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A few months ago, Paramount released the first teaser trailer for Mission Impossible 4, awkwardly titled “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol“. How’s that for a mouthful of jibberish. With the release date only a couple of months away, the studio debuted a brand new full-length trailer yesterday. Director Brad Bird even appears in it to introduce the clip. What, Tom Cruise wasn’t available?

Gone is the previous hip-hop background track and back is the traditional score associated with the spy series. Why mess with a good thing, right? The music isn’t the only thing that’s changed. With a longer trailer, more action, more chases, more explosions and fights have been jammed in. Somewhere in between all that, a few plot insights have been revealed. Ethan Hunt and the remaining IMF team go rogue to clear their organization’s name. Intrigued yet?

Joining Tom Cruise for the fourth installment are Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Kegg and Josh Holloway. Filming for the film took place in various international destinations including Dubai, Prague, Moscow, Mumbai and Vancouver. Props to Vancity, my hometown, for making that list. ” Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is scheduled to premiere in North America on December 16, 2011. Should you choose to accept this fourth mission, check out the new trailer below.

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Movie Review: In Time

In: Donovan, Movies

Any movie that begins with a shirtless Justin Timberlake is alright by me. In an instant, I was glued to the screen once I saw Timberlake’s sexy back… literally. In all seriousness, with the Occupy Wall Movement making headlines everywhere, “In Time” couldn’t have picked a better time to hit theaters. In essence the movie is a social commentary about the division of the haves and have-nots. In this society, money is replaced with time as the currency of choice. The rich can live forever while the poor live minute by minute.

In this retro-future world, everyone stops aging at the age of 25-years-old. No botox needed. Once they reach that age, the countdown to their death begins. Everything in this society is paid for by giving up minutes, days, weeks out of your life. Timberlake plays Will Salas, a young man trying to support himself and his mother. In a twist of fate, Salas meets a wealthy man (Matt Bomer) who’s tired of living. Before committing suicide, Bomer’s character transfers all his time credits to Salas and encourages him to “not waste his time“. In other words, make a difference in the world.

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After the succes of Step Up 3D, the franchise has currently been busy working on bringing the heat in Miami for it’s fourth instalment. This time, the film has enlisted the help of SYTYCD choreographer Travis Wall to assist Christopher Scott for all the moves. Directing the film is music video director and boyfriend to Ashley Tisdale, Scott Speer. Stepping up to the lead roles are SYTYCD alum Kathryn McCormick and her sexy co-star is model and acting newcomer Ryan Guzman. Trust me, he’s quite the hottie. We’ll get to him in a second. The film is set to be released July 27, 2012. Here is a quick look at the film’s synopsis.

“STEP UP 4 is the next installment in the worldwide smash Step Up franchise, which sets the dancing against the vibrant backdrop of Miami. Emily, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs. The crew, called the MOB, strives to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily’s father threatens to develop the MOB’s historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people. Emily must band together with Sean and the MOB to turn their performance mobs into protest mobs, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.”

So let’s talk about the sexy Ryan Guzman. This model is getting his first shot at acting in the newest flick in the franchise. This brown haired, hazel eyed, six foot drink of water is nothing but pure sexy and his modelling portfolio just continues to prove it. Check out some of his sexy shots below.

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We’ve all fantasized about what it’d be like to have superpowers. What if one day, you all of a sudden had them? Would you take it too far? Would you abuse your powers? In this new trailer for a thriller called “Chronicle,” we see that exact thing happen. Differing from “superpower” movies like X-Men or TV shows like Heroes, this story takes a more realistic approach rather than more of a campy Hollywood approach. To put it more clearly, it’s filmed like the Paranormal Activity series.

Set in Seattle, three teenagers stumble upon something that gives them superpowers, so they start to document their experiences on camera. It starts off as all fun & games as the prank and spook random people with their powers. Then, it reaches a whole new level when someone starts obnoxiously tailgating them on the highway and one of the boys decides to send the guy swerving off the road and into a river to get him off their asses. Their friendship is put to the test as they become more in touch with their dark side, now having all of this power. The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell as the three friends whose lives spin out of control after having each obtained these new powers.

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Say Goodbye to Harry Potter… Again.

In: Kyle, Movies, Random Reads

As if ending the series wasn’t a big enough blow for all of us, Warner Bros. just announced that on Dec. 29 they will cease all shipment of all Harry Potter films. Yes, you read that right – once stores sell out of their copies of HP 1-7 (including the box sets), they will NOT be replaced!

