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New Trailers for ‘This is Where I Leave You’ and ‘The Grand Seduction’

Happy Trailer Wednesday! I actually don’t know if that’s a thing but let’s pretend. Moving on.

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This Is Where I Leave You

The feelings. The laughing out loud. The cast. The Kings of Leon. Whew.

I recently read this 2009 best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper (who also wrote the screenplay) and I laughed/ugly cried the whole way through. ‘This is Where I Leave You’ follows four adult children who return to their mother’s (Jane Fonda) house for a week when their father dies.  With each sibling comes their problems. Judd (Jason Bateman, and our narrator) recently caught his wife Jen (Abigail Spencer) in bed with his boss (Dax Shepard). Wendy (Tina Fey) is a responsible mother in a loveless marriage with Barry (Aaron Lazar). Wendy used to date Horry (Timothy Olyphant) who still lives across the street with his mother due to a brain injury he suffered while dating Wendy. The eldest brother Paul (Corey Stoll) was supposed to be the family treasure. A talented baseball player in high school, he lost his scholarship after being brutally attacked by a dog while defending Judd. Paul now works for the family sporting goods store and is married to Alice (Kathryn Hahn), Judd’s ex-girlfriend. The two are desperately trying to start a family. That leaves Phillip (Adam Driver), the baby and apple of his mother’s eye. Everyone is still waiting for Phillip to grow up and be a responsible adult so when he brings his MUCH older girlfriend home (Connie Britton, y’all) everyone is a little shocked and dismayed.

The Grand Seduction

When I originally saw this title under Taylor Kitsch’s IMDB page I thought it was going to be a lot sexier. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing quite like seeing a guy in a white button-up with the sleeves rolled up (my goodness) but I expected more sexy time. I mean, seduction is in the title.  Still, this movie looks adorable. The film is a remake of the 2003 French-Canadian film, Seducing Doctor Lewis. Kitsch plays a doctor who’s lured into spending a month in a tiny Newfoundland harbor village. The town needs to convince Kitsch’s Dr. Lewis to stay permanently so that a factory will be built nearby creating jobs for the town. Kitsch is knocking them dead lately (he needed to after the tragic year that was 2012). He broke hearts in Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor and recently starred in HBO’s The Normal HeartIt finally seems like Kitsch is playing his cards right.

 

I just realized that between Connie Britton and Taylor Kitsch, this is another “oh my god I love everything Friday Night Lights” post. Sorry I’m not sorry. Clear eyes full hearts can’t lose.


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True Detective Season 2 – Plot speculation and dream cast

With confirmation from creator Nic Pizzolatto on Tuesday, we now know that season two of HBO’s hit True Detective will center around three all new characters. It’s not yet confirmed, but rumors hint that the lead characters will be two males and a female. Season two will be set in California, “Not Los Angeles, but some of the much lesser-known venues of California. And we’re going to try to capture a certain psycho-sphere ambiance of the place, much like we did in season one.” Even more rumors say it’s present day Northern California. With all of this info, let the guessing games begin! What do you think will happen in season two? Who is your dream cast?

Ashley’s Guess

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The female lead (Rachel McAdams) grew up with a father who was a cop killed in the line of duty. His best friend (Jeff Bridges) is her chief and a younger male cop (Gael Garcia Bernal) is her partner. With the case of her father’s death unsolved the partners begin to tie new cases to old cases that led to her father’s death, and all connect back to the chief (aka he’s the killer).

Jenn’s Guess

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A strong female veteran detective (Zoe Saldana) is constantly at odds with her chief (Tim Robbins), not only because of her superior skills but also because the chief is constantly afraid of losing his position of power to a female detective and former partner. The pair are complemented by a new, young, determined male detective (Shia Labeouf) who is ready to learn the ropes of the force. His naivety threatens both his safety and the safety of his new partner when they discover a mass murderer is on the loose and the new partners figure out how to trust each other and solve the case.

Elizabeth’s Guess

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There’s a dark, twisted, damaged male detective (Rob Lowe). A veteran and skilled cop with a hefty drinking problem and a lot of secrets. He overthinks everything and often talks out loud as he tries to understand the twists and turns of the case. He’s gorgeous, an obvious and easy ladies man. His partner is a younger male cop who is naive, optimistic, but driven (Michael B. Jordan). The younger cop dislikes his partner because he often gets lost in his head and leaves the young cop out on his own. The young cop has quite a temper and is often quick on the trigger, because of that he has a dangerously dark past. After a grotesque murder, a task force is formed. New to the force, is a young, doe eyed female (Elizabeth Olsen) with a natural talent and naivety. She quickly finds herself pinned between these partners and their secrets (both on the job and romantically).


