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He’s shown us the babysitting gig from hell and what happens when causal paranormal investigating actually yields results. With his latest film, The Sacrament, writer/director Ti West gives viewers a look into the disturbing events happening at one seriously creepy cult commune. Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced a Blu-ray and DVD release date for The Sacrament, allowing viewers to visit “Eden Parish” from their couches before summer’s end.
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on August 19th, The Sacrament will come with the following bonus features:
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. »
- Derek Anderson
A pair of titles from Warner Bros. dominated the home video sales charts the week ending June 29, as “300: Rise of an Empire” and “The Lego Movie” accounted for 58% of all disc sales among the top 20.
The historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire,” a follow-up to the 2007 film “300,” debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart — which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales — while the previous week’s top title, “The Lego Movie,” dropped to No. 2 after selling 97% as the “300″ sequel.
The two titles also topped VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with “Lego Movie” selling 73% as many copies of the high-definition format as “300: Rise of an Empire.” Universal’s “Lone Survivor” landed at No. 3 on both charts, dropping a spot from a week earlier.
Rounding out the top five on First Alert, Disney’s megahit “Frozen” moved up to No. 4, with Universal’s “Non-Stop” at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Masters of Sex: Season One"
Why We're In: There's a fair amount of onscreen sexiness, but the nuanced look at humanity and sexuality is what has made this a must-see cable drama.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"A Hard Day's Night (Criterion)"
What's It About? This movie musical stars the Beatles as goofier versions of themselves, just as they're becoming the legendary band we all know and love.
Why We're In: Fancy digital restoration, fancy audio updates, interviews, a making-of doc, and more make this a must-have for fans of the Beatles or musicals or anything that's fun and cool.
New on DVD & Blu-ray
"300: Rise of An Empire"
What's It About? Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, this »
- Jenni Miller
Featuring a sprawling cast — Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez and James Caan — a gritty 1970's New York City (shot on location too), and co-written by James Gray, there are a lot of reasons to give Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" a look. And if you didn't get a chance to catch it in theatres, we've got a few copies for some lucky readers. But to recap, the film follows Frank (Crudup), a cop with an aspiring future, who has to toe the line between family and the badge, when his ex-con brother Chris (Owen) gets out of the jail. Will Chris fall back into his old ways? And if he does, can Frank look the other way? It's tale of sons and siblings, but it wasn't necessarily always an easy shoot. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fox Searchlight has released a new poster and trailer for The Drop, the upcoming crime drama from Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role; check them out courtesy of Empire….
The Drop also stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange Is the New Black), Matthias Schoenaerts (Blood Ties), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) and is set for release on September 12th in the States, before opening here in the UK on November 14th.
- Gary Collinson
Annecy– Marion Cotillard is set to topline “Mal de Pierres,” a period romance drama directed by critically-acclaimed auteur Nicole Garcia and produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor, one of France’s top independent film companies.
An adaptation of Milena Agus’ eponymous novel set after WWII, “Mal de Pierres” (“Mal di pietre”) spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man.
A bestseller, the book has been translated in more than 15 languages.
Cotillard will play the leading role. Garcia co-wrote the script with her regular co-scribe, Jacques Fieschi.
“It’s a passion project for both Nicole and us,” Attal told Variety.” It’s a very romantic and intense story about a woman whose quest for absolute love is the essence of life, her ‘raison d’etre.’” Attal added that Cotillard was taken by the script, the »
- Elsa Keslassy
He’s shown us the babysitting gig from hell and what happens when causal paranormal investigating actually yields results. Now, with his latest film The Sacrament, writer/director Ti West gives viewers a look into the disturbing events happening at one seriously creepy cult commune. A new poster for The Sacrament has been unveiled, and we have it for you to check out.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community »
- Derek Anderson
This week sees the release of Ti West’s The Sacrament to digital & VOD services, and Magnet Releasing has given us a brand new featurette with the team behind the movie. For those that would rather see the movie on the big screen, a limited theatrical release is set for June 6th. A Blu-ray and DVD release will follow, but a date has not yet been mentioned.
“From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House Of The Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, »
- Jonathan James
Owen will play John in the story of an unusual love triangle, which Miller wrote from a story by Karen Rinaldi.
Protagonist will be shopping in Cannes. CAA and Cinetic are handling financing and rep North American rights.
Additional casting is underway.
Screen first announced Protagonist’s involvement in the project during the Efm in Berlin.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Protagonist Pictures is selling international rights to the film in Cannes. CAA and Cinetic are handling the financing of the project, and representing North American rights.
Rachael Horovitz, who was Oscar nommed for “Moneyball,” shares producer credits with Damon Cardasis and Miller, via Miller and Cardasis’ Round Films, and Horovitz’s Specialty Films. Further cast will be announced nearer the start date.
- Leo Barraclough
What The Hell?!?!? That may have been your reaction upon watching Orphan Black’s season 2 premiere. So allow me to issue the standard Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched Saturday’s Orphan Black season premiere.
