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Pursuit of Happyness

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a marginally employed salesman and a single father, struggling with the mother (Thandie Newton) of his five-year-old son (Jaden Smith). When they are evicted from their apartment, Gardner finds himself alone with his son in San Francisco and no place to go. Even when Gardner lands an intern position at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, it pays no money. Forced to live in shelters, enduring many hardships as he goes through their program, Chris refuses to let this dampen his spirits as he pursues his dream of security for himself and his son.

Cast: Will Smith, Alissa Anderegg, Andy Arness, Phil Austin, Mia Bernardino, Ben Billingsley; Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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Stranger Than Fiction

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS Agent whose world is turned upside-down when he begins to hear his life being chronicled by a narrator only he can hear. The Narrator, Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson), a nearly forgotten author of tragic novels, is struggling to complete her latest and best book, unaware that her protagonist is alive and uncontrollably guided by her words. Fiction and reality collide when the bewildered and hilariously resistant Harold hears the Narrator say that events have been set in motion that will lead to his imminent death.

Desperate to escape his fate, Harold seeks help from eccentric English professor Dr. Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman) and finds unexpected comfort in a burgeoning romance with a defiant audit subject, Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Unluckily for Harold, Kay’s impatient publishers have unleashed a stern assistant named Penny Escher (Queen Latifah) to help the author finish her book and finish off Harold Crick.

Cast: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson, Tony Hale, Kristin Chenoweth; Directed by: Marc Forster

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Rambo Legendary Scale Bust

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Rambo fans! We have the Rambo Legendary Scale Bust available for preorder. This incredible bust sports an uncanny Sylvester Stallone likeness and is reproduced in 1:3 scale. Read on for more details:

2007 will mark Rambo’s 25th anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion, Sideshow Collectibles and Hollywood Collectibles Group have partnered to create the Rambo Legendary Scale Bust. Sylvester Stallone’s likeness has been expertly reproduced in approximately 1:3 scale by accomplished sculptor, and talented actor, Jeff Yagher. The Rambo Legendary Scale Bust is cast in solid, high-quality polystone, and is mounted on a quality display base. The bust will be packaged in a durable foam interior, safe for shipment. Don’t miss this chance to add the ultimate Rambo bust to your collection!

Artist(s): Jeff Yagher

Produced By: Hollywood Collectibles Group

Rambo is a Trademark of StudioCanal Image S.A. All Rights Reserved.

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Weekend Box Office: Oct. 21-23

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in The Prestige

Director Christopher Nolan’s, The Prestige worked it’s magic on the
movie-going audience last weekend to top the North American Box with $14.8
million. Surprisingly enough, The Prestige managed to hold off Clint
Eastwood’s, WWII drama, Flags of our Fathers, which debuted in third
place with $10.8 million. Martin Scorsese scores his biggest hit in recent years
with the The Departed, which is holding strong at second place with $13.6
million for a grand total of $77.0 million to date.

Sony’s animated feature, Open Season places fourth with $8.0 million,
and Flicka, Fox’s family drama, debuts in fifth place bringing in $7.7
million. Tied for fifth place, with Flicka was last week’s box office
winner, The Grudge 2 with $7.7 million.

Falling to seventh place is Universal’s political comedy Man of the Year
with $7 million. Director Sofia Coppola’s, Marie Antoinette opened in
limited release and places eight with $5.3 million.

Rounding out the Top 10 was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,
which placed ninth with $3.9 million, and The Marine fell to10th place
with $3.7 million.

Sony’s Running With Scissors opened in limited
release, in only 8 theaters for a strong debut of $225,000, while the 3-D
version of Tim Burton’s, The Nightmare Before Christmas made $3.3 million
in limited release.

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Review: Marie Antoinette

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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Kirtsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette

Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is simply brilliant. Read on:

Marie Antoinette is a film that some people will enjoy and others will not. But virtually none of them will have any idea how to explain or qualify why. Part of this is due to its strange clash of classic and modern ideas; director Sofia Coppola transforms what would otherwise be described as a costume drama into a subtle dissertation on the vagaries of our too-much-too-soon culture. But at the same time, Coppola’s general approach to moviemaking seems to produce this kind of confusion, or maybe just the stimulating sense that things aren’t quite so easily categorized.

