Captain America and his mighty shield……… Review for Captain America:The Winter Soldier

Captain Ameria: The Winter Soldier

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By Michael Alvarez
I highly recommend this film….

There is no way around this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great film. YES I LOVED IT. Considering we do not always have the opportunity to watch a Superhero film with a perfect blend of cinematography, writing and a superb cast. If that is not enough, another point to consider is the fact that CA:TWS truly bridges all fims in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase 2 along with ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”. So if you are a true Marvel fan like I am, you will be happy to know that it pay’s off to watch the show.
I must remind you that making an entertating film based on a comic book is no easy feat, with that said…….
The filmakers effectively use the source material as a story board and with the help of a great cast bring The Comic Book to life. Anthony and Joseph Russo worked off an exellent script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely based Ed Brubaker’s instant classic series “Captain America:The Winter Soldier” published by Marvel Comics. Its a great story filled with plot twists, with an extensive web of deceit, hardcore action, laughs and also with so many surprises even the fan boys won’t know what hit them. I see it as an Espioange film with an occasional Superhero or two.
Anthony & Joseph Russo are at the top of their game making their first Action film. Managing to keep us glued to our seats throughout entire film. It also helps that the Russo brother’s are coming off “The Community” which ad libs most of its dialogue during the shooting its episodes. This is a great thing because it lets the actors be free and creative making for a better performance. Especially with a cast like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford.
Cinematography in the film is something to boast about considering camera work is often over shadowed by glitzy special effects. It is refreshing to know the film makers did not solely depend on special effects to tell the story. In the opening of the film there is a fantastic fight scequence between Captain America, his shield and a wanted terrorist. Not only was the fight sequence nicely choreographed with a combination of kicks and the Shield but so was the camera work shooting the sequnce was also very well choreographed. Its not easy getting the right angle during a perfect kick and many of you are not aware that the cameras on a film set run on high wires and a pull track like that of a Train tracks and controling those devices is an art by it self. Again because of the experience of directing “The Community” and shooting with Hand Held Cameras add a realistic touch to the action sequences. Plus its great to see a montage of scenes backed by a little music, just saying….
The film takes place two years after New York City was invaded by the Chitauri in The Avengers…. Captain America is now living in Washington DC and a full time operative with Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D taking down bad guys. Steve Rogers aka Captain America is still adjusting to life in the 21st Century. Steve is doing what he can to adjust to his new life from jogging, making new friends and building a music list with the likes of Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” to the theme of “Rocky II” by Bill Conti. Steve is also avoiding blind date suggestions from his new partner Natsha Romanoff aka The Black Widow. I guess that is what makes Captain America such a great character, he makes saving the world look so easy but has such a though time trying to belong to it. Other highlights of the film are the mysterious Nick Fury as we saa what a BAD-ASS he truly is. We also get an in depth look and history of the infamous organization of S.H.I.E.L.D and how Howard and Tony Stark are connect to the organization.
As I mentioned earlier for those loyal fans of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, you are in for a treat. Not only do we learn why Nick Fury has been avoiding Agents Colson phone calls and for “being off the grid” but we also get a glimpse at a direction the show might take, I can only hope….. Lets not forget about Captain America and the course his life must take when confronting tradegies from his past…. Hold on I have a better idea I think you will better enjoy the film if you just go watch climatic film and see what I am all exited about. 
Also don’t forget to stay and watch both the Mid and Post credit scenes teasing Avengers 2…….

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The winner for TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Movie Passes Giveaway is…….

I am happy to announce Stephen N./@Alienxphile has won TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Movie Passes Giveaway.

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Director: Robert Lorenz

Writer : Written by Randy Brown

Producers: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Michele Weisler

Executive Producer: Tim Moore

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick,

Matthew Lillard, Joe Massingill

 

Drama. Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.

 

This film has been rated PG-13 for language, sexual references,

some thematic material and smoking. 

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The Winners for THE CAMPAIGN Hollywood Movie Money are:

 

 

The Winners for THE CAMPAIGN Hollywood Movie Money are:

The Grand Prize Winner -  ‏@Michelle106Con

The Runner up Winner – @motherinpain

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When long-term Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of unscrupulous power brokers plots to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.  At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support and a cutthroat campaign manager, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.

As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quicklyescalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. It’s a mud-slinging, backstabbing, home-wrecking comedy from “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach that takes today’s political circus to its logical next level. Because, even if you believe campaign ethicshave hit rock bottom…there’s still room to dig a whole lot deeper.

