Welcome to Double Dare!

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Welcome to Double Dare!

Starring:

Christian Bale as Marc Summers

Ben Mendelsohn as Journalist Michael Crinpin

Ginnifer Goodwin as Louise Crinpin

David Krumholtz as Gersh

Jane Kaczmarek as President of Nickleodeon, Geraldine Laybourne

Catherine Keener as Tipper Gore

Linda Ellerbee as Herself (using de-aging technology)

Melissa Joan Hart as Herself (using de-aging technology)

Keenan and Kel as Themselves (using de-aging technology)

Kirk Bailey as Kevin ‘Ug’ Lee from ‘Salute Your Shorts’ (using de-aging technology)

Michael Ray Bower as Donkey Lips from ‘Salute Your Shorts’ (using de-aging technology)

Estimated Budget: $78,000,000

Estimated Box Office: $326,000,000 (Domestic), $75,500,000 (International)

Plot Synopsis:

The year is 1990.

Journalist Michael Crinpin (Ben Mendhelson) is bored and cynical about a life he feels is going nowhere. Michael, who once dreamed of writing cover stories for Time Magazine, has found himself in a comfortable but unsatisfying niche writing personal interest stories for Reader’s Digest. Michael’s wife, Louise (Ginnifer Goodwin) wishes he could just be happy with their life instead of being so beaten down all the time. Louise wants a baby to bring joy into their family, but Michael says what’s the point: The baby would just grow up to be yet another unhappy adult. Bleak stuff.

One day, Michael’s boss assigns him to write a story on the new children’s television phenomenon Double Dare, airing on the fledgling Nickelodeon network. Michael assumes this will be another lame story that will be immediately be forgotten by its few readers. But Michael’s oxycontin addiction won’t pay for itself, so he sets off for Orlando, Florida.

Michael arrives at Nickelodeon studios to watch a taping of Double Dare. He wanders around backstage before the show. He pops an Oxy to take the edge off. Eventually, Michael sees a 6-year-old girl, crying by herself backstage. With the oxy starting to blanket Michael in that warm, wonderful comfort, he isn’t sure what to do – but suddenly, two doors open, unleashing a blinding, beautiful white light. Out from the light, walks a man.

The man, in his early 40s – wearing a suit that should be out of place in the wacky Nickelodeon studio but somehow fits right in – approaches the crying girl, smiling beatifically. He asks her what’s wrong. The girl tells the man she’s nervous to go on TV. The man assures her there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, it’s actually quite fun. “Here”, the man says. “Let me show you.” The man then walks over to a giant chain hanging from the ceiling and yanks it. From above, an enormous amount of green slime pours down – and for a just a moment, before the green goo makes contact with the man, we see the slime form a perfect halo over his head, as if he were some sort of fun angel. The girl laughs in delight as the slime covers the man and runs off to prepare for filming, full of newfound confidence. “See, I told you”, the man yells after her.

Wiping slime from his face, the man turns to Michael, noticing him for the first time. “Hello, there. I’m Marc Summers.”

In the hour before the show, Michael begins interviewing Marc Summers (Christian Bale),the  exuberant host of Double Dare. Marc is full of genuine, yet simple wisdom (“When I’m up there, watching a family try to make a giant spaghetti out of pool noodles, meatballs the size of basketballs, and a kiddie pool full of marinara sauce, I understand something true. The activity may be outrageous, but the family togetherness? That’s very, real.”) that begins to break through the hard, cynical shell Michael has around himself at all times. (In one exchange, Michael asks why the show has been so successful, to which Marc replies, “The world is a scary place. Full of things kids don’t understand. Heck, things that most adults don’t understand. But here at Double Dare, we celebrate the chaos. We give children a chance to look into the yawning abyss and scream, ‘I do not fear you!’ And that, that is why they watch.”).

After the episode taping, Michael sits with Marc in his dressing room as he signs countless bottles of green slime for sick children. Eventually, Double Dare producer Gersh (David Krumholtz) bursts through the door and tells Marc there is urgent news. Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, fresh off her campaign to police vulgarity in music, has turned her sights to Nickelodeon. Tipper is now lobbying congress to cut off funding to the network, due to its “deviant” effect on the nation’s children. The entire network, Double Dare included, is in danger of being shut down.

