NEWS – PAUL, BOSS, PATTINSON, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, 2011 NBA FINALS GAMES, JURASSIC PARK & MORE……
by Elaine Hegwood Bowen
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PATTINSON SHORT MOVIE SET FOR DEBUT ON SHORTSHD
Shorts International, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company, is debuting the short film The Summer House. The film pairs the emerging British starlet, Talulah Riley (St Trinian’s The Boat That Rocked) alongside Robert Pattinson, who is best known for his work in the Twilight series, and the newly-released film, Water for Elephants. The Summer House will be available to subscribers of DIRECTV’s HD Extra Pack, Dish Network’s Platinum HD Package, and AT&T U-Verse.
The short film, which was the first ever to spend three days at the top of the iTunes movie sales chart last year, follows a young girl (Riley) to France in the midst of the 1960’s where she is determined to flee the memory of her boyfriend (Pattinson). First his letters pursue her, then he himself follows her there. Finally, during a party to celebrate the moon landing, they take their own small steps, which prove to be as alien as those famous first steps.
“We are delighted that Talulah and Robert’s intoxicating on-screen chemistry can now be seen on iTunes,” said The Summer House producer Anna MacDonald. “We are looking forward to seeing how audiences react.”
“This sweeping, romantic fable will be a Summer 2011 hit,” said Carter Pilcher, CEO of Short International. “From Keira Knightley to Mel Gibson, not to mention Beyonce and Lady Gaga, the stars are breaking in to short movies – now it’s time for Robert Pattinson and Talulah Riley to join the club.”
The Summer House debuts in June. For more information, visit www.shortsHD.com
2011 NBA CONFERENCE FINALS GAMES NOW ON DVD
For the first time, fans can now purchase all five games (individually) of the 2011 Individual Western and Eastern Conference Games at Amazon.com. Relive all the three-pointers, free throws, fast breaks and nail-biting finales between the Dallas Mavericks vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Western Conference; and the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls for the Eastern Conference. Each DVD is $9.98 and manufactured-on-demand (MOD) using recordable DVD-R media.
For more information about the 2011 Individual Western Conference Games, visit
PAUL -BUCKLE UP FOR A HILARIOUS ROAD TRIP FROM THE DIRECTOR OF SUPERBAD & THE STARS AND CREATORS OF HOT FUZZ AND SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Own the outrageous unrated version not shown in theaters on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD & Digital download August 9
One tiny alien makes for big, big trouble in the comedy adventure Paul, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 9, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Both versions will feature the theatrical movie, as well as an unrated version of the film, not shown in theaters. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand. Paul reunites Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) as two sci-fi geeks on a pilgrimage to America’s UFO heartland, where they accidentally encounter an alien who sends them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. Written by Pegg and Frost, Paul boasts a star-studded cast that features Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Knocked Up) as the voice of Paul; Sigourney Weaver (Avatar); Jason Bateman (Hancock); Kristen Wiig (Date Night, Knocked Up); Jane Lynch (“Glee”); Bill Hader (Pineapple Express); Joe Lo Truglio (Role Models); Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) and Blythe Danner (Little Fockers). Directed by Greg Mottola (Superbad), Paul comes loaded with in-depth, behind-the-scenes features, bloopers, filmmaker and cast commentary and more, to take viewers on a comical journey behind the making of this critically hailed film.
Visit www.universalhidef.com for more details.
AN UNFORGETTABLE STORY FILLED WITH HIGH SCHOOL FUN, LAUGHTER AND LIFE LESSONS – DISNEY’S PROM DEBUTS ON DISNEY BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD, MOVIE DOWNLOAD & ON-DEMAND —AUGUST 30
Follow the delightfully-fun—and often hilarious—journey of a group of young teenagers as they navigate through the most memorable and also difficult times of their lives in the original film PROM, arriving on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Movie Download and On-Demand, August 30. This enchanting coming-of-age story is the perfect family-friendly film that captures all the anticipation, excitement, drama and humor that accompany every young person’s journey through high school.
Consumers will not want to miss the chance to own the ultimate 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack that is exclusively packaged with bonus features including a hilarious, laugh out loud short “Last Chance Lloyd,” deleted scenes, music videos and more. PROM stars Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”); Thomas McDonell (“The Forbidden Kingdom”); Danielle Campbell (“Prison Break”); Yin Chang (“Gossip Girl”); Nicholas Braun (“10 Things I Hate About You”); Jared Kusnitz (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”); Jonathan Keltz (“Entourage”); De’Vaughn Nixon (“Sonny with a Chance”); Nolan Sotillo (“Corey and Lucas for the Win”); Cameron Monaghan (“Corey and Lucas for the Win”) and Raini Rodriguez (“I’m in the Band”).
