The Maze Runner featurette & prize pack giveaway #MazeRunner

A couple of weeks ago I shared the trailer for The Maze Runner, in theaters September 19th. This week I have a fun featurette and giveaway to share with my readers.

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About the film:
When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

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The Maze Runner will be in theaters September 19th.

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One Five Dollar Shake reader will win a The Maze Runner prize pack.

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Prize Pack courtesy of 20th Century Fox includes:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)
  • Money Maze

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First Look @ Paul Rudd as Marvel’s ANT-MAN #AntMan

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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I love Paul Rudd, and pretty much all things Marvel, so I’m betting this will be a fun film. Can’t wait to see some footage.

ANT-MAN is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym.

Marvel’s ANT-MAN will be in theatres next summer on July 17th, 2015!

Trailer Park Tuesday, The Maze Runner #MazeRunner

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When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. 20th Century Fox. Rated: PG-13

Directed By: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee.
In Theaters
: September 19, 2014

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I haven’t read the book, but it sounds like a gripping, and exciting story. One we can enjoy with our teenager. I’m really looking forward to seeing The Maze Runner while it’s in theaters. How about you? Have you read the book? Any plans on seeing the film?

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Trailer Park Tuesday, Mad Max: Fury Road

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Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

Directer : George Miller

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee, Courtney Eaton.

In Theaters
: May 15th, 2015

The special effects and the cast look amazing in this trailer. I wasn’t a fan of the original Mad Max movie, but I’m thinking I might enjoy seeing this one with my husband while it’s in theaters.
How about you? Think you’ll be seeing Mad Max: Fury Road?

The Expendables 3, The Cast, The Excitement & Will They Make A Fourth?

The cast at Cannes 2014

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Fans of gray-haired action franchise The Expendables should be able to see the third in the series by the time they read this. It’s been released in London and is due to hit theaters in the US on August 15th. The cast is amazing, adding to the line-ups from the first two – I can’t wait to see it!

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Personally, I found that The Expendables 2 was great fun, I’m a big fan of exploding movies. The original movie from 2010 was built on nicely, with bigger and better explosions and funnier dialog. Bringing even more muscle – the third installment has Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas joining existing cast members Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li.

Excitement

There are a huge number of explosions of course, kicking off shortly after our aging heroes meet up with Mel Gibson’s character, Conrad Stonebanks, an arms dealer who likes to hide out in the deserted shell of a casino in some unspecified third world country. Early reviews suggest that, despite all the shoot-ups and effects, you might be better off playing a few hands of Blackjack in an online casino like GamingClub.com, (Mel Gibson certainly could have done with a little practice there, maybe he wouldn’t have run out of cash when he visited a Casino in Vegas a while back) than wading through this movie, if it’s a raised heart- rate you’re looking for – though if you’re as old as the average age of the cast that’s probably not such a great idea.

Early Reviews

The rumours from across the Atlantic are that the joke The Expendables is based on is beginning to wear a little thin. It seems that cramming another bunch of retirement-age action heroes onto the screen has been subject to the Law Of Diminishing returns. Stallone’s co-written screenplay gives each star more or less equal screen time, but given the sheer number of them, it does tend to interfere with the smooth unfolding of the plot.

Injuries

The theme of the movie, broadly speaking, is the teaming up of old and young, as the veteran members join up with the youngsters to defeat the evil Stone banks. Both older and younger cast members got into trouble while filming; Jason Statham found himself hurtling towards a 50 foot drop into the Black Sea when the brakes failed on his truck, only managing to survive by diving out of the open door. Stallone was injured as well, after an on-set fall left him with a metal plate in his back.

A fourth movie

It seems that whether you’ll want to see The Expendables 3 will depend mostly on how much you enjoyed the last two, and how much you want to see all those older guys on screen together. I have to say I’m actually looking forward to it; I’m expecting it to be cheesy, I’m expecting it to be pretty exciting, and I’m also expecting to be entertained. But, will they make a fourth?

(blog post contributed by Noah Jenkins)

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Witches of East End Season One on DVD Review & Giveaway #WitchEEDVD

“Witches of East End” stars Emmy award-winning Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin) as Joanna Beauchamp, an ageless mother trying to keep a supernatural secret from her daughters, Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum; Step Up) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston; (500) Days of Summer) so they can lead a normal life. But when Joanna’s estranged sister (Mädchen Amick; “Twin Peaks”) arrives to warn her of an evil entity out to destroy them all, Joanna is forced to reveal the truth about her family’s magical legacy. Co-starring Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Eric Winter (“Days of Our Lives”) and Daniel DiTomasso (“Beauty and the Beast”), this powerful and enchanting drama series will cast its spell on you!

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Available now on DVD!
Special Features include:

  • Falling Under Their Spell
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Cat Blooper Reel (my personal favorite)

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Even though Witches of East End has a great cast, I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the series. I was, and still am a big fan of the series Charmed. I thought for sure I would be consistently comparing the two. Well, I’m almost finished watching season one and am happy to say I was wrong. Witches of East End is a well put together series, and completely stands on it’s own. And, for the record – it’s much darker than Charmed. I’m really enjoying it, and am hoping to complete the first season before the preimere of season two on Lifetime 7/6.

Witches of East End: Season 1 on DVD is available to purchase now on Amazon.

