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Demand “Copperhead”

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

“What’s so civil about war anyway?” – Axl RoseBilly

From Ron Maxwell comes the third film in his U.S. Civil War series.  You have all probably seen Gettysburg and perhaps Gods and Generals, but I would wager only a handful of people have ever heard this term.

Learn all about this oft overlooked group from our nation’s history.  As you recall the success of Spielberg’s Lincoln, think of those in the North who wanted nothing to do with the war.

If you are a true Civil War scholar you need to demand this film for your city!

Show us YOU are a truly dedicated Civil War buff and be entered to win a copy of Harold Frederic’s book “The Copperhead,” which inspired the film, and a movie poster signed by Ron Maxwell!

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, or tag #Copperhead on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and share with us! You have to share to be entered to win!

Only valid U.S. mailing addresses (no APO or PO Boxes)

*I received related merchandise in exchange for writing this post.

Space Warriors – FREE Blu-ray!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Space Warriors


Walden Family Theater is proud to announce the Space Warriors Blog App & a chance to Win a Family Trip to Space Camp!

Watch Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31st at 8/7C for your chance to win a trip for the whole family to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp! Keep an eye out for the secret keyword for a chance to go on location where Space Warriors was filmed and train like a real astronaut!

Check out the Widget below and simply share one of the following with us:

What did you score on the How Spacey Are You Game?
What is YOUR favorite Space film?
Did they just find a rat on Mars?!?

Make sure you enter to win by June 7th, and only physical mailing addresses in the USA are permitted to win, so no PO/APO Boxes.

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, or tag #SpaceWarriors on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and share with us! You have to share to be entered to win!

About Space Warriors:

Six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As the competition heats up, the kids have no idea that their ultimate challenge will be to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.

Starring: Thomas Horn, Danny Glover, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and Booboo Stewart.

Space Warriors is the second film in the Walden Family Theater original lineup featuring great family entertainment, airing Friday nights exclusively on Hallmark Channel. Walden Family Theater is creating films for the whole family to enjoy together, so make sure to mark your calendars and gather around the television to watch all the great upcoming films!

Past films include: “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Holes”, “Nim’s Island”, “Charlotte’s Web”, and “Return to Nim’s Island.”

Official Space Warriors Website:

What is YOUR Mission?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

JJ Abrams and Paramount are helping returning veterans continue their mission . . . to serve.  Abrams is dedicating Star Trek: Into Darkness to the post 9/11 veterans and is even using some of the Fellows from “The Mission Continues” organization in the film!  I just recently heard about this group, but they have been offering returning veterans a chance to continue to serve their country for a few years.Mission Continues Fellows

To many veterans, when we are thanked for our service, we tend to think, “I appreciate the thanks, but I wonder, what have I done TODAY to earn that thanks?”  With The Mission Continues, veterans can continue to serve.

Take a look at what they are all about below, and you will see why Abrams wanted to do something special for this group of valiant warriors who didn’t stop their service when they left “the service.”

And remember, you don’t have to be IN the service to BE a service to your community.  Get out there and find YOUR “Mission!”

The Mission Continues challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. (more…)

Happy Mother’s Day from WB

Monday, May 6th, 2013


So, yea, your mom called . . . she wants a movie night for Mother’s Day!  No, seriously, she loves Kris Kristofferson.  She doesn’t care that you think he’s Whistler from Blade – to her, Kris is the bee’s knees as John Norman Howard in A Star is Born.

And while Joel Grey is immediately recognizable to you as Chiun from Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins . . . he’s done some other stuff apparently.  He co-stars opposite Liza Minnelli in another little gem from the 70’s that your mom can’t wait to experience on Blu-ray.  But, if you don’t hurry, some other mom will win the prize.

Either A Star is Born or Cabaret could be sent direct to YOUR MOM . . . courtesy of the Warner Bros!


Simply share one of the following with us:

What did you score on the Guess-the-Scene Game?
What about the Perfect Mother’s Day Fill-in-the-Blank Game?
Or just tell us your mom’s favorite film!  I’ll share my mom’s favorite – Doctor Zhivago

Make sure you enter to win by May 12th (that’s Mother’s Day – in case you forgot), and only physical mailing addresses in the USA are permitted to win, so no PO/APO Boxes.

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, or tag #BestofWB on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and share with us! Don’t be bashful and don’t be last!

Solo . . . is coming!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Sending out an S.O.S. – I hope that someone, namely me, gets their MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE!

Solo, the best soft drink out of Norway, has endeavored to create a spectacular cross-Atlantic voyage and this campaign is as inspiring as a real live Willy Wonka, someone will be the lucky recipient of one bottle for each nautical mile the bottle travels if they can pinpoint the exact location of landfall for this Norwegian long neck. (more…)

Boston is bleeding . . .

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Boston is bleeding

Let us all pray for the families of those tormented by this attack.

Remembering Roger

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Final Credits for Roger Ebert

Today we lost a visionary of the Film Industry; Roger Ebert, fought valiantly, but lost his battle with cancer. I wanted to take the time to thank him, and his wife Chaz, for everything they have given all of those who have ever gone to a movie as a critic, and even as a fan of cinema. Working for has afforded me many GREAT opportunities, but being able to say that I have been able to see Roger “At the Movies” is something I will always treasure and never forget. I never dreamed I would one day live his catch phrase. I had watched him as a child, and grew up watching the show. I had felt that I had arrived, but I wasn’t reassured of that until later. Here are a few of my favorite memories of Roger and stories that will always make me smile . . . now with a heavy heart.

