FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Win a $15 Fandango Gift Card in the LIFE OF CRIME Giveaway

Win a $15 Fandango Gift Card

Win a $15 Fandango Gift Card

Hey there it’s FREE STUFF FRIDAY and out today in theaters, on demand and iTunes is Life of Crime, the new caper comedy from legendary author Elmore Leonard starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte and Isla Fisher.

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

To celebrate the release of Life Of Crime we’ve got a cool Life of Crime Video Player and we’ve got a trivia question that is answered correctly, one random BTM reader will win a $15 Fandango gift card! Good luck!

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 1: The epidemic of giving bad titles to good (and not-so-good) sequels.

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UrbanDictionary.com defines Sequelitis as, “A medical condition propagated by a combination of commercial success and creative ineptitude.”

This epidemic has plagued Hollywood for nearly a century, starting with The Fall of a Nation (1916), the forgotten follow-up to D.W. Griffith’s popular The Birth of a Nation (1915). This inspired sequels in every genre, from historical dramas (Cate Blanchett’s Elizabeth twofer) to softcore porn (the Wild Things foursome). The second Nation film may have been the movie industry’s first sequel, but the first major sequel with an uncreative title was the second film in The Godfather trilogy. (Say that 5 times fast.)

It’s hard to believe, but The Godfather Part II (1974), the otherwise incredibly inventive Oscar-winner that many regard as the best sequel of all time, is credited with kick-starting the worst naming trend of all time — even worse than giving people names to pets. That’s right, I’m talking about lazy sequel titling.

This newer pandemic, known hereafter as Sequel-title-itis (*), is the focus of today’s ridiculously overthought show business article. What are its symptoms? How is it spread? Who can treat it?

Commence ridiculous overthinking… NOW.

“National Ghostbusters Day” – Celebrating 30 Years of GHOSTBUSTERS Today

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30 Years of Ghostbusters

It’s official! August 28th is “National Ghostbusters Day” and the timing couldn’t be more perfect as fans around the world celebrate 30 years of Ghostbusters.   Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson lead the cast as the “Ghostbusters,” spirit-exterminators who fearlessly take on the other-worldly evil infiltrating Manhattan, whether it manifests itself as wicked green slime or an ancient tyrant back from the dead to take over the world. The spooktacularly successful franchise captured the imagination of audiences around the world and redefined the action-comedy genre in the process.

Starting Friday, August 29th, Sony Pictures Entertainment is re-releasing the original Ghostbusters movie fully restored in 4K for a limited theatrical run. Make sure to check your local listings for theaters showing the film in your area or visit Ghostbusters.com for details on screenings and much more. In addition to the theatrical re-release, Sony will be rolling out an entirely remastered Blu-ray set of Ghostbusters 1 & 2 on September 16th. The new Blu-rays feature updated Special Features and boast a 4K-mastered transfer of the films.

 Still Can’t Get Enough Ghostbusters?

Make sure to visit Beyond the Marquee starting September 15th for BTM’s “Ghostbusters Week” where we’ll be posting a collection of exclusive Ghostbusters-related videos, interviews, articles, and a giveaway contest with amazing prizes that really add up to being one big Twinkie!

My Night With Robin Williams (a Personal Story from Beyond the Marquee’s own Jon Donahue)

Robin Williams with Jon Donahue on the set of 2007's "License to Wed"

Robin Williams with Jon Donahue on the set of 2007′s “License to Wed”

Beyond the Marquee co-founder and web-series host Jon Donahue is no stranger to rubbing elbows with the Hollywood Elite. For over a decade Jon has been a working both in front of and behind the camera with some of tinsel-towns biggest names on such films including Angels and Demons, Saving Mr Banks, Spiderman 3, Star Trek, Cloud Atlas, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, The Ladykillers, Captain Phillips and the upcoming A Hologram for a King.

As the world still copes from the recent passing of comedian/actor Robin Williams, Jon shared with some of our team (during a recent shoot for our BTM web-series), a truly unforgettable moment of an evening with Robin following a day of shooting on 2007′s “License to Wed“, and has offered to share it with our readers.

Click ahead to read in Jon’s own words about the special moment shared with the legendary performer.

The Phenomenon That Is The ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

The Phenomenon That Is The 'Sons Of Anarchy'

The Phenomenon That Is The ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

Moving into its final season, the FX drama “Sons Of Anarchy” is more than a well written show. It is a look into an American subculture and a treatise on moral ambiguity and masculinity. The insight into the mind of the antihero has opened a yearning in the American psyche, creating a resurgence in motorcycle riding.

According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, ‘SoA’ star Mark Boone Jr claims to have saved Harley-Davidson. The iconic motorcycle maker had a 6 percent bump in U.S. sales from 2012 to 2013, possibly because of the show’s popularity.

Click ahead to read some of the points on what’s making this show a cultural phenomenon for the world of bikers.

Lindalee & Fans Review Doctor Who Season 8, Episode 1: “Deep Breath” (NYC Fan Event pt.2)

***[WARNING] SPOILERS*** Mixing things up from her normal episode reviews from her set, Lindalee takes advantage of the opportunity to engage fellow Doctor Who fans that were also in attendance of the “Deep Breath” Fan Event Screening in New York City. From casual Whovians, to die-hard cosplayers, Lindalee shares her thoughts about the episode in the company of like minds.

