‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ Sets Sail For Blu-Ray Release


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In The Heart Of The Sea, an adventure which reunites Rush director Ron Howard with Chris Hemsworth, hits Blu-ray and DVD March 8 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Set in 1820, the narrative centers on a whale’s attack on the Essex, a New England whaling ship that’s being led by an inexperienced Captain (Benjamin Walker). Hemsworth is Owen Chase, the vessel’s veteran first mate who takes charge when things go south, and Ben Whishaw plays novelist Herman Melville (the events inspired Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick). The picture, which is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex, hits Digital HD February 23.

The Blu-ray disc comes with deleted and extended scenes and the following featurettes: “Whale Tales: Melville’s Untold Story,” The Hard Life of a Whaler,” “Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage,” “Lightning Strikes Twice: The Real-Life Sequel to Moby Dick,” “Commanding The Heart of the Sea,” and “Ron Howard: Captain’s Log.” The DVD version’s sole special feature is “Chase & Pollard: A Man of Means and A Man of Courage.”


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Casey Affleck ‘Finest Hours’ Role Inspired By Classic ‘Stoner’

Disney presents the 'Finest Hours' premiere with the US Coast Guard and Honor Guard on Monday, January 25, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

The Finest Hours is based on the true story of the 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue of the SS Pendleton. Chris Pine is Bernie Webber, the leader of the daunting mission while Casey Affleck is Ray Sybert, the introspective engineer who becomes the ship’s de factor leader.

“I’ve never been a big boat person,” said Affleck. “I don’t like being away from not seeing the land – otherwise I like being on boats. They’re beautiful. I did a movie after that called Manchester By The Sea and also shot in Massachusetts. A much smaller movie where we would go out on the North Shore quite a bit on little boats. I did fall in love with it. It’s real pretty, even in the winter time.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Casey Affleck talk about how the acclaimed novel Stoner helped shape his character in The Finest Hours.



The Finest Hours, co-starring Holliday Grainger and Eric Bana, is now playing nationwide. To hear more about The Finest Hours. please check out the new Hollywood Outbreak/Cold Cockle Productions podcast CinemAddicts.


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Taviani Brothers Retrospective Hits Ahrya Fine Arts Theater


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Whether it’s Auguste and Louis Lumière or Joel and Ethan Coen, brothers making an impact on cinema isn’t anything new. At the top of this list is Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, filmmakers whose careers date back to the 1950s. Thanks to Cohen Media Group, three of their films (The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos, and Padre Padrone) are headed to the Ahyra Fine Arts theater. The Los Angeles based retrospective runs January 29-February 4.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, The Night of the Shooting Stars’ narrative is told in flashback, as an adult woman recounts her days living in the Tuscan village of San Martino. Though the film has its fable like elements, most of the storyline is grounded in drama, as the town’s inhabitants struggle to survive under Nazi occupation while hoping for an eventual end to World War II.

Released in 1984, Kaos is an adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s short stories and, filtered through the universe of the Taviani brothers, focuses on five different tales of Sicilian life. Like The Night of the Shooting Stars, Kaos combines a mixture of fable like storytelling and realism.

The Taviani brothers’ passion for neorealism (Paolo Taviani jumped into filmmaking after reportedly being inspired by Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan) is evident in much of their work (most recently in 2012’s Caesar Must Die), and that dedication to detail is brought to full effect with 1977’s Padre Padrone. Winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or, the story is based on the autobiography of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd whose early struggles for an education eventually led to a successful scholarly life.

For more information on the Taviani Brothers retrospective, check out the Laemmle’s official site.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Reviews ‘The Finest Hours’ & Oscar Shorts

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Episode Four of CinemAddicts, a podcast that’s a joint collaboration with Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions, is now available for download on iTunes. This week we review The Finest Hours, an epic action adventure that’s headlined by Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Based on a true story, The Finest Hours had its share of surprises,including a standout and potentially star making performance from Holliday Grainger.

Also covered this week is a breakdown of the Oscar nominated short films which, like The Finest Hours, will be released in theaters Friday, January 29. If you’re unable to catch the shorts on the big scream, a slew of various streaming services, including Netflix,will house the shorts. For more information, go to www.shorts.tv.

Other films that are discussed on this week’s podcast include Kung Fu Panda 3, the 2013 surreal drama The Double, and Pretty Maids All In A Row, a cult film starring Rock Hudson that’s available via the Warner Archive Collection.

Are you excited about The Finest Hours or is there an Oscar short you’re dying to see? Feel free to comment below!


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‘The Angry Birds Movie’ Takes Flight With Jason Sudeikis

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Whether you’re an Android or an iOS gamer, it’s hard to escape the monumental impact of the Angry Birds franchise. With its touch, tap, and slide control mechanics, coupled with addicting gameplay, Angry Birds is seemingly here to stay in the video game world.

Sony Pictures Entertainment believes The Angry Birds Movie will continue that success into the film universe, as the 3D animated comedy hits theaters nationwide May 20.

The storyline centers on the adventures Red (Jason Sudeikis. playing a hapless bird with the biggest anger management problems) and his friends Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) as they do battle against green piggies who have taken residence in their island. Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, and Kate McKinnon also lend their voices to the project, which also features an original song from Blake Shelton titled “Friends.”

Check out the trailer and let us know if you’re excited about The Angry Birds Movie and if you’ll think twice about swimming in a lake after watching the clip!


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