Well now, Michael thinks cynically, this hum drum story just got a lot more interesting…

Michael sits in as Nickelodeon’s top brain trust assembles to discuss how to handle Tipper Gore’s crusade. In the meeting are Marc Summers, Nick News host Linda Ellerbee, Ug and Donkey Lips from Salute Your Shorts, Melissa Joan Hart, the woman who voices Tommy Pickles on Rugrats, and All That stars, Keenan and Kel. (All actors will be played by themselves using digital de-aging technology). The group knows it must mount a public response to Tipper Gore and her cronies in order to save the network. But who to deliver the message? Who to eloquently extol the virtues of not only a television channel, but of an entire generation? Who to summarize what life can mean when humanity is reaching for heights previously unreached?

Every eye in the room turns to Marc Summers.

One week later, Michael is sitting directly behind Marc Summers as he prepares to address the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications. Tipper Gore sits at the head of the committee, looking evilly down at Marc. Everything is on the line.

Marc Summers begins speaking. He speaks about children. And television. About green slime and silly games. He speaks about cartoon Australian dingoes and football-headed 4th-graders. He speaks about Ren and Stimpy. In short, Marc Summers gives a speech that reinforces what it means to be human – and to have a soul. As Marc Summers orates on Nickelodeon, and on life itself, Michael notices that many members of Congress have begun to cry, no doubt thinking about their favorite childhood television shows.

By the end of the speech, the entire Senate Subcommittee is giving Marc Summers a standing ovation while Tipper Gore futilely bangs her gavel, shouting for “order!” that will never come. And to cap it all off, Senator Robertson, the 98-year-old committee chairman from Kentucky, pulls out a bottle of slime and pours it on Tipper’s head, saying “Oh, shut up, you old bag.” Everyone loses it.

Marc Summers sits in his chair, smiling peacefully. Behind him, Michael Crinpin seems to finally have shed the cynicism and OxyContin that has dominated his life for so long. Calling his wife, Michael shouts, “Honey, how about we have that baby you always wanted!” as Louise cries happily on the other end of the line

Never have we seen such a party on Capitol Hill. As the Senators and audience continue to hug each other and cry into each other’s arms, the Camera takes it all in from above, until finally, it begins zooming down… down… down.. until zeroing in on a close-up of Marc Summers face. He smiles, a single tear drops from his eye. Cut to black.

Chyron: Based on a true story

The end.

Welcome to Double Dare is the heartwarming story of a man who dared America to become its best self. The based-on-a-true-story of Marc Summers will have audiences cheering in the aisle as that most potent of drugs, 1990’s nostalgia, fills their blood stream with all the joy they can handle. Led by a likely Oscar winning performance by Christian Bale, Welcome to Double Dare is one movie that will have you DARING to find the TRUTH about life!

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Monster Mash: The Movie

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Monster Mash: The Movie

Starring:

Oscar Isaac as Dracula

Matthew Rhys as Ghost John Lennon

Bill Hader as Frankenstein

Kristin Wiig as Bride of Frankenstein

Chris Hemsworth as The Wolfman

Ken Jeong as Igor

Dave Bautista as The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Billy Eichner as The Phantom of the Opera

Jason Mantzoukas as Dwayne the Ghoul

The Strokes as The Ramones (performing as the Crypt Kicker 5)

Estimated Budget: $120,000,000

Estimated Box Office: $650,000,000 (Domestic), $88,000,000 (International)

Plot Synopsis:

It’s October 31st. Halloween. The spookiest day of the year. And Dracula (actor) is putting the final touches on preparations for his annual bash, the Halloween Monster Mash, held every year at Drac’s Manor in Transylvania. Ghouls are coming from their humble abodes all around the globe to be there.

But this year, there’s a special guest that has Dracula very nervous. He wants this to be the biggest, craziest, and SPOOKIEST Monster Mash ever.

After all, it’s not every year the ghost of John Lennon comes as the guest of honor…

As a rule, one must be dead for 39 years before getting an invite to the Monster Mash, in order to make sure you have proved your “undead” bonafides. And now Dracula, who it turns out is a huge Beatles fan, is nervously preparing to host Ghost John Lennon for the first time, as Ghost John has finally crossed the 39 years dead threshold.

As Drac stresses in the hours leading up to the party making sure everything is perfect, he’s followed by Igor, Doctor Frankenstein’s assistant, who’s been loaned to Drac for the occasion. Their interactions will be very funny as Drac gets angrier and angrier at stupid Igor’s mistakes. (“I said Type A blood in the keg, Igor! The Southeastern Vampires will see Type B blood as a major offense, you fool!”.. Really amusing stuff like that.)

