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Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in Christopher Nolan’s Intersteller

Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar.

Although details of the film are under wraps, we do know that it is based on Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne’s scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel.

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway landed roles in the film last month.

If she signs on, Chastain would play the third lead.

Filming for Interstellar is set to begin this summer and the film is due out November 7, 2014 in IMAX.

Edited: May 6th, 2013

Blu-ray Review: The Notebook: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Gift Set

We always have a soft spot for romances and The Notebook comes top-of-mind.

For those of you unfamiliar with the film (or simply living under a rock), The Notebook tells the story of Noah (Ryan Gosling), a wrong-side-of-the-tracks country boy who meets spirited rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) during the summer of 1940.

Despite social barriers, divergent future paths and disapproving parents, the pair remain connected even after they part –  never finding the same passion or connection with anyone else.

Running concurrently to Noah and Allie’s love story, the film also threads to present day where were see an Alzheimer’s patient (Gena Rowlands) and a stranger (James Garner) who reads the story of Noah and Allie to her from a hand-written notebook.

The Notebook: Ultimate Collector’s Gift Set is ideal for fans and comes in time for Mother’s Day.

The gift set features a Blu-ray/DVD version of the film, a leaflet with a code to access and download the film’s Ultraviolet Digital Copy; an envelope which includes six 6-1/2″-by-5″ glossy color postcards of Noah and Allie; a hardcover blank journal and a heart-shaped silver locket with chain.

Edited: May 1st, 2013

DHD Review: Broken City

Broken City is a dark-side-of-New York suspense mystery that at times resembles Chinatown, when a New York cop turned private eye gets taken for a ride and finds himself embroiled in big time municipal corruption.

The film follows Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg), who was a proud cop for the NYPD back in the day. However, after gunning down a suspected murderer and rapist, he was forced to resign from the force and take a job as a private investigator.

Fast forward seven years later, he’s contacted by Mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Russell Crowe) to do a little job. According to the mayor, his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is cheating, and he wants to know who she is seeing by the time the polls open for his re-election bid in less than a week.

Moreover, with an election and a big real estate deal to play for, Mayor Hostetler also wants to smear liberal opponent Jack Valliant (Barry Pepper).

The film highlights Wahlberg doing what he knows best – fighting off the bad guys. And, overhead city shots and car chases helps streamline the action packed film.

Broken City is available to own now on DHD, meaning you don’t have to wait for the Blu-ray or DVD and can watch it anytime, anywhere. With Digital HD you can instantly stream or download the film to a variety of device.

Edited: April 19th, 2013

DVD Review: Zero Dark Thirty

There’s no argument that Kathryn Bigelow can do drama.

And, boy does she do drama well in her latest film, Zero Dark Thirty.

Zero Dark Thirty follows Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA operative who spends 10 years hunting for Osama bin Laden.

The film begins with an audio recreation of 9/11 and then continues through the 10-year manhunt, which includes the 2005 London bombings, several CIA deaths and, ultimately, ends with the dramatic SEAL Team Six raid.

Chastain gives it her all in her portrayal of Maya. She is the face of the hunt, and over the course of the story we see the toll it takes on her. She gives a masterful performance, and it is the key to not only the emotions of the film, but its larger points.

Although Chastain is the film’s clear star, the movie also has a brilliant supporting cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Ehle, and James Gandolfini.

Zero Dark Thirty is thrilling and just as captivating as Bigelow’s previous one, Hurt Locker, if not more so.

Edited: March 25th, 2013

The Bible Experience Opening Night Gala

Last night (March 19), The Bible series’ executive producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, were joined by some of their celebrity friends, including Kristin Chenoweth, Montel Williams and Ariana Huffington, to celebrate the opening of The Bible Experience in New York.

“The Bible Experience” is an exquisite gallery featuring rare biblical artifacts and an array of breathtaking photography from the series production in celebration of the epic miniseries. Previously at the Vatican, these one-of-a-kind rare artifacts will be on display exclusively for the first time ever in New York.

“The Bible Experience” is located at 450 West 14th Street between Washington and 10th Avenue and will run 10:00AM to 6:00PM daily from March 20, 2013 to March 27, 2013.  Admission is free.

The Bible available on Blu-ray, DVD and DHD on April 2nd

Edited: March 20th, 2013

Rust and Bone DVD Review

Rust and Bone captivates from the start.

Through the direction of Jacques Audiard, the film gives and audience a breathtaking and compelling look at life.

Set in the South of France, Rust and Bone follows Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), who works with killer whales at Marineland to give daily shows to visitors.

At night, Stephanie goes to nightclubs and gets into fights both there and at home with her boyfriend.

Then, there’s Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), who has been given custody of his 5-year old son Sam and takes him from Belgium to France so that they can live with Ali’s sister and her husband while he tries to find work, which he does as a bouncer in a nightclub.

That’s where Ali meets a drunken Stephanie. They reconnect some time later after an accident at Marineland. Together, they attempt to gain some form of normalcy in their lives in the process, develop a relationship beyond the platonic.

Both Cotillard and Schoenaerts shine on screen. It’s unfortunate that their performances were overlooked during awards season, for they deserve a lot more recognition for it.

