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Universal Pictures’ Dark Universe

Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.  Witness the beginning of a Dark Universe.

Universal Pictures' Dark Universe
Universal Pictures announced that its series of films reviving the studio’s classic monster characters for a new generation will be known as “Dark Universe.”

The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theaters preceding The Mummy, which was released on June 9.

The announcement includes details of the enterprise relaunching Universal’s iconic characters into modern cinema, as well as confirmations of superstar cast and that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct Bride of Frankenstein.

Universal Pictures' Dark UniverseDark Universe films will be distinguished by performances from some of the most talented and popular global superstars stepping into iconic roles, as well as electric new talents whose careers are starting to break through.  While previously announced, the stars of both imminent and future Dark Universe projects are gathered for the first time in the attached photo: The Invisible Man and Frankenstein’s Monster will be played by, respectively, blockbuster icon Johnny Depp and Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem, who appear together later this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Those actors join superstar Tom Cruise as soldier of fortune Nick Morton and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, who lead the all-star cast of The Mummy, along with Sofia Boutella, the actress who embodies the title role in that film.

At its organizing principle, Dark Universe films are connected by a mysterious multi-national organization known asProdigium.  Led by the enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll, Prodigium’s mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world.  Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it. For more visit: www.WelcometoProdigium.com.

DESPICABLE ME 3 | Watch Pharrell’s New Music Video

Despicable Me 3Watch Pharrell Williams’ new video for “Yellow Light” from #DespicableMe3

“Yellow Light” is one of five brand new original tracks Pharrell wrote and produced for the film. Watch him and the Minions journey through the streets of Hollywood in a virtual video game in the new music video. Another original Pharrell song made for Despicable Me 3, “There’s Something Special,” perfectly captures the tone of the series. Additionally, Pharrell’s anthemic “Freedom” serves as the backdrop as the Minions plot their escape from prison in the film.

Pharrell has written and produced songs and themes for the entire Despicable Me series. Despicable Me 2 featured the Academy Award®-nominated and Grammy Award-winning global smash hit “Happy.” The song inspired a worldwide movement of happiness, with its original music video spawning thousands of self-made videos from fans in dozens of countries. “Happy” has topped countless charts around the globe, with 14 million units sold. It has achieved seven-time-platinum certification in the U.S., making the song the best-selling and most successful single of 2014.

Despicable Me 3 Tracklisting:

  1. Yellow Light – Pharrell Williams
  2. Hug Me – Pharrell Williams feat. Trey Parker
  3. Bad – Michael Jackson
  4. Take On Me – a-ha
  5. Papa Mama Loca Pipa – The Minions
  6. There’s Something Special – Pharrell Williams
  7. Tiki Babeloo – The Minions
  8. Freedom – Pharrell Williams
  9. Doowit – Pharrell Williams
  10. 99 Luftballoons – Nena
  11. Into The Groove – Madonna
  12. Chuck Berry – Pharrell Williams
  13. Fun, Fun, Fun – Pharrell Williams
  14. Despicable Me – Pharrell Williams
  15. Despicable Me 3 Score Suite – Heitor Pereira
  16. Malatikalano Polatina – The Minions

DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30

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DESPICABLE ME 3 | Watch the New Clip

The Minions Take The Stage

Despicable Me 3Watch the new clip from DESPICABLE ME 3, in theaters everywhere June 30!

Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.  Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.  Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.  The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

Become a Minion with the NEW Facebook Camera Mask

Facebook has announced new ways for people to share creative photos and videos with Facebook Camera. Now more than ever, fans can experience immersive video and express themselves authentically on Facebook.

To celebrate the launch, fans around the world can use & share an exclusive #DespicableMe3 Minions Mask in the Facebook mobile app! Despicable Me 3 will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.

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The Fate of the Furious: Movie Review

The Fate of the Furious
Recently, I was invited to a screening of Universal’s newest movie, The Fate of the Furious. While not completely familiar with these movies, my friend, John, is a huge Furious fan. Since he has seen all of the movies, I knew he was far more qualified to write this review. I will say I did enjoy this movie – it was not at all what I expected.  Please enjoy his review – leave your thoughts in the comments below!
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS has been rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language and is in theaters now!


