Bell to appear in person with a preview screening of Raze on January 7, presented as a special program of the Museum of the Moving Image’s Fist and Sword series , January 4–7, 2014

Raze Poster

Zoë Bell, the emerging international action icon  discovered by Quentin Tarantino, will appear at The Museum of the Moving Image with a preview screening of her new film Raze, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. In this exciting  and relentlessly hyper-violent action film directed by Josh Waller, she stars as a woman forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Leading in to this special screening and appearance, the Museum will also present a five film-retrospective of her work—chronicling her transformation from stuntwoman to star—in the films Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, and Whip It on January 4 and 5. Schedule and descriptions are included below.


Most screenings will take place in the Bartos Screening Room, with the preview screening of Raze to be shown in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater, at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria.

Saturday, January 4th, 1:30 P.M.
Dir. Drew Barrymore. 2009, 111 mins. 35mm. With Ellen Page, Jimmy Fallon, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Zoë Bell. Drew Barrymore’s exciting directorial debut assembles a fierce all-girl dream team making a rowdy foray into the world of roller derby. Zoë Bell gets to show off her acting chops and her new-found roller skating skills as teammate Bloody Holly. Roger Ebert praised Whip It as “an unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women’s roller derby, assuming you have any.”

Saturday, January 4th, 4:00 P.M.
Dir. Quentin Tarantino. 2007, 113 mins. Digital projection. With Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan, Eli Roth. Quentin Tarantino dives deeply into his pulp-genre roots with Death Proof, a rip-roaring slasher flick that harkens back to the drive-in exploitation films of the 1950s. When a trio of Austin’s foxiest femmes trot out at dusk for a fun night on the town, they fall victim to a weathered stuntman who uses his “death proof” muscle cars to execute his murderous plans. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell stars as herself, opposite Kurt Russell.

Friday, January 5th, 2:30 P.M.
Dir. Quentin Tarantino. 2003, 111 mins. Digital projection. With Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shin’ichi Chiba (a.k.a. Sonny Chiba). A thrilling pastiche of kung fu, yakuza, spaghetti westerns, and anime, with homages to the Shaw Brothers, Sonny Chiba, and Bruce Lee, Kill Bill is one of the most audacious odes to action cinema to ever come out of Hollywood. Emerging from a coma after an assassination attempt and massacre on her wedding day, The Bride—a fearless ex-assassin wielding a katana—embarks on an action-packed journey that takes her to Okinawa, Japan, to seek her vengeance.

Friday, January 5th, 5:30 P.M.
Dir. Quentin Tarantino. 2004, 137 mins. Digital projection. With Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Chiaki Kuriyama. Kill Bill: Vol 2 follows The Bride (with Zoë Bell back as stunt double) while she continues to pursue her vengeance against her ex-boss, Bill. This time, she takes aim at Bill’s younger brother Budd and Elle Driver—the only survivors from the squad of assassins who betrayed her four years earlier—before the ultimate face-off with Bill himself.

With Zoë Bell in person
Tuesday, January 7th, 7:00 PM
Dir. Josh C. Waller. 2013, 87 mins. DCP. With Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms, Sherilyn Fenn, Doug Jones. In her biggest role to date, Zoë Bell headlines a sly subversion of the women-in-prison genre. When Sabrina is mysteriously abducted, she finds herself in an underground lair, forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. After showcasing her amazing physicality and tough-as-nails persona in films and television, Bell finally has a film to call her own, filled with bloodshed and mayhem of the highest order. With a cast of who’s-who genre favorites, including Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and a rare performance sans prosthetics from Guillermo del Toro mainstay Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Raze announces its extreme intentions from the very first frame. Continue reading

Sundance Institute Announces Films in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New ‘Sundance Kids’ Section for 2014 Sundance Film Festival 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival


In the run-up to the 2014 edition, The Sundance Institute announced the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival ( out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight. The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent filmmaking that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics.”


Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.

Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack.

The Double / United Kingdom (Director: Richard Ayoade, Screenwriter: Avi Korine) — Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid and isolated man who is overlooked at work. When James, a new coworker arrives, he upsets the balance because he is both Simon’s physical double and his opposite: confident and good with women. Then James slowly starts taking over Simon’s life. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, James Fox.

Ida, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Ida / Poland (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz) — Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik.

Director Steven Knight, Locke, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Director Steven Knight, Locke, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Locke, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Locke, Sundance Film Festival 2014

Locke / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Steven Knight) — Locke is a feat of dynamic storytelling from Academy Award–nominated writer/director Steven Knight, anchored by Tom Hardy’s fantastic performance. Unfolding in real time, the film is a gripping story of choices, consequences, and a man who risks everything he holds dear to do the right thing. Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Bill Milner. Continue reading

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Introduces Chocolate Rum Balls at Winter Fancy Food Show

Celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary, the Tortuga Rum Cake Company will be showcasing its full line of gourmet Caribbean products and introducing a new candy – Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls — at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center on January 19 – 21, Booth # 777. The company will be featuring its popular free standing rum cake shipper displays which now include Holiday and Valentine’s Day versions to promote seasonal sales.

