In Theaters This Week (8/27/15): ‘No Escape’ & ‘We Are Your Friends’

This is one of the lesser anticipated weekends for movies this year as the Summer movie season is coming to an end. However, I am very interested in the two releases coming out this week in No Escape starring Owen Wilson and We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron. The reason I am interested in these films is mostly due to the stars of the films. Check out the synopsis’ and trailers below to decide if you’ll be seeing one of these movies this weekend.

First Up:

No Escape starring Owen Wilson and Lake Bell. Directed by John Erick Dowdle (As Above, So Below).

Synosis (IMDB):

In their new overseas home, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape in an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.

Next Up:

We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Jon Bernthal. Directed by Max Joseph.

Synopsis (IMDB):

Caught between a forbidden romance and the expectations of his friends, aspiring DJ Cole Carter attempts to find the path in life that leads to fame and fortune.

Well there you go! All you need to know about the major releases this week. Also in theaters still is Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47, American Ultra, Straight Outta Compton, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Fantastic Four, Ricki and The Flash, The Gift, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Ant-Man, Trainwreck, Minions and many others. Let us know what you’re going to see or if you’ve seen the latest releases!

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ – Official Photo Shows Michael Fassbender as Main Character

Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed video game adaptation.

Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ Assassin’s Creed will play a crucial part in the near future for video games adaptations. The first official photo for the upcoming film shows Michael Fassbender as the main character Callum Lynch.

I think its very important this first photo makes a great impression, much like how Warcraft did, because both films are huge in paving the way for other adaptations. The costume looks great, and my early impression is that Fassbender is going to kill it (no pun).

Produce Frank Marshall confirmed (via. Twitter) that production on the film begins tomorrow (today). Justin Kruzel (Macbeth) and Marion Cortillard (Macbeth) will join Fassbender (Macbeth) for their second collaboration together. Their onscreen presence in the upcoming Shakespeare adaptation will give us a good indication of this film’s potential.

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For those who are new to this upcoming project, here’s the official synopsis:

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.  Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

Assassin’s Creed will arrive in theaters on December 21, 2016.

Does the photo above give you confidence in Michael Fassbender leading this film?

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MTE Movie Podcast #14: Box Office Results, American Ultra Review and More!

On this episode of the MTE Movie Podcast we discuss this past weekends box office, catch up on reviews such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Gift and American Ultra and More!

Podcast Content:

Box Office Results

The Man From UNCLE Review

American Ultra Review

The Gift Review

Open Mic: Gio brings up Colin Trevorrow’s recent comments on female directors in Hollywood and we discuss the current state of female directors.

*All photos are from Google Images and we do not have the rights to them nor do we try to monetize from them.

Thanks for listening!

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Captain America: Civil War Promo Art Tweeted by Jeremy Renner

Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner, took to Twitter earlier this morning to reveal some concept promo art for Captain America: Civil War which is releasing next year on May 6. Renner posted two pieces of art that reveal what side each hero is going to fall on, either Iron Man’s or Captain America’s. I’m not sure if these are official concept pieces of art for the movie from Marvel Studios or if they are drawn by a fan. Either way they are really cool and if Jeremy Renner is posting them himself, they must carry some weight to them regarding the teams for Civil War. Check out the pictures below!

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I have to admit both of these pictures are so freakin’ awesome!! I am so happy to at least have an idea of what the teams might be in the movie and even if these are indeed the teams at the start of the conflict, who knows where each member will end up by the end of the movie. There are a few interesting things I take from these photos if these are the real lineups. One is the woman lined up with Captain America’s team, it looks like Sharon Carter aka Agent 13 which is odd because I thought Scarlet Witch might be on his team but I’m sure there will be an explanation for this in the film. Another thing that stands out is is the little Ant-Man on Hawkeye’s shoulder, that is so hilarious! One other thing worth mentioning is no Spider-Man which I don’t mind because he’s most likely not going to have a huge roll in the movie and I’d rather Marvel not market it that way.

Anyways, what do you all think of this promo art? Let us know in the comment section!

Source: Jeremy Renner (Twitter)

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – Teaser Speculation (Finn Wielding a Lightsaber)

Thank god I’m typing right now and not talking, because I can barely breathe due to all the EPICNESS…

Teasers for upcoming teaser trailers are annoying if anything these days, but Star Wars just proved they can be really effective if done right. This latest teaser just released via. Instagram showing a 15 sec video. There’s a shot of The First Order standing in formation, Rey (Daisy Ridley) stands looking above in disbelief, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driverdraws his lightsaber readying to fight against…. Finn!!! (John Boyega).

So what does this mean as far as what we know regarding this movie?

For one, it confirms that Finn does in fact use the lightsaber that’s rumored to be Luke’s. We’ve previously seen this indication through a recently released poster for D23. Now whether he skillful in fighting with it or not remains to be seen. There’s also the question of what is Finn doing on that planet. Is he looking for Luke, or maybe training with Luke? I’ll remind you, we don’t know who Luke is referring to when he said “You have that power too” in the second teaser trailer.

Also, there was a photo released a few days ago (below) showing Kylo Ren in a jungle environment similar to where we see Rey in this video. That could be the same place or maybe not. One thing is for sure, she doesn’t seem to excited in seeing whoever is arriving.

Check out the teaser trailer below, and let me know if there’s anything I missed. Give us your own speculations as well.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015

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Eazy-E Actor Lands a Role in ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Straight Outta Compton had a number of remarkable performances, especially from its three main leads. Now two of them are set to reunite for Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island.

