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Last Vegas

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Last Vegas Movie

Taglines: It’s going to be legendary.

Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam are childhood friends from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who are living in their senior years. Sam and his wife Miriam are living mundane lives in a retirement village in Naples, Florida. Archie, twice-divorced and retired from the Air Force, lives with his overprotective son Ezra and his family in New Jersey after suffering a stroke. Paddy lives alone in his Brooklyn apartment, a curmudgeon in grief since the death of his wife, Sophie, over a year ago.

Billy is a successful entrepreneur in Malibu, California, who lives with his 31-year-old girlfriend Lisa. Shortly after proposing to Lisa at the funeral of his business mentor, Billy finds an old bottle of scotch he and his friends stole in their childhood days and calls Sam and Archie, who immediately propose a bachelor party for Billy in Las Vegas before his wedding that weekend. After being given permission by Miriam to cheat on her, Sam flies to New Jersey to pick up Archie in secret. They drive to Brooklyn to collect Paddy and fly off to rendezvous with Billy in Vegas.

Last Vegas is a comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. The film is set to be released on November 1, 2013. Principal photography started in November 2012 in Las Vegas. At the end of November, filming then moved to the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

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Last Vegas

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Mary Steenburgen
Screenplay by: Dan Fogelman
Production Design by: David J. Bomba
Cinematography by: David Hennings
Film Editing by: David Rennie
Costume Design by: Dayna Pink
Set Decoration by: Patrick Cassidy
Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh
MPAA Rating: PG- 13 for minor nudity and some language.
Studio: CBS Films
Release Date: November 1, 2013

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The to Do List

The to Do List Movie

Taglines: She’s going from straight A’s to her first F.

Featuring an all-star comedy cast including Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg, The To Do List is a comedy about close friends and a special summer project, loosely inspired by the real-life adventures of first-time writer / director Maggie Carey.

Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles a to do list of all the “activities” she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she’s way out of her depth, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister and burnt-out boss for their help and advice. If the group is going to complete the list by September they’ll need plenty of imagination and very open minds.

About the Story

Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza), from Boise, Idaho, is an overachieving but socially awkward teenager who graduates as the valedictorian of her high school in the summer of 1993. After the ceremony, Brandy’s two best friends, Wendy (Sarah Steele) and Fiona (Alia Shawkat), take Brandy to a party, where she gets drunk for the first time. At the party, Brandy makes out with a college boy she has a crush on named Rusty Waters.

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Since the room was dark, he mistook Brandy for someone else and when he realizes who she is, he rejects her. Brandy blames herself for her lack of sexual experiences and resolves to learn all about sex over the summer to prepare for college. She decides that her end-of-summer goal will be to have sex with Rusty to complete her “To Do List”.

Brandy gets a job at the local pool as a lifeguard so as to be closer to Rusty, along with her study-buddy Cameron Mitchell (Johnny Simmons). As the newbie, she is hazed by her slacker boss, Willy (Bill Hader), and her other co-workers by being given the most unpleasant jobs, including fishing a turd out of the pool. Brandy assumes her co-workers are playing a prank on her, based on the Baby Ruth joke from the film Caddyshack, so she takes a bite of it only to find that it was feces. Embarrassed, she pushes Willy into the pool as revenge and learns that he does not know how to swim, despite managing a swimming pool. She agrees to teach him how to swim in exchange for ending the hazing.

Brandy gets advice from her sister, Amber (Rachel Bilson), and her mother (Connie Britton), as well as her two best friends, while her father (Clark Gregg), a judge and devout conservative, is uncomfortable with the talk of sex, especially since his wife is more sexually experienced than him. Using this information, she makes a “to do list” of sexual acts to learn and perform. As the summer progresses, Brandy has several sexual encounters with Cameron and other boys, all while trying to catch Rusty’s eye.

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However, Cameron believes that he and Brandy’s sexual encounters are a sign of her romantic interest so he begins to fall in love with her. He is crushed after discovering her list and realizing he was just part of her “mission”. Meanwhile, Willy catches Brandy, Wendy, Fiona, and adult members of a male grunge band messing around in the pool after-hours. After a scolding, she is sent home where she is confronted by Cameron over the list. Cameron goes away in a huff and Brandy starts to cry. An ex-boyfriend of Wendy’s comes over to comfort her and the two hook up.