What did you think about “Deep Breath”, leave your comments below and be sure to check back next week when Lindalee recaps and review “Into the Dalek” and we hear from Jenna and Peter about making that episode with questions asked by Lindalee during her interviews w/ the cast in New York City.

FREE STUFF FRIDAY: Win a THE NOVEMBER MAN! Promotional Prize-Pack & a $25 Fandango Gift Card

The November Man, in theaters 8/27/2014

The November Man, in theaters 8/27/2014

While we’re just a couple weeks from September, we’re already celebrating November, kind of! This week on FREE STUFF FRIDAY we’ve got a fun giveaway tied into Relativity Media‘s upcoming movie, THE NOVEMBER MAN.

In this espionage thriller starring Pierce Brosnan coming to theaters next weekend, an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission, to protect a valuable witness who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy!

BTM readers, click ahead for this week’s trivia question. If answered correct, you’ll win a special THE NOVEMBER MAN prize pack, including the following items:
THE NOVEMBER MAN t-shirt, water bottle, passport case, Mini Poster and a $25 Fandango Gift Card.

Good luck!!!

[VIDEO] Tonight Stan’s Secret is Revealed on a New Episode of Disney Channel’s “Dog With A Blog,”

Tonight on a New Episode of Disney Channel’s Emmy-nominated series “Dog With A Blog”, the secret that Stan can talk is inadvertently revealed to vexing neighbor Karl L. Fink.

Check out Lindalee’s interview with Regan Burns who plays Bennett James, the dad on the show, as he teases the episode with Lindalee

(For those unfamiliar with the show, a family adopts a dog named Stan in the hope that two feuding step-siblings will bond over the pet. It works when the siblings soon find out that that the dog can talk and write!)

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“IF I STAY” a Matter of Choice (Film Review)

Directly targeted at teens and softhearted female romantics, for them the film If I Stay hits the sweet spot.  The screenplay taken from a young adult novel by Gayle Forman gets a sugar coating, works some magic and provides a vision most likely to be enamored by teen girls that are significantly worldly and have precocious desires.  Most tweens and youngsters could be a bit bored and miss the nuance and message of the story, but if not should need a Kleenex or two and a shoulder to cry on during the tearjerker ending.

[EXCLUSIVE] Lindalee Rose Checks out the new Doctor Who Themed Restaurant; THE PANDORICA

Instead of taking the day off to rest from the prior nights activities of interviewing the Doctor Who cast and attending the World Premiere of the new 8th Season in New York City last week, Beyond the Marquee’s resident pint-size Whovian hitched a ride to Beacon, NY. to grab a themed lunch.

Just about 90 minutes out of Manhattan, in the small town of Beacon, it’s here that Lindalee sits down with Shirley Hot, the owner and founder of new The Pandorica restaurant, to learn it’s history, dive into it’s menu and find out what the future holds for this exciting new establishment.

Check out Lindalee’s Exclusive video interview at The Pandorica above and click ahead to read the review of our restaurant experience below!

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WB Studios Now Has Ben Affleck’s “BATMAN Vs. SUPERMAN” Costume On-Display & The Bat-Signal Heralds the Batman Exhibit Extension

The Bat-signal shining upon Stage 16 at Warner Bros Studios / Photo Credit: Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour

The Bat-signal shining upon Stage 16 at Warner Bros Studios

If you’re visiting Southern California in the near future or happen to live in the Burbank area, just after sundown glance over at Warner Bros. Studios and you may catch a sight of the Bat-Signal. Shining brightly, the infamous signal is visible from dusk till dawn nightly on the side of historic Sound Stage 16 (tallest on the Warner Bros. lot and cinematic birthplace of Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).

Rumor has it that the signal can be seen from multiple locations in Burbank and even from Universal City. The Bat-Signal heralds the recently-announced extension of the Batman Exhibit which can only be seen by taking the Warner Bros.VIP Studio Tour. The exhibit runs through to the end of the year.

In addition, the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Batman Exhibit in the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Center adds the newly designed Cape and Cowl worn by Ben Affleck in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which is slated for release in March 2016). It will be displayed along with various Batman costumes that were showcased during last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Click ahead to check out pics of the Bat-signal on the studio lot, the Cape and Cowl exhibits and MORE!

STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION Movie Launch Dates!

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Soon to be, in a place very nearby…

The upcoming launch dates for the “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” animated movie have now been revealed: read on for information — and to learn more about this eagerly awaited, new entry in the STAR WARS universe!

 

TRAILER TUESDAY: Rudderless, The Babadook, Mortdecai, Men Women & Children and MORE!

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Instead of bouncing around the net trying to find the latest trailers for the hottest films, just drop by Beyond the Marquee on TRAILER TUESDAYS and we’ll load you up with what you need. Whether it’s the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie or mind-provoking independent film, we always have a fun mix of the best of what’s to come.

