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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 30, 2008

30 December 2008 12:07 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed I can't say I am upset this is a light week for DVD and Blu-ray releases and I am hoping next week I will have my new format in which I post two articles - one for DVD and one for Blu-ray - ready to go, but that all depends on work schedule as I am also hoping to catch up watching a few movies I haven't had a chance to peruse. For now, check out this week's limited selection and perhaps browse last week's article or even the week before for a few older buying options. Paramount Catalog Blu-ray Wave #2

Ghost / The Last Holiday / The Truman Show / Event Horizon / Days of Thunder Ghost: If someone asked me I would say this is probably considered one of the most romantic films of all-time for many people. Personally I haven't »

- Brad Brevet

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Blu-Ray Round Up: ‘Ghost,’ ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Event Horizon,’ More

29 December 2008 4:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The second wave of catalog titles from Paramount Home Video hits this week, just in time for buyers to put their gift cards to use. covered the first wave, including “Into the Wild” and “Old School,” a few weeks ago.

Check out the details about those releases here. This wave includes “Days of Thunder,” “Ghost,” “Last Holiday,” “Event Horizon,” and “The Truman Show”.

What do these five titles have in common? Nothing but the studio that produced them and the release date that they land on Blu-Ray, December 30th, 2008. Action, romance, comedy, horror/sci-fi, and drama - it’s a variety of genres with at least one of the titles likely to be of interest to someone with a holiday return or an unused gift card. All films are presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen and feature English 5.1 Dolby True HD audio tracks.

Days of Thunder

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Paramount’s Catalog Dump -- Dellamorte reviews Days Of Thunder, Event Horizon, and The Truman Show on Blu-ray

29 December 2008 | | See recent news »

It’s great to see more and more back catalog titles hitting Blu-ray, though the unfortunate part is that we’re going to see a lot of more recent special editions than stuff where it might be slightly more exciting to see some of the older titles that might benefit from a stronger transfer, etc. The closest to something like that is Days of Thunder. It’s the 1990 car racing movie where Tom Cruise plays Cole Trickle (best screen name ever?) and was the time Tony Scott and Tom Cruise reteamed after Top Gun only to disappoint pretty much everyone by not delivering that Top Gun magic. They got Robert Towne to write the script, and basically redressed their hit with new characters, so instead of Tom Skerrit and Michael Ironside, you get Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall, and instead of Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards, you get Cary Elwes »

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Carrey: 'I do whatever attracts me'

26 December 2008 4:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jim Carrey has revealed that he chooses which movies to make based on how his life is going. The actor has returned to comedy roles with Yes Man after turns in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and The Truman Show, but insisted that he has not left funny films behind. "That's an illusion, I just do whatever I'm attracted to," Carrey told The Northern Echo. "It's like the woman who stands out in the crowd, who for some (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Box Office Says “Yes” to “Yes Man.” "The Wrestler" posts big numbers.

22 December 2008 12:18 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Jim Carrey enjoyed a top spot at this weekend’s box office chart with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Yes Man” scoring $18.1 million on its debut.  The Peyton Reed comedy including Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby and Danny Masterson, opened in 3,434 venues at an average of $5,288 per theatre. This marks the sixth highest opener for Carrey, falling under: 1.       Bruce Almighty ($67.9 million) 2.       Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who ($45 million) 3.       The Truman Show ($31.5 million) 4.       Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events 5.       Me, Myself & Irene The Grant Nieporte written “Seven Pounds” starring Will Smith and helmed by “The Pursuit of Happyness” helmer Gabriele Muccino, finished with a higher per-theatre average than “Yes Man.” Drama pulled in $16 million from 2,758 venues at an average of $5,801. In related news for “Seven Pounds,” Mr. Nieporte was kind enough to email one our writers, praising his review of the film saying “Can't thank you enough for »

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Colin Farrell Finds The Way Back

20 December 2008 2:38 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Bulgaria, and other eastern European countries, have been a hot spot for movie shoots for a while now, given how much American dollars are worth over there and tax breaks provided by the country. So Peter Weir, director of The Truman Show, Witness and other films, will become the latest Hollywood director to head east for his next project, The Way Back. Bulgarian website is reporting the news that Colin Farrell will star in the film, a true story about soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940. So while eastern Europe has stood in for all kinds of different places in the past, it'll get to at least represent the area this time around. Farrell will co-star with Ed Harris, and presumably one of them will play Slavomir Ravich, who wrote the book on which the movie is based. It's been five years since Weir's last movie, »

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Colin Farrell Makes His 'Way Back'

19 December 2008 1:26 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

James Thoo at was brushing up on his Bulgarian news and stumbled upon a story at saying Colin Farrell will be starring with Ed Harris in The Way Back for Peter Weir (The Truman Show). The film is based on "The Long Walk: the true story of a path to freedom", a book by Slavomir Ravich which was first published in 1956 and tells the account of a young Polish cavalry officer who was arrested by the Russians, tortured and sentenced to 25 years forced labour. Describes his 3 month journey from Moscow to the prison camp in Siberia, his escape with 6 companions and their journey across the Gobi desert to Tibet and freedom. A lot of people have been talking about Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke this year as they have made impressive comebacks with Iron Man and The Wrestler, but for some reason little to nothing »