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Downton Abbey 4×1: Welcome back to the land of the living, Lady Mary.

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Are you one of the 10.9 million viewers (making it the highest-rated premiere for a drama in PBS history) that tuned in for the season 4 premier of Downton Abbey this past Sunday? Up from last years premier (7.9 million viewers) we can certainly say the death of Matthew Crawley brought in some anxious viewers wondering how Lady Mary and the rest of Downton house would cope with the loss. After a two hour episode, we had quite a lot happen in the house, so lets hit the main plot points.

We return to Downton 6 months later, where Mary is playing the depressed widow card after the loss of her beloved Matthew. In turn, the estate is in turmoil over who will be next in line to run Downton. Lord Grantham is (of course) back in command of Downton and on a roll to figure out who will get Matthews portion of the estate. He doesn’t know much, but he does know his daughter needs time to mourn and not deal with such a petty matter as this.

As a viewer, it was really hard for me to watch him throw her to the curb like that. Lady Mary is such a strong character and to see him take advantage of his daughters weakness sort of irked me. Alas, send in Violet and Carson to the rescue!

“Mary, you’ve gone through hideous time. But now you must remember your son. He needs you very much,” she says. “The fact is. You have a straightforward choice before you. You must choose either death or life.”

Its like she knew it worked before she left the room. Oh, Professor Mcgonagall Dowager Countess, you’re the grandmother we’ve all dreamed of.

The next day Lady Mary arrive at luncheon sporting a purple dress, clearly step forward in the right direction. Tom takes Mary’s initiative and runs with it. He knows she is a big player at Downton and needs her if they are to continue to move forward with the changes Matthew had in mind.

In the meantime, Robert receives a package of the late Mr. Crawley’s personal items. Enclosed he finds a letter, a letter that informally bestows everything he has to Mary. Not wanting to upset Mary, Robert thinks it best he doesn’t show Mary so he doesn’t upset her anymore than she already is. Obviously, its because he doesn’t want to give up control. Again to the rescue, Violet sets here son straight and Robert gives the letter to Mary.

“When you talk like that I’m tempted to ring for nanny and have you put to bed with no supper.”

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After the letter is deemed legit, Mary has a moment of weakness and runs to Carson to reassure her that she is a badass and has the lady balls to run Downton. (Obviously in a more appropriate way) I have to say, some of my favorite moments on Downton Abbey are shared between Carson and Lady Mary.

The two episodes had very strong main plot line but there were too many small plot lines that took up the brunt of the show. I’m fairly certain they could have compartmentalized the two episodes into one.

What did you think of this weeks episode? Do you miss Lady Mary and Matthew? Personally I think Lady Mary is on to bigger and better things (Carrie and Quinn) but thats just me. 🙂

See you next week ladies and gents!

-Cousin Rose: When is she getting knocked up out of wedlock? Come on, we all know its coming. #SCANDAL

-Thomas, you’re an asshole with the whole Anna thing. But you redeemed yourself with Nanny West. So there….we’re even.

-Did anyone tell Mrs. Patmore to read the instructions on the mixer?

-Edith, can I have your new wardrobe? Also, I don’t think the family is going to approve or your married, future German citizen boyfriend.

-Tom, marry me.


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Woman Crush Wednesday: Julianne Moore Edition, Don Jon Movie Review

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This weekend I went with my boyfriend to see Don Jon. My boyfriend is a guys guy and has nothing to do with entertainment, celebrities or the who’s who of Tinsel Town. He turns to me 3/4 of the way through the movie and says, “Who is she? She’s hot!” I smiled (proudly) and told him that its Julianne Moore and she’s 52 years old. His mouth fell open in disbelief.

If you’ve lived under a rock and have yet to watch the Don Jon trailer, the premise of the movie is essentially, “Men think relationships and sex should be like a porno and women think it should be like a romcom.” Scarlett Johansson plays Barbara the “love” of Jon’s (Gordon Levitt) life. What they begin to find out about each other is that Barbara is essentially a princess attempting to find the perfect man to complete her real life romantic comedy, while Jon has an addiction to porn….sex….porn….sex and Barbara is helping fuel the addiction. Barbara makes Jon start taking night classes at a local college to “better” himself. While attending the college he meets Esther (Moore) whom he walks up on while in the midst of miniature meltdown. During the course of the semester Esther tries to make nice with Jon and become a somewhat friend. Little does Jon know, Esther will change his outlook on sex and life in more ways than one.

