Harold and Kumar 2 Escape from Guantanamo Bay [R]

April 29, 2008 by  
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Harold and Kumar 2 Escape from Guantanamo Bay [R][R]
New Line Cinema
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April 25, 2008

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Directors: Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring: John Cho and Kal Penn

Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) are back in Harold and Kumar 2 Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 surprise cult-hit where the two overcame great and numerous misadventures while craving White Castle’s delicious little burgers.

Picking up moments after the end of the first film, Harold and Kumar are getting ready to embark on a greater journey, this time following Harold’s love-interest, Maria (Paula Garcés, Red Princess Blues). While on the airplane, Kumar decides to test out his newly invented smokeless bong in the bathroom. Mistaken for a terrorist with bomb-in-hand, our heroes are subdued and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which they manage to escape from in little time. [READ MORE]

The Game Plan [PG]

January 29, 2008 by  
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The Game Plan [PG][PG]
Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: January 22, 2008

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Director: Andy Fickman
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis, Roselyn Sanchez, Travis Sanders, Kyra Sedgwick

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Gridiron Gang, Walking Tall) stars as Joe Kingman, star quarterback for the Boston Rebels professional football team. Although he has made a career for himself in a position requiring him to run a team, he often puts himself before his teammates. The self-proclaimed "King" even makes it a point to end each interview he does by reminding media and fans alike that he is "number one on the field and number one in your heart." His main option on offense, when Kingman decides to look past himself, is Travis Sanders (Morris Chestnut – The Perfect Holiday, Like Mike), a conflicting personality to Kingman’s if there ever was one. The wide-receiver often gets ribbed by his teammates for his tendency to cut out early on post-game partying to spend time at home with his wife and kids. [READ MORE]

Superbad [R]

December 12, 2007 by  
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Superbad [R][R]
Sony Pictures/Apatow Productions
Release Date: December 4, 2007

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Directors: Greg Mottola
Starring: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seth Rogan, Bill Hader

In the summer of 2007, Hollywood saw more blockbusters released than possibly ever, with proven-franchises finding success in sequels (Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), as well as in feature-film debuts (Transformers, The Simpsons Movie). But that summer also saw the rejuvenation of the often-times ill-fated R-Rated comedy, with Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow responsible. Not only did they work together on the critically acclaimed Knocked Up, but they used their now proven formula of smart and witty humor to balance out the sexual connotations that often dominate the high school comedy genre here in Superbad.

With Rogan already having worked with rising star, and Apatow mainstay, Jonah Hill (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard) in Knocked Up, and Michael Cera providing the awkward humor along with the quick, subtle comebacks he perfected on the Emmy-Award-winning sitcom Arrested Development, the comedic expectations here should be rightfully held to high standards. Newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Little Big Men) compliments the stars well in his acting debut as Fogell, a friend of Seth and Evan’s who fits in even less than they do. [READ MORE]

High School Musical 2 [PG]

August 25, 2007 by  
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High School Musical 2 [PG][PG]
Walt Disney Pictures
Television Premiere: August 17, 2007

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Director: Kenny Ortega
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Monique Coleman

Following the events of the original High School Musical, this original Disney Channel movie begins at the culmination of a school year that, as Ashley Tisdale’s Sharpay Evans states in this film, "It was a very trying year, ladies. My drama department was invaded by outsiders. Singers coming from the chemistry lab and locker room. Shocking, really." This time around, the plot has the whole gang spend their summer vacation working at a local country club, owned by Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay’s parents. While Sharpay used her clout to get Troy (Zac Efron) a job, since she wanted to get him away from his girlfriend Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), as well as his Wildcat teammates, Troy insisted that his friends get summer jobs there as well, resulting in the whole gang from the first movie being on-hand for a new adventure. [READ MORE]

Vanessa Hudgens – ‘V’

October 5, 2006 by  
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Vanessa Hudgens, 'V'V
Release Date: September 26, 2006
Hollywood Records | buy now

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"Ya’ll need to get ready to hear the unbelievable, indescribable, Vanessa Hudgens."

Teenage singer/actress Vanessa Hudgens debut album is introduced as such over the violin lead-in on the opening track "Baby Come Back." On the album, simply titled V, the star of the popular Disney Channel hit original movie, High School Musical, seems ready to embark on a successful music career, showing the vocal potential that was evident in the made for cable movie and its subsequent soundtrack. Similar to other teenage sensations, Hudgens balances teenage angst over unrequited love with more mature concepts. An example would be the semi-feminist themed "Never Underestimate A Girl" which declares the power a determined woman has. [READ MORE]

Curious George [G]

October 4, 2006 by  
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Curious George [G][G]
Universal Studios
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006

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Director: Matthew O’Callaghan
Starring: Will Ferrell, Frank Welker, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Dick Van Dyke