When Wendy and Fiona come over to watch Beaches, they discover Brandy’s list and see the list of boys with whom she had experimented. They get upset after finding out that Brandy hooked up with one of their ex-boyfriends and leave angrily. They declare that Brandy has failed to put “hoes before bros,” and call her a slut.

Brandy finally gets close to Rusty when they vandalize a rival pool, but they get caught because of Brandy leaving her bra, with her name on it, at the pool. Willy is then forced to fire her. Brandy asks out Rusty, and he takes her to popular make-out spot to have sex. However, the sex is brief and terrible, which disappoints Brandy. She sees her father and mother in the Dodge Caravan next to them having sex causing her to freak out and demand that Rusty take her home immediately.

Meanwhile, Willy goes to the Klark house to stop Brandy from having sex with Rusty, but is met at the door by Amber, who immediately seduces him. When Rusty and Brandy arrive home, a jealous Cameron is there to meet him with a sucker-punch, and they fight until Brandy breaks it up. She compliments each one on their good qualities, then apologizes sincerely to Cameron for using him and offers her own view of sex.

Afterward, she seeks out Wendy and Fiona to apologize to them. She sings “Wind Beneath My Wings” at Wendy’s door, and the two girls eventually join in, forgiving her. Brandy meets up with Willy at the pool, who offers her his job if she comes back next summer as he has decided to quit and follow the Grateful Dead while Jerry Garcia is still alive.

In the fall, Brandy and Cameron meet again at Georgetown University where they have both matriculated. Brandy apologizes to Cameron once more and they agree to try dating. They have sex in her dorm room and Brandy finally achieves orgasm, the last thing on her list, right as her father walks in on them.

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The to Do List

Directed by: Maggie Carey
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Lauren Lapkus, Skyler Vallo, Connie Britton
Screenplay by: Maggie Carey
Production Design by: Ryan Berg
Cinematography by: Doug Emmett
Film Editing by: Paul Frank
Costume Design by: Trayce Gigi Field
Set Decoration by: Cassandra Fuote
Music by: Jason Boschetti, Raney Shockne
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic dialogue, drug and alcohol use, and language – all involving teens.
Studio: CBS Films
Release Date: July 26, 2013

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The Last Exorcism Part II

The Last Exorcism Part II

Taglines: God asks. The Devil commands.

Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found alone and terrified in the woods. Back in the relative safety of civilization, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.

The Last Exorcism Part II is an American supernatural drama horror film co-written and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. It stars Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, Tarra Riggs, Louis Herthum, and Muse Watson. It is a sequel to 2010’s The Last Exorcism, and released on March 1, 2013.

The film follows Nell Sweetzer as she attempts to recover from her past experiences and start her life anew. Nell then starts to realize that the demon that previously possessed her has come back for her. Unlike its predecessor, it is not presented in a found footage format.

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About the Film

Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is the only survivor of the shocking, horrific ritual that concludes THE LAST EXORCISM. Her journey continues in THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, though the murdered documentary crew and their camera are left behind in the bayou. Rather than using the first film’s faux-documentary approach, THE LAST EXORCISM PART II adopted a fresh storytelling perspective.

“We wanted to make a clear stylistic shift from the docu-style of the first film to a straight narrative in the sequel,” explains producer Eli Roth. “The new approach allows us to go deeper and darker. I never want to give away the secrets inside the haunted house, but now that we know who and what we’re dealing with, we really get to explore that.”

Elements of the “documentary” in THE LAST EXORCISM became a focus in its sequel. “What we decided was that within the world of THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, the first film existed. Not as a theatrical movie, but as a viral video people had seen,” Roth explains. “That felt like the smartest, most natural way to integrate the first movie while still having others in the film believe she was just a crazy girl breaking her fingers on the Internet.”

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“We had done our documentary-style film,” adds executive producer Gabrielle Neimand. “That sub-genre only works if there is a valid reason for why the camera is there, and our crew died in the first film. A documentary-style film gets you in the director’s head. In this one, we wanted to tell a narrative film that got you into Nell’s.”

“One of the unanswered questions in the exorcism genre is ‘what does the demon want?'” producer Eric Newman points out. “We liked exploring the idea of what happens next. This demon and this girl have formed an intrinsic bond. They are enmeshed, and the demon can’t continue in the world without her.”

