New To Blu: Style Wins Out In The Ghoulishly Funny ‘ParaNorman’

paranormanAvailable today on DVD and Blu-ray, PARANORMAN is a delightfully spooky animated tale in which an ordinary kid is blessed/cursed with the extraordinary ability to see dead people in his zombie-occupied town. From the studio that brought you CORALINE, the film features the voice talents of ANNA KENDRICK, KODI SMIT-McPHEE, TUCKER ALBRIZZI, CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE, LESLIE MANN, CASEY AFFLECK and JEFF GARLIN. First seen on the big-screen as the sullen child of VIGGO MORTENSEN in THE ROAD and then the sullen child smitten with a vampire in LET ME IN, SMIT-McPHEE delivers his A-Game as the voice of the titular character in PARANORMAN. During our interview with directors CHRIS BUTLER and SAM FELL, BUTLER talked about casting the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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PARANORMAN is available today on DVD and Blu-ray

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Picks Up Top Honor At New York’s IFP Gotham Awards

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Congrats and a tip of the HO hat to MOONRISE KINGDOM for picking up the top honor at last night’s IFP Gotham Awards held in Manhattan. Hosted by comic actor MIKE BIRBIGLIA, the program and its awards are aimed at celebrating and honoring the best of independent film for the year. Other winners included HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (Best Documentary), YOUR SISTER’S SISTER (Best Ensemble Cast), EMAYATZY CORINEALDI (Breakthrough Actor Award), BENH ZEITLIN (Breakthrough Director Award) and ARTIFACT (IFP Audience Award).
Directed by WES ANDERSON, the exquisite MOONRISE KINGDOM is a whimsical, surrealistic look at young first love and, during a press conference to promote the film, director WES ANDERSON talked about mining his own memories as a basis for the film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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MOONRISE KINGDOM is available now on DVD and Blu-ray as well as via VOD

New Trailer Features Best New Title Of The Year: ‘Bad Kids Go To Hell’

bad_kids_go_to_hellWhile not likely to be nominated for an Oscar or Critics’ Choice Award, our pick this awards season for “Best Movie Title” goes to the upcoming teen horror release BAD KIDS GO TO HELL. In what appears to be a twisted homage to the JOHN HUGHES classic THE BREAKFAST CLUB, this dark cautionary tale centers on a group of very pretty private school students who meet grisly ends while serving out a Saturday detention session. Co-written (with BARRY WERNICK) and directed by MATTHEW SPRADLIN, the extremely photogenic cast includes BEN BROWDER, MIKE GASSAWAY, ALI FAULKNER, AUGIE DUKE, CHANEL RYAN and MARC DONATO as well as JUDD NELSON.
We’re all for holiday counter-programming and ready to stand in line for this one!

BAD KIDS GO TO HELL opens in theaters 12/7

Helen Mirren Taken With Anthony Hopkins’ Transformation In ‘Hitchcock’

hitchcock_ver31Currently in theaters, HITCHCOCK steps behind the cameras to focus on the relationship between the titular filmmaker and his long-time wife Alma as well as shedding some light on the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of his cinematic masterpiece, PSYCHO. Directed by SACHA GERVASI and based on journalist STEPHEN REBELLO’S book ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO, the cast features ANTHONY HOPKINS, HELEN MIRREN, JESSICA BIEL, TONI COLLETTE and SCARLETT JOHANSSON. During a recent Manhattan press conference to promote the film, HELEN MIRREN seemed sincere as she marveled at the way co-star ANTHONY HOPKINS was able to physically transform into the HITCHCOCK visage. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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HITCHCOCK is in theaters now

Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Surprising Skeptics By Retaining Box Office Hold

lincoln-detailCompletely surprising skeptics unable to believe that a long, talky historical epic centered on the passage of the 13th Amendment could sustain substantial box office traction, STEVEN SPIELBERG’s beautifully realized LINCOLN has taken in over $62 m in just over three weeks of limited release and continues a better per-screen-average than such “blockbusters” as THE TWILIGHT SAGA and SKYFALL.
A true labor of love for SPIELBERG and star DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, LINCOLN was almost a decade in the making and served as a learning experience for everyone involved. During the recent Beverly Hills press conference to promote the film, SPIELBERG talked about his commitment to the idea that DAY-LEWIS play the titular lead role while the actor wanted it known that there was no ill will between he and pal LIAM NEESON, who was at one time in contention to play the part.

LINCOLN is in theaters now