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VOD Spotlight: The gang returns for more “Pie” in “American Reunion”

There’s almost always a risk in going for the second or third sequel in a film series. Audiences have become jaded against the quick cash-in, and are quick to anticipate a depreciation in quality. But it’s been nine years since we last checked in with the American Pie gang, and it’s safe to say that things aren’t going to be the same for most of them. In American Reunion, we’re brought up to date with what’s going on in the lives of that randy bunch, now in their 30s. Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who penned the Harold & […]

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VOD Spotlight: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes experience sibling rivalry in “Wrath of the Titans”

It might seem at odds with formal mythology to conjure up a sequel for a story that’s thousands of years old, but the creators of Wrath of the Titans knew enough to keep it in the family. The film — which features Sam Worthington reprising his role as the heroic Perseus, as well as Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades — takes place a little more than 10 years after Perseus’ defeat of the Kraken. Now living as the sole parent to his 10-year-old son Helius, Perseus is content leading the idyllic life of a village fisherman. […]

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VOD Spotlight: Jonah Hill jumps back to “21 Jump Street”

When Jonah Hill started re-envisioning 21 Jump Street as an action comedy film, one of the questions that confronted him was whether or not the younger generation — logically a good chunk of the project’s prospective audience — would even remember the series. “I’ll meet teenagers and I’ll ask them if they know the series — they don’t,” he says. “So I tell them it’s about young-looking cops who go undercover in a high school, and they say, ‘That sounds awesome.’ It’s such a great premise for an action comedy.”  For Hill, the film was inspired by one of those […]

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VOD Spotlight: “The Artist” is silent, but golden

I’ve often wondered whether or not a contemporary filmmaker could attempt a silent film in a completely new way and make it an unqualified success. As such, I was intrigued when I first heard of director Michel Hazanavicius’ film The Artist, and its attempt to revisit the silent era. The last major film to do so was Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie in 1976, and that was a deliberate spoof. And even if The Artist isn’t done in the completely new way I’d hoped to see a silent film done, it’s still undeniably new and cinematically refreshing. The Academy obviously agreed, […]

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VOD Spotlight: A “green” set sends Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd back to nature in “Wanderlust”

In Wanderlust, Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man) and Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses) star as George and Linda, a stressed-out Manhattan couple who find themselves unable to continue living in the city when their employment circumstances change. On their way to Atlanta, where they are reluctantly moving in with George’s brother, they stumble into an alternative community known as Elysium. Production designer Aaron Osborne and his crew did their research for the film by staying at and interacting within an actual 30-year-old commune in the North Georgia Mountains. “We had a great experience at this place called Earthsong,” he tells. […]

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VOD Spotlight: Nicolas Cage in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

For the filmmakers of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, picking up where the first film left off wasn’t an option. Vaulting ahead a few years allowed them to put the character at an entirely different stage in his development and gave them the opportunity to show how differently John Blaze deals with being the Ghost Rider several years down the road.  Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance tells a story of redemption, and one that required a different approach to the character. Fortunately for Nicolas Cage, reprising the character of John Blaze for this film was an altogether new experience. “[It […]

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VOD Spotlight: Jared Harris is Moriarity in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”

If there was one thing you could count on when Sherlock Holmes went up against Professor Moriarty in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of the quintessential sleuth, it’s that Moriarty, that arch-nemesis, could be back at any time for the next adventure. So it was all but inevitable that he would turn up in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the follow-up to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.  Portraying Moriarty in A Game of Shadows is Jared Harris, whose storied career currently has him best known for playing Lane Pryce in AMC’s Mad Men. According to Harris, he was understandably excited […]

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Drama

VOD Spotlight: “Safe House” makes Denzel Washington a sociopath

In the Daniel Espinosa-directed thriller Safe House, Denzel Washington plays a former CIA operative gone traitor, a role that seems not all that far removed from his Academy Award-winning turn as corrupt cop Alonzo Harris from Training Day. But Tobin Frost is a different animal altogether, and Washington took a fresh approach to developing this character. To start with, he didn’t model his behavior based on anything to do with the CIA. “I didn’t want to do a lot of CIA research because Tobin Frost wasn’t CIA anymore,” Washington explains. “He hated everything about the CIA, and I wanted to […]

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Family

VOD Spotlight: Classic tales inspire “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

In Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (the sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth) the characters are on a quest that takes them to an island located in place where no island is supposed to exist.  Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), his stepfather Hank (Dwayne Johnson), helicopter pilot Gabato (Luis Guzman) and Gabato’s niece, Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens) encounter a strange world on the island, one where the plant and animal life grow by rules not familiar to the visitors. The Island Rule, also known as Foster’s Rule, is explained by producer Charlotte Huggins. “It’s a genuine biogeographic theory, […]

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“Piranha 3DD” available on TV/Internet VOD today, same day as theatrical release

Representing the first Dimension Films release to be offered as a day-and-date theatrical/Video On Demand (VOD) launch — and the first ever launch of this sort for a 3D movie — Piranha 3DD will be available On Demand and online for VOD rentals starting today, coinciding with its theatrical release. The film will be available for a 48-hour VOD rental; $6.99 in standard and high definition, and $7.99 in 3D. Consumers have 30 days from the time of purchase to begin viewing. While you should check with your local system to verify availability and for ordering information, Starz Digital Media […]