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Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis returns with his weekly look at what’s on offer in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s Us edition we get tied up with Fifty Shades of Grey, twitch our mustache’s with Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, go computer hacking with Thor in Blackhat and see Julianne Moore Finally win an Oscar for Still Alice…
Fifty Shades of Grey: Unrated Edition
With over $550million grossed worldwide, audience (mainly female) flocked to see the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by author El James this Valentines Day, so expect mega numbers from the Blu-ray sales as well as Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan get even steamier in this unseen edition of Fifty Shades of Grey. Expect it to be one of the year’s biggest sellers.
See Also: Read our review of Fifty Shades of Grey
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- Scott J. Davis
Ever since the "Twilight" series wrapped up, Taylor Lautner has been eager to show different sides than what audiences may be used to. He's gone down the comedy road with "Grown Ups 2" and the U.K. series "Cuckoo," and also forged an action path with "Abduction." It's in the vein of the latter that his latest, "Tracers," arrives, allowing the actor show some parkour moves. Directed by Daniel Benmayor ("Paintball"), and featuring Marie Avgeropoulos, Adam Rayner, and Rafi Gavron, the story follows Cam, a New York City bicycle messenger who falls in with a team of parkour artists who use their skills to pull off heists. In debt to organized crime, Cam goes along on the heists, but soon he faces danger on all sides. You can get a taste of the movie from the people who made it in the exclusive behind-the-scenes clip below. Read More: Watch The »
- Edward Davis
Taylor Lautner navigates the concrete jungle like never before in the parkour thriller, Tracers, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on May 12 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Tracers is currently available via On Demand. The action-adventure explores the dangerous world of mob crime, set against the landscape of parkour, and features a stellar cast including Marie Avgeropoulos, Adam Rayner and Rafi Gavron.
When Cam (Taylor Lautner), a New York City bicycle messenger in debt to an organized crime gang, crashes his bike into a sexy stranger, Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), it seems his luck may be changing. She introduces Cam to her crew, a team who uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his debt, he quickly joins. As the stakes get higher with more dangerous side ventures, the payouts get bigger.  Cam must use every ounce of his skill to stay alive as »
In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.
School: Ringling College of Art and Design
Major: Motion design
High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was »
- Malina Saval, Christy Grosz, Seth Kelley and Marianne Zumberge
A new distributor owned by one of America.s richest men has bought Us rights to writer-director Michael Petroni.s Backtrack after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Saban Films put up a seven-figure guarantee for the psychological thriller which stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy and Bruce Spence . "We're thrilled at the sale to Saban; they made an aggressive offer which is testament to their strong belief in the film,. said See Pictures. Jamie Hilton, who produced with Antonia Barnard and Petroni. .A deal this size coming out of Tribeca is a great result and we'll go to Cannes with confidence as we screen the film for the first time to European and other international buyers." Brody plays Peter, a troubled psychotherapist who suffers from nightmares and eerie visions, which prompt him to revisit his remote hometown where he becomes obsessed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery. »
- Don Groves
Saban launched a year ago and released The Homesman last November. The maiden slate includes How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; The Forger starring John Travolta; American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody and Jordana Brewster; Tracers starring Taylor Lautner; and The Trust with Nicolas Cage. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: 12 Must-See Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival In the midst of the Tribeca Film Festival, distributors are zeroing in on key projects. The latest is director Ben Palmer's "Man Up," for which Saban Films has just acquired the North American rights. The film stars Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams. Bell plays Nancy, who, after being mistaken for Pegg's character's blind date, decides to go along with the mess-up. "'Man Up' is a surprising love story led by two hilarious and talented actors," said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. "We're always looking to acquire smart and distinctive films and this one is going to be incredibly appealing to a commercial audience." In the past, Saban Films has also acquired the rights to such films as "How to Make Love Like an Englishman" starring Pierce Brosnan, "Tracers" starring Taylor Lautner and "The Forger" starring John Travolta. »
- Travis Clark
Bike-messenger boy meets girl, joins her NYC gang of parkour-ing thieves, and winds up in formulaic trouble in Daniel Benmayor's Tracers, a by-the-books B movie only notable for its energetic action choreography. In debt to a loan shark, Cam (Taylor Lautner) ditches cycling in favor of hopping, skipping, and jumping around Manhattan after meeting Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), a beauty in league with other one-dimensional urban-athlete twentysomethings who pull off daring heists while dressed like ninjas. Cam is the usual good guy in a bad spot, and his need for cash drives him to join their crew, whose leader, Miller (Adam Rayner), likes to spout faux-philosophical nonsense about striving for new "plateaus." Of course, what initially seems great to Cam even »
A good movie is like a restaurant that serves quality food and lots of it. You can gorge yourself and there will still be plenty to take home. Some of my most distinct movie memories aren’t from watching films, but talking about them afterwards. Cinema brings diverse people into a single place for a communal experience. That’s why when you watch a movie by yourself at home you miss out on half of the pleasure of cinema. If a movie is really good or really bad, at least there is always something to say.