Finally, night falls, and the guests begin to arrive in a raucous montage.

  • There’s the Wolfman (ACTOR), who has become a middle aged, overweight slob that can only afford to bring a 30 rack of Busch Light to the party (“Um… there might be only be 23 beers in there, Drac… Sorry.”)
  • There’s the mummies, who are quite cliquey, speaking in muffled voices that only each other seem to be able to understand.
  • Frankenstein (Actor) shows up, having passive aggressive arguments with his wife, Bride of Frankenstein (Actor). (“You’ll have to excuse my husband, Dracula. He’s very forgetful these days… Like just the other day, I found one of his neck bolts in our babysitter’s handbag.. And he’s just ever so confused how it got there!”)
  • The zombies show up, pushing their overly pious message about the need to fight climate change, as always.
  • And the guests just keep coming, including: The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula’s son and his new boyfriend, Vincent Van Gogh (became gay after death), A bunch of witches, some ghouls, goblins, and all other sorts of monsters.

The party quickly gets out of control in a montage inspired by Animal House. Scenes include:

  • The vampires are getting high by injecting blood from a vial labeled “John Belushi.”
  • The mummies are taking bandages from their own bodies and using them to roll fat joints (of weed).
  • Bride of Frankenstein is drinking white wine straight from the bottle while Frankenstein uses his neck bolts to open can after can of beer, which he drains one after another.
  • The Zombies are eating a brain labeled “Timothy Leary” and tripping out on the residual LSD effect.
  • Igor hits a crack pipe for a solid 45 seconds and one of his eyeballs falls out, as he laughs delightedly.
  • The ghouls are doing meth.
  • All the while, Dracula runs around the house, making sure everything is perfect for when his honored guest arrives.

And just as things really get ramped up, the Crypt Kicker 5 (The Ramones as played by the members of The Strokes) hit the stage and begin rocking the night away.

And then Ghost John Lennon shows up.

Ghost John Lennon (Actor) is ushered into the Monster Mash by Dracula and Igor. As they show him around the insane party of the undead taking place, we get to find out what John has been up to these past four decades. “Well, ya know, I like to haunt Paul from time to time. Almost ended me own afterlife trying to get through a listen of Egypt Station.”

We roam through the party with Ghost John Lennon as he enjoys hanging out with monsters and getting high off their drugs. It’s a really fun scene, watching John Lennon play beer pong with the Wolfman, then sharing a blunt with the Creature from the Black Lagoon. And just when we think it can’t get any better, John takes the stage, ready to perform a song with the Crypt Kicker 5…

So, Ghost John Lennon steps up to the mic, is about to let rip for the first time in four decades and… the air of anticipation is filled with a SCREAM from the back of the manor.

The ghosts, ghouls, and monsters all run to Dracula’s sitting room and find a female witch, on her hands and knees, looking at the body of Dwayne, the Ghoul. Everyone loves Dwayne. Or LOVED Dwayne… Because now it appears, Dwayne’s been murdered* (*We will establish earlier in the film that the undead can be “killed”, thus ending their spiritual existence on Earth..)

The Monster Mash has come to a halt as an undead murder has been committed in Dracula’s own home. The assembled can only look around and wonder: Who did it?

An investigation is required, but who to lead it? Who is enough of an outsider to view the situation with an unbiased eye and uncover the killer among the monsters? Who has the creative mindset capable of imagining how such a GHOULISH crime could have been pulled off?

Ghost John Lennon is, of course, the man for the job.

We then watch deep into the tension filled night as Ghost John Lennon interviews the guests at the annual Monster Mash, recognizing clues from subtle interactions and piecing together a dastardly puzzle of a Halloween gone wrong. The second half of Monster Mash: The Movie becomes a dazzling murder mystery, filled with intrigue, backstabbing, and hidden secrets finally come to light.

As Ghost John Lennon tries to solve the murder of Dwayne the Ghoul before the dawn breaks, the suspects are many, but the true culprit can be only one of them.

And at the end, once the case has been closed, and the murderer has been identified through Ghost John Lennon’s Liverpuddlian wit and savvy, we end the greatest Halloween event in the most fitting way:

With Ghost John Lennon finally taking the mic, backed by the Crypt Kicker 5, to sing a rocking version of The Monster Mash.

