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For Anyone Who Wants to Let ‘Frozen’ Go Away

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I don’t know about you but I have had enough of ‘Frozen.’  Sure, it was a visually-appealing Disney movie with yet another Princess story and yet another adorable sidekick (Olaf, you are the man).  But really, when you think about, the message in the movie is creepy, backwards, and downright strange [as are most Disney movies].  Conceal, don’t feel?  Do we really want the youth of America hiding away in a room for their entire childhood, afraid to be who are they are?  I think not, Disney, I think not. Below you will find a perfect summation of why parents really need to let go of ‘Frozen.’

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RPW Can’t Miss This List 2014 – Movies

Ready for 2014 Rock Paper Watchers? To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our “Can’t Miss This List” so you know our picks for upcoming shows, movies, albums, and books.  Check back Monday for our top 2014 book picks!

Labor Day

January 30, 2014

“A story of love, passion, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and the man he later becomes. Henry looks back on his fateful 13th year, when he lived with his reclusive divorced mother. At the start of Labor Day weekend, while on a rare excursion to town, Henry and his mother encounter an injured man who asks for refuge in their home. Over the course of the next four days, they’re taken ‘hostage’ by a man who ultimately captures them, body and soul.” Source: Google

Reasons to Watch: Sometimes there is something so right about something being so wrong. And can we talk about that chemistry? It’s just oozing between Winslet and Brolin. The scene with the peach pie? Every southern girls dream…..

The Normal Heart

May 2014 on HBO

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Based on the Tony award-winning 1985 play, The Normal Heart details the spread of HIV/AIDS among a group of gay men living in 1980s New York City. The film adaptation, airing on HBO in the spring, was directed by American Horror Story and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy.  Murphy describes the film as his “biggest labor of love,” and it features a star-studded cast including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch (be still my heart), and Jonathan Groff.

Reasons to Watch: That cast. The Normal Heart includes some of the finest men Hollywood has to offer all in one movie and under the direction of Ryan Murphy, who is known for pushing his actors out of their comfort zone. The film promises to be powerful, and the performances promise to be spectacular.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 23, 2014

Calling all X-Men!

X-Men: Days of Future Past features both the original cast of X-Men and the younger versions of themselves from the X-Men: First Class film.  In the latest installment, Wolverine is sent back in time to help the younger mutants prevent an event from occurring, which will ultimately change the future and save mutants and humans alike from war and destruction.

Reasons to Watch:  With an ensemble cast that features fan-favorites Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Halle Berry (just to name a few!), this movie is bound to be an unforgettable adventure.  And if that wasn’t reason enough for you, in addition to the phenomenal cast of good guys, Peter Dinklage stars in the film as villain, Bolivar Trask.  That’s right people.  Tyrion Lannister in X-Men.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to see my favorite Game of Thrones star on the big screen [no pun intended].

Maleficent

May 30, 2014

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You guys, I’m not going to lie, I am so so excited for this Disney movie!!   Angelina Jolie stars as the evil Maleficent in this modern remake of Sleeping Beauty.  The story we have come to know and love from the 1959 classic is retold from Maleficent’s perspective.  We learn about her past and the things that happened to her that drove her to become the evil villain that bewitches Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning).

Reasons to Watch:  As if Angelina Jolie as Maleficent isn’t enough for you…  Seriously though, the trailer for the film looks fantastic.  And I’m excited about the fact that Jolie is not only starring in the movie, but served as executive producer.  She played a major role in designing her character’s costume and, despite execs pushing back who wanted to take advantage of her beauty, created a menacing and frightening look for Maleficent.  In fact, Jolie in costume was so scary on set that the only child who could play toddler Princess Aurora was her own daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt.

The Maze Runner

September 19, 2014

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Based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel, The Maze Runner begins when Thomas, our narrator, wakes up trapped in “the Glade” with no memories other than his first name.  He is surrounded by a group of boys who live inside a seemingly unsolvable maze that is beyond the Glade.  Every 30 days another boy is delivered but things change dramatically when a girl, Teresa, is delivered with the message that she’s the last one.  From there, the book moves quickly as the boys try to figure out why they’re there and more importantly, how do they get out?

Reasons to watch:  Personally, I can’t wait to see the Maze depicted on screen.  As a reader, you have an idea of how something might look in your head.  When it actually comes to life, that changes everything.  Also, the cast features some of the greatest young actors in Hollywood today like Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Gone Girl

October 3, 2014

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It’s hard to write this summary without giving too much away, so I’m not going to. If you haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s runaway hit by the same name, stop whatever you’re doing right now and go read. Early into the book’s release, Reese Witherspoon bought the film rights and is putting it to use with David Fincher directing.  When Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, it’s her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) who becomes the prime suspect.