- Brad Brevet

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Farrell's Way Back

19 December 2008 4:17 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

A Bulgarian newspaper is reporting that Colin Farrell will star for Peter Weir (The Truman Show) in The Way Back. Ed Harris will co-star in the movie about soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940. It is based on the book by Slavomir Ravich .The Long Walk: the true story of a path to freedom.. Ravich and six other people manage to cross Siberia, the Gobi Desert, Tibet and the Himalayas, reaching India. I heard about this story because my girlfriend has a crush on Farrell and reads »

- James Thoo

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Movie Review: Yes Man (2008)

18 December 2008 11:31 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man

Photo: Warner Bros. The easiest comparison is to Jim Carrey's 1997 comedy Liar Liar and it is a comparison you are going to read about in every review for Yes Man. The plots are extremely similar except this time around instead of magically compelled not to lie we are dealing with a voluntary decision to say "yes". Personally I don't mind Liar Liar is a satisfying diversion and considering the similarities I find myself pretty much satisfied with this flick too. Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, a man that has gone through the majority of his life since his divorce saying "no" to virtually anything and everything in an effort to maintain solitude and avoid getting hurt again. After being swayed into attending a "Yes" seminar from a money-grubbing self-help guru played by Terence Stamp he decides to say "yes" to everything, »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: Pride and Glory

16 November 2008 9:25 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pride and Glory is a hard hitting, no nonsense cop thriller that feels as if it were plucked right out of the 70's. It is a familiar film brimming with familiar themes, but what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in rich performances. In fact, this is probably 2008's strongest ensemble outside of The Dark Knight.

Pride and Glory is a saga centered around a family of New York City police officers. Things run amuck when a recently returned to the force cop (played by Edward Norton) suspects that his own brother's unit might have something to do with a bust gone bad.

Gavin O'Connor, who made the rousing underdog sports film Miracle as well as the wonderful character study Tumblweeds, has fashioned an edgy police drama about family, loyalty, betrayal and corruption.

Edward Norton gives a quietly effective performance as Ray Tierney, a cop who »

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Location, Location, Location

3 November 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

We all acknowledge that Hollywood is as much a state of mind as a place on the map. Now, with various states passing film-production incentive measures and independent moviemakers dwelling in all corners of the country, that sentiment has never seemed truer. Understandably, as The New York Times recently noted, there are critics of these programs — increasingly vocal, especially in light of the world's current economic mess. Yet other voices continue to support the basic idea of spreading the tinsel among various towns. In light of today's production climate, Back Stage recently investigated the health (or lack thereof) of five important moviemaking markets around the country.New Mexico: Dawn at the Oasis Casting director Jo Edna Boldin began making forays into New Mexico when the state implemented an attractive film-incentives package — including a 25 percent tax rebate and a loan program offering up to $15 million per project. About three years ago, »

- Mark Dundas Wood

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On the Verge

23 October 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Noah Emmerich makes a terrific sidekick. He has played Jim Carrey's devious cohort (The Truman Show), Jim Caviezel's understanding best friend (Frequency), and Kurt Russell's kindhearted assistant (Miracle). But in Pride and Glory, opening next week, Emmerich is nobody's buddy. In the film's tight-knit family of New York City cops — with the patriarch played by Oscar winner Jon Voight, his son-in-law by Colin Farrell, and his youngest son by Edward Norton — Emmerich is Francis Jr., the eldest son, caught in a web of police corruption. It's a plum role, and even Emmerich couldn't believe it when writer-director Gavin O'Connor offered it to him, despite his having appeared in both of the filmmaker's previous movies, Tumbleweeds and Miracle. "I read the script and was like, 'Oh my God, this is a starring role,'" Emmerich recalls. "I asked him, 'Are you sure you want me for this?' »

- Jenelle Riley

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On DVD Today: October 21, 2008

21 October 2008 2:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

DVD Links: Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The Incredible Hulk I just reviewed the Blu-ray edition, which you can read right here, but suffice to say, I love this film and think it is one of the best comic book flicks I have ever seen. It is certainly better than Iron Man and second to The Dark Knight when it comes to summer 2009 superhero movies. It looks fantastic and has a thunderous soundtrack that will shake your room. The Blu-ray has a boat load of features and I would call it a must buy for any fan of straight-up entertaining flicks. Sure, it isn't as serious as The Dark Knight and doesn't have Robert Downey's wit, but in terms of films that describe "spectacle" this one fills the bill. James Bond on Blu-ray

Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes »

- Brad Brevet

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Peter Weir Picks His Next Project

17 October 2008 2:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Drama, Scripts, War

Peter Weir directs movies about as often as I do, these days, which is a damn shame, since he's one of the best there is. He hasn't touched a camera since Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in 2003, and 1998's The Truman Show before that. He was attached for a while to Johnny Depp's Shantaram as well as the WWII epic War Magician, but neither of those panned out. This week, Variety reports that he's committed to a new project: The Way Back, a true story of a group of soldiers who escape from a Siberian gulag in 1940.