With Marie Antoinette, Coppola proves that she is still one of the most talented, adventurous and exciting filmmakers of the modern era. Like an exhilarating union between Terrence Malick and Baz Luhrmann, she combines the immediacy of contemporary cinema with the studied professionalism and patience of previous decades, creating a masterpiece that is both faithful to its time period and vividly rendered in dimensions that modern audiences will relate to.

Rather than examining the French queen’s life in a strictly historical context, Coppola looks at the trajectory of her experiences in much the same way she did Charlotte’s in Lost In Translation — namely, by exploring the motivations and emotional underpinnings that produce Marie Antoinette’s behavior. Kirsten Dunst (Elizabethtown) portrays her as exactly what she was — a young girl caught up in events she could no better understand than control or change — and gives the film a heroine whose problems feel identifiable. While so many period movies dryly chronicle the broad strokes of so-called “universal” issues, Dunst and Coppola’s collaboration blows the dust off of the entire “period piece” ethos, and turns the historical figure’s travails into something sharp and evocative.

For film fans, Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard will immediately come to mind as visual and overall aesthetic references, but the film shares much more in common with the works of the aforementioned Malick, whose most recent work The New World similarly purported to document a bygone era via atmosphere and emotion rather than historical accuracy. Marie Antoinette is an impressionist’s view of what life must have been like for the teen queen: conjuring the texture of her world and the minutiae of her absurdly regimented daily life, Coppola finds the human truth in Marie Antoinette’s boredom, her loneliness, and eventually, her decadent self-destruction.

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Review: The Prestige

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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Andy Serkis, David Bowie and Hugh Jackman in the The Prestige

Director, Christopher Nolan scores big with The Prestige. Read on:

Cinematic sleight-of-hand is a tough thing to pull off these days. No matter how secretive or sophisticated a filmmaker’s approach might be, there are always folks savvy (not to mention cynical) enough to figure out what’s happening long before any of their fellow filmgoers. And that is what makes The Prestige the ultimate movie magic trick.

As the film’s dialogue suggests, the true purpose of magic is not to trick or deceive, but rather to convince an audience that “something” can appear to be “something else” entirely. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the man responsible for the misdirection-filled Memento, this idea is elevated to new artistic heights — even as it temporarily appears to be just another tool in a master storyteller’s arsenal.

The film stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins) as Alfred Borden, an aspiring illusionist with tricks to spare, but hardly enough panache to sustain an audience’s attention. Meanwhile, his colleague, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman), has plenty of stage presence, but not enough chops to make it as a legitimate magician. The two quickly become embroiled in a battle of wills for domination of London’s stages. But when their competition results in the accidental death of a loved one, the longtime rivalry escalates and threatens to destroy both men — not only professionally, but personally.

There’s no good reason to reveal any more about the film, unless you are one of those savvy (not to mention cynical) folks who prefers to have all of a film’s secrets spoiled before stepping into a theater. That said, The Prestige adds up to far more than the sum of its parts. This is largely due to Nolan’s script, co-written by his brother Jonathan, which functions simultaneously as an expose into antiquated magic tricks and a testament to the fact that almost all of them still work. But the careful construction of characters is what keeps the film tethered to its emotional center.

Bale, a masterful actor capable of incredible subtlety and power, portrays Alfred as the ultimate purist — an artist who barely needs an audience to feed his work except as a sort of last-ditch commercial crutch. Jackman, on the other hand, exploits his own theatrical experience to play a performer who courts attention — indeed, he craves it — and whose determination to learn Alfred’s secrets is connected to personal desperation as much as professional envy.

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Attakus Metal Collection is Here!

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

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Attakus Metal Collection has arrived at All Movie Replicas. Read on:

Attakus is a name that fans have come to associate with high-end Star Wars statues over the last few years, noted for their generous scale and fine attention to detail. Recently, Attakus expanded their Star Wars line to include a new series of large-scale dioramas, the first of which is the highly anticipated Millennium Falcon and Death Star Hall Hanger.