“The Campaign” also stars Jason Sudeikis as Cam Brady’s loyal but increasingly overwhelmed campaign manager, Mitch; and Katherine LaNasa as Cam’s single-minded wife, Rose. Dylan McDermott stars as Tim Wattley, tasked with transforming Marty Huggins’s public image; with John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd as the powerful Motch brothers, the money behind his implausible bid for Congress; and Brian Cox as Marty’s father, retired political operator Raymond Huggins, who cannot fathom what any of them see in his son.

Directed by Jay Roach (Emmy Award winner for HBO’s “Recount” and Emmynominee for HBO’s “Game Change”) and written by Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell, from astory by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell, “The Campaign” was produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach and Zach Galifianakis. Amy Sayres, Jon Poll and Chris Henchy served as executive producers.

 The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Jim Denault (EmmyAward nominee for HBO’s “Carnivàle” and “Game Change”); two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Apollo 13”); editors Craig Alpert (“Knocked Up,” “Borat”) and Jon Poll (“Meet the Fockers”); and costume designer Daniel Orlandi (“The Blind Side,” Emmy winner for “The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter”). The music is by Theodore Shapiro (“Marley & Me,” Emmy Award nominee for HBO’s “Game Change”).

 

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Gary Sanchez/Everyman Pictures Production, a Jay Roach Film, “The Campaign.” It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

 

http://www.thecampaignmovie.com

 

In addition to, Warner Bros. Cine – Latino Facebook page will be sharing additional content, promotions and updates on behalf of the film. A mention of the Warner Bros. Cine – Latino Facebook page within the giveaway would be very much appreciated. Please don’t forget to tag the Warner Bros. Cine – Latino on your Facebook posts.

El Ganador alternativo de Magic Mike / paquete de premios Concurso Temático

Me gusta anunciar el ganador alternativo de Magic Mike / paquete de premios Concurso Temático es @snowwright.
 
                             
 

 

 
  Una vez más gracias a todos por jugar!!

 

Alternate Grand Prize winner for the Magic Mike / Thematic Prize Pack Giveaway

 

I like to announce the alternate Grand Prize winner for the Magic Mike / Thematic Prize Pack Giveaway is @snowwright .           

 

                             

 

 

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Move over Buffy, there is a new Vampire Hunter and his name is Abraham Lincoln.

Move over Buffy, there is a new Vampire Hunter and his name is Abraham Lincoln.        “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”     The Review 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: Michael Alvarez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Without a doubt “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is Work of Art!!
 
As you, I also thought Abe Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter would be a crazy suggestion for a film when I first read the film was being made.  I am sure glad I was WRONG! The film is anything but cheesy or corny.  It is visually Stunning, a Fantastic Script, and Superb Acting.  Timur Bekmambetov who grew up in a Communist Regime did an extraordinary job at interpreting the meaning of Freedom from an American’s Point of View. Bekmambetov also did a great job at recreating American History, and American Pop Culture on Film.  A feat I have not seen since Milos Forman Directed the Musical “Hair” back in 1979. Tim Burton made the right choice in Co-Producer Timur Bekmambetov to direct Seth Grahame-Smith’s script based on his Creative Graphic Novel under the same title “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.  Let’s not forget that the film was shot in with 3D in mind, which looked incredible on screen.  The film opens with a beautiful Camera Shot of the city of Washington DC’s growth in the last 150 years in a backwards mode, very cool.  
 
 

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

 
 
The story revolves around Abraham Lincoln’s (Benjamin Walker) secret life as a Vampire Hunter in which he logged on his personal journal.  Abraham began his trek after the loss of his Mother over a debt.  His obsession with vengeance blinded him from something a lot more sinister than he ever imagined.  That’s when Abe met his Recruiter/Trainer Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper).  Henry saved Abe from a Vampire attack and asked Abe if he will join Henry in his Cause of Vampire Hunting but, only after Abe will be willing to remove vengeance from his eyes.  Abe agrees now the secret life and training begin.  If memory serves me correct we were taught in Grammar School not only was Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States who ended Slavery but he also built a Log Cabin from the wood he would chop off from trees.   What better than an Axe as weapon of choice.  Abe handles the Axe the same way Bruce Lee would use his trademark Nunchaku (Nun-Chucks).  Once Abe is fully trained all I can say is Buffy you better watch out because Honest Abe might take your job.  Like every hero Abe also has a Side-Kick, Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) is a Loyal childhood friend who Abe and his Parents saved from a treacherous man named Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) the reason Abe decided to become a slayer.  The story also has a villain of villain’s Adam (Rufus Sewell) a vampire who is thousands of years old.  Adam is one of the reasons why this story is so brilliant.  The evil vampire Adam devices a plan in which  Slaves in the South are to be used as Live Stock for an endless supply of blood for consumption.  Masking Vampires as Plantation owners and fueling the Civil War.  Seth Grahame-Smith does an amazing job at writing fiction influenced by facts of American History.
 