The Fate of the Furious. The definition of fate is the development on events beyond a person’s control. For those that have followed this series since the beginning, you know that the of the main theme is family. “You don’t turn your back on family” is one of the lines said in the movie that has a powerful meaning. The fate of this series is family comes first, even if a person a part of the family isn’t with them. This movie has the right amount of suspense, comedy, and action all in one. What else can you ask for?What is a movie without suspense? Boring movies are cinemas that the audience knows what’s going to happen next. Hints on what is going to happen next are fine, but totally giving up what’s going to happen next does not keep the audience engaged with the movie. The Fate of the Furious definitely gives the right suspense. Wondering if the actors would get hurt, if they can make it in time, or a mysterious objective all will keep you at the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Throughout the movie you will be wondering what happened during the suspenseful parts. No worries though, all will be revealed to you at the end of the movie.

Laughter is an instant vacation. Smiling and laughing takes away what problems you currently are dealing with. While you watch this movie, you will be on a vacation with all of the funny parts put into the cinema. There are hilarious, amusing, and silly scenes, all of which will make you smile, laugh, or both. Although the comedy scenes are a great asset of the movie, the placement on where they inserted the humor was perfect. It would show up out of nowhere or interrupt a scene for a small comedy part. The placing is perfect and seemed to flow with the movie.

Action catches everyone’s attention. It grabs the attention of the audience for a few seconds until they start getting bored because the same things are happening and it goes on for 5 minutes. But The Fate of the Furious does not have that boring part. This movie has it all. They included fighting, guns, cars, planes, and even hacking scenes to portray the entire movie. There is always something new every second. You won’t entirely know what’s going to happen next until you see what happens. This will keep you involved and engaged throughout the movie.

Although the suspense, comedy, and action scenes were all great aspect of the movie, you have to give it up for the director and the whole cast on how they all incorporated “Brian O’Conner”, also known as Paul Walker, in the movie. He was a major piece of this movie series. Although he wasn’t in the movie, the actors all did a great job on their acting and giving their emotion when it was a time to think of and remember Paul Walker. The Fate of the Furious was a great movie put together all around. If Paul Walker was here to experience this, it is safe to say that he would be proud and have that smile of his that no one can forget.

“Get Out” – A Movie Review

Get OutWe all need a little thrill in life. You know, sensations that leave you begging for more, capturing each emotion and watching them come to life, whilst anticipating whats going to happen next. Those intense feelings of fear and suspicion that make you laugh so hard you cry! The cast of Jordan Peeles’ new movie “Get Out” do exactly that.

I absolutely love any horror movie that grabs my attention and keeps me captivated. Jordan Peele took a different approach at this horror/thriller film, but you won’t expect anything until you see it for yourself. Be prepared for some surprising twists and funny turns! I would highly recommend this movie to my friends and to all who seek havoc and thrill in their lives!

Get Out begins with a couple, Rose (Allison Williams) and Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), packing for a weekend getaway to meet her parents, Missy and Dean. Chris, being understandably nervous already, has added concern because he is black and she is white. Rose reassures him he has nothing to worry about, well at first! Her father (Bradley Whitford) insists he would have “voted for Obama for a third term” and her mother (Catherine Keener) being a psychiatrist wants to hypnotize Chris out of his smoking habits. All in all, they seem like friendly, loving people who are calm and collected by his race. And this is where the movie turns. No worries, no spoilers from me :)

Get Out” is a Thriller/Horror movie, but it also has a twist of comedy in it. In addition to keeping me on my toes and at the edge of my seat, this movie left me wanting more! Jordan Peele amazes me as a director. From scene to scene, everything flowed putting the story line together.

GET OUT has been rated (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.   I will say the trailer was just as creepy and mind blowing as the movie. It sums up every emotion and pulls you in like no other! This film may not be your first choice, but it is a great movie for adults that love a little scare!

In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

 

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).

 

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

 

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, Bad Words), Edward H. Hamm Jr. (Bad Words) and Peele.  The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Stephen Root (No Country for Old Men), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Lakeith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).

