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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford-directed drama; Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson; rated R) Hacksaw Ridge (Mel Gibson-directed war drama; Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn; rated R) Manchester by the Sea (Oscar-begging drama; Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler; rated R) Bad Santa 2 (comedy; Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox; rated R) Moonlight (Oscar-begging romantic...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Hacksaw Ridge, 2016.
Directed by Mel Gibson.
The World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of a conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, who achieved heroic feats on the battlefield as a medic despite not carrying a weapon, arrives on home video in a Blu-ray + DVD set that also includes a code for a digital copy. While the bonus features are slight, the making-of documentary does an excellent job of charting the course of a movie that took a long time to come together.
As someone who’s long had an armchair historian’s interest in World War II, I was intrigued by Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who nonetheless wanted to serve his country as a medic.
However, Doss insists on serving while not carrying a rifle. »
- Brad Cook
The First Set Photo
While we can expect to see the first trailer during Star Wars Celebration in April, director Rian Johnson has shared a set photo from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson also teased the film’s presence at the event, saying “We’re coming to Orlando for a Star Wars Celebration panel on April 14th, and I cannot wait. See you there!” Read more about that story here.
Gibson Does Suicide
In some rather surprising news, it’s being reported that Academy Award nominated director Mel Gibson is being tapped to direct Suicide Squad 2, the sequel to last year’s rather mediocre anti-villain outing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson is currently familiarising himself with the material, but Warner Bros. is also considering other directors, including Daniel Espinosa (Life). David Ayer directed the first Suicide Squad, but is now working on the Harley Quinn-led spinoff Gotham City Sirens. »
- Luke Owen
Ever since it’s mammoth $2.7 billion release eight years ago, “Avatar” has been surrounded by sequel talk. Whilst Disney’s plans of a Pandora-themed extension to it’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando are soon to be completed, James Cameron’s long gestating movie franchise is only just now beginning to gather traction.
Actor Sam Worthington (“Hacksaw Ridge“) — who played Jake Sully in the 2009 original — recently spoke to We Got This Covered about filming the upcoming sequel (as well as Cameron’s planned third, fourth and fifth installment), revealing that it will focus on Jake — and his family — nearly a decade after the first movie.
- Jay Hunter
James Cameron has spent almost as long developing his Avatar sequels as he did the first movie, but after confirming that the scripts are now finished, it looks like he’s about ready to pull the trigger on his hugely ambitious plans to shoot Four movies back to back.
The sequels will see Sam Worthington reprising his role as Jake Sully, and speaking to We Got This Covered to promote his new film The Shack, the actor has spoken about his preparation, as well as revealing that family will be a big theme of Avatar 2.
“They’re going to be shooting concurrently,” said Worthington. “The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Brew Feb 15, 2017
James Cameron is finally reassembling his cast later this year to start physical work on his four planned Avatar sequels. Chief among the ensemble is Sam Worthington, who’s returning to reprise the character of Jake Sully.
He’s currently on the promotional trail for his latest production, The Shack, and in an interview with We Got This Covered, he’s been chatting about the plan for Avatar 2, and the sequels beyond that.
“They’re going to be shooting concurrently”, he confirmed, something that James Cameron has, in fairness, long since confirmed. “The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. »
Sam Worthington has been talking about Avatar 2, which is set to start shooting very soon, along with the other three sequels to the biggest film of all time. Talking to We Got This Covered, the actor spoke about filming the sequels back-to-back.
“They’re going to be shooting concurrently,” said Worthington. “The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. I’ve read all the scripts, they’re great. This is going to be Jake eight years later, and he’s got a family now. This film is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen. The world is bigger than the first one, but essentially, it’s a movie about family. »
- Paul Heath
Well, just when you think James Cameron could not possibly provide an even higher level of genius, he goes right to the old chalkboard and comes up with this strange and unique idea known as "The Family Concept." I can not for the life of me think of any other movies with this unparalleled approach.
We Got This Covered was able to interview Sam Worthington the star of Avatar 2 in New York, while promoting his new film The Shack. He talks about this incredible new concept, and discusses the lengthy time it is taking to get the film made.
“They’re going to be shooting concurrently. The plan is to have some time in between, I think, but these things are always ambiguous until they start. We’re still set to start in the summer, though. James needed time to perfect the scripts. Whenever he says jump I go because he’s the man. »
- Drew Carlton
The four Avatar sequels turn Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) into a family man. Director James Cameron called the sequels “more of a family saga about the struggle with the humans.” In Avatar 2, Sully and his family visit unexplored parts of Pandora, according to Sam Worthington. The actor recently talked about that eight-year gap in the story and the current shooting schedule. Below, […]
- Jack Giroux
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By the time Avatar 2 gets here, will anyone even still care to see it anymore? The first film may have grossed an eye-watering $2.78 billion at the box office, but that was back in 2009. With the sequel not even set to go in front of the camera until this summer, that means it won’t be with us until 2018, at the earliest. Though knowing how director James Cameron works, it may be 2019 or 2020 before it actually hits theaters. Even Sigourney Weaver is doubtful that we’ll see it next year.
Avatar 2 is definitely coming though, and so is Avatar 3, 4 and 5, with Cameron hard at work on the entire series. Last we heard, the director said that he’d finally finished with all of the scripts and is now starting “active prep.” While it’s encouraging »
- Josh Wilding
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 139 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.99
Cinematography – Simon Duggan
Film Editor – John Gilbert
Original Music – Rupert Gregson-Williams
Directed by – Mel Gibson
Combat movies fascinate this reviewer — if you look at the Savant review index you’ll see that I review practically every war picture of note that I can get my hands on. But brace yourself — I become huffy when I see themes of patriotism and faith used to deliver dicey messages.
