20 items from 2014
The wait is almost over! In just a few short hours, the biggest movie of 2013, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. Before you head to your local retailer to pick up this blockbuster, we have an exclusive interview with Donald Sutherland, who plays the nefarious President Snow. This leader of Panem changes the rules for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, which marks the return of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) to the battle arena, in this adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novel. Watch as Donald Sutherland explains one of his favorite scenes from the sequel, and how President Snow relishes the adversarial relationship he has with young Katniss.
Hailed as "a monumental achievement" (The Playlist), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (Donald Sutherland), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson »
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
This Friday you’ll finally be able to get your hands on a copy of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire via Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View. It’s easily my favorite of the three books and I just loved what they did with the games. Check out the official press release below which includes info on a bonus feature sneak peek at Divergent!
“Spectacular in every sense of the word.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone The Explosive #1 Motion Picture Of 2013 Becomes The Most Anticipated Home Entertainment Release Of The Year The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Second Installment of The Hunger Games Blockbuster Franchise Arrives On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD, Video On Demand And Pay-Per-View March 7 From Lionsgate Theatrical Release Has Generated Nearly $420 Million At The Domestic Box Office and over $850 Million Worldwide
Santa Monica, CA (January 24, 2014) – The blockbuster second film of »
- Jess Orso
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Of all craft categories, Best Film Editing is the one most closely tied to the Best Picture race: nominees from the latter category invariably dominate the former, and as pundits are so fond of reminding everyone, no film has won the top prize without a corresponding editing bid since 1980. That's no quirk or accident, given how heavily editing interacts with script and performance, and though Best Picture no-shows occasionally triumph here (like surprise victor "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" two years ago), that won't be happening this year. Five Best Picture nominees make up the field, and I strongly suspect they'd »
- Guy Lodge
Claudia Llosa expands her preoccupations with mysticism and superstition in the modern world, working her way up from a medieval-minded Andean village in “Madeinusa” to faith healing at the frigid far reaches of the Arctic Circle with “Aloft.” But this time, instead of seeming plugged into some primitive native religion, the Peruvian helmer invents a rickety belief system as a pretext for tearing it all down, botching the telling of a more satisfying character-based story in the process. Replacing melancholy muse Magaly Solier with an equally forlorn-looking international cast led by a courageous Jennifer Connelly, Llosa stands to baffle more than her usual circle of arthouse adherents with this doleful downer, snapped up by Sony Classics before its Berlinale premiere.
Chief among Llosa’s new champions is exec producer Mark Johnson, the Academy foreign-language committee chair who has made a rather controversial habit of signing talent while boosting them to »
- Peter Debruge
Martin Henderson (“The Ring”), Emily Watson (“Punch-Drunk Love”) and Thomas Wright (“The Bridge”) have joined the cast of Baltasar Kormákur’s epic adventure movie “Everest,” TheWrap has learned. Additionally, “House of Cards” actor Michael Kelly has been cast as “Into Thin Air” author Jon Krakauer, who also wrote “Into the Wild” and “Under the Banner of Heaven.” The quartet of established actors join Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes in the true-life tale. Also read: Jump From Mount Everest Is Discovery’s Latest Live Stunt “Everest” is a presentation of Universal Pictures and Cross Creek Pictures in association with Walden Media. »
- Jeff Sneider
Love and Mercy
Director: Bill Pohlad
Writer: Oren Moverman
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
He has proven himself as an discerning producer (e.g: 12 Years A Slave, The Tree of Life, Into the Wild) and unlike his directing debut (1990′s Old Explorers) Pohlad is working from an Oren Moverman script, has got a solid acting team and has two of those major actors (John Cusack and Paul Dano) playing the Brian Wilson and a solid tech team for this uncharacteristic biopic.
Gist: This explores Brian Wilson’s life and explores his legendary battle with mental illness, as well as the love that keeps him alive. Paul Giamatti will play Brian Wilson’s therapist Dr. Eugene Landy, while John Cusack and Paul Dano are set to star as the »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Cameron Crowe
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Producers: Scott Rudin and Crowe
U.S. Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Excluding his docu-items, Cameron Crowe’s 8th feature — the currently untitled/formerly titled Deep Tiki has the sort of a-lister acting dream team that David O. Russell has become accustomed to. Managing to land cinematographer Eric Gauthier (Into the Wild), we’re curious if this will fall somewhere along the lines of We Bought a Zoo or (we’re doing some free association with The Descendants) might be the second Hawaii-based narrative in line for critical salutations.
Gist: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Release Date: This adventure comedy might be Columbia Pictures’ dark horse Oscar »
- Eric Lavallee
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
After airing on the A&E Network last month, fans can now own the hit two-night mini-series Bonnie and Clyde on Blu-ray and DVD starting today, January 28. Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger star as the legendary bank robbers, who turned from common criminals to national sensations with the help of the media. We have an exclusive featurette with stars Holly Hunter (Emma Parker) and Elizabeth Reaser (P.J. Lane), who explain how desperately Americans needed entertainment during that time period, so they turned to stories about Bonnie and Clyde instead of more depressing tales. Take a look at this behind-the-scenes featurette you can't find anywhere else, which includes historic headlines that show just how famous this duo really was.