I love Gordon-Levitt, but while this movie took a completely different direction than 500 Days of Summer, that’s just what it was…500 Days of Summer. Lets break this down:

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Addiction: Unrequitted Love – Leading Lady: Summer – Moral Center: Little Sister – Silver Lining: You can’t make someone who isn’t right for you, right for you. – Saving Lady: Autumn

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Addiction: Porn – Leading Lady: Barbara – Moral Center: Little Sister – Silver Lining: You can’t make someone who isn’t right for you, right for you. – Saving Lady: Esther

While it does have the same premise as 500 Days, I highly recommend it for anyone and everyone. The stereotype is 100% true and its played out hilariously on screen through Gordon-Levitt’s vision. The wildcard in this movie is by far Julianne Moore which leads me to our Woman Crush of the Week.

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Top 3 Reason We Are Girl Crushin’

1.) Seriously, at 52 Years Old, I hope to look half that good.

2.) Have you seen Boogie Nights?

3.) She’s from North Carolina, and ya’ll, we love North Carolina.

Where You Can See Julianne Next…

It was recently released that Moore has been cast in the next Hunger Games movie Mockingjay as President Alma Coin.

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Until Next Week…..


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12 Must-See Fall Movies

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With the summer blockbuster season drawing to a close, it’s time to head back into theaters for some of the most highly anticipated films of the year. From blockbusters to buzzworthy indies, this fall season has them all and we’re counting down our top 12 picks. Below are the movies we can’t wait to see, which one are you most excited for?

1. Lone Survivor

“Based on SEAL Team 10’s failed mission: Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2005, to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader during the War in Afghanistan.”

Reasons to watch: That cast. That story. It promises to be an edge of your seat movie. The trailer alone makes me an emotional wreck.
Also, I’m excited to see Taylor Kitsch. Finally, he’s making smart career moves and joining a great ensemble for a dramatic movie rather than trying to carry a one-dimensional, action movie on his own.

In theaters for limited release December 27, 2013.

2. The Wolf of Wall Street

“Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.”

Reasons to watch: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, the dream team is back together. What more of a reason do you need? Oh, and this gif.

In theaters November 15, 2013.

3. Parkland

“A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.”

Reasons to watch: I’m a sucker for a historical movie, especially if it involves JFK. The incredible story aside, the ensemble cast is impressive and includes such names as Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thorton, Jacki Weaver, and Paul Giamatti.

In theaters October 4, 2013.

4. Gravity

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.”

Reasons to watch: The movie just had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has many marveling at both the technical and emotional achievements of the film. Rumor has it, Sandra Bullock is a shoo in for this year’s Best Actress award.

In theaters October 4, 2013.

5. Catching Fire

“Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.”

Reasons to watch: The latest installment of the series follows the story of Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) and Peeta Mallark (Hutcherson) as they are forced to participate in the 75th Hunger Games. This movie has a new director, new writer, and bigger budget. Here’s hoping that all of our disappointments about the first film are washed away with the sequel. And I’m more than excited to see all the new cast members like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin.

In theaters November 22, 2013.  Check out the trailer breakdown here.

6. Dallas Buyers Club

“The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.”

Reasons to watch: A lot of Oscar buzz around Matthew McConaughey’s performance, will it be worth the hype?

In theaters November 1, 2013.

7. American Hustle

“The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.”

Reasons to watch: A lot of actors playing against type. The film reunites David O. Russell with several of his favorites (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence from The Silver Linings Playbook and Christian Bale and Amy Adams from The Fighter) so performances promise to be strong.

In theaters December 25, 2013.

8. Carrie

“A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.”

Reasons to watch: Every list needs a campy horror flick so why not include a remake of a classic? Chloë Grace Moretz brings her skill to the title role with Julianne Moore playing the part of her deranged mother.

In theaters October 18, 2013.

9. Out of the Furnace

“When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement fails to follow through, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.”

Reasons to watch: Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe… I can keep going.

In theaters December 6, 2013.

10. Rush

“A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.”

Reasons to watch: Directed by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth’s performance is garnering a lot of attention (as is his 30-pound weight drop). The script was crafted by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan and is being praised for its suspense and sexiness.

In theaters September 27, 2013.

11. Prisoners

“When Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?”

Reasons to watch: With Terrance Howard and Hugh Jackman portraying the fathers of the missing girls and Paul Dano the potential kidnapper, the performances promise to be quite powerful.

In theaters September 20, 2013.

12. Captain Phillips

“The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.”

Reasons to watch: Tom Hanks

In theaters October 11, 2013.


