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TOY STORY 4 Reunited Our Favorite Friends

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres from director Josh Cooley, Pixar Animated Studios and Walt Disney Pictures brings back our friends for TOY STORY 4.

Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the gang are still living with Bonnie. As time has gone on, Woody has found himself spending more time in the closet and less time with Bonnie. Yet Buzz, Jessie (Joan Cusack), Dolly (Bonnie Hunt), Trixie (Kristen Schaal), Rex, (Wallace Shawn), Hamm (John Ratzenberger), Slinky Dog (Blake Clark), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), Mrs. Potato Head (Estelle Harris) and the gang are still supportive of Woody.

But he has other things to worry about when Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) is upset about going off to kindergarten. Taking the initiative, Woody decides to make sure she has a good day! When things don’t seem to be going in that direction, he helps Bonnie create a new friend, Forky (Tony Hale) and she is delighted.

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Before the real school year starts, Mom and Dad decide it’s time to go on a little road trip. The toy-gang is thrilled as well and wait to be packed into the RV for a little adventure. When Forky escapes the RV, Woody tells he gang he will meet them at the RV park in the next town while he goes off to settle their new toy friend down a bit.

It gives time for Woody and Forky to bond as the sheriff gets time to explain the situation to him. Getting close to the RV park, Woody sees something in an antique store window. A lamp that his friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts) once called her home with the three sheep Billy, Goat and Gruff. Taking a small detour to find out if she is in the shop, he and Forky meet Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) who only wants one thing from Woody!

When she doesn’t get it, Gabby Gabby takes Forky as hostage at the same time Woody finds Bo Peep. Now she needs to bring her friends to help including Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves) because Bonnie and her parents are about to leave the RV park and not everyone is aboard. Buzz jumps into action to help as the gang in the RV make a little plan of their own.

It’s pretty much help your friends, help your new friends and make a decision that will change the lives of everybody all while getting back to Bonnie.

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Because that’s what friends do for one another!

Hanks as Woody will now and forever be considered a beloved icon in both movies and animation. He has brought all of us so much love and teachable lessons in the character of Sheriff Woody. From the very first TOY STORY in 1995, I knew this was going to be a ride from adults to children, little did I know now that it would include grandchildren. Woody can be found in kids rooms still because he is the friend we all wish we could have for a lifetime.

Allen as Buzz is once again the lighthearted friend who tries to keep Woody’s spirits up and when it comes time to bring him home, it is Buzz who go to find him. They are an unbeatable pair and even if he is still a little confused sometimes, he doesn’t let that stop him from hearing his own ‘inner voice’.

Potts as Bo Peep is sweet, strong and has a little fight in her swagger. She has a story to tell and it is about where she has been and how she now sees the world. McGraw as Bonnie is such a young girl learning to be outside of her bedroom and toy world into something much bigger – but she still needs her toy friends.

Cusack, Hunt, Schaal, Shawn, Ratzenberger, Benson, Clark, Rickles, Harris return as their respective and beloved characters and, of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way. As much as there wouldn’t be a TOY STORY without Woody and Buzz, there equally wouldn’t be a Woody and Buzz without Jessie, Dolly, Rex, Hamm, Barbie and the Potato Heads.

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Hendricks as Gabby Gabby can be a little bit off putting and a tad-bit like Lotso from TOY STORY 3 in that she wants to be large and in charge. It is clear that there are deeper issues and Woody needs to get to the bottom of it.

Reeves as Duke Caboom may have only been in the film briefly but man did he make me laugh! This was a fantastic chance for Reeves to show his comedic side in a way that most would see as unexpected and awesome at the same time.

Other cast include Bill Hader as Axel the Carnie, Ally Maki as Giggle McDimples, Jay Hernandez as Bonnie’s Dad, Lori Alan as Bonnie’s Mom, Emily Davis as Billy/Goat/Gruff, Carl Weathers as Combat Carls, Jeff Garlin as Buttercup, Jordan Peele as Bunny Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants, Jodie Benson as Barbie, Jeff Pidgeon as Aliens, and especially Mel Brooks as Melephant Brooks, Carol Burnett as Chairol Burnett, Betty White as Bitey White and Carl Reiner as Carl. Reineroceros.

TOY STORY 4 is a chance for the toys themselves to actually have an adventure that is about – well – them! Of course there is the continuing story of Bonnie but it is also about how these toys are still caring of one another.

