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DVD Playhouse--Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

By Allen Gardner

Killer Joe (Lionsgate) William Friedkin’s film of Tracy Letts’ off-Broadway hit about a family of Texas trailer park cretins (Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon) who hire a cop-cum-hitman (Matthew McConaughey) to take out their troublesome mother, then foolishly cross him, is a stinging satire, given double-barreled audacity by Friedkin’s sure, and fearless, directorial hand. Earning its Nc-17 rating in spades, “Killer Joe” reminds us that daring, frank material like this is why movies exist in the first place. McConaughey gives the performance of his career, hopefully redefined after this. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes; Commentary by Friendkin; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) Christopher Nolan’s coda to his “Batman” trilogy finds Christian Bale returning as a brooding Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader, this time faced with a hulking villain (Tom Hardy) with respiratory
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Sundance Curiosities: What's With All the Retitling and Retreads?

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Sundance Curiosities: What's With All the Retitling and Retreads?
Thanks goodness Fox Searchlight didn’t decide to go with “The Bayou.” Specialty houses have been on a bit of a bender this year with renaming festival films for theatrical release. The latest is Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions’ decision, announced Thursday, to turn the Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening Toronto film festival comedy “Imogene” (directed by "American Splendor" filmmakers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman) into the eminently bland, rom-com-sounding “Girl Most Likely” for its July 19, 2013 opening. A few 2012 Sundance selections have been released this year with blander titles, too, including Ben Lewin’s “The Surrogate,” which Searchlight redubbed “The Sessions” (snore…) for its fall release, and Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s “Predisposed,” which IFC Films opened over the summer as “Why Stop Now.” (Actually, “Predisposed”...
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Why Stop Now DVD Review

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Why Stop Now DVD Review
Title: Why Stop Now Directed by: Phil Dorling, Ron Nyswaner Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan Running time: 88 minutes, Rated R, Available on Blu-ray Special Features: Tracy Morgan Interview, Featurette, Trailer Eli is a piano prodigy who must drop his mom off at rehab before his big audition to win a scholarship to a famous music conservatory, unfortunately mom has to test positive in order to be granted admission. He begrudgingly reaches out to his mom’s former drug dealer Sprinkles, however he’s out of product. Since Eli speaks Spanish, he volunteers to act as translator to the supplier. Their sole mission is to score some cocaine, get [ Read More ]

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Bourne Legacy, Ted, Miami Connection

An unexpected hit and an unfortunate disappointment lead this week's crop of new DVD and Blu-ray releases as Seth MacFarlane's Ted and The Bourne Legacy hit store shelves. The other major release is Ice Age: Continental Drift, but looking beyond that we have some interesting smaller titles including the Sundance hit Why Stop Now starring Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo, Morgan Spurlock's Mansome, and the long-lost '80s cult classic Miami Connection (which is also available on limited edition VHS and digital download here). The first season of Lena Dunham's HBO series Girls is also out, and on Blu-ray we've got The Qatsi Trilogy, Christopher Nolan's Following and Dick Tracy! What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets

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'Girls', 'Bourne Legacy' and Nolan's 'Following' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

Following (Criterion Collection) I received this and Criterion's release of The Qatsi Trilogy only yesterday evening so, no, I haven't had a chance to watch any of it, but I'm really excited to give it a watch considering the new 26-minute interview with Christopher Nolan that accompanies it. The rest of the features, including an audio commentary with Nolan, a side-by-side look at the shooting script and the film and a chronological edit of the film have all been available on DVD before. Following isn't Nolan's excellent lost film, but it is a fascinating film and a great, early look at the director that would go on to receive global acclaim for The Dark Knight and Inception... just to name a couple.

 

The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion Collection) I have never seen and only heard of the three films that make up the Qatsi Trilogy -- Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi. I
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Ted,' 'The Bourne Legacy' and More

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This week: A teddy bear comes to life and becomes Mark Wahlberg's lifelong buddy/ arrested development enabler in "Ted," the first big-screen comedy directed by Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" fame.

Also new this week is Jeremy Renner taking over secret-agent duties in "The Bourne Legacy," the animated sequel "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and the Blu-ray debut of Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy."

'Ted'

Box Office: $219 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 69% Fresh

Storyline: Seth MacFarlane brings his "Family Guy" humor to the big screen for the first time in this demented bromance vs. romance story. John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) made a wish that his teddy bear would come to life when he was a boy, and Ted did just that ... and has never left his side. The foul-mouthed teddy has a penchant for booze, bongs, women and "Flash Gordon," which is fine by John except that John's girlfriend (Mila Kunis
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Jesse Eisenberg Is Haunting In First Images From Richard Ayoade's The Double

Even though he's not even two years removed from his Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg has felt weirdly absent lately. It might because when he was playing Mark Zuckerberg he was absolutely everywhere, and since then he's appeared only in tiny movies (Free Samples, Why Stop Now) or small studio films that nobody saw (30 Minutes Or Less, To Rome With Love). Ok, he also voiced one of the birds in Rio, but that barely even counts. Anyway, Eisenberg is on his way back early next year in the magician heist thriller Now You See Me, but much more intriguing is his team-up with Submarine director Richard Ayoade for The Double, a loose adaptation of a novel by Dostoevsky. Eisenberg stars as an ordinary man who slowly loses his grip on reality when he encounters his doppelgänger, and we've now got our first look at ...
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Why Stop Now

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: IFC/Mpi

Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo go for a drive in Why Stop Now.

