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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Blended (comedy; Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore; rated PG-13) Draft Day (football drama; Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner; rated PG-13) The Two Faces of January (thriller, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortenson, Oscar Isaac; pretheatrical release premieres 8/28 rated PG-13) Life of Crime (comedy; Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes; premieres 8/29 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Als Ice Bucket Challenge is the meme that can't be stopped. But unlike planking, or owling, or whatever came after owling, the Ibc is doing a lot of good. So far this year the Als Association has raised nearly $80 million. The uptick has been so sharp that think pieces are being written about if blending narcissism with charity has forever changed the fundraising landscape (for the better). So behold the power of this fully operational social media challenge. From Han Solo to Luke Skywalker to Chewbacca and beyond, the denizens of a galaxy far, far away are helping raise awareness for Als. The elusive Daisy Ridley performed her Ibc in the safety of the shower. Harrison Ford kept it short and sweet. Mark Hamill adorkably tried to game the system and utterly failed. Peter Mayhew brought along his wife for moral support. Awwww. Oscar Isacc allegedly had Adam Driver and »
- Donna Dickens
Maybe you've grown tired of all the Als Ice Bucket Challenge videos that have bombarded the Internet over the past couple of weeks. But it's all for a good cause, with the viral videos going onto raise nearly $80 million for Als, (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Dumping a bucket of ice water on your head allows you to get a sense of what living with Als is like. And now, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has joined in the fight to stop Als.
Below, we have a number of videos with cast and crew members from this cinematic universe set in a galaxy far, far away, including Harrison Ford (who appears to have fully recovered after his on-set injury), Peter Mayhew, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, J.J. Abrams, Gareth Edwards, along with the 501st Battalion, »
The latest Als Ice Bucket Challenge comes directly from Tatooine or wherever the newest “Star Wars” film is taking place. Oscar Isaac was challenged by Garrett Hedlund, and he fulfilled his obligation on Saturday. Also read: Kevin Hart's Facebook Helps Send ‘Als Ice Bucket Challenge Gone Wrong’ Video Viral Isaac, who may have taken the frigid, charitable plunge on the “Star Wars” set, claimed to have Harrison Ford and Adam Driver by his side. There were definitely two people in frame, but they were covered by blankets. See video: TheWrap Nominates Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Deadline for Als Ice »
- Tony Maglio
A24 Films and DirecTV have acquired the Liam Hemsworth thriller “Cut Bank” in advance of the Toronto International Film Festival. Matt Shakman directed the movie, which premiered earlier this summer at the Los Angeles Film Festival. A24 and DirecTV will release the movie in 2015, and eOne Films International will be shopping foreign rights in Toronto next month. Also read: Sundance: A24 Acquires Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain Drama ‘A Most Violent Year’ “Hunger Games” hunk Hemsworth stars as a small-town Montana mechanic who's desperate to move to the big city. He finds his ticket out when he comes into possession of evidence of a. »
- Jeff Sneider
The project stars Avan Jogia (Twisted) as King Tutankhamun, the youngest Pharaoh ever to lord over Ancient Egypt. Gadiot will portray his close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood, Ka, who harbors a secret love for Tut’s wife.
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Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and Jon Bernthal have joined HBO's upcoming miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” a network representative told TheWrap. From “The Wire” co-creator David Simon, the miniseries is based on the Lisa Belkin nonfiction book of the same name. It tells the story of a mayor, Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac), who's charged with building low-income housing in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y. The project brings to the surface class prejudices, almost shuts down the local government and ruins the mayor's political career. Also read: ‘Show Me a Hero’ on HBO Casts James Belushi, Terry Kinney, Michael Stahl-David Ryder (“Reality Bites, »
- Jethro Nededog
Set in Yonkers, New York in 1985, the story follows a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units into the more affluent, mostly white neighborhoods of his town.
His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzing the entire municipal government and destroying his political future.
Ryder will portray Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who lost her seat due to her vote, but staged a comeback four years later and won as City Council president.
Bernthal will play Michael H. Sussman, a Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers.
Molina plays councilman Henry J. 'Hank' Spallone, a former Bronx »
- Garth Franklin
HBO's David Simon miniseries Show Me a Hero continues to add to its impressive cast. Winona Ryder, Walking Dead favorite Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina have joined the ranks of the six-hour entry, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on Nick Wasicsko (Star Wars: Episode VII's Oscar Isaac), the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number
- Lesley Goldberg
After success with The Wire and the shorter run of Generation Kill on Us cable channel HBO, writer/producer David Simon is taking a shot at a miniseries for the network, with Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina all set to star in Show Me A Hero.Drawn from Lisa Belkin’s non-fiction book, Hero will be set in an American city overseen by young, idealistic mayor Nick Wasickso (Isaac). When tasked by a federal court order with building low-income housing units in an upscale part of his town, he sparks protests that threaten to tear the place apart and kicks the struts out from under his own political career.Keener will be Mary Dorman, a homeowner who discovers some key information about the plan, while Ryder will be Vinni Restiano, a confidante to the mayor who loses her seat after voting for the housing, »
2014 is evidently the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenge -- an effort to raise money and awareness for Als -- and the trend has very clearly spread to movie sets. In the video above, Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 5 director Christopher McQuarrie are accepting the Pan cast's Als Ice Bucket Challenge on behalf of the cast of MI5. And if you haven't seen it already, here's the Pan cast's challenge to them: Hugh Jackman shaved his head for his Pan role, what's a little bit of ice water for a good cause? The Pan cast challenged Tom Cruise and the entire cast of Mission: Impossible 5, Oscar Isaac and the cast of Star Wars, and talent agency William Morris Endeavor. Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 5 director Chris McQuarrie accepted the challenge, and in absence of the rest of the cast, Cruise and the director took multiple buckets of water. »
Could Mark Wahlberg be seguing from killer robots to doomed oil rigs? A new report suggests that the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" actor is in talks to appear in the upcoming film, "Deepwater Horizon." According to Deadline, Wahlberg may appear in the J.C. Chandor-directed film based on the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The movie will detail not just the disaster itself, but the 48 hours leading up to it as well. Wahlberg, who may wind up playing the number two manager in "Deepwater Horizon," is no stranger to doing dramatic movies based on true stories. This past December he starred in "Lone Survivor," the story of Marcus Luttrell and a Navy Seal operation in Afghanistan that went very wrong. The actor is already quite busy with "The Gambler" and "Ted 2" due out in the first half of 2015 and is set to appear opposite Will Ferrell »
- HitFix Staff
Continuing his admirable trend of fluctuating between studio blockbusters and more narratively ambitious projects, Mark Wahlberg has entered into talks to star in Deepwater Horizon, which will tell the dramatic true tale of the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig, who worked to rescue men in the water on that disastrous day. The project, adapted from The New York Times’ article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” specifically highlights the courage of those on the rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others, as they attempted to salvage the rig and save their colleagues.
