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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Movie Trailer

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Megan Fox, Will Arnett Movie HD

The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Movie Trailer #2

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Trailer 2

Director: Dean DeBlois

Starring: Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill

Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

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‘Rio 2′ to take on ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ at box office

APphoto_Film Review Rio 2A scene from “Rio 2,” which takes on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at the box office this weekend. (20th Century Fox / Blue Sky Studios / Associated Press)

A flock of tropical birds will play the villain to Captain America at the box office.

The 3-D computer-animated family comedy “Rio 2″ and last weekend’s No. 1 movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” are each expected to gross around $40 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys.

A $40-million debut for “Rio 2,” the latest release from 20th Century Fox’s animation company Blue Sky Studios, would likely put it neck-and-neck with the red-white-and-blue-clad hero for the top of the box-office charts.

That number would also put it on track to match the original “Rio.” That 2011 film opened to $39 million and went on to rake in $144 million domestically, with an additional $341 million from overseas accounting for 70% of its worldwide gross.

Director Carlos Saldanha returns for the “Rio” follow-up, which features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx and Tracy Morgan. The film cost $103 million to make.

“The Winter Soldier,” Marvel Studios’ sequel to 2011′s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” took off last weekend with an April record of $95 million in ticket sales.

A gross of $40 million this time around would represent a roughly 60% drop week-to-week, which is typical for big superhero movies from the Walt Disney Co.-owned studio. The film has already passed the $100-million mark domestically and has amassed more than $200 million from overseas.

“Draft Day,” the backroom football drama starring Kevin Costner as the general manager of the struggling Cleveland Browns, is poised for an opening of $12 million or less. That would put it about even with Costner’s last movie, the thriller “3 Days to Kill” that opened in February and has essentially tapped out with a little more than $30 million domestically.

The movie from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment has received mixed reviews, as indicated by a score of 50% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes as of Thursday.

The micro-budget horror movie “Oculus,” acquired by Relativity Media for U.S. release for $2.5 million, should generate around $13 million in ticket sales through Sunday, which would roughly match 2011′s “Insidious.” That $1.5-million movie posted an opening of $13 million on its way to a $54-million domestic gross and the spawning of a franchise.

The well-reviewed “Oculus,” directed and co-written by Mike Flanagan of “Absentia,” follows a pair of siblings whose parents died mysteriously a decade earlier. The sister, played by Karen Gillan of TV’s “Doctor Who” series, traces the tragedy to a malevolent force brought on by an antique mirror.

For the release of “Oculus,” Relativity’s first low-budget scare-fest, the distributor teamed with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, the company behind horror flicks such as “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “The Purge.” It cost less than $5 million to make.

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‘No one wants to see me naked’: Kris Jenner insists she won’t pose for Playboy… and weighs in on Bruce’s sex change rumours

Kris Jenner 1On-trend: Kris was seen leaving Craig’s Restaurant in West Hollywood on Wednesday, carrying a stylish Chanel backpack

Rumour mill! Kris Jenner, pictured arriving at her office on Wednesday, was on hand to defend her celebrity family on KIIS’s Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday mor

The Kardashian family should count themselves lucky that Kris Jenner can always be counted on to have their backs especially when it comes to defending her celebrity family.

The world’s most infamous momager appeared on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show on Thursday morning to slam a number of rumours about her reality show daughters and her ex-husband.

At first, it sounded like the 58-year-old may have been pulling a Khloe à la Sunrise, when presenter Kyle Sandilands asked her about Bruce Jenner’s rumoured sex change the line cut out.

Kris Jenner 2Sex change rumours: The 58-year-old, pictured accompanying her ex-husband Bruce Jenner for a stroll in Thailand last week, dispelled speculation that he is to have a sex change

However, ever the professional, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians matriarch was back on the phone a short time later ready to defend her ex-husband.

‘That’s a story they’ve been writing since the Seventies, and I think they just keep regurgitating stuff… and the more sensational the headline they are going to sell magazines,’ Kris said.