Throughout the film, Audiard sculpts the material into an emotional experience and makes it an obvious must-see.

Edited: March 20th, 2013

Director Ang Lee and Editor Tim Squyres Discuss Life of Pi

Director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is not only visually pleasing, but also tells a young man’s story of adventure, survival and discovery.

During a recent event in New York, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment gave an intimate look on how the film was made, deleted scenes and special featueres. Director Ang Lee, editor Tim Squyres and screenwriter David Magee were on hand to discuss the challenges with making the movie, bring the book to life and how the industry is changing.

“The editor for a movie like this is not just doing montage and putting images together, doing combinations, and deciding rhythms,” said Lee. “He’s actually making the images as well.

“I don’t really know what editors do or how to define editing anymore. It involves creating images, as well — particularly the rhythm of mise en scène, not just montage,” he said.

The panel discussion included the screening of two deleted scenes, as well as VFX breakdowns from the film’s massive shipwreck scene, which will be included in the Blu-ray supplements.

As part of the extensive production of Life of Pi, Lee made a cartoon sketch of each shot of the scene, frame by frame, to further bring the book to the big screen.

The director also addressed challenges with making a movie such as this.

“A movie like this, it’s very common that half of the budget goes to visual effects,” Lee said. “This is a business where it’s very hard to make money, and it’s at the end of post-production, so everyone’s getting down on the VFX studios.

“And, each time you see visual effects, you want to see something that’s never been done before, so their research-and-development fees are high,” he said.

Life of Pi will be released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD internationally on March 8 and in North America on March 12 by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Edited: March 11th, 2013

The Master Blu-ray Review

Paul Thomas Anderson can do now wrong (i.e. There Will be Blood).

In his latest creation, The Master, Anderson marries disturbing imagery, uncomfortable situations and a well-rounded cast to take the film to another level.

The Master centers around Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a troubled veteran of WWII who is having difficulty returning to civilian life. Freddie is an unpredictable loner, whose only allegiance is alcohol. Throughout the film, Freddie drifts from job to job with disastrous results.

However, that all changes when one morning, and in a drunken stupor, Freddie finds himself in front of Lancaster Dodd a.k.a “The Master” (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic and multi-talented leader of a cult-like group known as “The Cause”.

Lancaster takes Freddie under his wing and subjects him to a variety of stages, ultimately meant to heal  and mellow Freddie’s rebelliousness and dependency on alcohol.

The Master is intense and at times difficult to absorb, but at the same time very thought-provoking.

The film’s cast is what makes The Master truly shine. Not only do Phoenix and Hoffman give outstanding performances, but Amy Adams, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lancaster’s wife, also stands out.

Edited: February 27th, 2013

Flight DVD/Blu-ray Combo Review

Flight is quite possibly Denzel Washington’s best performance as as actor.

Washington has led the big-screen for ages and has always been at the top of his game. However, his performance in Flight just takes it to another level. His portrayal is raw, captivating and fearless.

The film follows Whip Whitaker (Washington), a drunk who not only went through a bad divorce, who’s relationship with his son is basically non existent, but also a person who’s life is a wreck.

Even after a night of non-stop drinking and drugs, Whip still strides through the airport as if he owns the place.

As the plane starts coming apart, he remains calm and manages to take control and save the plane. There are only six casualties.

However, that is when Whip’s problems begin.

Even with the help of Kate (Kelly Reilly), a woman he meets in the hospital stairwell, who he later begins a relationship with, Whip ends up going into a downward spiral.

In addition to Washington’s riveting performance, Flight also features a top-notch supporting cast which includes Don Cheadle, Whip’s attorney and John Goodman, Whip’s drug dealer.

Director Robert Zemeckis does an extraordinary job bringing this live-action film together and bolstering its talented cast.

Edited: February 8th, 2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski contenders for Guardians of the Galaxy

John Krasinski and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as Michael Rosenbaum have been added to the short list of contenders to play Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jim Sturgessand Zachary Levi are also in the running.

For Drax the Destroyer, Marvel is reportedly looking at Isaiah MustafaBrian Patrick Wade and Dave Bautista.

For those not familiar with the plot, Peter Quill is born during an unusual astronomical phenomenon when many of the planets align. Seeing no resemblance, the man who believed he was Quill’s father accuses his wife Meredith of infidelity and attempts to kill the infant, but dies of a sudden heart attack. Quill is raised by his single mother until she is killed by an alien. Quill is placed in an orphanage but escapes and eventually becomes a trainee NASA astronaut. An alien entity called the Master of the Sun eventually visits the space station that Quill and other astronauts are inhabiting, and offers the mantle of Star-Lord to a worthy candidate. Quill volunteers, but is rejected in favor of a colleague he once treated badly.

Quill is outraged, and NASA orders his return to Earth and discharge for his conduct. Instead, he steals a scoutship, returns to the space station, and takes his colleague’s place. Quill becomes Star-Lord, with the Master of the Sun first creating an illusion in which the character is able to find and kill the aliens that murdered his mother to free him of his past. Equipped with a sentient vessel called “Ship”, Quill commences his role as Star-Lord.

Who do you think should play Star-Lord?

Edited: January 4th, 2013

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