In a move much like their venture into theme parks, Warner Bros. is mimicking Disney by periodically rereleasing all of the films as a strategy for more money down the road. Personally, I think the $12.1 billion gross so far would be enough to keep the company happy, but I guess I’m wrong.

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It looks like Netflix is in some serious trouble. After raising their prices in July, the instant online streaming company found itself in a little hot water. The company expected an exodus of 590,000 users. However, after the third quarter reports came in, the company realized that had lost just over 800,000 users in the US alone. That doesn’t even include the users they are probably constantly losing in Canada due to the poor quality and quantity of content.

After news broke, Netflix felt the heat on Wall Street as well. The company lost a quarter of it’s value when stocks closed yesterday. The company’s stocks are currently worth less than $100. To put it all into perspective, the company was a stock market gem before they plunged by sixty percent losing almost $9 million dollars four and a half months ago. Now, the exact value after Monday’s sell-off is $86.83. Despite the fact that the company is losing money and fast, Netflix still plans to go ahead with plans to expand into Britain and Ireland. However, they have stated that they will not expand into any other overseas markets until they are making profits again. As you can see, the problem really fell in raising the prices. It was an effort to help spin-off its DVD-by-mail rental service. However, it was a task that needed to be done says Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings.

“We became a symbol of the evil, greedy corporation,” Hastings said in a Monday interview with The Associated Press. “Then we faced a reputational hit that created significantly more cancellations than we anticipated.”

He does admit however that they went about it all wrong. He said the company should have took the time to explain that in order to get more high profile content, they would need the money to pay the television and film studios to be allowed to stream the content on high speed internet connections.

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Movie Review: The Color Purple

In: Dan, Movies

A few months ago I reviewed the novel, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and was incredibly moved by the tale. The book and movie set was a Christmas gift from fellow cast member, Alex, and I vowed to read and watch both and witness the magic that he has consistently preached every time we were together in the same room. I’ll admit, I was dragging my heels on the movie as I loved the book to an unnatural obsession and have been recommending it myself to anyone who will listen, and I was worried about Steven Spielberg’s ability to adapt this fantastic piece of literature for the big screen. With that said, Alex assured me that the movie stayed incredibly true to the original novel’s storyline, and that our home girl Oprah Winfrey’s performance would shatter all preconceived ideas around her abilities as an actress.

May I be the first to say this, Alex, you were one hundred per cent correct. Oprah’s performance was simply the tip of the iceberg for this movie! Whoopi Goldberg had her breakout, Golden Globe-winning performance in the 1985 Oscar® nominated film, directed by Steven Spielberg. The cast was pieced together to create the incredible ensemble, and I truly believe each actor perfectly embodied their characters. As previously mentioned, Oprah Winfrey tackled her first feature film acting role in this film, portraying Sofia, married to Harpo (her name backwards – as if the fate wasn’t predetermined for this role). If you’ve read the book, then you’re well aware of how extremely poignant and demanding this character is to the storyline, and Oprah Winfrey nailed it! I couldn’t believe her ability to transcend and grow with her character and she aged through the years. There is one scene near the end of the film with nearly the entire cast seated around the dining room table to share what would end up being one of their last meals together, and Oprah absolutely stole the scene. I completely agree with her Academy Award® nomination for this portrayal.

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Box Office Possessed By Paranormal Activity 3

In: Movies, Patrick

This weekend, Paranormal Activity 3 took the top spot at the box office as predicted, but it far surpassed expectations in it’s performance. The film was expected to debut with $30 million, but instead brought in an impressive $54 million this weekend. I saw the film last week and thought it was great. If you’re looking for a film to scare you pants off, watch it!

The Three Musketeers, a movie that’s already been done to death, is off to a slow start this weekend, opening with only $8.8 million and taking the fourth spot. One of the film’s stars, Milla Jovovich accused the US distributors of the film (Summit Entertainment) of making no effort promote the film. Over the weekend, the actress took to Twitter and said, “Are ‘summit’ promoting it as a family adventure movie? Or are they resting on their laurels from ‘twilight’ n making no effort? Let me know!” About an one hour later she added: “I think ‘summit’ hve swept ’3 Musketeers’, a grt family adventure film, under the rug in the US. Shame on them. SHAME ON YOU ‘SUMMIT’.”

Also opening this weekend was Johnny English Reborn, which has been a hit overseas already. Unfortunately, here in North America it had a pretty week debut with only $3.8 million. See what films made the Top 10 at the box office this weekend below.

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