After the screening of last year’s most subversive film, The Lego Movie, I spent an hour discussing it with another critic. And after Michael Bay’s artless and disgusting Pain & Gain, I nearly lost my voice from shouting at someone who really liked the movie. Daniel Benmayor’s Tracers, which stars Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame, »
- Josh Cabrita
Taylor Lautner may be an action star, but that doesn't mean he's always fearless. "I am filming in Santa Fe right now and there are so many mice around my house," the actor, 23, tells People. "I go to bed every night afraid that a mouse is going to sleep with me." But don't worry, Lautner still exudes action hero confidence in his new film Tracers. "I did more stunts in this movie than I think I'll do in the rest of my career - very dangerous stunts," he says of working on the film, which also stars Marie Avgeropoulos and is in theaters now. »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
“The 100” star Marie Avgeropoulos is used to being a badass warrior on The CW post-apocalyptic drama, but she had to learn a whole new set of skills for “Tracers,” which opens Friday. Set in the world of parkour, the film follows a bike messenger, played by Taylor Lautner, who is introduced to the extreme sport by Avgeropoulos’ character. But little does he know that she and her rag tag family don’t just run and jump around for fun, but use the sport to pull off heists. “I was not familiar with parkour at all,” the actress told TheWrap of her. »
- Linda Ge
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 Annie (family musical; Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz; rated PG) Top Five (comedy; Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson; rated R) Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson-directed impenetrable ice; Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro; rated R) Song of the Sea (animated; voices: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan; rated PG) Tracers (action; Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos; available 3/20...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Cam (Lautner) is a bike messenger who becomes involved with a cutting-edge parkour gang following a chance encounter with a beautiful woman (Marie Avgeropoulos).
Although life seems more exciting with the gang, Cam is soon over his head when the group turn to crime to fund their parkour exploits.
Tracers opens in cinemas and is available on iTunes on March 20 in the Us. »
I'm one of those "glass half-full "critics when it comes to Taylor Lautner. Film after film I hope he'll pull a Sally Field, who went from The Flying Nun and Gidget to Sybil and Norma Rae. Would Abduction or Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 reveal the young man's inner Laurence Olivier? No, sadly. The lumbering hunk remains just a lumbering hunk in those two. Prize-winning pecs and abs plus a cute smile were what the glamor boy's fans had to settle for.
"Well, maybe Tracers will be his Wuthering Heights," I was murmuring as I scooted onto the subway last night, heading for a midtown screening room. I should have known better. I should have checked out the director's CV before hoping for the best.
- Brandon Judell
Liberated from the clumsy cage of the “Twilight” films, Taylor Lautner stars in “Tracers,” an agreeable, if minor, thriller directed by Daniel Benmayor. Set in the concrete cliffs and canyons of Manhattan, the film kicks off when bike messenger Cam (Lautner) literally runs into Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos) as she and a gang of like-minded individuals are racing up, around and through the city by means of the free-running art called Parkour. It’s a meet-cute with injuries — a beat-cute, if you will — and after Nikki leaves Cam a bike to replace the one she smashed up, he tries »
- James Rocchi
Leaping through skylights and surfing down stairs, Taylor Lautner and his parkour crew elevate old-fashioned cat burglary to a feat of high-speed, anti-gravity showmanship in “Tracers,” a project that takes what’s anarchic about the sport and runs, jumps and double-somersaults with it. The plot may be as creaky as an old-timer slinking across rooftops in a black turtleneck and domino mask, but the acrobatic stunts more than compensate, many of them performed by Lautner himself. After 2011’s “Abduction” cast his drawing power into question, this youth-skewing, VOD-driven release could be the “Twilight” star’s last gleaming.
Perhaps that’s overstating the stakes, as it’s only Lautner’s short-lived A-list standing that appears to be in question. Although Team Jacob fans managed to sway “Twilight” producers from recasting his role in the sequels, they haven’t turned out in sufficient numbers to carry the teen wolf into a grown-up career, »
- Peter Debruge
Taylor Lautner‘s upcoming Lionsgate thriller “Tracers” has released a new sneak peek of the “Twilight” star in action. The film centers around the use of parkour, a French training discipline that focuses on moving from place to place as quickly and efficiently as possible. Also Read: Oscars 2015: The Nominees (Photos) In the movie, Lautner plays Cam, a young man who crashes his bike into a girl named Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos). Cam eventually meets her friends, a group that uses parkour to pull off heists. Hoping to alleviate his deepening debt to a local gang, Cam quickly joins the gang. »
- Joe Otterson
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Taylor Lautner and Marie Avgeropoulos have decided to break up ahead of the release of their new movie together, Tracers. Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos Split Lautner, 22, and Avgeropoulos, 28, have been broken up for a couple of months, a source close to the couple told E! News. “It was completely amicable,” the insider said, adding, […]
- Chelsea Regan
Good news, Team Jacob fangirls: Taylor Lautner is single. The Twilight actor, 22, and girlfriend Marie Avgeropoulos, 28, have broken up, a source confirms to People. His rep had no comment. The stars met on the set of their 2013 action movie Tracers and seemed to confirm their relationship when they were spotted holding hands in New York City's SoHo neighborhood that summer. "They're happy and having a fun time together," a source told People at the time. As for what the Hollywood heartthrob doesn't want in a potential new love interest? "Playing cool all the time … [or] hard-to-get is not the way to win me over, »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
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