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New Trailer Alert – Thor 2: The Dark World

It’s official – the newest trailer for Thor 2: The Dark World is out and boy are we excited.  The second trailer was finally released today as a part of YouTube’s Geek Week.  Watch the trailer & read our break-down below:

1. Loki is back, but this time as Thor’s ally
We last saw Loki in The Avengers as he was captured and taken back to Asgard as a prisoner.  We catch up with him there in his glass-box prison cell, and he doesn’t seem to be doing that well.  But, Thor visits Loki and eventually enlists his help.  Loki’s role is essential because he knows all there is to know about the evil creatures dwelling in the underworlds of the Nine Worlds’, but this move shocks everyone, even Loki.  He agrees to help but not without chiding, “you must be truly desperate to come to me for help.”  I just hope Loki doesn’t decide to betray the God of Thunder.  I don’t think it will go over too well for him if he does…

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2. Thor faces his biggest challenge yet – The Dark Elves
Loki wasn’t that far off when he assumed that Thor must be desperate if he’s asking for help.  In The Dark World, Thor is facing his biggest challenge to date.  We learn from Odin that before there was life, there was not nothing but an immense evil, which has survived and is now trying to send the Nine Worlds’ into a time of destruction, despair, and utter chaos.  And of course, Loki is the only one who truly understands just how bad the situation is for everyone.  Thor, Loki, Jane, and friends must face Malekith the Accursed, the leader of the race of dark elves, and his destructive army, which includes rock giants and giant black ships nicknamed “the Fist of Malekith.”  The battles, which take place on Earth and in Asgard, look epic and the effects look fantastic.  Not to mention the fact that the Gods of Thunder and Mischief look OH SO GOOD together.

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3. Jane journeys to Asgard, and is smokin’ hot in the process.
Jane Foster is in England when the Fist of Malekith hits and causes destruction so Thor races to Earth to rescue his ladylove.  He teleports her back to Asgard, where she looks absolutely beautiful, AND she bitchslaps Loki in retribution for “what happened in New York” (better known as The Avengers movie events).  Thatta girl, Jane!  Jane remains in Asgard, putting her right in the middle of all the danger.  But Thor promises her that he will find a way to keep her (and everyone else) safe.  Let’s hope he keeps that promise.  I love seeing Natalie Portman in these films and I want her to be a part of The Avengers 2, especially since Tom Hiddleston just confirmed that Loki is out.

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4. The cast and crew features some new faces.
Not only is the film featuring a new director (Alan Taylor, Game of Thrones), new writers (Christopher Yost, comic writer & Stephen McFeely, Chronicles of Narnia), but the cast also features some new faces.  In addition to Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson, and Kat Dennings, new cast members include Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LOST alum!) as Algrim/Kurse, and Clive Russell (GOT alum!) as Tyr.

I welcome the changes in the writing and directing teams with open arms.  I enjoyed Thor but didn’t love it.  I found it to be a little drawn out and confusing to follow (at times).  And, with scenes going back and forth from Earth and Asgard, it felt as if there were two stories separately unfolding and the whole thing didn’t mesh well.  I am hoping that Alan Taylor will bring some of the magic he’s created on Game of Thrones, which has thirty different main characters and almost as many settings to match.  I also think the new writers, especially Yost who authored The Avengers comic-book series, will help keep the movie grounded in it’s Marvel roots, and ultimately help blend the many different Avenger heroes storylines’ together with more finesse.  After all, he is the master-mind behind it all!

Thor 2: The Dark World hits theaters on November 8, 2013.  That gives you plenty of time to catch up on Thor, The Avengers, and every other Marvel movie that is currently available on Netflix or OnDemand.

BONUS – Here’s a special Hump Day treat for all the ladies out there 🙂

Imagine if these two beautiful creatures had a son together

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Meet Tris Hemsworthton aka The Hottest Man On Earth

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Monday Man Candy – Kyle Chandler

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This one is loooooooooooong overdue.  Over the weekend, the highly acclaimed film ‘The Spectacular Now‘ made its debut in theaters.  The film stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, but more importantly, Kyle Chandler.  Readers of this blog know that I am a HUGE Friday Night Lights fan.  And y’all, I love Kyle Chandler.  Here’s why:

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He is a man’s man.  You can tell he’s not afraid to get a little dirty.

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He looks pretty damn good in a suit.

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The tousled hair, and he knows his way around a kitchen.

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That furrowed brow.

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Those dimples.

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That smirk.

What more could a girl want?  For more Kyle Chandler, check out The Spectacular Now and tune into Showtime for The Vatican, a contemporary thriller about the political machinations within today’s Catholic Church.  In the meantime, I’ll be waiting patiently for the Friday Night Lights movie announcement (please, please, please).