Though Bonnie Parker (Holliday Grainger, Jane Eyre) & Clyde Barrow's (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) crime spree is legendary, their story has never been told quite like this. Fueled by their passion for »
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire didn’t surprise anyone by taking over the box office, but it surprised me by not only equaling the first film, but actually surpassing it.
Also not surprising, the film is moving to the home market fairly quickly, and hopes to sell you on special features. What some might find a bit surprising is that the release is piling all its eggs in one basket… sort of. Instead of putting the effort toward a slew of bonuses, many of which may be of little real value, this one gives you a nine-part “Making Of” documentary, and a commentary track. Likely the sort of thing that ultimately will prove far more interesting than a padded list of bonuses, some people may find it hard to divorce themselves from the feeling that a big list is somehow giving you more.
At any rate, take a look at »
- Marc Eastman
The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate. Academy Award winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012's Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date. Before you read the rest of the official details, Lionsgate has released a new trailer for this Blu-ray and DVD release, which you can check out below, along with the cover artwork. »
‘Camp X-Ray’: Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The Guardian‘s Xan Brooks wasn’t too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler’s Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did appreciate the acting of stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, On the Road) and Peyman Moaadi (the male lead in Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner A Separation). In Camp X-Ray, Stewart plays a U.S. army private sent to Guantanamo, where she befriends one of the inmates, Ali (Moaadi), who claims to be an innocent man trapped in the American gulag and who also happens to be a devout follower of both the Koran and the Harry Potter books. Xan Brooks wrote: "Nestled somewhere deep inside Camp X-Ray — possibly in handcuffs, conceivably hooded — is a decent, »
- C. Vernon
It didn’t take long at all, which we can naturally take as a very good sign, alongside the reception it’s had out in Park City.
Ahead of its debut, Braff recently teased the first Sundance poster for the film, along with the first-look images last month, and with Focus now acquiring it for release across the Atlantic, we can look forward to seeing more from the film in the coming months.
“Wish I Was Here” tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being »
- Kenji Lloyd
Kristen Stewart spotted partying it up at huge Sundance party bash other night in Utah. According to a new report from Hollywood Life, former Twilight Saga main beauty, Kristen Stewart , was spotted, getting her major party on, once again, this past Friday night, January 17th at the big Tao's Sundance party in Utah. She was there to promote her new "Camp X-Ray" indie flick at the Sundance Film Festival. She looked cute as hell too. Hollywood Life has a nice close up pic from her appearance. You can view it by Clicking Here. Kristen reportedly had an absolute blast at the party with two of her friends. Rapper Rick Ross was slated to perform, and an eyewitness of theirs, served up all the details,stating, "The girls sat and drank at a VIP table, and exchanged laughs over funny things on each other’s cell phones. In a dressed down, »
Kristen Stewart's Us soldier falls in love with a wild-eyed detainee behind the razor wire of Guantanamo Bay. Now what could possibly go wrong?
Camp X-Ray, the debut feature from writer-director Peter Sattler, is a platonic Romeo and Juliet tale in which the characters converse at length across the great divide, separated by wire-mesh glass or chain-link fence. If nothing else, Sattler's fumbled Gitmo romance proves that its star, Kristen Stewart, is well set for a fulfilling career outside the lucrative Twilight franchise. But the film itself is so crude and overstretched, it's a wonder she didn't attempt to tunnel out before the credits rolled.
Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, swamped in fatigues, her hair scraped back and sent behind the wire at Guantanamo Bay, where she proceeds to distribute rations and library books to the luckless detainees. Locked inside his cell, Ali (Peyman Moaadi) decorates styrofoam cups with »
- Xan Brooks
After K-Stew’s movie ‘Camp X-Ray’ premiered at Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 17, it was time to party. The actress had a fun, whirlwind night that made it seem like R-Patz was the last thing on her mind — and an eyewitness told HollywoodLife.com all about it Exclusively.
It’s amazing what a little vacation will do. Kristen Stewart has been hanging out in snowy Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, where her movie Camp X-Ray premiered, and on Jan. 17, after the sun went down K-Stew put on her party shoes.
Kristen Stewart Parties At Sundance
Kristen and two of her friends hit up Tao’s Sundance party where rapper Rick Ross was slated to perform, and an eyewitness tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that she had a ball all night.
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The girls sat and drank at a VIP table, and exchanged laughs over »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.
The studio has released three fascinating behind-the-scenes featurettes from the set of Lone Survivor.
Take a look at the cast’s advanced training and learn more about the special weapons and military equipment that were used in the film, »
- Michelle McCue
Based on The New York Times bestselling true story of heroism, courage and resilience, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and bravery as they stay in the fight to the finish.
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Contraband) leads the cast as Marcus Luttrell, the author of the first-person memoir “Lone Survivor,” whose book has become a motivational resource for its lessons on how the power of the human spirit is tested when we are pushed beyond our mental and physical limits.
Starring alongside Wahlberg as the other members »
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20 items from 2014
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