Mel Gibson’s big, slick WW2 combat film Hacksaw Ridge tells the truly inspiring story of combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only one to »
- Glenn Erickson
Saban Films has renewed the contracts of president Bill Bromiley and chief financial officer Shanan Becker for a further four years, it announced Thursday. Bromiley and Becker will remain with the U.S. distributor through at least 2020.
“Bill and Shanan have exhibited the financial discipline necessary to guide the company to its second year of profitability in its short history. This extension shows our confidence in what they have built and their ability to guide the company into its next stage of growth,” said Haim Saban, chairman and CEO of Saban Capital Group.
Before joining Saban Bromiley and Becker worked together as Rlj Entertainment, where Bromiley was responsible for content acquisition and Becker oversaw finance, planning, and analysis.
Saban acquires films for U.S. distribution across theatrical and various digital platforms. It has released 21 films since its creation in 2014, starting with Tommy Lee Jones’s western “The Homesman.” Other titles »
- Robert Mitchell
Discovery is changing things up with Manifesto. Today, the network announced Brian d'Arcy James, Elizabeth Reaser, and Trieste Kelly Dunn have joined the cast of the upcoming TV series, which is being retitled as Manhunt: The UNABOMer.The scripted drama tells “the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world. ” The cast includes Jane Lynch, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Mark Duplass, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Bobb, Katja Herbers, and Brían F. O’Byrne.Read More… »
“Thirtysomething” creators Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Vietnam war drama “The Suck” is coming to Discovery Channel. The project from Lionsgate has received a 10-episode series commitment from Discovery, to air in 2018.
Based on an unpublished memoir by Vietnam veteran and former Greenpeace International executive Stephen McCallister, the series presents a unique and unexpected view of the American experience in the Vietnam War, blending humor, tragedy, and terror. At the same time, it dramatizes the story of the Vietnamese in a way not previously explored in television. Zwick will direct the first episode.
“We are so lucky that Ed and Marshall, who have created so many indelible characters and unforgettable stories, are now taking Discovery viewers on a new journey. It’s great that we get to partner with the Lionsgate team to bring it all to life,” said Rich Ross, group president of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity.
- Oriana Schwindt
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Get the tissues ready because the tears will be flowing when you watch the upcoming film, The Shack.
After Mack Phillips' daughter is kidnapped and murdered on a family camping trip, he spirals into a deep depression that he just can't get out of. With his belief is faith and God completely shattered, he gets a visit from a woman named Papa and she takes him on a journey of enlightenment that will hopefully release him of his inner demons.
The Shack hits Cineplex theatres March 3rd - Watch the clip below:
- Garrett McCormick
Dan + Shay wrote a tear-jerker for the upcoming The Shack soundtrack, and People has an exclusive first look at the music video.
In the clip, the country duo — Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney — are seen performing their new track “When I Pray for You” in a forest, in between scenes from the upcoming spiritual movie, which stars Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington.
Written from the perspective of a soon-to-be father, the emotional song is especially meaningful for Mooney, 25, who welcomed son Asher James with fiancée Hannah Billingsley last month.
Among the track’s pull-at-your heartstrings lyrics? “I talked to God »
- Jeff Nelson
The cast of Manifesto is getting bigger. Deadline reports Michael Nouri (pictured) and Ben Weber have joined the upcoming Discovery Channel TV series.The scripted drama tells “the story of how FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world.” The cast includes Jane Lynch, Chris Noth, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Mark Duplass, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Bobb, Katja Herbers, and Brían F. O’Byrne.Read More… »
Michael Nouri (The Slap) and Ben Weber (Secret Life of the American Teenager) have joined the cast of Discovery Channel’s upcoming FBI crime-drama Manifesto, from Lionsgate and Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street Productions. The series will tell the story of how FBI agent Jim "Fitz" Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) deployed a radical approach to intelligence gathering to take down Ted Kaczynski, portrayed by Paul Bettany, also known as the "Unabomber," one of the… »
While chatter of a potential Terminator revival has understandably redirected attention away from his Avatar franchise, James Cameron remains as optimistic as ever about the future of the cutting-edge sci-fi series. So far, the decorated filmmaker has nailed down plans for not one, or two, but four mainline sequels – sequels that will purportedly stretch the saga all the way into 2022 – in what he describes as a “truly massive cinematic process.”
Such a process will involve shooting all Avatar sequels concurrently, and given the first follow-up, Avatar 2, is currently penciled in for release in December 2018, one might assume that Cameron would want to get the ball rolling sooner rather than later. Well, as the director revealed in a recent interview with The Daily Beast (via Screen Rant), the likes of Sam Worthington (Jake) and Zoe Saldana (Neytiri) should be slipping back into the motion capture suits sometime this summer.
But first, »
- Michael Briers
It has been more than seven years since Avatar first hit theaters and we still don't have a sequel. By now it feels like we should have had at least one, if not two sequels, but James Cameron is taking his time. After a ton of false starts and a whole lot of prep work, the director has finally confirmed that actual work on Avatar 2 and the other three impending sequels is underway, with motion-capture set to begin in August.
James Cameron recently spoke at length with The Daily Beast about quite a few topics, but it was impossible not to bring up Avatar 2 in the process. When the subject of the long-in-development sequels to the most financially successful movie ever made came up, the 62-year-old director offered some incredibly encouraging information. Here is what he had to say about it.
""The thing is, my focus isn't on Avatar 2. »
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