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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Slated To Open In Los Angeles In 2018 

The Ratkovich Company, in partnership with National Real Estate Advisors, Blue Vista Capital Management, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema today announced the Austin-based theater chain will open its first Los Angeles theater at The Bloc, a 1.8 million square foot mixed-use destination at the hub of the city’s retail, entertainment, financial, and sports center. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown is slated to open in 2018 as The Bloc completes its $180 million renovations bringing a vibrant, open-air, pedestrian-friendly, urban destination to Downtown Los Angeles.

“When we announced seven years ago that we would be embarking upon a plan of nationwide expansion, my primary goal was to open a theater in Los Angeles,” says Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder and CEO Tim League.  “After many years of exhaustive searching and planning, we feel we have found the perfect home at The Bloc. Building a new audience for foreign language films, documentaries and independent movies is core to the Alamo brand, and this flagship theater will be ground zero for that effort.”

“Alamo Drafthouse is the perfect addition to The Bloc and to Downtown LA’s rapidly growing food and entertainment scene. It brings a fresh and unique take on the traditional movie-watching experience and will be a great compliment to the other retailers at The Bloc. The Bloc is a gathering place for all Angelenos, making it the place to be in Downtown LA.” said Wayne Ratkovich founder and president of The Ratkovich Company.

Alamo Drafthouse provides a unique cinematic experience with in-theater dining underpinning a heavily curated program of hand-picked blockbusters, highest-quality independent, foreign and documentary features and special event programming. It’s food and beverage offering is equally deliberate with a full menu offering food made from scratch and a heavy dose of the best local craft beers and cocktails. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be located on the second and third floors of the southwest corner of The Bloc, accessible from the Flower Street mid-block crossing and the fourth floor of the parking structure.

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will have twelve screens and seat approximately 560 people for new release movies, independent, foreign and classic films, as well as an exhaustive slate of the Alamo’s unique signature event programming. Each of the auditoriums will be equipped with state of the art 4K digital projection and amazing sound.  In addition to providing superior presentation, the Alamo eliminates the traditional front rows to ensure there’s no bad seat in the house. The theater will also be equipped for 3D and archival 35mm projection.

In keeping with Alamo Drafthouse’s commitment to providing the best in-theater dining experience, the downtown LA destination will feature locally inspired and sourced food and drink. Moviegoers can order food and drinks from their seats while servers silently attend to them throughout the film. In addition to the twelve theaters, an adjoining bar will give fans the opportunity to discuss films over a plethora of local craft beers and cocktails.

Accessibility and integration with the city at large continues to be a priority for The Bloc and Alamo Drafthouse. Alamo Drafthouse Downtown will be conveniently accessed via the Blue, Expo, Purple and Red lines at the 7th Street Metro Center Station. Current Metro expansion connects Alamo Drafthouse Downtown to Santa Monica, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. The theater will offer four hours of free validated parking..

By delivering the best films, food and drinks, exceptional presentation, strict ad-free and no talking/no texting policies, Alamo Drafthouse strives to live up to Time Magazine’s claim of being the “Best Theater Ever.”

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Watch The Disney Pixar Trailer For Coco 

Disney Pixar has released the new Coco trailer.

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Character actress Renée Victor also joins the cast as Abuelita, Miguel’s grandmother.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3), Disney Pixar’s Coco will be released on November 22, 2017.

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Mary Poppins Returns: Inside The Magical Sequel 50 Years In The Making

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (in theaters Christmas 2018) might be one of the highest-profile sequels ever attempted, more than half a century after Walt Disney’s cinematic classic immortalized the careers of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, smashed records, got a word in the dictionary (guess which one) and become one of the most cherished films of all time.

Set in 1910, the original film, loosely based on the first two volumes of P.L. Travers’ eight-book series, told the story of how Mary Poppins united an absent father and his two playful children through her singular, enigmatic magic. But there were six more Travers books, bursting with more characters and stories, waiting to be adapted on screen one day.

Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), picks up 25 years after the events of the first film, fast-forwarding to London’s mid-1930s economic slump, the actual time period of Travers’ books. Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane has become the warm, loving home that banker and artist Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) shares with his wife and three children. But after the sudden death of Michael’s wife, the Banks family is shattered — even enthusiastic aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a fervent union organizer, and long-time housemaid Ellen (Julie Walters) can’t help lift spirits — and so in time, the once-blossoming home is on the verge of foreclosure.

Cue the arrival of prim and peculiar Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), who leads Michael’s wayward children (and Jane and Michael themselves) on a series of unbelievable adventures — to the top of Big Ben, the bottom of the ocean, into magical encounters with animated dancing penguins and upside-down cousins (hey, Meryl Streep!). If anyone can help this family find the light they’ve lost, it’s Mary Poppins.