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They have their own attachments and feelings about the years they have spent together and TOY STORY 4 has a chance to tell that side of it all and do so in a way that brings closure we didn’t even know we needed.

In the end – on the road of life there are old friends, new friends and stories that will change you forever!



THE DEAD DON’T DIE Puts a Town on Notice


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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this Friday from writer/director Jim Jarmusch and Focus Features comes a tale of small town living and the Earth with THE DEAD DON’T DIE.

Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) and Officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) are the law of small town Centerville. Along with Officer Minerva Morrison (Chloe Sevigny), their day starts out with a check on Hermit Bob (Tom Waits) and a complaint by Farmer Miller (Steve Buscemi) about chickens.

On their trip back to the station, Chief Robertson has a feeling something isn’t quite right. Noticing that it is later in the day, it doesn’t look like the sun is going down. Then weird things begin to happen with watches and cell phones. That’s when Officer Peterson makes the ominous prediction that ‘this isn’t going to end well’.

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There answer comes fairly quickly when news reports about fracking has finally done damage to the Earth. Back at the station, the three officers decide what should be done. Of course someone has to stay at the station since there is a corpse in one of the cells!

At the local coffee shop, the local gossip is about Zelda Winston (Tilda Swinton), who owns the funeral home. Everyone realizes there is something odd about her but it goes unchecked. Waitresses Fern (Ester Baling) and Lily (Rosa Colon) are deep in talk when they are met by…well…hungry customers.

Bobby (Caleb Landry Jones) owns the local comic book shop and sundries when he is visited by Zoe (Selena Gomez), Jack (Austin Butler) and Zack (Luke Sabbath). Everyone comments on the Sturdily Simpson song “The Dead Don’t Die” and ask for directions to a local hotel.

All this while the Chief and Officer Ronnie are back at the diner wonder what to do about what they find. Hardware store owner Hank (Danny Glover) is in shock but also notices things aren’t right in Centerville.

Almost immediately it becomes clear that what is happening to the Earth has had an impact on those supposedly resting in peace at the local cemetery. The Chief and Ronnie begin to fight back, especially with Ronnie’s zombie knowledge.

Their small little town has one huge dead problem!

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Murray as Chief Robertson is about as laid back as I would expect a small town lawman to be and exactly how I’d expect Bill Murray as a small town lawman to be! He takes things in and process it with a touch of disbelief as to what’s happening in his quaint community. Plus, and it must be said, anything Murray does will bring me to wherever he is in. The fact is Murray is an icon and a national treasure because he is…Bill Murray.

Okay, so I grew up watching him on Saturday Night Live in the days when comedy was hilarious and he provided much of that. He has made his way through comedy roles that just keep him relevant to all of us that love funny. Here he is seasoned but when he lands a line – it’s as smooth as ever.

Driver as Officer Ronnie is the side-kick that Chief Robertson needed to pull this whole thing off. It is interesting to see Driver do the give and take with Murray and it works to perfection making them such a unique and weirdly perfect team. If I were the Chief I might not have had the same patience but then again, the last ten minutes make it all worth it. Driver plays a man who is relatively calm. He feels that disaster is heading to town and loads up to protect and serve.

Sevigny as Officer Minerva is, well, emotional in her own way and in the context of the rest of the characters in the film. She is the third wheel of law enforcement but between wanting to hide in the back seat of the squad car and knowing something has to be done, she jumps back and forth with ease.

Buscemi as Farmer Miller is grumpy, loaded and hostile about his chickens. Glover as Hank melts right into the township of people who are a little confused by what’s going on and know hiding might be the way to survive. Jones as Bobby looks like he absolutely would own a comic book shop in the middle of Centerville and knows exactly what to do because of it.

The two odd and perfectly placed standouts of the film are Swinton as Zelda and I must say she is a woman I’d hang out with. Odd and out of place without realizing it, she has a part to play in all of this but then again does she? Waits as Hermit Bob is the man telling the tale of Centerville and might be the smartest Hermit ever.

Other cast include Rosie Perez as Posie Juarez, RZA as Dean, Alyssa App as Kid Zombie, Lorenzo Beronilla as Zelda Zombie, Sara Driver as Coffee Zombie, Carol Kane as Mallory O’Brien and Iggy Pop as the best Coffee Zombie ever!!

