2009
12.11

BUY: LOST (SEASON 5)

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If you watched it when it aired, you know that season 5  is an emotionally draining, mind fucking nail-biter. The Oceanic 6—minus Aaron, plus airline pilot Frank Lapidus and Svengali-like master-manipulator Benjamin Linus—return to the island. John Locke returns from the grave (or does he?). And, Daniel Faraday returns with a plan to blow shit up.

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Elsewhere, Sawyer and Juliette fall in love while becoming an integral part of the Dharma Initiative. Sayid attempts to alter both history and Ben’s fate with one bullet. Jacob is revealed. And … well, can’t really say much more without spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it.

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Both the DVD and Blu-ray disc include audio commentaries, deleted scenes, blooper reel, and the featurettes: “LOST on Location,” “Building 23 and Beyond,” “An Epic Day with Richard Alpert,” “Making Up for LOST Time,” and “Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative.”

The Blu-ray edition also features “LOST University,” an interactive college-like course on the show powered by BD-Live, and “LOST 100,” which features cast and crew reflecting on the series’ first 100 episodes.

Check out the blooper reel:

I purchased the Blu-ray edition (it’s really the only way to go with “Lost”) for about $50 at Best Buy and was pleased to find a 20-minute Bonus DVD that included additional deleted scenes, BTS material for the episodes “This Place is Death” and “316,” and the featurettes “Ben vs. Desmond,” “Locke’s Leg,” and “Rose and Bernard Retirement.”  The package also included a Dharma Initiative luggage tag (for us geeks on-the-go)!

RENT: RUN! BITCH RUN!

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Full disclosure: I have not seen this movie. But, dammit, I want to!

The synopsis reads:

RUN! BITCH RUN! tells the story of Catherine and Rebecca, two Catholic School girls going door-to-door selling Religious paraphernalia in order to pay for their education. Things go horribly wrong when they knock on the wrong door in the wrong neighborhood. After she is brutally raped and left for dead Catherine awakes with one thing on her mind, REVENGE.

Run! Bitch Run! is a throw back to the classic 1970’s Rape and Revenge films like ‘Last House On the Left’ and ‘Ms. 45.  The film takes place in the late 1970’s where the lack of modern technology made the world a more vulnerable place. This is an original story that has not been explored in recent films.  Its uniqueness and chilling subject matter lends itself to horror/thriller audiences looking for something new.

Now, check out the trailer:

Yes, it looks cheap and awful. And, yes, it’s sad for the producers to have the creepy kid from Rob Zombie’s Halloween as their only recognizable “star.” But, come on. It’s got white bitches and black bitches and holy bitches! I’m gonna do my best to find it for rent. It can’t be worse than …

BURY: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

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The sixth installment in the Harry Potter saga pretty much picks up where The Order of the Phoenix concluded, giving us an exciting 20 minutes of action and wonder. Once the fairy dust settles, however, the film just never takes off again. There are no big battles to be had between the Hogwarts and Death Eaters. Instead we get excruciatingly dull subplots and romantic play that was neither endearing nor organic. The flick is a total yawn-fest. Of course, I know many of you are too invested in the series to pull out now so—if you will not heed my advice—I recommend you at least do mountains of coke before viewing.

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Both the 2-disc DVD edition and Blu-ray disc include additional scenes, Q&A sessions with the cast, promo for Universal Orlando’s upcoming Potter-based theme park attraction, a sneak peek at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and featurettes showcasing the Potter cast and creator J.K. Rowling.

Exclusive Blu-ray bonus material feature BD-Live community and Maximum Movie Mode, an interactive movie-watching experience hosted by director David Yates, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton.

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2009
12.11

‘Take Action Tour’ Aims to Register 2010 People for the National Marrow Registry

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We cover a lot of horrific things here at Clatto. But, nothing is more terrifying than being in a life-threatening situation with no one to help. Fourteen-year-old leukemia survivor Patrick Pedraja and his family launched the non-profit organization Driving for Donors in 2007 to help those battling leukemia and lymphoma.

Come January, his cause will be front and center as part of Sub City’s 9th annual Take Action Tour, featuring musical guests The Kings, May Day Parade, A Rocket to the Moon, There for Tomorrow, and Stereo Skyline. The tour aims to register 2010 people for the National Marrow Registry. If you’d like to rock out while you help out, you can purchase tickets here.