It’s a sentiment echoed by the cast, full of lifelong lovers of Mary Poppins like Blunt (who earned Julie Andrews’ blessing as the character long before the first camera rolled) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays Mary’s pal Jack, a winsome lamplighter and former apprentice of Dick Van Dyke’s famed chimney sweep, Bert). Even the creative departments abound with folks who know the stakes and want to get this right: Tony-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) penned a new score that sounds downright Poppins-esque, while costume designer Sandy Powell and her team worked to bring the iconic looks of Mary and the Banks family into the stylish 1930s.

Entertainment Weekly was on the film’s London set earlier this year and returned with a boundless carpet bag of goodies about the buzzy sequel. From the stunning recreation of Cherry Tree Lane at Shepperton Studios to the real streets of old London where Jack trips the light fantastic, the set of Mary Poppins Returns is a veritable playground, and Mary’s spirit is unmistakably present. So was Dick Van Dyke, filming a top-secret cameo — no, not as Bert — just a day prior to EW’s visit. “Dick Van Dyke said that the thing he remembers the most about doing the original film was the spirit, and he said, ‘It’s exactly the same spirit here,’ Marshall says, standing on the sunny cobblestones in front of No. 17. “He was right here on Cherry Tree Lane and he said, ‘I feel like I’m home.’”

To read more about Mary Poppins Returns, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly.

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Toy Story Characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear  & Jessie Coming To The Apple Watch This Fall

This fall, Disney Pixar characters from Toy Story, including Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear, are coming to Apple’s new watchOS 4!

The familiar characters will animate on the watch face throughout the day. WatchOS 4 will be available this fall as a free update to Apple Watch.

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Poster Art of Cars

Collecting more than a hundred posters and graphics from Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Timed to the release of Cars 3 from Pixar Animation Studios, this deluxe collector’s volume showcases posters and graphics created for and inspired by all three Cars feature films, Cars Land at the Disneyland Resort, and the Cars Toons series. Each image has been selected for its significance as a key marketing tool or its rarity as something that has seen limited-to-no prior public limelight. All are gorgeous pieces in their own right, carefully crafted by talented artists, designers, and story creators who endeavored to deepen the themes of the films or park attractions at hand. Along with this rich showcase of color and design, essays reflect on the techniques used to develop these emotionally engaging works of art.

The book includes three interior gatefolds and two double-sided, punch-out sheets featuring original posters created specifically for this publication.

Order the 144 page hardcover HERE.

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Bottleneck Gallery To Release The Dark Knight Print By Dan Mumford On June 6, 2017

Bottleneck Gallery is teaming up with Dan Mumford to ask a single question, “Why so serious?”

The Dark Knight is a film filled with seriously incredible set pieces, and one of the most tense and thrilling ones is the Joker’s unflinching showdown with Batman on his Batcycle. Dan Mumford’s interpretation of the scene captures the pure chaos the Joker has already caused, and shows off just how unphased the clown prince of crime is by Batman. It’s a spectacular showdown, and Dan’s print puts you right in the middle of it!

You can purchase Dan’s Dark Knight print, along with a variant, this Tuesday (6/6) @ 12PM ET at bottleneckgallery.com!

The Dark Knight by Dan Mumford
Screen print
18 X 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$40

The Dark Knight: Variant by Dan Mumford
Screen print
18 X 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 75
$50

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Watch The American Made Trailer Starring Tom Cruise

Universal Pictures has just brought online the American Made trailer and you can take a first look at the upcoming true story. American Made reunites star Tom Cruise with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman. Look for it to hit the big screen September 29.

American Made is based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

American Made also stars Domhnall Gleeson (The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Sarah Wright (Parks and Recreation, Marry Me), E. Roger Mitchell (Flight, The Equalizer), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Fargo), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl, Mistress America), Alejandro Edda (Fear the Walking Dead, The Bridge), Benito Martinez (How to Get Away with Murder, American Crime), Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out, X-Men: First Class) and Jayma Mays (Glee, The League).

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Watch Three New Dark Tower Previews 

Sony Pictures has unleashed three new The Dark Tower previews.

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now the story comes to the big screen starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim (AKA Randall Flagg, The Man in Black, in the novels). The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Elba and McConaughey are joined in The Dark Tower by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Neon Demon) as Tirana, and Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg. The film also features Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron).

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum.  It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The Dark Tower is coming to theaters on August 4, 2017.

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Coming Soon to Target: Pop! Deluxe! Star Wars Darth Vader in Tie Fighter

Funko Pop! Deluxe! Star Wars Darth Vader in Tie Fighter will be available at Target mid- June!

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Purchase These Cool Stephen King Themed Buttons From Gerald Winters And Son

Gerald Winters And Son in Bangor, Maine has an eclectic wide selection of Stephen King books and ephemera.

Show your support of the beloved author by wearing one of these cool 1″ buttons. I am partial to the Dark Tower Ka symbol and the Shining carpet! Themes include: IT (1990 and 2017), The Stand, Creepshow, The Dark Tower, The Shining, and many more.

Purchase them HERE and say hi to Gerald, he’s a hell of a nice guy! Tell him THE FIRE WIRE sent you.

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