THE DEAD DON’T DIE isn’t your typical zombie movie for so many reasons that I’ll let the viewer find out personally. What I can say is that I felt like I was watching a combination of a Film Festival piece and a Saturday Night Creature Feature film that was from the B-film vaults.

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It is absolutely everything and absolutely nothing like any zombie movie you’ve ever seen. This film calls for those who love twisted films that are dry in humor yet still hilarious. It’s a journey through small town living with zombies as more of a pest than a reason to get all worked up.

This film has references from old horror films, a nod and feel of Romero and acting that is subdued and thoughtful wrapped up like bacon around a superb piece of filet mignon. The subtexts are there and its up to the viewer to catch them and it seems everyone in Hollywood wanted a piece of the film.

Of course I’m being vague in the telling on purpose because there is no right way to explain the film. This is one of those stories that must be experienced and with all honesty some will find it as hilarious as I did and some will walk away with that expression of ‘what did I just see?’ on their faces.

This is Jim Jarmusch people! Writer and director of ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (which is a beautiful vampire movie), BROKEN FLOWERS and the documentary GIMME DANGER. He has the ability to bring out the odd in his story telling but truth be known, some of us actually enjoy the odd.

The cast is varied and gives the town a little something special. Lets not forget the humor that is sharp, a bit biting at moments, very subtle in other moments which means there is something for everyone even if they don’t know they need it.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE has me scratching my head, furrowing my brow in question, jaw dropping in action and most of all giggling like a little kid who feels like she got the joke no one else did. Who cares, I had a fun time.

In the end – this could be the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled!




Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this Friday from director Luc Besson and STX Entertainment from the comic book by Jean-Claude Mezieres is VALERIAN and the CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS.

There once was a planet of alien beings that lived peacefully taking care of one another and giving back to the planet that provided for them. A little creature on their planet provides pearls that are important to their existence and powerful. Their idyllic life comes to an apocalyptic end when ships crash on their planet taking the life of a Limai Princess.

It is the 28th century and a city known as Alpha floats in space. Filled with thousands of cultures and thousands of languages, they must all work together for the survival of the ship and its crew. Commander Arun Filitt (Clive Owen) is doing what ever he needs to ensure that it all works.

Major Valerian (Dan DeHaan) and Sgt. Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are sent on a secret mission. The assignment from the Minister of Defense is to retrieve a one-of-a-kind creature that is sought after by unknown forces. Once Valerian and Laureline find it, they also have to fight there way back to Alpha city with it.

Back on duty, the two soldiers are set to protect Command Filitt but it all goes wrong when they are attacked and he is taken. General Okto Bar (Sam Spruell) takes over and isn’t happy when Valerian takes it upon himself to go after the ship with the Command inside. Laureline does what she can to track him but Valerian is lost in the Dead Zone. It is a zone where anyone that goes in does not come back.

But Laureline won’t take no for an answer and finds a way to Valerian. Immediately captured by alien creatures, Laureline now needs rescuing herself. He meets Bubble (Rihanna) who has the ability to shape shift which is a neat skill especially when it may be the only way to rescue Laureline.

General Bar begins to believe what Valerian told him about the alien beings on the lost planet beginning to investigate. What he finds will not stop what the Commander has planned all along but it may be the destruction of Valerian, Laureline and a race thought to be extinct!

DeHaan as Valerian plays a straight forward action hero who has a past with the women but wants a future with his partner. Always looking for answers, the Major isn’t going to let anyone or anything stop him from discovering the truth. DeHaan jumps right in action wise yet his character finds a moment here and there to remind Laureline that she’s the one.

Delevingne as Laureline, oh gawd I know I’m going to get it for this, just drove me absolutely nuts. I wish I had a clicker to count how many times she said ‘Valerian’ per scene. I know one scene that’s all she said and when the camera cut away I couldn’t have been happier about it. I’m sure her character is meant to be an example of female empowerment but I didn’t see it. Instead I saw a girl trying to be standoffish yet always felt the need to rescue someone who isn’t her man that she wants as her man but pretends she doesn’t want her man. Yea, that’s about how I felt.

Spruell as General Bar doesn’t care for his commander very much so it’s not surprising that he’s willing to listen to Valerian and not make extremely hasty decisions. Owen as Commander Filitt gets a chance to be secretive and down right devilish. It’s an interesting look for him even if his role is sporadic.

