The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s revered tale, hits Blu-ray, Digital, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on January 29.
The tale centers on Clara (Mackenzie Foy), a 14-year-old who traverses through a parallel world where she meets a Nutcracker soldier (Jayden Fowora-Knight),the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley), and Fourth Realm ruler Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).
Click on the media bar to hear Mackenzie Foy discuss her lifelong familiarity with the story.
Special features include deleted scenes, two music videos (“Fall On Me” performed by Andrea Bocelli and son Matteo Bocelli, and “The Nutcracker Suite” performed by Lang Lang), and two featurettes (“On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland” and “Unwrapping The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”).
The Leisure Seeker centers on John (Donald Sutherland) and Ella Spencer (Helen Mirren), a couple who take a cross country road trip to the Florida Keys to visit the Hemingway House. Ella has cancer and John is suffering from dementia, and the couple’s beat up RV (which they call “the leisure seeker”) isn’t the most dependable vehicle on the road.
Sutherland has been acting since the early 1960s, and during his career he has starred in his share of classics (1900, Don’t Look Now) and big budget hits (most recently The Hunger Games films). For him, staying passionate about his his craft is a key to staying engaged in his life.
“The business of acting, of working, is a passionate endeavor,” said Sutherland. “To call out the truth. To persuade people to advance, maybe a little bit in their lives, because of my experience with the characters that I’ve played. I think my work is a constant exploration into the human condition.”
Click on the media bar to hear Sutherland discuss a memorable cross country trip with a Ferrari during the production of Kelly’s Heroes (a flick which co-starred Clint Eastwood).
The Leisure Seeker is now playing in select theaters.
The Leisure Seeker marks a reunion for Helen Mirrenand Donald Sutherland, as the pair previously worked together in the 1990 feature Bethune: The Making of a Hero. This road trip film centers on John and Ellla Spencer (Sutherland, Mirren), a couple who travel from Boston to the Hemingway House in the Florida Keys. Ella has cancer and John is suffering from dementia, so this trip on their ’75 Winnebago (which they named “the leisure seeker”) may be their final vacation together.
“I was very lucky that it was Donald that I was dealing with, because Donald is extremely sensitive and emotional and he’s not a closed off person,” said Mirren. “If he’s upset you know it, if he’s happy you know it. He’s wonderfully exposed, for want of a better word. It became so much easier then to make this relationship that the audience have to believe is real on the screen.”
Click on the media bar to hear Mirren talk about a memorable road trip she had from San Francisco to Detroit.
The Leisure Seeker opens in New York and Los Angeles March 9.
In the critically acclaimed feature Mudbound, Jason Clarke collaborated with celebrated actress Michelle Williams as well as double Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige (who’s also nominated for the song “Mighty River”). With the haunted house thriller WinchesterClarke gets to work with another acting powerhouse in Helen Mirren.
“She makes an enigma real but still keeps it an enigma,” says Clarke. “There’s still a sense of mystery with Helen because she’s just got that charismatic weight about herself as a person. To work with her, she just keeps you laughing. She’s funny and sharp and witty. Intelligent and strong but really simple and basic. There’s nothing pretentious about Helen or pretend about her. She’s a lot of fun.
Click on the media bar below to hear Clarke explain why the Spierig Brothers were the perfect choice to helm Winchester.
With the recent release Jigsaw and their underrated time travel flick Predestination as part of their resume, the Spierig Brothers (Peter and Michael) continue to creatively expand with the gothic thriller Winchester. The narrative is inspired by the life of widow Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Fortune who spent decades building her home up until her 1922 death. Whether Winchester kept on upgrading her mansion to ward of spirits or ensure the longevity of her life one can never know, but it’s part of what makes the mystery of the of Winchester so enticing. Jason Clarke co-stars in the feature as the psychologist who is sent to the home to assess Winchester’s sanity.
Though the Winchester Mystery House is now a tourist attraction in San Jose, California, that doesn’t mean the haunted nature of the environment is a thing of the past. Click on the media bar below to hear Mirren talk about the mythology behind Sarah Winchester.