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Five Summer movies I’m looking forward to seeing #TFIOS

With the summer line-up ready to kick start this year’s movie going season, things are looking pretty exciting for movie fans. I’m such a big fan of movies that no category is really off limits. Action, romance, drama, comedy, dramedy, thriller, even documentary often make my list favorites. Below are five movies I’m really looking forward to experiencing on the big screen this summer.

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The Expendables 3, opening August 15th.
Barney and his team, known as “The Expendables”, come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables’ co-founder, who is determined to destroy the team.

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Guardians of the Galaxy, opening August 1st.
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

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Tammy, opening July 2nd.
After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

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The Fluffy Movie, opening July 11th.
A documentary that captures the on-stage performance and inspirational success story of Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

And, The Fault In Our Stars, opening this week, June 6th!

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I’ve had this one marked on my calender since the first day I heard of it’s release. Busy weekend? Yeah, but just try to stop me from catching that late show. You wont be able to.

Synopsis:
Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us – on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, based upon the number-one bestselling novel by John Green, explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, and Emily Peachey

Directed by Josh Boone
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, based on the book by John Green
Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

The movie looks perfectly cast. Making me even more excited to experiencing this incredible love story on the big screen!

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Heads Up! Marvel’s #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy will be blasting into theaters on 8/1/14! @Guardians

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“From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and features the voice talents of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Also appearing are John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and my favorite actor Benicio Del Toro!

If you know me, than you know of my love for Benicio Del Toro, so seeing this movie is a sure thing. But, it’s more than that – this movie really looks awesome! Great cast, and both trailers that have been released are action packed, and filled with hilarious one-liners and humor. Which we already know Chris Pratt (Delivery Man/Parks and Recreation) has a real talent for. This movie is going to be EPIC for sure!

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“James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.”

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, entertaining movie for an adult birthday sleepover!

I was recently asked to view and review the new Ben Stiller movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. Although I am retired, I find that I have more than enough to occupy my time and, frankly, watching movies doesn’t consume much of it. I have never been much of a movie watcher and rarely even go to the show. I have plenty of other things to keep me busy, including numerous hobbies, pinochle and Mah Jongg game groups and my two 1 ½ year old puppies. I was wondering when I would actually have some downtime to commit to watching this movie.

So, when I was invited to a surprise birthday sleepover for my friend in Canada, I decided to bring along some games, home movies and my new movie. I figured that, perhaps, we’d hit a lull in the evening and want something to do. The evening started out well enough, with a birthday dinner, presents, dessert and conversation. Watching a little tv, then some home movies, and the evening seemed to headed for a downill slide.

That’s when I decided to pull out the dvd and ask if anyone would be interested in watching it. Since none of us had a clue about the original, we had no preconceived ideas of what is was about. So, we sat back, relaxed, and started the movie.

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While I knew that I had seen (and enjoyed) Ben Stiller in other movies, none came to mind either before or while watching this film. I can honestly say that it kind of dragged at the beginning and when some of the over-the-top special effects started to be presented I couldn’t help but wonder if I was in for a Spiderman-like movie with no-holds barred, in-your-face effects. It wasn’t apparent to me, at first, what the need for those were, but it was soon made clear why they were needed. In retrospect I must say that they were a nice touch. Just enough, and not out of control as I feared that they were going to become.

Kristen Wiig, of “Saturday Night Live” fame added a nice, feminine touch to the film. She plays a newly-separated woman of a teenaged boy, and Walter Mitty is instantly smitten with her. The many encounters that Walter has with tech support with eHarmony to that end are pretty funny and I loved how they are scattered, quite unexpectedly in places, throughout the movie.

I was most pleasantly surprised to see one of my all-time favorite actors, Mr. Sean Penn, in this film. I’ve always loved Sean, and was happy to see him on the big screen once again. His actual on-screen time isn’t a whole lot, but anytime for me is great! There’s another big-named actor in the film, Ms. Shirley MacClaine. She, too, had a very small part, but added to the overall scheme of the plot.

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The one outstanding thing about this movie is the most awesome videography! There are some absolutely stunning views of landscapes (I won’t reveal where) that were just breathtaking, really well done! It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a movie that was really thought out and filmed in such glorious attention to filling the screen with beauty.

After I watched the movie, I looked online to discover that this would have only been film five of Mr. Stiller’s that I have viewed from his vast and varied filmography and I have enjoyed them all. Out of the four others that I’ve viewed, “Meet the Parents”, “Night at the Museum”, “There’s Something about Mary” and “Along Came Polly”, Polly has to be my favorite, one not to be missed if you are in the mood for a hilarious comedy. Mary comes in a close second, but a bit more raunchy as those of you who have seen it can attest to. I was also surprised to learn that he actually directed Mitty, as well, quite a feat in my mind!

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“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a movie that the whole family can watch together, since it has a rating of PG, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly. I found it engaging and kept my interest after the first initial lull.

Available NOW the Blu-ray and DVD are both loaded with more than an hour of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted, extended and alternative scenes, featurettes that dive into filming in Iceland and Walter Mitty history, a gallery of exclusive reference photography, and music video “Stay Alive” by José González, and more.

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Trailer Park Tuesday #TheRover

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A loner tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft.

Directer: David Michôd

Cast: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, Susan Prior, Gillian Jones, Anthony Hayes, and David Field Genre.

In theaters: June 13, 2014.

This looks really good. I hope to catch this one on the big screen. How about you? Will you be seeing The Rover?