Reason’s to Watch: The novel itself was full of twists and turns, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Fincher promises readers of the book will still be even more surprised by the movie’s curve balls.  If it is anything as shocking as the book I can’t wait.  Go read.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

November 21, 2014

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Everyone LOVED Catching Fire,  and after the cliffhanger, where do we go next?  Without giving too many spoilers away, much of the first part of the book is about Katniss. Our Girl on Fire is pretty much a space case, lost in her own thoughts, scared for her family and Peeta, as well as getting use to a more contained life in District 13. However, during these first nine chapters, she agrees to become the Mockingjay, a symbol of rebellion for the districts which leads up into the rest of story, the Districts rising up in a rebellion.

At this point, here is what we know:

Hunger Games: People Die
Catching Fire: More people die
Mockingjay: A lot more people die.

Its safe to say, no one is safe. So get your tissues ready, its going to be a bumpy ride.

Reasons to Watch: It’s probably the most anticipated movie of 2014 and of course, we are all on the edge our seats wondering what the Girl on Fire will do next. Finally, we get outside of the arena and our characters begin to focus on the rebellion against the capital, not to mention we will get our first look at District 13, a District once thought to be destroyed. One of the big questions still looming is: Where are they going to split the book at? Mockingjay is divided into the three parts, The Ashes, The Assault and The Assassin. My bets are somewhere within The Assault. (Obviously)

Did I also mention one of our favorite girl crushes, Julianne Moore, is joining the cast as President Coin? *Squeals*

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

December 17, 2014

The third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit prequel/trilogy is set to hit theaters at the end of 2014.  Great, we only have to wait one year to find out the fate of Bilbo and the dwarves, the elves, and Lake-town.  (Even though, let’s face it, we all know what’s going to happen).  The film is the final in Jackson’s Tolkien films and fans of the Lord of the Rings will have to say their final goodbyes to the series.  Let’s just hope that the last Hobbit movie doesn’t have as many endings as LOTR Return of the King.  I swear, I thought that movie ended 4 times before it actually did.

Reasons to Watch:  The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug was a fantastic cinematic thrill ride (those spiders gave me nightmares!) and I’m excited to see what Jackson has in store for his final Tolkien-based film. It also ended on a MAJOR, major cliffhanger.  Seriously, major!!  The third movie promises to be a wild and insane adventure as the battle with Smaug comes to a conclusion, the love triangle between Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili is decided, and the Necromancer comes into power as the evil Sauron.

Honorable Mentions

The Lone Survivor, January 10

That Awkward Moment, January 31

The Monuments Men, February 7

Godzilla, May 16

A Million Ways to Die in the West, May 30

The Fault in our Stars, June 6

Interstellar, November 7

Horrible Bosses 2, November 26

Into the Woods, December 25


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QOTD ‘Terminator’ Style

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“I’ll be back.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator

It turns out that Arnold will indeed be back as a part of Paramount’s reboot of The Terminator.  The new film, entitled Terminator: Genesis, is set to hit theaters in July 2015, and will be directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, Thor, Mad Men).   While the storyline of the movie is still under wraps, news of the cast is buzzing.  On Friday, it was announced that Game of Thrones’ star and Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, 26, landed the coveted role of Sarah Connor.  (Fun Fact – The Khaleesi’s co-star and co-Queen of Westeros, Lena Headey, played Sarah Connor on Fox’s television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).  Another Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke, 44, to be exact, is rumored to be in negotiations to star as John Connor, the son of Sarah.  Considering the age gap bewteen the two thespians, and the nature of Terminator, we are guessing that John will either be in the future or back from the future.   Little is known about Schwarzenegger’s role in the film.

We do know that this is not the only Terminator on the horizon.  According to reports, while the project is held jointly by Paramount, Skydance Productions, and Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna owns the rights for at least two films.

RPW will keep you posted as details of the reboot unfold.

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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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RPW Girl Crush of the Week

Dear Readers of the Male Persuasion,

We hear you and we totally get it. So now…the equivalent to ‘Monday Man Candy‘ has arrived.

Girl Crush of the Week: Natalie Dormer

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Top 3 Reasons Why We Are Girl Crushin’
1.) Badass is written somewhere on her resume.
2.) Her characters always have the greatest wardrobes.
3.) Seriously, ladies would kill for her body.
So…Why does she look so familiar?
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She constantly had King Henry VIII wound up in ‘The Tudors.’ That is, until he chopped her head off.
Anne Boleyn: [Henry sticks his hand up her dress] Not like this.
King Henry VIII: How then?
Anne Boleyn: Seduce me. Write letters to me. And poems, I love poems. Ravish me with your words. Seduce me.

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Oh, you like Superheroes? So does Natalie, she was in ‘Captain America.’

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Last but not least, if you are a ‘Game of Thrones‘ fan, you’ve probably noticed her as King Joffrey’s bride to be, Margaery Tyrell.
Natalie’s next project is ‘Rush‘ co-starring Chris Hemsworth.

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‘Rush’ hits Theaters this Fall.


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Quote of the Day

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“Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We’ll all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world.
And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.

– Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)