No Picture
Drama

VOD Spotlight: “The Runaways” lets actors channel their inner rock stars

By Elaine Bergstrom Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have been spending a lot of time together in the last few years, appearing together in two Twilight Saga films, and they are scheduled to appear in a third. The two also play punk rock stars Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, of the ’70s all-girl band The Runaways, in the film of the same name. Stewart cut off her long hair and dyed it black for the role, which necessitated wearing a wig for some of her scenes as Bella in Eclipse. She also spent time on the set with Jett, who […]

No Picture
Comedy

VOD Spotlight: Alice Eve is the “hard 10” of “She’s Out of My League”

Can an average Joe and a brainy blonde bombshell find true happiness together? That’s the question at the center of the romantic comedy She’s Out of My League. When airport security agent Kirk (Jay Baruchel) catches the eye of a stunning party planner named Molly (Alive Eve), no one can believe it’s really happening — especially him. Part of the reason Kirk doubts himself comes from his pals’ “fool-proof” system of calculating a person’s romantic potential. Actor T. J. Miller, whose character Stainer is the ultimate arbiter of the rating system, explains the complex algorithms that form its basis. It […]

No Picture
Action

VOD Spotlight: “Green Zone” gets help from veterans

Director/producer Paul Greengrass (United 93) began his career covering global conflict for British television. Green Zone, a look at a weapons inspector who uncovers a web of deceit while looking for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, offered him a perfect blend of politics, reality and action. Matt Damon stars as Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, a career soldier who served in the 1990 Gulf War and has now returned to a very different Iraq to lead a group of WMD hunters known as MET D (Mobile Exploration Team Delta). For realism, Greengrass surrounded Damon (whom he had directed in The […]

No Picture
Action

VOD Spotlight: The gritty landscape of “The Book of Eli”

Filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell) always bring a distinct visual style to their films, and The Book of Eli is no different. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic America, which is now a wasteland. A wandering warrior named Eli (Denzel Washington) seeks only peace, but if challenged will cut his attackers down quickly. He wants to fulfill his destiny and bring help to a ravaged humanity, but he faces a big challenge when he comes upon Carnegie (Gary Oldman), the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. In creating the look […]

No Picture
Drama

Get Ready For Some “True Blood” Twitters Along With The Shivers

HBO has launched a new True Blood Twitter Microsite that will allow True Blood fans to have live conversations with other viewers while watching new episodes of Season 3 every Sunday.  Fans visiting www.bloodcopy.com will find a True Blood-centric destination where they can share favorite moments, view popular topics, win prizes and more. Weekly “hosts” will be tweeting during each episode, initiating conversations, interacting with fans and facilitating giveaways. During this Sunday’s season premiere, fans will have the chance to win Ultimate Truebie prize packs and unlock virtual badges by tweeting while they watch.  Surprise hosts for future episodes will […]

No Picture
Drama

VOD Spotlight: Isle of Mania — Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island”

By Karl J. Paloucek One of the problems with director Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thrillers is that over time, their references to psychoanalysis have not aged well. The science was in its early infancy and its treatment in movies like Spellbound and Psycho that was once clever now seems clumsy and weak. Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese – one of the few directors to come close to catching up to the Master of Suspense with his 1991 remake of J. Lee Thompson’s Cape Fear – has an advantage in being able to rely on decades of development and history where behavioral […]

No Picture
Horror

VOD Spotlight: “Legion” imagines the Apocalypse

Legion is a terrifying vision of the Apocalypse from writer/director Scott Stewart (Priest). As mankind destroys itself in a savage fury, a small group of peple trapped on the edge of nowhere prepare to make a last stand, with the help of a mysterious and powerful stranger. Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki and Kate Walsh star. Stewart’s rewrite of the original script takes a “less is more” approach to the horror elements. “The original was a more explicit, ‘we’re going to show you everything,’ way of telling the story, as opposed to, […]

No Picture
Action

VOD Spotlight: “The Wolfman” – Returning To Classic Horror Roots

By Elaine Bergstrom Some of my fondest childhood memories were watching the classic Universal Studios horror films of the ’40s and ’50s at the local theater and on Ghoulardi’s late-night horror film screenings. One of the films I saw was the Lon Chaney Jr. classic The Wolf Man, and it was one of my favorites. Thankfully, the werewolf may have made some smoother and more elaborate transformations thanks to modern special effects, but the tone of the stories – a noble human doomed by a curse and an unfortunate bite – has stayed the same in films such as An […]

No Picture
Movies

VOD Spotlight: “Dear John” sparks more interest in author’s book adaptations

Author Nicholas Sparks has hit it big in Hollywood ever since his best-selling novel The Notebook was made into a successful film in 2004. Two of his other books, Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember, had previously been filmed, but The Notebook really helped cue movie audiences in to the Nicholas Sparks style of romantic drama. That was followed by the 2008 adaptation of Nights in Rodanthe, and this year’s The Last Song. That style has also continued with this year’s movie version of Sparks’ Dear John. It’s a romantic drama about a soldier (Channing Tatum) who […]