‘It’s just like unbelievable that these blatant lies are printed and people are gullible and they buy the magazines,’ she added, clearly irate.

She then managed to change the topic saying, ‘We just all got back from vacation and had a great time and the family is great and we are looking forward to Kim getting married and the babies are doing well.’

Kim KardashianBride-to-be again! Kim Kardashian, seen arriving at Kris’s office in Calabasas on Wednesday, has not shown her mother her new wedding dress

Putting to bed those Playboy rumours, Kris laughed off reports that she would ever pose nude for the magazine.

‘Oh my God, no!’ she said. ‘I don’t think anyone wants to see me without any clothes on.’

‘The older you get, the harder it is. I love to work out and love to feel feel like I’m in shape… Last summer I posted those bikini photos because I thought it was so inspirational for someone in their fifties to have some motivation and say ‘wow’ anybody can put a bathing-suit on.’

Kris Jenner 3Killer figure: Kris posted this stunning bikini shot in January with the caption ‘Celebrate Life’

Kris Jenner 4Blue beauty: She also showed off her figure in a electric blue bikini in another Instagram post last September

The black-haired beauty also dispelled whispers that daughter Kim’s wedding to rapper Kanye West in Paris in the coming months could be cancelled because of a rule that says a couple must live in France for 40 days before they can tie the knot.

‘As far as Kim and Kanye go, everything is on track and they actually have a place there, they have a house in Paris.’

Kim’s wedding number three seems to be all go, however, Kris has yet to see her second eldest daughter’s wedding dress and admitted that she doesn’t know what the wedding plans are.

She said that Kim wants to do things very differently ‘from last time round’, with something a little more simple and in keeping with Parisian tradition.

Speaking about what is set to be one of the biggest Vogue covers ever, Kris said it was so ‘top-secret’ that not even the rest of the family knew about it.

‘It was so exciting’ to go through it all with Kim and ‘watch one of her dreams unfold’, Jenner said.

Heart broken: Khloe Kardashian was clearly struggling to walk with her Barney’s New York shopping bags at the family office on Wednesday

Going from the pending nuptials of one daughter to the marriage break-up of another, Kris admitted, ‘Khloe and Lamar are still apart… there is not really any change there that I know of or that I can report. She is just hanging in there and doing her best.’

The news will surely add fire to speculation that the newly single 29-year-old is dating rapper French Montana.

The quick-firing radio presenters also asked about Khloe’s Sunrise saga and whether she cut the line after they asked her about her 10-month-old neice North West or if it was an accidental dropout.

Kris laughed that she didn’t even hear about the uproar, saying she was probably asleep back in LA.

Kourtney KardashianTo help get her mind of her crumbled marriage, Khloe plans to move to the Hamptons in Long Island with Kourtney in the next two months to film a new spin-off – Khloe and Kourtney take the Hamptons.

It’ll give Kourtney’s partner Scott Disick a chance to show their children Mason, four, and 20-month-old Penelope the place in which he grew up following the deaths of both his parents in the last six months.

New romance: Khloe is rumoured to be dating rapper French Montana pictured together last Friday at P Diddy’s son’s birthday party

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Dylan Penn – Treats Magazine Photoshoot (Issue #7)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Movie Review

amazing_spiderman_two_ver6Andrew Garfield is back with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy by his side, ready to take on Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin, and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino in this youth-skewed instalment in the web-slinging franchise.

Although a bit crowded with villains and subplots, the love story will catch viewers in its web.

Opens: May 2 (Columbia)

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field

Director: Marc Webb

2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man has its passionate defenders, and accumulated an unassailable $750 million box-office haul, but it sure took its sweet time gluing the radial spokes of its web into place. Now that effort pays off with its sequel, a more intricately woven skein of action, effects, character development and cheesy one-liners. The eponymous hero hits his super-heroic stride here, as does Andrew Garfield in the role, especially when Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker learns there’s always some fine print in a contract with this many benefits. The plot gets itself tangled up in multiple villain strands, but in the main, this installment is emotionally weightier and more satisfying than its predecessor. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will swing effortlessly through multiplexes worldwide, with a long rollout through Europe and Asia before it opens Stateside on May 2.