Helena is not dead. Repeat: Helena is not dead. And it turns out that was the master plan all along. Orphan Black creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett explain why they insisted on lying through their teeth when they told anyone who asked that the Ukranian clone/clone killer was indeed a goner after being shot by her twin sister Sarah in last season’s finale. »
- Dalton Ross
Despite a filmography consisting of only four features to date, filmmaker James Gray has garnered a number of fans in the film community for movies such as We Own the Night and Two Lovers. With a collaboration on the screenplay of Blood Ties marking Gray’s first new film credit since 2008, many were curious to see his next directorial feature. Titled The Immigrant, Gray co-wrote the screenplay with Ric Menello, directing a cast that includes frequent collaborator Joaquin Phoenix, along with Marion Cotillard, Jicky Schnee, and Jeremy Renner. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see the film at Nyff 2013, and our review can be read here.
- Deepayan Sengupta
We are thrilled to have another glowing, pregnancy celeb to spy on, style wise. Mila Kunis arrives on the baby-on-board scene just as Drew Barrymore and Kerry Washington are ready to exit as they arrive closer to their due dates, which is perfect timing as far as we fashion-lovers are concerned. So far the Jupiter Ascending star seems to be inspied by Drew's laid-back, hippie approach with a little of fellow mom-to-be Gwen Stefani's black-and-white obsession mixed in to the look. The Blood Ties actress' black jersey skirt is as comfy as it gets, but a chic color-blocked top gives it a little more of a dressed-up vibe. Mila keeps things casual with that cute, cropped black jacket and protects her little one »
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" continue to dominate, but new additions to the list include "August: Osage County" and "Mistaken for Strangers." "20 Feet from Stardom" returns to the list boosted by its Movie of the Week status (on sale for 99 cents rental). Recent additions "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1," "Blood Ties" and "Cheap Thrills" have some lasting power in their second week on the list. The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight, $56,831,000) 2. Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features, $27,195,200) 3. August: Osage County (Weinstein Company, $37,639,307) 4. 20 Feet from Stardom (Radius-twc, $4,938,075) 5. Blood Ties (Roadside Attractions, $26,912) 6. Mistaken for Strangers (Abramorama, $81,800) 7. The »
- Paula Bernstein
It's been awhile since Clive Owen had a big film, but the British actor has kept busy with some lower profile dramas that have hit the festival circuit over the years. In fact, at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Owen could be seen in both Blood Ties (watch the trailer) and the upbeat romance Words & Pictures. Now the first trailer for the latter film has arrived, showing the former James Bond candidate falling for a feisty painter played by Juliette Binoche. Both seem to be playing American in this one, so that's somewhat interesting, but this looks like your average indie romantic comedy. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Fred Schepisi's Words & Pictures from Yahoo: Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) laments his students' obsession with social media and good grades — as opposed to rigorous engagement with language. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years. »
- Ethan Anderton
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s in theaters
Firefox: magnificent drama about a girl gang in 1950s New York, astonishing in its peek into the hidden traumas of girls’ everyday lives [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Past: remarkably grounded French drama about a broken family trying to mend; unexpectedly riveting, with one of the year’s best ensembles [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Blood Ties: some excellent performances — by Clive Owen and Billy Crudup — can’t disguise the fact that there’s absolutely nothing here we haven’t seen too many times before [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Smaug is a magnificent cinematic creation… but there’s no good reason it takes so damn long to get to him [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
Flyboys: old-fashioned adventure »
- MaryAnn Johanson
1. Apple Streaming TV: Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast about creating a streaming TV service that would rival Netflix, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Apple has spent year trying to get into the TV market, but so far, the Apple TV set-top box hasn't yet taken off. Partnering with a cable company would obviously be a huge boost for Apple. Meanwhile, Netflix's stock has dipped on the news, according to Mashable. 2. Top Indies in iTunes: Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" continue to dominate the list of top 10 indies in iTunes, but new additions to the list include "Blood Ties," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" and "Cheap Thrills." See the full list here. 3. Panasonic 4K: It looks like GoPro may have some competition in the action camera market. Panasonic has announced it will release of the Hx-A500, a 4K wearable camera. »
- Paula Bernstein
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" continue to dominate, but new additions to the list include "Blood Ties," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" and "Cheap Thrills." The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight, $56,036,000) 2. Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features, $27,073,000) 3. Blood Ties (Roadside Attractions, N/A) 4. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 5. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (The Weinstein Company, $8,311,791) 6. Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (Magnolia, $175,000) 7. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 8. Cheap Thrills (Drafthouse, $19,100) 9. Camp Takota (N/A) 10. The Grandmaster (The Weinstein Company, $6,594,959) »
- Paula Bernstein
Set in New York in 1974, Blood Ties tells the story of 50-year-old Chris (Clive Owen), who has just been released after several years in prison for murder, and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future. Even though Frank hopes that his brother has changed, Chris just can’t shake his past and a life of crime. From director Guillaume Canet (who also wrote it with James Gray), the film also stars Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clive Owen talked about how filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron helped bring this project to his attention, what made him want to sign on, collaborating with Guillaume Canet (who was an actor in the original French film this was adapted from), his process for finding this character, why he doesn’t believe in over-rehearsing, and how much he »
- Christina Radish
Today’s film is the 2001 short Star. Part of BMW’s The Hire series of short films, the film is directed by Guy Ritchie, who co-wrote it with Joe Sweet, and stars Madonna and Clive Owen. Owen reprised his role for numerous other shorts in the series, and BMW recently announced they will be making a new set of shorts, with a new cast. Owen has also starred in movies such as Children of Men, Sin City, and Gosford Park. His newest feature, titled Blood Ties, opened in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
The post Sunday Shorts: ‘Star’, starring Clive Owen appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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