We’re back after being snowed out last week. (This ain’t the post office, people.) So we have some house cleaning to do. This means you’ll get a box office report, an Oscar wrap-up plus we’ll cover both Non-Stop and 300: Rise of an Empire…all in one show. It’s a bargain and twice the price and that price is free! (Not counting the cost of your iPod, laptop, electricity and internet service.)
Also, we MAY or MAY NOT have received our first E-mail(s)?
And, if that’s not enough, Tom will even tell you about his brush with Glenn Beck. Shockingly, neither of them cried.
It’s Reel Spoilers #35: Hodgepodge (but officially 300:Rise of an Empire).
You’ve been warned.
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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustava, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraha, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson, and introducing Tony Revolori.
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody
Director: Wes Anderson
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DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet
Director: Neil Burger
Ah, 300, a movie we all remember fondly. A movie full of guys we wanted to be and the girls wanted to be in. A highly stylized action movie that, even today, is still fun to watch and is insanely quotable. It was a fun story, one that sparked many to get in shape and be like King Leonidas and his men of three hundred. Fast forward almost 7 years and we all get the sequel. Wait, what?
There are tons of great stories in Greek history. The Battle of Thermopylae—the battle that 300 is based off—is one of them. The reason this story was told and the reason Frank Miller decided to write it is because it’s a story based on unfathomable odds, made special by some amazing action and stylistic choices by director Zack Snyder—who did not direct this sequel, he just helped write it—and the aforementioned Miller. Let’s not forget charismatic actors like Gerard Butler and Michael Fassbender who graced us with their baddassery. And top it off with the insane art direction, slow-motion scenes and accompanying heavy metal kick-your-face-in music. When most of us left the theater, we had enough testosterone overflowing that we could save a school bus full of kids from a pack of killer bears with chainsaws for arms.
The WWE sure knows how to play the fans. Raw was live from Chicago this week. After weeks of wondering what would happen due to local boy and company star CM Punk leaving, Raw went off without a hitch, and without Punk. Much to the chagrin of the fans, Punk never showed. What made it even more surprising, was that WWE actually mentioned Punk, teasing fans of a Punk appearance to start the show, as Paul Heyman came out to Punk’s music. The start of the show made it clear that Raw was going to be interesting.
Heyman came out and delivered his own so-called “Pipe Bomb”, but not about Punk, but Brock Lesnar. Heyman said Lesnar would end the Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania 30. To prove Heyman’s point, Lesnar destroyed Mark Henry with an F5 into the announcer’s table. In the process, Lesnar nearly seriously injured a young fan, as he madly tossed the prompters from the announcers table. It was a great way to kick off the show in a hostile environment.
While some may have been disappointed at Punk’s no-show, the Wyatt’s and The Shield made up for it with another classic battle. The Wyatt’s got the win again, but this time it was due to Seth Rollins leaving his team stranded in the middle of the ring as he walked away. This will no doubt set up a triple threat match at WrestleMania between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Rollins.