM – AMERICAN ULTRA

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FIN03_AmerUltra_1Sht_Tsr_KS_VFAmerican Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down.  Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive. 

Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh

Written by: Max Landis

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman & Walton Goggins

Produced by: Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert, Britton Rizzio

Genre: Action/Comedy