So, come along on a riotous, spook-filled delight, that veers from outrageous party comedy to an engaging whodunnit and back again. You’ll laugh in delight and cry in fear as Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s classic song is brought to life. Monster Mash: The Movie is a GRAVEYARD SMASH that’s sure to give a JOLT to your ELECTRODES.

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Ladybugs (a remake)

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Ladybugs (a remake)

Starring:

Patton Oswalt as Chester Lee

Millie Bobby Brown as Martha / Matthew

Linda Cardellini as Glennis

Max Greenfield as Jaxxson Dorchester

Finn Wolfhard as Blixon Dorchester

Tiffany Haddish as Jackee Benson

and

Ninja as Himself

Estimated Budget: $76,000,000

Estimated Box Office: $155,000,000 (Domestic), $225,000,000 (International)

Plot Synopsis:

Chester Lee is in a rut.

An attendee at so many unsuccessful self-help seminars that he should start his own movement called, ‘How NOT to turn your life around”, Chester (Patton Oswalt) is struggling in every way imaginable. When we first meet him, Chester is stuck in traffic in his beat-up Prius, chanting along to an inner-peace podcast (“I’m great. I’m wonderful. Everybody likes me.”) while getting caught looking at the bosom of the woman in the car next to him. (Before driving off, the woman threatens to report him to the “Me Too!” movement in the first of what will be many jokes about today’s safe space / PC culture).

If traffic was bad, work is worse.

Despite being 20 years older than everyone he works with, including his own boss, Chester is the low man on the totem pole at tech company, Groople, that makes an app that allows you to track when your friends are using the bathroom. Groople recently came under fire when a leak revealed that it was secretly storing pictures of people using the can via it’s “toilet share” function. It was supposed to be Chester’s job to prevent the leak and he’s been on thin ice ever since the story blew up and triggered all the millennials.

We follow Chester during his day at work which includes multiple humorous instances of Chester accidentally offending the fragile young people he works with. (In one scene, Chester calls a person “she” without asking for their preferred pronouns and sends half the office out in tears. In another, Chester causes mass vomiting in the lunchroom when they discover the burger he’s eating is real beef, and not an impossible burger made of chickpeas. Hilarious.)

Chester finally heads for home and honestly, we’re wondering why this guy bothers living at all. And then, upon arriving at his dump of an apartment, we discover the one bright spot in Chester’s sorry life: His girlfriend, Glennis (Linda Cardellini), a pediatric nurse with a heart of gold. While it may be hard to believe Chester could score a woman like Glennis, she hints that she has always suspected her ex-husband was the real BTK killer (“They have the wrong man, Chester. I know it in my heart.”) and she is now looking for a nice, safe, genuine guy.

Glennis has a 15-year-old daughter, Martha (Millie Bobby Brown), who hates Chester and thinks her mother could do much better. Any time Chester is in sight, Martha buries her face into her iPad to avoid interacting with this loser of a man.

The next day at work, Chester’s douchey boss Jaxxson (Max Greenfield) calls him into his office. As Jaxxson begins speaking, it’s clear that the day has finally come: He’s about to fire Chester. Chester is frantic, looking around Jaxxson’s office for anything that might help his cause. And that’s when he spots multiple pictures of a sad looking group of teenagers wearing participation ribbons that say “eSports” on them. Chester asks what the picture is all about. Jaxxson tells him the company sponsors an eSports team called the Ladybugs every year, one Jaxxson’s own son plays on. The Ladybugs, Jaxxson says, really suck. Every year, they get last place in the annual nationwide Boys U16 Fortnite Tournament. Chester, knowing his firing is imminent, decides to throw caution to the wind. He tells Jaxxson that he’s an eSports expert and he’d be happy to coach the team. After some questioning, Jaxxson, sick of losing and intrigued by the offer, makes a deal with Chester: If the Ladybugs win the Fortnite tournament in 3 months, Chester can keep his job.

Over the next few scenes, we watch as Chester is introduced to the sad sack Ladybugs who include: Jaxxson’s son Blixon (moody, but a good kid at heart) (Finn Wolfhard), Trantony (a weird kid who’s obsessed with anime ladies), Gernie (a sassy little guy), Peenil (fat kid), and Merton (wuss). And boy, these teens are bad at video games. Chester tries encouraging them, but just ends up offending their soft, young people brains. In one outrageous scene, Merton demands they draw up an actual SAFE SPACE in chalk for the guys to stand in when they’re feeling threatened during game play. Chester can’t believe it. How will he ever relate to these kids?