Director Luc Besson is responsible for some of the most memorable films such as THE BIG BLUE and my family’s favorite THE FIFTH ELEMENT. There are several things in this film that remind me of THE FIFTH ELEMENT which means VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS will probably end up being a cult classic.

Other cast include Elizabeth Debicki as Haban Limai, Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp, Aymeline Valade as Haban-Limai, Kris Wu as Sgt. Neza, Diva Cam as Maatri, Alexander Willaume as Captain Kris and Rihanna as Bubbles.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is an interesting sci-fi film with special effects for days. Besson brings bright colors, crazy aliens, space ships and special effects like an oven on broil. There is so much to visually take it that it’s almost a story within itself.

The film takes an air of predictability with a few things I am calling out. So, I felt like I was watching a bit of other sci-fi films over the years and a bit of THE FIFTH ELEMENT mixed with characters that are changed up. When seeing the film tell me that you see Jessica Rabbit because I swear I did.

That’s probably the part of the film that I liked the most – the special effects and characters that were created. Of course I’m probably a little bias since I think most ‘human’ roles are overplayed and overly spent acted. Bring on the colorful aliens!

If anything it is certainly a film about loyalty and accountability no matter what species you associate with. There’s nothing wrong with that at all.

In the end – a universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits!

ARRIVAL Sets Down in Theatres



Jeri Jacquin

This Friday from director Denis Villeneuve and Paramount Pictures is the mystery surrounding their ARRIVAL.

Strangely shaped crafts have landed in several spots around the planet Earth. One such craft sets down in a vast field and the military are sent in right away. People are on edge and Linguistics Professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) keeps a close eye on the news from her office.

She is surprised when Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) comes to her with a recording from the aliens looking for translation. Louise makes it very clear that she needs more information before offering up her opinion. As quickly as he came in, Col. Weber leaves and she returns home as everyone is doing.


Later a helicopter lands in her yard as Col. Weber returns telling her to pack and come along. Arriving she becomes the leader of the communications section of a camp that is set up close to the craft. She also meets scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and the two are told they will be suited up and entering the craft.

Their first encounter with the aliens is nothing they could have imagined and once over the initial shock, Louise realizes she must find a way to communicate with them. Enlisting the help of Donnelly, she quickly and creatively begins teaching the aliens and at the same time learns their language.

But the world is shaky as General Shang (Tzi Ma) takes the lead in believing military action is the only way to deal with the unknown. Louise and Ian must work quickly if they are to divert catastrophe from both outer space and inner space.


Adams as Dr. Louise Banks is a character that is deliberate yet hugely flawed in a believable way. She shows frustration but with restrain, fear yet doesn’t hesitate to move forward, finds answers using the simplest terms and all while in the middle of an internal crisis of her own. Adams has always been an actress I keep my eye on particularly because she is so diverse in the roles she chooses. This year she has been busy with the earlier year release of BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN and the December release of NOCTURNAL ANIMALS with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Renner as Donnelly is very laid back for a guy for a scientist. He is actually the humor of the story line while jumping into this mystery full force. Renner has all the characteristics that make this role so believable and that means once again he keeps his talent in the forefront without use of a bow and arrow.

Whitaker as Col. Weber is a straight faced soldier who wants answers. Not understanding why the answers don’t come easier, he relies on Louise and Donnelly to make it all come together before General Shang has his way. Ma as Shang is the leader promoting war based off of a fear of the unknown.


The cast also includes Michael Stuhlbarg as Agent Halpern, Mark O’Brien as Captain Marks, and Abigail Pniowsky as Hannah.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ARRIVAL four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a story that is a mixture of issues that will leave the audiences thinking about it all long after leaving the theatre. It is definitely Adams and Renner that give the film humanity and heart which one wouldn’t expect from a linguist and scientist dealing with aliens!

The cinematography is visually stunning with its ethereal moments brought to a crescendo by an amazing soundtrack. Tackling the ever contemplative issue of time, ARRIVAL bends, shifts and twists time reminding me a bit of INTERSTELLAR (which is an awesome film as well). Mixed in as well is the frailness of humanity and the quickness to embrace fear first instead of understanding the unknown first and pointing a weapon – say – never!


The issue of these aliens or Heptapods is also an interesting take as they seem to want to communicate. Interactions between human and Heptapod is actually charming especially when Louise and Donnelly name the two they are taken with Abbott and Costello.

