‘Playing For Keeps’ Heads To Blu-Ray In March

Playing For Keeps (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Playing For Keeps, the romantic drama headlined by Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, came and went during its December release, but hopefully it will get a closer look when it comes out March 5th on Blu-ray and DVD. The story of a responsibility challenged ex-soccer player (Butler) who reconnects with his ex-wife (Biel) and son, the picture also features an A-list supporting cast (Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid).

The movie is directed by Gabriele Muccino, a filmmaker who’s proven adept at character driven work with the films The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds.  Special features on the DVD and Blu-ray include: Seven deleted scenes and two featurettes (The Playbook: The Making of Playing for Keeps and Creating an All-Star Team: The Cast of Playing for Keeps).

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Boss: Season Two Lands On Blu-ray & DVD In April

Boss (LionsGate Home Entertainment) Kelsey Grammer proved that there is definitely life after Frasier thanks to his revered and Golden Globe winning performance as the titular character in BossGrammer’s controversial and gritty Mayor Tom Kane is headed to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download on April 9th, as Boss: Season Two hits the streets.

Special features on both editions include: Audio commentary from the cast and crew and the featurette The King and His Court: Boss’s Treacherous Ensemble.

To echo the sentiments of the featurette, one of Boss’s many strengths lies in its top notch cast.  Sharing the screen with Grammer are Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, The Hunted), Sanaa Lathan (Love & Basketball), Jonathan Groff (Glee), Kathleen Robertson (Beverly Hills 90210), rapper T.I. (American Gangster) and Troy Garity (Sunshine, Gangster Squad, After the Sunset).

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Gemma Arterton Is A ‘Witch Hunter’ Who Loves The Theatre

Hansel & Gretel (3D) - Paramount Pictures

With a lack of buzz surrounding Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, I fear the worst for this 3D movie, which does boast the lead talents of Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans).

Fifteen years after escaping a witch, Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) are now bounty hunters who are more than willing to take down numerous witches at the drop of the hat. Written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, the feature is lensed by cinematographer Michael Bonvillain (Cloverfield, TV’s Lost) and is produced by Will Ferrell and director/writer Adam McKay.

I’ve been eagerly waiting for another excellent Arterton showcase after her overlooked work in 2010’s Tamara Drewe, and while Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters probably won’t reach that film’s creative heights, at least it gets her further up the Hollywood ladder.

Hollywood Outbreak interviewed Arterton for Tamara Drewe, and during our talk she expressed her deep love for the theater (she mentions Mark Rylance’s work in the acclaimed play Jerusalem in the clip):

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters opens Friday.

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Nintendo Lounge Chills Out At Sundance Film Festival

Nintendo of America (Photo Credit: Todd Williamson) Twenty years of covering press junkets and reviewing films has never led me to an annual trek to the Sundance Film Festival, but this year there are two huge reasons I feel a bit envious. One is the premiere of Before Midnight, the third installment of the evocative Before Sunrise trilogy (is there a more evocative on-screen couple than Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy?)

Nintendo’s presence at the Sundance Film Festival is also a huge plus. Today they opened up the Nintendo Lounge, which offers festival goers and Park City residents a chance to play Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles.  The lucky ones who hung out at the lounge got the chance to play the yet to be released 3DS titles Brain Age: Concentration Training, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.  Other games available at the lunge included New Super Mario Bros. 2 (the adjoining photo has a guy identified Luis A. from Paraguay playing the game) and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.

As for the Wii U titles, the upcoming Rayman Legends and ZombiU were available to play as well as the new releases New Super Mario Bros U., Nintendo Land and Wii Fit U.

So if you’re at Park City and are getting tired of talking to hoodie wearing hipsters and know it all film journalists, the lounge is the spot for some much needed Mario time.

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Kevin Bacon Steps Into The Unknown With ‘The Following’

The Following (FOX, Michael Lavine)The Following, one of this season’s most anticipated shows, centers on a former FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) who enters into a deadly cat and mouse game with a serial killer (James Purefoy).

For Bacon, getting involved with The Following was a a no brainer.   “I read this script and I couldn’t put it down,” said the actor about the show, which is created by Kevin Williamson. “Such a page-turner.  So many times when I went, Oh wow, I did not see that coming” and I could see that Kevin Williamson was just having such a great time kind of creating this world and these characters.  And I also saw a part that had the three things that I was looking for.  One was the character be heroic.  Two is that, if he’s going to be heroic, he has to be damaged, complicated, there have to be layers to that heroism.  And the third thing was that the stakes have to be about life and death.”

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The Following premieres tonight on FOX (9 pm et/pt),


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