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Chicago – Jason Statham has become an amorphous blob in the action genre, but an amorphous blob who is his own archetype, nonetheless. With the “Expendables” movies he began to take the genre torch from Sylvester Stallone, and now working from a script by Stallone in “Homefront”, his Americanization is nearly certified. That being said, watching Jason Statham tattoo a bald eagle on himself might be more enjoyable than his latest addition to a bloated filmography, “Homefront”. That, or staging a debate with Stallone and Statham about gun control.
Screenwriter Stallone adapted a novel by Chuck Logan with intent on assembling an old fashioned tale of home security, with any and all genre connections welcome. In its final form, a film that could’ve had some grip as a small town thriller loses its tension before such seems like a possibility. On a more basic level, “Homefront” doesn’t have »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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 Homefront (action; Jason Statham, James Franco; rated R) Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen brothers-directed period drama; Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan; rated R) Out of the Furnace (drama; Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson; rated R) Perfect Sisters (horror; Abigail Breslin, Mira Sorvino; pretheatrical release available now; not rated) A Birder's Guide to Everything (comedy; Ben Kingsley, Kodi...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Directed by Gary Fleder and penned by none other than Sylvester Stallone, “Homefront” stars Jason Statham as Phil Broker, a widowed ex-dea agent whose past with a meth-running motorcycle gang comes back to haunt him. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Fleder one-on-one, about the movie (whose source material Stallone originally thought about using as a “Rambo” sequel), the advantages of location scouting with Google Earth and his affinity for dabbling in small screen work as well. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: It’s a lot easier for me to connect the dots to Jason Statham on this movie. How did the project first come your [ Read More ]
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has a guitar, a dream, and a big orange kitty cat. He's looking for his big break in New York City, but he's too busy being a bit of an aimless schmuck to do anything great. Inspired by the '60s folk scene in Greenwich Village, this comedy/drama has a whole lot of good music performed by stars Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Adam Driver.
Why We're In: The Coen brothers, a fantastic soundtrack produced by T-Bone Burnett, and one cool cat that rides the subway? We're in.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"George Washington" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Writer/director David Gordon Green's feature-length debut is about a group of tweens in North Carolina, and the very bad thing we know they did one summer.
- Jenni Miller
Inside Llewyn Davis Inside Llewyn Davis was a hair away from being my #1 Movie of 2013 so, yeah, it's the highest recommendation of the week by a long shot. Here's a snippet from my Top Ten of 2013 write-up: The storytelling in this movie is just so lovely, soft and subtle. It's a film guided by characters that turn left when in most films the story would demand they turn right. As a result they go off on tangents that many will believe unnecessary such as the biggest complaint with this film, the John Goodman sequence. But these are the moments that make up our lives, these are the moments people want to hear about. Our lives aren't made up merely of milestones, but the little things in-between are just as responsible for making us who we are.
Out of The Furnace This isn't a great film, but it's a fascinating one if you look deep enough. »
- Brad Brevet
From Vvs Films, Sneak Peek a restricted 'red-band' trailer supporting director Gary Fleder's action thriller "Homefront", available March 11, 2014 on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD, starring James Franco, Jason Statham, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth:
"...a widowed ex-'dea' agent retires to a small town for the sake of his 10-year-old daughter.
"The only problem is he picked the wrong town..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Homefront"....
- Michael Stevens
On Demand DVD New Releases March 10-16 A Birder’s Guide to Everything David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a young man who tries to keep his mother’s memory alive by continuing to pursue their mutual interest in bird watching. But when an expert in the field tells David he may have captured on camera a duck believed to be extinct, it sets off a journey into the woods of Connecticut that also leads to much self-discovery. Also stars Ben Kingsley, Katie Chang (PG-13, 1:28) 3/11 Homefront A man (Jason Statham) moves to the country with his daughter to get away from the craziness of … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases: March 10-16 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
With Homefront, the ever prolific Jason Statham was back for his third film of 2013! First it was Parker, then Redemption (which went straight to Redbox) and finally this Sylvester Stallone-penned film based on the book by Chuck Logan. Much has been made of the script being written by Sly mostly because short-term memory critics forget the man has written a ton of screenplays, was Oscar-nominated for one, and developed three of the most successful movie franchises of all time. Here again he shows that he hasn’t lost his touch. It’s a simple-minded and predictable Bronsonesque revenge tale but it mostly works. As for the action, we get a couple of car chases and lots of the old fashioned brawling Statham fans expect.
- Tom Stockman
Enter our "Homefront" contest and stand a chance of winning one of two Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with Ultraviolet. The film stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic, Marcus Hester, and Clancy Brown. Pic is directed by Gary Fleder and scripted by Sylvester Stallone and hits shelevs on March 11th, 2014, but you can snag a copy (if you're lucky). Widowed ex-dea agent Phil Broker (Statham) retires to a quiet Southern town with his 10-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs »
Reports in October indicated that Statham had met with director Paul Feig but the actor was uncommitted as he was still weighing other options. Sources now confirm Statham has agreed to co-star in the project and that a deal should be made shortly.
In the comedy that reteams McCarthy and Feig yet again (“The Heat,” “Bridesmaids”), the story follows the adventures of an unlikely spy, Susan Cooper. Statham will play another spy McCarthy teams up with.