For more info, check out the press release:

Hopeless Records, through its non profit organization Sub City, is pleased to once again bring you the Take Action Tour. This year the tour will spotlight Patrick Pedraja and the need to get people signed up for the National Marrow Registry. Presented by Hot Topic, the tour will feature headliner WE THE KINGS, in addition to MAYDAY PARADE, A ROCKET TO THE MOON, THERE FOR TOMORROW, and STEREO SKYLINE (on select dates). The annual nationwide charity tour, now in its ninth year, raises funds and awareness for youth involvement in charitable action. The tour will kick off in Atlanta, GA on January 25th and end on March 2nd in Dallas, TX

10% of the cost of each ticket sold is donated to further this cause making each person attending the Take Action Tour an active participant in making the world a better place. In addition Take Action is offering fans an opportunity to personally help save a life with onsite registration for the National Marrow Registry available at every tour stop. Registration is simple and only requires the donor to be between the ages of 18 and 61, have a desire to help save a life, and have time for a quick cheek swab and simple paperwork. Registering is much easier than most people think and information about the entire process can be found  at BeTheMatch.org. Those under 18 will have plenty of ways to support the cause as well and they can learn more at each show or by visiting drivingfordonors.com.

Presenting sponsor Hot Topic has worked with the Take Action Tour since the tour’s inception in 1999 and their commitment to helping make a positive impact continues to be as strong in 2010 as it has ever been. The music lifestyle mall retailer is a natural fit as a presenter, because they demonstrate a passion for music in everything they do. Expect to see the bands from the tour making several special appearances at local Hot Topic locations throughout the tour. Also generously supporting the 2010 tour is MySpace Music, Alternative Press Magazine, Absolutepunk.net, Hopeless Records, S-Curve Records, Atlantic Records, and Fueled By Ramen Records.

Tour dates are as follow:

1/25 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

1/26 Rocketown – Nashville, TN

1/27 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH

1/28 House of Blues – Chicago, IL

1/29 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

1/30 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI

1/31 The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI

2/1 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH

2/2 Phoenix Concert Hall – Toronto, ON

2/4 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

2/5 Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT

2/6 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

2/8 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

2/9 Bourbon St Ballroom – Baltimore, MD

2/11 House of Blues – Orlando, FL

2/12 State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL

2/13 Floyds Music Store – Tallahassee, FL

2/15 House of Blues – Houston, TX

2/16 Las Palmas Event Center – McAllen, TX

2/17 Emo’s – Austin, TX

2/19 The Rock- Tucson, AZ

2/20 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA

2/21 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA

2/22 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

2/23 Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

2/24 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

2/26 Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT

2/27 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

2/28 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM

3/1 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK

3/2 The Door – Dallas, TX

2009
12.11

Natalie Portman to Produce & Star in ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

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Natalie Portman will produce and star as Elizabeth Bennet in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Based on author Seth Grahame-Smith’s book, an outrageous re-imagining of the Jane Austin novel Pride and Prejudice, the movie follows Bennet as she wrestles with the issues of morality, manners, and the undead in 19th century London.

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Annette Savitch, VP of Development for Portman’s Handsomecharlie Films banner, had this to say:

Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this is a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work. The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story.

Portman is currently filming Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan in New York.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was published earlier this year by Quirk Books. The novel garnered positives reviews and cracked the New York Times bestseller list. In September, the publishing house followed up PPZ’s success with another Jane Austin mashup: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, written by Ben H. Winters.

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Seth Grahame-Smith is said to be working on a new novel entitled Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

2009
12.11

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The producers behind the psychological thriller Black Swan appear to be working overtime on making sure their ballet movie will appeal to the male demographic. For starters, there isn’t  a single ugly duckling in the film’s female cast.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain, Pi) , Swan stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and now Kristina Anapau as dancers competing to land a role in their company’s production of “Swan Lake.” Uh-oh, am I losing you guys again? Well, the movie also includes a nasty little sex scene between Portman and Kunis. Ah … you’re back.

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Kristina Anapau plays Russian dancer and soloist Galina in the movie. Black Swan is currently shooting in New York.

Up next for Anapau is the werewolf horror-comedy First Howl. She can also be seen in the 2005 Wes Craven chiller Cursed.