ARRIVAL is a combination of so many genres and it actually brings each of them to a conclusion that can be taken two ways which means I’ll be looking forward to hearing the readers take on it. The film is sad, humorous, dangerous, and larger than life in feeling.

In the end – why are they here?

ALIENS Brings it Home for the 30th Anniversary Edition




Coming to Bluray and Digital HD from director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is an absolute necessity that will star in anyone’s home media library with ALIENS: 30th Anniversary Edition.

After surviving the horror of the alien on her ship the Nostromo, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is found alive in cryo-stasis with fifty-seven years having passed. Trying to assimilate back into life along with cat Jones, she still has nightmares.

Unexpected visitors knock on her door with Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) along with Lt. Gorman (William Hope). They inform her that there are colonists on LV-426 terraforming, the planet where Ripley and crew discovered the alien, and that now contact has been lost. They want Ripley to come along as the military intends to discover what has happened.


At first Ripley isn’t having any of it, but changes her mind when Burke declares that they are going to kill any aliens they find. With his word Ripley boards the Sulaco along with Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), Pvt. Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein), Sgt. Apone (Al Matthews), Pvt. Drake (Mark Rolston), Pvt. Frost (Ricco Ross), Pvt. Hudson (Bill Paxton) and synthetic Bishop (Lance Henriksen).

Ripley explains to a crew of disbelievers what it is they might encounter on the planet. Feeling powerful in their mighty weaponry, the crew brushes her off. Discovering no one in the facility, they are shocked to come across Newt (Carrie Henn), a child who has hidden herself from the aliens.

Still not understanding what is happening, they begin a search that leads them all face to face with Ripley’s worst nightmare. Forced into the main facility, the group barricades themselves in trying to discover the best way to get away. Now Ripley must take charge in her own way because even after a betrayal she knows one thing they all don’t.

The aliens will never stop!

Weaver as Ripley has made this role so iconic that if anyone attempted to re-make this film there would a riot. She IS Ripley down to the core. This character is tough, emotional and hard at the same time, quick, smart, fearless in a time of her greatest fear and a badass to the core. I have seen all of these films over and over again and never get tired of watching and it is because of Sigourney Weaver.


Biehn as Hicks is the quick guy with a big gun. Once he realizes that this is worse than he could have ever possibly imagined, he listens to Ripley. My favorite scene with Biehn is when they can not use their high tech weapons in the cooling tower scene so Hicks just whips out a shotgun – frakken classic!

Reiser as Burke, Carter J. (oh yea, I’ve been waiting so long to be able to use that!) easily is the biggest douche-bag of the ALIEN series and Ripley says it best, and I quote, “You know Burke, I don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them f***ing each other over for a goddamn percentage!”

If Burke is the biggest douche of the film then Paxton’s whiny portrayal of Hudson is the comic relief of the film. I mean seriously, this character is all mouth and when it comes to action Newt has bigger – well, you know. Still, it wouldn’t be ALIENS without him.

Goldstein as Vasquez keeps up with the men of her platoon in every way and I loved her character. Hope as Gorman takes both physical and mental lumps proving what many already know, being a leader takes more than a uniform cupcake!

Finally, Henriksen as Bishop and the only word is fantastic. Unlike his psychotic synthetic predecessor Ash (Ian Holm), Henriksen gives his un-human status very human qualities. He is just as smart as Ash but more humane and forthcoming which even Ripley eventually embraces.


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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give ALIENS: 30th Anniversary Edition five tubs of popcorn out of five. Seriously, would you expect anything less of me? This is a film that has not only withstood the test of time but will continue to do so for so many reasons. First of all it is mind blowing in Bluray so know that when you sit down to watch the disc.

Second, for me this was one of the first ‘space’ films that was dark in its presentation but not so much that you can’t see anything (I hate that!) and dark in its telling. Although the aliens were most definitely the bad guys, what Ripley says to Burke is absolutely true. Ripley and some of the crew are fighting for what’s right while others not so much.

The final confrontation between Ripley and the big-frakken-huge-scary-did-I-say-big alien is so well done I can’t believe it sometimes. Her mother instinct definitely kicked into over drive on that platform while protecting Newt. That’s what I mean about her character being fearless even in the midst of fear.


Here’s more awesomeness on the Bluray: The Inspiration and Design of ALIENS Featurette, Deleted and Extended Scenes [gotta see those], Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS, Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS Enhancement, Pre-Production Galleries with The Art of ALIENS: Gateway Station and Colony, Vehicles and Weapons, Aliens, and Casting: Cast Portrait Gallery.

