True Story Comedy ‘Tag’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In August

The ensemble comedy Tag hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 28 and arrives on digital platforms August 17.

Penned by Mark Steilen (Mozart in the Jungle) and Rob McKittrick (Waiting), Tag centers on several friends (Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Burress) who have been playing an ultra competitive game of tag. The storyline is based on the Wall Street Journal article “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” Leslie Bibb, Rashida Jones, Annabelle Wallis, and Isla Fisher round out the cast. With an estimated budget of $28 million, the feature grossed $74 million worldwide.

Click on the media bar to hear Jeremy Renner discuss the stylized Tag sequences of the feature:

 

Special features on the disc include bloopers, deleted scenes and the featurette “Meet the Real Tag Brothers.”

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Jeremy Renner Finds The Comedic Truth Behind ‘Tag’ Storyline

Actor Jeremy Renner, known to millions as Avengers member Hawkeye, has also starred in such critically acclaimed work as The Hurt Locker, The Arrival, and most recently Wind River. Now he tries his hand at comedy in Tag, the true story of a group of friends who take a seemingly innocuous game to the limit.

“(Tag) is rooted in truth (and) rooted in situations,” said Renner. “I think if it’s just the words that are funny, maybe I’m not your dude. Maybe if it’s sort of character traits and character work, then maybe I can take a stab at it. I just had a lot of fun doing it.”

Click on the media bar to hear Renner talk about how director Jeff Tomsic (Broad City) made a game of tag into a visually interesting film.

Tag, co-starring Jon Hamm and Ed Helms, is now playing nationwide. 

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Jim Gaffigan Takes On ‘Chappaquiddick’ Experience With A “Journeyman” Aesthetic

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Jim Gaffigan stars as Paul Markham in director John Curran’s CHAPPAQUIDDICK, an Entertainment Studios release. Credit: Claire Folger / Entertainment Studios

Most people know Jim Gaffigan as a comedian, but in Chappaquiddick he takes on the role of attorney Paul Markham, a confidante of Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) whose promising career may have been affected by the tragic incident (Kate Mara co-stars as Mary Jo Kopechne). Although he was busy doing shows on the road, Gaffigan managed to balance his schedule and become part of Chappaquiddick’s stellar ensemble.

“I come from a Midwestern, Irish Catholic family so all the Kennedy stories are very alive and well,” said Gaffigan who describes himself as a ‘journeyman’ in relation to his career. “I have a large head and the Kennedys have large heads. But also growing up understanding the impact and historical significance of Chappaquiddick and holding him back from getting the nomination even when . . . I remember there was a (Saturday Night Live) sketch where one of the characters just said Chappaquiddick whenever Ted Kennedy opened his mouth and Ted Kennedy couldn’t say anything.” Click on the media bar to hear Gaffigan talk about how, despite the labels he’s garnered throughout his career, he’s more than just a comedian:

Co-starring Bruce Dern and Ed Helms, Chappaquiddick opens nationwide April 6.

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Jason Clarke Goes Down The Rabbit Hole With ‘Chappaquiddick’

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Jason Clarke (Winchester) delivers one of his most challenging roles to date as Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick. Kate Mara co-stars as Mary Jo Kopechne, and her tragic downing as well as the effects it had on Kennedy’s life as well as its influence on American politics, is covered in the ambitious feature. John Curran, a versatile filmmaker (We Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Painted Veil) who helmed the underrated 2013 feature Tracks (starring Mia Wasikowska), directs the feature.


Clarke initially read the script (penned by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen) while on the plane with his wife and was immediately hooked by the narrative. Click on the media bar below to hear Clarke explain how he went down the “rabbit hole” in his research for Chappaquiddick:

Chappaquiddick, co-starring Olivia Thirlby and Ed Helms, opens nationwide April 6.


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Owen Wilson and Ed Helms Comedy ‘Father Figures’ Hits Blu-Ray In April

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Father Figures, a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms, hits Blu-ray and DVD April 3 via Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The narrative centers on fraternal twins (Wilson, Helms) who realize that the man on a family photo isn’t actually their dad, and instead it’s a lie that was concocted by their mom (Glenn Close). The pair go on a road trip to find out the identity of their dad and meet an interesting cast of characters along the way.

Co-starring Oscar winner J.K. Simmons and Terry Bradshaw, the picture marks the directorial debut of The Hangover cinematographer Lawrence Sher.

Special features on the Blu-ray include deleted scenes and a gag reel (the DVD does not have the gag reel).

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