New To Blu: Political Intrigue Rules In Shakespeare’s ‘Coriolanus’

coriolanus-blu-rayArriving today on DVD and Blu-ray, CORIOLANUS is another big screen adaptation of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S tragedy about a Roman hero, banished because of his extreme politics and disdain for the city’s impoverished population, who teams with a sworn enemy to wreak revenge upon the city. Directed by and starring RALPH FIENNES, the film’s cast also includes GERARD BUTLER, LUBNA AZABAL, BRIAN COX, VANESSA REDGRAVE, JESSICA CHASTAIN and JAMES NESBITT.

Making his directorial debut with this film, FIENNES chose to use material he was familiar with and had performed on stage. During a press conference to promote the film, he talked about his reasons for taking on one of SHAKESPEARE’S finest. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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CORIOLANAS is available today on DVD and Blu-ray

Greta Gerwig Admits Shooting ‘Lola Versus’ Was A Fever Dream

lola_versusArriving in theaters next month, LOLA VERSUS centers on a young woman who relies on her tight circle of friends to help her cope with the fact that her long-time boyfriend has dumped her just three weeks before their wedding. Co-written (with ZOE LISTER-JONES, who also co-stars) and directed by DARYL WEIN, the cast includes GRETA GERWIG, DEBRA WINGER, JOEL KINNAMAN, BILL BULLMAN, HAMISH LINKLATER and CHEYENNE JACKSON.
Entertaining and (surprisingly) unpredictable with a terrific ensemble cast, the film was shot in New York at breakneck speed. During our interview a couple of days ago with GERWIG, she talked about her hectic schedule. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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LOLA VERSUS opens in theaters 6/8

‘American Ninja Warrior’ Puts Ordinary People In An Extraordinary Competition

american-ninja-warriorAiring tonight on NBC, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR is an extreme-sports competition show based on the Tokyo Broadcast System’s worldwide hit SASUKE. Originally broadcast on G4, the series has been picked up for re-broadcast on NBC and pits everyday folk against each other in an attempt to conquer the arduous four-stage obstacle course fashioned after the original Mount Midoriyama in Japan. The finalists in the competition will have a shot at a $50,000 cash prize and the chance to walk away with the coveted AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR title.
We recently sat down with show hosts Olympic gold medalist JOHNNY MOSELEY and comedian MATT ISEMAN, who talked about the premise of the contest and their own attempts to run the course.


‘Hatfields And McCoys’ Tells An Epic Tale Of Dynastic Feudin’ An’ Fightin’

hatfields-and-mccoysDebuting tonight (and continuing through Wednesday) on The History Channel, HATFIELDS AND McCOYS is an epic retelling of what is arguably the most famous family feud ever recorded. Headed by patriarchs Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy (former friends who served together as Confederate soldiers during the Civil War), the famous feud was fueled by misunderstandings that ranged from the theft of a pig to a Romeo/Juliet romance and escalated from bloody fistfights to full-scale shoot-outs. Directed by KEVIN REYNOLDS from a script by BILL KERBY, TED MANN and RONALD PARKER, the massive cast includes COSTNER, BILL PAXTON, TOM BERENGER, POWERS BOOTHE, JENA MALONE, SARA PARISH and MARE WININGHAM. A first-rate production and a real score for The History Channel, HATFIELDS AND McCOYS is an epic mini-series that shouldn’t be missed.

HATFIELDS AND McCOYS premieres tonight on The History Channel

Literary History Comes To Life With ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’

kidman-owenPremiering tonight on HBO, HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN tells the tempestuous tale of the romance, marriage and eventual divorce of literary greats ERNEST HEMINGWAY & MARTHA GELLHORN. Dedicated to documenting the effects of the Spanish Civil War, the couple flaunted their relationship all over the world. Brilliantly rendered, the film meshes current footage with archival images to produce a “newsreel” effect that is immensely watchable and entertaining. Directed by PHILIP KAUFMAN from a script by JERRY STAHL and BARBARA TURNER, the cast includes NICOLE KIDMAN, ROBERT DUVALL, PARKER POSEY, TONY SHALHOUB, DAVID STRATHAIRN, BROOKE ADAMS, PETER COYOTE and DIANE BAKER.
In what is arguably her best performance in years, KIDMAN is terrific as GELLHORN, a gutsy journalist who was as egoistic as she was adventurous. Promoting the project at the Television Critics Association press event, she talked about what appealed to her in playing the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN premieres tonight on HBO