As with Master and Commander and his best film, Gallipoli, Weir wrote the screenplay for The Way Back himself. He starts shooting the movie in March, in eastern Europe.

I suspect that Weir's selectivity is the key to his fantastic track record. He's a solid, »

- Eugene Novikov

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Santa Barbara fest to honor Ed Harris

3 September 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is bestowing its third annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film on actor-director Ed Harris.

Douglas himself will present the honor to Harris at the fest's annual black-tie gala dinner, which will be held at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Oct. 2.

"Ed Harris is an actor's actor," said Roger Durling, Sbiff exec director. "His already legendary performances are passionate, thoughtful and so committed -- qualities that he shares with Kirk Douglas."

Harris, a four-time Academy Award nominee, has appeared in such films as "The Hours," "Apollo 13," "A History of Violence," "The Right Stuff," "Places in the Heart," "The Truman Show," "The Rock," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Pollock," the film that also served as his directorial debut.

His newest film, "Appaloosa," a Western which he directed, co-wrote, produced and stars in, will be released by Warner Bros. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Reality TV Can Drive You Nuts

24 July 2008 12:22 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Two Montreal shrinks have diagnosed a new mental illness where sufferers are convinced their life is one, big reality TV show.

They're calling the disorder the "Truman Show Delusion," after the 1998 movie starring Jim Carrey.

Psychologist brothers Joel and Ian Gold, who are writing a paper about the illness, have treated five men, all between the ages of 25-34, for the disorder.

"I realized that I was and am the center, the focus of attention by millions and millions of people," one patient told the doctors.

"My family and everyone I knew were and are actors in a script, »

- Post staff writer

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Reality TV Can Drive You Nuts

23 July 2008 3:40 PM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Two Montreal shrinks have diagnosed a new mental illness where sufferers are convinced their life is one, big reality TV show.

They're calling the disorder the "Truman Show Delusion," after the 1998 movie starring Jim Carrey.

Psychologist brothers Joel and Ian Gold, who are writing a paper about the illness, have treated five men, all between the ages of 25-34, for the disorder.

"I realized that I was and am the center, the focus of attention by millions and millions of people," one patient told the doctors.

"My family and everyone I knew were and are actors in a script, »


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The Baby Borrowers

26 June 2008 9:19 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

At the start of last night's premiere episode of The Baby Borrowers, long before the fleet of new Hondas simultaneously pulled into the driveways on some cul-du-sac in Fakeland, USA, a voice reminded the audience that this was a reality show with a greater purpose. Yes, they were giving infants, then toddlers, then preteens, then teens, and then (dun dun dun) the elderly to 5 teenage couples to care for, but there are "no prizes, no eliminations, just a great big dose of real life." Well, as real as life can get when NBC sets you up in what looks like the development from The Truman Show, hands you a rented baby, has you shadowed by a "professional nanny" in case anything goes really wrong, and watched by the owners of said baby via monitor, in case they want to pop in and tell you what a bad »

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"The Delirious Fictions of William Klein," "All You Need Is Love"

27 May 2008 8:22 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

By Michael Atkinson

Like a missing-link hominid stepping out of the jungle, famous photographer William Klein emerges on 21st century DVD as the great bullgoose Art Film-era satirist we never knew we had. Hallowed for his still images and his documentaries, the Paris-based Klein also made three furiously hostile lampoons that were nominally released, ignored and then forgotten. Until now, you could only find "Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?" (1966), "Mr. Freedom" (1969) and "The Model Couple" (1977) in scruffy bootlegs from pro-am vendors like Pimpadelic Wonderland . and given the movies' paucity of reputation, you would've had little reason to do so. A busy '60s shutterbug for the French Vogue, Klein more or less fell in with the Left Bank New Wavers (Resnais, Demy, Marker, Varda) and the Panic Movement (Fernando Arrabal and Roland Topor both show up in "Polly Maggoo"). But his perspective was New Yawk pugilistic, his humor was mercilessly »

- Michael Atkinson

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Husband of Pregnant Actress Natascha McElhone Dies

20 May 2008 10:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The husband of Californication star Natascha McElhone died Tuesday night in London. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Martin Kelly, 42, was found lying on the doorstep of the family's home. A friend found the doctor and called an ambulance, but paramedics were unable to revive him, according to reports. He was pronounced dead at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he also was a consultant. A spokesman for Scotland Yard told People the death was being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is scheduled for Thursday.McElhone, 36, who also appeared in The Truman Show, is pregnant with the couple's third child. She »

- Phil Boucher

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