One night at home after a particularly brutal loss in the Fortnite pre-season tournament, Chester tries asking Martha what he should do, but she refuses to speak to him, her head buried into her iPad. Chester demands to know what she’s doing on that computer all day. Finally losing her cool, Martha screams: “I’m playing Fornite, you dick!” Chester is stunned. He didn’t know Martha played the very game his career now depends on. He watches her play a few rounds and quickly realizes: Martha is good. VERY good.

Chester begins working on Martha, telling her she has to play for the Ladybugs to help him out. She refuses. Eventually, after much badgering, she agrees to sit in on a practice to watch the team play and give them tips… At practice, she spots Blixon and has a romantic daydream about him that will be ~50-75% less perverted than the one in the original Ladybugs without losing its heart. Finally, at the end of the practice, equipped with her new crush on Blixon, Martha tells Chester she would play for the Ladybugs if she could, but there’s one problem: The Boys U16 Fortnite tournament does not allow girls… Too bad.

Or is it?

From there, we follow the hilarious journey as Chester disguises Martha as a boy (now Matthew) so she (he!) can play in the Fortnite tournament. Along the way there are many jokes about gender, culture, and sexuality that will be sure to trigger…. LAUGHS. At first reluctant to become a boy, Martha eventually comes to enjoy dominating the Fortnite tournament, while helping her teammates get better, and opening her heart to both Blixon and Chester (as a father in law). As the Ladybugs climb the tournament leaderboard, Chester rises up the corporate ladder, and may just have a chance at turning his life around for once and for all: that is, if he and Martha can keep their secret from getting out into the world…

Ladybugs is a remake that one ups the original with love, laughs, and shots at the soft, overly-PC culture that we live in today. This comedy puts society’s feet to the fire while putting the audience’s heart to the skies. Gender may be not be a binary construct, but Ladybugs is a solid ONE (on a 0-1 scale)!

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Rogue Dookie

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Rogue Dookie

Starring:

Joel Edgerton as Commander Mick Turnbull

Jessica Chastain as Physicist Athena Trudeau

Michael B. Jordan as Mathematician Chauncey Grass

Michelle Rodriguez as Biologist June Diaz

Willem Dafeo as “ROSS” the Computer System

Estimated Budget: $110,000,000

Estimated Box Office: $250,000,000 (Domestic), $85,000,000 (International)

Plot Synopsis:

In the not-so-distant future, the crew of the Neptune 7 space shuttle is celebrating.

The Neptune 7 has just completed the first human landing on Saturn’s moon, Titan, often thought to be the most likely place for human habitation in the solar system outside of Earth. The American crew, led by Commander Mick Turnbull (Joel Edgerton), spent 3 years traveling to Titan. Upon touching down on the planet’s surface, Turnbull, along with physicist Athena Trudeau (Jessica Chastain), mathematician Chauncey Grass (Michael B. Jordan) and planetary Biologist June Diaz (Michelle Rodriguez), became the first human beings to set foot on what may be humanity’s best chance for a second home.

While the Neptune 7 crew represents the best and brightest minds of the American space program, they also are each among its most tragic. Years ago, Mick’s wife and daughter were blown up in a power plant explosion and died. Around that same time, Athena’s girlfriend was bungee jumping in New Zealand and her rope snapped and she too died. Not to be outdone, Chauncey’s Grandmother, who inspired him to enroll in the NASA Astronaut Program, had recently caught a deadly case of the measles (she was anti-vax) and died more painfully than the others. And finally, June Diaz’s brother was killed 6 months before the Neptune 7 launch by a String Ray while he was on a PR assignment to rehabilitate the animal’s image decades after the death of Steve Irwin. His death was the most ironic of them all…. Perhaps, in the end, it was this shared trauma that motivated these remarkable individuals to spent almost 7 years on a rocket ship traveling into the far reaches of space…

Throughout their journey, the crew has been accompanied by the ship’s AI navigation and operational program called the Robotic Orientation Satellite System (ROSS). ROSS (Willem Dafoe) is an omnipresent voice on the ship, providing a calming (or possibly unnerving?) presence to the crew as it carries out the functional tasks of the space shuttle.

After 6 days and 13 hours on the surface of Titan, the Neptune 7 began their 750-million-mile journey back to earth. During those 6 days and 13 hours, each of the crew members spent a significant amount of time alone, carrying out individual experiments for the good of science and exploration, with only ROSS aware of what each astronaut was doing the entire time.