At “Prom”, every couple has a story and no two are exactly alike. For Nova Prescott (Aimee Teegarden), it’s a classic tale of opposites attracting when she finds herself drawn to the guy (Thomas McDonell) who gets in the way of her perfect prom. Share the laughter and the drama as secrets are brought to light, seemingly steady relationships unravel and new romance catches fire. Get ready for this hilariously heartfelt date with destiny featuring a hot ensemble cast of rising young stars and cool bonus features. There are hundreds of nights in high school, but there’s only one Prom!
For more information on this release, please visit www.Disney.com/Prom
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO DEBUTS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY™ ON SEPTEMBER 13
Jim Caviezel (Deja Vu) and Guy Pearce (Bedtime Stories) give sizzling performances in
When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend (Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility and puts his cunning plan of reprisal in action. Experience the resounding clash of swords and the deadly glint off every razor-sharp blade. With the pristine sound and magnificent picture quality of Blu-ray, this swashbuckling thriller will have you perched on the edge of your seat until the very last drop of sweet revenge is exacted. Visit www.Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. and Spyglass Entertainment Group, LP.
GEORGE CLOONEY STARS IN A GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD-NOMINATED PERFORMANCE! - O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, WHICH DEBUTS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON BLU-RAY™ ON SEPTEMBER 13
George Clooney (The Perfect Storm) and John Turturro (Cars 2) embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious, offbeat road picture. And now, for the first time, this quirky gem shines more brightly than ever in Blu-ray High Definition!
Fed up with crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney) busts loose…except that he’s still shackled to two misfits from his chain gang: bad tempered Pete (Turturro) and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelsen) With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain, the three embark on a riotous odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses and betrayal. Experience every unpredictable moment as it plays out in the crystal-clear sound and breathtaking picture quality of Blu-ray. Populated with strange characters, including a blind prophet, sexy sirens and a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman), O Brother, Where Art Thou will leave you laughing at every outrageous and surprising twist and turn!
BOSS – PREMIERES OCTOBER 2011
Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) sits like a spider at the center of Chicago’s web of power; a web built on a covenant with the people. They want to be led; they want disputes settled, jobs dispensed, and loyalties rewarded. If he achieves through deception and troubling morality, so be it. As long as he gets the job done, they look the other way. Yet despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, a degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him. He can’t trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself.
Kane’s wife Meredith (Connie Nielsen) knows nothing. Theirs is a marriage of convenience. Kitty O’Neil (Kathleen Robertson), Kane’s advisor, has her suspicions but stays silent. And Kane’s political advisor Ira Stone (actor), a Yale graduate with a rough edge, remains question-less. Only Alice (Hannah Ware), Kane’s estranged daughter, has a chance of learning his secret. This is going to be the toughest term yet for the Boss.
Visit www.Starz.com for more information.
JURASSIC PARK - ONE OF THE MOST THRILLING & GROUNDBREAKING MOTION-PICTURE TRILOGIES OF ALL TIME ROARS ONTO BLU-RAY™ WITH BREATHTAKING NEW HIGH-DEFINITION PICTURE & PERFECT SOUND
All Three Epic Adventures from Filmmaker Steven Spielberg Plus More Than Two Hours of All-New Bonus Features Available on Blu-ray™ For the First Time Ever On October 25
“From the moment T-Rex first towered over worldwide movie audiences, the Jurassic Park Trilogy has electrified fans with its heart-pounding action and awe-inspiring technological innovations,” says Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “With this newly remastered and digitally restored edition, we continue the franchise’s legacy by delivering to home viewers spectacular picture and sound that keeps the films as fresh and visceral now as they were when audiences first experienced them.”
The Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy features an all-star cast including Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mozzello, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, William H. Macy and Tea Leoni. In addition to the talented cast of actors, the Trilogy features stars of a different magnitude—from the huge Tyrannosaurus rex to the vicious Velociraptor, the Jurassic Park films showcase an extraordinary level of realism and technical innovation brought to life by a talented design team which includes: Stan Winston, Live Action Dinosaurs; ILM’s Dennis Muren, Full Motion Dinosaurs; Phil Tippett, Dinosaur Supervisor; Michael Lantieri, Special Dinosaur Effects and Special Visual Effects by Industrial Light & Magic.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in worldwide box-office history. On a remote tropical island, an amazing living theme park becomes a game of survival for humans foolhardy enough to set foot on it. Meticulously recreated dinosaurs spring to astonishing life as the film’s breathtaking special effects and thrilling action sequences keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Each chapter of the history-making saga delivers even more action and spectacular visual effects than its predecessor, as nature’s ultimate killing machines once again rule the earth. Almost 20 years after its inception, the Jurassic Park Trilogy remains an unmatched cinematic experience.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.
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