 
 
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Timur Bekmambetov took Seth Grahame-Smith script and seamlessly combined Fact and Fiction on screen.  Since this is Abe’s secret life Seth Grahame-Smith had the luxury of writing a story where he can fit in, combine and substitute facts and moments of American History with vampires.  As you are watching the film you see key moments of the Civil War such as The Battle for Gettysburg and The Gettysburg address all responsible due to vampires.  If one would not know History you would believe what you see on the screen to be true.  Don’t be surprised if you have the urge to research Abraham Lincoln to see what fact is and what is fiction?  Think about it Abraham Lincoln was a very tall man and rugged man, add the Top Hat, Axe, and a Jacket with coattails and you have yourself a Vampire Hunter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a must see and well worth it on 3D!!!!!
 
 
 

“Brave” The Review

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By: Michael Alvarez
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Pixar audience is maturing along with its Animation.  I believe this is the first Pixar film with a darker tone meant for the older children.  A slower than usual pace compared to the previous Pixar Films.
 
Brave is the story of Merida (Kelly Mcdonald) a Scottish Princess who dreams of a life filled with marvelous adventures while dredging the day she will become Queen and who happens to be a Marksman in Archery.  If that is not enough her parents King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) are lining up eligible suitors from neighboring clans in Scotland for her hand in marriage.  An idea the free spirited Merida is not fond of and is willing to thwart at any cost.
 
As I mentioned earlier Pixar recognizes its a
udience is growing older so they are making films to suit them as well.  This is the darkest Pixar film to date with a much gloomier look and a slower pace in the story telling.  In fact although Pixar is known for its Wonderful and Beautiful animation however much more emphasize went on the script for “Brave”.  The story focuses on the Mother/Daughter relationship giving the Mother a much larger role absent from previous Disney and Pixar productions.  Mother’s play a large role in our daily routine and the filmmakers wanted to get that point across with the relationship between Queen Elinor and her teenage daughter Merida which is a major plus. 
 
 
 
The film also does a wonderful job in bringing Scottish folk lore to life such as the bad curses by Witches and the “Will of the Wisps”, magic beings whom guide people to their own destinies.  Variations of Stone Hedge are also seen thru out the film.  The gorgeous Landscapes and Castles of the Highlands of Scotland or also captured with such beauty that you cannot tell the images are computer generated.
 
Billy Connolly is hilarious as King Fergus so is Kevin McKidd who pulled double duty as both Lord MacGuffin and Young Macguffin.  The antics of Craig Ferguson as Lord Macintosh and Robbie Coltrane as Lord Dingwall are not far behind.
 
Overall a very entertaining and fun film for the entire family. 

MADAGASCAR 3 Red Carpet Premiere in New York City

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Please Take a look at the “Madagascar 3: Europe Most Wanted” Premier in New York City and see who stop by for the film!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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DISNEYNATURE AND THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE ANNOUNCE CONSERVATION PROGRAM IMPACT

 

 

 

 

“SEE ‘CHIMPANZEE,’ SAVING CHIMPANZEES”

 

Disneynature and the Jane Goodall Institute Announce Conservation Program Impact

 

 

Program Will Protect 129,236 Acres of Habitat, Educate 60,000 Schoolchildren about Chimpanzee Conservation, and Care for Orphaned Chimpanzees

 

BURBANK, Calif. (May 11, 2012) – Disneynature and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) today announced the impact of the latest Disneynature conservation program “See ‘Chimpanzee’ Save Chimpanzees.”  For every moviegoer who saw Oscar the chimpanzee on the big screen during the film’s record-setting run, (April 20-May 3, 2012), Disneynature made a donation to JGI through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, which will profoundly impact JGI’s efforts to conserve chimpanzee habitat, grow educational programs for schools and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees.