The Features on this Special Edition include: The 1986 Theatrical Version and the 1991 Special Edition, Introduction by James Cameron, Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner, Composer’s Original Isolated Score, along with Deleted and Extended Scenes.

ALIENS is the second part of the five including PROMETHEUS and the upcoming ALIEN: Covenant and the character of Ripley is in the first four. I will state loud and proud right here that there will never be another character like Ripley. Weaver gave Ripley heart, strength and a spirit that has given Ripley a place in film history.

In the end – she knows the enemy!



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Jeri Jacquin

San Diego is in the middle of very warm heat wave but that isn’t stopping fans from heading out and lining up for more coming this Saturday. Trust me when I say Friday was jammed packed and I have the barking dawg’s (meaning my feet) to show for it.

That being said worry not – there will be in-depth articles coming on favorite shows, new series this fall and films coming to a theatre near you! Let’s get to Saturdays schedule so you can plan your day!

I have to admit that this next show is a serious guilty pleasure of mine, oh heck, I’ll admit they pretty much all are ranked up there! ABC’s Once Upon A Time is the first and I love the characters and the twists creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz come up with. Fans will be shown an exclusive sneak peek of the show’s fall return.

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Keifer Sutherland returns in the new ABC series Designated Survivor as SDCC brings a screening of the and a panel that is sure to include some surprising guests.

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries will be bringing a special video presentation along with a Q&A. The Originals has become so dang good that I can’t stand waiting a week in between episodes. These vampires are a handful and along with a wolf pack it is clear I’m hooked so hurry up fall season! Yes, your favorite vampires will be there as well.


The morning also brings back a trio of iconic little ladies with Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup also known as The Powderpuff Girls! Of course my cohort Jenise was a huge fan of these three girls when she was but a girl herself. Now, with a daughter of her own, she is thrilled that the show is returning to a new generation.

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Of course SDCC would never let an anniversary go by and Star Trek 50 is no exception. In Hall H there will be a celebration of five decades flying through the universe pushing that final frontier. Part of the stellar panel is William Shatner, Scott Bakula, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan and Brent Spiner. Part of the celebration is the excitement of the new Star Trek television series coming in 2017 on CBS.

FOX also bringing a special video presentation as well as a Q&A for the series Gotham with the Season 3 premier on September 19th. That’s not all! Ballroom 20 wouldn’t be complete without Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash and Arrow. What an fantastic look at what’s coming this fall. Also, the charming Lucifer brings scoops on a devilish second season.

Warner Bros. Television will be highlighting new shows that are coming soon with Riverdale, Frequency and Time After Time. The best is that each of these series will present their pilot episodes and on very large screens which is always fun.

NBC brings Blindspot along with cast members Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza and Ashley Johnson along with writer/producer Martin Gero.


SyFy returns with The Expanse to discuss the ending of season one. Also, The Magicians brings cast and teasers to talk about the new season. SyFy is also bringing Incorporated with an exclusive screening and a story set in the future from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

From the cable network STARZ comes the Season 2 premier of the frakken awesome Ash vs. the Evil Dead and trust me if you haven’t seen this show I have to wonder if we can be friends until you do!


Another amazing event is the 30th Anniversary of ALIENS. James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn and Paul Reiser return to look back at an iconic series of films that is still a hit with fans today.


That is what is going on inside from dawn till way past dusk which gives everyone more time to jump into the outdoor fun. Everyone I know has been hitting up all the outdoor interactive events and after that make sure to hit the Exhibit Hall one more time because after Sunday we have to wait another year. Actually that’s about how much time it will take for all of us to recover but we love every minute of it.

Enjoy your Saturday with family, friends and new friends and remember to be safe but have the time of your life!

The Band is Back Together for INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence

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Jeri Jacquin

This week from director Roland Emmerich and 20th Century Fox is an invasion that takes the Earth by storm with INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence.

The world after 1996’s invasion is considerably different. World leaders have come together and there hasn’t been a conflict since then. The technology has grown exponentially and there is colonization on the moon.

Jake (Liam Hemsworth) is a wild pilot who is the fiancé of former President Whitmore’s (Bill Pullman) daughter Patricia (Maika Monroe). Patricia works at the White House with President Lanford (Sela Ward) and is pleased when she sees friend Dylan Hiller (Jessie T. Usher).

