Monday, April 28, 2014
The Student Entertainment Board Films Committee will be showing “Neighbors” on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the CUB Auditorium. The Pullman community will watch the film one week prior to the nation wide release. The Films Committee presumes the CUB Auditorium will fill to capacity, meaning students, staff, and guests may occupy all the 478 seats available in the theater.
“Neighbors” is a Universal Pictures comedy, directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. In the film, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star as next-door rivals. Rogen and his co-star Rose Byrne play the parents of a newborn baby who are forced to live next to a fraternity house. The young couple struggles when the hard-partying fraternity led by Efron moves in next-door and starts conflict. Thus, it appears that the rivalry between the two parties is not the issue. The main issue seems to be that Rogen and Byrne still want to party, but the young couple cannot party like they used to due to their circumstances. The comedy film is scheduled to be release on the big screen May 9, 2014 while the Pullman community will watch it prior to that date.
The Films Committee started giving away free tickets for “Neighbors” on April 18, 2014 at the SEB Films Series showings of “Ride Along.” The Films Committee was also on the CUB Spine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. last week giving away free tickets and will continue giving them away this week as well until tickets run out.
In addition, the Films Committee is strongly recommending students, staff, and guests to arrive early to the exclusive prescreening of “Neighbors” since there are more tickets available than seats. Although entry to the film is free with a ticket, a ticket does not guarantee entry to the film. People who arrive early and have a ticket will be able to get into the film. Free popcorn will also be provided for those who arrive early.
A lot of people are thrilled about “Neighbors” and are really looking forward to watching it this week. Film programmer Taylor Wright said, “I believe the ‘Neighbors’ prescreening on Thursday will be a huge success.” Wright explained, “the film will be shown one week prior to the nationwide release plus the prescreening is free.” She has a feeling that students will seize this opportunity to take a break from studying for finals and enjoy a free film in the CUB Auditorium.
Films committee member, Ashish Suntosh, was on the CUB Spine today from 11 a.m. to noon giving away free tickets. “Most people accepted the tickets and seemed very excited to watch the film,” Suntosh said. He also said that those who did not know about the prescreening of “Neighbors” looked confused; therefore, he felt like they just took the tickets to be nice. “I think many people will go watch the film because it is free and it has popular actors,” Suntosh said.
Films committee member, Enrique Astudillo, is excited to watch the prescreening of “Neighbors.” He enjoys watching comedy films and admires Rogen’s work. Astudillo thinks Rogen’s performances in other films are hilarious, so he is really looking forward to watching his performance in “Neighbors.” “I have never watched a prescreening for a film, which makes ‘Neighbors’ that much more exciting,” Astudillo said. He believes the prescreening will be a big success considering that the film targets those between the ages of 18-27. “Who would not want to watch a comedy film on the big screen for free? I know I would,” Astudillo said.
The Films Committee and I are hoping to watch a really funny film in the CUB Auditorium with hundreds of people. I believe “Neighbors” has the potential to draw a large audience due to its comical plot and outstanding actors and actresses. Members of the Films Committee will arrive two hours before the prescreening starts to help set up and make sure everything runs smoothly. I cannot wait for the hundreds of laughs to be heard on Thursday; it will be a great evening for students, staff, and guests.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
This coming summer has many blockbuster titles arriving on the silver screen. One such blockbuster sees the return of everyone's favorite pizza-loving, butt-kicking adolescent amphibians. That's right, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to theaters this summer in a Michael Bay directed reboot to the film franchise.
It has been a little over twenty years since audiences have seen Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael in a live-action adaption. Thanks to changes in film technology there won't be any cheesy rubber suits, this time the turtles will be receiving the CGI treatment. Real actors in motion capture suits will portray the turtles actions, but other actors will be voicing the turtles. So far, only Jackass star Johnny Knoxville has been confirmed as a voice actor, lending his voice to the turtle's leader Leonardo. Monk star Tony Shalhoub has been cast as the voice of the turtle's rat mentor Splinter.
Megan Fox has been cast the female lead April O'Neil. This is the first time since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen that Fox and Bay have worked together after a public falling out. William Fichtner from Bay's Armageddon has been cast as the turtles arch-nemesis the Shredder.
The first teaser trailer for the film dropped on March 27. I caught up with two of my friends to get their reactions to the trailer.
My friend Tyson has some skepticism for the film, but a small glimmer of eager anticipation hides underneath the skeptical exterior. “I don't really like how they look. It almost makes me miss the old suits” said Tyson. He likened Michelangelo's appearance to Shrek when Michelangelo took off his mask at the end of the trailer. Tyson went on to say, “I'll probably catch it when it comes on TV or maybe even bootleg it, but I won't pay to go see it.”
My other friend Matt did not hold back at expressing his displeasure with the film. “This looks stupid. I swear, summer movies don't break the format enough and this is no exception”, said Matt. He was not impressed with the trailer and went on to express his feeling that the new movie is going to be just like every other summer blockbuster. Matt said the only way to get him to go see it involved someone else buying his ticket and the promise of whiskey in his near future. Matt also said, “At least Michael Bay knows how to cast a babe, and you don't get any better than Megan Fox”.
With this mixed to negative reaction to the trailer, audiences will have to wait until August 8th to see if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film will be a true summer blockbuster, or just another failed reboot.