A simple trip to a piano audition becomes a life-changing adventure in the 2012 comedy-drama film Why Stop Now starring Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as a mother and son enduring a very bad day.

Piano prodigy Eli Bloom (Eisenberg) is on his way to the most important audition of his life, but first he has to drop off his mother Penny (Leo) at a drug rehab center. There’s just one little complication: Since Penny’s not quite high enough and has to test positive to be admitted, mother and son end up at the door of her dealer Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan, The Son of No One) in search of one last score. But because Penny’s in debt and Sprinkles is low on product,
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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

Certainly feels like the director and producer who has only delivered in mainstream items (Soul Food, Men of Honor, Beauty Shop, Notorious) is trying on a new hat of sorts with the spunky titled The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. George Tillman Jr.’s latest appears to tap into the more authentic, inner city borough pics featuring kids in survival mode a la Raising Victor Vargas or Chop Shop. Starring Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright (pic on the left), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks (see tweet pic top right) and a pair of first-time on the big screen young thesps in the lead roles, filming took place during the summer, has been post-production since late August and features tech crew work by the likes of Production Designer Jane Musky (Why Stop Now) and Cinematographer Reed Morano (For Ellen).

Gist: Written by Michael Starrbury, this is a coming of age
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The Good Wife Round Table: "And the Law Won"

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X-rated ice cream eating. Courtroom bravado. And a new Democratic power player who really wants to befriend Alicia.

The Good Wife offered up plenty of intrigue and storylines on "And The Law Won," and our Round Table team of Carla Day, Matt Richenthal, Christine Orlando and Tiffany Vogt (from TVAddict.com) are here to break it all down...

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What was the most surprising moment of the episode?

Carla: The Kalinda would go out for ice cream with her creep of a husband. What is she doing?

Matt: The final one. This is no act. Alicia and Peter appear to be on legitimately good terms now. I never thought I'd see that again.

Christine: That Diane didn't tell Alicia the reason she sent her to Maddie with the offer is that Maddie was asking about her. I really thought Diane would have given her a heads up.

Tiffany: Maddie Hayward's
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Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Redgrave to Star Off-Broadway in Eisenberg's 'The Revisionist'

Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Redgrave to Star Off-Broadway in Eisenberg's 'The Revisionist'
New York -- Vanessa Redgrave will star alongside playwright Jesse Eisenberg in the world premiere of The Revisionist, his second work to be produced off-Broadway by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Directed by Kip Fagan, who also staged Eisenberg's previous play, Asuncion, the new production begins previews Feb. 6, with official opening set for Feb. 21 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. Video: Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan Search for Drugs in 'Why Stop Now' Trailer Eisenberg's character is a blocked sci-fi writer attempting to escape his problems in Poland. A 75-year-old cousin played by Redgrave latches onto

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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2237

I know you can hardly contain your excitement for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, but the most interest rating for me today was the PG-rating for Sony Pictures's The Swan Princess: Christmas. I'm not sure I've ever seen a PG-rated film head in to the appeals process and I've been doing these articles for a long time. Other than that, what follows are the latest MPAA ratings from Bulletin #2237. #Holdyourbreath Rated R For strong bloody violence, sexual content, language and some drug use. Bigfoot County Rated R For pervasive language and a brief sexual assault. Down The Shore Rated R For language and some drug use. Electrick Children Rated R For language including brief sexual references. Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare Rated PG-13 For some thematic material. Girls Against Boys Rated R For violence, some sexual content/nudity and language. A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles
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Why Stop Now

In Why Stop Now, Jesse Eisenberg plays Eli, an outcast who is every inch as nerdy and bad with women as he is remarkably talented (so, in terms of roles played by Eisenberg—the usual). In Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s new film, he is a piano prodigy who is one audition away from getting into the most elite music school in the country, and thusly, one step away from escaping his miserable, deadend life. His road block? His drug-addicted mother, Penny (Melissa Leo). Add in the town’s local drug dealers, Sprinkles and Black (played by Tracey Morgan and Isiah Whitlock),...
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The 2012 Movie Rankings: New players Timothy, Norman, Sparkle, Expendables and Frank get tryouts