Preparing for an Independence Day celebration honoring those who were important to the 1996 invasion, David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) was to attend. Instead, Levinson is in the African desert discovering that one of the alien craft has come to life once again.

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On the moon an unusual object is shot down by the base but Whitmore and Dr. Okun (Brent Spiner) know that the aliens are coming back. General Adams (William Fichtner) calls out to everyone who can help with plans to stop a 3,000 mile wide alien craft that is tougher than they could imagine.

Goldblum as Levinson takes the lead in the film. He’s been there and done that as even the President calls on him to devise a plan that will work. I love Goldblum when he interacts with Hirsch I have to say, those two are hilarious. Once again Goldblum takes his character and reminds us that he “is as smart as we all hope you are”.

Pullman returns as former President Whitemore but in a character that kind of made me a little sad. After his mental encounter in 1996, people think he is a little off the beaten earthly path. Never count out a man who brought the world together and has no issue jumping in and fighting.

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Hemsworth as Jake has a wild side and it is based on a little bit of hostility toward creatures that killed his parents. When it comes to the alien return, that wild side is what saves when an adversary doesn’t exactly play fair.  Monroe as ex-first-kid Patricia Whitmore tries to protect her father and worries for fiancé Jake.

Usher as Hiller is living barely in the shadow of Cpt. Hiller. He has an issue with Jake that seems oddly out of place in the storyline. Smith’s Capt. Hiller was a solid presence that would have been nice but whatever. Ward as President Lanford is executive looking with her short “take them down” lines.

Spiner as Okun is still comical and smart. When he is given an orb that is also alien in nature, he knows that the key to success lies within and is excited as only Okun can be. Fichtner as General Adams is a go getter and when he is called up to take over he gets the job done with the help of everyone around him.

Shout out to Judd Hirsch back as the wise-cracking father Julius Levinson. Also, Vivica A. Fox returns as Jasmine Hiller who watches her son follow in elder Hiller’s footsteps. Patrick St. Esprit is Defense Secretary Tanner, Angelababy is uber cool pilot Rain Lao, Charlotte Gainsbourg is Catherine Marceaux resident alien mystery buster, Deobia Oparei as Dikembe Umbutu African warlord who is going to fight the aliens on their terms and Nicolas Wright as Floyd Rosenberg fidgety White House aide who isn’t happy about what’s going down.

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INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence is going to get a huge rave from me. Why? Because I can first of all and second I am a huge fan of disaster films. Director Emmerich has made it his mission in life to try everything to test this blue marble that everything else either seems to want or to destroy. That’s what makes it so much fun to watch – no matter what his films bring people together in the midst of madness.

Come on, you know you all harbor the guilty pleasure of watching DAY AFTER TOMORROW, EYE OF THE STORM, 2012 and the original 1996 INDEPENDENCE DAY. Yes, me and mine sat in the theatre through several showings because it was a good time. The thrill, bangs, explosions, witty one-liners, and heavy patriotic speeches. Oh yea, Bill Pullman caused an entire theatre to break out in cheers and had them on their feet in 1996.

That’s the best part of a disaster film. Getting the blood flowing and becoming engrained in something bigger than ourselves, even if only for 120 minutes. INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence brings more of that back. There are wise cracks, cheesy characters, one-liners, moment of pure ‘end-of-the-world’ sentiment, action, fantastic special effects,  mind blowing destruction and a never-give-up attitude.

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Is the door open for more aliens to get a piece of Earth and humanity? Of course, you can’t exactly take out the biggest ship in the universe and not expect something to notice. In the audience there were cheers, laughter and a few ‘oh-no-they-didn’t!’ uttered loudly which actually made the film more fun. I mean when the audience feels comfortable enough to become part of the experience you have to love that!

So pack up family and friends and prepare for the next invasion as INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence is in theatres now!

In the end – they only want one thing – DESTRUCTION!

INDEPENDENCE DAY ID4 Celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Stunning Bluray!



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On Bluray today from writer/director Roland Emmerich and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the newly restored theatrical and extended cut of INDEPENDENCE DAY.

It is July 2nd, 1996 and all is right with the world as President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman) starts his day in the White House up for re-election and First Lady Marilyn (Mary McDonnell) is in California campaigning for her husband. With the help of Constance Spano (Margaret Colin), the President stays on task.