Jason Mitchell, the actor who blew audiences away with his portrayal as rapper Eazy-E has landed a role in the film. He’ll join his former co-star Corey Hawkins who played Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton. According to The Hollywood Reporter (who broke the news), Mitchell’s role is said to be an easy going pilot.

Love this casting, and it’ll be cool seeing Mitchell and Hawkins onscreen together. This will be a fun role for him. As for the film itself, Skull Island continues to develop nicely after losing Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons by making these solid casting additions. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Toby Kebbell are set to star in a film that will explore the origins of Kong and his home island.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summerwill direct, with a script currently being re-written by Derek Connolly. Production will begin in late October for a March 10, 2017 release.

How excited are you to hear the casting of Jason Mitchell for Kong: Skull Island?

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‘The Program’ – Lance Armstrong Biopic (Trailer & Posters)

The Icon: One of the most famous names on the planet, Lance Armstrong won an unprecedented seven victories in the most gruelling individual sport in the world, the Tour De France. His subsequent conviction for doping was one of the most shocking and controversial moments in modern history. But why did he lie to the world? How did he get away with it for so long? Lance Armstrong: cancer-surviving founder of LiveStrong, or a disgraced cyclist and cheat? A hero or a villain?

What can I say that already hasn’t been said about Lance Armstrong. So I’ll get straight to the point, his upcoming biopic looks good. Now before some of you begin to criticize me, know that I’m strictly talking about the movie.

Starring Ben Foster, who is a tragically underrated actor, as Lance Armstrong. The movie is based off David Walsh’s Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, which documents one journalist’s (Walsh) mission to expose the championed cyclist. Directed by Stephen Frears, who’s a two-time Oscar nominee for Best Director.

I absolutely love the pairing of Foster and Frears for this kind of story. What I’m hopeful for is the movie doesn’t try and have us sympathize for Armstrong towards the end of the movie. The trailer has given me no reason to believe so, but I’ve seen it happen with other figures in other movies.

Now before you write off this movie, because you may feel like you’re supporting Lance Armstrong in some way, know that’s not the case. This is a movie about exposing Armstrong for his cheating, and one journalist’s courage and determination to follow through on such a difficult and dangerous investigation. Its a story worth seeing unfold.

Check out the trailer above, along with some newly released posters below highlighting the main players in this story (IGN).

The Program also has a strong supporting cast in Lee Pace and Dustin Hoffman. The biopic currently has only a U.K. release in theaters on October 16, 2016.

We’ll keep you updated…

The Icon: One of the most famous names on the planet, Lance Armstrong won an unprecedented seven victories in the most gruelling individual sport in the world, the Tour De France. His subsequent conviction for doping was one of the most shocking and controversial moments in modern history. But why did he lie to the world? How did he get away with it for so long? Lance Armstrong: cancer-surviving founder of LiveStrong, or a disgraced cyclist and cheat? A hero or a villain?

The Legend: One of the most famous names on the planet, Lance Armstrong won an unprecedented seven victories in the most gruelling individual sport in the world, the Tour De France. His subsequent conviction for doping was one of the most shocking and controversial moments in modern history. But why did he lie to the world? How did he get away with it for so long? Lance Armstrong: cancer-surviving founder of LiveStrong, or a disgraced cyclist and cheat? A hero or a villain?

The Source: A winner of the Tour De France in 2006, Floyd Landis was a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, giving him unique access to and knowledge about the legendary icon. Their relationship and activities while team-mates became central to a complex story, leading to Landis playing a crucial part in the unravelling of Armstrong's empire, and in what became a victory for truth.

The Source: A winner of the Tour De France in 2006, Floyd Landis was a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, giving him unique access to and knowledge about the legendary icon. Their relationship and activities while team-mates became central to a complex story, leading to Landis playing a crucial part in the unravelling of Armstrong’s empire, and in what became a victory for truth.

The Science: Central to the success and power of Lance Armstrong was Dr Michele Ferrari. Ferrari’s name is synonymous with the controversial drug EPO, and his work into how it affects the human body changed cycling forever. Alongside Armstrong, Ferrari created one of the most sophisticated and successful doping programs in the history of sport, resulting in Armstrong winning seven Tour De France titles undetected.

The Science: Central to the success and power of Lance Armstrong was Dr Michele Ferrari. Ferrari’s name is synonymous with the controversial drug EPO, and his work into how it affects the human body changed cycling forever. Alongside Armstrong, Ferrari created one of the most sophisticated and successful doping programs in the history of sport, resulting in Armstrong winning seven Tour De France titles undetected.

The Truth: The untold story of one man’s thirteen-year crusade to find the truth behind one of the greatest cons in history. A journalist with The Sunday Times and author of the book the film was based on 'Seven Deadly Sins', David Walsh undertook what has become one of the great pieces of investigative journalism by uncovering the truth about Lance Armstrong. Feted as a hero and adored by millions of people, how did Walsh bring down one of the most powerful icons in the world?

The Truth: The untold story of one man’s thirteen-year crusade to find the truth behind one of the greatest cons in history. A journalist with The Sunday Times and author of the book the film was based on ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, David Walsh undertook what has become one of the great pieces of investigative journalism by uncovering the truth about Lance Armstrong. Feted as a hero and adored by millions of people, how did Walsh bring down one of the most powerful icons in the world?

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