Spirits are high on the way home, both figuratively and literally, as Chauncey opens up a high-quality bottle of champagne he smuggled on board. After a few glasses of bubbly, the crew decides to spend their last night before the 3 year cryo-sleep celebrating a job well done. Thus, the Neptune 7 proceed to get really drunk and hook up with each other. First, Mick with Athena and Chauncy with June, then Mick with June and Chauncey with Athena, then Mick with Chauncey and Athena with June. It’s the future and sexual norms are more relaxed but still, it’s pretty damn crazy… and ROSS watches it all.

The next morning, the Neptune 7 crew awakes, hungover, and slightly embarrassed about all the previous night’s hooking up. They share an awkward breakfast, with ROSS making dryly humorous allusions to the debauchery he witnessed. When the last strip of space bacon is finished, the crew breaks apart to shower before cryo-sleep.

While showering, Mick hears Chauncey scream in disgust. He goes to investigate and discovers Chauncey in the hallway of the ship’s loading dock, examining his foot. Next to Chauncey, with a fresh footprint in its center, is a giant pile of poop….

Obviously, it seems to the crew, someone took a dump on the floor of the loading dock while really drunk. The question is, who? None of the Neptune 7 claims to have any memory of the final hours of the previous night. Athena asks ROSS to check his video archives but curiously, the computer informs her that his loading dock camera was offline for 45 minutes last night and seems to have failed to capture the poop culprit… Very curious.

June, the resident biologist, takes the pile of crap to her lab to get answers. She runs a series of tests and compares the results to the DNA profiles of each member of the Neptune 7. At the end of her analysis, June has made a startling discovery:

The poop does not belong to any member of the Neptune 7 crew….

As the crew huddles around the rec room table to discuss what June’s findings may mean, they can’t help but privately ask themselves a few questions. Questions like:

  • Why has ROSS been acting suspiciously lately? And how did he fail to capture the poop culprit in the loading dock on his surveillance system?
  • What did each crew member get up to during their time alone on Titan – and why are each of them so reluctant to share it with the others? Does it have to do with the poop?
  • Why do the dead members of their past (Mike’s wife and daughter, Athena’s girlfriend, Chauncey’s grandmother, June’s brother) keep appearing on the ship, as though they are some sort of mirage that disappears when you get to close? Do ghosts poop?
  • And perhaps most importantly: If the poop truly doesn’t belong to any of the Neptune 7, who actually unleashed it? And what do they want???

Rogue Dookie is a sci-fi thriller with heart that explores the deep recesses of both space and the human psyche. It looks at what happens when people who must rely on each other for survival lose all trust in each other. This a film that will shake audiences to their core while its secrets and nearly endless twists are revealed. What starts with a poop on the ground will end with your jaw on the floor. Rogue Dookie is one movie that is simply OUT OF THIS WORLD.

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Life Or Is It

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Life Or Is It

Starring:

Zach Braff as Quinn Driftwood

Scarlett Johansson as Morgan Church

John Lithgow as Jebediah Driftwood

Blythe Danner as Hannah Driftwood

Emmanuelle Chriqui as Kelly Bunt

Eric Christian Olsen as Riley the Tool

Donald Faison as Rolex Salesman

Jim Parsons as Casting Director

and

Ted from Scrubs as Wise Janitor

Estimated Budget: $5,000,000 ($4,000,000 from GoFundMe Campaign)

Estimated Box Office: $275,000

Plot Synopsis:

Quinn Driftwood (Zach Braff) is a struggling actor on the brink of 40 who has let cynicism take over his life. Quinn is depressed and fed up. At every turn, life seems to take pleasure in kicking him down. And now things are beginning to hit rock bottom:

  • Quinn may soon have to give up his Mercedes Benz in favor of a Ford Taurus.
  • If he doesn’t get cast in a big role soon, Quinn may have to forget his dream of being a successful actor and take a job at his Uncle’s Real Estate firm – where he’ll make tons of money but remain creatively unfulfilled. What a tragedy.
  • Finally, Quinn is worried that his uptight and withholding younger girlfriend Kelly (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is cheating on him with his friend/rival actor/notable tool Riley (Eric Christian Olsen).

One day, Quinn is auditioning for the role of a lifetime: The starring role in a fantasy-biopic about a young Harry Truman who fights werewolves. Quinn nails the audition and finally feels like his luck is turning around. On the car ride home he gets a call from the Casting Director: Quinn was incredible, but he’s too old for the part… Quinn is devastated.