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The 2012 Movie Rankings: New players Timothy, Norman, Sparkle, Expendables and Frank get tryouts
Everyone waits until the year is over to compile their “Best of whatever” movie lists. This has become a mundane practice. Time for a bit of a change, kids. Six new players from last week all found spots on every part of the bench (list). Some, such as ParaNorman, got to sit right next to the coach because of their stellar play. Others, like the overrated Why Stop Now, found their way toward the end of the pine, specifically, sitting on the floor with a towel. And then there’s the unknowns in Robot & Frank, who hustle with their limited talent and impress the coaching staff. Everyone gets a shot, [ Read More ]
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Interview: Ron Nyswaner, Phil Dorling and Melissa Leo (Why Stop Now)

Originally titled Predisposed after the short it was based on, Why Stop Now made a splash at this years Sundance where it caught the attention of IFC Films at the film’s world premier. Riding the line between addiction drama and drug infused comedy, the film centers on Eli (Jesse Eisenberg) as he tries to escape his drug addicted mother (Melissa Leo) by putting her in rehab, which would ultimately free him to pursue a top-notch musical education. All he needs to do is get her high first. The problem is, she owes her dealer (Tracy Morgan) a nice little sum, and he wants them both to help him score a new deal before hooking her up. Within this wacky adventure is a soulful contemplation on redemptive quality of art and the importance of family, no matter how wretched they might be.

I caught up with co-directors Ron Nyswaner and Phil Dorling,
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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Expendables 2, ParaNorman, The Odd Life of Timothy Green

It's do or die this weekend for Sylvester Stallone and his cohorts as they try to prove that the more washed up action stars you throw at a movie, the better it will be. While the expanded roles of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis are expected to push The Expendables 2 to the top of the box office quite easily, I wouldn't count out ParaNorman, the stop-motion animated film from the same studio that did Coraline. It also has to compete with Sparkle, featuring the last on-screen appearance of the late Whitney Houston, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green starring Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner. In select theatres, we also have David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, Craig Zobel's Compliance, and the indie sci-fi dramedy Robot & Frank starring Frank Langella. What will you be watching this weekend? The Expendables 2 ParaNorman The Odd Life of Timothy Green Sparkle Cosmopolis (limited) Compliance (limited) Why Stop Now?
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Jesse Eisenberg Talks Why Stop Now?, Now You See Me, Rio 2, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, and Being Mistaken for Mark Zuckerberg at the Olympics

Why Stop Now? tells the bittersweet story of Eli Smith (Jesse Eisenberg), a piano prodigy who, on the day of his audition for a prestigious music program, plans to enter his loving mother (Melissa Leo) into rehab for drug addiction. But, things don’t quite work out as planned and Eli soon finds himself having to work with her drug dealer Sprinkles (Tracy Morgan) while trying to make his own dream come true. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Jesse Eisenberg talked about why he was interested in being a part of Why Stop Now?, what made his character so relatable, preparing to do the piano playing himself, getting to work so closely with Melissa Leo, and what surprised him about Tracy Morgan, as a dramatic actor. He also talked about what he’s looking forward to with the animated sequel Rio 2, working with Richard Ayoade
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Why Stop Now Movie Review

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Why Stop Now Movie Review
Title: Why Stop Now Director: Phil Dorling & Ron Nyswaner More like, why even begin? The only thing one will take away from this 85 minute scamper is that Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo know how to act. Well that, and Tracy Morgan solidifies that he is hit-or-miss in onscreen comedies. Eisenberg plays a quirky piano savant who has a major tryout in just a few hours. His substance-abusing mother (Leo) has finally agreed to enter a rehab facility but there’s just one snag: She has clean urine and no health insurance. So unless she litters her insides, the rehab center legally cannot let her in due to the lack [ Read More ]
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Review: Why Stop Now

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Note: Why Stop Now was originally reviewed in January when it played Sundance under the name Predisposed. Plot: A piano prodigy (Jesse Eisenberg) must escort his junkie mother (Melissa Leo) to rehab in time for him to hit his audition for a prestigious college. Two low-level drug dealers (Tracy Morgan & Isiah Whitlock Jr.) complicate matters. Review: Why Stop Now is certainly a step up for the closing night slot at the Sundance Film Festival. A difficult slot to fill, two...
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Melissa Leo, 'Why Stop Now' Star, On Winning Oscars, Tracy Morgan And Trying Comedy

For Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo, the experience of making a movie is almost as important as the end result. Take, for example, her new indie, “Why Stop Now,” based on the 2008 short film “Predisposed,” in which she also had a starring role: Leo cultivated an important working relationship during the quick shoot. “The thing that leaps to my mind about that less-than-a-month last summer: Jesse Eisenberg, Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg,” she told Moviefone during a recent chat ahead of the film's August 17 release. “I knew the first time I met him that there was a great hope that he'd play my son in the film,” she said. ”[I would have been upset] if anybody else would have ended up playing that boy, because he was so perfect for it, the maternal instinct I had for him the second I met him, and the respect and the admiration.” As luck would have it, Eisenberg would
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