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Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” “The Avengers” films) and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” “Nocturnal Animals”) star in “12 Strong,” a powerful new war drama from Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Based on the best-selling book Horse Soldiers, it is story of heroism based on true events that unfolded a world away in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig directed the film, which is produced by legendary producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Black Hawk Down”), together with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill (“La La Land,” “Sicario”) under their Black Label Media banner. Oscar winner Ted Tally (“The Silence of the Lambs”) and Peter Craig (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Parts 1 & 2”) wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by best-selling author Doug Stanton. The executive producers are Oscar nominees and Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”), together with Chad Oman, Mike Stenson, Ellen H. Schwartz, Garrett Grant, Yale Badik and Val Hill.

The main cast also includes Michael PenÞa (“The Martian, “Ant-Man”) and Navid Negahban (“American Sniper,” TV’s “Homeland”). Joining Hemsworth, Shannon and PenÞa as the “12 Strong” U.S. Special Forces team are Trevante Rhodes (“Moonlight”), Geoff Stults (“Only the Brave”), Thad Luckinbill (“Only the Brave”), Austin Stowell (“Bridge of Spies”), Ben O’Toole (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Austin Hebert (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”), Kenneth Miller (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”), Kenny Sheard (“13 Hours”) and Jack Kesy (TV’s “The Strain). Actors portraying soldiers of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance include Laith Nakli (“24: Legacy”), Fahim Fazli (“American Sniper”) and Yousuf Azami (“Lone Survivor”), and Said Taghmaoui (“Wonder Woman”) as a Taliban military leader. Also seen in the film are Elsa Pataky (the “Fast & Furious” films), as Nelson’s wife, and William Fichtner (“Black Hawk Down,” “Armageddon”) and Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Hangover”) as U.S. Army officers.

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“12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. There, in the rugged mountains, they must convince Northern Alliance General Dostum (Negahban) to join forces with them to fight their common adversary: the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies. In addition to overcoming mutual distrust and a vast cultural divide, the Americans—accustomed to state-of-the-art warfare—must adopt the rudimentary tactics of the Afghani horse soldiers. But despite their uneasy bond, the new allies face overwhelming odds: outnumbered and outgunned by a ruthless enemy that does not take prisoners.

The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Rasmus Videbaek (“A Royal Affair”), production designer Christopher Glass (“The Jungle Book”), editor Lisa Lassek (“The Avengers,” “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”), costume designer Daniel J. Lester (assistant costume designer on “Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”) and Academy Award-winning stunt coordinator/second unit director Mic Rodgers (“Hacksaw Ridge,” “Braveheart”).

Slated for release on January 19, 2018, “12 Strong” will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Lionsgate is handling international distribution.

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[VIDEO] “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom| Watch the Final Trailer!

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.  Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.  Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

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It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

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When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.  Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.  Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

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With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.  Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

This final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is EVERYTHING! We surmise that this threat that could harm the planet as a whole is none other than a super volcano! Super volcanoes are large volcanoes that if they should erupt could put enough soot and ash in the atmosphere that the Sun would be blocked out for years! I guess we will have to see how Owen and Claire are going to fix/solve this dilemma! Happy viewing!

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Justice is “Blindspotting!” Daveed Diggs (@DaveedDigggs) Tackles Police Brutality in New Film!

The American dream is a notion–or well promise–to all people within in our country of peace, safety, justice and most of all equality. However, if you are a Black Man there are time and situations when that notion might as well be a fantasy. Hamilton star Daveed Diggs definitely has this understand down to science as he tackles police brutality and injustice in his new film, Blindspotting!

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The American dream is a notion–or well promise–to all people within in our country of peace, safety, justice and most of all equality. However, if you are a Black Man there are time and situations when that notion might as well be a fantasy. Hamilton star Daveed Diggs definitely has this understand down to science as he tackles police brutality and injustice in his new film, Blindspotting!

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casa as Collin and Miles in Blindspotting movie

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casa as Collin and Miles in “Blindspotting”

Blindspotting centers on Collin (Daveed Diggs), an ex-con adjusting to life outside of prison–and with limited freedom–thanks to probation and a legal curfew at his halfway home. He passes his few remaining days focusing on work, while working alongside his eccentric best friend Miles (Rafael Casal). Collin’s attempts to keep his head low and stay out of trouble hit a snag when he witnesses an officer gun down an unarmed Black Man. He does his best to put it behind him but Miles’ antics combined with his growing PTSD began to haunt him like none other. Colin’s crisis of conscience and rage all climaxes to an event you will never see coming!

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This film deserves every award on the books! We are not surprised that Daveed is amazing in this film. Anything he touches is GOLD. Even more surprising is that he wrote this moving film with Rafael. Blindspotting is a movie you will laugh, cry, and have to watch again and again because it is just that deep. As a Black Man, or even a person of color in this country, you will relate to Colin and his shortcomings.

Honestly, we need more films–mainstream and independent–to tackle this topic. Indeed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Be sure you catch Blindspotting anywhere it can be found. Daveed and Rafael, kudos, kudos, and KUDOS!

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[ICYMI] TRAILER: THE FIRST PURGE Starring Y’lan Noel &Lex Scott Davis!

Behind every tradition lies a revolution.  Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness.  Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

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Behind every tradition lies a revolution.  Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness.  Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

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To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

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Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.  www.thefirstpurge.com

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We cannot wait to see The First Purge! All of the films in The Purge quadrilogy have been nothing short of amazing and this one is so intriguing. Think about it. Here and there, in previous films, the history behind the reason for The Purge have been in hinted at but never gone into depth about. We need the details! Thankfully this Independence Day is going to be lit! Happy viewing!

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