Quinn arrives home, ready to be comforted by Kelly. He walks in and hears a noise from the upstairs bedroom of the gigantic beachfront apartment that they somehow can afford. Quinn opens the door and sees Kelly banging Riley. Yup, she was cheating.

Quinn packs up his stuff and gets ready to leave. Before he walks out the door, he hands a magnifying glass to the apologetic Kelly.

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With nowhere to go and nothing but a Shins acoustic live-concert on the radio, Quinn is forced to return to a place he said he would never go back to:

His parents house…

Quinn’s parents Jebediah (John Lithgow) and Hannah (Blythe Danner) are the exact opposite of Quinn in every way. Jebediah and Hannah are a couple of free spirits who flit from one impulsive adventure to the next, which is great for two people, but not so great for their uptight son. Quinn basically had to raise himself – a fact that has filled him with a life-long resentment for his parents, who’s constant attempts to get Quinn to loosen up and live his life have fallen on deaf ears for 40 years.

When Quinn arrives home, all the resentment comes spilling out in an emotionally-charged argument that causes both sides to speak some harsh truths.

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After the argument, Jebediah and Hannah tell Quinn they’re going snowmobiling for a week and they need Quinn to look after the place. On their way out the door, they tell Quinn that they got him a surprise – he should expect it to be delivered the next day.

The next morning, Quinn gets a phone call. It’s the police. They tell Quinn that his parents died in a tragic snowmobiling accident while trying to recreate the Titanic deck scene on a snowmobile going 40mph. As a devastated Quinn tries to process this information, the doorbell rings. Quinn opens the door and sees: AN ALLIGATOR.

Or to be more specific, a beautiful delivery woman named Morgan (Scarlett Johansson) holding a leash wrapped around an alligator. Morgan hands Quinn a note that reads:

“This guy has tough skin that no one can penetrate. Sound familiar? We thought you two might get along. Remember to live your life – don’t let your life live you. Love, your parents.”

It turns out, in their final act of parenting, Quinn’s parents adopted an alligator and assigned its custody to Quinn. In other words, Quinn now owns a f*cking alligator.

And so, the cynical depressed Quinn must come to terms with his parents’ death and learn to take care of this alligator (named Daniel) while discovering the truth about what makes life worth living. On his journey, Quinn will enlist the help of Morgan – who coincidentally grew up on an alligator farm and has a special bond with the animals – to take care of this creature, who’s outer shell is so thick, but who hides a warm mushy heart on the inside.

Filled with approximately nine life-affirming moments, all occurring in the middle of dramatic rain storms, “Life Or Is It” is an emotional journey that will have you re-evaluating what really matters. Lessons and metaphors about family, love, nostalgia, work, animals, water, adolescence, adulthood, childhood, television, pop culture, and dysfunction pour from ever frame of this movie. “Life Or Is It” is a movie that will have you screaming for joy into the side of a mountain and then have you jumping into a pool with all of your clothes on! Because it’s more emotional that way!

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Ecto Killer

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Starring:

Liam Neeson as Terrance Malcolm

Nicolas Cage as Marcellus Avici

Kate Mara as Tiffany Malcolm

Charlie Day as Kenny (“The Black Hacker”)

Michelle Monaghan as Meredith Ankle

and

Danny Glover as Former Black Ops Chief Nathaniel Curfew

Estimated Budget: $140,000,000

Estimated Box Office: $540,00,000 (Domestic),$ 128,000,000 (International)

Plot Synopsis:

Terrance Malcolm (Liam Neeson) was the greatest chemical weapons expert the United States military ever had. Specializing in bomb-making and liquid poisons, Malcolm was considered the deadliest man on the planet with a beaker.

After playing a major role in the United States’ Desert Storm domination, Terrance took his wife and infant daughter on a well-deserved vacation to the African Sahara. While on vacation, Terrance’s wife was eaten by a pack of hyenas. Upon arriving at the scene and breaking the necks of all seven hyenas involved in the attack, Terrance immediately deciphered from the beasts’ dead, yellow eyes that the U.S. government had been feeding the hyenas one of the poisons he created – driving them crazy with rage and hunger as a result.

In that moment, Terrance Malcolm swore he’d never use his chemical expertise for destruction ever again.