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in the J.C. Chandor-directed Deepwater Horizon for Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media. Based on the true-life story of the 2010 Bp oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico which caused the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez, the movie is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The story, adapted from The New York Times’ article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour,” highlights the courage of those who worked on the oil rig when it blew, killing 11 and injuring 16 others.
Wahlberg will star as the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig in the story about what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disaster. It revisits the acts of heroism that followed in trying to rescue men in the water, stories not known to the general public. The project is »
- Anita Busch
It is a fascinating moment to be a "Star Wars" fan. Right now, there is arguably more energy being expended on all things "Star Wars" than ever before. I remember the feeling in the early days of development on what became "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace," when there were just rumbles of a possible new film or even *Gasp!* a new trilogy of films. Hell, I remember when the Special Editions were just a rumor. I remember when a friend of mine called and said, "They're not a rumor. I have something to show you." He came by my house with a videotape, and on that videotape was the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: A New Hope - The Special Edition," the very first new "Star Wars" footage in what had been fourteen years at that point. It was mind-blowing. It made me reassess »
- Drew McWeeny
Sneak Peek the interior of the modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter', aka 'Millennium Falcon' spacecraft, on the set of director Jj Abrams' 3D feature "Star Wars: Episode VII", that resumes production later this month, following a forced hiatus due to actor Harrison Ford's leg injury on set, plus take a look @ concept art, the planet of 'Tatooine' set and actor Mark Hamill ('Luke Skywalker') on the studio lot. :
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is planned to be the »
- Michael Stevens
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII will likely continue to dominate the news cycle all the way up to its December release next year – so get comfortable, everyone. Today’s scoop on the sci-fi franchise update should be preceded with the disclaimer that lots of wild rumors have been flying around the web for months, and there’s no way to confirm the validity of any of this. However, what’s been circulating online lately is pretty meaty stuff, so if it is accurate, fans will definitely be intrigued by it.
According to Latino Review, which has been reporting the majority of the Star Wars rumors, the villains in Episode VII are called The Inquisitors. If you’re interested in all the details on those baddies, surf on over to Wookiepedia (yes, it’s an actual thing), but suffice to say, the Inquisitors are quite nasty customers. Defenders of the Sith Order, »
- Isaac Feldberg
It looks like we're in for another week of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors. Last week we got a look at the new stormtrooper designs, some Han Solo concept art, and some villain information. Then, earlier today we posted some concept art of the new villain, and now we have some really interesting information on Han Solo! Spoilers ahead!
Earlier in the week a report surfaced that Han and Chewie no longer have the Millennium Falcon and that it's possibly being piloted by Oscar Issac's character now. Apparently, the two lost it while gambling. According to Indie Revolver, Han and Chewie are actually piloting a freakin' Super Star Destroyer in Episode VII!
"Han and Chewie are piloting a Super Star Destroyer….I believe the Falcon is in the hands of Oscar Isaac’s character, who is very much the Lando Calrissian of this movie – all the way down to wearing a cape. »
- Joey Paur
Warning: The following article contains Star Wars spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
Jj Abrams is notorious for keeping a tight lid on his films, stressing the importance of preserving the magic of the first-time viewing for cinemagoers.
However, over the last few days the mother lode of potential spoilers (we stress potential, this is all completely unconfirmed of course) have emerged online, sparking much fan debate about both their veracity and what they could mean for the Jj Abrams and Rian Johnson-helmed trilogy.
Everything we know so far about Star Wars 7
We want to know what you think of these potential plot points, which come courtesy of Latino Review. Are they what you expected? Are you excited or underwhelmed about them? We've summarised them into four key points below, so if you're *really* curious, hit below to see them all. »
It’s been a busy day for Star Wars Episode VII rumours, and we’ve rounded up the best for you right here. The following can all be considered major spoilers though, so you may want to stop reading now!
First up is news on the movie’s villains. According to Latino-Review, Luke Skywalker has been a captive of a group called The Inquisitors since shortly after the events of Return of the Jedi. They’re defenders of the Sith Order who have been around for a very long time, and flashbacks will apparently reveal their connections to both a young Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher’s biological daughter, Billie Lourd) and…Darth Vader!
That’s right, the villain is set to make a brief return in Star Wars Episode VII, but the main villain is described by Badass Digest as wearing a black robe with deep red eyes »
- Josh Wilding
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