So click ahead to check out this week’s trailers …

[VIDEO] Lindalee Rose at the Doctor Who BBC America World Tour Event in New York City (Pt.1)

Beyond the Marquee’s Resident Whovian, 6 year old Lindalee Rose was on hand at the famous Ziegfeld Theater in New York City for BBC America’s 2014 World Tour Fan Screening Premiere Event of Season 8 of Doctor Who.

Beaming with excitement and with questions well prepared, Lindalee chatted it up not only with the latest regeneration of our favorite time-lord; Peter Capaldi, but also fellow traveling companion, Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, the show’s Executive Producer Steven Moffat and the Nerdist’s own Chris Hardwick who emceed the nights events.

Watch as Lindalee puts her name in the hat when confronting Steven Moffat about taking over for Jenna Coleman as the next companion, gets a hug backstage from her favorite Soufflé girl Clara herself, and suggests a new catchphrase to the 12th Doctor as he embarks on a new set of adventures.

NOTE: Check back on Saturday, 8/23 for Lindalee’s recap of the premiere episode of “Deep Breath” as she reviews the episode with fellow Whovians who were in attendance that evening as well. And in the weeks to come look for more questions with Lindalee and the Season 8 cast related to future episodes of the show!

Tales from the Red Carpet: THE EXPENDABLES 3 Movie Premiere: Back in Black

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Expendables 3 – All Access

This past weekend marked the release of The Expendables 3 and while critics and fans are divided over the merits of its entertainment value, the consensus is, no matter how you look at it, it’s a fun and exciting ride bringing together some of the biggest action film stars of the past three decades.

Beyond the Marquee’s friend and contributor, Alex Orellana, had some excitement of his own while working the premiere for the film at the famed Chinese Theater in Hollywood last week and has shared his experiences with us.

If you’re interested in knowing what it’s like working the red carpet at a premiere that brings out mobs of fans, paparazzi and the like, enjoy this insightful All Access look. Alex provides the details at his own site with a multitude of pictures and we’re glad to refer you to it at this link:

http://spygamestudios.com/expendables-3-movie-premiere-back-in-black/

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“What If” Romance with a Twist (Film Review)

Light and fun, the movie What If  opens in theaters as a whimsical tale of romance with comedy.  The theme has been used many times over the years, but this fresh new look at Daniel Radcliffe with Zoe Kazan is a reason to see the plot once more. Its Harry Potter meets Ruby Sparks and the chemistry between the two actors in What If  is off the chart. The film targets ladies that are on the prowl and budding couples that are looking for a good date night.

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“Magic in the Moonlight” Woody Returns to Romance (Film Review)

Returning to his romance formula, Woody Allen puts a little enchantment in his newest film, Magic in the Moonlight.  The film has a bewitching cast and the story to match.  Using some interesting twists, that just when you think that Allen has missed the mark and his film’s predictable, the door opens on another chapter.  Maybe it’s not an awards magnet like Midnight in Paris and Hannah and Her Sisters, but a good ‘date flick’ none the less.

The film opens with a magic show in progress featuring the world famous Chinese magician Wei Ling Soo.  The presentation has the audience rapt as a huge elephant comes on the stage.  In a matter of minutes with a wave of misdirection and juxtaposition, poof the elephant disappears to the roar of applause of a gratified audience.  Later back stage we find that Wei Ling Soo is really Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) who uses the disguise so he may be able to enjoy a private upscale social life.   

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“The Last Sentence” an Act of Selfless Bravery (Foreign Film Review)

The pen is mightier than the sword as proven in WWII when journalist Torgny Segerstedt stood up against the Nazis. The Swedish film, The Last Sentence, tells the true story of a man who defied Hitler and convinced Sweden’s prime minister to not cave in to the evil Nazi Empire that was taking over Scandinavia. Even a greater achievement since his editor was Jewish, this biography holds testament that heroism comes in many ways.

Check out Lindalee’s Pics from BBC America’s DOCTOR WHO World Tour Fan Event in New York

Jenna Coleman (Clara), Lindalee Rose and Peter Capaldi (the Doctor)

Jenna Coleman (Clara), Lindalee Rose and Peter Capaldi (the Doctor)

After 3 connecting flights and about 4 hours of sleep over the course of 12 hours, one would expect a person to be pretty wiped out, but not in the case of 6 year old Lindalee Rose.

The adrenaline rush of attending BBC America’s U.S. Premiere Fan Screening of the new 8th Season of Doctor Who, part of the Doctor Who World Tour was the fuel that had this little Whovian happier than could be, and too excited to sleep!

Click ahead for a brief recap of the evenings events and some highlights of Lindalee’s adventures on and off the camera during the evening. 

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“The Expendables 3″ an Explosive Sequel (Film Review)

Taking a chance on scoring another box office hit, Sylvester Stallone and his notable actors release The Expendables 3. The high energy, explosive action film takes no prisoners with this “no holds barred” battle thriller. Excitement from start to finish, the movie keeps you glued to your seat in this white knuckler that uses more bullets than I’ve seen in a film since, well The Expendables 1 & 2. If you are an action junkie and want to get enough “bang” for your buck, than this film will serve you up a heaping helping.

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