With likeable-as-a-lollipop Emma Stone onboard again as love interest Gwen Stacy, who gets a lot more to do during this go-round, Spider-Man arguably has a stronger cross-gender pull than the average comic-book property. It also doesn’t hurt that the brand has always appealed particularly to kids, especially seven-and-ups just starting to grow out of cartoons, who connect to the character’s youth, occasional goofiness and fundamental innocence. Cannily, returning director Marc Webb and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner work representatives of that demographic right into the story itself, especially in the last scene, which ends this chapter on a final, eye-moistening, cliff-hanging high.

At the very least, New Yorkers will love it. The Amazing Spider-Man felt confined too often to Peter’s bedroom, his high school and the Oscorp skyscraper, neglecting the metropolis that’s such a vital context for the heroism until the third act. ASM2, on the other hand, opens with a giddy swoop through the Manhattan as Spider-Man swings in to thwart a heist masterminded by Russian, tattooed tubby Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti, maniacally gleeful, especially when he comes back in the last scene as the Rhino, evoking memories of Mole Man in The Incredibles). Thereafter, the film is one long series of postcards of famous Gotham landmarks, from the Williamsburg Bridge to Columbus Circle, even taking in forgotten subway stations.

Along the way to stopping Sytsevich, he saves psychologically unstable Oscorp-employee Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) from getting hit by a car, thereby turning him into a Spider-Man fan in the mold of Kathy Bates in Misery. As the marketing materials and trailers have already revealed, Max will be transformed into new nemesis Electro after an unfortunate mishap involving electric eels, the sort of industrial accident that usual health and safety guidelines don’t cover.

Even under all the prosthetic make-up and visual effects, Foxx manages to project a literally white-hot rage and damaged psyche that threatens to upstage the core romantic plot about Peter and Gwen’s relationship. No shot is ever quite as striking here as one where he shuffles down a street in a filthy hoodie, setting car lights and alarms ablaze, like a remix of the schizophrenic he played in The Soloist – but with superpowers. Although race is never mentioned, there’s a weird echo of Ralph Ellison‘s surreal 1952 novel Invisible Man, another New York-set story, given Electro is wracked with suppressed fury at his “invisibility” to most people, and after being transformed awakens in an underground lair lined with light bulbs. That might sound a stretch, but given a copy of David Foster Wallace‘s Infinite Jest is prominently displayed in Peter’s bedroom at one point, it seems someone on the production has a taste for highbrow fiction.

Less literary and more stock comic-book fare, the other villain subplot revolves around the familiar story of Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), son of OsCorp’s founder Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper). Although viewers familiar with the first Sam Raimi-directed trilogy from the ’00s will note that who gets to be the Green Goblin has shifted around , the dynamics with reference to Peter Parker/Spider-Man are basically the same: Harry is an old friend of Peter’s from a different social class, then they fall out; he turns bad, endangers Peter’s true love and so on. With his angular, androgynous beauty and piercing eyes, DeHaan is well cast (if a bit repetitively so, given the character echoes the one he played in Chronicle), and he looks more persuasively like a teenager than Garfield (the actors are 28 and 30 years old respectively), but the character has a stubbier arc here compared to Electro. Presumably, later installments will revisit him, judging by hints dropped here.

In truth, none of the many subplots or action sequences, zesty though they are, have as much combustible power as the scenes featuring Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen, benefiting here as did the previous film from the fizzy, tangible chemistry between Garfield and Stone. It helps that they’re also individually such interesting performers, both nervous fidgeters who always seem so giddy in each other’s presence, even when Peter gets all worried about keeping his promise to dead Captain Stacy (Denis Leary) to stay away from Gwen for her own safety and tries to split up with her.

He can’t stay away, and she won’t let him go, quite literally, when she defies his attempts to web her up to keep her out of harm’s way. But forces much greater than Gwen’s chance to study at Oxford University threaten to pull them apart. Events take a surprising turn (less surprising for readers of the comics), a plot point which will soon be spoiled everywhere, only spurring fans further to try to see the film in their respective territories as it rolls out.

