‘Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage’ Boldly Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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The North American concert tour of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage started this month and will run through May 2016. Presented by CineConcerts, which previously has presented concert experiences for The Godfather, Gladiator, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the new tour will also feature a 40-foot wide screen to accompany the music.The celebration marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

“The Star Trek franchise has for many years been an important and meaningful part of our culture in so many ways,” said CineConcerts Founder Justin Freer. “This exciting concert experience featuring the greatest music and visuals spanning five decades will be an extraordinary and memorable event.”

Music on the concert will be culled from the original series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Starfleet Academy.

Upcoming dates on the tour includes a Tallahassee, FL (Donald Tucker Civic Center, 1/26), New Orleans, LA (Mahalia Jackson Theatre 1/27), and Memphis, TN (Orpheum Theatre, 1/29). For more info, please go to startrekvoyagelive.com.




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Oscar Nominated ‘The Look of Silence’ Delivers On Blu-Ray

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Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the Oscar nominated documentary The Look of Silence serves as director Joshua Oppenheimer’s companion piece to The Act of Killing. While both films spotlight the harrowing effects of the 1965 genocide, The Look of Silence takes on the vantage point of Adi, an optometrist whose brother was among the estimated one million people killed during this unspeakable tragedy (The Act of Killing had the actual murderers doing Hollywood recreations of their actions).

During the documentary, Adi visits people who were involved in his brother’s murder, and although most of these conversations begin with checking their eyesight, Adi eventually questions them about their involvement in the genocides. The film’s moniker deals with the “look” that Adi, whose voice is mainly calm and measured during his subtle interrogations, gives during these exchanges. Even though his own life and family’s safety may be in danger with his involvement in the documentary, Adi determinedly moves forward to find a sense of closure to his brother’s death.

Drafthouse Films has given The Look of Silence a first rate treatment in regards to its special features (the movie’s images are crisp and clear, and Oppenheimer’s use of visual lyricism really pops in the Blu-ray version). The disc comes with an informative Q&A with Oppenheimer and executive producer Werner Herzog at the Berlin Film Festival, as Oppenheimer delves into the 10 year undertaking of his two documentaries.

Also included in The Look of Silence Blu-ray is a 20-page booklet which contains an essay on The Look of Silence by film critic Eric Hynes and audio commentary from Oppenheimer and executive producer Errol Morris. Both Herzog and Morris are top tier documentary filmmakers, and listening to them add their insights and praise to The Look of Silence is a plus. Last but not least, the disc also features the film’s trailer and a digital download of The Look of Silence.

The Look of Silence is also discussed on episode three of CinemAddicts, a new podcast that’s a collaboration between Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions. Our discussion of The Look of Silence begins at the 56:00 mark below. Check it out!




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Chris Pine Loves “Beautiful” Story Behind ‘The Finest Hours’

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The Finest Hours is based on the true story of how Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and three other men rescued the crew of the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker that was bound for Boston. The feature, which is based on the nonfiction book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, also stars Ben Foster, Eric Bana, and Casey Affleck.

“I love stories that are not all that complicated and are really well told,” said Pine. “This was a beautiful, throwback story with a good romance – a guy that loved his girl and wanted to get to her. A guy that was really scared and was up against seemingly insurmountable odds (and) overcame them.”

In the clip below, Chris Pine, whose credits include Star Trek and Z for Zachariah, talks about what he loves about acting (he mentions co-star Ben Foster in the clip):



The Finest Hours, directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl), opens January 29.



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Shakira Video “Try Everything” Spotlights ‘Zootopia’ Experience

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Grammy winning artist and former The Voice coach Shakira is part of the voice cast for the upcoming animated feature Zootopia and she also performs the new song “Try Everything,” a track penned by Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, for the feature. The movie also stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, and Idris Elba.

“For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira. Luckily for us, she said yes,” said director Bryon Howard. “Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.”

The song is now available via digital retail, with the Walt Disney Records soundtrack debuting on March 4, the same day Zootopia hits theaters nationwide.

Are you excited for Zootopia and do you love the song?  Check out the video below and tell us what you think!





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Blu-Ray Pick: ‘Mr. Robot’ Is A Thriller Of The Highest Order

NUP_168440_0275.JPGMr. Robot has racked a slew of honors during its first season, as it won Best Drama Series, Actor (Rami Malek), and Supporting Actor (Christian Slater) at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Now the USA Network series has made its debut on Blu-ray and DVD via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Created by Sam Esmail, the series centers on Elliot, a morphine addicted cyber security engineer who joins an underground hacker group led by a devil may care yet ultimately determined individual named “Mr. Robot.” Although Elliot’s exemplary skills at hacking usually gives him a leg up on both his friends (Portia Doubleday plays Elliot’s close friend and co-worker who is the object of his affections) and enemies (Martin Wallstrom is a tech savvy head of a powerhouse company named E Corp), his own drug addiction, mental instability, and rash decision making often leads to disastrous consequences.

The program’s paranoiac look at how technology has affected humanity’s sense of identity and privacy is spot-on, and though Mr. Robot succeeds as a nail biting thriller, the series is also filled with well crafted storylines and performances (along with Slater and Malek, Carly Chaikin is also memorable as the sarcastic hacker who’s part of Mr. Robot’s crew). Plus, the series also has a great twist in its first season, and without giving out any spoilers – it may shock you to the core.

Special features include deleted scenes, a making of featurette containing interviews with Sam Esmail, and a a five minute gag reel (Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin are particularly funny during the gag reel).

During our Mr. Robot interviews, Rami Malek explained why he sees Mr. Robot’s storyline lasting for several seasons. Check out the video below:






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