Filling this diorama will be a set of finely-detailed painted miniatures cast in pewter. These have an incredible heft and high-quality feel, and perfectly complement the stunning diorama sculpture. These are being offered separate from the actual diorama, so collectors can purchase a single figure or begin collecting the series, as this line is scheduled to expand in the near future.

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  • Attakus Metal Death Star Hall
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  • Millennium Falcon and Death Star Hall Diorama
  • Attakus Metal Darth Vader Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal Obi-Wan Kenobi Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal Storrmtrooper Sentry Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal Stormtrooper Vanguard Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal Stormtrooper Marksman Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal Stormtrooper Commander Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal C3P0 Pewter Statue
  • Attakus Metal R2-D2 Pewter Statue

Rambo Drama

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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Sylvester Stallone is set to reprise his role as John Rambo in Rambo IV: The Serpent’s Eye. Read on:

The Weinstein Company has initiated legal proceedings to retain the rights to the next chapter in the Rambo film franchise. The film’s production company, Nu Image, has reportedly offered distribution rights on the flick to Lionsgate. Weinstein’s beef, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is that they have right of first refusal on the project.

Sylvester Stallone is on board to reprise his role as Vietnam veteran John Rambo in the planned fourth film in the action franchise, tentatively titled Rambo IV: In the Serpent’s Eye. The film is set to start shooting in Thailand after the first of the year.

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Review: Flags of Our Fathers

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

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Eastwood scores another winner with Flags of Our Fathers, solidifying him as one of the great filmmakers of our time. Read on:

Hey, everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Whenever a film is released that seems so obviously aimed at winning awards, my defenses rise up and my cynicism kicks into overdrive. But the simple fact remains that some “event” films are actually good enough to deserve every last accolade they will inevitably generate.

The undeniable fact remains that Clint Eastwood is one of our greatest living filmmakers, and never has he been so clearly angling for awards as he is with Flags of Our Fathers. Does that mean the movie is not good? Absolutely not. The story behind the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, which resulted in the single most famous wartime image in history, is beyond fascinating. Eastwood has gone the extra step to tell this story right by hiring two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) to co-write the screenplay (with William Broyles Jr.), and the results are largely phenomenal and endlessly fascinating, especially to those who know nothing about the true facts behind this legendary flag event.

The battle scenes–and there are many of them–are some of the bloodiest a studio film has ever released, and I applaud Eastwood and Co. for giving an unflinching look at how dirty, gory, and borderline unmentionable this part of WWII really was. But fighting isn’t what this movie is about. Flags of Our Fathers is about manufacturing heroes during wartime. There is absolutely no doubt that the men in the flag-raising photo are heroes (three of them died on that same battlefield), but as the truth is revealed to us about the circumstances of that event, one can’t help but be reminded of the military repeatedly inventing or exaggerating events during wartime to generate support for causes and wars that may not have been popular at the time. For those who don’t know the details, I’ll let the movie tell the facts. Part of the entertainment value of the film is learned piece by piece the truth. But the rest of the film follows the three surviving soldiers in the photo as they are sent across the country to drum up support for the war and drive war bond sales.

The events these three men attend are often embarrassing and troubling to them, as they are faced time after time with the image of them with that flag. What troubles them the most is that one of the men who died was misidentified in the original photograph, and the family of the real sixth man don’t find out for many years that it was their son in the photo. But more than that, the three men feel more like mascots than soldiers.

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T- 800 Statue

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

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New to All Movie Replicas catalogue, is the T-800 statue by Sideshow Collectibles.

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of this modern classic film, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the first T-800 statue to include Arnold Schwarzenegger’s authorized likeness. The T-800 has been captured as he appeared in the battle at the Cyberdyne offices, as he methodically disarms and disables the police & security forces sent to stop him. The T-800 is cast in solid, high-quality polystone, and is mounted on a display base featuring the Cyberdyne logo. Don’t miss your chance to add the quintessential T2 statue to your collection!

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