- Justin Kroll
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts: my favorite of the five films is the British “The Voorman Problem,” starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander in a hilarious and provocative bit of speculative fantasy [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Amazon Instant Video] The Book Thief: the tone is oddly uneven, but this is a mostly charming story about the power of books and an unforgettable young girl who loves to read [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Homefront: Jason Statham teams up with another badass little girl… which makes him almost warm and charming as he kicks the crap out of villains [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
Thor: The Dark World: think heavy-metal Lord of the Rings, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Gravity While my opinion of Gravity has diminished somewhat since first seeing it, if there was a movie last year that I hope you caught in theaters before seeing it at home it would be this one. I just don't know how good this film can be on a smaller screen in your living room. After all, at home is where movies depend on the narrative even more than they do in theaters and this one is seriously lacking in that department.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (Criterion Collection) I don't quite understand the motivation behind Criterion's decision to release a bare bones version of Blue is the Warmest Color with the promise of a special edition further down the line, but here it is. Their explanation was something to the effect of "get it to the audience as soon as possible", but it seems to me Criterion is just sugar-coating a double-dip effort. »
- Brad Brevet
Hong Kong – “Snowpiercer,” the English-language sci-fi film by South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho, is to get a theatrical release next month in mainland China.
It is being imported through China’s quota system and will be released as a revenue sharing title by China Film Group in March. A precise date is being finalized and may be known next week.
It is currently unclear what, if any, parts of the movie will be trimmed by Chinese censors ahead of release.
The film was released in South »
- Patrick Frater
Interview Luke Savage 18 Feb 2014 - 06:30
He chopped Sean Connery's head off in Highlander. Saved the human race in Starship Troopers. And was really mean to pretty much everyone in The Shawshank Redemption. His name is Clancy Brown – Clarence J. Brown III if you want to get specific - and he is awesome.
Menacing tough guy, loveable nice guy, he's voiced a merman, Sasquatch, Lex Luthor, plus a character called Mr. Krabs. He even squared up to The Statham in last year's Homefront and lived to tell the tale.
In short, he's the best kind of supporting actor. Any film he's in gets better whenever he's on screen. That's certainly the case with Nothing Left to Fear, the film he's on the other end of a phone to promote. »
THR report that the director is in negotiations with Nu Image, who are shopping the action sequel to international buyers at the European Film Market.
Jason Statham is reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, the eponymous elite assassin with a talent for clean kills, often made to look like accidental deaths, and a strict code of conduct.
No word yet if Ben Foster will be reprising his role for the upcoming sequel, but Statham’s involvement alone will no doubt be enough to continue the success of the franchise.
Remaking the 1972 film of the same name, Simon West’s The Mechanic netted just over $50m. around the world, with its home entertainment release sure to have tipped the scales very nicely in the black, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's 2013 movie This Is The End was, apparently, not the end for that particular cast of comedy actor chums as The Wrap have confirmed a whole bunch of them will reunite to provide voices for Rogen and Goldberg's next project, the animated movie Sausage Party*.
This includes James Franco (Spring Breakers, Homefront), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Superbad), Michael Cera (Juno, Hits), David Krumholtz (Numb3rs, Mr Popper's Penguins) and Nick Kroll (Date Night, Get Him to the Greek), along with Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) to add a female presence.
The movie is described as a "raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence." Given the way the meat product is commercially produced, you can't imagine it having the most heartwarming of conclusions. Here's a bit more about the plot...
After falling out of a shopping cart, »
- Oliver Davis
Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in ‘Still Alice’: Family drama also to star Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin (photo: Kristen Stewart at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival) Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart have joined Julianne Moore in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s family/crippling disease drama Still Alice, based on Lisa Genova’s novel. Julianne Moore will play a psychologist, Alice Howland, who discovers she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Kristen Stewart will be her youngest daughter, Lydia, who becomes closer to Alice as a result of her illness. If all goes as planned, production on Still Alice will kick off in early March in New York City. TheWrap broke the Kate Bosworth-Alec Baldwin-Kristen Stewart Still Alice casting story, adding that Memento Films International is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market. Reportedly thanks to Julianne Moore’s attachment, »
- Andre Soares
Director: Peter Segal; Screenwriters: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman; Starring: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal; Running time: 113 mins; Certificate: 12A
Forget the Batman vs Superman movie everyone's talking about. What would happen if you threw Rocky Balboa and Raging Bull's Jake Lamotta into the boxing ring to duke it out? That's the tantalising idea at the heart of Peter Segal's comedy Grudge Match, which sees Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play veteran fighters who strap on their gloves to settle a 30-year rivalry once and for all.
Stallone plays Henry "Razor" Sharp, a shipyard worker who retired from the sport before a proposed rematch with De Niro's Billy "The Kid" McDonnen. Director Segal relays this in the opening moments with a mixture of archive footage and CGI recreations of the two acting icons in their prime. What should be an »
Digital Release Date: Feb. 25, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Written by Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables) and based on the novel by Chuck Logan, the film stars Statham as widowed ex-dea agent Phil Broker, whose move with his 10-year-old daughter Maddy (Izabela Vidovic, Zombieland) to a quiet Southern town quickly turns into not such a great idea.
Homefront grossed $20 million at the box »
With the Sundance Film Festival kicking off next week, Open Road Films announced its hiring of Peter Lawson as exec VP of production and acquisitions. Lawson will report to the company’s CEO Tom Ortenberg.
Prior to joining Open Road, Lawson served as head of acquisitions and co-productions for the Weinstein Co. Most recently, he served as president of production for two years at Thunder Road.
“Peter’s great taste and depth of expertise in the acquisitions arena is unparalleled,” Ortenberg said in a statement. “As our business evolves and we continue to acquire projects in the script and pre-production phases, Peter’s production savvy will be a tremendous asset to the entire team at Open Road.”
Lawson replaces former acquisition chief Ben Cotner, who was with Open Road since the company started in 2011.
Open Road recently released Justin Beiber’s music docu “Believe,” which has underperformed with just $6 million at the domestic box office. »
- Andrew Stewart
20 items from 2014
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