 

The conservation program will help to protect 129,236 acres (202 square miles) of wild chimpanzee habitat through infrastructure investments in the expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo (Congo). Additionally, the program will enable JGI to exponentially grow its education program on the importance of protecting chimpanzees, reaching an estimated 60,000 children in 100 schools in Congo. The education initiative will extend to the students’ parents and neighbors, ultimately reaching nearly half of the country’s population. The program will also provide food and medicine for nearly all of the orphaned chimpanzees at JGI’s Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary for at least the next year.

 

“A huge ‘thank you’ to Disneynature and the millions of people who saw ‘Chimpanzee’ in its first two weeks,” said Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.  “The conservation program ‘See “Chimpanzee,” Save Chimpanzees’ substantially raised public awareness about the threats facing chimpanzees and their habitat, and everyone who saw the film helped the Jane Goodall Institute continue its efforts to protect these amazing beings and their forest home now and in the future.” 

 

“Disney is proud to work with the Jane Goodall Institute to help advance its work to protect chimpanzees and their habitat for generations to come,” said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. “The Walt Disney Company has a longstanding commitment to conservation and a renewed focus to connect kids with nature. Through Disneynature, we are devoted to making films that move, educate and inspire audiences.”

 

In addition to marking the first-ever extension to a Disneynature ticket-sales initiative, the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” program was supported across The Walt Disney Company. Disney Interactive Media Group‘s Animal Kingdom Explorer game, Disney Store, Disney Cruise Line and Disney’s internal Earth Day engagement efforts all contributed to the program, increasing the overall impact on chimpanzee conservation. Additionally, proceeds from external collaborations, including Alex Woo’s exclusive chimpanzee pendants and reservations made at Starwood Hotels & Resorts through the month of May, continue to broaden the impact.

 

In celebration of the new Friends for Change anthem and the “Chimpanzee” end-credit song, “Rise,” written and performed by McClain Sisters, Disney Music Group also made a contribution to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund “rapid response” program which supports emergency aid to animals during disasters. 

 

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Disneynature takes moviegoers deep into the forests of Africa with “Chimpanzee,” a new True Life Adventure introducing an adorable young chimpanzee named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. Oscar’s playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Working together, Oscar’s chimpanzee family—including his mom, Isha, and the group’s savvy leader, Freddy — navigates the complex territory of the forest. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimpanzees, who’d rather make mayhem than join their parents for an afternoon nap. But when Oscar’s family is confronted by a rival band of chimpanzees, he is left to fend for himself until a surprising ally steps in and changes his life forever. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“African Cats” and “Earth”) and Mark Linfield (“Earth”), and narrated by Tim Allen (Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing”), Rated G by the MPAA, “Chimpanzee” is in theaters now. For more information about “Chimpanzee,” visit Disney.com/Chimpanzee, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Disneynature or follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

 

ABOUT DISNEYNATURE

Disneynature was launched in April 2008. Its mission is to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage, inspire, and educate theatrical audiences everywhere. Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, which earned eight Academy Awards®. The first three Disneynature films, “Earth,” “Oceans” and “African Cats” are three of the top four highest overall grossing feature-length nature films to date, with “Earth” garnering a record-breaking opening weekend for the genre. Conservation has been a key pillar of the label, and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference. Through donations tied to opening week attendance for all three films, Disneynature has planted 3 million trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, established 40,000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas and protected 65,000 acres of savanna in Kenya.  For more information about Disneynature, check out Disney.com/chimpanzee, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature, and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.

 

ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior started more than 50 years ago—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

 

ABOUT THE DISNEY WORLDWIDE CONSERVATION FUND (DWCF)

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to inspire people and partnerships to protect the world’s wildlife and to connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. To date, DWCF has granted more than $18 million to support conservation programs in 112 countries, including funding to support community conservation programs to protect lions, cheetahs and chimpanzees. More information about DWCF’s efforts for wildlife, wild places and the people so closely linked to their survival can be found at disney.com/conservation. The DWCF also maintains the Rapid Response Fund, which has provided emergency funding to more than 160 relief efforts.

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS DOMESTIC DEBUT SETS ALL-TIME INDUSTRY RECORD AT $200.3 MILLION; FILM GROSSES $641.8 MILLION GLOBALLY!

 

 

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS DOMESTIC DEBUT SETS ALL-TIME INDUSTRY RECORD AT $200.3 MILLION; FILM GROSSES $641.8 MILLION GLOBALLY

 

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.

In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.

 

 

Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.

International box office highlights include:

  • Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
  • Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
  • Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines

 

Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.

The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.

 

Marvel’s The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.