Newman, who had the initial seeds of inspiration for the first film, says his first instinct was actually to do the sequel about the town of Ivanwood in the wake of the murders in the first film. “Obviously there were lots of opportunities for scares, but I didn’t know what the movie was saying,” he says. “Then I started thinking about the power of someone accepting that they don’t need to be scared, that they are actually the one to be feared. Once I had that, we brought in Damien Chazelle to write the screenplay.”

“THE LAST EXORCISM PART II follows Nell’s journey after the events of the first film, so I think it helps paint a more complete portrait of her character,” says co-writer Damian Chazelle. “She’s truly the hero of the story and everything we see in the sequel is from her point of view.”

The Last Exorcism Part II

Some of the characters from THE LAST EXORCISM exist in the second film, but the structure shift allowed the natural inclusion of these characters in a way that ensures that those viewers who haven’t seen the first film can enjoy the new film without feeling like they missed something essential. Yet, fans of THE LAST EXORCISM will also be rewarded when they recognize characters and details in the new film that harken back to the first.

“The new approach allowed us to shift perspectives and really delve into Nell’s psyche: her past, her hopes for the future, her whole world-view,” Chazelle continues. “It felt like an opportunity to do a very classical horror film, and the resolution is something we’ve rarely seen in the exorcism genre.”

Fascinating Facts About Exorcism

• 42% of Americans believe in possession by the devil.

• The Archbishop of Calcutta ordered an exorcism performed on Mother Theresa before she died.

• The Catholic Church has at least 10 official exorcists in the US.

• By conservative estimates, there are at least five or six hundred evangelical exorcism ministries in operation today, and quite possibly two or three times this many.

• There are dozens of references of Jesus exorcising demons in the Gospels.

• Exorcism is derived from the Greek word exorkizein which means “to bind by oath”. Evil spirits (demons) which possess a person are exorcised (compelled to leave) by a higher authority, such as God or Christ. “Catholic exorcisms begin, Adjure te, spiritus nequissime, per Deum omnipotentem…which means “I adjure thee, most evil spirit, by almighty God…

• During the 1980s, the world’s largest interdenominational seminary–Pasadena’s Fuller Theological–offered a how-to exorcism course for future pastors. The class is no longer offered, however, a different version is in the works.

• Possession by evil spirits (Jinn) or the Devil (Shaitan) and exorcism is said to have been a part of Islam since its beginning. It is believed that the Jinn can gain control only over those who do not hold true to God.

• Out of nearly 1,600 Christians surveyed, 57% felt strongly that believers have the power to cast out demons in the Name of Jesus.

• The most influential of the genre (the one that started it all) is William Friedkin’s 1973 film The Exorcist that claimed to be based on real events.

• The runaway success of the movie revived the interest in the role of the devil in Christian theology and created an industry of paperbacks on Satanism, black magic, and related topics. Devil possession became almost fashionable, and priests revived long-forgotten rites of exorcism.

• The Catholic Church in Germany, however, made the exorcism ritual very difficult to obtain after the 1973 death of exorcism victim Anneliese Michel, a 23- year-old who had her first psychiatric episode at the age of 16. She apparently suffered from depression, epileptic seizures, and various hallucinations.

• A secularized version of exorcism is practiced by some therapists who specialize in unveiling and ridding their patients of “entities” which, the therapists believe, are the cause of the patient’s troubles. Entity release therapists engage in this work even though there is about as much evidence for the “entities” as there is for the devils exorcised by Catholic priests and Protestant evangelicals.

• Through the 1980s the subject of exorcism was kept alive within evangelical Christianity, especially Pentecostalism.

• No exorcism should take place without the explicit permission of the diocesan bishop, nor should exorcism be performed until possible mental or physical illness had been excluded.

• Exorcism has become somewhat institutionalized in charismatic churches, where it is referred to as “spiritual warfare.”

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The Last Exorcism Part II

Directed by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Starring: Ashley Bell, Andrew Sensenig, Spencer Treat Clark, Judd Lormand, Muse Watson, Erica Michelle, Tarra Riggs, Boyana Balta
Screenplay by: Damien Chazelle, Ed Gass-Donnelly
Production Design by: Merideth Boswell
Cinematography by: Brendan Steacy
Film Editing by: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Costume Design by: Abby O’Sullivan
Music by: Michael Wandmacher
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for horror violence, terror and brief language.
Studio. CBS Films
Release Date: March 1, 2013

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