It is now the present day. Terrance Malcolm lives a humble life with his now 20-year-old daughter Tiffany (Kate Mara). Terrance never really got over the death of his wife, and as a result, he has become extremely over-protective of Tiffany. He hates for her to go on dates or be out of his sight in general for more than a few hours.

In his spare time, Terrance applies his unequaled chemistry skills to a new passion: Instead of creating weapons and poisons, Terrance set up a lab in his basement to brew new drinks and tonics meant to be enjoyed by all.

In all of his experimenting with flavors and ingredients, Terrance has always had one ultimate goal in mind: To recreate the recipe for Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler, the delicious citrus juice that Terrance and Tiffany used to drink together when she was a small child.

On the day of Tiffany’s 21st birthday, Terrance is working on some new drink recipes when he realizes he’s finally done it: He has finally recreated Ecto Cooler. His recipe is a perfect match of Hi-C’s original. Terrance, flush with happiness, fills an elaborate bottle with his Ecto Cooler juice to give to Tiffany as her 21st birthday gift. Pocketing the recipe, lest he misplace it, Terrance goes out to pick up balloons and a cake before Tiffany returns home later…

At the grocery store, Terrance runs into Meredith Ankle (Michelle Monaghan), a single mom from the neighborhood who clearly wants to book two tickets to bone city with Terrance. She tells him that she’s tired of waiting for him, and so she’s taking it upon herself to ask Terrance out on a date. Terrance shyly accepts and they make plans for dinner the next night.

Terrance returns home with cake and balloons and calls out for Tiffany. But Tiffany is nowhere to be found. Exploring the house for his daughter, Terrance notices that the door to his basement lab has been damaged – almost like a struggle happened there. He walks down to his basement lab and sees that all his equipment has been smashed. And the bottle of Ecto Cooler is gone.

And that’s when Terrance Malcolm’s phone rings.

On the other end of the phone is Marcellus Amici (Nicolas Cage). Amici is the leading supplier of chemical weapons to terrorist groups around the world. Marcellus was once Terrance’s assistant in the Military, but Marcellus’ hair-trigger temper caused the great chemical expert to dismiss him. Through years of study and ruthless ambition, Amici has now become the king of his field. His brilliance in chemicals is exceeded by only one man on the entire planet. (Terrance.)

Over the phone, Marcellus explains that through his research, he discovered that Ecto Cooler juice – combined with anthrax and rubbing alcohol – produced the deadliest chemical weapon in human history. A sniff of this stuff from 3 miles away would be enough to kill a man. He calls the recipe for this deadliness, “Formula 666”. And it stands to make him billions of dollars from terrorists around the world. But before he can make his fortune, Marcellus needs one thing: Terrance’s recipe for Ecto Cooler.

Terrance asks Marcellus why he would ever give him the Ecto Cooler recipe. In response, Marcellus puts a bound and gagged Tiffany on the phone. Tiffany, kidnapped at home only an hour before, screams for her Dad. Marcellus informs Terrance that in addition to taking his daughter, he also stole the only actual batch of Ecto Cooler in existence from Terrance’s lab. This batch allowed Marcellus to create just enough Formula 666 to kill Tiffany. And kill her he will, unless Terrance delivers the Ecto Cooler recipe to Marcellus in 24 hours, so mass production on Formula 666 can begin.

This pisses Terrance Malcolm right off. Telling Marcellus that he’s a man with a very particular set of chemical abilities, Terrance vows to find Marcellus and kill him. Terrance slams down the phone and one thing is obvious: It’s time to come out of retirement.

And so Terrance must storm Marcellus’ secure and deadly compound by doing the thing he does best: creating bombs and chemical weapons on the fly out of random materials and liquids he finds lying around. With each guard that he takes out, each bomb that he launches, and each viral poison that he concocts, Terrance discovers the rage that he’s been bottling for 20 years since his wife died. And the poor souls on the receiving end of that rage will have no choice but to die for getting in Terrance’s way – until the inevitable final showdown between Terrance and Marcellus determines who will come out victorious. Because when it’s chemical genius vs. chemical genius, teacher vs. student, father vs. criminal… the last batch of Ecto Cooler goes to the last man standing…

Ecto Killer is a tall, action-packed drink of juice that will have you reaching in the fridge for another glass. Filled to the brim with violence, explosions, and revenge, Ecto Killer is a brutal thrill-ride that examines what lengths a man will go to in order to protect the things he cares about. A showcase of everything we love about movies, Ecto Killer will have you THIRSTY for more!

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