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Los Angeles, CA: Premiere of "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" to be held on Sunday, October 26th at Mann's Village Theatre

Paramount Pictures has announced that the Los Angeles Premiere of the new animated comedy Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at the Mann Village Theatre - Westwood in Los Angeles, California. Scheduled to ... (more)

Buy a Samsung Blu-ray Player, Get "The Ultimate Matrix Collection" on Blu-ray Free (exp. 10/18)

Prices are finally starting to drop on Blu-ray players, to the point where anything more than $300 is overpriced (it was not long ago that anything below $400 was a relative bargain!). As a further incentive to get you to make a purchase, Samsung ... (more)

Blu-ray Review: Speed Racer

Speed Racer Warner Home Video 135 Minutes List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com) Available 9/16/2008 Click here for additional movie details, including the full plot summary, cast listing, trailers and videos, photos, reviews of the movie, ... (more)

Top Box Office Movies for the Weekend of October 10, 2008

  1. Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  2. Quarantine
  3. Body of Lies
  4. Eagle Eye
  5. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
  6. The Express
  7. Nights in Rodanthe
  8. Appaloosa
  9. The Duchess
  10. Fireproof

For more details, see our Top Box Office Movies page.

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That's it for this week, so take a look at what's new in theaters and what's coming up in the next couple of weeks. Have a good weekend!

Scott Jentsch
Publisher, The BigScreen Cinema Guide

New Releases

The following are new releases opening in theaters in the next week.

The Elephant King
A domineering mother dispatches her young, introverted son Oliver off to Thailand to do everything he can to lure his reckless, older brother back home to the US to face pending fraud charges. Oliver finds the intoxication of Thailand hard to resist, especially when it has a face as alluring as Lek’s.

As Oliver falls deeply in love for the first time, Jake slips deeper into despair, and the seams of their relationship begin to come undone. When the true extent of Jake's decadence and self-destruction is revealed to Oliver, he is forced to decide whether he will save his brother's life or his own.

Starring Tate Ellington, Jonno Roberts, Florence Faivre, Ellen Burstyn, Pawalit Mongkolpisit

Genre - Drama
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Rated R
sexual content, drug use, language and some violence

Filth and Wisdom
Madonna's directorial debut is a sexy tale of three roommates who must delve into mischievous and naughty behavior in pursuit of bigger and brighter futures.

A Ukrainian immigrant, A.K. (Eugene Hutz), finances his dreams of 'trans-continental superstardom' with his band, Gogol Bordello, by turning tricks as a role-playing cross dresser. As A.K. literally whips the privileged of London into shape, he also secretly pines for the object of his affection, Holly (Holly Weston), an aspiring ballerina looking for her big break while moonlighting as a slippery stripper. Meanwhile, Juliette (Vicky Mclure) steals medicine from her pharmaceutical job in hopes of quenching her dreams of helping Africa's youth.

Starring Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky Mclure, Ade, Gogol Bordello, Olegar Fedoro, Stephen Graham, Richard E. Grant

Genre - Comedy
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Max Payne
Based on the legendary, hard-hitting interactive video game, MAX PAYNE tells the story of a maverick cop determined to track down those responsible for the brutal murder of his family and partner.

Hell-bent on revenge, his obsessive investigation takes him on a nightmare journey into a dark underworld. As the mystery deepens, Max (Wahlberg) is forced to battle enemies beyond the natural world and face an unthinkable betrayal.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Chris O'Donnell, Beau Bridges, Ludacris, Mila Kunis, Donal Logue, Amaury Nolasco

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
violence including intense shooting sequences, drug content, some sexuality and brief strong language

Morning Light
Fifteen young sailors... six months of intense training... one chance at the brass ring. This true-life documentary tells the inspiring story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life’s first great adventure.

Racing a high-performance 52-foot sloop in the TRANSPAC, the most revered of open-ocean sailing competitions, the crew of “Morning Light” matches wits and skills in a dramatic 2500 mile showdown against top professionals.

From their earliest training sessions in Hawaii conducted by world-class teachers through their test of endurance on the high seas, they form an unbreakable bond in the process of becoming a singular team that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Starring Chris Branning, Graham Brant-Zawadzki, Chris Clark, Charlie Enright, Jesse Fielding

Genre - Documentary
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Rated PG
some language

The Secret Life of Bees
Based on the New York Times best selling novel and set in South Carolina in 1964 is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Fanning) a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Burton).

To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Okonedo, and Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

Starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton, Sophie Okonedo

Genre - Action/Adventure
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Rated PG-13
thematic material and some violence

Sex Drive
Eighteen-year-old Ian finally gets the opportunity to lose his virginity when a woman he meets on-line offers to have sex with him if he drives to Knoxville to meet her.

Accompanied by friends Lance and Felicia, whom Ian has a thing for, but she in turn has a thing for Lance, take off on a road trip in Ian's brother's beloved 1969 GTO--without permission of course.

Starring Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, Seth Green, James Marsden, Katrina Bowden, Susie Abromeit

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
strong crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some drug and alcohol use - all involving teens

Tru Loved
Sixteen-year-old Tru is uprooted by her lesbian moms from her comfortable gay-friendly home in San Francisco and moved to a conservative, suburban community in Southern California.

Tru's only friend is a closeted football player, and even that friendship is jeopardized when she starts the school's first Gay-Straight Alliance.

Starring Najarra Townsend, Jake Abel, Matthew Thompson, Alexandra Paul

Genre - Drama
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Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory.

In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd president to the big screen as only he can.

W takes viewers through Bush's eventful life--his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Ioan Gruffudd, Ellen Burstyn, Jesse Bradford, Richard Dreyfuss, James Cromwell, Scott Glenn, Noah Wyle

Genre - Drama
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Rated PG-13
language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images

What Just Happened?
Two nail-biting, back-stabbing, roller-coaster weeks in the world of a middle-aged Hollywood producer--as he tries to juggle an actual life with an outrageous series of crises in his day job.

This is the tale of a man besieged by people who want him all to be sorts of things--a money maker, an ego buster, a bad news breaker, an artistic champion, a loyal husband, an all-knowing father, not to mention sexy, youthful and tuned-in--everything except for the one thing he and all the preposterously behaved people he's surrounded by really are: bumbling human beings just trying to survive by any means necessary.

Ben is already in over his head trying to balance the tug-of-war of having two ex-wives and two different families with his latest business venture--the boldly "visionary" movie "Fiercely," starring Sean Penn--when everything that can go wrong goes completely screwy.

Somehow amidst all the madness, treachery, deceit, runaway egos, rampant commercialism, personal politics and atrocious behavior of America's dream-making machinery, Ben has to find a way not just to make it to Cannes with a finished film, but to cope...

Starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn

Genre - Comedy
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Rated R
language, some violent images, sexual content and some drug material

The Metropolitan Opera: Salome Encore

Genre - Program
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Stranded: I've Come From A Plane That Crashed on the Mountains
For the first time ever, survivors of the famous 1974 Andes plane crash tell in their own words their harrowing story of survival.

Genre - Documentary
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Le Nozze Di Figaro: Royal Opera House/London
With the help of the barber Figaro, Count Almaviva has stolen the ward of Doctor Bartolo, Rosina and made her his Countess. Figaro has entered the Count's service as valet and fallen in love with the Countess's maid Susanna.

Starring Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson, Jonathan Veira, Graciela Araya, Rinat Shaham

Genre - Program
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