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Chocolate Rum Balls

Tortuga Rum Cake Company Chocolate Rum Balls

With a moist and fudgy chocolate center bursting with rum flavor and coated in dark chocolate sprinkles, Tortuga Chocolate Rum Balls are a sweet and creamy tropical treat created to capture a taste of the Caribbean in every bite.

The foil trimmed and embossed package with Tortuga’s iconic galleon pirate ship makes a beautiful presentation. The 6.17 oz box includes 20 rum balls, and is available in cases of 12.

Now this traditional holiday treat can be enjoyed throughout the year,” says Monique Hamaty Simmonds, Chief Marketing Officer for Tortuga. “It is a great addition to our chocolate line of rum fudge and chocolate rum turtles with sea salt.”

Tortuga International ( is part of the Jamaica Producers Group of companies and has bakeries and operations in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas. The Tortuga Rum Cake Company, the company’s Miami, Florida subsidiary, handles sales, marketing and worldwide distribution. The Tortuga brand is well-known for its Authentic Caribbean Rum Cakes by the more than 20 million annual Caribbean tourists and cruise ship passengers. Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes are the #1 export of the Cayman Islands and recognized for nine consecutive years by Porthole Cruise Magazine, named “Best Cruise Souvenir” and 2013 “Greatest Caribbean Gift”. The Tortuga product line is sold in gift and specialty food departments and gourmet stores throughout the Caribbean and North America and in onboard gift shops of nearly 100 cruise ships.

Imported Tortuga Rum Cakes–made with the finest ingredients and special oak-barrel-aged Tortuga gold rum–are baked in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Jamaica and the Bahamas from a centuries old island family secret recipe. Each cake is hand glazed and vacuum sealed, locking in the delicious freshness and giving the cakes a shelf life of up to 12 months, or indefinitely if refrigerated or frozen.

Flavors available in Tortuga’s traditional six-sided 33 oz, 16 oz and 4 oz boxes include original golden with walnuts, coconut, chocolate, banana, key lime, pineapple and Blue Mountain coffee. Tortuga A Taste of Florida Rum Cakes flavors – orange, coconut and key lime – are available in 16 oz size and a six-pack tower of 4oz cakes (2 each flavor),packaged in vibrant colors of the Sunshine State.

The company’s other gourmet products include 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, seven Tortuga flavored coffees, award-winning Caribbean sauces, three types of rum fudge, chocolate rum turtles with sea salt, gifts and gift baskets.


Samsung Launches the Galaxy Camera 2, a Powerful Successor to the Galaxy Camera

Featuring an Android platform and a lightweight retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 allows avid photographers to capture and share even more, with superior quality and speed

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced the Galaxy Camera 2, a successor to the award winning GALAXY Camera which combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with sharing capabilities and an intuitive design to match the most up-to-date smartphones. The Galaxy Camera 2‘s revolutionary technology, which includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform makes it faster and easier than ever for users to shoot, edit and share high quality images with friends and family. With a lightweight, retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is the ideal option for photographers who do not want to sacrifice style for technology.

(Please visit their booth at the 2014 International CES to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at Booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.)

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Consumers love the Galaxy Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “The result is a more powerful and portable device which continues to embrace the public’s passion for the social features of smartphones, yet also provides superior image control and quality. We are dedicated to making it easier for more people to achieve great results and with the Galaxy Camera 2’s host of creative features, anyone can capture stand out images.”

Galaxy Camera 2 5 m

Fast and Superior Performance
The Galaxy Camera 2 lets users enjoy the full benefits of the Android platform. Intuitive to use and faster than ever before, users can navigate the Galaxy Camera 2 functions with ease-of use and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer period of time and have the ability to take even more beautiful pictures.

Galaxy Camera 2 8 m

A high performance camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 produces images of exceptional quality, unrivalled by smartphone photography. Its 16M BSI CMOS Sensor produces vivid images which are both rich in color and sharp in detail, allowing memories to be captured and reproduced in perfect clarity. With a huge 21x Optical Zoom, photographers can get closer than ever to their subjects. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor, supported by a massive 2.0 GB of RAM, the Galaxy Camera 2 operates at ultra high speed so that the array of intuitive features can be accessed without delay. This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loaded Dropbox app, an exclusive offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for CES-Logoup to two years, so that passionate photographers need never worry about running out of memory ever again.

Simple Sharing and Easy Use
Sharing is made simple with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the Galaxy Camera 2. The all-new innovative ‘Tag & Go’ feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera and devices will be  automatically paired and transter images swiftly using a host of clever functions. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.

The Galaxy Camera 2’s 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD provides users with a beautiful way to view and edit images. Shots are displayed in intense color and detail, while its large size makes it easy to navigate the many apps and features available on the camera. With a lightweight design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is a highly portable option making it the perfect choice for both day to-day, as well as special occasion photography.

Creative Capture
With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes all designed to address different shooting scenarios, which will allow a professional touch or creative twist to any image. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand in securing those winning shots. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery, objects, and then instantly recommends the optimal Smart Mode to ensure that the perfect shot is always captured. New Smart Mode Selfie Alarm guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve. It takes five consecutive, high resolution images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on their favorite social media site.

Videos can also be given a unique twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and create speed up or slowed down movies. Ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster, this feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.