Blu-Ray Spotlight: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Goes “Beyond The Battle” With In-Depth Extras

Avengers: Infinity War is a title many Blu-ray, DVD, and digital enthusiasts will scoop up. Aside from the title being one of Marvel’s best features, the disc is worth picking up on Blu-ray thanks to its in-depth look at the storyline’s epic battles on Wakanda and Titan.

“Beyond The Battle: Wakanda” and “Beyond The Battle Titan” offer up different looks at how the cast, filmmakers and special effects team worked in different environments to pull off these visually arresting sequences. The Titan confrontation between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Thanos (Josh Brolin) is the centerpiece of the impressive Titan feature, as witness how the actors collaborate on their collaboration.

There are ten minutes worth of deleted scenes, one of which has Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) attempting to keep paparazzi way from Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). There’s also a bit more banter among the Guardians as they try to find Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and it’s a sequence set to Ace Frehley’s “New York Groove.”

The commentary track, which features filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo and the screenwriters (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley), features a deeper look into the story. One interesting fact discussed during the talk centered on Iron Man’s pivotal moment with Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Without giving away any spoilers, that moment was actually going to be much shorter, but the Russos decided to elongate the exchange for dramatic effect.

Avengers: Infinity War is an excellent movie and worth picking up just for the overall quality, but thankfully the Blu-ray has enough special features to make this a much more value added purchase.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

Gina Carano Goes Bounty Hunting With ‘Scorched Earth’ Trailer

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Gina Carano proved that she can carry her own film amidst an all-star cast in director Steven Soderbergh’s fantastic Haywire, and now she hopes to throw down once again in Scorched Earth. The narrative centers on a bounty hunter (Carano) who is determined to eliminate a savage outlaw. She eventually infiltrates his gang, but before she can zero in on her mark she becomes involved in ensuring the safety of a slave girl. Though Scorched Earth doesn’t have the budget of a studio driven action flick, the movie’s Western/post-apocalyptic mash-up seems to actually work.

The flick is directed by Peter Howitt, the filmmaker behind the Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah romantic drama Sliding Doors. Hannah is also featured in Scorched Earth, and it’s great to see them work once again almost 20 years later.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

Scorched Earth hits theaters and On Demand February 2, 2018.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z

513ztmj3jflIf you are a fan of Kathy Griffin and her candid humor, her new book Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index delivers the goods. The book features many different and amazing stories that have never been heard. With her previous work on My Life on the D-List and Fashion Police, Griffin has had her share of colorful stories. Alec Baldwin, Jon Hamm, Drew Barrymore and icons such as Jack Nicholson, Cher, Woody Allen,  Barbara Streisand are among the stars covered in her book..

Over the years we have spoken to Kathy Griffin who is as fun and honest as she when you see her on TV. Not so long ago, we caught up with her and asked if she ever gets annoyed when a celebrity she encounters doesn’t have a sense of humor. She shares a great story about her interactions with such stars as Demi Lovato, Gwyneth Paltrow and Maria Shriver.

Griffin, who was recently on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, told Howard about a great time she had with Sharon Stone on the night of Presidential election.

Check out Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index now available on Amazon and anywhere books are sold. Also you may want to check the audio book which is available on Audible.com, Kathy reads the book herself and is hysterical!

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‘Iron Man 3’ Flies The Box Office Skies With $175 Million Debut

Iron Man 3 (Marvel)Iron Man 3 had a stellar box office debut, as it took in $175.3 million domestically, beating its previous best of Iron Man 2’s $128 million opening two years ago.  The picture’s numbers also place it as the second biggest weekend grosser, with The Avengers still standing tall with its $208 million opening.

Coming in a distant second was the Mark Wahlberg/Dwayne Johnson movie Pain & Gain, which took in $7.6 million.  Most moviegoers targeted their attention to Iron Man 3, with the rest of the films picking up the remaining box office crumbs.  Here’s the top 10:

1.  Iron Man 3 – $175.3 million

2.  Pain & Gain – $7.6 million

3.  42 – $6.2 million

4.  Oblivion – $5.79 million

5.  The Croods – $4.23 million

6.  The Big Wedding – $3.88 million

7.  Mud – $2.15 million

8.  Oz The Great and Powerful – $1.82 million

9.  Scary Movie 5 – $1.44 million

10. The Place Beyond the Pines – $1.30 million

Click on the media bar below to hear Robert Downey Jr. talk about fulfilling much of his creative goals for the Iron Man franchise:

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Gwyneth Paltrow Blown Away By The High Quality Of Iron Man 3

15The Iron Man film franchise is quickly becoming one of the best film franchises of the last thirty years. The first Iron Man film set the bar very high, and Iron Man 3 is no exception. Iron Man 3 packs the same fun, and maybe even more intensity than the previous two films.

Iron Man 3 star Gwyneth Paltrow agrees, and says that Jon Favreau (who plays Happy Hogan, and produced all of the films, and directed the last two) set the bar high for the Iron Man films. She also said that Iron Man 3 is just as good as the last film, and she loved the movie when she saw it.

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