It’s in these romantic scenes that it’s possible to see a through-line to director Marc Webb’s earliest feature, (500) Days of Summer, a sweet indie comedy about hipsters in love. Blockbusters by their very nature have to appeal to a mass audience, and yet little tweaks and touches here and there add a freshness, a quirkiness that make this feel like a blockbuster franchise teenagers can embrace as well as their dads. (Mothers fare less well here, although Sally Field is excellent in her few small scenes as Aunt May.) The fact that the soundtrack is the result of a collaboration between industry veteran Hans Zimmer and a supergroup dubbed The Magnificent Six, featuring Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr from The Smiths, sums up the film’s cross-generational project.

Production: A Columbia Pictures presentation of a Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach production

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field

Director: Marc Webb

Screenwriters: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, screen story by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Producers: Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach

Executive producers: E. Bennett Walsh, Stan Lee, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci

Director of photography: Dan Mindel

Production designer: Mark Friedberg

Costume designer: Deborah L. Scott

Editor: Pietro Scalia

Music: Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six featuring Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr

Visual effects supervisor: Jerome Chen

No rating, 142 minutes

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Bears (2014) Movie Review

bearsThe latest installment in the Disneynature wildlife adventures documents a year in the lives of a brown bear and her two cubs in their native Alaskan habitat.

Another typically engaging, vividly shot entry in the successful Disney wildlife series.

Opens: Friday, April 18

Narration: John C. Reilly

Directors: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey

Keenly following the scent of African Cats and Chimpanzees, Disneynature’s Bears combines sweeping vistas and remarkably intimate wildlife photography to typically stirring effect as it documents a year in the life of a mother Alaskan brown bear and her two cubs.

Save for some particularly playful narration provided by John C. Reilly, the film, clocking in at a tidy 77 minutes, adheres closely to the successful blueprint first laid out by 2007’s Earth, pitting a wildlife family unit against the not necessarily nurturing elements.

Released just ahead of Earth Day, Bears could snuggle up handsomely with family audiences looking for some holiday weekend adventure, although it will have to fight for a share of the turf claimed a week earlier by the exotic birds of Fox’s Rio 2.

To help give it a leg up, during Bears’ opening week Disneynature, via the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation.

Co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who previously teamed on African Cats, the adventure takes place along the breathtaking Alaskan peninsula, where first-time mom Sky and her two tiny cubs, Amber and Scout, have emerged from hibernation and need to start addressing the food situation.

For a baby bear, getting to that sustenance isn’t exactly a piece of cake, what with avalanches and predatory animals to deal with, including some of their own kind, like Magnus, the dominant alpha male in their neighborhood, and Chinook, a very hungry outcast who constantly poses a threat to clingy Amber and mischievous Scout.

By now it’s a familiar tale of one family’s survival instinct, but it’s hard not to cuddle up to a cute cub, and all that fearlessly up-close-and-personal footage, set extensively against that untouched Alaskan coastline, nevertheless makes for a compelling excursion.

The inherent drama is boosted by George Fenton’s seriously symphonic score and contrasts with those delightfully loose, animated voiceovers courtesy of Reilly, a big teddy bear of an actor if ever there were one.

Production: Silverback Films

Narrator: John C. Reilly

Directors: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey

Screenwriters: Alastair Fothergill, Adam Chapman

Producers: Keith Scholey, Adam Chapman

Principal photography: Sophie Darlington, John Shier, Warwick Sloss, Gavin Thurston, Mark Yates, Matthew Aeberhard, John Aitchison, Mark Smith

Editor: Andy Netley

Music: George Fenton

Rated G, 77 minutes

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Wish I Was Here (2014) Movie Trailer

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Director Zach Braff’s follow-up to his indie breakout hit “Garden State” is a comedy telling the story of a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.

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Alexandra Daddario – Vanity Fair Magazine (May 2014)

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