The Great Wall – A Review

The great wall

1700 years to build. 5,550 miles long. What were they trying to keep out? That is the big question for Universal’s new movie, The Great Wall starring Matt Damon.

When I first watched the trailer for  The Great Wall, I knew that I was intrigued and wanted to see more. I can appreciate a great historical film, but I love when there is a twist! This movie is action-packed, suspenseful and serves as a reminder that being brave and selfless is important. 

The Great Wall begins with two westerners, William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal), being chased in the desert. They end up running right into the Great Wall of China. This is where they meet the very intense and prepared, elite army that is ready for battle against a swarm of gruesome creatures. Now they must decide whether to help the soldiers stay alive or leave to save themselves.

The Great Wall was very well put together. I felt as though the story line was smooth and touched on important virtues such as bravery and selflessness. I think Zhang Yimou (director) added a few very creative elements, such as the army’s battle techniques. I feel these techniques really  helped give this movie an edge. Scenery throughout The Great Wall was breathtaking, including perfectly matched scoring. The battle scenes are intense and realistic, pulling you right into this movie! It was these elements that really helped bring the movie together. 

This movie is rated PG-13 for “sequences of fantasy action violence”. I’d say this rating is appropriate and fits the content of the movie. As usual, use your judgement when bringing younger children. However, this is definitely a movie for those that enjoy an action-packed monster fantasy. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie. 

The Great Wall intrigued me from the very start and I am very happy I was able to see it! This movie was a perfect blend of action, fantasy, and real life virtues. Zhang Yimou really put all the pieces together to make this a well rounded movie. I would recommend The Great Wall. Go see it and get ready for a very exciting and nail-biting battle!

THE GREAT WALL has been rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) for sequences of fantasy action violence.   Running time: 103 minutes

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.  The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China.  The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

The film will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures.

***Disclosure: We were invited to a special screening of this movie in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. No other compensation was received. 

Fifty Shades Darker – Review

50 Shades darker

50 Shades darker

Fantasies.

Desires.

We all have them, especially when it comes to romance. Some are basic and platonic while other fantasies are intimate and thrill seeking. E.L. James portrays those sexual thrills exquisitely in her novel turned movie, Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. This film  had me intrigued by the way it made me laugh and tear up, but mostly by how it made me want more!

 Fifty Shades Darker opens with Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) receiving a massive bouquet of white roses from Christian, whom she broke off ties with at the end of the first movie. Anastasia(Ana for short) starts her new job at SIP as an assistant to one of the editors. She is trying to build her career while Christian (Jamie Dornan) tries to lure her back into his life. She caves in, but not too quickly without new arrangements for the sexual relationship they have. Things start getting hot and heavy until the past tries to come back. Shadowy figures from Christian’s past try to eliminate any chance of a future for the couple. Now Christian will do anything within his power to make sure that does not happen.

 James Foley (director) and Niall Leonard, who wrote the screenplay, put E. L. James novel together elegantly. They really focused on all the little details without straying away from the plot. My favorite details were  Ana’s outfits and lingerie. Her outfits were chic and her lingerie was elegant and sexy. The scenery was gorgeous and made everything flow so well. You can tell how hard the whole crew worked and how much they put their all into making this movie.

The movie is rated R, purposely so for the fact that there are multiple sex scenes and some language.  This type of movie is not everyone’s cup of tea, if you will, but it is definitely worth watching. If you love romance and fantasy, this drama packed movie is for you.

I’ll be honest with saying that this movie did not peak my interest much until I watched it. And I’m glad I did!  I will definitely recommend this movie to all of my friends. There are twists I did not see coming, tears I did not know I would shed, and laughter I did not realize would come out. Fifty Shades Darker  will make you want more – just like it did to me!

FIFTY SHADES DARKER has been rated R for strong erotic sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language. Fifty Shades Darker opens in theaters Friday, February 10, 2017.

Disclosure:***Written by Guest Blogger, Mara B.*** We were invited to a special screening of this movie in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own and no other compensation was received.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.  Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker.

 

When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance.  As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

 

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson.

 

Fifty Shades Darker is directed by James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series.  The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.