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The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you’ve been dying to see. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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I can’t wait for the day when James Franco finally comes out of the performance-art closet and reveals that almost everything he’s done in the past, oh, ten years or so has been part of an intricate ongoing practical joke to yank celebrity culture and our knee-jerk worship of those who are famous. His turn as the charlatan man behind the curtain in Oz the Great and Powerful was a big clue, I think. He’s waiting for someone — anyone — to debunk the smoke and mirrors of the fame that allows him to churn out increasingly ridiculous pontifical junk. And no one does. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Escape to Victory didn't set the world alight on its initial release in 1981, but as the decades have ticked on the film has firmly cemented itself as a cult favourite among fans of film and football.
Now, this potent mix of The Great Escape and underdog sports tale is in line for a remake with Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman at the helm. Liman will surely play it straight in the redo, but the original film featured a glorious mix of big movie stars of the day (Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine), ageing football icons who'd taken a paycheque in the Us (Pelé) and Ipswich Town players (hey, they were big in the '80s!).
With that in mind, Digital Spy has picked a brand new Victory 2014 starting XI ready for 90 minutes of life-or-death football. Fyi, we're playing 4-4-2 - the Nazis might overrun us in midfield but we're old school! »
There's no doubt James Franco has been super busy lately. Last year alone, Franco appeared in the films Homefront, Oz: The Great and Powerful, This is The End, Lovelace, As I Lay Dying, Child of God and Palo Alto. This year he's not much less busy with Third Person on the way, and now we have the trailer for a new crime drama called Good People starring Franco and Kate Hudson (who also has Wish I Was Here this summer too). The film follows a down-on-their-luck couple in serious debt who stumble upon a huge stack of cash in the apartment of the now deceased tenant living below them. It seems to solve their financial problems and fix their lives at first, until they start getting chased by those who want the cash back. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Henrik Genz's Good People, originally from Apple: Good People »
- Ethan Anderton
James Franco Not Pursuing Teenagers
In early April, screen shots of a flirty conversation between Franco and a 17-year-old girl, Lucy Clode, who met Franco outside of his Broadway play Of Mice and Men, went viral. In the text messages, Clode clearly states her age, and Franco still invites her to meet him at a hotel in New York City. After the messages went viral, Franco was forced to address the issue and publicly apologized on Live with Kelly and Michael, saying that he is just a man trying to navigate dating in the age of social media.
“I guess, you know, I’m embarassed, and I guess I’m just a model of, you know, how social media is tricky. »
Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” shot to the top of both national home video sales charts for the week ended April 13, ending a three-week stay at the top for Walt Disney’s “Frozen.”
“Frozen” slipped to No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Nielsen data shows that consumers bought about twice as many copies of the “Hobbit” sequel as they did of “Frozen” during the week, with Blu-ray fans snapping up more than three times as many copies.
Two other new releases made it into the First Alert top 10. The Weinstein Co.’s “August: Osage County,” distributed by Anchor Bay, debuted at No. 4 (No. 9, Blu-ray), a good showing for a dark comedy about strong-willed women that only made $37.7 million in theaters. And Warner’s “Grudge Match, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Frozen has sold more than half a million DVDs and Blu-rays in just two days.
The Oscar-winning Disney animation is on course to become the fastest-selling DVD and Blu-ray of 2014 so far in the UK, according to The Official Charts Company.
It has already beaten this year's previous fastest seller The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which shifted 457,000 copies in seven days.
The Frozen soundtrack has also become the best-selling compilation of 2014 so far, with sales of 177,000 this year.
Watch 'Let It Go' from Frozen below: »
In recent years, there have been quite a few attempts at bringing the magic of 80s and 90s action movies back to the big screen, most notably by the big names who owe their success to the era. So it's surprising to find that Gary Fleder's crime thriller Homefront might be the best effort out of the lot. Perhaps it's due in part to the strength of Chuck Logan's novel, which was adapted by Sylvester Stallone and moved from the frozen falls of Minnesota to the bayou of Louisiana. And while frontman Jason Statham turns in one of the best performances of his career, the entire film is buoyed by an excellent supporting cast that turns in surprisingly reserved performances, including James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and newcomer Izabela Vidovic. Sadly, the Blu-ray is rather bare when it comes to extras, but the feature itself is worth another look. »
- Dave Trumbore
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
An Inconvenient Truth: eight years on, Al Gore’s impassioned plea that we do something about global warming is even more necessary (because we’ve wasted nearly a decade doing nothing) [my review] [at Netflix] The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at Netflix] 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 Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
new to stream
Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
To mark the release of Homefront on 31st April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD
Jason Statham and James Franco star in this action thriller adapted from Chuck Logan’s novel by Sylvester Stallone. Following the death of his wife, former drug enforcement officer Phil Broker (Statham) moves to a quiet town with his young daughter, hoping to give her a better life. However, their peaceful existence is short-lived when Broker learns of the violence and dodgy dealings corrupting the town at the hands of local drug boss Gator Bodine (Franco). Broker soon finds himself fighting to protect both his daughter and the town. The film also stars Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and Rachelle Lefevre.
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Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hung onto the top spot on both national home video sales charts for a second consecutive week, while Universal Studios’ “Homefront” debuted at No. 2, selling just 17% as many units as the “Hunger Games” sequel on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined sales, for the week ended March 16.
“Homefront,” with a cast that includes Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder, bowed at No. 4 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, behind Walt Disney Studios’ “Thor: The Dark World” at No. 2 and Warner’s “Gravity” at No. 3, both of which have been in stores for three weeks.
The comparison’s not really fair, though, as “Catching Fire” earned nearly $425 million in U.S. theaters, while “Homefront” — a drama about a former DEA agent who moves his family to a quiet town, only to »
- Thomas K. Arnold
As regular readers will know, I always start reviews of Jason Statham films with a with an acknowledgment that regular readers will already know that I really like Jason Statham films, perhaps with a witty aside to the unlikelihood of my having regular readers. The man’s latest is Homefront, in which he stars as an ex-dea agent trying to leave his old life behind and begin anew in rural Louisiana with his young daughter (Izabela Vidovic), where for reasons unknown, no one will ever question his blatantly British accent. Unfortunately, The Stathe runs afoul of Kate Bosworth and her unnecessarily rude and aggressive family because of his general badass-ery. Their falling out escalates to involve Bosworth’s meth-cooking brother James Franco, who is also fairly badass. And as everybody knows, »
- Jack Kirby
From director Gary Fleder and written by Sylvester Stallone, the action thriller Homefront (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) tells the story of widowed ex-dea agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham), who retires to a quiet Southern town with this 10-year-old daughter, only to find it filled with drugs and violence. When psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine (James Franco) ends up fixated on Broker, the man who was looking to live a quiet, idyllic life must do whatever it takes to protect his family. During this recently exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clancy Brown (who plays local town sheriff Keith Rodrigue in the film) talked about how he came to be a part of Homefront, why the script appealed to him, what makes director Gary Fleder a good collaborator, that he enjoyed playing a straight-up guy, and how a good script will usually get him to take on a role. »
- Christina Radish
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 »
- email@example.com (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
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