A kid’s film with little-to-no adult humor offered – using a more traditional style of animation rather than the seemingly industry standard methods of CGI – successful in today’s society? Impossible! With Pixar/Disney and Dreamworks releasing some of the film industries best animated comedic and family films over the past decade, and predominantly going the CGI direction in those films, the thought of a feature-length film based on a 65-year-old children’s book series of a monkey whose only means of communication are action and expression seems like a sure-fire miss, an idea that may have gone over well in the early 90s but is destined to fail in this new age of entertainment. However, with Curious George, the formula, unfamiliar to this generation, works surprisingly well. [READ MORE]

Butch Walker And The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites [7/28/06]

August 7, 2006 by  
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Butch Walker & The-Let's-Go-Out-Tonites 7/28/06"Too Famous To Get Fully Dressed Tour"

Axis
Boston, MA – July 28, 2006

Taking the stage, the band kicked off their set with "Hot Girls in Good Moods," the lively opener from The Rise And Fall of… Butch Walker And The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites, the album that inspired this tour. The tempo remained the same early on with performances of older songs such as "Maybe It’s Just Me" and "#1 Summer Jam," as well as a plethora of newer songs, such as "Ladies And Gentleman… ‘The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites’," "Bethamphetine (Pretty Pretty)," and "Too Famous To Get Fully Dressed." While these early, high-powered performances gave the crowd plenty reason to dance and party, there were incredibly heartfelt renditions of The Rise And Fall of…’s grim "We’re All Going Down" and two anthemic ballads from Letters, "Mixtape" and "Don’t Move," that were incredible despite the change of pace. [READ MORE]

Butch Walker & The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites – ‘Rise And Fall of…’

July 23, 2006 by  
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Butch Walker & The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites, 'Rise And Fall of...'The Rise And Fall of… Butch Walker & The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites
Release Date: July 11, 2006
EPIC/Red Ink Records | buy now

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The name Butch Walker may be a familiar one for fans who read the album credits of their favorite artist or band. As a songwriter/producer, he has worked with big time acts such as Avril Lavigne, Hot Hot Heat, The All-American Rejects, and Lindsay Lohan. However, as a singer/songwriter, he has had several solid releases that have gone under the radar despite the continued growth that is evident with each new album. The follow-up to 2004′s impressive Letters has Butch enlist a band to back him, leading to the appropriately named album title:The Rise And Fall of… Butch Walker And The-Lets-Go-Out-Tonites. What follows is a phenomenal album that takes a different approach from previous efforts. [READ MORE]

X-Men: The Last Stand [PG-13]

July 7, 2006 by  
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X-Men: The Last Stand [PG-13][PG-13]
20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 28, 2006

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Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewarr, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin

Taking place shortly after the concluding events of X2: X-Men United,
X-Men: The Last Stand opens to a war scene set in the Danger Room, the training facility used by the X-Men to prepare themselves for battle. Led by veterans Wolverine (Hugh Jackman – Van Helsing) and Storm (Halle Berry – Gothika), the younger mutants, Rogue (Ana Paquin – Finding Forrester), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore – Underclassman), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore – Alone In The Dark), and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page – I Downloaded A Ghost) are all going through preparation with an emphasis on teamwork. While the previous movie had the core group of mutant heroes join together to save their race from extinction, there was a key loss that left the rest of the team divided and this is one of the focal points of the movie being explored early on. Ever the loner, Wolverine single-handedly ends the battle session, leaving him and Storm at odds as she feels strongly about teaching her students the values and benefits of coming together to accomplish a goal as opposed to individual achievements. [READ MORE]

Superman Returns [PG-13]

July 4, 2006 by  
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Superman Returns [PG-13][PG-13]
Warner Bros.
Release Date: June 28, 2006

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Director: Brian Singer
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden

Superman Returns is essentially the sequel to 1980′s Superman 2, and while there have been some liberties taken to ease the 26 year transition, for the most part continuity is maintained. Likewise, newcomer Brandon Routhe’s physical resemblance to the late Christopher Reeves adds to the continuity of the newly revived franchise. This respect paid to the former Man of Steel and the franchise that he helped jump-start in the late 70′s is displayed from the opening credits both with the introductory commentary by Marlon Brando’s Jor-El along with the familiar theme music heard in the film’s score.

After a 5 year hiatus from Earth while searching for the remnants of Krypton, Superman (Routh) returns home to find that nothing is the same as he left it. Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth – Beyond The Sea), once Superman’s inamorata, now the jilted lover, has moved on since his leaving, engaged to pilot and newspaper editor Richard White (James Marsden – X-Men), and mother to a sickly child (Tristan Leabu) who becomes more important to the story as it progresses. Lois, rightfully peeved after falling for the hero only to have him take an extended leave of absence without a proper farewell, has recently won a Pulitzer Prize for an article which she wrote entitled "Why The World Doesn’t Need Superman." Unfortunately, her character takes a hit due to her ignorance or Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent, and his affection for her. This unrequited affection is displayed throughout the film, causing the desirable reporter to seem quite inconsiderate as a result. [READ MORE]

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