Bicycling into work is David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), a computer savvy man who often can be found playing chess with his father Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch) in the local park. In California, Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and his lady Jasmine Dubrow (Vivica A. Fox) are trying to sleep in when they feel a tremor.

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Miguel (James Duval) and Alicia (Lisa Jakub) are in the local trailer park while there father Russell Casse (Randy Quaid) is flying drunk over a field of crops. As everyone goes on with their life it is all about to change.

Enormous objects begin taking over the skies across the world and interrupting all communication systems. It becomes clear that these are alien spacecraft and the President’s staff kicks into high gear with General Grey (Robert Loggia) and Albert Nimziki (James Rebhorn) advising him.

Trying to determine what it is the alien’s want turns brutal quickly. When David figures out what is going to happen he, along with his father, drive to the White House to inform the President and estranged wife Constance what is going to happen.

They only have minutes before his prediction comes to pass and now, those who survive the first wave of attack must come together to show the aliens ‘we will not go quietly into that goodnight’.

Never underestimate the power of Earthlings!

Pullman as President Whitmore became the world’s President for the entire run of the original film in theatres. He is a strong and confident leader who isn’t afraid to show his emotions or jump in to the middle of it all. Oh yea, it didn’t hurt that he is amazingly handsome in the film.

Smith as Hiller became the pilot who isn’t afraid to jump in as well. Seeing his family torn apart gives him motivation to do what needs to be done. Smith also ends up staying some of the most iconic lines of the film including “now that’s what I call a close encounter!”

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Goldblum as David is the brains of the operation with his laptop at the ready. One of the funniest things is when his character discovers that someone has put an aluminum can in the trash. I remember after seeing the film in the theatre, someone with a can drink asked the theatre owner where the recycling bin was because he didn’t want to upset Jeff Goldblum. Pretty hilarious and awesome at the same time. In our family we are fans of this actor and this is just another film that shows why.

Hirsch as Julius is the comic relief but does so in a fatherly way. I mean technically he’s right about the hammer and toilet seat when it comes to paying for Area 51 but he does it in such a hilarious way. Quaid as Russell is an inebriated man who sobers up long enough to be a hero because heeeeeeee’s back!

Colin as Constance works for the President and is doing her best to not remember why she still cares for David. Fox as Jasmine is a stripper with a heart of gold but is also in a relationship with Hiller. Trying to get to him with her son, Fox gets a chance to be a gal-hero to more than just her son. McDonnell as the First Lady has a short role but very touching. Yep, it brings a tear or two.

Other cast include: Brent Spiner as Dr. Brakish Okun, Bill Smitrovich as Captain Watson, Mae Whitman as Patricia Whitmore, John Storey as Dr. Isaacs, Frank Novak as Teddy, Adam Baldwin as Major Mitchell, Harvey Fierstein as Marty Gilbert and Harry Connick, Jr., as Captain Jimmy Wilder.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give INDEPENDENCE DAY ID4 five tubs of popcorn out of five. I remember the first time I saw this film in the theatre with my kids (who were in their early and mid-teens) and how much fun we had as a family. We freaked out, our jaws dropped; we yelled, screamed and cheered like no other film we had ever seen together before.

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Tonight, we did it again! In this amazing crisp and clear Bluray, we stepped into a time machine and did it all over again with equal fun, excitement and cheers. Thanks to big screen televisions with amazing sound systems, INDEPENDENCE DAY on Bluray is a treat that can be seen again and again – and deserves to be. Plus, it prepares us all for the return of those pesky buggers when INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence takes over theatres June 24th.

INDEPENDENCE DAY is the film that I measure others by when it comes to aliens and disasters. Emmerich got it right when he put this story together and put it all out on the screen. Putting the cast together is also a stroke of brilliance because even now I can’t imagine anyone else playing these roles.

Released today is the newly restored theatrical and extended cut that is on Digital HD, Bluray and DVD today. There is an “Attacker Edition” that features a Bluray inside a Limited Edition 3D Alien Ship Collector’s Set for the Super Fan, a Collectible Booklet along with the two Bluray discs.

The Special Features on Bluray include an all-new 30-minute Documentary Independence Day: A Legacy Surging Forward with two Bluray discs and Digital HD.

In the end – these extraterrestrials don’t want to phone home…they want OUR home!

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