Pan’s Labyrinth, the critically acclaimed 2006 feature from Oscar winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-Ray Combo Pack on October 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The feature won three Oscars (Cinematography, Make-up, Art Direction).
The Ultra HD features 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, and visual immersion is a must if you’re watching any film directed by del Toro!
The story centers on Ofelia (Ivana Baquero), a young girl who amidst a civil war, meets a faun in a mysterious labyrinth who may provide her with the path of saving herself and her mother (Ariadna Gil).
Special features on the Blu-ray disc includes audio commentary by Guillermo del Toro, video prologue by Guillermo del Toro and several featurettes (“The Power of Myth,” “The Faun and the Fairies,” “The Color and the Shape,” and “The Director’s Notebook.”
Freaksis a first rate sci-fi thriller about a Chloe (Lexy Kolker), a 7-year-old whose father (Emile Hirsch) may be too paranoid for his own good. When an ice cream truck driver appropriately named Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) enters Chloe’s existence, she begins to wonder what is beyond her secluded home.
The picture, which co-stars Amanda Crew and Grace Park, is a low budget affair directed and penned by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein. That being said, their ingenuity and storytelling screencraft, coupled with an engaged ensemble, makes Freaks a memorable affair.
Amidst an all-star cast, it’s Lexy Kolker who is the absolute standout. During my interview with Kolker she talked about the “safe environment” that helped enhanced her inspired performance in Freaks.
Though he’s relatively new to the directing game, Ric Roman Waugh has a long history in Hollywood, with his first credit as a stunt man coming about 35 years ago! That pedigree certainly helped Waugh when he was hoping to direct the action-heavy Angel Has Fallen. But the movie’s star and producer, Gerard Butler, told us it was actually a failed job interview from a decade ago that helped Waugh land the gig! (Click on the media bar below to hear Gerard Butler)
It was a quiet, unassuming house on Dilling Street in North Hollywood, California. Until it wasn’t. When the producers of a new show called The Brady Bunch used the ranch home in exterior establishing shots of the Brady residence, they unwittingly turned it into a piece of pop culture history. Ironically, the interior of the house looked nothing like the Bradys’ home, which was built on a soundstage. But now, the Brady kids — along with a bunch of home renovation experts — are going to correct that, turning the home into a room-by-room replica of the on-screen residence, in all of its kitschy ’70s glory. The ironic part, as cast members Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen, and Mike Lookingland told us, is that in the show’s heyday, none of them even knew where the house was! (Click on the media bar below to hear Christopher Knight & Susan Olsen & Mike Lookingland)
A Very Brady Renovation airs Monday nights on HGTV.
It: Chapter 2 brings viewers back to the town of Derry, Maine 27 years after the action of the first movie, where the characters from that original film reunite to face the evil that scarred them so long ago. That, of course, meant the characters had been long established. And even though she was playing a version of Beverly Marsh that was nearly three decades older, Jessica Chastain says she absolutely wanted to stay true to the personality traits that were present in the young Beverly. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jessica Chastain)
For Kelly Clarkson, the fairy-tale career continues. Having conquered the music business for well over a decade following her American Idol win in 2002, Clarkson’s star has risen to the point where she’s been given her own TV talk show. The Kelly Clarkson Show, which just premiered this week, demonstrates that she hasn’t strayed far from the folksy charm and humor that made her irresistible to Idol audiences, even after all these years of superstardom. And Clarkson told us she wanted the show to be an extension of her personality and philosophy. (Click on the media bar below to hear Kelly Clarkson)
The Kelly Clarkson Show is now airing in syndication on stations all around America.
In Krisha andIt Comes At Night, writer/director Trey Edward Shults detailed the inner workings of a family. Though It Comes At Night brought in a more supernatural and post apocalyptic element to the proceedings, both films were all about the ties that bind.
With Waves, Shults continues his exploration of family, this time focusing his story on a middle-class family in South Florida. Sterling K. Brown is Ronald, the hard driving but loving patriarch of the unit, with Renée Elise Goldsberry lending her own sense of nurturing as his wife Catherine. Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr., who starred in It Comes At Night) is their wrestler son and Emily (Taylor Russell) is his more introverted sister. The picture is receiving rave reviews, and although his previous films received their share of good notices, Waves may just be his cinematic breakthrough. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Waves, co-starring Lucas Hedges, hits theaters in November.
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts, we spotlight writer/director Justin Chon’s evocative second feature Ms. Purple. Set in Koreatown, which is an often overlooked yet substantial section of Los Angeles, the story centers on Kasie (Tiffany Chu) a young woman who is caring for her dying father (James Kang).
Kasie makes money working as a paid hostess at karaoke bars, and when her father’s caregiver abruptly quits, she’s forced to depend on her irresponsible brother Carey (Teddy Lee) to help carry the load.
Justin Chon continues his partnership with Gookcinematographer Ante Cheng, and credit goes to both artists for delivering a slice of Los Angeles life that is rarely portrayed on the silver screen. The feature is currently playing in Los Angeles and it hits New York on September 13 (a wider release on September 20th is also scheduled).
CinemAddicts co-host Anderson Cowan’s debut feature Groupers (also shot in Los Angeles) is also premiering this month for an exclusive Los Angeles run at the Laemmle on September 27. Cowan discusses Groupers to open the the episode, and along with Ms. Purple I also reviewed the excellent film Monos which opens in select theaters this Friday. Take a listen to the latest episode of CinemAddicts below!
It Chapter Two was the #1 film in the nation with a whopping $91 million at the box office. Coming in a distant second was Angel Has Fallen with $6 million. Basically, this weekend was all about The Losers Club, Pennywise, and Stephen King! Here’s the top 10:
It Chapter Two – Horror flick debuts with $91 million and worldwide it has amassed over $185 million.
Angel Has Fallen – Gerard Butler action feature rakes in $6 million.
Good Boys – Seth Rogen produced laughter collects $5.3 million.
The Lion King – Live action remake, which has made over $529 million domestically, keeps on roaring with $4.2 million.
Overcomer – Drama takes in $3.7 million.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw – Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson team-up amasses $3.7 million.
The Peanut Butter Falcon – Shia Labeouf’s latest clocks in with $2.2 million.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark – Thriller collects $2.2 million.
Ready or Not – Critically beloved feature makes $2.2 million.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold– Family film based on Dora the Explorercollects $2.1 million.
Great news is coming from the Toronto Film Festival as A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is garnering excellent reviews. Tom Hanks plays Mister Rogers in the Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) directed feature, and Hanks might be slated for another Oscar nomination.
“He just wanted to make little kids feel safe, even if they didn’t have all the answers or couldn’t understand all the answers,” said Hanks.
Click on the media bar to hear Hanks talk about the under appreciated honesty of Fred Rogers:
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, co-starring Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper, opens nationwide November 22.