The first time I met Roger was back in 2010 at a screening of Harry Brown. This was my first ever experience in the Screening Room, and it is a story I will always tell people. I was excited to be invited to screen a movie in a place I didn’t know existed, and I had taken a seat. A few short minutes later I was approached and asked if I would mind moving? I didn’t mind moving, but I prompted the question before I did, “Why, might I ask am I moving?” The response was something I never thought I would hear, “Oh, that’s Roger’s seat! I’m sorry we forgot to tell you he was attending today, and that is where he always sits.” I was flabbergasted by this one statement. I was amazed that a person I grew up watching, and a man that I had idolized was going to be in the same room as me.

After the movie was over, and the credits had finished; I asked him what he thought of the movie. He gave me a look, kind of shrugged his shoulders and put his thumb to the side as a way of telling me that I was going to have to wait and read his review to TRULY know. I learned that day that Roger never showed his cards before the review was posted. He wasn’t secretive to be vindictive; he just didn’t want to possibly influence another critic’s view of the film. That was part of his genius, and over time I learned to appreciate that even more.

I remember that when I would go to screenings in “regular” theaters, I would sit, watch, and listen to people’s reactions to when they saw Roger. It was like the first time I was at a screening with Roger, and that always made me smile. After seeing him and Chaz at a couple screenings, I was told to not refer to him as Mr. Ebert, but simply call him Roger. That was HUGE to me, for it let me know that I was a colleague, and not just another face in the crowd. I still remember when I was interviewing Asghar Farhadi, Director of Last Year’s Oscar Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, A Separation, that Roger would be contacting him with some questions for an interview as well. Asghar was OVERJOYED by this news, mainly because Roger had named A Separation the Best Film of 2011. Asghar had asked me if I knew Roger, and with a smile on my face I told him that I was actually in the theater watching the film with Roger. His reaction was priceless to me, “YOU KNOW ROGER EBERT?!?” By association, I was no longer looked upon as just another interviewer, I was known as the guy who KNEW Roger Ebert.

One of my all-time favorite memories of Roger was sitting next to him at Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1. I remember after the movie Roger waving hello, and Chaz offering her thoughts of the movie herself. Chaz never talked about movies until after Roger had posted his review first, but she offered up to me that she hadn’t really enjoyed the other Twilight movies, but she really liked the vision that had been presented in Part 1. The funny thing about this was I could see Roger react in a way that said, “Well, at least you got more out of it than I did.” I later read Roger’s review, and while he did give it some kudos, it wasn’t really reflecting upon how Chaz viewed the movie.

That’s who Roger was, and he will always be remembered. The fact he always stayed true to who he was is something that I will take with me always. It was always a pleasure and an honor for me to attend screenings that Roger was at as well, and it is something I will pass on to my family as long as I can.

Roger was more than a man; he was an ICON of cinema. I remember as a kid, and as I grew older, just having the feeling that if he didn’t agree with my thoughts of a movie I would react as if he doesn’t know what he’s talking about; but, if I saw things the way he saw them he was DEAD ON and the Smartest Man ALIVE! I’m sure all of us have had a love/hate relationship with Roger Ebert, but the fact is that he is one of the BEST KNOWN Film Critics EVER! He gave way to a generation of critics, and with the help of his Best Friend, Gene Siskel, became the Dynamic Duo of the Silver Screen.

The way the two of them interacted gave us a whole new way to view movies as something more than entertainment. There were times where you thought the two may come to blows over movies, but their friendship remained true throughout the years. Roger wasn’t in the best condition when I first met him, but nothing stopped him from writing and continuing to do what he LOVED!

Roger had a passion for movies that few of us will ever get to experience. Even if he absolutely HATED a movie, he still LOVED everything about the film industry, and his passion never waned. The fact remains that some directors, screenwriters, and studios would be upset if their movie didn’t succeed at the Box Office; if Roger liked it, they had something that they could be proud about. The Ebert name carried such merit over film that at times I wouldn’t be surprised if movies were made just to attempt to gain Roger’s approval.

Roger was a person who was so well known that he was loved and hated like few people ever will be. But, whether you loved him or hated him, you must admit that you knew who he was and will always RESPECT him. Thank You Roger for everything that you have ever done and I hope that one day I will be fortunate enough to see you and your best friend “At The Movies!”

Disney’s PLANES cast announced!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Disney just dropped a great little gift in my inbox, the full cast announcement, plus images of each character which you can check out here! To see who was cast for each character, check out our FB Page here – iRATEfilms.


They are bringing Iceman and Goose back to the skies, and there were some other surprises for the voices that I am glad to share with you. So, share this with your friends if you like; I just did!

Planes is, so far, very much, Rick Swift approved!

Win a Blu-ray Combo Pack of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


If you’ve not seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey yet, it is out in stores today! If you fancy a chance at getting it for free, have a look at the App below and enter to win your own Blu-ray Combo pack!

Make sure you enter to win by April 2nd, and only physical mailing addresses in the USA are permitted to win, so no PO/APO Boxes.

Share one of the following with us:

What did YOU score on the “Are You 100% Hobbit Quiz?”
Share your favorite Hobbit Handbook activity!
What is your favorite creature in Middle Earth?

Head over to our Facebook fan page, or you can add your comment below, send me a direct email, or tag #TheHobbit on Twitter to, @rickswift or @iratefilms and let us know what you learned from using the app above! (more…)